- 13 oz black selvage denim - Undyed British leather - Steel Marine D-Rings - Hemmed by a 1959 Union Special (Apparently it’s rare to find one of these in working order, they actually had to drag an engineer out of retirement to service it)
Dawson Denim is a young company steeped in traditional denim craft. This glossary of denim terms is pretty much their bible. The fabrics come from an old family run mill in Japan, and the products are crafted in the UK at their Brighton studio. Stay tuned for their collection of jeans launching any day now.
Color photo by Kenny McCracken at Create Studios B/W photos by David Goldman for Jocks and Nerds Magazine
"Do not fear mistakes, there are none." -Miles Davis.
This week we’ll be at the Panama International Jazz Festival letting music wash the dust from our souls. This year’s festival is presented by artistic director Danilo Perez, whose 50-seat jazz club opens in the hotel next month. This week is an exciting preview of what’s to come.
We spent the morning with Kristen Shaw and Joseph Mandelbaum of Cabin 207, a rare book store and hair salon in Downtown LA. Kristen opened a cozy three chair salon here in the summer of 2013, met Mandelbaum soon after, and the rest is history. In spirit, Cabin is like the original salons. The haircuts lead to talking, the books lead to ideas and the mixture is what makes sense.
Kristen began her career almost a decade ago in NYC at the Chelsea Hotel’s Suite 303. She’d leave work in the evening and bring scissors with her everywhere, telling people what she wanted to do with their hair and cutting it on the spot. Over the years she spent working in editorial and advertising with Jed Root Agency and doing housecalls between NYC and LA, she built up a loyal clientele. She’s been in LA for five years now and continues to do the same, but now you can come to her “home.”
She met rare book dealer Joseph in NYC, where he was selling books out of his apartment to a dedicated clientele. It didn’t take long for them to hit on the idea on the idea of combining forces, and after building the bookstore together, he relocated with his wife to Los Angeles. He’s now Cabin’s Creative Director, curating the killer rare book selection and organizing cultural events. Joseph’s approach to book selection is simple: ”If I just couldn’t live without it, I buy it.” Right now the shelves are stocked with about 300 rare books, can’t-live-without art books, and new magazines including, Marfa Journal and Viviane Sassen’s “Die Son Sien Alles.” Every book is displayed face out museum style, that the rule.
Joseph and Kristen love being in downtown LA, and we’re pretty excited to be sharing the neighborhood with them. They’ll be hosting lectures, readings, cultural events, and book launches each month beginning with Graham Walzer in February. To book in the salon call 213.687.7420
Daniel Speight, artist and art installer at Ace London, lives on a boat in the canals of the city, where it’s legal to tether in one spot for up to two weeks and then, like an urban nomad, move onwards. He gathers supplies along the way, living in the fluid, shifting intersection between the natural and industrial worlds and watching as they change through the seasons. This life has allowed him a unique point of view on a vibrant and vital urban hub, watched from a distance — a perspective best seen in his elaborate illustrations of London’s buildings and homes, screen printed onto the fore-edges of old books. He’s a nimble storyteller, unbound to one medium or method. London Foxes, printed in full below, is his personal account of London canal life.
Every night of the year, we hand over the keys to the NY lobby to artists and DJs and tonight, for the last Monday in December, we hand them to The Oracle DJs — Diamond Terrifier/Terrible Records to celebrate the last of five different mixtapes. Each one has hit a little harder than the next, and the Diamond Terrifier + Psycho Tropical Cancer Dutty Artz Mixtape we got from last week was no exception. Have a listen if you’d like, and make your way this-a-way for the fifth and final on New Year’s Eve Eve.