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Clerkenwell Design Festival Turns 10!

Clerkenwell Design Week logo

Clerkenwell Design Week is 10 years old. Not an actual week, the three-day festival celebrates the area’s status as one of the world’s most influential design hubs. Clerkenwell, a vibrant area in London’s EC1, is home to some of the capital’s most historic buildings where traditional craft industries today flourish alongside the most contemporary. CDW is showcase of commissioned projects, events, exhibitions, installations and street spectacles. There is even a fringe away from the main spots. To celebrate its tenth year, 10 installations  – to symbolise birthday candles – have been placed throughout the area – guiding visitors along the festival route. From state-of-the-art taps to pavilions and art sculptures, CDW is a brilliant place to see first hand designs of the future. Plus there…

Ops&Ops: Freedom To Go Pop!

Pamla Motown leap in Mr Freedom

We’ve never been shy of colour here at Ops&Ops, and love the freedom that our styles allow for a rainbow riot. Now, hot on the heels of our latest Barbarella-esque No16 Silver Duo boot comes a vibrant collection inspired by the bold colours, silky textures, and pop-art quality of Tommy Roberts’s Mr Freedom from the late 1960s-early 70s. The larger than life Roberts’ first store was Kleptomania on Carnaby Street. He opened Mr Freedom – named after the 1969 film of the same name by William Klein – with partner Trevour Myles first on the King’s Road, then moving to Kensington High Street. The boutiques were a go-to and their designs attracted the celebs of the day. We adore the cacophony of colour, cheekiness and…

Space-Age design still influencing how we dress

Paco Rabanne Space-Age dresses

Space-Age designs and all things Swinging London are hitting the headlines again. Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant is showing at the Fashion and Textile Museum, and a Mary Quant retrospective opens at The V&A in April. The popularity is proof that such a period continues to fascinate and influence what we wear today and the BBC’s Culture Designed thread has a great read up now – that features Ops&Ops. Check it out here!

Journey through Fashion History with Amber Butchart

The Fashion Chronicles: The Style Stories of HIstorys Best Dressed – Amber Butchart
Interested in fashion and style? Curious as to how clothes have helped shape history? Look no further than The Fashion Chronicles: The style stories of History’s best dressed – the latest book by Amber Butchart, fashion historian, lecturer and presenter of BBC’s A Stitch In Time. Amber takes us on a five-thousand year journey, charting the stories of 100 of the most sartorially sharp people in history – from Eve and her fig leaf to Mata Hari to Michelle Obama; Ghengis Khan to Keir Hardie to Malcolm X and Prince. It’s a fascinating jaunt. Packed with great photographs and illustrations, historical context and insight it is both factual and brilliantly entertaining. We caught up with Ops&Ops fan Amber to chat about her latest book and...

The Art – and Joy – of Campari

Campari. Just mention of the name, its sound, conjures a smile and an image or memory. For us, it's summer out in the open with soda; or winter in a dark wood-panelled bar, Negroni in hand. (Wearing Ops&Ops, of course!) Then there are the ads, charming and iconic — from the Belle Epoque through to the 1960s, as powerful today as when they were originally conceived. And now they are on show, around the corner from our studio in Canonbury, at the Estorick Collection's latest exhibition: The Art of Campari. Campari is the classic Italian aperitivo. An intriguing mix of bitters, herbs, spices and sweetness, this deep jewel-red delight is unchanged since Gaspare Campari invented the blend in 1860. As aperitivo culture bloomed, Gaspare opened...

Peter Ashworth’s Mavericks

Mavericks: Looking down the hallway of Leigh Bowery's extraordinary flat.
Mavericks. From Julian Cope to Adam Ant, the Clash to Leigh Bowery – photographer Peter Ashworth created some of the most scene-defining images of the 1980s and 90s. And now the legendary photographer is presenting ‘mavericks’. This first solo exhibition of his work debuted at The Gallery, Liverpool, and after adaptation is now showing at Lever Gallery in Clerkenwell, London. Ashworth captured both the fashion and music worlds. His iconic images adorned the record sleeves of the most famous, the avant garde and the scene-setters. These images, as powerful today as they were decades ago, helped forge a band’s aesthetic and how they wanted to be seen well before the digital era. The Eurythmics, Smiths, Bryan Ferry and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, among many, can thank...