HBA’s Shayne Oliver discusses the future of fashion with artist Rashaad Newsome

HBA’s Shayne Oliver discusses the future of fashion with artist Rashaad Newsome

Hood by Air designer Shayne Oliver has had a banner year. After showing for the first time in Paris high above the city in the Montparnasse Tower this past fall, Oliver has set his sights on turning HBA into a growing movement. He was invited to show at Pitti Uomo, Florence’s prestigious menswear show, and has immersed HBA fully into Italian fashion, recently opening design studios in Milan in order to take advantage of Italian manufacturing. Oliver sits down with the acclaimed mixed media artist Rashaad Newsome, who has in recent years shown performances and works at The Whitney, The New Museum, and MoMA/PS1, to discuss Italian fashion, prisoners, and why you shouldn’t call Oliver a streetwear designer.

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Volatile Smile: A Conversation with Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann

Volatile Smile: A Conversation with Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann

Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann are both a couple and multi-media artist duo, collaborating since 1996.  After a high frequency trading company threatened to sue them for their last book Volatile Smile, which features pictures of the desks of stock traders, they found new ways of resisting; articulating censorship in an exhibition by obscuring the questionable images with black paint—transforming oppression into art. Geissler and Sann sat down with Document to discuss their recent exhibition shown at Cindy Rucker Gallery. 

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Sunset Tower’s maître d’ Dimitri Dimitrov in conversation with Tom Ford

Sunset Tower’s maître d’ Dimitri Dimitrov in conversation with Tom Ford

Dimitri Dimitrov is a venerable institution. He has been a fixture on the Hollywood restaurant scene for more than 20 years. And now, as the maître d’hôtel at The Sunset Tower Hotel, you can find him most nights greeting Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Elon Musk—the who’s who of Hollywood—at the Tower Bar. Somehow Dimitri always just knows exactly what his clients’ needs are, catering to exactly what they want. He has this charm about him—the way he smiles, the way he clasps his hands close to his chest, his Eastern European accent—and a way to make anybody feel like a VIP. He is close to many of his clients and counts Johnny Depp and Sean Penn as friends. Tom Ford even passed along Dimitri’s name when he heard the hotel was looking for a maître d’. The two catch up below, and ten years later, Dimitri finally asks Tom why he recommended him for the job.

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Original Document: Donna Karan by Denis Piel, 1985

Unearthing Donna Karan's rare video directed by Denis Piel and starring Rosemary McGrotha from the year Karan founded her brand, one can't help but feel her modern vision. Founded in 1985, Karan carved a niche for herself and for her vision of the modern woman with her system of dressing—seven easy pieces—and her casual smart 'cold-shoulder' silhouette.

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