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‘No Ordinary Bicycle’ exhibition

In Events, Uncategorized on January 20, 2018 at 4:43 pm

With a change of plans my partner and I found ourselves remaining in the stow this weekend. With inclement weather we decided to go and check out the new exhibition at Vestry House museum.

Before we got to the exhibition space we found the room to the left of the entrance had had a redesign. When I moved to the stow it had a fascinating exhibition of Walthamstow’s cinematic history but that was replaced by a boring, generic room about the Tudors. However it now has a show about Vestry house itself and tying into that the history of poorhouses of the time. There is also an 1822 map of Walthamstow and my partner and I had fun picking out landmarks.

We then moved on to the new temporary exhibition. ‘No Ordinary Bicycle’ celebrates the desinf achievements of Walthamstow born engineer John Kemp Starley. He invented the modern bicycle as we now know it, with equal size wheels and a chain driven rear wheel utilising a diamond shape frame. But with his improvements came a social revolution of affordable transport. This is explored in amusing detail in the 15 minute animated film and then expanded on with the surrounding material.

It’s a fascinating show, illustrating how good design can have huge social change contributin to female emancipation and expanding the gene pool!

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Ten Days of Vintage (TDOV)

In fashion, shopping on December 16, 2017 at 6:09 pm

On our way to the Xmas market in the Working Men’s Club we walked past the window of the soft-opened from today Ten Days Of Vintage on Hoe Street. The harlequin bright outfits in the window are hugely eye catching as is the rusted metal ‘TDOV’ shop signage.

Chatting to the owner’s husband he told of his fear of heights which didn’t help when he was up a ladder attaching this sign on busy Hoe Street!

“I bet they won’t do mens clothes.” I grumbled.

So let me say from the start: they do mens clothes. Just a couple of rails of shirts amongs the ladies wear, but what shirts they are. Striking patterns, bold prints. And I have to say affordable prices. I’m strapped for Xmas at the moment but I will be back for some. I was particularly taken with a fine orange shit with creepy goth doll face print.

Not clothes for wallflowers

The ladies have a much wider selection. There are also retro bags and rucksacks fo sale.

With this location, this wild stock mix and at the prices we saw TDOV has a potent mix for success. I plan to be back post Xmas to grab some iconic shirts for myself.

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Glow London clothes shop

In Uncategorized on September 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm

At the Walthamstow Garden Party my partner and I met a local clothes designer who makes some lovely retro ladies clothes. We had a nice chat and my partner bought a 50’s style skirt in a very African style print that she has been wearing all Summer.

Well Glow now have their own shop at 4 Central Parade!

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Classic styling, modern edge.

They have a modern sparse, airy shop. The owner told us that a lot of work had to be done as it was a bit neglected but they have spruced it up with nice displays and artwork by Static London.

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Clothes from other designers are for sale, with more on the way

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Other designer goods are for sale.

My partner is very happy that a high end clothes shop has opened. Along with the neighbouring pop up shop and Central Parade space the uplift of How Street is gathering pace.