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Tatoot; Graffiti Street Lifestyle

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TATOOT has created a new mobile art movement. What started out as a competition on DrawLoud has turned into a revolutionary brand! TATOOT is giving talented street artists an opportunity of self-expression in order to reach the masses through their ground-breaking brand of bag products. Launching in mid-July of 2008 and just in time for the “Back To School” rush, TATOOT will unveil it’s initial backpack and messenger bag collection in select street & boutique retailers like Michael K. in Manhattan, FootSoldiers in Miami and in all Dr. Jays locations in New York.

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TATOOT is a graffiti-street lifestyle brand. TATOOT is a revolutionary and unconventional brand in that it expands upon more than one’s typical perception of graffiti and street art. TATOOT employs the very same concept of self-expression, delivering social and political messages, and serves as a form of art appreciation – but, TATOOT is bringing street art & graffiti to the worldover through a new fashionable and exciting product line of TATOOT messenger bags and backpacks.

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TATOOT will give street artists a new outlet of expression, making their art OUTLAWED No More. TATOOT Bags are visually stimulating, fashionable, functional and downright Hot! The name TATOOT is a combination of two words meaning ‘DRAW LOUD.’ Talented artists can now express themselves on a new platform. From subways to bags, TATOOT is indeed the new mobile art movement.

Popularity: 2% [?]

Eco-Friendly Redefined

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Everyday products don’t have to mean everyday design. Industrial designer Malcolm Fontier has developed a collection of 100% animal- friendly bags, wallets and travel cases that prove that common items can look good and do their job at the same time- all while giving a nod to our four-legged friends by using globally-sourced, non-leather alternatives and unique PU coated canvases. Functional can be funky, and the Malcolm Fontier collection boasts a universal design style and a clean, sophisticated beauty that design fans everywhere can appreciate.

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Light as air and seductively simple design: The classic wallet is re-imagined with the Mojito, a slim little number made from smooth polyurethane that holds up to 4 cards. An elastic strap keeps everything stylishly in place, while a side pocket offers an updated version of the money clip. The signature Malcolm Fontier double rectangle logo runs across the bottom for the ultimate in understated, yet unique, designer style.

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Give your pockets a rest and stash your essentials in The Entertainer, an utterly sophisticated canvas carryall with polyurethane accents at the corners and on the strap. An ultra-slender profile makes it the perfect go-everywhere bag to sling comfortably across your body, while the large interior padded neoprene pocket can hold everything you need and your laptop, too! A separate magazine pocket means that your favorite design magazine can go wherever you do, to the office or to the airport. The Malcolm Fontier double rectangle logo is featured on the front flap and on the strap. It all adds up to the ideal marriage of form and function.

Popularity: 2% [?]

WrecordsByMonkey

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It all started the year 2003 in a one-bedroom apartment in Chelsea.  It was the place where a group of friends, all students at the Fashion Institute of Technology would go to relax at night and in between classes.  Two of these friends were Patrick Chirico, otherwise known as “Monkey,” and Brian Farrell.  “We would stay up late listening to music and creating art.  Most of our friends were studying some kind of design, so it was an amazingly creative environment,” says Farrell.

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One night, Chirico was trying to turn old vinyl records he had found on the street into bowls.  When an oven malfunction occurred, the idea hit him to start turning these unused records into bracelets.  At that point, WrecordsByMonkey was born.  The company now operates out of a studio in Brooklyn, where they design and manufacture all of the bracelets, fine jewelry, and apparel assortments.

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Patrick and Brian realize their success and inspiration are driven by the community in which they live.  To show their appreciation they continue to be involved with charitable organizations and philanthropic ventures.  WBM has donated to the Make A Wish Foundation, Life Beat, and the Stoked Foundation.  In 2006, they collaborated with 12 local artists to create the “NYC Artist Series” in which a percentage of the proceeds have been donated to art and music programs in public Brooklyn schools.  To find out more about any of these organizations, visit their links in our “Friends of Mine” section.

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There is no limit to what WBM might do or where they might show up.  They are continually growing, with innovative ideas and creative designs paving the road to new product offerings and customer satisfaction in this progressive market.  WrecordsByMonkey.  Where Fashion, Art, and Music Collide. 

Popularity: 2% [?]

Facebook Turns Fashion

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Perhaps this trend will take off in a few years when the hotness of Facebook and other social networking applications cools off. The way I see it, the overall “coolness” of this particular trend is not quite ready yet and will probably have a greater success when there is more of a ‘retro’ connotation to this type of icon.

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Belstaff, Rebels With a Cause

 

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Belstaff—known for its tough-looking, high-performance jackets that have outfitted rebels such as the handsome crew of Ocean’s Twelve and Gotham city’s favorite crime fighter, Batman—is reaffirming its political stance on Tibet this spring/summer season. As a continuation of the Black Prince range launched in 2004, the British brand has created a limited-edition, six-piece collection of “Free Tibet” jackets with intricate oriental motifs that Tibetan monks helped conceptualize. The jackets are available at Belstaff stores, and all profits made from sales of the Free Tibet jackets will be donated to the Dalai Lama Foundation.

Content courtesy of JCReport.

Popularity: 2% [?]

Photographer Turned Fashion Designer

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New York-based photographer Dom Smith has fused his striking photographic aesthetic with his love of fashion to create a unique range of T-shirts under his own AntoineDom label. Smith’s tees are cut longer and slimmer than most of the mass-produced men’s tees on the market, making them the perfect complement to a pair of skinny jeans and boots. The images adorning the jerseys are taken from Smith’s extensive portfolio and include fashion portraits as well as still lifes. Particular favorites of ours are the trash bag caught in barbed wire and the pensive, black frame-bedecked “officer.”

Content courtesy of JCReport. 

Popularity: 1% [?]

Adventures in Men’s Clothing

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According to The NY Times, men are being more adventurous with the way they dress. Mixing patterns and colors have become part of the trend for men this season, and many are surprised that this is catching on.

“Men are more brave with color and pattern now,” said Paul Smith, the British designer who may have initiated more men into the art of mixing pattern than any other. He knows, from working in his own stores, how eager men are to try, yet how afraid they are of making a mistake.

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“You know, how do you say what’s O.K.?” he said. “That’s what’s difficult. You have to be brave to think you can do it. It’s such a matter of personal confidence and taste.” But he noted that what made the Duke of Windsor and Fred Astaire style gods in the 1930s was their daring in mixing patterns.

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Men are really trying to mix and match, to be more confident, and have fun with what they are wearing. Not only in suiting, sportswear has now ween some mixed patterns.  Even those designers known for their allegiance to an urban palette that ranges from asphalt gray to traffic-cone orange have had a field day with patterns this spring. Among others, Miuccia Prada, Martin Margiela and Junya Watanabe went overboard for, respectively, plaids, stripes and florals.

Popularity: 2% [?]

Kieth Richards Doesn’t Care About the Planet

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Interesting interview I found courtesy of TimesOnline.

At 64, Keith Richards hasn’t mellowed. With Shine A Light, Martin Scorsese’s documentary on the Rolling Stones, recently released, he could focus on the autobiography he is co-writing with James Fox, the author of White Mischief. Or he could begin cataloging his 3,000 guitars. Either way, he won’t worry much about the planet, despite starring in the recent Louis Vuitton ad, for which service Vuitton donated a fee to Al Gore’s Foundation.

“I’ve been invented by the media. I’m just a minstrel. I didn’t want to be a rock star, just play music. I realized that to do that, you had to be famous. It has nothing to do with wanting to be a star.”

Bill Wyman is the biggest dandy. But Charlie Watts is the most stylish member. He spends his time on the beauty and the cut of clothing. There he is on Savile Row, and I’m the fashion icon? When I got older I wore my old lady’s clothes. If you notice, all the buttons are the other side.”

” I wore whatever my mother put me in when I was little. Boring shorts and wee T-shirts. I wore school uniforms. I hated brown shoes. I started dressing up when I had to find what fitted. Fashion thinks more about me than what I think about it. I just wore what I wore and people noticed. The sexiest thing a woman could wear? Being stark f***ing naked.”

“Show me a woman who is faithful, and I won’t believe you.”

“I don’t do underwear. I never do the washing. How would I know whether my clothes stink? I throw them away.”

“I love books … a well-dressed mind! Patrick O’Brian, Milton and Shakespeare are my favorite writers. And then the Bible. King Lear is my favorite character who isn’t insane. It’s only people who are insane who think they’re not.

“Skulls remind us that underneath it all, we are all the same. Beauty is only skin-deep.”

“I can’t say I’m bothered about the fate of the planet. I got a guitar case out of Louis Vuitton. They paid me a lot of money and it’s all going to charity. I’m going to charity.”

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New Era Knocks Off Louis Vuitton

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We love The Satchel for his ability to catch things like this. Apparently New Era has decided to copy the iconic Louis Vuitton print for a new like of signature caps.  The bootleg print is by Olako’aka, which means we know who to blame for being unoriginal and stealing from the Marc. The best part is Hyperbeast’s quote on the subject, “This version emulates a LV pattern so this satisfies those with a luxurious taste as well as those seeking traditional cultural satisfaction.”  So basically, we know it’s a bootleg, you know it’s a bootleg, but since Jacobs refuses to create a line of hats to match the Chinatown knock-off you got her for Christmas, this is all we can give you.

Popularity: 2% [?]

TrendSpark: Silver Shoes

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This is a shot from Blackbook’s May issue.  Love, love, love the silver shoes.  Can someone get behind me on this look?  Yes, it’s very Michael Jacksonesque, but something about shiny footware has always gotten my goat.  And without socks, this look transcends the typical farce appeal and takes on a life of its own by breaking all rules of shoe etiquette. I’m on the search now for some silverplated stomping gear so if you’ve got some sources, please hit us up.

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The Well Dressed Rebel in GQ April 2008

 

I must admit that GQ has been one of my must reads from the tender age of 13. This issue brought about some major shifts in what’s ok for the distinguished gentleman to wear.  “The Well Dressed Rebel” highlight’s some of menswears most prolific rule breakers offering tips like wear a ton of jewelry, wear tuxedo jackets with jeans, and don’t skimp on the brightly colored socks. Who knew rebelling was so forulamatic?

Some of those featured include Saks’ Michael Macko, photographers Nathaniel Goldberg and Wayne Maser, designers Phiip Crangi, Andy Spade, Paul Smith, Barker Black’s Creative Director Derrick Miller, and Coach VP Walker MacWilliam among others. View the story here.

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Advice from Paul Marlow of Loden Dager

This month’s installment of wisdom comes from a man who will trounce you thoroughly in a moustache-off. Paul Marlow is one of the sartorial gurus at Ecco Domani award-winning NYC menswear label Loden Dager. Paul took some time away from keeping your personal aesthetic taste in check to let you know about a few things you should take into consideration the next time you are feeling a little lost out there…
by JOSE R. MEJIA for Dejour Magazine

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A man should always have an opinion.

A man should never rule out other possibilities.

A man Is in serious trouble when he hesitates.

If you can’t have a plan, at least have a direction.

Personally, I find repetitious apologies repulsive, because at some point, you have to learn.

Desperate times call for desperate measures. When in need, a clandestine trip to Mustique will make everything better.

There is not much better in this world than the feeling of uncontrollable laughter.

If there ever were a rule that begged on its knees to be broken, it is casual fridays.

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How Tight Do You Like It?

Men in Scandinavia are videotaping themselves wearing an insanely, ball crushing, testicular torturing brand of tight (also see painted on) jeans called Mustang Skinlines and putting them up on YouTube. Umm…you’d think a photo would be sufficient, but these fashion exhibitionists feel the need to give you a full 360 degree live-action video tour of just how tight their jeans are, which is tight, as in is there really anything happening between them legs. We hope this trend never reaches middle America or we may have a new crop of muffin tops hitting the streets.

On a more serious note, isn’t this just a bit excessive?  You should be able to let your genitalia hang a bit to prevent damaged cojones, right.  I think the only ones who can make this look work are the boys who don’t have much to work with in the twig and berries department, or those who prefer being infertile to being out of style.

Popularity: 5% [?]