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Margaret Howel

Margaret Howell is a British fashion and home ware brand that excels in simplicity, quality and craftsmanship – this becomes instantly apparent when wondering around any of their shop floors. The brand is understated, yet quietly confident and gives the impression that it’s comfortable within its skin and not particularly driven by fashion hype. I have no doubt that Margaret Howell will have an incredibly loyal group of followers, targeted at those who love quality, longevity and a great product story.

So as heat wave days (of 17 degree) steadily approach us here in London, I can help but hope that I might soon be wearing my very own straw hat, denim dress and plaid shirt. All perfect for long British Summer days.

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

This coming Friday 7 March is the official UK release date of The Grand Budapest Hotel as directed by Wes Anderson.

I personal believe that Wes Anderson is brilliant, but from what I can gather this may be his finest hour yet.

I feel a little weak at the knees as I get lost in the films awe-inspiring site and watch the films official trailer. Everything about this movie looks exceptional – fingers crossed I’ll be watching it before the week is out.

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Humans of New York

A friend sent me a link to Humans of New York earlier this week, it’s a very sweet ‘street style’ blog that has a lot of personality and positivity injected into it.

As the Vimeo write up explains, “The blog was created by Brandon Stanton who moved to New York in 2010. As an amateur photographer, he was fascinated by the crowds of characters throughout the city. He began to take street portraits of the people he met and shared them in an album on his timeline named, Humans of New York.”

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Wearable Technology

I’ve been meaning to post on wearable technology for some time as numerous articles have been landing in my inbox of late.

It’s an interesting area, full of speculation and anticipation. Personally, I do agree that the ‘ah-ha’ product is yet to come, where we see beautiful fashion mix with cutting-edge technology. I plan to keep my eye on Intel and their ‘Make it Wearable‘ campaign, especially as I recently read that they’re aligning themselves with fashion heavyweights; Opening Ceremony and Barneys - see related BoF article for details.

I’ve also enjoyed reading an article by Shane Snow on ‘The Problem with Wearable Technology‘ and seeing what The Creators Project had to say about things on their blog.

As a side note, if you’re reading this and live in the US you could sign up to ‘The Glass Explorer Program‘ and help google shape the future – that might be fun. Speaking of fun, have you seen the Necomimi ears? Would you wear them? After the initial novelty wears off I’m really not so sure.

 

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Maiko Takeda

These millinery pieces by Maiko Takeda from her collection Atmospheric Reentry blow my mind. Such beautiful use of space, colour, texture and material. Great art direction and photography also.

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East Enders

It’s official, I love where I live. East London makes being a creative so very easy, as inspiration is literally at your door step. Every time I go ‘walk-about’, I seem to stumble upon a new gallery, collective or shop that inspires me to push out of the pixel boundaries of my day job.

I recommend a visit to the Metric Summer Shop on Columbia road, which is open until the 1st September. The group includes thinkers, doers, designers and makers from interdisciplinary backgrounds across fashion, craft, illustration and installation. I especially enjoyed jewellery designers, Myia Bonner and Shimell & Madden work.

Also worth visiting is the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road, they are currently exhibiting the works of Sarah Knight and Caro Millington until the 23rd July. Sarah’s fragmentation series on differing landscapes across London, Detroit and Venice will make the visit worth while.

 

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The Avant Garde Diaries

The Avant Garde Diaries is a site that dedicates its time to the curation of weekly interviews with extraordinary people and is now proving to be one of life’s little distractions. Standouts include but are not limited to; product designer Ana Kraš, dancer Michaela Deprince and rock duo ‘Unlocking The Truth’.

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Kin Design

I recently had the pleasure of working with and visiting Kin, a research and design company based in Farringdon, London. Their lovely studio reminded me of a previous job I had at Involved in Melbourne, Australia; old floor boards, creaky steps, roughly painted white walls and great coffee just a stones throw away. The team at Kin worked with us to produce a set of hand crafted, stop motion fit finder animations, of which I’ve shown one above. The love, attention-to-detail and time spent on each one was something I rarely see these days.

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The History Of Typeography

A friend from work sent me a link to this lovely stop-motion animation on The History of Typography. If you’re a design / type geek I’m sure you’ll appreciate the sentiment.

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I’ve decided to pick up some old friends; scissors, paint brush and pencil and have begun to create these little fashion collages. There’s no specific reason for them, except that I find the process therapeutic and enjoy the rawness of the end piece.

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