Randomness 02.18.10

Published: February 18, 2010 under Randomness

A collaboration between Hudson's Bay Company, Best Made Co. and Partners & Spade

Photo: Partners & Spade

Partners & Spade quietly launched their website last week with the help from The Scout. Have a look at the upcoming collaboration between P&S, Hudson’s Bay Company, and Best Made Co. Plus Andy Spade gets coverage over on New York Mag.

Some interesting news from Droog coming from Renny Ramakers’s Twitter. She’ll be guest lecturing at Soho House on March 3rd and Parsons on March 4th. Meanwhile, Droog is getting ready for Milan with a project that will involve Stefan Sagmeister, Maison Margiela, Jurgen Bey, and others.

Thoroughly enjoying the coverage of Project from Selectism.

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Roll & Hill

By Tom Ran

Published: February 16, 2010 under New York

Roll & Hill's identity designed by Partners & Spade

Photo: Roll & Hill

It’s hard to believe that Jason Miller’s iconic Superordinate Antler Lamps were produced seven years ago. Since then Miller’s made a name for himself by designing everything from chairs to tiles while helping to put Brooklyn and American design back on the map. This year sees the launch of Roll & Hill, a new high-end lighting company Miller founded featuring designs from Lindsey Adelman, Paul Loebach, and Rich Brilliant Willing. The company promises to deliver sustainable and accessible products that are geared towards Americans but also embracing the European and Asian market.

As a tease to what’s to come, Roll & Hill have assembled some of the best pieces from each of the designers including the Excel floor lamp by Rich Brilliant Willing and Agnes by Lindsey Adelman. Artist Kirsten Hassenfeld, known for her jewel-like sculptures is currently working on a line for the company as is Michail Miller and Sarah Cihat. Partners & Spade have also been tapped to design their identity. An entirely new collection from Roll & Hill will premier at this year’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in May. It will be exciting to see what will come from all these great designers and artists working together.

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Nick Knight - New York Fashion Week

By Tom Ran

Published: February 11, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Alexander Wang and Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte

Photo: Alexander Wang and Rodarte

The venerable fashion photographer, Nick Knight, has entrenched himself into New York Fashion Week by taking part in three shows. First in line was a film created for Hexa by Kuho, simultaneously played during the presentation. We’re still waiting to see if the film will be released online. The other two will employ Knight’s, SHOWstudio’s technology. Alexander Wang’s and Rodarte’s shows will both be streaming live through the website. Alexander Wang’s airs on Saturday February 13 at 5pm while Rodarte’s airs on February 16 at 12 noon.

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The Ace and No. 8a

By Tom Ran

Published: February 10, 2010 under Retail

The Ace Hotel and its partnerships

Photo: The Ace Hotel, Stumptown, The Breslin, Project No. 8

The Ace Hotel has become a self-contained cultural ecosystem–guests really don’t have to go anywhere else once they’ve checked in. With the opening of Stumptown and The Breslin, patrons need not worry about a lack of caffeine or carnivorous food options. Hop on an elevator or take a flight of stairs down to the lobby to satiate these needs.

Now that the dining option is complete, retail would be the next objective. This weekend will see Ace’s first retail operation. Partnering with L.E.S. boutique, Project 8, the hotel is set to open No. 8a. A gift shop filled with items that are useful for distant travelers and locals alike. Positioning the store with dual entrances, one for hotel guests and another for pedestrians off Broadway.

The success of The Ace is not only in its core business but the ability to draw New Yorkers in as well. In less than a year, the hotel has become a hub that is set to change the landscape of the neighborhood. And they’re not finished, with three more operations in the works including a street level shop with Opening Ceremony, a basement bar with Ken Friedman and sandwich shop with No. 7 from Brooklyn.

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Stanley & Sons

By Tom Ran

Published: February 9, 2010 under Fashion & Style

Stanley & Sons

Photo: Stanley & Sons

Because a good thing needs to be mentioned twice or maybe three times. Spotted over at Reference Library and How To Change a Flat, is Stanley & Sons, an apron and bag company based out of Brooklyn. The founder, Chris Grodzki followed in his grandfather’s footsteps and extended the family trade by launching the company in 2008 producing everyone of its products by hand. Though familiar fabrics are used like wax and unwaxed canvas along with recycled materials, there’s still a distinction to the line considering the limit in quantity. It’s not mass produced. Stanley & Sons is currently only available in three locations, Luddite, Eleven, and Save Khaki United but can also be ordered through their website.

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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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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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What’s In Store? – Outlier

By Andrew Craig
Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens of Outlier

Photo: Rose Callahan

Outlier’s conceptions is a testament to the uniquely serendipitous moments that life sometimes offers. Abe Burmeister and Tyler Clemens wanted to design a new breed of functional, smartly…

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