Friday, 26 September 2008

£10 Off to Celebrate 2 years

We would like to say a big thank you to all loyal customers for supporting us by giving you

£10 Off
(when you spend over £50. Offer ends Monday 29th September)

(Our birthday celebrations may look a bit like this!)

Type in Voucher Code: 21008TYDS in your basket at the end of your shop.

It has been an exciting two years for us and we are planning more exhibitions, collabortaions and are still dedicated to finding the most interesting objects from designers around the world.

It is great that after two years the unique design of the website will be recognised in a new book called iCatching which will be out in October - more news on this will follow.

Here's to the next two years!

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

One, Two Buckle My Shoes

"Today I began to put buckles on my shoes" wrote the diarist Samuel Pepys in 1660. This is the year that buckles replaced ribbons as the most fashionable way to fasten a shoe. The buckles came in in all manner of shapes and sizes made by the finest silversmiths of the day.

Silver and leather buckles, made in London, 1790

For over three hundred years the shoe buckle was a form of status, transforming plain shoes into glorious objects that attracted much attention . It wasn't until the 1960's that shoe clips (a direct descendant from the buckle) fell out of fashion.

Fear not. New York based designer Erica Weiner, who is a lover of all that is vintage, has re-issued a limited edition collection of 1950's shoe clips to jazz up our modern day footwear.

In these times of financial struggle and eco-consciousness why not transform a pair of old, but cherished shoes, giving them a new lease of life.

As you walk down the street, glimpsing your navy grosgrain rosette or bright red patent bow clipped onto a pair of your favourite pumps you will wonder how you ever lived without these indispensable little gems.

Available here from the Shoe Department.

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Boxed Insects: a new jewellery collection

I have always been fascinated by those glamorous 18th century collectors and entomologists such as Sir Hans Sloane and Sir Joseph Banks who collected, amongst many other curios, insects from the hidden corners of the world. All the insects from the Sloane Collection, over 1,000, are housed in individual glass topped boxes in the Natural History Museum.

There is something about an insect in a box that is so fascinating. You can imagine my delight then, when a delivery from Mexican jeweller, Tatiana Sanchez, arrived at The Shop Floor Project's studio.
Specimens (part of Tatiana's Cabinet of Wonders Collection) are a set of insect necklaces, each one housed in a beautiful box printed with silhouettes of natural history from sea horses to skulls.

The spiders and beetle pendants are hand made by Tatiana in her studio in Mexico where she utilises ancient, time-consuming techniques such as hammering and oxidising brass and silver. To add a finishing touch of opulence pearls are added to the chains and clasps along with a small stamped makers brass tag.
So, although I love the idea of keeping curios stored in my own museum, only showing my collection to appreciative guests, these necklaces are asking to adorn any outfit - and mark my words you will gain attention for wearing a large spider around your neck!

We are excited to be the exclusive UK stockist of Tatiana's work.
Available from the Jewellery Department