Bummed I can’t make it down to New York City for the opening of this exhibit. Looks like it will be amazing, and would love to see the works in the exhibit by friend Mikael Kennedy. Swing by if you’re in town and support these artists.
Teva my sweet child, you are welcomed back into my life with open arms. As outdoorsy kids growing up in Maine during the 1980s-90s, we had Teva sandals securely Velcro-d onto our feet practically every day. Whether on an adventure into the ocean, lake, or up the tree house in the backyard, Tevas were our go-to. I was thrilled when I caught wind of the limited edition collection that, “celebrates the spirit of Teva’s outdoor heritage, perfect for a day on Idaho’s Salmon River yet equally at home on the streets of New York, Tokyo or London.” The collection is now available and will be through the summer at a select group of retailers as well as Teva.com. So grab a pair and strap on a bit of that adventurous Teva spirit you remember so fondly. And while you’re on the Teva reminiscing track, head over to All Plaidout to Max’s witty recollection of his own experience with the brand, and check out the sweet pictures above my buddies Mikael Kennedy and Jeff Thrope did.
On our way up to Ted’s home in Boothbay, Maine for Christmas we stopped by shops Seawall and Brook There which are owned by friends and partners Daniel and Brook, respectively. It was our first time in the conjoined new space (after months of meaning to check it out) and Daniel was able to show us around the space. All the shirts for Seawall are cut and sewn right there in house. Button holes are made and stitched by the intense sewing machine pictured above and buttons sewn on by hand. All pieces from the Brook There collection are also designed, cut, and sewn in their shared studio space. Seawall also sells framed prints from photographer Mikael Kennedy, ceramics from potter Meghan Flynn, leather goods from Black Point Mercantile, and elixirs from Maine Medicinals. Portland is very lucky to have this new addition to the old port. I highly suggest popping in next time your in the area.
This is going to be an amazing show. Mikael’s photographs are stunning and I so wish I could make the trek down to see them in person tomorrow night. If you’re anywhere nearby, please go.
Happy friday everyone! Here’s a lovely video of Melaena singing a song from her upcoming album “Deep Below Heaven” (out this Fall) to help you get into a peaceful state of mind for the weekend. Or in my case, a week vacation home in Vermont!
If you’re in the NYC area this evening, be sure to head over to Clic Bookstore & Gallery to see photographer and friend Mikael Kennedy’s polaroid exhibit Between Dog & Wolf. According to the Mikael, “At the time that I shot these pictures I was starting to feel that border between domestic and wild and I started to look for it in my friends.” Opening reception is this evening from 6-8pm. The exhibit will be up till July 7th, so if you miss tonight make an effort to check it out before it goes down. I’ll definitely be making a day trip to NYC soon to be able to catch it.
I am incredibly proud of my friend Mariah Kunkel of Quite Continental who did an amazing job styling the Wolverine 1000 Mile Collection by Samantha Pleet F/W 2012 Lookbook. The collection itself is incredibly wearable, just as Wolverine’s classic 1000 mile boot has proven to be. Pleet’s subtle design details make the collection feminine and adventurous with a timeless appeal. Each style is inspired by a courageous woman of the past (Karen Blixen and Amelia Earheart to name a couple) and Mariah pulled amazing pieces to style the models as modern day versions of these women. Along with photography by another friend Mikael Kennedy, the lookbook is an exceptional success. Here is a quote from Mariah herself, taken from the lookbook:
It was important to me to honor the spirit of adventure and independence and while creating looks for the modern woman, no matter if her adventures take her on safari in Kenya or on the subway downtown to the office. As a girl who wears men’s shoes on occasion, I really love the subtlety of the Samantha Pleet x Wolverine 1K Mile collection. Samantha doesn’t simply design men’s shoes for women, she combines the best of both worlds and has created something nuanced, nostalgic, but completely modern.
As many of you may have already read, photographers Mikael Kennedy and Sean Sullivan will be traveling the southwest for 30 days, sponsored by Wolverine. Coverage of their 5,600-mile journey “Ramblers Bone” can be found here. If you’re in the Venice, CA area tonight, I recommend seeing this boys off at the Rambler’s Bones party this evening. It’s going to be quite the ride.
My third guest feature for Terrific Magazine went live today. I interviewed friend and talented photographer Mikael Kennedy on the development of his career. We concentrated on his commercial work within the fashion industry, specifically his work for The Hill-Side. Head over here to read the full feature!
If you are in Philadelphia tonight, swing by the party for the opening of Mikael Kennedy’s photography exhibit “The Odysseus”, curated by Paradigm Magazine. It’s the last showing of this exhibit so I would highly recommend making it over to Studio Christensen between 6 and 9 pm tonight. Watch the video above for location and details.
Photographer Mikael Kennedy‘s series Passport to Trespass has sadly come to an end with the release of the final set of books, Vol. VIII and Vol. IX. The series documents years of travels with 500 Polaroids (of the 1,477 that Kennedy took). The results are beautiful shots of landscapes, people, architecture, and animals from locations including Wales, Puerto Rico, Maine, and Spain. Each shot is quiet and peaceful. There is thoughtful consideration that Kennedy gives each of the subjects. Whether it’s a bend in the road or a man in a doorway. You don’t just see the scene captured, you feel the temperature, you smell the surroundings, and you hear the nearby sounds. The Polaroids become eerily familiar as you remember a journey you once took that looked and felt similar to the ones captured by Kennedy.
I have been patiently twiddling my thumbs ever since my friend Darian Hocking of FREE/MAN told me they would be opening up an eshop as part of their impeccable site. And yes, it is now open for business! The shop is a perfectly edited (much like the rest of the FREE/MAN site) selection offering some wardrobe essentials from brands such as Tellason, Columbiaknit, and The Hill-Side as well as some goodie extras like the brilliant photographer Mikael Kennedy’s Polaroid Vitae Vol. I. Well done Darian and team. I look forward to shopping here for many of my present hunting endeavors.