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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.





bag trend: structured yet soft & slouchy

If you ask me, riding the subway at rush hour is a great time to go bag shopping. You can see a variety of handbags within a short span of time, and you can vicariously test-drive them before you purchase. As a sea of bags parade before you, rush past you and jam into you, you can see how various shapes 'wear' when they are stuffed and overstuffed, and how they look in action. In-store you can see a lot of theoretical trends emerge; on the subway you can see how these trends play out in actuality, with the customer.

On the V train last night, I counted over 15 bags that were soft and slouchy, yet structured and elegant, like the examples pictured above. Softer details included leather covered buttons, leather handles, leather zipper pulls, and plenty of pleats.

Clockwise from left [images from respective Websites]:
  1. 'Angie' shopping tote by Linea Pelle, $414 on goldyn.com
  2. 'Carly' slouchy hobo by Kooba, $595 on saks.com
  3. Dr. Q Hillier Hobo by Marc by Marc Jacobs, $495 at eluxury.com
  4. Village shoulder tote by Cole Haan, $395 on colehaan.com

Update, 3.28.08
Neat. This post was selected as featured content on Coutorture this week!

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