March 21, 2008
Posted By: Marc

The southeast Asian fruit durian has sensory descriptions which range from:
“…A rich custard highly flavoured with almonds gives the best general idea of it, but there are occasional wafts of flavour that call to mind cream-cheese, onion-sauce, sherry-wine, and other incongruous dishes.”

To:

” …pig-shit, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. It can be smelled from yards away.”

Of course, MSLK needed to put this to the test with:

The Great Durian Challenge.

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March 19, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

Okay there I said it, out loud for all of you to know one more time. My alma mater is that little school you’ve never heard of in the middle of Des Moines, Iowa.

Apparently my absence in blogging about the school’s magnificent basketball season this year has been noted and is causing some bickering from the peanut gallery. Thanks J. Range for pointing out that I need to step up and say “Go Bulldogs!” like I mean it. So come on all you Drake supporters out there… post a comment, say it out loud…who are you going to be rooting for this Friday?

March 19, 2008
Posted By: Marc

We all went with Emil to an authentic Indonesian restaurant tonight (delicious). Of the many topics discussed over dinner — and there were many — was what nationality I resembled most. No consensus was reached.

I readily admit to having a vague sense of my true genealogy… a dash of Austrian, a sprinkle of Russian, and some English. I simply can’t account for my looking “half-anything,” while my parents look fairly white bred.

This is all under the larger umbrella of being Jewish, as my last name “Levitt” is a dead giveaway to those in the know (the ancient Levite tribe was something of a big deal back in The Day). But I wouldn’t say that I’m a typical-looking Jewish guy.

Upon arriving home, I was viewing our friend Tina’s excellent blog and had a revelation: I must be part-robot!

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March 19, 2008
Posted By: claudia

Freitag (which means “Friday” in German) started as a phenomenon of Zürich’s urban subculture in 1993 when Markus und Daniel Freitag, both brothers and graphic designers, had a genius, sustainable business idea: They created courier bags made from used truck tarps, used car seat belts, used air bags and used bicycle inner tubes. The upcycled Freitag bags are functional yet individual at the same time. Every product has a cool, one-of-a-kind design. Now, fifteen years later, Freitag is a cult brand known all over the world.

When I moved to New York, I didn’t have to think twice if I should take my Freitag bags with me. Beyond my personal relationship with this brand, I also have a professional connection: In 2007, I had the pleasure to work for Freitag with my former employer in Zürich, the branding firm Scholtysik Niederberger Kraft.

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March 19, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

Last Wednesday I co-chaired an event for the Fashion News Workshop, on bringing sustainable practices into the fashion showroom. FNW is an intimate group of fashion industry leaders who get together once a month to discuss issues relevant to fashion design and production. I was honored to have Samantha MacBride speak to the group on the issues of textile waste in our landfills. This is an issue of great interest to Samantha as she searches to document the social construction of waste problems in the US. According to Samantha, textiles currently make up 7% of landfill waste in NYC. However, compared to other recyclable materials the textile industry already has a tremendous (and profitable) recycling infrastructure in place so everyone can help reduce and eliminate this unnecessary waste. Read more

March 19, 2008
Posted By: ellen

Feuillatte Champagne

Ok, alcohol is certainly not a new party accessory. It’s been the accessory of choice for quite some time now. But apparently Nicolas Feuillatte champagne wants to take the sloppy out of drunk. They’ve issued fashionable individual champagne bottles that can be worn on the wrist, like a clutch. These quarter bottles, called One Fo(u)r Fun, come in a brut (pictured) and rosé (in pink). I picked one up at last week’s MoMA corporate party (thanks Corinna!). I’m not so sure how I feel about them. They’re kind of cute and festive, but I can’t say I’d ever purchase one for myself. Accept a free one at party, though? Totally different story.

March 18, 2008
Posted By: Marc

We’re doing a little remodeling in the basement right now. The sort of work where walls are ripped-up, floors are chipped away, and rare artifacts from other times are unearthed.

By far the best find in the walls has been an issue of the National Enquirer from 1985! Despite its yellowed pages, apparently not much has changed in the way of quality investigative journalism… or the world.

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March 17, 2008
Posted By: Sheri

I’ve been smitten with this idea ever since Springwise announced back in October that a company in the UK had begun power washing guerrilla marketing messages onto dirty sidewalks and walls. That’s right, instead of defacing public property, you are actually defining your messaging by cleaning the gunk away. I just found out that a colleague of ours in the states has the ability to implement this as well. So…I’m ready. Who needs a great campaign cleaned onto the city streets? They only use steam and water, so this campaign is about as green as it gets.

March 17, 2008
Posted By: emil

I passed by the Sony store by Madison Avenue and was amazed by millions of colorful rabbits on Sony’s Window displays.These bunnies are used in the campaign for their new BRAVIA® HDTV with a Blu-ray Disc™ player. Pretty cool. Read more

March 17, 2008
Posted By: katie

I went to the Adam Baumgold Gallery this weekend to see the work of artist/cartoonist/illustrator, Chris Ware. His work manages to seamlessly to cross categories between the art world and the commercial world. He was included in the 2002 Whitney biennial, he has published about 5 graphic novels, and illustrated a number of covers for The New Yorker.

The show was entitled, “Drawings for New York Periodicals.” Unfortunately, Saturday was the last day of the show at the gallery, but keep your eye out for his next show because his work is a lot of fun and graphically rich. My favorite thing about the exhibit was seeing all his hand drawn type in detail. The exhibited works were original boards — black and white drawings done in ink. Best of all, you could see layers of sketches and ruling lines in photo blue pencil below the final inked graphics and type. I have posted some of his drawings from the show below and a few details to show the sketch quality underneath. I always love seeing an artist’s process exposed.

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