Tommy Roberts a.k.a. Mr. Freedom

“Tommy Roberts is a towering figure of British fashion and design – a truly original retailer and entrepreneur. In the 60s, he pioneered the vintage clothing trade, selling antique threads to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and the Who at his Carnaby Street shop Kleptomania. But it was with London fashion label Mr Freedom’s fun, rainbow-hued, pop art-inspired clothes – all cartoon and fruit-machine motifs, all satin and flash – that he made the biggest splash. Also referencing Art Deco and 50s kitsch, Mr Freedom ushered in a new playful eclecticism in fashion which infected design, too, throughout the 70s – especially as, in the wake of the 60s pop movement, creatives of all colours rebelled against modernism throughout the decade.”

Flashin’ on the 70s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have any interest in learning more, get this AMAZING book by the AMAZING Paul Gorman.  So worth it.

 

The DeLorean

 

The first DeLorean DMC was made in 1981 by John DeLorean (that swank dude pictured above).  About 9000 rolled off the lot and into the hands, or driveways, of drivers during its two years of production. DeLorean was a brilliant engineer, responsible for the Pontiac GTO muscle car, the Pontiac Firebird, Pontiac Grand Prix, who dreamed of something even greater.  Unfortunately, after he created the badass DeLorean DMC-12 (made of stainless steel!) he ran into some drug smuggling problems and the whole company went down with him. Regardless, he got off on his charges, as all cool engineers do, but by then no one was interested in the car anymore …

 

 

 

yep, this one is solid gold!

 

… but today we have Steven Wynn serving as president of the DeLorean Motor Car Company, and he has big plans to bring back the defunct vehicle from the dead.  Look for it in 2013!  I’d buy one.

 

 

Peter Max + Paper Airplanes = Way Cool

 

Published in a small format paperback in 1971, the Peter Max Paper Airplane Book is beyond cool.  Each page features amazing graphics, and a foldable paper airplane so that kids could “get [their] message across with a paper airplane in cosmic colors!”  Yes please.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disney’s Best Collaborations

CLOT x Disney

CLOT x Disney

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac x Disney

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac x Disney

XLarge x Disney

XLarge x Disney

Supreme x Disney

Supreme x Disney

Vans x Disney

Vans x Disney

Cappellini x Disney

Cappellini x Disney

Cappellini x Disney

Cappellini x Disney

Comme des Garcon x Disney

Comme des Garcon x Disney

Jeremy Scott x Adidas x Disney

Jeremy Scott x Adidas x Disney

Timex x Beams x Disney

Timex x Beams x Disney

Chopsticks from the Land of Nerdom

The level of oddity in Tokyo is pretty off the charts (which I love!) You can find pretty much anything your heart desires, and so much more that you never could have dreamt existed. Cast in point, these chopsticks …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because we should obviously all be eating in style!  If you’re interested in upping your utensil game, AmiAmi has you covered.

 

Back to School Supplies …

 

I hated going back to school in the fall.  Summer break was always so long (but short at the same time), relaxing, and indulgent.  Then September would hit and the dread would start to build.  The one thing I LOVED to do before the beginning of the year, though, was go school supply shopping.  I would dream of my new color coding strategy, then buy an amazing pencil case to hold by rainbow of writing instruments, then find matching folders to tie the whole system together.  It was neurotic and amazing.  So, in honor of back to school shopping, here is my fantasy list of supplies …

a Candy Kingdom binder from Paperchase

a Candy Kingdom binder from Paperchase

Muji aluminum pencil case

Muji aluminum pencil case

Some Clipit paper clips

Some Clipit paper clips

Some Washi masking tape

A zillion Sakura Gelly Roll pens

a Fjällräven backpack

a giant Oops eraser

I think a few more things might also seem necessary once I got to the store, but this is a pretty good start!