Inspiration | Reginald Sylvester II

Tuesday September 20, 2016

 

Nostalgia is a constant point of reference for many creatives. The generation before me had MJ (both of them), Pac, Biggie, The Bones Brigade, E30 Beamers and so much more. These are a few of the cultural icons passed down generations. Through the use of nostalgia creatives alike will find inspiration. This is evident in the resurgence of fashion trends, and remakes of movies, artist employ this tactic when appropriating art history and so on and so forth. 

This is where Reginald Sylvester II comes in. First engaging with the art world through his passion for streetwear, Sylvester looked to the artists that frequently collaborated with cult brands as guiding figures in developing his own process. In an interview Sylvester said "When I first started, I was more so inspired by Futura, KAWS, Takashi Murakami and the energy that they gave me.” 

In the case of Wonderful Place, his first exhibition that really began to interest me, Sylvester plays with his trippy technicolor 90s childhood—smashing Bart into Homer, Arnold into Gerald—for a powerfully vibrant re-imagination of the figures that raised him. You see the artists of our time or artists of the past picking things out of pop culture that relate to them. KAWS did the Kimpsons and Warhol chose figures like Muhammad Ali and Madonna” To Sylvester growing up in 90’s America shows like Hey Arnold relate to his lifestyle and his experiences growing up. 

Since seeing early success his style has since changed. Though still within the realm of abstraction his new body of work is darker and more dramatic, rich tones offset hits of saturation, oil sticks and pastel smudges mimic ash and burn marks. Everything is a bit more confusing to the eye while still complementary of each other. I imagine his new process to be reminiscent of Carvagio and Basquiat, brutish yet dynamic. Regardless of where his style is now its clear the path Sylvester took was chalk full of nostalgia. Its a key component of our lives. Its keeps us connected to the past while constantly inspiring the future. 

 - Julian

 

 

 

 

 

Lookbook | OAMC Fall Winter 2016

Thursday September 15, 2016

 

Whether it is powered by youthful dreams or a need for escape, flight seems to be the over-riding theme in OAMC’s Fall/Winter ’16 collection.  It is represented in a natural way by the use of bird print motifs on the outerwear and actual feathers on the jewelry and the T’s, and in a more interpretive way through the design of the flight bombers and the military inspired details of the cut and sew garments.  The looks this season are decidedly oversized, highlighted by voluminous outerwear layered over sharply tailored shirts and trousers.  As always with OAMC, a great blend of utility and luxury. 

Hit the image below for a look at our entire OAMC Fall/Winter 2016 editorial

OAMC is now available in-store and online here.

Inspiration | Blow Up

Wednesday September 07, 2016

 

If you’re like me then one of the best things to do after a long day is to unwind on the couch by watching a good film. The other day I found myself searching for something to watch when I came across a film I had watched a while ago in university. Blow Up (1966) by writer/director Michelangelo Antonioni is his view of the world of fashion, and an engaging, provocative murder mystery that examines the existential nature of reality interpreted through photography. Set in London, the film provides an interesting insight into the over sexualized nature of the fashion industry during the 60’s. A time well known for its trends including the Beatles, stick-thin fashion models, and the mod styles at Carnaby Street, Blow Up quickly became one of the most important films of the decade. The wardrobe is also synonymous with the fashion trends of the 60’s and provides a moment of laughter at times during a rather serious film. Antonioni’s film follows the quest of a photographer at the pinnacle of his career who believes he witnessed a murder. The story quickly progresses into a game of cat and mouse shot in both still and moving images featuring scenes in black and white juxtaposed against psychedelic colours culminating in a unique viewing experience. 

 

 

For a film produced in 1966 I found myself genuinely invested in each scene and though the film was void of any intense special effects and explosions my experience watching the film was just as exciting as any big screen movie of the 20th century. In a generation obsessed with theatricality the stories and meanings behind these films often get lost. Blow Up is the perfect combination of cinematography and story. Not to mention a rare look at an industry many people are outsiders to during one of the most progressive periods in fashion history. If you find yourself with some spare time highly recommend checking out Blow Up, you certainly won’t regret it. 

- Julian

 

No.8 | The Comeback

Wednesday August 31, 2016

 

We’re excited to announce the re-launch of our in-house label, No. 8 suits. We wanted to upgrade our design and develop the suiting line that can be worn not just on special occasions, but everyday – rain or shine. Think the perfect T, your favourite oxford button down, the perfect sneaker that you can dress up and down to, the go-to navy suit. These are the key pieces that we gravitate toward again and again and yet, finding them can be a challenge.

Still manufactured by Samuelsohn tailors in Montreal, the suits are made in a Loro Piana super 120s wool fabric from Italy with natural stretch and also waterproofing. These suits feature a full canvas construction and are cut slightly shorter in the body and higher in the armholes for a slimmer fit. Below is a little lookbook that we put together as an introduction to the No.8 suits part 2.0

 

 

 

 

No.8 suits are now available in-store. 

Inspiration | Daniel Arsham

Tuesday August 23, 2016

 

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years its quite possible that you have seen or heard of a Daniel Arsham artwork. The New York based multi disciplinary artist and film maker is best known for his future relic project and collaborations. Since his inception into the art community he has seen a lot of success and has collaborated with many notable figures in the art, design, music and fashion world. I was first put on to Arsham a few years back when I saw one of his Future Relic objects, a Spalding basketball with an eroded exterior complete with extensive detailing cast in white. It was intriguing yet relatable. From that point on I was hooked on his destructive yet well considered style. 

 

 

I feel like a lot of his aesthetic can be related to trends in the current realm of fashion. Trends including distressing and monochromatic hues are all clearly visible attributes in Arshams art. The post apocalyptic motifs are evident in many of the popular clothing collections seen today, Ye's Yeezy Season employs the same thought process as Arsham focussing on the possibility of a dystopian future, in contrast Margiela employs similar tactics with the use of pattern and distressed texture while pointing to a more utopian future.

 

 

Also known to be a sneaker enthusiast, his personal instagram account showcases a versatile sneaker collection including pieces by Raf Simmons, Adidas Yeezy, and exclusive Pharell NMD’s. The future relic sculptures he creates are inspired by everyday cultural objects, as well as personal interest, typically produced in white due to his colour blindness. Intricate with detail and satire, the decaying objects represent his views on the possibility of a desolate future. These items are highly covetable and are often seen in the homes of collectors and streetwear savants alongside the work of Kaws and Medicom toys.  

 

 

Arsham is also well know for co-founding the design agency Snarkitecture which has collaborated with a variety of big name retail and fine art spaces like the National Building Museum in Washington just to name a few. One of Snarkitectures most successful projects entitled “The Beach” was a site specific installation comprised of nearly a million translucent monochromatic plastic balls. Architecture is a common subject throughout his work: environments with eroded walls and stairs going nowhere, landscapes where nature overrides structures, and a general sense of playfulness within existing architecture. 

 

Many of his projects are on view throughout the world and his so be on the lookout the next time you find yourself in a prevalent art city. Arsham's first solo exhibition entitled “Circa 2345″ at Galerie Perrotin in New York City next month is certainly a must see. 

 

- Julian

Introducing | Larose Paris

Wednesday August 17, 2016

 

New to Roden Gray this season is an assortment of headwear from the Parisian hat makers over at Larose Paris, founded by designers Isaac Larose and Marc Beauge.

All Larose products are designed with a focus on attention to detail and fine craftsmanship in their Paris Studio and are assembled by experienced French artisans.

 

Larose Paris creates hats for the contemporary fashion realm to be appreciated by anyone who desires quality and unique products. This Fall Winter 2016 collection sees the use of premium materials like lambswool, casentino wool, and rabbit felt all finished with signature Larose detailing.

The selection of headwear will become a staple in any wardrobe, unisex design range from ready to wear 5 panel caps to tradition fedoras. Shop the Larose fall winter 2016 collection in store or online here

RG Sound | Best of SS16 Vol. 1

Friday August 12, 2016

 

Search for RGSound in Soundcloud via playlists and jam with our in-store mixes! Here's a compilation of our favorites this season! 

 

Inspiration | George Condo

Tuesday August 09, 2016

 

So I’ve been listening to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on repeat for the past 3 days with Runaway, Blame Game, and Lost in the World on different time frames of the day. You guys can hate on Kanye all you want but to be real, you'll need to respect his perspective and vision and the fact that he's just not listening to anybody? To prove my point, play any album from his any of his previous releases and tell me you can’t singalong or bob your head to any single, I’ll buy you coffee/pizza/ice cream; they say that all geniuses are crazy/mentally challenged in some ways and I guess he’s a pretty damn good example of that.

 

In addition to his vision in terms of musical talent, MBDTF has quite the story with the album art. Following Graduation, which Kanye worked with Murakami, George Condo created the artwork for this album. George Condo has been cited as taking inspiration from American caricature, Greek mythological characters, dark humor, and family portraits.

 

Coining the term “Artificial Realism”, or in other words the realistic representation of that which is artificial, his work daringly fuses the sensibilities of European Old Master painting with references to American pop culture, including Playboy magazine, Batman, and Bugs Bunny. Here's a video to give you a little BG check and his works, check it.

"Condos in my condo I want a row of." - Picasso Baby, Jay Z.

 

- Jacky outs.