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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Chinese government deems JUZD shirt too violent for release




It's 1 am and I just got off the phone with my agent in China. For the last 2 weeks I've been talking to him up to three four times a day 10AM, 10PM, 2AM, 8AM, and anytime in between. Then add email and instant messaging, we stay in touch like lovebirds. As JUZD is days from being an overnight success I feel as if I am the most unlucky man on the planet. It would be an overnight success to have your first collection in Holt Renfrew.

The shirts that was suppose to be in Holt Renfrew two weeks ago are still stuck at the Chinese border. It is exporting from one of the city that's hosting the Olympics. The government is now examining every single package leaving China in that city. They are especially concern with apparel. To change their image they are cracking down on counterfeit apparel, knockoffs. They rejected the express shipment the first time because they didn't recognize the logo. On the second try they are saying that the images are too violent and would not release the shipment.

My shirts are too violent? Well, maybe but what right do they have on censorship for Canada and US? How about the shirts that have pornography on it and swear words? It is aggression, not violence. It is art.

You would expect the country that's importing the product to give you hassle not China that's exporting. Maybe with the recent chemical toy paint issue still imprinted in our consciousness, they are overcompensating?

Going through customs should be a breeze. This is further proof that I'm the most unlucky guy on the planet. What are the odds that Beijing will have the Olympics around the same time that I need my shipment? This is the first time the Olympic games are being held in China in its 112 year history. Odds? Let's say one month in 112 years (1 in 1344). For my Private Party in March, Toronto had one of its biggest snow storms in about 10 years. Odds? 1 day in 10 years (1 in 3650). And when I attended my first trade show, the Green Living Show, the TTC (Toronto Public Transit) went on strike for the exact two days of the show. Odds? two days in four years (they go on strike about every four years) (1 in 730). Total odds of all this happening? 1 in 1,815,072,000

All this happening in my first year you would think I would have thrown in the towel long time ago but nope. I'm pretty positive. Well, my first collection will be in Holt Renfrew. Besides, I really can't continue to be this unlucky, think how easy things will be once this unluckiness is over.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Adam Spagnolo, influenced by architecture dad and fashion model mom

Her smile got my attention but his collection got me to stop. Adam Spagnolo is son to a architecture dad and a Pucci fashion model mom. His parents are the influence and inspiration for his collection.

His designs are modern. Rigid horizontal and vertical lines and strong grids apply to each of his pieces. His pieces are made from the highest quality material. As I held a jacket over my left hand the thin light weight material elegantly draped over my open palm, reminiscent of the finest Italian suits. This is the theme for his whole collection. Even the leather jackets and vests are lightweight. But he adds his signature to make it practical and stylish even as you move around, for example he adds a small silver chain to the the bottom of the vest to weight it down so it doesn't flap in the air. I would imagine wearing his pieces to be very comfortable as I can go about my busy day.

"My goal is to mix architectural overtones with a rock-and-roll aesthetic." says Spagnolo.


You can absolutely pair up his refined pieces with your favour five year old nicely worn in jeans. But you'll look more like a modern clean rocker than the classic Mick Jagger.


I really like this shirt. Modern yet pays respect to the classic elements. Tuck this baby into a nice pair of raw slim denim, put on a pair of high cut leather boots, strap a guitar on my back, and I'm ready to tour America in my ol' Chevy.

The boy who grew up in Boston and now lives in Manhattan sure got a good thing going on. Make sure you check out his collection and one of his favourite accent pieces, the backless vest.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Project Show New York City July 21st 2008 - Two hot new labels - Vernum and Adam Spagnolo

Project show is the clothing show for small to medium sized lines. For this year like the others is held at the Javits Center. Check out the impressive architectural accomplishment at the entrance.

Pretty impressive!


According to my Dom Rebel boys, there's 10 times more traffic at the Las Vegas Project Show. But you got to stay true to your roots (Project started in NYC) plus for Dom Rebel they signed a couple of big accounts. Some buyers don't head to the Las Vegas show. For my boy Yuichi who's the west coast rep for Goldspun it was a quiet day, for him not his brand.

Here are two hot brands I like. These are classic cut and sew. Being in the graphic tee business graphics printing don't really awe me. It's like a magician watching another magician. But cut and sew to me is like a magician watching a scientist. It's totally magical to me.

"Verum strives to be an honest expression, and all the while maintaining an accurate representation." A mens and womens line started by Johnny Quach and Khue Trinh met while working for other streetwear brands. They have worked at such brands as Roxy, Quick Silver, and Tarina Tarantino.

This simplicity and honesty really shows through in their designs. Their style is contemporary, timeless, clean, and hidden. Hidden in the sense that you will find small details and craftsmanship you only find when masters really pay attention to their art.

What I like is the simplicity of the pieces with the strong geometric shapes. As you can see from this mens sweater the simple shape that crosses the chest and goes deep.

For the women this wraps all the way around nicely slim fitting and shimmers with a nice deep blue satin.

Their influences are Marc Jacobs and Yohji Yamamoto. The high end runway stuff.

As for the future they want to stay simple and true trying to not overexpand. Focus on only boutiques and maybe Barneys.

Another brand I found is from a guy who was inspired by his dad who was an architecture and mom who was a model. To be posted soon.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Holt Renfrew to Debut JUZD Bamboo Collection by Unknown Canadian Designer



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Holt Renfrew to Debut JUZD Bamboo Collection by Unknown Canadian Designer

Luxury retailer, Holt Renfrew, will be the first retail chain to unveil the JUZD Bamboo Streetwear collection from unknown Canadian designer, Jing Liu. The collection, consisting of edgy graphics on an exclusive bamboo fabric, will debut in stores as early as next week.


Toronto, Ontario - July 17th, 2008 – Jing Liu may still be unknown in the design world, but that’s about to change. Liu’s JUZD Bamboo Streetwear Collection has just been picked up by Holt Renfrew, a leading Canadian luxury retailer, rarely known for taking a chance on an unproven line from a new designer. JUZD (pronounced “joost”) is the world’s first bamboo designer label, and features high-end streetwear created using an exclusive bamboo fabric and Liu’s edgy “organic” and aggressive style of art.

Liu isn’t following the path of a “typical” fashion designer. He has no formal training in fashion or design. He has no work experience at any design agency. With no exhibits to his name, Liu’s creative and eco-conscious style have seemingly come out of nowhere, beginning with his first collection of custom-designed tees with original and edgy graphics.

Holt Renfrew’s formula for success, at least for the last several years, has been about picking proven lines. It might seem a risky move then for the company to put its faith in unknown Canadian designer, Liu. Industry insiders, however, are taking note of the JUZD line’s bamboo fabric, with even industry veterans of over 50 years is in awe of the fabric, custom-designed and milled with advanced textile technology.

According to Liu, his success was foreshadowed in feedback from metro boutiques and end consumers. “The fabric’s potential revealed itself when it was shown to boutique sales staff members and stylists. These are the trendsetters – they live and dictate style in our culture. Their excitement at the fabric and graphics really kept the dream, and motivation, alive from the beginning.”

Holt Renfrew picked up the collection on July 8th 2008 and wanted delivery the next week. “This is unheard of in the retail fashion industry,” says Liu. “Retailers typically buy lines at least nine months in advance.” The JUZD collection is scheduled to appear in Holt Renfrew in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, and Edmonton as early as next week.


About JUZD - The Bamboo Streetwear Clothing Company

JUZD (pronounced joost) www.juzdbamboo.com is the planet's first bamboo designer label, established in 2007 by Canadian designer Jing Liu. The label emphasizes contemporary high-end streetwear created using exclusive custom-designed and milled bamboo fabric. Each design is inspired by the designer’s vision of “organic” and aggressive style and the philosophy that art and fashion should co-exist in a way that is innovative, eco-conscious, and empowering.

For more information about the JUZD label or new clothing line, or to learn more about or set up an interview with Jing Liu, please contact Davi Tham at 416-561-4840.

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CONTACT:

Davi Tham
JUZD Bamboo
Tel: 416.561.4840
Davi@JUZDbamboo.com
Toll-Free: 1.888.589.3462
Fax:1.888.895.5893

Monday, July 14, 2008

Q&A with JUZD Street Wear

The following blog was written by Gloria Chik of UrbaneBloc. See original story.


I came across a really interesting streetwear concept early in the year - bamboo designer clothing. JUZD is a local brand that has established its line based on the concept of organic bamboo fabric. Want to learn more? Jing Liu, JUZD’s Lead Designer, takes us through the ins and outs of the brand.

  1. Tell us about JUZD – how could we describe it in 10 words and under?
  2. JUZD is the planet’s first bamboo designer clothing.

  3. The brand just launched in March 2008, where has JUZD taken us so far?
  4. The most innovative fabric in over 50 years. The founders of a clothing store chain which now has several hundred locations felt the fabric and was very impressed. These guys have been in the industry for over 50 years and are impressed by NOTHING.

  5. Where did the concept of Bamboo Clothing arise?
  6. The reason I started JUZD was I wanted a clothing label that represented nature and the raw power the human being. There is no line out there that paid respect to nature and us as humans. With that as the founding concept I wanted a fabric that was organic and natural. And growing up in China my subconscious was imprinted with imageries of luscious, green, beautiful bamboos. With all this in my subconscious when my friend told me about bamboo fabric, it felt so right. It’s like one of those moments when you meet your soul mate or discover your true passion in life.

  7. Are there any big names that we can find organic bamboo being used?
  8. The big names that use bamboo are Roots, Lululemon, and now Affliction. Personally I really don’t like their bamboos. It’s an older generation so it’s heavy clingy, and not as soft as our bamboo. I guess I’ve been spoiled with the JUZD bamboo. No one else has the JUZD bamboo because its custom designed and milled.

  9. What does street wear mean in Toronto?
  10. There are some very fashion forward and creative individuals in Toronto but there are just too few! I remember my trips to California and New York and even China, each person is different and it was accepted. We the Toronto streetwear fashion culture is a follower, dressing mainstream with things from H&M and Zara. Nothing’s wrong with H&M and Zara but the way things are paired up is very safe. I think the Toronto street fashion culture needs to move forward and embrace individual expression.

  11. How do you develop your line to be street wear oriented?
  12. The secret is I’m just an artist looking for an outlet. I just create edgy art and it happens to fit into the street fashion culture.

  13. What is your process like in developing the product?
  14. The process is pretty extensive. Here’s the brief version.
    First I come up with an overall concept for the season that dictates everything. The designs and the colours, this has to match the cultural mood and the season. Then I finalize a small palette of colours and textures to use. Followed by the shirt styles I want for that season. Now comes the most creative challenging part, I have to come up unique concept and designs that match all the elements I’ve chosen. Then I collaborate with artists all across the world that matches the theme I want. In the Fall there’s one shirt that was the collaboration of four artists! The most fun, creative, and challenging element is making sure each shirt has a unique concept that no one has ever seen before, something totally fresh.

  15. The general inclination is towards using organic materials to develop our fashions – how much do you think the eco-consciousness play into the next wave of clothing design?
  16. In one respect I think the innovation of organic fashion is very slow. Designers associate organic with nature and nature with hippies. So all this ‘organic’ clothing is designed for hippies and tree huggers. God bless them but you can’t change society by getting the 3% of the population making conscious decision on their clothing.

    Where I want to go with JUZD and hope the other designers will follow is to make it compete with the major labels such as Diesel, Energie, Christian Audigier, and other contemporary labels. That’s going to be the next wave that will turn the mass market onto sustainable clothing.

  17. What’s the best way to wear your line – how do you style your clothing?
  18. Pair it up with your favourite pair of premium denim. I designed for the full shirt so it’s hard to layer it. Maybe add accessories such as a chain, scarf, or a pair of bad ass shades. But always wear the tees directly against the skin, because it feels so good.

  19. Where are you looking to take the design of the line – how do you reinvent yourselves each season?
  20. With most artists when I create a piece that very creative (and I make sure every piece is) initially I get very excited. I jump I hop and show it to everyone. Then fear hits me hard. It’s like “how am I going to outdo myself next time? Is that my last? Is that all I got? Oh no! I think I exhausted all creative possibilities.”

    But there are always more creative possibilities. I take inspiration from all around me. Whenever I see a design that’s innovative and edgy I think how can I translate that to a shirt. As with the art direction I want to go back to my roots, I want to take it back to Asia.

Friday, July 11, 2008

The future of eco-conscious clothing

Today I was interviewed by Alex, a New York magazine and UrbaneBloc a popular Toronto online blog. There was one important recurring question. What's the future for eco-conscious clothing. Where is this trend heading?

I think the perception is that this trend is moving fast and furious. That may be true based on the media coverage but the innovation in this area is still very stagnant.

When people say eco-conscious first thing comes to mind is earth, nature, and the hippies and tree huggers. Also these consumers are the easiest target for eco-conscious clothing.

So what happens? People who start these eco-friendly clothing lines are in this category and they make their clothing for this category. All eco-friendly clothing aims at this target or has this branding theme. Go ahead, search for eco conscious lines on Google. Very earthy natural colours and designs.

God bless the hippies and tree huggers but they are such a small percentage of the population and can't make the major difference. You can't force the mass community to digest this style. People don't buy ugly stuff just to help the environment.

I saw this eco shirt with what looks like poo on it. Yea, it's eco friendly but not many people can wear it. I don't pay for shirts with poo stains on it, I pay to get it off.

What I'm doing with JUZD is offering a product that is fashionable and in style. We have to aim our sustainable clothing to the masses. We need to have eco-conscious clothing that competes with Diesel, Energie, and Christian Audigier. We can't force these consumers to wear poo stained shirts!

I hope others will follow. This is how we can appeal to the masses to be wear eco-conscious clothing. This is the future of eco-conscious clothing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Photos from JUZD’s first collection released today to the public

Him: JUZD Original (black), Her: JUZD Original (black)


Her: JUZD Plain Tee (white), Him: Studio (black)


Him: All-Star (black), Her: JUZD Plain Tee (black)


Her: Konceptz (grey), Him: Tech (grey)


Him: Stylez (white)
Her: Stylez (black)


Her: JUZD Plain Tee (white), Him: Studio (white)


Her: Konceptz (grey), Him: Tech (grey)


Him: JUZD Original (black)


Him: JUZD Original (black)


Him: Stylez (black)
Her: Stylez (white)


Him: All-Star (black), Her: JUZD Plain Tee (black)


Him: All-Star (black)
Her: JUZD Plain Tee (black)


Her: Konceptz (black), Him: Tech (black)


Him: Tech (grey)


Him: Stylez (black)
Her: Stylez (black)


Her: JUZD Original (black)

Photos from the shoot for the 1st collection of JUZD shirts. In stores in late July.
Available at Green is Black and Got Style.

Green is Black
Fashion for the conscious
624 Yonge Street
416.454.5650
www.GreenisBlack.ca
info@greenisblack.ca

Got Style
489 King St. West
416-260-9696
www.gsmen.com
info@gsmen.com

Photographer: Igor Yu
Creative Direction: Dale Hodder
Lead Stylist: Nikita Stanley
Assisting Stylist: Eda Greff
Make Up & Hair Artist: Sasha Simler
Assistants: Ashley Athill, Michael Nguyen, Davi Tam

Models:
Evan Spergel
Vlada V.
Endri Hoxha
Camila Mendes

Accessories and jeans sponsors:
Over the Rainbow
101 Yorkville Ave.
416-967-7448
www.rainbowjeans.com

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Toronto, ON
416-929-9209

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Behind the scenes of the JUZD photo shoot





On Wednesday, the JUZD photoshoot team did it's first full production photo shoot. We had a make up artist and a wardrobe stylist from Elad style studio. I hand picked four of the hottest models in Toronto and chose a top fashion photographer, Igor Yu.

The weather forecast was calling for rain and thunderstorm at 9 PM and we were to start at that exact time because that's when it gets dark. When speaking to Igor at 3pm he said we should postpone the photoshoot because the cost of the production is very high and it would be waste if we didn't get any shots. Also there was a 60% chance of rain but being a risk taker I went ahead.

It was 7PM and heavy dark clouds were overhead. I spoke to Dale, the director of Elad, and he also warned of the rain but I didn't get to where I am by avoiding risks. I figured if it starts pouring we can always wait it out, right?

The next day was perfect and sunny but with all the exciting development with JUZD and scheduling of all the talents I couldn't really postpone another day.

Our first set of models were Evan and Vlada. They are top professionals and naturals. Igor really like their chemistry. We waited till it was dark and then we went to work! This photo was taken at an alley way by Bathurst and King. Look at the photo it doesn't look like a typical Toronto location. All of a sudden we felt drops of rain. Maybe I've made the wrong decision? But luckily that's all it was, raindrops.

We proceeded to our second location with a new set of models, Endri and Camila. They were perfect looking models - straight out of an ad for GUESS?. When we got to the second location it started to rain hard. It was cold and late in the game.

This shoot involved a very high end leather couch I got from my friend. It was very hard to find the leather couch because we needed something light coloured so it doesn't blend in with the background. I wanted something classic Art Nouvelle which isn't popular now but my friend had the perfect loveseat.

Luckily I was smart enough to ask one of my buddies to pick up a tarp before heading over to the shoot to help.

It was pouring hard, the camera was waterproof but not the flash so we couldn't take any pictures. While it was raining I cruised around looking for a backup location. My firiend warned me that models and photographers won't work as hard if it's cold and they're wet. It was almost 1am and we were all tired. We looked at every corner but didn't see anything I liked.

Once we got back, luck was on our side and the rain stopped but then the 'technical' problem arose. The battery charging the light wouldn't shoot properly. Natural inclination was once again whispering to reschedule the shoot. We considered all the options and I went with Igor using his camera flash attachment.

Overall there were many things that went wrong. Many times I felt like quiting. But that is with life and any business. What determines how successful a person becomes is not the things that go perfect, it's about how that person handle problems and obstacles.

I noticed that with all the problems and setbacks that I've encountered building this label, and honestly it has been a lot, somehow I've trained my mind to feel great pain when I quit so it's easy and natural to work harder and succeed.