Summer in New York can be lovely. A few days ago, a few of our friends from Vegan Kicks took a trip out to Brooklyn Bridge Park and snapped some photos before the sun went down.
Taua sneaker in California Blood, by Veja. Vegan, organic cotton canvas upper, and natural rubber sole.
Tee by Arbor Collective in mint, with a bamboo/cotton blend. Made in the US. Mendexa jacket by Two Thirds. Fair trade certified by GOTS, and 10% of profits donated to ocean conservation. Harlem pant by Arbor Collective.
Harlem Pant by Arbor Collective.
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'I can get 70 miles to the gallon on this hog'
I am happy to announce that Three Leaves is going to be moving to Colorado, the Denver area, around Christmas time. Moving out of the city has been something I've been working towards for a while - can't believe it's almost here. I can't wait to explore the rockies.
Fantasizing of being deep in the rockies sitting around a campfire brings us to this week's edition of...
SITTING AROUND A CAMPFIRE LOOKING GOOD
a collection of items that you could wear if you were camping with some friends and were inclined to look awesome
1 Average Joe Jeans from Nudie- A relaxed fit organic cotton jean. Perfect for scuffing up walking through the woods and sitting on logs.
2 Thermal Hemp Shirt from Jungmaven - A warm under layer. Hemp is a new fav of ours thanks to the dudes at Jungmaven.
3 Recycled winter hat from Arbor Collective - Recycled Acrylic
4 Bisca Hoodie from Twothirds - warm hoodie made with organic cotton. Incredibly soft inner.
5 Scarf from Knowledge Cotton Apparel - A thick and warm scarf. Bonus: just throw it over your head and it sits there. No knots or loose ends to deal with.
6 Flannel from Knowledge Cotton Apparel - A warm flannel with colors to match the leaves. Get lost out there.
7 Thick ethical wool socks from Knowledge Cotton Apparel - A trick learned from many cold hours in the catskills. Layer your feet. Wear these on top of your regular socks. Then tuck your feet into some big boots. (see below)
8 Sturdy vegan, and just generally awesome looking, black work boots from Brave Gentleman.
We are proud to introduce two new U.S. based brands to Three Leaves. General Knot and Alchemy goods help to round out our collection with a few more vegan, eco-friendly accessories. Read on for the story.
Andrew Payne of Bedford, NY-based General Knot collects beautiful rare and vintage fabrics to create unique, handmade ties in very limited quantities. Using vintage fabric gives General Knot ties character; there is a story behind them. And we are always for re-using existing material and reducing waste in any small way possible. Watch the video to get a behind the scenes look at General Knot.
Shop General Knot Ties
Like crazy medieval alchemists Seattle-based Alchemy Goods upcycle inner tubes, old seatbelts, and advertising banners to create their supremely functional and good-looking wallets, belts, and bags. These materials are extremely durable, recycled, and vegan. It feels good to save the landfill from additional trash and a few cows along the way.
Each item from Alchemy Goods is marked with a number so you know just how much of your product is made from upcycled materials. The 90 in the picture below is the percent of upcycled material in the belt. So only 10% of the belt is comprised of new material. That's pretty cool.
So far 400,000 bicycle inner tubes have been collected and turned into beautiful vegan goods. It’s like Alchemy.
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I'm a sucker for fall. Campfires, crisp air, sweaters, and thick socks, I love it all. Here are some shots from the Three Leaves cabin from last year's fall lookbook shoot to wet your fall whistle. Photographs by Marc Regas. Enjoy!
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What do you do?
I’m an artist, and I’m also on the sculpture faculty at NYU. I’ve been teaching there for 8 years now, which feels like fucking eternity. I started teaching when I was 26 years old.
What is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
Well, one rewarding aspect of teaching is that I get to perpetually live vicariously as a post-teenager, on some level…obviously, I’m an adult – as sad as that is for various reasons – but I still get to feel especially young when I’m in that environment. My seniors – who have been living in this city for only 4 years, yet are leagues savvier than I recall being – I connect with them in a way that’s borderline embarrassing. Give me another 5 years and I predict it’s gonna be a bad look, I’m afraid. [laughing]
What inspires your work?
Most of my work involves a careful mining of pop culture, or I should say, I derive the vehicle for my content out of pop cultural relics that I divine from the dregs of television and film. That said, I make sculpture, and a lot of what I make is relatively traditional in its innate “objectness.” I don’t make, like, elaborate video installations or stage performances, I make things…things that are for the most part static sculpture.
My adolescence was galvanized by consuming so, so many coming-of-age movies and television programs. I would study those child actors, and I would think, “Oh, that’s how I’m supposed to be a kid” and then try to attempt becoming that archetype. I think films like Richard Donner’s The Goonies – or any of those adventure-based movies like Flight of the Navigator etc – that shit was so informative, yet perplexing. I watched E.T. and was like, “Oh, I should be riding bikes with a rag-tag bunch of friends while harboring an alien…” yet I grew up in Manhattan, so a lot of those fantasies were not translatable. In that sense, coming-of-age was a betrayal. There was no grass in SoHo. There was no hanging out with in a tree house testing out bricolaged inventions. There was no chimney for Santa to come down, you had to hope he had access to the key to your deadbolt…oh yeah, and also I am an only child. Does that clear this all up?
So that’s part of why you imitated what you saw in movies, because you didn’t really experience it yourself.
Yeah, I wanted nothing more than to become one of those characters. It seemed so exotic!
[talking about picture in slide 3] (Note: a hand cut and folded screen print version of this work, titled "Do/You (Flat)" is a part of the permanent collection of The Whitney Museum Of American Art.)
This is a giant sculpture that I’ve been working on tirelessly for too many years. It’s mostly made out of backpack nylon. Everything is from scratch – from patterns I dreamed up and fashioned. I spend a lot of time thinking about the architecture of television sets and how they parallel our experiences in the “real world,” as well as how they are these spaces – sitcom sets, especially – that are so intimately familiar because, in essence, you “visit” them by watching, but they are places that can’t actually exist for us, despite being able to navigate them in your mind. In the 80’s sketch comedy show, You Can’t Do That On Television, there was one set that featured a row of gym lockers that was used as a site gag for child actors to pop out of and tell jokes. One character would hide in a locker and then, on cue, open the door like some kinder-sarcophagus and call out for a colleague to emerge from their respective door so that they could tell a bad joke to each other. I had been ruminating on the inherent embarrassment of adolescent anarchistic gestures and mark-making – breaking things and spray painting etc – and how it’s such a petty form of rebellion: unconstructive and unsustainable, and since the title of the show is so juvenile in its meta-ness – You Can’t Do That On Television, despite it’s happening on television – employs this imperative adult voice that almost demands to be violated. So, I took the row of lockers and I fake cut them in half and rearranged them in such a way that the pseudo-graffiti phrase, You Can’t Do That On Television, is ruptured, and the scolding “you can’t do” becomes a rebellious questioning, “do / you.”
This rebellious tearing and rearranging married really well with my interest in the architectural space of a school locker as a stand-in or surrogate for a child’s bedroom within a home and speaks a lot about vulnerability. In the original skit, the kids were hyperbolizing the fantasy that the locker is such a safe haven that you could actually retreat inside of it…say something embarrassing and then disappear.
Not only do I like the perverse pleasure of channeling such a stupid adolescent gesture as ripping something up so that it doesn’t declare what it’s meant to but something contradictory instead, but I like making such a gesture appear so fastidious and precise that it effectively drains away all of that implied urgent dissatisfaction, that rebellion… none of that anarchy. I spent years sewing each of those locker parts, embroidering each of those graffiti elements, making it so methodically emphatic – something I’ve taken so completely seriously – that it could never be read as a knee-jerk impulse. Instead, its not like “I’m gonna challenge or destroy that,” its like, “I’m going to carefully, painstakingly challenge or destroy that so that it makes the gesture even more indelible and hopefully more poignant.
What are you listening to watching, etc?
I listen to music constantly, all day long in my studio. It sets me on edge when things are too quiet and I can hear the refrigerator compressor go on and off. The genre of music that I’m most excited about right now can be suitably described as “gloomy disco.” The record label Italians Do It Better is perpetuating a lot of this, thank god. The Chromatics, Farah, Desire…I’m in love! A Brooklyn band that I’ve been particularly obsessed with for the past few weeks is called Lesphinxx. I learned about them through my friend, Graham Anderson who is hands-down my favorite painter working in the New York art world. He is also someone who has historically turned me on to other incredible, yet marginal bands like Scottland’s Yummy Fur. Anyway, Graham befriended the lead singer of Lesphinxx by frequenting her day job – a random pizzeria in Bushwick. I would describe their sound as gothy nostalgic club music, but that would be selling it short. It’s too good to explain. It makes you want to be alone…in a really revelatory way. I’ve found myself listening to it every morning…which is incidentally the weirdest time to listen to gothy club music.
For more of Ian’s work visit http://www.forthestate.com/artists/ian-cooper
What do you do for a living? What do you like about it?
Right now I work as an assistant for an artist and in a woodshop. I have been doing assisting for artists for about 3 years now as well as a bunch of random odd jobs and freelance work. I really like being able to make things with my hands and work on pieces that come out as beautiful objects after a lot of labor has been put into it.
Tell me about your artistic pursuits - what got you interested in photography and zines- what do you try to accomplish with your work? Can you describe your work?
I went to school for design at Pratt, and at the same time got really into photography. My mother got me into photography because she used to be a photographer with her father. I started making zines after I finished school as a way to keep doing design and work with my photography at the same time.
After school I was working for a printmaker named Dennis McNett in Bushwick. He's a really amazing and inspiring person. He taught me about how important collaboration is in artwork and life in general. So I started a submission based zine called Sundays Zine. Like anything else it took a while to make it into something that people were aware of but slowly a lot more people are sending stuff in and contacting me to trade work and photos and such.
It's really amazing how many people you can reach out to nowadays. Even though it is a completely submission based zine, I do try to relay over certain themes and aesthetics, such as well thought out compositions, interesting imagery or ideas, and stuff that makes you realize how interesting and mysterious the world we live in really is. It seems like a bit of a stretch when you look at it but it really is something I take into consideration when putting the zines together. I would describe my photography as my documentation of the real people around me. I try my best to capture things in their natural state. A candid view on the culture that I'm immersed in, which is basically skateboarding and hanging out with my friends.
Who inspires you?
One of my main inspirations once again is Dennis McNett. He was basically my mentor for 2+ years and has shown me good work ethic and execution. He really taught me that if you want something done you have to take the time out to do it yourself. The support of my family to do what I want to do is a huge help. And all of my close friends who support me and my work.
How would you describe your personal style?
I like designing clothes so I usually try to wear something I've made, but apart from that, a pair of khakis or jeans and a comfortable t-shirt or button down is what I wear. Comfort is the goal.
Feel free to submit work to Sundays or contact Colin for any other info about the zine or his photography. firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Sundays Zine website http://sundaysco.com/
Chuck Chambray Buffalo Check Button Down
Thin Finn Organic Black And Grey Jeans
We are thrilled to now be carrying Nudie Jeans, brand new to Three Leaves. They have the best looking (organic cotton) jeans you can buy. Will be listed in the shop soon.
We just visited their amazing office yesterday picking for Fall/Winter 2013- and oh the possibilities of a chalk wall!
Nudie uses only 100% organic cotton in their denim, have a bunch of certifications based on their light environmental footprint and fair treatment of workers, and work in collaboration with the Human Rights Gallery for the benefit of Amnesty International. Truly a brand that does not put profits above the health of people and the planet. These are the brands we try to align ourselves with.
They are OBSESSED with denim... and it shows. Check out their behemoth, inspiring lookbook.
They use recycled denim in some of their jeans. Watch the process
Need patching help? You will. These jeans only get better with age, as raw denim jean gets its own unique character with wear. I'm looking forward to beating the hell out of mine.
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