Thursday, April 28, 2011

Harajuku, my new word for the day

Harajuku (原宿 "meadow lodging") About this sound listen is the common name for the area around Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line in the Shibuya ward of Tokyo, Japan.
Every Sunday, young people dressed in a variety of styles including gothic lolita, visual kei, and decora, as well as cosplayers spend the day in Harajuku socializing. The fashion styles of these youths rarely conform to one particular style and are usually a mesh of many. Most young people gather on Jingu Bridge, which is a pedestrian bridge that connects Harajuku to the neighboring Meiji Shrine area.[1]
Harajuku is also a fashion capital of the world, renowned for its unique street fashion.[2] Harajuku street style is promoted in Japanese and international publications such as Kera, Tune, Gothic & Lolita Bible and Fruits. Many prominent designers and fashion ideas have sprung from Harajuku and incorporated themselves into other fashions throughout the world.
Harajuku is also a large shopping district that includes international brands, its own brands, and shops selling clothes young people can afford." Thank you Wiki.

I new this Japanese fashion genre, but not this specific name and certainly very little.
But today I found this link on twitter and am wanting to pay attention more now;

the girl's name is "Yuck"

Friday, April 15, 2011

Re-thinking Hotshiznik

I am a visual artist and vintage clothing seller. I am new to web design and social media, so I am apologizing up front for the look of this blog. It is in transition and I am learning. My look is an abomination at the moment,  I definitely need some pointers and opinions on whatever you see here.
I am also re-thinking the name 'Hotshiznik'. The name came on about 5 years ago as a sort of joke and now I am invested in it. I don't love the name, but is it too weird? I can always start a new shop with a new name, but I will lose some followers and credentials. What is in a name anyway? Its branding of course, but at least Hotshiznik is original. I could go with a flowery name like 'Lovely Ladies blah blah, or classy, chic something Vintage Voyeur? (Sorry if I accidentally used someones real name). Its like coming up with a cool band name almost. There are some great vintage clothing (e-commerce) shop names out there at the moment. But the names kind of have no bearing on the shops quality or success.
I have followed the big ebay vintage clothing sellers for a while and am in awe at some of the great styling, photography and art direction that goes into these sellers of vintage clothing. The sellers I am referring to use fabulous professional/ semi pro models (that are definitely not the sellers' friends or sellers themselves). Aside from the professional photo quality, these stores have been art directed, have a 'look' and the clothing has been styled by a pro as well. So are these shops run by an independent group of friends, boyfriend/girlfriend teams or some bigger conglomerate? I have worked professionally in the fashion/photo industry. I know what kind of production a professional photo shoot is. Even if the folks involved in these vintage clothing photo shoots are pros working on their days off, its still a costly, time consuming, logistical big deal.
So where does this leave the little independent vintage seller with a little semi-pro camera and a mannequin?

Eating humble pie.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Helmut Lang Find

This top was from the wardrobe of a new T.V. show "Teen Wolf" (to be released soon).
It is an awesome piece and looks never worn. No idea if it was or not. Guess we will have to watch the show and see....Helmut Lang Dusty Peach Top- auction ends soon!
Oh... Almost forgot the friend of this top... From the same production "Teen Wolf" (to be released soon) is this amazing little Aryn K silk velour number...