Boo! Book of Deer Discount!

Book of Deer HalloweenHappy Halloween from Book of Deer! We hope you have a weekend of spooky fun and candy binges ahead of you!

We prefer treats to tricks so for this weekend only we are offering you a big fat 20% discount off AW14!

Enter code BOO20 at checkout to claim your discount

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Fresh Out of the Oven ~ SS15 Country Kitchen

If you are frequent visitor to this website you may have noticed I unveiled Book of Deer’s Spring Summer 2015 collection last week. ‘Country Kitchen‘ takes inspiration from homemaking nostalgia and 1950′s day dresses. You’ll find dresses patterned with Aga ovens, silverware and clothes pegs, blouses decorated with miniature cutlery charms and embroidered peter-pan collars.

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People often ask how I decide upon each season’s theme. In truth, sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s hard to commit to an idea… the turning of each calendar month does force me to stop messing around creating moodboards on Pinterest though! I find that usually it is my life outside of Book of Deer that infiltrates my designs, I like to keep abreast of pop culture and pick up on common themes that thread through my daily blogroll. I suppose you might deduce from Book of Deer’s SS15 collection that I have been inspired by the popularity of cooking shows and the packaged concept of home baking. I confess that I am a massive fan of The Great British Bake Off, I love twee kitchen decor (Cath Kidston, Emma Brigewater all that stuff) and I’m an avid follower of Japanese and Nordic foodgrammers. I am however, a pretty terrible cook.(΄︵◝❀)

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Book of Deer ‘Country Kitchen’ is a chance for me to live out my culinary fantasies the only way I know how- through creating an imaginary world in illustrative prints. Country Kitchen presents a visually palatable, dreamily rustic kitchen life that could not be more different from my own stressful experiences in the kitchen. I love the idea of swanning around a large wooden table hand-decorating cakes while simultaneously stirring soup on the stove. I can’t say I’m inspired to change my cooking ways despite months studying Aga ovens and vintage cutlery, but next summer you will likely find me boiling my instant noodles in a dress adorned with jam jars and at least pretending to enjoy it!

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B.O.D Press ~ Seafaring Clothes Horse

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You can still find our AW13 Seafarer Kilt in the online shop at 50% off.. just a couple left so snap yours up before it’s too late.


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Falling Leaves & Velvet Dresses

book of deerSo I’m back in London!.. and I’ve succumbed to the Autumnal weather. Although I’ll miss the HK sunshine I am happy to finally be able to whip out my Winter wardrobe. Yesterday, I wore my December Dress for the first time (with my trusty Uniqlo heat-tech polo neck underneath) and I was really pleased I didn’t have to iron it, it emerged from my suitcase wrinkle free! I feel more like myself in Winter clothes which is strange for someone who grew up in sub-tropical heat, but I really enjoy layering tights and cardigans and chunky knits. Book of Deer’s AW14 collection of dark velvets and cold colours conveniently complements my standard winter uniform of boots, black tights and dresses worn over thermals.

Settling back into London life means it’s also time to tackle my long procrastinated to-do list. I’ll be getting SS15 pics up on the website soon which I’m really excited to reveal to you all, I hope this collection makes you smile! I’ll also be starting AW15 designs this week and have several illustration commissions to complete… I’m not too stressed though, with this gloomy weather that has welcomed me back I find myself quite happy to spend all day at my desk drawing.

book of deerIn other happy news, I’m off to Barcelona in two weeks time for the first time ever so me and my boyfriend spent all Sunday planning our itinerary. I really just want to stuff my face but I’m also really excited about being able to admire Barcelona’s famous architecture in the flesh. If you have any must-see/eat/do suggestions please feel free to share!

 Stay warm! (or cool if you’re on the other side of the world!)

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The December Dress

One of my favourite pieces from Book of Deer’s AW14 collection is the December Dress. This dusty grey dress is made from a lovely soft velvet and features a rose gold exposed zipper at the back. However, the main focal point of this dress is the hand-drawn print on the bodice. The print depicts a tiny woodland cabin in a fairytale forest, evoking cosy nights spent inside on wild Winter nights. I think the December Dress looks super cute paired with knee high socks and a pastel cardigan.

Get it in the online shop now and take 15% off with code HIBERNATE.

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Book of Deer AW14 has landed!

Another season change is upon us and as we begin to wrap up for colder weather our thoughts turn to our woodland friends as they prepare to go into hibernation. For Autumn/Winter 2014 Book of Deer took inspiration from wintery forests and the creatures that inhabit them. Our Winter collection is a sartorial velvet cuddle adorned with embroidered bears and hand-drawn forest scenes. You’ll find midnight-blue velvet dresses, panels of sheer wood grain, powder-blue snowy prints and hideaway forest cabins. Click the below images to view them in the shop… and if you hop over to our Instagram or Twitter you’ll find a 15% discount code! book of deer

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Getting Ready to Hibernate

Hello world! Apologies for the brief hiatus, I hope you are eking out the last of your Summer wherever you may be. I am back in Hong Kong, production of AW14 is pretty much completed and we are getting ready to pack off our wholesale orders. It’s still baking hot here so it is strange to be swimming in a sea of velvet, but looking at all the embroidered bears and snowy prints is making me excited about the inevitable season change ahead. Fashion seasons also don’t pause for a second so we are simultaneously busy preparing SS15 to unveil next month.

So there’s a little update on what’s happening at BoD headquarters at the moment. I promise to show you some sneak peaks of our upcoming photoshoots!

In the meantime, snap up some AW13 bargains in the online shop before they disappear forever!

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Illustration by Barbara Bargiggia

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What’s in my bag? かばんのなかみは

If you like hunting down cute illustrations online you will no doubt have stumbled across Pixiv and Topit. These sites are popular open platforms for both amateur and professional illustrators to submit their digital art, often manga and anime inspired.

Illustrators throughout Japan and beyond have been posting ‘What’s in my bag?’ (かばんのなかみは) illustrations for a while now… this satisfies two interests of mine: a nosiness of what other girls cart around in their handbags, and a love of real life objects drawn to a miniature scale.

I thought I would share some of my favourite ‘What’s in my bag?’ artwork found around Pixiv…

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There are literally hundreds of illustrations tagged under ‘What’s in my bag?’ on Pixiv and Topit. I think Japanese girls carry the cutest things but what I really like about these illustrations is the humour that is injected into them. There’s no glossing over the fact that us girls carry a lot of junk!

Having spent ages admiring other Pixiv art I decided to jump on the bandwagon and do my own…

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Here’s what I always carry in my backpack:

  • My HTC One Max- my huge phone and my lifeline
  • Urban Ears headphones… they are battered and bruised but I still love them
  • My purse containing money, cards and my ID- I really should have graduated to a wallet by now but I love cute purses!
  • My Oyster card – A Londoner’s essential
  • A broken Chanel powder compact, held intact with a hair-tie obviously
  • Lipstick – in case I’m going somewhere
  • My keys… on a Chromeo keychain. I had a time-turner from Harry Potter studios but it broke!
  • Juice – I am terrible at drinking water so I always have some liquid sugar instead
  • Tic-Tacs – or other sweets. Limited edition flavours are my specialty
  • Nurofen – just in case
  • Deodorant – to spray on myself and around me on public transport
  • AW13 Book of Deer sweatshirt for when the sun sets
  • A book – reading material for queues
  • My pen case – for all my favourite ball-point pens and pencils because you never know when inspiration will hit!
So there you have it! My not-so-glamarous daily essentials revealed! I hope you’ve enjoyed peeking at my possessions as much as I’ve enjoyed drawing them!

More ‘What’s in Your Bag?’ drawings can be found here at Pixiv and Topit.

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Book of Deer Sale!

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20% off our SS14 Summer Blouses!

Pick up your 100% cotton, novelty print blouse in the online shop now.

FREE worlwide shipping included!

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B.O.D Press ~ Moviegoer’s Honey & Clover

Book of DeerOur Japanese stockist Moviegoer is an online shop that curates clothing and fashion evoked by independent and cult movies. Each season the creative shop owner Sawori styles her own photo story of our collections inspired by movies she loves. This season Sawori took our SS14 Flower Power collection and turned it into a tribute to the popular manga series Honey & Clover. Honey and Clover (ハチミツとクローバー Hachimitsu to Kurōbā) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Chika Umino. The story follows a group of college students as they navigate Art school, tackling unrequited love, creative challenges and finding jobs.

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One of the main characters Hagumi Hanamoto is a shy, sheltered and gifted student who is described as being very child-like. Hagumi is depicted in the manga as wearing long, loose vintage looking dresses layered over long-sleeved tops, and flat shoes. Her appearance and dress sense inspired a whole new contingent of Mori Girls when the feature film of the manga was released in 2006.

Mori Girl poster girl Yu Aoi played the part of Hagumi Hanamoto and gave a whole new meaning to layering in her eclectic outfits!

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Moviegoer’s take on a “Book of Deer Hagu-chan” layers our Marianne Dresses over boyfriend jeans and converse sneakers. The effect is an arty looking Mori Girl and we love it!

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