>>Is anybody egg-cited over Pam Hogg's new pop-up shop which sees her returning to her Newburgh Street address (a few doors down…). It will have a mix of vintage pieces from when the shop first opened in 1989 and some new collection pieces. I'm also egg-cited that she'll be building a proper website with archive footage – hopefully of all the crazy antics she got up to in the 90s as seen on Blitz Kids and her MySpace. Actually, I'm just generally egg-cited that Newburgh is getting a lift again…. the disappearance of The Dispensary, 55 Broadwick and Doors oddly coincides with Newburgh Quarter getting a big massive PR push on how its the London shopping destination to be. A Pam Hogg return is hopefully the start of good things to come around this Carnaby spot. See you there in your best spandex/lyrca jumpsuit!
Some of you may have already read about Style Salvage Steve's love affair with the matching his n' her wardrobes that were delighted to find when we arrived at the Aan de Keizer Bed & Breakfast in Antwerp. So much so that we couldn't wait to unpack our stuff into the wardrobes even though we were only going to be there for two days. Literally could not have been more giddy over a physical empty wardrobe. This 1920s-30s mahogony affair had each compartment labelled with its specific purpose – Millinery, Underwear, Lingerie, Hose, Blouses etc. I did start to daydream about a larger version of this compartimised wardrobe for my own clothes and winced at my makeshift Ikea industrial shelving at home housing all my bunched up stuff.
As I started putting my limited luggage into the different compartments though I realised it was a little like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Where it said 'Hose' I put leggings. I couldn't quite work out the difference between 'Lingerie' and 'Underwear'. I presume there were more layers to shed underneath flapper dresses back in the day. In place of 'Handkerchiefs' I shoved my Simple face wipes in there. Oh and alas, 'Millinery' couldn't be filled at all lest I put my Bernhard Willhelm visor sunglasses. Such compartments would be more relevant if I had ALL my clothes to fill it up. If I were to have an entirely personalised version of The Valet Company wardrobe, I'm thinking I would have to replace the ivorine labels such as 'Hose', 'Handkerchiefs' and 'Underwear' with, "Cages", "Leggings", "Harnesses/braces'…
Just need to enlarge the compartments enormously as well.