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· August 23rd, 2014

TO SEE · 02/10/2014

Antonio Azzuolo at Washington Street

Fashion Week in New York is a time of tiny water bottles, crowded restaurants, dangerous shoes and…fashion. The fashion is our favorite part.

Fashion Week in New York is a time of tiny water bottles, crowded restaurants, dangerous shoes and…fashion. The fashion is our favorite part.

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That’s why we were so pleased to host our friend Antonio Azzuolo‘s presentation at our Washington Street store. It was a graphic, crisply-tailored collection with lots of stand-out pieces. Think Savile Row transplanted to the Lower East Side.

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In addition to his collection, Antonio has the distinction of winning Best Halloween Costume Ever at our most recent Halloween party, where he dressed as a historically-precise homage to the great Yves Saint Laurent. Amen.

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TO READ · 02/07/2014

To Read: Do You Want Romance?

February 14 is a divisive day. Whether your pockets are already stuffed with conversation hearts or you can’t stand anything red and pink, everybody’s got a little room in their lives for some romance.

February 14 is a divisive day. Whether your pockets are already stuffed with conversation hearts or you can’t stand anything red and pink, everybody’s got a little room in their lives for some romance.

For a heart-shaped reading prescription, see the above syllabus.

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TO MEET · 02/05/2014

Desk Job: Or Gotham

A desk can tell you a lot about a person—and we think we’ve got some pretty interesting ones here in our office. These are the stories of our favorites (and the folks who sit behind them).

A desk can tell you a lot about a person, and these are the stories of our favorites. (Desks, that is. And also people.) 

Or Gotham, Illustrator 

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Sketches

“A big focus of the past week has been playing with new illustration styles. I’m constantly experimenting with quick sketches and doodles to flesh out a style that feels ‘Warby Parker.’”

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Drive Into the Sun book

“I go to a comic book shop near Union Square every week to pick up comics. I found this book and felt super inspired by artist Matt Sundstrom’s use of brush pen work.”

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Plant

“It was a gift from a friend for my birthday. I’m at my desk more than I’m at home and thought the plant had a better chance of living if I kept it here. I named him ‘Pear.’”

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Campfire light

“It’s actually a night-light. Pulling a cue from our copywriter’s Interrupting Fez, I figured I could turn it on when I’m super busy, so people know when I’m in the zone.”

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Tree pen

“In theory, it would be virtually impossible to misplace.”

 

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· 02/03/2014

To Do: Desert Nights at The Cactus Lounge

Every Wednesday evening, The Standard Hotel turns its Cactus Lounge (dubbed for its desert mural panorama) into an intimate setting for musicians to connect with their audience as they play a special acoustic set.

Every Wednesday evening, The Standard Hotel turns its Cactus Lounge (dubbed for its desert mural panorama) into an intimate setting for musicians to connect with their audience as they play a special acoustic set. Desert Nights is a nice—and free—rest-stop after some serious shopping at our store located inside the hotel.

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We think it’s a perfect end to a longer-than-you’d-like workday. Imagine yourself in Joshua Tree but in a living room-like setting, surrounded by some gentle music by local L.A. artists like Justine Bennett, Mattson 2 and Preston Perry. Bonus points for Sunset Boulevard’s open air enjoyed with a Grapefruit Gimlet.

Between sets we caught up with the evening’s host, KCRW’s DJ Valida, named “one of the most important figures in L.A.’s nightlife scene,” by LA.com, to get a bit more perspective on the weekly occasion:

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DJ Valida 

How are you involved with Desert Nights?
I organize the musicians and host the evening. The gathering started in June of 2010 and has evolved into a classic cultural hub over the years. It all started with a vision for friends to have a place where they can play their music, and we have steadily grown quite nicely over time.

How do you pick the musicians for the evening?
We have a few regulars like Justine Bennett (she’s amazing) and then we have others like the Mattson 2, who are new to the night and bring a whole new style to the table. It’s fun to change things up and not make it so formal. I am sort of over formalities. Let’s just create something cool for everyone to enjoy.

What’s your favorite part of Desert Nights?
The connection between the audience and the musician—it’s so up close and personal. The night is so intimate and we get a glimpse into the private life of the musician. I love that it’s just listening to music and there is no pretention. There’s a feeling of reciprocity for both musician and audience. They need each other for this to work.

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A couple Palm Canyon frames by the pool

Next time you’re in Hollywood, keep this event in your back pocket. (It’s handy for that special date night.)

 

Photos by Sarah Shreves

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TO BUY · 01/30/2014

We Spy: Canton Blue

Before you leave the house, check your pockets. Do you have everything?

Before you leave the house, check your pockets. Do you have everything?

Marbles, buttons, rubber bands: yes, yes, yes.

Sure, it may seem like you need a lot to get through the day, but really, you don’t need much: a colorful pair of frames should do the trick.

Can we recommend Canton Blue?

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TO BUY · 01/27/2014

Mood Board: Spring 2014 Collection

A bold coat can make you stand up a little straighter. A perfect pair of worn-in kicks keeps you confident. Same with glasses.

A bold coat can make you stand up a little straighter. A perfect pair of worn-in kicks keeps you confident. Same with glasses.

Switch your mood, change your clothes, swap your frames.

Our Spring shapes and colors have a little something for every frame of mind. They’re for wallflowers, center-stagers and whoever else you want to be today.

Marcel Plum Marblewood book

Marcel in Plum Marblewood

This season, we were inspired by how each look informs your mood—and vice versa—and how a new accessory can bring out a new personality.

(You’ve got more sides than just right and left.)

Quimby Green Citrine book

 Quimby in Absinthe

More of our Spring Collection is right this way.

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TO BUY · 01/24/2014

We Spy: Grenadine

What goes with a nice, light red? Everything, it seems.

What goes with a nice, light red? Everything, it seems.

Grenadine, a new hue for Spring, flatters every one of your looks—starting with early morning toast and jam.

Finch in Grenadine

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