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  • Stockholm Syndrome: SS16 Fashion Week Round-up

    With London Fashion Week just around the corner and Stockholm Fashion Week drawing to a close, we thought we’d share some outfit vin-spiration (vintage inspiration of course!) from our favourite Scandi fashionistas.

    When we think Sweden we think minimalist fashion to a T (no we weren’t going to say Ikea, how dare you!) Known for their simplistic and effortless style, the Swedes give the Parisians a run for their money in the ‘I-woke-up-like-this’ department. Something us Brits long to master – well, some of us have. Damn you Kate Moss.

    Out in full force and stepping away from Swedish minimalist tradition (albeit slightly - I mean if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it), Stockholm Fashion Week was a smörgåsbord of style. And oh my have Stockholm’s most stylish upped their game! The catwalk was a flurry of cord and crochet, sleek monochrome and one shoulder wonders. Modern, innovative yet wearable – now that’s Swedish sensibility for you.

    Here are our favourite street style snaps from Stockholm SS16

    Leading the Swedish sports luxe style scene are @mikaelahook and @salemindrias

    We love @tineandreaa’s laid back look.

    Just like us Søren Jepsen @thelocals and @fetishforfinefabrics have been hunting for the crème de la crème of Stockholm street style. Clearly a lot a denim never hurt nobody.

    Check out @wemakeitlast editor, Emma Elwin, in our vintage 501s (right). To shop vintage denim click here .
    If you're lusting after leather as inspired by @signelundj check out out our Beyond Retro Label backpacks and minis.

    We expected nothing else from a city crowned the Alternative Fashion Capital of the World, it’s no wonder we decided to claim a piece for Beyond Retro (no false modesty here guys!) Find us in the Sofo and Zinken districts to channel Swedish sophistication.

    ‘Till next time Stockholm.

    P.s. If you can’t quite make the trip just nip into one of our UK stores – London or Brighton, take your pick!

    Words by: Annie Chawla


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  • Aloha August!

    The final month of our supposed summer is upon us, so if you can’t make it abroad and the hot weather can’t make it to us, then why not bring a touch of the exotic to the UK by rocking some Hawaiian print?

    The Polynesians were so chuffed when they first stumbled upon Hawaii (wouldn’t we all be!) that they got creative, dying their clothes with plant pigments and got designing using bird feathers. The Aloha shirt was born! By the time cotton was imported to the island’s shores, plantation workers and Hawaiian cowboys alike were keeping it funky yet functional by styling the shirts with slashed short sleeves to combat the Hawaiian heat.

    By the 1920s tourism was booming and the world wanted a piece of Hawaii. It was a clever Japanese chap called Ellery Chun who spotted the trend and commercialised the printed shirts. Fast forward to today and Hawaiian print is worn worldwide. Well played, Mr Chun!

    ‘Aloha wear’ – Hawaiian print to you and me – continues to be the top textile export of Hawaii and is made from a whole range of materials. Who knew a group of Polynesian guys and girls having a laugh with plants and feathers on a beach all those years ago would invent such an iconic print? Something to think about next time you’re down Brighton with a cider.

    When thinking Hawaiian shirt you’d likely picture a classic short-sleeved, collared and tropical printed item, however modern twists on the classic – dresses, Bermuda shorts, to name a few – mean the print can be rocked no matter what your style. Although usually worn casually, did you know that in Hawaii these shirts are actually considered the equivalent to a full-on suit – never change, Hawaii!

    So instead of saying ‘Thank God It’s Friday’ this weekend, do as the Hawaiians do and say ‘Aloha Friday!’ and don some of your very own tropical attire. Flip flops and shorts optional – hey, we don’t blame you for being optimistic.

    Shop Women's Hawaiian shirts here

    Shop Men's Hawaiian Shirts here

    Words by: Cat Uren

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