June 5, 2017

Photo courtesy of Laduma from Maxhosa by Laduma 

SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS IDEAL African Designs comes to Swedish Designs!

IKEA, the Swedish powerhouse for modern, affordable furniture and home accessories, will launch their first Africa Collection in 2019.  To bring this collection to life, IKEA is partnering with 12 top designers from the African continent. Among them creative brands that I love like Selly Raby Kane, Sindiso Khumalo and Maxhosa by Laduma.

IKEA’s Africa Collection will launch in 2019

How did it happen? IKEA’s Head of Design met with the founder of Design Indaba – an online publication focusing on “African design, creativity and innovation” that holds a creative festival and a conference once a year – and received a list of names from Design Indaba’s network. He met up with the designers and now they are working on several pieces for the 2019 launch.

African creativity remains a pool of inspiration for big Western brands

How do I feel about it? On one si...

Pollution from a tannery in Dhaka, Bangladesh. | Photo courtesy of yahoo.com 

But it’s definitely not good. WOW, check out the previous blogs in fashion the environment and its impact has on plant earth! From pollution to workers. FASHION No Snytheic clothes.

My journey down the rabbit hole started with this fact: “The global fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world.” You’ll hear this repeated at panels, on blogs and news sites, and anywhere else sustainable fashion is being discussed.

Intuitively, it sounds true. We’ll start with the fact that an estimated 50 million tons of polyester — a petroleum product — were produced in 2015. Growing cotton, especially if it involves pesticides, herbicides, and oil-powered machinery, is also a large carbon emitter (though not as large as polyester). And then there is the journey the multiple components of one garment take around the world on oil-gulping ships to be spun in one country, then sewn in another factor...

Illustration courtesy of treehugger.com vis The Story of Stuff's

The Story of Stuff's new film explains how polyester yoga pants, fleeces, and even underwear are responsible for rampant plastic pollution.

Earlier this month, the Story of Stuff released its newest video on the problem of microfibers. The three-minute film offers a short yet powerful explanation of how the miniscule bits of synthetic fibers washing off our clothes are creating an environmental catastrophe in the oceans.

The microfiber pieces are smaller than a grain of rice, measuring less than 5 millimeters in length, which mean they cannot be filtered out by washing machines or even waste water treatment plants. They get flushed out into waterways and oceans, where they act like little sponges, attracting and absorbing other toxic chemicals around them, like motor oil and pesticides. Eventually they climb their way up the food chain, until they reach human bellies at mealtime.

Stiv Wilson writes: “The sheer scale...

Photo: Courtesy of Uniqlo 

Want to be a little different then wear MoMA's famous artistic art work!

The concept of “wearable art” is now a reality in a new collaborative collection between Uniqlo and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), called Super Geometric. The collection spotlights the 20th century’s great masters of abstract and minimalist art: Sol LeWitt, François Morellet, Gertrud “Gego” Goldschmidt, and Max Bill.

The collection reinterprets their work into (literal) wearable forms of art through playful and vibrant colored graphic tees, rompers, jumpsuits, scarves, hats, and tote bags that take after the artists’ work.

Highlights include the Sol LeWitt-inspired graphic T-shirts that exhibit his famed wall drawings, and Francois Morellet’s geometric artwork transformed into covetable baseball caps and scarves.

How did the Super Geometric collection begin? Yahoo Style spoke to Justin Kerr, Uniqlo’s director of brand partnerships, to learn more.

“We are constantly lookin...

March 27, 2017

So, if you're in NYC! Go and see their shop instead of Macys, Bloomingdale's, etc. After seven years, the sisters behind the NY-based label continue to thrive.

Photo courtesy of Racked

After just a few minutes of talking with Darlene and Lizzy Okpo — co-founders of the New York-based womenswear line William Okpo — it becomes abundantly clear that failure isn’t, and has never been, an option. That’s why seven years after starting their label, the sisters are still turning out fresh ideas that feel prescient and thriving creatively in an industry that’s not known to be friendly to upstarts — nor overtly welcoming to women of color.

Founded in 2010 when Darlene and Lizzy were just 23 and 19 years old, respectively, the brand takes its name from the girls’ father, William Okpo, who immigrated from Nigeria to New York in 1976. The sisters embraced his strong, unwavering work ethic and unique style — ideas that ultimately inspired them to launch a label despite limited resources, limited e...

October 20, 2016

modern home designs

Photocourtesy of homedeit.com

Photo by theredlist.com

First and foremost I LOVE Modern design, especially modern houses. But the Fallingwater house is always at the top of the list. Fallingwater is the name of a house built over a waterfall in southwest Pennsylvania. Frank Lloyd Wright, America’s most famous architect, designed the house for his clients, the Kaufmann family. Fallingwater was built between 1936 and 1939. It instantly became famous, and today it is a National Historic Landmark. Info courtesy of thefallingwater.org

Photocourtesy of homedeit.com

So here we take a look at shipping container made into modern homes. They look great and cheaper to build your ideal modern home out of them. I love light. I grew up in a home that had 30 windows to the design. So you can understand the need for light on my behalf. To grow plants, your renewal spirit of the sun being in on your body.

UPDATE: Cincinnati, OH has several modern homedesigns byaward winning architects. See...

October 18, 2016

Small spaces have never been bigger, at least in terms of popularity. Part of this is simply because many home buyers can't afford the increasingly expensive square footage, while others embrace small spaces to curb their energy consumption (and electricity bill).

 

Still, no one likes feeling cramped; they want their tiny rooms to at last feelhuge. To help on that front, we got design experts to reveal their secrets for making a space appear(as if by magic!) bigger than it actually is.

 

Show some leg

The more floor visible, the better, says designer Laura Clayton Baker. That can be done when chairs, tables, and other furnishings have spindly legs. Avoid having lots of furniture that extends all the way to the ground, such as a solid cabinet or a full-length slipcover on a sofa or love seat.

 

"Creating the illusion of more space is all about openness and movement," Clayton Baker says. "Furniture that allows light and air to flow not just over it, but also under and around it, appears to flo...

October 14, 2016

This artist prefers her seating to be as squeaky clean as the materials she recycles. Old bathtubs done “disco” style are this quirky designer’s signature chair. Not only does she make good use of discarded household items, but she really gives them a glamorous touch. Shiny mosaic tiles, a streamlined frame, and perhaps one of the coolest seat bases we’ve seen in a long while, this bathtub-turned-chair has really got it going on. If you want to commission one for yourself, contact the artist, Helen Stephenson.

 

 There’s something so fun and childlike about a hanging chair, and the one pictured here from Uncommon Goods is actually sustainable. Handmade by the endangered Mlabri people in northern Thailand, who were once nearly wiped out in the mid-20th century when the teak forests near their home were cut down for decorative wood, have found a self-sustaining niche through the use of their traditional weaving skills. This funky black and white hammock can be stretched out to seven feet o...

September 29, 2016

Photo courtesy of seventeen 

 

UPDATE: a NEW nude brand is called NAJA with 7 shades of underwear.

This is for those who like Nude color tones of

mahogany, chocolate, bronze, honey, pearl, ivory

 

What a great concept! WELL, we kindly been done before. 

 

"Nude" heels, dresses, and bags can be found in any store, but usually they only come in beige – which suits some people, but excludes all other skin tones. Finally, fashion brands are realizing that one single nude color just doesn't work for everyone, and Mia Pielle is leading the movement.

 

The innovative new website helps you find shoes, clothes, undergarments, and accessories that actually match your unique skin color. You just select one of the six skin tones that's best suited to you and from there, the website pulls shoppable products from different brands in your "true nude" color. Kind of like Google, but for nude clothing.

 

Atima Lui and Nancy Madrid, two students at Harvard Business School, created the brand because they were fed u...

August 27, 2016

infusionofstyles loves jewelry and why not buy from wonderful, creative artisan shops in Africa, India and beyond. That allow the local women to make a living for themselves and their families like: BeadWORKSKenyaSidai Designs, Sseko Designs, Shop SokoGlobal Girlfriends, Freeset Global, Worldfinds, Enkiito Maasai Jewelry, Zambia Gold and Kantha Collection. The beauty is in the details.

Photo's courtesy of sidaldesigns, shopsoko and beadworkskenya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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