December 2009

The Style List—December 2009

edited by Robin Sayers

jason pilarski, steven joyner, gates of hell, machinehistories, style list Bartholomew Cooke


If making an entrance is an indicator of style, Jason Pilarski and Steven Joyner of MachineHistories are two of the most fly guys in town. Among the feats these Art Center College of Design alumni pull off is the creation of one-of-a-kind doors. From afar, Rodin fans might think his Gates of Hell left France for warmer, smoggier pastures. Closer inspection (above) reveals teapots, spiders, a kangaroo, a robot, Muppets and other items beloved by the door’s owner sculpted onto high-density urethane plastic. This masterpiece ran close to $40,000, and the most grandiose hovered at $120,000, but the duo offers sets starting around $1,000. “We don’t mind spending your money,” says Joyner, who adds, as any savvy artist would: "We’ll do whatever you want—we need cash.” 323-441-9793,

necklush, troy mattison hicks, stephano diaz, style list


WEB ADDRESS: WHY IT’S WWWICKED COOL: It’s the clearinghouse for the ultimate hybrid accessory, one that will end your “scarf or necklace?” debate once and for all. WEATHERPROOF: This stylish neck wrap keeps you contentedly warm while looking über-cool. WHY IT HAS A PENDING PATENT: It’s constructed from a single piece of ultrasoft cotton fabric, which is sewn into a tubular loop and layered together by hand in a rather unfathomable fashion. CLICK TO FIND: Around 70 styles, all made to order by designers Troy Mattison Hicks and Stephano Diaz; the count varies due to certain limited-edition pieces. PRICE: $42–$74. —A. Moret

porter tote, fleabags, shira enis, alexandra bell, style list


AROUSING OUR DESIRE: The Porter tote from Fleabags. WHY MOTHER EARTH WILL ACCEPT ITS FACEBOOK FRIEND REQUEST: Made of certified organic cotton, hemp canvas and vegetable-tanned vintage leather, this anti-“It” bag is free of toxic glues and paints. RED, WHITE AND BLUE...& GREEN: Fleabags are sourced and made in the U.S., and the Bomber model (shown) is lined with WWII-era military-issue denim. WHAT’S IN A NAME? Designers Shira Enis and Alexandra Bell met at Brown University and shared a passion for flea markets and a disdain for all the plastic bags they accumulated after a day of treasure hunting. PRICE: $465. WHERE: —Allison Kornberg

Willow shirt, endovanera, style list


FIGHTING FOR JOINT CUSTODY OF: The Willow shirt. X(WH)Y WOULD A DUDE WEAR THIS? Because he’s down with the whole androgynous-dressing trend. That, or the fact that there are just three buttons to deal with! LADIES WILL LOVE: The relaxed cut and extended length. NO WONDER THEY CHANGED THE FABRIC’S MONIKER: It’s made of modal, which is sooo much softer than its technical name—beech trees—might suggest. LOCAL YOKES: This shirt hails from the Los Angeles–based Endovanera fashion house. PRICE: $200. WHERE: Front St., 1154 Glendale Blvd., Echo Park, 213-413-6666.—Brandon Palas

Yohji Yamamoto, silver-accented oxfords, style list


JUST FOR KICKS: Yohji Yamamoto’s high-heel, silver-accented oxfords. WALK AND ROLL: The heavy-metal touches add a tough edge to the traditionally scholastic shape. FIRST STEPS: Down a Paris runway during the designer’s spring-summer ’10 show in October. OUR LITTLE FANTASY ABOUT THE BACKSTORY: Before he became the avant-garde darling of the fashion world, Yamamoto earned a law degree from Tokyo’s Keio University. His provocative take on what is a classic, sedate style sure screams “Japanese law-school librarian gone bad.” PRICE: $1,650. WHERE: Starting this month at Yohji Yamamoto boutiques worldwide. —BP