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It is no secret we love it when brands collaborate with artists to offer exclusive funky clothing and accessories, and why we had to feature super superficial, which we happily came across on our recent London travels. The store is on Fouberts Place, just off Carnaby Street and they sell a range of t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and bags with cool satirical themes. Once a month the store also organise a go London roadshow, where fans of the brand have a chance to receive a free t, simply by registering online to attend the roadshow and get their snap taken at the roadshow location. They also offer a range of other customer incentives including super stamp savers, student discounts and they also have a dedicated area on their online store to showcase the work of the artists they work with. This brand had the feel-good factor about it and we are happy to feature as one of our London Top7!
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#1 Octopus is totally innovative when it comes to product design. Their style is very distinctive often transforming the most mundane products into cool talking points. Their range is wide including fashion, accessories, homeware, dining, gardening and pet products. Established in 1994 their first store was in Chelsea, London and has since expanded, with stores in other parts of London including Carnaby and Covent Garden as well as other cities in the UK. They operate an online store too. There really are way too many products to shout out about but loving the rice steamer, kitchen timer and coat hanger featured here - all available from the store.
Off the beaten track and offbeat is how you would describe the Szimpla Kertmozi bar in Budapest, Hungary. This transformed garage comes with an old Trabant - a car from communist times, as well as a huge beer garden, lots of cosy areas, colourful and interesting people and a cool shabby-chic decor.
Stopping for lunch after a few hours of furniture shopping is a little bit different in Amsterdam's Villa ArenA shopping mall. Designed by British architects Virgile and Stone this futuristics capsule sits perched on top of a series of concrete columns. Two large end glass panels as well as elongated side panels allow diners to people watch from above... not your typical sandwich stop!
Happy Shop is a newly opened fashion retail store in Berlin, which offers customers a slightly more unique shopping experience. The owners collaborated with German architects, Fingerle & Woeste to design a store inspired by the functionings of a jewellery box, where the interiors of the shop features changeable walls, panels and displays so mixing up and keeping fresh the customer's experience. The shop also suspends from above it's very fashionable threads, which can be lowered to the ground by levers, transforming from exhibition space to shop and back again.
If you are looking for something more than your regular coffee shop chain then the place to be is the Hongdae region of Seoul, in South Korea. The Charlie Brown Cafe pays homage to the well loved cartoon, with the cafe filled with photos of Snoopy and all his friends. If Hello Kitty is more your thing then you will be in kitty heaven, with the Hello Kitty cafe decked out from head to toe with the famous feline (lattes naturally coming with a stencil of the glamour puss on top). Keeping on the cat theme it is common place to find cat cafes in Seoul where you will find cafes with resident cats, equipped with cat toys, scratching areas and perching posts. The idea is people in the city who are not able to have their own pets can go to cat cafes and share affection with the cafe cats. One such place is Gio Cat. If you are more of a dog person, no need to worry there are the equivalent dog cafes too, try Bau House Cafe.
The House of Blues in Chicago is a great concert setting established originally to showcase the sounds of blues, gospel and jazz it is now also home to big name performances. HOB is also a place to dine out with many visitors to Chicago opting to experience their Gospel Blues Brunch. The venue decor is surrounded by art work, photographs and they have even set up a charitable foundation to promote arts to youth. HOBs venues are also found in other cities in the US including Boston, Las Vegas and LA.
Pat O'Brien's in New Orleans is a must-go-to for anyone visiting New Orleans. The bar is as popular amongst local people as visitors to the city, which always indicates how good a place really is. With its talented piano players offering a real musical feast and large patio area to chill and mingle, this place truly has an authentic vibe about it. A must order is their infamous rum cocktail called the Hurricane. Just be sure not to leave without this signature glass (gift shop on site) as this happens to be one of the most sought after souvenirs from this great city.
De Kas (The Greenhouse) based in Amsterdam is a very cool restaurant. When an old greenhouse was due to be demolished top Michelin star chef Gert Jan Hageman decided to act on his vision to create a restaurant on the site along with a nursery to offer customers both an enchanting experience as well as a menu of locally grown produce. Celebrating its 10 year anniversary on the 17th January 2011, the restaurant receives 50,000 guests every year. Those who want to witness first hand the kitchen in full action can reserve the Chef's table for a truly unforgettable meal.
Saturday's Surf is a store based in NYC set up by 3 guys who had a vision to stock products that reflected their live-work-surf-NYC lifestyle. Saturday's stock a range of surf boards, apparel and accessories which they also sell online. The store itself has a chill area for anyone who needs a little downtime in the highpaced city. This fish hook leather bracelet caught our eye!