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THE BOARD : FALL, 2012, pt. I. Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:00:52 +0000 mrforts

Your pictorial guide to a proper, stylish, adventurous and perhaps dangerous Fall season.

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AGENDA : APOLIS NOMAD MARKET at STEVEN ALAN. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:11:07 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Raan and Shea Parton, the brothers behind the SoCal-based, globally-reaching Apolis label, have partnered with Steven Alan in giving their Nomad Market a temporary home in Chelsea.

Launched just last week, the shop-in-shop will stay put through November, offering a look into the Apolis ethos and “impact-by-design philosophy”. Events include photo exhibits of some epic field trips of their own, conversations with global leaders and documentary films sharing “the process behind their global manufacturing partnerships.”
Oh, you can also get your hands on a curated selection from the Apolis line like the covetable indigo wool chore coat or the tough-as-nails waxed canvas USMC jacket(next on my list).
Go hike the High Line and get over to Nomad Market for a look.
Apolis: Nomad Market
Steven Alan
140 10th Avenue (@ West 19th Street)

(All photos courtesy of Steven Alan)

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THE FALL THREE : BRAD BENNETT, WELL SPENT. Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:09:06 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Brad Bennett. Author of the excellent Well Spent, dedicated to earnestly featuring well crafted goods that don’t require blowing your monthly grocery budget. Like myself, prefers long and muggy hikes in Gitman bds. Glad to present Brad’s Fall Three.

1) Waxed cotton, wool and denim: Always a happy day when I get to reintroduce them into the wardrobe.

2)Maker’s 46: My go-to for the season. Pairs fantastically with an IPA.

3)NorthernGRADE Chicago: It’s coming up this Saturday, October 27th. I’m co-producing. Friends, clothes, beer – what more could you ask for?
(Answer. Not much.) Thanks Brad.

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TIE ONE ON : THE BOW TIE HOW-TO from THE HILL-SIDE. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 16:52:43 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
The bow tie can be a mystifying endeavor. For those adept at the technique of tying one on, it is as effortless and second nature as tying ones’ shoe. I recall meeting Mr. Max Wastler of All Plaidout for the first time years ago. A bow tie was produced. In a few simple and graceful motions, Max had the damn thing perfectly knotted, without benefit of a mirror(an old menswear party trick.)
Well, with the recent addition of the Farfalle-like neck wear to the line up, the fine fellows at The Hill-Side have created the definitive how-to video demonstrating just how simple it is using the same, magical stop motion animation first seen announcing their Hill-Side & Co. project.
Study up. This will appear on the test.

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OUT/ABOUT/HERE/THERE. Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:29:22 +0000 mrforts

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THE FALL THREE : CHRIS GRODZKI, STANLEY & SONS. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 15:17:25 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Chris Grodzki. Stanley & Sons apron and bag maker. Surfer. Craftsman. Brooklynite. Duder.

1)I am psyched on the new Woods album Bend Beyond and excited to see them play in NY next month. You can listen to the whole thing for free here: Bend Beyond

2) I’m psyched to be able to start eating warm food inside. In the summer it is too hot to turn on a stove let alone think about heat. Now that it is getting cold we will start having folks over and turnin’ up the heat.

3) I am looking forward to/I just brought a lot of our plants inside. Our room now is starting to look like a garden. Takes some getting used to but I am into it. It is like “Jumangi” in here. – cooooool.
Indeed. Thanks Chris. Shaka.

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THE FALL THREE : CHRISTINE MITCHELL, N’EAST STYLE. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:53:20 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
(Photo by Kim Lucian)
Fall Three first-timer, Christine Mitchell. Stylish lady. Illustrator. N’easterner, Vermont to be more precise. Hence, N’east Style.
Below, Christine Mitchell’s Fall Three.

1) The Peru Fair is the embodiment of all the good things fall has to offer. It’s a small fair near my home up in southern VT that I have been going to since I was a munchkin. This year buddies James Fox (also a local to that area), Joe Gannon, and John Newburn made it up as well and we had a great time. Hanging out with the pigs roasting the night before followed by a day of eating pork, quail kebabs, venison sausage from a deer Joe hunted down in DE, and washing it all down with spiked cider. Already looking forward to next year’s.

2) Halloween is a nostalgic time of year for me. My brother, sister, and I always made our own costumes that were usually a bit odd and nutty. To this day I prefer a handmade off-kilter costume to a store bought one. This picture is of me as a teacher and my brother as Father Time – he set the bar very high with that one.

3) Buddy Rohan Anderson’s new book Whole Larder Love is out this fall and chock-a-block with good recipes and tips on how to grow, gather, hunt, and cook your own food. James Fox and I are hoping to get our Aussie friend over to New England this year for a book signing so keep your ears and eyes open. Also peek the little illustration near the title page – by yours truly.
(*photo credit: Rohan Anderson)
Thanks Christine. Great to have you in the mix.

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THE FALL THREE : BOB MYAING, CORK GRIPS. Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:53:01 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Bob Myaing. Cork Grips. Olive Drab. Boots, brews and ‘cross. The following, Bob’s Fall Three.

1)Cyclocross: Skinny knobbies, dirt, mud, beer, friends, heckling said friends- it adds up to a pretty good time.

2)Boots: After a summer of wearing Vans without socks day after day my dogs are ready to get into something more substantial.

3)Seasonal Brews: Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale is definitely at the top of my list for Fall but around this time of year my propensity for darker brews kicks in.
Thanks Bob and nice hat.

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THE FALL THREE : JAY CARROLL, ONE TRIP PASS. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:51:15 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Brother Jay Carroll. One Trip Pass. Nomad. Trekker. Explorer. Discoverer.

1)rth half socks: rth, my favorite shop in america. rene never leaves me uninspired with his reinvention of classic goods, these just came out so you can wear with sandals. Good for those san Francisco indian summers. good for la all the time.

2)folk fibers hand stitched quilts: maura is my spirit animal. she has her own field of indigo in austin, dyes her own fabrics and hand quilts one of a kind masterpieces.

3)hender scheme “key for bike”: Perforated leather cover on a chain bike lock. met the designer on my last trip to japan. he does leather shoes and accessories. such a cool guy, does such a good job at making the ordinary extraordinary, he’s like an indie margiela
Thanks Jay. Keep on keepin’ on.

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