Event Review: Emporium Vernesque

Emporium Vernesque 2014 - review cover shot

Event: Emporium Vernesque
What: steampunk convention
When: November 8 2014
Where: Luxor Live, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Website

Emporium Vernesque was back this year, for the 3rd time, and instead of having split its location between Willemeen and Luxor Live like last year, they had moved to Luxor Live entirely, leaving Willemeen completely for the first time.

Luxor Live is much larger than the previous venue, and it needs to be said, a lot more beautiful. Even though the light wasn’t best to photograph in, it did give the entire venue the exact right kind of atmosphere.

Being completely in the new venue caused some glitches and there was a bit of chaos, but most steampunks didn’t let that hinder them and they happily moved around between the rooms or the area just outside of the venue. Things like that are to be expected from new surroundings, and I’m sure that next year all the kinks will have been ironed out. Continue reading

Event Announcement: Emporium Vernesque

Emporium Vernesque III

Event: Emporium Vernesque
What: steampunk convention
When: November 8 2014
Where: Luxor Live, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Website

It’s nearly that time of the year again: time to attend Emporium Vernesque, the premier indoors steampunk convention of The Netherlands (and quite possibly the entirety of Europe).

This year in a new and bigger venue, Luxor Live, and with more fashion, shops, workshops, music and of course, full of friendly and open-minded steampunk fun of all imaginable ‘punk types!

There will be plenty to do and plenty to see, and if you feel like spending a day in full steam this is the event you want to be going to for sure!

The convention really IS worthwhile but don’t just take my word for it right now, you can read the reviews of both past editions, you can find them here and here.

Product Review: Tie Guard by Poorman’s Gold Label

Tie guard review

Poorman’s Gold Label, the steampunk accessories label from Japan by MaRy and 130JET of premiere Japanese steampunk band Strange Artifact, returns with another brilliant creation, perfect for the steampunk that favors a more contemporary or coorporate style: the tie guard.

I’m sure the name is pretty self-explanatory (and else I’m sure the picture is), it’s literally armor for your necktie.

With their tie guard, they have effectively designed an armor piece that looks great on all manner of ties, ranging from skinny to slim and regular sized ones.

The faux gem details on the bottom give it a more distinguished touch, and the general design sets it apart from mere armor.

Like everything else by the label, this is hand crafted from high quality leather, which means that with good care it will keep its pristine look, or you can gradually allow it to age, as leather ages fabulously. Up to you.

For those preferring not to wear a tie, or for the occasions where a tie just doesn’t work with your outfit, try belting a tie like a sash (or wearing a thin enough sash) and wearing the tie guard over the tie knot in that.

Click for an example of that look. Standard colours for this item are dark brown and black.

As usual, shopping from outside of Japan from Poorman’s Gold Label isn’t the easiest, but you don’t actually need a shopping service like you would with many Japanese brands.

Simply send an email to info@strangeartifact.jp in either English or Japanese, explain what you are interested in and I’m sure they’ll be happy to help you out.

Alternatively, Lorina Liddell stocks a limited supply of several PMG designs, so if you prefer working with a webshop, you may find something you like there.