The Goodhood Store is Getting Gooder

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Just a quick heads up on the back of a healthy cocktail of murmurs made, rumours milled and details divulged in recent months around East London’s original outsider store.

When The Goodhood Store first opened its doors back in 2007, the team put in serious work to establish the store’s status as a flagship of contemporary counter culture. Over the next few years Goodhood would go on to supply some of the best alternative men’s and women’s brands around, create a seminal collaborative series with Japanese brand R. Newbold, expand its operations with a Lifestyle boutique in separate premises and, most notably, cultivate a genuine, buzzing creative scene situated around its doors. Seven years later with all the sweat accounted for, the Goodhood team has announced it will be opening a brand new store on Shoreditch’s Curtain Road.

According to Hypebeast, the new 3000 square-foot premises will see the store growing outwards in all directions with new brands, larger product selections and a more uniquely-tailored shopping experience curated with the Goodhood touch. A collaboration with local entrepreneur Brett Redman will also see the launching of the Goodhood Café, a new in-store coffee shop that should make giving them your money an even more pleasant experience than usual. Smiles all round then.

Expect more information when it becomes available, and keep your eyes out for the new Goodhood Store on Curtain Road in early September. Shouts to the Coronet Crew and here’s to the next level!

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’36 by DEXTER NAVY’ at the Hoxton Gallery.

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Born and raised within the London city limits, Dexter Navy is but one figure within the new wave of creativity emerging from the UK capital right now. Armed with a camera, the 22 year-old has ventured out photographing some of our generation’s most interesting faces, using social media and raw talent to build a profile of his own along the way.

Photo by Dexter Navy

Photo by Dexter Navy

With a business schedule that now sees him darting between London, Los Angeles and Paris, Navy is firmly settled in the scene, his portfolio featuring the likes of M.I.A., Billionaire Boys Club, Odd Future and A$AP Rocky to name but a few. For the next few days the photographer will flip the lens and become the subject in his first ever exhibition – ’36 by Dexter Navy’.

Photo by Dexter Navy

Photo by Dexter Navy

Inspired by 35mm film and its typical 36-exposure limit, Navy has compiled 36 of his favourite photographs to be exhibited at the Hoxton Gallery. Presented conceptually as a singular roll of film – with all photos shot on Navy’s point-and-shoot Yashica T4 camera – the exhibition hopes to capture the spirit of youth and spontaneity that has embodied the photographer’s work so far.

Photo by Dexter Navy

Photo by Dexter Navy

As the digital world has made life faster and more streamlined than ever – a world wherein a digital camera can take 50 shots in a few seconds – the transient but concrete nature of moments in time is something that film photography seems to bring to the fore, and this is certainly something that comes through in Navy’s wild and wonderful Tumblr wherein each day is unfathomably different but the spirit captured perfectly. Condensed to 36 photographs in a single gallery, one can expect this to be a visually powerful exhibition.

Photo by Dexter Navy

Photo by Dexter Navy

36 by Dexter Navy’ is presented by a number of names* and launches at the Hoxton Gallery on the Kingsland Road tonight at 7pm. The exhibition will remain open from 10am-7pm until Saturday June 21st, so if you were looking for something to do this weekend then you should head down and have a look; don’t worry, you can do me like Drake and Thank Me Later. Check out more of Dexter’s work at his own website. Safe.

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Nasir Mazhar x Red Bull S/S’15 After-Party – Hosted by Skepta

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Yesterday evening, East London designer Nasir Mazhar presented his Spring/Summer 2015 Collection as part of the LCM presentations.

Working with Red Bull‘s Catwalk Studio project, Mazhar also collaborated with Grime artist Skepta to create a soundtrack for the runway show. This was rounded off with an after-party at the Monument Strip Club featuring performances from Skepta, Footsie, D Double E, Kingdom and others.

Drinks were supplied all night long by Red Bull, and it was a crazy evening. The vibe was crazy, the clothes looked amazing and everyone was on the right tip. Big ups to Nasir, Skepta and Red Bull for a sick night; I can’t wait to see the collection hit stores.

I took a few photos and you can see them below. Expect to hear more from me about Nasir in the near future, there’s definitely a discussion to be had. In the meantime hit up his website and check out the clothes for yourself, and be sure to check out Skepta’s newest single with Ace Hood, ‘Supposed to Do‘. If you haven’t already trashed your house listening to ‘That’s Not Me‘ really loud then you’re doing it WRONG. Peace.

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C.E x TAX FREE LDN @ Basement, London Edition

Last week C.E hosted a party at Basement at the London Edition Hotel. I took my camera along and took a few photos.
Thank you to the guys at a number of names and C.E for a good night, and to Patron Tequila for the drinks.
p.s. I am not a photographer. If I were an estate agent, I would tell you that this makes my photographs ‘rustic’.

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Trek’s Word Interview

My friend Trek over the pond runs Trek’s Word, a website that showcases interviews, editorials, clothing and music.

We had a conversation about clothing and writing earlier this week. You can read the whole interview at
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Cav Empt x SHOWstudio x Oneohtrix Point Never Capsule Collection

Now approaching the end of its SS14 season, CAV EMPT has just announced a new three-way collaboration to wind things down. Working with British filmmaker Nick Knight’s fashion-film team SHOWstudio and Brooklyn electronic artist Oneohtrix Point Never (OPN), the project presents new graphics designed by OPN and C.E, accompanied by an animated film and a capsule collection of sweats and tees that will be available exclusively from SHOWstudio.

C.E X OPN X SHOWSTUDIO 1OPN has built a considerable profile over the past 8 years with his experimental dance music that often transcends classification. His latest album, R Plus Seven, is a spectrum-sprawling arrangement of glimmers and chimes that sounds like a fusion of temple drones, infomercial soundtracks and digital raindrops. In context of this collaboration, he’s in comfortable territory working alongside Sk8thing et al.

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Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

The visuals for the collaboration revolve around doors; the animated film presents an illustrated passage through the rooms and corridors of a house; the clothing features a central graphic of a series of doors, accompanied by large amounts of text. The collection offers a crewneck sweatshirt and two t-shirts, each using the visuals to different effect.

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A regular collaborator with audiovisual contemporaries such as Zomby, Actress and Bacon, the decision to work with OPN would be atypical from any other label, but with C.E it works well. The young brand has worked in close quarters with groups like The Trilogy Tapes and Tim & Barry, as well as hosting a plethora of club nights and events in its various strongholds, and has already laid strong foundations as a brand with a legitimate command of culture. I remember grabbing the OPN album a few months back on an unorthodox recommendation – ‘Zebra’ is the banger on the album by the way, I’d like to think this is what it sounded like when Jesus was resurrected – and working with the C.E team fits comfortably for all parties.

C.E X OPN X SHOWSTUDIO 2The graphics work as well, merging the factions together and maintaining the appropriate level of weird and wonderful that all three have made part of their formulae. I especially like the text-heavy aspect of the designs – a lot of it reads like those roleplaying gamebooks people used to read, which pleases me for reasons I have yet to decide, but I’ll go with it (edit: the SHOWstudio webstore confirms this, so I’m not crazy). Maybe I’m looking at it as an even further extreme of the ‘hyper-branded’ trend we’re seeing come out of fashion right now, but then looking at this blog I think it becomes obvious that I like to say a lot, and maybe I’m just happy to see a piece of clothing that has as much to say as I normally do about clothing. It gets lonely over here sometimes. RT if u crid.

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The C.E x SHOWstudio x Oneohtrix Point Never collaboration will be available exclusively from the SHOWstudio website today, becoming available at Cav Empt’s webstore from June 23rd. Oneohtrix Point Never’s album R Plus Seven is available to buy right now, and comes with a high recommendation from this completely irrelevant sap if you’re the type that likes to take orders from people with little certified cultural capital; hey, you read this far, so there’s hope for me yet. Peace.

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‘OFF-WHITE: Here’s One I Made Earlier’ for Breaks Magazine

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I recently wrote an editorial for Breaks Magazine about my feelings on Virgil Abloh’s latest fashion venture, OFF-WHITE c/o VIRGIL ABLOH.

You can read the whole article right now at Breaks Mag.

Thank you to the guys at Desktop Anxiety for the illustrations.

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