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Bruce Weber, Carolyn Murphy, and the Dogs of Detroit Celebrate With Shinola



When asked for his initial reaction at the prospect of relocating to Detroit, Shinola creative director Daniel Caudill doesn’t hesitate: “I was totally excited about it! If you think about it compared to New York in the late seventies—it was a place that people wouldn’t go to, and it was a city in transition.” Since launching in 2011, the brand has aimed to play a key role in that transition. At 5,000 square feet (half of that is the brand’s bicycle production), Shinola’s Midtown Detroit flagship has become a de facto neighborhood hangout, complete with picnic tables out front.


So it was only fitting that last Friday, when Shinola feted the first anniversary of its Motor City flagship (and the one-week anniversary of its new, neighboring multibrand shop, Willys Detroit, above), it was with a series of community-minded events—including the sponsorship of Midtown’s first dog park. Four-legged friends and owners alike turned out for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, before wandering the scant few hundred feet over to the Shinola outpost for a preview of Shinola Pet, a new collection of animal accessories. Launching in September, the capsule was created in collaboration with lensman (and honorary Detroiter) Bruce Weber. In addition to American-made leashes, collars, and beds, stationery featuring some of Weber’s canine snaps will also be on offer. For Weber, who recently shot a decidedly city-centric campaign for Shinola, the partnership came organically: “I met Tom [Kartsotis, founder of Fossil and Bedrock Manufacturing, Shinola's parent company], and I liked him so much,” he said amid the fracas of the brand’s Friday night neighborhood block party. “We really saw things the same in a lot of ways, and he felt like someone I could talk to. When I do photographs for somebody, I’m not doing it for a company, I’m doing it for a person.”


The Pennsylvania-bred photographer’s instincts would seem to be spot-on. A bit of serendipitous matchmaking led to Shinola’s decision to tap Carolyn Murphy as its women’s design director. “I had no clue what I was getting into when I was shooting the campaign with Bruce, who’s a longtime friend,” said Murphy. “He pulled me aside and said, ‘I want you to do more with this company.’ I didn’t quite get what he was saying until the second day of the shoot, when he sent me to the factory. Once I had a grasp on what the brand was about, it made total sense why Bruce took his magic wand and said, ‘Here you go, kid.’” The famed catwalker, with her all-American elegance, works closely with Shinola to strike a balance of the feminine and the rough-and-tumble that’s particularly close to her heart. “I’m not going to toot my own horn, but it’s a perfect match. This is my lifestyle, and has been for years. It’s really a cool relationship—the best relationship I think I’ve had in a long time!”

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EXCLUSIVE: First Look at Louis Vuitton’s Fall Campaign by Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and Juergen Teller


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Louis Vuitton

Naturally, we expected big things from Nicolas’ Ghesquière’s first Louis Vuitton campaign. And as is so often the case, the designer did not disappoint. Ghesquière enlisted not one, not two, but three iconic photographers—Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber, and Juergen Teller (who, if you’ll remember, also lensed Vuitton’s Fall and Resort lookbooks)—to shoot his Fall ’14 ads, which he dubbed “Series 1.” The snaps star Charlotte Gainsbourg (Ghesquière’s longtime muse), Liya Kedebe, Freja Beha Erichsen (the Fall ’14 show opener), and Jean Campbell.

The three photographers were given a brief of “classic beauty meeting creative innovation.” Though each approached the task in his or her own way, the images work together to build a fluid, cohesive story. Debuting exclusively here is a behind-the-scenes film of Gainsbourg’s shoot with Leibovitz, set to the tunes of the model’s own music. The short illustrates not only the essence of the collection, but the wearability of Ghesquiere’s first garments for the house. And who better to showcase Ghesquière’s modern French clothes than a quintessentially French femme like Gainsbourg? Have a look at the chanteuse posing in Vuitton’s Fall ’14 wares, above.

Photos: Annie Leibovitz and Juergen Teller for Louis Vuitton

Bruce Weber Toasts His New Exhibition in the Motor City


bruce-weber-sizedEveryone has something good to say about Bruce Weber. Look at the long list of Condé Nast editors and publishers, creative luminaries, and style stalwarts who decamped to Detroit yesterday in his name. The occasion was the opening of a new Condé-sponsored exhibition of the lensman’s images of the Motor City at the Detroit Institute of Arts. “I just kept hearing music in my head for a long time,” said Weber of why he first turned up in town back in 2006. “I’m a big Marvin Gaye fan, and I thought, Well, I have a musical going on! That’s what brought me here.” The resulting images are a long way off from the ruin porn that has come to make up much of the city’s photographic legacy. Instead of decaying buildings, Weber gravitated toward locals.

Many of those he shot were on hand last night, including Jeremy Marek, a young man whose arresting scowl from under a fedora has become one of the show’s most iconic shots. “He’s very gentle, and easy to work with,” said Marek of why Weber has become so beloved of the city’s population. Also singing Weber’s praises (and later simply singing) was former Detroit resident and Weber compatriot Patti Smith. Scarcely an iPhone camera went unraised during her performance, for which her children Jesse and Jackson joined her on piano and guitar, respectively. It all made for a heady sight against the backdrop of the Institute’s titanic Diego Rivera mural depicting the Ford factory. After the cocktails, guests took their finery to a downtown diner, where the main attraction was “Coney Islands,” a Detroit take on the chili dog. An after-after-bash headed to The Raven Lounge, Michigan’s oldest blues bar, for live music and carousing into the night. It’s good to go local.

patti-smithPatti Smith, Musician and Writer, New York City, 1996
jackso-fiveThe Jackson Five and a Cousin, New York City, 1975

Photos: Conde Nast / Bruce Weber

Jason Wu Curates for a Cause


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On June 11, Jason Wu will merge good art with a good cause when he hosts the Second Annual Young Friends of ACRIA Summer Soirée. But his involvement with the AIDS research and education foundation goes far beyond turning up at the benefit and smiling for Billy Farrell. “I want to help pave the way for my generation to get involved,” said Wu, who sits on ACRIA’s board. “I love what ACRIA does, and it’s great for me to be able to work with people I admire, like Francisco Costa and Donna Karan.”

In order to help raise funds for the organization, the designer has put together an extensive auction of photographs (fashion and otherwise), the proceeds from which will naturally go to ACRIA. “Last year I collaborated with artist Nate Lowman on T-shirts, and I wanted to continue the art-and-fashion element,” said Wu. “So I thought it would be nice to curate a collection of photographs by young and established photographers that I admire.”

Inez & Vinoodh; Herb Ritts

Open for bidding now on, the auction includes Inez & Vinoodh’s Guinevere Descending a Staircase; Herb Ritts’ 1991 portrait of a pensive Karl Lagerfeld; and Bruce Weber’s erotic snap Gregory and Sacha, Nantucket, Mass, 2012, as well as works by up-and-comers, like Kevin Tachman’s moody shot from Rick Owens’ Fall ’13 show, Kelly Klein’s punk-tinged image, and Gregory Harris’ uplifting 2008 photograph New Hope.

Rick Owens“I’d like the younger generation of creative people to be able to afford and have these things,” offered Wu. To wit, starting bids range from $400 (for Simon Burstall’s grayscale image) to $6,000 (for a Weber or Steven Meisel). Sure, it’s no small investment, but these are pretty appealing prices when it comes to big-name photographers. “This is a great way for people who are really interested in collecting to get an incredible work that most people in their 20s and 30s wouldn’t be able to buy.” A collector as well as a philanthropist (his latest acquisition was an Inez & Vinoodh-lensed print of his Spring ’14 campaign with Karen Elson), Wu places himself in this category. “I’ll definitely be bidding on everything!” he laughed. Why not join him?

Photos: Bruce Weber, Inez & Vinoodh, Herb Ritts; Kevin Tachman; all courtesy of

Ghesquière Taps Major Talents for Louis Vuitton Campaign


VuittonNicolas Ghesquière continues to mold his vision for Vuitton today. WWD reports that the designer has tapped not one, but three leading photographers—Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Juergen Teller—to lens his first campaign for the house. Marc Jacobs often worked with Steven Meisel during his reign at Vuitton, so it will be interesting to see how Ghesquière’s creative relationship with the above bold-faced names develops—if you’ll remember, he tapped Teller to shoot the conceptual Fall ’14 lookbook images (left), which debuted exclusively on the day of the runway show. Ghesquière’s Fall campaign will feature Liya Kebede (left) and Freja Beha Erichsen (both of whom walked in his Fall show), as well as actress Charlotte Gainsbourg. This move further proves that Ghesquière at Vuitton is a defining force to be reckoned with—as if there was ever any doubt.

Photo: Juergen Teller, Courtesy of Louis Vuitton