Manifesto Moda II

Manifesto Moda II

Call it a return to origins. A comeback to the reason why clothes were invented in the first place: helping human body to regulate its relationship with the environment. This was something Paulo Gomes believes to have been forgotten in the fashion world in which he worked for the past thirty years as producer and stylist.  “After woking for so long in this industry, I realized that fashion became a…

Akasaka observatory

Akasaka observatory

You can find yourself in one the overcrowded Tokyo avenues. But usually, in a five minutes walking distance it’s easy to discover quiet little streets that make you almost forget you’re in one of the most populated cities in the world. That’s what designer and photographer Raquel Porto did in the Akasaka district. While drinking a tea in a small local café, she made another one of her observatory series….

Antónia Rosa

Antónia Rosa

“When Silent Steps in Empty Rooms” was shown for the first time at Lisbon Fashion Week, I observed people as they watched it. Their reactions ranged from total amazement to an extreme discomfort with the it’s creepiness. Weird but always with a fair amount of glamour”. Photo: Vasco Colombo When we invited Make up artist Antónia Rosa to make a project for Mente, she came up with some ideas for…

André saraiva II

André saraiva II

“I was not the first, but I was part of the initial graffiti movement in Paris, and Europe. There weren’t any books about graffiti; there were no radio stations or magazines about our culture. We had a few photos of friends who went to New York.” He was one of the first European graffiters to furtively paint in Paris in the 1980s. Thanks to the rather unusual Mr. A, a…

Blaya interview

Blaya interview

  She possesses a sparkle and charisma found only in the best performers. And if you want it, Blaya, the singer of Portuguese band Buraka Som Sistema, is ready to teach you the frenetic dance moves that became her trademark. Blaya is stylish, energetic and down-to-earth. And she’s made a name for herself because of it, both on stage and off. Ah! And she moves her rear and hips quite…

Follow Mente on Instagram!

Follow Mente on Instagram!

Photo from the shoot of Mente 01 cover. Concept: +2 designers; Photo: Vasco Colombo; Hair + make up: Alex Me; Model Cheyenne @ Central Models Time to follow Mente on Instagram. You can do it here: Instagram

Valentim Quaresma II

Valentim Quaresma II

The feeling that they belong to some wider and hidden narrative is probably one of the reasons why his creations live far beyond their obvious beauty. We can always wonder if we’re looking at the armour of a medieval warrior, the gear of some bondage character, or maybe the result of a scientific experiments on artificial reptile skin? In every collection jewelry artist Valentim Quaresma always seems to add this…

The Budapest Connection

The Budapest Connection

Visual artist Marcus Villaça brings us a vibrant chapter of “The Budapest Connection”, a dark and cold-war like mood graphic novel. ¶ After working for a long time as art director for several magazines, Marcus shifted into a different kind of storytelling. “Editorial design was fine as an idea or a concept. But with the way publishing eventually evolved I guess I lost a lot of the drive to tell…

Ana Fatia

Ana Fatia

For the designer, her pieces are actual persons. Very specific ones. They have names, history, personality. At a first glance, “Mother Mine & All of Us” looks like an iliac bone built in an improbable magnified scale. Something slightly disturbing about it makes us look for traces of life under its silicon surface. Is it the fact that this shape was inspired by an x-Ray of her own iliac after…

David Carson

David Carson

“If you want to do something nobody else can, then you pull from something the computer can’t give you. And that’s your background, your personality, your sense of humor, your parents, your whole life experience.” Interview and text by Maria Ana Ventura One warm summer evening in Lisbon, mingling at a surfing film festival, we noticed this guy in a dia-de-los-muertos shirt, sipping red wine. “Holy cow!” It was none…