Arthur and I went were in New York a month ago doing our usual rounds of showrooms and trade shows. While there, we decided to pay a visit to my sister Angélique and her boyfriend Stevenson. Together they produce Angélique’s self-titled womenswear collection (www.angeliquechmielewski.com) and run a new online store that specializes in high-quality lifestyle and home products that have meaning (www.nalatanalata.com). Here’s a few photos from the visit.
Saw this rat on the way. Almost made it little buddy!
Angélique showing Arthur and I her new FW13 line.
Angélique’s mood board.
Checking out some fabric swatches. Mohair!
Her SS13 collection. It should be available at Coup Boutique soon.
Their brooklyn studio has a dividing wall down the middle. On the other side is Nalata/Nalata run by my main man Steve here.
They sell some pretty amazing product. I’ve already bought a few things.
This was from my first purchase at their shop.
Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. knife and cutting board oils! I recommend the lemon scented.
More New York pics coming soon. Food, places, people, and of course..clothes!
Last month during our buying trips, Arthur and I were invited to the visvim showroom in Paris. Next Fall/Winter 13 we are excited to say that visvim will be offered across our 3 HAVEN locations. Here’s a few shots from our visit.
Our appointment was on one of the coldest days of the year in Paris. The snow reminded me of Canada but apparently it was unusual for Paris. Enroute to the showroom…
The showroom is housed in an industrial warehouse space in a quiet district of the city.
They imported this old camping trailer for the exhibition!
Next stop…New York! stay tuned for a new post soon.
After Florence, Arthur and I made our way over to Paris for the second round of our FW13 buying trip. Here’s a few photos of what we got up to.
The weather was pretty crap for the most part unfortunately. We were met with heavy rain for the first couple of days and then snowstorm for the last few days! Looks like home! (Canada)
The first order of business was to head to the Comme des Garcons showroom.
Junya Watanabe MAN was impressive for Fall as expected.
Next we headed over to Tommorow showroom to see the new White Mountaineering collection in closer detail. (We got to see it on the runway in Florence the week earlier).
Gloves that work with touch screens! Handy for when you need to text someone in the winter time
We then headed over to (Capsule) to check out CASH Ca, McNairy, and a few other brands.
Cabs can be hard to find in Paris so I recommend learning to use their subway system as soon as you can. It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it.
We went to check out the Dali museum. I’m not sure how long it runs for, but I definitely recommend going here.
You may recognize the timepiece from one of Dalí’s most famous paintings “The Persistence of Memory”
We also made of point of trying the local ramen. Not bad.
That’s it for now. Stay tuned for my next post about our visit to the visvim showroom!
Here’s a few more highlights from the Pitti show. Minotaur hailing from Japan is doing some really cool stuff.
Cable Quilted Wool Blazer….wha!?!
Dan showed some Tricker’s highlights and here are a couple more. I love this picture. These gentleman just relaxing reading newspapers and magazines.
We had a couple days in Florence and Tuscany before heading out to Paris. Mine and Dan’s blogs might overlap a bit but you’ll get to see two separate point of views….Here are some randoms I captured…..Brass Model of Florence…
One of the best parts of Florence is that the city centre is relatively small….You can literally walk the entire city…..needless to say we walked a ton!
Dan taking a breather to enjoy the amazing view….
Afternoon Cappuccino breaks….
Duomo in Florence is probably my favourite Cathedral in Europe…..
Ain’t no blog with out pictures of food…Quattro Leoni is probably my favourite restaurant in Florence. Try the pear filled Raviolli! Bomb!
Deep fried bread with prosciutto…
It’s all about the Anti-Pasti dishes in Italy. Expect lots of meat and cheeses! So good!
We made a point of visiting Dario Cecchini in Panzano. He’s renowned to be the world’s BEST butcher….Check out this Youtube Vid HERE
I asked the Master butcher for a picture and he said “sure”! As we took the photo he gave the thumbs up and said “EAT MEAT!” Ha…
Next stop Pisa to check out the lean….
Leaning tower of Pisa….
Haha… these tourist photos are hilarious….I have a few ridiculous pics of myself as well…
Back on the road in our Fiat Panda!! Dan in the driver seat taking us through the narrow roads of Cinque Terre…
It’s that time of the year again. For almost the entire month of January, me and Dan travelled Europe buying for the shops. First stop was Florence, Italy. Italy is beautiful….But we’ll blog more about Italy later on…on to some buying highlights…
The main reason for heading to Florence this season was to see what the big deal was about the Pitti Uomo show….One of the first stops was with Yuketen. Every season they get better and better. Fall is exceptionally strong. We got a lineup of amazing boots that I know will be staff favourites. Here’s one of them…
Nanamica in the building….
Nanamica still on that Camo tip, but making it look dope. Goretex….Camo….what’s not to like?!?
Head designer Eiichiro and myself…
Engineered Garments is joining TEAM HAVEN!
These mittens will definitely come in handy for Canadian Winters!
Team Engineered Garments! Thumbs Up!
Needles, another Nepenthes brand will also be joining the roster for Fall. Tweed Climbing pants are on my fall must have list…
Some more Needles essentials….
Ten C is killing it as always. Same idea, just a couple new silhouettes and fabric/color options. If you haven’t gotten a Ten C Jacket I suggest you do, you won’t regret it, they are amazing.
Ten C Red seal approval
Waterproof Printed Herringbone!
Veilance continues to make some of the best technical apparel on the market.
They will also be dabbling in a few accessories, here’s one of my favourites below.
Finally done for the day…..Pitti Uomo is fuckin’ exhausting!…. On a side note spending a whole month with Daniel is exhausting…..lol
This is how I felt…..
Next stop that evening was the White Mountaineering Runway show. This was the first time they showed the collection at Pitti and they did not dissappoint.
Thomas from WM doing his runway side job…
Front Row at the Show!
The Fall/Winter 13 White Mountaineering collection was by far one of their strongest to date. More highlights from our showroom appointment with them in Paris soon.
That’s all for now….Part 2 highlights from Pitti Uomo and our Europe trip coming soon….
Art and I have been travelling for work for the last 3 weeks or so. With all that travelling we get to try lots of different restaurants. Some are good, some suck, and once in awhile you find one that’s so amazing that it deserves its own entire blog post. The place is small and cozy. It opens at 7 and I recommend you going right at 7 to get the best seats, which are at the far end of the long communal bar table. The kitchen is completely open and allows you to see all the action. Price is good too with a 6 course meal coming in at 35 euros. Honestly in my top 5 meals of all time. If you’re in Paris, you gotta eat here!
The best seats are at the far end of the bar.
The kitchen was completely open. Pretty cool to see.
This is the chef and owner, Pierre Sang. He chatted with us all night. Funny guy too!
Arthur and Angela chowing down