Monday, 29 March 2010
This exclusive interview with bestselling author and esteemed journalist Gay Talese by Cristoffer Neljesjö of Welldressed and Nicola Linza of Manner of Man was conducted in New York March 2010 and is only available in print edition.
1. What is it about photography that you find appealing?
Photography is the ultimate way of seeing. I can frame anything the way I want in order to completely control what is in the frame, or what I choose to exclude. I love the control that I have over so many things from the lighting to the framing and of course the subject matter, but what I also love about photography is letting all that go and finding things with the lens that you didn't see, letting things surprise me and accepting the changes. So it is both control and giving up control that I like about photography.
2. Who would be (or would have been, if deceased) your ideal client or booking?
Ideally it is best to work with people you get along with and who you can communicate ideas well to each other, so it could be a great/rich/cool/etc. client but if it wasn't a good collaboration it probably wouldn't be the best experience. That being said, I'll just say Levi's.
3. When you are selecting a male model, what do you look for?
Versatility is the most important, the ability to have different looks, which sounds kind of ridiculous but is actually so rare, so beyond being good looking, a great model needs to really do some work.
4. Where has your favourite location been to date?
Shooting on a rainy day in Malibu and making it look like a beautiful grey east coast spring day. But then again, I like shooting on any beach.
5. Why do you do what you do?
See answer #1.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
This exclusive interview with Tom Mahon at Warwick Hall in Cumbria conducted by Nicola Linza and Cristoffer Neljesjö during March 2010
Interview with Tom Mahon
What does bespoke tailoring mean to you?
True bespoke is probably one of the least adulterated personal crafts that you can commission today. In other words it's totally between me and my client. Nothing else matters.
What is it like working, in other words doing what you do, out in the country?
Working in the country in comparison to the city is the same. It's work. But in my case I enjoy it. Simple really.
How do you look at Savile Row today?
Savile Row today is the same but with the obvious differences. The craftsmen who really know are getting rarer. Anyone can open a shop and hang up a "Bespoke Tailors" sign. Ultimately whatever your skill level. Savile Row surely must be a byword for dedication to the craft, wherever you work.
Would you say there is a more honest appreciation for detailed and skilled traditional work in the country as opposed to the city?
People are the same everywhere. time is the scarcity. If your given enough you can always see the beauty in the detail. Do we have more time in the country? I don't really know.
How do look at the future of bespoke?
As they say "So bright we all need shades". Strangely, in a world that seems less sociable on one level is talking more and more on another. Details and individuality seem to be increasing everywhere. From whats in our food to to the clothes on your back. The excitement of mass production is gone. If there really ever was any.
Monday, 22 March 2010
M/M I miei fratelli italiani sprezzatura: Don Fabrizio Tortorici di Vigna Grande XIV° baron of Rincione
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M/M Christie's Architectural Heritage: The Adrian and Suzy Puddy Collection~ South Kensington ~ 10 March 2010
Christie’s South Kensington is proud to announce Architectural Heritage: The Adrian and Suzy Puddy Collection, to be held on Wednesday 10 March.
The sale will include 220 lots of fine antique garden statuary and ornaments, handcarved natural limestone chimneypieces and paneling, with estimates ranging from £500 to £40,000; the collection is expected to realize over £700,000. Offered by the family run business Architectural Heritage as the company welcomes in a new era with the founders Adrian and Suzy Puddy moving into retirement, the firm will be taken over by their son, Alex Puddy.
Highlights include a pair of carved marble models of Molossian Hounds, executed in the mid-19th century (estimate: £40,000-60,000), an Italian marble figure of a maiden by Prof Bazzanti, mid-19th century (estimate: £20,000-40,000, illustrated left) and an Edwardian octagonal summerhouse, created by Julius Caesar & Sons, early 20th century (estimate: £8,000-12,000) – all of which would perfectly complement any garden as we look forward to the warmer weather in the Spring months.
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Io sono una forza del Passato.
Solo nella tradizione è il mio amore.
Vengo dai ruderi, dalle chiese,
dalle pale d’altare, dai borghi
abbandonati sugli Appennini o le Prealpi,
dove sono vissuti i fratelli.
Giro sulla Tuscolana come un pazzo,
per l’Appia come un cane senza padrone.
O guardo i crepuscoli, le mattine
su Roma, sulla Ciociaria, sul mondo,
come i primi atti della Dopostoria,
cui io assisto, per privilegio d’anagrafe,
dall’orlo estremo di qualche età
sepolta. (“Poesie mondane,” Bestemmia 619)
[I am a force of the past.
Tradition is my only love.
I come from the ruins, and churches,
and altarpieces, the abandoned
villages on the Appennines or on the Prealps,
where brothers have lived.
Like a madman I wander on the Tuscolana,
On the Appia like a dog without a master.
Or I observe the twilights, and the mornings
over Rome, and Ciociaria, and the world,
as the first acts of the After-History,
which I partake of, by chronological privilege,
from the extreme border of some
- Pier Paolo Pasolini