We’ve received stock of two premium fleeced hoods from the good folk at Ralph Lauren, conveniently coinciding with this week’s mish-mash of brilliant sunshine and sporadic showers. These classic track tops certainly qualify as wardrobe staples; acting as a standalone jacket in our current climate, or as an integral layering piece when Autumn arrives in several months time. Available in blue and a muted ‘pepper’ red both with a zip front, they feature an embroidered chest logo as can be expected with Ralph, alongside a nicely contrasting white drawstring. A great pick-up as we move away from heavier jacket options, crossing our fingers in hope the British sunshine sticks around for more than a brief cameo appearance this summer. In addition to our expanding brand list, we’ve proud to report the introduction of several new publications here at Number Six. We’ve picked a few of our favourites to feature below, but for a full list we invite you to head over to our Books department online.
Homeward Bound: The Life and Times of Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry
Homeward Bound: The Life and Times of Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry explores the life, times and artistic legacy of the father of the old-school tattoo, Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins. In much the same way as the critically acclaimed cult film, Hori Smoku Sailor Jerry, this limited edition, 128-page, hardbound book uses the life of Sailor Jerry as the conduit to deliver a visual ethnography of American tattooing. Previously unseen photographs include not only rare images of Collins, but also Hawaiian life in the mid-20th century and anecdotes are illustrated with ephemera and essays collected during the making of the film.
Take Ivy, originally published in Japan in 1965, set off an explosion of American "Ivy Style" fashion amongst the students of the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. The New York Times described it as “a treasure of fashion insiders”. Take Ivy has been the Ivy League Bible for the Japanese baby boomers, who were very much into the whole Ivy League look, having been a very rare find in the West, garnering auction prices as high as $2000. Take Ivy was authored by four Japanese sartorial style enthusiasts and is a collection of candid photographs shot on the campuses of America’s elite Ivy League universities. The series focuses on college-aged men and their clothes, capturing the unique fashion of the student population of that time. Whether getting a meal on campus. lounging in the quad, riding bikes, studying in the library, in class, or at the boathouse, the subjects of this photographic compendium are impeccably and distinctively dressed in some the finest American-made garments of the time.
I Want A Little Sugar in My Bowl - Terence Koh
For the 2009 exhibition, I Want A Little Sugar In My BowI over one hundred-plus artists were “desired (or curated)” by Terence Koh, Anat Ebgi, and Jenny Schlenzka. The curatorial premise is, as Koh bluntly noted, “people we’d want to fuck.” Forgoing any pretensions to good taste, the accompanying catalogue presents portraits of the sexy artists instead of depicting the artwork. A must-have flipbook of the fuckable for horny kids and aspiring artists alike.
Look at us........getting all cultured with our book department. Next thing you know we will be spending our afternoon's hanging around this great capitals vast plethora of museums and art galleries. Don't rule it out, we are a broad minded lot here at Number Six.
One other thing before we go, don't forget Father's Day this weekend. Make sure you treat the old man whether it be a couple of pints or one of the many fine products on every Dad's favourite web store, he deserves it.
Until next week, au revoir from all of us here at Number Six.