Ambidex

while i work on the next holiday gift guide i thought i’d show you this cool Japanese (of course) retailer Ambidex that stocks a multitude of amazing Japanese made brands that i have never heard of. such cool clothes that range from the cute to the utilitarian to that perfectly simple, classic Japanese cut. unfortunately they do not ship internationally, but perhaps you have a friend in Japan or are planning a trip soon – in which case, go forth!

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TEN & Co.

thanks to Zinzi and Lizzie for introducing me to TEN & Co. – a shoe label that specialises in oxfords that are handmade from vintage Moroccan rugs & supple leather. designer Tory Noll was on a trip to Morocco when she stumbled upon a tiny shoe shop in Marrakech and on a whim had some simple oxfords made from scraps of carpet – and so TEN & Co. was born.

Every pair of TEN & Co. shoes is cut from unique vintage and antique hand-woven Moroccan rugs and supple leathers.  We scour rug auctions, souks, Marrakech flea markets and the Atlas mountains to find strong, colorful rugs and blankets that tell a story in each shoe.   Handmade in small batches by a cobbler in Marrakech, our shoes combine a classic Oxford with the vibrant colors and patterns of North Africa.

the beautiful lookbook was shot by Adam Hribar, art directed by Priya Sanghvi & Dan Goldstein, and styled by Leila Thurtell and Eva McCausland.

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Amathunzi

we took a much needed break this weekend and were lucky enough to spend a day with family at the amazing Amathunzi Nature Reserve (less than two hours outside Cape Town – man i love this country). if you follow me on instagram you might have seen my pics of our sunset visit from some zebras – including 2 babies – a herd of eland and an adorably lonely bontebok. consequently i’ve been catching up on work today, but check in tomorrow… a new music mix is on the horizon.

ps: all of these pics were taken on my iphone, snapped using the amazing pro hdr app – perfect for low light situations, or even when the sun is too bright for a decent photo. smart phones are amazing.

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These Things No.42

my eyes just did one of those cartoon character bulges out of my face when i saw that the last these things i did was 1 month ago to the day. what. is. happening. to. time?! i was under the mistaken impression that i do one every week, and i should! be prepared to see more of these (things).

the sartorialist visited joburg recently and the pics are pretty rad:

kate miss knocks it out of the park again with her winter jewellery line lookbook:

beautiful & simple forget me not vases by aurelie richard:

explore clarisse demory’s paris flat:

the dreamcats calendar is back!

speaking of dreamcats, lovely to see anabela from fieldguided and other toronto locals featured at boots & pine:

a new favourite street style blog, a love is blind:

rouge cheeks and bobby pins after michael kors:

beautiful painted ceramics by lindsay emery at leif:

hansel from basel’s new lookbook:

a beautiful plant filled house and adorable cat:

john baldessari paintings are rad. feelings.

photos of swan lake by Raúl González:

wild cockatoos by leila jeffreys:

digging anja’s range of new range of bags for her label ann-ya:

dreamy goodies from Craft:

erin jang for paperless post:

these cats! photographed by clare canepa:

object is a cool shop:

really love these daniel wellington watches:

and finally, some shoes i’m digging…

top row: loeffler randall / salvatore ferragamo / matiko / maison martin margiela
middle: all A.P.C.
bottom: k. jacques / rachel comey / loeffler randall

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Good Hair

i haven’t been able to get the beautiful hair accessories by Brook&Lyn and Jujumade out of my mind since they launched their LA colab series recently. why don’t we dress up our hair more? i’m not one to talk, since i barely ever wear my hair out of a top knot (yes i’m one of those). but it would be nice to see our tresses a bit more jazzed up. not in a diamanté alice band way (shudder) – just in a casual “oh this ceramic barrette? i wear it all the time” way.

also reminded me of this revelation that bobby pins were actually invented to be inserted crinkle side down. did you know that? i did not, and judging by all the ladies in my twitter feed neither did they.

jujumade + brook&lyn hair accessories:

simple bobby pins at vanessa jackman:

maison michel for opening ceremony:

after dark copper hair cuff:

which you can achieve using an oysho copper hair tie:

always love the hair tutorials from a cup of jo:

also dig the DIY do’s from refinery29:

how to do a halo braid:

simple golden flower hair pins:

grecian leaf head piece:

floral haircomb by ginny & jude:

an elk antler (!) hair comb:

fun hair ties from anthropologie:

even funner match stick bobby pins by kate spade:

rodarte deco ball hair comb:

going a bit older now, a beautiful art nouveau hair comb:

 

more antique hair combs:

even older, hair combs from the qing dynasty:

 

 

and, unrelated by kind of related…

hair portraits by elizabeth mayville:

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Gisèle

Gisèle d’Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht is her full name – and only fitting for a 100 year old artist who grew up in an Austrian castle, studied at the Paris École des Beaux d’Arts (which was interrupted by the financial crisis in Europe  in the thirties & the oncoming war), provided shelter for Jewish Germans in her canal house apartment in Amsterdam during WWII – where she still lives today, rebuilt and lived in a ruined monastery on the island of Paros in Greece with her husband… she sounds like a remarkable woman, and her beautiful eclectic art filled home (she actually owns the entire building now) is a perfect reflection of that. do yourself a favour and read the entire article at Freunde von Freunden. what a treat for a random Tuesday morning.

Photography: Jordi Huisman for Freunde von Freunden

here is a picture of Gisèle during the war – thanks to Francesca Rheannon, whose father was part of the underground artist community that congregated at Gisèle’s home in WWII.

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