Ponytail Journal

THE JOY OF SUN SALUTATIONS WITH YUKI.
This is an exploration of that yucky business called anxiety and how to set yourself on a beautiful, yet mysterious pathway to self exploration with yoga. Ponytail friend and yogi Yuki Matsui will guide you through a sun salutation: the start-line to the most powerful tool to self recognition, and self acceptance.... Read More
FOR THE BIRDS.
This week we welcome a newcomer in retail, Tom Clothes and Goods out of Los Angeles who have just set up shop online with prospects of a brick and mortar storefront in the sunny region. Stocking W'menswear and some really interesting brands for a product savy lady, we've got our eye her growing curatorial list. Today we're getting cozy with founder Arielle Ackerman, and taking stock of her shiny new retail (ad)venture.... Read More
(RE)VISION SOCIETY ARE MAKING VERY CLEVER CLOTHES.
We're catching up with (re)vision society co-founder Stacey who is road testing a new concept that she likes to call Clever Clothing, a new venture for the label who have collaborated with the public to solve the huge issue of inefficiency and waste in the garment industry.... Read More
MARK AND ALAN’S FUNNEST LIFE POSSIBLE
At Ponytail Journal we sometimes get the chance to cross paths with people who are so impassioned by their work that we are, in turn, compelled to take a snapshot. It was clear after meeting Mark Cho and Alan See, co-founders of The Armoury, that we had to take that snapshot not only of this enchanting world of menswear they have helped build upon, but the story behind it. ... Read More
ERIC DOES INSPIRATION.
A huge event on the Los Angeles Vintage calendar is Inspiration where the cream-of-the-crop world's best vintage and heritage rag businesses gather for a stunning show in Southern California. Our buddy Eric Kvatek went to explore the treasures on display and on the floor at this massive annual event. You'll see friends and new faces from all over the states as well as those who had hopped over from Japan like The Real McCoys, Clutch Magazine, J'Antiques, and local heroes like Hellers Cafe, Indian Motorcycles, Lewis Leathers, along with many newcomers who are imparting their own flavour on the show floor.... Read More
DINING WITH KAPITAL
Dining with the cast of Bad Opera, the latest published work by Kapital and Eric Kvatek, one late July in Budapest.... Read More
GROWTHRING & SUPPLIE’S KENJI WONG AND HIS FUNNEST LIFE.
Kenji Wong's work breathes life in Hong Kong’s unique culture through his various creative projects and intricately designed apparel and today we’ll be picking at Kenji’s brain for a little peek at what makes him tick.... Read More
KIRO AND ERIC’S NYC
Come on a wild ride with Eric and Kiro through their favourite digs, eats, party times, and treats of the big apple. ... Read More
HOW TO BE A MASTERMIND OF GOODNESS.
It’s Sunday night and stalls from Tong Chong Street Market in Hong Kong are winding down and packing their bags. As the lights dim and the carts roll out, Anne is lucky enough to geek out with Janice Leung Hayes about the tastiest tomato salads possible, juggling full-time work and writing, and how we can all spread a bit of goodness every day.... Read More
BUOY’S FUNNEST LIFE POSSIBLE.
What's more exciting than seeing something in bloom is to watch it blossom. Buoy has just released her second EP, one that is rich with her own unique touch, her creative fingerprint if you like, and we are now experiencing the wonderments of an artist who has stretched her legs and is ready to rumble. ... Read More
LISTEN / ONRA’S 90S NEW JACK CLASSICS AND RARITIES
Following the release of his latest mix on Highsnobiety sounds, producer Onra shares his special insight into the late 80's fusion genre, 'New Jack Swing', a Hip Hop and dance-pop lovechild that went wild in the New York club scene. Listen, read, dance here... Read More
A MOMENT WITH NIGEL CABOURN WOMAN DESIGNER, EMILIE CASIEZ.
Get to know Nigel Cabourn Woman designer Emilie Casiez, the newest addition to the family and an unbreakable Parisian who has her eyes wide open to the wonders of our sensory Universe, past and present. ... Read More
SECRETS BEHIND THE LAND OF SMILES AND PERKY BOOBS / GROUP PARTNER
Meet Isaac Nichols, a friendly guy with a penchant for disruption and making things that describe beauty and the strange sensations that we humans experience in life. Eric Kvatek explores his radically feminist, neo-hippy Brooklyn based ceramics studio that turns out hundreds of delightful ceramic breasts, faces, (and more recently) men's junk as a wild idea called Group Partner.... Read More
KIRO & ERIC’S GUIDE TO L.A.
On the yearly vintage run to LA, Kapital designer Kiro Hirata starts the hunt for inspiration for his ever wild mens and women's collections. He joins his buddy Eric Kvatek who has been shooting Kapital's cult catalogue for over 2 decades to scour, drink, ride, roll, and side-step their way through the bountiful world of American vintage. 'Take it from here Eric... Read More
JAMES LING’S TASTIEST LIFE POSSIBLE.
Anne Berry took the chance to meet up with James Ling of 'The Ale Project' and 'Second Draft' in Hong Kong to find how he manages to keep his business sleeves rolled up, while getting elbow-deep into the malts and hops of beer-geekery with curious customers.... Read More
HAYAMA BEACH ‘N GOOD ‘OL NIGE
Our friend Nigel Cabourn's favourite summer hang out in Japan is only a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from Tokyo, where the echo of cicada calls in the city are swept away with the fresh sea air on the coast. We took a local train out to the volcanic sand covered beaches of Hayama to discover the colourful seaside culture that wonderfully describes the eclectic patchwork of Japanese summer culture. It's full of bamboo, Hawaiian prints, kayaking, and banana juice spiked with Malibu.... Read More
LEA THOMAS’ WILD UNIVERSE.
No creative entity deserves to be categorised, boxed, or logged but somehow no matter what, end up in this systematical process in light of trying to understand the Universe. Meet Lea Thomas who believes in gathering, creating, and being medicine for others, a quiet and selfless process that keeps her busy in her Brooklyn flat and fuels her exploration through our wild world.... Read More
A DELICIOUS STORY OF RACHEL MCBRIDE AND THE BLUE STOVE – SERVED WITH PIE.
The Blue Stove; incredibly busy on a weekday morning thanks to mum's feeding their untameable children, business folk grabbing a slice of paradise before clocking in, and a lot of local Brooklynites in their tattooed, plaid shirts, ripped jeans camouflage. What strikes you on entry is the heavenly smell of baked vanilla, butter, and flour, mellowed out with an inkling of brewed coffee that Americans drink by the gallon. So what makes such an delicious institution tick? We talk to owner Rachel McBride about her tasty brain-baby.... Read More
WHAT THE INTERNET GENERATION ARE DOING WITH ALL THESE BITS.
The world is fast changing and young people are becoming incredibly equiped for an online existence, and perhaps the Internet has made for a new way of expression and development. So we chat to band-of-the-times X0809, a female duo who are inspired by women who embrace a do-it-all-yourself reality.... Read More
SPIRIT OF THE ROADS.
An exhibition of the rollin' anthology that is - our pal Eric Kvatek's vast body of photography work, poetic in his great gift for story telling through imagery. Hosted by Heavy Selection in Bangkok, the opening was the most interesting gathering of an eclectic motorbike riding, indigo loving scene. Lucky Eric was there himself to document the wonderful hybrid between a romantic vision of the wild west, vintage, and pop-culture all carefully proportioned around a tight knit crowd in Thailand. What a soulful melting pot of badass, new-ass, and old-ass... and lots of bikes.... Read More
BRAINSTORMING OVER BREAKFAST / PTJ AND (RE)VISION SOCIETY DO MINDFULNESS
Last week in London we teamed up with our pals (re)vision society for a special event, a brainstorm breakfast to open discussion about issues of inefficiency and sustainability that need addressing in our different fields. This is how it went down, recipes and all.... Read More
STYLING NOTES FROM A HIP-HOP GOURMET.
Our latest mens style profile delves into the realms of basketball, hip-hop, and thrift stores with the ever impeccably dressed Onra.... Read More
NIGEL CABOURN TAKES US THROUGH THE DRAWING ROOM / J.S. HOMESTEAD
So yes, the capsule collaboration between Nigel Cabourn and Japanese retail mountain Journal Standard is no new news but that's not why we're here. We're here because our buddy Nigel himself is taking you on a tour through 'The Drawing Room' and all the tiny details that make it so great. ... Read More
WORKSPACE / BELLANIE SALCEDO FOR CHESTER MOX
Bellanie Salcedo makes the most beautiful leather goods that speak to time and maturity. We've gone into her studio to see what makes her tick.... Read More
WHAT GOES INTO A RAD SURF MAG / COFFEE WITH TRIM
Matt is the editor of Trim, a beautiful surf publication from sunny Hawaii, so travelling between Japan and the Pacific paradise, he has latched onto a wonderful way of being. In his magazine, you'll find great archival imagery of early indigenous surfing all the way to some superb boards shaped by water spirits who have found passion in craft. We asked him a few things about what floats his boat... Read More
PONYTAIL CHEZ BACKYARD BILL.
We had an absolute blast shooting around NYC and Paris with Bill Gentle (a.k.a Backyard Bill). You can check out our guides for both respective places but here are the funnest pictures that Bill kept for himself. Very Salty.... Read More
A REFLECTION OF NOWNESS, AND WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2016.
We look back on 2015 from how the internet has changed our social behaviour, to the way we do business, and project our thoughts on how trend will be a vanishing elephant in the future. Lauren reflects on some REAL sugar-donuts that she thinks will define who we are in the year to come.... Read More
WHAT’S LIT / THE HILL-SIDE’S NEW FLAGSHIP STORE ! \ ^ % !
Our pals The Hill-Side have been working away at bringing us the most textile-delicious store possible. So as of yesterday November the 5th, the doors of the first ever The Hill-Side flagship store opened. Come walk around the store with us!... Read More
WE GO BACKSTAGE WITH (RE)VISION SOCIETY.
We all are responsible for our destiny through our many little choices that in fact set us on a future path, a trajectory, if you like. The founders of (re)vision society are thinking in a way that could transform manufacturing and the future of industry into a much more efficient, and realistic model. So we went to see their entire design and manufacturing process to get an idea of how it all works and how the system is bound for collapse. ... Read More
LYN AND TONY DO ‘SCENTED INTOXICATION’ / TOTAL IMMERSION
Introducing, 'Scented Intoxication', by Lyn and Tony at the Australian Design Centre. A splendid evolution of their work shooting balmy skinned nudes in the bizarre Australian landscape, to hand making wearable objects that lead you on a smoke trail around the outback by texture and materials. More recently, their play with rawness like repurposed leather impregnated with smell, has made way for full-immersion-scale-strangeness. Win.... Read More
PAPA NUI SAYS … WHAT INSPIRES A VINTAGE BREATHING AUSSIE.
John Tesoriero lives and breathes our fundamental values about living the funnest life possible, and creating things that speak to quality, functionality, and heritage. His blog "Papa Nui Says ..." is dedicated to military, surfing, form and function, a great resource for people like us who have a passion for greatness through history. 'Oh yeah he makes beautiful things like military wear and post-war engineered surf boards so we asked him about life.... Read More
WHEN ATELIER DE L’ARMEE CAPTURED THAT SWEET SPOT IN THE UNIVERSE.
There can't be yin without yang too far away. Elza and Joost of Atelier de l'Armee are the breed of folk who enjoy well made objects that tests the truth of time, and the pockets of fun that inspire us in life. We 'expound' on how it takes a highly evolved human - or a fine match between two (sometimes opposing) minds - to produce a product that speaks to people today while referencing greatness through history.... Read More
Q&A WITH OUR LOGGING HEROINE BELINDA BAGGS / FOR SUITCASE MAGAZINE
Belinda Baggs has been my surfing heroine since the early days when I was starting out. She explores the world's unnoticed pockets with her husband Adam and super cute son Rayson, while ever in love with nature, hungry to continue learning about our weird and wonderful Universe. So this month for the WATER issue of Suitcase magazine, I asked Bindy about life, water, smells, and travel.... Read More
THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT GEORGE VLAGOS OF OAK STREET BOOTMAKERS.
Let us introduce you to the boot makin', coffee drinkin', Kapital wearin', leather smellin' kid on the block who knows what's good and how to get folks in the door. George Vlagos, founder of Oak Street Bootmakers shows us how to cook the ultimate date food, escape from zombies, and wizard the barriers around form and function.... Read More
SENSORY EXPERIENCE WITH OUIGI.
Our senses are really important. It's how we experience the world and colour it in unique ways. We asked Ouigi Theodore some important life questions concerning food, smells, exit plans, old stuff, and garment hardware at the Liberty Hall, Pitti Uomo FOR THE LOVE OF CURRY GOAT.... Read More
PROOF IN THE PUDDING THAT STYLE IS PERSONALITY.
Chris Olberding is testament to why style is all about what you're made of, not about what current trend you're modelling at the moment. He has built Gitman Vintage on some sound life principles, and those iconic shirts speak of his great values, like making a cut off short sleeved number this season, because fun.... Read More
KNITS FOR ROMANTICS / MERZ B. SCHWANEN MADE IN GERMANY
The Plotnicki's behind Merz B. Schwanen are romantics. They have given second life to Industrial revolution era German circular knitting machines to make their knitwear that in turn, is refreshing the ephemeral nature of the garment industry with things that represent long-lasting style.... Read More
PALS AT PITTI / MICHAEL + DREW + NIGE
We took our pals aside at the just passed Pitti Uomo 88 to ask them some important life questions, like what they would do in case of a global zombie apocalypse.... Read More
URIBE AW 2016 / THEY KNOW WHAT’S FUN.
Tiffany and Sion Phillips of Uribe know how to have fun. That's why their collections remind us of the curious nature of our Universe, and so much more.... Read More
INSPIRATION 2015, NEW AND OLD FRIENDS / BY PONYTAIL PAL JOSEPH AU

The famed Inspiration show in Los Angeles dawned upon us for another year earlier this month. For those not familiar, it is a trade show/gathering/culture jam organised by Rin Tanaka who has penned some of the most comprehensive books on vintage clothing under his books My Freedamn. For two days every February some of the worlds most… Read More

KIRO HIRATA & ERIC KVATEK’S #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE / PTJ FOR KAPITAL

A few weeks back I had the absolute pleasure of shooting with team Kapital for their upcoming campaign.  To say the least, I would sum it up as a week of rising in darkness, herding stubborn models, making cardboard props with new found friends, a lot of stupid jokes, a lot of delirious ranting, many bottles of… Read More

A LESSON IN SCULPTING YOUR UNIVERSE WITH BRIAN & VINI WU / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

A big part of who I am and what you see on Ponytail Journal today has to do with my relationship with this wonderful family called Incu and its creators Brian and Vincent Wu.  I would hazard a guess to say that my love for W’Menswear, and source of inspiration for that wonderful back and… Read More

IN THE ARMY GYM WITH NIGEL CABOURN / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

A morning with Nigel Cabourn.  (He’s a bit of a fun guy) On my brief stay in London, I spent a merry moment with designer (and ambassador of the funnest life possible) Nigel Cabourn, in his new Army Gym store.  To say the least, the space is exciting for a W’Menswear nerd like me, coloured… Read More

HIS & HERS, HERS & HIS, AT THE STANDARD STORE / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

The Standard Store is on my list of top stores Down Under.  This is because owners Nicola & Orlando Reindorf know what’s good in the W’Menswear department, but also because I am fundamentally in love with the idea of ‘His & Hers’, I’m not saying that The Standard Store is one of those matching couple… Read More

TALKING SMELLS, MEMORY, HUNTING & FISHING WITH ELISE PIOCH BALZAC AT HER STUDIO / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

The day I met a marvellous human. Because of how this whole situation unravelled, I will start this article out with a story.  This is a story about how the Universe arranged for great things to happen and very like-minded people to meet. A week ago I found myself in a wild and wonderful land… Read More

PONYTAIL MAIL TO MY PAL JOE / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

This is my pal Joe.  We both come from Sydney, we both went to art school, and we both love old things.  When I think about the term ‘passion’, Joe always comes to mind because it mildly describes his relationship to vintage and menswear.  He has ace style, and an encyclopaedic mind for textiles, watches,… Read More

A LITTLE SUGAR DATE WITH NOTE P / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

A warm welcome to my second female #funnestlifepossible candidate, singer, artist, smarty pants, and just plain ball ‘o goodness, Note P.  It’s been completely unintentional that there’s been more men than women on this portion of Ponytail Journal, but back to Note:  I met her in person not so long ago at an exhibition opening in… Read More

VINTAGE LOVER TO VINTAGE LOVER. IT’S TIME FOR MADE BY LEGACY AGAIN! / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

When you’re a digger, you have a sixth sense for goodness, even when it’s completely rusted and hidden under a pile of neglected artefacts.  You can sniff out a good deal from a mile away, just by decoding a scene with your methodical mind, and you have a sentimental place in your heart for old… Read More

TALKING ABOUT OUR CHANGING WORLD WITH JESS BARNES AT OPPOSITE MESS HALL / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

Behind the corrugated iron, hardwood, and cargo strapping stands captain of Opposite Mess Hall, Jess Barnes who runs a ship-shape operation, putting out plate after plate of conscientiously cooked food, everyday but mondays.  Capt’n Barnes(y) and I share the same spirit for the good of our planet, so I always enjoy our brief chats together outside work hours…… Read More

TWO BOYS WHO LOVE COFFEE AT ROAST, BKK / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

It’s the weekend in Bangkok, you wake up stomach-grumbling and a little hangry because the night before you went to an awkward dinner party where there was more wine than food and subsequently swayed home light headed and light bellied.  To make things worse, your fridge is empty because the tropical rain made it less inviting… Read More

MUCH LOVE FOR THAI DONUTS & FRENCH BUTTER W CLEMENT VACHE, CHEZ COLETTE / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

Over a pot of tea and cookies in Water Bar Chez Colette, I catch up on recent adventures with Clement Vache, a kind-hearted man who loves music, good food, being a dad, and shares my enthusiasm for butter.  Making and sharing art is what he does really well.  So, Clement curates Colette’s music, film, and reading material, while… Read More

LISTENING TO THE LEAVES AND RAIN WITH ONRA / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

I’de like to introduce to you yet another softly spoken, insatiably shy human being who most definitely deserves the ‘funnest life possible’ sash.  Presenting Onra… A beat making, waffle loving, globe trotting, hip-hop devoted, adventurer who is passionate about supporting his team the Pacers, obsessed with all things Ancient Egypt, and has an incredible nose for sniffing out… Read More

NERDING OUT ON SOURDOUGH WITH JAMES HENRY AT BONES, PARIS / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

Enter a softly spoken, easy going James Henry, Chef behind Bones restaurant in Paris.  He makes food like taming wild creatures, and time-consumingly matching them with perfectly trimmed and transformed gatherings from the earth.  Imaginative?  Yeah, well that’s how his food goes.  I’m always super jealous of the wowzers-produce that he posts on his Instagram account, not to mention the… Read More

YOGHURT & HONEY SKIN THEORY WITH PATTY KAZAMA / #FUNNESTLIFEPOSSIBLE FILES

My friends are a constant source of fun and inspiration.  I feel super lucky to have such great and supportive people, who all have their own special talents and secret super-powers, around me.  I would like to introduce to you a very special pal of mine, Patty Kazama.  Born and raised between two opposite corners… Read More