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Stoflight (Texture and Form) Vans x Norse Projects

By Tom Ran

Published: September 5, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Vans and Norse Projects team up with Kvadrat and Poul Kjærholm. Vans Eras sitting on top of PK91 folding stools.

Photo: Norse Projects

Fashion and furniture continues its crossover. We’ve seen it physically applied with Vitra and G-Star’s Jean Prouvé collection and conceptually with Japanese knitwear brand Moeve and Morrow. Adding to the crossover is a new project from Vans and Norse Projects. They’ve teamed up with Danish textile brand Kvadrat by applying their Tundra and Tonica fabrics on a pair of Vans Era and Chukka models. This application was also added to Poul Kjærholm’s PK80 daybed and PK91 folding stool. The project, titled Stoflight (Texture and Form) will be on view at Colette during Paris Design Week on September 9th. The full release will be available starting September 28th.

This isn’t the first time Vans has worked with furniture textiles. They’ve made use of Maharam’s Mid-Century and contemporary fabrics in the past including designs from Charles and Ray Eames, George Nelson, Alexander Girard, Paul Smith, and Hella Jongerius.

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Esquire Network

By Tom Ran

Published: August 22, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Esquire Network

Photo: Esquire Network

The launch of the Esquire Network comes with anticipation and apprehension. G4, the channel that was once devoted to everything game is about to grow up and morph into the Esquire Network. The rebrand was originally slated for spring but had to be push back until September because of a lack of original programming. That wait may pay off because what we’ve seen so far looks fantastic. The Getaway, executive produced by Anthony Bourdain, is hosted by personalities that takes viewers around the world in search of insider gems. Knife Fight, is a throw down between two chefs in a fight club setting–or maybe it’s just a restaurant that takes place after hours. Either way it looks to be a raw take on traditional food competitions. And Brew Dogs, follows a couple of Scottish craft beer evangelists who travel the U.S. to create specialty brews to honor the city they’re visiting.

Because this is a network and they have 24 hours of programming to fill, some of G4’s shows will inevitably migrate over. American Ninja Warrior anyone? And that’s where the apprehension comes in. We love video games as much as the next guy but if this rebrand is thinly veiled to introduce only a handful of shows and old sitcoms, they’ll have a difficult time growing its audience. Let’s hope that this relaunch is substantial enough and a departure from its former self. The Esquire Network premiers September 23rd.

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Zady

By Tom Ran

Published: August 20, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Zady

Photo: Zady

As consumers are becoming more concerned about the origins of their purchases, businesses are responding to their needs. Supply chains have come into question and transparency is called upon. That’s where Zady comes in, a new socially responsible online shopping destination that is set to launch next Tuesday. The site was founded by Soraya Darabi, founder of Foodspotting and her partner Maxine Bédat. It will offer products that are ethically produced and sourced, whether they are handmade, environmentally conscious, made in the U.S., or uses quality materials. Approximately 40 brands will be made available according to The Wall Street Journal. Brands like Steven Alan, Imogene + Willie, Shinola, Billykirk, and smaller labels that are lesser known. Profiles behind these brands will be provided to give customers a better understanding of who these companies are.

Zady is the first of its kind to merge popular brands to a platform that is socially minded and we’re rooting for its success.

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In Conversation with Larry Paul of GREI.

By Tom Ran

Published: July 31, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Market Bag made of cotton canvas and vegetable dyed leather straps.

Photo: GREI.

The flat tonality of the color grey may be banal to some but its neutrality can be incredibly versatile and adaptable. This is its strength and symbolic for a company to name an accessories brand after. For Larry Paul and Andrew Spargo the partners behind GREI., its beauty is in its understatement. Their attachment to the color lies in its soothing neutrality. With a high regard to production and quality they’ve injected energy into an otherwise overlooked pigment. Two years into the line, GREI. has grown from season to season. It continues to focus on its core products of scarves, pocket squares, and bandanas but have expanded its offering to bags, ponchos, and even a line of shirts with Unionmade. We spent a moment with Larry Paul to discuss the evolution of the brand and insight into their indigo dying technique.

Read the interview after the jump.

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Sunspel Pop Up Shop

By Tom Ran

Published: May 31, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Sunspel's first pop up shop in the U.S. at C'HC'M'

Photo: Sunspel

Sunspel, the British clothing line responsible for some of the best made basics from undergarments to knits for over a century is taking up residence in Noho for a month. Up until now, you’ve only been able to find selected pieces at Steven Alan and Opening Ceremony on this side of the Atlantic. Starting tomorrow Sunspel will set up shop inside C’H’C’M’ to offer a larger assortment from their catalog ranging from t-shirts and sweaters to swim shorts, undergamrents and their classic Riviera polos. Jon Contino and Jen Mussari have been asked to design prints for the occasion. And to celebrate the launch, House Industries will be in town to custom print specially made designs from 12pm to 4pm tomorrow. The Sunspel Pop-Up shop at C’H’C’M’ will be open until June 23rd.

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Möeve and Morrow Knitwears

By Tom Ran

Published: May 29, 2013 under Fashion & Style

Möeve and Morrow Knitwears photographed at Finn Juhl's house in Charlottenlund, Denmark.

Photo: Möeve and Morrow Knitwears

Clothing has been made for just about any occasion or activity. But a label coming out of Japan might be the first to fashion its line specifically for Scandinavian Furniture. For the inaugural season for Möeve and Morrow Knitwears they traveled to a Danish Modern master’s home in Charlottenlund, Denmark, the location of Finn Juhl’s house. The house is now a museum run by Ordrupgaard, but one wouldn’t know that as the model goes about his routine with ease. The knitwear label proudly promotes comfortable materials, traditional craftsmanship, poetic color, and refined organic design, all of which are elements of Scandinavian Modern design. Judging from the photos for Fall / Winter 2013, the collection appears to be a small line. Nonetheless the refined look of the knitwear has more than piqued our interest. More photos at Fashionsnap.com, via Selectism.

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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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