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Bumpin’ Amy Winehouse’s cover of The Girl From Ipanema nonstop… our month of all things Brazil is quickly coming to an end! 2 days till we announce the March STMT Kit!

Lookie lookie!! Clear blue barrel BIC Cristal pens sold ONLY in South America. STMT X Brazil Kit bonus for Yearly Subscribers. 
 
(STMT X Brazil Kit – photo RAH)

Lookie lookie!! Clear blue barrel BIC Cristal pens sold ONLY in South America. STMT X Brazil Kit bonus for Yearly Subscribers. 

 

(STMT X Brazil Kit – photo RAH)

A favorite ritual of every sourcing trip? Hunting for a mailbox to send off a postcard.

The Korea Post and Correios (Brazil) logos are different but still have a similar feel, huh?

 

(STMT X Korea, STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trips – photos RAH)

TRAVEL SHORTS // Brazil + Fashion

Melissa, Women’s Shoe Boutique in São Paulo


RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, Melissa

Back in 2007, I took my first trip to Brazil. My cousin Evan was living in São Paulo, and Sam (Evan’s sister) was working for me. Before Evan could even get situated in her apartment, we booked a trip to Brazil! And what better time to visit than in February? Sam’s birthday month AND Carnival. 6 years later, the night we celebrated Sam’s birthday in
Olinda is still hands down one of the best days of my life. I’m talkin’ top 3 best days ever.

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, MelissaRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, Melissa

One night we’re on a hunt for a restaurant serving traditional Brazilian food. I freaked out as soon as I spotted the
Melissa store. I pulled out my camera as fast as I could. The store’s bold and bright large-scale murals made me gasp. Ginormous graphic shapes resembling overgrown household plants were blowin’ my mind. As I’m gettin’ crazy with my camera, I hear Evan explain that Melissa is a Brazilian shoe boutique selling shoes entirely made of plastic. Didn’t matter how cool the shoes were, I couldn’t stop snapping photos of the building.

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, Melissa

Fast forward to our
STMT X Brazil sourcing trip – Melissa was top on my list of places to hit. I made multiple trips to the shop, each time leaving with more pairs (two for my mom, two for your mom…). I can’t think of a brand more perfect for RAH. Not only do their shoes scream RAH (hello… sandals in neon liptastic and the color of kraft paper and twine), we totally love the way they incorporate art into everything they do. They work with amazing artists to design their mouth-dropping, drool-worthy São Paulo store’s facade. The current design is the work of illustrator Julie Verhoeven.

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, MelissaRAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, Melissa

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, Melissa

And of course – we LOVE the genius in using something so lo-fi like plastic to create super comfortable, stylie shoes. The list of designers they collab with? Dreamy.
Karl Lagerfeld, Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood!! Seriously, what’s not to love about the super rad Melissa?

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip, Melissa

* The three shoes in the photos? Yup, bought each pair.

Address ::

Melissa
Rua Oscar Freire, 867 - Jardim Paulista
São Paulo, Brazil
(11) 3083-3612

Walked by a tattoo shop in São Paulo, Brazil covered in art that would make for some pretty dope Valentine’s Day cards. Sorta? We think so! Happy Valentine’s Day.

 

(STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

We spy a clown… clownspotting in São Paulo, Brazil. And the amazing graffiti mural in painted in RAH Neon Liptastic!! #ClownAround
 
(STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

We spy a clown… clownspotting in São Paulo, Brazil. And the amazing graffiti mural in painted in RAH Neon Liptastic!! #ClownAround

 

(STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

Buildings are an architect’s canvas, no? We spotted rainbows all over São Paulo, Brazil.
 
(STMT X Brazil Kit Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

Buildings are an architect’s canvas, no? We spotted rainbows all over São Paulo, Brazil.

 

(STMT X Brazil Kit Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

From our boxes and envelopes to the kraft paper and twine… Ever notice how RAD AND HUNGRY packaging is reusable and recyclable? Yup, that’s how we do.
 
Glass, cans, paper, plastic. Always snap a photo of recycling systems in every country we hit.
 
(STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

From our boxes and envelopes to the kraft paper and twine… Ever notice how RAD AND HUNGRY packaging is reusable and recyclable? Yup, that’s how we do.

 

Glass, cans, paper, plastic. Always snap a photo of recycling systems in every country we hit.

 

(STMT X Brazil Sourcing Trip – photo RAH)

CLOWN AROUND

Maybe it’s winter doldrums, but we’re ready to get down. Bust a move to the beat of the world’s largest party – even if it’s at home in pajamas. Bright hardbound notebooks, striped pencils and twelve colored pencils – it’s STMT X BRAZIL!

RAD AND HUNGRY STMT X Brazil Kit 


SHOP STMT X BRAZIL

Who can resist a gang of pencils stamped with “happy times”? Or pinstriped pencils named “Pijamas”?? Not us! And all the crazy bright colors remind us of the one thing we couldn’t escape in Brazil – clowns. Clowns be the shit in Brazil, and we couldn’t get enough. Had to share the goods that still make us smile back home.

Check out the Brazil Kit, and read the Low Down to hear about ALL THE CLOWNS.



CUPID, WHO?

We got the Valentine’s goods for your mom, your BFF, your girlfriend, your postman, your kid’s teacher. Send a super-cute Cupid Card, or hook it up with a Valentine’s Day Rad Bag.

RAD AND HUNGRY Cupid Card RAD AND HUNGRY Rad Bag Valentine 2013

Plus, spend $40 before February 14 and get a FREE Valentine’s Rad Bag! Cupid, we ALWAYS got your back.

THE LOW DOWN – STMT X BRAZIL

Wondering what I should share about our Brazil sourcing trip and all I can think of? Clowns. Yes, clowns. Half bald, curly red hair, big red nose. Seems like everyone I know in the States is scared of clowns. The very mention of Poltergeist makes people shudder in fear. But not in Brazil.

RAD AND HUNGRY, STMT X Brazil Low Down

Clowns be the shit in Brazil. One night I’m hangin’ with a gal I just met in São Paulo. Not sure, but I think I posses some magic skillz that make people I’ve just met open up and tell me their life story. Jarina is no exception. She explains that she’s crushin’ hard on a boy that she’s known since they were 5 years old.

She says that he’s a clown. And then it goes down… I think I’ve misheard Jarina. I mean c’mon… how many professional clowns do you know? I ask Jarina to repeat what she said. Clown. I give her a look of total confusion. She follows up with… you know, like in the circus. I belt out – OHHHHH… a clown. Yes, yes! A clown! I musta still looked confused because she ran out of the room and returned with a photo of the boy when he was 5 years old, rockin’ a clown costume. Childhood dreams do come true.

RAD AND HUNGRY, STMT X Brazil Low Down

And then I discovered another superpower. I could spot a clown anywhere. We went to a flea market. What did I end up snapping pictures of? Pens AND clowns. Clowns!! We’d walk down a street and I’d spot mimes ushering people across busy intersections. Yes, mimes. They count as clowns, right? Turns out São Paulo was experiencing a high number of pedestrians getting run over by cars. Their solution? Man the busiest intersections throughout the city with mimes.

Spotting clowns turned out to be my addiction during our entire trip. The hunt for lo-fi goods was consumed by clowns. Would a clown wear this color? Do clowns wear pinstriped outfits? I couldn’t stop thinking about the clown I grew up with – JP Patches. The baggy pants, the outfits decked out in rainbow colors, the bright colors!

Looking at the super rad goods from Brazil, am I surprised? No. Tell me, could you resist a gang of pencils in rainbow colors stamped with “happy times” in gold? Or pinstriped pencils named “Pijamas”?? I didn’t think so! The notebooks rep Brazil with bright colors and make the kit complete. Everything about this kit screams CLOWNS!

On the plane ride back, I’d bust out laughing every time a clown popped up in one of my photos. So when you break open your Brazil Kit, remember that clowns need love, too.

oxxo, Hen