Opinel knives are the shit for many reasons (other than them being better than us and French). They fold up so you can take them discretely on the subway and not worry about it being over 4 inches and getting arrested in NYC for carrying a weapon! Once unfolded they have a child safety lock to insure a nice slice of whatever without you slicing your whatever! They are also good for cheese parties, they make you look like you could go barbaric on some humboldt fog on a Carr's watercracker!! HOLLA MOFOS!
Opinel knives also have the BEST logo ever, BEHOLD:
Yea yea yea, so I have been slacking, I still haven't updated Berlin or Croatia but so what, its old news now but you can check them all out here. I had the pleasure of taking a little day trip to Storm King earlier this month which is an open air museum or a "sculpture landscape" founded in 1960 by Ralph E. Ogden. Located about an hour north of Manhattan in New Windsor, NY on 500 acres, it houses the works of Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, Lichtenstein, Claus Oldenburg, just to name a few! In my opinion, its one of the most incredible modern art situations you can put yourself in! (These photos don't even do it justice, just go, thank me later and its open until mid-November!)
It's for charity, you heartless wank! Every year for the past 4 years, a very talented chef I know has put on the Foodball Tournament not only to raise money for the hungry, but to also unite the restaurant community in Denmark and football lovers everywhere (soccer for us Americans)! Go here and donate in support of Action Against Hunger, you could win dinner for two at the BEST restaurant in the world (dudes, you can't even get a reservation to most of the these places!) and various other top restaurants in Denmark. You know you want to book a flight to Copenhagen, so just donate a ton of money to increase your chances! (You could even write it off on your taxes, just sayin').
I like seeing solid ideas. I like seeing solid ideas coming from smart, unpretentious people who care about their craft and hone it. Hello people, meet Brooklyn Gin, Brooklyn Gin meet the people, they look thirsty. I ran into Joe Santos (creator of that sweet stuff up there) whilst enjoying some libations at one of my favorite locals. While I don't drink gin (blame Samantha Bakke's debutante ball circa 1997) I was happy to list a few places for him to whore it out in Brooklyn! I am happy to announce things are going swimmingly and his labor of love has just been placed in several of Keith McNally's restaurants! HELL YEA! So if you're in Brooklyn or Manhattan keep your eyes peeled for this beautiful bottle of distinctively good times!
PS While I am not a gin drinker, I have heard NOTHING but good things, some might say comparable to Hendricks, just sayin'!
One of my best friend's boyfriend's dad's art. DAMN. Hello Pedro! I will take the "120 Dogs" (do you see the wire haired fox terrier in there??) and thank you. Pedro is a Mexican painter partly influenced by the Dadaist movement. The ruins and art of Mexico's ancient civilizations are rampant. I used to geek out on the Aztecs and Olmecs, so of course I freaked when I saw these.
Gathering my thoughts and images for Fall 2012/13, to avoid all dress wearing I tend to lean towards menswear anyway, so this works out for me and my profession. The prep/workwear has long been around and will continue on, but I love the mix of bow ties, Oliver Peeples and lettermen jackets. And plaid and leather and vintage barber tools. And most likely empty whiskey bottles and Gauloises. Honestly, I just needed an excuse to post photos of Yuri Pleskun. He's trainspotting waiting to happen. Drug addled Adonis! Plus he's GREAT in front of the camera.