Some hanging tales…

Some hanging tales…

I’m getting a lot of interior brainwaves at the moment as I plan to move out of my hovel soon, with the boyf and into what will hopefully be a lush pad or at least Hovel v.2.2 beta.  However, those ideas weren’t ever going to escape the fashion realms and one of them involves an everchanging display where we try to ‘artfully’ hang some clothes with some tags giving a bit of a tale behind them.  Not a precise factual history but just a little anecdote, a conversation, a story that is connected with the piece of clothing.  AKA an idea that I aped when I was reading review of the vintage store in Boston which did the same thing, albeit their’s were far more well-thought out.

I only have my travelling clothes with me but thankfully none of them are in the ‘just a rubbish t-shirt’ category so there’s SOMETHING that can be said about them, so I gave my idea a bit of a practise run.  I’ll leave you to separate the facts from the fiction…

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  1. Stephanie

    2008-04-25 at 1:20 PM

    I love background stories like this, it’s so cool to hear the tales behind the clothes! I bet you could write a book (or probably a series) about your entire closet..

  2. Chelsea Rae

    2008-04-25 at 1:46 PM

    I like the first story the best, but that’s probably because I’ve thought of puncturing many of those who have truly angered me with my extra shard stilettos.

  3. Emma

    2008-04-25 at 2:02 PM

    Very, very cool…you never cease to come up with [or well, go thru with] some very fun projects.
    My favorite is the little snippet of a conversation and the gold…you can just picture it.

  4. lady coveted

    2008-04-25 at 2:21 PM

    awww that’s such a lovely story… perhaps your blog is really just electronic tags on your wardrobe? good luck with your move!

  5. Jael

    2008-04-25 at 2:22 PM

    I blogged the story of my pink dress from Paris earlier this week. I’m trying to get others involved. Love the ruffle one.

  6. Laia

    2008-04-25 at 2:51 PM

    those shoes are AMAZING!

  7. enc

    2008-04-25 at 3:06 PM

    Nice photoessay, Susie. I always enjoy your work.

  8. giancinephile

    2008-04-25 at 3:17 PM

    Brilliant, Susie!
    Kudos to you on this one. I feel like I’m reading Lula with this one. Its’ very charming and creative. 😉

  9. Everybody Says Don't

    2008-04-25 at 4:13 PM

    LOVE IT!

  10. Kit

    2008-04-25 at 4:19 PM

    this is so cute : )
    also strikes me as kind of a romantic exercise (although maybe that wasn’t the intention?)
    especially heart the one about the shrug.

  11. WendyB

    2008-04-25 at 4:20 PM

    Love it!

  12. mica

    2008-04-25 at 5:18 PM

    Really creative! I like the one about the shrug best too 🙂

  13. Jeanne

    2008-04-25 at 5:23 PM

    How lovely and clever! I love those shoes, and your photography is stunning! It’s always nice to remember the stories behind the clothes — it also reminds me some of A Dress A Day’s Secret Lives of Dresses. Good luck on your move — I’m planning on making a move in the near future too!

  14. hoyan

    2008-04-25 at 5:38 PM

    eason chan!! gorgeous shoes and stories, susie!

  15. Iheartfashion

    2008-04-25 at 5:47 PM

    I love that store.
    Your homage is perfect!

  16. Sabrina

    2008-04-25 at 5:49 PM

    Thanks for the read Susie! The lives of clothes are just as interesting as those of people 🙂

  17. Anne-Laure

    2008-04-25 at 7:09 PM

    I liked the concept and the images.
    Especially the one with the veil.
    Thanks for a nice read 😉

  18. francis girard

    2008-04-25 at 7:26 PM

    you are just lovely – todays post was like a fairy tale on digital paper….. thank you x

  19. Kirafashion

    2008-04-25 at 7:36 PM

    Hello Susie,
    I really enjoy those sandals!
    i so into sports too, so i do like when
    it´s mixed up!!!
    a kiss and a hug,
    thanks for adding me to your fav. links!
    you are very sweet!
    kira

  20. Kirafashion

    2008-04-25 at 7:37 PM

    What did you think about that Sartorialist Make-over?

  21. OMG I was listening to Eason Chan’s when I was reading your post hahahaha (love his music)
    Love the shoes!!!!
    K

  22. M

    2008-04-25 at 8:21 PM

    all clothes should be this fun.

  23. selina

    2008-04-25 at 8:22 PM

    i just love this! it shuns the thoughts that fashion is shallow, clothes can have meanings and memories too!

  24. dreamecho

    2008-04-25 at 8:37 PM

    thanks for the linkety-link! i appreciate it lots.
    your stories are wonderfully creepy/off. love that one about driving the heel into his heart…! (sounds like a good indie horror film if i ever heard one.)

  25. headmistress

    2008-04-25 at 8:39 PM

    love these! a really fun idea… I’ve always toyed with the idea of little stories about random found things, and this is really neat way of doing it… would be a fascinating display if you got it all up!

  26. rollergirl

    2008-04-25 at 8:45 PM

    Too cool, where do you find the time to do all these creative things! Love the label themselves and the typewritten font too. Sigh…

  27. lady lala

    2008-04-25 at 10:35 PM

    I love those shoes

  28. MySpace Codes

    2008-04-25 at 11:01 PM

    Those shoes are soooo cute!! I love it.

  29. Ike

    2008-04-25 at 11:10 PM

    Very cute. The innuendo in the last one was a bit of a surprise.

  30. The Clothes Horse

    2008-04-26 at 1:29 AM

    I don’t know what I love more the items or the stories you built around them…

  31. Giselle

    2008-04-26 at 2:39 AM

    haha, I liked this post alot! I love hearing the stores behind clothes. In fact, I think I love everything about clothes 😛
    -Giselle <3<3<3

  32. Jill

    2008-04-26 at 4:22 AM

    That’s a really cool way to personalize your clothes, even more that is. I love the second story.

  33. Miss at la Playa

    2008-04-26 at 11:22 AM

    I love that idea 🙂

  34. shesdressingup

    2008-04-26 at 11:46 AM

    This is such a lovely idea!

  35. Soni

    2008-04-26 at 12:59 PM

    wow, i love the shoes!

  36. K-Line

    2008-04-26 at 3:59 PM

    This post is great, Susie. I love the tags. We should all tag elements of our wardrobe! K

  37. Francesca

    2008-04-26 at 4:30 PM

    this is fabulous! So clever and witty, I wish all clothing tags had these stories printed on them.
    On another note, the shoes in the first picture are AMAZING. I was staring at them for a good five minutes without moving.
    I hope you’ll check out my blog, I really like yours!

  38. eileen

    2008-04-27 at 2:07 PM

    really dig this entry. This would be a great idea for another blog! keep surprising us 🙂

  39. Christina

    2008-04-27 at 11:02 PM

    Such a cool idea! I enjoyed reading them!

  40. Lauren

    2008-04-28 at 2:30 AM

    I love those shoes! Who made them?

  41. Britt marie

    2008-04-28 at 4:21 PM

    I absolutely love your photos!

  42. diana

    2008-04-30 at 7:39 AM

    That is pretty funny. At first I thought it was a real store that made them all, from where you got all your stuff. But then I realized you made them up and it’s kind of a homage. I’m sure more stores will pick this idea up. It is cute.

  43. susie_bubble

    2008-04-30 at 12:14 PM

    The shoes are by Topshop Unique…really old actually!
    Thank you everyone for leaving such lovely comments about this post…. some of them were slightly personal tales but heavily disguised of course…. I do think there is something in clothes that goes beyond just the aesthetic appeal of wearing them…. the sentimental value in most of my wardrobe means that I could probably regularly write things about them…. I may just do that if it doesn’t bore you to tears…
    We shall see!

  44. Helen-LG

    2008-04-30 at 1:34 PM

    Another great concept and done well too. I think were I to have attempted something similar I’d have over-egged it and written too much the snippet of prose on a label is great, reminiscent of a price tag but a much better read, and much more fundamental to the clothing than a price and a barcode could ever be!
    Oh also, those shoes are amazing!

  45. rachieh

    2009-03-03 at 4:19 AM

    wow! You just made my day, or evening as the case may be… History was my store (I closed it this past summer so i could go back to teaching) and it was great to see the idea of the tags living on! I think that your stories are delightful, racy, and wise. May all your future adventures be so stylish… xo, Rachel

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