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

HelKat Music: a chat with Helen Parton and Katherine Melling

DT met up with talented ladies, Helen Parton and Katherine Melling, behind new Tottenham-based music promotions company HelKat Music. Helen and Kat have been living in Tottenham for the last few years. Last summer, they decided to team up and start HelKat Music and have been putting on live music events at The Cause, the meanwhile club space by Tottenham Hale station, since last August. … Continue reading HelKat Music: a chat with Helen Parton and Katherine Melling

Local singer-songwriter NICOLAH talks to us about her latest single and music career

DT caught up with local singer-songwriter NICOLAH about her music career and her latest single Waiting On You. When did you first get into music? I got into music at home – a small town in Cumbria called Barrow-in-Furness. My dad did some home recording, my mum played piano, and I played in community bands, at church and school. When I was 18 I moved … Continue reading Local singer-songwriter NICOLAH talks to us about her latest single and music career

Natasha John-Baptiste: singer, songwriter and author

DT had a brief chat with Tottenham-born singer, songwriter and author Natasha John-Baptiste. You’re a singer, songwriter and author. Can you give us a brief overview of your career so far? I have worked in the music industry for 27 years and writing books, The One Thing About History series, since 2007. I run writers workshops in the Tottenham area and an Own The Mic … Continue reading Natasha John-Baptiste: singer, songwriter and author

Bally Studios: a chat with Studio Manager Mark Edwards

We popped into Bally Studios and had a chat with Studio Manager Mark Edwards. The rehearsal space near Tottenham Hale (around the corner from popular brewery and tap room Beavertown) was originally set up by Jimmy Mulvihill and Francesca DeLuca, who now lives in Amercia, in 2005. Jimmy and Francesca started out as promoters running Dirty Rider Club in various London venues. Jimmy still oversees … Continue reading Bally Studios: a chat with Studio Manager Mark Edwards

Eco-sustainable fashion design with José Hendo

Eco-sustainable fashion designer José Hendo specialises in barkcloth, an ancient non-woven Ugandan fabric. Barkcloth is made from the bark of the Mutuba Tree (Ficus Natalensis), is biodegradable, organic and manufactured without the use of chemicals. In 2005 it was proclaimed by UNESCO part of the world’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.” We visited José’s studio to have a chat, where we were joined by one … Continue reading Eco-sustainable fashion design with José Hendo

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