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olivier zahm photographs for purple magazine’s blog. i love seeing what he sees, but today i also realized how rad i think his little girl is.

g! -Oct 08, 2009, 1:42PM
she looks like a more stylish suri cruise!

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bike-loving designs

marc hummel, a philadelphia native and founder of b minus designs, makes these really cool bike-loving products that i thought you would enjoy. all b minus designs are screenprinted by hand. check them out below, along with a short interview with marc.

interview with marc:
where are you from?
philadelphia! south philly, to be precise.
when did you create b minus designs?
in the fall of 2004.
why did you start b minus designs?
my friend leah and i came up with the idea for the “bicycles are for lovers” design while goofing around in our dorm rooms our freshman year of college. our school was in a fairly rural part of new jersey, and we both thought tandem bicycles were the coolest things on the planet. we decided to use our design to launch a t-shirt company that would eventually buy us our very own tandem!
we eventually got our wish, when a fellow student saw our web site and offered us (free!), a red tandem bicycle he had taking up space in his shed. the bike still needs a lot of work, but we’re siked our plot was successful!
what was your inspiration? (this may be a bit off topic, but I’d like to mention it…):
in the summer of 2009, we decided to make b minus designs a 100% non-profit company. the proceeds of every sale go toward my fundraising goal for the 2010 “climate ride,” a charity bicycle trip from new york to washington, d.c.
check out more info. about b minus designs.

claudia -Dec 13, 2009, 5:22PM
i was just looking through and i saw this bike and i looked down and it was on my t-shirt too. it's my favourite t-shirt xx
John1321 -Nov 25, 2009, 7:12AM
Very nice site!

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okay all…
this is my last night before i leave the west coast. in california, but didn’t make it out to los angeles before dark…
i have been absolutely humbled by the beauty and kindness of strangers on this trip.
after austin, we stayed a night in amarillo, tx. dinner was amazing…i had bbq brisket at the country barn. check out their menu.

there is also an incredible donut shop there, called…the donut shop. i didn’t get one of these for breakfast, but in hindsight should’ve.

the weather in texas was miserable; i have never seen so much fog in my life! but as we neared the border with new mexico, things started looking up.
yes, things got much brighter…
we skirted through to the painted desert. let me just say that if you have the opportunity to come here, DO. it took my breath away many times.
and i fell in love with petrified wood again…loved it when i was a kid, for some reason.
and then on to california, so that i could catch my plane today… :)
hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing some of my trip. peace.

Kasey -Oct 08, 2009, 12:56PM
AHHH! I was soo excited to see that y'all stopped in Amarillo! That's where my store is located! We get lots & lots of inspiration from the Free People team! Thanks! Check out our blog if you can.
Heather B -Oct 07, 2009, 1:17PM
Thanks for the updates, looks beautiful!

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look how cute…mieke willems. antwerp, belgium.

i don’t know where i got these…been sitting in an “i love” folder on my computer. except the last pic is of kurt vile…if you recognize, feel free to write and let me know from where they originate.

take center stage wherever you are today…

dana -Oct 06, 2009, 1:25AM
the second is by Edouard Plongeon, i posted it on my blog a while back! lovely.
Nella -Oct 05, 2009, 10:25PM
I adore the second photograph! So hippie romantic. I know this may be off subject, but I was shopping at the Free People store in Glendale and must say that I LOVE the tunes being played in the store! Is there any possible way to get the list of the tunes playing? I'd really appreciate it :)

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herbert pfostl

i found herbert pfostl’s book “to die no more” about a year ago…somehow i can’t help but visit his work every couple weeks…it inspires me beyond belief.

his blog is very intelligent, thoughtful and just plain perfect, too…

Iala -Mar 08, 2010, 2:03PM
Think you started blogging for the same reasons I did:
-Oct 06, 2009, 11:28AM
woah i immediately thought of kiki smith when i saw this. i've never seen a thing about her on the blog, if you dont know who she is PLEASE look her up and feature her, shes so amazing i did my senior art thesis on her

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america continues to inspire and enchant.
since i last wrote, my friends and i were in virginia. our next stop was asheville, nc. this is rebel, my backseat travel companion.

our blue ridge mt morning was unbelievable.

from there, we ended up in new orleans. thanks to aforementioned cat, we got a sweet pet-friendly hotel room just outside the french quarter.
my favorite street, in my fave converse.
and then…we hit austin. and while we were at dinner, my friend spotted an aspiring designer – christie – who was wearing one of our knit tops. she loves fp, and i appreciate that she let me take her pic for the blog. :)
be good! more later…

Jody -Oct 05, 2009, 9:28PM
Heh, your backseat companion looks scared. Or maybe that's just a wide eyed cat thing. I have two cats and I can't even get them to stay in the house, much less a back seat. Cool cat!
lauren @ lapetitefashionista -Oct 05, 2009, 11:56AM
I'm so jealous of your road trip adventures! i'm itching to plan one now :)

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monday quote

“the art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.”
– charles langbridge morgan

melisssssaaaaaaaaaaa -Oct 11, 2009, 11:03PM
i absolutely love this quote, i think i'm going to make a mural of it on my wall ;D

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saga lives in london and studies photography…amazing aesthetic. :)

follow saga on her blog , too…

dana -Oct 02, 2009, 7:40PM
beautiful beautiful. such texture.
fprebecca -Oct 02, 2009, 3:18PM
i love that she used a mattress for the backdrop- that pic is awesome

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copy – desert

luren, who used to work for our store display team, is curating a show at copy gallery
it’s called desert. and it will probably leave you thirsty for more…
sorry, that sounds silly.
if you’re in philly, make it part of your first friday festivities. there, that’s better…
artists from philadelphia and los angeles are creating sculptures inspired by plants and structures of the desert using commonly found materials.

copy gallery, 319 n 11th st. 3rd floor. 6-11pm.


hi all…
this is the first chance i’ve had to post some pix…as of tonight, i am in tuscaloosa, alabama. it has been absolutely incredible thus far; i am already planning my next road trip. but anyway…just a few images to share.
first, waiting for my ride on my porch. wearing some sweet converse that i think are going on sale in the october catalog…not an advertisement for ’em, but they look great with everything. :)

our first (and maybe only) toll booth operator…definitely has the most coiffed ‘do i’ve ever seen in one of those booths.

this is on the road in virginia…reminded me of maxfield parrish or something…
we capped off our first night in harrisonburg, va…where they served some of the best bar food i ever ate – this is a gouda grilled cheese from the blue nile.
more later…hope everyone’s happy. :)

tara -Oct 07, 2009, 12:11PM
I went to JMU and love Blue Nile! You should also check out the art and food at Clementines and Artful Dodger!!! Have fun on the rest of your road trip.
joy -Oct 02, 2009, 4:19PM
t-town represent!!

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ny art book fair!

go to p.s.1 contemporary art center in queens this weekend for the ny art book fair! free admission… :)

and if you’re free tonight, check out the preview! right after, deitch studios generously hosts a benefit for printed matter, featuring industrial punk-and-dub duo, I.U.D. (lizzi bougatsos of gang gang dance and sadie laska of growing). djs tim lokiec and gary murphy play vintage house. tickets begin at $20 and include limited artist editions by elmgreen & dragset, jutta koether, tom sachs, and mungo thomson.

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