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Monday
Aug242015

Birdwell Beach Britches Manhattan Beach Store

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1300 Highland Avenue, Unit 106
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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Anyone interested in the origins of California surf culture is surely familiar with the fabled brand, Birdwell Beach Britches. If not, their recognition is sure to grow beyond a cult following now that they've opened their first company-owned retail location in Manhattan Beach. With skate legend Natas Kaupas at the helm as creative director, it's a surf shop in the classic mould, offering every variant of the brand's board shorts alongside apparel and accessories. Stop in and pick up a pair at the only place Birdwells are available on the 100-mile stretch of beach between Venice and Laguna.

Birdwell Beach Britches

Sunday
Aug232015

J.M. Weston Suede Derby Shoes

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01. Goodyear welted.

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The list of long-established footwear companies making incredibly well-built shoes in Europe is so overwhelming, that choosing between the options is a daunting prospect. While it seems like the majority are concentrated in the UK and Italy, there are also a handful of great brands based in France. One such outfit is the Anglo-sounding J.M. Weston, and this suede derby model exhibits expert craftsmanship alongside no-frills styling. With simplicity at its core, the classic lace-up stands as one of the best looking and seemingly under the radar luxury shoes I’ve seen in a long time.

Available from Mr Porter

Saturday
Aug222015

Jay DeFeo Catalogue

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Hardcover, 86 pages
9 x 11.5 inches
Published by Mitchell-Innes & Nash

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Originally produced to coincide with last year’s retrospective at the Mitchell-Innes & Nash gallery, this catalogue centred around the late avant-garde artist, Jay DeFeo, chronicles the bulk of her working life. It features 50 key works from 1965 to 1989, including paintings, drawings, photographs and little-seen photocopy pieces, as well as an essay by Walead Beshty entitled The Ritual of Everyday Life: On the Migrating Objects of Jay DeFeo. For anyone fascinated by the Beat movement and Semina-associated artists, it is sure to be a must.

Available from Artbook

Friday
Aug212015

Now Open: Baracuta London Flagship

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14 Newburgh Street
London W1F 7RT

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Earlier this month Baracuta opened their first flagship store since the brand's ownership change and updated direction. The Newburgh Street location is the ideal spot for the iconic label, with the interior taking inspiration from some of their defining characteristics: Fraser Tartan, bold colours and a rich English heritage.

Baracuta

Thursday
Aug202015

Soe 'Somewhere You Belong' T-Shirt

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Japanese brand Soe have made a name for themselves with the adventurous use of fabrics in their shirting, but it's actually a collection of T-shirts which have really caught my attention recently. This is my personal favourite from a series of options, all of which feature photos of seemingly happy young women, tinged with what feels to me like a certain loss of innocence. Intended or otherwise, each one is simply designed and quietly effective.

Available from Zozotown

Wednesday
Aug192015

Freunde von Freunden: Johanna F. Schneider

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In an interesting feature from their archives, Freunde von Freunden delve into the world of Berlin-based sportswear designer, Johanna F. Schneider. Having worked at ACRONYM and created her own NikeLab collection earlier this year, it's clear that she has a strong vision and a great aesthetic. The story offers a look at her home, studio and exercise regime, while Zsuzsanna Toth's interview probes deeper into the designer's process and perspective.

Freunde von Freunden

Tuesday
Aug182015

Garry Bradbury – Panspermia

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01. Limited to 200 copies.

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Garry Bradbury might not be a household name, but he is someone who's had a long and undeniable influence on experimental music. He first rose to prominence in the early '80s with seminal band The Severed Heads, and hasn't stopped working on various solo and group material since. His new album, released by Vinyl On Demand, is decidedly more dance friendly than a lot of his previous work, injecting tried and true grooves with an ability to simultaneously make one's skin crawl.

Available from VOD Records

Tuesday
Aug182015

Sneeze N°25 Summer-Fall '15: The Excuse Me Issue

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01. A$AP Rocky by Kenneth Cappello.

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Sneeze just released its 25th issue, an accomplishment for any independent publisher. Featuring A$AP Rocky on the cover, the latest edition also includes Mark Flood, Kevin Tierney, Shay Semple and an essay by the publication's editor-in-chief celebrating Stussy New York's 25th anniversary. In addition, Sneeze have produced a logo T-shirt which is now available from their online store, alongside the magazine, a sticker set and their Virus skateboard collaboration.

Sneeze

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