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Tuesday
Jun022015

Remembering the Streetwise Photographer

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01. Photograph by Mary Ellen Mark.

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Of all the documentaries that have attempted to capture the often grisly details of life on the street, the most successful is perhaps the 1984 film Streetwise. Directed by Martin Bell and photographed by Mary Ellen Mark, it follows a small group of teenage runaways through their daily lives in the gutters of Seattle. When I first saw it, the effects were hard to shake, intensified by the fact that my mom grew up on the same streets not long before they started making the film. The feeling of shattered innocence looms over every shot, captured beautifully by Mark. I was very sad to hear that she had passed away last week, but you can learn more about her life and process in this fascinating interview recently published by Dazed.

Via Dazed

Tuesday
Jun022015

Varg – Ursviken

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01. Ursviken.
02. Northern Electronics.

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Swedish techno maestro Varg is an incredibly prolific personality in the world of underground music. His records possess the same icy talons that grab you while watching an Ingmar Bergman film, creating the sense that the walls around you are closing in. Ursviken comes courtesy of Northern Electronics, the label he runs with fellow Swede Abdulla Rashim, which has quickly become the go-to name for beautiful dance floor intended melancholia. 

Available from Northern Electronics

Monday
Jun012015

Comoli Open Collar Shirt

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01. Navy typewriter cloth.

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While predominantly a very basic seeming shirt, this short-sleeved option from the Japanese brand Comoli would get you through the hottest parts of the summer in style. The cotton typewriter cloth is lightweight and the fit is perfect, exhibiting a boxy cut with a straight hem that would work well with trousers, shorts or jeans. This solid coloured, casual button-up strikes me as the right choice for someone who might like the laid-back appearance of an aloha shirt, but isn’t comfortable wearing the flamboyant patterns often employed in their design.

Available from Loftman

Monday
Jun012015

Exercises in Seating by Max Lamb

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01. Designed by Åbäke.

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At Milan Design Week 2015, British designer Max Lamb was the subject of a retrospective featuring 40 of his chairs from over the last 10 years entitled Exercises in Seating. A catalogue of the event has been released profiling not only the chairs themselves but also their construction, as well as a miscellany of other imagery – all clad in a DIY-looking newsprint and plastic package.

—Available from Max Lamb and Dent-De-Leone

Sunday
May312015

Noah

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01. A welcome return.

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Brendon Babenzien has been receiving quite a bit of press with the recent relaunch of his brand, Noah. There's good reason too: with years of success at Supreme as well as Noah in the past, nobody is doubting Brendon's design sensibility. To start, or restart, a brand today you have to be passionate about it, because it's not an easy undertaking. Fortunately Brendon seems to have the drive and passion to create something that he believes in. On first look, he's used a variety of unique fabrics on relatively classic shapes to give them new life, more functionality and most importantly, his own personal perspective.

Interview via Highsnobiety

Sunday
May312015

Buco Prisoner Shirt

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01. Selvage chambray.

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I’m sure there aren’t all that many people who court the appearance of an escaped convict and rightly so, but after watching Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law this look seems like a great casual option to me. Having made a vast array of chambray shirting over the years, this might be my favourite one yet from The Real McCoy’s, which is branded under their Buco license. The overall cut looks exceptional, as do the fabric and utilitarian prison graphics, though one should probably take care not to be mistaken for an inmate gone AWOL.

Available from Blue in Green

Saturday
May302015

Weekend Viewing: Heaven Knows What

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01. Theatrical poster.
02. Arielle Holmes.

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Directed by brothers Benny and Josh Safdie, Heaven Knows What is a brutally honest look at the lives of young and homeless heroin addicts living among the affluent residents of Manhattan's Upper West Side. Having originally met the film's lead, Arielle Holmes, while researching another project, the pair encouraged her to write a memoir based on her life on the streets. Josh and Ronald Bronstein (who starred in the brothers' previous picture Daddy Longlegs) wrote a script based on her writings, while Benny edited the film alongside the latter. It was shot by Sean Price Williams, whose sparse and distant cinematography, employing long lenses and views across streets and down from rooftops, lends the film a lifelike, documentary quality. Having already had significant success on the festival circuit, Heaven Knows What has been met with high critical praise, including a piece in the New York Times, that's linked below. It opens this weekend in both New York and LA for a limited engagement, before a nationwide release shortly thereafter. If you happen to be in either city, and find the sun too bright, and the vibes too positive, I'd highly recommend taking in a wintery view of one of the darker sides of street and city life.

Heaven Knows What
The New York Times
Landmark Sunshine Cinema, New York
ArcLight Cinema, Hollywood

Saturday
May302015

Wtaps Slip On / Shoes

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01. Cotton velveteen upper.

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While Wtaps probably aren't best known for their footwear, it would be hard to say they don't do a great job with it. Each season they offer a variety of simple, very wearable designs, frequently alongside Vans Syndicate collaborations which are also noteworthy. This spring, they've produced these all black, leather-lined slip-ons with a cotton velveteen upper.

Available from Haven

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