Fashion Scout » Brook&Lyn’s West Coast Wares

December 11, 2012

Brook&Lyn Large Medallion NecklaceBrook&Lyn x Juju Made Scalloped Ceramic Ponytail Barrette
Brook&Lyn Doublestrand Ink Lavender BraceletBrook&Lyn Tumble Nude Lemon

Basic shapes, suspended at precise length
demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both
restraint and proportion.

Ever since we laid eyes on Brook&Lyn’s bewitching “Deflected” collection, we were taken by the brand’s unexpected and original approach to jewelry design. Combining natural materials with bold shapes, their work gracefully walks the line between delicate and strong, such that we see our own femininity reflected in its construct.

Their latest “Medaled” collection, for instance, places a large plated brass circular pendant on black or natural cord. Available in a few iterations – gold yellow or rhodium plated, featuring a trio of pendants or as a bracelet – the design is marked by its dramatic simplicity, consistent with their portfolio. Basic shapes, suspended at precise length from the neck or each other, demonstrate Brook&Lyn’s mastery of both restraint and proportion. Less is indeed more… except when it comes to the number of their pieces we own!

Though established in NYC, Brook&Lyn has always conjured the expansive quality and earthen palette of the west coast. Fitting, then, that the wife and husband proprietors have recently decamped for LA. To celebrate their new city, the duo have collaborated with a series of native artisans to produce Los Angeles inspired wares, from beautiful, unfussy ceramic ponytail barrettes by JuJuMade to richly detailed wood print silk scarves by Jayne Min, the blogger behind Stop It Right Now. The brand is hitting a creative highpoint, and we look forward to their continued success in Cali.

Weak in the Knees for Fashion Week: Mandula

September 6, 2012


A little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy,
and perfectly urban.

It’s a moody, coastal day in New York, and with the end-of-summer cooler weather creeping in just in time for New York Fashion Week, we all have the chance to really switch up our wardrobes and surprise the fashion lenses out on the streets! I’m more than ready to leave behind the days of glaring colors and to plunge into a fall of deep and moody hues, punctuated by – at most – a dash of zephyr green here and there (YZ, are you listening? Zephyr Green).

Mandula, the six-year-strong fashion label of Hungarian-born Hajnalka Mandula is full of just the right rich and layer-ready garments for your shift out of summer. Hajnalka’s style is an unorthodox mix of vintage, upcycled materials and craftsman-level dyeing and construction techniques. Her attention to detail and the quality of her fabrics shine through each piece, making each of these garments more than just an addition to your overflowing closet. Dip-dyed tanks, rumpled oxfords fraying at the hem, utilitarian bucket bags, and billowing hemp pants: Mandula feels a little bit Middle Ages, a little bit Gypsy, and perfectly urban.

Our favorites include a pair of cashmere hot pants (yes, Lo would wear those), hemp drop crotch pants with a vintage leather strap, and a stunning metallic linen cap-sleeved dress.

I ♥ Art » Desert Treasures

July 20, 2012

Alma Allen Sculptures

I rarely pine for a work of art. I must sheepishly confess that you’re more likely to find me daydreaming of a big leather bag than a painting. Not to say that I don’t ♥ art: Matisse, Brancusi, Ernst, Morris Louis, and so on… I just… I don’t need to own them the way I need to own a Reed Krakoff Boxer bag. You know.

But Alma Allen? I’ve been jonesing for this Joshua Tree-based artist’s delicate little sculptures: thinking about which I would own if I could, the precious spot on my desk where it would live, how would it feel in the palm of my hand, how I probably wouldn’t be able to stop at just one…

The stone, bronze, and wood works by Allen have the sumptuous, lusty curves of a Maillol but also a precious quality, evoking the nostalgia of long-forgotten curios. And yet, they’re not relics of the past. They are a modern celebration of the earth: a blast of nature’s colors and resources. Marble, alabaster, malachite, serpentine: we sometimes forget that this is what Earth is really made of.

Allen’s current show, titled Function/Dysfunction, will be travelling to Tokyo in November, where it will run from November 14-26. Be sure to check out the artist’s site for a broader selection of past and current works, for images of Allen’s furniture collection, and for the wonderfully written blog! You can purchase Allen’s work through the website – but pieces are also available at Commune Design, Tortoise, Heath Ceramics, Totokaelo, and The Future Perfect.

Kawaii! » Ka-Bam!

July 18, 2012 Ostrich Pouf

Totally useless, totally huge, totally overpriced. I want it. A neon pink ostrich pouf? How did I live without this for so long?! I don’t think I’d be wearing this pinned to my chest like a bachelorette party boutonnière – actually, I’m not sure what on earth I would do with it… Maybe display it in a specimen jar labeled “fireworks”?

Geekology » Attention Clutterphobes!

February 3, 2011

Bluelounge Studio Desk
Bluelounge Cable YoYoBluelounge Cable Clip
Bluelounge Cable DropBluelounge The Sanctuary
top: Bluelounge StudioDesk
middle: Bluelounge Cableyoyo and CableClip
bottom: Bluelounge CableDrop and The Sanctuary

As a design geek living with a music geek, I spend my days lost in an endless gaggle of wires: nests of audio-cables, tangled mouse-cords and — what the heck does this attach to!? Three cheers, then, for Pasadena-based design firm Bluelounge, who are single-handedly cutting through the technological gordian knot with a range of savvy clutter solutions. Their dozen-or-so ingenious gadgets are sure to inspire at least one holy-shit-eureka moment for every hard-working digital-age clean-freak. Our favorite is the CableBox Mini (very bottom right). This clever cord-stasher is available in five happy colors and comes with a 4-socket surge protector that neatly stows away inside it.

Bluelounge Space StationBluelounge Cable YoYo
Bluelounge Cool FeetBluelounge Cable Box Mini
top: Bluelounge Spacestation and Cableyoyo
bottom: Bluelounge Cool Feet and CableBox Mini

Fashion Scout » An Updated Godard Getup

January 27, 2011

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Scott Sternberg’s Band of Outsiders is getting bigger. For Spring 2011, he introduced Girl, adding a breezy feminine aura to the brood. The new diffusion line is sophisticated without being too solemn. Draping faint floral and pale-colored fabrics, Sternberg balances Grecian-style cuts with shorter hemlines and long asymmetrical silk skirts with midriff-baring tops. Girl is a departure from the twisted preppy look that’s made the brand a cult favorite – but she’s still fresh enough to be part of the fam.

Band of Outsiders’ Boy and Man lines, meanwhile, are going strong. Country club casual was the name of the game for this season’s Boy, featuring knits and separates in crisp white, plaid and primary color blocks. As for Man, it was one of Sternberg’s best efforts yet: the suede varsity jackets and shrunken drawstring shorts oozed relaxed cool, and the Band of Outsiders Sperry topsiders they sported would be a hit with any Girl, Boy or Man! Shop the collection here!

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Band of Outsiders Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear CollectionBand of Outsiders Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear CollectionBand of Outsiders Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection

Gift Guide » Buy the Best for Your Bookworm!

December 7, 2010

Blurb Gift Card
Established & Sons Landmark Table LampCampomaggi Leather Messenger BagTarget's Fish Bowl Bookends
Knock Knock Personal Library KitCustom Embossed Monogram SealMontblanc Fountain Pens
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David MitchelliBride Junior Polar Bear BookshelfOut of Print Tees The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
top: Blurb Gift Card
first row: Established & Sons Table Lamp, Campomaggi Messenger Bag, and Target’s Fish Bowl Bookends
second row: Knock Knock Personal Library Kit, Custom Embossed Monogram Seal, and Montblanc Pens
third row: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, iBride Junior Polar Bear Bookshelf, and Out of Print Clothing’s The Catcher in the RyeTee

For some of us, the holiday season is about one thing and one thing only. Ok, two things. Ok, a bunch of things—all nicely wrapped and book-related. Because there is nothing more satisfying than winter reading, whether it’s the classic you know almost by heart, the novel everybody else already read six months ago, or the thriller you’ll never admit you couldn’t put down.

So check your friends and family. Who’s been stacking books around the chair beside the radiator? Who keeps slipping away for chapter-shaped intervals? Take note—and give them something from this list.

1Blurb Gift Cardvar.

Blurb Gift CardEverybody has a story to tell. Whether you’re sharing yours with someone you love, or you just want to give that gifted nephew his first chance to see himself in print, Blurb makes it easy to edit your own oeuvre.

2Established & Sons Landmark Table Lamp$835

Established & Sons Landmark Table LampGood books on winter nights require a good lamp. With the Landmark Table Lamp, Established & Sons sheds a whimsical light on even the most serious page. And should your eyelids flutter and your hand get heavy, guess where you can rest your book?

3Campomaggi Leather Messenger Bag$725

Campomaggi Leather Messenger BagTrain platforms, airport waiting rooms, the sticky chairs in take-out restaurants, the benches outside dressing rooms: the world is full of places where you’ll want a book. Have one always at hand in this elegantly rumpled messenger bag from Italian designer Campomaggi.

4Target’s Fish Bowl Bookends$30

Target's Fish Bowl BookendsWhile we applaud the idea of propping up Moby Dick with a goldfish, we’d probably repurpose these Fish Bowl Bookends from Target as terrariums, leaning a collected Keats against selected titanopses. Kudos to Target for always having something design-savvy at a super-reasonable price!

5Knock Knock Personal Library Kit$16

Knock Knock Personal Library KitMost of us have lent or borrowed books that never made it back. This
kit by Knock Knock is no guarantee that your set of Boys Own Adventures will remain whole in the future, but it may serve as a gentle reminder to some close, forgetful or unscrupulous friend that you know exactly where that volume’s gone…

6Custom Embossed Monogram Seal$66

Custom Embossed Monogram SealAnd even if you’ve resigned yourself to lending books that end up gifts, at least you can leave a subtle and distinctive mark on the flyleaf. There are endless sources on the web where you can have a custom seal made – just Google it! Or click here…

7Montblanc Pensvar.

Montblanc Fountain PensOf course a pencil usually does the trick. But sometimes we just give in to the pleasure of an extravagantly well-made thing. We all choose our excesses: mine’s a Meisterstück Le Grand rollerball: warm in the hand, smooth on the page, an engagement present from my fiancée.

8The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell$13

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David MitchellIn this case you can safely ignore the old chestnut about books and their covers. It looks and reads beautifully. Set in turn-of-the-19th-century Japan at the first, tentative point of meeting between Dutch traders and an isolated island nation, this new book is David Mitchell’s masterpiece.

9iBride Junior Polar Bear Bookshelf$1882

iBride Junior Polar Bear BookshelfFor readers of every age, a bookshelf (like this one by iBride) properly stocked is an object of wonder and adventure. We’re glad to see that, at last, form is following function. Two suggestions to start off a collection here: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

10Out of Print Clothing’s The Catcher in the Rye Tee$28

Out of Print Tees The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerNot just another crummy t-shirt. Our favorites from the collection include The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Hound of the Baskervilles (priced six shillings) and, dare we say it, the Hardy Boys classic The Mark on the Door. More about Out of Print Clothing here…

Gift Guide » Top Ten Handmade Finds @ Etsy

December 2, 2010

Beau Champing Alfabeto Print
The Pin Pals Pine Tree Hair BarretteEtco White Gold Paper Mini BowlMudpuppy Baby Head Vase/Planter
Flying Star Toys Molehill MouseNonfiction Tees' Minerals Geology TeeMacha Jewelry Karis Gold Ring
Less and More Crafting Cindy Wooden Desk OrganizerIng00te's Dad and Me Felted SlippersPeace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger Bag
top: Beau Champing Alfabeto Print
first row: The Pin Pals Pine Barrettes, Etco Paper Bowl, and Mudpuppy Baby Head Vase
second row: Flying Star Toys Molehill Mouse, Nonfiction’s Minerals Tee, and Macha Karis Ring
third row: Less and More Crafting Cindy Organizer, Ing00te's Dad and Me Felted Slippers, and Peace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger Bag

Etsy has to be one of the coolest places for gift giving — simply because most of the offerings on the site are handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. But, with this endless trove of offerings, a bushy-eyed shopper can quickly get dissuaded by too much good stuff! So, just in time for the holidays: our top ten suggested Etsy gifts (check out last year’s Etsy guide) for all the people on your list! We’ve tried to offer up a good cross-section of what the crafty marketplace has to offer: ceramics and housewares, clothes and accessories, sewn plushes and things for the little ones, and of course, art and prints! If you’re looking to take a deeper dive, be sure to explore Etsy’s numerous browsing tools here!

1Beau Champing Alfabeto Print$75

Beau Champing Alfabeto PrintWhether for bilingual baby or just the foyer, this slick, limited edition (175 copies) xylene transfer print by Beauchamping adds a humorous wink to any room. Don’t worry, there’s an aglo version too!

2The Pin Pals Pine Tree Hair Barrette$12

The Pin Pals Pine Tree Hair BarretteCan’t forget to stuff the stockings! After the big gifts have been drooled over, it’s fun to dig into your stocking and find glee in the small stuff. The selection of cross stitched barrettes, buttons, and brooches in The Pin Pal’s store are a great place to start. Ahem! Lo wants these wintery evergreens please…

3Etco White Gold Paper Mini Bowl$10

Etco White Gold Paper Mini BowlWe’re loving the delicate and precious look of these bitty gilded papier-mâché bowls from Etco’s store. What’s more, they’re eco-friendly: made with recycled paper. Choose gold, bronze, or silver inner sheen with a black, white, or brown outer gloss. A perfect place to store a trinket or jewel…

4Mudpuppy Baby Head Vase/Planter$40

Mudpuppy Baby Head Vase/PlanterFor the slightly off-kilter green thumb on your list, these hilarious baby head vases (which also work as planters) from Mudpuppy are a top-notch gift! We also love the way they look with the tillandsia air plants (which you can also buy at Mudpuppy’s shop). A one-stop solution!

5Flying Star Toys Molehill Mouse$60

Flying Star Toys Molehill MouseOooh! These cute-cute-cute molehill mousies from Flying Star Toys are great for kids of any age! Despite their patchworkishness (?) these plushes are still super elegant. The store has a constantly rotating collection of critters so check back often!

6Nonfiction Minerals Tee$18

Nonfiction Minerals TeeFor the t-shirt aficionado or science geek on Santa’s list, the selection at Nonfiction Tees is a perfect fit. We’re digging the very bling Minerals design – can you name all the gemstones? The store offers up a ton of other great options like the Carbon Cycle Tee and the Dinosaur Evolution Tee!

7Macha Jewelry Karis Gold Ring$510

Macha Jewelry Karis Gold RingMove over sugar-plums! This Karis ring over at Macha Jewelry’s shop has been the sole vision dancing through my head. I just love the combination of the 9k gold cathedral setting and silver rock… YZ? Are you there? There are lots of other great rings at the shop too — perfect for the holiday engagement!

8Less and More Crafting Cindy Wooden Desk Organizer$57

Less and More Crafting Cindy Wooden Desk OrganizerThis minimalist wooden organizer would be a welcome addition to my OCD home! There are so many great ways to use these desk accessories from Less and More: pens and pencils, thread bobbins, makeup organizer, minimalist vase… Chose from a variety of sizes and finishes.

9Ing00te's Dad and Me Felted Slippers$125

Ing00te's Dad and Me Felted SlippersMatching Dad and Me felted slippers? How precious would these look in those keepsake holiday photos of you and your little one cuddled up reading The Polar Express by the fireplace? Ing00te’s shop has a gobs of stunning slippers to choose from: a must-peruse!

10Peace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger Bag$300

Peace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger BagFor the rugged guy on your list, snag this Upcycled Messenger Bag — made from bits and pieces of an italian duffle, a leather jacket, some 60-year-old linen, a school bag and a vintage Navy kit bag. The bags in Peace4You’s shop have just the right classy meets couldn’t-care-less fashion sensibility.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Milk & Eggs? Yes, Please. Funny Side Up!

November 9, 2010

top: Black Cat & Mouse and Draw Your Own Way Tees
middle: Self Portrait and Tree Buddies Tees
bottom: Pencil Corps and Happy Tears Tee

Simple and upbeat line drawings make up the bulk of Milk & Eggs’ inventory of postcards, pins, and (duh) tees. The very bright shirts, screen printed on American Apparel 50/50 tees, will run you between $9 and $22 bucks — quite a nice price for small run garments in today’s over-priced t-shirt circuit…

“Why Milk and Eggs? Because milk and eggs are essentials to our shopping list. We’d like our shirts to be essential to yours.” — Ade & Dave

Duck Duck Goose » Brave Souls Dream of Peace

October 7, 2010

Smiling Planet’s melamine plate collection

An earthy little reminder at the bottom of a bowl of organic fruit or veg is a great way to start and end a day. Smiling Planet’s collection of 100% recycled and 100% recyclable bowls and plates, printed with non-toxic inks and free of bpa, phthalates, pvc, and lead, allows your little one to nosh, worry-free, and get in touch with his or her inner conservationist at the earliest age.

The shop’s wares are illustrated by Freddy Deane — one half of the husband & wife team that runs the entreprise. His simple, pastel-hued drawings bring to mind Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s unforgettable illustrations from The Little Prince and are accompanied by quirky one-liners like “some roar I just smile” and “am I still an elephant if I’m really small?”. Oh, and the best part? It’s Baby Lir-approved!

The current catalog of plates, bowls, and baby tees is due to expand — be sure to check back for upcoming collections of fine china, placemats, cups, bedding, posters, and more!

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Wave Your Foam Finger! It’s Football Season!

September 14, 2010

top: Retro Brand’s Alabama Crimson Tide and Ohio State Buckeyes Tees
bottom: Retro Brand’s Texas Longhorns and Tennessee Volunteers Tees

Did I mention that Lo’s List loves fall? Well, football is just one more tremendous tradition to add to the list of the season’s offerings. There’s nothing that I look forward to more than a Sunday afternoon / Monday night yelping at the tube with YZ (damn you Jets offense!) and drinking fancypants Belgian beer. To celebrate the time-honored American sports tradition, here’s our roundup of vintage-y, super-soft collegiate football team tees from Retro Brand. All the charm of the prep years minus the dormitories and barfy keg parties.

top: Retro Brand’s Kentucky Wildcats and Cal Bears Tees
bottom: Retro Brand’s Oregon Ducks and Michigan Wolverines Tees

Big Screen » Just a Few Words…

September 3, 2010

We mentioned Lo’s List’s soft spot for podcasting gem Radiolab in our Complete Carry-On post from last year but the love just keeps growing for Jad and Robert. For those of you who aren’t up-to-snuff with the program’s format, the premise is as follows: each episode dissects — whether scientifically or philosophically — a topic, from Parasites to Parabolas, Mortality to Morality. If you’re familiar with their colleague Ira Glass and his wee program called This American Life, you could say Radiolab is the geeky, science-y little brother of the WBEZ star.

“Radiolab believes your ears are a portal to another world. Where sound illuminates ideas, and the boundaries blur between science, philosophy, and human experience. Big questions are investigated, tinkered with, and encouraged to grow. Bring your curiosity, and we’ll feed it with possibility.”

One of our favorite episodes was a recent, heart-thumpingly moving piece called Words. The first story, centering around the experiences of Susan Schaller and a 27-year-old deaf man, shows the full, philanthropic capacity that humans can have. The whole episode just makes you want to run out into the world and so something really effing good… Just because they’re cool like that, the Radiolab team joined forces with off-the-charts-talented production company Everynone to create an accompanying Words video (seen above). Scored by Keith Kenniff of Unseen Music, this clip (the third that the Everynone threesome has produced for the radio show) will surely pull at your heartstrings as it seamlessly captures all the humor, weakness, care and wonder in the world spinning around us.

Fashion Scout » Some Shameless Bling!

July 19, 2010

Suzanne Felsen’s 18 Karat White Gold Necklace with Faceted Unique Cut Onyx

Diamonds are not every girl’s best friend. Some of us (erm.. me) prefer more colorful bling like tanzanite, tourmaline, and topaz. If you’re a member of camp B, look no further than Suzanne Felsen’s collection of oversized, juicy gems (don’t get your panties in a ruffle, she’s got diamonds too). I’m especially fond of her selection of rings: perfectly cut stones set in simple white gold bands: a balance between modern colorways and old-school, heirloom mystery.

It comes as no surprise that the designer found herself in a career as a jeweler. Traveling the world as a youngin’, Felsen was exposed to the arts by her in-the-art-biz family. At the age of 16, her mother suggested that she design a jewel with a sapphire birthstone she had received as a baby. And thus it all began: silversmith classes and a goldsmith apprenticeship followed by courses at the Gemological Institute of America and then off to NYC for a stint at Parsons School of Design. All of this resulted in the opening of her first boutique in 1998, in Santa Monica’s beautiful Bergamot Station followed by her Melrose Avenue location in 2005. If you’re an East-coaster, you can always take a look at her wares on the website, or visit Bergdorf or Barneys to check out selected pieces available there.

Suzanne Felsen’s 18 karat white gold ring with emerald cut amethyst and checkerboard black spinel
Checkerboard faceted black spinel and emerald cut tanzanite white gold ring
Emerald cut pink tourmaline and checkerboard cut black spinel white gold ring
Buff top morganite and faceted peridot white gold ring
Round faceted aquamarine and faceted rubies white gold ring

T-Shirt Tuesdays » 10 Furry Favorites from Society6

July 13, 2010

Top: Brian Cook Illustration's FlaminGOAT Tee
Bottom: Apt.3305s' Creep Tee, and Alex Eben Meyer's Amp-Bear-Sand Tee

There’s nothing we welcome more at Lo’s List than a well-curated T-shirt collective. It’s the sort of e-commerce round-up that results in hours of happy procrastination here at the office and often ends in big fat impulse buys (which we endorse — good for the soul). Some favorite past tee features, should you already be weak in the knees, include Sixpack France, X Collective, The Quiet Life and Palmer Cash… But Society6, based in Redondo Beach, California, offers more than just perks for the consumer. Founders Lucas Tirigall, Justin Cooper, and Justin Wills have built a stellar site with an open invitation to designers, illustrators, artists and the like to easily showcase and sell their wares as original art prints, stretched canvases, tees, and gadget skins (laptops, ipods, etc). Registered artists can collaborate with other members, form mini collectives, or just fly solo. All tees on the site are available in natural, heather grey, light blue, lemon, white, grass, pomegranate, or athletic blue! Perfect for all you fellow control-freak shoppers… Aaand, in honor of the great outdoors, we’ve rounded up our top ten animal-related tees from the site here above and below!

Top: ThirstyFly's Wild Anatomy Tee
First Row: Valistika's Greedy Bears Tee and Illustrations for a Happier Day'sPandatroski Tee
Second Row: Minotaurelab's What's New Pussycat? Tee and Kate McLelland's Night Owl Tee
Third Row: Yellow Bird Machine's Easy Leo Tee and HelloWilson's Seahorse Tee

World Cup Fever » Nike Colab Gear!

June 21, 2010

Nike World Cup 2010 Colab France/SoMe Duffle

My voice is hoarse from a week and a half now of hooting and hollering at the television screen, I wish more than anything that my beloved French were still dancing the the ball across the pitch and into the net as was the norm in their heyday (I think I might be going with my Dutch roots for this round of World Cupping), and I feel a wee bit of childish glee when those vuvuzela drown out all other sounds from the South African stadiums. Yep. It’s here. I have it. The FIFA fever!!

Lucky for me, I live in a neighborhood teeming with serious World Cup spirit. Williamsburg is alive and at its rowdiest when this festival of sport comes ’round. People seem to sneak away from their daily grind to converge in the bars and cafés, getting louder and feistier as the daily matches progress. I guess it’s all just part of what makes this such a splendid event: that the world can pause for a moment and come together in the sportsmanship and a bubbling, happy competition of countries.

Clockwise from top left: Nike World Cup 2010 Colab Netherlands/Delta Tank, USA/Mister Cartoon Tank, South Africa/Kronk Tank, and France/SoMe Tank

So… to continue with the celebration during off-the-pitch hours, we’re set to infect Lo’s List with a little World Cup fever as well! Jérôme, our trusty London-based expat will be blogging the cup from his angle, and our resident nordic, Hans Øeuf, might have some Scandinavian soccer fashion tips to impart as well. So, what better way to “kick” it off (heh heh) than some of our favorite graphic artists and their recent World Cup collaborations with Nike. Native Frenchie outta Paris SoMe (check out our recent T-Shirt Tuesday post showcasing more), Londoner James Jarvis (check out a previous post we did on his stunning running advert), South African Kronk form Cape Town, São Paulo, Brazil native Nunca, Amsterdammer Delta, and Los Angelino Mister Cartoon have all created graphics for their team’s shwag available from Nike. What I love about the line is how seamlessly it can go from workout to streetwear: slinky tanks for ladies, classic crews for guys, and unisex hoodies with eye-popping graphics lining the hood (also in the collection are workout shorts, polos, zippie track tops, duffles…).

Clockwise from top left: Nike World Cup 2010 Colab South Africa/Kronk Hoodie, France/SoMe Hoodie, Brazil/Nunca Tee, and England/Jarvis Tee

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