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Gift Ideas for Alternative Fashion Lovers

 

Typically, fashion for the Christmas season is either all about sparkly dresses for the inevitable run of Christmas parties or big wooly jumpers for mince pies with your nan. But spare a thought for those alternative types among us for whom sequins and glitter are about as alien as death metal is to your aunty Sue. If you have a Gothic type or alternative fashion fan among your nearest and dearest, then look no further for some easy gift ideas that are sure to hit the mark this Christmas.

 

For him

 

EMP Signature Collection Iron Maiden Sneakers

Everyone needs a good pair of Converse or sneakers. In fact, the more the merrier. If you know someone who basically lives in their Converse, check out our EMP exclusive sneakers with designs from loads of metal bands and TV series. These Iron Maiden sneakers have a grungy feel thanks to their graffiti-style design and are perfect for fans of the band. They’re basically a must have at gigs or festivals too.

Devil’s Plaything Boxers

 

 

I know, I know. You don’t want to be that person who always gives underwear and socks. But hear me out. There’s a good reason why pants and socks make great gifts – they’re on budget, everyone needs them, and most guys never remember to buy them for themselves. But forget tighty-whities and embarrassing ‘comedy’ prints. Instead at least amplify the cool factor with these skull and rockhand designs from EMP’s Black Premium label. This set offers three different designs made from comfy and fresh cotton. All black too, of course. If you have to give pants, at least give cool pants.

 

Sound Check Denim Jacket

 

 

Denim jackets are a wardrobe staple, and for good reason. This design from RED by EMP won’t just keep you warm but also looks really cool. The black denim jacket also has a detachable sweater hood which is ideal for the colder months and can be removed for warmer days. See, versatile! The slightly faded wash is really on trend, too. A simple black jacket is always a safe bet as a gift as it’s pretty guaranteed to match well with the recipient’s existing wardrobe and style, and can be worn for years to come.

 

Black Sabbath Tour T-shirt

 

 

If in doubt, a T-shirt is a fail-safe option. And this Black Sabbath Tour T-shirt from EMP’s Signature Collection is a great example of T-shirt that’s unique, stylish and perfect for an alternative look. It’s a well-known fact that throwing on a rock or metal band T-shirt gives instant edge to any outfit, even if you don’t actually listen to the band in question (Ramones, anyone?)… Of course this tee is ideal for fans of the classic band, but its vintage look is definitely in style in any case and will really elevate a casual outfit, especially with jeans and heavy-duty black boots.

Silver Thor’s Hammer Ring

 

 

When it comes to jewellery and accessories for men, it can be a bit tricky to know what’s going to be well received. For some inspiration, check out the range by cult brand etNox, who have loads of seriously cool and individual pieces to choose from. In general, think Celtic, Nordic or Gothic. This Silver Thor’s Hammer Ring is a really chunky and weighty ring with runic carvings around the edge and a Norse design. Everyone needs something extra to add interest to their outfit, and a couple of unique pieces of jewellery are a must-have for any alternative fashion lover.

 

Vanish Hood Hooded Sweater

 

 

It’s winter, after all, so it definitely makes sense to gift warm and cosy items rather than clothing that will have to wait until summer. But for those who wouldn’t be seen dead in a knitted jumper, a casual hoodie is a great choice. This Vanish Hood Hooded Sweater isn’t your typical boring hoodie though. Of course it’s black, with ribbed detailing on the cuffs. But it also has a cool little feature that makes it a bit more interesting, in the form of a pull-up collar with a skull print, that can keep your face warm as well as making you look pretty spooky. It also has generously-sized kangaroo pockets as you’d expect from any good hoodie.

 

 

For her

 

Ruah Vered Necklace

 

 

For a lower-budget gift or a little something extra, Gothic-inspired jewellery is the perfect finishing touch to any alternative look. To find the perfect piece, look no further than the Alchemy Gothic collection at EMP, where there are simply dozens of stunning pieces at surprisingly cheap prices. Just one gorgeous example is this Ruah Vered Necklace which features a thorny black rose entwined through a Gothic-style star shape. The matching earrings are also available if you want to make a full set. This necklace is sure to look perfect when combined with pretty much any black top or dress.

 

Bone Leggings

 

 

These Bone Leggings from Fashion Victim are both fun and flattering. A healthy dose of skulls and bones belongs in any Goth-girl or alternative chick’s wardrobe, and I feel that these quirky leggings strike the right balance and will pair really well with a long top and boots. Whether at a gig or just as a statement piece, these leggings are super versatile and useful too.

Don’t Know Where To Go T-shirt

 

 

When alternative meets Disney. Know an alternative girl who’s also into Disney? Why not combine the two with this adorable yet suitably dark Alice t-shirt? Alice has always had her darker side (did anyone else play American McGee’s delightfully twisted Alice in Wonderland game back in the day?), and this t-shirt captures that with this Gothic print and insightful quote: “If you don’t know where you want to go then it doesn’t matter which path you take.” This addition to an outfit pairs much better with black boots and Gothic accessories than with twee headbands and patent pumps.

 

Angel City Cardigan

 

 

For anyone who likes their clothes both dark and stylish, EMP’s very own brand Black Premium should be your go-to for creating cool looks for either gigs and festivals or everyday wear. At this cold time of year, a practical and cosy cardigan certainly make a great gift, and this Angel City Cardigan has the added bonus of looking pretty cool as well as being comfy and warm. The subtle all-over skulls and flowers print and the black lace segment at the top elevate this cardigan from practical to really eye-catching.

 

Destroyed Knitted Sweater

 

 

Know someone who thinks jumpers are boring or just for old people? Prove them wrong with this seriously cool Destroyed Knitted Sweater by alternative brand forplay. The jumper has a flatteringly fitted shape and a completely destroyed look. Of course your grandma is going to be desperately trying to mend it, so probably save it for the next night out or event. A jumper is a must for the winter season, but there’s no reason it can’t have a bit of a rock n’ roll attitude.

 

If you didn’t find anything you like then never fear! We have over 20,000 products in the EMP store, so why not browse through our alternative clothing for women or men, or check out our gift finder to find the perfect present!

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The EMP Summer 2017 Catalogue is Here – New Guardians of the Galaxy Merch, Disney Clothing and More!

EMP Summer 2017 Catalogue

332 pages of the best in alternative fashion and music and entertainment merchandise, free of charge, every three months.

Happy new catalogue day! If the postman hasn’t dropped your copy onto the doormat yet, you can view the summer 2017 issue online. From there, just click on any items that take your fancy and you’ll be taken directly to the product page at EMP.co.uk to add it to your basket! And if you’re not signed up to receive the catalogue, head over to the EMP catalogue page, fill in your details and we’ll have 332 pages of clothing, jewellery, accessories and awesome merch in the post to you in a jiffy!

Tons of amazing items have been added to our range since the last catalogue. Shall we take a look at what’s new?

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Merchandise

New Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise from EMP

Catalogue p2, p154, p172, p175, p311 and at our Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise page

We are Groot! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was every bit the hit we thought it would be, and the EMP summer catalogue’s cover stars have brought us a stack of merchandise to celebrate. If you liked the tee Chris Pratt was rocking throughout the movie, this Star-Lord cosplay replica t-shirt (E) is for you, whilst the EMP-exclusive Nebula dress (B) and Gamora dress (A) are perfect for the ladies (disclaimer: you don’t have to be constantly at war with each other to wear these). A certain tiny tree was the real star of the show, of course, and the little fella is well represented amongst our new Guardians merchandise. This Baby Groot women’s tank top (D) means you can keep him close all day long, and is also available as a men’s (C), men’s plus size (C), and white (F) versions. If you want to keep him safely at home or at work, what could be more adorable than a Baby Groot Funko Pop! figure (G)?

 

 

 

Gothicana by EMP Clothing

New Gothic clothing from Gothicana by EMP

Catalogue p98, p238 and at our Gothicana by EMP clothing page

Over the last couple of months the supremely talented designers at EMP’s proprietary Gothicana range have been working hard to produce more stunning Gothic clothing for men and women. This women’s long-sleeved top with flared sleeves and clockwork imagery (D) is proving a hit, as is this stark, simple yet stylish medium-length black drape dress (C). For dark lords, we’ve created a host of great new Gothic pieces such as this black embroidered raven and skull t-shirt (B) and these studded and strapped sneakers (E) and real leather boots (A).

 

 

 

Guns N’ Roses Women’s Tops

New Guns N' Roses women's clothing from EMP

Catalogue p20-21 and at our Guns N’ Roses merchandise page

Axel, Slash, Duff and the boys have been busy coming up with new designs ahead of the arrival of the Not in This Lifetime… tour, which will soon arrive on British shores to rock the London Stadium on June 16 and 17. Have you picked up your merch yet? If not, take a look at this Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City” label top (A) and this GNR dripping dagger women’s top (B) – much better than the faded 1990s GNR top you’ve still got in the drawer!

 

 

 

Disney Women’s Clothing

New Disney women's clothing from EMP

Catalogue p313-319 and at our Disney merchandise page

Disney have been producing some uber-cool tops, dresses and skirts featuring all of your favourite characters. This EMP-exclusive Alice in Wonderland dress (E) has a richly-detailed tapestry around the hem that’s sure to turn heads, as does this funky Lilo & Stitch skirt (D). Combine the latter with this short-cut Lilo & Stitch blouse (C) for an authentic Kaua’i look. Heading to a Comic Con or somewhere formal? Belle’s ball gown (A) and Belle’s blue ruffle dress (B) are stunningly faithful recreations of Emma Watson’s dresses from Beauty and the Beast and work just as well in their own right as they do cosplay pieces.

These selections are just the tip of the iceberg; there are thousands of brand new items and old favourites available in the EMP Summer 2017 Catalogue. So what’re you waiting for? Hotfoot on over to the EMP catalogue page and get yours ordered!