Last Week on the 24th April saw the world celebrate Fashion Revolution Day, with folk wearing their clothes inside out and asking “Who Made Your Clothes?” Set up to remember the awful catastrophe in Dkana, Banglasdesh last year, where 1133 people were killed and over 2500 were injured when the Rana Plaza factory complex, people got together to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH – we want to change and question the clothes supply chain.
What drew me down to Camden then? Well C/159 offers creative individuals and businesses the opportunity to showcase their ideas and products in a prime location on Camden High Street. The space has been renovated using reclaimed and sustainable materials and inside; the space has been REVOGUED and thats how the retailers roll too! I really loved the space – its seriously worth a look and mooch around.
Jara Wine was one of the retailers who hosted the event. A brand new women’s clothing label, proudly made in London, the brand describes itself as “dedicated to a versatile, playful and timeless style”. It was lovely to see a new collection, designed and made in London with such beautiful fabrics with Jara the designer taking inspiration from fabrics surrounding her within her everyday life. However the most attractive part of this new retailer is the fact that Jara Wine prides itself on creating “more than just an outfit, but into something to love”
The other retailer residing in the C/159 space is the wonderful GARITE with their wonderful French Vintage Fashion. GARITE is a second hand and vintage brand, started in 2012. They find and sell vintage treasures from France, and have a love for 70’s boho style, colourful clothes, 60’s dresses, floral patterns, chunky jewellery and la France bien sûr. I was in HEAVEN! They have so many fabulous pieces, all individual, all picked and carefully restored and at such fantastic prices!
With any vintage store, I always love looking at the labels inside, not only to check the brand to see if I can find the best label, but to imagine where these forgotten brands went, and to know that their clothes are still found, sold and enjoyed.
Their collection of shirts was amazing and I found a wonderful silk shirt for just £18 which I love and can’t wait to style and blog about! The floral and chain print is reminiscent of a Docle and Gabbana print and the buttons are punchy and striking in their own right – what do you think?
Please check out the GARITE website and go down to the C/159 space to support this wonderful vintage brand – they have a beautiful collection.
A little surprise find at this event was the lovely Zingi Zongi, a handmade jewellery brand by a lovely lady Nikoletta. Hailing form Greece, Nikoletta collects old pictures, toys, beads, shells from home and creates unique and one off pieces! She is REVOGING gifts she collected over the years from her mother and is giving them a new life! Inspiring!
I could have bought so much from her but managed to restrain myself and choose one piece; this ring. I’ve been wearing it everyday since and can’t wait to see more from Zingi Zongi! I spotted a certain Vogue earring on the Facebook page, which I might need to purchase!
I urge everyone to support these fantastic small retailers; they certainly make me think about where my clothes are made AND are REVOGUING their hearts out!
Zingi Zongi: Facebook
Thank you for having me C/159!
Last Year I bought this skirt from Bill + Mar and love it so much I am still wearing it this season. I’ve teamed it here with my favourite tshirt from TOPSHOP. I love wearing leather pieces with more femine styles to create a tough but soft look, and I love an outfit even more when it can be revogued from day to night, winter to summer.
Bill + Mar are the youngest brand that I have featured so far on my blog, having started in 2010. I love the designers’ intentions to always keep the fit of their pieces snug to a woman’s shape just like this skirt; it all about the female silouette. Kimberley Walsh was seen wearing this skirt in a different colour at the Girls Aloud 10 year anniversary launch and I think you’ll agree, Bill + Mar succeeds in flatering her enviable figure. The matching crop tops to the skirt can be worn for a more daring look!
Luckily for you guys, Bill + Mar have this style of skirt in the sale at the moment, along with the matching crop tops. I can’t recommend this style enough; such a wearable item! Can be worn in so many different ways; also check out how Rosie Fortescue from Made in Chelsea wears it! You can buy Bill + Mar directly from their own website OR get down to TOPSHOP in Oxford Street where they are now stocking the new Bill + Mar Collection!
The T-shirt I’m wearing is now in the sale, and TOPSHOP also have a couple of other options that would look great with this outfit: I love the sheer panel on the t shirt, or for a more simple look why not try the cropped top? My necklace is also TOPSHOP, and I wear it with so many outfits. The gold and silver mix really stands out against the black leather . Check out these options that do the same trick!
My shoes are Carvella and have served me SO well. I love the height, the straps but most of all they are comfortable; if I wear these on a night out they never need to come off mid dance! We all have a pair of favourite dancing shoes that can be worn for years and years…. sometimes sticking to them and taking care of them is better than purchasing a new pair! However if I WERE to purchase a new pair from Kurt Geiger (they are definitely worthy brand – their shoes really do last!) I really love this option: THE GAIN. So classy with the pointed toe… I am seriously tempted!
I hope you like this look! I wore it for my bday last year!
This season’s Autumn/Winter saw me looking everywhere for my ideal tartan or checked jacket and before I had finished my search I found this absolute beauty in my mum’s attic! Mondi was formed in 1967 in Germany and was originally just a knitwear house. However it went on to produce a full retail range that marketed it clothing worldwide and was extremely popular in 1970’s and 80’s. I would love to find more Mondi pieces! I love the green velvet detail on the pockets, collar and sleeves, the stand out gold buttons and the statement 80’s shoulder pads!
Here I have teamed the jacket with a favourite pair of Russell and Bromley Boots, a company which always perfectly balances style with quality. The fact that they’re over-the-knee makes for such easy wear too!
I wanted to add a modern twist to this outfit so delved into my wardrobe and found this great Tshirt from Topshop. This was a popular piece when it first hit the shops and I love it when you can revisit items of clothing and take them from one season to another. Check out Topshop’s new season Tshirts here!
I’ve grown very attached to this studded hairslide from ASOS. I find it hard to track down hair accessories that don’t fall apart after a few used but ASOS have a fantastic selection and still have a 70% off sale – make sure you find yourself a bargain!
Hope that everyone is starting to revisit old pieces, locating wonderful finds in their mum’s wardrobes and ReVoguing!