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D + D DIY: Garland with Leah Goren

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. Our D + D DIY series brings us a unique craft from one of these talented individuals.

This week our D + D DIY series focuses on Leah Goren, an illustrator who focuses on fun, youthful prints that show off her distinct drawing style. In the past few years, if you've spent any time at all online, you've probably seen her internet-famous cat print floating around the 'net, but these days Leah is also dabbling in ceramics and knitwear. We asked Leah to make us a garland that would look awesome but be easy enough for the most novice of crafters to complete. Here's what she made.

Photos c/o Leah Goren



1. You will need: heavy-weight paper, scissors, an exacto knife and cutting board, string, tape, and something to draw with. I'm using gouache because it's my favorite thing to paint with, but this will work with any paint, or markers, crayons, cut paper - whatever you have on hand and want to work with.





2. Draw as many plants as you'd like on the paper. I went with 6, and used some of my little succulents as reference for the drawings. I usually draw from life or photos, but you can also just make it up.



3. Cut out each drawing.





4. The exacto knife is great for hard-to-reach shapes.





5. Cut about 6 feet of string, but it may vary depending on the size of your drawings. Find the center of the string and tape it down on a table. Starting from the center, arrange each piece evenly along the string.



6. Flip each piece over and add tape it to the string. Make sure it's taped on the upper half of the piece or it will want to flip over and not hang flat against the wall.



7. You're done! Hang it up with a couple tacks. Easy!

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About a Face: Anna Gray

We’re always curious about the daily beauty, hair, and skincare routines of the effortlessly made-up women we know. From concealer to coconut oil, "About A Face" is our insider glimpse into the makeup bags and medicine cabinets of our everyday muses.

We love collaborating with the lovely and quick-as-a-whip Anna Gray, NY-based writer, current editor at Homepolish's digital magazine, and contributing editor to the amazing blog Girls I Know (click here to read an interview we did with Anna earlier this summer in our New York Stories feature). We stopped by Anna's Chelsea apartment to learn more about her considered daily routine.
Photos by Bridget Collins

On ostentatious lipstick, custom perfume, Aesop Aromatique:

"This tray is my daily routine:
Aesop hand balm, called Resurrection Aromatique. A big part of why I buy it is because it is beautiful. I take this to work to put on throughout the day. 

This is my friend's perfume company NOVA, she makes custom scents and this one was made just for me. I think we had five sessions over a few months in her tiny little studio piled with every scent you could think of — cheese, flowers, dirt…such insane things. I met her initially when I interviewed her for Girls I Know. She will dip pieces of paper into them and you smell them and narrow down what you want. And then you get a perfume at the end. Mine has notes of neroli, pink blossoms, amber, pink pepper, violet leaf, and white musks.

Revlon lipsticks are my favorite. They are $5 and last forever and they don't do that thing where they wear off and it looks like you're wearing lipliner. Next to them are these YSL lipsticks that I have mostly because they are so luxurious. 'Oh this? It's just my YSL lipstick.' This one is really dark; it actually goes on almost black…more of a fall-winter color. The packaging is very ostentatious."
On white nails, no sketchy chemicals, and the time for a red lip:

"This is my favorite face mask. (pic) All of their stuff is natural and good for you. No sketchy chemicals. 

Last part of the routine is white nail polish. I've been painting my nails white for like two years as a dumb retaliation against nail art. I think white nail polish makes your hands look tan. It's also kind of mod. 

I'm pretty low maintenance. I mostly just wake up late and don't have a lot of time to put stuff on my face but I like dressing up and putting on lipstick. It's exciting for an occasion."
On face wash, toner, and forgetting to get facials:

"This [CeraVe] is my everyday face wash and lotion. It's just a basic. SPF 30. Really gentle, doesn't make me break out or feel dry. 

I was never a toner person. I was like, 'That's a scam. I don't need it.' But now I think it's just like washing your face twice, which can't be bad for you. So I started using toner and actually noticed a big difference. I really like Mario Badescu stuff. That's where I get facials and they are very nice. I was trying to get a monthly facial but kind of fell off the habit…now, I wait to get a facial until I'm breaking out and the [facialist] gets mad at me."


On beautiful packaging, Coqui Coqui, and other totems:

"[My boyfriend] Griffin and I have been to Tulum twice. We stayed at Coqui Coqui [hotel and perfumery] because we were trying to go to this big resort there that had just opened. We went down with friends expecting a laid-back Mexican beach experience, but really the resort wasn't finished, and they didn't have any food, and our room wasn't ready. We were in these thatched roof huts that let in insects, and then the roof caved in! Come on! So we went down the street to Coqui Coqui and were like, "This is heaven!" It's so good. I bought these little perfumes when I was there. I don't really use them that much. I have them because I like to look at them; they are mementos." 
"I have this fantasy that one day I will be able to design everything in my life — air conditioners, dog toys…I would love to do that. Have it all be more minimal and uncluttered. That would be life-changing." 

On minimal tattoos: 
"I got drunk on tequila in the Hamptons and my friend and I gave each other stick-and-pokes. There was a group of us and some of the tattoos definitely didn't turn out as well as others. I got the least offensive thing I could have considering the situation."

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UO Live: White Lung


Our latest UO Live session (and our third one ever) featuring White Lung took place at Space 15 Twenty out in LA a few weeks ago. White Lung, originally from Vancouver but now spread out around LA and Canada, recently released their third album Deep Fantasy to positive reviews. An upbeat, surprisingly thought-provoking album with songs that generally fall around the two minute mark, Deep Fantasy is a punk-inspired LP to throw on when you need a jolt of energy. It's an album that makes you need to see the band live... which is why we were so thrilled to have the band perform in Space 15 Twenty, an intimate space for a band with such a cult following, and in front of a smaller group than what they're normally used to. Taking place on a specially designed stage that our display artists hand-built from scratch for the performance, White Lung jammed out in front of a packed room while a custom-made "White Lung" light-up sign glowed behind them.


White Lung prior to hitting the stage


White Lung performing at Space 15 Twenty

Mish Way, singer for White Lung and writer in different corners of the internet, including VICE, is opinionated and exciting to talk to. Prior to the event, we chatted with Mish on the phone to find out what makes the band's performances so special. She said "I've never been one that looks people straight in the eye while we're performing. I like to touch people and get involved there, but I don't necessarily look at people. I like to lose myself and forget what I'm doing. That's what makes a good performance for me." The band's energy is palpable in their performances, and most shows don't end without a handful of people crowd-surfing.


White Lung performing at Space 15 Twenty


Some of the crowd at Space 15 Twenty

When asked about the general "anything mainstream sucks" vibe of the punk culture, Mish had this to say: "Even when you're watching a punk show, that energy is exhilarating and exciting and I think in a world where we're all so concerned with feeling and doing things on the sly, it's so complicated, and such a mindfuck, to have a form of straightforward, direct, and confident true expression. That directness is maybe what's so appealing. It makes me happy. The more the merrier. We've never been one of those bands that's been like, 'Keep us secret.' There's nothing wrong with that. A lot of people in the punk scene don't feel that way."


White Lung performing at Space 15 Twenty


White Lung performing at Space 15 Twenty

We're completely on board with the "more the merrier" mindset, and were happy we got a chance to film this unique performance from the band. Check out the video above to see a performance of their song "I Believe You."
Photography by Dana Boulos

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About a Girl: Shantell Martin

When we enter the NYC studio of artist Shantell Martin, we cannot stop effusively gushing about how incredible it is. A tiny, stark white room with light streaming in from a skylight, Martin's space is packed with examples of her trademark black line drawings that cover nearly every object in the room.  

With a career that started as a VJ in Japan, Martin moved to New York in 2008, where she has grown into her self-described style that is "a meditation of black and white lines...a language of characters, creatures and messages." Her process is also an interactive experience, with most her work happening in live settings that range from music festivals to tech conferences; it's a multidisciplinary approach that Martin's art philosophy to transcend above the typical art world boundaries and translate to a range of audiences and experiences. 

We talked with Shantell about how she got started, Tokyo vs. NYC, and art-as-performance. Photography by Marisa Chafetz

Tell us more about your background. 

Where do I start? I'm from London and was an odd kid who liked drawing and doodling and doing stuff against the grain. That's what brought me to art school. It was a pathway where you could just be yourself and no one was trying to change that.

In school I did my degree in graphic design. [When I was there, it] was the first time I was around people with different backgrounds and interests, kids with pink hair who listened to crazy music. There are also a lot of Japanese students where I went [St. Martin's in London] so I got really into the culture — animation, movies, toys, and had the chance to go to Japan and visit. I loved it and felt pulled to be there.  

So like most people I graduated from art school and was like, "What the hell do I do now?" So I decided to go to Japan and travel and teach for a year. I did that for seven months and then went to Tokyo and found myself there.
 

How did your work change once you got to Japan?

When I was in London I was doing a mix of performance, tagging, and making little sculptures. When I got to Japan I didn't feel like I could just go write on walls or do things that were kind of illegal. You might get kicked out or put in prison! So my work completely changed…I used a 0.05mm pen and would draw very fine and in detail. In a new country, new place, my focus became this introverted view of quasi-human landscapes. 

And then eventually a friend saw that and she asked if I could do live drawings, done with a projection and camcorder. So we did that and it was one of my first performances — I was drawing to music as a band played. And it helped me realize, "Oh I'm a performer."

And so that's how I started my career, just doing visuals to Japanese avant garde noise music. And then eventually that evolved into the club scene, where I moved into using [a digital] tablet and computer. I'd open my computer, drawing software, and just draw to the beat — zoom in, zoom out. It was black and white for the first year, and then went very colorful. I would also draw on my fans, that became something I did. 

And this was something that not many other people were doing, right?

Right. It helped pioneer a way of doing illustration and music in clubs and it was received really well. I was sponsored by Wacom and was really successful as a VJ in Japan because I had a very recognizable style. 

But then, I was ready to leave Japan and came to NY for a holiday in 2008. Of course I loved it. I had never been to the US before then. So I got an artist's visa and moved here and then was like, "Oh crap. What did I just do?"

Was that transition difficult, work-wise?

NY has everything, but not if you move from Tokyo. The visual/club scene doesn't exist here like it did there. 

People weren't into projections ("It's a fire hazard"). I thought I'd be big here, but then I very quickly realized that no one knows who you are or cares who you are. So that first year and a half was a huge struggle. I was sleeping on couches just spending my savings. It wasn't until I decided to leave that things worked out. 

I realized that I was waiting for someone to give me the life I had in Japan. And then when I realized that, I knew I had to go out and create my own opportunity. So I asked friends about getting a space and started doing projections and then started getting calls. And things slowly started to take off. 

When do you feel like you really started doing things in the style you're doing now — black and white, more stark, and text-heavy?

Eventually I devolved. I went from the digital high-tech world of Japan to just picking up pens. I was doing what had been doing in Japan except analog, and as a performance. It would be a drawing in a performative space. And that's what I've been doing — drawing...really fast...on whatever is around me. 

Can you talk more about the different areas you work within besides just the traditional art scene?

I work in a few worlds. I'm in the fine art world, in the technology world, in the fashion world, and in education — I teach at ITP, NYU, and am starting a fellowship at the MIT Media Lab.   

Is performance still a big part of it?

Yes, I rarely draw without people watching. 

Your work incorporates a lot of language and the repetition of words. How did that start?

The words have always been there. It's always been words and lines, even when I was a child. Sometimes I look back on my work and realize I'm creating a language. 

Words I repeat are mixtures of: You-Me, Someday, One Day, Why Me, Today, Why Now, Why Here.  

Do people call you out on the streets about your daily uniform — black pants and a drawn-on white shirt?

I'll be on the subway and people will just be staring at me. Sometimes they ask. Sometimes they want to buy it. Mostly just stares, though!


See more of Shantell's work here

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Music Monday: September 15, 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!

Fool's Gold - I'm In Love (Poolside Remix)
Fool's Gold's new single "I'm In Love" is a joyous ode to Calypso rhythms, Reggae funk, Nigerian disco, and hints of classic American R&B. It gets the extended remix "Daytime Disco" treatment from fellow Angelinos, Poolside. Fool's Gold album coming in 2015!

Marquis Hawkes - Fat Man
This is a tune and a half. "Fat Man" will surely get you going if you're having a rough one this Monday. From the forthcoming Fifty Fathoms Deep EP via Houndstooth. 

MULEKID - Plattsburgh, NY
The 405 has been really wonderful with their Essential Download series - they've been giving away killer tracks like this one almost weekly. Great down-tempo track here.

TALA - Black Scorpio
Another electro-pop gem from TALA. We're still vibing on the three tracks TALA released earlier in the year. This is a pleasant surprise. 

French For Rabbits - Woke Up To A Storm
Really great sleeper form French For Rabbits. Wonderful vocals and just an overall good sound.

Friday Download: September 12, 2014


Happy Friday! Here are some of our favorite internet tidbits from the past week. They're all David Lynch themed in honor of his retrospective opening at PAFA this weekend, so enjoy!

1. This month, the first major retrospective of David Lynch's work opens at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In homage, Philly donut hub Federal Donuts has created an assortment of Lynchian-inspired pastries: varieties include Blue Velvet, Good Coffee, and others. They're $2 each and available at Federal Donuts starting September 13. Get there early because these will go fast!

2. The third issue of KENZINE is out, and the entire issue is inspired by — yep— DL. For those new to KENZINE, it's a sporadically-released magazine put out by zany fashion brand KENZO. This issue was edited by the amazing crew behind TOILETPAPER magazine, Maurizio Cattelan, Pierpaolo Ferrari, and Micol Talso. This preview on It's Nice That has some sneak peeks.

3. For some lighthearted David Lynch goodness, the Twin Peaks intro was redone in 8-bit a couple of weeks ago by Portland based artists Filthy Frackers. Their Casio keyboard take on the theme song is pretty soothing.

4. The Lady in the Radiator from Lynch's Eraserhead is an underrated pop star of the 20th century so we're just gonna let everyone know that with this deluxe CD reissue of the Eraserhead soundtrack, you'll be able to jam out to "In Heaven" in stunning clarity.

Happenings: Rock County Folk Symposium Recap


At the end of August each year, the Rock County Folk Symposium takes place in Janesville, Wisconsin - it's a way for locals to celebrate their heritage, experience nature and convene with talented artists and musicians. As each summer wanes the members of the Wisconsin Heritage Foundation gather on the banks of the Rock River to bring their vision of an all-inclusive festival to life. The festival celebrates much more than music - Wisconsin traditions such as butter sculpting, innovative brewing, agricultural prowess and water sports are also at the forefront. Located at the historic Camp Rotamer, artists travel from across the country to transform the camp into an immersive 24-hour experience. Read on to see some pics we snapped at the event to show off the artists, innovators and musicians that gathered there.
Photography by Spencer Wells





Adelyn Rose jamming out during their set.



Artist Gerri Witthuhn returned to Wisconsin from California to create the stage and two other central art pieces as part of Team Forest Freaq.



Tyler Hart of Softly, Dear having a moment with his girlfriend during a break between sets.



Festival organizer Jackie Kursel relaxing on the dock of Spaulding Pond.



Artist Kenny Monroe constructing his instagram diorama installation.



Jackie enjoying a beer in the Parker Lodge.



A big rain cloud came during Sayth’s set but his good vibes cleared up the sky.



Whilden Hughes VI of Double Ewes pounding in stakes to help Dan Ryan of Sperry Tents set up.



Grace, a Minnesota native but longtime Wisconsin resident, proudly displaying her level two antidote.



Captain James Frederick flees angry hornets after a failed extermination attempt.



Surveying the grounds of Camp Rotamer.



Wisconsin Heritage Foundation Board Member Kyle Pfister deep in thought while preparing the Antidote.



Sayth and Wealthy Relative bringing art rap to the stage.



Jerrie and fellow artist Matt Riley (AKA The Butter Devil) circled up in the Lavender Tent late at night.



Festival organizer Wyndham Manning IV helping Thax Douglas board a canoe.



Festival organizer Amanda Kievet basking in the glow of another successful year.

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Dreamers and Doers Come Together: Sight Unseen

One of our favorite sources for daily inspiration is Sight Unseen, a digital design magazine created by New York-based editors Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer. From unearthing under-the-radar ceramicists to sharing exclusive studio visits with some of our favorite artists, Monica and Jill are tuned in to just about everything that's interesting in the world of design. And it's not limited to web content — Sight Unseen also curates a number of events and their own online shop, which we're excited to be part of this month with their pop-up at Space Ninety 8. Running September 11-October 5, the pop-up will house a selection of exclusive items created by a wide range of international artists just for Sight Unseen. 

Looking forward to the opening, we spoke with the duo about design trends, digital storytelling, and what goes into starting your own publication. 


Above: A studio visit with Katy Krantz, photographed by Michael A. Muller


Sight Unseen started when the two of you were working as editors at the design magazine ID. How did the conversation start to launch your own project?

Jill: We were editors at ID for about four years, and the idea slowly came together. While we were there we were always talking about, 'What's next for us.' And in the context of ID, we were really interested in how big the web was becoming. And so the conversation turned into one about having a web project together, and it solidified in a project that was too good to resist.

There was room online for a digital publication that was more focused on ideas we had become interested in: storytelling, the inspiration behind finished objects, helping people see how and where things were made, and the personalities behind them. At the time, design publications were mostly just sharing the finished product, kind of just, 'this is it.' Press pictures of beautiful objects are great but there is another step in the process that wasn't being documented.

Above: At Home With Greg Buntain of Fort Standard, photographed by Mike Vorassi


Above: Hilda Hellstrom Sedimentation Coasters in the Sight Unseen shop, photographed by Cathy Carver

You were right at the forefront of a huge trend of blogs and design publications shifting to share more behind-the-scenes looks at what goes into the creation of objects and art. What have you historically seen readers responding to the most?

Jill: There was a shift right around when we launched [to feature more] studio visits and house tours. People who weren't doing those things at first sensed it was in the air. On a lot of the websites we visit often, the home and studio stories are the most popular. And it makes sense: Readers can see pictures of pretty objects anywhere, but with the idea of voyeurism and seeing behind-the-scenes and how people live is just a point of connection. Maybe people have always been into that and now there are just more opportunities. 

Another thing we think about is that people who read media online don't necessarily have time to read long stories. You can almost tell a whole story with images alone, which is a really interesting thing for the format of journalism.


Above: Ashley Helvey's Seattle studio, photographed by Michael A. Muller

What are some other sources of design inspiration for you? Where do you scout new talent? 

Monica: We scout talent primarily through four sources: blogs, Instagram, design shows, and through recommendations. We often get told about new studios or young designers from other designers we know, or we see them collaborating or showing together and investigate. Design shows include London Design Festival, graduate shows at schools like the RCA, the Satellite show at the Milan Furniture fair, offsite shows at the Milan fair, and even ICFF sometimes.


What are some design trends you see happening right now?

Monica: Design isn't as trend-driven as fashion is — it moves slowly and has more to do with individual interests than trends. But there has been a lot of geometry, copper, brass, and marble lately. And a general interest among designers in inventing their own processes, materials, and ways of working with materials.


Above: kelly behun | STUDIO at Sight Unseen OFFSITE, 2014, photographed by Mike Vorrasi

How do each of your own design styles differ?

Jill: The very simplified version of this that comes to the floor is that Monica loves monochrome, geometric. My style is more colorful and graphic. 

Monica: Really, both of us constantly overlap. And that's what gives the site cohesion. 


Above: mobile by Recreation Center


You both still do other things in addition to this. How do you balance making a side project work?

Monica: We are both people who like to have our hands in a lot of places at once, so it's exciting to wear a lot of hats. It widens the scope of your network and you meet more people and create more opportunities. It all comes back.


Above: Jill and Monica, photographed by Elizabeth Weinberg

How has the site evolved since it started?

Jill: In the beginning we were much more focused on long-form stories, coming from the magazine world. That has definitely changed. We've become more comfortable with presenting the site as a place where people come to it for our point of view. It's become more about talent-scouting than a source of biographical backgrounds.

Even from the beginning SU was not just a website: we were curating exhibitions and we had the shop and we were just throwing things at the wall and see what stuck. It's all been edited down into this thing that it is now. It's been really amazing.

Monica: It all fans out from just having a curatorial viewpoint.


Above: Assembly 00 Clock in the Sight Unseen shop, photographed by Mike Garten


What has been harder than you expected about running your own digital magazine? What has been easier?

Monica: Harder: Keeping up with the crazy pace of new content that the Internet demands these days, and getting our readership to rise. People love our site but it's hard to know if they actually come back every day and read it. 

Easier: Maintaining a never-ending flow of things and talents we're excited about. The amount of beautiful, intriguing work out there is absolutely staggering. It makes me wish I were a maker myself.


Above: Courtney Reagor Artifact Mug

Above: Syrette Lew of Moving Mountains designed the pop-up build-out for Space Ninety 8. She shared an in-process install shot with us from her Instagram

Tell us more about the Space Ninety 8 pop-up: what will be there and how did you choose the pieces you wanted? Any new designers or collaborations you're particularly excited about?

Jill: Going into the pop-up, we knew that we needed a shop refresh and wanted to bring in new things, so we basically blanketed everyone we knew asking for submissions. 

In the pop-up, we have an amazing range of housewares and jewelry both from designers we've worked with in the past like Ladies & Gentlemen Studio and Pat Kim and then some new ones as well like these cool marbled vessels from this company called Concrete Cat and we have these asymmetrical vessels from Ian Anderson [editor's note: see our studio visit with Ian — who is also a UO men's buyer — here!]. We also had Syrette Lew from Moving Mountains do the buildout. She is amazing and had such good ideas. 


Above: Studio Visit with Confetti System


Visit the Sight Unseen pop-up at Space Ninety 8 from Sept. 11 - Oct. 5, 2014


D + D DIY: Marbled Candles with Gracie Chai


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. Our D + D DIY series brings us a unique craft from one of these talented individuals.

First up in our D + D DIY series is Gracie Chai. Textile artist, illustrator and all-around excellent crafter Gracie is always at work. Whether she's painting scarves by hand for her Etsy store or working on custom embroidery for customers and friends alike, she's always got something to keep her busy. Because we're always so blown away by her projects, we asked Gracie to show us how to make grown up looking candles with minimal supplies.

Photography c/o Gracie Chai

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"I have been fascinated with marbling for the longest time now, so you can imagine my glee with it being back on trend. First started in the 1100s, with it being mainly used for decorating paper and books, marbling was thought to be gaudy, old-fashioned and almost left for dead just a few centuries ago. Today, it has charmed its way back into our hearts. A simple way of incorporating a hint of marbling beauty at home is with these elegant candles."



Things you'll need:

- Packet of soy wax
- Crayons, colours of your preference
- Cotton string
- Disposable chopsticks
- A pot
- A bowl of any sort; you can even make one out of aluminum foil like I did lower down in the pictures
- Glass containers, such as recycled food jars and what not, for candles holders; if you can score some vintage ones, even better
- Some paper clips and disposable cups (not pictured)

Optional: essential oil(s) of your choice, if you're keen on making your candles scented



This is your wax melting set up. Fill your pot up with water, place the bowl of wax on it and leave it to boil. This is done so we don't burn our wax. Be careful not to fill your water up so high that it touches the bottom of your bowl. Wax can be hot so please exercise caution.

While your wax is melting, cut up your cotton string into lengths that is longer than your glass containers. These will be your candle wicks.



As your wax is melting, toss them into the melting pot. You want to prime your wicks by fully saturating them in hot wax for at least 10 minutes. Use the disposable chopsticks for stirring.



Once that is done, take them out to dry. Try to straighten them as much as you can.



Once your wax has completely melted into a liquid state, pour it into a disposable cup. To add color to your wax, chuck a piece of crayon into the melting pot 'til it fully dissolves.



Again, while your wax is melting, take the opportunity to prepare your candle container.



Make a slight kink at the bottom of your now dried wick so it sits somewhat flush against the bottom of your container. This is also where a disposable chopstick comes in handy. With no big fuss, slide your wick through its middle, and it will help you prop it up cleanly. ​​

You should by now have two disposable cups of liquified wax. One colored, and one plain. If you're adding scent to your candle, this is the perfect time to drop in some essential oil.



The trick to creating a marbled texture is to let your melted wax cool slightly, but not enough for it to harden. We're looking for a gel-like consistency here. If it's all goopy and stiff, you've let it cool for too long. If it's hardened too far, no biggie; just put them near a heat source and wait for them to liquify again.



Gently pour both cups of wax into your candle container simultaneously. You want the different colors to fold into each other softly, creating that organic marble pattern.

Now for the part that calls for the hardest thing: patience. Give it a few hours for your candle to fully harden before snipping off the excess wick at the top. After that, voila! You now have your very own marbled candle.



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Obsessions: Most Loved Clothing

Emily Spivack is a UO alum, writer, and editor of a new collection of stories about individuals and their relationship with clothing. In Worn Stories, Spivack opens up the closets of people from Greta Gerwig to Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman to learn about their most-loved pieces of clothing and the story behind it. 

Inspired by her concept, we turned the lens on Spivack to learn more about the story behind her own favorite piece of clothing, as well as learn about some of the favorite vintage garments of our Urban Renewal vendors.   


Above: Photos by Michael A. Muller


Emily Spivack's Most-Loved Piece of Clothing:


What is this piece — when and where did you buy it?

This is a vinyl bustier that is completely disintegrated. I bought it in high school on South Street at Trash and Vaudeville in Philadelphia. 

Tell us more about why this piece is so special.

I would describe myself in high school going into college as "nerdy goth." I would wear this to school like it was no big deal! 

One time I got home from a college class and was wearing this. I had to write a paper that afternoon — and to give a little background, when I started college I felt pretty academically ill-prepared. The paper was actually for an existentialism class and for whatever reason that day I was able to just knock it out. And for some reason I was like, "Oh my god. It's got to be the bustier." So for the next few months, every time I had to write a paper I wore it. It didn't matter if it was wintertime — I would wear a sweater over it. My roommate was probably like, "Who is this person!?" It was a thing.

I think that at one point I must have forgotten to put it on and it was okay. I could still write. What was actually happening is that I was getting used to being in college but for a time this was the lucky bustier that was helping me get through my first semester. 

Magic powers aside, it's kind of amazing that you would just unabashedly wear a leather bustier.

Ha! I tend to be relatively covered up, and this is pretty daring. It's very flashy. A friend of mine has a photo of me from college when I'm wearing it at a party. I had really long straight hair, youthful cheeks, this super innocent face...and then I'm just wearing a bustier! But at the same time, I really love that. I was just like, 'This is me.' 

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Most-Loved Clothing: Urban Renewal Buyers

Curious to hear more stories that connect memory and clothing, we asked some of our favorite Urban Renewal vendors to share the stories behind their best vintage discoveries.


Above: Photography by Farhad Samari


Jaime Wong, Raggedy Threads
Los Angeles, CA


Can you tell us about what you're wearing?

I'm wearing my favorite pair of French workwear overalls that have been hand-darned and patched all over. I've worn them so much and had to do a lot of repairs on them myself. 

The hat I'm wearing is a 40s Stetson, totally beat up with holes and stains everywhere. It was gifted to me from a vintage dealer friend up in Oregon who wore this hat almost everyday since he got it in 1946. He traveled all over the US hunting for antiques and treasures to sell and is one of the sweetest and most humble men I know. [It's my dream] that one day that will be me and I can pass down my hat to the next. 

You've amassed an amazing hat collection? 

Yes! Another prized hat in my collection is this hand-drawn and painted felt cowboy hat from the 1930s. I found this in a barn near the border of Montana  about eight years ago. It was surprisingly in good shape! On the bottom of the cowgirl drawing you can faintly make out the year and the name…"1934 Babe Moberly." I almost fainted when I read that!


Photography by Bethany Toews


Rhianna Tycholis, Mixed Business
Los Angeles, CA


Hi Rhianna! What are you wearing?

This is a dress from the 40s I purchased at the Brimfield Antique Show in Massachusetts in 2012.

When I found it the fabric was in great condition, but the garment was completely falling apart. I was in awe of the print: It's so modern and interesting. I was eight months pregnant at the time and made it a post-pregnancy project dress! I fixed it up (literally re-sewed every single seam) and couldn't wait to wear it. 


Why is it your favorite piece?

I think this piece is so special to me because it combines two things that are normally not part of my wardrobe: prints and fitted dresses. I love it and at some point will recreate this print!


Photography by Ben Masters

Ty Ziskis
Seattle, WA


Ty, tell us more about what you're wearing and why it's special to you.

Most these pieces are French work garments dating from the 1890s-1940s.

I never really truly get attached to any one piece...but my favorite right now is a very unusual, long, faded, cotton/linen trench with a tie around the waist and a rusty buckle. I wear it all the time: it's disintegrating in the most perfect way! I also can't take off these beautiful oatmeal color 1930s buckle back linen trousers.


Can you tell us more about what you love about vintage clothes in general?

What I love most about the old European workwear is that most of the time it was passed down through the generations and repaired over and over. You can really feel something when you slip into a jacket that has been disregarded for generations but for the generations prior had been treated with such respect. I wonder about the people who wore these garments to threads, then about the people who repaired them with such care. It's inspiring! 


Photography by Cecilia Alejandra Blair / Briana Purser. Special thanks to Rima Hyena for guest studio space.


Stephanie Villalobos, Laced with Romance
Austin, TX

Can you share more about the pieces you're wearing in these images? What's the story behind them?

The black skull T-shirt has been part of my collection for nearly 20 years. The shirt was given to me by a old friend who also gave me my first mix tape with bands like the Velvet Underground, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Patti Smith, Joy Division, and many others that changed the course of how I listened to music. 

The Harley Davidson boots were thrifted in my home town of Pasadena, Texas a few years back. 

The silver ram and vertebrae rings were gifted to my one of my favorite people ever, jewelry designer, Rima Hyena. The moss agate bracelet was bought two years back from, Adelina Mictlan at her pop up shop during Austin Psych Fest. The Dust&Drag acid brown duster is my design. 


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Featured Brand: Schott


This week, we're excited to debut a leather jacket UO made in collaboration with Schott, sold online exclusively at Urban Outfitters. Combining the classic Schott look with an updated UO flair, the result is a timeless jacket that'll look good for years to come. (And we mean years - these bad boys are built to last.) After falling in love with the Schott x UO jacket immediately after getting our hands on it, we wanted to dig more into the history of Schott to find out exactly where our favorite leather jackets got their start.


Joey Ramone, wearing Schott


Founder Irving Schott


Various styles of Schott jackets

SCHOTT HISTORY

After reading about Schott for no more than five minutes, we discovered that, chances are, even if you’re not too deeply versed on the brand's backstory, you’ve seen one of your favorite musicians wearing a Schott Perfecto jacket at one point or another (including on an album cover – hi, Bruce). They're the quintessential American leather jacket, made popular by movie stars and musicians. People overseas know the brand Schott the way Americans know Kleenex - it's become the standard for leather jackets. The company has been around for the last 100 years (since 1913, to be exact), so they've had a long time to build their brand. That's over a century of jackets! Their most popular design, the Perfecto, named for founder Irving Schott’s favorite cigar, was one of the company’s first designs and continues to be produced to this day. An innovative company from the beginning, Schott’s legacy doesn't lie solely with their leather designs - they were also the first company ever to put a zipper on a jacket. Talk about trailblazers.


MCA of The Beastie Boys, wearing Schott


The Schott factory

While the company and their jackets are something of a commodity (and cool-guy status) in 2014, that wasn't always the case. When Schott was just starting out, the coats were positively received but were mainly used by bikers and the military in a utilitarian way up through the '40s. In 1954, though, all of that changed. Marlon Brando donned the Perfecto for The Wild One and, unsurprisingly, having a handsome, young actor wear the coat in a (soon-to-be) cult classic movie made the general public want to get their hands on one, too - even if they weren't bikers. What was surprising, though, was that even after the jacket became the coat to have, the company found that sales decreased – schools were banning the coats for their “bad boy” connotation. (Which is so badass.) As time went on, this image ideally worked in the company’s favor; in the ‘70s and ‘80s, punk rockers embraced the jacket’s outsider status and Schott soon became an important component of the punk rock movement. Look up any picture of The Ramones and you’ll likely see them decked out in Schott.

To this day, Schott is still run by the same Schott family out of the US, and each leather jacket remains tailored by hand – something of a rarity for such a widely produced company in this day and age.


Dee Dee Ramone, wearing Schott

SCHOTT IN MUSIC AND POPULAR CULTURE

After Marlon Brando wore the Schott Perfecto in The Wild One, the jacket became significantly more prominent in popular culture. Around the same time, James Dean was also rarely seen without his Perfecto; when he died an untimely death in 1955 due to a car accident, the coat became even more of a symbol for rebelliousness.

Fast-forward to 1974 - at The Ramones first live show, the entire band showed up wearing Schott leather jackets. This was the brand's first foray into the punk music scene and The Ramones ensured that Schott would be well-respected within that community for years to come; Blondie, The Beastie Boys, Joan Jett, Johnny Rotten and Lou Reed have all been photographed wearing their Schott leather jackets. There's even a rumor that good ol' Fonzie wore a Perfecto in the first season of Happy Days, so it's pretty much guaranteed that you become the coolest person in the world as soon as you throw on a Schott.

Recently, Schott has partnered with artists like Jeremy Scott to produce custom jackets and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon. Schott and their coats are here to stay and we'll be here to wear 'em.


The Ramones, all wearing Schott


Marlon Brando, wearing Schott

Book images originally published with permission and © Schott NYC: 100 Years of an American Original by Rin Tanaka, 2013. Image of storefront, factory and Irving Schott all provided courtesy of Schott.

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About a Place: Brimfield Market

In search of vintage treasures, design inspiration, and a good adventure, last week we packed up our bags and headed to the Brimfield Show, the enormous antique market that takes over small-town Massachusetts twice a year.  

Vendors from all over the world flock to Brimfield for the show, which started in the 1950s and has grown into the largest outdoor antique market in the US. Read on to see what we discovered and took home on our trip.
Photography by Trevor Powers


A table of vintage cameras. We want them all!


These roll-up banners were former trolley signs listing out city stops.



Forever perplexed by the purpose of these (slightly-scary) porcelain hands.


Massive metal dome light fixtures in the perfect jade hue.



A View-Master! And a fanned-out selection of reels to choose from.


Rows of treasure awaiting discovery: the show runs along Route 20 for about a half-mile, with vendors stacked blocks deep the entire way on both sides of the road. For most of the year, Brimfield is a tiny, quaint town of 3,000; during the market, population is at 250,000!


Snowshoes! Are these functional?



Summer swimming postcards from the 1950s.


A row of old-school baseball bats.


Some tips for making the most of a trip:

1. Come prepared! Cash, water, and good shoes. Forget any of these and you'll regret it.
2. Our home buying department — longtime Brimfield veterans — told us this strategy for buying and schlepping treasures: if you're purchasing big items, most of the vendors will hold your purchases for you until you're ready to pick them up. Do a full sweep of the sale, and then pick up your buys on the way back when you have a car or can have made arrangements to have items shipped. 
3. To avoid being overwhelmed, come with an idea of what you're looking for. This will avoid getting too sidelined, by, say...a row of creepy porcelain hands. Do as we say, not as we do. 


Antique milk bottles; the best part is the custom wooden box.


Rusty signs: one man's trash...


Model teeth, anyone?


Amazing drafting tools in leather cases.


Jadeite salt and pepper shakers.


So many textiles and rugs to choose from!


Rows and rows of vintage records.


Read more about Brimfield here
The next sale is May 12-15, 2015

UO Live: Lykke Li

In the six years since Lykke Li emerged on the scene, the Swedish musician has built a huge following of fans drawn to both her critically-acclaimed music and reputation for being an equally mesmerizing and mysterious ingénue.  

Her newest album, I Never Learn, came out in May, and breaks away from the hand claps, broken rhythm, and intense drum beats of her earlier work and moves into very different territory. I Never Learn is stripped-back, refined, and sad — the songs are largely the byproduct of a major breakup that happened on the heels of her last tour. Nine songs long, it's both Li's shortest and most ambitious work to date.  

We partnered with Lykke to have her shoot some Polaroids exclusively for Urban Outfitters that share a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road. Afterward, we talked to her from LA about drinking wine, David Lynch, and never settling down. 

This month Lykke Li will do three exclusive UO Live performances + signings in UO stores in Portland, Or, Minneapolis, and Washington DC — read on for show details and to learn how you can win tickets to see Lykke Li live in your city! 


You're in LA right now — is this where you're living?

Yes, but only on this break between shows. I don't try to figure out where I should live anymore. 


Your childhood was spent traveling around a lot, right?

I went to 11 different schools! Born in Sweden, in the south, moved to Stockholm, lived in Portugal, winters in India, Nepal, Morocco. Then I moved to New York when I was 18 or 19. That's been my life.


But for now do you like being in LA?

I love it. The light, the ocean... 


What do you do on your time off? 

I love being outside. Also, I like to cook a big dinner with friends and drink a lot of wine. 


This album came out of a tumultuous break-up, which you've been really candid about. Did any of this play into moving or wanting to find a new place to live? It obviously affected what you wrote about but did it affect how you wrote?

Yeah, I ended my last tour and was really thinking about not having a place to return to. I have been traveling my whole life. It's fight or flight, you know? I thought that I needed to step back and heal for awhile, but I was writing all the time. I was completely obsessed with it. It always takes me a long time do a record but I love writing. 


Are there any places you go to write or be inspired in that way?

Just being solitary. I go into my own bubble and don't need the outside world. 


Were you surprised by anything that came out during the writing process?

It wasn't easy. I think I knew the emotions were there, I have always felt that way. But it was about finding the way to express them. I have to be honest...It's the only way I know how to do it. 

This album is the third in a trilogy of records that have seen you really change as a musician. In retrospect, what's it about?

This album is about me as a woman. But I think people can relate when you are 27 or 28 you can break free from your past. I guess it was that. I was trying to heal and let go of my past but also break into something new. I feel like we all have that. It's basically the return of Saturn. 

There's a lot of talk about it being "dark," but those ideas seem less about sadness and more about identifying points of transition.

I think so too. It's an interesting thing to think about…being lost. 


The cover of your album is an incredibly stark portrait of you…can you talk more about this as an aesthetic choice?

I think it reflects the music. With this [record] I felt like I could step out into the light. This is who I am and what I look like.


Does this play into what you wear on-stage?

Yeah, I like the idea of wearing the same thing for a tour. I wear all black. I have been taking the time between shows right now to figure out what I will wear on the next part of the tour. I work with a designer who helps me. 


Another collaborative project recently was with David Lynch last year on a song for his record, which is so amazing. Can you share more about working with him?

It was magical. He is very intuitive and was just an amazing person to work with…[he has a] really instinctual way of treating and making art. He also introduced me to TM [Transcendental Meditation, which both Lynch and Li are practicers of]. He is very easy to talk to and confide your worries — that's how he told me I needed to meditate. 


You also did a film project last year, the Swedish film Tommy, and you're set to be in a future feature from Terrence Malick. Are there things that come out in film — when acting, or just exposed to a different medium — that you can't express in music?

Acting is completely different. It is very difficult. I'd love to do more of it though, [and] have been humbled by being a beginner at it…You just make a fool out of yourself. 


You also do your own photography — can you talk about this?

I really want to make a book of my photographs sometime — I think that would be a project I want to do when I have the time. 


Right?! When are you going to find the time to do this?

I don't know! I still have a million shows left to play!

Lykke Li UO #FortheRecord Performances:

PORTLAND, OR

September 18th at 5:30pm

Urban Outfitters, 2320 N.W. Westover Rd. 


MINNEAPOLIS, MN

September 28th  at 1:30pm

Urban Outfitters 3006 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis, MN


WASHINGTON, DC

October 6th at 2pm

Urban Outfitters, 3111 M St. N.W, Washington, DC


Want to see Lykke Li live in your city? 

UO is giving away tickets to shows on her upcoming tour — download the UO App to learn how to win!


Music Monday: September 8, 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!

Tinashe - 2 On (Yung Gud Remix)

Oh man, this is a wonderful remix by Sad Boy Yung Gud. The trap-esque production has made this fully club ready. Great charge and great overall sound. Two thumbs up.

Julio Bashmore - Simple Love (feat. J'Danna)
Julio strikes again with another deep Detroit club tune here. We need more from Julio in the near future, so hopefully he'll deliver. This one is a good one, though, and should hold us all over until we have another EP (but fingers crossed for an LP).

Les Sins - Bother
Some of the best news in the past week or two has been learning there will be a forthcoming debut LP by Toro Y Moi's alter ego. This stuff is so chill but dance-ready, it screams new LA like nothing we've heard in a while. We're really gonna be monitoring the interwebs for this release. 

Macross 82-89 - Horsey (feat. Sarah Bonito)
There's something very interesting about this tune. It could be the nod to "future music" and this new 3D reader-style PC Music vibe. This one is great, and should sound great in the club, too. 

Class Actress - Let Me Take You Out
This is a good, classic feel-good tune. It can be played over and over, especially while driving. True gem here.

Friday Download: September 5, 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. Some solid grammar jokes over in this McSweeney's list "Grammar Gossip," so you can be sure to start your weekend off very intellectually.

2. Vogue sent photographer Daniel Arnold to document the crowd at this year's U.S. Open. The result is, as Vogue put it, "chockablock." His images are unglamorized observations of candid behavior that are equal parts smart, funny, and kind of sad — Arnold is absolutely one to watch.

3. For all the UK-based people out there, musician King Krule is doing an art exhibit with his brother at Display Gallery in London. The show opens this Friday and is said to be a mix of poetry, music, painting, illustration, silk-screen, and linocut surrounding the themes of "memory, time, and role of the artist in an evolving cityscape."

4. Sam Smith covered Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge and it's exactly as sad and heart-wrenchingly emotional as you're imagining.

5. Cayetana, an awesome Philadelphia-based band that we've mentioned before, now has their album streaming a few days ahead of its release. They're performing a few shows around the release as well, so check them out if you can.

6. Last but not least, Tennis released a very aesthetically pleasing video for an acoustic version of their song "Bad Girls," which is on their upcoming album Ritual in Repeat (out Sept. 9).

I'm With the Band: Twin Peaks


From left: Cadien, Jack, Clay, and Connor of Twin Peaks.

Last weekend at FYF Festival I met up with another of my favorite bands, Twin Peaks, from Chicago, IL. Nobody in the band is over the age of 20, and already, they've released two albums, most recently being Wild Onion, which have both been received with very high praise. Cadien, Clay, Jack, and Connor have been on tour with The Orwells, Arctic Monkeys and Criminal Hygiene, and have been making their way up the ranks all summer. Read on to see what music the guys have been influenced by along the way and how they're feeling about it all. These guys are here to stay.
Interview and photography by Maddie Sensibile

You just released your new record, Wild Onion, a few weeks ago. How are you feeling about it?


Clay: We feel good about it, we feel great about it.

Cadien:
We made a mix tape with a lot of our favorite kinda songs.

Name a few bands for me that have influenced you when it comes to making music.

Clay:
I probably wanted to start making music from The Velvet Underground. Big influence for me.

Jack:
I like Black Lips. That was really one of the first concerts I went to that like, made me really want to play rock and roll seriously. I like R. Kelly a lot, and The Beatles.

Cadien:
Those are all great. I’m gonna throw out Jay Reatard too - he was pivotal for me.

Connor:
Watching Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin videos, ‘cause like, playing live what made me want to play music more than anything.

What were the first records you bought?

Clay:
The first time I bought music was when I bought Dark Side of the Moon. It started playing and I thought it wasn’t working or something. It was the first CD I ever had, so I turned it all the way up. It just starts with that woman screaming, and it keeps getting louder and louder, it really freaked me out. I didn’t listen to it again for another three years probably.

Cadien: I copped Beatles’ 1 when I was a little dude, from my mom, and I blasted that for a long time.

Connor:
A Blink 182 CD, and I don’t remember which one it was, but I remember buying it and being super stoked about it.

Jack:
To be honest, I was a big Britney Spears fan, and had mad love for N*SYNC as well, it was probably one of them. It’s pop perfection, who can blame me.



Clay, tell me about those dance moves you do with your guitar on stage.

Clay:
For most of us, I think we would just feel uncomfortable standing there. I don’t know, it just seems natural to me. I know it looks pretty weird.

I did see you guys perform last year in LA for the first time. How do you feel about playing larger festivals and moving up the bill at such a young age?

Clay:
We’re so about it.

Jack:
We’re starting to play more festivals like these, and the more it happens, kinda the more surreal it seems that we’re here now.

Clay:
In places like this, the artist area, you get to meet people, even just for a little bit, and everyone’s pretty nice most of the time so it’s cool.

Who are you listening to right now?

Clay:
I’m listening to a lot of Kinks. I just got Kinda Kinks, and it’s a really good record.

Jack:
I’ve been recently really getting into Blood Orange’s most recent album, and I got to meet him for a little bit, and he’s fucking cool.

Cadien:
Naomi Punk’s new album is super great, like their first album, and more people should check them out.

Connor:
We played with this band on our first tour called Teenage Moods, and a week ago I just kinda stumbled back on their stuff, and Mood Ring is so cool.

Twin Peaks music

Brands We Love: Made By Hand


We've been extremely into unique jewelry pieces and have had so many amazing artists featured on the site lately that we wanted to bring a few of those artists to the forefront to showcase their incredible, handmade jewelry. Below, learn more about the jewelry lines Filili, Metalepsis, Cast and Combed and DIGDOGDIG - who knows, maybe you'll be inspired to get out there and start creating your own!


Photography for Filili by Mónica Félix

FILILI

Tell us a little bit about your brand.

Fililí by Luiny (that's me!) started in Puerto Rico as one-of-a-kind designs inspired by the colors of the Caribbean and its lifestyle. I mixed different fabrics, metals and colors, for what turned out as unique artisan jewelry. In 2010 I moved to New York, excited to find new inspiration in the city's diverse cultural spiral. I learned and embraced new techniques that changed my designs as well as my way of living life as an artist.

What are you inspired by?

Fililí has been inspired by my adventures and by all the people I’ve met along the way. I'm proud to say that I make a living doing what I love the most. I love to research different cultures around the world, and learn about their ornamentation and jewelry techniques.



What advice would you give to younger artists?

Every artist needs to be persistent, disciplined and be their own teacher. Defining your artistry is a challenge but when you find what you are good at, stay with it and make it better every time.

Tell us a few things you are into currently.

1. These days my favorite album is Love Letter from Metronomy.
2. Until I stop eating meat (which I’m considering) burgers are my favorite food.
3. Shoes, shoes, shoes!
4. I can’t stop watching Boardwalk Empire, amazing production.
5. Currently reading Patti Smith Just Kids. Follow me on Instagram for more!

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METALEPSIS

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the backstory of your brand.

Astrid and I [Victoria] met in 2009 while we were both working at the same architecture firm in NYC. We both didn’t feel totally fulfilled by our architecture careers so we came up with some ideas about making jewelry by waterjet-cutting sheets of steel, and that evolved into the first Metalepsis Projects edition.

What's something you love to hear?

The biggest compliment for us is when people see a Metalepsis Projects necklace and ask, “What is that?” because we both really want to introduce new shapes and inspirations to the field of jewelry. When someone asks us that question, I know we’ve done a good job!

Walk us through the creation of a piece.

Because we’re bi-coastal (Victoria in LA and Astrid in NY), we completely depend on the cloud - in our case, Dropbox. We communicate mostly by visuals, so the first step is gathering all images that we’re getting inspired by. Soon after, we discuss ideas about materials and how they can be manipulated and then we start developing our design ideas using a 3D-modeling software called Rhino. When we believe each piece is ready to be physically tested, we have them 3D-printed, which is used as our positive to make the silicone molds. Finally, each piece is cast in bronze in NYC.



What have you been inspired by lately?

Copenhagen. We love those classic mid-century danish designers, but their contemporary work is equally astonishing. They create the most beautiful versions of typically mundane objects. Lately Victoria has been obsessed with the work of Japanese designer team Nendo and the British textile designer Lucienne Day. Amazing stuff! Astrid has been so inspired by Finnish mid-century jeweler Kaunis Koru - his shapes are so geometric and elegant. For this upcoming collection, Astrid has been looking at rare instruments for inspiration. And trash cans. It sounds crazy but she saw some trash cans in Italy and Slovenia this summer that were so inspiring!

What advice would you give for someone interested in starting their own jewelry line?

We would tell them to start out with small collections of carefully designed products and grow from there. For us, coming from a background outside of the jewelry field has helped our collections stand out because they have a totally different perspective on jewelry. So think creatively and use your background and skills to your advantage, whatever they may be.



What are some things you guys have been into?

Victoria:
1.) I went through all seasons of Orange Is The New Black in a matter of two weeks, I think. I don’t recommend anyone to do that, but the characters in that show are so fascinating that I couldn’t stop.
2.) My fiancé is an amazing cook, and he got me really hooked on homemade soba (100% buckwheat). He makes the soba noodle himself from scratch. They are so delicious and healthy.
3.) I usually stick to neutrals and basics when it comes to my wardrobe but I get really excited when I see some amazing prints from Mary Katrantzou. Also, Delpozo is another one of my latest favorites.
4.) I’ve been thinking about taking some ceramic courses. really love the work of some of the local ceramicists.

Astrid:
1.) I’ve been watching Halt and Catch Fire on AMC, and projecting movies on my rooftop. We tape a sheet to the wall and drop the electrical cord over the edge of the roof and in through the window to reach a plug. We have a great view of the Manhattan skyline in the back.
2.) A few other things on my radar right now are checking out the Sight Unseen website for cool design products, enjoying the NY beach in my new Chromat Boloux bikini, and eating a lot of watermelon because it's HOT here in NYC.

We’d love to invite everyone to follow us on Instagram!

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CAST & COMBED

Tell us a little bit about your brand.

My name is Jessica Kelley. I left music and costuming behind in Vancouver, BC just over five years ago to kick back under some palms in LA and never left. Basking in the ubiquitous light and shadow play of California was the impetus for me to create Cast & Combed. I'm always hoping to capture those fleeting breezy moments.

Walk us through the creation of a piece.

After sketching out a blueprint of a shape that inspires me, I begin the mold making process. After some muscle, hustle, manhandling and patience I'll achieve a form and silhouette that excites me. Each piece is a tiny sculpture and after careful consideration I decide how and if to accent it with silver to finalize each piece.

What have you been inspired by lately?

The Light and Space movement from California in the '60s - ALWAYS! Without fail the creative process itself is what drives me most. The interplay between the pigments and material is definitely the most exciting part of building each collection.

What’s a typical day like for you?

My day starts with loving on my cat and ends with loving on my husband with some jewelry in between... I’ll have coffee in my studio while I design and rework samples in the morning and meet suppliers and fill orders in the afternoon. I’m big on comedy and so there's a lot of giggling and laughter coming from my studio while I work and I often hit up local comedy shows. My husband's a pilot so sometimes he will whisk me away in his 1962 Piper Cherokee and we'll watch the sunset during a night flight.

What advice would you give for someone interested in starting their own jewelry line?

Follow your heart and the path of least resistance. And enjoy it.

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DIGDOGDIG

Tell us a little bit about yourself and the backstory of your brand.

Hey. Hello. Aloha. Sup. My name is Celeste Emiko Kamaha'o Rodero and I am the owner and artist of DIGDOGDIG. DIGDOGDIG was created in 2009 as a blog – the name came to me when I trying to find a new way of saying “keep going, searching, working, exploring, trying” at the end of e-mails/letters or whenever I made something for a friend, I would sign it “dig dog, dig." Around the same time I started the DIGDOGDIG blog, I began to explore jewelry making. Due to an allergy to most metals, I had a hard time finding jewelry/accessories not only that I liked, but could actually wear. Like my blog, jewelry making was definitely something I shared, but it was just for me. DIGDOGDIG began as more of an outlet, a platform for me to express myself and that was purely it. DIGDOGDIG never had the intentions of being a business or even my livelihood like it is today.

Walk us through the creation of a piece.

Creating a piece all comes from chaos, but with very strong and distinct intentions. Although COLLECTION 1.1's sample pieces only took one night to actually make, it was over time and trial and error that allowed them to birth. Most of what I do is measuring, cutting, wrapping, painting, and assembling. It's a very therapeutic process, actually. Because I have never had a studio space, and as someone who has moved a lot, I make do wherever I am. Whether that is on the beach or just in the living room watching my favorite reality show – I've made sure I can make my work just about anywhere.



What have you been inspired by lately?

Honestly, everything is inspiring to me, at least – that's the best way for me to cope with life sometimes. As my best friend's mom referred to me, “you are a meaning maker." I wouldn't say that it's the ideal way of thinking or living for everyone, but it works for me. Whether things are negative or positive, I am always trying to find the root of life in everything and find inspiration. I am inspired by all of the women in my family, the way Jay Adam's skateboarded (RIP legend!), the photography of Seychelle Stableford, the weather, John Steinbeck's words, Mary-Kate and Ashley, my best friend Rachel Ward, Hermonie Only's art, the movements of Fluct, the spirit and style of Michael Jackson, unconditional love, the sounds of FIN, Snoop Dogg's Youtube show, Chloe Sevigny, the way materials move in the wind, style not fashion, Drake's smile, and the list goes on...

DIGDOGDIG's new website is under construction, but my blog and Instragram are good sources of DIGDOGDIG visual stimulations.



What advice would you give for someone interested in starting their own jewelry line?

My advice for anyone who wants to start anything comes from my dad, Keith Nehls, who has told me to always “BE REAL." Be real about your mistakes, be real about your achievements, and do your best to define a value system for yourself. Everyone has a different story when it comes to actively starting something and my experience is nothing like yours or another, so the only thing I can say is to be real. Also, read books! That has helped me a lot, not necessarily about anything to do with jewelry or starting a business, but read perspectives and gain knowledge through others who like to share it. For example I think an easy good read for “starters” is the book, REWORK by Jason Fried and David Heinmeier Hansson; it aligns with many of my core values and understanding of what I think business is today and how you can manage things on your own.

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D+D DIY: The Perfect Pour Over with On/Off Coffee

The perfect cup of coffee: it's in the ratio. It's in the water temp. It's in the timing. Wait, actually we don't know. That's why we called on the expert advice of On/Off Coffee's Ben Schlief to guide us through the scientific process of making a perfect pour-over for this Dreamers + Doers DIY. 


Ben has been with Urban Outfitters for 12 years, working in Madison, WI and inside the Mall of America before moving east to NYC as an Urban Outfitters display artist. In 2010, he and a group of friends started their own mobile coffee stand called Kickstand Coffee, a collapsible coffee stall wheeled around on a pair of bikes that set up shop at outdoor events, markets, and parks. Today, Ben's job title is Manager of Coffee Concepts (!) at Urban Outfitters, heading up On/Off Coffee, the cafe-within-a-shop inside our NYC 5th Avenue store. From sourcing beans to stocking On/Off with a variety of coffee-making devices and accessories, Ben is an expert on all things caffeinated, and we jumped on the opportunity to have him walk us through how it's done. Photography by Michael A. Muller.



The Perfect Pour-over Coffee
Makes a single, ten-ounce serving 

What you need:


• 26-28g unground coffee + grinder

• 400g water (both for the coffee and for pre-submerging the filter)
• Digital scale 

1. Grind your coffee. 
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The grind should be a bit finer than that for a drip coffee machine. I strongly recommend grinding the coffee as close to the brew time as possible."
 

2. Water temp + Filter Prep.
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Water temperature should be between 200-208 F, just below a rolling boil. With your water to temperature and your coffee ground, place the filter in the craft, ensuring the layered portion of the filter is facing the spout side of the vessel. Use the prepared hot water to completely submerge the paper filter. Let the water drip through and discard. This process removes any papery particulate/flavors."

3. "Gently add your coffee grounds to the filter, then clear the scale to zero."

4. The bloom.
"Slowly pour approximately 50g water onto the grounds. Let the coffee rest for 20-ish seconds. This phase is referred to as the bloom: The coffee will begin to expand, bubble, and form a 'crust.'" 

5. Circular pour.
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After the 20 second rest, pour in a slow circular motion, breaking the crust from the center of the filter out. Do not direct the stream of the pour directly onto the filter. This is a gentle procedure! Bring the water weight to 400g… then stop."

6. Wait! 
"When the liquid has passed through the filter and is no longer dripping steadily, lift the filter out of the vessel and dispose (a great addition to compost!) This process from start to cup should take about four minutes."

7. Pour and enjoy!

Here are two exclusive On/Off Coffee discounts for UO App users: 

1. Make a purchase at Urban Outfitters in either Tallahassee or NYC's 5th Avenue stores and get 25 percent off On/Off Coffee in those stores.

2. Buy ten drinks and get one free.


About a Face: Ally and Taylor Frankel of Nudestix

This week we're welcoming NUDESTIX into the UO Beauty lineup, an easy-to-use collection of smudgeable makeup sticks in natural shades started by Toronto-based teenage sisters Ally and Taylor Frankel. 

After realizing that there was a place in the beauty market for products that appealed to their low-fuss lifestyle, Ally and Taylor took matters into their own hands (along with the help of their mom, beauty industry veteran Jenny Frankel). "We don't want to wear color every day," says Taylor. "When we'd walk into a beauty store and it would be all about green eyeliner or getting 'the perfect lip,' we just couldn't relate to it." 

This is the era of "I woke up this way", of perfectly-imperfect styling: Ally and Taylor recognized that they and their friends wanted products that both made them look fresh-faced, not caked-on. "People shouldn’t mask what they really look like," Ally explains. "We like for them to look like themselves. They don’t need to cover themselves up."

To learn more, we asked Ally and Taylor to break down their daily beauty routines for us — from moisturizer to lemon water, here's their lineup. 


What's your morning routine like?

Taylor: Well, in the morning we like to sleep in, so as far as our morning routines it’s totally based on our schedules. We’re not rushing to go anywhere (unless we have school…but we still prefer our sleep than spending over an hour on our makeup!).

My morning makeup routine starts with cleaning my face. I use Biophora to wash all the remaining makeup from the previous night. It’s great because it works as a cleanser and toner all in one! Afterwards I use Avene Sensitive Skin Moisturizer for my dry areas. Then I use my NudeStix concealer to cover the darkness around my eyes and the redness around my nose… a really simple step to looking natural but flawless. I draw lines or dots in the areas where I think I need some coverage and smudge with my clean fingers. Then I use the NudeStix mascara as close to the lash line as possible. This morning routine usually takes me five-ten minutes…and that's it! 

Ally: When I wake up in the morning I start by putting my hair up and cleansing my face using my Reversa Toner. After this I put on my prescribed acne and spot treatment cream called Diffren. I also moisturize in needed areas - which differ - with my Avene moisturizer. After this I brush my teeth and brush my hair. Then, I use my Nudestix concealer, mascara, and from time to time I'll use Stardust as a highlighter.

Above: Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color Pencil

What about at night?

Taylor: The process is quite similar, but I may use the lighter eye pencil colors as my base, and then use a darker eye pencil on my crease for more of a going out look. I can’t get enough of highlighting - on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose, chin, bow of my lip, and eyebrow. 

Ally: At night I use my Reversa Toner and Cleanser to remove all my makeup. I moisturize with my Avene cream in needed areas and cover my blemishes with my acne treatment Diffren. I will sometimes braid my hair before bed so it stays out of my face while I sleep. To finish off, I brush my teeth and go to bed.


What are some of the best beauty tips you've picked up?

Taylor: LESS IS MORE! I found that when I would try to cover up with more makeup it resulted in more problems like more dryness and just more work! 

Ally: I've learned not to over-cleanse my face so I don't strip my skin of its natural oils.

Top: Magnetic Eye Color Pencil in pewter / bottom: Nudestix mascara and concealer pencil

Who are your beauty icons?

Taylor:
 Our beauty icons are really natural-looking girls. Cara Delevingne, Miranda Kerr, and Shailene Woodley. 

Ally: I typically shop beauty in a lifestyle way. I look at the whole look.


How does health play into this? 

Taylor: Health is a huge part of this! Both my sister and I have very different skin types (Ally has eczema and dry patches, as well as acneic/oily skin; I have very dry skin and reactive eyes) and we would always use different products to cater to our skin’s needs. When creating NudeStix, we ensured that all of our products were as natural and well-tolerated as possible (such as shea butter for the lips) in order for both my sister and I to be able to use the same product. 

Ally: I love to drink hot water with lemon. I find that it soothes my body and helps cleanse it. Other then that I'll eat many different things while trying to stay as healthy as possible. 


Can you share some embarrassing past beauty phases?

Ally: My most embarrassing phase would have to be when I would wear tons of foundation and everyone could tell it was caked on. My sister Taylor had a thing for eyeliner and would wear thick blue or green liner everyday. 


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UO Premiere: Karen O "Day Go By"


You probably know Karen O from being frontwoman of the indie rock band Yeah Yeah Yeahs for nearly 15 years, but on September 9th, her debut solo album Crush Songs will be released. "Rapt," the first single off the album, premiered a little over a month ago - and has left us wanting to hear more ever since. Today, we're excited to premiere "Day Go By," the second track from the album.



Coming out on Cult records (the label run by Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas), Crush Songs promises more lo-fi tracks that ruminate on love and nostalgia. To hear the album in full, head to NPR this Friday, where the entire album will be streaming a few days ahead of its official release.

Read the lyrics for "Day Go By" below.



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