Design

Positive fashion: Flaneurz



Flaneurz rollerskate sneakers

Imagine all the possibilities of being able to clip wheels onto any shoe. That’s the premise behind Flaneurz, a brilliantly bonkers (yet strangely practical) concept that lets you turn your specially adapted Nikes, Vans or Doc Martens into rollerskates. Choose from the range they offer online or submit images of your favourite trainers and they will adapt them as part of their custom Change Your Shoes service.

I love Flaneurz‘ business and social ethics too. The founders work with organisations that help people with disabilities get back into work and most of the rolling components of their shoes are sourced from European countries to reduce carbon footprint.

My favourite is their collaboration with eco-friendly and sustainable shoe brand VEJA to offer a fair rollerskate model. Watch the video here and for more info on Flaneurz, including the full range of skates, click here

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Flaneurz

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At Sophie Hulme’s new pop-up, it’s personal



Sophie Hulme - Leather Letters Personalisation

I’ve witnessed some really bad examples of monogrammed fashion items lately; it’s actually quite a skill knowing how to add a name or initials to a garment or accessory. I like the way Sophie Hulme is doing it, with her new personalisation service. These appliqued leather letter placements (above) are part of her signature service that’s been unveiled at the equally new Burlington Arcade boutique. Made from stacked and compacted saddle leather, the raised letters sit on the surface of the bag making a visual statement. (more…)



On my radar: Versace pre-fall 2018



Versace Pre Fall 18

I’m secretly loving this Versace pre-fall 2018 collection, with its nods to Versace collections past and sportified logo. I hated the gold Medusa head and curlicues the first time round, but this collection is inspired by those famous Avedon campaigns and somehow, with distance (and cooler styling), they work. (more…)



Craft work



Daniela Dregis reversible cashmere nylon jacket Tiina The Store

Now that the temperature’s dipped to around the 1-degree mark, I just want to stay in and hibernate. My default winter work-from-home-wear is Heat-Tech, a Hanro long sleeve tee, three fine-knit merino sweaters topped off by a shrunk-in-the-wash men’s Margiela nubby knit and Levi’s.

The nubby knit is important. Chunky, textured jumpers and socks are all I want to wear now and they’re all the rage. Partly because they feel good and partly because a crude, craftsy sensibility is permeating everything as a counterpoint to tech fatigue. I wrote about this for BON magazine’s autumn issue, which you can read here. (more…)