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MIKE GILES

Mike Giles

FILMS
TECH
WEB DESIGN
WEBSITES
Him: The Website
We were first introduced to digital creative Bjorn Johansson’s work a few years back when we profiled one of his projects, Big-Ass Message, which allowed users the ability to create full-screen, text-based messages across the screens of co-workers...
BOUTIQUES
CANADA
FASHION
CREATIVITY
MENSWEAR
MONTREAL
STYLE
HERITAGE
INTERVIEWS
STORES
VENUES
Interview: Scott Meleskie of Clark Street Mercantile
Opening just over a month ago, Clark Street Mercantile is a modest boutique in Montreal aimed at the discerning gentleman. Clothing, footwear, apothecary, pens and paper, magazines, accessories, artwork, bags, blankets, tonic and grenadine, razors...
CANADA
CLOTHING
DESIGN
LA
LOS ANGELES
STREETWEAR
COLLABORATIONS
GRAPHIC DESIGN
MONTREAL
SKATEBOARDING
T-SHIRTS
Black Scale + Mehrathon Canada Edition Release
LA-based streetwear brand Black Scale was started in 2008 by Michael “Mega” Yabut and Alfred De Tagle, and in just five short years they have opened stores in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles. They've been responsible for collaborations with...
CULTURE
INDIE
INTERVIEWS
MUSIC
ROCK
SKATEBOARD
LA
LOS ANGELES
SKATEBOARDING
Interview: Hanni El Khatib
San Francisco-born, LA-based Hanni El Khatib's new album Head in the Dirt—produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys—is perfect summertime listening. It contains more of that blues and garage-influenced rock that the singer-songwriter is best known...
PRINTS
PRINTMAKING
ILLUSTRATION
DESIGN
CANADA
MAGAZINES
INTERVIEWS
STUDIO VISITS
Interview: Raymond Biesinger
Montreal-based Raymond Biesinger is a self-taught illustrator. His work has featured in publications including the New Yorker, Monocle, the Guardian, Time, GQ, Dwell, the Globe & Mail. With such immense commercial success, we recently caught up...
BARS
INTERIORS
MONTREAL
RESTAURANTS
WINE
FOOD
LIGHTING
DESIGN
DESIGNERS
Q&A
INTERVIEWS
Accords
Multi-disciplinary designer Karim Charlebois-Zariffa has worked extensively on projects for companies like AOL, The New York Times and Moment Factory, but a recent chance opportunity to try his hand at more traditional interior design tested him...
BOOKS
COMPENDIUM
GRAPHIC DESIGN
LIMITED EDITIONS
PHOTOGRAPHY
SNOWBOARDING
Current State: Snowboarding
Written, edited and designed by professional snowboarder, graphic designer and filmmaker David Benedek, the new two-volume book "Current State: Snowboarding" marks three years of hard work across 450 pages. Interviews with some of the sport's most...
STUDIOS
STUDIO VISTS
MUSICIANS
MUSIC
INTERVIEW
INSTRUMENTS
Ariane Moffatt
We recently visited the acclaimed Canadian singer Ariane Moffatt at her Montréal studio in the Mile End section neighborhood of Plateau-Mont-Royal just days before she launched her latest album, MA. Having written in both French and English...
CHILDREN
CLOTHING
LIMITED EDITIONS
NYC
Supayana
Born in Moscow, Yana Gorbulsky relocated to New York as a child and after developing a love affair with sewing and design, started her signature clothing line Supayana. This year, after several successful seasons making adult apparel for a loyal...
HOME
HOME DECOR
SALT
SPACE
WALLS
Hooknook and Squeezers
Known for their their eco-friendly ripstop nylon shopping bags, Eva Bauer and Hetal Jariwala—the industrious duo behind Flip & Tumble—keep themselves busy working on a multitude of projects. Two that caught our eye—the wall-mounted...
CREATIVITY
DESIGNERS
GAMES
IPHONE APPS
The Amazing Game of Recollection
Putting a modern twist on the childhood matching game of Memory, the newly launched iPhone app REcollection tasks users to uncover product pairs for real-life rewards in the form of discount codes. Created by Dave Brown of the daily lifestyle blog...
CRAFTSMANSHIP
FURNITURE DESIGN
RECYCLED
UPCYCLED
WOOD
Mitz Takahashi
Montreal-based woodworker Mitz Takahashi upcycles wooden offcuts into unique, modern designs. Working by hand with mostly reclaimed lumber like mahogany, walnut, oak and other found materials, Osaka-born Takahashi spends his days tooling around creating...
MONTREAL
COLLABORATIONS
ART FAIRS
ART
MURALS
SAN DIEGO
En Masse
En Masse, a Montreal-based art collective, has penned signature works in association with the Osheaga Festival of Arts and Music, Piknic electronik, Festival International Montréal en Art, Under Pressure, Manifesto (Toronto), Cirque du Soleil...
HANDMADE
PORTLAND
SAN FRANCISCO
SKATEBOARDS
SUNGLASSES
COLLABORATIONS
UPCYCLED
Shwood and Huf Sunglasses
Oregon's own wooden eyewear makers Shwood today premiered a latest sunglass collaboration with San Francisco streetwear label Huf. Made of broken skateboard decks, you can see the production process of the resulting "Six-Ply Fade" in the first experimental...
BOOKS
KINDLE
LANGUAGES
TWITTER
IPAD
The Elements of F*cking Style
Typically when sending a text, Tweet or Facebook post, correct grammar takes the backseat to witty punctuation or uber-abbreviation. We may be devolving into "chatspeak," but as the foundation of any language, grammar remains an essential tool even...
CDS
INTERVIEWS
MUSIC
MUSICIANS
SUMMER
SWEDEN
ITUNES
ELECTRONICA
POP
This is Head: "0001"
For summer bike rides, picnics and general fun in the sun, dreamy, burned-out music makes the perfect warm weather soundtrack. The electro-pop sounds of Swedish band "This is Head" have been making my ears happy as of late, so I asked band member...
3D
COLLABORATIONS
MONTREAL
SHOES
STORES
VANS
CANADA
GALLERY
Vans by OTH Store
In collaboration with Montreal's urban boutique Off The Hook, the first Vans partner store in Canada will open tomorrow at one of the busiest corners in the city. Not only will it offer the best selection of Vans in Canada with more than 1,500 shoes...
CLOTHING
MONTREAL
SHOPPING
STREETWEAR
WEBSITES
EDITORIAL
ONLINE
PUBLICATIONS
Thaylor
Montreal's newest online hub connects the creative community with well-designed wares, from sneakers and wallets to speakers and pocketknives. Like so many digital shopping destinations, Thaylor's web-based shop doubles as an editorial platform...
CUSTOMIZATION
INTERNET
SOCIAL SOFTWARE
WEBSITES
Big Ass Picture
A follow-up to Björn Johansson's web-based "shout-out" generator, Big Ass Message, his latest work-distracting website, aptly titled Big Ass Picture, launched today. The Internet destination adds to the original text-customizer with the option...
GRAFFITI
ILLUSTRATION
MARKER
POSTERS
STREET ART
TOOLS
Studio B.I.B 500
Inspired by a Guinness Book of World Records entry for the largest collection of cigarette rolling papers, Toronto-based artist Allister Lee of Studio B.I.B decided it was time to set a goal for himself and started collecting black markers. To "mark...
FASHION
LIMITED EDITION
MONTREAL
ONLINE
SHOPPING
Self Made
Conceived, designed and manufactured in short runs all in Montreal, Daniel Julien and Mélanie Turcotte's aptly-titled label Self Made offers a line of unexpected fashion accoutrements. Exclusively available through their website, the duo's current...
COLLABORATIONS
LIMITED EDITION
MUSIC
TIME
WATCHES
The Master of Time
Crispin Jones, London-based designer of conceptual watches, is known for his inventive ways of breaking down time into increments slightly more clever than minutes. Peddled under the label Mr Jones Watches, each timepiece asks its wearer to reconsider...
ACCESSORIES
FASHION
GOLD
IRONY
JEWELRY
NEW YORK CITY
Security!™
Just released by art director Justin Gignac, Security!™ is an 18k-gold-plated sterling silver version of plastic security tags stores put on clothes to prevent theft. The piece, meant to be worn as a pin, stems from the NYC-based artist...
ART
CUSTOMIZABLE
GIFTS
TYPOGRAPHY
WOOD
What Wood You Say
As if his ambitious ITSOK project—hand-cutting one million wooden ornaments with the slogan "It's OK"—wasn't enough, the aptly-named artist Sighn is putting the creativity in your hands with his new project What Wood You Say. For a limited...
ACCESSORIES
PORTLAND
SUNGLASSES
SUSTAINABILITY
WOOD
Ashland
From watches to sunglasses, fashion accessories crafted from wood are at an all-time high. Pioneers in the movement, Portland-based Shwood just introduced their latest edition, the Ashland, which improves on the durability of other models. Paying...
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