I am surely not alone in my sadness, hearing of Pearl Paint closing it's legendary Canal Street flagship store. It played an important role in my years at Parsons in New York City. Without having Pearl Paint so easily accessible and so fully stocked with every conceivable art supply known to man, I would have been up a tree. Along with every other art school student and artist in New York.
Anyone who knows us, knows that we care a great deal about our packaging. Years of receiving our purchases from companies who send their products off in poly bags and carelessly thrown into boxes keeps us motivated. We figure that the entire package, not just the contents, should be given equal attention and that you will appreciate (as we do) the full presentation of opening your purchase when it arrives at your door.
Anyone who reads through our product descriptions knows that we love a good story. As with all of our fabrics, everything has a story. Everything. Being curious, forever asking questions, finding what makes things tick, a story always emerges...
From as early as grade school, I was fascinated with beautiful fabrics.
I used to tag along with my mother to fabric shops where she would find what she needed for new skirts, dresses, and blouses for herself. I was more interested in yardage to hang on the walls of my room- intermingled with my posters of The Who, The Cure and the like. A bit of an odd mix, but it all came together neatly in my head under the heading of "inspiration".
As for any list of eagerly awaited annual events, ACL's Pop Up Flea in NYC would land squarely at the top. Yes, it's an opportunity to sell our wares, but equally important- it is an opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones with whom we've only had the chance to visit through social media. Okay, we do love Instagram, but it's a far cry from seeing and speaking in person...
Yes, there is an endless array of skate decks, decorated with world class graphic art (and plenty decorated with total garbage). The skateboards themselves though have remained pretty much the same for as long as I can remember. When a craftsman (artist) is able to take something as familiar as the skateboard and transform it into a truly beautiful piece of art, hey- it pays to take notice.
Fall is a very busy time of year at General Knot Headquarters and our favorite go-to dish for dinner is this delicious and simple Tender & Crisp Chicken recipe from Jamie Oliver's book " Jamie's Dinners". You can do this dish with only legs, but we like to throw in some thighs as well. Make sure to add the "optional" cannellini beans. This makes the dish incredibly creamy. Try it tonight. We guarantee you will put this meal on regular dinner rotation in your home.
By way of the Internet, this big beautiful world of ours gets smaller and smaller- in a good way. Receiving an out-of-the-blue friendly email introduction from a shop in Reykjavik, Iceland would have been unheard of ten years ago. Said shop is Kickstart, a brick & mortar and online shop offering life's key pieces to guys who live to have fun.
We fell for Kickstart right away ("you had me at hello") and felt the need to share. We were lucky enough to have a few minutes to ask Jon Hreinsson, the man behind Kickstart, a few questions: