Upstate and Levi’s

My girlfriend, Kalen, and her/our neighbor/friend, Astrid, own a company called UPSTATE that makes all things shibori. It’s just about the most beautiful stuff you ever saw and I have the world’s best job of being able to look at it all day, whether it’s a raw silk scarf hanging from the tub, waiting to be dried so it can be sent to one of the 1,000 stores that carry Upstate, or the Upstate curtains (we have the only Upstate curtains around) that keep the sun from waking me up in the morning. One of these days, maybe we’ll make an Upstate/Cold Splinters tent or something. Or maybe we won’t.

A couple of months ago, Jay Carroll came over to our apartment in Brooklyn, NY and we drank whiskey and Pacificos while listening to Mirage on repeat with our friends. In between all that mayhem, he managed to film Kalen and Astrid doing what they do best, dyeing those beautiful textiles in our tub. I have watched this video a million times and I hope you do too.

Have yourself the best weekend, alright?


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5 Responses to Upstate and Levi’s

  1. Bumper June 19, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I’m new to you blog, but I can see why you love this clip. Just beautiful! Thanks for sharing

  2. AT June 23, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Being of the weaker sex, I couldn’t decide how I felt about these. I forwarded to some girl-friends, though, and they’re mad about them. Goodonya, Kalen. And CS himself for those handsome shorts.

  3. Nate Skinner June 24, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I’ve been a pretty long time reader of your site, but never commented before, until our world’s just (sorta) came full circle. Carl Cordova, who edited this video, is a friend of mine here in SF, so I’ve seen this video quite a few times now. Always cool when people you know work with people you don’t know, but who’s work you ‘ve admire for a long time.
    PS: I’m getting my girlfriend some Upstate stuff after watching this, because I know she’ll love it.

  4. Your Friend June 24, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Why say Sarong when it feels So Right?

  5. Luis Portabales July 5, 2011 at 3:12 am #

    beautiful viedo and beautiful work.

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