Fashion

Spartan

i first posted about Austin based shop Spartan waaaaaay back in 2010! that’s like a 100 years in internet time. so i’ve been excited to share their new lookbook, which i was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of before it launched. they stock items by designers that i love like Crescioni, Erin Considine, Dealtry and a whole host of others that are new-to-me.

We were feeling very inspired by women artists of the 20th century and studied portraits of these women for inspiration. Although our focus in the past has been home goods and jewelry, we are branching it a way that feels very natural to us to few apparel pieces that are easy to wear and great for travel – hats, bags, scarves, wool tunics, oversized sweaters, etc, with the same attention to graceful design and beautiful, high quality materials.

explore the shop here. photographer: Chantal Anderson | graphic designers: Winsome Brave

Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan
Spartan

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Pichulik: Baraka

the new Pichulik SS15 range Baraka has just launched, and i’m really into the limited colour palette Kat has gone for. she drew her inspiration from the architecture of North Africa and the Middle East (the name barakah means “blessing” in Arabic)

The colours and designs evoke the religious talismans of the Berber of Morocco and prayer satchels used throughout the region. Green and gold are sacred in Islam as they represent paradise while the blue, the colour of protection, is reminiscent of the indigo robes worn by the Tuareg and the colours found in the 400-year-old Sultan Ahmet Camii, Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.

photography kope figgins | wardrobe kat van duinen | make-up nandi kai

Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka
Pichulik: Baraka

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Dear Rae: Let’s get Tropsi

one of the weird highlights of my blogging ‘career’ has been getting emails from guys who want to propose to their girlfriends and need advice on an engagement ring. it’s a tough thing to give advice on, and such a personal choice too! my first piece of advice is always that you don’t need to buy a huge big diamond. in fact, you don’t need to buy a diamond at all.

but my second most important piece of advice is: speak to a great jewellery designer. and then i send them to Karin of Dear Rae (who designed my own ring). besides special occasion rings, Dear Rae is of course well known for their wonderful jewellery collections. this week they are launching their SS15 collection Let’s Get Tropsi.

This range is inspired by sensations of Summer; the bright sun, cool leafy shade and the feeling of fruity juice running down your chin. Let’s get Tropsi showcases all things tropical. Karin says: “This new range was inspired by the raw, lush and leisurely nature of my surroundings. I found that most of my designs hold aspects of naive shapes, capturing the light heartedness of summer.”

soon available at their online shop. lookbook photography by We Love Pictures.

Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI
Dear Rae // Let's Get TROPSI

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Fait La Force

NY based designer Emma Allen has been volunteering in Haiti since she was a teen. On a trip to seek out production capabilities, in the hopes of using her design skills to foster job creation, she met Chandler Hamilton and her husband and Josh – who have been working with artisans in Haiti for the past 4 years. together Chandler and Emma founded Fait La Force, which aims to encourage creativity and economic development in the country.

We work hand in hand with artisans across Haiti to create thoughtfully designed products with local resources and a mix of modern and traditional techniques. Our products are made with care and integrity by artisans in our workshop in Port au Prince, as well as our artisan partners across the country. We strive to create an uplifting work environment fostering collaborations between our artisans and like-minded brands and designers.

they just launched their debut collection, available at their online shop. you can also follow their journey on Instagram – how great is this shot?!

Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
Fait La Force
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Coyote Negro

Coyote Negro is the label of Brooklyn based designer Melissa Hernández, who just released her first collection Spectra. the lookbook was shot by creative duo Nosotrus – i love the clever use of mirrors and reflections. that Reflejo ring is out of this world!

S P Ê C T R Ä is where light and form collide. Reflection versus refraction. It brings out all of the aforementioned & shines a new light with this collection of statement pieces. Everything we do is handcrafted in Brooklyn, NY and locally sourced.

Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro
Coyote Negro

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MATTER

beautiful new styles from MATTER

September is a month of the wind changing, and we feel the weather’s momentum intimately, given rain and shine affects when we print what. It’s a departure from previous editions with darker prints on lighter backgrounds, with a sense of transience and weightlessness. In monsoon season the rains mean we can only print this way, and of course, we go with the tides.

see my previous post introducing MATTER here.

MATTER MATTER MATTER MATTER MATTER MATTER MATTER MATTER MATTER

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Mono Wardrobe. Monodrobe.

this past winter i realised that almost every single thing i bought was black and i would wear it with white or denim or whatever – but overwhelmingly black, nonetheless. and i was more than okay with that. i am currently mourning the impending loss of my rad MONODROBE with the oncoming heat we’ll be experiencing soon (shudder… or should i say, sweat?)

so it pleases me to see that ASOS is embracing my personal dressing taste, with so much good monodrobe stuff happening over there. MONODROBE. you heard it here first.

just click on the fancy little icons to be taken to the item!

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