Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
The perfect way to transition from Summer to Fall, Pointer has just released this Conner shoe as part of this season’s footwear offerings. The mid-rise shoe features a soft, sueded upper with cloth laces and tonal stitching. Providing a nice contrast against the tan upper is a grooved, red brick-colored outsole that’s both rugged and stylish at the same time. Priced at £140 GBP (approximately $230 USD), the shoes are available for purchase now through Present.
Developing a custom order program, Strada’s mission is to assemble the finest personalized bicycles using durable and high quality materials. Never compromising on the quality, the brand states: “Each bike is assembled individually with care and it will be evident once you ride a Strada. We don’t just build bikes, but an experience. From shopping our site to riding our bikes, we bring you unparalleled quality every step of the way.” A look into several designs from the brand can be seen below. For further information or to build your own bike, visit the Strada website here.
New from Swedish design conglomerate Acne – which, by the way, stands for “Ambition to Create Novel Expressions” and is not a reference to an unfortunate dermatological condition – comes this video of their 2012 Spring/Summer runway show. Featuring a color palette of navy, blush pinks, earth-toned browns and greens, the collection on display here is a definitively slouchy, laid-back take on more classically formal pieces including shawl-collared blazers, sport jackets, tailored trousers and knitwear. Paired with colorful loafers and leather gladiator sandals, the latest Acne line is expectedly quirky yet supremely wearable (especially without the gladiator sandals).
A suitable alternative to the basic padded laptop case comes this one from Acne. The leather case has a polished appearance, making it appropriate for the office and includes details like an exposed gold zipper, four interior pockets for storage and the Acne house logo embossed on the front. Available in black and tan, the case retails for $480 USD and can be purchased online at Acne.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Grand Central Publishing announced today that it will publish LADY GAGA, a book of never-before-seen photographs of Lady Gaga taken by renowned photographer Terry Richardson. Lady Gaga will write the foreword to the book, which is scheduled to be published on November 22, 2011. Taschen Books will publish a very limited edition of the book to be released the following year.
“A visual dialogue between Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson, the book will showcase over 350 color and black and white photographs taken during the 10 month period in which Richardson followed Lady Gaga and had complete access to her everyday life, with nothing being off limits. Beginning with Lollapalooza in August 2010 to the February 2011 Grammy Awards which had 26.66 million viewers, (the highest viewership in over a decade) to the final shows of her Monster Ball tour which averaged an attendance of 90,000 people each day, Richardson brilliantly captures the intimate, random, behind-the-scenes moments of Lady Gaga in both her professional and personal life. During the almost year-long global odyssey, Richardson took over 100,000 images and followed the recording process of BORN THIS WAY. The resulting book, featuring some of the most revelatory and exciting of these photographs, captures Lady Gaga as never before seen.”
Born in Manhattan, Jake Davis is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and nominated MTV student visionary filmmaker. While still in film school Jake was recruited by the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy to direct a short film for Nike. From the success of that collaboration, the relationship developed into several more innovative projects. Jake continued to create slice-of-life grassroots promos and industrials for Nike, as well as long-form concert videos, tour visuals, and EPK’s for Sony, Columbia, Fat Beats, and a host of other record labels.
Upon graduation in 2002, he signed on to document the Anger Management Tour featuring Eminem, Ludacris, Xzibit, Papa Roach, and the X-ecutioners. The DVD ”Built To Scratch” released by Koch Entertainment is the result of that production.
Jake’s multi award-winning student film “At Low Resolution” premiered at the inaugural Tribeca Film Festival and was invited to numerous film festivals around the globe. It’s distributed by Amazefilms and Damah Films on DVD. Jake’s second short film “Come Lovely” played the festival circuit including the Hamptons, LA, Miami, and Rhode Island International Film Festivals among others. It was also a Finalist in the Academy Awards Live Action Short category.
Jake has worked with a who’s who of the music industry, embracing every genre, including My Chemical Romance, Flyleaf, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Nelly, T.I., Snoop Dogg, Korn, OneRepublic, Hinder, Hawthorne Heights, Head Automatica, Staind, Lacuna Coil, and KT Tunstall creating music videos, live performances, and documentaries.
He is a constant collaborator with international skate/streetwear brand Supreme and is developing the feature film script “Coolhunter,” which is inspired by his work for Nike.
Amsterdam Shoe Company aims to create products that are true to their essence. We draw inspiration from the staples of men's footwear both casual and formal. Our aesthetic is modern and classic. Simple, elegant shapes executed in the right fabrics and subtle colors. Our products should complement what you are wearing, whether it's blending in seamlessly or providing for a subtle accent.
We are also influenced by our surroundings, our city. Our story is set in Amsterdam because that's where we live and that's where we play. We're inspired by Amsterdam's rich history of nautical voyages and one-time center of the world but also modern day Amsterdam which, with all of its arts and culture, acts as a magnet to creatives from around the world. www.amsterdamshoeco.com
"Contemporary Footwear inspired by Timeless Classics"
After the unfortunate passing of Amy Winehouse over the past weekend fans all around the world have paid tribute. We showed you archive photos from Hedi Slimane, and Terry Richardson posted shots he took of the Grammy Award winning singer in 2007. Take a look below.
Traverse Tokyo and Porter present the ‘Book Hunting’ Bag, a paraffin-waxed cotton canvas carry-all with tanned leather and brass accents. We appreciate the subtlety of the Porter branding on this one. Available in tan or black from Traverse.
“The long-term alliance will allow David Beckham to produce and exclusively sell his eagerly awaited new DAVID BECKHAM bodywear line in around 1800 H&M stores in around 40 countries worldwide. It marks the beginning of a significant relationship between H&M and David Beckham, with new Bodywear products being launched seasonally. The initial range will be launched to coincide with Valentine’s Day 2012 from February 2nd.”More news to come on this as the line becomes available.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Less started in Tai-Chung City, Taiwan in the spring of 2006.
The mission of Less is to bring the best brands from around the world to the store
and create a relaxed, informal, friendly shopping atmosphere, no attitude and no stress.
They aim to offer the best customer service were possible, both through there product knowledge, and manner.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Shot by photographer Antony Crook and styled by Glenn Kitson, the preview for the fourth installment of this global series features a cameo appearance by items from Clarks, Woolrich Woolen Mills, Stone Island, LVC and R6. Amazing Styling !!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Yuketen is the brain child of Yuki Matsuda, who works with Artisans across the US to recreate American footwear classics. The Maine Guide boot is a reproduction of the moccasin boots worn by hunters America’s North East, updated with a Vibram sole for added comfort and durability. The strap boot also features a leather strap and patterned blanket wool panels.
On the back of the recent release of Levi’s’ new Commuter line, the original jean brand offers a short video to help sum up the features of its groundbreaking product. In this video dubbed “The Commuter,” a moving backdrop helps set the tone for several of the key features of the surprisingly affordable technical jean.
Form. Function. Cycling. Your two-wheeled commute just better. Check out The Commuter by Levi's® now available at Levi's® stores and levi.com.
A personality transcending high and low culture, Supermodel Kate Moss needs no introduction. Having walked the catwalks of the world’s biggest shows to being featured prominently on T-shirts, the model has had the unparalleled ability to find herself relevant on numerous levels. On a recent trip to the studio of fashion Terry Richardson, the controversial photographer shared a small set of simple black and white shots of the blonde beauty.
British labels CASH CA and Tricker’s link up on a new footwear set for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2011 season. Produced by the iconic Tricker’s shoe company in England, each design features the utmost of quality and construction, paired with solid color choices by the CASH CA brand. Both a grey chukka boot and blue saddle shoes are offered in the drop, each expected to see a release in mid-October 2011 through CASH CA retailers worldwide.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Made with Japan recently paid a visit to the headquarters of Japan Blue Group, the makers and parent company of Momotaro Jeans. Located in Kojima, a small town in Okayama considered to be the mecca of Japanese denim, the company is now recognized internationally for creating high-quality denim and occasionally going over the top. Offered below is an interview with Masahiro Suwaki, the Vice President of Japan Blue Group and the mastermind behind Momotaro Jeans. The interview in its entirety is available here.
So, will you tell us a little about the history and background of your company and Momotaro Jeans?
Well, we started with jeans in Japan. Our company’s foundation is in textile manufacturing. Our textiles have reached different parts of the globe now. For example, in America we sell our denim to Ralph Lauren and many other companies that seek high quality.
I saw a section called Rampuya (Ranpuya) on your website. Can you tell me what that’s all about?
Rampuya (Ranpuya) is a company we dedicated solely to high quality Aizome, Japanese indigo dying. Our other company called Collect manufactures and sells textiles. And with those two companies combined creates Japan Blue Group. But we started just as Collect.
So it appears you still sell to brands all over the world. How did you start selling to companies overseas?
U–m. As you probably know, there was a huge trend for premium jeans around the world right? So we were the first to create the premium denim material. We were creating the fabric and selling it to luxury brands overseas, for example Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and other companies started buying from us. We were actually surprised in the beginning! After that, the vintage boom in Japan helped our company take off further. (The vintage boom in Japan started with people paying hefty prices for real American vintage Levi’s, Lee’s, and Wrangler but gradually evolved into a style where brands began to recreate vintage styles in premium denim material)
Wow, that is amazing.
However, there are many business-focused companies in Japan that are geared towards copying textile designs and lowering costs. It was difficult to compete only with our artisan dyed and crafted denim so we split the company into two. Collect became dedicated for purely denim manufacturing. And Rampuya was created to allow us to continue the artisan methods and sell to only people that understand or really care.
What was your drive to start the Momotaro Jeans denim brand?
It is disappointing, but the population of people who truly understand denim are on the decline in Japan. This I feel is especially true for people who like fashion than the “average” person. When we thought about how we can get high-quality denim in their hands, we figured the best way would be to create our own brand and sell to them directly.
Does that mean the concept for Momotaro Jeans is simply high-quality denim?
That’s exactly correct. We do care about design, but that isn’t our main focus. We simply would like more people to wear and udnerstand high-quality denim.
I was in Tokyo before coming to Okayama and I met a few people in the fashion industry. I can only speak for the people I met, but they seemed to respect Momotaro Jeans so I think your concept is reaching the minds of people who like fashion
Friday, July 22, 2011
"The temptation was to write a long piece justifying our creation of 3DD. We could have thrown in some academic analysis on the prominent role of the nude in the history of art and elaborate on the ways that 3DD advances that canon. We might have pointed out that the beautiful images of natural breasts in all shapes and sizes are a wonderful celebration of real women in all their glory. Or we could have reveled in the universal truth that looking and talking about boobs is just a lot of fun.
But that would be to complicate something that can be said in four words.
Boobs in 3-D, 86 pages of pure fun, glasses included. Enjoy."
But that would be to complicate something that can be said in four words.
Boobs in 3-D, 86 pages of pure fun, glasses included. Enjoy."
Tim and Fiona Slack (T&F Slack) are married to each other and to their love of creating shoes, considered “modern classics” by industry standards. Their collection gives the classic “Gibson” or “Derby” shoe shape new life when unexpected color combinations, stitching details and fabrications are blended together.