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Further #Wesside and other tales of Powis Terrace !!

By Mr. Hare

Regulars to this blog will know, Mr. Hare opened #MrHareWesside in July 2014 on Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London.  In January 2016, we vacated that spot undercover of darkness with little warning and I am sure many people thought that another brand had come west without adequately doing the sums. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

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In the 18 months we inhabited the Ledbury Road Store it was clear that Mr. Hare had found its spiritual home. I have been a West London Resident since 1995 and the relaxed mix of Downtown and Uptown in the vicinity of Ladbroke Grove is way more Mr. Hare than the 24-7 Lux/Retail complex of Central London. The only problem was that our cute little shop in Ledbury road was impractically small to run a dedicated shoe emporium from. We also had our head office on the other side of town in Shoreditch which was a daily grind I didn’t need. So when a massive new store became available just over 300m away, I wasn’t going to let perceptions get in the way of the new truth as I saw it, and under cover of darkness Mr. Hare metamorphed.

The New #MrHareWesside is at

22 Powis Terrace Notting Hill, London W11 1JH

tel: +44 (0) 20 7221 4025

email: PowisTerrace@mrhare.com

www.mrhare.com

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Behind this low key fascade in Powis Terrace now resides the new home of Mr. Hare. A street steeped in real Notting Hill history and culture that we hope to add to over the coming years. The second floor of the house you see reflected in our window is where David Hockney Resided straight after graduating from the Royal college of Art in 1963 until moving to LA in 1978. A huge volume of his work was created right there and his time in Powis Terrace is well documented in the photographic journals ‘Checkered Past’ and ‘A Photograhic Memory 1968 – 1989’ of his partner of the time, Peter Schlesinger.

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“Through the 60s Powis Terrace gained further renown from David Hockney’s studio, the cafe in ‘The L-Shaped Room’ (now the dog boutique), ‘Jungle West 11’, residences of the hippy fashion designer Ossie Clark, the occult rhythm’n’bluesman Graham Bond, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger (of the Trinity ‘This Wheel’s On Fire’ fame), a ‘Performance’ influence Great Train Robber hideout, hells angels, heroin dealers, Rastafarians, the jazz record shop and the London Free School.”

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Inside the new store I was keen to find a happy balance between the old world lux of our Mayfair store and the stark galleryesque finish of our departed Ledbury Road store. My starting point was a early Bauhaus painting and a tiny budget. A good store should never be considered finished, designwise, as it grows in character with every passing day and with every passing visitor, so my job was just to create a space with enough about it to be pleasant to spend time in and humble enough to let the shoes do all the talking.

I will let you judge for yourselves.

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The store is a very light, airy space with floor to ceiling windows at the front so I reckoned all that light should have some colours to bounce off. In Mayfair we have green marble on the front of the store so I figured we should bring some green to Powis Terrace too, from Exhibitions and our Ledbury Road store, I knew that shoes always look good on a white background but a whole shop of it can be a bit ‘dental surgery’ so as Mr. Hare is a Black shoe company, and home of the ‘PRO BLACK’ shoe shine, I knew some Black features would be necessary. Then Red just seemed to fit right in there too, so…

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I went for laminated plywood in all the furniture because I am well familiar with taking a natural material with its faults and character traits and attempting to make it compliant and almost uniform with flat, smooth colour, however we all know that control against nature and time is just a human conceit, so I left a lot of natural wood on show, just like I use a lot of Vachetta leather, because I think nature is the ultimate luxury, more than the idea of luxury itself.

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My biggest learning from being a retailer is that even in a little specialist store like a Mr. Hare one, your carpets take a pounding.

Forget about any natural fibres, unless you want to change the carpet every 18 months. With this knowledge in hand I fastidiously explored ways to get creative with industrial man made carpet tiles. I found these gorgeous tiles that have an almost boiled wool texture to them and spent an entire afternoon making floor patterns on my laptop. It was the most fun part of the whole job.

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I purposely kept a lot of free wall space because I am mad keen to exhibit art work by working artists. Yes it is a shoe shop but it is also a very nice space with lots of light, so join our mailing list to be invited to all our future events and exhibitions. I am also taking submissions and will happily donate space to work that lights my fire.

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What might have been considered a dead space under the flat aboves stairwell, now houses the sexiest cash wrap desk in all of Notting Hill, and beyond I suspect, and as this is 2016, yes, that is the till.

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You are looking at a sneak preview of shoes from our AW16 collection. These are the new ‘Piet’ Suede low tops which will be available in store in July.

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These are the new Mr. Hare ‘Jamaica Edition’ New Era Fitted and Bucket Collab joints. Available as soon as the doors open. Reason enough to get down to the new store without delay, because come carnival, there won’t be any left.

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Finally for all our worldwide Online shoppers, this is the basement where all that Ecom magic happens. Does that look like the offices of an evil multinational conglom? When you order from Mr. Hare you are dealing with a little company where the guy whose name is on the shoe is sitting by the boxes, and when you dial the number, this is where the phone is answered. So stick one to the man, and support local businesses !!

Just to prove how local we are, here is a little mappette to show the tiny distance we have moved from our previous location in Ledbury Road.

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So in conclusion…

From Friday 29th April at 10 am, the doors of Powis Terrace will be open and ready for you to visit and we welcome you all with open arms.

So Remember…

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27.04.2016

Mr. Hare Massai Specials !!

By Mr. Hare

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You may have noticed, but not heard official mention of, these Llewelyn and Pomps* ‘Massai’ Specials I made for the SS16 Collection.

The Guardian Newspaper instantly called the Pomps “Shoe Of The Day” when we exhibited them at LC:M back in June 2015 but I thought I would wait until now to highlight them because a) the clocks just got summer started and b) they are now in stock.

Numbers are very,very limited so don’t procrastinate, when they are gone, they are gone.

Do it !!

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*Pomps are only available from Colette in Paris,  The Outpost in Barcelona and Zappos Couture Online

30.03.2016

Spring is in the ‘Fair !!

By Mr. Hare

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Spring has finally hit Mayfair and if you haven’t strolled the hallowed pavements of London’s Gentleman’s district then this is a good time of year to do so. Of course Mayfair is the home of our flagship store so let me show you why a visit this weekend is necessary.

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Firstly our stunning new windows containing our Spring/Summer collection and print props deserves ‘props’ !!

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We have all the new styles in, including the elegant new ‘Andreas’ Double Monk Strap in Brown Suede

and the very smart and very dark blew ‘Miles’ Oxford in calf leather (below).

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The Boat Race, Henley, Ascot, Wimbledon, Goodwood? Even if you haven’t received all the invites yet, make sure you have your shoes ready. We have the super lightweight ‘Bux’ Derby’s in all the colours you will need for any event this summer season

 

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The light at this time of year is making our interior look particularly appealing.

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Yep, real Murano !!

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I was at the Saul Leiter exhibition at the Photographers Gallery this week, which was the inspiration behind this photo.

That is only ten minutes walk from our store, so yet another reason to come into town.

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If you haven’t been to our store before then the easiest way to find it is to cruise down Bond Street until you hit YSL and that is on the corner of Stafford Street.

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We have a fine selection of brown formal shoes.

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We also have plenty of casual options too.

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We also have a wide selection of accessories, including ties, cufflinks, toiletries and these beautiful silk and wool jacqard scarves from Nottingham’s Daniel Hanson !!

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We have a full range of Arno slippers and Llewelyn skate shoes in all the Massai colours !!

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The other end of our street comes out on Dover Street and I know you all know where that is.

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“Walk down Bond Street to Gucci, take a left and just keep on walking !!”

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I don’t think I missed anything but just in case…

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Do it !!

17.03.2016

Christophe Lemaire’s Afro Rocks !!

By Mr. Hare

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Just when I thought I couldn’t admire Christophe Lemaire any further (this is the cat who jacked in the design job at Hermés womens because he wanted to concentrate on his own gig) I find out that he is releasing this second instalment of his Afro Funk Rock digger compilation ‘Can’t You Hear Me?’ on Now-Again Records. I never even knew about the first instalment ‘Where are You From?’.

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In this world of cynical marketing ploys and social media hysteria and Follower smuggling, I find it blissfully reassuring that there are still people and actions to admire. People and actions that are interested in disseminating more knowledge and choice to the people instead of less. You have to be a very wise kid these days not to get run over by the juggernaut of bullshit whose high definition, Edge to Edge headlights are pointed straight at the centre of your cerebral cortex with no fucking brakes.

Above all that noise, I can hear you Mr. Lemaire !!

 

 

12.03.2016

Anderson.Paak

By Mr. Hare

Remember what a Fan boy I used to be about Frank Ocean? (still am by the way, Drop the new album already Frank !!)

Well I think I got the same Soul crush on Anderson.Paak !!

Producer, Drummer, Songwriter, Vocalist, Dancer and Mr. Hare Stingray Orwell Rocker !!

This is just his latest video to drop, but if you feel it, check out these four bodies of work immediately.

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This EP, produced by another genius I can’tget enough of, Knxwledge, is pure fire not just because it contains the  “Link up” track from the video above, but it also contains the special remix of “Droogs” which is a heavyweight banger, of gargantuan proportions !!

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MALIBU

Malibu is Paak’s latest album and the one he is currently touring.

You will also find Paak delivering the sweetest vocals on Dr. Dre’s Compton LP, particularly in the track “Animals”.

Immediately after dropping this LP he signed to Dr Dre’s Aftermath, so expect to hear a lot more about him.

If you really feel like digging, check out “Cover Art” and “Breezy Lovejoy” plus a whole host of guest appearances, none of which dissappoint.

I don’t often give up a whole post to one artist, but when I do…

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09.03.2016