Entries in Stockholm (11)
September was a huge month for Hebe. We agreed two new projects with two completely different yet equally interesting brands (that we are announcing this week) and had our best ever month on the blog. Here we take a quick look at some of the best bits of September.
Harvey Nichols were definitely on it during September: We hit Vogue Fashion Night Out, The Harvey Nichols x Land Rover Fashion Show and went to see the ace ICS at Harvey Nichols Freshers Event at Leeds University. This month promises to be just as busy as Leeds Fashion calendar kicks into over-drive during October.
One of the most read blog posts of September was my review of the 2011 LEP Summit. I dont think one post has resulted in so many DMs and emails. I think we said what a lot of people were thinking (something we are quite good at lol)
I also posted our first 'Hebe Hit List' post where we speak about the people and brands we want to work with in the next year. First up was the brilliant Corey Latif Williams.
We hope you enjoyed checking in with us during September, it was nice to smash our record number of monthly visits on this blog and combined with more then 500,000 views on LOL! Leeds Online and 9,000,000+ on UK Observing Diary shows that people seem to be interested in what we are talking / shooting / filming about :)
We have some really cool stuff planned for October. Lots of events, annoucements about new Hebe projects and much more, so check in when you can and say "hello".
Stockholm is one of the coolest cities in the world, and is home to a number of our friends and collaborators. Lee and I headed over in August 2011 to start planning for a big creative clash between cool kids from the UK and Sweden.
We've added a new gallery charting our 24 hour trip.
We also took the opportunity to hook up with our buddies at Hyper Island, and to spend a few hours planning our next bit of work with them, which we will announce this week! They're in a temporary space at the minute, whilst their HQ is being updated, and it was a bit of a mission to find our way to the inner sanctum. It was well worth the effort though, and seriously inspiring to be immersed in the buzz of awesomeness emanating from crowds of digibods, all sharing ideas about ways to solve problems handed down to them by the likes of Google, Nokia and Oxfam. A talk was underway as we left and the last thing I saw were projected words, thrown onto the wall in front of 200 students: "disruption doesn't ask permission".
Team Léve did us the full tour of Stockholm city, and we did our own bit of disruptive thinking over a few beers. The agenda (once we'd got over Marcus's new face friend - beards seem to be having a major revival in Sweden right now) was all about our Creative Encounter between our networks from Stockholm, Leeds and Manchester. More to follow on this one very soon... we'll give you a moment of two to get strapped in first!
August was a bit of a crazy month here at Hebe! Watching and making films, partying / drowning at festivals, kick-ass presentations, cool events, photo-shoots, funny interviews, intriguing meetings, Stockholm, Manchester, London and much more.
We have been working behind the scenes on a number of new projects including Creative Encounters in Stockholm, Taipei and Hangzhou. We have also agreed two new partnerships which we will be annoucing officially in the next week or so.
LOL! Leeds Online has made great strides in the past month and the Facebook Page alone is about to pass 47,000 members. We are also developing ideas for further platforms and content for the project which should start to go live during September.
UK Observing Diary is still kicking ass and attracting millions of views every month. The girls are in the final stages of writing their eagerly awaited first book. Clair is now blogging for Vogue Taiwan so big congratulations to her on that! Shang Ting is leading our charge in Asia and we are putting peices in place for some amazing Hebe events and experiences over there including a Taipei x London x Leeds Creative Encounter!
Looking back at the blog during August, we have been mainly taking pictures! Shang Ting's Street Style, Stacey's Week in Pics and an update and new gallery from Simon on his residency at Whitechapel Gallery in London. We also posted some of the (publishable) pictures from our Barca Crew Reunion including partying with Howard Marks and Louise Rennison.
We are launching a couple of new features on the blog during September that we are pretty excited about. Plus after around 18 months of trying to figure out our 'about' page, we think we have finally figured it out (but dont hold us to it!)
Peace out for now!