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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

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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

Weekly Style Redux: Exposing Sweet Deals

This season is crazy with some hot and some cold. So to be on the safe side, you should be wearing layers in order to make sure that you're always comfortable. Bamboo is one of the greatest fabrics out there; wicking, as well as insulating, you are sure to be perfect for the freezing Toronto winter or the warmer New York weather.

Get this look online:

1. Grab the All-Star JUZD tee for $75.20 from the online JUZD shop.

2. Throw on a pair of Saturday Sweats, Lined Hoodie from LL Bean, which is on sale now for $42.99 USD

3. Not too into the skinny jean? Here's an option: Washed Twill Khaki (British Khaki). It is not too baggy, and fits well against the body. And what's even better? It's on sale now for $29.90 USD on Levis.com

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Kidrobot: Fun For All Ages

Founded by Paul Budnitz in 2002, Kidrobot has quickly become the most sought after and well recognized designer of vinyl designer toys and apparel. Aside from having an easy to navigate online store, they have retail locations across New York, San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Miami Beach, and even a bar/lounge at Circa nightclub in Toronto.

By time he reached high school Paul Budnitz was already coding safety analysis software for nuclear power plants. On the side, he was creating video games for the Commodore 64. He later enrolled in Yale for photography, film, and sculpture. While still in college, he started his first business venture creating clothing for museums which eventually evolved to modifying Levi's vintage clothing and popular sneakers.

Fast forward to 1997, he caught on to the latest technology at the time which were the MiniDiscs by Sony. He would hack MD players and sell them through his website Minidisco.com which was coded by himself and would eventually sell for $7 million in 2001.

With his new found wealth and perhaps sheer coincidence, he stumbled upon the art of edgy vinyl toys that were originating from Japan and China. He was able to identify these toys as a form of popular art and included the passions he enjoyed in life: music, fine arts, fashion, cartoons, and graffiti. By integrating all the elements that he loved in life, this became the framework for Kidrobot.

The most appealing aspect of Kidrobot's toys have to do with the plethora of unique artists that they collaborate with. Artists from all walks of life have collaborated with Kidrobot. Here are some that stands out:

Huck Gee - Meet Shiro Kidninja the 7" assassin

David Flores x Disney: Probably my favourite piece its Thumper from Bambi

Burton - A collection of ski jacket, pants, and snowboard

Amanda Visell - One of the most detailed pieces the Wooden Donkey Dunny




Frank Kozik

Tarina Tarantino - Jewelery collection

Takashi Murakami - Prolific contemporary Japanese artist

Tado - Famed UK duo

Lacoste - An exclusive set of 3 shoes that is paired with a Kidrobot toy

Playboy - Miss November 1978

When you read up on Paul Budnitz's accomplishments and his philosphy in the way he conducts business, you will be inspired by his words of wisdom. One of my favourite quotes is:

“The other secret is not to be afraid of doing something stupid because, if it wasn’t stupid, everyone would be doing it. Kidrobot is without a doubt the stupidest, riskiest thing I’ve ever done, which means it’ll probably be the most successful and most exciting.”

Paul's willingness to take risk has paid off as Kidrobot has quickly become one of the most internationally recognized brand. Coined as the father of designer toys, Paul Budnitz has been able to launch his own apparel line with Swizz Beatz along with being inducted in the Museum of Modern Arts. No easy feat considering Kidrobot has only been around for 8 years. Kidrobot continues to push the envelope, refusing to settle with the status quo. They are able to create edgy designs with this mantra:

“Limited edition, for me, has to do with how big a risk we can take with a design. The riskier the design, the smaller the edition because then we have to please fewer people to sell the toy. What an awesome concept!”

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Top 10 Men's Lifestyle Magazine

Last week we introduced to you the Top 10 Streetwear Sites you should check out for your latest fashion needs. Today we will talk about lifestyle magazines you should check out to stay current with the latest technology, fashion, hot women, and of course maintaining your health. You will also be able to find out what is Jing Liu's favourite magazine to read. Read more to find out!

1. Maxim Magazine

The most coveted men's magazine featuring the hottest ladies gracing each month's cover. Featuring topics ranging from technology, women, sports, sex, and comedy you'll find the variety of topics enough to satisfy your craving. My favourite column is of course the Hometown Hotties. Check out the 2009 winners to see if you're neighbour is on it.

2. GQ

Short for Gentlemen's Quarterly, a magazine focused on fashion, style, and culture for men, through articles on food, movies, fitness, sex, music, travel, sports, technology, and books. Now that winter is upon us full force, you should definitely read the article on Best Winter Essentials, staying warm while still looking cool.

3. Rolling Stone

Featuring some of the most iconic musical artist of every generation this magazine is devoted to music, politics, and popular culture. Be sure to check out the article on Go Inside The Battle Over Global Warming on how to do your part.

4. Vibe

A music and entertainment magazine founded by producer Quincy Jones. The publication predominantly features R&B and hip-hop music artists, actors and other entertainers. Check out the most anticipated 2010 Albums and see if you're agree with Canadian native Drake being #1 on the list.

5. Esquire

The very meaning of Esquire is to denote social class and this magazine offers nothing less. Known for printing on an over sized magazine with glossy paper, you will find unconventional topics gracing its pages. To check out some pretty ladies, be sure to read the Women We Love section.

6. Nylon Guys

A magazine that focuses on pop culture and fashion. Its coverage includes art, beauty, music, design, celebrities, technology and travel. The name Nylon derives from the magazine's often featured articles featuring New York and London

7. Vice

Not to be confused with Vibe magazine, this edgy and controversial magazine features content ranging from sex, drugs, violence, crime, and social issues. They have an interesting column on fashion DOs and DON'Ts that you should definitely check out to stay fresh.

8. Men's Health

The men's guide to fitness, sex, women, workouts, weight loss, health, nutrition and muscle building. You should check out this month's article on the best and worst cities for guys.

9. Men's Vogue

Men's Vogue is a twice yearly men's magazine that covers fashion, design, art, culture, sports and technology.

10. Antenna

Considered a niche magazine by all accounts, this is Jing Liu's favourite magazine to read. The content you will find mirrors that of which you will find in an Asian pop magazine. It features content ranging from upcoming clothes and shoes from your favourite brands to lifestyle and popular culture.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Juzd Clothing - Friendly For Tattoos

Getting a tattoo can be a painful experience, but taking care of it after can be even more of a pain. Since Juzd clothing is made from bamboo, it will actually make caring for your tattoo much more easier and hassle free.

1. Juzd clothing is anti-bacterial, the biggest concern after getting your tattoo is risk of getting infection from your open wound. The anti-bacterial properties of the clothing will eliminate bacteria and your chances of infection.

2. Juzd clothing is breathable. By regulating your body temperature and the flow of air, it promotes healing of your wound. This will speed up the recovery time needed for your wounds to heal.

3. Juzd clothing provides UV protection. This will reduce exposure to the sun which will extend the length of your tattoos along with preventing dryness in the skin.

4. Juzd clothing is moisture resistant. Moisture is the most suitable environment for bacteria to grow. By absorbing excess sweat from your body, this will minimize the chance of infection.

5. Juzd clothing is powerfully insulating. It keeps your cool in the summer and ensures you won't sweat excessively.

So the next time you get inked, remember to wear your Juzd clothing to help with the recovery process.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Weekly Style: Set Your Sights on a New Style in 2010

Happy new year! 2010 is bound to be an explosive year for the JUZD team, and it should be one for you too! Have you set your goals? Make sure that you have included "being more stylish" on your resolution list. And we're here to kick start that goal accomplishing for you for under $150 in our redux edition.

Get this look online:

1. Hop on over to the JUZD shop to grab your own Stylez tee in white for $79.35 CDN

2. On sale now for almost 50% off, snag a pair of Straight Fit Straight Leg jeans by Lee for only $26.99 USD

3. White watches are in this season, so be sure to add one to your accessory drawer by purchasing the Nixon's Men Time Teller on sale for $44 USD on Amazon.com

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