CoDesign is a Hong Kong design firm specializing in branding, corporate identity and packaging design. They designed this set of ‘paper weights’ for Heiwa Paper company to showcase their entire range of heavyweight paper products.
Woolen Mills hired this Daiki Suzuki to revamp their brand about two years ago. They use all Woolen Mills fabrics made in America and focus on the utility of each detail. While the Spring pieces left on sales racks didn’t catch my eye, the Fall ‘08 looks quite good. Whether through in the cut, fabric, treatment process, details, etc., I’m a big fan of reinterpreting classics with small updates.
Here are my picks from the lookbook, particularly the peacoat and 3/4 coat. Like most cool things, it is sold nowhere in Texas.
Possible: Filson, Brady(?) - I’d cop a J.Crew if it was made in the US or UK.
More white sneakers/shoes
Visvim Hockney Folk - will probably never get these cause they be like $450. Very comfortable though, especially cause I don’t like to wear socks.
Common Projects Achilles Low - will probably have to settle for:
Generic Man Sportsman Low - dont know about quality, but its a third of the price
N. Hoolywood navy blazer THAT WASN’T ON SALE BECAUSE IT’S FROM THE NEW SEASON. Fuck it was $1100. But it fit me! Off the rack! That never happens!
Edit (forgot some):
Blank V-Necks - my favorite 3 for $10 blank tees are no longer sold at Uniqlo. They have everything BUT the perfect t-shirts that I want. Have to find some.
Notebooks with heavier weight blank paper. Preferably with cardboard covers. Can’t find the ones I want anywhere. Maybe they don’t exist yet.
New favorite labels after seeing them in person: N. Hoolywood, Undercover, Original Fake
I’m still drawn to Visvim, but it’s fading. The products are decent-to-awesome, but the marketing gimmicks and message/truth inconsistencies are getting annoying. Also, it’s just too damn expensive for a brand that never goes on sale.
Also: I’m all for Made in China goods, they make the world go ‘round. But if brands want to manufacture their goods in China, then they need to pass the savings on to the consumer. I will not support any brands that maintain, let alone raise, prices when they move manufacturing to China. I know Chinese quality is improving and I am in no way hating on my own people, but we all know the labor is cheaper so I expect to see those savings reflected on the price tag. I will be on the lookout for Chinese designers utilizing Chinese manufacturers to support. Does not include Philip Lim cause his shit is lame.
Nobody really knows how to define cool. It’s one of those qualities that is impossible to grasp because it means different things to different people. Many have tried to come up with some sort of vague guideline for being cool. It generally boils down to doing what you want without a regard for others’ opinions. Some sort of “stay true to yourself/don’t give a fuck” kind of mentality.
Money is on the opposite side of that spectrum. It is black and white. You either have more or less. Everybody knows more or less how much money they have. Whether the authorities know is another story, but nobody is going to be stressing over rent because they forgot they had a few million in an account somewhere.
Funny enough, while money can get you damn near anything, one of the things you can’t buy is taste/cool. Of course, most people will immediately be quick to ask, “who gives a fuck about being cool when you’re filthy rich?” It’s a legitimate question considering the way the world works. Then again, those people were never going to be cool anyways. I think cool people are wired a certain way that makes them feel weird when they do something not cool. Sometimes they have to, but it’s never without a slight bit of guilt. As if they are betraying themselves somehow.
See, I just felt a sharp pain from writing the above paragraph because it is so not cool. I really wrote this because I’m masochistic and like to google “why ed hardy is so awesome” to read user reviews of ed hardy sandals. Sometimes a man just needs to look down on others and feel good about himself.
The jap who owns Benihana is hilarious and once sued his kids. via David Cho
Some choice quotes:
After daughter Devon started dating Lenny Kravitz: “She always do the right thing,” says Rocky. “She say, ‘You sure?’ I say, ‘No problem.’ She say, ‘He’s half-black, half-Jewish.’ I say, ‘That’s okay … That’s America! I can’t get away from the blacks and the Jews!’”
“Why anyone come to New York?” he asks. “Smell money. Japanese businessmen come here and always say ‘I. Smell. Money.’ ”
“Money not everything,” he says, winking behind his shades. “Just 99 percent.”
“I’m completely naked, tube in my penis. I see my wife standing over me, on one side. On other side, I see my girlfriend…. I say, ‘Ohhh … shiiit!’ ”
So I’m watching House S01E04 cause I just got into the show. The case for this episode is a bunch of dying babies. Of course nobody knows what is causing it, but House is leading the way. It boils down to taking two babies and treating them differently to narrow down whats wrong. So one baby will die.
One baby is from a set of white Juden parents.
One baby is from a set of mixed race minority lesbian parents.
Guess which one dies?
Of course the mixed minority lesbian baby dies. DUH. Even with a crazy pill popping doctor playing flip-the-coin with babies’ lives, the strong Juden blood will fight through!
Fuck Hollywood’s tall israelis for slipping in these disgusting forms of propaganda in all of our entertainment.