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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10.20.14

Destination: Seoul, Korea And Seoul Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

How good it feels to be back in Seoul during October. The trees are ablaze with color and the temperature is perfect for meandering around town, getting lost in one of the many hidden neighborhoods. This incredibly beautiful Korean metropolis is one of my favorite cities in Asia, not only because of its advanced technology and innovation, but because of it’s uninhibited look at the sartorial world. Seoul Fashion Week is half-way through and it has shown amazing menswear from designers not afraid to make a statement or take a risk. This week we will recap and curate the best of Seoul Fashion Week spring/summer 2015 and look ahead to the must-know Korean brands for warmer months ahead.

10.21.14
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Korea look - shoes - 2014
Korea look - shirt - 2014

A Walk In An Urban Forest With South Korean Label D. Gnak By Kang. D

What I love about Seoul, South Korea is that throughout the sprawling metropolis, you can find bits on beautiful park lands which dot the city. There are urban forests, parks and areas for residents to connect with nature. In the center of Seoul, near the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, there is a beautiful park with…

10.21.14
Songzio - SS'15
Songzio - SS'15

The Dark Lord | Songzio Spring/Summer 2015

Zio Song is the creative director of Songzio, the successful Korean menswear label which has been operating since 1993. The label has seen an evolution of style over the years but has now made a name for itself in the world of high fashion and has even earned a…

10.20.14
JEHEE SHEEN SS15 - 1
JEHEE SHEEN SS15 - 1

Black And White And A Pop Of Pattern | Jehee Sheen

Jehee Sheen, the Seoul-based designer offers a fresh take on minimalist menswear crafting lightweight fabrics into clean lines, making a name for himself as one of the stars of the growing South Korean fashion world. His eponymous brand was founded after two years spent at…

10.20.14
Byungmun Seo SS'15 - 1
Byungmun Seo SS'15 - 1

Mr. Avant Garde | Byungmun Seo Spring/Summer 2015

Byungmun Seo is one of my favorite Korean designers. He is not afraid to take risks and push menswear into a direction that is new and needed. The recent reveal of his spring/sumer 2015 collection went over very well in Seoul – which debuted on stage 3 of the…

10.20.14
Morning Smog - 2
Morning Smog - 2

Postcards From Korea | Fall-Time Fog

Autumn in South Korea is magical. The trees are ablaze with reds, oranges and yellows. Just outside the capital city of Seoul, mountains sit with looming fog that circles the peaks. I spent a day here, in the peace and quiet of a Buddhist temple, meandering over rivers and down wooden paths. The sheer beauty of this place was so very inspiring.

10.17.14
Gosha Rubchinskiy SS'15 - 1
Gosha Rubchinskiy SS'15 - 1

My Latest Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Finds | Gosha Rubchinskiy

Gosha Rubchinskiy, Russia’s young street-inspired design star, already sells to a melange of fashion-forward stores across the globe, but now he has joined menswear’s elite by making his runway debut in Paris. This might have something to do with his relationship with…

10.17.14
The Standart Hotel LA - 1
The Standart Hotel LA - 1

Discover Downtown L.A.’s Hotel Design Oasis | The Standard

Upon seeing the elegant former headquarters of the Superior Oil Co. in 2000, André Balazs fell in love and bought it virtually on the spot. By May 2002 the Carrara-marble-clad construction had become his second Standard hotel, this time in the heart of downtown LA. In typical Balazs style, this 12-story hotel and its 207 guest rooms far surpass the…

10.16.14

VIDEO: The Women Challenging Colombia’s Poverty And Fighting Against Teenage Pregnancy | Inspired Citizen And Catalina Escobar

Never in my life have I met a woman with such determination. Catalina Escobar, one of CNN’s Heroes of 2012, is a Colombia native who founded the Juan Felipe Escobar Foundation in 2000 after the tragic death of her 16-month-old son, Juan Felipe. As a volunteer in Cartagena’s largest and most ill-equipped hospital, Catalina also witnessed the deaths of…

10.16.14
Acne Studios SS'15 - 1
Acne Studios SS'15 - 1

My Latest Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Finds | Acne Studios

Jonny Johansson, the creative director of Sweden’s Acne Studios, is an interesting man. He likes luxe, he likes excess, he like drama – thank God. In his spring/summer 2015 collection, Johansson offers his customer oversized knit sweaters with college letters embroidered on them. He celebrates a perfect…

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