Interview with Marion of Bitching and Junkfood

Bitching and Junkfood is an up and coming online clothing store that focuses on 80’s and 90’s clothing and accessories, with some gorgeous handmade items (check out this brooch, sadly already sold out!) thrown in for good measure. They were recently featured on Kingdom of Style and it’s obvious why! They’re also the first online shop you can shoplift from:

Yes, you read it right, there will be items you can nab for free. No we’re not telling you how: right time, right page, sticky fingers at the ready. Yes, it’s totally free, no postage, no packaging, sealed with a kiss – times are tough, we’re all broke, life’s too serious, let’s have a laugh.

Glitter Butterfly Shades

As you can see, Bitching and Junkfood is a breath of (much needed!) fresh air. I got the chance recently to chat with Marion, the owner of B&J, and ask her a few questions!

Bitching and Junkfood is such a great, off-the-wall name. How did you come up with it?

It’s a name that’s reflective of a lifestyle. I was sitting at a bus-stop one day with my friend a couple of years back and we were discussing hanging out on a Sunday. She said “Yeah, let’s just sit around bitching and order some junkfood.” (Saturated fat is one of my favorite flavors.) I said “Bitching and Junkfood”, that’s what it’s all about isn’t it! Little light bulb pops up over my head and I thought, one day I’ll have a brand called Bitching and Junkfood and here it is.

In light of the name, what IS your favorite junk food? ;) (I’d have to say almost anything sweet, I love me some ice cream/cake/brownies!)

Cake, biscuits and chocolate are my heroin. If I eat one biscuit I have to eat the whole pack. One day I will be found lying in a gutter covered in crumbs.

What gave you the idea to start a business with this concept? What did you do before B&J?

I have spent the last 5 years working in fashion buying and design for the UK high-street and had always wanted to branch out on my own and do something different so at the start of this year I just decided to go for it. I felt that there was a gap in the market for a UK based on-line vintage store with a high fashion feel. I’ve always loved vintage and have had a knack of tracking down the great eBay items that nobody else manages to find so I thought I could start a store where I could do the hard work and find the goodies leaving the customer footloose and fancy free to go party. I feel like a lot of stores lack humour and being Irish this is something that’s really important so I can be a bit cheeky in how I describe my clothing, use the occasional swear word (the Irish get a free swear pass) and have a shop-lift facility. The internet is great because you can push it a lot more than you could in an actual store.

So many people, when they think of vintage, seem to focus on 1940-1960. What made you want to do 80’s and 90’s instead? Does it jibe with your personal aesthetic more, you think?

Yeah, I’ve always been comfortable with trashy for some strange reason. I grew up in the 80’s so that’s what’s most natural to me. I love shoulders and big hair and angular cheeks - it fits best with my looks. I remember thinking my mother was the most glamorous person in the world when I was five - her style was really Dynasty and Dallas and she used to wear these crazy big earrings and batwing dresses with abstract prints on them, so I guess this influenced me a lot.

And a few about style/your personal look…

Total schizophrenic. Clothing is too much fun to stick to one style. I have always been a tall, gawky, angular kind of girl so have never really been able to do the whole pretty and cute thing. I like layering but with I also need definition with tight and structured elements - corset belts are a godsend. Coco Chanel said “always take off one thing (accessory, non important clothing item) before you leave the house”  - I say always put two things on.

How do you define style or someone who is stylish? Can you describe your personal style in 10 words or less?

Avant Garde, Playful, Boy, Girl, Eclectic, Unkempt, Dark,  Cock-rock.

Who or what would you say are your biggest influences, style-wise?

Rick Owens, Vivienne Westwood, Margiela, Roisin Murphy, Kelis, Adam Ant.

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen! The lovely Marion of Bitching and Junkfood. Be sure to check out the shop, the blog, and follow her on Twitter!

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2 Responses to “Interview with Marion of Bitching and Junkfood”

  • jennine says:

    what a lovely interview! i also like 80’s and 90’s vintage… ti’s mmore wearable, the older ones have fabrics i worry about either being too delicate or too thick
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  • Michelle says:

    Thank you Jennine! I can definitely see that; whenever I handle fifties vintage I’m always afraid it will fall apart in my hands! I don’t know how some people wear 20’s or 30’s vintage, I would be afraid to move or go anywhere for fear of ruining it.

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