Few things call to mind the fleeting nature of summer quite like the sudden arrival of fall designer collections. Yesterday, the weather officially turned warm here at our Seattle HQ; today, we’re staring down buffalo plaid shirts, Fair Isle sweaters and leather jackets from brands like The Kooples.
The Paris-based label tapped Grammy-winning directors Fred&Nick to set the tone for the coming season. The resulting short film, titled Today, Tonight, is inspired by London’s fabled Ace Cafe—a 24-hour hole-in-the-wall where rival motorcyclists in the 1950s and ’60s congregated to fight over girls, hear jukebox tunes that radio stations wouldn’t play, swill tea with milk and sugar, and settle disputes on the road in 100-mph races.
Check out the teaser clip above, then keep reading to watch the full-length version, update your Fall wardrobe for day and night—and see how The Kooples can help you find your soul mate.
…Or is it the other way around? For Deth Killers of Bushwick, it might be both—seeing as how we can’t quite tell where real life and the illustrated scenes that adorn their website start and end.
We don’t have room to print their full manifesto, but to sum things up: Deth Killers are quite literally an NYC motorcycle club (you can file an application here), makers of asphalt-resistant jeans (seriously, they’re woven with Kevlar and have saved a posterior or two), and aspiring video-game designers. As founder Greg Minnig told us: “Those illustrations were based on a video game we conceptualized, and even got pretty heavy into a lot of the missions. But we don’t know how to make video games, so we made our video game into T-shirts instead.” Keep reading to see more.
Last month, we showed you how the lead singer of Seattle band Pickwick gets down (and annoys the neighbors). For our latest Denim Shop video profile, we got our hands dirty in the garage of motorcycle connoisseur Kia Karimi—and road-tested a sturdy pair of Joe’s Jeans.
A former pro fixed-gear bike rider who now builds custom choppers from scratch, Karimi nonchalantly says “I just love two wheels, I guess.” When he’s not wrenching on his latest creation, he works at Seattle’s small-batch, organic bitters company, Scrappy’s Bitters.
Hear about the symbiotic relationship between man and machine in the video above, and check out some outtakes from our shoot below.
The central thesis of LA photographer Scott G Toepfer’s work is so instinctual, it practically goes without saying: It’s Better In The Wind.
Undeniably, the sensation of oxygen and nitrogen molecules colliding with one’s face is refreshingly life-affirming—but it’s the metaphor that holds real power. To be in the wind: Free. Untethered. Sans obligations, agendas, appointments, offices, annoyances.
The means to that enviable end, which receive due adulation in Toepfer’s grittily poetic imagery, are the lovingly restored, vintage Triumphs, Harleys and Yamahas that he and a tight-knit band of brothers ride countless miles across the American West’s wide-open spaces, exploring salt flats, ghost towns, untouched creeks—anywhere will do, really, as long as no one else is there.
The spontaneity-fueled solitude is enough to give hope to the rest of us city-bound working stiffs…All you need is a few bucks for a used bike, some free time, and a couple like-minded friends. Until you can scrape those together, at least roll down the windows on your SUV this weekend, and enjoy a few moments of well-deserved Wind.
A trailer for Toepfer’s short film. Watch the full 17 minutes here.
“Steve McQueen—ironically displaying his signature, perfect balance of allegiance and rebellion.”
—The Selvedge Yard
“I live for myself and I answer to nobody.”
On America’s birthday, we couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute than to recommend one of the most patriotic, and yet most subversive, web museums in the world: The Selvedge Yard.
Some might call it a blog, but we say ‘web museum’ because the breadth of topics and depth of research is nothing short of encyclopedic. And with subjects ranging from Hitchcock to Harley Davidsons, Playboy Bunnies to Bob Dylan, and famous mustaches to muscle cars, there’s something for everyone. (Unless your idea of the perfect lunch-hour blog break includes LOL-inducing cats.)
While The Selvedge Yard does include a few choice overseas exports, like the Rolling Stones and vintage Schwarzenegger, the running themes remain intact: rebellion, recklessness, and good old-fashioned machismo.
Alfred Hitchcock on the secretive set of his classic thriller Psycho, 1960.
Albert “Shrimp” Burns, a top racer of the 1910s and early 1920s, was the youngest champion of his era, winning his first titles at age 15.
The Playboy Club, circa 1960. (Note Keith Richards in the background, top right.)
Bob Dylan, London, circa 1966. Photo by Barry Feinstein.
Frank Zappa’s mustache, New York City, 1967. Photo by Jerry Schatzberg.
Carroll Shelby’s iconic Ford Mustang GT350 pony car, circa 1965.
All photos, quotes and captions courtesy of The Selvedge Yard.