Nudie Slim Jim Dry Japan - grail jeans

Nudie Slim Jim Dry Japan - worn 2-3 years (above) and 8 months (below). Different pairs.


LBG - little black gadget

(counter-clockwise, from top left: Nitecore EA4 LED flashlight, Vanguard DM-6250 monocular, FiiO E10 headphone amplifier, Sony NEX-3N, EagTac D25A LED flashlight, iPhone 4, CMOY headphone amplifier, Turtle Beach Ear Force 7.1 channel processor) 

Girls got the LBD, dudes got the LBG.

Sorry for the crap picture. Would like to have used the NEX but since that was in the picture...


Jungbusch: the Brooklyn of Mannheim

(Jacket: H&M, scarf: DYI knitted, sneakers: Boras, jeans: Fishbone, bag: Marc Picard)

Building being demolished.

(photo by J)


stylehund DON'T: half-tuck shirt to reveal logo belt

"Oh shit I just spent $600 on a status indicator that no one will see." The result? Self-conscious half-tucks. 

This is awful style. It's obvious, unsubtle, try-hard, and cares what other people think. #stylehunddon't

Chris Brown, Christiano Ronaldo, January Jones


inspiration: Gerhard Richter

 Detail of a work in progress, screen capture from documentary film, Gerhard Richter Painting

Jacket: Marks & Spencer, shirt: custom, pocket square: Simonnot-Godard, photo: Christoph Schaller (which I darkened for sake of comparison)


Ladurée macarons

A style blog cliche, but a tasty one.


Alexander Wang coasters

L to R: Le Creuset Stoneware 12-ounce mug in Cobalt, thrown porcelain cup by Elisabeth Klein (Munich), clay Feuerzangenbowle cup from the Mannheim Weihnachtsmarkt   


Paris again

jacket: Linus, shirt: custom, gloves: The Kooples, jeans: Nudie Slim Jim (glacier indigo), shoes: Billy Reid, bag: John Varvatos Star USA, pocket square: Simonnot-Godard, sweater: All Saints Spitalfields


inspiration: Rick Owens, the book (2011)

a friend's introduction to Rick

Rick Owens, men's shirt, detail



creation: silver ring

I have been looking in vain for YEARS for a plain, unadorned but slightly distressed thumb ring. Couldn't find it anywhere, so finally just had to make it myself.  

I signed up for a one-day silver jewelry class at my local Abendakademie (community college). I was expecting to be, like, wielding huge hammers, pumping bellows and fashioning silver the old-fashioned way. Little did I know that there's this new silver clay made in Japan. You take it out of its packet, shape it, and it hardens rather quickly, so you need to start using files and other metal-shaping tools. When you're satisfied, you throw it in a kiln for 15 minutes and what emerges is 99% sterling silver. After that, you use metal brushes to either polish it to a matte or shiny finish. This is matte.

Pictured below, top, is an amazing silver ring by Werkstatt München, a very cool brand based in Munich. It was a notch too big for my finger, and the metal band was a bit too thick for what I was looking for, but I'm thinking about ordering a custom ring from this guy, if possible, as the hammer-strike texture pattern is incredible. Pictured second is an inexpensive metal ring from Esprit. Notice how inert, how plain this metal (whatever it is) looks in comparison to the silver rings, which come alive with personality, shimmer to life...


Munich - September

shirt: Theory, rain jacket: Spiewak NYC, cotton shorts: Theory, sneakers: Dior Homme (2011). Photograph: Christoph Schaller