# Slowear News

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06.25.2014

There’s no denying it: Bangkok is a frantic city. Yet it is also a city full of surprises, and so right when you think you’re close to getting mad you’re bound to bump into an incredibly quiet  little temple right in the middle of the traffic, with a beautiful altar and sweet-smelling flower chains. True story. Siwilai is one of such surprises. It is not a temple, though, but a design-oriented concept store bringing together a print media and vinyl library, a beauty lab, toys and gadgets section, a “Thai-Made” department, a selection of fashion and lifestyle brands and a quality restaurant. Siwilai is also one of our wholesale selected stores. We spoke to Punjarat Sangsuwan, the store’s Marketing and Operations Director, and asked her about life in Bangkok. SJ: What are your main passions?PS: Travelling, art and music. SJ: Describe yourself in 3 words.PS: Fun, lively, individual. SJ:You never leave home without… ?PS: My "Lady Danger" MAC lipstick. SJ: What is it like living and working in Bangkok?PS: Living in Bangkok allows an eclectic lifestyle since the city has everything to offer. Life here is quite cultured, sophisticated and even adventurous at times. The city is very communed, connected and networking so when your work can shake the city, living here gets pretty interesting. SJ: What does Bangkok offer that no other city, in your opinion, can offer?PS: The city is so vibrant, diverse, rich in culture and cosmopolitan. Everything is accessible and just around the corner. It has a very dynamic energy and it is undergoing a fast-paced change. Yet, in spite of all this, I find it is somewhat relaxed at times. SJ: If someone had 24 hours to spend in Bangkok, what and where would you suggest them to go (eat, shop, visit, sleep)?PS: Eat: Seven Spoons in old town Bangkok, a warm, minimalist gastrobar. Shop: SIWILAI and Jatujak Market. Visit: Made by Legacy flea market – a project happeing twice a year. Nighlife: Wongs Place. Sleep: The Siam or Sala Ratanakosin. SJ: And finally, since this is The Slowear Journal, could you describe in a few words your idea of a slow lifestyle?PS: When you live in a city like Bangkok, balancing your mind, body and spirit is pretty much needed. Luckily, Thailand is rich in nature. It only takes a two hours drive to reach my beach house in HuaHin. Spending a few days there every month, just on weeekends, allows me to stop, take a deep full breath and start my own kind of slow life.It begins with no rush and getting in touch with nature. Breakfast in the morning, then baking myself in the sun for a warm honey skin tone with a good read. And finally a walk along the beach in the evening, with my feet in the sand and the waves brushing them softly. That’s how I free my mind from negative energy.

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06.16.2014

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06.10.2014

After 124 years and just the one move from Swanston Street over 50 years ago Henry Bucks, Australia’s oldest and best menswear store, have just given their famous flagship store on Collins Street a new look, feel and direction. Perhaps one of the last of the great menswear retail specialists to remain in family hands in an age where globalisation, rationalisation and the expediency of mass marketing and poor levels of service are what we have become accustomed to expect Henry Bucks owes its name to a soft goods trader of British origins who migrated to Australia in 1887 and opened his first store three years later in Melbourne. These days, the 5th generation of the Bucks family is in charge of the company, which now  owns 3 stores in Melbourne, 2 in Sydney and one in Adelaide. Because of its history and of its values, Henry Bucks is our obvious choice for a partner in Australia, which is why the Collins Street store is also Slowear’s Australia exclusive stockist. As for the brand new flagship store, it features an impressive 750 square meters space on two levels, spacious without losing its friendly, clubby feel and contemporary without forgetting its glorious heritage. By raising the roof and changing all the fittings and fixtures, the project has literally tranformed the place, managing to retain its personality and history. The upstairs area is now a contemporary menswear hub, while downstairs you will find the traditional collections. In the alley next to the store, where many beautiful cafes and restaurants lie, stands an amazing sculpture inspired by Melbourne. Our corner is right at the front of the store as you walk in.

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05.14.2014

Do you remember A Slow Tale, our short movie competition? The challenge was that of turning the idea of a slow lifestyle into a script - a short, well written story told through a few and eloquent scenes. An international expert jury from Domus Academy, IULM and Naba slected the work of Alessio Billi, who had the unique opportunity to see his own script, Le ali degli angeli  (Angel Wings), become a professional short movie. Alessios film is a slow tale revolving around grapes, wine and dedication told on a backdrop of gentle hills and vineyards. It is the story of a delicate conversion to the  slow lifestyle, with a surprise ending. Turning an abstract idea into a script and condensing a whole world view into a 5-minutes video was no easy job, and yet Alessio managed to do it with remarkable mastery. We are so proud of you Alessio, congratulations and keep up the good work! You can watch Le ali degli angeli on YouTube or Vimeo. Enjoy and tell us what you think!

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04.06.2014

Ready for Fuorisalone? If you happen to be in Milan during the busy and exciting days of Milan’s Design Week (April 8-13), drop by our via Solferino store and for every Slowear purchase you’ll get a free copy of Port Survey,  Port Magazine’s special issue on Innovation in Architecture and Design. Port Magazine is a global quarterly men’s magazine based in London, merging style with thoughtful, intelligent content. We do love this publication and thats why we decided to partner with them; during the Design Week, Officina Slowear Milano Solferino will also be one of Port Magazines authorised dealers. On this occasion, we asked a few questions to publisher and creative director Kuchar Swara on the subject of this amazing design-focused Port Survey. SJ: How did you come up with the idea of focusing the Port Survey on Innovation in Architecture & Design?KS: Working with my colleagues, we wanted to produce a honest snapshot of what the industry is thinking: the movers and shakers of the last 12 months in the industry.We did not want to vote ourselves. We were only interested in the votes from industry, completely unbiased, non political and true. I admire a quality in good design and architecture that enables us to look at the worlds construction and ask: can it be better? SJ: Whats your opinion on Milans Fuorisalone? What do you expect from this new edition?KS: I think its a brilliant week for Italy and Milan. It reminds everyone of how truly wonderful Italy can be. I expect surprises and Negronis. SJ: This is The Slowear Journal, the first eMagazine entirely dedicated to the slow lifestyle - a vision of the world whose concerns are quality, details, and the most authentic essence of products and relationships. The kind of spaces we love are those which can boost and promote this continuous search for quality. What do you think is the main challenge for architecture and design from the slow point of view?KS: We need to make design & architecture more accessible to more people. For me the general principle of good design is best served when its for the benefit of many rather than the few. SJ: Do you ever manage to carve out some slow moments from your busy schedule? Whats your idea of a slow lifestyle?KS: A fine glass of whisky with friends on the Isle of Skye this summer. SJ: Which slow and prominent design works would you advise our readers not to miss for the world?KS: Anything by Finn Juhl. Or more contemporarily Michael Anastassiadess – a truly gifted designer. If you wish to learn more on the Architecture and Design Survey, come to Officina Slowear in via Solferino. See you in Milan! Photo by Paul Barbera

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03.19.2014

Living and working in Melbourne, Christian Kimber is a designer and Menswear Buyer at Henry Bucks – Australia’s oldest and best menswear store, now selling our brands. We asked him to give us some insider’s tips on how to enjoy the best of the Australian style capital.  SJ: Please tell us in few words your main passions.CK: Clothes, shoes and my family. SJ:Describe yourself in 3 words.CK: Relaxed, patient, perfectionist. SJ: You never leave home without… ?CK: A quality pen, my watch, my phone, my Smythson notebook, umbrella (Melbourne weather is notorious to change every ten minutes), round reading glasses, Ipad, Aesop rinse-free hand wash and ensuring I am dressed appropriately. SJ: What is it like living and working in Melbourne?CK: I have been in Melbourne for nearly four years and it is one of the most wonderful places to live in the world. The city is filled with dynamic, interesting, creative people – you can understand why it is the style capital of Australia. The city provides so much inspiration for me; especially in my work. SJ: What does Melbourne offer that no other city, in your opinion, can offer?CK: Melbourne is constantly rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities. For me it has the best coffee and most interesting selection of restaurants compared to any other city I have travelled to. It’s 45 minutes from a perfect surf beach, 45 minutes from a group of beautiful wineries. An incredible street art/art scene and great sporting events. Any escape you can imagine, Melbourne can provide it. SJ: If someone had 24 hours to spend in Melbourne, what and where would you suggest them to go (eat, shop, visit, sleep)?CK: I would say get up at 6am and walk in the Botanical Gardens, go for an early brunch at Cumulus in the city and then pop to Queen Victoria Market for a quick look, jump in the car for lunch and wine tasting in Yarra Valley. Come back for dinner somewhere in Fitzroy before heading to an art gallery or a walk on Southbank. You really have to have more than 24 hours. Shop: come to see our new Henry Bucks concept store opening in April this year! Stay – The Olsen - Sleep: Don’t. SJ: And finally, since this is The Slowear Journal, could you describe in a few words your idea of a slow lifestyle?CK: Relaxation, travel and having more time with my girlfriend. Taking time to do things well, never rushing. Eating well, drinking well without any stress.

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03.09.2014

Noboby can unveil the slow secrets of a city better than a local. That’s why we decided to launch a series of insider’s slow city guides in the form of short interviews with some of our favourite fashion personalities and professionals. We are thrilled to start with Toby Bateman, Buying Director for Mr Porter [Slowear official online reseller] - a friend, a business partner, and a long-time Londoner. SJ: Please tell us in few words your main passions.TB: Clothes, food, family – not in that order. SJ: Describe yourself in 3 words.TB: Considered, focused, passionate – or I would like to be thought of this way! SJ: You never leave home without… ?TB: Rushing.  SJ: What is it like living and working in London?TB: I lived in central London for 15 years (aged 22-37) and loved it. I had an incredibly wide social circle and would be out almost all the time.  Then we had kids and our priorities changed so we moved out of London – now living in Surrey (actually on a farm) – and I love that too because I escape the pressure of the city each night and at the weekends have lots of space to play with my kids.  I now get the best of both worlds – work in London and live in the country.  SJ: What does London offer that no other city, in your opinion, can offer?TB: It’s a bit of a cliché but you can’t escape the diversity in London - more than any other city I have been to.  The history of the place is also immense - the sense that you are in a city where great and momentous things have happened and will continue to happen…you really get a sense of this in London I think. SJ: If someone had 24 hours to spend in London, what and where would you suggest them to go (eat, shop, visit, sleep)?TB: Shop – I think you’d have to go to a market rather than a fashion store. Borough Market on a Saturday morning is good for food.Eat – St John Restaurant in Farringdon – Fergus Henderson’s “English” restaurant which promotes the concept of “nose to tail” eating.Sleep – it is always difficult to name a hotel in your own town isn’t it?  I’d be better at New York if you asked me!  Instead of recommending a hotel I will recommend that you take a walk along the river heading West after your trip to Borough Market on Saturday morning – all the way to Parliament Sq.  If the sun is shining, which it occasionally does in London, that is a fine thing to do. SJ: And finally, since this is The Slowear Journal, could you describe your idea of a slow lifestyle?TB: I would say it is about managing the pace of your life – taking time to do things well and thoroughly, taking time to consider your actions, taking time to appreciate each day, stopping and taking stock of your life, giving the right amount of time to the things and people that are important in your life.  Do I have a “slow lifestyle”? One day maybe, for now I try to have “slow weekends”!

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10.30.2013

If seasons were to be listed in order of preference, it’s fair to say autumn quite probably wouldn’t  top it. Summer must be everyone’s favourite by far, all about holidays and fun. Winter brings the happiness of Christmas and the magic of snow, and spring the awakening from the deep freeze and a riot of colours. We asked Veronica Crespi, Slow Fashion and Style Consultant and founder at Rewardrobe, to create a moodboard tuned with our AW 13/14 womens collection. According tio Veronica, it’s exactly the colour palette that gives autumn its refinement: warm tones of burnt orange, mustard yellow, amaranth red and chocolate brown mixed with sand and navy bases, to create combinations that convey a classic feel without resorting to the harsher black. Autumn is a season of enveloping warmth – which translates into the softness and textures of fabrics and knits. And with eye-catching prints, that beg to be observed in detail, like a Lucienne Day pattern. And then autumn is a season for the appetite, for tastings, for short trips in search of local delicacies. And as such, intrinsically Slow. What’s not to love? The ideal wardrobe shoud be designed for all the moments that make up these months. For the transition from the intense sun of a sudden Indian summer, to the now dry leaves that get windswept away. From back-to-the-office to the weekend mini-break. Thats the best way to take away the uncertainty of autumn and turn it into an opportunity – it’s no longer ‘what to wear?’, but ‘the perfect time for some layering’. A style more relaxed, more Slowear.

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10.03.2013

Is there anything clumsier than a badly tied tie or a wrongly folded pocket square? Not to mention the wrong strings or an out-of-place bow tie? Style may be innate, but there are still some basics worth learning. So in case you think you might need a quick revision, take a look at The Look Good Series, a brand new web series created by three talted students at Domus Academy in Milan - Polly Crane, Catherine Viriya and Raehan Rauf - who won a student competition launched by Domus Academy and Slowear. The girls shot ten practical video clips to illustrate a step-by-step fresh etiquette of Slow style. Scarves,strings, ties, bow ties, shirts and trousers - no detail is overlooked in this entertaining web series. Enjoy!

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06.26.2013

Only three days left to take part in our short movie competition: June 30 is the deadline for the Slow Tale contest. Over 50 amateur authors are already working with the SlowearStoryMaker tool to turn their idea of slow lifestyle into a story, drawing inspiration from concepts such as attention to details and quality, careful consideration, and respect for those who create and for those who consume. The authors of the three best scripts (according to an international expert jury from Domus Academy, IULM and Naba) will get a complete Slowear outfit, and the winning script will become a professional short movie. The author and his/her friends will also have the chance to act in the movie. No specific professional skills related to scriptwriting are requested - all you need is a deep understanding of the slow lifestyle and the right dose of creativity. 

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04.23.2013

What is slow lifestyle? How do attention to details and quality, careful consideration, and respect for those who create and for those who consume fit into everyday life? Slowear challenges you all to turn your vision of the slow lifestyle into a script that will become a professional short movie. Why a short movie? Because moving image is still the most direct, charming and contemporary language at our disposal. And because most times a few sequences can tell more than a thousand words in terms of ideas and emotions. If you find consumerism obsolete and believe in a slow future, register here and, from May 1st to June 30th, you’ll be able to create your own script online with SlowearStoryMaker -  it’s easy and it’s fun! No specific professional skills related to scriptwriting are requested - all you need is a deep understanding of the slow lifestyle and the right dose of creativity. An international expert jury from Domus Academy, IULM and Naba will select the most interesting script that will then be turned into a professional short movie. Starting from September, the video will be distributed worldwide through our global network. The author and his/her friends will also have the chance to act in the movie.Besides, the three most voted scripts will win a complete Slowear outfit.
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