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La Fonda Del Sol to Reopen in MetLife Building

By Tom Ran

Published: August 22, 2008 under Dining & Food

La Fonda Del Sol, Kitchen with mural menu

Photo: Courtesy of máXimo

If you’re a frequent reader of The Scout, you’ll know that we’re fans of Alexander Girard’s work to say the least. So when we came across this bit of news from New York Times’s style blog, The Moment, about the reopening of La Fonda Del Sol, we jumped out of our seat. Only to realize that the restaurant will only live in name. Adam Tihany the new restaurant designer explains “There’s no nostalgia.” "Our perception of what a Latin-American restaurant is now is very different.” That’s too bad, we were ready to relive the 60’s in the 00’s. I guess we still have Compound in Santa Fe.

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The Archive

By Tom Ran

Published: August 22, 2008 under Film

The Archive

Photo: Ed David, directed by Sean Dunne

A couple of months ago cinematographer Ed David produced a documentary short on Martin Greenfield, a Bushwick tailor known very little outside of the industry but has been credited for producing suits for Neiman Marcus, Brooks Brothers and Freemans Sporting Club. Ed David returns with The Archive, another documentary that celebrates the past. This time his attention is focused on Paul Mawhinney, a touching tribute to the bygone era of the analogue and one man’s love affair with the out dated media. Mawhinney’s collection is estimated to be worth $50 million. Watch the doc here in Quicktime and here on Vimeo. via VLU

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Bike Racks by David Byrne

By Tom Ran

Published: August 21, 2008 under Art

Top Row: Wall Street, Ladies’ Mile, Hipster, Bottom Row: Jersey, Olde Times Square, Villager

Photo: New York City Department of Transportation

Bike enthusiast, David Byrne along with the Department of Transportation and art gallery PaceWildenstein have installed 9 sculptural bike racks throughout Manhattan and one in Williamsburg. The bike racks are designed by Byrne, each representing the neighborhood its appropriately place in.

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Arts & Architecture, 1945-54: The Complete Reprint

By Tom Ran

Published: August 20, 2008 under Publishing

The complete Arts & Architecture 10 year box set

Photo: Taschen

Art & Architecture, the seminal magazine published from 1945 to 1965 mostly know for their involvement in the Case Study Program in California is being reprinted by Taschen. The first ten years will arrive this fall in ten boxes, 118 issue, with a total of 6,076 pages. The collection is limited to 5000 copies retailing for $700 though Amazon has it listed for $441.

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J.Crew in Tribeca

By Tom Ran

Published: August 19, 2008 under Retail

J. Crew Tribeca promo

Photo: J. Crew

Looks like Nike isn’t the only store to open this week. We got this in our inbox today, an announcement from J.Crew about their first men’s shop in Tribeca.

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Nike Sportswear

By Tom Ran

Published: August 19, 2008 under Retail

Interior to Nike's new Sportswear store in Soho

Photo: Nike

The launch of Nike’s new Sportswear line will see the opening of a new store as well. Nike announced yesterday that the store is scheduled to open this Friday, August 22nd, not the 8th, what was originally planned. Doors will open at 10am according to the site on 21 Mercer Street, in Soho. More details and photos here.

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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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