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Made With Rest Spring/Summer 2014 Collection

Made With Rest is a small fashion brand hailing from New York City. Besides a collection of expertly crafted threads, they also provide a lineup of premium hand-made footwear offered at an excellent price-value ratio. The Spring/Summer collection comprise classic silhouettes, including a derby, moc toe and a workboot, as well as a chukka boot in a number of summery colorways. All of them come crafted from high quality leather and feature a Goodyear-welted construction. You can pick them up now at select retailers inlcuding CNCPTS.

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Watch the Official Music Video for BANKS’ “Brain”

Los Angeles singer-songwriter BANKS continues to build upon the anticipation surrounding her debut album with the release of the official music video for her single “Brain.” Directed by Barnaby Roper, the record is now accompanied by a sexy, dark and seductive visual. BANKS’ full-length debut album is expected to hit shelves later this year, her single “Brain” is now available for purchase on iTunes.

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Tanner Goods Opens Store in Downtown Los Angeles

Portland’s Tanner Goods recently opened up its newest storefront in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. Located down the street from the new Ace Hotel, the menswear store houses an extensive selection of the brand’s highly sought-after leather accessories, as well as apparel and lifestyle goods from their sister brand, The Woodlands.

Tanner Goods
860 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Australian Artist: CJ Hendry – Pen on Paper

We discovered Australian artist CJ Hendry through her Instagram account and were immediately blown away by her work. Armed with only paper and pen, she creates magnificent, photorealistic black-and-white images in large format. Her subjects are generally high-end fashion objects, such as a Hermes scarf or a Louis Vuitton horse head, but they can also be other inanimate objects including sculls and guns.

 
The pieces are mesmerizing visual objects in their own right, but once you realize they are created by just pen and ink, you really start to appreciate the skill and patience involved.

We are very happy to be the first to introduce her work to the world at large. We are usually pretty good at knowing when we have found a winner, and we know she’s one.

 
All six of her pieces were sold prior to the opening of The Art Hunter in Sydney and all via Instagram.

 
CJ Hendry’s creative process starts with selecting an object, or in some cases the objects selects her and she becomes obsessed with it to the point of having to create an image of it in ink. She then photographs the object in different positions and lighting, sometimes taking more than 100 images. She looks for a strong contrast with negative space that then draws the focus onto the object itself.

 
She selects the image that evokes a sense of simplicity and balance, or that in her words “shows off” the item the best. She then prints a black-and-white image and creates a grid on a large sheet of Arches paper. She spends sometimes more than 200 hours painstakingly creating the final piece using only black UniPin pens

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Having dropped out of two university programs, the former almost-Olympic-level swimmer (she just missed the Athens Olympics and left full-time swimming after that) has now found a satisfying life to channel her creativity, mental endurance and obsession with fashion.

CJ explains: “The main reason I am so obsessed with expansive white backgrounds and highly detailed objects was through my early years of studying architecture. I was completely obsessed with the large plans with perfect lines, and this is where I was introduced to the black UniPin pens. I was not very good on the computer so I drew all my plans for all the assignments and drew detailed renderings of the buildings. The lecturers were not happy with me because I wasn’t using CAD and said I better learn, so I dropped out.”

CJ Hendry does not do private commissions and is exclusively represented by TCH. We will be having 4 shows a year of CJ Hendry’s work in the coming next 12 months. Subscribe to our newsletetter to be updated.

Nike SB Spring/Summer 2014 Dunk High PRM “Rival Pack”

For the Spring/Summer 2014 season Nike SB churns out two new renditions of the Dunk High. Dubbed “Rival Pack,” the collection sees the popular high-top sporting a UNC and Goergetown-inspired color scheme. While the former boasts a patent leather swoosh, the latter comes with “NIKE” emblazoned across the heel reminiscent of the Nike Terminator. Look for these two college-inspired sneaks to drop at select Nike SB outlets including Kasina.

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DSPTCH Spring 2014 Bag Collection

After taking you through DSPTCH‘s San Francisco headquarters, we now have the accessories brand’s latest bag collection for you. With a focus on work and travel, DSPTCH’s sophomore collection for Spring 2014 features three new styles including the Daypack, Briefcase, and Weekender models. Fusing innovative functionality with the highest quality standards, the bags feature durable ballistic nylon on the exterior, while the entire range is made in the USA. They’ve released both a lookbook and video to showcase the collection, which you can shop now at the brand’s flagship San Francisco store, online, and at selected retailers.

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Highsnobiety Q&A | ‘Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton’ Stones Throw Documentary Filmmaker Jeff Broadway

Filmmaker Jeff Broadway certainly had no easy task. Faced with an overwhelming roster of talent and seemingly enough archival footage to make an hour-long profile on each musical act, Broadway’s real achievement is presenting a digestible music documentary that is peppered with both the perfect amount of exposition as well as a contemporary narrative. Pulling together the likes of Kanye West, Common, Questlove, Talib Kweli, Mike D and others, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton is a voyeuristic romp inside the inner circle of avant-garde label Stones Throw. We caught up with Broadway to discuss the origins of the film, head honcho Peanut Butter Wolf and the thematic undertones that resonate throughout.

You assembled quite an ensemble of artists and music aficionados to participate who collectively have sold probably hundreds of millions of records. How hard was it to achieve this? What do you think it is about Stones Throw that made them want to get involved?

The process of going out to artists to participate in the film was relatively straightforward. Wolf generously opened up the rolodex to me and really got behind my production from day one. He and I identified key voices we felt we needed to include in the film to provide the context Stones Throw, as a subject, deserved. We started with the foundation – the Stones Throw family – and then looked to open up the conversation to the ways in which the label and its artists have been so quietly influential over the mainstream for nearly two decades. Naturally, that gave way to guys like Questlove, Common, Kanye, Mike D – all of whom hold the movement, and those who have chiefly comprised it, near and dear. When I approached them about interviewing for the film, they were all immediately down.

Charizma is someone whose story isn’t as well known. How important was it to begin the film depicting he and Wolf’s relationship?

Charizma is paramount to the lore of Stones Throw. After his death, his and Wolf’s deal with Hollywood Basics went awry and Wolf started shopping the project around to different labels. It got slept on and record exec after record exec passed on the album. Frustrated, Wolf decided to just create a vehicle himself to get the music out. Thus, Stones Throw Records was born. It’s a beautiful origin story given what we know now, and Big Shots has really stood the test of time.

Highsnobiety Q&A | Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton Stones Throw Documentary Filmmaker Jeff Broadway

Do you get the impression that Stones Throw would have been formed had Wolf been able to release he and Charizma’s music on a different label?

I don’t know. Wolf’s an unpredictable cat. It’s entirely possible he would have decided to start his own label had he never met Charizma, but it certainly wouldn’t have borne the Stones Throw name. The label’s name pays homage to an old inside joke the two shared.

Questlove is quoted in the film as saying, “smaller movements make for a bigger and better culture.” Do you think this is what you were trying to achieve as a filmmaker from a thematic standpoint?

Absolutely. In Stones Throw, the film examines a collective of artists outside what society identifies as “the mainstream,” and a conversation is then had about why it’s mattered and how it’s impacted a wider, more popular culture we find ourselves immersed in today. To the masses, guys like Wolf, J Dilla and Madlib are complete unknowns; but the masses don’t do their homework. They herd.

Dam-Funk describes working a bunch of different jobs like delivering tools and driving trucks prior to signing with Stones Throw. Homeboy Sandman was a public school teacher. Vex Ruffin worked at UPS. Do you think many of these artists would have abandoned music all together without Stones Throw?

Stones Throw has been home to many, what I call, citizen musicians. That’s one of the dopest things about the label. And even if dudes like Dam, Sand and Vex were never signed, no – I don’t believe any of them would have stopped making music. With or without Stones Throw (or any other label), I guarantee you Dam would have continued his lifelong quest of representing the citizens of the Funkmosphere as Ambassador of Boogie Funk, to the best of his ability. No doubt.

To the masses, guys like Wolf, J Dilla and Madlib are complete unknowns; but the masses don’t do their homework. They herd.

Peanut Butter Wolf said that he enjoys starting people’s careers. Do you think there’s a piece of him that would like to see these artists careers begin and end under the label’s banner?

Of course. No manager wants to stay in AAA his whole career. That said, I don’t think that’s where Wolf exists as a label boss. Though he founded the label, musically speaking, Stones Throw is really the house that Madlib built. And Madlib is still releasing music under the Stones Throw banner. He’s a special type of musician – we all know that – and Wolf has allowed him the creative freedom to do whatever he wants. Now Madlib isn’t necessarily famous, by traditional standards, but I don’t believe he or Wolf measures success by fame.

Can you touch on the roles of Jeff Jank and Egon at Stones Throw?

Jeff Jank is the Creative Director at Stones Throw – has been since the beginning. Egon was the original General Manger of the label – left a couple years back. Neither of them wanted to be in the film. I’ll leave that can of worms unopened.

Do you think Jaylib and Madvillain could have existed anywhere else?

I don’t know. Probably. I think there were other labels in the early 2000s that would have been happy to put out (what are now classic) collaborations like Jaylib and Madvillain. What I don’t think any other label could have done is create an entirely different world for those projects to exist in. As a guy who approaches film from a very musically-inspired place, the visual components Stones Throw created to support those releases were unlike anything else. That aesthetic has been very informative to my personal style.

Highsnobiety Q&A | Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton Stones Throw Documentary Filmmaker Jeff Broadway

You get the sense that Wolf and DOOM bonded over lost loved ones. Did you get that sense?

Definitely. Wolf and DOOM clearly connected through shared experiences of loss. They also both seem to have experienced similar trajectories in dealing with tragedy and reemerging stronger than ever.

There’s a really poignant moment in the film where Dilla gets on stage in a wheelchair that seems to drive home the point that to these artists, music is life. Would you agree?

I do agree. Wolf often remarks he has no idea what he would do if he didn’t have Stones Throw. According to Madlib, he spends around 20 hours per day in his studio when he’s in LA. His output, as we know, is just insane. These guys live and breathe their craft. It’s unwavering and totally pure.

Wolf closes the film by saying that “in thirty years I want to see Stones Throw records in either the 100 dollar bin or the 99 cent bin.” How do you think this speaks to his ethos in general?

He’s a love it or hate it dude. He lives his life that way. Rob Bralver (editor of the film) and I really felt like that line best embodied his, and by extension, Stones Throw’s ethos. Thankfully for him and the label, there have been enough people who love what he’s contributed to music and that the label’s still alive and kickin’. From 96 ’til infinity, Wolf.

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A First Look at the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte V “Cove”

After having released the ASICS Gel Lyte V “Volcano” late last year, Ronnie Fieg has released the first proper image of the upcoming Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte V “Cove”. A refreshing version of the ASICS Gel Lyte V, the sneaker comes in a clean tonal aqua version, sitting on a clean white outer sole. The perfect sneaker for the coming summer months. We will of course keep you posted on the release.

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B&O PLAY Beolit 12 Speaker System

B&O PLAY introduces a sleek white version of their popular Beolit 12 speaker system. Designed to be used with iPhones, iPods and various other audio devices, the Beolit 12 provides a docking station for your device, in addition to the possibility of using multiple speakers in one room to create an even more superior sound system. The clean new colorway complements the integrated Airplay technology, allowing you to stream music wirelessly from your audio devices, and the unique Beolit Setup App lets you set up your Beolit 12 directly to your iPhone, iPad or iPod. You can purchase the speakers now from various B&O retailers, as well as via their online store.

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