Photo: Chadwick Tyler via Haw-lin
1. I noticed this guy boarding my plane from LAX to JFK yesterday. He was wearing beige pants rolled up over white Jack Purcells and he was just an all-round fresh dude. When we landed, we both walked over to the taxi stand and I asked him if he was going to my neighbourhood. He said yes, so we shared a cab back to the city. We got talking and he told me that he splits his time between New York and Los Angeles and that he'd just been doing some work out in California. I asked him what he did for a job and he said he was a musician. About ten minutes later, I asked him what sort of music he played. This was his reply: "Oh, I'm in this band called OK Go." I was sharing a taxi with Damian Kulash, the lead singer of OK Go. The guy was a champ – friendly, humble and – judging by his music videos – a creative genius. Definitely the best airport cab ride I've taken in a while. Only in New York.
2. If a company wants to do a project with you that will better their business, make sure they pay you for it. The only excuse for working for free is if the work is going to exponentially improve your brand/increase your exposure/open padlocked doors. Seriously, people, stop working for free!
3. I went and saw Shame the other night. It's the story of a sex addict (Michael Fassbender) whose usually hedonistic world is thrown upside down when his sister (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay. I disliked it, and here's why: You couldn't relate to the characters, they didn't have any redeeming features and it was shot in a very specific (read: pretentious) way with drawn-out scenes and long bouts of silence. I consider myself to be a person with fairly rounded tastes, but I cannot understand why you'd want to make a movie that only serves one percent of your audience. 99% of people will walk out going, 'I don't get it,' and the one percent will go, 'Wow, it was so powerful.' I cannot stand pretentiousness in films. It kills me. You can be deep and accessible – the two are not mutually exclusive.
4. Grab a copy of the latest Industrie Magazine. It has an amazing set of profiles on the world's top fashion critics, including my favourites Tim Blanks and Godfrey Deeny. According to Deeny, you have to shake things up from time to time to keep the designers on their toes. No designer is ever going to care about the opinion of a critic who offers fluffy summations of a collection, but the positive reviews will carry a lot more weight if they're tempered with reality from time to time.
5. I was thinking about Noah Emrich of NOVH fame on the flight back from LA last night, and how he's managed to become so successful at the tender age of 18. Here's what I reckon: It might sound obvious, but he has an innate sense of style. You can learn the rules and teach yourself to dress well, but he has it without thinking. With Noah it's not just about what's happening right now, he's constantly looking at what's coming next. And while he and I might not agree on all things relating to menswear, he has that rare ability to spot the next big thing long before it's been marketed and sold to stores. The kid's gonna go far.
6. Also soon to be huge: Tom Bull. Mark my words, Tom Bull will be a superstar.
7. Celebrity sightings in LA: Vinny Guadagnino of Jersey Shore fame, Justin Long and Cindy Crawford, getting papped at the airport. At 45 years of age, she still looks a million bucks.
8. I heard this song for the first time last month and now I can't stop playing it on repeat. Seems I'm the only person in the past 30 years to have missed it. Don't stop believin'.
9. I ordered a pocket square from The Knottery a few weeks ago, and though the US Postal Service said it was delivered, I never received it. So I emailed the boys and told them what had happened and they replied within five minutes saying they were sending another one out to me right away. That is impressive customer service. Other companies could learn a lot from them.
10. Dear New Zealand, see you next week. That is all.
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