After a cold winter, we’re looking forward to the rebirth of Spring with warmer weather and more time spent outdoors. The Desigual Spring-Summer 2021 styles just arrived – Angel is offering 25% off the summer collection.
Below are some of the pieces we have in stock at our Gastown store – Vancouver’s only Desigual Wow Shop boutique with the latest styles of the Barcelona brand for women, men & kids. We’ve got lots of women’s styles still to show you, and the latest Desigual for men & kids.
Meanwhile, our Desigual Winter 2020 collection is on sale up to 50% off. Angel is open 11-6 daily, noon-6 Sundays.
We also offer private shopping by appointment. Call 604-681-0947. We ship worldwide.
Desigual has been upcycling denim since 1984. That’s Desigual’s roots. At the time, the company owner, Thomas Meyer, started out on the island of Ibiza in Spain, taking apart old denim jeans and making jackets out of them. A signature is the belt loops at the bottom of Desigual denim jackets.
Here is a sampling of some of the new Desigual styles from the Spring-Summer 2021 collection for women:
Today’s music is Justin Bieber doing a Tiny Desk concert “at home” starting with his new song Holy, followed by Justin on piano singing Peaches:
One of my favourite Foo Fighters songs is Everlong. Dave Grohl explains how he wrote it in 1996, followed by an acoustic version, released last week:
My all-time favourite version of Everlong was this 1998 live outdoor performance in Vancouver:
Mary Wilson, a founding member of The Supremes, died last month at the age of 76. Here is an early hit by the trio, Stop In The Name of Love. Listen closely to the song’s opening and you’ll hear a Hammond B-3 organ intro played by a Vancouver musician named Robbie King, who was in Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers – the only local band ever signed to Motown. The band was discovered in 1965 by Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard while the trio was playing in Vancouver. While touring the U.S. with the Vancouvers, Bobby Taylor was blown away by an opening act — an Indiana group of brothers called the Jackson 5. Taylor called Motown owner Berry Gordy, urging him to sign the band. Taylor went on to produce the first singles released by the Jackson Five. Another member of Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, Tommy Chong, later went on to form the popular stoner comedy duo Cheech and Chong.
This is the first 1968 Motown hit by Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers, co-written by Tommy Chong; it’s about a young Black man dating a white girl:
This was the flip side of the single, aka as the B side, of the above Gordy Records song. Malinda:
But wait, it doesn’t stop there: Two members of the band, Robbie King and drummer Duris Maxwell (at one time called Ted Lewis), later joined a Vancouver band, Skylark, that released this single. Wildflower:
The keyboardist was David Foster. This was his first hit in 1972, He went on to be nominated for 47 Grammy Awards, winning 16. It was co-written by Skylark guitarist Doug Edwards and a Victoria cop named Dave Richardson, who explained the inspiration for the song: “In 1970 I was dating a nurse, whom I would eventually marry in 1971 ….. One night I went to pick her up at her apartment, as we had planned on going out. When she opened the door I saw that she was upset to the point of tears. She still had a housecoat on and had her hair wrapped in a towel after a shower. She told me that two elderly ladies she had been caring for in the hospital had died that day at work, and she felt terribly sad about it, as she had come to know them fairly well over a period of time. Anyway, she more or less vented her feelings and I just listened. After she was finished, she thanked me for listening, and said she would get ready for our date. She went into the bedroom and closed the door, and I sat and watched TV waiting for her to come out. When she didn’t return, I knocked on the door but she didn’t answer, so I went in to find her fast asleep on the bed, still in her housecoat and with the towel still wrapped around her head. I guess she was just exhausted after her emotional day. So, I put a blanket over her, being careful not to wake her, and went home and wrote the song in about fifteen minutes or so. It was absolutely inspired. I have always felt that all I did was hold the pen in my hand, and that God did the writing. The ‘Be careful how you touch her, for she’ll awaken” part, refers to when I put the blanket over her. “The way she’s always paying, for a debt she never owes…” – It wasn’t her fault that the two ladies had died, and yet she felt so badly for them that she was crying.”
The song was later sampled by Tupac Shakur, Kanye West and Drake.