Friday August 29th 2014



Picture of the Day : Enjoy your Weekend, Peeps!

APC’s Jean Touitou’s Dishes Celebrity & Don’t forget Butler Jeans

As Fashion Week continues in NYC, there is always the swirl of what’s hot, or not, or who said what… Jean Touitou of APC was no exception in his expressions to Hint:

“I do not belong to celebrity culture. If people only knew what actresses are paid to sit in the front row at the shows in Milan or Paris, they would want to kill somebody. If they only knew 10% of what’s going on, like brands that give bags away to young actresses and tell them to go in that restaurant on that day and leave the restaurant at 15 past 2:00, and hold the bag up for the paparazzi that will be there. This is a fact.”

So, although APC did not participate in fashion week, he was in NYC preparing for the launch of his new store in the West Village, talking about his collaborations with Carhartt, his quilting project collaboration with Jessica Ogden; a line of limited-edition, handmade blankets, composed of the excess yardage of A.P.C. fabrics, and his ongoing love affair with music.  Of his 30 employees who work in the studio, 10 are musicians and all of them have bands.

And not to forget his “Butler” jeans, a great program which also adds a little history to our throwaway culture, by adding initials of the original wearer.

“Some people who buy our jeans only want to wear them when they’re pristine. When they start to fade or get holes in them, they don’t wear them anymore. So you can bring them back to the store and get a new pair of jeans at cost. We take the old jeans and wash them, mend them, mark them with the initials of the person who wore them, and sell them. No matter how much money you invest in machines, jeans always look better when they’ve been broken in by a human being. I call them the Butler Jeans because in the 19th century, English aristocrats would have their butlers wear their new clothes before they did, so they wouldn’t look nouveau riche”.

Coco says…

“Where should one use perfume?” a young woman asked.
“Wherever one wants to be kissed, ” I said.
~Coco Chanel

Holton Rowler’s Twist on the Pour Painting.

Holton Rowler’s contemporary pour paintings…A little Friday treat.  Enjoy the process on video below.


Andy Lifschutz : Nature Speaks through his jewelry

Andy Lifschutz does beautiful things with nature.  Relying on the beauty of natural elements as they are, Lifschutz gives us pause with his exploration of raw materials such as reclaimed metals, wood, bone and stone.  His objects remind us that nature is the consummate artist, and he lets her speak.

A kiss, a poem, love ~ in honor of St. Valentine’s day

Image : Marc Chagall’s Birthday

A beautiful kiss painted shortly after his return from Paris to Russia to take Bella as his bride.

Valentine’s Day cards are rumored to have originated in France. A young Frenchman, Charles, Duke of Orleans is said to have composed this poem or ‘valentine’ while imprisoned in the Tower of London after his capture in the Battle of Agincourt, 1415:

Je suis desja d’amour tanné
Ma tres doulce Valentinée…

—Charles d’Orléans

Loosely translated as : I’m tired of love, my very sweet Valentinée .

And, as French author Amandine Aurore Lucile Dupin, later known as George Sand, wrote in her famous quote from a “Letter to Lina Calamatta” :
“Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aimé”.
(There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved).

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Sweater Ribcage

We love reuse!


Living the language : Thoughts on a video by Gustav Johansson

Living this reality as an expat in France. I find myself struggling with survival French, and wondering when it will get easier. This little vid was a nice reminder that I’m not alone.

Gustav Johansson made a nice series of spots around the “life sequence” of a student expatriate. Each spot shows moments of life , from Paris to London, Bejiing and Barcelona. View the videos here :

EF – Live The Language – Paris from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.


EF – Live The Language – London from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.


EF – Live The Language – Beijing from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.


EF – Live The Language – Barcelona from Albin Holmqvist on Vimeo.

Karim Rashid Designs Skylight Shades for Velux

Karim Rashid loves color and playful design, which he has brought to a series of skylight blackout shades.  His playfulness extends through the entire process of this project.  Through February, a competition invites individuals to name each of the designs in the eight-piece collection. The most highly voted entries will become the official names of each of the blinds. So get on over to Casa Luce with your thinking caps on!

The shades provide complete darkness when completely lowered, also providing thermal insulation for windows, generating a 33% decrease in heat flow.  Love it.


A Rare Look Inside Pixar via the NYTimes

Melena Ryzik gets a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California.

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