Showing posts from March, 2009

9 Best Mens Boots For Spring Summer

See Fall/Winter Boots Here
Do not fear if you bought a $1300 pair of Golden Goose boots last season - you can still wear them. The worn in grungey look from F/W '08 is carrying over into S/S '09.
Here are 9 boots to make your feet your friend. 1. Diet Butcher available at Blackbird Seattle or online 2. Buttero available online
3. n.d.c. for stockists 4. Golden Goose available at Browns UK and online
5. Fiorentti & Baker for stockists
6. Frye

7. Ann Demeulemeester for stockists 8. Gianni Barbato for stockists
9. Marsèll for stockists

The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter & Psychedelic Folk

I bought The Incredible String Band's The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (1968) off eBay ten years ago because it was listed as a favourite album on a blog/web page I frequented but have since forgotten the name. Ah, the excitement of the good old days of buying an album and giving it its first listen. My first thought upon listening to this album was; 'What the f*?#?'. The second listen made it one of my top five favourite albums.
Said to have influenced the likes of Robert Plant and the Rolling Stones it's still difficult to put a genre on The Incredible String Band. To most, psychedelic folk fits well. The dog's name is Leaf. A Very Cellular Song (12:55) weaves together different sounds which take the listener on an acoustic trip while telling the tale of an amoebae. Listen to Secret Temple below or here.

10 Random Things About Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat 1982 © James Van Der Zee Initially Basquiat wanted to be a fireman.In third grade he sent a drawing of a gun to J. Edgar Hoover (no reply).Basquiat played the synthesizer with Vincent Gallo in a band called Gray (named after the 1918 classic of human anatomy Gray's Anatomy).He was the only kid in his grade nine academic life drawing class to fail.His mother encouraged his interest in art and stressed the importance of education.In 1981 he made his first trip to Europe to exhibit a one artist show under the name SAMO.Basquiat described his subject matter as, 'royalty, heroism, and the street'.His heroes included Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Charlie Parker, Joe Louis, Sugar Ray Robinson and Billie Holiday.The sidewalks of Greenwich Village were his temporary store front as he sold painted t-shirts and postcards under the name SAMO.Helped Andy Warhol rediscover his relationship to painting after 20 years of not picking up a brush. Untitled (The Boxer), 1982 ~…

Forgotten Trinkets Find High Fashion

What's beautiful about passion is that it's a contagious cycle. Shereen de Rousseau has breathed life into long forgotten trinkets and sentimental medallions by giving them a new purpose - fashion. By resurrecting these found objets d'art de Rousseau not only pays homage to their creator but also to the individual who wears them. I had the pleasure of speaking with the designer, whose pieces grace five pages of the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, about who and what inspires her and the stories her designs tell.
Shereen de Rousseau

Your childhood was quite nomadic. You grew up in Brazil and spent time in various Canadian cities before settling in Vancouver. Have your travels inspired you?
Immensely. I've never quite recovered from a visit to St. Petersburg, specifically the Hermitage years ago. I was a changed person. I get lots of inspiration from art and architecture. I make a yearly trip to scrounge through Paris looking for trinkets and jewelry.
You we…

10 Things You Should Know About Yayoi Kusama

Italian police reprimanded Kusama at the 1966 Venice Biennale for hawking her art 'like hot dogs or ice cream' after she was caught selling off her installation, Narcissus Garden, for $2 a mirror ball.
Kusama has published 19 novellas and books of poetry.
Paintings by Kusama began showing up at junk shops after her New York studio was broken into and all her belongings were stolen in the late 1960s.
The Yayoi Kusama Fashion Company collection was available in department stores under the label Kusama.
Suffering from hallucinations since childhood, Kusama has been vocal about her mental illness and channeled its energy into her art.Andy Warhol and Kusama were merely acquaintances.In 1967, Kusama spent a series of weekends in New York city parks painting polka dots on members of the public who were invited to strip naked and be 'made into art' as part of her 'Body Festivals'. For her 1968 Fall collection, under the Kusama label, she had her models 'divest themselv…

For Sale: California Modern Masterpiece

Kaufmann Desert House ~ Richard Neutra For Sale $12.9 million USD image Stacy Reynaud The human, like the hermit crab, competes for the best available home and carries it around on their back.
Initially put up for auction with Christie's in November 2007, the Kaufmann Desert House was estimated to realize between $15-$25 million. Numerous deals fell through and the home is currently on the market for $12.9. Located in Palm Springs, CA, the Richard Neutra designed home is an exquisite example of what is known as Desert Modern. Go ahead and buy one of the 'key residential structures of the 20th century' here.
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Spring Fever: 6 Best Mens Spring Summer Jackets

The sun was warm but the wind was chill. You know how it is with an April day. Robert Frost Layer. Layering is a great look for '09. Keep the spring chill out by layering your cardigan, waistcoat and comfy t-shirt with one of these looks in men's jackets.
1. Jil Sander at Brown's UK online
2. vintage US military jacket at military surplus
3. Lanvin at Brown's UK online

4. vintage military liner at military surplus
5. Comme Des Garçons at Brown's UK online
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Handsome Furs - They're A Band

Handsome Furs - Face Control
Violent Femmes and Soft Cell share a ride back from a Canadian autumn bush party in the back of Gary Neuman's van.  Listen to the Montreal husband and wife duo here.

Inspiring Design: Thighs, Breasts & Lips

1. The Champagne Coupe
Claimed to be the breast of a number of women: Helen of Troy, Marie Antoinette, Madame de Pompadour, Madame Du Barry, Empress Joséphine and Diane de Poitiers Rumor has it that prospective members of Les Folies Bergère were subjected to the champagne glass test - a coupe fit over their naked breast determined who was eligible.  If the cup runneth over, her luck had runneth out. 2.  The Barrel Tile
Once hand made by potters by molding and smoothing handfuls of clay over thighs.  The half-rounded shapes were then baked in the sun before application 3.  Bocca sofa
Designed in 1970 and re-issued in 2004 by Studio 65 for Edra.  The famous sofa is rumored to be inspired by Marilyn Monroe.  Height 33", Width 82", Depth 29" Related Posts: Patricia Urquiola and The Italian Papasan Chair Paul Evans - 20th Century Alchemist Magdalena Gerber - A Picture Worth A Thousand Words The A-Z Of Inspirational Design

A Slip Of The Foot: 5 Men's Sneaks

For 2009, what's old is new again. 70s surf chukkas, 80s hip hop sneaks, 60s trainers.
Here are 5 shoes to get you started. 1. Nike Air Sabaku 2. Adidas Tokio 3. Lanvin Hightops

4. Miharayasuhiro Puma

5. Vans Chukka
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3 Countries 3 Architects 3 Noninvasive Designs

1. The Herd - Mazama, Washington
image Rolling Huts AIA award winning firm, Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, designed six vacation rental huts off the ground and set them on short wheeled legs thus preserving the meadow that had been damaged by 80 years of overgrazing by horses. 2. Tree Sphere - Qualicum Beach, British Columbia image T. Chudleigh Tom Chudleigh wanted something different. To live in and among the trees, to move into and inhabit the forest without taking it down. The spheres, Eve and Eryn, are suspended by rope over old growth forest in a bio-mimicry fashion. See past post (July 2008) Tree Spheres - Micro Compact Vacation Rentals 3. Aldiana Club Med - Dakar, Sénégal image copyright Édouard François French architect and urban planner, Édouard François, finds inspiration in flora. Transplanting his vision from the Potager aquatique concept (Festival international des jardins de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 1999) into elevated peanut shaped pods for the Aldiana Club Med, Franco…

8 Men's Glasses: An Impressive Spectacle

Give your eyes a break and grab some specs.
Here are eight trends in men's eyewear for 2009.
1. Miltzen 2. vintage - try Paul Smith Spectacles for similar 3. 3.1 Phillip Lim eyeglasses 4. vintage - try Cutler & Gross for similar 5. Moscot 6. vintage - try Persol for similar 7. Moscot 8. vintage - try Mosley Tribes for similar

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