Worldparty September 30, 2008 By Miles Uritz

dulcinea title Dulcinea

You go to Istanbul, maybe it’s your first time, maybe it’s your tenth, and your peeps tell you to head to a mega-club like Reina and rain cash down on the shores of the Bosporus. But maybe that isn’t your style, maybe you want something else. Good: grab a cab, head to Dulcinea, and get comfortable. The joint has a café and a bar — and small art gallery in the basement — and is the perfect way to soak in slick, diverse Istanbul. Dulcinea, named after Don Quixote’s imaginary lover, never runs short on style and atmosphere and easily slides from a relaxed coffee house vibe to a packed bar to a down-tempo after-party to a tasty lunch spot. The minimalist décor is classic: wood tables and chairs dot the spacious interior, contemporary art hangs on the large walls, and simple hanging lights throw just enough wattage around, leaving plenty of room for the young, hip crowd to get wild. Be yourself, or be someone completely new; no one will care, unless you aren’t having fun.

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Music September 29, 2008 By Aimee Fountain
lindstrom Lindstrom
Smalltown Supersound

lindstrom title Lindstrom

Despite being just three tracks, each over ten minutes long (the first of which is almost thirty minutes!), Lindstrøm’s first true album isn’t the attention sapper you’d fear it might be. Instead, it utilizes the long format as a means of slowly building each song (and the whole album) into a very coherent, disco space odyssey. The album starts out droning, preparing for a psychedelic experience, but quickly morphs into the slick, melodic beats that Lindstrøm is renowned for. The songs are repetitious in parts, but there are enough clever layers and twists to make this an opus to space out to — repeatedly.

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Greenspace September 25, 2008 By Tara Ramroop
fab1 Fabulous Pre Finds
Photography Courtesy of MOMA New York

fab title Fabulous Pre Finds

It just wouldn’t be modern art if it didn’t offer some pointed social commentary. The Museum of Modern Art in New York City gives new meaning to the phrase “home delivery” as it welcomes a new exhibit exploring the history of pre-fabricated housing. Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, of course, includes a look toward the future with a five-story structure dubbed the Cellophane House. It consists of fifteen easy-to-assemble chunks and runs on solar power. Sorry, it’s not available for purchase just yet. But someday such options might provide welcome alternatives.

Music September 23, 2008 By Paula Pou
lila Lila Downs
Manhattan Records

lila title Lila Downs

Minnesotan by way of Mexico, Lila Downs’ diversity is more accurately showcased in her music. From folk and blues to Latin jazz and pop, Shake Away, Lila Downs’ latest release is her most ambitious. Crammed with impressive guests including Spanish flamenco-fusion sensation La Mari, Mercedes Sosa and Enrique Bunbury (former lead singer of Heroes del Silencio) it’s an album that is, not surprisingly, all over the place. But somehow her version of Lucinda Williams’ “I Envy the Wind” blends in with a silly fast-paced ditty like “Los Pollos”. For a multicultural and multi-mood experience, it doesn’t get more comprehensive than this.

Fashion September 21, 2008 By Marina Garcia-Vasquez
achilles1 Achilles
Photography by John Horner

achilles title1 Achilles

Long known for its traditional New England prep, Boston builds on its international pull of masterminds and the Achilles Project fits an important global niche. Part fashion boutique, part restaurant, and part artistic junction conceptualized by Michael Krupp and Shaka Ramsay, AP works as a solution for all those poignant consumer dilemmas we face today: local food, organic clothing, repurposed space, and investment in the community. The end product is several things acting in concert, while promoting sustainability. The space is a refurbished building in the ever-growing art scene of Fort Point Channel. Design team 3six0 lent their inventive solutions to this loft-like and modern setting of wood and steel, creating a shell that morphs from boutique to bar to lounge area.


Design, Fashion September 20, 2008 By Wendy Wedermere
lara Lara Kurtzman

larakurtzman title Lara Kurtzman

Lara Kurtzman, a New York-based jewelry designer, is a fan of accessories that serve many functions. Her signature silk keychain is a perfect example. Made of sterling silver and hand-dyed, hand-rolled silk, it looks equally gorgeous looping out of one’s pocket as it does wrapped around your wrist or even worn as a necklace. Blending elements of European, African, and Asian design, it has a decidedly international aesthetic without losing any rock and roll cred. For hipsters who want to upgrade their look, this is the perfect way to go. You can check out Kurtzman’s jewelry line, KELACALA Q, at

Fashion September 15, 2008 By Donari Braxton
hart1 Hartmann Nordenholz
Photography Courtesy of Hartmann Nordenholz

hart title Hartmann Nordenholz

What softens the cultural skin of couture fashion is the fact that we perpetually hyperextend it. Each season, instead of the outgrowths of developed folds, designers are driven to rack the surface of their collections with “new” ideas and “new” inspirations. Meanwhile, no one’s really encouraged to build off of old ones. So much of what’s exciting about the intimate German-Austrian collective Hartmann Nordenholz is precisely their response to this double bind: Simply put, design depth and continuity need not always get the short end of the stick.
Hartmann Nordenholz is the eight-year-old labor of fashion designers Filip Fiska (formerly under Helmut Lang) and Agnes Schorer (formerly under Viktor&Rolf). Although you might not have heard much about the collective, you can count on the duo to follow the wave of its 2002 Austrian Fashion Award (for contemporary design) to an increasingly promising crescendo.


Fashion September 14, 2008 By Marina Garcia-Vasquez
noir Noir
Photography by Marc Hom

noir title1 Noir

The Danish high-fashion label Noir makes ethical sexy. The company’s motto, “In darkness, all colours agree”, profoundly informs the humanitarian tone the label has chosen to take, along with the humane business model implemented since its establishment in 2006. As a member of the UN Global Compact, the company adheres to human rights, labor safety, and environmental concerns. Not that fashion created ethically is a new concept, but what is most striking about Noir is how much it cares for every facet of ethical business and how much attention is placed on the beauty of the fashion itself. Not a single detail is off.


Fashion September 12, 2008 By Marina Garcia-Vasquez
acronym Acronym
Photography by Luke Abiol

acronym title Acronym

With the world changing, exploring the science of clothing as a means for shelter and protection from earthly elements is increasingly in vogue, if not de rigueur. Moisture-controlling, anti-bacterial, and UV-stopping are terms that all of a sudden seem to make greater sense, and perhaps provide a marketing angle as well. Fusing this high design with high-performance technology is Berlin-based Acronym, recognized worldwide for its ahead-of-the-curve men’s fashion. The line, revered by techies, designers, skaters, and globetrotting surfers, hits the mark for durable sleekness. The pieces are intelligent skins ready for action with sophisticated lines and details not typically found in sportswear. Considerable attention is placed on well-executed pockets, hidden zippers, and special compartments for iPod and earphones. The handsome GT-J11 Jacket, a geared-up blazer made of hard-shell Gore-Tex, is still versatile enough to wear on the slopes of St. Moritz and on the streets in Stockholm. Cofounder/designer Errolson Hugh is known in this elusive market for marrying military concepts of armor with utilitarian functionality. His vision of hybridization was an out-breeding of his experience working in the German Special Forces and applying it to commercial lines like Burton and Gravis. His own line far exceeds anyone’s expectations in that marriage of fashion and form. And for this reason the hefty price tag associated with collecting the line works, in theory, as insurance against the prevailing environmental dangers we face today.

Music September 10, 2008 By Chandler Levack
lykkeli1 Lykke Li

Photography by Marcus Palmqvist

title4 Lykke Li

In England, they breed their pop ingénues big-haired and boozy, apt to trash their exes with intimate details of drug habits and dodgy new girlfriends. In America, they strap on a Fender Strat and jump around the strip mall. In Sweden, however, they take the high road. Twenty-two-year-old Stockholm singer Lykke Li calls her songs “spaces”. Her full-length debut, Youth Novels, measures the glacial intensity that made her compatriots the Concretes and the Shout Out Louds so fun to eat meatballs to. And it boasts a transcontinental dance flair. Li grew up on the mountaintops of Portugal with two hippie parents before moving to a windowless apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, at the age of nineteen to perform at open mike nights, to no avail. “I was a young skinny white girl without a clue about anything the first time I was in New York, so it was kind of a disaster,” Li admits. “My nickname was Blanquita and my friend got eggs thrown at her because she was white. We had no heat in the apartment even though it was December, so I slept with two jackets on.”

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