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Tuesday
Feb172015

Cav Empt Cagoule

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–01. 100% cotton.

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Cav Empt have been releasing some of their spring collection through there own web store, a few items at a time. Among the first, is this pullover cotton cagoule in beige or brown, featuring a small chest graphic and a larger silk screen print on the back.

Available from Cav Empt

Tuesday
Feb172015

Shaped Bottle Vase by Kana Tozuka

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Kana Tozuka, a Japanese potter based in Hokkaido, crafts a range of ceramics inspired by an image of winter and the old streets of her hometown, Otaru. Fired at high temperatures to achieve a glistening glaze, each of these vases is unique, varying slightly in size and shape, while its rich black-bronze colouring is reminiscent of an antique aged through the passage of time.

Available from OEN

Monday
Feb162015

Supreme Spring-Summer '15 Lookbook

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01. Faux Fur Coat.
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Supreme released their Spring-Summer '15 lookbook today, along with the usual collection preview. The offering includes the eclectic mix we've come to expect and appreciate. The New York-based brand is able to strike a balance between basketball jerseys and 'fur' coats, while also working with the likes of Daniel Johnston and Schott – not an easy footing to find, yet Supreme seem to do it smoothly season after season.

Supreme

Monday
Feb162015

Converse CT 70 Ox Egret/Tan

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Since Converse introduced their 1970s line of Chuck Taylor All Stars, I’ve greatly enjoyed how simple they’ve kept it, while still rolling out some totally unique and sometimes daring special versions each season. This leather low-top model is rendered in a muted monochromatic colour palette and certainly splices these two approaches with the addition of a leather toecap and rawhide laces.

Available from Concepts

Sunday
Feb152015

Needles Papillon Glasses – Samuel Sunglasses

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Whether it's shoes, socks, hats, clothing, remade clothing or eyewear, Needles seem capable of producing just about anything at a high level. The Samuel model from the brand's Papillon glasses collection comes in four options and features flip up lenses. I don't think it was the designer's main point of reference, but I was instantly reminded of Ozzie Smith.

Available from Silver and Gold

Sunday
Feb152015

Omer Arbel at Monte Clark Gallery

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Monte Clark Gallery
#105 - 525 Great Northern Way
Vancouver, BC V5T 1E1
January 31 – February 28, 2015

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Omer Arbel is probably one of Vancouver's most exciting and innovative designers. While he's based in Berlin part-time, he launched Bocci here and his design firm is also still in Vancouver. His work in lighting is highly regarded and very successful, and it's in developing those ideas that the 'mistakes' on display at Monte Clark were created. Works '30' and '71' are on show until the end of the month, and are well worth having a look at if you're interested in Omer's progression.

Monte Clark Gallery

Saturday
Feb142015

Oren Ambarchi – Quixotism

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Australian experimentalist, Oren Ambarchi, has long been exploring a world of sonic discovery, wielding his guitar in unorthodox ways and making sounds normally not akin to the omnipresent stringed instrument. His latest record, Quixotism, recorded on four continents, is a collaboration with numerous experimental luminaries and pairs his unique approach to guitar playing with a vast array of instruments – from drums and electronics to a more unconventional deployment of contact mics and brushes. Quixotism is a densely layered exploration of intricate sonic textures, and as such deserves to be played loudly to fully appreciate the world of tonality contained in this singular piece, broken into five parts. Already released digitally on the Editions Mego website, the LP can be expected to drop on March 3rd, but can also be preordered now. 

Editions Mego

Friday
Feb132015

The Foxfire Collection: Volume 1-9

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–01. Edited by Eliot Wigginton.

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Outside of platforms like Ebay, it’s often hard to buy collections of desirable publications in one place, at one time. While this set does not comprise all of the Foxfire books that have been released since the first volume in 1972, it does represent the vast majority – only missing three editions that were issued quite a bit later. The material for the books actually started as Foxfire magazine in 1966 at the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia, chronicling Appalachian culture and eventually morphing into an anthology of articles originally written for it. These books are a great example of experiential education and are filled with interesting oral history, craft traditions, how-to pictorials and backwoods imagery. 

Available from Press

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