Many of the colorways from Jordan Brand pay tribute to the astonishing career of Michael Jordan, but none are as direct as the pair of custom AJ2s coming from Big Tuss, today. The Air Jordan Retro 2 'Legacy' customs by Big Tuss use the white/varsity red colorway as the base, along with portraits of Jordan and a scripted "BULLS" on the ankle collar. "BULLS" is stretched along the outside of the ankle collars, while the portraits of MJ are tucked away on the inside. Tuss also recreated MJ's signature on one of the portraits, as well. Keep scrolling for some additional photos, plus close-ups of the sick paint job Big Tuss did on these kicks!
After launching in 2011, Thom Browne Eyewear continues to provide tasteful eyewear designs filled with timeless American sensibility. Drawing inspiration from vintage '50s and '60s military designs, the collection is handmade in Japan with quality acetate and titanium to provide duality and comfort for the wearer. Standout motifs include four-stripe rivet hinges and five-piece, tri-color temple tips. Check out a preview of the range here and head over to Thom Brown Eyewear for more information.
The popular PEN series of compact point-and-shoots from Olympus received its newest model in the E-PL7. Maintaining the vintage aesthetic the PEN line is widely recognized for, the E-PL7 takes advantage of the latest social media phenomenon with a clever downward-opening monitor for easier selfies. This Micro FourThirds camera further offers a 16 megapixel sensor, three-axis image stabilization, 81-point Autofocus, and built-in Wi-Fi for easy image sharing and smartphone connectivity. Available this September for $600 USD (body only), read more about the Olympus PEN E-PL7's specs here.
German brewery Warsteiner has unveiled its latest art collection featuring unique bottle art designed by some of the world's most compelling and unique artists. On tap are new designs by the likes of Fafi, D*Face, Kevin Lyons, Ron English, James Jean and Roids, each of whom has applied their signature style of work across the entire bottle. Look for this year's art collection at select locations where Warsteiner is sold.
Known for some of the best casual basics on the market today, British heritage brand Sunspel returns with its latest batch of simple, yet luxurious cotton garments. For Fall/Winter 2014, the company's brilliantly understated, expertly-made styles include new renditions of everyday essentials such as tees, sweatshirts and track pants, each of them crafted with precision in Long Eaton, Nottingham. Standouts from the range include the soft, loopback cotton Sweat Top, premium cotton Track Pants and a zip-front hoodie, as well as Sunspel's version of the all-season crewneck T-shirt. Perfect for lounging, trips to the gym or casual use during the week, Sunsel's Fall/Winter 2014 collection is available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Reigning Champ may be known for some of the best fleece on the market, but the Canadian brand continues to expand its range this season with its latest arrivals for Fall/Winter 2014. Veering somewhat from its tried-and-true cotton fabrics, the label offers a duo of more technical pieces in the form of the Stow Away Hooded Zip Jacket and Pull On Shorts, both of which feature sleek silhouettes and are constructed from a comfortable, durable stretch nylon blend. Rounding out the highlights, meanwhile, are a hoodie and crewneck in a combination of French terry and nylon, providing stylish, sporty riffs on classic Reigning Champ staples. Look for Reigning Champ's Fall/Winter 2014 new arrivals now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Pretty soon robots will be doing everything for us, so why not let them quench our thirst. Until a real drink serving robot gets affordable, this Bot-L Robot Sports Bottle will do nicely. Let him be your own personal robot that hydrates you at your command. BOT-L is molded in a cool retro robot shape […]
Set to be the world's most expensive apartment upon completion, The Sky Penthouse is well under construction. Located in Monaco, the 35,500 square-foot penthouse is slated to hit the market with a cool $400 million USD price tag. With features such as floor-to-ceiling windows, state of the art architecture, and a large terrace with a pool, it is safe to bet that one out of the approximately 30 percent of Monaco inhabitants who are millionaires will be eager to add this to their property portfolio.
The Batman Harley Quinn Poster manages to be vibrant, colorful, and intimidating all at once, with Batman’s cape looking especially menacing as a background for Harley’s nonchalant pose. This 18-inch x 24-inch poster, created by artist Eric Guerrero, perfectly captures the nature of the two characters, with the bright and insanely-cheerful Harley Quinn not seeming […]
The popular women’s retro-inspired Air Max Thea by Nike Sportswear thinks pink this fall with this latest colorway in Hyper Pink/Pink Glow. This ‘Premium’ edition of the Thea that features a woven textile upper with Hyperfuse overlays receives a mostly pink look with accents in blue. It’s completed with a bright white Air Max cushioned sole for excellent comfort to match its great appearance. The Hyper Pink Air Max Thea PRM is not available in the States yet, but for the ladies that just can’t wait, you can pick them up now at European retailers like Caliroots.
The NFL is one of the most recognizable brands in the U.S., in large part because of Jamie Weston, vice president of Brand & Creative. For over a decade, Weston has headed numerous marketing campaigns, team-design overhauls and product launches for the NFL. Recently, she offered up insight on her most important project to date, which involves creating singular brands for each of the NFL's 32 teams to rally around. In order to determine the pillars of each brand, a notable example being the Atlanta Falcons' "authentic, magnetic, and elevating" slogan, Weston explains how and why her team consults the "real" MVPs of the league -- a large sample of individuals that doesn't include the likes of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Adrian Peterson -- the fans. Last season, over 80% of televisions in U.S. homes tuned in to regular season games, making it easy to understand why NFL teams are placing a heavy importance on its fans, as well as its team's brand being much bigger than an individual player or coach.
Read the below excerpt from a sit-down interview with Jamie Weston and head over to Fast Company for the full article.
HOW HAVE YOU BETTERED THE NFL’S BUSINESS?
When I got here, we were really just trying to get a hold of what is the NFL brand about. And if you asked 100 fans, or even 100 employees, you would get 100 different answers. So what is the brand we want to convey? We did a lot of work with our fans to understand our brand essence, which comes down to three words: intense, meaningful, and unifying.
At the end of the day, what we deliver is a game that’s intense: The fact that your team only plays one day a week--every second matters, every down matters. Meaningful: It really is much more than a game to us. We really permeate well beyond the Xs and Os on the field. And unifying: We’re like that last great American campfire, in that people come together and share stories. So that’s how we look to manage the brand: It’s about the storytelling behind it, the meaningfulness, and pulling people together. We run that through everything we do including commercials--the ticket-exchange spot is one of my favorites.
We brought in real fans and there’s something really authentic about that. We went to all those stadiums and met with those fans. Again, you get those stories from them--it’s really meaningful to them.
YOU ALSO WORK WITH TEAMS ON THEIR BRANDS AND IMAGES: HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE YOUR CREATIVE APPROACH WITH FANS AND THE NFL ITSELF, WITH 32 DIFFERENT TEAMS?
The rigor that we put behind building out the brand, we also do so with teams. We come in as a consultant and do everything from a communication audit to fan focus groups on the national and local levels. We go to the game and experience it as a fan. And then we take away all that research and come back to the team and say, 'This is how you guys see your brand, but this is how your fans see it.' Sometimes it’s really close and sometimes it’s not. So you have that conversation of where do you want to be.</blockquote>
Dignitary Atlanta DJ Greg Street has put a new, yet very familiar, spin on the adidas ZX Flux. Taking the sizzling silhouette and reworking it in the well known “Yeezy” styling, this pair goes by the adidas ZX Flux “Streezy.” Laid out just like its clear inspiration, this sleek style code features a black mesh base with solar red on the laces, lining and Three Stripes. In familiar fashion, a glow-in-the-dark sole finishes off this distinct design. Tell us what you think of DJ Greg Street’s crossover below, and keep Nice Kicks bookmarked for everything sneakers.
Do you like your coffee with a little something extra? Of course you do. The Extra Shot Coffee Mug will make it easy to add an extra shot with every cup. It is a mug and flask in one. Your co-workers will certainly admire your openness as you walk around with our Extra Shot Coffee […]
Whenever you get the urge to visit the Shire (or anyplace else), you might consider using the Hobbit Bag End Leather Bag to tote essential items like your glow-when-Orcs-are-around sword and that one precious ring. Designed to look like the interior and exterior of the front door of Bag End, owned by one Bilbo Baggins, […]
Two of your favorite things are together and ready for your enjoyment. J&D’s Original Bacon Flavored Popcorn has a delicious buttery bacon flavor. You get a delicious 4 oz. bag and it is even vegetarian and not made using real pigs. It gives a whole new meaning to bringing home the bacon. J&D’s Original Bacon […]
Let’s form… Uhhh. With our powers combined?!?! Hmmm. Let’s face it; the Internet T-Shirt defies explanation but you can bet people will remember you after seeing you wear this unique bit of artwork on your chest. We all know the Internet holds vast power, allowing us to visit foreign lands, talk with people on the […]
Founded in 2012 by a collective of Japanese street artists who go by the name of Dettok, D.TT.K transitions into the winter season with another striking range. Building on a fusion of streetwear and sportswear influences, the collection looks to colorful prints and a blend of fabrics in its repertoire. Some outfits conjure up styling seen in motocross apparel while others take a nod at '90s rave culture -- think slim-cut jeans and retro graphic sweaters. Lightweight anoraks provide options for the unpredictable weather, while denim jackets are a timeless staple, synonymous to masculinity. Check out the lookbook here and follow D.TT.K on Instagram for more on the fledgling label.