22/April, 2016 por Loreak Mendian

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We were really looking forward to telling you about this. It’s about one of our latest collaborations and to date, surely one of our most complete.

Our admiration for the Mugaritz restaurant, led by Andoni Luis Aduriz and his crack team is long-standing, but it was not until about two years ago that we started to notice we had many things in common and that we were united by something very clear: our creativity and passion in what we do, to achieve a result that others enjoy.

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We saw that their creativity in creating dishes was closely related to what we do when we design a print, a logo, the shape of a garment, etc. And this soon became clear to us. The most logical way of brining the two worlds together was by converting their recipes into prints for our garments.

We converted three of their mythical recipes into more or less dense compositions, as applicable, and we applied them to fabrics that had a significant relationship with what was to be printed on them. Coloured dots, light flowers, herbs with different tones of green… all very connected to the end result, what diners would see at the restaurant.

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But its best we let Andoni (Mugaritz) and Víctor (Loreak Mendian) tell you about it themselves:

Mugaritz — Loreak Mendian Present [ENG] from Loreak Mendian™ on Vimeo.

As with any collaboration, we couldn’t leave it at that, this was just the beginning. We needed to transfer something of Loreak Mendian to Mugaritz and a something of Mugaritz to Loreak Mendian. Which is why, every diner at the restaurant will receive a commemorative silk-screen printed sheet at the end of their meal. And at our stores, everyone who buys a garment from the collaboration will be given this work-statue-little gift made by the fantastic team at Mugaritz. Which can either be left in a pail as a decorative element, or grated over some French toast, custard, etc., because although it may look like a stone, it is actually a mixture of aniseed and macis (nutmeg root).

In addition, we have arranged small corners at some of our stores where you can find further information about the restaurant: its origins, meaning, beginnings, its accomplishments in world cuisine, etc.

At many of our franchises we have also arranged some cool window displays and at ours Ja! Studio has spun the fine details, as always.

We can’t tell you everything just yet, but we promise to reveal more soon. In any event, check out our online store and Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts for further information.

Its been a pleasure!

1/April, 2016 por Loreak Mendian

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Isn’t it great to start a month on a Friday? You start, just like with anything else. And more so when it’s a month when you can see that there are a lot of things to do. Sometimes (never) too many.

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We’re starting the month nearby, specifically in Zarautz, where this weekend (March 31 – April 3) the Pro Zarautz Music Festival and Surf Championship is being held. It will be divided among different surf schools in the Arguiñano (Hi, guys!) and Munoa area, with many different activities. They range from yoga, skateboarding, BMX, and of course, surfing to the rhythm of DJs like El Ciruelo and the great Xolomo Gangsta, and groups like The Nephews, Makala Jazz Funk, etc.

A great plan, overlooking the sea.

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Next we’re off to Catalonia, where they will hold the Lapsus (event) at the CCCB. This audiovisual music festival will feature different big names on the national and international scene: Powell, M.E.S.H, DJ2D2, Mau Morgó, and more. The event will start at noon and will end well after dark.

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Also happening tomorrow, Saturday, April 2, the San Sebastian group Oreka will offer a (free) workshop on modular synthesizers and other gadgets at 6 pm, led by Julio César Palacio. And at night, sometime after 10:30 pm, there will be two live performances that promise to be great: Reisa and Sun Color, ending with joint performance by Ope Loeb and Kino Internacional. All this at the Dabadaba concert hall in Egia, Donostia.

Oreka is always a good time.

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Next weekend, in San Sebastian, there is also a good offering. Ayo Silver is organizing on Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8 his mythical Aló Dabadaba festival (at the Dabadaba, as its name suggest), and he’s advertising “all out psych”, so be prepared. On Thursday, April 7, the US group Holy Wave and the Exnovios from Pamplona will perform, and on Friday, April 8, three groups will take the stage: the English The Underground Youth, the Chilean Chicos de Nazca and the Baywaves, from Madrid. A complete pack at what is really a very good price.

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On that same day, April 7, an exhibition will be inaugurated in Barcelona that we hope we will get to see (it closes on the 22nd of this month). Julia Vergara, half of the beautiful brand SuTurno, presents her collection of boats “Wood meets wind”, made from wood scraps, and beautiful all by themselves. All this in the (also beautiful) shop Altres Cosas (AOO) on Séneca Street, starting at 7:30 pm (on Thursday, April 7).

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Back in San Sebastian (wandering from pillar to post), on Saturday, April 9, the Dabadaba has its 2nd anniversary, and will celebrate it by bringing in no less than Hot Chip to DJ. But this is not to underrate The Parrots (those mates of the Hinds), Siberian Wolves and Dj Crazy Palmera, who will close the night in style. It’ll be big.

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And finally, we’ll finish up in Madrid, on the weekend of April 22, 23 and 24, when who-knows-what edition of Libros Mutantes will be held at La Casa Encendida (By the way, congratulations for how clear everything is on your website; we’ve always thought that and now it’s time to say it. A real pleasure.). If you like a certain type of self-published editions or series, this is not to be missed. We’re curious to see how they pull it all off. They usually take exquisite care of every last detail of the image and presentation.

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And this is not even everything. We’ll continue to post things on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. (By the way, have we mentioned that we are also on Pinterest, with a ton of followers?) This was just a small selection to whet your appetite.

Well, have a good weekend and all that.

Later!

1/March, 2016 por Loreak Mendian

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The start of a new month and with it the new things we have seen out there, in different cities, and which we feel like doing. Too many to fit in this entry, so we are going to select a few and post the rest to Facebook as they come up.

To start with, this Friday 4 March the Sala Dabadaba in San Sebastian will be host to a further edition of the Wail Baby Wail club, its sixth year running. This year with the Rhythm ‘n’ Blues and Soul cocktail of The Excitements fronted by Koko-Jean Davis, looks promising.

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Artwork by Iñaki López Allende

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On Saturday 5, the same venue will be host to the boys from Oye Loco! (Tropical Patrulla) who will get us all dancing and then some.

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They are bringing over the Frenchman King Dou Dou and the little we have heard him we have liked, we have liked it a lot. Here is his latest work, together with Zora Jones:

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On the other hand, and changing the topic slightly, this month we don’t want to miss out on what’s on offer at the Guggenheim. At the end of February they launched their Warhol: Shadows exhibition. It’s very different from what we are used to seeing from the pop-artist. The work involves a 102-part series of silkscreened canvases that he produced in the 50s in his Factory studio.

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We will be checking this out after the 18 February, as that’s when the same venue inaugurates Cells by Louise Bourgeois. Small enclosures mixing installations and sculpture, in addition to showing the earlier works that helped create them.

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An opportunity for a full weekend in Bilbao, which always goes down well.

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What’s more, on the second Saturday of the month, the 12 March, the guys at Miscelánea in Barcelona, will be celebrating their 10th anniversary no less. To help celebrate they have called on the San Sebastian collective NiMu (http://nimu.tv/2016/02/09/nimu-x-miscelanea/), who will be setting the programme for the party to be held at La [2] de Apolo from 19:30 h. With names such as Koreless from the UK, Niño (half o Diploide together with our admired Garbanzo), Barcelona’s BeGun, Fur Voice, Sunny Graves, Orphidal, Kigo and the final touch by Dj Coco. For times, etc. here’s their website with detailed information.

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Lastly, on, Thursday 17, our much admired El Último Vecino are set to return to the charge at the Ocho y Medio in Madrid, and having heard their latest production, everything indicates that their new LP will be superb.

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Pues esto es (parte de) lo que nos plantea marzo a día de hoy. Si van surgiendo más cosillas… ¡nos vemos en las redes!

18/February, 2016 por Loreak Mendian

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A view of Lisbon

It seems like it was just yesterday, but it’s already been 365 days since the last time we sent a couple of Modernistas out to explore (part of) the world. And believe it or not, we were looking forward to this moment, to send two of our most loyal followers out once again to some place where we’d like to go. Well, in 2016, that place is Lisbon.

The city of fados, Belem pastries, trams, Pessoa and other less typical things. Narrow streets filled with shops, which are in turn filled with things, raised cobblestones, clothes hung out to dry, iron architecture, the Tagus (or as they call it, the Tejo) River.

It might not be a trip to a paradise island in the Caribbean, but there are still many interesting corners to discover, both in Lisbon itself and in the surrounding area. Towns such as Sintra (nothing less than a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with its castles and many small palaces, or kilometer-long beaches, such as the white-sand Cascais beach.

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Cascais, the cliffs known as La boca del Infierno (Hellmouth)

The trip consists of spending 7 days in the country’s capital, doing whatever you like or following a route based on certain little recommendations and invitations that we will offer. We provide more details about this route on Instagram, but for now we can tell you that 2 winners will stay at our beloved Baixa House, a place we couldn’t feel prouder of, where we’d live if we could. With rooms where attention has been paid to every last detail, including breakfasts based on top-quality fresh products, with a presentation that goes beyond beautiful.

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Baixa House

Mythical places around the city that are not to be missed include the shopA Vida Portuguesa, which sells traditional items and textiles (it has another shop in nearby Porto); if for nothing else, the area and its charm make it worthy of a visit.

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For a great place to eat, we’ve arranged to visit the Trindade Brewery, with its pretty patio-like area, which makes the food taste even better.

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The monument that continues to astound us every time we see it is the Santa Justa Elevator, the construction of which finished in 1902. It reminds us of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, although it seems that there was no relation between the two designers. Built entirely from iron and with a height of 45 meters, it serves the purpose of connecting the neighborhood of Chiado above with Baixa Pombalina. It’s worth going up for the views of the city down below. There are other elevators in the city, such as the one in Bica, but these are funiculars, which have their own charm, but are completely different.

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On another note, someone who has made a name in the architecture of this country is Álvaro Siza. If you’re in Porto, be sure to visit the Da Boa Nova Restaurant and the pools at Leça de Palmeira. In Lisbon, you can see the pavilion he designed to represent Portugal at the Lisbon World Exposition 1998.

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Something we still love and that inspires many of the graphics we use on our prints, etc. are the designs found on the pavement of their squares; they are two-tone, usually in black and white, and create almost hypnotic shapes.

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Well, little by little, we’ll tell you more. We’re not going to reveal all the secrets on the first day, after all! To find out the names of the lucky people who are taking this trip, visit our Facebook page. Remember that to be eligible for this and much more, such as terrific special offers and exclusive gifts, you can become a Modernista at any of our Loreak Mendian shops and our online store (those who are already members highly recommend it).

Until next time!

5/January, 2016 por Loreak Mendian

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Another new year gets underway, and the first new month is packed with interesting stuff to do. The January agenda’s so full that 31 days just aren’t enough for all that’s lined up.

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Poster for this edition by Estudio Primo

The 9th Dock of the Bay International Music Documentary Festival is set to be held in Donostia from the 9th to the 16th, kicking off this year’s cinema with some great screenings.

Some of the competing films are We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo, Mavis!, Rumba tres, de ida y vuelta, Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten Cambodia’s Lost, Sonido Pamplona, The Second Act of Elliot Murphy, La muerte en la Alcarria, Orion: The Man Who Would Be King and Cool Cats.

Here are a couple that we certainly won’t be missing:

This year there will also be conferences, an exhibition by illustrator Susi-Quiu at the Garoa Kultur Lab in the Gros barrio, the one and only Elliot Murphy playing unplugged after his film is shown, a concert by Fran Nixon & The Secret Society on Friday 15th from 10 p.m. at the Sala Dabadaba and all the usual partying of course: at Le Bukowski on Saturday 9th from 12 midnight, and the closing rave with Sen Senra and Cachitos de Hierro y Cromo Djs on Saturday 16th from 10 p.m. at the Sala Dabadaba.

Eight days of non-stop fun.

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In Madrid, at our beloved Juan March Foundation, don’t miss the riot of colour and shapes on show at the exhibition by the Swiss artist Max Bill. You have until Sunday 17th to see it.

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And while you’re in Madrid make sure you fit in a visit to the Reina Sofía Museum to see the stirring work of Polish painter Andrzej Wróblewski:

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To round off the month, much closer to home is the Lurrazpiko Festa, here in San Sebastián in the last weekend of January (29th/30th).

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The groups – including our adored Single, Hidrogenesse, C. Tangana and El Coleta – will be playing at the Sala Gazteszena and the Sala Dabadaba. We expect the event will be as brilliantly organised as it has been in previous years and we’ll all have an excellent time.

We’re sure there’s more but remember we’ll be around with more tips every Friday in the social networks.

Have a great month, have a great year everyone!