“While jogging through the predawn landscape, he protected himself from the winter cold with sweatpants, a knit cap and a well-worn gray hooded sweatshirt. And as Rocky pulled himself out of anonymity, he brought with him what would become a mainstay of American fashion: the hoodie.”
The New York Times journalist Denis Wilson looks into the classic piece American clothing, the hoodie from a filmic angle in his article, A Look Under the Hoodie published more than a decade ago. Reviewing the 1978 film Rocky, in which Rocky Balboa, played by the young Stallone, runs up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with his heather grey hoodie, Wilson celebrates this timeless item with its most iconic cinematic presence in the history of American film. Fashion and the visual culture is always enmeshed together, one informing the other.
It is still refreshingly relevant to revisit this article today. You can shop our design at the Garmentory as well.
Once an innovative fastening technology that made the “automatic, continuous clothing closure” possible, the zipper today is one of those peculiarly banal gadgets that are so deeply embedded in our quotidian life that we hardly notice or think twice about.
The very first attempt to employ zipper in clothing design is by the rubber company called B.F. Goodrich. It released a pair of rubber boots called “The Mystik” equipped with a zipper in stead of shoelaces in 1922. When sales lag, company president Bertram G. Work muses, “What we need is an action word, something that will dramatize the way the thing zips.” The boot was rebranded “The Zipper” , and since then the zipper as a fastening mechanism has dictated the way wearable things open and close. The biggest supplier of zippers in the world today is the Japanese manufacturer YKK, who is allegedly responsible for half of the zippers production around the globe, which is roughly 7 billions per year.
(Slow and Steady Wins the Race Zipper Shirt available online.)
New arrival. The satin shopper in fuchsia, cerulean, evergreen, burgundy, and celery.
There are 2 days remaining in 2017 so we thought we would countdown and share with you some of the items and ideas we would put in our time capsule. For us they straddle the very specific space of the timely with the timeless; sometimes sublimely anachronistic, fundamentally classic, and are reflective of a value system we hold true to.
From utility to longevity, we outlined our prime values this past year including integrity, care, concept, simplicity, curiosity, reliability, materiality, and quality.
Magnanimity and generosity, sensory and grit, continuity and consistency, durability and veracity feel more important now than ever with such a challenging year on a global scale. In the studio we do our best to uphold these daily and we hope that some of it shines through the work we create.
OCC Market at Coming Soon
December 18-23, 2017
Opening 12/18/17 5:30-7:30
37 Orchard St.
A shoppable exhibition of obsessive collections curated by Sight Unseen and Tetra co-
founder Monica Khemsurov, OCC Market opens December 18 at the Lower East Side
design boutique Coming Soon. Ten object enthusiasts in design, food, and fashion were
asked to contribute “Obsessive Compulsive Collections” consisting of at least 8
variations on a single archetype, including Sabrina De Sousa of Dimes (peppermills),
Daphne Correll of Correll Correll (Mexican candles), and Mary Ping of Slow and Steady
Wins the Race (clip-on earrings). Some contributed two, resulting in 12 collections that
will be on view and available for purchase in Coming Soon’s subterranean project space,
We amassed a collection of various vintage clip on earrings sourced from eBay, Etsy, and thrift shops. We went in search of timeless, sculptural, architectural, and unusual
takes on the clip-on, whether it be a 1960s Space Age Lucite starburst shape, or
modernist silver-tone half-cylindrical bars. Our favorites are the 1950s pea-soup colored
earrings with a pivot point connecting 3 blade-shaped pieces of Bakelite that you can
wear closed or spread open. We haven’t seen anything quite like them, but we wish we
designed them ourselves.