They say you have to know your past in order to know your future – exactly the concept followed by Nike when devising their latest, most pinnacle soccer cleat: The Premier. While the recently unveiled Hypervenom boasts an intimidating name, an ostentatious neon colorway, and more features than a Swiss Army knife, The Premier is presented as its modest, unimposing cousin. That's not to say that The Premier is any slouch, as the goat leather silhouette features the same anatomical fit at its brightly-colored counterpart. Its leather upper increases ball feel, while the flexible traction sole allows for quick movements in any situation on the pitch. The shoe is influenced by classic boots such as the '94 Tiempo Premier – worn by 10 players in the World Cup final – as well as the first boot to carry the iconic Swoosh logo: "The Nike." Expect The Premier to hit North American retailers on June 1, while international audiences will receive the boot on July 1.
Contemporary Japanese fashion label F.S.Z. presents a new lookbook for Fall/Winter 2013, showcasing the brand's offerings for the new season. Here we find the fashion-forward label presenting arrangements for the dashing and daring alike, featuring a range of cropped trousers, tailored blazers, casual shirts, and bright jackets all wittily combined. While paisley is given as a theme throughout the collection, other highlights include unique tone-blocked pants, multi-patterned tops, and intricately woven cable-knit sweaters, all essentials to a wardrobe in transitional seasons. Enjoy a look through F.S.Z.'s Fall/Winter 2013 arrangements here.
André 3000 deserves due credit for playing an integral role in modern crossover appeal. With this in mind, it seems impossible to avoid the notion that his new song with Los Angeles-based synth pop outfit Capital Cities is the reward for his own work. The result of their relationship has produced "Farrah Fawcett Hair," the seemingly irresistible anthem from Capital Cities' forthcoming In A Tidal Wave of Mystery. Following a proper introduction, Three Stacks forgoes his rhyming abilities for this song in favor of crooning about the finer things in life: smiling children, American Apparel ad girls, and old school nomenclature. Enjoy the epic tune above, and be sure to pick up In A Tidal Wave of Mystery upon its June 4 release.
Touted as the “highest performing street-legal electric vehicle ever made,” the Mission RS Motorcycle aims to attract a field of riders who not only desire top performance but also a totally sustainable machine. This revolutionary two-wheeler is designed to match the aesthetics of Mission’s e-power bike that blew its competition out of the water at 2011’s FIM/TTXGP e-power race at Laguna Seca in California. The RS is powered by the company’s InfiniteDrive powertrain that delivers over 160hp, a sub 3-second 0-60 time, a top speed of 150 mph, and a range of 140 miles. Further enhancements include Ohlins FGRT forks, BST carbon fiber wheels, and a 7-inch, internet-connected touchscreen that offers turn-by-turn directions, an integrated HD camera with telemetry overlay, wireless HUD integration and much more. With only 40 available, the Mission RS Motorcycle comes with a very appropriate price tag of $56,500 USD, especially when one considers it is both eco-friendly and technologically intelligent.
Chicago-based outfitter Saint Alfred delivers a special collaboration with ASICS, outfitting one of its most luxurious shoes with a casual colorway. The Saint Alfred x ASICS Gel Lyte III is a beachy interpretation of the classic silhouette, finding the predominantly grey upper matched with a deep forest heel counter, and resting atop a contrasting tonal gum sole. The sneaker does as well babe-watching on the running path alongside Lake Michigan as it does lounging in front of a skyscraper view – the perfectly cushy counterpart to relaxed summer days. Pick up the Saint Alfred x ASICS 2013 Gel Lyte III exclusively at Saint Alfred's brick and mortar location, starting June 8. If outside the Chicago area, the sneaker will also release to worldwide audiences on June 15.
Kristjan 'Tan' Gillies, whose long list of talents include design, photography, brand management, fashion marketing and styling, gives us a look at some of his must-haves that accompany him in life and at work. He's currently on board with Nike, where he's been for the past two years, and is the community brand manager for 1948 in East London. Starting with the his burgundy Patta x Parra Air Max, they easily standout as the most colorful choice in his lineup of otherwise simple black toned accessories. For his work, he sports an iPhone-Blackberry combo as well as two cameras, an Olympus Mju2 and a Lumix GF1, both of which have been at his side for a great many years. Other items that have stood the test of time include his well-worn MacBook and bursting hardrive, and his bottle of Acqua Di Gio by Giorgio Armani, which he's been loyal to since he was 14. All in all, Tan keeps it simple and means business and understandably so. As someone who works with so many brands and their respective merchandise, it makes sense that the South-West Londoner would prefer to not get inundated with them and stay true to a only few items that are close to him. If you want to check out more of the extensive work he's done, check out his Tumblr here.
English artist Matthew Picton has unveiled his latest body of work -- a series of paper street maps of major world cities. Done in a unique 3D fashion, each map really brings to life the intricacies of each city. Crafted with a variety of papers, Picton adds extra details through the use of various colors and burnt edges. Mapping cities as diverse as San Francisco and Jerusalem, Picton uses paper not only as his medium but also as commentary on the nature of the cities themselves. You can check out more of Picton's work here.
J.Cole recently shared with us his Essentials, displaying a few necessities needed to construct his forthcoming LP Born Sinner. With less than a month away from the album drop, J. Cole shares with us a brand new single entitled "N***az Know." Interpolating lyrics from iconic hits like "Spit Your Game" and "Armed and Dangerous" from Biggie Smalls and Bone Thugs & Harmony, this latest offering flaunts Cole's effortless lyrical mannerism over a stripped-back, violin-led instrumental. Born Sinner will include features from Miguel, Frank Ocean alongside other timeless vocalists like Lauryn Hill and TLC, you can now pre-order the album here.
In honor of the upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, Jordan Brand has worked up a special "Puerto Rico" colorway and applied it to the Melo M9. A fitting choice -- Carmelo Anthony boasts Puerto Rican heritage on his father's side -- the Melo M9 gets a predominantly red upper consisting of patent leather on the toe box, carbon fiber-patterned leather on the midfoot and ankle, and Dyanmic Flywire inserts complemented by blue accents along the tongue, heel and the textured TPU cage and a white midsole. The lining features an interconnected sketch pattern that roughly illustrates Melo's connections with both New York City and Puerto Rico. The Melo M9 "Puerto Rico" will release on June 6, just a few days ahead of the parade, with a price of $140 USD.
A highly successful campaign on Kickstarter saw Singapore-based Pirate3D far surpass its $100,000 fundraising goal for its newest product – The Buccaneer. While 3D printing is still in its relative infancy, like any other industry, small wins continue to usher the product into mass use. The Buccaneer stirs the pot by making 3D printing from home an affordable goal – $347 USD, to be exact. Further, Pirate3D hopes to unveil a simplified CAD software alongside the printer, aiding newcomers to the design process. Drawing from this and other recent developments, all signs seem to point to the adoption of 3D printing in households worldwide. If so inclined, head over to Pirate 3D's Kickstarter page to join in the action.
If you have ever put-put your iPhone on silent only to have it go off when you least want it to, this peripheral from Mutator is designed for you. This simple little peripheral slots into the iPhone's headphone port, thus rendering all audible annoyances mute. The sleek yet simple appearance of the gadget belies its ingenious features -- plug it in and your phone is rendered silent but simply twist it 90 degrees and the sound is restored. Check out the video for a nice little introduction to this unique device and if you'd like to get in on the action, check out Mutator's Kickstart page.