Shop Local: Metro Detroit
This is the first in our "Shop Local" series of posts, our first (of course) is the Detroit edition. We've recently brought armloads of new ties to some of our favorite Metro Detroit boutiques and galleries, who also carry a whole host of fantastic wares from local artists. Don't feel like waiting by the post for online orders? Support these nifty shops local to you:Naka
171 W 9 Mile Rd
Ferndale, MI 48220
(248) 582-9113323 East Gallery
323 E. 4th St.
Royal Oak, MI
(313) 576-6941 - please call for hours and directions, they're just about done moving!16 Hands Gallery
216 S. Main St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Not only is shopping locally fun, it helps to protect local character and prosperity. Locally owned businesses build strong neighborhoods by sustaining communities, linking neighbors, and by contributing more to local causes. Your dollars spent in locally-owned businesses have three times the impact on your community as dollars spent at national chains. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighborhood improvement and promote community development.
For those in the Detroit area on Saturday, December 6, Detroit by Design
will be hosting it's huuuuge 4th Anniversary Party - we'll be doing a runway show during the first half of the party with Dethlab+1 dj's closing out the evening. Oh my, Double Trouble!
Saturday, December 6, 2008 (VIP Reception 9-11p / Party 11-3a) - WDIV's Hank Winchester will Emcee Fashion Show w/ 5 designers
Detroit By Design, 2944 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Take a peek at some brand new designs, and a favorite new model:Topographical Error
A large area of the tie is printed with distressed remnants of 1900's sea-depth estimates taken in Scandinavian and Arctic waters. These levels are rapidly changing now due to climactic shift.Cable Tie
: (Haha, we made a funny!) Yes, it is a tie full of cables - 1/4" and RCA connectors. A large, bold print - great for dj's, producers, guitarists and all sorts of music nerds. Original illustration.
Our fierce new model for winter: Rick. Woooo! He's got on one of our best selling ties, Victorian Gears
, originally made for Alan and Siouxie's wedding last year, but now released in tons of colors and finishes. They're still cute as ever too.
Labels: Detroit, shopping
Beats and Meat
Beats and meat
by Walter Wasacz
Dethlab’s multimedia party-exhibit takes over CAID. Michael Doyle and Bethany Shorb look a bit tired, understandable given that they've just returned from a New York weekend hopping from ballets in Brooklyn to museums in Manhattan followed by parties, afterparties and after-afterparties in each borough. They saw daylight only briefly, they say, as they walked at murky sunrise across the Williamsburg Bridge.
But the pair — who call their Detroit-based performance project Dethlab — should not be mistaken for mere rave- or rock-culture vampires. They say they'd rather be known as bloodthirsty carnivores — and prove as much by each ordering titanic identical half-pound burgers topped with bacon and blue cheese. They look resplendent, if pale, dressed in layers of bruise-colored clothing, biting into juicy meat and ketchup-soaked fries, as they sit against the dark sapphire upholstery in the lounge of Royal Oak's Redcoat Tavern.
Dethlab is all about sonic and visual art. It has formal roots in design and sculpture — Doyle is an industrial graphic designer and Shorb is a sculptor with an MFA from Cranbrook — but the vibe created is pure pop culture mayhem and the duo's academic seams are hardly visible.
"We think of ourselves as artist-curators ..." Doyle begins "... who make no apologies about eating meat," Shorb finishes. "Excuse us while we devour this," Doyle says.
Dethlab hosted a string of successful club nights called Sex & Sedition at the now-shuttered Oslo. And last summer they launched Machines That Feel, a multimedia party-exhibit which included experimental indie bands, DJs and films at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID). The second part of the expected-annual series takes place this Saturday at the same location.
The night will feature Chicago-based Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, whose raw, homemade synth-pop has drawn comparisons to the Postal Service; Spectral Mornings, a trio from Grand Rapids that combines elements of shoegaze rock with ambient electronics; and Thirty (Over) Thousand, another indie-tronica group from Grand Rapids.
Joining Dethlab at the DJ mixer is special guest Cowboy Mark, whom Doyle describes as "one of New York's best DJs ... and a total foodie."
Why is that not surprising? Pass the Dijon mustard and fire up the amps.
Machines that Feel is Saturday, April 14, at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit; 313-899-CAID.
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone featured in this week's Real Detroit
by Deleano Acevedo Is a Casio keyboard a real instrument? Of course they physically exist, but would a musician consider one a "real" instrument? Owen Ashworth, a.k.a. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone thinks so. He started making music with only a Casio keyboard and his voice. It's one of those great ideas that seems so practical and simple, yet totally ridiculous at the same time...
[read more at Real Detroit
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone perform at CAID this Saturday, courtesy of Burnlab/Dethlab.
Labels: Dethlab, Detroit, news
We're having a trunkshow
(with real vintage trunks too!)
See a flickr gallery
of all the Whiplash
pieces in process - also be the first to see our new Concealed Weapons
preview pieces for Summer/Fall 2007. Whiplash
will only be available at the trunk show, Spy
(Detroit), All Purpose
(LA) and at Cyberoptix.com
We'll have slipmats, t-shirts and scarves for the non-tie-wearing set - we'll also have a full range of skinny ties, they look quite nifty on the ladies as well. One-of-a-kind super special awesome treats too.
Gallery Music by DethLab
Labels: cyberoptix, Dethlab, Detroit, party, tie lab, trunkshow