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Vintage Fashion Clothing Blog | Beyond Retro

  • Meet the Illustrator: Ben Keable

    Ben Keable

    I'm Ben Keable and I'm an illustrator, artist and designer.

     Where do you get your inspiration from?

    Television, news, stuff I read, things I hear, things that happen to me and basically anything that I experience. You've gotta take notice of the things that happen in the world, it can inspire you and your work; never stop reading and learning and you'll continue to create interesting work.

    What do you most enjoy about your area of work?

    When I meet people who enjoy my work, or when people get in contact with me. It's great. I also enjoy it when people hate my work and get angry by it. I don't know which is more fun.

    Who is your favourite person in your field?

    I enjoy David Shrigley's work. I also enjoy Modern Toss.

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    Describe your style...

    I like to think that my work puts a comedically pessimistic outlook on the massive bullshit parade we call life. I try to communicate the things that we all know, but don't really want to hear or see.

    What’s your one golden rule to make it in your line of work?

    Get yourself noticed in any way you can. Cause a scene. Let people know you're around. Stop worrying people won't like you or your work, because you can be sure not everyone will, but make sure you make the most of the people who do.



    Twitter: @benkeable

  • Dennison's Bogie Book for Halloween, 1920

    Oh, looky here! What have we found on the bookshelf? If you're holding a spooky soiree this year then we have found just the ticket. Forget apple bobbin' and pin the nose on the witch, Dennison's Bogie Book is a 1920s guide filled with crafty tips, party games and a couple of ghost stories come midnight too. It's the Holy Grail of vintage party planning. 


    Dennison's Paper Company first published this little gem to help promote their paper sales and boy oh boy did they hit the nail on the head. According to Dennison's book, the spooky season is 'the one time of all the year when witches, ghosts and elves hold gay revels'- get us an invite to this partay! The night of October 31st is thought to have been an opportunity to look to the future and chose your fate for the coming twelve months. So think on kids...

    Need some outfit inspo? Look no further than the weird and wonderful creations made from crepe paper!

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    Here's two of our fave games taken straight from the 1920's party guide so you can do-it-like-Dennison. Play along if dare!

    'The Cup of Fate'

    Place three saucers on the table. Half fill one with water, another with milk and the third with vinegar. Let each person, blindfolded, dip a finger into a cup.

    Milk= Married life will be happy

    Vinegar= Ones future wife or husband will have a sour disposition

    Water= Single blessedness is in store

    'A Calendar of Events'

    Pass pencil and piece of paper with the months of the year. Each guest must write their name against the month and state what they would like to do that month. They will then fold it and pass it along. The host will then read what each one will do the coming year.

    Those 1920's folk sure knew how to through party!

  • The Book of Ideas

    The night of All Hallows' Eve is fast approaching like a headless horse drawn carriage. Don’t get left behind. Alone. Luckily, for all you lost souls out there, we have the Beyond Retro  ‘Book of Ideas’ taking pride of place in every one of our stores this Halloween.

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    What is this mysterious ‘Book of Ideas’ we hear you scream?

    Are you sitting uncomfortably? Then we shall begin. This week we count down to the deadliest night of the year, so bring your corpse in store and gorge on a platter of horrific serving suggestions, all inside the pages of this book. Herein lie the gruesome secrets on how to put together outfits- like Frankenstein’s monster, piece by piece - so you can scare the hardiest of horror fans. From Teen Wolf to Dracula, Dead Cheerleader to zombie Marilyn, turn each page at your peril.

    Call out into the night for help from one of our spooky sales assistants to give you a helping (severed) hand in finding a Halloween outfit to die for this year. We have the knowledge to knock everyone dead, bring your nightmares to life and ensure you see the night out in the wickedest way possible *cue evil laugh*

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