BezemYMailan have been under our radar for a little while now.
A creative  duo that hails from Russia+Togo (Bezem)  & France +Vietnam (Mailan) by way of Paris and London, their  one of a kind  creations beautifully reflect of this rich cultural heritage. Indeed, Bezem and Mailan  design clothes and accessories for the cosmopolitan gals.
Their style? vibrant and colorful pieces with fine embroderies and a special attention to details, in other words urban, eclectic and chic.
Make sure you to visit their visit their official website, you'll thank us later.



So. Me gives Travis Barker the Cool Cats treatment for this Status Magazine cover.

We want Miles

'A painting is music you can see, and music is a painting you can hear...'
What? We Want Miles - a tribute to  the 'Picasso of jazz' featuring drawings by Davis himself, paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat, photographs by Annie Leibovits, Irving Penn, costumes and so much more...

When? April 30 - August 29, 2010

Where? Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion
1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal


I value design because...

Why do you value design? is the question  The International Council of Graphic Design Associations' team wants you to answer as part of their World Graphic Day
Now in its 15th, this event was launched to coincide with Icograda's anniversary; this year  you, creative minds are invited to join the global dialogue.

Download a poster + help spread the word


Montreal's Nouveau Riche

Ladies &  Gents make  room for  Nouveau Riche Colors, a new lifestyle brand that brings you the best street wear with a 514 twist. They offer hand made designs made in Montreal on pieces with  names like 'Leaders vs Followers' , 'Crème de la Crème',  'Numéro 1'.
This SS 2010 teaser arrives  just in time for Montreal's summery festivities and will be available as of April 30.

NVRCH 'represents the representation of young wealth (beyond monetary value)' so be on the lookout.


Coca-Cola pour la Coupe du monde de soccer 2010 rend hommage à Roger Milla, un joueur camerounais reconnu pour ses danses lors du tournoi de 1990.

Creatively Luxurious

Veuve Clicquot continues its series of profusely prolific collaborations. This time the Reims-based Champagne House, has teamed up with Brazilian duo Fernando & Humberto Campana and French designer Mathieu Lehanneur. This two new collaborations are centered around the renovation of the Hôtel du Marc, and two projects were born: The Gloriette and the installation Once Upon A Dream.
This time again, the design is simple, refined and pleasing to the eye.

Both projects were  unveiled  last week during Milan Design Week.


❧ Green Future

What we do to the planet we do to ourselves. Beautify the Earth.

Easy Conversation: Emeka Alams [GCTC]

For  Emeka Alams,  Africa is more than just a fad. With his clothing line Gold Coast Trading Co, the young Seattle-based designer takes us from the shore of West Africa in 1444 to today's urban landscape. The result a vibrant, colorful and powerful line of tees+short+pants+accessories that has already gotten the T+S seal of approval. We had a chat with him and it went a little something like this...

Tell us a little about yourself, who is Emeka Alams?
Emeka is me. I was born in the Midwest but in my head grew in West Africa. I'm a fair person who tries his best.  Sometimes I'm way too driven and sometimes I love way too much.

How did Gold Coast Trading Co come about & what's the inspiration behind the brand?
It was really my attempt to show Africa in the light that it deserves. Africa is powerful! The whole diaspora is amazing and I feel like, as  an African who has lived there and who's seen what I've seen the other side really I have the responsibility to stand up and counter what western media is trying to fools us with. So, with Gold Coast as my medium, I'm striving to create strong images that show the other side of my home. I want to introduce that reality to the main stream.

Growing up what did you want to be or do?
I wanted to be a chef (still kinda do) or an architect. I think at some point I'll go to cooking school and refine my skills in the kitchen but first things first I've got to make GCTC into the giant that it is. For me the two disciplines are  related anyways. The  feeling of making a good meal and having others enjoy, it's all art to me.

Tell us a bit about your creative process?
I reference to our history and traditional clothing; but music is huge for me! While working on the new collection I listened to artists such as Les Gargistes, Magic System, Blk Jks and Theophilus London. I tend to create the print or pattern first and then work the other imagery or graphics from that and then from there work on the works alright i think.

What's your philosophy?

Work hard and it will pay off. Be a good person and it will pay off but through it all remember what's important and realize that  in life, a lot is temporary so act accordingly.
There is new and hip scene of young emerging Afro designers - and  artists of all crafts that are becoming more and more popular. How do you feel about that

I think it's a great thing! When I stated a few years back Africa wasn't as cool as it is now. So I'm glad everyone is starting to catch up! However, it's also kinda touchy because I just want the African culture to be taken out of its box and really push forward and explored. I'd like to see it taken beyond the Panafrican colors and the babies on tees, the cliche, stuff you know?..  So if we, as young African designer continue to push beyond that  I think the creative future will continue to be amazing!

Who are some of the designers that inspire you?
Va$htie, ROCKERS & GOD'S PREY! They are so good, they kill me! I love Cassette Playa! Alexander McQueen was amazing you can't touch him! Jeremy Scott is dope and really inventive which is why I love him - and hope to show him my work as well soon.

Where do you see the brand in 5 years?
Hopefully all around Africa and worldwide. I just want to support and share with all those who have supported and shared with me. I want the brand to give back to it's muse: Africa. That's my hope, let's make it happen!

What's playing on your Ipod these days?

Nas & Damian Marley
Theophilus London
The Blood brothers
Rocky Votolato

For more on Emeka and GCTC check out the:
online shop 

❧ Earth Day: 2010


All the world's a stage

Festival Shop

 Brought to you by the letters T + S

Expensive Taste

This 'Golden Cupcake', can be seen at Montreal's Art Mûr Gallery as part of an installation featuring work by Cooke & Sasseville. Jean-François Cooke et Pierre Sasseville uses humor and subversion in their art to expose and criticize our western societies. In this new project 'the beholder of the beautiful thing is conflicted by the thought of what can no longer be obtained'. 

Visit the artists' website here.


❧ Eco Tote

Be eco chic and stylish with BCBG's Earth Day Tote. 25% of proceeds go to Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots organization.


google vs. tweets

→Design Fetish


Classic, Casual and Comfortable

50 Years of Jack Purcell's Converse

Todd Selby, shot the footwear brand's spring '10 campaign which harps back Jack Purcell's classic chucks.



 Alchemy in Toronto for the Girl Guides of Canada 

Honey, you so sweet

Bee 700 Silver Plated Bee | Waitrose Honey Turner Duckworth
Honeymoon Lauren Golembiewski | Unknown


The Ankh

'Working with Erykah always brings out the best in me and I'm proud to be her friend and artist'

Emek aka The Thinking Man Poster Artist is an illustrator. He's the genius behind Erykah Badu's recent album covers. His attention to details is almost out of this world, the style is eclectic and colorful.Their collaboration is prolific and a reflection of these two creative forces.  

Peep these posters he's produced for the 2008 Vortex Tour.

50th Anniversary of Dr. Martens

Dr. Martens + Exposure joined forces to launch a music-driven campaign. 10 musicians including, but not limited to, Dam-Funk, Noisettes, NASA, The Duke Spirit, The Raveonettes were commissioned to "cover some cult classic tunes that capture the spirit of the brand." Read more...


Tribal Safari

From embellished patterns to vibrant, printed fabrics and woven materials these striking clothes adds the perfect touch to a global glamour look.

OUR PICK For the real thing, shop from Liya Kebede's LemLem collection. Her signature cotton wrap and Tibeb reversible cotton-blend bag, seen below, make for a perfectly polished look. Her African-inspired clothing is fashioned from imported hand-woven, natural fabrics crafted by Ethiopian artisans.

Brought to you by the letters T + S

Jimmy Choo Bazli Raffi and Leather | Giuseppe Zanotti Chain Leather Sandals | Tote Malene Birger Strapless Dress | Antik Batik Goya Maxi Dress
 Lem Lem Tibeb reversible cotton bag | Lem Lem Cotton Wrap | DVF Jacket | Judith Leiber Camel Gobi Fin Crystal Clutch | Lem Lem Cotton Wrap | Anya HIndmarch Rossum Woven Leather | Marni PVC Tote | Giuseppe Zanotti Peep-Toe Canvas Boots

Jonathan Saudners T-Shirt Dress | Marc by Marc Jacobs Dress | Forvever 21 Beadd Bib Trim 
 Vivienne Westwood Anglomania Sunday Dress | Juicy Couture  Phoebe Tunic

There's No Place Like Home

Who says a shoe is just a shoe?
Well, not if it's two!

Pastry Brand by Vanessa and Angela Simmons

Everyone loves a two-for-one-deal and that is what you get when purchasing from Pastry's new shoe collection Home Sweet Home.

Flats vs. Heels? No need to debate. This shoe seamlessly transforms from a daytime, downtown flat to an uptown evening heel. To good to be true... check out this video for an extra bonus feature about the shoe. Purchase yours here.


Sweet Tees

Marc Jacobs

Little Miss X | Tam + Sam

Fifi Lapin for Pac Sun


Think Small

Brought to you by the letters T + S

Apartment Therapy's: The Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces

In an age of "bigger is better" and "more, more, more" this book offers tips and resources for those craving small space with big style.

Photographer Jim Franco


Garden Party