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Dreamers and Doers Come Together: Mark and Daisy McNairy

Here are a few things to know about Mark McNairy:
-Even though his nickname is "McNasty" and he designs shoes with "Fuck off" stamped in gold on the soles...he's actually a pretty nice guy.
-He once owned 20,000 records but sold them all.
-He loves Popeye's fried chicken.

Here are a few things to know about Daisy McNairy:
-She simultaneously thinks she should get out of New York and that it is the greatest place on earth. And is aware of the irony.
-She is convinced something shady is going on underneath her Chinatown apartment ("There should not be a Range Rover parked outside...")
-She doesn't want to be asked what she wants to "do with her life," not because she doesn't know what she wants but because she wants to do everything.

When we met at the McNairy showroom in NYC, 20-year-old Daisy McNairy is freshly-enrolled at the New School after taking some time off college to figure out what she wants. Self-aware and articulate, Daisy grew up between New Orleans and New York City, a mash-up she's quick to identify as providing her with perspective and far-reaching interests from women's studies to writing. 

Mark McNairy is a designer who plays by his own rules. Eschewing traditional collections, McNairy's work is incepted by moments — random bursts of inspiration that originate from, say, race cars or a guy he sees on the street or, perhaps most importantly, his constant exploration of, "What would happen if…" It has resulted in a style that speaks to both hip hop artists and Southern dandies — lucky for us, this month McNairy is taking "everything [he does] and putting it in one space" with a pop-up at Brooklyn's Space Ninety 8.  

We spent a morning with Mark and Daisy to learn more about what makes them both tick. 
Photographs by Clement Pascal.



Daisy, you basically grew up in the fashion industry and must have a pretty deep understanding of what goes into it. Is it something you're drawn toward pursuing at all?

DM: Fashion has been a constant in my life. It's always just been there so I've never had to make a "decision" about it. I remember going through the "I want to be a designer" phase when I was younger, but now, I don't feel that same pull toward it. I've been thinking about, what is it that I gravitate toward? Thinking about, you know that saying: "you should do what you procrastinate with"? Or whatever you find yourself procrastinating with is probably what you love…?

MM: I've never heard that.

DM: What? You haven't?

So what do you procrastinate with?

DM: Oh, a lot of things!

MM: You like to shop.

DM: It's true.

MM: I was a shopper too. I loved clothes growing up and I spent all my money on records and clothes. I started with athletic clothes, when I was working at a sporting goods store and making T-shirts. I had access to all the tools we used back in the old day to make team uniforms with the numbers and the letters. Then, I started becoming interested in thrift stores in high school. 



Is that still something you do?

DM: We used to every weekend, any free day, any road trip! Lots of pulling over to every roadside thrift store. 

MM: Whenever I travel, that's my main goal. I rip out the thrift store page in the yellow pages. I don't have as much time to do that anymore, though. I do still go to flea markets pretty often — there's a good shitty one in Jersey on Saturday mornings. 

What are you looking for?

MM: I'm just treasure hunting. But I'm always looking for old clothes, military stuff, records.



Are you a record collector?

MM: I used to be. I got rid of them twice but I had between 10,000-20,000. I refused to get a CD player. But I finally gave in, and records became stupid. You just have to get up every 15 minutes to flip it!

You've collaborated on clothing pieces with hip hop artists, like Pharrell and Cam'ron. Do you listen to it?

MM: I never listened to hip hop until I started working with Pharrell. I hated it! It just wasn't for me. I didn't get it. Singing about me me me, and money and hoes and gold chains didn't appeal to me. But then my brother turned me on to Kanye and I started listening to that. There was just a lot of good stuff that I missed and didn't know about. 



It's cool that you've been able to collaborate with a wide range of people and kind of make your own rules in how you approach your brand. It seems like your collections are the same way — more inspired by moments. 

MM: I like that. I'm going to use that to explain myself…my "inspiration is moment-based."

Can you think of any of these specific moments?

MM: One recent thing is looking at pictures of vintage race cars, with the circles and numbers. I see that and it's striking to me in a way that can work with graphics. I do a collection with Kazuki Kuraishi from Heather Grey Wall and I remember in Paris we were scheduled to meet at the trade show. I had thought of absolutely nothing; I had no ideas whatsoever. I saw a guy walking by in a red nylon jacket and James Dean popped into my head. So my idea was, tape seam jacket in red nylon. I've also been infatuated with the Stetson Open Road hat, so that vision of James Dean with the cowboy hat down.

And then, I had to do this European presentation, and I asked my assistant to draw these trousers in gray with a navy blazer. And I got the sketch and it was reversed — he'd made the trousers navy and the blazer gray. At first I was like, "you idiot!" And then I was like, "Oh… wait a minute." And so then the idea came together about, let's just reverse everything. Let's do gray blazers with navy pants. Let's do a military shirt in blue oxford cloth. Let's do a button-down shirt in khaki poplin, let's do a jean and khaki twill. Let's do a military chino in denim. The whole thing is reversing. It's taking things I see and turning them into something else. 



Daisy, do you think in a similar way?

DM: I relate to it. I'm not producing anything. There's nothing tangible for people to see. But when I think about ideas they are sparked by random things that I have trouble explaining. 

You've taken some time off school to figure out what's next — do you think that's a product of a new generation's way of thinking about careers? That there's not as much pressure to just "make a choice" about what you want to do?

DM: The past two years for me have been about branching out and seeing what else exists — I know so many people my age who just don't really know, and I know that comes with being young. But it's confusing because when I talk to older people who have had success I feel like they say, "Well, I just kind of fell into it." 

Maybe some of that has to do with location? You talked about how you feel that opportunity more when you're in New York.

DM: Yeah, exactly, that's one of the best things about living here — you can just really let it happen that way. Traditionally, and still in a lot of places, there's a lot of pressure to make a choice. I feel like here there are so many opportunities to pull you in different ways. Whereas other places there's not as much temptation. 

MM: That's what happened to me. I didn't know what I was doing. I moved here and things just happened. 

DM: Here I feel like I can do anything. I have such a broad range of interests that I haven't been able to pin down. . . yet. 


Mark McNairy pop-up is this month at Space Ninety 8

Collaboration: Assembly New York

It's 3:30pm, and Greg Armas is running out the door for a bagel. He begins to apologize before conceding: there just isn't enough time.

Scheduling a lunch break is bottom-tier priority for Armas, whose brand Assembly New York is in its seventh year of operation. Made in New York and still entirely conceived and designed by Armas, the line is founded around his tightly-developed collections that consistently explore the space where clothing can be both progressive and timeless, with an emphasis on fit, quality, and thinking ahead of — and largely outside of — trends. 

This fall, two big projects are unfolding for Assembly — first, an expansion of the brand's Lower East Side outpost to Los Angeles. Second, an exclusive collaboration with Urban Outfitters, a denim collection that's the first in a series of capsules he will be developing for UO. In the calm before the storm, we spent an afternoon in Armas' studio talking about having faith in your own work, Assembly's "quiet authority," and the art of wearing all black. 
Photography by Clément Pascal / Interview by Leigh Patterson



First things first: how did a small-town Oregon boy become a designer of modern mens and womenswear?

I'm from an agricultural logging town in Oregon. I was a skater kid, bored out of my mind until I was 17 when I graduated and moved to LA and started going to college. I was always into art and drawing, and right away teachers — who didn't know what to do with me otherwise — put a pen in my hand and were like, 'Oh, you're an artist.' So by the time I got to college I had technical skills I could stand behind and had even been showing a little bit. Then when I got to college I realized, 'Oh you don't have to be an artist' ; there are all these other conversations in the art world that I hadn't had exposure to growing up. I studied curatorial design and religion, and was also doing my own art installation pieces. Nothing that had to do with fashion. 

But then I had a realization: I really liked the people I was dealing with, sometimes more than the art itself. Wanting to stay working with people and within this same vernacular, I moved into fashion. I had a friend who had a vintage store, and I came to him with a little bit of money and a concept. I said, 'I will buy new collections and curate them alongside your vintage.' And that was the store that became Scout LA [a retail concept store Armas operated from 2003-2008]. It was totally great, a big learning curve for sure. And it worked. That led to me selling that business, moving to New York, and opening Assembly. And it's still just me, founder, designer, it's pretty hands on. Officially I guess I am now creative director for whatever the title is worth. We are opening in LA by the end of the year. 


Assembly is a very smart, conceptual line. Can you talk about designing a line with such a specific vision, and the role you see it fitting into in the larger scope of the industry? 

For me Assembly has always been an art-driven line, with a singular vision that's meant to be intuitive and follow its own rules. It's not for everyone. But I think that is changing, there's more of a taste for that conversation now. Our specific view is becoming more relevant for a mass audience, which is great. 

What's interesting now is that both sides of the scale, from low to high end, are equally accessible, at least digitally. Taste does not have to be dictated by your wallet.


Was that accessibility something that interested you in the UO collaboration? 

I think Urban Outfitters is constantly updating that relevancy; [it has] a history of getting people to pay attention to what's new and important. Putting our vision inside that was really interesting. We edited down our collection and purified it to produce a collection for UO that's just as forward as our main line. 

This season in particular we start off with a denim-based collection, with mixed denim combined with fleeces, sherpas, and outdoor fabrics done in modern shapes. A lot of the denims are used to take a traditional form and bring some personality, timeline, and wear into it; it wasn't about reinventing the wheel. The collection also has a future-vintage feel, which is very much us. 



'Future-vintage' is a great way to speak to whole concept of Assembly. 

That's part of the Assembly DNA. It's very uniform-based as well, the idea of something you can wear a lot and a long time. With all the things we do, we're not creating editorial pieces. You're not meant to stand out. It shouldn't be the thing everyone notices when you walk into the room. It should be a more subtle, quieter conversation. It's kind of a heady phrase, but we have always talked about there being 'quiet authority' in what we make. 

That's a very intentional distinction. 

As a person is putting together their outfit, it's fun if you want to draw attention to yourself, but if not . . . it's a horrible thing to not know how much attention you are drawing to yourself. Like, 'Hey, you are wearing pink and green at the same time. You look like a Maybelline mascara bottle. You look like a piñata.' [Laughs.] 

We edit more than we design. We want to offer those pieces where someone can wear a coat four or five times a week and get compliments on it but not because someone noticed right away. It was because, when someone was sitting next to them in the car, they really saw the details. Fit is also a big part for us. Some things are meant to be big, some are meant to be small. It's all part of the look. 




You revisited some pieces from past collections in creating this new collaboration. It seems like a natural reaction with ever-evolving creative projects is to hate looking back at things you made a few years ago. What do you think?

You just have to get over it. With Assembly, it's all me. It's always going to be that three years from now you look at what you made and it seems old. I don't mind it anymore…I try not to annoy myself. Instead, I just try to be conscious about it and be sure that whatever I'm contributing now is what I want. Then you'll look back and say, 'I understand why I was doing that.' 

I have been working for myself for a long time. For better or worse, all I have is a reference of my own work; everything I've done has been 'because I wanted it that way,' so I have to look back and really own it. 


Can you talk about your own personal style?

I wear all black every day. 

These really are great summer blacks. 

Exactly. I used to wear a ton of color, but now I'm too distracted by anything other than all black or navy. All white is also nice, but that seems more celebratory. It's less of a statement than it is a weakness. I don't even try anymore, when I'm shopping I just say, 'Show me the black.' But there's so much detail in every garment! I'm just wearing black pants and a black shirt, but I trip out on like, the fact that this tuxedo stripe [points to his pant stitching] is blind-stitched. It's amazing. And I made this shirt that I'm wearing; it's double layered. There's enough in the details.  

I also like to wear things over and over. That's what I like to make, what I mean by 'future vintage.' I love the things people keep, that they love…they get a special quality. A well-loved T-shirt, coat, pair of jeans . . . those things are worth the most value. 



It's a really sociological approach to fashion.

I didn't have any traditional fashion schooling. I have a huge interest in people. People and trends go through loops, and once you've gone through a couple loops — trends, colors, details, whatever; it's a song and you can figure out the next line and sing along with it. It's a cute way of explaining it but it works . . .  Now I'm going to finish my bagel. 

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Dreamers and Doers Come Together: Baggu


Baggu, meaning "bag" in Japanese, came from humble beginnings and has grown into a successful bi-coastal company in just a handful of years. The brand–started by mother-daughter duo Joan and Emily Sugihara with the help of Emily’s childhood friend Ellen–produces the most beautiful and durable bags in the biz at a fraction of the cost – and a fraction of the waste.

We visited the San Francisco studio of Baggu to talk to founder Emily Sugihara about her entrepreneurial prowess, the importance of collaboration, and what it means to be green.

Photography by Aaron Wojack






Can you tell us about the beginnings of Baggu?


My mom and I started Baggu back in 2007 before most people really knew what reusable bags were. It was a craft project that went big.

How did you evolve what was originally a hobby into such a successful and well-respected company?

I have been really entrepreneurial since I was a kid, so I was focused on building Baggu in a way that could scale right from the start. Ellen also saw the potential early on and was a fanatic about making sure the branding looked really polished.



Tell us more about growing your team into what it is today.

Well, it took seven years, one person at a time. It’s also such an ongoing process. Hiring the right people both in terms of their skill set and finding a good culture fit is definitely a challenge – but also something we have gotten pretty good at. Today we are 21 people split across two offices: one in San Francisco and one in Brooklyn. Each office kind of has its own vibe, but they are also strangely similar.

How have collaborations and partnerships played into the growth and success of Baggu?

We LOVE collaborating with other brands, especially Urban Outfitters! It’s really fun to get to adapt our products to different aesthetics. The Urban customer is really fashion forward so we get to go wild with crazy colors and prints. We also get massive exposure from our collaborations – it’s a great way for people to discover our brand.





What were some of your biggest challenges along the way? What are some of the biggest risks you’ve taken?

Starting to work with leather seemed like a big risk at the time. We were known as a really eco-friendly brand and we wanted to find a way to do leather that fit within those values. We really didn’t want to alienate our core customers. We found a way to do it by designing shapes that were really low waste and using only naturally milled hides. It also gave us a chance to try making stuff in the USA.

Can you walk us through the process of making your iconic leather shopping bag? What are the advantages of a simple, durable design like this one?

You start with a skin. We use cow skins, because they are a waste product of the meat industry. Then you use a big metal die to click out the shape of the bag. The leather shopping bag just needs one die and you cut it twice, once for the front and once for the back. The U-shaped cut out from the neck of the bag gets made into a pouch. Then you skive the edges where the bag is going to be sewn together. Skiving means shaving down the leather so it gets a bit thinner so the seams are not too bulky. Then the bag gets stitched together, seven seams in all. Then the seams all get hammered flat. The hammering is the key to having the bag look good – it’s the leather equivalent of ironing. Then ta-da! You have a bag!



What does it mean to be a “low waste” company?

Lots of things! The biggest place you’ll see low waste is in our product design. We intentionally design things that don’t leave behind a lot of scrap and don’t use more material than necessary to get the job done. In the offices, it’s all little stuff that compounds. We are pretty much paper free. Everything is digital, we don’t use paper towels. We compost…

What part has social media and the immediacy of the internet played in the growth and evolution of your brand?

Oh – the Internet is amazing. It’s definitely what allowed us to get so much exposure early on and grow so quickly in the beginning, and it’s what allows us to keep growing. We pretty much only think of marketing in terms of the web, so when we plan photo-shoots we are thinking first about how stuff will look on screens, not printed. On the back end it allow us to do a ton with a relatively small team.

What advice would you give to your 20 year-old self?

Buy more Apple stock! Also – you can teach yourself pretty much anything, and get good at it if you practice.





What is a typical day like for you?

I wake up at 7 and then I eat some chia porridge with fruit and drink a cup of tea while reading on my Kindle - I’m a big reader. Maybe I shower. Head to the office, which is a 3-block walk from my house. I work at a stand up desk now, so picture the rest of my day standing up. When I get to my desk I start with Asana and organize my actionable items for the day. Then I do some email. Maybe I go to yoga. At 1, we all cook healthy lunch together in the office. We do this every day. It’s called lunch club! Afternoons I have meetings or do design work or computer work. After work I’ll go for a surf or go to ballet class depending on the day or the waves. I try to so dome kind of exercise every day. Back home my husband and I cook dinner, usually Japanese-ish food (he cooks, I clean). Maybe TV? Cleaning the house? Kindle, bed.








What are five other things you’re interested in right now?


I’m interested in seven things: ballet, surfing, ceramics, Bonsai, van build-outs, technology, and I’m also really into my husband.

How To: Make a Bag



1. Cutting - measure twice cut once! If I am making prototypes I usually just go from measurements and draw them on the fabric with chalk.



2. Cut your lines extra straight - your whole pattern will go together better that way!



3. Pinning is important for straight lines, especially on slippery fabric like ripstop nylon.



4. Sew your seams straight.



5. Ironing is the most important part of sewing - it makes your project look polished. Press your seams!



6. Pinning in handles.



7. Ta-da! A simple daypack.

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Music Monday: September 1, 2014

If you're always on the hunt for new music, head here every Monday for five freshly picked tunes to start your work week off right!

Glish - Stu Hunkington

Man, this is a killer tune. "Nugaze" is a perfect subgenre for this sound. This is excellent - it's high energy but not intrusive. Perfect.

Tycho has been taken to the wonderful guitar finger picking, bird chirping place of Bibio. The whole effect is very pleasant and relaxing. "Spectre (Bibio Remix)" is a good fall transition track (if we're there yet), and the subtle drum track is mesmerizing. 

Psych indie rock might be leading the way as far as guitar music goes right now. This track has a feel good vibe and a lot of phasing; it's very enjoyable. Check out the other tracks from Swim Mountain here. 

A gem from Secret Songs, that's been curated by a certain someone (Hems). This track is ethereal and has an interesting movement to it. It's incredibly slow, but maintains a good sway. 

"Fantasia Arc" is calming, wonderful dream trap. Generally when you find an artist's Soundcloud and there are emojis in the track title, you know you're in for a treat. This appears to be a Sigur Ros track that has been spun into the abyss.

I'm With the Band: Joyce Manor


FYF Festival may have been hectic this past weekend, but I managed to meet up with Los Angeles natives Joyce Manor for a quick interview before their set at the Main Stage on Saturday at the fest. They say their new record, Never Hungover Again, took them a few tries to get right, but once things got on track, it was all golden from there. Never Hungover Again is a more dramatic turn for the band but one that's in a totally right direction. Read what the band (Barry Johnson, Chase Knobbe, Matt Ebert, and Kurt Walcher) had to say just before I took their portrait in front of John F. Kennedy. Maddie

How are you guys? Are you happy about how the record has been received so far?

Barry:
We're very excited to be at FYF, extremely excited about how our record's been received. I felt like it was pretty different and no one's really acted that way. Like there was no "What happened to this band? They used to have something and they lost it."

A departure from your sound.


Barry:
I felt like it was more so than people have been acting. People have been like, you know, it's cool, they did what they did but made it different. People seem happy with it.

So tell me a bit about how you guys got things started for Never Hungover Again and the recording process for the record.


Barry: There was an entire first chunk of songs that we wrote and scrapped because they weren't up to scratch.
Chase: We recorded them, too.
Barry: We recorded them, and we were writing songs, and I think we were kinda stuck. We started writing songs that sounded like songs we had already written. I think we got a little set in our ways, a little comfortable, and then Chase came to practice and was like “Hey, I have this riff,” and I was like I kind of have a song, so we went “Do you want to try playing at the same time?” And then we did and it was like, that’s how the new record needs to sound. As soon as that happened, all six or seven songs we had were just scrapped.

How do you feel about playing FYF this year with such incredible bands on the lineup?

Chase:
We’ve played the past three years, but today’s the first time we’ve played the main stage. We’re officially small fish in the big pond. We’re in the big pond now, so now we just have to eat a bunch of other fish.

Do you have an ultimate goal as a band?

Barry:
We’ve already surpassed it. Our goal was to press vinyl and have a piece of vinyl that we made, and tour Japan, and we did them both. So, this is all fully bonus right now. As bonus as it wants to get is great, but we’ve already done everything we’ve set out to do.

Tell me three bands you’d like to have headline your dream festival.

Kurt:
Guided By Voices.
Barry: Who else would we get on that?
Chase: Toys That Kill.
Barry: Guided By Voices, Toys That Kill headlining…
Chase: Weird Al.

What have you been listening to lately?

Barry:
My friend Tony Molina sent me demos for his new record and I can’t stop listening to them.
All: Spirit of the Beehive, from Philly.

Happenings: Afropunk Festival Recap

Afropunk was unlike anything we have experienced - the grounds were full of tons of energy and good vibes for the entirety of the performances. It was great to explore the grounds and check out everything that was available to the fest-goers. We spent more time in the crowd at times than in the designated section for the photographers because being in the crowd was so exciting - the excitement from everyone attending was so contagious. The musicians and artists that this festival attracts are unlike any other, and they truly came to perform and give their everything to the crowd. Watching these artists at a smaller festival was amazing, because we got to experience so many up-and-coming musicians. Overall, Afropunk was a fun-filled weekend of conversing with strangers, photographers, and regular concert-goers who seemed to be in their element in Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NYC. It was an amazing experience!
Photographs and words by Emmanuel Olunkwa


Shot of the park


Oso Dope of Loaf Muzik


Kidaf of Loaf Muzik










Anaiah and Mikaiah of The Bots








Kandace Springs


Eaddy of HO99O9 (pronounced "Horror")





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Behind the Scenes: UO Live White Lung

We just wrapped up a Los Angeles taping of our UO Live video series with White Lung, the punk band to know right now. Inspired by the band's energy, the old-school Hollywood setting, and the rowdiness of punk music, our Los Angeles display team built an incredible stage just for the show, which we're sharing a behind-the-scenes look at the making of. And stay tuned for the UO Live video, coming out soon!



Bryan Yazzie, the Senior Display Coordinator for UO LA, developed the concept for the stage, which the UO display team pulled together in under three days! 




Bryan came up with the idea to create a light cut-out of the band's name set against black-and-white images of the band and their album art. He explains, "I like experimenting with lighting whether its for a permanent installation or a live backdrop like this — it's cool to see what can be achieved with lights."

With the show in the heart of Hollywood, he referenced the mood of old school horror films from the 1940s in finding a font, making the marquee letters, and laying out the stage setup with each of the members also backlit in the same florescent tone. 




"I hadn't seen White Lung live before but had watched videos — in a punk rock setting, the music and the atmosphere the band creates can be rowdy," Bryan explains. "I wanted to create an environment that was equally loud." 

In our recent interview with the band, frontwoman Mish Way referenced this same energy, explaining:
"For me to put on a really good show I need to be completely lost in what I'm doing. It's this completely unaware trance that's happening, and that's when I perform the best. That's when I act the craziest, and that's when I don't care. People like to see you lose control and like to see power. That's how I feel when I'm on stage. I feel really powerful, I feel really excited, I feel really nuts. That's just what the music my bandmates are playing evokes for me, and I think we build from each other."


Stay tuned for the exclusive UO Live video and behind-the-scenes coverage of the White Lung show, which will be out later this month!

Brands We Love: Bohem

We're excited to debut Bohem, a new textile line from the husband and wife team of Adam and Chelsea James. 

Based in Salt Lake City, Bohem pulls from the couple's collective backgrounds — Chelsea is a successful artist and Adam worked in design and marketing before the pair decided to pack up their lives and travel in pursuit of establishing relationships with worldwide makers in developing their own line. 

Bohem is now produced alongside small groups of Indian artisans, where Adam and Chelsea drew from the country's traditional palette and artistic fearlessness to inspire their textiles. "The style there is so graphic and adventurous," Chelsea explains. "My paintings are about subtlety, so I wanted to really take another route with this." 

The couple dove in headfirst to production — prioritizing finding artists they could foster relationships and work with in a sustainable way. Adam explains, "We spent eight months on that trip getting everything ready, sourcing materials, and finding the right people." 

Now available, the manifestation of their new venture: Bohem's handmade bedding, blankets, pillows, and rugs, made from hand-dyed, washed, and sun-dried cotton and wool. 

Images courtesy of Adam and Chelsea James



Above: Anciente Patternia Rug


Above: drafts and design sketches — "I don't have formal training in producing textiles," says Chelsea. "My background is in painting, drawing, and color theory, so I let that be the guide for our designs."


Above: hanging textiles in production


Above: Chelsea shares photos illustrating color palette and shape inspiration found while traveling


Above: The Stella Shag Rug

Above: prototyping the block prints



DIY: Disheveled Hair with Roma Oeh


With her perfectly disheveled hair, Roma Oeh, art director and wardrobe stylist of creative duo Oak and Roma, channels Beyoncé and makes it look like she "woke up like this" instead of spending any time at all on styling her locks. With a thriving business to keep her busy, as well as two Australian Shepherd puppies, Roma's perfected the art of carefree, disheveled hair. Taking a cue from Roma, we've pulled some of our favorite products to help achieve the easiest, no-heat disheveled hair. Sure, it'll take a little work, but it won't look like you spent any time at all on it.



Get the look:

To get that perfectly disheveled hair, there's a number of things you can do. One of our favorites is to let your hair dry 90% of the way naturally. When it's mostly dry, spritz it with some volumizing spray and then twist it up into two low buns on either side of your head. (Think Scary Spice's buns, except twist up all of your hair.) Sleep with your hair like this and when you wake up you'll have naturally voluminous hair. If you have thick hair that holds a curl really well, it's better to let your hair dry all the way, otherwise letting it set a little damp might give you crazy frizzy, big hair in the morning.

Another way to get natural waves that turn out more defined than the bun method is to braid your hair before going to bed. Doing this and then using a salt-based sea spray after finger-combing your hair once you wake up will make it look more natural than using a curling iron.

If your hair is naturally wavy, spritzing in some leave-in conditioner along with the aforementioned sea spray while your hair dries will give you unbelievable waves. Twist your hair a little bit between your fingers while it's still drying to define things a bit better, and you'll be on your way!



More favorites to achieve Roma's look:

Fatboy Perfect Putty Hair Paste

Not Your Mother's Way To Grow Leave-In Conditioner

Cocooil

Brooklyn Beach Hair Spray

Klorane Leave-In Spray With Flax Fiber



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Brands We Love: Ardency Inn

Ardency Inn is creating cosmetics inspired by the different music scenes in New York City and the unique vibrancy that surrounds each one. 

James Vincent, Ardency Inn's creative director, talked with us about blue lipstick, his music muses, and "living for black eyeliner." 

We love that the line is based on different NYC music scenes. Right now the line is divided into Punker, Modster and Americana. Any plans to expand the themes?

I think Ardency Inn is always looking towards new ideas and introducing new concepts in makeup. The categories Modster, Punker, and Americana are very encompassing for me. I think every makeup wearer can relate to the bold color of modster sometimes or the baddest black of punker for depth and dimension or the easy, laid back look of Americana so I am not sure we would need to introduce a new category.


Can you talk more about how you see the connection between music and makeup?

For Ardency Inn Music and makeup are completely connected. The artisty, the passion the emotion and energy that music conveys is a great inspiration for makeup. I love the idea that musicians use makeup to express individuality and personality or emotion rather than cover and conceal and I think Ardency Inn embraces that idea as well. Makeup as a positive force to show the world who you are and "Here I am" and I think music does the same thing. I start every day with a soundtrack of the day to get me prepared for whatever comes my way. i think people do that with makeup too. 


Quick — recommend three Ardency Inn product to us (if we can only have three)

My must haves:

Modster Smooth Ride Supercharged Eyeliner in black. I live for black eyeliner and for men or women it makes a statement as soon as you walk into a room and stays put all day and night. 

Americana Custom Coverage Concentrate for the endless possibility it provides in coverage. Complete empowerment because you mix it into your own own favorite moisturizer for east sheer, light, medium or full coverage and then just add more to make it your concealer. 

Punker Unrivaled Volume & Curl Lash Wax. The lift and curl it gives to even the skimpiest lash is almost obnoxious. The only think you need to make maximum impact. 

What was it like doing Joan Jett's makeup for her Nirvana tribute? Do you ever get nervous doing celeb makeup?

Joan Jett is such an influence on my aesthetic and an inspiration to me as a person. Being part of the Nirvana tribute, Hall of Fame induction, and private after party might be the most brilliant experience of my life. It was monumental. I am such a huge fan and seeing Joan join Dave, Kris, and Pat onstage while I stood a few feet away was an experience beyond words. 

I do not really get nervous doing celebrity makeup. I am always excited but never really nervous. It is my job and honestly most celebrities care very little about makeup and the application as they have that experience everyday. I am more nervous when I do makeup for consumers as most of the time women want makeup for the most important days of their lives and it is very intimate. 

Are there any musicians you'd like to collab with in the future for the line?

I love Banks right now and Jill Scott is like a dream for me to work with. I think there are so many young musicians out there. I see shows as much as I can and I am always on the look out. 


Above: Dee Dee Penny from the Dum Dum Girls, the face of Ardency Inn's newest lookbook

What is your favorite makeup trend at the moment?

The reverse cat eye is so flattering for so many people and I love the lift it provides. Punker World's Baddest Eyeliner makes it super simple for even the most inexperienced makeup wearer. 

I also love mined metals on the lid. Ardency Inn new Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments are perfect and long lasting and because they are the first eye shadow to use Manuca Honey to press the pigment into place they are soft and smooth and supercharged with color while providing their own priming effect.


What about your least favorite makeup trend?

Overdrawn eyebrows and instgram cut creases?! Makeup should be about the face. You never want someone to clock your makeup before they see your face. The current eyebrow and crease trend of dark, hard lines is less than exciting. 

A lot of the line focuses on experimental, bold color: how do I wear blue lipstick and not look like a fool?

I love blue lipstick as a bold statement. Pair it with a soft eye with a lot of mascara and a bright cheek for the perfect summer look. If you are afraid of the dark, stain it onto the lip for a look that is more wearable but still unexpected and eye catching. 

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About A Dog: Marnie

Happy National Dog Day! In honor of this special occasion, we were lucky to be graced by the presence of Marnie The Dog here at UO home office. A 12-year-old Shih Tzu rescue, Marnie is just as delightful in real life as she is in pics and made all of us want to rush to a shelter to adopt our very own pooches.

Shirley, Marnie's owner, has spoken up about her adoption story before. Back in June, she wrote, "I adopted Marnie from a not so great shelter a year and a half ago. She had been there for four months, after a two week stay at a municipal pound in Connecticut. She was found on the streets, smelly and matted. The pound had named her Stinky. She was around 10 years old. When I went to meet her after seeing her photo on Petfinder, I was hesitant to take her because she looked terrible, as if she might not last much longer. I was told she was blind in one eye, too.


Photo via Marnie The Dog

But I adopted her anyway, and this stranger in my home whom I knew virtually nothing about turned out to be the sweetest angel I could ever dream of. She had Giardia and a mouth full of decaying teeth, and I could tell she was much happier and healthier once she got her much needed dental surgery. The cloudiness in her left eye has dissipated and she is definitely not blind in either eye as of now. I know every day with Marnie is a gift for the both of us so I try to make the most of it."

After all of that, Marnie is now a big-time Instagram celeb who loves her owner with all her heart, which is enough motivation for us to get out there and adopt an older dog (or two or three). Sure, Marnie is one-in-a-million, but we're looking forward to finding our very own doggie BFFs. As Shirley says: adopt, don't shop!



Check out Marnie The Dog and Susie's Senior Dogs on Facebook for more info about adopting senior pups!

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Behind the Scenes: Moving Day with Ali Michael and Marcel Castenmiller


We can't help but be charmed by Ali Michael and Marcel Castenmiller, modeling veterans and real-life couple who are way more than just blank slates for someone else's vision. Between Marcel's analog photography, Ali's catalogue of amazingly bizarre images and videos, and the hilarious, candid, and weird snippets of their lives they share on each of their huge social media followings, Ali and Marcel have created a new digital dialogue about themselves that makes us all want to hang out with them. And after spending the day with the pair on set of UO's new "Moving In" video, it's easy to see why. 

Behind the scenes, we talked with Ali and Marcel about digital self-awareness, how they met, and some things they will never take seriously. 
Photography by Bobby Whigham

Let's talk about the Internet: These are a bunch of obvious statements, but you both share a lot on Instagram and Twitter, and have big followings, but also share a very openly candid, transparent, and un-glamorized version of yourselves. Has this been a choice?

Ali: My relationship with the Internet and especially Instagram has been really interesting. I think typically as a model you are not seen as an individual. You are seen as a blank slate for someone else's vision. So even though you are visible in ads or magazines or whatever you are not portraying yourself so people don't get a sense of who you are.

And it's been cool because Instagram and social media has been a way for both of us to present a more accessible portrayal of ourselves as opposed to going through some third party. I don't like feeling like I can't be myself.

Do you ever think about people not responding to it?

Ali: I'm sure that some people aren't into it. That's fine though, because some people are into it and that's enough.

Marcel: I agree. I haven't changed the way I do it when I started and when no one was looking. At first I thought,'Do I want all these people to see my real life?' But then I realized, yeah of course I do. It's like when you think about actors and how you can relate them to certain roles because they are able to talk about them. Like when Bill Murray says, 'I'm playing this role and here's how it was like me and here's how it wasn't.' Whereas with modeling you want to be like, 'Hey actually I'm not that guy — I'm this guy' but that typically never happens. 

Ali: It's just nice to have control of your image. The Internet has provided a voice that we wouldn't otherwise have had.

And it comes down to you both having a self-awareness of the fact that people are forming opinions about the people they follow and especially ones they don't know.

Ali: Completely. And it's also cool because everything is so accessible. I know I've found people or things I wouldn't ever have found otherwise but you see them everyday. They are right in front of you.


Do any specific stories come to mind?

Marcel: Well, we met on Instagram. 


Ali: 
Ok, only kind of! I had an Instagram crush on him.


Whoa. This is modern romance.


Ali:
 Yes, well so I had a fake account, the name of which I cannot reveal. My friend and I had started this fake account so we could secretly follow people, or people where it would be creepy if they knew we were following them.


Marcel:
 I don’t understand that.


Ali:
 You should!


Marcel:
 I feel like everyone should know when you follow them.


Ali:
 What! I definitely don't. Anyway, I was just being a creepy stalker and following him and had a crush on him.


Marcel:
 And I asked my friend, who posted a picture of Ali, ‘Who's this girl, what's she all about?' 


Ali:
 This is such a dumb story.


Marcel
: No it's not! It was great because we didn't have any expectations.


Ali:
 So then there was this event at the Bowery and my friend invited me and I went because I heard his friend — and probably he — was going to be there. So of course I went.


Marcel:
 And I bought tickets because I thought she would be there.


YOU GUYS! This is real blog fodder right here. It’s great you’ve been able to work together so much.


Marcel:
 We didn't see that happening.


Ali:
 No, not at all! But it's been so cool. We've done some awesome stuff together and, with working together, it’s like: we want to hang out anyway.

Ali, you are from Texas and Marcel you are from Toronto. Now you are in New York. Do you think you will stay there?

Marcel: We talk about LA and we talk about Tokyo all the time. But maybe they are pipe dreams.

Ali: I lived in LA for a year and afterward was antsy to get back to New York. I have a love - hate relationship with New York, because I grew up in Texas riding horses every day in a field…I love that kind of environment so it feels exhausting to not have nature around. At the same time, the moment I leave I want to go back immediately. I don't know, sometimes I feel like I want to get out.

Here are some more quick-fire questions for you:

What do you take seriously?

Ali: Being responsible
Marcel: Airport Security

What will you never take seriously?

Ali: Karaoke 
Marcel: Gummy bears

Please share some items in a recent Notes App draft

Ali: One note of dreams I have starts out with:

"move

cross your arms

straight jacket

output moomvahton

massive

"Are you a human being?"

araki

nails outside glitter

tape cigarette"

Marcel: In my notes app: "I'm on a trip and Matt is singing a song for some of us on his road trip. He starts joking about the dead body downstairs. Somehow it appears in the room from where it was. He has to carry it back downstairs."

Offer three pieces of advice to your younger self. 

Ali: 
1. Not everyone is going to like you and that's fine.

2. Feeling uncomfortable is often a good thing that you'll appreciate later.

3. Mom is probably right.


Marcel: 
1. Manage your sweet tooth. 

2. Swim once a day. 

3. Get a cat.

Walk us through a typical day for you — what's your routine like at home? 

Ali: I typically don't stay out late because I like to work out in the morning- it makes me feel like it's out of the way early. After that my schedule is kind of up in the air. As a model you're always kind of on-call for castings so sometimes those come up. Other than that I don't have too many rituals and just go wherever I find something I want or need to do. 

Marcel: I usually will spend the night before at Ali's then bike home in the morning. I'll feed the cats and do some work on the computer. Otherwise, I will go out for a walk and take some photographs.

What is something you are good at?

Ali: Watching and listening
Marcel: I'd like to think I'm good at directions.

What is something you are bad at?

Ali: Being organized
Marcel: I get stage fright very easily so anything with a crowd makes me nervous.

Please recommend something...

To wear —

Ali: PVC 
Marcel: a long black coat


To read —

Ali: Anything you can hold in your hands 
Marcel: Ender's Game


To watch —

Ali: VICE on HBO, Bruce Jenner's ponytail on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians"  
Marcel: "Possession" by Andrzej Żuławski


To hear — 

Ali: The Spotify radio station for "Everything You Want" by Vertical Horizon
Marcel: Philip Glass


To drink — 

Ali: Matcha or black coffee 
Marcel: Sake masu


To eat — 

Ali: Yosenabe at Inaka in Los Angeles or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich 
Marcel: A tuna sandwich.

Ali, please tell us some things we don't know about Marcel. 

Ali: He is incredibly considerate and has a perspective unlike anyone else I've ever met and also has a pair of toe socks that he likes to wear sometimes and looks way better in my clothes than I do.

Marcel, please tell us something we do not know about Ali.

Marcel: Ali admires her own bruises.


About A Girl: Banks


Singer, songwriter and Goddess Banks recently spoke to us about her writing process, her love of Greek myths and what we can expect to hear from her upcoming album Goddess. And after a whirlwind year of EP releases and festival performances, we're thrilled to see Banks embarking on her own headlining tour this Fall. If you'd like to meet Banks and get her debut LP signed, make sure to catch her at our next For The Record vinyl signing event on September 10 at Space Ninety 8 in Brooklyn, NY!



On preparing for shows:

For me, I get nervous, but it's kind of just funneled into adrenaline and the second I'm on stage, it turns into something else - maybe some sort of power. I definitely get nervous before the start of almost every show; I'm not sure that will ever go away.

On being a self-trained musician and how it affects the way she approaches music:

I've never used music any differently than what it means to me. It's honesty and it's truth. It's really just a tool for me that I use to survive, really. [Laughs] A way of letting things out and expressing things that I need to express. Whether that's really happy and bright things or dark things, it's really just another language for me that will always be there.

I taught myself to have my own way of doing everything. I developed my own style and my own point of view and way of structuring my songs because of being self-trained. I didn't have any voices in my head, so it's had a lot to do with how I write, I think.

On her other hobbies and what she'd be doing if she weren't a musician:

I used to love drawing and painting, and I mean... I love art, but music is like my entire heart. Even if I love doing other things, it's not the same as writing music for me. That's something that I need. The other things are fun for me, but music is like water to me.


Banks' US television debut performance on Kimmel

On touring:

I played in so many different places! It's cool when you play in different countries, different cities, even different towns, because culturally the audience can interact differently with music and you really feel it when you're doing the festival circuit. When I was in Poland, the crowd was so juicy, they were just incredible. There was this staircase from the crowd into the audience, and I think you're supposed to tell security if you plan on entering the audience, which I'd never done before so I didn't think to plan out, but during "Goddess" I just wanted to be closer to everyone, so I went into the audience down these stairs, through this pathway. I was touching everybody as I walked and it's just one of my juiciest memories of performing.

You don't really get a day off when you're touring, but in every city I go to, I try to wander around for at least an hour or two, just to see things.

On what she's interested in right now:


I love all Greek stories, Greek mythology. I've been reading those when I've been on the road. I love moving my hands in hypnotic ways. Very smooth. And I love ginger. [Laughs] Any type of drink with ginger in it!

On her upcoming album Goddess:

Goddess
is my whole heart. It's me 100%. I put everything into it. I feel like after you listen to it, you'll really know me – my layers and all my flavors.

I don't really think in terms of albums. I'm constantly writing because it's just a part of my life - I can't stop writing, so I don't really think of it in terms of albums. Goddess is a body of work that represents a time in my life, a really important time in my life. I'm always writing, I have more songs, and I'll always be writing more songs.

On what the rest of 2014 looks like for Banks:

I don't know! Lots of touring. My album is coming out so soon. There's so many things that I'm doing that I've never done before. Even when I hear that question, my heart starts beating really fast. [Laughs] It's just a mix of excitement and nerves. Everything is new - doing Jimmy Kimmel is new, so I guess I'll be doing more stuff like that and more collaborations. Right now my head's just on the Goddess tour in September. I'm really, really excited for that. It's crazy. I'm so happy and it's the most fulfilling feeling to know that people are connecting with the music. Every stage is exciting - playing for five people or thousands of people, it's all great.




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For The Record Upcoming Schedule

8/27 Washed Out: UO Pittsburgh (435 Cinema Dr.) 7:30pm-8:15pm
9/10 Banks: UO Brooklyn (98 N. 6th St.) 6pm-7pm
9/18 Lykke Li: UO Portland (2320 N.W. Westover Rd.) 5:30pm
9/28 Lykke Li: UO Minneapolis (3006 Hennepin Ave.) 1:30pm
10/6 Lykke Li: UO Washington, DC (3111 M St. N.W.) 2:00pm

Come out and get vinyl signed by your favorite artists!

Pre-order Goddess here

Happenings: FYF Festival 2014 Recap


This year, FYF Festival moved to a new location, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and spared no expense when it came to the vibes, food, and, of course, the artists playing. Last year, FYF expanded to a two day festival, making it an even bigger deal to us LA-natives. What’s better than a festival just twenty minutes from your house? Nothing, in our opinion. Sean Carlson, founder of FYF, stacked the lineup this year with favorites like Ty Segall and Mac Demarco, and even gave the fans huge comebacks from The Strokes, Interpol, and Slowdive. LA ladies Haim also played one of our favorite sets of the weekend, along with excellent solo sets from members of The Strokes, and a perfect daytime set from Real Estate.

We caught most of Interpol’s smashing set and they were totally shredding the whole time under beautiful red lights. We were most excited to see Grimes perform over the weekend, since it'd been a couple years since we caught her last. She closed out Friday night at The Lawn stage, with her incredible beats and dancers in tow. On Sunday, we spent the entire day at the Main Stage, anxiously awaiting The Strokes, but while waiting for the band that's influenced so many of us, we also got to see Kindness, Tanlines, Blood Orange, and Haim perform. Could there have been a better set of bands to “open” for The Strokes? Nope! All in all, FYF really honed in on the meaning of the music this weekend with an extraordinary lineup of bands and good people. Check out some of our favorite pics from this weekend below! Photos by Maddie Sensibile


Matt Mondanile of Real Estate calming the crowd with beachy vibes on Saturday afternoon.


Albert Hammond Jr. graced the Main Stage on Saturday afternoon to TONS of excited Strokes fans, and even covered "Last Caress" by The Misfits. It was so good.


We've never seen someone dance like Gerrit Welmers of Future Islands. Absolutely insane. Now we've got the itch to see them again, ASAP!


Paul Banks of Interpol on Saturday night.


Queen Grimes! Claire Boucher played a ton of old favorites like "Genesis" for the crowd, and even brought out Blood Diamonds for a performance of "Go."




Above we have Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange performing at sunset on Sunday at the Main Stage. We never tire of Blood Orange. Check out Cupid Deluxe if you haven't already.






Need we say more about how hard the girls of Haim rocked? Their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Oh Well" is always amazing. They know what they're doing, and they do it well.




THE STROKES, YOU GUYS, THE STROKES! We got to hear "Barely Legal" and "New York City Cops" live, so we're content.


Okay, ending this recap with Maddie's selfie with Mac Demarco.

Happenings: Afterfest LA Recap

This past Friday night in Los Angeles, Making Time brought Afterfest to Los Angeles with Kindness and Ramona Lisa headlining. Dave P of Making Time quickly transformed Los Globos in Silverlake into a club straight out of 1977, disco ball and all. Before we knew it, Ramona Lisa had taken the stage all in white, performing one of the most ethereal performances we’ve ever seen. Caroline Polachek and her singers who doubled as backup dancers performed a carefully choreographed set, with matching outfits and eyeball print nail art.

Kindness, aka Adam Bainbridge, took the stage next to close out the night, and wooed the crowd with his smooth disco-infused music - he even brought his close friend and collaborator Devonté Hynes of Blood Orange out for a few songs, and eventually brought Dev back on stage with the entire Blood Orange crew for a performance of “On the Line.” Kindness is definitely an artist to watch, especially with his swift dance moves that rival that of Mick Jagger and James Brown. Scroll below to see all of our photos from the event!

Photos by Maddie Sensibile

























Dreamers & Doers: Forage Haberdashery


Dreamers + Doers highlights emerging artists, entrepreneurs, and up-and-coming ones to watch. Whether it’s starting a new business, creating something beautiful, or just daring to do things differently, we stand behind those taking steps toward something new.

Forage Haberdashery is the combined project of Stephen Loidolt and Shauna Alterio, who produce handmade bow ties and handkerchiefs inspired by vintage menswear and deadstock materials. Both Loidolt and Alterio got their start at URBN, working in-store and then at the Philadelphia home office for UO and Anthropologie respectively for almost a decade before leaving to fully focus on their own projects. 

Today, their story with Urban Outfitters has come full circle: with this month's pop-up at Brooklyn's Space Ninety 8, Stephen and Shauna's careers have evolved from working on the store floor to now selling their work at Urban Outfitters. We talked with the duo about Charles and Ray Eames, establishing roles in a homegrown business, and how the modern man ought to style a bow tie. 


How did this all happen?

Shauna and I first collaborated on making handmade goods under the name “Somethings Hiding in Here.” We made things like wood rings, music boxes, and marquee signs. We opened an Etsy shop, made things, and people kept buying them. We both had full-time jobs with URBN that we loved and had no plans of starting a business. 

We had a pop-up shop in San Francisco a few years ago and thought it would be fun to make something new, so we rented a cabin in the woods, bought a sewing machine and fabric, created our own patterns, and made 150 bow ties by hand. A year later, we realized that Forage had become its own brand and it was time to either take it seriously or move on. Shauna left her day job to run the business full time and I followed a year later. Since then, we’ve grown the assortment by introducing a new item each season. 


Can you share some specific sources of inspiration? 

We both went to grad school at Cranbrook and I think the 'form follows function' legacy left there by Charles and Ray Eames has been a big influence in how we approach making things. We’re inspired by design that has stood the test of time and feels as classic and as relevant today as it was decades ago. The same goes for music: I love Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, and Memphis Minnie. 


Offer two pieces of advice to your 20-year-old self. 

1. Take more photos. 
2. All this art school debt will be worth it.  

How do you suggest the modern man ought to style a bow tie? 

Keep it casual, pair it with denim, and embrace an imperfectly-tied bow. Make it your own: experiment with the knot and let it show your personality.  


Walk us through a typical day-in-the-life. 

We wake up around 6:30am. Shauna and I make a plan for the day over coffee and hit the ground running. We bounce between hanging with our son Sawyer and working throughout the day. As soon as Sawyer goes to sleep in the evening, we both go back to the studio and keep working till around 2am. 

Some days might be focused on sourcing fabrics for future collections, photographing new product, designing the next season’s catalog, sewing patterns, or shipping out orders. Each day is a little bit different.  


Can you share more about how you've approached establishing different roles in the company? What have been challenges and what has come easier than you anticipated? 

We don’t think about it too much. We’ve been together 15 years and have naturally figured out how get things done as a joint effort. Shauna’s background is in printmaking and curating. She’s the creative force with more ideas than we could ever execute. She’s focused, organized, incredible at design, loves multiples, and knows how to get a lot of work out of me. 

My background is in sculpture. I have a broad knowledge of materials and building processes. I love figuring out how to make things, so when Shauna has an idea, I usually can make it exist. All of that history makes us work pretty well in tandem. Ideas bounce back and forth, informed and reformed by our individual creative processes. Somehow we’ve each learned how to hold our ground when it counts and give in when needed. Together we end up making things that neither of us would make on our own. It’s a true collaboration.  




Above: Forage's Space Ninety 8 pop-up

Tell us something we do not know about bow ties. 

We love that they have a utilitarian history: early tradesmen wore them because they were functional. When leaning over your job, neckties dangle and get in the way so a bow tie is a great alternative for the working man.  


Complete the thought: 
I like it when… things fall into place 
Success is… a job you like, good friends, a place to call home, and someone to share it all with 
My biggest fear is… our to-do list. 
I’d like to be… working on my '66 Chevy pick-up truck 
I’m secretly obsessed with… fly fishing 
I am looking for... a vintage wooden canoe 
I dislike… emails. 
My style icon is… Satoshi, our Japanese showroom rep. 
I dread… deadlines
I am good at… building things
I am bad at… bookkeeping 


See the past videos in our Dreamers + Doers series here: 

Music Monday: August 25, 2014

If you're always on the hunt for new music, head here every Monday for five freshly picked tunes to start your work week off right!

Dntel - If I Stay a Minute

Love this one. For those of you that don't know, there's a new Dntel record out September 23 on Leaving Records. Dntel is comprised of one of the founding members of Postal Service, Jimmy Tamborello, and if you haven't heard the Dntel song that spawned the Postal Service, check it out; it's groundbreaking. 

Breathe Panel - On My Way
"On My Way" is a track from Breathe Panel, off of the Beech Coma Volume 2 Compilation. The compilation does a great job of keeping it uniform with this "beechy" indie-rock sound. This particular cut is one of the several gems on the comp. 

Real Slow - Sad Kids
This one is just as the genre tags say: #Chill #Trap #Bass #Future.

Gold Panda - Clarke's Dream
Gold Panda with a new one here. Good hip-hop production vibe with the loops. This sound mixed with the hip-hop/house fusion is very rarely a let down. This one verifies that and will have your head nodding in no time. 

LV & Josh Idehen - Shake
LV, the veteran Hyperdub duo, team up with Josh Idehen, the frontman of excellent afro-electro Benin City. This release, not unlike their collaboration with Okmalumkoolkat, features their classic Hyperdub dark club sound. The xylophone sound is killer.


Friday Download: August 22, 2014




Happy Friday! Here are some of our favorite internet tidbits from the past week. Check 'em out and then go out and have a great weekend.

1. We cruised by The Picture Room last weekend in NY and had never noticed it before, but apparently it opened up back in May. The Picture Room is a new art gallery and shop space that’s owned by McNally bookstore, and it's a really nice hybrid of bookstore/gallery space.  Here's a few pics over on Melting Butter that highlight the space.

2. HAIM’s new video for "My Song 5" came out this week and it features A$AP Ferg, Grimes and a ton of other famous people in a TV talk show themed video. Pretty sure these girls can do no wrong.

3. The Simpsons is now playing continuously on FXX until September 1, so if you're totally ready to binge, check out how Vulture ranked the first 14 seasons, so you won't have to compromise your valuable time watching less than stellar seasons.

4. Lately we've been feeling inspired by Joe Silveira's Instagram, an account full of the everyday observations of Toronto graphic designer Joe Silveira— it's a smart study in color and shape. If you like what you see, Toronto publishing house Colour Code Printing released a collection of Silveira's images, entitled So So Tired.

5. Is anyone else as pumped as we are on the newest Ariana album, My Everything? No? Just us? In any case, this preview of the first four songs over on MTV has us feeling some kinda way.


Afterfest LA with Kindness and Ramona Lisa


If you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, you’ll definitely want to make sure you stop by Los Globos in Silverlake today, August 22, to catch Kindness and Ramona Lisa at Afterfest. The name Kindness may be familiar to you as he often tours and works with Dev Hynes of Blood Orange, but now he’s on track to release his second studio album, Otherness, this October. Adam Bainbridge, aka Kindness, mixes dance, electronica, and a little disco to create his unique sound. Perfect for any Friday night dance party.



Ramona Lisa, the new solo project by Caroline Polachek of Chairlift, will join Kindness that evening in providing the grooves. Polachek calls Ramona Lisa’s genre “pastoral electronic,” which is realized through rich vocals and calming beats on her debut record Arcadia. Make sure to RSVP for Afterfest here. You know you don’t want to miss this one!

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Featured Brand: Reebok x Garbstore

We're excited to debut a cool new shoe collaboration from Reebok and Garbstore this week that (literally) turns old-school Reeboks inside-out. The shoes in the collab take the idea of using the materials that are traditionally on the inside of classic sneakers and instead putting them front and center. We're well-versed in Reebok but wanted to dig up a bit more on Garbstore, the awesome British line they partnered with on this. 


Above: The Notting Hill home base of Garbstore


Garbstore is the brainchild of London-based designer Ian Paley, who worked for brands like Levi's, Burberry, and Paul Smith before branching out to develop his own line. Lucky for us, last fall the Brit brand moved stateside with an LA store where they stock their whole collection along with a couple US exclusives. 



Garbstore is rooted in history, taking cues from pieces produced in the 1940s and 1950s and reinterpreting them with a modern edge (or what Paley refers to as becoming "unfamiliar vintage") — garments that could have existed in the past but have been altered to become something else. The brand is also noted for its quality — looking to Japanese craftmanship and superior materials in the production of each collection. 


Above: LA meets UK in the SS14 Garbstore collection


This is the third year Reebok and Garbstore have worked together to produce shoes that riff on each of the brand's ideals: classics with a twist. This collection takes classic shapes of Reebok sneakers and alters them with unexpected details: exterior stitching, muted colorways, and heavy contrast. It's a fresh update for fall; we're into it. 



Above: watch more on the collab via Hypebeast, courtesy of Garbstore