“I don’t consider myself from anywhere. I’m a man of the world,” says jewelry designer Tom Binns, who hails from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and has found a home in a somewhat different climate in Venice, Calif. “But I enjoy living in Venice. It’s cool, dude.”
Occupying an 1,800-square-foot loft on a nondescript stretch of Pacific Avenue in the fabled Los Angeles beach town, Binns’ studio is a minimalist space punctuated by his own bright crystal and metal creations, spread out on artist tables and stacked in boxes against the walls. In the back room, the creative nucleus that he calls “my spot,” Binns designs his newest pieces and often trots up a narrow staircase leading to a loft where he keeps more than 500 archival pieces, which he revisits for inspiration.
For breaks, Binns, who also lives in the neighborhood, enjoys hopping on his bicycle for lunch at chic spots like Axe on Abbot Kinney Boulevard and Via Veneto on Main Street, as well as coffee at Groundwork Coffee Co. (with branches on Rose and Westminster Avenues) and tea at Jin Patisserie on Abbot Kinney. Although the trendy street is packed with boutiques, Binns eschews shopping in favor of power walks on the beach and people-watching on the Venice boardwalk, or reading a book picked up from Equator Books.
“I get inspired seeing all sorts of people down here: the trendies, the rich people, the surfers… even the skaters who try to run me over,” he says. Up next for Binns is a store in New York and a retrospective this year at Phillips de Pury & Co. in London, accompanied by a book published by Assouline.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)