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New York + London

Aug 15, 2014 6:13:41 AM

Danielle Zalcman New York + London 1

 

NEW YORK + LONDON. The urban homes of our two corporate offices in one set of beautiful, complicated images. As the artist Daniella Zalcman says on her website: 'After a while, the cacophony of concrete and street life begins to blend into something more universal. My hope is that in the noise and silence, everyone will find something that feels like home.'

 

Danielle Zalcman New York + London 2

 

Danielle Zalcman New York + London 3

 

Images from here and here

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Love Haight

Jul 18, 2014 8:13:24 AM

MiH Jeans Haight San Francisco

 

 

Haight, San Francisco, was the epicentre of hippy culture in the US in the 60s. With its colourful buildings and streets full of character, this is the home of eclectic and the inspiration behind our new Haight print for AW14.

 

MiH Jeans Janis Joplin Haight San Francisco

 

MiH Jeans The Grateful Dead Haight San Francisco

 

Images from here, here and here

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THE ART OF SHIBORI

May 16, 2014 12:30:51 PM

Shibori

 

Our shibori collection is a work of art; each hand dyed by one of the most talented and inspirational people we’ve ever met. Since you couldn’t all be in our masterclasses, here’s a brief history of this ancient art. 

 

Shibori is an ancient cloth dying technique originating in 8th century Japan, though ancient artefacts are now being found across Africa, India and South America. In 700 AD silk was outlawed in Japan for everyone but the emperor, and so his subjects wore cotton, embellished for special occasions with readily available natural indigo dye (which eventually became known as the dye of the people).

 

The Art of Shibori

 

From humble roots has grown a rare art form, including some of the most beautiful kimonos the world has ever seen – the most special of which took, and still take, several shibori experts working together an entire year to complete. In these instances, they use an incredibly skilled and painstaking process where lightweight silk is tightly wrapped in tiny sections and secured with even tinier stitches. The fabric is then immersed in huge pots of indigo dye and once dried, thousands of these tiny stitches are carefully undone to reveal the bespoke pattern which remains where the fabric has resisted the indigo. For everyday garments, without the $50,000 price tag, shibori patterns are created by twisting, knotting, stitching and tying the fabric to create resists before immersing the fabric.

 

MiH Jeans x Niki Livingston Shibori Collection

 

 

 

An in-depth study of shibori is the unveiling of a social and cultural history (just spend 5 minutes with Niki and you’ll be entranced) - here’s some recommended reading here, here and here if we’ve caught your fancy.

 

 

Indigo: Egyptian Mummies to Blue Jeans

Adire cloth in Nigeria: The preparation and dyeing of indigo patterned cloths among the Yoruba

Indigo: The Colour that Changed the World


top image from here

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FANCY A SLICE?

Mar 27, 2014 12:21:00 PM

Do you love our watermelon print as much as we do? Have a slice of the action with our downloadable wallpapers for your PC, tablet and mobile desktop. Thanks to the lovely Bernadette Pascua for the beautiful illustration! 

 

Download for the watermelon wallpaper for PC and Laptops


Download for tablets


Download for phones

 

MiH Jeans Watermelon Wallpaper

 

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CULTURE BY CANDLELIGHT

Jan 27, 2014 12:44:49 PM

There is nothing better than a night at the theatre and one of our favourite places to see a show is Shakespeare’s Globe. We were delighted to hear that the second theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, is now open and built within an inch of The Bard’s Jacobean dreams.  Even though the playhouse is a lot smaller than the globe, the visuals inside do not disappoint. The stage backdrop is carved and gilded, with trompe l’oeil decorations on the walls and the standout feature? It is all lit by candlelight. 

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

 

Book tickets here // image credit here

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