Friday 28 June 2013

Billboard 8: Releases of the Week

When a struggling publisher discovers his only successful author is blocked he knows he has to unblock her or he's finished. With her newfound success, she's become too damn happy and she can't write when she's happy.The only trouble is, the worse he makes her feel, the more he realises he's in love with her.

A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.

In this inspired, genre-twisting new film, Oscar-nominated writer/director Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who's telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets kept by a family of storytellers. She playfully interviews and interrogates a cast of characters of varying reliability, eliciting refreshingly candid, yet mostly contradictory, answers to the same questions. As each relates their version of the family mythology, present-day recollections shift into nostalgia-tinged glimpses of their mother, who departed too soon, leaving a trail of unanswered questions. Polley unravels the paradoxes to reveal the essence of family: always complicated, warmly messy and fiercely loving. Stories We Tell explores the elusive nature of truth and memory, but at its core is a deeply personal film about how our narratives shape and define us as individuals and families, all interconnecting to paint a profound, funny and poignant picture of the larger human story.

Wednesday 26 June 2013

We are on Instagram!

Finally! After sharing our news with you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, Vimeo and Blogger, now we are also on Instagram

We like to make photos and to share them with you. Follow us and discover where are we going and what are we doing! These are some of our first photos:

If you want to see more, just FOLLOW US!

Monday 24 June 2013

New Products III: Pen Case

Today we’d like to present you another new product. It’s also a case but not for phones… Have you ever needed to write something and didn’t find a pen? If you need to carry pens with you, we designed the coolest and safest way of carrying them.
Handmade in England with the best leather, this case has space to carry three pens, each one having its own pocket. The case has a flap to close it and to carry the pens without losing them.

This case is available in black, brown and mid brown. A must accessory and a good idea if you need to make a present for somebody, don’t you think?

Friday 21 June 2013

Billboard 7: Releases of the Week

United Nations employee Gerry Lane traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments, and threatening to decimate humanity itself.

We meet Jesse and Celine nine years on in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna.

Spike Island

A rising indie band travels to Spike Island, Cheshire, in May of 1990 to see The Stone Roses.

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Welcome Summer!

We welcome the summer on the 21st of June. Finally! This night will be the shortest one of the year and from this date, the days will become shorter progressively. But, hold on! We still have more than two months of good weather, bright sun and full of light.

Some of you might go on holiday and travel to other places, but for those of you who have to stay in London working or studying, there are plenty of good plans to enjoy the English summer.

Every Friday night in June and July, London Zoo will open its doors after hours for a night out with a difference. Take a walk on the wild side with improvised comedy in the aquarium, watch Twisted Cabaret in the amphitheater, strut your stuff in the Silent Disco, sample the delectable delights of the street food festival and enjoy the sultry sounds of some of London's finest acoustic musicians in a carnival atmosphere.

Experience ballet and opera al fresco this summer, as BP Big Screens returns, screening world class productions to 22 locations across the UK. The productions will be beamed live and direct from the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and available to watch for free from various London locations.  

Athletics returns to London's Olympic Park this summer, on the first anniversary of the London 2012 Games. The Sainsbury's Anniversary Games is a twofold event over three days. Friday and Saturday will see the IAAF Diamond League action in the British Athletics Grand Prix, featuring the return of many Olympic champions, with a third day of sports on Sunday dedicated to showcasing the Paralympic champions of 2012.

So many things to do this summer in London! You can find more information here.

Monday 17 June 2013

New Products II: Cases for iPhone 5

Do you remember the post where we talked about the cases for iPhone 4? Well that’s not the only new product that we have for phones. If you like to have the latest technology and you already own an iPhone 5, you’re lucky because we also have cases for this version.

Available in black, brown and mid brown. Handmade in England with the best leather. Don’t miss the best accessories for your phone in Hardy&Parsons.

Friday 14 June 2013

Billboard 6: Releases of the Week

Man of Steel

In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone's imagination.Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question - why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha and Jonathan Kent, Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions.But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as Superman, not only to shine as the world's last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.

Summer in February

The Newlyn School of artists flourished at the beginning of the 20th Century and the film focuses on the wild and bohemian Lamorna Group, which included Alfred Munnings and Laura and Harold Knight. The incendiary anti-Modernist Munnings, now regarded as one of Britain's most sought-after artists, is at the centre of the complex love triangle, involving aspiring artist Florence Carter-Wood and Gilbert Evans, the land agent in charge of the Lamorna Valley estate. True - and deeply moving - the story is played out against the timeless beauty of the Cornish coast, in the approaching shadow of The Great War.

Much Ado About Nothing

A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words.

Thursday 13 June 2013

Clipping I: Despertando a Shakti

Last Tuesday we published in our Facebook and Twitter profiles, the first press collaboration that we made.

Ruth Álvarez, the owner of Despertando a Shakti blog in Spain, interviewed us. Then she posted it in her own blog (link) the interview to make Spanish people know Hardy&Parsons.

We talked about many things. Find them here!

Ruth Álvarez: What are Hardy & Parsons’ origins?

Hardy & Parsons: Hardy & Parsons was founded in 2002 by Maurice Greig in order to address a niche in the market, that liked using belts and goods made in leather,s following the traditional processes and manufactured 100% ​​in England.

R.A.: What is your value proposition?

H&P: Goods hand made by craftsmen in leather, inspired by the equestrian world and the English countryside. Each product is individually  made, with excellent materials. One of our features is the smell of leather, a quality that our customers identify and appreciate.

R.A.: What type of product do you offer?

H&P: Belts for men and women and leather articles such as cases for pens and mobile phones, and other leather accessories such as dog collars and leads, key fobs, drink cabinets, etc.

R.A.: What is your target customer?

H&P: Those customers who value quality, who know what they want and are willing to pay for it. They buy a product with the guarantee that it will last a lifetime and they see this purchase as an investment. Hardy & Parsons’ products are timeless, as opposed to the concept of "buy and discard".

R.A.: You are manufacturers and distributors? Do you sell outside of the UK?

H&P: The products are manufactured entirely in England and distributed worldwide. Firms selling our belts in London are Fur Feather & Fin, Stuarts London and Joseph. We also have a showroom in Chelsea, where customers can come and buy our products. But we also sell products in the U.S., Japan and Europe.

R.A.: And Spain?

H&P: Spain is a difficult market, there are brands with great tradition and quality in leather goods. There is strong competition.

R.A.: Do you invest in advertising?

H&P: Advertising is very expensive and is difficult to measure the impact that a campaign can have on television, not really knowing if you've reached your target. Our communication policy is focused on reaching markets through the specialized press, bloggers and exhibitions.

R.A.: Are you on the social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, Pinterest...? What do you think of the web environment and the social networking phenomenon?

H&P: Social networks are essential, they are an element of communication with which you can reach more people and make yourself known, you may display your product and your potential customers see you. They are an important showcase. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Blogger and Vimeo.

R.A.: There is a trend to buy low-cost products. Is there room for those who value quality?

H&P: Yes. There has always been an audience looking for quality products and it will remain. They prefer to pay more and have a good product that they can use for a lifetime, rather than buyig five low-cost belts that just last a season. And this sort of client does not change his mind.

You can follow Ruth Álvarez on Facebook and Twitter

Monday 10 June 2013

New Products I: Case for iPhone 4

Today we open a new section in the blog called New Products. Here we'll show you the new goods we designed for you. 

Let's begin with the case for iPhone 4. Handmade in England, with the best leather as all our products, it's the perfect accessory to keep your phone safe.

The perfect case for your iPhone 4, comfortable, safe and useful, it's available in black, brown and mid brown. The case has an opening in the base to push the iPhone out, and it also has a pocket in one side.

Some other new products will be coming soon... don't miss them!

Friday 7 June 2013

Billboard 5: Releases of the Week

The Magnificent Eleven

A modernization of the classic western in which the Cowboys are a struggling local amateur soccer team, the Indians run a nearby Tandoori restaurant and the bandits are a group of menacing thugs led by a maniac known simply as 'American Bob.

Behind The Candelabra

Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

The Stone Roses

A documentary about the English alternative rock band, The Stone Roses.

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Keep Calm and... Follow Us!

You must know the famous sentence Keep Calm and Carry On. 

This was a motivational poster produced by the British governmentin 1939 during the beginning of the Second World War, intended to raise the morale of the British public in the aftermath of widely predicted mass air attacks on major cities. 

As the popularity of the poster in various media has grown, innumerable imitations have also appeared, making it a notable meme. Of course, we also wanted to use this poster for our own proposal... We'd like to invite you to follow us on the social networks!

Click in the following links and you'll be redirected to our Fan Page in Facebook, our Blog, our Pinterest Boardsour Youtube Channel and our Twitter and Vimeo accounts, where you can follow us to be updated with our latest information.