• We’ve been working hard this week retouching the pictures from our latest photo shoot. Now that they are ready, we would like to take the opportunity to welcome Monica, the new face of La Mort Clothing. Not only beautiful, but an absolute pleasure to work with. You’ll be seeing a lot more of her. So here is a little peak at what we’ve been up to. 

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  • When we first started La Mort Clothing in the Autumn of 2011, not only did we sell t-shirts, but we had a great collection of paper prints available on our stall. When things started getting busier and we started running out of room, we had to make a tough decision to continue with clothing alone. Well, now the prints are back! You can grab yourself a piece of our artwork, for a wicked price, that can go straight up on the wall. We have dropped them all to £10 to allow everyone to collect the whole set. They look awesome on the wall. We should know, we have them stuck up too! Check out the poster section in the store tab. Here are three of the first six:

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  • Instagram Giveaway

    If you haven't already, get yourself over to our Instagram page here and enter our giveaway. All you have to do is follow us on Instagram, repost the picture below to your profile and tag it #lamortclothing. We'll pick two winners on Friday 15 July and each will receive two free t-shirts of their choice. You've got to be in it to win it, so get involved now!

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  • In this ongoing series of articles, about the conception and realisation of our work, we hope to provide an insight into exactly how we function as a design team and where the ideas and techniques originate. In part one, we gave an overview of our design practice and the way in which we develop and use our own system of icons. In this part we hope to shed light on the importance of Romanticism and Symbolism and the part they have played in our progress.

    Though the word gothic has become firmly attached to modern music and fashion scenes, its roots stretch back hundreds of years to a time when the themes of death and tragedy permeated literature and visual arts of the time. Romanticism, as an art movement, climaxed between the late eighteenth and the mid nineteenth century, and although very broad in the subjects that it confronted, there is a strong gothic element that Faye and I are particularly interested in. The creative work produced during this period is rich with haunting and hallucinatory images of fallen cathedrals, crowded cemeteries and bleak, spectral landscapes. Sorrow and despair had become the fashion of the day.

    “I tried in vain to find The middle and the end of space;
    I know not under what fiery eye I feel my pinions breaking;
    Burned by love of the beautiful I shan't have the sublime honour
    Of giving my name to the abyss That will serve me as a tomb.”
    (Les Plaintes d'un Icare | Charles Baudelaire | 1857)

    The notable poets and painters of this incredible era left behind an exciting collection of material for anyone interested in the theme of death in the arts. The visionary writing of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and later, Charles Baudelaire read, in places, like hideous nightmares while the hellish landscape of opium use, described by Thomas De Quincey, heavily influenced our early drawings. Poison, love, loss and grief became well-trodden ground for a group of artists whose crushing fear of failure and defeat would drive many to madness and some to take their own lives. One artist in particular whose work exemplifies the spirit of Romanticism was the German landscape painter Casper David Freidrich. His canvases perfectly capture the lingering, oppressive feeling of melancholy and impending death with almost frightening clarity.

    Though the graphic style of our work seems, at first, to share little with the work of the Romantic period, it has formed the foundation of everything we produce. The recurring motifs of decay, beauty and the grotesque have become embedded in our drawings and we owe as much to the poets and painters of the 19th century as we do to any modern graphic artists.

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  • Since La Mort Clothing started, back in 2011, we have met many of you in person and had the opportunity to discuss our designs and the meanings behind them all. With this is mind, we have decided to write a series of articles which cover the various stages of our working, the techniques involved and the background work that goes into creating one of our drawings. In part one, we will be taking a look at the secrets of our designs and what has influenced the way we draw.

    Since meeting at art school, Faye and I have both shared a fascination with the iconography of death, as many of you will know. It is a very potent subject to approach in graphic terms, and our work often produces a profound reaction in people that happen upon it. It seems to divide opinion, causing both disgust and delight! For us, it is everything we do.

    Skulls, scrolls, arrows, hearts, daggers and blood. What does it all mean and where does it come from? A visual library of iconography is like any other language, in that it is developed to communicate an idea. It can hide lust, be openly seductive or erotic, or even be used to intentionally provoke or offend. Our carefully curated collection of motifs is no different. Our drawings are produced to suggest tragedy and to restore Death to the position he held during the Renaissance. We are often asked if there are hidden messages or secret meanings within our work and, though it may appear that way, the opposite is actually true. For us, the importance of design is the power of communication within the instant. Rather than literal illustrations or allegories, we relish in creating art that explodes like a rock poster. We find the human skull the most hypnotic and important graphic symbol that is available to us. It is timeless, and, though it can be seen on any high street around the world, its true meaning is virtually beyond comprehension. It is the chilling face of absolute extinction of life. The various icons and visual tricks within each drawing hold no power of their own and must be seen as small pieces of an ongoing puzzle. Even we don't know where this is leading. All we know is that we can't stop.      

      

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  • It's that time of year again and we can't wait to get down to Tobacco Dock for this year's International London Tattoo Convention. It's the tenth anniversary as well (theirs, not ours)! Tickets are now on sale through their website here.

    The show runs from Friday 26 September to Sunday 28 September and, along with the Brighton show, is one of the events of the year for us. Get down, come and say hi to us and get some work done. See you there!

    David

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  • This offer ends on 1 June, so be quick!

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  • Over the past few months, we have been working hard to get out new website designed, built and online. We have been working with Mark Pavey, a fantastic developer, and his patience and experience mean that we now have a site which we hope you will all love. 

    We have a few new features which are worth a mention. Our sales page now includes items from our current collection, which are temporarily on offer. Check back often, as the products on this page will change regularly. We also have updated shipping and returns information so that you can shop with confidence and know exactly what you are getting. Finally, we have an updated look book page with examples of our products being worn.

    If there is something you think we have missed, please get in touch through our contact page and let us know. We'll do our best to get it fixed!

    David  

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  • Great news! This year we will be trading at the Vans Warped Tour at Alexandra Palace in North London. This is going to be a fantastic event, with some of the best bands around playing across two days. Click here to visit the website and buy tickets. See you there.

     

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  • Have a store and want to get in on this? Come and visit us at the London Edge Fashion Show. If you would like to book an appointment with one of the team, click on our contact page and get in touch. See you there!

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