Who is Paul Smith? Other than the man with the stripes? Well when i heard The Paul Smith Story, i was first taken by the interesting bottle ~ book shaped in both box and glass form… and the website is actually quite interesting (although super flashy)… And the adverts show the character of the Paul Smith Story writer… who is apparently “has the look of someone who’s profession - infact, his passion is writing. He is studious. Slightly geeky, even. A classic portrait emerging from a haze of type.”
Ever wonder what it would feel like to have bark? Yes, like tree bark… on your arm. Well check out these bracelets which are actually cast from birch bark. These are by Twig and Heather who say “There’s nothing quite like the detail found in the bark of these trees. Cuff bracelets and rings can be light or heavy, big or small.” Also their twigs and acorns that have been cast in silver are adorable and woodsy yet the silver gives them that extra something. Also check out the great bunny leaping bunny below.
My purse hunt for something lush black and leathery came to a momentary pause when i found this new bag. Being my latest obsession ~ it felt like a sunday kind of post. Anna Corinna mini City Tote (the far right picture shows the larger version)… but the leather is so supple, and the size just perfect to throw in wallet and such and use the shoulder strap as the bag flaps over on itself like normal purse size - yet for the days i need to throw a bit more in there like my larger sketchbook and ipod and digicam and cables and more ~ fits perfectly and its comfortable to grab it as a tote bag.
Over at Barney’s Co-op in SOHO this weekend came across Jessica Kagan Cushman’s Scrimshaw bangles… and was torn… thinking she was still doing them on pre-ban ivory. They are beautiful pieces of fossilized mammoth ivory with engravings of quotes and phrases from movies, literature, and more. Fascinating part? “As the daughter of renowned furniture designer Vladimir Kagan and needlework queen Erica Wilson, design runs in her veins. Having learned scrimshaw from her father, who took up the craft in the 1960’s in Nantucket, Jessica has taken the artform to a new (and slightly un-orthodox) level - creating scrimshawed antique ivory bracelets that lie somewhere between a tattoo and a bumper sticker.”
Read the comments - Jessica left us a really nice note explaining the humane nature of these bracelets, further explaining how fossilized mammoth ivory is obtained as well letting us in on the secret that she will have resin bangles coming soon exclusively to her website!
Skyn Iceland’s Cool Detox Mask has so much going for it i had to take a few pictures to share the great packaging/process. The idea is interesting in that the cloth mask comes in “tablet” (read: compacted cloth discs) ~ and you break open a ampule of the mask liquid, and pour/squirt it on the tablet till it soaks up the whole thing. Then *poof* you have a cloth mask - ready to destress your skin for a nice 20 minute intensive facial. (and with all the stress of the last few days ~ i must admit, it works well.) More pictures of the fun packaging and process below.
Louis Vuitton’s Monogram Groom line… looks a lot like Tintin ~ a very vintage bellhop styled tintin, and equally adorably styled animations for their flash intro for the line. Noticed it walking past the Century City store window the other day (check out the pictures below). Also more images screenshotted from the flash and photo of the product line. I guess they really are in love with this illustration that looks painted over the old styled monograms?
Sleek, pretty, mesmerizing, fresh? Fell for Circle Jewelry Designs today ~ enough that i know i found them from another site, but while over working managed to lose track and simply had the Circle site open in a tab for hours… The middle one grabs me the most… quartz crystal on the sides, around your choice of blue topaz, peridot (shown), citrine (shown), iolite, amethyst , or garnet. The first ring has moonstone. The necklace (kind of reminds me of those candy buttons…. its the mini hemispheres, isn’t it?) black onyx and sterling silver pendant on 18 inch black onyx, frosted quartz, and sterling beaded necklace.
Borba Margo, it’s a British line. Had a bit of trouble finding much info, so feel free to enlighten me. Noticed their “Break Up” keyring over at Colette, and since there was no explanation of the name, my imagination ran wild and noticing i had the keys from some ex’s apts and my old apts on my keychain for some reason, felt like theirs was symbolic of a break-up where the heads of those keys strung together represent pasts not to revisit. From what little i know of the brand… Colette gives us this: Borba and Margo produce objects that in their own words “cherish human desires and fantasies revealing something essentially magical.” So while googling them… also came across their collection at Rendez-vous Paris, and the Large Safety Pin purse and necklace/purse were quite fun as well.
Brooks Salzwedel makes some gorgeous resin belt buckles (remember the smoggy cityscape?)… well just going through NOTCOT archives, i checked out the site again and noticed these two nature themed ones ~ loving the sunrise/set behind the bird, and the squid… the layering of the resin creates such mesmerizing depth in the buckle.
I received some shirts from Headline Shirts, and first impression was WOW it is SO SOFT… and proceeded to make everyone around feel them. (Honestly i have a hard time believing these really are american apparel, but apparently they put it through some secret softening washes, and they magically get transformed into shirts you’d live out of)… then comes the laughter at how brilliant their poignant shirt designs are. [Seen above is the “Operation: Lets Bomb Some Shit” with a map of Some Shit below].
Based in the Mission (yes, the one in SF) ~ this line was started in ‘04 by Chris Gorog and creative, Jake Ginsky. What started as a Stanford B-school project quickly grew into a high quality entrepreneurial adventure ~ filling a void in the over-saturated tshirt industry providing provocative designs (both visually and intellectually) based on current news stories as a means for informed consumers to express their social and political viewpoints. Where many have tried to poke at this niche, few have done it nearly as well - the quality of the shirts as well as the designs (on multiple levels) impressed me more then i expected. Not to mention, how brilliant is their “tag”, which is printed inside the collar? Double Scotch icon - love it. See more shirts below!
There have been hype and rumors flying around about Madewell, which just opened its second store (ever) in Century City Monday ~ and despite their terribly blah website, went and took a peek today. For those who don’t know this is the brainchild of Millard Drexler, the former CEO of Gap who joined J. Crew in Dec. 2003, and yes, nearly everyone who walks in there asks “Is this by J.Crew?” and the answer is “Yes, but we only share a CEO, Madewell has it’s own distinct feel.” to which i heard a few “Ah yes, it feels like J.Crew.” and they walk away and poke at more clothes. To put this in shopping context for you, this store is placed across from a sleek simple Bloomingdales’ facade, next to it is Abercrombie and Cole Hann, and to the other side of Abercrombie is its relative, J. Crew on the corner. Abercrombie is blasting music, and has it’s attractively chosen representatives out front, and then you see Madewell, with its transplanted East coast brick facade and what feels like an Old Navy meets Dawson’s Creek meets a very crammed space? So for those who are curious, and got little from the look book they have online, a few shots below. They have some interesting wall displays, had to show you the cutting board and artsy panel they put up.
Here is an interesting event concept that just showed up in my inbox… Amex is having Colorista ~ basically each week you can get 25% off at participating LA and NY stores…. the interesting part? Each week you get that discount on items of a specific COLOR. As someone who is obsessively visually driven - i’ve been debating whether some kind of color sorting of imagery/posts for .org would be beneficial to anyone (other than being fun to play with, like that color sorter on etsy). So any ideas or opinions on the value of sort by color would be greatly appreciated. Oh, and this weeks color is RED for Colorista as you can see above. Fun imagery too…
I introduced you to SoftService earlier here and here. And that green tee i was loving showed up in the mail yesterday! There is something far to amusing about a vacuum packed teeshirt - i must admit that it was rather anticlimactic when i made the first puncture with the knife and the shirt looked normal, as if it were merely trapped in plastic… BUT its a great shirt! American Apparel, with the embroidery and hand painted stripe. One thing i didn’t realize though - was i completely forgot there is backing when people embroider - so it looks fabulous, but remember you will feel that inside piece against your skin when wearing it. Also, each shirt is unique and limited edition with its own number - mine is 138661. More images and close ups below!
43 highlighted these new Switchrings at .org, that she just got, and the idea was far too cute - and when i went to explore further fell for their packaging and branding. They seem to function like the capsule toys (wouldn’t they be perfect in capsules?) - affordable playful colorful rings with swapable bits, and you have no control of the colors you get. They even have some with patterns - everything from skulls and flowers to crystals and bugs.