Monthly Archives: August 2011

Skim Kim

Brooklyn based..

Skim Kim Bloody Kim Jong-il Mix

Skim Kim Bloody Kim Jong-il Mix

brand, Skim Kim is doing something fabulous, fun and creative. Skim Kim uses the delicously flavorful Korean food, kimchee, to make a variety of Korean-American condiments like Bloody Kim Jong-il Mix, Asian Green Goddess and Kimchee Butter. Local, seasonal ingredients that are sure to add a kick to pretty much everything from a bed of greens to some vodka. I’m sure the Market Fresh Skimchee (their version of kimchee) straight up is pretty darn delightful too.

Photo: Skim Kim

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Felt Lion Coat

Smitten with..

Felt Lion Coat

Felt Lion Coat

this felt lion coat. What can I say, it’s just so adorable. Little Goodall was started by Molly Goodall, who’s story many of us can relate to. These designs are all custom made with wool blend felt and cotton linings. Other styles are also available like the fox, bear or dinosaur. More than just a jacket, they are like little works of art that are meant to be handed down from generation to generation. But to be honest, this is one I wouldn’t give up!

Photo: Little Goodall

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Koolabah AW1112

It’s official..

Koolabah AW11

Koolabah AW11

fall 2011 is hitting stores and I am totally thrilled! Kids’ line Koolabah has introduced their latest collection and it should be hitting stores anyday.  Much like spring/summer, it will not disappoint. Full of bold prints, unique silhouettes and the Japanese aesthetic we associate with this fantastic unisex brand for little ones.  With oversized striped blazers, perfectly cut sweatshirts and cuffed leggings, the arrival is more than exciting. So be on the lookout, your kids’ will be happy you did.

Photos: Koolabah

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Vintage for Guys

It’s pretty..

Woolrich Down Vest

Woolrich Down Vest

hard to come across great vintage clothes for guys. The women’s and kid’s markets are flooded, but men’s is a different story. Here are just a few noteworthy places I came across while perusing the web. Wooden Sleepers has a good selection of flannels, hoodies and anoraks as well as tons of pre-owned accessories. Hit up Where is the Cool? store for some really great pieces for killer prices. Ina Men’s has an awesome selection of designer brands. More high-end consignment rather than vintage, but great nonetheless. Score some restored vintage sunglasses from YakBlak, and as they put it “fix your face”. Even better the second time around.

Photo: Wooden Sleepers

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Yuketen Maine Guide 5 Eye Boot

Sourced..

Yuketen Maine Guide 5 Eye Boot

Yuketen Maine Guide 5 Eye Boot

from some of the best materials out there by the California based company, Yuketen. The west coast brand was founded by Yuki Matsuda in 1985 and originally was all about moccasins. Since then, the assortment has strategically grown and now includes luggage as well as footwear. This good looking shoe, the Maine Guide 5 Eye Boot is crafted from the most durable quality raw materials right here in the USA. Like all Yuketen products, it’s got solid details like a hand stitched upper, sewn on Vibram Christy outsole, metal eyelets, and leather laces. It’s a good looking, rugged boot that’s meant to be worn. Super classic, kind of contemporary and very cool.  Comes in loden green and is available at the Très Bien Shop, a very cool men’s store in Sweden. Pretty much the perfect boot for fall not to mention years to come.

Photo: Hypebeast

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SFS Tunic Top

I usually shop..

SFS Tunic Top

SFS Tunic Top

for clothes that are versatile and can be used from season to season (although I am kind of excited to buy a few cozy sweaters for the cooler weather.) The SFS Tunic Top is a definite must on my list. It’s lightweight cotton, and can be paired with cut-offs and moccasins OR layered underneath those cozy sweaters. Inspired by her father’s successful kimono business, vintage styles and traditional methods, SFS (San Francisco Souvenirs) was started in 2005 by designer Shinobu Sering. The garments are made in San Francisco and more styles can be found at Gravel & Gold.

Photo: Gravel & Gold

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Iwona Ludyga

Super sweet..

Iwona Ludyga Tiny Skull Earrings

Iwona Ludyga Tiny Skull Earrings

very dainty earrings, rings and necklaces from a talented Brooklyn lady, Iwona Ludyga. Her line is full of beautifully made pieces that are feminine, perfect for everyday and well made – I can attest, I wear my petite larme rings, thread and chain bracelets and triangle studs daily. Within the past few months, she launched an assortment of skull pieces and I’m dying for these tiny skull earrings. Way more classy and a lot less creepy than a lot of the other options out there.  

Photos: Iwona Ludyga

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Kamenoko Tawashi Scrubber

Sometimes..

kamenoko_tawashi_scrubber

Kamenoko Tawashi Scrubber

a plain old sponge just doesn’t cut it. The Kamenoko Tawashi Scrubber from Japan seems like a pretty amazing little thing. First produced in 1907 by Seizaemon Nishio, who developed it out of palm fiber. Durable enough to tackle tubs and sinks (hey, you never know who lived there before you), pots & pans, or even root vegetables. It would make a great housewarming gift along with this, and can be found at The Shop at Cooper-Hewitt.

Photo: The Shop at Cooper Hewitt

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Mauro Baiocco

No surprise..

Mauro Baiocco

Mauro Baiocco

that Argentinian artist, Mauro Baiocco, has a major following that goes well beyond South America. Baiocco’s work has gained a ton of recognition in the New York street artist scene and it ranges from whimisical characters to edgier, darker pieces.  Available at Olga Guanabara, a furniture and art store that opened in Dumbo last spring.  The Brooklyn shop specializes in custom, home made furniture but also carries a curated collection of art and home goods that are super cool and worth the trip across the bridge.

Mauro Baiocco
Mauro Baiocco
Photo: Olga Guanabara

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Guest Hunter, Caroline Maguire

Super excited..

Guest Hunter, Caroline Maguire

Guest Hunter, Caroline Maguire

to introduce Caroline Maguire, this week’s Guest Hunter! She is a fashion director at a major department store and we met when I worked in their merchandising department a couple of years ago now. Caroline’s a transplant from California and while she does love the city, she is always smiling and her laid back West Coast roots definitely shine through. She recently got married (congrats!) and loves eating at the latest restaurant with friends or cooking dinner for her husband. It’s no surprise Caroline works in fashion – she always looks amazing and believes in the notion that if you look good, you feel good. She admits being stylish and trendy does not always mean you have to wear designers from head to toe. With Caroline, it’s all about mixing vintage, main store brands and designer pieces. Her style comes across as effortless, fabulous and as a fun way for her to express herself. Caroline’s a total individual, super adorable and extremely talented. So click here to learn more about this fashion director’s picks for threetwentyeight.