Hagar Itzikson's Collection
Please introduce yourself and tell us about the moment you discovered Suede.
I grew up in Netanya, a city 15 miles north of Tel Aviv, Israel. It’s a very touristic city but in the 80s and 90s it was such a dump, we had nowhere to go and the kids who liked my music, whatever it was at any particular time, were very few.
I knew of Suede from the start, I used to get dressed for school with MTV on and I had seen all of the videos, but for some reason I wasn’t drawn to it straight away. I was still in a Grunge-kind-of-mood back then, but could also feel that it didn’t satisfy me anymore. I needed something else.
And then one day around February 1995, I was at my best friend's and she put Dog Man Star on the stereo, and it just hit me, almost physically, in my face, in my gut and most of all – in my heart. I left my friend's house and went straight to my local record store to purchase the album, and that was it.
I, quite literally, changed overnight and started dreaming about London like a mad woman. I knew every street, every corner, every place. I knew I'll have to live there at some point in my life.
I was lucky enough to see the band live on their first visit to Israel, just four months after that day. It was in Haifa Port at the north of the country and I honestly remember very little of it…
In 2013 I finally moved to London with my husband and son. It started as a work relocation (I’m a project manager at eBay) but it was very orchestrated and planned.
What & when was your first Suede purchase?
That Dog Man Star CD from the previous question. And after a while I gave the record store my details and they used to call me whenever they had a new batch of singles coming in.
What's your most treasured item in your collection and why?
There are so many…. The main thing that makes something treasured is the personal story behind it, and I have a few of these.
I chose one of my DMS copies which was signed by Brett, Mat and Simon in 2016, at Banquet Records in Kingston. Even though it was a NT release event, I asked Brett if he can sign it for me and as he signed, I told him my personal story (the short version) and how I moved from Israel to London thanks to this album and the band. He stopped signing, looked me in the eyes and listened, and then said “Wow. Thank you so much”. I am sure it wasn’t the first time he'd heard this kind of story, but it was my moment and I got to share it with him then and there and it is so special to me.
Tell us about your most recent Suede purchase.
The red ‘Europe is Our Playground’ shirt I wear in the photo. I bought it from an IO on eBay. I didn’t buy it at the O2 in December 2010, and regrated it all these years.
Is there any item that was in your reach and you now regret not buying?
The Zippo-style lighter was probably the latest one I regret not buying. But from my experience (and as an eBay employee 😉), I know that at some point I will find an item I am looking for and I slowly go over my wishlist and tick items off. I will own that Zippo one day, I know it.
Also, not an item but I mainly regret missing out on some gigs, ones I could have gone to but didn’t because I was working or had other plans.
What's on your wishlist for your collection?
Said Zippo, and the bowling bag, but looking for “Suede Bag” is not granular enough 😊
I used to want all the different releases, in all versions, but I’m a bit more realistic now.
I love my collection but at the end of the day, it’s the memories that stay the longest, so more than anything I want endless memories.