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A strong look from the Chike Mordi show

Brooklyn Fashion Weekend might have been rough around the edges, but it provided valuable exposure to the designers, models, and other industry people who otherwise wouldn’t have an opportunity to show. New York fashion can be an ocean with a lot of big fish, but Brooklyn Fashion Weekend made it into a much more manageable pond. (more…)

When I met chandelier designer Michael McHale for coffee one early and cold morning at La Colombe in Soho, one of the first questions out of my mouth was “How did you meet Tom Colicchio?” Mr. Colicchio features prominently as an endorser of Michael McHale designs; and, as a huge Top Chef fan myself, I had to know what brought the two together. The story, I learned, started as a brief online correspondence with Mr. Colicchio’s wife’s sister, which turned into a successful friendship between two very creative individuals.

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As Michael McHale sees it, every luxury brand has a story behind it. Customers aren’t just buying the product, they are buying the individual history. For Michael McHale Designs, the story, like the product, is one of transition and reinvention, as he calls it “The re-purposed lighting of a re-purposed lawyer.” (more…)


Our Brooklyn Bike Diary begins where Java Street meets the East River

There is nothing quite like seeing New York City by bike. While speeding cars, potholes, and texting pedestrians seem to provide an insurmountable obstacle to a two-wheel world, it remains one of the most exhilarating ways to explore the city. As David Byrne explains in his book Bicycle Diaries, ” This point of view [from a bike]- faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person- became my panoramic window on much of the world over the last thirty years- and it still is. It’s a big window and it looks out on a mainly urban landscape.” This is our interpretation of a Brooklyn Bike Diary.

In this photoshoot we sought to capture some of the joie de vivre of exploring Brooklyn by bike, with a touch of vintage nostalgia. We journey from the East River in Greenpoint, down Franklin Avenue, and south to Grand Army Plaza. While cycling might not be the most orthodox of transports, it is certainly the most stylish.

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Photographed by Nick Shepard
Styled by Annie Shepard and David Ban
Modeled by David Ban


An Empire State of Mind


Brief pause on Franklin Avenue


Hey guys, look, it’s the Bailey Fountain!


The Solider’s and Sailor’s Arch at Grand Army Plaza

Photo by Irving Penn

What’s more fun than vintage shopping? It’s like a modern day treasure hunt for that perfect, one-of-a-kind piece, that just calls out “buy me”. But of course, you need to know where to look. Lucky for you, we’ve done our legwork at Untapped Cities and compiled a list of what we consider to be the best vintage spots in the city.


Riding the subway is an experience of alternately judging people and ignoring them by playing phone games. Looking at Walker Evans’ subway portraits, not much has changed. It is somehow reassuring to know that even in the 1930s, New Yorkers were still annoyed by the general presence of pretty much everyone else. What is different, however, is the general proliferation of fur. And hats. Lots of hats.


When producers decided to update the movie The Thomas Crowne Affair, the first change made was to move the action from Boston to New York, and to relocate the heist from a bank to The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While the city of Boston was simply background noise in the first film, suddenly New York was front and center, and the Museum itself was a third character. (Discerning readers will know it was actually filmed inside the New York Public Library  and on a soundstage, with artists hired to make the set authentically “The Met”.)

The films, despite their differences, are both about surveillance- she watches him, he watches her watch him. Both films boil down to the same plot–Thomas Crowne, a wealthy business man, pulls off a stunning robbery out of boredom. A beautiful insurance investigator begins to build a case against him, following him, photographing him–yet all the while falling in love with him.

Of course the original film had one thing (or two things as the case may be) that the follow up didn’t have–Faye Dunnaway and Steve McQueen. His blue eyes and her upswept buns make for a chemistry that can never be replicated. Both of them are incredibly put together and stylish in that Mid-Century fashion that is incredibly sexy.  So for this photoshoot, we decided to take the new with the old and borrow from the best of both worlds. We take Faye and leave Boston. We see her likeness through his eyes. Him watching her watching him.

And we take the Met, that mysterious place where different times and places come together under one monumental roof. The American Wing, Temple of Dundar, and Greek and Roman galleries provide a particularly dramatic background to the unfolding drama. But flirtation through surveillance is a dangerous game and you will just have to wait for the sequel to find out the ending.

Find out more about the secrets of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Photographs by Nick Shepard
Styling and art direction by Annie Shepard

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