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April 23, 2014
April is National Poetry Month + we’re thrilled to be hosting a poetry book signing at our West Queen West store.
Stop in on Saturday April 26th from 1pm to 3:30pm to meet Toronto-based poet Aprill Atkins Cameron, who’s new poetry collection Songanddancegirl is currently available at all our stores.
According the  the author, Songanddancefgirl’s “poems are snapshots, playful & poignant explorations covering an array of social, psychological, urban and pop culture terrain.” Not only are the poems personal + heartfelt, but the book is also beautifully crafted + feels like an art object in and of itself.
 About The Poet: Aprill Atkins Cameron is a writer and Child Psychotherapist that resides in Toronto. Her work has been published in Quadrant, a unique psychoanalytic journal in NYC.  As well as in, Influency Salon: Engaging Conversations With Contemporary Canadian Poetry, Third Edition, 2010.
See you this Saturday! 

April is National Poetry Month + we’re thrilled to be hosting a poetry book signing at our West Queen West store.

Stop in on Saturday April 26th from 1pm to 3:30pm to meet Toronto-based poet Aprill Atkins Cameron, who’s new poetry collection Songanddancegirl is currently available at all our stores.

According the  the author, Songanddancefgirl’s “poems are snapshots, playful & poignant explorations covering an array of social, psychological, urban and pop culture terrain.” Not only are the poems personal + heartfelt, but the book is also beautifully crafted + feels like an art object in and of itself.

About The Poet: Aprill Atkins Cameron is a writer and Child Psychotherapist that resides in Toronto. Her work has been published in Quadrant, a unique psychoanalytic journal in NYC.  As well as in, Influency Salon: Engaging Conversations With Contemporary Canadian Poetry, Third Edition, 2010.

See you this Saturday! 

April 21, 2014
Another Modern Makers contest!In partnership with Design Milk, we’re giving away one of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio’s Mini Chimes.
Each chime set is handmade in their west coast studio using brass, glazed ceramics + found objects. 
Enter the contest here.

Another Modern Makers contest!

In partnership with Design Milk, we’re giving away one of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio’s Mini Chimes.

Each chime set is handmade in their west coast studio using brass, glazed ceramics + found objects. 

Enter the contest here.

April 17, 2014
Modern MakersMeet Ladies + Gentlemen Studio
Founded in 2010 by Dylan Davis + Jean Lee, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio create a diverse set of products through playful exploration in materiality fused with their desire to find ideal pairings of material and function.
The duo met while studying industrial design at the University of Washington. While launching their careers at companies such as General Assembly, R.E Load Baggage + Henrybuilt., Dylan + Jean obsessively collected vintage items which led them to open an online vintage shop. Eventually they started experimenting with modifying vintage items to create something new. Ladies + Gentlemen Studio was born from this experimentation.
We’ve carried a number of their items in the past + are thrilled to now be stocking their modern wind chimes for our Modern Makers campaign. 

 Handcrafted, these gorgeous contemporary wind chimes are made of brass, metal tubes, glazed ceramics + other found objects. Designed for use indoors and outdoors, each chime set is handmade by the studio.

 Shop their Modern Maker’s collection here.

Modern Makers

Meet Ladies + Gentlemen Studio

Founded in 2010 by Dylan Davis + Jean Lee, Ladies & Gentlemen Studio create a diverse set of products through playful exploration in materiality fused with their desire to find ideal pairings of material and function.

The duo met while studying industrial design at the University of Washington. While launching their careers at companies such as General Assembly, R.E Load Baggage + Henrybuilt., Dylan + Jean obsessively collected vintage items which led them to open an online vintage shop. Eventually they started experimenting with modifying vintage items to create something new. Ladies + Gentlemen Studio was born from this experimentation.

We’ve carried a number of their items in the past + are thrilled to now be stocking their modern wind chimes for our Modern Makers campaign.

 Handcrafted, these gorgeous contemporary wind chimes are made of brass, metal tubes, glazed ceramics + other found objects. Designed for use indoors and outdoors, each chime set is handmade by the studio.

 Shop their Modern Maker’s collection here.

April 15, 2014

L.A’s Warpaint are back + have recently released their second full length this past January. Titled Warpaint, it was produced by Flood & mixed by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich

Watch their super fun video for Disco//Very + Keep It Healthy above.  

April 14, 2014
Modern Makers
Meet Blackbird.  
Established in 2004, Blackbird is a design studio that sprouted from an award winning menswear store based in Seattle, WA. Their store gained international frame for stocking progressive unknown brands that bridged the categories of fashion + lifestyle.
 After numerous successful years running their retail concept, Blackbird launched a private label collection built around an American-made denim line which has been expanded to include apparel, accessories, home goods + apothecary products.
 
While visiting a tradeshow in New York, our buyer Joyce Lo met the Blackbird team + fell in love with their apothecary products. We are thrilled to be carrying their line of incense.

Blackbird Incense is a contemporary update to the ancient tradition of burning incense. The scents are modern & inspired + based on perfume concepts.  We are currently stocking Blood Countess (resinous, warm, spicy), Hibernus (cool, amber, birch), Ozo (strong, floral, sandalwood), Roheline (summer, green, tomato leaf) and Sepulchre (mysterious, white flower, wood).
Each tin contains 20-24 incense pyres. You can even use the lid of the time as a burner.  Shop our Modern Makers Blackbird shop here.

Modern Makers

Meet Blackbird.  

Established in 2004, Blackbird is a design studio that sprouted from an award winning menswear store based in Seattle, WA. Their store gained international frame for stocking progressive unknown brands that bridged the categories of fashion + lifestyle.

 After numerous successful years running their retail concept, Blackbird launched a private label collection built around an American-made denim line which has been expanded to include apparel, accessories, home goods + apothecary products.

 

While visiting a tradeshow in New York, our buyer Joyce Lo met the Blackbird team + fell in love with their apothecary products. We are thrilled to be carrying their line of incense.

Blackbird Incense is a contemporary update to the ancient tradition of burning incense. The scents are modern & inspired + based on perfume concepts.  We are currently stocking Blood Countess (resinous, warm, spicy), Hibernus (cool, amber, birch), Ozo (strong, floral, sandalwood), Roheline (summer, green, tomato leaf) and Sepulchre (mysterious, white flower, wood).

Each tin contains 20-24 incense pyres. You can even use the lid of the time as a burner. 

Shop our Modern Makers Blackbird shop here.

April 10, 2014

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Blood Orange

In the past, we’ve posted his music videos, profiled lead singer Dev Hynes in a style icon post + featured one of his tracks on our January 2014 playlist

Check out his latest video for Uncle Ace, remixed by Kindness.

April 8, 2014
We’ve partnered once again with our fave design blog Design Milk for a contest featuring one of our Modern Makers. 
Here is your chance to win two fruit shaped planters by Brooklyn-based design studio Chen Chen + Kai Williams.
Their planters are cast of cement from molds made with actual fruit. 
We are giving away a pineapple + avocado planter to one lucky winner. 
Enter here + read Design Milk’s profile of Chen Chen + Kai Williams now.  

We’ve partnered once again with our fave design blog Design Milk for a contest featuring one of our Modern Makers. 

Here is your chance to win two fruit shaped planters by Brooklyn-based design studio Chen Chen + Kai Williams.

Their planters are cast of cement from molds made with actual fruit. 

We are giving away a pineapple + avocado planter to one lucky winner. 

Enter here + read Design Milk’s profile of Chen Chen + Kai Williams now.  

April 2, 2014
Modern Makers
Meet the Maker: Sir/Madam
Are you ready for your new favourite housewares? Meet Jesse James + Kostas Anagnopoulos, the creators behind Sir/Madam, a new line for your home with a focus on entertaining + domesticity. Their name was inspired for the email salutation used by their workshops in India, while the goods are inspired by the memories of Jesse’s grandmother’s cupboards + their fondness for workhouse antiques. Their products are all designed to be timeless, with historical references in modern form, so they marry well with almost every interior from mid-century to Scandinavian inspired.

We will be carrying an eclectic range of their offerings. Perfect for your morning cereal or salted chocolate almonds when entertaining are hand painted Au Lait Stripe Bowls insped by antique café au lait bowls from France + Belgium + Au Lait Deco Bowls featuring bold authentic 1930s motifs. The items we’re extra sweet on are the darling café-style Grand Cups featuring terms of endearment in bold fonts + the Letter Napkins printed with personal love letter or life advice from literary greats, such as Jack London, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dicksons + F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Other available products include the Revival Dinner Plate Set + Side Plate Set were inspired by the 19th century British decorative educational plates  gifted to children as a reward, hand finished Large + Small Shield Wood Boards, circular Kitchen Mitts in black or indigo + striped Found Cotton Cloths.

All of the wares from Sir/Madam compliment one another, or are a great addition to your current home collection.
Shop all Sir/Madam here

Modern Makers

Meet the Maker: Sir/Madam

Are you ready for your new favourite housewares? Meet Jesse James + Kostas Anagnopoulos, the creators behind Sir/Madam, a new line for your home with a focus on entertaining + domesticity. Their name was inspired for the email salutation used by their workshops in India, while the goods are inspired by the memories of Jesse’s grandmother’s cupboards + their fondness for workhouse antiques. Their products are all designed to be timeless, with historical references in modern form, so they marry well with almost every interior from mid-century to Scandinavian inspired.

We will be carrying an eclectic range of their offerings. Perfect for your morning cereal or salted chocolate almonds when entertaining are hand painted Au Lait Stripe Bowls insped by antique café au lait bowls from France + Belgium + Au Lait Deco Bowls featuring bold authentic 1930s motifs. The items we’re extra sweet on are the darling café-style Grand Cups featuring terms of endearment in bold fonts + the Letter Napkins printed with personal love letter or life advice from literary greats, such as Jack London, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Charles Dicksons + F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Other available products include the Revival Dinner Plate Set + Side Plate Set were inspired by the 19th century British decorative educational plates  gifted to children as a reward, hand finished Large + Small Shield Wood Boards, circular Kitchen Mitts in black or indigo + striped Found Cotton Cloths.

All of the wares from Sir/Madam compliment one another, or are a great addition to your current home collection.

Shop all Sir/Madam here

April 1, 2014
Modern Makers
Meet the Maker: Chen Chen + Kai Williams
The Brooklyn based design studio Chen Chen + Kai Williams are interested in creating items that displace everyday materials from their common environments. Using resin, wood, fabric + other various materials, everything they make it handmade in New York + unique in design. We are currently carrying their Nugget Key Chains, Avocado Planter + Pineapple Planter.

Their fruit planters, in either an avocado or pineapple shape, are cast in mold from actual fruit - though we cannot guarantee they are organic, holy guacamole are they ever cool. When their studio was flooded after Hurricane Sandy, they created intricate Nugget Key Chains, which look like mini kaleidoscope sculptures, to showcase the dense + powerful world we live in.

See the whole Chen Chen + Kail Williams collection here

Modern Makers

Meet the Maker: Chen Chen + Kai Williams

The Brooklyn based design studio Chen Chen + Kai Williams are interested in creating items that displace everyday materials from their common environments. Using resin, wood, fabric + other various materials, everything they make it handmade in New York + unique in design. We are currently carrying their Nugget Key Chains, Avocado Planter + Pineapple Planter.

Their fruit planters, in either an avocado or pineapple shape, are cast in mold from actual fruit - though we cannot guarantee they are organic, holy guacamole are they ever cool. When their studio was flooded after Hurricane Sandy, they created intricate Nugget Key Chains, which look like mini kaleidoscope sculptures, to showcase the dense + powerful world we live in.

See the whole Chen Chen + Kail Williams collection here

March 31, 2014

Brooklyn-based Small Black have released a brand spanking new video for their latest single Real People. Check it out + get moving!