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JORD Wood Watch review: pleasure for the eyes and for the skin

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When it comes to watches, men are extremely demanding. It’s probably one of the few accessories we dare to wear.

A watch is highly personal; an immediate contact with our skin. An object we like to see changing with time, with our special moments. A companion of our love, encounters, meetings, pains and hopes.

So, when JORD suggested a review of their wooden watches, I was initially very surprised. Wood? And watch? How is that even possible. And actually, few other bloggers had already expressed a positive opinion on that matter.

I can now confess: they were right.
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The wood of the Delmar model is extremely comfortable. It’s very light, gives a non-aggressive look and feel to your daily outfits. I also love putting my watch out of my wrist on my desk when I work. It’s a very nice and elegant object, which can totally match a nice Moleskine. I also like the fact it’s pretty similar to the design furniture we have in our loft, made of recycled wood and garment.

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The display is very clear; despite a pretty big surface for this model, it doesn’t seem “bling”.

JORD Wood Watch Delmar


I also like the fact that this kind of watch can go vintage pretty well. Wood tends to change its colour with time, and will later give this little something that makes your object and its history really yours.

Watches Made From 100% Natural Wood by JORD


Vietnam-Based Designer goes Worldwide with crowdfunding

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How many Vietnamese brands can you name except the informal international NGUYEN diaspora? Not many, but things are going to change. Rice Creative team, a branding and creative agency based in Ho Chi Minh City (currently hosting Boulevardier co-founder VQ) has been monitoring the pulse of creative and exportable businesses in Vietnam for a few years and coined a term defining a new wave of creators destined to make a hit worldwide: “Neue Vietnam”.

Among this handful of relevant brands making their way on the international scene is found Linda Mai Phung. The french-born designer has been developing a womenswear designer brand for 5 years and is now looking to expand. Their first round of fundsraising is crowd-oriented, while preparing to welcome private equity investors. These latter are still discovering the market that hosts Linda Mai Phung and things will pick up in the coming months, but the brand is already set to start an ambitious growth.

Defended successfully for 5 years on limited funds, the brand has been recognized with awards and press coverage in Europe.

In this unique configuration, Linda Mai Phung is turning to fashion-savvy consumers and activists to support her brand development.

Our editorial team is taking a specific interest in this campaign, as it has followed the brand’s activity for a while and has found its potential unlimited, should relevant funds be raised. Talent and ethical vision cohabitate in this singular brand profile. Authenticity and metropolitan style adequacy are still rare on the market, as is the opportunity to invest in such promising brand.

Discover Linda Mai Phung brand in the video below, and click on this photo to learn more about the Ulule crowdfunding campaign currently running for the brand.

Bet with us and make a difference on the fashion scene! The course of future fashion is ours to set.


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Superdry Varsity Track t-shirt: London inspiration (and win a T-shirt!)

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Superdry men’s Varsity Track t-shirt is inspired by classic college sports design. And as a former UCLA student, it reminded me great memories. Learning to play “American football” (while we were supposed to play “soccer”, uh!), chilling down the dorms with great folks from all over the world. Doing some sports, 24h/7.

So when Superdry asked us to do a product review, we said yes! Oh and between: you can win one t-shirt if you comment and explain who was (or is) your favourite mate at College!

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The famous Superdry men’s Varsity Track t-shirt, some vintage Nike sneakers, few accessories for a good session..

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Detail of the box.


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Sunset in London: track & field changed a lot as you can see. The crew neck t-shirt features a rubberised chest print and is finished with a three-colour Superdry logo tab on the sleeve. And the quality is pretty high, so expect to keep for a very long time!

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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



– secret rooftop East London

– The Standard, East Village, NYC

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BREAKS London: fashion UFO, daily contemporary art

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There are fashion UFOs on this planet; that’s exactly the reaction I had when I received the brilliant T-Shirt series of  BREAKS. Founded by Ryo Yamazaki in 2010, the brand grows between Tokyo and London. A twist of British modernity which matches with punk inspired materials. Not so surprising that BREAKS has an interesting collaboration with a frontman of The Horrors , Faris Badwan. The collection of T-Shirts is inspired by his universe. A melancholia slash dystopia slash new age materials that is very intriguing.


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The Courteeners in BREAKS for FAULT Magazine

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Levi’s Modern Frontiers: a reinterpretation of Bert Berns and his BANG Records

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In 1965, a guy called Bert Berns launched his own records company called BANG Records with his partners from Atlantic Records: Ahmet Ertegün, Nesuhi Ertegün and Jerry Wexler (aka Gerald). When Levi’s asked me to try to copy a Style Icon, I first thought about James Dean…but seriously, the icons who could really make sense today would love our “slashers” generation.

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We have a DIY attitude: we are part time musicians, part time marketers. part time desperately looking for a new quest. We gather with other bunches of people. We dream, we fight. We want to make a difference.

I think that if Bert was 20 something today, he would try to launch a modern version of BANG records. It would probably have a social good layer. But there would be rock’n roll, pretty girls dancing with pretty boys, beats and open spaces. We would have more or less the same playlist: “I Want Candy” by The Strangeloves, “Hang on Sloopy” by The McCoys, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, and “Solitary Man” by Neil Diamond. But there will also be some new electronic inspirations. There will be British influences meeting K-Pop.

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Levi’s 501 is part of this history of people who tried to DO something. It’s rare when a piece of clothes is so much connected to so many individual movements.

I hope you liked this tribute to BANG Records.


LevisLogoFor more than 140 years, the Levi’s® brand has been equipping pioneers with the clothing they need to “Go Forth” and explore the modern frontier. From 501® jeans to the trucker jacket and western shirt, Levi’s® Fall 2013 collection features iconic clothing reinterpreted through a modern lens for today’s pioneers

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Levi’s ® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Levi’s ®

Groovy FIAT 500. Oh Crepe

A fashion story with FIAT 500: my Italian grandfather’s diary and I #Fiat500Glam

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I have recently discovered my grandfather’s diary. An old notebook, half sepia and half blue. He was writing about his Italy in the 1950s: RAI starting to broadcast, the transition between an agricultural state to the industrial revolution. And love, everywhere. This era precisely refers to la dolce vita.


Some iconic symbols of Italy were born in the 50s. And a particularly important – but small – car is part of a lot of Europeans diaries: the FIAT 500, cinquecento as lovers say. Designed by Dante Giacosa, the Nuova 500 evokes freedom, road trips, reconstruction, the feeling that everything is possible.

Chillout_PurpleflippedSome decades later, the Fiat 500 changed a lot in terms of performance and look. But there’s still this je ne sais quoi which makes it really attractive. The 50s could be very similar to the 2010s: after all, we’ve experienced the crisis and even if everything’s not peaceful, we are also part of this tribe of slashers. We go fast, and we only know that we must keep driving. Our memories could be also full of the cinquecento and of the people who were with us, singing loudly another pop song close to the city. Yes, the City is ours tonight.

Fiat 500, shiny wear outfit: the city is ours tonight

We are modern warriors; our pens are digital but our dreams are concrete and full of brick lanes. There are million miles to cross and love. But isn’t the journey the purpose on its own hey? We chose digital watches but we check the clock on our smartphones. We no longer have to go to the army but we love camouflage style. We are no longer punk or goth’ but we still pick black wristband.

Fiat 500 Street Wear. Creating brick lanes.

This modern ambivalence is not that far from the 50s irony. Because we have everything to create and shape again, humor is also deeply rooted in our veins.


I love this quote by Federico Fellini: “Life is a combination of magic and pasta”. The guys who partied last night also claimed it.

The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. It encourages people to be in charge of their lives, live confidently and celebrate the smallest of things with infectious excitement. The new FIAT 500 Autumn/Winter Collection campaign has taken inspiration from the well-known paper cut-out doll concept to strengthen the position of the FIAT 500 as a fashion accessory.

Photos by Thien Nguyen

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Fiat via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Fiat/Fiat 500.