Archive for November, 2009

garage magazine dec/jan 2010

The holiday/travel and arts issue of Garage Magazine is now available in the Philippines. For my column, I wrote about Moods of Norway, a Norwegian fashion brand that is taking over the world like a pink tumbleweed. I cannot wait to get my copy. Grab yours now! :)


burberry: art of the trench

I haven’t blogged about Burberry’s ongoing social media project that celebrates its iconic trench coat until now because I was waiting for the right moment to pen it.  This morning as I was deciding which coat to wear to work, I remembered how I told myself that this year I would purchase my first Burberry trench. I had the opportunity to buy one in Milan what with the promise of a hefty tax refund, but my wallet just couldn’t take another dent anymore.

Looking through these images from Art of the Trench – some taken by collaborator Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) others submitted by fans around the world – solidifies the notion that a Burberry trench coat is an investment piece in anyone’s wardrobe. It can be worn in many ways, under the rain or in crisp autumn days. But one thing is for sure, the Burberry trench coat lends a sophisticated yet relaxed sartorial effect to its wearer.

In 2010, you will be mine. This I promise myself.

edward + ieoh

Inspired by a tweet from deluxeduck, I took this photo of Edward, the Prada robot keycharm hanging off Ieoh, the Louis Vuitton bag. Tough, eh?

prada spring 2010 runway duffel bag

With three back-to-back-to-back (is that even correct?) Prada purchases, I’m currently on a Prada high. And seeing this duffel bag appearing on the Prada Men’s Spring 2010 runway and backstage (first spotted at Bagaholicboy, congrats for being referenced by Prada: the Book, btw!), it’s like taking another happy pill.

The perforated leather on the bag looks oh so soft, which is suddenly punctuated by the Saffiano leather handles. The color combination on this particular piece is so spot-on too. I see that there’s also a ring for a shoulder strap so the ways of carrying the bag can be doubled in an instant. Let’s see if this bag jumps from the runway and into the stores come first quarter next year. I’m excited.

*crosses fingers.

a deviation called prada

Do you remember this?

Appearing on the Prada Men’s Spring Summer 2009 Runway together with that all-leather tote I blogged and coveted, this oversized tote had many boys a wanting. I’ve held the smaller version of this tote and the messenger bag at a store here in Oslo last summer and could not stop thinking about them since.

Then just two weeks ago right before I flew to Milan, this huge box came in the mail from Italy.

What’s inside, well I guess it’s no rocket science.

First of all, I did not expect this tote to be THIS huge! I initially thought I could use it as a day bag but it’s so roomy that it’s best as a weekender/travel tote. I’ve in fact used it on my trip to Sweden last weekend.

I absolutely love the mix of materials used on this handsome bag – the soft suede leather bottom with the embossed Prada logo, the trademark quilted nylon in a stunning navy color, and the rich leather trimmings and handles in a delicious chocolate color. The buckled strap detailing paired with brushed brass hardware give the bag a masculine seal of approval.

The roomy interior features the Prada lining, along with two large interior pockets – one that’s zippered – and top fastening. While four metal domed feet protect the base of the bag.

Since I’ve started this little bag obsession, it has always been Louis Vuitton. But this Prada tote is a welcome respite from all the monogram madness. It’s also my first Prada bag and at the look of things, would certainly not be my last.

prada the book

When the word hit the cyber-street about Prada’s latest invention – the 706-page tome that “retraces and represents the multivalent aspects” of the Italian fashion brand – I knew I had to get one. And thanks to the site dedicated to the book, online shopping is possible and with super fast delivery, I got mine yesterday. Despite a little mishap with the shipping where the cover case was damaged and the slip case torn apart (dealt with superbly by Prada Client Service who’s sending me a new copy), it doesn’t shy away from the fact that Prada the book is gorgeous. Not only does it come with a Saffiano textured slip case and book cover, it’s also filled with hundreds of beautiful photos chronicling Prada’s history, ideas development, production processes, advertising campaigns, and innovative engagement with the worlds of technology, architecture, art and cinema. And at the root of it all, the fashion that has driven Prada since its establishment in 1913 to becoming a global powerbrand.

Accessorize your coffee table collection with this handsomely structured book from Prada. Available at Prada stores and here. €100.

snapshots from strömstad

Knut and I went on a long spa and suite weekend at Strömstad, Sweden – a two-hour drive from Oslo. We were greeted with this view from our room, which was a sign of the relaxing days ahead.

The canal view with that solitary little red house at the end was so serene.

The living room featured these cool ring chairs we called donuts. The lower back support on these is amazing.

The hotel/resort is built next to a marina. I bet it’s thriving here in the summertime.

I like taking sunset photos. They are both calming and magical.

Wicked and whimsical.

I wanted to take home one of these cool lamps. If only they weren’t this huge.

Wearing my new Balenciaga shoes, Acne jeans, Cheap Monday shirt and my new DND Denim Development knitted cardigan I got as a gift from Knut.

Quality Spa & Resort features facilities spread over 2,000 sqm that guarantee hours of relaxation. I loved the saltwater pool with colored lights, the outdoor jacuzzi which we tried while it was snowing outside (pictured on the upper right corner), and the hot bath with a horizon view over the waters of Strömstad.

Now what could be more relaxing than that?

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