The HUF Video Contest is quickly coming to a close, but the entries just keep getting better! Here are the top three of the week at the close of week seven… First entry was sent in by jlucan, featuring Kenneth Carnes who goes down hard on a sketchy looking hill bomb. Tough as nails! Second entry came in from Sharkitects, who look like they had some good fun getting together for their “Our Dirtbag Crew” clip. Be sure to check out their extended version here! And the last entry was another one sent in by JayGatzsb who’s definitely killin’ it with that Venice vibe!
Highsnobiety recently did a ego boost interview with Una Kim of Keep. Check out what she had to say!
The best part about my job… is working with people I love and respect every day. There is very little bullshit working at Keep. There’s no ego. There is just the work, the creativity and the community.
Running an independent business… can be incredibly draining and humbling, but it’s a beautiful thing, especially when you get to interact with people you care about all day long.
When I feel like going shopping… I figure out exactly what I want and then sit on it for a day so I can be certain it’s not just an impulse. I mostly buy books and cooking or food related items.
The most important thing about my product… is that it’s made by real people. We make things that we want to wear and that speak to us and hopefully to others.
My opinion of American politics… is that we are not adequately served by a two party system. I think it dilutes values, by default shifts things to the right, and encourages a continuing cycle of ineffectiveness that compromises away most things of true worth.
The cutest animal ever… is obviously one of my cats.
When I hear people say Keep is a women’s shoe company… I think, wow, you’re behind, and then I promptly forget about them. Keep began as a women’s footwear company but have been fully unisex for several years. We’ve always been bro-friendly.
Cruelty free products… are a no-brainer, even if you hate animals.
When dining out in LA… I make sure the company is good. Food is only as good as the love with which you eat it.
Design inspiration usually comes… from every day life. Inspiration comes to you, you don’t go to it. Be open, be respectful and be honest with yourself. It will come.
Interview: Highsnobiety | Cullen Poythress
With wild-eyed excitement, we present the final installment of our Room 205 episode with Craft Spells. For this fantastically punchy live performance of “From The Morning Heat,” director Monika Lenczewska and set designer Tamarra Younis used a combination of gravity-defying floating orbs, abstract light projections, and folk art paintings on plated-glass to symbolically convey Craft Spells’ nostalgic ode to the morning after.
Special thanks goes to Craft Spells for making this episode of Room 205 possible. Without their elegant tunes and boundless energy we couldn’t have done it. Thanks also to director Monika Lenczewska, set designer Tamarra Younis, dp Marcin Nadolny, visual artist Yelena Zhelezov, and audio engineer Jon Gilbert. In every sense of the word, this episode of Room 205 was truly an inspired collaborative effort.
Toward the end of 2009, in a bedroom in Stockton, CA, a 21-year-old Justin Vallesteros began layering simple synth and guitar lines to create the sound that would become Craft Spells. What began as an experiment soon became a vibrant world of elegant guitar chords laced over looped rhythms, heavenly synth melodies, and pulsating bass. When Vallesteros recorded his first track “Party Talk,” an outpouring of online enthusiasm led him to return to his native Seattle and flesh out a full band for the debut LP Idle Labor, released on Captured Tracks in Spring 2011. If you love Felt, The Smiths, Echo & The Bunnymen, and the beautiful monotone drone of Ian Curtis, Craft Spells might soon be your favorite nuevo-new romantics.
We recently developed a 10.Deep pop-up shop at NRML in Ottawa. Check out the blog post they just did about it!
Driven by the same personal strength and energy that bore hip hop, skate, punk and graffiti subcultures, New York’s 10.Deep, a cornerstone street wear brand for over fifteen years, communicates the bold power of individuality. Established in 1995 by native New Yorker Scott Sasso, 10.Deep remains equally vital from streets to the boutiques
For Fall/Winter 2011, NRML is proud to unveil the 10 Deep concept shop, a unique in-store environment showcasing the brand’s latest collection of apparel, headwear and accessories.
Drawing inspiration from decades past, the space excudes a vintage vibe with antique furnishings juxtaposed against a heavily wooded backdrop.
The 10 Deep x NRML Concept Shop is now open for business, located on the second floor.
Got some real creative entries sent in this time with the wrap-up of the sixth week of the HUF Video Contest. Here’s the top three for the week… First entry was a sick little short film in true dirtbag style, sent in by JayGatzsb, and featuring Stony Green. “Make ‘em cry!” Second entry was sent in by MerpALerp, featuring Brendan Gilliam, who dupes a security guard while gettin’ up on a wall and over a bar. Last entry was a real trip-out, sent in by JrVicePresidents and featuring “Junior Vice Presidents,” who somehow make a skateboard magically drop out of an empty bucket?