Tuesday, July 31, 2012
To give a little background perspective on the name (and the gents who came up with it), The Jante Law is a value system created by the Danish-Norwegian author Aksel Sandemose in his novel A fugitive crosses his tracks (published 1933) that forbids ego and the individual drive for success, and praises obedience to the pack. In short, it's a bit like New Zealand's tall poppy syndrome, with more of an emphasis on United We Stand, and Don't You Dare Think You're Better Than The Collective Group. Apparently it's quite famous, but I must confess my ignorance before I came across Bent Van Looy and co's clothing label.
Monday, July 30, 2012
If I had friends who loved me, this entire photo series would be dedicated to stills from the new Batman film, but sadly, despite the fact that it was so popular that even attempting to buy tickets was a hazardous endeavour, I couldn't find a single soul to go with me. Instead, what we have here is a jumble of menswear, meals and meetings; of drawings, desserts and drips. The week started with the menswear tradeshows, which I attended with Richard Haines (see his sketch of me at the Man Show, above), and where I saw some of the best menswear I've been exposed to in years. Everybody's favourite Filipino Bryan Boy moved into a new apartment, and I spent a lot of time eating takeout on the floor of the furnitureless living room and shooting a bunch of The Jante Law outfits (which will go live on the site tomorrow).
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Functionality is at the heart of menswear – ease of movement, protection from the elements, technological advancement, materials gleaned from ready resources – but it’s that moment when functionality is fused with sartorial flair that great menswear is born.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
|Bent Van Looy of The Jante Law and Das Pop fame, in New York yesterday.|
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
What did you think of Moonrise Kingdom?
A month or so ago, I discovered a boutique theatre about six blocks from my house that only plays films that land on the quirkier side of the cinematic spectrum. It's called Nitehawk and you have to book your tickets at least six hours in advance, otherwise your movie will be sold out. Waiters serve you a full menu of food and drinks during the picture, and before the film starts, in lieu of traditional trailers, a selection of clips, vintage commercials and adverts directed by the director whose film you're about to see are played to delighted gasps from the crowd (which includes, but is not limited to, Brooklynites, intelligentsia, hipsters and one-time guest stars of New Zealand's Next Top Model). Before Moonrise Kingdom began, we were treated to this Japanese cellphone commercial featuring Brad Pitt.
Monday, July 23, 2012
|Me, Simon Oscroft and Jenny Albright on top o' the world.|
|Me and Ashika in New York. Photo: Jonas Bresnan|
New York is the city that has crushed a million dreams. But now, a couple of skinny Kiwi kids are making it in the Big Apple. Jack Tame goes partying with New York Times fashion writer Isaac Hindin-Miller and his Vogue model girlfriend, Ashika Pratt.
From the day he began writing, Isaac Hindin-Miller always aspired to making it into a New York newspaper. Backstage at New York Fashion Week, he achieved his dream. The winter show for the US clothing label Band of Outsiders had predictably attracted a smattering of the uber-cool celebrities and socialites, faces and names. Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, actress Kirsten Dunst and hip-hop star Kanye West were among the society elite afforded front-row seats. And at the back of the room was this anonymous, willowy kid from suburban Christchurch. The show ended, the lights went up. And despite his relative familiarity with high-end fashion shows, and fairly regular encounters with their token stars, the kid from Christchurch couldn't help himself. For once, it wasn't worth feigning fashionable nonchalance. For once, he wanted a photo. And Kanye West probably should have said no.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
|What's in Store at Pilgrim Surf + Supply. Photo: Noah Emrich|
Monday, July 16, 2012
|Ashika after a trip to Handsome Dan's Snocone and Candy Stand.|
Friday, July 13, 2012
|Photo: My Instagram!|
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Thursday, July 12, 2012
|A few of my favourite things – Moscots, Burt's Bees and my new iPhone.|
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
|A still from To Rome With Love.|
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Confidence is entirely relative. I always made a point of following Woody Allen's advice that 80% of success is showing up, but once I got there I didn't always seize opportunities as best I could. For example: I did the Milan and Paris menswear shows for three or four years in a row, but it wasn't until my seventh season that I got up the guts to go and interview all the industry guys who'd been my heroes for years and years. When I did, I kicked myself for not doing it earlier – not only did I realise how approachable people are, but the contacts I made were instrumental in my moving to New York and getting a lot of the work I'm doing now.
Monday, July 9, 2012
One of the things that's been most interesting for me throughout the Little Brother design process has been working with colour. As a general rule, guys stick to the tried and true: Navy blue, charcoal, black, white, khaki etc. But as evidenced by the sheer amount of men walking the streets of New York in loud shorts right now, that rule goes out the window the moment temperatures explode. (At time of writing, it's 32 degrees outside.) When we were selecting fabrics for our shorts programme, I couldn't believe the variety on offer. "These are crazy," I said. "No New Zealand man is going to rock mustard yellow shorts." Murray Crane laughed. "Men love shorts. You wait and see – these will end up outselling everything else in the range." Despite that one exception courtesy of Outlier, I prefer going loud on the top half, and wearing this reversible Zambesi shirt ensures that I'm always the most obnoxious guy in the room (when I'm dressed more quietly, my personality takes on that role). The shorts are Crane Brothers, and they're a fit we've appropriated for Little Brother – look out for a rainbow variety of options this September.
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Saturday, July 7, 2012
|Little Brother Spring/Summer 2012/13 trouser samples.|
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
|Ash Stymest backstage at Lanvin F/W 2009.|
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
|Photo: The Sartorialist|
I reckon you can't beat an olive green canvas parka – you'll find it at any army surplus store (every city in the world has about 50 of them), it'll cost you less than $100 and it's warm, durable as hell and it'll go with everything, as evidenced by the gentleman above. Throw it on over a suit and you'll look like a fresh Italian dude; wear it with a fisherman's sweater and rolled up jeans and you'll look like a cool kid from Berlin. It's the perfect student jacket!
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