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WSJ Selects håndværk T Shirt as the Winner

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) selected the håndvæerk T Shirt as the winner (best buy) in the Luxe Basics category.

Following are some excerpts from the article published by the WSJ on May 23rd, 2017. By Jacob Gallagher.

Is a $415 Men’s T-Shirt Better Than a $6 One? To find the best white T-shirts for men, we tried on over 50—at every price from bargain to bonkers. Here, our verdicts on which ones to buy.

IMAGINE A FOOTBALL-FIELD-SIZE ice-cream parlor. Now, imagine that every flavor is vanilla. That might be the best way to describe what the market for plain white T-shirts looks like right now. “We sell white tees from everyone,” said Kevin Harter, vice president for men’s fashion direction at Bloomingdale’s. Indeed, the store’s selection ranges from Calvin Klein Underwear three-packs ($39.50) to designer styles from brands like Rag & Bone for upward of $100 per tee.

Do men really need so many versions of something so simple? Probably not, but when white T-shirts anchor your wardrobe, finding the right cut and fabric matters, even if what separates one style from another is so subtle. “I like the idea of something that looks so plain and utilitarian, but when I’m wearing it, I feel special,” said Liam Goslett, a 25-year-old photographer who recently spent $415 at Mr Porter on a style from the Elder Statesman, a brand he has done some work for in the past. Mr. Goslett’s rationale: He wears a T-shirt almost everyday. Why shouldn’t he invest accordingly?

Even if you reject that thinking as absurd and prefer your tees on the cheap side, it can take a lot of experimenting to determine which is the superior value. I tested over 50 styles—separating them into four price categories—from thrifty mass brands to high-end designer labels—to pinpoint the best in each class. There were certainly some surprises. Here’s a spoiler alert: The most expensive ones weren’t our top picks.

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Dollars and Sense: The past few years have seen the rise of new menswear companies which focus solely on well-executed basics. Their T-shirts can reach $100. Some are well-made; others, however, are just cleverly packaged mass-market T-shirts.

The Winner: A $95 Peruvian cotton tee from New York label Handvaerk (pictured; $95, handvaerk.com ). The four-year-old brand’s goal is “Perfect Basics,” and its crew- neck tee arguably fulfills it. Cut from long staple cotton—longer threads mean a smoother texture—Handvaerk’s T-shirt is soft but not so delicate that it’s see-through. I also like the shorter, fitted sleeves which are sporty but not blood-pressure-cuff tight.

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Our Favorite Summer Sneakers

Our passion for timeless, understated, extremely well crafted pieces extends to sneakers. On this brief post, we have curated a selection of our favorite summer sneakers. The brands highlighted share a common vision of quality craftsmanship with håndværk, and truly are inspiring to our team.

Maison Margiela’s Replica.

Based on the surplus GAT (German Army Trainer); a design generally attributed to Adidas. Called the BW-Sport, the originals were issued by the Federal German Army to its men and women in the ’80s and ’90s.

Maison Margiela’s Replicas are a modern interpretation of this archival design. Made from white leather, detailed with grey suede and set on brown rubber soles that boost their retro appeal. The lightly padded interiors provide a comfortable stride, ensuring this pair will quickly become a staple in your off-duty roster.
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Common Project’s Achilles.

What we value most in these sneakers is the under-the-radar anonymity, and a clean silhouette. Common Projects is synonymous with clean, minimalist style, and these ‘Achilles Retro’ sneakers are a stellar example. Expertly crafted in Italy from pristine white leather, a light-grey heel tabs, and detailed with the label’s gold stamped serial numbers.
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If the white version feel too subdued, swap them for this special summer edition. Made in Italy from smooth stone nubuck and are perforated for breathability and a particularly sporty look.
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Adidas’s Stand Smith.

A picture of these sneakers should be in the dictionary under the word “Classic”. This version in ultra-breathable Primeknit, is an update to the Originals iconic ‘Stan Smith’ sneakers. Finished with signature Kelly-green heel tabs for a subtle point of difference.
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Buddy’s Corgi Low Smooth Punching.

Perfectly handcrafted in Japan. The bran’s concept is simple sophistication: Built to “make happy” to be your buddy. Because we hope to see you smile… (enough said).
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CQP’s Racquet.

Stockholm based CQP was born from a passion for great design and a desire to create outstanding products of the highest quality. Everything branded CQP is designed entirely in-house from the ground up and crafted without compromise. For a splash of color.

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Minimalissimo Magazine Nº2

In Minimalissimo’s second excursion into print media, they share design and voices leading the “more with less” movement. The volume is focused on insights from some of the team’s favorite creative minds; there is an incredible mix of minds throughout the volume. Featuring discussions with renewed creators who’ve reached great heights in their careers, and also worthy minimalist makers with plenty of potential to enrich our understanding of design and art.

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Minimalissimo Nº2 explores areas of minimalism we appreciate the most, including the timeless architectural dwellings by John Pawson, the enticing fashion photography of Paul Jung, and the precise product and furniture design by Oki Sato. These works will speak to you in different ways and for different reasons.

The interviews you’ll read might throw up some surprising responses your way, but that’s partly what makes them compelling, especially if you’re already familiar with their work.

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Within the following features, design becomes more than physical objects or structure, more than exemplary work. These designs are ultimately about how they are conceived, how they are used, and the effect they have on our everyday lives.

Aquire Minimalissimo Nº2 here.

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Fall Winter 2016 Lookbook | håndværk

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Our Cotton Knit Sweater is a necessary contemporary basic with impeccable quality; the timeless design will endure season after season. The mid-weight material makes the piece perfect for a range of climates – wear it as a layering piece over a shirt in Fall and under a coat in cooler months.

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Our impeccably crafted Cotton Knit Cardigan is a worthy investment for the cooler months. This mid-weight version is knitted from super premium Flamed Mercerized Peruvian Pima cotton yarn, which gives the piece a lustrous appearance. The Mercerization process also increased fiber strength and affinity to dye, allowing us to achieve deep Dark Navy and Black hues.

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Distinguished by impeccable craftsmanship, our long sleeve Cotton Knit Polo has endless styling potential and lays the foundation for a well-stocked wardrobe. It has a supremely soft handle and comfortable regular fit; finished with ribbed trims, charcoal natural Mother of Peal buttons.

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Inspired by our founder’s recent trips to Japan, this pocket t shirt is constructed from a heavy-weight jersey fabric knitted with 2 independent 30/1 yarns in parallel; made from premium combed Peruvian cotton. An innovative fabric with a smooth hand, and more than double the weight of a traditional t shirt, destined to last decades.

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We are best known for crafting reliable essentials that slot seamlessly into your casual lineup, and these French Terry Shorts are no exception. A perfect choice for the gym, but look equally smart teamed with a polo shirt on the weekend.

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Our sole mission is to create luxurious basics using high-quality materials and clever techniques. A stylish update on the sportswear-inspired staple, these sweatpants epitomize the brand’s uncompromising approach to quality. Cut in a modern, tapered fit, with cuffed ankles.

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Studio David Thulstrup | Peter’s House | Copenhagen 2015

The renowned photographer Krasilnikoff commissioned the Studio David Thulstrup for his private residence in Copenhagen. The inspiration evolved from worn-out warehouses and factories with their blackened steel and old bricks; a concept which was sparked by the desire to retain the three raw-brick walls of the old garage on site. Additionally, Studio David Thulstrup found inspiration in urban rooftop gardens and innovative green zones of buzzing cosmopolitan cities – to answer the client’s request of an integrated green space.

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The design is focused around a central mirror-clad atrium, which floods all three floors of the residence with natural light. The atrium is lush with specially selected grasses, plants and a feature tree which is visible from all floors – creating a central and bright oasis.

Source: Studio David Thulstrup | www.studiodavidthulstrup.com; Photography by Peter Krasilnikoff | www.peterkrasilnikoff.com.

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A Spatial Experience | OEO + Dinesen

The leading producer of exclusive wooden flooring, Dinesen, turned to OEO Studio to help conceive and design their new showroom in a historic setting next to the Copenhagen lakes.

The result is a unique universe that captures the Dinesen spirit and transforms it into a fully embracing spatial experience, which highlight a bold new direction and showcase the perfect simplicity of the company’s wood alongside new bespoke creations.

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Source: www.oeo.dk, and www.dinesen.com.

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City Of London | Mark Sanders | Urbis

Inspired by an LS Lowry painting, Mark spent many early mornings documenting the City of London coming to life with the surge of commuters making their way to their offices. Overwhelmed and carried along on the human conveyor belt accross London Bridge, Mark stood back and realised how consumed people were with technology. Heads buried in handsets and the buzz of noise blocked by headphones, commuters were blissfully unaware of the beauty of their surroundings.

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Source and credit: Words by Urbis | Photography by Mark Sanders | marksanders.co.uk

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The Birth of Saké | Documentary

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In a world where most mass produced goods are heavily automated, a small group of manual laborers must brave unusual working conditions to preserve a 2000-year-old tradition that we have come to know as saké.

The Birth of Saké is a cinematic documentary that reveals the story of passionate saké-makers and what it takes to make world-class saké at Yoshida Brewery, a 144-year-old family-owned small brewery in northern Japan. About a dozen employees leave their families from October to April for the plant, where they live together while following the directions of Teruyuki Yamamoto, the 68-year-old toji, or head brewmaster. They eat, sleep, sometimes even bathe together, rising at 4:30 a.m. for a workday that often runs past 8 p.m.

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The workers at Yoshida Brewery are an eclectic cast of characters, ranging from 20 to 70 years old. As a vital part of this cast that must live and work for a six-month period through the brutal winter, charismatic veteran brewmaster Yamamoto and the brewery’s sixth-generation heir, Yasuyuki Yoshida (27), are keepers of this tradition, and are the main characters who bring the narrative forward. As artisans who must dedicate their whole lives to the making of this world-class saké, their private sacrifices are often sizable and unseen.

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Currently, stiff competition and the eventual retirement of experienced workers intensify the pressure of preserving quality of taste, tradition and brand reputation for Yoshida Brewery. Surrounded by 1,000 competitors, Yoshida must surface as a worthy contender in a market overrun by choices. While the narrative follows the brewery’s energy and ambition to survive, the characters remain central to the storytelling.

Director Erik Shirai, who was a cinematographer for The Travel Channel’s ‘No Reservations’ with Anthony Bourdain, and who recently completed ‘Eye What you Eat’ a new web series for the Scripps Network, began work on the film in August of 2012, when he and producer Masako Tsumura visited the brewery for the first time.

After a long and exhaustive permission process, Tedorigawa’s owners allowed full access to Erik and Masako to film at the brewery. They returned in January 2013 to live amongst the workers at the brewery and capture the intense and relatively unknown process (even within in Japan), of traditional saké making.

Living at the brewery allowed them a rare window into a cast of vibrant and dynamic characters and fueled their interest in painting a deeper portrait of the people behind the product.

Granted more or less full access to the facilities, Shirai walks us methodically through every step of the complex, time-consuming sake-brewing process, breaking it down with elegant onscreen descriptions and deft, observational footage.

Words sourced: Variety.com, NY times, birthofsake.com