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MEOKO Presents HiddenTreasures - Introducing Me & Yu

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MEOKO has been digging deep to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest unique creations out there. Each brand representing positivity, creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. Over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting some our favourites, as well as some fresh undiscovered talents for you to feast your eyes over.

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Our forth Hidden treasure seeking quest has taken us up North to Manchester to seek out a small fashion label with lots of creativity, specialising in hand-made and hand-printed streetwear for girls and guys. We give you - Me & Yu.

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Me & Yu create garments that boast bold statement slogans with cool illustrations and humorous quotes that are extremely unique. Me & Yu started in 2004 with the aim to create original, creative and affordable hand printed t-shirts - 'clothes made with love that people love to wear'. You will find quality, art  and aestetics at the heart of every collection, with the brand designs inspired by animals, imaginary worlds, symbolism and inspiring quotes.

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The brand itself is run by Angie & Gordon who also use their own unique style to hand draw every print using a combination of bold text, illustrative sketches and quirky graphics.  They create designs that they would like to wear themselves, keeping them as cool and creative as possible with an aim to stay away from mass-market appeal.

 

 

Handprinted unisex t-shirts and sweatshirts form the core range for Me & Yu, complimented by a limited edition handmade collection, and a range of accessories including beanie hats, bobble hats, pendants and sunglasses - all produced keeping in mind their original ethos of affordable hand crafted, creative fashion.

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What MEOKO love about the brand is that everything is unique, creative and affordable with Tshirt prices starting at just £15. Me & Yu have offered up a great prize for our MEOKO readers - If you would like to be in with the chance of winning 5 T-shirts & a Sweatshirt of your choice from Me & Yu simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'Me & Yu' in the title. 

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If you want to get your hands on your own Me & Yu garms, you can purchase online www.meandyu.com

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You can also find Me & Yu on instagram just search 'meandyu'

 

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MEOKO Presents Hidden Treasures - Introducing Puckoo Couture

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MEOKO has been digging deep to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest unique creations out there. Each brand representing positivity, creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. Over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting some our favourites, as well as some fresh undiscovered talents for you to feast your eyes over.

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For our third instalment of our Hidden treasures series we've decided to head slightly further afield than East London. This time our treasure seeking skills have taken us to the creative hub of Bristol where one can find some cool, kooky, stylish creations by independent fashion label that is Puckoo Couture.

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Founder and designer Dionne Thomas has been designing and sewing from a young age and after her fashion schooling in Bristol was inspired to start her own brand in 2010. Her inspiration comes from everything around her past, present, future, film, art, music, colour and costume. This collective inspiration has led to some truely imaginative garments as you can see for yourself. As Dionne states 'Fashion should be fun not a chore, if it is you aint doing it right!'

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Stripey, metalic, tribal, floral, whatever your style Puckoo will help you don you body in stylish panelled leggings, catsuits, bodysuits, swimsuits, reconstructed t-shirts and hoodies.  Puckoo Couture consists of a number of ranges 'Streetwear' a more basic and afforadble range, 'fiesta dress' suitable for parties and festivals & Puckoo really let go of their creative inhibitions in their Couture range where there are no limitations. The designer runs free with creative ideas, fabrics, textures and styles. Many Items in the couture range also feature collaborations with other artists - fabric designers TAPT, fabric weaver Emma Fallon and illustrator Victoria Topping. They are currently launching a new SS13 Couture collection entittled "SUMMER IN L.A. 2019 and a swimear collection just in time for this years Ibiza Season!


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Although Puckoo Couture are based in Bristol you can purchase online from their website (www.puckoo.com) and they can also be found at Up market on Sundays in Bricklane (do check for updates on their facebook page as to when to find them there next). Puckoo Courture will also be appearing as part of House of Boo-Dior at Love Saves the Day festival in Bristol as well as at Eastern Electrics & Glastonbury festival this year. From 15th-24th March you can also find them in London at Boxpark Shoreditch as part of the Secret Emporium pop up shop which also features our other hidden treasures Fuddhoods & Only Child London.  They are hosting a launch night event with music & drinks this Friday 15th for anyone who fancies poping down - Click here for event details.

 
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If you fancy getting your hands on your own Puckoo couture garms then why not give our MEOKO competition a go and you could be in with a chance of winning a £150 voucher *Valid on Streetwear & Fiesta dress range. Simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with 'Puckoo me up' in the title. Winners will be announced via our Facebook page in late april. 

 

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Dance Floor Warriors

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Steve Lawler has been a party bringer, thrower and haver since the tender age of 16. He has got crowds moving all over the world - whether it be the illigal raves under the M42 motorway where it all began, his midweek sessions in his hometown of Birmingham, at the legendary, now defunct, The End in London or in various locations on the White Isle such as Mambo, Amnesia, and Sankeys where he began his Viva Warriors residency last year. This year, the Warrior journey kicked off in London at Fire on March 2nd, where the dancefloor warriors were out in force for one hell of a party.

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On entering the club, the energy was immediately noticeable - and highly contagious. I decided to arrive early thinking it would be busy and boy, did I make the right choice looking at the large queue already forming outside. To start the night off, Julian Perez was on the decks in Room 1 and at this point in the night there was still quite a bit of dance floor to be seen although the place was filling up rapidly. Meanwhile in Room 2, female duo Anek had the whole dancefloor moving and 'cutting shapes' with their bouncy, vocal house sounds easing everyone into the night. Tracks like Applebottom' 'All night' made the place go crazy!

 

Just before midnight, I returned to Room 1 to try and save a good dancing spot for the Martinez Brothers with the club getting increasingly full at this point (you could definitely tell it was a sell out event!). Having not seen the Martinez Brothers play out before, I was keen to see the masters at work and when the brotherly duo stepped behind the decks sandwiched between a wall of bright L.E.D lights, the excitement from the rest of the crowd was obvious. Seeing just the shadowy outline of the guys standing there you knew the Brothers we're about to go in and the atmosphere was amplified by the futuristic lazers and smoke machine filling the room. 

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The duo took the crowd on a proper journey, kicking off with soulful, pumping house, which then progressed into Latino-inspired sounds, getting a little deeper around 1am and  finishing up with more minimal and futuristic tracks to bring the set to a close. A notable banger that got everyone's fists pumping was CrossNineTroll's recent anthem 'Wanna say'...

 

Next up to the decks was the main warrior himself, Steve Lawler, which ensured the main room was now filled completely to the brim. He started his set in true Lawler style, with a dark and eerie build up whilst bright white lazers circled the room.

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As soon as the first track dropped the room was filled with 'ooohs', 'ahhhs', whistles and 'oi's'. Steve kept to his dark house vibes, taking it into some darker techno sounds, before changing it up into slightly more bouncy and melodic house when he dropped Eats Everything's Chicken Tits Refix of Chicken Lips' 'He Not In' which sent the crowds fists up into the air yet again.

Steve brought his set to a close by dropping his new track forthcoming on Viva Music, 'Avaida (The organ track)' which he named after his daughter to be, after comparing the process of creating it to making a baby, as it's taken him 9 months to make! 
 
 
 

During the course of the night I did need to make a few trips to the bar (as one does) so found myself in and out of Room 3, hosted by the One More boys with Antonio De Angelis, Outart and Arnaud le Texier providing the sounds. Throughout the night there was always a great buzz in Room 3 - with the club being so busy, it was mainly filled with people seeking a slightly less hectic time or recharging their techno arms ready to hit the main room once again after a quick refuel. One of the beauties I remember walking into whilst refueling with a Vodka and Coke, and which seemed to be going down a treat with the crowd was 'Mr Jack' by Luna City Express. 

   

At 4:30 it was time to venture back into Room 2 to check out Darius Syrossian, another main player at Steve's warrior events, who was keeping the energy high with some classic house tracks including Waifs & Strays 'I Saw Yo Girl (Full Acid Vox Mix)'. 

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I've got to hand it to Steve and his Warriors he does put on one hell of a party. The quality of music was top notch and the energy from the dance floor warriors lasted right through the night. To get an insider's perspective, we caught up with Steve to see what he had to say about the event; "Great to see all the Warriors out in action, Sorry to those that couldn't get in, rest assured we will get a bigger venue next time. Big Thanks to Fire, all the artists that came and partied with us and most of all our Warriors...we love you".

The Warriors journey is now in full swing and you can catch them this weekend at The Warehouse in Coventary or in Miami hosting their own beach party 22nd March at the Shelbourne as part of the Miami Winter Music Conference. Viva Warriors will be returning to the while isle this season to host their residency at Sankey's Ibiza this time on a Sunday.You can also catch Lawler and his Warrior crew at Vertigo Festval in Italy this August. We can't wait for the summer season excitement to begin!  

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Event reviewed by Helayna Kohlinsky 

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Rework preview w/ Kozo (Arpiar) and Rico Casazza live

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It’s with pleasure that MEOKO announce the arrival of what promises to be another great series of events into our booming London scene. Rework are taking over Dukes House in East London, putting its bespoke Function system through its paces…

With their sights firmly set on high quality output, Rework’s policy of underground house and techno see them fly Arpiar’s Kozo into town for their first event on 15th March. Kozo’s stock has flourished with the strength of the sounds coming from Romania over the last few years. A key player in the Bucharest scene, Kozo has also had success from his own Understand imprint which he has been running with Praslea.

 

 

 

MEOKO favourite Rico Casazza plays alongside Kozo, representing his deep and minimalistic take on electronic music.  A fusion of futuristic funk, Rico’s sound is best described as ‘music from Mars’.  Check out his recent interview we did with Rico below which also includes a free track download…

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Rico Casazza chats to MEOKO

 

Limited tickets are still available for purchase here

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MEOKO Presents Hidden Treasures - Introducing FUUDhoods

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MEOKO has been digging deep to bring you the best in up and coming brands and designers for the coolest unique creations out there. Each brand representing positivity, creativity and a fun and friendly vibe, to tie in with what we stand for here at MEOKO. Over the coming weeks we’ll be presenting some our favourites, as well as some fresh undiscovered talents for you to feast your eyes over.

For this week's treasure we've dug deep to bring you a stunning gem that's adorned with feathers, sequins, leather and faux fur - we give you FUUDhoods.

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Fuudhoods bring a whole new excitement to the world of accessorising, by taking headwear to the next level. The London based brand fuses comfort, creativity and style to produce these fantastic handmade and unique detached hoods, perfect headwear for any avid festival-goer. The brand takes inspiration for their pieces from retro 80's fashion and pop art with many pieces of the collection featuring bold, graphic prints and lots of bling.

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The hoods are versatile and can be worn up as a hood, down as a scarf or with ties behind your back becoming a stole.Fuudhoods are proving increasingly popular at festivals -SGP, Glastonbury, Burning Man, Bestival, on the ski slopes , in clubs or simply as everyday accessories. This year you can find Fuud Hoods being sold at Eastern Electrics festival, Glastonbury and Love Saves the Day and may also feature at a few other UK festivals later in the year. They will also be launching a special Burning Man collection in April.

All their clothing is made using responsibly sourced, recycled and vintage materials to create individual and unique statement pieces, with many of their designs being limited edition. Fuud not only produce these amazing hoods but also design stylish bomber jackets and trackies, fetching onesies and headbands that also encompass the unique retro brand style.

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Fuud hoods have also just launched a completely made to measure, bespoke service where you can have any outfit you desire designed and created especially for you! This service allows customers to pay a visit to the Fuudhood's studios in Hackney where you will have a top to toe fitting and select your chosen material from a vast selection of vintage and one-off prints. This service is absolutely perfect for any fancy dress enthusiasts who are in search of something utterly unique and are really looking to stand out from the crowd. MEOKO loves them!

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If you want to become part of the Fuudhood revolution - Fuudhood's can currently only be purchased from their own online store https://fuudhoods.com/ or can be found at Brick lane market on Sundays. For more information regarding their bespoke service simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Fuudhood's have kindly offered up an amazing prize for our readers - A voucher to win your very own Customised feather Fuudhood (with a value of £120).To be in with a chance of winning simply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the title 'FUUDhood FOR ME'.  Winners will be announced in 3 weeks time via our Facebook page. Good Luck!

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