The Cornerstones in The Designing world

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Before this starts, i wanna say thanks, to those who have been re tweeting my posts on twitter and/or shared them on facebook. I love y’all. I spent the midnight putting this together..I hope you enjoy..and start from a saddle situation..lol

With all of the hype behind fantastically expensive one-named designers, I think we sometimes forget that somewhere down the line, one individual person actually opened up a store and probably never dreamed their clothes would sell for thousands of dollars (with a couple of exceptions, as you’ll see). Here are the stories behind some of those one-named designers.

gucci1. Guccio Gucci opened a small saddlery shop in 1906 and started selling practical leather bags to his horsemen customers sometime in the ‘20s. The quality of his work was so outstanding he quickly gained a reputation and started to expand his line. By 1938 he had a second store in Rome; the third store opened in Milan in 1951. By the time the fourth store opened in Manhattan in 1953, Guccio had died and his sons were running the business. The brand was hot for a while, thanks to famous customers like Jackie O., Grace Kelly and Aubrey Hepburn. But the ‘80s were not good to Gucci – Guccio’s grandsons were running the company into the ground. They started to dull the appeal of the high-name brand by agreeing to strange partnerships, like the time they designed the interior of the AMC Hornet station wagon. For real. Knockoffs were everywhere, and the grandsons started fighting – physically. One business meeting ended in blows, and reportedly one of the grandsons bashed the other one in the head with an answering machine and knocked him out cold. Classy, right? But when Rodolfo Gucci, one of Guccio’s sons, died and left his share to his son Maurizio (pictured), Maurizio turned things around and made Gucci a sought-after brand again. Sadly, Maurizio was murdered by a hit man hired by his ex-wife in 1995. I think the Guccis belong on Jerry Springer, if you ask me.

miuccia2. Prada has a story similar to Gucci’s, but the line is younger and the Italian city it started in is 155 miles north. Prada, founded by Mario Prada, dates back to Milan, Italy, 1913. Mario sold steamer trunks and imported handbags. When he passed away in the ‘50s, his son wasn’t really interested in taking over the leather goods store. A woman running the store would have been out of the question prior to Mario’s death; a female family member even working in the store wasn’t even possible as Mario didn’t believe women belonged in the workplace. He probably rolled over in his grave when his daughter-in-law took control of the business, but she basically just maintained the store for 20 years. It wasn’t until her daughter Miuccia took over in the late ‘70s that the brand really exploded. It was Miuccia (pictured) who started designing leather backpacks and totes and Miuccia who opened a second store – this one a boutique – in an upscale shopping district in Milan. Clothes were added to the line in 1989 and the name has been cemented in the high fashion market ever since.

versace3. Versace is the newest brand on the list and was founded just 31 years ago. Gianni grew up helping his mother, a dressmaker, embroider dresses and do tailoring. After studying architecture, he moved to Milan when he was 26 to work in fashion. After working for a couple of designers, he was ready to start his own line and opened his first store in Milan in 1978. The line was successful right away, exploding with boutiques around the world. When Gianni was killed in 1997, his sister Donatella stepped in to run the company. The biggest share of the company belongs to Donatella’s daughter, however: Gianni left 50 percent of the company to Allegra to inherit when she turned 18 (which happened in 2004). Donatella owns 20 percent and Santo, the oldest Versace brother, owns 30 percent.

4. By contrast, Burberry is the second oldest house on the list. In 1856, Thomas Burberry opened a store in Hampshire, England, focusing on practical outdoor wear. After some experimentation, Burberry invented gabardine in 1880, a fabric made by yarn that is waterproofed before the garment is woven. Based on this and on his growing reputation, Thomas was asked by the War Office to make a better coat for its officers; the result was the trench coat. The famous “Burberry Check” was first used as a mere lining for a trench coat in 1924. In 1967, the pattern was expanded to scarves, umbrellas, boots and just about everything else, which is part of the reason the brand is so ubiquitous today.

coco5. Chanel was founded, of course, by Gabrielle Chanel, better known as Coco. She was only 12 when her mother died, and to make matters worse, her father then abandoned the family. Coco and her siblings were sent to an orphanage, which is where she learned how to sew. The second she turned 18, she fled the orphanage and went to work for a tailor. This is where she met millionaire Etienne Balsan, where she no doubt found the money to open up her own hat shop in 1910. They weren’t dating at that time, however. The shop quickly failed, but after starting an affair with Etienne’s former best friend, Arthur Capel (also, conveniently, a millionaire), she opened another shop. This one was successful, and soon her hats were all the rage among French actresses. She introduced her women’s sportswear next and after that she never looked back. Well, Coco did close all of her stores during WWII, saying that it wasn’t an appropriate time to focus on fashion. She was briefly arrested after France was liberated because of her attempt to gain access to Winston Churchill – it was widely believed that she was helping the Axis side. Indeed, she did live in the same hotel that the Germans used as their headquarters while they were in France, the Hotel Ritz Paris. Winston Churchill himself intervened on her behalf, but she was worried about the French retaliating against her and made her home in Switzerland instead. During her self-imposed exile, her business partner, Pierre Wertheimer, took over the business and things were never quite the same for Coco after that. The whole history there is quite complicated and interesting… I think I might have a new biography to add to my reading list. Coco died in 1971 and generations of Wertheimers have owned Chanel ever since. Alain Wertheimer took over in 1974 and is the one who convinced head designer Karl Lagerfeld to leave Chloe and come to Chanel.

dior6. Dior was founded by, of course, Christian Dior, whose parents desperately wanted him to attend school to study politics. He appeased them at the Ecole des Sciences Politiques from 1920 to 1925, but he didn’t give up his fashion dream: he sold his sketches for 10 cents each on the street. A couple of years after he graduated, though, his family lost their fortune and he was free to pursue whatever he wanted – which was, of course, clothing. After putting in time at a couple of houses in France, Christian opened his own line in 1946 and originally named it Corolle. He died in 1957 of a heart attack, but the cause of the heart attack is disputed. Some say he choked on a fish bone, which induced the heart attack; those close to him say it was brought on by a particularly vigorous sexual encounter.

hubert7. Givenchy was the brainchild of Hubert de Givenchy, who certainly didn’t have a hardscrabble childhood like Coco Chanel did, and definitely didn’t start small like Gucci and Prada. Nope, Hubert was born into French aristocracy – his father was Lucien Taffin de Givenchy, Marquis de Givenchy. And creative genes ran in his family: his great grandfather and his great-great grandfather were both designers, creating things for the Elysee Palace and the Paris Opera, respectively. After seeing the 1937 World’s Fair in Paris, Hubert (then 10) decided that he wanted to go into the field of fashion. He was just 18 when he started designing for family friend Jacques Fath, and after spending some time with Elsa Schiaparelli, he opened up his own House of Givenchy in 1952. He was only 25, but because of his connections and his innovative designs, age didn’t matter. He met Audrey Hepburn in 1953 and loved him so much that he designed almost all of her movie wardrobe from then on. Count Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy retired from fashion in 1995.

yves8. Yves Saint Laurent (I know… more than one name) came to fashion by way of the theater, sort of. He was severely bullied at school as a kid and would come home and try to escape his troubles by acting out plays for his parents. He loved reading the theater reviews in the French Vogue and ended up being fascinated by the clothes as well. He began formal fashion study at the Chambre Syndicale and entered a design competition that led to him designing for Christian Dior. Incidentally, he beat out Karl Lagerfeld to win that competition. Dior liked him so much that he named young Yves as his successor, and as we know now, Dior died at a fairly young age, leaving Yves in charge of the House of Dior at the age of 21. Despite his new status, he ended up having to serve in the French Army during the Algerian War of Independence in 1960 (there’s rumor that some of the powers-that-be in fashion didn’t want him heading up Dior and pulled some strings with the government), and when he came back, he found he had been fired from the company. After suing (and winning) Dior for breach of contract, Yves decided to start his own company in 1962. And it did very well, attracting the likes of Catherine Deneuve. Gucci bought YSL (the brand, not the guy) in 1999, and Yves himself died just last year.

9. Armani is another young fashion house compared to most on this list. From 1961 to 1970, Giorgio Armani was just an assistant designer for Nino Cerruti. By 1974, he had decided that he wanted his own line, and with just $10,000, he did. He quickly became a Hollywood favorite, and when word got around that Richard Gere had worn an Armani suit in 1980’s American Gigolo, he and his clean lined-designs immediately achieved icon status. And he’s still outfitting movie stars today – he was responsible for Christian Bale’s suits in The Dark Knight.

hermes10. We started with a saddle shop and we’ll end with a saddle shop. In 1837, Thierry Hermès opened a harness workshop for fine equestrians and European noblemen and became very popular. After his son took over the business, the shop was relocated to a more citizen-friendly area, where they began selling saddlery as well as harnesses. The business became so renowned that the name was familiar as a purveyor of luxury goods internationally. When Thierry’s grandsons inherited the business sometime around 1910, they obtained the rights to use the zipper and started making clothes. They didn’t start at the bottom – their first zippered golf jacket, made out of leather, was commissioned for the Prince of Wales. Handbags were added to the blossoming line in 1922 after one of the grandson’s wives complained she couldn’t find a purse to her liking, and by 1924 they had two shops in the U.S. The famous (or infamous, if you’re a Devil Wears Prada fan) Hermes scarf was introduced in 1937 and achieved instant cult status. When Grace Kelly appeared in Life magazine carrying Hermes’ Sac à dépêches bag, they instantly renamed it the Kelly and it became one of the best-selling bags in fashion history. It’s still a hot item. They’re also the ones who make the highly-demanded Birkin bags.

The lesson from all of this? If you want your grandchildren to be rich beyond their wildest dreams, start a saddle store. Right now.

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Braided T-shirt Bracelet

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How To: Give your old t-shirts a second life. Sorry dust rag pile!

I love using simple materials to make something fun and innovative. The supplies for this bracelet DIY are really basic, so there’s a REALLY good chance you own all of them already. I mean, who doesn’t have a stack of soft old T’s you can’t wear outside of the house, but love to much to toss in the rag pile?

As with most of my DIY’s for wht, this is very customizable. You can easily work with your favorite color combos or add other textures for variety. Plus you can even make multiple bracelets to give to friends or just to match every one of your favorite outfits!

Supplies:
• T-shirt scraps
• 2 keychain rings
• Scissors
• Needles and thread
• Glue gun
• Ruler

1. Cut 3 strips of t-shirt fabric. One inch is a good width to work with. Length wise, they should be the length of your wrist PLUS 3 inches or so. It’s better to make them too long than too short! Gently tug at the strips so that the edges curl up neatly.

2. Stack the ends of the 3 strips on top of one another, and stitch a few times to secure them together.

 

3. Braid away.

4. Stitch the other end – just like you did in Step 2.

5. Connect the key rings.

6. Insert one end through one key ring. Fold over and secure with hot glue.

7. Repeat on the other side with the other key ring, and you’re done!

More Options:
• Add a strand of metallic thread into the braid
• Add charms to the key rings or actual strips of fabric
• Use the colors of your school or favorite sports team, or coordinate it with your latest spring outfit

Eight great gadgets for college dorms

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Eight great gadgets for college dorms

It’s almost time for college students to begin fall classes, so I thought it would be good to compile a list of gadgets for college dorms and apartments. The obvious ones, like smartphones, laptops, iPads and calculators aren’t listed here because I went for the fun and unique gadgets instead. Take a look and let me know if you’ve found something cool that should be included.

1. The Elite Cuisine Multi-Function 3-In-1 Breakfast Center is a coffee maker, toaster oven and griddle all in one. Great for those late-night study sessions, some frozen egg rolls or a short stack of pancakes in the morning before class.

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2. The Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker will wake you up after that late night of studying so you don’t miss that important exam. It has a maximum sound level of 113 decibels and if you put it under your mattress it also will shake your bed. If you don’t wake up when this thing goes off it’s time to call 911.

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3. CordaRoy’s Beanbag Beds are beanbag chairs that convert into a spare bed. They’re great for reading and relaxing and when a friend visits and wants to spend the night you’ll have an extra bed. They’re available in sizes up to double King.

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4. The Fridge Locker Personal Food Security System will keep your groceries and snacks safe if you have to share fridge space with roommates. Get one and you won’t have to worry about an 800-pound grizzly bear getting your food.

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5. The WiFi Detector Shirt will help you monitor your wireless connection in your dorm room and around campus. The shirt lights up to indicate when you have the best signal strength.

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6. The Nostalgia HDT-600 Hot-Dog/Pop-up Toaster hotdog maker is a great complement to the Breakfast Center, giving you a way to make fresh hot dogs for lunch or dinner as easily as you can make toast. It cooks two hot dogs and two buns at a time.

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7. Stash Safes from dormgear.net let you hide money, credit cards and other valuable in a fake Pringles can, stack of CDs or a flower pot. These provide a great place to hide your car keys if you don’t want roommates “borrowing” your car.

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8. The Lacie iamaKey USB 2.0 Flash Drive is a handy thing to keep on your key ring so you can easily transport documents back and forth from the computer lab for printing or quick transfer to your laptop. Comes in capacities up to 32GB.

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الجيل shamballa سوار

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Shamballa is sanskrit “bliss” sham-ba-lla transliteration. It is buddhist jewelry.

It meaning a kind of macrame bracelet and necklace with the semi-precious stone or gemstone ball beads and the crystal pave ball beads.

If it is a real shamballa bracelet it should have these symbols and I will explain them. The philosophy is incorporated in each of the designs through ancient Buddhist and Tibetan symbols – for example our thunderbolt which is said to symbolize enlightenment, the Kartika dragon which is said to symbolize the severance of all material and worldly bonds – or the signature double thunderbolt, the Star of Shamballa, which is a reminder to each and every one of us that we are unique just like the stars in the sky. Just like a star the human being can emanate light and heat. This way, a deeper meaning connected to the main philosophy is to be found in each of the pieces.

Shamballa bracelets have become the hands-down biggest accessory trend of 2011. Hip hop and rap artists like Chris brown, Jay Z, P Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and Dr. Dre have all been spotted wearing Shamballa bracelets, and that’s not all. Female celebrities like Beyonce and the Kardashians have also been photographed wearing these Buddhist-inspired bracelets. No other accessory is so hot right now! And the great thing about Shamballa bracelets is that there are so many different styles and colours to choose from, so you can accessorize while keeping your personal tastes and preferences in mind. 

 

The word Shamballa comes from ancient Tibetan and Buddhist traditions. Also spelled Shambhala or Shambala, Shamballa was known as a mythical kingdom hidden somewhere in Inner Asia that was said to epitomize the notion of Pure Land. This was a place where the physical and geographical didn’t matter—only spiritual and visionary concepts. For that reason, Shamballa bracelets represent highly-personal, ancient symbols like karma, inner peace, tranquillity, and happiness. Many people have begun to wear them during yoga session, martial arts practice, and meditation, although most buy them as a way to express their personal spirituality—not to mention mimic their favourite celebrities.

$8,000 24ct gold plated BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9981

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Gold Plated BlackBerry P9981

As if the $2,000 base price for the Porsche Design P’9981 wasn’t enough, you can now buy your very own 24ct gold plated version on eBay. The Buy It Now price is set at £4,799.99 (or just over $7,500 US) and gets you a brand new, limited edition, 24ct gold plated device. According to the listing only 100 of these will be made and each will be marked and numbered. 10% of the sale price even goes to support the Sport Relief charity.

Awon “money miss road peeps”, treasury looters and drug dealers take note and get ready for the launch in Nigeria if it becomes a success and more copies are made..

Hopefully coming to a SLOT shop near you. Stay tuned. Winking smile

T-Touch [The Touch Screen Watch] :O

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Tissot revolutionised the industry with their first T-Touch watches in 1991, featuring a tactile sapphire crystal to access the functions of the movement. This technology has been refined extensively from its first instance, the original T-Touch and T-Touch Trekking, to the updated T-Touch II, through to the fully featured T-Touch Expert and Sea Touch ranges.

What do they do?

All of the watches have a Compass, a Thermometer, Alarm and Chronograph as standard, in addition to the normal quartz timekeeping, activated by touching the screen. The Thermometer, Alarm and Chronograph are useful tools as they only use the digital display for information, so the time is still visible easily. To use the compass, the hands move to 180 degrees of one another, and then rotate around the dial to indicate magnetic North.

Switching through the functions is simple, merely pressing the button on the side of the case, to activate the crystal, then touching the corresponding section on the glass. Although the hands initially jump to the area pressed, after a delay they move to normal timekeeping when they are not required.

Basic features aside, model differences become readily apparent.

T-Touch, available in stainless steel or Titanium, polished or matte, on bracelet or rubber strap has a Barometer and Altimeter function. This model is also 3 bar water resistant, so you are unable to immerse in water. In a slightly different case, but with the same features, is the T-Touch Trekking model. Both at 42mm wide, they sit easily on the wrist, and are comfortable to wear. The top model is T33788892, in polished Titanium case and bracelet, on a black carbon fibre dial. It is simple to use and set, stylish with the highly polished Titanium also making it surprisingly light to wear, yet strong and rugged.

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Every model in the T-Touch range is a fully featured watch, with useful functions for the outdoors, but still stylish and suitable for wearing with a suit, or even as an everyday. The dial and layout is simple to gain all the information you need quickly and with the minimum of fuss, and still keeping a minimalist display. The tactile sapphire concept is clever, as it is as scratch resistant as possible, and allows access to functions quickly and easily without requiring navigating through a myriad of menu’s, or complicating the case with several separate buttons dotted around the sides of the case

Snapback Hats

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If you’re confused about the difference between a snapback hat and the various other types of hats, let us shed some light for you!

A snapback hat is simply the style of cap where there is am adjustable snap-fitting on the back, as opposed to fitted caps that come in various sizes. Snapback hats are one size fits all.

Is that the same as a trucker hat?

No, not really. Trucker hats generally are partially made out of mesh, while classic snapback hats are not. Although you could probably get away with calling a trucker hat a snapback hat, since it is adjustable in the same way, it might cause some confusion! See the following pics for visual reference:

Snapback Hat

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Trucker Hat

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Fitted Hat

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Snapback Hats and Snapback Caps are enjoying a NEW TREND today, which is everything that was old..is now new and Snapback Hats are no exception. The Snapback Cap style that was popular in the 80’s are hugely popular, particularly the Vintage Starter Snapback Hats.

Snapback hats began its reign in the sports sector, most especially in baseball. But due to its look, it is now accepted in the fashion atmosphere. here are some vintage snapbacks

Miami Heat

chicago bulls

Atlanta Hawks

New York Knicks

Los Angeles Lakers

Miami Dolphins

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The Reign Of  TISA

TISA is a clothing company, which started in the 80’s by Taz Arnold. They also produce NBA, Vintage snapback hats, with their logo on the left.

 

 

APART from these, distinctive personalities have come up with their own snapbacks. Look Below:

Lasgidi Caps

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