“Metamorphose”, Hermès

I really hate the term “Fix it in post”. Fix it in post is always harder than you think,  and it takes an extraordinary amount of effort to get it right. The two videos below for  HERMÈS PARIS were produced by Montreal based Julien Vallée and Eve Duhamel studio with everything being shot live and in camera. While there are sections of this spot that look like a blend of CGI and live action, the second behind the scenes video will show you they are not. The result is a very impressive spot for HERMÈS. Watch the first full screen and in HD. It’s completely worth it.


Las Vegas, Hermés, House Industries, and Geestalten

Two years ago I was in Las Vegas, a city I truly loath but felt compelled to vacation in over Thanksgiving. Out of the 5 days I was there there are 3 things that stand out as wonderful. A trip to the Grand Canyon via Helicopter, Cirque Du Sole, and a pair of Hermés shoes that I tried on after shopping for a Hermés scarf for Kristy.

That pair of Hermés loafers is quite possibly the best thing that has ever touched my feet, and if I were a bit more free with my money I would have bought them. I just couldn’t justify dropping $2500.00 on a pair of suede loafers that I know would be scuffed and bruised with in a year. The reason I mention the shoes is two fold.

First off one of my favorite type foundries in the world, “House Industries” has produced some amazing merchandising, typography for Maison Hermès. Alphabetic Equestrian for the storefront in Tokyo, Japan. If you happen to be in Tokyo, the display is up through January 17th. (by the way my birthday is the 19th, and I wear a size 13 shoe. the loafers are tan suede, if you car to purchase them for me)

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The second part of this is one of my favorite book publishers, Gestalten, has dropped an interview with House Industries Ken Barber. If you are a designer, typographer, artist, or someone that is simply interested in art and design, this is a great video to watch. The video is beautifully shot and edited, and filled with insight from an industry leader.

Dear Santa, I Have Needs.

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and you know what that means… it means the holiday shopping season has begun with “Black Friday” deals erupting everywhere. I’m not participating in any of that nonsense. For the last 7 or more years I have done almost all of my Christmas shopping online, and probably will again this year as well. That doesn’t stop you however, and that is why I am posting my top ten wish list for Christmas 2010. Feel free to purchase any of these items for me.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 is the World’s smallest and lightest compact system camera with a built-in flash. Replacing the popular GF1 model, the new GF2 is 19% smaller in size and 7% less in weight than its predecessor, thanks largely to the introduction of a touch-control interface via the 3 inch 460,000-dot LCD screen. The DMC-GF2 also offers full HD movies at 1920 x 1080 at 60i (NTSC) / 50i (PAL) in AVCHD format with stereo sound, a new Graphic User Interface, a 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor, Venus Engine FHD image processor, expanded ISO range of 100-6400, a built-in pop-up flash and Dust Reduction system. If you don’t want to use the LCD screen for composition, an optional electronic external viewfinder is also available ($200), which slots into the external flash hot-shoe on top of the camera. The camera comes in Black, Silver, Red, and White. Prices range from 600 to 750 bucks depending on where you buy, and the accessories you get with it.

Olive O2 Multi-room player and olive Music Server


Olive makes some of the best digital music systems in the world, and this is a set up I could love. But with steep prices, I am counting on one of you to buy this for me this year. The multi-room players run $599.00 and the Olive servers run from 1000 to 5000 dollars depending on storage, Olive ripping your entire CD collection, pre-loading music etc. Speakers aren’t included so if you want to pick up a couple decent pairs I wouldn’t mind at all.

Eames Lounger and ottoman

I figure this Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman would be an awesome addition to my living room. What better way to relax than sitting in this chair with my feet up listening to my new Olive sound system while checking out the photos I just shot on my new camera. Well I can think of a few additions that might help.

Charbay alambic whiskey release ii

This is hands down the best whiskey I have ever tasted, and at $329.00 a bottle it should be. Using original pot heated distilling methods Charbay took 3.5 weeks of 24/7 distilling, working in shifts to check on the Pot Still every 3-4 hours. (One of the main reasons nearly all whiskey is column distilled.) to make this hand crafted whiskey. It is so smooth and flavorful you have to taste it to believe it. Distilled from “Low Wash” beer this whiskey has  a flavor that really allows the hops and barley overtones to come through. And yes I would drink this while sitting in my new chair listening to my new sound system, while fiddling with my new camera.

Samsung UN55b8500 Led backlit LCD Tv.

I figure if I am sitting in my Eames lounger sipping on whiskey, listening to my new sound system and checking out my new camera; I should have the TV going so I can stimulate even more of my surroundings with additional visual overloads. And what better way to do that than with one of the TV’s that C-Net says has the best picture of any TV they have reviewed. This 55 inch backlit LED/LCD TV boasts a 2 millisecond refresh rate clocking at 240 Hz. It has a contrast ratio of 7000000:1, and is internet connected.

“It costs a mint, but Samsung’s local dimming, LED-based UNB8500 series delivers the best picture quality of any LCD we’ve tested.” C-Net

Cartier Santos 100 Chronograph Black Dial Watch

All of this sitting and relaxing might have a tendency to lead to an abundance of sloth, and I am not the kind of individual that likes to sit around or be late. what better way to keep track of time than with this Cartier watch. The Santos features a titanium satin coated ADLC case with a black toile de voile bracelet. The bezel is constructed from stainless steel and titanium. It features a black dial with sword-shaped hands and Roman numeral  markers around the outer rim. The Chronograph features three sub-dials displaying: 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours. The self-winding automatic movement guarantees I’ll never be late.

Hermes Blake Loafers

Thanks to my new watch I won’t be late, but that doesn’t mean I won’t push my departure to the last-minute. With all this good stuff why would I even want to leave my house. None the less I know I am going to have to venture out at some point, and I might as well sport some fine shoe leather if I do. That is where these hand stitched Hermes loafers come in. My feet will be swathed in the finest of calfskin, cushioning each step as I race out the door for my flight to Monaco.

Best Made Axe

I don’t want you all to think I am some sort of sissified dandy, so I think it’s important that I request some manly gifts that exude luxury, yet hold on to that utilitarian function that I also covet. This is where the Best Made Axe comes in. Whether I am chopping down a tree, splitting logs, or killing zombies, nothing does a better job than this axe. Constructed with a hand painted and polished 30″ hickory helve topped off with a 3.5 lb fine grain steel bit this axe means business. Very manly, kind of designer. Either way its 400 dollars worth of zombie splitting goodness in your hands.

Raleigh Denim Jeans

Using an axe requires a solid pair of jeans. No self-respecting lumberjack would be caught dead wearing anything but denim when cutting down trees with their Best Made Axe in hand. These are not your ordinary machine-made jeans. Each pair of jeans from Raleigh Denim is handcrafted and sourced in North Carolina, made from White Oak Cone Denim, hand signed and individually numbered. Frankly I think I’d look good wearing these while sitting on my Eames Lounger, checking the time on my Cartier watch, sipping my Charbay whiskey, Listening to my Olive sound system, watching my Samsung TV, while taking pictures of my Hermes shoes.

If you wish to purchase any of these fine gifts for me, shoot me an email and I’ll give you my mailing address.