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November 25, 2011

Luxirare.com — Killer clothes and fine cuisine


Videre est credere.


From the author:

Luxirare is a weekly webzine dedicated to clothing and cuisine. At Luxirare, the typical notion of a seasonal fashion show or seasonal "menu" does not exist. Styles and recipes are presented as individual pieces that do not follow a strict theme but rather a flow of ideas. The Luxirare principle is to use the unique mobility of the internet to develop an enticing, unorthodox presentation. There are no starts, no stops, no resumption of any discontinued story; just a continual conversation between the creator and the audience. The power of the internet to swallow so much into obsolescence is usually considered detrimental. The point here is to use the greatest invention of the 20th century, the internet and the obsolescence associated with it, as an advantage.

The object is to move slowly but quickly. "Slowly" in the sense that much of the content being generated takes an enormous amount of time to execute, and "quickly" in the sense that the content is presentable within a few clicks, without the drudgery of a printing press, anytime or anyplace.

Luxury and Rarity lenses zero in on the parallel worlds of clothes and cuisine. Both require intimacy; food is consumed by the mouth and clothing must touch the body. The pattern of creation concerning both fields are distinctly similar; both require strong cutting techniques which eventually lead to new creations.

The form of presenting these two subjects goes as follows; the posts interchange between clothing and cuisine posts. 1 original piece of clothing = 1 post, and 1 recipe or presentation of cuisine = 1 post.

My favorite post of those I've read so far is her September 18, 2011 Luxirare Shoe Repair,


in which a favorite pair of shoes purchased on Etsy finally wear out and the author, rather than toss them, completely disassembles and then rebuilds them from scratch (above and below),


along the way reshaping them by changing the original square toe to a round toe using a lathe and electric grinder, sander and polisher,


followed by an upgrade of the footbed to incorporate a hidden gel cushion, concluding with all manner of detail work and refinishing resulting in a fantastic looking custom shoe (below).


Sui generis.

[via Michelle A. Staton]

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Sui generis indeed.

Posted by: Joe Peach | Nov 25, 2011 7:19:36 PM

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