Dave Mason & Split Coconuts​

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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. 

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'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!

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The Pasta Haters

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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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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.

Stories 

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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The Haçienda Craze

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The Haçienda Craze

Renowned nightclub The Haçienda was born out of Factory Records. A record label with bands such as The Smiths and New Order under their management! The club not only transformed the party scene, the Haçienda also created a style that has transpired through generations. 

Opening it’s doors in 1982, the club went on to be the most influential club in the country. And understandably so. With its industrial feel, the club brought hipster music lovers with open minds all under the same roof. Not to mention that the Haçienda was the venue in the UK which hosted Madonna’s first appearance!

Madchester

Young people from the UK and all over Europe were flocking to the Hacienda and to experience the ‘Madchester’ scene. With expression taking place via the music played at the venue, people felt free to fully expressed themselves too. Often attending the Haçienda in mad and out-there outfits, the club provided a kind of haven for like-minded people to come together and dance away any negativity. With club nights such as ‘Flesh’ an LGBTQ night put on at the club, which was described as truly liberating! A night where people could express themselves and their sexuality. A club night that made people feel safe when they walked through the door and not feel in danger about expressing their individuality. YAS!

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'Unknown Pleasures'

Peter Saville, Co-founder of Factory Records was also one hell of a graphic designer! With a very distinct style, Saville designer posters for the Haçienda along with the now iconic cover art for Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ album. The cover became and still is, one of the most recognised cover art design of all time. The design appears everywhere. Whether embroided into the side of a pair of Doc Marten’s or morphed into the shape of Mickey Mouse on a T-shirt. It.Is.Everywhere. 

The cover art created an air of mystery. What did these waves mean? Incredibly, the image is that of the radio emissions given out by a pulsar. Which is a rotating neutron star. Saville states that he wanted the album cover to really evoke it’s title. Called ‘Unknown Pleasures’ the album visual was just this. A pleasure to the eye, but what it is remains an unknown mystery.

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Haçienda Style

Bucket Hats, anorak’s and flared trousers were a Haçienda fashion staple. Clubbers partied the night away in garments which were practical for dancing the night away and at the same time reflective of their individuality. When Stone Roses’ Ian Brown rocked the Haçienda stage in a pair of vintage Wrangler flares everyone wanted them. The trend took off becoming iconic of the 80s British fashion scene. 

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Hacçienda nightclub, Adidas teamed up with Yohji Yamamoto to create the FAC51-Y3 trainer. The shoe’s design is a collaboration between Peter Saville (the original Factory records founder) and Ben Kelly (architect who designed the Haçienda interior) along with Joy Division’s bass player, Peter Hook. The shoe resembles the industrial interior of the club itself and also the promotional colours of the club.

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Feeling inspired? Below we have picked items which we think would be perfect for a care free dance and music filled night at the Hacçienda! Get your wardrobes ready for the outdoor live music and festival season! 

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The Pasta Haters X

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Quentin Tarantino, He’s Back!

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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 . 

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 The Pasta Haters X

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