Thank you to Geoff Cottrill and our friends at Converse, especially the Jack Purcell team, surprising me with these beauties. I’m wearing them starting now.
The Sneaker Life
(Artist unknown, London, 2013)
Thank you to my friends at Converse for these objects of beauty on my birthday!
The “Jordana Tank” By Designer Lindsay Degen
My wife, Jordana Munk Martin, has inspired some new summer 2013 couture: The “Jordana Tank” by designer Lindsay Degen. (FYI It’s not Jordana in these photos.)
Degen’s beautiful knitted summer sweaters are featured on Of A Kind, which describes them like this:
This is the definition of summer sweater. Hand-knit from super-soft merino wool, it’s substantial enough to wear to the office—and looks good with a blazer when the A/C is cranking. That being said: We’re pretty obsessed with how stellar both colors look with bare shoulders and white jeans.
I’m kinda proud. More than kinda. And we are big fans of Degen’s work overall, including her collaboration with Converse last year.
Like most of Degen’s stuff, these summer sweaters will sell out — they’ve already started to, in some colors. So get them while you can!
Brooklyn’s Jose Parla
Loving Jose Parla.
The enigmatic Brooklyn painter has been called a “raconteur,” a conceptual documentarian, a “transcriber.” Parla’s work, which I wish we had on our walls and hopefully, one day, will, uses markings and layers of distress to chronicle the passing of time and neglect across their surfaces.
The work is beautiful, cerebral, emotional. Like, say, Cy Twombly, it feels like code for a truth we can’t reach but need.
Parla combines calligraphy and brutal erasure, urban landscapes full of pedestrian accident and also intention.
In some of Parla’s work, signs of the original platforms begin — as if neglected for decades — to reveal themselves. That’s when more of their narratives begin to surafce like evidence. The more time we spend with them, the more they tell.
Now there are some other platforms for Parla’s work. Like these:
(Parla only made 500 of these, last year. I don’t have a pair. Yet.)