The fashion industry is absolutely brimming with creativity and diversity. A range of new trends and styles emerge with every season, many of them inspired by decades past and made new again by a whole new generation’s interpretation. But why not revive a trend that dates back centuries? This week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Kisaburo.xyz, has found a way to refresh a style of clothing first made popular during Japan’s Heian period (794-1192) – the kimono.
Kisaburo.xyz is the home to cutting-edge kimono fashion brand, Kisaburo. Owner and fourth-generation kimono designer, Kisaburo Iwamoto, is reinventing the 90-year-old family business after inheriting it in 2015. Iwamoto’s mission is to push the boundaries of kimono design, just as his great-grandfather and namesake, Kisaburo-san, did when he originally founded the business.
Western techniques and gender fluidity modernize Kisaburo kimonos for a 21st century customer. The pieces are designed to mix and match with each other and Western clothing, making the kimonos fit the versatile nature of modern day style. We particularly like the way the pinstripe hakama pants are styled with a camel turtleneck and navy trenchcoat in Kisaburo’s Paris shoot. All pieces are also unisex, so men have the opportunity to wear the vibrant patterns and colors that are usually reserved only for women, especially evident with the styling of the blush pink kimono jacket as part of the first collection.
You can also find Kisaburo kimonos on the silver screen. A full basket dyed Kisaburo kimono is featured as a costume in Akihisa Fujinaga’s upcoming film Fake Japan. Told through a psychedelic lense, the story follows a young western man who travels to Japan and meets a mysterious young woman.
Iwamoto chose Kisaburo.xyz to be the business’s domain name in order to have a web address as bold as his designs. “Kisaburo” is a popular Japanese first name (a famous aikido teacher and Tokyo restaurant also bear the name) so “Kisaburo.com” can’t be registered for a standard price. With .xyz, Iwamoto was still able to get an affordable and succinct domain name, properly paying tribute to his great-grandfather’s legacy.
It’s no secret that Milan is the design hotbed of Italy. Once home to some of history’s most renowned artists (da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Mantegna), thousands of interior design professionals and enthusiasts now flock to the city every April for the awe-inspiring displays and installations that fill galleries and showrooms during Milan Design Week. Yet, some of the most interesting locations for art exhibitions aren’t in conventional galleries and showrooms at all, as proved by this week’s #WebsiteWednesday: Alcova.xyz.
Alcova.xyz is the home of Milan-based independent design platform, Alcova. Developed by two Italian design studios, Space Caviar and Studio Vedet, Alcova operates a network of exhibition spaces for artists to show their work. But Milan’s art crowd can venture beyond the usual gallery and museum spaces to visit these shows. Instead, Alcova activates “forgotten locations of historical significance” in and around Milan.
Have you tried Italian fruit cake? For Fuorisalone 2019, Milan’s Design Week that’s held every April, Alcova occupied two unconventional sites. The first was an abandoned panettone (Italian fruit cake) factory that was once owned by renowned Italian bakery, Giovanni Cova. The industrial space is now partly taken over by plants and vegetation, serving as a truly unique location for the contemporary art installations, screenings, and talks that were held there. A perfectly preserved cashmere factory from the 1930s showcased similar work as Alscova’s second chosen location.
Over 40,000 people visited the 2018 installment of Alcova’s Fuorisalone exhibition, and if the quality of their website is any testament to that of their exhibitions, we can see why. Every aspect of Alcova.xyz is aesthetically appealing and expertly designed for usability and functionality. The full-screen Fuorisalone graphic drifting across the homepage draws you in instantly, interrupted only by the uniquely placed vertical navigation along the left of the screen.
The most important pages are placed towards the top–Venues, People, and About–but our personal favorite is Images. The page leads you to a screen-filling slideshow of the April event photographs, and the left navigation is now joined only by the other pertinent information: photographer name, photo number, and a close button that takes you back to the homepage.
You can subscribe to the Alcova newsletter to stay updated on their future exhibitions, or email them at [email protected] for more information. Thinking about branding your business on a memorable .xyz domain? Secure it today!
Having a career in the world of media is the dream of millions across the world. Creating your own media brand may sound like a massive undertaking, but you can start yours off strong by looking to the example set by this week’s #WebsiteWednesday; Slacker.xyz.
Greg Chamberlain, or Greg the Slacker as he’s branded himself, is a filmmaker and founder of his own multimedia company, Slacker. Greg uses his knowledge of the industry to produce videos on a range of topics, from current events in the industry to reviews on film equipment to even breaking down campy films like Birdemic. The diverse yet well-rounded selection of content Greg creates through Slacker is meant to both entertain and teach.
This mission is further illustrated in the “Learn” and “Forum” sections of Slacker.xyz. The first functions as a helpful blog where Greg shares tips on technical editing, discusses editing history and the theory behind good editing and advises newbies on the proper hardware to use. The Slacker.xyz forum is where you can go to chat about film and television with Greg and the rest of the Slacker crew, or just chat about any random topic with other Slackers.
Greg is also able to create a complete online presence for all aspects of his Slacker brand thanks to his .xyz sites. He’s already expanded beyond the multimedia arm of Slacker housed on Slacker.xyz with his personal portfolio site TheSlacker.xyz. Here you can find amazing behind the scenes shots of Greg’s work on commercials and music videos, or even rent out Greg’s gear for your next film project.
The first step to making your dreams a reality is establishing yourself and your brand, something Greg has done perfectly with Slacker.xyz and TheSlacker.xyz. Join the Slacker audience yourself by following them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, or see the full archive of Slacker videos on their YouTube channel. Ready to establish your brand online? Then follow Greg’s example and start living your dream with your own .xyz domain!
The internet has given rise to a new generation of artists and musicians that are more richly diverse than ever before. Talented individuals no longer need to gain acceptance from mainstream media before they can start cultivating an audience. Independent online magazines offer a vital avenue for a creative person’s exposure, and a way for arts and music fans to discover a wide range of new talent. If being at the forefront of tomorrow’s most influential and exciting artists and musicians is what you’re after, then look no further than this week’s #WebsiteWednesday: Preme.xyz.
Preme.xyz is home to Preme Magazine, an independent arts and music publication with a mission to provide talented new artists and musicians a platform to showcase their work. Founded in 2018, the magazine covers both beginner and more established photographers, musicians, models, designers, directors, and more.
Preme Magazine founder, Anthony Supreme, chose a domain name for the magazine as cutting-edge as its content. “Creating Preme.xyz was inspired by trying to think of something different than a typical .com. We wanted to name our site something creative.”
The latest issue of Preme Magazine definitely lives up to its mission. If you’re a fan of streetwear culture, read their story on how acclaimed streetwear designer, KidSuper, is focusing on color and light to complete his vision for his upcoming show at Paris Fashion Week. Art-lovers can read the feature on Los Angeles-based contemporary fine artist, Amanda Oleander, who shares her secret to finding her artistic style and what drives her to stay committed to her craft. For the Hip Hop Heads, check out the interview with soft-spoken singer and rapper, TOBi, about what inspires his socially-conscious music.
Preme Magazine’s dedication to supporting talented new artists and musicians is one we’re proud to be an integral part of. As the new domain of choice, millions of innovators and creators use .xyz to reach a worldwide audience.
We’re avid fans of all things technology here at XYZ. As a tech company ourselves, we always seek to support new members who want to join our community of techies and find a home within it. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday feels the same way, and has created a platform to benefit tech lovers everywhere; Saucecode.xyz.
Saucecode.xyz is a multi-faceted networking platform for tech professionals and hobbyists to find gigs, helpful discussions, and even full time positions in the industry. If you’re a freelancer looking for your next project, you can peruse Saucecode’s gigs board to find something that draws your interest. Want to know if you’re on the right track with your latest idea? Dive into the Saucecode community’s discussion board to get feedback.
You can also hone your skills as a developer while meeting other passionate makers like yourself at one of Saucecode’s hackathons. Just create a team and submit your project, then work on getting your team the most votes so you shoot up the leaderboard. The top 5 finalists get to present their project in front of Saucecode’s panel of expert judges, who could crown you and your team Hackathon champions.
Saucecode.xyz was created by Findworka, a multi-use platform launched in 2016 which gives skilled digital professionals opportunities to succeed. They do this via their custom built software which offers everything from project management tools to copywriting services, all of which empower the startups and tech evangelists they work with.
Ensuring a bright future for the next generation of tech users is what Saucecode is all about, just as .xyz is all about giving the next generation of internet users the opportunity to succeed with a memorable domain name and a website that takes their image global. If you’re ready to jump into the Saucecode community yourself, you can easily do so on Facebook and Twitter at their easy to remember handle, @saucecodexyz.
The global market is a highly competitive place. If you’re trying to get your brand to stand out amongst the deafening noise of your industry (and competition), you know you’ll need technology that will give you an edge. But can that technology you use to promote your brand scale along with your growth? If you have this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Sublime.xyz on your side, you’re set.
Digital advertising is one of the key tools used by major brands looking to scale their customer base globally, and Sublime.xyz’s team are experts in making that happen. Their market-leading technology is paired with a creative-first approach, meaning you get the brains of Sublime.xyz’s creative team to help you develop campaigns, along with the brawn of Sublime.xyz’s technology that will broadcast those campaign to the perfect audience. Add it all up and that means your business will see the results you’re dreaming of.
Everything about Sublime.xyz’s technology is designed to grow your business, from their focus on optimizing your users’ experience to their meticulous building of performance goals for your brand. Sublime.xyz has enjoyed ample recognition of that hard working attitude, as evidenced by their history of awards, which includes winning the World Cup Tech Challenge Audience Favorite award and the EY Born Global award. Both awards were achieved under their previous name, Sublime Skinz, before upgrading their name to Sublime.xyz. That’s not all, though, as Sublime.xyz has also been named in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 EMEA and Financial Times’ 1000 of Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies.
Sublime.xyz is a global company themselves, with offices not only in 4 separate countries, but 4 very different parts of the world. Of course, this is by design, because Sublime.xyz has committed to making their service as smooth and complete as the technology they provide to their clients.
If your goal when launching your brand is success on a worldwide level, then you need powerful tools and expertise that will set your apart and scale with your business. Sublime.xyz is built to do just that, and do it better than anyone else. See more of Sublime.xyz on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or get started on building your global brand in your own .xyz domain today!
For any math whizz, the combination of “X”, “Y”, and “Z” means much more than the last three letters of the English alphabet. In analytic geometry, x and y-axes are joined by a third, z, to create the coordinates of a three-dimensional space, making .xyz the perfect domain ending for this week’s website Wednesday: Womp.xyz.
Womp.xyz is a new Brooklyn-based 3D printing studio that aims to bring 3D technology to the masses. A group of artists and designers founded the startup in order to empower the everyday person with technology normally limited to industry professionals. With their personalized service and DIY 3D modeling approach, even the most technologically challenged person can transform an idea into a 3D reality.
In order to start a project, simply email [email protected] a description of your object’s form and function, and their custom software will generate a 3D model you can preview and modify. You can also send a physical object in the mail to their studio for scanning. Once you have created your 3D model, select from over 80 materials to print from (including plastic, metals, and ceramics), and check out. Soon, customers will also get full access to their custom software on Womp.xyz, so customers can build and modify their 3D model in real time.
The privately owned startup has already raised over $300,000 from investors, and were one of the finalists of entrepreneur grant program Startup Runway. Head to Womp.xyz to make your 3D printing dreams a reality, or follow @wompxyz on Facebook and Twitter if you need some 3D tech ideas and inspiration first.
Today’s prevalence of socially-conscious companies makes it really easy to give back. By using a one-for-one business model, a needed item is given away for each item purchased, allowing you to help those in need with the everyday things you buy. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’re checking back in with a company that makes that model even more impactful by making education accessible to those in need: LearningOnline.xyz.
LearningOnline.xyz creates online learning solutions that have a strong social mission. Drawing from the “when you teach a man to fish” mindset, the company knows that education is the ticket to help people move out of poverty in the long term. For every learning solution a customer buys from LearningOnline.xyz, courses are donated to those in need through a non-profit organization partner.
When we last featured LearningOnline.xyz, we told you about their courses focused on learning languages with language testing platforms, Test Your Language and Lingo Tube, where students can learn Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Arabic, and English.
Since then, they have added two new ways to learn. Cudoo is a comprehensive and practical lifestyle platform, where students can brush up on things like bookkeeping, computer skills, and get management tips. They have also launched international cooking platform, Cookingtube.xyz, where aspiring chefs and home cooks can learn recipes from the world’s best online chefs, organized by region and cuisine. Now, almost anyone has a reason to use LearningOnline.xyz.
Head to LearningOnline.xyz to find a course that’s right for you, and stay up-to-date with all the good they are doing by following them on Instagram, @learningonline.xyz, and Twitter, @learningonlinexyz. Do you have an idea to help others? Share it by setting up your own .xyz domain.
From chart-topping superstars to open-mic regulars, all artists and musicians know the importance of their online presence. The internet is one of their most important tools to promote their work, and building a fanbase means that fans need to be able to find and follow them online. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday features an artist who takes that principle to heart by seamlessly integrating his stage with his domain name, making them one and the same: Quami.xyz.
Quami.xyz is a Toronto-based musical artist who’s pushing the boundaries of R&B with his grandiose melodies and tight stream of consciousness narrative. Compared to the likes of Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar by fans, online music publication Pilerats writes that he is “both something different but easily accessible, straddling that fine line between left-field and commercial that’s particularly hard to nail.”
Quami.xyz released his debut album, Et Cetera, last August, garnering rave reviews for first single and video, “Clementine”. Listened to over 250k times on Spotify alone, Earmilk says he “croons his *** **** heart out” in the song and “the visual component only furthers the notion that he is an artist, an artist that you need on your radar”. Our favorite from the album? Xyz (the anthem).
Head to Quami.xyz to watch the full “Clementine” music video, and stream Et Cetera now on Spotify, Apple Music, and Soundcloud. To follow Quami.xyz for his latest news and upcoming tour dates, find him on Instagram @quami.xyz and Twitter @quamixyz.
Self-employment comes with plenty of benefits. You get to be your own boss, set your own work schedule, and choose to work on the things you’re most passionate about. But to truly succeed in a freelance career, you need to be an expert at selling your best product: you. This week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Igor.xyz, is a master of showcasing his work, and can definitely teach you a thing or two about designing a stellar personal portfolio.
Igor Longinidis is a visual artist and storyteller whose work displays his mastery of design and CGI along with his deep understanding of motion graphics and videography. A freelancer for nearly a decade, Igor has animated CGI shorts films and landscapes, produced 3D visualizations, book designs and illustrations, and even designed unique branded items for a Greek fashion event.
Igor doesn’t just showcase his previous work on Igor.xyz, however. Igor’s best display of his full creative capabilities lies in the site design itself. From the animated greeting you receive right upon reaching Igor.xyz to the streamlined showcase of his past achievements in every area of his skillset, Igor has designed his portfolio to feel less like a website and more like a guided tour through his professional career and accomplishments. You are even given the option to repeat this tour when you reach the bottom of Igor.xyz, along with his perfectly placed contact info enticing companies to enlist Igor for their next project.
One more slick aspect you’ll notice about Igor.xyz is that the domain is one of two that Igor owns, and he uses it to redirect to his full name, IgorLonginidis.xyz. It’s always a great idea to get your full name in your domain and to snatch up your first name if it’s available! Check out our list of common names available to register to see if your FirstName.xyz domain is still out there.
When you’re a freelancer, you need to be able to quickly show potential employers why you stand above the crowd. Igor has done exactly that with Igor.xyz, and his personal portfolio sets a lofty standard that other self-employed creatives would do well to learn from and imitate. Ready to get started making your perfect portfolio site? Follow in Igor’s footsteps and get YourName.xyz today!