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Kiosk’s Portugal Collection

In Product Design on February 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm

“It’s hard to put a finger on just how the New York store Kiosk — which peddles quirky housewares from around the world, one country at a time — vaulted from cherished destination of a few to the kind of place Jasper Morrison, London’s best-known everyday-object apologist, feels obliged to check out when he’s rolling through town. But while the 4-year-old Soho shop has begun to shed its air of secrecy, it has never lost its charm. Climbing a set of graffiti-covered stairs to its second-floor entrance, you never know what you’re going to find at the top — it could be two Brooklyn girls selling cookies, or a wall full of vintage Christmas cards, or something like a stapler from Hestra, Sweden, or a saucepan from Kowloon, that once you bring it home you aren’t quite sure how you ever lived without it.

Kiosk’s chaotic energy — and its amazingly curated collection — come from its owners, Alisa Grifo and husband Marco Romeny, whose travels have taken them from Mexico to Finland to bring back beautiful, practical, locally produced wares from each featured country. In November, the pair debuted Portugal, their ninth geographical collection, after spending six weeks this fall getting to know the tiny nation, which is about the size of Ohio.

Why Portugal? “It was on a shortlist I’d written two years ago of places I wanted to go,” says Grifo. “Turkey, Calcutta, Hong Kong, Vietnam — Portugal just started coming together.” A friend turned them on to a likeminded store in Lisbon, whose proprietor in turn hooked them up with two weeks of free housing. What started as a path of least resistance soon turned into a full-blown love affair: “Three weeks turned into six, one visit into two,” says Grifo. “We were at the furthest west point in Portugal, Cabo da Roca, and sitting there, you really feel like you’re on the edge of something. It’s the very end of the world. It’s one of these magical places.”

In Portugal, Grifo and Romeny did what they do: They ate the local food (“Marco was like, ‘No, I can’t go to another pastry store!’”), they nipped into hardware stores and specialty shops, and they chatted up residents and retailers who could lead them to objects that were beautiful and inexpensive but also translatable to an American market. They came back to New York with their largest collection to date, and one that may keep growing. “Normally we would move on, but I don’t know if I want to do that anymore,” says Grifo. “It’s irresponsible with the waste we create to just churn through a place.” A small collection of Icelandic candy is in the works, but for now at least, Grifo is abandoning her globe-trotting agenda to focus on producing a few products in collaboration with manufacturers Kiosk has worked with in the past. In the meantime, Portugal will rule the shelves. Grifo gave us an inside look at the thinking behind the current collection: what she and Romeny bought, what they left behind, and why it matters.”

Text by Jill Singer taken from Sight Unseen.


The Lollipop Shoppe

In Product Design on February 28, 2010 at 9:50 pm

These are just some of the great things you can find online or in person at The Lollipop Shoppe. They have a great selection and a really nice, clean and easy to use website.

Topsho Unique Fall 2010

In beauty, Clothes on February 28, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Amazing styling made by Katie Grand for the Topshop show. Love the eyebrows, the makeup, the hair and everything else.

A Girl Can Never Have Too Many Of These

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

This week marks the end of the sale season, shops are now filled with light dresses and silk trousers although the weather outside remains dark, rainy and with thunderstorms. I seriously cannot recall a day during the past two months when the sun was shining gloriously and the sky was blue. As the new season approaches I decided to take a couple of snaps of some of my purchases during this sale season. I have to say I was able to get some amazing stuff and the kind of shoes I have the tendency to leave in the box because I am too afraid to ruin them. I still have a pair of 2006 Miu Miu’s that only see the light of day when I take them out of the box to admire how pretty they are. It might be silly and shallow but I really love buying shoes, I have no other addictions and as far as I am concerned this is not such a bad one.  Could be worse!! I have not started to do outfit posts but in the meantime I will be taking photos to some pieces.

Step Into

In Editorial on February 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm

By Camilla Akrans.

Miu Miu Full Campaign

In Campaigns on February 23, 2010 at 9:45 am

I can’t stop looking at this collection. Who knew that cat and bird prints could have this effect on someone. I’m still wishing for the red and white dress with the collar and the cutouts.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2010

In Clothes, Fashion Designers on February 23, 2010 at 9:41 am

Great collection, great accessories, I think Proenza Schouler are probably the designers that I consistently like every season.  I even like the blue fur which I find incredible strange, But everything looks so well put together and polished that it is impossible not to like it.

Derek Lam Fall 2010

In Clothes, Fashion Designers on February 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

Welcome to the fancy and polished version of  the wild west by Derek Lam for fall. Love the first look.

Halston by Marios Schawb

In Clothes, Fashion Designers on February 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

The first season of Marios Schawb designing for Halston. I really like some of the dresses and the structure in them, but somehow when looking at the whole collection it feels quite loose, like some of the garments do not really belong there.

Seeing is Believing

In Editorial on February 22, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Gorgeous and colourful editorial photographed by Max Farago and styled by Camille Bidault-Waddington. I particularly like the styling on this one and the mismatch of things. It just feels quite fresh and light.