Last week I launched a new website, a website that holds my entire heart and soul. I briefly mentioned it in my last post, but today I thought I’d get down to the nitty gritty and talk about everything to do with The Trip (that’s the name of my site, by the way). I’ve been a little quiet on the self promo side of things when it’s come to The Trip. I almost feel too nervous and silly to talk about it, which is beyond stupid, but that’s the way it’s been. I’ve put so much time and money into this project and now I’m too awkward to even share it, the mind is a funny thing, isn’t it?! Let’s just say being proud of my own achievements isn’t a feeling I’m used to quite yet. Let’s not talk about my feelings for once though, and get into all things The Trip!
Let’s start with an ‘about’, shall we? I bet you’re all wondering what an earth I'm even talking about. My lack of promotion hasn’t boded well for me and I need to up my game and start sharing my new venture with the world! The Trip is a vintage and unique online clothing store which will be selling one-off collections curated by me. I’ve done everything myself, which by the way was a huge responsibility and could in fact be the death of me, but hopefully it will pay off eventually. I wanted to make The Trip different to other second-hand shops which have everything and anything available from sportswear to accessories, which is good but not something I wanted to do. I wanted to make collections inspired by eras and icons. I’m forever influenced by the decades we’ve gone through these past fifty years, so I decided to create collections that bring pieces from these eras back to life. My first collection had to be one that was close to my heart, so obviously it was music inspired. You probably know by now that I have quite a large collection of band merchandise, it’s a hobby I’ve had since I was fifteen and one that I don’t think will ever stop. I thought it would be the obvious thing to do and now we have the ‘I’m With the Band’ collection. I sourced some killer t-shirts for the site and although it was so hard to give them up in the name of business, I did it and they’re now available for you to own.
This whole idea of The Trip stemmed from how hard I find it to shop vintage these days. When I was a teenager I’d spend my Saturdays trawling through the charity shops and coming home with bags of amazing loot. These days, not so much. You head into a charity shop and your faced with last season Primark and abandoned Christmas giftsets, it’s a total minefield! It’s been months, probably even years since I found a retro t-shirt in a charity shop, so this gave me the idea to make it easier for others to find what they love. You could say I’ve become less selfish and want to bring happiness to people other than myself, others may say it’s because I can’t afford to keep them, you decide. Seriously though, I wanted to have a destination you could head to for that vintage fix, for a one-off piece you’ve wanted for a while that will make you stand out from the crowd, something that’s different and can’t be found on the high-street. I’m basically trying to keep second-hand clothing alive!
I also wanted to form a brand that everyone could be a part of, that was a really important element for me. Throughout this whole process I never once thought the product I sold would be for one sex and one sex only. I want to live in a world where unisex shopping is the norm, so I had to bring that to the website. All pieces are selected purely so they can easily worn by anyone, I’ve proved this with the shoots and product listing. I’ve made sure both male and females are modelling and showing you how bad-ass they each look in them. I’ve always been inspired by flamboyant and care-free individuals, you wouldn’t see Bowie caring about the fact his outfit was made for a woman, so why should we? The Trip is all about being your true self, no boundaries, no censorship, just a fun and care-free brand!
As well as selling pieces made for everyone, I also want to end up creating my own stock. A lot of vintage stores are re-working their product, turning old Ralph shirts into crop tops or hemming ill-fitting dresses. I want to eventually make my own visions come to life and The Trip will be that place for me. I’m starting small, hell I haven’t even sold anything yet, but I have goals and ambitions that I want to fulfil in the future. Many of the brands I love aren’t available in the UK, take Backbite or Tunnel Vision, these are incredible vintage stores that selling the coolest gear but we here on the other side of the world can’t access easily. I’ve taken so much inspiration from them and my goal is to form a brand equally as rad! Has this been difficult? Yes. Will The Trip ever be as good as them? Maybe. All I know now is that this has been fun and I hope one day it can head somewhere awesome.
I want to say a huge thank you to those who have helped me start this thing up. To my beautiful friends who have modelled for me, given me a push in the right direction and influenced me to put my ideas to life. I’d love it if you took the time to see what The Trip is all about, have a little browse of the first collection and hey, maybe you’ll even fancy buying something!