Monday, 31 May 2010

You Have to Watch This Film!!!!

You really have to see Machotaildrop, I won't write anything just watch the trailer

Friday, 28 May 2010

Mens Bags

We've been working on some new mens bags over the past few weeks, they should be instore tomorrow and online soon!!!

They Eat Culture

The New Continental pub in Preston has gone from strength to strength since opening in 2008. Winner of the Camra Pub of The Year award for 2010, there's great food, spacious beer garden and speciality beers.

Aside from all the eating and drinking, there is live music, comedy and events, art exhibitions and workshops. All this "extra stuff" operates under the name They Eat Cuture there are lots of forthcoming events worth checking out.

If you want to get involved they're also looking for Creative Workshop Leaders & Assistants - find out more here.

See you down there!

New Photos!

After many nights of photo-shopping I've finally sorted through, colour balanced and re-touched all the fab shots from Katie Cowling's latest shoot. Katie had a 5 week placement with us just at the same time as getting her professional camera so we made the most of it! Armed with a bundle of clothes from the new collection, two gorgeous models and Michelle Greenwood (also on placement) as a stylist and  assistant they all spent a day out and about having fun and getting these great photographs.

Follow the links to see more on Facebook or on our webshop.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

This weeks colour - RED

We've now got a little display unit at the top of the staircase on the third floor. We've got some great things planned but for the time being we're getting creative with some colour themed displays. To start things off we chose RED - what does red mean to you?

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

The 1990's The Face

Here at Me&Yu we love magazines, and for both of us probably one of the most influential magazines was The Face (between us we have a complete collection from September 1991 till it closed in 2004). The first copy I bought was the iconic Summer of Love issue way back in 1990 (yes 1990) with the first pics of Kate Moss.
So anyway the 1990's are the hot decade for fashion this year and probably next, so look out for 90's inspired looks. The 90's have always been an influence at Me&Yu - we lived through them!!!! - we went to the warehouse parties, Happy Mondays gigs, the first rumblings of Grunge, Britpop. All these things shape the way we think about fashion/art/design, and the work we make. To celebrate our love of The Face we're working on a few Face inspired transfer t's/vests so look out for those.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Last Chance

Me&Yu now sells vintage cameras.....

We couldn't resist these 80's / 90's camera's when we came across them. There's been a bit of a revival recently in 35mm film cameras, basically a whole generation of teenagers have grown up with the digital age, they're looking back at what was around before. 

There's something quite magical about a film camera - film is more precious, taking a photograph on film captures a single moment in time (with digital you take 10 and choose the best). This unique moment is saved for hours, weeks or months later until the film is developed. The results can be disapointing or a fabulous revalation, the 'mistakes' can be utilised for great artistic effect.

With digital, we take for granted the press of a button, the auto focus, the zoom, the light meter calculating unseen to create sharp, clear balanced pictures. But what if you don't want something accurate and precise - unless you can afford a big professional camera its hard to get different effects - you have to rely on your photoshop techniques to create the look you want. 

If you want to get back to basics and try 35mm film, Lomo and Holga camera's are available on the high street from £49 - £200  - but we've come up with a cheaper alternative - original 80's and 90's camera's £10 and £20 at Me&Yu. They're great condition, all working, tested and are ready to go!

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Buttons Make Necklaces

We're still trying to find creative uses for all the buttons we have left over from the tailor's shop bulk purchase. This week have created these giant button necklaces - we spent a few hours on Sunday afternoon sat in the garden with the cats threading many buttons onto strong cord - otherwise known as gimp!

Now available in Afflecks - £7.50 to £12 - a real bargain!

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Where the Trees Are

My current obsession is the work on the WAFA site, so here's some more.
This is from Where the Trees Are, a photographic/collage book created by 2 artists in San Fransisco and Seattle. This kind of reminds me of a cross between a fashion magazine and some art - which is probably my ultimate visual image!!!

Monday, 17 May 2010

One Five Eight

There seems to be more and more things happening in Blackpool, Preston and the North West.
One Five Eight magazine is an online magazine produced by a collection of talented artists, designers, DJ's and musicians in the North West area - check it out!

Unchanging Window

So I'm in our Afflecks store today, and kind of finding it difficult to get motivated and do something, so instead am spending my time browsing the internet (or research as I call it!!), andyway I stumbled on this photography blog - Unchanging window, now normally after a couple of pages I stop looking at blogs but this one kept me transfixed for at least 4 pages, but I don't know why??. The images just make you want to see more of what the photographer sees.

Anthony Zinonos

It's weird how I spend hours wandering around on the internet and seem to bump into the same people, so anyway I'd been looking at the work of an Australian photographer, and then ended up somewhere else and then on the wearefuckingawesome site, where I saw the work of Anthony Zinonos (which I'd seen somewhere before but couldn't remember) I took this as an indication I should put it on the blog, so have a good look at his work - also checkout some of the work on the wafa site

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Berlin Lenticular

You can always rely on the artists of Berlin to provide something worth blogging about!!!
Pics from here via Wooster Collective

Friday, 14 May 2010

Angie's day at the shop/office

The great thing about having a phone, a laptop and an internet connection is you can set up an office wherever, and for me most of the time, that's at the shop. With loud music blasting out from the retro ghetto blaster, you can get quite a lot done.

This week I've been working on online promotion - setting up a layout for our Weekly Style Fix - here's the finished version:

What's also nice about working from here is you get a steady influx of people to talk to, today one of our regular customers came in and showed me that he'd been spotted and had his photograph taken whilst wearing one of our designs:

see the original article here on the french website,

Thursday, 13 May 2010

New Blog - A Day at the Office Part 1.

We don't really have an office as such so we generally do work on laptops where and when we can (usually either in the shop, at the studio or on the couch). Today it's nice and sunny so I'm at home in Blackpool working in the back garden on some new pattern designs and adding new stuff to the webshop. Working from home has it's benefits - you don't have to go anywhere, there is a constant supply of 'free' coffee and I get to play with the cats, however this sometime means you don't get as much done or just end up going for a bike ride!!!!. Tomorrow Angie will post her 'day at the office' from the shop, and I'll do another from the studio