This new street art mural by artist Bradley Theodore just went up last week on the commissioned wall space at L’Asso in New York’s Lower East Side. The images show the colorful profiles of a skull-faced Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour literally facing off at legendary Chanel and Fendi fashion designer-photographer Karl Lagerfeld (she with the iconic bob haircut, he of the iconic white hair and ponytail). A heart symbol appears in the space between them. The images are simultaneously grotesque and playful.
Surfer wetsuits hanging out to dry on a sidewalk clothes rack on Orchard Street in front of Lost Weekend NYC, a surfing-themed cafe and shop in New York’s “Below Delancey” neighborhood of the Lower East Side (LES). The small cafe is a magnet for neighborhood regulars, surfers, and art-fashion-media and other creative folks living and working in the LES.
The front of the pioneering Commes des Garcons concept store in New York’s Chelsea art-gallery district has become a mini-mecca for street art in recent years. Layer upon layer of wheat-pastes posters, stencils, graffiti, spray-can art, paint and stickers by various artists, graff writers, designers and creators cover the brick exterior and sidewalks on either side of the shop’s aluminum tunnel-like entrance on W. 22nd Street. The street art-bombed frontage is a beautiful contrast to the minimalist-futurist polish of the store’s architectural design, which looks as cool now as it did when it opened in 1999 on the site of the Heavenly Body Works auto-body shop (the sign is still there).
The artist known as Dain just put up a fresh wheat-paste streeet art piece on Ludlow Street (which is gradually becoming a kind of “street art alley”) in New York’s Lower East Side this past weekend. Great stuff from one of our favorite street art creators.
We spent part of our weekend surfing (and checking out a lot of art and drinking a lot espresso, too, of course) at New York City’s Far Rockaway Beach. Some friends invited us too an après-surf Korean BBQ B-day party at a condo across from the beach, where a group of people have rented the condo exclusively for the purposes of storing their surfboards so they don’t have to schlep them from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The living room has been turned into essentially a very large and comfortable closet to keep a quiver of some twenty boards. Clever. Love it.
The French clothing label A.P.C. is one of our all-time favorite style brands, and we’ve been buying shirts, sweaters and jeans at their shops in Paris, New York, Osaka and Tokyo for many years while on our travels and living abroad. While A.P.C.’s retail presence in the U.S. and even is native France is relatively small, the company has many boutiques big and small throughout Japan’s major cities. This one pictured here is in the chic Tokyo neighborhood of Daikanyama, tucked between Shibuya and Naka-Meguro. It’s a tiny storefront and shop space, but it has this beautiful, minimalist style than manages to fit right into the neighborhood’s quiet ambiance and human-sized architectural scale. It’s also incorporated some leafy greenery into the space. And it’s totally “on brand.”
We replaced our favorite pair of salmony-red Van’s lace-up sneakers after the canvas got torn on the edge of a bike pedal on a ride last week. We couldn’t find the exact same salmony-red model so we decided to change things up and bought this classic pair of vanilla Van’s instead. We’ve only had these a few days and already we love ‘em. So much so we took a photo and wanted to share. Our inspiration for the photo was the cover of the band Sleigh Bells’ 2012 album “Reign of Terror.” It’s one of our favorite album covers of recent years.
Artist Henry Samelson is the latest painter commissioned to put up a mural at Rag & Bone’s showcase flagship store in New York’s Lower East Side. This beautiful street artwork is titled “White Noise.”
There was a massive, crazy-ass long line at the original Lafayette Street branch of Supreme early Thursday morning in SoHo, in New York City. The line ran around two blocks and is among the longest we’ve seen at the legendary downtown skateboard shop. A line this long can only mean that a shipment of an exclusive new model of sneakers just dropped and/or the new Fall/Winter 2013 collection is rolling out at the store.
Downtown Ho Chi Minh City (or more popularly Saigon), in Vietnam is increasingly witnessing the establishment of retail presences by global luxury brands, including Chanel. Below is the mannequin-filled display window at the high-end French clothing brand’s Saigon store. The downtown cityscape can be seen in the window reflection.
The spacious Saturdays Surf store (pix below) in the fashionable border strip between Tokyo’s uber-hip Daikanyama and Naka-Meguro neighborhoods is a carbon copy of its New York City original in terms of winning retail branding concept: Espresso bar and a collection of over-priced surfboards at the front of the shop and an inviting wood-decked outdoor patio behind the store. Between the two sections is the merch, that wonderful collection of aspirational surfer-inspired fashion and accessories that punters must walk through when they take their freshly brewed Americanos out back. It’s a kind of exit-through-the-gift-shop tactic but even better ’cause the customer has to walk through the store twice even if they’ve just come to enjoy a cup of espresso on the back patio. The clothes are well made, there’s cool selection of Van’s and tees, and even a curated collection of surfer photography books and videos. And there’s actual surfing gear like board shorts, fins and wax for sale, too.
In terms of style, the interior of SS Tokyo is a stand-alone building with fresh, clean lines and a Malibu contemporary feel, whereas the NYC flagship on SoHo’s Crosby Street is cozy and crammed into a long, narrow, old-school brick-and-mortar tenement (espresso bar at front, outdoor patio in the back, dubbed “The Backyard”), albeit with that SS arty-urban-surfer-dreams-of-Bondi Beach aesthetic indelibly stamped on the interior. Props to Tokyo for getting Kurtis Kulig, the “Love Me” dude, to write that ubiquitous graffiti meme on the wall behind the espresso bar. In any case, if you’ve got the time, the Tokyo SS is worth a visit, if even for a coffee and the relaxing patio deck and its view of laidback Naka-Meguro. The clothes are super dope, too. For more check out SS’s regularly updated blog.
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Voici quelques photos du magasin de surf samedi dans le quartier entre Daikanyama et Naka-Meguro à Tokyo. L’intérieur de la boutique est belle, bien-design. Le concept de magasin est basé sur le concept original qui a débuté dans la ville magasin de surf samedi à New York. Il ya un bar à espresso à l’avant du magasin, et une terrasse extérieure à l’arrière du magasin.
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Aquí están algunas fotos de la tienda Surf sábados en el barrio entre Daikanyama y Naka-Meguro, en Tokio. El interior de la tienda es muy bonito diseño. El concepto de tienda se basa en el concepto original que se inició en la ciudad de sábados tienda Surf Nueva York. Hay una cafetería en la parte delantera de la tienda, y un patio al aire libre en la parte trasera de la tienda.
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Hier sind einige Bilder des Samstags Surf Shop in der Nachbarschaft zwischen Daikanyama und Naka-Meguro, in Tokio. Das Innere des Ladens ist schön, gut-design. Das Store-Konzept basiert auf dem ursprünglichen Konzept, das an der New York City samstags Surf Shop gestartet beruhte. Es ist eine Espresso-Bar an der Front des Ladens, und eine Terrasse auf der Rückseite des Ladens.
Our friend H.I., who lives in Tokyo, has “Imelda Marcos” syndrome when it comes to shoes. He owns more than 300 pairs and has even had custom footwear made for him. When a shoe-designer friend of his offered to make a pair of shoes for him and asked him what he liked, H.I. simply said “I like to wear boots.” The results were these cool, flat “boots for summer,” which are basically an ankle boot with parts of the leather trimmed in such a way that part of the foot is exposed. As these were just a custom prototype, you won’t find these in stores anytime soon. H.I. told us that he had kept these shoes unworn in his collection for four years and only started started wearing them this summer. – MI
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The choice of footwear says a lot about our stylistic sensibilities. This week we ventured in James Jebbia’s collaborative universe in search for the new COMME des GARÇONS x Vans x Supreme sneakers. Supreme thrives on marketing exclusivity to the streetwear crowd, and collaborations are a smart way to succeed with this strategy. We really like the combination of contrasts in this shoe: The digital camouflage polka-dot print juxtaposed against a classic navy pattern. As the pix below show, our journey was successful. – RB
Now that we’re finally getting some real summer weather here in New York City, we’ve busted out a pair of denim espadrilles with an awesome skull-and-bones sewn into each shoe. The skulls are wearing hats, though — look closely — and you’ll notice that the hats are different for the left and right shoes: the left-foot shoe’s skull has a bowler hat, the right has a top hat. We bought these a few weeks ago at a super awesome select shop in Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood called Tenue De Nimes.
Now that food trucks are everywhere and a normal part of our urban and culinary landscape, it only makes sense that there would eventually be a fashion truck, right? Nomad is that truck, a clothing and style shop on wheels that calls itself a “wandering fashion boutique” and can be found around New York City. We spotted it parked at the Hester Street Fair recently.
Here are photos of artist Erik den Breejen’s recently completed “Fashion Heroes Bowie” mural at Rag & Bone in New York City. The artwork was commissioned by the clothing company for the exterior of its Nolita “boutique” jeans store, at the southeast corner of Houston and Elizabeth streets. Earlier in the week we published photos of the the artwork when it was a work in progress. The completed work is a stunning portrait of rock legend David Bowie and composited of hundreds of words from the lyrics to the British musician’s songs “Heroes” and “Fashion.” Incidentally, Bowie himself had lived for years in an otherwise unassuming-looking luxury apartment literally down the block and around the corner on Spring Street, across the street from his pal Moby. (For all we know, he may still have the apartment and be staying there.) See more of den Breejen’s work on his Tumblr and at Freight & Volume.
Brooklyn-based American artist Erik den Breejen is the latest painter to be commissioned by clothing brand Rag & Bone to put up artwork on the side of its downtown New York City flagship jeans store at the corner of Houston and Elizabeth streets. The photos below show den Breejen’s meticulous work-in-progress on an image that will eventually be David Bowie. We’ll be back later in the week to see the finished work. Check out more of den Breejun’s work on his Tumblr and at the Freight and Volume Gallery website.
We recently met the super-talented New York-based Japanese artist-illustrator Akane Ogura, who showed us one of the awesome reclaimed vintage denim tote bags she has designed. We hear these have been selling out. Ogura also has designed lots of other cool totes, too, all hand-made by the artist. We really like the detail in the print and logo-tag designs. Great stuff.
Our hearts have gradually been won over by the craft, quality and personality of Inventory magazine. It seems that there are zillion niche independent “lifestyle” magazines in the world already and — in spite of the Internet — more seem to quixotically appear each month. The magazine is more about the life style of some of the lesser-known people creating and influencing the art, fashion/style and culture we consume. But it’s also about creativity and engages in whimsical exploration of design like in this Illustrated Examples feature titled “Automobiles.”
Partner in crime Moritz was wearing such a superdope graphic t-shirt on a recent night out on downtown New York City, that we asked him to model it for us. The tee design is a brilliant, whimsical image with a kind of retro English, possibly Edwardian quality to it, like something we’d expect to see on the cover of an album by a band like the Walkmen or Bombay Bicycle Club.
A Bathing Ape (or BAPE), the global Japanese clothing and lifestyle brand started by creator and Tokyo music producer Nigo, is twenty years old. To mark this milestone, there’s an anniversary exhibition of Bathing Ape design and classic artifacts at Daikanyama T-Site, the super-architecturally stylish and utopian Tsutaya-Starbucks shopping complex in Tokyo’s Shibuya. Below are some pics we took a few days ago of the exhibition space at T-Site.