Great editorial based on the 1994 cult classic, “The Professional” starring a very young Natalie Portman, the ageless Jean Reno and a crazy-as-always Gary Oldman. If you have not see this, you are probably an old Amish man or a Buddhist monk raised on a snowy remote mountain in the Himalayas, in which I am honoured that you are using the internet to check out TOUGHLOVE. But seriously, go watch the movie if you haven’t and go watch it again if you have. Great editorial L’Officiel Hommes China! Check out this amazing poster from the film.
Not sure where this sweatpants phase of mine came in recently but I’m going to just blame it on NIKE for finally making something that is nicely fitted, functional (warm but lightweight) and can be worn in a non-athletic way. I know that some will argue that the NIKE Tech Pack is obviously made for and by championship athletes. But while I agree that’s true, this collection is also designed and cut in a way that it doesn’t make you look like you’re either on the way to or leaving the gym. It makes you look more athletic if you’re wearing it out and more fashionable if you’re actually wearing it to do sports. It’s everyday sportswear made innovative for everyday life. It’s the modern look of sport. Sign me up!Check this video out for some crazy visuals on the technology behind the NIKE tech pack collection:
I’m definitely not part of the cult that follows Japanese menswear brands like N.Hoolywood, Visvim, Mastermind, or Undercover, but I do appreciate some pieces every season. Never did a Mastermind thing, always thought they seemed like a one trick pony with the skull/crossbones. But I definitely have gone through a Visvim phase a few years back and I appreciate what they do (just not the price tag). For me, Visvim is an easy one for a “fast track” guys’s fashion facelift. If you got $$$, then you can wear most of Visvim’s collection head to toe with no problem. But with a brand like UNDERCOVER, you really need to be able to carry it and get what the aesthetic is. I’ve always really respected the vision of Jun Takahashi (not so much Gyakusou) with Undercover, especially with a lot of punk rock influences that I’m pretty into. I also really like the story of Undercover, starting out as part of that Japanese street wear creative boom in the early 90′s. Did you know that Rei Kawakubo of Commes Des Garcons actually was the one who convinced Jun Takahashi to show his first collection in Paris back in 2002? And she showed her RARE public support by sitting at the front row of his show. If that’s not getting the sign off, I’m not sure what is! If you’re interested in this black quilted-sleeve denim jacket I’m wearing from their A/W ’13 collection, check it out over at SSENSE.
While living in Shanghai (and China) can be a daily absurd life fart most of the time, there are certain parts of living here that makes the city great. One of the perks is that Shanghai offers a pretty well rounded and steady growing food scene. If you live near the city, you can pretty much have your choice of good Shanghainese, Cantonese, Yunnan, French, Sichuan, American, and other Western food on any given night. Where it might lack in world class quality, it makes up for it with a mix of young foodie entrepreneurs with local old school Chinese staples. This past weekend, Denise took me on a blind brunch date to Hillbilly Tea, an old school Americana restaurant/cafe in a converted factory building from the 1950′s. Bottomless homemade iced tea, American sized pancakes and deliciously salty scrambled eggs were part of the big breakfast order. Vibe was really relaxing and chill, made me feel a bit like I was eating brunch inside of a KINFOLK editorial. Highly recommended if you want a nice low-key brunch spot where the details matter and the service is warm and friendly. Hillbilly Tea: Room 203, Bldg 1, Taikang Terrace 171 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu, Xuhui District. Brunch Gear: COS Sweater, Ray Ban Clubmasters,Moratorium necklace, A&F denim, Mark McNairy shoes.Babygirl: SUPERWOWOMG