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In conversation with Rodney Lam
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In conversation with Rodney Lam

Fashion Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/ Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/

Ultra-Matte Accessories
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Ultra-Matte Accessories

Accessories The emblematic Lady Dior, the Saddle bag and belt, and the 30 Montaigne glasses and bag now come in an ultra-matte finish for ultimate elegance. With Dior’s timeless signatures, these accessories reinvent precious uniqueness, revealing their versatility and an endless potential for variation. Dressed in captivating colors – immaculate white, pink, gray, green and blue – they bring a touch of audacity to every look.    more on Dior.com The emblematic Lady Dior, the Saddle bag and belt, and the 30 Montaigne glasses and bag now come in an ultra-matte finish for ultimate elegance. With Dior’s timeless signatures, these accessories reinvent precious uniqueness, revealing their versatility and an endless potential for variation. Dressed in captivating colors – immaculate white, pink, gray, green and blue – they bring a touch of audacity to every look.    more on Dior.com

Acqua di Parma reinterprets the bottle of its iconic fragrance, to celebrate the new boutique in Piazza di Spagna.
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Acqua di Parma reinterprets the bottle of its iconic fragrance, to celebrate the new boutique in Piazza di Spagna.

Beauty Acqua di Parma celebrates the new Boutique in Piazza di Spagna in Rome with a highly prized special edition of Colonia. The unmistakeable Art Deco bottle of the iconic fragrance is adorned with unique decorations, based on the Boutique concept. Bright elegant spaces designed in the manner of an authentic Italian house of contemporary design.     In a limited edition of only 300 numbered bottles, Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma (Colonia Special Edition Rome) is a small masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship. Every detail echoes the interior design of the Boutique, where furniture, objects and coverings are distinguished by the combinations between materials, the basic shapes and the attractive play of light and shade. The glass bottle has irregular geometric shapes running through it, in Parma yellow and black tones, colours which are the symbol of the Maison. The overall effect, essential and uid, is conjured up in particular by the Boutique’s chandelier setting, comprising numerous handmade glass items.     Acqua di Parma entrusted the production of Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma to the most highly skilled Tuscan craft makers. Every individual model, painted entirely by hand, shows slight differences making them unique. A matchless expression of that imperfect perfection which is at the heart of all genuine craft work. A vital tradition which characterises all the Maison’s creations. Attention to the smallest details is also found in the bottle top, on which the model number and the city to which this limited edition is dedicated are engraved by hand. The label, attached by hand on the bottle and on the cylindrical box in bright Parma yellow, bears the mark of the emblem and the wording “Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma” (Colonia Special Edition Rome). In the 100ml version, Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma is available exclusively at the Boutique in Piazza di Spagna. An edition combining art, design and craftsmanship, in line with the values of the Maison. An original creation, giving the pleasure of discovering the light radiant aromas of Colonia. The natural perfume of the Italian spirit with the sparkling opening scents of the bright Frutti d’Oro lemon, orange and bergamot of Calabria. At the heart of the fragrance, the subtle freshness of the aromatic essences of lavender, verbena, rosa bulgara and rosemary.     The background closure is perfect, with the warm tones of rich wood, such as vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli. The delicate nature of the hand-decorated surface requires special care. To preserve the beauty of the craft work and keep its appeal, we recommend cleaning the glass using just a damp cloth. Do not wash it in hot water or use solvents and detergents in general. Acqua di Parma celebrates the new Boutique in Piazza di Spagna in Rome with a highly prized special edition of Colonia. The unmistakeable Art Deco bottle of the iconic fragrance is adorned with unique decorations, based on the Boutique concept. Bright elegant spaces designed in the manner of an authentic Italian house of contemporary design.     In a limited edition of only 300 numbered bottles, Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma (Colonia Special Edition Rome) is a small masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship. Every detail echoes the interior design of the Boutique, where furniture, objects and coverings are distinguished by the combinations between materials, the basic shapes and the attractive play of light and shade. The glass bottle has irregular geometric shapes running through it, in Parma yellow and black tones, colours which are the symbol of the Maison. The overall effect, essential and uid, is conjured up in particular by the Boutique’s chandelier setting, comprising numerous handmade glass items.     Acqua di Parma entrusted the production of Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma to the most highly skilled Tuscan craft makers. Every individual model, painted entirely by hand, shows slight differences making them unique. A matchless expression of that imperfect perfection which is at the heart of all genuine craft work. A vital tradition which characterises all the Maison’s creations. Attention to the smallest details is also found in the bottle top, on which the model number and the city to which this limited edition is dedicated are engraved by hand. The label, attached by hand on the bottle and on the cylindrical box in bright Parma yellow, bears the mark of the emblem and the wording “Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma” (Colonia Special Edition Rome). In the 100ml version, Colonia Edizione Speciale Roma is available exclusively at the Boutique in Piazza di Spagna. An edition combining art, design and craftsmanship, in line with the values of the Maison. An original creation, giving the pleasure of discovering the light radiant aromas of Colonia. The natural perfume of the Italian spirit with the sparkling opening scents of the bright Frutti d’Oro lemon, orange and bergamot of Calabria. At the heart of the fragrance, the subtle freshness of the aromatic essences of lavender, verbena, rosa bulgara and rosemary.     The background closure is perfect, with the warm tones of rich wood, such as vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli. The delicate nature of the hand-decorated surface requires special care. To preserve the beauty of the craft work and keep its appeal, we recommend cleaning the glass using just a damp cloth. Do not wash it in hot water or use solvents and detergents in general.

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California Dream by Louis Vuitton
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California Dream by Louis Vuitton

Beauty California Dream, the new creation by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, is an olfactory marvel. The Master Perfumer gave himself no less a challenge than to capture the resonance of a sunset. Seizing the incandescence of the sun’s last rays, glorifying their seemingly in nite shades of pink and, nally, recasting the serenity of summer’s blue, evening sky.   “My starting point was to create warmth that envelops coolness,” explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud.   There’s always that contrast of how to blend explosive freshness with softer notes that will allow the paradox to express itself fully on the skin. The mandarin has as many facets as the sky at sundown. There’s citrus, but also a oral aspect in addition to the pleasure of the fruit. It creates a horizon that musks elongate with warmth. Ambrette has accents of moist earth and pear. Benzoin has a soft, crackling heat. It’s the last light of day that heralds the delights of the night to come.   California Dream harmonises with the polychromatic marvel of a setting sun. It corresponds with the day’s last moments, in the same melodious polyphony of chords. As ardent as the star that sinks below the horizon, mandarin has the incisive energy of its fruity and oral charms. While it is consumed by joyfulness, the musks of diaphanous ambrette extend its subtle warmth. And the evening gets underway as graceful, vanilla-tinged benzoin envelops the skin in an a ectionate balm, as light as a summer night. California Dream, the new creation by Jacques Cavallier Belletrud, is an olfactory marvel. The Master Perfumer gave himself no less a challenge than to capture the resonance of a sunset. Seizing the incandescence of the sun’s last rays, glorifying their seemingly in nite shades of pink and, nally, recasting the serenity of summer’s blue, evening sky.   “My starting point was to create warmth that envelops coolness,” explains Jacques Cavallier Belletrud.   There’s always that contrast of how to blend explosive freshness with softer notes that will allow the paradox to express itself fully on the skin. The mandarin has as many facets as the sky at sundown. There’s citrus, but also a oral aspect in addition to the pleasure of the fruit. It creates a horizon that musks elongate with warmth. Ambrette has accents of moist earth and pear. Benzoin has a soft, crackling heat. It’s the last light of day that heralds the delights of the night to come.   California Dream harmonises with the polychromatic marvel of a setting sun. It corresponds with the day’s last moments, in the same melodious polyphony of chords. As ardent as the star that sinks below the horizon, mandarin has the incisive energy of its fruity and oral charms. While it is consumed by joyfulness, the musks of diaphanous ambrette extend its subtle warmth. And the evening gets underway as graceful, vanilla-tinged benzoin envelops the skin in an a ectionate balm, as light as a summer night.

Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell: A Convergence of Street Culture and High Fashion
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Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell: A Convergence of Street Culture and High Fashion

Accessories Vans always strives to collaborate with creative expressors that embody skate culture and few others have touched the contemporary scene quite like British illustrator Fergus “Fergadelic” Purcell. He is respected and well-known for blending street-level aesthetics with high fashion for some of the biggest brands out there. Adorned with hundreds of homemade stick and poke tattoos, Fergus Purcell represents the convergence of street culture and high fashion, with a shared design sensibility with Vans.    This spring, Vans introduces the Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell collaboration, featuring unique prints on four iconic Vans silhouettes. Each style is based on the absolute OG original style, including hand-wrapped high foxing tape, original panels, original label artwork and premium materials.    Inspired by corner stores around the world, styles include a custom OG Authentic LX and OG Chukka LX, featuring a distinct print of Fergadelic artwork. “I love the contrast between the mundane ubiquity of the corner shop and the bewildering variety of the products inside,” Fergus describes. “It’s such an overload on the eye. Psychedelic. It’s these feelings that I’m channeling in this artwork.”    The second set of classic Vans styles to get the Fergadelic overhaul include an OG Authentic and OG Chukka, each in a retro, acid wash colorway. “The acid wash design is based on a memory from my youth, of coveting a pair of acid wash Vans when they came out around the late ‘80s,” Fergus said. “I’ve collided this memory with— for no reason at all, let’s call it surreal—contemporary scratch card imagery, perhaps creating shoes that are lucky and will bring a big win.”     To round out the collection, Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell also introduce a unique 10-piece apparel and accessories offering, to tell a full head-to-toe story. Each style incorporates the corner shop inspiration for a quirky iteration of Vans classic apparel and accessory silhouettes.   The Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell collection is available in two drops – the corner store collection on April 18, 2020, and the acid wash collection on May 23, 2020. For information about the collections and to learn more about where to purchase, visit vans.eu/vault. Vans always strives to collaborate with creative expressors that embody skate culture and few others have touched the contemporary scene quite like British illustrator Fergus “Fergadelic” Purcell. He is respected and well-known for blending street-level aesthetics with high fashion for some of the biggest brands out there. Adorned with hundreds of homemade stick and poke tattoos, Fergus Purcell represents the convergence of street culture and high fashion, with a shared design sensibility with Vans.    This spring, Vans introduces the Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell collaboration, featuring unique prints on four iconic Vans silhouettes. Each style is based on the absolute OG original style, including hand-wrapped high foxing tape, original panels, original label artwork and premium materials.    Inspired by corner stores around the world, styles include a custom OG Authentic LX and OG Chukka LX, featuring a distinct print of Fergadelic artwork. “I love the contrast between the mundane ubiquity of the corner shop and the bewildering variety of the products inside,” Fergus describes. “It’s such an overload on the eye. Psychedelic. It’s these feelings that I’m channeling in this artwork.”    The second set of classic Vans styles to get the Fergadelic overhaul include an OG Authentic and OG Chukka, each in a retro, acid wash colorway. “The acid wash design is based on a memory from my youth, of coveting a pair of acid wash Vans when they came out around the late ‘80s,” Fergus said. “I’ve collided this memory with— for no reason at all, let’s call it surreal—contemporary scratch card imagery, perhaps creating shoes that are lucky and will bring a big win.”     To round out the collection, Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell also introduce a unique 10-piece apparel and accessories offering, to tell a full head-to-toe story. Each style incorporates the corner shop inspiration for a quirky iteration of Vans classic apparel and accessory silhouettes.   The Vault by Vans x Fergus Purcell collection is available in two drops – the corner store collection on April 18, 2020, and the acid wash collection on May 23, 2020. For information about the collections and to learn more about where to purchase, visit vans.eu/vault.

The Savoir-Faire of the Gem bags clothes by Dior
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The Savoir-Faire of the Gem bags clothes by Dior

Accessories Born from the union  of leather goods and jewelry  savoir-faire  excellence, this clutch, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Victoire de Castellane, is adorned with  emblematic House  jewels in gold and precious stones, such as  the  Rose Dior Bagatelle  collection.  A celebration of  the art of detail and exceptional craftsmanship, this green satin  minaudière  is meticulously assembled by hand  in the Dior ateliers.     Discover the video showcasing the various steps in the making of this all-new object of desire, premiering on the Dior YouTube account on May 21, at 4 pm.   Born from the union  of leather goods and jewelry  savoir-faire  excellence, this clutch, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Victoire de Castellane, is adorned with  emblematic House  jewels in gold and precious stones, such as  the  Rose Dior Bagatelle  collection.  A celebration of  the art of detail and exceptional craftsmanship, this green satin  minaudière  is meticulously assembled by hand  in the Dior ateliers.     Discover the video showcasing the various steps in the making of this all-new object of desire, premiering on the Dior YouTube account on May 21, at 4 pm.  

Daily Paper’s Resort 2020 Collection Brings an Injection of Color to Springtime Ready Staples
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Daily Paper’s Resort 2020 Collection Brings an Injection of Color to Springtime Ready Staples

Fashion Daily Paper introduces its nostalgic take on elevated basics for their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring Summer 2020 collection. Designed for the warmer months that lay ahead, the collection consists of a range of colorful unisex co-ords crafted from classic sportswear and workwear fabrics in a variety of comfy easy wearing shapes.   Finally, we see the return of Daily Paper classics like cotton shorts, bucket hats, graphic tees and hoodies in neutral and vibrant colorways round up the collection of casual pieces making for an extremely wearable and dependable go-to collection for your functional yet fresh summer wardrobe for the lighter and brighter times ahead.    The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2020 collection is priced from €55 - €140 and will be available May 22nd, 12 PM CET, at both Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide. Daily Paper introduces its nostalgic take on elevated basics for their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring Summer 2020 collection. Designed for the warmer months that lay ahead, the collection consists of a range of colorful unisex co-ords crafted from classic sportswear and workwear fabrics in a variety of comfy easy wearing shapes.   Finally, we see the return of Daily Paper classics like cotton shorts, bucket hats, graphic tees and hoodies in neutral and vibrant colorways round up the collection of casual pieces making for an extremely wearable and dependable go-to collection for your functional yet fresh summer wardrobe for the lighter and brighter times ahead.    The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2020 collection is priced from €55 - €140 and will be available May 22nd, 12 PM CET, at both Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide.

Filling Pieces releases Carabiner Heel
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Filling Pieces releases Carabiner Heel

Accessories FILLING PIECES reveals its first ever heel design with futuristic digital animation. The Carabineris one of a number of new and innovative footwear styles premiered alongside the brand’s second SS20 Ready-to-Wear release. The model-less animation is a nod to the present and a vision of what may be to come, transcending beyond the world as we know it. The muse of the collection entitled ‘Family’, is the CEO Mom - head of the family and personification of the “dream chasers, gamechangers and mountain movers” for whom the shoe is designed.   “This is something we have been working towards for a while and we wanted to make sure we did it right. The Carabiner heel is a literal translation of climbing to the top. This shoe has been created to empower those who wear it.”- Guillaume Philibert, Founder & Creative Director.   The Carabiner, described as a ‘sophisticated and outspoken premium leather sandal’, Hybrid Chelsea Boot and Mom Loaferare amongst the more feminine additions to the collection which explores the duality of classic formalwear and sport luxe. Filling Pieces’ second drop of their SS20 RTW collection is available from 20.5.20. Expect the usual high quality craftsmanship, new shapes, silhouettes and distinctive detailing.   The SS20 campaign celebrates the concept of family in all its forms - not limited to the biological and highlighting the kinship between friends, collectives and communities, united by diversity.   Credits : Artist Baptiste Labat @batlabat  Special thanks to @blonde.media FILLING PIECES reveals its first ever heel design with futuristic digital animation. The Carabineris one of a number of new and innovative footwear styles premiered alongside the brand’s second SS20 Ready-to-Wear release. The model-less animation is a nod to the present and a vision of what may be to come, transcending beyond the world as we know it. The muse of the collection entitled ‘Family’, is the CEO Mom - head of the family and personification of the “dream chasers, gamechangers and mountain movers” for whom the shoe is designed.   “This is something we have been working towards for a while and we wanted to make sure we did it right. The Carabiner heel is a literal translation of climbing to the top. This shoe has been created to empower those who wear it.”- Guillaume Philibert, Founder & Creative Director.   The Carabiner, described as a ‘sophisticated and outspoken premium leather sandal’, Hybrid Chelsea Boot and Mom Loaferare amongst the more feminine additions to the collection which explores the duality of classic formalwear and sport luxe. Filling Pieces’ second drop of their SS20 RTW collection is available from 20.5.20. Expect the usual high quality craftsmanship, new shapes, silhouettes and distinctive detailing.   The SS20 campaign celebrates the concept of family in all its forms - not limited to the biological and highlighting the kinship between friends, collectives and communities, united by diversity.   Credits : Artist Baptiste Labat @batlabat  Special thanks to @blonde.media

Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1
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Bang & Olufsen introduces the new Beosound A1

Design Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1 Bang & Olufsen today released the second-generation Beosound A1, the Danish luxury audio brand’s award- winning portable Bluetooth speaker, which has been redesigned to include a whole raft of performance and design improvements. Beosound A1 2nd Gen comes with a refined, slimmer design that is fully dust and waterproof, has a significantly improved battery life with up to 18 hours of play time at typical volume, an overhauled user interface and - a first for a Bluetooth only speaker - a built-in Alexa voice assistant. More powerful and easier to use - the best just got better.   “Our first A1 speaker was loved by customers for its combination of minimalist design, portability, powerful sound and the built-in speakerphone that made it easy and fun to speak with friends and family. The new Beosound A1 builds on these characteristics and improves them in every way that matters”, says Christoffer Østergaard Poulsen, Bang & Olufsen VP of Product Management.   Beosound A1 retains its elegant shape and unique contours, brought to life in collaboration with renowned Danish industrial designer. The second-generation is 7 percent lighter than the original and has a fresh take on the hole pattern, with a slightly lighter casing and a tapered base giving the speaker a more weightless floating impression even though only 0,85mm lower. The leather strap – a stylish key feature that adds to its easy portability – now has a new tag to ensure that Beosound A1 remains one of the most versatile products for hanging options. Buttons have been redesigned and repositioned to improve overall user interaction. Now placed nearer to the strap for easier location, the buttons also have bigger and clearer symbols and at the same time, the LED indicator has also been moved to the top of the speaker making a significant improvement on its visibility from all angles. Inside Beosound A1 you will find two re-designed drivers for an even clearer 360-degree sound: a 3.5-inch aluminum cone mid woofer using a powerful neodymium magnetic system, a silk dome 3/4 inch dome tweeter and advanced DSP filtering powered by a pair of 30-watt class D amplifiers. The speaker now comes with aptX adaptive codec for an even better wireless listening experience.   Beosound A1 (RRP 250 EUR, 200 GBP, 350 CHF, 2000 DKK) launches in Black Anthracite and Grey Mist and is available online, in select retailers and in Bang & Olufsen stores from May 14, 2020. To find out more, follow the conversation at @bangolufsen on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube using #BeosoundA1

In conversation with Pabllo Vittar
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In conversation with Pabllo Vittar

Fashion Last week we had an opportunity to speak with one of the faces of the new Calvin Klein #ProudInMyCalvins campaign, the incredibly talented Pabllo Vittar.   Who are you  and what is your profession ?   Hey! My name is Pabllo Vittar, I am a singer-songwriter drag queen from Brazil!   Describe your current mood. How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I'm spending time at my home, with my family! Reading a lot, watching some new series and movies, writing some songs and working when I can! I am not pushing myself to be 100% productive these days, they are already hard enough for everybody and we don't need any extra on top of that, right?   What is your first memory with drag? And how did you start doing drag?   My first memory is exactly the first time I did drag! I always loved the drag universe but at my 18th birthday I've decided to do drag for the first time with my friends! At the time we were five guys and it was the first time for everybody! My birthday is November 1st, so we all dressed up for Halloween to have fun at a party! It was amazing, We didn't have much money for make up and clothes, but we figured it out and it was incredible!    How is the Brazilian drag culture any different from USA or EUROPE for example?   I've traveled a little bit now and could meet a lot of different queens around the world! In all different countries I've been they were all fierce and talented, with amazing make ups and outfits! I think the only difference is that we got some drag artists getting into the mainstream music market in Brazil and occupying some spaces that we haven't till now.   What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I am totally addicted to Peggy Gou, Starry Night! It makes me wanna dance and go to see the sun in the garden at my house! It makes me feel happy! I do, I did a playlist with Lil Miquela on Spotify mixing up our music influences! Here's the link to it: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0fRgH8m5MJy79G6z6Es35L?si=JaMARGSOTFi-5uUNyUownA   What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   The first and last thing is getting my phone and taking a quick look over social media! The last thing is my skin care routine!   What is the feeling of being a part of #ProudInMyCalvins? And how did you come to the collaboration with Calvin Klein?   It's just amazing, I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it! This is my first ever global campaign and everything about it made me feel proud and comfortable all the time! I've worked with CK on different projects! I think this is our 3rd project together and I hope that this is just the beginning of a lovely history together!   What does it mean to your community that you are being a part of the #PROUDINMYCALVINS campaign? And what is your message to them?   Seeing the campaign you will realize that you can be comfortable with your body, your ethnicity, your culture and everything that you are! That's what it means to be #PROUDINMYCALVINS! Not only me, you can see it in all of the amazing people that are in this campaign! Don't let anyone tell you you're not worthy, nor beautiful, nor anything, you ARE amazing and you should be proud of who you are every single day.   What is one CALVIN KLEIN piece that you can’t live without? And please describe your personal style. My briefs, for sure! When I am in drag I like to be as sexy as I can be! But when I am out of drag I am always wearing comfortable and oversized clothes and a good old cropped t-shirt!   You’ve had a very eventful 2019. Last year you started with your first international tour, around the world. Tell us about your highlights of the tour. What are some of your favorite moments? That's a tough question! There were a lot of highlights! But the ones I'll carry forever are the friends I made through the tour and all the Prides I've been to! Seeing the different ways people celebrate their pride is amazing!   What do you hope to accomplish in 2020? Any plans for a new album coming up? I'm not really making a lot of plans right now! I just want to be out on the streets first safely! So first of all I am hoping that we can find a way out of this pandemic! After that, I really want to start touring around the world again and I will release a deluxe version of my latest album, "111"! Fingers crossed that we will be able to do that in 2020!      CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.   CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.   #PROUDINMYCALVINS Last week we had an opportunity to speak with one of the faces of the new Calvin Klein #ProudInMyCalvins campaign, the incredibly talented Pabllo Vittar.   Who are you  and what is your profession ?   Hey! My name is Pabllo Vittar, I am a singer-songwriter drag queen from Brazil!   Describe your current mood. How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined? I'm spending time at my home, with my family! Reading a lot, watching some new series and movies, writing some songs and working when I can! I am not pushing myself to be 100% productive these days, they are already hard enough for everybody and we don't need any extra on top of that, right?   What is your first memory with drag? And how did you start doing drag?   My first memory is exactly the first time I did drag! I always loved the drag universe but at my 18th birthday I've decided to do drag for the first time with my friends! At the time we were five guys and it was the first time for everybody! My birthday is November 1st, so we all dressed up for Halloween to have fun at a party! It was amazing, We didn't have much money for make up and clothes, but we figured it out and it was incredible!    How is the Brazilian drag culture any different from USA or EUROPE for example?   I've traveled a little bit now and could meet a lot of different queens around the world! In all different countries I've been they were all fierce and talented, with amazing make ups and outfits! I think the only difference is that we got some drag artists getting into the mainstream music market in Brazil and occupying some spaces that we haven't till now.   What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   I am totally addicted to Peggy Gou, Starry Night! It makes me wanna dance and go to see the sun in the garden at my house! It makes me feel happy! I do, I did a playlist with Lil Miquela on Spotify mixing up our music influences! Here's the link to it: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0fRgH8m5MJy79G6z6Es35L?si=JaMARGSOTFi-5uUNyUownA   What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   The first and last thing is getting my phone and taking a quick look over social media! The last thing is my skin care routine!   What is the feeling of being a part of #ProudInMyCalvins? And how did you come to the collaboration with Calvin Klein?   It's just amazing, I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it! This is my first ever global campaign and everything about it made me feel proud and comfortable all the time! I've worked with CK on different projects! I think this is our 3rd project together and I hope that this is just the beginning of a lovely history together!   What does it mean to your community that you are being a part of the #PROUDINMYCALVINS campaign? And what is your message to them?   Seeing the campaign you will realize that you can be comfortable with your body, your ethnicity, your culture and everything that you are! That's what it means to be #PROUDINMYCALVINS! Not only me, you can see it in all of the amazing people that are in this campaign! Don't let anyone tell you you're not worthy, nor beautiful, nor anything, you ARE amazing and you should be proud of who you are every single day.   What is one CALVIN KLEIN piece that you can’t live without? And please describe your personal style. My briefs, for sure! When I am in drag I like to be as sexy as I can be! But when I am out of drag I am always wearing comfortable and oversized clothes and a good old cropped t-shirt!   You’ve had a very eventful 2019. Last year you started with your first international tour, around the world. Tell us about your highlights of the tour. What are some of your favorite moments? That's a tough question! There were a lot of highlights! But the ones I'll carry forever are the friends I made through the tour and all the Prides I've been to! Seeing the different ways people celebrate their pride is amazing!   What do you hope to accomplish in 2020? Any plans for a new album coming up? I'm not really making a lot of plans right now! I just want to be out on the streets first safely! So first of all I am hoping that we can find a way out of this pandemic! After that, I really want to start touring around the world again and I will release a deluxe version of my latest album, "111"! Fingers crossed that we will be able to do that in 2020!      CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.   CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.   #PROUDINMYCALVINS

The floral inspiration for the Spring & Summer collection of Dior
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The floral inspiration for the Spring & Summer collection of Dior

Fashion An ode to the infinite diversity of nature, the bucolic wardrobe designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri for her Spring-Summer 2020 fashion show is elevated by a selection of accessories also inspired by delicate plant life.     Like subtle treasures preserved in the heart of a spring herbier, wildflowers mingle whimsically on a silk scarf and on emblematic scarves in the Mitzah collection. The must-have D-Connect sneakers are sprinkled with a pastoral motif that contrasts with its neoprene upper and rubber details, for a resolutely contemporary look. Daisies and thorny thistles flourish on the iconic Lady Dior, Dior Book Tote and Saddle bags.   Alongside these Dior symbols, jewelry punctuates the Creative Director’s silhouettes:  gold-finish petals embellish Dior Tribales earrings, blending the brilliance of blue amazonite with the depth of violet rhodonite, transposing into precious talismans with a dazzling finish on rings and chokers strung with jasper or unakite. These creations speak in a poetic dialogue, a testament to the rich botanical heritage that must be preserved. An ode to the infinite diversity of nature, the bucolic wardrobe designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri for her Spring-Summer 2020 fashion show is elevated by a selection of accessories also inspired by delicate plant life.     Like subtle treasures preserved in the heart of a spring herbier, wildflowers mingle whimsically on a silk scarf and on emblematic scarves in the Mitzah collection. The must-have D-Connect sneakers are sprinkled with a pastoral motif that contrasts with its neoprene upper and rubber details, for a resolutely contemporary look. Daisies and thorny thistles flourish on the iconic Lady Dior, Dior Book Tote and Saddle bags.   Alongside these Dior symbols, jewelry punctuates the Creative Director’s silhouettes:  gold-finish petals embellish Dior Tribales earrings, blending the brilliance of blue amazonite with the depth of violet rhodonite, transposing into precious talismans with a dazzling finish on rings and chokers strung with jasper or unakite. These creations speak in a poetic dialogue, a testament to the rich botanical heritage that must be preserved.

Daily Paper and KOMONO Unveil Their First Eyewear Collaboration
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Daily Paper and KOMONO Unveil Their First Eyewear Collaboration

Accessories   Leading into summer, Amsterdam-based clothing brand Daily Paper and Belgian accessory brand KOMONO today announce a special eyewear capsule fusing Daily Paper's mix of African heritage aesthetics and contemporary design, with KOMONO's expertise in innovative eyewear. Just in time for warm weather season, the unisex styles ensure you match the heat in style whilst being protected with these 100% UV protection shades. This collaboration came on very naturally, through an already existing friendship and mutual interest of each other's brand. We finally found the right time to create something together, where we could intertwine KOMONO's clean aesthetic with our distinctive bold branding. - Abderrahmane Trabsini (Co-Founder, Daily Paper)    Daily Paper is all about authenticity, a sense of community and a strong drive towards creating contemporary and bold products. We’re very much kindred spirits and what better way to acknowledge this than to create a product together. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director, KOMONO)   Daily Paper tapped familiar face Ottawa Kwami alongside Akon Changkou for the Daily Paper x KOMONO campaign, which reinterprets the glasses through Daily Paper’s futuristic signature style. Featuring sleek edges, dark shapes, and elegant silhouettes, the visuals embody sophistication and modern flair with a bold twist.   CREDITS CAMPAIGN Photographer: Ottilie Landmark Talent: Ottawa Kwami and Akon Changkou  Art direction: Beri Dalgali and Dennis Schreuder Make up: Anita Jolles Hair: Bianca van Zwieten   Introducing a fresh new eyewear style in a range of colorways for both men and women, the glasses combine a rectangular frame and oval lenses with an extra-wide silhouette for a surprising effect. Next to a clean aesthetic, the lenses do not sacrifice on functionality. With 100% UV protection and polarized lenses, the glasses give optimal visual clarity and comfort.    The design is derived from one of our most celebrated styles, the Avery. These then got enhanced with a bold Daily Paper logo and a completely new lens shape, making this collaboration into a unique stand-out piece. The strong colorways reflect both Daily Paper’s and KOMONO’s passion for striking design. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director at KOMONO). Stand-out details include broad temples with a silver-plated Daily Paper logo and a lens in a striking Dark Smoke. Made from Italian acetate, the style will be available in three colorways; Black, Tortoise, and Racing Red.    Leading into summer, Amsterdam-based clothing brand Daily Paper and Belgian accessory brand KOMONO today announce a special eyewear capsule fusing Daily Paper's mix of African heritage aesthetics and contemporary design, with KOMONO's expertise in innovative eyewear. Just in time for warm weather season, the unisex styles ensure you match the heat in style whilst being protected with these 100% UV protection shades. This collaboration came on very naturally, through an already existing friendship and mutual interest of each other's brand. We finally found the right time to create something together, where we could intertwine KOMONO's clean aesthetic with our distinctive bold branding. - Abderrahmane Trabsini (Co-Founder, Daily Paper)    Daily Paper is all about authenticity, a sense of community and a strong drive towards creating contemporary and bold products. We’re very much kindred spirits and what better way to acknowledge this than to create a product together. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director, KOMONO)   Daily Paper tapped familiar face Ottawa Kwami alongside Akon Changkou for the Daily Paper x KOMONO campaign, which reinterprets the glasses through Daily Paper’s futuristic signature style. Featuring sleek edges, dark shapes, and elegant silhouettes, the visuals embody sophistication and modern flair with a bold twist.   CREDITS CAMPAIGN Photographer: Ottilie Landmark Talent: Ottawa Kwami and Akon Changkou  Art direction: Beri Dalgali and Dennis Schreuder Make up: Anita Jolles Hair: Bianca van Zwieten   Introducing a fresh new eyewear style in a range of colorways for both men and women, the glasses combine a rectangular frame and oval lenses with an extra-wide silhouette for a surprising effect. Next to a clean aesthetic, the lenses do not sacrifice on functionality. With 100% UV protection and polarized lenses, the glasses give optimal visual clarity and comfort.    The design is derived from one of our most celebrated styles, the Avery. These then got enhanced with a bold Daily Paper logo and a completely new lens shape, making this collaboration into a unique stand-out piece. The strong colorways reflect both Daily Paper’s and KOMONO’s passion for striking design. - Anton Janssens (Founder and Managing Director at KOMONO). Stand-out details include broad temples with a silver-plated Daily Paper logo and a lens in a striking Dark Smoke. Made from Italian acetate, the style will be available in three colorways; Black, Tortoise, and Racing Red. 

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