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Sam and I spent last Friday night in a closed-to-the-public Tate Britain! No we weren’t trying our hand at fine art robbery we were setting up our Loud Tate stand. Being surrounded by priceless paintings meant we couldn’t use an electric drill, spray mount or any of the other mod cons we rely upon at events. So with the aid of a vintage hand drill and a Pritt Stick we began the slow process of creating our booth in the middle of the Hogarth room. We called it a night at 11-ish and then wandered through Tate Britain looking at all the paintings like our very own private view. It was pretty darn amazing.
We were back early the next morning and although Loud Tate wasn’t due to start until 12 noon the museum opens earlier so from 11am onwards we were surrounded by a jewellery hungry crowd buzzing with excitement! We managed to hold them off until midday and then in a crazy thirty minute whirlwind all 100 order forms were filled in and Lady Luck Rules OK was SOLD OUT! Sam and I set to work printing up the wooden shapes ready for everyone to come back in the afternoon and make their charms into a unique piece of jewellery.
We had baskets full of chains, ribbons, rainbow cord, mobile phone findings and earrings hooks so the lucky few who arrived early enough to order their free name charm could make it into their very own creative masterpiece!
Other activities on the day included Metronomy playing live; the Ruffs'n'Cuffs room was full to the brim with people making giant tudor inspired accessories and then having their photograph taken in a giant gold frame; DJ in a box which at the beginning of the day was a large white box, by the end of the day had been covered with graffitti along to the sounds of Dollop DJs. There was also t-shirt printing and badge making and secret performances happening all around the gallery.
Everyone started to filter back into our room after the Metronomy gig and our room was once again a crazy rush of creative activity with jump rings pinging around the room! We were so busy we only managed to snap a few of our customers which is a shame. Check out our Flickr page for more snaps, click here! We all had such fun and I want to say a massive thank you to the Tate forum volunteers who helped out on our stand for the day you ladies were ace! And of course our very own Laura and ace intern Jo you girls were super! We'll be launching this new collection of Artist's 'tools of the trade' statement necklaces this Friday! Yes, Friday..oh-oh...I'd better get sanding!
Remember our little yard sale back in January? Well, this is the long awaited follow up street sale and it's bigger and better than ever! On Saturday 11th October we'll be taking over the street outside Superette as all the Lady Luck Rules OK girl gang have a good ole clear out! There will be rails and tables of second hand and vintage clothing; price fixed rummage boxes from £1 to £10; bags and bags of charms, beads and jewellery; fabric; cute bric-a-brac; ex-shop display goods from mirrors and tree shaped jewellery holders to full size mannequins. Nearly EVERYTHING will be £10 or under.
If it rains? Don't worry we'll bring the sale inside the shop so whatever the weather put the date in your diary and get ready for a fun day of thrifting. Word has it there will also be home baking and pots of tea so you can take a well earned break afterwards. Hope you can make it!
Superette Saturday Street Sale
Saturday 11th October 11-5pm
Superette, 66a Sclater Street, London E1 6HR
The nearest Tube station is Liverpool Street Station (on the Central Line)
I’ve recently developed a surprising penchant for tartan. It’s not only Agyness Deyn in those blue tartan antlers for House of Holland and last month’s “Take the High Road” fashion story in Vogue that has fuelled my new fashion crush. It’s the local street style scenesters who have been teasing me with new ways of wearing this well trodden trend. We’re very lucky to have a bijou studio and shop in the heart of Brick Lane where we're surrounded by fantastic vintage stores where scores of girls create new trends as they skip away wearing mix ‘n’ match outfits made up of super second hand finds. The pattern of choice over the past few weeks has been tartan for sure from boyish high waisted wool shorts worn with bright tights and £5 pumps; all manner of tartan scarves worn as belts and princess Margaret headscarves; huge ‘man’ shirts belted in and worn as dresses and long pleated ‘nan’ skirts hitched up, belted in and worn as tiny dresses with lashings of black eyeliner.
So here’s our take on a fresh way to wear the tartan trend – the tartan rosette name necklace (or brooch). We spent far too long trawling through tartan patterns and learning about Scottish heritage and it does seem rather apt to team tartan with a name (necklace) after all it’s what Scottish clans have been doing for centuries! So if you can’t quite bring yourself to wear a whole piece of clothing dedicated to the bonnie check then dip your toe in with our new wooden rosettes which you can customise with your own wording. Or if you're embracing the true modern way of wearing this trend and mixing your tartans then how about teaming your rosette with a new Tartan Army Reko frock. We had a fun day with our model Suki this week creating three different looks - country, girlie and tartan rocker! So whatever look takes your fancy you can transform your dress and rosette to match it from Sunday pub lunch country look to Friday night all out rock look!
For those of you who fancy finding a piece of vintage tartan clothing in an East London store, here is a run down of my fave haunts -
King of the hill is the humungous “Beyond Retro” on Cheshire Street with a warehouse stuffed full of little gems from all eras; a few doors away is the Eighties trash heaven “I Dream of Wires” owned by ID fashion stylist Lou Winwood which has an ace selection of 80s sportswear and collectible toys; cross the road and you’ll find “The Shop” which was the very first vintage store to open in Brick Lane and like a Marche aux Puces is still a haven of cotton and silk 1940s/50s dresses, coats, fabrics and buttons (I once overheard a meeting with a Marc Jacob’s assistant was about to take place); turn onto Brick Lane itself and you’ll find two “Rokit” stores one which has stayed true to its Camden parent with everyday tees, leather jackets and denim the other a more sought after selection of glitzy frocks with handbags and shoes to match; then turn down our little street and you’ll now find the very newly opened “Brick Lane Thrift Store” with the tag line ‘the last fair deal in town’ and the official opening party is TONIGHT with drinks and discounts from 7pm…we’re sure to be in attendance sniffing around clothing with checks of the tartan variety! See you there!
Click here to view the Quirky Shopping Guide for all the addresses and a much bigger list of local stores.
We’ve been busy bees designing a new set of personalised “statement” necklaces and brooches in collaboration with Tate Britain for ‘Loud Tate’ – a festival of live performance, art and music for 15 to 25 year olds. The new shapes are based on artists’ tools of the trade which include an hb pencil, an industrial paint can and an artists’ palette which you can customise with words and colour.
You can find us in the middle of the Hogarth room where we’ll be launching our new collection in super snazzy style by giving away 100 pieces for FREE! So come along and get ready to choose your fave shape, create your statement, select your colour, decide if you want it made into a necklace or a brooch and together we’ll make you your very own personalised piece of wearable art to keep and cherish forever and ever!
Other highlights include:
• Listen to dubstep musician Benga, indie electro bands Metronomy, Toddla T & MC Serocee and Rival Consoles, who will perform in response to the Tate Collection
• Learn how to become a TV presenter with Zezi Ifore, currently hosting Big Brother’s Little Brother at Channel 4, who will offer a workshop on talking and presenting on TV
• Make your own abstract fashion with Ruffs and Cuffs, a workshop using Tudor paintings as inspiration to customise and recycle current fashions
• Take part in Action Painting – draw, paint, collage and stencil on a large-scale canvas
• create your own Distorted Portraits through abstract photography using mobile phones
• Watch DJ in a Box - up and coming DJs Tedd Rec DJs, Enigmolysis and Dollop DJs play cutting edge music inspired by Tate Britain’s art displays, merging life drawing with the latest sonic subcultures
• Witness Secret Performances, a number of abstract happenings taking place randomly in the gallery throughout the day
• Explore the gallery and win prizes with Art Treasure Hunt
We hope you can come along, say 'hi' and join in the fun. Look forward to seeing you there!
Saturday 27th September 12-5pm
Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
The nearest Tube station is Pimlico (on the Victoria Line)
September is already racing by and we've spent the majority of it down in the basement workshop of our store perfecting a new technique for our up coming collection which I hope will launch in a few weeks time! We've already shown the first set of samples at a trade show in Paris where we were lucky enough to spend a whole week and it was my birthday too! We wrote some great orders and Lady Luck Rules OK will be sold in a great list of new shops across Europe which is dead exciting. We stayed in the pretty Latin Quarter of Paris, hung out in the hip Marais for a day but above all fell in love with Saint Ouen which is home to Paris' flea market - where else would you find a band of animals made from shells? I've set up a flickr page (my new hobby) documenting my favourite finds, the winding lanes, the pretty cafes and the people. Click here to check ‘em out!
Last Thursday was the big night – the Dolls’ Night Out party at the Barbican Art gallery. Everyone was super excited and we’d spent the week making bits ‘n’ pieces for our stand like a giant Russian Doll and customising our wheel o’ fortune into a Goth ‘n’ Doll spin the wheel. On the day we squeezed all our stuff into a cab and upon arrival at the gallery we had to ferry our belongings through the Viktor and Rolf exhibition and still to this day it’s the only time I have actually been inside the space and it looked AMAZING. Must go back. The Viva Cake gals had already arrived in the Garden Room and set out all the tables with the most incredible collection of vintage crockery, embroidered tablecloths, packs of playing cards and dominoes. They were now making reams and reams of bunting and icing hundreds of pretty little cakes.
It didn’t take us too long to set up - we had already sewn our gingham table cloths and just had to pack our lucky dip fun bags for winners of the goth’n’doll wheel o’fortune. I set up all the equipment and since we had just done the V&A Village Fete there were no dramas and we were rockin’ and rollin’ in no time. The doors were flung open at 6.30pm and crowds of tea and cake hungry dolls scurried in and snapped up their seats at the pretty tables. The fancy waitresses started pouring tea and delivering treat laden cake stands and it wasn’t too long before we took our first order for a Russian doll name necklace. Yay!
There were a few other stalls on the night including B’s beauty bar where you could get a dolly make over and Byzy’s tarot card reading table. The Baron of Piccadilly played rock’n’roll sounds all night and the ace band Smoky Angle Shades played a live set – after ordering their name necklaces with us of course! Our stand was amazingly busy all evening it was so much fun and we were wowed by how much everyone dressed up for the occasion. There were oodles of giant bows including our new blue bow aprons which Karin and Faye our super cute interns had designed and handmade for us.
Some partygoers went one step further and came in full on costume, throughout the evening I spotted a traditional oriental doll, a toy soldier, little bow peep and her farmer beau and a sailorette couple with matching rosy cheeks. Just as the evening was drawing to a close a group of real life Russian dolls arrived, they were fantastic! The girls were in fact from Nina’s Hair Parlour which is the UK’s first vintage hair dressing salon in Alfie’s Antiques market.
Betsy took so many photos on the night so we decided to set up a Flickr account. Click here to check ‘em out!