LABEL vs Fast Fashion

When it comes to the subject of fashion, it’s worth to mention its problem – a waste! We think we’re all aware, that fashion industry is known as one of the most pollutive ones. Tons and tons of clothes are being bought and very quickly binned and easily forgotten. The media are full of information about pesticides used in cotton farms and sewage piping into water, or chemicals used to dye fabrics. But the truth is, what can we do if we only can afford fast fashion clothes, when sometimes that’s our only option? This is when the conflict begins.

Usually, we can’t afford to buy Gucci, but we also don’t want to be a part of conscience attack on Mother Earth. Where is the compromise, or the happy medium? To find the answer for that question we need to look back at the history and find out if this problem occurred in the past…

Well, it didn’t. In the past, people appreciated the quality of fabric and its durability. Many successful dressmakers and tailors satisfied people around the World. Thomas Burberry supplied the entire British Royal Navy, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel opened women’s eyes for modishness of their world. Giovanni Versace distinguished chic and style from kitsch.

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All mentioned fashionistas (entrepreneurs) started as Crafters to get attention around potential clients. They didn’t become famous in the blink of an eye, though. They worked really hard to earn their recognition. Nowadays many dressmakers, tailors, shoemakers or sewing machinists use high quality fabrics and make handmade products. And thanks to the power of the Internet, they can get appreciation, equal to those on the top, even if it’s only the beginning of their careers.

So, maybe it’s a good idea to start using Etsy, instead of Ebay or ASOS. We believe, we are going to experience a big change soon. Perhaps finally handcraft will become more valuable as it used to be in the past, rather than sale in bulk.

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I cursed myself….

There was a time, fifteen years ago (I was 14), when my living space (shared with my brother at that time) was clean and totally dust-free. My garments were organised according to (firstly) the type of textile and (secondly) to the colour. It’s not like I’ve always liked fashion, but rather to look neat in tidy surroundings.

So, fifteen years ago, during ordinary X-mas shopping with my father, something called my name. A winter jacket. It wasn’t cheap, but I had to have it, so I proposed a deal to my Dad, that I would wear it until I graduate from Uni. And then my curse started…

 

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All those 15 years later, I am still wearing this jacket, therefore, you can imagine that my education still lasts. Nevertheless, after such a long time with my oldest piece of garment, to let it go and buy another one seems incomprehensible, to me. So, am I really cursed, or am I just sentimental ?

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We would like to introduce ourselves, a married couple, my wife Magda and myself Pi_otr.

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We would like to introduce ourselves, a married couple, my wife Magda and myself Pi_otr. Together, we would like to share our idea of fashion with all of you.

It’s all started from our own wedding accessories – veil and bow tie. We designed my own wedding bow tie, that perfectly matched to the whole outfit. We really enjoyed that brain storm of ideas, teamwork and final effects, so we went further, and bought our first sewing machine!

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Tweedy Greedy Harris Tweed

tweedy/ˈtwiː.di/– (adj) well dressed , mainly used in UK ,to describe well dressed people, or the life of reach people with homes in the countryside and an interest in horses, dogs, hunting and the rest of green-welly brigade.

Hi Everyone!

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It’s been a while since we posted anything on our blog. Recently, we’ve been busy more than ever, due to our New Born Baby. But, we are back. We’ll try to catch up more often than before, with updates about our passion for fashion. As we mentioned before we are located in Perth, the Heart of Scotland. (Click here, to visit I’ll spin a yarn) Therefore, we’ve taken a closer look into Scottish traditional tartan. It’s been quite fashionable since always, but even more appreciated throughout seasons of 2018/2019.

What we came across within ‘tartan research’ was Tweed, Harris Tweed, in which we fell in love with. Very classy textile, woven on Isles of Harris – one of the Scottish Islands. If you are going to work on tweed, please do not hesitate to choose Harris Tweed textiles. It was a pleasure to work on these luxurious materials. It’s not a cheap fabric, but definitely worth of its price.

Harris Tweed is made from 100% virgin wool, dyed, spun and hand-woven by the islanders at their own homes and finished in the Outer Hebrides. ”

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This Scottish textile belong to the most desirable fabrics in the world, where, as the only one, is protected by an Act of Parliament. Also(!),  ‘All Harris Tweed (fabrics) …, must be, by law, hand woven on a treadle loom by the weaver at his own home’. 

Harris Tweed company works hard, not only to create unique fabric, but works even harder to protect its brand. Whoever uses the fabric for own purposes (freelancers etc.), have to make sure the product consists of Harris Tweed label, only when it’s made of more than 50% of the Harris Tweed fabric. There is no other way! And why not? Why not share with world, who is responsible for something that great! And… why not earn more enthusiasts by it.

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Get yer kilt !

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In 1942, the Walt Disney studio designed a character of Scrooge McDuck with his own tartan, officially registered as the McDuck Tartan. A Scottish uncle Scrooge McDuck was formally presented in 1947.

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Kilt stripes and styles have undergone radical change, as tartan become universal. The amount of registered tartans keeps going up. Many countries have their own tartan.  The same, when it comes to different textiles. You can find kilts made of leather, denim, or corduroy.wp-15345348060951817673012.jpgwp-1534546525256492307431.jpg

The art of making a colourful tartan is rooted in the complex threads of specific pattern. Thread count describes a width of all the stripes, in all colours used.

You can even create your own tartan which consists of all colours you like.

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Ties & Bow Ties

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A bow tie is a type of traditional necktie and it’s originated among Croatian mercenaries, who used a scarf around the neck to hold together the opening of their shirts. This was soon adopted by the upper classes in France, where the cravat gave rise to the bow tie. The name ‘cravat’ derived from the French word for ‘Croat’.

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Our idea of bow ties is simplicity and elegance, but we’re not afraid to experiment with haute couture or casual designs. What a pleasure to participate in creation of something so unique, working on our own vision with high quality fabrics.20180101_231302.png

Fashion – art with no doubt!

The fashion houses want to dress certain kinds of society. If society likes it, not just human but the whole society will come back for it! Just look at the famous red carpet, which has grown into a spectacular, over the years. People choose an image they like and create their own style. Those images are inspired by fashion designers, stars, celebs, bloggers or just next door neighbour, who knows how to look good.

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What we wear (consciously or unconsciously) is usually the way of expressing ourselves, from the simple human impulse to communicate and express feelings to the most extraordinary manifestations, such as events of emancipation or any rebel (as some people want to be seen as the rebels).

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It just depends on the public point of view of the specific subculture group. People want to belong to specific subculture, with the same style, to feel like they’re not alone. When you see how fashion touches people and moves people, you’ll find out a lot of expressions. So, what more can you ask from art? I do reckon, that fashion should be recognised as an art. Not since the definition of art have become more elastic, and not from Coco Channel’s time, either. But, since the oldest human civilization started to exist, where the application of Chinese embroideries were an artistic expression inspired by Imperial China. Aesthetic principles, the most refined techniques, all laden with concepts, and everything else what is subjected to the criteria of art. So, when we’re talking about art, I think (with no doubt) fashion is a part of it! Fashion is a part of life.

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People live for a cultural experience, to learn something about themselves, throughout the human journey. Fashion is indispensable in this voyage

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Dancin’ Shoes

When it comes to female’s side of this magical activity called dancing, things are slightly different. Let’s be honest, our acceptance of invitation to the dancefloor, means that for the next three and a half minute we will be pulled, tossed and swirled numerous times. Of course there’s always that one person who knows how to boogie, who got the moves that are perfectly synchronized with ours and who leads us safely from the beginning to the end of the song. Unfortunately, this person is very popular among ladies so it’s very difficult to get hold of him.

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Don’t get me wrong, it’s always good to dance, whatever our partner’s skills are. It’s all about fun and spending time with people we like !!!!

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My tips are simple:

1.Always accept the invitation. You don’t know, but maybe this person waited for half an hour, practicing in the bathroom mirror how to ask you that one question “Shall we dance?”

2. Save the dance. If your partner struggles with moves, help him, make him feel that he’s doing a great job. Don’t forget who leads.

3. Comfortable shoes! Your ability to move freely on the dancefloor depends on what you put on your feet. I personally suggest dancing shoes, especially those made for Latin dance. They are beautiful and comfortable and will let you shake your booty for hours.

I would like to finish with the fact, that when you watch people dancing, you probably focus mostly on legs. So it’s good to choose shoes, that make you worth watching:)

Now, we would like to do a small research. After hours of debating, we cannot agree on which version looks better. P prefers version with zebra, and I…well don’t:) What do you think. Should we go wild or leave it simple?

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Shall we dance?

I love dancing. Even, when I cook I always do a little dance around the kitchen. I don’t wanna brag, but my legs are never sore from dancing.

So, did I mention that I love to dance? I really do. Everybody does (!) and everybody can! But, sometimes some of us don’t have any idea how to start with it. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? If yes, here I am to give you some precious tips 🙂 All you need to do is to sway and to hold sway over the rhythm and obstacles. 😉 Usually, dance music is very catchy, so listen to it and find the right rhythm. Let’s get started!

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