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Places to Shop: Hong Kong's eYe by Junya Watanabe

eYe – the distinctive clothing line designed by Junya Watanabe for Comme De Garcons – recently opened its doors in Hong Kong. The store’s minimalistic atmosphere mixed with Junya’s detailing principles allows the clothing to speak for itself. Located among many acclaimed retailers including Comme De Garcons’ flagship store, eYe’s space provides a quiet sense of peaking behind the curtain – a look at the works of an innovative designer.

Junya Watanabe’s work and history is well described in a New York Magazine article, “Here’s what’s known about the press-shy, monosyllabic Watanabe: Rei Kawakubo hired him in 1984, right out of Bunka Fashion College, to be Comme des Garçons’ knitwear designer. He did a first collection under his name in 1992, which he showed in Paris. He introduced his own men’s line in 2000 but also works with Kawakubo on the Comme men’s line both of which are shown in Milan. He’s also collaborated with Levi’s, Nike, and Fred Perry.” Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Travel Innovations: Virgin Galactic Unveils White Knight Two

Today Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites unveiled White Knight Two – a carrier plane that will lift SpaceShip One into suborbital flight, allowing 6 lucky passengers to touch the edge of space. Fielding questions from the press, Sir Richard Branson and Burt Rutan proudly described their work developing White Knight Two. The unveiling was met with serious media attention and proved to bring travelers that much closer to space travel.

Back in January we reported on Virgin Galactic and their announcement that 2008 would be the year of the spaceship. Branson and Rutan are indeed living up to their promise. It was reported that 270 people have already placed a deposit or paid in full the $200,000 fare for space travel. Click Read More for additional information and photos of the White Knight Two.

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Places to See: Brussels' Dexia Tower & Lab[au] Light the Sky

Sky scraping buildings play muse for artists worldwide. And now artists are going one step further by using actual buildings as their canvas. In cities like Philadelphia and New York we’ve seen mild executions of this idea. A tinted tower, a few blinking lights or a colored crown occasionally adorn the metropolitans. But, full on takeovers are rare. Except for the Zero Energy Wall, we haven’t seen anything like the works from Lab[au], an innovative urban & architecture design studio from Brussels.

Partnering with folks from the Dexia Tower, Lab[au] created a series of light installations for their building. The picture above is from their Who’s afraid of RGB? installation. Creative Review wrote a great article on the design collective. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Places to Shop: Assouline Book Store in Paris

Local bookstores rank high on our list of places to visit while traveling. If you’re roaming the streets of Paris, be sure to visit Assouline Books. The atmospheric storefront offers some of the best titles in art and design. Even if you don’t buy anything, experiencing their unique display of publications will remind you of visiting a contemporary art gallery.

Martine and Prosper Assouline established the sophisticated bookstores in 2004. They started out collaborating with brands like Lane Crawford, Celux and Harvey Nichols in locations spanning the globe. Then in 2005 they opened their Parisian flagship on rue Bonaparte. Click Read More for additional information and photos.

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Travel Solutions: Getting the Most From Your Photography

Armed with the latest digital camera and a huge memory stick, you rarely have to consider how many pictures you’re taking. Shoot at will. Capture every memory breezing past. That’s how we feel when we hit the road with our camera. But, how many of those photos are actually quality. Like many, we’ve come home after a long trip to find that just a couple photos survive after we’ve deleted the less-inspiring bunch.

In response, we’ve compiled our web formula for deleted-photo-itis. Hopefully our combination of information, inspiration and finesse will help you on your next photo excursion. Click Read more for additional information.

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Art & Culture: I-CYCLE Short Film Series

Film producer Daniel Leeb and Puma team up to deliver a charming series of short films reminding us why we love our bikes so much. Entitled I-CYCLE, each short follows a different individual who has devoted a significant portion of their life to bike culture. Through conversation, the series comfortably expresses the importance of bikes and the impact they have on the world.

Bike enthusiasts featured in the film-series include Brendt Barbur, founder of the Bicycle Film Festival, Matthew McGuiness, founder of Re:Bicycle, Antonio Bertone, CMO at Puma and Matthew Modine, actor and founder of Bicycle-for-a-Day. Click Read More for additional information and to watch the series.

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Travel Briefing: Good News for WIFI Hunters

Good news hits the wire for WIFI hunters. American Airlines announced today that they’ll be testing their inflight WIFI service tomorrow during a cross country flight from JFK to LAX. As Jaunted points out, if all things go well American Airlines will flip the on-switch and make inflight WIFI access a standard aboard 15 planes.

It’s also reported American Airlines will be using Air Cell technology and likely charge passengers either $10 or $13 for access depending on the length of the flight. We’re looking forward to it. This opens a whole new realm of work possibilities. Hopefully the service is quality and doesn’t present any security vulnerabilities as previously reported. Click Read More for additional information.

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