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Monday
Aug112014

Comme des Garçons Homme Plus Punctured Lace-Up Sneakers

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—01. Made in Japan.

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These Comme des Garçons Homme Plus sneakers feature a cotton canvas upper and come in various colour options, including black, white, purple, red and green. The toe area is punctured, tying in with the holey knitwear and jackets that are a theme of the brand's FW14 collection.

Available at Colette

Monday
Aug112014

Visvim SS15 Trunk Show at Haven Vancouver

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Haven
52 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC
August 16 & 17, 11:00am–7:00pm

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Haven is pleased to present Visvim's first Canadian trunk show, which will take place on August 16th and 17th at their new Vancouver location. The Japanese brand will be offering the opportunity to view and pre-order items from their Spring-Summer '15 collection, and there will also be exclusive F.I.L products available for purchase. To make an appointment, contact Haven with your full name and phone number at vancouver@havenshop.ca.

Haven

Sunday
Aug102014

Dreamweapon: The Art and Life of Angus MacLise 1938-1979

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120 pages
Full colour
Perfect bound
Edition of 1000

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An original member of the Velvet Underground who left the band before their first paid gig, Angus MacLise is a mysterious figure in the countercultural history of 1960s America. It is his work in the Theatre of Eternal Music that I am the most enamoured with and this catalog from the Dreamweapon exhibit that encapsulates his output, contained in a suitcase that was left for safekeeping with LaMonte Young and Marian Zazeela before he split for a life that would eventually end up devoted to Buddhist practice in Nepal.

Available at Boo-Hooray

Sunday
Aug102014

Weekend Viewing: La Grande Bellezza

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—01. Toni Servillo as Jep Gambardella.

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I was recommended La Grande Bellezza recently, embarrasingly having never even heard of it, but now I'm quite grateful for the tip. The film opens with a beautifully shot, eerie scene featuring little dialogue, followed by a high energy party reminiscent of something by Baz Luhrmann – the tone was set. After 15 minutes I wasn't sure if my viewing partner would be okay to continue watching, but we pressed on and by the end of the film it had won us both over. The cinematography was stunning, but the conversations, metaphors and main character, played by Toni Servillo, were what made it so special. Some reviews only gave credit to the film for its romantic portrayal of modern Rome, but there is much more to take away on several different levels. Of course, I'm not the only one who felt this way as it won Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year at the 86th Academy Awards.

Trailer via YouTube

Saturday
Aug092014

Spectus Shoe Co. Wing Tip Balmoral

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—01. Boa Closure System.

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Spectus Shoe Co. produces a selection of footwear that melds the comfort of sneakers and the styling of traditional shoes with modern technological advancements. The Japanese company is making some really innovative styles, of which their Wing Tip Balmoral, available in black leather and gray and beige suede, is especially good. The Boa Technology lacing system is straight from the future and eliminates shoe tying, while the shape looks fantastic, built on a Vibram Eton sole.

Spectus Shoe Co.
Available at Silver and Gold

Saturday
Aug092014

Bianca Chandôn at Nitty Gritty

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01. Japanese L/S Tee.
02. Moving Tee.

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Bianca Chandôn has been picked up by a handful of great select shops around the world, and Nitty Gritty is the latest to receive a shipment of T-shirts from the upstart skate brand. Being the height of summer, it's the perfect time for graphics and cotton.

Available at Nitty Gritty

Friday
Aug082014

Pleh at Shoot the Lobster

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138 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
July 13 – August 10, 2014
Organized by Alexander Shulan.

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Lower East Side gallery Shoot the Lobster look to continue their overlap with the world of techno by enlisting Uno NY affiliated oddball music producer Gobby and his friends Nicholas Buffon and Allegra Crowther for their current show. The result is a wonderfully imaginative alternate universe filled out by madcap illustrations and beautiful model recreations of the relative squalor associated with downtown life. The exhibition ends this weekend, so there's only a few days left to see this peculiar and strange group show.

Shoot the Lobster

Friday
Aug082014

Visvim & WMV Fall-Winter '14

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01-02. Photography by Keisuke Fukamizu.

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With autumn on its way, Visvim released campaigns for their FW14 men's and women's collections this week. While the offering is a bit more colourful than we've seen in the past, taking inspiration from old native tribes and motorcycle culture, Hiroki Nakamura continues to push his vision for the brand forwards through fabrication and technology.

Visvim

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