Mental Health Awareness Week by ATIKA London

Mental Health Awareness Week 13th - 19th May

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week focused on Body Image. Body image can affect any one of us at any age. The Mental Health Foundation last year found that 30% of all adults have felt so stressed by body image and appearance that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. That’s almost 1 in every 3 people.

Mind charity state that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, and in England 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week. This is something that needs to talked about and not to be ignored.

Over Mental Health Awareness Week, we asked our team how they cope when they’re feeling down and their emotions are taking over. Special thanks to our team members John, Lily, Bex and Missy for opening up and talking to us and you, our followers. You can watch the full video on our IGTV here >>>

John:Morning! I’m John and I’m the commercial manager here at ATIKA. Leanne’s asked me what I do when I feel a little bit down. To be honest with you, I think when I do feel down It’s because I’m feeling things are a bit out of control, modern city and all that and what I do is I exercise. I ride my bike and I ride it everywhere I can! To be honest with you, the sadder I feel the harder I exercise. It seems to work for me and gives me something I’m fully in control of and that I can achieve and that’s a nice feeling.”

Lily: “So the first thing I do is I watch a TV show, I watch The Office and I just sit in my room and eat some food. On a more deeper level though, when I am feeling down I will try to think about the fact that that the pressure I put on myself is not a pressure that has come from me. It’s come from another bigger authority and I don’t like to be suppressed by that. When I think about that I feel weak, so I try to come back stronger and be stronger than that and just feel free in myself.”

Bex: “Hiya I’m Bex, I’m the content and marketing manager for ATIKA. I’m just going to talk a little bit about mental health and how I deal with it. If my brain is feeling particularly messy, or foggy or if I’m doubting my appearance, or getting older or work, or whatever it is, I find going to a really calm space like a gallery and interacting with art really helps. It takes some power away from them emotions and puts it into something else. I did a little blogpost about the recent Chloe Wise exhibition so go check it out, the link is in our story!”

Missy: “So when I’m feeling a bit down or stressed, what I tend to do is just channel all my energy into my business. So when I was going through a tough time I did a ‘Self Care’ season collection with my brand called @designsbymisemi. That was just me sharing self care tips with other people as well as me trying to dig myself out of a really bad time. I was trying to be  bit more selfish and take care of myself. I think sometimes when things do get too much, and you can’t do it all yourself, you have to just get help so for me it was talking to my friends and explaining to them I was going through a tough time and then getting therapy. Therapy has really helped me a lot because it kind of helps you to focus on your triggers and know what triggers you into feeling low, depressed or anxious and trying to find healthy ways to cope with that. For me, I realised that when I spend more time with friends and family, I tend to feel a bit more relieved when I am around loved ones. That for me was a big thing that I tried to make more time to do. Also, trying to put more time into my brand MISEMI, and when I channel good energy, I feel like good things happen. It’s like a big way for me to deal with my anxiety and sometimes I just completely shut off social media and take a break. It’s a big deal, even if It’s just 2 hours a day, I tend to stop scrolling now. I’m trying to put in things that make me feel a bit happier, so I’m trying to read a little bit more. 10 minutes before bed I read. So yeah, It’s just little things.”

We also got to work with George David Hodgson, Mental Health Advocate and owner of Maison de Choup. We invited George in for our next part in our series of ‘Conversations by ATIKA’. In this episode, we talked specifically about Men’s Mental Health.

Blogpost, video and podcast coming soon.


CHLOE WISE EXHIBITION by ATIKA London

Hi, Hello! My names Bex and I am the Content and Marketing Manager for ATIKA.

Recently I went to the Chloe Wise exhibition at Almine Rech London. I wanted to not only talk about this amazing work but also touch upon Mental Health Awareness Week and how art plays a part in that for me.

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I have a fine art background as well as working in fashion marketing for the majority of my career. However, if my brain feels messy, I always take myself off to a calming space. For me that is always a gallery (the Saatchi Gallery has a major calming effect on me).

Taking an hour out to look at some incredible art and process it accordingly, somehow rejigs my brain space.

Not That We Don’t spoke to me on many levels. The intense emotion captured in all the eyes of the paintings, felt like a real connection. I could have been looking at a photo of my friends.

Sometimes when in the foggiest of head spaces, feeling a connection to something other than those emotions helps give them less power.

Not That We Don’t  by Chloe Wise is on at the Almine Rech London gallery until 18th May, definitely go and check it out before it’s gone!

“Almine Rech London is pleased to present the second exhibition of Chloe Wise with the gallery and her first in London.

In Not That We Don’t, Wise continues her exploration into portraiture, landing on the unspoken dynamics that maintain the individual’s participation amongst the group, allowing for their seemingly fluid existence in society.   Placed within a space of ambiguity, Wise’s subjects flirt with legibility; their gathering suggesting a familiar event such as a party, theatrical production, or a yearbook photo, only to deny the grounds for any such staged communion.”

Press Release from Almine Rech London

Get to Know: REMIX New In by ATIKA London

To showcase our new pieces, REMIX had a photoshoot in the ATIKA store and around Shoreditch with our lovely model; Ines. These looks will provide you with some serious Summer festival inspo. Check out our Crop Cycle Jerseys, Denim Wrap Skirts, Zip Up Denim Skirts, and our infamous Remnant Trousers. We accessorised with colourful beret and earrings from ATIKA.

Afterwards, we got to know where Ines gets her personal style, what sustainability means to her, and trends she is loving at the moment.

What is your favourite REMIX piece is and why?
My favourite piece are these Remnant Trousers. I really love them because they are so comfortable to wear.

Where do you get your style inspiration from?
I just get it from people I see on the street, but also this Norwegian rapper called Chirag Patel. He has really cool style, so he gives me a lot of inspiration. I like to wear oversized things.

What is your favourite season to dress for?
I think my favourite season to dress for is Spring or Fall because it’s neither too cold or too warm.

What is your go-to outfit when you don’t know what to wear?
When I don’t know what to wear I usually just go with a band t-shirt and a pair of jeans. It’s so simple because I have so many band t-shirts. I have everything, but like old rock bands, I have a lot of Beatles, and Foo Fighters. They are so cool and I love the prints that they have.

Do you prefer online or in-store shopping?
I think in-store because I feel like that’s part of the whole shopping experience and it’s fun to look around and try it on.

What is a trend you are loving at the moment?
I really love how people are wearing a lot of chains, I think that’s cool, and chains on the trousers. I just love chains.

What is a trend that you hate?
I don’t really have a trend that I hate, but it’s more like stuff that I don’t feel like I could wear that I’ve seen other people wear so like camouflage print I never wear. I’ve seen other people pull it off really well, but I don’t feel like I could. I have to start wearing it now, you’ve changed my mind.

Do you work/study?
I study film in London. My dream occupation would be to make music videos because I love music so much, but also film so it’s the perfect combination.

If you had to wear one colour for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would have to be black.

What does sustainable fashion mean to you?
It means a lot to me because, first of all, it’s environmentally friendly which is good, but also it’s cool because you can find things that no one else has.

Watch the full video below:

By: Roz

ATIKA Studio SS19 by ATIKA London

Introducing ATIKA Studio SS19!

Our second capsule collection of limited edition pieces. Made from reworked vintage garments and fabrics. Incorporating military, workwear, embroidery and pleating. Each piece is unique.

All pieces are handmade in our studio 55-59 Hanbury Street. Now available on our shop floor.

Salem wears ATIKA Studio Patch Pocket Trousers made from military surplus pieces and offcuts. Rosie wears Gingham Pleat Dress. Made from locally sourced fabric and silk shirt offcuts.

Salem wears ATIKA Studio Patch Pocket Trousers made from military surplus pieces and offcuts. Rosie wears Gingham Pleat Dress. Made from locally sourced fabric and silk shirt offcuts.

Rosie wears ATIKA Studio SS19 Ruffle Denim Jacket. Made from branded denim, silk shirt offcuts and 100% cotton.

Rosie wears ATIKA Studio SS19 Ruffle Denim Jacket. Made from branded denim, silk shirt offcuts and 100% cotton.

Salem wears ATIKA Studio SS19 Pocket Army Jacket. Made from surplus pieces and offcuts.

Salem wears ATIKA Studio SS19 Pocket Army Jacket. Made from surplus pieces and offcuts.

Rosie wears ATIKA Studio SS19 Ruffle Pocket Jeans. Made from branded denim and silk shirt offcuts.

Rosie wears ATIKA Studio SS19 Ruffle Pocket Jeans. Made from branded denim and silk shirt offcuts.

Conversations By ATIKA: International Women's Day by ATIKA London

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Conversations By ATIKA is a new series where our team discuss important topics. Today is International Women's Day and we got some of our lovely ladies from our team to answer a few questions.

Questions:

1. Tell us about a woman that has inspired you.

2. What does self care mean to you?

3. What is your superpower?

4. What advice would you give to a younger you?

Thank you to everyone who got involved!

By: Roz

International Women's Day: REMIX by ATIKA London

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International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated worldwide on March 8 every year in the form of performances, talks, free and ticketed events, marches, workshops, festivals, and more. The theme this year is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” which was created by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka to put emphasis on women having a decisive role within emerging industries.

ATIKA London and REMIX have come together to celebrate and empower women including our very own makers Mary and Rosie. We asked them to talk about the powerful women who have had a big impact in their life and who inspire them the most.

Mary –
Who Has Inspired You the Most?
Katherine Hamnett

Why?
I’ve chosen Katherine Hamnett as she is not only a designer, but also an activist with strong political beliefs that affect the way she runs her business. She was one of the first to consider how damaging the fast fashion industry is on the environment and created slogan t-shirts to emphasise her political messages. I went to her talk last month to hear more about her activism and how she is changing the fashion industry. She is not just paying lip service, but she actively gets involved; in 2014 she took part in the Hackney Town Hall protest. I find her way of working and her desire to make a difference in the world inspiring. The REMIX team recently went to The Sustainable Angle which is a London Textile Fair to find more sustainable and environmentally friendly material for our next collection.

Rosie –
Who Has Inspired You the Most?
Myself

Why?
I was thinking about who I would choose and at first, I thought about picking someone like Solange, but I’ve decided to choose myself because I’m proud of how far I have come. I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am today, and I don’t think that you should want to be someone else. It is easy to forget or not realise how far you have come as it just happens gradually. In this day and age, you can get caught up in comparing yourself to others and wishing you had what somebody else had. I do struggle with my confidence and sometimes I need to remind myself that I am good enough. I also think that it is important to empower and be inspired by real people rather than just celebrities. It is alright to have bad days, but I keep reminding myself how far I have come. That is even more reason to be proud of myself for fighting against everything that I have had to deal with; especially as a woman. If you feel like you can’t do something, prove yourself wrong.

Charlie –
Who Has Inspired You the Most?
My Mum

Why?
Growing up, my mum was the one who raised me the most almost like she was a single mother. She wasn’t rich, but she was organised and cooked for three other people every single day. Even as an adult now I don’t cook for myself every day. After I moved out I began to realise just how much she did for me and also how expensive everything is. She always put other people in front of her, even sometimes too much. She stays in contact with me and checks on me all the time which is really sweet and thoughtful. When I moved to London she was the one to take me to the airport, she sends me care packages full of Dutch treats, and when she comes to visit from the Netherlands she has her suitcase full of food for me and hardly any clothes or things for herself. I know that she will be there whenever I need her.

Some inspirational quotes from some inspirational women:

Madonna – “I’m tough, I’m ambitious, and I know exactly what I want. If that makes me a bitch, okay.”

Irina Dunn – “A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”

Rebecca West – “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat”.

Margaret Atwood – “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.”

Cheris Kramarae – “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings”.

Emma Watson – “Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom. It’s about liberation. It’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it.” Creator of the HeForShe campaign.

Betty Friedan – “No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor”.

Maya Angelou – “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be on my own side.”

Louise Brealey – “I’d like every man who doesn’t call himself a feminist to explain to the women in his life why he doesn’t believe in equality for women.”

Mary Shelley – “I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.”

Michelle Obama – “No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”

Lena Dunham – “The idea of being a feminist- so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex – but what feminism is about is equality and human rights.”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman – “There is no female mind. The brain is not an organ of sex. Might as well speak of a female liver.”

Malala Yousafzai – “We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back.”

By: Roz

REMIX By ATIKA | Interview with Amber by ATIKA London

Amber for REMIX By ATIKA

We recently had a photoshoot in ATIKA and around Shoreditch with Amber to showcase our latest pieces. Then, we caught up with her afterwards to get to know about her personal style, where she gets her inspiration, and her thoughts on current trends.

What is your favourite REMIX piece and why?
My favourite are the Cargo Reflective Trousers just because I really like this detailing and I really love cargo trousers.

Where do you get your style inspiration from?
Obviously, Rihanna! Also, I’m quite a fan of IMDDB and her street style and Terin Taylor. I follow quite a few fashion bloggers on Instagram and then take a screenshot.

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What is your go-to outfit when you do not know what to where?
Well, when it’s cold I will probably just put on a hoody. I wear a lot of baggy oversized jumpers and t-shirts and some jeans. That’s pretty much it!

Do you shop sustainably?
I try to. I mean, when it comes to clothes it’s a bit harder. But, other things like food and I won’t buy a bottle of water, I have my own. Yeah, a metal Chilly one.

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What is your favourite way to accessorise?
I like little nacklaces, like little small ones. Earrings I’m quite a fan of. Also a few rings, but not too many. Just a few on a finger.

Does music influence your style?
I guess it does in a more subtle subconscious way. So Rihanna’s whole vibe in her Wild Thoughts video, I was like ‘yeah I’m a fan’. I went and bought an off the shoulder top, was not anything near it. So many things she puts on, she looks so good.

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What is your favourite season to dress for?
I reckon probably spring because it’s not too cold where I have to put on too many layers, but then it’s not too hot. In summer it’s hard because you can’t go out in minimal clothes.

If you could only wear one colour for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I don’t want to say black, but guessing it will probably have to be black. It can’t be grey because in the summer that will be very problematic. I’ll go with black, I’ll brave black. 'I’ll just be miserable and boring.

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What is your favourite itme you own, and why?

I got through phases of having favourite items I have at home. At the moment it is this necklace, even though it is the tiniest thing ever. But, I think it just goes with a lot of things. But, then in like two months it will be something completely different.

What trend do you wish would go away and which to come back?
One I wish to go away would be those chunky fila, do you know the ones? Like bricks. I’m a fan of the chunky sole trainer, but that I just can’t. I feel like thay have all come back, if you look hard enough they are all all there. If you come to somewhere like here you would find a lot trends like 90s.

Watch the interview down below:

Model: @ambersimonex
REMIX By ATIKA:
@remixbyatika
ATIKA London:
@atikalondon
Photography/Videography:
@aroehzed

Pieces Styled:
Remnant Trousers
Cropped Drawstirng Hoodie
Buckle Jacket

Lace Slip Dress
Neon Crop

Cropped Zip Back Hoodie
Reflective Cargo Trousers
Puffer Jacket

Remnant Trousers
Animal Print Cami
Cropped Silk Shirt

Remnant Trousers
Fleece Zip Sweat
Fleece Trim Jacket

You Are More Than Your Day Job! by ATIKA London

You Are More Than Your Day Job.

MODEL @mariapearly

STYLING @misaayy @designsbymisemi

PHOTOGRAPHER @leannebebbi

VIDEOGRAPHER @areohzed

We decided to start our project ‘You’re more than your day job’ due to us working with so many talented and hard working people. We’re excited about launching this and introducing members of our team, their talents and side hustles.

We recently got together with our girl Missy to talk about her passion and her brand. We first met Missy when she started off here at ATIKA as a design intern with Mary in REMIX. We instantly loved her and shortly after, Missy ended up working with us as a part-time sales assistant whilst still focusing on her main project and side hustle MISEMI.

We asked Missy to rework a few pieces of our vintage and to incorporate her signature MISEMI designs. We’re very excited to announce that one of you will get the chance to win this tracksuit!! Just follow our socials on how to enter.

You can shop or get custom orders by MISEMI here >>>

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ATIKA Studio by ATIKA London

Introducing ATIKA Studio!

It's our new capsule collection of limited edition pieces. Made from reworked vintage garments and fabrics, each piece is unique.

All pieces are handmade in our Studio at 55-59 Hanbury Street. Now available in store.

Giacomo wears a ATIKA Studio reworked jacket with machine embroidery stitching and deconstructed denim patches. Originally a french workwear jacket.

Giacomo wears a ATIKA Studio reworked jacket with machine embroidery stitching and deconstructed denim patches. Originally a french workwear jacket.

Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Kimono Wrap Dress. Reworked from a mid century vintage Japanese Kimono.

Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Kimono Wrap Dress. Reworked from a mid century vintage Japanese Kimono.

Giacomo wears ATIKA Studio Rugby Shirt. Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Kimono Wrap Dress.

Giacomo wears ATIKA Studio Rugby Shirt. Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Kimono Wrap Dress.

Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Kimono Jacket & Kimono Wrap Skirt. Reworked from a mid century Japanese Kimono.

Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Kimono Jacket & Kimono Wrap Skirt. Reworked from a mid century Japanese Kimono.

Giacomo wears a ATIKA Studio Rugby Shirt made from 100% cotton and patched with vintage fabrics.

Giacomo wears a ATIKA Studio Rugby Shirt made from 100% cotton and patched with vintage fabrics.

Giacomo wears ATIKA Studio reworked denim shirt. Patched with vintage shirt cut offs.

Giacomo wears ATIKA Studio reworked denim shirt. Patched with vintage shirt cut offs.

Giacomo wears ATIKA Studio Military Jacket. Reworked from surplus military garments. Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Tie Back Sweater with vintage Kimono detail.

Giacomo wears ATIKA Studio Military Jacket. Reworked from surplus military garments. Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Tie Back Sweater with vintage Kimono detail.

Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Tie Back Sweater with vintage Kimono detail.

Sneha wears ATIKA Studio Tie Back Sweater with vintage Kimono detail.

BOSHBABEXOXO x REMIX BY ATIKA by ATIKA London

We recently caught up with the megababe behind the famous Y2k Instagram account Boshbabexoxo. Get to know Kye Munroe!  

Hey Kye, we’ve probably followed your @boshbabexoxo account from almost the beginning and now you have a following of over 74k! Your followers even include the likes of Paris Hilton and the famous Instagram account @twogirlsonepizza to name but a few... 

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What made you start the @boshbabexoxo Instagram account?

I've always been obsessed with the late 90s/early 2000s era, and I had so many pictures saved on my phone. Basically, it started as a way to unload a bunch of storage on my phone.

Where are you based? 

I'm currently based in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

You’re a singer and songwriter, is your music inspired by the millennium era and what’s your current single “Only Getting Better” about?

It's about flourishing after a breakup. I wrote this after breaking up with a past boyfriend. I was expecting to spend a long time being down, but it felt weirdly refreshing. I was inspired to get out of my comfort zone and better myself.

Where’s the best place to follow you for your music?

You can follow me on soundcloud.com/kyemunroe or follow me on instagram.com/kyeboshh <3

Has @boshbabexoxo become almost a full-time job?

I do have to make time to find new and interesting posts that haven't been shared a million times before. I don't mind, though. I really enjoy finding new style inspiration!

What’s your ultimate favourite post from your @boshbabexoxo account?

I think any post with Salem the cat could be my favourite. #salemsaberhagan

Who are your top 5 favourite Y2K influencers?

Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Aaliyah, Devon Aoki, and Kylie Minogue brought so many looks for the millennium era. 

Who are your top 3 favourite Instagram accounts to follow?

I love @twogirlsonepizza, @djmickeypop, and @miss2005

What interests you about the year 2000 era?

I was pretty young, but I remember there was so much excitement about the new millennium. It was like a new frontier for humanity. The fashion, music, movies, and culture in general was looking toward the future. The trends had moved away from grunge into a shiny, futuristic era that felt very optimistic (aside from the Y2K bug scare.)

Who was your favourite Y2K couple and why?

I remember being so obsessed with Britney and Justin when I was younger. It was pretty tragic how it all ended. I did hear there was a post-breakup dance off though. 

Mary-Kate & Ashley or Paris & Nicole?

Paris and Nicole are hysterical. SANASA!

NSYNC or Backstreet Boys?

I've always been an NSYNC girl. Lance Bass was my first crush (Well, and Mark McGrath around the same time).

Describe your style obsession… 

Basically everything Alexia Wheaton (Katerine Heigl) wore in 'Wish Upon a Star." I'm also obsessed with adding silver/metallic elements to my wardrobe. Platforms are also a must. :D

INTERVIEW: Leanne Bebbington @leannebebbi

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ATIKA INTERNSHIP by ATIKA London

Around October of 2016 I moved from China to London for university, this being the first time I had ever moved homes in my 18 years of life. I had always been raised to not be bothered by what people think of you, hence what people called my ‘unique’ style. People would look at me with strange looks which I always took as admiration, not out of self-obsession but because it was the only way I didn’t let myself be insecure. Moving to London, I felt a new sense of home where everyone had their ‘unique’ style and where people had real admiration for self-expression.

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During my first walk down brick lane, a very friendly and stylish face approached me handing a flyer saying “20% off at BLITZ”. Being broke and desperate to shop I obviously accepted and went directly to the store. I immediately adored every single item I laid my eyes on in the store, it was love at first sight. I proceeded to go on a shopping spree I could not afford to pay for, thus began the love story.

Fast forward to the beginning of this summer, the end to my second summer of university. I had my family, friends and professors asking me “what internships are you looking for this summer?” to which I aspired to have a laid out, detailed as hell, 3-point plan so they wouldn’t have to bother me with any more questions. Let’s emphasise the “aspired” part, I had no possible options. At this point I had been following ATIKA for two years now, visiting the store frequently, and spreading the word about my favorite vintage/concept store in London. I opened my Instagram one night as my routine usually goes, and I saw a post from ATIKA saying “Looking for social media/PR intern”, the love story continues.

I sent my CV in earlier in the summer, and had gotten no reply for quite some time. I had begun to lose faith, and then an angel sent from heaven named Leanne emailed me to set up an interview.

Say hello to ATIKA’s new social media/PR intern and she couldn’t be happier.

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Me deciding what to wear on my first day of work to make a good impression was absolutely tragic. My friends were attempting to encouraging me saying “you’ll fit right in”, yet I still couldn’t stop fussing about my outfits. I walked into the store and I immediately felt so welcome. Every person I met was so sweet, stylish, cool and knowledgeable, I had felt so intimidated in the best way possible. My experience here (being very limited) has been amazing, I’ve learned so much in just one day and I can’t wait for what else I will learn from being here.

 

 

DOROTHEA LANGE & VANESSA WINSHIP AT THE BARBICAN CENTRE by ATIKA London

The Barbican Centre is currently showing a double bill of exhibitions, featuring American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange and British photographer Vanessa Winship. 

Lange's exhibition, "The Politics of Seeing" highlights key moments in her visual reportage, spanning from the 1930s to the 1960s. We were lucky to see Lange's most famous work, "Migrant Mother", at the exhibition. The iconic image successfully highlighted and humanised the plight of immigrants and minorities during the Great Depression. Lange would follow these themes of inequality, poverty, displacement and racism the rest of her career, as she captured the conditions of Japanese American internment camps in the 1940s, and post-industrialised California in the 1950s.  

Winship's exhibition, "And Time Folds", largely focuses on Winship's coverage of everyday American's during President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012, focusing on the stasis experienced in their lives. WInship successfully portrays the lethargy and fatigue of the time through wide shots and low-key imagery.

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As a photographer, going to both of these exhibitions was incredibly inspiring. Lange's eye for light, composition and her ability to capture the the humanity within her subjects and Winship's skill in creating an atmosphere with her photography left me feeling amazed. If you have a chance to go to these exhibitions, don't miss out! 

JORJA SMITH AT SOMERSET HOUSE x ATIKA LONDON by ATIKA London

Words by Denisa Krasniqi (IG: @looksbydenisa)

Growing up I have always loved music. I've always felt as though music is a way for us to connect with our emotions and feelings without having to portray them through words. For instance Jorja Smith is one of the main artists who I feel I can connect with solemnly by the way she represents her feelings through her music. This I feel comes from her downtempo soulful voice which I completely love. 

Jorja Smith is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Walsall, West Midlands. She debuted her first single 'Blue Lights' at the beginning of 2016 (which went CRAZY on Soundcloud, loads of artists including Stormzy were praising her). Since then she has released various singles and has been involved in multiple amazing music projects. She released her first official EP, 'Project 11' near the end of 2016 and her debut album 'Lost & Found' June 8th, 2018. 

JORJA SMITH AT SOMERSET HOUSE (PHOTO: @ellingtonhammond)

JORJA SMITH AT SOMERSET HOUSE (PHOTO: @ellingtonhammond)

During Jorja's performance I was so mesmerised by the amount of love and energy shown throughout the show by herself and also everyone around her including her lovely friends who came down to perform with her. During Jorjas performance she brought out multiple different artists (who may I say carried out a super SICK performance). Stormzy, who joined in to perform their single 'Lay Me down', Maverick Sabre, who joined in to perform Jorjas song 'Carry Me home' in which he's featured in, and Loyle Carner who also created an amazing atmosphere on the night.

I have watched Jorja perform live multiple times and watching her audience grow extremely quickly has been immense. Being given the chance to watch Jorja perform at Somerset house was incredible. The atmosphere was insane and the loveliest thing about all of this was that although everyone was from different walks of life, we could all connect by the incredible music and amazing vocals of Jorja Smith. 

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THE CROWD AT SOMERSET HOUSE

HYPER Japan Festival 2018 x ATIKA London by ATIKA London

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Hyper Japan Festival 2018 was exactly what we had anticipated and more. Nintendo UK were back again this year with their station. We got to play the new Dragonball Fighterz game as well as getting the chance to experience Nintendo Labo. Not heard of it yet? Neither had we! It's Nintendo's new line of interactive make, assembling sheets of cardboard into a variety of shapes called Toy-Con, and combining them with the Nintendo Switch console. Still confused? We've added some videos below for you to see. 

We made our way round to the super cute world of Tofu Cute. These guys have one of the biggest stalls at Hyper Japan selling everything kawaii from Japanese sweets & drinks to stationary, accessories, clothing and footwear. You can visit their web shop here >>> https://www.tofucute.com/

One of our favourite things to visit and try out at Hyper Japan is the food. We were pretty excited this year to see a whole row of stalls offering FREE tasters of Japanese cuisine, thanks to Harro Foods. A lot of the samples were vegan/vegetarian too.

For lunch, we obviously made our way round to Peko Peko Kitchen. These guys are ALWAYS busy at Hyper Japan and serve the best Japanese soul food. 

Trade stall exhibitors showcasing their handmade jewellery, fashion, anime, artwork and more are always a good shout to check out over the weekend. We got to meet the lovely Konichiwa Kitty of Konichiwa Kitty Shop who tinkers with electronics and fashion to create her designs. Another creative that particularly caught our eye was illustrator Kotori Danshi who has created a character half man half duck. You can follow here >>> www.instagram.com/nagai_yui.

It's safe to say there is something here for everyone no matter your age. Round 2 of Hyper Japan is coming up the end of November for Hyper Japan Christmas 2018. See you there 🙃.

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Photography:  @leannebebbi

Photography: @leannebebbi

THE HELMET PROJECT X ATIKA by ATIKA London

An exhibition of cycling helmets designed by artists will be on show at London bike shop and cafe Look Mum No Hands! from 1st September. Helmets will be auctioned online to raise money for the brain injury charity Headway. 

The heart of the exhibition and key message is to always wear a helmet! Olivia Gypsy recently got together with and styled Zoe Bindle Tattoo Artist and Cyclist for The Helmet Project. See below for her story and shoot wearing Helmets created by artists like Grayson Perry, Stephen Jones and clothing by us!

SHOT BY LAUREN MACCABEE @laurenmaccabee

STYLING OLIVIA GYPSY @oliviagypsy

MUA KEELY @phantasykeely

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ATIKA x HYPER JAPAN by ATIKA London

We recently visited HYPER JAPAN Summer 2017 at Tobacco Dock. Celebrating Japanese culture and cuisine at it's best! 

From testing out the new NINTENDO SWITCH, to experiencing Chiptune Girl TORIENA play her own tunes using a GameBoy and desktop music (DTM) software (Yeah blew our minds too), to say we had a great time would be an understatement.

If you're a gamer, kawaii culture enthusiast or simply enjoy browsing and trying out new food at Japanese food stalls, HYPER JAPAN is definitely the event for you. See below for what we got up to... Oh and the best bit is, it's on twice a year!

Get your tickets now for >>>  HYPER JAPAN Christmas