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Pilgrim Surf + Supply SS 14

By Tom Ran

Published: May 12, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Left: Hockney Rugby in Studio Stripe; Right: Long Island Tee in White

Photo: Pilgrim Surf + Supply

Chris Gentile and his team at Pilgrim Surf + Supply brought surf culture to the unlikeliest of boroughs. Even though Brooklyn’s surrounded by water, the city is more town than country. But going on three years, the corner surf shop has been embraced by locals and internationals alike. Mainly in Japan where they worked with BEAMS to launch its first collection for Spring Summer 2014. Taking inspiration from its urban surrounding and coastal shores, Pilgrim has created a functional line that is ideal for both settings. The line consists of classic staples like button-down shirts, comfy tees, heavy duty shorts, crew neck sweatshirts, rugby shirts, and durable jackets. The entire collection is made in the US, some in Brooklyn. Referencing Gentile’s art background the line gives a nod to artist like David Hockney and Martin Puryear. Have a look at Pilgrim’s S/S 2014 line and shop the collection online and in-store.

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Pop Up Flea NYC SS

By Tom Ran

Published: May 9, 2014 under Fashion & Style

A Short-Term Shop for Long-Term Goods

Photo: Pop Up Flea

Though small, The Pop Up Flea started out of the gate with a lot of buzz and interest. It was an immediate success for the team behind the temporary gathering of mens goods. With every iteration their presence grew, from the number of vendors to the number of visitors. This year will be its most ambitions yet. There will be five Pop Ups, with their first one starting today in NYC. They’ll be hitting up Detroit next month, then Tokyo in October, London in November and back to NYC for their annual holiday spot. Familiar vendors have returned bringing established and independent brands back under one roof. Favorites like Billykirk, Freemans Sporting Goods, Oak Street Bootmakers and bigger brands like Filson, Steven Alan, and Shinola. Alexander Olch, Harry’s, Isaora, Deus ex Machina, Terrapin Stationers, and others. It all starts at 3pm today at Metropolitan Pavilion on 123 W. 18th St. and wraps up Sunday evening.

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The Hill-Side Spring Summer 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: April 7, 2014 under Fashion & Style

The Hill-Side Spring Summer 2014

Photo: The Hill-Side

The Hill-Side’s Spring Summer 2014 lookbook takes us to the flower district. This industrial corridor located on bustling 28th Street in Manhattan is home to a number of wholesale flower distributors. It’s not the ideal location for a photo shoot but the Corsillo brothers make it happen enlisting photographer Josh Wool and few of their friends including Nick Wooster, Justin Doss, Jess Shaffer, Logan Ahl and others. Shot inside Associated Cut Flower Co the crew was able to pull off a beautiful lookbook appropriate not only for the season but the for their season’s collection, a mixture of floral prints, bright colors, and classic patterns. New to the line are their made-in-Japan low top sneakers in six different fabrics, heavy duty tote bags, belts, watchbands, ball caps, and iron-on patches. The collection is available now through their retailers.

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Filson F/W 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2014 under Fashion & Style

C.C. Filson Collection designed by Nigel Cabourn. Left: Work Cape Jacket; Right: Clip Coat

Photo: Filson

We had the chance to preview Filson’s Fall / Winter 2014 line yesterday and were excited to see the results, primarily with their collaborations. Nigel Cabourn was tapped to design the C.C. Filson Collection, a small series of outwear that uses familiar Filson fabrics along with Harris Tweed. Though the jackets and coats are distinctly Filson, Cabourn’s detailing is prominent throughout including the fit, boxy pockets and rugged hardware. Filson’s hunting and outdoor heritage mixes well with Cabourn’s love of military uniforms. On the luggage front, National Geographic veterans and Magnum photographers Steve McCurry and David Allen Harvey have contributed their thoughts to a line of bags. Filson’s tote and bags have been modified with extended flaps for rain coverage, padded dividers for lenses and accessories, and extra pockets. A new backpack has also been designed for the line. Expect the lines to start rolling out by the end of August, however, the C.C. Filson Collection will see limited in its release.

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Reissue By Scout Seattle

By Tom Ran

Published: March 24, 2014 under Fashion & Style

French Industrial Work Jacket from 1940

Photo: Scout Seattle

Seattle based tent makers and outdoor outfitters that share the same name as ours, Scout, have dipped their toes into apparel. They recently released a Day Jacket and a couple of boots from Oak Street Bootmakers. Additionally, they launched a Reissue collection that consists of vintage workwear and camping pieces that span the globe. Like the Japanese Army Rain Coat circa 1930 or the French Industrial Work Jacket from 1940. There are only eight designs in all with some that are already sold out. For your vintage connoisseurs, RRL stylists, or archive enthusiast, head over to Scout before they’re all gone. (via Inventory)

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Kapital Spring 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: March 14, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Kapital at Hickoree's

Photo: Eric Kvatek

Kapital has been one of the more exciting brands to come out of Japan. Though the line was founded in 1984 it’s been slow to make its way over to the States. The quality of manufacturing and their take on traditional workwear has caught the eyes of many fans and the limited availability has only elevated it to cult like status. This image was propelled by Eric Kvatek’s photographs season after season through Kapital’s campaigns and look books. But that aura dissipated after the screening of Kapital World, a behind the scenes look at their Spring 2014 photo shoot. The film broke down the mystique to reveal the process of a small and tight knit crew built on friendship and admiration. The premier was hosted by Hickorees, one of the few shops in the US to carry Kapital. Their spring collection just arrived and is available online and in store. Kapital is currently looking to take the documentary on the road and are planning on future screenings.

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FEATURES

Workstead

By Tom Ran
Partners Robert Highsmith and Stefanie Brechbuehler

Photo: Samuel Bristow

Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Highsmith, are the partners behind Workstead. The two met at Rhode Island School of Design while studying architecture and opened their studio in 2009,…

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M.Nii John Moore

By Tom Ran
M.Nii Tailor, Waianae, Hawaii 1959

Photo: Tom McBride

The photo is one of the few relics that remain of M.Nii’s history. An image that recalls the golden age of American surf culture. Three friends in front…

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Classic Car Club

By Tom Ran
Owners Michael Prichinello and Zac Moseley in front of a 1965 Shelby Cobra

Photo: Tuukka Koski

Michael Prichinello has a passion for life and speed. His eyes light up whenever he talks about one of his cars or a motorcycle project he’s working on with a…

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