On the corner of Barerstraße and SchellingStraße, draped head to toe in the blue and white of the Bavarian flag sits the ‘Schelling Salon’. In a district fueled by young creative’s, whether it be business or at university, it’s easy to take historic hubs, such as this one, that are scattered around Maxvorstadt, for granted.
The billiard hall dates all the way back to 1872 when the original owners, Fridoline and Silvester Mehr founded the establishment. Despite the current ownership being in its 4th generation, Evelin Mehr, keeps the sam traditions alive within this heirloom. I have a suspicion not a lot would have changed. Low lighting and rows of billiard tables mixed with the scent of stale beer and salty snacks sets the scene in this truly unique bar.
My severe lack of German really hit home here, feeling as though I’d stepped into the past. However, despite the slightly reserved owner, Evelin Mehr, being slightly apprehensive of my eagerness to know about the establishment, she allowed me to take some photos. Many thanks go to Evelin.
Photographer Brian Sweeney is having an exhibition at the Folk Store, 11 dray Walk, Truman brewery London, from Thursday 8th September for four weeks, with an opening launch on Thursday 8th from 7-9 pm at the same address.
The show is called were the antelopes sleep and its an ongoing project,its part of two projects “the great stadiums of europe” stadiums found around europe mainly lower league or non league,a hark back to days when football wasnt about airline companies sponsering teams ,overpriced tickets and overpaid players,more about the community aspect of the sport,the images are always empty,because in a sense they are architectural as well as social,as the architecture reflects in many cases the main industries of the places they are found in,through the materials they are built with, and accordingly a reflection of the communities themselves.
The antelopes sleeps are the places i find peaceful in between shooting these stadiums.
All the images have previously not been shown and are part of an evergrowing body of work.
Jo Van Der Loo Gallery
Reiterating my opinions regarding mindsets and personalities of the people here in Munich there stood Jo. Visiting the small, neatly pieced together ‘Jo Van Der Loo Gallery’ was a pretty welcoming experience. Despite being faced with a small bout of nerves each time I walk into a new establishment, due to my distinct lack of German, any worries were soon quelled as soon as I met this Gallery’s founder.
Jo Van Der Loo, the eponymous owner of the gallery greeted me with open arms. The 6 foot something; frizzy haired German was delighted to engage in conversation as I explained Folk’s newest journal series. Already familiar with the store and the brand, Jo was more than happy to tell me a little about the gallery and why he feels it’s so special.
Opening on March 5th 2011, Jo described the space as “A new space and position for contemporary photography in Munich” and the current exhibition highlighted that. Disinterested in oil paintings and traditional exhibition art, Jo’s true excitement came in modern mediums such as photography and video.
Paul Krazler is the artist whose photographs dominate the walls of the gallery at the moment. ‘Brut’, running from March 5th right up until June 26th Krazler’s pieces, a collection of photo’s showing Family members in a personal and albeit peculiar light, are a real eye opener offering intriguing viewing.
Words and Images: Sam Smith
Here she is…, after a few weeks of hard graft we’ve opened the doors of our fifth store in Mayfair.
The 800 sq ft store is on the site of the old Georgina Goodman unit on Shepherd Market and will sell Folk’s full range of menswear and shoes for both men and women.
Shepherd Market is in the heart of Mayfair, a bit like Lambs Conduit Street, is a bit of a hidden gem tucked away in between Curzon Street and Piccadilly. Its got an eclectic mix of independent shops and restaurants that give it a village vibe which is why we chose it.
The store design has similar elements to the existing stores with the use of wood cladding, marble heads from sculptor Paul Van Stone and rope hung lights. Clever little design touches such as tables and benches made from old pottery wareboards match the ethos and craftsmenship of the brand’s clothing and give the store a welcoming natural feel. A big thank you to Evan, Rachel and the lads for the fit, Gareth for the paintjob and Fleur at IYA for the design. We think its the best one yet.
Pop down and see Jon and Maisie when your in the neighbourhood.
12-14 Shepherd Street
As part of our continuing guide to the communities where our shop is based we travel over to our newest store in Munich which is based in the university district of the town and has a relaxed feel very similar to our stores on Lambs Conduit Street with an eclectic mix of independent stores, bars and restaurants. Over the coming weeks we’ll give our view on whats good to see and do, starting of, as you’d expect, in the pub.
The waitress that allowed me to take photographs around ‘Altr Simpl’ seemed totally contrary to the famous pub’s aesthetic. Her petit figure, gleaming smile and particular fresh personality was in stark contrast of the stained walls in this Bavarian boozer.
For their last installment, the Rig Out team transported themselves and their intrepid swagger to a massive glacier in Norway. This time out, the wanderlust of stylist Glenn Kitson and photographer Antony Crook had grown even stronger.
After four years in Lambs Conduit Street we decided it was about time to have a bit of a freshen up, so we shut up shop for a few days and re-worked the store to mirror our brick lane, munich and women’s store designs. Come in and let us know what you think (as long as your saying something complementary!). A big thank you to Fleur and Matt at IYA for all their help.
I picked the classic short as they’re a great fitting short for the summer and can be worn rolled up to show the taped seam detail. The shirt is a Japanese light weight fabric and the check works well with the shorts. The Gideon jacket makes a great alternative to a harrington and gives it a bit of a preppy look.
Leon work at our brick lane store.
We hosted our spring party last week at the folk Munich store, thanks to everyone who turned up and made it a great night.
Hope you enjoyed the music, food and drinks. You can view the images from the night on our facebook page or click read more.
Photographer Mischa Richter is having an exhibition at the Folk Store, 11 dray Walk, Truman brewery London, from April 21st to May 4th, 2011, with an opening launch on April 21st from 7-9 pm at the same address. Richter’s work has appeared in publications such as i-D, Esquire, Vogue, and The New York Times Magazine. He also has work in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum.