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Mia Mai Lingerie Collection 2014

Friend of Strong Island and one of our most loved creatives Ami Lowman has just released the images of her second lingerie collection. Ami who launched Mia Mai after graduating from Portsmouth Uni in 2006 has created collections of handmade and customized vintage clothing over the last few years in addition to her artwork and freelance teaching.

In 2012 Ami and Mia Mai took her career in a new direction designing a collection of lingerie to debut at the first ever Southsea Fashion Week. Two years on and this new collection showcases the designers unique approach to lingerie. She designs and creates garments that deserve to be shown off as apposed to hidden away under clothes. The collection has a huge ethnic inspiration and is made using vintage materials, donated clothing, jewellery, vintage laces and Indian trims.

Ami showcased the collection in the Kings Theatre and assembled local talent to help including Maximilian Hetherington (Photography), Tatum Isaacs (Hair), Naomi Lake (Make Up Artist) and Amber, Emily and Naomi (Models).

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Ami will be taking her beautiful collection to Brighton Fashion Week next month to take part in a curated Fashion Market featuring 40 handpicked designers and artists from across the country. Mia Mai accepts bespoke commissions for lingerie sets, to enquire or to see more of Ami’s work visit her website www.miamai.co.uk, Facebook and Twitter @MiaMai.

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Contemporary Makers Fair: Call For Exhibitors

This year has already seen two impressive Contemporary Makers Fair’s in the Aspex Gallery, Gunwharf Quays. This November they’re back and again looking for contemporary fine-craft artists and designers to exhibit with them on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November, between 11am-4pm.

Aspex describes the event as a “professional development opportunity for craft artists and makers that will include a curated showcase of exhibited works with the chance to sell direct to the public.” The cost to participants are £28 for a single day or £50 for the whole weekend. To apply for this opportunity please send an email containing 5 images of your work and your contact details to julia@aspex.org.uk.

For an idea what to expect you can find out more about Augusts event HERE.

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FREE Strong Island Clothing Co. Tees

With payday just around the corner we’re offering a free tee to the first 10 people to make a full price purchase of any Strong Island Clothing Co. tee over at Shop Ahoy. This offer is only available on Friday 1st August 2014 so you’ve got to be in it, to win it…

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Strong Island Clothing Co Summer 14 Drop Now Available

The initial drop of the new summer 2014 collection by Strong Island Clothing Co. is now available to buy online in the Shop Ahoy store HERE. We’ve also put together a quick video lookbook from the recent Dell Quay shoot to, have a watch below. To coincide with this drop we’ve given the website a little tidy up and fixed a few things here and there too.

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Check the full lookbook HERE and below are a few photos of the new designs and colours:












Hand Type x Strong Island Collaboration Video

The Summer 2014 collection from Strong Island Clothing Co includes two collaboration tee designs by multi award winning designer and hand type virtuoso Andy Lethbridge aka Hand Type. Over the last two years Andy has become an exceptional talent able to create beautiful type all by hand. For the first logo tee the design is drawn with brush pen, the second is all hand formed with pencil…each taking an impossibly steady hand and awe inspiring skill and dexterity. The work behind these two designs was captured on film by Andy, who produced this short film for the collaboration.

We are exceptionally proud to have worked with this University of Portsmouth graduate who is destined for a very bright, creative future. To see more Hand Type goodness and Andy’s other incredibly good graphic design visit:

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Lookbook for Strong Island Clothing Co Summer 2014 Collection

We’ve been exceptionally busy over at Strong Island HQ for the best part of 2014 so far and the latest Strong Island Clothing Co range has been in development for some time. We are now proud to announce the launch of our latest line of tee and crew designs for the Summer. This is the biggest run we have done to date and we wanted to ensure it was a really strong range so didn’t want to rush it.

We have a wide range of new colours and designs including our first 2 colour print on the popular Refuse to Sink and a return to our second tee style back in 2010 with a backprint (this time in navy) in the classic Strong Island logo. We also have a seriously strong collaboration with University of Portsmouth graduate and award winning letterform designer Andy Lethbridge AKA Hand Type. These are something truly special and we’re really stoked how they came out, the detail in the print really reflects the brush strokes of Andy’s work. We will have more on Hand Type and the development of these designs on Strong Island soon in a full interview. We also have pocket tees with the new Down the Hatch design which form part of something we are keeping under our hats for bit…some old favourites have been revisited too with new colourways and 2 new graphic tees as well. Our latest crew retains the same quality as before featuring ribbed side panels, a back neck loop, deep cuffs, a double v-insert on the neckline and raglan sleeves but with new striped cuffs. With a more contemporary and slimmer fit than most sweatshirts it’s certainly a more premium line. As always all our tees and crews are hand screenprinted in East London by the mighty Lovenskate, including the anchor signoff on the back and detail on the inside neck.

We have a few more mini launches coming up over the next few weeks including more tees, something for the cyclists out there, some very special hand produced items from Poland using original 1940′s techniques and also something to lounge on in summer and keep you warm in the winter. Not to mention another very special artist collaboration too.

All of the tees and crews from the main, initial drop will be available this weekend during Head Jam at Head Hairdressing, 53 Albert Road, Southsea (weather permitting). They will then go online in Shop Ahoy next week.

For now please enjoy our latest Lookbook shot by Strong Island Media over at Dell Quay, Chichester. The perfect day to go for a wander around the marina, fields and woodlands with a few cheeky beers at the Crown & Anchor.

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Bored Of Southsea | Summer Sale

I’ve already been in yesterday and bagged a bargain or two. The sale includes gear from brands Brixton, Adidas Originals, HUF, Carhartt, Nike SB, Obey and many more. Check out what the guys have on offer in store or online at www.boredofsouthsea.co.uk/shop.

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Southsea Fashion Week 2014 By Samantha Bartlett

Portsmouth is most renowned for its naval ties, however just lately people are starting to take notice of the quirky and individual fashion that is emerging in Southsea and the surrounding area.

The two were combined perfectly last weekend (June 12-14) however when the South’s best and most exciting new designers came together to show off their fashion creations at Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

The weekend cultivated in a number of events over the three days. This included a hair and beauty showcase on the Thursday, as well as local retailers selling bespoke pieces, individual designs and vintage items on the Friday. The biggest occasion of the event however was the new designers show that took place on the Saturday.

I was lucky enough to be invited the show and see some of the amazing designs on show first-hand. Stood in the photography section, I had a perfect view of the garments and got to see the excitement of the crowd as the models came down the catwalk.

Beginning the show were a number of themed collections which had been created by the students of Highbury College. These were Film Noir, China, Maritime, Menswear and Denim. Each collection portrayed exactly what it had set out to with unique designs and the collections were a great way to begin what was a thrilling show.

After a short interval, the rest of the collections, which were more experimentally themed, were shown. These included the stunning House of Martell by Georgina Jenkins, an elegant collection of special occasion evening wear that had been inspired by TV show ‘Game of Thrones’.

Also grabbing attention was Diana Wojewoda’s daring collection ‘Eternal Honour’ which was designed to reflect “the Japanese warriors who died for their lord in the 18th century”, according to the designer.

Liam Davis’ ‘The Daughters of Neptune’ and Cabrini Roy’s ‘Metallic Ice’ offerings also wowed with their stand-out designs, while Abby Pierce’s butterfly dress from her ‘The Butterfly Project’ collection actually drew gasps from the crowd for its beauty.

Two of the most dynamic collections of the show were Lauren Barnett’s ‘God Save The Circus’, which had the crowd gripped with its edgy catwalk antics and Sabrina Marhsall’s ‘Afropean’ which really brought the house down with its fun showing.

My overall favourite was Helen Johnson’s ‘Countryman Collection’ however. The beautifully embellished items were perfectly finished with some stunning headwear and the make-up and look of the models really helped to accentuate the pieces.

After the show I caught up with Lauren Barnett, one of the designers who had also helped to organise the show to see how she thought it had gone. The talented 19-year-old told me that she was really pleased with how her models in particular walked and the attitude that they gave. She also said she was really thrilled with the turnout for the event.

It had been described as “Portsmouth’s biggest and most impressive fashion event yet” and I have to say, I definitely think it lived up to this promise.

Check out some of my favourite images that I took at the event…

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Inspired by Game Of Thrones was the House of Martell by Georgina Jenkins
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‘Eternal Honour’ by Diana Wojewoda
Our correspondent at the event was 23-year-old journalist & blogger Samantha Bartlett. On her own blog she covers all things music, film, beauty reviews, fashion or just things she find entertaining. You can find her blog at sammybblogs.wordpress.com, or follow her on Twitter @SammyLouBelle.

Strong Island World Cup 2014 Competition

So today see’s the beginning of the World Cup in Brazil and to help everyone get in the mood we thought we’d throw a football related competition this weekend. This week we will be giving away an awesome hat trick of prizes…

1) One of our Strong Island Clothing Co Portsmouth FC tee’s.
2) Local illustrator Angela Chick has kindly donated a unisex football tee.
3) Free Jug of Carlsberg, Strongbow or Doom Bar at the One Eyed Dog to be redeemed this Saturday evening when England play Italy.

All you have to do to win this prize is email stuart@strong-island.co.uk with your answer to the following easy question.

Name any former Portsmouth player who was picked in Fabio Capello’s squad for the World Cup in 2010?

The deadline for entries will be 10am this Saturday morning with the winners to be announced about 10:30am the same day.

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You can follow Angela on Twitter @MissAngelaChick, Facebook and on Tumblr.

Swishing Southsea

Are you bored of your clothes? Do you want a new summer wardrobe but don’t have the funds? Then Southsea’s first swishing event might do the trick. All money raised will go to Hampshire Red Cross.

Swishing is a fashion exchange with some simple rules;
1. Everyone must bring at least one item of quality clothing, shoes or accessories. One token will be issued per item.
2. Please drop off items to be swapped prior to the event:
The British Red Cross Office, 338 Commercial Road, Portsmouth, PO1 4BT
Before 1st JULY 2014
3. As soon as the swish is declared open, everyone may choose what they want
4. No item may be claimed before the swish opens
5. Items should be “purchased” using your tokens, at the exit desk
6. Any items left over at the end of the swish will be donated to The British Red Cross. If you want to take your items back you will need to have spare tokens.

*ALL clothes must be in good condition, something you are proud to hand over.
**No underwear please.

This is a ticketed event, costing £10 which will include pamper fayre, free massages, a free glass of Prosecco and much more. There are a limited number of tickets available so please don’t leave it too late. This original event is for a great cause and sounds like good fun so we encourage you to get involved and donate those unwanted clothes.

For more information check out the poster or call 02392 894205 or email nhatch@redcross.org.uk. Please share this as it’s great cause and the more donations the bigger success the event will be. Thank you.

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South Parade Pier

We’ve mentioned Diana Goss on Strong Island before. A touch of class behind the lens and a really nice lady.

Here’s another great example of Diana’s work in this Cross Processed, 120 shot of South Parade Pier.

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Vintage Photos

Adam Wintle recently uploaded to his blog loads of photos from an old book about Portsmouth passed down to him by his dad. Some of the photos in the book are incredible, be sure to spend some time having a good look through, below are a few examples:

Inside the Memorial

Due to possible damage due to the storm and the high winds it was possible to access the inside of the war memorial down on Southsea seafront the other day. I always though it was a solid structure but it turns out it is hollow with sunken foundations and access to the top. From the plaque inside, it looks like the ladder is for maintenance if there is a lightning strike (the top of the memorial has a huge copper globe).

No disrespect was meant by taking a very brief look inside, just architectural curiosity and finding out something not commonly known about a Southsea landmark.

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Snow, Snow, Snow

Snow hit Southsea pretty hard last night and it snowing again this morning. Good luck to everyone battling the elements to get to work, college, school, etc today. Here are a few photos from last night, if you have any please pop a link to them in the comments, we would love to see them.

Adam Wintle (see more here):

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Elizabeth Bick (see more here):

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Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ by Sue Pike

I’ve been holding on to this for a while now as I wanted to make a feature of it and had to wait for the exhibition to finish to give it pride of place on the front page. If like myself you’re always looking around at our local architecture you will have noticed many of the buildings within the book Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’. Some could even be right on your doorstep but you have never noticed, or peeked over that high wall. Thomas Ellis Owen’s work is all over the city and you’d be forgiven for walking past as a lot of it is hidden or down those streets you may not stroll down too often. Other buildings however are right in your face. Ever noticed the huge block of flats at the entrance to Waitrose, the detailing on the building at Dover Court opposite the old Havana bar?



“Thomas Ellis Owen is probably the best known of Portsmouth’s nineteenth century architects, his construction of villas and substantial terraces in Southsea being responsible for the emergence of the district as a middle class locality. His work was recognised by Pevsner and Lloyd in their magisterial Buildings of England: Hampshire, and later by a rather more detailed architectural enquiry by two students, Preedy and Stewart. My own research was principally concerned with dating Owen’s properties and analysing their inhabitants. What Sue Pike has done is to cast the net very much wider, not only by providing great detail about Owen’s family, but also by demonstrating the impressive breadth of his activities outside architecture. Indeed, his interests were so wide that there must have been few aspects of Portsmouth’s development in the 1830s, 1840s and 1850s in which he was not involved. Infrastructural fields such as gas supply, the Portsea Canal, railways, the Camber Docks and hospitals lay within his purview, while he assisted in the purchase of land for one of Portsmouth’s defining features, the Palmerstonian forts. His tithe map has proved of inestimable value to local historians. Meanwhile Owen was an important local politician. All these facets of Owen’s life have been fully laid bare in this thoroughly well researched book by Sue Pike, who is to be congratulated on her labours.” Professor Ray Riley

Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ is a really interesting read and contains stunning colour photos of many Owen properties in Southsea and Alverstoke by Gosport photographer, Tim Martin. There is no real target audience and hopefully it will appeal to old and young alike. The detailed captions may be helpful to first year architecture students but it showcases Southsea well and may well appeal equally to academics, photographers, interested newcomers and people who just want a really nice book to put on their coffee table. I’m a huge fan of both history and architecture so this book is a real winner for me, and I have no doubt that if that’s not really your bag you will still appreciate what Thomas Ellis Owen Shaper of Portsmouth, ‘Father of Southsea’ has to offer.

You can purchase a hardback copy for £25 via the publishers www.tricornbooks.co.uk and www.whsmith.co.uk and read up on the book and the author Sue Pike over at www.thomasellisowen.co.uk















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