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· July 31st, 2014

TO SEE · 08/13/2013

Announcing Artists in Residence

Artists and hotels, it turns out, are a pretty good pairing—and we’re not referring to the overturned lamps, clawed walls, and shredded bedding mentioned in the requisite trashed suite anecdote in any rock ‘n’ roll magazine article.
Joan Didion conceived the idea for Play It As It Lays in a Vegas hotel lobby. Andy Warhol …

Artists and hotels, it turns out, are a pretty good pairing—and we’re not referring to the overturned lamps, clawed walls, and shredded bedding mentioned in the requisite trashed suite anecdote in any rock ‘n’ roll magazine article.

Joan Didion conceived the idea for Play It As It Lays in a Vegas hotel lobby. Andy Warhol sat in hotel lobbies and people-watched. Being cloistered away from one’s usual comforts alongside fellow sojourners does wonders for stirring up the imagination.

Randall Poster and Standard Sounds’ Annie Ohayon handpicked Nikki Lane, Sophie Auster, Cillie Barnes, Goldspot’s Sidd Khosla, and Teddy Thompson to receive a four-day residency at one of The Standard hotels, with all worldly necessities—transportation, meals, super-fluffy towels, photographer and videographer, studio time—provided. During their stay, each artist produced two songs inspired by their surroundings to be released on a 7” record by Standard Sounds x Warby Parker and sold during the holiday season at select Warby Parker stores and The Standard Shop with royalties from sales going directly to the artists.

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TO MEET · 08/13/2013

Martha McQuade

“I like making stuff,” Martha McQuade explained to us of her creative pursuits. Her time is divided into thirds—she teaches, does architectural design and works with textiles.

She’s from Wisconsin originally, and aside from a brief stint spent in San Francisco, she’s always lived in the Midwest. “San Francisco was crazy expensive and really …

“I like making stuff,” Martha McQuade explained to us of her creative pursuits. Her time is divided into thirds—she teaches, does architectural design and works with textiles.

She’s from Wisconsin originally, and aside from a brief stint spent in San Francisco, she’s always lived in the Midwest. “San Francisco was crazy expensive and really fun, and felt like vacation the entire time,” she explained, “It was either there or New York.” Even though San Francisco didn’t fit the bill, she’s still drawn to the idea of life in New York—something about that buzzy, city feel makes her feel right at home (something we can easily relate to).

If there’s one thing we picked up on from our time with Martha, it was an emphasis on process and progress in her work.

For example, take her work in designing the Urban Bean space on Lyndale. The doors are open, but there’s still work to be done. “We mostly just gutted it and did a lot of subtraction. We wanted to emphasize the shoebox-type shape,” she explained. They pulled up the tile and found a slightly wonky terrazzo floor and painted the walls and ceiling white to emphasize the texture. They’re still waiting on a perfectly proportionate table for the front, and 4′x4′ fir screen walls to break up the space and provide extra insulation.

With her textiles, there’s always room for experimentation. “With this piece, I added in new textures,” she told us, pulling a shirt from her hanging rack. The even woven fabric was dotted with hand knitted details, giving it a slightly speckled look from a distance (think a tri-blend shirt, but woven rather than cotton). “It’s not something you’d do if you were learning to weave by the book,” she explained, “Experimenting is the best way to learn.”

The ultimate example of this process is her scarf shop—it’s one that’s taken off like wildfire. “It’s a direct dye process and I just use a paintbrush,” Martha told us as she wiped dye onto the fabric spread over her workspace.

“I like that you don’t know what you’re going to get—it’s a reaction of the fabric and dye together, and the dye migrates,” she explained, “The fun part is when you start adding water, you get some of those crazy designs.”

With that, every scarf that Martha produces is entirely unique. Next up? A collection of fall and winter clothing. We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for it soon!

Martha is wearing the Sinclair in Midnight Blue

Photos by Collin Hughes

 

 

 

 

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TO MEET · 08/09/2013

Style Stories: Darius Garvin

We work with some pretty sharp dressers, and it’s always a treat to see what they will wear each day. We’re highlighting a few of the stories behind their looks.
Darius Garvin, Retail Associate (wearing the Winston in Old Fashioned Fade)
White button-down, H&M: “I have about 20-30 white button-downs in all different fabrics. You can …

We work with some pretty sharp dressers, and it’s always a treat to see what they will wear each day. We’re highlighting a few of the stories behind their looks.

Darius Garvin, Retail Associate (wearing the Winston in Old Fashioned Fade)

White button-down, H&M: “I have about 20-30 white button-downs in all different fabrics. You can throw it on with every single thing, especially on those days when I’m not too sure ‘what do I want to be today?’ They are very hard to keep clean. 

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Polka dot tie, Uniqlo: “I’ve never been a tie guy. But now that I’m in my 20s, I thought I should try a tie; it looks professional. I just woke up that day and thought, ‘I’m going to sell a lot of frames today! I’m going to wear a tie and people will take me seriously!’”

Belt:  “Sometimes an outfit requires a belt just to break it up. I usually go without it if the shirt is so tight that it doesn’t require any more tucking in. I’ve worked my way into an extra-small shirt. I know if it’s too tight if it’s choking me just a little. If it’s that tight, it’s going to come out of the pants, and I’m going to add a belt.”

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Watch, Aldo: “I’m 23, and there’s a certain look I think I should have by now: I need a watch, I need a tie, I need a belt. I knew I wanted a black watch; I love black accessories, anything neutral to tone everything else down.  My style is ever-changing, kind of like my personality and my mood: there one second, over there another, but I feel like I’m finally growing into the one I’m most comfortable with.

I just give my cousin the things I can’t or won’t wear anymore. There’s a polka dot shirt I love so much, but it reminds me of a birthday party clown, and as much as I love it, it was time to pay it forward and give someone else the polka dots. Now my cousin owns it. He likes it. He’s in high school.”

Pants, Theory: “I’ve always had trouble finding pants; I have a skinny waist and thin legs, thanks to my dad. These were a little out of my price range, but I’m going to wear these forever. It’s an investment piece, and I feel like cropped pants are amazing for showing off nice shoes. I love to show a little bit of ankle.”

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Shoes, Topman loafers: “I hate socks. I am not a fan of socks. They are the one thing that sit in my closet year in and year out, but I won’t wear them. I have a ton but they’re not my thing. I’ll wear cropped pants with no socks in the winter. My mother always says, on a weekly basis, ‘where are your socks?’ ‘You know I’m just not a fan, Mom.’ I was wearing a pair of the most uncomfortable shoes before this and went over to Topman after my shift and bought these shoes.”

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TO READ · 08/08/2013

Literary Rx: The True Story of Bonnie and Clyde

(Former Title: Fugitives)
As told to Bonnie’s mother and Clyde’s Sister, Mrs. Emma Parker and Mrs. Nell Barrow Cowan
Suggested Title: The Unmotivated Antics of America’s Most Famous Hooligans: A Family Remembers
Thanks to our friends at Flat Vernacular for the excellent backdrops behind these titles.

(Former Title: Fugitives)

As told to Bonnie’s mother and Clyde’s Sister, Mrs. Emma Parker and Mrs. Nell Barrow Cowan

Suggested Title: The Unmotivated Antics of America’s Most Famous Hooligans: A Family Remembers

Thanks to our friends at Flat Vernacular for the excellent backdrops behind these titles.

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TO MEET · 08/05/2013

Style Stories: Jordan Jenner

We work with some pretty sharp dressers, and it’s always a treat to see what they will wear each day. We’re highlighting a few of the stories behind their looks.
Jordan Jenner, Retail associate (wearing the Duke in Gold from our 1922 Collection, now sold out)
Cardigan, Cos
Pants, Cos

Boots, Cos: “This is getting …

We work with some pretty sharp dressers, and it’s always a treat to see what they will wear each day. We’re highlighting a few of the stories behind their looks.

Jordan Jenner, Retail associate (wearing the Duke in Gold from our 1922 Collection, now sold out)

Cardigan, Cos

Pants, Cos

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Boots, Cos: “This is getting embarrassing.”

Acne jacket, eBay: “I saw this jacket when I lived in Antwerp for three months interning at A.F. Vandevorst. It was too expensive so I didn’t buy it, but just before my birthday, my mom bought it for me on eBay.”

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Blonde hair: “My sophomore year of college, I had an amazing teacher who had white hair, and she really inspired me to bleach my hair four years ago. I scalded my scalp, and it was orange the first three weeks. It was dark brown before, and the people at the salon had to strip it twice. I dyed it every four weeks, but I just went back to brown after thinking about it for a year. I pictured myself looking so young with dark hair so I took a picture from every angle at the Greene Street photo booth and colored with black sharpie to see what I would look like again with darker hair.”

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TO READ · 08/04/2013

Literary Rx: The Money Game

Everything you always wanted to know about the stock market but were afraid to ask. Published in 1968.
Thanks to our friends at Flat Vernacular for the excellent backdrops behind these titles.

Everything you always wanted to know about the stock market but were afraid to ask. Published in 1968.

Thanks to our friends at Flat Vernacular for the excellent backdrops behind these titles.

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TO SEE · 08/03/2013

No Longer Under Construction: Washington Street

Construction, like honking cars and aggressive squirrels, is very much a part of New York City life.
When we set out to renovate our temporary Annex into our Washington Street store, we put our best face forward. Overbearing scaffolding and taped-up newspaper wouldn’t do the trick, no way. Enter Jason Polan.

Our Design Director …

Construction, like honking cars and aggressive squirrels, is very much a part of New York City life.

When we set out to renovate our temporary Annex into our Washington Street store, we put our best face forward. Overbearing scaffolding and taped-up newspaper wouldn’t do the trick, no way. Enter Jason Polan.

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Our Design Director Stephanie in front of the store

One of our favorite artists, Jason’s worked with us quite a few times before—more on that later—and he sketched a little something for 819 Washington Street’s windows to alert our neighbors and passersby know that we’d be coming soon. (He’s also attempting to draw every person in New York.) Note some of our favorite city respites: the American Museum of Natural History, the Standard, and the High Line, just right across the street.

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Since we’ve opened our doors, the blue illustrations are gone, but keep your eyes peeled as we continue to expand in a neighborhood near you.  We have a good feeling Jason will be back.

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