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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

Thursday
Aug072014

Nonnative Dweller Down Vest

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—01. Concealed zipper.

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Once again Nonnative's fall collection looks very impressive. The tones, the layers, the fabrics and the lengths of the garments all seem to go perfectly with one another, but looking at things individually, there are several standout items. This down vest comes in four colours and provides just enough insulation, while offering a unique look with its vertical tubes and round collar.

Available at Coverchord

Thursday
Aug072014

Atsushi Momoi: Score (Scene #1 / Tokyo)

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28 pages
19 x 15 cm
Softcover
Colour Offset
Edition of 300

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Published by The Velvet Cell in a limited edition of 300, this 28-page photography piece captures the 'score' of Tokyo through the lens of Atsushi Momoi. The soft focus, cool tones and contrasting imagery provide a unique vision of the city, creating something beautiful and more anonymous.

Available at Antenne Books

Wednesday
Aug062014

New Balance 999CRB

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01. Suede upper.

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I always prefer the grey versions of classic New Balance models. They’re fresh, simple and free of ostentation but every once in a while I could do with just a little colour. This pair bridges the gap between some of the brighter 999s and the most basic grey ones. The subtle use of blue and tonal greys is about as tasteful as it gets. 

Available at Gentry

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