James Anthony does not put birds on things.

Although I suppose he might, if you ask him nicely…

I met Anthony Friday night for a screen-printing workshop in John Sarah John’s multifunctional West Main St. shop of wonders. The Miami transplant has been in the screen-printing business for like, years (journalism!) and is so successful that he doesn’t even need a day job. Anthony spends his time scouting for new and interesting images (he majored in art history or something – journalism x2) and then, of course, prints them on fabric using his wizard powers. {An alternative explanation for how screen-printing happens may be inferred from the above pictures…an interesting factoid I recall is that the print is not, in fact, silk-screened onto the garment, but is printed using a mesh screen. The more you know.}

Sarah mentioned this workshop to me back in June, so I had plenty of time to plan my own screen-printing adventure. I originally figured I’d just have a t-shirt done, but while on vacation in New York I picked up some army surplus at Beacon’s Closet as well as the book Stylist: The Interpreters of Fashion. What do the two have to do with each other? Well, it was in my newly acquired book that I found inspiration in this Craig McDean portrait of Kate Moss, wearing an Edward Enninful-customized military parka:

And my finished product:

My interpretation involves no display of devotion to the British royal family, but it is rather evocative of McQueen with its morbid/romantic graphic – that X-ray is actually of some guy’s wife’s hand (that’s her wedding ring you see on the finger!) Underneath I’m wearing my Jimmy O and the Ready Ted’s band t-shirt from Low and my Lion pendant, courtesy of Judy at the Greenwood Country Store. The head is actually a belt buckle that I put on a chain – c’est fantastique, no?

P.S. Stop by James Anthony Apparel if you like what you see!


Toasting totes at Pippin Hill.

If I’m ever feeling a need for attention, I’ll pick up my Steve Mono tote. It’s by far my most complimented accessory. Whether I’m at the bank or casually strolling down the street, this baby is an attention magnet – although it hasn’t gotten me a date yet, so a small dog is still probably your best bet for wooing passersby. It’s the perfect size, handmade in Spain and is so subtly preppy you can pair it with almost any outfit that isn’t this. Unfortunately, I got it at a Japanese department store in Hong Kong and the only place I’ve seen it in the U.S. is in NYC. But fret not! I stumbled upon a solid unisex alternative for those of you in the market for a summer tote.

Will Leather Goods is an American-made line of accessories that’s available at Eloise. I caught a glimpse of one of the brand’s bags in the store window and popped in to touch it (both colors), inundate the staff with questions and then leave without buying anything. They love me! Eloise only carries the first model pictured here, which I think is the perfect size for stocking up on produce at the Farmer’s Market. The second bag pictured is quite nice as well, and similar to my Mono bag, if that’s what you’re looking for. Eloise will special order a particular model for eager customers (as long as the company ships in small quantities – if they don’t, rally your friends!) They also carry the brand’s silver cufflets in case you’re just like, so over bags.

This post was photographed at the newly opened Pippin Hill vineyard and event venue (pictures forthcoming on the Tumblr.) If you haven’t heard of it, I highly recommend stopping by. It’s got an interior to die for and a lot of furniture you’ll want to steal (but won’t!) The pictures are courtesy of my friend Fareine, whose Tumblr you can find here. I love them and am going to try to coerce her into shooting for me in all of her free time. Who needs productive hobbies like volunteering?

Taking pictures down by the river.

Because I’m just a simple country boy…

Lucy and I headed down to the Rivanna something something park to snap some shots for my lookbook. It’s a really nice park! I’m sure lots of people enjoy normal outdoor activities there such as jogging, taking their babies/dogs for walks and fishing or whatever. The things I enjoy doing outside include:

1) Sitting and reading
2) Walking slowly
3) Sitting and eating

Obviously I’ll also take pictures of myself out of doors, as long as I don’t have to step into the water where the algae is because that’s gross.

The shirt is a woman’s deep V-neck (haha, whoops) from Urban Outfitters. It’s made of modal (learn about it here!) and manufactured in the U.S., of all places (hooray!) The necklace is also from UO, and the jeans are from Banana Republic. They’re actually the women’s denim legging style…[double whoops]. The belt is from Ike’s – and is officially my favorite belt ever. I wear it almost every day, with everything.

Enjoy the weekend, and be sure to get out and see some of the Look3 exhibits! I stopped by a few galleries today – they’re a nice reprieve from the heat and make me fondly reminisce on my time museum-hopping last fall in Basel. I particularly liked Christopher Anderson’s portraits at the Water Street gallery, for the recommendation-inclined…

Maya Villiger’s portraits of girls make me want to dress like a boy.

If boys were cleaner and had good hair…oversized sweatshirts and baseball jackets and shrunken blazers, oh my! It’s enough to make any young man stop shopping for jeans in the ladies’ department.

Photos via Turned Out.

Lucy Getting Dressed

“I don’t have anything designer,” Lucy warned me. In the words of Cher Horowitz, as if! Labels don’t matter when you’ve got an eye like Lucy’s – she’s the merchandiser for Urban Outfitters here in Charlottesville. We’ve quickly bonded over our twin passions for clogs and keeping our hair up (joke). I invited myself over the other week to see what she had in her closet and she obliged me by playing dress up. The above outfit is what I styled her in…a short mod-ish number cinched with a belt to make a waist (the dress naturally falls like a trapeze dress) and, of course, chunky heels.

As you can see above, Lucy keeps some of her to-be-worn outfits on hooks on her wall so she can do some off-duty merchandising for herself!

When Lucy lived in London she shopped at chain Primark, which she says is known unofficially as “Primarni,” to make it sound more designer-y. “Like Marni?” I asked. “No,” she said, “like Armani.” I guess it really covers both bases!

At this point Lucy literally took a dive into her closet…which, as you might imagine, has a lot from UO and Anthropologie.
And then we ended up with this shot.
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Behind the Seams: Coogan Makes a Clutch

I mentioned in my previous post spotlighting Coogan that he’s developing a locally-sourced denim line in the near future…but that’s not all, folks! Working with local entrepreneurs John and Sarah Owens (subject of their own Kankan feature later this month), Coogan is currently hard at work on a line of cocktail clutches made from old maps. What’s that, you say? This sounds like uncharted accessories territory…[see what I did there?] and indeed it is a new and exciting project that I had to stop by and see for myself. How would it work? What would it look like? Could I have one?

John and Sarah had a pop-up shop on the downtown mall last year and are in the process of setting up their new location on West Main. The duo had some old Swedish maps lying around in their eclectic collection and left it up to Coogan to find a new life for them. Et voila! Coogan invites me over to see his map-clutch prototype. (Saying “map-clutch prototype” sounds so technical. Maybe Bond will use it in an upcoming 007 adventure, no?)

Coogan is shopping the concept around to some local boutiques and I know that if there’s enough map left over, I’ll be ordering an oversized man clutch. (What is the technical term for a “man clutch”? I think it’s “envelope bag,” or something like that…sign me up!)

Cowboy Bebop

Because a friend of mine commented on the inspiration for this post, “no one dresses like that in the Southwest,” I give you my outfit and declare it officially inspired by what I’ll label a fallible fashion fantasy. Blame Ralph Lauren! The bracelet and extraordinarily controversial fringed pouch (i.e. everyone thinks it is comically ugly, but I love it) are from Low. I tried a slightly more romantic feel for the photos in this post…I have to admit that being my own photographer is getting exhausting and definitely reaching the limits of its potential as a form of self-expression. Also, I’m pretty sure the people who work in the office above my courtyard think I have zero friends considering half the time they look down I’m sitting there laughing and smiling at nothing. It’s great!

Getting Dressed: Khaki & Navy

My spin on the classic color combo…which hopefully does not bring to mind private school uniforms…

I should just rename every “Getting Dressed” post “The Low Lookbook,” considering all of my clothes are from there. The khaki shirt is actually an old military shirt, the blue pants are H&M and the penny loafers are from Low as well (seen previously here). Be sure to keep your eye out for Low’s new logo, which I designed! Nora says the new signs are being printed and should be up soon. (For those of you who haven’t seen my previous post about Low, or clicked on the link to it above, Low Vintage is the new name of Antics, the vintage store on the downtown mall. When I see people with Low bags I always get excited and ask how they liked the store, only to be met with curious stares – that new signage can’t come out soon enough!)

Getting Dressed: Orange You Glad I Didn’t Forget About This?

My posting schedule got a bit wacky last week so I wasn’t able to put up these pictures of “how I incorporate orange into my personal S/S ’11 palette“! Crisis. My friend called me out on this and so here I am, in all my orange glory. The plimsolls and and shorts are from Urban Outfitters, but the jeans are a new retro-fun find from Ike’s Underground – trying to keep it local in whatever ways I can!

Getting Dressed: Spring Is In The Air

Last week my apartment underwent the ritual known as “Spring cleaning.” Since I live in a cube this was a fairly easy process that involved mostly sweeping and a little scrubbing. The biggest issue I have with keeping my apartment in order is making sure my clothing doesn’t spill out all over everything, dominate my couch and turn my floor into an obstacle course. I tend to get dressed by pulling out everything that could go with anything and trying it on with all of the above. It isn’t very efficient. What’s nice about the seasons changing is that I can finally put away some of my heavier items – sweaters, cords, coats – and free up room for other things for which most people have closets. I can also start using some of my lighter bags – I’m putting away the brown leather Banana Republic tote and taking out my cotton canvas Steve Mono, in which I can stash my summer must-have Anthelios sunscreen tube (brilliantest invention ever) and a few other essentials. I know a lot of people change up their home décor for the seasons, but I’m a floral guy year-round, from my ties to my curtains. I’ll probably introduce a new home fragrance, although I won’t be getting rid of my Astier de Villatte Oulan Bator incense completely, because it was so expensive I love it. My personal fragrance is a layered combination of Acqua di Parma colonia assoluta and YSL L’homme, which works for winter and summer because it’s both warm and spicy and light and citrusy. Wardrobe-wise, I wear more collared shirts in warm weather, so I’ll probably be looking a little more prepster and less indie in the coming months. How do you change up your style & design regimens for the seasons?