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Manuals 1

By Tom Ran

Published: February 11, 2014 under Design

Unit Edition's Manuals 1

Photo: Unit Editions

A logo is something that all businesses recognize they need, but the level of consideration behind them varies. Some value them more than others. During the 1960s into the early 1980’s, corporate identities were treated with utmost respect, establishing some of the most memorable marks of its time. To this day variations of the Apple and Nike logos come from that era. Unit Editions returns with its latest publication, “Manuals 1”. A comprehensive book that captures 21 examples of design and identity guidelines for some of the world’s most recognized brands. They range from Lufthansa and the 1976 Olympics to NASA and the New York City Transit Authority. “Manuals 1” is printed in Italy with the highest production standards and comes in at 432 pages. The book can be pre-ordered now at Unit Editions. Even though it’s not available yet, we’re already looking forward to “Manuals 2.”

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River of Fundament by Matthew Barney

By Tom Ran

Published: February 10, 2014 under Art

A scene in Detroit where iron was being melted from five giant cupolas.

Photo: Matthew Barney

Quite simply put, Matthew Barney’s latest film, “River of Fundament” is grand. It took seven years to complete and clocks in at five and a half hours long. The film is a musical loosely based on Norman Mailer’s “Ancient Evenings,” a fantastical novel dealing with the afterlife in ancient Egypt. Barney once again juxtaposes mythology and contemporary culture to create a surreal atmosphere. An automobile was demolished in an abandoned car dealership in Los Angeles. Giant cupolas were constructed for a scene in Detroit where iron was being melted. And Norman Mailer’s house was replicated on a barge that floated down the East River. The New York Times interviews the cast and crew about their experience in this epic cinematic journey. “River of Fundament” premieres Wednesday at BAM and will be screening until Sunday.

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Inspiration LA

By Tom Ran

Published: February 7, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Inspiration Number 5

Photo: Inspiration

It’s no secret that the Japanese can do American workwear almost better than Americans can. Even though Tyler Brule claimed that workwear was dead in 2011 there’s still a level of fanaticism among a core set of devotees. This includes Rin Tanaka and the many visitors and exhibitors that make their way from Japan and around the world every year to Inspiration. The event opens today and will mark its 5th year. But it’s not just workwear that will be represented, vintage, motorcycle, skate and surf exhibitors will also be on hand. From the big brands like RRL and Levi’s Vintage to the small ones like Real McCoy’s it’s an exciting group under one roof. Inspiration is timed perfectly with the monthly Rose Bowl Flea Market. If you’re in the Southern California are this weekend make your way over there. Hours are from 4-9pm today and 10-5 tomorrow at L.A. Mart in Downtown LA.

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Levi’s RED Pop Up Shop

By Tom Ran

Published: February 6, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Levi's Red pop up shop in the Meat Packing District

Photo: Levi's

We attended the opening of the first Levi’s Red store in the US on Tuesday night. The line that was designed by the Levi’s XX division in Amsterdam was given new life after a seven year hiatus. Red was first introduced in 1999 by the label as an experimental project. Throughout the past 15 years there has only been eight collections. This reintroduction of the line references Levi’s history in style and detailing. The result is a loose and rounded fit with workwear fundamentals. Though the look of the garments are casual the fabrics are luxurious. The 2×1 hemp 8oz denim is lined with a cotton/silk blend. Distribution for this line will be limited, it will only be available in a few selected stores worldwide. Visit the pop up shop at 58-60 Ninth Ave. (at 14th St.) New York City.

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La Jeune Rue

By Tom Ran

Published: February 5, 2014 under Cities

La Jeune Rue - world renown designers are set to transform this neighborhood into a destination of restaurants and shops.

Photo: La Jeune Rue

An ambitious project is underway in the 3rd arrondissement in Paris. A cluster of store fronts were recently purchased by Cedric Naudon, a low key millionaire banker with an affinity for design and taste. He is rebuilding a neighborhood and has recruited some of the worlds most renown designers to help him. The project titled ‘La Jeune Rue’ will center around three narrow streets, in the northern part of Le Marais. The 18th century facades will not be altered while the interiors will be completely redone. A grocery and fishmonger designed by Tom Dixon, a tapas bar by Jasper Morrison, a cocktail bar by Ingo Maurer, a bistro by the Campana Brothers, a theater by Andrea Branzi, and many others. When completed there will be a total of 25 different shops for this new neighborhood. The project is already underway with the first shops set to open in spring followed by more in the fall. (via design boom and Blouin Artinfo)

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Shipley & Halmos Canal St Pop Up

By Tom Ran

Published: February 4, 2014 under Fashion & Style

Shipley & Halmos Canal St Pop Up

Photo: Shipley & Halmos

Shipley & Halmos are opening their first ever shop, albeit a temporary one. Their Canal Street Pop-Up is slotted in-between a Dunkin’ Donuts and a storefront peddling security goods. The boulevard is synonymous with bootleggers and questionable retailers so what better place than to open up a store? Among their latest Spring 14 collection, you’ll find a range of goods from t-shirts and mugs to limited edition paint splattered Vans and Billykirk iPhone cases. It’s a space that they would liken their full-fledged store to be, remarks Jeff Halmos. The Canal Street Pop Up is now open and will run through NY Fashion Week till February 23rd and is located at 385 Canal Street.

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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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