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Interesting photography from a great photographer named Arthur Fellig (1899-1968). Arthur Fellig, otherwise known as Weegee, contributed images of murder, mayhem, and drama to New York’s press through the 1930’s and 40’s. Weegee derived his name from the phonetic spelling of Ouija, claiming that psychic powers enabled him to be the first at crime scenes, fires, etc.

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Weegee’s photography is widely acclaimed and respected in both the art and journalism communities. Weegee’s first published work, Naked City (1945), became the inspiration for the 1948 movie, Naked City, and later the title of a TV drama series. He had no formal photographic training but was a self-taught photographer and relentless self-promoter. He was later included in many MoMA shows, and he lectured at the New School for Social Research. He also undertook advertising and editorial assignments for Life and Vogue magazines, among others.

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Not bad for a man who maintained a complete darkroom in his trunk of his car. Seriously. Legends such as Stanley Kubrick and Joe Pesci were influenced by the American photographer. Click here for more photos of Weegee’s work.

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Check out Nom De Guerre‘s Fall/Winter 2006 collection. The company, meaning “Name of War”, started out as a high end street boutique which provided designer street/urban wear for girls/guys. The store, based in New York, supplied brands like Yoko Devereaux, Ojis, Rogan, A.P.C and Society’s child. This helped spawn their own in-house design label.

Led by Creative Director & Part Owner Holly Harnsongkram, Nom De Guerre features T-shirts, jeans, sweaters, and more. Their reputation and credibility of creating quality and stylish clothing collection has allowed them to become one of the premium labels when it comes to high end urban street wear.

Press from the New York media and a rave throughout many Internet outlets such as Hypebeast has given them a great reputation and credibility in several urban and fashion industries. You’ll be sure to be hearing a lot more of Nom De Guerre in the near future.

Check out their Fall/Winter 2006 collection here.

Do you Speakeasy?

July 4, 2006

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Do you speak easy? Speakeasies were the place-to-be back in the late 19th/early 20th century when prohibition was in place and alcohol was illegal. It represented the cool, the corrupt, the wealthy and the social energy of that period of time. The mystery and the exclusiveness of a Speakeasy is what intrigued the public. The Speakeasy was a bar or a club that was discret and unknown to the public. To get in these establishments, a word or two spoken can get you into one of the most happening places.

As of who we are and what we’re about, we decided to keep that on the low. You’re just going to have to wait. Fall 2006.