Where do birds come from? Angerami enlightens us


This season, with our Brazil Collection, we brought to life a long-planned collaboration with Brazilian artist Evandro Angerami. The following is an interview with him. (View the birds being discussed here and here.)

Angerami uses travel as an immersive process in the nature, revealed through art in many different media. Traveling is a passion, which allows connection with his perception of time, space, spiritual awareness and human presence on earth.

The artist has a Master in Fine Arts, from NYSS, New York. His work is held in private collections in The Netherlands, Romania, Denmark, United States, Brazil and Russia. He has exhibited in private galleries, and public spaces, such as UN headquarters, in New York, Pinacoteca Benedito Calixto, Museum of Art of the Sao Paulo Parliament, and University of Mackenzie, in Brazil.

Why birds?

Nature was always present in my work. Birds belong to Nature. I also paint landscapes, fishes and other animal species, but for this collection we chose the Bird.

Where do your birds fly to and from?

I believe in external and internal landscapes. External landscapes are those that we can see, internal landscapes are those that live inside us. My birds fly from inside out, and from the outside in. 

If your birds could sing a message, which song would they sing to spread this word?

Landscapes are experiences of time, and time is infinite.

Is this your first Fashion x Art collaboration?

No. Some brands had already used my murals in São Paulo (Brazil) for their ad campaigns, but this the first time that someone uses my work as a starting point for an entire collection. I'm glad that it happened and I hope that these birds can handle much responsibility, and maybe even loan their wings to the people that wear them.  

Where do you think these two universes (fashion & arts) meet each other?

Art is a human activity, and as long as there are people, art will exist. Art and fashion meet in that which is most precious to them: the human being.

How did you and Magdalena decide to collaborate?

We've been discussing about this collaboration for the last two years, when she invited me to collaborate with Magdalena Concepts. We have mutual respect and admiration for each other's work, and that makes all the difference. These two years of conversations were essential to mature the way we would collaborate. I hope you like the results.

The Ethical Gift Guide: how not to be a shitty gifter this season

After six years of working with store owners and independent designers, we're pretty much experts on the cool things being built and made outside massive chain stores. We decided to pull together 23 things that are funky, fabulous, and downright delightful for gifting. Each of these gifts comes from an independent artist or brand with a brick-and-mortar presence who engages in ethical and sustainable business and manufacturing practices. Give guilt-free knowing you're supporting slow fashion, safe working conditions, small and family-owned businesses. Shop small from your desktop, shop local from your phone. Supporting small business this season was never so easy.

Hold On To Your Wallets (Gifts Under $20)
If you are on a budget, we suggest opting for a clever gift, and putting some effort into packaging (ideas on that here). When it's the thought that counts, make the experience of opening the gift special, and you will win points even if the gift itself costs as much as "One Free Hug". Not feeling clever? We got you! See below.

1. Burger Pin - Friend Mart, $13

A little sass and an inside joke goes a long way.

2. Nope Mug - Grumpy Bert, $18

Beverage lover/morning fighter? This is for them.

3. Ginger Grapefruit Soap - Bar Soap Brooklyn, $12

Show them how to treat theyselves right.

4. Olive Oyl Action Figure - Gift Man Gifts, $10

Nostalgia always makes for excellent gifting. You're never too old for vintage cartoon paraphernalia.

5.  F*k Da System Sticker - I Am Nattee, $5

Just 'cause they're rebellious doesn't mean they don't like the holidays.

6. Honeysuckle Jasmine Candle - Devour Candles, $20

Leave Febreze to minors; grown ups do aroma therapy right.

Budget Shmudget! (Gifts Over $100)
If cost is no object, and you're looking for a luxury gift someone special wouldn't have thought of for themselves, we've got you covered. These items push the creative envelope for the fashionable, forward-thinking people on your list. The person who has everything doesn't have this.

7. Granny Palma Bag - Brother Vellies, $685

If she's too cool for life, she might be cool enough for Brother Vellies.

8. Void Watch - Goose Barnacle, $490

Watches are classic, this one is also fiercely cool.

9. Santa Fe Backpack - Jordyn Jacobs, $200

Epic coolness for your local gypsy.

10. Italian Leather Dog Leash - Leisure Life, $195

This is the missing detail for the dog-obsessed.

11. Graffiti Bikini - Anna NYC, $138

Nothing says "I think you're sexy" like something skimpy.

12. Granite Sweatshirt - Alexis Mera, $108

Badass + cozy is always a winning combo.

13. Uncharted Territory Terrarium - Twig Terrariums, $180

Give them a wonderland they can hold in their hand.

Not-So-Basic Basics
Tried and true items for your dad, your pending nephew, your wife, your brother, your bestie, and everyone in between. We've gathered high quality sure-to-please items that won't break the bank. These gifts have just the right amount of cool and will win you points for thoughtfulness.

14. Hand Knit Alpaca Mittens - Study NY, $69

Not just mittens; The Best mittens.

15. Haute Step Socks - Able Made, $24

They'll never admit it, but what they really want are killer statement socks.

16. Omega Ring - Bhoomki, $45

It's trendy and understated and symbolic; hand, meet perfection.

17. Steel Card Holder - Curated Basics, $40

For every entrepreneur, musician, or artist investing themselves in taking apart the status quo.

18. Lauren Wimmer Post Earrings - Trunk Brooklyn, $85

Punk rock in miniature that they can wear to even a very serious job.

19. PF Flyers - The Brooklyn Circus, $60

Up their sneaker game with some educated authenticity.

20. Crayon Bandolier - Jordandene, $25

The kid whose vegan parents dress her only in neutrals still deserves a cool gift.

21. Growth Chart - My Brooklyn Baby, $46

Parents are by nature sentimental creatures. Satisfy the crave for memorabilia.

22. Chocolate Bar Assortment - The Chocolate Room, $40

At a complete loss? Give chocolate. Really, really good chocolate.

23. Orchard Gift Box - Terhune Orchards, $25

Sometimes, nothing but a gift basket will do. This one is homemade on a family farm in NJ, for the hostest with the mostest or your buttoned up boss.

Happy gifting!

-Magdalena Santos

Owner, Magdalena Concepts

Change is good

Welcome to our new site!

Each business owner has their stories of mistakes they made, things they wish they could have known beforehand, but there is no teacher like experience, and that's why entrepreneurs love what they do: it takes guts, humility, and strength to get back up, analyze mistakes, and try again. Anyone who doesn't love it gets weeded out pretty early on.

I won't go into my own lengthy list of could haves, should haves, would haves here, but after nearly two years of focusing on the brand new human I'm responsible for (VP!) and letting the business take a back seat, my brand has changed. I've changed. And in the best way possible: my goal has always been to bring my business closer to my art (backstory: I'm trained in mixed media fine art, not fashion, technically), and I finally feel like that is happening. So I've been running with those changes, and the result is what you see here: a new line. Some classics and favorites included, but printed on all new tees that flatter both men and women. We've left the unisex behind, and we've included a collaboration with Brazilian 3D textile artist Gabriela Serigatto, again blending fashion and art.

What is this art I keep on about, you ask? Screen printing is a technique that's been used in art for centuries. From long before Andy Warhol's tomato soup and Marilyn, it was used as early as 960 AD in China. Technically I'd call the process a fusion between photography and stenciling, and it's possibly what I love most about my job: getting my hands dirty, ink under my nails, pulling up the screen and seeing the quality of each individual print, working quickly to beat the drying ink, minute decisions and results. It's a craft. So I don't outsource production. I make, and I stand by the finished product. Making something with care makes a difference to me, and wearing something handmade with care makes a difference in our economy. I hope it makes a difference to you, too.

So a few things have changed, evolved even. But our core is the same: we're going to keep standing by our focus on things made with care and fairness throughout the production chain; keep making shirts easy to wear and easy to love. We hope you'll wear them to pieces.