Thirty-five years ago, in 1973, Kirra Surf did not exist and Billabong was just getting started. The now very wealthy founder of Kirra Surf, Peter Turner, tells with some amusment the story of meeting for the first time the now also very wealthy Gordon Merchant, founder of Billabong.
Turner was working in a local surf shop, now long closed, and as he says, a young guy had walked into the shop trying to convince them to stock a new pair of board shorts Ð or ÒboardiesÓ as we call them here. The young guy was Gordon Merchant, then eking out some income from what was basically a two person operation, himself and his wife. Merchant was selling surfboards and swimwear out of his station wagon.
As Turner tells it, Merchant “came in with three new pairs of boardies that he wanted us to stock.”
“He had written on the label: ‘Billabong, since 1973′ and I said “Mate, it is 1973″ and he just looked at me and said “Well, you’ve got to start somewhere.”
Four years later, Turner took the young guy’s advice and opened Kirra Surf.
In March 2008 Billabong acquired Kirra Surf!
One story, one young man with a big dream inspiring another, two multi-millionaires.
Dutch Designer Christien Meindertsma plays with shapes and sheep for her Flocks project. She makes handmade poufs and rugs, handknitted with giant knitting needles. The rugs are made from the wool of 18 merino sheep, each pouf from a sheep’s wool (each product has a certificate attached to it where you can find information about the sheep from which the product was made).
This Boston-based label is redefining mushroom and garlic storage as we know it by creating reusable bags for veggies that just aren't used to this kind of attention. Sealed in an unbleached cotton cocoon of goodness, your veggies will be blissfully unaware of any suspicious smelling surroundings. And with original Bruno designs screen printed onto them, they're just what you need to spruce up the interior of your fridge. Stocking up your shelves has never looked better.
If you can’t buy one, why not build your own? Richie Sowa built his own island in 1998, from over a quarter-million plastic bottles. His ultimate goal? To build the island bigger and sail around the world on his own private paradise.
For you New Yorkers who have been sneaking into the Moma store to get your Japanese minimalist design fixes or stocking up when abroad, your time has come. The full-blown Muji experience is opening in New York on Friday, 16 November 2007, in Soho. For many this will be a dream come true. For others it will be a new adventure into the land of beautifully functional sleek clothes, furniture and accessories, which have no brand but can only have come from one store.
Who knew such joy could be found in small transparent acrylic boxes, colorful pencils, beige notebooks, chic flip flops and modular storage units? For the extra-eager there will be a free giveaway to the first five hundred customers who come to the store and shop on the opening day. It's anyone's guess what delicious Muji design gift will be in "My Bag."
by Leonora Oppenheim
Opens: November 16, 2007, 12-9pm
Muji / 455 Broadway
New York, NY 10013 - directions
We recently got our hands on a pair of these ear muff headphones and really liked them! Special thanks to Namico for the hookup. If you commute to work in the morning and got to have your tunes this baby serves a dual purpose keeping your flaps toasty and your head bopping. We're going to take them on the slopes this winter and introduce them to the Burton Premium Sleeper Hoodie.
This headset combines three layers of all-weather protection with a high-quality pair of mini-speakers, allowing you to enjoy your iPod or other portable audio devices without exposing your ears to the cold. Layers of lightweight polyester fleece, Thermolite®, and Polartec® insulate the soft nylon-wrapped ear warmers (which can be stretched and adjusted to fit most heads). The ear warmers can be used by themselves when the detachable 5' audio cord is removed, and the around-the-neck design avoids ruffling hair. Built-in speakers developed by JVC deliver crisp audio with an internal neodymium magnet and 40 mm driver. Folds flat for easy storage in a pocket or purse. Spot-clean. 3" W x 5" Diam. (4 oz.)