paris: harmony store opening

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it has only been a little while since we talked about harmony, a new french contemporary brand, in a previous post. the latest venture by young fashion entrepreneur david obadia of previous bwgh fame, the brand is going places - and we mean that literally - entering the city of light's flourishing retail arena with a store of its own. situated in the buzzing marais amidst an abundance of other cool boutiques, the harmony store officially opens its doors on thu - nov 23, and adds up to the area's status as a highly popular shopping destination with a distinctive shop interior by stéphane bauche, wandrille marchais and david dottelonde of paris-based practice l'atelier senzu. similar to harmony's men's and women's collections, the aesthetic is understated but with a soft and artsy twist that emanates it a welcoming vibe. the walls of the shop are optical white, paired with flooring made from light grey waxed concrete. this subtle palette of monochromes is used as canvas for added fixtures, such as clothing racks, or to highlight a counter. the gallery metaphor extends to the presentation cubes - or should we say pedestals? - on folded garments are presented. location: 1 rue commines [marais].

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online: cocurata s/s 2015 collection

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fashion and art go hand in hand, and that's certainly the case with cocurata, a newly established and rather nifty multi-disciplinary art platform and fashion label that aims to commercially showcase and exhibit artists and their artwork beyond the usually restrictive parameters of a traditional gallery model. not surprisingly, cocurata is the brainchild of a fashion entrepreneur with a well-known penchant for artsy stuff and a fashion-prone gallerist. we're talking two georges here, ksubi co-founder george gorrow and new york city art connoisseur george benias who joined forces for this multi-faceted venture. and multi-faceted it really is, as cocurata is an exhibition space, atelier and fashion house rolled into one.

the clever duo launch will launch with a varied stable of edgy creatives from across the planet, including street artists bäst and paul insect, multi-talent rostarr, artist collective dearraindrop, and contemporary artists trudy benson, steve more and matt jones. cocurata isn't about making fast fashion and a ditto buck...no sir. the venture is all about truthful creativity, and forging a meaningful link between artist and artisan – a street artist working with a jeweler, a sculptor collaborating with a perfumer or a painter creating bespoke, ready to wear pieces - resulting in artwork and collections that could stand alone in a gallery and boutique alike.

cocurata's inaugural s/s 2015 collection, aptly entitled extraction, features work from bäst, paul insect and rostarr. the design of each piece is the result of a direct extraction of an element from each artwork, which has then been used to create a range of street classics and denim garments for both men and women. mind you, this collection will be followed by an exhibition in new york of a new body of work from dearraindrop coming december, in addition to an international group show early next year, entitled abstraction, which showcases new and recent works by the stable's remaining artists. 

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london: e. tautz flagship store opening

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inimitable and classic, british heritage style is a constant factor in the volatile fashion galaxy, and many a brand operating in that segment is taking advantage of london's flourishing retail arena by expanding or establishing a presence. in the latter category falls e. tautz, a brand famed for its miloitary heritage and sporting traditions. founded in 1867, e. tautz takes a big leap and right into the limelight by opening a brand new flagship in mayfair, smack in the middle of other self-discerning luxury peers, and a stone's throw away from the spot where it initially opened up shop years ago. housed in a historic townhouse with an ornately decorated limestone façade, the store measures 2,000 sq.ft. [186 sqm.] spread over two floors.

the setting created by london-based practice sanderson studios is elegant yet distinctly masculine, featuring walls dipped in an immaculate white hue, stone flooring and mid-century-inspired paneling of lacquered wood. chunky displays in a similar material are balanced out by supersleek clothing racks and a matching mirror. the wood theme extends across the store and morphs into a beautiful staircase with in-laid brass strips at the very end, and which leads to a secluded salon. while the e. tautz main line is presented on the ground floor, the homey space below is reserved for the made-to-measure wishes of the most discerning of gents. location: 71 duke street [mayfair].

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global: f-abric collection

© freitag / photography: lukas wassmann

in a previous post we talked about our trip to zurich and chat with freitag co-founder daniel freitag, and all on the occasion of the company's 20th anniversary. daniel and his brother markus organized a little party and seized the opportunity to introduce an audacious innovation called f-abric. befitting the fraternal duo's philosophy of sustainable production, it's a new durable textile which is produced in europe with the environment in mind. f-abric is made of the bast fibers hemp and flax as well as modal, all of which are resources that are grown locally and doesn't require a huge water supply to grow.

mind you, compared to the production processes of more common textiles, the journey from fiber to finished product is very limited as all of the production stages take place within just a 2,500-kilometer radius from freitag's factory at homebase zurich. and now, the very first items made from f-abric have become available at select freitag stores and a select number of other emporiums across the planet [click here to view the complete list]. the concise first range of garments consists of a timeless basics: a workpant, a workdress, a t-shirt, a longsleeve shirt and a matching concept bag. shown here are three items that we like most...which is your fav?

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shanghai: le baron club opening

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it isn't very surprising debauchery is a word that was coined in france. its history features royal rulers who really knew how to throw a party, flaunting a hedonist disposition that seems to have been passed on to the country's present party generation. as one the leading clubs in paris this past decade, le baron has not only set a standard in nightlife on home turf, but also abroad. its two savvy figureheads, hospitality entrepreneur lionel bensimoun and graffiti artist andré saraiva, aren't just well-connected, they know how to create and market a cult that has truly gone global.

after opening sister establishments in tokyo and london, and a string of pop-ups at fashionable events across the the planet, the duo have set up a permanent venue in boomtown shanghai. la clique, the duo's hospitality company which also runs a chain of hipster venues across the city of light, enlisted amsterdam-based agency storeage to come up with a setting that would even sweep the most jaded of shanghai's movers and shakers off their feet. perched on the seventh floor of a building which clusters quite a number of other hospitality venues, the club oozes the intentional brothel-like atmosphere of the paris mothership, but with a few original elements blended in.

spread over 360 sqm. [3,875 sq.ft.], the design is lavish and over the top in a tongue-in-cheek way, featuring a number custom-made designs. infinity mirrors with built-in lighting are prominently displayed across the premises, matching very well with saraiva's graffiti design, captured in carpeting and wallpaper. various seating areas line the walls, surrounding a dance floor with chic fishbone parquet flooring. at the far end sits a well-stocked bar, classically designed and adorned with a black + white marble top and fancy mirrors. and that prerequisite glittering disco ball? check. monsieur saraiva flew into town, inaugurating le baron shanghai by way of a graffiti drawing in front of a frantically snapping crowd. location: 20 donghu lu, 7th floor [changshu lu].

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online: belief limited edition package

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remember legendary graffiti artist futura's new solo exhibition in moscow in a previous post? the showcase, aptly entitled timewarp and held at the shchusev state museum of architecture, is backed by belief, one of the city's leading streetwear stores. in celebration of the exhibition, belief has released a limited edition package of goodies painted by the artist. released in an edition of only 30 pieces, the package contains a neighborhood tee in black or white, an m&m custom performance x futura x belief chain and wooden ring, a 30-minute timewarp soundtrack cd compiled and mixed by d.a.l.i., and last but not least, two kuumba x futura x belief incense sticks packs. fancy one? then click here to order yours.

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