Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Paris men's week backstage footage by Hintmag

We just came across this footage. It's fan-freakin'-tastic. Big up to Hint Magazine.

Paris Men's Week, Spring 2010 from Hintmag.com on Vimeo.

Original Fake Holiday 2009 Collection Ear Warmers

Ear warmers...Have you ever considered buying them? We never. Until now. These beauties by Original Fake are ill. So cop it.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New superstar at Ulla Models

Ulla Models' Lisanne de Jong is reaching for the stars. We expect to hear a lot from her in 2010.
This is Lisanne for Dazed and Confused magazine.

Jeff Koons x Ikepod “Cannonballs” Horizon HHTJK Watches

Check out this wrist watch, Jeff Koons x Ikepod. Great design.

The casting Director Daniel Peddle

You can't join designer Phillip Lim's runway army without first making it pass casting director and self-proclaimed model sieve Daniel Peddle. Here he is working some girls.

fake fur new era

As said before, we are not the hard core new era cap fans. But hey, if you pull this off on your well dressed fitted suit we damn sure like it. Tipped to the side and wear it with that endless swagger. Boom. New York Yankees step to the plate.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Art is air

You gotta love Radcliffe for designing this baby. No idea where and how to display this piece for work. But this definitely redefines the boundary of art and nike air max. Credit where it's due.

Rimowa x Bape Cabin Trolley

Since we will be showing in Hong Kong very soon, we are totally into the trolley vibe. Well...Voila the Rimowa x Bape Cabin Trolley. Working with Germany’s oldest luggage manufacturer Rimowa (who were founded all the way back in 1898), and Bathing Ape success is guaranateed. The trolleys will be released in the first half of next year, for around $1,400.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jewelry box by Riu Grazina

Now this is slick. Makes us want to purchase more jewels, simply to have a reason to buy this. The Portuguese designer Rui Grazina has designed a cube-shaped jewellery box with a drawer on each face. Wow.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rest in peace ID magazine

A very sad day in the design world today. After 55 years in print, I.D. Magazine will be closing its covers following the January/February issue. Virtually all of us grew up on I.D. Magazine, enjoying everything from the pub letters at the beginning to that iconic frog design ad with the Sony TV skating rink on the back cover. We want to thank all the contributors over all the years for providing such great coverage and inspiration, and to to let them know what an impact they had on the design industries, designers, and design.
Here's the official press release:
December 15, 2009
To Readers, Advertisers and Friends of I.D. Magazine:
Since 1954, I.D. Magazine has served as one of America's leading critical magazines covering the art, business, and culture of design. Today it is with regret that we announce its closure. The January/February issue of I.D. will be its last; subscribers to I.D. will receive Print magazine for the balance of their subscription.
Ceasing publication of an iconic brand like I.D. is never an easy decision, but there are several forces that have worked against its sustainability. Certainly the downturn in print advertising has contributed to this decision, but other factors include the fragmentation and specialized information needs of I.D.'s core readers (product designers) and the plethora of information resources available to them--some for free (online and B2B) and others that are highly specialized and targeted to specific industries served.
F+W Media will to continue producing the I.D. Annual Design Review, its flagship international product design competition, in an expanded fashion online. This new web initiative will feature not only 2010's winners but will catalog thousands of notable entries from past competitions. Going forward, in addition to the I.D. Annual Design Review, F+W Media's Design Group is comprised of the award-winning HOW and Print brands--magazines, books, events, and competitions serving the information needs of graphic designers in all media.
We thank the entire I.D. community, past and present--staffers, contributors, readers, and advertisers--for their support of the magazine throughout its 55-year history.
Gary Lynch
Publisher & Editorial Director
F+W Media Design Community
Source: core 77

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tom Ford

He's the king of kings in the field of men's fashion. A genius marketeer with an outstanding vision on luxury, elegance and above all sex-appeal. Now Tom Ford is a film maker as well. Since OntFront designer Liza Koifman is a film maker turned men's fashion designer we definately feel the connection here. Check out the full interview:

Tina Brown and Tom Ford: The Full Interview from The Daily Beast Video on Vimeo.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Amsterdam International Fashion Week agenda


Kai & Jurriaan drop a nice get together. They call it the Prince. So get your ass over there on the 17th of dec, from 21:00 till bam at the Prins Hendrikkade 142.


Whoop whoop!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Speak & blow your mind

“The Q Speakers by Grier Govorko, is no exception, and easily makes our list for one of the best looking speakers we’ve ever seen. Grafted from sustainable New Zealand wood and driven by a highly efficient Class D amp, the limited edition speakers not only look pretty darn sweet, but also has a few nifty features of its own.”

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Fashion Week

MyFashionWeek is the ultimate tool for fashion professionals who travel the world and require a quick, smooth and professional service when visiting Copenhagen. MyFashionWeek was created for fashion professionals by fashion professionals with the aim of offering buyers, press and other professionals in the fashion industry the best possible and most cost-efficient accommodation and traveling solutions when visiting Copenhagen Fashion Week. So get down with it!

Pop up store in Rotterdam

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gun case by Mutt design

Yeah, here's the gun case by Mutt design. This Dutch design due totally pulled it off. A case that looks brutal. Here it is:

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bless vs And Beyond

We just love it when ideas are created simultaneously. Great minds think alike. Here's the 3D fashion of Bless and And Beyond. We love em both. First picture is Bless, second And Beyond.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Gucci sneakers take it to the next level

Die hard sneakers heads would vomit when seeing these babies. We love em!!! Get your Indian style mixed with some severe denim and you have got the style for this winter locked down. Gucci represents. Here they are:

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Press photo for China

Photographer Marnix Postma sprinkled some swagger on this picture. Head designer Liza Koifman is looking like the true sexy Cleopatra she is. Wow.

OntFront x FD

Haha, Tomas from OntFront on the front page of the FD news paper. Due to a presentation about a new technique implemented on clothing we made the cover. This presentation was held in Delft by Syntens and 20 innovative technical ideas were pitched. Nice. Here's the article of the FD.

OntFront's Tomas on JJJJound

Wix tipped us about it. And we love it. JJJJound is definitely one of our favorite blogs. And Tomas, Creative Director of OntFront is on it. This picture was taken during Paris fashion week, just before show time. The photographer is still unknown to us, so let us know if you find out.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

This is how Pharell rolls

Pharrell Williams brings forth the latest installment of his Perspective series in the shape of The Tank Chair. Slated for a world premiere at the Emmanuel Perriton Gallery during Art Basel Miami Skateboard P’s latest venture in contemporary furniture comes along in four colorways and is made of plexiglas and full grain colt leather.

Alejandro Ingelmo - SS2010 kicks

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Charlotte and her hAI-TEA club

The fashion designer Charlotte Kan will be featured by the hAI-TEA club. Because we've been following her for some time now (we love her 'play and pose' work), we figured this was the right moment to ask her some questions. This is her:

Why will you be featured by the hAI TEA club?

The hAI TEA club was organized bij h.A.I. in Breda. h.A.I. stands for the dutch words “het aardappel imperium” (the potato empire). The name sounds funny but they chose it because they believe art and design is a basic need like the potato. They wanted to feature me and my work in a relaxed setting with bubbles, chocolate, tea, fashion and art. It sounded like a great opportunity to give people insight in how I work.

What type of designs will you be showing/selling?

I will give a presentation about my work and talk about what inspires me, my approach to designing, the story behind some of the designs but it’s not all talk! People will have a chance to view my design sketchbooks, older work and I will showcase my drawings in a little expo created for that evening only.
h.A.I. already sells selection of my collection there will be some new additions from my fall 2009 collection and some unique pieces created specially for h.A.I.

Can you describe the style of Charlotte Kan?

Feminine, detailed minimalism, timeless. It has to be practical and wearable so no red carpet dresses but a pair of trousers, a jacket, a t-shirt, a dress but all with a little twist. I leave space for the wearer to shape a garment to her body, by adding drawstrings, belts or straps to adjust the fit of a garment.

What type of clients do you address?

Down to earth women with who like to dress relaxed and comfortable and feminine.

What is your price range?

Prices start around €20,- for a library bag called ‘Bieb’ and go up to €250,- for a jacket

What are your goals?   
One of my goals is to make my collections more personal. I think about the way I dress a lot and ask myself a lot of questions for example: I am a designer so why do I still wear so many H&M garments. I have actually contemplated of cutting up my favourite H&M garments and using them as the starting point for a new design. Shops like H&M are often accused of copying ideas from the catwalks. So what happens if I turn this process around? These are just some of the many (many) questions I ask myself and I hope to find answers in my coming collections. Besides that I love to make drawings and I want to find a way to translate the way I draw into my designs without just sticking a silkscreen print on a T-shirt.

What can we expect from Charlotte Kan in the future?

More fashion, more drawings. I want to continue to expand my collection and become a small but profitable brand with a global reach.

Save the date: Co-lab book- & Documentary presentation

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Pieter, the Ceizer of Typofunk

Pieter Ceizer (Pimpalicious & Typofunk) and I go way back. Those days when flipping decks and chilling in the C&A passage was the bomb. Therefore we decided to do a special on him. Well, this is our man:

What's your name, age, where you from?
I'm Pieter Ceizer, 26 years old, born and raised in Amsterdam

What is Typofunk?
Typofunk is the series of typographical work I've been exhibiting for the last three years, but basically Typofunk is all the empowering typographical work that comes from my hands.

How did Typofunk start?
I came up with this term three year ago, but then I just gave name to what I was doing for years.
My typo developed since I was 11 years old. I came in touch with typo in the graffiti scene, actually I wasn't even a part of the scene then. As a young skateboarder I used to admirer all the graffiti artist  that were making all these bright, colorful and dynamic letter drawing on the old ramps (half pipes) of  Museumplein in Amsterdam. Back then I started to write my name with markers around town and made my own first "Piece".After several years of graffiti writing, I got interested in more than just writing my name and opened up my eyes for the designs of coca cola cans, lucky strike cigarette boxes, fresh packages of chocolate chip cookies and whatever. I basically loved and still love the feel of good design, everything that works refreshing and everything that looks even better than what it tastes like. I am a music freak and all the funk soul and hip hop records I was listening to, helped me put my first lines together to develop graphics with other words than just my name. Nowadays I write mostly all of my own lines, which I use for typographical works.

How do you work? How do you develop graphics?
I play with words, first I write just short texts and phrases. When I think I came up with something useful, I start drawing, drawing and drawing. After a lot of puzzling I fine tune the design and come up with the final design. Most of the times the final design gets scanned, imported in illustrator and then I work it out and pick out the colors.

What's you finest Typofunk work? why?
I try to master my style and skills all the time. After I finished my last design I was like "I think I out-shined myself once again". I see all my work as my children and it's hard to say who's your favorite son or daughter. But if I don't pick a favorite y'all can't post an image, so I'll pick: "Once upon a time called right now". Because of the classic aura of the work, people feel familiar once they see this, but they have never seen anything that actually looks like it, so they have to watch again. And  the message " Once upon a time called right now" works the same way. Life is a great adventure and its past or future might look promising or better than today, but actually everything that matters is happening right now. So look twice and enjoy!

What / who inspires you most?
That's hard to say. In the first place music and then I think all people who do what they really wanna do, don't take no for an answer and never do concessions to their passion.

When did you begin your line, Pimpalicious living?

I think it was 2004. But then It wasn't official with a tax number and stuff, just selling T-shirts to friends and peers.

You sell in Turkey, Paris, Hong Kong & Benelux. Where do you want to go next? why?
What are your biggest goals?
I just got a few stores out of the Benelux and that's really great but I always want a few more. I'm hoping to sell in each city that matters at least in Europe with a year or two. I got a message and a bunch of positive energy that needs to be spread around this globe. I might sparkle some brains, to do great thing for their shelves.

What can we expect from you in the near future?
For my clothing; some new cut and sew styles, shoes and hats and off course some fresh typo tees. For my poster work; some exhibitions outside of Holland, the first is in Paris at Gallery/Store Auguste in March 2010.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The urban gentleman

Iphone case

We previously posted a wooden Iphone case. Pretty sick if you ask us. But if you're more the blackberry type and still want to rock an iphone, here's a leather case from CLS for that ultimate business touch. Rather nice.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Interview with Giorgio Toppin (Xhosa)

Xhosa is a new brand we sell at OntFront x Friends. We previously posted the basic info about his brand. Now here's a full interview with the man himself, Giorgio Toppin. And this is what he looks like:

What's the name of the designer? Date of Birth? Origin?
My name is Giorgio “Xhosa” Sanjeewa Toppin, born on February 18th 1985 in Amsterdam.
My mother is from Surinam and my dad is bi-racial Chinese mixed with Portuguese. I was born in The Netherlands.

How did your love for fashion came to be?
I started out by drawing a whole lot of illustrations, because I wanted to be an animator for cartoons. I kind of failed at that miserably and discovered that all my drawings were really fashion oriented. So when I discovered that my drawings could actually be translated into actual 3D pieces that did it for me. To actually see your drawing come to life is magic to me. Every time I have a fitting, my heart still races when a model tries on my clothing.

What does Xhosa stand for?
Xhosa is my 2nd name given to me by my mother, and it stands for a naughty boy. (Which I was when growing up hahahahahah….. Go figure). I do believe the men who wear my clothes have something naughty inside them and want to portray that to their audience.

What are your unique selling points?
Our unique selling points are; the strong accentuation of the male figure. We want the man to look good, even when he’s trying to differentiate himself from the masses.

What type of customers do you address?
Men who love to be different, aren’t scared of trying something new as well, as men who aren’t as daring but, need some change in their wardrobes. It’s targeted to the man 15 years of age and up.

What would you like to achieve with your designer brand?
We want men to be less constricted in how they perceive clothing and what is acceptable by society. Dressing up should be fun and creative. We want to convey that as a designer brand.

Who/what inspires you?
Pretty much anything in my direct surroundings inspires me, could be family, friends, TV, music the list goes on and on cause it’s always something really random which holds my attention the longest. I really get bored with themes fairly quickly so it has to be something interesting.

What are your biggest goals?
#1 To own my own store(s)
#2 Be a global brand
#3 Have fun while doing so
#4 world domination, but that goes hand in hand with a global brand hahaha.

What are your strongest skills as a designer?
My strongest skill is visualizing what I have in my mind and translating that to clothing.

What is your favorite item that you designed?
My favorite item designed is the braided wool sweater. It has special meaning, because it was the beginning of Xhosa.

What can we expect from you in the near future?
Well I’m working on a new collection right now, so definitely a show.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dutch Invertuals during Dutch Design Week Eindhoven

We just found this video online about Dutch Invertuals, a group of designers, present their latest work during the Dutch Design Week from October 17 to 25 in Eindhoven. The different disciplines of product, graphic, food, spatial, material and fashion design are represented in all their glory in the industrial exhibition space. The exhibit with over ten different works reflects the multifaceted nature of design. Check it out.

Dutch Invertuals during Dutch Design Week Eindhoven from WND on Vimeo.

Hans Ubbink expansion

We briefly met Hans Ubbink in Hong Kong. Nice guy. He's one of the few Dutch designers that actually set up a commercial designer brand that works 100%. His products are sold well and his quality is outstanding. He might not have the same taste as you, but he sure pulled it off. And now that he is expanding to the states we figured it was about time to show this man some respect.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Marnix Postma worked his magic on OntFront duo.

Photographer Marnix Postma is a familiar name in the house of OntFront. He's been doing a great job on the lookbooks for a few seasons now. This time Postma pointed his camera on Tomas Overtoom and Liza Koifman. The couple behind the brand.

Pharrell x Moncler

WWD confirms reports that Pharrell and Moncler will be teaming up ms for on a few amazing items in an all black collection. The line includes a “pacifist” version of the bulletproof jacket, with Velcro-ed side slits, reversible matte/shiny down vests and elongated puffers. Mirroring Williams’ environmental activism, the jackets are fashioned using textiles from Bionic, a three-year-old company he controls. Bionic spins yarns and fabrics from recycled plastic bottles. The noteworthy printed linings meld art and nature with evocative images of lush forests, shot at dusk by Japanese artist Keita Sugiura. Prices and distribution details are still being finalized. (WWD)

Jehoofdlooptom x friends

Our friends at jehoofdloopt om are organizing an exposition today. Gallery Friend of Bavink. Geldersekade 58. Starting at 16:00. See you there. 

Friday, November 20, 2009

Odin fragrance

Odin’s latest project has the duo collaborating on a special line of unisex fragrances with Larry Paul and Kelly Kovack of Purpose-Built. The line, developed over the course of a year with German perfumer Drom, will feature three distinct scents available exclusively through Studio Beautymix at Fred Segal within the Los Angeles area and in limited quantities through other select locations.
Source: The Fashionisto

Thank you national gallery for inviting us!

The people from National Gallery, Dazed & Wallpaper all first came to Amsterdam. Our shop was previously located in a brothel. So therefore we hooked them up in our shop. After the canal boat trip we organized, they ended in club Bitterzoet en even Club NL (hahaha, nice). Now this is the outcome of their inspiring trip. Kienholz: the hoerengracht.

Liquor, woman&tears x New Era Pillbox Cap

We never thought New Era caps would ever appeal to our taste. But hey...They blessed us. Even though it's womens wear, we advice you to rock it as a true gentleman. Here you go: