2014 has been a top year for us! We hung out with robots in Tokyo, opened a pop-up store in Sydney, gave our shop a shiny new refit and teamed up with our favourite lazyÂ cat Garfield. Here's a round up of the best bits... This year we celebrated our love and obsession with Japan by taking Lazy Oaf to Tokyo to shoot our SS'14 collections, hang out with some of the cities most talented creatives and fully embrace everything that makes the placeÂ so special. Highlights included spending an afternoonÂ with aÂ robotic dinosaur, raiding Harajuku's 100 Yen store and dressing up like Sailor Moon for the Purikura booth. We loved our trip so much that we bought itÂ back to our London store with our Tokyo Takeover pop-up giving us the chance to profile some ofÂ our favourite Japanese labels and artists including Little Sunny Bite, Chika Takei and Bunny Bissoux. In fact, you can buy a slice of the kawaii pie as a limited selection of designs and artwork from Tokyo are now available online. In 2014 our founder Gemma Shiel fulfilled one of her childhood dreams when she paired up with Jim Davis' iconic cartoon cat, and the epitome of Lazy Oaf, Garfield, to design a extra special collection. Celebrating Garfield's apathetic attitude and love for unhealthy snacks, we presented you with comic strip shirts, cat face swimsuits and EgyptianÂ jeans in all of our favourite candy colours. Set designer Rosy Nicholas bought the comic strips to lifeÂ for our launch party where we served up Garfield's favourite snack lasagne. We even met a real life Garfield when we visited the home of Persian ExoticÂ Mr. Milk the Cat, who wins ourÂ award for the best model of year wearing ourÂ pink beanie. OK the cats out of the bag, we love animals, and this year we took this love to the next level by making them the star of our photo shoots. Things got all creepy crawly for our men's winter shoot withÂ spiders crawlingÂ over hands, snakes slithering through hair and chameleons climbing up arms. For our Looney Tunes collection, we recruited our very own Bugs Bunny forÂ our magic rabbit video and had a pair of Porky Pigs joining usÂ on setÂ for our lookbook. As a brand who are rooted in graphic design, we always like to celebrate the latest talentsÂ in illustration and this is something we have done a lot of inÂ 2014. Our regular blog feature 'Studio Tours' has let us delve into the spaces and brains of up and coming artists takingÂ us across London, Tokyo and beyond. We also teamed up with one of the UK's leading illustrators Hattie Stewart who filled theÂ store wall with a landscape of rainbow teddies especially for our Tokyo Takeover event. To coincide with our Space Oddity collection, we asked some of our favourite illustratorsÂ to reimagine space and our Depop accountÂ launched with a bang when we got artists to create original prints based onÂ Looney Tunes characters. If you're a fan of illustrators projects like this then watch this space as we have something big coming in 2015...! But of course, none of the above would be even half as exciting if we didn't have all of you to share it with! And thanks to Instagram, this year we have got to see more of you than ever before. Nothing makes us more excited than getting to see how all of you are wearing your Lazy Oaf around the world and this year you've excelled our expectations. Basically what we're trying to say is we love you.
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