Saturday, November 27, 2010

I'm co-curating POP-UP PANDA pop-up shop ::: TODAY's featured brand :: GOLD COAST TRADING

I've been working behind the scenes to mastermind a pop-up shop featuring some of my closest artist fam and favorite brands. I've got my girl, Waichi who is bringing her awesome taste and expertise as a creative director/event producer and designer/ stylist Chay on the team, so when you add their selections to the mix, you probably got one of the finest independent art & fashion  shopping experiences that New York can offer...so don't waste your money at Walmart and Marshalls on  imagination-deficient mass-produced gifts when you can get one-of-a-kind art & clothes & accessories while you're also supporting living artists. I'll have a some affordable prints to sell as well. We donate a portion of our profit to Falling Whistles, a non-profit dedicated to bringing peace in the Congo. 
The shop will be open for two days, this coming Friday and Saturday (Dec 3rd-4th), and on Friday, we'll going to wrap up the night with a birthday funhouse party for Panda's co-founder, my homie DJ/MC Stimulus. Music will be provided by good friends, WAAJEED & DJ Parler...
POP-UP PANDA /// Dec 3rd & 4th  \\\ 12pm-8pm
pop-up shop curated by Chi2 + Chay$theGreat.  Featuring uber, yet affordable, one-of-a-kind and limited quantity art, toys, apparel & accessories.  Portion of proceeds will benefit Falling Whistles
139 Chrystie [btw Delancey & Broome]
Chi2 is a collaboration between Waichi & myself. Check out our blog at www.thechi2.com
where you'll find more of the
Stay tuned, I'll be featuring some of the brands & artists we have selected for the event.

FEATURED BRAND :: GOLD COAST TRADING
I love GCT. Its founder, art director/designer Emeka Alams was also responsible for establishing & creating the look for another dope brand 21MC, which became a huge success back in the days of myspace (check this interview with him to find out more about that connection)...how can one forget the amazing visual branding & art direction that gave 21 MC an instant cult status (I was one of the very first to support them in '07 on my blog). Emeka is a true adept of creating a look that communicates concepts, a feel and a lifestyle on many levels...brilliant stuff.
Check out their site to see more of the collection. Pretty excited to have them on board!
  All images are courtesy of Gold Coast Trading
p.s. I just noticed that the Berber design on my PANDA flyer resembles somewhat some of the GCT designs...The GCT images must have impressed on me, so when I was trying to create a deco look for the flyer, I was subconsciously drawn to these Berber (North African) patterns even more. Well, let it be an homage to the creative vision behind GCT.

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