August in London // Gallery – Theatre – Restaurant – Bar – Club

// DIGITAL REVOLUTION at the BARBICAN

Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

 

The exhibition traces the history of digital technology and digital art, starting with videogames, synth music and computing in the 70s and 80s, through to a look at contemporary interactive arts, film VFX, creative coding and even wearable tech. It’s the first gallery of its kind where digital is treated as a medium in itself. As a result it brings together a wide variety of digital art forms and we find new relationships and make new associations between seemingly disparate forms.

 

Highly interactive, highly informative; Digital Revolution is accessible to just about everyone, from keen gamers and long time electronic music fans to technophobes and your grandparents.

 

Digital Revolution is running until 14th September 2014.

www.barbican.org.uk/digital-revolution

 


// SKYLIGHT at WYNDHAMS THEATRE

Charing Cross Rd, WC2H 0DA,

 

 

Starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy, you’ve done seriously well if you’ve managed to get a ticket to this and you’ll have done even better if you get your hands on one now.  This revival, directed by Stephen Daldry, of David Hare’s award winning 1995 play has had a hugely positive reception and is almost entirely sold out.  Expect thought provoking drama with politics and passion at its heart and enthralling performances from Mulligan and Nighy.

 

Skylight is running until the 23rd of August

Get the last few tickets here:

https://tickets.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/index.asp?ShoID=1499

 

 

// LIMA FLORAL

14 Garrick St, Covent Garden, WC2E 9BJ

 

 

 

Michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant Lima just opened a second space in Covent Garden, Lima Floral. Serving dishes that are new to the Lima menu, with a focus on rare Peruvian herbs and ingredients, expect unfamiliar foods and exotic flavours. Of course there’s a pisco bar for those who want to linger for drinks. The Piqueos Menu is perfect for Pre-Theatre Dining and the Ceviche as you’d expect is excellent.

 

Lima Floral opened on the 23rd of July

+44 207 240 5778

https://www.limafloral.com/

 

 

// RADIO BAR at ME HOTEL

336-337 The Strand, WC2R 1HA

 

 

In London there are now quite a few rooftop bars all the way from Dalston to Peckham and it felt right to have one on here for August. What clinched it for Radio Bar was the view.  At Radio Bar you can take in a 270° panoramic view of London with Oxo Tower, the Palace of Westminster, Big Ben, the Eye, St Paul’s, the Gherkin, One Canada Square and the Shard all easy to see.

 

Yeah the drinks are probably over priced and the dress code sucks ‘Trendy and Casual – no sportswear or sports trainers’ but its worth a visit just for that view, which is easily the best of any bar in London.

 

Open Hours:

Monday – Wednesday: 12:00 – 01:00

Thursday – Saturday: 12:00 – 02:00

Sunday: 12:00 – 00:00

 

 

//JACKMASTER at XOYO

32-37 Cowper St, London EC2A 4AP

 

 

Jackmaster, Radio 1 resident, Numbers founder and purveyor of ridiculously bouncy house and techno is playing 13 consecutive Saturdays across July, August and September at XOYO and bringing along some friends too. This August you can catch the likes of Axel Boman, Moodyman, Joy Orbison and Artwork alongside Jackmaster himself.  Running from 9pm to 4am every Saturday, expect a great atmosphere, on point music and a lot of fun.

 

Tickets here: http://www.xoyo.co.uk/events/index.html

Early Bird – £6.00

General admission – £13.50

 

 

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Tuesday Tune// Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – NY Is Killing Me

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Introducing// Leo Joseph

“Quality, style and comfort
are my priorities – I am
proud that we have
achieved all three, and
more.. I hope you love
them as much as I do.”- Leo

 

The summer season welcomes our newest brand Leo Joseph, which includes an exciting collection of South African inspired swim shorts. Being a new British brand, Leo Joseph needed to bring something unique to the table; Bright and colourful prints reflecting Leo’s time spent in Africa.

Each short is delicately crafted by a seamstress and the print work takes place in Macclesfield, Manchester; the hub of world class print manufacturing. The whole process is finished with intricately placed detailing (note the animal pocket lining). Designed for a comfortable yet tailored fit and made with only the best fabrics, the new label is sure to find a contemporary and well established place within the market.

Get in touch with one of our stylists today if you’re looking for some new holiday pieces!

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Style// Spring Clean Your Wardrobe

Spring is upon us, which means it’s time for your wardrobe spring clean! Here are a few tips from our stylists to help you de-clutter your shelves and freshen up your look:

1. Our stylist’s moto for wardrobe spring cleaning is “ if it wasn’t good enough last year, it won’t be this year!”. Take out any clothes that you don’t wear, including clothes that don’t fit or that you have worn out. A good idea is to pack the pile of clothes you’re thinking of throwing out into a box and leave them for a month. If at the end of the month you haven’t reached for them they can be given to charity or sold on Ebay.

2. After creating some space start separating your clothes into outfits to help identify what’s missing. It will then become clear what you need to invest money in, perhaps you need some more basics such as white t-Shirts or bright shirts to help invigorate your work suits.

3. By this stage you should be able to create a list of the items you feel you need and then set yourself a budget. You Chapar Stylist can help you choose what it is worth investing your money in; including key wardrobe staples and summer one-off pieces.

4. Always invest in good quality materials such as wool, cashmere and 100% cotton, it’s worth spending that little bit extra to ensure your clothes are long lasting.

5. Try and base your wardrobe around a few key shades of colour to ensure most items will be interchangeable, for example- greys, blues, and browns. However, preferring a certain colour palette doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with bold statement pieces!

6. Lastly, don’t forget your accessories. Colourful socks, light scarves and leather belts can all help bring an outfit together.

Our Senior Stylist Chelsea put together this Spring Colour Palette for those of you looking for some fresh inspiration, all items are available through us!

Colour Palette Items starting from top left:

Brown Loake shoes, Sunspel grey sweat top, Scotch and Soda jeans, Denham jeans, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Brooks Brothers white shirt, Woolrich beige jacket, Hentsch Man long sleeve tee,  Navy J shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday Tune// London Grammar – Sights (live)

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Tuesday Tune// Kiesza – Hideaway

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Loake// Proud to be British

The Loake family have been making shoes for over 130 years, with the first Loake factory opening in 1880 in Northamptonshire where many of the premium grade welted shoes are still made. As the brand has continued to grow so has their customer base and design process, Loake now produce a range of shoes outside of the UK using a variety of constructions in order to meet the demand of shoes for all occasions.

Loake originally started back in 1880 in an outbuilding at Thomas Loake’s house at 62 King Street, accompanied by his two brothers, John and William. By 1894 the three brothers had moved the company into a 20,000 sq ft factory which in their time was considered one of the most advanced shoe factories in the England. Becoming well known for their sturdy footwear, Loake’s contribution to the First World War effort included the manufacturing of boots for the Britsh and Russian army and again during the Second World War for Naval and RAF officers. Perhaps one of Loake’s most stand out points was being granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen in 2007.

The brand prides themselves in sourcing only the very best quality materials for their shoes. Each pair takes eight weeks to make; The process uses 200 different operations, 75 shoe parts and 130 highly skilled crafts people. This combined with their premium grade Goodyear welt process ensures Loake remains a truly authentic British brand.

Watch this amazing short clip on the Loake’s craftsmenship to get a better idea of what goes into each pair of Loake shoes:

 

 

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Tuesday Tune// Kygo – BBC Guest Mix For Diplo&Friends

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DENHAM// Worship Tradition, Destroy Convention

Englishman Jason Denham established DENHAM in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Having already established his reputation in the European market as a consummate “jeanmaker” known for mixing denim modernism with workwear tradition, he resolved that the jeans category needed an injection of something fresh, new and undeniably mouth-watering. Assembling a small like-minded team of international designers, Denham set-up operations in Amsterdam in 2008.

The Chapar team were invited to a DENHAM workshop at their Shoreditch warehouse store which also provides space for their UK wholesale office. Exposed brickwork and a collection of hanging scissors creates an industrial back drop for the jeans on display. Being based in London the brand is able to re-connect themselves and take inspiration from Britain’s strong custom-tailoring heritage. The Chapar stylists were able to learn about the collection as well as the history of the brand, providing the stylists with a deeper understanding of the brand’s philospohy.

Many of the jeans are made from re-cut vintage materials, which gives its homage to tradition. Whilst placing a fresh twist on the designs, they are very careful not to over work the fabrics as they believe many denim products are over done.  By following their work mantra of worship tradition, destroy convention they try and take their designs further, producing quality pieces that continually break norms.

One of DENHAMS most impressive design processes is Virgin to Vintage. To create the perfect wash the team will have someone wear a pair of raw ‘virgin’ jeans for a number of years- providing a real example of that ‘worn’ look everyone is so desperately after. The jeans are then handed to the design team so they can recreate the wear pattern on a newly designed pair. As well as focusing on wash, fit and durability, the DENHAM design team finish off their designs with incredible attention to detail. Their chain stitch scissor emblem on each pair of jeans contains exactly 691 stitches.

The DENHAM designers are experienced enough to work with a confidence and discipline that ensures a constant focus on quality, workmanship and execution. Yet they pride themselves in being young and naïve enough to experiment with new processes.  For them, as stated above their London shop door, the truth is in the details, and these details soon became their brand signatures throughout the collections. Perhaps DENHAM’s most iconic detailing is the 7 point pocket. If a line is drawn around a hand, seven points are generated, this concept ended up replacing the traditional 5 point pocket. This became symbolic of the hand of the worker for whom work-wear jeans was originally created as well as the hand of the creators of DENHAM jeans, a solid mark of DENHAM’s commitment to quality workmanship. To get your hands on a pair of DENHAMs contact us at stylist@thechapar.com

 

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Tuesday Tune// M83 – Wait (Kygo Remix)

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