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Thursday
Dec312015

Wtaps Militia Cap

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01. Made in Japan.

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With all of the end of season sales going on, there's no shortage of 'deals' to be had, but that doesn't always equate to good purchases. Nitty Gritty, however, does a great job with their selections, and this simple Wtaps hat is an easy one for just about anybody.

Available from Nitty Gritty

Wednesday
Dec302015

Diane Simpson & Lesley Vance at Herald St

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2 Herald Street
London E2 6JT
November 21, 2015 – January 31, 2016

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The Herald St gallery in London opened a concurrent exhibition of work by artists Diane Simpson and Lesley Vance in November. For those that haven’t seen it yet, the show runs until the end of January and looks well worth visiting. Geometric form and an inquisitive exploration of shape, rigidly in the case of Simpson and more fluidly as it pertains to the work of Vance, is the tie that binds these two artists. Amy Sherlock touches on this very succinctly in the text that accompanies the exhibition, referring to the paintings and sculptures as "developable surfaces."

Herald St

Wednesday
Dec302015

Porter Yoshida & Co Ltd Force Two-Way Helmet Bag

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01. Nylon exterior.
02. Quilted ripstop lining.

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I’ve always liked the utilitarian nature of helmet bags, especially the updated versions produced by Porter. This one, recently received by The Bureau, is especially nice, incorporating an MA-1-referencing olive and rescue orange colour combination. The exterior is made from military grade nylon, built to stand up to the rigours of daily use, and features an interesting variance in tone between body and pockets.

Available from The Bureau

Tuesday
Dec292015

Robert Rauschenberg: Anagrams, Arcadian Retreats, Anagrams (A Pun)

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534 West 25th Street
New York NY 10001
October 23, 2015 – January 16, 2016

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Pace is currently presenting a series of late works by Robert Rauschenberg at their New York City space – a show that marks the renowned artist's first posthumous exhibition at the gallery. "These works were created beginning in the mid-1990s, a pivotal period for Rauschenberg as he developed and perfected a powerful new technique combining dye transfer with novel supports including plaster, large-scale paper and polylaminate panels. The resulting approach would inspire the artist’s practice over the remainder of his life. A majority of the works included in the exhibition come from Rauschenberg’s personal collection, which now makes up the holdings of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation."

Pace Gallery

Tuesday
Dec292015

Paa Mock Neck

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01. Black.
02. Heather Grey.

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Having recently branched out from exclusively offering hats, the New York-based brand Paa has now stepped beyond T-shirts to also produce jackets, as well as other shirt styles. I’m particularly taken with this long-sleeved Mock Neck option at the moment. Made in the US from Japanese cotton, they’re basically meant for layering, a mode of dressing I can always get behind.

Available from Paa

Monday
Dec282015

Burroughs: The Movie

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01. Directed by Howard Brookner.

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"Made up of intimate, revelatory footage of the singular author and poet filmed over the course of five years, Howard Brookner’s 1983 documentary about William S. Burroughs was for decades mainly the stuff of legend; that changed when Aaron Brookner, the late director’s nephew, discovered a print of it in 2011 and spearheaded a restoration. Now viewers can enjoy the invigorating candidness of Burroughs: The Movie, a one-of-a-kind nonfiction portrait that was brought to life with the help of a remarkable crew of friends, including Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo, and that features on-screen appearances by fellow artists of Burroughs’s including Allen Ginsberg, Herbert Huncke, Patti Smith, and Terry Southern."

Available from Criterion

Monday
Dec282015

Unused Hooded Denim Coat

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01. 13.5oz cotton denim.
02. Removable hood.

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While some may think this is a lot of denim to use for a full-length piece of outerwear, I consider this hooded coat from Unused to be a truly impressive take on the classic M-51 parka. Fairly true to the original US military design – minus the epaulets – the detailing looks impeccable. What I’d be most intrigued to see though, is the fades it will pick up after a few years of regular wear.

Available from Coverchord

Sunday
Dec272015

Weekend Listening: Jodorowsky's Dune Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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With the recent release of the soundtrack for the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, put out on the always outstanding Light in the Attic Records, Kurt Stenzel has composed a return to the days of expansive four-sided LPs. The instruments used read like the best moments of '70s krautrock, exhibiting a laundry list of rare synthesizer gear, including a couple of oddities such as a toy Concertmate organ and even a Nintendo DS. I can’t wait to put on all sides of the soundtrack to this incredible 2013 film, and relish plugging in for the journey that awaits. I got this record just at the right time since I’m actually rereading the Frank Herbert novel at the moment, and should probably just drop the needle as I’m turning the pages – seems like a pretty fitting pairing to me.

Available from Light in the Attic

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