The opposite of most stores in Southern California, Berlin’s boutiques are filled with enough amazing sweaters and jackets to make any winter living soul not only warm, but looking fantastic. I found myself lost in Voo Store last month located on Oranienstr. in Kreuzberg Berlin, and this shop proved to be one of my favorites in the city. The girls section was amazing filled with brands such as Reality Studio, Wood Wood, and Stine Goya. Voo has a sale cranking post holidays and I thought it fitting to feature some of my favorite tops from the girls side.
Muschi means Pussy in German. Kick off your brand with that kind of name in the U.S. and frankly most parts of the world and you’re in for controversy right off the bat. Do it in Berlin and no one bats an eye. Regardless of the name, Muschi has turned heads with their product. Made for men and women you can see it everywhere in Berlin. Their clean typography and great fitting merchandise makes it well worth the euro’s. Even though a lot of the witty statements found on the gear doesn’t make much sense to non-German speaking people, it doesn’t really matter. Get a shirt and then wear it while you chain smoke cigarettes and chug Sterny’s on the corner in Kreuzberg and no one will know that you are a clueless tourist.
No one makes us want to slip on a pair of skin-tight eagle print spandex pants more than Australia’s We Are Handsome. Animal prints have never looked this good. And we’re not talking just leopards – we’re talking eagles and elephants, birds of paradise and even jellyfish. We Are Handsome’s 2013 video lookbook for their new line, “The Enchanted” has been released. Chosen to accompany the imagery is RAC’s “Hollywood”, and yet perhaps an unexpected soundtrack to pair with a swimline by the name of “The Echanted”, it perfectly sets the tone for a high-class, nonchalant poolside swim safari in some seriously incredible prints. We Are Handsome does it again. And again.
Video courtesy of Nylon Mag
Influenced by the Mexican beach culture, Toronto-based Scout & Catalogue was born from creator and designer Breanna Musgrove’s year living in Mexico in 2009. It was there she began exploring the craft of tye-dying leather and ‘accidently’ began making bags and scarves. A couple of years since her trip and currently living back in Canada, Scout & Catalogue is steadily gaining ground and continues to create unique and quality accessories. Now expanding to include “The Scavenger Series” and the “Yard Sale”, Musgrove uses fabrics sourced from thrift stores and restores unique vintage pieces. Also be sure to check out the blog featuring beautiful imagery and designs.
Kelly Shaw has our attention. This young designer from the UK has something special going on here, on so many levels:
1. She’s pulling together Grayson Perry, the Occupy movement, The London Riots, fashion from in between WW1 + 2, and George Orwell, into one eclectic contemporary blend of patterning, color, and design.
2. Her design screams, “Lighten the fuck up!” She’s playing with silhouettes that shouldn’t work together. She’s having fun and looks gorgeous on so many levels.
3. She’s launching her Spring/Summer 2013 Collection right around the corner and she hasn’t held back with anything. Her messages are clear and we have a feeling this line will make some serious noise, if it hasn’t begun to already.
We can’t get enough of Quality Peoples, hailing from Mexico/Hawaii and spreading Aloha all over the world. If you haven’t already started following their blog do so here, and their instagram: @qpeeps is mighty fun to follow as well. Here is a glimpse at their new look book. QP makes us happy.
It’s late and I’m struggling to get through the rest of my design project. I’m spaced out and can’t focus until in my drifting state I land on this page.
Immediately the static draws my attention and I’m looking at a TV in a living room that seems to be set far away. A drink sits on the table and the clock blinks 9:36. I’m prompted to turn up my volume and I do so, while clicking on the icon hovering in the middle of the screen.
As the video begins I am now completely focused. My own clock blinks 2:30 AM and for the first time in hours, I feel completely tuned in.
It’s a series of text placed over moving organic imagery. Abstract inks and sky’s overlapped in a sort of low-fi dance. As the frames switch, the music weaves it’s way into each blending image. It’s unbelievably beautiful and mesmerizing and as the words start to soak in, the story unfolds.
Fast forward a few weeks and I have the opportunity to speak with the minds behind My Lost Uncle. Jani Maunula lives in Helsinki, Finland. Antti Meriluoto, his partner in creativity lives there also. Jani and Antti became friends working together at design in Golla which is a bag company for portable electronics. ”Antti was AD and I was developping Denim Line and Black Line for business people. We both got bored of strict working hours from 9-7 and we developed this project based on my Innovation studies. Last year I went back to university for one year course after 10 years in fashion business.”
Now that I begin to understand their past, I’m still trying to comprehend what this project is all about. How is this mysterious video linked to fashion and design? It becomes clear as Jani and I continue our conversation. His Uncle’s story was thought to have ended in the sea in 1979. Years after his disappearance and perceived death, Jani received a postcard in the mail. It said one sentence.
His Uncle Andreas’s journey was intended to finish in New York, instead it is a complete mystery to the world and especially his family as to where he ended up. This doesn’t seem to be the focus however for Jani and Antti, the inspiration comes from the idea of the postcard, the ocean, and the concept of following your own beacons.
“Antti and me are having a thought about the similarities between oceans and space. Those both are unknown places, dark and even scary. When thinking oceans and space imagination can be limitless. In the past sailors travelled using light towers and stars as their guides in the darkness. Then there was no electricity, light towers used real fire, stars are on fire.”
Jani and Antti are headed to New York to tell the rest of the story. Their vessel will be design and fashion. A culmination of their love for fashion, art, design, colors, of the ocean, mystery, film, lighting, and adventure. My Lost Uncle is becoming a movement, charged by the past.
We will watch as the next part of the story unfolds. What type of fashion designs will be drawn from these two creatives? Simply the idea leaves me smiling as I sit on my computer late at night. The concept of channeling a loss, or an event in one’s life into creative fuel, even if everyone doesn’t completely understand all the elements that inspire you and where you are going, that excites me beyond belief. We have all lost, or been lost. We all have our beacons, whether they are loved one’s, professors, peers, or the stars. In the case of My Lost Uncle, and Jani and Antti, we are waiting in anticipation to see what will be created and wish them calm seas, and clear skies.
I was sitting at a cafe in Madrid 2 weeks ago and looked up to see a poster for the Dia De La Musica Festival. Huh? There was a festival going on that I didn’t know about? How did this one slip through the cracks? I thought I had done my research before going overseas to see what was happening musically…but somehow I missed this. What a lovely surprise. Having spent the Summer of 2009 touring European Festivals for SPIN and Jambase with my good friend and bad ass photographer Walt (www.waltphoto.com), I knew this was not to be missed. I was going no matter what. Luckily, the line up was stellar and it was only a metro stop away from my hotel. SCORE.
This festival took place at the Matadero Madrid, an old slaughterhouse converted into a contemporary art center. I knew the correct Metro stop, but other than that, I had no clue how to find this place (I speak ZERO Spanish). When I emerged from the underground, I stopped and listened for a moment. I could hear Fanfarlo playing so I knew I was close. I spotted a young fella with a guitar slung over his back and a few other hip looking kids heading north so I just stepped in behind them and eventually found my way to this incredible venue.
The landscape of the Dia De La Musica Festival consisted of a slew of buildings (naves) surrounding a large dirt floor area, two outdoor stages, a huge tv screen for the soccer match, and tons of great festival food and beer stands. Inside the naves were where the dj’s spun and some collaborative art projects were set up. I found out it’s the first Spanish festival with the certificate of Green Industry Sustainability…which translated into solar powered fans and misters spraying cool water on us all day. Seeing that it was over 90 degrees, this was very welcome. Bonus: it was super easy to navigate around, never a line for the bathroom and plenty of room to dance around. Not A Bonus: Heineken was the sponsored beverage and they were 9 euro, which is about $12.50 for a teeny tiny tiny teeny cup of beer. Grrrr.
Okay, onto the music. I missed the whole first day, consisting of St Vincent, Two Door Cinema Club, Azealia Banks and Twin Shadow amongst others, but on Saturday I was able to catch Fanfarlo, Metronomy, Spoon, Apparat, Star Slinger, Love of Lesbian, Breton and some really terrible group called Mercury Rev who performed the “Deserter’s Songs.” Now I’m never a hater, but I felt like I was watching a Christopher Guest performance. Specifically, Guest’s character Corky St Clair in Waiting for Guffman. Thank goodness the soccer game was happening DURING this performance so I didn’t have to watch much of it. Speaking of the game, it was wild. They had the match playing on a huge screen in the middle of the dirt pit at full volume as 2 bands were still jamming along. Most people were gathered around the screen and not the stages. I’ve posted some footage of Spain scoring at the last minute and the celebration that followed. Such a cool time to be in Spain.
Besides the actual music, which was excellent, there were a few other bits that stood out. One: the fashion. I loved it. Without being a total stalker, I tried to sneakily shoot (on my iphone) as many outfits as I could. A lot of the same styles we have in the USA, just with a bit more attitude. Edgier than Free People, softer than All Saints, and coupled with a dish of Diesel and a dash of H&M. Two: the dancing. Madrid knows how to dance. The dj’s played to packed houses and didn’t have to do much to keep the floor bouncing. Someone actually came up to me and asked where I was from and then proceeded to tell me that I didn’t dance like an American. At the time I felt was a compliment but now weeks later in retrospect I’m having slight panic attacks about my skills (or lack thereof). Three: everyone smokes. A lot. During set breaks. During songs. While peeing. While dancing. While eating. While drinking. Every second of every minute of every hour. I had forgotten about this bit.
Overall, an amazing night of great music, fun people watching, and tons of dancing. Although I would’ve loved a partner in crime, it was still a phenomenal experience. If you have the chance to see a festival overseas, do it. It’s a totally different ballgame. And one worth experiencing. In fact, if you feel adventurous, MELT! festival is happening this weekend outside of Berlin. It was one of the best festivals we went to back in ’09. It’s not too late to go….
Everytime I go to Opening Ceremony in LA I’m tripping out on how well dressed the employees that work their are. I find that some of the best dressed people are those who work on the floors of our favorite stores. This is a collection highlighting the employees of Opening Ceremony and what they are wearing. This is the first of many features where Witness This will pay homage to the best dressed employees of the different stores around the world we love.
If you have a store you love, and you think the people who work there have great style, send us in photos of those people (1 or even 20) and we’ll feature that store and the people who work their on Witness This. If you don’t trust yourself with a camera and want us to go shoot the store and the people ourselves, let us know! Boutique’s, second hand, department stores, it doesn’t matter. This is about the people who work there who pride themselves on their style.
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Badass vintage shit. Started by JP Plunier Feal Mor is an online shop specializing in boutique styling and custom one of a kind artifacts. I say artifacts because the items, whether clothing or jewelry should be in a museum. Here is what JP says about his program:
Personally , I don’t only wear Feal Mor. I wear Levi’s and Vans and sometimes one of my Blucher Mocs I bought in 1978. I wear my French Vintage Jump Jacket from 1947 and other times my M 65 I’ve had since high school. But I also wear my 2007 VisVim moccasins and my 2003 Hermes suede Blouson. So what the fuck? All I’m sayin’ is I always hated it when I would go into stores and the people who worked there looked like they were forced to wear the brand. And I don’t want to do that at this store either.
Check out some of my favorite pieces and head to the store now to see more:
As we continue to follow Lifetime Collective from Vancouver, they continue to dial in both men’s and women’s fashion. Today is about the girls and Three Monkeys (a Montreal based store) favorite Spring 12 picks. Mike Casali shoots Lifetime’s Spring 12 Line with model Steph Macmillan, add in a perfectly merchandised dose of Brixton and you get a damn sexy set of photos highlighting two brands we love.