Happy Halloween!

Easy Conversation ... Chanel Kennebrew

I first came across miss Kennebrew's work at an art fair in Brooklyn, last year, and I immediately fell under the charm of her Über original Junk*. An illustrator, art director, this multi-talented gal will turn any piece of junk into the coolest accessory.

We had a chat with her and it went her little something like this

Can you please introduce yourself, who is Chanel Kennebrew?
I'm a hyperactive maker/designer and the gal behind

What did you to be or do growing up?
I always wanted to make about the ultimate 80's baby! I use to draw the smurfs and the chipmunks off the television all the time. But when I found out that I'd have to draw the same image with slight variations over and over again I thought, why not just make 1 or 2 and sell them for a million instead of drawing a billion and making a lame salary....I'm still working out the 'sell them for a million' part but I think I was on to something ;)

Who are some of the artists (or other) that have influenced your work?
My faves change on a daily but here's some folks that seem to always stick in the top 50
Hannah Hoch
Glen Ligon
Dave Lachapelle
Jacob Holdt
Malick Sidibe
Countess de Castiglione
Grace Jones
Gordon Parks
Kurt Vonnegut
Robert Frank
Ikuko Shimiz
Lisa Frank
El Lissitzky

Describe your creative process, what inspires you?
I'm a salvager and duplicator who is super fascinated with propaganda and how we as people relate to our social environments. The thin division lines between social separation are what push me to cover the topics I address in my work. I start off by hoarding stuff (anything from vintage fabric packaging, news paper clippings, magazines, zippers etc.) in categories, do some research and then remix the topic. Sometimes the best execution is through photography or collage or Illustration or a combination of all three, For me they all serve as visual tools.
I can't do any of them for too long without feeling like I'm gonna pull my hair out.

What's playing on your Ipod these days?
Foreign Exchange
Tokyo Police Club
The Noisettes
Esther Phillips
Al Green
The Go! Team
Zaki Ibrahim

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Bouncing between my completely regenerative Eco friendly house in the Caribbean and the world and making more junk!

You can cope Chanel's Junk here and there!

* and now that I know she's Malick Sidibe fan, I ♥ her even more


FYI: Club Monaco

Mini Momentum



Alexander McQueen Sues Steve Madden

McQueen's Faithful bootie (left) and Steve Madden's Seryna bootie (right)


A year later

To mark the one-year anniversary of Barack Obama's election Taschen invites you to the launch of Design for Obama. Posters for change. A Grassroots Anthology, a collection of some of the most interesting imagery designed in support of Obama's race to the White House.
Spike Lee one of the two curators of the of the book (with Aaron Perry-Zucker)will be present.

What? Design for Obama. Posters for change. A Grassroots Anthology, book launch
When? Thursday November, 4 2009 from 6pm to 8pm
Where? Taschen Bookstore, 107 Greene Street - NYC

Let it rain

London Undercover has turned a plain umbrella into a coveted, eco-friendly and fashionable accessory. Quintessentially British, in both company and product name, these umbrellas can brighten any rainy day.

Slim Walkers: English Breakfast, Fish & Chips, Union Jack Plaid, Union Jack Gingham / Plaid

£40 - £50


Tam+Sam is 1 year old

Thanks to our readers for joining us on this journey.

Thanks to the artists + designers for feeding our imaginations.
Thanks to the amazing individuals who took the time to answer our questions.

Wild Thing

Sweet n Sour Tees

Urban Outfitters


Trick or Treat

Know your fonts: Mix n' Match

Remember the Match/Memory Game that we use to play when we were kids? Here is a modern day typographic version. Created by the Brazilian design studio ps.2, as a promo tool, it is accompanied by a typographical glossary and history of each font. Know your fonts and start the kids off young.


He really makes my day

Artist: Common feat. Cee-Lo
Song: Make my day
Director: Josh Millow (APLUSFILMZ )


Oh Snap!



Gabourey Sidibe on the cover New York Times Magazine.

Via Concrete Loop



"Change is the essence of life.
Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become."


Fashionably charitable

Hailing from NYC, this new online store is set to bring the shopping experience to another level.
Cutdrop is "an online pop-up boutique that offers contemporary women’s and men’s apparel and accessories from a weekly host brand at low prices". What is even more exciting about Cutdrop, is that some of the proceeds will go to a charity chosen by the feature brand.

We likes!

Easy Conversation: Kristina Gisors

Her innovative and distinct allure is what made us fall in love with her. During Paris and London Fashion Week(s) we saw her everywhere... Let us (re)introduce to you Kristina Gisors. This 20-something Parisian gal is a dope stylist whose work has been published in publications such as Paper, Wad, Lurve, Blink... [Remember, the post about her collab' with Reebook ]
We had a little chat with her and it went a little something like this...

Can you please introduce yourself, who is Kristina Gisors?
My name is Kristina, I'm a freelance stylist from Paris.
I was born and raised in the City of lights,
My mom is from Guadeloupe and my father from Africa.
I have a masters in Cinema. and I originally wanted to be a costume designer for cinema.

When did you start working as a stylist?
After my studies, I took some sewing classes... I then became a dresser for Jean-Paul Gauthier, Chanel and Paco Rabanne. I was also a costume designer for a few theater and dance companies, worked for a press office then a buying office (Bergdorf Goodman, Lane Crawford).
I officially started as a stylist 2 years ago and my first shoot was with Alice Dellal.

Who is your favorite designer or brand and why?
OMG there are so many designers that I like...
Here are my picks for Spring/Summer 2010:
Alexander Wang: for his cool sportwear, downtown NYC look
Alexander Mc Queen: for his creativity he's just beyond earth
Mark Fast: for his knitted, little, tiny dresses and for the fact that he's stepped up the game by choosing plus size models
Atalanta Weller: for her futuristic feminine vision
James Long: for his audacious choice of colours and his accessories

Is a there a celebrity male or female you would like to work with?
I'd love to work with La Roux - my friend NoVA Dando is her stylist.
I also like Lykke li, VV Brown, Janelle Monae ! It would be great to work with Dutch singer Eva Simons too!

What projects are you working on now?
My own TV show, please keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm also styling Vitaa - French R'nB songstress based in Paris !

What did you want to be or do when growing up?
I dont' really remember... I think, I wanted to be a professional dancer or to own a shop.
Now that I'm old, LOL, I'm 28... I dont know, I would love to own a magazine, a shop, a man, a dog and a house !

What's playing on you Ipod these days?
Miike Snow, Jack Penate, Passion Pit, Santogold, Mapei, Vv Brown, Janelle Monae

Give us some of the trends for this Fall?
Biker style, leather, transparent, studs, eighties and suits
Lady Gaga meets Grace Jones meets Bjork. Fashion, this Fall is very extreme!

What is, according to you, the must-have item (s) of this Fall?
The must have item will be shoulders pads -as well as knee pads.
Just take an old leather or jeans jacket, add a pair shoulder pads, some studs or safety pins et voilà !

Thanks for the tips Kristina; your work rocks!

ps: Check out Miss Gisors blog which was recently ranked as the 78th best fashion blog.

Grand Opening

Earlier this month, Uniqlo opened their first flagship store in Paris- 17, Avenue de l'Opéra
As usual with the Japanese clothing giant, the ad campaign is outstanding.
Here are some of the images that were seen all over the city featuring, our girl Nadège Winter, DJ Mehdi and director Matthieu Kassovitz.

All photographs by Maciek Kobielski


A tam+sam reader, Soojung Cho, sent us these beautiful illustrations. Her contemporary work is both ephemeral yet cute! Its transient nature is reflected by the themes of Unseen, Renewed and Seen. Enjoy...


Local Haunt: Pretty Ballerina

As stated on their website, "yes the rumors are true... " Europe's Pretty Ballerinas has made their North American debut in Montreal. This is a rare treat as most stores first decide to head west to Toronto or other areas in Canada and then several years later conclude that Montreal is a shopping destination. (Just to note: Nathalie Verge, vice-president of operations for the Retail Council of Quebec, said the group's survey found Montrealers spent 9.4 per cent of their disposable income on clothes last year - more than 50 per cent more than the Canadian average per population.) I digress...

Their main website is really not on point and does not do the brand justice and more importantly, does not reflect the price point. Good design = good business. Hopefully it this is a work in progress. On the positive side, the Canadian version has a cheerful, girly feel. Check it out here.

The ballet pumps, ballet flats and other quality flat shoes come in a variety of styles. This season they have black patent ballerinas, plum patent ballerinas, snake print ballerinas, leopard print ballerinas, rainbow ballerinas, navy blue ballerinas, green ballerinas, stripey blue suede ballerinas, glittery blue ballerinas, super disco fashion ballerinas, grey patent ballerinas, rainbow flower ballerinas, black satin ballerinas, blue tartan ballarinas and red glitzy Dorothy ballerinas.

392 Victoria Avenue (near Sherbrooke St. W.)
Sizes: 5 to 12
Cost: starting at $220 (REMEBER THEY'RE HANDMADE)
Bonus: Online shopping

Did you just say sale?

Montreal's very own m0851 offers New York 3 days of leather galore.


Bellz Angel

New York based Hellz Bellz just launched Midnight Riders, part 2 of their Fall 09 collection.

Judge an album by its cover

By now, most of you already are aware that DJ Mehdi's Red Black Blue is out next month.
He just released, Black, Black, Black a prelude to this upcoming compilation.
Get it here

Buy now,

I ♥ NY

“I did the bloody thing in 1975 and I thought it would last a couple of months as a promotion and disappear.” - Milton Glaser

In this interview, the creator of this notorious logo answers questions. Namely, Are you ever annoyed by the prevalence of the “I Love New York” logo? Are you upset you don’t have the trademark to the image? via logodesignlove

PS: He did the logo for free! SMH


Stop Wars



London meets New York

The demise of Dominoe magazine has made way for Lonny, an online magazine that provides accessible design at the click of of finger. The typographic layout of the title calls forth visions of both London (LON) + New York (NY). For the premier issue, click here.

In a nutshell...
Their misson is to reopen the doors of accessible design. By embracing an online platform we provide inspiration at the click of a finger, directly connecting our readers to their favorite products and resources. Our freedom from page limits means that we can share more content in each issue, delivering an intimate look into the way people really live.

At Lonny, we value independent thinking and believe not in following trends but rather in making choices that lead to happiness. We believe that good design and affordable design can coexist and that true inspiration can be found in the teeniest of homes or in the grandest of spaces.


Trendless: Smythe les vestes

Blazers never really die,

go out of fashion...

or style.




Hobo Chic

Known as the first form of Tanning ever invented by humans, our Tuscan Vachetta leather is one that will stand the test of time and pass on from generation to generation. With time and wear, vachetta has a tendency to patina giving your bag a more vintage look. Used by the Romans for their sandal, to the cowboys travelling the West, to your old childhood schoolbag, you’ll surely find the HOBO that will win your heart. - m0851

Shop for Junk

For those of you who don't know Chanel Kennebrew, the lady behind Junkprints, she's a 20 something, Brooklyn-based uber talented visual artist, whose creation are some of the doppest pieces I've seen in a while.

Penny Pinching

Drawn + Quarterly

NBA (No boys allowed)

What? Hellz Bellz teams up with her majesty Claw Money for this one-of-a-kind sample sale.

When? Saturday, October 9 + Sunday October 10

Where? Reed Annex, 151 Orchard , Lower East Side (NYC)


Disney's First Black Princess

The classical tale The Princess and The Frog has been adapted by Disney for the big screen. Slated for December 11, the film unveils Disney's first Black Princess, Tiana.

To promote the film and the idea that young black girls are indeed beautiful, Disney has partnered up with Carol's Daughter to launch a specifc line of products. The Magical Beauty collection consists of a four peice bath and body line which includes shampoo, conditioner, hair detangler, and bubble bath, ($10 US each) Sold at Carol's Daughter, Macy's, Dillards and Sephora.

Good things come to those who wait...

and I'm glad the wait is almost over...

via Fafi's blog