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THATS GOOD THATS NICE

What’s good, what’s nice? The question nobody asked is finally getting answered. An eclectic list of what’s catching our eyes, making the day, night and feed that little bit nicer.

1. Outfit Illustrations

Images by the incredibly talented Simon MacAleese.

Check latest arrivals here.

2. These vintage truckers from @damagedglitter

3. Running club artwork

4. The walls in Variety Jones.

The Liberties restaurant, fronted by bossman brothers Keelen and Aaron not only cook a mean meal but curated a gallery level art collection. Shucking oysters while being surrounded by wall to wall Robyn Carey aint a bad combo

Abode Radio: Jordan Hearns

We link up prolific activist, artist & DJ, Jordan Hearns for the third instalment of Abode Radio. Jordan, who is a mainstay for Irish culture, plays in some of the best clubs in Ireland and has a regular slot on DDR. With work featured on I-D, Sabukaru and District to name a few, is there anything this guy can’t do?

JM: So Jordan, talk us through the vibe of the tracks you selected.

JH: I love an emotive track – something lush, sultry, sweet, tender and groovy all in one. A genre defiant list, this playlist has tracks for all of the above. With everything from Elton John to Armand Van Helden (and a ton of golden era Boogie/Disco mixed in), thank me later for putting ye on!

JM: Still waiting for indoor nightlife to return. I’m sure you have visualised your first night back on the dancefloor; Whats the venue and what are we wearing?

JH: Oh god, tough question! First night back, and every other night for that matter, I’m front left, dancing for Ireland. I want maximum comfort for maximum movement. Venue wise, the obvious answer is Jigsaw, though that’s not possible now..

But regardless of the club, the first night back fit is simple – my now-signature Nike Waffle Trainer 2s, navy baggies, white tank, an over shirt, like a work shirt or something, and my assorted jewellery. Halfway through I can ditch the shirt and have no restrictions. Gotta give the boys something to look at!

JM: Your photography work documents club culture and its importance. What’s projects have you lined up when dance floors are full again.

JH: Can’t say much currently but more will be revealed late October…!

JM: And finally, what’s the first and last track you have lined up for your first gig back?

JH: If I step foot into a club post Covid and hear anything but straight up belters, there’ll be war. I’m keeping it bumpy and bouncy, ensuring maximum NRG.

First track is X-Coast – Track 2
Last track is Josh Wink – Higher State of Consciousness (Dex & Jonesey’s Higher Stated Mix)

Hard hitters front to back!

Have a look at Jordans work here . Want more music? check our last mix with Eric Davidson

Fabrics 101: Seersucker

In fabrics 101, we deep dive into fabrics we come into contact with. We go through their histories, purposes and why we love them.

As we are well into summer, I felt Seersucker was the perfect place to start. Often seen as a summer fabric, it spans back to British Colonization, American Workwear, Ivy League to modern day streetwear.

As warmer months approach, days get longer and fabrics get lighter. One go-to is Seersucker, but what is it? At its core, Seersucker is a puckered all-cotton fabric which is normally striped or checkered. The word “Seersucker” comes from the persian words “Shîr” and “shakar” which translates to “milk” and “sugar” that reference the soft and bumby texture to the fabric. It’s made by the “Slack Tension” method which means its weaved at two different speeds which gives it’s bumpy texture (one for the fabric fanatics). The result, is lightweightness and breathability. This is down to the threads bunching together which causes bumps and wrinkles in the fabric. This means that air pockets form between the skin and the fabric which helps with air-circulation.

The origins of the fabric trace back to the Middle East, but was popularised during the 19th Century British Colonisation. The light, breathable fabric was a mainstay in the warm, muggy climate of India. It was when it hit the U.S, the fabric took a life of its own. Seerucker became the go to fabric for outdoor labourers in the South. Having durable, lightweight clothing was a must working in blistering heat. The classic blue and white engineer uniform became the defecto. Oh, and Hickory Stripe? Yep, that’s a heavy duty Seersucker.

It was when work clothes manufacturer – Haspel Company began making suits in the material to offer an alternative for office workers. The suit was seen as an “Everyman Suit”, as it was a much cheaper, more durable and practical. As class snobbery ensued, the suit was classed as “cheap” and was kept as office wear and nurse uniforms

It was only in the 1930s that counter culture college students began wearing seersucker in an act of reverse snobbery of sorts. Seersucker blazers, pants and shirts were used as staples for the new found Preppy look. It was only then, that stores like Brooks Brothers, Sears and Macy’s caught onto the trend and ran with it. Since then, Seersucker has had a long standing association with Ivy League preppiness and Aristocratic Southern style.

So where is Seerucker today? Brands like Noah are leaning into the preppy Ivy elements of the material, celebrating the Americanness with pastel blazers and shorts

While Albam, has merged its workwear and sartorial history with workwear suit jackets, smocks and pants

A New Series

A new segment to abode; we take time out of trying to sell you stuff to talk about things we’re into at the moment. With or without context, expect us to blab about whatever’s helping us get through the day. Things we like, and think you will too.

The power of a good playlist is not to be underestimated. To kick off the series, here are some playlists that we always seem to gravitate towards.

1. Abode Mixtape

2. Monday Morning Mixtape

3. About Love

4. Jenkem Mix 74: Louie Lopez

5. DMSR

Happy listening!