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MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) 2014

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

It was best foot forward for a trio of trendy-shoed stars at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Sunday’s star-studded occasion saw Taylor Swift, Beyonce and our very own Ed Sheeran in the limelight at the prestigious awards in California.

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Taylor Swift

The 24-year-old Long Live long-legged singer showed off those pins in a girly pale blue Mary Katrantzou jumpsuit and skyscraper-high burgundy-coloured heels, courtesy of Elie Saab.

Beyonce

Beyonce stole the show as she not only won the night’s top gong, the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award, she belted up a short set of songs from her most famous videos, including XO. The ultimate diva wore a sparkly leotard, fishnet tights and stunning black ankle boots. She played a 15-minute set and received her award from husband Jay Z and their baby girl Blue Ivy.

Ed Sheeran

The 23-year-old Halifax-born Kiss Me star found a willing piggy back from director Emil Nava and beat off Eminem, John Legend and Pharrell to take the male video crown for Sing. He appeared all in black, including a shirt, jeans and classic Air Jordan 5 trainers.
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Taylor Swift: Jordan Strauss/AP/Press Association Images

 

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Beyonce: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Sugar Coated Plimsolls

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We first got a taste of candy coloured sportswear when it graced Chanel’s  SS14 catwalk in Paris, emphasizing the sports luxe style in pastel perfection.

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Pastels are starting to dominate our summer wardrobe and some cute fondant coloured plimsolls will look great at the beach, on a city trek or at a summer event and these milkshake colours even compliment some tanned pins. Pair some crochet Superga 2750’s with a girly smock dress, silver Air Max 1‘s with some light denim or dress down some tailored coordinates with a pair of mint green Converse .

 

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Nike Huarache – New colours coming soon!

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

 

With under a week to go, we’re getting excited for the launch of our first ever women’s Nike Huarache  trainers!

 

For those of you that aren’t familiar with the Nike Air Huarache trainer, they’re steeped in sneaker history, like all great Nike trainers before them. Created by the legendary Nike designer Tinker Hatfield, this famous silhouette goes back as far as 1991. Inspired and named after a Native American sandal, Nike’s Air Huarache model transformed trainer fit forever. When they launched all those years ago, Nike asked us ‘Have You Hugged Your Foot Today?’. This of course related to the snug, glove-like fit from their neoprene and spandex sock contained neatly within the upper. If the secure fit, coupled with  Nike’s trademark air unit didn’t already make the sneaker scene sit up and pay attention, the iconic thermoplastic heel strap and unrivalled for comfort certainly did.

 

With minimal branding, cut out design and dimpled Phylon midsole, it was one of the purest performance footwear designs ever seen. Since the shoe was born, the huarache family grew from strength to strength and was even endorsed by athletes including Olympic gold medallist Michael Johnson.

 

Bringing this awesome style up to date, our new colourways are pretty darn special. With a choice of atomic mango and sail or base grey and grape we’re really torn with what ones to go for.

 

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Atomic mango and sail

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Base grey and grape

With details such as the woven toebox and metallic rubber heel strap they are the perfect summer style.

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These fresh new colourways are available in sizes 3-9.5, so some lucky fellas can get involved with the larger sizes too! Keep checking back to office.co.uk for when they hit down.

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90s fashion inspired by Elmo

Friday, January 31st, 2014

 

We read somewhere recently that it was Elmo from Sesame Street’s birthday next week. Perhaps it came to us in some sort of nostalgic dream or the little guy is actually turning a year older. From a brief look on Google it seems he would be older than most of us. Yup, our little red furry friend is in his forties! What a trooper.

 

 

Many of us here used to tune in to Sesame Street straight after nursery school without fail. There were very important things that had to be taken care of before viewing commenced though;

1. sandwich made expertly by my Mummy, crusts off of course. (jam or crisp filled were personal faves)

2. Plastic cup of squash in hand

3. Chocolate biscuit for after (Breakaway’s or Blue Ribbons only please)

Three magic steps and the nations childern were ready to tune in for an hour of pure bliss, usually followed by a nap. Man we wish I could go back to that for a day!

Ok, before you think We’ve completely lost the plot, it really did get us here at HQ thinking about how fashion has come right back around. Bold trainers, high waisted jeans, leggings and cropped tees are the reserve of the most fashion focused girls.

Here’s our Sesame Street fashion inspiration that you can wear now…

 

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Five shoes every man should own

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Following on from our post yesterday, a bit of Googling here at OFFICE HQ revealed that the average man has 12 pairs of shoes in his wardrobe. A few shy of the average woman’s 20, but still a decent number we thought.

Today we’re taking a look at the five must-have pairs for men which should be among that 12.

Trainers

We don’t mean the scruffy trainers you go to the gym in, we’re talking about the ones you wear to do everything but exercise. Whether you opt for all-purpose Converse All Stars, vintage-inspired Puma Classics or bold and bright Nike Air Max, your trainers should be both comfortable and cool.

Desert Boots

For those occasions when trainers are bound to earn you a dirty look but you don’t fancy formal footwear, the desert boot never looks out of place.

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Espadrilles

You may not be needing them for a few months but espadrilles are a staple of any stylish man’s summer wardrobe. At £15 for two pairs they’re cheap and cheerful.

Brogues

Sometimes only a formal shoe will do. Brogues will take you from the office into the evening.

Smart boots

For that suited and booted look you can‘t go wrong with either Chelsea or Chukka boots. See some of our top picks for the season in our Top 10 Men’s Boots post.

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Getting ready for the weekend. BFI London Film Festival

Friday, October 11th, 2013

 

Office 2The BFI London Film Festival is taking place across the capital until October 20th, and a host of big-name stars, including Damien Lewis, Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock have already been snapped attending various premieres and galas.

But this film fest is not just for VIPs, there are tons of screenings that anyone can rock up to. We take a look at some of the highlights of the festival, and of course what you should be wearing.

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The BFI gives you the opportunity to be a star for the night at one of the red carpet gala screenings. There are tickets still available for the Debate Gala which will see Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg’s latest film Night Moves being screened.

We don’t know if Dakota will be there, but if she is we can guarantee she’ll be looking super stylish. We loved the chunky heels she wore at Paris Fashion Week, get the look in these Letterbox black sandals. They’ll bring any LBD right up to date.

Masterclasses

If you fancy yourself as a budding filmmaker, there’ll also be a series of masterclasses with experts such as cinematographer Barry Ackroyd. Show your creative side in some colourful vintage trainers.

Competition

Throughout the coming week there’ll also be various screenings of all the films entered into the festival’s competition.

We’ll be snapping up tickets to Richard Ayoade’s latest curiosity The Double, which stars Jesse Eisenberg, as well as Parkland, which sees a huge ensemble cast telling the story of President Kennedy’s assassination, from the perspective of ordinary people caught up the drama.

Now we know you don’t need us to tell you what to wear for a trip to the cinema, but remember, there could be some famous festival-goers enjoying the flick too. And you probably don’t want to bump into them in your scruffy hoody.

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Trainers are the new Black

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Gone are the days that sportswear is just for gym fanatics or a slouchy look. Whether you’re looking pretty in print, chic in dresses or super cool in demin shorts – trainers are on everyone’s hot list this summer.

You may be thinking this look has only just become the ‘new thing’, but think again. The boyfriend trend arrived a few years ago with loose pants, slouchy t-shirts and cool caps as the hero must haves.

But instead of it going on a hiatus, it evolved in spring 2012. From masculine to femininity, we saw cleaner lines and minimal silhouettes.

And it’s continued to ripen for fashion in 2013, morphing into an entirely new embodiment of casual chic. Slick, luxe and with a sportier attitude – this look no longer channels specific sports. Instead it’s turned heads and become one of this year’s core fashion statements.

We ventured out to Ibiza, where fashion and practicality make no compromises. With trainers as the footwear staple, let our street style snaps inspire you to run into our trend of the month.

Take a look at our range of trainers to get the look.

 

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The Story behind the Onitsuka Bike Competition

Monday, June 10th, 2013

We caught up with Neil from Tokyo Bike at their European flagship store in East London. He told us all about how the collaboration with Onitsuka Tiger and the Tokyo Bike company came about and the story behind it.

Can you tell us the history of Tokyo Bike.

The company started about 10 years ago in Tokyo, as the story goes, the owner actually came up with the name first, then started going about designing a bike for Tokyo. A bike suited to going around town, so it suited people’s lifestyle. Before that you would have mountain bikes and racing bikes, this was all about designing a city bike.

There were lots of town bikes, like dutch bikes, but they were big and heavy, much like the Pashley bikes here. This was a light to nip around town with, and to carry up to their apartments. Perfectly designed for the city.

So, that’s how it started and it grew and grew, then a few years ago they started looking to other cities, with the view that if it worked in Tokyo it would work in places like Berlin and London. The London store is the largest outside of Japan, it’s the European flasgship store. So we sell bikes, obviously, but lifestyle products too and we serve coffee. The idea being that it’s not all about the bike, but as the bike being a way to enjoy your city and that the philosophy with the way the store is.

Are there other products that come from Tokyo Bike?

At the moment other products come through the collaborations we do, but the bike is the main product from Tokyo Bikes.

Why did you choose this location in east London?

A couple of reasons, one it’s the bike capital of London, most bike friendly part of London. It’s also the base for design and creativity which fits well with Tokyo Bike.

What’s your most popular product?

The most popular model is the Bizzou, the step through frame, it’s the most casual bike that we do. I would say that half of our customers are women.

How did the collaboration with OT come about and can you talk through the design of the bike?

It started in Japan with Onitsuka Tiger working directly with Tokyo Bike over there and carried over to the UK. The bike is a take on a single speed bike which is a clean design. The colours are simple mainly white with pops of colour which took inspiration from the classic colours of an Onitsuka Tiger shoe but the design came directly from Japan.

Do you have any collaborations on the horizon.

We have some exciting things in the pipeline, we are working with a new hotel that is opening in East London supplying bikes for their guests to use. We are working with a fashion brand called Swash too.

To enter the competition and be in with a chance of winning the limited edition bike enter here.

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At the office with OFFICE

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Ever wonder what we get up to at OFFICE? Well, we caught up with Scott Taylor, our CRM Manager to find out all the goss. Here’s what he had to say…

1. What do you love most about your job?

Apart from the people and chocolate Friday, it has to be that every day is different. I would hate to start my week knowing exactly what would happen. I also have a great combination of creativity and data interrogation, which I love.

2. Anything we should know about 2013?

I can’t say too much, but there are some really exciting things on the roadmap. Social Media is going to be big for us this year, watch this space.

3. What do your favourite shoes say about you?

I always wear simple black shoes, which I hope doesn’t portray me too literally *smiley face*. But with simplicity comes versatility, I guess I like to refrain from being a certain stereotype. I also love a good pair of Hunter wellies, I’d wear them all year round if I could.

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4. Any advice for anyone wanting to work in fashion and marketing?

Always trust your instincts, when you first start out just take anything you’re given, no matter how tedious, you’ll be amazed how useful it will be along the way. Do your research, and never let a ‘No’ get you down. The final thing is smile, it goes a long way.

5. Any embarrassing work stories?

When I moved to my second job we were allowed to wear shorts in the summer. I took full advantage of this but slightly misjudged one outfit and didn’t realise how tight fitting they were. Luckily my manager was lovely but I don’t wear shorts to work anymore.

6. If you were stuck on a desert island what would you take?

1. David Haye, for obvious reasons but he’s already survived one jungle

2. Thorntons on tap

3. Pen and paper

7. If you were going to do another job what would it be?

If I wasn’t doing this I’d probably be a piano teacher, and I’d live by the beach. But for now I love the chaotic lifestyle that London brings.


8. Finally, what’s your favourite shoes from the OFFICE 2013 spring collection?

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Fred Perry 60th Anniversary at The Garage

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Fred Perry celebrated their 60th Anniversary with an event at The Garage, Islington, featuring live performances from The Charlatans and Keel Her , and DJ sets from Terry Hall (The Specials), Don Letts and Norman Jay MBE.


The event started off with 150 Fred Perry guests viewing the screening of the Don Letts’ Fred Perry Subculture films which have been recently broadcasted on Channel 4, which depict the emergence of British youth subcultures over the last 60 years. Fred Perry clothing has had a historical relationship with Mods, Rockers, Skinheads, Soulboys, Punks, Ravers and Britpop, being the original sportswear to streetwear clothing. The films are now available to watch on the Fred Perry Subculture website.

Don Letts was then invited to the stage and introduced by Richard Martin from Fred Perry, followed by a live Q & A session with Luke Turner (The Quietus), where Don answered questions about the films and commented on British subcultures of today.

The queues outside the venue were mounting up at this point, and the main room soon filled up while Terry Hall welcomed everyone with a DJ set. Everyone was keen to watch Keel Her who, along with her band members delivered an effortlessly cool stage presence with their blend of no-fi surf pop. This was followed by a DJ set from Don Letts.

The Charlatans pulled in an all star crowd with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt in attendance to enjoy an incredible performance and celebrate 60 years with Fred Perry. Matt Berry was also on the roster of special VIPs, turning up with Eddie Piller whose Acid Jazz record label he is signed to.

Take a look at the Fred Perry 60th Anniversary collection that is exclusive to Office …

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