global: linjer leather goods

global: linjer leather goods

the world of men's luxury leather goods is typically bound to vertiginous price tags, conspicuous logos, and in many cases, less than desirable design. finding well-crafted, affordable men's leather accessories is an ongoing crisis for most of us, with little in the way of a cost effective solution. a lot of the time you're better off just using your jacket pockets, but at some point, we all want a better solution. enter linjer, a newcomer to one of the fastest growing items in the luxury market - the man bag.

the brand was founded by norwegian roman khan and hong konger/canadian jennifer chong, who both have a hard time digesting the often exorbitant prices attached to men's leather goods. the duo aspired to create a line of good quality, long-lasting luggage pieces that are as minimal and functional in design as they are in price. the brand uses the same materials and factories as many of the well known luxe lines, but were determined to find a way to sell to consumers minus the ubiquitous middle-man mark up and million dollar marketing. 

by retailing directly to consumers, linjer offer simple, practical, well made leather goods putting the budget conscious gent in first place. their first collection is comprised of six essential items - cardholder, portfolio, laptop sleeve, soft briefcase, satchel, and messenger bag. all in black or cognac, and all for under $500. each item is made from full grain, vegetable tanned leather which is not only superbly durable but develops a handsome patina over time. linjer launched a indiegogo campaign earlier this month, which has already exceeded its original goal, potentially closing the gap in the mens luxury market with a product, judging by initial response, which speaks for itself. 

the full line up of linjer products are available via their indiegogo page or at the linjer website. also check out the linjer thread on our supertalk forums for more information or if you have any questions for the founders.

dubai: christian louboutin store opening

© christian louboutin

celebrity cobbler christian louboutin only launched his men's line three years ago. having gained success in equal measure, the paris-based designer quickly anticipated by launching dedicated men's stores, and the latest of such opening has been in the glittering boomtown of dubai. occupying a ground floor unit at mall of the emirates - where the luxury brand already runs a women's store - it's the very first in the region. the façade is covered in green marble with expansive windows framed in shiny brass. the interior is similarly luxe yet highly eclectic, featuring custom-made elements and furniture pieces that collectively create a men's boudoir vibe. the new christian louboutin store carries the brand's entire men's collection of formal shoes and sneakers. location: mall of the emirates, sheikh zayed road, level 1 [al barsha].

© christian louboutin

seoul: donald judd

© judd foundation / untitled - galvanized steel [1988]

a visionary modernist with a vocabulary all his own, donald judd [1928-1994] changed the course of contemporary sculpture. through his work, judd stressed the importance of clearly articulated 'specific objects' where every aspect of object making was rigorously explored, from materials and engineering to form, repetition, and last but not least, colour. although widely identified with minimalism, he strongly objected to be categorized as such and considered it a misinterpretation of his philosophy. instead, judd coined the term 'specific objects' in a now seminal essay published in 1965 that emphasized the rapidly expanding field of visual arts, and the importance of making simple objects that made a clear and powerful statement. opening thu - oct 30 at kukje gallery, one of seoul's most prominent modern art venues, is an exhibition exclusively dedicated to the american artists. on display are 13 works from the 1970s through to the 1990s, and includes untitled highlights such as a painted red rectangular box topped with a bisected aluminum tube, a multi-coloured stack executed in cor-ten steel and plexiglas, and three swiss boxes' in red and black, blue and turquoise, and all black. location: kukje gallery54 samcheong-ro, pavilion k2 + k3 [sogyeok-dong].

© judd foundation - untitled - cor-ten steel and green, yellow, purple, ivory, orange, and black acrylic sheets [1992] and untitled - clear and purple anodized aluminum [1970]

tokyo: woolrich flagship store opening

© woolrich john rich & bros.

as a nation steeped in tradition, the heritage trend never goes out ouf style in japan, and it's no wonder woolrich does very well here. aiming for an even bigger following, the american leisurewear brand has boldly raised its profile with a prestigious new flagship store, just off bustling omotesando dori. occupying two levels of a modern structure with a brick façade - mind you, it's a replica of the brick wall that's found in the original woolrich pennsylvania mill - painted in the brand's iconic buffalo check plaid, it features an interior design by architect masamichi katayama of tokyo-based architecture practice wonderwall.

the design is decidedly modern, but references woolrich's rustic roots through the abundant use of natural materials, a demure colour scheme, and a playful mix of modern wooden furniture and carefully selected vintage props. so, what's on the shelves? the new woolrich flagship stocks both men’s and women’s apparel and accessories from the brand’s contemporary collection, in addition to coveted menswear pieces from the designer label, woolrich woolen mills by designer and heritage style guru mark mcnairy. as an opening bonus there's also an exclusive collection of buffalo check plaid vests, parkas and jackets, all made in the original woolrich pennsylvania mill. location: 6-1-2 jingumae [harajuku].

© woolrich john rich & bros.

new york: tropic glows

© nick thomm

a little while ago australian artist nick thomm relocated to new york city, and he'll launch his first solo exhibition there on thu - nov 6 [7pm]. entitled tropic glows, his showcase occupies a two-storey space and presents a new body of works. the ground floor serves a traditional gallery space while the basement section presents an immersive art experience with 3d projections and a matching soundscape. thomm is known for an eclectic style that fully embraces new media, and what's presented here won't disappoint his fast-growing fanbase. the tropic glows show displays is a collection of large scale, mixed media works on transparent perspex, kaleidoscopic neon silk flags, holographic skate decks and a series of new 3d video works. technically sophisticated in their execution, thomm’s artworks take their visual cues from popular culture, challenging traditional notions of collage by deconstructing, manipulating and reassembling imagery for the internet age. not surprisingly, the artist's creative output is both a comment on, and reflection of a generation that has lived their entire lives hyper-connected and online. location: 98 orchard street [lower east].

berlin: p & t store opening

© p & t

a wonderfully hybrid retail concept launched by jens de gruyter, p & t combines a curated range of handmade paper products, such as notebooks, greeting cards and original origami accessories, with authentic tea culture. as described in a previous post, it has been only two years since the company launched its first opened up shop across town in swanky charlottenburg, and now a second outlet has bowed in the hipster grounds of mitte. product designer fabian von ferrari has once again been enlisted to design the store interior, featuring a similar minimalist aesthetic, but slightly adapted to the location and neighbourhood vibe. light and airy, the store is furnished with angular wooden fixtures that blend well with its concrete shell, although the original industrial character is softened by the shine of pristine white paint on the floor. the shop's main feature definitely is a seven-meter long tea shelf which runs along one of the walls. as said, the p & t store stocks a range of fine teas from across the planet, featuring a highly specialized range that includes japanese powder green, vintage pu-erh, caffeine-free herbals and herbal blends. the store additionally entices tea aficionados with a collection of must-have tea accessories. location: alte schönhauserstrasse 50 [mitte].

© p & t

london: one day walk

© andaz

we talked about the launch of andaz liverpool street's room with a view program in a previous post. aimed to emphasize the property's intrinsic connection to london's creative community, the program is a year-long collab with leading local artists who spice up guestrooms with bespoke designs. following a much-publicized launch last july, the second installment with artists patrick vale and paul davis has just been revealed. baptized the one day walk room, the illustrations are inspired by the notion of being a flâneur in the east london scene, someone who walks with a purpose only to be in tune with their immediate surroundings, considering the history and the stories that these surroundings now capture.

very much a personalized map of the neighbourhood, one day walk frivolously documents a nine-hour journey that starts simply with a bacon sandwich at the artists' fav breakfast spot, st. john bread and wine, and then leads them to the area's most iconic monuments including hawksmoor church, st. paul’s cathedral, brick lane, thames river and columbia road. vale added illustrations of london’s historical architecture while davis chose to create amusing observational drawings and overheard comments of what modern life is like in the east end. location: andaz liverpool street, 40 liverpool street [city].

© andaz

tokyo: the pop-up flea

© the pop-up flea

the pop-up flea is the biggest pop-up market in new york city, and now for the very first time it's coming to tokyo. created by michael williams and randy goldberg in 2008, the event invites the duo's fav brands to participate in a curated platform for kindred spirits, be it sellers or buyers. but this isn't just about snapping up your fav new outfit, the pop-up flea also allows shoppers to meet the designer behind the garment in the flesh, discover a new brand or two, and see how they're actually made. not surprisingly, it has become hugely popular among style-conscious males across the big apple. the inaugural tokyo edition is to be held during an entire weekend on oct 31-nov 2 at ba-tsu gallery in harajuku, presenting a rare collection of american-made menswear to the japanese capital's savvy trophy hunters. participating brands include tanner goods, filson, billy kirk, hickoree's and field notes from the u.s., while emerging japanese brands such as tatamize, burgus plus, demode 9, brown's beach and sabae eyewear also join the style equation. location: 5-11-5 jingumae [harajuku].

© the pop-up flea

paris: kenzo pop-up store

© printemps / photography: francis peyrat - kenzo loves printemps

more popular than ever before, kenzo has enamored a new demographic of young fashion-forward shoppers across the planet. based in paris, it's right here where the rejuvenated fashion brand has expanded its footprint with brand-defining window installations and a pop-up presence at luxury department store printemps. five colour-infused window installations beckon kenzo fans from afar, and once inside they're wowed by a psychedelic-style pop-up store, aptly named kenzo loves printemps, and situated in the ground floor's atrium space. each setting is inspired by the appealing mystery and surrealism of david lynch's female characters. in fact, the film director has been the main source of inspiration of kenzo's a/w 2014 women's collection. the pop-up store is brimming with carol lim and humberto leon's latest women's designs, and includes bags, wallets, iphone cases and scarves [open through early november]. location: printemps, 64 boulevard haussmann [opéra].

© printemps / photography: pessina massimo - kenzo loves printemps

madrid: on the border

© galería astarté / nuria mora - street mural in johannesburg

nuria mora [1974] is a self-taught street artist based in madrid. although best known for her explosively colourful paintings with geometric patterns that have graced streets acorrs the planet, mora has started to flex her skills in other areas as well. the artist has established street cred and also has quite a few exhibitions under her belt. opening on thu - oct 30 [8pm] at galería astarté in mora's hometown is en la frontera, an exhibition which presents the artist's ability in many forms. presented is a varied body of new works, including paintings, drawings, sculpture installations and eight kilim designs she created for dacrugs. the works not only lay bare mora's artistic development as an artist, but also reflect on the exhibition title by showing that for mora there's merely an imaginary line between disciplines, and that she sees no restrictions when it comes to creativity. location: calle del monte esquinza 8 [salamanca].

© galería astarté / nuria mora