Theory Of The Leisure Class

Models Jenna Earle & Kolfinna Kristófersdóttir @ Next

Hair & Makeup Andrew Ly @ Agence l'Éloi using La Biosthetique

Sango Mix

Sango likes The Weeknd a lot. So much so that he made an entire EP of Weeknd remixes, called More Balloons, a collection that first put the 20-year-old producer on our radar. The moody sound of the original tracks were toned down by Sango’s atmospheric chillwave production while still maintaining their spareness and sophistication. It’s a winning formula that holds true for most of Sango’s, aka Kai Wright’s, work. The Western Michigan-based artist has been making music since age 13 (anime nerds will correctly trace his name back to InuYasha), and it shows in the deft touch he brings to his productions. His remixes of Drake, Little Dragon, and Frank Ocean caught the attention of L.A.’s Soulection label, which proved to be a perfect match. His recent Trust Me and North EPs are a perfect reflection of Soulection’s nu-R&B sound, but he isn’t letting it limit him; 2012’s Da Rocinha EP took on baile funk, bachata, cumbia, and a swirl of Latin genres. It shouldn’t be a surprise that they came out sounding cooler, chiller, and more urbane. We’re putting our bets down now: this weekend, someone somewhere will be looking out of a 10th-floor window and watching the sun come up to a Sango track.

Sango’s mix places his own productions alongside remixes of SSENSE favorites Stwo, Kaytranada, Husky, and Beyonce.

Tracklist

KR$CHN Brazilian Sun

Mr. Vegas Heads High (oriJanus Flip)

Sango Indian Flute 2013

Waldo Out (Instrumental) (Prod. by Sango)

Waldo Explicit Content (Instrumental) (Prod. by Sango)

Kyle Hall I<3 Dr. Girl Friend

Beyonce Crazy In Love ft. Jay Z (Da-P Remix)

Pomo So Fine

Husky Nowhere Fast (Clean Cut Mix)

Sango I'll Let U (co. prod Atu)

PARTYNEXTDOOR Wus Good/Curious

Basecamp Emmanuel (Stwo Remix)

Cassie All My Love (Kingdom Edit)

Kaytranada At All (Sango Remix)

Muramasa Are U (That Somebody)

Sango Soulection Life

Sango Pa' Mala

Karol Conka Boa Noite

Kojack Trap Amor

Jo_Def B_Mine

Kara

Kara Pushes the Envelope

Karaoke translates literally as “empty orchestra,” but we all know what it really means: howling along to Whitney Houston with your drunken friends. When we spoke to Sarah Law, the California-born, Hong Kong-raised Parsons graduate who named her handbag line “KARA” after the first part of the word, we were wondering if we’d find that kind of levity. Law has a great Tumblr where she posts everything from screengrabs of The Royal Tenenbaums, to teacup poodles, to models from the 80s, so when we asked her if she collected anything, we expected to hear something like GIFs or maybe shot glasses. Her answer was a total surprise: security envelope patterns. That’s right, the crosshatched lines or zigzags printed inside the envelope your phone bill comes in. A few searches reveal that she’s not the only one; jewelry, origami, Flickr groups, and even conceptual art have been made with the envelopes. It’s a simple idea that’s just unexpected enough to be intriguing – not a bad reflection of KARA bags themselves. Law told us more about her collection and her views on design. We didn’t think to ask, but we’re pretty sure she won’t be switching to online billing.

What is your design philosophy?

On the one hand, I live for functionality and on the other, I die over novelty; the more frivolous and over-the-top the better. I am interested in things that make me think and feel or that let me get on with my life.

Your bags are so minimalist and spare, but it seems like the things you gravitate towards are cheeky, ironic, often maximalist in an Internet-y way. Where do you think those tendencies intersect?

I went to a lecture once with Marc Jacobs and he said “An ugly girl in a sexy dress will always be an ugly girl in a sexy dress.” His comment resonated with me because I don’t believe personality and character can be made up in material. I like the girl who puts more effort into learning new things and having a sense of humor than her purse.

Do you remember the first time you saw security envelope patterns and thought, “I’d like to hang on to these?” What made you decide to collect them?

I was living in Berlin for a few months. On the subway home one night, I noticed all the different patterns on the upholstery, walls and floor. Afterwards, I couldn’t stop noticing these types of patterns and wondering, who has this job for a living? The collection was not intentional. That week I saw them in my mail and put them aside. One day, I had a stack.

How many do you have now?

Around 50.

Do you see the same patterns over and over again?

Yes, a lot of the same patterns, particularly because they come in the same bills every month.

Have you noticed anything about the patterns vis-à-vis where the envelope is from?

Larger corporations tend to have a branded custom pattern. Ink type and color along with envelope size tend to vary between countries. In Hong Kong, I see a lot of grey and black patterns. In the US, it’s mostly blue. I have some red patterns from France.

Do you know who designs envelope patterns?

No! I don’t know anyone that designs them. I have spent too much time thinking about it.

Thanks Sarah.