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“Buy less, choose well”. – Vivienne Westwood The Fur Guru is going on holidays (Yaaaas!). And in her research of exotic lands to be discovered she bumped into an article entitled “Sustainability just got sexy”… sexy? I would call it fundamental or a matter of urgency but I guess this approach didn’t fit with the promise of the writer to find the trendiest paradise for the millennial market. Images of stylish escapes in the “greenest” hotels filled me with envy (quite frankly) but also with...
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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”. – Martin Luther King, , I have a dream, August 28th, 1963. The Guru believes politics and religion are daring topics. It might be because she comes from an extremely religious family. Or because she has grown up with a strongly political sister who slaps her in the face with weekly reality updates about all sort of social and political misfortunes in the world. Don’t misinterpret the writer of this post;...
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“Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition”. – James Baldwin, , Giovanni’s Room People, please let the Guru know if she’s going crazy or is it just her fixation for beautiful things that make her want to just grow roots and stay forever in one place? Because that’s precisely what happened to her when visiting Saga Furs Design Centre. This place just invites you to unpack and choose in which of its cosy rooms you want to stay… to live forever!...
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“I am part of all that I have met”. – Alfred Tennyson, The Complete Poetical Works of Tennyson It is called “the epitome of scandi cool”. And now I believe it. Copenhagen was a revelation as, while researching about it, was bombarded by pictures and blogs talking of this amazing place but only by visiting it you become aware of the real feel of this enchanting city. The Guru believes that the phrase from Anna Sewell in Black Beauty could accurately describe the mood of...
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“Rise stronger, reconstruct – Requiem, Lamb of God Apologies for the delay; this Guru has been quite busy. You know she loves to write but before writing everyone needs to know exactly what about. And these past weeks have been eventful… So eventful that she will be forced to split the news by bits. And she will start with the highlight of the month: her visit to Copenhagen. This place is made for the lovers of beauty, of good company, of creativity and innate coolness...
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“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” – John Keats, Endymion: A Poetic Romance Last week, the Guru introduced you to Wang Yutao and his refreshing approach to life and fashion. All this love for the small and big things in our daily life existence were so revitalizing and uplifting that she couldn’t get enough. She got you the answers to some of the questions that popped out of her head when looking at Mr Wang’s collections but, more importantly, at his latest work...
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“Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.” – Albert Szent- Gyorgy Not that long ago, the Fur Guru heard of this man: a designer that finds inspiration in the ordinary life and with it, re-invents the world around him and creates a much better place to be. He relies on human introspection, heritage, simplicity, nature, peace and enjoyment. All this without forgetting the purpose of fashion: understand what people really need. His name? Wang Yutao. This lover...
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“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes” – Marcel Proust   The Fur Guru loves to travel. It opens doors, pushes you to learn from others and at the same time it makes you discover new things about yourself. It’s just wonderful! It is the Guru’s interest and love for this particular endeavour that has drawn her to one of the most astonishing feeds on Instagram. Rebecca Bradley’s account was (for quite a while) full of...
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“Haute couture is like an orchestra, for which only Balenciaga is the conducter. The rest of us are just musicians, following the directions that he gives us” – Christian Dior London couldn’t get more sophisticated than this my darlings! Balenciaga is in town. At the heart of this city, the Victoria & Albert Museum has set an exhibition that has encouraged all fashionistas, researchers and members of the public to wait for weeks just to have the pleasure of seeing closely some of the creations...
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“Vain trifles as they seem, clothes have, they say, more important offices than to merely keep us warm. They change our view of the world and the world’s view of us ”. – Virginia Woolf Oh bliss, it’s Friday! The Guru suggests that, to get you ready and in the mood for this weekend, you pour yourselves a glass of bubbles, put your feet up and enjoy this little package of beautiful surprises and unforgettable experiences she brought from FASHIONCLASH in Maastricht. Trust me people...
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“What’s not to like about making affordable, desirable, sustainable pieces that reach many people? That is the design dream.” – Elsa Crawford, ILSE Studio Hello beautiful people. The Guru is back and full of updates and gossip about her trip, hurray! For those who still haven’t started following me in Instagram @furgurusnaps (oh, oh…) and you didn’t enjoy the beautiful snaps I got from my visit to the Dutch low lands, don’t despair. I brought more images and amazing news from one of the most...
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“The Devil is in the details, but so is salvation.” – Hyman G. Rickover Finally! (Yes I know, I know). Here is the awaited list of accessories that have been tempting us to spend that little extra to style our outfit every day this Spring/ Summer season. The Guru has discovered (thanks to all her wonderful Instagram followers) little jewels that will leave you wondering how you have survived the past years without them. Some of them are new designers and some of them are...
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“Keep calm and carry on.” – ― British Ministry of Information, 1939. You should forgive this Guru, my darling readers. She hasn’t stuck to her promise (very unlike her) of providing you this week with a selection of the most gorgeous fur accessories for the summer. You see, most important matters have happened for the past days, not only in the life of this Guru but, unfortunately in the life of thousands of Londoners. Borough Market’s attack and Grenfell Tower’s fire brought a sad taint...
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“Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.” – Albert Camus. There are quite a few things the Fur Guru enjoys but one of the most delightful is to listen about myths and very old stories of how we have justified our “naughty” side throughout history. Personally, since early years, I have been of the naughty bunch: trying new things, questioning my parents when I wasn’t allowed (bless them!) and pushing boundaries were some of my preferred activities in...
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“Elegance is elimination.” – ― Cristobal Balenciaga. Lately, this Guru has been out and about around London: enjoying the city and all the events that have been occurring and that this fashion and lifestyle lover thought would be relevant to share with you. Today is different, the city is wet and the Guru is a bit run out because of lack of sleep (perks of motherhood) and feels a tiny bit melancholic. To help with the lack of sleep, a good coffee and to help...
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“Fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life.” – ― Bill Cunningham. Morning my darlings! This Guru is full of excitement as the shooting and filming for FUR NOW 2017/18 Campaign is approaching quickly. Everyone is excited just to look at the pieces that so many of our members have generously sent from all around the world to be showcased. I wish my eyes could take pictures of the detail, the vibrant colours and patterns… Every single one of them reflects a...
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“Paris is a woman but London is an independent man puffing his pipe in a pub.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The arrival of the Craft Week in London has allowed the Guru to enjoy the work of the most emblematic and respected tailors of Savile Row. Anderson & Sheppard has created, together with other tailors and in collaboration with Beaumont Hotel a commissioned, bespoke, capsule wardrobe. Each tailoring house produced an outfit for Jimmy Beaumont, a fictional character invented...
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“Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes.” – J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hello beautiful people! The Guru just came back from her (well-deserved) holidays and appears to continue with this self-indulgent attitude. Oh, my dearest readers and there’s no better way to lengthen this mood than by paying a visit to one of the best known and beautiful shops in London: Hockley. The Fur...
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“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” – John Muir. Some (if not most) of the monsters humanity envisages (youngsters and adults) tend to have some sort (or a lot) of animal in them. Why? (the Guru ponders…). Well, this lady believes that it is mainly because of what we have been historically and culturally fed with. By this I’m talking about myths, bedtime stories (yes, you know, the big bad wolf?), folklore. Animals come and go, have appeared and disappeared...
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“The tango is a direct expression of something that poets have often tried to state in words: the belief that a fight may be a celebration.” – Jorge Luis Borges.   I have always had a secret curiosity about Argentina. I find their people quite different to the rest of Latin America (in looks and in attitude). Sometimes European trades appear in them but still, they are charged with a fiery and bellicose spirit that comes only from those countries that have had to fight...
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“Firstly, you will walk all the ways of this world before you find yourself.” – Aztec Proverb. Mexican people are well known for their eclectic and sort of crazy approach to life. You didn’t know that? Well, now you know (the Guru said it!). And just to give you a few examples of this endowed country you can always have a look at their folk art. Alebrijes are chimerical creatures created (originally) by Pedro Linares in Mexico City in the 30’s. They were paper mache...
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“Certainly paradise, whatever, wherever it be, contains flaws. If it did not, it would be incapable of drawing the hearts of men or angels.” – Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch. She was born at the beginning of the 20th Century (1909 to be precise). Her name was a never-ending thread of six names of which she used the one of Raquel but, secretly, I always preferred the one of Rosario. She lost both her parents at a very young age...
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“How wrong is it for a woman to expect the man to build the world she wants, rather than to create it herself?” – Anais Nin. Last Wednesday was another year of celebrating the voice of women for gender parity. Oh dear! And it has been a relentless struggle to achieve it because, even though there has been progress and achievements in this fight, there are still millions of us who face the most unfortunate and undermining, the most precarious and unfair. It would be...
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“Creativity takes courage.” Henry Matisse. Buongiorno my dear followers! Yes, in case you didn’t notice, I’m still in my Italian mood. Lets not lose the momentum people! I told you last week there were still great things to come. So, I thought I would continue talking a little bit more about the rest of the highly creative group that accompanied the Fur Guru in her travels in Milan’s Fashion Week. Ladies first… Ólöf is the typical Icelander: relaxed, happy and cool (I wish you could...
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“Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.” F. Scott Fitzgerald. Ciao tutti! Come va? Ha, got you! Sorry, my body is here but my brain is still running on good espresso and the most inspiring catwalks from Milan’s Fashion Week. My dearest readers; so many talented young designers surrounded this Guru! They all reminded me of the far away years of my youth when I was full of dreams, good ideas and stamina. To make my stay more idyllic, I was given...
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“The Imagists aimed for a certain sort of exactness- not a factually accurate description of an object, but a precise rendition of particular impressions.”—
The Silence of Animals, John Gray. I guess you have noticed by now how this Guru is really into detailed description of things, humans, animals and landscapes, everything that surrounds me. I’m quite generous with my adjectives but this time, I’m struggling a bit to describe this person. I think the best way to depict this crafter is by the things, people...
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It's your time, It's your day It's never too late to change lanes How's your life? How's your place? Was it where you wanted your head to lay?” Rewind, Sterophonics Am I the only one or is there a time in the life of everyone when you just have to stop? Oh dear! I don’t even want to talk about this but… it might be age. Well, whatever it is, the fact is that it happens. So please my faithful readers, just stop whenever you...
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“Got it from the top, it's nothing you can stop Lord, you know they made a fine connection.” —They Love Each Other, Grateful Dead   I have always thought that a connection is a difficult thing to find. You have to be extremely lucky to find a person or a group of people in the same place and time that gets you immediately. No explanation required; in the moment you are together, amazing stuff happens. It was while watching a Grateful Dead documentary that I...
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“In Paris, everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator.” —Jean Cocteau I have always had a soft spot for Humphrey Bogart and the original bad boy look. Heart breakers, deceivers... I have had them all. What makes them so irresistible? The idea of these beautiful outlaws reflects independence and unruliness; they do what they want when they want; they don't follow trends, trends follow them. This kind of men often looks scruffy, but hip; he's not looking for trouble,...
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“Whenever a thing is done for the first time, it releases a little demon.” —Emily Dickinson
 Hello world! And welcome to my new blog. Am I nervous? Nah! I have always been up for new things. This is the beginning of a journal that will talk about fashion and about fur, about life-style, designers, catwalks and outstanding pieces. Please excuse me, dear reader, if sometimes it appears quite random but, that’s how life (and my brain) works. Passionate for narrative, I found that designers and...
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