We've chosen him (well he choose us.. more of that later) to depict the human face of Shoe the Bear.
It's a special brand of shoes from Denmark, with a funny name and a bunch of moustached people who are all over their website. (there were also pics of guns and ladies in rabbit masks, but Mr Moustache seemed more Surry Hills to us)
Bears and Moustaches aside here are pics of their excellent mens' and ladies shoes now in store
The short film is now the preferred method of delivering a labels' influences and imagery for each collection and here's a beautiful version from Something Else. Here are their notes
" 'Castaway' - a debut short film directed by Lorin Askill to celebrate the launch of the Something Else Spring 2011 collection - Castaway. Lorin Askill is a talented Sydney based director who works in Australia and overseas.
Dishevelled and washed upon the shore, in her quest to explore new lands, the character becomes a vagabond on higher ground - living a carefree existence.
Creative Director of Something Else, Natalie Wood, also aimed for the film to have an 'other world' sensibility and level of unease. Together Natalie and Lorin beautifully create a feeling of strange isolation and underlying dislocation within the everyday."
It looks different and it feels different. Not in an unusual way but there is a, for want of a better word, a 'life force' in the fabric of these silk scarves and bags from Eastern Weft.
Handwoven on rosewood looms in Laos by master weavers. They survived by selling these hand-dyed scarves in a Vientiane market stall until their discovery by a Laos-born Sydney woman. Each scarf is from a lot of only 30 metres. The dyes are from soils, pomegranates or dried lillipilly even odd bits of iron.. whatever items from the land around them will bear a colour.
What you can't see here is the way they feel. The scarves have beads woven through the silk almost like a story in braille. The bags have textures of materials that come from an artful mix of fabrics. For those who love to feel fabrics, touch materials, this is one item to give you a genuine thrill.
P.S. If any of this looks familiar...Sass & Bide are supporters of Eastern Weft's fabrics
Launched in 1975 by Christian Restoin and revived in 2010 by Current/ Elliott the Equipment shirt has history, cache and class. Originally inspired by Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall's sassy man style shirting, Restoin's 1970's version gave our mothers that high jeans with a rolled sleeved shirt look.
Restoin's wife is doing the shirt justice almost 40 years later... hello Carine Roitfeld.
Available this coming week at Collector Store in Nature White, Nude and Black
Just arrived is JADEtribe... Products are all either hand-made, hand-woven, recycled, or refashioned from tribal costums... all created at a fair trade price. .... The Loom and finished tote.......takes some time...
The women of the Ban Nayang village grow cotton in their village and is spun into yarn. Leaves and bark from local trees are used to create the organic dyes ....and set on the handlooms over two days... Finished textiles are then sewn by women in a village near Luang Praban..... organic cotton is used to create the handles and line the bag.
Just In .....so good to have more in store. Also of note... Each season Natalie Wood will commission an artist to design a t-shirt print, which will be dedicated to an endangered animal and made available as a part of the Something range. All revenue from the tees will be channelled straight back to the animals via Aleisha and Extinction Sucks. Sounds like a plan !