News on Friday, September 19th, 2014

4:45 pm

Levi’s Made & Crafted Nude Leather Collection

Levis Made & Crafted Nude Leather Collection

Levi’s Made & Crafted introduce the “Nude Leather” collection of outerwear and accessories. Left undyed and unembelleshed, these pieces were created to pick up on their owner’s personal wear and imprint. The perfect patina comes with time — everything was designed to be broken-in and worn in the same manner as a new pair of raw denims. More consistent wear leads to a better looking jacket. Novel idea right? Keep these forever. Shop the full collection here.

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3:45 pm

Killspencer Introduce Leather Camera Bags and Accessory Cases

Killspencer Introduce Leather Camera Bags and Accessory Cases

Cameras and the countless accessories that go along with them do not come cheap — so you shouldn’t treat them as such. Our friends at Killspencer venture into the world of photography with the introduction of a full range of leather bags and cases for your precious gear. They make it easy to compartmentalize every piece of hardware into separate, easy-to-access pouches and bags. Standout item is the leather notebook-shaped memory card holder — Seriously, this thing is perfect; why have we never seen one until now? The full collection will drop September 23 alongside a brand new website, so we’re excited for what’s in store. Keep up with Killspencer here.

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3:00 pm

See Ai Weiwei’s 176 Lego Portraits of Political Exiles at Alcatraz Prison

See Ai Weiweis 176 Lego Portraits of Political Exiles at Alcatraz Prison

Ai Weiwei does not shy away from anything. He may be banned from leaving Beijing due to accusations of tax evasion, but that hasn’t stopped him from producing “Trace” at “@Large,” a massive art installation made with Legos. He’s created 176 portraits out of them, hiring “trained volunteers” to snap the toys into place. The portraits are “of prisoners of conscience and political exiles around the world,” like Nelson Mandela and Edward Snowden — So it’s only fitting that the installation is taking place at the notorious Alcatraz Prison Island in San Francisco Bay.

“@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” is “a community of prisoners too large to be ignored.” Made of 1.2 million Lego pieces, the installation takes up the former prison’s hospital, psyche ward, cells, dining hall and laundry building, which are normally closed during public tours. The exhibit will be open for free, with Internet access for visitors to Tweet and Instagram. This is the first time ever that the island will have Internet access at all.

Also at “Trace” “@Large” will be souvenirs like shirts, hats, pens and catalogs with notes written by Ai Weiwei himself, collectively called “Weiwei-isms.” While the exhibit is free, this is how the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which runs the tours, will make revenue.

“@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz” runs from September 27 through April 26, 2015. Find ticketing info here.

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1:45 pm

Go Behind the Scenes of Maison Kitsuné’s New York Fashion Week Presentation

Go Behind the Scenes of Maison Kitsunés New York Fashion Week Presentation

Earlier this month, Maison Kitsuné arrived at New York Fashion Week with their “Effortlessly French” Spring/Summer 2015 presentation, and as always, their lineup was beautiful. The brand now take us around backstage at The Standard High Line Hotel to capture the designs and hard work that made the show seem so effortless. In this “Behind the Scenes” video, we see the models being prepped along with whatever else goes on backstage before they hit the floor. Watch below.

Words: Luke Licata/Selectism.com

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12:51 pm

Where To Go This Weekend | September 2014, Week 3

Where To Go This Weekend | September 2014, Week 3

Food, wine trucks, art and shop openings fill this week’s “where to go” guide with destinations in Portland, Los Angeles, Seoul, Tokyo, Beverly Hills, New York and beyond. The Tokyo Art Book Fair opens this weekend and is certainly a top destination along with the Photoville 2014 exhibition along Brooklyn Bridge Park. Find something to do this weekend below!

See our other mini weekend travel guides here.

 

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11:00 am

Bread & Boxers Highlights True Basics in its New Lookbook

Bread & Boxers Highlights True Basics in its New Lookbook

Bread & Boxers got its start stocking undergarments in hotel rooms including boxers and socks. Fast forward to 2014, and the label houses a full collection that emphasizes basic gear, without endeavouring too far away from the principles the brand was founded on. Continuing to hone its approach, this latest lookbook bring stylized images of T-shirts, V-necks, boxers, and other highly wearable gear that is equally well-suited for layering or simply putting your feet up around the house. Browse through the Bread & Boxers online shop here.

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11:00 am

Baracuta Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook – The Old & The New

Baracuta Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook   The Old & The NewBaracuta lay out a full selection of outerwear for Spring 2015. Concentrating on the mainline label, we’re reminded of the Harrington’s deceptively simple power. A jacket that has quite simply never gone out of style, ladies, gents, old and young, its neat tab collar and that bold flash of tartan played out against strong or subtle block color works for all. However, to rely on their top-seller would be foolish and Baracuta push forward each season with reworked versions of their standard alongside completely fresh silhouettes. We’re particularly impressed with their shorter length macs, hooded parkas, boxy leather numbers, women’s cuts and a blackwatch bucket hat for rainy days.

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Inside “Made by Hand,” a Book on Contemporary Makers and Traditional Practices

Inside Made by Hand, a Book on Contemporary Makers and Traditional Practices

 Made by Hand is a visual exploration of artisan craftspeople from all over the world. Canvassing across neon sign makers, bladesmiths, violin makers and other individuals who employ time-honored practices, this latest hard-copy publication takes readers through the spaces and processes that in many regards had to be lost in order to be rediscovered. Touring through the United Kingdom, the United States and Scandinavia, Made by Hand features imagery and testimony from Glasgow-based bag makers Trakke, Chicago spectacle makers Urban Spectacles, bladesmiths Orchard Steel from Brooklyn, Swedish shoemaker Viktoria Nilsson, Japanese paper makers Awagami, and watchmaker Quentin Carnaille of Lille. Available from Amazon.

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9:00 am

Affordable and Designy “Record” Watches from Alessi

Affordable and Designy Record Watches from Alessi

Just like its designs, Italian design factory Alessi has evolved through the years. The company got its start as a brass and nickel processing workshop before shifting its concentration and eventually becoming one of Italy’s most prized design studios. Its frequent collaborations with notable graphic designers, architects and an array of other creatives has yielded some truly remarkable collaborations over the years.

There was just one thing: Affordability hasn’t always been part of the grand scheme. But now, the company is offering the “Record” timepiece collection, an “easy-to-read yet humorous watch” starting at just $145. Designed by the late industrial designer Achille Castiglioni and his good friend and equally storied graphic designer Max Huber, the timepieces are centered on good clean minimalism and function.

Castiglioni, who passed away in 2002, counts these particular timepieces as some of his last projects. Their simple beauty, functionality and playful aesthetic are a fitting tribute to one of the 20th-century’s greatest industrial designers. You can shop the Record collection here.

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