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  • THE INCORPORATED | MAKING GARMENTS WITH MARK MCGINNIS

    18 June 2019



    The brainchild of Seattle born Mark McGinnis, The Incorporated is a Los Angeles-based contemporary brand built from a multitude of influences. Their eye-catching, eclectic style has caught the attention of many and has been seen on the likes of Jaden Smith and YG. McGinnis specializes in taking unique vintage fabrics and repurposing them with a contemporary twist. As we walk through his workspace we find garments made from random Santee Alley rugs to even an old fabric from his grandmother. This eccentric twist of fabric selection and nontraditional silhouettes is what gives The Incorporated its identity and fits perfectly with their aim to fill voids they see within the Menswear world. 








































    ARTICLE BY:
    FRANCO ZULUETA


    VIDEO BY: 
    LUCAS CHEMOTTI


    PHOTGRAPHY:
    JAYSON PALACIO
    FRANCO ZULUETA


    LOCATION:
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES



    "THE INCORPORATED | MAKING GARMENTS WITH MARK MCGINNIS"
  • EYEDRESS | FROM MANILA TO LOS ANGELES

    21 May 2019



     

     
    Born in Manila, Philippines Idris "Eyedress" Vicuña moved with his parents to the United States at a young age in pursuit of the "American Dream." First to Phoenix, AZ and then transplanted to San Clemente, CA where over half a decade later he first entered the music scene playing bass in a Crass-influenced crust punk band called The Liberal Underground and indie rock band, Claud Winter. After years in the United States Vicuña found himself back in Manila where he would connect with his friends Julius Valledor and Diego Abad who together would form the band Bee Eyes. Vicuña learned the art of sampling through Valledor by making loops and mashing them up on the software Virtual DJ under the name “Castles Made Of Rad.” As their band started to gain more popularity, their bassist Diego Abad suddenly decided to leave the band to pursue his studies in Spain, which left Vicuña with lots of downtime to pursue a solo project which would eventually become Eyedress.

     

     








    The first physical releases of this project came out on underground French indie-pop/shoegaze label “Beko” and his first ever record titled “Hearing Colors” came out as a collaboration between Beko and Berlin based label “Mater Suspiria Vision/Phantasma Disques.” Soon after its release, blogs started to pick up Vicuña's music and eventually found him an official record deal with XL Recordings imprint, Abeano. They would soon re-release “Hearing Colors” as a free mixtape and a 12-inch EP titled “Supernatural” which was praised by major publications such as The Guardian and NME. Coincidentally running into King Krule while in the studio gave birth to collaborative tracks on his self released “Shapeshifter” album which features King Krule under his Edgar the Breathtaker alias. Eyedress also contributed to Krule’s 2017 record “Ooz” where he recites a Krule poem in Tagalog beneath melodic keys on the foreground.

     



    Because of Shapeshifter and numerous supporting write ups from Noisey and
    The Fader, Eyedress’ music was discovered by legendary producer Prefuse73
    who eventually got him a record deal with London based Lex Records.

     



    Sitting down with the soft-spoken musician was both experiential and educational.
    Exposure to his improvisational creative process allowed us to see how his brain
    operates, especially while creating a rough draft beat exclusively for this
    occasion. So many artists operate on feeling rather than formulaic
    steps, allowing them to access their truest form of self-
    expression. Eyedress is no exception. 

     



    “You know you’ll make something and in one week you’ll hate it. You gotta let it
    pass the test of time…” Opting to create sounds through digital means as
    opposed to the “live” Eyedress is able to create continuity within his
    work, one reason he chooses to create sounds through drum
    machines and software as opposed to
    the traditional instruments.

     




    During our conversation he reflects on his roots in the Philippines, where politics
    and the country’s infrastructure create an environment in which one’s fellow
    countrymen will sabotage your success in order to keep you from
    moving forward. This lack of unity and a proper support system
    is a common thread throughout the country. A lingering effect
    of colonial influences from decades of outside involvement
    in the country’s history. A flawed mentality he believes
    should be abolished, especially since experiencing greater
    Filipino love and unity in the United States.





    Eyedress continues to create eclectic audio experiences accompanied by his own
    extensive visual repertoire. Over time the artist's creative portfolio caught the eyes
    of Brain Dead's Kyle Ng, Harajuku’s Big Love Records and London’s Boiler Room.

     
     
     

    ARTICLE BY:
    JAYSON PALACIO

    VIDEOGRAPHY:

    LUCAS CHEMOTTI
     
    PHOTOGRAPHY:
    FRANCO ZULUETA
    JAYSON PALACIO

    SPECIAL THANKS:
     MR. ROTU




    LOCATION:
    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA



    "EYEDRESS: FROM MANILA TO LOS ANGELES"



     
     ©2019 BLENDS UNDERSTANDING OF NOTHING
  • KOJIMA "KOJI" HIROFUMI | A CONVERSATION WITH THE ATMOS DESIGNER

    07 May 2019




    Known for his coveted shoe collaborations, Hirofumi Kojima, "Koji," is the head
    designer of Tokyo-based footwear retailer, Atmos. During one of our trips to Japan
    we sat down with Koji for a special impromptu conversation regarding the shift in
    sneaker consumerism over the course of two decades and how Japan helped
    shape what is now considered to be "sneaker subculture." Koji also sheds some
    light on what inspires his creative design process when developing a
    product with with his collaborators.

     


    ARTICLE BY:
    LUCAS CHEMOTTI
    TAK KATO


    TRANSLATION BY:

    LEO KATO


    LOCATION:
    TOKYO, JAPAN




    "HIROFUMI "KOJI" KOJIMA: A CONVERSATION WITH THE ATMOS DESIGNER"



     

     ©2019 BLENDS UNDERSTANDING OF NOTHING



  • DESIRE: BEHIND AN INDEPENDENT CREATIVE PUBLICATION

    26 April 2019






    Based in Manchester, United Kingdom Desire Press is an independent creative
    collective brought together by Ben Thompson. A graphic designer by practice,
    Thompson’s vision for Desire expands on print magazine making to digital
    works, and interactive installation spaces. During our recent trip to Europe,
    we met up with Ben and Meg to understand a little bit more of what
    Ben’s vision behind the Desire Press label.

     


    ARTICLE BY:
    LUCAS CHEMOTTI


    LOCATION:
    LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM




    "DESIRE PRESS: BEHIND AN INDEPENDENT CREATIVE PUBLICATION"



     

     ©2019 BLENDS UNDERSTANDING OF NOTHING



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