J.W.Anderson x Ian David Baker

23.03.2016 | Fashion | BY:

J.W.Anderson doesn’t intend on going out of style any time soon. After showing fabulous mens and womenswear AW16 collections in London (the first of which was live streamed on Grindr, a PR triumph) for his eponymous label, alongside an acclaimed Loewe show in Paris, the designer has the world smitten.


Limited Edition books curated by J.W.Anderson will be on sale

Off the catwalk, his flair for innovation is similarly newsworthy. Unlike contemporaries such as Christopher Kane and Erdem, Anderson has spurned the traditional flagship store vibe, opting instead to run creative workshops at an intimate venue in Shoreditch. His most recent collaboration with image-maker Ian David Baker is the latest treat.

In this collection, the youthful, culturally poignant images from Baker’s canon are married with a range of staple items. From 23rd March, attendees will have the chance to browse scarves, T-shirts, hoodies, knitwear, tote bags, and a blanket, all with a variety of raw-edged cotton appliqué Ian David Baker photographs.


T-shirts bearing Ian David Baker prints are for sale

Additional print material by Baker, such as his Candyfloss Boy poster will also be available, as well as a limited edition book of images curated by J.W.Anderson.

J.W.Anderson Workshops, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ

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The Drawing Room, Shoreditch

13.04.2015 | Beauty | BY:

Set in a beautiful Georgian townhouse, The Drawing Room is the latest hair salon in the heart of East London, established by renowned hair stylist Oskar Pera and James Ollerenshaw. Charming, with a comforting and luxurious atmosphere, The Drawing Rooms prides itself on the ultimate personal approach. Twin caught up with Co-Founder Ollerenshaw to talk about his latest venture.

Tell us about The Drawing Room and how it started…
The Drawing Room has been open for a year, but the gestation of the concept probably began when Oskar Pera gained his first experience managing a hair salon in Palma de Mallorca approximately ten years ago. This deepened his ambition to open his own salon, but he wanted to develop his career both commercially and creatively before taking that step.

He moved to London in 2006, styling in leading Shoreditch salons, before leaving to work independently as a session stylist for fashion labels, magazines, models and artists, and private clients. Fashion brands Oskar has styled for include Dior, Vivienne Westwood, Kenzo, Chloé, Erdem, Fred Perry, Lacoste, JW Andersen, and Peter Pilotto. He has delivered creative editorial work for magazines such as Vogue, GQ, Ponystep, Volt and Dansk. Models and artists served include Florence Welch, Cara Delevigne, George Michael, Sharleen Spiteri, The Alpines, Trudie Styler, and Kate Nash.

The Drawing Room prides itself on exclusivity and the personal approach, tell us a little about that…
When creating his own salon, Oskar wanted a space and experience that would offer the glamour and exclusivity inspired by his session work, but his years of experience on the salon floor taught him that clients most value an approach that responds to their individual needs and preferences. He has trained the team at The Drawing Room to always to be professional and pay close attention to detail, and never to be less than warm and genuine, putting clients at their ease and making them the centre of attention. Every appointment begins with a consultation so there is an opportunity to listen carefully to clients’ wishes and to talk with them about their lifestyle and personal style. This conversation build rapport and allows each stylist to build a picture of their client’s character and daily life, helping them to create a manageable style that is uniquely theirs.

What’s in the name?
The name of the salon reflects this ethos of personality and the style of the building we occupy. The Drawing Room has been created within a 1750s town house and we wanted to maintain the sense that you are entering a beautiful, almost domestic space. There’s none of the feel of a busy chain salon. Clients sit in capacious styling chairs facing antique or bespoke dressing tables. We shake their choice of cocktail or offer artisan coffee or fresh tea. There are hot towels to refresh and, on most days, Poquito the salon dog provides additional entertainment!

Which hairstyles are particularly on trend for this summer?
Following on from fashion week events in London and Paris, Oskar notes that natural-looking, lightly wavy, air-dried styles are very popular at present. They look effortless, but to work really well you’ll need an exceptional cut and skilful colour. If this natural look suits your taste and hair type, here’s how you can achieve it.

For medium length hair, after washing and conditioning, towel dry taking care to ensure moisture is removed from the ends. If your hair is frizzy, apply a rich leave-in conditioner. If you have smooth hair, use a salt spray to create texture. Part the hair and, holding the hair dryer above you head, blow downwards using a medium temp. Adjust the amount of waviness by using your fingers like a wide-toothed brush, smoothing out the hair to reduce waves, or scrunching to increase them.

For long hair, follow the same steps as above, but when your hair is 95% dry divide it into four quarters across your head and then loosely plait each section. You can leave to dry naturally for around half an hour, or if you’re pressed for time apply some heat by using a hair dryer with a diffuser attachment. Once the hair is fully dry, undo the plaits and shake out your hair to a natural finish.

The Drawing Room, 41 Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LP

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Faustine Steinmetz X Opening Ceremony

22.09.2014 | Fashion | BY:

After an incredibly well-received SS15 presentation at the ICA during London Fashion Week, Faustine Steinmetz has collaborated with Opening Ceremony to create an exclusive window installation at their Shoreditch store for the duration of fashion month. The display illustrates Steinmetz’s interesting process – her handwoven fabrics are made using artisanal techniques, everything is woven, worked and finished, with some pieces taking days to complete.

Inspired by the almighty couture houses, the East London based, Parisienne born designer looked at how they can be intrusive, how their countless lines and infinite products are pushed into our lives. Her presentation explored the relationship between those products and the way in which they are presented. She believes it is all about our perception of the product and how they make us feel. To us, a Fasutine Steinmetz piece makes us feel very special indeed.

Opening Ceremony Shoreditch: 106 Shoreditch High Street London, E1 6JQ


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01.05.2014 | Art , Blog | BY:

ArtCube, launching late in the summer, is an artists and creative’s playground. A place to purchase, display and create art and crafts at Second Home’s exciting 18,000 square foot warehouse right in the heart of Shoreditch. To give you a taste of what’s to come, this upcoming bank holiday weekend will play host to PopArtCube.

Festivities start on Friday 2nd May with a Black Grey White Dinner where London’s young creative crowd can come an feast on a candlelit dinner and marvel at the incredible art installations from 30 of London’s finest student talent, accompanied by live performances from Azari & III. Tickets also give you free entry to the Space Cowboy’s afterparty at Casa Negra. From Saturday to Monday, you’ll find over 100 artists work, with a chance to buy the pieces along with workshops, live art and music performances.

For more information about the event and to buy tickets head to

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16.04.2012 | Blog , Culture | BY:

It’s about that time of year again; the evenings are becoming noticeably longer and the air is remaining warm yet faintly fresh. Summer is upon us and so is a season of ‘Cinéma en plein air’ thanks to the return of London’s legendary Rooftop Film Club.

Due to popular demand this year sees the launch of two additional venues, Netil House (London Fields) and The Roof Gardens (Kensington) as well as the original Shoreditch-spot at the Queen of Hoxton. From 30th April to 30th August, the RFC are scheduled to screen a combination of classic, cult and contemporary flicks. Everything from the 1960’s hit Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to Aronofsky’s gritty Requiem for a Dream will be available to view underneath the starry nights sky surrounded by exquisite panoramic views of London’s cityscape.

For further information and to book tickets visit

Words: Sarah Barlow

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All the fun of the fair

08.12.2011 | Blog , Culture | BY:

Forget trawling the internet for Christmas presents, shopping around a market is far more de rigueur. Circus, the brainchild of the House of Hackney founders, promises lashings of festive spirit and unique gifts.

For five days, cherry-picked labels and creatives are setting up concept stalls selling their wares. Expect to find such brands as Les Chiffoniers, Lost Property of London, Olivia von Halle (top image), Paper London, Fred Butler and, of course, House of Hackney. Alongside fashion and homeware stands, as well as some more unconventional offerings from Polly Morgan, there will be a Christmas fair selling trees, roasted chestnuts and gift wrapping.

East London gem Lily Vanilli will be on hand selling Christmas hampers as festive foodie presents and her bakery and cider stand will serve up warming snacks for weary shoppers. Taking place in a disused power station in Shoreditch, the vibe is sure to unite the best of hip Shoreditch creativity and traditional Christmas fare.

Fred Butler

House of Hackney

Circus 11 takes place from 14th until 18th December (10am-8pm daily) at The Tramshed, Shoreditch

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Shopping Mall

02.12.2011 | Blog , Culture | BY:

If you’ve found yourself on the corner of Bethnal Green Road and Shoreditch High Street recently you will have undoubtedly noticed that a space which has been uninhabited for the past four decades has new residents. A cluster of shipment containers have been erected to form the world’s first ‘pop-up mall’.

Founded by Boxfresh’s Roger Wade, whose ethos is all about the ‘brand experience’ rather than sales, the 60 containers house retail outlets with a streetwear slant. Up-and-coming designers like OnePiece and Playful Promises vie for attention amongst established brands Evisu, Calvin Klein, Nike and Phaidon.

Diesel has launched its Fifty Five DSL line here and, alongside such nosh outlets as Foxcroft & Ginger, Frae frozen yoghurt and Hop-Nano, charities Amnesty International and Art Against Knives have spaces on the first floor selling artworks and collaborative designs by such East London-based designers as Lucy Jay and Tracey Emin. Welcome to the anti-high street.

Boxpark opens on Saturday 3rd December

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