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rockstar by soon lee


We love shoes. And we love casual footwear of the plimsole or sneaker variety. There’s simply something liberating and magical about throwing on a favourite dress and sneakers for your weekend adventures. Pretty and ready for anything. After all, there are places to go and things to see.

And we found the idea wrapped around our heads obstinately. Because sometimes we envy the boys and their sneaker wonderlands – they step into a shop and it’s filled with canvas and rubber that they might like.

We’d like that too, we find our inner voice saying. But we want it different. There’d be casual footwear and there’d be pretty clothes to match them with. There’d be books, magazines and our favourite music. Knickknacks to fiddle with, people to observe and things to discover. A place our canvas-shod selves would be glad to hang around in every weekend.

And then we wondered, why not?

– the proprietors @ rockstar

Sharon & Wei Loong of Haji Lane cult fave soon lee have expanded their burgeoning fashion empire with rockstar, located at the 3rd floor in Cineleisure. I was asked by Sharon to take photos of their new store before it opened earlier this month, but due to some unexpected scheduling difficulties I wasn’t able to. Not that I would’ve made that much of a difference — I think these photos she posted look more than gorgeous enough!

I haven’t been to the store yet — which I attribute to my aversion of crowds and Orchard Road in general — but I do think the concept is a breath of fresh air. Forget gladiator sandals that look like Russell Crowe’s hand-me-downs, the Louboutins or the Jimmy Choos, or the ungainly wedge (I have a preternatural bias against them — do not attempt to dissuade me of my opinion. You will fail); sneakers are sexy. Give me a socially responsible TOMS-wearing girl, anytime.


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UNIQLO: Tadanobu Asano vs Chloe Sevigny


For UNIQLO‘s Spring 2008 collection: Tadanobu Asano and Chloe Sevigny.









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Warren Ellis: Stealing Your Internets

via Dharbin

For those who don’t know, Warren Ellis is probably the most well-known figure in comics on the Internet. I know that’s marrying chocolate and peanut butter, but let’s face it: chocolate and peanut butter are delicious. An enormously prolific writer, Mr. Ellis also somehow finds time to be extraordinarily active on various message boards, discussion threads, and his own network of sites, Often imitated, never duplicated: Warren Ellis is as close to an iconoclast as you’re liable to get these days, at least in comic book circles.

APOLOGY: This comic will make no sense to most people unfamiliar with Mr. Ellis’ work and persona, as well as to many people who are quite familiar with both.”

Warren Ellis is in your computer, stealing your internets. I always knew it. Now his evil scheme has been exposed.

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KIOSK NY: Gems From Around The World


KIOSK is a shop in SoHo filled with lovely little things carefully curated from all around the world. Just think: a place constantly reinventing itself, that embraces change and reimagination, an aesthetic that amalgamates shifting cultures, different flavours, inviting you to try and peg it into neat and finely divided groups and categories and know that it will not be easy.

KIOSK has garden tools, kitchenware, stationery from Germany, notebooks from Japan, American lottery tickets and reindeer hide from Sweden, 信箱 from Hong Kong; a continually changing catalogue that stands by a simple credo that says, “Hey, even the simple, everyday stuff can be beautiful, too”.

I think KIOSK would delight wanderlusting travellers or those who yearn after the simple design aesthetic. A personal favourite of mine has to be the deceivingly simple-looking yet intricately-crafted Black Cross Skateboard.


kiosk4by Andy Beach of REFERENCE LIBRARY

kiosk01shop display: boxing styrofoam

kiosk02shop display: postcards and photographs

kiosk3german chalk

kiosk2lj peretti’s ebony tobacco: custom

kiosk1arizona’s finest sweet & spicy cactus candy! (that’s a mouthful)

kioskgift set #1 for Christmas

kiosk03custom tape

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Glenn Jones, Threadless Designer Extraordinaire

Glenn Jones of Glennz is winner of 21 Threadless t-shirt designs, including The War Against Work (which I own!) and the ever popular Dark Side Of The Garden.

Here’re some favourites. Thomas the Train Transformer, for R’s kid D:


The Evolution of Lego for Y:

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Reimagining The Turtleneck

No doubt inspired by the sub-mariners.. come to think of it, I think the lady (I assume) has her head through the sleeves. I own a couple of turtleneck sweaters that I purchased in a fit of delirium in my youth, stuff I’d never wear as long as another human being was within a radius of five kilometres.

The only thing that screams at me whenever I think of a man wearing a turtleneck is ‘effete’.

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I Like Bands That Don’t Exist Yet

roy-musicilikeAs seen on Roy in The IT Crowd

Probably perfect for the sister or the younger brother, so they can project their sneering disdain of the appalling and unimaginative music tastes of the rest of us.

Buy from Diesel Sweets.

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