Ai Weiwei Fills Berlin’s Martin-Gropius-Bau Exhibition Hall with 6,000 Stools

For his largest solo exhibition yet, Ai Weiwei installs 6,000 wooden stools across the vast, echoey space that is the Martin-Gropius-Bau hall in Berlin. Opening tomorrow, Evidence features a combination of new works and pieces unseen in Germany, a mammoth undertaking, the show spans 3,000 square metres across 18 rooms. Stools stands as the mind-blowing centrepiece, found in the building’s atrium, a reference to earlier work and ongoing themes, the gallery describes “an aesthetically pleasing, pixel-like work, these stools, according to Ai Weiwei, are an expression of the centuries-old aesthetic of rural China.” See for yourself in the gallery.

Selectism Q&A | Northern Grade’s Katherine McMillan on “Made in America”

Over the past few years, the “Made in America” movement has grown at a fairly steady clip.  As she prepped for the debut of the 2014 of Northern Grade markets, we chatted with Katherine McMillan about what it all means. “I don’t like the word, ‘movement,’” says McMillan, co-founder of Northern Grade. The mother of four – that’s two children as well as two businesses – finds something wrong about the word when associated with “Made in America” goods, as she does with the word “Americana.” “At this time, the words ‘heritage’ and ‘Americana’ do not resonate with me,” she confesses.

Geoff McFetridge Shows New Work – Meditallucination at V1 Gallery

Multifaceted artist, Geoff McFetridge , has become a bit of a household name over the last few years. That is, if you live in a household that frequents  The Standard in Hollywood (where his illustrations graced the walls of the Warby Parker shop in the lobby) and do their shopping at Jack Spade (where he designed pieces in the Fall 2013 line), which sounds like a household much cooler than mine. You get the idea.

Wants & Desires | Rancourt Boat Shoes

The folks at Harrison Limited down in Birmingham may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have good taste when it comes to boat shoes: case in point these handsome Rancourt mocs . It was only last summer that I was falling for the long-time-coming made in Maine Sperry Topsiders, but one can surely make room in his closet for two well-made pairs of boat shoes

Juicing Benefits: Improved Focus

Because you’re fasting, your mind is on high alert, this means you’re much more focused. All the senses are affected by juicing. The sharpened focus also comes from the much deeper sleep that can be achieved when drinking only fruits and vegetables.

BUZ KNOWS SPEEDOS | DRINKS WITH SEATTLE SPEEDOMETER AT SASSY’S IN PORTLAND, OR

It was such a pleasure finally meeting Buz Ras of Seattle Speedometer at The One Motorcycle Show in Portland, Oregon a couple weeks ago. Buz is the go-to guy when it comes to custom gauges, with many of the best builders out there tapping his shop, because the design, quality, and finish are top notch. For me, seeing the 12 custom speedos that he did for The One Show blew my mind.

Study Up: 5 Places to Learn How to Use 4 Wheels

Becoming a skilled driver is about more than going fast and having the will to beat everyone else. Understanding physics, driving the line well and having hours under your belt in both your vehicle and the track or road on which you’ll drive all play key roles in maximizing your abilities. The fastest and most comprehensive way to improve these things?

10 Spring Jackets To Cop Right Now For Under $100

Get your mind off the polar vortex with some early spring shopping.

Outfit of the week: My Wolf Of Wall Street

This week’s wishlist outfit is inspired by a movie I watched last week: « The Wolf Of Wall Street ».

A Look Back at The Pop Up Flea’s London Debut with Michael Williams and Randy Golderberg

The Pop Up Flea expanded this season, moving to London for the first time. Located in hectic Piccadilly and featuring the likes of Levi’s Vintage , Shinola , Todd Snyder x Champion, Red Wing Heritage and Anthem, like any good menswear blogger, we of course attended.

The Windmills of Your Mind

The 1968 version of The Thomas Crown Affair was on TCM last night.

The Golden Age of Knitting

Except for Gianluca Migliarotti’s tributes to  Italian   tailoring , my favorite menswear films have all been BBC documentaries.  Unfortunately, they’re difficult to view unless you’re in the UK, but you can find clips here and there on Vimeo and YouTube. Someone in the Netherlands also once uploaded the full-video files on a server many years ago, and remarkably enough, they’re still there. He has  Savile Row (parts 1 , 2 , and 3 ),  British Style Genius (parts 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , and 5 ), Tweed  (parts 1 , 2 , and 3 ), Charles at 60 , and Ozwald Boateng: Why Style Matters

QUIETING THE MIND

James Andrew Since our return from California, we’ve had quite a whirlwind of activity here at home – it seems there has been little time to re-group, re-focus, and get all of those chakras aligned. Most of us who work in the field of the arts and design are essentially free-lancers — we need to generated a fairly steady flow of work to keep the ball rolling, and this can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster ride at times! In those between-project times, it’s all too easy to let one’s mind wander into a state of lack and limitation — one might start to compare one’s situaton with the success of others, making one feel “less than.” Needless to say, this all contributes to a downward spiral of negative emotions — definitely not an empowering/empowered sort of place to be, and not the sort of place that attracts more clients. Jotting down feelings, examining the negative areas, and offsetting this with a list of things one might be grateful for can set the stage for a more balanced state of mind.

Neil Barrett in Neil Barrett – Prada Galleria And Montenapoleone Party, Milan Fashion Week

Neil Barrett / Source: Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images Europe | Neil Barrett Fall Winter 2013 Neil Barrett attended the Prada cocktail party as part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 in Italy yesterday. The British designer wore a black cotton contrast panel sweatshirt from Neil Barrett Fall Winter 2013, featuring leather detailings on the sleeves

THE GETTY VILLA AND ON TO L.A.

James Andrew at the Getty Villa On our way from Santa Barbara to the City of Angels, we seized the opportunity to drop in at the Getty Villa in Malibu.

Breakdown: Oakley Blade

You’d be forgiven for letting your mind wander to barely functional woody wagons and an everyone-wins community when pro surfing comes up in conversation, but you’d be mistaken. Like any other sport, pinnacles of technology are used and abused to eke out any minuscule advantage.

BERTHOLD SS14

 » Harvesting, fusing and re-constructing references from a myriad of sources, she takes an anything-goes approach to the materials she uses to convey multiple meanings in unexpected ways , » is how the Saatchi Gallery

Levi’s Vintage Clothing Re-Launch Orange Tab in Los Angeles with ‘Party in Your Pants’ Festival

Last week we headed off to Los Angeles with the folk from Levi’s XX as part of their Orange Tab re-launch celebrations.

Suggestions for Success

21 Suggestions for Success by H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Reconsidering the Single Monk

For a long time now, I’ve been skeptical of single monks. Not the kind with a swept back strap, like those on John Lobb’s Vale or Edward Green’s Oundle (I actually think those look kind of rakish), but rather the “garden variety,” where the strap goes horizontally across the tongue. Those always look to me like something a friar would wear – a literal form of the “monk shoe.” My prejudice started chipping away two years ago, when I was shopping for shoes at John Lobb and one of the sales associates bent down to fit me.

Second Look: An interview with Dodd

We’ve long been fans of Dodd. They’ve managed to manufacture in England while avoiding the workwear heritage clothes-for-a-flea-market look that a lot of British made brands tend to get caught up in

The fabrics of Lou Dalton SS14

Take me out tonight

Hare Raising

 » When I started making shoes I didn’t know the first thing about doing so,  » Marc Hare begins before taking a sip of wine. As we sit in a quiet corner of an East London bar for an interview feature for Volume 6 of Varon

Canon EOS 6D: Turning Creativity Into Reality

The creative process is a series of concessions. That ideal image, pristine and brilliant in your mind, gradually breaks down in the face of technological limitations and, well, real life

Watch Le Mans 2013!

Need a place to watch Le Mans 2013?? Every year I put up the links I am using to watch Le Mans

7 Things to Pack for a Solo Day at the Beach

Nothing helps clear the mind like a summer personal to the beach. Solo excursions in the sun away from the pressures of work and colleagues will revitalize not only your soul but your tan. The beach does require a bit of preparation to keep you happy and connected.

Look Inside Berlin’s Amazing Vintage Bicycle Rental Shop, Hello World

Things in life happen for a reason: last week, while strolling through Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood searching for a bodega to rent a cheapo bicycle for the week, I came upon a shop that blew my mind. Through the shop window, I saw an endless array of vintage Italian road bikes: Colangos, Bianchis, Gazelles, Pinarellos – some restored to their former glory; others converted into single-speeds and fixies.

Ronnie Fieg Discusses How He’s Able to Change the Game

A creative man with his mind on the money.

Modern Treehouse Tower by Gluck+ Architects

We take a look at this Modern Treehouse Tower designed by GLUCK+ Architects for, you guessed it – GLUCK+ Principal Thomas Gluck. Everyone’s has that ideal dream house in their mind though we may not be certain what it is exactly but this rendition of a mini skyscraper really blows our mind.

Treasured items… Dan Thawley

Whilst so many publications concern themselves with fleeting scenes from the conveyor belt of fashion,

Letters to GP: Here’s What You’re Saying

Ever since we started GP, there’s been a steady stream of notes from audience members with something on their mind.We recently decided everyone could benefit from seeing some of the highlights from our frequent correspondence on a regular basis. There’s a serious amount of collective wisdom, insight and passion that’s simply too valuable to keep black boxed in the dialog of an email thread.

Chic at Work: Alexa Hampton

Interior designer Alexa Hampton is someone who is as comfortable talking about Corinthian columns and classic architecture as she is RevitaLash and hair care, and that’s why I love her.

MAKR Notebooks and Sketchbooks in Multiple Flavors

MAKR is preparing the latest product addition to their line-up. The MAKR sketchbooks come in various cover colors with 173-pages for writing and doodling up everything on your mind

Introducing… Itokawa Film

 » I was in Milan, he was in London, in the middle of the night we were e-mailing each other weird digital images , » explains menswear designer Samuel Membery as he introduces us to the collaborative creative that is Itokawa Film .  » What began as an odd form of late night communication evolved in to a competition between the two of us. We pushed each other to create the most interesting piece of digital art we could and ultimately in to the debut capsule collection of menswear, art and accessories . » Working for a design house in Milan, these late night exchanges were an escape for both himself and close friend James Ari King .

Fortuny y Madrazo: An Artistic Legacy at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute

James Andrew at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute I’ve long been a fan of Mariano Fortuny. A true Rennaisence man, he was an accomplished painter, photographer, couturier, textile designer, stage and lighting designer and the list goes on. McBee and I had the great pleasure of visiting Palazzo Fortuny while on holiday in Venice some years ago—I still feel inspired by the memory of the home/workplace/laboratory where Fortuny pursued his many passions

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

Mount Gay’s Black Barrel Rum is a small batch from the mind of Master Blender Allen Smith that combines previously aged reserves from both pot and column distillates and finishes them with an extended stay in deeply charred Bourbon oak barrels. The end result is a dark coppery-gold liquid with a nose of citrus, complimented by vanilla and charred wood. ..

More Parisian Chic

I still have Paris on my mind so why not post a super chic flat by Studio Ko .

Alex Minsky

Alex Minsky photographed by Michael Stokes To be certain, it was these striking images that made me want to find out more about Alex Minsky—that body had a story to tell, and so I managed to contact him to glean what I could, and indeed it is a story worth hearing! While it is beyond the scope of a single post to tell, here is the outline: Growing up in Southern California, after graduating High School Minsky found himself a bit lost as many a young man is—and like many young men looking for values and adventure, he enlisted with the Marine Corps. It was while stationed in Afghanistan and on a patrol in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, that his truck was hit by an IED. “… that one messed me up pretty bad that night,” Minsky tells us, and so began an arduous recovery

A Simple Brown Houndstooth

Readers who follow me at Put This On  will have already heard , but in case there are some readers here that don’t, I have an exciting announcement: Steed Bespoke Tailors will be making their first trip to San Francisco on April 13th.

Black Lodges T-Shirts Spring Summer 2013

Spring 2013 sees the return of Black Lodges collection. Not one to mince words, director Steven Vogel gets right to the point with a series of black t-shirts that spell out in the most literal of terms some thoughts on his mind.

NYFW Fall 2013: Boast

Someone commented that the Boast presentation at the Harvard Club looked like something from The Royal Tanenbaums . Since Boast is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, I’d say that the reverse might be true.

Bruce Nauman ‘MindFuck’ Exhibition – Hauser & Wirth, London

Today sees the opening of Bruce Nauman’s ‘Mindfuck’ show at Hauser & Wirth , Savile Row, London. Colourful, confrontational, humorous in places,  Nauman’s work digs deep into the human condition, using psychoanalytic thought to explore the importance of the mind-body split, sex, death and everything in between. Focusing primarily on his neon sculptures and installations, his goal has always been to create  ‘art that was just there all at once…like getting hit in the back of the neck with a baseball bat’.

“All The Lovers Book” by Rita Lino

All the lovers is the first book by Rita Lino reflective of an intimate personal archive that looks into the mind of a woman through the life of a loner. This emotive piece of work includes a fictional diary ‘Disappear’ by Mike Hoolboom. Released on a limited series of 200 numbered copies, they are now available online.

Windows, 1/1

Tincati Milano Happy New Years, y’all. Hopefully 2013 will be the year I can return to blogging a bit more. With a thesis, graduation, moving into New York, and the new gig at Suitsupply taking my focus in 2012, blogging was pushed to the back of my mind

All because the man loved…

 » We wanted to look at an iconic figure that had a nostalgic retro feeling, that wasn’t James bond but had a similar feeling, sensibility and nature. The Milk Tray man was a character that was instantaneously recognisable yet shrouded in mystery and so we wanted to build, update and evolve this character that was assumed rather than known , » excitedly purred Amber Siegel as she introduced the autumn/winter 2012 collection of Baartmans & Siegel back in March.

WISHING Y’ALL LOTS OF HOLIDAY CHEER AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

– - So, I’ve been MIA. Feels like life is moving at 1,000 MPH.

Christopher Kane and Versus Part Ways

Come on, bro. Make up your mind!

Four swans and a hare conquer the web

 » Mr. Hare started on the Internet. I believe that is how we met Steve

Timekeeping: Zenith Stratos Flyback Striking 10th

John Glenn strapped a Heuer stopwatch to his wrist; Scott Carpenter wore a Breitling chronograph; and everyone knows the story of Omega’s Moonwatch . Now it’s Zenith’s turn to join the list of legendary space watches

Nigel Cabourn for Yuketen – Camo Canoe Pack

If you’re bored of endless camo then this one isn’t going to change your mind, however a backpack from Yuketen is always worth a look, especially being part of a continuing series of collaborations by Nigel Cabourn A Canoe Pack style rucksack, with a soft watercolour style camo,  bright hunting orange back, leather straps and duel branding. Nigel Cabourn for Yuketen – Camo Canoe Pack is a post by Lena Dystant on Selectism .

An Ace Radar Sconce from Schoolhouse Electric Co.

The things that Schoolhouse Electric Co.

Side By Side

Digital photography and videography have completely changed the landscape of imaging in all realms of life; creative to scientific to archiving.  ”Side By Side” is a documentary investigating what changes have occurred in the modern film industry to utilize the new technological developments brought forward to digital video technology and where that leaves the original reel film mechanism.   Reel film seems so bulky, inflexible, and archaic compared to what we can now do with digital film

Mock Neck Cardigans & Yoox’s Promotion

I’ve been wanting to get a mock neck cardigan for about a year now. Mock necks, as you probably already know, are a kind of neckline that stands up, rather than folds over

David Byrne Explains ‘How Music Works’ – Book

We had a peek into his New York office last week, now to take a look into…his MIND. Talking Head’s David Byrne is set to publish How Music Works . Byrne, rather like collaborator Brian Eno, is a man who both makes music and, across the duration of his career, has investigated the whys and hows behind its effects on the listener

GANT Rugger Fall Winter 2012 – Food Campaign

Food on the mind for the GANT Rugger Fall Winter 2012 campaign. Phil Winser and Ben Towill of The Fat Radish and Ruchmeyer will serve as the faces of the GANT Rugger Fall 2012 global campaign. Designer, Christopher Bastin, outfits the men in The two culinary entrepreneurs behind The Fat Radish in New York’s Lower East Side and Ruschmeyer’s in Long Island’s Montauk are setting the latest standard in the city’s culinary scene for casual but thoughtful farm-to-table fare

Danner 80th Anniv. + Stumptown Boots for Fall Winter 2012

The Danner Boot Company of Oregon is set to celebrate 80 years of bootmaking this year.

James de Wulf for Gilt Home – Dining Room Ping-Pong Table

As an exchange student in the south of France, I found the pool table my host family kept in their dining room more impressive than the fresh oysters we ate nightly on that very same table when it was covered with a piece of plywood and a nice swatch of linen.

Roman Holiday

James Andrew, Rome With so much to do and see in Rome, it is hard to imagine one could possibly ever tire of it! With only a short time there, we had to pick up the pace a bit. We started quite early with a morning stroll through the Orto Botanico botanical gardens, once part of the Palazzo Corsini. Orto Botanico We then went to the nearby Villa Farnesina, which is an early Renaissance villa decorated with the most fabulous frescoes—quite inspirational for any interior designer

Citizens of No Place – Graphic Novel

Maybe you have been waiting patiently for years on the arrival of a graphic novel that explores the concepts of urbanism and the tenets of modern architecture. Maybe you just like having your mind blown by high-concept manga-style storytelling.

ISAORA Spring/Summer 2013 – Looks

ISAORA brings a “light” inspired collection for Spring 2013. Shapes and textiles reflect the theme in both color and weight.

A Proper Men’s Shop | Harrison Limited

The thought of flying down to Birmingham, Alabama just to visit Harrison Limited is certainly something that has crossed my mind. At the end of the day I love clothing, but what I really love is retail.

Seeming

We are repeatedly told that fashion film is the future. As these proclamations echo deep in the recesses my mind, examples that surprise, excite and inspire are most rare

Christoper Shannon Spring/Summer 2013 – Runway

« Lost My Head » is the working title for the Spring/Summer 2013 Christoper Shannon collection, shown during London Collections: Men this past week. The collection inspiration should be pointed out immediately in order to answer that question: « English folklore; the 1970s English folk movement – particularly the 1974 book Native Funk and Flash; photographer James Pearson-Howeʼs exploration of obscure British folk traditions; and the tribal tourist look adopted by hedonistic gap-year backpackers in South-East Asia. » Multi-colored fabrics and patchwork with embellishments across relaxed silhouettes abound

St Martins Lane Hotel – Philippe Starck furniture

It is the weekend edition of « 00O00h! », so I will be blogging about furniture and furnishings, the thought process and hopefully eventual outcome of what’s actually happening to my new flat. I am still living out of the boxes, and for the past two days at the London Menswear Collections, I was actually more keen on the interior designs of the show locations. Yes nice jackets and shoes, but hot furniture really floats my boat now! St Martins Lane hotel in London very kindly provided a bloggers library for us to rest our weary feet in between shows, charge up our batteries and provided all manners of refreshments which I thought was a brilliant idea

Dandy Designer: Brunello Cucinelli

Brunello Cucinelli has been on my mind since I read Michael Paterniti’s article about the Italian designer in April’s GQ .

Introducing… T. Lipop

Tom Lipop is a creative force who specialises in progressive, technical cutting techniques, luxurious fabrics and technology that combine ti bring minimalism to the fore all with a considered, yet veiled, complexity for his label, T.

Travel Etiquette – Brazil : Sao Paulo + Itajai

photo by James Nord Joshua Kissi :   It is evident that Brazil is a top bucket list destination for many and as expected we were ectastic to experience the country’s culture and people. After 10 strenuous hours from JFK Airport we landed in Sao Paulo, removed our American mindsets and what people told us to expect,  we were now ready to soak in the Brazilian culture. We often try to write the majority of our ‘Travel Etiquette’ entires as we’re on our flight back home – while the experience is most fresh on the mind. We would like to thank many of you who followed us via our inspiration page while we were on the ground in Brazil, and now we present the complete article in full

Bon Anniversary

Although conceived in a dark basement over ten years ago, Bon soon established itself as a publication to covet.

Stamp your feet for bespoke

Admittedly the British shoemaking industry is not quite the far reaching force it once was but in a beautiful way it has come full circle. With the backlash against the over saturation of the high street in recents years and with only a handful of English shoe factories now remaining (there were 1,871 shoemakers in Northampton alone in 1841), the old pre-industrial way of lasting and burnishing a pair of shoes by hand is re-emerging and becoming ever more relevant to the client who demands individuality.

Inverallan Spring/Summer 2012 Collection

Inverallan fly the flag for small, independent hand knit specialists once again. End Clothing show some close-up shots, the best way to appreciate these garments.

Weekend Reading… Fourth & Main

With it being Easter Sunday we all need something to occupy our mind with something other than the excessive consumption of chocolate shaped in all manner of forms and freshly toasted hot crossed buns. This morning I turned to a press day find, Fourth & Main for sustenance. To aid introductions of their focused debut menswear collection of wardrobe classics that take root in London’s creative culture, editor and creative director James Wright alongside publisher Nikhil Aqwalkpalkar celebrate the youthful

JULIUS SHULMAN | THE DEFINING EYE OF ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY

– When people speak of architectural photography, these two images always come up as arguably the most iconic and moving of all.

The Right Fit

Tweet This!   Suit, Shirt, and Tie by Suitsupply So you want a suit that fits, but there are 100 different tutorials out there on “getting the right fit.” Rather than trying to go through each and every one of those and tell you the positives and negatives of each fit, we put together a little primer on our preferences. Note that last sentence–our preferences. There are many very styling guys who wouldn’t wear their suits like this, but we find this fit to be the most pleasing to our eye.

Timekeeping: Rolex Deepsea Challenge

Yes, they’re doing it again. Are we surprised

Miami Makeover Update

I received a lot of great comments and emails about my friend’s condo makeover project.

GARAGE 1965 / BG SOUNDS

1965 fut un très bon cru pour le garage-rock américain.

Prada (1913.HK) eight months on

prada historic share prices / yahoo.com prada’s shares lost about 4.3% since they listed on the hong kong stock exchange in june last year. performance has been a little lacklustre when you compare them to the share prices of other luxury goods makers, the likes of LVMH , burberry , PPR etc.

Happy Days

Photographer

DIY Etiquette: Using Dye [Vol 1]

Fit Details: Kangol hat Vintage Philadelphia Police leather jacket Opening Ceremony pants Dyed Tretorn Nylites Travis Gumbs: Months ago when I walked into a fabric store and bought a bottle of wine colored Writ dye, I had no idea what I was going to do with it.

To Be Confident.

A little over a month ago, I caught Cool Runnings On Demand .

Breaking Plaid

Call it modern Scotsman style. This fall, subtle, shadowy tartans are popping up everywhere and if you haven’t been a plaid man before.

American Psycho

IN MY MIND…