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1971: THE INSIDERS

29.04.13

For our latest Insiders feature, four members of Reiss HQ reveal how they’re wearing our Nineteen Seventy-One collection this summer. We also get an insight into the personalities of our stylish team through their most precious possessions.

Lauren wears: LEFT: Kesia top, Clara cardigan, Katya shorts RIGHT: Willow shirt

Dee wears: Anderson shirt

Tammy wears: Sissley dress

Tammy wears: LEFT: Maurie shirt RIGHT: Sissley dress

SHOP WOMENS 1971                                           SHOP MENS 1971

About the Shoot

Our first model for the day is Lauren Jenkins, our creative Visual Merchandiser. With a unique style that works perfectly with the edgy pieces found in our Nineteen Seventy-One collection, Lauren describes her style as “somewhere between tomboy and retro”.

“I like to feel girly with prints, but prefer relaxed shapes and cuts,” she explains. “I love Brit Pop fashion so I always try to experiment with shapes and fabrics – sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.”

So why is there a Buddha statue sat opposite a vintage copy of Vogue in her pile of precious possessions? Well, the ornament of a fortune Buddha came from Cambodia, her “favourite place to have had the fortune of visiting”. Meanwhile the August 1986 edition of Vogue was the year she was born, as well as being a magazine that truly reflects her passion for fashion.

The next of our team members to rock Nineteen Seventy-One is Tamasina Pearshouse, our gorgeous Digital Production Assistant. Eclectic yet feminine, Tamasina loves to team delicate fabrics with a statement leather jacket and is rarely seen without her trusty Dr. Martens.

When it came to selecting the possessions that reflect her personality, Tamasina looked no further than her love for music:

“I’m a sucker for new bands and love nothing more than seeing live music at intimate venues around the city. My summers are spent hitting festivals in the UK and abroad, rocking out in my Ray-Bans with a beer in the sunshine - you can’t beat it!”

Next up, the boys.

Our Merchandise Manager, Deepak Joshi, kicks off with a refined yet effortlessly stylish take on Nineteen Seventy-One’s SS13 collection. Classic and understated, Deepak takes a smart/casual approach to his day-to-day dressing. He does however like to throw in a statement piece such as the Rocky bomber jacket to keep things interesting.

Deepak’s selection for his prize possessions was simple yet poignant, nodding to a memorable trip in California:

“My life-long interest with the Beat Movement and the lifestyle that surrounded it inspired me to take one of the most unforgettable trips of my life. I’ll never forget cycling through San Fran with my shades on and the wind in my hair; I’d never felt so free.”

Finally our Search and Web Optimisation Analyst, Rob Clements, gives our Nineteen Seventy-One summer collection his signature sartorial touch. Rob's personal style draws on a mixture of classic and contemporary design, ranging from smart tailoring to more casual layering.

“Across a week I can go from wearing a three piece suit to a more casual, layered approach,” Rob explains. “I always like to get clothes tailored to get the preferred fit. I prefer to pay for quality, well-constructed pieces and good fabrics.”

Another big music fan, Rob’s chosen possessions include a classic Aretha Franklin album from her Atlantic era, one of a two-part biography on Elvis Presley by Peter Guralnick, and Robert Greenfield’s account of the Stones’ famous 1972 tour across America. All of which reflect his passion for blues, 60’s Southern Soul and Rock ‘n’ Roll.