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+STYLE STAR+ ANDRE JUDD: PROPHET OF FASHION

If you’re a fan of Lookbook, or have ever had the chance to browse the online showcase of individual styles gathered to help foster the “collective fashion consciousness” that Lookbook is all about. While glancing past looks by a self proclaimed Mermaid from Neverland you are bound to stumble across this true one-of-a-kind Prophet of Fashion.

Just when you thought style couldn’t get more exciting or gloriously out-of-control you will meet Andre Judd. Andre treads the lines of dreaming and reality with a panache and attention to detail rivalling some of fashion’s greats. Time and time again, Andre has proved that the art of dressing is as much an art as any.

This type of talent is rare, and very few can achieve his bold unique punch of imagination, virtual reality, and pure abandon.  So, naturally we felt the need to connect with the Stylist, Designer, and Fashion Blogger Extraordinaire who answered a few of our questions on life, style, inspiration, and the unique fashion-forward fashion scene of Manila!

Most of all, we felt Andre was the perfect example of what we here at The Eye of Faith are always harping on about and that’s the courage to find inspiration and be your truest self to the highest extent.

“We see something new. Something exciting”

-Andre Judd.

EOF: There seems to be a lot of excitement and intrigue in the world of fashion in the Philippines. What would surprise or excite people most about the Filipino fashion scene?

AJ: Indeed. Every season we see new bright young talents emerge. These designers score high on the critics and fashion press because they have a refined focus on aesthetics as well being commercial.

I think what excites Filipinos about the fashion scene, is that every season it gets better and better. We see something new, something exciting.


EOF: Where would you say the epicentre of Filipino fashion is right now in the Philippines? Any favourite go-to spots?

AJ: Manila is considered the current fashion epicenter, drawing in designers from different parts of the country, as well as Filipino designers based abroad. There are a lot of cool retail shops and boutiques to check out in Manila. Top of my mind is Greenbelt 5, where a few concentrated stores are found selling current collections from my favourite local designers.

EOF: We love how many looks you create, and your undeniable knowledge for style. Who taught you these secrets? God, or deal with the Devil?

AJ: God. Definitely 🙂

EOF: What has been your most important lesson in life when it comes to your own personal brand of style?


AJ: Never say never. It’s my mantra ever since.

EOF: Creating so many complex and detailed looks must be quite the task. What is your secret to staying focused?

AJ: It’s not really hard. I wake up every morning with a strong idea on what I would wear.

EOF: You mix a lot of items one might typically prescribe as masculine or feminine, and it seems once they get the Andre Judd touch, it’s neither. Instead, it’s a whole new brand of cool. What do you call this?
AJ: Some call it non-conventional, others call it androgynous, but I call it post-modern and irreverent 🙂

“Fashion is about change”

-Andre Judd.

EOF: Interesting shapes, textures, and patterns are essential ingredients to your fashion magic. Do you have any tips on incorporating these ideas into one’s everyday style?
AJ: Try playing with shapes, textures, and patterns. For the novice, one can start with just one different detail. Like if you love black, why not play with colour – lets say fuchsia, and combine it with black. If you like wearing block colors, why not try a printed top? It’s the idea of adapting to new things. After all, fashion is about change. You don’t need to sacrifice your style, you just simply like it to evolve 🙂

EOF: You’ve accidentally conjured up an angry spirit who won’t get the hell out of your closet. You want to call the cops, but you know they won’t believe you so you pull out your exorcism kit and go to work. What is the one thing you are hoping to save from your wardrobe?
AJ: Oh my, toughest question ever. I’d pick my accessories box. You can do wonders to your look just by adding a necklace or a brooch.

EOF: What is your favourite vintage find, and why do you think your devils approve?

AJ: Its my Gianni Versace bomber jacket from the 80s.  You wouldn’t believe how super cheap I got it. Its my number one treasured find because its real leather, it has chain mail, looks very contemporary,  the color of the leather goes with anything, and it gives an instant edge to any look.

EOF: We have received a lot of botched up advice on fashion in our lives, but we have always stayed pure to what is inside. What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever been given?

AJ: Men shouldn’t wear women’s clothing.

EOF: For us, fashion is definitely an escape, and the style or look we wear is the story being told. You are an expert in storytelling, with a seemingly eternal well of inspiration. With almost 400 looks on LOOKBOOK, dark we ask – do you have a favourite?

AJ: Every new look I post is my favourite.

EOF: Here at The Eye of Faith, we like to think of ourselves as soldiers marching for a better tomorrow. Are there any causes or struggles in your life that you are fighting for?

AJ: I am a huge advocate of Filipino fashion so as much as I can I like to wear Filipino designers in my looks. That way I can help promote their names in the international scene via LOOKBOOK.

EOF: What sort of things can the readers of The Eye of Faith expect from Andre Judd in the future?

AJ: Expect the unexpected 🙂

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Our New Shop on James Street North!

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For all you folks who might not be able to check out the excitement in the near future, here’s a glimpse of what we have in store our new store!

Of course, we’ve kept it true to our focus on cool vintage menswear, and our signature ladies collection, but we were also able to display our collection of housewares, books, VHS, accessories, art, and some of our archive of vintage photographs that truly showcase the metamorphosis of all things {PAST}, {PRESENT}, and {FUTURE}.

We are so excited to join the community here on James St. North District!

Enjoy, and thanks to Hawk & Sparrow, and everyone for all the support, and all those who helped make this all possible. And of course, a special thanks to our timeless emblem and mascot – The Eye of Faith for always keeping us on track to our destinies.

3 Years in the making, and it’s all happening . . .

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So if you’re in the area of historic Hamilton, Ontario be sure to visit us DOWNSTAIRS of 126 JAMES STREET N      (Hawk & Sparrow) from 12p – 6p TUESDAYS through SATURDAYS

See you there!

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Get That Vintage Irish Autumn Glam!

Steal the Limelight in Autumn Fashion . . .

 

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In Ireland, the fall season runs from September to November. According to The Irish Times, now is the perfect opportunity to make a dramatic entrance with a flowing psychedelic skirt, colorful silk separates, and those wonderfully knitted tops. As summer fades from the picture, take some time to carry out your turtle neck sweaters with lush layers, and then finish the entire look with long trench coats.

To unleash your inner 50s heroine, take inspiration from Irish fashion and style icon Deirdre Morrissey. Whether vintage or avant-garde,  Deirdre is known for her fearless approach to fashion. That said, here are some pieces that you can mix and match for that over the top Irish glam.

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Long trench coats

Sporting long trench coats with a profusion of prints and chunky textures is the common style dilemma, especially for the petites. There’s nothing to worry, though, as you just need to make sure that you’re not swamping yourself with large clothes. Proportion is the key. You need to consider the shape and cut of the pieces that you would wear. In Ireland, most shops are only offering clothes for taller heights. But in the big high-end streets, M&S is selling long trench coats specifically designed and cut in different symmetries for the petites.

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The classic autumn Irish fashion is characterized by the combination of colors, prints, and layers. In fact, these trends are lurking back to the present fashion scene. According to Curator and Producer Sonia Reynolds of Showcaseireland.com, these distinctive and colorful prints appeal to many women, which is why they are the inspirations for next year’s Showcase Fashion. In dealing with prints, it’s best to not go overboard as this will engulf your small frame. Meanwhile, using fabrics with straight lines will create a longer silhouette. In this case, pencil skirts and knitted A-line dresses are worth trying.

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Today, accessories are the simplest routes in venturing into a new season, and, of course, a new fashion era. Perhaps the most used accessory by a 50’s Irish lass is a clip on or handheld bag. This type of bag is perfect for on the go women, giving them instant access to their essentials. When picking the right clip on bag, it’s always best to choose a design with plain colors.

After all, the true essence of Irish fashion is simplicity and style.

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Getting Down To Business! Stylish Business Fashion for Men

When it comes to fashion, men often find it rather challenging to create their own style.

The reason for this, arguably, may be that men’s fashion is more streamlined with often fewer options to create an individual look and style. This is especially true in business fashion, where the dress-codes for men tend to be exactly defined.

While clearly defined dress-codes make the selection for the right business attire easier, they also hold one decisive disadvantage for the stylish and style-conscious man: this uniformity makes it a lot harder to create an individual style.

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This is where stylish men’s accessories come into play. They provide a subtle way of underlining one’s own style and sense of fashion in the often rigid business world. This is why, when it comes to stylish business accessories, the devil is in the detail.

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Hereby, the tie that one wears in combination with the suit can be a statement in itself.

The tie is the part of the business attire that shows the largest variation in colors, patterns and styles. When picking a tie, it should provide a contrast to the shirt, which can be created by observing some color matching patterns. The style-conscious man will seek to stand out in the streamlined business fashion by either wearing a stylish shirt or a unique tie.

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Elegant watches – The perfect accessory

When it comes to accessories, there is arguably nothing more stylish than wearing a unique and timeless watch.

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While today there are many precise timekeeping devices available, trademark watches have lost none of their appeal in modern times. On the contrary, brands like Cartier are more popular than ever before, since they provide an essentially manly accessory that combines technology, fine craftsmanship and art.

These features make premium watches the confident and style-conscious man’s best friend.

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All that’s left is to pick out the one that best suits you!

Let yourself be the best reflection of the truest true that is you. 

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Buy Headphones. Change a Life. Introducing LSTN’s Classic Style That Gives Back To The World. . .

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One of the things we are always using are our headphones, which are pretty much glued to our ears from the moment we take to writing anything for The Eye of Faith.

We love to hear the constant stream of music to get us into our groove, and zone out the surrounding world in order to write the hundreds of articles you have been reading here. It’s a necessary tool of production in our books, and especially if you plan to write abroad (at a local cafe, or even venture downtown to one), a great pair is necessary to invoke the spirits of creativity.

You literally see hundreds in a day. There are chunky plastic forms everywhere attaching themselves to the ears of many. It’s hard to find the perfect pair for someone who wants to stand apart from the rest. We’ve tried many a pair to no avail, but have been so pleased to discover the look and sound of LSTN headphones, and their wicked nod to vintage style.

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LSTN headphones are hand crafted from real, reclaimed exotic woods, which naturally create a dynamic and beautifully warm sound to them. Crisp highs, full mids, and powerful bass -perfect to block out the noise of the everyday, and look stylish and sophisticated in the process.

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Whether you choose the stunningly pure Beech wood, rich and seductive Cherry, or dark and mysterious Ebony – these handsome materials are a gorgeous invocation of classic tastes, and the slick contours evoke a mid-century vibe that will never be out of fashion. Indeed, for an individual of discerning tastes, these are a definite must.

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But, as much as it is about looking good, LSTN has made it their initiative to also give back. For every pair of headphones purchased, LSTN helps restore hearing to a child in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which couldn’t be a more wonderful cause. There are over 275 million people in the world who are hearing impaired, and 95% of children in deaf schools can be helped simply by providing them with hearing aids. So buy a pair of headphones, and change a life.

Powerful stuff.

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We were pleased to receive our pair of buds just the other week, and have hardly put them down since, so why not check out the LSTN official site and learn more about their initiative, and grab a pair of wickedly handsome headphones slick enough for a fashion time traveller, and powerful enough to take us straight into the future.

Bet you never thought you had so much power, did you?

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Hope you consider, and be sure to tell your friends!

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+STYLE STAR+ El Principe Gitano, JJ Reyes !

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The stars in the sky will shine bright tonight knowing that we pay tribute to one of their brightest young consorts. As we are always expressing here at The Eye of Faith, style is about the attitude, and bringing a truly individual edge that will set you apart from the rest, and the +STYLE STAR+ we have chosen this week invokes all these attributes and more.

JJ Reyes is a talented style savant from Seville, Spain, showcasing his passion for things fashion on his personal style blog El Principe Gitano. On top of JJ’s ultra rad and sophisticated take on style, his site is a beautiful escape to some of Spain’s most iconic and beautiful landmarks.

This handsome Gypsy Prince took the time to let us pick his brain on his unique style, the things he loves most, and the future seen through his most exceptional and unique eye!

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First, a bit of an introduction to yourself. What is your name, and what do you do?

My name is JJ Reyes, I am studying Advertising & PR in Seville (Spain), where I live. I have a fashion blog titled ‘The Gypsy Prince’ (http://www.elprincipegitano.com) that I opened a year ago. It has more than 50.000 visits, with the intention of sharing a virtual space to show my ambitions, concerns, places, pleasures and even the people who usually are next to me.

I am in love with everything about fashion and trends, a passion I show weekly on the blog through my different looks. I am also working as a DJ and model.

What would be your earliest fashion memory, and has it played a part in leading you to your fashion future?

I don’t think I will ever give an answer to this question, since I have no clear memory of fashion in my childhood. However, I can assure you it wasn’t until 14 years old when I began to focus my attention on fashion, which led me to an evident change of style in my early teen years.

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When you wake up in the morning, what thoughts go through your mind while picking out your outfit for the day?

I always have in mind a specific garment that I want to wear, just that one. The other garments that go with it appears in my mind while I am standing in front of the closet. Obviously, the weather is an important element when I am choosing what I’m going to wear.

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Do you have any go-to inspirations or style idols you look up to in your own style?

I don’t. I just want to have something from these three groups: 90s, Bloggers and Disney. I want the camera equipment of Chiara Ferragni, I want Pocahontas’ black long hair and I also want to make love to 90’s Kate Moss and Johnny Depp couple. I really think that my own style is the mix of random elements that apparently have no sense together to create the perfect look.

What has been your most important lesson in life when it comes to your own personal brand of style?

Biggest lesson in fashion life is undoubtedly swimming at the middle. The best thing is to stay there, between austerity and excess.

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Where are your favourite go-to spots to go for killer fashion and style?

I am a big fan of Spanish brand ZARA. It gets to you every single huge prèt-a-porter trend from the catwalk to their worldwide stores.


You’re walking down the street and stumble upon a time portal that will take you anywhere you want to go in the history of time. Where do you decide to take it, and why?

90s. I want to make love to Kate Moss and Johnny Deep couple.

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Here’s a fun one. You’ve accidentally conjured up an angry spirit who won’t get the hell out of your closet. You want to call the cops, but you know they won’t believe you so you pull out your exorcism kit and go to work. What is the one thing you are hoping to save from your wardrobe?

Doc Martens boots, I can’t live without them.

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What is the worst fashion advice you’ve ever heard or been given?

The worst fashion advice is when your friend is tired of shopping with you and put on her “It’s okay, it fits you well’’ face when you are trying some clothes, because all that she wants is you to buy those fucking jeans so she can leave the store.

Any thoughts of the future of mens fashion and/or fashion in general, through the eyes of J.J. ?

Skirts. A Texas conservative man wearing a Givenchy skirt, that could be a great accomplishment for men’s fashion industry in the future.

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And wouldn’t that be a sight for sore eyes . . .

Thanks so much to JJ Reyes for taking the time to sit down with {theEye}, only at The Eye of Faith!

Rock On El Principe Gitano!

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The Eye of Faith is Heading to The Junction Flea ! ! !

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GREAT NEWS!

New and Exciting for 2013! THE EYE OF FAITH is kicking off the New Year with our first public appearance EVER at this month’s JUNCTION FLEA!

This month’s Flea is being held at The Great Hall on Queen & Dovercourt (1087 QUEEN STREET WEST) and runs from 10 AM – 7 PM.

We were so psyched to see Paul Mercer  from SMASH and Micah Lenehan of RUSSET & EMPIRE in the shortlist for The Grid’s annual MENSCHIE AWARDS (Yiddish for “Person of Integrity – E.O.F. RULE # 2), as the masterminds behind The Junction Flea, but we were even more psyched to see the email in our inbox from them to join the ranks!

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We will be bringing some of the items online now in the {SHOP}, but we will also be bringing some other treasures we have had waiting in the wings for a while, so best be there to see just what we have in store! Most excitingly, as not to leave anyone out of the fun, we will be showcasing some of our women’s collection! All fine pieces collected and curated by The Eye of Faith.

Also look forward to shopping our collection of vintage books, magazines, pulp fiction, accessories, decor, art and photography! We got a little bit of everything to share if it makes the world a more beautiful place . . .

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As we mentioned, this will be our public debut, so it is most exciting to see how people will react to the {SHOP} in person, as well as getting to meet all the shoppers who religiously flock to The Flea for their fix of unique finds.

There will definitely be some deals going down, and probably a few surprises.  So if you’re in the area, or visiting the city, please come by and check it out!

It’s all happening . . .It truly feels like the dawning of a New Age, this year, and it’s only begun! Please make sure to check out all the other cool new vendors at The Junction Flea Blog!

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Should be crazy!

Can’t wait to see you there . . .

Or perhaps even in our dreams . . .

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Eye Spy the Accessor-Eye

Rings, Necklaces, Gold, Quartz, Stones, Bling, Teeth, Beauty, we’ve had it! We like to handle things a little differently here at The Eye of Faith, so we are always encountering bizarre pieces of fashion.  Our favourite finds come through the form of jewelry!!!!!!
On a daily basis, we are going through hundreds of tie-clips, bracelets, charms, and miscellaneous objects of opulence, all in the effort of finding you, our readers, an exciting find.  Please, stay seated in anticipation as we collect stock of antiquities far beyond what you may dream in your minds eye.  Enjoy some pieces we’ve stumbled upon on our journey, and stay tuned for much much more to come.  We have our style Eye open, and on the hunt.


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Creepy Crawly LOVE Magazine Editorial: Kristen McMenamy

Monsters, moths and transformation! The second we saw this editorial from Love magazine, with photography by Tim Walker, we knew it would fit right in at The Eye of Faith. Model Kristen McMenamy never ceases to impress us with her seasoned effortless modelling style and pure edginess. Arachnophobes beware, with art direction by Katie Grand, this one is sure to creep you out.

With Vintage pieces by Dior, some chain mail headdresses from the Royal National Theater and of course, Alexander McQueen, we get a sense of Joan of Arc mixed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We wouldn’t want to kick this hornets nest.

“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
Friedrich Nietzsche

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