“I don’t care if James Naismith was guarding me, which would be scary because he’s dead." Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay on shooting over LeBron James for the game-winning shot at the buzzer.”—Grizzlies 97, Heat 95
“I had the courage to abandon… just clowning around and the safety of complete broad comedy. I said to myself, ‘I think I will try and make some deeper film and not be as funny in the same way. And maybe there will be other values that will emerge, that will be interesting or nourishing for the audience.’ And it worked out very very well.”—Woody Allen on Annie Hall (viaviafrank)
So a word to the wise. If you order from up and coming New York-based clothier CXXVI, be prepared to wait. I ordered this sweatshirt on November 2nd, inquired about the status on the 6th, and received a response on the 8th telling me that it would be arriving the end of the week, the 12th. I emailed them again on Monday, the 15th, requesting a tracking number, and have not heard from them yet. It’s been over two weeks.
I checked out their Facebook page, and they’ve deleted many of the posts of folks asking the status of their orders or complaining about the lack of communication. Everyone seems to be raving about the quality of product and attention to detail, but without service, a retailer is nothing.
If it doesn’t arrive today, I’ll be making some phone calls.
The Rustico tweed crewneck sweater by J.Crew. Made with Alpaca/Wool/Acrylic. It’s starting to get cold up in this piece. This will have to be my last pickup of the season. But it’s a good one… Sold out now; ordered it this morning for $56. Don’t hate.
So I’ve really been digging the Levi’s Vintage Clothing line— I especially love the cut and fit of the 1947 501’s. The 47s are typically considered the iconic model jean for Levi’s— it represents the year that the company introduced all of the modern features (slimmer fit, a uniform double-needle stitched Arcuate, red tab, belt loops) and eliminated the pre-war features (cinch, suspender buttons, crotch rivet) permanently. The denim is 12 oz. Cone Mills shrink-to-fit red selvedge denim which becomes 14oz. after its initial contact with water. There is something completely satisfying about owning a pair of classic-fitting jeans manufactured which such precision and detail. I don’t know why the f*ck people are into overly-embellished, and/or overhyped/overpriced jeans that look like absolute garbage (True Religion, Antik, Lucky Brand, etc.). As a consumer, there is no need to go so far above and beyond the blueprint. I don’t need the bells and whistles. In other words: keep it simple.
I keep telling myself that I’ll never buy another t-shirt again. Fool! I recently bought this tee from skate/streetwear brand HUF. I love the “Dirt Bag Crew” theme this year and something about a cat in a boot makes me laugh. Maybe the print reminds me of those old black-and-white cartoons from the 20s and 30s. Bonus: Made in the USA. via HUF
I recently returned from Seoul, where I was able to visit the Bean Pole shop in Myeongdong. I had vaguely heard of the brand, but never really gave it much thought, since it advertises itself as having a neo-British-heritage aesthetic thing going on. Not that I don’t like the look, but it’s not a dissimilar concept to the outdoorsman/hunting/sporting/workwear theme found in collections like vintage-Americana/university prep (a la Take Ivy) brands like Ralph Lauren, Rugby, Gant Rugger, WWM or Engineered Garments. In other words— it’s being done stateside (and done well, if not also done to death), so there’s not much incentive for me to look abroad. That said, I was pretty impressed. Especially when I saw the display for the recent collaboration with Scott Sternberg and his line, Band of Outsiders. Although the price tag is hefty, I can definitely vouch for the quality as I saw them first-hand. They spared nothing in terms of materials, construction, and fit, and it was a nice surprise to see a familiar name in a foreign land, so to speak. You can see more pics on the Bean Pole blog, as they’ve also got some great pieces for the ladies. Here’s a few photos via the Bean Pole Blog:
Naoki Kawamoto unveiled this design for a suitcase at the Tokyo Designer’s Week event. Check out the photos of how it folds- much like the way one would fold paper origami. The other inspiration for the design was furoshiki, which encapsulates the concept of versatility and practicality one can find in a piece of cloth or large handkerchief used for bundling and carrying objects. It’s a bit of a wild toss-up as to whether it really is practical at all, but I give it a thumbs up for creativity and design. via designboom