A Banksy painting worth £200k arrived outside Simon Duncan’s west London home inside a battered old van last week, sent unexpectedly to Duncan, a 41-year-old web developer, as compensation for the world-renowned graffiti artist having coincidentally chosen the name of Duncan’s band as the title for his film, Exit Through the Gift Shop.
“I am a drummer in a band that was called Exit Through the Gift Shop that I started with friends 18 months before I turned 40. It was a kind of midlife crisis, but we are still going, with a different line-up, and it has become a bit more serious,” said Duncan, who agreed to change his band’s name to Brace Yourself in an arrangement with Banksy.
“We had these hilarious emails from someone saying he was Banksy, but we didn’t know if they were genuine,” said Duncan. “Then a scruffy white van arrived. The driver had no idea what he was carrying.”
The band plan to unveil their new name and backdrop, which shows the grim reaper riding a dodgem car, at a London gig this week.
“When we saw the painting we could not believe it,” said Duncan. “It is the size of a double bed, for a start. We had to insure it, so a man from Sotheby’s came over to see it in my loft. He said to me, ‘This is surreal. I have just been valuing an 18th-century portrait in a stately home, but it is not as valuable as this.’”
The band have put the painting in storage at Sotheby’s and will perform in front of a full-size copy.
Here is another impressive piece from Heritage Research with this Artillary Jacket. This astute design is on par with the attention to craftsmanship Heritage research pride themselves on with each piece hand made to order. Regularly drawing influence from workwear and military silhouettes and methods of construction, the Naval Artillery Jacket is the perfect spring / summer choice for those who like to keep their mid-year style slim and lightweight, and is based on a Union naval officers jacket worn aboard the first ironclad warships used during the American Civil War.
As far as football kits go this new USA goal keeper top looks amazing, lets hope come 12th June we see more of the back of it when Tim Howard is picking the ball from the back of the net!
Simple….I NEED! Buy at Oi Polloi for 249 of our British Pounds
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Giorgio Armani can now officially add Hotelier to his legendary resume with the opening of his first hotel in Dubai. Located in the tallest tower in the world, The Burj Khalifa, The Armani hotel is comprised of 160 guest rooms and suites, eight restaurants, Armani Retail, and Spa. Armani will also be launching 144 luxury residences, all featuring exclusive furnishings and accessories from the Armani Casa Collection
If your like us you are looking around for the essential garment for this summers festivals, a waterproof jacket has gotta be on top of the list for the long hot summers we have! This is a must from British brand Folk. It comes in Yellow, Red, Navy or our pick Cobolt Blue. It has loads of stylish touches as you’d expect from Folk including an navy blue ‘occasional’ hood as a spare.
If, like us, you just can’t let go of knitwear in spring, this should prove a good halfway house. To paraphrase southern rappers, errrbody knows about Saint James by now, so you don’t need us hyping them even further. Just focus on the facts that they’re well made and locally produced (everything’s still made in France). And all those price-focused folks will be glad to know that its a snip
Tomorrow is the big Dickies 1922 Capsule Collection launch in New York City.
“Dickies, the definitive American work wear brand will introduce Dickies 1922, a capsule collection of authentic replica products manufactured exactly the same as they were when first introduced almost a century ago. Crafted and executed with the highest attention to historic detail, these limited edition pieces are the true roots of American apparel designed for the working heroes of yesteryear and for today’s discerning consumer.”
Four items will be part of the 1922 collection with the “Uniform” theme. Look for short and long sleeve shirts and two pants, available hemmed or cuffed – all of which are produced in the old Uvalde, TX Dickies factory. Look for the 1922 collection around July.
While we loved Burton’s winter outerwear collaboration with Paul Smith what we really wanted was a snowboard design from the dapper menswear icon. Come next season our wish comes to fruition with a new snowboard complete with a twist on the signature multi-stripe graphic…watch this space for more information as and when it happens
On Thursday April 15th, ALIFE hosted the first “ALIFE SESSIONS” of the 2010 season in its Rivington Street courtyard.
Titled “GO GREEN”, this time Alife was honoured to present CYPRESS HILL and NINJASONIK as performing guests and FISCHERSPOONER as guest DJs. As an added bonus, Ricky Powell kept things interesting as the evening’s MC, while DJ NIRE entertained between acts.
The event celebrated 420, the date of both Ninjasonik and Cypress Hill’s new album releases, among other things.
As usual, Alife created a themed atmosphere: Green walls, green grass and a commissioned two-story tall mural that reflected the spirit of 420. In addition, and in line with Alife Session tradition, a commemorative “concert” T-shirt was also created.