Date Archives July 2010

Woody Brooch by Sniffle Co.

In my final year of high school I experienced what could best be described as serious Woody Allen mania. Voraciously working my way through films such as Annie Hall, Manhattan, Bullets over Broadway, Husbands and Wives and The Purple Rose of Cairo, I felt that I had found the auteur that best suited my own world weariness and teenage malaise. Obviously, the clever designers at Sniffle Co. share my enthusiasm for Mr. Allen and have created this rather delightful brooch that allows the wearer to stylishly proclaim their love for the director. It is undoubtedly the perfect accessory to complete an Annie Hall-inspired look.


Damian Ortega

Maybe if I study the work of Damian Ortega closely enough, I won’t look as dumbfounded the next time I go to change my oil and am told “The seal on your left wheel bearing is cracked, probably because the caliper is partially seized and causing excess dust from your brake pads because your rotors are warped.” I don’t know what this means, but in English it translates to something like “you will soon find yourself poor.”

If you live on the east coast, you may have seen Ortega’s work at the ICA not too long ago, in an exhibition titled Do It Yourself, or if you lived in LA five years ago you may have seen his work at MOCA. Of course, there are other artists whose work features exploding cars, like Cai Guo-Qiang and Jeremy Deller, but they won’t help you have a conversation with a mechanic.


‘Surf Noir EP’ by Beat Connection

<a href="">Sunburn by Beat Connection</a>

Earlier today I came across Beat Connection, a Seattle duo comprised of Jordan Koplowitz and Reed Juenger who make some pretty rad music. They have a new EP out called Surf Noir which is a nice little electronic album that’s been helping me out while I design today. It’s shaping up to be an amazing summer album, lots of laid back sounding sounds, some even have pan flutes. I dunno, I’m shit at trying to describe what it sounds like so listen to the entire album above. Or better yet, download the whole thing cuz it’s totally free from their BandCamp. Awesome, right?


The Brothers Bray & Co Work Shoe for Sebago

I’m so happy with the new Sperry Topsiders I purchased not too long ago but this work shoe collaboration between The Brothers Bray (aka Billykirk) and Sebago is definitely piquing my interest. I really love the unfinished suede (or whatever it’s called) which gives it a more rough, natural feeling. For some reason that means summer to me, though I’m sure these would eb great in the fall and winter as well. I also like that there are real laces and not pieces of leather, which in my experience tend to untie/fall out constantly. For more info and photos click the link above.


Camo Is Making A Comeback

Last week I tweeted about a camo Nom de Guerre shirt/jacket (as seen in the bottom image) I had recently bought and asked people’s opinion about how it looked, curious what people thought. About 10 or 15 years ago you might remember how popular camo was, I think you could by any article of clothing in the stuff. Due to an over-saturation or a general annoyance camo fell out of favor… to plaid, I would assume.

Recently though I keep seeing plaid pop-up all over the place, especially in the more high end areas of fashion. The images above are a sampling of things I found rather easily. The reportage style photos were taken by Tommy Ton a month ago for GQ at European Fashion Week and as you can see it was out in force. Could any normal joe off the street pull some of this stuff off? No, but I believe it’s a sign that we’re in for a camo renaissance.

The Creative Recreations at top also caught my eye, they’re like a refined camo that isn’t too over the top, something you could wear on a daily basis.

What do you think? Is camo able to make a well designed return or is it the bastard pattern child?


Mark Weaver

Earlier, when Bobby said that he had come across some updated images on flickr, I thought that Mark Weaver must have changed his name.  I had just seen this upload from Mark, and remember the many times that Mark has been featured or mentioned on +KN. That, and the images look like they would be friends.

I’ll echo what Bobby said earlier:  Mark makes amazing work that reminds me of the film strips I saw in science class as a third grader; the guy is unstoppable (and you should hire him to design your next _______).

Wedding programs are not an acceptable answer unless you’re getting married in outer space.


What Katie Ate

When it comes to deciding what to prepare for dinner in my house, a typical pre-supper conversation loosely follows the theme of this gem of a site. In this sense, there is often a fair amount of indecision and foul language. In a perfect world making dinner would take the lead from What Katie Ate – a blog that is equally concerned with tantalising the taste buds and presenting food that is a feast for the eyes.

Created by food stylist and photographer Katie Quinn Davies, What Katie Ate features posts on gourmet food produce and packaging, restaurants, food photography and other foodie-related news; however, it is Davies’ own photography and recipes that really get me excited. Sure, food blogs are a dime a dozen, but I love how Davies’ blog focuses on dishes that are simple, delicious and, most importantly, achievable with the ingredients found in the majority of kitchen pantries. With a stylishly rustic photography aesthetic and refreshingly unpretentious prose, What Katie Ate is really code for What Danica Wants to Eat. Please excuse me while I tend to my food cravings.


The Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Video by The Scout

The Scout is beginning to really piss me off. First they do two amazing videos, one with leather goods makers Billykirk and another with interior design impresarios Roman & William, and now they’re at it again with a feature on the Mast brothers and their craft chocolate enterprise.

The Mast Brothers have been making quite the rounds lately, you might remember the video I posted about them a bit ago that Cool Hunting did. The Scout video above differs from their approach, which focused more in the production side of things. In this video you get to hear more about their inspirations as well as their love of craft and sail boats. 

The whole thing is amazingly shot as well. I was watching it on my iPad (yep, you read that right) and it’s comparable to food porn in some spots. An inspiring way to start your day. 


Kitsune Noir Mixcast / No.040

It’s been quite a while since the last Mixcast, I guess I’ve been trying to refuel myself. It’s nuts to think that I’ve made 40 of these so far, just 12 away from an entire year of Mixcasts. I actually think the little break was good for me. I have a bunch of rad new songs to share and this is honestly one of my favorites in recent memory. There’s brand new stuff from Arcade Fire, Blonde Redhead and The Books as well as some smaller artists like Brothertiger, Twin Sister and Gold Panda.

I also decided to not record myself this week because I’m waiting on my new microphone to come in the mail, then you’ll have to listen to me blab on and on. Enjoy the momentary silence.

It’s also important to note that the images for this week’s Mixcast come from my friend Ed Fladung. Honestly, I don’t remember how I met Ed, but I think it was through my blog and possibly over Twitter. Ed is a fantastic photographer who lives in Mexico, taking really great surf photos and talking about design and websites and all kinds of good stuff. Definitely take a peak at his portfolio and his blog as well.

Here’s this week’s tracklist:
You by Gold Panda
Tell Me Why by M.I.A.
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) by Arcade Fire
The Passenger by Stars
Silver Sands by Stereolab
Baseball Cards by Wavves
Lady Daydream by Twin Sister
And the World Laughs With You by Flying Lotus
Lovers by Brothertiger
Here Sometimes by Blonde Redhead
Ending of Me by Admiral Radley
Sun Arrow by Candy Claws
Free Translator by The Books


‘Supersonic’ Series by Richard Perez

I was looking through my Flickr friends yesterday when I came across this amazing new set by Richard Perez, aka Skinny Ships, which collectively I’m calling Supersonic. Each piece is titled Supersonic with a different identifying letter number. In order from top to bottom they’re A1, F8, D4 and B3. I just think they’re absolutely beautiful, reminding me of old cartoons or something Saul Bass might do. Richard is doing such amazing work right now, the guy is unstoppable (and you should hire him to illustrate your __________).