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Alex Mill x OMNIGOD: Timeless Workshirts in Japanese Denim

A transpacific collaboration drawing on classic fabric development and simple design

by Hans Aschim in Style on 18 September 2014

Alex Mill, Denim, Japanese Denim, Made in Japan, Menswear, NYC, OMNIGOD, Workshirts

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If the pinnacle of a craftsperson's work is doing one thing incredibly well, the partnership between Japan's denim experts OMNIGOD and NYC menswear label Alex Mill is a true success. Composed of three shirt styles in four colorways and one shawl-collar sweater ($320), the capsule collection reveals itself as a clear choice for those who seek both utility and effortless style in their sartorial choices. OMNIGOD's penchant for detail-driven production and uncompromising quality of material means the fabric is soft and sure to improve with wear and tear. Mother of Pearl buttons add just enough elegance to the work shirt and spread-collar shirt ($220-$255). Selvage detailing on the placket, cuff placket and side gusset add a hit of color and a nod to the fabric's roots. All shirts are made on vintage looms in OMNIGOD's factory in the Kojima District of Okayama, the heart of Japan's textile industry. At once easy and timeless while stylish and sophisticated, the understated shirts make workwear worth keeping around.

The limited edition collaboration collection is available today, 18 September 2014, exclusively from OMNIGOD stores in Japan and Alex Mill's NYC store and webstore.

Image courtesy of Alex Mill and OMNIGOD

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Venice in a Bottle

An unusual gallery space and shop in Italy offering a modernized version of the humble souvenir

by Paolo Ferrarini in Design on 18 September 2014

Italy, Venice, Art Galleries, Concept Spaces, Glass

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Venice, Italy is a truly iconic city and, even though it's a multi-faceted place, it's oftentimes portrayed as a little stereotyped or clichéd—all gondolas and glass. In an effort to show the city's ever-evolving identity and culture, a group of talented young art consultants has re-imagined one of Venice’s most classic souvenirs with a contemporary and artistic twist—and all of it occurs at Venice in a Bottle.

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Venice in a Bottle is part place, part art project and part object. The space is a "project room"—essentially a small art gallery that doubles as a souvenir shop where visitors can enjoy exhibitions by young artists who work with glass, as well as purchase PET bottles full of colorful glass powder (a kind of grit produced during the processing of glass that cannot be reused) or stunning cotisso, irregular yet fascinating glass rocks. All these glass products simultaneously pay homage to Venice's (and, perhaps Italy as a whole) traditions, while modernizing them.

Glass captures the essence of Venice, its light and its inexhaustible beauty.

Francesca Giubilei—along with Luca Berta, Francesco Misserotti and Silvano Rubino—co-founded Venice Art Factory, the team behind Venice in a Bottle and many other local exhibitions and events. Giubilei believes that, while some may view it as kitsch, glass is still important to the city—as is the art's evolution. "Glass captures the essence of Venice, its light and its inexhaustible beauty. Encouraging artists to experiment with this material is to give a chance to the craftsmanship of Murano to go beyond the reproduction of artistic forms inherited from the past," she says. "We like everything that may fall under the definition of post-media art—the artistic research that gives a conceptual value to objects. We like to contaminate high culture with the low, from [Jacques] Derrida to Google."

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Giubilei says the project was a way to turn a failure into an opportunity. "The project started at the beginning of 2014 when my partner Luca Berta and I suddenly lost our jobs. We decided not to waste our network of international relationships with designers, artists and architects, as well as technical skills in the field of glass production and the organization of exhibitions." She continues, "We have tried to define something new for the Venetian panorama. So when artists or designers want to create something with glass, we put them in contact with the craftsman more suitable for the purpose—so that the project is built with the highest quality and the lowest cost." The upshot is not only for the makers, but for the visitors who are offered the chance to see the works, and also take them home as a very special keepsake.

Images by Paolo Ferrarini

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Cool Hunting Video: Red Wing Shoes

For over 100 years, these handcrafted boots have been leading the way in workwear

by Cool Hunting Video in Style on 18 September 2014

Boots, CHV, Factory Tour, Handmade, Manufacturing, Red Wing, Shoes, USA, Video

Red Wing Heritage kindly brought us out to Red Wing, Minnesota to see the mecca of handcrafted workwear: the Red Wing Shoes factory. The bustling place is an endless expanse of leather, sewing machines, stitching and hot wax thread and has been producing workwear for over 100 years. Renowned for their sturdy boots, the team at Red Wing gave us a behind-the-scenes peek at how the durable footwear is composed by a handful of skilled craftspeople.

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