Making of La Maison Simons Automne/Fall 2011 Le 31 Collection avec/with Sebastian Sauvé
La Maison Simons was founded by the Simons family in 1840 in Quebec City, and is headquartered in that city. The store began operations as Simons House, but retail operations began in 1889. Now a chain with seven stores in Quebec, it is currently headed by Peter Simons. The birth of the family business took place in 1812. Peter Simons who was born in Scotland in 1785 settled into the Quebec City area where he lived on a farm and raised his family including his five children. His 17 year-old son John Simons at the time opened a dry goods store where he sold imported products from England and Scotland, after much success in pleasing the customers the policy is brought about and grows big where customers are fully satisfied or they get their money back. In 1870 La Maison Simons moves to its current location at 20 côte de la Fabrique, from this time and on the store grows to be even more successful. In 1952 the Postwar brings upon different brand new market opportunities where Donald Simon enters the picture and leads the store into a modern era, transforming it into a department store where it becomes leader in popularizing fashion. La Maison Simons sells not only high quality fashion but also home fashion. With only eight stores in Canada, La Maison Simons is very successful for rich people. Some things in La Maison Simons are decent priced, but if you want a good pair of jeans, it’s better if you have money. Plus the security system is pretty high tech so good luck. The year 1961 is the turning point for La Maison Simons as it enters a growth phase with its new store in Place Sainte-Foy where home fashions is now introduced to the store and bringing upon new brands for men and for women in their thirties and forties.
Achieve water repellence on pieces as sweatshirts, knits and jeans: this is Stone Island’s challenge with the innovative ‘Hydrophobic’ treatment. The treatment is environmentally friendly because PFDA (perfluorooctanoic acid) free. The treatment is undetectable and it doesn’t affect the appearance or hand of the garments.
As the second installment in the Pierre Balmain series, this sophomore cut continues the theme of downtown cool and rock inspiration by enlisting Our Mountain front man, and Abbey Lee Kershaw’s real-life boyfriend, Matthew Hutchinson.
Running through Manhattan and Brooklyn to the soundtrack of Our Mountain’s new single “Devils Banquet,” Hutchinson gives a glimpse of what to expect from Pierre Balmain menswear, a collection of downtown essentials driven by denim, leather and knits.
Here we take a butchers at one of Kitmeout’s favourite fashion brands:
“I have always loved the Mao cap, though I hate violent revolution.” remarks Dame Vivienne Westwood, who cites China as the key inspiration behind her Spring/Summer 2012 Gold Label collection at Paris Fashion Week. “I hope their traditional wisdom and experience from a culture going back to Confucius may help us to save the planet,” she added.
BEHIND THE SCENES AT VIVIENNE WESTWOOD GOLD LABEL
THE COLLECTION has 3 main influences : China, because I hope their traditional wisdom and experience from a culture going back to Confucius may help us to save the planet; the desert because of climate change; and 17th century corsets.
When I was in Nairobi I met Mr. Xijia Wang who is working there with the United Nations. Our conversation left me with the wish to sum up my ideas. The result is the World Family Tree which you will see printed on Tshirts and bags. Mr. Wang wrote my name and the words “Green economy” in his calligraphy and I incorporated this in a print taken from Chinese flower painting.
There is a blow-up oversize jacket called the Mao jacket and I have always loved the Mao cap, though I hate violent revolution. Perhaps our love of uniforms comes from a wish to look alike, be part of a group – and maybe a group not happy with the status quo.
The desert inspired me to look at the Berbers with their burnous and the Tuaregs with their layers and their sunlight blue. There is a lot of black, indigo and copper fabric plus whites. Dresses are long.
Something I always do is mix up historical dress with ethnic clothes and new shapes or it could be a torn scrap of dress worn with court shoes and a chic handbag.
For some time I wanted to do oversize historical corsets. I thought I could give them a feeling of armour, worn as a jacket they would look touph – like a soldier or biker. The corsets we chose to oversize are from the England of Charles II; those beauties who, in their portraits dressed themselves in the sheets and satin covers pulled from the bed.
Mark O’Brien, the self-confessed crazy craftsman, get dizzy with cardboard shoes. The crazy cardboard craftsman is currently based in Manchester. Perhaps he could make a cardboard Tevez to come on for Man City. Take a butchers at his cardboard shoes.
Crazy cardboard craftsman for hire! I make work for use in shop display, illustration and setmaking/props. I use cardboard boxes to play in a seriously fun and creative way.
I’m also working on running workshops for anybody interested in playing with crafty cardboard and other recycled materials. In my spare time I just make things for the enjoyment of it!
Tellason jeans are made from the best denim in the world and are designed for the guy who cares about quality, authenticity and durability. The White Oak Cone selvage denim is cut and sewn in San Francisco, USA. Founders Tony Patella and Pete Searson are committed to an artisan approach and to honor the rich denim history of San Francisco. These jeans are simply beautiful.
Camera: Canon 7D
Lenses: Zeiss ZE, 28mm f/2, 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 and the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8
Lighting: Dedolight Felloni LED
Editing: Final Cut Pro X
Music Licensing: Deep East Music, via MusicBox USA
Director: Logan Kelsey
Showroom – Mill Valley
Taylor Stitch – San Francisco
A brand new collection of RMC T-Shirts have hit the shelves. Well worth a butchers.
RMC Martin Ksohoh Red Monkey Company black, crew neck, short sleeve regular fit t-shirt. Gold foil printed skull and cross bones across front, gold foil printed numbers on back. Short sleeve, gold foil printed signature logo on each sleeve. Fine ribbed crew neck, taped inner neck and shoulder seams. Turned back waist and sleeve cuffs with double stitched hems. 100% cotton.
The E39 shirt features a thin disc, containing the sensors, a power source, Bluetooth transmitter, and memory storage. Coupled with fabric electrodes, the system is capable of monitoring cardiac activity, anaerobic threshold, aerobic capacity, and other vitals that indicate an athlete’s performance and health.
“That’s the trend in both medicine and sports,” Brian Russell, Zephyr’s CEO, tells MIT’s Technology Review. “Because you can measure it, you can personalize it. “You can put them in the tight training zone for peak fitness and no injury.”
“Players know that if they share data, they get better television coverage and a better contract,” says Russell. Plus, athletes seems to like the shirt’s futuristic appearance, disc and all. “They say they feel like Iron Man,” he adds.