BLITZ STAFF PICKS

Meet our BLITZ babe Chloe.  We got her to pick an outfit from our store and here's what she chose!

So how long have you been working at BLITZ?

Around 3 months, well I think - I started when I first moved to London in January.

What’s your job role at BLITZ?

Part of the sales team which also includes flyering - cash me on the corner, how bah dah

What made you choose this piece?

I liked this BLITZ Remix shirt dress because I feel as though it’s a nice laid back and easy piece to throw on with not much else required - especially for going to the park with friends in the summer!

Who or what currently inspires you and your style?

Admittedly, I am pretty unadventurous with how I dress - it’s usually just black, white or grey. However, I do like Jane Birkin’s style - the white shirts and blue jeans.

Fave pair of kicks right now?

Black chunky heeled boots! Pretty much the shoes I live in.

What’s the best thing about shopping vintage?

Finding pieces that are original that you know no one else is likely to own.

Fave thing about working at BLITZ?

Definitely the people!

 

WHITE NEGATIVES x BLITZ

Get to know João Henriques (@whitenegatives) Photographer & DJ. See below for his exclusive mix, Q&A and mini shoot with our gal Maria Pearl (@mariapigeon). 

How did you get started?

I really like music, and I do feel, like many people I believe, that music gives me life and helps me to relax. I wanted to start Dj'ing for quite some time ago, about 2-3 years but never had the opportunity or the equipment. But last year (2016) on my birthday, I finally made the decision and had the money to buy a Dj Controller, so I gifted myself a Dj Controller and a pair of monitors. 

What was the last song you listened to?

The last song that I listened to was Kendrick Lamar - Humble. I have many songs in rotation and I’m always changing the type of music that I’m listening too. I do find myself most of the time listening to new artist on Soundcloud.

If you weren’t a Photographer & DJ what would you be doing?

Before Photography and Music I had a passion for Computers, and I was studying for it. So I think I would be doing that.  

What made you choose the songs on your mix for us?

I knew from the beginning that I wanted to create a mix with different flavours and types of music. Normally with my mix’s I start really slow and then build up the intensity. The fact that this mix was a collaboration with you guys, A brand/shop, I wanted to create a mix with the interpretation of a journey, where it had parts where the costumers could chill or actually dance while they’re shopping if they want to. A mix with different styles put together, to symbolise a journey so it could comprise different types of costumers and their taste.

Who are your top 5 influences in life/art/music etc?

My Grandfather/my Mum. Seeing my close friends doing what they love and being creative, Steve Jobs, Kanye West, Viviane Sassen.

Do you usually shop vintage?

Actually I don’t, but I do intend to start shopping more. You can truly find some gems at Vintage shops.

Tell us a childhood secret?

My childhood nickname is “Ary”.

Listen Here >>> http://bit.ly/2pBkKQ0

 

BLITZ MEETS x ANNABEL

We caught up with presenter and influencer ΛNNΛBEL (@annabelstopit) and asked her to make a playlist of her choice for our store! See below for our Q&A with the mega babe, listen to her playlist and find out why now after visiting BLITZ she'll definitely be shopping vintage. 

Hey Annabel, tell us a little about how you got started?

I originally moved to London to work on my own music, but when it came to submitting a final project for uni, I wasn’t ready to release anything. So instead I launched my own blog where I interviewed other artists about their journey in the industry and it ended up doing quite well. I was lucky enough to get a place on a mentorship programme with Sian Anderson and Julie Adenuga and a few months later, I landed my own radio show - and I’m loving it! But who knows? Maybe one day I’ll drop an album.

What was the last song you listened to?

Get Right Witcha - Migos

If you weren’t a presenter/influencer, what would you be doing?

I’d be a rapper with dreads and gold teeth and I’d probably have no fans.

What made you choose the songs on your playlist for us?

It’s everything I wanna hear while I’m shopping - fresh UK tunes, classic hip-hop joints and a dash of pop. People will be skanking in the changing rooms.

Who are your top 5 influences in life/art/music etc?

I stumble across new inspiration every single day but five people who consistently get me out of bed in the morning (not physically) are Yes Julz, Maya Jama, Julie Adenuga, Caroline SM & Young Thug.

Do you usually shop vintage?

I feel like it’s a whole world I knew nothing about - but now Blitz has shown me the ropes, I’m addicted.

Tell us a childhood secret?

I used to wear matching silk gloves with all of my outfits because I thought I was Lady GaGa… actually, that was quite recently.

Listen here >>> http://spoti.fi/2oeBsHb

BLITZ MEETS x SCOTT QUINN

We recently got together with Scott Quinn, Songwriter and Music Maker. See our Q&A with him below and heres the link to the playlist he put together for our store! >>> http://spoti.fi/2nDCpXk

How did you get started?

I've been playing music for as long as I can remember, and I cut my teeth playing in multiple bands and orchestras growing up. I've been fortunate to have always known that I wanted build a career out of music, but never knew exactly what I'd be doing. For a while I thought I'd write music for film and TV (something I'll definitely explore along the way) but then my solo project took off! I had played in a band for years and thought that might be my break. Not knowing that a project I didat uni would get me my first Radio 1 play as a solo artist.

What was the last song you listened to?

Tom Misch - Crazy Dream

If you weren’t a songwriter what would you be doing?

I like to think of myself a budding entrepreneur and I have a couple of side projects on the go at the moment. So most likely I'd focus more on building business's if I wasn't a musician. Whatever I was doing though, It would no doubt be something creative.

What made you choose the songs on your playlist for us?

All the songs on that playlist are tracks that I'm listening to daily. I take a lot of pleasure in sharing new music/artists with people and there are at least a couple of names on there that people won't have heard of, but should! 

Who are your top 5 influences in life/art/music etc?

A big influence in my writing is human relationships and interaction. Not just soppy love stories but songs challenging how we live our life and whether we're making the most of it. In Life I have vowed to never accept boredom or unhappiness, you'll never find me working a job I don't enjoy.

Do you usually shop vintage?

Shopping vintage is definitly a recent discovery for me but so far it's been great!

Tell us a childhood secret?

I must have been about 10 years old when I did stand up comedy for a talent shown at a Haven holiday park...I've always thought I was funny...shame no one else did!! 

BLITZ x CULPAVINUM

We recently met Aisha & Momo (@culpavinum) and got them to pop to our Hanbury Street store for a mini shoot and Q&A. See below for what we got upto with the blogging babes. All pieces BLITZ & BLITZ Remix.

SHOT BY MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon

STYLING MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon 

Hey Girls, thanks for dropping in today! So how did you both meet?

We met at school when we were 11 and became close friends instantly!

When did you both decide to start CULPAVINUM?

Well we first doing it for fun, just taking pictures for tumblr with a group of friends in sixth form. But we both really started getting into it last year when we made a website and instagram for it.

You both are studying very different university courses, tell us what interests bring you together?

We have quite different interests but our values bring us together more than anything else. We both prioritise similar things. But we also like the same films, books, clothing, and art, so we constantly exchange info on what to read/watch/buy.

What do you disagree on?

We used to disagree on a lot! Haha, we still disagree on what we should do in certain situations sometimes, what to eat (we usually cook together because we live together). We have quite different personalities, but we’re so used to each other now.

What’s your favourite thing about vintage shopping?

Finding and owning things no one else will have.

What was the last song you listened to?

Slide- Frank Ocean, Migos, Calvin Harris (Momo)

Incredible by Future (Aisha)

Who are your top five influencers in life/art/music/fashion etc?

Solange Knowles

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Kristen Crawley (Fashion)

Yagazie Emezi (photography)

A$AP Rocky (Fashion)

Tell us a childhood secret!

Well we went to a really anal/strict boarding school together, and apart from the standard sneaking out, sneaking into the headteacher’s bathrooms etc we once snuck into the school visitor’s room and “stole” the glasses, snacks, bottles of water laid out for the guests. It was a huge thing in school which we found hilarious, we got sent emails for weeks after with threats that the perpetrators would be found (we never were).

BLITZ x SAATCHI GALLERY

We recently visited the Saatchi Gallery to see the 'Painter's Painter' Installation featuring work from artists Richard Aldrich, David Brian Smith, Dexter Dalwood, Raffi Kalenderian, Ansel Krut, Martin Maloney, Bjarne Melgaard, Ryan Mosley and David Salle. The free exhibition will be on until the 22nd March so make sure you get yourselves down!

PHOTOGRAPHY BEX FURNO @_furno

 

 

BLITZ London Accessories Launch

We recently shot an editorial for our brand new launch of accessories and we're super excited to show you! See below for images of our shoot with babe Clausia draped in our BLING BLING available now in store #hanburystreet. 

PHOTOGRAPHY MARIA PEARL // @mariapigeon

STYLING MARIA PEARL + LEANNE BEBBINGTON // @mariapigeon @_leannejapan

MUA CHLOE @ceedae

MODEL CLAUSIA // @_playboyc

 

SHOP BLITZ ON DEPOP

Checked our DEPOP shop yet? You should! With new drops every week, one off vintage designer pieces and our new range of accessories you are sure to find yourself or somebody else the perfect treat! See below for our mini shoot and search blitzlondon on DEPOP to find these pieces on our shop!

SHOT BY // MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon

STYLED BY // MARIA PEARL & LEANNE BEBBINGTON @mariapigeon @_leannejapan

MODELS // RAHEL STEPHANIE & JORDAN KATENDE

 

 

BLITZ IN HIGHSNOBIETY

STYLING & CASTING: COCO MELL //www.coco-mell.com// @coco_mell 

 

PHOTOGRAPHER ANDRE TITCOMBE // www.shotbyandre.com //@shotbyandre 

 

HAIR & GROOMING MONNIE KAUR // @monnie.k.makeupartist using M.A.C

 

MODELS JAKE // @jakebarratt1 at PREMIER MODELS & TED // @tednowell at Wilhelmina

 

STYLIST ASSISTANTS SASHA EDWARDS // @sash.l.e & IZZY NABANJA // @that90schic

 

TWIN SERIES // JENNIFER AND VICTORIA // @itari.inemi

We recently hung out with @itari.inemi (Jennifer & Victoria) in our Hanbury Street store for our Twin Series. See below for our mini shoot and Q&A with the sisters! You can also find the pieces they are wearing over on our DEPOP. #blitzlondon

SHOT BY: MARIA PEARL @mariapigeon

STYLED BY: MARIA PEARL & LEANNE BEBBINGTON @mariapigeon @_leannejapan

MODELS: JENNIFER & VICTORIA ITARI @itari.inemi

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How did you both get started?

Well, we've been on social media from the age of about 15 and weren't really taking it seriously at all - we just uploaded selfies from our iPod Touch and played around with Instagram filters haha! but once we decided that we wanted fashion to be our vocation, we started using Instagram as a platform to display what interested us, and what we wanted to represent. At this point we merged our Instagram to a shared space  for the both of us to upload outfit pics and all the rest of it - before then we had our own separate accounts but it was futile because we literally posted the same kind of things.

How identical are you in terms of looks/personality/interests etc?

We grew up being dressed by our mother, so we wore identical outfits, but with different colours so she was able to tell the difference! The time we started spotting our differences was when we moved out years later, and stayed in separate bedrooms for the first time. The majority of our interests are the same, but circumstances make us experience different things, e.g. working in different stores to each other, going to different places on our own (which is really new to us because we usually go everywhere together!) But mainly we enjoy doing the same things - we are very close! But we definitely are our own person and we are slowly finding our own personalities.

Who's the older twin?

Victoria is the older twin! A lot of people usually confuse Jennifer for being the oldest because she's a bit bigger and is a bit taller (by 1 inch) but in Nigerian culture the younger twin usually looks older (confusing af right?). 

Were you ever dressed the same when you were younger?

We looked VERY identical when we were younger, so to avoid confusing our primary school teachers our mum would give Jenn the pink scrunchie and Vicky the purple! But we would generally wear the same things, just with different colours. Cute!!!

Do you encourage each other to dress differently now?

The only reason we'd ever encourage each other to dress differently is so we can borrow each other's outfits for work or any other occasion when we're not together haha! But generally, we do dress quite alike in terms of style - we're not particularly the most 'girly-girls' either so the silhouettes tend to be oversized.

What are your favourite things about vintage shopping?

I just love how you can transport yourself into a different decade through what you wear. It fascinates us a lot! The styles can also be super super rare, so when your friends ask you where you got your clothes from you know they'll never ever find it. (;

What was the last song you listened to?

Vicky - The Lung - Hiatus Kaiyote

Jenn - Walking on The Moon - The Police

Tell us a childhood secret.

WE ADMIT IT!! We tricked our teachers and swapped classes in yr 5, ok!!! (Vicky's teacher made us do it!)

Who are your top 5 influencers in life/art/music/fashion etc?

It's hard to put it down to just 5 because our influences are so eclectic, but in terms of art, Jean-Michel Basquiat is a huge influencer to the way I think about black people or (POC) in the creative industries. In terms of modern - day social media influencers, I would say @yagazieemezie (photographer), @tony_gum (artist), and for music at the moment it would be @saintrecords (Solange) and an old but incredibly important classic (since we are Nigerian!!) Fela Kuti.