Toronto-based The Design Agency are responsible for unique environments in the city such as Momofuku, Brassaii and the new Soho House. Recently, they’ve expanded their reach to Barcelona, Spain, where they had the opportunity to designed the flagship Generator Hostel.
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In Barcelona’s Gràcia district, a short walk from Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Batlló apartments, Generator Barcelona marks not only the rebirth of a building, but also the emergence of the Generator brand. The interiors of the 1960s office building have been completely gutted and rebuilt in a way that demonstrates the tremendous creativity that is being invested in this brand and in each location. The Design Agency has collaborated with local architects, suppliers and artists, creating unique supergraphics, fantastic, unusual light fixtures and signature “G” sculptures.
Photography by Nikolas Koenig
If you live in or near St. James Town, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed the beginnings of a 32-storey mural project taking over the south wall of 200 Wellesley St East. Youth, artists and volunteers from Sustainable Thinking & Expression On Public Spaces (STEPS) Initiative have been hard at work creating Toronto’s (maybe even the world’s) tallest mural. The mural will showcases a giant phoenix flying toward the sky, representing a new and much more colourful outlook for residents of the building and surrounding neighbourhood. The project cost roughly $40,000 with funding from StreetARToronto, Ontario Arts Council, ING Direct and in-kind donations.
We encourage everyone to check it out!
NEEDS / WANTS Studios® is a luxury sportswear jacket company conceived by Toronto artist Sean Brown with the idea of maturing traditional outerwear through modern design. Sean’s less-is-more mantra is evident as he puts emphasis on simple, long-lasting quality, function and craftsmanship with each jacket made entirely by hand in Toronto.
Take for example the “Mirage Bomber” (as seen above), a light weight, reversible bomber jacket as part of the “Mai Iloko Mai” collection, named after a Hawaiian term which translates to “That which is within matters”. The jacket features long sleeves, lined interior, ribbed collar, cuffs and hem with enhanced fit with side slit pockets for storage. Slim fitting, mid-weight, non-stretching fabric that retails for $225.00.
Shop Online: needdontwant.com
Previously: Varsity Jackets by Sean Brown
We’re excited to announce what promises to be yet another unforgettable experience… Amex Unstaged featuring Kings Of Leon!
American Express, in partnership with VEVO and YouTube, have selected Kings Of Leon and Director Fred Armisen to rock out in London, England for their popular live stream music series, “American Express Unstaged”. The cool thing about #AmexUnstaged is that it blurs the lines between an at-home and in-concert experience. For example, you can ‘choose your cam’, that’s right, YOU can control your camera view by switching between the director’s main stream and alternate artist-themed angles. We’ve included a pre-show video below to get you as excited as we are! Enjoy…
Unstaged highlights Amex’s dedication to service and providing Cardmembers and non-Cardmembers alike with exclusive access to premium entertainment experiences like Coldplay Unstaged that you may not otherwise have access to.
Join us and American Express for an exclusive premium experience and watch Kings Of Leon perform online on Friday, August 9th 4pm ET.
TUNE IN LIVE: amexunstaged.com
As Hennessy Ambassadors 1 LOVE T.O. played host to the legendary New York street/graffiti artist known as Futura. Over the past year Futura has travelled the globe promoting his limited edition label design for the Hennessy Very Special bottle. Over the course of three days we had the opportunity to have Futura do an in-store signing at the Yonge & Summerhill LCBO, a Toronto graffiti tour with SKAM, an intimate speaker series at The Drake Hotel and live painting/after-party on the rooftop. Check out the video and click on the link below to see photos from our experience.
Photos by @kalenhayman
Previously: Hennessy Very Special Limited Edition by Futura
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Toronto songstress Andreena just dropped her official solo album “Naked”, with 22 tracks featuring production from Grammy award winning producer Hit-Boy, as well as Ivan ‘Doxortho’ Barias in addition to production from Andreena herself as well as local producers Rich Kidd, Bass Line, Spinz, and Snaz.
For more info: andreenamusic.com
Last week Toronto-based brand When We Were Young showcased their Spring 2014 collection at The Foundation showroom in NYC. The design duo, formerly known as “Chaos Theory“, have done a complete rebrand. When We Were Young a.k.a 3 • W • Y will now feature higher quality materials and craftsmanship than in their previous releases. Their Spring ’14 Teaser video features Toronto artist Vital sporting a sleek bilker jacket with weaved leather details on the sleeves and back.
At the New York showcase the models were featured with battered faces and detail oriented pieces; the zipper on the weaved leather sleeve, a dipped hem jacket and leather patches on sweatpants.The collection was full of black, navy blue and dark gray. It was a dark Spring collection done the right way.
3 • W • Y has grown so much since their last showcase!
For more info: 3-w-y.com
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Just over 1 year ago 1 LOVE T.O. took part in the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (also known as Caribana) with over 300 people on our float, including our US Ambassador Amir Johnson from the Toronto Raptors, plus live performances from Trinidad’s very own KES and Toronto’s own Kardinal. Here’s a quick look back at our experience ‘on di road’.
Big thanks to our partner Roots Canada!
Previously: Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2012
History was made… again last night at Drake’s 4th Annual OVO Fest, and now this morning with the release of his new single “Hold On, We’re Going Home” featuring vocals from Majid, produced by Toronto’s own Nineteen85, Majid Jordan and co-produced by Noah “40″ Shebib. “Nothing Was The Same” is due out September 17.
Photo by Karla Moy
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