September 18, 2013


To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, Bloomindales has teamed up with British designers to create a collection of 1960s-inspired products and a series of Beatles events. Author Mark Lewisohn will be hosting a series of round table discussions at Bloomingdales shops in October and November. The Discussions will cover the Beatles on film, in the studio, and on record, and will feature luminaries like Albert Maysles (filmmaker), Henry Grossman (photographer), Ken Scott and John Kurlander (Beatles engineers), Peter Asher (Peter and Gordon/Producer), Brian Kehew (Recording the Beatles), Chris Carter (Breakfast With The Beatles), and Bruce Spizer (historian). Lewisohn will also be signing copies of the first volume in his epic Beatles biography Tune In. Calendar below.

The Beatles campaign is featured on a special website within Bloomingdales and sports a rare video and photo gallery. Stylish new products include suits, shirts, scarves, handkerchiefs, cufflinks, and umbrellas. Pop-up shops around the world are carrying exclusive items, including limited-edition prints by Astrid Kirchherr and Henry Grossman. Spy Vibers may remember that Kirchherr put her entire archive of Hamburg-era images (and the rights to them) up for auction, but the sale was abruptly cancelled before the auction began. As far as I know, an unknown entity purchased the lot in a preemptive sale. I hoped that maybe The Beatles estate itself bought Kirchherr's archives. But with images being licensed out to Bloomingdales and others, it would appear another party is involved. You can see a list of pop-up shop locations and all of the fun details of Bloomingdale's Great Britain project here

Get ready to meet MIKI ZERO, Japanese fashion model and spy! The creator of Spy Vibe has written a novel called Elevator Girl, inspired by his love of Ian Fleming and based on newly declassified intel from the Cold War. More info at Whiton's website here. Recent Spy Vibe posts: Peter Asher, new Hercule Poirot novel, Beatles fall 2013 releasesA Hard Days Night cinematographer diesMagic Christian on Blu-ray, Early Beatles image archive, Julie NewmarErno GoldfingerHitchcock tribute, Ian Fleming memorial, Emma Peel Megaset returns

Recent Ian Fleming posts on Spy Vibe: Erno GoldfingerIan Fleming Music Series links: Noel CowardWhispering Jack SmithHawaiian GuitarJoe Fingers Carr, new Ian Fleming CatalogJon Gilbert interview, Double 007 Designs, Bond audio book reissues, discovery of one of Ian Fleming's WWII Commandos, James Bond book coversIan Fleming's Playboy interview for Kindle, Spy Vibe's discovery of a rare Ian Fleming serialization, rare View to a Kill, Fleming's Royal gold typewriter, Ian Fleming's memorial address

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