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Carnaby Street 50th Anniversary

2010年は、カーナビー・ストリートCarnaby Street)の50周年記念の年。60年代に、モッズヒッピー・ファッションの中心地であったカーナビー・ストリートに、独立系のブティックやデザイナーたちが店を構え、また周辺の通りには、様々なアングラのミュージック・バーがあった。Wardour Streetの角にあった伝説的なクラブ・Marquee Clubでは、ビートルズザ・フーローリング・ストーンズなどが演奏し、彼らがたむろしたカーナビー・ストリートは、スウィンギング・ロンドンで、もっともクールな場所になった。

今もカーナビー・ストリートは、ロンドンの代表的なショッピング・ストリートの一つで、いつも観光客や若者で賑わっている。メイン・ストリートであるカーナービー・ストリートや周辺の小さな通り、Kingly court(キングリー・コート)、Newburgh Quarter(ニューバーグ・クォーター)など一帯には、ファッションや靴などのショップなどのほか、カフェやバー、パブ、レストランが並ぶ。


Year 2010 is Carnaby Street‘s 50th Anniversary. By the 1960s, Carnaby Street became an iconic fashion destination for he Mod and hippie styles. Many independent fashion boutiques and designers were located as well as various underground music bars in the surrounding streets. With bands such as The BeatlesThe Who, and Rolling Stones appeared in the area to work with the legendary Marquee Club located round the corner in Wardour Street, and shopped and socialized, it became one of Swinging London‘s coolest destination.

Today Carnaby Street is still one of the main shopping street in London and attracts many young people and tourists. The area including main Carnaby Street and surrounding streets as well as Kingly court and the Newburgh Quarter, offers fashion stores and boutiques as well as cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants.

Throughout 2010, Carnaby streets will host various events and festivals featuring fashion, design and music. Kicking off in February with an exhibition which includes a detailed history of the area, from the 16th Century to the present day, especially focusing on the sixties. This exhibition, using an empty store space, is a bit dark and the materials exhibited are rather too small. There is a big unused space in the middle and I wish they can show us more its iconic fashions and photos. However, I quite enjoyed the video being played on the back, showing the history of the street, especially during the hype in 60’s.

カーナビー・ストリートの歴史や一体のお店を網羅したガイド「Carnaby Essential Guide」。全36ページの50周年特別版。

Anniversary edition of 36-page “Carnaby Essential Guide,” listing shops in the area as well as history of the street.

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New Bag + Shoes from Clarks

Clarks Montana Dream

何かの記事で見かけて、ずっと欲しかったクラークスのバッグ(Montana Dream)を手に入れた。色は、あまり見かけない、くすんだラベンダー色。かなり大きめで、ポケットも外に3つ、中に2つ+携帯入れがついていて、使い勝手が良さそうだ。外ポケットはマグネット式で開け閉めも簡単。人工皮革(Synthetic)だけれど、なめらかで柔らかい。


I bought a Clarks bag, Montana Dream, which I saw in a paper or magazine and fell in love with. The color is rare smokey lavender. It is quite big, with 3 pockets outside and 2 pockets + mobile pocket inside. Outside pockets close with easy-to-open magnets. It is synthetic, but it is very smooth and soft.

The C. and J. Clark , known as Clarks, started in 1825, by  Clark brothers, Cyrus and James, in Street, southwest England.  Now Clarks is one of the leading shoe manufacturers in UK, and spreads its business to United States, Europe, and Far East. I also purchased 2 leather shoes with mid-height heel (Black Cherry and Barley Seed), and I love them as they fit to my foot well and very comfortable to walk with.

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