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Tokyo continued…

WTAPS exhibition

We got a ton of amazing footage and ‘INTELLIGENCE’ features coming soon….TET at the showroom

A rare glimpse inside the GIP store.

At the Heather Grey Wall offices with Kazuki

We had a chance to attend the book release for Kazuki’s new ‘ODDS and ENDS’ book. Shinsuke from NBHD was also in attendance.

NBHD Shibuya

Bedwin SS13 exhibition

Late nights in Tokyo at Kinfolk with John and Team Bedwin

At the SOPH. offices.  Mitsuru in work mode!

Taking some footage of the SOPH. Tokyo shop. People taking pictures of people taking pictures…

Late night with Nishizaki and Mitsuru involves lots of beer!…good times

Thats all for now.  Be on the lookout for lot of INTELLIGENCE coverage in the coming weeks. We’ve been putting in work to try to bring you guys lots of behind the scenes looks at what makes your favourite JP brands tick…stay tuned

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My Sister the Fashion Designer: Angélique Chmielewski

Most of you may be aware of my brother Arthur and I, through our work with the shop (HAVEN). What most of you probably don’t know is that we have a younger sister (Angélique) who also works in the industry. She graduated from F.I.T. New York a little while back and is now working full time on her own self titled line. She now works out of her New York studio. Here are some shots of her SS13 range.

You can find her collections at Coup Boutique and you can visit her website HERE.

For buyers and media inquiries you can check her out at the next (capsule) trade show in New York from February 22-24, 2012.

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Team HAVEN in Tokyo part 1…

Me and Ryan were out in a Tokyo a few weeks back. Did a bunch of ordering for next season as well as a bunch of ‘Intelligence‘ stuff.  We got some amazing content in the works with some of our favourite brands and we’re looking forward to getting the info out there shortly.  Here’s some random highlights from the trip with more to come.

Omotesando Koffee Bar is a super cool coffee shop that is located in a residential area just off of Omotesando. It’s really tucked away so you might need to GPS it. It’s a tiny little spot with a single guy manning as barista.

Golden Brown is a Tokyo must if you love burgers. They have one in Naka-Meguro and another in the Omotesando Hills shopping centre.

Hender Scheme makes amazing leather products.  Before…..

After……Here’s a pair of the Shell Toe “replicas” with full Leather upper and outsole that have had some wear on them. They age beautifully.

Had a chance to pop into Nigo’s atelier to meet with the guys at Human Made.

There’s a bunch of random cool stuff everywhere.

Popped in to the Undercover shop.  Their windows are crazy. All the eyes are cut out. On a nice day the sun shines through the eyes bringing light into the interior space.

Wild times at the Trump Room.

Going through all my pics….More shortly…


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Salim Varol Exhibition in Berlin

While I was in Berlin I somehow stumbled across the Salim Varol “At home i’m a tourist” Exhibition at the ME Collections Room. I didn’t even know what it was until I saw a massive poster of a KAWS companion hanging from the building that peaked my interest. The exhibition includes a total of 3,000 works by more than 200 artists & designers from over 20 countries with amazing work from all the whose who of the street art industry. Artists include KAWS, Shepard Fairy, Faile, Banksy, D*Face, Delta, David Choe, Futura and so much more. It was pretty unreal the magnitude of Salim Varol’s collection until you see it all in one space. Here’s a few pics that I snapped.


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For the last week or so I have been away on a short trip to Eastern Europe with the gf.  We spent half of our time in Berlin, Germany and the other half in Prague, Czech Republic. It was my first time ever visiting the city Berlin and I had some pre conceived notions of what it wolud be like. Berlin seems to be changing very fast and it’s most evident in their architecture.  The city is riddled with old graffiti stricken and war torn buildings contrasted with stark modern structures. It’s a pretty amazing city that has lots of character of it’s own.

Day one we were completely exhausted after arriving in Berlin from nearly 18 hrs of flying all the way from Vancouver. One of the first matters of order was to meet up with Errolson of Acronym who was leaving to Paris then Italy the next day. Here’s Hendrik (Artoo), Joerg (Firmament) and Errolson (Acronym) in Mitte. Yes Errolson aka Mr.Acronym is holding a Zara bag!…..Actually he was carrying around a bag full of cupcakes!

It was actually Errolsons’ Birthday hence the cupcakes. We headed out for some amazing Cheescake to celebrate. German’s know how to make Cheesecake!

Errolson isn’t always as serious as his Acronym videos make him out to be…

Day 2: We were fully recharged and got up early to have brunch at Cafe Anna Blume in Prenzlauer Berg. They are really famous for having one of the best breakfasts’ in town.

One of the first sites we visited was the Berlin Wall. It was pretty cold and rainy on the afternoon of second day, but added to the impact of seeing the wall for the first time. Sections of the wall are still left untouched as part of historic preservation in Berlin.

These rods are markers for where the wall once stood

The first couple days in Berlin we had a chance to do some shopping and walking around all the different areas of the city. We spent a lot of time in the area of Mitte which has a lot of the independent shops, galleries and great restaurants…..when in Berlin make sure to check out Joergs’ spot Firmament. They are located in Mitte and stock the goods with Acronym, Stone Island, WTAPS, Nike Tier Zero, Undercover etc.

One of my favourite shops to visit in the city was the new Andreas Murkudis concept space located in a secluded courtyard in the area of Tiergarten. I’ve been to my fair share of “cool” spaces around the world and I must say that Andreas Murkudis is perhaps one of the most impressive and inspiring stores i’ve ever visited.  They carry a selection of select goods for both men’s and women’s from Maison Martin Margiela, Dries Van Noten, Balenciaga, Guidi, Yohji Yamamoto and a plethora of other high end brands.  Though the clothing is not particularly my cup of tea this massive space also houses a concise selection of accessories, books, home wares, furniture and apothecary. A must visit.

While walking through the city I found an abundance of buildings, entrances, and spaces to draw inspiration from. It’s no wonder that the city of Berlin is the home to many artists, architects and designers. Berlin would be a retailers dream, rent is amazingly cheap and the spaces that are available are phenomenal, making it very easy for independents to set up shop. I must have walked by dozens of buildings where I thought “huh, that would be perfect to set up a HAVEN shop”. There’s so many hidden courtyards and discreet locations tucked away in every neighbourhood …Here’s a few entrances I stumbled upon that I thought would be great shop entrances if fixed up nicely.

While in Mitte Joerg recommended hitting up Claerchens Ballhaus for a traditional style German dinner…

This is what a traditional German meal looks like….Meat and Potatoes, it was super heavy but really good!

Here are some randoms from around the Mitte and surrounding areas.

Museum Island

More shortly….

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