1. Japan vs. England
Opening Ceremony is the one-stop shop for fashionistas who want to get their hands on hard-to-find pieces and genius collaborations. One of our favourite pieces is this sublime combination of sharp Japanese tailoring and English classic style. The Barbour x Tokito Driving Jacket is one of five designs from a mini collection which also includes this season’s must-have: the trench.
When in NYC, be sure to stop by the new Opening Ceremony showroom at the super-cool and quirky Ace Hotel in Midtown.
Barbour x Tokito driving jacket, $850
Ace Hotel, 20 W 29th Street, New York City
Tel: +1 212 679 2222
2. A Hot Trunk For Your Junk
We’re a little bit obsessed with luggage here at Resource. One of our favourite shopping experiences on earth is the luggage hall at Selfridge’s. We love to spend an hour (or more) testing each and every case for durability, comfort and ease of wheeling. The latest shiny arrival that caught our eye is the Officer’s Trunk (in size medium) from the Mobilizer NXT Hardside collection by Victorinox. This aircraft-grade, aluminium trolley with a super-comfy grip comes into its own when opened thanks to its trunk-style lid which flips back 180 degrees, meaning your packing can be undertaken with precision. (It’s the only way we pack). And with added extras such as its trademarked Interlok Attach-A-Bag System, you can easily add an additional piece of luggage onto its front. So clever. And oh-so pretty (in a really butch way).
Available from Selfridge’s in the UK
3. The Final Straw
We love these beautifully crafted glass straws, hand blown by Brian Doran that arrive wrapped in a soft leather case. The perfect accessory to add a little something extra to your home bar set-up, you’ll never drink a long, cool G&T without them ever again.
Available from Commune Design
4. On Our Bikes
There’s something a little bit sexy about bike shops – we’re not sure if it’s the smell of the rubber or the shine of light on aluminium and titanium that gets us going. Or maybe it’s the clientele in their tight little lycra outfits. We’re not sure. But what we do know is that bike design is seriously hot right now, and nothing has gotten us as excited about strapping on a hair-do squashing cycle helmet as the Dutch designed Vanmoof. Starting at 398 Euros – which we think is a steal for a piece of functional, beautiful design – Vanmoof’s stripped back city bike is our ride of choice.
5. These Shoes Are The Business
Quite possibly the most eclectic collection of accessories and clothing that we ever had the pleasure of spending our hard-earned on, Maryam Nassir Zadeh shows off its owners’ collective eye for the beautiful and exquisite. Designers such as Awareness and Consciousness, Confettisystem, Phillip Low, Lindsey Thornburg and Three As Four are showcased at this Lower East Side boutique. Show-stoppers for us came in the form of Dieppa Restrepo’s ambiguous, asexual footwear, so beautifully crafted that they’re almost too good for the sidewalks of Manhattan. Other accessory and clothing heaven high points include Haltbar’s mohair cardigans, knotted necklaces by Confettisystem, a steel coloured wrap tanktop by Ohne Titel and handmade wooden arrows by Fredericks and Mae. Although we’re not entirely sure what we’re meant to do with them.
Shoes pictured, L>R: Light Grey Oxford (Elephant) $225; White On White Coca/Cao Oxford $259; Navy On Grey Coca/Cao Oxford $259
123 Norfolk Street, New York
Tel: +1 212 673 6405
6. The Rug Of Love
We’re in the market for some fashion for our flooring. We’ve always been keen followers of The Rug Company’s ever-growing collection of work by some of the art and design world’s most important folk, and we applaud the arrival of Tom Dixon into their talented fold. Bold and graphic – we’d expect nothing less from Mr Dixon – the four-piece collection was launched at last year’s London Design Festival and was inspired by the iconic TV test card.
Office pooch Henry is going to have to find somewhere else to sleep as his derrière will not be allowed near this beauty.