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Spring Awakening: Freemans Sporting Club

July 25, 2014

FSC S/S 2015 - Image copyright The Standard Edition

The evolution of the Freemans Sporting Club label is one that only gets better over time.  The Spring 2015 line serves as evidence.  As the label ages so does the quality of the collection, both literally and figuratively.

Suiting has always been a priority at F.S.C.  It’s also been one of the few places with custom well-made suits for a modest price point, all things considered.  With last year’s launch of the Freeman suit, this category grew exponentially and eliminated any excuse of not owning a beautiful suit that’s made stateside.  This upward trajectory continues into next Spring’s collection.  An expanded selection will offer varied styles of fabrics that would be considered all but typical.  Natural shoulders in a mix of weights & colors create a line that is enviable.

FSC S/S 2015 - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Along with the expanded suiting and dress shirts, expect new things elsewhere.  Think linen western shirts, oxfords sans collar buttons, and prints that promise attention.  And not to fret, the all-star Isle of Man jacket resurfaces in new colors and an unlined weight that allows for continual wear into the warmer months.  This jacket’s popularity is not an accident, and it will happily compliment you from tie to t-shirt.

From restaurant to barber shop to sporting club, the Freemans brand has always understood the details.  Be it the design and construction of their popular spaces or their clothing, it’s safe to assume both are done well.  F.S.C.’s subtle touches, continual improvement and a willingness to take risks have created an overall lasting brand.    And by the looks of next Spring’s offerings, you can only count on it getting better.

FSC S/S 2015 - Image copyright The Standard Edition

FSC S/S 2015 - Image copyright The Standard Edition

FSC S/S 2015 - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Hickoree’s Japan Pop-up

July 23, 2014

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Things made in Japan are typically well made.  This is no secret and often expected.  The crew at Hickoree’s and the Hillside understand this, and their appreciation for Japan and Japanese products runs deep.  What began with a fresh take on handkerchiefs, ties and scarves, constructed of updated fabrics, has grown considerably.  They have a great eye for not only well made items (many Japanese), but ones that are different and hard to find.  A visit online or to the brick & motor Floor Two space is a testament to their continual commitment to keep things fresh without any compromising.

The rotation in the Floor Two space is changing things up again and will be taking on all things Japan.  Keeping consistent, during the next three weeks, the entire collection will feature Japanese-only items, many not easily found and some making their first stateside appearance.  The impressive selections will consist of over 20-brands that will include not only wearables, but plenty of things for the home.

Visit Hickoree’s at  Hickoree’s Floor Two, 109 S 6th Street, Brooklyn, New York

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Hickoree's Japan Pop-Up - Image copyright The Standard Edition

Taking On Brimfield

July 17, 2014

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

The word antiquing is just as difficult to hear as it is to say.  This is par for the course when it come to visiting the Brimfield antique market.

Essentially a shopping mall for just about anything aged, and like many shopping malls, the bad out weights the good.  This said, a discovery at a forum such as Brimfield is promised to be better than any mass-produced must have mall acquisition.

Brimfield is experiential and completely bonkers – for a whole host of reasons.  And this is why we like it and why we make the trip.  It’s just as easy to leave with a truck load of things as it is to part ways empty-handed.  Either is just fine.  It’s probably on one of those lists of things to do before you die.  At least for those who are always in pursuit of things with a past.

Among the largest outdoor markets in existence, Brimfield has been in continual operation since 1959.  What started with 67 different dealers has grown to over 5,000 and completely dominates the small Massachusetts town which is shares its name.  Roughly a mile of road and nearly 100 acres of land house the show, rain or shine.  The scale is massive, and only an aerial photo can truly put things in perspective.  Which is exactly why it’s not only a destination for every industry’s heritage connoisseur, but impossible to cover without committing some time.

If you have a couple of days and some money to burn, take a trip over and check things out.  The tri-annual event takes place every spring, summer and fall, rain or shine – the most recent was last weekend and the next in September.  Just be sure to bite your tongue before telling people you’re going antiquing.

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

Brimfield, MA - Image Copyright Jamie Apostolou

 

Design Longevity & Case Study Housing

July 9, 2014

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Arts & Architecture magazine served several purposes during its forty-two year tenure.  And while in many ways it set the American Modernism standard, it can be said the magazine’s most notable achievement was its sponsorship of the Case Study Housing program.

A thought, which became an idea, that turned into a conversation would eventually grow into a very well conceived plan.  One which would not only challenge, but change the view of how people lived in America.  Granted, at the time, I’m not sure if the editors or the architects involved shared the this vision, but they were definitely keen to change things up.

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In 1945, as World War II was nearing an end, it was clear housing would become an issue for the millions of men returning from war to start a family.  At the prospect of a potential housing shortage, several prominent Southern California architects and the editors of Art & Architecture magazine began discussing solutions.  And so the Case Study House Program was born.

The program’s mission was to create or re-create the modern house-post war.  This meant the homes needed to utilize the best materials available, be economical and lend itself to mass production.  Easily fabricated, quickly constructed, and ultimately not an eye sore on the American landscape.  The original announcement adds, “It is important that the best material available be used in the best possible way in order to arrive at a ‘good’ solution of each problem, which in the overall program will be general enough to be of practical assistance to the average American in search of a home in which he can afford to live.”

What started with eight homes would eventually grow to over 30, along with names synonymous with architectural significance.  Some of the names at the helm consisted of Koenig, Geary, Eaams, and Rapson, Neutra, Walker for those with a deeper taste for the popular modern architects of the time.  The result would be some of the most impressive examples of modern residential architecture ever created.  Built to incorporate all the elements of their intent, many of the home still stand throughout southern California and parts of Arizona, many unaltered and in their original condition.  Thanks to Julius Shulman, the celebrated architectural photographers, many of the Case Study Homes were well documented and captured in their original form.  Images of Case Study House #22 are amongst some of the most famous photographs ever taken.

Spanning almost 20 years, the Case Study House program was scrapped in 1962 with Arts & Architecture shutting down not long after in 1967.  The homes built by this program created endless inspiration for decades and influenced many of the techniques used to not only design, but build structures today.  What was a great idea was realized, and in many ways changed the face of what America was to look like, even if only for a brief time.  Many of the homes the magazine help create still stand and can be visited today, and a link to the original Art & Architecture announcement can be found here.

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Post PUF: PopUp Flea S/S Recap

May 25, 2014

PopUp Flea photo copyright Will Foster

The PopUp Flea is back and is firing on all cylinders.  Appearing during the warmer months for the first time in five years, PUF kicked of the year in good form.  What has typically been an annual event in New York during December is being expanded both domestically and abroad to include five shows in total, out of the gate first is PUFSUN.

The program for spring proved solid.  In total, 35 brands joined the roster with offerings all in favor of warmer temperatures.  One third of the vendors were new additions along with several alumni.  Some crowd favorites included Freeman’s Sporting Club, Billykirk, Kaufmann Mercantile, Topo Designs, Analog Shift and two new comers Dom Vetro & Thaddeus O’Neil.  The brands are what make PopUp Flea really tick, and everyone came out swinging with both booth design and merchandise.

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

Over the years PopUp Flea has seen continual growth, always for the better.  As the event has grown so have the venues, the brand list, and attendance, the latter two making the event not only possible but reason to visit.  Aside from being able to get all of your favorite stuff in one place, PUF traditionally offers the opportunity to talk shop with the folks behind your favorite label or other people with similar interests.  The Metropolitan Pavilion played host for the spring/summer event, and will serve as the home base for December, which is guaranteed to bring the thunder.

Check out PopUp Flea for the full calendar and schedule of events or tune into the PUF instagram for the play-by-play.  Next on the docket is PUFDET.  The motor city will be hosting PopUp Flea during June 6, 7, & 8th and celebrating Made in America.  If you’re in, around or near Detroit, stop in and get in the mix.

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

PopUp Flea - copyright Jamie Apostolou

 

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