- Published on Monday, 18 August 2014 17:40
A day party on a Bank Holiday is no new occurrence, with the extended weekend welcoming all sorts of hedonism all around the clock; but this Saturday at The Old Baths marks the launch of the new weekly project with a difference from a fusion of creative minds. Kubicle and Project Sound have teamed together to create multi faceted arts, shopping and entertainment extravaganza ‘The Wick’, and welcome Luca Cazal to kick-start their first party with an exclusive preview of his debut solo ep ‘Mariri’.
Opening at 12 noon, entrance is free and children are welcomed until 6pm, where as evening dawns it is adults only as proceedings move indoors and the party within a party begins.
Firstly, the daytime brings a vibrant market place to the Old Baths in hackney, supporting the local creative scene and urging to help the east London community thrive, this is a project with a purpose.
Stalls will be manned by up coming new talent and designers alongside luxury vintage and interior décor merchants, merging the old with the new for a well rounded and unique shopping experience. Gourmet food stalls and a Tiki bar will provide refreshments, all the while DJs and a hot tub provide the atmosphere to ease you in or out of the weekend nicely, depending on your plans.
Here is just a selection of the vendors who will be present on Saturday to whet your appetite for things to come:
Gypsy East: A traveling clan making things by hand -
Illustrations -Floral Crowns – Jewellery
The Gypset Diary: One who is gypset - the wiles of a gypsy mixed
with a sophistication of the jet set. Festival line formed from the love of disco and sparkle
Lucy In Disguise Vintage: The highest quality labels, designers and looks are brought to the customer at prices that make looking a million dollars for that special night out an affordable luxury
Boho Rose Vintage: Sellers of Trend-led, Unique Vintage Fashion & Jewellery
Dancing Leopard: Combining traditional Indian patterns with western chic to create unique boho fashion pieces.
Puckoo Couture: Independant clothing label based in the creative back streets of Bristol... We specialise in stretchwear and panelling.
Ruby Violet: Ice creams & sorbets hand made in Tufnell Park. Using only the finest natural ingredients and organic milk
Pieces of Eight jewelry: Happy little soul who has a passion for creating unique and ethically sourced crystal healing jewellery
Victoryus: Born of a passion for dressing up. Vintage clothing, jewellery, art & craft, collectables, cake and much more
Pizza Surgery: For all your Pizza needs.
Journey Through Sound: ‘Kids Hour’ Leave your children to play with instruments supervised whilst you explore the market
Shopping and eating aside, this event also pays special attention to the music; curated by reputable promoters ‘Kubicle’ combined with the creative flare of ‘Project Sound’ this side is sure not to disappoint. Alongside the launch of Luca Cazals latest ep, tunes will be also provided by Brigante, Robert Outch, FB Julian and special guests.
Luca Cazal may be more familiar to some as ‘Luca C’. Together with Brigante, also present at The Wick, they produced some of 2012’s catchiest tributes to 80s synth and slow rolling love songs that were impossible to miss. Now residents at DC10, The Wick launch party hosts a special preview of Luca Cazals latest solo mission.
All in all this looks to be a gathering of creative minds, beautiful sounds and off-beat culture and not one to be missed by those looking for more than just a dance experience this bank holiday and beyond.
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- Published on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:14
Excellent, personally sourced fabrics and minimal designs are the key elements behind the success of SDG East London.
Founder and head-designer Stefania Di Ghionno achieved a degree in Costume and Fashion History from the University of Bologna and soon moved to London to follow her passion. She started engaging with the fashion market in the UK by selling vintage garments and customized vintage clothes in the hottest spots of the city: Camden Market, Portobello, Spitafield and Birck Lane's Up Market.
Back in 2010 she decided to move on and create their very own brand: SDG East London, a brand that could represent their ideas and deliver the best quality and design, rigorously handmade in London with love.
Stefania personally sources each material: fabrics arrive and are ordered from all over the world. In her studio precious silks from the east are piled together with modern high-tech materials. Each jacket from the Match collection is a colourful, spot-on clash of different patterns and textures. Patterned cotton, velvet, faux and real leather, jacquard and quilted fabrics enrich and distinguish every single design. The combination of different patterns and textiles results in never ending possibilities of matches, which spice-up the basic, well cut shape of the SDG jackets and make each one unique.
Beyond quality, commitment and passion, the focus of the brand is on delivering pieces that can be worn in several ways and all around the year, for an effortlessly chick look. SDG Match Jackets are perfect on both, laid back clothes or elegant ones. The attention to details and care for quality will always make them the right choice to complete an outfit.
Easy-to-wear is the word that better represents the brand concept, as jackets are unisex and has also been recently launched Puffetta, the baby line for those mums and papas who can't escape the matchy-matchy charm.
Fell in love with a pattern and would like to mix it with another? SDG provides also a bespoke line. Just book in an appointment to come over to the showroom in East London and choose your favourite materials amongst the rich stock. Sleeves, bust, pockets and even the zip colour can be combined accordingly to the customer's tastes.
For our dearest MEOKO readers SDG has raffled a beautiful, unisex jacket that boosts a dark, plain body brought to life by the warm coloured, African print sleeves. The jacket is from the Match Collection, which SDG has created after receiveng an order from her friend and promoter at BP (Beautiful People). The contact with the music scene triggered the idea of developing a collection from that first prototype - which is the exact same we are giving away - and to launch the collection with the aid of the Crew Love, collaborative concept from Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap and Double Standard. For this year Sonar Festival she made 14 jackets especially tailored for Soul Clap, Wolf + Lamb, Pillow Talk, Slow Hands, Tanner Ross, Nick Monaco, No Regular Play, Navid Izadi and other members of the Crew. Being mostly Djs, she opted for colourful designs which can easily stand out amongst a big crowd, altering her usual minimal style in order to play with patterns and details.
- Published on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 13:29
A good DJ, much like any good tradesman, never blames his tools. From needles to torque, flight cases to
headphone jacks, every element of a touring dj needs to be covered to ensure optimum functionality, in
turn leading to the better dj sets for both creator and listeners. Manufacturers SHURE know all too well the
benefits of quality DJ equipment, from their best selling range of high quality needles to their lush
headphone ranges. But it's not only the DJ they're catering for with their SE535 and SE112 earphones,
you can be treated to optimum sound and sonic clarity whether you're at home or on the move good
sound is something that we all have a right to enjoy.
So throw away those crappy white iPod earphones and cast your bass boosting in ears aside MEOKO have teamed up with SHURE to offer a pair of stunning earphones to two lucky readers. 1st prize winner will receive a pair of SE535 earphones with a retail value of over £300, while a second lucky winner will also be up for a chance of bagging a pair of SE112 earphones. You lucky devils, you.
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- Published on Wednesday, 25 June 2014 09:46
You might have bumped into her London's street pieces: the colourful, joyful wall near Haggerston Park and several bits around Brick Lane. In any case, if you have seen an Anna Laurini's piece, you won't confuse it with anything else.
Her signature style consists of a mix of bright, textured acrylic colours and merges soft shapes with hard edges in a an ever akin, but never same, whole. Anna's works of art are clearly inspired by abstract expressionism and also reminds us a bit of synthetic cubism. She draws inspiration from the old to create a completely new kind of abstraction, modern, unseen and intense.
Her canvases are loving encounters of men and women, whose words fluctuate on the surface; sometimes they are questions, sometimes statements and some other times melancholic desires.
Anna has studied at the Art Student League in New York and at Central Saint Martins in London, and she has received commission from many privates in both cities.
Throughout her career, Anna has always employed a variety of media, including videos, collages, drawings and stencils. Her continuous itch to experiment drove her practice into yet another field, as she has recently started working with fabric: her leitmotivs are perfectly translated into simple, yet powerful designs over t-shirts and sweatshirts.
Perfect for both, man and women, her garments are the last MEOKO discovery, proper and wearable works of art.
Each is characterized by her dearest bright, even fluorescent colours, applied with the usual neat and tidy brush strokes. Besides, every garment is entirely hand painted, which means that every single design is unique.
For this Hidden Treasure 'episode', MEOKO collaborates with Anna to give you the chance of winning two of her hand-painted t-shirts.
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- Published on Friday, 20 June 2014 12:49
London's festival behemoth, South West Four, has become somewhat of an institute for the city's dance music loving inhabitants. Originally conceived in 2003 and launched at the-still-trusted-home of Clapham Common, SW4 has built up a reputation as the original, inner city urban based festival, ruling the August bank holiday weekend, year after year.
And after celebrating their 10th anniversary year in 2013, the SW4 crew have swung back into action, with stunning world class line ups and high quality production values and crisp sound being the order of the day(s) once again.
Based across 25th / 26th of August, Saturday sees the likes of Above & Beyond, Danny Avila, Loco Dice, Tale Of Us, Tiga & Audion playing a rare back to back set, sash, Paul Kalkbrenner and Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones to name but a few of the stellar cast. Sunday sees a cross pollination of styles, including drum and bass from the likes of Marcus Intalex, warehouse techno from Boddika, bumpy house from Catz 'N Dogz, Maya Jane Coles, Shadow Child and straight up techno from Marco Carola, Deadmau5, Eric Prydz and Andy C headline the festival on the last day.
More info about the festival and tickets HERE