Wolf & Badger Dover Street Launch

Take members of the Made In Chelsea cast, some Brokers Gin cocktails, mix in some Andy Bumpus art installations & add a sprinkling of DJ Goldirocks disco tunes and you get the launch of Wolf & Badger’s second concept NEWGEN store in West London.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]olf & Badger opened the doors to it’s second London boutique this week with a launch party showcasing their range of independent fashion. Welcomed to Wolf & Badger by perfectly styled but non-intimidating guest-list ladies, we were served Brokers Gin cocktails while we checked out the clobber to a soundtrack of classic disco from miss DJ Goldirocks. Attendees provided style inspiration in bucket loads with ladies in metallics and girly spring pastels, plenty of neat preppy men in chunky specs, and much of the cast of Made In Chelsea. The shop features the best NEWGEN designers of recent years including Lou Dalton, J.JS Lee, Bora Aksu and Jean-Pierre Braganza. From shiny candy coloured Lu Flux rain macs to four figure Mark Fast crochet dresses, there are treats to suit a range of budgets. Down in the basement there were no clothes to be found but instead a clean no-fuss gallery space, available for rent on a daily or weekly basis. The walls were illuminated by Andy Bumpus’s animations and prints of his distinct fashion illustrations.

Wolf & Badger provide ‘serviced retail’ space to new designers, helping to launch and promote up and coming names. The unique concept was created by co-founders, brothers Henry and George Graham, (pictured below) when they realised they could provide a fully serviced space to designers for over a month for the same price as a weekend stall in Portobello Market. George explains “We saw an opportunity to provide a sustainable platform to help develop and grow exciting new designer labels into recognised luxury brands. In doing so, we not only developed a much needed support infrastructure for talented designers, but also created an innovative and constantly evolving retail environment that has become a firm favourite amongst shoppers.”
Henry continues “We wanted to help develop the careers of designers we believe are the faces to watch. We both feel it is incredibly important to support and nurture the most talented brands of tomorrow.”

Wolf & Badger Dover Street’s big brother opened in Notting Hill in 2010. Nicknamed ‘The Lab’, it’s a dynamic space that acts as an incubator for new and semi-established brands including (past and present) Irwin & Jordan, Felder Felder, Jean Pierre Braganza, Jasper Garvida and jewellers Maria Francesca Pepe, Tomasz Donocik and Samuel Gassmann. The interior’s of Wolf & Badger Notting Hill and the new flagship Dover Street space have been designed by Augustus Brown, the interior architect who designed the Porto Montenegro boutiques as well as the Wolf & Badger Selfridges pop-up in 2010.

See street style pics from the event.

Select pieces are available to purchase at www.wolfandbadger.com and the new store is situated at 32 Dover Street, London W1.

Photos Christopher James and Hannah Bodsworth

Featured Look: Ellie Slee by Andy Bumpus

Ellie Slee has huge Sophie Dahl eyes, huge style and is resident DJ for Babylove at London’s Dalston Superstore. Read more below…

Ellie Slee Sheer Dress

Ellie wears vintage dress from Bang Bang on Goodge street

Ellie Slee Fur CoatFur coat from vintage shop in Toronto

Elie Slee Rooftop DalstonFur coat, vintage from Toronto, yellow dress charity shop in Helsinki & Chanel bag

Ellie Slee DalstonVintage fur coat from Toronto

Ellie Slee Vintage Yellow DressCanary yellow dress from charity shop in Helsinki

Ellie Slee Fox Fur Scarf

You got a first in your fashion history degree recently, what are you
doing now?
I DJ at motown night Babylove and I’m working for the Tate galleries until I start my MA.

What have you done today? I came back from a visit to Oxford and listened to En
Vogue ‘Don’t Let Go’ on repeat, I can never tire of that song. Then I had cranial sacral therapy from a friend. The therapist lays hands on the patients head and spine.

What are you doing to stay creative during this time? I’ve been writing and reading in the British Library which is the best place in the world. I’ve never been anywhere that encourages concentration so much.

You DJ at Dalston Superstore, what’s your musical style? It circles around the golden era, and veers off to music from Atlantic, Stax and the Motown record labels, mostly soul with a helping of disco. A guy called Paddy hughes started the night with his friend Tors Beedles. When I heard what they were playing I cornered Paddy and said, ‘How are you doing this without me, I LOVE Motown?’.

You’re based in Dalston & Hackney, how do you feel about the recent troubles in London and your area with rioting? It was almost strange it didn’t hit harder here as the various groups are quite disparate and unconnected. It’s the first story in the news that felt really close to home. I’m from near Newcastle and Geordies just wouldn’t have it! I checked in the morning for updates and travel disruption and one morning found the Turkish community had defended the area. Loads of us took our business to the Turkish restaurants the next weekend to say thanks. It was quite emotional.

Who are your style icons? My new one’s Priscilla Presley, which stems from my obsession with Elvis. I want my wedding entrance song to be ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’; Elvis was singing it about Priscilla. Also Vanessa from Eastenders with her big hair. Tyra banks, I don’t like her clothes but I love her attitude, after she was shot looking unflattering on a beach, she came on her show and said,  ‘To anyone that needs to say something negative to others because they need to feel good about themselves, KISS MY FAT ASS!’. Can’t forget Mia from Pulp Fiction, Alla Nazimova and Nancy Beaton. For general style Sex In The City season two was great, all bright pink disco pants & calf length fur coats. Tacky done right looks good.

Where do you shop? Clothing exchanges like Bang Bang, and charity shops in
London and Durham. Durham has the best charity shops, they smell of fags &
dead people, my best find was some great salmon pink trousers.

You worked for Pringle during your degree, do you think their recent push to modernise can bring them to the next generation? It’s part of our heritage, and the Argyle print is an iconic image for British style, crossing into sub cultures such as football casuals, (a look popular with football hooligans from the 80’s onwards) and then later the chav look. I met Tilda Swinton, who’s representing Pringle, and she said she remembered her mother and grandmother wearing Pringle twin sets. They were sexy but prim at same time. In an early film noir film Lana Turner wore a twin set, but at the same time the Queen was wearing it.

Photography by Andy Bumpus

Andy Bumpus – Street Style Illustration

Andy Bumpus’s street style fashion illustrations

Illustrator and photographer Andy Bumpus offers his take on some of the Nicely Turned Out muses. His colourful linear portraits, ever so slightly haunting with no facial outline or features except for the subjects mouth, provide a unique style of fashion illustration. He recently produced show report illustrations for Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s catwalk shows over S/S London Fashion Week, which have been featured on Vogue.com and Amelia’s Magazine.

Andy Bumpus Fashion Illustration Floral TrousersShoreditch New York Style

Andy Bumpus Fashion Illustration ChinosHarem Pants Truman Brewery, Shoreditch

Andy Bumpus Fashion Illustration Sophia HefferSophia Heffer, vintage shorts and wooly jumper