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Todd Selby Goes Punk With a Cult Japanese Leather Maker


For six years now, Todd Selby has been offering us a portal into the lives of creative types with his photographic portraits and thoughtful, handwritten questionnaires featured on and in his series of insightful coffee-table books. Two weeks ago, Selby released his latest publication, Fashionable Selby, which profiles a range of stylish individuals involved in all aspects of the industry.

What’s truly admirable about the new tome is its sheer breadth of subjects. In addition to taking us inside the workspaces and homes of notable influencers including Dries Van Noten, Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing, Isabel Marant, Nicola Formichetti, and Carla Sozzani, The Selby also goes behind the scenes with relative fringe-dwellers like Brooklyn-based knitwear designer Lindsay Degen and cruelty-free Angora rabbit farmer Ambika Conroy. “Fashion is a place that’s full of colorful characters, and I spent about a year researching and pursuing word-of-mouth recommendations,” Selby told of his selection process.

Some of Selby’s more eccentric entries came from Japan. “I’ve always had a fascination with Japan. For whatever reason, it’s a culture that embraces real extremes and pushes people to unique places. Every time I go to Japan, I’m like, ‘I can’t believe this exists!’” he said. One of the most enlightening odysseys in the new book is Selby’s exploration of Blackmeans, a craft leather collective run by hard-core punks in Tokyo.

Selby learned a lot about the spirit of punk from Blackmeans founders Yujiro Komatsu, Takatomo Ariga, and Masatomo Ariga. “I think punk is really about these do-it-yourself details—like I’m-going-to-start-a-band-even-though-I-don’t-know-how-to-play-an-instrument kind of concept,” Selby said. “These guys are technically very skilled and all self-taught, but what’s most important is their incredible passion and vision.” Considering Blackmeans’ growing cult following and a recent pop-up at Opening Ceremony in New York, it’s only a matter of time until it breaks through.

The Selby documented the Blackmeans gang in a short video filmed by Todd and friend Junsuke Yamasaki; it debuts exclusively here on

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Zara Fêtes Its New U.S. Flagship


“We’re exchanging songs for shirts,” announced Matt Berninger, front man of the Brooklyn band the National at last night’s opening of Zara’s Fifth Avenue flagship store that drew the likes of Jen Brill, Todd Selby, Hanne Gaby Odiele, and Narciso Rodriguez. The fête celebrated the Spanish brand’s largest outlet in the United States, spanning four floors with more than 32,000 square feet devoted to women’s, men’s, and children’s clothing and accessories. “I love Zara,” confessed Rodriguez. “They’re so intuitive about what women and men want.” The designer’s recent purchase? Two pairs of red trousers. “Every time I wear them I get compliments.”

Not every guest was well versed in all things Zara, however. “I can’t believe it’s inexpensive,” mused first-time customer Rafael de Cárdenas, eyeing a men’s suit. “It doesn’t look cheap; I’m impressed.” Also ogling the menswear was Zara virgin Jen Brill. “I never shopped here, but Carlos Mota once wore this amazing white blazer with blue piping and I still think about it,” the Chanel ambassador told Meanwhile, Kate Schelter extolled the brand’s timesaving virtues. “You can walk in and within 15 minutes find a piece to wear that night,” enthused Schelter, in a monochrome look punctuated with a gold bib necklace. “People keep asking me if my outfit is Zara tonight…nowadays people can’t tell the difference.” She added with a wink, “It’s not, but it goes to show you that Zara can look like Valentino.”

Photos: Courtesy of Ioulex

Alexandre Herchcovitch, At Home


Maybe it’s just residual jealousy that our senior fashion editor, Marina, got to spend the past two weeks in her native Brazil, but I’ve been dreaming of sunny São Paulo. So, it turns out, is photographer Todd Selby. For his first visit of the new year, Selby dropped in on Brazilian designer Alexandre Herchcovitch and his husband, Fabio, at home, and the complete photo set is well worth browsing for anyone, like me, fantasizing about a South American jaunt. The same slightly skewed style that runs through Herchcovitch’s collections is evident in his taste for decor, wide-ranging enough to include McDonald’s golden arches, vintage barber’s chairs, and framed portraits of Marge and Homer Simpson alongside antiques and contemporary design pieces. There’s news on the Herchcovitch horizon, too: This month, the designer presents his first-ever pre-fall collection.

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Phillip Lim’s New Handbag Collection, London Cracks Down On Fashion Intern Exploitation, Todd Selby X Hogan, And More…


3.1 Phillip Lim, which first launched its handbag and footwear collection for Fall, is set to release its new 31 Hour bag line this Spring. The collection of four styles, including a cosmetic clutch, a portfolio, a classic tote, and a weekend, is designed for a woman “who needs more than 24 hours a day.” [WWD]

In London, over 100 fashion houses have been given a warning not to exploit interns. “The letters give fashion houses plenty of warning that they are under scrutiny. If they are not playing by the rules, now is the time to put things right,” says Michelle Wyer of HM Revenue & Customs. [Telegraph]

Avenue magazine’s editor in chief, Peter Davis, resigned from his post yesterday. Davis is already working on a new monthly magazine with Jared Kushner’s Observer Media Group. [Page Six]

Todd Selby has teamed up with the luxury footwear brand Hogan on a new film project called the Future Roots. For the first installment of the project, Selby photographed illustrator and fashion filmmaker Quentin Jones. [Dazed Digital]

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Color Theory, By Pharrell Williams


Clicking through Todd Selby’s snaps of Pharrell Williams’ art-filled Miami home, you could be struck by any number of things. Such as: Damn, that guy has a lot of KAWS paintings of Family Guy characters. Or, hey, why don’t I live in a spacious art-filled pad in Miami? Or, boy, it feels about 10 degrees colder in New York when you watch the sun glinting off somebody’s pool. But the one I’d encourage you to take away, if I may, is this one: Statement-colored shoes—even pink shoes, even for guys—can really make a white-tee-and-jeans outfit look like a whole lot more. And in fact, pink footwear, like Pharrell’s raspberry-hued boat shoes (left), has a long, proud history. I’m still kicking myself for missing the scuffed-up pink Chelsea boots Paul Smith showed on his men’s runway back in Fall ’09. At his color-saturated show at Pitti in Florence last season, Raf Simons showed pink on his men’s footwear—hidden on the soles. You can hold out for those when they hit stores this Spring, or, for instant gratification, head over to the Florsheim by Duckie Brown pop-up that’s currently open (through March) at 109 Mercer Street in New York’s Soho. Duckie designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver have used color in particular to goose the ultra-trad Florsheim shapes: For Fall, there are brogues in a rich, bloody red not too far from Pharrell’s, and for Spring—arriving in store next month—suede bucks and wingtips in a Pepto color the designers call Chalk Pink.

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