Originally released as an ACG-branded silhouette, the Trainerendor makes a return for Fall/Winter 2014 as a part of Nike SB's lineup. Tweaked to feature a neoprene sleeve enclosed within a knit upper, the updated low-top boasts the likes of black suede overlays, a supportive midfoot strap, a patterned heel pull tab, speckled sole, and metallic silver hits throughout. Nike SB's new and improved Trainerendor is now available from Premier for $90 USD.
Common Projects unveils their new collection for Fall/Winter 2014. Among the high-end yet simplistic designs is a wide range of high-tops, low-tops and chukkas in premium leathers and suedes. View a sampling of the silhouettes here, and check out the complete collection at Common Projects.
After making its way to retail in R/R (“Rest and Recovery”) fashion earlier this summer, Nike SB's mid-top take on Eric Koston's OG Swoosh-emblazoned signature has returned for Fall 2014. This time around the kicks ditch the bells and whistle's of the R/R, eschewing breathable mesh and a branded midfoot strap in favor of a look that channels the aesthetic of the original. Seen here in black and white with a TPU-reinforced suede upper, padded collar, cup sole construction, and drop-in Lunarlon cushioning, the Nike SB Eric Koston Mid is now available from SB retailers like Premier for $90 USD.
Decked out in a "Grape"-like color scheme is the latest edition of the H710 from New Balance. Built for the autumnal weather ahead with a breathable mesh upper and grey suede overlays, the rugged off-roading mid-top sports a combination of teal and purple accents in conjunction with a heavy duty black rubber traction outsole. Topped off with D-ring grommets and rope laces, the H710DG can be picked up now from Premier for $110 USD.
Continuing on its rampant collaboration binge this year, Stussy selects U.K.-based artist Gasius as its co-creative for a capsule collection moving into Fall. The collection consists of fall essentials – a long-sleeved T-shirt, coach's jacket, crewneck sweatshirt and three varieties of short-sleeved tees – all of which are done with Gasius' penchant animations. Pizza and contrasting typefaces are prevalent themes in this predominantly monochromatic collection, paralleled nicely with Stussy's enduring '8 Ball' logo. Look for this release from Stussy and Gasius to hit the brand's chapter stores and website beginning August 29 (today).
Nike's all-new Solarsoft Run silhouette looks to receive two special colorways for the forthcoming fall season. Last seen in a "Midnight Navy" hue, the casual trainer will now be available in a patriotic red, white and blue rendition as well as a black, white and mint version. As for its features, the super lightweight Solarsoft Run incorporates a dual-layered mesh paneled upper for a breathable fit that’s very comfortable and versatile.
Both models can be purchased at Extra Butter in New York.
Following the return of the silhouette's OG "Fresh Green" colorway this spring, adidas Originals has resurrected the ZX 710 for a premium encore this fall. Available in "Spice Yellow" and "Ash Grey," the luxurious versions of the retro runner see pigskin suede construction with premium leather applications and OG details like a split-tooled outsole, Polypag inserts, and ribbed Three Stripes branding. Look for both takes on the 30-year-old silhouette to hit adidas Originals retailers worldwide September 1.
Where our advanced look at Spring/Summer 2015 found Commune de Paris making interpretations of its mother country, here the Parisian brand makes comparatively refined assertions for fall and winter. Showcased in the "LIBERTE GRANDE" lookbook, the collection centers around artistic layering pieces, with everything down to button-ups harboring quirky color-blocking and detailing. In lieu of traditional basics, Commune de Paris offers sherpa-lined naval peacoats, woolen trousers with athletic seams, graphic sweatshirts and matching accessories for daily use. Explore this exciting collection with the lookbook here, then check out the full Fall/Winter 2014 range on Commune de Paris' web shop now.
Jordan Brand takes it back to Salt Lake City and June 14, 1998 for its latest edition of the Air Jordan 1 Retro '99. Inspired by the Air Jordan 14 "Last Shot" -- the Ferrari-inspired kicks that Jordan donned for his iconic game-winning dagger and a pair that didn't actually see the light of day at retail until the following year -- this take on the AJ1 dons a Black/Gym Red colorway and sees leather, suede, and mesh construction while incorporating aesthetic nods to the 14 throughout. The Air Jordan 1 Retro '99 "Last Shot" is set to hit spots like Tokyo's Kinetics September 6.
Following up a successful spring/summer release with "POLAROIDS," thisisneverthat premieres its forthcoming fall/winter collection, dubbed "NAVY/STUDY." With those exact words plastered on select pieces throughout this comprehensive range, the Korean-based label takes its penchant for bringing a sense of modernity to streetwear, and mixes in a subtle dose of naval influences, as seen in its choice outerwear creations. Rounding it all out with hoodies, T-shirts, headwear and a few button-ups sprinkled in, thisisneverthat 2014 fall/winter offering will soon be available at its web store. Stay tuned.
New from uniform experiment's Fall/Winter 2014 range is the latest edition of the Japanese label's navy-inspired Mods Coat. Inspired by the classic M-51, the fishtail silhouette boasts cotton/nylon grosgrain construction -- lending it both water-repellent and wind-resistant capabilities -- and features other classic details like a snorkel hood, waterproof flap-covered front pockets, and drawstrings at the waist and bottom hem. New details for Fall/Winter 2014 include the likes of a crest patch and the appearance of the label's 5-star and multicolored block motifs. Made in Japan, this season's Mods Coat is now available via HAVEN for $870 USD.
Following an initial look into the "Pharrell Burger," we take a further look into the interior of NIGO's 2-5 Café. The quaint little space takes an almost paradoxical approach by fusing modern aesthetics with earthy wooden installations. Serving up some excellent coffee to complement the selection of home comfort foods such as burgers and curries, the space offers a relaxing atmosphere to all. Check out the images above and make sure to stop by if you find yourself in Tokyo.
2-5, Nanpeidai-cho, Shibuya-ku
There are several indicators of summer ending. Some consider the Labor Day weekend their last hurrah, other parties hang up their swim trunks when the temperatures drop below 80 consistently. For New York City skaters, one can't help but feel that the annual Quartersnacks 'Summer' montage marks the dawn of autumn. Here the Snackman & Co. return with a fun clip summarizing their admittedly productive summer, replete with all of the 'pop-up' spots that temporarily accommodated visitors and locals alike. Aside from typical city footage, the crew also ventured abroad to Paris and Copenhagen, sampling the sweetness of European scenes. Enjoy the clip above and be sure to make the most of this weekend.
Some four years ago, the legendary Andrew Reynolds famously listed Wes Kremer as one of his top three personal picks for burgeoning amateurs. Surely that moment was a hefty accolade for the young Californian, yet Kremer has worn it well over the past few years. With an irreverence for trendy tricks or outfits and taking full advantage of his home state's chill substance laws, Kremer ended up with a contender for 'Part of the Year' lists with "Crusty by Nature." Presented by Thrasher and DC Shoes, the clip is a four-minute hammer marathon – never boring in the way of, say, his Street League-winning colleague, but equally as entertaining. With frontside flips abound, perhaps there was something to Reynolds' earlier comments that Kremer took to heart after all. Enjoy "Crusty by Nature" above.
The Spring House – the only private home in Florida designed by the great Frank Lloyd Wright – is looking for some help to preserve its legacy. Built in the '50s for George and Clifton Lewis and their large family, the design of this home embodies the final and shortest stylistic phase in Wright’s career – the hemicycle style. "The plan is characterized by concentric and intersecting circles, while the elevations are consistent with Wright’s other designs in how they accentuate the horizontal." After her husband passed away in 1996, Clifton lived in the unique home until 2011, when she then formed the Spring House Institute, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic property and turning it into a public legacy.
Visit the institute's IndieGoGo campaign for more information.
Never short of exquisite releases under the direction of Hiroki Nakamura, acclaimed Japanese fashion label visvim has released an updated look to its FBT RENO JP. Released in celebration of Dover Street Market London's 10th anniversary, the sneaker follows the model's classic makeup -- calf leather lining, cork insole and TPU heel counter -- while a hand-studded collar sets it apart from its forerunners. Stay tuned for more on pricing via Dover Street Market London's webpage.
Japanese fashion imprint mastermind JAPAN rounded out its tenure with its last collection at Tokyo Fashion Week for 2013 spring/summer. While the collection represented the brand's final seasonal delivery, founder and creative director Honma Masaaki continued to work on coveted collaborations in both fashion and lifestyle, such as the mastermind JAPAN x Bamford Watch Department Rolex Daytona, mastermind JAPAN x HIDE-CHAN Raemen and mastermind JAPAN x COMME des GARCONS BLACK x Dover Street Market NY capsule collection. The latest project sees the launch of its "mmj Macau Exclusive" collection via its Macau outpost. We caught up with Masaaki at the last remaining store from mastermind's empire to chat about the collection, the relaunch of the Macau brick and mortar, and the current state of fashion."mmj Macau Exclusive" Collection
"While the cuttings and designs are new, the materials we used for the store are all vintage to mastermind’s archive, paying homage to the brand’s Japanese roots."
You chose to launch the recent “mmj Macau Exclusive” collection at the brand’s only remaining flagship in Macau. What’s the reason for this?
We started planning the collection launch from last year. The Macau flagship is the only store outside of Japan, it's quite unique so we wanted to launch the collection there. With the closing of mastermind JAPAN, I wanted to wait for the right timing before moving forward with a collection launch.
When designing the Macau store, were there certain guidelines you followed to ensure it coincided with the brand’s motifs?
While our skull and crossbone motif is definitely prevalent throughout, much of the textiles and fabrics used to decorate the interior come from previous decorations we’ve used in different stores in the past 10 years. We found interesting ways to cut and design the fabrics to tailor to our Macau store.
What does the relaunch of the Macau store mean to the brand's tenure? Should fans expect the brand to expand to other territories?
This project is targeted at the Asian market only. While the cuttings and designs are new, the materials we used for the store are all vintage to mastermind’s archive, paying homage to the brand’s Japanese roots. I wouldn’t call this a new chapter but rather a continuation of my own inventions and interests. I never intended the Macau outpost to reach a big audience or for it to be mass-produced.On The Industry and What's Next
"It’s important for Japanese brands to stay true to themselves and not mimic trends, while working hard to share their vision."
Are there any plans of reestablishing the brand to the level it was before?
I haven’t thought that far or made any plans for that as of yet.
How do you spend your time now? Are there any plans of pursuing other projects in the fashion realm?
If there are good offers, I’ll definitely be interested. After mastermind finished there was still a lot of followup work to do in regards to distribution and logistics. I’ve also been planning forthcoming projects which I can’t disclose in the meantime.
It could be argued that international brands are overtaking Japanese brands in the fashion market. What are your thoughts on this?
It’s a pity that this is the perception. Regardless of the current state of fashion, it’s important for Japanese brands to stay true to themselves and not mimic trends, while working hard to share their vision. Designers and labels should stay committed for the long run and not be discouraged by hard times.Current Landscape of Fashion
"You want to set yourself high standards."
What are your thoughts on the progression of fashion on a global level?
I feel there’s a lack of new impactful figures in fashion, like Hedi Slimane. The current branding and production isn’t as authentic as before. Nonetheless, I wish for all the brands to continue to build on their strengths and not be afraid to experiment.
What’s the difference between starting a label now compared to when you started mastermind JAPAN in the '90s?
It was much harder back in the day. Although you’ve always had to challenge yourself to build original ideas, designers today are spoiled by the accessibility of endless information and convenience. When I started mastermind, pushing your brand outside of Japan into the Asian market was hard enough, let alone to the global market. Nowadays, you can upload your video lookbook onto social media and reach a global audience instantly. Brands can market and promote their products a lot easier.
What advice can you give to new brands starting out in the fierce industry of fashion?
I suggest focusing on quality first and foremost. A good lookbook and collection needs to be backed up by quality clothing. The last thing you want is an unhappy consumer who is disappointed by the end product. You want to set yourself high standards.
A brand can shoot a good lookbook or collection and get it to the world, but if the consumer receives an item of clothing that’s better than how it’s represented in the lookbook and has a greater quality, that would be most ideal. For new designers, I hope they pay as much attention to quality and the final product as they do to branding and marketing. Both are just as important as each other for any fashion brand.
Again drawing inspiration from the serene trails of Yosemite National Park, THE NORTH FACE White Label introduces its Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The brand opted for a casual hiking aesthetic this time around, executing an array of quilted parkas and sherpa-lined vests while also recruiting the renowned Harris Tweed to create a range of woven pieces. The versatile collection includes the spectrum of cool weather garb: heavy-duty down jackets are detailed with clean 'ranger' badges, yet quilted camouflage shorts are paired with tights to offer warmth during outdoor exercise. Despite being influenced by the American outbacks, stateside audiences will be disappointed to know that this collection is specific to South Korea – but is currently arriving on White Label's website.