Today (aka Black Friday), avoid the crowds looking for holiday toaster-oven deals, and head instead to Kiosk, where Reference Library's Andy Beach brings his blog off the screen and into the store. In addition to a collection of classic vintage wares, Beach also commissioned five limited-edition selvedge denim aprons, all up for grabs.
For those who consider glasses an accessory and not just something you wear when you woke up too late to put your contacts in, Lisbon-based designer Luis Porem has created these hollow, clear-plastic glasses that can be filled with different colors of ink. Just don't step on them.
With the ending of every year, one of my favorite things to look forward to is the Paris Vogue calendar, which always comes with their December/January issue. The mag is out now and it looks like 2009 will be filled with lots of ladies all done up in Louis Vuitton wares and shot by Terry Richardson. Pair these three together and you can be sure the calendar is out of this world.—X, Jen
The first collaboration between graphic design dynamo Kate Moross and Safe clothing creator Rebecca Turbow, the Jet Jacket combines Turbow’s monotone pallet with Moross’ geometric images.
The hand-sewn and screen-printed jackets have been produced in a numbered, limited edition of 50, which makes them a safe bet indeed.
Hamburg fashion student Anne Brenneke's graduate collection isn't another range of T-shirt dresses or drop-crotch pants. Rather, Brenneke spent 18-months using recycled materials to handcraft quilted homages to deceased rap stars such as Biggie Smalls, Easy-E and Big L. The results are stunningly beautiful and original, and on display through December 3 at Kuntsklub. (Via What's Wrong With the Zoo.)
Tonight, the lovely Miss Pleet hosts a tea-party to celebrate the opening of her pop-up shop at Space 15 Twenty, complete with a performance by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti. Everyone's invited, and Samantha is even providing the macaroons.
Once again, Penguin has provoked our intense book lust with this series of beautifully bound hardback books designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith. The set includes The Picture of Dorian Grey, Pride and Prejudice, Madame Bovary, Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Crime and Punishment, Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, and Cranford. Unfortunately, they're only available in the U.K. at the moment, so those of us Stateside have to continue to make do with our dog-eared paperbacks.
Fashion designer Christian Wijnants is known for his knits, and many of his designs are heavily influenced by African folkart. He's also a teacher at the Royal Academy, and is way cooler than any professor we ever had.
With a background in graphic design and illustration, Swede Karola King covers her Kling by Kling collections in multiple patterns of her own creation. Her trippy, mesmerizing looks have been called "Viktor & Rolf on acid," and it's a descriptive that she's happily adopted. From her website to her illustrations and the collection videos she creates, the phrase that keeps coming to mind is "next level shit."