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Sunday
Feb052012

Midori Stationery

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—01. A January recommendation from Fantastic Man.

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I was reminded about this Japanese stationery brand twice recently. Firstly back in January Fantastic Man wrote a daily recommendation that sounded eerily familiar (thanks to the 6 man, hour long examination of the store we undertook in November): "We must have been doing something wrong during a recent visit to Japan, because unlike what we’d expected, we weren’t particularly successful in finding fabulous examples of the famed Japanese designer stationery and desk accessories. (The department store TOKYU HANDS is big, but not a great treasure source – where should we have gone instead?) Luckily, others are doing the search-and-select process for us, such as Amsterdam-based mail-order store Miscellaneous. Among lots of great objects are these attractive numbered brass paper clips. Much nicer than the common Post-It or the folded corner of a page." The paperclips are the work of the excellent Midori stationery company, and you can add Present to the list of the brands stockists should the above, and below, appeal to you. Present have themselves just received a reorder of the fantastic stationery, which was actually the second of the two recent reminders I mentioned earlier.

Midori Stationery
—Available at Present and Miscellaneous

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Saturday
Feb042012

Unearthed: Made in U.S.A. 2 - Scrapbook of America

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—01. A well-thumbed cover.
—02. Bags.
—03. Shoes and boots.

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This 1976 edition of the once popular, and perhaps subculture defining, publication has frequently appeared in front of me at various times, and in various places, throughout the last year. Most notably during our trip to Tokyo at the tail end of 2011, where if it wasn't being spotted in the locked cabinet of a bookstore, it was on the desk during a meeting, or in someones personal collection at home; being used for both inspiration and reference. During the course of my limited viewings, it's been easy to see why the magazine has been so highly sought after, and so extremely influential to those that own it. It would also appear that the near-constant haunting of it's influence will no longer be limited to the real world either: this week it was featured on Swimsuit Department, as part of their 'Lucky Wednesday' discovery.

Swimsuit Department

Friday
Feb032012

Finding Hope In Teenagers by Katsuyuki Honjo

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—01. Shirt and pants by Needles, shoes by McKinlays.

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Nepenthes have just updated their website with a new editorial. Directed by Katsuyuki Honjo and shot by Go Tanabe, it features products by Engineered Garments, El Resero, Needles, McKinlays and South 2 West 8, and can be seen in full by clicking on the link below.

Finding Hope in Teenagers

Friday
Feb032012

Buzz Rickson's N-1 Demotex-Ed

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—01. Made in Japan.
—02. Lined with Wool and Alpaca.

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There has always been something about N-1 jackets that have always struck a strong cord with me, the functionality, the silhouette, and the heritage are all aspects of this Buzz Rickson coat that make it work for me. Visually, the durability looks like it could handle itself through various weather elements and outdoor conditions. The khaki colour and darker toned lining work nicely together, the details that I appreciate haven't been overlooked and that's to be expected coming from Buzz Rickson.

Available at Ark

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Thursday
Feb022012

Arc'teryx Birds Nest Project

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—01. Gore-Tex cape.
—02. Over 700 capes made in 2011.

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It's well know that Vancouver has a large population of people living on the streets. Many people ignore the fact, but for three years Arc'teryx have been taking action by donating their materials and time to help those survive the rugged conditions of the west coast. Their design team has come up with a simple product, easy to make, using Gore-Tex to create a cape-like jacket. The company donates the materials and their employees donate their time to produce this functional, and rather good looking piece. Last year Arc'teryx provided over 700 Gore-Tex capes to people in need throughout Vancouver.

Arc'teryx

Wednesday
Feb012012

Received: The Green Soccer Journal

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—01. Featuring Buffon on the cover.

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"Issue Three of The Green Soccer Journal focuses on what it takes to be a professional goalkeeper in the modern era; the pressures and responsibilities involved, and the mental strength needed to survive what can be a parlous undertaking."

Available at Inventory Stockroom

Wednesday
Feb012012

Nanamica Spring Items

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—01. Camo Cordura bag.
—02. Gore-Tex Cruiser jacket.

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Among the first brands to deliver their spring goods this season is Nanamica. A few retailers, including Nitty Gritty, have received another solid selection of outerwear and bags. The brand continues to meld classic silhouettes with updated technology and functionality in a rather pleasant way.

Available at Nitty Gritty

Monday
Jan302012

Remi Relief x Beams Plus - Indigo Bespoke Vest

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—01. 8 oz. Denim.
—02. Chrome tanned leather yoke.

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I'll give praise to a good vest now and then, I wear them frequently so it's only natural I share them with you. Beams collaborates with Remi Relief again to bring us this meticulously detailed piece. I love the button snaps on the side to adjust the width and the referenced US nickel buttons. The darker tanned leather upper complements the indigo dyed body very nicely. Beams also threw in hula girl and ukulele motifs for the lining which is a nice touch, maybe not exactly what I look for, but it doesn't sway my opinion about this vest overall.

Available at Beams

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