Beauty & Youth UNITED ARROWS teams up with G-Star RAW once again for the 2013 spring/summer season. Beauty & Youth is a subsidiary label of UNITED ARROWS, the Japanese brand renowned for its expert modern tailoring. This pairing with Dutch denim experts G-Star RAW produces a run of meticulously crafted denim, running under the moniker G-Star Elwood Limited Edition. This limited collection features four pairs in unique colors: Rigid, Black, and Light Wash, as well as a Beige tone. All of the pants take on a more tapered fit through the calf to the ankle, and are distressed throughout to give a raw feel.
Miami shoe brand Del Toro continues a string of recent releases with this slick chukka-style offering for Spring/Summer 2013. The Tomahawk Jam is crafted with pure nappa leather around the upper and sits atop a grey crepe sole. The defining feature here, undoubtedly, comes in the form of leather fringe that sits around the ankle at the top of the silhouette, lending the shoe a certain Native American feel - hence the name. The Tomahawk Jam builds nicely on Del Toro's interest in hybrid footwear, that which blurs the line between formal and active. The Tomahawk Jam will retail for $325 USD and be available soon via the brand's web store and select stockists.
COMUNE teases us with a preview of its 2013 fall/winter collection in the form of a somewhat ominous video. With a preference for rapid-fire editing, the company gives the viewer a glimpse of their new jackets, denim, and layering options for the upcoming season. COMUNE is a brand that, while originally based in skateboarding, has expanded its range of influence to more high-fashion aesthetics; now present are rich indigo dyes, premium leathers, and 'urban mountain man' vibes aplenty throughout this lo-def visual offering. Look for the COMUNE 2013 fall/winter collection to hit retailers later this year.
When we think of popular sports in Africa, we generally think of things like soccer, or cricket even. To speak on the whole, when we visualize any exotic location, snow is likely not on people's radar. Until now, that is. Professional snowboarders Stevie Bell, Scott Stevens, and Nick Visconti took a trip to Africa's southernmost tip on behalf of Snowboarder Magazine. The trio visite to a small ski resort - Afriski - venturing to a completely new snowboarding experience. Watch as Bell, Stevens, and Visconti weave through the slopes of Lesotho's mountain ranges, speaking on expectations versus reality, their personal experience, and yes, even the party scene.
Take your pick at any number of idioms to describe Jack Gregory. "The greatest truths are the simplest, so likewise are the greatest men," or "quality over quantity," or any of that sort of thing will suffice. That's not to say that Gregory is without complexities, nor is it to deny his prolificacy. It's simply an observation on an underlying quality - he's a man whose work speaks for itself, and says exactly what it means. The English artist co-founded A Platform in 2009 as a kind of vehicle for inspired curation. The unique blog developed a strong following, no doubt due to the powerful imagery as per Gregory's vision. The same kind of vision translated over when A Platform launched a small hand-curated shop, with a meticulous attention to detail and filter for the unique. Like A Platform, Jack Gregory's refined taste shines through in his selected essentials.
High-end retailer oki-ni has linked with one of the original workwear brands for a collaborative pair of Dr. Martens' Monkey Boots. Taking the name literally, oki-ni adorned the shoe in hair-on leather, adding a soft, unexpected texture to the shoe. The result is a silhouette re-imagined - a tasteful interpretation of the Monkey Boot that is consistent with the aesthetics of both brands. Utilitarian romances the fashion house on these boots, which feature quietly minimal stitching along the side panels, yet also an eye-popping and slick contrast leather on the toe and tongue. The shoe is featured in two colorways, navy blue and oxblood, and is available on oki-ni's website.
Paper cranes and lilies hardly sound appealing in the art of paper manipulation, especially given VisualSplicer's new Paper-Super-Craft. With designs inspired by Pagani's infamous Zonda supercar, these new kits come with everything you need to build miniature editions of a legendary car. The kit is available in three color options: Jet Black, Aero Blue, and Velocity Yellow, or available in a combination package. Consider these "ori-guy-mi" packs a fun pet project to pass the time, not to mention a wallet-friendly alternative to an actual supercar as the kits retail at a very nice $1.95 USD each on Visual Splicer's website.
In support of his recently released mixtape Life Changes, HYPETRAK TV had the opportunity to sit down with 19-year-old emcee Casey Veggies to discuss how some of those aforementioned changes have had an impact both on his tangible existence as well as his musical progression. Getting a healthy serving of Veggies at Known Gallery in Los Angeles, the candid Peas & Carrots affiliate answers questions ranging from the conceptual idea behind the mixtape to the select group of people he chose to collaborate with - including notables like Dom Kennedy and BJ the Chicago Kid. Finally, Veggies touches on his decision to align with Roc Nation.
Designers Shinsuke Takizawa and Kazuki Kuraishi team up once again with their respective labels to offer this small capsule collection for the new year. With inspirations borrowed from heritage fisherman, pieces include cable-knit sweaters with hood and 2 way front zipper, a Cowichan crewneck with extensive embroidery and label at the lower corner noting both brands involvement along with the tag line "No boozin just fishin," and a tote bag made in cooperation with quality luggage purveyors immun. with rivet closure and side net sleeve mimicking a fish net. The NEIGHBORHOOD x CASH CA capsule can be perused and purchased in its entirety at HAVEN.
On the heels of his neon-infused visuals, Italian designer Marcelo Burlon adds to the support of his Fall/Winter 2013 T-shirt line with his "Country of Milan" video. Drawing iconographic elements from different cultures – including Mapuches crosses from Patagonia, Argentinean birds feathers and more Gothic themes often associated with people like Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy, the result is a more straight forward unveiling of the various items than past visual offerings. Expect to see the entire range of tees at select stockists around the world in the near future.
Designer Daisuke Obana and his label N. HOOLYWOOD present their take on a classic low-top running sneaker as a part of the brand's collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Appearing in predominately navy, charcoal and bright red colorways, the shoe makes use of simple and clean color blocking while unique material combinations of canvas, suede, full-grain leather and patent leather set them apart from additional sneaker-inspired footwear options in the world of high fashion. N. HOOLYWOOD's Spring/Summer 2013 Running Sneaker is available now from select stockists for ¥24,150 JPY (approximately $264 USD).
In what seems like a perfect mash-up of inherent sensibilities, Valentino has partnered with king of street deception Liu Bolin for a Spring/Summer 2013 Camouflage collection. Realized at an in-store even in Milan in early January, the artist created one of his signature human-canvas-assisted works - where the end result sees a body at rest turn into a body that isn't even remotely visible. In speaking about the project Bolin commented, "disappearing amongst the mannequins and the clothes in store was like going back to my artistic roots. For my performance series of photographs 'Hiding in the City' I had originally chosen to wear a military uniform then for various reasons I decided on a Maoist uniform. During the Valentino in store event I wore the trousers from that uniform, shoes and jacket were instead from the Valentino Camouflage collection. These pieces reminded me of a time when I had considered entering into a military career, which I then abandoned for my artistic vocation." Realized on outerwear, accessories and small leather goods, the color palette comes in green, camel, blue, black, grey and ivory with splashes of rust, red and acid green.