Microzine’s Magalogue

October 31, 2006

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Microzine is a London based lifestyle store especially for men, offering the ‘latest, greatest, next, best, classic, fastest, limited edition and exclusive of everything for the modern man’. Their overall philosophy is simply to stock the store with cool things that you would want to buy. Now, they have introduced their own magazine Magalogue with interviews, reviews, various articles and also showcases stuff from their stores. Read their online mag here.

-phil

Elite Bar – Shanghai

October 29, 2006

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While in Shanghai over the summer, I came across a new bar that was to open in the New Factories area called Elite Bar. The New Factories district is a new and upcoming development where trendy bars and restaurants will be built. The establishment of Elite Bar has been commissioned by none other than the renouned Elite Model Management, which has helped build the names of icons such as Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum and Tyra Banks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sticking to the vintage and retro theme, here’s some cool info I came across via High Snobiety. Soon to open is a full-service traditional barbershop in the LoHo area of Manhattan for the modern gentleman by the people at Frank151. This barbershop will be decorated with barber chairs from the 1930′s and other furnishings from that era. Frank’s Chop Shop looks to create a luxurious experience where people with similar interests and tastes can get together and socialize. Read the High Snobiety piece here.

-phil

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If you’re a sucker for vintage memorabilia and decor, then here’s a site you may be interested in Read the rest of this entry »

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This was still under construction while I was in Hong Kong so I never got a chance to try it, but the agnés b French cuisine restaurant, le pain grillé, recently opened on October 1st. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Tribe has finally launched their new website by changing everything to a flash interface. Still, I’m pretty dissappointed though, Read the rest of this entry »

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GQ recently released their list of the most stylish films of all time and they’re right on with the films listed. Actually nearly most of my favorite films are on this list. Without any doubt, Ocean’s 11 (the original Rat Pack version of course) made it on the list. If you ever watched the original 1960 version of Ocean’s 11 you know what I’m talking about. It is THE definition of cool. Old blue eyes aka Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and the rest of the Rat Pack. It’s a heist film. In Vegas. Come on. Sure it wasn’t the greatest film I’ve ever seen but it has timeless style.

I’m glad GQ didn’t limit the list to American films only. Godard’s feature “Breathless” which started the genre of French New Wave Cinema (Click here for my review of “Breathless”) as well as Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2 (which is probably one of my favorite films of all time), made the list. I absolutely loved Wong Kar Wai’s “In The Mood For Love” and it definitely had a reason to be on this list because its stylish cinematography/photography that made this film. Trainspotting, A Clockwork Orange, Rushmore and of course my favorite film of all time, The Godfather Part II were notables of the list as well.

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As you may all know, Jigga is back. With a new CD, “Kingdom Come”, on its pending release in November, Hov’s first single, produced by Just Blaze “Show Me What You Got” comes with a newly released music video. To no surprise, it’s very typical Jay-Z music video. There’s the nice car (Ferrari 430), the exotic location (Monte carlo, South France), the boat, the money, hm whatelse, hot video girls and of course, Crist… wait. What used to be a staple in his videos, particularly “Big Pimpin’”, Cristal, the prestigious champagne, was shunned by Jay-Z in the “Show Me What You Got” video.

Managing director Frederic Rouzaud of Cristal recently said the people in the Hip Hop culture were affecting its marque in a negative way. In retaliation, Jay-Z publicly denounce Cristal saying he will not drink the champagne nor will he promote it. As well, the various clubs that he owns will not serve the product either. Replacing Cristal in his videos was the French champagne, Armand De Brignac. Armand De Brignac is a lot more expensive (about $ 1000 US per bottle) but expect the company to see large profits due to Jay-Z’s name dropping.

Don’t expect all the rappers to do the same but Diddy already said “Fuck Cris”. Could this be a new trend? I guess it won’t be long until we see video girls getting drenched by Armand.

Click to view Jay-Z new video “Show Me What You Got”
Offical Website of Armand De Brignac

- Jon

Sneaker Pimps Toronto 2006

October 22, 2006

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Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and A Tribe Called Quest blasted in the background while a huge crowd of people gathered around the artists for a live painting. For many, one eye was focused on the artists as they skillfully painted, while another eye suspiciously and discreetly checking out everyone else’s shoes. With hundreds upon hundreds of customized Dunks, Air Force Ones, Chuck Taylors, and Superstars, a cold and shitty October Friday night in Toronto seemed like Christmas for any avid sneakerhead in the city.

Withdrawn on a very quiet street, 99 Sudbury was the perfect venue for Sneaker Pimps, the largest worldwide Sneaker tour. It was a vast improvement from the much smaller location last year at the Spin Gallery on Queen West. Although the legendary Pete Rock cancelled last minute, I must say it was a huge success and the huge crowd signified the large streetwear/sneaker fan base Toronto has. Dave White and Jordan English impressed the crowd with their live art installations. Apparently even Samuel L Jackson (yes, Samuel L. “Royale-With-Cheese”, “Get these motherfuckin’ snakes off the motherfuckin’ plane” Jackson) came to take a look at the exhibition.

And then there was the shoes. Well… I won’t explain any of them. I’ll let the pictures I took describe them.

Here are some of the pics I took at Sneaker Pimps:

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Speakeasy is off to Sneaker Pimps at 99 Sudbury. Check back here tomorrow or Sunday (at the latest) for photos of the worldwide sneaker show.

Trovata

October 20, 2006

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The Newport, California based clothing company has an unique way of promoting their clothing line. Known for their preppy meets surfer look, the people from Trovata come up with fictional stories to market their seasonal collections. From their website, customers can read the narrative as they acquire about their apparel. Their latest novella for the Fall 2006 collection called ‘A Mountain Spelled M-U-R-D-E-R’ is definitely an amusing read. The clothes aren’t bad either.

- Jon

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I came across this on the kix-files blog from Warren of HKSkateboarding. He introduces Six Keys, which is an indoor art gallery with a mini ramp inside. From the photos, the set up and the environment looks pretty impressive. On the mini-ramp itself, there is actually a painting of a wave which livens the atmosphere. Skateboarding scene is definately doing some nice things in Hong Kong. More info and pics here.

-phil

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It is not very often that a fashion label out of Toronto, Canada makes so much noise in the streetwear scene but Too Black Guys or better known as TBG deserves every bit of the attention. To be honest, I haven’t heard of this line much till recently although rappers such as Ice Cube and Leaders of the New School have been reppin the brand since the 90′s. It was the interview with Inquiringmind that first caught my attention, and so I went to their site to take a look at their clothing. I was pleasantly surprised with what they had to offer in terms of design as the colours they used were fresh and the designs were clever.

However, TBG touches on an extremely sensitive subject in the context of race, as many of their satirical designs play on the theme of slavery. This will definately be one of those things where people hate it or love it depending on how they perceive TBG’s message. To see more of the collection, go to High Snobiety or visit TBG’s website.

-phil

The Fader Magazine Issue 41

October 18, 2006

Not only is The Fader my FAVORITE magazine to read but the fact that offer it online for free from time to time, makes it THE best damn magazine period. Read Issue 41 (PDF) as well as check out their music mix on iTunes.

- Jon

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In recent years, there have been many pushes for more environmentally friendly products. Examples that come to my mind include a variety of goods but jeans are definately not one of them. However, that is about to change next month when Levi’s releases their new ‘Eco’ denim line. The jeans offered in this line include Red Tab and Capital E and are made from 100% organic cotton. More info here.

- phil

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Aug -11 2007 : New Updated Information on CiRCA. (CLICK HERE)
Here’s a sneak peek of the much anticipated CiRCA. Check out the updated pictures and video of the inside.

The hype over this venue has been ridculious and there is a certain amount of buzz over a new nightclub that hasn’t existed in the city of Toronto. The nightclubs located around “Richmond (St.)”, or otherwise known as “clubland”, have been very generic and boring. The spoiled suburban kids who exile to this clubbing district every weekend don’t seem to mind. But nightclub pioneer Peter Gatien (who owned several hip nightclubs in New York City such as Tunnel, The Limelight and the Palladium, only to be deported back to his native land due to a tax felony) looks to change the face of Toronto clubbing by opening a very unique venue called Circa. Gatien is planing to convert a 53,000- square-foot, four-floor mega-complex in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District which was once Lucid nightclub which had little success after taking the space from Playdium, an interactive arcade.

What is so unique about Circa is the fact that Gatien has been working with several artists, designers and architects to make sure Circa does not fail at any account and become the talk of the town.

Here’s a summary of what you can expect from Circa: Read the rest of this entry »

Victor & Rolf x H&M

October 14, 2006

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Dutch design duo Viktor & Rolf and H&M are pleased to announce their collaboration for fall 2006.

Viktor & Rolf, known for their high-concept fashion shows and modern twist on classically tailored clothes, will design men’s and women’s fall collections, scheduled for launch in November 2006.

The one-time collections will be available at selected H&M stores in all H&M markets across Europe, North America and the Middle East. Previous collaborations with Karl Lagerfield and Stella McCartney , H&M sold out their collections within a couple of hours.

- Jon