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Color Do Brasil

Along with the sun comes Color do Brasils latest collection. Right on time for beach season, French designer Amanda de Montal presents her 5th collection of Brazilian- inspired sexy swimsuits. For the lucky Butterflies who want to be irresistible this summer, note that a private sale is taking place from April 29th to 30th at 153 Lafayette street (11am to 7pm). You’ll find a large selection of swimsuits, wraps and other accessories.

Visit the “goodies” section of NYButterfly to see the invitation to the private sale. And for more info about the collection check Color Do Brasils website.

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Meet Velvetine

This young lady, straight from Paris, is storming into the Big Apple with a really stylish line of bags. Realistically speaking, we can’t all afford our so called “object of desire” -YSL, Hermes & Co are just not at everybody’s reach… Anne Cecile Couetil’s collection will appease your cravings… Made with Italian leather, as soft and precious as its name suggests, Velvetine ‘s bags are the kind you won’t get tired of. You can be sure to find them in everybody’s closet in no time…

They’ll quickly become the must-haves of the season!

VELVETINE bags are available at Blue Bag in Nolita. 266 Elizabeth St. For more info contact jenna@luxcartel.com

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5 mn with… Michaela Dosamantes

Profession: Stylist

Who are you Michaela?

I was born in Mexico and raised in NY. I’m 26, I’ve been living in New York since I finished university 5 years ago. While studying Art History I lived in Florence and London, where I gained an appreciation for art, culture, design, music and I saw these facets of culture intertwine and affect each other. Fashion was always something I loved but I never thought I could work at it  until I lived in Europe. I started to see it as means of self expression and a way of combining different elements of culture, background and taste. 

After moving to NY I started working for the NY bureau of French Vogue where I worked on many photo shoots– after that the inspiration was endless! 

How did you decide to become a stylist?

Working at the magazine, it was easy to by influenced by the people I worked with, I love meeting new people and getting to know them. Working on shoots you are always meeting new creative people with different points of view and collaborating with them to create something. thats amazing. 


Shoot with Robin Wright Penn

Lot’s of fashion stylists dream to work for French Vogue, what would be your dream job now?

My favorite part of the job is working on a shoot and creating something as a team with the photographer, model, makeup artist and hair stylist. I have my dream job! I get to collaborate with such talented people every day. I just hope I get to do it for a long time. I would also like to own a store one day…and go on shopping trips around the world to find fun treasures!

What is your best memory on shoot?

Every shoot is memorable, but one of my favorite shoots was for French Vogue in Montauk for the November 2007 issue. The photographer was Bruce Webber, and we ended up shooting at a petting zoo! We had 6 models, ducks, chickens, pigs (and piglets too!), horses and lamas roaming around, it was so much fun and really hilarious! 

The toughest or worst experience?

A not so funny thing that recently happened to me was having the sprinkler system go off in the middle of the shoot and the firemen had to come to the studio to turn it off! thankfully, none of the models and clothes did get wet. but the camera got soaked!

You must have been on shoot with lots of celebrities, any funny stories?

Lets just say it involved a TOP model, a garbage boat, and a looooong night! You won’t get more details than that. 

Give us a fashion tip or a must have for this winter.

My must have for winter is my Marc Jacobs cashmere beanie from the Mens store on Bleeker street, and of course my vintage mink coat (from my secret spot on the upper west). A must in NY winter!

What does a city like NY bring to you?

The kinetic energy that this city offers you is so special, you can start from scratch every day and have new opportunities at your doorstep. I love that you can walk down one block and hear 6 different languages, and be immersed in several different cultures in one day… In NY you meet people from all over the world, what they all have in common is that they’ve come here to make it. And we all know, if you can make it here you can make it anywhere.  

What is your favorite vintage shop in the city?

I don’t have a single favorite vintage shop, but East Eleventh street has a couple of gems!

What is the best affordable one?

Maybe somewhere like Buffalo exchange, you never know what you are going to find!

And an expensive one?

Rare Vintage and Resurrection they have amazing collectable pieces. And, if you are lucky you may get to see the rental only basement at Resurrection, they have Thierry Mugler, Versace and Alaia from the 80’s and 90’s that is to die for! Also, Jewel Diva at the Manhattan antiques pavilion on west 25th street has some pretty amazing costume jewelry from the last 20 years. Ask for Connie. 

What’s next? Any project? 

NY Fashion week just ended, I went to see my friend Joseph Altuzarra’s collection, which was absolutely beautiful. Check it out on Style.com!! And, fingers crossed many shoots and Paris fashion week in a couple of weeks…

Click here to check Michaela’s latest work.


Our favorite hotel has just opened its own SHOP. Nothing being quiet standard at THE STANDARD, you’ll find way more attractive goodies there than in a regular hotel’s boutique. The basics forgotten travel necessities are topped up by an original selection of gifts such as trendy eyewear (Paul Smith, Dita, Retrosuperfuture…), jewelery (Anna Sheffield, Dominic Jones…), hats, scarves, and Maribel’s delightful chocolates.

THE  SHOP will also carry Standard-branded items, and exclusive works by the hotel’s favorite artists. Check out their website to see the limited edition work of Julian Chiang.

THE SHOP is located in The Standard Hotel. 444 West 13th Street at Washington St. Tel: 1 212 784 5520.
Open  Monday to Friday from 7am to 9pm. Saturday and  Sunday from 9am to 9pm

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The Poster Cause Project

© Travis Cain

If you are fan of underground art and want to give some money for a good cause, you’ll love this idea. The Poster Cause Project allows you to help people in need while treating yourself at the same time…  This online shop sells and promotes affordable artwork by generous artists and donates 50 to 100% of all profits to charities and organizations.

The lastest release is Travis Cain’s “Something Good To Die For” poster which will benefit the St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital.

No guilt, spend all you want!

Click here to shop The Poster Cause Project and see all the artwork
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Vintage POP UP Shop

Atelier Mayer, the uber chic vintage e-shop from London, dedicated to 20th century vintage, is setting up a Pop up shop at Takamichi hair during Fashion week. You’ll find rare pieces from Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Valentino, Cristobal Balenciaga, Jean Muir etc….

Vintage fashion lovers, collectors, sylists… don’t miss it!

Atelier Mayer @ Takamichi Hair: 35 Great Jones St. 7th Fl. Tel 1 212  420 7979.
From Monday February 15th to Wednesday the 17th, from 10am to 7pm.
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HENTSCH MAN in the City

In a Man’s wardrobe, the white shirt is a major concern… It is as important and as tricky to find as our dear little black dress… So, once upon a time, a UK based little duo, Max and Alexia, had a bright idea to start the quest of the perfect white shirt. It took them lots of hard work surrounded by amazing friends and POUF! HENTSCH MAN was born… Starting in March 2010, you’ll find their (since expanded) menswear line including the now very famous “Jack shirt”, trousers, boxer shorts, footwear…  at Opening Ceremony in Soho.

Opening Ceremony in located 35 Howard Street bet Green and Mercer st. Tel: 1 212 219 2688 Click here to check out the entire HENTSCH MAN collection.
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5 min with… Laetitia Stanfield

Profession: Jewelry Designer

Who are you Laetitia? 

 I’m a half French, half American 27 years old that was raised between NYC, Washington DC, and Paris. Now my parents live in a horse farm in Middleburg VA (my sanctuary).  I studied finance in college but always had a passion for the fashion industry.  Straight from university I joined the buying team at Bergdorf Goodman where I worked for 4 years for the contemporary floor. I learned a ton about the industry and the important facets that are necessary to a budding player in that industry.  I’m trying my best to use them and I’m hoping its working ;-)    

How did you decide to design beaded chiffon jewelry?  

I give all that credit to my business partner Mignonne Gavigan, she is the brains behind the designing, I am the business side.

When was ROARKE born?

ROARKE was born late last summer.  I was ready to move on from the corporate setting and start my own company, I just wasn’t exactly sure what that was…..  Mignonne had designed the first necklace and was looking for someone who knew the industry.  We had a very serendipitous experience, a case of the ‘right place at the right time’.  Mutual friends introduced us, we met for coffee and 2 weeks later we started a company.  We are very lucky, we compliment each others strengths and weaknesses very well.

If you had to create  a line for a famous designer or famous brand, who would it be?

Mignonne and I are both very influenced by Parisian designers, that being said, I would have to say Lanvin and on a more casual note Isabel Marant.  

Which celebrity would you be flattered to see wear your designs?

That is tough, it ranges from Kate Moss to Michelle Obama, Rihanna to Carine Roitfeld… sorry, that’s more than one!


What does a city like NY brings to you?

An undercurrent of energy that in me sparks a certain joie de vivre.  Along with that comes of course inspiration, opportunity, and the people- I love New Yorkers- the attitudes are amazing!!

 What is your favorite place in the city?

Favorite place this time of year is the fireplace at the bowery hotel, a block from my house, so a nice little escape.  In the warmer weather Mignonne and I like to scour flea markets for inspirational patterns and materials.  But work aside, my favorite moments come from exploring new parts of the city with friends and sitting down to long mimosa filled brunches on the weekends… 

What’s next? Any project?

For ROARKE, we are getting into handbags, which is really exciting.  I am also figuring out a way to help small designers start up their fashion dreams.  Placing them with the proper contacts, knowing the necessary steps to take and the proper time and customer to launch too.  I’m getting there but it may be a little while!!

ROARKE NYC. Check out their amazing collection online and order ASAP!
You can also contact them at 1 202 494 5789
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5mn with… Akiko Mukae

Profession: Designer

Who are you Akiko?
I was born in Fukuoka, Japan.  I went to Tokyo Zokei University for oil painting and printmaking and moved to the US to study Art in 1996.  Three months after I arrived in NYC, I was offered a great position at AMANO’s (revered Japanese artist) Studio in Soho. 2 years ago I started ATSUYO ET AKIKO, interior décor, accessories and children’s clothing company with my partner Atsuyo. Since then, we have built  domestic and international business,  and recently opened our direct online shop.

When did you decide to design line for kids? What is the concept?
My interest in starting a children’s line began after making clothes for my daughter. I imagined a style that could be worn by both a mom and her child, while still having a more artistic design and conceptual character. All of a sudden friends began asking for things that I made for my daughter and myself and eventually Atsuyo et Akiko was conceived with my friend Atsuyo, who was already in fashion. I brought my fine art background and combined it with her understanding of the fashion industry.

Who would you love to see wear your designs?
It’s most important if friends and family like the things I make (many of whom tend to be designers themselves).  It makes me proud that they like what we’ve created.  Of course if that extends to the general public, we like that as well.

You design clothes, Jewelry, accessories, do you have any preferences? Do you think it’s important these days to do a bit of everything to be more competitive?
I tend to design the things that my partner and I would like to give to our children or friends, and things that we imagine to be beautiful or fun to make.  The business is based on our desires as consumers and our challenges as artists and designers.  Competition isn’t something we really take into consideration, especially since many of our peers in the field tend not only to be our friends but also our inspiration, and sometimes even collaborators.

My favorite is probably jewelry design, and it’s one of the primary reasons we started the business.  Lately, I’ve been leaning more into the design and creation of more permanent jewelry, like gold and gemstones, designing these mother-daughter ideas to be more timeless, and passed down over generations.

If you had to create  a line for a famous designer, who would it be?

Martin Margiela.  It has an artistic aspect that I like.

What are the winter trends for Kids?
I’m not really sure…we don’t concentrate on trends so much.

What does a city like NY brings to you?
New York brings the world.  I feel no limits on myself or my work, because the art, the inspiration, and incredible mix of culture make this my home.

What is your favorite place in the city ?
Early morning at the Metropolitan Museum…..especially the morning light in the Greek/Roman section.

What’s next?  Any project?
After opening the online shop, I think our next big project would be to open our own store in New York City -someday soon.

ATSUYO ET AKIKO is sold at Pomme, ABC Carpet and in many more locations in NYC
For the rest of the  US or abroad click here


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Mignonne Gavigan and Laetitia Stanfield recently launched ROARKE NYC, a gorgeous and sophisticated jewlery line of beaded necklaces, neckties, bowties and headbands.  

You might have already spotted their designs on some fashionable girls in the city… it’s a  huge success!

Definitely a must have…



ROARKE NYC. Tel: 1 202 494 57 89. Check out the collection on their website