A8 New York Presents BING BANG JEWELRY- Because it’s the finishing touches and finer details of a gentleman’s wardrobe that will make a man stand out above the rest. Time to get noticed – Boom!
Bing and bang – like most four letter words – are far bigger than the sum of their parts. The design of the eponymous line of jewelry follows the tradition of it’s founder, Anna Sheffield, whose background in the blacksmith’s shop still holds true today with our use of hammer and anvil in the making of BB products, most of which are made in our NYC studio.
Since its inception the Bing Bang brand has adhered to these four aesthetic themes- the Punk Rock ethos, Native American arts and amulets, Victorian keepsakes and the ever-relevant street culture of New York City.
Working like a bakers, or modern day alchemists, the Bing Bang team crafts it’s delectable seasonal collections and ultimate classics with a pinch of this -salty- a dash of that -sweet- and a little something off the wall -we call that part Punk. The end result is a line of delicate essentials with just the right amount of toughness paired with downtown chic and the many mini’s for avid collectibility.
Just like our moniker, every member of the Bing Bang team works together in the realization of each piece of jewelry- with One hand on the hammer and one on the anvil…and maybe one or two in the cookie jar ;)
A8 Presents Two very cool new items this week in our Leather category under Sports goods – LEATHER HEAD SPORTS footballs and Baseballs !!!!
Leather Head Sports was founded by Paul Cunningham, a native of Cooperstown, NY and long time sports industry professional.
As the Photo Editor for Major League Baseball, Paul had the privilege to work with the greatest baseball photographers in the world. While at MLB, Paul was also honing his skills as a passionate leather craftsman.
Following a calling, Paul left Major League Baseball to serve as the Sr. Baseball Glove Craftsman at a small baseball glove importer. The basic human desire for independence and creative freedom lead him to strike out on his own. Forming Cunningham Classics, LLC, Paul first created LEMON BALL™ baseballs and LEATHER HEAD™ footballs. With old world craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, he has carved out a niche in distinctive, finely crafted American leather goods.
A8 New York is very proud to be carrying such a fine piece of handmade America.
Check them out here : A8 New York | Leather Head Sports
And watch Paul the founder of Leather Head talk in detail about his Balls on youtube . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GaL3qxV4Uz
Father’s day is coming up and it’s time to show some gratitude and love for our fathers…….our guide……our friend and….. our hero.
A8 New York has the perfect gifts for every gentleman- check out our Beach gift set or custom made surfboards for the surfing gentleman or our travel set for the jet setting dad’s out there. We have the City gift set and the metal gift set for the young hip dad’s and for the outdoor dad’s we have FieldCandy Tents and custom made rifle cases.
Now that’s just the beginning, we have ALL DAD’S, ALL GENTLEMAN AND ALL GRANDAD’S out there covered!
A8 New York | Fathers day
This just out on Thrillist.com this morning wooohoooo
If you’ve always wondered how the smoking hot models that dream of you at night would appreciate you to purport yourself, e-head over to this shop curated by two NYC professional hotties and peruse quirkily categorized homme-wares ranging from album-cover-worthy thick-rimmed shades, to Hawaiian-flavored board shorts, to a Frost River rifle case, actually the only shot you’ll have with a model.
A8 Presents Stump Industries- The best looking bedside docking stations for iPhones we have seen! A must for every gentleman with a bedside manner – Add signature to the room you spend a third of you life in and be woken up every morning in style.
Stump sprang from a shared love of woodworking…and lasers. From humble beginnings in a small logging town in Central Oregon, now based in tech-savvy Portland. The Stump Team love both wood and gadgets, and it totally shows.
At Stump they are environmentally conscious and always looking for ways to reduce the impact. Stump maximizes every bit of material possible. We like that !
Check out our interview with Rocky Li for his blog Third Looks .
I first met Kata Greaney and Sandra Pelikan last year when they approached me at Six Scents and introduced me to their concept for A8 New York : A marketplace for unique mens’ accessories, beauty products and gifts that would reflect the hustle and bustle of New York City. Kata and Sandra were gracious enough to invite me over today to their studio in Soho and take the time to answer questions about their new venture.
How did the two of you meet?
We met at a casting and clicked instantly so made plans on the spot to meet for a coffee at Saturday’s and the rest is history.
You sell everything from headphones to fragrance to skateboards on your website. How did you curate such a wide range of product?
We work closely with all our brands, although not all products are from the US the brands and products we carry are chosen because they reflect a certain aesthetic that we feel is reflective of New York; items that a New York Gentleman would wear/use. Every item and every brand we hand-pick is unique, each product has a handmade quality and a story behind the making of it.
It seems guys are becoming more concerned with grooming and fashion in general where do you see things heading in the future?
As women we are VERY PLEASED to see men spending more time on their appearance, grooming in particular and there are many new cosmetic brands tailored just for men. We are not sure how we would like to see this develop in the future. Right now it’s perfect, I mean we don’t want men walking around smelling and looking like women, men still need to be dirty sometimes.
When it comes to first impressions what makes a guy stand out from the rest?
Attention to detail! Finer details like grooming and accessorizing but in a clean modern masculine way. Men are wearing jewelry and accessories more now when we love to see, it’s just about choosing the right understated pieces.
Kata Greaney next to a prized possession of hers. A photograph taken by her late dear friend Craig Owen shot on new years eve year 2000 in Auckland, New Zealand
How did your experience as models influence A8 New York?
Well between us we have a combined 25 years experience surrounded by talented creative fashion experts, it certainly rubs off and has come in very handy especially when we scout for brands to feature on the site. It’s an industry that we know inside out so there were no surprises. Modeling is like a back stage pass to a concert, you see everything the good and the bad so it prepares you for any kind of work in the fashion business and we have grown a thick skin.
What is it about New York that continues to inspire you?
Kata : For me it is all about the architecture, the streets, the bridges, the landscape and noise.. New York inspires me everyday and is a big part of A8.
Sandra : New York city is so diverse in culture and I take particular inspiration from the people, their style , the neighborhoods and the ever-changing movement and energy in the city.
We both agree that New York has a special energy unlike any other place and that drives you to pursue and chase your dreams. New York reminds us every day what we are here for.
What makes A8 New York different from other mens online sites ?
We wanted to create an online shopping experience that focuses on the beauty of each product, without distracting clutter and over crowded shopping pages. By categorizing each product by it’s core material we can display items together on a page that complement each other, where on standard shopping sites they would rarely be seen together. We feel the exposure and focus on the raw material of products gives the site a masculine appeal.
We wanted to create a site where shopping wasn’t the focus as much as the experience of browsing beautiful products; almost like flicking through an architectural design magazine or wandering through an exhibition at an art gallery.
Photography and questions by Rocky Li