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Curator Home Visit by Nalata Nalata


For the past little while I’ve been helping my sister and her boyfriend Steve with some guest curation on their website Nalata/Nalata. I’ve always said that quality is contagious and when you’re surrounded by some of the lines we carry all day, that appreciation for high-quality garments eventually carries over into other products and areas of your life. Whether it’s your kitchen tools, your transportation, or the mattress that you sleep on everynight, I believe it is good sense to invest in items that will grow with you and perform at a high level.

When the shop started bringing in Hender Scheme footwear a few seasons ago, I noticed that the company also produced amazing and beautiful homewares. While some of these items didn’t fit into what we do here at HAVEN, I thought it would be a great match for Nalata’s Japanese-focused homeware lineup.

Head over the the Nalata/Nalata site to view this small introductory feature on myself and a quick visit to my home in downtown Edmonton, Canada. And visit their online shop to view my carefully curated Hender Scheme selection.

Nalata/Nalata: Guest Curator – Daniel Chmielewski


Nalata/Nalata: Guest Curator – Daniel Chmielewski

All photos copyright© 2014 HAVEN APPAREL INC | Nalata/Nalata

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Buyer’s Log | FW14 NYC Market Week Highlights – Part Two

Part two of our NYC Market Week trip is here! Arthur, Nguyen and I saw so much good stuff on the trip that it was too hard to fit it all into one post. Check out some of the best highlights below.

The Engineered Garments showroom. EG always kills it. Doing their order is tough because the line is huge and everything is good!

The CYC loft showroom in Chelsea. This is wings + horns 10th year anniversary and for FW14 they took inspiration from their first season and re-worked some of their very first pieces.

This Cowichan below is an archive piece from the very first wings + horns collection 10 Years ago. It is handknitted with cut up strands of fleece sweatshirts!

Racks and racks on wings + horns!

Reigning Champ always has some of the nicest fabrics.

Kenta taking us through the line.

Soba noodle break at Soba-Koh in the East village.

This place was amazing actually. I highly recommend it if you want authentic noodles.

Stone Island FW14 is looking exceptional. One of my favourite Stone Island collections to date.

We got some crazy jackets coming next season!

Sneak peek at next season’s Fishtail from Shadow Project.

Takuji Suzuki of ts(s)

Skinny Mike is all about juicing.

Herno Laminar designed by Errolson Hugh of Acronym

Briefing is one of our favourite bag lines in the shop.

Their everyday bags are awesome. Well thought out and lots of compartments for all your things.

The LVC showroom.

The Ten c showroom. This was Andrea’s jacket from Ten c’s first collection!

The jacket has developed some incredibly nice wear.

So long New York. It was fun, but way too cold!



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Buyer’s Log | FW14 NYC Market Week Highlights – Part One

Art and I have been on the road for some time now for our seasonal buying trips. After Paris a couple weeks back, we hopped on a plane and headed straight to NYC to meet Nguyen for market week. It’s been challenging fitting in all our meetings into such a short time frame but we’ll worth it when we get to see good collections. Personally, I enjoy seeing Fall collections more so than Spring/Summer as it feels more substantial. Here are some highlights so far.

Common Projects

Needles is quickly becoming a favourite here at the shop. Next Fall season is going to be killer!

Nguyen Le – Assistant buyer and samurai warrior

We stopped by (Capsule) quickly between meetings to say hi to a few friends. Alex from Lexdray

Takeshi and Nguyen discussing Caruso buttons.

Takeshi Ohfuchi – The man behind Post Overalls.

One of my favourite tops from next Fall’s Kapital collection.

Stay tuned, part 2 coming soon!



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Buyer’s Log | Junya Watanabe MAN FW14 Runway Preview

Arthur and I have been in Paris for the last few days on one of our regular seasonal buying trips. One of the highlights so far was the Junya Watanabe MAN runway show for FW14. It’s going to be a very good season from the looks of things with the outerwear being exceptionally strong. Here’s a preview of what you can expect in the fall. More photos from the showroom to come later.

More photos from the showroom coming soon!


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Nalata Nalata Pop-Up Shop | New York

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Nalata Nalata homewares shop based in New York. I’ve found that once you decide to appreciate quality in one area (clothing for me), that this appreciation naturally tends to extend itself into other areas of your life. I’ve often referred to the Nalata shop as the “HAVEN of housewares.” I’ve ordered from them many times and have never been disappointed. So it was a delightful surprise when they announced they would be opening a physical pop-up shop in Manhattan, NY over the holiday season. For those of you in the area, be sure to check them out! Their doors open in a couple weeks time.



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Daniel’s Tokyo Essentials

Team HAVEN is currently in Tokyo doing the next round of buying for SS14. While here, I’ve discovered a few indispensable items that will make your daily commute/work/stay that much easier. Most of these are readily available at the plethora of convenience stores on every street. So here they are: Daniel’s Tokyo Essentials.

Soft Bank Pocket Wifi (aka wifi egg). Get this upon landing at the Soft Bank in Narita airport. It’s probably the most essential thing on the list and will save you from ridiculous roaming rates.

iPhone 4 (yes I still use a 4) with Google Maps. Google, not Apple Maps. Download it separately from the app store. Super essential

Coin Pouch by HeadPorter. Coins are VERY useful in Japan. You’ll need them to take the train all the time. Keep them in a coin pouch so they aren’t always jingling in your pocket all day.

Daily tote by Bedwin & The Heartbreakers x HeadPorter. You will be doing A LOT of walking all day. And you don’t want to be stuck carrying around shopping bags all day if you end up buying something. Plus if you are heading to and from meetings, you’ll need something to carry your laptop or papers in.

Rainbow Boss Coffee. Actually all the Boss Coffees are delicious and are much better than the lesser brands out there. Readily available in the Boss Coffee vending machines on the street. Plus its endorsed by Tommy Lee Jones! Tommy Lee Jones don’t just lend his likeness to anything!

Asahi Beer mini can. This little baby is great for getting a nice day buzz going without taking it too far. Essential when you have a short break between meetings and need to unwind a little. Readily available at convenience stores.

Super Ukon No Chikara. Drinking with business partners is common in Japan. Take one of these babies beforehand to minimize the hangover the next day. I’ve been taking them for years and swear by them.

Pocari Sweat Ion Supply Drink. Japan’s version of Gatorade I suppose. Take this the morning after if you forgot to take an Ukon the night before. It will get you up and going in no time!

Frisk breath mints (with NexusVII frisk case). Going to meetings and pounding the pavement all day usually means you don’t have time to go back to your hotel and brush your teeth after every meal. Take some mints with you.

Calorie Mate. A nutritionally balanced source of energy. It tastes like a semi-sweet chocolate biscuit. I quite prefer it to any energy or protein bar. And the packaging is dope. If it’s good enough for Solid Snake, it’s good enough for me.

McDonald’s Shaka Shaka Chicken. Pretty much the ultimate after-bar food. It’s actually real chicken too. Not like the chicken that McDonald’s serves in North America. And it’s only 100 Yen!

Reporting from Tokyo!


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