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“Blink” Events: Fix Up and more!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Huge apologies that we have been a bit absent on the Blink London blog for the past week. We did leave you with a stunning #MusicMonday from Lionbabe to keep you entertained in the meantime though, as well as lots of pretty Instagram pictures, tweets and FB updates. It’s just been a particularly hectic time here at Blink Towers.

Today’s post is to get you in the loop of what we have been up to as well as giving ourselves a right big pat on the back for all that’s been achieved by the team in a very short amount of time.

Fix Up Look Sharp in aid of CLIC Sargent, cancer charity, supporting childern with cancer, upcycling fashion, sustainable fashion

Fix Up Look Sharp in aid of CLIC Sargent

So first off, last week we spent the day working with CLIC Sargent’s Fix Up Look Sharp team. We first met these guys at the official launch event for this brilliant upcycling fashion venture and were blown away by their commitment, resourcefulness and creativity. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with them and support their efforts to raise more money for the CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. CLIC Sargent provide much needed clinical, practical, financial and emotional support.

Ruth, the creative driving force behind the Fix Up Look Sharp label, sustainable fashion, fashion designer, upcycled fashion, CLIC Sargent, childrens cancer charity

Ruth, the creative driving force behind the Fix Up Look Sharp label

The Fix Up team, most of them voluntary, spent the day with us last week so that we could work with them on how they could further spread the word about their fabulous upcycled, sustainable fashion collection to a wider audience through blogging and social media. I can’t wait to see the results. Guys, I will be checking up on 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

Actually this proved a great practice run for our ‘Intro to Blogging and Social Media’ workshop that we are running for the first time this year from tonight. We’ll be at Parlour Kensal Green for our sold out session so there has been lots of prep to do to make sure this runs perfectly. You can read more about it here. We still have spaces on our May 5th and 6th session so email us if you’d like to come along.

I’m also giving at talk about social media at the rather fabulous Electric House, so if you are a member please do come along and listen. It’s only an hour so you can all feel empathetic workshop attendees who are with me 7 hours!

Know your @ from your #, my talk at Electric House

Know your @ from your #, my talk at Electric House

On top of all of this we have also been overhauling our reporting service. As the fashion world is becoming more globalised, and there is more and more free information available on the interweb, the fashion industry’s support services, like Blink London, have had to redirect their efforts and find new ways to work with clients.

'Blink Instants', Blink London's brand new monthly publication, fashion forecasting, fashion inspiration, gashion news, British fashion,

‘Blink Instants’, Blink London’s brand new monthly publication

Blink Instants is a brand new approach for us, moving away from simply retail reporting and in to something that is far more unique, exciting and diverse. This has been created with the fashion womenswear market in mind but the diversity of content means that this could be a wonderful tool for any creative industry or service (interior design, product design, visual merchandising teams etc).

We are planning this report will only be available as a soft copy to capitalize on the nimble, swift and ‘instant’ way we work as a small boutique-style service. We are keeping everything crossed as this is a big change for us. As soon as we have more to share with you we will be updating our The Reports page so keep an eye out for that.

So I hope that you’ll forgive us for leaving you hanging, but we will be resuming your usual fabulous service on the blog very, very soon!

“Blink” Retail: Colette’s Surprise

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014
Colette's surprise

Colette's surprise

Have you €20 to spend willy nilly? Well, if you’re shopping  in Colette the answer is probably yes. We spotted this genius marketing ploy set up right by the front door, just to tempt you on the way out should you still have any cash left on your person after perusing this high fashion mecca.

What better way to firstly, part your customers from a few more euros, and secondly shift all sorts of random dead stock.

I must admit to picking up a couple and giving them a good shake to see if they seemed worth the investment. To be honest, they were quite light and didn’t have the enticing level of expensive rattle that I was hoping for. I mean, you could spend €20 and end up choosing a bag full of stale midget gems (or the French equivalent). So, if any of you jet set fashionistas who have actually been drawn in to grabbing one of these bags, I’d love to know what you got. Trick or treat?

For more retail news, just have a look here.

“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.

“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, 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!

“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.

“Blink” Retail: Sssshhhhhh at Selfridges

Monday, January 21st, 2013

I absolutely LOVE this campaign from Selfridges. This gorgeous and genius store is offering you an escape from the crazy, high volume, constant stream of information and over stimulation that we experience every waking moment. From the ‘Quiet Shop’ and ‘headspace pods‘ to brilliantly ‘silenced’ product, Selfridges embraces ‘No Noise’.

I particularly like the non branded products created exclusively for this campaign, including such iconic everyday items as Heinz ketchup and baked beans, as well as the store’s shopping bag and right through to ultra-desirable product like unbranded creme de la mer and an exclusive collection from Acne. Very clever stuff, but in a very quiet way. We like that you make us stop and think, and then subtly encouraged us to stop stopping and start shopping…

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Acne as part of Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

Selfridges 'No Noise' campaign, January '13

For more retail news, just click here.

“Blink” Retail: Bright Young Things, Selfridges

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

For the second year running, Selfridges has provided an incredible opportunity for new, innovative and exciting designers and creatives in the UK. Everyone gets allocated their very own window space, with the ultra open brief to use the space in any way they choose that will best communicate their work. The result is wonderfully diverse, colourful and impactful. In addition to the huge expose that the windows will bring, each creative will be having their work sold in-store, via three pop up shops.

Here are a few shots from the event, plus some more later and tomorrow too, but we suggest you get down there to see the complete offer, in its entirety. We’ll be hitting the pop up shops to make an investment or two as well. These are set to be the big names of the very near future, so a purchase now could be a very wise investment, let alone incredibly supportive of this amazing talent. Bright Young Things indeed.

Bright Young Things at Selfridges

Bright Young Things at Selfridges

If you’d like to catch up on last year’s ‘Bright Young Things’ event, click here. If you’d like to read more of our retail posts, then click here.

Enjoy! Lucy

Blink Retail: Fashion paints a Rainbow

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

We had a little extra sunshine added to our lives this month as we were out retailing for the new round of reports. The ‘Colour’ message is being delivered loud and clear from all levels of the market and it really brightened up our day! We just had to share some of the best bits of this fashion rainbow with you, and add a little extra zing into this grey day for you too.

Enjoy, and just click here for more retail insights!

Christopher Kane at Browns


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