Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Save Your Eley Kash-imoto

Holiday gifts. Photo credit: Randy Son of Robert. C.C. License.Looking for a few holiday gifts? Unimpressed upon realising the VAT cut won't actually save you much cash? Eley Kishimoto are here to help.

The print-loving brand is having a sample sale this Thursday and Friday from 10.30 am to 7 pm. Show up at The Smokehouse, 44-46 St John Street, EC1M for gifts starting at £5 apiece. Credit cards and cheques are both fine.


You can get clothes, you can get accessories, you can get shoes. But the adorable Westie at left won't be included.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Let the Fashion Insiders Lead You

Visiting the East End. Photo Credit: fabbio. C.C. License.When you think of London and you think of sightseeing, you might envision a double-decker bus tours with lots of people wearing backpacks snapping pictures of Big Ben. As much as we love that clock, there's more to London than that.

Enter Urban Gentry, the innovative tour company that hires culture "insiders" to show visitors and locals around the hippest parts of the city. Picture small, private groups trotting around boutiques and galleries that only the painfully in-the-know could locate.

There are special routes for curious types interested in fashion, shopping, design, art and architecture, and the company founder, Kevin Caruth, caters to specific and nontraditional requests when he can. Recently, he found an insider to introduce a couple to London's Danish furniture scene. Seriously.

May we humbly recommend the East End Hip tour, and possibly a side stop in This Shop Rocks on Brick Lane?

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Gareth Pugh Gets into the Spirit

Gareth Pugh Design. Photo Credit: Rebecca Cotton. C.C. License.Does it seem ironic that the man who created this is playing Father Christmas for Westfield London? Designer Gareth Pugh has created a custom Christmas tree for Topshop's new location in the shopping centre, and as can be expected, it's anything but ordinary.

The 2.8-metre tall tree uses 60 white neon bulbs to mimic branches, and there's no green or red in sight. "This neon tree is my interpretation of the traditional Christmas tree shape, putting a super-slick and modern edge to it," Gareth told Vogue.

"I think the simple melding of tradition and modernity aptly suits the mood at the moment; we are all looking to a brighter future."

Gareth's Christmas tree will also be displayed at Topshop's Oxford Circus flagship. And no, this doesn't mean that he'll let you sit on his knee and tell him your wish list.

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