fine fabrics

I found a link to this in the archives of a blog last week (sorry, I can’t remember where!) I loved the image above, the fabric books of an Italian manufacturer, Mantero.
The Herald Tribune featured the photo accompanying an article titled The Globalization of Fabric. Check it out to learn a little about the difference in the quality of cloth used by some of the brands you would find at your local shopping mall versus those used in the world of luxury fashion. The story also explains some of the countries that supply the luxury market, and the types of fabric they specialize in.

pruittfpgirl -Aug 25, 2008, 11:06AM
cool pic! also, interesting article!

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I was browsing around Design*Sponge this morning, and came across an interesting post featuring designer David Stark. The post discussed David’s incredible job planning and creating a benefit event for The Robin Hood Foundation, (see picture below, and the D*S post for more pictures,) but one thing lead to another and I ended up on David’s site, which is where I found this video! It’s long but doesn’t seem long – I could watch for hours, it’s very mesmerizing! Enjoy!

katy smail

Katy Smail is
These are a few of her newest illustrations. How much do you love that fisherman?

These awesome pictures are all from Gigi Cifali’s series called Absence of Water, which features pools in the UK that have fallen into disuse. Empty pools are so strange looking- I love it! I first saw these on this Yatzer post, which has a few more pictures. You can also check out Gigi’s website, which is pretty cool.

kristy -Aug 18, 2008, 12:41AM
hey, first of all i would just like to say that the music selection for the catalog videos are always so fantastic. i love beirut and the latest catalog vid was fantastic. second- is there a way to access old catalogs? on the website the farthest back i can go is jan. 08 but i really want to access some older ones, especially after watching some of the catalog videos on youtube.
Rachel -Aug 15, 2008, 4:30PM
WOW! Those are lovely!

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As I’m sure you all recall, currently Carrie and Doub’s eagle is on display here in Building 543, which is where our cafeteria, gallery, and mailroom are, among other things. With the eagle they also put up a very long blank wall, where everyone has been invited to write their thoughts, on the eagle or anything else. After almost two weeks, the wall has really developed into something fun! It’s almost like Urban Outfitters Incorporated’s huge bathroom wall – in the best possible sense!
I am really intrigued by all the crazy things people have written and drawn on this wall, and I’ve taken quite a few pictures of it!

If you are in the Philadelphia area, come down to the Naval Yard, Building 543, and check out the incredible eagle and write on his graffiti wall!

alejandra quesada

Recently I got an email from one of our readers suggesting we check out Alejandra Quesada, an artist and designer from Mexico City. Am I ever glad I did! I went to her site, which is really cute, and fell in love with so so many of her clothes! She makes really cool drawings too! Definitely worth a look!

Sofia Alonso -Oct 16, 2008, 2:44AM
Alejandra's clothes are so amazing! She is one of my very dear friends so I know first hand that her clothes are just as beautiful close up. They're pretty, flirty, feminine, creative, but yet easy to wear as well. Please check into her clothes!!
Jen Singh -Aug 16, 2008, 11:40PM
I love Alejandra's site-thanks for sharing, what a find!

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found object bugs

Though personally I am not that into bugs, I still think these bugs made from various found objects, (without the use of glue!) are pretty darn cool. Here is a link to the guy that made them’s Flickr account, on which he has a set with probably around 25 of these little bugs! Very cool!

hair hats

These wonderful creations are by Nagi Noda. I don’t think I need to say anymore to get you to look at the rest.
Found via Design For Mankind.

Tiffany -Aug 09, 2008, 12:06PM
You guys, African Americans have created styles like this and other majorly interesting ones for years. They have hair shows all over the united states. It's not my cup of tea, so to speak, but the creativity is interesting...
Design for Mankind -Aug 08, 2008, 12:16AM
Awesome, right?! Thanks for the link love. ;)

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Last night I attended the opening for the collaborative art project of Carrie and Doub!
Carrie happens to be our Assistant Art Director, and Doub, our Art Director, Assistant Design Director, and also my sister! :)
Together they created a gigantic eagle sculpture, made mostly of wood, cardboard, paper-mache. It is incredible!

The eagle will be on display here at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in building 543 for the next six weeks, and I encourage you to come check it out and write your thoughts on the wall beside it!
As you might imagine, it takes a lot of work to get a bird this big suspended in the air! Below is a little video clip showing the work behind getting the bird made, moved, and hung from the ceiling! Underneath that, more pictures!

After the eagle was finally lifted up where it needed to be, they were so glad they thought they’d give him a little kiss! :)
A picture of the artists at the opening, shown here with our buddy Bob!
People enjoyed themselves at the opening…
A little “thank you” from the artists, written on the wall!
If you are in the area at all over the next six weeks, come on down to the Philadelphia Navy Yard (at the south end of Broad Street) and check out this eagle! It’s so incredible!

Sandy -Aug 08, 2008, 8:23AM
Thanks Pruitt for posting the pictures and the posting. I was waiting to see the pictures. The show is amazing. Good job to Doub and Carrie and all the "helpers"!!
Beth -Aug 07, 2008, 8:25PM
I like all the bandannas!!

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One of our stylists, Mackenzie, took some stunning pictures while she was on the last couple of catalog shoots! Here’s a little note from her:
“We went to Virginia for the last two catalog shoots… and it’s ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL THERE!!!
Here is some proof!!!
We loved it!!!”

These pictures make me really excited to see the catalogs that were shot in Virginia! How beautiful!

pruittfpgirl -Aug 05, 2008, 11:06AM
Both the shoot and the bridge were near Goshen Pass, Virginia. yes, Va is beautiful!!
-Aug 04, 2008, 9:05PM
where in virginia was the catalogs shot?

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elizabeth soule

How great are these polaroids by Portland photographer Elizabeth Soule? She does a few different series using little animal figurines, sometimes paired with props. The lighting and colors are really beautiful, and the animals irresistible!
found via sfgirlbybay

tony andrews -Aug 01, 2008, 4:04PM
Really cute pictures! Love the 2 sheep.

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awesome/crazy sofa

I couldn’t resist showing you this sofa which yatzer found. I can’t stop looking at it! Designed by Lila Jang, you can find a little more information about the sofa here.

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