: I don't know about you, but over here we think anything Anthony Bourdain touch (television wise) is pretty much gold. If you haven't been watching Mind of a Chef
, it's all on Netflix and the next season begins next month, so get caught up. [Netflix
: The app "Somebody" - made by Miranda July in collaboration with Miu Miu - which allows you to have a complete stranger deliver a message to the person of your choice. The video is equal parts sad, funny, genius and uncomfortable and we're obsessed with it. [Ed. note: Please don't dump anyone via stranger message]. [Youtube
: Go get you some culture during this year's Broadway Week. [Broadway Week
: Spoon's new album, They Want Your Soul
, is currently on repeat. [Spoon
: The sakura mochi at Michi Ramen - perfect for the final days of summer and so, so tasty. [Michi
Over at HELM we appreciate good design and one of our favorite examples of good design lies in Danish Modern furniture. Prolific in the 30's, 40's and 50's and made famous by Arne Jacobsen and Hans Wegner, Danish Modern design had its roots in Bauhaus but was a perfect balance of form and function. Another prolific and iconic designer from the era was Borge Mogensen. This is his house in Denmark:
We love how modern and fresh it looks and we think it exemplifies what happens when you invest in good design. It's thoughtful and timeless instead of hastily purchased because it is cheap and disposable. This room was built and decorated over 50 years ago and we can't think of a time that this would not have looked cool.
Here is the Hunter Chair he designed in our favorite construction materials, leather and wood:
Those lines are gorgeous, the clean minimalism remains warm and inviting and would look appropriate in a New York loft or a Texas Ranch.
You can read more about Mogensen and his house here.
Who are you?
BROCK BINGAMAN - Professor of Religious Studies at Wesleyan College, the oldest women's college in the world, specialist in ancient desert spirituality, proud father of two kids, and outrageous connoisseur of 80s music.
What’s your favorite pair of shoes?
I'VE BEEN WEARING THEM FOR OVER 35 YEARS; THEY'RE COMFORTABLE AND GO WITH ABOUT ANYTHING; AND I SCORE/ATTAIN LOTS OF AMAZING GOALS IN THEM (I.E. COACHING KID'S SOCCER, WALKING TO THE FRIDGE FOR ANOTHER BEER)
Where did you get them?
BOUGHT MY FIRST PAIR AT RON LYNCH SPORTING GOODS IN NORMAN, OK, NEAR THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. NOW I GET THEM AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS.
Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes.
I SAW NEW ORDER LIVE WITH MY BROTHER IN DALLAS AND SCREAMED LIKE A TEENAGE GIRL.
What sign are you?
They're almost here: The women's styles! We've finally been able to design a very limited number of women's sizes in the Abel and the Donahue. Women's 6M, 7M and 8M - all fit very true to size. (If you wear a women's 9, 10 or 11, you've always been able to wear our men's styles. Just size down 2 sizes and you should be good).
Beginning August 19th you will be able to get a pair of these for yourself or for a really awesome lady in your life. We're releasing a small number of them and in just two styles as sort of a trial. If they do well, we'll start exploring more styles and designs that we can do in ladies' sizes.
You can read all about our process to get to this point from our earlier blog post, Why No Women's Boots?
and make sure to watch the video below where Joshua talks about the sole on the Abel. It's kind of a fun story.
Remember - come back on the 19th and you'll have an opportunity to get one of these historic boots!
We've been running our Fall Pre-Order Event
for a week and we've sold 20% of our inventory so far! Thank you to everyone who has participated. We're really excited about these styles this season - they run the range of super casual to super dressy but as usual with our designs, all of the styles can be mixed and matched for the occasion. We love the formal Pete
with denim and we love the rugged Donahue
with a tweed suit just as much as we love them how they're styled above.
If you're thinking about adding one of these to your collection, remember: the 15% off pricing that is available during the sale will be the only time these styles are marked at a discount. Also, we have ordered limited inventory of these styles and once they are sold out, they will not be restocked again. If you haven't watched our video for the styles yet, Let Joshua walk you through the inspirations and visions for this season.
We at HELM are always trying to come up with new ways to keep things fun for you guys. Sometimes it gets a bit tedious to design and release two seasons a year. Design, release, design, release, design, release, etc, etc, etc. This season we thought "hey! let's change it up a bit!". So for the first time ever - we are presenting our Fall 2014 styles now, for you to order in advance. We thought we'd throw in a little discount, too just to sweeten the deal.
The thing that is so important though (and we feel like maybe we haven't been super clear about this aspect of our company until now) is that we only produce a limited number of pairs each season and once they're gone, we don't bring them back. We do keep a few styles around because you guys can't get enough of them (The Mullers, The Sam Original and soon, The Ben) but our business model dictates that we make only a few styles a season in a limited number. We stamp each pair with the season so you always know when yours were made. See, it's special!
Ok so here's the nitty gritty: From Friday Aug 1- Friday Aug 15 we will be offering our five new Fall styles at 15% off. We will never put these on sale again so if you are thinking about it from that aspect, you should jump on this. Also, remember the limited number of pairs thing. Once they're gone, they're gone. We'll charge your card at purchase but we'll be shipping these very soon. The Lotzer, Abel and Donahue will go out the week of Aug 18th. The Petes will be shipping in October.
Click the image above or HERE to watch Joshua tell you more about each style. We are so excited about this season. We designed some of our favorite boots we've ever seen come from our studio. The Pete was a long time in the making and we love that influence from Joshua's favorite Saab. We adore the cutthroat sole on the Abel and the fact that it has its roots in fly fishing. The Donahue is such a sexy black basic and the Lotzer Black just does everything well; from that toe to the black Vibram sole. It's not in our best interest to say so but you may never need another boot after that one.
Come back tomorrow and get your chance to put one of these in your closet.