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London Nike Town Re-opening…
November 24, 2010, 1:17 pm
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London’s flagship Nike Town has been re-opened after some pretty extensive renovations over the summer and last few months… Check it out below:


Sleeping Bags
November 16, 2010, 4:07 pm
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If you’re looking for a stylish carrier for your ethical shopping, look no further than “Sleeping Bags” latest collection…

This autumn sees the launch of Sleeping Bags, a breakthrough social enterprise that produces beautiful and ecologically sound bags made from recycled luxury hotel bed linen. Inspired by the product they are intended to replace: plastic bags, the product concept was developed by a collective of London’s leading designers, including Tom Dixon and Oonagh O’Hagan.

“Twice a year Sleeping Bags collaborates with established and emerging artists and designers, commissioning original artworks on a theme rooted in the brand concept, ‘The Secret World of Beds’. The work is then showcased on the bags, making up each season’s collection, whilst at the same time creating limited edition pieces of art. Sleeping Bags’ launch theme is ‘In My Dreams’ and contributions come from Jason Bruges, Vicki Murdoch, Avsh Alom Gur, Sir John Hegarty, David McCandless, Vicki Murdoch and Oonagh O’Hagan. Previewing from November with Vicki Murdoch’s design in four colour-ways, additional ‘In My Dreams’ artworks will be released on bags over the coming months.

Made in London from retired bed linen sourced form the capital’s luxury hotels, Sleeping Bags provides an environmentally friendly choice for the style conscious and aesthetically minded.

Check out the details here!

   Vicki Murdoch - In My Dreams for Sleeping BagsWhat excites or delights you about the Sleeping Bags concept?
“The concept for these bags is both beautiful and positive, anything that helps save waste and cut down on the production and use of plastic bags should be supported and encouraged. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Tell us about your In My Dreams design – the story and inspiration?
“My design for ‘In your dreams’ comes from just that, my dreams, Sometimes when I’ve had an exceptionally strange one, I like to jot it down in a small book I keep by my bed. This particular dream that I based my design on was about a couple of cross dressing pigeons that I happened to hang out with one evening, nothing much happened but we got on really well.”
Tell us one of your bedtime secrets or about a favourite dream “It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you.”Vicki is an illustrator and founder of Silken Favours, bespoke printed silk scarves of exceptional quality, hand drawn and finished in London.              

Where to buyOur range is available to buy now online from Lost Values. Selected designs will be available to buy from leading hotels including The Zetter (from November 10) and St Martins Lane (from January 10).    

Punk Retail: Vivienne Westwood in London
March 31, 2010, 11:21 am
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Vivienne Westwood, created a name for herself styling the likes of Johnny Rotten and design consort, Andreas Kronthaler. A defining name in fashion and one made memorable for her association with being so pivotal in punk fashion. With Kronthaler taking over the MAN line and providing his own spin to the Westwood stockpile of pirates, buffalo boys, gigolos and buccaneers has culminated in this latest move. The very first Vivienne Westwood MAN stand along store in London has opened “filled with rough-hewn signatures” like rusted-steel and wide-oak floorboards and nickel-plated rails and cabinets. It’s the perfect backdrop for spring’s gypsy-nomad collection.

(via Slam X Hype)

New Camper store in London
September 16, 2009, 10:48 am
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The newest Camper shop in London has just opened with a cool new interior design by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka.  The store is located at 207-209 Regent Street.

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Gap Pop up for 40th Birthday
September 15, 2009, 3:28 pm
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Gap is celebrating its 40th birthday this year with a brand new pop-up shop.  Hypebeast has the full details…

The quintessential middle-American brand Gap is celebrating their 40th anniversary with an overseas pop-up shop on London’s Carnaby Street. The colorful space – loosely bearing a 60’s theme – features several limited edition collaborations in the form of Pierre Hardy boots and Albertus Swanepoel accessories, as well as original artwork by Parisian fashion blogger Garance Doré.

Of course, Pharrell’s capsule collection has garnered the most buzz, as is usually the case: the musician, fashion entrepreneur and all-around creative introduces an eco-friendly take on Gap’s pioneering basics, including a t-shirt, duffle bag and sneakers, all in a solid white colorway. A hoodie and chinos round out the so-called ‘bionic’ collection, in which each piece has been fabricated with a bionic yarn made out of recycled plastic bottles.

The pop-up shop opened on September 12th and is set to remain open for 19 days and 69 hours, so you have just under three weeks to check it out.

Gap Pop-Up Store
G7/G8 Kingly Court
Carnaby Street

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Fashion´s Night Out in Paris and New York
September 9, 2009, 12:38 pm
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Fashion´s Night Out is a program by Vogue Magazine meant to give fashion back to the people, from what I gather.  The big players in the fashion and media industries will be trolling around stores, streets, and wherever else they can get attention in honor of fashion…  Hypebeast has the dirt about the Paris event…

From helping boost consumer confidence to celebrating the notion of fashion itself, the event will see marquee events being highlighted in numerous urban enviroments across the globe. The high-profile event will get a strong push from the legendary Karl Lagerfeld as he will assume the role of shop-keeper alongside French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld at the Chanel flagship store on Avenue Montaigne. For a full run-down of the event which takes place September 10th, 2009, head over to

PARIS — Karl Lagerfeld — the peripatetic designer, photographer, publisher and budding filmmaker — will be wearing yet another hat come Thursday night: shopkeeper.

He said he plans to join French Vogue editor in chief Carine Roitfeld to mind the Chanel boutique on the Avenue Montaigne in support of the Fashion’s Night Out initiative.

“I have no problem doing that. I’m a shopkeeper anyway since I have a bookshop,” said Lagerfeld, referring to his 7L boutique on the Rue de Lille here.

In fact, the designer relishes the prospect of the event, which will center on the so-called golden triangle shopping area bound by Avenue George V, Rue François 1er and Avenue Montaigne…

Dover Street Market X Comme des Garcons Perfume
August 31, 2009, 11:27 am
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London concept shop Dover Street Market and Comme des Garcons (they have the same director, Rei Kawakubo) have teamed up to release a new perfume availalbe beginning October at DSM.

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