A few weeks back I went to the opening of the Free City, a Los Angeles based clothing company that sells some… interesting garments. To be honest, the clothes they sell aren’t really my style, I don’t need a $300 sweatshirt with a gradient bird logo on it. That said, the new space they created on Fairfax is an amazing burst of color. The space looks like an old warehouse that’s had a few walls built into along with about a million pieces of color stuff.
As you can see in the photos this place is jam packed with stuff. I love the Kevin Cyr-esque bicycle with tons of packages on the back and a rickshaw that looks like it’s been blinged out by hippies. They even sell bread and drinks and stuff like that, it’s pretty amazing. I can’t say that I would ever recommend the clothes, but if you’re in town you should definitely check out the space.
When it comes to high fashion there are few people as cutting edge, or weird, as Gareth Pugh. The man basically makes clothes for when we’re living in Buckminster Fuller inspired pods on the surface of Mars, and his Spring/Summer 2011 collection is no exception. The video above was created to give a look at his new collection, which visually lands between the imagination of Chris Cunningham and Mark Romanek’s video for Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream. It’s flashy, it’s edgy and it’s intense, but that’s sort of the fun of it. My favorite part is at the 9 minute mark, so if you can’t make it that far be sure to fast forward and see what I’m talking about.
British illustrator Matthew Hodson, who goes by the enigmatic moniker Matthew the Horse, has recently expanded his mini-empire to create a series of limited edition t-shirts. His collection, which is entitled HORSE, features 100% cotton tees hand printed with his graphically bold, quirky and cheeky illustrations in simple monochrome. I really like how his drawing style is simultaneously sophisticated and naive, slightly crazy and yet minimalist. More goodies can be viewed on his blog and you can purchase his tees through his online shop.
Thank you to Gerlin for sending a link to Matthew’s work my way!
I got an email this morning from a young, Swedish couple from Malmö who run a small design firm called Blixt & Dunder. They wrote me to tell me that they’ve started selling their first product, a simple silk black bow tie covered with tiny lightning bolts. It’s a beautiful and simple bow tie that’s actually reasonably priced at around $62. To promote their bow tie they’ve created this short promotional video which I thought was too beautiful not to post. I wish them good luck in their endeavors and hopefully we see more beautiful products from this talented duo.
The dudes from Put This On are back with a new episode, this time centered around what to wear to work. Dressing up at work can be hard, especially when none of your coworkers think twice about wearing the saem t-shirts twice in one week. That’s where these guys step in to give some tips and advice on dressing up and maybe even instill a bit of confidence to get you dressing up more often.