Sunday 30. October 2011

IMPRESSED BY ZURICH.

I did a lot of research about Zurich and its offerings before coming here – Based on that I was expecting a nice visit, but now I can say that I am really impressed. The city seems to have a lot to offer, you can find nice places from small cozy restaurants to re-build industrial neighborhoods. Here are some photos from the first day:

Tuukka13 - First Moods From Zurich Holiday Day 1 - 1

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Altstadt.

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Visit to ETH Zurich.

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Hannes Wettstein exhibition.

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Finding interesting architectural implementations.

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Can’t beat the Brezels.

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The original Swiss brand Bally has revamped recently their creative direction, for example the “Bally x Central Saint Martins Shoe Collection” is a nice example.

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Kreis 4 neighborhood.

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Late lunch at Militärstrasse in one of the many Italian restaurants.

-Tuukka

Thursday 27. October 2011

WINTER JACKET INVENTORY 9/9.

The cold weather is here. For the last weeks I have dressed more warmly and used only my warmer jackets. These are the nine jackets that I am using at the moment:

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - Our Legacy
Our Legacy Wool Bomber/Varsity from London.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - Biker Jacket
Classic Leather Biker Jacket from New York.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - J Crew Military Jacket
J.Crew Military Parka/Jacket from San Francisco.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - Nike NSW M-65
Nike NSW Gore-Tex M-65.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - HM x Comme des Garcons Trench Coat
H&M x Comme des Garçons Trench Coat.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - Varsity Jacket
Classic Varsity Jacket with Leather Sleeves from London.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - Penfield Mackintosh Jacket
Penfield Mackintosh Jacket with Hood.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - Sophnet Machintosh Jacket
Sophnet Mackintosh Jacket from Tokyo.

Tuukka13 - Winter Jackets 2011 - 3 1 Phillip Lim Parka
3.1 Phillip Lim Parka with Leather Hood and Insert – My favorite jacket this year.

The next jacket will be an original MA-1 bomber.

-Tuukka

Wednesday 26. October 2011

INSPIRED BY MANDI LENNARD.

Mandi Lennard by SHOWSTUDIO

A while ago I wrote about inspiring Marcelo Buron, today has the legendary fashion PR from London, Mandi Lennard her turn. I think I started to read her blog on Colette’s site about three years ago, and ever since I have spotted Mandi in various other connections – Lately mostly in her Supreme jacket with the Chanel pins & jewelry, and usually with other interesting items starting from ultimate Japanese street fashion brands to Europan high-end brands. For her PR skills and fashion world mastery speaks that she had worked with Kim Jones before he even had graduated from St Martins and that her first customer was Dazed & Confused. Besides her actual fashion job she loves Japanese street wear, graffiti, hip hop, street culture, skateboaring and many other things that interest me as well.

To this post I have gathered Mandi’s bio, an interview and some recent inspirations from her blog “Mandi’s Basement”.

Mandi Lennard Supreme Chanel

Mandi’s Biography:

Mandi Lennard is a Fashion PR and the founder of eponymous PR company Mandi Lennard Publicity. Mandi was born and raised Leeds and went to school in Harrogate. Lennard moved to Paris at 18 to seek work as an interpreter, but instead began working for Benetton and soon moved to London to become a buyer for the company. This led to a buying position at Browns, where she remained for 6 years before settling on a career in PR. In 1998, Lennard set up Mandi Lennard Publicity with a single client, Dazed & Confused magazine. Lennard has been recognised for her role in burgeoning London talent and was instrumental in developing the London club BoomBox, whose latest permutation webzine Ponystep.com is among her current clients. Lennard now focuses more on project and consultancy based work, with clients including Barbie, M.A.C Cosmetics and Oasis (they have worked with a whole host of brands including Burberry, Gap, Nike, Moet et Chandon), and long-standing clients Gareth Pugh and Roksanda Ilincic, both of whom she has worked with since graduation. Lennard also works with LOVE Magazine and has been collaborating with Katie Grand for 10 years. She also represents leading restaurateurs Bistrotheque, with whom she has worked since they opened in 2004.”

Mandi Supreme Rug x Lanvin Boots

Mandi’s Supreme Rug & Lanvin Boots.

Here is an interview with Mandi from 2009 with many interesting thoughts and inspirations:

How do you describe your style?
I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy, so I make an effort with my nails and hair – I like to be quite low key, clothes where I can go unnoticed, but if I’m feeling whizz , I can gee up.

Who are your style icons?
LL Cool J – this iconic pic is my screensaver – Janette Beckman saw it in a magazine and sent me all her books and invited me for tea next time I’m in NYC.

Which person’s wardrobe would you most like to own?
Katie Grand’s got a pretty extensive and significant archive.

Do you have any beauty secrets?
Origins’ pillow mist – it’s lovely and lavendery and sends me to sleep within seconds.

Which beauty treatments do you have?
Alex Brownsell who does X Factor cuts and colours my hair – it’s fun; there’s usually eight of us at once having some colour or cut, in her kitchen in Shoreditch – all her hair stuff is in the pantry. I love products too; Maybelline Great Lash Mascara from Boots.

Mandi wears dress by Roksanda Ilincic, hat by Chanel, boots by Louis Vuitton, Photograph by Alistair Allan
Mandi wears dress by Roksanda Ilincic, hat by Chanel, boots by Louis Vuitton, Photograph by Alistair Allan.

Do you exercise?
I go running most mornings – really early so I don’t bump into anyone I know – I used to be a long-distance runner as a kid, but was disheartened when I only came 4th in an all-schools Yorkshire race when I was twelve – I was upset that 1st, 2nd and 3rd got a certificate and I didn’t!

Which products do you love?
It changes all the time as I love new and am never sentimental about stuff like fragrances – wearing the same perfume all your life? No thanks – at the moment I love Prada Orange Blossom perfume – I was on the Iris version before that – both are lush.

Which make up do you love?
I love M.A.C because they bring out new stuff all the time – their mineralise skin finish is baked in a clay oven to create metallic sheen finish – and I finally found the perfect shade of blusher; Chanel’s Tweed Rose.

What is your current favourite outfit?
Anything with my Lanvin boots – I’m trying to wear heels as often as possible at the moment – I practice by walking round Hoxton Square on all the cobbles – I’ve been wearing an oversize Vivienne Westwood teddy bear Tee a lot, but really it’s anything clean – everything’s on rotation – I wear stuff to death.

Which item do you turn to in a wardrobe crisis?
Undercover – always – I love the understated nature of the clothing – sometimes I wear the same dress all week – well, I actually have two of the same.

Hand-painted camo nails by WAH-Nails, jacket by Undercover, dress by Bernhard Willhelm
Hand-painted camo nails by WAH-Nails, jacket by Undercover, dress by Bernhard Willhelm.

What is the oldest thing in your wardrobe?
A Louis Vuitton monogram raincoat – it’s a classic. I love obvious logo stuff – anything that looks fake – a Constance handbag by Hermes would be nice…

What is the one item of clothing you couldn’t live without?
Sneakers – my faves of the moment are purple and lilac patent Bapesta’s.

Which vintage items do you own?
A Stephen Sprouse frisbee.

Who are your favourite designers?
Neighbourhood, Original Fake, Supreme, W)Taps. I live in Hideout, Michael Kopelman’s Soho store.

Mandis Basement

Mandi’s Basement.

What is the most expensive item in your wardrobe?
Chanel handbags.

What is your favourite handbag?
A Barbie by Jeremy Scott clutch I just swiped from the office, and a grey triangular handbag designed by Gareth Pugh.

What are your favourite shoes?
My studded pale pink Converse from Bess in New York.

Do you wear jewellery?
I just had a tag designed by Bea Anjuna in Paris so I’m wearing the silver pendant and also a white gold Katie Hillier bunny pendant with a diamond eye which she gave me as a pressy – I mix up good stuff with tacky finds from Canal Street.

What are your favourite sunglasses?
Big, round and Chanel.

What is your fashion must have this season?
That Marc Jacobs ra ra skirt with the little zips all over it – I would have worn it to The Hacienda; it reminds me of a label in the 80s called PX – I don’t have it but Katie [Grand] was wearing it the other night – the Louis Vuitton tie dye scarf she gave me from the summer 2010 show is permanently clamped to my neck.

Mandi by ASVOF
Mandi’s infamous Supreme jacket.

What would you save if your house was on fire?
Family stuff – a leaf my nephew gave me that I keep in a shoebox, a Father’s Day card I made my Dad when I was seven.

Who or what has been the greatest influences on your life?
My parents for their creativity, my sisters for keeping me sane, and Margaret Thatcher for making a significant and strong female statement in what was a man’s world growing up.

How did your childhood affect the person you are today?
I was utterly bored, so now I make sure life is busy.

Which famous person is your all time crush?
Jean-Paul Belmondo in À bout de souffle.

What are your eating habits like?
Lunch is blueberry couscous and a carrot juice followed by chopped guava at Market Place in Covent Garden, an espresso Martini in Bistrotheque’s Napoleon Bar at nite, and Elaine’s lemon polenta cake at Dalston Superstore as a pick-me-up if it’s raining.

Mandis I Am Packed
Mandis I Am Packed, featuring: Prada and Original Fake handbags, Supreme and Daniel Palillo t-shirts, Ann Demeulemeester and Undercover dresses, Chanel jewelry, Givenchy and W)taps hats and many other interesting items..

If you had to have one last meal what would it be?
My mother’s traditional Jewish Friday night dinner – kneidlach (chicken soup with dumplings), then chicken and roast potatoes – and my brother-in-law’s chopped liver to start.

What are your favourite restaurants?
I love Blooms in Golders Green and Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green, and Elaine Chalmer’s food at Dalston Superstore.

What are your secret London addresses?
Maureen Paley’s gallery in Bethnal Green – she reps Banks Violette my favouritest artist ever, ISIS Beauty Clinic in Euston – it’s just good, cheap and local, Cancom Apple Store in High Street Kensington – their waiting time to fix Macs is only a few days and the staff are all amazingly helpful and cool – 5 week’s waiting at Regent Street Mac store at the moment – crazee.

KEITH HARING X LAND ROVER C1983
KEITH HARING X LAND ROVER C1983 – inspiration from her blog.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI + BRIAN aka KAWS
TAKASHI MURAKAMI + BRIAN aka KAWS – inspiration from her blog.

Louis Vuitton Pumpkin
Louis Vuitton Pumpkin – inspiration from her blog.

LUCIEN SMITH AFTERPARTY – LONDON
LUCIEN SMITH AFTERPARTY – LONDON – inspiration from her blog.

What would you have on your tombstone?
She kept herself busy.

What’s your worst fear?
Anything bad happening to my family.

What’s your philosophy?
Let things unfold, smile…

What are your favourite books/what are you reading at the moment?
I just finished The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – it’s compelling and heartfelt, and focuses on this odd book group in Guernsey during Word War II.

RICKY POWELL’S BASQUIAT COVER
RICKY POWELL’S BASQUIAT COVER – inspiration from her blog.

WES LANG – V1 GALLERY
WES LANG – V1 GALLERY – inspiration from her blog.

GUNS BY DAVID CERNY
GUNS BY DAVID CERNY – inspiration from her blog.

RETNA at CHANEL – BEVERLY HILLS
RETNA at CHANEL – BEVERLY HILLS – inspiration from her blog.

What are your favourite albums/the best albums you last bought?
War Zone by Black Moon is my all time best album. Jurassic 5’s Quality Control I keep going back to, and I like old stuff by Spryo Gyra and Chick Corea – I have an old turntable at home so tend to buy vinyl but haven’t got into buying online yet which I keep meaning to do, but I guess I’d get carried away…

What are your favourite TV shows?
I don’t really watch TV but I love Columbo – the lo fi detective work – they use a telephone directory(!) and 70s fashions, and classic old Soul Train which I watch on YouTube – they’re historic.

What were the last good films you watched?
I don’t think I saw anything that blew my mind like Gummo did – my friend Yi Zhou just shot a cool film short featuring Pharrell Williams which she’s showing at Miami Art Basel next week – it’s a great exploration of illustrating sound visually through the medium of film.

BRUCE DAVIDSON 3RD EDITION SUBWAY
BRUCE DAVIDSON 3RD EDITION SUBWAY – inspiration from her blog.

ZEVS SOLO SHOW IN TOKYO
ZEVS SOLO SHOW IN TOKYO – inspiration from her blog.

AARON YOUNG – THE SELBY
AARON YOUNG – THE SELBY – inspiration from her blog.

THE 50 GREATEST BMX LOGOS - OAKLEY
THE 50 GREATEST BMX LOGOS – OAKLEY – inspiration from her blog.

Which magazines do you read?
i-D, Dazed, LOVE, W, Vogue Nippon, Vogue Italia, V, Honeyee – I’m checking out more online though – DazedDigital, Another, The LOVE Blog, Complex, Paper, Purple – I enjoy people’s reactions to imagery coming through – I know what I like, but I find it fascinating to see how others respond – just like with music I like on YouTube, I get off on comments and reactions.

Who are your favourite photographers?
The Hedi Slimane portrait of Robert Pattinson on AnotherMan cover is instantly iconic, and I love the Terry Richardson shots for Supreme’s new book, but Cameron Smith is the one rockin my boat right now.

Who are your favourite models?
Nikki Uberti was always my favourite – the shots of her by Terry Richardson in old Hysteric Glamour campaigns.

What makes you laugh?
Real life.

What makes you cry?
Real life.

CHAZ BOJORQUEZ MASTERY
CHAZ BOJORQUEZ MASTERY – inspiration from her blog.

FRANCES BEAN X HEDI SLIMANE

FRANCES BEAN X HEDI SLIMANE – inspiration from her blog.

Who are your heroes?
The people around me who give everything and seeing them succeed – Matthew Stone, Matthew Joseph, Ben Reardon, Gareth Pugh, Gil Goldberg (Backyard), Richard Mortimer (Ponystep), Theo Adams, Roksanda Ilincic, Mel Rickey, Nova Dando, Kim Jones, Carri Mundane, Cathal O’Brien – anyone can realise a dream…

What irritates you?
Not being able to get pink strawberry Kit Kats in the UK.

What’s your biggest indulgence?
Black cabs.

What has been your proudest moment so far?
Styling and editing the Hype Section of The Face, and getting the cheque in the post with their logo on it.

Who would you have at your dream dinner party?
Tibor Kalman, Mos Def, Janet Street-Porter, Golda Meir, Ettore Sottsass, Roxanne Shante, Oliviero Toscani, LL Cool J – and Pablo Flack and David Waddington host it in the private dining room at Bistrotheque, and Katie Hillier dresses the space, with draft Prosecco in the courtyard before we eat.

NASTY NECK FACE
NASTY NECK FACE – inspiration from her blog.

LOVE 6 – NYASHA MATONHODZE COVER
LOVE 6 – NYASHA MATONHODZE COVER – inspiration from her blog.

What are medias saying about Mandi:

Few people are more fashion-ON than blogger genius and PR legend Mandi Lennard, who Grazia last saw in Vuitton bunny ears at 10 Downing Street’s Fashion Party.” -Grazia

Queen of The Capital; London loves Mandi Lennard” -PR Week

…the industrious, indomitable powerhouse pr of stellar fashion talent” -SHOWstudio.com

Clients and contacts know Mandi Lennard as more than a PR – she is a brand protector who aims not just to raise the profile of her young charges, but polices their interests fiercely. she has become the veritable patron saint of fashionable east London, as she was responsible for marketing the area’s super-cool status, and can be thanked for rejuvenating London Fashion Week with her battery of young, fresh talent.” – The Fashion 50, Britain’s movers, shakers and style-makers, The Independent

…one of the most trusted trend barometers in the industry” -Vogue.com

Mandi Lennard is one of London’s most “on it” PR’s – when she says something is exciting, people believe her.” -Daily Telegraph

… the force behind the East End’s fashion movement and blink-and-you’ll-miss-it trends…” -Sunday Times Style

Mandi Lennard is an East End PR whirlwind” -i-D Magazine

You can find an interesting video interview with Mandi from SHOWSTUDIO’s site here (just find her from the right on the upper bar).

Sources: FashionsMostWanted, ColetteSHOWSTUDIO, Mandi’s Basement, Independent & ASVOF.

-Tuukka