Sigur Rós- Gobbledigook

The video really gives you an understanding of what Ryan McGingley's photography is all about. Being openly free as an individual and not giving a fuck about what society deems as the norm. It's great how they delivered a video that goes hand in hand with the single and believe it or not is actually the spitting image of what I thought about when first hearing the song...running wild & naked through a Norwegian forest.


Viesta Bag

I stumbled across this flickr belonging to a young artist living in NY. What I found so fascinating about her was that she created a product totally based on 'true inspirational value'.. naming it the 'Viesta' Bag. The fact that she recognized the true meaning behind her design after it was made shows that it holds a unique characteristic. Demonstrating how good design just makes sense to human logic. Therefore, the finished product's driven idea (original, having never been done before) is realized as a being something natural to the human mind. The description below explains how organically the idea came together.

"When I walk down the street, I usually see a lot of garbage. It sometimes is furniture, clothes, and toys, which are useful and sometimes even seem brand new! Why do we have so much to waste? Do all these usable things have to go into the trashcans?
I looked at my closet, and there were so many clothes, that I do not wear anymore. I thought of throwing them away, but I could not. They were a kind of journal for me. When I looked at my clothes, I remember my experience I had, while I was wearing them. Therefore, I decided to make something new from what I had.
I had a vest from my art teacher, who gave it to me because he had two of the same. He did not wear one of them, so he gave it to me. He thought I would wear it so it would be used. However, I did not have many chances to wear it. I also had wool threads, which were left over from my art class project. I imagined these two could be combined to make a bag out of the vest. I sew them together. Now, the bag totally looks like a folded vest, which has a humor. In this way, the vest was reborn as something that I could use again a different form.
When I was making it, my concern was not seriously thinking about the environment. I just wanted to not throw my clothes out and not lose my memories. It simply became giving the idea about helping the environment. I believe helping making better environment is not something that we have to study long time before we practice. It is not difficult. How to make the planet greener would be by changing small things that does not require too much effort in our daily life. It would be recycling just like my bag, using double side paper, unplugging appliances when they are not used, or using rechargeable batteries. I hope everyone tries little by little for healthier planet."



NowNow│ Won

I recently discovered an interesting photography oriented gallery based out of Melbourne, AU called NOWNOW. Their whole philosophy is to expose photographers that specifically show "the way we live" as humans, looking throughout their archives it has inevitably as they put it become 'kaleidoscopic'. Giving us a an alternate view of what we know therefore, at some degree giving us a new way of looking at life's more simple details.

NOWNOW also gives the poor souls (like myself) who can't make it out to the physical space a very complete website that more than likely serves as an organic extension to the gallery itself, the well designed site gives me an idea of the kind of mood i'd get going to the real gallery. Very Minimal and inspiring. The blog and articles featured on their website are pretty much all you can ask for when it comes to the nature of topics and content..good interviews, randoms, and some of the things happening within the gallery/

NOWNOW doesn't stop with the site but the gallery is also behind a free (at stockiest) quarterly magazine called WON. I like the little note editor Chris Barton wrote regarding the launch of the first issue...

We would like to acknowledge the amorphous origins of this publication and thank the many hands and minds that have shaped it along the way. Indeed, there has never been one particular start point or epiphany to shine in our memories but there has always been the feeling that, with the right intentions, things will eventually come together.

-WON is currently in its second issue of release.


nownow gallery


A Style in Retrospect

Dustin Hoffman in Straw Dogs. A nice slim shirt, high watered denim or chino, long socks, nice eyewear, and a pair of beat vulcanized trainers. I love it and feel that it's a style in the course of making a comeback. Take note.

Thieves Like Us- Headlong Into Night

I like the editing in this one.


Romanian New Wave?

Romania. A country most Americans probably couldn't point out on a map but have heard of plenty of times was at the center of attention in Cannes last winter, where critics wanted to proclaim that a different kind of revolution arose in Romanian society. One of cultural importance and not political anarchy. The founding fathers of this 'movement' modestly see it otherwise, feeling that the films they are creating are far from being comparable to what happened in French cinema back in the late 50s and 60s.

Nonetheless, the term 'new wave' has many different faces and the interesting push happening in Romanian cinema has no exception. Their case is very unique and vey fresh having grown out of the struggles of living in a confusing state run by Nicolae Ceauşescu and his Partidul Comunist Român. Those hard times, experienced first hand by the directors being highlighted mind you, has given them the most original and raw material to show the rest of the world...a life primarily dictated by paranoia and secrets. Two films that really stand out to me are Cristian Mungiu's 'Four Months, Three Weeks & Two Days' and Radu Muntean's 'The Paper Will Be Blue'. Both of which feature similar qualities that gave critics even more of an impression that Romanian cinema is currently in a unique state. Although I haven't seen either film, I would love to note some of the qualities I've picked up on after researching the new Romanian lineup.

ROMANIAN 'New Wave' and its unique character:

◦ Harsh yet natural feelings between characters

◦ Despite its real world drama can also be very entertaining and funny

◦ Point of view or Handheld camera style

◦ Most films take place in a single night or day

+ What I find to be the most important detail within Romanian film is that it can be harsh but very funny all at once. This quality is hard to pull off, yet they seem to do so naturally. I feel this is possible due to the fact that each film has some sort of historical 'first hand' factor. The stories that are being told in these movies are not based off of events that happened 50 or 60 years ago but only a couple of decades from the current and are still seen by historians as contemporary events.

The directors close relationship to the movies has contributed not only to the similarities in production value but also to the raw and harsh realness each one brings to the audience, putting you in the forefront of a Communist run Romanian society.

The Paper Will Be Blue

Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days

NYTimes Feature

*note the amount of care that was put into the design of the films' posters & identity.


Sara A. Tremblay

I find Sara A. Tremblay and her photography to be very special. Everything about her reminds me of old Maurice Sendak illustrations and a Canadian children's TV series I enjoyed as a child called Little Bear. Very warm, inviting, although mysterious all at once. Look her up whenever you make your next trip up to Montréal, Canada.


Personal Site


ANOTHER BLOG + Greg Chapman .interview 004.

Awhile back when checking up on Andrew Bunny's Honeyee blog I came across a post about his visit to the new Couverture & The Garbstone building in West London. The post also featured a man by the name of Greg Chapman, holding his favourite piece from the store. Finding the item he was holding only to be noticed by someone of good taste and by his over all unique appearance I decided to look him up. While not finding much of anything, (search 'Greg Chapman' in Google you will come up everything and everyone else but him) Andrew Bunny graciously included a link to Greg's personal site...From there I instantly knew he'd be the next person to contact for an interview.

The London based and Manchester native has been involved with a quite impressive range of fashion companies. Performing various tasks like creative consulting work with DKNY to trend forecasting for well know staple brands like Nike and Levis, he can be seen as a sort of modern Stevedore for todays design houses and labels...

Although, the most important talent I see in Greg would be his ability to connect different companies together, therefore creating new experiences that in other words would never be made..something I've always felt to be one of the most important details within design.

Q. Can you share some information on your formal education and training, while in school did you maintain a focus on Design+Management?

A. Didn’t study, I have over 20 years in menswear from working the shop floor, to design PR marketing and product development so I pick things up along the way!!

How did you gain the initial trust from various retailers in Britain when supplying their stores with your finds from New York back in the 80’s? Oh and what kind of sneakers were they?

I was well known and people trusted my taste, I was buying Jordan’s superstars, Dunks etc…

What do you see as a main difference between the European and American marketplace when it comes to the appreciation of a well designed product? Is there more respectability from one market to the other?

I think these days people are well aware of what good product is all over the world, especially in the US UK and Japan where people share the same interests and obsessions, then there are a lot of people who don’t really give a damn! However I have seen growth within the people who do care!!

When you took on the responsibility of re-entering Fred Perry’s footwear line to the market what were some of the things you felt had been missing from the brands identity and do you feel they have successfully built upon the connections you’ve made after leaving the position, specifically speaking with their Comme des Garçons collection?

Fred Perry had not made any footwear for over 30 years, so I took a little of their heritage which was Ping Pong/Table Tennis (as Fred Perry was world champion) to influence the direction and hit on the low vulcanised plimsol trend which was starting to happen in the UK at that time. As I had a good relationship with Comme des Garçons and knew their taste, I was confident that the collaboration would come together.

Can you provide any guidance for a young creative looking to get into the realm of fashion buying and sourcing, knowing they have the intuitional talent how do they get others to recognize it?

It is very hard to translate into a wider market, it can be very difficult to get people to understand what a brands identity is all about which is sometimes vital to a good sell through, I found that a smaller enviroment is much easier to do this than a big space, sometimes you have to sacrifice credibility for intuition.

When creating brand identity would you approach it differently when it’s strictly an online shop like BEINGHUNTED’S The Glade opposed to a traditional physical space?

No absolutely not, I do feel that there is huge growth and potential in this area, it is something I tried a while back but the consumer just wasn’t there, however these days people are a lot more informed!!

What part of the world do you see the most exciting ventures popping up? Some of your
favourite shops?

I do find it hard to get excited these days, however all the new Vintage Showrooms in NYC and London are amazing, I’m a diehard RRL fan, I do like the energy and variety of menswear in NYC and really look up to the Japanese for enthusiasm and obsession. Alban London & Oi Polloi Manchester .

Any last words?

Manchester United for the double!!

Drop Clock.


Drop Clock software was designed by Japanese web development group tha ltd., the creative minds behind UNIQLOS amazing web site(s).

+I love to listen to 'Drop' by Cornelius while staring at the screen saver, its rich quality could easily pass for the song's video.


In Search of the Miraculous

We need more blogs like this. 'In Search of the Miraculous' is a weblog created by Brian Sholis, writer&editor at ArtForum.

Features interesting posts, smart writing, great links, and is all presented in a 'future proof design'..the simple green+grey colors work very well together and will never get dated.


A Back to Basics Act?

While the past couple of years has been pretty disappointing within streetwear, I'm glad to see some more simple sneaker colorways coming out this year..Cutting out all of the shit, the gimmicky use of materials like 3M and ridiculous design touches that make me want to just walk barefoot.

Often now am I seeing a backlash to basic design. Maybe people have realized the age old philosophy for good design German architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe coined "Less is more".

More and more American streetwear companies are seeing that simple and more 'mature' clothing is the way to go and actually give a reason to justify the high price due to the clothing's visual longevity. This trend has even filtered down to the design of the blogs (hypebeast, slamxhype, high snobiety..etc) Lets face it, that $200 all over print hoody you bought in 2007 is probably one of the worst clothing investments you could ever make.

Here are a couple of interesting finds..


"Staple Design"


Soft Boiled Eggs.

..Softboiled Eggies is something totally fresh for me and is a perfect example of L.A's. true art and music scene, which in my opinion is one of the strongest in the country. Softboiled Eggies are signed to Human Ear Music a label based in L.A. 'For L.A.'. Human Ear features some of the city's best local projects like Holy Shit and Julia Holter.

Here is what Human Ear Music has to say about their Softboiled Eggies:

"Softboiled Eggies is Janet Kim's whispering bedroom secret turned fab rock-n-roll experience. The unassuming, almost-improvised arrangements descend from a dreamlike reverie to evoke the repressed angst encoded in 50's/60's bubblegum-girl singles. Attention to rhythm is steady, while brushed in watercolor harmonies seem to rest between the beats like somnolent sheep."

+Softboiled Eggies