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Saturday
Aug292015

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star '70 Stussy Tom Tom

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01. Directed by Liam MacRae.

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As part of their ongoing 35th anniversary celebrations, Stussy have worked with Converse on two pairs of 1970s Chuck Taylor All Stars, both of which use the California brand's iconic Tom Tom pattern as their base. To mark the release of these special edition models, Liam MacRae shot this short video piece in Malibu, featuring a local steel pan drummer, as the sun set over the Pacific.

Available from Stussy

Friday
Aug282015

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969

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Hardback, 168 pages
12 x 8.25 inches
Published by Matthew Marks Gallery, 2015

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I posted about the What Nerve! exhibition when it opened at the Matthew Marks Gallery in July, prominently featuring works from the Hairy Who and other similar artists. Now the gallery has released all of the outsider collective’s art books in one volume, with the following snippet of the press release shedding more light than I could:

"Much of the Hairy Who’s legacy rests on four self-published books made to accompany their exhibitions. These comic books, as the artists called them, are among the first artist’s books executed in full colour, and they are exemplary models of artistic collaboration. The pages teem with unforgettable characters (including Juan Dollar, Poodle Woman, and Lotte Da) rendered in energetic lines and intense colours. The artists’ formal inventiveness and penchant for wordplay are on full display in these illustrations. Even the group's name is a pun. At one of the first meetings, the younger members were discussing Harry Bouras, a Chicago artist and critic, and they delightedly riffed on Karl Wirsum’s repeated question “Harry who?”

The Collected Hairy Who Publications 1966-1969 gathers these seminal books for the first time in a single hardcover volume, reproducing them at actual size and in full colour. Accompanying them are a scholarly essay by Dan Nadel and an extensive archive of Hairy Who posters, exhibition photographs, and ephemera.”

Head over to the gallery's store to pick up a copy before this limited title is sold out.

Matthew Marks Gallery

Thursday
Aug272015

Comme des Garçons Homme Plus Wide Collar Cotton Shirt

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01. Made in Japan.
02. Collar detail.

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While I might admittedly prefer collars more prevalent in the 1940s and 1970s, you can't ignore the '80s forever. This shirt from Comme des Garçons Homme Plus looks like it was ripped straight out of the 1989 film Slaves of New York, with its classic silhouette and larger than life flourishes. It also doesn't hurt that the price seems to be from a bygone era as well.

Available from Number 3

Wednesday
Aug262015

Flat Static

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01. Silk screened sleeve.
02. Rereleased by Ruff Records.

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After highlighting Garry Bradbury's work last week, I thought I would continue to give shine to the often forgotten artists that made up the Australian experimental scene of the 1980s. To be honest, I don't know much about this reissue, or Flat Static in general, but it doesn't take more than a quick listen to realize that this record is a beautiful and strange mix of nearly every genre of music imaginable.

Available from Juno Records

Tuesday
Aug252015

Engineered Garments Ground Jacket

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01. Activecloth fabric.

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Oi Polloi has received a tightly edited selection of pieces in their first Fall-Winter '15 delivery from Engineered Garments, and I was very excited to see the Ground Jackets they’re offering. Daiki Suzuki's design stays fairly true to the classic coaches jacket, augmenting it with a couple of strategically deployed pockets. I’m partial to this black and navy horizontal stripe version, but there are also plain NYCO ripstop options for those seeking something more subdued.

Available from Oi Polloi

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

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