New York Times

Quote of the day: pleater, Leon Kalajian



New York Times pleater Leon Kalajian photoessay by Christopher Payne

“Someday they ask you: ‘When the pleating is not in fashion, what will you do?’ I do pleating! For me it never goes out, the pleating. Every day I can create a new style.”
Leon Kalajian, a New York pleater of 76 years, New York Times

This is a great piece of photo journalism showing Christopher Payne’s portaits of New York’s dedicated professionals, manual workers and craftspeople toiling in their jobs for 50+ years.

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IMAGE: Christopher Payne, New York Times
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Quote of the day: Frida Giannini



Frida Giannini, former creative director of Gucci

“I don’t wish to speak badly about the fashion world. I had great experiences and met wonderful people, but it’s very different now to what it was four years ago. There are a lot of D.J.s and fewer designers. I don’t know if I could be part of that world anymore.”

Former Gucci creative director Frida Giannini in a ‘where are they now’ article, New York Times. I’d love to read an honest account of what life was really like at a fiercely commercial brand like Gucci during her tenure

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IMAGE: Frida Giannini
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The joy of scrapbooking



Bill Cunningham scrapbooks - Photo by Peter Garritano for The New York Times Bill Cunningham scrapbooks - Photo by Peter Garritano for The New York Times

I feel like I’m currently getting all my fashion and culture info from the New York Times. I love this piece on photographer Bill Cunningham’s scrapbooks, in which he collated cuttings, photos and ephemera from his time as a milliner in 1950s New York. His two scrapbooks are part of the New-York Historical Society exhibition, Celebrating Bill Cunningham (until September 9).

I used to be an ardent scrapbooker (more…)