Thursday, October 20, 2016

Binzento's Coffee Interview Series: An Interview With Aviation Blogger/ Aviation Expert Pilot Patrick

  Binzento's Coffee Interview Series
An Interview With Aviation Blogger Pilot Patrick

The beauty of the blogosphere allows people to share a variety of topics they are knowledgeable about. Try typing in any keyword or hashtag on Google and you are bound to find someone somewhere writing about it.

To be honest, there are tons of shit posts out there. With so many opinions and so many loud noises, one can only take anything on the Internet with a grain of salt.  

My definition of a ‘quality blog’ or ‘blogger’ perhaps is defined by consistency and info validation. Not only they have to have their own voices, but should show they’ve done some research and their opinions are backed with facts. Earlier this fall, I came across an aviation blog – It’s very much different than what I usually read about, but that doesn’t stop me from learning.

For the second Binzento’s Coffee Interview series, I sat down with pilot Patrick B, who also runs a successful aviation blog. The 28-year old pilot is currently living in Barcelona and Berlin and is the First Officer for a private aviation company. Taking passengers and flying them to all over the world has also given him the opportunity to sight see many destinations. Now with his expertise

Patrick’s blog entails his technical knowledge about aircrafts, the aviation business and travel adventures. With his day-to-day documentation and photos, whether it’s at the airport, at the cockpit, or in a destination, we feel like we are flying with him. Though I have almost zero knowledge about aircrafts, I have to say I’ve learned a few things while following.
What makes you decide to become a pilot?

Who did not want to become a pilot when they were young? It was definitely a process over many years, which finally led to the decision of becoming a pilot. It is more than just a profession; it is a passion for me. I could not imagine something cooler than an office which takes to beautiful places. Additionally you get to meet interesting people and you need sunglasses all year around!

For a more detailed answer check out my corresponding blog post.

What do you like most about flying?

Aviation is fascinating me over and over again! Great technologies have been initiated in the former decades and great inventions to come. Flying means for me that I connect places and people in a minimum amount of time. This feels like freedom.

You must have flown to many destinations in your career, which are your most favorites, where do you want to travel next?

So far I have been flying within Europe, Russia and to some countries in North Africa.  One of my most favorite destinations is Lisbon. It is an amazing city with so many good vibes. Lately I had a flight to Iceland for the very first time. This was exciting since I have not flown this northern route before. Unfortunately we did not stay overnight. But now it is on my travel list. Next city I am traveling to is Vienna in Austria.
Tell us about your aviation/travel blog? When did you start it?

I am really proud of having my own blog since this summer. It has been and amazing project and has been a lot of fun but also a lot of work.

What do you hope to achieve in your blog and the kind of message do you want to deliver to your readers and fans?

In the first place I want to thank all my followers for the great support on Instagram with this blog! I noticed that many of my aviators, that is how I call my followers, had a lot of aviation related questions. In my opinion this is the best way to answer their questions and to reach as many as possible to help them eventually with their career.

Additionally I want to give a genuine in sight view of my life as a Private Jet Pilot. The Business Aviation branch is still quite unknown and therefore really interesting. Besides my travel advices I want to show that it is possible to life a healthy lifestyle even when traveling as much as I do.

How would you describe you sense of style?

It is a chic streetwear style. I like to combine basic clothing with stylish accessories. I rather like to wear dark clothes but I here in Barcelona I definitely dress differently. More colors and a style which is related to to the Mediterranean lifestyle.

Do you have a particular fashion designer(s) or label(s) you like most? and why?

Not in particular. I like to buy clothes because I like them and not because it is a certain brand. For me is the quality and the production location really important. Brands that I like are for example. The Kooples. I like their fashion because it is classy and modern at the same time. They pay a lot of attention to details and quality. Diesel Black Gold is also a great brand because they pieces are sometimes really high fashion but I do not like that they start to care less where they produce.

Flying long hours could be energy draining, how do you keep yourself motivated and healthy?

A big motivation is always to have the best office view I can imagine. Even when it is grey on the ground I will see the sun after departure. To stay fit I choose my food wisely and do enough sports. The schedule during summer can be quite tight so I try to get up early for a morning workout. Sometimes I convert my hotel room to gym and use my TRX and do bodyweight exercises. 20 minutes can be enough. During duty I am usually gone from home for a week, so I pack organic and healthy food in my suitcase. I recently published a blogpost about me being a Foodie Pilot.

Want to share with us any upcoming plans, projects or gigs you are working on?

My blog is still really young and I am looking forward to sharing some aviation related posts and also about my private lifestyle. Next Sunday I will have my very first interview with a big newspaper. Something absolutely new to me!

Want to know more, follow Patrick’s adventure via social media

Instagram: @pilotpatric
Facebook: @pilotpatrick
Snapchat: pilot_patrick
xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Coffee Date With Amy Darling – An Interview

  Coffee Date With Amy Darling
An Interview

It’s been little more than a year since I sat down with Amy Darling, a film producer and friend, over a cup a coffee. I remember our last coffee date was shortly after we attended Cannes Film Festival in 2015, and even this time we still discuss about our crazy experience and berserk schedule we had that year.

Our coffee talk was more than just a ‘catch-up’. It was about congratulating Darling’s upcoming screening of her film VIOLENT on October 13th 2016 in Calgary. “Yes, it’s finally happening”, said Darling as we tried to comfort ourselves with warm cups of coffee in our hands while watching the snow fall through glass windows.

VIOLENT is a Canadian-Norwegian film created by Vancouver-based band We Are The City, and the project coincided the band’s album of the same name at the time. The film follows Dagny Backer Johnsen, a young woman longing to escape small town life and move to the big city. While in the city, her mother arranges her to work for a family friend. At the midst of a catastrophic event, Dagny recalls recent memories of the five people who loved her the most.

With a small budget and team, which sometimes consists of less than 5 people at a time during shooting, VIOLENT conducts beautiful imageries and exercises the magnificent natural landscape of Norway.

What is interesting to me is that even though the film is mostly in Norwegian, none in the crew speaks the language. And because of it, there is that raw connection between the audience and the film; knowing beforehand this is a Canadian production from people close to home and yet having the sense of curiosity perceiving the story as a foreign tale.

The film has received critical acclaim by many film critics. It has been shown at Cannes Film Festival in 2014, and won numerous international awards including Best Feature Film at Leo Awards, Best Canadian Feature Film at Vancouver International Film Festival and Canada’s Top Ten at Toronto International Film Festival.

Darling’s commitment and expertise as a producer to this project played a big role in the international success of this film. It’s her passion to facilitate a vision for incredible talented Canadians, especially for people like the guys in We Are The City, who took the project entirely outside of Canada. One of her goals is to bridge the gaps between Canada and the rest of the world. “I want to reinvent what we think of Canadian films,” said Darling, “I am interested in Canadians working on international projects and foreign language films”.

For someone like myself who work for the fashion industry would understand, being a part of Calgary’s art and culture scene seems forever challenging. As a filmmaker, Darling has a different perspective: “Calgary is the forth largest film centre in Canada. Work as a filmmaker here proven to be difficult since we are less diverse and smaller community. There are advantages though, such as no one can hold you back, and no one would tell you ‘no, you can’t do this’. I try very hard to stay here as I feel I owe everything to this city. Calgarians here have a unique, quality of life where they can fly and travel wherever they want. When I’m in a big city, I feel like you always have to fake it till you make it, but over here people come to up to you to show their support. I feel grateful when people come up to me and say they’re ‘happy for you’ or ‘proud of you’. It makes finishing a film even more a triumph.”

I certainly agree to Darling’s analogy of staying in Calgary to pursue something you enjoy doing. I also owe this city a great deal when it comes to support. Having a big vision for a place with a niche market is not easy, but the success coming out of it is ten times more rewarding. It feels like you are one of the pioneers that drive the community forward. Like Darling, we both think that the “just do it” mentality influenced by the root of this place is the culture that gave way to Calgary --- I picked up my cup and took another sip of my light roast and Darling bit into her expensive eight-dollar ham and cheese croissant.

Click HERE to purchase tickets to watch VIOLENT on Oct 13th
Movie Trailer

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Binzento's Journal: PARKluxe 2016

Binzento's Journal
PARKluxe 2016
Photos by: Hayden Pattullo

First I like to thank Hayden Pattullo from Style Out Here for sharing the images from this event. You can also read his recap of PARKluxe here.

Past weekend was PARK’s annual Canadian fashion show – PARKluxe 2016, presented by Bankers Hall. Many aspects of this year’s installment have triggered my attention. Let’s begin with the things I liked.

The first thing to mention is the location – at the newly built Studio Bell – Home of the National Music Centre. It’s indeed an ambitious choice for a local organization such as PARK to host a fashion show housing hundreds of guests in a multi-level venue. We need to appreciate the fact that they are the only organization in Calgary that consistently produced fashion shows seasons after seasons, providing a platform for local fashion talents to showcase. And we need to give them credits for their tremendous effort trying to execute something better each time.

Live music performances for the runway show - was a great component to include at this year’s PARKluxe event, and I am glad that they did it. From band sound to classical music, each presenting collection was enhanced by an additional artistic element.

Like many PARK fashion shows, the pop-up shop/trunk show is fantastic. This is the part where I feel designers have the opportunity to make real connections with consumers. On top of that, it’s great to see other local businesses

This year’s main event showcased collections by: Okakie, Paul Hardy, Lauren Bagliore, Urbanovitch, Atelier By Ensemle Style, House Of Nonie, Year Of The Ram, and Marie Saint Pierre. I thought the addition of Marie Saint Pierre this time is refreshing. Beautifully crafted coats, and signature dresses that outlined femininity gave Calgarians a closer glimpse of the work of art by one of the first luxury fashion houses in Canada.
Paul Hardy’s finale was the most sophisticated of the evening. A showcase mixed with classic gothic Lolita-vibe, dark draped dress and fur stole, with modern knitwear cardigan and large chain accessories. Each model was holding a ‘monster’ plush doll, which reminded me of something coming out of a Tim Burton tale. Though you could see some of the looks were incorporated with pieces we had already seen in the past.
I thought the lingerie portion by Year Of The Ram was out of place. As much as we try to appreciate the designer’s handcrafted lace and under garment details, the fitting was just off and you could sense the models not completely comfortable walking in them.
Overall PARKluxe was a success what they set out to do. The execution of the program was great, but I can’t say this season’s show was amazing. Big part of it was because I felt the collections showcased by the designers were a big déjà vu.

Recently I gave some thoughts about the Canadian fashion industry, especially after having conversations with buyers, designers and editors in other parts of the globe. In Canada, we are still running the formula that fashion shows are parties that rely heavily on ticket sales. We have to be diligent about the purpose of having these shows. I am not saying that we shouldn’t have any, but we need to clearly define what the end goal is – Is it for press, or for entertainment, or something to do on a regular night and be seen, or help designers to generate business?

We have designers that are showing the same pieces for, at least, the past three seasons. But I can’t blame them – the fashion community is extremely small here and I feel that Canadian talents are lacking the institutional and general public support to sustain. Until we are able to ignite interests from buyers to come to these Canadian shows, designers are better off doing made-to-order, local pop-ups and spend more time to strengthening their brands via e-commerce.

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
Binzento Vincente: A Fashion & Lifestyle Blog