With the summer wedding season arriving for me, I decided it was about time to shed that off the shelf suit look, and see what I could find in terms of unique hand made suits. After a few weeks of looking and asking around, I got tipped off to Al’s Attire in North Beach, San Francisco. Just browsing the shop it was clear that Al had a unique style and flair that really showed his passion for his work and a certain whimsy that I loved. From the hand sewn multi-colored button holes and hidden color-burst under the collar, to the bright silk linings his style gives a suit that fun when you want it feel, all hand cut/sewn and customized to your needs for a whole lot cheaper than you’d think. Read on for pics of his work.
Demano is a Barcelona company that does for City Banners what Freitag does for Truck Tarps. Gorgeous site and some really fun designs, everything from messenger bags and totes, this great duffle like bag, and belts, to notebooks and designer hats! [this hat collection is a collaboration with designer Nina Pawlowsky] The poster featured here is Banderola: BCN & fotografia - Barcelona, 18 noviembre 2005. ICUB - Museu d’Historia de la Ciutat. Diseño de banderola: Lamosca. This is one of the many new banners available for the 2006 collection! I stumbled across some in Copenhagen, and they are really beautiful, its no joke when they say that they really try to make the best use of the designs on the banners - not just cut them up and its a free for all… great means of recycling.
Part of the CPH ADD events, the Copenhagen Technical Academy of Noble Metal Smithry in conjunction with Magasin - held a workshop in the department store demonstrating various ways of recycling the Magasin plastic shopping bags into incredible jewelry (you seriously would never have guessed that they were making these from the plastic bags when out of context!). Take a look below to see the designing/creation in action. With the use of heat guns and sewing machines, bags were rolled+melted+sliced, melted around glass balls and stretched, sewn with elastic, shredded to bits - and recombined. The creativity and skill were really mesmerizing…
Over in Copenhagen, on Hyskenstraede 14, you glance down slightly and see this edgy little shop window filled with cute high end fashion and some eye catching buttons. They say it all & then some. But it doesn’t stop there, does it? It never does. Check out the images below enter Pagne and to see the interior of this adorable store (by adorable, read: dark with just the right splashes of gloss and color applied). And go say hi to Pia Moller Hansen, the shop’s mastermind - she will point you in all the right directions - she sent me to Storm (“the Danish version of Collette”) and out to the new up and coming streets of Elmegade and Falledvej over in Norrebro. I mean sure there are a lot of “hot sneaker shops” and such in the usual spots - but if you’re looking for more, start here.
Danish stuff is the theme for the next few days probably, until i hit Sweden! But check out the best Viking/Danish-y/Touristy piece i found! Seriously if you’re going to have to buy someone something “from copenhagen” - and don’t want to go for that mini copper mermaid on the rock, or that horrible viking troll thing… Danefae has your perfect solution. I LOVE this viking (and yes there’s a mermaid as well but i didnt fall for her quite as hard). The green striped shirt is really fun, and its a good thing i don’t have kids, b/c the bibs, shirts, and unitard type things for them are the most adorable things i’ve ever seen. The totebag is also a great size and has inside pocket (about 4” depth, boxy, versus like an envelope - great beach bag?). Also check out the raincoat, the really sweet store owner at Akimbo [Hyskenstraede 3, 1207 Kobenhaven, +126.96.36.199.01] has them coming in Monday, and swore they were they were worth seeing in person.
Check out a bigger picture of my Viking pouch below, he has fish and utensils. [gave in and got him over the totebag].
Can you believe how minimalistic yet overflowing with character this bunny ring is? Perfectly hardy enough to give a child, yet beautiful enough to pull of with something funky/fancy? AND diswasher safe? This is also made from the mixing bowls! Gitte Nygard’s ability to transform these everyday plastics into such incredible pieces seriously changes the way i will look at plastic objects in my everyday life.
… and there are more bunny ears in this family! Different ear flips and sizes - see the image below. and make an effort to head over to Mette Saabye’s on Studeistrade 25B, 1455 Copenhagen
So you understand how the drilling tiny holes together creates playfully subtle imagery… well drill the hole, then take tiny saw blades to make cuts - that make flower details - and then… here’s the clincher - do it all with those plastic mixing bowls we all have in the kitchen! Its gorgeous, sturdy, and one of my favorite details is the fact that these flower broaches, instead of having some gluegunned standard pin back, there are multiple tack backings (you know that type where theres a single prong and then that small circular backing?).
Well this piece is a part of Gitte Nygard’s “Opus Formosus” at Mette Saabye’s- a series of jewelry shaped like flowers in thermoplastic polyurethane [specifically Ancient Magarethe and Rosti mixing bowls!].
Below is a necklace, earings, and broach set which were carved out from plates, and i love how she turns the little details (like the dishwasher safe brand and two toned nature) into added aspects of the set.
I just love the attitue on this tag. The idea is to put silly messages on your tags (upsidedown) for the people behind you to read when they get annoyed by it sticking up. Playing off of the pretty universal annoyance of tags in the first place. Best part about it is that the wearer doesn’t have to see it protruding so obnoxiously, and thus is immune to its effects. This is a great exploit, right in line with the theme:”It’s All In Your Head”. This is Tag A Tag by Therése Broberg. I have a few more good ones from Designer’s Block + Lund I will hopefully get to posting tomorrow.
More fun from Designer’s Block’s show with Lund University. This one is going after those of us who need quick ways of taking inventory of all the amazing number of random things in our bags. Great simple idea, taking those collapsable grocery bags that fold into their own pockets to the next level. Makes me want to hang a giant bag off the fire escape and clean my apartment this way. Bigger pic after the jump.
UPDATE: This is “Inventory Bag” by Linn Källgren and Ingrid Magnusson. The idea is pretty fun, and i can imagine all the times rummaging through my purse when i couldn’t find anything in there and needing to dump it all out practically - or wish i could cover it up when running through the rain! ~Notcot.
“The Goorin Hat is the ultimate mark of individuality, style, and status. Since the first Goorin Hat was sold off a horse cart in Pittsburg, PN in 1895, Goorin Brothers has redefined the art of hat making.” That is how the story of their history begins, and its a fascinating read both literally and visually, and the hats are stunning (and apparently being worn by all sorts of celebs these days)… But why i’m posting them is for their BAGs i discovered today, stumbled upon these down at Animal House in Venice Beach today, and they are incredibly well made and full of character. The little design details from the clasps to the linings and most importantly the great fabrics they use - make it well worth the mere 40$ it cost. I was torn between the “Chewie” fuzzy bag and the “Bunny” pin striped fabric bags - both the perfect size/shape for a comfy pillow of a purse that can hold a LOT of stuff (think between messenger bag and tote sized purse) and still be a comfy around the town bag. Ended up getting the Chewie - might have to go back for the other.
Wow, firstly how can one not like the beatles, and secondly those are some really fun vintage candy wrapper graphics. The work of Clizia Ornato is playfully delicious and she manages to turn these really cool vintage wrappers into cuffs! In addition to the candied ones, there are also some with postal stamps and kimono covers.
Ok, well old habits are hard to break, and i’m sure you know NOTCOT has a soft spot for animals and weaponry in jewelry. SF based Anonymous Apparel has some great pieces - you can see my obvious favorites being the tiny owls (which you can buy in “couples” - black and silver and black and gold) - and the antique turtle has such a unique charm to it that just makes you smile. And the gun, well it was just fun.
So apparently Fall Out Boy guys have their own clothing line “Clandestine Industries” and they like bats - like old school Batman bats… and they too have a Razor necklace (only it has a bat in the middle!). And for some reason, today the whole idea of having super powers and then exposing them via indie hoodie makes me giggle… and no, love can’t save you. But yes, super powers can. [feeling a bit cynical on the love today, sorry]
Ok so here are photos of Great Laundry - the japanese tshirt company’s first american store. Gorgeous displays and the quality of these shirts blow away my usual American Apparels and most others i’ve tried recently. All shirts are unisex, but the S fits like something a tiny bit larger than a girls S (and its not too short!). “Laundry USA, Inc. With the theme of (World Peace), Great Laundry put the message in the T-shirts and sending it out to the world… To be a part of lifestyle of the people all over the world is the goal of Great Laundry.” Check out pictures below of the store, the packaging, the sweet skull shirt, and a really fun Samurai shirt i couldn’t resist.
I was at the Earth Day festivities at the LAB and the CAMP in the OC… (ah, so many caps to be had there). While i pop by there often between LA and SD trips, it’s been a while lately and i came across this new store Laundry, fresh from Japan, first one in the states. More to come on that in the next post actually about their shirts… but check out this sweet headphone necklace - and below you MUST see this really awesome Samurai Figurine.