It’s Time to Stamp Out Systemic Sexual Abuse in the Fashion Industry


  In the wake of the harrowing reports of rampant sexual misconduct committed by Harvey Weinstein and the resulting #MeToo movement, stories of misconduct and abuse across a range of industries are unfolding on a seemingly daily basis. The latest report to rock the world of fashion was released on Saturday 12 January by The New York Times. Legendary photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have both been accused of sexual exploitation by fifteen former and current models in the case of Testino, and thirteen male assistants and models in the case of Weber. On January 17, another four allegations… Continue Reading

How to Style – New Years Eve


I have always felt that New Years Eve is over-hyped and over-rated. When I was younger there was always so much anticipation surrounding this ‘mythical’ evening. What would we wear? Where would we go? What would we drink? Who might we kiss? No matter how rigorously we planned each and every year our evening of debauchery never lived up to our exceptions. Even when left to chance, we still ended up having had a mediocre evening and a hangover to boot. As I got older I realised I didn’t need to go out to have what is generally deemed an… Continue Reading

How to Style – 5 Festive Outfits


At Leiden we love dressing to theme and there is nothing that floats our boat quite like festive dressing. Rather than reaching for your tried and trusted Christmas t-shirt or jumper (although these are both very good options), we suggest you rifle through your closet and see what else you can find in a Christmas colour palette and have a play. After such a rifle in my own wardrobe, I present to you a few festive options. My modus operendi was to make use of anything red, green and metallic.   A Subtle Nod to The Season Top: Vintage Chanel… Continue Reading

Cat Person: Starting a Conversation


  Like a great many people in the world I eagerly devoured Cat Person, a short story written by Kristen Roupenian and published in The New Yorker on December 11. This powerful piece of fiction, which had me hooked from the first line, has set the internet ablaze in a way fiction rarely does, receiving praise, backlash and backlash to that backlash. Divisive as it has been, Cat Person has ignited a conversation about sex, gender, power and consent. The short story focuses on two characters: Margot, a twenty year old university student and Robert, an older man Margot meets at the artsy cinema where she works.… Continue Reading

Leiden Podcast – Episode 6: A Look Inside A Relationship


  This is Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. In our sixth episode the cutest couple we know Leiden editor Emma Batchelor and copy editor Jesse Petrie chat about their relationship and whether or not they should get married. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle are produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez. Our artwork features an illustration of the ‘Leiden girl’ by Johanna Dziadkiewicz.   Links London College of Fashion… Continue Reading

Ori Building Christmas Shopping Night


It’s that time of year again. Battling to get a car park, jostling up against fellow shoppers as you navigate the street, getting uncomfortably close to a stranger as you reach around them to grab the last pair of sushi socks you know your BFF will love before someone else snaps them up. Christmas shopping can be stressful, uncomfortable and a little bit sweaty. But it needn’t always be this way. The traders in Braddon’s Ori Building are well known for throwing a great shopping night and their Christmas event, taking place this Thursday evening, will be no exception. As… Continue Reading

Not Ya Nan’s Embroidery


  Crafting has been making a come back over the last decade or so, largely due to our increasing desire to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the mindful act of creating with our hands. This desire is something Caitlin Tubb knew all too well as she started her rather cheeky embroidery business Not Ya Nan’s Embroidery. A curvaceous bottom or perky breast may not be the sort of subject matter you would typically see embroidered into an artwork but it is undeniably fun and provoking. We caught up with her to find out just what made her pick up… Continue Reading