One Block Down has just launched the first capsule collection with Paul & Shark, the leading Italian clothing brand dedicated to the nautical world. The collection explores and renews the classic sailor uniform typical of Paul & Shark, projecting it towards a new horizon where performance and style remain the focus.
The capsule collection features original items from the brand’s archive, cotton trousers, wool sweaters and caps, mixed with raw details and color blocks designed by One Block Down. To complete it all, a personalized logo designed specifically for the collaboration.
The collection is available in One Block Down stores in Rome and Milan and online on oneblockdown.it from Thursday 23rd January 2020.
One of the brands that for years has been fighting for eco-sustainability, ecology, traceability, respect for human rights, social equity and that tries to be a responsible company in every aspect of its production, makes clear through a post on his Instagram profile published yesterday evening “We are not sustainable brand” and “we are not even close“.
A month ago Noah, American brand founded by Brendon Babenzien in 2015, has produced a series of long sleeves in support of Australia devastated by a series of fires that have destroyed 8 millions of hectares of the territory besides endangering the lives of thousands and thousands of women, men, and animals.
Sustainability is a central issue in the fashion world but at moment it is no more than a chimera; a noble, serious and vital concept but that entails a general rethinking of the economy and its functioning. We are far from reaching an ideal goal and to tell us is a brand that has been working non-stop for 5 years every day and from all points of view concentrating its energies in creating a culture made of respect for the planet and all human beings.
On the occasion of New York Fashion Week, Nike presented 5 collaborations 5 iconic brands from the world of fashion in view of the Tokyo Olympic Games in the program this summer and did so during the Future Sport Forum.
The idea behind these partnerships is a real challenge from the Beaverton brand; imagine new languages through which to convey the various expressions related to sport in the context that more than any new limits the fundamental values, the Olympic Games.
The 5 brands involved in this project are: Jun Takahashi’s UNDERCOVER, Yoon Ahn’s AMBUSH, Off-White, Matthew Williams’ 1017 ALYX 9SM and sacai with Chitose Abe. 5 designers and 5 different collections shape in such a way as to reflect the peculiar characteristics of a single athlete, his sporting discipline and his personal interpretation.
The collaborations presented are an integral part of a strong Nike project intent on fixing the emphasis on the welding and inclusive value that distinguishes the sport and which has always had the objective of breaking down any type of socio-cultural barrier thanks to the spark of imagination, possibility, and vitality.
“All my obsessions started with photography,” said Shuhua Xiong better known as Liz recently. Shuhua’s artistic journey began in Shanghai, his hometown, when he began using his father’s old camera, the Minolta X-700. Gradually, her passion grows from photo to photo, but finding someone in the Chinese city to develop her negatives was neither easy nor immediate.
During his studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York, his passion completely explodes, managing to fully understand his illustration practice and technique.
Shuhua Xiong thanks to the skillful use of the airbrush, an indulgent tool that allows her to draw what you feel instead of what you see, gives her works a unique lightness, dictated by warm and soft colors. Her illustrations are able to hold you in a comfortable embrace with its luminous shapes that slowly envelop the viewer.
“A small screw fallen from a giant steam engine”, in recent years despite the great opportunities and great responsibilities entrusted to them, all this does not seem to be enough. On the edge of the precipice, thanks to his friend Jadoo Lee, he decides to leave his job at Google to dedicate himself definitively to his art. Now she follows her flow, her inspiration, after years she has found the creative freedom she missed so much.
Have you ever found an object belonging to someone you don’t know? A wallet, a piece of paper, a diary or maybe a book? Yes, I have, and what I found on the first page was a beautiful dedication, something that maybe I shouldn’t have read, that I would have liked to give back to the rightful owner but that allowed me to fantasize without limits about a relationship completely unknown to me.
And this is what I imagine may have also happened to the owner of the Instagram account @coseneilibri, whose bio says:
Didactic title for a semi-serious archive of things found in used books. Things lost, forgotten or abandoned. 1 out of 3 things make you cry.
And those things forgotten inside yellowed books looked through in who knows what place by who knows what hands, make you really cry but also laugh a lot. There is a postcard depicting Italian porn actress Moana Pozzi half-naked inside a text by Elena Gianini Belotti, “Dalla parte delle bambine. L’influenza dei condizionamenti sociali nella formazione del ruolo femminile dei primi anni i vita” consistent, no? The flyer of the Disco Tiffany valid for the summer of ’87 used to keep the sign of “Caro Michele” by Natalia Ginzburg, the paper of a plaster of the Esselunga inside “Moby Dick“, the business card of the disco Nepentha in Milan inside a book by Jean Paul Sartre and colored scribbles of a little girl on the pages of, a destroyed, “Cipì” by Mario Lodi.
Then there are the dedications, the black and white photos and the sepia-colored ones that tell much more intimate, romantic, exciting stories, those that, according to bio and also, in my opinion, make you cry. “Since you always bust my balls with these fucking poems by Pavese“, so begins a dedication inside “Il mestiere di vivere“, then there is a “To Her Highness Titti, our princess…” written by Walter S. Currell author of the book “mila cercaveje”, a whole letter from a grandmother to her granddaughter Anna “Dear Anna, thank you for the little book by Erich Segal that you lent me. Yesterday it really kept me company.” Inside Segal’s “Love Story”. And down to crying and getting excited with “Anthony, Carrer has been one of my favorite writers for a long time and you have been one of my very favorite people for a long time.”
An incredible collection of memories that don’t concern us, don’t belong to us but somehow enter us and make us imagine scenarios we would never have thought of, too far away, far from everything that is our lives.
@coseneilibri is one of those accounts that are worth following for the wonder it shows, precisely because everything you find inside it was not born to be shown, but to be kept and maybe not abandoned.