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Webshop update: brand new products

Three months ago we proudly launched our brand new webshop. We have been able to make customers happy with super cool orders, we got incredibly excited and sweet comments, we’ve written and sent out newsletters and we’ve added even more cool items to the shop! We’re busy with the shop and our blog every single day, and we love it!

New products

We launched our webshop with 87 different products. Three months later, we have about 150 unique items in stock! We pick out all of our products with the greatest of care, in order to be able to fill the shop with the coolest retro items and the best cocktail gear. (more…)

Pineapple Princess Ukulele Cover

For Christmas 2015, the Greaser gave me a Ukulele. I’d wanted to learn how to play the Ukulele for years, so he surprised me with a beautiful Fender Uke. I fell in love with my stunning new mini-guitar and have been playing it pretty much every day, since.

Playing the ukulele was completely new to me: I only knew how to play the bass riff of ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes on the bass guitar (who doesn’t?) and the intro to Johnny Cash’s ‘Folsom Prinson Blues’ on the guitar. Playing the ukulele calls for a completely different technique than guitar, but I had no strums or guitar-tricks to fall back on, whatsoever. The Greaser was cracking up, listening to my very first attempts to play, but after practicing daily (from 10 minutes to hours at a time) I have managed to learn to play this amazing instrument a little better, every day! (more…)

Mad Men – The Illustrated World

I’m a Mad Men fan. Big shock, eh? Joan Harris is my life and it’s just a matter of time until the Ava Dress by PUG (which is totally Joan approved) is mine. I can’t get over Betty Draper’s gorgeous outfits and I will probably never stop giggling at Don-Draper-more-liquor-jokes.

As I love the show so much, I have watched the complete series the Greaser bought me, multiple times. Obviously, the only thing better than Mad Men is MORE Mad Men. I can get really excited about cool lookin’ retro illustrations and stumbled upon a book that combines fun Mad Men facts with actual info on my favourite era and cool artwork: I treated myself to “Mad Men – The Illustrated World” by Dyna Moe a little while ago. (more…)

The Greaser’s tattoos: TCB

Tattoos are cool and the Doll and I have gathered quite the collection. We get asked about the meaning of our pieces of art very often. Most of my tattoos don’t have a deep underlying meaning but represent something I like. Every month, we’re telling you the story behind one of our tattoos.

Tattoo 24 TCB, Taking Care of Buisness

After his Comeback Special in 1968, during which Elvis was joined by his original band members, Elvis asked guitarist James Burton to put together a new band. This band would later be known as the TCB band, Taking Care of Business and played with Elvis from 1969, up until his death in 1977. (more…)

Elvis Style – From zoot suits to jumpsuits

Blue suede shoes, a golden suit, a pink Cadillac and the perfect quiff. Elvis had style!

Many books have been written about Elvis, his life and his music. This book, written by fashion journalist Zoey Goto, highlights the King’s style. A style that didn’t just show in his clothing, but also in other items and accessories. Think about his airplane the ‘Lisa Marie’ and the Jungle Room, for instance.

Elvis Fashion

Looking good was important to Elvis. However, he didn’t have money for fine clothes when he was young. His family was very poor, which is why he could only dream of the colourful clothes he was admiring as a 17-year-old boy, in the Lansky Bros window: the store in Memphis Tennessee, where Elvis later on bought a lot of his outfits and where Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and B.B. King were also customers.

In 1954, when he was 19 years old, Elvis recorded the single “That’s All Right Mama” at Sun Records. It wasn’t long after that, he had made enough money to go back to the store and shop ‘till he dropped. (more…)

The Greaser and the Doll webshop live!

Our own store. That has been my dream ever since I was a little Greaser. My parents owned their own store, where I could be found every day after school. Most of the time I spent my time hanging around and looking at all the happy customers as they left the store. Sometimes I’d try to help a customer myself. I also found myself standing outside, admiring the shopping window a lot. My dad created the best displays. His store would win price after price in competitions for the prettiest shopping window in the street. Every time, I was incredibly proud. We have the prettiest store on the block!

This has always been my inspiration. And the dream to open a store of my own always stayed alive. I picked the right classes in college, I now have over 15 years of experience working in specialty shops and I have written several business plans. Just because I enjoyed doing it, or to eventually turn it into something real.

Brainstorm

One night in the summer of 2014, the Doll and I were brainstorming as we do quite often. We talk about anything. This time, we were discussing how cool it would be if someone would start blogging about everything we like: good music, the fifties, cocktails and tiki. If that person would also open a shop and would sell everything we like, that would be even better!

We kept brainstorming until the wee little hours. Which also happens quite often. Before we knew it, we’d penned down complete plans on a piece of paper. We went to bed. When we woke up the next morning, we looked at each other and shouted out “WE SHOULD DO THIS!” (more…)

A Rock ‘n Roll travel guide – Barcelona

Barcelona is one of those places everyone should visit, at least once in their life. Paying a visit to Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, a stroll through Park Güell, walking across La Rambla and a day at the beach are the obvious musts when you visit the city. However, for lovers of Rock ‘n Roll, retro, cocktails and Tiki, there are a lot of other really cool things to do and see in Barcelona!

This is our top 5! (more…)

A Rock ‘n Roll travel guide – New York City

New York City is one of those places everyone should visit, at least once in their life. Admiring the view from the Empire State Building, taking a trip overlooking the Statue of Liberty on the Staten Island Ferry, a stroll through Central Park and visiting Times Square are the obvious musts when you travel to New York. However, for lovers of Rock ‘n Roll, retro, cocktails and Tiki, there are a lot of other really cool things to do and see in NYC!

This is our top 10! (more…)