Miss Tosh | A Dance For All

Miss Tosh | A Dance For All

There are some things in life which are held with the esteem as performance art in its various forms. From ballet and jazz dance to puppetry and geisha fan dance. In these spaces there is an expectation to innovate or clasp onto tradition. Either way the sheer visceral experience of live performances has been ultimately halted amidst openings and closings of regions and the limitations of a 25% capacity. While we have to think of the safety of ourselves and others, we are creatures who need social exchange and the entertainment of beauty in all of its abstractions.

At a recent socially distance interaction I chatted with Miss Tosh, the world-renowned burlesque performer and designer, who holds a devotional clasp on the tradition of the craft. Her presence has been one which cultivated and champions the contemporary beauty of LGBTQIA+, body positive and POC figures, while shattering the institutional white hetero-gaze which has long been so deeply rooted int the craft’s identity.

Her latest presentation The Beauty of Burlesque, has been one which celebrates the glitz, glamour, and the precision of the art, which affirms that the dimensions of the performer do not fit rigidly in the parameters of yesterday’s performancer. One thing is clear, the corsets are always gonna cinch you in, the crystals will glimmer, and the dances will knock you off your feet. See our conversation below as we speak frankly about the state of burlesque, breaking the 4th wall, and maintaining curiosity in the midst of sheltering.

What inspired you to put this event together?

The lack of authentic diversity in the entertainment industry is was motivated me to create Beauty of Burlesque. This is variatease revue starring diverse artist from around the world. As the founder & producer of the show it was very important from day one that we shine the spotlight on artist that represents diversity in talent & identity, focusing on lgbtqai+, poc, differently abled, and body positivity. 

At the start of the Covid Pandemic theaters shut down and so did live entertainment. Artist didn’t have any where to performer and especially our POC Trans community was facing so much hardship we had to come together as a community and do something to keep the showbiz flame still burning! 

Our annual halloween event is something we all looked forward to, so I created a the first ever Drive-In Burlesque Theater & Virtual Streaming Platform. The first event was on Halloween this year. All the talent donated their performances and we were able to raise funds for the Marsha P. Johnson Institute!

Do you feel like working digitally has been a helpful medium to expand in or has it be stifling?

One of the most beautiful things about artists is that they are resilient! I am so joyfully overwhelmed by the creativity admits this madness. Producing and performing in the first ever feature length Burlesque film was no small feat and comes with its own challenges. But the most exciting part is seeing what new innovative ideas the performers have. We are now able to reach a global audience, which is really incredible! Beauty of Burlesque has really brought the global burlesque community closer together during this hard time.

How do you see the art of burlesque adapt and change with the culture of social distancing?

There is something so special about performing live. Being close to the Audience, and sharing that energy when on stage is something that cannot be replicated. But there is also something magical about film! To bring the traditional burlesque act to the big screen opens a whole new arena for creativity.

What are some mediums and or techniques you have been using to adapt to a digital performance?

I wear many hats in my life and one of them was film. I worked in art departments and behind the scenes, editing, post production ect. These skills I learned always felt like a past life once I began performing full time. Its exciting that I can now combine past experiences with my performance art. There is always a silver lining if we look for it. 

How do you see the art of burlesque adapt and change with the culture of social distancing?

There is something so special about performing live. Being close to the Audience, and sharing that energy when on stage is something that cannot be replicated. But there is also something magical about film! To bring the traditional burlesque act to the big screen opens a whole new arena for creativity.

What are some mediums and or techniques you have been using to adapt to a digital performance?

I wear many hats in my life and one of them was film. I worked in art departments and behind the scenes, editing, post production ect. These skills I learned always felt like a past life once I began performing full time. Its exciting that I can now combine past experiences with my performance art. There is always a silver lining if we look for it. 

In these times of isolation and self reflection what else have you been working on?

I also have a fashion label (MissTosh.com) During isolation I’ve been able to really focus on designing new pieces, sewing everything in my pink garage. I was very lucky to have just moved in with my love right before lockdown in March. We have been nesting and having fun building furniture, painting murals and decorating our home. Im always making something.

How have you been able to maintain and celebrate yourself and your mental health?

With so much uncertainty finding a ways to cope, process and heal can be really hard. I get anxiety, and have non epileptic seizures when I’m stressed or overwhelmed. Maintaining balance by just taking it day. Enjoying a bite of food, feeling the sun on my face, and trying too remain grounded and present. All we can do is try the best we can. 

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Items available for sale at MissTosh.com Photographed by Eva Ziegfield

Do you have any luxuriant items that have kept you sane and well?

Luxury for me is a cup of tea, a cozy blanket with kitties and my girlfriend snuggled up by me. For the insomnia and deep stress moments I cannot express enough how much cbd/tch oils have changed my life. A few drops and its sweet dreams haha.

What is your next project?

I will continue to produce Drive-In Burlesque shows and virtual events at www.BeautyofBurlesque.com Be sure to tune into our Holiday show, “Merry Stripmas” and New Years Eve extravaganza. Creating safe and sexy ways to celebrate safely at home or at the Drive-In. You can also shop my fashion label at MissTosh.com We will be having a major Black Friday sale of our accessories, dress, and home goods. Everything is handmade by me here in Hollywood, CA. 

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1. TOWEL GAME STRONG

Bathing Culture Cosmic Rainbow Towel
WFP- Work from patio is life. Laying out and taking cat naps makes everyday feel like Sunday. This towel is so soft and cozy and inspiring because the hand-loomed rainbow pattern has so many pretty colors. You can also use it as a cape for zoom calls and or a blanket to watch the sunset. 

2. CLEANSE

Bathing Culture Mind and Body Wash

Take the morning off for an at home spa-day to get in the zone. Cleanse your mind and your body with this yummy Bathing Culture wash that smells like you’re in the redwoods. It’s packaged in a plastic-free refillable glass bottle, made with Aloe, Shea and Guar. I love Dr. Bronners, but this makes me feel magic in the making with the natural forest scent and rainbow wave design, it’s a whole mood. More on the new Culture of Bathing from their website:

“We celebrate the simple necessity of bathing. How it bonds humanity and cultures across time and space. We embrace the power and peace of bathing. Its ability to transform and bring joy. We believe in the art of bathing, the traditions it holds, and the future it will bring.

In health and happiness. Bathe in culture.”

3. STIMULATING VISIONS

The NEW NEW AGE Mind Magic Nootropic Tonic

It’s super hard focus these days. The monotony of days at home blending together, the distractions of fly memes and all the screen time has me zoned out. This magical tea gets me back in the game. Nootropic herbs to enhance focus, mental clarity, creativity. The Ingredients are sage, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and the tasting notes/ sensory feeling is: floral, high vibes, stimulating.  

 4. SAVE FACE 

The NEW NEW AGE Turmeric and Honey Face Mask

When your skin is angry soothe it with this super lovely ancient combo of superfoods that has been used cosmetically for thousands of years to moisturize, exfoliate and reduce redness and inflammation. It has been used to treat issues like eczema, rosacea, acne, dark spots and for softening wrinkles. I have rosacea, and most ‘soothing’ skin products irritate my skin, but the simple ingredients make this safe to use. The turmeric is certified organic & the raw wildflower honey is from the brand’s family farm and other local beekeepers in the region of Southwestern Ontario, Canada. They keep the honey in its RAW form to maintain beneficial enzymatic actions. Apparently this formula is also traditionally used by a bride on her wedding day to obtain a radiant glow. The NEW NEW Age says “the practice of combining powdered herbs in honey is called an electuary and we like to think of this special combo as an electuary for your face.” Yummy honey and radiant skin, I’m here for it.

5. AIR TONIC

Juniper Ridge Coastal Pine Room Spray

Obviously not a legit disinfectant, but this spray really helps clear the air in so many ways. The essential oils help clear the energy and refresh your scent-scape with a deodorizing natural fragrance of coastal pines and cascadia firs- evoking sticky pine needles, citrusy conifer and crisp ocean air. All of the plants are harvested with the utmost respect for the existing wild-scape. 10% of their profits go to a portfolio of Western Wilderness Defense organizations. Also try the white sage for super charged energy cleansing. 

6. BALMY AFTERNOONS

Glyph & Ivy Rose Seal the Deal Skim Moisturizing Balm

To keep your skin feeling smooth and plump after your facial try this moisturizing balm. It also has anti-inflammatory turmeric, as well as moisturizing Shrubby Sophora, soothing Licorice. This is healing, nourishing, soothing and protecting with cruelty free ingredients and made in small batches without phthalates, sulfates, parabens, or synthetic fragrances.   

7. HIGH VIBE LOUNGE LOOKS

CALPAK Womens Relaxed French Terry Sweatshirt

Is it just me or is everyone wearing tie dye sweats on their IG rn? From Bella Thorne to Kylie, it’s a vibe. We love this set from CalPak. The fabric is locally milled and dyed. This looks perfect for all seasons, so basically never taking it off.  

10. DREAM TIME

Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask

Number 1 most important thing to remember is to get enough rest, especially during this crazy time. Have you ever noticed models always say their pro-tip for beautiful skin is resting? This takes it next level, because anti-aging. Cotton dries skin and absorbs your skin cream. This helps keep anti-aging moisture products in, cuts down on creases in your face and blocks light so you can fall into a deep deep dream and awake in 2021. Haha we wish. 

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Zac Monday | A Mystic’s Guide to Being an Artist in a Pandemic

As soon as I came up to Los Angeles I began seeking out places to read tarot cards, a nice skill I had in my back pocket, which landed me at a crystal shop in Atwater Village with a very strong Goddess aesthetic. I was there for 5 years, accumulating a small collection of stones and knowledge, meeting Astrologers and Light Workers and the regular geo-nerds who came in once a week.

You come in and out of that vibe, because any Spiritual practice takes a lot of energy. And we’re already pouring in the same kind of energy into Artwork. But I learned a few tricks that I still use from that time, and here is a taste of the ‘tried-and-trues’ if you’d like to dabble into Metaphysics.

Standard Manifestation/Banishment Spell

This is the first thing I learned and one of the only spells I still use:

When: Full moon for banishing, New moon for manifesting. Full moon also works when you have big desire and you want full power.

What: You’ll need a candle, the color depends on the nature of your desire. You can google this.

You’ll also need to write your intention down on a sticky note. You place the candle in a bowl of water seasoned with some salt and garnished with rose petals or certain herbs for what you’re planning, again all Googleable.

IT REALLY MATTERS that you put yourself in a clear state, so go out for a walk before you do a spell, mediate if you can, but make sure you aren’t annoyed or distracted.

You find a safe area of your house and put your intention card down, and the bowl of water with the candle in it sitting on top. It sits and burns for the whole volume of the candle, so the bathroom has been the safest place for people.

I memorize my intention and say it over and over again while I’m lighting the candle, willing it into my breath.

After the candle burns out (sometimes you’ve phrased your intention vaguely, or it really isn’t what you desire. But if you thought about it and it IS, just reset and light the candle each time you need to.

Ahhhh! That feels nice. You’ve done something. This is GREAT. While I’m at, let’s cover a few more Mystic basics.

Accumulating a Standard Stone set

There’s no right or wrong for me here, stones mean particular things-  get one for what ails you.

The gist though is: sage your stones to clear them, program them with a purpose, and charge them up with moonlight.

A nice set to start with is a type of quartz (amplification) paired with what you were drawn to at the crystal shop. Most mystics encourage a black stone for energy protection, and for some reason Tourmaline has made its way to the top of that chart. I like Jet for its light weight and the shapes it can come in, but this I’ll leave up to you. The only other stone I think is essential is Kyanite, for it helps to direct your intuition when pondering spell work or doing a tarot spread.  I’d keep a piece with your cards for this purpose.

Here is a Standard Tarot Spread. This is a present spread, that takes the shape of a cross.

1. This is your signifier card or the root of your question. What ultimately you need to hear and consider the present state of things in your life.

2. Physical Card: this is how your life looks on this physical plane, how things seem to “actually” be.

3. Intellectual Card: this is how your mind is analyzing the situation, what you’re ruminating on.

4. Spiritual Card: a card of guidance, how you’re processing this in the subconscious.

5. Emotional Card: how your emotions are processing your current situation.

And, Astrology for Dummies

A clear natal chart reading is good for anyone wanting to know how aspects of their personality has affected the outcomes of their life thus far.

However, I think Astrology has now been handed over to the world of memes. Check out @drunkastrology @trashbag_astrology to see what I mean, they’re funny but certainly not Science. @santuarywrld @costarastrology are more educational and social media-y, but I’m skeptical on calling them a resource. Stick with your books for now, The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need by Joanna Woolfolk and Sextrology by Starsky & Cox being two of my faves.

 

Now, let’s move on to specifics for Artists! Starting with: WHO AM I?

My name is Zac Monday and I have been around and have avoided the Los Angeles Art scene for the past 10 years. I was apart of the inaugural Made in LA at the Hammer Museum back in 2012, and I’ll perform in the streets of the city (high/low). I’m basically doing what visual arts do; trying to find the bridge between their practice, and making a buck to support it.

I am a craftsperson/performance Artist, and labels ARE helpful for advertising to others and career modeling which I suggest (read below). I think Artists put up a lot of resistance around language to describe their roles and abilities, but the world works at a base ‘supply & demand’ economy, and if you’re struggling finding those keywords to clue others in so you can ‘sell’ what you’ve got is essential. Ain’t no shame in the game.

Take a look at this list I made and see if it helps bring words to the kind of career you want (for now):

A survey into Career Modeling: WowZers! I wish this were a modeling career, but it’s not. I think it’s a good idea to figure out what avenue of Artist you want to experience for 5 year stretches. Find artists you respect, and read about the road they went on to get there. You’ll find time isn’t as concerning as it seems to be.

(I look at this list like a video-game character selection menu, if that helps.)

1. The Craftsperson: This allows you to sell your wares online, or work for an artist while being able to hone in on your specialties, and discover new methods in your chosen crafts. Either can certainly work for supporting you during this time. If you have skills that relate to another business, such as construction or graphic design this can be a great equalizer for making time for your own practice. You can have a freelance work schedule with these. Social media has been amazing for illustrators and fashion designers- it doesn’t apply to all artists, but if you can build your fan base and sell your merchandise it can profit you enough to sustain. Even if you’re using it as a growing portfolio, make sure you do the littlest amount of research on the hashtags that make it easy to find the work you’ve posted. (Minor note: Don’t concern yourself with being comparative online, use this platform as a piece in itself, for when you have the opportunity to share your work with someone you deem important.)

2. The Museum / Gallery Circuit Queen: This is more luck of the draw, social connections, plus making provocative daring work. But, this being the role that relates to the World Art Market at large, it can be the most vile for your soul. If you have a streak of being in group museum shows, scored what I call a ‘record deal’ with a gallery, or find your work being circulated in print or online a lot- buckle in. This can be quite a rollercoaster, and it can be hard to see how this pays off in the long run- but this is where you can suddenly have a spot of fame or a big check heading your way. I would look toward sensible artists who have longevity- Kara Walker comes to mind, to curb your expectations a bit.

3. Teaching Artist: You know them, you love them, and this is the path I’ve been on. There’s some security here, and that is so important for an Artist. There may be an attitude that, ‘Those who can’t do, teach.’ I feel a level of undesired responsibility when it comes to the actual work of teaching. However, it is through teaching especially at College level that you can find critical art conversations still occurring, these grant you access to Artists floating in for talks and studio visits. Whatever the level, there is something to be said for watching others grow in Art, and the adoration students have for you unlocking a bit of belief they have in themselves is WORTH IT.

4. Romantic Wanderer: Take five years and bounce from residency to residency OR get a job you don’t care about, something here or there so you can devote your off-time to working on your Art. This is great for anyone who needs a change, you can discover a lot by being in the gritty real world and working on it. Have a plan for security, find ways to sell your work- prints IMO being the most sold item from Artists. If you don’t make 2-D work, just take a picture of whatever it is and print THAT. Its something especially your friends can buy for $20, and if you have 5 friends- there’s your phone bill for the month.

All this being said, you can juggle a few of these hats at a time. Maybe you pass from hat to hat as time goes on. Any order is fine, and you’ll find that some of these naturally come to an end. The POINT is that you find something to further your work. Even NOT making work for 10 years only to come back to a revolutionary love of making is an amazing experience. Don’t be too hard on yourself for ‘killing a dream’, you’ll find these things can circle back fairly easy as time etches on. GOOD LUCK!

Some recent resources for COVID Artist relief: Artistrelief.org and @cci_arts

And finally a point of comfort during this time, the worlds of Ms. Badu: Friends, Fans, and Artists must meet.

Images of student work, mostly in my Costumes Class.

5 BASIC TIPS

1. Make yourself available Online. If you don’t have a website, build one (wix.com makes its very simple). If you have 2D or video work, make an Instagram for it and hashtag the hell out of it. Galleries and Museums are doing ‘virtual’ galleries so you want fresh images of your work just in case, and they can accommodate more artists because of this and you want to be ready to go.

2. You have something to sell, you do. Prints are the best selling and a fairly easy thing to make these days. No matter what you have, take a picture of it and slap it on a poster. These can easily translate to greeting cards, t-shirts, any merchandise you can think of. If you’re too principled for that, good on ya, and in my experience they SELL.

3. Apply for grants and financial aid. Can they make this any harder? But for reals, try to make some room for the application fees in your wallet, and treat it like a Linkedin account. Put your best foot forward with a succinct artist statement and crisp images of your work. Professionals who aren’t artists spend weeks on their cover letters and resume, and we have to do the same with images and explanation. You’ll probably discover something new about your work from doing this process.

4. New skills. Even 10 minutes a day on your work puts energy on it. Leave your mark on something. This is a such a good time when online universities are offering low-cost classes, take a class that would enhance the knowledge around your work. Watch a YouTube video on how to make something. Idle hands…

5. Commiserate with Community. Whether online at various niche social media accounts, or sending an email to an old Artist chum- REACH OUT. This is a crazy time, but anything can be innovated, and you can be on the precipice of it all. Commiserating is a great way to snap back into optimism around your work. Share resources and pains at the same time!

To purchase Zac’s work get in touch with Zac and use our discount code QOOA10. You can find him via www.zacmonday.com and instagram @zeemonday

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Classic White | 10 Crisp Labor Day Looks

OK, real talk–what are you wearing for your socially distanced Labor Day plans? From picnic to pool party we have got you covered. I used to get stressed that I had to frantically wear all my white pieces before the door closed after Labor Day. But we don’t follow those outdated fashion rules. I mean they tell you not to wear white after Labor Day and then they start marketing Winter Whites to you. We see you 90s editorial team. White is always classic– it feels fresh, sophisticated, flirty, clean and plays well with denim and black (which is basically my entire wardrobe). These looks are super versatile–from relaxed work from home (or work from Hamptons) to a boozy brunch or a day out on the boat you will look effortlessly cool. These pieces are also a good investment to get ready for resort season. Here’s our Top 10 classic crisp whites: 

1. LACE DRESS

ZIMMERMANN Empire Belted Guipure-Lace Mini Dress
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2. BUTTON UP SHIRT


Sugarhigh Lovestoned Pot Smoking Bowling Tee A unique take on the classic white button up and the bowling tee with 70s stoner vibes. This is a super cute BBQ look that will definitely be a conversation starter and will probably result in lots of joints passed your way. It has a loose fit so you can pair it with tight jean short cut-offs.

3. FLIRTY DRESS

&Other Stories Smocked Strap Mini Dress This retro mini dress is finished with self-tie straps, frilled details and a smocked back. Southern Belles at the lake house will want to rock this flirty feminine dress that works for both meeting the parents and sneaking into the woods to make out. 

4. Shirt Dress

&Other Stories Belted Linen Mini Dress How cute is this buttoned raglan sleeve belted mini dress?! This is perfect for a pool party at your bosses’ estate. This is 100% boss lady chic so you def won’t end up at the kids table. 

5. WRAP SKIRT

Just Bee QueenTulum Wrap Midi Skirt Euro yacht life here we come. Is it just me or does it seem like all the reality shows have a yacht episode? This Grecian Goddess skirt features a faux-wrap design with hidden closure and a curve-hugging silhouette. The wrap is perfect for the windy yet sunny yacht climate. 

6. SHIRT ROMPER

Anemone The Lauren Button-Down Romper This chic cotton + linen romper features cascading buttons down the center, long sleeves, and a classic collar for a tailored look. Sexy moms going to the park for a picnic this one is for you! You can easily unbutton to nurse infants or bend over to pick up your toddlers without flashing your friends. Or just unbutton for a sexy seductive just woke up and put on my husbands shirt look. 

7. RUFFLE SKIRT

&Other Stories Belted Ruffle Midi Skirt This super festive high waisted midi skirt featuring allover ruffles and a self-covered buckle belt is lit. The party starts with you and this outfit. So call your peeps and tell them you have live music and gauc on your rooftop. No shade just dancing.

8. PUFF CROP TOP

&Other Stories Puff Sleeve Crop Top Usually we’re not keen on matchy matchy but c’mon this crop top finished with a square neckline, elastic waist and puff sleeves makes the whole fit a vision to behold.

9. SMOCKED TOP

&Other Stories Smocked Puff Sleeve Crop Top OK, so it has been fun to imagine fabulous parties in even more fabulous locations, but if you’re staying low-key this year to keep your friends and family safe we are here for it. This puff sleeve crop top finished with smocking at bodice and cuffs is super flattering even if you’re just for walking to the liqour store for a 6pack of red stripe and catching up on Million Dollar Beach house. The corner store clerk will appreciate the effort.

10. BOX PURSE

Moschino Pizza Box Leather Shoulder Bag

OMG are you kidding me?! This is the best purse I’ve seen in years! Knock Knock it’s a Pizza Box shoulder bag from Moschino. This works year round with a leather bomber jacket and cute denim. Wear it on date at a bar. In a logo-print design and a square shape, this piece promises delicious style every time. Ready to order? 

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Mr. Freedom’s Journey to Replica

Mr. Freedom’s Journey to Replica

In early 1969, entrepreneur Tommy Roberts was looking for new business opportunities. The location he had in mind was King’s Road in Chelsea. He knew that his friend Michael Rainey was selling off his boutique Hung On You and struck a deal with Rainey to take over the lease of the former Hung On You premises – 430 King’s Road – for £1200 with a weekly rent payment of £25 to the landlord.

Roberts, with partner Trevor Myles, first collaboration as designers was a series of t-shirts decorated with zodiac signs – Mick Jagger bought one with his star sign, Leo, and wore it during Stones ill-fated gig at Altamont in December 1969.

Roberts knew what kind of clothes he wanted to design and sell in his new boutique. He wanted it to be ‘a total reversal of what was being worn n the street. What provided him with a clear direction was 1968 film by director/fashion photographer William Klein, titled Mr. Freedom, a fierce satire on American Imperialism. The visual side of the film, ridiculed the obsession of Americans with their own flag. There is a generous use of stars n’ stripes throughout the film, as well as comic book-style superhero/superheroine costumes. This imagery appealed to Tommy Roberts, and his new boutique on 430 King’s Road which opened in summer 1969 was called simply Mr. Freedom.

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The overall colour of the interior was blue with red flashes. There was a generous use of neon and plexiglass. Shop was decorated with Pop Art posters, stars n’ stripes wherever possible and revolving mirrorball. The designs sold in Mr.Freedom were simple, yet striking – multicolored long-sleeved T-Shirts decorated with a massive star or T-shirts decorated with Disney characters. ‘ Nobody else had thought of approaching Disney in a fashion context; not long before the shop was due to open, we asked for a meeting at their UK offices in Pall Mall’, says Roberts.’ It was incredible. They gave us the go-ahead in return for a fee, so we left the same day armed with the exclusive license to print their characters on clothes’.

The clothes of Mr.Freedom screamed of the future, in the time when fashionable young people were growing tired of hippie fashions. The world of fashion was saying goodbye to the Sixties, and Tommy Roberts provided exciting clothes (‘Fun Clothes’ he called them) for a new decade. One of the early clients of Mr.Freedom was Marc Bolan, who recently turned from a hippie minstrel into a star of a new burgeoning musical movement – Glam Rock. Roberts’ clothes brilliantly complemented his new image. By mid-1970, the clientele of Mr. Freedom included the likes of Twiggy and Justin Villeneuve, Peter Sellers, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Elton John, Cher, Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton-John, Elizabeth Taylor and Kansai Yamamoto (designer responsible for Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust look). After Paloma Picasso turned up at Yves-Saint Laurent’s studio dressed head-to-toe in Mr.Freedom, he designed a series of clothes decorated with stars n’ stripes quoting Tommy Roberts as an inspiration.

Alongside Biba, Mr.Freedom was one of the first ‘lifestyle boutiques’. One of the most ambitious projects of Tommy Roberts was opening a restaurant called Mr. Feed’Em in a basement of Mr. Freedom in 1971. Using artificial colorants, the food at Mr.Feed’Em was dyed – the rice was red, the burgers were blue etc. The restaurant was made to look like a futuristic, Pop Art diner. However, the demise of Mr. Feed’Em was a beginning of a chain reaction that led to shutting down the whole Mr.Freedom premises in 1972.

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But despite Mr.Freedom shutting down, Tommy Roberts’ career was far from over. For the rest of the 1970’s, he ran City Lights Studio boutique, designed clothes for David Bowie, managed Kilburn and The High Roads (Ian Dury’s band) before moving on to furniture design in 1980’s and antique dealing in 1990’s and 2000’s.

With Mr. Freedom, Tommy Roberts helped to push fashion into the 1970’s. Mr.Freedom might have been the last chapter in the story of the British Boutique Scene of the 1960’s, but it was also the missing link between that essentially 1960’s scene and what was about to come in the late 1970’s. It is perhaps symbolic that when Tommy Roberts left 430 King’s Road, the next occupants were (if you don’t count short-lived Paradise Garage) Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood (also Mr.Freedom’s customers) who at that address started a boutique with ever-changing names (Let It Rock, Too Fast Too Live Too Young Too Die, Sex, Seditionaries) which created a ground for a Punk revolution…but that’s a whole other story we’ll save for another post! 

We can safely say that Replica would not exist without Mr. Freedom. If you’d like to learn more about the fantastic Mr. Freedom boutique and its visionary creator, Tommy Roberts, check out the brilliant book ‘Mr. Freedom – Tommy Roberts, British Design Hero’ by Paul Gorman.

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Late Summer Mix | Water Sport

Late Summer Mix | Water Sport

This is a 40-minute dive into tunes that I’ve been particularly enjoying during this Great Reset. While mostly containing music released in the last month or two, I wanted to inject some older ones, since nostalgia has played such a prominent role while we find ourselves meandering down memory lane more than ever. A mixture of some pop, alt, garage rock, ambient, choral, and bolero. 

Quarantined – Atlas Sound
Legends Never Die – Orville Peck and Shania Twain
Lucid Dreams – Brandy
King For A Day – George Clinton and Nick Hexum
Loner – Dehd
Surf’s Up – The Beach Boys
Poinciana (Song Of The Tree) – The Four Freshmen
Anuque Pasen Mil Años – Toña La Negra
Look – Duval Timothy
Going Home – David Allred
Liam Casey (DJ Watersport) is a writer, editor, researcher and cultural producer in Los Angeles. His work has been published in AQNB, Autre, Berlin Art Link, Flaunt, i-D, and Office. As co-Founder of interdisciplinary evening, Bubbles, he’s hosted the likes of Yves Tumor, SOPHIE, Juliana Huxtable, Total Freedom, Physical Therapy, and others. In quarantine, Liam began a garden and is currently writing a screenplay.

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