Vans may have built its reputation on the strength of its skating heritage but with its latest collaboration, the footwear label has cooked up shoes tough enough to stand the heat of a professional kitchen. Teaming up with celebrated Montreal chef Chuck Hughes and Off The Hook, Vans presents the "Black Crab" pack for spring. The pack consists of a Sk8-Hi Reissue Zip LX and Authentic LX, both of which are presented in all-black colorways. Built to withstand the often wet and slippery confines of a kitchen, each shoe features water-repellent uppers, padded cork insoles, and non-slip waffle soles. The Sk8-Hi Reissue takes it a step further with a gusseted tongue and a waterproof heel zipper. The "Black Crab" pack will be releasing March 22 at Off The Hook store and online. Stay tuned for a closer look at the pack as we get closer to the release date.
adidas Originals continues to breathe new life into the Metro Attitude, lending the high-top silhouette a dapper new colorway for the season. Harkening the sneaker's distinctly urban heritage in both New York City and Paris, adidas Originals executed the Attitude Hi in a sartorially apt black and white colorway. Black and white snakeskin de-bossed leather adorns the upper from the toebox through the raised ankle area. These features rest atop a sturdy, stitched outsole, colored black and white to further compliment the classic colorway. An extended tongue and mesh panel at the sides complete this piece, dropping on March 15 at adidas Originals retailers for $110 USD.
Straight out of left field comes a "new" track from Daft Punk: the Jay Z-assisted "Computerized." Supposedly produced in conjunction with Kanye West, the track - a snippet of which first made its way to the Daft Punk fan site The Daft Club last year - features a previously unheard Hov verse over a beat adapted from "The Son of Flynn," the third track on the French duo's 2010 Tron: Legacy soundtrack. Whether or not the seemingly four-year-old track was originally intended as a bonus cut remains unknown, but you can enjoy the synth-heavy collaboration below.
While some folks undoubtedly love the tech-centric look of smartwatch designs like Samsung's Gear Fit and Gear 2, as well as Sony's own SmartWatch, Hungarian freelance designer Gábor Balogh envisions a less intrusive aesthetic with his new TRIWA-based concept. Featuring the TRIWA Havana, the design swaps out the timepiece's standard face in favor of a circular display that shows everything from analog time and smartphone-esque call and message interfaces to a heart rate monitor, weather, music, navigation, and more - all operable with the watch's own bezel and buttons. In the future, would you prefer to see more "futuristic" and contemporary smartwatch designs along the lines of those offered by Sony and Samsung, or would you prefer to see the likes of Apple's and Google's long-rumored pieces to take a more classically-minded approach? Sound off below and be sure to head over to The Verge to catch further details regarding Balogh's concept.
They might all be doing different things – releasing music with Diplo, posing for trippy psychedelic Australian brands, etc. – but the Odd Future squad can always come back for a good time with its family. Such is the sentiment set by Odd Future's clothing division in the brand's new lookbook for Spring/Summer. Recruiting some unnervingly beautiful babes to star alongside Mike G, Hodgy Beats, Left Brain, and others, Odd Future showcases its range of colorful, pattern-driven pieces. The playful motifs here include animated sailboats, sharks, tacos, and of course OF's hallmark 'O' doughnut. Enjoy perusing the brand's lookbook here, with the pieces arriving in stores next week.
Eliza Doolittle (née Eliza Sophie Caird), the voice behind soul pop hits "Pack Up "and "Big When I Was Little" has touched almost all facets of the creative arts. Having grown up in family of performers with a stage director and playwright father and a musical actress/model mother, she enjoyed both brief stints on stage as an actress before focusing more on music. More recently, she's also added modelling to her list of talents, becoming a Nike running concept ambassador in 2010.
Despite reaching a highly respectable degree of fame with her featuring in England's official World Cup song, she keeps a fairly trim set of belongings. Her Essentials naturally revolve around music with Beats headphones and Bose speakers being her audio mainstays. Her creature comforts include Manuka Honey, Churchill's Tawny Port and a cushy travel blanket. In between staying caught up on her reading and episodes of Sex and the City, it looks like she's quite the card shark as well.
Hemp graces a trio of classic Vans silhouettes this spring as the Sk8-Hi, Era, and Madero all come decked out in tonal, double-stitched uppers for the current season. While both the Sk8-Hi and Era see contrasting white rubber foxing (sans foxing stripe), the sleek derby-like Madero sports an entirely monochromatic look to further highlight its eco-friendly upper. The hemp-constructed classics are now available at select Vans retailers and the iconic California footwear label's own online store.
With the third and final installment to his three-part episode in New York, Eddie Huang’s Fresh off the Boat web series takes to the bustling streets of Manhattan. Beginning with his own eatery – the world famous Baohaus in the East Village – Eddie offers a glimpse into its day-to-day operations, his loyal staff and even some of his acclaimed recipes. We’re then treated to a trip around Chinatown with a few of Eddie’s irreverent friends, including rapper Awkwafina and the spiritual Fat Jew.
Celebrating Lil Boosie's recent release, LRG has teamed up with both the artist and his label Bad Azz Entertainment to produce the following custom letterman jacket and long-sleeve T-shirt. The tee appears in white with simple black prints all over the body and sleeves including the "Touchdown 2 Cause Hell" branding and trademark graphics from both LRG and Badazz.
The tee is limited to only 147 pieces with the letterman jacket only available to the artist himself and those within the BadAzz circle. Look for the tee soon through select dealers including the LRG webstore.
An unlikely musical partnership between Frank Ocean, Diplo, and two members of classic punk outfit The Clash has produced one of the better singles to release this season. "Hero" is the product of Converse's "Three Artists, One Song" initiative, which as the name implies brings an eclectic trio of pop artists together for a kind of sonic fusion experiment. "Hero" maintains Diplo's lesser-known affinity for trippy dancehall with Paul Simonon and Mick Jones' own harmonic approach to reggae. Frank Ocean smoothly croons his way through the song, further made epic by a children's choir toward the middle. Indeed as original a track as Converse intended, enjoy "Hero" above.
Following some rather ostentatious drops like its “Liger” and “Floral” iterations, Nike opts for a relatively subdued colorway to Kevin Durant’s sixth signature sneaker. Dubbed the KD VI “Neutral,” this model sports a contrasting grey and orange color combo with hints of red as a nod to the All-Star’s smooth, yet explosive play. Releasing this Saturday, March 15 for $130 USD, the KD VI “Neutral” will be accompanied by a selection of matching apparel as seen here.
With about $90 to his name and nearly no means of paying rent, Daniel Arnold offered prints of his own photos to an eager audience. What's more though, the New York City-based photographer added fuel to Instagram's development as a viable and somewhat reputable photography medium. On the day of his 34th birthday, Arnold gave his 22,000-person audience a chance to purchase 4x6 prints of their favorite photographs, with prices set for a mere $150 each. The response was unprecedented: $15,000 worth of orders arrived within the next day, with some people even offering upwards of $1,000 for heavily-favored prints. After "eating toast three meals a day all February," surely Arnold is excited for this new chapter. Head over to Forbes for more on this story.
Next up from adidas Skateboarding's Skate Copa collection comes a version specially made for French tech wizard Lucas Puig. The short-sleeved jersey comes as a follow-up to last week's collaborative release with Palace, though this time celebrates the success of Les Bleus with Lyon-originated Cliché Skateboards. The silhouette itself is a remake of France's 1998 kit – the year they took the World Cup home – paying homage to team legend Zinedine Zidane with its number. Designed for uninhibited street performance, the shirt features 3-stripe taping, a flat-knit rib collar, and a body with wicking interlock fabric. Pick up this release from Cliché and adidas Skateboarding here now for a cool $50 USD.
If you haven’t already perused NEIGHBORHOOD’s lookbook (seen here), Japanese imprint GRIND went ahead and curated its own editorial showcasing a selection of pieces from the brand’s current spring/summer line. As it so often does, GRIND enlisted a collection of notable figures including head designer Shinsuke Takizawa, Hiroshi Fujiwara and Sk8thing among others to model NEIGHBORHOOD’s warm weather offerings. From tribal patterns and seersucker shorts to lightweight cotton suits, this range certainly presents a shift from its signature American motorcycle inspirations. Most of the collection is already available through the brand’s webstore.
California native MAR has lived in many cities throughout the Los Angeles region, leaving his hand-drawn marker pieces on buildings, walls, utility boxes and light posts with his trademark style which ranges from abstractionist, realist and expressionist. His name means 'sea' in Spanish and it's no surprise given his lifelong love of surfing, but his success with art came much more recently when he gained serious public attention in 2010. Since then, his work has graced gallery spaces all over LA and his diverse commissions have included Vans, War Brothers, Fiat and the Marley Beverage Company to name a few. MAR recently met with us to share a bit about his life and involvement in pioneering LA's street art scene. Check out the interview belowMAR's Start
How did you get into your line of work?
That is a difficult question. I've tried a couple different things, all art related, before ending up here. I guess this is where I feel the best, so I trusted that feeling. I knew it was what I was supposed to be, and never looked back.
Who are some of the people that have had an impact on you when pursuing art?
My influences are vast and numberless. Usually great friends or beautiful muses. My dad is a photographer. I grew up with cameras, so that's probably what inspired me to be an artist more than anything.
How is the city's art scene and how has it changed since you started?
It's really receptive to art and artists. It hasn't changed much in my opinion other than they recently got rid of this stupid mural ordinance banning outdoor art.
How would you explain your style of work? What usually goes through your head when starting a new piece of work.
I like to paint emotions instead of images. An image of a person is more recognizable to our eye than a complete abstraction. I want to communicate deeper than surface perceptions. My art takes time to decipher and enjoy, like people. The paintings are somewhat cryptic in that sense. My style is mimicking my personal view of the world. And perhaps I compartmentalize the shapes in an subconscious attempt to do that with life.
"I want to communicate deeper than surface perceptions. My art takes time to decipher and enjoy, like people."
MAR explains his style of workAdditional Thoughts
Outside of art, what are your other interests?
Other than art, surfing is my favorite thing to do. I've been doing it since I was 9. It's in my blood now.
What are your favorite mediums to work on?
I would say acrylic and oil on canvas.
What are your favorite tools to use?
The stuff I continually graviate towards are Nova color, MTN 94 and Sharpie oil-based paint pens.
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Gearing up for the warmer months, Japanese brand NAISSANCE presents its 2014 Spring/Summer "BLACK HAWAII" editorial styled by honeyee. The editorial is inspired by the outdoors and the serene and sombre atmosphere of Hawaii's coastal surfing villages. The line includes a series of loose-fitting jackets, sweaters, shirts, pants, shorts, and accessories using lightweight materials perfect for the Hawaii heat. Consisting of both solid colors and darker floral patterns, the clothing fits harmoniously with it surroundings through both fit, material, and color. Look for NAISSANCE's latest collection soon at select stockists and the brand's online store.
New York-based skateboarding label Mighty Healthy celebrates its 10th anniversary this year via a number of collaborations with artists and labels such as Visual, Kevin Lyons and size? to name a few. Here, we get a look at its capsule range with San Francisco streetwear imprint Black Scale. The collection sees collaborative branding take on a selection of Raglan shirts, tees, sweaters and hoodies, while line's bold "AMERICON" slogan also accents throughout. Filmed by Brandon Kuzma, enjoy the lookbook clip above and stay tuned for the collection's release via Black Scale and Mighty Healthy.
For its contribution to the Reebok Instapump Fury’s 20th anniversary, Barcelona-based retailer 24 KILATES has teamed up with 11 by Boris Bidjan Saberi to produce a monochromatic take on the silhouette. Here, the shoe’s look references designer Boris Bidjan Saberi’s Bamba model and features an edgy interplay of trompe l’oeil, geometric cuts and subtle overstitching across the black and white body for a sleek, street-ready look that is the signature of the designer. Look for these at 24 KILATES and Reebok Certified Network retailers starting March 15.