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July 29 2014

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Shipley & Halmos Offer A Few Good Things

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They’ve had this date from the beginning. “Before we started our company, the first thing we did was design our label,” explains Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos. “We wanted our label to have not just our brand name on it but also a message about what we make and what the brand stands for in some way. It says, ‘An offering of clothing and things created with hand, health, and heart.’ We put the ‘and things’ in there because we always knew that Shipley & Halmos would one day take on more product extensions beyond clothing, whether that’s books, furniture, whatever it is we wanted to create. When we started to work on this, we always knew that Things was going to be the name—it’s right there on the label.”

He’s talking about Things! by Shipley & Halmos, a new e-commerce shop for collaborations and miscellanea that launches today on the new, revamped Shipley-Halmos.com. The site won’t sell the duo’s men’s and women’s collections—not yet, at least—but will be featuring a regularly updated assortment of products that, Halmos says, inspire them.

At the launch, those include a co-branded Moleskin Notebook ($45), which comes with sketches pulled from Sam Shipley’s Numerous Drawings daily doodle blog. Hand-illustrated playing cards ($55, above) created by a friend of the designers are an “ode to New York”—the King, Queen, and Jack are New York personalities from the worlds of art and entertainment, like Woody Allen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Martin Scorsese. And S&H once again worked with Philip Crangi—with whom they’ve collaborated before, but never on an item available for purchase—on a “class ring” ($495, inset), with a company mantra (Vita Brevis, Ars Longa—”Life Is Short, Art Is Long”), their birth year (’79), and 8, the number of their Greene Street office and studio. “Shipley & Halmos is not meant to be exclusive; it’s supposed to be inclusive,” Halmos explains. “We want to have a dialogue with customers. A class ring seems fitting in that way. People can be part of our class—part of the posse.”

Photos: Courtesy of Shipley & Halmos

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