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Americana Deconstructed

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Seersucker and indigo have always been linked to American style. Interchangeable across genders and generations, this thin vertical stripe is synonymous with the Spring season.

Today we’re examining a deconstructed interpretation as brands are tearing apart norms to recreate this familiar fabric. Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, Everlane and Self Portrait are just a few companies infusing asymmetry, ruffles, collage and whimsey into their latest deliveries. The results are fun. They’re the opposite of nostalgia. They’re escapist, romantic and bold.


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It makes you wonder why – and especially, why now?

“I think seersucker remains a favorite with both designers and consumers because it’s able to be read as both totally traditional and fashion forward at the same time, depending on how it is styled and presented,” says Elliot Aronow, a Brooklyn based style expert.

“For example, a classic blue seersucker jacket or suit would fit in at any warm weather social function, especially a wedding, but a bolder stripe, say like what Jacques-Elliott did with this red/blue themed seersucker tie can exude a lot of cool attitude. As always, it’s all about the context!”

We agree. Style can be achieved through untraditional accessories or by diving in with a loud staple. Here are a few favorites that fall under both categories.

1. The Japanese Oxford Square Shirt | Everlane $68

Minimalist, exaggerated, boxy and modern.

2. Rebecca De Ravenel Six Drop Ombre Earrings | Moda Operandi $345

Optic whimsy through a monochromatic ombre.

3. Newport Striped Shirtdress | Anthropologie $158

An indigo, chambray, cotton striped collage.

4. Self Portrait Ruffled Striped Poplin Top | Moda Operandi $410

Off the shoulder and asymmetric with oversized ruffles.

 5. Asymmetric Shirttail Wrap Skirt | Alexander Wang $475

Casual, romantic and made for layering.

6. Distressed Jersey Sneakers | Golden Goose $530

Fancy distressed denim.

7. Karen J. Revis | Artsy via Sears-Peyton Gallery $2,800

Indigo silkscreen monoprint.

8. Louise Bourgeois Eye Mask | MoMA $30

Inspired by the artist who was an insomniac most of her adult life, this striped collage is printed on soft silk and a print representative of the artists’s 2003 fabric drawings.

9. Latitude Sock in Blue | Richer Poorer via Of a Kind $14

A kick of personality through a blue and white square grid.

10. Manuela Shirt | Stella McCartney $715

Genderless and heavily inspired by Japanese fashion, this is one of our favorite styles.

No More Black Targets

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Back in October, my friend Colin and I were catching up, discussing all things politics. The election was on the horizon and he was filling me in on his latest work. We both have an art and marketing background with a desire to use these skills to improve the world. When you live and breathe this profession, it offers a window into how clever pointed work can cut through the clutter to actually make a difference. He mentioned a project his agency was supporting, and I jumped on board immediately.

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The initiative is called NO MORE BLACK TARGETS and is a social art movement in reaction to gun violence in America. It highlights the black targets used on shooting ranges where people learn how to use a firearm – and asks that we as a society reinvent these targets through an artistic approach.

Artists, influencers and celebrities were asked to reimagine the basic shooting target. The results will be on display this Sunday evening, Feb 19th at 9pm at the Richard Taittinger Gallery. The exhibition will be followed by an online campaign and petition on Change.org.

Peruse the incredible work, make your own, and join us Sunday if you can!

Visualizing Global Warming

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Artists are sponges. They live, breathe and consume the world around them while figuring out how to add to the conversation. One topic that can’t be ignored is global warming and we’re seeing the visualization of this in the creative arts more than ever. Above, is an incredible handmade quilt from the Brooklyn based textile studio, The Haptic Lab.

We’ve written about their work in the past, but it was this recent instagram post that really grabbed our attention. Below the post, Emily Fischer, the founder, described the piece stating the gravity of the problem. This massive project describes sea ice loss in the arctic from 1979 to 2080, the approximate span of my lifetime. Climate change is real.

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In addition to collage, craft and home, these fashion pieces by Iniy Sanche and Martin Across translate a similar message. Both are unique and beautiful interpretations of their view on the world – one that incorporates colors, continents and geographic motifs.

 

How to Make Infographics Playful




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When my office was in Chinatown, I was a huge fan of the food delivery startup, Maple. Aside from their gorgeous app (a standard I would share when discussing digital ease of use), the food would arrive in elegant biodegradable packaging and cover all of the bases for a healthy, affordable filling lunch.

Now that I live and work in Brooklyn, I rarely use the service, but still get their newsletter. This week, it appears they’ve introduced business accounts in an effort to streamline office ordering…which makes sense. There have been countless nights in ad offices where we’ve all piled on to a singular mega order. Of course Maple wants in on that.

Today’s post isn’t about the prowess of this new business move, it’s more about the playful gif that arrived at the bottom of the email notification. Using chickpeas and green peas, their designer concocted an adorable graph that communicates growth and happiness through healthy ingredients. It resonated, as often times an effort like this falls flat. Here are a few screenshots I strung together to communicate their story. I love it, just like the service.

Spotting Australian Blues

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I just returned from a big trip abroad with my family. We spent two and a half weeks between Sydney, Melbourne and Tokyo merging work, vacation and a glorious wedding. I basically used the last of the available space on my phone taking an abundance of pictures and videos. Now that I’m home, I’m starting to sift through the content as I string relevant themes together.

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A simple and obvious palette that surfaced on a daily basis was a blue one. Soft, varied and subtly textured, indigo tiles and textiles were scattered throughout all three cities.

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Some tiles, like the imagery above have been staples in Bondi and Melbourne for many years. The complex simplicity has been distributed through a paired down palette.

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In an illustrative and more linear approach, these aqua swim trunks from Industrie reflect the beach vibe of Sydney with a simple continuous wave.

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Tapping into the palette, yet expanding on the theme, these Liberty prints from The Fabric Store in Melbourne feel relevant to the category, as the conversational prints are muted, busy and neutral.

 

Safer Streets + Graphic Design

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It’s been a while since we last posted and I’ve been thinking a lot about what best represents the present and the future. Do I share imagery from a recent trip to Sydney and Tokyo? Do I talk about the US election? Do I continue posting Pattern Studio artist features? It’s an interesting spot – deciding what to break the silence with when you’ve gone a while without publishing.

In reality, all of these topics have merit. Though, I’d like to jump back in by highlighting a positive and action-oriented move that’s changing lives for the better. In an effort to curb car crashes at it’s busiest intersections, the city of Austin has enhanced it’s infrastructure by adding bold stripes, Twister looking polka dots and buffers throughout the city.


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This graphic approach is an affordable way to reclaim safe spaces for pedestrians and is a parallel solution that’s already up and running in New York and LA. While finding a harmonious relationship between cars and humans isn’t an easy feat, adding safeguards where possible is an important move when considering the future growth and appeal for walking cities in America and around the world.

 

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