Sister Act

by Bronwyn Seier

Those Seier sisters. We really can’t get enough. You remember Johanna, the megababe who modelled our Poster tees, right? Here she is in a few gorgeous designs made by her sister, Brownyn (a frequent Poster stylist and multi-talented beauty in her own right), who has put together a rather spontaneous summer line on sale this weekend at Ordnry Clothing.

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Weekend Survival Playlist: 20 songs for a Pride party

20 songs for a pride party

 I’m lucky enough to say I have many things I’m proud of. Today, though, I’m proud as hell to be a gay man, and a part of the queer community. That’s worth celebrating, I’d say. So even though I’m in muggy Toronto and missing all the fun in Winnipeg, here’s our official Pride party playlist. 20 songs for having a gay old time and celebrating the fact that we come from the kind of place where our straight friends come out and celebrate Pride with us because they’re proud, too. (Not to mention, it’s the best party in town.)

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Metal Work

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As you may recall, we love MAKE Coffee + Stuff. Not only is the space beautiful and the coffee fantastic, but they do good work: blending art exhibits with retail space while showcasing amazing Manitoba talent. Now, with their 8th show (opening tonight), they’re featuring the wares of two Poster favs: 2213 and Hut K.

The show, called 008_Metal, features design objects that use sheet metal as not only their sole material, but the driving force of its design. Specifically, the gorgeous mailboxes and address numbers from 2213 and Blu Dot chairs and Tom Dixon lights from Hut K. Drool-worthy pieces, we can assure you.

“What we love about these pieces is the way they, by design, “dematerialize” the material quality that would otherwise elicit feelings of industry or heavy manufacturing,” says MAKE’s Brandon Bergem. “Either through spatiality of light (Tom Dixon), achieving comfort (Blu Dot – despite how it looks, that chair  truly is comfortable!) or by sheer refinement: 2213′s designs achieve a new life and clarity in objects that otherwise become so ubiquitous.”
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How the show came to be is one of those classic Winnipeg stories of cool people meeting other cool people. (We originally assumed they chose the two design houses because of the handsome men behind each company. Valentin Mittelstet (2213) and Dane Kofoed (Hut K) are both certified babes.)

Valentin stopped in one night, late January or early February, for a cup of coffee. I don’t think he really knew about us. He was just passing by. Jae (MAKE’s owner) chatted with him for a while, and found that Valentin likes a minimal and clean aesthetic and that while he was formally a photographer,” says Bergem. “We really liked his concept of designing the goods for a house by designing his way through the house, as one walks from outside in. We liked his ‘filmic’ approach to the product development, which made sense to us.

“Meanwhile, we had known Dane of Hut K previously, so we opened up the possibility to him of doing satellite shops at MAKE, something that allowed him to extract a few pieces from his show room (which is just absolutely filled with amazing design) and really highlight the individuality of those single pieces – and it was something he was sincerely excited about.” 

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“We are always interested in ’pairing-shows’ as opposed to a ‘solo-shows’ at MAKE. We see opportunities of conversation and cross-pollination of interests, ideas, insights, and friends,” says Bergem.

“Pairing locally produced design with big-name international design is also exciting, since it becomes a way to see how Winnipeg design really holds up.”

Check out the show’s opening tonight, where select pieces will be on sale. And, if you’re lucky, two hunky design nerds.

- Braden

Photos by Brandon Bergem

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Searching for the thrill of it

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Long hair don’t care. Raezavel Argulla brought serious meaning to Instagram’s most popular hashtag when she grew out her gorgeous black mane this year. Unfortunately we’ve been admiring it from a distance, as the Winnipeg fashion blogger (of Cheap Thrills) packed her bags and moved to Toronto last summer to study fashion communications at Ryerson University. That being said, she’s had a lot more going on this year than just that hair.

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Weekend Survival Playlist: 10 songs for dancehall queens

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Remember when Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” came out? And we all gyrated in our living rooms when our dads weren’t watching? No, I guess that was probably just me. And still is. It’s the weekend, baby, and I feel like getting my slow grind on. And my fast grind. So here’s this dancehall-inspired playlist to get those hips moving. I don’t care if you’re getting to “the club” tonight or staying home to finish Mockingjay. I want you to put your lipstick on, throw on a crop top, put one hand in the air, and start winding your hips. That’s a Friday night done right.

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Weekend Survival Playlist: 9 songs for staying single, 9 songs for a spring fling

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You might say that I like to have my cake and eat it too. I prefer to say I like duality, a sense of balance. A house in the city, a cabin in the woods. Late nights with wine, early mornings with coffee. Whirlwind adventures and a quiet summer at home. I’ve even sought this out in my friends – two of whom I refer to as light and shadow.

Actually, it was shadow who told me May would be a romantic month. And I feel it already. But I’m of two minds: part of me wants to jump right into a spring fling and the other says I should avoid the whole mess and pine away in my room. So this week we put together two separate playlists, one for each frame of mind. Who says we have to choose? Life will probably do that for us anyway.

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The Real Housewives of TUB

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Sexy thigh highs, cupcakes and a couple of bottles of booze. Sounds like the kind of photo shoot our pal/stylist Niki Trosky would put together. This time, it’s to show off the “ridiculously fresh new line of ladies clothes” now available at The Urban Bakery, more commonly known as TUB.
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Here’s To You

T12“Chills, mostly.” This is how Claire Morrison responds when I ask her what she’d like people to feel when they listen to her solo debut. Guess what? Mission accomplished. This thing is, as expected, amazing. And lucky us, it’s out today.

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Because I’m Still in Love With You

Jasper mountain topSorry (not sorry) from Suzy and me for not posting yet this week. My girl’s been busy on her internship at Think Shift (and about to take a well deserved vacation) and I’ve been living the dream: road tripping across this beautiful country on my way from school in Vancouver to my internship in Toronto.

I’m only in Winnipeg, about half way, and so far it’s been a Canadiana-filled dream.

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Weekend Survival Playlist: 18 songs for a road trip

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I almost can’t believe it, but it’s time for me to say goodbye to Vancouver. On Sunday morning I willfully leave paradise and drive across this beautiful country to my new home in Toronto. I probably shouldn’t talk about the goodbye part any more or I might start sobbing (again). So let’s focus on the good part: the glorious cross-Canada road trip, and all the music I’ll be belting out along the way.

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

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A month or so ago I was contacted by a local photographer by the name of Meg Kroeker. The North End resident was eager to share some shots she took of her neighbourhood, and we’re eager to share them with you. This idea of exploring and capturing our neighbourhoods allows us the chance to step back and appreciate the beauty in the familiar places we call home. Today, we adventure through North Point Douglas. Continue reading

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Girl On Fire

Styled by Bronwyn Seier at Thom Bargen Cafe in WinnipegTwo weeks ago Claire Morrison came to visit me. No, this wasn’t a dream. She was in Vancouver for a family thing so we got together for a rainy walk to the ocean and a few too many $4 glasses of wine.

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