Something Special

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There is something quite special in Worlds End right now.
Since the SS16 Man & SS16 Gold Label collections an experiment has been taking place involving using classic Worlds End shapes with different yarns & fabrics & the first batch of these designs is in the shop now.
The shapes being redone are the squiggle shirt & it’s sleeveless version.
Both of these items, plus the new matching Lotus shorts are now made with a newly developed 100% organic cotton yarn & a new & ecologically friendly dying process. All three items are Unisex.
As is pretty commonplace with new ideas, the new yarn technique was developed through an accident. Continue reading

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Chris Matsumura


Chris Matsumura Worlds End shop Vivienne Westwood

For the first post of 2017 (Happy New Year) I was lucky to catch the visit of Japanese TV & Radio presenter Chris Matsumura to the Worlds End shop.
Here he is kindly modelling the Bondage Shirt that he bought today.
It is the first time that he has been in the shop & he said that the shops interior reminded him of Alice in Wonderland.
Although he of course is based in Japan (he’s flying back there later tonight), Chris’s father was a diplomat & Chris lived abroad a lot when he was young, being born in The Hague & spending 3-4 years at a Primary School in Wimbledon here in London.
Having done many varied things in his media career, Chris has now become a respected music critic & reviewer, work that he really enjoys. He has just covered the latest Rolling Stones album & in 2 weeks he will be interviewing Bryan Adams. He also writes about all the top Japanese musicians such as Tatsuro Yamashita.
Thank you Chris & lots of luck for the coming year.

Chris Matsumura

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Clothes for Heroes

 

Vivienne westwood Worlds End shop 430 Kings Road

On the Worlds End label is the 430 Kings Road shop’s mission statement:
The shop has a triumphant history of creating “clothes for heroes”- dandies, rockers, punks and pirates. “Worlds End Look” is chosen from classics with items from the latest Vivienne Westwood collection, special; samples and one-offs”.

The latest additions to this look are now in store & include reproductions of classic Worlds End items from seminal early 1980s collections. Like all the items with the Worlds End label they are exclusive solely to The 430 Kings Road shop & no one else has them!
All styles are unisex.
In the first photo Jamie is wearing a pirate waistcoat and matching trousers in brown herringbone cotton from the Pirates 81/82 collection. He also wears the sleeveless Apache shirt from the successive Savage SS82 collection. The trousers are also available in a tartan we call ‘Mac Stone ‘and the third option is in an ultra -light soft cotton baby cord offered in a rich navy.

Vivienne Westwood Worlds End shop

Vivienne westwood Worlds End shop 430 Kings Road

In this photo Jamie is listening on his headphones & this is a direct reference to the time in the early 80’s when these clothes were first designed. The first Walkmans were produced at this time & were used by Malcolm who was promoting an attack on the music industry by advocating that people record their own music from the radio onto tapes & not to pay for it.
BowWowWow was his band at the time & their first single was “C30, C60, C90 Go” (C30 etc were the playing minute lengths of recordable tapes). The music industry at the time retaliated against Malcolm by actively placing this track lower in the charts than it should have been placed, keeping it out of the top 10 where it would have had more playtime…

Vivienne westwood Worlds End shop 430 Kings Road

Vivienne westwood Worlds End shop 430 Kings Road

In the second photo Freya wears the new Punkature shirt made in pure cotton, specially woven shirting. This is also available in White.
The Punkature collection (SS83) with its emphasis on distressed inexpensive fabrics was like a futuristic interpretation of Punk, complete with safety pins & shirts printed with scenes from the film Blade Runner.

Vivienne westwood Worlds End shop 430 Kings Road

The third photo shows Freya wearing a Climate Economy jumper (Coming Soon!) & the long full gathered Hobo skirt printed with Native Dancers Print in pure Cotton. This piece comes from the Buffalo Collection (also known as Nostalgia of Mud) from AW83.
At the time Malcolm explained the look of this collection by saying “What’s interesting about England right now is that there is a definite movement to get involved with the Third World; to wear an African dress, and put it with a Dominican hat, throw in some Peruvian beads, and wear make-up like one of the tribes in New Guinea – simply because we have to go even further to demonstrate that we want to get out of this island mentality, this village we live in, and relate ourselves more to those taboos and magical things we believe we’ve lost  ”. Rather an ironic thing to say really after this year’s Brexit vote.

 

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