Feature Feed: Wear Carbs

Wearing Cyber Barbie Skirt from  Wearcarbs

Wearing Cyber Barbie Skirt from Wearcarbs

I LOVE CARBS, what can I say.

Ice cream, potatoes and bread are my biggest weakness, and to be fair I don’t want to stop eating these naughty treats, because they are freaking delicious! As delicious as the badass English brand WearCarbs.

Vibrant, fun and eclectic. That’s what I think of when I see any of Jessica’s pieces. I also want to go out to music festivals everytime I wear any of these, but I also managed to mix & match some of her key AW18 items to make an everyday outfit, believe it or not 😊

Meet Jessica, the creative behind the WearCarbs, and get a taste of what her unique brand is about!

Tell us a bit about yourself (brand/ creative director). Where are you from? How old are you?

I’m Jessica, 28 and from a quiet farm in Leicestershire (which is where I moved back to start CARBS). I’ve always been a huge fan of glitter and arts & crafts, something that my family always thought I would grow out of, but here I am!

When was “Wear Carbs”, the brand, born? What drove you to start?

After I graduated I did a few internships (some good, some bad!) but no one would hire me so eventually after a couple of years I decided to start CARBS as my last resort before finding an alternative job not in fashion.


Where do you get your inspirations for your designs?  


Fun! Everything must be fun, bright and colourful. It always makes me smile when I see someone wearing a bright and colourful outfit so that is what inspires me. I try to wear as much colour as I can (especially in Winter when so many people wear dark or muted clothes, I try to counteract it) and usually when I wear pieces from my collection strangers will come up to me and comment on my outfit. I like how clothes can create interaction and bring that out in people.


How would you explain the style/ motto of your designs/ collections? Is there a specific personality that fits best in your designs?

I don’t design for a specific age group or gender; my best customer is in her 60s and surprisingly a lot of middle aged men wear my clothes! CARBS are for those who are maybe a little bit mischievous and want to have fun with what they are wearing.


What’s the hottest item this season/ upcoming season?

The faux fur jackets have always been the most popular but I’m working on some super cute colourful sequin dresses for Autumn.

The faux fur jackets have always been the most popular but I’m working on some super cute colourful sequin dresses for Autumn.


In your opinion, what works best to make a brand like yours more successful? 

Determination and hard work. The first year was hard because no one knew about my brand at all and so I wasn’t making many sales. I sew from the moment I wake up at 8am to around midnight when I go to bed again and I work every day of the week, so it can be very disheartening when you are working so hard, but nothing is really happening. I almost gave up completely two- or three-times last year and the only thing that stopped me from quitting was having a DM from a stranger saying how much they loved my brand. Tiny bits of support like that make a huge difference. Collaborating with talented models and photographers was also a great way to network and show my brand to a whole new audience and as soon as I started to do more of that my brand’s audience started to grow.

Featured Feed: Sarah's Bags

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OUTRAGEOUS OUTERWEAR, my favorite kind. 

It's been a while since TCB has spoken about new talents, but this one is worth lots. Sarah Beydoun, the brain behind Sarah's Bag is a Lebanese gem. 

Dynamic, energetic and passionate about beauty and art, she decided to create her business after working at an NGO that rehabilitates women at risk and female ex-prisoners. And what's best, she employed the women she met there. 

Launching Sarah's bag in 2000, she brought to live hip, luxurious and hand crafted statement pieces that are always fun and playful. Her collections vary each season, but there's certainly boldness in all of them. From discoteque to tropicana or retail therapy vibes (one of our favorites along with the retro videocassetes), you'll find a variety of options.

Sarah's idea is to explore new materials and techniques with each collection, using embroidery, sequins, crochet and fabric manipulation, which makes her bags unique. It takes up to 25 hours to work on a single piece!

Definitely one-of-a-kind. Don't you think?

TCB xx

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Is Winter Coming? Seasonal Must-Haves

As the new season walks upon us, there are certain trends that you'll be seeing everywhere you go...

Here some hints at what to expect for the next season (and what should you be investing on!)

RED AND PURPLE ARE THE COLORS

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PRINCE OF WALES/ GLEN PLAID IS HOT RIGHT NOW

SOCK BOOTS ARE KILLING IT

TEDDY BEAR WILL BE YOUR BEST COAT FRIEND

THE Collaboration: Supreme x LV

It finally arrived. We waited for long, but it's finally here. Supreme x Louis Vuitton is up for grabs.

Only few had been able to grab some of these goodies, while the rest of humans wait or pay extortionate amounts through re-sale sites like ebay. And taking into account the face value of the most-coveted Supreme tee was €390, you can expect how much it will be as a re-sale.

For those who are unaware of what I am talking about (how could you?!)...Supreme is a NY brand aimed at skater peeps, however it has quickly escalated to be one of the most demanded brands in the fashion industry. Anybody who's somebody has THE supreme logo t-shirt. And if you disagree, then you just can't get it or can't afford it, my friend. As for Louis Vuitton...well, I don't think that an explanation? If you do, then you are probably at the wrong page.

Now imagine a combination of the two brands together. High end + the cool kid in town = KA-CHING! The LVMH Group has increased its sales thanks to the collab, which is only re-stocking in three of its flagship stores in Japan.

Items from the collaboration include everything from baseball jackets and parkas to denim outerwear, baseball jerseys, PJs, tees, jeans, track pants, and a tone of accessories, also including homeware such as blankets, pillows and more. Cause, who wouldn't have that?

In any case, if you are one of the lottery winners, I am slightly jeals. For the rest of mortals, see below some of my favorite pieces from the collection.

TCB xx

Vintage Addiction à Paris

Paris is such a great source of fashion inspiration, at least if 'chic' is what you are after. After attending few of the PFW shows I entered into a roller-coaster of emotions and my crazy self started wondering whether I had enough outfits to wear for the next shows. AS IF! Of course I did, but I told myself I didn't. Hence, I had to go shopping...

If there is something I love about Paris shopping is their vintage. Don't get me wrong, there's a paramount of shops where to buy new and delicate clothing, very chic and on trend, but I am a vintage lover, and the quality-price you get in Paris, you get nowhere else. And I thought you needed to know! 

  • If big names such as Chanel, Saint Laurent or Givenchy is what you are after, then Thank God I'm a VIP near Republique will be your sanctuary. I stopped there on my lunch break the other day and I had difficulties to leave. There's so much stuff, and all items are SO DAMN GOOD. I finally compromised on a cutie little cashmere cardigan from Chanel that I ended up wearing for the Masha Ma show! It was a blast.

Another area to do great vintage shopping is Le Marais (my favourite!). Here you can find maaaany options, but I would probably highlight the following:

  • Tilt Vintage, for a more chilled and upscale experience. Here you'll find a great range of sportswear and outerwear, among other things. The shearling jacket I am wearing is from them!
  • Free'p'Star, an old time classic, is a bit more chaotic. However, you could find real bargains and super cute dresses.
  • Vintage Desir, in an old Coiffeur shop, is for dapper looks (including lots of hats)

If you are out and about in the city of love, you should definitely check them out. 

TCB xx

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WHAT I WORE:

Tilt Vintage Shearling Leather Jacket
Thank God I'm a Vip Chanel Cashmere Cardigan
H&M Jeans (old)
ZARA Mary Janes (instore only)
Gucci Dyonisus Bag
Ray-Ban Gold Frame Round Glasses
PDPaola Jewelry

SHOES: Lady Camilla

She's been out and about for a while now but Camilla Elphick has definitely revolutionized the foowear world. You know how much I love a splash of colour  in my clothes and accessories and she definitely provides that.

I think you can tell she's the British protégée of shoe designers Sophia Webster and Charlotte Olympia. Her style comes along the lines of the icon's playful and quirky collections. I mean, who would have thought of integrating such a childhood icon like Pez candy as a heel?

#MUCHOLOVE baby. 

TREND ALERT: GrungeWave

As High Snobiety once called it, grungewave (rock'n'rolla tees) is ON. You may or may not like it, but when big retailers like UO or H&M start producing them to the big public, it means it is hot. Which could make you rethink your choices if you don´t like to follow the mainstream. Nevertheless, fact is, I like it. 

I´ve had this thing with t-shirts since I was a little kid. Wherever I would go, I needed to get a tee to remember that place. Not the "I went to NY and all I got you was this lousy t-shirt" but rather something that I liked that later on reminded me of the good times spent there. 

That also extrapolates to music tops. I love wearing t-shirts that remind me of a great concert, or a singer I look up to. But No Way Jose would I wear some t-shirt of a dude I've never listened to or I don´t know about just cause it's on trend. 

Having said that, I am enjoying very much this look. Perfect for a sunday stroll or if you want to embrace the more dark, boyish look; which you all know I am all about these days (see a great example right here!). 

If you are as big of a fan of this trend as I am, here are some of the options you can easily get:

Of course, if you want the big deal, I´d rather look up for original merchandise from your fave band or singer, or look up for customised versions of it via esty and ebay. I´ve found some real gems there. 

Stay tuned, 

TCB xx

Anya's Service Station

Hey there, fashion lovers! Fancy washing up your car in style? You may not be able to do so at Anya´s Service Station but you'll certainly score a great bag instead. 

London Fashion Week is around the corner, therefore every fashion house is playing their part to be noticeable. Anya Hindmarch, the funkiest british designer I know accessories-wise, has teamed up with Selfridges to showcase her new Diversion* Runway collection for this AW15. 

Located at the Department´s Store car park, Anya´s Pop Up recreates an M25 Service Station and presents a limited-edition collection of service station essentials such as a winkey car freshener, bumper stickers, condoms, nodding dogs (my fave) and a personalised hi-vis jacket, among her ongoing AW15 collection. All and all very exclusive, of course.

I love how Hindmarch´s designs come across as British, humurous, and personalised, as she recalls. Personally, my accessories need to have a soul, to stand out and hers certainly do that. And hey, with the return of show off fashion she´s game. 

The Service Station also has little treats for their clients, such as sweets doggie bags by Little Chef and a fantastic carwash photobooth with model mechanics in it for you to snap a picture.

The Pop Up just launched last Friday (two weeks before she presents her new SS16 collection during LFW) and will be running for four weeks only. Make sure you don´t miss it!

TCB x

*FUN FACT: "Diversion" in Spanish means "fun", so if you ever see somebody laughing at one of these signs, you know why now ;) 

WE LOVE: Mr. Drawbertson brings back Pop Art

If you are indeed a fashionista you must already know about Mr. Donald Robertson, the Head of Creative Development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and the genius artist that has been on the spotlight over ther last year. 

Donald Robertson's (aka Drawbertson) artworks are like an eye candy: funky, colorful and so much fun! It sometimes reminds me to the pop-art movement.  It amazes me how he can draw, tape, build, or doodle on practically anything! I'm definitely saving up to score on of his pieces home. 

WE LOVE: Spanish Folkore

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
— Marcus Garvey

You can't deny your roots, they are part of who you are! I am very proud to be Spanish. I love the culture and how different it is whether you leave in a big city like Madrid or Barcelona or your leave in the South or the North of Spain. The variety of offerings it's what makes it so special! That translate in so many levels, not only culture but also fashion. 

Take a look at these inspiring portraits by Pilar Hormaechea, showcasing the traditional style of the Spanish culture. 

STYLING by Closet 42
CLOTHING by Teresa Palazuelo, Ignacio Valdes (two of my icons in Spanish Fashion) and Traka Barraka

Featured Feed: Kam Creates

Featured Feed: Kam Creates

I knew my strolls around East London would have a meaning! Because wandering around the City is what makes you discover new cultures, new faces, new designers, new fashion. And this is how I met Kam, a 25 year old Londoner, who is the heart of Kam Creates,  one of the funkiest brands I've found in a long time.

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