(Product) Red T-Shirts

By Tom Ran

Published: July 10, 2009 under Fashion & Style

The (RED) campaign continues developing partnerships and products with its latest collaboration. This time the GAP enlists established and up and coming designers for a series of Artist Edition T-Shirts, including Geoff McFetridge, Non-Format by Kjell Ekhorn and Jon Forss, Deanne Cheuk, Keiko Itakura, Kari Modén, nomoco, James Joyce, Stephen Kelleher, Stina Persson and Celia Calle. (RED) has posted the designs on their flickr. T-shirts are currently available on GAP’s website.

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1 in 8 million (sneakers)

By Aaron Carambula

Published: June 5, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Photo: Todd Heisler for the New York Times

The latest in the New York Times’ series One in 8 Million features Jesse Villanueva, AKA Holy Smokes, and his world of sneakers and sneakerheads. A glimpse into any collector’s world is always riveting, and Mr. Villanueva is definitely passionate, you can hear it in his recounting of a recent score.

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Kim Gordon, Mirror/Dash

By Sarah Williams

Published: April 1, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Space 15 Twenty opening party for Mirror/Dash

Photo: Mirror/Dash

Kim Gordon has always been a force. She was critical to the downtown New York scene that spawned the No Wave anti-movement during the early 80’s, and has been influencing pop culture ever since. Her throaty voice and raw guitar for Sonic Youth brought her to iconic indie status. Following the success of the band, Gordon established the street label X-Girl in 1994 as her first foray into fashion, recruiting Mike Mills and Geoff McFetridge for their design talents during their early careers.

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MFSC for J. Crew

By Tom Ran

Published: February 2, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Mister Freedom foul weather deck jacket for J. Crew

Photo: J. Crew

We had the pleasure of visiting Mister Freedom out in LA back in December to see the exquisite detailing to many of the pieces from the spring 2008 collection. While stumbling on his line at another shop in Venice, we spoke with vintage shop owner Tina Wakino, of Bazar, about the line. Surprisingly, Mister Freedom isn’t available in the east, according to Wakino. Until now, reports that J.Crew’s Liquor Store recently added Mister Freedom’s N-1H deck jacket to its inventory. But the supply is extremely limited. Only 7 were made exclusively for J.Crew.

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Obama Style

By Aaron Carambula

Published: January 29, 2009 under Fashion & Style

Obama sans jacket in the Oval Office.

Photo: Bloomberg News

The well fitting suit is due for a surge in America, thanks to Obama’s natty, nipped in tailoring. On the trail his fashion garnered attention from the runway to the fashion rags. His Chicago tailor, Hartmarx, has gotten sales bumps when other tailoring brands are bracing for financial impact.

Then, today, we hear form the NYT that in action, Obama’s less formal than Presidents past. In the first days he was photographed sans jacket in the Oval Office, and on weekends he’s granted ‘business casual’ policies to those at work. But business casual is a slippery slope.

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Cut Throat 101

By Tom Ran

Published: December 11, 2008 under Fashion & Style

F.S.C. Barber's counter

Photo: Annie Tritt for The New York Times

For many of us New Yorkers, time is something we never have enough of. Finding shortcuts in our daily lives can be small but worthy victories. So why have some men chosen to slow their morning routine to a crawl? Seth Kugel reports for the NY Times and takes us into F.S.C.’s Sunday morning class, Cut Throat 101. An appropriately named class where men are taught how to shave with a straight razor.

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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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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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