The Evolution of an Artist: Thom Jones

Both Kevin and I have been waiting on this one to drop in its entirety, The Evolution of an Artist: Thom Jones. Seattle based furniture designer builder, metalworker and motorcycle builder Thom is a bit of a jack of trades. I first became aware of him through the Harley/chopper world and soon after saw his amazing furniture he builds under the name Semigood. This is a great little behind the scenes look at the evolution of an artist; from writing graffiti to building furniture to building choppers it is all a natural progression for an artist like Thom Jones.

Manastash Spring/Summer 2014 Catalogue

We’ve been covering Manastash for a few years now and have always admired what the Washington State / Japan-focused label has produced – timelessly hippy and outdoors-centric, great colours and fits, with function thought through for real wear. Here’s a look at the Japanese catalogue for s/s 2014, lots of gold, especially on the women’s side of things, and bang-on art direction overall.

On another note, Manastash is now available at Without Walls, the new on-trend outdoors venture from Urban Outfitters. The model is very current and you gotta give it up for their cool hunters for jumping all over this style in the wake/fallout of faux-Americana/’heritage’ everything. A lot of really awesome brands on board which is great for WW and consumers – but I gotta question why (other than the obvious payout) many of these brands were willing to sacrifice their ‘credibility’ and core audience (aka not the Urban Outfitters clientele) to get on board with this corporate trendhop – it is the long play? What happens when the next thing comes along? Or is this aesthetic/’lifestyle’ going to stick with millennials? A lot of questions, but Manastash is one of the labels I wouldn’t have expected to join on, given their brand promise and ethos, which is hard to rectify against the necessary business dealings of a shareholder business like Without Walls.

Manastash Spring/Summer 2013

Seattle/Japan based outdoors brand Manastash has this great looking collection for the spring/summer 2013 season. Although the collection is a tight one, its never a dull one from these guys; lots of usage of colour, colour blocking, prints as well as unique and sustainable materials like bamboo and hemp. Love the Seattle specific graphic tees, the entire range of shorts and that bucket hat, damn.

Maiden Noir Spring/Summer 2013

We have been very consistent with our coverage of Maiden Noir over the years, so here we go with their new collection for spring/summer 2013. The brand has been moving more and more into a refined streetwear/menswear brand over the last while and this collection is a great example of that. This run features some key trends of the season; contrast pocket tees, floral/hawaiian prints and the ever-prevalent camo. Always nice to see the evolution of a brand and Maiden Noir has adapted to the market ever so well (images: Selectism).

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FUCT Fall/Winter 2012 Delivery 2







New goods from FUCT delivered to the Beasts, shot in-house for their online store. Pieces are dope and you know we feel the American Waste run, it’s all #8BallWorld ’round these parts. Only thing I’d say here is that it’s pretty transparent when HB throws a causal skateboard in the mix and gets the model to light a smoke… but hey, I’m a cynic.

FUCT #8BallWorld F/W 2012 Delivery 2
















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JR Ewing’s 8BallGang is featured in these looks for FUCT‘s second f/w 2012 delivery, real Seattle goon styles. #8BallWorld 2013, I like the video animated by 8BallTony and scored by Keyboard Kid, who also just released his I Think I’m Santa tape (very based).

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Fuct x Ebbets Field Fall/Winter 2012

Fuct keep turning out the hits for the fall/winter 2012 season, this time releasing their collaboration with Seattle based Ebbets Field Flannels. The collab features a black and white wool adjustable back hat as well as the Belly of the Beast Grounds Crew jacket, both made in Seattle. Great to see the amount of play Ebbets Field has been seeing over the last while, well deserved.

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