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When I went to the opening of Blitz London back in September, they asked me if I’d like to work on an in-store installation. So last week I assembled a giant size version of one of my scrapbooks on their wall, along with some choice pieces of their vintage stock. I had Italy on the brain, hence the Paninaro-ish denim and bright sweatshirting along with Versace-esque scarf prints, downplayed with a bit of army surplus. Continue reading
Happy Halloween! Last week after a loooong day spent installing a giant-size scrapbook onto the walls of Blitz vintage department store in Hanbury Street, I headed to Lambs Conduit Street to check out another installation. Quentin Jones has turned the windows of the wonderful Darkroom concept store into ‘HAUNTED’, a witty, witchy 3-D assemblage featuring her signature photo-montage and moving image. Continue reading
Two weeks ago, while searching my poor, overloaded inbox (14,000 emails and counting, no time to even think about pruning them) for an email from Blitz London, I rediscovered one from The Blitz Kids. This site is a charmingly rough-n-ready resource for ’80s club culture-related info and photos – from Boy George to Lizzie Tear to Anna Piaggi. While reacquainting myself with the site, I clicked the link to Graham Smith and Chris Sullivan’s Unbound book project.
The book, We Can Be Heroes, boasts thirty years of punk and post-punk photo imagery by Graham Smith that until now has been languishing unloved in an attic. Ain’t that always the way? Coming to his senses and realising the value of these negatives (negatives! not even contact sheets!), Smith contacted fellow scenester Sullivan to add his wordy recollections to these evocative images, which are now being published via crowd-funding site Unbound.
There’s been a bit of a PR push, with a radio interview with Robert Elms and a Boy George article in The Guardian. Being kids of ’76, it made perfect sense that Smith and Sullivan would go the DIY route to getting their book published – wasn’t that the whole ethos of punk after all? So I have pledged my £30 to make this project happen. Not least cos it will be a bloody good read.
I’ve been meaning to post these photos from the Blitz London launch for weeks. The store got the thumbs up from my fellow blogger attendees Discotheque Confusion, The Women’s Room and Bish Shops, who all agreed it was exciting, spacious and engaging. On my part, I enjoyed meeting the manager John Howlin, who immediately grabbed my vintage cheerleader’s jacket, studied the seams and proceeded to tell me its history. Continue reading
Does London need another vintage store? Hell yes when it’s Blitz London, a new 5-room ‘vintage department store’ in Hanbury Street, E1. The press release promises all sorts of riches, including new stock every day, an in-store cafe, upcycled furniture, blogger-friendly ‘account managers’ and a mix of reasonably priced and rare vintage finds (hello Swatch watches). Continue reading