Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
The Betty Jackson label is currently celebrating 25 years as a go-to label for many of London and Europe's fashion conscious. The feature to the left was taken from Vogue UK as they are helping celebrate this talented and quintessentially British designer. She has always believed that clothes should perform for the wearer in any given situation, and loves the idea that the outfit you choose at the beginning of the day should take you effortlessly through to the evening, simply by changing your accessories.
With very limited distribution in the US, Brick Lane is one of the few who proudly imports her elegant and well tailored clothing. This season we have a very tight capsule collection of some of the best items from the Betty Jackson Two label. A black boucle belt tie coat that will be a staple in any wardrobe for years to come, a brown wool coat/sweater that I personally can not WAIT for it to be cool enough to cuddle up in, striped cotton jersey tops in the softest cotton you have ever put on your body, stylish elegant trousers and cashmere blend sweaters as well as an incredibly unique silver dress that will make the wearer stand out at ANY party.
Regular customers who have purchased Betty Jackson in the past always remark on the excellent tailored fit of the items and enjoy the details that make her pieces classic yet unique enough to stand out from the everyday.
While I am at London Fashion Week I will be attending her catwalk show and hope to be able to post some photos from it. Stop into Brick Lane to peruse this truly elegant collection from across the pond.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Classic Fred Perry polo, jeans by Ted Baker, hat by Kangol
Plaid jacket by English Laundry
White shirt with embroidery by English Laundry
Military style green jacket by Oliver Spencer, camel sweater by Smedley, pants by Oliver Spencer
Our model is one of our regular customers Vic Garvey. Vic is a neighborhood local who enjoys walking his dog around Abbot Kinney Blvd when he is not at school studying business. Some of his favorite hangouts on the boulevard are The Brig, Stroh's Gourmet, Lily's, Collage and of course Brick Lane! Thanks so much Vic for being such a great model for some of the new Fall collection! Photo Shoot Styled by Jordan Cappella
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The newly re-designed Pringle 1815 line is making waves in the fashion industry and in the magazines. In UK Glamour September issue the line is labeled as one of the hottest labels on the rise. Largely in part to the new creative director Clare Waight Keller at the helm of this quintessentially British line it is eclectic, fun and irresistibly cool.
"The Pringle 1815 girl has an independent spirit and is inspired by the cool way Londoners dress on the street. The 'P' print dress worn with black tights and chunky ankle boots under a swing knee-length coat is great for a statement"
~ Clare Waight Keller, Creative Director
The line mixes textured knits with vintage inspired pieces. It's every urban girl's dream wardrobe! Check out a few of Amanda's favorite pieces that are in this fall's collection at Brick Lane.
Pringle 1815 cashmere collection with classic white blouse
Pringle 1815 vintage inspired applique skirt with chiffon and tunic white blouse
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Orla Kiely brown cashmere cardigan, Laminate Purse collection in "tumblers"
Ted Baker angora short sleeve toggle clasp wrap
sweater in Navy with Anya Hindmarch metallic leather clutch in Amythest
ISSA of London silk jersey short sleeve mini kimono top
Ted Baker wool cape with belt in Silver
ISSA of London silk jersey mini dress with Anya Hindmarch "The Jourdan" bag in leather naplak
Ted Baker shirt in Silver/Grey, Babbette Wasserman silk skull tie in Black and Silver, Buckler denim in Smoke
U.K. All the Way
Fittingly for a store named after a street in the East End of London, the quaint boutique Brick Lane was started by - and is popular with - devoted Anglophiles. Amanda Dugan, a Yank with a longtime love of all things British, opened the shop two years ago within walking distance of Venice Beach.
Brick Lane, which is located in a century-old Craftsman house, has the feel of a cozy cottage in the English countryside, complete with a fireplace in the front room. Its British bona fides include a signature red phone booth on the front lawn and a motto that would make Winston Churchill weep in his Watney's with pride: "All U.K., all the time!"
A walk through the premises makes it clear that Dugan, to borrow a line from the quintessentially British band the Kinks, is a dedicated follower of fashion. Her specialty "big surprise" is clothing from the U.K. that isn't readily found here in the colonies. Women's lines include, ISSA, Orla Kiely, John Smedley, Nougat, Sophia Swire and Anya Hindmarch. For men, there's Fred Perry, Oliver Spencer, Ted Baker and more.
"I buy things in style but not necessarily things that are trendy, " says Dugan. "I was raised with the premise to invest in quality, as opposed to buying things that are cheaper because you can buy in quantity. I buy pieces that will last you longer then a season - not just in style, but in the quality of the good."
Best of all for shoppers, the mood is as great as the merch. The ocean air is a far cry from Carnaby Street, but the English accents are irresistible. If you feel the urge, ask for a cup of tea and retire to the porch swing on a beautiful beach day.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
1000 shirts were put into production in each colorway for the entire globe, so these are truly limited collectors items for the discerning Paul Weller fan. Brick Lane has 6 more of these special Fred Perry shirts in stock ranging from Small to Large in RED. For pricing and sizing info please feel free to contact us. Each shirt is numbered, tag signed and comes in a gift box. Truly a unique gift for the music loving man in your life!
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Oliver Spencer is an incredible menswear designer with an eye and attention for detail that is hard to surpass. Named one of the TOP 10 Tailors in the U.K. by U.K.Vogue in 2006, his label is British style and fashion for men personified. Quintessential English style mixed with quirky flourishes and topped off by an astounding attention to detail, his collection is one that every man who likes English Style is absolutely required to investigate, and fortunately for the men in Southern California, you can find it at Brick Lane. New Yorkers can visit his new stand-alone shop!
During my recent shopping trip to the Big Apple in July I was fortunate enough to get a preview of his Spring/Summer 2008 collection at a rather unique party. Generally fashion week and market weeks center around runway shows and parties for women's lines, so it is always a pleasure to see one for menswear. So sister Kathleen (a NYC publicist) in tow, we headed down to the village to Cooper Classic Cars on Perry St, next to the infamous The Other Room (of which we have the west coast location directly across the street from Brick Lane on Abbot Kinney). It was an evening of fun and frivolity with a distinctly New York artist scene vibe mixed with people from my growing circle of British fashion friends and designers, great cocktails, canapes and fashion that was showcased not on models, but instead neon lights. Not the norm, but it does show how Ollie takes something ordinary and puts just enough of a spin on it to make it uniquely his. The collection is spot-on English tailoring meets upscale casual beach vibe. Spring Summer 2008 is looking good!
Fall Winter 2007 Collection for Oliver Spencer should be arriving in the next few weeks. Drop us an email to let us know you would like to be notified when it arrives.