Category Archives: Magazines/Books

SO UNOFFICIAL, IT’S OFFICIAL

fakehats

If the popularity of bespoke bootleg legend Dapper Dan in defining the union of high-end and street style taught us anything, it’s that fakes can actually be fun in some cases. I’m not talking the replicas, the toys with lead paint or the cons — I’m talking the weird pieces that could never have been legit. It’s interesting that a lot of brands would ultimately take cues from fakes and streetwear to put out authentic gear later down the line too. Continue reading SO UNOFFICIAL, IT’S OFFICIAL

TOMMY’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

pubatommy1993

It’s good to hear that Tommy Hilfiger’s memoir is dropping at the end of this year. American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion and Business is going to be published by Ballantine on October 16th and promises to be a definitive, despite weighing in at a slim-sounding 240 pages. I’m hoping that it’s not the usual dumbed-down, reiterate-a-point business book, because I want at least 10 pages on his time spent designing Coca-Cola clothing and at least a chapter on the moment when he spotted Puba and his boys clad in XXL Hilfiger gear at JFK airport and got his brother Andy to make the introduction. Continue reading TOMMY’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY

LEGENDS ON PAPER

legendsneverdie1

I don’t know whether it’s heartening that I frequently re-read longford pieces online and wish that I had a paper hard copy, or whether I’m just a total luddite. Caroline Rothstein’s Legends Never Die essay on the cast of Kids and their fates post-1995 is almost three years old, but I think it’s one of the best articles on the topic ever. I wish there were other articles of similar calibre on topics connected to “street culture”, but beyond the occasional FADER piece, I haven’t read anything of equal quality lately. Continue reading LEGENDS ON PAPER

TITANIUM SHELVES

patta

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

BUY MORE BOOKS

2manydjslibrary

Other people’s bookshelves fascinate me, and the new issue of System has a solid feature in it by IDEA’s David Owen that chats to some prominent book hoarders. In addition to conversations with Kim Jones, Jo Donaldson from the Lucasfilm Research Library, Hans Ulrich Obrist, André Balazs, Grace Coddington and 2manydjs, there’s some squint-worthy photos of the spaces where their collections reside. Continue reading BUY MORE BOOKS

FURTHER READING

alisonkinneyhood

A couple of topics discussed frequently here are the topic of some forthcoming books by people far more knowledgable and talented than me. I talked about hooded sweatshirts to SHOWstudio a couple of months back, and a vast gap in my research meant the rich pre-20th century history of hoods that dates back to the middle ages was omitted. Continue reading FURTHER READING

SIZE ISN’T EVERYTHING

This has probably been mentioned here twice before, but seeing as I regularly get emails from people planning a documentary on shoes, all I can recommend is that you create something as good as Just For Kicks, Nike’s Air Force 1 series (by the team behind the former film) and the Milk team’s 2001 Sneakers: Size isn’t Everything film that was filmed in 1999. Continue reading SIZE ISN’T EVERYTHING