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  • INTRODUCING // HAECKELS; MADE OF MARGATE

    ‘How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when it is clearly Ocean.’ Arthur C Clarke

    This week we are very proud to introduce you to our new, fresh entry to the HUB family: HAECKELS.

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    In a very simplistic way we could say that HAECKELS is a natural fragrance and skin care brand. We wouldn’t be lying to you, but in describing the brand so simply we would leave out so much about this incredible label.

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    HAECKELS was founded in 2012 by Dom Bridges. When working as a filmmaker on a beauty product commercial in Shanghai he became disillusioned with the ethics of skin care companies. That's when he decided to return to Margate and invest his creativity in something more sustainable that would be beneficial to the planet and that could safeguard Margate’s heritage of healthy coastal living.

    Everything started when Dom began collecting seaweed from Margate’s beaches and bringing it back to the kitchen, which soon became a fully functioning lab. Dom began his business making vegan friendly soaps for his friends, and once the council granted him a commercial license to harvest seaweed, he built a brand that would put the ocean and the environment at the forefront.

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    The brand promotes ethical production from start to finish. The products are formulated bottled, tested and sealed by hand in Margate with the hand-harvested seaweed being the foundation ingredient of the whole skin care range. Based on the tradition of Thalassotherapy (from the Greek world Thalasso, meaning ‘sea’) the Haeckels range uses seawater, algae, and other minerals from the ocean ‘to treat ailments and enable the body to replenish, re-mineralise and revitalise...’.

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    We believe this brand is a true inspiration for the beauty industry, as it wants to both remind and educate it's customers of the natural wealth of the Margate coastline whilst regarding the importance of nature preservation. We are happy to contribute and share those values with HAECKELS and present them to you.

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    Let’s celebrate with HAECKELS and bring an element of the coastal goodness away with us when purchasing their incredible products.

    Shop here for our favourites.

    TEXT: Sofia Grillo

  • HUB X UNIVERSAL WORKS

    We are excited to talk to you about one of HUB’s dearest and firm favourite menswear brands: Universal Works.

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    This British label was founded in 2008 by Midlands-born David Keyte. Growing up in the seventies in a provincial town, David was initially inspired by the well-dressed men in his family. He then went on to experience the development of the eighties and the associated sporting and music subcultures; the combination of these factors greatly influenced his ideas for the brand.

    Universal Works values the importance of heritage but always works towards creating honest clothing focusing on good fit and design built around contemporary needs. It is indeed the fusion of work and street wear with classic tailoring that has become the uniform of Universal Works and it continues to be the main inspiration behind the collections each season.

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    AW17 uses typical British workwear fabrics: basic cotton, cotton drill, moleskin and corduroy; this combination finds the perfect blend between the classic and the contemporary. Our buy for this collection sees some staple styles such as the Bakers Jacket, inspired by David’s father, chunky knits and looser fitting pants. The utilitarian jacket is revisited each season in a variety of fabrics, bringing a twist to a timeless piece.

    We share many important values with this British independent label, such as their passionate approach to work and their support for skilled, small-scale production. Having stocked Universal Works for almost a decade they still manage to excite us each season with their strong collections of quality menswear staples and their distinct brand aesthetic.

    Below: HUB family John and Jack in their Universal Works pieces.

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  • CALIFORNIA DREAMING // FEELING THE SEASON

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    All the leaves are brown

    And the sky is grey 

    I've been for a walk 

    On a winter's day…

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    Taking inspiration from the 1965 hit ‘California Dreaming’ by The Mamas and the Papas we focus our attention this month on the late sixties/seventies aesthetic coming through this season. High-waist flares, floral shirts and knee high boots for women and more subtly corduroy, roll necks, plaid shirts and the iconic Clarks weaver shoe for men. Oranges, reds, yellows and browns are repeated throughout the labels; colours associated with Autumnal sunsets and the time of harvest. Like the lyrics to this song, the month of September has a nostalgic feel to it. We remember returning to school after a long summer. We add extra layers as the days get cooler. Thinking of the winter to come we stock up on basics and practical attire. Heading back to school or work. There is an element of new beginnings, of change.

    Check out some our favourite pieces from the collections below.

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    HUBSHOPONLINE_SAMSOESAMSOE--3 ZIVA ZIP TOP - DARK SAPPHIRE BY SAMSOE SAMSOE

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    MADS NORGAARD VELVET FLOWER BODY - NAVY/MULTI BY MADS NORGAARD

    HUBSHOPONLINE_UNIVERSALWORKS -2350 UNIFORM SHIRT - SLATE BABYCORD BY UNIVERSAL WORKS

     

  • LF MARKEY X HUB

    With a signature work-wear aesthetic and vibrant colour blocks LF Markey is hands down a HUB favourite. Feminine tom-girl apparel in primary colours and practical neutrals, durable fabrics and seventies inspired shapes adorn our rails this season.

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    Founder Louise Markey has a distinct visual taste and preferred colour palette that borrows elements from the Modernist art movement of the 1930’s. She retrieves endless stimulus from art, design and architecture, which can be identified within her collections.

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    We caught up with her to ask her the HUB 5:

    Who are you and what do you do?

    I’m Louise Markey, a fashion designer and director of my own label, L.F.Markey.

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    Who/ what inspires you currently?

    At the moment I’m inspired by lots of different artists including Jean Miro, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Frankenthaler and Paul Feeley.

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    What is your oldest piece of clothing you own?

    I’ve got a lot of very old boilersuits and work jackets. The oldest would be a women’s work smock from the Victorian period.

    How do you overcome a creative block?

    I visit the library at my old university, Central Saint Martins. I leave brimming with ideas!

    If you weren’t a designer what would you be?

    I love the entrepreneurial side of my job too so I would probably have a different creative business of some sort.
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  • GOODBYE FOR NOW MR WISBEY, ITS BEEN A PLEASURE.

    Without it sounding too much like an obituary we wanted to write something dedicated to our friend and colleague Simon Wisbey who has recently left HUB to progress his career as a fashion photographer. Simon (or Wizza as he is more commonly known) has been our legendary in-house photographer since the beginning when we first set up our online store 7 years ago.

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    Simon has worked with clients such as NIKE, Universal Music, Kate Sheridan, NARS Cosmetics and Scandinavia’s Next Top Model and has been featured in publications such as Harper’s Bazarre, Look Magazine and Cosmopolitan. We were pretty lucky to have him for so long!

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    Simon’s presence and attitude on set made our shoot days really enjoyable and fun and although his tunes could be a little bit hit and miss, his friendly, humorous vibe and energy always brought the best out in every shoot. Below are some of our favourite shots from the HUB archive.

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    Thank you for all your incredible work Wizza. We’re going to miss you.

    See you down the Coach and Horses later.

    Georgie, Lou, Shane and team x

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  • COMPETITION // WOOD X CHAMPION

    Ultimate dream team Champion and Wood Wood have joined forces to create a capsule collection of branded tees and sweats for AW17. To kick off the new season we are giving away a YUME T-shirt in either grey (girls) or white (boys). Head over to our Instagram HERE for more details on how to enter.

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  • CELEBRATE WITH US 🎉

    Come down to Stoke Newington Church Street next Thursday the 15th of June 5-9pm to celebrate fifteen years of HUB in Hackney. Eat ice-cream from Hackney Gelato, drink prosecco from Borough Wines or a beer from Mother Kelly's, listen to great tunes and enjoy 15% off in store and online all day. Also available on the day - our limited edition 'Supersoft' tee, a revival of a design we sold 15 years ago, produced by RUDE. We hope to see you there.

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  • 15 YEARS OF HUB IN HACKNEY; Family, Friendships & Adventure

    It was fifteen years ago when we first opened our doors and began our HUB journey. The store looked a little different - we sold mostly home wares and vintage. It was far from the clean cut Scandi and British Streetwear boutique you see today. Although a lot has changed, the one constant is our loyal customers that have been here since day one and for that we are very grateful.

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    HUBSHOPONLINEJOURNALWe have enjoyed years of building relationships with clients, staff, designers, manufactures and fellow local business owners. We have made friends, seen many children grow up and witnessed the borough change a lot. Hackney is such a vibrant place filled with creative energy, not to mention amazing parks, pools, cafes, bars, galleries and shops. Having an independent business in your local area really anchors you to the community.

    The Team

    Our staff are an integral part of HUB. We have a fantastic, talented team of people working here, some of which are longstanding members - the glue of HUB. Each person has their own element they bring to the business and we always aim to work with their individual strengths. They are paramount to the smooth running of the machine.

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    Ventures

    We have learned a lot over the years and it hasn’t always been smooth sailing. When we opened up the menswear store we soon realised how challenging it was for two women to curate a men’s boutique, luckily for us that’s when we met Shane, our menswear buyer and manager. In 2010 we opened a third store on Ada Street just off Broadway Market and our most recent venture is the launch of our online shop, which we are consistently nurturing and growing. It’s really exciting working with an entirely new platform, which didn’t exist fifteen years ago.

     

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    We also have our in-house label ALLSEA formally Beth Graham. It is partially manufactured in Woodgreen, North London and the knitwear comes from Scotland. We love having garments made and sourced in the UK; we can visit the factories, meet the makers and maintain a personal rapport, which is ultimately what HUB is all about.


    ALLSEA ADA TOP COBALT BLUESo, let's raise a toast to our Hub family and the decades to come. May we continue to rise to the challenges whilst keeping it fresh and interesting so you keep coming back.

    Thank You.

    Georgie, Lou & Team X

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  • JEANS STORIES: OLD, NEW, BROKEN & BLUE

    Today on the Journal we profile some of the HUB team and ask them about their jeans stories. We all have that one pair of jeans or jacket that we absolutely love. We wear them over and over again until there are holes in the knees, buttons missing and a snapped belt loop from years of wiggling encouragingly into them. Somehow they still look better now then the day you bought them. Whether a solid investment, coveted, a hand-me-down or a magpie find - they have a story, rejig a memory. We hold on to them. Live in them. Vow to never chuck them out.
  • BLUE JEAN BABY: THE DENIM EDIT.

    We love our Denim here at HUB; think Britney and Justin circa 2001. Ok maybe not that much, but almost. Originating in the southern French city of Nîmes, the term ‘denim’ derives from the French ‘serge de Nimes’, meaning serge (a sturdy fabric) from Nimes. It gained popularity in the USA as a durable workman’s trouser in the 1800’s, pioneered by Levi Strauss & Co. Since then it has developed into a versatile wardrobe staple worn and loved by all. Throughout the decades it has been reinvented and re-moulded by it's generation adapting with different shapes, washes and weights. We had Bellbottoms in the seventies, acid wash in the eighties, boot-cut with a low waist in the nineties and skinny in the noughties. This season has brought with it an influx of great denim and indigo pieces by labels such as Dr. Denim, Etre Cecile, LEE, Kings of Indigo, King & Tuckfield, M.i.H and Sideline to name a few. Check out our best sellers below and shop our denim edit for her and him.

    MEADOW JEANS - LIGHT RETRO BLUE MEADOW JEANS - LIGHT RETRO BLUE BY DR. DENIM

    UNIFORM DENIM JACKET - INDIGO DENIM UNIFORM DENIM JACKET - INDIGO DENIM BY UNIVERSAL WORKS

    RIDER DENIM JACKET - LIGHT SHADE RIDER DENIM JACKET - LIGHT SHADE BY LEE

    FULL DENIM SKIRT - INDIGO FULL DENIM SKIRT - INDIGO BY KING AND TUCKFIELD

    RETRO TRACK PANT - MID BLUE RETRO TRACK PANT - MID BLUE BY ETRE CECILE

    1/2 PLACKET SHIRT - LINEAR DENIM 1/2 PLACKET SHIRT - LINEAR DENIM BY FOLK

    ANNE CROP JEAN - VINTAGE PAINT STRIPE ANNE CROP JEAN - VINTAGE PAINT STRIPE BY KINGS OF INDIGO

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  • PAPER MACHE TIGER

    Summer is oh so close. Here at HUB we have been focusing our attention on fun prints, patterns and colours to get you guys in the mood. To kick off the month of May we visited the folks at Paper Mache Tiger (home of Etre Cecile) to talk garms and greenery with founder Kyle.

    DSC_0033 Who are you and what do you do?

    Kyle Robinson - Director @ Paper Mache Tiger, an international multibrand showroom / agency and store - a Fashion | Home & Garden | Cafe experience. I'm also the Director @ Etre Cecile and Herculie.

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     As a child what profession could you see yourself in?

    There wasn't any one profession - I wanted to be a basketballer, be in a band or be a painter (large scale abstract).

     If you were only allowed to keep one item from your wardrobe what would it be?

    My Herculie jeans, unisex wash - they are killer, and my Saint Laurent court classic trainers.

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     When having a creative block how do you overcome it?

    Alcohol.

     Where do you hang out during downtime? 

    At our studio space with my guitars or with my lady friend Yasmin and our boys Knox & Renzo.

     

    And for those serial plant killers here are three very resilient, low maintenance plant suggestions recommended by Paper Mache Tiger's green house team.

    1. CACTUS.

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    No surprise here - the catcus is our most popular + resilient plant, living happily in sunny bright spots all year round. In winter, these guys are tough and don't have an issue with central heating. They love the fresh air and are perfect for windows. Make sure not to over water + keep potted with proper drainage. With a little love you might see a few flowers sprout!

    1. SANSEVIERIA.

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    These guys are sleek + striking - adding a little modern touch to the home. In terms of resilience, Sansevieria tolerate direct sunlight as well as shade and require little watering. The main thing to avoid with this plant is over-watering, so only water when the compost is quiet dry. In winter you can cut this back further and water only every month or two.

    1. DRACAENA REFLEX [SONG OF JAMAICA]

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    This is a slow growing, minimal care plant that comes in all shapes and sizes - working as a table plant, bush or short tree. Indirect light is best and keep soil dry.

    On top of a careful watering and great placement in the home, all plants just need a little love...good luck!

     

  • KING & TUCKFIELD: TOUGH ELEGANCE

    We took a moment to speak to one our British brand's founders.

    Who are you and what do you do?

    I’m the Founder of contemporary denim and merino line, King & Tuckfield. We are a brand that tells stories. The professions, clothes and lives of two real people influence our collections – my grandmother & father – and everything we do is linked back to my family history. Our hope for the brand is to become part of a new generation of memories, as its styles are worn day-in and day-out.

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    What was the first item of clothing you bought with your own money?

    A pair of Levis stone washed 501’s. I wore them to death and still wish I had them!

     

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    What part of your work process do you most enjoy?

    I’m happy to say that I love Monday mornings. I enjoy working for myself and with our talented and hardworking team. Every day offers something different.  One day we could have a meeting with a factory, the next an interview, the next running through the colour palette and mood boards for the upcoming season. No one day is ever the same and I love that.
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    King & Tuckfield SS17 Lookbook_Menswear_20Short sleeve knitted polo in navy 

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    Woven collar top in indigo rinse and the full denim skirt 

     

    What inspires you currently?

    The brand is linked to my Grandmother and Father. My grandmother King, a ballet teacher from the East End of London in the 1940s, is the inspiration behind the elegant yet tough women’s collection. My father Tuckfield, a ballet dancer, former soldier in the British army in the 1940’s and Yorkshire mineworker, has inspired the tough, practical look and structure of the men’s range. Their stories continue to inspire me as I find out more about their amazing past.

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    Shop King & Tuckfield here.

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