You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
Exemplary business, Alabama Chanin does just this with a fashion/lifestyle brand that aligns traditional craft with modern design, DIY ethos, and sustainability.
Began as a small project in 2000, Natalie Chanin married her costume/stylist career with her hometown roots after NAFTA brought "The T-shirt Capital of the World" to it's knees. Chanin employed former garment workers to create limited edition re-imagined hand-sewn t-shirts. 4 books later, sewing and business workshops, an expansion to a machine-made line, a custom dye house, and an in-house cafe, Ms. Chanin is building a beautiful new model for apparel and home goods. Below is a video from Creativebug.
NOTE Portland, Chicago, and San Francisco: One day sewing events coming to your town! See schedule here.
It''s New York Fashion Week! And it's all at our fingertips if one desires. YOU can have a front row seat to see what is in store for next fall in our retail chains. Don't we live in exciting and amazing times?! Right now I am really digging on Derek Lam and Christian Siriano. How about you? Anything out there that captivates you and makes you excited about life? Here is an interesting short on the the men and women who bring you these images. Introducing, The Pit. Thank you, Mr. Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist.
Wait a tick: You don't have to wait for the autumn to start enjoying these looks. Maybe you have something in your closet reminiscent of today's catwalk? NOW is a great time to survey those articles and start making plans for alterations and repair. One: you'll be proud to DIY. Two: look at you! So thrifty and environmentally-conscious. My, my!
Also, Happy Fat Tuesday, y'all! Time to listen to some WWOZ! Speaking of the captivating images of life-enriching goodness!
Learn more about this fascinating tradition and Big Chief Harrison, recipient of the the New Orleans Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement and one of the main inspirations for Big Chief Lambreaux on HBO's "Treme" here.
Finally, please enjoy Professor Longhair. G'night!
Last week we learned about how t-shirts are made. Not a simple process, yes? Perhaps you may be interested in a part two of sorts: What happens to our clothes when we donate them to the thrift store? Do they exist in a Mackelmore Thrift Shop limbo gathering dust until somebody recognizes their amazing potential? Yes and no. They also travel the world. Find out more about the strange and fascinating journey in Lucy Rodgers "Where Do Your Old Clothes Go" from the BBC. Videos and info-graphics, oh my!
Just kidding. The process goes a little more like this:
Thank you Planet Money and NPR for creating this five part series on what it takes to bring a t-shirt to life and all the people, machines, and resources that go into it's production. Shazam!
That first charming video is courtesy of srfngrl777. Thanks dude.
"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain." L. Frank Baum famously wrote in "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." The 2013 documentary, Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's draws back the curtains for a peek into the history and inner workings of luxury goods institution, Bergdorf Goodman. Although Bergdorf's is rather exclusive in it's offerings, one would not be alone in marveling at their legendary window displays which have rendered many a passerby speechless, bringing joy to hearts young and old.
Personally, the real gem of this film was learning about the people and the process by which these exquisite, detailed wonder cabinets are created. Tips from BG's Visual Director, David Hoey here and below some extra content that was not in the film. Coincidentally, Mr. L. Frank Baum wrote the first book on window dressing, called The Art of Decorating Dry Goods Windows and Interiors in 1900. Another great article on window dressing can be found in Worn Fashion Journal, issue 13, which can be purchased here and/or an excerpt of which can be found here. Dreamy. Speaking of dreams, did you see today's Google doodle? Happy Birthday Mr. Hughes.
"Hold fast to dreams. For if dreams die. Life is a broken-winged bird. That cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams. For when dreams go. Life is a barren field. Filled with snow." (Dreams by Langston Hughes, 1902-1967)
This here is a celebration at the intersection of