I’m in lovely Los Angeles, CA, but I brought the rain with me. Never can leave the rain behind for that long. Apparently its been dumpin’ like crazy here. Pretty nutty, but before I get knee deep in the LA visit post, I want to mention acouple of things ………..
Tonight go and check out Brian Franada’s Reign Seattle show!!! If you enjoy listening to these youtube stars online, treat yourself to a dope variety of music for the evening. Event starts a 6pm! After Party will be at SUR. Check out the fliers for more details. Hope to see familiar, new and future faces tonight!
This Friday, tomorrow, yes tomorrow! March 25th Deli Seattle will be “bon voyaging” the Nudie Jeans pop-out shop. Although they will no longer have the pop-up shop, they will still be carrying much of Nudie’s amazing denim and pieces; so stay on point and attend the event. Justin Elder Kane’s work and Free booze is more than worth the trip.
We at Namsayin teamed up with Seattle United to help raise awareness and fundraise for our brother’s and sister’s who have losed their homes, their loved ones and their livelyhood in the distruction of Japan’s devistating earthquake and tsunami. On Thursday, April 7th @ Citrus Ultra Lounge on Lake Union, we will be selling our designer Tee’s to help those in need. Shirts will go for $30 and all proceeds will be given to Child United Organization. Mark the date and come support.
That is all. I’ll be reporting from Seattle based weather Los Angeles, CA for the next 2 weeks. Stay glued, gonna make some moves and ill introduce you to some of our friends, namsayin!
I’m very fortunate to showcase my artwork amongst a panel of artist who’ve been comissioned thousands of dollars, been feature on magazines like juxtapose and even done artwork for major streewear label such as Upper Playerground and Joker. For my entry, I didn’t want to give everything away, so for those who follow us here at Namsayin, you’ll have to wait till tomorrow. Its going to be a great show! Free booze, lots of networking for you business minded heads and definitely a good time to share with friends and family. Bring ‘em all!
For those that enjoy skateboarding, art and free booze, this thursday, March 3rd from 6pm to 9:30pm, local skateboarding brand Manik Skateboards and our friends at Deli Seattle will be hosting a “blank canvas” art showcase / contest. The will be 25 + local Seattle Artist that will be showcase their designs/artwork on skateboard decks. The winner of the competition will have his/her artwork produced on a limited run (300) of boards. Come early, come late, booze while it lasts. Namsayin will be there live and in color.
Nudie Jeans Co. based out of Swedan is a power house when it comes to Denim. They have compressed themselves as the company who likes to think of jeans more than just a fashion item or piece, but more so an extra layer of skin; your second skin. They’re very passionate with their jeans and base their concept around longevity in wear to build character and attitude.
They carry a wide varity of denim from your light weight to heavy weights, left hand or selvaged, crosshatch, neps and streakyish; they’ve got what you need. One thing that pretty interesting is the fact that they have created a brand that is tailored to both sexes; a uni-sex cut. Thats right a uni-sex cut. That means if you’re sleeping with a guy ladies and he has nudie jeans, you can literally leave with his pair of jeans instead of yours and it’ll still feel just as sexy on u as on him.
They’ve been in business in since 2001 and they have managed to make a bold statement in europe; and that is they’re here to stay. All jeans from Nudie are made in Italy from denim fabrics produced in Italy, Japan, Turkey and USA. They also produce tops in Portugal. Speaking of tops, not only do Nudie host a line of acceptional denim, they also have pieces of the “button up” kind that will make you tingle. Feast your eyes on these pieces. Namsayin.
When clothing brand’s emerge, the usual stigma that follows is “oh fack another T shirt company.” Although, this is true, there are brands out there that are pushing their community to embrace their city and what they have to offer; and thats what we’re about. We’ve been getting ton’s of request for new bus route’s to be printed. Some people who have came asked if we’d do a “shoreline” route or “skyway” or “MLK” “W. Seattle” but to tell you the truth; you’re gonna have to sit and wait kiddies. For those that missed out on picking up the #36 Beacon Hill “Know where you came from” T-shirt, you can support our city through our other designs.
There will always be love and support to our neighboring communities in the designs and pieces we put out; hometown love is where it begins for us. On our “Grindin’ Daily” piece, alot of those that aren’t aware of it, but Beacon Hill is embeded in the design. Cant see it? Take a closer look.
“Cafe 98108″ is forever printed on this “Grindin’ Daily” T-Shirt. So for those Beacon Hillers out there, never feel left out. We’ll always have references to represent where we came from.
Every person’s motivation is different. When you work hard for the things that you want in life, the pay off is huge. For our “classic motivation” everyone is fueled by the loved ones who support them, the money they are so hungry to obtain and the music. Music motivates you undeniably. So let music move you towards your goals.
We’ve been getting a great response to our #7 Rainier Beach Tees. It surprises us that our consumers aren’t at one age range. It varies from the 58 yr old lady that bought shirts for her son to the 25yr old corporate city worker taking a break from his 9-5. We still have tons of shirts availale in various sizes, but don’t wait till our last day (sat. feb. 19th) to pick a T-Shirt here at Deli.
It’s day numero dos here at DeliSeattle. Everyone says that Seattle isn’t fashion savvy, but i beg to differ. I think as Seattlelites we do. We’re brand concious about jackets that withstand the elements here in the northwest. Our summer fashion sense its a big mainstream, but the babies here and babies i mean ladies (maybe with mercedes) know how to put themselves together. We have style. At Deli, they have a fine selection of jackets, sweaters and fashion pieces that withstand the wetness. Brands like Bench, Endless Ammo, B. Scott, Staples Design, Shades of Grey are some of the brands that’ll keep you dry from the rain.
Endless Ammo is an outter-wear company that’s based in San Francisco. They’re designs are military inspired for function and versitile for urban and outdoor capabilities. The materials are also technologically savvy as well. Their soft shell jacket is constructed of a light-weight waterproofing material. Serious outter wear business. Apparently, some of their designs are featured and used in that video game commercial that Kobe Bryant starred in, Call me fruit? I think its a shooting game.
B. Scott is another brand that Deli carries. It’s a brand that bases their pieces on emboding the fusion of Japanese and German aesthetics; keeping things simple and clean, but rather using lines with a purpose. Architecture is a major inspiration behind the brand. Brandon Scott, the designer of B. Scott comes from a background of designers. His grandfather, having been trained at the Bauhaus in the 1930′s, became a prominent designer and contractor with projects to his name throughout the U.S. B.Scott definitely speaks blends of japanese and german pureness. Bauhaus inspired. They inspired B. Scott…and they inspire a Coffee shop; how consistant.
We’ll continue to update from Deli. Tomorrow is “hump day” and i got a male model coming in tomorrow for a special write up for the ladies tomorrow!!!! Stay dry Seattle.
Today our shirts go on sale. 78 #7′s, 78 Grindin’ Daily and 78 Classic Motivation Tees. We will be selling them all week here at @ DeliSeattle (1307 1st. ave.) Depending on our sales of this run, we might do a second run. However, don’t wait till that second run happens. Come down to the shop and get yours. Often times we are left with so many questions like “when are you gonna do another run?” or “Ya’ll have more of those #36 Beacon Hill shirts left?” As much as we’d like to do another run of the #36′s, we aren’t. Once they’re sold out; they are sold out.
For some of you that haven’t been to Deli; lets take a quick tour. Deli Seattle is one of a few boutique stores that focus on independent brands/labels. Owner Max Heigh and store buyer, Rob Leblanc, keep the shop moving solid. Upon entering the shop, there’s alot of cool motifs that exemplify a “deli.” From their refrigerated Denim display, to their Artist Series Tee Shirt cooler, Deli keeps Seattle’s Mens fashion pretty tasty. Max’s family comes from a chain of deli’s; majority of the deli’s he helps manage are in our lovely Sea-Tac Airport.
Aside from brands such as Bench, Nudie Jeans, Staple Designs to name a few; they have an Artist Series Tee shirt collection of local Seattle based artists. At their old location on 87 yesler way, they participated highly in Seattle Art-Walk that would take place every first thursday of the month. Alex Huxley, Bobby Jo, John Oshgood and Joe Vollin to name a few that have participated in the series of shirts. Not to mention myself as well.
All week, we’ll be updating from Deli. Be sure to stop on by, say “hello,” pick up a t-shirt, check out some of the awesome brands that the store carries, touch the fruit around the shop, try on some denim from Nudie and whatever else you’d like to try; we’ll be here and we’d like to meet some of our readers / followers.
“The Spirt of times” is what Zeitgeist is translated to. The coffee shop located on 171 jackson st. in the heart of pioneer square lies an establishment that focuses on three essentials; art, Artmosphere and high quality cups of “joe.” Zeitgeist definitely captures those three elements. With their inviting ambient feeling through the use of incandescent lighting, birchwood cabinetry and polished silver kitchen acccessories; Zeitgeist Coffee house is a great place for the creative juices.
There are some nice touches to this coffee house. I appreciate the old school way of doing things and they definitely show that. When was the last time you’ve seen a globe; yet even a dictionary? The internet has spoiled us in many ways, but it is important to know that you can get your hands flippin’ through some papers.
Our lingo is important and it’s what keeps up glued here at Namsayin. Some of the words are comedic versions of co-existing words. Aside from designing t-shirts, we’ll be designing words and phrases, so educate yourself and check out our “lingo” section. I’m sure you’ll get a chuckle out of it. Here some words you should look up in the dictionary.
The artwork displayed caught our interest as we hung around the coffee shop. The various fungi created with different dies of wool drew our eyes in close and closer. Some of the detail was amazing. Our hats go off to Amanda Fiebing for wool n felt works and inspiration! Shrooms!
Within each and every coffee shop; to his her own, Zeitgeist definitely provides an ambiance for the creative, an interesting display of local artworks and their coffee aint to shabby either.
Zeitgeist Coffee House
171 Jackson St.
Last but not least is Capitol Hill’s finest; Bauhaus. The word Bauhaus simply means “House of Construction” in German and was a school in Germany that combined crafts and the fine arts. Its most famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught. The Bauhaus style became one of the most influential currents in Modernist architecture and modern design. It had and has a serious following and influence in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography. Some would say that it saved cities and kept economies thriving and living. Who knows, but someone surely thought of a great idea to combine coffee and design into a wonderful lil’ spot on the corner of pine and melrose.
Entering into the coffee house, you can’t help to be greeted by the studious atomosphere that everyone seated has voluntarily particpated in. It seems everyone and anyone has been to this place. All different types of “walks of life” have proclaimed their loyalty to this neighboring coffee house. Some say that this is a highly suggested coffee house to meet singles. **Attention singles in Seattle** (Ehm Ehm) Bauhaus can help.
Bauhaus’ theme and attention to detail made me feel like i was a student. From their books to their Rotoary telephone, this coffee house is no joke in that department. Walking up to the 2nd level, the out-dated encyclopedias engulf the bookcase and references to the fine era of design and it’s process. As we approached the final steps, you’re offered a beautiful view of Seattle. Coffee and a beautiful view; that’s Seattle ambiance at it’s finest.
With every coffee shop, i’ve gained more and more inspiration to fuel my creative juices. I’ve noticed that within each and every coffee shop that i have visited, they’re always, always, and i mean ALWAYS someone working and grinding away. The motivation and inspiration that fuel each individual’s grind is different, but the mental motives behind the work ethic is commendable and ambitious.
Dedicated to our hardworking Seattllites, we are releasing two new designs. “Grindin’ Daily” and our “Classic Motivation” t-shirts will go on sale @ Deli Boutique. We have a total of 78 shirts in single color ways available per design. Namsayin grinds daily and we always stay motivated to bring Seattle the best.
1307 1st ave. (across Seattle Art Museum)
With the popularity in our first run of the “Know where you came from” beacon hill shirts, we decided to do another run before xmas. This time around, we managed to sell both mens and womens T’s and ….AND..cant forget the babies; we sold onesies as well. Truely, we thank all our supports with Namsayin. We managed to sell quickly. It surprises me what type of following we have;and its a wide variety. We appreciate everyone an anyone who came by Deli the two days before xmas.
We had a couple come in and look at our shirts. They were so excited that they decided to take pics on their phones to send it to their friends in philly and new jersey; also from the southside as well. They decided to buy more shirts to bring back East to their fellow southsiders.
Over the years, we’ve had always the love and support from our friends. Here are some of our friends that we share the action, laugh and lifestyle with.
Stay tuned for our next shirt design and updates. We have more planned for our city……… keep watching….and thank you to max and rob from deli for the love and support. 2011 is not Namsayins year, its time for Seattle to be put on the map!