THANK YOU THANK YOU to everybody who stopped by our Ropa Vieja Clothing Swap to drop their clothes off, stayed for strawberry mojitos, and found some new stuff for themselves to bring back. We really really luv you! Shouts to Raisa Mar @ Terrae and Adrian @ Sara Bassan Alta Costura for all your help. We were bad with the camera on Saturday, but here are a few pictures if you missed out… after the jump.
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If you haven’t already heard, MiraModaPTY is hosting its first official event this Saturday. It’s called ROPA VIEJA, and it’s a clothing/accessory swap. Come to Terrae with a bag full of clothes you think deserve a second life. Think: that shirt that’s not quite your color, the dress that never fit quite right and those shorts that straight-up aren’t your size. We will separate everything into cute piles and you can take what you like from other people’s stuffs. The result will be a trimmed down closet, some free new clothes and happiness.
To get y’all hyped for Saturday, here’s sneak peak pixx of stuff that’s been hiding in the back of our closets we will be giving away at Ropa Vieja. If any of it catches your eye, get there early to scoop it up!
Send along pictures of your ropa vieja and any questions to MiraModa507@gmail.com.
Liz Moreno is a blogger, a stylist, a new member of the Miss Moss team, and an all-around sweetheart. She’s worked for the last year styling fashion shoots for Stage magazine, check one of the shoots here and styles lookbooks for Cupcake’s Shop and Design. Which, by the way, you need to check out – Liz can style the colorfully exhilarating or the perfectly moody (kind of like the outfit she’s wearing above. Liz learned some tricks of image consulting from the Instituto Marangoni in Milan, where she went to school in 2010. She followed it up with a program in fashion styling at The School of Style in L.A. We pulled Liz out of the Miss Moss offices last week and chatted over ice coffee.
MAIRENA BRIONES: WHO’S THAT GIRL? We met up with Mairena Briones, the super-beautiful and talented PTY-based graphic designer and DJ for some empanadas and coffee to talk about her work and the evolution of Panama City’s cultural scene. Mairena is the creative mind behind LateralPTY, Panama’s alternative print-turned-digital publication. She’s studied in both Costa Rica and Spain and has years of professional experience (she was a producer and creative director at Blank Magazine, and also a graphic designer for the Panamanian agency Aji Pintao). She considers herself “an eclectica — I work freelancing, art direction, branding, everything.”
REC’s & ROPA VIEJA
MM: So we want to tell you a little about an event we’re doing on June 9th at Terrae. It’s a clothing trade called Ropa Vieja, where everyone brings their old clothes, we organize it and then you can take what you like. So what do you have lingering in the back of your closet?
MB: I like things a lot. I’m not a coleccionista, but I like things. I have so many pieces of jewelry, so many little things. I have a lot of accessories that I don’t use that much now, but I still have because I think it’s coming back.
MM: We ask everyone about their recommendations in Panama City, so, anything that you would recommend in Panama City?
MB: I love Via Argentina. I think it [has a] very not-Panama style, in that people live there, but there are [also] a lot of coffee shops, like in Mexico City or Buenos Aires. You can feel the soul of the city. I love walking around, here [in Panama] you don’t see that so much. The classic stores like Espacio Vintage, La Botica. You should definitely put in Sak’s.
MM: [Redacted 10 minute story of Eve buying a full red linen suit for under $5 and Christina getting a $400 silk blazer for $8.] Oh my god we love Sak’s. And Dorian’s.
We headed over to Casco this week to talk to Lloyd and Kevin Keene, the brothers behind the indispensable Villa Agustina, the cultural space/party destination where you probably spend most of your weekend nights (and maybe mornings). The Keenes are also a prominent Panamanian DJ duo — Check out the K.E.E.N.E soundcloud here. The owner of the Villa Agustina space, Maria, has allowed the Keenes to throw parties there since 2010 and all of Panama City should thank her for it. She also let us open up the big blue doors Tuesday morning and chat inside with the Keene brothers.
Lloyd showed up first with an oatmilk, oatmeal cookies and lots of cool stories. (Notable but not included: his dad once built a car from scratch. It took 12 years.) Kevin came just before we had to head home for work but we got to talk a little while speeding down the Cinta Costera.
Charlaine Thomas is a diseñadora industrial from Panama City. We talked to Charlaine about her necklaces on Festival Abierto’s first day but sadly only had snack money with us. We then obviously thought about nothing but necklaces all day. On the second day we went back and were disappointed to not see her at the same spot. Then, while we were sitting on the hill above the stage eating sandwiches, Charlaine walked up with a basket full of jewelry. Perfect. If you just need one of these necklaces or bracelets (we definitely did) email her at email@example.com.