Not Your Grandfather's Stitches

Infused by modern ideas, Harris Tweed takes a new turn to their old fashioned ways to lure younger generations. Fast Company reports: "Spend a stormy December evening in the Outer Hebrides and you'll understand why the locals invented Harris tweed. For centuries, the inhabitants of these remote Scottish isles have handwoven the dense woolen fabric to keep out the biting North Atlantic wind and rain. Outsiders -- stuffy toffs, dusty college profs, Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle -- adopted it. By the mid-1960s, the foot-powered Hebridean looms were producing as much as 7.6 million meters of cloth every year. Then came the slump. As customers switched to lighter, more modern fabrics, mills were shuttered. By 2008, annual output had sunk to just 500,000 meters. But on Lewis, an island of moss-coated moors and salmon streams, a startup is weaving a profitable future for the sagging sector, with a client list that ranges from design giants Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, and Alexander McQueen to cool up-and-comers like Glasgow's Deryck Walker."

With a successful turnaround in November 2007, Harris Tweed Hebrides bought and reopened a village mill in Shawbost, and launched a bold, design-driven campaign to restore the Harris Tweed's popularity. Watch the runway as local artisan craft gains much deserved recognition. Harris Tweed is regulated by the Harris Tweed Authority.

Harris Tweed

Suggested reading, FiberArt Harris Tweed: The Fabric of Island Life

Interactive Gift From The Cold War Kids

Hello world, The Cold War Kids has just created the first interactive music video. Click here to play. Brought to you by Tool... happy fun time!


Mediation in Motion

Chi Running

the brits give it a go...

I'm working on the Patellar tendon: A tendon that extends down from the quadriceps muscle in the thigh to incorporate the patella (the kneecap) and attach it to the tibia (the shinbone), providing extension at the knee joint. The patellar tendon is also called the patellar ligament because it connects the patella to the tibia. (Ligaments connect bones while tendons connect muscles to bones.)

and buying stock in Tiger Balm until then :)

Red or Dead founders offer free retail space to start-ups

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the first transactional site

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Bringing Out The Hagglers For Recession Specials

Q. Where were England's housewives during the early mornings of September 1980?
A. Nepicar Farm, Wrotham Heath, Kent at the world's first "Boot Fair" or "Boot Sale" aka Car Boot Sale.

Originated by Barry Peverett this new source of weekend entertainment memorized the nation, drawing crowds to rummage through "another man's trash" and find their treasures.

Q. What originates in urban neighborhood city blocks on the entry ways of rows of brownstone houses?
A. The answer Bob is what is New York's equivalent to a Car Book Sale, a Stoop Sale.

Remove the baggage or acquire more: www.stoopsales.com

Q. What is an open air bazaar where 17th century barters made out with steals often much more valuable than the price negotiated?
A. Marché aux puces


Beat Poet

Design for the future of tailoring, not a fly by night trend for the moment. Now that's a beat, a true poet straight from Sydney. A reductionist dream.



Day of the Dead vs The After Life

Topshop Presents.... the bobble one looks a bit familiar :)

False Idols

Real and imagined photographic perspectives on Latina/Hispanic/Chicana Women

Casa Frela Gallery
May 9 - June 5 2009
47 West 119th Street
New York, NY 10026


Watching Paris Burn

Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, Paris is Burning chronicles the ball culture of New York City's African American and Latino gay and transgendered community. It documents the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls and explores race, class, and gender in America during the 80s.


Never Leave a Job Half Done

"blood stains on the carpet
blood stains on my hands
drag her toward the kitchen
hide the evidence
oh the toil a lie can bring
that quitters never know
but lies can be the perfect things
if they never show

the crisis posed a question
just beneath the skin
the virtue in my veins reply
that quitters never win
she almost ruined everything"

Pedro the Lion

Sharon Pendana Styles Real Women.

Anyone that has had the honor watching Sharon Pendana's magical styling firsthand knows that she has the skills to pair real, normal women with designer fashions such as Bryon Lars. I recently had the privilege of being styled by Sharon where I meet Bryon Lars at his New York Showroom. Sharon found real solution for an athlete's body type such as mine who has serious cyclist legs and broad shoulders. Byron's line Beauty Mark successfully masters tailored, sexy and stylish garments that accentuate the beauty with curves, his dress designs are the first I have experienced that master tailoring a thin waistline with a larger cushion for the pushing aka that drastic curve in the small of the back. Here are a few of the looks.



Loren Abbate

While sipping a cuppa at 88 Orchard, the vibrant colors of Loren Abbate's work created a trance. Here are a few examples of the is multi-talented LES artists work the found on www.lorenabbate.com



I'm Obessed Beyond Vice

Look At This Fucking Hipster

Five is the number

The new CHANEL N°5 film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet with Audrey Tautou and Travis Davenport

MJ & Billie Jean


Jack Blue - For The Love of the Union

Nancy Osborne's Jack Blue collection of handbags and small leather accessories perfectly marries exquisite handcrafted quality, creatively articulated patterns, subtle colour pops and texture depths. From contrasting top stitching and double reinforments, intriguetly bracing fasteners, unique hardware and clever construction Nancy's skill for design is apparent. She uses traditional hand methods, a true craft skill diminshing by the computer modern age. We share a common love for London and together spent the day geeking out to textile slang. Her innovative approach to accessories has truely captivated me.

Jack Blue accessories such as passport covers, purses, handbags and leather braclets are sold at New York's Designers Market and retailers as listed on her website www.jackbluestuido.com.

For information on The Market NYC click here.

Get Lost in the Wapping Project



Project Paper Trail

for those of you in New York City, a highly recommended performance on May 31st brought to you by Benjamin Ford Asriel