Dave Mason & Split Coconuts​


Dave Mason & Split Coconuts

Dave Mason is an English singer songwriter, finding fame in the 60s with his band Traffic. Dave Mason then went on to form a successful solo career, playing with greats such as Jimmy Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac. Mason had a huge influence on Rock n Roll and has a hand in some of the most celebrated songs of the 20th century! In 2004 Dave Mason’s accomplishments were recognised as he became an inductee into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame. 


'Two Guitar Lovers'

Mason was a good friend of guitarist Jimmy Hendrix, and the story goes that they heard Bob Dylan’s song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ from Dylan’s album John Wesley Harding together for the first time. This lead to Hendrix recording his own version of Dylan’s song at Olympic Studios in South West London, with Mason playing a 12 string acoustic guitar for the recording of the track. The track would be released on Hendrix 1968 album Electric Lady. Hendrix’s version of ‘All Along the Watchtower’ gained love and admiration from Dylan himself! Dylan commented that Hendrix brought something to the song that Dylan couldn’t. 

'Sweet Music'

Dave Mason has been hailed for his melodic voice, superb lyrics and a mastery on the guitar. The Split Coconut album includes the ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’ track which, Manhattan Transfer Twist appears on! The album also boasts vocals by David Crosby and Graham Nash! All in all, this album oozes the summer vibes we crave, a wholesome, feel good album that should be a part of every vinyl collection! 

Check out this vinyl from the Al Mathew’s Collection on our website and get your vinyl collection summer ready! Below we have included out top picks inspired by this album!

With Love, 

The Pasta Haters


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Ever Heard of Larry Heard? Pioneer of Deep House Music!


Ever Heard of Larry Heard?
The Pioneer of Deep House

Born in the South Side of Chicago into a working class family,  Larry Heard has since gone on to be considered the pioneer of the Deep House music genre.  Heard, also known as Mr Finger’s was a prominent figure in the 1980s Chicago house music scene. He pioneered the Chicago House music scene and encouraged other producers to experiment with the mood and tempo of their music. His style is often described as combining the futurism of house with the lush, soulful sounds of disco. His style has had an immense influence on the house music we hear today. 

"It's All About Feeling"

Born in 1960 in Chatham, a working class part of Chicago, to parents who loved big bands and soul, Heard began his career as a drummer, often drumming covers and prog rock. He states that he felt his creativity was stifled and that drumming didn’t allow him to fully express his creativity. Lucky for Heard, during the late 1970s, Chicago was undergoing a huge music genre shift. A shift which would allow Heard realise his full potential. The ‘Death of Disco’ was rippling throughout the city. The night of July 12th 1979, came to be known as ‘Disco Demolition Day’. This now infamous night saw 20,000 disco records demolished during a Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers baseball game. ‘Disco Sucks’ banners filled the stadium and the night drew huge media attention. 

The use of the word ‘Sucks’ made it clear that the banner promoted social prejudice. With it’s intentional homophobic slur, it tried to take away the solice, comfort and liberation fans found in disco. This forced the LGBTQ+black and latino communities to find a new source of hedonism. By this time, Disco had become a genre played at wedding ceremonies and had lost the debauchery it once epitomised. In New York, this movement is said to have led to the birth of Hip-Hop, in Chicago on the other hand, this paved the way for the birth of House Music.


“Thinking isn’t the biggest requirement, it’s more about feeling”

The Warehouse

206 South Jefferson Street, Chicago, the location of the warehouse club, and the birth place of House.  Founded as a members-only gay club, the club became a new heart beat for the city, providing a new form of debauchery and sound for free thinkers!

 Heard had a huge contribution to the growing house music scene that was taking over Chicago at the time. He provided a deeper, moodier feeling to the sound that was coming from the Chicago underground. After hearing Heard’s ‘Mystery Of Love’ tune which was released in 1986, you can hear him attempting to burst out of a musical framework and pave his own way. The beat from ‘Mystery of Love’ was recently used by Kanye West for his track ‘Fade’! 

"I’m engrossed in life and interacting with other people"

By his own admission Heard is a re-active producer rather than a pro-active producer. He bounces off of what others enjoy from his music and knows how to listen to his crowds. Early on in his carrier he’d produce using two desk cassette tapes, “you’d play one pass on one machine, then play it back, playing the next line on top of it over and over” It just goes to show that a pioneer doesn’t need state of the art technology. Why not give a listen to this old school master!

Check out the Vinyl from the Al Mathew’s collection that we have available to purchase on our website! The It ‘On Top of the World’ album, released in 1990, the album contains the track ‘Rainforest Serenade’! Happy listening 

With Love, 

The Pasta Haters 



Queen of Pop Madonna


Pop Culture and Style Icon Madonna!

Madonna is a singer-songwriter,  actress and a business woman. Born and raised in Michigan, US. Throughout her career Madonna has trampled the status quo by tearing down boundaries with her style and performances! Madonna has been the pioneer for self reinvention, pushing boundaries and making it clear that she will not slow down as she gets older. 

"Art should be controversial"


Madonna has been listed as the best selling female artist  with the highest selling solo artist tours of all time! She has demolished boundaries which were expected from female pop stars. She’s done so by becoming the  pioneer of reinvention. Reinventing herself through her looks, and whilst doing so, she has unapologetically brought attention to how the naked female body is viewed. After topless pictures of Madonna were leaked in 1992 Madonna took control of the leaks and released her own coffee table book titled ‘Sex’. The book saw her posed with no clothes on, however, the images were not provocative in a sexual sense. They oozed power and confidence. She proved that women can be in control of their own sexuality and do so with utter confidence.

Cultural Provocateur

Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ music video which was released in 1989. The video was banned for being too ‘controversial’. Having heavy religious connotations, breaking many religious and racial taboos. Madonna made a deal with Pepsi Co which allowed the company to release an early clip of the music video before its official released by the singer-songwriter. However, due to the heavy anti religious connotations Pepsi had to pull out of their deal and distanced themselves from the controversy. Naturally, the Vatican condemned the music video but this didn’t stop the queen of pop performing the song in front of the Pope in 2008! Aggravating the Vatican in more than one way.  Despite the outrage, Like a Prayer spent three weeks at no 1 on the US Billboard chart and was voted MTV’s most groundbreaking video of all time! Proving the weight in meaning it had to her fans and listeners, oh how we love that she doesn’t play it safe! 

Material Girl

Madonna taught the world about Jean Paul Gautier’s cone bra. The designer created the bra for Madonna’s Blond Ambition world tour. Gautier had been playing around with the design since the beginning of the fashion label’s inception in the 80s however, Madonna brought the idea to life on a huge platform in front of the world! Madonna not only trademarked this look but helped to being inner wear to outerwear. Making it acceptable to wear silk and lace in ways that were previously reserved for indoors. Making the bold statement that anything can be worn at any time, anywhere! YES Madge! 

Madonna replicated a look often associated with Marilyn Monroe circa ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ in her music video for ‘Material Girl’. At this point Marilyn Monroe was seen as a symbol of victim hood, betrayed by one of the most powerful men in America. The story attached to Monroe was that of sadness. However, in her video for ‘Material Girl’ Madonna cultivated her look to demonstrate power and transformed the sad image created by the media of Monroe to a spokeswomen for unapologetically sexuality. 


Below you will find the Madonna ‘Holiday’ album which we have available to purchase on our website along with staple items inspired by the pop queen herself! We hope you have felt inspired by Madonna’s journey of reinvention! 


With Love, 

The Pasta Haters 



Consciously Stylish

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Slowly Becoming Fashion Conscious

Welcome back to our blog! This week we wanted to highlight the the goodness which comes from saying YES! to vintage. 

We understand that we all still love to shop. And that shopping patterns are highly unlikely to change. But we can still shop and do so ethically! Make a conscious effort to support your local vintage stores and recycle clothing which has already been through the carbon emitting process. Vintage shopping is SO much more fun than shopping at high street stores. The feeling of the unknown of what you may find that day. Walking into a store that isn’t a store, who’s interior has been mass produced and duplicated in thousands of other stores under the same name across the country, or even world! Your local vintage shops are like small homes, filled with clothes that have stories sewn into their seams. On the other hand, fast fashion is more times than not, cheap for a reason. Produced in terrible conditions at an extortionately low wage.

We're Comin' For Ya!

There is a nicer kid on the block! The vintage and secondhand industries are set to overtake the fast fashion industry by 2028. Surpassing the fast fashion industry by €20 Billion! Wowzers! Generations Z-er’s are expecting brands to be socially and sustainability responsible. For this generation it has become a necessity that brands do. In fact, 3BL has found that 90% of the Z Generations (those born between 1995 and 2015) will only buy from stores who are serious about their corporate responsibility duties.


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Uniquely Better

Better Quality 

As well as being better for the environment, second hand shopping comes with many more benefits too. More often than not vintage pieces are of a much better quality than the products sold at fast fashion companies (with the exception of high end designers). Prior to the 60′ and 70s clothing was made to last. Heading to the shop to buy a replacement a few weeks later was not an option. Therefore, quality had to be of a top quality- which is why on older garments the seams are beautifully strong and remain intact longer and the buttons on shirts and coats are immaculately joined to the garment.


Whether or not we discover them, every vintage or second hand item of clothing has its own journey. How endearing is it to buy a necklace which, had previously been worn by a woman for 20+ years. The dinners had, parties gone to and books read by someone wearing the exact same necklace you now have. Incredible! 

The People You Meet!

Vintage shop owners are always the most welcoming, knowledgeable and enthusiastic people you will meet! With endless stories to tell about where they retrieved each and every item in their shop, you’re bound to get into an exciting conversation with them! Also, wearing vintage clothes brings about conversations with strangers when you’re out and about. Inquiries about where you bought your unique garments, a breath of fresh air in a world where people seem to be wearing the same mass produced clothing. Vintage clothing invites meaningful conversations!

Bye Bye Spaghetti, Hello Kimchi!

At The Pasta Haters we want to promote the fun of supporting your local stores and make it easy for you to shop vintage stores all over Europe via our website.  Stand out from the crowd! Have fun and be out there.  We want to make it easy for everyone to become part of the romance that comes with wearing vintage clothing. As it isn’t just ‘old used clothes’ they’re so much more than that! they’re romantic pieces of art, a way to bring colour to a world where everyone seems to be wearing the same. 

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With Love, 

The Pasta Haters X

Uniquely Stylish 


Soul Icon Diana Ross

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Iconic soul Starlett, Diana Ross

Welcome back to Vinyl Tuesday’s! This week we’ve gone total Diva with Diana Ross! 

Diana Ross, original name Diane Earle was born in 1944 in Detroit, Michigan US.  Ross is from a family of singers who would regularly sing Gospel at their local churches. Ms Ross went on to find stardom as lead singer of The Supremes. The trio were signed to the infamous Motown records and saw 12 no 1 hits, which included ‘You Cant Hurry Love’, ‘Baby Love’ and ‘Stop in the name of Love’.  Ms Ross broke away from The Supremes and went on to form her solo career in 1970. Achieving even more success with hits, ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘I’m Coming Out’ becoming the most successful female solo artist. 


Not only a crazy talented singer, performer and actress. Diana Ross was also hugely talented with fashion. Ross graduated Cass Technical High School with a major in costume design and fashion illustration in the hopes of becoming a fashion designer. She states that her education in fashion helped immensely with creating fun and stylish looks for her band The Supremes. Where she helped create the hair and make up looks as-well as costume design! Diana ross released a whopping 67 albums throughout her career ! and is one of the few celebrities to receive not one but two stars on Hollywood’s walk of fame!

Hollywood Starlet

While achieving phenomenal success with her solo signing career Ross began her acting career in film, television and on broadway! Unsurprisingly, she achieved huge success and even received an academy award ‘Best Actress’ nomination for her role as Billie Holiday  in ‘Lady Sings the Blues.


"It takes a long time to be a Diva.

I mean, you gotta work at it"

A Diva on her own terms

Not only a legendary songstress and award winning actress, Diana Ross has been paving the way for strong and incredibly success females. Throughout her career Diana Ross has often been labelled a ‘Diva’ which, in today’s media is sometimes used in a negative way.  However, the word can be traced back to the 19th century when it was used to describe worldly opera singers. However, more and more frequently this word is used in a negative way to describe a female mega star with powerful qualities that would otherwise be celebrated in a man. And we wonder, when did the word lose its positive meaning? Inpspiringly, Diana Ross  owned the word and even states that becoming a Diva requires an immense amount of work and is something she is very proud of ! And so she should be ! 

You Go Girl!!

Check out all of the diva-esque items we have picked out from our website below! 

With Love, 

The Pasta Haters 



Fashion Rebel, Dame Vivienne Westwood


Dame Vivienne Westwood

Punk, iconic designer and environmental activist. Vivienne Westwood seems to be doing it all! and she is doing so consciously. She has spent her life campaigning. Campaigning for climate change, human rights, animal welfare and much more! Westwood has never been one to shy away from making her political views public. From that infamous ‘Destroy’ T-shirt, which, Westwood has said is her most controversial designs yet! The t-shirt was worn by Westwood in 1977 as a stand against fascists and dictatorship.

Shining a light on political matters again, Westwood was determined to get her voice heard by mocking the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher by gracing the cover of Tatler in 1989. Even wearing a suit ordered by Thatcher but not yet collected!

Fashion Anarchist

Never someone to follow trends, or rules. Vivienne Westwood has stayed true to herself by rebelling against the fast fashion industry. Since 2010 Westwood has been a member of The Ethical Fashion Initiative. An Initiative set up by the future UN officer Simone Cipriani. 

Going forward as a team, Westwood and the United Nations fashion initiative realised that the high end fashion industry can be used as a path to development. A chance to create garments ethically and create positive change in countries such as Africa in the process. Westwood states that her priorities now lie in creating quality and not quantity. Which, she admits comes at a high price, however, paying the higher prices come with far more benefits.

Made With Love in Kenya

One of the success stories born out of the UN and Westwood partnership has been the bag collection, ‘Made with love in Kenya’. What is so significant about this move is that Westwood has helped to create a sustainable and new method of wealth creation in Nairobi, Kenya. Helping to improve infrastructure and the surrounding economy. The A/W 18 Westwood collection came with impressive figures, 62% of the workforce were women, 64% were able to use their earnings to go towards school fees and 82% were able to afford things such as healthcare, education and even starting small local businesses!

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Queen of Tartan

Not only the queen of ethics within the luxury fashion industry but Vivienne Westwood is also the Queen of tartan.  Westwood  transformed the way tartan was worn. Bringing it from an old and outdated material to a symbol of Punk and Rock n Roll! She did so by embellishing her tartan designs with giant safety pins and tulle. Check out the amazing Tartan pieces we have available to purchase on our website!

#Show Us Your Tartan!


Quentin Tarantino, He’s Back!

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He's Back! Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has returned to the scene of his crime. And we cannot contain our excitement! The star-studded film ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ will be shown at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival this Summer. As a result, we couldn’t help but  take a look back at Tarantino’s previous iconic films such as ‘Reservoir Dogs’, ‘Kill Bill’ and of course ‘Pulp Fiction’.

Very Tarantino!

From iconic scenes, fashion highs and lows to endlessly repeated quotes Quintin Tarantino has given us a lot in his last 8 films. With the up-coming release of his 9th film we thought we’d look back at some of these memorable moments. With a career spanning almost thirty years Tarantino has influenced generations, whether it’s the suits from Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction or the unforgettable yellow tracksuit from Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2.

"I said Goddam"

That black power bob- I mean…. Yeah. Super, Super stylish and a symbol of power all wrapped up in one delicious package. Matched with Mia’s badass, grooving, confidence, she is definitely someone we are inspired by. Mia Wallace’s air of not giving a hoot about other’s judgements is definitely a trait which we wish to promote here at the Pasta Haters. We will definitely make it our aim to go into this week with some of Mia Wallace’s groove! 

“I wanna dance, I wanna win. I want that trophy, so dance good”

Stylish Assassin

Betsy Heimann, costume designer for Pulp Fiction says that she chose Mia Wallace’s outfit specifically because she wanted to portray her as a female Reservoir Dog- Love that! Heimann states that the black cropped pants had to be reinvented to fit Uma Thurman as the cropped pant weren’t a very popular choice for women at the time. In addition, she states that the Chanel slippers were included to make it clear that she was the mob bosses’ wife.   

Similarly, Uma Thurman strikes again looking killer (no pun intended) in the iconic yellow all in one in Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2.  The former assassin known as ‘The Bride’ sets out to strike back at her former husband to be to get revenge. The film, which was released in 2003 has deep connotations with the world today in light of the #MeToo movement.

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"Why'da I gotta be Mr Pink?"

The 1992 classic Reservoir Dogs became an unlikely statement for men’s fashion. In return, the film is said to have created the equivalent of the little black dress for men. Creating a name for the black and white suit, and putting a twist on a usually boring outfit. Reservoir Dogs saw the suit casually worn with black sunglasses and a skinny black tie. The suit provided a new feel to the originally, stiff, authoritarian look suits before had brought. Instead, the suit’s shown in Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs creates an effortlessly cool image with a whiff of gangster.  Interestingly, costume designer Betsy Heimann, who may we just say is a legendary costume designer, with the Tarntino films under her belt and films such as Almost Famous! Heimann admits that due to the budget for the film being so low they simply couldn’t afford the pricey, stiff suits that were in style for men at the time. Instead, they used whatever they could get their hands on in order to create a suit kind of look. 

We cannot wait for the release of Tarantino’s new film this summer. In particular, we cannot wait to see the 60s/70s styles that will grace our screens. And not to mention whether legendary costume designer Betsy Heimann will be joining the team of costume design for this film also! Below we have included items available from our website to get you ready for a 60s/70s inspired summer Tarantino film release . 

  With Love, 

 The Pasta Haters X


Oh, so Quant

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Oh, So Quant!

Spring has finally sprung! Which means we couldn’t be happier here at The Pasta Haters! We want to celebrate the oh so stylish Mini Skirt and Mary Quant,  the most iconic fashion designer of the 60s&70s. With the well anticipated Mary Quant exhibition opening at London’s V&A Museum next month we wanted to pay homage to her designs and get you super excited for Spring and Summer!

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Dancing Skirts 70s

Self taught designer Mary Quant revolutionised the fashion industry during the 60s/70s. Styles which have persevered and influenced us to this very day. Quant’s style as a self taught designer was influenced by musicians, and the Mods and Beatniks taking Chelsea, London by storm at the time. As a result, Quant’s first collection she released, consisted of simple, practical and very ware-able garments. Quant states that she wanted to create clothes which suited the actions of normal life, resemblant of her humble up-bringing. 

Quant is often credited for creating the Mini Skirt, even if this is argued by some designers who were prevalent at the time, it cannot be denied that she did bring the Mini into the spotlight. With the Mini being Quant’s trademark she attracted high profile customers such as, Twiggy. Who went on to become a symbol of the time.

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"Risk it, Go for it"

For the upcoming exhibition at London’s V&A Museum the shows curator’s created the #WeWantQuant hashtag to find women with pieces from Quant’s 60s and 70s collection in their wardrobes! With an overwhelming reaction from women all around the world, it is evident that Quant’s creations weren’t just clothes. But cherished pieces of memories from the past. The women who got in touch emailed their fond stories which were attached to the Quant garments they had recovered. 

The hashtag movement for Quant’s garments is a powerful one. Women globally are coming together with experiences and stories close to their hearts. In Quant’s autobiography she says that her career was a whirlwind. Achieving immense success whilst also living it up during the swinging 60 & 70s party scene. Quant and husband Alexander Plunket Greene were students at Goldsmith’s University in London when they met. Their son states that both lived with ‘riotously excitement’. He further states that Quant’s designs were much more than styles that revolutionised the fashion industry, but brought a sense of freedom to the previously rigid garments worn by women at the time. Quant designed garments which went hand in hand with the cultural changes that were taking place at the time.

Shift Dress Mary

Designing power

Mary Quant recognised that Britain and the world was on the brink of social and cultural change. She saw an opportunity for liberation and designed garments such as shorter skirts and dresses to reflect this. Quant realised that women were parting from the traditional stereotypes, and created the tools which helped women to freely express this movement and their unique individuality. In addition, Quant’s creations were her personal rebellion against the path life could have taken her on if she had not  pursued her career as a designer. She had an intense need to create garments which spoke a thousand words, and not just an item worn to look good. In love with Mary Quant yet?  Yes, us too !

The Mary Quant exhibition opens on the 6th of April 2019  until the 16th of February 2020. We hope you have been inspired by Mary Quant’s incredible story! Below we have chosen our top picks which we think honour Quant’s designs which our retailers have available for you to purchase on our website. Risk it and go for it! 


B.B King’s ‘Love Me Tender’

B.B. King's 'Love Me Tender'

'Nobody loves me but my mother— And she could be jivin', too' B.B King

Today we’re taking a look at B.B. King’s album entitled ‘Love Me Tender’. A superb record to put on whilst relaxing with an old fashioned cocktail. It is an extraordinary piece of art in itself, designed by Push Pin Studios. B.B. King began his legendary career as a disc jockey at a Memphis, Tennessee club where he adopted the nickname the ‘Beale Street Blues Boy’ which, eventually, became shortened to B.B. King. From humble beginnings, King aspired to become a Gospel Singer, and as a result learned how to play the guitar from his local preacher. Who must have been one helluva teacher as King went on to win 15 Grammy’s over a career which spanned more than 50 years! 


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'Bringin' in the sunlight an' easin' my pain'

New York born graphic designer Milton Glaser designed the cover art for B.B. King’s ‘Love Me Tender’ Vinyl, which has us swooning here at The Pasta Haters! Glaser is one of the co-founders of ‘Push Pin Studios’ whom he founded along with 4 of his friends. The foursome met as students at Cooper University in New York and went on to revolutionise the world of graphic design.


Push Pin Studios sought to challenge the popular style used by designers at the time. They wanted to bring their own style to the table and rejected historical forms such as, art nouveau and art deco. Together they went on to create a new, fresh approach to graphic design. Successfully achieving this by becoming the first graphic designers to have work displayed at a major museum. The exhibition was shown at the Louvre, Paris before be exhibited at museums around the rest of Europe and Japan in the 1970s.

Bob Dylan by Milton Glaser 1967 

Pasta Heller by Milton Glaser 2006

We hope you love the cover art for this album and the history behind it as much as we do! Below, you will find ‘The Love Me Tender’ album by B.B King which you can purchase from Al Mathew’s Collection via our website! Along with fashion statements which we think mirror the tone of the album. Happy listening!


With Love,

The Pasta Haters X