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Remarkable Book, Remarkable Symbol for Peace

Poster for Peace book from Reel Art Press
Peace is the latest book, and accompanying exhibition, from RAP – Reel Art Press. Some 59 years after the peace symbol was created, this never-before-seen collection of works by photographer Jim Marshall is truly remarkable. And it could not have come at a more poignant time. Marshall, one of the most celebrated photographers of the last century, is best-known for his pictures of rock-and-roll royalty from the 1960s onwards. Though he also enjoyed a rock-and-roll lifestyle, he always saw himself as a photo-journalist and in between music assignments would document the street life of ordinary people. Peace is Marshall's personal archive of the peace symbol. The symbol was created in 1958 by Gerald Holtom for the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. It spread quickly to America, going on to become globally...

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off hits London

poster for New York Night Train Soul Clap & Dance Off
Ops&Ops are going back to our roots this weekend as our dear friend and ace DJ Jonathan Toubin brings his New York Soul Clap and Dance Off to London Town. Brilliant music and non-stop dancing – it's what Ops&Ops were made for. Jonathan's Soul Clap and Dance Off events are legendary in New York, where he spins night-long sessions of r'n'b and soul 45s – many of them rare and forgotten – from the 1950s and 1960s. A big part of the bash is the dance contest. Any one can take part and pony like boney maroney, do the mash potato, alligator or any steps they choose for the judges. Expect the unexpected, too. You never know who you'll bump into. Ops&Ops joined in last time we were in NYC, and Teri danced her...

Summer in the city – Ops&Ops in N1

Summer in the city – shop front at POPUP@N1
So summer is officially here and Ops&Ops are celebrating with a sunny sojourn – we're on sale at POPUP@N1, a collective of independent brands in Islington, north London. At POPUP@N1 you'll find a limited selection of our No10 styles and latest No13 slides, alongside a curated collection of fashion, jewellery and skincare labels. Among them, browse Justine Tabak's boho-inspired dresses and tops; P.i.C Style's locally sourced and made capsule edit; Susy Harper's brilliantly cut separates; and 58 Lifestyle's handcrafted, dreamy products. Out and about in Islington over the next few weeks? POPUP@N1 is open seven days a week, and Ops&Ops will be on sale there through 16 July. Go check it out. POPUP@N1 99 Essex Road, London N1 2SJ Mon-Wed: 11am-6pm Thur: 11am-7pm Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm Sun: 11am-5pm

Ops&Ops Make Return to Redchurch Street Pop-Up

Return to Redchurch Street Pop-Up flyer
Ops&Ops are delighted to make a return to Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, with another spring pop-up shop. All of our latest and transitional styles will be available, including our Miami collection patent No10s and No11; our newest No12 boot in Opaque White, and our brand new No13 leather slides. We will also have sale and sample styles, starting from just £50. Do pop along and see us! Ops&Ops Pop-Up 67 Redchurch Street London E27DJ April 20 – 30 Daily: 10am – 7pm Sunday: 11am – 6pm  

Designer Pop-Up – Modern Theory: 21-26 March

Modern Theory pop-up flyer
Come and join us at Modern Theory pop-up! Ops&Ops are one of four designers in this exclusive collaboration offering a neat edit of contemporary wardrobe additions from London's most independent accessory designers – PIPÉT, M.Hulot, Marian Ripoll Vaquer and Ops&Ops. Experience clean lines, statement prints and the beautiful workmanship that goes into each of the scarves, bags and leather goods  jewellery and Ops&Ops' footwear on offer. Enjoy the opportunity to buy direct from us and the other labels and receive exclusive discounts in store – we will be selling our latest, Miami-inspired collection and transitional styles with 10% off – as part of this special designer pop-up. See you there! Modern Theory Pop-Up The Showcase, Craft Central 33-35 St Johns Square London EC1M 4DS March 21-26 11am-7pm 10am-5pm – Sat & Sun...

Help show support for Macmillan – and treat yourself

Salvador Dalí and Brigitte Bardot, support for Macmillan
On Tuesday 6 December, the annual  Macmillan Celebrity Christmas Stocking auction takes place at London's Park Lane Hotel. This glittering event raises money to support the charity that helps thousands of cancer patients and their families every year. The evening is hosted by Rufus Hound with Sophie Ellis-Bextor headlining and is all about having a fun time while making as much as possible for the charity. Throughout the night, guests will have the chance to bid on a silent auction. Here, prizes range from Michelin Star lunches, jewellery, holidays and Ops&Ops. There is also a live auction taking place that allows guests to bid on Christmas stocking wishlists of celebrity supporters. This year those who have donated include Michelin star chef Nathan Outlaw and former athlete Colin Jackson. Ops&Ops are proud to support Macmillan, but we'd...

Sale! Final Weekend at Shoreditch Pop-Up!

No12 Boots on sale at pop-up
Sale Time! We're back at Shoreditch with Ops&Ops second pop-up shop this year. And as as hit our final weekend, we're offering 10% off until closing time – 5pm, Sunday 6 November. Find our signature No10 all-leather flats, including our latest autumn palette  — Mustard and Teal patent leather, Mink, Cocoa and Indigo suede. And, currently exclusive to the shop, our brand-new No12 ankle boots in super soft, grainy Matte Black and shimmery Moon Dust leathers; and No11 block heel in Black patent and Mink suede. We have sample and sale shoes starting at just £60 a pair, and the chance to enter a count-the-shoehorn compettion to win a pair of No10s. We'd love for you to join us! Ops&Ops Pop-Up 11 Calvert Avenue London E2 7JP 11am-6pm – Sunday 6 November to 5pm...

Up on the Roof

Dawn up on the roof
We stopped by Dawn O'Porter's roof-top fashion pop-up on Wednesday evening and had a ball at an event to raise money for Breast Cancer Care at the wonderful Gardening Society. DJ Gemma Cairney got the party started with some great music as guests were treated to ice-cold fizz and delicious nibbles – courtesy of B.O.B's Lobster. But best of all were the racks and rails of BOBbyDOP's classic collections and vintage-tastic clothes to try and buy! Dawn looked fabulous in a navy polka-dot dress and Bumper Car Red Ops&Ops, and she worked tirelessly styling and helping people choose the right outfit – her knack of knowing what will suit and fit perfectly in seconds is uncanny. Lots of Dawn's glamorous friends, including actress Ophelia Lovibond, in Bumper Car Blue No10s, Edith Bowman, Caroline Flack and The Tootsie Rollers turned up...

Red is the Colour

Red Patent No10s
Red. It comes in many guises – scarlet, cherry, poppy, ruby, crimson, berry. It’s confident, bold, head turning and bright. A standout on its own, it can work as a dashing neutral and a perfect base for any outfit. It demands attention – red letter, red carpet, red hot; it spells danger – red alert, red flag, red light; it indicates passion and it stands for love. It’s played a starring role in the movies – The Red Shoes; songs – Little Red Corvette; and fashion – both for Valentino and Vivienne Westwood. At Ops&Ops we’re big fans. Our Red Bumper Car and Patent and No10s work as a burst of colour against more retiring shades, a contrast or match-up with accessories, and the starting point for head-to-toe daring days....

Camouflage: Dazzle not Disguise

Camouflage comes in many disguises. Military. Animal. Plant. Colours too, from khaki, tan and green through black, white and fawn, to blue, greys and black – just like our Camo Blue No10s. Designers have favoured camouflage for decades. Leopard prints have been popular since the 1920s, reaching their zenith in the 1960s when Jackie O was a fan. Salvador Dalí wrapped himself in zebra print back in the 1930s and Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber and Versace all paid homage. Victorian palm house motifs and foliage and Art Deco palms proved a huge inspiration for House of Hackney and their Palmeral pattern used both in clothes and furnishings. But it is military garb that springs to mind first when talking camouflage. Camo was introduced by the French at...
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