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· September 04th, 2015

TO READ · 09/01/2015

To Read: The Spectrum of Adulthood

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TO DO · 08/28/2015

Listen to This Playlist from Ghostly

There are two obvious benefits to collaborating with Ghostly International, the Brooklyn-based record label and art company. One, they have great taste in glasses. Two, they have really great taste in music—so much so that we begged them to create a custom playlist for us. Fortunately, they’re really kind people and delivered on it. Check it out here.

There are two obvious benefits to collaborating with Ghostly International, the Brooklyn-based record label and art company. One, they have great taste in glasses. Two, they have really great taste in music—so much so that we begged them to create a custom playlist for us. Fortunately, they’re really kind people and delivered on it. Check it out here.

1. Amanogawa – Susumu Yokota
2. Miss Teardrop – Felix Laband
3. Make Me Wonder – Klo
4. A Jealous Heart Never Rests – The Black Madonna
5. Tide Pools – Shigeto
6. Chelseas Boys – Marz
7. Motion – Goldmund
8. Reflection After Jane – The Clientele
9. L1 – Beacon
10. Aquarium – Casino Versus Japan
11. Cloche – Fort Romeau
12. Begin To Begin – Lone
13. Hummingbirds [Demo] – Love
14. Angi [Live] – Simon & Garfunkel
15. Here We Go – J Dilla
16. Montara – Bobby Hutcherson
17. Sunken Living Area – Heathered Pearls
18. Relax – Starchild
19. The Colony Room – The Sea and Cake
20. Tighten Up [Pt.1] – Archie Bell & The Drells
21. Kolido – Dauwd
22. A Thousand Night [Original Mix] – Gregor Tresher
23. Perpetuum Mobile – Penguin Café Orchestra
24. Awake [Com Truise Remix] – Tycho, Com Truise
25. Reticent Reminiscence – Christopher Willits, Ryuichi Sakamoto

Artwork by Shawna X

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TO READ · 08/24/2015

The Elements of Style

The Elements of Style (also known as “that grammar book you were meant to read in college”) is the authority on questions of English grammar and style and, most importantly, is as charming a read as it is edifying. Why? Two words: William. Strunk.

The Elements of Style (also known as “that grammar book you were meant to read in college”)  is the authority on questions of English grammar and style and, most importantly, is as charming a read as it is edifying. Why? Two words: William. Strunk.

Flashback to Cornell University campus circa 1919, where Professor Strunk is lecturing undergrads on the importance of writing with clarity, brevity, and precision. With his steel-rimmed spectacles, pencil-thin mustache, and meticulous middle part, Strunk spiritedly (and tirelessly) recites his now-famous mantras: Vigorous writing is concise; Omit needless words!— and eventually compiles them into a 43-page style guide.

E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web, y’all!) is sitting in this class and will eventually expand the handy guide by a whopping 45 more pages, resulting in the 85 page edition that we all know and love.

Sure, Strunk can be strident at times (are we really vile and unwholesome when we go rogue with commas?) but to give credit where due, we’ve never seen Type A pulled off with such grammatical aplomb.

Bottom line: The Elements of Style will keep you honest.

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TO MEET · 08/21/2015

9 Questions: Olivia Kim

For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been having a great time all over the country with Pop-In@Nordstrom. It all started with our friend and the Pop-In creative projects director, Olivia Kim. Her creative verve combined with Nordstrom’s reputation for innovation had us intrigued from the get-go.

For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been having a great time all over the country with Pop-In@Nordstrom. (Stop by!) It all started with our friend and the Pop-In creative projects director, Olivia Kim. Her creative verve combined with Nordstrom’s reputation for innovation had us intrigued from the get-go.

Olivia nicely answered a few of our queries; thanks, Olivia!

If I were locked overnight—Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler style—at Nordstrom, I would color-coordinate all the clothes in the store!

My secret talent is: hair-braiding!!

Coffee is the first thing I do in the morning.

Kiss Spy [her dog] is the last thing I do at night.

The first thing I want you to know about me is I hate cilantro

Last book I read: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Favorite childhood outfit: anything Benetton, anything Esprit

My alarm clock is set to wake me up for coffee at 5:30 a.m.

My favorite Warby Parker frame is Ripley!

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TO BUY · 08/20/2015

We Spy: Sea Smoke Tortoise

To get one thing out of the way first: yes, tortoiseshell was once made from real tortoises. And no, it is no longer made from real tortoises.

To get one thing out of the way first: yes, tortoiseshell was once made from real tortoises. And no, it is no longer made from real tortoises.

Our Sea Smoke Tortoise is a tale of convergent evolution. On the one hand, we’re always playing with new applications of tortoiseshell. It’s a classic for a reason: those painterly shades of amber, honey and brown enhance any eye color, just by proximity. It can be formal or bookish. It matches nothing and goes with everything.

On the other hand, our heads were in a summer mindset. We were collecting vintage surf magazines. Issues of Surfer from the 1960s were piled high on our desks. We flipped through the sunbleached pages, marking shade after shade of blue: San Onofre blue, Bali blue, Oahu blue.

We thought it might be nice to take our old friend, tortoiseshell, out for a dip in the sea.

Banks in Sea Smoke Tortoise

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TO BUY · 08/18/2015

Introducing Our New Ghostly Collaboration

We’ve once again put our heads together with Ghostly International and designed a brand new frame.

We’ve once again put our heads together with Ghostly International and designed a brand new frame—one that that represents the progression of our shared ideals of creativity and innovation. After many sketches and prototypes, we’re proud to introduce Henning, a minimalist yet meticulous pair of glasses that epitomizes quality, character, and sense of purpose.

Crafted from premium acetate and Japanese titanium (both matte), Henning combines sharp looks with super-durable construction. It also features a few more noteworthy details, like wraparound temples and a unique cut-out keyhole bridge.

Shop the frame and meet the maker here>

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TO SEE · 08/17/2015

Behold Our Pins, For They Are Magnificent

Here are some things we like: short-shorts, sassy lassies, Tutti Frutti, muddy buddies, Shaquille O’Neal, and humorous vintage pins that we order through eBay on slow Tuesday afternoons.

These things have nothing in common. It just seemed like a nice day to share a snapshot of our office pin collection with you.

Here are some things we like: short-shorts, sassy lassies, Tutti Frutti, muddy buddies, Shaquille O’Neal, and humorous vintage pins that we order through eBay on slow Tuesday afternoons.

These things have nothing in common.  It just seemed like a nice day to share a snapshot of our office pin collection with you.

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