Our January catalog drops today! The trend concept this month is called Farmer’s Daughter. Here’s some info from Elsa on our catalog team:
“We shot the catalog in Epping, North Dakota. We found the location in a National Geographic article about abandoned towns of North Dakota. Basically, in the early 20th century, with railroad expansion, people moved to the prairies of North Dakota to homestead and hoping to make a life farming. Unfortunately the weather proved to be too harsh for them or their crops and eventually the people had to abondon their houses as well as most of their belongings.
These houses and barns remain standing to this day, and if they are owned by anyone, you wouldn’t know it as they seem to have been long forgotten. We worked with a woman in Epping whose family had come out to North Dakota by way of Ohio, and she took us to the homestead they made, a small cabin on acres and acres of land. We were also able to explore lots of other abandoned houses, barns, schools, and even a church. Each building contained remnants of lives left behind, things such as books, clothes, papers, letters, and furniture.
It was an unbelievable experience getting to see this, but we decided that shooting outside in the vast fields was much better for our trend. The land in North Dakota is beautiful and vast, and it felt emptier than any other place I have ever been.”
Here are a few of the National Geographic photos, but check out the rest at the link. They are eerily beautiful…

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jackie -Jan 13, 2009, 2:50PM
what is the song?
Kia -Jan 13, 2009, 12:44PM
This is a great story! I love knowing the history behind some of the most desolate places on earth. the photo shoot trend fits in perfectly with the landscaping

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socket antlers

Nendo is the creator of these awesome deer antler outlet covers! They advertise them as a way to hold up your phone while you’re charging it, or your keys, but I would love to have an outlet with antlers just for the sake of itself! It looks so cool!
Via Coolboom.

Lu. -Jan 14, 2009, 11:23PM
ohh!! this sokets are so beautifull!! well, i`m gonna to go.. jee I see you later! By Lu. and I like so much your blogg!! Good for you!! :D
jen -Jan 13, 2009, 9:29AM
is there somewhere to get these? there was another thing similar to this i saw, called the "hang on" outlet (http://dvice.com/archives/2008/07/hang_on_outlet.php#comments) but i can't find it anywhere! when are these concepts gonna hit the market?!?! i want them!

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Today we received something very exciting in the mail! It was a little pet-camera, which you can clip to your pet’s collar so that you can see their view of the world! It takes a picture once a minute, and we had a blast today trying it out with Trixie, my chihuahua. She wore the camera for about an hour total and showed us the extremely large and low to the ground world of the chihuahua. Check out some of the pictures below!

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Hehe! Next we plan to try the camera out on a larger doggy, we’re not sure who yet though! I will post the results!

Lucy -Jan 13, 2009, 10:20AM
that's such an interesting invention! wow who would've thought of that! Chihuhuas are my fav breed of dogs by the way =) P.S I don't mean to be annoying and bothersome, but I was just wondering if you've received my e-mail replying to the one you sent me earlier? I know that your mailbox is probably overflowing with messages, and it'll take a while to get through them. But I was just curious if you have gotten my reply? I was really excited that you got in contact with me and haven't heard from you since =) Thanks!

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Here it is – our latest episode of Dog Talk! This time our host Kevin interviews a very peculiar type of dog… Enjoy!

pruittfpgirl -Jan 15, 2009, 10:56AM
Actually, that is my father! he is a big fan of DogTALK so we thought we could let his wolf-form have a cameo! :) I am not real sure where the mask came from, I think my sister found it somewhere in New York City...
sooz -Jan 12, 2009, 6:07PM
i frickin LOVE dog talk. the opening sequence is genius.

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belt diy

I really love this idea for updating a plain old leather belt. This particular belt looks cool with the eyelet details. I like the way it looks when the leather splits.
Head over to Bleach Black for the details! (I also recommend reading the first comment on her entry:)

Dallas -Jan 12, 2009, 12:37PM
love this!, on my way to try it right now! dallas http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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Don’t you love these fashion illustrations by Cassandra Rhodin? They all look like femme fatales! They also kind of remind me of sketches by Betsey Johnson, with those big eyes! Ma Frangine has more drawings for your viewing pleasure…

kia -Jan 13, 2009, 1:12PM
I especially like the first photo. It looks very expensive!

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Now, I realize this is a little bit old, but I had never seen it and it’s pretty cool! Prada created this video to go with their Spring 2008 line, and though the computer graphics are a little bit rough looking, it’s still a very mesmerizing video! I wish I could get dressed this way!

One of our mannequin heads was having a bit of a static-hair day…

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Can you believe Pattra’s shitake mushroom plant? When she first got it 4 days ago, it just looked like a loaf! I am amazed at how much it has grown in such a short time! Plus, shitake mushrooms are super delicious, and the plant should last 6 months! That’s a lot of good eating!

pruittfpgirl -Jan 15, 2009, 10:47AM
Hey guys! You can get one of the mushroom plants online at Far West Fungi! You can grow them in your home very easily! They come in a big plastic bag - you just poke a few holes in the bag, and leave them in it. Put them in indirect sunlight, and leave them be. Before you know it, you will have tons of little mushrooms sprouting up!
Alyssa Johnson -Jan 10, 2009, 3:30PM
How did she get a mushroom plant? Can you grow them in your home? Can I buy one online? I am very interested in that. It's like a better version of having an herb garden on your countertop.

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office feet

Many cute and stylish pairs of shoes came in to work today! I wandered around and snapped a few pictures of them. Which ones do you like best? I think my favorites might be the spiky heeled boots at the very bottom.

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Motorcycle Boots -Jan 15, 2009, 2:46AM
All shoes really very nice. But I like Brown heals with buckle at the top and yellow boots. Both are very cute!!!!!!!!!! Motorcycle Boots
Angel -Jan 12, 2009, 10:06AM
I personally like the brown heals with the buckle at the top

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Lip Dub Pop Muzik from fredasterical on Vimeo.
You might remember this entry we did about Victorian paper masks one of our designers brought back from the Netherlands. Check out this lip dub video using similar masks from fredasterical! Why didn’t we think of this?

See more pics of our design team in those silly masks.
video found via hellofrancis

Linda Crispell -Jan 09, 2009, 3:43PM
Very cool site! Love the creativity.
pruittfpgirl -Jan 09, 2009, 10:20AM
oh my gosh this is SO GOOD!

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cute & tough

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I am just loving these quilts by Quiltsrÿche! I love the colors, and I especially love the guitar, speaker, and skull on the alphabet quilt! I feel really inspired to keep working on my quilt! See more of her fun and kind of hard-core quilts here!
Via.

delaney demott -Jan 10, 2009, 10:03AM
did you see the quilts of Gee's Bend up at the PMA? So amazing!
Lisa Marie -Jan 09, 2009, 4:51PM
I love these! Great spin on an old classic.

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mantyhose

Recently I came across this funny little site, e-MANcipate, which is a website to accelerate the acceptance of male pantyhose as a regular clothing item. It’s actually really interesting! Apparently men wearing pantyhose is starting to come into style a little bit, (in Europe and Australia mostly,) which kind of makes sense given the current craze for super skinny tight pants! The site had tons of fashion pictures with men wearing pantyhose styled in a number of different ways. I’m kind of split – in some of the pictures it looks kind of cool, in others it looks a little too medieval to me. What do you guys think? Yay or nay?

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Yvan -Apr 08, 2012, 6:45AM
I completely agree with Barry @ March 28 7:40 pm. No hose for him = No pants for her.
barry -Mar 28, 2012, 7:40PM
I wear tights and leggings and love them both. Men wore tights before women stole them anway. What is wrong with it? Women wear pants and thst is suposed to be ok.

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