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Tech Essentials: Jasper Wong

2 hours 23 min ago

Every year on Valentines weekend, the art world descends upon Honolulu, Hawaii for POW! WOW! -- a week-long art and music initiative founded by Hawaiian artist Jasper Wong. Inspired by art as a means of expression, POW! WOW! continues to grow exponentially, bringing together acclaimed artists both international and local under Jasper's curation. Outside of POW! WOW!, Jasper's artistic foray is seen via unique paintings that fuse together Asian pop influences with street art sensibilities, while his commitment to outreach is furthered via exhibitions and youth projects taking place in a creative venue he founded, LOFT IN SPACE. We previously caught up with Jasper on our Essentials feature, where he showed off tools needed for his illustration, placed humorously alongside his baby daughter Ella. In this episode, we look at the on-the-go apps needed to assist Jasper in his dynamic lifestyle. Aside from the usual social media channels, Jasper looks to Duolingo as a way to accomplish his New Year's resolution to pick up a new language, Smash Hit to train his hand eye coordination, Endless Reader for its ability to provide fun and educational cues for his daughter, and 1AM to help locate exciting murals during his travel. Cast your eyes over his Tech Essentials and stay tuned for the next chapter of POW! WOW!, making its debut this year in Taipei.

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A Conversation with William Strobeck on Supreme's "cherry"

4 hours 39 min ago

In the months leading up to "cherry," the general populous was surprised that Supreme would bother with making a skate video. After all, this area of the Internet is likely more familiar with the brand as a fashion outpost influenced by skateboarding rather than a place to buy decks or bearings. In the wake of the film's release though, it's easy to see just how much Supreme fits in. Or maybe it stands out; if ever there was a video that would shift perceptions and create new opinions about skateboarding, right now, in 2014, it has to be "cherry."

It's a bit ironic that of all the anticipated full-length video releases over the past few years, Supreme's offering is, for once, the least exclusive. Directed and captained by none other than William Strobeck, the film has a way of capturing relatable subtleties of skating, yet does its best to champion the people – some skaters, some outsiders – that make street skating and city life so interesting. We were given the opportunity to interview Strobeck as he returned from traveling to promote the film, where the filmmaker detailed his decisions in editing, filming with Paulo Diaz, and his plans for the future. Enjoy the conversation below, and be sure to pick up "cherry" on iTunes if you haven't already.

How does it feel to have “cherry,” your first full-length video finished?

[It] feels good, my heart is full. The feedback has been beyond positive [and I’ve] been getting hit up everyday by people about it.

Did you notice any way that the different crowds reacted at each premiere? 

Yeah, [they were] all different, I liked that. A lot of people reacted to the same stuff in the video.

In Japan I had a translator, which was interesting. I’d talk, then the translator would talk… then the crowd would laugh. Pretty funny, I liked it. Overall it was positive, and [it] seemed liked everyone loved the video, so that's great.

What's the culture of filming like in Los Angeles versus New York? Which do you prefer?

I prefer NY just because I like to skate down the street. If I wanna stop for a [second] and get water or something, it’s on every corner. I prefer the scenery in NY as well. With L.A., if [you’re] with the right person at the right spot, it’s equally as good I guess. Also: you just get more done in L.A. in a quicker amount of time. [I’m] very productive in LA.

Did you work with any contributing filmers for the video?

Overall, I filmed most of it. But yeah, there were times when I couldn't be in L.A. and was filming in NY, so I had a few people go out for me a lil’ bit. [The person] who helped the most was Logan Lara.

Was it tough streamlining such an eclectic group of dudes in the same video, especially considering your mention of “cherry” prominently highlighting personalities? Did that affect your choice to divide the video into sections rather than individual parts?

No, the reason why it’s a scramble of footage is [that] I really like to see clips next to certain other clips – like in a certain spot – and when editing to music, it becomes even more noticeable where something belongs or fits.

Like for example: Sage comes in and out of the video all the way through. It’s like one long video part, he isn’t just at the section (some might say) is the “kids" section. I really just think it’s one long video part from beginning to end for everyone in it – that’s how I look at it. I made it hoping people would watch it like a movie from start to finish.

What prompted you to include that clip of Anthony Pappalardo and that other gentleman on Water Street? That seemed like a pretty polarizing clip and it seems like people have hung onto that one a bit.

That clip got a funny reaction at every showing of the video. It’s really 30 minutes long, I just took 20 seconds of it. You see how Anthony and I are talking in that section? That's how we act with people in general, basically because it entertains us. That guy just happened to be in Downtown Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy, so [the area] was empty – no one was around. He ran into us and asked us to smoke weed, so the clip just unraveled from there. Call us dicks for it, but that was real life – that really happened. I was just documenting it.

That dude was trippy: he took a Greyhound across the country to meet a girl he met online, who ended up not answering when he got to town. He was into Evanescence (the band) and was involved with World of Warcraft. Those are the type of people you’ll meet lurking around New York City, and I wanted to show that other side of skating.

I was reading your interview with Quartersnacks and you mentioned that Supreme has “a kind of fashion vibe to it.” Do you perceive Supreme as a skateboarding brand making a skate video or something else entirely? Not that all brands should be ‘boxed in’ per se…

I think of Supreme as its own entity. It’s just such a strong solid company that has stuck to its guns since day one. It is a skate shop overall but I don't look at it as just that. It’s a bunch of things mixed together and presented in the right way... always has been.

Who did you end up filming with the most for the video? Did you get to film enough with everyone that you wanted?

Yeah, I got to film enough. I would've pushed the deadline [back] if I didn't feel comfortable with the footage I was sitting on. I got to a certain [point] and I was like: okay, I think I got it, it’s a wrap.

I think I ended up filming with Tyshawn Jones the most, or if anything he was out skating with me the most… even if we weren't filming. The courthouse [on Centre Street] is such a bust that it’s hard to get stuff done. We had to go there a lot during this video, [but] he did a good job.

Was there ever a conversation about involving other people in the Supreme family? They have a store in London, and a bunch of stores in Japan – both of which have renowned skate scenes. 

Yes. I wanted to include everyone, but I was so focused on everyone here [in the U.S.] that I couldn't travel overseas. I asked the London kids to film and send [the footage], but it didn't pan out. Also I didn't want the video too long. If I had got some stuff, I [would’ve] put it in. Lucien Clarke came to New York, so he made it in.

On that note, what was the process of filming with Paulo Diaz like? That segment really cemented the raw and organic vibe that "cherry" seemed in pursuit of.

Yeah, he’s definitely fitting for sure. [He’s] just one of my favorite skaters ever. The story about him being in the video is: I had heard he was coming around the L.A. shop a bit here and there. So, I asked [Jason] Dill if he'd try to get Paulo to film something for the video; I was in New York at the time. Then, I went out there for the winter and met Paulo. He was just down to go out: I’d go pick him up, bring him boards and shoes from Supreme, and he'd just be so psyched to skate. It's like he was waiting the whole time to film for "cherry". I [would] suggest things and he'd do them, he was down to be around and I wanted to document every moment. I had a lot of fun with Paulo.

It seems like this video was being filmed for a while, and I’m assuming that most of the main skaters involved were pretty productive. Is there leftover footage to go to other projects, e.g. Bianca Chandon or Fucking Awesome?

There is a little of leftover footage, but I think I didn't use it for a reason. I used all the stuff [that] I felt strongly about for "cherry". [There’s] no need to just spit out more stuff since the final project is out.

What was the spot searching process like? How would you describe the split between you and the skater suggesting spots?

A lot of these people are good at finding spots they felt were appealing to the eye, and more importantly, wanted to skate. I would suggest tricks sometimes and really work with the person on trying to get what I thought was best for the video. It was a real collaboration for sure. For example: I told Paulo to do the manual airwalk, and to nollie [over] the homeless lady. He did it and I love those clips a lot, it’s what I wanted to see him doing in the video.

Would you ever do another full-length skate video or do you see skateboarding as necessarily moving away from that?

I would, I think. I think it’s important that kids get DVDs, hard copies, still. Companies should keep making [videos in] that style. It’s nice to have something to hold, collect and look at. Skateboarding is moving away from that, doing stuff online – every day, all day. It’s so disposable, [it] seems like no one cares about the art of it. Everyone puts so much work into a full length, just to put it online? I guess exposure is good for a company, but I feel like I wanna hide work now. [I’d rather people say] like: "did you find a copy of that video,” “do you own a copy,” or “can I come over and watch it?" That's the style I'm going for.

Also: one day, I will make a full-length non-skate movie. I got the itch.

As far as your portfolio is concerned: you seem like a person with a bunch of endeavors; invested in other interests outside of skateboarding. Moving from “cherry,” do you want to focus on more “core” skating cinematography or something else?

I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and following my heart and working with the people that I'm down for and that I like. It’s funny, more than once people in my family are always like: "you should shoot the X-Games, there’s a lot of money involved."

I mean, can you really see me shooting that? Hell no, I'm looking at this from an artist’s standpoint, as this is the work that I’ll be leaving behind. [This is] for people to see when I'm gone; what people will have known me for. I’m hyped "cherry" is in there now and not an X-Games reel. Basically, you are what you leave behind.

 

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Brazilian Legend Ronaldo Talks Football with Sneaker Freaker

7 hours 25 min ago

Before a certain spiky-haired, European sensation gave your girlfriend a reason to watch soccer, there was the original Ronaldo: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, the Brazilian, the striker to end all strikers, "The Phenomenon." It was he who brought A Seleção World Cup glory (twice), who split defenses open with innate glue-footed trickery, inspiring a legion of watchers and committees – Pele and FIFA amongst them – to reconsider what could be done on the pitch. Even with his retirement in 2011, the rhetoric surrounding Ronaldo remains lofty amongst the privy. How fitting then for Nike to include the three-time Ballon d'Or winner in their newly-unveiled Nike F.C. program, which celebrates team excellence in the World Cup both past and present. Sneaker Freaker has the latest interview with Ronaldo on his favorite memories from the World Cup, his personal expectations, and more. Enjoy key excerpts below, then head over here for the full scoop.

You achieved so much in the game but was there a moment as a footballer when you thought, "Yeah I’m good at this, I’m going to be one of the best in the world"?

I started playing football when I was a very young child and fell in love with it immediately. From that young age, it was clear that among my friends I was the best. I was always picked first when we chose teams so that told me that I could play the game well. I went onto play for my country aged just 16, and that was a dream come true and underlined how far I might go in the game. I was always so ambitious as a young footballer and that helped put in the hard work that had to be done to achieve my goals.

You were taken to America for the World Cup in 1994 aged only 17. How fearless were you being part of that amazing summer?

I was very afraid that summer but there could be no better way to learn. I always say that the summer of 1994 was my university, the time I learnt the most about football. There I was with some of the greatest players on the planet, training with them and watching them take on the world. To be amongst that at such a young age was an incredible opportunity and one that helped shape my own career. Some people wondered if I would play and whilst I was ready to do that, it wasn’t to be and so I just took everything in. It was an amazing chapter in my life. Nike gave me my first contract that summer and I began to realise my dreams.

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WTAPS 2014 Spring/Summer Editorial by GRIND

7 hours 30 min ago

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

7 hours 31 min ago

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

7 hours 31 min ago

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

7 hours 31 min ago

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

7 hours 31 min ago

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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Porsche Restoration with Benton Performance

8 hours 3 min ago

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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Audi RS7 Dynamic Edition

8 hours 46 min ago

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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Huffer 2014 Winter Lookbook

8 hours 57 min ago

As the birthplace of street culture and a constant source of inspiration, New York City makes a fitting locale for the latest lookbook from New Zealand's Huffer. Simply dubbed "Huffer by Huffer," the label's Winter 2014 collection draws from the brand's roots in technical outerwear for a range of seasonal designs that are dominated by breathable, waterproof fabrics and lambswool knits - many of which are accompanied by custom stripes and prints. Huffer's Winter 2014 pieces will be available via the brand's own online store beginning this Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m. NZST.

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Nike Officially Unveils the Nike x PPP Collection

9 hours 28 min ago

Born from a mutual love of basketball and celebrating the game's ability to unite, Nike Sportswear has partnered with Pigalle - also known as the Pain O Chokolat crew - to release the Nike x PPP Collection. Combining sport heritage and style while bringing the spirit of Parisian creatives to the basketball court, the release includes high- and low-top versions of the always-classic Air Force 1 alongside a tank, shorts, graphic tee, hat, and basketball. Both iterations of the timeless sneaker take inspiration from the patina that develops over time on a well-used court, employing wax-coated uppers that evoke the look of scuffed asphalt and rusted metal in conjunction with details like the removal of excess padding and addition of leather laces, oversized metal eyelets, and transparent outsoles - complete with a geometric pattern modeled after a coach's basketball diagram. For the tanks and shorts, Nike and Pigalle founder Stéphane Ashpool - a former professional basketball player - utilized special tie-dye treatments to create deliberate fades and distressing as a complement to the unique imperfections of the collaborative footwear. Finally, the tees, cap, and basketball all don the PPP logo in conjunction with stylized "NIKE AIR" branding. Named for Pigalle, Pain O Chokolat, and Paris's Le Pompon, the Nike x PPP Collection will be available from select NSW retailers across the globe starting April 26.

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Stone Island 2014 Spring/Summer "Stripes" Video

10 hours 53 min ago

Having already previewed many of its spring/summer outerwear pieces with a lookbook video a few months back, Stone Island now highlights a reoccurring theme found in its forthcoming warm-weather range. With stripes playing a major role in its current collection, whether it be hoodies, rugbys, T-shirts or even golf shirts, the Italian brand delivers a short video showcasing its wavy choices. For more on its spring/summer offerings, check out the Stone Island website.

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Zaha Hadid Granite & Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO

10 hours 54 min ago

Known predominately for neofuturistic architectural designs like the London Aquatics Center, Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadium, her upcoming 40-story hotel tower for Macau's City of Dreams project, renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week's Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace. Reminiscent of the designer's architecture thanks to cantilevers and archetypal curves, the granite-carved "Tela" shelving unit sees interwoven central support - thus allowing each level to extend far beyond the design's core. The "Luna" table, on the other hand, is a monolithic carrara marble construction with undulating forms that extend to the floor to provide support for the flat surface. Finally, the collection is rounded out with the "Calla" - a reinterpretation of a wall-mounted fireplace, carved from Spanish negro marquina and composed of polished petal-like shapes that reflect the dancing flame.

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Zaha Hadid Granite & Marble Furniture Collection for CITCO

10 hours 54 min ago

Known predominately for neofuturistic architectural designs like the London Aquatics Center, Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadium, her upcoming 40-story hotel tower for Macau's City of Dreams project, renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid took to Milan Design Week's Salone del Mobile to unveil a series of brand new series of furniture. Created for Italian interior design firm CITCO, the series consists of three distinct pieces: a shelving unit, table, and fireplace. Reminiscent of the designer's architecture thanks to cantilevers and archetypal curves, the granite-carved "Tela" shelving unit sees interwoven central support - thus allowing each level to extend far beyond the design's core. The "Luna" table, on the other hand, is a monolithic carrara marble construction with undulating forms that extend to the floor to provide support for the flat surface. Finally, the collection is rounded out with the "Calla" - a reinterpretation of a wall-mounted fireplace, carved from Spanish negro marquina and composed of polished petal-like shapes that reflect the dancing flame.

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2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition

11 hours 24 min ago

It’s hard to believe, but 50 years ago this week, Ford debuted the first-ever Mustang to attendees at the 1964 New York  World’s Fair in Queens. To commemorate this monumental anniversary, Ford unveils a special edition 2015 Mustang which will make its official debut at this week’s New York Auto Show. Based on the 2015 Mustang GT with a Performance Pack upgrade, each model is powered by Ford’s 5.0-liter, naturally aspirated V8 engine that is estimated to produce more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. Inside its cabin, the 50th Anniversary Edition sports a cashmere-stitched, leather-wrapped steering wheel, with a similar detail seen on its instrument panel, shift boot, door inserts, seats and center armrest. Prospective buyers will have their choice of either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission and just two color options – Kona Blue and Wimbledon White. Furthermore, to coincide with the Stang’s first year of production, Ford will only produce a total of 1,964 anniversary models.

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John Mayer x NEIGHBORHOOD 2014 Summer Teaser

11 hours 28 min ago

In celebration of his upcoming trio of Summer 2014 tour dates in Japan, John Mayer has teamed up with designer Shinsuke Takizawa and NEIGHBORHOOD for a limited edition collaboration. Teased by the singer-songwriter/guitar virtuoso himself via Instagram, the collab appears set for a May 1 release at NEIGHBORHOOD's Harajuku flagship. Stay tuned for a look at the release and look for Mayer to hit Osaka on April 30 before making his way to Tokyo's famed Budokan for a two-night stand beginning May 2.

NEIGHBORHOOD Harajuku
Kanzaki Bldg. 1F
4-32-7 Jingumae Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0001
Japan

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Pharrell - Here

11 hours 53 min ago

Coinciding with the international release of the film is the debut of Pharrell's vocal contribution to the official soundtrack for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Entitled "Here," the track follows the release of the music video for Alicia Keys's and Kendrick Lamar's "It's On Again" and layers uplifting verses over a string-laden instrumental. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters in the United States on May 2 while the film's soundtrack - which includes the Hans Zimmer-helmed score along with a handful of original tracks - is out April 22 and can be pre-ordered now via iTunes.

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Manchester City Leads the Way of Top Paid Professional Athletes at $8.1 Million Per Player

13 hours 17 min ago

According to a survey conducted by Sporting Intelligence for ESPN the Magazine, Manchester City F.C. has taken the crown as the best-paid team in world sport. The average wage for each player is reportedly a whopping $8.1 million USD, which may surprise some sport fanatics as they are pegged ahead of two MLB teams -- New York Yankees ($8 million USD per player) and Los Angeles Dodgers ($7.8 million USD per player). With the likes of Yaya Touré, Sergio Agüero, David Silva, alongside select summer signings like Fernandinho and Jesús Navas in the squad, the Abu Dhabi United Group has displayed its commitment to the future of the club via massive investments. Be sure to head over to ESPN for a full breakdown of the survey.

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A Closer Look at the POOL Aoyama

13 hours 18 min ago

Hiroshi Fujiwara's much-anticipated the POOL Aoyama launched earlier this month, unveiling with it a selection of exclusive items and collaborations with brands like Nike, Beats and more. In these photos taken by Atsushi Fuseya and Kai Hiroyo, we get a look at the interior of the space, which was formerly the indoor swimming pool of a low-rise apartment. Designed by Japanese architect Nobuo Araki, hanging stainless pipes, elevated shelves and floor tables outfit the interior while authentic detailing -- such as the well-worn walls and floors from decades of use --  have been kept to maintain the pool-like atmosphere. Enjoy the images here and stay tuned for more on the POOL Aoyama

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