One More Thing...

There's no shortage of MJ memorabilia on the market since the King of Pop passed away, but this one's more special (read: weirder) than most: the sherbet-orange Stratos ZERO concept Jackson drives around in 1988's Moonwalker, now up for grabs on eBay. The seller notes it has limited rear visibility. Yeah, that's going to be your first concern with this one.

[eBay Motors via Autoblog]

Photo: via eBay

Number (N)ine's Black (Flag) tie

Photographer Charles Peterson's images of the early days of grunge—collected in his book Touch Me I'm Sick—are the stuff of music nerds' dreams. That includes noted music nerd Takahiro Miyashita of Number (N)ine, whose love affair with all things grunge is well documented. The two men met on one of the designer's seasonal pilgrimages to the Pacific Northwest, and the result is a small collection now available at Number (N)ine. Miyashita printed fabric with Peterson's pictures of mosh pits and crowd-surfing, creating a camo-like collage pattern that adorns T-shirts, denim, and, in appropriately subversive Number (N)ine fashion, a tuxedo (above) and satin jazz shoes (below). (Click below for a closer look at the pattern itself.)

This is the sort of immaculately made punk formalwear that we can't imagine anybody but Miyashita creating, which is all the more reason to lament Number (N)ine's imminent closure. (Fall '09 will be its final collection.) But there's one reason to be hopeful: The designer and the photographer grew to respect each other's work so much that they've decided to continue their collaboration after the line shutters. No word on what form that would take—yet.
Charles Peterson's Touch Me I'm Sick by Number (N)ine tuxedo jacket, $1,675, vest, $840, pants, $995, and shoes, $885, all available at Number (N)ine, 431 Washington St., New York, (212) 431-8699,

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Tags: Art, Fashion, Media

Rag & Bone clears customs

Rag & Bone

Until very recently, if you wanted a personalized suit from Rag & Bone, you needed a personal relationship with Rag & Bone—made-to-measure was the privilege of friends, industry insiders, and VIPs. And while we're all for making nice with your favorite designers, we're glad to say the option's now available to all. If you've got the desire (and the means) for made-to-measure, it's yours—and if you're a guy who's never been on friendly terms with off-the-rack, that's good news indeed.

Designer Marcus Wainwright cautions that the custom Rag offerings—which come, like the ready-to-wear suits, from tailors' tailor Martin Greenfield—aren't traditional, tabula rasa bespoke. "It's not a Savile Row thing where they'll start from nothing," he says. "The lapel won't change, the pocket shape won't change, and it's our lining, our trim, our detailing; we have a specific color of pick stitching and French facing, and metal buttons. It's still a Rag & Bone suit."

Except for the most complicated of fits, the shapes will be based on one of four existing styles: the Razor (with its narrow lapel), the Scissor (with a narrower shoulder and cropped lapel), the Scalpel (single-button, peak lapel), and Straight (with patch pockets). The fabrics, on the other hand—including, for spring, mohair and linen blends and a Loro Piana wool—are fully customizable for all. Fully, that is, within reason. "We're quite conservative, so you can't get a pink Rag & bone suit," Wainwright says. "Well, you probably could if you really wanted it—I just don't know where we'd get the pink."
Rag & Bone made-to-measure, from $2,000, at Rag & Bone, 104 Christopher St., NYC, (212) 727-2999,

Photo: Courtesy of Rag & Bone
Tags: Fashion

A bridge not too far


The Brooklyn pilgrimage continues. The latest to heed the call is Unis, which opens its second-ever location in Carroll Gardens tomorrow. Designer Eunice Lee set up the Unis Annex, stocking the full range of menswear, in the basement of neighborhood men's shop Smith + Butler, which carries its own selection of durably stylish Americana—think Levi's, Woolrich, Filson, and Red Wing. That should be enough to draw Brooklyn dwellers; as for borough-phobic Manhattanites, Lee notes that the trip from store to annex takes just 11 minutes by car, 15 by bike. That's a baby step if ever we've heard of one.
Unis at Smith + Butler, 225 Smith St., Brooklyn, (718) 855-4295,

Photo: Courtesy of Unis
Tags: Fashion

Assembly, required

Despite opening just over a year ago, Assembly New York has already become a go-to for just-left-of-center menswear and vintage, thanks to owner Greg Armas' gimlet eye for detail. Turns out it serves him just as well designing as buying. His debut Assembly collection, due for Spring '10, is comprised of soft-tailored essentials like button-downs, blazers, anoraks, and just-baggy-enough trousers that bring an almost old-world elegance to a utilitarian sensibility. "I only wanted to make pieces that could be worn every day," Armas explains. The details, though, aren't exactly quotidian. "It's about discreet luxury," he says. "Like, you want your hands to be warm, so the pockets of a jacket are lined in fur." The fabrics, too, are carefully considered: Except for those knits made of silk/cashmere and mercerized cotton, all the pieces are in a linen developed with a mill in Italy; trousers are lined in habotai silk. Fur and silk may sound like a recipe for czarist regalia, but the styling keeps things from getting too fussy; Armas is a creature of the Lower East Side, after all. The man on the street may never know how good you've got it—until your warm hands give you away.
Prices start at $240; arriving this spring at Assembly, 174 Ludlow St., NYC, (212) 253-5393,

Photo: Courtesy of Assembly
Tags: Fashion

Datebook: 7.31.09

Five things worth knowing today

- Funny People, the latest from do-no-wrong (almost) director Judd Apatow hits theaters today. The downside: Get ready for the resumption of Rogen-mania. The upside: Actually looks pretty funny.
- Vintage car nuts can head to the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, which celebrates its 30th anniversary. This year's special focus: The Best of Detroit. Ah, memories…
- Escapists, on the other hand, can flee to Düsseldorf, where the annual Bierbörse draws over 1,000 breweries to the city square, to offer their wares alfresco.
- Today in 1961, the first All-Star Game tie was called in Fenway Park, when rain stopped the game in the ninth inning.
- And today in 1958, former R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry was born. Berry hit the skins with Stipe and co. for 17 years but gave it up for a quieter life. (He also wrote some of the band's best songs, like "Everybody Hurts" and "Man on the Moon.") Here's a guy who knew which way the wind was blowing: Long before it became the Wesleyan-grad thing to do, he left the musician life to farm. Next up, butchery? Berry and the band performing "Man on the Moon" at their '07 induction to the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

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One More Thing. . .


Santiago Calatrava's railway station in Liège, Belgium (shot here by Olivier Zahm), won't open officially until September, though we say the time to see it is now—before all the people come in and ruin everything.

[via Purple Diary]

Photo: Olivier Zahm

American Viceroy's sleeper debut

As might be expected from two guys in a band called Foxymorons, the spare debut collection from David Dewese and Jerry James—American Viceroy—has more than a modicum of whimsy and wit backing it up. To say it's a range of simple shirts and pants based on old pajamas would no doubt conjure up images of a hipster Hefner, but the narrow silhouette (and the fact that the clothes are made of cotton, and don't accessorize well with pipes) should clear that matter up quickly. And while you can file this one under reporting, not endorsing, we'll give Dewese and James this: They sweated the small stuff enough to get in fistfights over things like shirttail and collar details. Now if they'd just rethink that band name…
Shirts and pants, $145 each, available at Steven Alan Annex, 103 Franklin St., NYC,; and American Rag, 150 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.,;

[via Valet]

Tags: Fashion

(Almost) the same as it ever was


We stand by everything we originally reported in June 2008 about the American relaunch of sportswear label B.D. Baggies, except for one thing: It looks like it's actually going to happen this time around. According to today's WWD, the line (which is now designed by Save Khaki founder David Mullen) will now hit U.S. shelves in spring 2010 and not spring 2009, as originally planned. What difference does a year make? In terms of the clothes, pretty much none, which is just fine by us.
$98 to $198, available for spring 2010 at Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Barney's Co-Op;

Photo: B.D. Baggies
Tags: Fashion

Acne rolls out yet another brand extension


First, bike companies started launching more bike companies; now, fashion companies are getting involved, too. The skinny-jean-lovin' Swedes at Acne have taken the Pista, the archetypal fixed-gear model from Bianchi, the world's oldest bicycle-making company, and…made it older. Also better looking: The company's classic typeface makes a return here, along with the shining crowned-eagle crest, and the sort of curve on the drop bars—and vintage paint on the frame—that summons a long-ago golden era when the only people riding track bikes, as they're properly known, were track riders. Still, first-time fixie riders will find one very welcome feature: a front caliper brake—something else that Bianchi just happened to invent.
Price not announced; contact Acne Studio for more information, 10 Greene St., NYC, (212) 625-2828,

[via Opening Ceremony New News]

Photo: Courtesy of Opening Ceremony
Tags: Fashion, Gear
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