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November 12, 2016

The transgressive art of Pierre Molinier

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French born artist Pierre Molinier holds a special place in my heart. He was fully charting his own unique course and vision with plenty of wit, humour, beauty and total and utter commitment. Using photography and collage he redefined self representation and explored his fantasies. Read more about his life and practice

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October 28, 2016

Masks by Phyllis Galembo + Halloween

Since Halloween is just around the corner, we thought it would be the perfect time to share some incredible photographs by Phyllis Galembo. Her book Maske is a stunning collection of photographs, in which she documents ceremonial and ritual masks of the Makishi people of Zambia.

Masks and the rituals of dressing up are an integral part of Halloween celebrations. We can only dream to infuse this much whimsy and creativity into our own costumes and lives.

Happy Halloween xo

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Inspired by African masks we did our own slightly psychedelic take on subject with our Neon Voodoo collection of leggings and tank tops. Both are currently on sale and limited quantities are available.

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November 30, 2015

Rotten / Bacon

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About a week ago, I went to see Public Image play, fronted by one of the truly great front men in music – John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten. Definitely past his prime by now, he still infuses so much venom, energy and personality into absolutely everything he does or has ever done.

I took some photos, mostly focusing on John’s manic, sometimes baffoonish stage presence. I wanted to elaborate on his presence by trying to capture “something unexpected”, rather then just a direct representation. While editing the photos, I decided to try and juxtapose several images I took of John Lydon with some of Francis Bacon’s self portraits.

Out of all the photos I took, these two really captured the band and especially John Lyndon’s essence for me.  Much like Bacon and his paintings, Lydon’s performance is unsettling, experimental, unapologetic, and incredibly enigmatic. And yet, somehow both also have a familiarity and depth that allows the work to be readily absorbed and imprinted directly into our psyches.

We can all use a little more Rotten Bacon in our lives.

xo

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October 24, 2015

Pierre et Gilles – a saccharine deception

 

Pierre et Gilles are French romantic and artistic partners that have been working together for close to 40 years. That alone is a reason to admire and love them. But there is more. Much more.

They create some of the most gorgeous, whimsical and provocative art in existence. The always slightly surreal and dreamlike mixture of photography and painting featuring famous and anonymous people is instantly recognizable and distinct.

The work is deeply rooted in popular culture and fuses themes of erotica, religion, sexuality, theatre and myth. Each portrait they create is infused with colour, wit and is a great reflection of the subject’s personality.

The creative process is precise and meticulously rehearsed: together the duo draft a project – first as a drawing, and then as an actual mise en scène where the use of a myriad of objects and accessories brought from their travels results in a rich theatrical spectacle, highlighted by their use of dramatic stage and lighting effects. Pierre and Gilles create their stunning costumes themselves, and they choose the make-up and hairstyle with the help of experts. Once the set is ready, Pierre photographs it and Gilles retouches the unique print with layers of paint.

At first glance, their photos have an almost kitsch, pseudo religious look to them, but once you dig deeper under the saccharine exterior, it becomes apparent that there is an enormous amount of “edge” and humour in everything they do.

The very first two professional portraits they ever did were of Andy Warhol and Iggy Pop for the very cool French magazine called Facade. That’s pretty much all you need to know. Since then, they have also worked with an absolutely amazing array of artists including, Marc Almond, Nina Hagen, Jean Paul Gaultier, Boy George and many more.

Most recently, they did a cover for one my favourite current fashion publications – “Fuuucking Young” featuring Lucky Blue Smith.

It’s difficult to even express how much of an influence their work has had on me and on Some Product as a creative entity. Having loved their work for so long, I think it’s safe to say that their approach and constant re-invention of popular culture is very much part of the ethos of what we try to do on a daily basis.

xo

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April 30, 2015

What inspires us: Newton’s Eye

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Helmut Newton is just one of those people whose work I have had a love affair with, practically my whole life.  Really, what’s not to like? Beautiful people, photographed beautifully, in beautiful and seductive settings. His photographs are a sort of an affirmation of life. They seem to be saying – “Yes, life can be beautiful and glamorous, and that’s just how it’s supposed to be!”

La vita é bella

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February 5, 2015

Tantalum Magazine – Odessa

Martina + Reem are very much in our creative family. Aside from being absolutely lovely humans and frequent collaborators, they are some of the most talented and hardest working creatives around. We have also had the pleasure of working with them on a capsule collection featuring some of their more ethereal and abstract photography.

A beautiful editorial featuring many of the pieces from our collaboration was recently published by Tantalum Magazine.

http://tantalummag.com/current-issue/#/odessa/

http://martina-reem.com/

 

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January 27, 2015

The dark and beautiful art of Guy Bourdin

Sex, colour and desire have never been expressed more beautifully then in a Guy Bourdin image. His photographs are visually striking and complicated, all in one. They tell a story without ever giving away the ending or providing a resolution. His visionary work, is really one of my great life long loves and influences.

An excellent exhibition of his work is currently on view at The Somerset House in London. If you are there, it’s an absolute must.

http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/guy-bourdin

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September 2, 2014

Johann shoots Some Product

This is a pretty rare thing for us. To get in front of the camera.

Often we are shooting or watching others shoot stuff that we make on models. Another words, we are usually “behind the scenes”. Recently Some Product got asked for some promo shots, of which we actually had none! We promptly asked old friend and fantastic photographer Johann Wall to help us out. His studio is a block away from ours and these shots were taken somewhere about half way in between. Johann works fast and with his easy going personality manages to capture those little moments that make for cool pictures…

Check out more of Johann’s work here

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July 22, 2014

BTS with Martina+Reem

Having just completed a massive collaboration with Martina+Reem, it is only fitting that we were dying to work on an editorial and a look book with these two generous and talented ladies. Last Sunday was truly a magical day at the beach and we couldn’t have asked for a better team. Without revealing too much, here are some “behind the scenes” images from the shoot.  Stay tuned for more! xo

 

Photos: Martina+Reem

MU&H: Vanessa Wong

Models: Ja Pace & Shannon at Family Management

Styling & BTS photos: Dave & Catherine at Some Product

Special Thanks to: Dandi for the headpieces, Sonya Jang for lending us her clothes and Used House of Vintage for the amazing accessories.

 

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