Paris may traditionally be the city of love, but this Valentine’s February London is giving it a true run for its money and is awash with amorous celebrations and gift hunting opportunities.
Last Sunday, the cunningly named Valentine’s Love-A-Fayre, at East London’s favourite vintage venue, the Working Men’s Club, provided early birds with a pick of the finest handcrafted treasures, ranging from homemade cakes to designer underwear and nipple tassels, with a live Hammond organist on hand to get you in the mood with covers of romantic classics such as ‘Je T'Aime’. GoSee was there to do the legwork so that you could stay in bed on a Sunday and has picked out a selection of the highlights, all of which can be ordered online and sent out via airmail in no time.
Bunnies Forever is a collection of boudoir lingerie designed by Taj Noel Cambridge, using materials such as silk to create a unique and sexy look. Her fabulous framed embroidery pin-up legs are a gorgeous present whatever the occasion and a true steal at just £15.
Rae Jenkin hand makes bespoke nipple tassels and pasties (from £15), unleashing the burlesque queen in all of us.
Zeena Shah a textile print designer not only showed off her skills as a talented cupcake maker – the dainty treats looked so perfect and were lovingly decorated with tiny edible hearts and glitter – but also offered lavender filled hand printed hearts and duck feather pillows ranging from a reasonable £6 to £20.
And thanks to Garudio Studiage’s ingenious screen printed flat pack pets, we will never be faced with the moral dilemmas involved in making gifts of adorable fluffy puppies, kittens or bunnies on such love fuelled festive days. Plus at £5 - £10 they also work out much cheaper than the three dimensional, real-life version.
Lulu Guiness, the champion of loved up handbags has opened a pop-up shop on Carnaby Street, exclusively stocking her Lips products such as her renowned red clutch bags. Furthermore, as part of her twentieth anniversary celebrations, a percentage of sales from selected items, such as the clutches, will be donated to student bursaries at the London College of Fashion. If you can’t make it to the shop, check out her online store for some gift ideas.
If all of this love is in the air business is not for you – then how about heading down to Feeling Gloomy’s Tainted Love special. The regular London club night known for playing the most melancholic tunes out there will be making an extra effort on the night, filling the dance floor with anti-love songs, all about loss and loathing. Still, in the words of Feeling Gloomy; ‘Misery Loves Company’, so get to Islington’s O2 Academy early for their Down with Dating Valentine’s Special, a speedy dating session for likeminded detesters of all things red and heart shaped.
And once post-Valentine’s feelings of unlovedness kick in – visit How To Heal a Broken Heart – a talk with VIRGINIA IRONSIDE, an agony aunt with over thirty years of experience to boot – for prestigious publications including the Independent. She’s bound to have all the answers to the questions on the tip of your tongue.