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Americana – London. A journey through Woodzee eyes

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America. When you’re a European, obviously French and Londoner, many pictures come to mind. Road signs, hip-hop culture, Obama, McDonalds, California girls, NYC girls.
Energy, flights and jet-lag. A pack of sleepless talks and infatuation for parallel timelines.

The guys at Woodzee had the good idea to send me a gorgeous pair of Bamboo black Sierra, made of wood and eco-friendly process. And those shades quickly became my best allies from Commercial Road, London, to East Village, NYC.

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Shades are not any fashion accessory; they are a sort of protection for the solo traveller. An ally which helps you when you arrive in a bar, and that you try to fuse with the locals. Yes, shades can surprisingly enough be the big difference between tourists who will always look tourists. And guys who are afraid of being associated to them. It’s OK being a foreigner, and in my case a Frenchman in New York. But as time runs fast, it might sound absurd, but a style or an attitude can help in meeting interesting people. Or at least connecting with a local mood or environment.

Some people have a drink to feel better and start chatting. Some others are too scared to leave their hotel room. In my case, if you give me nice sunglasses, I can feel more confident.

If you’ve ever read the Smurfs, there’s this episode when a pretty shy guy puts some marmalade on his nose…and because of this artefact, he wins the Olympic Games. Shades are my marmalade. 

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There’s something cool when you wear cool shades: the world become slightly different; colours change, become more intense. Or at least you perceive what’s more intense than the other buildings or urban elements.

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Putting down your glasses on a table is also a key element of one’s personality. Some guys put them on their head; some others hang them on their shirt. Some others sort them in their boxes. And some guys like me let them live their lives in a Japanese restaurant. You’re intimately attached to what you left behind…and forefront.

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Flying back to London, I had this doubt in my mind; did I really live this American journey? Did I meet this American girl wearing stars and stripes? Did I lose myself in some shady bars?

For sure not. I think I’ve lived a lot in few hours there. And no doubt I had a good filter to protect my steps.

 

Thank you Woodzee for this collaboration! Oh and guys, you can discover their new skateboard collection

 

Places:

– secret rooftop East London

– The Standard, East Village, NYC

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Are Apple’s iPhone 6 and Watch items of Fashion?

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Apple did not ninja-launch their seasonal batch of new products for sure. A few hours before the Keynote introducing yet another iPhone and a Watch seemingly tailored to tackle Samsung’s leading innovations, there was a wind of disbelief in the Fashion Press where editors, influencers and followers alike felt they would feel the full blow of Apple Marketing Superpower.

Geek is now infamously chic, but why such a sudden direct poke (copyright?) at the trendiest industry?

BoF did not take this lightly either. The respectable source about The Industry took the opportunity to present their new hub for Fashion-dash-Tech:

 


Elsewhere, behemoths like Refinery29 are dropping their unusual Top Story about the iPhone 6 and the Watch, while invitations were dropped to regional top editors (Vogue China, Italia…) to have them join San Francisco’s event venue…

Capitalizing on the obvious trend making tech objects the new Talismans of our contemporary citizens, the brand seems to make a wise business move involving fashion partners more closely, but we’re still wondering: are these new products really worth the spotlight?

Here is Suzy Menkes’ review (seriously?)

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J BRAND collection FW 14 / 15

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We often forget it but J Brand was the very first brand to introduce the dark-washed skinny jean,

Something which is now a standard in every wardrobe.

The brand has just revealed its Fall / Winter 2014-15 collection.

Efficiency, nice shapes, a refocus on slim and simple shades of grey and black.

We love it.

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The genius of Lacoste LED AW 2014: day & night best friend

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It’s always tricky to wear a nice pair of shoes which fit all our needs; when we’re at the office, we sometimes need to feel comfy but not too idle. When we go out, we need to suit up but not too much as we’ll have to wear our shoes during the day.

The beauty of the new Lacoste Essential Design collection for Autumn Winter 2014 is to flirt between classic designs and a twist of audacity. Elastic gussets, russet orange, cable stitch are nice details to explore…

As Lacoste states:

LED is designed to give the discerning gentleman quality designs that can be worn day to night

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Brooklyn We Go Hard (BWGH) Hermosa Spring/Summer 14 collection

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We’ve been following BWGH for few months now; launched in 2010, the brand provides a very dense cultural universe, thanks to its young photographers crew, the multiplication of great collaborations and the publication of bi-yearly magazines. With Hermosa, the Parisian duet David Obadia and Nelson Hassan dive into a positive nostalgia, taking back the codes of surfers and riders of the 70s. As explained, the “surfographers” were born on a beach called HermosaThe fabrics come from Japan, Scotland and Italy. Wearing BWGH is already a journey.

 

 

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Shopping Trends for Spring with Jules B: Go All Yoncé

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We can’t say we have not been swept away by Queen Bey’s latest releases. From Drunk in Love through Yoncé to the Partition video, we have been in awe of the feminine statement she puts out there. And it inspired us this quite strong hip hop inspired look shopped at Jules B, a cool store carrying some of the most trendy contemporary brands. Bear with us and get sophisticatedly nasty.

Start with this rare pick and the best deal we’ve seen so far this week. A Carven jacquard dress, with a slight animalistic trait (leopard inspired). The oversize bow hanging above cleavage is the killer detail.

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Make it city-wise, tame the beast with a very sharp sports jacket by Helmut Lang. When Kanye styles up Kim, she looks better, now trust us. We’re Kimyeing you up if you feel up to it. This jacket is safe but singular: gloss is the new bling.

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Touch it up with your street cred insurance: an Alexander Wang white IT-Bag. Pebbles on the bottom, start there and now you’re here (says Drake).

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Now the shoes and the street is yours. But hear this. Our wags love when we shop for them, but we have failed with shoe choices on a couple occasions lately so this is it. We’re a bit shy on it for a while. But you can shop great styles like this one. To go Yoncé or not. Love yo!

Post written in collaboration with Jules B.

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Shopping trends for Spring with REPERTOIRE: undergrounge and Steve McQueen

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So the fashion weeks are about to be over. As it’s always good to envision what’s going to happen at the end of the year, it’s even better to be able to shop what is now available.

Here’s a shopping bag we’ve conceived with Repertoire, a cool independent retailer who opened its first stores over 15 years ago in Southern England.

Barbour is on track with few pieces, that are tributes to Steve McQueen; he entered The Greenhorn Enduro, a rigorous 500-mile motorcycle race across California’s challenging mountains and blisteringly hot Mojave desert, in 1963. The new new man (read GQ brilliant debate) is in need of icons; deeper characters seem to be the new hype. And we’re happy with that

Patrizia Pepe is a an Italian brand founded in 1993. You don’t necessarily find it easily in the UK whereas the positioning and materials are great. With their new “Undergrounge” project, we bet that you’re  going to pay attention to this chic brand.

We like this scarf that you can find on Repertoire. A great accessory which will add a tremendous effect to your favorite knitwear.

Post written in collaboration with Repertoire.

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Lyle & Scott x Jonathan Saunders collaboration

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Scottish fashion designer Jonathan Saunders has released an interesting collaboration with the 140-year-old British menswear brand Lyle & Scott during London Collections: Men on 6 January 2014.

The signature polka dots imagery of Saunders matches with the golf heritage of Lyle & Scott. An interesting cool-fashion collection…

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Mademoiselle Privé Watch with Embroidered Camellia Decoration: when luxury brings sparks of magics

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It’s X-Mas time and everywhere, we see bears preparing their parties, fairies spreading the word, marketers trying to make us buy and buy again.

And then there is Chanel. And Chanel understood that instead of “pushing” us to buy, it might be time to take the time to dream. That’s the feeling I had when I first watched the new film for Mademoiselle Privé Watch with Embroidered Camellia Decoration. It’s a nice journey in the making of the watch. It shows us the deep passion and amazing work to build the piece of art.  The embroideries are created by House of Lesage and this is the first time the House’s know-how has been used in the creation of a watch dial.

The camellia is reproduced with colored silk threads using the needlepoint-painting technique.

On a deep-black silk background, the lines of embroidery threads form a camellia in a gradation of colors. Each embroidery is unique and reveals all the embroiderer’s gestural freedom while patiently creating this work. The sort of gift you’d like to offer to the ones you love.

Enjoy.

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Big beanies for wonderland winters

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Beanies must be big. They must be comfy. They must be warm so as we, winter passengers, can feel we’re protected in our bubbles while the snow’s coming.

We love big beanies. Here’s our seleçao of cool beanies. For boys and girls, but mostly for girls. Yes.

Cashmere Beanie @JASU

Wear this luxurious over sized cashmere beanie to stay warm and look chic. This super soft 100% pure cashmere beanie will top off your cold-weather look. Choose from fresh modern stripes or keep it classic with a solid colour

Johnstons Fairisle Bobble Beanie

With a rich history dating back to 1797, heritage brand Johnstons of Elgin are renowned for manufacturing the finest cashmere cloth, knitwear and accessories. Sourcing their premium cashmere from farmers in Inner Mongolia, they look to sustainability of the herds and good pastures to ensure for luxury blends. Johnstons offer impeccable craftsmanship across a contemporary edit of knitted scarves, socks and hats, all made in the UK. This is our favorite one.

Moschino Cheap And Chic Embellished Heart Beanie

Beanie hat by Moschino are made from a premium wool blend with cashmere added for a super soft touch. And you know how much we love hearts.

Crooks And Castles Les Voleurs Bobble Beanie

Founded in 2002 by Dennis Calvero and Robert Panlilio, Crooks and Castles provides street-ready clothing and accessories for men and women. We love this French quote Les Voleurs which will give you a sense of bad-girl or bad-boy chic.

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