We very much love how Darned and Dested works in a very traditional way to repair jeans. Here they darned a 1950’s corduroy trousers.

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When we visited New York this October I did my homework beforehand. I tried to source new and unknown places, new retail concepts, the best restaurants, the galleries we could not miss – the usual. But I did not find that much. Just more of the same. Don’t get me wrong, that was still super good because we’re in New York, but I wasn’t blown away.
Until, between two appointments, after a quick espresso at La Colombe and a spare five minutes, I was making my way down Bond Street and stopped as soon as I saw a shop window. It wasn’t even particularly fancy but it did catch my eye for some reason: it was a nice little shop front with some old ceramic bowls on display and a huge old ‘Black Cat’ ad behind the window, yet it didn’t feel like any other vintage or antique store.

— As published in Journal de Nîmes No 9 —
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Just like Fine Little Day we keep coming back to Japanese Boro. Born out of necessity and coincidence – Boro is creating new uses for discarded textiles by layering pieces of cloth, attaching them together with sashiko stitching and patching them with a diversity of cloths in a freely artistic way. 

On top of our Paris list and featured on citizenMag, this recently opened Vintage Habitat in the heart of the Paris Flea Market.

Petrolicious Highlights the Difficulties of Owning a Vintage Car in New York City – as featured on Hypebeast.

‘Midnight Phoenix’ — a Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mark III owned by one of the founders of the French custom site 4h10.com as featured on Bike EXIF.

Photographer Jon Crispin has been documenting the suitcases left behind by patients at the Willard Asylum for the Insane in Upstate New York. 400 suitcases were found in an attic at the asylum in 1995. They date from 1910 to 1960. Many of the patients who went to the asylum died there and were buried in graves marked not with names, but by numbers via Mail Online.

Habitat Vintage. Such an amazing good idea! as shared by Petite Passport.

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We have been a fan of the German-made Kaweco Pens and started collecting these lovely vintage pens and pouches for many years now. For our current Curated we are super happy to send out a special matte black pen case with two pen’s: The Kaweco Classic Sport ball pen and the Classic Sport clutch pencil, both in black.
When digging the history you’ll find this rich heritage that goes back to the late 19th century in South-Western German. read more…

The Sporting Life — It’s not blasphemy; it’s “Idle worship.” on the Bureau of Trade

The amazing dead-stock Iittala glasses from the 1960s and 1970s at Tenue de Nîmes.

A Treasure Trove for Japanophiles, NYTimes.com on the Bureau Of Trade

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During our trip to New York City last month we visited this amazing Brooklyn-based store called Darr. The spot on combination and great curation of vintage and new objects, clothing and accessories amazed us profoundly. Co-owners Hicham Benmira, a Casablanca-born former Takashimaya personal shopper, and former video editor Brian Cousins excel in collecting products out of the broadest of spectrums. They cull objects industrial and romantic, rustic and sophisticated, ancient and modern, yet everything fits together perfectly. read more…

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Port Magazine made a lovely video featuring The Vintage Showroom, a company formed in 2007 to house an ever growing archive of vintage showroom and accessories collected by Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett. In the following years the company has become one of the leading resources for vintage menswear in the UK, with their archive covering the early mid 20th century and specializing in international work, military and sports clothing, classic English tailoring and country wear. Douglas and Roy have divided their business in two particular ends. On the one side there is the appointment only showroom/studio mainly used by designers and stylists which is situated near London’s Notting Hill. On the other end there is the, open for everyone, retail outlet located on Earlham Street in Covent Garden’ Seven Dials. read more…

Cassius Clay, Rocky Marciano & Joe Louis signatures

HODINKEE Pop-Up Store San Francisco Recap on Hypebeast

Japanese Indigo: Boro
Eric Kvatek 
June 2012 at Mondocane

Photographer Eric Kvatek, on frequent trips to Japan, has scoured the early morning antique markets for these beautiful examples of Japanese indigo, some dating back to the early 1800s. These pieces are becoming almost impossible to find. Opening party June 21st, 6-9 p.m. The show runs through July 12th. (at Mondo Cane)

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Later this week Partners & Spade will host a lovely exhibition of children’s chairs from the collection of Patrick Parrish of Mondo Cane. Over 50 colorful chairs made between 1890 and 1990 will be on view at Partners and Spade starting May 17th till June 10th. Our favorites are these Blue Children’s Chair from the 50s, the Creative read more…

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We’ve just fell in love with Field Notes’ “National Crop Edition”, their 14th seasonal limited edition set of notebooks inspired on their own collection of vintage note books and promotional memo books. Drawer after drawer, filled with an incredible amount of these little books! Field Notes in general, and the new “National Crop Edition” specifically, owe their existence to read more…

A Guide to Pre-Owned Rolex Watches (via Hypebeast)

I just found this amazing watch, a Tudor Prince Oyster from around the 1950s. The silver dial with beautiful patina, applied gold arabic even numerals and dot markers, the gold needle hands, and a lovely brown suede strap… Dear beauty… Buy before I do! (Available at Park & Bond)

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Hell’s Kitchen & Leonard Vintage store are glad to announce the second edition of “Le Bazar des Poilus”, a pop up store of tightly-curated vintage (new and old) clothing, shoes and accessories… If you are in Paris between the 20th and 22nd of January make sure to visit the store at Jules & Jim hotel, read more…

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Last week Style Ledger came up with two really nice video features. The last one was a look at American manufacturing, with a focus on the Martin Greenfield factory in Brooklyn. The first one is this feature on one of the top new stores in the US, Modern Anthology, in Brooklyn, NY. ‘The owners John read more…

Last week I came across this amazing watch. A 1950′s Rolex SS Datejust with an antique white dial is one of the early models with a calibre 745 movement with sweep seconds and red and black date wheel. The baton indexes are gold applied and the hands are elegantly tapered with narrow luminous strips. I’m read more…