i ain’t no cheetah


mood: this woman waiting at an East London bus stop in the 1980s, this pair of leopard print roller skates, Number 26A by Jackson Pollock, these photos capturing punk style in London in the 1980s



I think a gravitation towards leopard prints runs in my family. I remember my grandma having a leopard printed sofa in her living room, which I used to love lounging on because it made me feel oh so glam. Maybe that’s why I love this top from Never Fully Dressed, or maybe I just love it because it’s dope.


I asked Never Fully Dressed about their manufacturing practices, and they told me that while they do use a factory in China, they use one here in London as well. They also recycle all of their excess packaging and boxes. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find out much more information about their treatment of the environment and factory workers, but I do really admire their ChariTee initiative, where £5 for every tee shirt sold goes towards a worthy cause like Mind or CoppaFeel.

I’m pairing my spotty top with a pinafore dress that I bought from Topshop about 4 years ago. While I try to avoid shopping on the high street too much, I will keep the the pieces that I do have for years and years. Just like my friend Kat Rixon discusses in her interview with me, it is much more eco-friendly to hang on to or donate old clothes, mending them as necessary, rather than throw them away and purchase new ones.



Shirt from Never Fully Dressed, Topshop dress, Monki fishnets, Vagabond shoes, coat from & Other Stories.

Photos taken by Jade Wilson.

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