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This week we’re sharing digital & analog music to listen to, highlighting an upcoming design conference, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Morgan Moinian of Adrian Cashmere. 

Culture Corner

COOL NEW THING
We stumbled upon possibly the coolest new shop in West Village last Sunday after a classic brunch at Waverly Diner. Eva Joan Repair Shop describes themselves as “not a brand, just a party” and features a menagerie of bits & bobs to adorn your clothes with, an amazing selection of vintage clothes, plus a custom embroidery station. Stop by the newly opened shop and bring your favorite t-shirt for a custom embroidery.

LISTEN

It’s been a minute since we’ve updated the OFFICIAL coolstuff.nyc playlist, but luckily this week very cool industry-insider Annie Warren has curated a whole lot of tunes for ya. Check out her picks & subscribe to the playlist here. Annie Warren is the TV/Film Licensing Manager at ATO Records. Her instagram is @CrystalBallAnnie because that was what she forced her parents to call her as a child. Her dream is to embody that energy forever.

 

Record Store Day is BACK and what a cool way to check out the new Rough Trade location in ~30 Rockefeller Center~ The first RSD drop is this Saturday, June 12 and includes some amazing limited titles like rarities from The Zombies, a Fela Kuti re-issue, and The Life Aquatic soundtrack on blue vinyl. Get all the details about this year’s RSD @ Rough Trade here.

POP UP
One of our fave NYC based IG vintage shops, Fig Library, is opening up their backyard this weekend for an IRL pop-up with fellow vintage seller, LeWeiShe, this Sunday. Stop by 482 Putnam ave from 11-4 to get your fill of vintage books, blankets & bumper stickers. PS- we got our favorite egg tray from Fig!

LOOK
Tribeca gallery, Tennis Elbow, has a new show opening this Friday, June 11 featuring a colorful solo show from Emma Kohlman. Deets are here, but if you want to see this show move fast -- it’ll only be around for 2 weeks! 

SIP
We’ve been dreaming of Yellow Rose’s brekkie tacos ever since we saw them on IG. The east vil “Texas cookin’” restaurant has a new special frozen bevvy for pride month, and is giving us even more reason to stop by. They are donating 15% of every frose sold to Ali Forney Center helping homeless LBTQ+ youth in NYC. All month long! Don’t miss out!

SHOP
Hear us out: a farm popup in the Hamptons organized by LES specialty grocer Alimentari Flaneur & Ruby hibiscus water, featuring products from cool friend Susan Alexandra, alcohol-free aperitif Ghia, and tons more of our favorites? The project, La Ferme almost seems too good to be true, but if it’s anything like the projects that are behind it -- the farm will be beautiful. La Ferme opened yesterday at 120 ½ Pantigo Rd. in East Hampton and will be around ALL! SUMMER! LONG!

SIGN UP
We’re just a few weeks away from one of the biggest virtual events of the year, Where are the Black Designers? (WATBD) -- WATBD is a volunteer-run design advocacy organization dedicated to supporting, amplifying, and making space for an entire spectrum of Black creativity. On June 26 & 27 WATBD will host their 2nd virtual conference: Designing & Organizing for Black Liberation. Anyone interested in using creativity in the fight against racial injustice is encouraged to join! Learn more and RSVP here for an event you won’t want to miss <3

 

Ps. the whole thing will be translated live in American Sign Language.

Cool Friends:
Morgan Moinian of Adrian Cashmere

Meet Morgan, a young serial-founder whose newest project with designer Adrian Schater, Adrian Cashmere, is sweeping downtown by storm. The line is drapey, casual, and unexpected (like cashmere for SUMMER!) -- probably what has helped Adrian appear on the backs of every cool person on instagram.

How did you start your cashmere line, Adrian Cashmere?

I have a background in building things- at school I studied Architecture and Design and I’ve been filing LLCs since freshman year. I’m constantly imagining and then creating. When I first heard that one of my closest friends, contemporary visual artist Adrian Schachter, was leisurely designing cashmere, I did my best to hold back my entrepreneurial side and just appreciate it. So I bought a few pieces to support him. But they were so amazing that I couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with him. Adrian, a true cashmere connoisseur, only and really only wears cashmere. He’s a creative genius, with endless ideas and depth behind each of his pieces. In one insanely comfortable lightweight cashmere sweater, Adrian effortlessly manages to express his feelings about mental health, illiteracy, the hypocrisies of the world around him, and so on. So I sent him a three minute voice message on Whatsapp one day, and the next day we formed a company together. Now, Adrian sits on piles of cashmere in his painting studio in Zurich, and I make sure the world sees them, from New York!  

 

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?

I’m obsessed with New York, so this is a hard question. I’m so obsessed that it’s hard for me to go on vacation sometimes. New York is unstoppable, resilient, scary, brave and beautiful. This all comes from its creative community, which I think is so strong because of how curious New Yorkers are. We are all supportive of one another, but that’s because we are all genuinely interested in what people around us are doing. Everyone is running to show up to a gallery opening, taste a new cookie, try on a new pair of sweatpants…all while listening and absorbing. It’s part of being a New Yorker. 

 

What's inspiring you right now?

Penguin paperbacks, Carlo Scarpa, Persian blue, @FutureEarth, Fine & Raw chocolate bars, Rei Kawakubo, Lland Studio, Studio Giancarlo Valle, my mom & dad :). I recently came across NYC-based Leebecca Studio, a platform that tells stories through rendered visualizations and spatial experiences. Rebecca’s work is magical and mysterious. In addition to running Adrian Cashmere, I’m also building a design studio with an emphasis on resin seating and rendered residential interiors. Rebecca’s approach to design has inspired my work a lot in the past year and I appreciate her immensely. 

Follow along:
@adrian.cashmere on Instagram

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