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Talented Designers

A new talent student from the Antwerp Academy has got the opportunity to collaborate with the concept store RA in Antwerp. RA has other designers like my favourite Stine Goya and Belgian Jan-Jan van Essche. Visit RA’s homepage, have a look around and listen to fantastic music.

Narelle Dore, who is the talented designer in this case, grew up in Perth (Western Australia) and her A/W 11 collection is based on series of camera photos from the salt lakes near Perth. Her collection is shown in the back garden of the boutique, together with some afternoon tea.

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COS to Sweden!

When I decide to move abroad, my favourite brand settles down in my hometown. Ironic? But unfortunately, I can not find COS in Perth either.

This summer, H&M launch their first COS (Collection of Style) store here in Stockholm. Biblioteksgatan is the location, in the new shopping area called Biblioteksstan. Since 2007, the chain has 35 stores in eight different countries.

Welcome COS!


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Friday Night in Stockholm

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Just a combination of a clean typography, colour, lines and names.

When you get too inspired, you start to copy
– Dries Van Noten

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Upcoming Education

I commence Curtin University of Technology in February. Curtin is Western Australia’s largest university, over 39 000 (!) students worldwide, and has campuses around the world. Their main campus Bentley is where I will study, at the Humanities department.

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Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication) major Journalism and PR, the third stream in Marketing.

Within the first part of my education, we will learn key technological skills and knowledge for work in communication and corporate media fields. Core studies within Mass Communication is history, theory, ethics and critique of media, communication and information.

The Journalism part prepares us students with the skills, understanding and professionalism necessary for a career in the media industry. Curtin has a good reputation considering their Journalism education, and we are going to be taught by actual journalists. Much practical work, as the school has both a newspaper, Western Independent Newspaper, and a radio station, Curtin FM 100.1.

PR (Public Relations) is how to plan, develop, implement and evaluate communication strategies which present an organisation in the best light. Together with this, we get prepared for involvement in primary decision-making and gives us the skills to undertake a major communications role.

The Marketing stream contains how marketing works, consumer behaviour and the chance to explore various specific aspects of marketing, including international and Internet marketing.

This education feels perfect for me, I get everything I find relevant. Together with previous education and experience, this will be a perfect combination. Let’s just hope I get the job I want!

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Illustration News

The Swedish Illustrator Karin Rönmark recently graduated from Konstfack College of Arts Crafts and Design (2009), with a MA in Graphic Design & Illustration. Karin has clients like Weekday, Photowall and Spoon, and the red thread throughout all her work is storytelling.

Her work is genuine, I especially like her typography. The colours she uses is my cup of tea too, just compare with the blue colour I have in my blog.

I read about her the first time in CAP&Design a little while ago, appointed as one of their favourite creators. Unfortunately, for you non-Swedes, the magazine is only in Swedish.

From tomorrow Thursday, 13/1, you can view her exhibition, a two and three dimensional expedition in search for a forest´s secret, at Tranan, Karlbergsvägen 14, Stockholm, 18.00 – 21.00.

Illustrations: Karin Rönmark

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Proenza Schouler Pre-Fall 11

I have become obsessed with Proenza Schouler. They are fabulous! Brilliant! Amazing!

Their Pre-Fall collection 2011 has the right Guatemala touch, and is totally complete. Usually I do not like to much patterns and colours, but this is something else. It really works!


Jack & Lazaro are two of the most intriguing and fascinating designers. Just take a look at this video, they radiate creativity and passion. And see how they smile and look at each other in the beginning. Then consider the pieces they create. Lovely.


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Hey, Michael!

Double buckle platform, Michael Kors, SS 11


Pretty nice, huh? I want them first day in school, in mid February… Yeah, in Australia it is summer then. Feels good to say bye bye to Europe for a while.

I am down in south Sweden and visit my friends Stina, Viktoria, Evelina, Dan, and Linnéa. It feels like spring in Lund, where I am at the moment. The calmness this time a year in this student town, right before all students arrives back, is great. It is so quiet around here! In contrast to Stockholm, all shops and most cafes in Lund more or less are closed on Sunday, for example.

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Stay Timeless

Their key is timeless. Nic & Mel is accessories for “boys and men with a vintage timeless feeling“, as they describe it themselves.

One of my most precious wristwatches is inherited from my grandfather, a Certina with leather strap, and needs to be winded up. This keeps it authentic and sustainable. Nic & Mel goes for the very same thing, all their watches do you need to wind up yourself.

Their aim is, with their design and function, to bring back what is lost from old times, get the best from history. I clearly see the guys point. Old stuff is sometimes too unappreciated.

Visit them and take a look in the Look Book. Classy watches, wallets, scarves and then this gorgeous man. Simple, pure and sophisticated.

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