Buyers, Breakfast, Berlin and Bread & Butter – An Inspired Trip

Last Thursday, alarm clocks set at 3am (yes, that’s right) us TruffleShuffle buyers, hazily awoke from our slumbers and prepared ourselves for a long day of trade show fun. The destination, Bread & Butter in Berlin. This is where we head for a bi-annual buying trip, a place to meet up with existing suppliers for a chin-wag and view of the new collections for 2011. It’s also a fab opportunity to source new ranges and expand our current supplier base as we are always super keen to introduce new exciting brands and product to the site.

Yummy pancakes with honeycomb butter and caramel drizzle. Ahhhh dreamy...

Upon arriving at Heathrow, the first thing on our minds was BREKKIE! We needed some serious fuel for the day ahead and some kind of a feast to keep us awake and perky! After checking in, we swiftly made our way to Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food restaurant and one Eggs Norwegian, one full English, one Pancakes with banana, two apple juices and two coffees later we were ready to go!

High up in the sky

Taking off at 7.05am, we flew high above the clouds and took in the most stunning sun rise; some more coffees and a little nap later, we had arrived! Set in the amazing old Tempelhof airport, Bread & Butter attracts buyers from all over the world and is a showcase for major brands such as Replay and Superdry as well as smaller up and coming brands.

Entrance to B&B
Bread and Butter info boards - old school!
Conveyor belt full of goodie bags!

What an amazing setting! With all the original airport signs, baggage conveyor belt, check in desks and design details still intact, we even had to show our passports upon entering along with our boarding pass style entrance tickets. It is a very slick operation, and a really fantastic show. Zig-zagging our way through the numerous stands, we caught up with some of our favourite suppliers including, Chunk, Amplified, Coloud, Chaser LA and Junk Food. We were buzzing with excitement at the new ranges, there are some real treats in store for you this year!

The fabulous Martin at Chunk
Amplified's industrial style stand
A cage of tees (And sneak preview of the new leather jacket)
Model behaviour at Amplified
Gum-ball goodies at Junk Food
Vintage distressed wall pics!
Chaser LA looking slick with a nod to the sixties!

After all our buyer dealings we had a little time to take in the sights of the show and I got quite snap happy taking photo’s of all the wicked design details and decorative stands, these were a few of my fave bits!

Bottled beauty
Disco pants
Got my eyes on you...
Hangin on the line
Sneaky aerial(ish) view

And so, back to Blighty to write up and follow up on this year’s finds! Roll on July, when we head back for more… xoxo

Time to depart 🙁

Our ten favourite uses of the Rolling Stones tongue…

In 1971, John Pasche, a budding young British artist, was commissioned by the Rolling Stones to produce a logo intended to be used as the album artwork for Sticky Fingers. After meeting Mick Jagger for the first time, Pasche was inspired to come up with the now infamous lips and tongue design by the “size of his lips and mouth”. Voted in 2008 as the Greatest Band Logo of all time, and widely credited as the first ‘rock brand marketing’, the iconic design has been celebrated, for better or worse, in some zany ways over the past forty years. We celebrate our favourite here, and now!

Stones tongue stage
The stage at the Oakland Coliseum Stadium for the 1978 Stones performance
Mown into the lawn at Chateau de Chambord, France
Mown into the lawn at Chateau de Chambord, France
Signed Rolling Stones guitar
Signed Rolling Stones guitar
Gotta love the tats!
Gotta love the tats!
Naff tie to go with that sir?
Naff tie to go with that sir?
Hot-rod air intakes - it gets better!!!
Rolling Stones phone - now this is a MUST HAVE!
Rolling Stones phone - now this is a MUST HAVE!
Rolling Stones airship!
Rolling Stones airship!
World famous lips urinal!
World famous lips urinal!
Rolling Stones T Shirt
Best of the lot - this diamante Rolling Stones T Shirt from TruffleShuffle!

Movie Release – The Green Hornet

Yet another retro revival hits our cinema screens this week but although box office forecasters are predicting big things for The Green Hornet, the critics seem to be swatting it from every direction. Uh oh! In advance of our TruffleShuffle outing to see this movie this week, we look at what some of the experts are saying about the Superhero action comedy remake…

The premise of the movie is loosely based on that of the original which centred on the smart and rich newspaper publisher, Britt Reed, who turned masked vigilante with help from his Asian manservant Kato. This time though, the publisher is a bumbling, immature party animal (played by Seth Rogen) who inherits his father’s empire and newspaper when he suddenly dies from a bee sting but then doesn’t know what to do with it. Kato (played by Jay Chou) meanwhile, is no manservant. He’s a mechanical and engineering genius, martial arts warrior, piano-prodigy, weapons expert and coffee-making artiste. Together, they decide to protect the citizens of L.A. by becoming good guys pretending to be bad guys who fight crime without badges and it’s all in 3d too!Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,) it’s already managed to flit to the top of the US box office, earning $34 million in this, it’s opening weekend. Plenty enough to score the number one spot and to fight off competition from the new Ron Howard/Vince Vaughn combo, The Dilemma.

To be honest – we had pretty high hopes for this one but from the sounds of some of the reviews below, we might just be disappointed! We’ll reserve our judgement until we’ve seen it in action but in the meantime, here’s what the experts are saying….

NME – 4 OUT OF 10
The problem with the new film is the titular character himself; Hornet was always a bumbling douchebag compared with DC and Marvel’s sleek elite, and while Rogan’s resume means he has the comedy chops to portray such a character, the age the film is being released into means there’s something heavy footed and dated about the green one’s japes – tonally it’s perhaps akin to the aforementioned Nolan casting Adam West in place of Christian Bale.

Despite an impressive cast of players – Michael Gondry behind the camera, Inglourious Basterds’ Chistoph Waltz the villain in front – the sum of such talents only succeeds in making a film out-of-step with the times; Kick-Ass did comedy sharper, Watchmen more adult, there’s even gags in The Dark Knight if you scrape off the grime. What The Green Hornet does better than all these films is making superheroes uncool – and there’s nothing that’s even a bit super about that.’

READ MORE… http://www.nme.com/movies/reviews/movie-review-the-green-hornet/11787

The Guardian – 2 OUT OF 5

Almost everything about the film is disappointing. Christoph Waltz is under-par as the villain with nothing like the steely charisma of his Nazi in Inglourious Basterds. The “amateur superhero” stuff looks very similar to Kick-Ass and the idea of the lonely plutocrat with the dishy female personal assistant – played in this case by Cameron Diaz – has been done in Iron Man.

This hornet has had its sting removed

READ MORE… http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jan/13/the-green-hornet-review

Total Film  – 3 OUT OF 5

Hornet may not be the bee’s knees, but it’s no bumble either.

Though tonally uneven, Hornet nonetheless works as breezy, irreverent entertainment that makes a virtue of its unlikely elements. And there’s the added buzz of James Franco’s cameo.


The Telegraph –

Rogen co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg, his collaborator on Pineapple Express, and it has about the same ratio of genuine laughs to bum ones, floating on a sea of scrappily under-motivated, ain’t-it-cool shenanigans.

The movie is interspersed with soullessly snazzy slow-mo fight sequences — you suspect Gondry scuttled off for these and got a crêpe.

I’ll be fair. Just occasionally, something Gondry-esque and eye-catching does occur, such as when the front half of the heroes’ pimpmobile charges around a high-storey newsroom, sending paper flying.

You can vaguely see what attracted him to the whole lark, while still wondering where they locked up his imagination, and when we’re allowed to ask for the keys.

Read more http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/film/filmreviews/8258029/The-Green-Hornet-review.html

Hmmm – sounds like we might be crying with disappointment into our popcorn come movie night! Have any of you guys seen it yet? Would you disagree with the reviewers? We’re hoping so!

xoxo

This weeks Friday Facebook Competition!

As you may already know, Friday means Facebook Competition day here at Truffle Towers which means we give you lovely lot the chance to win free money to spend on the site! Happy days!

This week, we came across this rather hilarious Barbie inspired pic so we couldn’t resist a caption related question!

This weeks Friday Competition - give us your best caption on our facebook fan page for your chance to win!

To enter, all you need to do is give us your best accompanying caption in the comments box on our facebook page. The funnier the better of course! We need your answers before 2pm as usual and the winner will be announced this afternoon.

Get involved on our facebook page here for your chance to win and you can giggle along to all the other entries too!

GOOD LUCK! XOXOX

The Super’est Auction in the World!

Stop what you’re doing, pack an overnight bag, and get yourself on the next flight to the US of A…

The American Superhero Museum, based in Indianapolis,  housed around 1,000 collectables, artefacts, props and costumes from the Superman and Batman TV shows and movies from the 1950’s onwards. In 2008, the museum closed without explanation and a 2010 Court Order has demanded that the memorabilia be auctioned on January 22nd, 2011.

Some of our tips for the highest bids are original Superman costumes worn by George Reeves, Christopher Reeves and Dean Cain. We’ve seen similar originals selling in a memorabilia shop in Las Vegas for between £25,000 and £50,000. One of Helen Slater’s original Supergirl costumes is going under the hammer, as is a replica Batboat and Batmobile – brand new replica Batmobiles are currently selling for £100,000.

Superman Auction

So if you’ve got a few thousand quid burning a hole in your pocket, get yourself to Indianapolis, bid on something fun, and let us know what the cabin crew said when you flew home wearing an original Christopher Reeve £50,000 Superman costume. Alternatively, if you’re planning on sailing the Batboat back home, we’ll be your First Mate!!

For details of the other items available at the auction, click here. If you fancy a cheaper alternative, pick yourself up a TruffleShuffle Superman Costume and tell everyone it’s the real deal, we promise we won’t tell a soul!

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