Max Furr

  • 3 Most Beautiful Places in New Zealand

    Seeing as Blood Brother co-founder James Waller is currently in New Zealand visiting family, we decided to create our own virtual NZ holiday to join him in spirit.

    Here are 3 of the most beautiful places in New Zealand.

    Tongariro National Park

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    Now with approximately a million visitors a year, Tongariro was the first national park formed in New Zealand, and the fourth in the world. It was the first national park ever to be gifted by a country's indigenous people, on 23 September 1887. The last volcanic eruption within the park was in November 2012, from the Te Maari Crater and came with an enormous ash plume.


     

    Lake Wanaka

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    This clearwater lake in Wanaka is the largest in New Zealand by volume. The small town of under 8,000 occupants sits on the South Island, is just an hour away from Queenstown, and boasts 193 square kilometres of water.

    The area around Wanaka is a formal sub-area of the Central Otago wine region with several top wineries and vineyards. So be sure to hiit W-Town if you're looking for that dank Pinot Noir.


     

    Auckland

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    There wasn't a chance we could do this list and not feature Auckland, one of the most aesthetically pleasing cityscapes on the planet. Sunrise and sunset along with clear skies and ocean provide a perfect contrast of orange and blue to light up the stage like a utopian metropolis.

    As ex-capital of New Zealand, Auckland has a lot to prove, which is why from 2006-2008, it was ranked as the 5th best city to live in for quality of life, it has the friendliest people! Famous faces from the city include Zoë Bell and Martin Henderson. If you're gonna make the journey to the city with 50 volcanoes, be sure to call Auckland by it's native Maori name; Tamaki Makaurau.


     

    Words by Max Furr.

  • A Chat with Model Brothers Sayan and Bayan

    This week, Blood Brother had a chat with Mongolian/French model brothers Sayan and Bayan. We talked about their rise to success through modelling, their favourite brands, and what it was like growing up in a foreign city.

     

    As brothers, what are your biggest achievment?

    We were born in Mongolia, so our childhood was a transition between two cultures. We grew up and became occidental kids, we love the same things like music, fashion, art, girls... We grew with the same culture as occidental kids do now, but our mentality is still different due to the education we had and knowing where we're from. It always pushes us to go further, do more, be better and to prove to our parents that they didn't watch us do this for nothing. So being here and doing what we love and being recognised for it is the biggest achievement for us. We hope we're going big on big.

     

    What does Paris offer that no other city does?
    Paris is an art impregnated city. It inspires every artist in the world. Paris is like a creative cauldron, always cooking up something new.  
     
     
    What was your favourite outfit from the shoot?  

    [Bayan]: I love this one. 
    [Sayan]: And me this one.

     

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    What part of Paris is your favourite area and why?
    It's not very original but I like hanging out in Châtelet with my squad. It's a very young and active area in Paris. There are many shops, especially vintage stores. I like the 13th arrondissement too, it's the main Chinatown where I can eat Pho haha.  

     

    What are your favourite brands? 
    Hmm it's very hard... I really love VLONE because of his [A$AP Bari's] brand design. The logo and all the visuals are crazy, the universe and the mood he brings is so unique. When I discovered Gosha I had an impression of déjà-vu. I grew up in Mongolia with a big post-soviet influence so Gosha's aesthetic takes me back to my younger years where I remember the Russian/Soviet mood. His designs remind me of my childhood with all the Russian movies, music, architecture etc. It was awesome... Gosha is definitely a genius.

     

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