Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hotel Of The Year

Ace Hotel Portland

"The country's most original new hotel"
The New York Times

"A cool, comfortable but unpretentious place to stay"

"pure rock 'n' roll bohemia"

"The new breed of budget boutiques...
hotels whose idea of cool has nothing to
do with what's in design magazine"

"Ace is a kind of super-aesthetic barrack,
with an in-the-know economy of style"
Time Magazine

"Lost and found fabulous"

"The rooms are fresh and understated..."

Designer Of The Year

Designer Adam Kimmel's clothes look, fit and feel right. Sounds good to us.

Adam Kimmel studied architecture at New York University and began having his clothes made when he couldn't find anything he liked in stores. "Guys were scavenging because it was hard to find the basics," he says. His friends—artists David Armstrong, Ryan McGinley and Dan Colen—wanted the fashionable but masculine basics that Kimmel was wearing. "I never thought I'd be in fashion," he says. "A friend suggested it." He dropped out of grad school in 2002 and started his business that same year.

Kimmel's clothes—comfy cashmere corduroy trousers, slouchy jackets and painter's smocks—are more romantic than nostalgic. "My inspiration is always American," says the designer, 29, "but I look at art moments: Willem de Kooning, Abstract Expressionism and iconic clothes like worker's cottons and tuxedos." Everything has a luxurious feel. "I take a rough idea but make it soft as can be. That's really important to me," Kimmel says.

His spring 2009 collection is inspired by the art scene in 1960s Los Angeles. "Ed Ruscha, Larry Bell—these men lived as artists, but they still dressed up," he says. "They wore striped pants with striped shirts and unconstructed blazers. These guys had nothing but their work, but their approach to life was beautiful."
So far, Kimmel's tender hand has struck a chord. "If the '90s were about minimalism, the future is about the personal touch," he says. His collection has expanded from 20 styles to 100 and is sold in stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Colette and Dover Street Market.

Kimmel's philosophy is to continue to look at the brand as a venture for himself and his friends. "I try to discover pockets of American culture that resonate with my contemporaries and keep it as personal as I can."


“the most intriguing thing about Kimmel’s career is the way his fan-boy-dom keeps provoking him to greater and more disciplined heights”

Artist Of The Year 2008

The Innocence Mission

I prefer the album "Befriended." They write slyly hopeful, gentle indie rock. Basically quaint little lullabies about relational and spiritual topics. The vocals are female, and the girl sounds like she's from sweden or iceland or something. Just beautiful, wistful sounding music. The new album STREET MAP at the end of November, 2008.

" I Recommend Befriended (2003)."

10 POP Of The Top 2008

The Innocence Mission - Street Map

Cocoon - My Friends All Died In A Place Crash

Stereolab - Chemical Chords

Russian Red - I Love Your Glasses

The Postmarks - By The Numbers

10 POP Of The Top 2008

Little Name - How to Swim and Live

Silver Screen - The greatest story never told

Minisnap - Bounce Around

Eugene McGuinness - Eugene McGuinness

The Heart Strings - Try Fly Blue Sky

Hope Every Music Your Like
Enjoy The Music You Want
In Your Home
In Your Car
or Wherever Your Roam

Happy New Year 2009

Monday, December 29, 2008

May the Lord always watch over you...

Wishing you to have a very happy day.
And everything's gonna be O.K.

I always share a little bit to you all the way. 

New Modern Classic...Engineered Garments Spring Looks

With winter stock being pretty picked through these days, it’s nearly time to start thinking about spring and what you want to wear and buy. Engineered Garments had a great fall collection and spring is looking right up the same alley. Similar Beford style jackets, blazers mixed with a great fishing vest and some more good accessories has the spring offering looking good. While there are a couple patterns I am on the fence with, I really like the light khaki color used thoroughly along with an unsurprising navy. It’s really not surprising that we are excited about the spring Engineered Garments collection, and I am personally excited to check out the fall 09 collection next month too. I just love clothing and Daiki’s is especially easy to get excited about.

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New Modern Classic...Jean-Michel Basquiat Book

From the streets of New York to the walls of its most prominent galleries, young graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was catapulted to international fame in his early 20s and was gone by age 27. The subject of a feature film by fellow artist Julian Schnabel, Basquiat is one of the most admired artists to emerge from the 1980s art boom.

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of Jean-Michel Basquiat

"I start a picture and I finish it. I don't think about art while I work. I try to think about life."
- Jean-Michel Basquiat

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Angels Women...Russian Red



~Band Idol~

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Russian Red is a singer from Spain whose latest album is, so far, one of the best this year. Can't find a street date, but Eureka Records will be releasing it. There are many brilliant songs on it, so if you can find it you definitely should buy it. Below is one of my favourites, They Don't Believe...

Russian Red-I Love Your Glasses (2008)

You Should Know

It's only a matter of time before you'll be hearing Russian Red songs on iPod and Yaris commercials. Russian Red is the moniker for Lourdes Hernandez, a Spanish avant-garde folk songstress that wisely chooses to sing in English. Vocally, Hernandez exhibits a similar sort of quirkiness to fellow female folkies Joanna Newsome and Marissa Nadler. Regarded as one of the most promising acts in Madrid, Hernandez was quickly scooped up by local Eureka Records and in April she released her debut album, I Love Your Glasses. While she's proud of her Madrid roots, you'd be hard-pressed to detect any inkling of an accent in Hernandez' songs. On the opening "Cigarettes," Hernandez muses on the nature of regret, delivering the refrain: "All the cigarettes that I have never smothered/ And all the letters that I have never sent." I Love Your Glasses is full of lyrical maturity you wouldn't expect from a 22-year old student, and Hernandez' vocals continually display both impressive range and real emotional weight. With songs like this, don't expect Russian Red to toil in relative obscurity much longer.

"I Love, love...All About Russian Red."

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Hot and Covered...Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Can't wait for...

It's kinda good. For real... Some really good music, dope cameos, and New York at night... Fellow NYU alum Peter Solett did his thing...

Lets get this video to 1 million views!

New Modern Classic...R By 45RPM Denim Eastern Shirt

This is the shirt you want to travel the world in and never take off... It's the definition of classic. One shield shaped pocket on the left breast and also one small coin pocket on the right side seam near the hem. Triple stitched seams for extra strength. The quality of the denim is beautiful and the button details are exquisite. This shirt is for life...