I’ve not really bought much recently, I’ve not really been in the mood. Even the summer sales didn’t really tempt me. Sure if someone said here’s one million dollars I’d say pass me the look books but I’ve not really felt that needy desire. Part having new projects on the go leaving me with less daydreaming time, part undergoing renovations has pretty much beat joy of shopping out of me. As much as the reno’s are driving me crazy, I can’t wait to see the house when it is all done, especially as I decided last week to take the plunge and have a walk-in wardrobe built. I’m sure I will be insanely excited one it is finished but at the moment it just means I have no access to my clothes and shoes for could be the best part of a fortnight, urgh. I am now seeing the flaw in my coping strategy of throwing a few pairs of underwear and three t-shirts in a carrier bag to see me though. Since I can’t work from home at least 2 days this week I will have to go crawl around bin bags and boxes in attempts at constructing an outfit, wish me luck!
In the midst of all this I found myself with a spare half an hour in town and decided to cut through TK Maxx. Without even intending on shopping I inadvertently stumbled upon two amazing finds (isn’t that they way it always goes). The first thing to catch my eye was the Givenchy panther and iris print t-shirt. I’ve been liking Givenchy’s take on prints for the last few seasons, they are quite fun from what I usually see as such a serious brand. Since my Christopher Kane monkey t-shirt is still a firm favourite years later I’ve been looking out for something in a similar vein. Much as I admired the Givenchy panther & iris t-shirts, beautiful with the silky front panel I didn’t want one enough to stump up £300-400 for one. I couldn’t believe my luck finding one in TK Maxx especially so soon after they were released.
The next thing to catch my eye was this wonderful fuzzy sweater, I loved how soft it was. It looked rather Margiela to me all oversized with deconstructed sleeves. The tag threw me a little as I knew MMM used blank tags but I had only seen them with the four characteristic corner stitches, never the safety pin. After consulting with a few friends and doing a little research I discovered that the four stitches were a more recent move to work as a trademark – MMM had originally set out to be none-branded, the idea of the blank tag was so that you could remove it and thus wear your clothes without being a brand whore. But of course brands sell and so the four stitches, whilst still discrete became the brands trademark. As it has the Staff International manufacturer tag which began production of MMM in 1991 it dates the jumper to 1991-1997, 1997 was when the characteristic numbered tags to distinguish between all the MMM lines came into being. I can’t at the moment say if it is Artisanal ‘Défilé ‘ or Line 1 but I would edge towards Line 1 as it looks more of a RTW piece to me. I hope to find out more about MMM, if you do too here is a great reference. For £70 and £30 respectively I really am made up with these finds, beautiful pieces that will stand the test of time.