REMIX by ATIKA: Customer Fits by ATIKA London

REMIX by ATIKA are a brand based in East London focused on giving new life to vintage garments. Many vintage items become worn over time, sometimes leaving it unwearable. We take these items to create something more current and on trend which can be worn today.

As a brand, we appreciate customer feedback and engagement which is why we are interactive on all of our social media accounts and have decided to focus on you, the customer. Below we take a look back at some of your favourite pieces and discussing their creation.

Cropped Cord Shirts
These Cropped Cord Shirts were originally vintage shirts that were not in good enough condition to keep in its entirety. As a result, they were cropped to create a more contemporary and trend-led garment. The off-cuts of these shirts are then used elsewhere, such as on our Cord Patch Shirts!

Zip Denim Shirts
Denim shirts are often used for workwear and the bottom of the shirt gets ruined over time as they are tucked into trousers. It seemed appropriate to create a more feminine garment by cropping the shirts and salvaging the best part of the denim. The O-ring design came about after seeing a unique vintage shirt that had a zip at the front instead of buttons. The edges are left raw, giving it a slightly distressed and more modern look.

Remnant Trousers
Our Remnant Trousers are one of our most popular items. They are made from end of the line fabric from North East London that would otherwise be thrown away. As a result, the patterns and colours change depending on the fabric that is available. The elasticated waist not only allows for a more comfortable fit, but also allows for a wider variety of sizes to enjoy these trousers. Also, they are made using a square pattern which allows for as little fabric waste as possible. We also went on to create Remnant Shorts to make these available for those hotter months.

Shirt Dresses
We have a variety of shirt dresses available from denim, work shirts, cord, long sleeve, sleeveless, and collarless. One of our first shirt dresses to be made had long sleeves and an elasticated wasitband. After finding more vintage shirts that were too damaged to be used for this initial design, we decided to create sleeveless and collarless shirts, depending on where the shirt was damaged.

Crop Cycle Jerseys
ATIKA stock premium vintage cycle jerseys in-store that would be appreciated by those who cycle. REMIX focuses on the pattern and colours of each jersey instead. As there are pockets at the back of the cycle jerseys, we decided to crop these tops to create a more wearable garment.

Pacth Pocket
A patch pocket allows for fabric scraps to be given a new life or to be able to save as much of a garment as possible. These were some of the first items ever created by REMIX; the patch pocket tees use offcuts that would not be sellable as a garment on its own. The patches change depending on the season that we are in; floral and bright prints are used during the summer and more sombre and subdued fabrics are used during the winter months. The Patch Pocket Jeans use denim that is locally sourced and gives a chance for our designers to demonstrate their sewing skills.

Zip Denim Skirts
After turning vintage jeans into shorts, we are left with a lot of offcuts. Instead of seeing them go to waste, we turn them into skirts allowing for each to be unique. When we first started making these they were in an A-line style, but as trends change, so do we. Now we create a more bodycon shape to keep our items new and fresh. As our brand grows, we have more materials which results in more pieces. We are currently working on a new skirt range that includes cord offcuts.

We love seeing the outfits you create with our pieces so continue to tag us in your pictures and using our hashtag #remixbyatika.

Festival Season: A Guide by ATIKA London

It’s festival season and here at ATIKA we wanted to give you some outfit inspiration; throughout the years, fashion has always been at the centre of festivals. Whether you want to dress head-to-toe in sequins or in your grandad’s tracksuit, a festival is the place to do it without judgement.

Shopping vintage for your festival looks allows you to stand-out, be unique but also on trend, and allows you to be less concerned about facing the inevitable mud, beer, and rain. Not only will you be having the time of your life listening to your favourite artists, but you will be helping the environment with your sustainable fits. Vintage stores have a wide range of items, so you are likely to find what you’re looking for no matter your style preferences.

1. Practicality
Your festival experience should be about the music and the people around you, not checking every 10 minutes if your phone is still in your pocket or feeling the sun burning your skin. Sunglasses, hats, bumbags, and clothing with a lot of pockets will be your best friend.

2. Layering
The weather at festivals can be very unpredictable. Having layers gives your outfit dimension but also the ability to adapt to the ever-changing temperature. Layer with shirts, light jackets, and t-shirts.

3. Raincoat
Being prepared for the British weather will make your festival experience more enjoyable. Pack a printed raincoat that will add to your outfit, rather than take away from it. Something lightweight that won’t take up much room in your backpack is a perfect choice.

To celebrate the festival season, we also wanted to look back at some iconic festival looks that have occured over the years.

Brian Jones was considered a style icon with his revolutionary androgynous looks; he would mix patterns, colours, textures, and centuries. Here he is seen at Monterey festival, 1967, wearing a decorative choker, a metallic gold coat with pink fur trim, and accessorised with a floral print scarf. His style varied from 1960s Mod to the more flamboyant Peacock Style of the late 60s. Woodstock also embraced colour, patterns, and accessories.

Tie-dye was first introduced to America in 1909 by Professor Charles E. Pellew, but it was not until the late 1960s that it became a fad. The trend was intensified by musicians such as Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, and John Sebastian; DIY psychedlic tie-dye t-shirts became a symbol of the counterculture during Woodstock, 1969. This counterculture consisted of recreational drugs, peace, love, and music that an older generation hated.

Acid wash denim was popularised in the late 1980s by hard rock, outlaw country, and heavy metal bands; jeans that had been distressed and bleached almost white were favoured by fans of glam metal. This trend later re-emerged in the 1990s and 2000s, but the grunge and punk fans preferred a darker wash of jeans.

90s rave culture consisted of love, dance, revolution, and drugs; it became a revolution. These events took place in different places such as abandoned warehouses, old parking lots, and other places; the location would only be available via a special phone number. We took a look at a few iconic DJs and their outfits such as Kemistry, Storm, and Goldie.

NEW Concession: MISEMI by ATIKA London

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Last week we welcomed our newest concession into store, MISEMI!

MISEMI started back in 2014 by independent designer, Missy Yusuf. The brand celebrates culture, diversity, self-care and being unapologetically yourself. The brand also empowers everyone who loves to wear unique clothing with a streetwear influence.

Missy hand-makes all of her pieces at home in her living room, and has had the likes of Julie Adenuga, Mr Eazi, Raye and Alicai Harley wearing her designs.

We are also excited to stock MISEMI’s Self Care Szn collection. Missy created this collection whilst she was going through a tough time with her own mental health. The content Missy created to coincide with her pieces, involved her sharing self care tips for her followers on her socials. This she said, helped her dig herself out of a really bad time.

You may have seen earlier this year that Missy and MISEMI took part in our, “You Are More Than Your Day Job” series. You can check out our Q&A with Missy below.

NEW CONTENT: ATIKA YouTube and Podcasts. Subscribe & Follow! by ATIKA London

Oh hello!

You may not know, but we started our own YouTube channel and launched our very first podcast this year via Soundcloud. We’re pretty excited to share our new content with you, so be sure to keep a lookout over our socials for more!

Here’s a little of what we’ve got up to so far…

A Tour Around REMIX by ATIKA

https://youtu.be/vevuL06Ns88

MISEMI X ATIKA: BTS

https://youtu.be/W_1yLvlHAPE

Conversations By ATIKA: 1st Episode

https://youtu.be/bhxR9pphkJw

ATIKA Meets Sicckm8: Self Style Video

https://youtu.be/abz2Nodldso

Podcast: Conversations by ATIKA x George David Hodgson

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Sustainable Fashion by ATIKA London

Recently, there has been a widespread movement from fast fashion to shopping more sustainably. This includes shopping at charity shops, vintage shops, and online second-hand shops such as eBay and Depop. The phrase “buy less, buy better” seems to have become prevalent within the last couple of years as people are coming to understand how fast fashion impacts the planet and its workers.

We have curated a list of just some of the places you can shop to be more sustainable and ethical with your fashion choices.

Razor Denim
Price: ££
Available: rzrdenim.com
Instagram: @rzrdenim

Since 2014, Maria Pearl altered her own denim pieces and then decided to set up ‘RZR Denim’. Each piece is one-off and unique; reworked and hand-made from vintage denim. Available are a variety of jeans, jackets, and sets.

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REMIX By ATIKA
Price: ££
Available: atika-london.co.uk, ATIKA London (55-59 Hanbury Street)
Instagram: @remixbyatika

REMIX By ATIKA are based in East London and specialise in reworking vintage pieces. Manufactoring occurs in the ATIKA store and in their North London factory. Vintage garments are reworked to make them more trendy and wearable; giving them a new lease of life and saving them from landfill.

ATIKA Studio
Price: £££
Available: ATIKA (55-59 Hanbury Street)
Instagram: @atikalondon

In 2018, ATIKA Studio was born in order to bring REMIX’s style to a different generation. Vintage garments are reworked to create a more upscale and fashion forward collection. This collection is available in ATIKA London (55-59 Hanbury Street).

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Baby Girl By BF
Price: ££
Available: ATIKA (55-59 Hanbury Street)
Instagram: @babygirl.by.bf

Baby Girl by BF was created by Bex in February 2017 after someone asked her to paint a jacket for their London Fashion Week outfit. Since then, others have been highly interested in her work which led to the beginning of her brand. Her illustrations unapologetically embrace the female form onto vintage garments. The collection ranges from cute handbags to vintage Levi’s jeans; each piece is unique and of high-quality.

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People Tree

Price: ££
Available: Peopletre.co.uk, ASOS, House of Fraser, Amazon, John Lewis, and others.
Instagram: @peopletree
Good on You Rating: Great

People Tree was founded by Safia Minney in 1991 in order to bring awareness about sustainability and ethics within the fashion industry. Many of the items are created from organic cotton using traditional artisan skills such as hand weaving, hand knitting, hand embroidery, and hand block printing. They sell a wide range of items from underwear to activewear. One of their most popular collections is their collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum which sells out quickly.

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Arket

Price: ££
Available: arket.com, Regent Street (London), Long Acre (London), Westfield Stratford (London), Copenhagen, Brussels, Munich, Berlin, and Amsterdam.
Instagram: @arketofficial

Sourcing durable and sustainable materials to create long-lasting and high-quality garments is at the heart of Arket’s ethos. Their website describes in detail how to take care of each material in order for the customer to get the most out of each piece they buy. This places emphasis on the importance of making clothes last. They sell a range of womenswear, menswear, children’s clothing, and homeware.

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TOAST

Price: ££-£££
Available: toa.st/uk and John Lewis.
Instagram: @toast

TOAST started in 1997 in West Wales as a small company only selling loungerwear and nightwear, since then they have grown and now sell a wide range of items. Their goal is to create simple, functional, and long-lasting items whilst being as sustainable and ethical as they can. Emphasis is placed on the fact that they are a slow fashion business rather than fast fashion. A description of each material and where it is sourced is detailed on their website which is reassuring.

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Nude Ethics

Price: ££
Available: nudeethics.store/shop
Instagram: @nudeethics

“Wear something honest, or wear nothing at all”! Nude Ethics have branded themselves as an affordable ethical and sustainable brand. Their Illustrated range uses organic cotton and a fair trade production in order to reduce their carbon foot print as much as they can. Their Vintage Collection contains curated timeless vintage items made of high-quality material. Alongside their own clothing, they also sell items from a few sustainable and ethical independent brands including OffOn, A R C A Jewellery, and Daily Nue.

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Lucy & Yak

Price: ££
Available: lucyandyak.com, Brighton
Instagram: @lucyandyak

Lucy and Yak are dedicated to paying all of their workers the ‘Living Wage’, they keep their factories clean and air-conditioned, and they use organic and recycled material. Their infamous unisex dungarees come in a variety of sizes and designs; from rainbow dungarees to simple black dungarees in order to appeal to a wide audience. Alongside these are shirts, dresses, boilersuits, tops, trousers, and more. They have also recently opened a shop in Brighton which is worth a visit.

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Adidas
Price: ££-£££
Available: https://www.adidas.co.uk/, JD Sports, Sports Direct, ASOS
Instagram: @adidas
Good on You Rating: Good

Adidas began in 1949 by Adolf Dassler and have since grown to be the second largest activewear brand in the world. Recently, they partnered with Parley for the Oceans (an ocean conservation group) to create a collection from recycled waste from the sea.

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Stella McCartney
Price: ££££
Available: stellamccartney.com
Instagram: @stellamccartney

Stella McCartney has perfected sustainable luxury fashion. Her brand is a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, they partner with PETA for various projects, and they use a lot of eco-friendly materials within their clothing including organic cotton, recycled polyester, and regenerated cashmere.

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Depop
Price: £-££££
Available: Depop.com, App Store
Instagram: @depop

In 2011, Depop was created to offer a younger generation an online marketplace to buy and sell their clothing to one another. The items range from highstreet items to designer pieces. Since it began, the app has grown to support over 10 million users. This gives second-hand items a new meaning and a new life.

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Ararose
Price: ££
Available: ararose.clothing
Instagram: @_ararose

Ararose are dedicated from moving away from the fast fashion movement and focsuing on empowering their workers with a fair pay and also empowering their customers with high-quality staple pieces.

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Patagonia
Price: ££-£££
Available: patagonia.com, ATIKA (55-59 Hanbury Street), Amazon
Instagram: @patagonia
Goon on You Rating: Good

Patagonia began as a small company selling equipment for climbers; this still remains at the core of the company, but their growth as a business has given them a bigger voice for issues concerning the environment. To further reduce their own impact as a company, Patagonia are dedicated to creating high-quality pieces that are durable. They continually work on improving their methods and materials they use as they are conscious of the entire lifecycle of each garment.

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Fjällräven
Price: £££
Available:
Instagram:

In 1960 Ake Nordin, an adventurer, was unsatisfied with the equipment that existed which led to him desiging his own backpack. Nordin’s commitment to the natural world still remains at the core of his business. Their efforts to be sustainable began in 1994, when arctic foxes (also the English translation of Fjällräven) were critically endangered. They partnered up with the EU and invested money into supporting research to save these foxes. These ethical and sustainable efforts can still be seen in the business today with the start of their recent line: the “Re-Kånken” backpacks, made from 11 recycled plastic water bottles.

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Wool and the Gang
Price: ££-£££
Available: Woolandthegang.com
Instagram: @woolandthegang

Wool and the Gang present a way for customers to love and cherish their items even more; by making the pieces by hand. One is able to buy the wool to create a beloved new knitwear item or buy it handmade on a small scale rather than mass produced. Making knitting cool for the younger generation. All items are made from wool - a natural and biodegradable material. Any fashion waste is then repurposed into new yarn to reduce the amount that goes into landfill.

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Ren London
Price:
Available: Renlondon.co
Instagram: @ren.london, Henri (Store in London), Ottowin (Store in Bristol)

Ren London are a mindful fashion company that aim to create sustainable items without compromising on style. All of their items are made on a small scale using 100% natural fibre fabrics. They have selected a few stockists who co-operate within their own ethical practices; Henri and Ottowin.

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Henri
Price: £££
Available: henri.london, 274 Hackney Road (Wed-Sun)
Instagram: @henri_london

Henrietta began Henri in 2016 to create clean and tailored shirts with a care-free element. They use 100% organic cotton, the majority of which is GOTS Certified. Henrietta is committed to creating the perfect shirt; she tests the designs herself and makes adjustments where needed. The suppliers they work with promote decentralised production which supports local weaving villages.

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Choose Love
Price: ££
Available: https://helprefugees.org/choose-love/ https://donate.helprefugees.org/campaigns/choose-love-x-pride-2018/
Instagram: @helprefugeesuk

Katharine Hemnett designed the ‘Choose Love’ t-shirts to help spread the message of hope and love whilst raising money for partner projects supporting refugees. Follow helprefugessuk and the hashtag ‘chooselove’ to keep updated on the latest news. There has recently been a new campaign called “Choose Love X Pride 2018” which supports LGBTQI+ refugees and asylum seekers specifically with the money raised from the t-shirts.

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Know the Origin
Price: ££
Available: knowtheorigin.com
Instagram: @knowtheorigin

Know The Origin stock items from ethical and sustainable brands that align to their own standard. Their website highlights the positives of each item in categories; those made from certified organic material, eco-friendly materials, vegan material, if the brand is ‘cause driven’, and Fairtrade brands.

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The-Acey
Price: £££
Available: the-acey.com
Instagram: @the_acey

The-Acey put the lives of their customers at the forefront of their brand. The details are essential and they consider every aspect from the packaging to the buttons they use. Overproduction is a massive issue within the fast fashion industry, The-Acey pride themselves on being a slow fashion brand that produce only on demand. To further benefit their customers and their environment, a lot of thought is put into their materials which is why they only use natural fabrics made from one single fibre.

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Toms
Price: ££
Available: toms.co.uk, schuh.co.uk, asos.com
Instagram: @toms

Toms have created a “One for One” system which allows for each purchase of a pair of Toms to also provide shoes, sight, water, and safe birth services to those in need across the globe. Since 2006, this programme has provided 86 million pairs of shoes, restored sight to 600,000 people, and provided 600,000 weeks’ worth of safe water to communities.

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Luva Huva
Price: ££
Available: luvahuva.co.uk/
Instagram: @luvahuva

Luva Huva are an ethical lingerie and loungewear company handmade in Brighton; they are available online and ship worldwide. They began twelve years as a small company at Portebello market. They recently created a vintage lingerie collection to save material from landfill. Joanna Ketterer is the brand designer and her main focus is creating lingerie made from ethically sourced fabric which celebrates a feminine and elegant style.

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DÔEN
Price: £££
Available: shopdoen.com
Instagram: @shopdoen

Doen are very open about their ethics and sustainability on their website. They globally source their high-quality materials based on the availability of the raw materials, responsible factories, and regional technqiues. For example, they import their handknit alpaca sweaters from Peru. Their focus is on the quality of the item and maintaining long-term partnerships with factories that are owned and run by women. This provides and slower and more sustainable approach to fashion.

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Lowie
Price: ££-£££
Available: ilovelowie.com, 115 Dulwich Road (Herne Hill), Cystal Palace
Instagram: @ilovelowie

Bronwyn Lowenthal created the brand in 2002, keeping sustainability close to their heart with every collection. They keep production small in order to ensure that their workers are paid a fair amount and also that their pieces are unique and limited edition. They are inspited by the natural fibres they use to create timeless pieces as well as bright and bold items.

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Brighton Lace
Price: ££-£££
Available: brightonlace.com, etsy.com/brightonlace
Instagram: @brightonlace

Brighton Lace is made up of a team of three women; Lou and her two seamstresses. Lace sourcing, dyeing, and creating is all made in England. Each piece is unique and limited edition as they buy vintage lace and there are no lace manufacturers lefts in the UK. They pay their workers a fair wage and are a part of the Brighton & Hove Living Wage campaign. They aim to empower women and are therefore very open and responsive to feedback about their products.

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Batoko
Price: ££-£££
Available: batoko.com
Instagram: @batoko

”We’re rubbish. Literally” is their moto; placing emphasis on their swimsuits being made from 100% recycled material. Since they started, they have recycled approximately 220,000 plastic bottles in weight. They are a small independent company based on the North West coast of England; after volunteering on their local beach to clean up plastic, they quickly realised the magnitude of the plastic problem. Their designs are fun and colourful which transforms the plastic waste that was heading for landfill or the oceans into something that is more enjoyable.

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Made Jewellery
Price: ££
Available: made.uk.com/
Instagram: @made_jewellery

Made are a small company that handcraft their jewellery in Kenya using traditional methods to create positive change to the creators, the customers, and the planet. Each piece of jewellery carries a story as the traditional methods used are passed down through the generations of the artisans. People are at the centre of their business allowing for their workers to learn new skills in a safe working environment.

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Sand & Palm
Price: £££
Available: sandandpalm.com/shop
Instagram: @sandandpalm

Sand & Palm have broken down the materials they use and where they come from; 100% of their lycra comes from regenerated nylon, their packaging is either recycled or organic material, and their clothing is made from organic hemp. Each item is made to order by Vicki in her studio in order to reduce waste and over-production.

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Tide and Seek
Price: ££
Available: tideandseek.com and ASOS Marketplace
Instagram: @tide.and.seek

At Tide and Seek, they care a lot about the oceans which is why they decided to make all of their swimwear from 100% recycled plastic bottles. This helps reduce the amount of plastic bottles that end up either in the ocean or in landfills.

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Vildins
Price: ££-£££
Available: vildnis.co.uk
Instagram: @vildnis_london

Vildnis are committed to making sustainable fashion the status quo. Their four commitments consist of using the most environmentally friendly resources and production methods available, having a transparent supply chain who all adhere to their code of conduct, they don’t use angora, fur, or non-certified wool, and being an honest company who respond to customer feedback to help them improve.

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Conversations by ATIKA x George David Hodgson by ATIKA London

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK. Let that sink in. 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. New research has also shown that 84% of UK men bottle up their emotions and every week in the UK, 84 men take their own life. These statistics are utterly shocking and need to be talked about.

For our next part in our series of Conversations by ATIKA, we invited in George David Hodgson, Mental Health Advocate and owner of Maison de Choup. George and our store manager Sam discussed their own personal journeys with mental health, as well as men's mental health specifically and the importance of talking about how you are feeling.

We also got to learn more about George’s brand Maison de Choup. George started MdC after suffering from panic attacks and sketching and drawing on paper how he felt. This then gave him the idea of putting his designs onto t-shirts. The rest is history! George donates 25% of certain designs to Young Minds charity, who empower and support young people suffering from mental health.

Podcast: http://bit.ly/2HEwVHA

Suicide Prevention Hotline

1-800-273-8255

CALM

0800 58 58 58

SHOUT

Text 85258

Young Minds Parents Helpline

0800 802 5544

@hubofhope

Credits

George David Hodgson @georgedavidhodgson @maisondechoup www.soundcloud.com/maisondechoup www.maisondechoup.co.uk

Sam Sutton @sam_sutt

ATIKA London @atikalondon www.atikalondon.co.uk



Mental Health Awareness Week by ATIKA London

Mental Health Awareness Week 13th - 19th May

www.mentalhealth.org.uk

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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

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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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