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Cool Hunting Video: Ultra Violet: A peek inside the studio and the mind of pop art's most infamous muse

Cool Hunting - 4 hours 43 min ago

On a rainy day in New York, we visited iconic artist Ultra Violet (aka Isabelle Collin Dufresne) in her studio. Quickly integrated into pop and surrealist artists' social scene upon her immigration into the US...
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Brazilian Legend Ronaldo Talks Football with Sneaker Freaker

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 8 min ago

Before a certain spiky-haired, European sensation gave your girlfriend a reason to watch soccer, there was the original Ronaldo: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, the Brazilian, the striker to end all strikers, "The Phenomenon." It was he who brought A Seleção World Cup glory (twice), who split defenses open with innate glue-footed trickery, inspiring a legion of watchers and committees – Pele and FIFA amongst them – to reconsider what could be done on the pitch. Even with his retirement in 2011, the rhetoric surrounding Ronaldo remains lofty amongst the privy. How fitting then for Nike to include the three-time Ballon d'Or winner in their newly-unveiled Nike F.C. program, which celebrates team excellence in the World Cup both past and present. Sneaker Freaker has the latest interview with Ronaldo on his favorite memories from the World Cup, his personal expectations, and more. Enjoy key excerpts below, then head over here for the full scoop.

You achieved so much in the game but was there a moment as a footballer when you thought, "Yeah I’m good at this, I’m going to be one of the best in the world"?

I started playing football when I was a very young child and fell in love with it immediately. From that young age, it was clear that among my friends I was the best. I was always picked first when we chose teams so that told me that I could play the game well. I went onto play for my country aged just 16, and that was a dream come true and underlined how far I might go in the game. I was always so ambitious as a young footballer and that helped put in the hard work that had to be done to achieve my goals.

You were taken to America for the World Cup in 1994 aged only 17. How fearless were you being part of that amazing summer?

I was very afraid that summer but there could be no better way to learn. I always say that the summer of 1994 was my university, the time I learnt the most about football. There I was with some of the greatest players on the planet, training with them and watching them take on the world. To be amongst that at such a young age was an incredible opportunity and one that helped shape my own career. Some people wondered if I would play and whilst I was ready to do that, it wasn’t to be and so I just took everything in. It was an amazing chapter in my life. Nike gave me my first contract that summer and I began to realise my dreams.

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Casamania 2014 Highlights: Steel, leather and glow-in-the-dark wood from the Italian furnishing brand, as seen during Milan Design Week

Cool Hunting - 5 hours 12 min ago

Italy's Casamania really understands the value of presenting a comprehensive brand aesthetic across all avenues—including products and media. We recently saw the latest collection of handsome home furnishings at Salone del Mobile during Milan Design...
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WTAPS 2014 Spring/Summer Editorial by GRIND

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 13 min ago

Contemporary street label WTAPS is the latest brand to be considered by GRIND. The Japanese publication assembled a lookbook of its favorite pieces from the brand's Spring/Summer 2014, highlighting a life spent on motorcycles, cruising empty highways, and eating at diners late at night. These locales play the backdrop for WTAPS' brand of apparel, which looks notably casual and relaxed with its chambray button-ups in pastel hues, athletic-lettered crewnecks, and animated shirts. Enjoy a look through WTAPS' Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which is available now at select retailers.

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ASICS 2014 Spring Gel Spotlyte OG

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 13 min ago

While ASICS is predominantly known for its progressions in running footwear, the sportswear brand also flirted with the hardwood for a brief period in the early 90's. Legendary Pistons guard Isiah Thomas was chosen as the spokesperson for ASICS Basketball, who accordingly chose the Gel Spotlyte as his silhouette of choice. Like the runners it has successfully revived, the Gel Spotlyte's handsome aesthetics have also withstood the test of time, returning here with the same premium leather upper and signature 'marble' side stripe accents that made the original so popular. Look for this high-rising release at retailers like KITH now.

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Garbstore 2014 Spring/Summer "News" Lookbook

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 14 min ago

With one of the harshest winters in recorded history (just about) behind us, the focus of our collective story has shifted to spring. Spring has sprung, as they say, and public indulgence in warm weather was cleverly noted by UK-based retailer Garbstore in their latest lookbook. Simply entitled "News," the brand curated an exceptionally strong assortment of vibrant psychedelic patterns, versatile blazers and shopcoats, and adventure-ready trousers to create one of the more rounded offerings this season. With pieces from everyone from Engineered Garments and Axs Folk Technology to Yuketen and Patagonia, there's enough good looks in the "News" lookbook to circulate evenly. Enjoy the above, then head over to Garbstore's website to pick up your favorite pieces.

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NOCS NS500 Aluminum Earphones

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 14 min ago

There are definitely imitators, but true audiophiles revere NOCS' headphone game. The Swedish brand has just turned up its offerings, here unveiling its "most most refined in-ear" to date: the NOCS NS500 Aluminum. About a year in the making, the NS500 features a solid CNC-machined, chamfered-cut aluminum body to house its meticulously-tuned parts. To talk brass tacks, the headphones boast a titanium-coated diaphragm, a notably high impedance (16 Ohm @ 1 kH), and a 8.0 mm dynamic speaker – ensuring that every synth, drum kick, and croon is crisply delivered. While delivery is set for late May, interested parties can pre-order the latest from NOCS now on the brand's website.

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COLDSMOKE Akutti Vest

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 14 min ago

Spring weather can be pretty iffy, which can make it hard to decide on proper layering. To answer this springtime dilemma, crafty indie outerwear label COLDSMOKE brings its own rendition of the oft-neglected vest to the table. The Akutti Vest strikes the perfect medium between sweater and windbreaker, concentrating body heat in the chest area through insulated Thinsulate fibres in the quilted body. The durable, water-resistant silhouette features a bonded Amaterrace shell, while a moisture-controlling Ultrasuede lining at the neck works with a hidden nylon hood to mediate temperature and keep the head dry. Compacting the 'whole package' into a versatile, long-lasting piece, be sure to pick up the Akutti Vest from COLDSMOKE on the brand's website now.

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Porsche Restoration with Benton Performance

Hyperbeast - 5 hours 46 min ago

Car enthusiast John Benton has had a passion for Porsche restoration, maintenance, and racing since he bought his very first 912 back in 1984. Now, three decades later, Benton continues to push his distinct approach to Porsche restoration - combining original aesthetics with the latest in performance innovation - with the Anaheim-based Benton Performance. Filmmaker Heath Mattioli recently caught up with Benton to discuss his love for famed German automotive engineering, his "belief in refined driving experiences," and to take an inside look at the way in which Benton continues to tune and push the limits of his craft.

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Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition

Hyperbeast - 6 hours 29 min ago

Ahead of its official unveiling at this week’s New York Auto Show, Audi teases an upgraded version of its sporty RS7 sedan with the all-new Dynamic Edition. This four-door sports car offers up some lavish enhancements including black valcona honeycomb-stitched leather sport seats, crimson red seatlbets, red brake calipers, Audi’s Dynamic Ride Control suspension and sport exhaust, and 21-inch wheels. Furthermore, the special edition RS7 will come equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine that distributes 560 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque through an eight-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive. With all that said, this model should reach 60 mph in a swift 3.7 seconds, just a tad faster than the standard RS7. After all of its additions, the Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition will hit showrooms this summer with a price tag of $146,045 USD, about $41,000 USD more than the RS7 model.

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Huffer 2014 Winter Lookbook

Hyperbeast - 6 hours 40 min ago

As the birthplace of street culture and a constant source of inspiration, New York City makes a fitting locale for the latest lookbook from New Zealand's Huffer. Simply dubbed "Huffer by Huffer," the label's Winter 2014 collection draws from the brand's roots in technical outerwear for a range of seasonal designs that are dominated by breathable, waterproof fabrics and lambswool knits - many of which are accompanied by custom stripes and prints. Huffer's Winter 2014 pieces will be available via the brand's own online store beginning this Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. NZST.

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Test Drive: 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA: Part SUV, part urban roadster, the latest entry-level offering from the German automaker impresses in the city and out

Cool Hunting - 6 hours 50 min ago

The spending habits of younger consumers have changed drastically in recent years—especially when it comes to large purchases like cars and real estate. Whether due to economic forces or shifting social norms (or a combination of both), companies are racing to appeal to...
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Nike Officially Unveils the Nike x PPP Collection

Hyperbeast - 7 hours 10 min ago

Born from a mutual love of basketball and celebrating the game's ability to unite, Nike Sportswear has partnered with Pigalle - also known as the Pain O Chokolat crew - to release the Nike x PPP Collection. Combining sport heritage and style while bringing the spirit of Parisian creatives to the basketball court, the release includes high- and low-top versions of the always-classic Air Force 1 alongside a tank, shorts, graphic tee, hat, and basketball. Both iterations of the timeless sneaker take inspiration from the patina that develops over time on a well-used court, employing wax-coated uppers that evoke the look of scuffed asphalt and rusted metal in conjunction with details like the removal of excess padding and addition of leather laces, oversized metal eyelets, and transparent outsoles - complete with a geometric pattern modeled after a coach's basketball diagram. For the tanks and shorts, Nike and Pigalle founder Stéphane Ashpool - a former professional basketball player - utilized special tie-dye treatments to create deliberate fades and distressing as a complement to the unique imperfections of the collaborative footwear. Finally, the tees, cap, and basketball all don the PPP logo in conjunction with stylized "NIKE AIR" branding. Named for Pigalle, Pain O Chokolat, and Paris's Le Pompon, the Nike x PPP Collection will be available from select NSW retailers across the globe starting April 26.

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Studio Visit: Amelie Mancini: The French-born, Brooklyn-based artist on her process, Left Field Cards and her love of baseball

Cool Hunting - 7 hours 54 min ago

by Eva Glettner The multi-talented Amelie Mancini is a Brooklyn-based French artist who works with a variety of mediums—from wood to linen to wool—to create her playful, colorful artworks. Her fascination...
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Stone Island 2014 Spring/Summer "Stripes" Video

Hyperbeast - 8 hours 36 min ago

Having already previewed many of its spring/summer outerwear pieces with a lookbook video a few months back, Stone Island now highlights a reoccurring theme found in its forthcoming warm-weather range. With stripes playing a major role in its current collection, whether it be hoodies, rugbys, T-shirts or even golf shirts, the Italian brand delivers a short video showcasing its wavy choices. For more on its spring/summer offerings, check out the Stone Island website.

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Zaha Hadid Granite & Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO

Hyperbeast - 8 hours 36 min ago

Known predominately for neofuturistic architectural designs like the London Aquatics Center, Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadium, her upcoming 40-story hotel tower for Macau's City of Dreams project, renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week's Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace. Reminiscent of the designer's architecture thanks to cantilevers and archetypal curves, the granite-carved "Tela" shelving unit sees interwoven central support - thus allowing each level to extend far beyond the design's core. The "Luna" table, on the other hand, is a monolithic carrara marble construction with undulating forms that extend to the floor to provide support for the flat surface. Finally, the collection is rounded out with the "Calla" - a reinterpretation of a wall-mounted fireplace, carved from Spanish negro marquina and composed of polished petal-like shapes that reflect the dancing flame.

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Zaha Hadid Granite & Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO

Hyperbeast - 8 hours 36 min ago

Known predominately for neofuturistic architectural designs like the London Aquatics Center, Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadium, her upcoming 40-story hotel tower for Macau's City of Dreams project, renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week's Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace. Reminiscent of the designer's architecture thanks to cantilevers and archetypal curves, the granite-carved "Tela" shelving unit sees interwoven central support - thus allowing each level to extend far beyond the design's core. The "Luna" table, on the other hand, is a monolithic carrara marble construction with undulating forms that extend to the floor to provide support for the flat surface. Finally, the collection is rounded out with the "Calla" - a reinterpretation of a wall-mounted fireplace, carved from Spanish negro marquina and composed of polished petal-like shapes that reflect the dancing flame.

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Re-Up, Beijing: A cafe and event space aiming to be a 360-degree upcycling experience

Cool Hunting - 8 hours 56 min ago

In a country where fast development is often synonymous with waste and where the cityscape often looks like a never-ending construction site, Chinese consumers are constantly searching for the "brand new," often without the proper awareness of...
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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition

Hyperbeast - 9 hours 6 min ago

It’s hard to believe, but 50 years ago this week, Ford debuted the first-ever Mustang to attendees at the 1964 New York  World’s Fair in Queens. To commemorate this monumental anniversary, Ford unveils a special edition 2015 Mustang which will make its official debut at this week’s New York Auto Show. Based on the 2015 Mustang GT with a Performance Pack upgrade, each model is powered by Ford’s 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine that is estimated to produce more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Inside its cabin, the 50th Anniversary Edition sports a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with a similar detail seen on its instrument panel, shift boot, door inserts, seats and center armrest. Prospective buyers will have their choice of either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission and just two color options – Kona Blue and Wimbledon White. Furthermore, to coincide with the Stang’s first year of production, Ford will only produce a total of 1,964 anniversary models.

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John Mayer x NEIGHBORHOOD 2014 Summer Teaser

Hyperbeast - 9 hours 10 min ago

In celebration of his upcoming trio of Summer 2014 tour dates in Japan, John Mayer has teamed up with designer Shinsuke Takizawa and NEIGHBORHOOD for a limited edition collaboration. Teased by the singer-songwriter/guitar virtuoso himself via Instagram, the collab appears set for a May 1 release at NEIGHBORHOOD's Harajuku flagship. Stay tuned for a look at the release and look for Mayer to hit Osaka on April 30 before making his way to Tokyo's famed Budokan for a two-night stand beginning May 2.

NEIGHBORHOOD Harajuku
Kanzaki Bldg. 1F
4-32-7 Jingumae Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0001
Japan

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