Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Brooks England give us a great look into their new collaboration alongside Vans Vault. Following up the teaser from a couple of months back, we now get an official look into the collection. Featured will be a pair of limited edition sneakers (1000 produced) alongside a beautifully crafted saddle, made in a 500 unit limited run. Both will become available starting November 2010 through select Vans Vault retail accounts and Brooks dealers of excellence. Take a closer look into the project below.
In anticipation of the upcoming Photokina photography tradeshow, Fujifilm unveil their retro modern Finepix-X100. Developed for both the professional photographer and avid amateur, the camera’s initial reaction lies in its retro aesthetics. However, beneath it all lies a 12.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 23mm f2 lens (equivalent to a 35mm focal length), 720p HD video recording and a new innovative optical/electronic viewfinder system. A release is slated for early 2011.
Italian eyewear company Persol release three new colorways in the brand’s PO 714, a contemporary re-make of the iconic silhouette originally made famous by the king of cool, Steve McQueen. The shades come in three staple options, including black/green, tortoise/brown, and brown/silver, all crafted from the finest of materials and painstakingly modeled after the originals.
Photo: William Claxton
Benny Gold and Japanese bagmakers SAG team-up in the release of an upcoming bag. A reinterpretation of SAG’s popular Air Force 1 model, the Benny Gold remake features a smaller size and profile. Many of the original features are preserved much like the original. However a new design element includes a removable front flap for holding a skateboard, inspired by Shortys’ popular 90s offering.
We are yet to know if these will be available to us at RHD but of they are we will be getting them for the store.
The Ivy Look is a pictorial celebration of the Ivy League style clothing and accessories that dominated the American male dress code from 1955 to 1965, and inspired the popular “Preppy” style that continues today. The detailed illustrated pocket guide digs deep into the vaults to produce the ultimate guide to the genuine article. New still life shots of original clothing and accessories plus key examples of the cover art of Blue Note, Stax, Motown and Atlantic Records. The Ivy Look: Classic American Clothing Illustrated Pocket Guide is now available from Amazon.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Here is a look at another genuinely impressive edition of the highly coveted Leica M9, featuring a Ostrich Leather makeover. While the basis of the camera is what you would normally expect this limited edition piece provides a great luxury touch and is available from Mitsukoshi in Tokyo’s Ginza.
“In 2006, one of Steve McQueen’s personal pairs of Persols was auctioned off for $70,000… But this October, Persol is unveiling a brand-new line of classic McQueen 714s. The Italian master frame-makers took painstaking efforts to reproduce the originals, and even took a few steps to make them better. The frame comes from a single piece of acetate, broken at three points for the hinges. They then go through a finishing process that creates a seamless silhouette and extra comfortable body.”
Monday, September 6, 2010
Adam and Eve Projects presents its second special collaboration, this time featuring iconic Californian photographer Ari Marcopoulos and ZED Surf of Byron Bay. The “Ari Biscuit” is handmade and limited to 10 unique numbered editions. Equally at home cruising a groomed point break like the internationally renowned Pass at Byron Bay or wall hung as an exclusive art piece, the “Ari Biscuit” is available to purchase at the Adam and Eve Projects web shop.
As a pioneer in the streetwear movement, FUCT has seen its fair share of aesthetic changes over the years, incorporating everything from military influence to motoring culture. This latest range has the company toning it down a bit more and settling on a collection highlighting the basic essentials. A nice addition to the FUCT arsenal, Basics features everything from zip-down hoodys, to oxford button-downs, chinos, and even football shirts. Definitely a good change of pace for the ever evolving label from Erik Brunetti.
In a burgeoning creative community, Fisheye Café debuts as a combination coffee shop and retail venture for Lomography. Aside from being the only Beijing location serving San Francisco’s Ritual Coffee, the store also features a full selection of Lomography cameras and accessories. The visuals, furniture and interior design were created by Jellymon and its opening is indicative of the popularity of Lomo cameras in China. For more details regarding Fisheye Café, head over to FisheyeCafe.com.
We haven’t featured a canoe since last November. Let us remedy that now.
Handbuilt by Alex Comb, a man who fell in love with boating at age 11, Stewart River Boatworks, quite frankly, produces gorgeous traditional watercraft. The company responds to a wide range of boating desires – offering several types of canoe, kayak and row boat. Comb works from traditional designs, modifying each boat slightly for customer preference.
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Peter Buchanan-Smith and Best Made Co., and I haven't been able to shake the imagery of their color-adorned urban axes since. I can't help but check out the ax and shovel handles at the hardware store and garden center. And while I have immense respect for Best Made Co. and their amazing work, I'm just not at the point in my life where I can swing investing in a high-end functional art piece.
But that doesn't mean I couldn't take a cue from their bold color meets wood-grain handles and deep silver blades - so I decided to create my own colorful high-end tool, using a claw hammer. And you can too.
Materials and Tools
- New hammer - looks matter most here. Look for a hammer with a wood handle and clean silver head. I wasn't able to find one at the big chain home centers, so check your local, smaller hardware stores. Ours was only $5.69.
- Blue painters tape and plastic grocery/zip-top bag
- Several colors spray paint
1. Begin by choosing your colors a deciding on your pattern and stripe size. Then cover the head and top of the handle with the plastic bag, and secure with painter's tape. Then cover the rest of the handle until just the bottom of the handle is exposed. Be sure your taped-off section terminates in a straight line. Make your lines a mix of parrallel and angles for visual interest.
2. Working outside or in a well-ventilated space, spray on your first color. Hold the can back 10-12" and work in thin, even coats until you can no longer see the wood grain. Allow to dry, then peel off the tape to check your work. The paint may peel off on the tape, but you shoudn't have any problems on the wood.
3. Repeat for each color, peeling off the tape along the handle and creating straight lines for boundaries. Be sure to cover your previous work when adding new colors. Allow each coat to dry for 2-3 hours, using a vice or clamp (if you have one) to keep the handle vertical. You could also support the hammer head with heavy books or bricks.
4. Once you've added the final color and allowed it to dry, carefully peel off each layer of tape. Then, just hang it up!
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