SECRET FORTS » fw13 A COLLECTION OF GOOD THINGS Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:23:46 +0000 en hourly 1 THE FALL THREE : CHRIS BROWN, REFUELED. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:35:44 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
The man behind the beard behind Refueled, Chris Brown, checks off his Fall Three again this year.
photo x Jay Carroll, Marfa, Texas / Sept. 2013.

1) West America X Woolrich Camp Blanket/Poncho : The West America boys, Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe, collaborated with Woolrich on this amazing limited-edition item. Vintage wool in a rarely produced pattern and color way. Perfectly packs into bedroll style for road trip.

2) Fires : In a camp cabin, next to a slow brook or surrounded by mandolin & harmonica folk, a wood burning fire can soothe the soul and invoke thoughtful conversations.

3) Forestbound X Refueled Camp Tote Collaboration. About five years ago I started collecting 1950′s Boy Scout backpacks and various vintage US flags. Both items remind me of camping as a boy. I asked Alice Saunders of Forestbound to combine the two into a tote. Now I can always Be Prepared.

+1) “Big Sur” movie : Big Sur has always been one of my favorite Jack Kerouac novels. I believe many of us would like to find respite in the Big Sur wilderness, once or twice in our lives. This adaptation, directed by Michael Polish, debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, and opens in theaters November 1, 2013. “And when the fog’s over and the stars and the moon come out at night it’ll be a beautiful sight.”

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THE FALL THREE : MIKAEL KENNEDY, PHOTOGRAPHER. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 13:48:43 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Mikael Kennedy. Photographer. Traveler. Trespasser. Long time good friend, collaborator and true compatriot. It’s such a trip to think of having long ago coffees at Five Leaves talking about wanting to do exactly what it is he’s doing now. A great thing to see a friend set out their path and stick to it. So happy to have him along for the ride again this year. Mikael’s Fall Three.
photo x Matt Blodgett

1) It’s fucking fall, it’s the best time of year. Period. Nothing makes me happier then the cold air starting to roll in and being able to dig all my warm clothes out of the back of my closet. I happened to be in Vermont last week shooting a music video for my wife just as the colors changed, it was stunning, I grew up there so I’ve seen it my whole life but it never ceases to amaze me. I got myself intentionally lost trying to cross as many mountains as I could on the way home without looking at a map, good times.

2) The Apolis Standard Issue Service Blazer : Apolis gave me this jacket awhile back when I joined their Nomad team. I love what those guys put out, part of the goal on the road is always to travel as light as possible, the functionality of this jacket is great, it works at dinner as much as it does out in the field, . Only problem was it was a lighter shade of blue that I had a hard time getting down with (sorry guys, don’t be offended it just wasn’t my thing) Well not anymore, a bucket of RIT dye and some blue stains in my tub it’s a whole new coat, I’ve been wearing it everyday. I know they make one that’s dark blue that I could’ve just ordered but I’m a big fan of waste not/want not, making due with what you have and making it work. It’s a New England thing. Now I love this jacket.

3) I’m rarely in NYC it seems, but when I am, I camp out at this little French cafe down the street from my house called Le Gamin; french onion soup and a glass of wine, it’s perfect.

Blaine Davis
Isle Royale, MI 2013

+1) 2 years running now Wolverine has asked me to do a show in their NYC store of my favorite shots from my adventures with them. This year took me to Isle Royal in the boundary waters of Michigan. Come by the shop Nov. 14th and you can see some of my favorite shots from that trip like the one above.

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THE FALL THREE : JEFF THROPE, COLD SPLINTERS. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:36:00 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
The dude. Jeff Thrope. Cold Splinters. High plains drifter. Outdoorsman. Doer of many a mysterious thing. Walker of the walk. My friend Jeff’s Fall Three.
photo x Emiliano Granado

1) Sullivan County, NY : I’m living in a 1940′s farmhouse in Sullivan County, NY this October, just two or three miles from Yasgur’s Farm in Bethel, the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. (I’m sure most of you are privy to this, but if not, those infamous three days of Peace and Music were actually held an hour and a half west of the festival’s namesake, Woodstock, NY. Confusing, right?) It couldn’t be more beautiful up here this time of year and I’m thinking I might never leave. Speaking of which, anyone looking to sell a cabin?

2) Ugly Apples : It’s apple season right now and most of the apples we’re eating come straight off a tree we’ve found on a quiet country road. (See: Free apples.) I’m not used to eating fruit this damaged looking, but I swear, the uglier the apple, the better it tastes.

3) Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert : This has always been one of my favorite Bob Dylan “things,” but it’s taken on a whole new life while blasting in my ears on morning runs down Ranger Road. First disc is acoustic, second is electric. He’s just as good at both, but the plugged-in version of “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues” might be all you need. I know that Dylan skipped out on Woodstock to play the Isle of Wight, but hell, he sounds just like autumn smells.

+1) Pointer Overalls : I wear these everyday. Not much else to say about that, I guess.

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THE FALL THREE : CHRIS BLACK, DONE TO DEATH PROJECTS. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 13:47:56 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Lifestylist. Media evangelist. Maker of Words for Young Men. Mastermind behind Done to Death Projects. I’m speaking of Chris Black. Below, Mr. Black’s Fall Three.

1) Clarks Wallabees : I had not worn a Wallabee since high school, but I just got a pair in chestnut suede and have been wearing them everyday. Add yellow socks for the full Wes Anderson look.

2) Palm Springs : I know it’s far from NYC, but Palm Springs is one of my favorite places to escape to once the temperature drops. The houses are beautiful, the sun is always shining and the vibe is just the right amount of weird for me.

3) Mazzy Star – “Seasons of Your Day” : The new Mazzy Star album “Seasons of Your Day” is really good. It took them 17 years to release it but it picks up right where they left off in 1996. “Opiated folk rock” at it’s finest.

+1) “Daily Rituals: How Artists Work” by Mason Currey : This book chronicles the daily rituals of creative legends like Andy Warhol, Charles Darwin, John Updike, Jane Austen, Franz Kafka, Thomas Wolfe and Jean-Paul Sarte. The (sometimes crazy) habits of these great minds make me feel a lot better about my self-imposed, strict life guide lines.

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B-ROLL : THE HILL-SIDE AW13 OUTTAKES. Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:26:13 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>

I have had the pleasure over the years to work on a number of special projects with the brothers Corsillo (most of which have been fairly well documented here) and so in keeping with that streak, a few weeks back, I had the chance to tag along with the guys from The Hill-Side and photographer (and all around good guy) William Gentle, aka Backyard Bill, driving all over the great borough of Brooklyn as we selected, arranged and shot the always-great, latest collection from The Hill-Side.

The idea for this book, and a departure from books in the past, was to subtract the human form while maintaining a very strong sense of the human element by shooting in the homes of good friends and compatriots from all corners of Brooklyn. With a bit of a “Where’s Waldo” thing happening, in some photos, the pieces from the FW13 collection take a moment of looking for amid their settings and in others, the pieces themselves become the obvious focus of the shot. All of which, in sequence, make for an interesting way both to see the collection in a different context as well as getting a fascinating view into the varied lives of those who took part and the spaces they call home.
And in that spirit, an enormous thanks to all those who allowed us to invade those very personal spaces for a few hours.
Available now at Hickoree’s of course and fine retailers coast to coast and beyond.

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TOKEN ENGINEERED GARMENTS POST : FW13 LOOKBOOK. Mon, 20 May 2013 16:20:17 +0000 mrforts Continue reading ]]>
Here at Secret Forts, we are unabashed in our long time and extreme fandom of all things Engineered Garments. With the release of their FW13 lookbook, each look so layered, each garment so detail-rich, it takes a number of passes to dissect it properly.

With FW13, as has become something of a cornerstone for EG, Daiki and team have gone full on textile and pattern mash up.
Winter florals to plaid flannels and wide stripes to black on black, EG continues in its aesthetic evolution while remaining steadfast in its cues of influence and inspiration and consistent in vision. With summer promising to be a long and hot one, there’s plenty of time to pick each look apart and get excited for layering up again.

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