Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Burgeoning in the cities of Scotland we can see the growth of business hubs that nurture small companies and the buzz that it is creating. Fashion and retail is playing a part; the beauty, textile, fashion and jewellery designers are all seeing an upturn in their trade because we are seeing the value in "shop local", the value of investing in artisan or hand-made by our friends or people we know. Supporting a community approach to the clothing you buy.
But what of the big High Street stores? GAP, Zara, H&M, Primark..., will they react? Will they realise the benefit of taking a more holistic approach to business, or will they always bow down to share holder pressure, to improving on next quarters figures? Will there ever be a more balanced approach? Or should we / they embrace the capitalists we are, chase the mighty $buck, squeeze the margins, sod the wee guy, aim for the yacht in Monaco, let our kids worry about the planet that we are slowly killing...
Friday, 12 June 2015
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
ULTRAS - are a new band from Glasgow, fronted by songwriter Gav Prentice formerly of Pop Duo 'Over The Wall', ULTRAS deliver electronic-infused rock music with confidence and bite.
EDINBURGH:Friday 29th May
TIME: 19.00 - 22.00
ACTS: Stealing Sheep, ULTRAS, Blank Canvas
VENUE: Limbo for Hidden Door Festival at The Bongo Club
COST: £10.00 or free with Hidden Door Festival ticket.
Debut Single 'Path To Getting Paid' will be available on Limited Edition Postcards and Download Only via the Instinctive Racoon imprint.
Track listing: 1. Path To Getting Paid (Single Version)
2. This Is Where I Fall
3. Path To Getting Paid (Full Version)
Thursday, 9 April 2015
What is your vision for fashion? The images above are from 1939. Are we returning to an age when we invest in a really good piece and only purchase a new one when there's a special event or to replace a staple? In 1939 (short film below) they took a guess at what fashion would be like in 2000 - miles away? Or not far off?
1939's predictions of how they thought clothing will look like in today's age. #notsoclosePosted by Vibe FM on Saturday, 28 March 2015
Friday, 13 February 2015
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Renzo Rosso, President of the OTB Group (owner of Margiela, along with: Diesel, Marni Viktor & Rolf...) appointed John Galliano as the Creative Director not long after... that incident (October 2014).
Two things stand out in the appearance of Margiela in London - this is a Women's Wear collection showing on the last day of the Mens Collections - getting ahead of the competition to show, why?
1. Is he worried where his influences have come from, will we see it in other places and he can claim first past the post?
2. And why London? The PR machine states he's getting back to his routes from his student days here. It was an exclusive invitation list and a very particular group of journalists, who was he avoiding?
A big departure from last season for Margiela - although the man himself (Martin Margiela) is no longer associated with the brand he was quite the "Enfant Terrible" (use a heavy French accent). Very into deconstruction, seams on the outside an "avantgardist" if you like in the 1980's.
Aside from the fluff surrounding Galliano's appearance for Margiela, what did you think of the actual collection?
Credits: Pictures lMaison Martin Margiela Website lOTB Group website
Tuesday, 6 January 2015
If you want to solve a problem, increase your turnover, consider the delivery of a new product or service, expand a division, drop a client - have you ever thought to discuss it with more than just the immediate influencers in your business? Okay, so maybe not all employees have your best interest at heart and you're managing a legacy business that has typically not given or listened to staff views in the past - Christmas parties have got out of hand... If you start listening and including, you start to see an empowered workforce that are not just there for the wage.
Here (10 minutes in) Paul Papadimitriou interviews Hiroshi "Mickey" Mikitani CEO of Rakuten, Viber... at LeWeb where Mickey describes the benefits of giving his developers the "down-time" or opportunity to work on anything they want.
Google do it, Apple do it the birds and the bees do it...
Monday, 15 September 2014
Saturday, 13 September 2014
A gym body to curves in all the right places
A saviour that delights, chats that are aces.
Fixated on weight and previous partner,
Easily forgiven for being my garter.
My desire, my passion, my true love revealed
She is the one, all others repealed.
Our partnership, strong and true to behold
We enjoy great conversation, even when bold.
A tempered dark mood was once uncovered
"Leave me alone" is exclaimed, repeated; truth discovered.
Curled up, closed off, working it out
By morning there's apologies, just glad there's no stout.
She's in touch with her feelings, heart on her sleeve
A realist that sees beauty; now I believe.
My cold heart with the positive face
My life well lived not all good, some a disgrace.
Reintroduced to a life I once knew
Now delighted, constantly surprised, enjoying the view.
We've hard times and good, all are great,
Together we'll work on it, that's just our fate.
Friday, 12 September 2014
She is my delight, my twinkling star
Delivered so young and achieved so much
A young life lead with a path many would dream
Constantly inspiring and providing guilt
I feel so humbled to call her mine
Moulded by many, she touches the world
The world looks back and bows down in awe
Her oyster is focused and success guaranteed
My only wish is a life of happiness
For I will give mine to ensure hers is delieverd