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The State of Ships in Bottles

  • Najib Benouar

Ships in Bottles

This short film on "the smallest dry dock in the world” from the Aussies at Smith Journal had us thinking about ships in bottles for the first time in ages...

They’re one of those stately curios that never really disappeared—you’ll still see them around every so often—but that’s because they were never really a big thing to begin with. They’re the sort of worldly artifact that turns a desk in the corner of a room into a “bureau” or a home office into “the study.” So we thought we’d check in on the ship-in-a-bottle market. As it turns out, it’s not a hotbed of activity like when we checked in on sleds, but there are still a few hobby shops turning out ships in bottles, and some good vintage ones. So we rounded up a few of your better ready-made options. (Sadly, those of you interested in rigging your own will have to be a little more enterprising—unless you’re content with a kit intended for a 6-year-old.)

Sailing the high seas of the bottled ship market.»

Alyssa Miller Mistook You for Someone Else

  • Kempt Staff

The Need... for Shade: A brief history on the colored past of the famous aviator sunglasses—from Shorty Schroeder to the Unabomber. [NY Times]

Meet Your Makerbot:It’s a mixtape that looks like a cassette tape, but plays MP3s. *Boom box to hold over your head while playing said mixtape in the rain sold separately. [Creator’s Project]

Same Ship, Different Display: A look at the giant ship in a bottle/spectacular new maritime museum that has been built around the storied clipper Cutty Sark. [Yatzer]

Whimsy Sells: The collected advertisement illustrations of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known today as Dr. Seuss. [Flavorwire]

Ships Comes to Tribeca

Ships doesn’t get the press of Beams or Honeyee, but they’ve been one of the main players in Tokyo’s heritage revival. And more importantly, they’re currently finishing up a pop-up shop at Tribeca’s Grown & Sewn—a khaki artisan you might remember from the Pop Up Flea. We stopped by today to check out the goods, including Inverallan sweaters and some of the finest sweatshirts known to man.

A tour of Tokyo’s best heritage menswear, currently touring Tribeca»