Weekend Reading: NJAL Editor’s Letter

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As you settle into the holiday weekend, I’m sure you will find some down time to read something worth while. Read the Editor’s Letter from Stefan Siege and his team at Not Just a Label. Here’s a little preview…

“Thanks 2016, it’s been weird! We now officially live in a post-truth society – so much of what we believe in has been overturned this year. Post-truth implies that we willingly live in a world where truth itself has become irrelevant. Though I feel the opposite is the case: thanks to digital and a connected society we now discover the truth and the lies behind social, political and commercial frameworks, and realise why innovation, transparency and progress are so hard to implement. Especially in fashion, where it has never been so apparent how outdated and uninspired the established system has become.”

For more insight into the notion of discovering truth to how the digital age is changing fashion and how Not Just A Label is at the forefront of this movement, read the full letter here.

 Weekend Reading is a series highlighting articles and books that I find impactful, meaningful or educational.

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Slow Living

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Starting the year off right with The Kinfolk Home, Interiors for Slow Living. A book full of interior inspiration, about living with purpose. “An ethos that encourages us to reclaim our time and devote it to whatever brings us joy and meaning.” The more I read through the collection of essays, interviews and profiles in this book, the more I realize the life Dermot and I live is one from the Slow Living school of thought. Here are some of my favorite images from the book. 
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Weekend Reading: Culture + Typography

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If you’re looking for a new coffee table book or typography reference book, pick up a copy of Culture + Typography by Nikki Villagomez. The book documents signage that will most likely be destroyed soon and it explains how typography reflects the culture of the times. It also inspires new ways to interpret the old typography to inspire new logos and design elements. Nikki Villagomez continues to update her blog with weekly inspiration. I’m excited to add this book to my growing library of reference books. Get your copy here.

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Weekend Reading: White by Kenya Hara

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When I went to the La Garçonne store, I tried on nearly the entire collection of La Garçonne Moderne, added a few things to my basics wish list, but ended up buying the book White by Kenya Hara. This book has been on my reading list for a few years and I was happy to stumble upon it while shopping. In his book, Hara explores the depth of white as a color, a feeling and almost as a spiritual entity. Living in an overly colorful world, I’ve grown very fond of the absence of color, it feels refreshing and calming. I’m only a few pages into the book, but I intend to continue my philosophical exploration of white while upstate this weekend. Here are a few quotes from the book that resonate with me.

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“There is no such thing as “white.” Rather, “white” exists solely in our perception. Therefore we must not attempt to search for “white.” Instead, we must search for a way to feel whiteness…. As we achieve this rapport with white, our world glows more brightly, and its shadows deepen.”

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“White can be attained by blending all the colors of the spectrum together, or through the subtraction of ink and all other pigments. In short, it is “all colors” and “no color” at the same time. This identity as a color than can “escape color” makes white very special.”

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  Weekend Reading is a series highlighting articles and books that I find impactful, meaningful or educational.

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