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Friday
Jul032015

New York Painting at Kunstmuseum Bonn

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01. Love Boat by Joe Bradley, 2013.

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"After the genre of painting had been declared dead for several decades, it has been enjoying an impressive renaissance with a generation of artists at its base that accept no dictation of what to do and what not to do. It is without reservations and with every confidence that especially those artists born in the 1970s and early 1980s experiment with the medium of painting, which is why the show in Bonn will put its focus on this generation. The exhibition will include recent and latest works by eleven artists, ranging from the painterly experiments of Matt Connors, to the wild post pop painting of Eddie Martinez, to the neo-conceptual approaches of Antek Walczak and Ned Vena. Without prioritizing one painting style, the show will document the panorama of the genre of painting that has left its ideological battle for its existence behind and returned to playing a major role in art again today."

Kunstmuseum Bonn

Thursday
Jul022015

Nike Air Presto Lightning QS

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01. Quick strike release.

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The Nike Air Presto is an interesting shoe that comes from one of my favourite eras in the brand's history. The performance benefits it had in 2000 might be a little outdated, but it's still a style I'm particularly fond of, and the sock-like fit makes it an appealing casual option. I'm not usually one for wild patterns or prints on footwear, but for some reason the lightning motif just works on the Presto.

Available from Livestock

Thursday
Jul022015

Summer at Rochelle

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Rochelle School
Arnold Circus
London E2 7ES
Saturday, July 4, 11am-7pm

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This Saturday, Rochelle School in London's East End is hosting the first in a series of summertime events organised by Several. The menswear brand and retailer are lucky enough to call the beautiful location home, and they've invited the likes of orSlow, Honest Jon's, Spring Court, Sun Buddies and Antenne Books to join them for what is likely to be a unique shopping experience. To add to the appeal of the occasion, lunch and dinner reservations are available at Rochelle Canteen, who will also have a food and drink stall on the lawn for the duration of the day. Music will be provided by a selection of DJs and entry is free of charge.

Summer at Rochelle

Wednesday
Jul012015

StudioSmall presents Daily Observations by Mark Sanders

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Protein Studios
31 New Inn Yard
London EC2A 3EY
July 3 – 6, 2015

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As part of StudioSmall's ongoing tenth anniversary celebrations, the London-based design agency presents an exhibition of unpublished personal work from the visual diaries of photographer Mark Sanders. The show features 45 framed prints alongside the various Moleskines from which the images were chosen. Following an opening reception on Thursday evening, Daily Observations will be on display for four days: Friday, July 3rd to Monday, July 6th, 10am to 6pm.

Mark Sanders
StudioSmall
Diary entries via Darling Creative

Tuesday
Jun302015

The Clarks Desert Boot: Made in England

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Film by Will Robson-Scott
Edit by Luca Campanale

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Inspired by a crepe-soled silhouette made in the bazaars of Cairo, the Clarks Desert Boot is one of the most iconic footwear styles of the 20th century. Designed by Nathan Clark in 1949 and unveiled later that year at the Chicago Shoe Fair, it was put into production soon after and went on sale in 1950. Widespread success followed and it remains relevant and immensely popular today, with more than ten million pairs sold.

To celebrate the Desert Boot’s 65th anniversary, Clarks is set to release a definitive, Northampton-made version, constructed on hand-carved wooden lasts from the original Charles F. Stead suede. Available from tomorrow, the limited edition model was the starting point for this behind the scenes film, which focuses on the shoe’s manufacture as well as its rich history and continued appeal.

Clarks Originals

Monday
Jun292015

Comme des Garçons Homme Plus Spring-Summer '16

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01. SS16 presentation.

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Of the three collections presented in Paris last week by Comme des Garçons, Homme Plus was a definite standout. From the intimate setting within an old, derelict apartment to the wonderful music, interesting pace, and subtle interaction of the models, it evoked a certain intrigue, drawing you into the clothing further. With a theme of "broken tailoring," Rei Kawakubo aimed to break down classic shapes and functionality, and through superior finishing and subtle detail, was able to create something that felt quite fresh.

Runway images via Style.com

Monday
Jun292015

Waltzing Matilda Sandals

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01. Greek sandal with Birkenstock sole.

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Vancouver’s coastal climate, a heavy ’60s influence, and the impression Inherent Vice left on me, have all contributed to my appreciation for certain styles of leather sandal. I know that it’s impossible to get out of earshot of people crying foul on this stylistic choice, but Waltzing Matilda sandals have a primitive quality synonymous with beach culture that I find particularly appealing. Made from Horween leather and hand tacked in Maine, they're sure to look great for many years.

Available from Waltzing Matilda

Sunday
Jun282015

Weekend Listening: Treader Records

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01. A selection of releases.

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Treader is a small but perfectly formed record label, run by Ashley Wales and John Coxon (of Spring Heel Jack fame). The consistent and beautiful artwork should be enough to warrant your attention, and at least have you considering a reasonably priced purchase or two. However, if you feel you need further convincing, I'd recommend listening to J Spaceman's two releases on the label: his first solo record under his own name Guitar Loops, and a collaboration with Matthew Shipp, entitled SpaceShipp. Both were the reason I discovered Treader in the first place, and I'm certainly grateful that I did.

Treader
Guitar Loops via YouTube
SpaceShipp via YouTube

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