adidas Originals is back with a new graphic rendition of the ZX FLUX Weave. This latest drop sees the FLUX Weave's woven upper spruced up with white graphics set against a black base. White Three Stripes branding, a black external heel counter, and a crisp white sole round out the details for this FLUX. Look for them now at select adidas Originals accounts including Overkill.
Brazilian labels Cotton Project and West Coast have teamed up to deliver a capsule collection that combines workwear and beachwear. Consisting of T-shirts, jeans, shorts and pants, the collection merges workwear styling and details with lightweight fabrics and summertime colors best suited to the beach. For now, the collection is exclusive to Brazil and will be available at a pop-up shop inside the Cotton Project store at Jardins in Sao Paulo.
After getting a look at the Air Jordan Shine in red, we've now got a look at the soon-to-be-released shoe in an all-black colorway. A premium take on a classic silhouette, the Jordan Shine features a predominantly woven leather upper with a smooth toe and heel and tongue. Premium touches like the debossed Jumpman branding and waxed laces with metal tips round out the slick design. Priced at $400 USD, you can get yourself a pair starting July 26 from select stockists including Sneaker Politics.
Next up for Jordan Brand's Lab series is the Air Jordan 3Lab5 in a slick combination of black and metallic silver. The shoe comes decked out in an all-black elephant print leather upper and features silver Jumpman branding and accents around the heel. The midsole continues the color scheme with silver "shark teeth" set against a black base and an icy blue translucent outsole to finish it all off. Look for these on July 26 at select stockists including Sneaker Politics.
With her mini-album Desiderium set to release soon, TOKiMONSTA presents a preview of what to expect with the release of her first single, Realla. The track features the artist's signature beats accompanied by Anderson Paak's vocals. Available for purchase at the artist's Bandcamp page, you can listen to the track below and find our more details on her tour at HYPETRAK.
Kevin Durant may already be onto his next signature but Nike isn't quite done yet with his previous shoe, the KD VI Elite. Set to launch this week, the KD VI Elite "Supremacy" colorway is a regal blue and gold take on the lightweight performance shoe. It features a rich blue upper with bold gold KD and Swoosh logos, navy accents around the tongue and top of the midsole, and black and gold laces. Underneath is the full-length Zoom sole in orange and blue and a semi-translucent outsole to finish it all off. Look for these at Nike on Friday, July 18
Hawaiian post-pop artist Aaron Kai recently sat down with the good folks over at The Hundreds to share his story about how he finally began to make a living from his art. He takes us back to his early days where several menial gigs at copy centers did not allow his artistic freedom as he'd "just draw all day." After several years of of grinding it out, his nighttime side hustle finally paid off and commissions were flowing in rapidly (maybe down to the fact he used to pass out hand-drawn business card stickers with Chief Keef lyrics at events and shows). Check out the excerpt of the interview down below and head over the The Hundreds for the full story.
I read that you started drawing when you were a kid and that you were really into Dragon Ball Z. I was curious about why you think drawing became such an obsession for you. Did you have a lot of free time?
Honestly, when I was younger, I would get grounded a lot. I’ve only read one book in my entire life. It’s the most fascinating, pathetic thing! It was called The Tattoo. I hated reading, I hated doing school work, I would get grounded a lot by my parents and when I was grounded, I couldn’t go outside to play, couldn’t watch TV or use the computer, so I would stay in and draw. It was a way to sit there and have my own time. It’s kind of what I still do today… if I’m painting and someone talks to me, I won’t really listen to them. It’s one of those things that I use to mute everyone else out.
Everyone was fascinated with it too… everyone at school and even my sister and brother and parents. It was like, you’re mad at me and you grounded me… but you’re praising me because I’m good at drawing?
Do you think that those compliments and positive enabling helped you?
Yeah. For example if I post something on Instagram and get a shit load of likes, I’m like, “Damn, hell yeah!” It makes me wanna draw something right then and there. Same thing if I do a project and people see it and it gets a good response then that kind of motivates me to do more work.
If you are facing critique, how do you react to that?
In the same way, I just want to draw again. Fix it.
In hopes to spark interests and increase profits, Smart has unveiled its redesigned Fortwo and Forfour. The new models keep the fun two-tone color schemes and diminutive sizes but bring on a host of new changes and features including redesigned front ends with sportier styling, increased interior space, and additional safety features. Smart will also offer up to 40 different exterior color schemes and a host of customizable options for the interiors. Look for both models at Smart dealerships starting next year.
After being previewed a few months ago, we now have a better look at Jordan Brand's latest model -- the Jordan Shine. Featuring a red premium leather in a woven construction for the upper, the model has a glossy finish teamed with a tonal rugged midsole. To represent a more premium aesthetic, the coarser woven pattern is broken up by a smooth toe cap and heel while hits of gold on the laces emphasizes the upscale remix. The Jordan Shine will be available from July 26 at select locations including Sneaker Politics for $400 USD.
Christopher Raeburn joins forces with Japanese accessories imprint Porter for a limited edition 2014 fall/winter backpack. Crafted from original German military snow ponchos, only 50 bags were made and thus, each is unique as it combines Raeburn's fabric innovation with the Japanese label's quality touches. Technical aspects notwithstanding, the bag features a plethora of pockets with zipped closures and a padded back as well as adjustable straps for comfort. Made in Japan from a blend of military capes, mesh and leather, the backpack can now be purchased at oki-ni for £798 GBP(approximately $1,370 USD).
Now in its sixth installment, ibought should be a definite inclusion on a reading list surrounding Japanese subcultures. After its in-depth feature on streetwear mogul NIGO in Volume 5, the magazine follows up with engaging profiles of other Japanese tastemakers in Volume 6. This shortlist includes Takayuki Fujii of nonnative, Big O of Phenomenon, and Hiroshi Fujiwara, all of whom showcase their favorite pieces and items from the season. On the cover is polymath Arata Iura – actor, model, and musician extraordinaire – a fitting subject for such a diverse issue; the kind of inspired modern man whose brain is ripe for picking. Check out the photo previews above, then head over to HAVEN to pick up your own copy of ibought's latest issue.
This fall, both the Old Skool and Classic Slip-On silhouettes get the Pro treatment from Vans for skater Kyle Walker. Walker's first Pro Classics pack sees both shoes with premium pig suede uppers, corduroy details, and custom footbed artwork from the Oklahoma native's longtime friend, Brian Nichols. Like all Pro releases, the duo comes equipped with ULTRACUSH HD technology, a DURACAP addition to the toe portion of the rubber foxing, and Vans' legendary vulcanized waffle rubber outsole. Retailing for $60 and $70 USD respectively, Walker's Slip-On and Old Skool are now available online and at finer skate shops worldwide.
After making its debut as a part of the brand's "Battle Pack" for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, adidas's Predator Instinct returns with a brand new makeup. Designed to celebrate 20 years of Predator football cleats, the limited edition boot features the same motif as the "Battle" version, but now sees a bold combination of red and black across its HYBRIDTOUCH synthetic leather upper and 3D-engineered SL rubber overlays. Retailing for $220 USD, the celebratory design is now available online while supplies last.
Stay tuned for additional 20-year anniversary Predators as adidas is set to drop 14 versions in all--including nods to the original designs of the 1994 Predator, the 1998 Accelerator, and the 2002 Mania--throughout 2014.
While the warm weather has reached the high point known as mid-July, it's inevitable that the weather will cool as we transition into late summer. Cognizant of this and following up on the (literally) red-hot Saint Alfred and most recent "Made in England" iterations, New Balance introduces a mellow-toned burgundy version of the 1500. Here we find the retro runner done up with lush burgundy suede around the paneled upper, accented by grey mesh and white leather at the forefoot and heel panel respectively. This premium version of the M1500PRW was constructed at the brand's Flimby factory, ensuring all materials from the upper through the ENCAP® midsole are of the highest grade. Enjoy this look at the new M1500PRW, dropping at select retailers in the coming weeks.
With a small wooded area to its west and an ocean view to its south side, the Russet Residence by Splyce Design is situated atop a steep incline in West Vancouver. Looking to make the most of this hilltop space without compromising its environmentally fragile surroundings, portions of its upper levels cantilever out past its foundation, thus allowing the native creek side vegetation to grow up, under and around as an uninterrupted forest floor. This is especially seen in the dining room as its dissolves into the adjacent forest canopy as well as frames the ocean view beyond it. Additional details include floating stairways, a bevy of skylights, alfresco living quarters and so much more.
Sandals are quickly rising in popularity by no small consequence. A comfortable (though somewhwat polarizing) alternative to sneakers in warm weather, various brands – the renowned Norse Projects amongst them – have striven to showcase the versatility of this wardrobe staple over the past few months. This conversation seems to begin and end with Teva, who continues its ascent this year by introducing lovable versions of its hallmark Original Universal silhouette. Like a neat pair of Chucks or Authentics, the simple strap-on comes in nearly every imaginable color combination, meaning endless pairings with just about any casual outfit. Teva's Japanese web shop has just about every color – and word is that they're moving quickly, whether you like it or not.
Seven years have seen The Goodhood Store turn from a cult favorite shop into one of the most relevant contemporary outposts in the world. That kind of growth also marks high time for a move, and with that, the East London retailer has announced a forthcoming new flagship in trendy Shoreditch. The two-level, 3,000 square foot space will provide Goodhood increased creative control on the retail experience, which is now set to include the Goodhood Café, created in conjunction with local entrepreneur Brett Redman. The new Goodhood Store will incorporate the store's full range of offerings from elite brands, which counts Levis Vintage Clothing, Comme Des Garcons, and Maison Martin Margiela amongst others. If in the London area, look for Goodhood's new flagship to open its doors in September.
The Goodhood Store
151 Curtain Road
The name Kristian Nairn should ring a bell for fans of HBO's critically acclaimed Game of Thrones as the 38-year-old Irishman has portrayed Bran Stark's trusty companion Hodor since the show's premiere. What you may not have known is that the man is also a DJ on the side. Now, you can catch Hodor spinning discs in person as Nairn has announced an impending tour of Australia. Fittingly dubbed "Rave of Thrones," the upcoming trek will hit clubs in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Darwin, and Adelaide and promises special GoT visuals, special guests, and support from Australian artist Ego. "Hodor of House Stark will be showcasing some of the deepest house from all seven kingdoms” throughout August while those who can't make the dates can check out Nairn's latest work via SoundCloud.
Sailing on the high winds of its apparel collaboration with Fred Perry, one of Boston's finest retailers recruits ASICS for a fresh footwear offering. Considering the well-regarded Gel Lyte V in this outing, Bodega offered up a preview of the forthcoming project. While recent iterations of the sneaker – the "Mint Leaf," for instance – have found the kicks done up in one dominant color, Bodega made maximum use the sneaker's paneled upper, executing vibrant purple, yellow, grey, cream, and red colors on the heel panel alone. The above preview also highlights the brand's use of protective Gore-Tex® throughout the shoe, a nifty premium feature wearers will appreciate in the seasonal transition. Enjoy this first teaser at the Bodega x ASICS Gel Lyte V, and be sure to check back as more details release.
Following the “Night & Day” pack that dropped earlier this month, Le Coq Sportif offers up a brand new colorway to its mainstay R1000 silhouette. Dubbed the “Blueprint,” this retro runner sports a blue, grey, black, pink and white color scheme, atop a paneled upper constructed from suede, leather and synthetic materials. A model that looks to be straight from Le Coq Sportif’s ‘90s archive, the R1000 “Blueprint” is currently available at Overkill.