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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 - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:45

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 - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:44

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 - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:43

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 - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:43

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 - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:43

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 - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:42

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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Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:40

The Chuck Original x Radii The Jax sees printed styling taking on a low profile silo. Washed out shades of blue and white wear well on the upper, complimented by tan accents on the collar, lining, laces and outsole. Fans of the Chuck Original x Radii The Jax can pick up a pair now at Radii.

Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Price: $60

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Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:40

The Chuck Original x Radii The Jax sees printed styling taking on a low profile silo. Washed out shades of blue and white wear well on the upper, complimented by tan accents on the collar, lining, laces and outsole. Fans of the Chuck Original x Radii The Jax can pick up a pair now at Radii.

Chuck Original x Radii The Jax

Price: $60

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Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” Detailed Images

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:15

The Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” sees Shawn Kemp’s second signature shoe in its Sunday best, popping with pastels. Jade and teal tones take over the upper, set to suede in smooth and glossy fashion. Yellow lines the upper and tongue, lending itself to the white midsole via speckled styling. Fans of the Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” can pick up a pair on April 18th at shopnicekicks.com.

Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter”

Jadite/Utopic Teal-White
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Price: $100

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Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” Detailed Images

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:15

The Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” sees Shawn Kemp’s second signature shoe in its Sunday best, popping with pastels. Jade and teal tones take over the upper, set to suede in smooth and glossy fashion. Yellow lines the upper and tongue, lending itself to the white midsole via speckled styling. Fans of the Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter” can pick up a pair on April 18th at shopnicekicks.com.

Reebok Kamikaze II “Easter”

Jadite/Utopic Teal-White
Release Date: April 18, 2014
Price: $100

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Porsche Restoration with Benton Performance

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 20:11

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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ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:55

The stacked roster of one of the most popular silhouettes juices up even more with a new member, the ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”. Taking the iconic ASICS Gel Lyte III and styling it with a historically refreshing theme, this general release colorway is a sure hit for the Summer. Multiple shades of grey dye the mesh base and suede overlays, tonally paired with white branding and hints of black. Teal and grape purple add the coloration throughout, most notably on the famous padded split tongue, inner lining, and half and half on the outsole. Detailing is brought with numerous 3M patches on these crisp “Grapes,” which are available now at END.

ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Grey/White-Grape
SKU: H405N-1101
Price: £89.00 (approx $150)

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ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:55

The stacked roster of one of the most popular silhouettes juices up even more with a new member, the ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”. Taking the iconic ASICS Gel Lyte III and styling it with a historically refreshing theme, this general release colorway is a sure hit for the Summer. Multiple shades of grey dye the mesh base and suede overlays, tonally paired with white branding and hints of black. Teal and grape purple add the coloration throughout, most notably on the famous padded split tongue, inner lining, and half and half on the outsole. Detailing is brought with numerous 3M patches on these crisp “Grapes,” which are available now at END.

ASICS Gel Lyte III “Grape”

Grey/White-Grape
SKU: H405N-1101
Price: £89.00 (approx $150)

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Sole Access: Inside the Sacramento Kings’ Locker Rooms, Pt. 1

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:47

On the last day of the 2013-2014 NBA season, we share with you the third installment of our Sole Access series. We saw Spurs equipment manager Travis Wade take us inside each player’s locker at the AT&T Center, in addition to the practice facility in January, and had Lakers equipment manager Carlos Maples walk us through the lockers of Nick Young and Kendall Marshall earlier this month. In today’s episode, Dwayne Wilson, the most tenured equipment manager in the NBA, gives us an exclusive tour inside the locker room, equipment room and weight room of the Sacramento Kings. Check out these walkthroughs, the sneaker-filled lockers of DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, plus more behind-the-scenes info from Wilson about his day-to-day duties over the years in Part 1.

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Sole Access: Inside the Sacramento Kings’ Locker Rooms, Pt. 1

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:47

On the last day of the 2013-2014 NBA season, we share with you the third installment of our Sole Access series. We saw Spurs equipment manager Travis Wade take us inside each player’s locker at the AT&T Center, in addition to the practice facility in January, and had Lakers equipment manager Carlos Maples walk us through the lockers of Nick Young and Kendall Marshall earlier this month. In today’s episode, Dwayne Wilson, the most tenured equipment manager in the NBA, gives us an exclusive tour inside the locker room, equipment room and weight room of the Sacramento Kings. Check out these walkthroughs, the sneaker-filled lockers of DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams and Rudy Gay, plus more behind-the-scenes info from Wilson about his day-to-day duties over the years in Part 1.

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Signature Spotlight: Air Jordan XX8

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:46

More than a year ago, the Air Jordan XX8 was introduced to the world. Designed with advanced performance in mind, Jordan Brand created one of their most polarizing, and powerful, silhouettes to date. The look of the Air Jordan XX8 is tremendously different from anything previously seen from Jordan Brand, and the shoe’s most noticeably different feature is the Schoeller Mesh shroud. Worn regularly by NBA superstars Ray Allen and Russell Westbrook, the Air Jordan XX8 has had a great run. With the unveiling of the Air Jordan XX9 scheduled for tomorrow, we wanted to spotlight the ingenious signature’s retail run. Look through our synopsis of the Air Jordan XX8 retail releases and let us know which colorway strikes your fancy by casting your vote in the poll on the last page.

RELATED: 10 Things You Should Know About the Air Jordan XX8 | Performance Review: Air Jordan XX8

Air Jordan XX8 Black/Electric Green

The launch colorway of the Air Jordan XX8 sports a sleek black shroud, but gets lively when un-zipped as the electric green bootie is shown.

Colorway: Black/Electric Green-White
Style #: 555109-010
Price: $250
Release Date: February 16, 2013

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Signature Spotlight: Air Jordan XX8

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:46

More than a year ago, the Air Jordan XX8 was introduced to the world. Designed with advanced performance in mind, Jordan Brand created one of their most polarizing, and powerful, silhouettes to date. The look of the Air Jordan XX8 is tremendously different from anything previously seen from Jordan Brand, and the shoe’s most noticeably different feature is the Schoeller Mesh shroud. Worn regularly by NBA superstars Ray Allen and Russell Westbrook, the Air Jordan XX8 has had a great run. With the unveiling of the Air Jordan XX9 scheduled for tomorrow, we wanted to spotlight the ingenious signature’s retail run. Look through our synopsis of the Air Jordan XX8 retail releases and let us know which colorway strikes your fancy by casting your vote in the poll on the last page.

RELATED: 10 Things You Should Know About the Air Jordan XX8 | Performance Review: Air Jordan XX8

Air Jordan XX8 Black/Electric Green

The launch colorway of the Air Jordan XX8 sports a sleek black shroud, but gets lively when un-zipped as the electric green bootie is shown.

Colorway: Black/Electric Green-White
Style #: 555109-010
Price: $250
Release Date: February 16, 2013

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Nike Roshe Run “Hula Girl” Custom

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:30

Keep it wavy in the Nike Roshe Run “Hula Girl” Custom. Crafted by AMAC Customs, this pair places floral print on the branding and back panel of everyone’s favorite Sportswear silo. A pink upper, two-tone laces and white midsole maintain the island theme, capping off this custom colorway. For all inquiries, visit AMAC Customs.

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Nike Roshe Run “Hula Girl” Custom

Nice Kicks - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:30

Keep it wavy in the Nike Roshe Run “Hula Girl” Custom. Crafted by AMAC Customs, this pair places floral print on the branding and back panel of everyone’s favorite Sportswear silo. A pink upper, two-tone laces and white midsole maintain the island theme, capping off this custom colorway. For all inquiries, visit AMAC Customs.

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Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition

Hyperbeast - Wed, 2014-04-16 19:27

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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