1. CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 1 Backbone by Nudie Jeans

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    • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 12 – FIVESTORY

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      Living in Paris and not sure of what to do or how to feel, a young Claire Distenfeld sought out therapy in retail stores. The experience made her loneliness subside. She had only one question — well, maybe two: why didn’t something like this exist back home in New York City? And, why couldn’t she build it herself? Just three years later, FIVESTORY is a magical retail reality. Set in a townhouse in the East 60′s, the enchanting two-floor boutique, owned by young gallerist Claire and her father, appeals to well-heeled globetrotters bored of the same old, same old, with an expertly edited array of unique apparel, jewelry and shoes. Claire, now a newly minted merchant, zeroes in on untapped talent from near and abroad. Everything in the store is carefully selected and even more carefully placed. Much like surrounding Madison Avenue, this place just feels special. We sat down with Claire who gave us the back story of FIVESTORY. Watch and be enchanted. Visit FIVESTORY in store and online.

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      • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 11 – MOSCOT

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        MOSCOT, the family frames company that started as a small vendor by grandpa Hyman in 1899 in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, on Orchard Street, has since become one of New York City's go-to for custom made frames and for customer service unmatched by any other frames shop. The business started and has stayed in the family, with four generations of Moscot's upholding the family business and name in true Moscot tradition. We sat down with Dr. Harvey Moscot and Wendy Simmons after an intense move -- across the street -- to a newly renovated space and the new home of the MOSCOT flagship location. Frames sit shining, a wall holds framed photos of the Moscot family that tells a pictorial history, an adjacent wall holds photos featuring the likes of Terry Richardson and James Franco fitted in Moscot, a small stage in the corner holds a set of drums that lends itself to local musicians on any given night. It really is a true New York landmark and mainstay; that glaring yellow sign is hard to miss and served as a sort of unofficial North star in the neighborhood when I first moved here. With a location at 14th Street and one in Brooklyn, the family plans for vertical expansion, fully integrated, rather than spreading themselves franchise thin. Watch the interview above to find out more about this interesting family who help to keep New York's fabric in plain view. Visit MOSCOT online.

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        • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 10 – Hooman Majd

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          Create + Influence is a CONTRA tv original series; conversations with the people about ideas that matter most to the creative class. Meet Hooman Majd, man of the world and seemingly of other eras, his gentlemanly demeanor and refined style reflecting a life lived abroad, from Tehran to England and places in between, and his look hearkening back to the iconic style of the American man circa 1940, with a modern twist. He currently calls Brooklyn home, which allows him to be a writer in the best city in the world, with enough distance from the hustle and bustle to raise his young son. Hooman's career spans the entertainment business (Island Records, Polygram Records, Palm Pictures) and the journalism world, having written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, Politico, The New York Observer, Interview, The Daily Beast, Salon and the like. For our intents and purposes, we were interested in getting to know the inner workings of The House of Majd, his style-centric site, realized with the help of longtime friend and legendary fashion photographer Ken Browar. The two friends share both an aesthetic and philosophy on a way of living. The idea of the site is to showcase a sensibility in sartorial preferences, in style, in architecture and generally in a lifestyle. An acquirer of life's finer enjoyments -- madras pants, leather loafers, seersucker suits, and utilitarian bicycles -- Hooman was once knighted as the most stylish man in the world by GQ's Glenn O'Brien. We have much reason to believe this is the case.

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          • Pendulum by MacKenzie Duncan

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            In this short 'pendulum', photographer and director Mackenzie Duncan takes on the feeling of that thing that never stops; time. On the edge, eye's blinking too quickly but hoping we don't miss all that is passing us by, a stint of A.D.D., that ticking time bomb of a day nearing its end, wanting more time, racing to finish lines, seeing the end in sight and ever near it. The heart pulses, sweat forms on the brow. Do keep in mind though, with the right eyewear, it is one's prerogative to be fashionably late.

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            • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 8 - Broken Homme

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              Joshua Johnson was super nervous to be on film, but he's actually quite a natural. Talking to us after a few days of tradeshows and hang overs in NYC, this L.A. bound bootman gave us a few hours time before his takeoff flight back home. The charming ex-hockey player tells us about his passion -- shoes -- specifically quality, 100% leather boots. Taking the advice of a dear friend who gave him the final boot out of a career rut, a few short months in the footwear game has proven to be one of the best decisions Josh has ever made. His friends and his family are among his supporters, and the collection reflects his appreciation, with each pair of shoes by BROKEN HOMME being named after someone he knows. Though he'd much rather 'make shoes and hand them off to all his friends', he isn't exactly allowed to. It's part of his shtick though. His turn on's include 'hood rat shit, and doing bad things', which probably involves a mix of bikes and bourbon -- but not rum or vodka -- he's allergic. And unless he's popped a Pepcid AC when he's on the sauce, you will only increase his nausea if you are any of these: liar, hypocrite, or sloppy drunk. Of course, good times are only to be had when the days work is done. "I work as much as possible trying to make sure BROKEN HOMME is going where it needs to" Says Joshua. His 'collection' of gray hairs and wrinkles can attest, something he calls wisdom.

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              • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 7 – Katya Moorman

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                Through a unique mix of style, nightlife and personal p.o.v. Katya Moorman has created Style Defined NYC which has developed a cult following by New York’s riotous underground tribe. Through her passion for fashion and nightlife scenes, Katya has shot numerous celebrities and ‘downtown personalities’ including Patricia Field, Amanda LaPore and Kenny Kenny. Her critically acclaimed photographs have graced the pages of TIME OUT, French Vogue, Glamour and numerous other international publications as well as in galleries in NYC and internationally. We hung out with Katya on set for 5Preview, where she let us in behind the scenes of her animated GIF making at Agency V, and later at her apartment, discussing dogs, fashion, New York and her first love; dancing. Or was it that leather jacket she just can't seem to throw away?

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                • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 6 – Reed Space

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                  In the midst of the cultural hot-bed that is Manhattan's Lower East Side, Reed Space sits as naturally in this cool-kid environment as peigions do perch on many a neighbourhood stoop. Pioneering the concept 'lifestyle boutique', since 2003 the NYC location has seen growth overseas and closer to home - as in next door - Reed Annex that opens for special events, pop-up shops and sample sales. Carrying brands like 10Deep, Acapulgo Gold, Converse First String, Monocole, The Hundreds, and the founders own Staple Design, the best in streetwear is only a part of the shops stock. A makeshift library wall hosts hundreds of back issues of some of our favourite zines, including Reed's own quarterly, Reed Pages, a print manifest of Reed Space take on culture, design and art, delivering inspirational, informative and authentic content to a forward thinking demographic. We spoke with a Reed Space rep to get the full story of this positive social contagion.

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                  • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 5 - Ryan Andes Handmade

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                    Ryan Andes is a bit of everything, much like the place he calls home. With all its composites, its wonderfulness and many talents, New York has been fundamental in shaping the career of Ryan Andes as far as his accidental line of jewelry will permit. But that's the great thing about New York. You have a talent, you need a resource, you get the best of the best and the connections are as seemingly instantaneous as they are endless. Using his bellowing voice as an actor and bartender, Ryan takes a quiet approach to art at home, making tiny rivets, buckles and buttons with his own two hands. Something passed down from his youth, working with his dad stuck with him, and a stint at PROJECT - where we first met Ryan - would have him thinking to take things to another level, a passion for handmade objects turned lucrative side-gig. With an appreciation of the finer things in life and feeling that quality clothes deserve finishings to match, Ryan Andes talks us through his process in his Astoria apartment, one that is time consuming, and creating one of a kind, quality metal objects to compliment beautiful, quality clothing, handbags and really anything you can fasten.

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                    • CONTRA tv presents Create + Influence Episode 4 - American Two Shot

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                      Create + Influence is a CONTRA tv original series; conversations with the people about ideas that matter most to the creative class. New York City is that magical place, in that you are likely to stumble upon amazing things IRL and meet interesting people you never knew before just by walking down your street. Such a place is American Two Shot, located between SoHo and Chinatown. Founders and friends Stephanie Krasnoff and Olivia Wolfe took their friendship, based on a mutual love of fashion, art and ice cream, to this big, shiny city, not knowing exactly what they would do, but knowing they would do something. Without much experience or know-how of how to run a store, lest a successful business, the girls trusted their guts and taste, and saw they could fill a sort of niche. Thus just a short time ago, American Two Shot was born. Some people say it's a gallery, or a curated closet open to the public, or a coffee shop. Well, it is all of those things, sort of like a 'grown up' tree house, one that holds events with free-flowing vodka to showcase artists' work on a Friday night, and one that is considered among many the go-to place for a morning coffee hangover cure the day after, served up by the Nicaraguan-coffee-bean guru and Cafe Integral founder, César Vega. Steph and Olivia's friendship - and probably their loveliness too - has sparked a local community in what they call 'the city of friends' . This ATS-curated collective of young creators who orbit and collaborate with the shop include Fred the Mavensay Bear, Julian Wellisz, Terry Richardson, Dan the Man, Baron von Fancy, Ben Rayner, Lara Vincent, and a slew of other local artists and designers, whose work they carry in their gallery/shopping space. We're really glad to have stumbled upon this gem and more so to have been able to chat with the ladies who run it. It's like the loft you dream about living in, except you don't have to dream, because when you walk through the doors of ATS, you're going to feel at home. Follow ATS on tumblr (with ~real~ film photography by Olivia) and visit the shop at 135 Grand St, NY.

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