Beyond Retro Vintage Blog (sv)
Posted on februari 8, 2017
Beyond Retro’s green valentines gift edit
Okay so Valentines can be both a blessing or a curse depending if St. Valentine has been kind to you this year, but if not … it’s time to treat yourself to anything and EVERYTHING you deserve, because a reluctant tinder date just isn’t going to cut it.
We’ve looked at some amazing eco-friendly gifts to help you show your love without costing the earth...quite literally. Gifting vintage is already one step in the right direction to giving a little more love to our planet.
We’ve chosen some of our top ethically sustainable valentine's gifts that your lover will love to receive!
Are you and your other half beach body ready? Probably not...so maybe swap the chocolates for this humorous print by Lucky Budgie for East End Prints.
Beach Body Print - £20
This 100% recycled cotton backpack from Baggu will be your other half's go to backpack, it's saving the plantet and looks great too!
Baggu Backpack 100% Recycled Cotton Backpack : £35
Our LABEL Shacket is a casual classic - great for a day date!
Label Ralph Shacket : £40
Fill this LABEL backpack with treats for your other half - we have sewn every inch of it with love!
LABEL Mixed Denim Backpack : £35
Not really the valentines sort? This casual LABEL reworked shirt is great for those laid back boys
LABEL Plaid Hooded Shirt : £32
A pretty in pink retro style print by Fitzy GoGo at East End Prints
Love Kitten Art Print : £20
Otra Recycled rubber earrings - recycling never looked so good!
Otra Burts Earrings : £18
The matching burst necklace - wow you're sweetheart without breaking the bank!
Otra Burst Necklace : £24
Our signature LABEL dome mini backpack - the perfect gift..sewn with love!
LABEL Mini Velvet Backpack : £36
Beyond retro LABEL cute red dress - date worthy!
LABEL Corduroy Dress : £35
For more romantic ways to save the earth, just head over to our website or into our stores to find yourself a treasure trove of amazing vintage gems...saving one relationship at a time.
Words : Mary Costello
Posted on februari 2, 2017
When we get nostalgic about the 90s, we want to resurrect the days of Rebel Girls and Rude Boys. A style and attitude which is unforgivable. uncompromising, and completely unforgettable!
A post punk era, where rebellion was rife, brought us the evolution of grunge. Grunge wasn’t just a boys game, the girls came in kicking and screaming with such bands as Hole, L7, and Luna Chicks rocking the scene. They ended up getting a name as the riot grrrrls. The bad ass attitude of a rebel girl was totally reflected by their bad ass style. As well as a generous amount of eye makeup, these ladies had the look on lock down, with slip dresses, leather jackets, slogan tees and chunky boots.
The look is still dominating our catwalks with a fresh feminist attitude. Clio Peppiatt and Dior brought out looks that showed us that girl power is still as alive and kicking as it was when riotgrrrls were waving the flag. Marques Almeida, Louis Vuitton and Versus Versace also allowed for the 90s rebel girl attitude to shine through and reminded us that femininity has no bounds and wears leather!
Our slip dress selection will want to get you shouting like a rebel girl! And teamed with a leather jacket - you’ll have the look and the attitude determined to cause a stir!
For the men, we are calling for a rudeboy revival. The 90s came and we saw the mixture of grunge culture, rocksteady influence and authentic british punk roots for a unique style which can easily be worn today. Not quite a skinhead and not quite Kurt Cobain, the laid back look mixes tough textures such as denim and Doc Martens with relaxed streetwear such as bomber jackets and plaid shirts creating the 90s rudeboy trend.
This menswear look translates well on today’s catwalks, the heavy subcultural influence is reworked in modern way yet keeps it’s gritty toughness it had when worn on the streets of the UK over the decades. MSGM, Markus Lupfer and Vetements all had some rudeboy influence in their recent Men’s Fashion Week collections- an indicator that this look is still as classic as its origins.
Recreating this look is as easy as it comes. Head online to find an original bomber jacket, from a military A1 flight bomber to a 90s rave bomber...
Then the trick is to layer with jersey tees and classic plaid shirts and finish it all off with vintage Levis and Doc Martens.
So there it is - the 90s- An unforgettable era with an unforgettable style legacy held on by our style icons the Rebel Girls and Rude Boys. Still as relevant and still as loud, the trend is a big pull of inspiration for us and we can’t wait to see more of our Beyond Retro customers making this look their own.
Wanna check out how we’ve styled this? Head to one of our UK stores to see how we’ve working this killer trend!
Words: Bethany Powers
Posted on februari 1, 2017
Beyond Retro LABEL S/S ‘17 Bag Collection
Since starting the LABEL collection in 2012, Beyond Retro has saved 600,000 items a year from landfill, making a positive impact on the fashion landscape and contributing to a more circular economy.
With 13 million tonnes of textile waste generated in the US every year, there is a growing and urgent global need to address the crisis of stuff. In a world of throwaway fashion, the LABEL team seek to reclaim and reuse more of the world’s second-hand product.
Check out our latest adventure, a series of upcylced bags made from discarded prison uniforms!
As part of our upcycled LABEL range, we are super excited to finally announce our new story. We have created a new range of bags made from discarded orange prison uniforms. The bags are the latest pieces in a series of innovative solutions pioneered by our Beyond Retro LABEL range.
Keen to utilise every viable material available, we have created a fashion forward and sustainable product out of prison uniforms, which are otherwise sent to landfill or cut into rags. We have upcycled them into some of our favorite designs, as well as some brand new designs! They come in the Charlie side pocket tote, Dylan gym bag, Alex drawstring and the Jamie sporty backpack. Not only this, but these bags are lucky enough to be hitting our concession stand in TOPMAN Oxford Circus, landing on 20th Feb!
But this isn't all we've been up to....Why not brighten up your week and take a look at our new Upcycled Beyond Retro LABEL bags S/S 17 Lookbook, each item just as unique as you!
The new LABEL bag collection will also be exhibited at trade show Pure London from the 12th - 14th February, and pieces will be available for wholesale.
Mini Dome Backpacks
Check out our new amazing Danni mini printed backpacks. Take a little cut of history around with you, as these are each made from damaged 1970s dresses or off cut fabrics...each one individual. Flouncy floral not your thing? Well we have also upcycled classic Hawaiian shirts, traditional African fabrics, silk scarves, bold denim and ditsy floral print to our most popular shape!
The revolution of upcycling has never looked so groovy, take the festival season by storm and that that little bit of Woodstock with you!
Angry Face Bags
Ahhh! A Backpack with two personalities, I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of these guys! Our leather Angry Face bags come in our Mini Dome Backpack shape and the Madison mini cross-body camera bag and are made from 100% unwanted, upcycled leather...scarily sustainable!
Ella Bucket Bags
The Ella drawstring bucket bag is bang on trend, versatile and still small enough to go from day to night! This style comes in black leather, coloured denim, suede and vintage tapestry with a cross body strap.
The Alex & Parker Backpacks
On trend, and perfect for a casual sportswear look, the Alex drawstring backpack comes in black & blue denim, black leather, traditional camouflage, plain velvet and orange twill with leather straps.
For a classic workwear inspired backpack, check out our Parker canvas backpack, supplied in black denim and cotton canvas from workwear jackets. These statement backpacks are a London creative’s go-to!
We've started these bags off on a journey, now you take it on yours!
Photographer : Shaun James Grant
Stylist : Kirstofj Von Strass
Wanna hear more about our Beyond Retro LABEL story? Check it out here!
Words : Mary Costello
Posted on januari 9, 2017
FINALLY, the long awaited sequel to Danny Boyle’s definitive 90s masterpiece Trainspotting is hitting cinemas this Friday. The story of four Edinburgh heroin addicts remains a classic and has had us feeling nostalgic of one of the greatest 90s trends of all time – Denim. Even in Trainspotting when the characters’ lives were falling apart their jeans certainly were not!
This has got us remembering some of our favourite 90s looks and inspired us to take a look at some of the countless, unique denim items we have at Beyond Retro. We’ve narrowed it down to a few!
The mom jean in light wash was a classic laid back look worn best by supermodels such as Kate Moss. The original Levi 501 still remains a wardrobe staple!
Shop our selection of mom jeans here!
Denim jackets were everywhere in the 90s – worn oversized and usually teamed with even more denim, they add a fresh sense of youthfulness to a look. A look that reminds us of our favourite 90s sweethearts who wore them oh so well. From Leonardo Dicaprio in Basketball Diaries to a fresh faced Drew Barrymore and Winona Ryder, they knew how to rock the denim jacket.
Steal their look here!
Another way 90s denim made a statement was with the full dungaree, probably rocked best by Rachel Green from friends and the coolest of girl bands, TLC, dungarees are a 90s denim staple which are hard to forget and will most certainly not be forgotten by us anytime soon.
We have a similar selection here
Reminiscing on 90s denim has got us remembering its timeless stylistic quality. Whether it’s worn with polo shirts and bomber jackets like our favourite Edinburgh boys in Trainspotting or doubled up like the superstars of that day and age – it works and it can work now too. There’s so much denim out there to be re-owned, reworked and mixed up to fit your own unique style and with all this 90s nostalgia in the air now may be the perfect time to test it out.
Words: Bethany Powers
Posted on december 14, 2016
Winter, the time of year Beyond Retro transforms into a one-stop Christmas shop!
If you didn’t already guess, we love the festive season and all it has to offer, but our favorite? Obviously the classic festive must-have: the ugly Christmas sweater!
This year we have gone the extra mile and created a paradise of ugly ( and cute! ) Christmas sweaters, from the 1st December all the way to tjugondag knut.
Our Drottninggatan store in Stockholm has opened it’s pop-up Christmas shop filled with hundreds of crazy Christmas jumpers. The store is impossible to miss, the ultimate place to find that one thing that everyone is talking about this year, the Christmas sweater!
We've also got a huge Xmas range in our Arkaden store in Göteborg. The entrance has been transformed into a beautiful Christmas pop-up, a haven of all things festive. Plus, for those in Malmö, our store in Mitt Molan also has a pop-up that's packed full of unique Xmas Knits that are perfect for all the festivities ahead. May it be the dreaded Christmas office party, a family meal or just your festive day-wear, all of our pop-ups will have any kind of sweater for you!
From garish ugly knits, to chic Nordic styles, our pop-up has an abundance of classic Christmas Jumpers for both men and women. With over over 10,000 crazy jumpers in-store and online, we’ve got the ultimate selection of one-of-a-kind pieces to suit every festive fan.
Plus, the festive season isn't just about Christmas... Glitz and glam can only mean one thing, New Years is only around the corner!
We at Beyond Retro love a good party, and we know our customers do too which is why we have carefully selected on the best sequins and glitter for your party wear!
With new stock everyday, pop into our stores and get festive ready... Santa’s waiting!
Posted on december 12, 2016
Third up in our series on gifting, we’ve teamed up with UK print studio East End Prints as part of our new Revolution Range!
We’re very pleased to be working with East End Prints with a new collection of artists. The company was set up in 2010 by Helen Edwards, who has over 15 years experience in artist management, print publishing, and curating exhibitions.
East End Prints supports emerging artists and illustrators, selecting the bold and the fun, then publishing their work as gorgeous graphic art prints. They focus on artists who are aware of trends, but aren't influenced by them.
The exclusive range will feature 3 up and coming artists:
Based in London, Daniel’s work has been exhibited at the Tate, featured by Design Week and Time Out and showcased in books by Thames & Hudson and Rizzoli USA. His work is bold, urban and all printed on 100% recycled paper!
Pea Crabtree is a letterpress printmaker based in Hastings. She runs regular workshops at her studio & loves to take her wood type collection & proof press to museums & galleries to get people involved in the magical world of printmaking. A self confessed type and print nerd, her work is loud, bright and humorous.
"Creating art that is wearable, usable and just nice to look at".
High quality limited edition prints created by an Aussie girl living in Essex. With a love for all things retro, she combines romance with horror. These look great framed, for a bold kitch look!
We’re excited to be working with Helen and her team. They are on a mission to bring amazing prints and cool wall art to your home and interiors. Whether you’re looking for art to brighten up your home, office or searching for unique gift ideas, these exclusive prints are high quality, affordable and look amazing in a frame!
Be bold, show your personality off with these prints, communicate who YOU are through your walls!
All prints are available in store and online - inspire someone this Christmas.
Words: Mary Costello
Posted on december 8, 2016
Give the gift of creation with a Wool and the Gang DIY kit.
Unique, fun and handmade… by you! And guess what? It’s all sustainably created, so no guilty conscience. Wool and the Gang have reintroduced knitting into our lives, so you don't have to be retired to whack out the needles and start creating.
We have 5 styles in store and online to choose from, all you have to do is buy a kit and learn to knit!
We spoke to co-founder Jade Harwood to find out a little more about WATG.
Tell me a little about how WATG came about..
It all started with an interest in sustainability in fashion. Myself and Aurelie Popper studied textile design at Central St. Martins, and this is where we fell in love with knitting. We wanted to break the knitting mold and build a sense of community around sustainable fashion.
Where does the main source of inspirations come from for your designers?
All over the place really. We try and keep up to date with the trends and what people want to wear, but because people are investing time into making these items themselves, we want to make sure they can last beyond the season. Starting with the essence of our name we’re really inspired by music culture. A lot of our product names have a music reference ie...Shiny Happy Cotton = REM...Crazy Sexy Wool = TLC. :) It’s also inspiring seeing what people like to make and what people enjoy most using hashtag #shareyourknits
Have you faced any challenges with setting up a sustainable fashion company?
Of course we have - what is business without challenges? I’d say a big one is trying to remain competitive in the world of fast fashion. While a lot of people may like the idea of buying higher quality, it can often come down to the price tag and convenience. Knitting up a jumper just isn’t as convenient as buying one off the high street - but they definitely are still valued differently.
What does sustainable fashion mean to you?
Sustainable fashion means being aware of what goes into the clothes on your back- knowing how the fibres, the design, and the creation all affect the environment around us.
Any crazy plans moving forward with WATG?
We don’t like to give too much away - it’s more fun to keep people on their toes! But we will continue to collaborate with other brands that share similar messages as well as grow our own brand to better the experience with our current and future customers around the world.
How have you seen the sustainable fashion industry change/develop in the past few years?
I feel that environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion are making waves now. It’s nice to see various brands on the high street starting to incorporate it into their business practices - from fibre choices to recycling packaging and everything in between. When people raise their voices and bring attention to the cause, companies are going to try and join the conversation, and that’s nice to see.
Finally, any hints or tips for all of us who are trying to make our wardrobe more sustainable?
While it may be hard, don’t buy into trends as much. Keeping things minimal and relevant to your wardrobe and not just this season is key. You don’t have to invest a ton of money on your clothes, but do think about whether or not you plan on wearing all these pieces come next year. And of course, knit something unique to you.
Words by:Mary Costello
Posted on december 2, 2016
Hitting our gifting wish list this festive season is Kapdaa, beautifully hand crafted notebooks made of recycled vintage off-cuts from our Design Archive. We spoke to Kapdaa founder Nishant Parekh to find out a little more about this sustainable company.
Tell me a little about how Kapdaa came about..
Kapdaa means 'cloth' in Hindi. It was these small pieces of off-cuts, that I found in my Mum's design studio back in India that caught my curiosity. I felt it was such a shame that the off-cuts with such beautiful designs were going to waste. This thought stayed with me until I came to the UK, finished my program at UAL and finally I decided to start Kapdaa The Off-Cut Company. We help designers turn their waste into luxury marketing products, with our notebooks being our hero product.
Have you faced any challenges with setting up a sustainable company?
On a daily basis! Any new idea, or unique concept in the market faces it’s set of challenges. The limitations of setting up a company and keeping it 'sustainable' is an entrepreneur's given. Our biggest challenge at Kapdaa is that we are not only encouraging sustainability but most importantly we start by educating our clients that there is a sustainable option! We help our clients understand that with choosing us, they are choosing the option to not let their designs go to waste. It’s a step ahead for the brand, where finally their customers feel proud of the choices their favourite brands make.
What does sustainability mean to you?
For us at Kapdaa sustainability is as simple as the 'ability' to 'sustain'. We use a local family run courier companies in UK and India, from airport to factory. We source all our raw materials locally too, also we use screen printing rather than digital to support craftsmen. Not only this but we also look to employ anyone who would like to join us with no prior experience, as we offer training through various roles. The paper we source is FSC regulated. So it's not only a sustainable product but an entire sustainable process.
'Every Piece Matters’
Every piece that makes you, who you are 'matters’
Every choice you make ‘matters'
Every fashionable choice you make 'matters' the most
Today what 'fashionably matters' is SUSTAINABILITY
Any crazy plans moving forward with Kapdaa?
All of us at Kapdaa are crazy and stubborn, obsessed with the idea of product innovation and sustainability. So we will constantly have a fresh perspective to existing product or finding new ways of using waste. Recently we have just started adding images to the inside of the notebooks, making it a combination of a look book and a notebook. We like to call it Noticeable notebooks. Images tell the story from inception to final creation and inspiring you to pen down your thoughts in that very notebook.
Also in the pipeline is our new product, coffee cup sleeves. Now, off cuts will dress up your favourite mugs and reflect your personality, to stylishly flaunt a fashionably sustainable choice. Finally, we have also been sent off cuts of steel & rubber from couple of companies, so watch the space :)
How have you seen the sustainable industry change/develop in the past few years?
Yes, very much so, but this pushes us more to keep on going! People are very much aware of the term sustainability now and that's a great start. They might not know how to go about it, but many lovely bloggers and social media groups are writing, speaking and interacting with the movement now. Cross promotion is the key here, I believe everyone that deals with the issues of sustainability need to not only support, but promote the idea on social media, as they have more followers and a bigger reach. They have the power to educate and influence more consumers to make a sustainable choice.
Where is your favourite place to shop Eco-friendly?
Luckily, India is a country that grows organic cotton and for generations we have used natural fibers for our daily wear. So independent boutiques and cottage industry shops are places where we shop. Here in the UK because of the kind of business we are, we come across a lot of ethical labels that are usually available online as they are also entrepreneurs. Also flea markets are a big favourite among the Kapdaa team!
Finally, any hits or tips for all of us who are trying to make our lives more sustainable?
It's time we turn from 'fashionably conscious' to 'consciously fashionable' people. It all starts with the shift in the thought process and everything follows, as people like Kapdaa, Beyond Retro and many others are here to offer you solution to live more sustainable.
Kapdaa's notebook collection, created using our rare archive fabrics, will be available in-store and online, perfect for a Christmas stocking filler with a unique story!
Words: Mary Costello
Posted on november 25, 2016
Alongside our incredible array of original vintage handbags you see in store and online, we also host an amazing selection of new product that we source from far and wide just for you guys!
We have been lucky enough this festive season to stock Tile Cat, who create one-off hand embroidered backpacks and purses. These bags are all hand made in Karkam, a small town in Tibet, China.
So, how does it work? Well the technique is called Miao embroidery, three-dimensional the stitches become knotted, overlapped and uniquely created. Each pattern is based on traditional plants or patterns from the region, along with this each pattern holds a special meaning. For example, bat means lucky, fish and peony means wealth, phoenix means queen.
Sadly the use of the art of traditional embroidery is declining, so Tile Cat see it as their mission to help revive this old tradition from its gradual extinction.
We asked the designer where their inspiration came from:
'As a designer I choose to do embroidery because of my family background, my ancestors originate from this small town, and as a young girl I remember my great-grandfather telling me magical stories, this then got me interested in the tradition of colour embroidery.'
Looking for somethings smaller? Tile Cat have made us our very own Beyond Retro exclusive headbands. Handmade, each one will be embroidered with love and care, the perfect festive gift!
Check them out here: http://www.tilecatboutique.com/ or just pop into one of our UK stores!
Looking for something with a little more sparkle?
We've teamed up with sparkle extraordinaire Pup Tart for our second bag gifters. Lovingly hand dyed, stitched and printed in North London these accessories are everything you could want! Want to know something even better? The owner has a little helper, Indy the pooch who inspired her to create items such as their dog/cat bow ties.
Their super shiny glitter clutch bags that our stores will be stocking are like candy for your hands. They make a cute gift and are also perfect for the festive party season.
Check them out here: http://www.puptart.co.uk/ or just pop into one of our stores!
Words: Mary Costello
Posted on oktober 17, 2016
Going forward we’re on a mission to move our entire new product range to items made from recycled or upcycled materials. Do you have a product with a recycled, upcycled or reclaimed element that you would like to sell at Beyond Retro? We want to hear from you!
This year we’ve decided to launch a new initiative to expand our sustainable message and product offering. As many of you eagle-eyed shoppers will know, we currently offer a range of vintage inspired new products in-store and online alongside our classic vintage and upcycled LABEL garms. Going forward we’re on a mission to move our entire new product range to items made from recycled or upcycled materials. This is an exciting new initiative and we invite you to come along on the journey with us. Our aim is simple - we want to bring our customers affordable and high quality products sourced with intent and care. It’s not going to happen overnight, but we’re excited to see where this idea will take us!
HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?
With this in mind, we want to hear from you. Yes, YOU! We are asking our customers and our community for submissions from brilliant and innovative ideas. Do you have a product with a recycled, upcycled or reclaimed element that you would like to sell at Beyond Retro? Or perhaps you have an idea for something that you think we'll love? As ever, we’re approaching this with an open mind, so if you want to be part of creating this story with us then have a look below and get in touch!
OUR ECO STORY
Beyond Retro was started almost fifteen years ago with the aim of building a more sustainable world. In the years since, we’ve been lucky enough to emerge as the biggest vintage retailer in the UK and Sweden, and we owe it to you - fabulous and loyal customers!
Although there’s no denying that we adore lurex blouses and 90’s bomber jackets, what really goes to the heart of our company is a desire to combat the worrying trend of fast-fashion that’s taking such a huge toll on our world. To put it simply, we’re all using far too much stuff and this needs to change.
All of the clothes on our shop floor or website are handpicked from all over the world by our expert pickers. These pickers sort through 93 million pounds of clothing every year - that’s over 60 Olympic swimming pools worth of material! From this, we buy roughly 22,000 kilos every month, with the money going towards good causes. As for all the stuff that you guys didn’t love enough to take home, well that either gets donated to charity or sold in bulk. So in short - everything goes back into the system one way or another.
And did we stop there? Of course not! We realised that only 1 out of every 1000 items that we were sorting through was making it to our vintage department. We found ourselves in a pickle - how do we save more garments from landfill? Launched in 2012, Beyond Retro LABEL is a collection that is entirely custom-made from re-worked vintage pieces and fabrics. In a world of throwaway fashion, LABEL is a new and ethical approach to producing amazing and unique clothing. We design and make over 100,000 LABEL items each year, saving an unbelievable 600,000 items from landfill!
- 11th of November, 2016
- Full Name
- 150 words or less about you, your views on sustainability, and your brand/design techniques
- Links to your social media profiles
- A portfolio or up to 10 images of your work that you would like to resell at Beyond Retro
- Your brand name
- Send submissions to email@example.com
We're so excited to see your new ideas and continue our journey towards a waste-free world. Good luck!