FRECKLED MAGAZINE Issue #6 Autumn 2012 / Winter 2013
ARTWORK SARAH MCNEIL 85 AMYISLA MCCOMBIE 155 JULIE MORSTAD 55
WRITING BETHANEY DEBENHAM 121 NANI KA 35 ANNALISE GILL 02, 82 JENNA LANG 93
PHOTOGRAPHY CARLA F. ANDRADE 175 REBEKAH SEOK 37-48 SOPHIE FONTAINE 23 ELIAS CARLSON 03 NICOLA ODEMANN 95 JENNILEE MARIGOMEN 61 ŁUKASZ BIEDERMAN 133
FASHION 49 COLENIMO 123 UMBLE & CO. 193 ANNE-CATHERINE FREY 197 ALEX RESTIVO 201 AYSIA STIEB 217 AUSTIN AO-XIONG WONG 221 GLENDA ROMUALDO 205 JAKE METZGER 213 SCOTT MIRTSOPOULOS 209 EMMA CHERRY 225 F.E. CASTLEBERRY
MUSIC 71 THE RUFFLED FEATHERS 165 YOUNG PACIFIC
COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY JAYSON MCIVOR http://www.flickr.com/photos/photosbysomeguy BACK COVER PHOTOGRAPH BY SID BLACK http://www.flickr.com/photos/sid_black TABLE OF CONTENTS PHOTOGRAPH & WRITING ACCOMPANIMENT PHOTOGRAPHS BY MOLLY HARE http://www.flickr.com/photos/molly_hare ISSUE EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHS BY TING SHUEN http://www.flickr.com/photos/oceanfragrances
HELLO READERS, We hope you've all enjoyed a great fall and winter season this past year, and although it is overdue, we hope you're having a wonderful new year! It took us some time and thought putting this issue together, which led us to combining fall and winter into one large, collective issue. As a result, Freckled No. 6 contains a vast selection of international artists whose works highlight some of the best aspects of two beautiful seasons. The beginning of fall meant the return to routines for many of us - back to school, back to work, seeing old friends and the chance to make new ones. It meant the changing colour of foliage and the dropping of temperature, and we were reminded just how beautiful our surroundings can be, even without the sunlit greens and warm air. Winter arrived with a flurry of snow and freezing temperatures, and lots of opportunities to be on the mountains. A lot of time was spent indoors, staying warm and keeping friends company through schoolwork and social happenings. Winter was challenging, but now with the arrival of spring, and there are lots of things to look forward to! As always, we hope that this issue will bring you inspiration to grow, create, and make changes. Be it a foray into new personal styles, a move to a new place of residence, trying out a new hobby, attending concerts and events that you've never been to - may it be for the best!
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Photograph by Molly Hare
September is falling back into normal routines, but still filled with the yearning to chase the clouds, hoping that maybe this time theyâ€™ll take you home.
October is the carrier of bruised hands and stung faces, numb apologies nestling into the fallen leaves, soon to be forgotten.
by Annalise Gill
November is all the things that were left unsaid, neatly bundled between the layers intended to keep you warm, but instead never fail to leave you shivering. December is the weight that ensures heavy hearts and paper-thin skin, in risk of tearing at any moment, yet you still run through the pine trees anyway. January is the burns from late night cups of tea and conversations that leave an invisible spectrum of broken hearts, indicated by the purples, blues and yellows. February is the snowflakes that catch on fluttering eyelashes and rosy frost-bitten cheeks soothed gently by familiar lips.
Elias Carlson http://www.flickr.com/photos/eccarlson/ It's funny, I've never really put much thought into any kind of statement regarding my work. I suppose I hope it speaks for itself. My photography is a product and extension of my curiosity, frequent exploration, and conscious effort to view the world in a different way. If I had to boil it down to one goal I suppose I'd say I'm attempting to expose people to wonder through the medium of photography. A few boring stats: I'm 30, live in a tiny apartment in Seattle, pay the bills as a freelance graphic designer/photographer/videographer, and can frequently be found adventuring with my amazing wife.
My name is Sophie Fontaine. I'm a French freelance photographer and illustrator, based in Nancy (North-Eastern France). I studied, among other things, Applied Arts, History of Arts and Literature, and have a past as a colorist and author of humourous chronicles before being increasingly interested by photography (especially analog photography) which synthesizes a bit of everything I've done before. There are recurring themes I like to explore in my work, but nature and nostalgia are certainly the two common threads linking my different sources of inspiration. I mainly use old 35mm cameras and work a lot with my surroundings and atypical places that I discover during my trips - spontaneously most of the time. About my projects: I think a lot about creating a book, being able to combine my photos, sketches and text ... somehow, a final creation involving different aspects of my artistic life.
Written by Nani Ka pavorst.tumblr.com
Dear Mother, It’s early in the morning. M. is not yet awake. I am taking these few quiet moments to write you this letter. Are you all well? It feels like I haven’t written to you in years. Our flight to Manhattan was long, but we are safe now. You seemed so worried when we left. Thank you for holding my hand that night. I think I needed that warmth. I miss it. It has been raining here. The water kisses the rooftop softly. I am learning how to sleep alone now. M. works night shifts these days. The house seems hollow. I don’t want to hear my own voice echo in the passageways, so I don’t speak much either. We haven’t found very many friends here. It is all too strange. M. has invited a couple of his office friends for a small dinner soon. Nothing special. But it means I have to venture out into the city. Mother, I can barely bring myself to speak a sentence in English. My thoughts are peppered with Hindi, Urdu. I listen as M. takes phone calls in our bedroom. The words seem shaped to fit between his lips. He almost sings. Sometimes in the night I rest my ear to his chest. I wonder if this is where the language makes its home. He stirs, and I am careful not to wake him.
Everything here is different. The city is alive. It reminds me of the streets of Delhi - everything here is calling me. I feel like a young animal. Mother, I have seen America in films before. I remember receiving that postcard of Central Park when I was six. I still have it tucked away somewhere. It is difficult to believe that I am here. My feet are touching American carpet. I turn on a television in the morning and I can only hear the twang of this strange accent. There are people in suits wandering the streets at all hours. I have this feeling that I am being watched. Constantly being watched. M. says that I will get used to it. Living here, that is. But I miss the mangoes, the calls of vendors on the streets, the Friday markets, the people. I miss watching schoolchildren in neat blue and white uniforms, braided hair. I miss the spices of home, I miss your food. But most of all, mother, I miss you. It is true, after all. You only know the value of something when it is ripped away from you. I have nightmares sometimes. I wake up here in our bedroom and for a moment I am lost. M. has spent hours with me, holding my hand and soothing me back to sleep. The days are growing shorter now, darker. The cold has crept into the house. M. is working longer hours and sometimes we spend days not talking. I donâ€™t know what to do, mother. The trees are changing. I have never seen leaves brown, yellow, red. I have never felt the crush of a leaf skeleton under my foot before. But it is as though the world is on fire. M. sometimes laughs at me, calls me a fool for not knowing the seasons. No, I say. I donâ€™t know anything. I donâ€™t understand why the leaves have to die. It makes me ache terribly. I write this with an unbearable sadness, mother. I have never felt more alien in my life. My skin betrays me. I do not belong in a world so pale. I need to hear from you. I need you to tell me how to start all over again. Otherwise the silence will bury me. The dark days and the fallen leaves will be my last witnesses. Mother, write soon. Love, Iniya.
Photograph by Molly Hare
PHOTOGRAPHED BY REBEKAH SEOK www.rebekahseok.com
HEAVEN Itâ€™s most rewarding and amazing to see this process of what starts off with an idea or a story inside your mind and then portraying it, executing it through a mere photograph. If my work can move anyone, including me, then I know Iâ€™ve made something. There must be some kind of emotion linked to what I create. After all, I am only a story teller.
The Waiting Photographs by Rebekah Seok www.rebekahseok.com
an Interview with Aya Nakagawa of Colenimo
Colenimo is founded on a simple aim, to create timeless clothing. We love traditional fabrics, strong women, modern shapes and vintage details. We make garments for today that encapsulate a perfect vision of yesterday.
How did Colenimo start?
Colenimo started in 2007. I'd been in London for three years, interning at some fashion labels and decided it was time to go it alone. I'd been working professionally in fashion in Tokyo for eight years before I moved to the UK. London is a great place to start any new creative business as there is so much talent around and so many chances to be noticed. Your website states "A fictionalized take on the wardrobe a traditional country lady." We love the imagery and narrative that your line evokes. We also get the sense that you were inspired by a specific era. What were your initial inspirations for the line? We live in the city and have quite a self consciously idealised and quaint idea of country life. We wanted to make a collection for a fictional character who could exist in our romanticised world. As far as a specific era goes, we're always inspired by clothing from the early part of the 20th century. With country clothing, especially the outerwear, pieces are quite utilitarian and classic designs can remain almost identical for decades, with idyll we were aiming to instil some of that timeless style into the collection.
The shirt is made from a British men's shirting fabric with linen covered buttons. The long "Balmacaan Overcoat" is 100% cotton gabardine fabric with real leather buttons. The straight fit sailor trousers are made from a cool cotton linen summer fabric. The overcoat is water resistant, which is always a useful feature in London at any time of the year.
The top is made from simple white cotton and features a reversed back-to-front sailor collar with a hand tied French knot detail. The black skirt is a simple, elegant piece.
LOOKBOOK 2. The cotton beige gabardine flare skirt features "V" braces, which look equally good up or down. 3. The shirt is made with menâ€™s shirting fabric from a British mill. It features an oxford blue cleric collar and cuffs and has traditional genuine shell buttons. The skirt is made of 100% pure crepe silk an has simple tack pleated details. This is a kind of sporty/casual look inspired by our muse for the collection, Helen Moody. 4. The shirt made of simple 100% cotton which is then over-dyed with an organic English indigo called woad. The tailored jacket and shorts use a British summer tailored fabric made from a wool/linen mix. The linen lets you breathe in the summer while the wool keeps everything looking a bit more dressed up.
What kinds of women do you envision wearing the Colenimo line?
Women who have their own independent sense of taste, forward thinking women who are not afraid to do things their own way. We like strong women :) From your website, we learned that "Colenimo is committed to making in the UK. All woven pieces are produced in London, fabric is sourced in England and buttons are British made." How important is it for Colenimo to produce / source all their pieces in the UK?
It's important for us because it lets us operate at the scale we produce at and gives us a huge amount of control at all levels of production. We are not making thousands of units, but the small factories we use put a huge amount of time and effort into making sure everything is produced to the highest quality. We meet with pattern cutters, graders, sample makers and factory owners face to face, at times we see them everyday, something that just would not be possible if we were manufacturing on the other side of the world. It's also nice to know that everyone in the supply chain is earning a decent wage. What does the name "Colenimo" mean to you?
Colenimo is a nonsense word that kind of sounds like 'adding' in Japanese. To me, Colenimo means always improving, always connecting with new people, bringing their skills into the label and always challenging ourselves to make beautiful things.
Julie Morstad http://juliemorstad.com/ Julie Morstad is an award winning illustrator living in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband and three kids. She received her BFA at Alberta College of Art and Design in 2004, and has since produced art for childrenâ€™s books, CD and book covers, textiles and animated music videos . These drawings begin with an automatic impulse that, much like the visual language of Surrealism, often gets tangled up with aesthetic concerns . Like the automatism of the Surrealists, an image begins in the subconscious. Dreams half remembered and fragments of memory mix together with a personal vocabulary built from the delight of culled images; Victorian childrenâ€™s illustration ,Time-Life books of the 60s , craft encyclopedias for the ambitious 1970s housewife, Greco-Roman sculpture and folk art, tv ads from childhood and Dutch vanitas paintings, Belgian Surrealism and early 20th century fashion illustration, printed textiles from old cotton dresses and matchbox covers. Other departure points inhabit the real world : Ersatz butterflies made of plastic or chicken feathers,mountain ranges of laundry and library books threatening to engulf, moth eaten sweaters, toast crusts, tiny swords, chipped nail polish and pockets full of chestnuts ; the daily domestic detritus of mother/childhoodimportant and pointless things that eventually fall away.
Photograph by K책re Gade http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaaregade
Jennilee Marigomen HTTP://JENNILEEMARIGOMEN.COM
Jennilee Marigomen is a self-taught Vancouver based photographer whose work investigates the everyday phenomenon. The tension between the naturalworld and urban intervention permeate her images with a playful undertone. Her visceral and sedative environments highlight the fleeting extraordinary. In 2010, Jennilee was the recipient of The Magenta Foundation's Flash Forward Emerging Photographer Award. In 2011, she released her first book, "Seconde Nature" with Paris based Je Suis une Bande de Jeunes, which has been added to the Artist Book Collection at the MoMA Library. Throughout 2009-2011, Jennilee has initiated and curated several series of outdoor photograph projection shows in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and Vancouver, titled Stream and Night Vision. When she is not taking photos, Jennilee is Photo Editor to the online publication, 01 Magazine (http://www.zero1magazine.com) "Queen of Tsawwassen" is her forthcoming collaborative publication with four Canadian photographers, scheduled for release in early 2013 by Tokyo based Twelve Books.
T RUFFLED H E FEATHERS
In January, we met up with a lovely five piece fun-tunes band based out of Vancouver called The Ruffled Feathers. Members include Gina Loes on vocals, Charley Wu on guitar and keyboard, Sam MacKinnon on drums, Matty Jeronimo on bass and Andrew Lee on trumpet. We met up with them at UBC to shoot in the rain, where we spent a couple of hours with the very friendly and obliging group. Gina, while performing for us, was compared to Feist by the librarian whose building we’d broken the silence of (but the sound was so beautiful she simply couldn’t be angry), and several curious students had followed the dreamy sound to the very top of the building. Charley Wu, the guitarist, has been back a year from a Trans-Siberian adventure (details shared in this interview), and a couple members are involved in multiple musical acts around the city. Having attended their most recent show at the Biltmore Cabaret and enjoying ourselves immensely, we’ve since been going about our days with their ethereal sound on constant repeat, making everything brighter and better.
HOW DID THE BAND COME TO BE CALLED THE RUFFLED FEATHERS? CHARLEY: The name comes from the working title of our song “Home” from our Lost Cities EP and is one of our most popular live songs. It's about how petty your own troubles can seem when you are able to put them into perspective. They are just like ruffled feathers and so easily smoothed. But often, we play it up, make a show of it, and parade around our petty problems, rather than smoothing them out and carrying on. HOW WOULD YOU GUYS DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND? C: Someone described us the other day as having the heart of a depression era blues band but with the force of an orchestra behind it.
GINA: Something that your mom would like.
Left to right: Gina Loes, Charley Wu, Sam MacKinnon, Andrew Lee and Matty Jeronimo of The Ruffled Feathers.
BIGGEST MUSICAL INFLUENCES? C: One of my biggest influences has been the performances I’ve seen on the Blogotheque’s Take Away Shows (The latest one by The Lumineers is fantastic!). I see it as proof of the magic of music, and how it’s still possible to move people, without all the lighting, gear, and effects. My favourites are by Beirut, Andrew Bird, Grizzly Bear, and Gaspar Klaus + Pedro Soler. G: Joanna Newsom, Cat Power, Julie Doiron, Sharon Van Etten, Karen O. SAM: I’m drawn to simplicity. I gravitate towards singer-songwriters and really well written pop songs. I’m inspired by anyone that makes songwriting look easy - if it feels effortless, and honest, then I’ll probably be into it. MATTY: As a bass player, mostly older session guys like Willie Weeks, James Jamerson, and Duck Dunn. They really knew how to play to support a song and make everything greater than the sum of its parts. Just in general though, too many to list, really...and all for different things. I don’t listen to a lot of indie music even though I definitely think people would classify us as an “indie” band. Punk, folk, soul, afrobeat, it’s all inspiring.
FIND THEM HERE! : http://www.theruffledfeathers.com http://ruffledfeathersmusic.bandcamp.com http://www.facebook.com/theruffledfeathers
Photographs taken on the UBC campus by Ting Shuen. Right: The Ruffled Feathers performing at the Biltmore Cabaret.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR “ BLUEPRINTS OF OUR FAILED REVOLUTION”? C: I did a detailed write-up here [http://www.theruffledfeathers.com/blueprints-for-our-failed-revolution/] about the song and the video I made. You also get to see a picture of me climbing a mountain, with an antique drafting table strapped to my back, in a suit, wearing snowshoes, and eating an apple. FAVOURITE SONG TO PLAY? S: “Home!” G: We all love playing Blueprints, I love covering Joanna Newsom’s “Peach Plum Pear”. C: My favourite song to play is probably “Lead Me To Destruction” because I get to sing and make a show of it. We haven’t covered it in a while, but “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros was really fun to play. During the monologue part, I would tell the story of how a friend of mine made up all these stories about Gina and how she was a lesbian, because he was secretly in love with her and didn’t want me moving in on his turf. M: I like to play “Your Embrace” live. I play the bass with a cello bow that Charley has for bowing his mandolin, and it starts out slow and stately and ends up pretty crazy. I could take or leave covers. Nothing really jumps out at me. A SONG OR LINE IN A SONG THAT HAS MOVED YOU? G: “Come home and the birds will bring you honey, come home and the flowers will bloom, come home are you as lonesome, come home soon.” - Amy Millan M: I always liked “The Best Ever Death Metal Band Out of Denton” by The Mountain Goats. The whole thing pretty much, but I’m not going to type the lyrics, you
have to listen to it and hear his delivery to really understand it. S: “Diamond Mine” by Blue Rodeo. Bluesy, bitter, and unapologetically romantic. I never get sick of it. C: “Spiegel im Spiegel” by Arvo Pärt. DREAM VENUE? C: A venue that’s not a venue. A re-approriated space. Maybe the abandoned amusement park outside of Beijing, or the outdoor theatre space hidden away in Lighthouse Park. I’ve been thinking of a way to set up a show there. G: Last time I was at the Commodore I said to myself, “I could totally do this.” M: I think playing in my own space is as good as it gets. We put on a free outdoor show at my parents’ farm outside of Portland. My brother and dad built a stage and ran sound, and friends, family, and assorted fans drove in to hang out, listen to music, and just have a good time. Charley and I also put on shows at our house in Vancouver (also where the band practices). Full organizational and creative control, all our friends are there, and we don’t have to transport any equipment. I think that’s more fun than any legit/official/ sanctioned venue show.
CHARLEY, TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR TRANS-SIBERIAN TRIP? C: I spent 5 weeks travelling across Europe and Asia by train. Shanghai - Beijing - Ulaanbaatar - Irkutsk Yekaterinburg - Moscow - Saint Petersburg - Berlin. During the trip I wrote about 15,000 words in a sort of personal narrative. I jokingly sub-titled it "Travels With Charley", referencing a novel by John Steinbeck of the same name. In Steinbeck's book, he is in search of America. He is in his 60s and knows he is dying. He wants to travel the country again, and see it one last time. Charley, in his book, is a black poodle who travels with him as he tries to re-discover America, his home. This is significant for me, because Shanghai is my home and also the start of my trip. Each of the countries I visited (China, Mongolia, Russia, and Germany) have gone through a similar history of Communist principles, but have each in their own way, re-adapted to global capitalism. I moved to Canada in '91, right around when Deng Xiaoping started transforming China with new economic policies. I've spent most of my adult life trying to reconcile these two very contradictory worlds, of the China today and of the China of my memory, where I lived in a communal Shikumen house and played in the cobblestone alleyways. Each of the places I visited are connected through a common contradiction of ideals, between the past and present, though each manifest very differenty. I shared some photos with Shanene yesterday of the trip, but you can both see them in my photo albums on Facebook. These might tell the story the best. I'm planning on releasing my writing at some point, either as a novella or a photo essay with my photos. Also, there is a Ruffled Feathers song I wrote called "Siberian Springtime" based on some of my experiences on the train. It will be released in our upcoming EP. Some of the highlights were: - The abandoned amusement park outside of Beijing (have you seen Spirited Away?) - Living with a Mongolian family in a Yurt - Drinking and conversing in terrible Russian for days at a time on the Trans-Siberian - The mysterious piano player I met in Mikhail Bulgakov's house museum in Moscow - Jamming with some underground musicians in Saint Petersburg.
WHAT DID YOU GUYS STUDY AT SCHOOL? C: I studied Philosophy, with an interest in Existentialism, Cognition, and Critical Theory. S: I did two years of music school in Nelson, where I studied drums, jazz theory, and composing. Currently I’m at UBC majoring in Environmental Science. G: BA Music: ethnomusicology and composition. M: Environmental Chemistry. I graduated a few years ago and have been working in the field. I work as the Lab Manager at the Occupational and Environmental Health Lab at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC [yeah, that’s a mouthful]. WHERE’S A PLACE IN THE WORLD YOU’D LIKE TO GO? M: We haven’t even made it east of Alberta, so I’d like to play in Toronto, Montreal, and New York before we start worrying about travelling the world. C: I’d love to take the band to Berlin for some time. S: In Canada, I really want to go to the Maritimes. Outside of Canada, I’d love to spend some time tooling around the UK. G: The UK, France, Spain, Italy ASAP. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR OTHER HOBBIES? M: Well, I play drums in Charley’s band Gunshot Wounds (but I’m not very good), as well as doing the recording/engineering. Other than music side of stuff, I am into photography, especially older film cameras. I have quite a few cameras of different formats and like to do my own developing and printing and stuff. Working in the darkroom is kind of a meditative thing. Also, my friend Collin Ankerson and I are working on a video project about Vancouver musicians. It’s just about music and people and takes stuff out of the context of bands/buzz/media and presents it on its own merits, something which I feel is lacking in many arenas of media consumption/distribution. WHAT’S YOUR CURRENT OBSESSION? S: I’ve become slightly obsessed with designing board games... I’m not sure if that’s healthy or not.
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS YOU’D LIKE TO LEARN TO DO? G: Clarinet and tap dancing. Both are in the works, but kinda taking a long time to get any good at. DOES YOUR TOUR VAN HAVE A GOOD NAME AND STORY? C: Clifford the van! (GINA: I believe it was Clifford Barrington Rogers) It used to be an ambulance for some logging camps that we bought from an old man who used it for “Woodworking and DJing”. He’d been DJing since the days of Reel-to-Reel. Super cool! We had to install 2 extra seats ourselves so Matty and I went down to the scrap yard one day and ripped out two van seats from a junker. Also, on the drive from Edmonton to Calgary, one of the windows blew off on the highway and just left a gaping hole for people to potentially steal all our gear. None of the auto repair companies could fix it for us on that day, so we bought some plywood at Home Hardware, borrowed some tools and bolted the wood on. Oh, and there was that time where the exhaust pipe was totally rusted out and leaking exhaust into the back of the van, so we completed a tin foil auto repair. No joke. It might have saved our lives from carbon monoxide poisoning. Oh, the comforts of being in a band. WHAT FRIEND GROUP ON TV WOULD YOU LIKEN YOURSELVES TO? M: Well, the one we have discussed the most is Star Wars. Gina - Princess Leia, Sam - Chewie, Andrew Luke, Me - Han (though I bet there would be an argument, everyone wants to be Han), Charley - Not sure... I guess Obi Wan. Or Yoda. Or maybe the super racist space-Chinese trade federation guys from Episode I. WHAT DREAMS HAVE YOU GOT FOR THE FUTURE OF THE RUFFLED FEATHERS? G: To continue making music, to make music that will last, to play with talented people, get stuck in your head, and to see the world, with drinks on the house. C: First band to play in space.
WINTER IS NOT A PRELUDE TO SPRING Photograph by Molly Hare
“Winter is not a prelude to spring,”she told him. “Hearts break for a reason, and forgetting that would be careless.” He gazed at her, longingly. Her, with fiery red hair and splashes of freckles, frostbitten cheeks and rosy lips, all wrapped up in layers of sweaters, scarves, and made-up worlds.
Winter was the worst time, when all those worlds were frozen solid, no feelings between the months of October and March, only numbness. Withdrawn, she could merely hold her skin together, constantly threading the tears caused by cold. Sometimes, she’d tremble under the weight of the ice that invaded her heart and lungs. Bitter sonatas played on loop stain, the beds of her fingernails and backs of her knees grey. Her life was measured in winters, and his, in hers. “Winter is like Chopin,”she reminded him.“Every note, every scale ebbs and flows with the passing winds.” Some people call winter a wonderland, ha. They`ve obviously never met her. Snow isn’t soft, white blankets with her. It`s a straightjacket, slowly crushing her lungs. It was during these shallow breaths that he hoped and prayed for spring.
They met in a coffee shop, but it was summer then. All molten gold and molten love. He sat alone at a table by the window, the same one he’d been sitting at for months, waiting for something to be different; and she scuffed her feet against the floor as her ink stained fingers tapped her pencil against her notebook. The cold was months away, as she well knew, but she smiled at him anyway. Her collarbones jutted out from beneath an eyeletlace dress, and the way they curved seemed to hold a million secrets. He was captivated. The days on the calendar sped by, and before she knew it, the air began to dip beneath 60 degrees. The first snow had just fallen, but she was fading fast. They sat huddled close on a bench in Central Park when she leaned toward him, for what he thought to be a kiss, instead she whispered, “Most people forget, but you have to remember, winter is not a prelude to spring.”
Sarah McNeil http://sarahmcneil.blogspot.com http://www.etsy.com/shop/SarahMcNeil
Sarah McNeil is an artist and illustrator currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand, from a small studio looking over an old wooden cathedral and native pohutukawa trees. She graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2007, and has been travelling the world and making art full time ever since.
What Love is to Different Characters. WRITTEN BY JENNA LANG HTTP://PERSEPHINE.TUMBLR.COM
“A grip on a pelvis bone beneath trembling skin aflame, a handful of hair or flesh or lip or ear. Trysts five past midnight and affairs long after the sunrises. Leaving and coming of one owns desire. Freedom, that’s what love is.” “Sugared plums and Thanksgiving dinner all the time. Bluebells lining halls, ringing like wind chimes, floors of thistles and ceilings of sunflowers, and bleeding hearts stung up with fairy lights, the scents of florals perennially clinging to bodies. Christmas ornaments hooked onto fans in clusters during summertime, wintertime crafted out of breakfast for dinner and tea tea tea. Crisp books in soft light. Rain and snow and hail, on thatched roofs and rose gardens. Kindness bestowed with handmade wands, heads haloed by crowns of wild grasses. Painting the universe with eyes everywhere, on the back of hands, on walls, on flower petals. Breathing, and never ever despising one exhale or another and always greeting the next inhale with a smile so it knows it’s glad to be seen.” “A picture, where he’s looking at the camera and she’s looking far, far away.” “When she loves you the way they track a hurricane, with subtle warnings and then fervent, fevered devotion, placing herself in the middle of the storm, waist-high in water and staying until she allows the floods to lick her neck, her lips. A new report everyday, a new story, a new tale of esperanza rising or of deathly consequences. A somber face when relaying the extent of devastation or a sly smile when trying to distract from it. And then, slowly, interest is lost in the storm and attention is guilty of committing infidelity, straying to different topics until the next hurricane hits. She loves you the way they track a hurricane, but still, you don’t care and. Just. Love. Her.” “Saying you’re sorry. Being forgiven.” “Fierce possession, possessive ferocity. Teeth bared, backs marred, blood spilt, ruinings, howlings, a coven of witches dancing, bathed in the spotlight of the moon, the only figure to which they pledge faith. Or a hunting party of flesh, death between unadorned limbs. Necklaces of bird bones, feathers in hair, stealthiness stolen from the fox next door and warmth taken from the wool of the herder’s sheep. Savage dears who look like swans and behave like wolves.”
PHOTOGRAPH BY MOLLY HARE
“It tastes like champagne one day and water the next. You get drunk and then sustained. Drunk on champagne, how foolish.” “Bones and organs. Ribs, collar, jaw, cheeks, pelvis. The brain and below. A cocktail of hormones and neurotransmitters sizzling like firecrackers. A reaction to an environmental stimulus that induces that brain to stand up and put on its boogie shoes. Scientifically explicable but who cares? It feels good.” “Hurt. Terrible, really. Love is pain. Something that rips through you with the gentility of an old pair of scissors, eats at you with the hunger of a thousand starving women, turns you into a natural disaster of the likes of Pompeii or something else terrible, something to be muttered and tutted over Sunday brunches and in the darkened hallways of parties. I once read that anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something. But then again, love is selling yourself to other people. Legal cocaine and prescribed for addictive personalities, encouraged to take in heaping doses, to overdo-it. It means that some people should have a labels on their foreheads, pleading ‘Do Not Resuscitate.’” “The different shades of red. Rosewood. Blood red. Crimson. Lust. Cerise. Sangria. Maroon. Carmine. Venetian red. Carnelian. Scarlet. Falu red. Vermillion. Burgundy. Perimmon. Candy apple red. Burnt sienna. Fire engine red. Ruby. Terracotta. Auburn. Rust. Cornell red. Wine. Folly. Dark red. Chestnut. Fire brick. Magenta. Redwood. Amaranth. Raspberry. Tuscan red. Cardinal. Rosso corsa. Barn red.” “A man with Alan Rickman’s voice. A woman with July Delpy’s mind. A child with Peter Pan’s sensibilities. A pet, as loyal as any pet.”
Nicola Odemann http://www.flickr.com/photos/carelessedition/
I remember through photographs and therefore my photos are a collection of memories that Iâ€™ve made whenever I travelled around or went exploring. Nothing is better than being outside and becoming a part of this great world. There is so much beauty around us and we just have to go out and find it.
The Winter of our Discontents was Just One Night written by BETHANEY DEBENHAM | http://c-arus.tumblr.com
Mankind is an island. We spend so much of our lives building our own ice-lands, baring cold shoulders to the world to keep our hearts from melting. Our winters have always been of our own making. Still you, are a one man Terra Nova expedition whispering in my ear about how the North and South Poles, they are just deserts too. I wonder if this makes me new land, an indulgence in your fondness for cartography, but you say my name like it’s cracked glass, like it’s an earthquake and my heart is a puddle in your hands. These aftershocks are written in the waves of my ribs, tsunamis now, floods of melted heart and the ice is gone from my veins. Sometimes I think it’s okay to be a puddle, okay to be the small body of water you drown in. We forget how skin is so thin. How blood wells red, but love is blue. You love with all the force of a child tumbling into snow, we’re making angels in our sheets and I can’t feel the cold anymore. Insomnia wraps his hands around your throat, but you still kiss my shoulder.
I’m sorry my definition of love has always been mildly abusive. I’m sorry the sight of your knuckles becoming snow-capped mountains will send me baring my neck in triumphal arches. The world is shutter-shattered moonlight the cracks of your lips on my skin, and nothing else. All these years I’ve been calling you a natural disaster. Calling you climate change and greenhouse gases. All these years I never realised you were not the shuddering loss, not the bruises and ruin and decimation, but the man standing tall despite it, the hand reaching to a stranger, the voice after the earthquake, asking ‘how can I help?’
Meeting you though, it was pulling the sun that much closer, the fever of your fervour cutting through the winter and we knit together like cable jumpers, spark together like kindling and never could leave the self-immolation to the monks and phoenix. If this is the end then I never want to begin again. We are warm, tonight.
Photograph by Ting Shuen
The world is still a little broken, still a little frozen requiring some 15 layers of clothing not to be numbed by its indifference and whole oceans’ worth of salt just to thaw it.
UMBLE & CO CALIFORNIA, USA
Umble & Co is a menswear brand based out of CA, USA. They have a simple goal to create timeless, classic pieces with a fit that is tailored to the modern man. With an unparalleled attention to detail, all of their garments are manufactured in the USA.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY STEPHANIE HALLMAN | http://stephaniehallman.tumblr.com/
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The Californian companyâ€™s philosophy and aesthetic is meant to show as modest, yet bold. Worn: the "Robertsâ€?
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Łukasz Biederman Łukasz Biederman lives and works in Wrocław. In his photography, his special interests are in documenting urban spaces, with an emphasis on locations wrapped in a specifically mysterious atmosphere. His collected works are presented in the blog Rewiry Paranormalne (Paranormal Zones) and on his website.
Amyisla McCombie Iâ€™m a freelance illustrator recently graduated from Falmouth University. I am currently building up my portfolio and looking for projects. My inspiration for a lot of my work are the Grimms Brothersâ€™ stories - some of their imagery is very unusual. Also nature, colour and pattern are very important and I often have days where I just play around with shapes. Characters are something I love to focus on. I love to create these little characters and then place them in unusual places.
Y O U N G P A C I F I C
Young Pacific is a five piece band hailing from the Pacific Northwest of British Columbia. Their members include Mike Noble, Devin Miller, Djavin Bowen, and Will Watson. Ting met up with 1/2 of Young Pacific (Devin and Mike) at Wreck Beach on a cold, rainy day in February. highlists of the shoot included enduring the vancouver rain, hanging out with the friendly musicians, and climbing the 473 stairs that lead to Wreck Beach.. Their SONGS ARE folkic, upbeat, AND ridiculously catchy, so be sure to give them a listen!
HI! WHAT ARE YOUR NAMES AND ROLES IN THE BAND? WHAT ARE YOU GUYS INTERESTED IN? I'm Devin. I play guitar, write songs, and sing. I enjoy sampling exotic fruits. I'm Djavin. I play keys, write songs, and sing. I can do backflips on the ground. I'm Mike. I play bass and get us gigs. I like the Canucks. I'm Will. I play drums. I like studio gear, my favourite is the SLX7778940-Distressor-Version 8.4. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND? Melodic psychic folkic post-ambient songs with undertones of Britney Spears. WHO ARE YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES? Carl Sagan, Roger Deakin, ‘60s harmonic folk rock (Beach Boys), ‘70s prog (Yes, Pink Floyd), Janelle Monae, The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, Fleetwood Mac, Tame Impala.
HOW DID YOU ALL MEET AND COME TO FORM THE BAND? I (Devin) have actually known Mike Noble since at least 2002. Though not in close contact, we were aware of each others’ musical ability; he saw enough that they enlisted me in late 2011. Djavin Bowen and Noble had been playing together for at least 2 years since then. Will Watson was discovered in a local liquor store carrying a 19 pack of “Ol’ Willy Wit” and while waiting to pay, he was hand drumming on the counter, impeccably, in 5/8 time. He was immediately added to the roster. HOW WAS THE BAND NAME “YOUNG PACIFIC” CHOSEN? A nation-wide poll. Results came as follows: 5 yay, 4 nay, 13,777 don’t care. Can’t deny the stats!
FIND YOUNG PACIFIC HERE: http://www.youngpacific.ca/ http://youngpacific.bandcamp.com/ http://www.facebook.com/youngpacific
WHATâ€™S BEEN YOUR BEST PERFORMING EXPERIENCE SO FAR?
Live at Squamish. I have a vague recollection of glancing over at Djavin, and he defined what it means to truly be "rocking out". It was so damn fun. The crowd was 12 times bigger than we expected, making us feel like MGMT at Coachella. The reception to our songs was also something I've never seen so warm.
WHAT IS LONE FIRE ABOUT? WHAT THEMES AND EXPERIENCES INFLUENCED THE MAKING OF IT? Lone Fire is actually a somewhat disjointed collage of songs, recorded over the span of a year and on 3 different occasions. To me at least, it represents our first experiment altogether as a band in the setting of a recording studio. Learning the powers of good pre-production, time constraints and technological limitations was eye-opening. A lot of the themes on it involve reaching out to people who mean a lot to you - something that can be very difficult for me. Some others represent that feeling you have in your heart, telling you not to do something, asking you why you are doing it. But instead, you ignore it and pay the consequences because of it. WE LOVE THE TITLES LIKE “YEARS ON THE MOON” AND “BRIGHT SEA”. WHERE DO THESE COME FROM? Amateur astronomy, cosmology and physics have been huge hobbies of mine for quite some time. I’m always slightly aware of what is actually going at the moment, this small blue thing floating in the middle of an incomprehensibly huge black expanse. It’s like a fairy tale from childhood, but true. “Bright Sea” is actually a reference to the night sky on a clear day; sure it’s dark, but in reality the universe is a massive container of light even into the far depths. “Years on the Moon” describes the difficulty in being in public, making plans with throngs of people, and having to give up your solitude for whatever reason. It’s basically an anthem for the loner-by-choice.
LET’S SAY, HYPOTHETICALLY, THE BAND WAS TO PERFORM SOMEWHERE LIKE THE PNE - WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE YOUR MASCOT BE? That guy with the famous Youtube video, where he tries to get inside a huge balloon and ends up deflating it, resulting in a human condom. We would take that line, where he says in true Batman form: "Oh great, I'm becoming trapped in the balloon!" and get Djavin to remix it. We could mic the guy and have him repeat the line sample-form and dance around with his pants halfway down. I could see that working so well with some of our more earnest material. Other than that, I think the Kraken would be a good gal to have hanging around on stage, getting people slimy and hyped up. WHAT PLANS ARE COMING UP IN TERMS OF YOUR NEXT ALBUM?
I can give no dates nor names right now, but expect it to be something more than just a few songs one after another. This album will not work with your “shuffle” button.
CARLA F. ANDRADE www.carlafernandezandrade.com
Iâ€™ve been always interested in aesthetic experience and how it works as a transformer of conscience. This was what led me to study Communication Studies and Philosophy. I began to take photos as a way for recording experienced sensations, to catch reality and leave it protected forever. Itâ€™s a nostalgic act. This melancholy of the time, such as becoming without detention, is reflected in all my work.
Landscape, understood as an indissoluble part of what we are, is essential in all my work. Reinterpretation of nature in a global and hyper technical present. Landscape interests me not only from an ecological reading, as the experience of inhabiting the universe, space whose annihilation is our own self-destruction, but also, and above all, the return to nature as a source of truth and beauty, as a political legitimation of the human, as a simple and powerful revolution. This "escapism" is not a form of nihilism or denial, but a form of frustration and dissatisfaction that asks for the recognition of our microcosm condition. Humility, I believe is necessary in a world corrupted by the anthropocentrism. Silence isnecessary for the oversaturation of information to which we are exposed and that has made us go into a state of shock, a state of empty indifference.
Landscape is an element that we dispossess, but men want to dominate it. Longing for open spaces to re-establish continuity with nature. Landscapes in which nature and men are confronted, but where, at the same time, an ecstatic reaction occurs between them. Between man and nature there is a metaphysical tension. We live in an anthropocentric world. Men think that the world was made for them and that is the reason we can do whatever we want. But we are just a part of it. We're only more nature in relation to nature. And we must respect and even obey its laws. But as the man is the believed owner of the world, he is dedicated to reform, to break it and destroy it... An engineering of the planet. Iâ€™m really interested in this. I think we must be conscious of our microcosm condition. So thatâ€™s why I like to give a kind of magical power to landscape, a landscape in which man becomes insignificant.
At the same time I’m interested in “revealing” the secrets of life… The secrets of this powerful nature. So, I try to investigate these secrets through observation, and in a deeper level, through contemplation. In this way, my images seek to know what is not mine, what is outside, the objective reality, but filtered through my consciousness. So they are very subjective images, sometimes near abstraction.
There is a deep personal desire to improve the immediate present to alleviate a characteristic material dissatisfaction. Here, individual feelings become universal. In my work there is no experimentation, but experience. They are images captured in moments of visual release, a kind of exaltation of desire. My work does not seek to expose the problems in the universe. It doesn't intend to be science; it prefers to accept the unusual and the unknown, intensifying the individual effort.
In this, I’m not interested in making perfect images; in fact I like the idea of the “error”, because there are more feelings and expressions in trying to show the world as it is felt, as opposed to how it is. My photography is somewhere inbetween a documentary style, experimentation, depicting the fantastic. I photograph reality to make it to go beyond itself, but through itself, without tricks or interventions. The Universe of dreams fascinates me because it is not censored by reality. This is why I like to investigate my subconscious and liberate it when I take pictures. It's about creating images from dreams and dreams from images. I create magical landscapes where optical laws have changed.
My pictures have a pictorial aesthetic to emphasize the idea of landscape built through the gaze. The camera works as a brush that paints life but without its triviality. A way of seeing that is not saturated, and highly subjective, or so emotionally distanced that it borders the impersonal. Remoteness, with the intention of blur, flees the sharpness to bring me closer to elementary forms.
Anne-Catherine Frey http://annecatherinefrey.blogspot.com/
How would you describe your sense of style? Comfortable, simple, fun and a bit boyish would be the words to describe my everyday style!
What was your first memory of being in complete awe of fashion and knowing it was for you? It was after seeing a collection by John Galliano for Dior - I was about 12 years old. I saw an image of the collection in a magazine and put it on my wall in my room in Luxembourg – it’s still there. That was the key moment when I realized that fashion was my world. What’s a company that you’d like to work with in the future? Oh, that’s a question – my love for Balenciaga, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane and Proenza Schouler is eternal. But of course, they are not the only brands I love!
Who are your biggest artistic influences? Since I did art studies before my fashion studies, I have a lot of artistic influences, but when it comes to clothing, I rarely even look for inspiration. Everything seems to happen in my head, as I’m working a lot with memories and just my pure aesthetics. We love your pixie cut! What was it inspired by? I just did it because at that time, it felt like the right thing to do. I always had long hair and thought it wouldn’t quite fit, so I just decided to try something new and it became the pixie cut. I really liked it, but at the moment I’m letting my hair grow again – I’m curious to see how I look with longer hair after having it short all this time – it’s been over 6 years! You say you don’t wear dresses on your blog. Are there any dresses that you’d make an exception for? Of course there are – there are even a lot of dresses I’d love to wear but it’s just not something I feel 100% like myself in. I’m more of a trousers kind of girl, but a beautiful dress still makes my heart melt – after all, I’m a girl ;)
PHOTOS BY AGATA WOLANSKA | http://www.agata-wolanska.com/
What's the most inspiring place in the world you've ever been to? My favourite place has always been Paris and it still inspires me every day – even though I’ve been here for 4 years now. I love it, and I’m so lucky to be able to live in my favourite city and work there. What’s it like to work at The Kooples? So far it’s been an amazing experience and I’ve learned a lot about myself and about the fashion business in general – I really enjoy it! What are your dreams for the future? I don’t dream too much about the future – I just do things when they feel right and it has always led me to amazing places and great opportunities. I trust myself and the fact that I’m going to find my own way. All the rest is indeed in the future…
Alex Restivo http://qualityxsprezzy.tumblr.com/
My Style is Neoclassical, in the sense that I look at the past in order to progress, while putting a modern and slightly younger spin on things. I try to be myself and express my personality, while incorporating feelings of nostalgia, a lot of passion for the Italian culture, memories from my upbringing and my appreciation for the ocean and surfing. I like the whole idea of disheveled elegance, what the Italians call Sprezzatura - I try to create my personal aesthetic based on the image of Sprezzatura I have in my head.
PHOTOGRAPHS: far left - JUSTIN CHUNG, top right - LIAM GOSLETT bottom right - JUSTIN CHUNG, far right - TOMMY TON
CURRENT OBSESSION? Wearing the colour white in the winter. I like to do things that people advise against. It's really bizarre - a lot of people in menswear are really close minded, they'll say there's only one way to do things and that's the right way. I disagree, like "Absolutely not... there's no right or wrong, I just like it that way, and it's okay if you don't agree." I go through phases regarding this topic, but I have been obsessed with chicks with dirty blonde hair and/or with side-ponytails for the longest time now, I can't shake it off -It's really troubling... WHAT’S A PIECE YOU THINK IS DIFFICULT TO PULL OFF, BUT EFFECTIVE WHEN WORN PROPERLY? I think turtlenecks can look awesome, but I do understand they are difficult to pull off. There are a lot of factors that make it more or less difficult to wear, such as the type of yarn, weave, fabric and colour. I think a chunky knit looks best and is easiest to pull off. Plus it’s brilliant, you don’t even have to put a scarf on, and you automatically look twice as intelligent (God knows, I need all the help I can get in that department). WHAT WOULD BE A PERFECT DAY TO YOU? Waking up at dawn, and drinking an espresso; stealing my mother’s car, driving to the beach and surfing for a couple of hours. Going home, tele-transporting myself to my hometown in Italy, having breakfast with my dad, and hanging out or maybe watching a movie. Stuffing my face again with any Italian delicacy (preferably pizza), having another coffee, going downtown and hanging out with some old friends or my brother, having something to drink and soaking up the Italian lifestyle. Tele-transporting myself back to the US, eating my daily cheeseburger, and going surfing again. Then, going to party!
WHAT’S A BRAND YOU’D LOVE TO COLLABORATE WITH? I’d definitely like to work with Cesare Attolini, a company known as the best of the best for Italian tailored wear. They were the first tailoring house in Naples and are credited as the fore founders of Italian suits and jackets as we know them today. I’d also very much like to work with P. Johnson tailors of Melbourne, AUS. Their taste level is off the charts, and their aesthetic and method of production is incredible. They once made a watermelon inspired pocket square- it was magical...
WHO ARE YOUR STYLE ICONS? Lapo Elkann. I feel like Gianni Agnelli (his grandfather) is everyone’s choice, so I’m glad it’s a bit different for me. I get a lot of inspiration from his style and his persona. He is somewhat of a controversial character in Italy for his past, and I like that. He’s not perfect, his style isn’t perfect - he just has a blast living and his clothes reflect that. He isn’t afraid of being a little out there, yet still manages to be the best dressed person in the room. WHAT’S YOUR DREAM WINTER COAT? I actually just bought my dream coat a couple of days ago... it’s a double breasted overcoat with peaked lapels, made out of this very special fabric called Casentino: it’s a unique and traditional processed wool from Tuscany with characteristic curls on the surface, which make it warm, dry and extremely resistant - the effect was originally created by a manual carding process using dried thistles inserted inside the loom; the industrial process replaced thistles with a machine called theratinatrice (friezing machine). I just like the feeling of having an overcoat on; it makes you feel like a “real man”. WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT MOVIE YOU SAW? I saw Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola the other day - it was pretty great. My classic go-to is Annie Hall by Woody Allen.
AYSIAia sSTIEB http://aysiastieb.com/ http://instagram.com/aysia I'd say I've got an Americana tomboy style with sophisticated feminine influences. I'm almost always wearing interestingly cut and patterned trousers with classic mensâ€™ workwear-inspired chore coats or button downs, and lots of neckerchiefs! I definitely don't dress with a consistent style each day, but I am certainly influenced by different lifestyles or brands and makers.
How do you go about experimenting with your style? I suppose I experiment by either throwing a crazy color or pattern into the mix, ie. shiny shoes, bright lipstick, an unexpected hat or even just with the fit of certain items. I also love doing things like wearing double denim (which isn't much of an experiment anymore because it's almost like my uniform at this point) or monochromatic outfits!
a million other layers hidden underneath it. Who are your favourite photographers & artists? My favorite classic photographers are Man Ray and Lee Miller as a duo, not just for their influential photos but for their life and love story together. I also just love finding current, working photographers shooting for my favorite magazines, such as Jody Rogac who is amazing. Also Yoko Takahshi and her new magazine Ontario. I'm also constantly inspired by the artists and photographers apart of the Mission School movement like Margaret Kilgallen and Barry McGee, partially due to my upbringing near San Francisco.
How does your art tie into your sense of style? My style in art often changes depending on what I'm working on at the moment. Aside from my photographs, recently at school, I've been working on large and small hanging patchworked textiles inspired by Japanese boro and shibori dying. So that has influenced my personal style and interest in those types of traditional Japanese textile-working methods and simply the color blue. I also have a strong love for contemporary art in general, so I think that links over to my appreciation for contemporary clothing designers.
What’s your dream person & location to photograph? Whoa, tough question! I’m sure I could list a million cool people and places, but I’d love to photograph Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon in Japan, mostly because I’m dying to go there soon. Or maybe just one of my favorite spots in San Francisco like the Sutro Baths on the beach of something. Yukimi is my dream power woman who has an amazing voice.
What has your experience been like working at Two Inch Cuffs? My experience has been really amazing. I was pretty young when I started to produce work for Two Inch Cuffs, so I was amazed mostly by the people I met through them. I was lucky enough to travel around a little with the Two Inch Cuffs team, such as shooting PROJECT in Las Vegas twice in a year, which was very exciting for me. I'm one of their photographers and contributors. I've mostly shot lookbooks and various journal articles for them ranging from shooting coffee shops to one of my favorite bands Portugal. The Man, to shooting product photos, events, or just a day at the beach. Every shoot or task for Two Inch Cuffs is always different and enjoyable.
What was the last concert you went to and what was the outfit you chose to wear? I was at The XX’s concert about two weeks ago. It was extremely cold, so I just wore my favorite Imogene+Willie jeans, a cashmere shirt, patent leather Loeffler Randall shoes, a Poler beanie and my big comfy coat with probably
Photograph by Liam Goslett
JAKE METZGER www.downeastandout.com
I like to think of my style as simple and grounded in tradition. You could probably characterize it as soporific or sleepy to a degree, but I prefer to go with ‘understated’ as a descriptive. It has been influenced by many different elements – a little New England prep and trad mixed with a very heavy dose of Italian tailoring and casualwear. Since I was a bit aesthetically challenged when growing up in Maine, I didn’t carry too many of the styling cues from that area to my current wardrobe, but I like to represent my background whenever possible. To me however, style has always been more about the way in which people carry themselves; the emotions that emanate from a good conversation with someone, or the way a person handles various challenges, for example. Hopefully my wardrobe is an extension of that to a degree; a simple foundation for who I am on a much more personal level. Happily, this has been influenced mostly by my family and friends, which is what really matters most to me. I’d much rather have someone judge me by my character than my wardrobe.
Favourite menswear journals or magazines? I consume most of my menswear information online, but I enjoy looking over some of the Japanese menswear magazines like Leon or Mens Ex. I’m also excited about Man of the World and want to pick up their most recent issue.
Favourite and least favourite patterns to wear? I’d probably say a windowpane plaid is my current favorite. I prefer a faded larger pattern for jackets and a grid check for shirts. However, I’ve recently been enamored with various Donegal fabrics with interesting specks and dyes added. Aside from the traditional cloths out of the British Isles, the Japanese make some amazing fabrics that really take advantage of subtleties and unique coloring. My least favorite pattern is definitely any sort of multistripe which uses various colors and stripe sizes – they rarely ever look good in my mind.
Thoughts on womenswear inspired menswear and vice versa? For as long as I can remember, I have been somewhat struck by various tomboy styles, and I love seeing women in menswear of all kinds. The recent street style shots from outside the European shows portrayed a lot of women in menswear-inspired outerwear, which looked fantastic. Conversely, translating or grafting womenswear onto men is a bit trickier. I don’t think this necessarily stems from any notions of overt “manliness” as much as it amplifies the narrow spectrum that menswear occupies. Seeing a woman in an oxford shirt is not out of the ordinary, as there has always been such a wide variety of women’s styles. On the flip side, men don’t have a ton of room for variance before you begin to make people uneasy. As menswear evolves, we may see more skirts or shawls or what have you, but I think this will be a gradual evolution that will only take place as people become more and more comfortable wearing these styles, and it becomes accepted by a wider audience. Men typically want to blend in versus stand out.
IIf you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be? I’d live in Europe somewhere. A romantic place near a large city that I could escape to and find relaxation.
Photographs: far left, left, bottom right - Justin Chung, far right - Mariah Kunkel, bottom right - Liam Goslett
Favourite thing about living in NYC? The people I’ve had the good fortune of meeting are what I am most grateful for with regards to living in NYC. However, on a day to day basis, I really love the feelings and emotions that resonate from the city at all hours. It is a truly unique place that is full of creativity and with a pace that never ceases.
What’s an item you’ve been coveting for awhile? There are a few items that I have been coveting for some time now, but they are unfortunately prohibitively expensive. One is a made-to-measure navy suit by Isaia and another is a moleskin ring coat made by Kapital. More realistically, I’d like a pair of jodhpur boots by C&J or Carmina.
What are some trusted go-to brands for great shoes? I have quite an affinity for British footwear, and I think Crockett and Jones present great value in terms of their durability and style. Their products last with character thanks to quality materials and construction (being from Northampton doesn’t hurt). Towards the lower end of the price spectrum, I’d say the small Spanish brand Meermin has been a revelation of lately, and they are making some of the nicest shoes around for what they charge.
Emma Cherry How would you describe your sense of style?
Whimsical, mod, and very school-girl inspired. I adore vintage cuts and patterns from the forties, fifties, and sixties, and I'm inspired a lot by old-fashioned British boarding school outfits, as well as by the mystical and ethereal side of nature (think fairies, cloud castles, and princesses locked in castles).
Favourite material to wear?
Velvet, always. It's adorable and has that wonderful, irresistible holiday charm, and it's also one of the softest things ever. A velvet skirt or dress is a must-have in any winter wardrobe.
What completes an outfit for you?
A lovely coat, especially in the winter or autumn. Even a slightly drab outfit can look wonderful when you layer it with a faux fur or vintage military style coat! And tights, as I hardly ever go a day (even in Los Angeles) without wearing them!
Is there a piece or style you wish you could wear (or had more occasions to wear it to)?
I wish I looked better in a bright mustard color, because it’s one of my favorite mod-inspired colors when it comes to fashion. I’m also seriously lacking in occasions to wear my high school prom dress, which is a beautiful, strapless, floor-length, butter yellow dress from the 1950’s that has a gorgeous layer of white lace on top.
What’s the best tattoo you’ve seen on someone?
I once saw a photograph of a Peter Rabbit tattoo on someone’s wrist, which was absolutely perfect.
Photographs by Cameron Brird
What did you used to dream about being when you were a kid?
My potential career choices ran the gamut from baker, to interior designer, to astronaut, to young adult fiction novelist. But perhaps the most prominent one was aballerina, until my ballet instructor told me that I was too tall to ever succeed as a ballerina!
Whatâ€™s the best gift you've received?
My brother gave me an old book on using types of milk for soap-making for Christmas this year. Most people might find that strange, but I really can't think of anything better than pretty homemade soap.
What makes you happy?
Sparkling cider, sunny Sunday mornings, mini skirts, lipstick kiss marks, plane rides, post offices, dried flowers, corduroy, Russian history, embroidery, Missed Connections,fresh flowers, the sound of butter scraped on toast, hot baths, lingerie, mountains, Peter Pan collars, and adventures. www.lecerise.tumblr.com http://instagram.com/echerries/
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HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SENSE OF STYLE? I actually struggle a lot when asked this question. I personally would say that it pulls a lot of inspiration from elderly men, in all seriousness. There is a humorousness and playfulness to it, while still in a color palette that is muted or fabrics that are comfortable. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE OUTERWEAR PIECE FOR FALL/WINTER? My favorite piece of outerwear is most likely the red quilted shirt you’ll see in the image to the left. Its color is very vibrant and makes it a challenging, but fun piece to incorporate into outfits. WHAT ARE YOUR OUTFIT ESSENTIALS? Every outfit needs to have a sense of cohesion. No part of an outfit should feel out of place; it’s a crucial part of how I buy clothing. Everything fits into a role in my wardrobe and has its purpose. One of my friends joked that you could grab any piece of clothing from my closet and put together a cohesive outfit - I find that to be pretty essential. WHAT’S THE BEST COMPLIMENT YOU’VE EVER RECIEVED? The best compliment I have ever received, in my opinion, was that I was a genuine and good person. I feel like nowadays that is a very rare thing, and was very flattered to hear it.
WHAT SEASON ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO DRESS FOR EVERY YEAR? Every single year I get most excited for the dead of winter. I love seeing how people manage to stay warm and incorporate a personal twist to survival in the elements. WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR PACKING LIST FOR AN ADVENTURE IN THE WILDERNESS? That would honestly depend on where I was headed. Above all, I’d be wearing my Junya Watanabe boots. WHAT LEAVES YOU FEELING ACCOMPLISHED? Helping others in any way. I truly feel a sense of accomplishment when I see my efforts affect my friends and family’s goals. I aim to help improve anything that I am able to affect. Doing good is something you don’t see enough of in this world, and I’d like to think I do what I can to add to it. WHAT PIECES AND STYLES DO YOU INTEND ON EXPERIMENTING WITH MORE? I actually have been buying a bit of clothing from Takahiro Miyashita: The Soloist. Their designs, details and fabrics are brilliant, but very hard to come by. I have a few pieces on their way to me from Japan that I cannot wait to add to the mix and work with.
Photograph by Michelle Jun
WONG http://why-youmad.com/ In recent years, I have tried to develop a more timeless wardrobe, tending to stick to more traditional clothing styles, knowing that Iâ€™ll be able to wear various items for a very long time. It just seems so impractical to buy something you know you are not going to wear the next season or even any time soon. I vere towards fine fabrics and classic styling.
Did you receive anything awesome for Christmas? I gave myself the Moncler Gamme Bleu navy patchwork down blazer. It's a great piece and I have never seen patchwork done so well. Most of the time, patchwork is very loud and the fabrics are chosen at random. The Moncler Gamme Bleu version is one shade of navy but made of different materials such as cashmere, wool flannel and nylon.
Photograph by Nam Hb
What things are you looking forward to, come springtime? I am not really looking forward to springtime. I enjoy the cold and frankly, I am quite irritated when it starts to warm up. My wardrobe is much more varied on the winter side; and I tend to find myself without a large rotation of items for spring. I really love all of my winter clothes and it saddens me whenever I have to put them away. When spring comes, it is almost summer and I dread the summer and the discomfort of the warm weather.
What would be the perfect suit for you? First, the perfect suit for me would have to be water, stain and fire resistant. I am quite clumsy and seem to spill all types of things on my clothing. Recently, I burned a hole through one of my coats. Second, the pants would have to have a permanent crease from some sort of embalming mixture. This fluid will have to be all natural, in order not to compromise and ruin the fabric. Finally, the fabric of the suit would be a 20oz. navy cashmere herringbone with the subtlest glen plaid printed on the outside. The jacket would be double breasted with peaked lapels accompanied by a matching vest with the same lapel treatment. The lining would be a blue matte bemberg with the exterior having herringbone/glen plaid fabric printed on it. You may think it would be somewhat impractical having a 20oz. suit made, but I do not want to have to wear a coat or long underwear during really cold periods. I want to brave the winter chill with nothing but this suit. As far as tailoring, I would like the suit to be made in Naples, Italy by either Cesare Attolini or Antonio Panico. Attolini because I just love the way they drape and finish both their jackets and trousers, and Panico because his look is so badass. What are some things youâ€™ll be exploring this coming year, hobby/style wise? I am trying to incorporate more lifestyle into my blog and even expanding into womenswear. I really like how clothes fall and drape on a womanâ€™s body and would like to explore that aspect more.
Photographs by Tommy Ton
Glenda RomuALdo http://instagram.com/internetcrush I dress like a tomboy schoolgirl. There's a hint of prim and proper femininity in what I wear, but I always add a little detail that throws it all off, like a half-tuck or worn-out leather penny loafers. Everything I own, I wear to death. I'm not too impressed by things looking perfectly clean cut because I find it to be tedious and unrealistic, and I understand that as the day goes on, what I wear will not always look the same as when I first got dressed in the morning. I appreciate the fact that things wear out over time.
thoughts on pattern mixing? I'm a huge fan - it's risky and fun. I definitely feel that certain patterns look better together, and the process of figuring out which prints look phenomenal together is the most exciting part. what’s something out of your budget that you wish were in your possession? My own house with wooden floors, lots of windows for natural light, tons of white space, and a room dedicated to housing plants and flowers. what’s on the top of your favourites list for albums? “Souvlaki” by Slowdive. That album haunts me, in every way. It’s so atmospheric, so emotional. I could listen to each song and associate them all with different seasons, places, feelings, and sometimes people. “When the Sun Hits” is probably one of the most tragically beautiful songs I’ve heard.
who’s your female icon? I think Michelle Williams is lovely. I used to obsessively check out the style posts about her on The Fashion Spot. She wears a lot of my favorite brands, like A.P.C., Steven Alan, and Boy by Band of Outsiders, aka the triumvirate of casual chic and cool. She's just so graceful and elegant, and seems down to earth. I recall an interview where she admitted to being addicted to eBay, and she mentioned staying up until unreasonable hours of the night, trying to win auctions. I thought that was adorable. In a recent Salon interview she admitted, that being a movie star still makes her "bumbling, unsure of myself," which I think is a very honest thing to say, because it's such a vulnerable statement. I appreciate people who are honest with themselves under the excruciating microscope of the public eye.
if you had a fictional character style icon, who would it be? Gogo Yubari, because she is a babely, badass schoolgirl who wields a ball and chain. And her hair is perfect. I think that’s all I have to say. would you rather live in the city or the countryside? I’d much rather live in the city because I enjoy fast-paced environments, reliable public transportation systems, and everything being accessible within a radius of a few miles. Despite not always enjoying the idea of interacting with people, I don’t mind living amongst a ton of them in a large community. I do like the option of escaping to a countryside getaway because I have this romanticized ideal of solitude that involves reading books on a sundrenched front porch while sipping lemonade and not having to worry about noise. But let’s be real here, I’ve seen too many horror films, and dude, being in a place where someone can’t hear me scream if I’m in danger terrifies me. As I get older this fear will probably subside. what’s your favourite thing about the internet? The fact that I've been able to connect with so many interesting, talented individuals who share a lot of the same interests and values as me. I'm pretty introverted in person, so making friends online comes naturally to me, as strange as that sounds. I'm astounded by the amount of e-friendships I've been able to sustain over the past decade of my life. It's a bit of a reality check; sometimes I find myself thinking about how I wish I lived on an island with all these awesome people I know from the Internet, and then realize I will never meet some of them. It bums me out, but I'm more than happy to be able to share thoughts and exchange ideas with people I would otherwise never be able to interact with.
Classic with a wink.
My sense of style is rooted in a classic approach to dressing, but I like folding the old into the new. It's preppy, classic...yet tongue-in-cheek.
How does living in NYC influence your style? New York gives you four seasons, so I really had to expand my wardrobe after leaving Texas to accommodate the cold weather. Inspiring style ideas are always buzzing on the streets too, just keep your eyes open. Favourite brand for artisanal accessories? Frank Clegg Leatherworks. He makes really well crafted leather bags and duffels in New England. What’s your preference - fall/winter attire, or spring/ summer? Dressing for fall/winter is fun because of the layers required to face the inclement weather. In New York, you really do need that great outerwear piece cloaking your body when you step outside. For me it's a Gloverall duffel coat or a camel hair Polo coat. You can play with the layers, fold little surprises in for yourself and your company when you gradually peel back your layers. On the other hand, spring/summer is much more enjoyable to play in.
If you could live in any era, what would it be? The Roaring Twenties. It just seemed like a lot of fun...and people really dressed then, not for the occasion but for themselves. What’s a past or future event you’d time travel to if you could? Maybe it’s morbid, but I’d like to time travel back to the night the Titanic sank and come out on the other side a survivor. You’d have the best story at any party—no contest. Who is someone you greatly admire? I really admire my dad's passion and conviction for what he does professionally in the field of law. He fights for those who cannot fight for themselves. I respect and admire him for that. The older I get, the more I realize how much I am my father's son. What’s your favourite aspect about the fashion world? Just when you think you’ve seen everything, it finds a way to surprise you.
Autumn Playlist COMPILED BY YOUNG PACIFIC
1. WALKIN’ ON A PRETTY DAY - Kurt Vile 2. MT. WASHINGTON - Local Natives 3. I WILL FOLLOW YOU - Melody’s Echo Chamber 4. ONLY HEATHER - Wild Nothing 5. AIR CONDITIONING - DIIV 6. LEADING ME NOW - The Tallest Man on Earth 7. WE CAN’T BE BEAT - The Walkmen
9. SWING LO MAGELLAN - Dirty Projectors 10. GONE TOMORROW - Lambchop 11. SO LONG YOU PRETTY THING - Spiritualized 12. SAY MY NAME REMIX - Cyril Hahn
photograph by ting shuen
8. APOCALYPSE DREAMS - Tame Impala
Playlist Compiled by The Ruffled Feathers
1. Born again - DIANA 2. The Hundredth Time - Gigi 3. Here Comes My Baby - Cat Stevens 4. You Are Mine - Eddie Ray 5. Hotel in Brixton - Baxter Dury 6. Baby - ДахаБраха 7. Mama Анархия - Кино 8. Chinatown - Destroyer 9. The Boy with the Arab Strap - Belle And Sebastian
Photograph by Carla F. Andrade
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