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Monday
Jun082015

Quaker Marine Supply Co. Summer Whites

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01. Tennis Hat

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It shouldn't be, but a good white hat is hard to find. Thanks to an excellent tip from a good friend, I've sorted the baseball cap side of the equation for the summer months, but the elusive well-fitting bucket is still proving tricky to track down. Or it was, until I discoverd the Quaker Marine Supply Co. Tennis Hat, over at Bermuda Trips. Available alongside the Swordfish Cap, both options are not only pretty much perfect for the warm weather and sun stroke avoidance, they're also increasingly harder to find, due to the company going out of business a few years ago. A sad thing when you consider they could once count both Hunter S. Thompson and Earnest Hemingway as customers and fans.

Available from Bermuda Trips

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Sunday
Jun072015

Bountiful by Noah Emrich

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01. Edition of 150.

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New York-based photographer Noah Emrich's new book Bountiful is a collection of photos he took during a mostly solo 12,000-mile trip in a minivan around the United States during the summer of 2013. Emrich set out on a less traveled path, avoiding major highways when possible, allowing himself to see and discover beautiful things like huge rock formations and redwoods along the coast and small quaint towns. He also encountered lots of depressed 'Main Streets' that always seemed to feature a liquor store and quite often a Family Dollar, but little else. He wanted to "capture the American landscape," one that, five years later, was still recovering from the financial crisis of 2008. Emrich sums it up best, "These are only slight glimpses of a public culture shifting over time."

Available from Done to Death Projects

Saturday
Jun062015

Rodin, Brancusi, Moore: Through the Sculptor's Lens

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Waddington Custot Galleries
11 Cork Street
London W1S 3LT
May 22 – July 11, 2015

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Sauntering around the commercial galleries of London's Cork Street is always a pleasure, but the Waddington Custot for me, really cuts the mustard. It’s been part of my West End art circuit for over a decade, and never disappoints. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad show there, but their latest exhibition is a mark of curatorial genius, and smashed my former favourites to pieces. Through the Sculptor’s Lens presents vintage photographs from the studios of heavyweights Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin, providing us with an intimate glimpse into the daily working lives of these masters of the 3D form. Sepia shots of studies, lost works or those that were since destroyed show us how photography became an integral part of the development process for each and every masterpiece. Brancusi was personally introduced to photography by Man Ray, and subsequently went on to take and print his own, most of which now reside in the Pompidou Centre, Paris. Rather than undertake the job himself, Rodin chose to commission a range of professional photographers to document his numerous sculptural blockbusters, requesting experimentation on angles and lighting effects. Hailing from Yorkshire myself, Moore has always been the one for me, clean-cut and capable of producing colossal works, it’s ironic his dad was a coal miner, chipping away at hard stuff all his life – like father, like son. The experience of seeing their personal visual journals, brought together under one roof, was a total joy – and well worth a visit.

Waddington Custot Galleries

Friday
Jun052015

DJ Slyngshot – Cycles

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01. Available on 12-inch vinyl.

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DJ Slyngshot runs the German label Yappin Records, and seems to use it mainly as a vehicle for his own productions. That can often be a tiresome formula, but considering their quality and diversity, I'm sure no one is complaining. These particular tracks feel like they were assembled in the future by someone who found a lockbox of old radio parts. Each is a totally unique journey of funk and dust, that will definitely push your toes to the pavement.

Available from Honest Jon's

Friday
Jun052015

Hostem Series N°2 – Spring-Summer '15

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Creative Direction & Styling: Christie Fels & James Brown
Photographer: Rory van Millingen
Hairstylist: Yumi Nakada-Dingle
Makeup Artist: Nami Yoshida
Models: Christina Carey, Erika Wall & JJ
Photo Assistant: Chris Rhodes

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After last season's well-received first edition, the next instalment of Hostem's ongoing editorial series has just been released. Beautifully shot on location at a disused swimming pool by London-based photographer Rory van Millingen, the story features a selection of men's and women's product from the current collections of Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Yohji Yamamoto, Loewe, Visvim, Thom Browne and Raf Simons, among others. All of the items featured are available from Hostem's online store as well as their shop on Redchurch Street in London's East End.

Hostem

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Thursday
Jun042015

Cuba by Quentin de Briey

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01. Viñales.
02. Accommodation and amenities.

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Recent political and diplomatic developments have Cuba regularly making the news here in the US. And for all the right reasons for a change. No longer on a ridiculous list of terrorist supporting countries, and with trade and travel restrictions lifted, direct flights from the US to Havana have now begun to operate. Cheap accommodation and mind-blowing experiences surely await, and acting quickly is probably key, before the country gets blown out by bros looking for a cheap place to 'get away' for a bachelor party. Friend and contributor to Inventory Quentin de Briey had none of these things to worry about. A European passport and a desire to see and document the country with his girlfriend led him there. The photos from their travels have just been published online by Purple, offering extra motivation for those of us who have been looking for a reason to get away somewhere warm, and somewhere not New York.

Via Purple Diary

Thursday
Jun042015

First Look: Kiko Kostadinov for Stussy

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01. Limited to 20 pieces.

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As part of this year's 35th anniversary celebrations, Stussy launches their first installation in partnership with Dover Street Market today. The New York store's 4th floor event space includes three different product offerings from the iconic brand, and we have the first look at Kiko Kostadinov's limited edition contribution. The collection's lookbook, featuring Tom Fletcher wearing a selection of the special one of a kind pieces, was photographed by Dexter Lander and styled by our Fashion Director, Stephen Mann.

Online Feature: Kiko Kostadinov for Stussy
Available from DSM New York

Wednesday
Jun032015

C.F. – Mere

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01. A collection of previously sold out zines.

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While not one of the major names to break out of the Providence art or noise scene, C.F. has quietly been amassing praise from a wide spectrum of art lovers. Since my childhood attendance of the Last Gasp warehouse parties, I have been constantly on the lookout for the most bizarre comics available, and C.F.'s disorienting cyber crime aesthetic fits the bill perfectly. Originally a series of zines, the long out-of-print comics are collected here for the first time.

Available from Ooga Booga

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