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Federico Uribe’s Urban Oasis

FEDERICO URIBE, one of our favorite Miami-based artists since we first came across his work 6 years ago, turns New York into an urban jungle like nobody’s business with his current exhibition at the Hudson River Museum. See what the New York Times has to say…

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Eating Chicken, Federico Uribe Medium: Shoelaces Dimensions: 7′ x 7′

In the midst of a dizzying 3013 exhibition line-up starting with Miami and Peru, then on to his native home of Colombia and now New York, Uribe continues to redefine the art of “waste-not want-not”. The Master of manipulating ordinary materials into modern masterpieces, this prolific artist pulls out all the stops to utilize anything unexpected ranging from nuts-and-bolts to pencils, forks, shoe laces, yard rakes and even bullets. In other words, there are no limits to Uribe’s 3-D imagination. See what the New York Times has to say…

Target and Home Depot must be eating their hearts out about now.

Federico Uribe is represented by Now Contemporary Art in Wynood, Miami.

Babalu Garage Sale: It’s Here. It’s Now!

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The Mother of all Garage Sales is here now once again at Babalu.  Come visit us in-store for special offers through 30 June!

Milliner Extraordinaire: Lisa Battaglia

Want that new or special look this summer? How about a hat that will turn heads anywhere you go! Lisa Battaglia’s hats are your best bet.

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Lisa’s one-of-a-kind freeform design adds sculptural twist to traditional the wood-blocking technique of hat making. Whimsy it up! Lisa’s style has a unique touch that fits the personality of most who don’t want to follow the typical mainstream. Lisa says, “I really don’t follow any trends. I may look at colors for the season but I have an innate sense of fashion and I get a ‘vibe’, if you will.” Well Lisa, you are the trend!

So, which hat to wear? Lisa’s advises, “The overall shape of the face is important but I also take into consideration the features of one’s face. For example, if you have big blue eyes and the coloring of your skin, what colors look good on you, if you are a tall person, etc. The customer should also take into consideration these things as well. A long narrow face is good for a fedora and a wide-brimmed hat typically suits a taller person with round, square or oval shaped faces.”

Consider sun protection when buying a hat, particularly in the heat of Babalu land! Panama straws often provide the perfect treatment. Luckily, Lisa regularly features panama straw in her Spring and Summer collections. The material is shapeable, durable and reliable for those of us who want those day strolls up and down Lincoln Road, brunch on Ocean Drive or lounging poolside to enjoy the Miami sun and summer breeze.

So, why not do all these in a unique, sun-shading, trendy and whimsical looking hat?

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Lisa Battaglia hats are available in-store at Babalu Miami.

Fashion Forward: Dan Ward

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Angel sports Dan Ward at the Standard Hotel, Miami Beach

Babalu recently met with fashion designer and creator, Dan Ward at The Standard Hotel to discuss his men’s swimwear collection. When introduced to Dan we met with an outgoing and humorous personality. We were fortunate enough to also have Angel model some Dan’s swimwear for us under the beautiful Miami Beach sun. After many laughs (and some great pictures with Angel) we found out how it all began for the fashion veteran over a delicious lunch by the bay, and why his line is one to keep an eye on.

After 25 years of working and traveling all over Europe and with all types of fashion houses including Calvin Klein, Alfred Dunhill and Hermès, he decided it was time to branch out and design a line to call his own. He wanted to design something of quality that he, himself, would buy.

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The birth of the Dan Ward Menswear comes from his point of view; to create something luxurious, elegant and pleasing for men because, “It’s men’s time in fashion.” And if Dan was going to do something, he wanted to do it right! The line is designed and fabricated right in his backyard in Florence, Italy, where he chose the manufacturers to produce his line. The designer is a very hands-on kind of guy and likes to make sure every detail meets his vision. Dan describes his new line as the opposite from what other fashion companies do; he created for himself, versus having to create for a specific clientele or what’s trending now. It’s a daring move, but luckily, it’s been launching off quite well for him and is now out to some exclusive locations in Asia, Europe and the U.S.

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Babalu Miami is proudly featuring the Dan Ward Spring/Summer 2013 premier collection.  Come see what beauties we carry, with various styles and colors for just about every kind of man. To go with your new swimwear, we also carry the Dan Ward unique sandals that really can capture the attention of others. The sleek, modern and male-chic style is one that can be viewed as subtle yet fashion forward. So if you’re looking to be unique and find yourself wanting quality swimwear, Dan Ward’s collection is one to come by and try.

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Behind the scenes. Left: Angel and Dan Ward (right). RIght: Lunch by the bay with Pedro and Greg (right)

Dan Ward swimwear is currently available at Babalu Miami store.

Photography by Paolo Ambu

Enhancing Art with Ruinart

Ruinart, the featured champagne sip throughout Art Basel Miami Beach 2012 had a far greater enhancing effect than the brand’s name would imply.

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Thank you Ruinart! We had a ball… Hope to see you again during Art Basel Miami Beach 2013.

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