Indochino to Open Eight Additional Showrooms by Summer’s End

Indochino is continuing to expand its reach.
The Vancouver-based made-to-measure men’s wear firm has set plans in motion to open eight additional showrooms in the U.S. over the next four months. 
The first three will open later this month in Denver, Dallas and Bethesda, Md., followed by Short Hills, N.J., and Scottsdale, Ariz., in June. Columbus, Ohio and Newport Beach, Calif., are also slated to open this summer along with New York City’s Madison Avenue location.
“The latest investment in retail marks an important step in our growth strategy as we look to expand our bricks-and-mortar network by almost a third over the course of four months,” said Drew Green, chief executive officer of Indochino. “Indochino has evolved its digitally native foundation over the past few years and expanded at an industry-leading pace, based on the belief that an enhanced and custom shopping experience should be accessible to everyone. With each new market we enter, we’re moving closer to achieving this. It’s going to be a busy summer and we couldn’t be more excited.”
By the end of the summer, this will bring Indochino’s retail footprint to 31 showrooms. The locations were all chosen by determining where the brand has its strongest online business

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A Tale of Twelve Summers

A Tale of Twelve Summers


There is no end to how people seek the heights. Within such a continuum of mountain enthusiasts, the peakbagger is peculiarly focused on the summit-not just in classic alpine style but also in deserts, jungles, and everywhere a big mountain awaits, ticking off his lists. County high-pointing represents this obsession, providing the practitioner with all manner of rewards, perceived and tangible. His hobby is not for the timid, often entails difficulties beyond the norm, and always consumes inordinately large chunks of time. Part 1 describes the genre in five chapters. Part 2 reviews the author’s multisummer project of reaching the highest ground for each of the 414 counties in America’s west. It’s a memorable accomplishment replete with many unexpected challenges. The required perseverance and will to achieve beyond the norm is his parting message to the reader. Part 3 reviews Alaska and Hawaii county high-pointing, followed by four appendices and a 330-entry glossary of terms. With 400 pages and 236 illustrations, A Tale of Twelve Summers is both comprehensive and visually attractive.

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Golf Carts In Early Morning At A Golf Club Newmarket Ontario Canvas Art – Brian Summers Design Pics (11 x 17)

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Golf Carts In Early Morning At A Golf Club Newmarket Ontario was reproduced on the finest Canvas which captures all of the vivid colors and details of the original art. This museum quality Canvas Art was faithfully reproduced using ultra-precision print technology and fade-resistant archival inks on artist premium acid-free grade canvas. The overall size is 11 x 17 inches plus an additonal 1.5 inches of extra canvas on all 4 sides to allow for easy stretching and/or framing. This premium rolled Canvas Art is ready for stretcher bars or custom framing. Brand New and Rolled and ready to stretch or frameCanvas Art Title: Golf Carts In Early Morning At A Golf Club Newmarket OntarioCanvas Size: 11.00 x 17.00 inches plus an additional 1.5 inches of extra canvas on all 4 sides to allow for easy stretching and/or framingLicensor: Design PicsArtist: Brian Summers / Design Pics

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Before Summer’s End

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We may reminisce about a first baby doll at Christmas or a Radio Flyer wagon long awaited. Recalling precious moments of youth, and the love held within them, is food for our souls. Such precious moments often escape us. Before Summer’s End recalls a time and place in history that has escaped many of us. It was a time when being young meant carefree summers, running in the rain, and discovering the unknown. Within this story lie the innocence of youth, the true importance of family, and the way that little things in life hold true meaning. Excitement fills the air while we wander through a summer day near the end of harvest time. We romp in the yard, chasing away the ducks as we search for gold. We watch a stray cat being squirted with milk and roll over in laughter until our bellies hurt. In the front yard, a rope swing patiently waits to take our breath away as it glides through the breeze. We remember the time when being young was easy and carefree. Before Summer’s End reminds us of days past, when the pace of life was slower and one could savor its joy, feel its purity, and hold tightly to its truth. It was a time when children stood on a strong foundation that was built out of everyday, ordinary moments.

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18 Things That Whisk Us Back To The Summers Of Our Youth

Summer is the season of freedom from work and school and excessive amounts of clothing. Huff/Post50 editors asked members of our Facebook community to name the things that remind them of their summers as kids. Here are some of our favorite answers:

1. Hearing Brian Hyland’s “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini.”

2. Dairy Queen soft ice cream cones dipped in chocolate.

3. Boardwalks.
More accurately, going underneath the boardwalk — which was where teen make-out sessions were generally conducted and the Drifters song hummed forever after.

4. Jones Beach State Beach being bumper-to-bumper.

5. Drinking out of a garden hose. (H/T: Stephanie Carpenter)

6. Fire hydrants turned on and everyone grabbing their bathing suits.

7. The sweet smell of honeysuckle. (H/T: Fred Parker, who’s from the South.)

8. Playing hide ‘n seek at night with ‘hood kids! (H/T: Nancy Milburn).

9. Catching fireflies and keeping them in a jar with holes in the lid (H/T: Emily Wyatt Fletcher).

10. First loves that didn’t always end well.

11. The smell of a campfire. (H/T: Pamela J. Williams).

12. The smell of charcoal BBQ smoke. (H/T: Lauri Andersen).

13. The smell of freshly mowed grass. (H/T: Betsy Levin).

14. Cicadas in August. (H/T: Sally Barry).

15. The smell of Coppertone. (H/T: Pat Reed).

16. The sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street.

17. Root beer floats.

18. Watching the Cubs at Wrigley Field or any baseball team anywhere.

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The countdown to summer 2015 is officially on. At this point you’ve got your essentials and you’ve got most of the latest trends down. But there are a few trends every summer that are always a bit tricky to pull off. Enter Claire Distenfeld, owner of the posh New York City boutique Fivestory. With news of the three-year-old boutique launching e-commerce this week, we decided to peruse the site and see how the fabulously fashionable Distenfeld models some of the most chic, but challenging, looks out there.

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Balmain cardigan, Gap T-shirt, Lyn Devon trousers, and Chloe espadrilles.

Printed Pants: “I always say balance, balance, balance,” muses Distenfeld as she models pineapple print trousers with a Gap white T-shirt and crisp white cardigan. “If the pants are fun and loud, keep the top and shoes as simple as possible—white T-shirts are my favorite, white button-downs are great too.” She also advises to avoid wearing colored tops with printed pants. But at the end of the day it’s not just what you style them with. Says Distenfeld: “You have to own them! Strut in them and let them speak to your personality.”

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Cushnie et Ochs top, Giamba culottes, Chloe espadrilles, Smoke and Mirrors sunglasses.

Crop Tops: Crop tops have become a perennial summer trend, but if you’re shy about baring your midriff, choose an in-between option. This Cushnie et Ochs shirt has a crop top underneath with a flowing tank overlay, giving you the crop top feel but covering you from the front and back. “As I said before, balance is my mantra,” says the store owner. “Crop tops allow me to get there, whether it’s with wide-leg pants, a long flowy skirt, or a pair of culotte shorts.”

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Cushnie et Ochs dress, Alexandre Birman sandals, and a Rauwolf clutch.

Cutouts: “Cutouts are always a great way to take something average and add a little pizzazz to it,” says Distenfeld. “The little glimpses of skin that one does not usually show create such a moment of feminine power.” In order to avoid looking too sexy in cutouts, choose a neutral color, like this khaki green dress. “In its essence, khaki is a workman’s fabric so it creates a nice balance of masculine and feminine.”

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Emilia Wickstead romper, Nicholas Kirkwood platforms.

The Dressy Romper: Get ready to trade in your cocktail dress for a fancy romper! When looking for a dressy romper, consider the color and cut. “This romper’s high neck and conservative cut keeps the elegance on top while being playful and fun on the bottom,” Distenfeld says. “I’d definitely wear it to a cocktail party or a non-black-tie event.”

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Bring On the Night: The Photography of Andy Summers

In 1958, Andy Summers took a bus across his seaside hometown of Bournemouth, England, grasping a guitar without a case. He was heading off to play with a dance band in a local hotel, and several people on the bus asked him how he was getting along with his banjo.

Only two years earlier, his uncle Jim had given him a broken guitar with a missing string, and ignited a spark. Piano lessons were forgotten. A man named Cloudy donated the missing string. Jazz influences turned round on his vinyl record player and in his mind. And Andy Summers tasted the power of sound from which there was no turning back.

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The artist must find his instrument, to express that which is inside of him. Yet long before the instrument, there is the drive inside. The instrument is the tool of transformation from an internal emotion to the external symbolic expression of that emotion, which we experience as art. And art, in turn, elicits emotion. There is an alchemical process at the root of all art, an emotion fueling creation.

In the days of his newfound obsession with music, there was also something larger happening inside Andy Summers: the seeds of an awareness were growing in his psyche, the awareness of the power of art. He spent his time between hotel gigs, going to the Continental Theater to see the latest black and white films of Frederico Fellini, Francois Truffaut, Jean-Pierre Melville and the French New Wave cinema. Sitting in the dark, in the flickering projection, the images embedded deeply in Andy Summers, and the power of art took hold.

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Fast forward. The rise of The Police. Andy Summers found himself surrounded by photographers, the center of the world’s attention; subject and object of the camera, he became the living element in an evolving story being told.

Summers turned his eye back on that which was watching him. The artist in him took the experience of all that this big life entailed and filtered it into a new creation. He lived it, processed it and returned it into the world through artistic interpretation.

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With a Nikon FE in hand, Andy Summers returned to those early day influences, inspired by French cinema and black and white films. Through photography, he began to witness the witnessing, as a mirror reflection. It was a way to own himself again, to explore that which others were seeing, explore the myth from the inside, and he captured himself and the band in a way the other cameras never could.

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His early sensibility connected with Man Ray and the Surrealists, and also Diane Arbus, William Klein, Lee Friedlander and Ralph Gibson. Inspired by their images he developed a vocabulary, developing an ability and strength while moving into his own practice.

He began to improvise with his camera, much like improvising on his guitar. It was a power and a muscle he had already developed through music. He had his tool in his hand, now the camera, and went out to see if he could make something with it. He would get in the zone, not thinking, but playing, reacting to his environment, like reacting to and improvising with the players in the band. A lifetime of the experience went into finding the raw in situations.

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Parody and commentary of life on the road infused many of his images. He reflected playfulness and humor, and also alienation and disjointedness through the surreal. The images go far beyond the documentary capture of the experience of life on the road, also capturing the existential state of the band and the role of the musician as a traveling performer.

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Andy Summers shot the fans, he shot the stadiums, the drivers, the hotel rooms, the groupies, the waiters, the band, and he shot himself. He experimented with different kinds of film, lenses, angles and composition. He began to feel a connection to photography, much like he felt about music. He went out at night after night, after a concert, roaming the streets with his camera. He went hunting for photographs in the night time streets of LA, Tokyo, London, Bali, Nepal, Maucau, or wherever the tour took the band.

He took pictures, like running scales on the guitar. He engaged the mind and the eye, pressing the button, sometimes on insignificant images, just to start somewhere. From his practice in music, he wasn’t afraid of it. Andy Summers feels that as an artist you can’t feel that fear, you can’t freeze, you have to stay fluid. As Andy puts it, just go “do some shit.”

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Andy Summers plays every day, warming up the hands to practice, to keep it up. There’s a necessary physicality to maintaining the hands in fine condition, which applies to the creative mind. He always kept a recording device at hand, to capture an idea, a great lick, a little phrase, to record it and store it digitally to go back to later. Similarly he kept a book into which wrote ideas for photographic shots — “hand with hammer, gun at head, body in corridor, shark on foot” — images that he planned to take while on the road. Like running scales, he trained his eye to see the moment, and to bring images into creation out of imagining.

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There is something about the anonymity of the hotel room, the sterility and uniformity, devoid of the ordinary imperfection of a home, which is both relief and oppression. Within that concept of uniformity, the element that breaks the order becomes the message. A scuba diver in the tub is a lone hero on a daring quest. A shark attack disturbs the false sense of security of the plush polyester shag roll of the wall-to-wall carpeting in the hotel suite.

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The hotel is anonymous, replaceable comfort. Temporary. Transitory. The order must be broken. Perhaps it is the perfection of the hotel room that draws an unconscious desire to disturb the artificial order. And it’s nearly a tradition in rock and roll.

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With music there is a smooth dialog. Inspiration comes from the gifted playing of the other players. It’s different with photography. “It’s you and the world at large. Reacting to it. Looking for it. If I go out on the street, I’m looking, I’m hunting. Seeing what comes up. It could be a shape. A movement,” Andy Summers told me when we met to talk about his photography.

He told me he went from the Nikon to using the Leica M6, in part for its compact size and stealthy appearance. Shooting candid shots in Africa or China required having the ability to get close, and taking a lot of chances. Andy Summers has always been fascinated by other musical formats and performers. One of this favorite photographic subjects was a Naxi Orchestra, which plays an ancient Chinese musical form that dates back to before the Mongolian conquest. The musicians in the orchestra were mostly in their 80s and 90s, and they welcomed his camera.

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“There’s a reacting to the audience on stage, an exchange of energy. The audience gives energy back to the band, and it makes you play better. You go for it. With photography in a sense the scene is passive. You might see a striking corner on a building. And you react to it. Then you pull your own energy out,” says Andy Summers.

At the end of concerts with The Police, Andy Summers took a bow with his Leica in hand, and snapped several shots walking off stage. Seeing the camera, fans would go even more wild.

“It was like being subject and object. On stage and off. The fishbowl experience. Fans are screaming at you. And they get excited if you take their picture. For a photographer it’s a privilege to capture those shots. Excited people don’t get offended.”

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One day on tour in Arizona, in 1979, The Police were playing a club venue in Phoenix. The band had run a few songs and completed their sound check. There were hours to kill before the show. This was the time when Andy usually went hunting.

As they heading back to the dressing room, Andy Summers found a leg lying in a hallway; a random leg. Andy picked it up and took it with him to the dressing room and looked at the leg, thinking about what he could shoot with it. He spent hours before the show taking pictures with the leg, in every possible scenario. One might think that with a performance ahead, he would want to rest. It is extraordinary, and the mark of a true artist, that he would use all of his available time to create more art.

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Art is inside the artist and finds its expression through the instrument. The guitar. The camera. For Andy Summers they were the instruments without words. The artist brings out what is inside to give others the chance to reflect and re-experience what they already know, only now they know it in a new way.

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Andy Summers still tours and travels the world, now with his Leica Monochrome and his guitar. He has published several books of photography: I’ll Be Watching You: Inside the Police, Desirer Walks the Streets, and Throb. A documentary film based on his autobiography, One Train Later, is being released this summer by Cinema Libre. The film is titled Can’t Stand Losing You. His photographic works have been shown in galleries around the world. Most recently he exhibited his show Del Mondo at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles.

Besides continuing his photographic practice, Andy Summers also has a new band, Circa Zero, with collaborator Rob Giles. A CD is being released March 25th on 429 Records, with a tour to follow.

The artistic impulse is ongoing in Andy Summers, and we have much to look forward to, following this artist’s drive to create, to express, with his many instruments.

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All images are courtesy of Andy Summers.
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