Take a moment and revisit our favorite stories of the week on Selectism. Dig into design lessons from Dieter Rams, affordable Japanese denim, and beachfront homes in the Bahamas that are nothing short of aspirational. Enjoy your Sunday and we’ll see you tomorrow.

10 Edicts Of Functional Design By Dieter Rams

The “function-focused ideology” of Dieter Rams is explored in this 10-point hit-list published recently on Medium. These simple ideas have massive implications on everything we touch in the world. Dig deep into this one.

The Bahamas Welcome The Open-Plan Beachfront “House On A Dune”

Take three of my favorite things: the Bahamas, beachfront property and an open home floor plan and you get this “House on a Dune.” Dreams do come true.

Topman’s Japanese Selvedge Denim Collection is Affordable

What few can do is argue the quality of the Japanese mill that Topman has tapped for their affordable selvedge denim collection. They’re working with one of the oldest mills in the business, Kurabo, who also supply denim textile to well-known brands like 3×1 and Edwin. Will it become the new gateway for future denim heads to get their hands on well-priced Japanese denim? We think so.

Ambassadors Of Minimalism–The Japanese Footwear Brand To Know

Ambassadors of Minimalism, (AMB for short) is getting up front love in western circles, but the brand has been around since 2008. They offer simple footwear that catches no looks but still does its job. AMB produces in Portugal, a country that continues to be at the forefront of today’s footwear industry.

N. Hoolywood’s Exclusive Converse Chuck Taylor in Olive

N.Hoolywood shares their collaborative low-top sneaker produced by Japan-exclusive Converse Addict. It’s a very clean look based on a 1960s Converse silhouette and finished in an olive-drab colorway. Again, these are Japan only, but damn hot.

REI Debuts The Youth-Dedicated “Evrgrn” Line

As a life long member (and fan) of REI, we’re pumped for their new youth-oriented “evrgrn” sub-line featuring colorful and easy outdoor gear for budget-conscious consumers. Their “Downtime Hammock” is a favorite in the office.

Iconic Vivienne Westwood “Squiggle” Decorates New Cambridge Satchel Co. Range

A nice throwback to classic Westwood prints from the 1980s via this collaborative collection with Cambridge Satchel. The patterns are classic and ripe for a return.

Volcanic Rock-Textured Ceramics By Josh Herman

The details make Josh Herman’s latest collection of stoneware damn appealing. The pitted textures of the vessels are fantastic pieces for any home. We’re quite impressed.


Nendo Transforms A Suede-Like Composite Into Alcantara Wood

Stephanie Smith-Strickland tells it best: “Alcantara is one of those materials you’ve probably seen plenty of times, but have never really heard about. So what is it? For starters, it’s a suede-like composite made from polyester and polyurethane. This unique blend promotes increased durability and stain resistance, and is cheaper to produce and buy than real leather. Alcantara  (specifically Alcantara S.p.A.) is also the name of the company responsible (in part) for designing producing the material dating back to the early 70s.”

DRx Reworks Carhartt, Levis and Military Fabrics from new FairEnds Collection

FairEnds caps are pretty hot at the moment. The Montana/NYC company has just tapped Dr. Romanelli to design a collection of handmade caps using vintage Levi’s, military garments, Nike jackets, and Carhartt canvas that is nothing sort of awesome.

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Jeff Carvalho is Managing Director for Highsnobiety N.A. in New York City. He holds a journalism degree from Northeastern University.

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