Category Archives: Design

THE SPIRIT OF AN ERA

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To typify London’s the stock of Sign of the Times store as rave gear would be a gross oversimplification. Having opened up as a stall in Camden in 1986, before moving to Kensington Market, Fiona Cartledge’s business/passion project was the summary of a young life spent participating in multiple scenes. The moment it signposted was the dawn of dance music as big business, with house’s DIY boom, the early signs of riot grrrl, dressed the discerning side of British indie music when Creation popped off, while heralding the high-end meeting with club and street gear that spawned spots like Pineal Eye and Kokon To Zai and the ensuing world that allowed creative powerhouses like Kim Jones and Nicola Formichetti to help alter popular culture. Continue reading THE SPIRIT OF AN ERA

TITANIUM SHELVES

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This blog is rapidly looking like a Patta fansite, but I love talking to those guys about culture. Plus Gee is one of the select few whose book recommendations I trust 100%, and this site is also transforming into little more than a set of gushing paragraphs about the printed word. A book just dropped that documents Amsterdam’s street style through the long-running Appelsap festival. Continue reading TITANIUM SHELVES

THE ORIGINAL NIKELAB

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The Air Trainer 1 is the shoe that really got me obsessed with sports footwear — i saw the in store displays at the Co-op department store in my hometown and was smitten from first touch. From Mac to Bo and beyond, it led to a fixation with the cross training category. Continue reading THE ORIGINAL NIKELAB

A GORE-TEX KING

Normally I try not to post videos here unless they’ve got less than a couple of thousand views, but Arc’teryx’s channel is strong and they showcase their secret weapon in this COMMIT – INSPIRED DESIGN profile of industry veteran and sealed-zip OG Mike Blenkarn. I had the pleasure of meeting this gent extremely briefly a few years back, and it was clear by the awe he inspires by some talented designers around him that he’s a genius in his field. Continue reading A GORE-TEX KING

GOING UNDERCOVER

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If you did the yen conversion for that TGRAPHICS book and fell back clutching your chest or arrived way too late to grab the A MAGAZINE that Jun Takahashi put together at anything approaching a reasonable price, salvation is at hand. Rizzoli have done an admirable job of creating affordable retrospectives of Polo, FUCT and Supreme (I’ve given up hope on a Stüssy one) over the years, and next year they’re completing the trinity of NIGO®, Hiroshi Fujiwara and Jun Takahashi with an UNDERCOVER book. Continue reading GOING UNDERCOVER

LEGENDS IN PRINT

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Salutes to Jörg for letting me write a little piece on the legendary Barnzley and his THUNDERS store for the latest issue of HYPEBEAST magazine. I have a few offcuts from the conversation that I might up here at some point. Continue reading LEGENDS IN PRINT