Saturday, August 2, 2014
Japanese designer Rina Ogura is a Wellington based designer, who is behind these beautiful Ogura MEMO notebooks. We have one to giveaway, so put your name & email down below if you want one.
The Ogura MEMO is a writing notebook bound with Japanese fusuma style paper. Typically used in Japanese architecture for sliding doors or wall panels, the treated ivory paper is ideal for notebooks as well. “The inspiration for the Ogura MEMO comes from the Japanese fusuma. I’m a big fan of stationery (and all things Japan), so I asked Rina a few questions:
You have quite a family history of making paper I understand?
My family have been crafting fusuma paper doors since the 1920’s. My great-grand father began his workshop in 1923 – the same year Tokyo was almost completely destroyed by the Kanto earthquake, though he ended up rebuilding the workshop.
Your Grandad used to make Japanese Fusuma paper doors?
Yes! My great-grandfather Hirokichi Ogura started the workshop, and now, my grandad continued the business and still makes Fusuma doors today.
Have you ever lived in a traditional Japanese house with such doors and are they still used ?
In Tokyo the house I lived in until I was about 12 was traditional style and had tatami mats on the floor (no shoes!) as well as fusuma and shoji doors. It is still a very popular style, even for new houses.
What is unique about the Japanese approach to paper that differs to say other cultures?
I think for Japanese people, paper isn't so easily replaced by plastic or other materials. From the wrapping of a present to a writing notebook, paper is simply more honest. Japan is also quite forward in regards to recycling and using sustainable materials such as paper.
In the digital age, many people wouldn't have grown up writing in diaries or journals as I did. Do you think people still want to write by hand?
I once had the pleasure of talking with an architect who helped design some of Tokyo’s iconic skyline during the 60's and 70's. I wrote a few quick notes as he spoke wise words about classic style, to which he complimented my writing. I think the written word will always have a place. Sometimes all the digital technology around us gets in the way.
Where do you get your inspirations from? Name three things that inspire you ?
My inspirations come from Japanese calligraphy, architecture (I admire Hawke's Bay Art Deco), and of course, Jazz.
Rina, how did you come to be in Wellington?
My kiwi partner is from Wellington. We met in Tokyo last year and worked together on a small photography business, he sold me on the idea of Wellington from day one for the new Ogura MEMO adventure. I love how compact the city is and all the different shops and cafes. It really is a special place with a great creative atmosphere, especially for what I am doing with Ogura MEMO.
Tokyo - the world’s largest city. Many will say up there with the worlds best cities of style & fashion & culture. You must miss it!
I love Tokyo culture & fashion, but it is my home - the style sometimes gets a bit too normal for me. Some of the best inspiration comes from new places and cultures I think.
What do you look for in good stationary?
Quality is number one. And it must be simple and useful – not kitsch.
Japan has some amazing fashion. Who is a favourite?
I admire the designer of COMME des GARCONS, Rei Kawakubo. She has a particular kind of strong design and passion. I think true fashion and style should be strong.
As I’ve mentioned, if you want to be in to win one – post your email below.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
New York based Ari Seth Cohen is behind what must by now, be one of the worlds biggest photography fashion blogs, along with the likes of The Selby. But on his blog Advanced Style, Ari has done something very different. He has trained his lens on the fantastic styles and looks on the women and men in their 60, 70’s 80’s and even 90’s. The result is a remarkable insight into a sector of society we don’t often see – hidden from the youth fixated images that cocoon us from billboards to magazine spreads. Ari teamed up, you might recall, to deliver those amazing shoots for Karen Walker sunglasses. He has just completed a documentary, and next week Ari will be coming here for one evening, where I’ll be in conversation with him. We’ll be talking about why he does what he does, his views on ageism in fashion, style and so on, with a chance for you to put your questions to him also.
So! It is an invite only event, but I have ONE double pass AND a copy of his book Advanced Style. So if you are free next Tuesday evening August 5, and would like to come to Ari Seth Cohen in conversation at the Department Store, Takapuna, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - First in first serve.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
I’m a sucker for a great bag. As we know. I’m especially a sucker for a great camera bag. It’s hard to know how to transport your camera around. One wants it to be available at all times or those shots, but also separated from the gym gear, and all the paraphernalia that can clog up your daily bag. I don’t know much about them, but The Brothers are doing some really nice stuff!
Born from an obsession with old luggage pieces, ‘The Brothers’ pay homage to vintage leather ware, once staples in every gentleman’s wardrobe. Sherna and Ashley are dedicated to creating timeless leather bags and accessories that respect the past whilst embracing the future.
The Brothers latest offering of camera bags, is driven by the desire to create beautiful and functional bags that a customer is proud to wear. A camera is a treasured piece of equipment and should be protected without compromising style.
The 'Avedon' camera bag, honors the late photographer Richard Avedon. His iconic fashion and portrait photographs defined American style and culture. Avedon’s images whilst minimal, where rich with character and revealed the true essence of his subject.
The 'Ray' camera bag, respects the modernist artist and photographer Man Ray. A legend of his time, Ray was one of the leading spirits of the Dada and Surrealism movements. He was inventive and versatile working in a variety of media.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
It’s been an intense period of busy-ness for me. So busy that I have had no time to take photos at all. And a lot of people are asking about that. So I’ll be taking a hiatus for a while, but it’s a shame to see what has become quite a little community on streetandcityphotos go to waste. The site still, amazingly, has about 20-30,000 hits a month.
AND SO! IF a label or product would like something of a shout out, email me, and I’ll see what I think, and post those. it might be a chance to diversify out a little too. So don't just think fashion or style.
On that note, as it happens, I am quite liking Empire of Genius, which launched their first collection - Slasher - in Wellington recently. New Zealand’s “latest luxury handbag and accessory label.” Tymone Winter was showcasing The Empire of Genius pieces ranging from hand tooled leather bags and accessories to tailored pencil skirts and draped white silk pantsuits.
Courtenay Hill-Scott in hand tooled 'Knifed' black leather jacket, Olivia Poppe in, hand tooled 'Knifed' black leather poncho, kimono cape dress and Tarikura Kapea in white hand tooled 'Leather lace' box top, and white hand tooled 'Leather lace' scarf and 'Lucky' handbag. Michael Farr photography.
Rhiannon Purves in hand cut 'Slashed and looped' leather scarf, Georgia van den Eykel in hand tooled white 'Leather lace' scarf, and Sequoia Etti in hand cut and smocked 'Slashed and Stitched' black leather jacket. Michael Farr photography.
Monday, July 7, 2014
Love candles too? Same! Nothing better than coming home on a winters evening, making a dinner and wine and lighting the candle.
Introducing Pidgeon & Weasel Soy Wax Candles.
Post a comment at the bottom and be in to WIN a candle. A ‘Deliciously indulgent Caramelised fig candle, enriched with spice, and drizzled with manuka honey,’
Or the ‘irresistible summery Citrus Sunset candle – a cocktail of refreshing tropical and citrus fruits, that will carry you to an enchanting tropical island.’
The other candles sound pretty enticing too. Black Lavender. Buddha’s tears. Coconut Lime. Fresh Linen. Perhaps the best thing is that they’re not priced beyond the range of the Ponsonby Villa owner. Check the site for the range.
The team is Prue and Clayton, who both ‘ love living a low impact urban lifestyle’. They make these delightful soy wax candles in used beer bottles, which are donated from a local bar in Glebe called Little Guys. The result is Triple Scented 100% Soy Wax Candles, hand poured into said glass beer bottles, using paraffin lead free wicks, with unique scents and a distinctive style.
So here they are. Pidgeon & Weasel have a number of cool stockists in Australia, but have yet to hit New Zealand.
It’s a competitive market the ol’ candle market, but I think Pidgeon & Weasel are onto something. Their fragrances are imaginative and bright, and their re-use ethos is on the mark - done in a really cool way.
Again be in to win, with a comment below.