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It was only a matter of time, as brightly-colored hues and sophisticated embroideries begin to crawl back into the stark realm of crisp, selvedge-saturated raw denim, that someone created a pair of glow in the dark jeans. Well, Naked & Famous has done it – and the results are surprisingly cool. By dipping a pair of their standard “Weird Guy” selvedge denim in a glow in the dark resin coating, baking it into the fabric in order to enhance its light-absorbing capabilities, Naked & Famous has made nice-looking jeans that also happen to glow in the dark. With use, the denim will also release the ethereal glow in wear patterns that will cause the coating to fade in certain parts of the jean, create a unique piece of light-art. Available now for $240 USD at Barneys New York and Barneys COOP nationwide.


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Porsche Design welcomes the P’6520 compass watch. Initially spotted back in March, further information now comes to light about this new release, produced in a limited run of only 911 pieces. Porsche provides a bit of insight regarding the timepiece’s two-part development: “The P’6520 Compass Watch comes in two parts: the upper part is a precision three-hand watch, whose luminescent hands are driven by the automatic SW300 Sellita calibre. The date appears at 3 o’clock on the dial. The lower part of the watch opens to reveal a liquid compass that can be easily removed. The watch is available with a compass for both the northern as well as the southern hemisphere. In order to find one’s bearings with this instrument, a scratch-resistant mirror has been installed on the rear of the watch part and on top of the compass. When opened, the two mirrors click into place at 45 degree.”


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Klipsch Mode noise-canceling headphones
We’ve been worried about Klipsch’s future since Audiovox joined the picture, but it looks like there isn’t reason to fret just yet. Remember the company’s first on-ear headphones, the Image One? Well, Klippy’s back for round two evidently; its Mode active noise-canceling headphones have quietly popped up on its website with a whopping $350 price tag and a fall 2011 release. The collapsible earcups are padded in plushy leather and house a 40mm mid / low woofer with a 15mm tweeter for silky highs, crunchy mids, thumping lows. Also included are two detachable 3.5mm cables, one of which has an Apple-certified three-button inline remote / mic. Best of all, ANC can be enabled for up to 45 hours on a single battery to zone out any bustle around you. We’ll have an ears-on with these very soon, but you’ll find details now via the source link below.

Gallery: Klipsch Mode Active Noise-Canceling Headphones

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Australian jewelry designers band together to creatively promote their works
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More than an online boutique, Melbourne Metal Collective is an artist-run retail concept for Australia’s up-and-coming jewelry designs with a strong focus on the community of craftspeople who make them. MMC hosts exhibitions, pop-up shops and more to highlight the fresh roster of bright minds currently making up their site, which includes Estelle Deve, Hamish Munro, Henson, Polly van der Glas and Young Hunting.

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Alchemy—MMC's first exhibition and pop-up store—reflects the consortium's sophisticated earthy vibe, recalling the ancient Greek practice of melding metals. For the opening, the Collective commissioned a short film by South African director Michael Matthews, highlighting pieces and adding to the collective’s overall creative atmosphere.

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Working primarily with raw materials (at times including hair and teeth), together MMC designers evoke a strong sense of mysticism and urban simplicity. Each offers their own style, but through a seemingly shared interest in the past, the collective creates beautiful pieces that transcend time.

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Select works from each of the designers are available from the MMC shop, where you can also find out more about what the Melbourne-based collective is up to next on their blog.


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To celebrate one of the most popular video games of all-time, Romain Jerome creates an exclusive two-watch collection based on Taito’s Space Invaders game. Both limited to 78 pieces, th styles are differentiated by the usages of color with hand drawn pixelated strokes in a 3D format. The case itself is a black 46mm PVD stainless steel design with a Swiss Romain Jerome caliber RJ001-A movement.

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Jeans made to order from the most coveted denim in the world

Founder of both Earnest Sewn and Paper Denim & Cloth, Scott Morrison's commitment to the raw essence of denim extends down to the brand names of each new project. His latest, 3×1 Made Here, borrows a name from the technique that gives denim its diagonal weave. Shoppers at his new 4,000-square-foot Soho space can customize a pair of ready-to-wear limited edition jeans, order a pair in their denim of choice or make an appointment to work with Morrison from scratch.

As a pioneer of the premium denim phenomenon, it makes sense that Morrison’s next step would be to elevate denim fashion to a level typically reserved for high end men’s suit tailoring. But don’t worry, the project is setup for laymen and elitist denim-heads alike. Morrison says of the shop, “I think some people are drawn to the 65+ selvedge denims they can select from, others are just looking for a great fitting pair of jeans, while others are coming down because they’ve heard about this new store/factory/gallery space in SoHo that makes jeans while you watch.”

The idea began back in September 2010 when Morrison started sewing the first patterns in his apartment. The line has continued to evolve and now includes a ready-for-purchase run of limited-edition styles for men and women, with the in-house production curbed at between eight-24 pieces per model. For these, the customer can still tweak the hemline and buttons, but to take it a step further, a second option is available. Patrons can choose an existing cut and then apply one of the 100+ fabrics on hand, coming from Japanese, American and Italian mills, delivering a tailored pair of jeans without going fully custom. Morrison reflects on his raw denim fascination we discovered during a previous interview, saying, “Thankfully we offer both [washed and untreated], but 3×1 is unique in that it’s a raw denim fanatic’s dream shop. There is simply no better place in the world to find the best selvedge denim than in our shop in SoHo.”

I was invited to check out the studio and worked with Morrison for over an hour to achieve the perfect fit. Deciding to build a pair from the beginning, I chose a gorgeous red cast, 15.5 ounce denim from Collect (the coveted Japanese mill) as my base, adding a white button, silver rivets and two different hues of orange stitching. For the back pockets I went large and low with tight parallel run-off stitching and a fold-over top that gives a hit of selvedge. Two days later I was back in the shop, where the mostly-finished pair was perfectly arranged to my specifications (web visitors, check out the gallery to see the process and finished product). I was so enamored with the experience and the output that I ordered another pair on the spot, leveraging the fact that my specs are now on permanent file. This second, summery pair is made from a lighter weight, linen-cotton blend from another Japanese mill, Kaihara, and feature a rainbow-colored selvedge on a blue-green cast denim.

Curious about Morrison’s own take on the ubiquitous material, we followed up our visit with a few questions about living the denim life. Read more about 3×1 and get some advice from the guru below:

How many pairs of jeans do you have?

I've probably got a dozen or two pair at home here in the city, but my denim collection (if you will) is at my house upstate. There are probably 300-400 pair—much of which are from my own labels—but far too many for anyone who's not in the denim industry to rightfully own.

Do you remember when your love affair with denim began?

My first pair of jeans were Levi's, but my love affair with denim started with my first pair of Replay jeans—which happened to be a limited edition pair made from Japanese denim (which were pretty rare at the time in the early-to-mid '90s).

What’s your recommended denim care?

I rarely wash my jeans, but when I am I typically go one of two routes. If it just needs a little fresh air, then I spray with a little Febreze and hang outside. But if it needs a heavier clean, then I’ll hand wash with Woolite Extra Dark (make sure it’s inside out) and then hang dry.

How will the concept grow and evolve over time?

My hope is that the brand will grow slowly and steadily, as we’ve intended, and over the coming seasons we will slowly offer a few limited edition products to a select group of retailers around the world, and eventually add a second and third store for custom made and bespoke customers.

3×1
15 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10013
+1.212.391.6969


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Chosen as one of the participants for the Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Montres DeWitt will put the following watch up for auction. In their third such involvement, their No. 3 Concept watch titled the X-Watch looks to once again push the boundaries of watch design and aesthetics. The theme of reversible watches continues with a layered approach to presenting the inner workings and engineering of the time piece. The X-shaped bonnet seen over the face can be further activated to unveil the watch’s full face. A comprehensive list of features and details are seen in the press release below while the watch will go on the auction block on September 22 in Monaco.

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Chosen as one of the participants for the Only Watch 2011 Charity Auction for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, Montres DeWitt will put the following watch up for auction. In their third such involvement, their No. 3 Concept watch titled the X-Watch looks to once again push the boundaries of watch design and aesthetics. The theme of reversible watches continues with a layered approach to presenting the inner workings and engineering of the time piece. The X-shaped bonnet seen over the face can be further activated to unveil the watch’s full face. A comprehensive list of features and details are seen in the press release below while the watch will go on the auction block on September 22 in Monaco.

Read more at DeWitt X-Watch No. 3 Concept Watch


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Leather backs add a touch of style to iPhone 4s
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Smartphones seem to be capable of just about everything—other than having any sort of personality. Valentine premium leather phone backs bring individuality and texture to the beautiful, yet otherwise sterile iPhone 4. Made entirely of the highest grade, genuine cow, calf and lamb leather, they’re available in a wide range of colors and finishes, all roughly one millimeter thick (allowing them to work with bumpers and other cases). The removable leather covers apply with a thin layer of adhesive that apparently leaves no residue if you decide to quit it. Protect your phone (well, from scratches) or just use it for a more stealth look.

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Designed and produced in NYC, Valentine phone backs sell through their online shop with prices ranging from $25 for basic leather on up to $45 for premium pony hair. Keep an eye on the shop as it is updated with new releases frequently. Valentine also takes custom orders too, so get thinking.


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This season, BAPE takes a shot at designing its own version of the classic creeper style. Featuring a thick, black rubber sole and an antique-inspired buckle design, the shoe contains a leather lining and is available in either a suede finish or a leather one with woven detailing on the toe. Priced at ¥18,690 (approximately $230 USD), the shoe can be purchased through select BAPE outlets worldwide.


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