Monday, March 16, 2009

Cocolah ♥ Funky Lobes

Fashionista and Jewelry Designer Marie is surely more than meets the eye. She's not only a talented designer but a savvy business woman and is quickly creating a name for herself in the underground fashion scene.

Her designs are unique using yarn as her medium to create delightful yet sophisticated pieces. You could totally where her jewelry with jeans out on the town or dress them up.....especially her bangles which I LOVE. Her use of color makes my heart smile but not as much as her telling me her moms helps her out somethings...too sweet. oh stop time to get mushy so let's keep this moving along..

She's positioning herself as a stylist's bestfriend with her Brooklyn based "Marie's Closet"....But I'll let her tell it.

What is the first thing you think about before getting dressed?

The first thing i think about before i get dressed is: "what is my mission for the day?". That way i know if i have to put on heels, converse sneakers, or cute vintage boots. ♥

How long have you been designing Funky Lobes?

I have been designer Funky Lobes for 11 months. It will be one year in April.

How did you come up with your technique?

I came up with my technique out of boredom and an intuitive feeling that yarn can be used in fashion in more ways than knitting and crochet.

What can we expect in the future of Funky Lobes?

Funky Lobes is in the process of launching a line of vintage and reworked vintage items. I love vintage, always have but I am committed to bring vintage to fashionistas in a different way.

Funky Lobes will commercialize vintage for the masses. Watch out for us on college campuses, street corners, and many unexpected places.

You're also a stylist, what part of the job do you most enjoy?

My favorite part of styling is shopping and borrowing super cool clothes and play dress up with my subjects! so much fun.

ell us a little bit about Marie's Closet?

Marie's Closet is a part of my company that allows fashion professionals (Stylists, models, photographers) to pull garments on a rental basis. We are also giving our clients to option to buy and rent out our studio for photoshoots.

What is your fashion pet peeve?

My fashion pet peeve is definitely those ugly, miserable, super duper annoying 'UGG BOOTS'. I think they are absolutely unacceptable. I dont care how comfortable they are.

Share one of your fashion secrets?

One of my fashion secrets is Grandma's Secrets wrinkle
remover. It's absolute magic!

Name a recent fashion inspiration.

The cover of the current V magazine with Grace Jones on the cover reminds why I am so in love with what I do. Fashion is forever. Definitely inspiring.

What trend do you see in the future for underground fashion?

Underground fashion doesn't, well shouldn't have forecasts. I think the younger kids will determine what will be new and hip. I dont really follow much forecasting or fashion prediction in my daily life, but i have to for styling but it's pretty unpredictable what we will be the next IT fashion statement . If MC hammer inspired pants can make such a huge comeback, anything can.

What trend do you wish would just die, die, die?

I wish those damn ugg boots will go away. and i wouldnt' mind men being a little more masculine sexy in the way they dress

If you could travel to any country for a all paid shopping trip where would it be?

oohh, oh my. lets see. i would love to go Paris. I hear they have really good vintage shops and good coffee. I love coffee!

What would you choose: a personal tailor or unlimited shoes?

Unlimited shoes because I can always hire a good tailor, but unlimited shoes, now that's hard to resist!

Any advice for the future designers?

I think future designers really need to develop a strong business sense as well as their creative sides. I truly believe that your talent will become a hobby if you cannot make a living from it. I am still in the process of making a full transition but I fight for it everyday.

What do you think is the must have item on

I really want the Butterfly bag from Nit Ra Sit. SSSSOOOO cool. I have been drooling over that bag for a while!

For more information about Marie's Closet please contact

Thursday, March 12, 2009 Artist Series Presents Miopuma

In efforts to bring you all flavors of underground artistry on the fashion scene I'll be highlighting some dope ass underground artists; sketch, photography, etc, etc and XYC.

C for Cocolah for your FYI.


Sidenote: Understand that every time you think you know what is all about I'll be hitting you with something brand new and improved...something will always and forever be brewing in Cocolah World....AKA Yah's world.

Cus I'm easily bored even with my damn self so I gotta keep it flowing or die.

FLOW OR DIE....that's my new motto....don't bite.

I stumbled on Miopuma's Facebook profile and instantly knew I wanted to know more about her and her art. Her sketches were of wicked chicks I can dig. Not your usual butterfly and puppy dogs type girls but girls that give you bad attitude cus they stay cute so you basically can't blame um and love um despite of....siiiiiigh. present company included.

SO!!!! ENough bout me (is it really....damn)'s "miozotis m. pumarol moloon" aka MIOPUMA!!

Interesting name...where are you from and before we continue this interview can you verify that you are NOT an illegal alien?

I am of full Dominican descent, first American generation of my family. Spanish was my first language and naturally, I am a model citizen.


i gotta be honest there’s something a lil dirty about your be honest that's why i love them. Do you care to elaborate?

I am a big fan of erotic art so sensuality is very present in my work. Plus, I live in the heights – a hyper sexual environment. I am inspired by simple pleasures - sexy girls on the street, raunchy music videos & pornography. I like to think that with my sketches, I’m sort of an urban erotic ambassador. Uptown! Uptown!

how would you describe your fashion style

I would describe it as slightly tattered, playful and sexy. A little bit “trabajadora”, a little bit B-girl…maybe some white trash influences…I just love skimpy things! I may look to some like a reformed stripper.. I don’t know..


what do you wanna be when you grow up?
I want to be what I am now but more, a renaissance woman and a sex symbol.

just curious do you have any students loans and have you been paying them on time?!

Well, you got me there – I do have school loans and the feds are probably out for me; If I would’ve known then what I know now…

tell me a secret...come on i wont tell anybody.

There is no secret - I’m one of those open book types – I will say random personal shit..To anyone that wants to listen.


other than illustration what other medium do you use to express yourself?

I really like taking pictures in my neighborhood; I also enjoy taking sexy photos of my friends. I have done a few short movies. I’ve been experimenting with editing for two years now; some of my favorite projects are videos.

Now wasn't that FUN!?!??!

Uh huh told you....she's an interesting lil thang. That video was wicked dope. Thanks Miopuma!!!

Stay tuned for our next Artist Profile: M. Tony Peralta

Friday, March 6, 2009

s'aint yacque - the stripped and bound collection

s'aint yacque
the stripped and bound collection

The collection was inspired by the art of bondage, the art of draping, the art of making an outfit look like you just threw something on and didn't really try.

Each piece is one of kind made of various types of skins: leather, rawhide, pigskin and lambskin.

collection coming soon to
Pre-orders and custom made available.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Submit to this month's Fashion Challenge!

Sorta wishing for an early spring with this month's

Come on guys! Join the fun!!


January Fashion Challenge Entries!!!!

January's fashion challenge is not only a bit late :) but I had a low submission rate! :( On the flipside the good news is that you guys are starting to really get it!! Yes sir!!

Three very different interpretations of the challenge! I'm so proud of you guys!

One submission was based on color, the other texture and the lovely sketch from the talented Nicole took it literally and added a rope detail to the sketch.

This is so damn awesome I can hardly stand it. If you don't know this by now is here to inspire creativity and individual style!

These challenges are doing just that. Thanks again to all our participants and please stay tuned for our next fashion challenge!!



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