Filson F/W 2014

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2014 under Fashion & Style

C.C. Filson Collection designed by Nigel Cabourn. Left: Work Cape Jacket; Right: Clip Coat

Photo: Filson

We had the chance to preview Filson’s Fall / Winter 2014 line yesterday and were excited to see the results, primarily with their collaborations. Nigel Cabourn was tapped to design the C.C. Filson Collection, a small series of outwear that uses familiar Filson fabrics along with Harris Tweed. Though the jackets and coats are distinctly Filson, Cabourn’s detailing is prominent throughout including the fit, boxy pockets and rugged hardware. Filson’s hunting and outdoor heritage mixes well with Cabourn’s love of military uniforms. On the luggage front, National Geographic veterans and Magnum photographers Steve McCurry and David Allen Harvey have contributed their thoughts to a line of bags. Filson’s tote and bags have been modified with extended flaps for rain coverage, padded dividers for lenses and accessories, and extra pockets. A new backpack has also been designed for the line. Expect the lines to start rolling out by the end of August, however, the C.C. Filson Collection will see limited in its release.

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Modern Originals

By Tom Ran

Published: March 25, 2014 under Publishing

Modern Originals by Leslie Williamson

Photo: Leslie Williamson

Photographer Leslie Williamson’s followup to her highly successful book, Handcrafted Modern will see it’s debut next month. Modern Originals is the European counterpart to Handcrafted. It gives us a rare look into the homes of world renown midcentury designers and architects. Like Carlo Mollino’s eccentric apartment in Turin, where he devoted an entire room to his death. Or Robin and Lucienne Day, multi-talented designers that have drawn comparisons to their American equivalent, the Eames. The book also includes homes of Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Finn Juhl, and many others. Modern Originals: At Home with MidCentury European Designers will be released on April 15 through Rizzoli. If you were one of the many people to have funded the project on Kickstarter you’ve already secured yourself a copy, otherwise order yours from Amazon.

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Reissue By Scout Seattle

By Tom Ran

Published: March 24, 2014 under Fashion & Style

French Industrial Work Jacket from 1940

Photo: Scout Seattle

Seattle based tent makers and outdoor outfitters that share the same name as ours, Scout, have dipped their toes into apparel. They recently released a Day Jacket and a couple of boots from Oak Street Bootmakers. Additionally, they launched a Reissue collection that consists of vintage workwear and camping pieces that span the globe. Like the Japanese Army Rain Coat circa 1930 or the French Industrial Work Jacket from 1940. There are only eight designs in all with some that are already sold out. For your vintage connoisseurs, RRL stylists, or archive enthusiast, head over to Scout before they’re all gone. (via Inventory)

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Keep Fresh Stay Rad by Friends of Type

By Tom Ran

Published: March 20, 2014 under Design

Keep Fresh Stay Rad postcard set by Friends of Type

Photo: Friends of Type

Often imitated but never duplicated, Friends of Type is venturing offline in their next project. Since 2009 these guys have been consistently churning out digital lettering through their wildly popular blog. Their work has permeated the web, surfacing everywhere from Tumblr sites and Pinterest to ffffound and knockoff blogs. Five years into the project they have more than enough material for a book. This fall, along with publishers Princeton Architectural Press, they will be releasing a box set featuring 100 postcards from their archive. The set, Keep Fresh Stay Rad, also includes a 24-page zine that explores the inspiration and design process behind the group.

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Geoff McFetridge / MOVE

By Tom Ran

Published: March 19, 2014 under Art

Left: MOVE a group show curated by Rich Jacobs; Right: "The Trap" by Geoff McFetridge

Photo: Rich Jacobs and Geoff McFetridge

A couple of art shows of note for our readers in Copenhagen and LA. Meditallucination is the latest solo exhibition from Geoff McFetridge at V1. He continues to explore his minimal style using flat hues and composition. The exhibition will showcase 13 new paintings on canvas and opens this Friday, March 21st. Artist Rich Jacobs has been curating his MOVE art shows for well over a decade and in turn had cultivated a scene and discovered many new artists. The latest MOVE takes place at & Pens gallery in Culver City. The exhibition opened Saturday and will be on view till April 8th.

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By Tom Ran

Published: March 18, 2014 under Art

Paper works from Zim&Zou

Photo: Zim&Zou

Paper sculptures aren’t recognized or treated as a respectable art form, maybe because of its ephemeral nature or it’s association with childhood crafts. However, there are artists that are creating some incredible forms with the material. Irving Harper, the legendary designer that worked under George Nelson published a book on his paper sculptures last year and a younger generation of artists are following suit. Zim&Zou are among the standouts in this field. They’re creating intricately sculpted and detailed works with a temporary material. (via Colossal)

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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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