Nouveau chez / New at: “MRM Factory” & “S’Lade”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

Review and Credits after the jump!

New “Combat vest” from MRM Factory: if you read Slmen regularly, you know that I’m not a sucker for prim clothing. Nothing is better, IMHO, than a perfectly shadowed texture coming with, if needed, the most simple prim attachment to bring some more realism or fix some sl system flaws. What bugs me with prim clothing is their bad look when your avatar is moving. Sure, with proper adjustment, you can look amazing on a picture, but when you start walking or using an AO, it’s a horror! Besides the prim entering your avie in the most painful way, you just look plain ugly. The sole exception is for short jackets or vest like the one i’m showing today, which don’t look that bad when your avie moves. This kind of item, full of pockets and truly over your chest is almost impossible to render with a flat texture applied on an avie. Sure, you will have to spend a bit of time to adjust it to your size and chest shape, but it is worth it.

In each color pack you will find a prim vest, in two presized versions (for male and female), a dark grey tee-shirt coming on the jacket, shirt and undershirt layer, plus a complement on the underpants layers, and a pair of cuffs (in two sizes as well). Everything is obviously moddable and copy no transfer. Beware, if you are not comfortable with prim adjustment, including linked part editing, you could be disappointed with this item. If you are the king of prim adjutsment, you will really enjoy this vest! Note that the tee-shirt is very good and can be worn alone.

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 4/5

New jeans from S’Lade: I’m not going to lie; these jeans are totally overpriced. 233 Lindens for a pair of plain jeans coming only on the pants layer without the now usual prim cuffs is not a nice surprise. Sure they are nicely textured, sure they show really realistic creases, especially on the back, but we have plenty of good basic jeans available on the grid, for way less money! I chose these jeans for their color. Besides the usual grey-black-blue super classics, S’Lade offers this green I’m showing today, plus a pale green and a brown pair of jeans, which could be interesting colorwise to complete an outfit. The maker tells he has an original marketing approach justifying his prices. Well, he certainly knows what he is doing!

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 3/5 - Price: 1/5 - Value for money: 2.5/5

Also showing: very cool and very scripted accessories offering tons of options, with Kumaki shades and a Hoorenbeek watch, hair from Exile, one of my favorite pair of boots from Treads, and the gorgeous Jude from PXL Creation.

I’m wearing Miriel eyes, as a tiny sign toward one of the most discreet and talented creators we have been lucky to have in SL. Her eyes are those I wore the most for my first year on Slmen, until I found some other, less known and less blogged! ;-) Miriel is leaving her business in SL and that makes me truly sad, because she is one of the content creators who made me love SL, putting creativity before marketing, generosity before hard profit seeking. Go take a last look at her sim, so beautiful, at her builds, so precisely textured, at her shop, offering among the best eyes in SL in a myriad of colors, and a few pieces of jewelry for men sold at very low prices. Appreciate the contrast between the hard core hunts flowering everywhere and the poetic sim-inside treasure hunt she set up. Sit in the walled roseraie for a bit and dream of the better world that Miriel and a few other succeeded to build at one time. You will be missed, Miriel Enfield. Not sure of my desire to go any further if more people like you are leaving…

• Veste de combat, Tee-Shirt / Combat Vest, T-Shirt:
[MRM] Combat Vest *Camo Kahki* (350 Lindens/color, 1500 Lindens/pack of 7, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ MRM Factory [Designer & Address]

• Jean / Jeans:
s’LADE MEN - Rough-N-Tough DarkGRN Jeans (233 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ S’Lade [Designer & Address]

• Lunettes de soleil / Shades:
K_gs Aida Dragon (300 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT - Scripted color, transparency and nose position),
@ Kumaki Glasses [Designer & Address]

• Boots:
Stomp - Kboots- black (450 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT, 4 provided sizes),
@ Treads [Designer & Address]

• Montre / Watch:
[ hoorenbeek ] - Royal Watch - Platinum (1800 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T, true SLTime showing, alarm, resize and besel/dial recolor script),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer & Address]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Exile Fastball cheyanne (250 Lindens/pack of 6 colors, 1000 Lindens/pack of 30 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Exile [Designer & Address]

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Miriel) Realistic Eyes - Pale Green (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT or M/NC/T),
@ Miriel [Designer & Address]

• Skin:
Jude Summer Face 01 (2000 Lindens/facial hair, 15 head and body hair combinations included, 3000 Lindens/pack of 2, 9000 Lindens/Pack of 8, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Pxl Creations [Designer & Address]

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  1. I do love green jeans….

    And the AGGRESSOR t-shirt.

    And the hair.

    Okay, I love this post, Ben!

    Comment by Perry Proudhon — 8 June 2009 @ 4:49

  2. The shirt is great.

    Comment by Joshua Walsh — 9 June 2009 @ 6:15

  3. the men of sl need you Ben dont give up

    Comment by swaffette Firefly — 9 June 2009 @ 23:52

  4. YUM!
    Great Look..
    Off to do some more shopping
    Thanks Ben for keeping us guys up to date..

    Comment by Bryce Harmison — 10 June 2009 @ 19:21

  5. It is very sad Miriel is closing her store - her eye collection has certainly been a great inspiration for my own and MADesigns shapes have worn Miriel eyes on more than one occasion.

    I do believe though that through some effective marketing and product focus (like her hair - which she released only 1 style of but it is wonderful work) she would have succeeded in today’s competitive SL market.

    It is possible to value your work so that you are not working for peanuts, and earn living all while you give generously - either in hunts, group rewards or valued customer incentives. Not all creators are about money just because they do earn living in SL.

    It is about finding balance as you still need to be able to survive, otherwise - this could happen. Although I am not entirely clear on circumstances of her departure apart from what was suggested in her blog entry.

    I personally am sad to see Miriel leave.

    Comment by Maddox DuPont — 13 June 2009 @ 17:59

  6. In a world that has become a merciless competition on the marketing level, and NOT on the creative level (because not that much content creators do interesting quality stuff), true artists certainly have hard time. Seeing how everything is gamed to death, like hunts (and so many other things), it’s certainly a challenge if you entered SL to, actually, CREATE.
    That said, I have no idea why Miriel is leaving. I don’t even think it’s for economical reasons.
    I’m just sad to see someone, who has values that I feel close to mine, leaving.

    Comment by Ben Vanguard — 13 June 2009 @ 18:35

  7. I do agree with you Ben. In RL, I always wanted to live from my art but that was never possible for me as I could not bare to paint for money (art machine) instead of because I am inspired or really have something to say. I think that defeats the purpose of creation and true art.

    Unfortunately, whenever you introduce money in any situation soon greed arrives and creativity departs. And if people have to choose to work in the office job they hate or flirt with creativity in SL and actually make a living - I am sure that they would choose later.

    In my opinion it is about balance and becoming conscious of your motivations. Since if you are creating something for the love of it or pure greed it will show.

    I still think that SL is a great platform for people who may not think they are creative or can do creative things to come together play, express themselves and develop their designing skills - some may choose to get rewarded for their time some are not. Let’s not forget that it is in people’s nature only to value things they paid for.

    We have a long way to go to achieve society on the level of VENUS PROJECT (

    Comment by Maddox DuPont — 17 June 2009 @ 9:23

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