Label Feature: Finders Keepers

Since 2005 UK-based label Finders Keepers has entertained fans of psychedelic, jazz, folk, funk, avant-garde and strange movie muzak with rare vinyl artefacts from the annals of alternative pop history. The men behind the label are musician, DJ, producer and designer Andy Votel, and obscure vintage record collector, LP compiler and DJ, Doug Shipton. Together they liberate unreleased and long-forgotten music. Their multifaceted artist roster includes legendary figures such as Atari music composer Suzanne Ciani, Chilean-French film director and composer Alejandro Jodorowsky, Swiss electronic music pioneer Bruno Spoerri as well as contemporary acts like Mancunian duo Demdike Stare.

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Bureau Visit

In conversation with Munich-based graphic designer Mirko Borsche: Around the turn of the year, two variations of the same image began to circulate on the internet, comparing the old logos of a host of vaunted luxury brands with their new, shiny, sans-serif replacements. To some, such homogeneity was proof of a dearth of creativity endemic amongst fashion labels. Others, perhaps more astutely, noted that we now consume and interact with culture – often on the screens of our phones’ – has ensured that simplicity and legibility is of increased importance. Included in the logos presented was Saint Laurent sans-Yves, ushered in by Hedi Slimane and the new Burberry logo by Peter Saville and two, those of German luggage brand Rimowa and Paris fashion house, Balenciaga, created by the small, eponymous Munich-based studio of Mirko Borsche.

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Converse for Carhartt WIP

For Spring / Summer 2019, Carhartt WIP and Converse wants to once again partner for a collection that merges with a contemporary design perspective, presenting two new iterations of the versatile Chuck 70 silhouette. Stay tuned.

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Martine Syms

Martine Syms is an LA-based artist, while Kimberly Drew is an independent curator living and working in New York. But a sense of place is almost impertinent. Both consider the interplay between our digital and physical selves, shifting between each space, as they explore art and identity. On the eve of Syms’ latest exhibition opening, they dial back from both media, and connect via telephone.

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Label Feature: Idle Hands

From dubstep to house and techno, Bristol-based record label Idle Hands has been shaping the sound of its city since 2009 – the year its founder, Chris Farrell, first released music by Peverelist, one of Bristol’s dubstep originators. The artist and Farrell worked together at the now-defunct store Rooted Records and came up with the idea to launch a record label that reflected the nascent sounds of dubstep appearing in Bristol’s vibrant music scene...

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Artist Feature: Illa J

When Detroit native John Derek Yancey, better known as Illa J, released his third album, Home, in 2017 on the Cologne/Berlin-based label Jakarta, it was partly an act of self-affirmation for the rapper-slash-singer. As the younger brother of hip hop legend J Dilla, who tragically passed away in 2006, the 32-year-old artist has spent much of his career in the shadow of his illustrious sibling – even playing a bit-part role in Slum Village after Dilla’s death.

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Benedict Brink: Teenage Kicks

Lensed by Benedict Brink and styled Peghah Maleknejad, Carhartt WIP F/W18 gets a subversive paint job, as Fiona Blakeman and Jack Felgate riff on the idea of illicit tags, angsty scribbles and the customized clothing, backpacks and sneakers found in a teenager’s wardrobe.

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Hringur

Skaters are no different to your average tourist, but just how do you plan a skate-trip to a place you’ve never been before? Easy. Instead of scouring Tripadvisor or Instagram geo-tags, you pull up Google Street View, drop some pins on spots that look skateable and pack your bags. Earlier this year, that’s exactly what Jim Craven, Henry Kingsford and the Carhartt WIP skate team did, as they traveled to Iceland, a country known for its rugged terrain and sweeping grassy landscapes, in search of concrete.

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Artist Feature: Antal

House. Techno. Brazil. Jazz. Soul. Disco. For more than two decades Amsterdam-based record store and distributor Rush Hour has been serving up exceptional, eclectic music. Launched in 1997 by Antal Heitlager and Christiaan Macdonald (who left the company in 2012), the company has grown to become a key institution in the global music community.

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Terra Firma

In the open space of a ranch in Berlin’s countryside, New York-born dancer-turned-photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez contorts and twists the famously rigid fabrics of Carhartt WIP, showcasing the Fall/Winter 18 collection through his sculptural creations.

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