FROM THE BLOG

Reader: July 13, 2015

IMG_4664-copyI need to travel.Exploring also just serves to remind you of what’s important in your life; you don’t need a million outfits, you don’t need gourmet dinners or TV or Facebook. Excess is whittled away. Everything is simplified. There’s some kind of special bond you develop towards the small amount that you bring with you on a tripbecause those are the quality people and things that you realize you really need. You’re all experiencing this adventure together, everything else is secondary. And you’re perfectly happy.

– Ellen Degeneres launched a lifestyle brand. I’ll take this Dachshund pin, thanks.

– Nicola Tesla on women: “This struggle of the human female toward sex equality will end in a new sex order, with the female as superior. The modern woman, who anticipates in merely superficial phenomena the advancement of her sex, is but a surface symptom of something deeper and more potent fermenting in the bosom of the race.”

– Buy less clothes, buy Made in America.

– Interview with Steve Kolb of CFDA.

Subscription based organic cotton tampons anyone?

– Wonder if American Apparel will survive with new branding and a new CEO.

Reader: July 10, 2015

– If you’re in Korea, don’t miss Henrik Vibskov’s exhibition of hanging flamingo necks, shiny boobies, and disturbing baby puppets.

The story of Stance, an $86 million dollar sock company.

– Then, the story of Lola, the subscription based all-natural tampon brand.

– For the first time in the two whole years I’ve been in the fashion industry I am truly inspired by the respected streetwear brand Pigalle. Mr. Ashpool successfully brings his humble roots to high fashion without bland imitation, phony or glitzy performance, or cocky yet bland design jargon.

– Cool lookbook video for Bekpro SS16.

– The story of Peter, the Meme Whisperer: “Agencies breathlessly begged him to take fantastic sums of money for even the most oblique #spon for their clients. Influencer networks emailed blindly, pleading for the opportunity to represent him. Everyone had budget for @lauer_pauer. They hardly had a choice. His microcontent was impeccable, original and utterly unrivaled.”

– The Man Repeller interviews Rosie Assoulin, very relaxedly.

– Joan Didion on self-respect: “In brief, people with self-respect exhibit a certain toughness, a kind of moral nerve; they display what was once called character, a quality which, although approved in the abstract, sometimes loses ground to other, more instantly negotiable virtues.”

– I envy this man traveling for a living.

06-espn-body-issue-3.w529.h793.2xNude female athletes on their body: “I don’t look in the mirror and think “slim”; I look in the mirror and I’m like, “Whoa, beast!” It’s just crazy how much the body changes. Looking in the mirror I get surprised like every other week. It’s like I’m Wonder Woman.”

– Is Men’s Fashion Week really necessary? Is it backwards and anti-disrupting a fashion calendar that needs much disrupting? “NYFW: Men’s directly follows the much more prestigious men’s fashion weeks, adding considerable work for designers during a time that has traditionally been reserved for tanning in Mallorca or eating lobster rolls in Amagansett.”

Reader: Week of June 15, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 9.24.26 PM90s fest is coming. I love their website.

– LINE launched an emoji keyboard. Less typing, more cute faces!

– Didn’t think Miley could actually be inspiring. #instapride.

“Nothing on the internet disappears, but there’s no shame in hiding or getting rid of whatever is in your power to rid of, so long as you no longer agree with the way it represents you.”

Alfred is like Task Rabbit but much smarter.

Pussy Riot gets photographed by Terry Richardson, upsets people.

– I guess at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter that your clothes were made by a 7 year old Indian girl forced into child labor in Bangladesh because it costs $25.

“Research firm IHS Health projects that the telemedicine industry will grow to $4.5 billion by 2018.”

Reader: Week of January 19, 2015

charles-Wilkin-masters-project-2-600x822– I’m in love with these collage works by artist Charles Wilkins. Opening Feb 5 in Brooklyn.

Interview with Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg: “I wanted to create a super fresh, clean environment that didn’t draw upon retail cliches but created sort of a blank slate for the collections and other projects we plan to display and launch in the shop.

– I want to go to Tokyo!

Reader: Week of Nov 24, 2014

119– 63 things a mom found in her baby’s mouth.

– Corrupt Chinese general had 12 trucks worth of bribe money stashed in his home.

– The fashion diary of a homeless man.

– Super affordable online courses thru Black Friday.

– Redefining wearable tech at Decoded Fashion.

– Moleskine teams up with Adobe so you can edit your hand drawn art in Photoshop and Illustrator. Boom.

– A lovely interview with one of my favorite artists Wangechi Mutu.

– Interview with Gillian Flynn and Cheryl Strayed.

– Murakami’s memory of the Berlin Wall.

– Richard Prince is a troll.

– What texting does to your spine.

– The Pirelli calendar.

– Tilda Swinton turns fashion into art.

– The best cycling gear of 2014.

Reader: Week of Nov 17, 2014

thom-browne-mr-porter-2014-02-960x640– Loving the Thom Browne exclusive for Mr. Porter.

– How to read corpses.

– Rauschenberg’s best friend Ray Johnson was not only a great artist but a power networker.

– Cycling is like being a woman… …

324521– The Chinese enter Italy, work illegally and under dangerous environments, and smuggle euros out. Made in Italy don’t mean shit til you know how your favorite brands treat their manufacturers and in turn how those manufacturers treat their employees.

– Vince, the billion dollar brand’s six point strategy for growth.

– Maybe I should set up a gallery inside my sweat shop.

– Didn’t know Egon Schiele died at 28.

 

Reader: April 12, 2014

– Ejecta, your bones. Your bones!

– On storytelling and experience at the intersection of video games and literature. “The book publishing industry needs to carve out a more interesting, necessary space for itself in the digital world…There is certainly unutilized talent in the literary world capable of writing the pants off of a lot of what passes for dialogue or in-game text in many mainstream video games.”

Dirty secrets of airplanes.

A generic brand video using all stock images.

– Art historian Calvin Tomkins profiles video art star Ryan Trecartin.

Kafka’s jokebook: “If the system has no place for you, and you’re forced to live on its fringes teetering between poverty and anarchy… you may be a redneck.”

– Sustainably produced condoms.

– Mulitple transformations of the Armory.

Surreal & bestial paintings by Gabriel Grun.

 

Reader: August 28, 2013

More than a years worth of saved bookmarks later, some cool links:

– On reading and its closeness to suicide. I’ve also learned I’m a bookphile.


– Paintings of uncertainty by Alex Hall.
– “If you feel no love,” Tolstoy writes, “sit still. Occupy yourself with things, with yourself, with anything you like, only not with men. … Only let yourself deal with a man without love … and there are no limits to the suffering you will bring on yourself.”
– Missing this kind of feeling.

 

Reader: April 23, 2013

– Frightening but awesome photos of surfers swimming underwater by Mark Tipple.

– The importance of cultivating creativity in kids: “In essence, if we help unlock our kids’ creativity, and free them to construct meaningful problems of their own to solve, it will serve as valuable practice for a future that neither we or they can even dream of yet.”

– Beyonce and Andre 3000’s remake of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black is SEXY. Also Lana Del Ray’s track for the same Gatsby soundtrack. I’m looking forward to the soundtrack more than the movie!

– Hate sleeping alone? Knit your own boyfriend body pillow.

– A snazzy publication called Four & Sons is dedicated to the man and his best friend.

– Best yoga retreats to OM your stress away in the US.

– Art stars Cory Arcangel and Ryan Gander start their own clothing lines. I told you art and fashion are inseparable!

– Pokemon characters minimalized and with mustaches!

– An insightful interview with Michael Pollan for his new book Cooked: “What we cook has an enormous bearing on the kind of agriculture we have. And on the other end the best predictor of a healthy diet is not a nutrient or a particular food, but an activity–cooking–and specifically, who is cooking your food, is it a corporation or a human being? That is a key predictor of the healthfulness of your diet and the likelihood of whether you are struggling with obesity or chronic disease.”

– I want a new Apple-ized punchbuggy.

– Psy is nominated for 6 Billboard music awards. Hurrah Korea!

Lianne La Havas, I love you, you are amazing.

– Fab is raising a new round of funding at $1 BILLION valuation. Put that money to good use and hire me already!!!

IO Echo’s interactive music video born out of the concept of Orwellian surveillance.

– A compendium of design wisdom by Sara Bader.

– Icky: ramen flavored chocolate bars.