Monthly Archives: August 2012

Sneaky peek…

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion on holiday


Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion is back from holiday! I have a mountain of emails to go through and several hundred photos to edit, so before proper posts commence, I thought I’d share this holiday snap, which has been given a suitably dated look (new age fun with a vintage feel, anyone?).

I’m looking forward to ploughing through all the blogs I’ve missed reading for the last couple of weeks and, crucially, trying to pretend that summer isn’t almost over…

Hoist the Sails! Ship-Shape on Holiday

Ship-Shape on holiday

This is just a quick post to say that Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion will be taking a well earned break to soak up some summer sun. Usual blogging service will commence in a couple of weeks. If you craving a bit of Ship-Shape in the meantime, check out a few of my most recent posts…  : )

Three Year Blogiversary

Rewind: Why I Heart Anna Piaggi

Oxfam Fashion: Banish Those Bobbles!

A Very Vintage Summer

Fix Up Look Sharp launch at CLIC Sargent’s Shop on Gloucester Road

CLIC Sargent's Fix Up Look Sharp launch

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Fix Up Look Sharp launch party at ClIC Sargent’s awesome vintage empire, Shop on Gloucester Road.

The new range of upcycled clothes has been designed and created by the charity shop’s Deputy Manager, Ruth, and her design partner Gemma. Working from a studio in Stokes Croft, the design duo have created a range of cute bralets, backless tops and body con dresses, with plenty more to follow.

As charity shops in Bristol go, Shop on Gloucester Road is up there with the best, thanks to its quirky window displays, focus on vintage and a fantastic selection of preloved homewares and crockery. I blogged about Shop when it first opened last year, and in this time it has become a much loved addition to Gloucester Road’s quirky, mostly independent high street.

The shop is the first dedicated CLIC Sargent vintage store, and last night it was buzzing with Bristol’s best dressed, not to mention DJs, live illustrations and scrumptious smiley face cupcakes, which hit the spot nicely!

Gemma and Ruth, Fix Up Look Sharp design duo

I had the opportunity to catch up with Ruth and Gemma, fashion graduates from Bath Spa and Bournemouth respectively, and find out a bit more about the collection.

Ruth explained that all the fabric used in the making of the collection has been sourced from CLIC Sargent donations; “The backless shirts were originally skirts, and we’ve even used old duvet covers too.” Both the girls were buzzing with excitement, though it took long days at their studio to get the collection together; “When I’m not [working] here, I’m and the studio, and when I’m not there, I’m here!” says Ruth.

One of the best things about the collection is that all the fabric comes from donated clothes that wouldn’t necessarily make it onto the shop floor, and every penny from each garment goes straight back to the charity. Prices vary – the first sale of the night went on a £25 denim bralet – but thanks to the duo’s design back ground, each garment is finished to a high standard.

The evening was great fun and I suggest to you check out the new Fix Up Look Sharp collection soon, as it won’t stay on the shelves for long! Even if the collection isn’t your cup of tea – as much as I love bralets they just don’t suit my figure – there is a wealth of vintage treats here – check out the photos below if you don’t believe me…

Fashion by Hugo GoodFix Up Look Sharp at Shop on Gloucester RoadLive illustrationFix Up Look Sharp braletSmiley cupcakes

Above: Fashion artwork by Hugo Good / The Fix Up Look Sharp window display / Live illustration inside the shop / A Fix Up Look Sharp denim bralet – the first sale of the night! / Tasty CLIC Sargent smiley cupcakes

Three Year Blogiversary!

Today Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion celebrates it’s third year in existence, a blogiversary of sorts. Three years ago I was blogging about the impact of Bristol’s new Primark store and the endless closures of local shops. The landscape of Britain’s high streets remains largely the same, but Bristol is awash with fantastic new and blossoming designers and boutiques.

Since Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion is now out of the Terrible Twos, I’m looking forward to adding new elements to the blog in due course, which I hope you all enjoy : ) Here’s to the next three years of blogging!

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Olympic Men's Basketball London 2012

  • Olympic fever. This week Mr Ship-Shape and I went to watch the quarter finals of the Men’s Basketball in London. Although we didn’t get to see Team GB in action, we had a fantastic day, and at home I’ve been consuming London 2012 coverage like water – I’ll actually be a bit sad when it finishes tonight!
  • #wkendbloglove. This month Hayley has written about her blogging pet peeves, and also her blogging loves, dedicating this weekend to tweeting about the blogs/bloggers she loves. One of the things I like about Hayley is that she doesn’t mince her words, and is frequently selfless by doing this kind of thing, not to mention setting up the UK blogger map. I recommend you check out her blog and of course all the lovely bloggers she’s been tweeting about this weekend – you won’t be disappointed!

Garden roses

  • Garden flowers. How beautiful are these powder pink roses? When we bought the house we inherited a gorgeous rose tree, and over the last couple of weeks its rose hips have been blooming into delicate, blush coloured flowers. There are so many roses that I thought I’d bring a few inside to brighten up our living room. I’d love to use the flowers and/or rose hips in other ways, so if any of you have any cooking or DIY beauty uses for these, I’d love to hear about them.
  • This week also saw the passing of a fashion icon, as the writer Anna Piaggi died at the age of 81. I fell in love with her unique look and way of working  (such as those iconic D.P.s) at a V&A exhibition in 2006. I republished a post about why I think she’s wonderful here.
  • Finally, in the spirit of #wkendbloglove, here are a few blogs I’ve recently discovered… A Rosie Outlook, Trinket Box and my Bristolian lovelies Annie by Amy and Beautiful Plumage.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…