The latest person to take hold of the BNTL 7 days With feature is, Andy Freshney co-owner of new uk brand Never Second. Check out his past 7 days below.
Friday : This morning the new Never Second 5 panel camp caps arrived. This meant we needed to sort out product shots in the studio for press, websites, blogs etc.
Saturday: After a hectic couple of weeks of moving offices and launching the brand I decided to take a couple of hours break and just relax with a few books and mags and no computer!
Sunday: Today I headed down to Southbank to give my support, https://www.facebook.com/SaveSouthbank
Monday: Caught up with Matt, the Never Second designer, to discuss some ideas for next season and to see some previews of the next collection.
Tuesday: Today we started to decorate the new office and I thought these Adam Neate decks that he hand painted for Clown Skateboards back in 2004/5 looked great on our staircase.
Wednesday: Caught up with Jamal Peace today who is editing our video look book, he showed me the first edit so he could get some feedback and discuss some ideas.
Thursday: UK Hip-Hop legend Daddy Skitz popped by the office today for a catch up and to check out the new clothing.
Its been a minute since the last BNTL 7 Days With.. that said, I reached out to Sam Sherwood to take the honors on this ocassion. Sam holds the position of shop assistant and buyer for one of my favorite menswear stores in London, Number Six. Originally from Norwich Sam moved to London to pursue a career in fashion retail. His personal touch has been a blessing to a store which has slowly evolved for the better over the past few years.
Check out Sam’s 7 days below..
Thursday – Finally got the Stoney bible so had a quick flick through, some people say it’s a 600 page Essex Boy catalog, but I disagree and I’m sure my kids will too when it’s still on the coffee table in 30 years time.
Friday – Living in South London it was a night of Bussey Building ending with a trip to an old friend Morley, an alright night apart from the guy trying to sell me an Eddie Stobart DVD box set when all I wanted was my 12 wings (off the menu special).
Saturday – Checked out the Lichtenstein exhibition, rate it more than the William Klein and Daido Moriyama one.
Sunday – Love it or leave it.
Monday – Most books for Autumn/Winter ’13 have already closed but there was one last appointment left and that was with New Balance. As a new brand to the store I’m looking forward to seeing how New Balance will be received when our Spring/Summer ’13 delivery arrives.
Tuesday – Breakfast at the best cafe in London – E.Pellicci on Bethanal Green Road.
Wednesday – Normally in the store on Wednesdays but got asked to switch shifts so took full advantage of the weather in Hyde Park, allow “vintage” Infrareds.
Here are the results of our latest Made not Found: Stone Island / Shadow Project shoot.
Photographer: Thom Spellman
Stylist: Shola Branson
Art Direction: Raj Sidhu
Retoucher: Adam Horwood
Models: Suren, Karim
Welcome to the third installment of BNTL’s 7 Days With.. The latest person to step up to the mark is London creative Jack Murray. For those not familiar with Jack Murray, he is a young London-based, internationally known artist who has been one of the key figures in the UK graffiti scene over the last decade and a founding member of the ATG movement. He is consistently pushing his distinct style of work both on and off the streets into innovative new spaces and with energetic delivery. His work often reflects the everyday emotions we experience, the questions life poses and a desire to stay free from the constrictions imposed by today’s society. He has been involved in projects across the board and has exhibited at galleries in London, Amsterdam and New York.
Over to Jack now.
Day 1 – I went on a trip with a couple of other chaps to Snowdonia in North Wales to seek out an abandoned, mountain slate quarry, that was closed over 50 years ago. We found it, and it was definitely worth the 6 hour drive. A vast network of old tunnels, metal structures, workers huts, gravel pits and waterfalls looping through the side of a mountain is the best way to describe it. I brought some paint with me and dropped a little something at the highest point we got to. In the future I want to go back and paint site specific, 20ft plus, murals on some of the rock faces in the old quarry pits. Some people will cry and say I’ve spoiled the place and others will say it’s amazing but that’s just life.
Day 2 – I finished a painting that I had been working on for a couple of months on and off. I’d got in a bit of a tangle with it at one point and then had to move it into my new studio before it was finished, so it felt good to get it all wrapped up.
Day 3 – I started working on a new piece, using Gouache which is best used on paper. It’s a medium I had never used before and I’m not sure of the exact formula to it, but it feels like a cross between watercolour and acrylic. It dries matt and is perfect for getting flat block colour that looks like it has been printed.
Day 4 – I recently got a new flatmate, his name is Nelly. He is a gentle yet hyperactive English Springer Spaniel who tries to make you feel sorry for him almost all the time. It wasn’t as if my ‘day 4′ was spent entirely with this pooch (I swear) but now that i have moved my studio back home for a bit, he’s more or less up in my grill 24/7 so I thought he should feature.
Day 5 – There’s nothing like creeping around Soho, falling in and out of pubs, and generally getting up to no good to remind you of that special side to London that will never disappear and is always there for you to engage in whenever the moon tells you to.
Day 6 – I went out to see Wolf and Lamb and Pillow Talk etc at a party in ‘The Loft’ up towards Harlesden. I don’t go out raving as much as I used to so I can focus on creating work and being nice to people during the week, but this was a good one to step out for……..plus I like to support any good party going on outside of, over-saturated East. I wanted to get a picture of my Girlfriend wearing a T-shirt made by London Graffiti legend Neas but this excitable, buzzing guy on the left kept jumping in every time i tried to take a snap. I didn’t want to spoil his “we are all one in the rave” vibe so i just let him cameo. So here we go - Neas x Girlfriend x Random camp man x The Loft
Day 7 – I had to jump up early doors to draw on tables all day for a big Scandinavian furniture shop in Edmonton. On the way home, driving through Tottenham, me and my pal Jamie Brown caught this amazing view…….which is exactly what you want to see at the end of a long days work.
The second person up for BNTL’s ’7 Days with’ is DJ extraordinaire Alice Moxie. For those who aren’t familiar with Alice here’s the low down, she’s a bad girl DJ from London, has a show on NTS radio, is 1/3 of the crew that run Deviation, occasionally can be found on Kiss FM covering for Sinden and is regular guest on Rinse FM. With her extensive music knowledge and deep crates, Moxie has been hailed for setting dancefloors a light right across the globe. Touring clubs and festivals worldwide. Check out her 7 Days below. Make sure you check out Alice tonight at the BNTL 5th birthday bash, the party starts at 7pm folks!!
SATURDAY: This was the night of the Deviation 5th Birthday, the club night I run alongside Benji B and Zainab. We’d been working on this for the past six months and it was amazing to finally see it call come together pretty much exactly how we had envisioned it. It was a crazy night and luckily I managed to catch Dam Funk as he was in the middle of his live set – legendary set by a legendary man.
SUNDAY: After feeling absolutely rinsed from Saturday I dragged myself out of bed to a restaurant called Burger or Lobster on Dean Street for my friend’s birthday dinner. The food was so yummy that I’m already thinking about going back, would definitely recommend this spot.
MONDAY: This was a day of catching up on emails and doing the most fun activity of all which is editing the photos from the party. Something I was most excited about was the photobooth which we rented out for everyone to use. Below are some of my personal faves.
TUESDAY: Earlier this year I joined Run Dem Crew which is a running club based in the 1948 Nike space. We meet every Tuesday and go running around London and before every run our leader Charlie Dark gives a group talk to get everyone hyped. This week a bunch of us are running a half marathon out in Amsterdam, probably about 100+ of us in total, and it’s my first half marathon so not sure what to expect but either way it’s gonna be a lot of fun with the whole crew.
WEDNESDAY: This was a pretty big day for me as I officially joined Elastic Artists which is an agency I have always wanted to be a part of! They represent some of the biggest DJs in the world so it’s an honour to now be on their roster.
THURSDAY: My friend took me out for dinner to a restaurant called LMNT on Queensbridge Road to celebrate signing with Elastic and I think it’s fair to say this was one of the most random restaurants I have ever been to! As you can see in the picture, the interior is Egyptian themed although funnily enough the food didn’t really have anything to do with Egypt, but was still a great restaurant with loads of charm and really good food.
FRIDAY: I arrived in Amsterdam and made my way straight to the Olympic stadium to pick up my number for the big run taking place on Sunday. Pretty cool to think we’re ending the run in the stadium, fingers crossed i’ll have made it all in one piece. See you on the other side!
Welcome to the first Bntl 7 Days With.. The format is pretty simple, we get one interesting person to come through and take a picture a day for 7 days. Each picture can be anything from their daily lives, giving us a insight into that particular persons interests, life style and hustle. The first person to do “7 days With” is BNTL’s extended family member Damien.
Damien works for legendary London store Hideout handling their online and social activity, whilst also doing a couple days in the store.
Monday: On lunch from work, went to Interstate in Covent garden and picked up 2 Hanes beefy tees and a pair of Dickies 874. I think it’s easily the best shop for good quality menswear!
Tuesday: recently started reading autobiography of Prodigy from Mobb Deep. Mobb Deep are probably my favourite hip hop group of of ALL time! I can’t get down to all these gassed up rappers nowadays after growing up on this sh*t.
Wednesday: Had a meeting with New Balance, they got us working on some stuff that sneakerheads should be feeling. All will be revealed in due time.
Thursday: My boy Alex and Tamer paid me a visit at work, Alex got a nice Fragment case for his phone from Japan. #Hype
Friday: My auntie from Suriname (in south America for you’s who ain’t good at geography) came to stay with us. she made some traditional Surinamese cookies.
Sunday: In ends on the way back from getting a trim. I’m so used to seeing guys driving the latest beamers or mercs that are on rental or HP. Nice to see something different…
Saturday: found out a very, very close family member died. So I’am just put this black image up as a mark of respect.
Guardian Music have just launched Six Songs of Me, a unique celebration of the songs that have shaped peoples’ lives. The service asks each users to answer six simple questions about the songs that have shaped their lives, below are the questions and my answers…
1. what was the first song you bought?
Inner City – Goodlife
2. what song always gets you dancing?
Switch & Andrea Martin – I Still Love You
3. what song takes you back to your youth?
Dipo – Be Your Man
4. what is the best song you’ve ever heard live?
Charles Bradley – The World is Going up in Flames
5. what song would you have played at your funeral?
Turbulance – Notorious
6. what about your encore? your wildcard? one.more.song
Bobby Womack – What Happened to the Times
In conjunction with Six Songs of Me we’ve got 1 x Numark PT01-UBS portable turntable to give away.
Want to win? Just go over and create your own playlist here. Come back here and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and drop your playlist link in there. That’s it. We’ll pick a random winner. This competition ends on August 30th.
There’s also a chance to win one of 5 x iPads over at the Guardian Six Songs of Me site. All you have to do is head over and create your own playlist, and drop the URL into the box over at this competition page to be in with a chance of winning.
Last Saturday saw the second Boiler Room Fives football tournament take place at Hackney Downs. BNTL got invited down to kick some ball but it was peak season for us man as we didn’t make it past the group stages. A goal got wrongly disallowed and the rest is history. Either way it was a good day with good vibes and beer flowing.
Shouts out Present for winning and to all the other teams and players. Big up to Umbro and the Boiler Room guys for making it happen!