Last Saturday I was invited to a walking graffiti tour of East London with Farfetch, an amazing opportunity to explore a fascinating area of London and meet fellow menswear bloggers. Farfetch is a global community of over 400 fashion boutiques, bringing must have pieces to fashion forward consumers. I’ve been a huge fan of the site so it was a great chance to meet some of the social team to get the inside scoop on the ever growing company. After meeting the fellow bloggers and of course a mini photoshoot, we headed out with our tour guide to explore the street art treasures around Old Street and Shoreditch. Our tour guide happened to be one of the UK’s biggest and longest established street artist, Steam156 has been travelling the world since 1984 making it a more colourful world wall by wall. It was so interesting to learn the intricacies of street art and graffiti from arguably the most informed expert there is, there is so much history and so many hidden meanings behind each piece. We saw everything from commercial murals for films, stencil tributes to stars gone by and of course some Banksy pieces.
For my outfit I chose a Kenzo white shirt, pleated grey trousers and some beautiful Nike mayfly woven trainers – definitely a good idea considering how much walking we did! It was so interesting to meet other bloggers in this setting, normally it’s rushed iterations at press events – however Farfetch created the perfect day for us to get to know each other, share some tips and enjoy this beautiful part of London. We had dinner at one of my favourite restaurants Meat Mission and talked about everything from Snapchat Filters and the Kardashians to outfit mistakes and trainers. With so many bloggers out there trying to make a name for themselves it was refreshing to meet such a lovely group who were so down to earth and engaging!
The tour opened my eyes to the varying types of street art and how to identify some of the most famous artists, it’s amazing how many pieces I’ve walked past before and not even acknowledged them. We spend far too much time looking down or tapping away on our phone when the whole world is passing us by, a definite life lesson for many of us!