Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We have just the thing....

I fell in love with James Toback after seeing Black and White, which Mike Tyson was in, so in honor of his documentary on the champ you love to hate, we say rock Subconcious Threads' "What Happened to Mike?" tee,
Because, at the end of the day you really want to be on Mike's side.

Check out the trailer and then add it to your queue.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Cunningly Complex

Globally driven fashionistas are in love with Complex Geometries and rightfully so. It was a pleasure to meet the designer, Clayton Evans, at Robin Richman and later Sonotheque. You can feel the same thoughtfulness in this humble designer seen in all of his designs. His vision is so clear and the encounter with him left me inspired.

Kid Sister with Clayton

Nicole of Shrink with Clayton in a Complex dress.

The work.

COMPLEX GEOMETRIES aw09 | TRAILER | Various Artists from JASON LAST on Vimeo.
One of several art videos that complement Complex

Sunday, April 26, 2009

No, it will not end

100 ladies perform "Single Ladies" to announce Trident’s Beyonce ticket giveaway in London.

Meet Steven Day, a new designer for us

NYC Building tee

Steven Day is a New York based artist/photographer and designer, from Newport Beach, California, who also works in London. Steven received a MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1994 and exhibits his artwork at Pierogi, and Kinkead Contemporary. He was nominated last year for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, as well as a 2009 nominee for the Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant. Between 2007 and 2008 he participated in 'Emergency Room' at PS1/Moma (Long Island City, NY), lleana Tounta (Athens), and Gallery Taiss (Paris), and exhibited at Art Forum Berlin (Pierogi), 'Foundamental Abstraction' at Haines Gallery (San Francisco), and 'Surprisingly Natural' at Wave Hill (Bronx, NY). Recent publications include Steven Day 'Cranbrook Estate' in ARTERI Issue 9 'New Photography : Seeing through the Socio-Anthropological Lens', photographs of the US Airways Hudson River crash, distributed by Asssociated Press 2009; the Phillips Art Expert Forum 'Exploring modern social housing projects through photography' 2008; International Herald Tribune 'Art on Emergency Situations' 2007; and WNYC New York Public Radio: The Brian Lehrer Show: 'Where Art and Jounalism Collide' 2007.

Steven started NICE in 2002. His first designs were commissioned by a stylist/buyer for Dublin Rock and Roll show. Steven began working with Dernier Cri in the Meatpacking district just after the Dublin show, a store that featured an eclectic group emerging and established fashion designers, as well as ZAKKA, a shop and artists' space, located in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Steven has also worked with Indie Collective in Culver City LA, a store that was opened three years ago founded by Gülbin Yavuz, the former movie set costume designer. She was involved very early in the LA Punk scene in the Late 1970’s.

Below is a recent interview with Steven Day/NICE and Yael Hartmann/FadMashion, the founder of

Have a NICE Day: Artist Tees
by Yael Hartmann - FadMashion

How did you begin making clothing?

It was totally unplanned and unexpected. I know it may sound cliché, but it happened after Jury Duty in 2002. I met a woman who was a clothing buyer from Ireland just outside the court house. She told me that she was having an allergy attack. I took her to a health store in Soho, and it turns out that she was planning to do a rock and roll show in Dublin. When I told her I was an artist, she wanted me to do the tees for the show. When she returned to Dublin, she kept calling me, asking me get started. I kept telling her I was too busy in the studio, etc. She had this sense of urgency to her, yet she was open and generous. After her third call, I said why not?
I decided to call my label "NICE" – and since it was the beginning of the war that, of course, wasn’t one dimensional. It was (and still is) not exactly the best of times.
Do many of your pieces make a statement or contain a message of some kind?
There are pop references, like the washed out, almost ghostly image of Barbara Streisand in the early 1960s. Also, photographs/graphics of deer, and housing projects. Some of it references popular culture, film and music. As a kid I was engrossed with the movie Halloween and Jamie lee Curtis with the knife. So that's why shirts reference her as well as the pumpkin image.
Hopefully my images will provoke some curiosity.

Are you working on something new in fashion design?

I’m into photo silkscreen’s. The work is less graphic and becoming more personal. I’m working with softer fabrics, mostly Summer T’s and American Apparel T-dresses, which are also longer. I want to keep it very straight forward. I would like to keep it street level, meaning affordable and accessible.

What kind of person do you imagine wearing your clothing? What type of lifestyle does their typical customer have or are aiming to have?

Someone who appreciates art and music. A girl who looks like a young Jamie Lee Curtis…with a knife

Okay, 3 months in a row....

Liya admitted that black models are getting more play due to the " Obama effect". Well at least there will be corporate diversity for four years right?

Sunday, April 19, 2009

In Honor of Earth Week

You can't say we only care about fashion. May I introduce the Cigbuster! It is super gross when you arrive at the restaurant of the moment and the front sidewalk is filled with cigarette butts. Basically it's a lighter and a portable ashtray. Good design and it's good for the earth. A win-win for everyone.

The inventer, Jan Åkerlind, lives in Stockholm and as so many others, annoyed with cigarette butts laying on the streets. And now he has solved the problem.

Joachim Nordwall is the designer of the product and has designed the CigBuster. He has previously worked for Elektrolux, Light My Fire AB, Koenigsegg Automotive and has won several international awards.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Obama factor?

Of course it's cool to see black women on back-to-back covers of Vogue for the last 2 months, but is it extreme tokenism, Obameffects, both? Let's hope it's actual progress.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Random Beauty

Ryan Davies is the best addition to jewelry design I've seen in awhile. Every piece is planned with the precision of an engineer and then handmade by Ryan. The most humble dude, Ryan's work is available only at Robin Richman in Chicago. The line is called Sophisticated Science

The two piece magnetic cuff

burned walnut hexagonal cuff

I warned this was random....
Perrier Jouet is not the only ones putting in work on their bottles.
These are from Let it Grow. I'm such a sucker for phenomenal packaging.

Just one of those days.

Red lights are long enough but why did this car fall off the back of the tow truck as soon as it turned green?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Who knew?

So during my Michigan excursion I actually bought a pair of these but I wasn't aware of the famous designer behind them. Nice.

This season, Nike Sportswear chose to remix Nike materials within the Nike Sportswear collection with legendary French textile designer Paule Marrot Editions. Once loved by the British royal family and Jackie Kennedy, Paule Marrot Editions has been creating memorable designs since 1920.

Monday, April 13, 2009

We still need your support.....

Perez supports

Andre supports

Hope everyone had a good Easter. The Save Anna campaign is going strong such as last night's protest at VANDAM in New York. Don't be left out.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Ahhhhh Ann Arbor

I know you're thinking, what the hell were we doing at Michigan University in Ann Arbor. Well actually there was plenty to do with Final Four going on and all. We were invited to be in their major annual fundraiser NOIR, a fashion show that raised money this year to protect the environment and promote Green business. Here's how the weekend went....

Small town vibe of course.

We brought our buddy Frank, who's actually the dopest piggy bank ever made. Let's just say he's our mascot.

Frank made Hannah's day. She was the best server ever.

Frank loves french fries. The drive made him hungry.

Upon arrival, Frank checked out the tourist guide.

He's no regular pig. Frank stayed fresh with a shower.

Pigs don't drive but they can sure sleep.

Frank reflects on country life.

Shrink team killed some time at the movies with our feet up. Dries x Minnetonka x Brian Atwood, nice.

My best cuz Keli kept things in order including the looks.

VIP of course.

It was like baby Bryant Park. Lovely stage.

Julius tee looked great down the runway.

It was all over when we saw the All-Over hoodie.

Gabrielle from the Chi killed it in our bubble skirt.

They covered up the Dimepiece tee a little but it's still all good.

The afterparty was actually fun. There were amazons everywhere.


It's not a party without a gross bathroom.

More models.

President of NOIR Brittany and Shrink boss Kenny.

Models got their bounce on.

Phony ponies galore.

And Michigan's gift to us? A blizzard on the way home.

Good times regardless.
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