January 30, 2012

CANDY FLAVORS | Color trends

There is no fashion capital like Paris, and there is nothing like le chic parisien! French women have always had a good taste, and have always been a glamorous example of a good style. Obviously, French fashion designers have always been the world's top.

What we're doing here in Artavaganza is look carefully at international trends. What's more, we're doing it with pleasure! One of our favorite fashion blogs is fashion inside (http://fashioninside.blogspot.com/). What's it about? Well, it gives good advidce on what's on top from the French point of view. And, we assure you, it's always stylish.
Hummel shoes, source: http://fashioninside.blogspot.com/2011/12/soiree-blogueurs-bloggers-night.html

What have we found? Click to read more!

January 26, 2012

EYE CANDY | Brainstorming!

In Artavaganza, we always work as a team. We mostly discuss design problems, look at international trends and try to find the best solutions. When working on our collection, we know it's not one man's job to do all the stuff – it's the team of people who have passion for beautiful things. What makes us special? 

Well, you could say it's nothing new to do a little brainstorming session every now and then. But the best way to do that is a triple brainstorm! It's a hard work, sure, but we actually like spending time together! That's what makes us creative as a team.

And, on top of that, we're having lots of fun! 

Click to see more after the fold:

January 23, 2012

Fall in love with Artavaganza! | contest

St. Valentine's Day is coming! We know how much it means to be loved, but what we also know is that it takes lots of effort to spark the fire of love in someone's heart! 

We'd love to help all who still pursue their love to make the pursuit easier. But we're also thinking of the ones who love and feel loved - to give them the tools to heat up things a little bit. 

With this post, we're starting our creative contest where you can win a set of 2 ties of your choice from our "Tie me up!" collection. Yes, two of them. One for you! And the second one for someone you love. Or simply like. 

The task? Become our fan on Facebook and show us how creative you are by writing a St. Valentine's Day slogan promoting our products. There are two main prizes, so two of the best entries get tie sets.
Send your entries to shop@artavaganza.com

If you have friends who you know that are great in making up witty catchphrases, let them know! You can always share your prize :)

What's in the Candy Box? Let's have a look:

 Click through to read the rules and see more of our candies.

January 16, 2012

CANDY FACTORY | A short history of neckties

Have you ever thought of the origin of a necktie? No? Well then, you've come to the right place where you could get to know a little bit more about where it all began.

Did you know that neckties or, originally, cravates were probably used to prevent clothes from getting dirty? Initially just a plain strip of material, they were used by Croatian mercenaries supporting Louis XIII of France against the Duc de Guise and the Queen Mother, Marie de Medici. The military kit that the Croatians were using during that time was an inspiration for curious Parisians to start using them as a fashion accassories. The word itself, cravat, comes from the misspelt word Croat (originally Hr̀vāt in Croatian).

Cravat-tying illustrations fragment (by G. Cruikshank) from "Neckclothitania or Tietania, being an essay on Starchers, by One of the Cloth" (published by J.J.Stockdale, Sept. 1st. 1818).

The English equivalent of cravat, necktie, also has an interesting history. Breaking the word in two, let's look at the parts we have - neck and tie. The true origin of the "neck" word is unknown, yet it is assumed that it may come from Proto-Indo-European word knok meaning "high point" or "ridge". The traces of the word can be also found in Old Irish cnocc, Welsh cnwch and Old Bretonian cnoch meaning "hill".

Digging into the history of the second word, tie, you'll find that it may come from Old Norse tygill, meaning "string" or Old English teon, meaning "to draw, pull, drag;"
The usage of word necktie in the sense we use it today was first recorded in 1761.

But what happened later? Click the button to read after the fold.

January 6, 2012

CANDY MAKERS | Kamil Kamysz | designer

The most important thing for us here in Artavaganza is design. As we all know, design doesn't happen by itself there is always a designer behind what you can see, so we'd like to introduce our art director and designer Kamil Kamysz.

Kamil is a highly successful graphic designer. He was awarded grand prix at Agrafa International Graphic Design Biennale 2007, Katowice in Publications category for his book, "Der Zusammenhang". His works are taking part in many international graphic design biennials, such as China International Poster Biennale in Hangzhou in 2011, International Poster Biennale in Warsaw in 2010, and Agrafa International Graphic Design Biennale in Katowice in 2009 and 2007.

His works were also exhibited in Rio de Janeiro during ICGA Congress in 2011 and on Leipziger Buchmesse in Leipzig, Germany in 2007. His research work was presented as part of Metadata Offer New Knowledge project during Society for Digital Humanities conference at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada in 2007. 

If you want to know more about him or his works, visit his online blog: 

Kamil is responsible for all our products design and Artavaganza's visual identity.
He really is our precious treasure! :)


January 5, 2012

New columns on Artavaganza's blog in 2012!

We want to give you something new, awesome and really exciting in 2012!

We decided to start regular columns on our blog to provide you with more information, tittle-tattles and facts from Artavaganza's background.

Who is Artavaganza team? What we do and what we're like? We'll be introducing ourselves to bring you closer to our world. We want you to get to know us better!

We like to know what we wear. We also know you'd probably like to know more about our products.  And so you will - in this column we'll be revealing the details about design, production process and materials we're using.

For designers, their workshop is the most important place in the world. If you would like to see Artavaganza during work, look for posts with this tag. We will guide you around our workshop!

Artavaganza & the rest of the world! We are careful observers of the international trends in fashion and design. See what we noticed!

Join us, we won't let you get bored in 2012! 
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January 1, 2012

www.artavaganza.com is on-line!

As it's the very first day of the year, it's also the first day of our online candy shop. 
Have a look and taste the flavors we have in the store! 

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