Four&Sons 9 challenges stereotypes, big and small.
In Four&Sons 9 there’s much to be in high spirits about. It goes behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, a movie fuelled by dopamine, alpha dogs, and a vast crew of artisans and animators. It hangs with a pack of trippy-looking poodles created by artist Susumu Kamijo. It finds five mutts who changed history by injecting their human counterparts with a good dose of serotonin. There is plenty of oxytocin going around, too. It celebrates Sulek’s photography of rescued Spanish galgos, Jo Longshurst’s abstract twist on pet portraiture, and Ho Hai Tran’s love of stripes and spots. It travels to Berlin, Toronto, London, and upstate New York to meet creative types whose bonds with their four-legged mates are as heartfelt as they are intoxicating. It asks five foodies to fess up about dog snacks and guilty pleasures that feed body and soul, and it embraces illustrator Apolline Muet’s bear hugs between humans and animals. All this, and more, inside the covers.
With fashion for true doglovers, e.g.: “Coco Chanel had a rule. Before she left the house, she would look in the mirror and take one accessory off. That’s not really possible for dogs, but Montreal-based brand Unleash helps pups simplify their accessories game without lifting a paw. The Unleash mantra: every walk is an occasion worth dressing for. The label’s collars, leads, and bag dispensers are simple, understated, and handcrafted in Spain from Italian full-grain leather. They come in three stylish colours—coal, nude, and midnight, so you can dress your pup down to match the occasion.”
André Alexis, Meriel Armitage, Bad Marlon, Yumi Choi, Ane Crabtree, Dominique Crenn, Ho Hai Tran, Mina Holland, Isle of Dogs, Susumu Kamijo, Christopher Kane, Jo Longhurst, Sam Mason, Apolline Muet, Perfumer H, Sulek, Antoine Reymond, Jason Roskey, Karen Walker and wandaMAN.