+ WATCH: This video of a large part of Earth just straight up leaving (IN REAL TIME). [Youtube
+ SEE: Vanessa Friedman’s vine for some seriously spectacular 6 second coverage of the past and upcoming fashion weeks - including a spectacular view from the 56th floor of 4 World Trade Center [Vine
+ DO: Hurry up and buy your tickets for Smoked Meats and Metal, happening at Revival Cycles (and our offices). [Style Week
+ HEAR: Interpol’s new record, El Pintor
+ READ: This year’s Pulitzer Prize winnter, The Goldfinch
- a truly modern epic that must be read to be understood. [Bookpeople
: 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.