Detroit (Cass Tech High School): Now and Then ~ HUH Magazine
The world has stopped moving ~ Designed to Move
Millard Drexler interview with Fanny Kiefer ~ Studio 4 (pt1 pt 2)
New Balance Showcases Its Flimby, England Factory ~ Hypebeast
Francesca Castor interviews Alyasha Owerka-Moore ~ Fashion Notes
*Nike Canada “Hockey is Ours” ~ Tuff Stuf
Above and below are a collection of things that I’ve accumulated over the last few weeks and are split between objects brought home from my latest trip to Portland and my friends bringing me stuff from Japan. I finally got my hands on Kenya Hara’s Designing Design on a quick visit to Ampersand Gallery (whoohoo!) and after a couple of laps around the holiday craft fairs, I was able to hoard a nice handful of vendor collateral.
My friend Ted (Jyumoku) and his girlfriend Yoyo just returned from a 3-week trip to Japan and brought me back a few prints from the Tim Barber Exhibition (w/Wacko Maria) along with a bag of goods from the Muji Found shop. Love it. You guys know me too well. Thanks dudes.
Also in town is my old friend, Arik. He’s been living in Japan for the last couple of years and is thinking about opening up a bottle shop in Kumamoto. Personally, I’d love to see a few San Diego-style DIPAs make it across the pond. Arik brought me back this beanie from one of favorites, Beauty & Youth. On the biggest exterior label, it says, “Made in the United States”. It’s funny how the Japanese sell our own culture right back to us—or maybe just to me.
Worth Magazine is definitely way out of my league—but a free subscription? Ill take it. Also in frame are the latest issues of familiar favorites Inventory, Wilder and Popeye. Looks like I’ll be spending a bit more time in front of paper than pixels over the next week.
Last Wednesday, show-goers at Soda Bar were treated to a nice intimate performance by Brandon Welchez of the Crocodiles and the Dum Dum Girls’ leading lady, Dee Dee. Playing a mix of hits from their respected bands, the husband and wife duo kept the holidays vibes alive by squeezing in their 2009 jam, Merry Christmas Baby (Please Don’t Die). The rare on-stage appearance by the two even brought in a good crowd of folks from as far as Tijuana and Los Angeles. Fun times. Happy Hanukkah, y’all. Welcome home.
Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co may just be my favorite shop in Portland. I really don’t think that there was a single item in that shop that I didn’t want to take home. So, if anyone want’s to send me an early Christmas gift, that IBM Clock would look perfect right above my desk. :D
I made a quick visit to the Kamp Grizzly office last friday to say hello to Benji and Yogi. You may be familiar with some of their broadcast work with Adidas Originals and Microsoft’s Bing. Huge fan of their work. Now go on and check out their reel.
This is Yogi. Mr Chemistry of Cool.
The Portland Bazaar is one of the premiere platforms for Portland’s creative community. Under one roof, the city’s finest handmade goods and their makers gather together for a perfectly timed retail event just in time for the holidays. These makers of the bazaar consist of, but are not limited to leatherworkers, butchers and carpenters making a variety of things you can wear, eat and even sit on.
Much like the set up at Union Pine’s Give Good Gift, the organizers of the show did a great job creating a community vibe within the space and had no problem filling the entire warehouse with attendees. At times, the show seemed to reach capacity, and my advice to the organizers is that they may need to find added space to compensate for its growing popularity. But this is a good problem. From an attendee standpoint, the curated roster of vendors seemed to help promote rather than compete with each other. Every vendor seemed to compliment the next.
Campfire Cologne. It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. It’s fun stuff—and I like fun stuff. Greg Hennes, has successfully carved out a space in the firewood cologne market that no one can ever touch. It’s like the iPhone of incense and it’s got a rad advertising campaign. Use with caution, because fire can be dangerous. Respect the Beard.
The amazing Aaron Draplin. I wonder if he still thinks America is fucked.
After the success of their first holiday fair last year, the folks at Union Pine held there second installment of Give Good Gift. Backed by some of Portland’s finest brands, shops and artisans, Union Pine provided a warm, intimate atmosphere that felt more like a friends’ brunch gathering than a shopping event—and that’s a good thing when it can easily feel a bit too clustered during Portland’s holiday craft-fair weekend. Between local leatherworkers, book dealers and entrepreneurs, Give Good Gift allowed you to really get to know the vendor-stories and the people behind them.
Some of the notable vendors included, Carbon Audio—a local audio company and creator of the Zooka wireless speaker, Trust Co—the only company that I know of that that refurbishes vintage Axes, and lastly, The Good Flock—the green-minded accessories company best known for their Pendleton-wrapped “iWooly” collection.
Above, Byron (WK12) showing everyone how to use the Zooka and below, the guys from Trust Co (Hi Gene!) posted for a few photos in front of their refinished axes.