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Porter Fall / Winter 2010

By Tom Ran

Published: February 8, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Porter's Fall/Winter 2010 collection

Photo: Staff

Porter, the Japanese bag company founded in 1962 by Yoshida & Co., based its business on the fundamental principal that passion is required in every stitch. It wasn’t until a couple of years ago that you would be hard-pressed to find a Porter bag in the United States. As common and successful as the brand is in Japan, it was slow to arrive here. Though based in the U.K., Porter’s collaboration with Monocle gave the company more recognition in the west, and little by little, stores like Steven Alan and Opening Ceremony began to carry a selection of designs from its vast catalog.

We were able to preview Porter’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection this morning which includes over 11 lines with several older lines (Tanker and Smokey) from past seasons. The collection carries on the tradition of durability and functionalism without compromising style. Ever conscious of its construction, Porter uses various traditional and non-traditional techniques including stitching cotton conventionally used for silk to create intricate patterns, hand dyeing, and mixing fabrics complementing and contrasting its final product. We were especially drawn towards the Deep Blue line which uses traditional techniques in dyeing its fabric from Kyoto which are then stonewashed giving it a natural texture. It also ages really well. 2010 may prove to be the year that Porter sees a wider distribution as they plan to collaborate on exclusive items with brands from Barneys to Bloomingdales. More photos after the jump.

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Dutch Masters

By Sarah Williams

Published: December 14, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Painted

Photo: Courtesy of Droog

Droog has long been established as the leader of “witticism” in design, creating products that have a sense of self-awareness, humor, and functionality. What started as a tightly-knit effort by Renny Ramakers to showcase young Dutch design talent in 1991, has boomed into one of the most progressive and admired networks in contemporary design. Today, Droog is responsible for putting forth more than 300 products with 200 collaborators.

Droog is continuing to expand their voice within design by presenting the work of several Netherlands-based fashion lines within their New York store. Much like Droog’s growing collection of products, there are many palettes, techniques, and textures that come together through the clothing and accessories Ramakers has chosen to feature. Despite the diversity, all pieces are marked with a distinctive Dutch cleverness and curiosity.

More photos after the jump.

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Pop Up Flea #2

By Tom Ran

Published: November 16, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Pop Up Flea #2

Photo: A Continuous Goldberg

Michael Williams and his partner Randy Goldberg returns this Friday with their Pop Up Flea. You may remember their first venture over the summer in June, well they’re back and the line has been announced. Billykirk, Alexander West, Michael Andrews Bespoke, Gitman Brothers, Schott NYC, Rogues Gallery, Tanner Goods, Tellason, J.Crew, Jack Spade, Ohio Knitting Mills, No Mas, Burkman Brothers, The Hill Side, and Mister Mort. Williams’s ACL line will also make an appearance.

Friday, November 20th, 3pm-9pm
Saturday November 21st, 11am-7pm and Sunday the 22nd 11am-6pm.

201 Mulberry Street, Between Spring and Kenmare
New York City

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Billykirk Studio Visit

By Tom Ran

Published: November 9, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Chris and Kirk Bray of Billykirk

Photo: Rose Callahan

We’re not finished yet. Last week we premiered our first doc on Billykirk. Along with the video we’ve included some photographs of our studio visit. Future episodes will include behind the scene photos.

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...Research

By Dennis Payongayong

Published: November 2, 2009 under Fashion & Style

...Research's live/work space in Kawakami-mura, Minamisaku-gun, Nagano

Photo: The Cool Hunter

Situated in the Japan’s Nakameguro neighborhood, Mountain Research resembles a mountain lodge among cherry trees. In just 4 years, …Research has created a following with their line of exceptional clothing and well-crafted products. A quick visit to their site is an exercise in frustration as you quickly notice that much of it is sold out and that they don’t ship to the U.S. Going beyond the usual veneration and fetishizing of Americana and workwear, Kobayashi Setsumasa and his partners spend time in his cabin on Mount Fuji where each season’s concept is created. In this practice, they’ve produced highly focused offerings inspired by prison suits, navy uniforms, and hunting jackets. Whilst seeming disparate, each offering share an impalpable connection through authenticity and studied details – soft chambray and tab collars , damp-proof picnic blankets with heavy stitching, and custom buttons with premium leather toggles. Each collection is limited in production, enticing collectors and sending Kobayashi and his crew back up the mountains.

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Maison Martin Margiela

By Tom Ran

Published: September 1, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Maison Martin Margiela exhibition in Munich

Photo: Maison Martin Margiela

Markus Frenzl of Stylepark dissects Maison Martin Margiela the label, the person, the myth and the religion in the lengthy essay, The Codes of the Invisible.

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FEATURES

Alya Kazakevich

By Raven Keller
Alya Kazakevich in her shop in the Lower East Side

Photo: Rose Callahan

On a damp and muggy summer morning on the Lower East Side, Alya Kazakevich slowly stitched up the edges of a leather coin purse and recalled her childhood in Eastern…

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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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