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Wednesday
Dec162015

Crescent Down Works Coach Jacket

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01. Grey.
02. Brown.

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The Japanese shop Loftman seems to receive an almost constant stream of new arrivals, including a wide range of American-made products that Westerners would never be able to find at home. I’ve been looking at and coveting the breadth of Crescent Down Works' designs for a few years now, always impressed by their functionality and simplicity. I have never seen this amazing Coach Jacket though, and the obsessive side of my personality is probably going to wish I hadn’t.

Available from Loftman

Wednesday
Dec162015

Raise High the Roof Beams by Neighbour

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Photography: Ian Lanterman
Styling: Saager Dilawri, Justin Lintag, Karyna Schultz
Models: Jeni at Family Management, Harrison Pratt

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Neighbour recently produced this editorial combining items from their men's and women's stores. Shot by Ian Lanterman in a large warehouse, the industrial backdrop is a nice counterpoint to the clean, contemporary lines of the clothing. Featuring pieces from the likes of Lemaire, Our Legacy, Acne Studios, Niuhans, Hed Mayner and Patrik Ervell, the full story can be seen by clicking on the link below.

Neighbour

Tuesday
Dec152015

Jean Prouvé Antony Chair

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—01-04. Various views.

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Those with particular tastes could easily drop a lot of money at the Japanese furniture shop Building, with all the incredible pieces they regularly receive. I often visit the store's website as part of my online browsing circuit, but I don’t think I've ever seen this Jean Prouvé design before. Represented in the MoMA permanent collection and sometimes referred to as the Light chair, it was reproduced by Vitra for a decade from 2002 to 2012. These days it's much more difficult to find, but now that it’s in my mind, I'll have a hard time considering any other wood and steel chairs. Well outside my budget, it won’t be mine anytime soon, but that's how she goes, I guess.

Available from Building

Tuesday
Dec152015

Rebuild by Needles Brown Duck Arrow Jacket

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01. Welt pockets.
02. Patchwork construction.

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This variegated amalgam of brown duck canvas fabrics adds a lot of visual interest to the fairly basic Arrow Jacket by Needles. Having poked around in a number of shops before finding this hunting piece, it's apparent that patchwork is a prevalent trend this season. Many brands seem to be doing it for the novelty of pairing disparate fabric panels, but the Rebuild line uses this approach as its signature season after season, crafting entirely new one-off creations from a wide range of vintage items.

Available from Goodhood

Monday
Dec142015

New Releases from The Trilogy Tapes

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01. Rezzett: EP 2.
02. Coni: Imaginarium Essai EP.

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The Trilogy Tapes is releasing a pair of very good records this week, one by the mysterious duo that make up Rezzett, and the other from French producer Coni. There's been no shortage of new releases from the UK-based label lately, but these two – EP 2 and Imaginarium Essai EP – are especially strong.

Available from The Trilogy Tapes

Monday
Dec142015

Takazawa Candle at Neighbour

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01. Nanohana 40 set.
02. Height: 11cm.

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Neighbour has recently received what might amount to one of the more interesting stocking stuffers for someone that has everything. The Japanese company, Takazawa, produces plant wax candles which utilize a wick made by wrapping a dried reed around a rice paper cylinder. This is said to create a large and luminous flame, with minimal smoke, due to its ability to draw air up the hollow shaft, which sounds like a great alternative to having to light more candles. What sold me though, and what the recipient will surely see when tearing off the wrapping paper, is the wacky and beautiful packaging.

Available from Neighbour

Sunday
Dec132015

Snow Peak Wool Fleece Pullover

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01. Large pouch pocket.
02. 77% wool, 23% polyester.

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The Japanese outdoor brand Snow Peak have really upped their clothing output in the last few seasons. The utilitarian items they produce have a strong foothold in the luxe camping market, but the company is also making a name for itself with highly desirable garments, like this fleece pullover. Reminiscent of designs from the past, it relies on the warmth of wool and the functionality of a hood and a central pouch pocket, to create a strong design that offers everything you need from a jacket like this.

Available from Oi Polloi

Saturday
Dec122015

Lost in the Flood

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66 rue de Turenne
75003 Paris
October 22, 2015 – December 19, 2015

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There isn’t much time left to check out this intriguing group show at Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris. Creating a dialogue between the long-deceased Wallace Berman and contemporary artists Will Boone and Virginia Overton, Lost in the Flood revolves around Berman’s Crater Lake home and gallery which was destroyed in 1964 by a mudslide. There are a number of his Verifax collages on display, as well as a surreptitious recording of the late artist in conversation made by Hal Glicksman, that serves as the show’s soundtrack. The sculptural work from both Boone and Overton provides an interesting minimalist juxtaposition of collage and structural elements, relying on fragments in much the same way as Berman did. Experience this exhibition in person if you can, before it closes on December 19th.

Galerie Frank Elbaz

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