Denim Legends

By Tom Ran

Published: February 26, 2010 under Publishing

Samples from Denim Legends

Photo: Michael Wells

Denim Legends, a book published by WeAr Global Magazine, might possibly be the most important book on denim history. Coming in at over 400 pages, the tome starts from the beginning with the oldest pair of jeans in existence, the Levis 1870 jeans, and runs through to the present. It’s all in the details from the buttons and labels to the stitching, as jeans, jackets, vests, overalls, and even dresses are treated like splayed specimens through its photographs. Denim Legends is separated into five periods, 1870 – 1929, 1930 – 1959, 1960 – 1979, 1980 – 1999 and 2000+, and consists of minimal text. Before you head over to Amazon to add a copy to your cart, consider that only 2,500 copies are made with no intentions of it ever being reprinted. That being said, the book comes with a hefty price tag of 890 Euros, approximately $1,200. Though it is almost impossible to justify paying so much for a book, it can be an incredible resource for some professionals. (via Anothersomething)

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By Tom Ran

Published: February 25, 2010 under Art

A Slow-mo Session with Sam McKnight

Photo: Nowness / Matthew Donaldson

Not yesterdayness, or tomorrowness but Nowness. After publishing its first article in August of last year, LVMH is ready to fully launch its arts and luxury site today. For the past five months Nowness has been serving up daily inspiration and announcements from the world of fashion, art, culture and travel. Though the site is part of LVMH it promises to be editorially independent of its parent company. The design of the site is beautifully approached – very minimal, giving all of its attention to the daily story. Users are immediately hit by the day’s article consisting of videos or photos that occupy a large portion of the site. WWD reports that advertising will be considered in the future, and that they would like to work with brands outside of LVMH. Enjoy its pureness while its untainted.

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Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair

By Tom Ran

Published: February 24, 2010 under Publishing

Fourth annual Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair

Photo: Printed Matter

There is a lost art in book binding, very few people appreciate the intricacies that go behind its creation. Pepper’s Projects, a gallery based in Tokyo is attempting to spotlight this art form by sponsoring its fourth annual Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair. It will take place for the next two weeks in three of New York’s best bookstores, Printed Matter, St. Mark’s Books, and Kinokuniya. The exhibition will feature different handmade books from over 100 artists with an additional exhibition that will coincide with the fair at Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. The book fair is on view now until March 7th while the art exhibit starts on the 27th and runs through March 7th.

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Randomness 02.23.10

By Tom Ran

Published: February 23, 2010 under Randomness

Ed Templeton

Photo: Ed Templeton

In preparation for Ed Templeton’s The Seconds Pass at Roberts and Tilton Gallery opening February 26th, Tiny Vices has compiled of collection of past photos.

We’d like to make a zine one day, until then, have a look at this collection from Jessica Williams. Be sure to check her portfolio out as well, an eclectic mix of photography, collage art and illustrations. (via Reference Library)

The Essential Man reports that Robert Geller opens a store within a store at Assembly New York.

Jonathan LeVine’s five year anniversary exhibit opens Saturday, February 27th featuring artists the gallery have shown in the past including Jim Houser, Doze Green, Shepard Fairey, and many others.

3 questions with Hella Jongerius.

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By Tom Ran

Published: February 22, 2010 under Art

INDEPENDENT at 548 West 22nd Street


March 4th should be designated as art weekend in New York. Ten days from today will see the opening of The Armory Show and along with it, six-plus other art fairs that include Art Now, Bridge, Pulse, Red Dot, Scope, and Volta NY. Squeezing into the already crowded landscape is INDEPENDENT, developed by Elizabeth Dee, New York gallerist and founder of X Initiative and Darren Flook, from Hotel, London. INDEPENDENT will be a “hybrid model and temporary exhibition forum” that will consists of a bookstore from Artbook, public programs, and nearly forty exhibitors from twelve cities. Looking through the list, Moss will also be participating. INDEPENDENT will start on March 4th and conclude on the 7th.

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Paul Smith for Stelton

By Tom Ran

Published: February 19, 2010 under Industrial & Furniture Design

Add Colour - Bright group by Paul Smith for Stelton

Photo: Stelton

Stelton is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year by commissioning Paul Smith to reinterpret their Cylinda Line. Originally designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1967, the elegant ensemble is timelessly executed. Nonetheless, Paul Smith was able to add his signature flare to the line by incorporating color and playfulness to the otherwise cold and austere collection. The result is a reinterpretation to the series. The black handles are replaced with bright, muted, and pastel colors while a new line called Dot consisting of various sized stainless steel bowls are included. To top off the series, Smith’s personal quotes have been etched into the bar accessories. This ultra luxurious line will most likely be displayed rather than used in any household. Paul Smith added his own notes about the series on his blog. More photos after the jump. via Henricks Tankar

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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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