Wednesday 31st October 2018

Stu took the day off and after visiting UPS for a second time collected his mattress that to quote the man behind the desk had been in the wars.
We left the electric car at Warwick Gardens and headed to Music and Beans breakfast.
Then we trawled Green Lanes, Kentish Town, Dalston and  Shoreditch on a massive shopping for Halloween trip.
We had a lot of fun with many people interacting with our thought process.
It was a very successful day, with many a laugh. Beyond Retro in Dalston took a double hit with wigs and trousers and shirts plus a bowler hat.

Opened in 2011 in a massive former factory on Kingsland Road, Beyond Retro’s Dalston location brings historically significant fashion to a building steeped in local history. Once a Daks suiting factory in the late 1920s, it later served as a Cuban cigar factory in the 2002 James Bond film Die Another Day.


The vaulted ceilings and enormous open floor plan set the stage for our most theatrical space yet, complete with electric guitar-adorned fitting rooms and props that create a visual cabinet of curiosities, sourced during team travels around the globe. A fastidiously curated product offering and spacious floor plan contribute to a relaxed ambiance, evoking the feel of a vintage department store.




It was in 1894 that Simeon Simpson set up a business as a bespoke tailor in Middlesex Street in London when he was only 16 years old. Being at the centre of the garment trade, Middlesex Street was better known by its nickname “Petticoat Lane”. He was skilled at drawing straight lines and regular curves by hand, which coupled with his enthusiasm and creative sense enabled him to become an entrepreneur. He succeeded in the mass production of quality tailoring for the first time in the world and sought to produce ready-to-wear garments of high quality at the same standard as bespoke tailoring. He soon earned a reputation for “Simpson Suits” and Simeon was able to generate more and more sales outlets, throughout Britain and even abroad.


In 1934, Alexander Simpson, the second son of the founder Simeon Simpson, invented and introduced a completely new fashion: the self-supporting trouser. Alec, a keen sportsman, shared the irritation that golfers felt, when braces not only impeded their swing, but also caused their shirts to ride up. He solved the problem by introducing an adjustable waistband that eliminated the need for belts and braces, and small rubber pads sewn inside the waistband that held a shirt in place. Before this invention, belts or braces were essential for British gentlemen’s trousers. His invention was patented and marked a revolutionary change in the history of British men’s fashion. It came into use throughout the world, changing forever the conventional sports and formal trouser. At that time, a complete suit could be bought for 15 shillings. The new self-supporting trouser cost 30 shillings. However, Alec was confident that he knew his market. It is said that he commissioned 100,000 pairs ahead of the launch.


With the creation of the revolutionary new trouser line, Alexander Simpson and Dudley Beck, his trusted business partner and also a personal friend, began brainstorming over a suitable name. The name DAKS is generally accepted to have been a combination of the words DAD (after their much loved and respected founding father, the “Dad” of the firm, Simeon Simpson) and SLACKS (after the American word for informal trousers). It was also of all the names suggested the one the advertising agency liked best.


The success of the self-supporting trousers in the 1930s, allowed DAKS to replace existing styles and develop its business dramatically. DAKS made full use of the know-how of manufacturing menswear to start a womenswear business in 1937.
After food at half price in The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch.


West Ham 1 Spurs 3

Wary of playing 48 hours after facing Manchester City in the Premier League, Mauricio Pochettino made 10 changes to the line-up. Davinson Sanchez was the sole survivor – excellent alongside Juan Foyth in central defence – as Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters, Victor Wanyama, Son and Llorente all returned.


The first and crucial opening goal came on 16 minutes when Dele stepped over Llorente’s pass and Son was there to hit a bullet with his left foot into the top corner.

West Ham then had a spell with Michail Antonio close twice – the second blocked well by Foyth – and Paulo Gazzaniga twice reacted well to Chicharito chances.

Gazzaniga was there again to deny Antonio from close range before the second goal on 54 minutes. Dele’s pass was misjudged by Arthur Masuaku and Son ran clear towards West Ham’s penalty box, veered wide around Adrian and slotted home.


The arrival of Arnautovic and Perez just after Son’s second upped the ante for the Hammers and Foyth did brilliantly to slide in and block as Arnautovic broke through.

However, Perez soon nodded home from Robert Snodgrass’ corner and you sensed the home fans’ belief that a comeback was on – not least after doing just that at 2-0 down at the same stage of the same competition last season.

It wasn’t to be this time as Llorente buried Eriksen’s corner for 3-1 on 75 minutes. That was that – Arsenal await in the quarter-finals.


The Scala

The Scala was originally built as a cinema to the designs of H Courtney Constantine, but construction was interrupted by the First World War and it spent some time being used to manufacture aircraft parts, and as a labour exchange for demobilised troops before opening in 1920 as the King’s Cross Cinema. The cinema changed hands and names several times through its life and also changed focus, ranging from mainstream to art-house to adult film over 70 years, as well as spending a short time as a primatarium.

In the summer of 1972, the Scala (then known as the King’s Cross Cinema) played host to the one and only UK concert by Iggy & The Stooges (who were in London recording the album Raw Power). All photographs later featured in the Raw Power album sleeve (including the famous cover shot) were taken that night during the show. The cover shot of Lou Reed Transformer LP was also taken this summer at the Scala by Mick Rock.

Intended to be an alternative National Film Theatre, the Scala Film Club (which took its name from Scala House on Tottenham Street) moved to this venue in 1981.


However, when the Scala showed the film A Clockwork Orange, then withdrawn from UK distribution, the copyright holder Warner Brothers sued at Kubrick’s insistence, and won.

As a result, Scala was almost bankrupt and closed in 1993; however, the club was re-opened in 1999. The cinema had been refitted, with the lower seating area incorporating the new stage, DJ booth and dancefloor, while the upper seating area incorporated a second room and a DJ booth.

Scala now plays host to many eclectic club nights

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