Event Announcement: Emporium Vernesque

Emporium Vernesque III

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

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.

Photographic Impressions of (Halloween in) Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris Halloween 2014

On Friday the 3rd of October, 3 days into this year’s Halloween season at their Disneyland Park, myself and Bert (a regular Gatehouse photographer) visited Disneyland Paris for exactly that, the Halloween celebrations, going on from October 1st to November 2nd.

That Disneyland Paris is a veritable treasure throve for steampunks and dieselpunks isn’t news, in fact, I wrote an article about it in the 2nd and 15th editions of the Gatehouse Gazette.

So in this post I won’t repeat myself, I will, however, share photos from (Halloween specific) steampunk in the Disneyland Park for your viewing pleasure.

Enjoy! Continue reading