Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Meet The Creator: The Pied Piper Illustrates

Hey Guys,

We've got our second instalment of meet the creator and this time we were able to catch up with Gemma the owner of The Pied Piper Illustrates.
We wanted to hear her thoughts of the Re:So shop and her plans for visiting Brighton. 

How did The Pied Piper Illustrates begin and what made you want to start? 
I have always used the name as my working name. As well as doing illustration, I am also a practicing  tattoo artist where I work under the same name. I originally came to Solent university studying Music Journalism. It was such an excellent and exciting course, but as much as I loved it I just couldn't stop drawing and I felt like it was more important to me and exciting, therefore I changed to illustration. It is hard to support yourself through university, so I started creating products using my designs and the facilities available at university to try and get my work out there in a physical form. It's been a great thing for us all on the course this year, creating products to sell for fundraising and making money from our own work.

If you had to choose one, what is your favourite illustration from the collection? 
I am very proud of my pin badges that I designed. I think they came out really well and look really professional. I also made my first zine recently that contained drawings and personal poetry. I think that zine is my favourite so far, the mood the illustrations create as a collection fits really well with the words and as my first handmade mini book I was quite proud with the end result.

What is the next adventurous step for your company?
At the end of May, some of us from the illustration course are hopefully taking our work to an illustration fair in Brighton, which should be quite exciting. I would also love to create some more pin badges too. We then have our degree show and an exhibition in London so I'm hoping to make some great connections from these events to help create future work.

What celebrity would you love to see own one of your illustrations and why?
Personally, the dream area if illustration I would love to work in is artwork submission in the music industry. e.g album covers, concert posters, merchandise. Bearing this in mind, I would be incredibly pleased to be commissioned by a well known band/artist and to have my work help to represent them.

How valuable do you think being able to try your products out in a real store while at university is?
It's a really valuable opportunity. To be able to try your products out to see they sell, then take your ideas to a company and be able to say that you have already sold your products in a store puts you ahead of competitors and makes your brand more valuable to a potential client.

This student retail opportunity is unique to Solent University, do you think other universities should offer this? 
Definitely! It's a great opportunity to showcase your work, in our case - not just to students but to the public as well. It's also a great way to see what others at university are creating and help support them too. I also personally enjoy purchasing items that are either one offs or not available to buy anywhere else, it's nice to browse.

You can check out Gemmas work on her lovely website:

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Spring Edition: Gift Guide

Spring is here!  (although it doesn't feel like it some days it's still freezing)

Re:So have put together a gift guide on things we think that would be perfect for 2016 spring. 

The sun is slowly making an appearance in Southampton, and we can put away our winter coats for another year. If you are stuck on what to get for the upcoming seasons, then have a look at our goodies stocked in store today. 

Love Lippy Compact Mirror - £4.50
This cute mirror is a little handbag essential for you girls on the go, and it is a cute gift for your loved ones. The pastel colours are on trend right now and will compliment your spring makeup collection. 

Plastic Silver-Plated Floral Earrings - £3 - £3.50
To boost up your outfit and add a bit of colour, these quirky earrings can be added for major flower power vibes. You'll be spoilt for choice in regards to the colours and sizes, and not forgetting the affordable price. 

Heart Shaped Earrings - £4.00
If you are not a fan on flowers, there is a choice of heart earrings in a variety or colours and patterns. If you're into girly pretty designs, these earrings are for you. They would look great for everyday wear.

With Betty Pashmina Scarfs - £12.00
We are not out of the woods yet for the child days and nights, so it is best to carry a scarf to avoid being cold. These pashminas are so soft you will feel like you're still in your blanket. They come in a range of colours and patterns.

"Selfie" Clutch - £14.99
Selfie lovers everywhere, we have the perfect bag for you! this chic envelope clutch bag will keep hold of all your night out essentials. This bag is ideal for the partygoers who love to stay glam and like to add a bit of fun to their outfits.

Butterfly Printed Scrunchies - £3.00
A cute scrunchie to tie up your hair. With out going overboard with patterns and colours, these scrunchies are appealing to look at and is a reminder of the spring weather approaching. The butterfly print is just adorable.

Blinknow.Org Jumpsuit - £28.00
A casual and loose jumpsuit is perfect for the brisk spring days and nights. Pair it with sunglasses and bold coloured clutch to really pull the outfit together. 

Blinknow.org Dress  - £30.00
Light material and easy to pair with tights. This dress is great for a day out with minimal jewellery and some plain sandals. 

Mckenzie Maker Pillow - £25.00
To update your bedroom or living room with out a complete refurb, the addition of accessories will do this. With a quirky but simple design, it's a fun feature to have in your room which can easily be moved around.

Wolfe Academy Sunglasses - £15.00 
Block out the sunrays with these cool sunnies, and at a great price. unique design with the arms being wood. 

Let us know if you've bought anything recently in Re:So in the comments below. 

Speak Soon 


Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Re:So Are Visiting Brighton

Exciting things are happening this easter, one being Re:So will be holding a pop up shop in Brighton for 7 Days!! (04.04.2016 - 10.04.2016)

We will be taking a lot of new stock including the lingerie collection by Barbora Hmova. Some illustration designs and many fashion items. It's a date not to miss. 

The shop will be located on Church Street BN1 1UD. The lanes are right behind it, so you may as well make a day of it. Hopefully the sun will carry on shining and you could take a stroll down to the pier and onto the pebble beach. 

On the 4th the shop will launch to the public at 1pm and carry on with a bloggers and vip party from 6pm. 

The hair braiding girls will be in the shop on Saturday and Sunday, with such great success from their own pop up shop inside Re:So and stall at The Clothes Show Birmingham, we are hoping to see some great hair styles leaving our doors. 

If you love supporting hand made small brands come along and have a browse. Most items within our shop are previous students of Southampton Solent or still are. 

We can't wait to see you there! 


Monday, 14 March 2016

Meet The Creator: Babora Hmova Lingerie Collection

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Mothers Day Gift Guide

With mothers day in a couple of days, let me show you some amazing gifts available in Re:So that your mum would love to receive. All at a reasonable price and a presents your mum would really appreciate. 

This mug has a cute little bunny attached on the inside of the cup. For £9.95 it's a steal, perfectly presented with the box that it comes in. The outside of the cup of covered with metallic polka dots. 

This bag is adorable and could be used for multiple things. Perfect for the mum who carries a big bag and just needs some organising on the inside. It would also work really well at being a makeup bag as the inside is big and roomy for lots of makeup products. 

Just want to buy your mum a little something? A hand bag mirror is always needed. This mirror is double sided with one side being a normal mirror and the other a magnifying. For only £4.50 this is something every mum would really appreciate. 

If you have a mum who loves to pamper herself and doesn't mind the odd bath or too. These little tealights will brighten up her pampering routine.

Just a few little bits we currently have in stock at Re:So at the moment. The mug has to be my favourite things I haven't seen anything like that before and I just can't get over the price such amazing quality for the price.! 
Can't believe we are in March already this year is flying by. 
speak soon. 

Re:So Team x

Friday, 12 February 2016

Last Minute Valentines Gifts

Ahhhh forgot Valentines day was this weekend?! 
Don't worry Re:So have got you covered. 

Small cute gifts that won't break the bank. 

Hand Crafted Pegs - Stina Stone £5 

Cute little pegs which would look great on some string with pictures of you and your partner or even just you and friends. 

Postcard I Love You - Jason Twinn £2 

This postcard is perfect and so original, Would look lovely in a photo frame after valentines day and would always have a hidden letter behind it only the receiver would know. 

Little Pin Board - Re:So £3 

A unique present you can personalise your self by adding notes or jokes between you two or adding pictures or tickets from places you have been. 

Red Clutch Bag - Envy LKB £15 

Thinking of going out for valentines day why not go red just for occasion! This beautiful clutch is a perfect size and could even fit in a small umbrella. You wouldn't want to ruin your hair with this horrible weather we've been having. 

Bright Lip - Re:So £19.95 

Great unisex piece with something a little different. Could be worn any day but a lovely gift symbolising love. 

Scrabble Keyring - EFSK £6 

Just want a little something to symbolise the day? This is perfect available in many letters could buy for you initial or your partners. Cute present they can carry with them everyday. 

Just a few Valentine pieces for you and many more in the shop. 
Don't forget to pop in to have a look, We are constantly adding new pieces to the store. 

Speak Soon 
Re:So Team 

Monday, 1 February 2016

January Favourites

Can't believe a month of 2016 has already flown by! Crazy how fast it has gone. 
Anyway I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite items in the Re:So shop at the moment. 
All these items are still available for you to get your hands on!

Stina Stone Hand Painted Cooking Utensils - £6 

These are perfect for a pick me up when cooking the healthy food in the new year. They come in various colours so would look cute if you could match them to your kitchen.
Tip: Those kind of spatulas are great for pancakes!

Noodles Lion Babygrow - £15 

One of the cutest things I've ever seen. Brilliant baby grow to transition into the hotter months. They come in a range of sizes and different designs. This one was my favourite the lions face is just so cute. 

Creative Biscuit Toilet Stickers £3.95 

If you're into your graffiti or just love something a little quirky this brand will be right up your street. They offer a range of unique drawings in posters, sticker and even books. I was so interested by these, every time you look at them you notice another detail you didn't see before they are so intricate for the price you are getting absolute quality. Complete Bargain! 

Aubergine Fox Honeycomb Bear Necklace - £15

Gold simple change with a geometric bear pattern. This necklace looks create paired with a dark top as the overall design stands out and looks amazing. This necklace is a small step on the ladder of statement necklaces. 

Yoke Shyoke Grey Crop Top £21

A classic staple item for any wardrobe. Made with a thick quality material you know this is going to last you. looks great paired with high waisted blue jeans for a casual look or with a nice pencil skirt for the night. It's time to ditch the black and go for grey! 

These were just a few picks I loved from inside the Re:So shop. Let me know if you buy anything or have seen something you loved as well! 

Speak soon 

Meg - Re:So Team