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Alice in Paperland

We wouldn’t survive Fashion Week if it weren’t for our trusty Moleskine. The striking colours [yellow being our fav for new season] along with the sturdy sheets allow scholar and fashionista alike to jot down those fantastic lines of witty prose – or whatever else trawls through your mind- in style.

The opening of their flagship in Covent Garden earlier last year set the team into mild hysteria (we love a good notebook here at the office), so you can only imagine the squeals of excitement when we heard about the new Alice in Wonderland inspired Moleskine.

As those who grew up with the original Lewis Carrol or Disney inspired tale are well aware, Alice embarks on an extraordinary journey sparked by her own curiosity. Taking its cue from this leap of faith, Moleskine wants others to imagine where they could go with only their thoughts and their notebook as company. Dutch papercut artist Rogier Wieland has shared his visions in a dreamlike short video clip that uses papercut art, optical illusions 2D and stop motion animation as well as a live rabbit. He invites viewers to open themselves up to a world where the real and the imagined collide for a creative journey like no other.

Created in partnership with the British Library, all notebooks feature quotes from Lewis Carroll‘s literary masterpiece and reproductions of original John Tenniel illustrations on the covers, a page of Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript reproduced on the flyleaves, illustrated paperband b-sides as well as Playing Cards stickers in the back pocket. A limited run of 5,000 numbered copies of a fifth design with clothbound cover is exclusively available on official Moleskine ecommerce sites and stores worldwide.

The Moleskine Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Limited Edition Collection is available from store.moleskine.com as well as Moleskine Stores

On the Bab opens in Covent Garden

Fans of Korean food will be familiar with the regular queue outside Old Street’s On the Bab. This dilemma could soon come to an end with the opening of a new branch in the heart of Covent Garden, where On the Bab will be serving up more of its delicious take on Korean street food.

In true Korean fashion, On the Bab serves up anju, dishes which customarily accompany alcohol. From crispy, crunchy Korean rice poppers to the Gyeran Bang egg muffin, something resembling a cheese toastie, there’s plenty to whet your appetite. Then you can move on to more substantial dishes such as On the Rool, a seaweed roll with barbecue meat, vegetables and kimchi.

For the full Korean anju experience you need to try chimek, the recent craze of fried chicken and beer. With the beer being served in an illuminated tower, it’s certainly not your average fried chicken. What’s more two extra types of fried chicken are amongst the new specialties being introduced in Covent Garden.

If beer isn’t your thing there are slushy cocktails and trays of soju shots to add some (childish) fun to your evening. Afterall, anju is part of the Korean drinking culture, so it wouldn’t seem right not to a drink or two.

On the Bab Covent Garden is larger than its sibling but it hasn’t lost any of the charisma that makes it so popular in Old Street: from some of the the old favourites (those steamed buns!) being included on the new menu, right down to the staff being dressed in striped sailor jerseys. Having already been fans of On the Bab, we’re only too happy to see a new sibling branch make an appearance.

On the Bab is now open at 36 Wellington St., WC2E 7BD, London.

Words by Ginger Clark

1883 Festival Previews // We speak to TEI SHI ahead of THE GREAT ESCAPE

It’s just under a month before music aficionados go and stroke themselves on stone beaches and in grubby venues. The Great Escape is the UK’s (better/grittier/triller) version of SXSW, with a line-up so minty your eyes will stream.

From Skepta, Alabama Shakes, Swim Deep, to DMA’s, Cash + David, Ibeyi, Formation and Kate Tempest – if you don’t find your cup of tea – there is a big cliff in Brighton, just saying. We thought it wise to catch up with one of the newer lambs on the bill to gage the scene. Brooklyn native mermaid girl Tei Shi obliged.

Are you a mermaid? Explain your “mermaid genre” music.

The term was something I kind of just threw online when I was first making a Facebook page and needed a ‘description’ for my music. It was kind of a joke, but came to be somewhat fitting I think, with the music being somewhat ethereal and siren-y. I love mermaids and underwater life, I wish I could be one in an alternate life :)

Can I be a mermaid with you?

Absolutely, we’re going to need a big group

Where should we listen to your music? (On a Caribbean beach at dusk?)

While lying inside a tent made of blankets

Your video for ‘Bassically’ features a lot of violence – but holds girl power at its core. Can you explain the concept?

The song for me just kind of holds power at its core, and it’s also a fun song. I wanted that to come through in the video. A really strong and also fun way of representing that message was with this sort of girl troop concept. I wanted the video to have that powerful energy while not taking itself too seriously. So you know, the violence is more silly and quirky than anything, and those kind of fun and light elements to it only came together in post production with Nick Pesce, who directed it and is one of my close friends. We were both on the same page…the girl power message is one way of channeling that energy that the song holds.

How important is it for you to be a female role model?

It’s very important to me. Not to say that I’m some kind of squeaky clean, exemplary person that I think females should use as a reference, or that I aim to represent some idealistic female persona…but it’s important for me to be someone who represents hard work and passion, respect and integrity of other women around me. To be an example of a female voice that is strong and individual, that in itself I think is what being a good female role model would be these days. To look around you and see a lot of strong female presence and power in areas that are notoriously tricky for women, like music. And I see a lot of that around me these days!

What emotion does music most evoke in you?

All sorts of different emotions, there is such a huge range of what music cause trigger in you…that’s what’s so awesome about it. I think good music most often evokes surprise in me…an element of something unexpected. That’s what really makes a mark on me musically.

Its almost festival season, what does the UK festival scene look like to you?

I actually have no idea…I’ve never experienced it before and have no idea what to expect. Although I do foresee a lot of drinking, and a lot of great accents, a lot of rain and a lot of fun.

Is the Great Escape your first UK festival?

Yes indeed, my first time playing in the UK ever

Who on the line up would you like to invite on stage with you?

Tops…love those guys!

Who on the line up do you want to party with?


Will you be sunning on the Brighton beach? Or rocking in the gloomy venues?

Well, I was totally unaware that there is a beach to be sunning at…I suppose I would definitely want to take advantage of that although I am expecting a lot of gloom and rain in general, and not a ton of sun…from what I hear.

Can you draw what your mermaid paradise looks like?

See Tei Shi’s drawing on www.imagineonetribe.com

For the full Great Escape line-up and last remaining tickets visit: http://greatescapefestival.com/. The festival runs from May 14th to May 16th.



Since its inception in 2007, Field Day festival has garnered a reputation for the collision of the coolest of electronic and indie music. Having seen artists such as Mumford and Sons, Foals, James Blake and Disclosure all play to crowds at Victoria Park, the festival bookers are not messing around this year. From Caribou and Patti Smith to Mac DeMarco, Twigs, Hudson Mohawke and Kindness, Field Day has combined the very best of classic and new. We caught up with LA sunshine surf psych mavericks Allah-Las ahead of this years shenanigans.

Are you sun worshippers?

Freebasing freemasons

What would you say to the statement “shit weather makes you more creative” 

(Might explain British music)? Definitely true, which is why we have no idea what we’re doing

Where should we listen to your music? (On a Hawaiian beach sipping a piña Colada?)

On a bog

What does the UK festival scene look like to you?

Absolutely loco

You played Liverpool Psych Fest last year; sum up the experience in three words.

Stoned and dethroned

How do you think Field Day will differentiate?

Less fog machines

Who else on the line up are you looking forward to seeing play?

Nannette Nunanacci, Mac Demackerel

Who on the line up do you want to get fucked up with?

Otis King, Orville Sash

What does your tour bus look like on the inside and out?

On the inside it looks like a 15 passenger van and on the outside it looks like the inside

Who would you invite on board your bus to play chess?

Rick Moranis

Is music maddening?


American dream or British nightmare?

Atlantic purgatory

You have a backdrop during some of your performances of a never-ending road.  Is the road your home?


Draw where your road leads..

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This years Field Day takes place on Saturday June 6th and Sunday June 7th. For full line up and tickets visit: http://fielddayfestivals.com/

Words by @elspethmerry

Bunsmiths @ Sebright Arms

In need of some proper heartwarming comfort food? Then look no further than the Sebright Arms.

The pub is known for its extensive list of all things beers and ale, as well as being a firm fixture on the music scene, but the pub just off Hackney Road is on our radar for a whole different reason. The Sebright Arms has just welcomed Bunsmiths into its fold, a new venture which will undoubtedly appease the appetite of music and food lovers alike.

 If you’re wondering what Bunsmiths is all about, you’ll find the clue in the name. The menu consists of slow-cooked goodness served…in a bun. There’s the Pulled Pork bun, made of 12-hour apple wood smoked pork and then there’s the Beef Brisket bun, which got a 10-hour treatment. The meat is piled high in a brioche bun, along with liberal amounts of tasty chipotle mayo and BBQ sauce. There’s also chicken and, for non meat-eaters, a veggie option. So whilst the menu may not be the largest, there should certainly be enough to keep everyone happy.

And yes, there is a burger on the menu, but with all the slow-cooked options available, Bunsmiths make a refreshing change from your usual ‘burger & chips’ pub fare. We certainly recommend you step out of the burger box on this one.

It’s a decent price – £12 will get you a bun and a side. And the sides are good, particularly the rather fine onion rings. In short, it is the place to go for a no-fuss meal, accompanied by a pint or two, of course…we’re talking the Sebright Arms here after all.

Words by Ginger Clark

LCF to open exhibition on McQueen Make Up

There’s no denying Savage Beauty as one of the most anticipated exhibition of the year. And with tickets selling out faster than hot pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, 1883 are offering a rare chance for one lucky winner to receive two tickets to the show thanks to our McQueen competition – just head over here.

And that’s not all by way of Fun centered on the mystical world of McQueen. London College of Fashion are opening an exhibition later this month exploring McQueen’s catwalk make-up called Warpaint: Alexander Mcqueen and Make Up. Coinciding with the V&A’s major retrospective Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, this satellite exhibition aims to unravel the process and inspirations behind the collections by examining key beauty looks developed by McQueen’s most trusted make-up artists.

The retrospective, opening at the LCF Fashion Space Gallery, will give an insight into the device and techniques used by close collaborators of McQueen – Val GarlandPeter Philips, Topolino and Sharon Dowsett – and the ways in which they brought his high conceptual world to reality.

McQueen’s shows were renowned for using ground-breaking technology, and in an homage to this, the exhibition will also explore make-up digitally. Central to the exhibition space will be a studio environment hosting an extensive programme of masterclasses as well as letting visitors see themselves in select McQueen make-up looks, through Holition’s specially created app, ‘FACE’

We suggest the V&A follows by the LCF for a full day immersed in the World of McQueen.

Warpaint: Alexander McQueen and Make-Up is curated by Polona Dolzan, Curatorial and Project Assistant, Fashion Space Gallery, and commissioned by Ligaya Salazar, Director, Fashion Space Gallery.

Entrance Free – London College of Fashion 20 John Prince’s Street, London, W1G 0BJ

Photos by Anthea Simms

London’s Best New Eats // Bourne and Hollingsworth // The Joint

Our pick of the best brunch and dinner menus this week. 

We all need an oasis in the concrete jungle. We found that escape. Nestled in London’s design capital Clerkenwell, B&H Buildings Bourne and Hollingsworth offers a new brunch menu that delicately combines timeless beauty and the new.

Picture this: Louisiana in the deep South – beautiful fans and wicker chairs. Quintessential British conservatory – floral design and sprawling greenery. Not only can you bask in the setting, but the menu of Eggs Royale alongside Drop Scones, Bubble & Squeak, crumpets and a Huevos Rancheros special, is sure to cure any Saturday hangover. But not as much as the bottomless B&H special Bellini for £15. Where else in London offers this delightful cure?

For more information and bookings visit: bandhbuildings.com


Staying in the deep South, new BBQ restaurant The Joint has settled in Marylebone (not quite the South)to give Londoners a meaty feast. Some of the best beef brisket and ribs I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried them all in Atlanta Georgia) The Joint brings kitsch to BBQ. Picture succulent chicken wings wrapped in cutie brown paper, that you will devour in no time, then empty the waste into a bin that acts as the table centre. It might sound weird, but The Joint have simply made the mess of eating BBQ cool.

For more information on The Joint and bookings visit: the-joint.co

If you would like your new London eat to be featured please email elspeth.merry@1883magazine.com


The Madlib Carnival with Madlib, Pete Rock, J Rocc and Moodyman; Dusky, Shy FX, Congo Natty feat. Congo Dubz and Tenor Fly, George Fitzgerald, Loefah, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kate Tempest, Yung Lean, Araabmuzik, Toddla T and many more revealed in second wave of artists.


They join Jurassic 5 and Roni Size Reprazent Live at the opening concert, and Run The Jewels, Boy Better Know, Wiley, Noisia, Flatbush Zombies, Jeru The Damaja, The Beatnuts, Digital Mystikz, DJ EZ, Goldie, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), Cutty Ranks, David Rodigan, Protoje & The Indiggnation, Tippa Irie and many more.


An abandoned fort, a 2000-year old Roman Amphitheatre, a beach, boats and a moat all feature at this stunning festival in Pula, Croatia. Outlook celebrates its 8th year from Weds 2nd – Sun 6th September 2015.

Returning for its 8th season in Croatia, Outlook Festival has just announced its second wave of artists. Taking over the stunning Fort Punta Christo across September 3rd–6th, an abandoned 19th Century warren of dance floors, spaces and passageways which looks over the Adriatic Sea, the new names add even more scintillating depth to an already majestic event. Uniting the very best performers across dub, reggae, hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, garage, grime, dubstep, house, techno and electronica, Outlook is a hand-picked curation of the world’s taste-making icons and music and cultural pioneers.

Madlib is a true living legend, a critically acclaimed hip-hop DJ, producer, MC and collaborator who has worked with everyone from J Dilla to Erykah Badu. Outlook sought to build a programme of music with him in as perfect an environment possible in which to hear him perform. The idea of The Madlib Carnival was born with his team, and together they and Outlook have curated a lineup featuring some of Madlib’s favourite producers and DJs across an arena for a full 10 hours of Madlib and friends doing what they do best – rocking the party. Madlib is joined by fellow luminaries Pete Rock, J Rocc and Moodyman who star at this stunning takeover.

Over on the house and techno tip, Outlook serves up some brilliant artists. In just three years Dusky have asserted themselves as leaders of the UK underground. BBC Essential Mix of the Year contenders, DJ Magazine cover stars and headliners everywhere from Berlin’s Panorama Bar to London’s Fabric, Dusky’s story is one of constant forward motion and a uniquely universal appeal. George Fitzgerald is one of the UK’s most prominent figures in the house and bass crossover scene; the Berlin-based British DJ and producer has his much-anticipated debut album, Faded Love, coming out in April. Radio One’s Toddla T brings further genre-spanning sounds to Outlook, with plenty of bass, bounce and party vibes from around the world. On a disco tip, Norman Jay MBE is a venerable and venerated legend; a pioneer of Good Times in every respect, from his seminal Up On The Roof parties to the Notting Hill Carnival, he brings some party-time funk to Croatia. Maribou State’s Chris Davids and Liam Ivory have steadily built a glowing international reputation as these two prime exponents of electronica continue to evolve, and Lone brings his lauded techno and house to Outlook, one of the UK’s most exciting producers.

Shy FX is one of jungle and drum and bass’s most revered names and most recently won the Red Bull Culture Clash as part of Rebel Sound; he is without question one of the original pioneers of his respective scenes. Leading the Jungle Revolution is the amazing Congo Natty feat. Congo Dubz and Tenor Fly; the lauded Rebel MC blends African-inspired rhythms and street-tough urban sounds. The seminal work of producer pioneer, Loefah has been formative in the creation and development of the now worldwide scene of dubstep. Along with his partners, Mala and Coki, he started and continues to run the now infamous DMZ brand. Heavyweight crew the Newham Generals – aka D Double E, Footsie and DJ MS1 – bring crowd-rocking grime; as perennial Outlook faves they are always welcomed back. Shogun Records’ founder Icicle brings Entropy LIVE to Outlook. This is high-octane, relentless drum and bass which will have Fort Punta Christo shaking. AraabMuzik employs samples arranged and triggered in real time on an MPC drum machine, utilising samples from a wide variety of music, including electro, dubstep and gabber. Outlook regulars My Nu Leng draw on many varied influences, traversing the whole spectrum between pitch shifted vocals and bass heavy rumbles, with the Black Butter outfit always on point. Youngsta needs very little introduction; one of the figureheads of dubstep since the very beginning, he is a long-running resident at scene-defining club night FWD>> and the DJ who first played some of the genre’s most-loved anthems. Seminal dubstep DJ and producer Hatcha joins Artful Dodger who bring their 2-step garage to the festival too, huge crowd pleasers each time they perform.

Canadian trio BADBADNOTGOOD have already made a name for themselves with their retro fusion of jazz and hip-hop and have collaborated with Tyler, The Creator, Leland Whitty, Frank Ocean and Ghostface Killah; their music dances across genres to spellbinding effect. The Mercury-award nominated and Ted Hughes Prize winning Kate Tempest is an enchanting song-writer, poet, playwright, novelist and singer, heralded as one of the brightest British talents around. She brings a brand new edge to Outlook. Yung Lean is widely regarded as one of Europe’s most unique rappers; the Swedish artist released his debut album, Unknown Memory, in September to great acclaim, and has been packing out stadiums around the world. Soulection are an inspired record label, radio show and niche collective of creative music makers worldwide. The LA-based crew have developed their reputations through their white label series and weekly radio shows, and it’s their eclectic parties which have elevated them higher into the underground’s echelons; the collective’s members Sango, Mr Carmack, Jay Prince, Pyrmdplaza and Hannah Faith will all take Outlook to a different level.

Support comes from Applebottom, Kurupt FM, Matt Jam Lamont, Soom T, Logan Sama, Flako, Seven Davis JR, Dubkasm, Kenny Knots, Necessary Mayham, Ishan Sound, H15 Ghost and Boofy.


Run The Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike), Boy Better Know (JME, Skepta, Jammer, Frisco, Shorty, Solo 45 & DJ Maximum), The Madlib Carnival (Madlib, Pete Rock, J Rocc and Moodymann), Wiley, Noisia, Dusky, Flatbush Zombies, Shy FX, Congo Natty feat Congo Dubz & Tenor Fly, Jeru The Damaja, The Beatnuts, Digital Mystikz – Mala & Coki, DJ EZ, Goldie, Mount Kimbie (dj set), George Fitzgerald, Cutty Ranks, David Rodigan, Loefah, Protoje & The Indiggnation, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kate Tempest, Yung Lean, Araabmuzik, Tippa Irie, The Bug Feat. – Flowdan, Manga & Miss Red, Sherwood & Pinch, dBridge, Icicle Entropy Live, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Zed Bias, Sango, Mr Carmack, Toddla T, Newham Generals, Stormzy, P Money, Big Narstie, My Nu Leng, Norman Jay MBE – Good Times, Youngsta, Hatcha, Artful Dodger, Maribou State Live, Lone, Bodhi, Paleman, Kurupt FM, DJ Haus, Mumdance, Om Unit, Riko Dan, FKJ Live, Kahn & Neek, The Upbeats, Enei, Mefjus, Rockwell, High Focus Records, Little Simz, Rodney P, Skitz, Mungo’s Hifi, Iration Steppas, Channel One Sound System, Soom T, Skeptical, Kasra, Ivy Lab, Xtrah, Matt Jam Lamont, Logan Sama, Flako, Kenny Knots, Emperor, Distance, Applebottom, Truth, Seven Davis Jr, Dubkasm, Mella Dee, Kromestar, Commodo, Billain, Jack Sparrow, Benton, Kaiju, Alexander Nut, Jay Prince, Jon Phonics, DJ Milktray, Pyrmdplaza, Necessary Mayhem, Ishan Sound, Amy Becker, Hi5 Ghost, Boofy, Hannah Faith and many more to be announced.

For more information & to purchase tickets click here.

James Long opens New Online store

The time has come: James Long, he of London cool wears and one of the teams favourite catwalk shows of the season, has launched a new online shop.

After launching a successful and sold out collection with River Island earlier this month bringing his SS15 prints to a much larger audience, the new shop now allows customers to buy his catwalk hits from the same show.

1883 caught up with Long for a quick fire 5 min interview to find out more about his inspiration for the site and where he thinks the London menswear scene is heading.

Your new site is accessible, easy to navigate streamlined. Was this a conscious decision?

Yes it had to be simple to use and easy to shop. I didn’t want it to be annoying, like so many sites are. 

How important do you think an online store is for a designer?

I think for us [designers] it’s meant we could reach a customer somewhere in the world we might not have before, so it is essential for us. 

What are your thoughts on the menswear scene in London?

It is a work in progress. I do get worried that if the colleges are not looked after, there will be no more talent to sustain a scene. 

What sets apart a Londoner from other Fashion City residents? 

Attitude: there is a London attitude. History, style and culture. The people make a city really and London has a lot of freedom, which I think is reflected in its creatives. 

You recently launched a covetable collection with River Island. Why them? 

It was a new customer for me, a new aspect of design. I was flattered that they asked and love the collection that was created. 

Any hints on what we might expect from your LCM SS16 Collection? 

There is always a continuous thread in my collections, they merge from season to season. I am going to Australia for a month so maybe an Australian influence?? 

Visit the store: www.jameslonguk.com

Words and interview by Sofia Khan

Photography by Rene August


The Little Yellow Door

We’d heard about the Little Yellow Door, but were never quite sure what went on behind it. Until last week. Intrigued, our footsteps took us to Notting Hill Gate where we knocked on the bright canary entrance to Number 68…and found ourselves promptly ushered up a dark staircase and into the warm, jovial world of The Little Yellow Door flat.

Going to The Little Yellow Door is kind of like gatecrashing a houseparty. It could quite easily be mistaken for someone’s home – mismatched sofas and armchairs, a coat stand, and a half-filled CD rack make up some of the assortment that fills the room. And like gatecrashing any houseparty, you’re not quite sure who the host is…or any of the flatmates for that matter. If they’re not behind the bar, Luigi, Gabriel and co mingle with the crowd and are willing to have a chat.

When we say it’s like inviting yourself round to someone’s flat, we’re not kidding. The bathroom is kitted out with hairbrushes, deo and all. And even the drinks have that home-concocted vibe – cocktails feature ingredients such as Ribena or Earl Grey, the staples that you’d find in any flat…but of course, rather than being randomly thrown together in your own tipsy attempt, they are masterfully crafted by the bartenders.

The difference to a house-party? The top notch platters and nibbles. Move over value crisps and pretzels. Make way for melt-in-your-mouth Arancini or an array of addictive dips. The burrata can be recommended – quite simply a board of burrata topped with all sorts of aubergine and herby goodness, served with some bread. Delish.

A little bird also told us TYLD does seated dinners (on Fridays). Between that and the cosy little hidey hole which you can book for up to 10 people…TLYD has won us over.

With its real homey vibe (and tasty fare) it’s an effortless night out…so much so you’d probably find yourself tempted to kick off those shoes and really make yourself at home.