This season, the colorful and wacky -- but always stylish -- world of Paul Smith returns with its latest selection of goods for Spring/Summer 2014. The British designer's new warm weather styles range from both casual options like sweatshirts and tees, to more tailored options such as woven shirts and trousers in refined, lightweight fabrics. Included among the standouts are pieces like the graphic-driven Mushroom Print Sweatshirt and all-over patterned Mushroom Print Fine Cotton Twill Shirt, along with textured jacquard sweatshirts and a mesh bomber jacket that's perfect for transitional weather. Paul Smith's Spring/Summer 2014 collection is available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
In a unique departure from 2012's Places and Spaces I've Been, Pharrell introduces his second-ever book release. Entitled Inspiration, the piece represents a new "social book" project produced by the G I R L artist in conjunction with BIC and its Tipp-Ex correction "mouse." The concept sees the release of Inspiration online, but with a major portion of its text erased - thus leaving the user to fill in the blanks. A point system has been attached to the collaborative guessing game while there are also a bevy of hints to help folks along. Head on over to tippex-socialbook.com to check out the project - the first person to guess any individual missing word will be credited in the physical edition of the book upon its release. Proceeds from the eventual sale of the book will go to benefit various learning programs for underprivileged children.
Japan's nonnative follows its Spring/Summer 2014 "Subcity Dweller" lookbook with yet another set of imagery to highlight its more summer-appropriate 2014 releases. Whereas the first drop skewed more toward the likes of military-inspired outerwear, long-sleeve button-downs, and trousers, the Summer 2014 pieces include everything from striped tees and short-sleeve henleys to cargo shorts, popovers, vests, and lightweight blazers. Complete with collaborative shades from KANEKO OPTICAL and Japanese-made loafers from Regal, nonnative's Summer 2014 drop will soon be available at select stockists worldwide.
Palace started as the "Palace Wayward Boys Choir," an ode to lo-fi, golden age skateboarding through the eyes of London skate rats. The situation looks a bit different for Palace these days, as does their overall presentation, highlighted most recently in a new editorial by Man About Town magazine. The UK-based publication tapped photographer Alasdair McLellan to shoot Palace's latest range of apparel, which has developed an assortment of cut-and-sew alongside standard T-shirts and hoodies. There's a certain ironic seriousness about the brand's preppy oxford shirts and printed button-ups – yet even when the brand pokes at international police departments, it all seems in good fun. Enjoy this look at Palace's Spring/Summer 2014 offerings, and head here to keep up with Man About Town as their site is redone.
Streetwear's belle Adrianne Ho returns for Sweat the Style, here sporting the latest from Pigalle and Nike's anticipated and praised new collaboration. Here, Ho fashions the shirt and hat from the collection, which still look good despite being oversized on the model's athletic frame. This editorial comes as a follow-up to "Ball So Hard," also featured on Ho's website, which showcased the athletic blue and yellow jersey/short combination from Pigalle x Nike's collection. Lending a new light to these street essentials, enjoy the photos here.
California's Joshy D- and Mike Giant-helmed REBEL8 supplements its Spring/Summer 2014 collection with a release that's distinctly American: a "Drop Forged" capsule alongside iconic tool company Crescent. Highlighted by a custom laser-etched version of Crescent's signature 8" adjustable wrench, the collection includes a graphic tee, crew neck sweatshirt, and snapback - all of which come emblazoned with a wrench-toting vulture and patriotic red, white, and blue depiction of the contiguous 48 states. Made in the United States, the entirety of the REBEL8 x Crescent collection is now available online while supplies last.
Northern California's Acrimony highlights its latest Spring/Summer 2014 garb with a brand new lookbook for the season at hand. Taking styling cues from functionality, small nuances in design, and the ever-changing climate, the editorial includes the likes of Robert Geller knits, Public School button-downs, splash camo and indigo-dyed pieces from wings+horns, Yuketen footwear, Acrimony-favorite Henrik Vibskov, and more. Acrimony's latest releases are now available online and at its Hayes Valley storefront in San Francisco.
Some of this audience might be familiar with Jesse Edwards and, to a greater extent, Erik Brunetti. The FUCT founder has, by some accounts, done more for the streetwear industry than the majority of artists who claim the same thing. Teaming up with renowned realist painter Jesse Edwards, the pair was blessed with a show at none other than Vito Schnabel's Gallery in New York. Like the canon of Japanese contemporary wear that informs FUCT/SSDD, Brunetti and Edwards united to address modern notions of American identity using "Americana" aesthetics. This includes purposefully ironic pop culture branding irons and overtly sexual paintings framed in television sets (crafted from ceramic by Edwards). With the exhibition having wrapped up just last week, enjoy a recap of the show here.
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Continue to produce fun and inventive streetwear apparel, London label Lazy Oaf has collaborated with the Garfield estate on a collection for 2014 spring/summer. The ubiquitous Garfield caricature is used as an all-over print on tees, shorts and short sleeve shirts, while the character's face is featured on the front of crewnecks and pullovers elsewhere. The original series of Garfield & Friends is interpolated onto T-shirts and other headwear staples, while the use of fetching color schemes -- orange, pink and blue -- continue the label's bold motifs. Check out the lookbook here and look for the Garfield x Lazy Oaf collection tomorrow at Lazy Oaf's online store and expect it to reach select stockists like the HYPEBEAST Store later in the season.
Widely known as "the godfather of urban vinyl," artist Michael Lau presents his latest exhibition: "remember-disc · time-table." Combining his roots in painting with his signature three-dimensional touch, the exhibit reflects an artistic expression of different quotes - whether they be short book summarizations or summations of experience filtered by great minds. Ultimately, Lau encourages viewers to reflect on the thoughts we have yet to put into action as time slowly slips away. Michael Lau's "remember-disc · time-table" - featuring 44 pieces that pair memory-inspired discs with tables that are sculpturally symbolic of a finite "timetable" - opens May 15 in Hong Kong and will remain on display through June 1.
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Reviving the overexposed world of 8-bit art, English artist Richard J. Evans pays tribute to the iconic Japanese anime film company Studio Ghibli by reimaging some of its famous characters with the above pixilated renderings. Evans mentioned on his Behance page that he developed this series “to celebrate the theatrical release of The Wind Rises, said to be the last animated feature from legendary (Studio Ghibli) director Hayao Miyazaki.” Inspired by a range of films that span nearly three decades, select images from “8-bit Ghilbli” can be seen above with the full collection viewable here.
Putting the “B” in BASE jumping, Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen from the acclaimed Soul Flyers set out to break a world record by jumping from the tallest building on the planet – the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Practicing for a week in Switzerland on a mountain, the two French daredevils took a helicopter to the skyscraper’s highest point – over a half a mile from the ground – and leaped off to a very safe landing. Click here for more on the Soul Flyers.
After whetting the appetite of its audience with a look at the frame last week, here Leica finally offers a full look at its T 701 camera. How fitting that the German brand would celebrate 100 years of progress and performance with its latest mirorless option, as it looks to the next chapter in consumer-friendly products. The 16.5-megapixel Leica T 701 will boast a touchscreen interface with WiFi connectivity, which can connect seamlessly with mobile devices, printers, and televisions. All these features are housed within a lightweight aluminum body, which is hand-polished for 45 minutes after being milled from a single chunk of the material. It's the small, minimalist details though, that make the T 701 a triumph. Two dials are seamlessly carved to provide on-board context-aware adjustment; the on-off switch doubles as a flash release; even the camera strap has been reinvented to click-lock directly into the body without tying and knotting. With no detail left to chance, the Leica T 701 surely lives up to its family name. Head here for the official word from Leica, and look for the aluminum version of camera to drop on May 26, with an anodized black version following in July.
Back in 1985, Commodore released one of the most powerful personal computers on the market: the Amiga 1000. Keen to show off the computer's advanced graphics capabilities, the North American manufacturer approached none other than Andy Warhol to complete a series of digital works using a prototype of the Amiga 1000's state-of-the-art software imaging tools ahead of the computer's release to the public. Long thought to be lost forever, the imagery was recently rediscovered in the archives of The Andy Warhol Museum thanks to Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Club.
In all, the group was able to resurrect 28 digital images that Warhol had saved directly to system and application disks and created using the likes of the Amiga's "pattern flood fills," "palletized color," and "copy-paste collage" tools. While some pieces are clearly signature Warhol, others - such as a depiction of Venus - stray heavily from the renowned artist's signature pop art aesthetic.
Look for a short film highlighting the works and Carnegie Mellon's discovery of the pieces - entitled Trapped: Andy Warhol's Amiga Experiments - to premiere at the university's Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 10 at 7 p.m. before appearing online at nowseethis.org on May 12.
Taiwanese headwear label Less returns with a brand new collection of headwear for the Spring/Summer 2014 season. Dominated by 5-panel camp-style caps, the range includes the previously seen Slide Logo hat and features everything from florals and paisleys to patchwork plaid, leopard spots, and camouflage. Less's latest pieces are now available via the brand's online store.
Following up on the release from last year, here Surface to Air presents a new collection of eyewear just in time for the sunny seasons. The Paris-based label develops on the silhouettes seen last season – which included slick re-dos of classic wayfarer and clubmaster shapes – while also introducing bold rounded pairs to its repertoire. Matte blacks and blues are contrasted by reflective lenses to add a distinctively vintage 90's feel, while the brand also makes use of tasteful tortoise shell for a timeless aesthetic. Details like bolted wings and Surface to Air's signature double bridge complete this collection. Look for Surface to Air's latest eyewear collection on the brand's web shop now.
Timberland continues its legacy of quality and craftsmanship with a new collection of footwear, clothing and gear for the season. While retaining the brand's penchant for durable footwear, this latest release greets spring with new colorful styles and a lighter weight, fit for spring. In keeping with its "Best Then Better Now" ethos, the collection represents the iconic brand's commitment to its customer's evolving needs for fit and style, all while maintaining the timeless, rugged, go-anywhere durability that has made Timberland famous the world over. Look for Timberland's latest footwear at Timberland's online store and select stockists now.
Forged from generations of American manufacturing, brothers Joe and Rick Lotuff founded their eponymous leather goods brand with hopes of creating the best product possible from the rarest of materials mixed with classical designs. Maintaining their production facilities right on the Connecticut coast, the Lotuff family is able to intimately oversee each step of the process to ensure the longevity and quality of their creations, from small pouches and wallets to tote bags and rucksack backpacks. The Lotuff brand stands behind its line of American made goods so much that it guarantees each item against any defect for as long as one owns it.
For its 2014 spring/summer lookbook, the New England label collaborated with photographer duo Miles & Miles as well as New York retailer Barneys to capture the essence of its offerings against the stark, beautiful and untouched countryside of Marfa, Texas. With the above range currently available through its webstore, Lotuff Cofounder Joe Lotuff and Creative Director Lindy McDonough sat down with Barneys to talk about the importance of American manufacturing, sourcing their materials, inspirations and more. Check out an excerpt from the interview below and click here to read the full editorial.
Tell us why manufacturing in America is so important to you.
Joe Lotuff: Manufacturing here is incredibly important and personal to me. Learning a craft, from leatherwork to boatbuilding to plumbing, is a path to a satisfying and fulfilling life. We really delight in teaching others how to thrive by empowering them to do the best they can by taking the time needed for perfection.
As we grow, our team of craftspeople has evolved into a really interesting blend. Those with decades of experiencing mastering the craft now work shoulder to shoulder with younger folks eager to learn the skills and work with their hands. It gives us hope that handcrafted goods is not a dying industry. In fact, it is worthwhile and sustainable enough to continue on for years.
Tell us about the challenges and rewards of employing and training highly skilled workers to make your products.
JL: The challenge turns into a reward as we realize the benefits that come from employing highly skilled craftspeople. We’re proud of every piece we make because we know it has been made the very best way it can be. There is also a rare intimacy that comes when we work closely with our team. We see every step up close and in person—from the cutting to the sewing to the polishing to the finishing. We know and approve each piece that leaves the workshop. Our ability to individually number each piece we make is a testament to our small-run, highly personal crafting process. And any Lotuff bag that you get from Barneys has a guarantee against material and workmanship defect for the life of the original owner.
Joyce Boutique unveils its Spring/Summer 2014 collection, presenting the latest curated offerings shot on location in Beijing and featuring DSquared2, Dries Van Noten, JUUN.J, Vita Fede, Marni Mens, BALENCIAGA and Raf Simons. This latest season also welcomes French designer Haider Ackermann and his Fall/Winter 2014 collection to Joyce's repertoire with his refined minimalist takes on masculine and feminine silhouettes. The collection will be available for pre-order at the Hong Kong-based boutique's location in Central. In the meantime, be sure to check out a recent interview with the designer here.
Look for all of the collections mentioned above and more, check out Joyce's website.
Although we still don’t have any specific details surrounding the forthcoming collaboration between 200-year-old suit maker Brooks Brothers and pioneering streetwear label Supreme, we have discovered that the teaser image we posted two weeks ago will appear in the latest issue of Man About Town. “Targeted at high-end business-engaged and culturally-oriented male urbanites,” Man About Town is a biannual publication produced in the United Kingdom. Covered by 15-year-old model Brooklyn Beckham – son of David and Victoria – the spring/summer issue will appear on select newsstands worldwide in the coming weeks.