Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Off with a Little Vintage Lover

This week I've been cracking the whip over Deadman to get him working preparing stock for our Deadmen’s Spex stall at Little Vintage Lover Fair this Sunday the 2nd December at Blakeney Village Hall. It is a small eclectic fair which moves around North Norfolk specialising in vintage and vintage reworked items including fashion and home wares from around the 1920s to the1980s. Everyone is very friendly and they often have fun music from the 1930's supplied by dj.78 AKA Dave Gutteridge who always dresses beautifully complete with glasses from Deadmen's Spex. They also do great cake, which tastes even better when Bunny buys me a slice. 

dj.78 catching up with the news

I will be bringing a varied selection of spectacles; for the ladies I have 1950’s cats’ eyes through to 1980’s Terri Brogan frames. For the men I have selection of reworked frames and the ever popular Shurons. In the unisex frames I have some classic favourites including NHS 524s ,1940’s round eyes and  Algha  gold half eye readers. I'm tempting providence rather with a tray of sunglasses, hoping that the rain has finally been pushed away. When the sun does show itself  in the winter it is incredibly dazzling and I find myself desperately groping for my sunnies whilst driving (at traffic lights of course!) There will also be accessories;  fabric glasses cases and spexlaces which are necklaces made from spectacle fronts.


A selection of our frames           



 A spexlace                                                                                                    

I'm also selling a few cigar boxes on the side, Deadman got rather excitable at an auction and we landed up with rather more than he had bargained for. They are very pretty and beautifully made so I hope they may tempt a few people to be creative and turn them into handbags or even guitars!.
Cigar boxes 

So I look forward to seeing some of you on Sunday

Monday, 19 November 2012

Holt; a great place for vintage shopping.

Hi There
Last week Deadman and I made a trip out to Holt, it’s quite close to us and a great place in Norfolk for vintage shopping. It has plenty of antique/vintage shops including Past Caring which specialises in antique textiles and clothing, and Old Town a tailor’s doing their own unique take on 1930/40s clothing.

We paid a visit to our friends at The Tonsorial Artist; a traditional barber’s shop with a leaning towards the styles and service of the 1950s. They now have a tattoo parlour on their premises with an artist specialising in Old School images.  Whilst there we got a couple of photo’s of Ewan the “shop boy”, I mean apprentice (we know he looks like a youthful captain Ahab with the beard!) He’s modelling a pair of our popular Arnold frames, the same as those worn by Bunny Hooper. They are a copy of the Tart Arnel frame as worn by Johnny Depp. The question is; who looks the best??! (We have to choose Bunny as he does our accounts!)

Make your choice....                                         1 Bunny Hooper

2 Ewan

3 Johnny Depp

Johnny certainly looks the most wistful!

TTFN Claire

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Dead Men's Spex in Pinstriping and Kustom

Hi There

Wow, it’s Tuesday already, the week is running away with me, yesterday morning was sunny so I attacked the front garden and removed a load of dead flowers and tidied up the border. There were a few late marigolds lurking in the undergrowth so I brought them inside to brighten up the dull days.

Cheerful marigolds in November

Christmas is looming and we have decided to advertise Dead Men’s Spex in a different publication, so look out for our new advert in the Christmas edition of Pinstriping and Kustom Graphics Magazine. It is a bimonthly publication covering Low Brow art, tattooing, kustom klothing, music and lifestyle. It is a fun, eclectic magazine which we think goes well with our company's ethos. 

Right, that's all for now,

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

007 still has the old magic

It's November already and we are hunkering down for winter here at Deadman’s Towers. The prolific courgette has finally been relegated to the compost along with the parsnip tops. Something had been eating our parsnips which caused consternation so we lifted the remaining plants and landed up with about 6 roots between two families. 

Deadman and I collected Deadman Junior from his grandparents on Saturday and he is now reluctantly back at school after half term. In his absence we went to see the much hyped Skyfall; we enjoyed it, and as usual, were looking out for glasses. At one stage 007 sported a pair of Tom Ford aviator sunglasses but Q had to be my favourite glasses wearer; I do like a good geek.

James Bond - as cool as ever. 

Q in a pair of combination frames very similar to a Shuron Ronsir

Dead Men's Spex has recently supplied 3 pairs of  Shuron Ronsirs to Sister Act the musical currently running in Germany. We have also previously supplied them for the British run and can only hope that it continues to travel around the world, it is an uplifting story and great for business :oD.

TTFN Claire