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WEBSITES
ONLINE
SOCIAL SOFTWARE
Me.dium
Me.dium is like being given a piggyback by someone surfing the web. The interface sits as a sidebar on your Firefox browser (a version for Microsoft Explorer will soon be released) and at the top of the window, you can see which sites other Me.dium...
SNEAKERS
NEW BALANCE
LONDON
HOTELS
New Balance x Yotel
If I had to work in a hotel, it would make things a lot more bearable if I got given some sexy New Balance kicks to wear, like these. Yotel is a new brand of bed for the night from the man behind successful British restaurant chain Yo! Sushi. Sticking...
ART
PAINTING
Trompe L'Oeil by Rosanna Bankes
I've always found the artistic technique of trompe l'oeil (derived from French, meaning trick of the eye) absolutely fascinating. It's age-old and I was really only familiar with examples painted as murals, depicting landscapes or decorative...
LONDON
DECOR
ART
AFRICA
Fante Asafo Flags
Not long after Paul Smith's furniture and curiosity shop opened on Albemarle Street in London's Mayfair about a year and a half ago, I went in and was immediately drawn to a large, colourful and undeniably African flag that hung on the wall...
PRINTS
CLOTHING
FASHION
LONDON
Liberty Of London
An eye for a quirky print, or a knowing nod to the past is a typical Paul Smith trait, and something that Liberty of London has been doing for years. Its massive archive of distinctive prints are used innovatively on pretty much anything you can...
FASHION
CLOTHING
LONDON
NEW YORK
Oliver Spencer
Like Paul Smith, London-based Oliver Spencer has a definite knack of combining the tailored with the relaxed, culminating in a look that is uniquely his. For me, his stand-out designs are his outerwear (see above for examples from the past couple...
SNEAKERS
FASHION
ACCESSORIES
Emma Hope
I've been wearing a pair of Emma Hope's luxurious signature sneakers since last year, loving what I saw as a neat twist on the Smith aesthetic. Only after a bit of digging did I discover that she previously designed for Paul Smith anyway...
BICYCLES
FASHION
SPORTSWEAR
Rapha x Paul Smith Cycle Jersey
There's no particular reason for writing this now, but as a dyed in the wool fan of Paul Smith, I'm constantly on the look out for others inspired by, or who inspire, the great man. Over the coming week, we'll bring you a series of such...
MUSIC
LONDON
Ebony Bones
This is none other than Ebony Bones—a great name for an incredible singer who is as yet unsigned but getting a load of word of mouth buzz in London, due mostly to her frenetic live performances. Don't be fooled by the good looks...
LONDON
FESTIVALS
ART
ARTISTS
MUSIC
Virgin Gorillaz Train
This is how public transport should be done. Unveiled Monday and travelling back and forth between London and Manchester, this tricked-out locomotive from Gorillaz aritst Jamie Hewlett is to promote the forthcoming circus/opera he's involved with...
BOOKS
STREETWEAR
FASHION
Streetwear: The Insider's Guide
Admittedly, the title of this book makes a pretty bold claim, but author Steven Vogel has certainly done his homework. From long–established names like Stussy and Burton to the newer kids on the block like Dave's Quality Meat and Pointer...
MUSIC
ELECTRONICA
Mr. Hopkinson's Computer
Watch and learn Mark Ronson—this is how you really do a cover version. As mentioned in the Guardian today, Mr. Hopkinson's Computer turns the likes of Radiohead, Portishead and—to greatest effect—The Stone Roses, into digitized...
VIDEOS
SPORTS
RETRO
Blackminton
Looking like Tron picked up a racket, Blackminton is a faster, nighttime version of badminton where players covered in fluorescent paint hit a glow–in–the dark shuttlecock on black–lit courts. The sport is a spin–off of Speedminton...
PRINTS
ART
MUSIC
GRAPHIC DESIGN
It's Pop It's Art: Imagine by John Lennon
Someone once said to me if "Imagine" by John Lennon was never played again, it wouldn't matter, given how deeply embedded in popular culture it is. Love it or hate it, I bet all of you could sing it to yourselves right now. Me, I...
IPODS
MUSIC
NIKE
ITUNES
Run, Loud Graphix, Run!
LCD Soundsystem's specially–commissioned Nike+ mix has been a welcome accompaniment on the Nano when I'm pounding the streets, so I'm glad to reveal that the works of four more musicians are about to be released, but this time...
FILM
LONDON
28 Weeks Later
A British zombie film helmed by a Spanish director paid for with American cash isn't my usual bag, but it turns out it's one of the best "London films" I've ever seen. I didn't really love Danny Boyle's "28 Days...
MUSIC
JAZZ
The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur
"To Build A Home," which opens the new album from The Cinematic Orchestra, is extraordinary. A piano signature already heavy with melancholy provides the bed on which Patrick Watson's even more achingly beautiful singing voice lies...
FONTS
TYPOGRAPHY
BRANDING
FASHION
Branding Kate Moss
Love her or hate her, brand Kate Moss is about to blow up even bigger. Perhaps more interesting than the forthcoming Topshop line of clothes, though, is the story behind her new brand identity (above). You can read how the seminal Peter Saville...
SNEAKERS
CHINA
Feiyue Plimsolls
Chucks are beyond ubiquitous aren't they? In London, even the anti-Converse, non-branded, army surplus training shoe is everywhere these days, so what's next? Chinese brand Feiyue looks the most likely over the summer. They've been...
ACCESSORIES
FASHION
JEWELRY
Custom Aramith Cufflinks by Atelier Verstraeten
Aramith is the type of resin used to make pool balls, and I first spied these cufflinks made out of the material on the Paul Smith website. They are not a Paul Smith product though, rather they are made by Belgian jewelry designer Hubert Verstraeten...
BOOKS
U.K.
Penguin's Great Journeys Series
There's nothing like reading a book in the place about which it was written, which is why I fell in love with The Catcher In The Rye after reading it during my first time in New York. With one eye on summer travels, I ambled into Daunt's...
FILM
TYPOGRAPHY
SXSW
Helvetica The Movie
The idea of a film about a font really stimulates the part of my brain that likes left-field documentaries and clean typefaces. Gary Hustwit's Helvetica has its world premiere next week at SXSW in Austin, Texas, to coincide with the 50th anniversary...
NIKE
LONDON
POPUP STORES
SHOPPING
Nike Air Force 1 Pop-Update
We knew back in December that Nike was planning pop-up stores in London as part of the Air Force 1 25th anniversary. Following the installation at Dover Street Market, word has just reached us that London hip-hop outlet Deal Real will have its own...
TELEVISION
ENVIRONMENTALISM
U.K.
The Great Global Warming Swindle
I quite liked Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. I say quite, because although his arguments were compelling, at the back of my mind, I knew I was still watching the practiced performance of a politician. Such a polished one, in fact, that many...
SNEAKERS
SOCIAL SOFTWARE
WEBSITES
NIKE ID LAB
Sneakerplay: The AF1 Playoffs
It's fair to say that we at Team Cool Hunting havn't gone for the whole Nike Air Force 1 anniversary in a huge way, but this collaboration between Nike iD and our favorite social networking site for sneakerheads could change all that. Starting...
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