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Daddy, I want to buy Luella (2009)

 

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It’s a sad day for British fashion. I have been keeping this news under raps since first thing this morning when Grazia tweeted the revelation. Not wanting to admit to tweeting in the office I kept my lips sealed (and held back the tears). Then about 3.00pm a girl from the fashion team ran over to our desks and gasped ‘Luella’s gone bust!’

‘Noooooo!’ cried the features writer. We all felt her pain until we realised that her upset was of a more selfish disposition, ‘What about my feature?! I was supposed to be doing it on Luella’. Bad times all round then. It is indeed the very same features writer who hangs her beautiful navy, velvet trimmed Luella blazer on proud display every morning.  Not for much longer I’m guessing.

But if we pan out from the panic of the fashion magazine and take a look at the bigger picture, it really does deserve some thought and consideration. Over the last decade Bartley has built a cool, credible brand that is distinctly British. British fashion was once so very cool. Biba, the Mods and the punks were part of creating a rock n’ roll solid rep for London. Bartley continues that tradition: her clothes are edgy, they are playful and they are cool.  Just like the Bartley brand – the working mum who loves nothing more than surfing in Cornwall and spending time with her gorgeous family. We bought into it all – so why do people want out?

After the features writer had digested the news, she sat back down and picked up the papers that had fallen on the floor  in her rage. Just like the long line of cut features and bankrupt fashion houses, another one bites the dust.

AMS

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top 5 and three quarters…my cup of tee

1. If I could I would break all the Sparkling Whine rules and have this as 1- 5. But sadly I can’t. Pictures of Jarvis use to adorn my mother’s fridge and quite rightly. Reportedly Jarvis gets cooler by the second as he now lives in Paris with a french actress. But, as they say, you can take the man out of Sheffield…

Tee and Cake @ Topshop Jarvis Cocker T Shirt. £20.00

Tee and Cake @ Topshop Jarvis Cocker T Shirt. £20.00

2. A tribute to Jarvis? After all he has just moved to Sonia Rykiel’s city. Or maybe just to her very impressive 70 year old self.  

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Vive la Rock T Shirt. £195.00

Sonia by Sonia Rykiel, Vive la Rock T Shirt. £195.00

3. Every season Luella does another great tee. Nothing beats her ‘Love, Love, Love’ but this comes close. (although a bit dangerously close to a My Little Pony look)

Luella Pony Print T shirt £78.00

Luella Pony Print T shirt £78.00

 4. Sass & Bide T- Shirt Dress. Roll this up, put it in your backpack and take it on all your travels this summer. It will never let you down.

Sass & Bide Jersey T-Shirt Dress. £215.00

Sass & Bide Jersey T-Shirt Dress. £215.00

5. Talking of summer,  Topshop’s camper van T -shirt arrives in perfect time to greet the festival season.

Topshop Camper Van Tee. £18.00

Topshop Camper Van Tee. £18.00

3/4 Wear them big, possibly put them in a colour wash to fade the white and never admitt how much they cost.

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