As do many festivals, Littlegig started out as a party for friends. From 250 people it has grown in 3 years to 1,500, most of whom I don’t know at all. The festival (which will remain small, we promise) is riding into the future on this new energy, but the original intention remains: to move people from their busy lives into a place of inspiration and possibility. We do this by making every inch of the festival as creative as possible.
The world’s first fully-curated festival fashion concept store is one of Littlegig’s defining spaces. Of course, many festivals do fashion, but in the form of concession rails or stalls, usually with lots of sequins, shiny leggings, tribal feather headdresses and flower crowns. We were tired of the predictable sameness that had come to define festival fashion.
The concept store was an experiment. Why, when the rest of the festival was free, would people haul out their credit cards? Duh. It was mobbed from the moment it opened. Curated and merchandised by my two talented designer friends, Shirley Fintz and Lindy Cohen, the store was a magical space in the trees with no two things the same. Shirley, who is also a sculptor, reworked vintage clothing which she imported from around the world’s maxi-skirts made from Afghan wedding veils, transparent dresses from embroidered tulle from India, hoodies from silver-threaded indigo from West Africa. Lindy, who is also a fashion trend forecaster (see below), added her edge of dance-meets-streetwear. By the time we closed, there was practically nothing left on the rails.
As the store has grown, so too has the roster of designers, and in February we are thrilled to have big-name talent like Rich Mnisi and Marianne Fassler, menswear by Craig Port and Seth Shezi, and many others.
When curating the store, our guiding truth is that festivals are places of self-expression, so there should be no such thing as a blanket festival fashion look. For we are creatives, athletes, rebels, visionaries, royals, performers, tastemakers, caregivers, spiritualists, explorers, advocates, intellectuals. (Take the archetype test here to find out what you are.) And at Littlegig, it feels only right that we should dress like the best version of ourselves.
See you at the festival fashion concept store. Open on Saturday only, 11am-8pm.
Payment is by cash or credit card.
ANTHEIA BESPOKE WREATHS / BEACH CULT / CRAIG PORT / CRYSTAL BIRCH / DIONNE CAMPBELL-YOUNG / EMILY HELLENS / ESPADRIL / GOOD GOOD GOOD AND DAVID BRITS / KLÛK CGDT / THE JOINERY / LARA KLAWIKOWSKI / LOVE DELUXE / LUKHANYO MDINGI / MAMI WATA / MARIANNE FASSLER / NAOSERATI / RICH MNISI / RUFFTUNG / SETH SHEZI & STANLEY GABRIEL x CRAIG PORT / SHAKA LULU / /SHIRLEY FINTZ VINTAGE / TRIBE / W35T / XUBE
ATHLETIC SQUAD / Our obsession with logos and health continues.
Inspiration: Hood by Air
ACTIVISM / Disillusion with hierarchy; the T-shirt as voting ground; the future is female. Inspiration: Jenny Holzer
RURAL ENTITIES / Use of rough-hewn textures and functional shapes.
Inspiration: Dolce and Gabbana basketry / Delpozo headwear
SHAPE SHIFTING / Movement away from figure-hugging towards shapes that celebrate other parts of the body. Inspiration: Rei Kawakubo for Commes des Garcons
NB: Festival tickets are sold separately from tents. First buy your festival ticket, then select your tent. No more self-camping passes available.