The Cocaine Ring by Lydia Courteille: The Closest Thing to Wearing Real Crack

I was recently rummaging through dozens of French design websites when I found this ring. I wish I spoke French because France has so many wonderful designers, but consistently French websites never translate any of their pages for an English audience. It’s fine if they don’t, I just wish I could read the French. Because […]

Just How Sexy Can a Lamp Be? The Moschino Dress Lamp Answers

Moschino, that clever Italian fashion house, is always jabbing a stick in the eye of what fashion should be. They are a creative lot that does not like to be tied down by any sense of tradition. One of their recent forays is in the realm of lighting design. They have taken a number of […]

Samsonite Black Label Vintage Collection

I sometimes cover luggage. I’m just attracted to the architectural quality I guess. Ever since I covered a $20,000 suitcase designed by Frog Design as one of my very first posts, I’ve been on the hunt for the next ultimate case. This is not it. However, for $600 it is a darn good alternative. The […]

Nazi Couture: Raf Simons Autumn/Winter Collection 2007-2008

I live in San Francisco where a multitude of strange subcultures coexist. However one that has never taken a foothold which I think would give the city a new dimension is what I will refer to as Nazi Couture. In one sense, I imagine Nazi Couture as a group of self absorbed young males who […]

Sunday Styles Watch: July 15, 2007

I read New York Times’ Sunday Styles each week, and I thought I might try an experiment where I feature all the advertised products in one monthly post. I almost always love every product that is advertised here, so why not consolidate this information into one brief post? Also, I’ll be able to see which […]

The Cartier LOVE Ring

Cartier has looked to the past to find their new LOVE collection. The design, originally from one of their collections in the 1970s works like this: the ring has screws around the perimeter of the band and the tighter you turn the screws the more you love. Is that right? It seems to me that […]

Fall / Winter 2007 Collection by Mina Perhonen

Mina Perhonen is a Finnish Designer working in Japan. Her work is characterized by empire dresses with flowing waists, huge, bold buttons, neutrals mixed with a few earthy cool colors, and softness. I’ve chosen to show a picture of the softest of the soft pieces. It’s sort of a hoodie mixed with a cardigan made […]

UM Carry by Josh Jakus

This weekend in Hayes Valley, San Francisco, there was this thing called the Capsule street sale. Capsule hosted probably 200 vendors of what I might call “crafty” design. The majority of the work was pretty competent, but honestly, I was hoping for some more innovative products out of the deal. Imagine, if you dare, several […]

Gola: My New Favorite Sneaker

I have no idea why I love this shoe. I just do. It has a bit of that franken-shoe look which has infected so many top brand design shops. This one takes on the two forms: The back of the shoe is late 90s Italian gigalo / amateur football player. The back of the shoe […]

Valextra White Leather Backpack

Something moving happened to me when I saw this bag by Valextra for the first time a few weeks ago. I was flipping through the pages of Wallpaper (I think) when I saw the advertisement showing this bag. Of course, the bag was perched on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It brought me back […]