Usually when a woman gets something from her mama, it's her physical characteristics, her personality, or if she's really really lucky and joins three after-school activities, her 1983 Corsica. Get fresh gear from a gal who got her fashion biz sense from mum, at London Calling
Owned by a UK-born London College of Fashion graduate whose mother designed knitwear for Britain's Phase Eight, Calling's peddling hard-to-find, almost-all-international men's duds (which're stocked at a max of three per item for exclusivity), in a shop with a mostly white interior featuring leather couches with B&W British flag pillows, and a mural of the Sex Pistols' album God Save The Queen, although anyone who's seen Bringing Down the House knows it's too late for that. Cover your upper shame with cardigans from Paul Smith and TOPMAN, plus tees from Philly-based Duke & Winston, as well as two lines created by London-based students: one's a collection of spring color v-necks called Fly Force, while the other's named Blokes & Birds, and includes button-downs, ties, and a black tee featuring David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust -- try sporting his alien look today, and people will think you're smoking (glam) rock. For those feets, there're low-tops by Fred Perry, Union Jack-printed kicks (also by Paul Smith), and wingtips by Asos; you can also order higher-end items not carried in-store such as boots, low-/hi-top sneaks, bags by Vivienne Westwood, and jeans from Alexander McQueen, who's said to've created an empire stretching from Egypt to India, but still isn't as cool as his bro Steve
Next Thursday at 7pm's the grand opening party, with live music, Pimms Cups for sipping, and a runway fashion show with "a London feel" -- the very thing you won't be copping after inviting attending English chicks to cruise in your Chevy.