Food, Nature, Photography

Photographer Jess Bonham pairs dogs with hotdogs


Invited by food publication The Gourmand, Jess Bonham from London was invited to photograph some of the city’s most dapper dachshunds for a ‘satirical sausage celebration’. The photographer decided to marry the dogs’ characters with their hotdog counterparts. The result is this series in collaboration with stylist Julian Ganio, food stylist Peta O’Brian, and designer Paul Smith who designed custom dog coats with fabrics from his SS15 collection.

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Culture, Media, Technology

Vice antagonizes the Williamsburg it helped build


Globe-trotting hipster empire Vice Media has helped make Williamsburg, Brooklyn to what it is now by installing offices there way before the neighbourhood gentrified into the mecca for young creative people, music and food. All of sudden, however, the media empire has become the target of animosity in its own backyard. The issue is Vice’s expansion in the ‘hood, involving moving into about 60,000 square feet of real estate that used to house indie music clubs by the likes of Death By Audio and Glasslands, both of which are closing now. Some see the changes as a sign that Vice, which has grown from a Montreal based magazine into a Brooklyn based multimedia empire backed by Silicon Valley venture capital and Rupert Murdoch, has eject itself from the scene it helped build and expand. Tim Harrington of the band Les Savy Fav took the stage during one of Death By Audio’s final shows with ‘Suck It Vice’ written on his body. The week before, during a DIY art show at Death By Audio, someone had painted ‘Fuck You Shane’ on a wall – probably a reference to Vice’s co-founder and CEO Shane Smith.

Vice has reacted by saying it keeps backing musicians and artists in Williamsburg as much as ever: “Vice has been in Williamsburg for 15 years. Over that time very few companies have supported the neighborhood’s independent bands, artists, freelancers and creatives more than Vice. As we move into the new space we will expand our efforts to support the same community we always have in new and larger ways,” a spokesman said in a statement.

Valued at $2.5 billion with investments from Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, A&E Networks (owned by Disney and Hearst) and Technology Crossover Ventures, all of this might seem like a non-issue for Vice. After winning an Emmy for its HBO series, rolling out a news channel over YouTube, striking a plan for a TV network with Canada’s Rogers Communications, and just having announced a new music site in collab with Live Nation, it has just signed former Obama administration official Alyssa Mastramonaco as their chief operating officer.

Nonetheless, Vice presents itself as the ‘Time Warner of the streets’, a counterculture alternative to traditional companies such as CNN and The New York Times. Maintaining their ‘street image’ will only get more difficult as the company keeps expanding.


Fashion, People, Photography

5BORO NYC takes us for a skate session in Lower Manhattan


Shot in Lower Manhattan over the past month by Akiko Higuchi, the latest seasonal lookbook from one of our favourite skateboard companies, 5BORO NYC has arrived. The imagery offers a raw aesthetic throughout, and feels more like being along for a skate session rather than browsing a lookbook. The new generation of 5BORO riders – including Willy Akers, Jordan Trahan and Silvester Eduardo – took to the streets to showcase the brand’s thick knit fleeces, hoodies, and long-sleeved tees alongside wheels and decks.

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Film, Video

Paranoia runs rampant in new Inherent Vice trailer


Paul Thomas Anderson takes the audience on a trip filled with paranoia in the latest trailer for one of the most anticipated upcoming films, ‘Inherent Vice’. This crime comedy/thriller follows detective Doc Sportello (played by Joaquin Phoenix) as he agrees to help his ‘ex-old lady’ find out what happened to her billionaire boyfriend. Along the way, he starts to lose grip on what’s real and what is a consequence of his uncontrollable drug abuse. In this trailer, the voice-over cites a list of pop culture reasons as to why the ‘groove’ of the early 60s California had began to disappear and how paranoia replaced good will and peace. Compared to the wacky first trailer, this second one gives more insight into Doc’s world and the impressive supporting cast. The film is expected in US cinemas on January 9 and in the UK at the end of January.


Amsterdam label Daily Paper fuses Dutch & African heritage

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Amsterdam based label Daily Paper presents its FW14 lookbook shot by photographer Marnix Postma, emphasizing the brand’s tradition of producing quality garments in its own unique aesthetic. The Fall/Winter collection maintains the brand’s hallmark patterns and is now available via Daily Paper’s online store and retailers. Identity is one of the defining factors at Daily Paper as the label always finds a way to incorporate the founder’s Dutch and African heritage in its collections. This collection maintains the brand’s vision by incorporating fine tailoring in key pieces, including its elongated varsity jackets and woven polka dot buttoned-up shirts. A wide array of different fabrics has been utilized such as lambs wool, woven cotton and leather to provide a mix of formal and casual looks. Hunting-inspired jackets are matched with heavy weight woven shirts, while a selection of 5 panel caps present headwear staples for the cooler season.
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