Mood: Music

Be Seen in Green

Mr Hendrix is kicking it in some seriously psychedelic threads.
‘Be Seen in Green’… If Jimi can do it, you can too!

 We feel your vibe today Jimi!

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Guess Who?

Images of young icons that made us go ‘wow’!


Key Notes & Essentials:

We like to think simplicity is one of the keys to sophistication, so we have designed this simple yet functional and uber stylish document wallet or computer sleeve to suit both men and women. Seamlessly handcrafted, with durable cowhide leather on both the inside and out, each wallet features a genuine vintage cloakroom tag from 1950s London, and an interior pocket lined with authentic antique sheet music (see history below).


I was inspired to create something beautiful using my late grandmother’s collection of antique sheet music. My grandmother’s passion was playing and teaching music… she played the piano and cello, and although I have no memory of her doing this, it was important for to me to create something which honoured one of her great loves in life. Continue Reading →

Annie Leibovitz on Mick Jagger and the Stones

Looking astonishingly like something out of Jesus Christ Superstar, This image of Mick Jagger was photographed by Annie Leibovitz in New York City, 1980.

Annie Leibovitz on Mick Jagger via Vanity Fair:

When I first worked for Rolling Stone, in the early 70s, we wouldn’t photograph a band until they came to town. I hardly ever traveled. I took some pictures of the Rolling Stones when they came through San Francisco in 1971 and 1972. Truman Capote was supposed to write a story for the magazine about the 1972 tour, and the editor, Jann Wenner, said it was O.K. if I went along to two or three cities. Robert Frank was traveling with the band, making a 16-mm. film that would become Cocksucker Blues. The band had commissioned him to do it, but it was never formally released, presumably because of the drugs and sex that were filmed. Danny Seymour, Frank’s friend and camera assistant, was involved in a lot of that. He died mysteriously while the film was being edited. Continue Reading →

Embracing Rain…

Whether it cleanses your soul, or just plain annoys you, rain is here to stay it seems, always has been, and there’s not much we can do about it.

Personally I love the rain, I’m about ten thousand times more productive when it’s cold and miserable outside, and I’ve learnt of late to embrace rain by donning a rain jacket, and surrendering to the fact that I will very possibly arrive home sodden wet and shivering, but isn’t that what hot showers are for?

I’ve been walking my dog along the beach of late, even when it’s pelting down. It’s something I’ve actually grown to like, a deserted wild beach all to myself, crazed crashing waves, dark skies and a feeling of freedom, even self-importance in being the only brave one to venture out in such conditions. My dog doesn’t agree with my newfound approval of rain.  He tries to shelter himself as close as possible to my legs but I’m sure he’ll get over it.

This post is dedicated to the beauty of rain, and the feelings it evokes in us, let that be joy or frustration.

Pondering Patti

"After Robert’s death Patti told me that these shots come closest to her remembrance of the profundity of the love between them.” - Norman Seeff
1969 Outtake from Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe session by Norman Seeff.

Feel the Music

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Young girls at Matthew F. Maury School improvising variations on their teacher’s dance moves, Richmond, Virginia, USA, May 1950. (Photographer Nina Leen) 

Music Speaks Louder than Words

‘When words fail… Music Speaks’
- Hans Christian Andersen

 Photographer Herbert Behrens | Kralingen Music Festival | The Netherlands, 1970

Beverley Hills 1977

This candid series of photographs was captured in 1977 by a young man, Brad Elterman at a private party behind the Beverly Hills Hotel:


“I think John Rockwell invited me to this party. Behind the Beverly Hills Hotel is a huge mansion owned by David Lane. I knew many of the guests, although an older crowd for me because I was just out of my teens. It was a warm sunny afternoon. I was standing next to the bar trying to get a Seven-Up. Suddenly, this lovely girl started to strip down right in front of me. I only had a wide-angle 28 mm camera lens, not really wide enough for the moment, so I backed up as far as I could, almost knocking over the bar. You have to do the best you can in these situations.” – Photographer Brad Elterman

Cobain’s Top 50

A a hand scrawled list of Kurt Cobain’s Top 50 albums.

‘After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.’
- Aldous Huxley

Multi Purpose Leather Purse

‘Simplicity is the Key’

Designed with a hardwearing cowhide leather exterior, and creatively lined with authentic antique sheet music, our Simplicity is the Key purse has been
handcrafted with a seamless and sophisticated finish. Offering several purposes depending on your requirements, this simple yet stylish wallet can be used as either a protective case for your smartphone, or a purse to hold your notes and cards.

AU $109

Leather Clutch

‘Hold Me Close, Never Let Me Go’

My girlfriends seriously cannot keep their eyes (or hands) off my favorite vintage clutch, so we decided to create Republic of You’s very own version of this much loved and sought after piece. Titled Hold Me Closer Never Let Me Go, this clutch purse has been created with RoY’s stamp of creative individuality. Leather lined on the inside with a durable cowhide leather exterior, it also features an authentic antique key attachment to the zipper, and an interior pocket beautifully lined with vintage sheet music. This piece is certainly a standout and perfect for those of us who like to ‘do’ fashion a little differently.


Leather Document Wallet

‘Key Notes & Essentials’

Where items we use everyday are concerned, we believe simplicity is the key to sophistication, so we have designed a simple yet functional and stylish document wallet or computer sleeve to suit both men and women. Handcrafted with durable cowhide leather, fully leather lined inside and finished beautifully, this stylish wallet features an authentic vintage cloakroom tag and an interior pocket lined with stunning antique sheet music.


W O O D S T O C K…. A Weekend Firmly Planted in Musical History.

I’m not really a festival type of girl. Large crowds kind of freak me out and I seem to experience this type of over sensory sensation like a child on Christmas Day charged up on lollies, then given too many presents. It’s a cross between elated excitement, anxiety and confusion.

If I was born back in 1969, or even in the festival attending age, I would definitely love to have been a part of Woodstock. Not only was it a notable moment in history, it was so much more than that: a gathering of free spirits, wild ones, music lovers and a group of people who unknowingly would undoubtedly shape generations to come.

Musicians, Degenerates & Dentists.

I just love a good Press Bio… especially when its almost 37 years old and was the first to be released for the Ramones!

Music is the medicine of the mind. – John A. Logan

Rockin’ it in the Free World

‘And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.’ – Friedrich Nietzsc

Those Stones Keep Rolling

“Everyone talks about Rock these days; the problem is they forget about the Roll” – Keith Richards.