Sunday, June 29, 2008

Can I get a witness?

After months of controversy and doubt about his headlining status at Glastonbury last night Jay Z absolutely KILLED it. He opened up his set with a huge grin on his face as he mimed the words to Wonderball by Oasis (Oasis front man Noel Gallagher was quoted saying "I'm not having hip hop at Glastonbury, it's wrong") and a video montage flashing up Noel's words alongside images from Gordon Brown, George Bush, to Boris Johnson and the Queen. Then straight into "99 Problems", a slew of hits, a very amuzing accapella in English slang, and then of course the perfect finale "Encore". His performance was phenomenal and so was his exhibition of humbleness and gratitude as he thanked his whole audience and acknowledged the importance of love and broadmindedness before he walked off the stage.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Men's Spring 2009 accessories picks - Louis Vutton

Classic LV menswear collection inspired by Charlie Chaplin.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Men's Spring 2009 accessories picks - Burberry Prorsum

Burberry called their SS09 menswear collection "Crumpled Classics", inspired by the late artist/filmmaker Derek Jarman and cared for, loved, worn vintage.

Men's Spring 2009 accessories picks - Gucci

Gucci's whole SS09 menswear collection was inspired by Brooklyn music duo MGMT. This formula is definitely working for their men's bags...

The Golden Calf

Damien Hirst's latest formaldehyde masterpiece "The Golden Calf" and his announcement to auction off a collection of previously unseen work later this summer are currently causing quite a stir in the contemporary art market. This is the first time a living artist has ever put a collection of brand new work straight out into the open market. The Golden Calf is crowned by a solid gold disc, it's hooves and horns are cast in 18K gold, and is encased in a 24 K gold box which sits on a solid marble base. This is Hirst's largest ever formaldehyde work and is expected to sell for around $24 million. Sotheby's will be conducting the 10 day pre-sale exhibition and 2 day sale sometime in September.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

An oldie but a goodie...

Published in 2005, Louis Vutton: The Birth of Modern Luxury was one of the first in depth books about one of the world's most famous luxury brands. It's 616 page compilation of archival art, product designs and sketches, ground breaking advertising, and more. It also examines the lives of the company's first 3 leaders (one of which invented the modern trunk) and the conglomerate's development under their leadership. It's a great book if your into this kind of thing. The book was compiled and written by Paul Gerard Pasols, former director and long time consultant for Louis Vutton.


Speaking of Takashi Murakami, his collaboration with Marc Jacobs via Louis Vutton " The Monogramouflage Collection" is at select LV stores now. The collection was launched at the Brooklyn Museum on June 1st and features a variety of bags, wallets, belts, luggage, and other accessories .

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

One of a kind: Shibuya, Tokyo

We were fortunate enough to run into this bus painted by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami while passing a bus depot in Shibuya. Make sure you click on the image to see a close up!

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Cross Keys

Yesterday, we ended up in a quirky little pub called The Cross Keys in the Chelsea area of London. So glad we had our camera! It's been called the Vivienne Westwood, haute couture of pub design- a true one-off. The pub is 3 stories high and has an amazing conservatory in the back with an open plan kitchen, a glass roof, trees, and lovely rustic furniture. A Chelsea landmark, this pub's original lease dates back to 1765.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Andreas Murkudis

All we can say is WOW. If you don't believe us watch the slide show on the front page of the site and then check out their product selection on-line. Andreas Murkudis is in a court yard in Berlin, 3 shops. Great accessories, men's and women's. Great jewelry, great shoes.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Stussy x Neighborhood x Nike

Stussy is opening a 3 month pop up concept store in Vancouver, Canada on the 21st of June to promote Boneyards , a collaboration between Stussy, Neighborhood, and Nike named after a secret little surf spot in San Pedro, CA. We love the old world style bookshelves and black brick walls! And for all you trainer junkies, here's a look at the new blazers.

Mobile Art hits Tokyo

Architect Zaha Hadid has designed a futuristic contemporary art container for the Chanel traveling art exhibition "Mobile Art" which features the work of 20 international artists inspired by the legendary quilted Chanel bag. Mobile Art is now in Tokyo until July 2008, after that the exhibition is scheduled to travel to New York, London, Moscow, and Paris. Who knew just one little accessory could inspire all of this??

Sunday, June 15, 2008

40 Years of YSL in Montreal and San Francisco

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, in partnership with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, have developed the first retrospective to span 40 years of creation. The display will include 145 accessorized creations belonging to the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, as well as drawings and videos. After Montreal (exhibition ends Sept 28th), the same show will be at the de Young Museum of San Francisco, from November 1, 2008, to March 1, 2009. RIP Yves Saint Laurent .

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Chanel at Dover Street Market

An edited version of the Metiers d’Arts Paris-Londres Collection is now at Comme Des Garcons' Dover Street Market in London until June 26th. The collection is a special showcase for the ornamental crafts of Parisian ateliers that have worked with Chanel for decades which the company has recently acquired. Chanel has set up shop on 5 of the 6 floors of Dover Street showcasing ready to wear, shoes, and accessories as well as limited edition pieces.

Music for the masses

Flying Lotus
Most famous (yet also uncredited) for the music in the many of the segues of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, FL was signed by Warp Records last year. He is set to release his second full length album titled Los Angeles this week.
Parisian Goldfish-Flying Lotus

MGMT is celebrating the grand re-opening of the third eye of the world with Oracular Spectacular, the duo's much-anticipated first full-length album, an enigmatic and prophetic collection of hallucinatory sounds and hook-riddled pop tones for the new millennium.
Electric Feel-MGMT

“We began trying to write pop songs to sell, which made us depressed, so we started writing songs for ourselves instead.” The results of that self centered conceit is the songwriting work heard for the first time on the full length self-titled Santogold ( left, MIA right) album, released on Downtown/Lizard King (US) and Atlantic (UK).
Shove It Remix-Santogold featuring Spankrock

Quiet Village
After three sought-after singles for the Whatever We Want label-plus remixes for the likes of Gorillaz, François K, Cosmo Vitelli and, um, The Osmonds - Quiet Village step out of the shadows to present their first full-length album, 'Silent Movie'.
Freerider-Quiet Village

Friday, June 13, 2008

Central Saint Martins 2008 degree show

Last night we stopped by the famous Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London where we saw beautiful jewelry made out of recycled silver and glass as well as collections of modular home accessories made with recycled materials and sustainable fabricated walls.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Ed Banger records vol 3 deluxe set

One of our favorite French indie labels is at it again, this time with an art exhibition and a deluxe music collectors set featuring Justice, DJ Medhi, Uffie, Feadz and more. It's on sale now with a limited edition tote bag designed by So Me at Colette in Paris.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Be a part of Boosh history

Yes sir. The surreal comedy duo Vince Noir and Howard Moon from the Mighty Boosh tv sitcom have formed a band with the show's shopkeeper Naboo and his sidekick Bollo the gorilla. They're headlining their own festival in Kent on Saturday, July 5th. We also heard they're making a Boosh movie and an album. This is an outraaaaiiige!!!

This little piggie got wellies

Meet Cinders, the six week old piglet who's scared of mud and has the Wellingtons to prove it. The young saddleback has been chosen as a mascot for a campaign to raise money for the Farm Crisis Network, which supports struggling farmers.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Wall Art: San Francisco

Girlpower! We took a stealth picture of this wall art with one of our camera phones while shopping in the Shu-uemura store in San Francisco. It's a painting by Japanese artist Ai Yamaguchi.