Franklin Boateng aka King Of Trainers

Franklin Boateng aka King Of Trainers regularly shares news and updates about trainers with his 130k Instagram followers. A social media consultant, Franklin has collaborated with brands including Footlocker, Stance Socks, New Balance, Puma, Nike and Adidas. He runs online jobs board Footwear Jobs and is responsible for awards show Drop of the Year where people vote on trainer releases from the past year. How … Continue reading Franklin Boateng aka King Of Trainers

A chat with high-end womenswear designer Malene Oddershede Bach

Malene Oddershede Bach started her namesake fashion label in 2011 specialising in high-end womenswear clothing which is sold worldwide. Their main stockists are Fenwick department store and Nordstrom. Malene’s collection appears in showrooms during New York and Paris Fashion Week every year and have their first on-schedule fashion show during London Fashion Week this season. ‘Hopefully the show we’re doing in London is going to … Continue reading A chat with high-end womenswear designer Malene Oddershede Bach

Tottenham Textiles: the sportswear atelier working with young people

Luis Lopez-Smith started Tottenham Textiles three and a half years ago. They are a small team: Luis, Holly and Megan (who Luis used to teach at Middlesex University) and Jamz their apprentice. They also regularly provide work experience and mentoring opportunities. Luis says they are a sportswear atelier at their heart. ‘We put the same level of work into our product as high-end makers. Our … Continue reading Tottenham Textiles: the sportswear atelier working with young people

Martine Rose: the menswear designer from Tottenham making waves

Menswear designer Martine Rose is influenced by Tottenham and was based here for ten years. She has had fashion shows at Seven Sisters Market and Stronghold Climbing Centre. When did you first realise you were interested in fashion? I’ve always been really into clothes I would say more than fashion – what people wear, why they wear it, where they wear it – it’s fascinating. … Continue reading Martine Rose: the menswear designer from Tottenham making waves

STM Studio: an interview with celeb hairdresser Simon Maynard

DT popped in to Simon Maynard’s studio in South Tottenham for a cuppa and a chat. How long have you been doing hair? I started cutting hair when I was 12, started my apprenticeship at 15 and I’m 48 now. How did that come about? My mum was always into hairdressing. I was quite independent by the age of 12 and I went to get … Continue reading STM Studio: an interview with celeb hairdresser Simon Maynard

Selma Nicholls talks Looks Like Me

Tottenham local Selma Nicholls has dedicated everything she has to her business and her passion for her work is infectious. Looks Like Me is a talent and casting agency which aims to raise the profile of under-represented groups in the advertising and fashion world. They currently focus on children from a few months old up to the age of 10. Selma explained that it all … Continue reading Selma Nicholls talks Looks Like Me

A chat with Master Franck of Pinda Kai-Do martial arts

By E L Brown In a bright, airy room on the first floor of Chestnuts Community Centre, Master Franck Mpinda has been teaching his distinctive style of martial arts for more than 20 years. When DT arrived before one of the classes, the room was filled with happy chatter, as parents talked with the instructors while the children prepared for their lesson. As soon as … Continue reading A chat with Master Franck of Pinda Kai-Do martial arts

Video: Earlsmeade Primary School explore You Are What You Eat

A group of year sixes from Earlsmead Primary School on Broad Lane, N15, have been working with Dunya Kalantery to produce and co-direct a series of films for a YouTube series called You Are What You Eat. The four episodes were devised, presented, co-directed and co-edited by the group of 11-year-olds, putting children’s voices first, to explore the questions: What does it mean to be … Continue reading Video: Earlsmeade Primary School explore You Are What You Eat

Things to do: Tottenham’s music venues

New River Studios 199 Eade Rd, N4 1DN New River Studios is a not-for-profit venue, cafe and bar, complete with music rehearsal spaces, private studios and radio station (199Radio). They opened in 2015, and are part of an ongoing project, UK Music Rehearsal Spaces. Their second and neighbouring events and exhibition space, ExFed, will soon be opening permanently. Food & Drink Tea from £1, beer … Continue reading Things to do: Tottenham’s music venues