The Little Prince, that super whimsical book that everyone was gaga for on Tumblr a couple years ago, is getting turned into an animated movie! Which is totally fun! And it'll apparently be voiced by James Franco, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard, as well as other A-list movie actors. James Franco, gettin' involved in every movie ever made. If you've never read the book, click that image above and it'll take you to a totally sweet Angelfire site where you can read the whole thing. Tumblr-ness aside, it is a great story, and will probably make an awesome movie. —Katie
Simpsons Drawing Club is a collaborative blog by a handful of UK artists with a shared obsession for drawing the iconic animated family. If you consumed popular culture in the '90s, you understand the impact of Matt Groening's yellow characters, particularly on illustrators.
The genius of Simpsons Drawing Club comes from the range of personalities and artistic quirks among the contributing illustrators, providing new spins and stories on old, beloved characters. My favorites are Sam Taylor's drippy metal-inspired characters. Check it out for pages and pages of goodness, and if you have a Simpsons drawing, tag it with #simpsonsdrawingclub on Tumblr and see if it makes the blog. -Angelo
French Girls is an app that lets you upload a picture of yourself for other people to draw totally anonymously. IT IS SO MUCH FUN. And it gives everyone a legitimate excuse to take 1,000 selfies. Plus, the name "French Girls" is a hilariously perfect Titanic reference ("Draw me like one of your french girls"), so obviously you need to download this app ASAP. —Katie
Today, Converse sat up a customization station in our store, with artists Josh Row (who has done some sick murals all around Austin), Sophie Roach and Jason Archer working non-stop to turn Chucks into wearable art. Totally girl-crushing on Sophie now, too. Adorbs—Kate
Although NYC's Spring/Break Art Show may not have neon bikinis and beer bongs, it does look like it's going to have some awesome art for everyone to check out. The curator-driven show will feature the projects of over 20 curators and even more artists, and will focus around the theme New Mysticism. The exhibition takes place at 233 Mott Street in NYC and runs from March 7-10, 12PM-9PM. Admission: $5. Culturing your lame-ass during spring break: priceless.—Katie
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros' "Home" is playing on repeat in my head just from looking at Bianca Green's You Make Me Home print, shown above. Check out more of her work below and get lost in the colors and sounds of her art. —Ally
Recap: Hattie Stewart's "Everything is Just So F**kin Fabulous"
Sooooo we had a pretty rad time at the opening of artist Hattie Stewart's new pop up shop, Everything is Just So F**kin Fabulous, in collaboration with Urban Outfitters and Dr. Martens at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in L.A. this weekend. The shop, showcasing Hattie's new collection with Urban Outfitters, (which will be released shortly), was packed with bright young things, who went perfectly with the incredibly pop art work of Hattie Stewart. Many thanks to Dr. Martens, who provided the shop with shoes to be customized by Hattie herself, as well as Coolhaus for tasty treats, Kleur for their nail art services, and Nosaj Thing for an incredible DJ set. The shop will be open throughout the month of March, from 12PM-8PM everyday. Stop by and check out the adorable accessories, like pins, shoelaces, stickers and more just picked out for the shop, as well as customized Dr. Martens shoes, and of course, Hattie's new collaboration with UO! - Maddie
Whoa! It's about to get really hard to mindlessly doodle during a boring class or meeting, because with the 3Doodler, your wiener drawings are going to literally burst off the page. But everybody will be so fascinated by your cool gizmo that even your teachers won't care that you haven't been paying attention.
Seriously though, this could be a game changer for artists. People have been calling 3D printing the most significant technological advancement of our time, but it's still something that regular people are confused by, and the pen could be an affordable and fun introduction to the possibilities of the field. The Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its funding goal by more than a million dollars, so it shouldn't be too long before you'll be able to get your hands on one and finally give your cat comics the life they deserve. -Angelo
Space 15 Twenty x UO Present: Hattie Stewart's "Everything is Just So F**kin Fabulous"
Its that time again! Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) and Urban Outfitters are bringing you an all new collection and pop-up shop in collaboration with artist Hattie Stewart, called Everything is Just So F**kin Fabulous. Hattie's incredibly fun drawings are a new form of pop art, and her work spans from magazine covers to store windows. On March 1 at 7PM, join us at in Hollywood for the opening party to celebrate the new collaboration, where you can see Hattie Stewart work her magic in the flesh. If you want a piece of Hattie's work for your own safekeeping (like I do), items from the Hattie Stewart collection, Dr. Martens shoes and boots, and selected pieces from (PUR) Project Urban Renewal will be available for purchase and customization for that one night only! Also joining us for the ride will be Kleur nail art, the always delicious Coolhaus ice cream sandwich truck, and Nosaj Thing for a live DJ set. The fun will run until 10PM, I hope you're as excited as I am! - Maddie
Over the past few months, Urban Outfitters has supported employee entrepreneurial efforts by creating Side Projects, a chance for employees to show off their amazing talents and get their products featured in local stores. Below were our first round of employees, with more coming throughout the year. Enjoy! -Ally
UO Sales Associate Andrew Cunningham has spent his time working with wood and building for the last 11 years. Recently, he's been making his own skateboards out of reclaimed wood, turning material that others might pass right by into hand-carved works of art. The reason he started making these decks? "I couldn't find the skateboards that I wanted, so I went out into my parents garage and started making my own." He's been perfecting his craft ever since.You can find his boards in our Santa Monica store (1440 Third St. Promenade).
Upper Midwest District Manager John Migala helps run this vintage shop which is described as, "American heritage with a touch of white collar flair referencing utility, work wear and military styles." Focusing on the needs of the quintessential "man," Scout manages to mix the outdoors with low-cost, unique clothing that will have even the most experienced male thifters at a loss for words. Go get some new digs before they run out at our NYC stores at 14th and 6th (526 Avenue of the Americas).
This vintage shop is filled with all of the things you want to fill your closet with but can never find in any stores. If you want some one-of-a-kind outfits (especially with festival season right around the bend), then this is your to-go shop for making you look cooler than you are. Shop BPV by San Francisco Store Merchandiser Laura Cerri and her BFF Jessica Dega at the NYC Broadway Store (2633 Broadway) and in San Francisco (3322 Fillmore St.).
Hollywood Sales Associate Sean Tully (and our former Employee of the Month) is back for more Urban fun with a bunch of new zines, T-shirts and faux wooden spray cans he created in between his surf days at sea. You can find his stuff in San Francisco and on 5th Ave in NYC. Get 'em while they're hot!
Looking for some new zines to flip through? Then Portland Sales Associate Sara Golden is your girl. Just browsing through her photographs on Tumblr is like having a little kid on your leg begging you to take her on a trip to Disney Land (yeah, that's my idea of a getaway. Sue me.). Her 'Zines are in San Francisco, Cambridge, MA, and NYC.
You would never guess from employee Kat Mills' cat-filled Tumblr that she makes super gnarly zines. You can buy her satanic kitty zine (and more) here, or check her out in San Francisco and NYC.
Lila Ash, assistant display artist at UO Space 15Twenty, is an illustrator, sculptor and performance artist from NYC who lives and works in L.A. Her paintings and comics have been exhibited at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and are published bi-monthly in L.A. Record Magazine. She is an alum of the painting department at the Rhode Island School of Design, class of 2011.
We first met the delightful Elise Pioch Balzac in Sydney when she was the head buyer for the Belinda boutiques. Her French girl coolitude (to borrow a phrase from another Gallic style crush Garance Doré, who took the above picture of Elise) had us at bonjour. Elise has a way of dressing that exudes both classic and quirk in equal measure and, aesthetics aside, it's her joie de vivre that really shines through. These are all qualities the South-of-France born, Sydney-based creative has channeled into Maison Balzac, her new line of natural scented candles, which she founded last year after leaving Belinda. Here, we ask her about starting a passion project, being a Frenchie in Australia, and why the South of France is the most beautiful smelling place on earth. —Natalie
Hi Elise! How did Maison Balzac come to life?
After eight years living in Australia I started to seriously miss my homeland so I decided to collect my best childhood memories and translate them into perfumed candles. The place [in the South of France] where I grew up is so enchanting and so fragrant that it deserved to be captured in soy wax.
What are some of your favorite scent memories?
Each candle captures one of my favorite scents. "Le Sud": Thyme and lavender; "La Rose": Garden roses; "Le Bois": Cedar and pine wood; "Le Soleil": Orange and tuberose; and "Le Eglise": Musk and clove buds. The five of them together talk about a typical Sunday at home: I would wake-up and drink a freshly-squeezed orange juice and then take a bath infused with lavender flowers before heading to the local church with my grandmother. Then, after a big lunch, we would walk in the bush—here are the five scents!
What's your approach to building a brand?
Maison Balzac is about nature, authenticity, quality and fun. I admire labels like Marni, Christopher Kane and Martin Margiela where a sense of humor and personality are mixed with excellence and eccentricity.
What have you learned about the art of candle-making?
Everything from perfumes to essential oils to working with precious materials like milk glass and the different natures of waxes.
The name Maison Balzac is so romantic. Where does your last name originate from?
My mother's maiden name is Balzac and apparently she is related to Honoré de Balzac, the French novelist from the 19th century.
Wow, that is quite the pedigree! How did you decide on the design of the packaging?
I wanted the design to be very clean and French with a touch of quirk. We had to strip back and back until we got to this bare box. The design team (Mine Design in Sydney) thought I went mad, but I feel this simple packaging can allow for a lot of things in the future.
Speaking of packaging, you are always so beautifully turned out! What are some of your everyday luxuries and style essentials?
I live in the countryside near Sydney and wake up to nature every day. This is definitely my first luxury! In terms of fashion, I think once you own a few pieces from Marni (necklaces, dresses and knits) and Dries Van Noten (shoes, pants, jackets), you are ready to go anywhere. Paired back with some tees and denims by Bassike, you don't need much else!
Being a Frenchie in Australia, how do the two cultures mix?
On a cultural level both countries share the same passion for food and wine, but I would give a little advantage to Australia for being so open-minded and relaxed.
What's next for you?
There are so many projects and collaborations coming up this year. And our office-slash-laboratory is moving into an 1880s renovated church on the banks of the Colo River.
Team Art Delights makes a coloring book filled with '90s pop divas and I need it. They also make other coloring books, including one titled "Boy Bands" which speaks to my soul on a very personal level. It's stuff like this that convinces me Etsy is the greatest website to ever exist.—Katie
Fiona Stoltze is a Boston-based designer who prints and hand-dyes all-natural textiles; the end results are awesome! I'm so into the above calendar, but her dip-dyed tote is also calling my name. Her Etsy shop is brand new this year, and I'm excited to see what other projects will be put up. (More wall art, please!)—Katie
So, in April, Marvel is relaunching the X-Men series with a new #1 issue and an all-female team of X-Men. Yes! This has the potential to be so, so awesome, and it would be amazing if something like this took off. While the series is still being written and illustrated by men (Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel, respectively), it should prove to be one of the more interesting reboots in the comic world. Even though three of the six ladies in the illustration above may be wearing sexy catsuits, at least half of them have on sensible, ass-kicking outfits. As long as this series doesn't revolve around crying over men, I'm totally on board. (via Wired)—Katie
We asked Arthur, our Men's Senior Corporate Merchandiser, 'How do I dress like a grown-up without being boring?' Seeing as how he has a beautiful girlfriend, an adorable puppy, a picture perfect house and is one of the best dressed people we know, we thought he'd be more than qualified to answer.
Interview by Kate Williams
[This is Arthur. Look how grown-up and cool he looks! This look screams, "Trust me, I know my shit."]
How should a suit fit? The most important fit is the shoulders. The shoulder seams should land at the apex shoulder bone. As an illustration, if you were standing next to a wall, and slowly moving closer to it, your bicep should touch the wall before the shoulder of the suit does.
Some other signs of a good fitting suit include at least a ½” of shirt cuff showing out of the jacket sleeve when your arms are at your side and that the fabric doesn’t pull too much in the chest (a little is ok) when you button the front buttons. Remember: never button the bottom button!
As for details like the length of the jacket body, the width of the lapels, darts, pockets, the amount of padding in the shoulders, where the vent(s) are located, etc. are all a matter of taste and fashion. There are traditions that dictate all of these details but my general advice here is the more expensive the suit, the more the traditions should be followed.
If you can only afford one suit, what color should it be? Navy blue is somber enough to wear to a funeral, cheerful enough to wear to a wedding, and complex enough to be taken seriously in a board meeting. Charcoal is a good second choice. Avoid light gray, brown, or black unless you already have the first two, and avoid stripes/patterns unless you really know what you are doing.
[When it comes to navy suits, Lord Disick knows exactly what he's doing.] How do you pick out a tie? When worn with a suit or a sport coat, the width of the tie should relate to the width of the lapel (i.e. if the widest part of the lapel is 3” then the widest part of the tie should be between 2 ¾” and 3 ¼”) but matching the width exactly is a little predicable so some variance shows that you’re not trying too hard. As far as color and pattern go, I would recommend the tie be lighter than the suit, but darker than the shirt. Avoid repp ties (bias striped ties) unless you know what they mean (for example a navy and orange striped tie means you went to Princton). Most ties are silk, but wool or cotton can be worn in winter and summer respectively. What about bolo ties? Hell yes. Don’t forget the matching silver collar points.
[BOLO is like the new YOLO, man. Image via NaughtyPig Studios] How often can I wear the same thing in one week? It depends on the item. Something like a suit or a pair of classic dress shoes can be worn everyday (though eventually you may want to add to the rotation), and a new pair of raw selvedge jeans are almost expected to be worn everyday (without washing) for a couple of months. But other than that, basic items like oxford shirts, tee shirts, and chinos can be worn every other day with out anybody noticing. Generally speaking, the more memorable the item, the less frequently it should be worn (unless you want to be known as “the red pants guy/girl” or whatever).
What's an accessory I can wear that will make me see more mature? A “Life Alert” necklace. Or just a wristwatch (for men and women). Either/or. Up to you.
I'm a guy who hates everything but sneakers.How do I find non-offensive dress shoes? Honestly, When it comes to dress shoes vs sneakers, you pretty much have to man up, take the plunge into adulthood, and wear a grown ass man’s shoes. I recommend a classic cap toe blucher or oxford in black or burgundy. Avoid square-toed shoes.
What's one thing every guy should have in his closet? A blue oxford shirt.
What's one thing every girl should have in her closet? Her ex-boyfriend’s blue oxford shirt.
[Hmmm, whose shirt could this be?]
For guys and girls, what should be 'investment pieces' and what can be bought on the cheap? As your personal style develops you will find yourself wearing some things more than others, and over time these things would be the best candidates for investment pieces. I recommend buying the affordable version of something first, and over time (if they work for you) “buy up” to investment status replacing items as you go. The only items I can really recommend as investment pieces right out of the gate are a decent suit, good jeans, good dress shoes, a good daily handbag/briefcase, and a decent raincoat. Everything else can be scaled to fit your budget.
What are a couple of things that are totally inappropriate to wear when you're over 25 (ie, tutus, unless you're a ballerina)? Chunky skate shoes, face paint, cut off shorts when the pocket bags come out of the bottom, side boob shirts, neon anything, fedoras, anything with a kitten on it. These all go for guys and girls.
Oops! Looks like I didn't make it home last night! Do I call in sick, or is there a way to salvage this mini-dress and heels and make it office-appropriate? Maybe… Borrow/steal one of his button downs or sweaters and toss it over the dress.
[Muahaha, your boss will never even know! Okay, you will probably end up looking a little more like this, but at least you tried.]
Woo-hoo! Casual Friday! That means I can wear my fraternity T-shirt and these flip-flops, right? Shit yeah brah. I got a neck tattoo. Am I screwed? Totally, unless you're the creative director for a major fashion company. In the meantime, here’s an application for McDonalds.
What are some general style tips you have: • Be honest with yourself and own your measurements. The foundation of style is fit; everything else is secondary. This means learning what looks best on you regardless of your size. • Try and wear things that you feel represent your lifestyle, your interests, your heritage, colors you like, etc. this is called “keeping it real”. Trying too hard or following some trend you have no real connection with also has a name; “poseur.” Trust me when I say people can tell that you don’t have a “Native spirit-space Gypsy-Gothic French-witch" all at the same time background.
[What? No! I always dress like this. My dad's like, two percent Cherokee and my mom was born in France.]
• Avoid looking costume by not dressing head to toe in the same style. Mix dressed up with dressed down, cheap with expensive, old with new. Be a little unpredictable. • Lastly, “Wear the clothes, don’t let them wear you”. This means confidence is king, and ultimately you can feel good in anything you wear as long as you believe in yourself. Duh.
Can you pick out a few items for our readers to get them started on their new grown-up (but still cool) look?
One fine day, I was going over some email previews at work and saw a really rad holiday drawing. I decided to get to the bottom of it and find out who drew it, and at the bottom found a Mr. Ben Kopp! Ben works down the hall in UO's art department and makes some pretty awesome art. Fun fonts, clever doodles, the occasional Spongebob—he does it all! Check out his Tumblr and get ready to treat yo self to some eye presents. -Ally
Introducing the #UOFACEOFF contest! Head over to your local UO* and find our holiday display. Then, stick your head in the holes and snap a photo! Instagram it with the hashtag #UOFACEOFF for a chance to win a $500 UO Gift Card and other daily prizes. Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad even got in on the fun!