Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Show Time!

March starts the festival and show season for us at Dead Men’s Spex.
So far we have stood a one day vintage clothing fair for our friends at Little Vintage Lover Fair in the ancient surrounds of Dragon Hall in Norwich . It is a building that has been standing for nearly 600 years and I’m happy to report that it survived the weekend even with Angela on bacon butty duty in the kitchens.

Waiting for the decorators!

Waiting for the doors to open.

The second show of the month was a three day event at Pakefield with Hepcats Holidays . Here we found ourselves washed up amongst friends in the hulk of a holed ocean liner swinging out to the JIVE ACES the DING DONG DADDIOS and the wonderful BERNARD BERKHOUT’S SWING ORCHESTRA.

The HMS Hepcat having hit the ice floating in a huge Dry Martini

Shows have always been a way of getting to meet new customers and friends. The internet is a wonderful tool and shop front, but nothing beats meeting people face to face.

I hope to see some of you at a show soon.


Monday, 8 March 2010

Dead Men’s Spex set the standard!

I was surprised yet happy to see that one of my frames has done what I have never had chance or may I say the desire to do, it has become a TV star, all be it a small one!

In these days of celebrity and fast track stardom it should not really be a surprise when television touches your life. I knew I’d supplied some spectacles to a stylist who wanted them for an advert. The brief was “Big, black and nerdy with thick geek lenses” for “a man standing in a shower having invented windscreen-wipers for them”.

To me it was a little too close to home, bringing back painful memories of nights in with too much time on my hands, my lad’s Meccano and too many bottles of Hobgoblin. Less said the better!

What I didn’t know was that they were for a national TV campaign. You can imagine my delight and surprise when they appeared in the new Standard Life adverts that are being shown on Dave as part of their sponsorship of the channel.

The full video can be seen at the heading of inventor. You can also see some screen grabs of the spectacles I supplied below.

As Andy Warhol, another great spectacle wearer claimed in 1968 "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Well maybe Dead Men’s Spex is not yet world famous, but as another famous spectacle wearer (my Dad) said “get your finger out and who knows what you’re capable of.”

for similar spex to Mr Warhol’s in our stock.