A LUXURIOUSLY SIMPLE CHUNKY KNIT | MARKET-HOPPING WITH ISSEY MIYAKE’S AUTUMN/WINTER 2014

Issey Miyake is a Japanese label with a global sensibility, and Yusuke Takahashi is it’s leader. Infusing an incredibly unique and memorable design aesthetic is what makes each of his shows remembered season after season. His autumn/winter 2014 collection saw a large amount of…

SERVING SHOULDER AT ASHFORD CASTLE IN WESTERN IRELAND

Throughout the many acres that make-up the estate of Ashford Castle in Cong, Ireland, ruins and walls covered in moss and ivy are prevalent. It’s easy to be inspired here to dress-up and share your confident side with the world. Because, when it’s boiled down, fashion is…

VIDEO: AMERICA’S FIRST OPENLY GAY IMAM IN THE ISLAM FAITH | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND IMAM DAAYIEE ABDULLAH

Imam Daayiee Abdullah is America’s first openly gay imam in the Islam faith. Born Sidney Thompson in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan – Daayiee was raised as a Christian and lived with parents who were religious but progressive in their thinking. He describes his upbringing as one where activism was promoted and dialogue encouraged, Daayiee was…

A LIFE AND DEATH FASHION MOMENT | VISITING A HILLTOP CEMETERY IN THE SEASIDE IRISH TOWN OF ENNISTIMON

The town of Ennistimon lies along a hilly road close to the Atlantic coast, just before the incredible natural attraction of the Cliffs of Moher. The town is quaint and is littered with cafes, bed and breakfast options as well as local boutiques. But, what I found most beautiful was the hilltop cemetery high above the village. I stopped to…

VIDEO: THE RINGLEADER BEHIND SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST INSPIRING PUBLIC ART | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND FARIS AL-SHATHIR

Faris Al-Shathir, the young co-founder of New York’s public art rooted non-profit “BOFFO”, has facilitated some of the most interesting collaborations between the worlds of art, fashion and architecture. His idea for BOFFO was born out of a bad economy and a desire to bring together people who could…

VIDEO: THE MAN WHO TRADED-IN BEING A CHEMICAL ENGINEER TO LIVE HIS PASSION AS A WORLD FAMOUS MOUNTAIN CLIMBER | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND IVAN VALLEJO

It’s time to take your thinking, and life, to new heights. I traveled to Quito, Ecuador to meet world famous mountaineer, Ivan Vallejo. Vallejo was incredibly inspiring as he taught me that it’s never too late to move in the direction of your dreams. Born and raised in Ecuador, Vallejo always knew he loved mountains. But, life’s pressures led him into a career that wasn’t compatible with his personality and goals. In his thirties, he found the courage to cut his family’s income by half and…

VIDEO: THE ARCHITECT OF NEW YORK’S MODERN MENSWEAR MOVEMENT | INSPIRED CITIZEN AND SIKI IM

Siki Im fell into fashion design, but it was a happy accident. The designer known in New York for his stunning and thought-provoking menswear conceptualized and constructed in the United States, is someone with barrels of talent and passion for his work. His collections are never what they appear, often referencing…

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09.18.14

Destination: The Global Design Innovation Issue

There are opportunities all around us to know and understand good design. Whether it’s in what you wear, what you see or where you go – beauty and design innovation are prevalent. It’s imperative to open your eyes to that which surrounds you and notice all which has the potential to inspire you to live more beautifully. This week we will explore beauty and the best design, from transit systems across the world’s capitals to the more interesting fashion that landed on the runways of autumn 2014. Stay tuned and be sparked to uncover the very best life has to offer.

09.19.14
Fosterito, Metro Station Spain - 1
Fosterito, Metro Station Spain - 1

The World’s Most Beautiful Transit Hubs | Fosterito Metro Station In Bilbao, Spain

Built by Norman Foster, the “fosteritos”, as they’re affectionately called after their designer, refer to the incredible glass structures often seen at the entrance of Bilbao’s subway system. The entrances are shaped with tubular, arched glass and look otherworldly and futuristic. The domes were designed to amplify natural light and funnel it into the stations. In a city like Bilbao, the fosteritos are absolutely fitting.

09.19.14
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Vinas de narvaez - 1

Innovation In Packaging | Viñas De Narvaez

Deep in the valleys of Mendoza, Argentina sits a vineyard which produces some of the best quality wine in the country. Known for their beautiful Malbec and Cabernet, Viñas De Narvaez is a bespoke wine-producing operation who takes everything from taste and packaging very seriously.The artistic interpretation of…

09.18.14
Kievskaya Station Kiev - 1
Kievskaya Station Kiev - 1

The World’s Most Beautiful Transit Hubs | Kievskaya Station Kiev, Ukraine

The marble pillars and mosaics in Kievskaya Station exude the opulence of a giant powder room. The station was constructed in 1954, at the height of what Dr. Peter Haiko of the University of Vienna calls the “Stalin Baroque style.” The poignant mosaics depicting images of abundant crops and Russian-Ukrainian unity, in spite of the fact that, in…

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