Cadu Andrade: New Brazilian Style

Brazilian Photographer Cadu Andrade

For the past ten years Escama Studio has wanted to shoot lifestyle photography in Brazil but we could never get it off the ground. Socorro, Sandra and I talked about lifestyle photos (argued about lifestyle photos) for years but we were not going to do it if we couldn't do it right. Then all of a sudden our dream became a reality. Earlier this year Socorro's son, Daniel introduced us to a young, up-and-coming Brazilian photographer named Cadu Andrade and we realized that we had a great opportunity to present our products and Brazil in a way that most people had not seen before. Through his lens Cadu is able to capture the feeling and energy of modern, urban Brazil. He is constantly on the move, shooting skateboarders, heavy metal bands and he's gaining recognition for his work in his hometown of Brasilia and beyond.  This is his first foray in fashion lifestyle photography and we are proud to share a few of his photos here. We look forward to our next photo shoot with Cadu. For more images here is Cadu's photo stream, Scroll to the bottom of this blog post to read Cadu's bio (or click here to read his bio on the Escama Studio site).  

Escama Studio by Cadu Andrade


Escama Studio by Cadu Andrade

Escama Studio by Cadu Andrade

Escama Studio by Cadu Andrade

Escama Studio by Cadu Andrade

Escama Studio by Cadu Andrade

Escama Studio by Cadu Andrade


My name is Cadu Andrade - a young and passionate photographer working in Brazil. I graduated from UNIP 2011 in Marketing and Advertisement and that is when I fell in love with photography. I currently work in the music scene and was recognized in 2012 as one of the best photographers in Brazil by the “Fotografe uma Idéia” magazine. In addition to shooting local musicians, I am also partner-founder of the video production company “Skull Foto em Movimento”, acting as a producer, director and photography manager.

Meu nome é Cadu Andrade – um jovem e apaixonado fotógrafo que trabalha no Brasil. Sou formado em Marketing e Propaganda pela faculdade UNIP em 2011, onde nasceu meu amor pela fotografia. Trabalho atualmente como fotógrafo na área musical, sendo eleito em 2012 um dos melhores do Brasil pela revista “Fotografe uma Idéia”. Além de fotografar as bandas da cena brasiliense, sou também sócio-fundador da produtora de vídeos “Skull Foto em Movimento”, atuando como produtor-diretor e diretor de fotografia.

Come to the Party Tonight!



Tonight only! Come See Escama Studio at the Urban Air Market in Fern Alley, Polk Gulch.


In the effort of aiding neighborhood revitalization, Urban Air Market is hosting a summer night block party complete with local art, indie fashion, accessories and home décor, food trucks and live music, in partnership with the Lower Polk Art Walk.

Here's what's in store if you come....

SUSTAINABLE POP-UP OF LOCAL BRANDS: Apparel by Oaklandish, Escama Studio, SKUNFUNK USA, Synergy Organic Clothing, Indosole, Vital Hemp, and Pop Outerwear; accessories by Compass Rose Designs, Salty Fox, and Yes and Yes Designs; home and stationary by type.lites,b-spired, and Coffee and Cream Press; and more!

And of course FOOD, MUSIC, and everything else that you'd expect at a block party. See you there......

May 31, 2014


Wearable Technology -- Fiber Optic Dress

The annual Maker Faire in San Mateo is always a source of inspiration for us. The event brings together a mind boggling array of makers who offer demos and tutorials to encourage present and future tinkerers. This year we had the pleasure of meeting meeting up with the Canadian non-profit, Make Fashion CA that is a match maker that brings together fashion designers and people who are pioneering wearable technology.

The realm of wearable technology is something that we are exploring right now. To give you a glimpse of what can be done with fiber optic filaments applied to a dress, check out this video by the designer, Natalie Walsh from the website It's gorgeous and the best thing about it is, here's a link for instructions on how to make it!



FIber Optic Dress from Natalie Walsh on Vimeo.


May 16, 2014


Ride a Bike to Work. It's A Lot Safer Now

I've enjoyed riding a bike to work for ten years. It's been a bit dangerous at times -- just like riding a motorcycle, oftentimes cars wouldn't always know how to keep a safe distance and would sometimes 'buzz' too close. The side of the road has been hazardous with parked trucks and cars opening their doors and there hasn't been adequate space for bikes to maneuver. This is changing and it's a lot safer to ride to work. With many cities constructing designated bike lanes these problems are getting addressed.

Here's a great little video that talks about how cities around the United States are adopting designated bike lanes.


May 08, 2014


25% Off in Honor of Fair Trade Day and Mother's Day

Now thru May 11 GET 25% OFF all online purchases with discount code 'MOTHERS25'.

Escama Studio's products are made by mothers for mothers. Since 2004 we have worked hand in hand with a group of 65 Brazilian crochet artisans to produce our fantastic line of handmade bags. If you're looking for a gift for Mom (or for yourself) you'll feel good that our bags are Fair Trade, Sustainable and High Style.
Most people are aware that Sunday is Mother's Day but did you know that Saturday, May 10 is Fair Trade Day? Fair Trade Day is an annual event to highlight consumer awareness of fair trade and to strengthen fair trade connections around the world. Here are a few things that you can do to participate in Fair Trade Day.
Click on the above image to learn more about Fair Trade Day at the Fair Trade Federation's website.

A Dress For Daryl Hannah

Looking back over the past ten years, one milestone is particularly memorable; the actress and eco advocate, Daryl Hannah contacted the Studio (or should I say her people did) and requested a dress made of pop tops. She was heading to Venice, Italy for the Blade Runner Redux film release at the Venice Film Festival and wanted a dress that would emphasis her commitment to environmental issues. It was a big deal. Blade Runner, best movie ever made, Venice, gotta look good in Italy under any circumstance. We needed to make it happen. I remember frantically calling Brazil to ask Socorro if the artists could possibly get a dress made and shipped to LA within 10 days. The artists heard the news and flipped out -- they were all very familiar with Daryl Hannah. For all of the artists, it was the film 'Splash' that rocked their world. They were amazed that Daryl Hannah knew what they were doing and recognized their work. It was a bit surreal for all of us. 10 days later the dress arrived in time in LA and Daryl flew out to Italy and ended up wearing it at the Venice Film Festival. We found some images from the Internet and shared them with the artisans and everyone got a great deal of satisfaction from it. This happened many years ago but we still remember. From all of us at Escama Studio Thank you Daryl Hannah!

Daryl Hannah in Escama Studio Dress

Darryl Hannah at the Blade Runner Redux release at Venice Film Festival


Daryl also wore the dress for a photo shoot in Delta In-Flight Magazine.


The film Splash was huge in Brazil. The artisans were crazy for Daryl Hannah.

Pikolinos and the Maasai Project

Since 2008 the Spanish shoe company, Pikolinos has released four collections of handmade sandals that are beaded by women in Kenya's Masaai tribe. Pikolinos' 'Masaai Project' was created in cooperation with a non profit foundation ADCAM to create jobs for Maasai craftswomen and it was initiated from requests from a Maasai leader, William Kikanae. The project has enabled the artisans to earn income to buy livestock, medicine and send their children to school. Enough funds have been generated to enable the venture to build a school for 100 students and dig wells for pure drinking water. It's a winning formula: Pikolinos is an experienced footwear manufacturer and they're obviously capable of overcoming the logistical hurdles of bringing this complex product to market. Leather pieces are cut in Pikolinos factories and shipped to the Maasai and then distributed to 1,600 artisans who then hand bead them. For their part the Maasai adapt their beautiful and ornate tribal craft and transform an otherwise ordinary pair of sandals into one-of-a-kind pieces that can be sold at a premium price point. 

The Maasai Project was showcased at a  Luxury Africa Fashion Pop Up Shop Hosted by Pikolinos and African PR consultancy Adiree to give African designers an opportunity to meet with potential customers and industry leaders for Fashion Week New York 2013. We love what they've done. Do you think you could rock this look this Summer?


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