Our April 2014 mixtape

Some songs on this mixtape reflect on how we’re often wishing our lives could be different instead of making things happen. Let’s enjoy some tracks from Mac Demarco, The Clash, Future Islands (and more), but then go out there and make shit happen. And oh yeah, the first four people to email us with their mailing address will get a surprise in the post. What are you waiting for?

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Murakami’s music

At least three of us are big time Haruki Murakami fans, so we were thrilled to find that software development company Decor put together a user-generated site (Murakami’s music) listing and streaming all the songs referenced in the Japanese novelist’s books. You can sort tracks from each book or by genre/title and contribute anything that’s missing. It’s a fun project we’re glad exists because it makes for some great afternoon listening. By the way, how stoked are you for Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage?

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Image via MurakamiHaruki

Co-working meets active fitness. I couldn’t be more excited about this venture from Brooklyn Boulders

One the highlights of last week’s PSFK Conference was getting turned on to Brooklyn Boulders and how they’re revolutionizing co-working. Combining active fitness and creativity feels like a natural progression and BB’s Somerville location has absolutely nailed it with their Active Collaboration Workspace. Watch this video and be prepared for serious amounts of envy.

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Poster Pairings: No Plan

We beat ourselves up over things not going according to plan, but the truth is it seldom does so why let it bother us? I’m not saying never plan or prepare, but learn to be okay with your plans getting bent out of shape or being completely shattered. I know for me, all the best parts of life weren’t planned at all. And I think that’s what makes life worth living – we don’t know what’s going to happen next. This edition of poster pairings is a print from our pal Chris Piascik with a fitting tune from Oakland musician Spencer Owen.

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Spencer Owen – The Big Interruption

Do-Tell: Maceo Keeling of Paisley Socks & Citizens of Culture

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Rare is the creative polymath – an individual with seemingly unlimited energy and unbounded interests radiating out like an octopus’s arms – an individual centered by an innate and unquenchable desire to create, share, and connect all at once. My pal (and sometimes stairs of Silver Lake workout buddy) Maceo Keeling is that kind of impressive 20-sided die of unbridled energy, able to flip from the role of prolific writer for his site, Citizens of Culture, easily over to fashion entrepreneur as the founder of Los Angeles brand, Paisley Sockwear, in a heart beat. He also somehow finds time to produce music videos, compete in the art of fencing, and regularly hosts events catering to the LA creative set. I was able to pin him down between breaths to ask him about one of his main passions: socks.

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Tell us what inspired you to start Paisley Sockwear. Why socks in particular versus other clothing or accessories?

Paisley Sockwear at its simplest was born from a simple question I was continually asked: “Maceo, where do you get all your cool socks from?” I became known in my social circles as being someone who always wore brightly colored socks. At the time, I was working at American Apparel and I got the opportunity to develop some color ways for additions to their line. During the process I uncovered my own ability to create in that medium and wanted to explore beyond what I was assigned to develop.

Once I was finished working at AA, I knew the only thing left to do was to find a partner that would allow me to realize my own designs. I didn’t want depart from the Made In USA ethos I had become accustomed to at American Apparel, so I searched far and wide for manufacturers and was eventually able to begin production with two factories based in the United States.

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For me socks are one small thing that you can take risks on without having to worry about messing up your entire outfit. Socks are rarely seen, but socks can give guys that are usually very fashionably reserved the opportunity to experiment with color and fashionable expression without stepping too far into the deep end. I also love the industry side of things because socks are kind of a collector’s item, so I am not at ends with other sock designers, and there is enough for us all to make a living.

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Color and pattern are trademarks of your offerings. Where do you find inspiration for your sock designs?

My inspirations come from the most interesting places. It could be from the combination of colors I notice between a little kid’s hair color and the grass behind them, or simply the hues borrowed from a stack of books on a shelf. I have a specific style called L.E.S., an abbreviation for Lower East Side in Manhattan, a place whose palette was used to paint the colors of one of my socks. But for me it’s not really about “finding inspiration”…more so about remaining open to allowing the inspiration to find me anywhere, any time. Keeping that open-minded perspective allows any sight, sound, taste or other experience to become my muse.

Okay, so then outside of fashion, where else do you seek these “muses”?

I’m very nostalgic and an energetic person, so I find a lot of inspiration and a common spirit from childhood and kids. There is a youthful curiosity I try to maintain, and that mindset really informs me about what space I should be working in. That, along with fulfilling my curiosity with research and experimentation, is what leads me to just about all my ideas. I try to seek out small failures, because I think they provide a context that helps me see the solutions.

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You seem like one of those acrobats balancing spinning plates with his arms, legs and mouth. But what’s the common thread running through each of these endeavors, and how do you use them to weave throughout your work?

It’s true, I do have a lot of creative outlets! I try to approach everything I do from a variety of angles and perspectives because I believe learning from a single direction can cloud seeing truly creative solutions. I like to throw out templates or guidelines! For me it is far better to analyze the task at hand and find an approach uniquely my own, which may not seem as efficient initially, but will achieve higher quality results in the long run. That said, the common thread that runs through all my endeavors is a commitment to a learning journey, and to do my best to show people the parts of a project before it is complete.

In other words, too often we only note the finished product, but people really learn from the behind-the-scenes experiments and failures. Information these days is mostly free anyway, but information alone is not enough. It’s discipline or dedication that will make the difference between two people starting with the same knowledge. I want people to know that everything that I produce has been thought about to a high degree and labored over. It’s not magic, but exploration, refinement, practice, and plenty of failure – all are part of the creative process. Art, like science is for everyone and that is probably why I spread myself out across different mediums.

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What’s keeping you busy lately…besides challenging yourself to fence or run up the Silver Lake stairs with me in the mornings?

I have a lot of hobbies, but on the work front I am really pushing sales of my socks line, Paisley Sockwear, notably a recent collaboration I did with The Essential Man. I’m also working on new music material; music has always been a passion, and I’m feeling like I have a real shot at this point to pursue it further.

Tell us two things you’re excited about right now.

1. Music is the most exciting thing I have brewing at the moment, all my stuff is at MaceoPaisley.com. I am having a ball and it is kind of a dream to be able to pursue making my living doing what I love.

2. I am also really excited about the next season of House Of Cards. I’ve already finished this season, but I think I might watch the whole thing again because I love it so much!

Time to put on your thinking cap

Helltotheyes. We’re stoked to share maybe our favorite shop item ever – the Thinking Cap. It’s been something we’ve wanted to make forever and even though we’ve had to navigate the maelstrom that is the fashion and merchandising industries, it was totally worth it. This 5-panel all-season cap is embroidered, fully-adjustable and looks even better when it’s been through a few brainstorms.

The Thinking Cap is perfect for a-ha moments, problem-solving or contemplating life’s greatest mysteries. Pick one up in our shop before they’re gone.

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Big ups to our homies Rob Hopkins of Queen City Studio,  David McDowell and Jenn Farmer. This wouldn’t have happened without you.

Shwood and Louisville Slugger make a baby

Alright so this is baseball post #2 of the day, but man is this SMRT. Portland eyewear designer Shwood teamed up with Louisville Slugger to release limited edition sunglasses on opening day. The glasses are made from the very same ash wood used in bats and the video really sells it by conjuring up all my little league memories. They might not flip up, but who’s going to be the first MLB player sporting these? [via Hypebeast]

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