Multimillionaire and NBA superfan, James Goldstein joins us for the latest edition of Essentials. In this installment we get a glimpse of his avid interest into the sport and his refined fashion preferences. Frequenting court side seats with his flamboyant sense of style, Goldstein and his signature hat are common sight at big NBA games, with a pass to the Spurs Championship-clinching Game 5 serving as documentation. Sticking to minimal accessories, an Ashley Ashoff scarf is paired next to a rare 1/1 Artya watch, asserting that it's not about the quantity of the pieces you wear, but the quality of the designs. A premium jacket from his own line James Goldstein Couture detailed with his initials "JG" is placed alongside a pair of silver Buscemi 100mm sneakers, capturing the essence of Goldstein's eccentric personality and style. Enjoy Goldstein's Essentials above and stay tuned for the next episode.
Current adidas Originals and Uniqlo cohorts NIGO and Pharell come together under NIGO's HUMAN MADE label for a Fall/Winter 2014 sweatshirt. Available in either grey or blue with a subtly-incorporated HM tag, the crewneck design simply features a caricature of Williams -- complete with his Vivienne Westwood-designed hat -- emblazoned across the front. Fans can find the shirt now at Tokyo's COLD COFFEE in Shibuya for ¥15,800 JPY (approximately $151 USD).
Fans of Nike SB's version of the Lunar Gato will be happy to know that the Swoosh has followed up this summer's World Cup-inspired colorways with yet another clean skate-ready take on the football shoe. Retaining the suede construction that marked past releases, this Fall 2014 drop sees a Sail/Black-Gum Medium Brown-White colorway that couples an off white upper with contrasting black branding, a white midsole, and a gum rubber outsole. Due to soon be available at Nike SB stockists across the globe, the latest Lunar Gato can already by found at Kinetics.
An early '90s classic is due for a return this fall as Nike Sportswear dips into its extensive archives to resurrect the Air Command Force. Worn by hall-of-famer David Robinson and immortalized on the feet of Woody Harrelson in 1992's White Men Can't Jump, this 2014 retro release stays true to the 1991 OG and couples the uber-high ankle support that marked the era with a pump apparatus on the heel and splatter-like detailing along the midsole. Look for this old school relic to drop in White/Black-Wolf Grey-Volt-Vivid Blue and Black/Wolf Grey-Hyper Jade-Hyper Pink colorways -- marked by predominately leather and suede construction, respectively -- at NSW retailers like Tokyo's Kinetics beginning September 20.
Virtually every Apple product release is met with a slew of accompanying third-party accessories developers. Some better than others, the Yohann iPad Stand aims to enter into an elite category with a thoughtfully-designed stand that ensures both great usability as well as design aesthetics. Recognizing the multitude of ways an iPad can be used over, the iPad Stand features three landscape and three portrait viewing positions that can be adapted to any particular user experience. Two material options further enhance the design of the product as it features in either a German/Swiss Alps-made wood finish or an Italian-made lacquer finish. Head over to the Kickstarter to get involved as the project is over 75% funded with 24 days to go.
Fresh from New Balance's Flimby factory comes new Fall 2014 take on the New Balance 1500. Tuned for the season at hand, the English-made runner incorporates hues of black, blue, and orange across a rugged upper of suede, leather, and ripstop nylon. As per usual, an ENCAP sole unit provides the silhouette's cushioning. The M1500RBO is now available via COMMONN for £119 GBP (approximately $198 USD).
Following the release of its latest lookbook, 11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi -- the German-born designer's new diffusion line -- returns with just the second cold weather collection in its brief history. For Fall/Winter 2014, the label sticks to its guns with a range inspired by military ribbons and the medal award realm, while contrasting those distinctive elements with its own signature aesthetic. Pieces of note include removable hooded sweaters in both zip front and pullover styles, tees and sweatpants in tonal geometric prints and a technical jacket with multiple zip pockets and graphic patches. Rounding out the collection, meanwhile, is a re-up of the line's stellar bag partnership with Ortlieb, highlighted by the 3M Velocity Backpack in black and white. Look for 11 By Boris Bidjan Saberi's Fall/Winter 2014 collection now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
The Rig Out highlights Reebok with the introduction of this brand new editorial and film. Dubbed "Give Me Your Classics and I'll Show You The Future," the piece looks at the way in which the pioneering brand has shaped modern sportswear, as well as British youth culture, since its evolution out of J.W. Foster and Sons back in 1958. Directed by Antony Crook with cinematography by Lol Crawley and a voiceover from Paul Popplewell, the editorial and video are set in Bolton and Manchester -- the birthplace of Reebook -- and coincide with the upcoming September 4 release of the retrospective Reebok Classics brand book.
Middle Eastern magazine Brownbook presents its special annual fashion publication highlighting Middle Eastern wedding customs and fashion throughout the region and abroad. Aside from celebrating weddings in Morocco, Libya and Niger, topics of particular mention include Palestinian embroidery, Jewish henna and a Muslim wedding in Xinjiang, China. Releasing with a simple indigo cover, the 228-page issue is packed with beautiful photos and hand-drawn illustrations that offer a glimpse into the intricate detail of various wedding costumes. The "Weddings of The Middle East & North Africa" fashion directory is currently available at select shops including Magpile.
For a look at the magazine's previous issue on the region's evolving music scene, check out our post here.
Stone Island and its Stone Island Shadow Project once again display a penchant for military-inspired garb as the imprint presents a thorough look into its Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Featuring everything from suiting and sweaters to hoodies, scarves, down-filled vests, and parkas, Shadow Project's latest drop once again exhibits a unique spin on timeless military designs while incorporating the likes of sublimated graphics, all-over patterns, and seasonally-apropos hues throughout. "A synthesis between precision tailoring and the off-kilter silhouettes of sport and subculture," Stone Island's Fall/Winter 2014 Shadow Project collection is now available online.
The venerable Air Max 1 has become one of Nike's best examples of timeless design. Almost three decades later, the Air Max 1 has seen some systematic changes in recent times as it embraces the latest and greatest in Nike's performance technology through hybridization. However, in a move based purely on aesthetics, the Air Max 1 receives a change in collar height to earn the mid-cut designation. The colorway's black and gray camo ensures a less contrasted unveiling but a bold one nevertheless given the shoe's legacy. The Nike Sportswear Air Max 1 Mid FB will be available soon at atmos and other select Nike Sportswear stockists.
A look into NEIGHBORHOOD's upcoming Fall/Winter 2014 lookbook presents a trademark approach to Americana-inspired fashion. Several strong looks dabble in what has historically been some of American fashion's most utilitarian fashion inspirations. Whether it's nautical and air force-infused looks with Western attire, these looks embodying a certain ruggedness and functionality can also be seen alongside more fashionable preppy outfits. Look for the collection this season at select retailers globally.
Helping wearers to "dress for success" is the upcoming "Suit & Tie" Pack from Nike Sportswear. Reimagining the Air Max Lunar90 with premium jacquard uppers of "Hyperjade" and burgundy, the pack employs two unique patterns -- paisley and herringbone -- as each design is crafted to make its own distinct statement. Retailing for $140 USD each, the "Suit & Tie" duo is due to hit NSW retailers September 27.
It's been several years since the co-created WTAPS & NEIGHBORHOOD retail venture known as HOODS has opened a new international space. On September 18th, the South Korean capital of Seoul will welcome the latest installment of the retail concept. The space will in typical fashion house an assortment of both WTAPS and NEIGHBORHOOD offerings as it joins previous locations in Hong Kong and Beijing. Stay tuned for more details including special commemorative items that will soon release.
For many people, hearing the name Clarks in the footwear world quickly conjures up images of classic footwear that has remained largely unchanged over the course of the British brand's history. However, as we've seen in increasing amounts over the last few seasons, Clarks has embraced the concept of performance and modernity. The Trigenic is the latest example of this pairing of classical design and innovative thought processes and materials. Featuring a special Vibram outsole and a more anatomically-driven last for natural motion, the Trigenic is a step along a more natural path in regards to gait and movement which we've seen from numerous companies both big and small in the last few years. Available in two colorways, look for more performance-minded options from Clarks. For a greater insight into the Trigenic's concept, head over to Sneaker Freaker for an interview with Clarks' Prad Indrakumar.
Celebrating 110 years of outfitting civilians, soldiers and public servants, New York-based Spiewak presents a special collection of three parkas for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2014 season. First up on the list is the Empire Systems jacket which features a removable and reversible liner, warm power down and an Air Force sleeve pocket. The Aviation Snorkel is similarly built for frigid weather and named for its snorkel-shaped hood. Developed in the '50s to keep flight crews safe from the cold in unpressurized aircraft, the modern iteration retains the durability of its predecessor with reinforced elbows and sleeves, and features a zipped pocket designed for cellphones, a detachable lined hood with real or faux coyote fur trim. One other noteworthy aspect is that the Aviation Snorkel Parka is sustainably filled with recycled down feather.
Last but not least, the Spiewak Golden Fleece Fight Satin N3-B comes from the brand's premiere Golden Fleece line and is crafted out of authentic mil spec flight satin with a removable coyote fur trim. It comes filled with 670 power down and is distinguished by its engineered pockets and zip/snap button placket. Look for all three parkas when they drop at select dealers in the near future.
Reebok is celebrating a quarter century of the Reebok Pump with a new set of collaborations centered on the iconic silhouette. First up is Taiwanese retailer INVINCIBLE's contribution -- a designed inspired by tennis player who's the youngest ever to win a Grand Slam singles title. Singling out his polo shirt worn during the French Open as a primary reference, INVINCIBLE's take features a white leather base with lively purple and teal accents -- a combination that captures the on-court style of the late '80s and early '90s. Yellow midsoles and accents complete the retro vibe for this throwback model. Look for the INVINCIBLE x Reebok Pump 25th Anniversary exclusively at INVINCIBLE and Reebok Certified Network accounts.
"Destruction is inherent in all forms of creation. Even if you're a writer, you have to destroy the white paper to pursue your craft. " says Vhils, 27 year-old artist and curator. As one of the key figures behind Portugal's contemporary art scene, Vhils is known for his unique chisel and etch techniques that see him drill through layers of billboard and concrete to form stunning portraits. Commenting on the social system and the various segments involved, Vhils's art is both abstract and approachable, and has taken to walls in Shanghai, London, Honolulu and more. Aside from exhibiting a series of public space murals hosted by his Under Dogs agency, the young artist recently exhibited his largest body of work to date at the Electric Museum Lisbon titled "Dissection." We caught up with Vhils after the exhibition to learn more about his artistic approach and how graffiti will always play a key component in his "destroying to create" ethos.
This season -- less than two years after previewing its first collection -- Big Sean's Aura Gold label returns with perhaps its most expansive and impressive collection to date. The Fall/Winter 2014 range, as in the past, features luxe, street-ready basics, but with the addition of fresh materials, prints and subtle, yet functional details. Can't miss pieces include an all-over splatter print neoprene hoodie and matching drop crotch sweatpants, all-over marble print tees and a diamond-quilted crewneck sweatshirt -- all of which feature clean silhouettes, great details like side zip pockets and adjustable velcro cuffs, as well as modern, monochromatic color schemes. Bold and progressive, Aura Gold's Fall/Winter 2014 new arrivals are available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
As the sun goes down in New York, neon signs and road lamps light up, setting the tone for the evening ahead. With a vibrant demographic, creative community, and a subway system that rarely shuts down, “the city that never sleeps” is never short of nightlife options. A quick Google search will flood you with vast listings of entertainment. Yet for a more intuitive guide, no one's better than Luca Venezia.
During the '00s, the Brooklyn native gained international acclaim under his production alias Drop the Lime and his forward-thinking label Trouble & Bass -- a platform on which Venezia experimented with the blending of dissimilar genres such as Baltimore club and Northern soul. Later, Venezia left behind his alter-ego to visit a darker, more techno-driven pseudonym, Curses. Venezia takes to late night parties and dimly-lit Lower East Side basements with his newly-founded DJ collective, Safer At Night -- consisting of Total Fitness, Cranks, Abu Ashley and DKDS -- to explore alternative sounds. "I tapped back into my love for ’90s warehouse party music. Playing those sets don't work with the Drop the Lime project being so live and rockabilly based."
Understanding his firm footing in New York's club scene, we wanted to know how an evening with Venezia would play out. We met him at sundown in East Village. The 30-year-old had donned a wide brimmed hat, matched with a black button-up shirt and polished brogues. When he spoke, a gold tooth cap glimmered alongside pendants and rings.
Rounded out by a rockabilly-steeped haircut and flash tattoos, Venezia's suave semblance allows him to maneuver between high-end roof top clubs to gritty dive bars without too much confrontation. His uncanny, vampire-like demeanour has helped him gain the keys to some of the hippest parties in town. From local speakeasies, to greasy late night diners, and pop-up discos, Venezia and his Safer At Night crew took us on a tour round the back alleys of Gotham City and shared some of their favourite hangouts. Shot by Teddy Fitzhugh, enjoy the recap photos and check out Venezia's list to see where you should be lurking in the early hours of New York City.
"Dim Sum by day, disco by night. This lower Chinatown gem gets dark and thumping once the sun goes down."
8 E Broadway
New York, NY 10002
9am - 4am
"From aerial burlesque shows to late-night dance parties, happiness happens from dusk till dawn at this underground Brooklyn techno and house establishment."
54 N 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11249
10pm - late
"The dancefloor is always swarming in a mystic fog, and the cocktails are on point at this tucked away Bushwick dance club. Plus, it may be the only spot I know in all of New York that carries Berlin's favorite fizzy pick-me-up, Club Mate."
1271 Myrtle Ave.
New York, NY 11221
5pm - 4am
"Growing up only a few blocks away, this has always been one of my secret favorite greasy Chinese food spots. Plus the decor is gangster with bills wallpapering the entire place."
69 Bayard St.
New York, NY 10013
11am - late
"Being Italian, its hard to not eat with the family so I’m picky on where to dine out. Roberta’s makes the finest pizza and cured meats I've had in New York. The ribs are ridiculously good. There's a reason why it's always slammed."
261 Moore St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206
11am - 12am
Rivington F+B aka St. Jeromes
"The history here is impeccable. Always satisfying my rock n' roll roots."
155 Rivington St.
Lower East Side, NY 10002
10pm - 4am
Death & Co.
"When venturing in the East Village, a proper cocktail can be hard to find. This is the staple in my book."
433 East 6th St.
Lower East Side, NY 10009
6pm - 2am
Miss Lily’s 7A Cafe
"This used to be the legendary 7A 24 hour spot, and what's better than to be renovated and revamped by the city’s most fantastic Caribbean kitchen."
109 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
11pm - 2am
"Always a rowdy time here at the equivalent of Southside’s Cheers. From raunchy punk rock to debaucherous parties like Chocolate Sundays."
308 Hooper St.
New York, NY 11211
6pm - 4am
"Great oyster specials and food served super late. Cocktails out in the patio are always a treat too."
302 Metropolitan Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
6pm - 4am