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Thursday
Aug132015

Online Feature: Takahiro Kinoshita

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01. Photography by Ryan Willms.

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The influential Japanese magazine, Popeye, celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016. There aren’t many fashion titles that make it to this landmark, and fewer still that remain relevant to contemporary culture. Over the last decade this wasn’t always the case, but with the addition of current Editor-in-Chief, Takahiro Kinoshita, in 2012, Popeye received a refocus, a redesign and, as a result, a significant renewal. Having previously worked as an editor for Brutus, he brought a wealth of knowledge and a strong vision for the publication’s rebirth when taking over the reins. This eventually lead to Popeye’s reemergence as one of the preeminent men’s fashion monthlies from Japan. We had the opportunity to ask Kinoshita about his relationship with the magazine, as well as delving into what interests him most about the current fashion landscape.

Online Feature: Takahiro Kinoshita

Wednesday
Aug122015

The Crack-Up at Room East

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Room East
41 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
June 28 – August 15, 2105

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One of my favourite galleries in the Lower East Side, Room East, is hosting a group show called The Crack-Up, alongside a solo exhibition downstairs full of amazing and provocative illustrations by the artist Ebecho Muslimova. The former is filled with some fantastic pieces, but Robin Cameron and Dario Guccio steal the show with their respective ceramic and leather creations. The theme of the exhibition revolves around an F. Scott Fitzgerald quote, something you can read more about in an article on Mousse magazine's website linked below. With only a few days left, if you're able to find the time, I highly recommend a visit to the gallery before the show closes.

Room East
Mousse

Wednesday
Aug122015

1934 Smalls

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01. Signe Persson-Melin glass teapot and warmer.

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Abel Sloane, who runs the well-edited, UK-based modernist furniture shop, 1934, has recently extended his operation to include a sister store focussed on smaller, easily shippable items. Dubbed 1934 Smalls, the bulk of his current stock is made up of glassware, printed matter and ceramics, all of which dovetail perfectly with the larger pieces he sells.

1934 Smalls

Tuesday
Aug112015

Stussy Rootz Fall '15

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01. Rootz T-Shirts.

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The Stussy Rootz collection offers a look into the brand’s imaginative past, taking inspiration from a variety of iconic designs. The latest range comprises four T-shirts and a hooded sweatshirt made with enzyme-washed cottons, over-dyed versions of the Beach Pant and Boxer Short, an Oxford S/S Shirt and two 6-panel caps. The updated styles feature a mix of printed graphics and embroidered logos, while the muted tones give this season's selection a softer look and feel.

Available from Stussy

Monday
Aug102015

Gosha Rubchinskiy Fall-Winter '15 at Working Title

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01. Wool Checkered Jacket.
02. Fake Suede Jacket.

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Gosha Rubchinskiy's new collection is arguably one of the most anticipated of the Fall-Winter '15 season. The Russian designer's graphic T-shirts are already selling out and the latest collaboration with Vans has been very well-receieved, but the outerwear and accessories are some of his best to date and should not be overlooked.

Available from Working Title

Monday
Aug102015

Comme des Garçons SHIRT Poplin Zip Shirt Jacket

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01. Made in France.

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While Comme des Garçons is often associated with idiosyncrasy, rule-breaking and the avant-garde, the brand is also extremely good when it comes to simplicity. This piece from their SHIRT line is a prime example, striking a perfect balance between basic wearability and modernity. The classic one-pocket styling juxtaposed with a YKK-zipped front suggests forward-thinking design through a straightforward utilization of materials.

Available from End

Sunday
Aug092015

Weekend Viewing: El Capitan

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01. Directed by Fred Padula, 1978.

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I recently stumbled upon this film and was so intrigued I had to find out more. In turn, I came across an in-depth feature on the Alpinist magazine website and promptly ordered the DVD. Originally filmed in 1968, it languished in post production hangups for a decade before being edited into El Capitan by Fred Padula. Despite winning the Grand Prize at the 1979 Banff Film Festival, it virtually disappeared until 2012 when Padula initiated a Kickstarter campaign to fund its restoration. Shot by the renowned climber and photographer Glen Denny, it is not your average high-octane paean to the now popular adventure sport, but more a documentary clothed in the guise of a languidly moving and visually arresting art film. It is absolutely remarkable to see guys tying ropes around their waists in preparation to ascend the Nose route on El Cap, and hopping into sleeping bags on minuscule ledges – sometimes even forgetting to clip in. Ultimately, the film seems to distill exactly what an outsider activity it was to participate in the nascent years of big wall climbing at its Mecca: Yosemite Valley.

Available from Western Eye Press
Alpinist

Saturday
Aug082015

Wolfgang Tillmans – The Cars

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Softcover, 128 pages
6.5 x 9.5 inches
First edition
Published by Walther König, 2015

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"I wanted to show how cars appear in typical street view, which is rarely the subject of photographs. Cars are usually avoided in photography - one waits until a car has exited a view. The ordinary presence of cars is rarely worthy of representation. It's always the special car, or the extreme traffic jam or, of course, the exciting crash that is being pictured. The Cars pays tribute to the shapes and forms we look at every day. How much time we spend with them, sitting inside them, the endless hours we stare at a dashboard. Even if we don't own a car ourselves, their presence is unavoidable. Cars are everywhere. Their sheer number is the most crazy thing about them. They appear in our lives with excessive omnipresence. In their volume cars intrude upon public space, and the way they occupy streets and open areas is rarely challenged. Virtually wherever there are people, there are cars and they are visually intermingling in whatever we see. We are looking at the world from a car and cars are in the foreground, the background or in between of what is in our view. Where they are, they add a tone, a note, a presence, a noise to the setting they're in." – Wolfgang Tillmans

Available from Donlon Books

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