One More Thing... "Puerto Rico, Nite/Ocean"

What do you do when summer's not coming on fast enough? If you're Emmett Shine, designer of New York's LOLA line of T-shirts, you grab your camera and head down to Puerto Rico (beautiful girl, of course, in tow). The resulting photos are on view at LOLA's site, and "wish you were here," for a change, really rings true.



Loose Ends 3.31.09

Five things we learned today

- GQ Style Guy Glenn O'Brien checks in with a well-done post on shopping—and manages to squeeze in references to Otto Preminger, Bryan Ferry, and Nick Nolte, too.
- Meanwhile, our friends at Concierge have put together the ultimate guide to (legally) getting high while you travel.
- Next stop for Opening Ceremony: Japan, where the company will open new stores this fall.
- Weird but cool: This collection of treasures from the pirate Blackbeard's ship, newly recovered off the coast of North Carolina.
- Speaking of booty, the ladies of Friday Night Lights will be back for another round, as their show's been renewed by NBC. Admire their work in the video below, taken from their December GQ shoot.

Tags: Datebook

Live from New York, it's...whisky

At the annual Whisky Live in NYC, held last night, the kilts threatened to outnumber the distillers. (Casualties of the recession, we guess.) Fortunately, with so few whiskies on hand (approximately 40), we were able to find some new (albeit pricey) favorites and still remain upright at the end of the evening. First up: Tobermory (pictured), the only distillery on the remote Scottish Isle of Mull. The label's new limited-edition 15-year-old single malt boasts something called dual-location maturation, spending 14 years on the mainland and a final one on the briny shores of Mull. The results: a rich, friendly, sherrylike character.

Click here for more picks from Whisky Live >

Photo: Courtesy of Tobermory
Tags: Drink, Vices

Shadows and fog

Think of Olympus' just-announced E-450 DSLR as a sort of high-information entry-level camera. It offers 10 megapixels, face-recognition technology for up to eight friends and family members, and three Art Filters (Pop Art, Pin Hole, and Soft Focus—presumably for when you're trying to shoot a centerfold). All of which are standard enough, but more interesting is the Shadow Adjustment Technology. It automatically plays with high-contrast areas (deep shadows surrounded by bright sun, for example) to render both extremes—rather than either one or none—visible. (There's also an LCD viewer that's cleanly visible even from extreme angles and quickly renders your subject focused.) Bonus: The camera is ready for wireless flash whenever (or if ever) you are, and comes with two lenses (one for close-ups, one for far-aways). If you QVC, you can get it on May 9; if you're like the rest of us, you'll have to wait until July.

Photo: Olympus
Tags: Gear

Samsung's U turn

Though it hasn't learned to talk like some miniature audio devices we could mention, Samsung's two-gig U5 is still a welcome transplant to the U.S., where it'll debut next month. Sammy wisely hasn't positioned it as an iPod killer, but the sleek little player (available in white and a handful of colors in addition to our preferred black) does offer a few bells its competitor doesn't: It supports WMA and Ogg formats (in addition to MP3), receives FM radio, and carries a built-in USB connection. Though not quite big enough for everyday use, it's a perfect workout accessory, and at $39, probably cheaper than your gym bag.


Photo: Courtesy of Samsung
Tags: Gear

Datebook: 3.31.09

Five things worth knowing today

- The iPhone goes (cheaply) global today, when an app version of Skype is released for the device. Tech geeks worldwide exult, and the haters can gripe that mobile versions are already available on other platforms, including Windows Mobile and Google Android, so everybody wins—except for Blackberry users, who have to wait until May to get theirs.
- In its first season, Discovery's Wreckreation Nation has grappled with gator wrestling, catfish grabblin', and lawnmower racing; for the season finale tonight, host David Mordal tries his hand at bar stool sledding, a sport we never knew existed that just became our second-favorite thing to do with a barstool. As for the first—sitting on it for the duration of one or several beers—we'd say Mordal's earned the privilege after a season of competition.
- MATA, the emerging composers' organization cofounded by Philip Glass, holds its annual festival beginning today at New York's (Le) Poisson Rouge. On the bill are six world premieres from music's next wave, including four MATA commissions.
- Today in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in Paris.
- And today in 1943, Christopher Walken was born. Recent years have found Walken exploring his comic side (on film, that is—apparently the recently shuttered Walken Twitter wasn't him), but we're partial to the old, weird Walken—one you shouldn't ever get in a car with, as Woody Allen learns in Annie Hall (below).

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One More Thing... Swedish ceramics at Kiosk

The Swedish ceramicist Sara Isaksson From's first solo show outside of Stockholm, up now at the always-well-curated micro-store Kiosk, is called La reproduction dans un temps sombre (part two, if you're a completist). The vessels on display are inspired by natural-growing carbuncles on forest trees—when trees are threatened by negative environmental impact, they amp up production of the cones you see spilling out. It's well worth a visit—and if you're feeling patriotic, you can always pick up a bird whistle from the United States of American Installment Number One collection (seriously).
Through April 11 at Kiosk, 95 Spring St., 2nd floor, NYC, (212) 226-8601,;


Loose Ends: 3.30.09

Five things we learned today

- "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'," the first single from Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, is available as a free download on the singer's site. It's got kind of a trance-y, neo-disco vibe. Just kidding—it sounds like Bob Dylan (albeit with a cool horn section).
- More music to get excited about: The All Points West festival just announced its summer lineup. Among the headliners: The Beastie Boys, who also just began streaming a remastered version of their 1992 classic Check Your Head.
- Over at High Snob, they've got the latest in Supreme's line of skateboard deck collaborations with well-known artists. This year's is by Damien Hirst, who wisely opted to eschew the formaldehyde.
- Our wall-to-wall coverage of 007's next movie begins now. Not appearing as a Bond Girl? The lovely Freida Pinto. Too bad—we think she'd rate pretty well here.
- And finally, the legendary film score composer Maurice Jarre has died. He's perhaps best known for his collaborations with director David Lean, including his Oscar-winning work on Lawrence of Arabia. The music, of course, figured heavily in the film's original trailer, which you can see (and hear) below:


This Just In: Selbiana at Colette

Photographer Todd Selby made his name—and his website—taking pictures of creative types in their natural habitat: their own highly curated homes. His photographs and watercolors come to Colette today—itself cataloged, along with proprietress Sarah Lerfel, on—for "The Selby Show." Die-hard fans will want the hand-signed accompanying catalog, but the real draw is the selection of pieces created by, or salvaged from, the various sitters. If Swaim and Christina Hutson's sticker-covered wall art (around $1,000 per frame) is too rich for your blood, Adam Wallacavage's weirdo-primitivist saltshakers are a more cost-effective way of bringing the demimonde home. That said, it's probably best to have an alternate set for when Mom comes to dinner.
$27.92, available at


The creating of Lot 78

While the climates—as in the weather and the economy—might not be ideal for launching a leather line, Ollie Amhurst is doing it anyway. The owner of wholesale showroom Anio (which reps Gilded Age and Ju$t Another Rich Kid, among others, in Europe), Amhurst started the London-based, Italian-made Lot 78 when he couldn't find a suitably design-minded yet unfussy leather jacket. He'll finally get one come fall, when the first season's leather shirts are replaced by an expanded outerwear offering including this supersoft (and very slim) leather bomber, which is meant to be folded and bunched for travel. As with most leathers, these get better with age, but unlike others, these close-fitting jackets are comfortable off the rack.
Leather bomber, $1,100; for store listings, visit Lot

Photo: Elissa Wiehn
Tags: Fashion
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