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Monthly Archives: June 2011

MOVIE TO WATCH | Midnight in Paris

Posted on by Kristina

We have a huge a list of movies we want to watch, and the number one film on the list at the moment is Woody Allen’s new romantic comedy entitled, “Midnight in Paris“.  The film stars Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams who play a young engaged couple who join their parents on a business trip to Paris.  Owen Wilson’s character falls head over heels with Paris and takes secret walks at night to explore.  The couple is then faced the illusion that a life different from their own would be better.

Are you sold?  Who doesn’t love a rom-com and it’s set in Paris?

See where Midnight in Paris is playing in a city near you.

SPOTTED: Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty in our Willa Black sandals

Posted on by Kristina

We love Natalie’s style and are so thankful for her continued support of the brand.  She recently made her way out East and we are totally loving her downtown chic look!  Natalie is shown wearing our Willa Black sandals from our Summer 2011 collection.

Like the style?  Get it here.


Posted on by Kristina

Beijing artist Liu Bolin has a solo exhibition, The Invisible Man currently on show at Eli Klein Fine Art until August 28, 2011.

Liu Bolin’s The Invisible Man continues his exploration of Chinese national identity and the relationship between human beings and the environment. The large-scale photos on display will span his recent work and include his famed self-camouflage series Hiding in the City as well as Hiding in Italy.  We first heard about the artist from his camouflage series and we’ve been fans ever since.

Liu Bolin was born in China’s Shandong province in 1973, and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Shandong College of Arts and his Master of Fine Arts from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. His work has been exhibited in museum shows around the world including recent solo exhibitions “Hiding in Italy,” Forma Centro Internazionale Di Fotografia, Milan (2010); “Hiding in the City,” Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas (2010) and “Liu Bolin,” Fotografiska Museet, Stockholm (July, 2011).

During the month of June, Liu Bolin has been creating a series of Hiding in New York photographs!  We can’t wait to see them…

To learn more about Liu Bolin | The Invisible Man – go here.

Joakim | Forever Young

Posted on by Kristina

This Fall, Parisian Joakim is releasing his much anticipated release of his fourth studio album “Nothing Gold” through his very own imprint, Tigersushi Records.

Despite notable collaborations with artists such as Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, DJ Mehdi, Cut Copy, Tiga, Fischerspooner, Late of the Pier, Max Berlin and Zombie Zombie – to name a few, the premiere single ‘Forever Young’ stems from an inspiring place of honesty and self-reverence for Joakim as his self-proclaimed “road to Damascus.”

He explains: ”‘Forever Young’ is my song for all the 30-something people out there. I used to hate people between 30 and 40 when I was younger. I thought they gave up on most of their beliefs and lived a dull and false life. Love cowards pretending to still be cool. Contemptuous grown-ups afraid of the young sharks. But now I’m one of THEM. So I have to cope with that.”

The sentiment is undeniably ominous, yet ‘Forever Young’ tells the story of life seen through Joakim’s eyes, filled with endless questions and obscurity.

Joakim – Forever Young (Official Video) from TIGERSUSHI on Vimeo.

See Joakim live:

July 8th : SF, No Way Back @ 222 Hyde
July 9th : LA, A Club Called Rhonda @ El Cid
July 13th : Washington, Fixed @ UHall
July 14th : Philly, Snacks @ Voyeur
July 16th : NYC, WarmUp @ PS1 – we’ll be here!
July 28th : Chicago, Club Berlin

Hot in Hong Kong | Part 3 Sex Appeal

Posted on by Ce Ce

What’s appealing to me about Hong Kong is the high and low culture existing simultaneously. All throughout the city, electrical signs protrude into the overhead space of dense streets, creating an archway of competing messages. A steamy and seedy element peppers the street culture, even the most sophisticated areas such as Causeway Bay and Central.

The signs that draw most attention advertise for Sauna and Massage, of the questionable sort. The heat and humidity seem to magnify these messages.

Appropriately, I found this cologne- Jovan “Sex Appeal for Men”- in a drugstore on this recent trip to Hong Kong. I have a vague memory of this cologne from the early 1980s. Did I see an advertisement for this in the back of my sister’s Cosmopolitan magazines? I have to give credit to Jovan for the packaging design as well as copy writing. What a bold and direct brand statement! The box ingeniously captures the spirit the scent, which was sniff tested by all of us in the New York Studio. As Katharine Smith, our Operations Manager explains, it smells like “mustached men like Burt Reynolds”. Exactly…

Florence and the Machine | GMA Concert Series, Central Park

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Doesn’t this Summer feel like it’s flying by? There are so many events and activities happening in New York right now, it’s easy for the time to fly when you’re a busy bee.

Our design intern Shelby checked out the amazing Florence Welch better known as, Florence and the Machine perform for the Good Morning America Concert series in Central Park. She belted out crowd favorites like “Dog Days are Over” and “Cosmic Love.” And she looked fabulous of course!

All concerts are free and open to the public and take place from 7-9AM and air live during the show.

For more info on the GMA concert series, go here.

Louise Bourgeois works in fabric at Cheim & Read

Posted on by Kristina

Cheim & Read in New York currently have works in fabric by Louise Bourgeois. Dating from 2002 – 2010, Bourgeois’s fabric “drawings” – assembled from discarded clothes, sheets, towels and similar material from her personal collection – became a central focus in the last decade of her life. Significant in their own right for their formal invention and beauty, the drawings constitute a parallel body of work to that of her fabric sculptures.

Bourgeois was born in Paris in 1911 and moved to New York in 1938 and lived in the city until her death last year at age 98. Her works on fabric are emblematic of certain themes: marriage, motherhood, sexuality, femininity, domesticity. This focus on the familial results in work of intense psychological complexity, exposing relationships and hierarchies related to female identity and its opposite (male/female, mother/father, organic/geometric, rigid/pliable). (via Cheim & Read)

Thanks to Trendland for the tip, we’ll be checking the exhibit out.

Hot in Hong Kong | Part 1

Posted on by Ce Ce

Hong Kong has a similar tempo and streetwise energy as New York City, except the temperature is hotter, and there’s way more Chinese people. In Hong Kong, shopping is a sport and not just a pastime. Check out the lines outside of Chanel and Louis Vuitton!

The luxury market is definitely booming here, but the underground is also quite potent. I love the mini malls like Island Beverly, SilverCord and the newest DNA Galleria which stands for “Do Not Agree!”.

There was some crazy shit in this place!

Tofu man, Tofuoyako…. An entire clothing line dedicated to this guy.

Colorful Sandals that look like the shoes the doctor prescribes after foot surgery.

Couples Pillows- awe…..

And, this shop girl was wearing a “Jeffrey Campbell Model” T Shirt!

Love Inks | Leather Glove

Posted on by Kristina

Austin, Texas three-piece Love Inks are set to surprise and seduce music fans and critics, with the release of their debut album E.S.P.  The album’s 10 tracks are simply an electric guitar, a bass guitar, an old drum machine, at special moments a Moog Satellite and, most importantly, the simple yet poignant vocals of Sherry LeBlanc.  The combined sound is minimalist dream-pop with focus on the voice.

Trust us, the album is so damn good!

Check out Love Inks video for “Leather Glove.”

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