The Inventor of the Cowboy Shirt

A few years ago, I found myself lost inside a shopping mall with the man who, in 1946, invented the snap-buttoned cowboy shirt. Jack A. Weil, better known as Jack A, was one hundred and one years old and he was not happy. He was, in fact, highly annoyed. We had wandered into the shirt [...]

The Most Successful Chair

The monobloc is not the first plastic chair in design history. This honor goes to Joe Colombo’s stacking chair Universale. First introduced in 1965, it was made of five injection-molded pieces and thus started a new way of mass production. The monobloc is not even the first one-piece plastic chair in design history. That’s Selene, [...]


Tomislav Gotovac is a fifty-three-year-old Yugoslav artist whose work often requires him to get naked.  He doesn’t particularly enjoy it—“I’m just as shy as anyone else,” he told us the other day—but he has found nudity to be an essential element of many of his performances, which have established his reputation among the art lovers, [...]


The reason to get to the bottom of this nail business is that otherwise the city can be a complete mystery.  You are standing on the corner, things are dirty or not, unbearably hot or not; and you look up and, just at the level above where you had been looking before, there is a [...]

Earning its Stripes: The Hudson’s Bay Blanket

“Who watches the Olympics?!” Laurie muses in response to my comment that I suddenly find myself feeling emotionally attached to athletes I hadnʼt known existed mere days prior. It is mid-February and—though my friend suggested most New Yorkers remained oblivious—in my home country, Canadians are acutely aware that it is the middle of the XXI [...]

American Apparel’s Innovation and Exploitaton

The majority of companies no longer equate the production of their products with the marketing of their ‘brand’. Since a company’s finances is divided between different processes such as production, development and marketing, marketing departments have begun to see their work as something that in direct competition with the production process. But American Apparel is [...]

Double Standard

Sans serif was never so sleazy. Next to their outpost on the south side of Houston Street, American Apparel has commandeered an oversize billboard on which a young girl appears, wearing nothing but striped athletic socks and a crooked smile—and above her “Hello.” The photograph is firmly au courant, adopting the skuzzy stylized noise of [...]

Lady Gaga is a Machine for Dancing

Warholian pop princess, poster child of “neon noir,” hermaphroditic Ann Coulter doppelganger, butter face, the list goes on: Lady GaGa, née Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been called a lot of things more ridiculous than her own stage name—which, as it turns out, is actually a reference to the Freddie Mercury song, “Radio Ga Ga”—but [...]

The Schwinn Sting-Ray, The world’s first mass produced Chopper Bike

The Schwinn Sting-Ray is the Chopper Bike archetype. It is a Chopper Bike in its purist form, and is the first of its kind. It is the earliest known example of a commercially produced Chopper Bike, hitting the market in 1963, and is the most widely recognized brand even today, decades after its heyday. Like [...]

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