As you may already know, we've closed the physical part of OLDgOLD BOUTIQUE last June. What used to be a quaint little shop on Mt-Royal has since been sized down to this here website - who's focus will mainly be on jewelry and accessories going forward.
I've since moved onto a new venture in a space about 5 times the size of that humble shop. Situated at 4357 St-Laurent under the name Héritage (for frenchies) or Inheritance for anglos (a bilingual shop for a bilingual city) this growth has given us the possibility to work with a much wider array of labels and suppliers world wide... Names like A.P.C, Our Legacy, Rachel Comey, YMC, Velour, Won Hundred, Minimarket, and Wood Wood to name a few.
I use the Inheritance shops website similarly to how I ran the blog section on this site (only I'm posting at more frequent intervals) - writing about the labels we work with, sharing music I've discovered, and presenting people and work which inspires me. You can read more about the name and philosophy behind this new shop here.
We don't sell online for the time being, but this is something I'll be working on in the year to come - but there's already loads of content on it so please do have a look!
Wether it be online or in the real world, I hope you take a moment to come visit the continuation of what once was OLDgOLD BOUTIQUE.
Our beloved podcast series is finally back and this mix was definitely worth the wait. Another mix coming to us via NYC - Alex Koplin (Headup) was introduced to us by our good friend and TRANSMISSION:OLDgOLD alum Alex Moh (Gunnie).
Koplin is an interdisciplinary creative working in graphics, branding, music, video, and likely anything else that exists in this world of ours and we are delighted to be sharing this wonderful selection with you. We urge you to check out some of his work as well and his fine blog.
Martin Beume - Solid Rubber
Nebraska - Time Has Come
Andy Hart - Tell Her You Know
Fantastic Man - Groove With You
Chet Faker - Love and Feeling (Sleep D Mix)
Iron Curtis - You, On a Friday Night
Francis Inferno Orchestra - Meet Me In Salt Lake City (Soul Clap Remix)
Kitano - Going Home
The Soul Renegades - Darlin'
Genius of Time - Drifting Back
Mario & Vidis - Loove Wars
SE62 - Wax Pencils
Telma & Luisa - My Luv
James Teej - Fame
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This Perfume line came strongly suggested to me a few months back by my lovely young shop helper Patric.
Looking deeper into the philosophy behind these fragrances I was compelled and enthusiastic about having the opportunity to offer them in the shop.
Christopher Brosius has been creating specific scented landscapes for almost twenty years now. From his early days at Kiehl's, then at Demeter Fragrance Library until the founding of his own line, CB I Hate Perfume, in 2004; Mr. Brosius has been discovering what can be achieved in perfume composition rather than creating just what smells pretty. His perfume company has an unlikely name—CB: I Hate Perfume—but its target consumer is precisely the type who wouldn’t be drawn to fancy fragrances with celebrity names.
“I hate perfume.
Perfume is too often an ethereal corset trapping everyone in the same unnatural shape
A lazy and inelegant concession to fashionable ego
Too often a substitute for true allure and style
An opaque shell concealing everything – revealing nothing
A childish masque hiding the timid and unimaginative
An arrogant slap in the face from across the room
People who smell like everyone else disgust me”
All CB perfumes are created and produced out of their Brooklyn based workshop under the supervision and guidance of it's creator (which assures proper manufacturing, something that is often overlooked with international production of any kind) Using water and oil as a base rather than the commonly used alcohol base, which I find, results in a much more natural and less abrasive odour.
Opting to capture fragrances which evoke nostalgia attached to your sensorial memories CB offers scents that feel and smell a lot more human.
I think this is a beautiful product which defies everything about mainstream perfumes and offers a much more individualistic approach to personal aroma.
With 5 fragrances to choose from our current inventory you will find 3 rather unisex fragrances ( 'Winter 1972', 'In the Library', and 'I am a Dandelion' ), one masculine one, ( 'Cedarwood Tea' ) and one more feminine scent ( 'Tea/Rose' ).
Below is Brosius's description for each of these Perfumes.
WINTER 1972 - A field of untouched new fallen snow, hand knit woollen mittens covered with frost, a hint of frozen forest & sleeping earth.
IN THE LIBRARY - In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish
I AM A DANDELION - Though there are certainly "prettier" flowers, the simple Dandelion is remains my own favourite. Perhaps because its beauty lies in its innocence and the flower constantly reminds me of happier times. Dandelions are also extremely resilient and able to survive very harsh conditions. Much like me...This perfume is the simple scent of a Dandelion newly picked from the lawn.
CEDARWOOD TEA - This is the scent I originally designed for my Wardrobe collection. I made the swift discovery that it is wonderful to wear. In fact, this scent has become one of my personal favourites. So I've redone it in a richer concentration especially for you to wear yourself. Cedarwood Tea is a marvellous warm blend of Himalayan & Moroccan cedars, Black Indian Tea and a touch of incense.
TEA/ROSE - I composed this classic scent with real Tea (Indian Black) and real Moroccan Rose Absolute (Rosa Damascena). What could be more simple or elegant?
I recently stumbled across the powerful works of this 39 year old Dutch photographer and feel like it somehow compliments my previous post.
Having note worthy oeuvres both in the fashion and museum/gallery spheres with clients like Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton, and editorial offerings in publications such as Another Magazine, I-D, Purple, Fantastik Man, Wallpaper, and french Vogue (to name a few), this work (again) is of the type which reaches out beyond the niche demographic in its immediate circumference. A quality I enjoy very much in the creative world.
Sassen spent her early years living in Kenya with her Father and struggled to find a place for herself when her family moved back to Amsterdam. This is why a great deal of her photography is focused in Africa, in an interview she expressed that ‘coming back to Africa always fills me with joy and melancholy. it feels like coming home, but at the same time I will never fully be part of it too.
This womans approach to photography is half documentary (taking impulsive snap-shots of things she finds beautiful) and half are constructed, working closely with her team and the subject of the photograph assembling the image allowing the subjects to realize the images through their natural actions, ideas and body poses.
She's also shot for Danish menswear label 'Our Legacy', which we will be stocking at our physical shop Héritage as of Spring 2012.
I was introduced to this man's work in the midst of an informal dinner some time last year. Weeks later I wrote my friend who'd brought him up asking her to identify this photographer who's work I'd instinctively filed in my mental "inspirations" folder.
Carl Kleiner's compositions conjure an artistic approach which I find not only rare but also admirable in this day and age. Creating clever imagery and photography which is easy for an outsider to enjoy and understand, yet has depth, technique and vision which touches connoisseurs alike. At complete ease inside the studio or out on one of many locations covered in the "diary" section of his website, style here does not find it's consistency within the shapes, colours or textures, but rather in an underlying (and almost intangible) personal touch and brilliance which is eminent in every frame.
I highly recommend spending time on his website browsing the vast cataloguing of his talent as what I've posted below is limited to 'on location' photography for visual cohesivness and only summons a small fraction of the directions this imagists undertakes.
... As a footnote, it should be said that he's shot many campaigns with Swedish womenswear label Minimarket which we have the pleasure to be stocking as of Spring Summer 2012.
LOIE FULLER (1862-1923)
This Video is an exerpt of Fuller's influencial work in the late 19th century. Accompanied by the original score composed for this live performance, I found this edit to be quite captivating...
By her teens she was choreographing and performing in burlesque, vaudeville, and circus shows. Like Isadora Duncan, Fuller embraced the ideas of free dance and improvisation. Her technique of combining choreography with flowing silk costumes illuminated by colorful lighting sets Fuller apart from other modern dance pioneers. She transferred her lighting techniques to film, and hand colored each frame in multi-color. Her most famous work, the “Serpentine Dance” (1891) brought her acclaim, and she was enthusiastically received in Europe, particularly Paris. She was in fact the first American modern dancer to perform in Europe, and paved the way for Isadora Duncan. Her efforts in Europe are significant to dance history, as at the time Ballet reigned supreme and modern dance was considered a fad at best and barbaric at worst. Fuller is largely responsible for influencing Europeans to accept modern dance as a serious art form. Prominent European artists and scientists were impressed with Fuller’s lighting techniques and that she had patented her designs and compounds used to create the colors. She eventually became fatally ill from the toxic chemicals she used in her stage effects.
These looks were put together by and shot on the lovely people who work at our shop Héritage. While Leticia (short hair) and Paula are modeling the new arrivals, Taylor here, is a guest of honour. He's been touring non stop with his band BRAIDS lately (who you should look up if you don't already know about) and was kind enough to take a moment to come play dress up with us last night... Paula and him make for the most handsome couple you could ask for. A special thanks goes out to Patric, another of our shop keepers, for help with styling and overall pleasantness.
"Generally, I think any product that tells a story is appealing to me. I always loved history ...Looking nice is not enough for me, there has to be something more. There is so much new stuff around all the time and I think history is one of the biggest human treasures that needs to be honoured."- Malin Elmlid
This interview by German online magazine FvF offers an intimate look into WOOD WOOD's head of sales Malin Elmlid's home and life. A combination of tasteful photography, astute Q & A's, and inspiring lifestyle. This makes for some great insight on the brand and the people who work within it.
This fall winter 2011 we offer you an array of winter jackets, dress shirts, tuques, and office supplies.
Find a selection from Copenhagen's WOOD WOOD available on display every season at our shop.
Should you find yourself between a rock and a hard place this fall, our womens footwear department is sure to prevent you from getting cold feet.
From left to right; YMC, ilse Jacobsen, Rachel Comey, Fillipa K
Available only in store at Héritage 4357 Blvd. St-Laurent, Montreal
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