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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 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! 

March 28, 2014
Drake General Store Style Icon: Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola comes from film industry royalty as the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, sister to Roman Coppola and cousin to both Nicolas Cage + Jason Schwartzman, but has made a name for herself as director of The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere + The Bling Ring. She began acting in her father’s films before she could walks and at age fifteen she interned for Chanel, fetching coffee for Karl Lagerfeld, where her love of fashion started + her own personal style began to develop. Visually driven, she studied photography, had dreams of being a painter + designed her own clothing line Milkfed (which is still available in Japan) before directing motion pictures. 

Her five feature films are distinctively Sofia, she lets the visuals of the film tell the story rather than letting the dialog of her characters establish the mood. She always films on location as the authenticity + energy of Tokyo in Lost in Translation, Versailles in Marie Antoinette, Los Angeles in The Bling Ring + Milan in Somewhere cannot be replicated in the studio. Her films leave you feeling as if you’re inside of them yourself instead of just watching.

The wardrobe of Sofia’s characters are lavish, from corseted gowns, pink wigs + blinged out designer gear, but her own style has a minimal Parisian feel. She wear ballet flats, button down shirts, A-line skirts, soft floral frocks, classic stripes + tailored silhouettes that compliment her slim body in shades of navy, taupe + cream. She manages to look elegant while being effortless and while film is her prerogative, the fashion industry has taken notice. She has become Dior’s go-to ad director, appeared in advertisements for her close friend Marc Jacobs, was the face of his fragrance Blush + has a namesake Louis Vuitton handbag she helped design, which has been carried by Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr + Emmanuelle Alt. Sofia’s style has made her an icon of all things aesthetic, and she proves that you can be both substantial + still interested in frivolity.

Drake General Store Style Icon: Sofia Coppola

Sofia Coppola comes from film industry royalty as the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, sister to Roman Coppola and cousin to both Nicolas Cage + Jason Schwartzman, but has made a name for herself as director of The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, Somewhere + The Bling Ring. She began acting in her father’s films before she could walks and at age fifteen she interned for Chanel, fetching coffee for Karl Lagerfeld, where her love of fashion started + her own personal style began to develop. Visually driven, she studied photography, had dreams of being a painter + designed her own clothing line Milkfed (which is still available in Japan) before directing motion pictures. 

Her five feature films are distinctively Sofia, she lets the visuals of the film tell the story rather than letting the dialog of her characters establish the mood. She always films on location as the authenticity + energy of Tokyo in Lost in Translation, Versailles in Marie Antoinette, Los Angeles in The Bling Ring + Milan in Somewhere cannot be replicated in the studio. Her films leave you feeling as if you’re inside of them yourself instead of just watching.

The wardrobe of Sofia’s characters are lavish, from corseted gowns, pink wigs + blinged out designer gear, but her own style has a minimal Parisian feel. She wear ballet flats, button down shirts, A-line skirts, soft floral frocks, classic stripes + tailored silhouettes that compliment her slim body in shades of navy, taupe + cream. She manages to look elegant while being effortless and while film is her prerogative, the fashion industry has taken notice. She has become Dior’s go-to ad director, appeared in advertisements for her close friend Marc Jacobs, was the face of his fragrance Blush + has a namesake Louis Vuitton handbag she helped design, which has been carried by Alexa Chung, Kate Moss, Miranda Kerr + Emmanuelle Alt. Sofia’s style has made her an icon of all things aesthetic, and she proves that you can be both substantial + still interested in frivolity.

March 25, 2014
Postcards from Israel: Sales Associate Marra Katz’s adventure to the Middle East I was encouraged by my good friend to finally take part in my Birthright trip. This is a trip for young Jewish adults between 18 & 26 that is funded by the Israeli government and prominent Jewish philanthropists. The two of us were luckily able to partake in the same trip so we jetted off on Christmas Day 2013. It was amazing to be able to get out of Canada (I hadn’t flown in about 9 years) + of course to escape the brutal cold. On one of our first days we went up to the border of Israel and Lebanon where we were able to view the Mediterranean Sea. The photo above is from the inside of naturally made caves. The white stone that is used to make chalk is riddled with flint rock used to ignite fire. The water was a stunning turquoise blue and rushed in and out of the caves. We took a gondola ride up to the top of the mountain and got to stand between Lebanon and Israel. Although most of our hikes were cancelled due to rain we were able to go to the top of Small Fin part of the craters in the Israeli Negev Desert. They are a unique geological phenomenon. They weren’t created by meteors or by volcanic activity, but by a slow erosion process of a mountain peak by water + wind. This was one of the most spectacular views I’ve seen thus far in life. We sat at the top after a very challenging hike + took 10 minutes of silence to breathe and look out in the midst of vastness and rock, it was spiritually awakening (as hippie dippy as that sounds).
 This was my Israeli boyfriend from the trip. His name was J-24 + we had a whirlwind romance for a total of 10 minutes. We had the amazing opportunity to take a camel ride in the Judean Desert after spending the night in a Bedouin tent under the stars. J-24 was into selfies and planted a kiss right on my cheek when I took the photo, what a charming guy!
 This was taken on the way down from our second climb at Masada. Masada which translates to fortress was an ancient castle that was built at the top of this mountain in the middle of the Judean Desert. This was an insanely sophisticated fortress was equipped with many palaces, bath houses, pools, a sauna, mosaic workshop +  housed enough rain water in the cisterns collected from aqueducts that could keep the almost 1000 residents alive for 100 years. Blew my mind! After the sweaty descent 1200 feet in altitude + 700 steps we reached the bottom of Masada’s winding snake path. We made our way over to the Dead Sea for a dip in the receding salty waters of this lifeless body of water. The salt content is so high that the buoyancy level is enough for you to basically sit atop the surface. You have to be very careful not to get the water in your mouth or eyes and the shores are as sharp as glass from the solidified salt. It was a stunning view, if you look to the horizon of the above photo you can see the mountain range that lines the other side. We made like tourists + coated ourselves in dead sea clay before we made our way into the cool waters. For the last 4 days of the journey through Israel we spent our time in the ancient city of Jerusalem. We went to the Wailing Wall, the Jewish market, the room The Last Supper was in + I got to touch King David’s tomb. I wrote a couple wishes and placed them in the wailing wall hoping that the greater powers that be will attend to them. This was also a great opportunity for me shoot street photography which I’ve been focusing on a lot in my photographic practice. 
You can see more photos from the trip and otherwise on www.marrakatz.com.



Postcards from Israel: Sales Associate Marra Katz’s adventure to the Middle East

I was encouraged by my good friend to finally take part in my Birthright trip. This is a trip for young Jewish adults between 18 & 26 that is funded by the Israeli government and prominent Jewish philanthropists. The two of us were luckily able to partake in the same trip so we jetted off on Christmas Day 2013. It was amazing to be able to get out of Canada (I hadn’t flown in about 9 years) + of course to escape the brutal cold.



On one of our first days we went up to the border of Israel and Lebanon where we were able to view the Mediterranean Sea. The photo above is from the inside of naturally made caves. The white stone that is used to make chalk is riddled with flint rock used to ignite fire. The water was a stunning turquoise blue and rushed in and out of the caves. We took a gondola ride up to the top of the mountain and got to stand between Lebanon and Israel.



Although most of our hikes were cancelled due to rain we were able to go to the top of Small Fin part of the craters in the Israeli Negev Desert. They are a unique geological phenomenon. They weren’t created by meteors or by volcanic activity, but by a slow erosion process of a mountain peak by water + wind. This was one of the most spectacular views I’ve seen thus far in life. We sat at the top after a very challenging hike + took 10 minutes of silence to breathe and look out in the midst of vastness and rock, it was spiritually awakening (as hippie dippy as that sounds).



This was my Israeli boyfriend from the trip. His name was J-24 + we had a whirlwind romance for a total of 10 minutes. We had the amazing opportunity to take a camel ride in the Judean Desert after spending the night in a Bedouin tent under the stars. J-24 was into selfies and planted a kiss right on my cheek when I took the photo, what a charming guy!



This was taken on the way down from our second climb at Masada. Masada which translates to fortress was an ancient castle that was built at the top of this mountain in the middle of the Judean Desert. This was an insanely sophisticated fortress was equipped with many palaces, bath houses, pools, a sauna, mosaic workshop +  housed enough rain water in the cisterns collected from aqueducts that could keep the almost 1000 residents alive for 100 years. Blew my mind!



After the sweaty descent 1200 feet in altitude + 700 steps we reached the bottom of Masada’s winding snake path. We made our way over to the Dead Sea for a dip in the receding salty waters of this lifeless body of water. The salt content is so high that the buoyancy level is enough for you to basically sit atop the surface. You have to be very careful not to get the water in your mouth or eyes and the shores are as sharp as glass from the solidified salt. It was a stunning view, if you look to the horizon of the above photo you can see the mountain range that lines the other side. We made like tourists + coated ourselves in dead sea clay before we made our way into the cool waters.



For the last 4 days of the journey through Israel we spent our time in the ancient city of Jerusalem. We went to the Wailing Wall, the Jewish market, the room The Last Supper was in + I got to touch King David’s tomb. I wrote a couple wishes and placed them in the wailing wall hoping that the greater powers that be will attend to them. This was also a great opportunity for me shoot street photography which I’ve been focusing on a lot in my photographic practice.

You can see more photos from the trip and otherwise on www.marrakatz.com.

March 24, 2014
Introducing Modern Makers: Meet Our New Favourites.
Behind each product there’s a story. We believe well-designed, extraordinary products can have a real effect on everyday lives. With Modern Makers, we’ll be showing off our treasured brands + new designers that we love from all around the world.
We are proud to introduce 10 new makers to our shop and in the coming weeks profiling the designers, with specials offers + contests to give away some of their awesome items. With a focus on goods for your home, many of the Modern Makers will be available for the first time in Canada + exclusive to Drake General Store.
We are excited to share the wares, along with their stories, with you. We know they’ll become your new favourites too. 
Stay tuned for more on the Modern Makers + shop them here. 

Introducing Modern Makers: Meet Our New Favourites.

Behind each product there’s a story. We believe well-designed, extraordinary products can have a real effect on everyday lives. With Modern Makers, we’ll be showing off our treasured brands + new designers that we love from all around the world.

We are proud to introduce 10 new makers to our shop and in the coming weeks profiling the designers, with specials offers + contests to give away some of their awesome items. With a focus on goods for your home, many of the Modern Makers will be available for the first time in Canada + exclusive to Drake General Store.

We are excited to share the wares, along with their stories, with you. We know they’ll become your new favourites too.

Stay tuned for more on the Modern Makers + shop them here