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Sunday
Feb222015

Runner's Journal: Footwear

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–01. Photography by Fahim Kassam.

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With a solid month of training down, and a little over two to go, I'm feeling faster. I can feel the benefits of the group runs and hill repeats already – something that I'd never done before, and probably wouldn't have on my own. I've implemented more omega-3 fatty acids, have been drinking a lot of tart cherry juice, and have been more conscious about eating carbohydrates before runs, but especially after, in the recommended 4/1 ratio to protein, something I was surprised to learn. In terms of achieving this easily, Vega has been a great option so far.

The last two clinics in the training course have focused heavily on injury prevention. Besides actually running a lot, this is probably the most vital aspect of preparing for the marathon, and certainly my biggest concern...

BMO Vancouver Marathon
Running Room
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Sunday
Feb222015

Carl Auböck & Table of Contents Leather-Wrapped Bronze Stones

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–01. Five sizes.

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I feel as though I’ve seen an increasing amount of Carl Auböck pieces more widely available as recognition for the Austrian designer and company continues to grow, but I’d yet to see a collaboration. At the end of 2014, the Portland-based shop Table of Contents released five Auböck paperweights made from brass, based on the classic leather-wrapped stone which dates back to the 19th century.

Available from Table of Contents

Saturday
Feb212015

Weekend Listening: Jimmy Johnson

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01-02. Portraits by Paolo Azarraga.

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I came across Jimmy Johnson for the first time after he released In God We Trust last year, followed by a handful of singles including standouts 'Sun Goes Down' and 'Northside'. The young rapper-cum-singer has a unique sound, partially due to his creative partnership with producer Eric Dingus, but also because of his relatively mature perspective. After having spoken with Jimmy last summer, it was clear to see that he was not your average 22-year-old, both sonically and in the way he's releasing projects and developing his career. In November he issued Red Ferrari, which I keep going back to. With definite influence from 808s and Heartbreaks, and more subtle inspiration from Toronto natives Abel and PND, Jimmy provides his own perspective and offers an impressively restrained EP, especially for somebody so young. It's yet to be seen whether he'll be next in line for OVO Sound, but I am anticipating another productive year in 2016.

SoundCloud: Jimmy Johnson

Saturday
Feb212015

Anatomica Trim Fit Pants

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01. 65% Polyester, 35% Cotton.
02. Navy.

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Simple, basic trousers that feature a contemporary cut and interesting details aren’t the easiest to come by without having to make some compromise in either fit or finishing. These are one of better pairs I’ve come across recently and, much like the rest of the French brand’s offerings, are sure to live up to expectations with their tapered fit and interesting use of a snap button at the waist. 

Available from Starling

Friday
Feb202015

Sleepwalker Editorial by Totokaelo

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01. Haider Ackermann Pajama Shirt.
02. Haider Ackermann Bomber Jacket.

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Photographed by Dan McMahon, Totokaelo's latest online editorial features new pieces from Haider Ackermann, Dries Van Noten and Won Hundred. Sleepwalker especially highlights Ackermann's fine fabrics and casual shapes, as we follow our main character from bed to a walk through the city late at night.

Totokaelo

Thursday
Feb192015

Stan Brakhage Essential Cinema at Anthology Film Archives

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–01. AFA facade.

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In 1970, the Anthology Film Archives began a project to define the breadth of art in cinema. Although it was never completed, their Film Selection Committee did put together 110 programs comprising 330 films and these form the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. These programs are now regularly shown at the NYC film museum and prove to be quite a rare treat, chronicling the work of acknowledged classic filmmakers next to legends of the avant-garde, such as Kenneth Anger, Jordan Belson, Maya Deren and Stan Brakhage. Starting this weekend, Brakhage is the subject of a retrospective which includes a number of his '50s and '60s films and the program will be a welcome exhibition of one of the 20th centuries most innovative artists in the medium of celluloid. 

Anthology Film Archives

Thursday
Feb192015

Church's Ely Calf Jodphur

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–01. Rubber sole.

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I've highlighted several pairs of Church's Chelsea boots in the past but these are a more refined version, likely to look nice with a slim trouser. Made in Italy from calf leather, they feature a rubber sole, elastic side gores and a pull tab at the rear for a classic appearance that will never deteriorate in aesthetic appeal.

Available from Nitty Gritty

Thursday
Feb192015

Dries Van Noten Skin Vinny Bomber

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–01. 69% viscose, 31% silk.

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Dries Van Noten's Spring-Summer '15 collection features a variety of luxurious silks and fine patterns. The looks on the runway had an almost high-end sleepwear feel in terms of fabric and silhouette, accentuated by the way the garments moved. I mean that in the best way possible too. The Skin Vinny Bomber showcases this theme perfectly, while still being very wearable. The jacket is reversible and the geometric side might even edge out the plain black for me.

Available from Totokaelo

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