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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Caring For Your Juzd Clothing

The reality is many people don't know how to wash their clothes properly. Most of us spend a considerable amount on clothing, so it's only natural to maintain our clothes looking new for as long as possible.

Below you will find tips and tricks to keep your Juzd clothes looking new from the day you bought them. These tips can also be applied to all your other clothes as well.

1. When possible wash your clothing in cold water with the washing machine set to gentle. Washing your clothes in cold water minimizes shrinkage and loss of colour. In the event you have stubborn stains that needs to be removed, then you can proceed to lukewarm water.

2. Wash your clothes inside out, it will lengthen the life of the print of the shirt since it reduces the amount of agitation from the spin cycle.

3. Use laundry detergent that is friendly to the colour of the fabric. Since I own mostly dark clothing, I recommend ZERO® by Woolite® For All Darks Detergent which can be found at your local supermarket. It is also the detergent of choice when washing your raw denim to minimize indigo loss. They also make a detergent specifically for light colours as well.

4. It is best to always to air dry your clothing. The drying machine will cause significant shrinkage, fades the print, and unnecessary wrinkles. Ideally you would like to lay the garment flat to prevent stretching around the neck and shoulders from using a hanger. However, if you must use a hanger you should use a smooth wooden hanger or a satin padded hanger. Or if you're eco-friendly like Jing, you will have your own custom bamboo hangers. Metal and plastic hangers typically leave an indent at the shoulder which will deform your clothing around the neck and causes the sleeves to stretch.

If you follow these simple tips, you will be able to protect your investment and keep your clothes looking new for a long time to come.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Product Model Veronika London - "Damage Control" and "Shoot Me Naked"

Apart from an acting and modeling career, Veronika London has collaborated with Toro-TV to be the host of their new segment “Damage Control”. The synopsis of the show is helping men how to get out of “sticky situation” in either their personal life or work related issues. London’s confident no- drama approach to solving problems, gives viewers a refreshing new look which is bound to cause some controversy. The segments will premier in early 2010 and can be found on www.toromagazine.com. When asked what makes her so qualified to give advice about relationships she said, "My last relationship made me a nutcase, although I will forever thank him for screwing me over. He taught me the best lesson, 'Learn to make myself happy and it's better to be the other woman that gets all the attention.'" In addition, London is releasing an e-book called "Shoot me Naked - changing the Invisible to change the Visible". When we asked her what it was all about she said: "I genuinely want to help people and add value to their lives. I get asked quite frequently how I stay in shape and deal with the pressures of looking a certain way in the entertainment industry. In this e-book I explain how one has to train their mind and have a proper blueprint to condition themselves to thinking a certain way in order to achieve success. Ultimately, your believes and the way one has been conditioned will shape the results of ones outer world, this includes ones image to a certain extent." The e-book will available in the new year on her website www.insidelondon.us.

In the meantime check her out modeling our line over at the JUZD shop.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Weekly Style: "Face" the Bargains and Happy Holidays!

The JUZD team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays! But to advance in on the boxing day sales, we thought we might just share another look with you so that you can keep your eye out for these items in case you don't feel like shopping online.

With the Face shirt, we'd thought that a pair of hot shades, ripped-up denim and an aviator hat should keep you hot for the winter season. Check out what we've found for you below in our redux editon.

Get this look online:

1. Keeping the budget low may be hard, but there are definitely some good deals to be had. Take for instance this pair of Roxy Skyscraper Super Skinny Jeans, which are available for $54.50 USD at Zappos

2. For a hot deal, grab this pair of cat eye sunglasses, which are a new release from Forever 21 for only $5.80 USD.

3. Knit hats are in and are adorable, so why not combine this trend and the aviator trend together? Grab your Norko hat from Fur Hat World, which is proudly Canadian, for $54.95 CDN.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Top 10 Streetwear Sites

Let's face it, keeping up with the latest fashion trends and newest releases can be a hassle. But if you want to stay one step ahead of the game, take a look at some of these sites. This is my list of the top 10 must read streetwear sites.

1. www.hypebeast.com

A conglomeration for all your everyday needs. While there is a strong focus on clothing and sneakers, you will find a nice mixture of arts, culture, music, and technology for all your other needs as well.

2. www.complex.com

Provides the latest news in clothing, sneakers, girls, movies, music, and practically everything else you can imagine for your daily dose of lifestyle news.

3. http://denimology.co.uk/

A blog dedicated to denim aficionados. Whether you're into raw denim or a vintage distressed pair of jeans, I'm sure you'll find something here that perks your curiosity. They tend to have photos of celebrities and they let you know where to cop the particular pair of jeans they're rocking.

4. http://tokyofashion.com/

A very interesting site that separates itself from the rest of the pack. While it provides the latest feature in Japanese fashion, my favourite aspect of the site is the Street Snaps section. There you will find random people on the streets of Tokyo and a description of all the latest fashion items they are sporting.

5. http://www.superfuture.com/

Provides maps for various cities around the world. Extremely helpful if you're planning a trip aboard and want to know where are the best places for dining and shopping. There is also a message board filled with a strong community of individuals who are fashion conscious.

6. http://www.osakanines.com

Provides apparel advice from top to bottom and all the accessories you'll need. A different approach to your traditional blogs who tend to feed you the same needs. Instead you'll find a wide array of articles written by the blogger which ranges from raw denim progression to interesting tidbits from across the globe. For more information on raw denim, you can check out Jing Liu's encounter with Naked & Famous founder.

7. http://bbcicecream.com/blog/

Billionaire Boys Club's Official Blog. A great escape from reality where you'll find the latest in technological wonders, architectural marvels, art, music and of course all news related to Pharrell.

8. http://www.upscaleswagger.com/

Upscale Swagger, is a lifestyle of higher living. Upscale Swagger features items on Fashion, Music, Movies, Celebrities, Cars, Real Estate, and other Luxuries.

9. http://stylecrave.com/

Focused more on the luxury lifestyle and clothing, provides a refreshing outlook on the fashion world from a different perspective.

10. http://a-man-fashion.blogspot.com/

A fashion focused on the writing styles of articles for those seeking that polished and refined look. A great place to spot all the latest fashion trends.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Japanese Luxury: Are Those Days Over?

While the global recession has affected countries around the world, it's interesting to see how these tumultuous times has affected everyone else. The Japanese has always been one of the world's biggest spenders in the luxury goods market, however that's all about to change.

In the past, Japanese resorted to conformity rather than individualism in order to fit in with the rest of the hip crowd. They would save every penny in order to purchase that one big ticket item: a pair of rare sneakers or designer handbag. Sacrifices were made to luxury experiences such as a fine meal at a restaurant, a day at the spa, or even a vacation away from home. The Japanese are now as likely to spend their hard earned money on luxury experiences than on luxury goods.

International luxury brands like Versace, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Hugo Boss have either closed stores in Japan or made cancellations to store openings. Their survival in Japan were maintained by their strong brand image alone and the necessity to conform with everyone else rocking these luxury items. Now the Japanese are resorting to thrift stores to get their hands at a piece of vintage clothing in order to express individualism. Rather than owning the same luxury brand items in order to fit in, being able to own a piece of vintage clothing that no one else has seems to be a more attractive option. This trend is further described by Jing in The Old New Trend: Vintage. Despite the cultural differences we may have, it's always interesting to see the same trends occurring. Looking broke is the new cool.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Weekly Style Redux: One for the Bargain Shopper

Christmas is right around the bend and while we're still searching for presents, we are coming to the end of that bonus that we got from work to use for presents, and scrounging up the pennies that we have left. So when you have little money to work with, here are some other options for you to pair up your JUZD shirt flipped inside out, which is now available at the JUZD shop.

Get this look online:

1. Go for these shiny leggings by Volcom for $38 USD at PacSun.com - these leggings are hard to get a hold of for a decent price, so grab'em while you can!

2. We're going to cut it real close with the budget today by adding the Burton Sly Vest, which retails for $99.95 USD, but it's worth it with its sleek look and faux fur trimmed hood.

3. And last but not least, pick up these cool oversized sunglasses at Forever 21 for only $5.80 USD

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Weekly Style Redux: Be Suave With Your Wallet Too

Christmas is around the corner, and while you may be out shopping for others, don't forget about what you want too. There's no need to have to wait for boxing day to treat yourself - hey, you can even use elements from this look as a stocking stuffer to pair with the Corona JUZD shirt that you will be giving this Christmas.

Get this look online:

1. For the slim figure, try on the BDG Shrunken Blazer, which is available at Urban Outfitters for $68 USD

2. Keeping on the $150 budget, add some denim into your outfit with the Crease & Frayed jean from Heritage1981 for $32.90 USD

3. And finally, keep your cool with this pair of Dymytrov sunglasses for only $12 USD at Aldo

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Go Behind the Scenes of a Photoshoot!

Ever wonder what it's like to be a photoshoot? Well have your curiosity quenched as JUZD's lead designer, Jing Liu, takes you behind the scenes of the fall/winter product photoshoot with filming courtesy of our friends at The Biz Media. With the mic in hand, Jing also gets opinions from others working on the shoot. Check out the video below:

Now that you've seen the behind the scenes, be sure to make your presence on the fashion scene by purchasing your own JUZD Fall/Winter 09-10 shirt today.

Photographer: Jason Wong
Models: Veronika London, Tazito Parafuzinho, Jonathan Steen
JUZD Team: Katrina Hernandez, Barb Leung, Jing Liu, Anna Nguyen, Han Su Yan
Studio: G3 EPOCH Studios
Filming: The Biz Media

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

2010 is the year Ed Hardy officially dies

2010 is the year Ed Hardy officially dies. I've heard a lot from people in the industry that Ed Hardy is ugly and that it's too busy and so forth. It's easy to hate on Ed Hardy but the truth is that the aesthetics are not inherently awful. Yes, some of them were and they especially were hideous when the brand sold out and tried to milk the trend as much as it could.

People in the fashion industry hate Ed Hardy and it's rumored that people who are into tattoos do not wear the brand. But it was a craze, and Christian Audiger made a lot of money it from it. More money than he made from Von Dutch. The fact is that they over sold it, they licensed everything out. Like a pyramid scheme the last to enter will be the big losers.

Being in the industry I know a lot about Ed Hardy that the consumers don't know. They just see their pieces everywhere and thinks it's cool. Now they are starting to clue in and the sales of anything Ed Hardy have dropped. The stores to whom I've spoken have not ordered anything Ed Hardy for spring and are desperately trying to get rid of the current inventory.

In addition if you look at the new Ed Hardy designs you'll notice that the style have changed. And the logo has changed too. It is usually not a good sign when a brand changes his style and logo. Very few lines are able to reposition themselves successfully and when you are such a well known brand and is so strongly associated with something it'll be impossible for you to change.

Whatever happens, though, there is no denying that Christian Augdier is a great marketer.
Check out a photo of myself and him at the Project show, one of the most read post.