Click the images to find out what it is! Thought i'd give you a mix of design, food, and fashion to kick off your week. From Audi pedal cars and Flickrvision... to ooey gooey choc chip cookies and a gourmet grilled cheese... to an adorable jovich-hawk top on sale and fornarina's Gotham Girls harley quinn hoodie. Happy Monday!
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Scarf+Hoodie+(pocket & fun fabrics)+Kasil = SCOODIE! Ok, stop giggling, its actually pretty comfy. Especially as it gets chilly and windy in this so called summer SF weather, its a fun idea. And a nice touch with the ipod (or credit cards/id or cash, or whatever little things you want to stash in a place where few are likely to look) pocket, with button and kasil logo. So on unique new hybrid fashion pieces... here's one i had to point out -- and i was skeptical initially, but after having played with one a bit, its growing on me thanks to Matt of Plopculture - the Secret life of a Product Placement Surfer in LA - which is really one of my few basic template blogger sites that i read frequently (no offense, matt!), and yes my blog reading in tabs really is that superficial when it comes to design sites (why, why, why have an ugly design blog?). Anyhow, i digress, clearly this week has gotten to me a bit... more images below! And you can find the scoodie below over at Revolve Clothing... and its not just for girls.
Jana Feifer's latest line, Love Luggage Joint, made me smile today ~ you can choose various colors (black, white, brown, blue, etc) and which symbol you like (skull, crown, peace sign)... and how cute is that skull on the toiletry case and coin purse? Oh also watch out for the music, its just cute and retro enough to embed itself in your head.
Congrats to Catalina Estrada ~ (we featured her gorgeous illustration mets fashion here earlier). Apparently Paul Smith shed his signature stripes and collaborated with her on this collection for Japan. More images below.
Mmmmm fall is coming. Well as far as fashion is concerned anyhow, seeing as it's barely August in the real world. Was browsing Italian Loro Piana's latest collection and it just felt like how i always imagined fall to look - love the way their catalog shows you the gorgeous sketches and then the actual pieces. Definitely time to find that perfect fall/winter coat... and then run away to somewhere other than socal.
Kimberly Baker's newest collection takes 7 old adages and transforms them into these gorgeous 18kt gold vermeil or sterling silver coins. "A bold way to glam up jeans and a vest, an original addition to your black cocktail dress, the classic coin, inscribed with the parable, is proof that old fashioned adages are made to be broken by a modern girl." The only thing more precious than these necklaces are the descriptions of them - pasted below, so i don't forget.
Well, it had to end sometime... NotCouture's launch week is drawing to a close. But not before we hook you up with one more discount! On Friday, August 3rd starting at midnight (pacific time) you'll be able to save 25% off all regular priced items at Raw Clothing with the code: NOTCOUTURE. Of all the stores featured, notcot and I have a more personal experience with this one because their physical retail space is actually in San Diego, where we met in college. (Aww...) Here you can definitely get your fill of jeans and tshirts (the cream of the crop, of course) . Think of this as our way of helping provide you with some clothes for a nice, laid back, summery San Diego-type weekend. Dunno what I'm talking about? Check out some of our picks below after the jump!
Also! A reminder: We'll be picking the winner for our Kasil giveaway this Friday night (August 3rd)!! You have until just before midnight (like, 11:59:59 PM on Friday) to enter the contest!
I stop and swoon at Brooks Salzwedel's belt buckles every now and then (seeing them over at Ron Herman just reminded me again), and i just rediscovered his art which i failed to post about previously. So here they are (more below) - and in the artist's own words, from NY Arts Magazine Interview: "With the use of transparencies, including vellums, acetates, tape and resin, I see my work in layers. I ask myself what images should be in the foreground, and what images should recede to the back. I want all my pieces to have an overwhelming feeling of depth. A good piece, for instance, will have faded fog in the background, but still show detail in both its foreground and background. Most of the time, a piece will be a surprise to me, once I pull the resin out of its mold. The layers change—some images will become dull, while some will become crisp—which helps me feel like I’m not working in some formulaic way. It’s all still an experiment and so creates accidents." See more of his buckles and work here.
More discounts coming at ya! On Thursday, August 2nd shopjake.com is offering 20% off all regular priced merchandise* when you use the code: NOTCOT. They've got pieces from some super cool labels like Loeffler Randall, Ksubi, Rogues Gallery (previously featured on NOTCOT), Mayle, Pedro Garcia, and many more. That, plus the clean and modern look of the store, makes shopjake.com one of my favorite destinations to shop/browse online. You know how wearing that one special article of clothing can boost your confidence? Maybe it isn't super flashy, but it's just that little something..? It's like shopjake carries everything that could possibly make you feel that way. If I ever make it out to Chicago, I'll definitely have to check out one of their three locations in person.
If you need some direction on where to start, check out some of the NotCouture picks below...
also, for all you boys trying to win the Kasil Jeans - check out the ones linked below... somehow they are only $85 and not even on sale, so the 20% works! apparently it was a typo and back up to $185.
*Code is not valid on pre-order items and special orders. Free shipping on all domestic orders (48 states) with at least one non-sale item and always free international shipping over $300 USD.
NotCouture Launch week: Day 3. And we are thrilled to announce Free People is offering you a 20% discount today from 9am EST Aug 1 through 9am the 2nd. Just think of these discounts as our way to ease the pain of the temptations on NotCouture, and if you need help getting started, check out some of our picks from Free People after the jump.
Now, as for Free People - they are personally one of my favorite brands and blogs. So what's their story? Sister store to Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, and sits right between the two demographic/age wise. With its playful boho-chic styling, and some of the best catalog shoots around... the story of this brand is fascinating as well. Launched back in the 70's as Free People... the store/brand evolved into Urban Outfitters... which then spawned many variations of its wholesale brands, from bulldog, cooperative, anthropologie, and... in 1984 Free People was back. And recently in 2001, they "realized it was Free People that invoked soe of our favorite images, those of femininity, courage, and spirit... And that's just who we wanted to reach, a 26-year-old girl, smart, creative, confident and comfortable in all aspects of her being, free and adventurous, sweet to tough to tomboy to romantic. A girl who likes to keep busy and push life to its limits, with traveling and hanging out and everything in between."
Hm, doesn't that sound a lot like what NOTCOT stands for too? It's no wonder i love Free People so. Enjoy! 20% off is good for a day, so get to it!
While on my Puma kick... (yes, i tend to get excited and research about things in bursts)... we had the Marcel Wanders collection for Puma Beach Ball linked as .org #4644, which took you to see the pics from the launch party at Tokyo design week... and somehow i never got around to finding the actual products over at Puma. So yes, i'm late, BUT their black and white goodness warranted a post of their own. I want this canopy/tent! And the pool floaters. And the beach towels. Absolutely gorgeous. Some pictures of my favorites below - and view the full collection here - it is "a collection for those who hate camping: The collection introduces portable, sophisticated products for the city dweller looking to enjoy the outdoors without compromising looks or convenience."
Ok so we all went nuts for that Harper's Bazaar Simpsons go to Paris fashion spread... what's better? The images displayed gallery style, WITH the real designers in matching outfits, at Colette in Paris. Try not to swoon until you've seen all the pictures, i wish i could be there in person. A few pics to get you started below featuring Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld, alber Elbaz, and some great simpsons champagne glasses and other products... view the full gallery here. Oh, and the movie was awesome and worth seeing by the way, it's basically a giant episode, only they can do all the things they can't do on tv.
So for day 2 of our NotCouture launch week ~ Win a pair of Kasil Jeans!: I'll give you till Friday Midnight to let us know in the notes what makes designer denim well worth it to you, and why you'd need a pair of the latest Kasil (and i'll put the winner in touch with our man at Kasil to hook you up with a pair in your size - don't be shy, they make guys and girls denim). Also, don't forget the 25% off at Standard Style is still good today!
Now, for more about Kasil Denim (since i've already told you about their website and washes) - time to show you why we love their jeans, not to mention why i'll be jealous of whoever wins the pair friday! Read more below to see closeups of why we love their button and pocket details, their falcon logo, some sneak peeks of their downtown LA 1920's ballroom turned denim factory/studio, and their latest look book shots by Mike Rosenthal (yes, the top model one) in an old theater.
On pretty flashy sites, a few weeks ago i was browsing denim lines and came across Kasil's site which stood out in its nicely textured, layered site (versus the usual hard to navigate boring same old lookbook imagery?). My favorite part of this side of Kasil is their naming of their washes! (see image below) The washes are named Atlantic, Baltic, and Pacific - with a corresponding cylinder of dark to light blue gradient (complete with subtly moving bubbles). It's refreshing to see a denim site thats gone out of its way to really give its brand a unique look which goes beyond its logo, buttons, and pocket details, with this artistically playful feel.
More exciting news about Kasil's jeans... but before that i just wanted to take a second to focus on their great graphic+web design.
NOTE: TYPO IN THE IMAGE - its a two day, it was July 30-31! Standard Style is one of those sites I came across a few years ago when I had a renewed interest in denim. I was searching for Paper Denim & Cloth jeans, and was happy to find that this site offered a lot of other stuff I could see myself wearing too, like the much-loved 3.1 Phillip Lim, SEE by Chloe, and of course Marc by Marc Jacobs. I love the selection of brands for both girls and guys. The folks at Standard Style are nice enough to offer a special discount to NOTCOT readers to celebrate the launch of NotCouture this week! The 25% off discount code: notcot25 is valid starting on July 30th at midnight Mountain Time, and will run through Tuesday, July 31st Midnight. Happy shopping!
Not sure where to start? How about check out some NotCouture Standard Style picks below?
NotCouture launch is official! Click any of those pics up there to find out more about them... I know, regular readers have been hearing about it for a while, but outside we've been keeping it pretty quiet, and everything needs a proper announcement! So to celebrate our 4th site (1st NOTCOT.com, then NOTCOT.org, followed by TasteSpotting, and now for your luxe and fashion indulgences...) NotCouture... we are going to have a week of extra fashion and wearable posts, and all the usual designer inspiration as well of course... we will also be having a giveaway (you'll hear more about the great denim tomorrow) as well as some exclusive 25% off discounts to some of our favorite online retailers, because, honestly, if you are nearly as tempted as we are by all the mens and womens fashions and accessories, the 25% off certainly helps to soften the blow to your wallet!
How can you help? Spread the word! Tell your fashion loving friends (or those who could use some shopping inspiration). And definitely feel free to help contribute posts of designers, shoes, bags, dresses, belts, products that you love! (Don't forget - we'll have some fun new announcements every day this week.)
I think i may be getting hooked on a new magazine, and i haven't even see the print version yet... Conde Nast's Portfolio (so far it reminds me a bit content-wise of Monocle) - and i just discovered Glaser Designs in their article.
Glaser Designs produces leather and fabric bags which are handmade in their San Francisco Studio (yes, they are on my list of things to look into further next week) - as you can see from above the craftsmanship and design look incredible, and clean and classic. What REALLY drew me to these bags were the Insiders line of various organizational components... Laptop sleeve, adjustable modular holsters, wine organizers! Even folder holders, mesh organizers, and suitors that fit (see more images below). These components fit into their many bags, from the gorgeous leather duffel i'm craving above, to their more serious briefcases (see image below). And if you have specific requirements, they even do custom sizes - so you can have the exact combination you desire.
i|m active: There are hair things and there are hair things... and there are hair things in great packaging... foil ziplocs! AND great labeling as well as an ActiveHold Technology TOUCH window! And seriously, how can you resist that. Well beyond the great packaging... this line of active hair accessories actually has a whole new kind of grip on the outside! It weaves two types of rubber strands on the surface of the bands for extra grip, as well as having no metal clasp (the connector actually looks a lot like heatshrink). I picked up the elastics, as well as the head wraps which look like giant elastics (instead of their other wide flat headbands) - in addition to their extra tension claw clip/elastic hybrid (more images below!). And i'm impressed, my buns and ponytails aren't going anywhere as much as i shake my head... nor are my bangs that tend to escape! What else is in the line? Barrettes and award winning shoelaces! all with the same grippy technology.
Now for the unexpected part - i|m active is by the makers of Industrie which produces high end salon tools... which are a business unit of Newell Rubbermaid. Yes, THAT rubbermaid... of tupperware, etc.
Puma Urban Mobility - Ok, i've shown you the stuff... and gushed hard about the design and wood integration in the products already... but thats nothing compared to how i'm feeling about the icons and imagery on the site that goes with. I will let the screenshots speak for themselves, but i'm all over this one for: 1. the icons... esp when animated. *swoon* 2. the maps 3. the drop shadowed speech bubbles... oh and also the colors and flatness... as well as the old school "fit the pieces in" packing puzzles!
Sidenote: on Puma iconography... remember these great inspirational ones on the door during construction?
Puma's Urban Mobility line... there's been much talk of the Urban Mobility Bike (folds up... i've included the collaborative short NSFW film PUMA and Ryan McGinley teamed up with the Serpentine Gallery on at the end of the post) as well as the limited edition Urban Mobility Bag (top left, whit bag with the wood bottom)... but i've heard little about the whole collection, OR the incredible website they've made around it (which is SO awesome, i need a separate post for it, coming next). So here are the products i'm in awe of currently... more or less everything integrating wood into the products: The roller is just incredibly sleek and gorgeous! The totes with the contrast of the wood paneling are just breath taking... and that wallet! OH, and the belt? It's airport friendly! No metal parts, so you can keep your pants up while you go through security! And that black sleeve for laptop accessories was just too pretty not to share as well. Close ups below of products, as well as
Remember the Diesel Global Warming campaign? Well the catalog to go with is just as great... "The World's Coolest Hotspots Guide". Besides the images from the ads and the product shots, what really grabbed me about these little red hardbound catalogs were the maps of the future world. Check out pictures of the maps below - london becomes an island, the us only has some large cities and mountains left, italy becomes a more anorexic boot, etc...
Insufficient Data! Tom's Cruise! Crazy giant squid factory/symbol thing! This map blew me away, and i impulse bought it. Actually it's a shirt. The fabric details were just far too funny to not buy (its a 55DSL diesel men's shirt - it was on sale). Check out the details of other great places like Current Data Uncertain, Cape Beer, and the Stall Votex as well as some other creatures. My favorite phrase has long been "hic sunt dracones" which medieval map makers put in unknown regions... perhaps today's version is now "insufficient data"? More close ups that amuse me below, and yes, i finally show you the shirt in its entirety as well. I'd love to turn this shirt into the lining for a purse or something, somewhere where you look for unknown things......
Rebecca Minkoff's (of Morning After Bag fame) latest for Fall is the Matinee Bag. And in the oh so trendy grey leather, it will surely be one of the more coveted bags this season. Although i haven't been hands on with one of these yet, they've sent over many a picture... and the most interesting details look like the suede flaps which can add that extra flare of color/texture when up, and hide the two secret side pockets when down (more pics below!). Equally cute is her description of the bag:
Meeting him at noon? Perfect. The Matinee bag is ideal for holding all of your work day essentials as well as your must have products. The Matinee has dual pockets on each side and is accented with a reversible suede pullback, these discrete zipper pockets open up allowing room for all those unmentionables. When has your lunch break been sexier.
See more pictures below of the model shots, purse angles/colors, and even a few sneak peeks of the launch party display of the fall collection... the display of bags delicately balanced on wood is quite interesting.
Imaginary Foundation show opened at the Stussy store on Haight tonight, so i stopped by on the way to Magnolia. Here are some pics to give you a feel for the show... my favorites were their sculptural pieces (see that floral gramophone, the cup in the store window, and the magritte like door)... the shirts and prints didn't blow my mind as much as i'd hoped.