11.08.08 by Jeff

Spotlight: Ken Diamond

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting up with the amazingly talented, Ken Diamond in his Vancouver studio. Ken makes things out of leather, and he makes them all by hand! People are really buzzing about his work, and his moccasins were recently featured in Hobo Magazine.

One of the first things he showed me were the moccasins and as I ran my fingers over all the little details, I realised that the beauty of his leather work could only be fully appreciated in person. Sadly the internet is only optimized for two of the five senses, so your Ken Diamond experience is limited to the 20 or so photos I took during my visit.

Ken makes everything from belts to bicycle seats. Here’s an original design pressed right into the leather band on a great little hat for the rockabilly set.

A beautifully impolite drink coaster.

And a matching beer can sleeve. Love the detailing on the anchor.

Ken’s moccasins (this is the pair he actually wears) get better with age.

Vans x Ken Diamond, complete with braided laces.

Creative Recreation x Ken Diamond. Somehow Creative Rec dropped the ball, and this amazing collaboration never saw the light of day (but Ken’s got the greenlight on a crazier project, and I’ll tell you all about it as soon as I’m allowed).

Just another day at the office.

Everything is hand-stitched and hand-dyed by Ken himself.

If you’re looking for high quality one-of-a-kind leather products, head on over to Ken’s site and support a real craftsman.

*!!! – In my haste to post up this spotlight I failed to mention that Ken Diamond’s better half, the lovely Jolene Eeuwes, is the hands behind the moccasins! So the last line should read “support real craftspeople”  – apologies Jo!

http://www.kendiamond.com













Jeff
Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.



  • sAkSeNaKeL

    Hand-stitched and hand dyed. That must take a very long time.

  • yea man, the details are crazy – this kind of thing isn’t happening nearly enough these days

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  • KD’s work is amazing – they’re doing up leather buttons and accessories for the Larry line, and I am super stoked to be working with such talented local craftspeople. I have those mocs, and adore them.
    Wicked post, Jeff!

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  • This is amazing work. I’ve been phasing out all my bright sneakers as I get older. I love that these are refined but still feel fun and youthful.





30.09.16 by Staff

Photographer Spotlight: Kari Medig

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We’re joining forces with our friends at Destination BC to spotlight some of our favourite photographers living and working in British Columbia, aka the beautiful province we’re lucky to call home. First up is Kari Medig! See more images and our interview with Kari below!

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30.09.16 by Staff

Best of Kickstarter: Lecture in Progress by It’s Nice That’s Will Hudson

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Our friend Will Hudson (founder and director of It’s Nice That) is launching an educational resource to help the next generation of creatives find a job after graduation!

Demystifying the practical day-to-day workings of the creative world, Lecture in Progress will offer the kind of advice and industry insight you can’t find anywhere else. Covering everything from the range of jobs that exist, to how much you can expect to be paid, to an inside look at how projects comes together and the studios in which they happen! Check out the video and links below for more information.

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30.09.16 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Vincent van de Wijngaard

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A selection of photos by Vincent van de Wijngaard. More images below.

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30.09.16 by Jeff

Collection of 80 High-Res Textless Movie Posters

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Not sure how this exists??? Someone has uploaded a collection of 80 high-resolution film posters stripped of any text. Can’t tell if they have next-level Photoshop skills or some other kind of voodoo that made this possible. In any case, thank you, Internet. Have a look at them all here. I included a bunch of my favourites below (there’s a common thread to the ones I picked).

*Edit – just discovered that the link I posted was actually a repost and this was originally posted by Reddit user Join_You_In_The_Sun, so I’ve updated the link in the post.

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29.09.16 by Jeff

Watch: “The Junction: A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs”

Here’s episode #3 of our animated series for Red Bull Music Academy, and it’s a peek into the pop culture-filled minds of Fool’s Gold co-founders A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs. Hopefully you’ll find it to be an enjoyable mix of the absurd and the profound (would love to see these two start their own podcast).

The visuals here are a collaborative effort from animator Brandon Blommaert and illustrator Josh Holinaty. The sound design and original music were created by Luigi Allemano.

Make sure you hit full screen on the episode above or watch it nice and big over on Booooooom TV.

Stay tuned for the rest of the episodes! If you missed the first two, watch Episode #1: Chilly Gonzales and Peaches, and watch Episode #2: Kaytranada and River Tiber.