[4 Oct 2015 | No Comment]
Britain’s pleasure piers: Simon Roberts Q&A

The results of Brighton photographer Simon Roberts’ three-year quest to document all of Britain’s remaining pleasure piers will be exhibited together for the first time at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery from October.

Here he explains why the seaside structures are so important to Britian’s economic and social history.

“I’m interested in the fact that the pleasure pier follows the story of Britain’s relationship to the seaside, from the early links with the Romantics, to the engineering feats and technical advancement of the Industrial Revolution.

They bear witness to the growth of the coast as a pleasure destination for a monied elite, as well as the working class’ enthusiasm for the seaside brought on by the development of the railways and the bank holiday ruling. Britain’s piers trace our changing economic fortunes too, from post-war boom to economic downturn, and now a slow re-awakening of our appreciation of these cultural and historic landmarks.

I think we will continue to have a tenuous relationship with these fragile structures. As local councils become more stretched financially it will be left to private companies and individuals to maintain or even rescue our piers. There’s no doubt they can be a costly burden, and making them profitable is a challenge. We need to find new, innovative ways to resurrect those that have been abandoned.”

See how many piers you can name…

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[26 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
Button up Seventies style with a denim skirt

The A-line denim skirt is one of the most versatile staples of the Seventies style revival. So before Christmas saps all your spare cash, treat yourself to an affordable high street investment piece that will see you through the seasons.

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[21 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
Betty Lou vintage hair workshop

Brighton hair & beauty salon Betty Lou is hosting a vintage hair workshop on 6 December, with mulled wine and a Christmas afternoon tea included in the £35 ticket price. So what can guests expect?

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[17 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
The Lust Lyst – vintage maxi dresses

Try something different this festive party season and shun the LBD for a high-impact maxi dress to make a Seventies-inspired style statement. Find inspiration from Lyst.co.uk in our partner post…

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[12 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
Archive Brighton footage shown at CINECITY

Part of the 13th CINECITY film festival, Screen Archive South East will premiere new digital versions of archive Brighton footage this November, including steam locomotives and the Palace Pier.

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[10 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
Crafty Creatives – Laura Ralph Designs

Laura Ralph creates one-off separates and two-piece outfits from hand-sourced vintage fabrics. Here she tells us why we can count on her for unique fashion that fits.

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[7 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
Wolf & Gypsy’s upcycled workwear collection

North Laine vintage boutique Wolf & Gypsy has teamed up with local textile up-cycler Tom of Holland for a limited edition collection of customised work wear, using visible mending techniques.

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[6 Nov 2015 | One Comment]
Parade down to Brighton pop-up shop

If you’re on the hunt for unique gifts, as well as something to help you stand out at the Christmas party, pop down to PARADE at No Walls Gallery between 17 and 22 November.

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[4 Nov 2015 | One Comment]
Accessories – a pregnant woman’s best friend

At nine months pregnant, I have a grand total of five wearable outfits to choose from. Enter my current favourite collection of little fashion lifts – meaning that I can wear basically the same thing for days on end.

Crafty creatives, Fashion, Featured »

[4 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
Flock takes flight – new remade vintage shop

A new addition to Brighton’s vintage and handmade scene opens in the North Laine on 7 November. Flock brings together the unique and bohemian offerings of a handful of well-established local labels.

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[1 Nov 2015 | No Comment]
The Fairy Tale Fair’s Festive Fancies

The Fairy Tale Fair was last year chosen as one of the top 100 Small Businesses in the UK. So, as Small Business Saturday comes around again, what can we expect from the local fairs this festive season?

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[27 Oct 2015 | No Comment]
Gin Cocktail Recipes from Gin & Bear It!

Impress your guests at Halloween and Christmas parties with these three gin cocktail recipes from Brighton’s mobile gin bar duo Gin and Bear It!