Category - Brands

1
Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu
2
Emerge, Designs by Jen- Shines in the World of Wearable Macrame
3
Angle New York: Luxury and Sustainable Activewear Have Met Their Match

Kimono Playdate with Kimono Zulu

 

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina Zulu knows kimonos. The niche market PR and branding guru launched her passion project- Kimono Zulu – September 2016, and it has been growing organically ever since. She officially launched at Launch HTX, and currently hosts pop-ups, trunk shows, and even offers kimono playdates; one of which happened while I was visiting Houston a couple months ago. I met up with Tina, along with the brand’s muse-  Zoe “Fashion Plate” at Launch, where the kimonos were set up on a clothing rack. Tina also brought along other fun props and accessories. We also utilized some pieces from Launch HTX, such as: gloves from Inclan Studio, bracelets from Burdlife, handbags from Magpies & Peacocks, and necklaces from Modern Artifacts. As you can see from the photos, we clearly had a blast!

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina, in a way, is like my soul sister, at least in regards to fashion. She’s always had that eclectic style and creative spirit. “Vintage is a part of my personal style — I love mixing old and new, high-end designer pieces with vintage gems and thrift scores to express myself.

Throughout the 90s, she ran an event production company called Urban Sugar Productions, where she met a thorough list of artists, models, designers, etc., most of whom she still works with today; like graffiti artist- GONZO247. “On a whim, GONZO tagged a couture evening gown for me for a graffiti themed gala. I loved it so much, and it inspired me to work with other artists to embellish our kimonos. GONZO really inspires me and I’m so proud of the work he does to brand and represent Houston’s creative spirit.”

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Tina has always been a fan of Japanese culture, which started with Hello Kitty (I mean…who isn’t a fan of HK…). She’s been collecting the cute cartoon kitty memorabilia since its’ launch. When she took her son to the Japan Festival last year, she came across a booth that offered vintage kimonos. She immediately connected with the vendor and invited her to do a booth at Houston Vintage Festival. When that vendor was unable to do so, Tina offered to do the booth on her behalf. “I think it was at that moment, that I realized I wanted to be a kimono hustler! So, while filling out Houston Vintage Festival vendor form, I had to enter a company name and upload a logo so that’s when I came up with “Kimono Zulu” — when you marry someone with a cool family name like ZULU, believe me, you’ll use it for everything!”

So the concept of Kimono Zulu was born…..

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“Our brand muse- Zoe is a long-time friend and personal inspiration — not only in the fashion sense, but also by the way she lives her life. Zoe’s fun-loving attitude, creative energy, and generosity is contagious and we are grateful to have her support as we spread Kimono fever to all.”

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Since launching, the brand has collaborated with several fashion designers and multimedia artists to reimagine and embellish vintage kimonos. These artists have done anything from screen printing, hand painting, to spray painting their designs on the kimonos; while the fashion designers cut and re-design the kimonos, transforming them into new and sometimes more modern silhouettes. Collaborations to date have included: Selven O’Keef Jarmon, Katsola, Christy Karll, Rene Cruz, Elijah Coccetti, Dandee Warhol, Jennifer Gabiola of Dawning Soul, Royal McGee, Ann Brooks, Mina Gaber, Soi-K, Judy Masliyah of My Flaming Heart….and stay tuned for more!

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

“I am honored to have had the opportunity to be showcased among so much local talent. I made great relationships with fellow designers and wonderful people that have since kept in touch with — and even collaborated with. They helped me “launch” Kimono Zulu and introduce it to a broader audience and for that, I’m forever grateful!”

Every kimono I have is special, a one-of-a-kind treasure. One of the oldest I’ve had was patchwork silk kimono of beautiful shibori (Japanese form of tie-dye) fabric from the 30s.”

Prices start at $150-$325 for vintage kimonos and $250-$525 for artist collaboration pieces. For more information, visit the brand’s Facebook page, and follow on InstagramFollow @kimonozulu on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find their next trunk show or pop-up! Or schedule a kimono playdate with Tina Zulu, tinazulu@zulucreative.com, 713.581.4788.

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

Kimono Zulu, playdate, dress up, kimonos, accessories, houston, Launch

 

 

** All images c/o Tina Zulu **

Emerge, Designs by Jen- Shines in the World of Wearable Macrame

Macrame necklaces, Emerge, AZ maker, macrame

I’ve been a fan of (mainly vintage) macrame for awhile now. It wasn’t until I recently discovered Jennifer Walsh’s macrame necklaces, that I had a better appreciation of the craft. Jennifer designs under her brand- Emerge, and not only creates wearable macrame art, but also skirts, and other earrings that are crafted from leather and such.

Like myself, Jennifer has seen her fair share of not fitting into society. She grew up as an outcast, and feeling as though she was never heard or seen. That belief led her to start creating, which helped to process her feelings and get her energy out.

After high school, she realized that she no longer cared about other people thought; even into her 20s and 30s, she’d make her own clothing or shop a thrift stores and re-make clothing she had found. She just wanted to try to be heard, but without having to say a word.

Emerge, macrame necklace, az maker, macrame

Throughout Jennifer’s creative lifestyle, she would always see things in terms of- Can I wear that? What can I put on my body?  While taking a macrame class last fall,  she realized that even that could be wearable. When she got home, she figured out how to make a necklace; soon after, it became 100 necklaces, and so on.

Emerge, macrame, macrame necklace, az maker

It wasn’t until after her mother passed away, that she really got that “push” to start her own business. She made the leap and launched her separate business Instagram account. Soon after launching, she started to see a positive response for her necklaces and other designs.

Emerge, macrame, macrame necklace, az maker

Since then, her business has grown, and her work can be found at local Phoenix boutiques: Founder’s Grove, Poor Little Rich Girl Boutiques (both locations), Botanica at The Farm at South Mountain, and The Modern Monarch.

Macrame necklace, Emerge, AZ maker, macrame

“I want to also inspire women to be your own person. It’s ok to not be like everyone else. Be weird… Be funky…Who cares!” – Jennifer Walsh

Macrame necklace, macrame, Emerge, AZ maker

You can check out her Instagram to see more examples of her necklaces, skirts, and other jewelry.

 

Angle New York: Luxury and Sustainable Activewear Have Met Their Match

As I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that staying active is highly important. Now that I’m in a place where maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle is the norm, it’s also time that I maintain a functional, yet chic workout wardrobe. I could go to the mainstream shops to pick up usual gear that everyone else is wearing…

…Or I could shop Angle New York – a luxury activewear brand that focuses on fit and functionality, equality, sustainably; and is proudly made and manufactured in the USA. The brand’s founder- Kathy Angele, goes on to explain, “Fit and function are at the core of our brand. We are equally committed to eco-sustainable fashion. Our fabrics are technically advanced; including moisture wicking properties, antimicrobial fibers and UPF protection. Recycled yarns and eco-enriched fibers raise the bar in athletic fashion.”

Their debut collection, ‘The Original 9,’  was inspired by a group of nine professional women tennis players, who were fighting for equal rights in the 1970s. These women were led by tennis champion and women’s rights activist- Billie Jean King. Every garment is named in honor of one of those nine inspiring athletes, and features retro-inspired silhouettes. The website even gives mini bios on these women, along with the product descriptions and such.

I had the opportunity to test out some of their signature pieces, which you see in the photos below. I was able to pick out a couple choices, so I thought….well, golfing and hiking are pretty popular here in Phoenix area, so let me focus on that! I must say that after spending some time wearing Angle New York, they definitely stay true to everything- fit, functionality, and breathability. The fabrics were flexible and light, making it easy to get a hole-in-one. I especially liked the Peaches Hooded Jacket, with the convenient pockets and the little “secret” zippered compartment in the back; and the Crissy Tri-Layer Angle Skort due to its sleek design, and also that I can not only wear it for working out, it’s also cute enough to run errands in right after.

** A Golf Outing at Encanto **

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

Angle New York , golf wear, golf, encanto golf course

I’m wearing: the Valerie Top, Chrissy Tri-Layer Angle Skort

 

** A Hiking Excursion **

 

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

Angle New York , sports wear, hiking, mountains

I’m wearing: Martina Tailored Short, Althea Gusset Tee, Peaches Hooded Jacket

** Images by Leslie and Kim of Lucida Studios **

Let me know in the comments, what your favorite Angle New York garment is, and what your favorite workout routine is.

Be sure to follow Angle New York:

Facebook

Pinterest

Instagram 

#EternalAthlete

Copyright © 2013. Created by Meks. Powered by WordPress.