9.30.2009

SCURLOCK ON MOORE


This is the title it should have been.

Author and Filmmaker, James Scurlock, gives his review of Michael Moore's film "Capitalism a Love Story" for Slate.com's BIG MONEY (LINK). I have yet to see the film and probably won't. Or maybe I will.... But overall, I expected James to either be harsh or applaud Mr. Moore. You get a mix of the two here.

Nicely written.

VERY IMPORTANT PLECTRUMS: BEN SHERMAN


Don't sweat it. I needed to ask what a Plectrum is too.

But don't let that you failed the vocab portion of your SATs get you down. Instead, celebrate with Ben Sherman with their Very Important Plectrum auction LINK. In case you ain't hip with the kids, the Plectrum is Ben Sherman's official new logo. Sorry Ben's signature, you are so 90's. The team at Ben Sherman, begged, pleaded and just asked most of the top names in rock for their plectrums, which are all signed by the band members, and come nicely framed with a hand-written note about what the plectrum means to them. The auction unfolds each week next month. So go crazy!!! The list for each week is below.

Week 1 (11th - 18th Oct '09)

Dappled Cities // Little Red // Silverchair // illScarlett // Kings of Leon // Manchester Orchestra // The Raveonettes // No Doubt - Tony Kanal // Ryan Adams // Sonic Youth // Johnny Marr // Dirty Pretty Things // Kaiser Chiefs // Good Charlotte - Joel Madden // Klaxons // Gallows // Futureheads // Scouting for Girls // The Fratellis // Caffe-in // Super VC // Donots // Bosse // Mando Diao // We Are Standard // Blind Zero // MR // Soler // Rubberband // Wild Child // Sam Hui // Paul Wong // Wynners // Joey Tang // Astreal // Electrico // Fire Fight
Week 2 (18th - 25th Oct '09)

Midnight Juggernauts // Operator Please // Powderfinger // Dragonette // The Gaslight Anthem // New Found Glory // Paramore // Nine Inch Nails // Magistrates // Biffy Clyro // The Subways // Sian Alice Group // O.Children // Hot Chip // Keane // Albert Lee and Hogans Heroes // James Morrison // The Feeling // The Maccabees // Peng-tan and Band // Craig Walker // Gush // Stuck in the Sound // Karpatenhund // Revolverheld // Selig // Olimpic // Dear Jane // Kolor // Zarahn // Ryan Hui // Force Vomit // Leeson // The Amps
Week 3 (25th Oct - 1st Nov '09)

Architecture in Helsinki // Bob Evans // Red Riders // KOS // Passion Pit // 311 // Peter Bjorn & John // Hellogoodbye // Good Charlotte - Benji Madden // Silversun Pickups // K'naan // Blink 182 // Charlotte Hatherley // Razorlight // Franz Ferdinand // Peter Doherty // Supergrass // Radiohead // Paul Weller // Kurran and The Wolfnotes // Feeder // Status Quo // Ocean Colour Scene // BIZ // Fettes Brot // Trashmonkeys // Radiopilot // Zodiacs // Jaula de Grillos // Concave Scream // Lunarin // No Doubt - Tom Dumont // The Cribs - Gary Jarman

9.27.2009

CALVIN HARRIS - YOU USED TO HOLD ME

THAT OUR FIRST LADY HAS THIS SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT AMERICA


I think it says a lot about us as a country that our first lady has a blog called Mrs. O along with Black Voices Style on AOL covering her every move from a fashion perspective. Not since Kennedy has a woman's fashion been as discussed as her role. Well...Ummm, Hillary in Pantsuits..and that wasn't just during her husband's administration.

Personally, I love Michelle's selection of designers, but sometimes disagree on choices of dresses. I'm probably among the few that likes her taste for Asian American designers. I've read a couple pieces on Ikram Goldman being the style influencer, hence the abundance of Jason Wu and Thakoon outfits you see her in. But I know Ikram carries a ton of French labels so let's see some Gaultier please which I think Michelle can handle.

But, truth be told Michelle isn't the type of woman to put something on she thinks looks wrong, so I say the fashion icon credit is all hers.

9.26.2009

KENWERKS GUIDE: NYC - JCREW MENS SHOP SOHO/JCREW.COM ARTISTS SHOP THE LOOK


I've seen the TriBeca J.Crew Men's store, so that product and presentation was nothing new. But the edited selection made sense and it was packed full of dudes buying everything. The place is over flowing with the best, they had the Band of Outsiders boat shoes collab, the Red Wing Collab, the Barbour Coat collab, the Rogues Gallery collab, the Timex Collab, Rayban Collab, amazing trenches, classic chinos, and an amazing selection of casual, yet meeting ready dress shirts (my new obsession) but they were wiped out of Small sizes and they don't make XSmall, so my friend AG was out of luck as well. Note to merchandisers, make and stock heavy amounts of small sizes, including XS.

I rolled over to the online and the selection is pretty great from the men's shop, but what caught my eye was a promo section they were doing in the men's area. Everyone's doing "shop the look" on their site. If I had a brand that made merchandise that outfitted from head to toe I'd want to sell it that way.

For women, Net-A-Porter has a it locked up. But, J.Crew took it up a notch with this interesting section. The promo is a flash presentation of 11 artists in the studios with some notable big names...McGuiness for J.Crew? (That might be another post and why not use that as the ad campaign...so much better then the gauzy black and white stuff this season...yawn). When you click on an image it takes you to page that lets you shop the look. It's smart and cool. As a guy it makes shopping the look not seem like the obvious vehicle it feels like.

KENWERKS GUIDE: NYC - OF WHERE WE DON'T SPEAK OF


Ummm, you know you love it. Door man at the staircase with a list, come on...I can't even.

FOR JAMES IN JAPAN

KENWERKS GUIDE: NYC - HEAD AND BODY CARE

I'm Mister Picky when it comes to bathroom products. While I'm all about Malin Goetz and Anthony face products I'm also a fan of Wholefoods' Natural shampoo. I was pleased when I stayed in ACE HOTEL in NYC to try Rudy's Barbershop's new Shampoo, Conditioner and Body Wash. It came in large pumps in the shower mounted to the tile. I guess it was the simplicity of it. Brown chemical storage looking bottles, simple pumps and stamped logoing just screamed "correct".

I was kind of suprised to see it considering I go to Rudy's Barbershop in Santa Monica and have never seen it. I see a wall of bumble...Big shot out to Kaya.

Also, on the topic, of hair care. I went to Bumble and Bumble's new Meat Packing district outpost because I went to see Ruby. She is a dope chica who loves to cut hair there. Unabashably sexy and knows it, she cuts a mean head of hair that had me turning heads all week.

Besides the skills, the new shop is great and a far cry from the uptown location. I love the place, but straight up, it's a factory. Rows of stylists cutting, a wall of sinks. Assistants scurrying everywhere, it's crazy and wild, but that's NYC.

They are on the 8th floor of the APT space on 13th Street. You go up an industrial elevator to a large lobby stocked with product, sofas, chairs and a coffee shop. Cute staff on every floor take care of you. Every chair faces a killer view of The City with ceiling to floor windows which flood the place with natural light. I have to admit, you pay for the experience as much as the expertise.

PS: I (Heart) Sumo Tech.

A SEASON OF SHEEPSKIN BOOTS.


Key Styles from my client Australia Luxe Collective.
Please send me any press and client requests.

9.25.2009

944 MEDIA WELCOMES KENNETH LOO OF KENWERKS TO EXECUTIVE MARKETING TEAM


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Kenneth Loo, Kenwerks 323.719.6602 // ken@kenwerks.com
Carly Harrill, 944 Media 619.817.5066 // carly@944.com

944 MEDIA WELCOMES KENNETH LOO TO EXECUTIVE MARKETING TEAM
Principal of creative consultants group, Kenwerks, to Join 944 Media as Lifestyle Marketing Consultant

LOS ANGELES (September 25, 2009) – 944 Media, LLC (www.944.com), owner and publisher of nine regional lifestyle magazines under the 944 Magazine title, has announced a strategic partnership with Kenneth Loo, principal of Kenwerks (www.kenwerks.com).

Loo will join 944 Media's roster as lifestyle marketing consultant, reporting directly to 944 Vice President of Integrated Marketing Ryan Stender.

“It is no longer about just selling print or online or events, but instead focused on presenting a fully integrated marketing solution with a quantifiable ROI,” said Stender. “ Ken's masterful knowledge of the fashion industry and other lifestyle categories will only help us get there quicker. We are thrilled to have him join our team.”

In his new role, Loo will strive to build strategic partnerships between 944 and key fashion and lifestyle brands on a national basis. Based in Los Angeles, Kenwerks is a creative consultancy specializing in marketing, public relations, advertising and event production. Kenwerks represents premier names in the fashion, media, entertainment, music and film industries.

“944 has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with time and time again,” said Kenneth Loo, principal of Kenwerks. “As the fastest growing media and publishing brand in the market, 944 offers a multi-platform, dynamic product that can be tailored to any brand’s marketing strategy. Their team is sharp, smart and on the cutting edge of the new media landscape with a huge audience. I am excited to join their team.”

The announcement comes as 944 Media is named number 768 on Inc. Magazine's “Inc. 500 | 5000” list, recognizing the fastest growing privately held companies in the nation.

For more information or high-resolution photos, please contact 944 Director of PR Carly Harrill at carly@944.com or 619-817-5066.

YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT THE OTHER GUY LOOKS LIKE

KOMBUCHA ON TAP AT WHOLEFOODS



I went back again to make sure I wasn't dreaming and had another glass.

My boy GT Dave's Synergy has 3 flavors of Kombucha on tap at WholeFoods in Marina Del Rey. It's game changing. I went last night and was delighted to see Gingerberry in 24oz glasses. It doesn't have the sharp taste that the bottled version has and none of the "oh shit" moments when you open it and it goes all over everything.

Go get it.

LUXURY BRANDS AND SOCIAL MEDIA


Super important article on how Luxury brands are viewing and using social media. Very informative.

By Simon Fuller.

High-end sociability. Luxury brands are facing something of a dilemma when it comes to social media. On the one hand, everyone else seems to be at it, and they certainly don’t want to miss out. On the other, they’re all about luxury – and that means maintaining a certain distance from the consumer.
“With regards to luxury consumers, we know that they consider the Internet as one of the primary sources of information about luxury products,” says Marco Corsaro, md of new media marketing outfit 77Agency. “They spend more time online than using any other media, [we know] that a higher percentage of them than average are Internet shoppers 75% versus 70% - and that they are twice as likely to be involved in consumer-generated content online.
“Having said that, many luxury brands have been slow in taking the lead in managing their presence in social media networks, missing out on important opportunities to engage directly with consumers and brand ambassadors,” he adds.
But it looks like slow-poke brands won’t be able to keep holding back, since consumers chat about them across social networks anyway.
“It’s no longer a question of avoidance,” says Corsaro. “Brands already feature strongly in social media exchanges as consumers use Facebook, Twitter and other networks to express their feelings and exchange opinions about brands and products on a daily basis.”
He points to research from Penn University, which suggests that 20% of tweets actually mention specific brand names or products.
Some luxury brands are showing no fear of social media. Cartier, for one, has bagged its own MySpace account, and the Love Cartier page isn’t too far removed from the usual fare you’d find from a band, including a choice of music tracks and a photo gallery, all with a love theme, naturally.
So, if a luxury brand does take the plunge, how should it go about it?
“The situation is rather complex for luxury brands,” explains GrĂ©gory Pouy, strategy and communication director at buzz and communications agency Vanksen. “How can they create a link while keeping this [guarded] distance [towards consumers]? But there are different ways of creating a brand experience and a brand relationship. It is possible to keep a certain distance.”
Pouy suggests that engaging consumers via key bloggers or tweeters, or perhaps creating a branded experience, such as the Hermes website, which utilizes online storytelling and video elements, may be the way forward.
In any case, Corsaro recommends brands adhere to certain rules which apply across the board online regardless of the nature of the brand.
“Social media is about interaction, engaging with consumers directly, not the one-way communication of traditional advertising channels,” he says. “Luxury brands need to be open to both provide and receive feedback from consumers, to reveal the personality behind the brand.
“Of course, the potential viral and promotional effect of social media should also be taken into account,” he adds. “More and more people are using social networks to search in real time for information and updates from trusted contacts. We all know that a recommendation from a friend is worth much more than [from] an anonymous source.”
The bottom line is that once a luxury brand gets rolling, it can’t afford rest on its laurels.
“Opening a Twitter account and setting up a fanpage on Facebook is not enough,” warns Corsaro. “To be successful, brands also need to provide, fresh, relevant and shareable content to keep fans engaged and interested.”

9.24.2009

FROM LA TIMES IMAGE: JOHN VARVATOS LAUNCHES E-COMMERCE WITH SHOP THE LOOK


By Adam Tscorn

The most surprising thing about the announcement that John Varvatos was rolling out an e-commerce site today was probably the fact that he didn't already have one. Sure, his rock-tinged wares can be bought online easily enough through other retailers' websites (including Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York), but apparently the man who had the foresight to give the world the boxer-brief (during his time at Calvin Klein) and the lace-less Converse hadn't managed to cobble together a one-stop shop for all things John Varvatos in cyberspace. (No worries John, I don't think this Internet thing is going to ever amount to anything...)

As of today, for shipping to U.S. addresses only, customers can shop for JV's ever-growing universe of clothes, accessories, footwear and fragrances at the John Varvatos website, where you'll also find some merchandise from the designer's Star USA line and Converse by John Varvatos shoes.

As someone who covers the runway shows, what I find most noteworthy is that, in addition to shopping by category, one has the option of shopping from a handful of complete runway "looks" as they appeared in the actual show. For example, if you were particularly taken with the outfit at right (dubbed "Look 28"), you'd just click on it and you'd get a breakdown of its six pieces: the Ago Chelsea boot, the Hampton two-button blazer, a five-button peak lapel vest, printed paisley scarf, solid long-sleeved shirt and slim-fit side-tab trousers.

It's not only the runway as lookbook, it's runway as catalog, and it will be interesting to see if men (at least those of us who are reticent to ask for help -- or driving directions) will use the looks as a general guide or buy the whole enchilada, as a kind of Garanimals for grown-up guys.

HEDI SLIMANE'S DESK AT YVES ST.LAURENT

KENWERKS GUIDE: NYC - ACE HOTEL


In April of this year I did a blog post of the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. I tried to book the Ace Hotel NY for a trip I had to The City for editor appointments in May, the hotel was opening that week. But I ended up getting moved to the Hudson Hotel because the hotel was not ready for our arrival. Not that I hate the Hudson, but it's loud and cramped and there was a party going on in the hotel lobby at 1AM on a Sunday. Not cool.

So I was given a voucher that would honor my reservation rate on a later trip. Being Fashion Week and all I expected no rooms when I tried for this trip, but I was pleasantly surprised when they have something available. I happily booked it for 6 nights with 2 days being weekenders.

I was thrilled with how central it was to everything. Located at 29th & Broadway, the hotel faces a odd Islamic temple in a basement that has large groups of Muslims pouring out after and before prayers, but other then that it's a quiet street with no drama. The outside has a large lighted marquee that says HOTEL so it's impossible to miss and the outside is filled with skinny jean wearing doorman.

On the side is an outpost of the legendary hipster Portland coffee house Stumphouse Coffee. The staff is super colorful and friendly. You need to ask for Splenda from the counter and the Ale Loaf is yuck, but the old school grind is pretty great.
The entire hotel is decked out in vintage furniture and decor, wallpaper is old graffiti name tagging tags, the check in desk is flanked by curiosity cabinets with old offices supplies (typewriters?) and the images throughout the hotel are of some weird side show circus.
A box of red apples was a welcome delight as I waited for the elevator every day and the free breakies of croissants, jam, coffee and juice was necessary.

The rooms, while still NYC tiny feel like a studio apartment. Queen size bed, massive lamp, headboard/desk area, sparse closet space and and bare lighting made it feel like home and the fully stocked and large room fridge was delightful. The room I had faced the inside, so no view...but it was quiet. Bathrooms were large and had everything (more on that in another post).

It kicked the shit out of the Hudson on many level, most of all was the genius and wit of the place. That had a humor about itself while still being a calm oasis.

KENWERKS GUIDE: NYC - MOONCAKE FOODS



One of my favorite places to eat in NY is a small Asian deli called Mooncake Foods. They have two locations, the original on Watts across from NEXT Models and the new one is on 30th & 8th. I discovered the joint 8 years ago with my friend Joe. They serve a mix of deli grub with an Asian twist. Thai Steak Salad is my personal fave and this recent trip I ate it 3 times. It's a spicy salad, but perfect and light of any NYC lunch or casual dinner. Add to that simple and comforting handmade wonton soups and simple protein dishes and you have something for everyone. The 30th location is newer and is a step up from the original both in terms of seating and atmosphere, but Amy works at the Watts locale and she takes care of you like your mom. Go check it out.

SOHO
28 Watts St
New York, NY 10013
212.219.8888

CHELSEA
263 West 30th St
New York, NY 10001
212.268.2888

A KENWERKS GUIDE TO NYC

I just came back from NYC, so I thought I'd throw up some profiles and reviews on things I experienced. Look out for them all this week.

KANYE ATTACKS MY WEBSITE



http://kanyelicious.appspot.com/ENTERYOURURLHERE

9.19.2009

CAMERON FRYE'S HOUSE IS FOR SALE.


The Ben Rose House, most notably Cameron Frye's house is on sale in Highland Park, IL for $2.3M. Cantilevered over a ravine, the two steel and glass buildings, which can never be (or have been) duplicated, have incredible vistas of the surrounding woods where beyond being a gorgeous view is the site where Cameron crashes his dad's 1961 Ferrari 250 into the garage in his ultimate act of rebellion and freedom. This is a unique property was designed by A. James Speyer and David Haid, has been owned by The Rose Family since it was built in 1953 and is also known as the Ben Rose Auto Museum. Rose died in 2004 and his wife Francis lived there with a caregiver until her death earlier this year.

370 Beech Street, Highland Park, IL.
Rad.

9.16.2009

SOUNDS LIKE WE MAY HAVE A WINNER: LETTER FROM NEWSOM CAMPAIGN


Dear Friend,

Yesterday morning we announced former President Bill Clinton will join Mayor Newsom in California on October 5.

It's been an exciting 24 hours. The headlines tell the story…

“Former President's Endorsement Called 'Potential Game-Changer.'” – ABCNews.com

“Newsom has scored a major coup.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

“...the image of Newsom and the former president together is a powerful and appealing one to many California Democratic primary voters.” – The Washington Post

“Clinton Backs Newsom in Calif. Governor’s Race: ‘Not Just Your Everyday Endorsement.’” – The Wall Street Journal

Gavin Newsom is working hard to create a grassroots movement across California that will reform our broken political system and bring new ideas to Sacramento. We can create better schools for our children, give our parents the quality, affordable health care they deserve and fix our state budget – but we need your help.

Will you contribute $25 right now to help us reform the broken political system and change California?

Sincerely,

Nick Clemons
Campaign Manager
Newsom for California

P.S. Help us build on our momentum to change California by donating right now.

9.14.2009

UNIFORM DAY AT KENWERKS.


Mike and I decided to wear the same tee shirt today from HOMAGE. Total coincidence.

9.07.2009

PROPR


Alfredo from LASC and I ventured into Propr on Abbot Kinney. I'm normally the fashion sleuth when it comes to LA fashion scene. But this store kind of popped out of nowhere. Mens and womens prepster apparel. Great shirts and shorts in smart simple fabrics. The shop is extremely well decorated and the Owl logo is pull together nicely. The entire collection is priced according to category so all shirts are $80. I'm not a fan of the t-shirts, but if that is the low point of the range, then you know you have something good.

Funny enough, the line is designed by Ben Harper, David Arquette and former creative director of Original Penguin David Bedwell. I only know this because 2 weeks after the original visit, I finally bing'ed it. (Just kidding. I Googled it.) With all that star power it's still a neighborhood secret?

I see mega-brand in the making.
Propr
1306 Abbot Kinney, Venice
Mon-Sat 11-7, Sun 12-6
(424) 744-8232
Website

SWEATHER WEATHER EVENT AT LASC TO BENEFIT TREVOR PROJECT

ATHLETIC APPARATUS: BOOGIE NIGHTS POSTER ART


Love this. I love the font, I love images selected. I love the colors.
Great job.