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In Brief: Paul Strand in Mexico, Louis Vuitton Outcrafted by Regulators

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Paul Strand’s “Boy, Hidalgo, Mexico” and “Gateway, Hidalgo, Mexico,” both from 1933

  • Want to get a good look at Mexico? Head to Miami, where a glorious exhibition of photographs by Paul Strand opened today at Florida International University’s Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, which recently moved into a new light-infused building designed by Yann Weymouth of HOK. On view through August 1, “Paul Strand in Mexico” includes the complete photographic works made by Strand during his 1932-34 trip to Mexico and a second journey in 1966, first editions of Photographs of Mexico and its 1967 reissue, and a presentation of Strand’s classic film, Redes.
  • Regulators overseas are calling foul on Louis Vuitton’s latest ad campaign, which features artisans dreamily hand-finishing Vuitton leathergoods. The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) announced today that it has banned two of the print ads, created by Ogilvy & Mather, on the grounds that their stylized interpretations of the production process and vague copy (“What secret little gestures do our craftsmen discretely pass on? How do we blend innate skill and inherent prowess?”) could lead consumers to believe that Vutton bags are hand-stitched. While the company does use some handcrafting techniques, machines are also involved. Noted the ASA in its ruling, “Because we had not seen evidence that demonstrated the extent to which Louis Vuitton products were made by hand, we concluded that the ads were misleading.”

  • A mind-boggling 100 million pens are discarded each day, and so we’re working to curb our enthusiasm for novel writing utensils. Enter the Seven Year Pen, a Swiss-made marvel that contains a jumbo ink cartridge. New York design company Seltzer Goods (which prides itself on eco-friendly materials, packaging, and production methods) promises that the pens, which it sells for $7.50 each, can write two meters a day for seven years. The hard part is choosing from among the seven offbeat colors and designs—including a baroque flourish, a lightning bolt, and a pair of Buddy Holly glasses—and then managing not to lose it.
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