Thursday, December 31, 2009

New Release: Holidays in Cortina

Holidays in Cortina
Picture uploaded by Abriael
New year's eve is just around the corner and a dashing Tuxedo is always a good choice for menswear at an upscale party. The only problem with that is that almost everyone will be wearing a black tuxedo. That's where an high-quality Ivory tuxedo comes in.

The Holidays in Cortina (Cortina is Italy's Aspen, or better, Aspen is America's Cortina :P) tuxedo features a classic peaked lapel paired with a trendy two vent style, perfect for formal parties. The striking ivory color makes it especially suitable for dinners and weddings, or any other upscale occasion in which a gentleman would want to stand out in the crowd. The hand-painted textures of the embroidered waistcoat add a refined touch of color to the ensemble.

This tux is characterized by an extensive use of sculpted prims (jacket cuffs, shirt cuffs, trouser cuffs, lapel, collar, bowtie and jacket bottom) and includes ten waistcoats of different colors and the usual advanced Mudashi-Do hud to resize and fit the prims and to change the ten colors of the bowtie. You can also wear the tuxedo without the jacket to showoff the rich embroidery of the waistcoats and the detail of the shirt, complimented by additional sculpted cuffs.

Holdiays in Cortina Bowties and Vests

The massive freedom in color variation allows you to match the tuxedo to your mood or to the gown of your date effortlessly.

It's available as usual at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store and on Xstreet. Don't miss it :D

As a final style hint, you can easily mix and match the jacket and trousers of this tuxedo with the black ones from Party in Venezia, for a perfect Dinner Jacket style :D

Dinner Jacket

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Limited Edition Dress: Tender Blossoms - Winter Night

SL Daily Deals is having a lovely special two-days long event for Christmas, and every six hours, starting midnight, you'll be able to enjoy a different deal from eight talented designers.

Musashi-Do will have the honor of starting us off, with this beautiful limited edition color of the Tender Blossoms dress, in a special wintery pattern, "Winter Night".
It will be on sale for only 6 hours, starting tonight at Midnight and ending at 6 AM tomorrow morning (SLT). Only 200 will be sold, then this dress will disappear in the mists of time and will never be sold again.

The dress comes in jacket, shirts and pants layers, includes sculpted collar, frogs (the chinese-style clasp buttons) and skirt, and sports a beautifl hand-painted floral pattern.

On top of it all, it's also discounted on the usual price of Tender Blossoms, that normally costs 225 L$. This special limited edition will only cost 169 L$ It will be set for sale ONLY at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store.
The SL Daily Deals vendor will automatically deactivate at 6 AM SLT, or when the 200 units sell out, whichever happens first, so set your alarm clock for Midnight, first come first serve!

PS: Of course they are also transferable, so you can make of them the perfect Christmas Gift.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Musashi-Do Holidays 50% off Gift Card Sale!

The Holidays have reached Musashi-Do, and to celebrate the coming of of Christmas and the installation of the new automated gift card system (active since today), we're having a bit Holiday Gift Card Sale!

All the new Gift Cards have their price sliced by 50% starting now until 11:59 PM on December the 23rd.
You read it well. 5000 L$ Gift Cards are priced 2500 L$, 2000 L$ ones are priced 1000 L$, 1000 L$ ones cost 500 L$ and so forth. Buy a nice gift for your friends and save money at the same time!

You can find the discounted gift cards at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store.

Note: if you have an older non-automated Musashi-Do Giftcard, don't worry! Just send Shiryu Musashi an IM and he will replace it with a new automated gift card of the same value.

While you are at the Musashi-Do flagship store don't forget to check the Milano Holidays 2009 and World Holidays 2009 twin Photographic Exhibitions, and since you're saving money on the gift card, please consider purchasing the beautiful Milano Holidays Framed Picture Collection. The whole income for it's purchase will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2009

The World Holidays 2009 photographic exhibition opens

The World Holidays 2009 photographic exhibition has finally opened, showing the Holidays spirit in several locations of the world. You can visit it on the Eleganza Sim, at this location.

I would like to thank everyone that nicely contributed and shared the heartwarming spirit of this exhibition.

You can still contribute pictures to make it even bigger and better, by using the form available by clicking on the panel titled "Would you like to Contribute to this Exhibition?" at the exhibition itself.

Again, my thanks to everyone that contributed and to the ones that will contribute in the next few days!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Milano Holidays contest: The winners!

Unfortunately there were only 7 entries to the Milano Holidays Contest (but they still turned in enough pictures to create a small but very cute exhibition that will open tomorrow):

Here come the winner list, and thank you for your submission everyone!
1st: Matthew Anthony
2nd: Chandni Khondji
3rd: Kimmie Rayna
4th: Tenshi Vielle
5th: Alicia Chenaux
6th: Sarra Foggarty
7th: Gidge Uriza
8th to 10th: Unassigned

You can see a list of the prizes in this post.

On this note, Kris Citron of the Sea Nymph cruise ship offered an additional prize to the 3rd winner (Kimmie Rayna) over the ones listed in the previous post. A free night in the Sea Nymph's luxurious honeymoon suite! Thanks for your support Kris!

The winners will be contacted in the next couple days to receive their prizes.

Again, I would like to thank all the visitors to the Milano Holidays Exhibition, and expecially the ones that shared the Holidays spirit of their cities with everyone through the pictures they shot. Thank you! :D

Saturday, December 19, 2009

New Release: InfiniTie Shirts, now for Ladies!

The InfiniTie system has already started revolutioning menswear (if you don't know what InfiniTie is yet, you can see a movie explaining it on Youtube), but what about ladies? A lady can definitely wear ties, and be sexy with them.

To finally make the InfiniTie system fully available to women in Second Life, we just released the InfiniTie Shirts for Ladies, in three sets: Classic, Trendy, and Christmas edition.
They all come in three variations, Untucked (on the jacket layer), Tucked and Bare Midriff (on the short layer) and include sculpted cuffs and collars and a flexi tie, with a sleek black Jacquard texture.

The Christmas edition also includes two exclusive festive (but classy) InfiniTies in matching green and red.

You can find all three sets at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store and on Xstreet (Classic, Trendy or Christmas). The classic and the trendy sets are priced 499 L$, while the Christmas set is priced 259 L$.
You can also find separate shirts from the Classic and Trendy sets for 129 L$ each at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store.

Of course, to fully enjoy the incredible variation offered by the InfiniTie system you can buy separate InfiniTies at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store for as few as 29 L$ each. Look in the meanswear area (even if we'll have dedicated InfiniTies with a more feminine slant soon, stay tuned for them!).

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Friday, December 18, 2009

You're invited to the Musashi-Do Winter Fashion Show

You're cordially invited to the Musashi-Do Winter Fashion show, graciously hosted by the talented professionals of the Silver Star modeling agency. The show will happen at the new catwalk in the Musashi-Do Home sim, Eleganza, tomorrow, friday December the 18th, at 6 PM SLT. The show will be filmed and will be followed by an after party with Live DJ, fashion trivia and prizes.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Milano Holidays 2009 Photographic Exhibition is Open!

Milano Holidays 2009
The Capital City of Italian Fashion dressing for the winter season
December the 12th, 2009 - January the 6th, 2010

Milano Holidays 2009 Is a photographic exhibition featuring 50 original pictures (and two movies) by Shiryu Musashi portraying the beautiful city of Milan during this holiday season. You will see how the capital city of Italian fashion (and according to many, of worldwide fashion) dresses up for the holiday seasons, in a rainbow of merry lights merging with historical monuments and kisses under the mistletoe.

You can experience the exhibition on the 4th floor of the Musashi-Do Flagship Store
You can click on one of the panels at the landing point to be teleported directly to the exhibition.

Daily framed free picture

Each day from december the 12th to December the 25th, you will be able to pick up for free an elegantly framed picture between the beautiful ones ones shown at the exhibition. The picture will vary day by day, so make sure you come every day to own the full series of 14!

Charity scripted picture frame with 10 pictures

During the whole event you will ble able to purchase a scripted picture frame that includes the 10 best pictures (those 10 will NOT be available between the free ones above) of the exhibition. The frame itself changes 15 colors to fit your mood and any kind of furniture you might have in your SL hourse.
The Milano Holidays 2009 Picture Collection Frame costs L$ 250 and is no copy/modify/TRANSFER.

100% of the income from the sale of the Milano Holidays 2009 Picture Collection Frame will be donated to the Toys for Tots charity. Of course if you'd like to donate more than the price of one, you're encouraged to purchase as many as you can! The frame is transferable and it's the perfect holiday gift for your friends and loved ones.
Remember that Christmas is the perfect time for sharing and giving!
IMPORTANT: Full data and receipt of the donation will be disclosed here on the Musashi-Do on January the 7th, 2009.

World Holidays 2009 Exhibition and Contest

Milano Holidays 2009 is just the first event of two. On December the 20th, 2009, a second, bigger exhibition will open: "World Holidays 2009"!
While Milano Holidays focuses on Milan, World Holidays 2009 will feature pictures from all over the world, pictures that you all can take and show, while having a chance to fin fabulous prizes from our sponsors, Musashi-Do and SySy's.
Here's how to participate:
1: Search for the most beautiful locations that show holidays decorations in your own home city and take pictures of them. As many as possible (The resolution of the pictures needs to be at least 512 x 512 pixels),
2: Send your pictures to the e-mail adress In the text of the mail include the following form, filled with your data (Your real life name is indispensible for legal reasons but it will NOT be shared with anyone or displayed anywhere, unless you specifically ask us to):

Second Life Name: (Insert Your Second Life Name Here)
Do you want your RL or SL Name to be displayed under your pictures in the exhibition?: (insert RL, SL or None here)
City: (Insert the name of the city where the picture(s) have been shot)

I declare that the pictures included in this mail are my intellectual property. I Authorize Shiryu Musashi (Giuseppe Nelva) to use and publish the pictures attached to this mail in the "World Holidays 2009" Exhibition in Second Life and for no other purposes.

Signed: (Insert your Real Life Name here)

Additional notes: (if you have any additional notes or requests, write them here)

3: Pictures sent without the above form filled in all it's parts will not be included in the exhibition and will not participate to the contest described below. The deadline for sending the pictures is 11.50 PM SLT on December the 19th. No submission will be accepted after then.
4: On December the 20th at 00:10 AM ten names between the ones that submitted eligible pictures will be raffled via script and will win the following prizes.

1st: 1 copy of every outfit Musashi-Do releases from December the 20th 2009 onwards, for life!
2nd: 1 copy of every outfit SySy's releases from December the 20th 2009 onwards, for life!
3rd to 10th: a 1000 L$ Musashi-Do Gift Card + a 1000 L$ Sysy Gift Card!

You won't need to be present to the raffle to be eligible to win. If you won, and you're not immediately available, you wull be notified via IM and Notecard.

Event Sponsors:
Silver Star Modeling Agency
N.A.I.L. Productions

Friday, December 11, 2009

New Release: InfiniTie Shirts Christmas Edition

The 12 days of Christmas event is continuing, and today it's Musashi-Do's turn to release a themed item (a few hours late, regrettably). So here are our Christmas Edition InfiniTie shirts, sporting themed colors (a deep, daring hue of red and green) and two beautifully painted holiday InfiniTies, not available elsewhere, one striped and one in a floral pattern.

Of course the whole package is fully compatible with the InfiniTie System and you can both use other InfiniTies with the shirts (should you want to wear them in less festive occasions), or use the InfiniTies included with other InfiniTie compatible garments to make them more festive, increasing the flexibility of this set tenfolds.

As usual, if you don't know what the InfiniTie system is, you can check an explanatory video here.

You can purchase the InfiniTie Shirts Christmas Edition at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store, or on Xstreet for L$ 199.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

A little teaser...

Monday, December 7, 2009

New Release: Brocade Princess gown

Brocade Princess
Picture uploaded by Abriael
As the holidays approach, more and more formal parties happen. People like to go dancing and to do so in style. It's the perfect time for a new gown release by Musashi-Do: Brocade Princess.

Brocade Princess is a lovely ball gown in six colors, it's graceful heart-shaped bodyce cuts into a daring cleavage that will be the perfect frame for any finely crafted set of jewelry you might want to wear. The low riding sash accentuates a feminine hourglass shape, while the hand-painted brocade pattern creates feeling of warmth that will turn heads during any winter formal party. Completing the look are a set of matching velvet gloves which add a subtle touch of classic elegance.

To add a little more flair to the gown, each color comes with both a patterned and a solid color matching sash. Alternating between them allows you to completely change the mood of the dress.
As a little additional detail, the pattern of the gown matches that of the waistcoats of the Party in Venezia tuxedo, for those couples that like to go dancing with a subtle yet stylish matching detail in their attire.

I hope you will enjoy it, as well as your holidays dancing parties.

The Brocade Princess gown is available both as a fatpack (for 2199 L$) or as sepatate colors (priced 499 L$ each) at the Musashi-Do Flagship store. Permissions are set as no copy/modify/transfer, making this gown the perfect holidays gift.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A crystal Christmas tree for Musashi-Do, and a new freebie!

The Holidays season has come, and a massive crystal Christmas tree has been built in front of the new Musashi-Do flagship store for your festive viewing pleasure.
But since the spirit of the holidays lies in sharing, a slightly smaller version of the tree (in three sizes) is also available as a freebie that you can pick up at the flagship store Itself, as you enjoy the sight of their bigger brother.

I hope you will enjoy them as I enjoyed building them, it's been a lot of fun for sure :D

Sunday, November 29, 2009

20% off Sale for 3 days at Musashi-Do

Our 5th Anniversary celebrations didn't end with Black Friday. As part of the Artist's Voice Originals Only sale between November the 28th and Novemvber the 30th (until midnight on the 30th) the whole range of Musashi-Do fashions (excluding only the newly released Tuxedo "Party in Venezia") will still be on sale, featuring a 20% discount. If for any reason you missed black friday, you'll still be able to enjoy a discount for 3 more days at the Musashi-Do flagship store!

Again, happy Anniversary Musashi-Do, and a big THANK YOU to all our customers for your 5 years of continuated support!

Friday, November 27, 2009

New Release: Party in Venezia

Party in Venezia
Picture uploaded by Abriael
The holidays are coming, and with them comes the season of parties. Of course one can't show at a formal party without a dashing tuxedo. From this demand Party in Venezia was born.

This tuxedo features a classic peaked lapel paired with a trendy two vent style, perfect for formal occasions, weddings dinners and elegant parties . The solid black color gives a dashing and classy look, while the hand-painted textures of the embroidered waistcoat add a refined touch.

Party in Venezia is characterized by an extensive use of sculpted prims (jacket cuffs, shirt cuffs, trouser cuffs, lapel, collar, bowtie and jacket bottom) and includes ten waistcoats of different colors and the usual advanced Mudashi-Do hud to resize and fit the prims and to change the ten colors of the bowtie. You can also wear the tuxedo without the jacket to showoff the rich embroidery of the waistcoats and the detail of the shirt, complimented by additional sculpted cuffs.

Party In Venezia Bowties and Vests

The massive freedom in color variation allows you to match the tuxedo to your mood or to the gown of your date effortlessly.

It's available as usual at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store and on Xstreet. Don't miss it :D

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The Musashi-Do 5th Anniversary 50% Sale begins NOW!

The time has come, the Musashi-Do shop has now been open for 5 whole years. The sale is now operative and a 50% has been slashed off the prices in the Flagship store and at the Holidays store in Winterstock.
You can now come and get that outfit you had your eyes on for half the price.

Also, don't forget the Lollo String concert (IMHO he's the best singer in SL) happening at Noon SLT and the Anniversary fashion show at 7 PM. After the show there will be a party with Alicia Chenaux lending her adorable voice as a love DJ. During the party there will be a fashion trivia with lots of prizes! :D

Thank you for having supported Musashi-Do for 5 years!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Musashi-Do 5th Anniversary Sale and Events!

Musashi-Do was opened on November the 27th, 2004. 5 years later, on November the 27th, 2009, we want to thank our loyal customers for their continuated support with an explosive Black Friday!

On November the 27th at the Musashi-Do flagship store, there will be a massive 50% discount sale. All the Musashi-Do designs (excluding only the new Tuxedo "Party in Venezia" that will be released on Thursday, November the 26th) will have their price slashed by half! If you've had your eyes on a Musashi-Do design, Friday will be the best time to finally treat yourself to it, or to purchase your holiday gifts for your loved ones! The sale will run all day, from midnight to midnight, non-stop.

To help fight the lag, the same discount will be applied to the Musashi-Do products for sale at the Musashi-Do Holidays Store in Winterstock, where you'll also be able to enjoy a special Black Friday sale from most of the other designers present on the popular Christmas sim. If you have trouble teleporting to our flagship store or the lag bothers you, Winterstock is your next stop to enjoy the sale anyway.

During the same day, at 12 PM SLT (Noon) the popular singer and performer Lollo String will entertain us with a great live performance in the plaza in front of the Flagship store. Make sure not to miss it!

At 7 PM SLT, you will be able to enjoy the special Musashi-Do 5th Anniversary Fashion Show on the newly built catwalk, designed and created by our very own designer, Shiryu Musashi. The show will feature a stunning selection of the high-quality fashions by Musashi-Do

The fashion show will be followed at 8 PM SLT by an after-show party with DJ Alicia Chenaux, and several prizes for our guests. Wear your favourite Musashi-Do outfit and come dance and have fun after a day of shopping!

But our 5th Anniversary celebrations don't end with Black Friday. As part of the Artist's Voice Originals Only sale between November the 28th and Novemvber the 30th (until midnight on the 30th) the whole range of Musashi-Do fashions (again excluding only the new Tuxedo "Party in Venezia") will still be on sale, featuring a 20% discount. If for any reason you won't be able to be here on the 27th, you'll still be able to enjoy a discount for 3 more days!

Happy Anniversary Musashi-Do, and a big THANK YOU to all our customers, we would be nothing without your continuated support!

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Release: December Warmth

December Warmth
Picture uploaded by Abriael
Winter has come to Musashi-Do, as the search for warm garments becomes frantic. From that need this elegant and sophisticated winter coat was born.
It's classic style mixes an evergreen houndstooth texture with an elegant double breasted cut that makes it perfect for every occasion. The length to the knees creates the ideal compliment to your favorite boots.

The coat includes a top (on jacket layer), sculpted lapel, cuffs and belt with a flexi coat bottom attached.
The belt/bottom prim set comes in two versions, to fit different shapes. Normal and flat, for a slimmer fit. Of course they can both be modified and stretched fully to fit your body perfectly.

Included with the coat you will also find a bonus turtleneck sweater with sculpted collar to be worn under the coat. Of course you can wear the coat without it, or over any kind of apparel that doesn't go on the jacket layer (shirt and undershirt work perfectly). The coat lapel goes on your "spine" attachment point, so you can wear scarves, jewelry or other neck apparel on the "chest" attachment point.

I hope you will enjot the coat as much as I enjoyed the challenge of making it (and making hiundstooth realistically small but still good looking in SL is quite the challenge).

You can find both the fatpack and the separates it in Second life at the new location of the Musashi-Do Flagship Store, or on Xstreet (also you can find the separates on xstreet: White, Blue, Marroon, Teal, Pink). Happy shopping!

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Musashi-Do Moves to a private sim

Musashi-Do New Location
Picture uploaded by Abriael
After almost Five years in the mainland sim Anton (it will be five years on november the 27th, prepare for some celebrations), Musashi-Do has finally moved to a private sim to offer you a better and more focused shopping experience, with less lag and more space for growth. You can find the new shop in this location. The new sim is named "Eleganza" that means "Elegance" in Italian, and embodies the creed of the brand.

As of now, the sim around the shop is still heavily under construction, and it will be for a while, but the shop is available as it was for your shopping and browing pleasure, now with 100% less lag and 100% more fun! Please update your landmarks!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Shiryu Musashi on Fabulous Fashion

Fabulous Fashion
Picture uploaded by Abriael
Yesterday i had the honor to take part in the Fabulous Fashion show with Angie Mornington. It was a very fun chat, and since I always loved the show i was very happy to be part of it.

If you want to see the episode pr just to have a giggle, you can watch it below or directly on the page.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Release: Evening in Roma

Evening in Roma
Picture uploaded by Abriael
It's release time again, and today we have another InfiniTie compatible suit. Evening in Roma keeps the dashing and classy look of a solid black suit, but adds to it the relaxed attitude of an unbuttoned suit with a flexi tie, making it perfect even for informal occasions.

The lapels, the tie (excluding the blade that is flexi), the cuffs (both for the jacket and the trousers) and the jacket bottom are all sculpted prims, and the positioning/sizing of the tie/collar/lapel attachment is controlled via the advanced HUD that characterizes the newest Musashi-Do suits.

The hud also controls the color of the collars (that go with 10 shirts, 5 in solid colors and 5 pinstriped) and adds 10 new ties to your InfiniTie collection, to be used with this suit and with any other InfiniTie compatible suit or outfit. The Tie/shirt combination allows you to completely change the mood of the suit from informal to business, to formal.

Evening in Roma ties

As usual you can find this suit at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store or on Xstreet. Hope you'll enjoy it :D

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Winterstock opens. The Musashi-Do Holiday Store

Winterstock is an holiday themed sim created by Ewan Mureaux and Antonia Marat. I fell in love with the concept the moment i first saw it, so I immediately rented a shop that is now ready for business as the Musashi-Do Holiday Store (funny how i opened on a cruise ship and on a winter sim on the same day).
I also called all my friends that have their own design brands to it. Most of the best designers in Second Life are now settled there (and I hand-picked many of them, so you can be sure that they have the "Musashi Stamp of Approva"... They're so gonna smack me for saying this...), creating the best holiday/wintery shopping location you can find in the next couple of months leading to Christmas.

Ewan and Antonia worked so hard on it that it's really delightful to see their effort come to fruition. The atmosphere in the sim is so lovely, romantic, and just downright heartwarming that you shouldn't be surporised if you'll see me there often, maybe nestled on a platform on top of my shop designing while inspired by the Chistmas merryness. Don't be afraid to come say Hi, I don't bite :P

Today is the grand opening day. The sim will open at 5, with a big party in which we'll be delighted by fireworks and by the beautiful singing voice of Takamura Keiko. There will be many events down the line, but I'll tell you about those soon. For now, if you want a little taste of the holidays to come, make sure to visit and come have fun at the party. I'm sure you won't regret it :D
You can reach winterstock by clicking here.

Musashi-Do sets sail on a cruise

Musashi-Do @ Sea Nymph
Picture uploaded by Abriael
I always cuddled the idea to release a cruise collection (a summery fashion collection released in the fall for customer that spend the holidays in a cruise), but never had the time to do that.
Today I got a lil nearer to do that, as I opened my little cruise store on the Sea Nymph, a really lovely cruise ship in Second Life. If you want a bit of "summery fun" in the cold of winter, i'd strongly advise to give it a try, it's a really nice environment.
In the store you can find my bikini line and a selection of my menswear, both upscale and casual.

You can visit the Sea Nymph by clicking here.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Musashi-Do opens at Crush Row

Musashi-Do at Crush Row
Picture uploaded by Abriael

Crush Row has been a popular fashion sim for a while now, but I never got around opening a show there, until now. Crush Row just finished remodelling into a lovely and classy fashion street that embodies very closely my idea of the perfect mall in Second Life (classy and realistic). That's why I jumped at the chance to open a shop there.

You can find it at this location. Please pay a visit :D

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New InfiniTie Shirts and InfiniTies available

InfiniTie Shirts Classic
Picture uploaded by Abriael

InfiniTie Shirts Modern
Picture uploaded by Abriael

The InfiniTie system (click on the link if you don't know what it is yet, you'll be directed to a video about it) has just gotten bigger and more flexible, with the reelase of two sets of InfiniTie Shirts, the first in classic colors, and the second in more modern and hip hues. Each shirt comes with a flexi tie, a sculpted collar and sculpted cuffs, and includes two version, tucked and untucked in the trousers.
Besides the quality of the shirts, the core of this release lies the fact that the ties attached to the shirts are compatible with InfiniTie. You will be able to change the textures of the ties into those of each InfiniTie in your collection (both included in suits and separates), allowing for endless customization options. The shirts are designed to be worn with any unbuttoned suit you might have, bringing the versatility of the InfiniTie system to your whole wardrobe or almost.
The InfiniTie shirts are basically an essential piece of any man's fashion collection.

The two fatpacks with 5 shirts each (399 L$ each) and all the separate shirts (99 L$ each) are available now at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store. The fatpacks are also on Xstreet (classic and modern).

The new InfiniTie shirts aren't the only expansion to the InfiniTie system released today, I also released ten new InfiniTies (that of course can be used with the shirts above and with any other InfiniTie product) sold as separates. You can see them all protrayed below.

InfiniTies 2
Picture uploaded by Abriael

All of them are for sale separately for L$ 29 at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store.

Also, remember that you have only a few hours (until midnight today) to buy the Fog over Torino InfiniTie compatible suit for the Wear Grey brain cancer awareness campaign. The campaign finishes today, so at Midnight this top-quality suit will be discontinued and will never be available anymore. Don't miss it, and contribute to the campaign!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Only two days left to buy Fog over Torino limited edition

Fog Over Torino
Picture uploaded by Abriael

The Wear Grey campaign for brain cancer awareness is coming to an end (it will end at midnight on the 31st) and as such the availability of the suit created for Wear Grey will cease as well. Fog over Torino will be for sale only for 37 hours more. At midnight (SLT) on the 31st it will be discontinued, and will become a rare collector's item and the proof of your contribution to the campaign.
You can find it only at the Musashi-Do flagship store, and at the Wear Grey HQ (where you can also contribute by buying several wear grey products by many other designers).
The suit costs 400 L$ and 200 L$ from each purchase will be donated to the Wear Grey campaign, that will then deliver them to the American Cancer Society alongside all the other donations and contributions.
You're still in time, but not for long :D

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Musashi-Do store open at Pulse

Musashi-Do @ Pulse
Picture uploaded by Abriael
A new Musashi-Do satellite store has just been opened in Pulse, it's small, but homey, drop by if you feel like, the sim is very peculiar, and now has a lovely halloween attraction open as well.
You can find the new store here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

A flickr group for the Musashi-Do lifestyle

I just opened a new flickr group: Musashi-Do Lifestyle and it's dedicated not only to the style of the Musashi-Do brand, but also to you.

The group is for everyone to post pictures of themselves or their friends while wearing designs from Musashi-Do. by themselves or styled with clothes and accessories from other brands.

While I always have a very specific idea about my designs, I'm always delighted and inspired by seeing what customers, fashionistas and bloggers create with them. It also gives me precious insight for my future designs, so if you have any pictures featuring Musashi-Do outfits, please post them!

I can't wait to see what people will come up with.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Back to the origins: Tender Blossoms

Tender Blossoms
Picture uploaded by Abriael
It was back in november 2004 (yes, the 5th anniversary of the opening of Musashi-Do is incoming, better be prepared for what will happen then...) when Musashi-Do opened. Between the first dresses in the shop there was a set of chinese-style Cheongsam dresses.

I always loved that style, but I never got around making something like that again. Finally I managed to find the inspiration to create a new set, Tender Blossoms, that mixes the classic Cheongsam cut with a new and completely hand-painted pattern to give it a more modern and detailed look.

The dress comes in four colors (each available for 225 L$) and includes sculpted skirt, collar and frogs (not the croaking type, the chinese clasp buttons :P). The fatpack is available for 719 L$ and includes all four dresses.

I'm really happy about the results of this little return to the origins, it feels kinda nostalgic...

Anyway, both the separates and the fatpacks are available now at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store. The fatpack only is also available on Xstreet.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Musashi-Do suit on the New York Times

Shiryu Musashi
Picture uploaded by Abriael
Two weeks ago was standing there minding my own business and watching Angie Mornington's Fabulous Fashion TV show (that I really like, by the way it's realistic and professional, and you know that I have a thing for realistic and professional). I didn't know that Sharron Shuman's camera lenses were on me.
Today the New York Times published a very nice article (unfortunately you'll have to register to read it, at least it's free) on Fashion on Second Life, and on Angie's show.

I was pretty surprised to see my face there, and quite honored to have my top-of-the-line suit Milano by Night shown as an example of "chic" fashion in Second Life.

I really like the article, actually, and surprisingly it doesn't fall in the usual sensationalistic trap of vulgarizing Second Life as a place of debauchery and free sex, instead talking seriously about the virtual fashion market and it's users. Give it a look, it's a good read. :D

PS: And don't forget to buy the suit, it's "chic" and "affordable" :P

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The video of the Wear Grey Fashion Show

The Wear Grey Fashion show was an amazing success, and I got to polish my machinima skills a bit with all the footage I managed to film from it. I'm really grateful to Sanura Snowpaw for allowing me to give that little bit of help I could.

If you still didn't contribute to the cause (Brain Cancer research via the American Cancer society), you can still teleport here and buy one of the several designs offered by the many designers that took part in the campaign, or, if you feel like it, just donate to one of the many donation booths scattered in the area. It's only until the end of the month, so get to it :D

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Wear Grey fashion show for Brain Cancer Awareness

In one hour at 7 PM SLT the Fashion Show for Wear Grey will start in this location. Make sure not to miss it because a lot of very talented designers put in a lot of effort in support of this campaign for Brain Cancer awareness. I'm very grateful to Sanura Snowpaw, the organizer, for letting me take part to this heart-warming initiative with my Fog over Torino suit, that will be shown during the show alongside many other creation by many other designers.

Please, make sure you don't miss the show, again, this evening at 7 PM SLT in this location, and stay for the party after the Show! Remember to show your support to the American Cancer Society with your donations and with buying the exclusive Wear Grey designs that will be available in the shops built around the catwalk.

I'll be there waiting for you :D

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Suit for Brain Cancer awareness: Fog over Torino

Fog Over Torino
Inserito originariamente da Abriael
Even if I'm quite late to the party, I was very glad to be invited to join the "Wear Grey" campaign for brain cancer awareness. My own contribution to that cause is finally ready, the "Fog over Torino" suit. The suit sports a sleek and wrapping design that looks very good with the grey color that gives the name to the campaign.

It comes with the usual advanced Musashi-Do prim positioning and sizing HUD, and with two shirts (solid grey and pinstriped) and ties.

The ties are, of course, perfectly compatible with the InfiniTIE system I released today, so if you want an accent of color on this grey suit, you have plenty options available.

You can find it for 400 L$ at the Musashi-Do Flagship Store or even better, at the Wear Grey HQ, where you can shop 'til you drop on all the Wear Grey products by many designers while contributing to the campaign.
The 50% of each sale of this suit (200 L$) will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Also, please note that at the Wear Grey HQ on October the 16th at 7 PM SLT, there will be a fashion show showcasing all the Wear Grey outfits :D You can't miss it

Musashi-Do Innovates Men's fashion again. The InfiniTie system

InfiniTIE Logo
Picture uploaded by Abriael
Every fashion season some misguided journalists, in a vain attempt to be "hip", claim that the necktie is "out" only to see their credibility sink like the Titanic as this absolutely immortal part of men's fashion comes back like a boomerang and hits them in their faces.

There's very little argument here. Despite the empty claims described above, the tie is an absolutely indispensible piece of a man's wardrobe, and the more neckties we own, the more we'll be able to variate our look every day.

The choice of the right necktie can radically change the mood of a suit or similar outfit with a simple but masterful accent, moving from formal to almost casual with just the effort of chosing the correct match.

It's from this classic but immortal accessory that I wanted to pull out a new way to bring some innovation to men's fashion in Second Life. That's how the InfiniTie system is born:

As you can see from the above movie, the InfiniTie system overcomes the limitation that forces you to wear only the necktie or neckties specifically designed for the outfit you are wearing. No matter what's the size, shape, or flexibility of the tie, no matter if it's on a man or on a woman, you will be able to use ALL the InfiniTie neckties you own with each and every Musashi-Do suit (and with a little of resizing and maybe linking effort, even with many suits from other brands) you own, old and new. Whether you buy a separate infiniTie or a new Musashi-Do suit that includes new ties, all of them will be added to your InfiniTie collection and you will be able to use them freely even with outfits they weren't specifically made for.

The Milano by Night suit has already been updated to natively support the InfiniTIE system. Another suit will be released today, and ten separate neckties are already available at the Musashi-Do flagship store for 29 L$ each, while the "blank" flexi necktie to be used with the older Musashi-Do suits and with suits from other brands cost 39 L$.
Many other ties and suits will be produced in the future, as I plan to turn the InfiniTIE system into a truly infinite customization game.

Check it out. I hope you will enjoy wearing my new ties as much as I enjoyed making them :D

IMPORTANT: Milano by Night Update Notice

Milano by Night
Inserito originariamente da Abriael
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The suit "Milano by Night" has been updated to support the upcoming InfiniTIE system.

If you bought the suit "Milano by Night" before October the 11th, 2009 you have an obsolete model of it that doesn't support the InfiniTIE system that will be released today. Don't worry! Just put the suit in a folder named *****Milano by Night YOURNAME (keeping the "*" and replacing YOURNAME with your SL name, send an IM to Shiryu Musashi asking for the replacement of the suit and send him the whole folder, even if he's offline.

You will receive an updated version of the suit that is compatible with InfiniTIE, immediately if he's online, as soon as he gets online if he's not (normally it doesn't take more than a few hours).

All the suits bought or received after the release of this notice are already updated and, like all the suits and products that include the InfiniTIE system and the ties themselves will have an automatic update system that will make the above process unnecessary for any further update.

We apologize for the inconvenience of having to update your suit manually this time only, but we think it's for the better due to fact that you will now be offered the endless customization options of the InfiniTIE system.

Are you curious about what exactly the InfiniTIE system is? You'll have to wait just a little further, about an hour or so *winks*

If you still didn't buy the Milano by Night suit, you can purchase the updated version directly for 499 L$ at the Musashi-Do flagship store, or on Xstreet.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Concert this evening for the "Wear Gray" campaign for brain cancer awareness

In about 40 minutes (7 PM SLT) the Wear Grey campaign for Brain Cancer awareness will launch again with a nice concert of the NickelBlack band. Please wear your best grey outfit and come have fun. The location is here.

All the donations gathered during the concert will go to the American Cancer Society, and several designs by many designers will be available for purchase on site to support the same cause.

Musashi-Do fully supports the campaign, and tomorrow will release a suit that will allow you to support it as well with your purchase. See you at 7 and bring your friends!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New Musashi-Do Satellite store at ICON

Musashi-Do ICON Satellite Store
Inserito originariamente da Abriael
I finally got around opening the first Musashi-Do satellite store after my comeback to Second Lif. The store is small, but hopefully comfy and nice to be in. It uses the same assets and textures as my main store, to keep the brand identity, but it has been slightly adapted to fit better into the environment at ICON. It's a lovely sim by the way, I love the setup.

So hello to my new neightbors, and thank you to RubyStarlight Wiriter that invited me there.

You can find the new store here. Please pay a visit :D

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A fresh coat of paint for Musashi-Do

The Musashi-Do flagship store has always been furnished very simply. Simplicity is part of the vision of the brand, after all.

Though, it's always hard, in Second Life, to aim for simplicity without looking cold, expecially in a snow sim. And the "old" Musashi-do did indeed look quite cold.

I've spent the past few weeks studying different solutions to warm the environment up and I finally came up with a solution. Less stone, a bit more dark wood (very dark), more plants and new furniture. Expecially the sitting areas have been radically changed.

I'm quite satisfied with the result (you can see them directly in world or in this flickr gallery), now the shop looks more warm and friendly, without being overly saturated and retaining that simplicity that I'm so fond of. Now, back to work on clothes!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The comeback of the Musashi-Do suit: Milano by Night

Milano by Night
Inserito originariamente da Abriael
Before my hiatus suits were the strongest point of my brand, and of course I always planned to go back to them. Now such plans have finally reached fruition, as the first of a new series of suits has finally been released: Milano by Night.

This suit features a modern notched lapel/two vents style, perfect for both formal occasions and business. The wrapping style, almost resembling a double breasted suit, conveys height, elegance and strenght, paired with the solid black color to give a dashing and classy look.

The package includes ten shirts to be worn with the suit (six solid colors and six pinstriped). The color of the collar and of the cuffs of the shirt is controlled via the HUD included with the suit. Same for the ten different textures for the ties, that feature solid color, striped and patterned designs.

Milano by Night ties

To change the color of the shirt's collar/cuffs or the design of the tie, I scripted a quite advanced hud that also provides a full-featured repositioning and resizing system that will allow anyone to fit the prims to his avatar's body effortlessly and quickly.

It was quite hard to code it but I'm honestly very happy of the result.

The suit costs 499 L$ and is available as usual at the Musashi-Do flagship store, or on Xstreet.

I also made a detailed video presentation showing the HUD in action, that you can see embedded below. I hope you will enjoy my new suit! More to come soon :D

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Big round of discounts at Musashi-Do

Just a quick notice to let everyone know that quite a vast range between the Musashi-Do Fashions had their pricetag sizeably lowered

The list is too long to mention, but for instance the whole range of Musashi-Do gowns has been discounted down to 200 L$. They all sport double flexi prim attachments for perfect flow with your legs when walking and still show well at every party :D

As usual all the fashions from Musashi-Do are available at the Musashi-Do flagship store, or on Xstreet SL. Come give them a look.

Now time to get back to work, my newest suit will be released later today, at last :D

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Second Life designer at an Art Film Festival?

Bergamo Art Film Festival 2009 2
Inserito originariamente da Abriael
When the art director of the Bergamo Art Film Festival (one of the most prestigious European events about art cinema) called me and asked me to take part in the event to let the Audience know more about the new frontiers of aesthetics on Second Life i was quite surprised. It 's not the first time I'm invited to an event for that purpose, but an Art Film Festival is something that doesn't happen every day.

With me was my long time friend Mario Gerosa (AKA Frank Koolhaas in Second Life), with which I'm quite used to work, we always make a good team in presenting Second Life to people that don't know much about it, due to the fact that he's a journalist and a writer and I'm mostly a technician, and offer two very different but complementary point of views.

In the end, it was another great experience. I'm always honored to be chosen to speak about this topic, and I'm always surprised to see how people that don't have much to do with it always end up finding a new interest in virtuality and it's aesthetics.

Below are a couple more pictures (the quality isn't that great since the administration of the festival sent them on paper, and had to scan them).
Now it's time to get back to work. I have a suit to release :D

Bergamo Art Film Festival 2009  3Bergamo Art Film Festival 2009  1