Category Archives: Vintage Style Inspiration

Baby, it’s cold outside

This Arctic start to the new year is perfect weather for the ever gorgeous shearling coat. Black on black, oversized and vintage is the way to go and you just can’t beat the feeling of those natural fibres that keep you oh so warm.

As always, we love providing you with style inspiration. In our latest shoot we paired a vintage shearling from our archive with some statement vintage necklaces. Simplicity at its best.

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What makes the good old sheepskin a die hard wardrobe must-have is that it’s a statement in its own right. It’s the ultimate throw on and upgrades an outfit instantly. When you find something that is the perfect combo of being a practical purchase, comfortable to wear and always stylish, nab it!! Thankfully, when we launch our vintage clothing offering you’ll have your one stop shop for all your fab vintage needs.

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SBP Team x

Chunky knits

It’s cold outside, ladies and a chunky knit is the order of the day. It’s the perfect throw on that goes with just about everything. We like our knits oversized and this vintage gem from our archive is bang on!

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We added a little glitz and glam for this festive season with an 80′s embellished belt but this knit would still look amazing on its own. It’s just that fabulous.

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An oversized chunky knit is great at creating an effortlessly chic look whether you go for neutral tones or brights like we’ve done with our second vintage look.

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We paired this vintage pretty pink number with a subtly floral vintage silk scarf and our go-to staple, vintage denim.

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All these pieces are from our archive and are just the kinds of one-offs we’ll be bringing you when we launch our clothing offering in 2017.

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In the meantime don’t forget that you can treat yourself to some lovely vintage accessories, like the ones we’ve styled in this shoot, by nabbing one of our Bello Boxes – style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories.

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If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

The Statement Vintage Cape

A cape should definitely have a place in your wardrobe. They are a great way to add a bit of drama to your look. This statement vintage cape is a real star and we love how it looks with denim – just gorgeous.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

It’s another piece from our archive and a fab example of the kind of one-offs we’ll be bringing you when we launch our clothing offering in 2017. So stay tuned for more great shoots and style inspiration.

Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive
Clothing from Style By Portobello archive

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Christmas present inspiration

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and it’s definitely feeling cold enough to be Christmas. Yes, it’s that time of year again and if you’re anything like us you may have already started to pull your hair out trying to find new and original gift ideas for that person that has just about everything. Well we have had our thinking caps on and have some simply lovely gift suggestions to save the day. You can thank us later.

Vintage crockery by Rare and Racy
These guys have the prettiest stall on Portobello Road every Friday and Saturday stocking the coolest vintage china from all of London’s coolest hangouts.

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c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram
c/o @racycharlie Instagram

You can’t go wrong with a one-off teacup and saucer set from the team whose Instagram profile describes them as all about, ‘Tea, Cake and Girl Power’. You can’t argue with that. AND they do gorgeous cake stands. If you want to get in touch you can find them at @racycharlie on Instagram.

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c/o @racycharlie Instagram

Luxury gents grooming at Grooming at 93 for the special man in your life
We just couldn’t leave the guys out and to be honest, sometimes they are the most difficult to buy for. So why not give them an unforgettable grooming experience at Grooming at 93?

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c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram
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Grooming at 93 is a new, luxury, gents salon we discovered on Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London. It’s on the lower ground floor of John Rushton Shoes. Not only do they offer quality tailored haircuts and beard trims but also traditional, hot towel shaves. Divine!

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c/o @grooming_at_93 Instagram

A quintessentially vintage, British grooming experience for the modern man. If you’re around that part of town then they accept walk-ins so you can easily and spontaneously surprise your Mr. For the organised amongst you then you can make bookings here.

93 Wimpole Street, London, W1, 020 7409 2970 http://www.93wimpolest.com/

Vintage earrings from Clair Green Vintage
Another fab stall on Portobello Road. You’ll find Clair and her divine vintage earrings on a Saturday at the Rogers Gallery, 65 Portobello Road. You can go for original retro beauties such as these art deco clip-ons.

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c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram

However, if you’re not a fan of clip-ons then have no fear. Genius Clair also creates lovely upcycled earrings using authentic vintage beads with new, modern fittings.

c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram
c/o @clair_green_vintage Instagram

If you want to snap up some her unique creations then you can find her at @clair_green_vintage on Instagram.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Music: Introducing Smitha

Fashion and music are such natural bedfellows. There are so many new and exciting artists out there ripe for discovery and Smitha is one of those gems. We’ve been tapped into Smitha for a while. She’s a refreshing, talented and seriously authentic (and gorgeous) singer/songwriter from our very own London Town. We were really happy to sit down and find out more about her music, style and inspirations.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

How would you describe your style of music?
Melodic, expressive and heartfelt, incorporating pop, soul and folk.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

What’s your process for song writing? How do you get inspired?
It’s variable! Sometimes I think of a melody or ‘hook’ first and depending on where I am, I’ll frantically sing it into my phone before I forget it and expand on the song when I get home with my guitar. Sometimes it’s the other way round and the chords come first.

I get inspiration from personal experience or at times something that has affected someone else but stirred up an emotion in me. I would like my songs to be real and relatable for others. You feel so much more connected with others then, particularly when playing live. I love it!

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

How would you describe your look?
I do like to mix it up and give a nod to the sixties! I have a few jeans and skirts that I wear frequently. I dress these up or down with T-shirts, laced tops, jumpers and flats or heels depending how fast I need to move! I love interesting prints, pretty details and bold colours. I have some dresses that I love wearing, particularly when the weather is warmer, which are both vintage and new! I absolutely love 60s style make-up with winged eyeliner and nude lips, and this is my go-to make-up. I also like to keep it simple and then I may add in a red lippy.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

How do you decide what to wear for a performance?
It’s important for me to feel comfortable and be able to breathe! My priority is to sound the best that I possibly can but at the same I want to look like I’m performing. This gets me into the mindset that I’m not just ‘Smitha’, I’m Smitha the ‘Artist’. I tend to steer away from wearing very dark colours and for big performances I’ll wear something bold and colourful.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello

What do you love about vintage clothes and accessories?
Where do I start!! I love its uniqueness and knowing that it’s highly unlikely that anyone else will be wearing that same item. I love the quality of the clothing. These items really do stand the test of time. I love the fact that there is a story behind these items and then I imagine I’ve stepped back in time! I love mixing vintage up with newer items of clothing. Actually I have added vintage pieces into my performance wear at gigs, including dresses, scarves and skirts.

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

What’s your favourite way to perform? Festivals, small intimate venues, in the studio?
I love all of these venues for different reasons and I think it’s important for me to do them all. Festivals are great for my more up-tempo and groovier tunes, they help to get the crowd interested and engaged. The smaller venues are more intimate and brilliant for the slower songs and trying out new material. I love performing live, but the studio is essential to get the music recorded with a few takes if needed!

Any advice for aspiring musicians?
Practice, perform, practice, write, practice, perform, write, practice, record, write, practice…..you get the idea!! It is really important to know your songs very well, this means that when you do perform them in front of an audience, you’ll be nervous but not a complete wreck and feel confident about them. You’ll mess up sometimes, but that’s ok, everyone does. Get involved with your local music scene. Meet and collaborate with other musicians. I’m learning so much from others and I’m sure I’ll always be learning. Go to open mic nights and try out new material. It’s not all smooth sailing but remind yourself now and again why you are doing this, as sometimes the reason for this can be lost, and keep coming back to it – put a post-it on your bathroom mirror! For most it will be for the pure love and passion for music. Thinking about this has kept me going through any rough patches. Surround yourself with positive people who support and believe in you. Also remember to have fun and enjoy yourself!

Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.
Wearing pieces from Style By Portobello clothing and accessories archive. Styled by Style By Portobello.

Where can we next see you performing?
On 10th December, I’ll be performing at Nomad Club in Old Street, London. Then on 15th December, I’m performing with some other acoustic artists as part of the Icarus Club, Pelton Arms, in Greenwich, London. My biggest gig in the diary so far is at Jimmy’s Farm Festival next summer. It’s brilliant fun there and I’ll be performing on the main stage. I’ll also be in the recording studio again in preparation to release my debut EP next year.

Website smithamusic.com Twitter @smithamusic

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Three ways to wear a statement vintage jacket

As you know, in 2017 we’ll be launching a vintage cloting offering. Until then we want to inspire you with just how versatile a vintage wardrobe can be. You can get so many outfits out of one gorgeous piece. Our most recent shoot featured this stand-out, killer of a vintage jacket. It’s from our archive and is just the kind of piece we’ll be bringing you in our edit when we launch.

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A statement jacket is a wardrobe essential. A VINTAGE statement jackets is even more of a must-have. With a timeless piece such as this one you’ll always be on the best dressed list.

1) With leather: sequins and leather is just such a fabulous combo. These mint condition vintage leather trousers are from our archive and are a favourite. A leather skirt or shorts would look just as stellar.

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We love mixing vintage with high street purchases as it’s a great way to ensure you don’t look dated or cliched. This divine high street powder blue, crepe top just made those sequins pop and was a great texture contrast to the leather.

2) With demin: ok so we’re a bit biased as we are obsessed with denim and as far as we are concerned, EVERYTHING looks good with denim. These vintage jeans are just the right wash and they tone the outfit down a bit. Sometimes a girl doesn’t want to look like she’s made too much of an effort. Pairing your statement jacket with denim (again a skirt or shorts would work just as well) gives you that ‘just thrown on look’. Having a slightly more casual look also means you can wear a few more accessories. Isn’t this vintage belt just so gorgeous!! Just like denim, the leather wears so well and looks better and better with age.

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3) With cashmere: need we say more? This is super luxe yet nicely pared down. This vintage cashmere cardi is so fine in tucks in just perfectly and it’s a bottle green colour that you just don’t see that much nowadays. Again, as this look is more casual you can go harder with the accessories as we’ve done with this vintage bag from our archive.

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If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Style By Portobello does Vintage Clothing

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We love all things vintage. We love sending out our Bello Boxes full of gorgeous, one-off stylish vintage accessories… AND…we also adore vintage clothes. To that end, in 2017 we are delighted to announce that we’ll be launching a vintage clothing offering! Our edit of women’s vintage clothing and accessories will allow you to explore timeless designs and enduring trends. We can’t give too much away as yet but suffice to say that you’ll be able to preview, pick and buy your favourite pieces there and then. We’ll of course be drip feeding you lots more info as we get closer to launch. Expect gorgeous shoots showcasing the kind of divine pieces you can expect when we go live such as the shot above from our most recent shoot. Talk about a statement vintage jacket. We are so excited and hope you are too! Bring on 2017.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage style and keep up to date on our clothing launch journey, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

Style Inspiration – vintage festival fashion

Fashion has always taken centre stage when it comes to festivals. So in honour of Coachella here’s some vintage style inspiration for your festival style this year.

Whatever your tastes, there’ll be a festival look that speaks to your inner happy camper. So let the festival fashion frenzy begin!

Necklaces – We say, ‘pile ‘em high’. It’s all about the layering. We just love how Jane Birkin did it. Perfection.

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Headgear – Simply put, a festival essential. Whether you go for a scarf headband à la Raquel Welch and Patti Harrison or go full blown flower power like Joni Mitchell and Drew Barrymore, the right head wear will do wonders for your look.

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Top left: Joni Mitchell, top right: Woodstock, bottom: Drew Barrymore

Gypsy chic – Festivals and gypsy chic go hand in hand and the style icons of times gone by wore the original look so well. The likes of Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac really made this look their signature style.

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The tassel – Tassels scream festival and vintage divas such as Chaka Khan and sultry siren Raquel Welch (again) knew how to work them.

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And finally…The crochet dress. These are everywhere right now but the vintage ones are the best. Whether you go for rainbow brights or ethereal white cotton and crochet mix, you can’t go wrong.

 

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We’d love to see how you’re wearing your vintage this festival season so tweet us @stylebybello and we’ll retweet.

If you’d like to get our latest news on vintage fashion and vintage style, make sure you sign up to our Style By Portobello newsletter. To buy a Scarf Set or one of our Bello Boxes (style boxes full of divine vintage jewellery and accessories) just pop over to stylebyportobello.com.

SBP Team x

 

 

#FlashbackFriday: Bring Back Brightly Coloured Tights from the 60s!

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Think Twiggy, think Mary Quant, think Peggy Moffit. Think Jean Shrimpton. Think flower power. Think block colour. Think polka dots. The 1960s was a time when tights became more than just tights; they became yet another vessel of communication and expression in the world of fashion and ‘bright colours’ was the leading theme of that decade. Brightly coloured tights were used to clash, contrast or complement an outfit (depending on how rebellious you were feeling) and for #flashbackfriday we take a look at who did it best, past and present.

Here’s a little glimpse back at one of our favourite bold trends of the flower powered sixties, and a look at some of our favourite icons in bright coloured tights.

Coloured Tights in the 60s…

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This photo of Jean Shrimpton is iconic.  Teaming beautiful purple tights with a contrasting textured top / dress, this outfit really pops. It’s got the fun, flirtatious elements of 60s fashion yet it still remains wonderfully sophisticated.

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A favourite model of designer Mary Quant, Twiggy’s outfits were all about contrasts; whether she was rocking monochromatic tones and geometric shapes or bright colours that clashed with one another, Twiggy was always sporting an interesting mix of styles. Twiggy shows us that we can go for seamless colour combinations (matching a green dress with green tights) or soft , feminine combos (pink dress with white tights). The options are endless.

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This image of model Peggy Moffitt is one of the most amazing photographs of the 1960s and probably one of the first recorded images of true colour blocking. This look is bright, fun yet still so slick and elegant. A simple black knit is complemented with bright accents of colour; and the pink tights plus clashing red shoes just finish off the outfit perfectly.

Coloured Tights Today…

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Sarah Jessica Parker never fails to amaze us with her fashion sense. She’s gone for the alternative look and brightened up a rainy day with some bright 1960s inspired colour popping. This look isn’t for everyone but we just love her retro outfit and she’s certainly got the legs to pull it off.

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In these shots for a magazine, Cara Delevingne is styled like one of our favourite 1960s icons, Twiggy. The short hair, the big doll eyes, the stark nude lip, and some bright white tights take us back in time. This image shows us that rocking the coloured tights look from the 60s doesn’t always have to be about colour clashing; white tights make a simple, sophisticated choice and they are very easy to style with just about anything.

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Take a walk on the wild side with Paloma Faith and work the clashing colours with confidence. Her look is very ‘out there’ but if you’re not feeling up to it, why not tone it down by styling bright tights (just like Paloma’s) with a simple LBD. It will be a great pop of colour to an evening outfit.

Love vintage? If you adore colour blocking and vintage accessories as much as we do here at Style By Portobello, be sure to sign up for our vintage subscription box, a monthly box of hand-curated vintage items. For more vintage style inspiration and vintage fashion tips, sign up to the Style By Portobello newsletter

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The Iconic Fringe Jacket: A Vintage Trend Worn by Music Legends

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According to recent catwalks, the bohemian trend which has been dipping its toes in and out of fashion and flirting outrageously with the runway, is making a serious comeback. That 60s / 70s look is set to be super hot in SS16 and girls are getting their fringe on in time for music festivals. It’s so Woodstock 69. But here at Style By Portobello, we’re not so moved by trends and what the designer catwalk dictates. We’ve loved that 70s look since the beginning of time and we’re big fans of the iconic fringe jacket. And we don’t believe that fringing gets any better than vintage fringing. So before you hit the high streets for a fast fashion fix, we think you should head to your local vintage market such as Portobello Road. 

As worn by some of the most iconic music stars of the 60s and 70s, the fringe jacket is a serious style statement, one that represents love, hedonism, freedom, progression, the hippie movement, liberal thinking, world peace and even a bit of self-indulgence. What started in the 1920s with flapper style dresses became a major look in the 1970s; taking inspiration from Native Indian clothing, the bohemian fringing that happened in Western fashion was a great representation of free thinking, openness and kindness. 

If you love 1970s vintage as much as we do, a fringed jacket or waistcoat is a wardrobe must-have. And whether you go for leather or suede, you can’t wrong with some vintage fringing this summer! Here are some of the most iconic people to have worn the fringe jacket.

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JANIS JOPLIN

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GRACE SLICK (JEFFERSON AIRPLANE)

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DAVID CROSBY

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ELVIS

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MARSHA HUNT

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STEVIE NICKS

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If you love this iconic style of the 70s, browse the vintage stalls and boutique shops around Portobello and Golborne Road the next time you’re in the area. And for more vintage style updates, vintage shopping guides or vintage fashion inspiration, make sure you sign up to the Style By Portobello newsletter.

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