Appearing as a part of MR PORTER's exclusive collaborations for Summer 2013, the online retailer has linked up with young Parisian label Ami and designer Alexandre Mattiussi - a veteran of Dior, Givenchy, and Marc Jacobs - for a collaborative wingtip. Featuring a lively blue suede upper with perforated brogue detailing throughout, the design is further accented with leather lining and a matching footbed, subtle branding, and a pull tab at the heel for an added visual flair and a casual aesthetic. The bright blue Suede Wingtip Brogue is now available online for $475 USD.
Drawing upon both the club's storied tradition and its modern style of play, Nike has crafted brand new home and away uniforms for FC Barcelona ahead of next season's 2013-2014 campaign. Decidedly Blaugrana thanks to cues from the Catalan flag, the home jersey once again retains Barcelona's iconic blue and red stripe motif - now with the addition of a golden V-neck collar as a nod to the Senyera. The away jersey furthers the influence of the Senyera as the crew neck jersey sees a combination of gold and red stripes. Both designs feature a new faded stripe at the sleeves while the team's motto of “mes que un club” ("more than a club") comes embroidered inside of the jerseys at the neck. Finally, the team's crest comes embroidered at the left side of the chest. Complete with corresponding shorts and socks and featuring recycled polyester construction, a tailored fit, and Dri-FIT technology, the new kits will see their debut on the pitch in the months ahead.
ONLY NY -- the New York City purveyor of classic, made in USA street apparel -- returns with a fresh selection of goods just in time for summer. The label is known for its throwback, Big Apple appeal, and this season's new 5-panels, tees, tanks and sweaters don't disappoint. From seagull-printed caps and nautically-inspired graphic T-shirts to retro-style crewnecks and tri-color rugby sweaters, it's a vibrant, warm-weather collection that will take you from the water to city streets with ease. As always, each item is made domestically from premium materials and available in limited numbers.
Look for ONLY NY's new Spring/Summer 2013 releases now at our online store.
Osamu Tezuka arguably created an entire aesthetic within graphic art, having notably innovated various techniques of storytelling and design that have influenced not only his own generation, but those after it. In celebration of Tezuka's pioneering work, Lacoste L!VE teamed up with Tezuka Productions to create a capsule collection for the present season. Accordingly, Designer Hiroaki Ohya handpicked his favorite scenes from three iconic Tezuka works: Astro Boy, The Mysterious Underground Man, and Black Jack, applying the illustrations across a set of premium T-shirts and polo shirts. Enjoy a view at the collection above, set for release later this month.
Appearing as if they had been on the feet of Jackson Pollock in the late abstract expressionist's studio, Maison Martin Margiela's paint-splattered edition of the timeless Replica Sneaker returns as a part of the label's Pre-Fall 2013 collection. Pairing a premium white leather upper with off-white lining and a gum rubber sole, the kicks see a multicolored paint motif across the toe box, laces, and suede mudguard. Lending a bold interpretation to the otherwise refined low-top, the hand-painted take on the sneaker is now available online for £315 GBP (approximately $478 USD).
Beginning last year, Stussy has made a strong effort to merge food and fashion. Starting with last year's inaugural Plan Check burger feast, the quintessential streetwear brand has also counted upon Yardbird in Hong Kong to represent this unlikely intersection. We were recently given privy to another look into this year's efforts that took shape as the "Stussy Pack SSPCB." A well-rounded combo sure to satisfy the cravings across the board, a break down of its construction was also met with a few words with Plan Check founder Ernesto Uchimura. To see our recap of the opening night, head over to our previous post.
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A crazy weekend for Kanye West was capped off by a stellar performance on the finale of Saturday Night Live. Following up on his own promotions of "New Slaves" on the buildings of various metropolitan areas across the world, the Saturday Night Live segment included the aforementioned song as well as "Black Skinhead" -- a song featuring a sample of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People." Beyond music, the cultural icon has often been a talking point in the realm of fashion to which Yeezy didn't disappoint, taking to the stage in a black-studded leather jacket paired with an upcoming iteration of the Air Yeezy.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We previously reported that Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" features a sample of "Beautiful People" by Marilyn Manson. Further information reveals that the beat was actually produced from scratch by West himself, featuring the rapper's own voice on the track.
Filled with slapstick humor and the usual Bronson charisma, the visuals to "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" shows the Queens-bred rapper cavort around in the parody of a rapper's lifestyle. Shot in Queens, New York and directed by Jason Goldwatch, the clip shows Action Bronson lifting weights, doing cart wheels and getting down with voluminous women. Elsewhere, RiFF RaFF co-stars in the short before Bronson serves up a meat feast at a cook-out with his cohort. With production courtesy of Harry Fraud, the visuals play humorous juxtaposition to the otherwise rugged, boom-bap track. "Strictly 4 My Jeeps" will be featured on Saab Stories, his forthcoming album with Harry Fraud set to drop in early June.
In collaboration with its associated athletic label F.C.R.B., Nike has outfitted its Solarsoft Waffle Cruiser in a special colorway. The silhouette, which is an updated, lightweight progression on Nike's staple Waffle Racer, has been given two clean colorways in this new offering: Black/Volt and Navy/Sax. Specifically, the Black/Volt color scheme references F.C.R.B.'s Spring/Summer 2013 range as a whole, as well as the F.C.R.B. branding at heel tabs on both. These two exclusive colorways will be available at all F.C.R.B. retailers on May 25, priced at ¥5,985 JPY (approximately $58 USD).
Injecting a dose of urban style into three of its popular silhouettes, Diemme introduces its Camouflage Pack for the spring season. The Bonito chukka, Garda slip-on and Marostica Low sneaker all receive updates courtesy of camo suede uppers from artisanal Italian tannery Conceria Daniela, on either Vibram Christy soles (for the Bonito) or Marche, Italy's famed Serena soles. With the camouflage trend showing no signs of fading, the pack presents fresh alternatives to toned-down desert boots or sneakers this season and the shoes' Italian construction should provide years of stylish use.
Diemme's Camouflage Pack for Spring/Summer 2013 is available now at our online store.
Stepping outside the confines of the oft-used running footwear silhouettes and brands, Sneaker Freaker taps a surprising partner, Le Coq Sportif for a retro running shoe collaboration this season. The "Flash" -- originally released as Le Coq Sportif's flagship runner model in 1990, has seen a slight resurgence as of late among the sneakerhead community. Building on this classic model, the Sneaker Freaker aligned to curate a special "Summer Bay" iteration that sees hits of tonal light "Cornflour" blue and pastel "Banana" yellow strewn throughout the majority of the neoprene and suede upper. While further release pricing and stockists are yet to be announced, Sneaker Freaker is stating a July 2013 release date globally.
Undefeated's relationship with Nike dates back more than a decade, a partnership that was celebrated earlier this year with the "Bring Back" Pack. Set to release this Saturday, Undefeated x Nike's “Bring Back 2003″ Pack resurrects yet another iconic Nike Dunk from the archives. In a military-inspired combo of olive drab, black and white, the Dunk High "Ballistic" makes an encore appearance nearly 10 years after its initial release, this time paired with the Hyperdunk 2012 in the same colorway. The former features premium textured leather and ballistic nylon uppers while its high-tech sibling boasts Hyperfuse uppers, Flywire and a cushioned Lunarlon sole. Both silhouettes are finished off with the iconic 5-strikes logo and will be available on May 25 at Undefeated retail locations and online.
More so than ever, Hong Kong has been an important focal point to the Oriental world. A beginner city of sorts to Asia thanks to its embrace of English and many decades of colonial culture, navigating the highly intricate concrete jungle is however something much different. Fashion and style forum cum shopping guide purveyors superfuture launch their latest venture just ahead of the first ever Art Basel HK starting May 23 and running until May 26. Shopping aside, also included in the mix are food, art, design, clubs, hotels and other points of interest. The guide is available for purchase now via iTunes.
Boasting meticulous craftsmanship in the production of the varsity jacket, Golden Bear has again collaborated on another noteworthy staple, this time with streetwear giants Black Scale. Made with luxurious material throughout, the upper-half features leather paneling that wraps around the arm, while the lower and back see a thick wool construction. Designed with a color blocked theme, each varsity features a frontal snap-button closure, hip pockets and internal compartments. Rounded off with striped cuffs, collar and waistband for added classic touches, the Black Scale x Golden Bear Deluxe Varsity Jacket will be available in green/red, orange/grey and black/black from Black Scale flagship stores and its online store from June 1 onwards.
XCAR presents a look back on the history of the Toyota Supra, which makes its comeback to the racetrack this year. First rolled out back in 1978, the car was first styled after the Celica before formally becoming its own model in 1986. It remained it a favorite among grassroot motor enthusiasts until and well after Toyota cut sales to the States in 1998 with domestic production ceasing officially in 2002. However, in 2010, the Japanese automaker applied for a trademark to the Supra name and a various sources claim that the reincarnation of the car would be released in 2015 as a hybrid between BMW and Toyota. As to the specifics of this new venture, only time will tell. Until more official details are made available, check out the video tribute to the Supra above.
The Vans Vault presents its first collaboration with the Ohio-based Sole Classics. Owner Dionte Johnson, believes the shoe designing creative process has lost its meaning and has breathed life back into it with this rendition of the Era. The "Carmen" blends colors that may seem incompatible, but together they represent Ohio and its cultural history. Every facet of the shoe symbolizes the state in some way: from the solid red sole, to the white canvas upper that fades to a golden yellow, to the football leather heel tab, to the green and navy laces, and even the orange Vans tag. The shoes will be available in store only at Sole Classics on May 25th in limited quantities and online at Kingsrowe. Until then, keep up with the story on Instagram @SoleClassics and check the website for the full inspiration story.
Yahoo-owned photo sharing database and social media site Flickr recently received a massive overhaul of its look and feel, including in the update, 1 TB of free storage (albeit it will come with ads). An unprecedented amount of storage for any photo sharing platform, the site is no doubt eager to accommodate the needs and collections of its current 89 million users and the many others soon to follow with its update of its Flickr Android app which brings it up to speed with its iOS counterpart.
Further adding to the experience, Flickr has changed the interface, presenting the images as a grid of full-res photos as opposed to the text and link setup previously used and a convenient button for sharing to other platforms including Tumblr, which Yahoo recently acquired.
On a similar note to its Nez Perce motif of seasons past, visvim releases a similarly designed shirt with its SIGNALS HEM TEE S/S. If the materials itself seem familiar, they first made their appearance as part of other items from the Japanese brand's Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Available in black, grey, and white options, the neutral main color sets the stage for the colorful contrast by the hem, a part of a shirt we don't usually see singled-out for decoration. The ¥16,800 JPY (approximately $163 USD) shirt is currently available at the brand's website.
Berlin music technology staple Native Instruments continues its foray into advanced DJ equipment with its latest Traktor version for iPhone and iPod Touch. While a Traktor version for the iPad debuted in February, users of the smaller touchscreens can now perform their musical endeavors with equal dexterity. With all the same functions seen with Traktor Pro -- three band EQ, Traktor effects, NI audio interfaces, touch sensitive GUI emphases via waveform -- the latest app, as it seems, is a compressed version of the Traktor software, packing in all the operative elements onto a smaller screen. Allowing DJs of all level to have a hands-on approach at their own musical creativity, the Traktor DJ App is now available at $5 USD from the Apple App Store.
Nike releases two iterations of the Air Force Max 2013 among them the "Toro Bravo," commemorating the twentieth anniversary since Michael Jordan and Bulls faced off against Charles Barkley and the Suns in the NBA finals. Both models share a sleek-looking smooth synthetic upper with Velcro strap over the laces and a large over-sized tongue carrying the Air Max designation. Available in red/black and "Grape" purple with white and emerald green colorways, the two models are available now for pre-order over at Wish.