On June 29 our Soho flagship opens its doors to the public as both host and gallery to an extraordinary Belgian painter and sculptor Robert Alonzi. It will be his debut UK show, showcasing 15 works, plus some entirely unique pieces he has made specifically for us, using our clothing as a canvas.
Read the biography on his site and you will begin to understand why we have chosen to collaborate with Robert – he has exerted a very powerful work ethic from a young age to now and his work expresses a strong contemporary aesthetic.
Definitely worth dropping in.
The Private View of the show is June 28.
Last weekend was Carnaby Style Weekender in association with GQ Magazine. Carnaby Street was awash with people, in-store deals and events.
On the Friday evening, I spoke on a panel alongside Dane Butler of celebrated fashion eyewear company Finlay & Co, hosted by Fashion consultant Toby Meadows. The discussion focused on our experiences of start-ups in Fashion.
Yesterday we started a unique collaboration between BIF, M.C.Overalls and 2nd year students of University of Westminster’s Fashion Marketing & Promotion BA Hons: 0-1.
Alongside BIF head honcho Matt Hart, we kicked off a learning programme which explored the mindset to get from 0 to 1 in the workplace – combining some neuroscience with practical insight into how to harness your creativity in an enterprise economy: learning by doing, finding inspiration and long, hard yards. A far cry from the traditional weight of worrying about a ‘career’…
We have invited the students to a series of workshops at our store, in which other brand owners and fashion leads get to tell their 0-1 story.
Finally, we set the students a real brief about our business. In due course, they will get to execute it with us.
It is after all #ApprenticeshipWeek.
Huge thanks to course lead Caline Anouti for welcoming us.