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London Nike Town Re-opening…
November 24, 2010, 1:17 pm
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London’s flagship Nike Town has been re-opened after some pretty extensive renovations over the summer and last few months… Check it out below:

Sleeping Bags
November 16, 2010, 4:07 pm
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If you’re looking for a stylish carrier for your ethical shopping, look no further than “Sleeping Bags” latest collection…

This autumn sees the launch of Sleeping Bags, a breakthrough social enterprise that produces beautiful and ecologically sound bags made from recycled luxury hotel bed linen. Inspired by the product they are intended to replace: plastic bags, the product concept was developed by a collective of London’s leading designers, including Tom Dixon and Oonagh O’Hagan.

“Twice a year Sleeping Bags collaborates with established and emerging artists and designers, commissioning original artworks on a theme rooted in the brand concept, ‘The Secret World of Beds’. The work is then showcased on the bags, making up each season’s collection, whilst at the same time creating limited edition pieces of art. Sleeping Bags’ launch theme is ‘In My Dreams’ and contributions come from Jason Bruges, Vicki Murdoch, Avsh Alom Gur, Sir John Hegarty, David McCandless, Vicki Murdoch and Oonagh O’Hagan. Previewing from November with Vicki Murdoch’s design in four colour-ways, additional ‘In My Dreams’ artworks will be released on bags over the coming months.

Made in London from retired bed linen sourced form the capital’s luxury hotels, Sleeping Bags provides an environmentally friendly choice for the style conscious and aesthetically minded.

Check out the details here!

   Vicki Murdoch - In My Dreams for Sleeping BagsWhat excites or delights you about the Sleeping Bags concept?
“The concept for these bags is both beautiful and positive, anything that helps save waste and cut down on the production and use of plastic bags should be supported and encouraged. I’m proud to be a part of it.”
Tell us about your In My Dreams design – the story and inspiration?
“My design for ‘In your dreams’ comes from just that, my dreams, Sometimes when I’ve had an exceptionally strange one, I like to jot it down in a small book I keep by my bed. This particular dream that I based my design on was about a couple of cross dressing pigeons that I happened to hang out with one evening, nothing much happened but we got on really well.”
Tell us one of your bedtime secrets or about a favourite dream “It wouldn’t be a secret if I told you.”Vicki is an illustrator and founder of Silken Favours, bespoke printed silk scarves of exceptional quality, hand drawn and finished in London.              

Where to buyOur range is available to buy now online from Lost Values. Selected designs will be available to buy from leading hotels including The Zetter (from November 10) and St Martins Lane (from January 10).    

Barneys Gourmet Holiday Windows
November 2, 2010, 1:11 pm
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Simon Doonan, Creative Director for Barneys New York, has just unveiled designs for one of the first holiday window displays of the season… With the tagline, “Have a foodie holiday” and paying respect to icons of gastronomy like Jean-Georges, Jaime Oliver and Julia Child, the first glimpse includes a scene created from Illy coffee packaging and accessories.  Looking forward to lunch… I mean, the holiday season!

“I’m interested in the dissonance between fashion and food,” said Doonan. “Whenever we do an event, the fashion people say, ‘No food please. Let’s just serve vodka.’ But our customers are much more interested in Bobby Flay and Keith McNally than in Lindsay Lohan or the Kardashians. Chefs are definitely the new celebrities.” (via The Moment)

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Marais, Paris
October 7, 2010, 12:43 pm
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T Magazine’s The Moment blog had an interesting look at Paris’s Marais district today exploring some of the interesting shops, restaurants, and other sites.  Take a look if you have any plans to visit the city of lights anytime in the near future.  Definitely a must see for shopping and eating, the retail scene seems to be among the most innovative in the city.

For a long time now, the Haut Marais has attracted indie boutiques and avant-garde designers. More and more, they’re foreign-born. The American modernist Jack Henry made his home at 25, rue Charlot, which is just down the street from Plagg, Barbara Kurdziel’s shop devoted to Scandinavian fashion, which is just down the street from the Korean designer Moon Young Hee’s whimsical atelier. And just around the corner on rue de Vielle du Temple, the New York design collective Surface to Air opened its new flagship featuring edgy-urbane men’s and women’s fashion. Foreign flair is suddenly everywhere, and for a city that’s infamous for resisting change, it’s a welcome infusion.

The latest international arrival is Koko. After years of talking about it, and then a year of red tape and on-the-ground planning, the New Zealand expat Catherine McMahon is opening Paris’s first and only store devoted to Kiwi goods. McMahon was often complimented when she wore clothes designed by her compatriots, but, she says, “I realized not many people know anything about Kiwi fashion.” When her boutique opens on Sept. 17, it will be her mission to familiarize the locals with names like Karen Walker, Kate Sylvester and Trelise Cooper.

The neighborhood’s worldliness isn’t only the result of boutiques and designers. Merce and the Muse delighted French coffee snobs this summer with its in-house brew, which the American owner went all the way to Denmark’s Coffee Collective to learn. And then there’s Mary Quarta — next door to Merce, both a bread-crumb trail from Koko — an Italian who started scooping up divine cones of Nutella and stracciatella gelato this past season. The French will never lose their taste for espresso at zinc counters and macarons at the salon de thé, but global flavors go down easy, too.

DESCRIPTIONCyrille Weiner The Surface to Air store in Marais.

Inside look at the new Jean Nouvel H&M, Paris
October 7, 2010, 12:40 pm
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Images from Arkitip’s Intel blog

Shrine to Sneakers
October 4, 2010, 12:45 pm
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Sure, those $500 limited-edition Nike Dunks won’t be on shelves for long, but while they’re there, they’re a challenge to display properly. So many sneaker-freaker stores put these high-class kicks behind glass, on pedestals, in a way that’s far too precious for shoes: In all honesty, you just want to be able to see the goods. At the newest store of Barcelona sportswear company Munich, located in Valencia, Spain, sneakers are finally given the respect — and the shelving — they deserve.

Dear Design, a Barcelona-based firm, took the reins (laces?) on the project, building what’s essentially a stadium for shoes. Instead of trying to replicate some display form for another luxury product, they came up with a language of their own, a cool X-motif based on Munich’s logo (which also kinda looks like gothic pointed arches, the waffled-sole underside of a shoe, and maybe a basketball net).

(via Fast Company)

Issey Miyake shop by Nendo, Shibuya
May 26, 2010, 11:17 am
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From Fast Company

Last year, we told you about Nendo’s ultralight mobile display furniture for some inexpensive(ish) Issey Miyake stores in Tokyo. Six months on, the disgustingly talented Japanese design firm unveils a new concept: Fashion on pins and needles.

The displays — for a shop in Tokyo’s ur-trendy Shibuya area — are designed to show off Miyake’s Bilbao bag, an unstructured little confection that doesn’t hang so much as it settles into place. So rather than produce a hard, squat plinth for something that’s anything but, Nendo whipped up these rail-thin steel rods, each varying slightly in height; in Nendo’s telling, they resemble “a field of prairie grass.”

That or something you could prick your finger on. (Each rod is a little more than a quarter-inch thick — too wide, we assume, to do much damage.)

The bags fall over the rods willy-nilly, as if they were “flowers in a light breeze,” to continue the Great Plains similie here. The shelving and hangers echo the rods.

Nendo‘s Oki Sato has inspired envy in the hearts of lesser designers everywhere for his play with lightness and illusion, turning chairs into ghosts and clothing hangers into wire-frame sculpture. Read more about him here.