When attempting to accurately date an article of vintage clothing, the Devil is often in the details.
Another instalment of clothing repairs today. Don’t let the date fool you, this one doesn’t have anything to do with Christmas. The need to write these posts strike me at impossible to predict intervals, with no respect for holidays, and oftentimes it feels like a wave of fervour crashing over my shores. The loose connecting […]
Covid-19 Lockdown continues in the United Kingdom, and continues to reveal some painful truths about my choice of wardrobe:
1. I definitely wear fun shirts for other people and not for myself,
2. I do not love all of my jeans equally,
3. Overshirts are my favourite outer layer.
It’s a little embarrassing to admit that some of my strongest memories of my last year at university are of trips to its town centre to go thrifting. Highcross, Leicester is home to a wonderful little pocket of charity shops and boutiques, no doubt thanks to being a ten minute walk from two universities at […]
I’ve been struggling quite a bit to write introductions for these articles. There’s an invisible compulsion that I have to use the first section to entice you, the reader, into continuing to the end of what I write here. And to achieve that, I need some kind of preamble with a ‘hook;’ some anecdote or […]
This article is first and foremost a warning to make sure you properly read the care instructions for delicate clothes that you happen to care about.It is secondly about making something out of a turtleneck you shrunk in the wash because you didn’t properly read the care instructions. For Christmas last year, I got a […]
Brick Lane is one of my most beloved London haunts. I made my first visit on a trip organized by my then-college, UCA Rochester, to collect visual inspiration for projects. In the years since, however, the area has grown on me for its vibrant thrifting culture. Thrifting has many appeals, from the way it extends […]
I am more or less an avowed fan of buying clothes without pre-distressing. In today’s climate of low sustainability and pushes for the clothing industry to become more carbon neutral, distressing clothes shortens a clothing’s lifespan and serves to make it thrown away that much quicker. This is especially true for denim, where pre-distressing increases […]
Hand stitching, I’ve found, takes practice as a skill to maintain. Rows become noticeably neater as your hand memorises the motions, the minute manipulations of your needle. I’ve caught myself on occasion wishing for my clothes to tear, just so I have something to stitch up. This week, my father brought me a pair of […]
During the Covid-19 lockdown, I’ve binged the first two seasons of Netflix’s Mindhunter, a historical drama about the birth of criminal pyschology and profiling during the late 1970s to 1980s. While there are many aspects of the show that captured my interest and inspired thinking long after I had finished the first two seasons, one […]