Slow Fashion for Speedy Women

Vestiarium Seoul shirt. <3 Photo by Sally Yu. 

Vestiarium Seoul shirt. <3 Photo by Sally Yu. 

FOCUS

The founders of Vestiarium, designer Camilla Mikama and co-founder Tiina Tissari focus on creating collectible pieces. Their collections are filled with building blocks of the wardrobe that will feel fresh after years and go well together with other pieces. Vestiarium apparel is stylish and effortless - meant to be worn with confidence and make you feel good. Focus is one of Vestiarium's key words for speedy women. The others are Aspiration, Purpose, Courage and Curiosity. 

Vestiarium Cone Bolero. Photo by Sally Yu.&nbsp;

Vestiarium Cone Bolero. Photo by Sally Yu. 

ASPIRATION

This is where it all starts. Having an idea of something that could be but does not exist yet. Nothing can keep her away from going after that vision. She is determined to start the pursuit. Because by doing that she can improve herself and also enhance the life of people around her. 

PURPOSE

She does not do it only for herself, but also for others. Purpose is the fundamental state of mind which allows you to understand the bigger meaning of your actions and the path you have chosen. It opens up the bigger scene that you want to be a part of. It is the why that makes you get up every morning to keep making this world a little bit better every day.  

Cone Bolero. Photo by Sally Yu.

Cone Bolero. Photo by Sally Yu.

COURAGE 

Sometimes difficult decisions need to be made. Changing jobs, leaving a relationship that is doing more harm than good, or simply having the courage to voice an opinion are situations where any woman needs to feel strong and confident. Often times it is about taking the step to the unknown. Sometimes we will need to be brave enough to admit and fix our mistakes or stand up for the decisions we made and the path we have chosen, no matter what other people think about us. We can never be prepared for everything, but courage will help us get through the most. 

Vestiarium Vienna shirt. Photo by Sally Yu.

Vestiarium Vienna shirt. Photo by Sally Yu.

CURIOSITY

Adventures, new cities, new people. Being curious keeps us going and provides with an endless source of new ideas. Curiosity feeds creativity and our ability to come up with possibilities that might become game-changing. The creative mindset can be seen in the way Vestiarium clothing is made. It is classy yet playful and interesting. Something to feed the curious mind. 

Photo by Sally Yu.&nbsp;

Photo by Sally Yu. 

Unusual and Timeless

Dreaming of the world outside. Tunic by Vietto. Photo by Sally Yu.

Dreaming of the world outside. Tunic by Vietto. Photo by Sally Yu.

The story of Vietto begun ten years ago. Designer Minna Kaartinen found pretty tartan cloth and started to create small Scottish Dog shaped brooches. They became the first hit product of the design studio. Now, ten years later Minna decided to bring them back in a modernized form. 

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During the years Vietto has launched numerous collections and provided comfortable, conscious and unusual but timeless fashion to different women around Finland, including myself and even Finland's Eurovision Song Contest 2016 representative Sandhja and her crew. They were carrying Vietto's Urban Art Deco dresses that are absolutely fabulous. I also have one in silver back at home. It is one of my safe choices whenever I don't know what I should wear. That actually applies to all of my Vietto pieces - they are always comfy to wear at the same time as they look interesting and stylish. 

Urban Art Deco print has then also appeared in other pieces, such as this lovely miniskirt and earrings.

Photo by Cindy Phong.

Photo by Cindy Phong.

Photo by Cindy Phong.

Photo by Cindy Phong.

Vietto does all of their production in Finland. Prints and designs are by Minna Kaartinen, the designer and founder of the brand. Nowadays she has a sewer to help out with the production. Sustainable materials and ecological basis have been important principles for Vietto since the beginning. 

What I really love about Vietto are their cool, urban pieces that are both laid-back and stylish. They are simple but interesting, unusual and timeless. Dream pieces of an adventurous city girl. 

Yours,

Meri

Vietto convertible tunic. Pendant by  YO ZEN . Photo by Sally Yu.

Vietto convertible tunic. Pendant by YO ZEN. Photo by Sally Yu.

Five Clockenflap Acts You Should Chek Out

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Clockenflap, the biggest festival in Hong Kong, celebrated its 10th birthday this year. I had the pleasure to meet Justin Sweeting, the co-founder and Music Director of the festival last year in Helsinki at EARS. Meeting with him was very inspiring and I dreamed of experiencing Hong Kong and the festival one day. To be honest I didn't expect it to happen so soon. I had thought about making a weekend trip outside Korea and when Clockenflap started to appear on my social media feeds I realized Hong Kong would be a wonderful city to see. Maybe I could even visit the festival. 

The weekend in Hong Kong was one of the best spent for quite some time - and definitely a lot thanks to Clockenflap. I had such fun and inspiring time exploring an interesting new city as well as amazing new music and art.

Great thanks to Justin and the whole crew for creating such an amazing experience. It was one of my absolute favorite events so far and I will remember this weekend for a long time. 

To celebrate the 10th birthday of Clockenflap and the discovery of new music, here are five acts from Clockenflap that I fell in love with and think you would enjoy too. 


SAMUEL SEO (KR)

Image borrowed from Samuel Seo's  Facebook .

Image borrowed from Samuel Seo's Facebook.

When I think about Korean music, a singer-songwriter is not the first thing that comes to my mind. Like probably many others as well, I connect K-pop to girl and boy groups and hip hop artists. That is one of the big reasons why Samuel Seo was one of my must-see artists on Clockenflap.

After admiring the view at Victoria Peak we rushed down to the Harbourfront. And I am happy we did. I was completely blown away by the talent of this guy. He has a completely unique style that combines elements from RnB and hiphop with funky riffs and smooth synth sounds. His songs are diverse and interesting both musically and as an experience. And my god, what a voice. This guy has come to stay on my playlists. 

Listen to Off You.

HIGHER BROTHERS (CH)

Image borrowed from Instagram  @higherbrothers

Image borrowed from Instagram @higherbrothers

I was not sure what to expect from this Chinese group. It was the first time I heard Chinese hip hop and I must admit I am impressed. Higher brother delivered raw urban hiphop combined with a cheeky stage performance. Welcome to 2017. Old school might live in Bronx but the future of hip hop is Made in China. 

Listen to Made in China

TOKIMONSTA (US)

Photo borrowed from Instagram @ tokimonsta

Photo borrowed from Instagram @tokimonsta

On Saturday night we went to check out the Yourmum stage by Redbull. I had shortly listened to Tokimonsta on Spotify and thought she might be interesting to see live. The stage area was packed and the party was already full on. The music was simply immersive. It felt like diving into a fluid mood that she skillfully conducted behind the mixtable, smoothly switching from one atmosphere to the next one and keeping everyone hooked. If I ever happen to get rich I know who I want to hire to play at my Jay Gatsby -style New Years party.

Listen to Don't Call Me

DEAN (KR)

Image borrowed from Dean's  Facebook

Image borrowed from Dean's Facebook

Another South-Korean pop star, great performer, immersive stage presence and fantastic singer. This guy owns the stage and you will allow that for him because you can feel the passion and see the hours put into making it not just work but actually to provide an amazing experience for the audience. It makes me feel appreciated. These people have actually spent hours first writing and creating and then rehearsing this stuff so that myself and hundreds of others could then enjoy their performance. Respect. 

Both Dean and Samuel Seo mentioned above are perfect examples of what makes Korean dudes so irresistible. They are just so effortlessly cool. There is no way of getting around that. I mean, it is no wonder the girls are head over heels for these pop guys. I feel weak. 

Listen to D (Half Moon)

Dean live at Forward stage at Clockenflap 2017.&nbsp;

Dean live at Forward stage at Clockenflap 2017. 

YOUNG FATHERS

Image borrowed from Young Fathers'  Facebook

Image borrowed from Young Fathers' Facebook

This group is absolute craziness. In a fantastic way. Their music is a confusing and hypnotic combination of deep bass lines, beautiful choir arrangements, great rap and singing on top of varied and often dissonant soundscapes. Rough and chaotic yet so straightforward. Listening to them made me feel both intrigued, contradicted and very inspired. If you are into deep dark urban sounds brightened up with interesting rhythms and surprising clarity, Young Fathers will keep you hooked. I would say this group is definitely best enjoyed live.

Listen to Feasting or their newest one Lord.

VIBES FROM THE FESTIVAL

This year was 10th birthday of Clockenflap!&nbsp;

This year was 10th birthday of Clockenflap! 

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