May 31, 2012

Patchwork Bustier

Our newest bustier is pretty sweet. You can see all the details in our Etsy shop, but we just had to share it here with you too! We're really happy with the way everything turned out - the colours, the fit, the whole look of it. 

Not sure why, but we've really be digging the patchwork look lately, like on our corset-belts as well. I think you'll be seeing a lot more of this style from us in the near future!

Our studio - a beautiful disaster!

We thought we'd give you a little glimpse into our working process...

It's a beautiful disaster, just the way we like it!

May 30, 2012

Pink Puppy

A pretty pink puppy in polystyrene - just because!

May 25, 2012

The Gold and the blue

Don't you love our latest textile art necklace:

We were going for a blue & gold theme, but we couldn't resist adding a little pink into the mix.

May 23, 2012

4 Handy tips to integrate vintage into your modern wardrobe

It's surprising how many people love the concept of wearing vintage clothing. The whole idea of it is great - you get quality items that have stood the test of time, and you never have to worry about anyone showing up in the same outfit (except maybe your grandmother!).

The thing that holds most people back isn't a lack of eagerness - it's this abstract sense of commitment. Like if you start wearing vintage clothes, you have to start doing your hair every day in a 1960's beehive or something. The truth is, adding a little vintage to your wardrobe doesn't take that much effort at all.

We've put together a couple of simple ways for you to take the leap into the vintage realm:

1. Accessories are great appetizers - Accessories are the perfect way to test the waters - jewelry, belt, broaches, hats, bags, etc. They're low-commitment and they give you a little vintage flare that's actually really easy to work into your existing wardrobe.

2. Have a full budget - Just like with new clothing, quality vintage isn't cheap, but you will get more for your money. A brand new high street fashion chain is charging you most of the money for their fancy big campaigns and branding while with vintage all of your investment goes towards the garment! Even if you are spending a bit more on your item, the vintage boutique has done most of the work for you, hunting and selecting the higher quality items floating around out there.

3. Be patient, be picky - You might not find the perfect piece to suit your style the first time out, so don't force it. Also keep in mind that the perfect item you come across may happen to be 5 sizes up or down from your size. This is part of the charm with vintage sometimes, to wear an over sized  blouse pulled in at the waist by a wide vintage belt with an awesome buckle. Of course, if that doesn't do it for you, many vintage boutiques also offer a customization and alteration service!

4. Enjoy the hunt - Part of the fun with shopping vintage is that you never know what you'll find - it's like a treasure hunt! Many great vintage items come with a history - don't be afraid to ask a shop owner about something. Keep an eye as well on the fabric content. Often you will get a steal and go home with a nice silk dress for the price of a new poly-cotton blend dress from the big box retailers.

Of course there's a lot more to shopping vintage, but as long as you keep these starting points in mind, you'll find that there's a special joy in discovering a great vintage treasure.

Even more so than with shopping new, you'll want to keep an eye on the quality of your treasures. For more tips on that, take a look at our post on buying quality clothing.

So good luck and happy hunting!

Keep it flowin!

So - can someone get us an extra bottle? (Not that there's any shortage here, we just like to have a little backup!)

May 21, 2012

We're real proud of this new men's shirt we put together. It is all deconstructed-reconstructed and has a super urban feel to it.

Check it out here:

May 20, 2012

We came accross this awesome phone online. A must have in every household! Or at least in our PopLove studio ;)

May 17, 2012

The Bubbleverse

We found this awesome "Universe in bubbles" print on our hunts around the web
 Just thought we'd share :)

May 16, 2012

Ruffly jacket in progress

We thought we'd share our latest work in progress with you:
It's just a sketch for now, but we thought it looks pretty cool!

May 14, 2012

We're very proud of our latest design. It's a classy tank top with a collar closure at the top and a tuxedo style hemline at the bottom. you can see some photos of it below and check out the following link for the full listing:

May 13, 2012

We found this image while navigating the inter-web. It's one of those images that makes you stop and think...

May 10, 2012

Marks & Spencer UK get on board with recycling!

It's exciting to read about Mark's and Spencer's new initiative "Shwopping"

They are encouraging their shoppers to donate one item that they no longer want/use each time they shop for a new one.

The idea is to collect as many items for recycling as they sell per year (which is about 350 Million items!)

The donated clothes are then given to Oxfam, who in turn resells, reuses or recycles the garments.

This is a great initiative and puts M&S in line with many other big brands out there who are becoming environmentally and socially aware. It seems that the average consumer is longing for some additional meaning to be part of their shopping experience. People are starting to fill guilty for their  consumerist behavior and this is a step in the right direction.

Check out the initiative on the M&S site:

May 9, 2012

Poplove works in progress

I absolutely adore this close-up of our latest creation. You really get the feel for the detail and beauty of the work. 

Not to brag or anything, but this one really is beautiful!

May 7, 2012

We made a cool new eco bag. It is hand painted in our unique "whack" process a reddish-pink color.

We added diamond studs in the corners for added punk value. Featuring our original scary bear graphic.

Check it out:
Available online:

May 6, 2012

We went to see this really cool and inspiring movie in the docaviv documentary film festival, about NY street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.

This 80 something year old photographer lives without a private bathroom or kitchen , his apartment contains a bed and filing cabinets filled with photos and negatives and his life is completely devoted to his art.

Very inspiring and highly recommended.

May 3, 2012

Theme parks and candy bikes

Last week we decided to check out a local amusement park - it was so much fun! It's been years since we were at one, and it was great!
 SO - with that fresh in our memories, of course this bike was absolutely irresistible!
 Check out more details on art student Britta Hope's Creation!