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Get Your Converse Stuff Inked

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Chuck Taylor All Star shoes are like a personal canvas waiting to be painted on. And now you can go pro at our customization studio at Offspring in Selfridges, London.

At the studio you can choose from a wide array of graphics and colors to turn your new Chucks into your own personal masterpiece. Our Customization Maestro’s are there to help you get the best out of your design, by providing one-on-one assistance.

The ‘Get You Converse Stuff Inked’ customization studio is located on the first floor at Offspring in Selfridges London. So drop by, have a look and get creative.

And, don’t forget to upload a picture of your masterpieces on our Facebook page.

Lucy Bridge

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Lucy Bridge is a 20-year-old make-up artist who loves painting on the whole face, not just the eyes and lips. She has done make up for designers at London Fashion Week and also on shoots that have been included in various magazines like I.D.

How did you get into being a make-up artist?
From a young age I always wanted to be a make-up artist. I’d always be routing through my mums old make-up and playing around. Experimenting on myself from a young age was something I always enjoyed. I could never see myself in an office job so I thought doing something as creative as a make-up artist was a perfect career option.

Your make-up designs are quite unusual and use lots of geometric shapes and bright colours – where do you get inspiration for your designs?
I’ve always liked the avant-garde/high fashion side of make-up as I find it more interesting and inspirational. I get my inspiration from exhibitions, books, movies, friends and family and traveling. Other people’s work can also be inspiring, such as photographers, other make-up artists, stylists and models.

Would you say you are fearless when it comes to doing-make up on models?
I’d say I was more fearless doing make-up on models than ‘regular’ people just because models are there for you to be creative and do what you want on them, whereas ‘regular’ people always have an opinion and something to say. I do love working on models and the general public as they are both so different and I get a lot from each one. I’m never fearless when doing make up, though, as there is always something that could happen or go wrong, but that’s what makes it so exciting.

What’s the craziest make up job you have had to do?
Doing my own make up for i-D magazine. It wasn’t so much that the make up was ‘crazy’ but it was nice that I got to work on my own face, because, after all, I know it better than anyone else’s, which gave me more added pressure.

Are you as creative with doing your own make-up as you are with models on shoots?
I like to practice on myself a lot what I have to do for shoots on models, but from a day-to-day basis, I have found my own make-up becoming more and more subtle (well, subtle to my standards). I’m not too sure why this is, maybe because I’m getting older but I like to save the really crazy stuff for my shoots!

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Converse X Marimekko

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Shot in Helsinki, this short film tells the story of the collaboration between Converse and Finnish textile icon Marimekko. The cinematic portrait celebrates the timeless spirit that both brands are born out of and unveils the story behind the women’s focused Converse x Marimekko Spring 2011 collection. The film’s soundtrack features tracks by Finnish music artists Husky Rescue and Uusi Fantasia.

Kate Bingaman-Burt

Sunday, November 28th, 2010

Kristin Kaye profiles serial consumer and artist Kate Bingaman-Burt for Converse.com as part of her series centering on Portland, Oregon’s creative hub.

Kate Bingaman-Burt loves stuff. She loves to draw stuff. She’s been drawing what she buys everyday since February 5, 2006. A thing a day. She calls this project her Daily Drawings and has drawn tinsel tape ($9), a package of mini chocolate donuts ($.99), whisks ($2.99), magazines, art supplies, lots of coffee. The list is really, really long. She also likes other people’s stuff. She draws that too. Other people’s mixed tapes. Things people have shoplifted. And, she’s even drawn her credit card statements every month since October, 2004 until they were paid off. She (finally!) paid them off in February, 2010.

It all started because she needed a couch for her studio. On January 22, 2002, she saw a green couch in a thrift store and took a picture of it. She thought, “I’m going to document all of my purchases. I don’t really know for how long, but it feels like something I should do.” So she did. For the next 28 months she photo documented everything she purchased. She made a web site called Obsessive Consumption (obsessiveconsumption.com) and uploaded everything to the web site. Then, she started drawing.

Bingaman-Burt never considered herself an illustrator in any way. She hated drawing. Her degree is in graphic design and she teaches design, too. She noticed that many of her design students also hated drawing. This seemed odd to her to feel so scared of drawing lines, so she started to draw. Now she loves it. Most of her work outside teaching is illustration-based, though it includes all kinds of other forms: photography, sewing, pins, zine-making, blog writing. The list of things she makes is also long. It includes a book you can buy that was published early in 2010, Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?

Consumerism is her thing. What we buy. What we save. What we give away to thrift stores. The story of objects and their travels. Seeing a rack of wedding dresses at a thrift store really makes her day, all lined up, crammed together on a rack. So many questions come to her mind—every single one of those wedding dresses was in a wedding. They’ve been owned by someone, but now they’re in a thrift store. Who gives away their wedding dress to a thrift store anyway? And why? Now they‘re going to be purchased and be in yet another wedding. Who buys their wedding dress at a thrift store?

And then there’s the pile of stuffed animals in the kids section. They’ve all had owners. They’ve all been drooled on. They’ve sat through countless story times. They’ve all ended up in a thrift store in, say, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. This is the kind of stuff she loves. Stuff and their stories.

Next up: photographing FREE boxes in Portland, Oregon where she lives. It blows her mind. You have something you don’t want? In Portland, you just put it in a cardboard box, leave it on the corner and it’s gone within hours. All this free stuff: Kate’s just going to have to get to it before the new owner does and snap a shot before it lands in its new home.

Photo credit: Anthony Georgis

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Sak, Shoemaker

Monday, July 19th, 2010

“A shoe is an important instrument,” explains the master craftsman who, for nearly a decade, has pursued the trade in its truest home. “Rather than giving some character to my work,” says Ryusaku, “I’m more satisfied if the one wearing the shoes is happy and enjoying it.” In addition to furthering his own craft, the apprentice-turned-master now also invites other Japanese cobblers to do the same.

Info:
Sak x Converse on Cool Hunting

Tom Knight

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

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Tom Knight is an up-and-coming fashion designer who produces eccentric and intricate corsets, dresses, tops and skirts that have been seen on rappers, singers, drag queens and actresses alike in the last few of months. Covered in glitzy diamonds and sequins, tough heavy metal and swatches of fabric containing iconic pop imagery, Tom’s corsets are all one-of-a kind, uniquely Tom Knight. Tom took a second to answer a few questions recently about how he came to be so dang fabulous.

AM: When do you first remember wanting to design clothes?

TK: I started sketching when I was a kid and then I went to a high school that specialized in fashion design. I went to F.I.T. for menswear for two months but I was over it quickly so I just left and started just making crazy little pieces in my room. Guys’ shirts, girls’ skirts and little tops. I always wanted to have my clothes in Patricia Field’s shop because I just thought it was the best place ever and everything looked one of a kind. So I brought some of those pieces to her store and a famous female rapper ended up buying a micro mini army fatigue skirt. That lit the match.

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AM: What materials do you typically use when constructing one of your pieces?

TK: Everything. Things that are not supposed to be on clothes, honestly.

AM: How long does it take you to assemble a corset? Are the usually custom fitted?

TK: I usually just make a sample size or the size of the client if it’s custom. I don’t like to spend that long working on them, because I won’t stop. I’ll keep adding and taking away and it just becomes annoying. A week or two, usually.

AM: Quite a few entertainers have been pictured wearing your designs. How did this all happen: the magic of word of mouth, or friends in all the right places?

TK: My Friend Dequan Glover has always been very kind to me from the beginning. He was a stylist working at Patricia Field’s Store. Patricia Field has been very supportive. My friend Kerin Rose (of a-morir; www.a-morir.com). Really the artists and musicians have access to a million things from a million designers, so I think my work speaks for itself.

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AM: What is a typical day in the life of Tom Knight like?

TK: I wake up to the sweet sound of [sassy urban talk radio] at 10am, usually. Then, depending on the hot topics of the day, I may enjoy a little bit of the girls of [TV talk shows]. Then I lip synch like a drag queen while I run on my treadmill for two hours. Then I’ll make lunch and get to work on the project at hand.

AM: Do you have any objects that you own that you cannot live without?

TK: My dress form, stereo and treadmill.

AM: Any big upcoming projects?

TK: You can check out my latest work at www.tomtomfashions.com. I’ve been busy working on custom pieces for music videos and promotional appearances, mostly for Hip Hop and R&B artists.

Jason Lewis’ Sensory Pleasures: Smell with Kaya Sorhaindo

Monday, April 12th, 2010

I met Kaya Sorhaindo for the first time in Tokyo a few days before Halloween last year. I was in Shibuya with a close mutual friend while he and his comrades were busy traveling the world introducing the Series Two product launch for his company Six Scents. We were all ready for adventure, and Kaya went above and beyond to facilitate that.

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I couldn’t have asked for a more entertaining guy, in addition to being “good people” Kaya was an overseas conduit to great food, new and interesting friends and some pretty wild parties. It wasn’t difficult to imagine him in his work element, collaborating with visionaries and enabling new and exciting projects.

Kaya Sorhaindo is the Founder & Creative Director of The Metaproject, a creative agency based in New York City. By working collaboratively through an international network of artists, designers, curators, writers, architects, and scholars, Metaproject operates as a creative mediator between brands and artists, inventing new models of communications through its work.

In 2008 Kaya (Metaproject) and Seven New York’s Joseph Quartana introduced a series of six limited edition fragrances by a distinct group of six designers and perfumers. Through the designers’ concepts and the perfumers’ knowledge of fine fragrance, two artistic disciplines were interwoven to explore new perfume compositions. The collection represents a global gamut of contemporary views on creativity, culture, consciousness and collectivity.

Kaya and Six Scents have continued into 2009/10 with six additional designers. Kaya’s collaborator Aramique described their partnership: “Exploring the idea of nature as muse, we created Series Two as a multimedia and multi-sensory collection to spread environmental awareness and preservation through experiences of nature as a symbol and source of all creativity.” Each fragrance will be offered in a limited quantity of 2,000 bottles and a percentage of the net proceeds will go toward Pro-Natura in support of their environmental sustainability programs.

I spent some time with Kaya at Metaprojects’ new offices last week to get some shots and discuss his latest endeavor.

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Why perfume?

KS: The art of perfumery is a creative discipline that I was always fascinated and inspired by, with my first introduction to the perfumer Serge Lutens. I loved the way that he approached perfume and before Six Scents I was in touch with him in regards to developing a multi-sensory exhibition that captured the experience behind his fragrance but in a curated museum space. I was first drawn towards exploring ways in which a perfume could be presented in a gallery/museum context and in collaboration with artists, but after working on the i-Dentity exhibition and conversations with Symrise for Series One, I began to investigate the idea of applying this approach to creating an actual fragrance collection.

What’s the story behind Six Scents? How did you end up with your other collaborators?

KS: I developed the concept of Six Scents initially as a marketing and Research/Development program for a client that is a global fragrance producer responsible for many of the fragrance products you see on the market today. The idea was to develop a collection of fragrances that would be released annually that worked totally opposite of their commercial / client fragrance projects and to give young designers who normally would not have an opportunity to create a fragrance a chance to apply their ideas to a totally different artistic realm. This means, putting the fragrance in the spot light alongside the designer, positioning the fragrance closer to the arts than fashion and beauty, producing small quantities as a opposed to developing a product for the masses, creating an environment where the perfumer and designer would work one-on-one to realize a fragrance concept and giving part of the proceeds to charity. The ultimate goal was to inspire the perfumers, present a project that occupied a very unique space in the fragrance market that my client could own, present fragrances in places where people do not normally engage with perfume, educate the average person that is not connected to the perfume industry about the cliet, gather data that they can present and eventually apply to their client commercial projects and challenge the ways in which people perceive, interpret and engage with fragrance.

The loved the concept, but did not have the budget to produce the entire project and pay my agency creative fees, so we decided that we would own Six Scents and just asked Symrise to become an in-kind sponsor where they provide us with the best perfumers and produce the fragrances. I than asked my friend Joseph from Seven New York to come on board as a partner to handle the curation of the designers for Six Scents.

Who and/or what inspires you? Does the fact that you’re originally from Antigua inspire anything you do?

KS: I am inspired by a wide range of people. I guess the thing that these individuals have in common for me is the way in which they respectively approached their different artistic disciplines… with emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations, interaction or viewer engagement /participation and posing questions with their work that ultimately transferred the fields in which they worked in.

As for Antigua, I never give this much that (smile) thought. I traditionally like black and white, simply because of the power of the opposition of both colors, but Antigua is very colorful. I appreciate color. Small bursts of it when put alongside things that are very dark. As for my work, maybe with the way I like to make things more communal and collaborative. Will have to give this some more thought.

What’s next for Six Scents?

KS: We are launching Series Three in October 2010 with a new group of designers and artists.

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What scent evokes happiness for you?

KS: Hmm…my mother’s fragrance (I know, such a mommy’s boy) or the smell of fresh mint makes me happy and a wide range of spices (Anise Seed, Rosemary, etc.)

What scent makes you sad?

KS: when you are unable to experience scent or smell at all. Or gutters in a small village.

What other projects are you involved in? Future projects?

KS: My agency metaproject is working with the Scope Art Fair to develop a show within the fair that is called ‘Markt’. It is a collaboration with Diane Pernet that presents unique fashion objects alongside contemporary art pieces. I am in the process of working on a new performance art / dance project with a prominent choreographer, and we also have a sound project in the works this year that is quite interesting. In February 2010, we release a project called Relics of the Now Forgotten ‘Transgressions Redemption’. I am collaborating with my friend from the V Group on a annual book project called ‘00’, Volume One to be released in September. Aside from that a mix of client and installation projects, and we will bring on two new Niche Perfume clients to mange their creative positioning and marketing. Six Scents Parfums as a company (outside of the annual collection) will begin to work with designers directly in developing their own perfume.

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Is there a Kaya Sorhaindo theme song?
Probably this tune.

How did I smell last time we hung out?

KS: Haha. Hard at work. But in a good way.

Check out more of Jay’s photo’s, thoughts, and blog posts.