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Men with baby bjorns on

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Thanks to Rob for sending me this because he knew I would love it.

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Flashing Lights

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Renata Kaveh has done it again, this time as art director in a beautiful spread shot in Toronto’s Dundas Square appearing in Luxsure Magazine.

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The commute on a long board

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Riding to work today on my slow bike, I really have time to let my mind wander. Riding on Queen Street West and my old stomping grounds past the Much Music building strip, I noticed an interesting trend: early to mid-thirties males riding their long boards to work. A little bit of grey in their hip hairdos, chuck taylors, messenger bags heavy with laptops, and expensive jeans and dickies just cruising beside the streetcar tracks, taking those corners like pros. I saw about five of these stereotypes on my way in. Fascinating! At first, I rolled my eyes – I think this is the automatic reaction that I have learned from living in Toronto for the past few years (how dare you try and be cool in my city, for shame!), but it only took me a second to reconsider.

“Hey! All you guys riding your long boards is probably a pretty sweet idea!” I didnt say that, but I for sure thought that in my head. How awesome is that, right? I love it for a couple reasons. First, people are instantly transformed into ten year olds the second they put a foot on a skateboard. I love it, they look like little kids pushing their way stoically down the street to their very serious jobs at their hip design firm to deal with their big client for that presentation the team slaved over nights and weekends, but awww! How cute! You are a fifth grader! Also, in terms transportation heirarchy, I would place long boards fairly high up. It’s not as respectable as a bike, but it’s also not as evil as a car or as annoying as a streetcar and it’s faster than walking. So I think long boarders can hold their heads pretty high. And lastly, maybe for the reason the idea first turned me off, long boarding is kinda weird and cool. It’s try-hard, but that’s like all things these days it has to be so cool it becomes uncool and then because it’s uncool it’s cool again! Like mesh-back caps! So what if you’re a yuppy on a longboard to try and hang on to your youth that you imagined you were cool during? I say rock your long board like it’s nobody’s business and don’t pay attention to would-be haters like me. And good luck on that big presentation.

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Threadless partner makes a wicked presentation…

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

…about his community-based company and “transparency” in business… Really cool, smart, informative and engaging… but long. Watch it in full if you’re interested in business, brands, and what that has to do with online communities. Threadless is a genius idea at a very appropriate time with excellent decisions behind it. Everyone wishes they thought of it.

Jeffrey Kalmikoff of Threadless @ Big Omaha 2009 from Big Omaha on Vimeo.

I found it on Call me Jeffrey.

And here’s Threadless of course.

Joy Apparel

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

This is neat:

Kristen Rawlins from Joy TshirtsJohn Hilborn on Joy TshirtsMcKinley on Joy TshirtsAndre on Joy TshirtsAnna on Joy TshirtsTayfun on Joy Tshirt

Joy Apparel – You buy a tshirt with a random ordinary person’s face drawn on it. Someone else buys a tshirt with YOUR ordinary random face drawn on it. The cycle continues on and on. The guy who runs it is in Toronto. I am not sure yet if it will change the world like the website claims. Maybe!

scarf-mitts-toques-and-sweater-season

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

People must think I’m awfully rude because I stare at them. On the streetcar, out at restaurants, walking past them on the street, I do so unabashedly. Not to be mean or make them feel uncomfortable, though that is the result, but it’s because they are wearing scarves or mitts or toques or sweaters that I want to look at. My thought process is “Oh that’s nice. Could I make that? I could definitely make that. How would I make that?” and by the time I have decided the pattern and changed the colours, measured the needles in my head I’ve looked too long and they are offended. This must happen to all people when they first realize they can make things and become obsessed, especially knitting in this case. And I wonder if it will go away when I grow accustomed to this new and wonderful feeling. Maybe once I have made every pattern of scarf, mitts, toque, and sweater I will no longer stare.

Yorkville Fashion + Bikes

Sunday, June 15th, 2008

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Pants in a Twist? Try Some Knickers

Monday, April 28th, 2008

New York Times Fashion & Style Column: May 17, 2007

This is an old link for my friend who told me in fall 2006, when I was telling him about how excited I am about biking, “It’s impossible to look cool on a bike,” and didn’t believe me when I said bikes and bike fashion are going to be really, really cool soon, mark my words.

And here is a simple Flickr search result on “bike fashion.” I don’t like to be that smug, self-righteous kid that says, “I told you so,” but uh… yeah.

Urban Outfitters on the fix gear bandwagon?

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Urban Outfitters site screenshotUrban Outfitters uses fix gear clips in their promo, but not everyone is happy about it:

The mini-Macy’s of downtown inspired fashion, Urban Outfitters, thinks fixed gears are sooo cool as you can see by this web promo. Especially when you match them to these energy wasting, soft-soled Gola line of sneakers—quite considerably the worst type of footwear when riding a bike, real cycling shoes have super stiff soles.