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Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand

By Tom Ran

Published: May 1, 2014 under Event

Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand

Photo: Vitsœ

Last year’s NYCxDESIGN featured 350 events across the five boroughs. This year the celebration will capitalize on its momentum to offer even more events surrounding the big four fairs, ICFF, Frieze Art Fair, WantedDesign and Brooklyn Designs. Vitsœ will be taking part in their Noho showroom by offering respite for festival goers in the neighborhood. The Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand is a four day event that replicates a fruit stand, albeit one that is surrounded by refined furniture and shelving. Locally sourced fruit tarts, teas, and homemade sodas will be offered to visitors along with past issues of The Gourmand. To commemorate the event a limited edition fruit-themed recipe book has been published and will be offered free to visitors. The Vitsœ Fruit Stand with The Gourmand will be open from May 16 through May 19th.

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Postalco x Calder Foundation

By Tom Ran

Published: April 30, 2014 under Handmade

Postalco for Calder Foundation: (clockwise) Travel Wallet, Card Holder, Tool Box

Photo: Postalco

When Postalco was approached by the Calder Foundation last year to develop a line of products based on Alexander Calder’s work, founder Mike Abelson jumped at the chance. It was an opportunity for him to explore Calder’s massive body of work that extended beyond his mobile sculptures. Calder was a maker in the truest sense of the word. He was constantly tinkering away, creating not only his sculptures but one of a kind toys, jewelry, and household objects. He also painted, sketched and created fantastic graphical work. This is where Abelson honed in on with the collaboration. For Postalco’s Fall / Winter 2014 collection, five leather and stationery items have been produced based on Calder’s geometric shapes and patterns. They include a travel wallet, card holder, tool box, snap pad, and an A5 notebook. The leather items are handmade in Japan from goatskin while the notebook and snap pads are embossed on hand-pressed cotton fabric. Though the collection is modest, it is an outstanding offering of fine quality stationery items that Postalco is well known for.

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Escape From New York

By Tom Ran

Published: April 29, 2014 under Outdoors

Urban Adventure NYC: Escape From New York with Aether

Photo: Aether

As avid riders, both Aether founders, Jonah Smith and Palmer West have organized motorcycle adventures in LA and San Francisco. This weekend will be NYC’s turn. They’re teaming up with Union Garage for an all day ride just north of the city. It all starts at Aether’s Soho shop and will end at a secret training location in Bear Mountain where your riding skills will be tested through a specially designed obstacle course. The route up to Bear Mountain will take you through scenic views and a tour of Harriman State Park’s best roads. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided and a special skills challenge will take place at the end of the day. The best riders will be awarded for their performance. The ride takes place this Saturday, May 3rd. Tickets are now available for $45. To secure a spot and a look through the day’s itinerary head over to Aether’s site for more information.

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Evel Comes to Cooperville

By Tom Ran

Published: April 28, 2014 under Publishing

Evel Knievel walks towards his famed Harley Davidson XR 750

Photo: Evel Comes to Cooperville

The lore that surrounds Evel Knievel might have diminished through the years but the name still sticks out whenever it is mentioned. There has never been a stuntman that has achieved the level of fame and recognition that Knievel had achieved. His stunts captivated the nation as he attempted his ramp-to-ramp jumps across a canyon, double decker busses, and Ford Mustangs while setting a record for the “most bones broken in a lifetime.” He had many high profile jumps that were nationally recognized and many more that were forgotten in towns across the US. One in particular was in June of 1972 at the Oklahoma Fair Grounds. It may have been forgotten forever had it not been for Garrett Colton. The grandson of Jack Cooper, he was a car dealer who orchestrated Knievel’s presence that summer weekend. Colton discovered a dusty box of negatives from the festivities in his grandfather’s attic. Knievel being driven around in a pace car, Knievel’s semi-trailer truck operation, and the excitement surrounding the event. Over four decades later a book has been published in conjunction with Done To Death Projects. “Evel Comes to Cooperville” serves as a time capsule in American pop culture of the events that unfolded that weekend. It was a time when dirt bikes were king and how a lone daredevil could captivate a town with his presence.

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Shinola & Steven Alan Block Party

By Tom Ran

Published: April 28, 2014 under Announcements

Shinola & Steven Alan Block Party

Photo: Shinola

Though summer won’t be here for another two months, Shinola and Steven Alan are kicking off their roadshow and the warm season with a block party. They’re doing it right by taking over Franklin Street in Tribeca, from the Annex (103 Franklin St) to Shinola (188 Franklin St). Steven Alan will be on hand at the shops and is offering 20% off on any Steven Alan products. Shinola will be offering complimentary monogramming. Roberta’s will be taking care of the food and drinks will be provided by George Dickel. Sharktooth, a favorite vintage textile shop of ours and one we included in the Shinola bike tour, has selected a few of their stock for the Shinola Tribeca store. It all takes place this Thursday from 6-9pm.

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Snacks Quarterly

By Tom Ran

Published: April 25, 2014 under Publishing

Erik Marinovich's contribution to the first issue of Snacks Quarterly

Photo: Erik Marinovich

Though we take our snacking seriously who would have thought that an art and design publication can be developed on such a topic? Alexander Barrett and Brad Simon, that’s who. Snacks Quarterly is a digital publication that brings together a stellar line up of creatives for its inaugural issue. Friends of The Scout Erik Marinovich and Matthew Foster have both created original artwork along with a quick Q&A concerning what else? Snacking. There’s also short features, flash fiction, poems all on the same theme. In short, they’re short spurts of content that is equivalent to a snack. Breeze right through the first issue of Snack Quarterly right now.

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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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