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Fancy winning yourself a t-shirt from Être Cécile’s bestselling SS14 collection? Well you’re in luck! To celebrate Easter we’ve teamed up with the Kinder Bueno team and are giving away 5 Être Cécile T-Shirts and a box of Bueno bars. Simply click the link below for your chance to win!

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Secret 7″

In 2011, founded on a growing frustration of their own experience of charity auctions,  Secret 7″ decided to take matters into their own hands. And so began a journey into unknown territory, centred around the objective to create a positive and fun experience for designers and art fans alike. It wasn’t long before Teenage Cancer Trust and 7 global superstars were convinced. The rest, as they say, is history.

Despite being a fledgling initiative, Secret 7″ has been overwhelmingly successful. In two short years the Team has received over 6,000 artworks by the likes of world famous artists like Ai Weiwei, David Shrigly and Gilbert & George, sold every single sleeve exhibited and raised over £60,000.

So ‘what is Secret 7″ all about anyway?’, we hear you ask. The idea is simple. The Team takes 7 tracks from 7 of the best known musicians, pressing each one 100 times to a 7″ vinyl. Creatives are then invited to interpret these tracks in their own individual style, resulting in a totally unique, one-of-a-kind sleeve for every 7″. Contributors range from famous names and art legends to up-and-coming gems unearthed through artwork submitted via the Secret 7″ website.  Each season a new good cause is selected, benefiting from the combined efforts of the contributing artists and record buyers (which is where you can come in, but more on that later!). This year, guided by the brutal scenes in Syria on the news, all money raised from the sale will go to War Child, a charity that has always worked closely with music to help raise both money and awareness.

You can get your hands on one of the 700 sleeves this Record Store Day (Saturday 19th April) at the exhibition Downstairs At Mother, 10 Redchurch St, where each sleeve will be on sale for £45 from 10am – 6pm. The artist responsible for each sleeve, or even the song it belongs to, is a secret that lies within!

Ahead of the sale, we’ve picked a selection of our favourites, and you can too! Visit the Secret 7″ website for more details.

Top row, right to left

Cara, Buying Intern: #186 – One word. Funky.
Spenser, PR Manager: #214 – The pupil looks like a keyhole into space, sort of twin peaks style. Me likey!
Natalie, Digital Manager: #536 – A combination of my childhood (and adulthood!) loves: Jurassic Park and puzzle books.

Middle row, right to left

Louise, Digital Assistant: #78 – This handwritting is just like my uncle’s. I feel like he would probably say this to me too.
Ali, Menswear Buyer: #37 – He just looks like the type of guy you would have a random conversation with at the pub. Or he is your stereotypical crazy uncle that you only see at weddings.
Danny, Mr. Start Design and Production Manager: #385 – It’s makes me think about Bambi’s early life loss. Hauntingly lonely, but beautiful at the same time.

Bottom row, right to left

Louise, Digital Assistant: #81 – I’m hungry and I love chips and I love a cuppa.
Natalie, Digital Manager: #373 – Micro vs. Macro. To me this looks like it could be a star clustered galaxy or a bacterial culture growing on a petri dish. It speaks to the scientist in me.
Chris, Sales Associate and Artist: #73 – I like this because it reminds me of Linda, and I have always been a fan of her work.

Easter Opening Hours /

If you’re planning on a London staycation (or a city break to our fair capital!) this Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, don’t forget we’re open on Good Friday and Saturday and closed Easter Sunday and Monday. If you’re in the neightbourhood on Saturday stop by our menswear store for our Record Store Day celebrations. If you’re not in town you can still browse our rails in our Virtual Shopping experience, and shop our womenswear Easter Edit curated by Brix Smith Start herself!

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Record Store Day /

In 2007 over 700 independent stores in the USA joined forces to celebrate their unique, inimitable culture, and so Record Store Day was born. This year marks the seventh celebration of the UK’s unique independent sector, and as a collective of independent stores ourselves with an inextricable link to rock ‘n’ roll, we’re 100% behind Record Store Day.

After checking out some exclusive sleeve artwork at Secret 7″ over on Redchurch Street, head over to our menswear store and enjoy a cold beer while you shop the latest SS14 collections. We’ll even give you 10% off your in store purchase if you’ve bought a record from an independent record store on the day. Just present your receipt at the till to redeem your discount.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Mr. Start /

Once again BAFTA winner Chiwetel Ejiofor favoured Mr. Start, stepping out in a suit, shirt and tie combination for the premiere of his latest film Half of a Yellow Sun. Based on the novel by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the film sees Chiwetel starring alongside Thandie Newton as two young lovers caught up in the chaos of the Nigerian-Biafran War.

Chiwetel Ejiofor in Mr. Start at the Half a Yellow Sun Premiere, image via GQ.com