By Ying Lam, December 7th, 2010
Anti-Eco is offering CITYists a special 15% discount! Just enter the promo code “cityist” at checkout and you’ll be able to purchase all of the eco-friendly cheeky t-shirts your heart desires.
By Ying Lam, December 5th, 2010
CITYists, you might remember a previous post about Sanrio Inc.’s collaboration with Target for their 50th Anniversary. Well, we now have the New York City locations and dates for the Small Gift pop-up tour. The adorably trendy trucks and trailers will be in Bryant Park and Herald Square on December 9th (12pm-8pm) and December 10th (11am-7pm), respectively. The finale of this tour will be perfect for your holiday shopping, whether you want to pick up a Sanrio tote bag for your niece or a fisheye camera for your personal hobbies.
By Ying Lam, October 27th, 2010
Before you plan your next weekend trip, consider Las Vegas, Nevada. Earlier this month, a new Prada location was opened at Crystals CityCenter. Somehow, the palm trees just look so picturesque next to the modern and edgy architecture. The store was designed by famous European architect Roberto Baciocchi. And you think the outside is amazing? The internal features of the store are impeccable. With organized shelves and neat displays of accessories, this spot can make a fashionista’s mouth water. Prada men’s and women’s collections are available here, including ready-to-wear, accessories, handbags and footwear. There are also limited edition items created just for Vegas. Hopefully, what happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas because we’d sure love to take this entire Prada store home with us.
By Ying Lam, October 21st, 2010
Indian fashion includes more than just Saris. Soigne K is a new boutique on Madison Avenue with everything from casual jewelry to formal attire. The two story boutique will carry everyday wears from various Indian designers on the ground floor ($500 – $1500) and formal attire ($2000 – up) on the second floor. We especially love the modern yet classy feel of all of the jewelry and are ecstatic to visit the brand new store.
Sure to bring enlightenment, there will be in-store events along with educational videos that will teach customers about what goes into the clothing that they purchase. And the best part is, through the Rajmal Rikhavchand and Mehta Charitable Foundation, each purchase over $500 will result in a donation of one school uniform to an underprivileged child in Banaskantha, India.
By Ying Lam, October 19th, 2010
If you’re getting started on your Christmas wish list early like some of us, here’s something to add to it. Born out of the Successful Living from Diesel with Foscarini collection, Pett is a unique table lamp that represents the plastic material of its make and an actual pet (yes, we mean an animal). With its contemporary design and range of colors, you can add it to the young urban professional atmosphere of your home. Retail price is $342.
By Ying Lam, October 18th, 2010
Looks like Dior did it again with their Dior Homme Les Essentiels. These tuxedos are part one of the monthly Dior Homme Les Essentiels collection, ranging from $2800 – $3200. They will also both be offered in navy and black, in a classic width with skinny lapels. Soft to the touch, the tuxedos are made from Grain De Poudre and will be sold alongside necessary accessories like bow ties, cummerbunds and patent shoes. And coming up in November: raw edges, handkerchief finishes, a trench, weekend and sport.
By Ying Lam, October 18th, 2010
You don’t have to be a fashion designer to design a bag. This Thursday at 5pm, Abbe Held, creative director of handbag brand Kooba, will be at the 59th and Lexington Bloomingdale’s location. The winner’s bag will be named and featured in the Spring 2011 Collection exclusive to Bloomingdale’s. Get there early!
By Ying Lam, October 14th, 2010
Forget those obnoxious plastic cases, techie friends. Your gadgets can be protected and remain scratch-proof with ZAGGskins. You can DIY or choose from the many designs on their website—from skins for iPods to Droids, they have it all. Their website is super simple to navigate, with hundreds of designs to browse, from holidays to college logos. We especially adore the wooden design for the iPad pictured here. Don’t forget to add these to your holiday gift list!
By Ying Lam, October 13th, 2010
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Nancy Bacich and Fragments have teamed up with Women At Risk to create a chic mesh wrap bracelet exclusive to Fragments. The $88 bracelet is on sale all month in the Prince Street store in SoHo and online for those who do not live in the area. All of the profits go to Women at Risk, a grassroots organization founded in 1991 whose mission is to educate and support women at risk for breast cancer. Go out and support.
By Ying Lam, October 12th, 2010
Swedish artists Maria Larsson and Maria Olevik are getting some amazing support at Anthropologie’s gallery exhibition of their beautiful porcelain pieces. In Every Tree is now showcasing at Anthropologie’s 50 Rockefeller Center location until November 3rd; the pieces range from $200 to $6,000. Take a look at the video of art and antiques buyer Keith Johnson meeting with Larsson and Olevik in their home country.
By Ying Lam, October 11th, 2010
There may be many eco-friendly lines out there, but there isn’t one as cheeky as Anti-eco’s new line. Organic tee shirts and tote bags are not just trends anymore—they’re basically necessities. With tee shirt designs bearing saucy French phrases and sarcastic English quips, the line is sure to take over one of your dresser drawers. But the brand is more than just fun and games: a percentage of the proceeds from purchases goes to cleaning up the Gulf oil spill and preserving wildlife. And hey, their website is kosher and gluten-free, too.
By Ying Lam, October 2nd, 2010
Former Yigal Azrouel menswear designer Alex Casertano’s eponymous line is one to talk about. His second runway show on September 9th at New York Fashion Week was influenced by modernist art, and we can see that through his incredible color blocking schemes, clean-cut palettes and simple lines. Oh-so-American sportswear with a unique approach, this collection can be interpreted as more of a motorcycle trip than a trip to the gym. Work wear, party wear and casual wear are all embraced in this one collection.
By Ying Lam, September 28th, 2010
Admit it, CITYist—we all have an undying love for Sanrio’s Hello Kitty and friends products. Well, with the upcoming holidays, and it being Sanrio’s 50th anniversary, Sanrio has partnered up with mega brand Target for a special collection of adorable products that you might have to fight your five-year-old niece for when she opens her Christmas gifts. Following in the steps of many pop-up shops, Small Gift is a mobile pop-up shop going on a tour across the states with plenty of stops in cities including New York. The tour begins in San Francisco on October 23rd, so get your hands on some of the products before somebody else snatches them! Target is now selling exclusive on a special section of their website.
With Hello Kitty Monopoly, lunch boxes, wallets and more, how can we choose? We’d like to add the entire Small Gift collection to our wish lists.
By Ying Lam, September 28th, 2010
Innovative minds Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have just opened a multi-brand store in Milan: Spiga2. A fantastic concept and inspirational to boot, it will sell Dolce&Gabbana accessories and various young designer’s collections. The Spiga2 space is simple and sophisticated—it resembles a glamourous closet rather than a store. With brands such as Kinder Aggugini (based in London), Heather Williams (based in New York), Araks (based in New York), Fausto Puglisi (based in Milan), Girls From Omsk (based in Bruxelles) and many more, young designer’s collections from all over the world have been personally chosen by Mr. Dolce and Mr. Gabbana to be sold at their store. The fashion veterans came up with the concept because they wanted to offer newer designers from various cultures a helping hand in the fashion world. Now that’s what we call mentoring.
By Ying Lam, September 28th, 2010
It’s about time for you to be able to steal more than just your boyfriend’s shirts from his closet. Famous denim brand Ksubi has launched an eyewear collection on Karmaloop with tons of designs—more for us to purchase! We especially like the aviator style sunglasses—Ksubi utilizes this classic style with an edgy touch, as they always do. And of course, they all have 100% UV protection to guard your precious eyes on your commute to work or trip to the beach. The sunglasses are available for $185-$210 a pair.
By Ying Lam, September 18th, 2010
E-commerce is here to stay. With longer workdays and busier schedules, online shopping has made wardrobe additions much easier to achieve. With the re-launched Tibi website’s pristine layout, CITYist cannot deny the greatness of this ultra chic contemporary line. Designer Amy Smilovic includes videos and a blog on Tibi—because what would a website be like these days without multimedia? We love Tibi’s feminine frocks and perfect balance of neutrals and brights. We must say, this line is the ideal young woman’s closet, with items for nights on the town as well as long workdays.
By Ying Lam, September 13th, 2010
CITYist, your favorite classic sneaker is now available in leather. The Keds for Jeffrey duo has designed patent leather style Keds this autumn. Available only at Jeffrey New York, Atlanta and Fred Segal Feet LA, the sneakers come in black, white, red and navy, and retail at only $110 a pair. Wear them with your favorite pair of Sunday jeans and you’re good to go.
By Ying Lam, September 9th, 2010
We know you’re counting down the hours and with so many events going on for Fashion’s Night Out, we thought we’d suggest a few things that the CITYist would enjoy. We too are anticipating everything going on tomorrow night and the official Fashion’s Night Out t-shirts.
By Ying Lam, September 7th, 2010
You know you’ve spotted it on the runway and whether you’re going to your ski cabin in Colorado or flying to the Alps, the Lily Twist bag from the D&G fall/winter accessories collection will keep all of your essentials safe from the snow. With beautiful fox fur and adorable charms, we think the Lily Twist bag should be this winter’s “It bag”. Stylish, soft and efficient, it’s something you will want to pack in your suitcase next to your boyfriend’s ski wear for this winter’s vacation.
By Ying Lam, September 6th, 2010
These days, $50 doesn’t seem to get us much, but designer Chris Stamp has changed that with his brand new sneaker line, Study Footwear. Stamp created the unisex line to create a charity where the proceeds will go into creating school supplies for children in lower income areas. The designer is a sure-fire positive influence, going from classroom to classroom to motivate study habits in students as well as discuss the arts and how they’ve inspired his own life. The footwear is unique in itself with the various cheerful prints and simple design. We might just have to grab more than a pair with the downright reasonable price and charitableness of the brand.
By Ying Lam, September 4th, 2010
Our favorite “Back to Basics” store has a new tagline, “Made for All”. We know you love UNIQLO’s well-crafted and simple items, but we especially adore the brand because they are committed to making clothing that is available to everybody, no matter what their age, sex, income or nationality is. Actors Charlize Theron and Orlando Bloom are the new Global Brand Ambassadors for this philosophy. Theron has been committed to several charity projects in Africa while Bloom is a UNICEF Ambassador and supports several charities.
By Ying Lam, September 1st, 2010
New York City-based designer Gary Graham’s pieces conjure up imagery of a metropolitan wonderland with unique textures and prints in quirkily layered ensembles. Lucky for us, Graham has launched a new website so we can gaze at past collections and look books galore. Graham’s skirts, jackets and other separates offer a solid alternative to stuffy office wear, while the draped shirts and dresses, luxurious fur and knit leggings provide alternately romantic and trendy weekend looks. Stay tuned for behind-the-scenes news, event listings and even the designer’s online journal for a look into the design process (think sketches and insiders’ views of the studio). All in all, it’s a young professional’s online shopping paradise.
By Ying Lam, June 17th, 2010
Get over Hump Day with a little boozin’ at the NYC Indy Spirits Expo next Wednesday at 6:30 (VIP entrance at 5 p.m.). Yes—locally produced, independent liquor is the latest in the foodie/drink snob trend. From vodka to cognac, the unique spirits come from small operations in New England to bigger indie brands from all over the world. You’ll even meet the people behind the fine drinks—exhibitors from Love Potion No. 9 to Square One Organic Vodka.
By Ying Lam, April 29th, 2010
While it seems that practically everyone has up and fancied themselves a jewelry designer these days, Jennifer Carol Kramer and Heather Marie White certainly have the credentials, working at both W magazine and Marie Claire between them. Their magazine and PR background means they know the value of good styling, good materials and a good story—their debut Jewelry collection, Carol Marie, cites Greek “reef knots” and Byzantine prayer beads as inspiration.
By Ying Lam, April 27th, 2010
Vice has long been of interest in the art community. Tortured artists have nursed their brilliant minds with booze, pills and smokes for centuries. And now, in the ultimate pop cultural statement, you can wear your poison of choice around your neck. Cast of Vices takes the detritus of our debauchery—bottle caps, cigarette butts, pills and vials—and covers it in silver and gold.