The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

Paris runways are always grand, but the streets around the city this time of year are filled with a jaunty, debonair style all their own — usually accented with une clope. Photographer/book publisher-by-day François Guillaume‘s knack for capturing Paris’ denizens in their element, with one eye on the decisive moment and the other on style, makes his […]

French Cheesescapes

French Cheesescapes

I’m not sure about the myth of French children tasting wine at an early age, but I was certainly fed cheese and taught about it as a child. It was a vast subject and proper knowledge was de rigueur in order to inform the personal taste which would ultimately shape your personality: do you like your Camembert coulant? […]

High Point Barbershop

High Point Barbershop

Thomas Pynchon once wrote, “Change your hair, change your life.” It’s an attitude we fully endorse. This week, we talk to the guys at Richmond, VA’s High Point Barbershop and Shave Parlor about the secret to a good haircut, the ins-and-outs of shop banter, what it means to be modern in a practice that’s heavily […]

systems

systems

Today in Paris, Das-Programm opened the third instalment of Systems, an exhibition of contemporary posters that reinterpret Braun’s seminal midcentury design. The works come from a solid group of designers—among them are Spin, Ross Gunter, Playgroup—most of whose stylistically Modernist works were no doubt shaped in some way by the brand. In addition to the posters, a collection of midcentury Braun eye candy […]

At Home: Eddie Chacon & Sissy Sainte Marie

At Home: Eddie Chacon & Sissy Sainte Marie

Life is a wonderful, mercurial adventure. Something inauspicious might lead unexpectedly to transformative connection or opportunity. One very chance encounter between Eddie Chacon and Sissy Sainte-Marie changed led a remarkable creative relationship and a real symbiosis, underpinned by unwavering trust, love and mutual support. Despite their circuitous path to one another, it’s hard to say that […]

Fragrances with Na Nin

Fragrances with Na Nin

Under her studio monicker Na Nin, Virginia native Kate Jennings creates handmade perfumes and candles inspired by nostalgia and the evocative smells of the past. Starting first with a collection of carefully curated vintage goods and clothing, Kate has built Na Nin into a name recognized in Richmond and throughout the country for fragrances and […]

Here

Here

Synechdoche – n. A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. As in “hired hands”, referring to the movers who tidily pack away the the last of your belongings as you move away from your childhood home. As in “wheels”, referring to your first car in […]

Introducing: Vianel

Introducing: Vianel

Traditional luxury brands make really nice stuff. After all, the world’s best leathers, construction by hand and, more often than not, the savoir-faire of traditional European production go a long way towards distinction in an era of disposability. Nevertheless, the over the top bling these brands have become synonymous means that their popularity is increasingly limited to places like Moscow’s lavish/garish […]

The Boot Care Guide

The Boot Care Guide

Boots are made to be worn. To be worked into the ground. To be stepped on. Twisted up. Scuffed. But they’re also meant to be taken care of. Whether you’re looking to prevent future damage, apply regular maintenance, or trying to bring a lived-in pair back up to snuff, our boot guide is here to […]

Kinematics Dress

Kinematics Dress

For all the talk of wearables and their infinite potential to revolutionize your style game, innovation on that front has so far amounted to 1) fitness trackers, 2) watches of dubious utility and 3) gimmicky eyewear that cries out for punches to the face. While the fitness trackers are a welcome addition to the mainstream tech […]

Interview: Song Exploder

Interview: Song Exploder

Hrishikesh Hirway, with his brilliant podcast Song Exploder, interviews music artists from across genres to uncover the significance their iconic tracks hold to the artists themselves. In intimate interviews with big names across genres, the podcast tells fascinating stories of a song’s genesis and formation, from backstories of mended friendships and improbable collaborations, to minutiae from the production process […]

Homes in the Badlands

Homes in the Badlands

Far beyond the desert chic glamor of Palm Springs stretches miles upon miles of “uninhabitable” desert. Summer temperatures reach a blistering 120F while nighttime temperatures dip down to a bone-chilling 40F. The clay-based soil yields little more than arbitrary dust storms and the occasional sagebrush. Here, the roads come to an end and the sun […]

Tokyo in 35

Tokyo in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris cafés, London tube stations. Tokyo transplant Alex Thomas is a self-described freeter. She captures her city between photography, design, and DJ gigs, as an “intensive, obsessive hobby”. Her candid images serve as a nuanced and raw portrait of Tokyo, day-to-day […]

Introducing: McKinlays of Dunedin

Introducing: McKinlays of Dunedin

Some people just know what they like. For the McKinlays, it was (and still is) Dunedin, New Zealand, a city nestled in the Otago harbor, known for its awe-inspiring landscapes and rich cultural history. Robert McKinlay first established the shoe company’s operations there way back in 1879 and, well, just never left. Now, still thriving […]

Introducing: MYR Studio

Introducing: MYR Studio

MYR Studio is the brainchild of the multitalented Johanna Landin, a trained architect and designer, who taught herself the art of making bags from scratch to keep from losing touch with her inner maker. The label is made up of radically simple, highly elegant bags in conscientiously tanned Swedish leather and hand-painted by the designer. We’ve got the full line […]

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is a jeweled oasis located off Route 66 in the High Desert. It is owned and operated by Elmer Long, a Californian native who decided to expand his father’s bottle collection by quitting his day job and creating a gilded ranch full of meticulously welded metal trees adorned with rows of […]

Good Drip Coffee

Good Drip Coffee

Yes, a carefully brewed pour-over is glorious. And silky, rich espresso from a machine that looks to be distantly related to a Ferrari, nirvana. There’s also the tinny-but-charming old-world moka, cold brew magic and other chemistry set coffee wizardry. But the auto drip filter, still the most ubiquitous method in most countries, has carried a […]

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Brooklyn director and photographer Alan Del Rio Ortiz is quickly becoming indie music’s go-to creative force for clean, expressive visual treatments. One look at his work, and it’s easy to see why. He’s directed videos for Blood Orange, Danny Brown and more, and accompanied St. Vincent on tours around the globe. Much like the music […]

Houseboat

Houseboat

From a distance, houseboat living conjures some pretty romantic notions: a life of freedom afforded by aquatic transience, a rugged lifestyle of necessity, idyllic solitude. While the pragmatic realities of living on a glorified barge may be a bit starker, from time to time we still find ourselves caught up in the escapist whimsy induced […]

You Have Too Much Shit

You Have Too Much Shit

Chris Thomas has a simple message for you: you have too much shit. The UK-based designer’s latest project is a punchy little self-help manual to help you wade through the clutter of your modern life. One part Thoreau’s Walden, one part Adam Mansbach’s Go the F*ck to Sleep, YHTMS makes a pretty convincing case for ditching […]

Winterproof: Atole

Winterproof: Atole

Though it has yet to catch on in much of the non-Spanish speaking world, atole—a hearty, versatile, old-fashioned standard—is a must for your winter food arsenal. It is a cold-weather and breakfast mainstay from southern Colorado to Chile with far-reaching cultural currency: curanderas (and abuelas) swear by it, and it remains a common folk remedio for whatever ails you. It […]

London in 35

London in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris cafés, Belfast bombs. Our friend, model and artist Eva Manticova, photographs her current hometown with an eye for imperfection and contradiction, and in the process reveals the rich, nuanced texture of the real London. We interviewed her several months back about […]

Twenty-Fourteen, You Were Aight.

Twenty-Fourteen, You Were Aight.

2014 was a year of stark contrasts, sometimes scary upheavals and massive change. We saw a new/old globe emerging as Russia moves away from the west, Cuba opens up and Africa grows. Planes disappeared. New words were born. Serial happened. It was a grand year. We now look forward to 2015 with a fresh nostalgia for […]

Goat Town

Goat Town

Guangzhou, the industrial powerhouse of southern China, is nicknamed “Goat Town” after its foundation myth in which five goats descended from the heavens with rice stalks to save the people from starvation. The photographic series Goat Town is an investigation into the vast and consuming alterations being made to the city’s landscape. Using the backdrop of my […]

Pie Town

Pie Town

Pie Town sits along a lonely stretch of US Route 60, about 80 miles from any modern town of note. Like most remote western towns along neglected old pre-Interstate routes, it has dwindled over the years into a no-horse town. A few faded buildings still stand, some flanked by rusted out cars and overgrown with […]

New Years Traditions

New Years Traditions

Say what you will about inevitably broken resolutions, a new year can be a much-needed hard restart. There is no better time to set oneself up for an imaginary better/more productive/richer/fitter future whilst attempting to exorcise bad omens/habits/spirits/obligations/people from the concluding year. And hell, isn’t it just cathartic to imagine? Beyond personal resolutions, though, the customs we use to welcome in […]

Interview: James Young

Interview: James Young

We first stumbled across the work of budding illustrator James Young earlier this year when he entered (and won) our Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover contest. While it’s rare for us to feature an artist while they’re still in school, his story struck us as particularly fascinating. He’s enrolled at both Brown University […]

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Christopher David Ryan, the graphic designer and illustrator better known as “CDR,” is by all accounts a generous person. Aside from the plethora of free printout downloads of the more shareworthy design on his site, he recently ran an online promo where anyone who filled out a form would receive a free original drawing for the holidays. Separate from giveaways […]

Underappreciated

Underappreciated

Gifts should be received graciously, sometimes. After all, they’re tokens of good will, given in a spirit of generosity, sometimes. Other times, they can be thoughtless, misguided, insulting: an obvious regift, a present with less-than-flattering connotations about your character, something stolen. We’re on the fence about whether smiling and feigning graciousness is always the best course of […]

CLOG: World Trade Center

CLOG: World Trade Center

Freedom Tower has been topped out, the ribbons cut and the missives launched. The consensus from across the spectrum so far? Epic fail. Or at least, a massive missed opportunity and disappointing anticlimax for the most anticipated American architectural project of the century so far. And so, there has never been a more appropriate time […]

Introducing: Shockoe Denim

Introducing: Shockoe Denim

Shockoe Denim is a family affair. Founder Anthony Lupesco started the company in Richmond, VA in 2012 to honor the craft of his father, Pierre. For over 40 years, Pierre Lupesco had established manufacturing operations for luxury menswear brands like Isaia and Belvest. So when Anthony approached him about making jeans, Pierre replied, “I only […]

Cozy Cocktails

Cozy Cocktails

Holiday shopping. Holiday travel. Holiday family gatherings. Holiday office parties. Unpredictable holiday weather. It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? There never seems to be enough time at the end of the year to slow down and reflect, to take care of yourself. In search of a remedy to the holiday madness, we sought out […]

Chinatown, New York City

Chinatown, New York City

Chinatown is a city in itself. A tidal restlessness permeates the neighborhood, as does the distinct aroma of fresh fish and damp cigarettes. People move quickly here, but not in the tight, choreographed shuffle of the typical Midtowner — it involves more ducking and turning, a lot more cursing and tripping over small children and […]

Our Place

Our Place

That chasm between friends who move apart, and then reunite can be an impossible one to bridge. One grows in every which way when out in the world, and perspective and inside jokes and priorities inevitably change. What is there to talk about? How does one find their place with each other again? Our Place […]

Milk & Oysters

Milk & Oysters

Tonight Ed.Varie opens Milk & Oysters, a new group photography exhibition curated by Alldayeveryday. The ‘do will showcase limited-edition photography work — to be unveiled this evening — from “eleven long time friends” in its venerable Tompkins Square Park space (host also to Ana Kraš’ Mothers With Spoons exhibition earlier this year). Ed. Varie sets the mood with perhaps this season’s best exhibition teaser: “As […]

Introducing: Doug Johnston

Introducing: Doug Johnston

Doug Johnston thinks at every scale. With an education in architecture and a body of work that spans installation, fiber, and performance art, sculpture, design, architecture, and music, the Brooklyn-based polymath creates multimedia pieces that could just as easily be set on a bookshelf as they could be lived in as a temporary sitting room. […]

Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover Winners

Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover Winners

During the month of November, we challenged our Instagram followers to reinterpret the cover of Human Being Journal 5 — any medium, any style with the directive to Cover the Cover and its iconic photograph of Ana Kraš by Marcelo Gomes. The response was fantastic, with dozens of entries coming in from as far away as Italy, Japan and New Zealand as well […]

Aaron Smith: Skate!

Aaron Smith: Skate!

Skateboarder Magazine was, for many of us, our first contact with skate culture. First published in ’64, the magazine was for decades the go-to resource for everyone from would-be skaters to legit pros. Its impossible photos and slick type and ambitious write-ups were the stuff of dreamers and arguable helped create the cultural narrative of perhaps […]

Get Lit: Independent Bookselling with Ward Tefft

Get Lit: Independent Bookselling with Ward Tefft

Just a short walk away from Need Supply Co., Chop Suey Books is Richmond’s secondhand lit haven. True to its name, the two-story shop serves up an eclectic selection of obscure gems and beloved classics. Its shelves brim with the potential energy of newfound knowledge as shop cat WonTon naps in the display windows. Amid […]

Lessons Learned in Slab City, CA

Lessons Learned in Slab City, CA

Nearly 200 miles east of Los Angeles in California’s Badlands lies a tight-knit squatter settlement known as Slab City. A smattering of festively painted RVs dot the parched land amongst concrete slabs from abandoned WWII marine barracks. Residents — also known as “slabbers” — endure 120°F summers with little more than shady tents and macgyvered […]

Louisiana: Paula Modersohn-Becker

Louisiana: Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker died from an embolism at the age of 31. It was an abrupt and untimely end for an artist whose visceral, almost unnerving work made her one of expressionism’s foremost pioneers. Yet, when viewed through her paintings it seems a poetic conclusion to an artist whose portrayal of life itself is as enigmatic as […]

The Digestif

The Digestif

A few courses of heavy creams and foie gras and breads and the French stand right up after dinner and sashay down cobblestone streets, probably to go dancing. A whole paella and a kilo or so of patatas bravas and jamón and Spaniards get right up to fight some bulls. Or at least climb a few flights […]

Beautiful Bakelite

Beautiful Bakelite

Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride — better known as bakelite, was among the first synthetic plastics. Heavy, hardy, lustrous and rather versatile, it had become omnipresent within a few decades of its 1907 patent. Telecom utilities issued standard bakelite phones by the hundreds of thousands, it was liberally used in electronics and machinery components and allowed for unprecedented new shapes for everything from […]

Photography: Yann Faucher

Photography: Yann Faucher

Yann Faucher is the kind of uncompromising, unyielding artist that seems to come along less and less frequently. He left a promising career in the sciences for the uncertain path of a photographer, and jumped ship on a lark for London with no contacts and minimal possessions. He works hard to support his photography, mostly earning money […]

The Podcast Update

The Podcast Update

For the very first time since it debuted on This American Life back in October, the pulpy true-crime podcast Serial took a break this week. The show has been listened to by millions from Durban to Dallas, and the break in programming gave Serial’s audience a glimpse into the not-too-distant future in which Friday meetings […]

Polaroids: Ramón Felix

Polaroids: Ramón Felix

We were captivated by Ramón Felix’s gritty, irreverent imagery back when we first met him in Oakland this September. His story is fascinating — read the old post for his recounting of what is likely among the most unconventional paths to a photography career we’ve ever heard — and he makes plain excellent work, from portraits of the […]

Cactus Cocktail

Cactus Cocktail

Like Brussels sprouts, the oft misunderstood prickly pair is best just after autumn’s first frost. The fruit is rather unappetizingly called a tuna in Spanish, but its juice is smooth, subdued and rich and lends a brilliant colour to dishes and cocktails. Santa Fe’s prickly pear margaritas are something of a legend—they sparkle on late summer tables like a western version […]

The Cranberry

The Cranberry

We all know about the cranberry. But can anyone really say they know the cranberry? Bitter, red and polarizing, the curmudgeonly evergreen—yes, it’s an evergreen—is prolific during the tail end of the calendar year and the happy hour cocktails of lightweights the world over. Culled from bush or acidic bog, the fruit’s tart, pungent overtones provide […]

Autumn Roast

Autumn Roast

When the turkey’s all gone, but the family’s still in town, what is there to eat? A beef roast, of course. As the temperatures drop, the best way to satisfy that need for cozy comfort food is a perfect braised pot roast. This week, we caught up with Tanya Cauthen, the owner of Richmond, VA’s […]

Introducing: Grei NYC

Introducing: Grei NYC

GREI is a New York City accessories line that specializes in subtle and superlative—their products are the kind of quietly distinguished pieces every solid wardrobe should have more of. The brand has also become known for indigo hand dying, something that, like its all-NYC production, is a learn-by-doing balancing act that adds charm and depth to […]