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The studio is all a buzz today as we prepare for our stand at tomorrow's Clutter City Spring Soiree in Norwich Arts Centre. We're taking along a super selection of handmade jewellery including our all new Playmates collection, Fuzzy Folk, Minis, Go Go Glitter and Teapots. All goodies will be available at specially discounted craft fair prices so if you're in the Norfolk area tomorrow then come along for some indie shopping and music fun! Oh and we're also bringing along a HUGE hamper of sale personalised jewellery - Anchors, Swallows, Hearts, Russian Dolls, Rockin' Horses. Priced at an amazing £4 each of 3 for £10 - you might even find your name!
***First 10 customers alert*** be an early birdie! We'll be giving away free LLROK bunting print tote bags, discount cards and logo badges to our first ten customers of the day!!!
PLUS don't forget to join our Badge-a-Rama table! Come and collect as many templates as you like along with a handful of pencils and pens and then it's doodle time. Bring back your fave designs and we'll make them into badges (50p) or necklaces (£3). Yippee!
Check out the Clutter City website for more info!
We are pleased to announce that legendary East London fashion haunt Hoxton Boutique will now be carrying a hot selection of our jewellery! The gallery like space features a Studio 54 style interior with gigantic mirrored disco ball and neon lights and is known as a treasure trove by the locals. Must have international designer labels include Isabel Marant (France), Brunns Bazaar (Denmark), Marimekko (Finland), Nanso (Finland), Kloset (Thailand), Dr Denim (Sweden) and from the USA Mighty Fine T’s. We also LOVE their in house label +HOBO+ which is a young directional, jersey based collection which is stocked in stores throughout Japan and is completely British made.
We popped over to see Alison yesterday to take some snaps of the store and we were excited to find out our Snip, Snip necklaces had nearly all sold out in just a week. Aces. So gals if you find yourself in our East London playground do pop into Hoxton Boutique - it's also just opposite Hoxton Square for drinks, food 'n' fun!
Join Mrs Bear and friends for an evening of all things thrifty! Swap your way to a new wardrobe at the original "Mrs Bears" swap shop - bring up to 10 items and receive your own clothing ration book. Learn alterations with Dressmaker Bear who will be doing live alteration demos with takeaway instruction booklets. Re-think rubbish with Broadway Market's cult Fabrications store. Visit the bargain vintage style haberdashery from Columbia Road's Beyond Fabrics. Join the Stitch and Bitch girls for some knitting group fun, check out the recessionista raffle and last but not least... spin the Lady Luck Rules OK Make Do and Mend Wheel of Fortune and dip into the Haberdashery Lucky Dip! How exciting!!!
We’ve just received the new issue of Nude magazine which is produced and edited by Suzy Prince (of Last Chance Saloon fame) and her beau Ian Lowey. The duo make it their mission to champion independent fashion, music, art and film producing over 100 pages of counter cultural goodness. Summer’s cover star is New York doll Molly Crabapple who is “the globe-trotting-model-turned-artist” who founded Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School in 2005. The part cabaret, part art class now takes place in over 60 cities including London. This issue also includes our all new Go-Go Glitter advert featuring the beautiful Caity (our 1930s tea shoppe waitress) and an amazing hair piece made by Tomoko Kinoshita. I've already received a few e-mails asking if we sell the green bird hairclip, well it's not actually a hairclip! It's a piece I picked up from the best trimmings store in London - Barnett Lawson. If you like to delve into treasure troves and discover sparkly things then you should hop out at Oxford Circus tube, skip straight past Topshop and down into the basement of this Haberdashery heaven.
I was also delighted to read all about the wonderful world of dutch tattooist and painter Angelique Houtkamp. Her style pays homage to a delightful mixture of bygone eras including victoriana, the roaring 20s, Weimer decadence and 40s film star glamour. And that's why I love Nude 'zine so much because each issue is like a voyage of discovery not like the normal celebrity twaddle. I now have a fantastic list of authentic American Diners I can visit in the UK! Result.
Snap up a copy here!
Smile when you ask the price - it might just get you a discount, is just one of the helpful suggestions when buying loot from someone's boot. This is exactly how I chose to spend my sunshine filled bank holiday weekend. Accompanied with ice lolly in hand and purse filled with small change I wandered down to my local car boot sale with eager eyes. Such things that caught my eye were boxes filled with colourful buttons at the unbeatable price of 10p a set; vintage tea cups for languidly sipping with a nice piece of cake; an old rockin' horse and my favourite item a vintage pink jelly mould which had to come home with me. Overall I came away with some quirky bits and pieces that I would have had a hard time finding anywhere else - photo below...
For some East London Boot-fun we are looking forward to the Art Car Boot Fair
For tips on how to find yourself prime booty try 'Car Boot Sales Do’s and Don’ts'
We're bopping along to 'the Name Game' by Shirley Ellis! Shirley ensures making Go Go Glitter jewellery is super swinging!
A hop, skip and a jump away from Superette I was able to find a gem in the crown (or should I say ears) of East London. In aid of Mickey's Magical Party at Disneyland Paris, Disney has joined forces with a whole bunch of characters to create 'My Mickey Ears Auction’. Each set of ‘ears’ are currently displayed at START boutique and for this reason you could easily spot us on our lunch break looking in with lustful eyes! Our personal favourite is the checked cat ears from PPQ however there are many other entries from designers including Luella's black flower topped carnation, Henry Holland's pom poms and Giles Deacon's spiked cap. Plus celebrities including Patsy Kensit, Katie Price and Estelle have all customised their ears to reflect their personality. All the tiny artworks are on auction raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity. So not only can you get your mitts on a one-of-a-kind piece but you can also wear it with pride! The exhibition runs until Wednesday 27th May and the auction ends on 5th June.
Visit here to bid! Or visit Start Boutique at 42-44 Rivington Street, EC2. Opening hours are Mon-Fri: 10.30am-6.30pm. Sat: 11am-6.30pm. Sun: 1pm-6pm.
If you think Disney is a bit old hat then check out this crazy place!
We have unexpected vacancies for two studio interns for an immediate start! If you're a creative, hard working, forward thinking, organised and super reliable student or graduate looking for some hands on experience in an independent design and production studio then get in touch with us quickly!
If you're available anytime between Monday 18th May and Friday 30th June then these are the projects you can assist with:
• Design project - get involved at the very early stages of three top secret collaborations.
• Art direction - calling all future stylists and photographers, help us dream up some magical photo stories for our new designs and lets build a new photoshoot team.
• Event organisation - our super fun summer events are all confirmed. The ideas are in place now we need to make them happen: set design, co-ordination, PR and marketing. Events include the V&A Village Fete, a London based festival and a whole host of underground D.I.Y and craft nights.
• fashion writers - you're a whiz with words and a girl-about-town! Create content for our blogs, press releases and website plus keep in touch with our huge list of press contacts.
The unpaid internship is a recommended 4 weeks and takes place weekdays 10am to 6pm in our Superette studio in East London. We pay travel expenses plus Lady Luck's home baked fancies each and every Friday! E-mail your CV and a short covering letter which must state the dates you're available to - email@example.com
Please do NOT contact us for internships in July, August or September because we are fully booked with a full waiting list!
If you're looking for a placement from October onwards please e-mail a CV and covering letter with the month you're available in the header.
Please send your application here!
BTW - My little kitty Dee Dee and his tiger pal don't really have anything to do with the internship, I just like blog entries to have visuals! Sooo cute!!!
After a walk, a quick oyster top up and a bus ride after, we were on our way to Camden Passage in Islington to drop by at Laura J London for a shoe swapping extravaganza. We were a little early for the swap so Leona and I made a quick dash to Sainsburys before hand to get ingredients to make a yummy white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake for my last day.
The cute boutique was already buzzing with people and with our bright orange Sainsburys shopping bags placed in the corner, we browsed through the vintage and designer shoes. The cute shop was decorated with bunting made from Shoe Swap flyers draped across the room and a pink luxurious sofa for swappers to try on their pretty new shoes.
The lovely girls from French Kiss Vintage had a stall set up with sunglasses, cute netting hairbands and fascinators as well as jewelry to take your fancy. There was a generous helping of Pimms, jam tarts, cucumber sandwiches and sweeties on offer for swappers to munch on while they tried to find that perfect pair of pumps. Yum, great for just a pound entry. Leona spotted a pair of gold ankle boots in exactly her size to swap for some silver glittery shoes she brought with her, but I wasn't so lucky, no new shoes for me. Jam tart and gold boots in hand, we trotted off home with full bellies and that new shoe glow!
The Shoe Swap will probably become a monthly event so get in touch with Laura to find out when the next one is!
We've just received issue 2 of Make Jewellery which is a contemporary craft 'zine filled to the brim with 'how tos' and step-by-step instructions to make a variety of different on trend jewels. It includes an article about gals who started their jewellery business at Portobello Market and includes a little bit about us...
After not one but two faulty starts, neither snow nor broken shutters could keep me away from Superette! Despite having lost my voice for the first few days, and the feeling that my internship may be cursed, I am pleased to announce its been full steam ahead since!
I study Retail at LCC, so seeing how a business is run has been great. One more year of my degree to go… My time here has been a non-stop whirlwind and I have loved every minute! Never could I have imagined I would be creating 50 plus felt Rocket Lollies… whenever I see a real one I shall see a smiling face! I was so pleased with the way they turned out.
When Leona asked me to help with creating the She’s a Rainbow necklace I enthusiastically set about playing with streams of ribbon… “How about we use all the colours?!”. Big mistake. It looks fabulous ladies, but let me tell you; that rainbow is a labour of love!
Two weeks in and the curse was still lurking with the delay of the Playmates photo shoot (NOT the Playboy kind)… but I did get to do some location scouting and go and meet Bayleaf the Donkey (who completely ignored me, despite my affectionate calls and over excited waving).
I have however developed a very serious jam doughnut addiction. Score.
The final day is here… and both Leona and I arrived armed to the teeth with baked goods for a leaving feast. After comparing notes about the night before baking dramas, we both decided the kitchen gods had been against us… with Leona’s tale of deflating cupcakes and my futile attempt to make fudge (long story involving inadequate marshmallows), however the curse has finally been lifted as my Devil’s Food cake and Leona’s Black Bottom cupcakes made it safely to the studio! Thank you to Sam and Leona, and everyone at Superette for being so wonderful. If you ever need me I shall fly down with my umbrella Mary Poppins- style and clean your tea mugs!
I've just received the flyer for the Clutter City D.I.Y arts and craft fair in Norwich and it's so cute! Kelly has popped us down as special guests because along with our stand of handmade goodies we're hosting a super fun Badge-a-rama circle! Join our badge making area where you can design and make your very own piece of wearable art. Come and collect as many templates as you like along with a handful of pencils and pens and then it's doodle time. Bring back your fave designs and we'll make them into badges (50p) or necklaces (£2). Yippee!
There are over 30 more exciting vendors along with music, food and fun times. Check out the Clutter City website for more info!
We spent a sunny weekend selling our wares at the We Make London Spring Art and Design Fair in pretty Stoke Newington. To celebrate my favourite season I set out the jewellery in the style of a picnic tea party! I picked up a cute little wicker hamper from a flea market last week and decorated it with red gingham bows which matched the tablecloth. Twee? Who me? I then displayed all of our handmade jewels on cut glass and porcelain cake stands and heart shaped doillies.
It was lovely to see lots of our regular customers and there were a great bunch of stalls to buy handmade stuff from. I managed to nip out from the stand and pick up a cupcake shaped egg cozy handmade from lambswool by Sara Carr - photo above. Who doesn't need a cupcake shaped egg cozy?
I also met the lovely Sanna from Sanna Panda and her website launches very soon - you should definitely check it out! I'm popping along to her knitting club tonight to try to start AND finish some fun little knitting projects.