Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Public Nuisance show 75 w the Funk Bast*rd (Cosa Nostra, Darker Than Wax)

If an easier start to the week is what you are looking for, then perhaps tuning into
our very own Public Nuisance Show could do just that for you. We do it freestyle, on a fortnight basis, dishing out a wide spectrum of music that spans from Soul, Jazz, Hiphop, Bass, House to other assorted cosmic beats. Solutions to everyday problems. Enjoy.

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Public Nuisance show 75 w the Funk Bast*rd (Cosa Nostra, Darker Than Wax) by Cosa Nostra

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Travel: Door Obsession

All pictures below are doors (except the shutters) I purchased on my travels to Lyon & Paris. The procurement of each door told a different story, some were hard to believe while others droned on with very much wind. I will say however that each story, although hard to hear at times in that terrible Franco-English accent did leave me fully entertained. My favorite story came from a young french couple, the husband came from an old parisian family while the wife had moved to Paris from Bordeaux in the early 80s to study at Sorbonne. The story left me rather unsatisfied and prompted further inquiry that could have lasted for hours if not days (Part of me very much enthralled by the movement of her lips and her poise, even the way she touched the stem of her glass to take in a stream of velvet (C. Haut Brion) got my seat tight). Much of the story fanned out into the building's history and how door came to be prior to the construction of the building in the mid 1850's during Haussmann's urban planning of the city. The family's struggle during the revolution and how his great great grandfather had hidden some of their assets with relatives in an estate just outside of Ghent... Now that I think of it perhaps it wasn't the story at all, but just the idea of her backdoor. With all that said, the cultural significance of a door had not sat with me till I had embarked on this recent trip to France. The doors that I find myself entering most of the time are either glass panes with no depth or consumer fabricated objects that only sit with the interior designer's vision of the space. Up until recently there have been very few doors that I've entered that could stand alone or carry a building's facade. As time continues I can only hope that the craft doors and their entryway facades that join them are not forgotten. Although one may say the result of such aesthetics is a society's opulence and fat, a result of human greed, the idea of looking good, the idea of Versaille, something that sits with vanity and not reality. I say, "If you can, let go of the current reality go on and craft your own."

Craft one with amazing doors!

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The post above is fictitious.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

sifr 2011 : psrp , premium pima rib

Our pima rib shirts are back in stock, after a few test runs we are doing a full release for the psrp also known as the prince rib pima shirt. You can find the psrp at Tangs Orchard level 3 and KIN on 51 Haji Lane. The pima rib is softer than our pima jersey due to the more voluminous knit of the rib as compared to the jersey. The shirts play with structure and paneling.

A few more days till our promotion of 2 sifr essentials for 49$ ends at Tangs Orchard Level 3 - It's been encouraging to hear complaints regarding stock, we assure you that we will be delivering a new batch of essentials in new fashion colors this coming April.

We're going to be opening up a contest in the next few weeks where by one of our next fashion colors coming out in early August will be a color that you suggest to us. All you have to do select a color from a photo or send in a color swatch and why you would love this color to be on one of our essentials. Send photos and write up to info [at] sifrsite [dot] com.

Sincerely,
sifr

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Photos done by: Shawn Chen

Friday, February 18, 2011

DARKER THAN WAX SELECTIONS

Back from some early Saturday morning crate digging, and Im feeling good!
On that note, here's three more nuggets that are on heavy circulation at the mo. And again, freestyle selections.

Enjoy the weekend, we all deserve it.

Funk bast*rd (Cosa Nostra, Darker Than Wax, Public Nuisance radio show)
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1. Space Invadas - Life ft. Jade Macrae



2. Jiro Inagaki & His Soul Media - The Vamp



3. Stan Zoid - Let's Do It.

New Pointer collection at K.I.N.

If you have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of more Pointer shoes, the time has come. The new range includes extensions of the popular styles 'Debaser' and 'Tanju'.

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For those however, who have not heard of Pointer, the brand features well-designed casual footwear which are great for day-to-day use. It's comfortable, simple, and easy to match.

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Come on down to take a look at the full set, or delight in the 60% discount off our old Pointer collection.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

sifr & 'ndi : making custom furniture p.1

D-I-Y has been a growing part of D.E.A.R. time (sifr & kin) collective since we embarked on reworking the second floor of 51 Haji Lane. After working on the upstairs we took on building a custom fixture for our pop-up with Isetan, followed by designing our own fixtures at Tangs. After situating Tangs we only saw fit that we try our hands at constructing our very own 'A-Frame' rack. The photos below capture the journey we took to the lumber mill, Sin Wei Hong Timber, in Sungei Kaduk and the objects we found around their humble container office. Each trip we take to one of Singapore's oldest industrial areas is a journey in itself (We were there in early 2010 working with Clear Channel). The landscape that is within and around these industrial plots casts a beautiful reflection on an unchecked and organic side of Singapore. The imagery in these plots range from scrap metal collection to cement barrier casting to lumber. Each lot contains a very human and uncensored expression of a person or peoples business. A beautiful space to travel through. In our next post we'll be capturing the construction of the 'A-Frame'.

Sincerely,
sifr

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Do you guys have any photos of urban decay to share?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Il Bussetto in KIN

The minute we unsealed and opened the box, we had the pleasurable experience of breathing in the divine leathery smell of Il Bussetto's hand crafted leather wallets and coin-cases.

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Exquisitely put together by Italian artisans, the products are produced using vegetable tanned leather with 100% natural colours and waxes.

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Il Bussetto has intimate knowledge of leather processing and specializes in leather accessories such as wallets, coin-cases, card holders, etc. Some parts of the production process are even kept secret and the spectacular quality of Il Bussetto products is second to none.

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Finding another excellent wallet would be a difficult task... 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

DARKER THAN WAX SELECTIONS

Finally squeezing five mins of my time to contribute to one of the finest blogs around (in my opinion anyway) with three heavyweight musical selections...Darker Than Wax style. Hit me back if you are feeling the selections.

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1. The Tiaras - Lost Girls


2. Coco Bryce - Boesoek




3. Penner & Muder - Speak your mind

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

sifr & tangs : orchard level 3

We can’t believe it’s been over a year and a half since we started our relationship with TANGS. For a homegrown department store to invest in a homegrown label is a beautiful thing. The only way to progress as a society is more co-creation between entities. It’s been a great experience working with TANGS, the amount of knowledge we’ve gained through working with their team and being exposed to a more competitive retail environment has not only made our company stronger but ourselves as individuals have seen tremendous intrinsic growth through the process. After a series of pitches in the middle of last year TANGS agreed to giving us a bigger retail space, so in that time we’ve grown from a rack among racks into a beautiful store in store. It’s been a great and organic growth process with TANGS, I still remember putting our essentials on the promotional display area and then moving up to a rack several months later and finally we’ve attained our own store in store.

The space we are currently shaping at TANGS Level 3 Orchard plays on two major influences. The floor is anchored with Tibetan & Nepalese style carpets, South Asia is a special place for sifr in terms of spirituality and inspiration. The racks are custom designed in house and are a play on a neo-Victorian style emulated in a lot of upper eastside homes in New York. A place that sifr holds very close to its heart. The rest of the d├ęcor ties everything together as such a sifr house should look and feel. Elements such as picture frames capturing sifr memories and floral arrangements that are reminiscent of our company’s origins nestled at the top floor of a quaint shop house on Haji lane.

You can expect to find the full sifr range on display as well as a handful of complimentary products from KIN from brands such as: Gitman Vintage, Il Bussetto, Grenson, Makr, A Tail We Could Wag.

Sincerely,
sifr

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

sifr & tangs orchard level 3

Photos courtesy of Djulian Chng, http://www.primary-studio.com/