One of the reigning champions of print, Hong Kong-based Obscura makes a late entrant into the quarterly stacks with its 16th issue. Running under the theme of "living more [and] thinking of less" the Summer 2014 issue focuses on the minutia of everyday interactions that make solid foundations for happy lives. As such, things like going to the bakery, a scorching hot summer day, and the pleasure of an organized workspace are all explored with articles on Rose Bakery, a Studio TM-shot photo editorial, and in-depth conversation with Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetics respectively. As always, an issue of Blackbird will also be packaged with the magazine, with the auto-focused periodical focusing on master engineers this season. Head over here to cop Obscura Magazine Issue 16.
Although many may not realize due to the simplicity and elegance, the original Apple mouse took a painstaking amount of time as well as hard work to help it come to fruition. The pioneer of this remarkable engineering wonder is Jim Yurchenco, where he was responsible for fitting all the necessary components inside the impossibly small Palm V mouse. With around 80 patents, the celebrated engineer has now retired and the good folks over at Wired had the pleasure of sitting down with him to talk about his incredible journey. Enjoy the short video along with excerpts from the read below and head over to Wired for the full story.Building the Apple Mouse
Yurchenco was just a year or two out of school when he got a call from an old Stanford pal, David Kelley. Kelley had just started a new design firm and asked if Yurchenco might want to join as an engineer. That meant a proper salary—Yurchenco had been working at a medical tech start-up, being paid mostly in stock—so he agreed. The company was called Hovey-Kelley; Ideo was still a few years off at that point. But thanks to co-founder Dean Hovey’s relationship with Jobs, Apple became one of the young company’s first clients.Becoming a Master of Making
The design process for the Apple mouse embodied a few things that continue to define Ideo. For one, it was very much a hands-on affair. “We were always making stuff,” Yurchenco remembers. “Prototyping as fast, as dirty, as rapidly as possible.” Ideo predates CAD, 3-D printing, and CNC, at least insofar as any of those technologies were cheap enough for a fledgling design studio to afford.
Yurchenco worked primarily with pencil and paper, and for years his most sophisticated tool was an HP calculator. Today’s powerful workflows, which let you build a fully-realized product in a piece of software and then command machines to materialize it in the same room, simply didn’t exist back then. You just had to build stuff yourself, piece by piece.The Secret: Keep Asking the Same Questions
Yurchenco has had a ground-level view of the design industry from the start of the personal computer revolution. So what’s changed?
For one, he says, concerns like usability have become a major part of the design process from the beginning. That involves questions like: How do people react to a product? And how might they abuse it? What will they do wrong, and how can the product help prevent them from doing that? “If our design is allowing them to do something wrong, it’s not their fault. It’s our fault,” he says.
For the debut of her new women's apparel collection, Courtney Michelle's C / C H R I ST has joined forces with Fear of God's Jerry Lorenzo to produce the first collaborative effort between the two. C / C H R I ST's debut collection is compromised of 30 unique pieces, with stand out items such as the military-inspired "The / Bomber" jacket. The olive jacket is constructed from genuine Vietnam War-era vintage sleeping bag covers, previously used by both the U.S. and Israeli military. Designed with comfortability and individuality in mind, each jacket is hand-dyed and embroidered with its own distinct set of government stamps. The collection will be sold exclusively online at C / C H R I ST from August 22.
A classic amongst running fans and sneakerheads alike, ASICS' Gel Lyte III sneakers return for Fall/Winter 2014 in a quartet of fresh colorways. Originally released in 1991 as a performance shoe, the throwback kicks feature suede and mesh uppers, Gel-cushioned midsoles and solid rubber outsoles -- a versatile combination that has been conducive to more than a handful of great colorways over the years. The Fall/Winter 2014 options include grey/mid blue, black/white, estate blue and dark green, making them a stylish and comfortable pairing for any number of casual looks. ASICS' Fall/Winter 2014 Gel Lyte III sneakers are available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
adidas revisits one of its archive's most iconic football boots this season with the release of the adidas Predator Revenge Instinct 94. Limited to just 1,825 pairs, the boots forgo the original's heavy design for a slick, streamlined upper, while a Predator Instinct control frame continues the boots' modern semblance. Predator's trademark logo is featured at the tongue and is complemented by Three Stripes. The adidas Predator Revenge Instinct 94 is available from select online stockists including Pro-Direct Soccer for a VAT-included price of £260 GBP (approximately $430 USD).
Carhartt WIP recently opened the doors to its latest outpost located in Beijing, China. Taking on a contemporary industrial vibe, the space is awash with light and features polished cement floors and corrugated aluminum panels for the ceiling. On show is a comprehensive selection of the brand's latest offerings, all laid out in meticulous fashion. If you happen to visit the Chinese capital, be sure to check out the Carhartt WIP flagship.
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According to a study of the hypercar and supercar market from Oracle Finance, prospective LaFerrari buyers have been willing to pay £1 million GBP (approximately $1.7 million USD) more than the £1.2 million GBP (approximately $2.2 million USD) listing price to ensure they get the keys to the limited cars. If unfamiliar with the automobile, Ferrari will only be building 499 LaFerraris, which may seem to be a large quantity in relation to the price, but competition for the vehicles has proven to be extremely fierce. To put this into perspective, the £1 million GBP premium is more than triple what buyers have been willing to pay extra for models such as the McLaren P1 (£300,000 GBP or approximately $501,000 USD) and Porsche 918 Spyder (£200,00 GBP or approximately $330,000 USD).
Concepts and Ewing Athletics have joined forces for the first ever Ewing Athletics Collaboration, which pays homage to Patrick Ewing's Cambridge Rindge and Latin School days. The 33 Hi model incorporates a black and grey suede upper but the most notable feature is the tonal black 3M reflective tongue and back, and the silver foil thread. Moving down we have a white and black midsole as well as a gum outsole. Finishing touches include a co-branded insole along with Patrick Ewing motifs on the sides and rear.
Concepts will be hosting an in-store meet and greet with Patrick Ewing himself on August 23 during which customers will be able to purchase the shoes. For fans unable to make it to the store, the Concepts x Ewing Athletics 33 Hi will also be available online.
Adding to an already impressive lineup of new ZX Flux releases, adidas Originals unveils the "Monochrome Diamond" rendition. Sticking to a subtle coating of black and white shades on the upper, the sneaker is a monochrome take on the previously released "Multi" colorway. Black Three Stripes branding, heel cage, and lace eyelets round out the sleek design, while a white midsole and outsole provide the finishing touches to the versatile sneaker. The adidas Originals ZX Flux "Monochrome Diamond" is available now at select adidas accounts including Foot Locker EU.
After releasing the single "Don't Play" song also featuring Big Sean a few months back, Travi$ Scott shares the rest of his latest project, Days Before Rodeo. The free album dropped just a few hours ago on Soundcloud and includes 12 tracks with a healthy number of collaborations. Check out the tunes below and head over to HYPETRAK for the latest music news.
To celebrate the impending launch of ABC-MART's footwear-centric BILLY’S ENT online store, the retailer has teamed up with Vans to create the V98R PIRATES slip-on. The shoe features a stylized pirate head print in white across the navy vamp and heel along with bright blue midfoot panels. The nautically-themed V98R PIRATES will be available exclusively at the BILLY'S ENT online store when it launches September 13.
Nike SB presents 'Halftime' the latest clip from the Skateboarding Is Not A Game campaign, which began back in June. Straight to the point, the series of clips amusingly identify the differences between the competitive world of Skateboarding and other major sports. Check the clip out above and head over to the Nike SB YouTube channel to watch the whole series.
After getting an early look at the Air Jordan Future "Infrared 23," we've now got a more detailed look at the shoe courtesy of Sneaker Politics. This bold colorway features a vibrant red nylon mesh upper matched with a similarly striking translucent outsole, separated by a contrasting white midsole. Adding to the aesthetic, a reflective layer underneath the mesh adds even more flash. Jumpman imprints on the insole and tongue, and gold-tipped, waxed laces provide the finishing touches. Look for the Air Jordan Future "Infrared 23" to be available at Sneaker Politics and select Jordan accounts on August 27.
For the upcoming month of October, English designer Katharine Hamnett will be collaborating with KarrimorSF -- a subsidiary of Karrimor focused on producing high-end backpacks for military and law enforcement -- to release this stylish version of the brand's Sabre 30 backpack. This exclusive addition to KarrimorSF's line features a rugged exterior in either black/tan, beige, or black and will be limited to just 30 pieces worldwide. The backpack will be available for pre-order at ZOZOTOWN from the end of August.
Luxury footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti has created an exclusive sneaker inspired by Kid Cudi’s style, which takes a look down memory lane to when the designer was dazzled by the artist's energy and vibes. The two forces then got in touch to collaborate on a shoe that embodies Cudi's style and we are presented with this avant-garde creation.
Constructed from premium red Nappa leather with a white contrasting midsole, the result is a futuristic and conceptual design, which taps Cudi's affinity for the idea of intergalactic travel. Finishing touches include the artist's branding on the tongue and dramatic velcro straps. Part of the brand's 2015 spring/summer collection, the shoe will be available at Giuseppe Zanotti boutiques as we get closer to the season.
Though sometimes quiet on the editorial front, New York-based retailer NEPENTHES curated a standout photo set for Engineered Garments' Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The storied retailer took particular note of the Japanese brand's use of materials this season, assembling neat tweed jackets and trousers with crisp button-ups and distinctive ties. The result blends formal wear with folksy American aesthetics, asserting versatile street-ready looks for the forthcoming season. Shot by photographer Brian Kanagaki, check out "this/FROM" above, then head over to NEPENTHES to pick up your favorite pieces from the collection.
Interesting to note the connection between Supreme and music. The brand, for all its popularity, has done well to make nods at its deep-seated roots in music, boasting an eclectic taste that is indeed parallel to that of a twenty- or thirty-something New Yorker. Alongside the likes of Bad Brains or Gil Scott-Heron, KRS-One is one such figure whose formative music shaped the consciousness of a generation. For these and more reasons, Supreme honored the Bronx-born emcee in a selection of T-shirts for its Fall/Winter 2014 collection. Here the brand sits KRS-One down for a brief profile, showcasing rare hip-hop footage alongside the rapper's thoughts on the evolution of a genre. Enjoy the clip above, and look for the collection to drop online August 28.
Though already having earned 'institution' status amongst modern sartorialists, Dover Street Market London turns only ten years old this year. Through the years, the pioneering fashion outpost has amassed relationships with fashion's finest, establishing collaborations with everyone from Supreme to Junya Watanabe. After a three-day remodeling intensive, DSM London will open with completely redesigned sections for its brands, alongside a new Nike floor and a pop-up space for Good Design Shop in collaboration with D & DEPT. Running under the tag "Market Street Dover," a series of custom checkerboard-printed pieces from Eastpak, Vans, Fred Perry, Sunspel and New Era will be made available. What's more: Sacai, Rick Owens, Bianca Chandon and more have also created exclusive celebratory pieces. Launching on September 1 with the release of Pharrell's "GIRL" fragrance and a Rei Kawakubo-designed installation, be sure to check out this month-long ceremony if in the London area.
Dover Street Market
17-18 Dover Street
London, W1S 4LT
Vancouver-born newcomer Prospekt Supply turned heads with its inaugural release two seasons ago, offering a refreshing take on menswear staples with a penchant for smart, luxurious material matching and sense of neutral color. Here the brand expands on its catalogue with a collection for Spring 2015, a collection of elevated sportswear staples touched with handsome contemporary features. The range features athletic anoraks, sporty shorts with contrasting leather trims, clean button-ups and heather sweatshirts – each cut with expert precision. Enjoy this look through Prospekt's forthcoming goods for Spring 2015, then head to the brand site to peruse the current offerings.
Coming soon from Jordan Brand is a special take on the Air Jordan 6. A nod to MJ's first NBA title in 1991, the "First Championship" edition of the Tinker Hatfield-designed silhouette is--as Sneaker News points out--strikingly similar to the "23rd Anniversary" pair that USMNT keeper Tim Howard showed off earlier this summer, albeit without a fully reflective 3M upper. Decked out in white with hits of red to the heel pull stripes, Jumpman logos, and visible Air unit, the kicks see blue accents throughout while the icy look of the shoe's outsole has been extended to both the tongue and heel pull tab. Stay tuned for concrete release info and expect this 23rd anniversary nod to Jordan's first NBA championship to hit Jordan Brand stockists in limited quantities before the end of the year.