I’m hanging out in New York for the next week or so, so I’m trying to go out and about and see some rad things going on while I’m here. Last night I ventured over to Partners & Spade for their new exhibit with M.Nii and Mark Cunningham, a show dedicated to the glory of surfing. It was funny because it certainly felt like a very L.A. show was placed down in New York, like we walked into a bit of home. The show was an eclectic collection of crusty surfboard fins, vintage surf books, barnacled found watches and designer swim trunks.
What was great about the show to me was how laid back it was. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but I loved that they were selling crust tailfins for $145, that art is in the eye of the beholder. A part of that feeling comes from the Partners & Spade space itself, which feels like an antique store meets museum. That’s a good thing, in my mind. I think that’s a part of what makes Andy Spade such an interesting guy, that he can easily see the beauty in ordinary objects.
If you’re in New York you should definitely check out the show. I’m sure it should be up for the next few weeks or so. If you’re not then check out the rest of the photos down below.
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Over the last few months I’ve become a big fan of Tom Sachs. If you’re not familiar you could describe him as an artist, a jack-of-all-trades, a thinker and a dreamer. You could also read his Wikipedia page to get the full rundown, it’s a good read. Tomorrow night he’s opening up a show called SPACE PROGRAM: MARS which seems pretty rad.
Artist Tom Sachs takes his SPACE PROGRAM to the next level with a four week mission to Mars that recasts the 55,000 square foot Wade Thompson Drill Hall as an immersive space odyssey with an installation of dynamic and meticulously crafted sculptures. Using his signature bricolage technique and simple materials that comprise the daily surrounds of his New York studio, Sachs engineers the component parts of the mission—exploratory vehicles, mission control, launch platforms, suiting stations, special effects, recreational amenities, and Mars landscape—exposing as much the process of their making as the complexities of the culture they reference.
At the same time he’s got this amazing collaboration with Nike called Tom Sachs: NIKECraft. The collab features an eclectic range of products – The Mars Yard Shoe, the Trench, The Marsfly Jacket, and the Lightweight Tote.
Nike design and Sachs applied materials that have never been used in sportswear, taken from automotive air bags, mainsails for boats and the space suit itself. Each piece is packed with functionality that would prove useful in the voyage through space. Zipper pulls that double as storage containers, paracord that can be fashioned as a tourniquet and embellishments like the periodic table of elements screened on the inside of a jacket – they all merge visual interest with purpose.
To say I want this whole collection would be an understatement. How cool would it be to walk around in space shoes?
Aether are in a league of their own in creating products but, even more than that, in how they sell products. Late last year they introduced their Aetherstream, which is a traveling showcase of their products, a store on the go. It’s sleek and sexy and cool and does everything a store could do and then some. It’s definitely the most unique and novel way of selling clothes that we’ve ever encountered and we’re pumped that it’s parked in Los Angeles for a bit.
Currently (as in, today and tomorrow), they are camped out at Space15Twenty as a part of their Field Study pop up shop, which is AMAZING. The pop up is a collection of psychedelic outdoor clothes and items that are perfect for us city people who think we’re outdoorsmen and women. Along with Aether, the store is selling brands from Farm Tactics to Rogue Territory to Snow Peak to fjallraven to Outlier to lots others. They’ve also built it out to feel like you’re somewhere in between the city and the desert and a mountain and a beach. It’s really great.
If you’re in Los Angeles, the pop up will be open through June 12 and the ‘stream will be camped out at Space15Twenty today and tomorrow (and, if you stop by tonight, you can learn how to build a teepee). You can see more photos of the Aetherstream and Field Study here.
Tom Ran of The Scout sits down with the guys from Saturdays Surf, one of the breakout brands from the last few years, to see where they’re headed. What I find interesting is this part about who they’re collaborating with and why. I think we’re going to look back in 10 or 20 years and see that we were the collaboration generation.
Saturdays is involved in several special projects including Porter Bags, Baxter, and Aloha Rag, are there any other collaborations you’re working on? What do you look for in your collaborations?
For us collaborations are more about the relationship than a one time partnership. We know we won’t be able to do everything perfect so we look to people who do and partner up. Baxter makes amazing products, their branding is great and we all used the stuff before we started working with them. We have a soap out now that has been doing great and we have a candle that will launch in a few weeks. Shut skateboards has a rad team of people, they are NYC as it gets. Everyone in our company uses skateboards to get around NYC so making one just made sense. We are starting the project with two graphics in a couple of colors.
Partizan films along with AB/CD/CD have created a series of super clever ads for Opening Ceremony to promote their Spring/Summer 2012 collection. They’ve taken the clichés of Jean-Luc Godard films – the over-the-top romance, the cheesy lines – and turned them on their head a bit and making you laugh in the process. It’s a smart move by Opening Ceremony to create funny ads like these that will surely be shared around the web, like so. I mean, who still watches television? If you’re curious about the seeing the whole Spring/Summer 2012 collection, you can click here.
I respect Thom Browne because he just doesn’t give a fuck. Well, I suppose that’s not entirely true, I think he doesn’t care about what anyone else thinks and has a lot of fun doing it. The images above are from his Fall 2012 runway show and boy what a doozy this collection is. To me the models look like preppy superheroes, which as it turns out, look pretty rad. You’ve got the ‘roided out HUlk types, which totally crack me up because you know those models weigh like 120 lbs. And then you’ve got the masked vigilantes, outfitted with leather, studs… and bow ties. I don’t claim to know what it means, but I certainly do enjoy it.
To see Thome Browne’s full Fall 2012 collection, click over to GQ.
I’ve long been a fan of the clothing produced by the duo of Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos, better known in the fashion world as Shipley & Halmos. I have a black cardigan that I’ve owned for a couple of years now that is hands down the best cardigan I’ve ever owned. There’s something about the cuff of the sleeves that fit perfect, some bit of elastic that makes it so that the ends never get stretched out. It’s a perfect detail that makes it a perfect cardigan.
Browsing around The Selby I noticed he paid the guys a visit and shot their space, so I thought I’d share it here. Having a space that inspires you is always important, and well, if I had a space like they did I would turn out amazing things every few minutes. It’s cool that everything in their space is mostly completely white, but is accentuated with punches of color. There’s a really great, lived in feeling to the space which makes the space feel so natural and wonderful. Hopefully something about their space will inspire something in your own.
Finding success in life is a difficult path, and they’re different for each of us. In a recent interview with Viktor & Rolf over on The Talk, they mentioned how they started out and how they continued to thrive.
When you started out as young designers, did you ever think you would achieve the amount of success that you have?
Viktor: Of course it’s pretty great to be successful. But when we started out we didn’t have a blueprint of how we imagined our career going. On the one hand there was this ambition and conviction that we wanted to work at the highest level possible and then on the other hand a very pragmatic approach, being very aware of what we could and could not do. You immediately assess the risks you can and cannot take. That doesn’t sound like a business plan, but that was, and still is, the approach we have to our work. We control everything.
Viktor: Everything. Not just exhibitions, also collections, perfumes, everything. Of course we work with a team, but we’re very involved in everything we do.
The idea of maintaining control in everything you do is a really great point. It’s extremely hard to keep control of your creative world, especially when money starts to become involved, and it’s oftentimes that much harder because you’re forced to do so much yourself. The joys of having things your way and to your liking far outweigh the struggles you may face.