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T2 opens on Kings Road

With only a few days to go until Christmas, a festive feeling is most definitely in the air and if you’re lucky, you’ve already broken up from work.

How better to enjoy the holidays, than to kick back at home, with a mince pie (or two) and a good old cup of tea. And because it’s Christmas, it’s worth going that extra step and spoiling yourself.

To that effect, tea specialist T2 has opened a new store just in time for the season. A tea brand hailing from Australia, T2’s first foothold in the UK was in Shoreditch. This month saw the company conquering West London with their loose leaf teas and tisanes, in the shape of store on Kings Road.

Founder Maryanne Shearers originally came from a background in fashion and interiors, which is why T2 focuses on providing an all-round, immersive experience of tea. With their black interiors, the stores allow you to engage in a sensory exploration of tea with tastings.

For purists, there’s a whole range of black teas of the likes of Assam and Darjeeling, whilst those who like to be experiment might go for the flavoured black, green or white teas. In the mood for herbal? T2 won’t let you down, with fruity and herbal options.

Aside from the tea itself, you can also get your hands on all things tea-related such as teapots and cups…

So if you’re in need of a last minute gift, or quite simply want to treat yourself, head down to T2.

T2 can be found at 96 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4TZ.

Rihanna appointed as the new Creative Director for PUMA

First there was Solange for PUMA last week promoting an explosion on social media, and now even bigger news: Rihanna, Queen of Everything Urban Cool, pop and R’n’B sensation, has teamed up with her perfect partner – PUMA.

Speaking about the new role as Creative Director for Womenswear and Global Ambassador for Women’s training, Rihanna said: “It’s great to find a brand that celebrates strength and individuality. I’m excited for you to see what Puma and I come up with.”

Through this partnership, Rihanna will be the face of PUMA’s Women’s Training category as well as playing a key role in influencing product collections from the start of the new year. The collections will play on Rihanna’s strength to inspire confidence in women’s self image and their body and will work towards helping women in training sessions as well as injecting some street smart cool of track.

PUMA are well known for their non-traditional approach to sportwear, teaming up with the likes of Alexander McQueen and House of Hackney to release creative approaches to streetwear culture. The move to team with Rihanna is therefore a match made in heaven. Speaking of the appointment Bjørn Gulden, CEO at PUMA commented: “Signing Rihanna is a fantastic step for PUMA. Her global profile, her charisma and individuality, her ambition – all these things make her a perfect ambassador for our brand. She also aligns perfectly with the values PUMA strives for: to be Confident, Brave, Determined and Joyful.”

Watch this space.

Vevo DSCVR Ones to Watch 2015

1883 are excited to bring you the Vevo DSCVR One’s to Watch 2015. With exclusive interviews and sessions, Vevo will showcase 10 of the biggest new acts of the coming year, including Freddie Dickson (recently interviewed by 1883) Ibeyi, Wolf Alice and Seinabo Sey.

This week, we give you James Bay, who was recently announced as one of the BBC Sounds of 2015. This is the year of the singer-songwriter, and James Bay’s caressing soulful vocal talent with astounding guitar skills sets him in a league of his own.

“I want to show people both sides of the spectrum; on the one hand I come from this place where I was doing open mics and playing acoustic guitar, but what I’ve come back to recently is me in my room at 16 years old playing along to Kings of Leon and the Rolling Stones, with the electric guitar up loud.” Watch the session of “When We Were On Fire” here:

To watch the exclusive interview with James visit here.

Stay tuned next week for the next star of 2015!

XOYO and SINK THE PINK Present Gloria’s

Tomorrow (Saturday 15th November) from 10pm – 6am will see XOYO and SINK THE PINK present Gloria’s at The Coronet Theatre.

So what’s it about? “The brassy broad is back and she is about to unleash the biggest party you lot have ever seen, Gloria’s had a bit of filler and a tit job and she’s ready to open her doors to you, London’s finest fashion folk, music lovers, disco queens, tranny goddesses, colossal club kids and everyone in between We’re bringing uplifting, love drenched dance music back to you all, all under the watchful eye of Gloria and her girls, the hottest performers, dancers and drag queens around. 

Love, Gloria x”

And so it is that Gloria has returned to offer a disco in the midst of this season as part of the XOYO LOVES winter program. But that’s not all, recently added to the fervent Saturday night is French producer BREAKBOT as well as DIMITRI FROM PARIS. So put it all together and you’ve got a “poly sexual dance party” via SINK THE PINK with XOYO presenting array of DJ’s for you to get your groove on with many a “straight/pan/poly/gay” person. It’s pretty much fabulous unity.

So what’s the address? The Coronet Theatre, 28 New Kent Road, London, SE1 6TJ

For more information visit their Facebook page and for advance tickets here.

Jewellery Designer, Annabela Chan opens Boutique

Today sees the launch of Anabela Chan’s flagship store at the Ham Yard Hotel. As a winner of Vogue Talents 2014 – and since then on the radar of Harpers Bazaar UK as the ‘jewellery designer you need to know now”- the new store opening is one to live up to expectation. Set out to be as much as a shopping experience as it is a gallery, the boutique creates an environment world of magical allure while combining old-fashioned service where every shop has its unique character and story.

Chan made her mark in the jewellery world after winning a string of prestigious awards since graduating from the Royal College of Art, including Diamond and Fine Jewellery Design from The British Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council.

The unique quality of her pieces comes from the combination of old school high-end allure combined with modernity and elegant sculptural forms. All pieces are made at her atelier through alchemy of natural, precious and man made materials to create unique jewels and treasures that can be handed down through the generations.

Anabela’s flagship store will be located at 6 Denham Place, Piccadilly, W1D 7HA and open to the public from Thursday 13th November 2014.

Five questions for Bradley Mallett

Photography by Harriet MacSween

We had a chat with London-based artist Bradley Mallett, or BAM as he is also known, to find out more about his work.

Your work is based on landscape – why is this a starting point?

I am fascinated by landscape, especially mountain ranges. For me landscape is a place to get lost within my own thoughts and find myself. This year I spent time travelling in Australia and the Middle East. I embarked on difficult paths and climbed mountains. Really connecting with the land in such a way and exploring the true natural beauty of this world gives me a rush, and I like to incorporate an essence of this into my abstract paintings.

Tell us a bit about your technique.

My style is very much about texture and mark making. I mostly use ink and then incorporate a range of other materials in multiple layers. Starting off on a small area, I wait until it has dried before following on with another. Because of the nature of the materials I use, I usually work with my canvas flat on the floor so the different layers don’t intermix.

Why is black so important an element of your work?

My University Dissertation was based on the colour black and its journey through both the worlds of art and fashion, looking at how they intertwined. It was following this that black became such a major influence in my own work. After a lot of experimentation I found that my technique has a far greater impact on a black canvas than any other colour: black allows me to play with mark making and textures in both subtle and striking ways.

Key moment in your career?

A student contacted me: her teacher had visited an exhibition I was involved in and recommended me as an artist to study for her own practice. She was fascinated by my technique and the mediums I used. It really hit me that, to be of such an influence to the next generation of artists, I must successfully be reaching out there in the art world.

What’s next for BAM?

I am working on three paintings as we speak. You’ll see me pop up at the Notting Hill Christmas fair in December and I’m also a Committee Member for a successful annual art show titled “What Is The Point?”. The show aims to expose up-and-coming artists who don’t have gallery representation…watch this space for details on the 2015 edition.


Pabst Blue Ribbon x Voodoo Ray’s

 It has had guest appearances in South Park, The Simpsons and Blue Velvet. In case you were wondering, we are indeed taking about beer brand Pabst Blue Ribbon, known as PBR for those who are familiar with it.

Having garnered somewhat of a cult following in the US, beer connoisseurs might be glad to hear that it’s coming to the UK, with last night seeing the official launch take place at Voodoo Ray’s in Dalston. That, of course, meant beer & pizza aplenty.

PBR has seen a bit of a revival over the past few years. According to research by Euromonitor, Americans drank over 90m gallons of the stuff in 2013. This marks the first time that the PBR cans have made to the UK shores (we’ve only had the bottles before). From now on you’ll be able to wash down your pizza slices at Voodoo Rays with PBR, and it’s also got a few wholesale stockists lined up which means you can expect to see more of the beer and it’s iconic blue ribbon.

The question is, will the British take to it just as much as the Americans?

5cc @ the Electricity Showrooms

If you’re a Electricty Showrooms regular, there are high chances you’ll have danced the night away on the LED dancefloor in the club below. It’s time to say goodbye to those days, however, as the basement has had a makeover.

The LED floor remains, but the venue has been converted into a brand new 5cc cocktail bar. For those who aren’t familiar with the name, there are already three other 5cc bars dotted across London, above the Exmouth Arms and beneath both the Well & Bucket and Harrild & Sons. The new Shoreditch venue is true to the 5cc style, hidden away and channeling a similar vibe: with copper a-plenty, leather furnishings and wood, it’s got that sophisticated cocktail bar feel…

It’s a robust cocktail menu, and one that doesn’t rely on the usual classics. There are some exciting flavor combinations, such as Play Dead, which brings together rye, yellow chartreuse, Lillet blanc and Fernet Branca. And for those who are planning on making a night of it, the menu also features cocktail barrels…for sharing, of course.

Located in the heart of Shoreditch, with its flashing disco floor and barrels, there’s no two ways about it: 5cc at the Electricity Showrooms is undoubtedly the younger, cooler sister of the 5cc lot.

5cc can be found at the Electricity Showrooms, 39a Hoxton Square N1 6NN.

Words by Ginger Clark

Eastpak x MSGM (Artist Studio)

Thought the humble backpack was just another way to cart around your home office? Well think again.

Two week ago Eastpak released first few bags from the EAST (Eastpak Artist Studio), with the legendary Manolo Blahnik, bringing together top tier fashion designers to create special-edition blank canvas bags to add some much need panche to back-to-school-chic.

And now it’s MSGM turn to help raise proceeds for Designer’s Against Aids when his sequined creation is auctioned off to help raise funds for HIV/AIDs awareness.

The playful and kooky print – which MSGM is well known for – will have a starting bid of £100, as will all the other designer creations launching steadily throughout the next few weeks.

So keep your fingers are the ready to nab a one-off, much coveted bag while doing some good. This is fashion with a conscious.

Words by Sofia Khan

RumFest ends London Cocktail Week

It’s in 8th year, RumFest is a two-day event founded by Global Rum Ambassador, Ian Burrell. Seen as the ‘go-to’ event for the spirit in Europe, RumFest creates an experience, enabling both consumers and professionals to enjoy the world’s most established, smallest, biggest and up and coming brands.

Part of London’s Cocktail Week celebrations, it is held at London’s ILEC Centre in Earls Court today and tomorrow. Those who attend are able to participate in seminars held by several brands including Mount Gay, Diplomatico and Havana Club alongside workshops and master classes run across the weekend. These will present a history of rum discovery and the journey which it has taken whilst ambassadors Richard Seale of Foursquare Rum and Michael Delevante (considered one of the world’s best distillers) will be sharing their knowledge on the spirit. Rum, chocolate and marshmallow pairings as well as live cooking and cocktail demonstrations from the Global Rum Ambassador will too be available to enjoy. A special charity auction will also be held by Christies, supporting WaterAid.

RumFest’s newest addition are Golden Tot Tokens, which are £5 each and allow further access tastings of premium brands on offer, retailing between £80-£2000 a bottle. Obviously, stocks won’t be lingering so you are urged to get in there early. These Gold Tot Tokens also allow for one token to be exchanged for rum which retails between £80-£100 whilst additional tokens can get you the more expensive stuff.

To really make it a festival, though, live bands and souk dancers will take you into the night, performing in a finale party hour tonight and tomorrow.

For tickets and access to all areas of the two-day event along with single measure tastings, visit here.