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Ideal Glass

11 Jan


I had the great fortune to stumble across the Ideal Glass Pop-Up Shop & Art Gallery on 22 E 2nd Street, (Between Bowery and 2nd Ave).  Calling themselves an interdisciplinary industrial space for the development and presentation of unusual works, the Ideal Glass gallery is definitely worth a look.  When I visited it was to see the Art Wear at the pop-up shop but their portfolio also consists of video, music,  and multimedia projects.  The Ideal Orkestra frequently plays at  the Amelie Wine Bar on 22 West 8th Street, their jazzy original tracks keep guests entertained in the candlelight of the French inspired bar/ dining room.


The clothing in the store was really inventive and though the space was small it was a great showcase of what was on offer from the imagination of Uta Bekaia.  A costume and fashion designer from Tbilisi , Georgia, Bekaia has been working inNew York city since 1998.  Working mostly in costume design he has created work for theater and film companies, he has also done work for interior and industrial design companies.  He is currently part of SaintHollywood a New York based multimedia art project and took part in 2012s Williamsburg Fashion Weekend.


Check out the website to stay up to date with what’s going on with the very interesting goings and some great videos on http://www.idealglass.org

New York Vintage

8 Jan


Seeking out vintage stores in New York can be a daunting prospect.  I think it’s really a matter of time and budget as well as personal shopping style.  There are, for example, the carefully curated stores that present the garments of yesteryear as precious objects.  These stores are airy and spacious and you can pop in and grab something with relative ease, although your bill will reflect the decadence of this particular type of thrift shopping.  For me it’s almost ruins that thrill of treasure hunting that is the drive behind most of my thrift shopping excursions.  Over burdened rails and baskets of tangled scarves are always a good sign that there is something truly unique and amazing in there, you just have to seek it out.


As usual I was on a mission to find just such a store and this time I got more than I bargained for.  ‘No Relation‘ in East Village is a store that I’ve been visiting over the past few years.  It’s great.  There are hats, dresses, jackets, shoes, mens clothing and more all tightly packed and tempting.  ‘No Relation‘ is a vintage store with thrift store prices.  Here you will find retro gold from the carefully selected stock that reflects styles from the last few decades.  The ground floor is totally packed and contains most of the stock, there is a basement that contains some overflow, flannel shirts, wooly jumpers, and a few more dresses.

The great news is that ‘No Relation’ has expanded to become ‘L Train Vintage’.

atlantis sign

A little chain of six great vintage stores around New York city that are definitely worth a visit.  The other stores are Village Style, Vice Versa Vintage, Vice Versa Parkslope, Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse & Urban Jungle Vintage.  I did of course check them all out.  They are all similar in terms of their stock, the main difference is the size.  My favourite has to be Atlantis Attic Thrift Warehouse.  It is so huge that it’s almost spacious.  The high ceiling is adorned with suspended action figures and odd garments hanging from the rafters. The overflowing rails and baskets are surrounded by a bit more space for you to manouever.  This store has everything in vast amounts, men and women’s clothing and an accessory section the size of some of the other L train stores.  Everything is laid out pretty well according to its type, dresses here, jackets there etc.  As I say there is so much stuff here that you need a little time.  The best thing is that it‘s almost a challenge to find anything that costs over $10.  The exceptions would be the leather jackets and boots and a few other items dispersed among the other sections, but really not that much.


Addresses  . . . 
No Relation
204 First Ave, between East 12 & 13 Streets
L Train to First Ave.
Village Style
111 E 7th St (between 1st Ave & Avenue A) 
L Train to First Ave.
Atlantis Attic Warehouse
771 Metropolitan Ave. Between Humboldt St & Graham Ave.
L Train to Graham Ave
Urban Jungle
118 Knickerbocker Ave. between Flushing Ave & Thames Street
L Train to Morgan Ave
Vice Versa Vintage
241 Bedford Ave (between North 3 & 4 Streets) Brooklyn, NY 11211
L Train to Bedford Ave
Vice Versa Parkslope
550 5th Ave Brooklyn NY 11215
L train to Lorimer, transfer to the G train, G train to 4 Ave. 

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013

20 Sep

An alternative to Manhattan’s Fashion Week, Williamsburg Fashion Weekend now in it’s 11th season continues to propose new designs in fashion and play with how we experience fashion.  From entertaining edgy shows to ready-to-wear collections the evenings were full of surprises.

Eco-conscious and inquisitive, a showcase of dynamic fashion forward designs by up & coming designers which took place September 14 & 15 at Windmill Studios, Brooklyn.  Kicking off at 9pm the crowd gathered outside the unassuming red brick studio on Kent Avenue.  Doors opened at 8pm and on entry there was a tray of complimentary cosmetic & accessory treats as well as a copy of the Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Magazine.

Innovative designers showing over the weekend were, Brittany Erb, Desira Pesta, Geary Marcello, Juanita Cardenas, Marco Santaniello, Marcus Hicks, Mark Tauriello, Uta Brauser, Nathalie Kraynina, Stephanie Hinson, Uta Bekaia, & Melissa Lockwood.

Creative director, Gina Tron sees the show as a way to provide a platform for designers and fashionistas interested in ethical fashion.  Setting itself up as a contrast to the commercial mecca of New York Fashion Week, Williamsburg Fashion Weekend is smarter, edgier, and totally against the disposable fashion trends often advocated elsewhere.

Arthur Arbit, who established the Weekend spent time on the catwalk between shows raising awareness of how the clothes were made and how we consume fashion.  Advocating investment buys, Arbit proposed buying garments according to your own personal style which is well designed & well made which will not be obsolete or fall apart in a year.  For the cash strapped his advice was “go to a thrift store, get a sewing machine and tweak your own clothes. That’s the most creative way to go about it.”

The Weekend came to life with Juanita Cardenas ‘Moon Landing on Candyland’.  A flurry of color that got the show off to an explosive start.  From creating circus performers outfits Candenas went on to become a costume designer for theatre.

Another totally amazing collection was Mark Tauriello’s collection inspired by H.R. Giger’s art direction for the Aliens trilogy.  A collection that focuses on shape and empowering women by presenting them as scary monsters.

“I’m a feminist at heart.  I hate fashion because it victimizes women and makes them look like dumb sexual objects.  I grew up on horror  and in the movies the women are always the victims.  So I like to turn the tables a bit.  You’ll never see me do a photoshoot where the female model is distressed and relying on a man.”

Mark Tauriello

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend Magazine

Mark Tauriello

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013 Part II

20 Sep

Mark Tauriello

Nathalie Kraynina’s Collection is also most definitely noteworthy.  Her S/S 2013 collection is about reinventing black.  The garments are separates that are ready to combined or they can be worn with an existing wardrobe.  Playing with ideas of texture and silhouettes, Kraynina uses very tactile fabrics and these blacks have touches of color that add amazing dimensions to the garments.

My mission is to give women power, confidence, and the means to express and celebrate their individuality and inner beauty. I want to design clothes not only original and stately but also  feminine and gracious.

Nathalie Kraynina

Mission Statement



Nathalie Kraynina

Reinventing Black

Williamsburg Fashion Weekend S/S 2013 Part III

20 Sep

The show that absolutely stole my awe and admiration was  IQTest by Melissa Lockwood, featuring Scary Monster Tees and knit dresses made from salvaged fabrics, the collection was diverse and there was a sense of excitement in the air. Lockwood’s repurposing of garment factory waste was inspiring.  A startling 28 million ton of fabric actually make it to landfills every year. The collection was refreshing in it’s sourcing of materials and the knit dresses were a little magical, alongside the kind of adorable scary monster tees.

The accessories originality of design caught my eye and I was fixated by  MazadiBCoutureAccessories who made the accessories for Lockwood’s show.  It has definitely made me look at how we wear accessories in a whole new way.

IQTEST Melissa Lockwood and MazadiBCoutureAccessories

IQTEST Melissa Lockwood and MazadiBCoutureAccessories

Don’t just take my word for it, these featured designers are definitely worth checking out:






And of course the weekend that made it all possible :

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