As the old saying goes, “You don’t know shit from Shinola”
The Shinola Company, is the original trade mark name from the legendary shoe polish. But that’s where the link ends. Based in Detroit, in a historic land mark building they are reviving American manufacturing there with a brave new spirit. Actually, the same spirit that the car manufacturers had when they pushed Detroit to the top- ‘There isn’t anything we can’t make.’ They have tasked themselves to “reintroduce domestic manufacturing at a scale that that can shape culture, create community and deliver goods that are built to last.”
Their current line includes, Bicycles, watches, leather goods and handmade notebooks. And while you may think there are many company’s that offer diverse lines like these, there are none that offer them under the same roof, by the same craftsmen. You can see some these products here in Chicago at Haberdash on Rush street. And find out more about this amazing company at http://www.shinola.com/
Now you know a bit more about Shinola- enough said.
This past Sunday marked my first Pitchfork experience. The third and final day of the music festival had acts ranging from my current obsession Sky Ferreira to Lil B to Chairlift. Between sets, I found myself noting the eclectic fashion and observing hip parents that brought their even cooler babies in tow. Having a diverse taste in music, ranging from artists that Pitchfork goers would find laughable to bands that will probably be chosen for Pitchfork 2014, I was really excited for many of the acts—especially the headliners MIA and R.Kelly. MIA killed it with a super energetic performance that was accompanied by one of the best stage and light displays of the day. R.Kelly’s crowd was an interesting mix consisting of die-hard fans to people who were only staying to see what bizarre thing he might do. Because he mashed many of his songs together, he got through an extensive set-list that pleased all fans and even sang new, improvised songs as he went. As the sun faded, he slowed it down with some of his signature R&B tunes. His final encore of “I Believe I Can Fly” featured a full gospel choir and a release of hundreds of white dove balloons into the night sky, making the last performance of the festival extra special. Overall, it was an amazing experience and one of the best things to do during a summer weekend in Chicago.
Check out The New York Times Pitchfork fashion slide-show here.Comments