This season Frank Dandy joins forces with the Non-Violence Movement in a joint effort to make the world a more colourful and peaceful place to live.
The Non-Violence Movement is a brand aimed to increase awareness and create revenue for the Non-Violence Project - a non-profit, non-political independent organization teaching young people how to solve conflicts peacefully. Since it’s founding in 1993 they have reached over 6 million people and their work has been awarded på heads of state and notable institutions across the world.
For the Fall 15 collection we have created a range of products sure to raise some eyebrows and spirits. A portion of the proceeds go directly towards helping the project in their quest for a non-violent world.
Rob Lowe, also known as Supermundane, is an artist, graphic designer, typographer, illustrator and writer with over 15 years experience in the creative industry. His signature mesmeric drawings have been published and exhibited worldwide. The collaboration with Frank Dandy marks his first experiments with repeatable patterns. He has been responsible for designing some of the most groundbreaking independent magazines of the last decade including the alternative children’s magazine Anorak and the awardwinning food quarterly Fire & Knives.
His practice is defined by an distinctive use of colour, line and simplicity which can be seen through all his different disciplines from typeface design to his personal works.He lives and works in London.
Here you can see a timelapse of Supermundane decorating the gallery where we had our Stockholm release of the Frank Dandy/Supermundane collab.
Museum Studio is the name under which Anders Jandér creates images. Sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, but always with an impeccable eye for detail. His clients include well noted brands such as Nike, The New York Times, Wood Wood and now Frank Dandy. Perhaps a somewhat unorthodox collaboration one might think. But let's quit speculating and just ask the man himself shall we.
Why Frank Dandy?
During the last year I have been more and more interested in working with patterns, especially on fabrics, and it just felt natural working with a company that is knows for its bold patterns, applying them to underwear which is a product that normally is more toned down.
We brought back the woven boxer to our collection for this partnership, what kind of underwear to you wear yourself?
Only woven, classic boxers actually, so I'm glad you did.
What's your background and why did you become a graphic designer?
I grew up in a small town. All I did during my youth was basically ride my skateboard with my friends. That led to photography, drawing and making my own zines which then led me to graphic design. I studied in Copenhagen for a couple of years, then relocated to Stockholm about five years ago.
Tell us about your prints and your thoughts behind them.
The main inspiration for this collection came from a book on cave paintings. I got interested in how they were made which then led me to researching that and other forms of primitive art as well. While doing so the idea surfaced to work in a similar style using the same techniques as these primitive artists did. So basically the patterns are my own take on primitive art and the motifs they often contain, made by mimicking these techniques. I used colors that connected to where my inspiration came from, limiting the collection to natural pigments like ochre red, indigo blue and coal black. I found this was a really refreshing way to work, setting these boundaries for myself and also learning a lot in the process.
Much of your work seems to be based on analogue techniques, tell us about that?
It depends on the project really, but yes. I have been into that more and more lately. It's mostly about trying to get away from the computer a bit and trying out new styles instead of always walking down the same path. I am also really into 3D and sculpting at the moment.
What are you into besides graphic design and art?
Besides those two interests, I am really into skateboarding still. I also enjoy being in nature, hiking for example and I'm very keen on taking up cross country skiing again this winter.
Name a person you would like to see wearing your underwear designs.
We produce a product that we consider to be a blank canvas. We contact Leo Lyxxx, a long time friend of ours who passionately fills blank canvases for a living. Done!...Yes, it really was that simple to get this collaboration off the ground. So why Leo Lyxxx one might ask? Well from our end it was pretty much a "no brainer". Leos artistic expression is humorous, playful, eye catching and executed with a great deal of craftsmanship. What more could one ask for? We gave Leo free hands to create, and in exchange Leo opened his brain archive and pulled out the most obscure 80's horror flicks and dreams of jungle expeditions. The result was a wide array of prints now available to everyone.
If you happen to be one of those lucky bastards living in the southern hemisphere this blog post might not make much sense to you, but if you are stuck up here in the cold northern with us you know what we’re talking about. Winter’s coming and you are desperately trying to figure out how to make those long, cold, dark days go by. Well, wonder no more! Frank will give you his best tips on how to make this winter seem like a walk in the park, without actually having to take one.
Play video games – Yeah, it’s a no brainer, if you don’t have GTA V yet go get it right now! That ought to keep you busy for some time, plus it’s always summer in Los Santos!
Cook – Not only do you need to eat more in winter, cooking is also a nice indoor activity that kills a lot of time if you just go for those slow cooking recipes. Also: you get to eat it afterwards, hurray! And remember: eating alone is boring so invite some friends or a neighbor or parent or whomever over to share the meal with you.
Do charity – Not all charity means standing in the freezing cold giving food to the homeless or trying to get people to sign a petition. You can help challenged kids with their homework, help a new citizen learn the language or help out at a local shelter. There’s a lot of websites helping you find a suitable organization for you, just google volounteer work or charity work in your language. Doing something for others not only is good it feels good to.
Go Cultural – If you are like most people you hardly set foot at a museum, theatre or opera this summer, and no shame in that, summer is for the outdoors. But now it’s time to get your cultural capital refilled, spend your Sunday in a museum and know that you get to treat yourself in the café afterwards for good behavior.
Create something – DIY is hot, and it’s fun! Build yourself a bookshelf or a chair or borrow a sewing machine and make a totebag or a t-shirt or something. Having something in your house that you made yourself is a daily reminder of your own capacity and excellence. Unless you completely fail, in which case it’s a constant reminder of your inadequacy and inferiority.
If, however, you happen to be unlucky enough to have a job, school, friends that needs visiting or you just have to go to the store to buy food, don't miss out on our long johns, leggings and beanies in the Winter Accessories department here on Frank Dandy:
1. If your underwear rip or torn in any way, just throw them away. Don’t be sentimental about old underwear, just let them go, you will feel relieved afterward we promise.
2. Don’t wear loose underwear with tight pants. It looks weird and it feels weird.
3. Take care of your underwear to make them last longer, don’t throw anything but pure cotton underwear in the dryer, so let all boxers with say a microfiber lining (like more or less all of our high quality underwear at Frank Dandy) hang dry.
4. Make sure your underwear is high enough up and have good support, to spare your fellow citizens the sight when you bend over to get that pen you just dropped.
5. Make sure you get underwear that’s actually your size. Follow the size guide and measure your waist if you’re uncertain, here’s our size guide for Frank Dandy’s underwear:
I love these, the retro comic design and the shade of blue and obviously, breakfast! Who doesn't love breakfast?
2. Gladuar Tank Top - Orange
Grrr! Ok so wild animals = cool, tank tops = cool! Ergo; this tank top is double cool. And it never ever goes out of style, animal patterns will always be stylish. Go get it!
3. 3P Five Star Solid Briefs White
Some days you just want to be proper, clean and fresh, and these solid classic briefs are perfect for just that! The fact that you get 3 of them for basically nothing makes them the perfect smart buy that you will appreciate many, many days to come.
4. Positvity Short Boxer
Stay Positive! These cheerful boxers brights up any day, I also really like the trendy color combination of turquoise and cerise.
5. Ghettoblaster Boxer
Nothing says summer like ghettoblasters! I also really like the red accentuated waistband.
6. Bamboo Socks - Red
Red socks signalize that you are a rebellious soul, even if you wear it with a suit and a tie. These are the perfect wink to your surrounding that you will never surrender on your values! You are not just buying a pair of crazy cheap crazy comfortable high quality socks, you are buying your freedom! Go get em!
7. Walton Hip Navy
Ornaments and skulls are the perfect combo of classy and cool, says Frank. Go get em!
8. Comic Square Boxer - Ocra
These retro comic inspired boxers use a great combo of colours and patterns creating a nice graphic feel.
9. Pitch Boxer Brief
The pitch boxer briefs are another great example of great design that never goes out of style. These college sports briefs are timeless and smashing.
Want to put your new Frank Dandy swimwear in an awesome setting?
-Here's Frank's top 5 favourite beaches in Europe for you!
1. Turkey: Butterfly Valley, Fethiye
This beach is not for the couch potato, you either trekk here in the mountains (about an hour each way) or you get here by boat. But it sure is worth the trouble! This beach has no electricity, water scooter rental or other nonsense, just sand, water and total bliss (and a laid back hippie-style restaurant, no need to starve).
2. France: La Côte des Basques, Biarritz
This untamed yet exclusive beach has been a popular surfing spot since the 50's, and still is! The bars and restaurants surrounding the beach serves tired sunbathers and surfers great cocktails in a relaxed surfer friendly establishments.
3. Spain: Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera
White sand and crystal clear water on each side of the beach. This place is magic! However avoid it during tourist season, the best time to visit this little piece of heaven on earth is in September. And be sure to not miss the fantastic sunset!
4. Greece: Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia
One of the most beautiful beaches in the world for sure, this is a must for anyone planning a trip to Greece this summer (if you weren't already planning one, maybe you should start doing so right now!). Hidden at the bottom of a steep mountain, this beach feels like a hidden treasure to any visitor. This beach has been voted best beach in Greece 12 times, go see why!
5. Portugal: Falesia Beach, Albufeira
The white sand stretches for several kilometers with beautiful red cliffs making it look almost surreal. This beach is truly original and has all amenities you could ever wish for, without loosing it's untamed flair. If you can muster the energy needed to walk some few hundred metres away from the contact points you can also enjoy a bit of privacy.
The shop is adjacent to the company's new office and showroom on Västmannagatan 47 in Stockholm.
We are pleased that we have found a location where we combine our daily core business of offering consumers the ability to purchase our products in a natural pure Frank Dandy store. This physical area gives us another platform to showcase our whole concept.