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.
Checking out new German/Spanish T site, SELEKKT, i found German Silberfischer that makes these incredible cross stitch pins (tvs! skulls that glow in the dark! hearts in rectangular speech bubbles!) Also loving their kids line of tees and bibs - not sure how baby food and stains wash out of cross stitch, but makes for a cute gift. And the error hat was just worth throwing in as well.
We’ve seen a lot of products come through recycling everything from fire hoses to toothbrushes and spoons… and purses out of old skateboards even. Well here’s a take on recycling skateboards that comes from Japan - and converts them into wearable pieces - everything from rings+bangles to blinged out necklaces and art. Harvest
I don’t do pink. I don’t do temporary tattoos. But i do love all things Tord Boontje. And can’t go wrong with a gorgeous vector dragon and fairytale-esque rose design. And instead of tip-toe-ing around the gratuitous boob shot, thats a pretty sweet looking tattoo placement with a low cut shirt, and definitely not something i would probably have the guts to do as a real tattoo. So thank Neko for this great temporary tattoo she posted over to .org tonight. (Doesn’t she find the best stuff?) … oh, and i nearly forgot, it is called the Cut Here Tattoo, since you can cut and use whatever parts in whatever order your heart desires.
Everyone needs a little personal space, and sometimes you need that in the form of a grassy rectangle… or astroturf blanket… or an astroturf blanket that folds up and hide around your messenger bag? There’s something about this design by Wiesengluck that makes me laugh a little, then think “Wow thats brilliant, i could have used that at the beach today”. How’s it stay on? “The bag’s special feature: by means of zippers on all four sides of the bag you can connect your own blanket in the meadow the luck lies with the blanket of your neighbor.” via DesignSpotter
In our world of mashups - while it seems intuitive to say good thing + good thing = better thing, we all know that isn’t how the real world works, and it isn’t even THAT easy. But mashups are in right now, be it digital mashing between *anything and google maps, or the high end fashion designers with things like H&M and Target. One that i have been surprisingly taken by is Stella McCartney and Adidas’ combo - the website has some (while very flashy) gorgeous navigation and a very mysterious/ice queen/fairytale feel to it (something kind of little red riding hood, only in sleek gorgeous fitness wear, in the snow in the woods with wolves and such) about the collection. And this tennis dress caught my eye, because its great how she managed to transform that simple, layered luxurious feel to active wear.
Also - I am loving her logo being the little dots (reminds me of some old receipt fonts) and on the Stella McCartney homepage, they get eaten by MISS PACMAN! (if you don’t believe me, image after the jump)
Free Tshirts over at Bank Of America - I forgot how silly shirts in cubes were - and how fun it was to open them. Also the fact that it says “I <3 Helping People”.
Another Berlin installment, as i clean out my inbox from RUGenius ~ She came across a T-shirt shop named “fleischerei” which translates to Butcher Shop. And it really is an old butcher shop, using the old meat cases and all! So more pictures below… if anyone knows more, let me know and i’ll update this post, but for now, it seemed worth sharing the pics.
So John Varvatos and Converse are responsible for that whole slip on/laces-free chuck taylor phenomena that won’t seem to go away. (Love it - Hate it - its inescapable). So with their use of hidden elastic to mess with people heads, i simply had to post up the new Crazy Laces, where i’m assuming they leave out the elastic on the inside, for the elastic laces you see. Slightly messy, kind of fun. Especially those mini eyelets. Looks like Rubin over at CoolHunting got his hands on a pair - i might have to pop over and check them out at the store later.
p.s. can you believe that Varvatos and Converse also did a full clothing line together? [Fall 06 Lookbook]
Ok, you know how i am when i fixate on a design, especially packaging. On Soft Service, how sweet is the vacuum packing? So here’s a teaser, hands on review coming soon perhaps…
Emails are great, especially when they brighten up my day with submissions of things i crave. Anyone else getting tired of the t-shirt trend? Or the abundance of designer tees around every corner? I love them to death, but have been noticing i’m wearing more and more black tshirts in different materials and cuts lately. It may also be that i have a temporary aversion to the silk screened ones this week from the t-shirt printing this weekend.
None the less, i digress. Emails! SoftService’s Sale turned up in my inbox, and i’m smitten and curious. This LA guy is doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that - and end results are hand painted sections with embroidered outlines of our everyday. They say “/unique/limited edition/hand painted/hand embroidered/sweat-shop free/made in Los Angeles//” I say, cute! and just different enough right now.
With the assortment of gold and silver dangerous and pop culturally inspired jewelry, Toy Me has a new twist on it… my favorite being the Hunting Trap Bracelet. You never know when you might need one? They also have some cute skateboards, guitar jacks, sneaks, cowboy toys, lego inspired bracelets and earings… and the best part? Playful set of flickr pics featuring toys… bear traps AND itchy and scratchy? Toy Me just made my night. [i love High Snobiety]
…. oh and check out these cufflinks.