New from Nike Sportswear is the latest edition of its Nike ACG Alder Mid: a Khaki/Gamma Green-Black-Distance Blue colorway that appears in stark contrast to the predominately black version that dropped earlier this month. Like its low-top counterpart, the mid-top ACG silhouette makes use of an Air-cushioned midsole, a supportive Trailframe - which is further aided by the mid-top's ankle-hugging cut - and a combination of suede, mesh and synthetics throughout. These can be picked up now via Premier.
From food to East Bay motorcycle clubs and Miami-based pornstars, you may have thought Eddie Huang's globetrotting Fresh Off The Boat covered just about everything imaginable in its first season. Nonetheless, the BaoHaus proprietor/author/food personality is back with the second season of his VICE-backed series. Kicking off in Mongolia, the new season's first episode sees Haung taking part in the Naadam festival - a celebration of the "three manly sports" of archery, horse racing and Mongolian wrestling - before discussing the country's recent shift toward democracy over a cup of home-brewed camel vodka with some local herders. Enjoy the first part of the Mongolia-set piece above and stay tuned for part two.
Acting as both an introduction to the artist's breadth of work and a contemporary take on the ubiquitous "ABC" books - those that more than likely helped you learn the alphabet - is a brand new publication from Damien Hirst. A bit of a lighthearted departure from the scientific, philosophical and religious issues that inform many of his pieces, Hirst's new ABC includes 26 specially-selected images to correspond with every letter from A to Z and even comes printed with kid-friendly soy bean ink. ABC is due out October 1 and will be available online for £15 GBP (approximately $24 USD).
An originator of West Coast skate-inspired urban style, FUCT has evolved from a Los Angeles-based cult label to one of the most respected brands in American streetwear since its establishment by artist Erik Brunetti two decades ago. In celebration of the brand's 20-year milestone, Rizzoli recently published the definitive retrospective of the label, a hardcover tome featuring contributions by Aaron Rose and Gary Warnett and filled with everything from products and advertising to Brunetti's own sketches and artwork. While celebrating the launch of the book at Parisian retailer Starcow, the artist himself reflected on the past 20 years, touching on the likes of American fashion, Japanese takes on Americana, FUCT SSDD, his own hiatus, and more. Check out Brunetti's thoughts above as the retrospective publication is now available online for $50 USD.
NEIGHBORHOOD continues to churn out the collaborative releases for Fall/Winter 2013, following up drops alongside DicE Magazine, Brown's Beach Jacket, COMMON SENSE and Rocky Mountain Featherbed with a HOODED 3L JACKET for Heather Grey Wall. Pairing polka dot and leopard-spotted motifs, the hooded nylon design includes a zippered placket, zippered slash pockets, and subtle co-branding at the chest. Retailing for ¥49,875 JPY (approximately $508 USD) each, the two designs are set to be available beginning October 9 as Heather Grey Wall opens its limited-time pop-up in Osaka.
Following in the footsteps of their collaborative Hinoki and Laurel scents comes the latest fragrance from Monocle and COMME des GARCONS: sugi, also known as Japanese cedar. Popular across Japan as an ornamental plant and beloved for its clean and delicate yet energizing scent, sugi serves as the perfect unisex scent for the latest release from the two parties. Melding Mediterranean cypress, pepper, iris, cedar, pine and Haitian vetiver into one sophisticated combo, a 50ml bottle of the French-made Antoine Maisondieu creation is now available for £65 GBP (approximately $105 USD) via Monocle's online store.
Italian footwear brand BePositive introduces a new take on its popular Army Boot, presenting the silhouette in Brown Leather. The upper combines chocolate-hued patent leather panels with lighter brown areas at the eyestay. Behind these panels is a layer of camouflage canvas, a smart homage to the boot's roots in military garb. A staple for nearly any functional wardrobe, look for the BePositive Army Boot in brown leather in the Haven shop for $446 USD.
Continuing its four-part short film series exploring the various realms of snowboarding, Burton presents its second episode titled [SNOWBOARDING]: STREET. In this installment riders Jeremy Jones, Zak Hale, Mark Sollors and Ethan Deiss travel from the States to Japan completing gnarly wall rides, slapping huge handrails, jumping massive gaps and having some good ole fun in the snow. As you wait for the final two episodes to premiere over the next month, check out the first film which followed the Burton team through the uncharted BACKCOUNTRY.
Though Kobe Bryant will likely lace up a brand new signature silhouette for the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA campaign, Nike isn't yet done with the Black Mamba's Kobe 8 System as a "Pit Viper" edition is on tap for a release this October. An evolution from previous snake-inspired takes on the shoe, the "Pit Viper" sees a photo-realistic scale pattern throughout its purple Engineered Mesh upper while Green Glow adorns the lining and branding. The Purple Dynasty/Green Glow-Raspberry Red low-top is due out October 5 at Nike Basketball retailers for $140 USD.
Caste Quality has been quietly brewing a movement since its inception in 2012. The brand, born in the underground of the Philadelphia skate scene, emphasizes handcrafted, bespoke quality for the modern skater. The fits are generous, but never baggy, and the minimalist, vintage aesthetic opposes the large logos and loud colors of other contemporary skate-focused brands. The independent brand has just released a lookbook for its Fall/Winter 2013 goods, set in a fittingly spare industrial background. Enjoy the lookbook above, and be sure to pick up Caste's newest goods on the brand's web shop.
Highlighting its men's collection for Fall/Winter 2013, Fendi presents the "Neverwinter Tale" short film. Highlighting designer Silvia Venturini's sleek silhouettes, luxurious fabrics, and intricate details, the stylish piece centers around the idea of the forthcoming "big chill" that ushers in the winter season. Featuring everything from patterned blazers and full-adorned parkas to wool sweaters and leather boots, the Roman house's Fall/Winter 2013 range of menswear will soon be available in its entirety.
Maiden Noir delivers a new selection of images to coincide with the brand's "Kidnapping Mountains" collection for Fall/Winter 2013. Aligning with the Seattle-based label's inclination toward classic tailoring and a refined look, camouflage and militaristic pieces play a notable role for this season, punctuated by olive, brown and beige hues throughout. The line benefits by taking design cues from both North America and Japan, with founders Nin Truong and Toshiyuki Suto clarifying their paired vision of contemporary menswear.