July 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
Out of town for the summer, today I was walking through a local Florida shopping mall when these toe shoes inspired flats caught my eye. I was surprised to see they were Jessica Simpson shoes and seemingly a knock off of a Chloé Ballet Flat, which then reminded me of my Grandfather’s Patent woes.
Now I had patented that design, but first thing I knew everyone started to copy it. All manufacturers, but we did a lot with it. You had to sue them and we didn’t have that much money. We were a small company, see? Cost you and dragged on for 2 or 3 years. By the time the trial comes up the style is all gone, over. Wasn’t worth it. After a while I stopped patenting styles. It didn’t pay. – Ben Benjamin
To Jessica Simpson’s credit she’s making something unattainable, attainable.
July 14, 2015 § 5 Comments
July 4, 2015 § Leave a comment
I spotted these cool paper shoes outside MOMA on 53rd Street. They belong to Philip Laforest who was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the 1950’s. Philip is a self taught artist. Check out more of his impressive work at PhilipLaforest.com.
July 3, 2015 § Leave a comment
July 3, 2015 § 3 Comments
Walking down 48th Street and Lexington Avenue today I found myself wondering where I was as I passed by Colony Music. At first I thought maybe it had been reopened as a smaller version of itself until I realized I had walked into the middle of the set for Martin Scorsese’s new HBO show Rock ‘N’ Roll. Alas the PA who asked me to move along snapped me out of my fantasy flashback in time. They even dirtied up the streets and a couple of the drivers for the vintage cars were engaged in a real life drama as they verbally duked it out.
June 29, 2015 § Leave a comment
The city is all about color right now. Leave it to Barneys to create the grooviest window displays and Gap has teamed up with Big Gay Ice Cream for 30 days of tees and ice cream. Loving The Pride.