BAGGED: A post of purchases.

I recently came across a blog called BAGGED written by Kenny, which basically lists the items that Kenny has bought. I was also inspired to send my blog mobile by Kenny’s blog, so, if you’re reading it on your smart phone it should be tres easy to do so. Bonus. Oh and also, Kenny works for Oliver Sweeney, lovely shoes and lovely store. See more here.

So! The blog post. Let’s get cracking.
Outfit Uno:

Vest, FCUK at ASOS.com, SALE £9.00
Jeans, Cross Hatch, SALE £26.99
Pumps, Gola (www.schuh.co.uk), SALE £9.99
HA! Left the bloody size sticker on..
These jeans have northern soul, Cross Hatch is a streetwear brand that started in Manchester in 1998. You may have seen their MCR/CROSS/HATCH graphic (G*STAR like) Tees in Burton (www.burton.co.uk). I’m certainly not a ‘streetwear’ person, but I loved the utility cut of these jeans and I think the tapered elasticated ankles and waistband make for a comfortable summer’s Pantaloon. (see, told you I wasn’t street *skips off*)

 

So, the vest. I love a good vest. This one is over-sized (but not too big) and made from a super-soft jersey so it’s great to slob in as well as dressing up. The neckline is two-ply (for added comfort) and has a frayed hem which I think is a nice touch to a bog-standard gray vest.

The pumps. I saw these and thought of my upcoming summer holiday. Comfortable and rather British deck chair, northern British deck chair to be precise. Gola is another Manc brand, with a 100 years history of making sports fashion for the world. Find out more about the time I met the owner of Gola, Harvey Jacobson, here.


Outfit Deux:

Braced Trousers, Levis at Selfridges (www.selfridges.com), SALE £45.00
Desert Boots, Clarks, SALE £31.00

Love these trousers, been after some for ages! They were the last pair and (nearly) in my size! I had to forget logic and purchase them (plus, 50% off ain’t bad at all!). The colour on the leg fades as it reaches the ground, which I think is a really cool feature.

The braces (never to be worn up) are attached with chocolate leather fastenings. They’re so comfortable too, quite impressed with myself for buying comfortable clothes.

The Tee is a basic Tee, done well. Soft jersey with a tailored cut and scoop neck in a sky blue perfect for SS11 Colour Blocking (because we must be trendy). The Eleven Paris barcode sits neatly on the right arm for a little pompous oomph.

These bad boys have been on my wish list forever. Well, not this pair exactly. I wanted Desert Boots, right? But could I find any I liked? No. The stitched rim around the toes always makes my feet look clownish. These have a neat stitched rim. Their made from a soft suede and the leather wraps around my ankles so snugly that they look great with shorts too! 

Outift Finito:

Vest, ASOS, SALE £4.00
Jewelry, Husam el Odeh for TOPMAN (www.topman.com), Out Of Season Stock

These are brand new to Selfridges and are something special. What makes these skinnies a little more special is that they have heart. Made from 100% organic cotton certified by the Soil Association means that you can feel a little dirty whilst actually being Greenpeace clean. Not only is the cotton uber-eco-friendly but Monkee Genes are against child and slave labour: No blood, no sweat, no tears just plain good (tight) jeans.

What’s brilliant about these jeans, sorry Genes, is that they’re soft. When you’re a boy, with boy legs, that are hairy, skinny jeans can hurt (like a bitch) when you walk. Walking is quite crucial for me and thankfully Monkee understand that. They’ve made a monkee outta me.
Dug out these trinkets recently to commemorate my meeting Husam el Odeh at BlackWhiteDenim. See the video here.

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Christmas List Vol 3

It’s nearly Christmas and I can’t help thinking about the nasty pasty VAT rise in Jan. Rather ruining our Sales Season don’tythink? Anywho, I hope Father Christmas gets me this lot otherwise I’ll be paying a premium at the tills. Cheers Cameron..

Coco Before Chanel The September IssueDesperate Housewives: The Complete Sixth Season 

What?… I’ve already seen Die Hard…

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I heart these from UNIQLO, so light, so warm.


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I have just bought a Calvin Klien shirt in an electric blue but I WANT THIS ONE TOO!


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Love me some Northern Heritage.

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Brand Whore much?


What do you want Santa to put in your stocking?


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Making It: PR & Marketing

The two panelists, Amy Young and Jessica Lowe.

My attempt at explaining Affiliate Links!

I went to a little get-together the other day at The General Store on Deansgate in Manchester and got the chance to find out a little bit about the world of Fashion PR & Marketing.

Jessica Lowe from Harvey Nichols Manchester and Amy Young from Jacobson Group (Parent company of Gola et cetera) sat, nervously, in front of a sea of students, lecturers and people working within PR & Marketing to divulged a little bit about their careers, how they got to their level and what it is like being a PR in Fashion.

The event tackled questions like the current economic climate, whether Universities prepare student for the world of work, and began to sound a little bit like a BBC Radio 4 discussion being broadcast at 5:35am but needless to say the ladies were well prepared to answer any question and were generally a rather brilliant advert for the career choice!

The topic of conversation that I brought up was that of Affiliate Links as a marketing tool within the Online/Social Media sector. I addressed my question to Amy because her role demands national press relations where as Jessica’s concentrates on the customer catchment area for Harvey Nichols Manchester specific.

For those of you that don’t quite know what Affiliate Links are I’ll do my very best to tell you briefly, as I did to the audience that very night. Affiliate linking is a method of generating money for your website or blog based on HTML coding and Hyperlinks. If you own a website or blog and are signed up to an Affiliate scheme, you will be able to gain access to HTML codes from retailers that agree to engage in an Affiliate relationship with you and your website. These HTML Codes, when embedded within your web content as a Hyperlink, can let your chosen retailer know that a click to there website has come from yours. If this click then generates a sale (a process called Click Conversation) you can get a percentage of the transaction amount paid. If, however, you’re an experienced Affiliate linker you can engage in special deals with certain Affiliate providers that enable you to generate an income based solely on clicks, with no purchase necessary! Click here for more information (don’t worry I am not just saying that to get money :D)

After I explained all that Amy answered, “at the moment no, for Gola online at the moment we use a lot of PPC with Google … we’ve only been online for just over a year and it’s traditional PR & Marketing so you’re learning on the job with Online Media!” Which was such an interesting answer because it proves how new and progressive Online Media is. Even the PRs are having to catch up with the opportunities available to them!

Another topic discussed by both ladies was the idea of Networking as an important part of their job. Jessica said, “I get most things done just by knowing people”. When asked about starting out and getting those few first contacts Jessica answered “it is something that you build up slowly … get yourself on Twitter! I think it is amazing how many people you meet through Twitter … I only saw Jordan’s face for the first time last night but we’ve had many a conversation!”

And on that note I shall direct you to a recent Guest Blog post I wrote for The University of Manchester Fashion Blog which demands that Twitter become part of everyone’s life! End.