patch nyc is a collaboration of two talented artists and designers – don carney and jon ross. we here at fp instantly fell in love with their one-of-a-kind pieces and are excited to feature them as one of our favorite designers! the patch nyc collection is vintage inspired, but also maintains a strong contemporary look. to create their latest collection they experimented with a variety of metal finishing techniques to obtain a weathered quality that adds to their jewelry’s character by giving it a rough edge. the collection features a collage of vintage pieces mixed with newer findings, using charms, stones and beads to create something special that is both modern and old, and undeniably unique.
you might recognize this gal from our latest catalog…her name is michele ouellet and not only is she beautiful but she’s also a pretty rad person. if you weren’t jealous of her already, this napa valley native also makes her own wine…read on for brief interview with michele!
if you weren’t a model, what would you want to do?
i would make wine! bam! already do! maybe i would be some type of spy also…
when and why did you start making wine?
last year my family helped me start my brand as a 21st bday present. if you grow up in the napa valley, chances are you get into the wine biz.
what is your theme song?
“today was a good day” by ice cube
what is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to?
tokyo is crazy cool in every possible way and the bahamas are heaven on earth!!!!
if you were stranded on an island, what three things would you want with you?
magical unlimited tiki bar, all my friends, and a camera to document our adventures.
what is the one article of clothing you can’t live without?
my leather biker bitch jacket
what is your biggest fear?
i really try not to live in fear
winter, spring, summer or fall?
summer 4 eva
what color are you?
if you could spend a day with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be?
peter pan and the lost boys
what inspires you on a daily basis?
life and death and all the rest
what is your motto?
never lose! always winning! #1
that’s her on the wine label, which was photographed by david mushegain, who also shot our december catalog. check out lorenza wine’s website, lorenzawine.com, and stop by michele’s blog, kissser.com!
space 15 twenty is turning one! and they’re having not one, but two parties to celebrate – plus, the we the free store located at space 15 twenty (in l.a.) is doing raffles, discounts and prize giveaways to mark the special occasion!
the first party is this saturday, and is a day-long celebration open to the public, where there will be a donation bake sale, face and nail painting, dj sets (including one by eastside girl dez, a wtf employee) AND a live performance by the band girls (who our girls on film on music wrote about yesterday)!! not to mention, 20% off all full-priced merchandise at we the free, which you can take away in special one year anniversary totes!
the second party starts at 7pm and will feature a dj set by ana calderon, a live performance by dawes, and food and drinks…rsvp required for the nighttime party at email@example.com.
if you’re looking for something to do in philly tonight, head on over to fishtown, where they’re having a holiday walk this evening from 6-9pm! over 25 local businesses are participating and they’ve all got specials going on…there will be live music, art exhibits, food and drink, holiday shopping specials and more. a couple of things that sound particularly cool are a craft fair at the rocket cat cafe (2001 frankford) and a new vintage boutique called two percent to glory (1817 frankford) that is opening up this evening, prior to their grand opening.
these wedding photos are absolutely gorgeous…the beautiful bride, who works in our new york showroom, was kind enough to share them for the blog. the wedding took place at the hotel dupont in wilmington, delaware, and the outdoor portraits below were taken at the nearby gibraltar gardens. looks like the epitome of a fairytale wedding to me…that dress is incredible!
today is a very exciting day on the blog, as we have launched our new blog design! not that we didn’t love the old design, but we felt it was time for a fresh new look that will be much easier for you all to navigate around. i’d like to say a big thank you to everyone here at the home office who worked so hard on this project!
make no mistake: this is an album about heartbreak. thao nguyen‘s own heartbreak. even though you’re set up for this material to come off as whiney, she somehow manages to avoid this by sending it out with punchy and dancey tunes. a great album to put on as soon as you’re ready to stop crying about your own broken heart.
after years of playing drums and singing background vocals for joanna newsom, it was time for neal morgan to bust out on his own. and on his own is exactly it – just him and his drums layering over themselves to create something entertaining and totally dynamic.
this is the one record this year that i am a bit worried i may literally wear out. it’s fun and romantic and creates a cool, sexy, almost dark atmosphere. it’s a perfect example of the excitement of anticipation – every time you think a song’s going to break out into something huge and deserving of a fist pump, they sit you back down and tell you to hold your horses, they have more ways to whisper something salacious in your ear.
the life story of christopher owen, one half of girls, is so insane that the first time i heard it i thought it was a farce (it involves cults, prostitution and a stint as a gutter punk). you can feel this in the rawness of his voice, but these aren’t songs about his tumultuous childhood, these are just songs about girls. fun, surf rocky, songs about girls. what better subject to fill an album with?!? after ponies.
* these records were purchased at an awesome shop in madison wi, b-sides. they have a great selection and are really nice about making recommendations.
royksopp currently have a new album on the way but their first is a great one for a re-listen, or even a first go. and with the unavoidable buzz and bustle heading into a new year this makes a great soundtrack to just take. a. break.
when this album came out it made new york city a rock star again and amazingly it still sounds fresh. this cover was actually never printed in the us because the band didn’t want buyers to be put off by the bum. luckily, their songs are way more rock ‘n’ roll than that move.
they only have three studio albums to their name and yet they’ve left an indelible mark on music and even defined and created their own genre of trip hop. seriously – there’s one other band that you’d put in the trip hop bucket and i can’t be bothered to name them. every member is now working with and influencing artists that are creating a lot of the best music around. anyway, so what i was saying is this album is perfection and i want to hug it.
guess what. i love portishead. their singer beth gibbons doesn’t escape the love fest with this solo album, though it has a completely different tone; dark and a little brooding, if it was a scent it would be like old libraries and snow.
and now, take a listen to some songs from these albums!