Monthly Archives: November 2012

MKI BLACK 2012 Fall/Winter Collection

MKI BLACK 2012 Fall/Winter Collection

MKI BLACK is the name of a new range of premium outerwear from MKI Miyuki-Zoku Store in Leeds. Founded by creative director Vik Tailor in 2010, the retailer is a hub for the conscious fashion consumer, with a focus on in-house, affordably-priced label MKI and a host of international names like COMME des GARCONS and Saint James. Despite its English location however, the origins of MKI Miyuki-Zoku Store are found in Miyuki-Zoku, a tribe of Japanese youth who were the first to adopt the Ivy Style look in 1964. This reverence for an appropriated classic aesthetic is also evident in MKI BLACK, a 5-piece capsule collection constructed with quality materials at reasonable prices. The collection consists of biker jackets, pea coats and varsity styles, each featuring premium cow nappa leather, 24oz melton wool, high grade metal work and solid craftsmanship. Designer-grade products at modest prices, MKI BLACK’s 2012 Fall/Winter pieces available now online.

Photography: Ian Kenneth Bird

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FOTT x Spiewak Amsterdam Parka

FOTT x Spiewak Amsterdam Parka

FOTT, the popular Russian clothing retailer, teamed up with American brand Spiewak for special editions of Spiewak’s premier “Amsterdam” Parka. The “Amsterdam” parka has a long standing tradition of warmth and durability, and its influence on modern parka’s can be felt worldwide. This collaborative range includes six colorways, two of which were re-designed with orange Thinsulate® fiber lining to reinforce protection from the winter chill. The Thinsulate®-lined parkas come in two colors: Khaki/Orange and Navy/Orange, as well as Khaki, Light Marble and Navy editions. The FOTT x Spiewak “Amsterdam” Parkas are exclusively available at FOTT’s shop.

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WTAPS’ TET Discusses History and Inspirations

WTAPS’ TET Discusses History and Inspirations

Russian retailer Belief Moscow recently caught up with WTAPS creative Tetsu Nishiyama to discuss an array of topics. Touching on issues surrounding the origins of the brand, name and other relevant items in TET’s world, the interview is both entertaining and enlightening. While choice excerpts appear below, head to Belief Moscow to peruse it in its entirety.

I wonder how you came to name brand WTAPS and what does it mean?
Before WTAPS there was FPAR (FORTY PERCENTS AGAINST RIGHTS), my original product. FPAR was not only focused on apparel though, but on other creativities as well. At some point I felt like I want to concentrate more on apparel and fashion. So, I called the 2nd brand WTAPS. This is a military term, as you may know, and it means “the second shot always finishes it”. “W” means “twice”. So, WTAPS was my 2nd challenge.

“Placing things where they should be”. But where things should be? Is it only the visual senses and intuition? Or do you use some kind of “archives” where you can verify this?

It really is from my intuition. To me, “placing things where they should be” is the basis and the foundation of design. That’s why I use it as a slogan. As I did fashion, I got a bit exhausted with the repetition every season. Things could be the same, the same and the same … I needed quite some motivation to keep going. And … whenever I think of the motivation I return back to the origin, to the foundation … “placing things where they should be”. This is my starting point when it concerns fashion. And I adhere to the 2 principles.

Miya-Daiku – historically, this was a group of professional carpenters in Japan famous for being able to use every single piece of wood.
It is like … trees can be imperfect. It can be curved, but the way it is curved does have the power, the origin, the beauty and the esthetics to it too. Even if a tree is bent, it has certain esthetics in it. I do not see it as a defect, but rather understand and make the full use of its potential and reflect it in my design.

The 2nd principle is Taoism.

FPAR is permeated with an anarchism energy. Where this energy can be found even today? It is interesting to all – from design to music and movies. What are main sources of FPAR inspiration for you?

It is not that I support the word “anarchy” or anarchy as such. It is anarchism, not anarchy – there is a difference. Anarchism is a principle. It is how people in the past were “political against”, how they were reflected in the media, how they communicated to the mass media – that’s what I was interested in. Of course, anarchism was reflected in design, music, fashion, movies. More so, in 1990’s there was an example of a “public enemy”, the method they used to fight for human rights, against discrimination. A lot of people, including those in fashion, reacted. Although they were outrage, they were successful in communicating to the public. To me it is the effect, the influence, the impact of being political against that I synchronize with anarchism. There are artists including Japanese artists as well – Kiyoshiro Imawano, Blue Hearts, Rage against the Machine, good few others who represent this. I pay them the respect, but it is not necessarily that I was particularly influenced by them. FPAR is my own idea, my vision, my own expression of the design.

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Vans Vault Horween Oxford Toe Cap LX

Vans Vault Horween Oxford Toe Cap LX

Continuing their working relationship in developing dapper takes on the heritage skate brand, Taka Hayashi yet again creates another innovative piece for Vans Vault line with the Horween Oxford Toe Cap LX. Dressed in winter seasonal colorway, the chocolate brown upper hails from Chicago’s very own Horween, while the design takes a chapter out of the classic captoe boot. The leather upper, vintage tanned laces and bronze eyelets complement the durable coffee brown mid sole and light burnished leather heel pull, presenting another installment of progressive footwear from Vans.

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Modern Vice Urban Hiker Boot Collection

Modern Vice Urban Hiker Boot Collection

We all have our vices and in many cases, these shortcomings cause us to take the beautiful things in life for granted. This is the basis for Modern Vice, a New York-based footwear label specializing in luxurious, high-quality products. Providing the best of all worlds, its domestically-made selection of boots and shoes offer up fast, accessible fashion in premium makeups and eco-friendly materials, while also encompassing a wide array of styles. Among the highlights this season is Modern Vice’s collection of Urban Hiker Boots, outdoors-inspired silhouettes refined for urban settings. Each crafted in New York City, the boots feature environmentally-conscious SAFARI VEG leather builds set atop lightweight Vibram soles, while stitched welts, full leather linings and comfort features make for a savvy blend of ruggedness and sophistication. Providing aesthetic flair to go with the boots’ function, meanwhile, is the timely use of camo, snake print trims and intricate detailing. For the vice-ridden among us, have your cake and eat it too with the Modern Vice Urban Hiker Boot collection, available now at the label’s website.

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40 oz NYC “Black on Black” Snapbacks

40 oz NYC “Black on Black” Snapbacks

With the worlds of high-fashion and streetwear converging in 2012 like no other year in recent memory, the heightened visibility of iconic luxury brands has provided a well of inspiration for a number of street labels. New at Kith NYC is the debut of 40 oz NYC, a brand seen on a host of celebrity heads, from Kendrick Lamar and Victor Cruz to DJ Khaled. The label’s black on black snapbacks, meanwhile, draw upon Givenchy and Balmain iconography for their eye-catching designs — Balmain’s distinctive lettering and the star motif made popular by Riccardo Tisci. Made in limited quantities, the hats will be available in black on black from the label’s website on December 3 and exclusively at Kith NYC from December 4.

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Pierre Hardy “Cubicorama” Sneakers

Pierre Hardy “Cubicorama” Sneakers

Always interested in prodding the limits of fashion, Pierre Hardy releases his latest eye-catching silhouette with these “Cubicorama” sneakers. A master of bold, graphic aesthetics as well as sleek, almost architectural lines, Hardy updated the modern high-top sneaker with a medley of multicolored leathers and intriguing visuals — a blown-up cubic motif features on the lace covers while contrasting interior/exterior optical stripes are showcased on the shoe’s side panels. Elsewhere, an ankle strap, leather build and rubber sole make up the details on this dimension-straddling sneaker, a design that calls to mind pop art and the irony of electro music. Pierre Hardy’s “Cubicorama” sneakers are available now at colette.

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Nike Debuts the KOBE 8 SYSTEM

Nike Debuts the KOBE 8 SYSTEM

Nike‘s latest performance offering updates Kobe Bryant‘s on-court arsenal with the unveiling of the KOBE 8 SYSTEM. Embodying speed, precision, vision and versatility, these elements of the Black Mamba’s game are all found unanimously in the development of Bryant’s new signature. The end result is his lightest and lowest sneaker to date, tipping the scales at a mere 9.6 oz in a US men’s size 9.

Bryant’s association with snakes continue through a visually stimulating graphical upper, partially inspired by next year’s Year of the Snake in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. This pattern comes together with the unveiling of Nike’s innovative textile, Nike Engineered Mesh. The material offers a dynamic and lightweight mesh, all while maintaining supreme breathability. Together this allows for natural and flexible movement that has become so important within footwear design of the modern times.

A Lunarlon midsole ensures lightweight cushioning with a one-millimeter rubber outsole — utilizing both a classic herringbone and snake scale-inspired pattern — that effectively maximizes traction.

A release is set for December 20, 2012 in a signature black/sulfur colorway while a python version will drop January 12, 2013 in Greater China, and several weeks later, on February 2 in North America.

As is the case with several marquee performance products of recent times, the KOBE 8 SYSTEM will be available for customization and purchase on NIKEiD starting December 8 (availability begins on December 20). There, consumers will be able to choose four separate midsole options including Lunarlon, Nike Zoom, KOBE+ 8 SYSTEM SP+ (includes a Nike+ Sports Kit) and the KOBE 8 SYSTEM EN+ (for people with the Nike+ Sport Kit already).

For more information and insights from designer Eric Avar, check out Nike’s official release.

 

 

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Staple x Penfield Rockwell Jacket

Staple x Penfield Rockwell Jacket

Staple and Penfield embark on a new collaborative project for the season, creating the Rockwell Jacket. Slotting into Staple’s holiday collection, the third such collaboration between both parties features a 60/40 fabric with an insulated body courtesy of a 80/20 down blend. A dark shearling fur collar ensures the elements are kept at bay with other noteworthy details applied to the cuffs and shoulder yoke through the use of leather. The Staple x Penfield Rockwool Jacket will be available at select retailers starting December 3, 2012.

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Stussy NYC x Converse First String Pro Leather Camo Teaser

Stussy NYC x Converse First String Pro Leather Camo Teaser

As we round out the final releases from Converse‘s successful Converse First String Pro Leather collection this season, Stussy NYC are ramping up their forthcoming release with a teaser video. Camouflage’s ubiquity has seen it take on many iterations in almost daily frequency, yet Stussy NYC sets to switch things up with its usage in a patchwork design. Harking back to the Pro Leather’s basketball roots, see the shoe in action as it prepares for a release in the coming days.

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Kevin Lyons x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star for colette

Kevin Lyons x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star for colette

Converse announces the launch of the Holiday 2012 Converse x Kevin Lyons Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker for colette. An artist, designer and typographer, Kevin Lyons is globally recognized for his unique “monster” characters and illustrations. Using the classic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker as a canvas, Lyons fuses his characteristic style with Converse, creating a limited edition sneaker available exclusively at the colette boutique in Paris. Only 125 pairs of the Kevin Lyons for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoes will be available, beginning on December 10, 2012. Retail is set at $90 USD.

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Nike Sportswear VNTG NRG Multicolor Pack

Nike Sportswear VNTG NRG Multicolor Pack

Consisting of the Bruin Mid PRM Vintage, Blazer Mid ’77 PRM Vintage and the Dunk High AC NRG, collectively they form to create the Nike Sportswear VNTG NRG Multicolor pack. Featuring strong color stories with prominent pop color blocking indicative of both collegiate colors and more esoteric builds, each high-top sits on white soles with equally white laces and minimal branding on the tongue. The individual shoes that make up the VNTG NRG Multicolor pack can be purchased at OVERKILL for between €99-€109 EUR (approximately $128-$141 USD).

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