Last month, London-based crooner and producer James Blake took his BBC Radio 1 residency as a chance to unveil a track entitled "Bloke" by an unknown artist named "Simon Tallywhacker." Now confirmed and titled "Girl" and the so-called Tallywhacker is Jamie xx. "Girl" as previously announced, will be featured on Jamie's 12" single as a flip-side to "Sleep Sound." Continuing the producer's melodic use of percussions and hazy sample cues, "Girl" is another atmospheric effort toying with syncopated vocals and distant subs in its rendition. Listen to the cut here from James Blake's latest show and look out for Girl/Sleep Sound to drop May 5 via Young Turks.
Following its debut in white, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 collection is preparing to expand its line with a black iteration. Ever since Givenchy's Creative Director, Riccardo Tisci, announced that he was collaborating with the Beaverton powerhouse on his favorite sneaker silhouette, a considerable amount of conversation has been stirred regarding the unique aesthetic. Similar to its fellow white collection, which dropped earlier last month, the black collection will include four different Air Force 1 styles -- Low, Mid, High and Boot. The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Black collection will drop worldwide in May at select Nike Sportswear retailers, as well as Nike's online store for $230 USD, $260 USD, $320 USD and $340 USD respectively.
California-based HUF teams up with Cheech & Chong this spring in honor of the this year's 420 festivities. A nod to 1981's Nice Dreams - which sees the two amassing a fortune by selling "Happy Herb's Nice Dreams" from an ice cream truck - the collection includes two different graphic tees alongside a collaborative edition of the brand's famed "Plantlife" socks. HUF's 2014 "420" drop is available ahead of this weekend's 420/Easter alignment and can be picked up now via the brand's online store.
As the Premier League gears up for the final stretch of one of its closest seasons to date, adidas reveals its “Unlock the Game” campaign featuring the likes of Luis Suarez, Leighton Baines, Juan Mata, Aaron Ramsey, and Luke Shaw. Using a subtle dose of CGI, each of the aforementioned players are seen unlocking their awesome talents in a virtual world. Although the question remains, who will take fate into their own hands to come out on top?
Having previously adopted both a Lunar sole and the more rugged Free-inspired tooling of the SFB, Nike's Flyknit Chukka silhouette is receiving yet another update with the debut of the Nike Lunarmax Flyknit Chukka SP. Retaining the beloved upper of the original, the "Special Project" employs the Lunar-assisted Air Max sole first seen on the Air Max Lunar90 at the start of the new year. While release details remain unknown, the tongue's "N.Y.C." branding suggests that these will likely turn up at Nike's 21 Mercer in July - perhaps in conjunction with additional colorways at other NSW spots such as 1948 London and Invincible as part of a brand new City Pack. Stay tuned for a further look and more concrete details and, in the meantime, enjoy the first look at the Lunarmax Flyknit Chukka SP above.
New from SOPHNET. for Spring/Summer 2014 and part of the Japanese label's latest weekly drop is an apropos collection of leather deck shoes. Offering luxurious calf leather and suede construction atop a contrasting non-slip sole, the range of premium boat shoes includes bold summertime colorways alongside versions in black leather, tan suede, and woodland camouflage. Finished with barely-there branding, SOPHNET.'s seasonal leather deck shoes will be available from SOPH. dealers beginning this Saturday, April 19 for ¥18,000 JPY (approximately $176 USD).
Having spent a large part of her creative tenure in advertising agencies, Lindsay Merkle's pursuits in branding, marketing and sales have allowed her to work with some of the largest names in sports and fashion. A few years ago, she channeled her skill sets to the music and electronics sector, joining the then fledging Beats By Dre label in the start of its brand story. Focusing on sales, her new role as Global Account Manager has her connecting the label with premium retailers and independent boutiques alike, spreading the power of music and Beats' slogan that "sound matters." Flying 50 weeks a year, Lindsay keeps a carefully selected list of items in her travel essentials, preparing for high-end client dinners to beach climates and action adventures. Her inclination for electronics can be seen from the usual on-the-go necessities -- MacBook Pro and Mophie charger -- to a Go Pro Hero 3 and a special Alexander Wang x Beats By Dre portable pill speaker. Describing her Essentials as "one part adventure, one part designer," an array of outfits and footwear options cater for different occasions, while bracelets by Marc Jacobs, Alex and Ani, Gorjana, Misc and ZANEROBE give her options. Rounding out the list is her special travel companion El-E the Giraffe. Check out Lindsay's Essentials above and stay tuned for next installment coming soon.
Starting from the very first model, Jordan products have always been at the forefront of innovation. Like the great player from which the products draw their name, it seems Jordan Brand performance models have only gotten better over time. This is underlined in the Air Jordan XX9, unveiled just yesterday, which marks the introduction of Nike's latest innovation: Flightweave. Flightweave takes influence from the process of knitting and weaving to create a one-piece seamless upper, reducing weight while also leaving room to infuse a Flywire-like lacing system at the sides. Even fused with the outsole – which sports a new stabilizing tendril at the Flightplate – the resulting silhouette is not only lighter than its predecessors by 8%, it's one of the most durable as well. Watch the video above for the full breakdown from Nike innovators and designers, then head over to FastCompany to learn more.
Following in the footsteps of last year's Nike LeBron X EXT and the likes of the Nike LeBron 8, King James's current signature is set to get the denim treatment with an all-new version of the Nike LeBron 11 EXT. Joining the "Blue Suede" edition of the kicks, the deconstructed, premium "Denim" EXT boasts a build of blue denim and black leather atop a matching black rubber outsole. A dash of red hits the tongue's lion logo to round things out. The denim- and leather-covered Nike LeBron 11 EXT is set to hit Nike Sportswear retailers like Japan's Kinetics starting April 26.
With spring having sprung across the Northern Hemisphere, The Goodhood Store assembled a second installment of their "All is Well" lookbook. This time around, Goodhood selected some decidedly lighter fare for the warm season, showcasing an array of printed jackets, shorts, and T-shirts from Universal Works, Levi's Vintage Clothing and Paul Smith amongst others. The photo set, captured by the in-house Goodhood Creative, is edited in a blurry, exposed style that places highlights on the standout prints. Interested parties can head over to The Goodhood Store's website now to shop their favorites.
As a nod to Dover Street Market's trio of outposts across the globe, Sun Buddies has crafted a set of exclusive frames for the COMME des GARCONS-led establishment. Pairing Carl Zeiss Vision lenses with translucent 100% acetate frames, the range includes three different styles - the blue Type 01 frame for DSM London, the red Type 02 frame for DSM Ginza, and the Type 03 in green for New York City. Retailing for $200 USD each, the Dover Street Market x Sun Buddies frames are now available online in limited quantities.
With his new Honest LP slated to release this coming Tuesday, April 22, Atlanta-bred rapper Future lets loose of his visual interpretation to the Kanye West-aided “I Won” single. Directed by Hype Williams, the two artists take to the beach to recite their chivalrous lyrics as a couple damsels roll around in the sand. After letting us know your thoughts on the above video treatment, you can preorder Future’s second album here.
Having collaborated with a bevy of renowned streetwear brands over the years, photographer Van Styles was recently tapped by sock purveyor 40s & Shorties to shoot its 2014 spring/summer lookbook. Bringing along Rachel Sterling, Daria Makuch and Loraine Day for a little eye candy, the Los Angeles-based shooter headed to your average, mirror-lined strip club to highlight the brand’s current offerings. With designs that include a “Henny” bottle, raining dollars, gold wristwatches, Chinese takeout cartons, low riders and rolling dice, 40s & Shorties' newest range can be purchased here.
Now we turn our attention to a recently-unveiled internal scandal stemming from Beaverton to the rest of the United States. Nike's Tung Ho and his predecessor, Kyle Yamaguchi - founder of eyewear label LOOK/SEE - have been named in a Federal investigation surronding the resale and distribution of rare Nike Basketball samples – referred to as "Look See" models in Nike jargon. Using his authority as Promo Product Manager at Nike Basketball, Ho would order sample kicks under the pretense of giving them to athletes (Kevin Durant and LeBron James amongst them) for on-court wear, then intercept the shoes upon their arrival. Yamaguchi acted as the middleman, distributing the sneakers to resellers like Jason Keating – who has also been named as a major player in the case. With the stolen goods having crossed state lines, the according punishment will be decided by U.S. Federal courts, who don't tend to take large-scale theft lightly. Head over to The Smoking Gun to view a scan of the affidavit and be sure to stay tuned as more news on this case surfaces.
Drawing on influences popular in the Japanese canon right now, UK-based entrant The Moving Development presents a new lookbook for its Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Dubbed "Made Forever," the collection showcases an interest in American workwear and vintage gearhead styles executed across and array of T-shirts, jackets, and button-ups. Bold messages are drawn in looping typefaces on 100% cotton shirts, while the brand also makes use of denim and corduroy to achieve durable, though comfortable fits. Enjoy the lookbook above, then head here to pick up the latest from The Moving Development.
Let your allegiance to the Big Apple be known to all visitors upon entering your humble abode with Opening Ceremony’s exclusive New York Rug from Japan’s SECOND LAB. Made in Japan from a durable mix of materials, the two-tone black and white rug measures 18 inches long by 28 inches wide. Though famously established in New York, Opening Ceremony also aimed to represent its global outposts with other pieces in the collection. Grab your New York, Los Angeles, London or Tokyo rugs here for $170 USD a pop.
Our musically-savvy team at HYPETRAK has premiered the visuals to Los Angeles pop-rap outfit Far East Movement's "The Illest." While the first video debuted last summer, the sequel shown here continues the group's humorous stance, drawing inspiration from the riots that occurred in Koreatown, LA in 1992. Watch the clip to find Far East mobbing in all-black attire, with guest feature from the always-entertaining RiFF RaFF alongside a cameo from Snoop Dogg. "The Illest" is available for purchase now via iTunes.
Nike presents its new Nike Air Max 1 Jacquard collection for the warmer months ahead. Offered in a selection of colorways including the black and blue featured here, each shoe features a Jacquard upper with nubuck and leather accents, all of which sits atop a crisp white sole. A great summertime option, the Air Max 1 Jacquard is available now at select stockists including atmos Tokyo.
Known for its techniques in knitwear, New York fashion mainstay Lars Andersson offers up this lookbook in anticipation of its 2014 fall/winter range. Leaning towards dark, somber color palettes, the collection continues the young designer's minimal aesthetics, where sweaters and crewnecks are loosely fitted and billowy robes are layered with lengthy vests. Scarfs also accessorize as hoods, while cardigans see extended lapels and are paired with skinny jeans to reinforce the collection's grungy sensibilities. Shot by Therese Aldgard and style by Toyo Tsuchiya, enjoy the lookbook here and look for the collection to drop via Lars Andersson in coming months.
Further addressing the gap between functionality and style, the Ministry of Supply is the recently launched brainchild of former MIT students, Gihan Amarasiriwardena, Kit Hickey and Aman Advani.
Before meeting up in 2010, the three were no strangers to the unique intersections between technology and fashion. Amarasiriwardena applied his passion for chemical engineering to his first prototype dress shirt in 2011. Hickey's life in Colorado meant splitting her time between the office and the rapidly-changing climate of the mountains, giving her a sensitivity to needs of performance-based design. Advani hacked his garments by transplanting the soles of his athletic socks on to the dress socks he wore with suits on his frequent long days.
These unique backgrounds all came together to produce innovations used in the label's garments including 4-way stretch fabrics, super soft brushed finishes on garment liners and odor-absorbing Javafresh, a fabric made with recycled coffee grounds. The MINISTRY OF SUPPLY collection features a well-rounded assortment of everyday and easy-to-wear pieces. They range from button-ups and slacks, to more casual assortments of T-shirts and sweatshirts.
For more on Ministry of Supply and its tech, check out the brand website here.