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Wednesday
Oct222014

Hasami Porcelain at Tortoise General Store

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—01. Mug.
—02. Sugar Pot.
—03. Plates.

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Hasami Porcelain offers an impressive yet simple, durable and unencumbered range of tableware designs. Produced under the direction of Tortoise General Store owner, Takuhiro Shinomoto, the brand applies a modern concept to the traditions of one of Japan's most important pottery districts. Subsequently, the LA-based retailer is a one-stop shop for a large selection of Hasami plates, bowls and mugs, as well as several specialty items.

Available from Tortoise General Store

Tuesday
Oct212014

Nicholas Gottlund – The Domestic Scene

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01. The Domestic Scene poster, 1 of 2.
02. Spanner 1, 2014, installation photo.

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Toronto's Art Metropole and Working Title have collaborated on a series of events focussed on the work of Nicholas Gottlund, the first of which opens this Friday. Featuring two exhibitions and a public conversation, the presentation aims to connect Gottlund's work as a publisher to his output as an independent artist.

Art Metropole
Working Title

Tuesday
Oct212014

Postalco Key Chains

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01. Abacus key holder.
02. Totem key holder.

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These keychains, much like Postalco’s whole range of products, are impressively basic, yet entirely unique and well-designed. Available in two hand-milled configurations, one resembling abacus beads and the other a simple totem, they hold up to ten keys and make for an everyday item that one might not generally consider upgrading.

Available from Generalgood

Monday
Oct202014

Converse 1970s Chuck Taylor Suede All Stars

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01. Portrait Grey Ox.
02. Black Hi.

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It would be difficult to argue that the 1970s Chuck Taylor models haven't been a huge success for Converse. After only a year and a half on the market, they've quickly become the go-to shoe for men and women wanting a more premium All Star option. This fall is the first time they've released suede versions of the style outside of their First String program, with two colours now arriving at select retailers.

Available from End

Monday
Oct202014

Beams FW14: Walk or Stop Editorial

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01. Marmot x Beams Down Vest.
02. Patagonia Nylon Parka.

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Beams recently released their Fall-Winter '14 catalog, which features several product-focused sections alongside a handful of editorials. With an emphasis on casual garments for men and women, the 'Walk or Stop' story looks at some of this season's in-house pieces and collaborations, as well as a selection of the other brands the Japanese retailer has brought in for the fall.

Beams

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Sunday
Oct192014

Burgus Plus Lot.968 Natural Indigo Jeans

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01. 14 oz. selvedge denim.
02. Worn pair.

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These jeans from Burgus Plus, the house brand of near 60-year-old Japanese retailer Hinoya, stand out as a really special denim choice amongst the countless other options out there. The deerskin leather reinforcements on the back pockets are definitely a highlight, as are the relaxed fit, two-tone selvedge, and beautiful high-contrast fade that can be achieved over time.

Available from Hickoree’s

Sunday
Oct192014

Mackintosh Dunkeld Wool Raincoat

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—01. Loro Piana Storm System.

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Anyone familiar with the heralded Scottish outerwear brand knows that weather-ready fabrics are what they do best. This variation of one of their classic silhouettes uses the versatile Loro Piana Storm System fabric to create a stylish piece of outerwear with great wind and rain protection, which you’ll be able to wear for years to come.

Available from Dick's

Saturday
Oct182014

Weekend Viewing: A Man Escaped

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—01. François Leterrier as Lieutenant Fontaine.

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Robert Bresson is an unequivocal master of the art form. He is probably more admired and influential than he gets credit for, but those in the know definitely consider him in the same league as greats such as Kubrick, Kurosawa and Fellini. While those directors don’t hold back on style, Bresson favours a spare, more simplistic approach. The French filmmaker prefers themes on the human condition to speak for themselves, rather than grandiose set pieces and florid, impressionistic camerawork. A Man Escaped (1956) juxtaposes a methodical plan for a Nazi prison break with ruminations on incarceration and man's desire for freedom. The outcome is a tense, well-paced affair with the stakes rising as mounting death sentences are carried out around our protagonist, Lieutenant Fontaine, and doubt is ultimately cast on which inmates he can trust. If you have never seen a Bresson film and are looking for a jumping off point, this is a great place to start and it will surely leave you wanting to see the rest of his filmography.

Available from Criterion

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