After covering Swedish artist Karolina Wojcik in Malmo, Sweden, Red Bull Curates Protégés hops over to Japan to visit Toshikazu Nozaka as he prepares his custom cooler for Nubian in Harajuku. Wanting to match perfectly the shops's eclectic mix of East and West, Nozaka combined silver leaf and acrylics to create a standout piece steeped in the artist's rich traditional Japanese style.
Upon receiving the finished work, Nubian's manager Hidenori Kataoka also shared a bit about the space and the inspirations that went into the final design.
Google scientist Astro Teller recently allowed unprecedented access to Google X, the company's secretive think tank and innovation lab. Located at the edge of the Google Campus, the lab houses the Rapid Evaluation Team, a unit charged with testing the most promising ideas cooked up despite a high probability of failing.
These "moon shots" as they are called, though seemingly fantastical, have the potential to solve global-scale problems affecting billions and are thus given significant financial and personnel resources. Some developments from the lab have so far included high-altitude Wi-Fi balloons, driverless cars and glucose-monitoring contact lenses, while others that might not be too far away include hoverboards, space elevators and even teleporters.
For the complete read on Google X, check out the full article over at Fast Company.
This spring, adidas Originals revisits the ZX 700 with two new colorways for the iconic '80s silhouette. Featuring a nylon and faux suede upper paired to a soft EVA midsole, the sleek ZX 700s have returned in both navy/red and black/yellow color options. Fine details complementing the crisp-cut overlays that make up both pairs include glossy heel stabilizers, jagged three-stripe branding and a multi-color liner.
Look for the shoes now at select stockists including Wish.
Set to premiere at this year's Tribeca Film Festival is the new documentary "Dior and I." The work of filmmaker Frédéric Tcheng, "Dior and I" offers a behind-the-scenes look at Christian Dior's first Haute Couture collection under its new Artistic Director Raf Simons. It captures the intensity of the work, starting with the collection's inception all the way through to its presentation. Check out the brief snippet above and be on the lookout for the documentary when it becomes available later this year. You can find more information on the documentary here.
The always-amusing producer and songwriter Chilly Gonzales has teamed up with German radio network 1LIVE on an episode of "Pop Music Masterclass." In this short, the Canadian artist deconstructs Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home," exploring the track's '80s pop influences in its use of vintage drum machines and the help of syncopation in adding unexpected appeal to the track. Offering various melodic interpretations, Gonzales also reference examples from Bethoven's "Ode To Joy" to help dissect the Majid Jordan-produced hit. Enjoy the insightful clip above and share your thoughts below. Check out more music news over at HYPETRAK.
Though V-Day is pretty far behind us now, that didn't stop Maison Kitsuné and Paris-based lingerie designer Yasmine Eslami from getting together to shoot a special lookbook for their Valentine's capsule collection. Featuring South African model Shané van der Westhuizen, the lookbook was shot by Henrik Purienne.
The capsule was inspired by the Paris in the '70s and consists of a panty and bra set available in black or white. It is currently available at Maison Kitsune and through Yasmine Eslami's website.
For Summer 2014, Swedish fashion label H&M has enlisted 33-year old Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen to star in its campaign. Teaming up with heavyweight dance producer Bob Sinclar, a sensuous campaign video has surfaced with Bundchen singing a rendition of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" while clad in the forthcoming season's bikini line. The campaign with launch in-store and on H&M from May 1, while Bundchen's rendition of "Heart of Glass" is currently available on iTunes.
The well-received Oxymoron featured a bevy of tracks showcasing Schoolboy Q's raspy South Central sensibility. Among the ten track selection is "Studio," a hazy, introspective number which now sees a visual interpretation. Collaborating with vocalist BJ The Chicago Kid, the song's visuals finds the artists working late in the studio while Q's scantily-clad interest awaits him at home. Coinciding with the lyrics, Q find himself in a predicament juggling time between his lust and his music. Watch the music video above to find out what happens and keep up with the latest music news at HYPETRAK.
Topo Designs has unleashed its newest backpack design, the lightweight Trail Pack. The minimal backpack is designed for short day hikes or lugging your daily essentials and features a light yet sturdy 500d Cordura body with straps made from heavy duty seatbelt webbing and an aluminum hook to keep the hood secured. Inside, you'll find a padded laptop sleeve and multiple storage pockets. Like all Topo Designs products, the Trail Pack is made in the USA. Look for it now in a range of colors at Topo's online store.
From New Balance's "Racing" pack comes this fetching Elite Edition of the MT580. This release sees the retro runner decked out in a combination of blue suede and mesh with black and yellow accents. The chunky midsole continues the color scheme with a two-tone yellow and white midsole with a blue outsole. This vibrant package is available now at select stockists including Feature Sneaker Boutique.
In celebration of the upcoming space suit-inspired "ACES" Saucony Grid 9000 from Extra Butter, the Big Apple's ICNY has teamed up with the sneaker spot for a matching pair of reflective socks. Matching the lining and laces of the kicks, the blue socks boast a reflective all-over star print that will shine bright when it comes in contact with direct light. Crafted right in ICNY's Brooklyn studio, the "ACES" socks are set to be available exclusively from Extra Butter's 125 Orchard St. storefront beginning this Thursday, April 24.
Back with a third installment from their Spring/Summer 2014 roll out, CLAE continues to add depth to their warm weather wears. Creating seasonal updates to some of their most popular silhouettes, the latest from the line offers another option for the upcoming months. This production remixes the Desmond, Ellington, and Strayhorn with lighter materials, and places the Desmond boat moc in a canvas upper with a sporty running outsole. Get a look at Delivery 3 below, and grab any of the seen makeups today from CLAE.
Zhijun Wang continues his run of pollution fighting footwear turned facewear with the Puma Faas 300 v3 Mask. Derived from the Puma running model, this mask maintains the reflective branding and breathable styling seen on the shoe, taking well to its new function of blocking out air pollution during city jogs. Check out detailed pics below and keep up with Zhijun Wang on IG for more masks and customs.
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Happy Earth Day! As the world takes a step back to appreciate the beauty of the globe and how we can best maintain our resources, we consider some of our favorite sneaker drops that have done the same. From retro casual to performance basketball, an array of models have been made with Mother Nature in mind. In no particular order, we spotlight seven of our favorite eco-friendly sneaker releases. Give us your personal favorites in the comment section.adidas Forum Mid “Grun”
Back in the day, the adidas Forum Mid was the epitome of luxury, performance basketball. In 2009, the Three Stripes recycled the retro silo in all recycled materials as part of the “Grun” pack. Reground rubber and a healthy amount of hemp made this pair a standout then and now.(...)
Ten years ago, Tobie Hatfield created the innovative Nike Free line. With a decade in the books, Nike pays homage to the revolutionary technology by way of the Free OG Breathe. Keeping its predecessors in mind, the shoe features a breathable perforated upper that sits atop the all too familiar Nike Free outsole. For this latest WMNS release, black, metallic silver, and various shades of grey ascend on the lightweight runner. Check out a few more angles below and make your way over to Sneakersnstuff to place your order.
The Hundreds is set to join forces with Reebok to produce a special sneaker later this year. Transforming the original basketball pump into The Hundreds’ Adam Bomb logo, this collaboration fully takes on its designer’s diagnostics. The brand’s name is also present, seen in white on the pump, which accents a black and grey base. Tell us what you want to see from The Hundreds x Reebok in the comment section, and click on the link underneath to get a Sneak Peek inside of Jon Hundred’s personal stock of over 2,500 pairs.
In American academics, we're given four years (typically) to mature – to develop a skill set that carries us to new plateaus. Perhaps then there's some significance to tim.'s latest collection, which, 4 years into its life, presents a unique and bold Fall/Winter 2014. Drawing motifs from vintage collegiate aesthetics and clean gentleman's standards, tim. puts forth an assortment of sharp button-ups, casual trousers, knit sweaters and more. Especially prominent here is the concentration on blazers, done in two- and three-button options, executed with soft wools and patterned cottons. Enjoy this look at tim.'s Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook.
The Knicks have already entered the offseason, and a casual lifestyle rendition of Patrick Ewing’s retros are following right behind. Previewed today by Ewing Athletics, the upcoming Ewing 33 Hi Burgundy Suede/Gum is a high-class take on the vintage hoop shoe. Sporting an all-suede upper in deep burgundy, white contrast on the detailing and midsole join with a gum outsole to keep everything clean. Watch for this style code of the Ewing 33 Hi sometime in May, but keep refreshing Nice Kicks for future details.