Love Adorned Book Club: Rin Tanaka’s Harley-Davidson Tome

April 7th, 2014 / by Roxanne Fequiere / no comments / permalink

For a handful of American companies that have managed to stay in business for over a century, their names immediately conjure up some kind of mental bookmark, whether a familiar logo or catchy jingle. Harley-Davidson enjoys a similar level of brand recognition, but beyond their distinctive black, orange, and white emblem, the company has established an instantly identifiable visual language. A singularly unique style, the look usually involves leather, patches, and heavy boots, a postwar phenomenon that has since become universal, frequently referenced in media ranging from film to fashion.


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Pre-WWII imagery of Harley-Davidson riders, however, has typically been a bit harder to come by. Enter Rin Tanaka, a Japanese writer and irrepressible vintage aficionado who’s channeled his passion for American heritage brands and subcultures into a series of self-published, cult-status* books under the publishing name My Freedamn.

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street.

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. “H. Addison Bowie.” A motorcycle dealer on H Street.

Harley-Davidson: Book of Fashions, 1910s-1950s is the result of Tanaka’s time spent in the massive Harley archives. Sifting through over 100,000 photos, he managed to whittle down H-D’s extensive history into five decade-specific chapters. The results are equally informational and inspirational—images of cloth and leather helmets mingle with rarely seen photos of African-American and Japanese-American bikers. Customization has long been a staple of the Harley community, and images of studded kidney belts from the ’30s and club shirts from the ’40s and ’50s are among the stunning catalog-style photos presented throughout the book. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a casual admirer of the Harley-Davidson style, this book is an essential.

Rin Tanaka signing his book (via A Continuous Lean)

Rin Tanaka signing his book (via A Continuous Lean)

In addition to his prolific bibliography, Tanaka is also the man behind Inspiration LA, an annual vintage clothing and Americana trade show that attracts thousands of visitors from around the world. For vintage devotees, the event is more than worth the trip, but we have it on good authority that Inspiration may be heading east to New York next year—fingers crossed.


*Speaking of cult status, only 10,000 copies of the H-D Book of Fashions were printed, and according to Tanaka, Milwaukee’s Harley-Davidson Museum may have a few copies left, but otherwise they’re completely sold out. You’ll definitely want to get your hands on a copy at Love, Adorned before they’re all gone.


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Spiritual Skin

February 17th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

Tattoo’s may seem ubiquitous amongst the cool kids now, especially if you live in a city like New York or Los Angeles, but they are far from a recent trend. In Spiritual Skin: Magical Tattoos and Scarification anthropologist and photographer Lars Krutak takes a serious look into the ancient rituals of tattooing and scarification in tribal communities from Papua New Guinea to Sub Saharan Africa.

Spiritual Skin $200

Spiritual Skin $200


In his work that began about a decade ago, Krutak explains that tattoos and scarification are not merely for looks or to demonstrate status or accomplishments. For these cultures they are imbued with magic that provides strength, protection, and power with the universe. The Author gives a brief explanation here:

Whether or not you think tattoos are magical the photos are stunning and give a peek into worlds that, while they seem far away, are filled with people that have hopes and fears.

 Photos by Lars Krutak




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Heavenly Bodies

January 19th, 2014 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

If you just happened upon a mass of skeletons hidden away in an underground tunnel, what would you decide they were there for? If you said Christian martyrs, you’re right in line with the thinking of Roman Catholics in 1578.

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Heavenly Bodies $29.95

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon's cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

Left: St Valentinus in Waldsassen, Germany wearing a jeweled version of a deacon’s cassock. Right: Hand of St Valentin in Bad Schussenreid, Germany. Many of the catacomb saints were name for the popular Italian saint.

In Heavenly Bodies, a book of photographs and amended research by Paul Koudounaris, these martyrs or “catacomb saints” are photographed in some of oldest religious establishments in Europe. Many are seeing light through his lens after decades of being hidden away by embarrassed churches when modernity swept in and cast serious doubt on the authenticity of these lavishly adorned skeletons.

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

St Munditia at the church of St Peter in Munich

Imagine the draw a supposed martyr who looked this glorious would have had for those in a church service at a time when most people were illiterate and any sort of schooling was reserved for the wealthiest citizens or members of the priesthood. Worshipped and adorned with crowns and armor made from pearls, rubies, emeralds, gold; all of the most precious materials the Catholic church had to offer, the beautified remains were sent to churches and put on public display throughout German-speaking Europe, praised as miracle workers and protectors of believers.

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

Painted skulls of nuns who were members of the convent in Eschenbach, Germany and devoted to their catacomb saint Symphorosa

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

St Luciana at a convent in Heiligkreuztal, Germany

Though these saints have been proven fictitious creations of the Catholic church, ordered to replace relics that were lost in the Protestant Reformation, obviously the artisanal excellence displayed should not be de-valued. Nuns and monks painstakingly prepared and bejeweled these skeletons and the time between transport and final display was often several years.  Gold lattice, pearls and sapphires were made to replace eyes and gold armor dripping with precious stones and pearls covers each from head to toe. They may not have died for their religious beliefs, but a visual representation of death this alluring is easy to worship.

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

St Benedictus in the church of St Michael in Munich

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Kiss The Cook

December 15th, 2013 / by Kali Hays / no comments / permalink

For those of you lucky enough to have a chef (or someone who fancies themselves a chef) in your lives, the time to show how much you enjoyed their delicious efforts has come. They planned, purchased and brought together moments for you to savor, so return the thought with something you know they’ll love.

For The Cook:


Pure Vegan Cookbook $30


Opinel Kitchen Set $60
Rosemary Scented Cutting Board Oil $45
Maple Wood Cutting Boards $65, $160, $245


Mortar & Pestle $190



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Last Minute Gift Guide

December 23rd, 2012 / by Vincent / no comments / permalink

Ok, so you procrastinated. Don’t get down on yourself, let’s focus on the solution. The solution is, you better get in gear, no hand drawn coupon for a massage is going to cut it! We put together a few last minute ideas to make it look like you’ve been mapping this out for months…

Russian Criminal Tattoo Volumes 1-3, $100

Russian Criminal Tattoo Volumes











Pro: Good luck trying to find Volume 2 anywhere, finding all three volumes together is a mega score!

Con: All three volumes are chock full of cons and criminals.


Uncle Goose presidential block set, $130

Uncle Goose Block Set








Pro: Heirloom quality blocks that can be passed down generation to generation and they might learn something.

Con: They included both Bushs’ in the set, nothings perfect.


Handmade wooden play den, $145

Handmade Wooden Play Den











Pro: Once they start roughhousing, everything holding the blanket in place on the dresser won’t come tumbling down.

Con: They can’t really live in it, so you still have however long until they’re 18 or so.


Poler Nap Sack, $160

Poler Nap Sack











Pro: It’s like the Snuggie 3.0; hooded, zips down the front, side zips for your arms and a drawstring at the base to free your hooves.

Con: So awesome, they may end up wearing it all the time, even in public.


Pendleton National Park Blankets, $230

Pendleton National Park Blankets











Pro: One made up word, SNUGGLETIMES.

Con: They’ll probably hate having to put it away come summer, but they’ll live.


Faliero Sarti Scarves, $280-$770

Faliero Sarti Scarves











Pro: You will look like a fashion pro with these beautifully knit accessories from a family run business that’s been flexing since 1949.

Con: N/A


Assorted Vintage gold rings, $200-$3000

Assorted Vintage gold rings











Pro: You will definitely ‘lock it in’ for the year to come with these precious estate finds.

Con: You will have to outdo yourself next year.

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“I Want To Be Her” Pop Up Shop

September 21st, 2012 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

A packed house

Last night’s launch for Andrea Linett’s new fashion memoir “I Want To Be Her” was such a hit, we decided to keep the party going with a special shopping event. Andrea, a veteran style reformer, co-creator and founding creative director for Lucky Magazine, ebay Fasion and Michael Kors, speaks in her book about all the stylish things that helped shape her sensibilities. In a special pop-up shopping event, Andrea has curated a selection of these items for sale at Love Adorned. There will be a growing collection of pieces through Christmas, so keep checking into our Elizabeth street location for new products.

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Last Days of Summer

August 23rd, 2012 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Blankets, Books and Baubles

The last few weeks of summer can still be bright and vibrant, even in the slant of the late August sun. Make your next beach trip or park reading adventure stand out with beautiful patterns and colors, and be sure to pack a bag with all the essentials for the perfect daycation. Read a magazine, take some notes, paint your nails, put your hair up and just lay out and enjoy what’s left of the season while you can.

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As seen in…

April 4th, 2012 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

US Vogue December 2011 Beauty

We love all the designers in the store, and it’s so exciting for us when forerunners in fashion and beauty recognize the great talent and vision of our artists. Love Adorned has the good fortune to be on the radars of many different stylesetters and editors, which has often landed our pieces on the pages of US and international Vogue, Vanity Fair, RUSSH Magazine, Dossier and many other amazing publications. It’s also nice to see the pieces out of the cases and styled into different looks. In case you missed them, here are a few selections of our artists in the press…keep an eye out for more to come!

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Love Notes

February 8th, 2012 / by Paul / no comments / permalink

Vintage Valentine Cards

Sweet notes! Vintage and handmade Valentine’s day cards for all your mushy musings. Wether to compliment your already outstanding gift or simply convey a Message of Love, these cards have all the sentiment included and are beautiful to boot.

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Ford Wheeler’s House

April 6th, 2011 / by Paul and Lori / one comment / permalink

I can’t get enough of this place. It’s a home-museum-library dream world!

Beaded Vessels

Crystal Bowl


When I first moved to NYC in the early 90’s, I spent so much of my time just wandering the streets soaking in everything the city had to offer. One of my favorite stores that not only served as an inspiration for New York Adorned but really made me want to get out and see the world, was Craft Caravan, on Greene St in Soho. This guy had such an amazing eye and there was just so much to see. He never minded that some young chick spent hours in there touching everything and never buying. I was so bummed when it closed. Now Ford has gone on to do Production Design in film and television. Check out The Selby for more pics of his amazing loft in Hells Kitchen and get to know him through this article in Paper Magazine written by Kim Hastreiter. This guy is real deal

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