Whether or not today is the end of the planet as we know it, they're celebrating the natural world at Object with a pop-up of sorts featuring artists, artisans, and retailers whose work fits inside the earthy, tactile urban/outdoors workwear milieu.
The clothing and lifestyle goods come from Blackbird, Blk Pine Workshop, Tarboo, Northwest Axe Company, and others, including, notably the cult brand De Rien from the British father-son vintage restoration team who polish, patch, and re-stitch old, old, old workwear pieces in denim, hemp, linen and more.
Ty Ziskis, familiar to Seattleites who go see rock bands, shop in vintage stores, and keep their eyes open for creative souls doing a thing or two with their look on an average Tuesday, was recently appointed US sales lead for the Brit's vintage and new collections. The LA Times reported on De Rien's US premiere in the spring of 2011; it's cool to see the feverishly insider-ish "raggedy couture" in a local's hands.
"We are looking for discolouration and holes, when a garment is just about to fall apart that is when it is at its best," De Rien's Richard Wise told Spitalfields Life, a journal tied to the Brick Lane, East London scene which, if you're familiar with it, works as a perfect descriptor for the aesthetic.
If you're not familiar with London's boho flea market culture, simply reference the whole Ralph Lauren thing. The whole Ralph Lauren thing is, after all, simply referencing the whole London boho flea market thing. (And, sure, Americana. They're sort of the same thing, namely: workwear-influenced.)
The De Rien pieces will be at Object through the end of January, at which point Ziskis will install them in another environment. I mean, you know, we're all still living and breathing by then.