Friday, 30 May 2014

Grab a bargain this weekend...

A quick reminder that the mid-season sale continues instore and online. There are plenty of great tees and sweats available. Here are a few highlights: 

There's plenty more where that came from! You can see all our sale items here.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Oh, I Do Like To Be Beside the Seaside...

It’s easy to forget how fortunate we are to be based by the seaside, especially on days when it's cold and raining. Luckily, we have this season’s collection from Simeon Farrar to remind us of better days.

Simeon Farrar was a well-known name in fine art with a fondness for incorporating printing into his work when he decided to use t-shirts as a new medium for his pieces.  These proved very popular and, in trying to meet demand from fashion retailers, he has found a middle ground where he can produce t-shirts, bags, dresses and scarves in quantities that are practical, whilst maintaining the individuality of each piece.  He is well known for his t-shirts featuring line drawings of supermodels such as Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Georgia Jagger, who seem happy to feature in his designs, and for gently mocking fashion’s super labels, which sometimes don’t seem quite so pleased.

To fulfil his own creative needs, Farrar now has two lines.  Recently, he has started the Black Score label, producing short runs of t-shirts drawing on his favourite subjects of fashion and popular culture for their inspiration. We have a number of Black Score designs in stock at NOLA, and you can see the whole lot here.

His Simeon Farrar line has developed into a more traditional label, producing seasonal collections based around a single theme.  This has allowed him to develop his methods further, experimenting with colour and texture. By using more processes, these pieces are increasingly unique and closer to his artist roots.

This season his theme is the seaside – ice creams, lollipops and fairground rides.  We have a range of his individually printed, dyed and finished bags, including this canvas gusset tote in Waves Wash...

We also have a number of his t-shirts and vests, including different takes on a single image of an ice cream cone, from the faded and paint-splattered to crisp and white.

Other designs in the range include this ‘Wish You Were Here’ motif...

...and this fine array of retro lollipops

All of these designs celebrate the freedom with which they are manufactured, making a feature of imperfections in the printing and using paints and washes to create unique items – no two are the same, creating works of art that you can wear. You can see our whole collection by clicking here.