TOURS

The Bacon Tour

By David Tez

Photo: Staff

From time to time, The Scout will feature interborough food tours designed as culinary and geographic explorations of our fair city. Each has been field tested, in a single day,…

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The Tenenbaums

By Siobhan Vivian

Photo: Staff

The Royal Tenenbaums is Wes Anderson’s visual love letter to New York. Though never explicitly named, the film presents a stunningly constructed pastiche of the quirky, the kitschy and the…

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FEATURES : STYLE / FASHION

M.Nii John Moore

Style / Fashion
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 of a wooden shack, one of whom is caught clearing his nasal passage while a friend next to him arches his back as if he were riding a wave off the beach of O’ahu. The photo was taken in 1959, just outside M.Nii Tailor where an obscure but revered surfwear began.

I am Dandy - Rose Callahan

Style / Fashion
By Tom Ran
Nick Wooster

Photo: Rose Callahan from I am Dandy, Copyright Gestalten 2013

Aside from shooting many of our features Rose Callahan has been working on a project of her own called The Dandy Portraits. For the past four years, the series has brought us into the homes of men who are more than particular about their wardrobe. It’s a fascinating look into the lives of these dapper dudes.

Shinola Factory Visit

Style / Fashion
By Tom Ran
A prototype Shinola bike sits behind the front desk in the reception area.

Photo: Staff

On the fifth floor of a former General Motors building is where the story begins. Shinola, the popular shoe polish from the first half of the 20th century, is seeking to reinvent itself in a big way. It’s embracing its past while looking to the future by transforming itself into a consumer product based company. And they’re doing it in Detroit, Michigan, a city that was once the heart of American manufacturing. With an ambitious goal of making all their products in the U.S., they are committed to building a brand with an emphasis on craftsmanship and well designed products. This fall, Shinola will unveil its offerings ranging from watches and bikes to leather and paper goods. But before they do, The Scout had an opportunity to see first hand the operation they were building.

What’s In Store? - Extra

Style / Fashion
By Tom Ran
Extra owner Koji Kusakabe

Photo: Michael A. Muller

Walking down Extra Place in the East Village, one can only imagine what unsavory activities used to occur in the alleyway. It’s had its fair share of notoriety being right behind CBGB – most famously visible from Ramones’s first album and the band’s other press photos. But all that has changed and with it, the history from that era. The grittiness is paved over is now home to several restaurants and shops including Koji Kusakabe’s Extra.

Workers

Style / Fashion
By Tom Ran
Takashi Tateno in his shop.

Photo: Barry Whittaker

Takashi Tateno might not have been the first to introduce you to the beauty of American workwear but he probably comes close. He is responsible for the incredibly successful Workers website that documents American workwear through extensive research and historical materials. Unfortunately for us, most of his research is in Japanese, we’re only left to admire the archival photos.