Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // The RAPTURE
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Interview // BEST COAST (#2)
Gratuitous Burger Post
Gratuitous Burger Post
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Diplo Gets His Vogue On
Beyoncé - 4
We swear this isn't an ironic listening. We love Beyoncé and 4. OK, we might unironically skip straight to track 5, 'Party', produced by Kanye West and with rap by Andre3000, because we ain't no stay-home-mums that need all those ballads about being broken hearted and finding the right person. But, after that, the album turns into a beautiful compilation of classic r'n'b, soul and a bit of sweat-inducing booty tracks - not too many though - that sound surprisingly courageous considering the actual state of pop music. And for that, we bow down and hail Queen B. P.S. Get the deluxe version, for those extra couple of amazing tracks.
Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
Game of Thrones
Before watching HBO's Game of Thrones, I assumed the series would tend a bit more towards the blood-dripping Danish movie Valhalla Rising rather than fairy-tale stories a lá 'Lord of the Rings'; and for that I didn't really like the series at the beginning. But slowly, I found myself submitting to tales of bad kings, midget juggernauts, savage warriors and... dragons. And that happened probably because there aren't exactly good guys and bad guys here, like there are in Tolkien stories - and that is, of course, a simplification of his work. Another reason I relented to this series is because of the intriguing political backstage element that leads to the ever-happening dance of thrones. Oh, and did I mention the gratuitous nekkid-ness?
The Norfolk // Sydney, Australia
Of the slew of new spots having opened up in Sydney in the last six months, The Norfolk on Cleveland St in Surry Hills has been one fated with success. Owned by some of the same kids that have brought The Flinders back to life (and currently, it's incredibly quick onset of 'The Norms'), you'll undoubtedly find The Norfolk rammed with all kinds, vying for a bite, a beer and a spot in the garden out back. The aim of the game is to cultivate Aussie pub culture at it's best; and it's doing a pretty decent job so far - if only you could get a table!
Super Sad True Love Story
Super Sad True Love Story is the third book from the writer of the best selling Absurdistan, Gary Shteyngart. Incidentally, I read him name dropped in Flavorpill's Ultimate Hipster Reading list and in the same sentence as James Franco (they're buds, apaprently) just before I finished his latest offering. Don't let any of that put you off, or take away any of the sad scary brilliance of Super Sad True Love Story; written from the perspective of one 39 year old Lenny Abramov, son of Russian immigrants and in love with the impossibly cute and cruel Eunice Park. A satire that cuts to the bone, Super Sad True Love Story is exactly it's title. And it's good.
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Bassike
The name of this label has been interpreted in many ways; from 'bass-seekey' to 'base-ike', but the correct way describes exactly what this label is about: BASIC. Bassike delivers easily breezily cut staples with an interesting little twist that keeps them from being your run of the mill. For those that live in climates like that of Australia (where Bassike hails from) or Brazil, you'll know how easy it is to make fashion faux pas when the weather gets hot and the prospect of wearing anything but a bathing suit becomes slightly unappealing; Bassike is all and everything you need.
January 31, 2011
Assembly New York
Obviously, New York City's Lower East Side is a warren of supremely cool boutiques housing an excellent edit of local and international labels as well as vintage and reworked vintage. Assembly has just opened up in new digs, just two doors down from their previous space (which is currently selling samples - GET IN THERE) into a huge white washed shop with a back room full of vintage that opens up into a garden! Stocking the likes of Chronicles of Never, Complex Geometries, Damir Doma, Makin Jan Ma, Raquel Allegra, Risto Bimbiloski, Robert Clergerie and their own inhouse brand, you're sure bag something if you drop in. Plus the staff are just too nice.
October 19, 2010
Boss in Drama T

Boss in Drama is probably the most fun that electronic music will have in Brazil without going all Crazy Frog on us. Fortunately, people are aware of that and he's slowly gaining recognition and influence. In fact, he just won an MTV Award in Brazil, with only one single out. So, if you want to show support in a great way, buy his first t-shirt, drawn out by the amazing designer Murie. It’s a very 80s design, depicting a wolf inside a triangle (you can all die now, hipsters) and it’s really rather cheap.

September 22, 2010
Nathan Smith
I can't resist (probably overpriced) basics-with-a-twist. My wardrobe, full of T by Wang, Oak, Bassike and yes, American Apparel is proof of this; and since in Australia, a new favourite has emerged in the form of Nathan Smith. His selection of supersoft tees, tanks and dresses have sucked me into buying multiples of a number of styles in different colourways. You just can't go wrong with these though! Addictively and endlessly wearable - and not in actual fact, overpriced in the slightlest - Nathan Smith is the way forward for your wardrobe.
June 23, 2010
Ksubi
Ksubi have been the enfant terrible of Australian fashion for many years now; and to this day retain their cheek and edge, whilst at the same time keep growing and maturing as a multi-million dollar business. They began with jeans and now offer eyewear AND footwear as well as apparel for men and women, and are worn by the coolest and most (seemingly) carefree kids on the sartorial block. Owning the derrière of many a bad-ass/fashion type the world over from NYC to Sydney to Tokyo, Ksubi werks some killer attitude and style.
March 24, 2010
FAJ
You know about FAJ right? That's Fanny and Jessy as they are also known, and this duo have one of the coolest young labels coming straight out of London. They debuted their first range last year entitled 'I Hope You Die Soon' and they're also responsible for the infamous tee of the same name (and it's sibling, 'Suck It You Fuck') which I actually often find gets quite a warm reaction despite it's sentiment. This month they're showing their hotly anticipated sophomore collection for AW 2010 which no doubt will be full of their trademark wicked humor and edge. Definitely ones to watch.
February 09, 2010
Handsome Clothing
No matter what part of the world you live in, you really can't ever have enough tees. Specially white ones. And black ones. With cool graphic prints on them. Meanwhile, in hipster-dom, crystals are still an ever popular theme, but in this case, we prefer this one in particular from Canadian based operation Handsome Clothing, christened the 'Lunar Crystal' (//Christel) tee. 'Handsome', despite being a kind of old school, highly civilised type of word, does describe this tastefully hip label justly. They also have a darn good-looking blog too, so go check that out while you're at it.
November 24, 2009
Doc Martens
Nearly fifty years on, Doc Martens are still alive and kicking serious ass. Previously popular with skinheads, punks, grungers and members of other youth subcultures, Doc Martens have been enjoying a massive renaissance of late (though they never *really* went away) in a plethora of styles, colours, finishes and high end design collaborations. On returning to London from Sao Paulo and NYC, the feeling of being home was intensified the moment I pulled my boots on. Stomping around London (or anywhere for that matter) just isn't the same without some hard ass DMs to roller in.
August 13, 2009
OAK NYC
One of our most favourite online stores in the world is OAK NYC. They do great editorials; we love the layout of their website and the way they present the clothing. And recently, I've been able to drop into their physical stores, which, surprise surprise, I also adore. They not only stock some of our favourite labels, they also have their own instore label called OAK, which includes tops, bottoms, tees, accessories, jeans and shoes for both men and women. Super wearable staples as well as standouts, OAK's basics-with-a-twist are utterly indispensable. OAK is modern and fresh; incredibly hip without being hipster and well thought out without being laboured. Their stuff is also in my favourite clothing colour palette; waxed blacks, worn neutrals and faded greys. The perfect simplicity of Oak makes me sigh in contentment. Sigh.
July 08, 2009
Pete Versus Toby
Pete Versus Toby! We interviewed these guys if you remember? This tongue in cheek label coming out of Sydney, Australia have taken the ironic tee to the next level with their infamous Paris Hilton and Kate Moss tees. But aside from those hype pieces, the rest of the collection is just as cool. We’ve been wearing a few pieces from their current collection, entitled ‘Recession Depression Expression...’ We’ve been living in their jumpers, exactly the right length (girls, you can wear em as dresses and boys they can simply stay jumpers too) – with the best ever feature – POCKETS! Who woulda thought?
June 17, 2009
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