Posts Tagged ‘Blink London’

“Blink” Events: July’s Intro to Blogging and Social Media workshop

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

 

Blink London's 'Intro to Blogging and Social Media' workshop, learn about blogging, social media, London based blogging class, fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, beauty blogging

The next evening workshop is on Tuesday 7th and Tuesday 14th July, from 6pm until 9pm on both evenings. We have also added a daytime session too, on Tuesday 21st July. This starts at 10am and ends at 5pm. The Blink London ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop is for you if you’d like to make the first steps into being a successful blogger, you’d like to promote your business or extend your expertise as a PR.

Discount offer! The first 5 people to quote ‘Blink Blog Disco’ when booking will be given a 30% discount on the list price!

We run the workshops from a lovely venue called Parlour in Kensal Green. You can read more about Parlour here, and about the founder and head chef, Jesse Dunford Wood, here!

Oh and if you need any further persuasion, here’s a lovely testimonial from a recent attendee:

“I recently took the social media course that Blink London course offers and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was exactly what I was looking for – including all the essential information about how to get started, and lots of excellent tricks of the trade. Lucy was friendly and knowledgeable and delivered the content in a clear and light hearted way. I now feel confident to just jump in and get started, thank you Blink London!”

Take a look at the ‘Learn with us’ page to find out more about the workshop, or drop us an email with any questions or your booking request: info@blinklondon.com

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Our Blogging and Social Media Workshop

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Calling all of you ‘I’m thinking about getting involved with blogging and social media‘ bloggers, all ‘I’d like to blog but feel too overwhelmed to get started’ bloggers, all ‘I started a blog and but lost my way’ bloggers. The Blink London ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop is for you!

Blink London's 'Intro to Blogging and Social Media' workshop, learn about blogging, social media, London based blogging class, fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, beauty blogging

Blink London’s ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop

The next evening workshop is on Tuesday 7th and Tuesday 14th July, from 6pm until 9pm on both evenings. We have also added a daytime session too, on Tuesday 21st July. This starts at 10am and ends at 5pm.

Discount offer! The first 5 people to quote ‘Blink Blog Disco’ when booking will be given a 30% discount on the list price!

We run the workshops from a lovely venue called Parlour in Kensal Green. You can read more about Parlour here, and about the founder and head chef, Jesse Dunford Wood, here!

Oh and if you need any further persuasion, here’s a lovely testimonial from a recent attendee:

“I recently took the social media course that Blink London course offers and cannot recommend it highly enough. It was exactly what I was looking for – including all the essential information about how to get started, and lots of excellent tricks of the trade. Lucy was friendly and knowledgeable and delivered the content in a clear and light hearted way. I now feel confident to just jump in and get started, thank you Blink London!”

Take a look at the ‘Learn with us’ page to find out more about the workshop, or drop us an email with any questions or your booking request: info@blinklondon.com

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Inspiration: The end of an era…

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Don’t panic! This isn’t the announcement of a total end of everything Blink, but it is the end of a part of our business. Sorry for the recent radio silence but we have been in deep and intense meetings about this business of mine and we have come up with some decisions…

Blink London was founded as a reporting service, delivering targeted, swift and informed fashion retail news from London to the fashion industry around the world. The reports were conceived after spending years as a time-poor designer working in an increasingly demanding and speedy industry. I wanted to give designers just like me some brilliantly functional tools to allow them to feel inspired  and informed right from the comfort of their desks. Well, for the last ten years or so we have managed to do that, working closely with our wonderful agents all around the world. However, with the increasing level of free information and inspiration via the world wide web (and blogs just like this one!), teamed with the total global domination of the industry giant that is WGSN (and Stylesight) that we have decided to close the doors on this part of our business.

Oouuff, it’s been a tough decision for me as I don’t like to walk away from anything, but we have fought and struggled and worked our little bums off for long enough and it’s now it’s time to let the curtain fall on that part of Blink London so that we can instead focus all of that creative energy on the remaining parts. One of which is my passion project, this gorgeous blog and all of it’s attending social media activity (which will get more gorgeous, more posts, more love). The second part of Blink is the teaching and lecturing that I do for some of the most respected fashion education establishments as well as the Blink London Blogging and Social Media workshops (of which we are very proud), and I hope to be doing lots and lots more of this.

Blink London's 'Intro to Blogging and Social Media' workshop, learn about blogging, social media, London based blogging class, fashion blogging, lifestyle blogging, beauty blogging

Blink London’s ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop

The third and final part of what we do is perhaps the part that you know least about. That’s because we work as creative consultants to the fashion industry. Perhaps you saw the recent post about our lovely client, Iffley Road? Well, we work with several other brands as their design team as well as dipping in and out of businesses all around the world delivering our view for future seasons, forecasting trends for specific areas of their businesses and helping them to redirect their brands in to exciting pastures new.

If you are looking for deeply skilled creatives to work with you and your fashion or lifestyle brand, then take a look at this and please do drop us a line as we would be delighted to talk to you. Just email me at info@blinklondon.com

Blink London Creative Consultancy, fashion design, design consultancy

Blink London Creative Consultancy

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Events: Our Brilliant Blogging and Social Media Workshop!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

You might have noticed our new ‘Learn with Blink London‘ page, launched last week and making our workshop an official monthly event. We are very, very, very, very excited!

Blink London's Blogging and SM workshop

Blink London’s Blogging and SM workshop

If you’re interested in engaging with social media and blogging from a business or personal perspective, this is a great introduction. We hold this at Parlour in Kensal Green, a great bar and restaurant (we encourage you to stay to enjoy dinner post course). The atmosphere is relaxed and informal which we believe is the most conducive to stress-free, collaborative and discussion-based learning.

Take a look here for all of the details about this introductory level workshop, including the cost and how to book. The next session is on 31st March and 1st April, and we still have 4 places left. Places are limited so don’t hang about!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Reports: Valentine’s love from us to you xxx

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
 Valentine offer

Take a look here to find out who your nearest agent is, and what their February discount offer is.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Retail: Open Letter to the Fashion Industry

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Dearest colleagues across all levels of British fashion retail,

I have been a dedicated member of this wonderful fashion industry for over 20 years now and so I hope you all take these comments with the love and respect with which they are intended- BUT YOU ARE ALL MAD!

Season upon season we have been pulling the launches of new collections forward, and this season I just can’t keep my grumblings and mumblings to myself any longer. Last week I was out doing our regular retail research and I spotted ‘New Season Collection’ signs in many high end department stores, signaling that the Cruise Collections, full of bright new colours in Springy shapes have arrived and ready to be snapped up. It is mid November…

I know that the Cruise collections traditionally drop at around this time delivering exciting full price stock to serve the privileged elite as they stock up their Globetrotter suitcases with new looks to hang about in when sunning themselves in tropical climes, but it just made me realize how speedy we are in this industry,  forcing the customer out of the moment and not giving her what she needs right now.

This speeding up seems to have happened particularly forcefully with the economic melt down. Stores were filled with stock that wasn’t shifting as everyone had to think more carefully about how they spent their hard earned cash. This meant that sales targets weren’t being met. So then product was discounted earlier than ideal to try and stimulate sales, and then new collections were pulled forward to fill the gaps created by those fabulous discounts. And we got caught up in this whirlwind of  ‘Give her newness to make her shop’  and suddenly Spring product is dropping in store in December and Autumn product is dropping in July. Mid season sales are starting before the actual true season (as in weather, you know, nature and climate and all that) has even begun.

I buy Summer clothes in actual Summer (which here is about late May if we’re lucky) and for the past few season’s that has meant that I have been able to buy many of my new looks on sale. This year I decided it was time to think about a new coat in late October (it was just getting a little chilly by then) and I could have brought it in the mid season sales. Mid of what season?? We had only just started the leaves changing for Autumn in real life, in the real world, where people wear actual clothes.

I just want the industry to consider reality rather than just chasing it’s tail, because all of that tail chasing is leading us up the garden path into an untenable and un-commercial situation. The climate is a phenomenon which impacts us all emotionally and physically, and aside from the natural fashion urge to want to look current, the main stimulus to sales is surely the impact of the change in temperature. Stop pushing us forward, and then wondering why your Spring stock isn’t selling in February (uhm, could it be the Nordic temperatures, the black ice or the flurries of snow perhaps?).

I’m in this industry and also a client of this industry, and I think that on this point we have utterly stopped making sense. Could someone please be brave and start the process of getting us back in step with the real world?

yours with love, respect and some frustration now vented,

Lucy

Founder and Creative Director of “Blink London”

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Reports: A frighteningly good offer for Halloween!

Friday, October 25th, 2013

If you’d like to find out more about our reports, just take a look here. If you’d like to see a copy and place an order, just contact us on info@blinklondon.com, or have a look here to see who is your nearest agent.

Thanks to Pinterest where we swiped this gorgeous cat image from. If we had tried to put this hat on Bobby the ‘Blink” cat, to get our own picture, then that would have truly been a Halloween bloodbath!

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Lifestyle: Happy Sunday

Sunday, September 29th, 2013

It’s unusual for me to post on a Sunday, but it’s not unusual for me to work on a Sunday. I work pretty much six days a week. That is what it means for me to run my own business at this point. Maybe it will change in the future, but at the moment, I spend most of Sunday at my desk in my home office. That might sound dreadful for some of you, but for me, actually I can honestly say that this is a blessing and I just wanted to share that with you. This post isn’t about fashion or trends, or London Fashion Week, or what’s hot or innovative. It’s just a little post of thanks, and a bit of an insight into life running “Blink London”.

I love what I do. I feel honoured and blessed to have this opportunity to be my own boss, run things how I see fit, try to be a business woman, attempting to protect my original vision whilst also evolving my business and responding to the constant changes and developments in the world of fashion that I call home. So, having been to the farmers market to buy breakfast (and lunch, and dinner too actually), having enjoyed the late September sunshine and bought myself a little bunch of scented sweet peas, I am now ready to get on with some work on our reports, some admin, some organizational stuff and some book-balancing. Later I will pop to the gym (just in case my trainer is reading this…) just to make sure my carcass has had some activity along with all the activity my brain is getting, and then it’s back to my desk to plan the week’s blog content.

This may sound like the worst sort of Sunday to you, but for me it’s a very good day and one that has me smiling and feeling rather grateful for my lot. Sending love and thanks to all of our customers, clients, agents, supporters, advisers, interns, freelancers, helpers, readers, commenters, tweeters and FB friends who make this possible. x

sweet peas from the farmers market
Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Menswear: Insight into our new Menswear report

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Like what you see and want to know more? Why not contact us or your nearest agent.

Enjoy! Lucy

“Blink” Reports: Introducing Menswear

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

We’re very excited about our new monthly report title. Yes. we have entered the world of menswear!

By popular demand, we have added a monthly retail report featuring over 150 images per month, covering all aspects of trend-driven men’s fashion from ultra formal to super casual, plus all the accompanying key accessories too. The majority of our business is still very much womenswear focused, but this really adds a new level of interest, excitement and diversity to the information that we are collating, reviewing and analyzing.

Here’s a snapshot of the most recent colour review that we published, from the May’13 report. We really love this pink toned palette for menswear. It’s actually really pretty close the the prevailing colour trend in this month’s womenswear too.

"Blink" menswear report, May'13, colour analysis

"Blink" menswear report, May'13, colour analysis

For more on our reporting service, have a look here. If you’d like to get your hands on a copy, why not contact us, or your nearest agent?

Enjoy! Lucy