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Feb032014

Financial Times: Issey Miyake Article

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—01. Miyake with his IN-EI Mendori light.

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Saturday's edition of the long-running Financial Times supplement, How To Spend It, featured an excellent article about Issey Miyake, underpinned by a rare interview with the designer himself. Written by Mark C. O’Flaherty, I'd recommend it to anyone with an interest in design – fashion or otherwise. Follow the link below to read it online.

Financial Times: Issey Miyake Article

Monday
Feb032014

Tricker's for Margaret Howell: Crepe Sole Chukka Boot

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—01. Made in Northhampton.
—02. Matte black.
—03. Crepe sole.
—04. 100% leather.

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This spring Margaret Howell has worked with Tricker's to create a simple, yet special version of their Chukka Boot. The matte black leather is accented by tonal eyelets and a painted crepe midsole, creating a dark, streamlined silhouette.

Available at Margaret Howell

Sunday
Feb022014

Weekend Viewing: The Killers

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—01. Ava Gardner as Kitty Collins.

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Originating from a short story by Ernest Hemingway, The Killers, directed by Robert Siodmak, is the quintessential noir. It features Burt Lancaster in his first movie role as a washed-up prizefighter who is murdered for his involvement in a robbery. Starting at the end, the story reveals the events in a very creative way, with uncredited co-writing from John Huston and Richard Brooks – acknowledged masters of the era.

Available from Criterion

Sunday
Feb022014

Illesteva Tribeca Sunglasses

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—01. Handmade in Italy.
—02. Matte acetate.

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I don't know about others, but I still get a a fair bit of wear out of my sunglasses in the colder, darker months. Any day that sees the sun peeking out, causing me to squint, I reach for a pair. This black, oval shaped option with a metal bridge from Illesteva would work well with the more muted colours that are generally associated with winter.

Available at Need Supply

Saturday
Feb012014

Porter Yoshida Kaban Beat Cotton Canvas Tote Bag

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—01. Leather trimmed.

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You might have thought the UK-based online retailer would have picked up their namesake accessories line right away, but this spring marks the first offering of the Japanese luggage brand. A selection of totes and backpacks is rounded out with two holdalls and a simple wallet, but this cotton canvas bag was my favourite from their buy.

Available at Mr. Porter

Saturday
Feb012014

Weekend Listening: Tiger

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Dug Out PR-001
A1: Rap Pon Rydim
B1: Version

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Whether I liked it or not, Dancehall was a mainstay in the various vehicles of my Bay Area youth. For an individual like myself, who preferred the harshest rap, metal, jungle and techno the world had to offer, a large portion of the islander riddims were too tame for my taste. One artist who left me with nothing to complain about though was three decade deep Dancehall MC, Tiger. His signature growl of a delivery leaps off the record like a slap in the face, and coupled with a pummeling 909, forces your most base human instincts to rise to the surface. At the end of last year, and not a second too soon, Honest Jon's and Hard Wax's joint label Dug Out rereleased this tune on 7" vinyl.

Honest Jon's
Hard Wax

Friday
Jan312014

Adidas Stan Smith

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—01. Green.

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While Adidas continue to struggle putting the right foot forward, they have recognized a few good steps from their past recently, namely the Stan Smith. With a controlled release last year, followed by an exclusive Consortium pack, the general release version comes in three colours this spring: red, navy and, of course, the classic green. It's a great, simple sneaker and nobody would deny it. While I'm very tempted to pick up a pair myself, I still have a hard time committing to a brand I feel has somewhat lost its way within the modern market.

Available at Nitty Gritty

Friday
Jan312014

President's Spring-Summer '14

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—01. Crew Neck Sweat.
—02. Onofre Jacket.

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Made entirely in Italy's culture-rich region of Tuscany, President's focuses on quality basics, simple design and wearable garments for the modern consumer. Designed by Guido Biondi, the Spring-Summer '14 collection sees the brand continue on its path, finding a place between fashion and function.

President's 7 Bell

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