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INTRODUCING A PAIR & A SPARE – THE SHOP!

Happy thanksgiving for those of you who celebrate! And for those of you who don’t (and will miss out on pumpkin pie), you can be satisfied in the knowledge that at least it’s that much closer to the holidays. In Hong Kong I’ve noticed that we’re in that twilight zone where, because everyone has such diverse background, we celebrate every single holiday. This is obviously something I love, mainly because it means an inordinate number of opportunities to overeat. *fist pump*.

And just in time for the gift giving season (and the craziness of black Friday and cyber Monday!), I’m really excited to introduce you to the new A Pair & A Spare Shop. This is something that’s been in the works for a while  – we’ve been full steam ahead in the studio getting ready to throw open our online doors. Read on the check out what you can find instore!

DIY Supplies and Kits

After chatting with a lot of you guys we thought it would be a great idea to integrate the inspiration gathering, DIYing and sourcing processes for your craft projects, which is why we’ve decided to come together with the Wander & Hunt team permanently under the same brand. In that way we’re excited to be working with an established set of suppliers to source you the best of the best, things like rhinestones, studs, and jewellery making supplies.  We’ll also be getting busy creating more DIY kits (like this one) that we know you’re going to love.

New storedd

Ready Made Designs

Over the past few years I’ve taken quite a few enquiries about making items for readers, but sadly never had the capacity to do it. However, now that we’re in the studio and have the space to really roll up our sleeves and get stuck in, we’re excited to be able to create special designs for you to welcome into your home – or wear on your body!

Gift idea: hanging test tube vases

Sourcing Services

Last but not least, we’re all about enabling designers and creatives, and are therefore super excited to offer sourcing services for fashion students, workshop hosts and designers. We’ll track down the perfect material for your next project and help you make your imagination a reality. Alanna in the studio is a guru at tracking down fabrics, embellishments and just about anything the designers we’ve worked with have needed, and we can’t wait to further expand this service!

To celebrate the launch of the store and the holiday season, we’re offering 20% off all orders between not and next Tuesday. So get in quick! To get the 20% off, simply add the code ‘holiday20′ at checkout. Get shopping now!

DIY TUBE TOP

In what must be episode #7450234 of the series entitled ‘Geneva makes something out of neoprene’, today I’m going to show you how to create a simple crop top. Clearly another nod to the current 90’s mood, I’ve been seeing these everywhere recently – Josh Goot did a to-die-for knitted version – and knew that when I got a spare moment I would have to make one of my own. And guess what? It turned out to be my easiest neoprene project yet! I know I always say it’ll only take you ten minutes to make, but honestly, that couldn’t be more true for this piece.

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Wearing: DIY Top, Vintage Palazzo Trousers, Kookai Trench Coat, Dylan Kain clutch, Daniel Wellington Watch.

You need:

  • A piece of neoprene
  • Ribbon or elastic
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread and a sewing machine

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How to

1. Start by cutting two pieces of neoprene, ensuring that the width measures an inch above and below your bust. Make sure the two pieces in total go around your bust properly – adding a few inches to allow for the seam allowance.

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2. Place the pieces on top of each other and sew them together down the short sides.

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3. You’ll now have a tube. Easy right? I liked a more boxy style, but you can always shape the side seams to your body more if you want a more fitted style.

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4. Add ribbon straps by cutting and then hang sewing to the inside of your top.

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Voila! Because this top is quite tight and made of neoprene, I’ll be wearing it with some light palazzo trousers or a fitted maxi skirt. Bring on party outfit season!

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Ps if you’re on the lookout for something to wear with this crop top, I think it would go so well with my DIY sequin skirt!

Outfit photos by Nicola Lemmon

DIY LACE UP BALLET FLATS

Having always been a bit of a Francophile, you can probably guess that I’m already sold on the simplicity and clean lines of a pair of ballet flats. But what if you want to take that classic perfection to another level? I’ve been seeing embellished flats here and there (so DIYable – be still my beating heart!), but when I stumbled upon a pair of lace up ones I knew they would be the next DIY. So easy to make, I’d take these over a pair of heels most days!

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Wearing: DIY flats, DIY cut off vintage shorts, Zara coat, MLM tshirt, Lack of Color hat.

How to make lace up ballet flats

You need: 

  • A pair of ballet flats
  • 14 D rings
  • E6000 glue
  • Leather
  • Scissors
  • Leather cord

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How to:

1. Cut your leather into strips 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide.

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2. Cut those pieces in half, and then insert the leather through the D rings.

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3. Fold the leather over and glue down. Do this for all 14 and let dry.

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4.  Put more glue onto one leather piece.

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5. Press down there you want them to sit on the shoes, starting at the back.

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6. Attach them down the front, measuring a thumb sized gap between.

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7. The finished product should look like this.

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8. Finally, add your leather cord, crossing over the foot through the D rings and tying at the back.

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Voila!

How to make lace up ballet flats

Super excited to be working with photographer Nicola Lemmon (a fellow Brisbane girl transplanted to Hong Kong), taking photos, doing projects, and generally much having a great time. Welcome Nicola! You can follow her HK adventures on instagram too.