Monday 31 March 2014

Fashion Film: The September Issue

Today on our Fashion Films section, we'd like to go back to the documentaries, to talk about The September Issue

The film revolves around the making of the Vogue September 2007 issue. (The September Vogue is traditionally the biggest, most important issue of the year.) It depicts the effort that goes into making the magazine, and the passion that Grace Coddington, a former model turned creative director and the only person who dares to stand up to Anna Wintour, has for the highly regarded fashion magazine. In the film, Coddington is often portrayed as the leading victim to Wintour's aggressive personality. The relationship between Wintour and Coddington reveals itself to be symbiotic, as Wintour recognizes Coddington's expertise and keen eye for design. In the end, Wintour approves most of Coddington's ideas and they appear in the final version of the September issue.

Enjoy it!

Friday 28 March 2014

Billboard 47: releases of the week

The backup singer exists in a strange place in the pop music world; they are always in the shadow of the feature artists even when they are in front of them in concert while they provide a vital foundation for the music. Through interviews with veterans and concert footage, the history of these predominately African-American singers is explored through the rock era. Furthermore, special focus is given to special stand outs who endeavored to make a living in the art burdened with a low profile and more personal career frustrations, especially those who faced the very different challenge of singing in the spotlight themselves.

Rachel is a quick-witted and lovable stay-at-home mom. Frustrated with the realities of preschool auctions, a lackluster sex life and career that's gone kaput, Rachel visits a strip club to spice up her marriage and meets McKenna, a stripper she adopts as her live-in nanny.

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

While on a grand world tour, the Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit lookalike and his dastardly sidekick.

Thursday 27 March 2014

Mother's Day

This Sunday is the Mother's Day in the UK and we'd like to share some ideas with you to spend a wonderful day with your mother! We have chosen three things to do on Mother's Day in London. See below! 

1. Mothering Sunday at Kensington Palace

Treat your mum to an afternoon at Kensington Palace this Mother's Day. The grand building and its beautiful gardens make for an ideal springtime stroll (as long the weather holds out), which will help work up an ample appetite for an indulgent Georgian-style tea party in the palace's restaurant, The Oranagery. If tea, sarnies, cake and other sugary treats don't keep Mum sweet for the day, then quite frankly we give up.

2. The Vogue Festival 2014

Tell Mum to grab her heels and her best frock for one of the biggest weekends in the fashion calendar: The Vogue Festival 2014. Across two days this couture celebration will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall in the Southbank Centre and boasts interviews, panel talks, trend discussions and styling workshops as part of its agenda. Confirmed speakers for this year's event include the likes Alexa Chung, Manolo Blahnik, Naomi Campbell and Grayson Perry, to name just a perfectly-groomed handful. 

3. Annual Opening of Kew Palace

Kew Palace, located in the the grounds of Kew Gardens, opens its doors to the public just in time for Mother's Day. Welcoming visitors for the spring and summer every year, this distinctly Dutch-looking brick mansion set amidst the greenery of Kew Gardens is a pretty sight, yet it was in this building that George III was confined during his episodes of the mysterious and debilitating illness that is now believed to have been porphyria. Highlights of the house include the royal kitchen, which were restored last year; Queen Charlotte's Cottage, a rustic retreat hidden amidst the gardens; and Princess Elizabeth's bedroom, which she styled herself back in the 18th century.

Of course, if you're thinking about giving her a present, there's no better detail than the beautiful handcrafted Hardy&Parsons' belts =) You can see all of them here!

And if you're uncertain about which belt do you prefer, the, have a look below and see our choices for this occasion ;)

Wednesday 26 March 2014

iPhone 5: colours availability

Do you remember the post where we talked about the leather colours available for the accessories? Well, we finally can show you some accessories made in this colours. We've just received iPhone 5 cases in three colours; dark Havana, tan and black. Which one do you like the most? 

The papaya colour is missing, but is something between dark Havana and tan colours, below you can see it =) 

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Fashion films: Yves Saint Laurent

Continuing with the section of fashion films, we'd like to propose you the latest one, that was released last week: Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent was a French fashion designer, and is regarded as one of the greatest names in fashion history. In 1985, Caroline Rennolds Milbank wrote, "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable." He is also credited with having introduced the tuxedo suit for women and was known for his use of non-European cultural references, and non-white models.

A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.

We hope you like his designs as much as we do and that you enjoy the film =) 

Friday 21 March 2014

Billboard 46: releases of the week

Four people meet on New Year’s Eve and form a surrogate family to help one another weather the difficulties of their lives.

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Yves Saint Laurent

A look at the life of French designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in 1958 when he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Berge.  

Thursday 20 March 2014

Welcome spring!!!

Finally! Tomorrow we welcome the spring. Longer days with more light, better weather with sunny days... this is the best moment of the year! Remember the plans we suggested you last year to do during the spring?

For this year we'd like to tell you which are our favourite belts for this spring. Maybe you share our opinion!

We believe that the combination between leather and webbing is beautiful and specially good for spring and summer time, when we can wear a lot of colours in just one accessory. Do you agree?

Friday 14 March 2014

billboard 45: treleases of the week

Years after walking away from her past as a teenage private eye, Veronica Mars gets pulled back to her hometown – just in time for her high school reunion – in order to help her old flame Logan Echolls, who’s embroiled in a murder mystery. 

An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences.

Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.

This is the untold story behind History, a well-kept secret behind the world-wide icon: Nelson Mandela’s release was a Plot for Peace. For the first time, heads of state, generals, diplomats, master spies and anti-apartheid fighters reveal how Africa’s front line states helped end apartheid. Their improbable key to Mandela’s prison cell was a mysterious French businessman, dubbed “Monsieur Jacques” in classified correspondence. His trade secret was trust. 

Thursday 13 March 2014

IWA 2014

Last week we went to Germany to attend IWA 2014. As always, it's been a great exhibition were we could meet with all friends and customers. 

Below you can see some photos if you'd like to see how our stand looked like. =)

Friday 7 March 2014

Billboard 44: releases of the week

The high stakes thriller Paranoia takes us deep behind the scenes of global success to a deadly world of greed and deception. The two most powerful tech billionaires in the world are bitter rivals with a complicated past who will stop at nothing to destroy each other. A young superstar, seduced by unlimited wealth and power falls between them, and becomes trapped in the middle of the twists and turns of their life-and-death game of corporate espionage. By the time he realizes his life is in danger, he is in far too deep and knows far too much for them to let him walk away.

The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune – all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent. 

Thursday 6 March 2014

One year online!

It's Hardy&Parsons' birthday!! It's been one year since we've been online and we'd like to say thank you to all of our followers and supporters. 

We hope there'll be more and more years full of interesting contents that we'll post here and on the rest of our online networks! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Vimeo and Instagram