I spent a good part of my Sunday morning lazily rummaging through Etsy in search of a much needed navy skirt, but to no avail. What I did find was Brooklyn Tailors and their stylish collection of handmade bespoke mens’ suits and shirts. Now, obviously their garments are not made with ladies in mind from an apparel perspective; however, I would be quite impressed by a geezer wearing their designs. I’m sure that most girls would agree that you really can’t beat a man in a suit or a crisp cotton shirt and jeans.
Prices are a little on the expensive side, but just remember that the money will go towards the detail of craftsmanship and the opportunity to set a girl (or boy’s) heart a-flutter in your new threads.
Last week Alex posted this crazy chair called the Prickly Pear Chair which I thought I was pretty crazy until I found the chair above. The Proust Geometrical Chair was designed by Alessandro Mendini in 2009 for Cappellini which features the intense pattern you see in the photos, which personally reminds me of dazzle camouflage. It also kind of reminds me of the unnecessary indulgence of the 80′s, mixing a classic shape with a contemporary pattern. Don’t think I’d ever want this in my home but it’s certainly fun to look at.
In her site-specific installation works, Japanese-born, Berlin-based artist Chiharu Shiota spins cocoon-like webs and builds gallery-sized labyrinths composed of window frames to create her own form of artistic architecture. Both visually striking and physically imposing, Shiota’s artworks produce – what is described in a recent exhibition catalogue as – “a compelling tension of sublime intimacy and haunting imprisonment.” Her use of the frames, in particular, plays with ideas of openness and enclosure, whereby the windows represent uncrossable boundaries and borders. Similarly, the black threads that produce thousands of small intersections appear to symbolise spatial impenetrability and chaos. These maze-like and somewhat inaccessible spatial compositions seemingly draw on the tangled constructions of the mindscape and move psychological anxieties from the interior to the exterior.
Shiota’s latest work can currently be viewed until 30 September 2010 at the Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem, Israel where her art is part of a group exhibition entitled, “HomeLessHome.”
Over the past few years, bow ties have gained visibility and favor among retailers. Along with suspenders, bow ties provide a snazzy alternative to the ubiquities necktie, where pattern and width seem to be the only variation in a silky sea. But the most obvious thing a bow tie does is broadcast that you are happy to have the quirkiness and dexterity to tie a bow around your neck. But you don’t always have to tie it…
This past weekend, I did not discover the next Space Suit of the Week hiding under piles of old cookbooks, unused exercise equipment and discontinued sewing patterns. What I found, instead, were clip-on bow ties. I haven’t thought much about clip-on bow ties since seeing them in the Marc by Marc Jacobs store back in 2008 while shopping with Bobby. Are clip-on’s amusing? Yes… but so are fake moustaches and you wouldn’t wear one of those to work, would you? But finding vintage clip-on bowties in a barn in Alabama has me questioning both if I can get away with wearing a clip-on bowtie and how exactly to clean such a bow tie found in such a barn in Alabama.
Also, I couldn’t resist sharing this camouflage bow tie. Maybe Bobby can wear it on days when his new camo jacket isn’t quite snazzy enough.
Last week I read a tweet from Kyle Blue saying he was really enjoying a band called Sunol, so I checked them out and I really liked what I heard. I couldn’t really find any info about the band though so I decided to write them, and as it turns out the band is two guys, Dave Zohrob and Johnny Abrahams, who recorded for a year in San Francisco and recently moved to Brooklyn to spend more time on music. About the songs above:
The opening song is a cover off of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, but the rest of the tracks are originals, mostly rewritten from songs that Johnny has been returning to on and off for years. The album is a mix of mbira, banjo, guitar, shakers, drum machines, and many layers of vocals. We were aiming to combine a few different influences into something new — West African music, 70′s california hi-fi classic rock, and contemporary folk/rock like Beach House and Sufjan Stevens.
Like the Superhumanoids album you can also DL these jams for free from their website, which I’d suggest you do. Look at all the free music, pretty fun, right? And I’ve got a weird-o Mixcast which I’ll be releasing tonight as well, so you should be good for a while.