Karim and his dog Pierre were out for a walk in Paris when we spotted them. We love his natural style, simple with playful elements, like that cartoon clutch - although Pierre wasn't looking too impressed; we are sure he'd prefer to be walking than listening to fashion chat! Karim told us that he works for a significant social media agency, and upon investigation, we discovered that he's the owner and the agency's primary directive is fashion, which makes perfect sense! Karim's inspiration is RiRi, the queen of experimental dressing; maybe she can convince his Pierre that style is fun! @elkurdikarim
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QuQu and Sun were sporting monochrome chic in Hong Kong. We love her voluminous top Korean brand Pushbutton and those customised Birkenstocks from a Chinese shoemaker. QuQu comes from Harbin, north China. She knows a lot about brands; she was in Hong Kong with her colleagues as buyers purchasing new collections and accessories from HK fashion showrooms. She is a pioneer in the modern Chinese market; her E DEPT multi-brand chain store is increasing, an example of the significant expansion of the multi-brand concept throughout the China provinces. It seems Chinese consumers are tired of the mono-brand experience and QuQu is seizing the day! Sun is from Shanghai he's QuQu's partner on the business trip. Scientist Elizabeth Blackwell said, 'It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.' QuQu and Sun, good luck in your venture though it looks like you are breezing it!
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We bumped into Chieko on Brick Lane; we loved her distinctive two-tone style. She told us that she is from Japan and she has lived in London for the last 12 years. When it comes to careers Chieko picks places to work with perks; she works as a Japanese interpreter for Vidal Sassoon hair academy, hence the fantastic haircut - which she gets for free. She also works in a vintage shop; the latter provides bargains on all of her vintage items! When she thinks of street style, legendary photographer Bill Cunningham comes to mind. He developed fashion photography into a form cultural anthropology. She explained that she loves the ‘real’ street style that Bill captured. Chieko believes you get a lot of inspiration not just from other people on the street but nature and your environment. She said that she finds beauty in imperfection, 'young people are all about their look and looking perfect like models, but that is entirely too contrived.' Of her style, she says she likes to play with colour, but she thinks it can depend on where you live because each different city evokes a different mood. Clearly, London does not say colour! We imagine that no matter where Chieko finds herself her style would be exceptional, even shoemaker Justin Deakin (those brogues) spoke of her as a style legend of Brick Lane. Praise indeed! @kadowakian
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Maxim was dashing out of his workplace, Officine General on Lexington street to grab his favourite snack a Love Bar from Pret a Manger. He’s from Paris and has lived here for a year telling us that he moved here to learn English and to find new adventures after studying Luxury Fashion Marketing. Maxim found it an adjustment living in London at first but isn't sure about living in Paris anymore. I love the atmosphere here and the friendly people' he said. He told us, 'architecturally I like that things change more in London, Paris is more like a museum.' Maxim was wearing clothes from his clothes shop. We admired his checked coat, and he told us that they had just launched a womenswear line, Maxim we'll be taking a look, and now that we've featured you do we get a discount?! @whynot_maxim
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Karim and his dog Pierre were out for a walk in Paris when we spotted them. We love his natural style, simple with playful elements, like that cartoon clutch - although Pierre wasn't looking too impressed; we are sure he'd prefer to be walking than listening to fashion chat! Karim told us that he works for a significant social media agency, and upon investigation, we discovered that he's the owner and the agency's primary directive is fashion, which makes perfect sense! Karim's inspiration is RiRi, the queen of experimental dressing; maybe she can convince his Pierre that style is fun! @elkurdikarim
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Maxim was dashing out of his workplace, Officine General on Lexington street to grab his favourite snack a Love Bar from Pret a Manger. He’s from Paris and has lived here for a year telling us that he moved here to learn English and to find new adventures after studying Luxury Fashion Marketing. Maxim found it an adjustment living in London at first but isn't sure about living in Paris anymore. I love the atmosphere here and the friendly people' he said. He told us, 'architecturally I like that things change more in London, Paris is more like a museum.' Maxim was wearing clothes from his clothes shop. We admired his checked coat, and he told us that they had just launched a womenswear line, Maxim we'll be taking a look, and now that we've featured you do we get a discount?! @whynot_maxim
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We bumped into Chieko on Brick Lane; we loved her distinctive two-tone style. She told us that she is from Japan and she has lived in London for the last 12 years. When it comes to careers Chieko picks places to work with perks; she works as a Japanese interpreter for Vidal Sassoon hair academy, hence the fantastic haircut - which she gets for free. She also works in a vintage shop; the latter provides bargains on all of her vintage items! When she thinks of street style, legendary photographer Bill Cunningham comes to mind. He developed fashion photography into a form cultural anthropology. She explained that she loves the ‘real’ street style that Bill captured. Chieko believes you get a lot of inspiration not just from other people on the street but nature and your environment. She said that she finds beauty in imperfection, 'young people are all about their look and looking perfect like models, but that is entirely too contrived.' Of her style, she says she likes to play with colour, but she thinks it can depend on where you live because each different city evokes a different mood. Clearly, London does not say colour! We imagine that no matter where Chieko finds herself her style would be exceptional, even shoemaker Justin Deakin (those brogues) spoke of her as a style legend of Brick Lane. Praise indeed! @kadowakian
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It took Sarah a little convincing that she should have her picture taken, but we love her confidence in bright colours! She looks more fashionista than project manager. Sarah was out having drinks with friends in Amsterdam. She was wearing her favourite colour. 'Pink is the new black' we said, and she smiled and struck a pose, thanks for brightening our day, Sarah!
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QuQu and Sun were sporting monochrome chic in Hong Kong. We love her voluminous top Korean brand Pushbutton and those customised Birkenstocks from a Chinese shoemaker. QuQu comes from Harbin, north China. She knows a lot about brands; she was in Hong Kong with her colleagues as buyers purchasing new collections and accessories from HK fashion showrooms. She is a pioneer in the modern Chinese market; her E DEPT multi-brand chain store is increasing, an example of the significant expansion of the multi-brand concept throughout the China provinces. It seems Chinese consumers are tired of the mono-brand experience and QuQu is seizing the day! Sun is from Shanghai he's QuQu's partner on the business trip. Scientist Elizabeth Blackwell said, 'It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.' QuQu and Sun, good luck in your venture though it looks like you are breezing it!
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We stopped Haya in the FIDI area of New York; she told us she was headed to a pool party in Brooklyn. Haya works for a company that builds e-commerce websites. But she has another very honourable project in the pipeline: I'm going to launch my own fashion website next month called "ShopHaya.com". The message behind my website is using fashion as a vehicle. By having unique style in order to make a difference. I hope it will become an educational resource by creating awareness of the difficulties faced by fashion industry workers around the world especially in China, Cambodia etc and to offer them safe working conditions and representation. I hope to raise awareness and donate money from the profit of my website to give it to a beneficial organization. I'm so excited for this project and have this platform to aid women to make better choices and be part of a positive message.' Haya we salute you! When we asked her about her outfit she elaborated telling us, 'I want to look feminine, yet badass!' We love the contrast of that D&G top and those I am Gia pants. Mission accomplished Haya, you are badass in more ways than one! @haya.knyc
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Karim and his dog Pierre were out for a walk in Paris when we spotted them. We love his natural style, simple with playful elements, like that cartoon clutch - although Pierre wasn't looking too impressed; we are sure he'd prefer to be walking than listening to fashion chat! Karim told us that he works for a significant social media agency, and upon investigation, we discovered that he's the owner and the agency's primary directive is fashion, which makes perfect sense! Karim's inspiration is RiRi, the queen of experimental dressing; maybe she can convince his Pierre that style is fun! @elkurdikarim
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We stopped Haya in the FIDI area of New York; she told us she was headed to a pool party in Brooklyn. Haya works for a company that builds e-commerce websites. But she has another very honourable project in the pipeline: I'm going to launch my own fashion website next month called "ShopHaya.com". The message behind my website is using fashion as a vehicle. By having unique style in order to make a difference. I hope it will become an educational resource by creating awareness of the difficulties faced by fashion industry workers around the world especially in China, Cambodia etc and to offer them safe working conditions and representation. I hope to raise awareness and donate money from the profit of my website to give it to a beneficial organization. I'm so excited for this project and have this platform to aid women to make better choices and be part of a positive message.' Haya we salute you! When we asked her about her outfit she elaborated telling us, 'I want to look feminine, yet badass!' We love the contrast of that D&G top and those I am Gia pants. Mission accomplished Haya, you are badass in more ways than one! @haya.knyc
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We bumped into Chieko on Brick Lane; we loved her distinctive two-tone style. She told us that she is from Japan and she has lived in London for the last 12 years. When it comes to careers Chieko picks places to work with perks; she works as a Japanese interpreter for Vidal Sassoon hair academy, hence the fantastic haircut - which she gets for free. She also works in a vintage shop; the latter provides bargains on all of her vintage items! When she thinks of street style, legendary photographer Bill Cunningham comes to mind. He developed fashion photography into a form cultural anthropology. She explained that she loves the ‘real’ street style that Bill captured. Chieko believes you get a lot of inspiration not just from other people on the street but nature and your environment. She said that she finds beauty in imperfection, 'young people are all about their look and looking perfect like models, but that is entirely too contrived.' Of her style, she says she likes to play with colour, but she thinks it can depend on where you live because each different city evokes a different mood. Clearly, London does not say colour! We imagine that no matter where Chieko finds herself her style would be exceptional, even shoemaker Justin Deakin (those brogues) spoke of her as a style legend of Brick Lane. Praise indeed! @kadowakian
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We loved Dunya’s look so much that we chased her into a shop and dragged her out for a photo. She’s from Sarajevo and has lived in London for 12 years. She has modelled since she was 17 so she knew how to get the right pose for us! Today she is more interested in environmental and ethical causes; Dunya has started her own business creating and retailing copper water bottles at www.dunyaayurveda.co.uk, and she adds beautiful designs to them. The good work doesn't stop there; she has also launched a trade union working closely with brands like Katherine Hamnett to protect worldwide fashion workers from exploitation, her work in this area will be featured in her documentary on BBC entitled 'Making It'. Dunya is also in the process of writing a book about it all. She often uses old pieces of clothing from her daughter’s wardrobe and repurposes them, like the 'tight-gloves' that she's wearing here. And finally, Dunya writes poetry and performs readings. We admire her dedication. She's a multi-level guardian. @dunya_ayurveda
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QuQu and Sun were sporting monochrome chic in Hong Kong. We love her voluminous top Korean brand Pushbutton and those customised Birkenstocks from a Chinese shoemaker. QuQu comes from Harbin, north China. She knows a lot about brands; she was in Hong Kong with her colleagues as buyers purchasing new collections and accessories from HK fashion showrooms. She is a pioneer in the modern Chinese market; her E DEPT multi-brand chain store is increasing, an example of the significant expansion of the multi-brand concept throughout the China provinces. It seems Chinese consumers are tired of the mono-brand experience and QuQu is seizing the day! Sun is from Shanghai he's QuQu's partner on the business trip. Scientist Elizabeth Blackwell said, 'It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment, even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.' QuQu and Sun, good luck in your venture though it looks like you are breezing it!
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Estreral is not a dedicated follower of fashion; she prefers to wear what she likes and develop a style that suits her regardless of fads. Today's look features 80's elements, from that vintage Gucci cross body bag and the shoes with their over-sized bows. She tells us it's her favourite decade in Chinese style. Originally from China, she was down in London for the day before travelling back to Leeds where she studies curation. She advised us to go to The White Cube Gallery, she likes it because the idea behind the space comes from Modernism and it goes against the conservative institutions represented by traditional galleries and museums. She may be a modern art lover but with her wardrobe, she likes to look back. While she does like high street brands, she has a penchant for vintage; we love that she cuts back on the new, embracing old pieces and giving them extended value. Rather like Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman, the artists of her favourite decade, who culled and modified existing photographs to reveal consumerist ideologies. Afterall, modern looks are not all about bowing to trends and materialism. We wondered if she realised that through her self-curated style, she's her very own piece of conceptual art.
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Maxim was dashing out of his workplace, Officine General on Lexington street to grab his favourite snack a Love Bar from Pret a Manger. He’s from Paris and has lived here for a year telling us that he moved here to learn English and to find new adventures after studying Luxury Fashion Marketing. Maxim found it an adjustment living in London at first but isn't sure about living in Paris anymore. I love the atmosphere here and the friendly people' he said. He told us, 'architecturally I like that things change more in London, Paris is more like a museum.' Maxim was wearing clothes from his clothes shop. We admired his checked coat, and he told us that they had just launched a womenswear line, Maxim we'll be taking a look, and now that we've featured you do we get a discount?! @whynot_maxim
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Christopher was doing Stockholm in style is his outfit, a mix of Scandi brands like Acne with a Spanish element from the everpresent Zara. Christopher fuses fashion and dance; he's a Creative Director and professional choreographer with a big passion for fashion and lifestyle. He also creates high fashion avant-garde pieces as a stylist for photo shoots and stage shows. He then playfully gave us a recital of the following: 'People fancy me, I fancy stuff, I mean what would life be without glitter and fluff?!' We're not quite sure how to answer that, is it the prologue to your next show Christopher? If so where do we buy tickets? @chrisbstrom
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It took Sarah a little convincing that she should have her picture taken, but we love her confidence in bright colours! She looks more fashionista than project manager. Sarah was out having drinks with friends in Amsterdam. She was wearing her favourite colour. 'Pink is the new black' we said, and she smiled and struck a pose, thanks for brightening our day, Sarah!
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Alberto and Chiara were hard to miss on Charring Cross Road in their stylish all-black ensembles. They live in Milan but Chiara had just been to an interview to attend the London School of Architecture. They both wish to be architects and have thought about setting up a studio together. They told us ‘you can’t allow yourself to just be one thing in life, you need to be more composite and fluid, the masters of architecture were more than their professions.' Alberto told us that he had just seen a musician and decided he would pursue music also because 'the more you do, the better you are, the better the outcomes, this can translate into all areas. Inspiration comes from everywhere.’ We talked at length about architecture and redevelopment; they love that the UK is more relaxed about experimentation and comparatively everything in Italy is rigid. Alberto said 'Italy is like a postcard, focused on the past and here in London, you think history is now.' When it comes to his style Alberto particularly likes his Frav jacket, his favourite shop in Milan, he said, 'it looks like a Yohji Yamamoto piece.' We loved our chat and could have talked more. Architect Stephen Gardinier said, 'good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design'. Alberto and Chiara, we can't wait to see the results! @dognidarko @muntakra__69
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