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The Hill-Side & Co.

By Tom Ran

Published: May 30, 2012 under Fashion & Style

The Hill-Side Co. collection

Photo: James Wilson

We attended the opening last night but missed the photo op so we’ll have to lean on Secret Forts to help with this post (James I hope you don’t mind). The Hill-Side launched an unprecedented collection incorporating their fabrics from past and current seasons with labels that are stocked at Hickoree’s Hard Goods. The outcome was not one, or two, or even five brands The Hill-Side collaborated with, but twenty three! Brands like Dana Lee, Drifter, Fairends, Gitman Vintage, Outlier, Quality Mending Co. and many others were part of the collection. The line consists of jackets, shirts, pants, jeans, bags, and even furniture and chocolate. Though clothing and accessories are the focus of attention, Sit & Read and Mast Brothers Chocolate are also included. The Hill-Side & Co. collection will be available online and at the shop starting tomorrow. Head over to Secret Forts for more details.

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What’s In Store with Scott Morrison

By Tom Ran

Published: April 23, 2012 under Fashion & Style

What's In Store with Scott Morrison from 3x1.

Photo: Daniel Bernauer

Scott Morrison knows denim, he’s been working with the fabric since the mid 90’s. He was a key influencer and participant in the rise of premium denim with his two previous companies, Paper Denim & Cloth and Earnest Sewn. Since his departure from both brands he spent a short tenure as the CEO of Evisu before starting his current project, 3×1. We spent some time at the shop and factory at 15 Mercer Street in Soho, speaking with Morrison to see What’s In Store.

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Trap Belt by Chris Nealon

By Tom Ran

Published: April 17, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Trap Belt by Chris Nealon

Photo: Seth Smoot

We met Chris Nealon late last fall while working on a project that we’re still keeping under wraps. Nealon was referred to us through Kelly Zaneto and Josh Vogel of Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. They easily convinced us that we needed to meet this artisan. Nealon is a multi-discipline designer who works with stone, leather and metal. His ability to think creatively as well as technically is what we admire most about him. Nealon’s passion lies in the process, building the machines that make his creations are equally of interest to him. His latest creation, the Trap Belt, came from another project he was working on with a quarter inch steel rod. He transferred that idea into the belt. The ingenious fluidity of the design is free from excess materials and minimal. Ingredients include solid copper rivets, full grain American hide, rolled bridle leather, and a cold rolled steel buckle. You can purchase one directly through Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. by emailing Kelly Zaneto or by phone at 917-797-1903.

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Hello

By Tom Ran

Published: March 30, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Photo: Rose Callahan for Park & Bond

For several years I’ve been keeping a low profile, hiding behind The Scout, opting to have the stories of the people we write about be the focus of attention. But when Park & Bond approached me to answer a few questions, I couldn’t resist. I was reassured when they told me that Rose Callahan was assigned for the shoot. Rose has been an integral part of our operation, photographing many of our early stories including Billykirk and Roman & Williams. If you’re unfamiliar with her work, visit her Dandy Portraits series to get a glimpse of her talent. And if you’re inclined to read about my opinion on pinstripe suits and Hiroki Nakamura, head over to Park and Bond now.

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What’s In Store With C’H’C’M’

By Tom Ran

Published: March 29, 2012 under Fashion & Style

Inside C'H'C'M'

Photo: Michael A. Muller

Sweetu Patel was formally trained as a furniture designer. He made his way into the industry working on the retail side with companies like Capellini and founded the short lived gallery CITIZEN:Citizen in Williamsburg. After years in the furniture and design world Patel shifted over to menswear and launched C’H’C’M’ in 2008, a highly selective mens store operating on and off line with a shop on Bond Street in Manhattan. C’H’C’M’ is one of the more exciting stores in the city that sets itself apart from others by introducing brands that aren’t found in other shops. We continue with our What’s In Store series with Sweetu Patel.

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Absolute Classic Masterpieces

By Tom Ran

Published: February 29, 2012 under Fashion & Style

A tobacco pouch with strap hand made by Absolute Classic Masterpieces.

Photo: Absolute Classic Masterpieces

We don’t smoke and we don’t recommend you do, but this Tobacco Pouch made by Absolute Classic Masterpieces is a handsome holder that can be used for anything. Based in Philadelphia, ACM carries a justifiably bold name, their designs are simple and timeless. Their pieces are as barebones as they come, stripped of any decorative details or logos and purely focused on the material, design, and construction. Have a look at their small but classy selection of items. via Reference Library.

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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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