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imageRemember lovely Arlie and the shoot Navaz and I did in Bristol a few weeks ago? On our West Country travels we were introduced to the nicest cafe in St Paul’s (my love of a good cafe is well documented on this blog). We arrived, chilly, under slept and slightly dampened of spirits to be greeted with a warm welcome and a super fry up.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.

We even took a couple of shots in there plus, obviously, had a good jaw about local shopping, musical mash ups and what makes a good night out. You know, the important stuff.

EMMA MIRANDA MOORE How’s your smoothie?

ARLIE OSBORNE Really good

EMM So is this your favourite cafe? Do you come here with your mates?

AO Yeah like, it’s good for breakfast, lunch and like in the evening as well.

EMM Do you come here in the evening?

AO Sometimes yeah

EMM They had music on last night when we were walking past, do they have bands in here?

AO Sometimes, they do but I like the music they play in here anyway, in the day

EMM I’ve got too many layers on now. Where else do you go on Gloucester Road then?

AO Shopping wise I like going to RE-PHSYCO because it’s not all generic and a chain, it’s not a charity shop but all the stuff is second hand. Some of it is like reworked as well, made into new things.

NAVAZ BATLIWALLA What have you bought from there that you liked?

AO Oh I was going through a phase of, you know Fresh Prince style clothes?

EMM Yes I remember it well..

AO Well I got this mental jacket which was like, covered in patterns. And then I bought a pair of docs in there before but at Loves Saves The Day festival they got completely wrecked

EMM You did well to wreck DMs, they’re normally pretty indestructible

AO I know I wore them to a gig and like all the lacings came out and they were ruined, I lost the whole lace too

EMM You went for it at that gig didn’t you?

AO Yeah

EMM You were just right in there (everyone laughing) I like that though, if you destroy a pair of shoes you know you’ve had a good night. I’ve always worn DMs.

AO When my family and me go out, we all look kind of similar, we’ll all be in Converse and a blue jumper or whatever

NB Unintentionally?

AO Yeah

EMM Don’t you think that’s quite nice though, it’s like you belong together?

CO Er, sort of (laughs)

EMM Oh I think it’s sweet. We should do a story where the whole family is dressed the same

NB It does happen though, it’s an organic thing where you all merge into one another

EMM So you like RE PHSYCO and you come here, where else do you go?

AO Well, on a Saturday I usually head up towards town, like Cabort (the big shopping centre in Bristol) and then I’d wander up Park Street and then wander down here. At the very top of Gloucester Road there’s three floored charity shop and it’s got like a retro section, a shoe section, records, it’s really cool. It’s a Cancer Research charity shop but they’ve cottoned on that people like going to charity shops more so they’ve really made the most of it. It’s really good.

NB Clever

AO There’s another really good shop called Dutty and it sells really cool like earrings and stuff.

NB I think there’s one in Kensal Rise, near me. I think they’ve opened one in London, it’s like Dutty Girl, that’s interesting that you go there

EMM It’s vintage is it?

AO They have an underground bit which does all the vintage shirts and stuff, but the main store they sell spray paint and they do massive gold hoops but wrapped in fabric. At the time I couldn’t afford them so I made my own pair (sounds of approval all round)

EMM so much more interesting to do that

AO then I started selling them at school because everyone was like can I have a pair? But at Dutty they sell really cool patterned leggings and patterned jumpers and patterned crop tops and all that.

NB Do they sell music and stuff as well?

AO Yeah and they do events as well, like oh what’s it called, My Bad Sister it’s two sisters and they just dress absolutely mental and they do shows at the Dutty shop and stuff.

EMM What’s their music like?

AO Mental (serious face)

EMM Mental enough to ruin a pair of DMs to?

AO (giggles) Yeah. They mix like gypsy music with hip hop but then like techno and it’s just a mix of everything.

EMM Don’t tell me it’s folk core, because I’m off that

NB Are there any markets round here?

AO Yeah there’s the St Nicks market which has all the good food stalls, falafels and stuff

EMM (Starts adjusting Arlie’s hair) I look like a really over attentive mother now, fiddling with your hair in a cafe, like come on darling be a beautiful princess, and you’re like ugh mum!

WAITRESS Hi, large breakfast with fried bread?

ARLIE (grateful) Yes please

Thank you Cafe Kino for restoring our equilibrium

 

 

Laurence The Visitor-1

For this fashion story, called The Visitor, Navaz Batliwalla and I shot with beautiful new face Laurence from Premier models. He’s an English boy but he recently graduated from studying in Paris. He is also, as it happens, very good company, and likes a nice chat.

Emma Miranda Moore: Hi lovely, I got you croissants to be a bit Parisian
Laurence: Oh, that’s OK. I don’t actually like them
EMM: What do you mean you don’t like them?
L: Well, I think living in Paris I OD’d on them a bit you know. I can’t actually face them any more.
Navaz Batliwalla: What did you study in Paris?
L: I studied French History, so like, history, but from a French viewpoint.
EMM: So do you speak perfect French now?
L: I don’t speak as well as I should because so many of my friends were English. I mean, yes, I speak French, but really I should be amazing.
NB: Who did you flat share with?
L: I shared a flat with three English girls and we were totally as one by the end! Completely in sync, it was almost a bit unhealthy actually, but we’re still close.
EMM: I haven’t been to Paris for ages, did you get some good shopping opportunities there?
L: Well there’s quite a good vintage scene, and we were students so obviously we were looking for value.
EMM: So where did you like to go for vintage stuff then?
L : Well we went to Free’P’Star, it’s called that because frip is short for friperie which is second hand or old.
It’s great especially if you need something for fancy dress because the have a mezzanine where everything is a euro, so my friend got like a long black wedding dress, for a euro.
Actually the main model they use for all their adverts is this trans woman who was the hostess at a gay club which was on our street. The shop is run by quite conservative, sort of angry looking people but it was fine. There are three stores I think, there was another one on our block that had a little basement, they had the euro mezzanine thing too, but all the other vintage shops around there were quite expensive. You expect to be spending pennies but it’s not. I mean it’s still not bad, if you’re a tourist and you want, like, a nice leather bag, it’s twenty euro, it’s alright. It’s just not quite as cheap as you might want.
NB: Anywhere else?
L: So Geraso is really good. They have a website but it’s really out of date because they have so many new shops and some have closed. Some of their stuff was like yellow or brown and they have weird stains on the walls in the changing room, you take anti bac hand gel!
*everybody pulls the same face*
L:They have big baskets of knickers and bras and obviously it’s not a place you’re going to buy underwear! But the people who have cottoned on to it go in there and you get the hipsters looking for the sweatshirt with the old logo and all that.
Oh and they have fur as well.
NB: *perks up* Oh really? Nice fur?
L: Well my friend found this one, I haggled for it, it’s a fox fur stole. It’s massive and the softest thing you’ll ever feel, it was 15 euros and I gave it to my sister. It was so nice.
EMM: So you know you have to keep fox cold or it molts?
L: Oh she’s got a very cold bedroom, I’m sure it will be fine.
EMM: It’s the one you have to watch, temperature wise. Just be careful where you store it.
L: OK, I’ll warn her about that. So Geraso, they’re in the interesting parts of the city too. Like Barbés, it’s proper filthy, you come out of the Metro and people try and sell you fake cigarettes and fake Gucci.
EMM: Ooo I did wonder if we should get some Gauloises today..
NB: Oh I love a smoking shot
EMM: We’re so nineties
NB: Well apparently young people are very anti smoking now, they don’t like it because they are so health conscious. Do you find that?
L: Well I don’t smoke anyway, I never have. My friends in Paris smoked, all of them.
EMM: French friends or English friends?
L: I didn’t have any French friends haha! But no, my English friends. I’m just not into smoking, I can’t get into it. But I like the smoking culture, it’s really good. Like you know when everyone leaves the pub for a cigarette…
NB: It’s quite social
L: You can make friends from it
NB: but when I was at school and everyone was smoking, I just couldn’t do it. I just could never do it properly so I just decided not to
EMM: I do like a smoking shot though…
NB: Oh yeah!
*everyone cracks up*

We clear up the croissants, scratch the idea of fags and get on with the serious business of the day. Capturing Laurence in all his smoldering glory. And having a bit of a gossip in between.

Merci beacoup Laurence, a biéntôt x

The complete story of The Visitor can be seen over on Boys by Girls, today.

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