Nouveau chez / new at: “Akeyo”, “Casa del Shai” & “Jewelry Mhaijik Things”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Formal, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, February 28th, 2008

• Yet another re-creation of the famous “Chuck Taylor by Converse” in SL! Just a few days after the very good sculpty ones from Hoorenbeek, Akeyo released these ones. The sculpty work is simply amazing (and you know I’m not a mad praiser!). Artoo Magneto knows perfectly how to play with sculpties, and more important, succeed in the delicate exercise of texture baking on them. These “Chucks” by “Akeyo” are resizable by menu, very finely, so you can harmonize perfectly the size of your avatar with your shoe size, dealing with the terrible constraints of male feet in SL! The resizing device is synchronized left right, so the menu controls the size of both shoes at the same time. There is more! The colors are menu changeable as well. You can choose to modify the color of both shoes or one at a time, for the creative ones willing to mix different colors left and right! I won’t forget to tell you that you can change separately the foot, tongue, lace and ringlet color, choosing between 12 available tones.

Let’s talk about price now! These sneakers, offering thousands of color combinations, resizable following your most extreme needs, are sold for a very low 600 Lindens. No mod (but the menu driven changes available), copy, no transfer. No more hesitation, get a pair!

What I love: the sculpty work’s quality; the color options; the resizing system; the left untied laces!
What I wish: I just NEED a low top version, it’s too hard to fit pants with these high tops sometimes! I wish I could pick exactly the color I want, with RGB values. I know, I know, never enough… But you have to admit that could have been great to have them in the same pink than the bow tie I’m wearing today!!! Oh, and a glittering version too… no limits! :-)

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4.5/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 5/5

• Classic Tuxedo at Casa del Shai. Well, classic and Shai aren’t really compatible! This formal suit is one more evidence!
“The Classic Tuxedo” comes in black, grey and white (shown today). In each pack, you will find 2 jackets on the jacket layer, one with cummerbund, the other without; on both shirt and undershirt layers, the shirt alone; on both pants and underpants layers, two options: without cummerbund and with it, this last option to wear with the shirt alone. You will get also 2 bow ties, one of the same color as the suit, another one in a contrasted color, soft pink for the white tux, white for the black and grey ones, glitch socks to color the inner side of your pants, and a prim tuxedo coat tail.

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As usual, the texture is great. Shai’s talent at coloring shows even in her whites (which is not so easy, believe me). I won’t praise any longer; after the previous note on Akeyo, you will think I’ve been abducted and replaced by aliens…;-) Plus, admit it, this tuxedo is too sexy to be classic…

Everything is moddable but the jacket layer, for some mysterious reason, copy and no transfer. You can pick your favorite color of “The Classic Tuxedo” for 750 Lindens.

What I love: well, everything!
What I wish: jackets layers with modify perms. Why does Shai make everything moddable but those? Mystery… I know I’m totally OCD, but moddable jackets allow to SLIGHTLY shorten the sleeves for a perfect look when you use the shirt layer to give more volume to the sleeves… same old story. It’s just frustrating when you love an outfit! The price, just a bit too high. But when you like…

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2.5/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

• Mhaijik Guillaume just released “Mesmerizing mystical hypnotic” collection of rings with animated textures. Listen to what the creator says about them: “Gaze into the depths and transcend into a mystical sense of oneness. You will be spellbound by the shimmering majikal colours as they swirl and fade out and back in again. Become lost inside, discover your internal cosmos.
Party boring? Client or Significant other late? Wearing one of my rings offers you an escape from the waiting time. :-D”
6 new, superb and very different rings (showing today “Kavi Poet Ring,” more to come very soon!)
Moddable and transferable. 250 Lindens Each.

What I love: The originality of the animated texture, totally the opposite of bling, only you know it’s here. Discreet luxury and real chic, isn’t it?
What I wish: nothing really. Maybe a slightly lower price!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): N/A - Price: 2.5/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Smoking, Chemise, Ceinture de smoking, Noeud Papillon/ Tuxedo, Shirt, Cummerbund, Bow Tie:
*Shai* The Classic Tux in White (750 Lindens/color, Perms: NM & M/C/NT),
@ Casa del Shai [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
AKEYO_shoes_CHUCKS (600 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
Jared - Silver (slightly over tinted in pink) (200 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/Every 72 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),,
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
{FP} Bright Eyes - Small - Taffy (75 Lindens/color including 3 sizes, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Joshua Normal Teint Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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  1. Ben,
    the AKEYO_shoes_CHUCKS are AWESOME indeed, being the converse addict that I am, I ran to get me a pair as soon as i saw ‘em in here…not only the sculpted work is amazing but even the color palette is unreal…not too bright or saturated ..

    wOOt..great job!

    Comment by Pompo Bombacci — 28 February 2008 @ 5:55

  2. Right now you can get $250L for $1.25US dollars. I feel my prices are very fair. I spend hours on my creations, creating the textures, manipulating the prims, writing or tweaking the scripts in items with scripts, taking the ad photos. This particular collection of rings has hours of my time and creativity invested as well as upload fees. I would never set my SL prices at the height they would be if I charged my RL rate as some creators do.
    My jewelry will also never turn your skin green =D, well unless that is in the script !

    Comment by Mhaijik — 28 February 2008 @ 22:49

  3. Gorgeous pics, Ben.

    Comment by Perry Proudhon — 2 March 2008 @ 10:20

  4. The Akeyo shoes are nice looking, but be aware that they are spammy when you log in (complete with spelling mistakes)

    [20:30] AKEYO_shoe_chuck RIGHT:


    [20:30] AKEYO_shoe_chuck LEFT:



    Comment by Sean Heying — 16 March 2008 @ 4:32

  5. I take it back and humbly admit I was wrong. I contacted Akemi by IM and she promptly replied that the Help On/Off button disables this text. There is no reason not to buy these wonderful chucks.

    Comment by Sean Heying — 16 March 2008 @ 12:49

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