Monthly Archives: February 2013

PUMA by Alexander McQueen “Medius”

Building on the ardent heritage of sports and lifestyle, PUMA by Alexander McQueen unveils some new models this season including the number above. Titled the Medius, at first glance the classic profile conjures hints of Nordic pattern-work, but at closer inspection, a patriotic Britannia stitch reveals itself on the retro upper. Uninhibited with nostalgic design that is recognizably Alexander McQueen, the woven and etched fabric is accented with leather highlights at the heel and tongue. Embracing the seasonal theme of folklore and leisure without forgoing classic British characteristics, the Medius is available in green and caramel or pure red tone, and will hit select stores soon.

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LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD 2013 Spring/Summer BLOWING / N-JKT

New from LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD and part of the label's 2013 spring/summer offerings is the BLOWING / N-JKT. This technical outerwear piece is crafted from nylon and is the perfect layer for the wet transitional months from winter to spring. Pictured here in blue, the jacket features contrast paneling on the underarms and welded zippers to break up the monotony. The jacket also boasts padded shoulder detailing, an adjustable and detachable hood, and an adjustable waist. The jacket also comes in black and will be available soon at LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD stockists.

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adidas Consortium Water Color Animal Print Pack

adidas Originals takes an innovative approach to the animal patterns popping up more and more this season with the release of the Water Color Animal Print Pack for its 2013 spring/summer adidas Consortium collection. Consisting of the Matchplay, Tech Super and Strider models, the three styles are based on a classic adidas silhouette, a runner, and a basketball shoe, respectively.

First up is the Matchplay. The silhouette is classic with the hand-painted pattern taking up most of the real estate of the shoe, but underlined by a thick white outsole and tied together with unintrusive black laces, the style is simple and cohesive. In addition to the highly visible shots of red on the heel and tongue, the shoe is finished off with subtle black embroidered dots.

Next up is the Tech Super. Straight out of the '90s, it maintains its running heritage despite being updated with premium materials including high-quality leather, nappy suede and stretch mesh. Lined with soft leather, the shoe gives off a sleek but muted appearance thanks to its heavy use of black, but it does receive some appropriate amount of contrast from the yellow laces, tongue tab and trim along the heel.

Last but not least is the '80s-inspired Strider with a white high-quality leather and nubuck upper with a perforated toe box and matching laces. Easily the most retro-looking, it gets a colorful contrast as well thanks to the sky blue trim and tongue tab.

Those looking to snag any one pair from the collection can look forward to seeing it in select stockists this March including XLarge.

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Casio G-Shock DW-6900DS “Geometric”

Casio releases a new "Geometric" edition of its G-Shock DW-6900. Using a new coating technique, the case, bezel and band are crafted of black resin. The entire watch is, as per its name, heavy on texture, with the watch face in particular sporting a diamond pattern along with an inverted-color LCD display. The tonal black model is contrast by a silver-colored metal central G button. In addition to being waterproof up to 200 meters, the watch features the typical functions we're used to seeing in G-Shocks including stopwatch, timer, multi-alarm, full auto calendar and back light.

Due for release in March, you can find the watch at select stockists including Sushi-Kitchen which carries the watch for $240 USD.

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10.Deep 2013 Spring Delivery 1 Lookbook

10.Deep delivers the first installment of its Spring 2013 offerings, compiling a lookbook of the initial releases from the collection. A floral, island-themed motif runs prominently across many pieces, whereas pixelated camouflage is adopted in other places. The intricate patterns are carefully paired in the lookbook, giving the viewer an effortlessly lush combination of navy, forest green and beige colors. Sweatshirts, utility trousers, smart printed shirts and varsity jackets all find a place in this delivery, which is a promising release from a perpetually maturing brand. Check out the offerings online at 10.Deep.

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Common Projects 2013 Spring/Summer Tournament High Special Edition

Common Projects has created a special edition of its highly popular Tournament High model. The brand, led by designers Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat, presents the shoe in a fittingly off-white colorway for Spring/Summer 2013. This special rendition of the high-top combines suede and canvas throughout the silhouette, featuring a splash of contrast with metal eyelets. The interior of the shoe is lined with plush leather and features reinforcement around the heel to lock the foot in place. These handsome details sit atop an off-white sole and come with an extra pair of laces alongside an accompanying dust bag. The Tournament High Special Edition is available online now for $370 USD.

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2015 Volkswagen GTI

Volkswagen chose to premiere the 2015 edition of the GTI, the newest addition to the brand's family of Golf vehicles, at the Geneva Auto Show this year. Boasting 220 horsepower in a 2.0-liter four cylinder engine, the 2015 GTI looks to be as sharp as it is sleek. The body features aggressive yet compact design while balancing a plethora of standard features, including automatic climate control, a touchscreen multimedia system, park assist, and racing-style seating. After unveiling a concept version earlier last year, the German automaker intends to put the GTI into production for the near future; the GTI will release in Europe later this year, but North American audiences have to wait for the following spring.

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THE NORTH FACE PURPLE LABEL 2013 Spring/Summer Black & Blue Zebra Collection

Zebra print has never looked better as THE NORTH FACE PURPLE LABEL releases a new range of jackets and accessories for Spring/Summer 2013. Following up on the success of last year's black and white rendition, this collection is offered with a distinctively cool black & blue zebra pattern applied throughout. As with previous releases, the focal point of the collection is the Mountain Wind Parka, which is composed of 30 denier Pertex fabric - optimal for the unpredictable weather of transitional seasons. In addition to the jacket, a wrap bag and carrying cases are also offered in the collection. Look for these releases in early March on nanamica's web shop.

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The Audi A1 Quattro is Put to the Test in Munich

Timo Schneider has won at the Nürburgring and Spa 24-hour races, and is a two-time DTM winner with Audi. Recently, he took to the streets and industrial landscapes of Munich to test out the Audi A1 Quattro in this dazzling video indicative of the popular Ken Block "Gymkhana" series. For those who need some specs to enjoy the short film even more, the Audi A1 Quattro features a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine that produces 250hp and 258lb ft of torque and has a top speed of 152mph.

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A Bathing Ape 2013 Spring/Summer APE HEAD MESH CAP

There's something gloriously Americana about the trucker cap - the style that preceded a certain cultural obsession with snapbacks, camp hats and other headwear popular today. In an interesting nod to trends of years past, A Bathing Ape releases the APE HEAD MESH CAP for Spring/Summer 2013. The cap is offered in three classic colors: red, black and navy. The brand's iconic ape silhouette is screened across the front panel in a print of the American flag, reinforcing the "classic" aspects of this release with the prominence of the stars and stripes. The hat will be available for ¥6,090 JPY (approximately $66 USD) and is set to release this Saturday, March 2.

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Balenciaga 2013 Spring/Summer Contrast Panel Trainers

Returning for the Spring/Summer 2013 season are the Contrast Panel Trainers from Parisian fashion house Balenciaga. Boasting predominately premium leather construction atop composite rubber soles, the clean low-top trainer makes use of everything from suede vamps and heels to reinforced neoprene toe panels, metal eyelets and leather lining with embossed "BALENCIAGA" branding on the insoles. Featuring white and purple colorways with canvas construction, the new releases are accompanied by a luxurious all-black edition that pairs quilted black leather with a suede toe and speckled rubber along the heel and eyestay. Retailing for between $542 USD and $634 USD, the 2013 spring/summer editions of the Contrast Panel Trainers are now available online from LN-CC.

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NEIGHBORHOOD x Porter Woodland Camo iPad Case

NEIGHBORHOOD's technical, sometimes militaristic approach to fashion is combined with Porter's accessories sensibilities in a new collaborative iPad case. Adopting an enlarged Woodland Camo print on the exterior, the NEIGHBORHOOD x Porter case is a highly stylish, yet functional piece. In addition to the colorway, a branded gold foil patch adorns the front while the case features zip storage compartments on its interior and leaves plenty of room for tablet storage. The collaborative case is available now online from End Clothing's web shop.

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