Spend $200 on Desigual clothing at Angel Vancouver and we’ll throw in a free travel bag, which has wheels and a pull-out handle. Or a free Desigual umbrella. The trolley bags just arrived Monday in our latest shipment, which also contained new stock of two Desigual coats for Spring-Summer 2014: Uno and Parisina (photos below).
Angel Vancouver is located at No. 2 Powell Street in the Gastown district of Vancouver, Canada. Our store is on the corner of Powell & Carrall Street in Maple Tree Square, which is where Vancouver began. The photo above shows what my store looked like in 1886.
The slogan of the Bacelona-based Desigual is La Vida es Chula (Life is Cool)! Desigual explains: “The slogan reflects Desigual’s way of thinking that is inevitably influenced by the Mediterranean, the sun, light, passion and a lust for life. A philosophy of life that reflects a way of dressing: fun, fresh, original and always instilled with a happy, playful and creative attitude. Be confident, don’t be afraid to be yourself.”
Today’s video is from 60 years ago, Shake Rattle & Roll by Big Joe Turner. The song, often cited as one of the first rock and roll records, was written by Jesse Stone, an American rhythm and blues musician and songwriter who wrote under the pseudonym Charles Calhoun:The line in the song about “a one-eyed cat peepin’ in a seafood store” is a sexual reference suggested by the session drummer. The original recording was on Atlantic Records, where Stone was a house arranger and songwriter; the background vocalists included Atlantic record executives Jerry Wexler and Ahmet Ertegün. The same year, the song was a huge hit for Bill Haley & the Comets. Stone, a bandleader and friend of Duke Ellington, had previously been musical director in the early 1940s of a hot black women’s swing-jazz band called the International Sweethearts of Rhythm:Stone also co-wrote Flip, Flop and Fly with Turner:He also wrote Smack Dab in the Middle, which was recorded by Ray Charles, and Money Honey for the Drifters, which in 1956 became a big hit for Elvis.