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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Veronika London - Maxim's Canadian Hometown Hottie

London is no stranger to Maxim; she was recently featured on the magazine being named the "Megan Fox of Hollywood North" while promoting the upcoming TV- series (SHOWTIME'S) "Body Language" which airs this fall. Currently, our product model has finished shooting two features "Jane Doe" and "Black Eve," which are set to premier at the end of this year. Upcoming featured projects for the young beauty include playing a junkie in "Growing Paranoia" and a hottie that kicks ass in "Burning Amber".

Below, find the down-lo on London's newest project, "Growing Paranoia."


Hired by a biker gang to live inside a residential house being used for a marijuana growing operation, Steve Dillinger and his girlfriend Lacy think they have the perfect job. But the seclusion and paranoia due to the illegal nature of it, causes stress and tension to build, especially when they discover they are not the only ones residing in the house.

Steve Dillenger is a small time drug dealer going nowhere in life, until opportunity knocks and a biker gangs has him move into a house with his girlfriend, Lacy. The basement of the house is set up as a marijuana growing operation for the biker gang and as to not attract unwanted attention from neighbors or the police, the bikers need Steve and Lacy to play “house” and keep any suspicions at bay. It’s a dream job with more money then either of them have ever seen.

But as time passes and cabin fever sets in, their job takes its toll on the couple. Paranoia sinks in and Lacy begins seeing things, convinced the house is haunted and the Spirits are not happy with them being in their home. Believing that the bikers will not let them just walk away, Steve, who has been increasingly dipping into the readily available stash of narcotics, is desperate to get out of the situation. In the hopes of making a lot of extra money quickly, so they will be able to just sneak away in the night, he brings in a Crystal Meth cooker to set up a lab upstairs at a very inviting price. But sneaking around behind the bikers’ backs only adds to the paranoia.

And as Lacy looks into the history of the house and who the angry Spirit might be, it’s already too late for everyone in the house. Between the bikers and the ghost of a woman who used to live in the house, no one may make it out alive.

And also be sure to watch the trailer for Jane Doe right here on our blog.

But most importantly, don't forget to check her out on Maxim :

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

FUZE Presents The Red Carpet Room Spring Trend Report

Still uncertain about what's hot this season or need some inspiration to spice up the wardrobe? Join us the Spring Trend Report at Canada's exclusive style showroom The Red Carpet. Sip on cocktails and snack on hors d'oeuvres as you enjoy a runway fashion show and brush up on the latest trends.

And for the curious, the runway designer showcase will feature the likes of Jessica Biffi, Mulcair, Brazen Hussy, Coccolily, Paris Li, Lizares, Hillberg & Berk, Psalms 91:1, MICALLA, Blair Nadeau, and Miss Niya.

Tickets are now available for $25.00 CDN at http://trendreport.eventbrite.com/; but hurry, because the event is taking place this Monday!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Be authentic - The most important lesson you can learn about your brand

I learned one of the most important lessons from this book. I read Chasing Cool about a month ago as it was recommended by my friend Yvonne of HeyDoYou. As I started reading I begin to think it was a composition of articles throwing out catch phases and cliches about going within to find yourself and not copying or looking at others.

It talked about avoiding trend reports. What a foolish thing I thought, how can you design relevant pieces that people will buy if it's not on the mark or what is hot.

The more I read into the book I realize the whole book was that one theme. But something change, it was me. I started to fully understand what it means to be yourself and not care about others. I knew what it meant to be authentic, true to your brand, your vision, and who you are as a brand.

That have been an important lesson, at the end I knew who I was, what JUZD Streetwear stands for, what I have to do create and not follow. It's a simple lesson "be authentic", two words but for me to understand the meaning behind the two words I had to read 227 pages and it was worth it.

What we have been doing was looking at the trends and fashion reports and works of other designer. However it felt very strange, incongruent. The first JUZD collection came out and it was very well received. Even to this point people are still ordering it. Yet when we did the first collection I didn't know anything about fashion, about trends, about reports or the shirt industry, I did it because that's what I thought was good art.

As I am working hard on the current collection no longer do I care what others are doing or what is doing well in the stores. JUZD is not in the business of copying others or even following paths of other lines, we are in the business of creating our brand, our own direction, and our own style. It's even better if our line doesn't look like what's hot out there. It means we are original, and when you create good art, those people who appreciate it will buy it.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Weekly Style Redux: Patterns Warm up the Closet

It's the last of the major fashion weeks - Paris - for the fall/winter 2010 season. Not too long before we begin reconsidering the warmth of spring again. So in this edition of the weekly style redux, we've opted for a very summery outfit, which you can wear with your Koncept tee from the online JUZD shop.

Get this look online:

1. With a lighter wash available, the denim jacket from Old Navy is a great steal at $29.50 USD.

2. Patterns are definitely still in for another season. They've been a complete hit since several seasons ago; and yes, floral is still in! Pick up this vibrant floral printed skirt, online only deal at Urban Outfitters for $58.00 USD.

3. Wedges are hot this season; spice up your shoe collection with these black wedges from Forever 21 for $22.80.

Click here for more JUZD Weekly Style

Monday, March 1, 2010

Someone's personal photos on YouTube?

About 10 minutes ago I contemplated going to bed but decided to check a few things online then I found myself on a MySpace page with a youtube video. For some reason I click play. I hate MySpace, all pages look like crap and with little content.

This is one of those. I clicked it because I didn't know what it was doing on this poorly composed thing called a page. A few seconds in I was hooked because of the song. To me it seem like someone compiled a bunch of personal photos and overlaid it with Portishead's Glorybox, one of the most amazing songs and one of my favourite bands.

The more I watched the more intrigued I was. It was not what I expected, it ended being one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.

I believe this is a better video than the original.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Go Green with Preloved!

When one thinks of being "green" , the first thought that comes to mind is the phrase "reducing, reusing, and recycling". A Toronto based brand has latched onto this idea effectively in the form of stylish and practical designs making use of gently used fabrics. The founder of Preloved, Julia Grieve, opened the first store in 1995 and has only moved up since. Grieve has been asked to appear on numberous television shows, such as Project Runway Canada and How to Look Good Naked Canada, and was also the host of Diva on a Dime. Along with creative designer, Peter Friesen, the Preloved named has moved out of Toronto and extended its reach as far to Australia, the U.S., Japan and all over Europe.

The designs for Preloved are chic and modern and celebrities including Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, have been known to sport the brand. Despite its cosmopolitan appeal, the biggest claim to fame for Preloved is its green initiative and sustainability. Grieve has stayed true to her beginnings and still uses only pre-worn clothing, such as sweaters or jeans, however, she does not limit herself and also creates wonderful designs from curtains, and bed sheets. No matter what materials are used, this writer still thinks Preloved creates some of the cutest dresses she's ever seen.

And be sure to check out the Spring 2010 collection by Preloved, showcasing at next month's Toronto LG Fashion Week!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Weekly Style Redux: Hats Off!

With New York Fashion Week having come to an end, and the Olympics taking place in Vancouver, what better time is it than now to add a new look to your wardrobe? As promised in our redux edition, we are looking to score hot looks for less than $150 (this is after JUZD shirt, though!).

Get this look online:

1. The essential in this case is the JUZD Studio tee, which is available for $79.20 CDN at the JUZD online shop

2. Sometimes it does get chilly in Canada (understatement of the year), so be prepared with this standard draped cardigan from Urban Outfitters on sale now for $29.99 USD.

3. Also on sale are this hot Super Skinny 510 Jeans by Levis, which are on sale now for $24.99 USD.

4. And to complete the look, grab a relaxed straw fedora from American Eagle for $15.50 USD.

Click here for more JUZD Weekly Style

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hot Coverage: Deadly Sins Fashion Show

Circa Nightclub found itself filled with models covered in bodypaint and clad in sexy lingerie on Thursday night. The fashion show featured several designers, including JUZD.

For more coverage on the event, check out Fashion. Style. Culture fan Dejana's article:

Here's a snapshot from her camera of JUZD in action below.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Famed and Edgy British Design Alexander McQueen Commits Suicide

As New York Fashion Week kicks off with fall and winter designs, the fashion industry was shocked to learn that designer Alexander (née Lee) McQueen was found to have committed suicide yesterday. The 40 year old designer was said to have hanged himself after a slew of anguished online remarks regarding his mother's death last week. McQueen is credited with reviving the once dying British fashion industry with his edgy and ingenious designs. The revered designer will be sorely missed by admirers of his boldness and by the fashion industry, family, and friends.

The JUZD team would like to offer their condolences to those affected by the death of Alexander McQueen. We too are shocked to have lost such a talented designer.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Juzd Clothing At Circa's HadeNation

HadeNatioN presents the first ever Deadly Sins Fashion Show which features Juzd clothing.

HadeNatioN is a new Toronto based company founded by Maral Azhadi and Steven Nicolas Harris that runs events in the GTA and raises money to provide grants for local indie film makers. Come support their cause and kickoff Valentine's Day.

A hot night filled with gorgeous models, sexy lingerie, special activities for everyone, and special performances including Outspoken and Vivid MC. Then enjoy partying the night away with DJ Docta. Designers include:
Jing Liu, Becky MacKinnon, Natasha Gatto, Sui Generis by Jordan De Ruiter, Wanotrix Collection and more.

Monday, February 8, 2010

First step to being good is knowing you suck

When I first started in graphic design I met this guy who wanted me to do a logo for him. At the age of 23 my ego was bigger than that of an ignorant 21 year old (the pinnacle age of ignorance of ones ability). I was honest and admitted to myself that I haven't done many logos before and the the ones I have done wasn't very good. But I'm not the young 22 anymore, I have six months of experience now! Plus I would put all my energy and ability into it so it will be awesome.

After several days I came up with many concepts and I had one that was particularly clever and I was quite proud of my awesome skills. I have pulled it off! When I gleefully presented to him the concepts, he politely told me that it all sucked. And I politely told him to F off, well I wasn't so polite.

My work sucked so much it didn't take long even with my testosterone enhance delusion of my ability to realize that it really did suck. No matter who you are and what you do, when you start at something you will suck! According to Malcolm Gladwell in Outlier all masters in their industry took 10,000 hours of practice to get to where they are. And all greats will agree. Watch the interview with Ira Glass below and you'll fully understand.

Often I work with graphic designers who due to the lack of experience produces something that is not the greatest. Not that they don't have the ability or the potential, just because they lack experience, the idiosyncrasy of communicating visually. I would tell them the weak areas and some would get offended. I would feel bad but then I would get offended myself, I would think "How arrogant to think you can achieve greatness with so little sweat and dues, it is a disrespect for all the greats who have dedicated decades of their life into designing."

For those that end up becoming great in their field, they all have to put in the hours. There are no shortcuts. For myself I have not gotten to 10,000 hours yet, I have gone a long way from my early days but I am excited to see what kind of work I will be producing once I hit the 10,000 hours mark and join the club of the elites.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Product Model Jonathan Steen Takes on the Big Screen in Zombie Flick

Looks like Veronika London isn't our only movie star on the rise - product model Jonathan Steen has been in Guelph working on a zombie endeavor that is set to premier this coming April in Toronto. Produced by Color Red Productions, the zombie film Dead Genesis sets itself in a future where many cities and states have been abandoned and left to die off. However, several self-sufficient hunting groups have been established to take on the threat in a war aptly referred to as the "War on Dead." Jillian Hurst, a former news writer and amateur documentarian, has set out to make a pro-war propaganda film to support the "W.O.D." She joins up with a pack of renegade hunters known infamously to North America as "the deadheads," which includes Steen's role as Felix. The moral dynamics and hardships of fighting in a war against the undead are told from several different perspectives.

Join the Facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=81642827086&ref=ts

Also, be sure to watch the trailer at the bottom of this post.

Weekly Style Redux: Spring Ahead of the Shopping Crowd

The countdown to spring is starting soon, and stores are slowly stocking up with their spring/summer collections. Why not take the advantage and scout for hot buys so that it seems as though you are on your A-game for fashion.

Get this look online:

1. The obvious necessity here is the JUZD Original shirt, get yours from the online shop for $79.35 CDN

2. Jazz up your stockings with these popular thigh-high tattoo stockings/nylons. Our favorite is the butterfly stockings selling for only $18.00 USD on etsy.

3. Sometimes you're going to have to splurge a little, even in our redux edition. Go for the Banana Republic belted tulip skirt for $69.50 USD, which serves for business casual and just plain ol' casual.

4. Accentuate your outfit with a chunky accessory. Go for the marine look, which is bound to be making its rounds soon, by donning a nautical chain bracelet from Martin + Osa for $34.50 USD.

Click here for more JUZD Weekly Style

Thursday, February 4, 2010

ManCrunch.com Refused Airtime During Superbowl Commercial Breaks

The JUZD team is taking the day to give you the scoop on another one of our product models, Jonathan Steen. While Veronika seems to be hitting the big screen with her movies, Jonathan's latest commercial has been getting loads of interest from television networks. Why? Because the advertisement is featuring a dating service - for gay men.

The Toronto based company, ManCrunch.com, has been trying to buy airtime for its advertisment during the Superbowl, but it has been told that it's not appropriate. In the letter of rejection that CBS wrote, it states "At CBS, our standards and practices process continues to adhere to a process that ensures all ads — on all sides of an issue — are appropriate for air. We will continue to consider responsibly produced ads from all groups for the few remaining spots in Super Bowl XLIV.”

Excuse me? Has CBS not been paying attention to choose what it will air this year? Aside from the usual large breasts dangling out of skimpy bathing suits, flashy dancers, and men and women making more than just goo-goo eyes at one another, CBS has also chosen to air a commercial far more controversial: college football player Tim Tebow's stance against abortion. While the argument about being pro-life or not is still up in the air for debate among many, you'd think that we have moved beyond the issue of man and man together. After all, the US is finally going forward and acknowledging (okay, some states) same-sex marriage. That's a far bolder step already taken in accepting differences; let alone the many celebrity couples that are in the media.

We are not going to declare CBS to be anti-gay, because that would be a step too far. But we are going to say this: there is a certain irony in not airing a commercial that promotes a gay dating service and in having millions of viewers watching dozens of men in spandex collide into one another. If you are willing to air an advertisement on a topic that is far more sensitive than homosexuality, there lies no sense in rejecting a humorous advertisement.

Watch the ManCrunch.com advertisement below and tell us if it really that much of a big deal not to air.

Product Model London adds the sexual element to the film’s chemistry in Black Eve

Our dear product model Veronika London has recently started working on a new horror flick brought to you by Fusion Films Entertainment called "Black Eve." The movie centers around a woman with psychic abilities, who retraces the last steps of her fellow guests at a Halloween party, in a closed down department store, who all turn up dead by morning. London, being named the "Megan Fox of Hollywood North" which simply means "complete sex appeal", has been cast to play the sexy pregnant nun which will leave us drooling during some hot scenes. The film is being directed by horror guru Ryan Andrews (Behind Closed Doors), and also stars Neil Green (Slightly Used) and Canadian hip hop sensation Peter Jackson (Indian Girl) to name a few. The film is set to release later this year.

For now you can check out London in our Fall-Winter 2009/2010 line.

Monday, February 1, 2010

King West Supports Haiti Charity Event

On Feburary 2nd, the spirit of King Street West community will come alive at the King West Supports Haiti event to demonstrate its support for the Haitian people and to raise funds to aid in the country's recovery.

The first event will take place Tuesday, February 2 at Kiwe Kitchen. It will be a sit down dinner beginning at 8pm for approximately 50 people to include a 3 course meal and complimentary beverages. The ticket price is $100 plus any additional donation. Fifty percent of each ticket will go toward the relief fund. In addition there will be several items that will be auctioned off at the end of the night.

The second event will take place Tuesday, February 2 at Century Room. All earnings from the door will be donated to the Haiti relief fund. Blond:ish will in house to DJ and the vibe will be amazing!

Juzd has graciously donated 8 t-shirts for the silent auction that will be held at Kiwe to raise funds for Haiti relief. Featured in this capsule collection is a hand crafted t-shirt by Jing Liu himself. It features a 14 step process which took 10 hours to develop the first 5 shirts ever made. It is extremely labour intensive and is a testament for Jing's passion in creating the perfect garment. It is truly a labour of love. The style "Ball Like An All-Star" will be auctioned off, only 3 of these shirts were ever made.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Spotlight: TeoJasmin Bags and More!

Design and print-making company TeoJasmin was founded in 2001 by French printmaker Angeline Bailly. Based out of Paris, France, Bailly expertly applies creative prints to canvases, cushions, stickers, and bags of all sorts. The depictions of fruit and desserts emploued by TeoJasmin are simplistic, yet eye-catching, and bright, yet subtle. In addition, the small Parisian company beautifully reupholsters furniture pieces with world renowned designs such as photographs of The Beatles, James Dean and America's Route 66.

TeoJasmin's tote bags would make a great addition to the wardrobe of any neo-hippie London teenager, or any teenager around the world for that matter. It's hard not to ignore some of the most iconic figures of the past 100 years printed on your bag or on the back of your chair. Here are some of my favourite TeoJasmin creations:

Friday, January 22, 2010

Weekly Style Redux: Fight for those savings!

The weather is bound to start cranking up the heat sometime soon, so you should get started on compiling that spring and summer wardrobe. Here to help you is the JUZD team for this week's pursuit in finding an outfit to pair your JUZD tee for less than $150.

Get this look online:

1. Able to wick well, in addition to insulate, the Tech tee can be worn in all seasons. Pick yours up from the JUZD shop for $79.35 CDN

2. Make the plain fashionable with your JUZD tee - pull on a pair of stain resistant relaxed fit trousers from GAP for $49.50 USD

3. These might not be a pair of Maui Jims, but they're just as slick. These aviators are available from Land's End for $29.99.

4. And for that yuppie look, top it off with a driver cap from FOSSIL for $24.00 USD

Click here for more JUZD Weekly Style

Monday, January 18, 2010

How To Wash Your Raw Denim Jeans

To many denim aficionados, raw denim is considered an art form. Raw denim is essentially a pair of jeans in its natural state, protected from the intervention of human hands. It is a reflection of the wearer's body and possesses the unique ability to tell the story the denim has imprinted through the test of time.

Jing Liu has embarked on a journey with his Naked and Famous denim for the last 18 months, which coincidentally is roughly the same time Juzd has been around. One could argue these jeans has chronicled the journey Juzd has taken.

Below you will find the video documentary to how to wash your jeans the proper way while minimizing the loss of indigo. Washing raw denim allows you to remove the dirt, grime, sweat, and stains that have accumulated which will preserve the life of the denim.

Part 1

Part 2

Washing Instructions:

1. Fill tub with lukewarm water.
2. Add a small amount of laundry detergent. I recommend Woolite Dark for minimizing indigo loss.
3. Place jeans into bath tub turned inside out if you prefer. Move around in water to loosen up any dirt and grime.
4. Rinse jeans with clean water until soap is gone.
5. Hang to air dry.

Before The Wash

After The Wash

Friday, January 15, 2010

Eco-Friendly Feature: Aime

When Monica Mei graduated in 2007 from Ryerson University, she won the coveted Standard Broadcasting Corporation's $25 000 Business Plan Competition to start her own designer label. As an extension of her personality, she coined the name Aime as a means of conveying her philosophy of "Love Yourself. Love Others. Love Luxury."

With pieces that are versatile, comfortable, and stylish, one cannot help but wonder from where Monica draws her inspiration. To fulfill the needs and wants of the modern woman, Monica draws upon nature and her travels. Having traveled plenty in her youth with her parents, Monica continues to see more of the world. In what she calls her "digital detox," the inspiration for the Spring/Summer 2010 line was found in the dolce vita lifestyle of the west Mediterranean where laughter and yachts lined the coastline.

Wanting to do her part to promote a more sustainable environment, Monica strives to use all-natural or more sustainable fabrics, such as Tencel, silk, bamboo, organic-cotton, and mother-of-pearl. In addition, production is overseen by the young designer herself as the line is produced Canada.

In addition to a welcomed presence at this past LG Fashion Week, Aime has received acclaim from many notable media outlets, including Fashion Television, FLARE, Slice.ca, and National Post.

Aime can be found in retailers across Canada and the US:

New York City – Martier
Chicago - Perchance Boutique
Miami – At Ease on Sunset, Kristine Michael
West Palm Beach – Rhythm Clothiers
Boca Raton – Martier
Winter Park, FL – Tuni
Toronto – French Accents, TNT Hazelton Lanes, TNT Eglinton
Vancouver - Eugene Choo, The Velvet Room, Body Politic
Montreal – TNT

For more information, please visit http://www.aimeluxury.com