American Apparel Mexico City

American Apparel threw a flea market-themed pre-party for its first Mexican shop last month on Mexico City's Masaryk Street (their take on the Champs-Elysees). The event launched a campaign by the Mexican photographer Napoleón Habeica who produced a series of images with the distinct American Apparel "everyday sexy" vernacular that make even me blush. (The one pictured here is the least naughty of the bunch.) …

Fernando Romero at Ras

Mexican architect Fernando Romero, the 35-year old founder of the Laboratorio de La Ciudad De México, well-known for designing the Casa Da Música in Portugal while working for Rem Koolhaas' OMA, and who this year founded the firm, LAR, is the subject of an exhibit opening today at Ras, the gallery/bookstore in Barcelona's El Raval. A forthcoming book, titled Translations, is due out this September …

WOW Magazine

On a 2003 visit, a Mexican designer friend tipped me to WOW magazine. I scoured Mexico City stores to find it and bought out inventories when I did. As far as I know it's the only Mexican publication to cover topics like design, art, film, music, politics, culture, and ecology in a glossy magazine format with bold, chaotic graphic layouts. According to Ana Mallett, a …