Student Break | George Zaid | The Dark Side of Tradition | August 29.13

  • George Zaid is a 23 y/o Arab-Christian, who decided to explore the dark side of tradition. In his Kýrie, Eléison graduate collection, he followed the Orthodox monks of Mount Athos. If you are a male, spiritual and want to live in the most beautiful part of Greece, Mount Athos is the place for you. However, when things seem too perfect, you can only expect the unexpected. George, who also battles, in his daily life the fine line between tradition and living on the wild side, created his own unique interpretation for the classical silhouette of the male suit. George, just like the monks (in a way) is trying to build a new order inside the most predictable and reserved place.
    While I was staring at all these super powerful prints and shapes, I wished that I could be a fly on his studio wall. I’m pretty sure I could have found a few secrets that are just waiting to be revealed in the form of a new collection.
    FYI, George is a brand new graduate of the Fashion Design Department at WIZO Haifa.
    You can get in touch with George at: george.zaid90 {at} gmail {dot} com
  • {Photos by Asaf Einy}

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David Budzik | Tiny Wooden Creatures | August 27.13

  • When it comes to super sweet and tiny creatures, I’m such a softy. So… When I bumped into David Budzik’s wooden creatures, I immediately knew, I had to share them with you. Apparently David has a thing for working with wood and he won me over with these tiny creatures and their super adorable face impressions. I love the fact that even when all he uses is a stack of wood and a dash of color, David still manages to create distinct personalities for each and every one of his wooden family.
    BTW, each and every piece is a one of a kind creation and there are no two alike.
    I don’t know what about you, but I’m in love! And… if you want to follow the wooden trail, visit his Facebook Page.
    {This is a DesignBreak by Asufa}
    You can get in touch with David at: bzik.david{at} gmail {dot} com

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Rachel Boxnboim | Alice is Taking Over Anthropologie | August 23.13

  • About two years ago, one Rachel Boxnboim, graduated out of the Bezalel Academy. In her graduation project, that goes by the name Alice, Rachel created ceramic teaware out of fabric molds. Fast forward to 2013 and the same Alice ceramics are being sold at Anthropologie (!!!) The other day while I was on my weekly visit to their store I stumbled upon the magic itself and boy did it feel good. There are few cases where a young graduate takes his or her project into production and when it happens, it feels extra special.
    In case you are wondering how those beauties came to life, you can watch a behind the scenes look of Rachels’s process. AND, if you want your future tea party to be extra pretty and one of a kind, you can always buy yourself, your very own Alice (this one is my favorite.)!
    www.rachelboxnboim.com
  • {Photos by Oded Antman}

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Student Break | Lior Shulak | Strike a Line | August 22.13

  • I’m super excited to share with you Lior Shulak’s graduate collection! Isn’t it amazing?!
    I’m blown away by the geometric lines, the minimalist approach and over all, the awesomeness behind it all.
    In her Signs of Fiction Lior marks, in her own unique way, the body itself and it’s surroundings by creating a language of wearable signs. I don’t know what about you but I have no doubt in my mind that this collection is just the beginning of something really special. I believe that Lior is on something big here. Those super minimalist accessories will definitely go places. I can only hope that from here on, Lior will take this collection to the next level. After all, we all can use linear jewelry in our lives!
    And yes, you were right, Lior is a graduate of the Jewelry Design Department at the Shenkar College.
    www.liorshulak.com
  • {Photos by Marina Moshkovich Chris}

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Student Break | Michal Meshulam | Families. Sometimes It’s Not Pretty | August 21.13

  • The Jewish holidays are just around the corner and with that comes lots of family dinners and gatherings. I often wonder about how it would feel like to enter unfamiliar territory, an unfamiliar family and experience it all with them. Since you can’t judge a book by it’s cover, I guess you can’t judge a family by their looks. In Michal Meshulam’s The Last Supper, a picture perfect family comes to life, with it’s own craziness.
    “This project displays the gap between the desire to be perfect and act as expected of you on the one hand, and the desire to rebel and unleash your inner self on the other.”
    While watching this animation, I fell in love with this super crazy yet lovable family. To be honest, the beautiful drawings, the attention to details and the choice of color scheme, made me want to meet them in person and wonder if it’s based on a true store. Then again, there is no chance in hell that I’d want to spend any time with these living breathing characters.
    FYI, Michal is a 2013 graduate of the Communication Design Department at H.I.T.
    You can get in touch with Michal at: michal27789 {at} gmail {dot} com

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Student Break | Yael Gaizler | Aloha!/Helloa! | August 20.13

  • You have no idea how much I’ve missed writing about fashion design graduates. And then Yael Gaizler and her Helloa! collection came along.
    Yael, a 2013 graduate of the Shenkar College, took me by surprise. I wasn’t expecting to find all this beauty in one massive explosion of color, textures and materials. But I did! In her collection, Yael decided to explore the paradox that exists between local native Hawaiian, Polynesian culture and Western culture. If there is one thing I can’t handle (in a good way) is the way Yael incorporated nature in the most thoughtful way possible. I’m fascinated by all the delicate hand work that is shown throughout each and every garment and I’m pretty sure that it’s only the beginning for this blooming girl. And yes, you should memorize her name. It’s Yael Gaizler. I’m doing it as we speak. Memorizing!
    cargocollective.com/yaelgaizler
  • {Photos by Asaf Einy}

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My San Francisco Break | Design Shops. There are Plenty of Them! | August 18.13

  • It’s been way too long since the last My San Francisco Break. So I think I should jump right in and tell you all about my adventures in the city. Over the weekend we decided that it’s time to try something a little bit different from the every day city life, and so we took the train and ended up in Ocean Beach and it’s Sutro Baths. I fell in love with this foggy-breezy-gray beach.
  • But wait, There was a lot more going on before this magical weekend at the beach. The other day I met my sweet friend Jesica and she showed me some of her favorite stores in the Laurel Height neighborhood. The two I liked the most were March and Hudson | Grace. What else… I had the pleasure of buying some goodies at the Bi-Rite Market and heading to Dolores Park for an unplanned picnic at the park which was lots of fun thanks to the sunny weather. Ummmm… I also visited Fort Mason for the first time, while exploring the Renegade Craft Fair. I’m so in love with all these places in which I can get a slice of ocean view!
  • I also spent many hours at Craftsman and Wolves in which I drank lots of lattes, ate lots of yummy treats and forced myself to get done with an interview that I put off for way to long. Oh right, I also visited the Little Paper Planes Shop for the tenth time (it’s such a designed oasis in the middle of Valencia Street). And don’t think I didn’t eat along the way. You know that’s not possible. I had the most amazing amazing first date with Rachel at the Samovar Tea Lounge (Rachel, it was an excellent choice!), I payed a visit to B. Patisserie (I need to go back asap!), ate the most tasty vegan pizza at Beretta and straight from there ended up at the The Crème Brûlée Cart. Yep… eating crème brûlée. What can I say, it wasn’t too shabby! Hope you enjoyed my SF mini tour and I sure hope it won’t take too long before the next one.
    {Photos by me}

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