Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
Thu Thu is the label of 24 year old designer Thuy Duong Nguyen. The striking fabrics featured in Thu Thu design are sourced from vintage skirts and blankets in Sapa, a mountainous region in North Vietnam. Made by women of the H'mong ethnic group when a new baby is born, they take several months to complete. The fabric is produced using locally sourced natural dyes such as beeswax and indigo.
Nguyen studied at the international fashion school ESMOD Berlin and is currently based in London.
Rwandan peace basket by Japanese company Ruise B., crafted by the country’s local ladies and imported with a joint effort from Rwandan cooperatives. All profits are donated back to the community with an aim to improve the quality of women’s lives.
A legendary bottle, its very own signature.
An abstract fragrance with visionary composition that breaks with the times.
A communications campaign that is endlessly renewed, ever bolder, forever anchored in the dream.
One name, one number.
And for the first time, the perspective of a man – Brad Pitt – on the most feminine fragrance of all time: CHANEL N°5
Brad Pitt Debuts as New Face of N°5
A legendary bottle, its very own signature. An abstract fragrance with visionary composition that breaks with the times. A communications campaign that is endlessly renewed, ever bolder, forever anchored in the dream.
Question: Marilyn Monroe what do you wear at bedtime?
Answer: Five Drops of Chanel No. 5.
Famous words by a famous star back in 1954. Today both brands are linked together and it is reported that one bottle is being sold somewhere on planet Earth every 30 seconds.
Blue Deerstalker Hat!
As well as grey squirrels and the odd street-fox, it seems the deer numbers have definitely been on the rise in the Greater Manchester region. Some days you can barely even move for grazing does and rutting stags. It’s fair to say something needs to be done. Luckily Cottonopolis have come to the rescue with the Deerstalker Hat, a six panel, two-peaked and ear-flapped cap that will have you looking the part when you’re gunning down nine-pointers in Piccadilly Gardens.
When one lives by the maxim “Print the World,” there can be much left to the imagination. Eley Kishimoto’s latest collaboration with The Old Curiosity Shop is a congeries of botanical motifs rife with florid hues that are sure to fulfill a tropical recluse’s dreams any day. Having previously forged their paths into the worlds of furntiture, furnishing fabrics, glassware, crockery, wallpaper and more industrial based design work in the automotive, architectural and electronics sectors, whilst also working with individual artists and galleries, it is no surprise this duo also landed major collaborations with the fashion world, creating print designs for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander.
Progressive thinkers, alter egos and colourful characters such as Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray are central to the Oscar Magnuson philosophy. Coming from a background in art and sculpture, Magnuson began to work with Rodrigo Mallea Lira of Fruit & Flower Deli in New York which led to the creation of the fictitious optician “Eldridge Optician” and the character Orlando Marina Young. Today Eldrige Optician has become the blanket concept for the collaboration between Oscar Magnuson and Fruit & Flower Deli. Mostly you’ll find Magnuson working with transparencies, dark purple especially for men, as transparent purple doesn’t become as heavy as solid black and really gives an extra edge.
When they couldn’t find a watch that fulfilled their need for style and substance, Nixon set about creating their own. From their base in Southern California, Nixon have created a covetable collection of contemporary analogue and digital watches. Details such as textured finishes and materials are carefully considered, while the label's heritage in extreme sports remains at the forefront of their sporty aesthetic.
But the watch at Asos.
Life would be much duller and incomplete. A whole level of enjoyment would be missing. Qompendium in talk with Berlin-based designer Michael "Michalsky" about his newest scent.
We at Qompendium are excited to present to you, dear readership, a very special gift, a result of a collaboration with Hugo Verweij of Cleartones.
There a bazillion of ringtones out there on the market but non so delicately written, so precise, minimal and yet ear piercing as these custom ringtones. You will not miss a phone call.
As a response to the ever growing amount of polyphonic and musical ringtones, Cleartones presents a set of minimalist ringtones and notification tones optimized for the iPhone and Android devices. These simple, monophonic ringtones are designed with a sole purpose: subtle notification.
Like the shoes you wear, a ringtone is part of your outfit. It says something about you. And, like with shoes, you have a choice. You might choose one of the standard ringtones and sound like everyone else. Or choose a custom ringtone. But be aware of the omnidirectional nature of sound: when your favorite Looney Tunes character, your favorite eighties disco anthem or your two-year old kid notifies you of an incoming call, your co-workers, students, or boss will hear it as well. Ringtones should be mood-less, personal, unobtrusive yet functional.
The Qompendium x Cleartones ringtone consists of a clear sound to grab the attention combined with a hidden message - the word QOMPENDIUM in morse code, on a very low volume.
Exclusive and free download here in friendly association with Cleartones. And some very special Qompendium Wallpapers going along with it.
Travelling all the way from the land down under, we bring you the ever classical knitwear label Coogi. Founded in 1969 by Jacky Teranto as Cuggi in Melbourne, Australia, it was renamed in 1987 to Coogi to give it more of an Aussie flair. Featured in a motley of tumultuous hues, the sweater enjoyed it’s first flourish when it became a wardrobe regular on super dad Heathcliff Huxtable from the Bill Cosby Show.
Fruition is a shop based in Las Vegas that mixes archival and ancestral pieces of heavy weight fashion names as Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, Bill Blass, Gianni Versace, Nike Originals and Adidas classics with some of today’s freshest names including Henrik Vibskov, Cassette Playa, Jeremy Scott and Qompendium’s own resident MCM Michael Michalsky - all alongside limited edition and one-of-a-kind streetwear pieces inclusive of Fruition’s own private label.
German-born model and actress Nadja Auermann (born March 19, 1971) was described by her physical resemblance to Marlene Dietrich by designer Valentino. Guy Trebay, a New York Times fashion columnist, wrote of her "ice maiden visage and pole vaulter's legs".
Well, here is our latest discovery: The long-legged model Miss Pamela Hutchinson from the United States. The blonde wonder woman is often seen in the busy streets of London, Paris and hopefully soon in Berlin.
Melissa – Star, womens flat neon yellow sandals with a slightly pointed toe, double front straps and a single buckle ankle fastening, all in delicious bubblegum scented plastic!
You will find Melissa at Coggles.com
Price range £50
Coloni is a Swedish gardening house founded in 2010. Its seed mixtures are all carefully selected from plant and flower species adapted to desert and arid Mediterranean regions, which is particularly wonderful for indoor gardening. All you have to do is regulate the temperature by watering and/or ventilation. You can also purchase the special Coloni soil which consists of black pumice originating from the Katla volcano on Iceland. Pumice is a rock formed through volcanic eruption. It is porous with a very high percentage of pores and thus weighs very little. It absorbs easily into the water and transports thanks to capillary action.
Grieb & Benzinger presents the making-of the Blue Danube, a breathtaking unique Skeleton Minute Repeater Split-Seconds Chronograph valued at $ 450,000 (net) / 350.000 € (net).
This amazing Grieb & Benzinger one-of-a-kind-watch is one of three masterpieces which caused a little sensation before the world watch show at Basleworld 2012. It is based on a gorgeous base movement originally made by Patek Philippe for Tiffany in about 1890. With a diameter of only 36.5 mm, this tremendous assembly of complications including a minute repeater and a split-seconds chronograph is rare in such a small movement. Keeping in mind that this movement is already about 120 years old, it is doubtlessly a sensation and tribute to historic watchmaking.
The 245 meter long Hindenburg, pride and joy of the Deutsche Zeppelin-Reederei (DZR), was a leviathian of an airship. Holding 200,000 cubic meters of hydrogen gas and four 1050 hp Daimler-Benz 602 diesel motors, it was able to reach speeds of up to 135km/h with a maximum range of 14,000k.
In an effort to generate support for a German-American transatlantic zeppelin service, a 10 ½ hour “millionaire’s flight” was set for October 9, 1936. The fall foliage of New England was the main attraction aboard the air ship bustling with industry leaders from the fields of finance, aviation, government and military.
The F-108 Rapier was an actual plane being developed by the North American Aircraft Co. during the late 1950s. Designed to be a Mach 3 interceptor/escort for the XB-70 Valkyrie, the double-delta-winged Rapier made it to the mockup stage before the project was abruptly cancelled in 1959.
A year later, ITC released its own version of the F-108 -- one strikingly different from the actual plane. This "Rapier" launched like a rocket – a concept intended to overcome the vulnerability of conventional airfields - and was designed to carry atomic-tipped missiles that could be fired from up to 1,000 miles away from its target. Although it bore a superficial resemblance to the actual F-108, this design could never be confused with its real-world counterpart.
As early as 1952, engineers at Boeing Aircraft were working on designs for a Super-Sonic Transport (SST) that could ferry passengers coast-to-coast or from Europe and Asia at twice the speed of sound. However, it wasn't until 1963 that President John F. Kennedy formally committed the U.S. government to backing such a venture, this in response to the joint British and French plan to build their own SST, the Concorde.
This 18 carat gold magic pen appeared in the thirteenth film in the James Bond series named Octopussy. The fatal writing utensil which Bond uses to escape from his cell in Kamal Khan’s palace, contains a mixture of metal-dissolving Nitric and Hydrochloric acids. It also features an embedded spy earpiece and works in tandem with Bond’s wristwatch.
Every nib made by Montblanc is crafted and polished by hand. By turning the writing instrument, you can find the writing position that is best for you. Classic nibs are engraved with the iconic six-pointed star with rounded edges, representing the snow-capped tip of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe.
Louis Vuitton Malletier – commonly referred to as Louis Vuitton or shortened to LV – is a French fashion house founded in 1854 by Louis Vuitton. The label is well known for its LV monogram, which is featured on most of its products – this ranging from luxury trunks and leather goods to ready-to-wear, shoes, watches, jewellery, accessories, sunglasses, and books. Louis Vuitton is one of the world's leading international fashion houses; it sells its products through standalone boutiques, lease departments in high-end department stores, and through the e-commerce section of its website.
Gabrielle Chanel uses a French ombré textile with pattern sources from the Japanese kimono but brings to it the ethos of chaste minimalism. As Western fashion designers discovered from the East that untailored lengths of fabric could constitute modern dress, the cylinder and the textile plane became the new forms for apparel. This coat is from the year 1927.
A gift to the Met Museum by Diana Vreeland and her famous admonition that "the eye has to travel" which she herself exemplified. She searched the world for alternative beauty, in appearances and in apparel. During her years at "Vogue," the magazine featured remarkable visual stories from all parts of the globe. Vreeland's fascination with the veil - part ethnographic, part fashion adventurism - prompted her to find fashion uses for it. She frequently covered the heads of exhibition mannequins with veils, rendering them softer and more enigmatic.
Visconti, Montegrappa, Aurora, Pelikan, Parker, Waterman – these are some of the major players since fountain pens were created in 1884. Despite the myriad variations of pen nibs, they all begin the long trek as flat pieces of gold or fine metal that are press-cut into shape and stamped shortly after with the company emblem. They are then run through a diamond cutting wheel which slices out a thin reservoir for ink passage. An Iridium tip is then applied to the apex which ultimately determines the pen’s writing width. Many nibs also feature a small hole punch which allows for balanced air flow.
Tina Chow, proclaimed model, designer and style icon extraordinaire began designing jewelry in the 1980’s. Crystal, quartz and bamboo were her preferred materials with gems often wrapped in bamboo. She enjoyed the unfettered purity of uncut stones and many of her jewelry designs came packaged in small pouches encased in Japanese mulberry paper cartons.
Situated in The heart of London's Notting Hill, very close to the famous Portobello market.
The store is on 3 levels, the ground floor and upper level are put together by the sister company Couverture.
Strictly independent the store does not carry any clothing that has been bought up and sold out.
The ground and galleried first floors are dedicated to the Couverture collections and include womenswear and accessories, children's and baby-wear, toys, jewelry, home accessories, furniture and covetable vintage finds. The mix of International and European fashion labels result in languid dressing from Humanoid, signature boyfriend shirting from Steven Alan and innovative tailoring from Rachel Comey. Cool modern styling for children can be found in collections by Album di Famiglia and Simple Kids whilst unique home accessories include painstakingly embroidered heart shaped cushions from Africa and one-off ceramic sculptures by cult French artist Nathalie Lete.
Newspaper Pocket Shirt by Woolrich Woolen Mills. Two button down chest pockets with large newspaper pocket. Button down front placket. Double button down cuff. Made in U.S.A.
IF you are lucky to get one of the last ones then hurry to: www.couvertureandthegarbstore.com
Located in the Junction, the shop makes its home in a white Victorian building with a modern interior by local architect firm Studio Junction. Mjölk is a lifestyle store focusing on everyday life to find inspiration for the products they carry.
Their smaller products can be used without thought, or quietly admired: simple satisfaction of functionality and durability.
The new designer Rafia Chic are beautifully hand crafted in Madagascar. These skilled artisans are all women, chosen for their ability to perfectly sculpture each pair using the finest of woven detail. The rafia fibres will mould to your feet and breath naturally.
Affordable for 320 Australian Dollars.
Raquel Welch in a rare video: The Sci-Fi Dance
The Sci-Fi Dance, 1967 with Raquel Welch, born September 5, 1940, is an American actress, author and appointed sex symbol.
Molami? Please? Yes, it is M-o-l-a-m-i, a Swedish brand that merges fashion and electronics through an extreme subtile and organic approach. Seldomly we receive material to review of this superb quality - outstanding packaging experience, exceptionally crafted gadget and oh yes, what a sound!
The current collection of Molami features three models—Bight, Twine and Pleat. The tailored geometry of each model, along with braided textile-wrapped cords and discreet accents plated in 18k gold show the true craftsmanship of the brand. Each model comes with a soft carrying pouch for safe storage.
The model Pleat, is an over-ear headphone encased in napa leather and designed to accentuate the lines of the face. It folds and rotates allowing for maximum wearability and safe storage. Pleat is available in black napa leather and suede or white napa leather.
The entire Molami collection features a microphone and remote, allowing you to pick up calls and communicate while listening to your music. The microphone and remote are compatible with most mobile phones featuring a 3.5mm socket.
Arcademi is permanently evolving. This time teaming up with New York based illustrator Katrin Wiens. Who says the days of scarves where over and done with? No, scarves remain a necessary accessory and the Creative Director behind Arcademi Affaires and Katrin Wiens collaborated together to commemorate the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. "People for pelicans" wants to help struggling water birds by supporting the not-for-profit organisation International Bird Rescue through dedicating parts of its profit to the cause: "A scarf / A statement / An activist." Qompendium truly admires independent productions and urges you to buy a scarf and support creative entrepreneurship, today.
Whether out in the wilderness, in the office or at home in the kitchen, any knife you own should be looked after to ensure its longevity – especially if you’ve paid a small fortune for it. If you’re a culinary professional or even an amateur chef who uses knives on a daily basis to cut, prep, chop, fillet and carve anything from meats to vegetables – try the Victorinox Santoku model on for size – keeping up the maintenance will come in handy. Emil Bolli, Switzerland’s national football team’s cook, has been using Victorinox professional knives since his apprenticeship.
Check out some of these tips to maintain a keen edge on your blades and make sure they don’t go dull.
Another Shirt Please founded by three lifelong friends delivers contemporary shirts for everyday wardrobe. The garments are guaranteed to be genuine, long lasting and authentic.
We like the labels neutrality and nordic easiness. What striked our interest is the beautifully designed and produced stationery by Planet Creative, a Swedisch design team.
A surrealist version of a classical sculpture, hand-carved oak with a cerused ebony finish is accented with a gleaming chunk of natural pyrite and made in the United States of America. Price tagged 1.800 Dollars.
Kelly Wearstler is always aware of her surroundings and spends time each day searching for beautiful and unusual things when she is not a full time designer and tastemaker for her own brand.