*notcot - 03.20.08 , 10:32 - 2 Notes

Mail Call: Diesel Jeans Chain

hangdiesel1.jpgThis has been a very strange day, and its only 11am. Yes, usually i’m still snoozing at this hour, but was up at 7am, stats broke one of our servers last night! Sorry about that, urgh, but thank goodness for the guys at wiredtree who take such good care of us…. and then had breakfast with Souris Hong-Porretta ~ the woman is incredibly inspiring, add her to the list of people to be like when “grown up”, and hearing about all dot com days reminiscing about things like ChickClick (i never knew Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks was THAT heidi), i can’t help but wish i were a tiny bit older to have been more conscious and active in all that was happening in the 90s… i’m rambling again, sorry, low on sleep, high on energy and ideas… and well, it’s fun to get some perspective and chat with people as buzzing about the intersection of tech/design/gaming/film/art/music/internet/etc.

Moving along, mail call! Came home to a fun surprise from the boys at Diesel’s Fuel For Life Fragrance department in paris… Remember what i thought was a bracelet? Well it turns out i was wrong. And they’ve proved me wrong by sending one over… its a big hefty shiny gold jean’s chain that holds a little vial of Diesel’s Fragrance, and it’s refillable! Also awesome are the giant playing card like info cards that come with a CD of press pics. Gotta love the packaging. Anyhow, lots of pics below to catch you up.

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*ShadeElaine - 03.16.08 , 23:10 - 1 Notes

Jesse Kamm Designs at A+R

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I wandered over to the A+R store in Silverlake to check out the Gen Art New Garde pop-up store, and the clothing by Los Angeles-based designer Jesse Kamm immediately caught my eye. When I was informed that she prints the designs on the fabric by hand herself I was even more impressed. The prints are so adorable and they don’t look “crafty” (if you know what I mean..) in the least. My favorite piece is definitely the dress with bow graphic and apparently it’s her most popular design at the moment.

Pics from the pop-up store after the jump!

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*ShadeElaine - 03.15.08 , 00:59 - 3 Notes

LOVA at REVOLVE Clothing pop-up store

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Last Wednesday night we checked out the new men’s clothing line LOVA (pronounced like Lo-vah, not Luvah) at REVOLVE Clothing’s pop-up store on Melrose in LA which is open March 13-16 and will re-open in August(?) for real as their flagship store.

I feel like there’s sort of an empty spot in the fashion landscape for guys who want to dress well but still want to look young and not like their dads. I’m excited by the continuing menswear trend that seems to be tackling this problem by creating a look that’s modern but timeless at the same time. LOVA is the latest contender in this trend and was definitely impressed by the quality of their stuff. Giuseppe Valentini, co-founder and designer of the line, says “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” and I couldn’t agree more, so it’s no wonder that I love their look because it’s the simplicity that gives it that timeless quality.

More pics after the jump!

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*Sub-Studio - 03.13.08 , 00:39 - 3 Notes

Rahee Yoon

0312yoon1.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

Rahee Yoon is sticking it to the old adage that bigger is better. Rather than going for the largest carat, Rahee has created what she calls “the world’s thinnest ring” - out of a single sheet of paper. She designed two books around these rings - one with 25 different ring designs, and the other describing the processes to cut the rings out of the book. The result is conceptual, ephemeral jewelry. See more of her rings after the jump!

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*notcot - 03.12.08 , 11:31 - 4 Notes

Gryphon Timeless Trench Coat

gryphon.jpgOn fun tempting things i’m currently debating… i’m quite drawn to this Gryphon Timeless Trench Coat in Grey - “Dove double-breasted cotton trench with gold mirrored leather griffin buckle fastening. Gryphon trench has epaulettes on shoulder, button fastenings and a pocket on each hip. This Gryphon style comes with two belts, a traditional self-tie style and a glamorous gold style for evening. An essential in every fashion savvy urbanite’s wardrobe” Isn’t it adorable? More images below.

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*notcot - 03.06.08 , 02:07 - 5 Notes

Fendi ‘Paint-Your-Own’ Artist Baguette

fendidiy1.jpgWow. Fendi. “Artist Baguette”, freshly launched for a mere $1300, a new stark white version of their classic - designed by Silvia Venturini Fendi in 1997 - in coated canvas? And it comes with 10 Pantone Universe markers! It sure looks like they are taking a page from the current trends with the vinyl toy blanks… or coloring books/placemats/other children oriented goodies. And in fact quite a few purse sites seem a bit appalled by the whole thing (Purse Blog, Bag Snob, etc)…

Anyhow, putting the pricetag aside, lets think about this from an arts perspective… there is a LOT of collaboration potential here. Can you imagine getting a few of these into the hands of some talented artists and toy designers, and letting them have their way with them? The potential to merge a fashionable classic accessory with art could have some very interesting results (which could also be a way to increase that initial investment, not to mention actually create an even more unique one of a kind designer clutch). So i must admit i’m tempted, although i might have to hold out till i can draw on my own Birkin… See many more images after the jump!

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It seems like this is one of those situations where packaging makes a world of difference… if it were presented as a gorgeous new white clutch and nothing more, would anyone dare take a sharpie to it? Or would the die hard fashionistas complain about the ridiculousness? And it’s not *just* a white canvas bag, it still has all the detailed stylings of a classic Baguette, and additionally has a playfully multicolored cartoon-like lining!

UPDATE 03.13.08 - i walked by a Fendi store, and couldn’t help myself, so went in and bothered them to show me the bag… that box is FAR bigger than i expected, and the bag is quite hideous… not nice to the touch at all… the coated canvas reminded me more of random art school creations than a designer bag.

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*notcot - 03.05.08 , 14:00 - 3 Notes

Ben Sherman Pacman Blinky

benshermanpac.jpgThis is an odd silly post, i know, but i couldn’t resist. These Ben Sherman slip ons are super cheap ($40 on sale!)… and they were just so cute, they made me laugh when i saw them. They are Ben Sherman. They are black and white (with the ONE red ghosty). They are covered in Pacman Blinkies! (or is it Blinkys?). And some silly part of me half wants them. They are just too cute and silly. More pics below.

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*notcot - 02.24.08 , 13:50 - 5 Notes

Anneke van Bommel

mosserings.jpgAs i sit here in Toronto airport waiting to pop back over to LA ~ i’m sorting through MANY pictures, and how much i *could* post while i wait… first to really grab me ~ the playfully Canadian oriented jewelry of Anneke van Bommel that i encountered at The Souvenir Shop, she manages to simplify national pride down to simple cheeky iconic jewelry pieces… from these various wood/silver antler rings, to stubby beer pins, crossed axes, and more… (see lots of pics below!) The Souvenir Shop is one of the best collections of exclusive limited edition Canada oriented design pieces i ran into, which was unfortunately at the Gladstone Hotel within the Come Up To My Room Exhibition where artists took over rooms on the 2nd floor, and honestly, you didn’t miss much, because there were some of the rudest, most obnoxious people manning the door and their store ~ so luckily you can shop the wares online!

Bio from the site: “Anneke van Bommel is an artist and educator living and working in Toronto. She shares a downtown studio with 5 other jewelery artists and teaches at the Ontario College of Art and Design and George Brown College.Her work focuses on contemporary jewelery design, and explores concepts of place, memory and the symbols and icons of Canadiana.”

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*Sub-Studio - , 00:04 - 0 Notes

Paraphernalia

0222paraphernalia4.jpgNOTCOT Note: Here’s another article from Anna Corpron of Sub-Studio!

I have long been a fan of Paraphernalia - a line of very graphic, acrylic jewelry by Vanda Noronha. I like the monotone of black and white in the collection, and appreciate the humor in the various pieces (an Inquisitive Vulture Brooch, anyone?). They are also super affordable - ranging between $13 and $30. Not at all bad for a very eye catching piece of jewelry!

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*notcot - 02.18.08 , 01:43 - 7 Notes

Incase Messenger Bags

incasemessenger.jpg Flipping through the 2008 Incase catalog, these new Nylon Messenger Bags jumped out at me, and upon reading the details (see the catalog pages after the jump) i had to post it out of curiosity and intrigue. In two sizes (medium and large), both have a sleek yet textured look, weather resistant nylon and waterproofed lining, exterior weatherproof pocket and headphone port, topographic print lining, and i like how the edge goes up and around the clips… as well as a mysterious “plush faux-fur lining” (i wonder what that looks/feels like) to protect your goods. In the large model, there is even a removable notebook sleeve, removable hipsack (fanny pack?), interior bike pump tie down, and an “abrasion resistant skateboard attachment with molded skate bumpers”. See more details and images after the jump!

It isn’t easy finding a good subtle, rugged, stylish, black messenger bag. I’ve got quite the stash of them (from chrome to ordning & reda to random leather ones to timbuk2 to patagonia…), but it’s been a while one has even really caught my attention.

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*notcot - 02.15.08 , 14:24 - 5 Notes

Nordstrom + Ruben Toledo 2008

nordstromsas.jpgFlipping through the Feb 2008 Vanity Fair, i couldn’t resist tearing out this Spring Nordstrom ad… much like the Prada and James Jean campaign for spring, Nordstrom has teamed up with Ruben Toledo who painted 20-by-30 foot walls to serve as a backdrop for the models which were shot by fashion photographer Ruven Afanador… in fact, Toledo even got to paint ON the models for the campaign. Lovely to see the contrast of the perfectly style colorful models in designer dresses and shoes popping off of the playful black and white paintings… see all of the scans after the jump, and you can even click them to see larger.

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*notcot - 02.13.08 , 23:26 - 6 Notes

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair

artofhair.jpgSorry, it’s been quiet… i tried to take the day off. Still ended up handling a few emails and calls via the pearl, but at least it was while running around discovering things… like Shu Uemura’s Art Of Hair. Shu Uemura is one of those lines i’ve loved for not only the gorgeous packaging design (have you looked at some of those lipstick and skincare products? The new clear lipstick cases were designed by architects!), but also for their skincare and makeup products. Admittedly i was skeptical about their branching out into haircare… until about an hour ago. I’ve been a Bumble & Bumble girl for the last decade or so - but the last few weeks i felt like something different - i tried other bumble products (also love their packaging/branding), various ‘organic’ brands, even some basic drugstore brands (which ended up being far too fruity and chemically for the most part), and was about to give up back to my usual, until i wandered into Shu Uemura today.

Apparently the “Art of Hair” line is not available for sale online, and can currently only be purchased in their retail boutiques (but you can also call and order from them)… the boxes with the gloss images of the bottles on a matte white are gorgeous, and the bottles themselves beautiful as well, so i was already ready to simply show the packaging of the new line here… but only if it was any good! Anyhow, i’m sure you know by now, i’m smitten, and silly enough, can’t stop running my fingers through my hair. Smells amazingly fresh, feels ridiculously clean, AND comes in pretty bottles. See the unboxings after the jump, as well as a few other fun goodies i picked up… and a statement from the designers of the packaging, campaign, and branding of the line.

UPDATE: Check out this beautiful flash site for the ‘Art of Hair’… check out the Ceremonies in particular, they sound like pure bliss… and more updates being added at the bottom of the post as i obsessively research more.

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*notcot - 02.12.08 , 01:10 - 0 Notes

The Lake & Stars Trench

lakeandstars.jpgTwo things happened when the gorgeous lingerie of The Lake & Stars showed up on NotCouture… i wandered to their site, and fell for, perhaps simultaneously, the photography of Tim Zaragoza and their trench coats. While at the moment i’m not sure which one i’m more in love with, or if perhaps the combination is irresistible, i’ll let you know when i finally meet one of the coats in person, or find images of it alone. Brooklyn photographer, Zaragoza, has found the perfectly moody, mysterious, dramatic look for these ladies in the trenches with their felty looking shades… and The Lake & Stars have mastered the classic combo of beautiful lingerie, trench coats, and heels. See after the jump for more images i’ve dug up so far.

p.s. What better name for a trench than - Opportunity?

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*notcot - 02.09.08 , 02:55 - 1 Notes

Cargo blu_ray Makeup

blu-ray.jpgblu_ray ~ the latest collection from CARGO Cosmetics. And yes, that blu_ray. If the beauty industry has anything to say about it, it looks like blu_ray really is winning the war on HD DVD. The CARGO site says “blu-ray, CARGOs revolutionary new collection originally created for make-up artists filiming in high-definition, is designed to provide flawless results while maintaining a perfectly natural look. Because life happens in High-Definition…” So i guess anyone can be ready for their closeup in microscopic high-definition when viewed from a blu_ray dvd? I’m surprised that the 59$ (valued at $130) complete set doesn’t come with a blu_ray disc to help give buyers an extra push towards a ps3/blu_ray player… also i’m surprised to not see examples of with/without the magical blu_ray makeup as would be seen in high-definition. See the full collection after the jump!

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*notcot - 02.06.08 , 04:05 - 7 Notes

Shogun Robe - Form Us With Love

smokingjac.jpgValentine’s Day is around the corner, so here’s a little something for the men ~ this kind of feels very Hugh Hefner channeling his inner Samurai on a Sunday morning, in a classic designer black. This is “Shogun”, the cotton terry robe for Swedish terry brand Pellevävare designed by Form Us With Love. The press release states:

“Shogun” is the name of the collaboration between young, innovative design studio Form Us With Love and prestige manufacturer of cotton terry, Pellevävare. The result is a limited edition of 30 exclusive robes of terry strategically reinforced with cotton canvas. “The inspiration derives from the Japanese medieval warriors and their protective outfits. We wanted the user to feel like a general, stepping out of bed, putting on his weekend uniform and start plotting strategies for the day.”

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