Thursday, 31 October 2013

Halloween

Halloween is coming and we'd like to show you about some of the best plans to enjoy the most terrific weekend in London. 

Witch Academy 

The London Eye gets mysteriously transformed into the set of a spooky witch story, featuring the High Witch Priscilla and the evil Grimly Grim (voiced by Harry Enfield). Storytelling, participation and fancy dress are combined for oodles of fun as you get panoramic views across the city.



Ghost Bus Tours 

Roll up for a tour on a Routemaster painted black and redecorated ina gothic vein, to hear half-factual, half-fictional tales about the sinister side of London, delivered by an on-board troupe of actors, stand-up comics and cabaret performers. 


Halloween: Thorpe Park Fright Nights

It's that time of the year again: Fright Nights returns to Thorpe Park. Your ticket gives plenty of time to ride the scary rollercoasters in the dark. 


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Lifestyle Catalogue!

After designing the Product Catalogue, we're ready to show you our new lifestyle catalogue

It all started when we went to The Hurlingham Club, a green oasis of tradition and international renown. Recognized throughout the world as one of the Britain's greatest private members's clubs, it retains its quintessentially English traditions and heritage. That's why we thought it would be the perfect place to take photos of our  belts, all of them handmade in England. 

We chose some of our bestsellers and, in the company of Juan Román Lloret, a Spanish young model, we  arrived at the club driving a magnificent white Porsche. Once in the club, we spent a lovely day taking photos all over the place, enjoying the views and the landscape and drinking a cup of tea in one of the most beautiful living rooms of the club. 

Below you can see some of the photos (we'll show you all of them in the following days) and also check the catalogue. We hope you like it!






Friday, 25 October 2013

Billboard 26: releases of the week



Martin and Claudia are lawyers -- and ex-lovers -- who find themselves put at risk after they join the defense team for an international terrorist's trial.



David Bond is concerned. His kids' waking hours are dominated by a cacophony of marketing, and a screen dependence threatening to turn them into glassy-eyed zombies. Like city kids everywhere, they spend way too much time indoors - not like it was back in his day. He decides it's time to get back to nature - literally. In an attempt to compete with the brands, which take up a third of his daughter's life, Bond appoints himself Marketing Director for Nature. Like any self-respecting salesman, he sets about developing a campaign and a logo. With the help of a number of bemused professionals, he is soon selling Nature to British families. His humorous journey unearths some painful truths about modern family life. His product is free, plentiful and has proven benefits - but is Nature past its sell-by date.


One Chance

The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for - and ultimately winning - Britain's Got Talent.


Nénette

Nnette is a little girl aged 60. A problem at birth made her different. Nnette has a mental age of eight, and has always lived with her mother, who raised her alone. She has a job as a cleaner in the village school, and her best friend is a tortoise. But when her mother dies, everything changes, and Nnette has to go into a retirement home. The home doesn't allow pets so Nnette heads off with her suitcase and her tortoise to look for her father. When Nnette finally arrives at the address, she discovers a pharmacy, and not her father but her father's son, Paul Brard, an uptight pharmacist who is thrown into a panic by the arrival of his half-sister.



Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America's most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the 'Singing River' as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies. At its heart is Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he brought black and white together in Alabama's cauldron of racial hostility to create music for the generations while giving birth to the 'Muscle Shoals Sound' and 'The Swampers'. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Alicia Keys, Bono, and others bear witness to Muscle Shoals' magnetism, mystery, and why it remains influential today.


A Magnificent Haunting

The only dream of Pietro is to become a famous actor. 28 year-old Pietro is so obsessed with becoming an actor that he does not mind trying every single way. He comes Rome and starts to work in a bakery. Also, at the same time, he tries to be an actor. At first, he stays with his cousin, Maria , but then he rents a house. Nevertheless, in a short time, something weird happens at the house. As if the furniture moves by itself. Then he realizes that the house was haunted by some ghosts, so with it, the adventure itself begins.






Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Webbing availability

You know that Hardy & Parsons gives you the chance to design you own belt. Every belt is made by hand, one by one, that's why you can choose the colour of the leather, the webbing and the stitching.

Today we'd like to show you the webbing availability, so you can start to imagine how your Bredon belt will look like. There is a great variety of colours and styles between the elasticated and non elasticated webbing offer. Check it out!














Monday, 21 October 2013

Style: Robert De Niro, the icon of the week


Maintaining the tradition of selecting one icon of style every week, this time is the turn for Robert De Niro. American actor, director and producer, well known thanks to his role in The Godfather Part II, where he played the young Vito Corleone.


If you haven't watched the movie yet, don't postpone it any more. You'll find his role in this film amazing. We particularly like to see how Vito Corleone, who is a poor guy in the beginning, became a well know "capo" of the Italian mafia. 

A change, that we also can find in his dressing: at the beginning he appears with humble clothes, though he always had a great elegance. We particularly like the hat he's wearing in the following picture:


And we know he always had a great sense of elegance because when he became richer and more important, he wears different clothes without changing his very personal style, as you can see below:


If you like Robert De Niro's style, you have many different options to look like him. To be like Vito Corleone when he was younger wear the Stetson Hatteras:


To feel like Corleone when he was older and more popular, wear this Leonard tie:


We also like his military look in Deer Hunter... 



...that remind us of Sam Browne belt...





Friday, 18 October 2013

Billboard 25: releases of the week

Enough Said


A divorced and single parent, Eva spends her days enjoying work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college. She meets Albert - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne, her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's ex.


Like Father, Like Son

Would you choose your natural son, or the son you believed was yours after spending 6 years together? Kore-eda Hirokazu, the globally acclaimed director of "Nobody Knows", "Still Walking" and "I Wish", returns to the big screen with another family - a family thrown into torment after a phone call from the hospital where the son was born... Ryota has earned everything he has by his hard work, and believes nothing can stop him from pursuing his perfect life as a winner. Then one day, he and his wife, Midori, get an unexpected phone call from the hospital. Their 6-year-old son, Keita, is not 'their' son - the hospital gave them the wrong baby. Ryota is forced to make a life-changing decision, to choose between 'nature' and 'nurture.' Seeing Midori's devotion to Keita even after learning his origin, and communicating with the rough yet caring family that has raised his natural son for the last six years, Ryota also starts to question himself: has he really been a 'father' all these years.


Love, Marilyn

Of all the stars in Hollywood's history, no one had a more potent mix of glamor and tragedy than Marilyn Monroe. Through performed readings of her personal papers, this film explores the life and personal thoughts of this seminal movie star and how she achieved her dream with determination and audacity. Furthermore, through additional readings and interviews of her colleagues and acquaintances, we also follow her emotional self-destruction under the sexist pressures of Hollywood until her premature death in 1962.



Two highway road workers spend the summer of 1988 away from their city lives. The isolated landscape becomes a place of misadventure as the men find themselves at odds with each other and the women they left behind.



Elise and Didier fall in love at first sight, in spite of their differences. He talks, she listens. He's a romantic atheist, she's a religious realist. When their daughter becomes seriously ill, their love is put on trial.






Friday, 11 October 2013

Billboard 24: Releases of the week

Le Weekend


A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage.



The U.S. government recruits Machete to battle his way through Mexico in order to take down an arms dealer who looks to launch a weapon into space.


Romeo and Juliet

When the star-crossed lovers of two enemy families meet, forbidden love ensues.


The Fifth Estate

Through the eyes of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange, the film follows the heady, early days of Wikileaks to its abrupt end after a series of controversial and history changing info leaks. The website's overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects, but as their power expanded across the globe, Daniel grew increasingly disillusioned with Julian's questionable tactics and ethics. The rift between the two friends became irreparable and their ideological differences tore them apart, but not before they revolutionized, for better and worse, the flow of information to news media and the world at large.



The tradition of the Irish pub. Speaking to pub owners all over Ireland, Alex Fegan gets into the heart of what makes "the Irish pub" the institution that it is.








The "front line" is war-speak that has become a recognised English language idiom, describing an exposed position with nowhere to hide. In one of his videos, we hear Tim Hetherington's voice behind the camera asking to be taken there: to the "front line", the thick of conflict. Unlike the "embedded journalists" in mainstream media, Hetherington was not interested in getting to the gory action, but to the people who lived under its threat every day. Betraying his journalistic objectivity by genuinely befriending the soldiers and rebels he followed, Hetherington captured an intimate understanding of wartime aggression through his photography: macho posturing is sometimes a way to exorcise fear; bravery has less to do with politics than the wish to get home alive. Sebastian Junger's (colleague and co-director of Academy Award-nominated Restrepo) thoughtful homage is as much for his good friend as it is for the young fighters we send off to the "front line".









Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Special Webbing

As many people say, dogs are man's best friend. We also like dogs and we like to take care of them. That's why we use the best materials to design our products for dogs. 

You already know about the quality of the bridle leather. Now it's time to talk about the special webbing, we use to design the Choker, the most beautiful and practical dog lead ever. This webbing is made with 100% cotton, that makes it more comfortable for the dog and nice to use for the owner. 

This webbing is designed in special colours only available from Hardy&Parsons' dog products. Do you like them?

(Black, navy, natural, special khaki, rust, red, saddle brown).

Now, we also have some new webbing which combines different colours. The leads you can see below are made with high visibility colours, so that we can see our dog and it can be seen in the darkness. 


Don't you think it's a good idea? We hope you like them!



Monday, 7 October 2013

Style: Marlon Brando, the icon of the week

We like Marlon Brando, and certainly we also like his style. That's why we've chosen him to be our second style icon


Marlon Brandon was an American screen and stage actor. He is widely regarded for bringing a gripping realism to film acting and is generally considered to have been one of the greatest and most influential actors of the 20th century.


And apart from being one of the best actors we have ever known, he was a style icon because no matter what he wore he always was able to give it his own style interpretation. From the military uniform in Apocalypse Now to the dinner jacket in The Goodfather or the camel coat in Last Tango in Paris. 

We specially like him in this scene of The Wild One. No one knows how to wear a hat like that and a leather jacket with that style!


We think Marlon would have liked this combination made with Stetson's Alpha hat, and Hardy&Parsons' Besford belt. Perfect to complete his look!



Friday, 4 October 2013

Billboard 22: releases of the week

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Three people undergo a 12-step treatment for sex addiction.



How I Live Now


An American girl on holiday in the English countryside with her family finds herself in hiding and fighting for her survival as war breaks out.




Sunshine on Leith


Sunshine on Leith is based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers. The film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.



Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Patterns

We posted this picture on Facebook and Twitter some weeks ago. Do you remember? 


As you know, patterns are the basis of fashion industry. No matter the quality of the materials and no matter the way products are made, the design is the first step and the most important one to create a good product. Designers think about a piece, they draw it and the result of that is a pattern.

Below you can see some patterns used to design belts. Every line of the drawing is made with great care and detail. And it'll be followed inch by inch to make each belt. Don't you think that patterns themselves can look like authentic designer creations?