Ahh the finer things in life. It’s what we’re all about at NOTCOT. And one of the finer things in the world of apparel is cashmere. But forget about boring V neck sweaters. Qi’s collection makes you rethink what a knitwear can be. I love the dress with gold braiding detail from their Holiday 2007 collection, shown above. More favorites after the jump!
On mysterious emails (leading to images and next to no info) too good to resist… here’s the latest, apparently Generation Praktikum has a pop up exhibition over at the Frankfurt Fair “Design Annual” that is happening as i write this. All i know? It is brought to you by the brilliant NY based 2x4, and there are some very fun simple vacuum packed yellow tshirts and great portraits of people holding them behind this link. Will keep you posted as i find out more.
Social Atelier had an Ethical Night Out tonight in Culver City ~ in a combination that no place can pull off quite like LA. Darfur Benefit + Ridiculously Comfy Tees + Provocative Typography + Fred Segal Man Pop Up Store + Men with no tees, but still typography + Cupcakes and Brownies + Larger than life pictures of hungry kids + Models sporting the 39” 19” 33” tanks + Acai Liquor flowing freely + MySpace Impact crew + and your usual LA social scene. *phew* Can you imagine that? Well if not, you can still picture it after the jump. It fit all things NOTCOT ~ art/design + fashion + food/drinks.
Talk about synergy, kismet, serendipity,… or do you not believe in coincidences? I caught up with Social Atelier’s Andrei Najar for a few moments, and it sounds like he and Ya’el Afriat’s idea to try to create change, instigate awareness, and make some great tees were meant to be. And all from dropping off a look book at Fred Segal Man, which happened loved the line so much they decided to not only take it on, but showcase it in their windows as well as launch this event with all proceeds of the shirts sold tonight going to benefit Darfur?
Introducing Night-Lab. The boyfriend site of Day-Lab (your go to place for gorgeous jewelry and other girly things). And it really is a boyfriend girlfriend team on these two sites… and Night-Lab claims to be for guys… although i found much i’m coveting… like this clock! This Perpetual Kid Half Time Clock, literally splits the time in two pieces… and doesn’t give up the critical parts of being a great clock: the cuckoo and the pendulum! I think i only really need that half. I’m also impressed its only 30$ here (45$ over at perpetual kid). And it’s cast in frosty porcelain. And it has gorgeous packaging ready for gifting. I’m also liking their funky tie selection (see some of my favs below)… and the fact that they have a graphics novel and comics section. (Girls like these things too!)
Side note: nice clean UI going on… i’m a new found fan of Ryan Baudoin’s work… see more over at his gorgeous portfolio site BoyCraft.
I must admit, i was actively hunting for NotCouture, and came across the Lladro Re-Cyclos Magic Forest Ring and in my excitement posted it quickly over there… only to later discover the full Lladro Re-Cyclos Magical collection. The Magic Forest collection has handmade porcelain rings, necklaces, chokers, earrings, broaches, hairpins and even cuff links. All incredibly beautiful and naturally inspired. Also worth a peek are the Bachhus Bottle Stopper Unicorn and the Gallus Salt and Pepper Shakers… see more images below.
CLICK THE IMAGES, just like the other roundups - top row women, bottom row men. It’s been less than a week since we told you about NotCouture and its certainly been taking on a style of its own! As you can see, we’ve been getting some GREAT submissions for both men and women, although mostly women as you can expect… so guys! help us out! We’re going to keep beta testing it for a little while, but please feel free to contribute your submissions!
Next time your kid is sitting bored staring down and twisting at the edge of their shirt impatiently, why not have them look adorable in these silhouette tees and have them learn their alphabets and to read? Smart Tees by Wire and Twine print the alphabet and the name of what is on the tee upside down near the hem of the shirt just where kids can read them right side up. Adorable Dinosaur, Cow, Fairy, Train shirts… and the pic below looks like it just might be hand screened by kids for kids!
I don’t usually wear jewelry, but when I do I like for it to be something pretty unique and interesting. At the moment I’m loving the jewelry by British designer Emma Franklin. It’s dark and has kind of an occult feel to it. I imagine the person wearing this jewelry to be sitting by the giant fireplace in their dark, burgundy-hued library/study, flipping through an old leather-bound book, and occasionally staring out the window, deep in thought… uh, that’s not weird, is it?
Anyway… thanks to “canadian-in-swedish-clothing” for bringing this to our attention on Notcouture. Some more favorites after the jump!
Apparently its mannequin hunting season. At least over at Attus Apparel, where they have just launched a limited edition series of 4 (one in each size) polos that have been Shot Up (complete with documentation of the shootings in both photo and video form). And silly as it sounds, i fully understand their thinking here… people buy cut up, distressed, destroyed jeans, tees, jackets, etc… why not polos? And with the all the murder porn on TV constantly (CSI, CSI: every other city, Law&Order and all the many spin offs)… maybe this has a chance? Either way its intriguingly hilarious from an artistic and cultural standpoint. More imagery and video from the shoot below.
Chicken Tika pins and finger puppets can’t help but bring a smile to your face (and everyone that sees them). Something so basic in the design, yet so cheeky about those expressions.
YES - you can text my shirt. There are social networks online - then there is good old fashioned face to face networking. And then there is everything in between… latest comes from Textmarks + Revl Industries - the fashion house that brings you Headline Shirts, Gytha Mander, Revl - there are now Reactees… combining the genius of your tshirt as your billboard and text messaging. Someone can now stand right in front of you and get a message from your shirt via text - and you don’t have to say a thing.
Ok, but in all seriousness ~ imagine the possibilities… at a club, conference, televised sports game… you can leave notes to strangers (you can textmessage and update the automated response at anytime) and future friends. You can give people a way to contact you without knowing your phone number, and you can call/text them back once they request the Reactee shirt’s automated message.
I stopped by the Revl Industries HQ earlier today to pick up my shirt you see above ~ and conceptually it’s fascinating… for a mere 20$ you basically get a magic code people can text and get a message from you (yes you could update this like you do twitter) AND a shirt. You could even print this code on business cards, put it on away messages,… get creative. Additionally these guys know quality and are as anal as we are about making things look gorgeous (and they are also sticklers for comfort and as eco friendly as possible)… more below! and images of their studio.
Mixko at the Designboom Mart. As much as i love furniture and all the normal ICFF highlights, this was the part that leaves me giddy, as i sit here in the hotel room with almost no energy left. Skull Ring (40$) in person- even more amazing than the pics… the butterfly rings (10$) too! (As you can see i indulged and bought 6 rings - might need to go back for more!) It was fun to finally meet Nahoko in person, she’s so sweet, and she even showed me a limited edition GOLD Skull Ring (pics below, she was kind enough to model it)… and the Cloud/Rainy Necklace has a name now! English Summer Necklace (30$). Anyhow, sorry my sentence forming abilities are a bit stunted at the moment, just wanted to share some highlights as they happen… more pics below. You can also buy on the Mixko site.
I never thought i’d say this, but this must be the perfect present for the teenage mom studying for SATs in your life… or your teenage babysitters… or your mail order bride. I mean, lets be honest here, its clearly not for the baby to learn some vocab early, they’re barely on making sounds at that stage! But none the less, turning your child (or any child) into your human flash cards just might be crazy enough to help you score a few more points. SATees.
Granted i’m not a huge sneaker girl (although i do love my share of shoes)… i DO love packaging, and while i didn’t know what to think when i first got emailed by Jason Markk… i’m quite impressed with their gorgeous packaging. Premium sneaker cleaner - in a quality mini sneaker box, with playful labeling and what resembles paint splatter and koi. And within the box… 8 oz. Premium Sneaker Solution and Sneaker Cleaning Brush. Gorgeous - see my hands on pics below - nice attention to detail.