Sorry for going quiet on you, I’ve been on holiday in Spain. Here I am wearing my bolt blue fish print Riz Boardshorts (which performed superbly). The tee is a Riz number too, the pocket being made from offcuts from the shorts.
Normal service will now be resumed as we start to crank things up for the October launch.
I hope the summer is treating you well.
Guest writer Lauren Belcher shares a festival that you may not have heard of but is not to be missed.
East London has it’s fair share of amazing venues. With quirky cafes, age-old cinemas, eccentric clubs, and a few green spaces, there’s a lot to choose from. So why is Shuffle, the upcoming film festival curated by Danny Boyle, taking place in the grounds of an old psychiatric hospital of all places?
That isn’t to say that the venue doesn’t have it’s charms -the defunct buildings of St Clement’s hospital in Bow are beautiful and the large grounds provide a precious outdoor space in the heart of the East End- but there is something rather surreal about sitting on benches by the obligatory festival food van and reading a sign that directs you to the old wards.
The real reason for the choice of setting, however, is that on this occasion, it was location first and event second. The film festival is actually a prelude (a damn good one) to the UK’s first ever urban Community Land Trust. In between Danny Boyle films, mindfulness workshops and DJ sets, you’ll be able to get an idea of what a community lands trust is, (if you weren’t quite savvy enough to know before – I certainly wasn’t) and why there is going to be one on the site of St Clements.
With the housing ladder becoming more and more difficult to get onto, trying something new sounds pretty appealing. The model is already being used successfully in the US, and if this pilot scheme goes well, it will make housing easier to buy. “Community lands trusts solve the housing crisis.” claims Lizzy Daish , who works for the East London Community Lands Trust. “The community owns the land, so when houses are sold it takes out the land price, which makes the properties more affordable. Since houses are sold back to the community, they are never on the market. It is the only sustainable model of home ownership.”
The project has inspired some controversy, with the ELCLT being called ‘Hoxton Hipsters’ and questions floating around about St Clement’s history. The festival, therefore, is a way of opening the site to the public for the first time “so that people can enjoy it, explore… and celebrate the history that it did have,” explains Lizzy. “We want to respect that the site’s previous users are survivors of drug therapy, and respect people’s stories, good or bad.”
To this end the film festival is having a ‘day of the mind’ on 11th of August.. There’ll be a mindfulness workshop run by a former St Clement’s employee; Ruby Wax, who has been open about her own depression, is performing (like it or not); they’re screening One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; and, in the ‘Lightbox Cinema,’ kids will be able to create a film using articles and images from the old psychiatric hospital itself.
The star of the show though, has to be Danny Boyle, who has chosen the films and will be doing Q&A sessions throughout the week. Not only has Boyle been knocking around St Clement’s when he can, but he’s offered his direction to students of Central Foundation Girls’ School who’ll be performing their play on mental health at the festival.
With Time Out running the outdoors screen (headphones and all), after-parties nearly every evening, contributions from the Barbican and a gorgeous outdoor setting, Shuffle promises to be worth going to. Who knew creating affordable housing could be so cool?
Find out more about the event here.
Photo: Jessica Sutton
We had a bit of fun and made a poster. (serious message)
I had to drop something at Central St Martins today. It’s always a pleasure to see the creativity the campus bubbles with. Today I noticed that they’d extended their silver streak to the building site next door.
A bi-annual publication, each issue of Boat magazine looks at a different city with the aim of refreshing peoples ideas and images of the place. For example, Sarajevo is a young, vibrant, creative city – not just a war-torn one.
Boat Mag is an inspiration for us. We want strong editorial content to be a big part of the Brothers We Stand Chronicle. Expect guest writers and a range of issues and topics to be covered.
We’ve been keeping an air of mystery around exactly what the next step is going to be. It is time for the gagging order to be lifted and tell all (well almost all).
This October Brothers We Stand will launch a red-hot e-commerce site, bringing together some of the very special brands we’ve been talking about on the blog (and some others we haven’t had a chance to mention yet).
We want to enable men to buy stylish clothes without compromising their values. Discernment is central to our ethos and we will stock items that meet the following criteria:
Design - Products that delight the senses and perform the jobs they were created to do.
Provenance - The history of every item is known. All products lead the way regarding both social and environmental impact.
Quality - Clothes that are built to last and be enjoyed for many years.
We will showcase a handful of new boys on the British menswear scene as well as several European labels relatively unknown in the UK. A few more established brands will add a solid backbone to the collection.
We want to bring you menswear you can be proud off. Menswear with design, provenance and quality. Do you want in?
Your support is hugely appreciated and is what is going to make this work. Lets do this family.
Young Nelson Mandela (1937). A man of integrity who has come to represent many of the values we aspire to stand by.
Christopher Raeburn’s Sandstorm collection was one of the highlights of the recent London Collections: Men. As Christopher’s moodboard shows, the collection was inspired by the men of the Long Range Desert Group in WWII.
Raeburn’s iconic use of reclaimed military fabrics has set a new benchmark for sustainable design and is an inspiration to us.