For Summer 2014, Nike has released the Nike Lil Penny Posite in a dashing new colorway. Titled "Reflective," the sneakers go for a metallic look with a mix of shiny silver and white panels, black hits at the tongue, ankle collar, and carbon fiber wings, and red and black speckled laces for a nice contrast of colors. An icy blue outsole finishes off the look. Be on the look out for the Lil Penny Posite "Reflective" to drop next week at select stockists including Wish.
Illustrious American artist Jeff Koons is prepping to open his major retrospective show at New York's Whitney Museum next month. During his time in the city, he will also be installing the Split-Rocker, a monumental flower sculpture at the Rockefeller Center on June 25. The giant cartoonish installation will go up two day before the show opens. Weighing 150 tons and spanning 37 feet high, Split-Rocker is made up of two halves: one inspired by a toy pony from one of Mr. Koon's son, the other based on a toy dinosaur. Together, they form the head of a giant rocker and will be covered with live flowers. If your're in New York, make sure you check out the Split Rocker for yourself.
JBL has got a new speaker option for those who want to listen to their music on the go: the JBL Clip. The diminutive speaker features a built-in carabiner clip so you can attach it to your bag, belt loop, or any other attachment point. The Clip is powered by a rechargeable battery which will provide five hours of tunes on a full charge, and the built-in Bluetooth 4.0 means you can stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device. It's protected by a durable molded housing so small knocks and drops shouldn't be a problem. Available in four colors, the Clip can be found at JBL's online store.
Continuing to toy with different textures and motifs with each release, Nike SB's latest Dunk High takes on a patriotic American theme with this "Captain America" colorway. The upper features a mix of premium black faded leather and black suede with a blue and white star-covered panel around the ankle. Rounded out by a rubber gum outsole, the high-top sneakers are now available at select stockists including Renarts.
The month of May sees the opening of Jason Markk's flagship store situated in the Little Tokyo Historic District of Los Angeles. In addition to the new space that houses all products from the brand, the location also offers the world's first "One-Stop Drop Off" care service that -- as the name suggests -- lets you "dry clean" your kicks. You'll also find Markk's array of collaborations at the new spot that includes projects with Starter Black Label, ICNY, Naturel, RIF LA and Killspencer. Be sure to stop by if you're in town and get your sneakers looking brand spanking new while you're at it.
Jason Markk Flagship Store Los Angeles
329 E. 2nd Street
Little Tokyo, Los Angeles
Audacious shoemaker KEEN pulls the curtain on its latest creation – the UNEEK – just a handful of days before its official release. With the tagline “introducing your foot’s future,” this sneaker-sandal hybrid seems to be the brand’s response to the woven knit upper that many of the industry mainstays are pushing. Unfortunately, very little is known of this model’s make-up except that it features an interlocking lace system and what looks to be a very flexible and responsive sole unit. Visit the UNEEK landing page and stayed tuned as June 6 will likely deliver the specifications to this aptly-named footwear design.
Founded in Brooklyn and based in Tokyo, Postalco is a brand that has garnered a reputation for its well-made, utilitarian stationery and accessories. The company's leather goods, in particular, are standouts from its Spring/Summer 2014 collection -- simple designs like card cases, coin wallets and billfolds that are handmade in Japan from premium materials. Standouts include a luxurious card and coin wallet in black goatskin, a goatskin card holder, and a vegetable-tanned leather billfold wallet with a coin pocket, all of which are daily essentials and will only look better with use. Postalco's Spring/Summer 2014 leather goods are available now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
UK-based retailer END. Clothing teamed up with the always-clean Japanese contemporary label Journal Standard to create a new capsule for the spring season. The two brands came up with three distinct prints for the project, executing a neat collection comprised of a T-shirt, blazers, button-ups, bucket hats and shorts. Channeling tropical vibes, the two prints draw on exotic flora to showcase elaborate, bold leaves and petals. The third print is done up in rich indigo linen, executing meticulous guayabera styles across slim-fitting garb. Inspired by the jungles yet ready for the streets, pick up this breezy collection exclusively at END. Clothing's webshop now.
Premier Swiss watchmaker IWC has just released a special edition of its hallmark pilot watch with the luxe Patrouille Suisse Jubilee Edition. In keeping with the legendary brand's high-end makes, the 46mm watch comes done up with a stainless steel casing, which houses three sub-dials on a gunmetal face. Executed with large, rugged features to exude performance and masculinity, the watch also finds a 79230-calibre self-winding movement on the inside. A 44-hour power reserve underlines the watch's boastful presence, as do the special engravings at the caseback. Limited to just 250 models, look for this release at IWC retailers worldwide now.
Founded in 2002 by Silas Adler and a close group of friend who were "into skateboarding and didn't care much about high school," Soulland exceeded its roots as a T-shirt brand, going on to become one of the most reputable lifestyle labels out of Scandinavia. Without departing from traditional Scandinavian craftsmanship, the brand explores a wide array of textures and color pallets each season, presenting classic menswear designs with a modern twist. As Creative Director, his discerning eye for design and style has been infectious, with the Royal Danish Postal Service commissioning Soulland to design the official stamp of Denmark in 2011. In his Essentials for us, Adler showcase a number of travel and fashion staples. Passport, iPhone, and a COMME des GARCONS wallet are placed next to vintage Hermes scarf, sunglasses and headwear pieces -- jjjsound cap and Soulland beanie -- while Spitfire wheels nod at his affinity for skateboarding. For more on Soulland, head to its webpage.
Taking Yeezy fandom to new echelons of pricing, it has been reported that a snippet from Kanye West's forthcoming seventh studio album has been sold to an eager buyer. Apparently, one user from the popular fansite Kanye To The purchased the snippet for $500 USD from another forum member, who claims to have accessed it from a third party industry insider. While the snippet remains to be officially confirmed for any Kanye project, the song has quickly made its rounds on the internet under the title "Black Bruce Wayne." Enjoy the sample below, and be sure to leave thoughts in the comments.
British label Represent offers a look at its newly released "Wraith" collection with its latest lookbook and a behind-the-scenes video. Picking up where its previous "Ghost" collection left off, the made in England collection returns with long flowing silhouettes and thoughtfully layered pieces united around a dark palette of neutral tones. Tailored street essentials finished with simple details and minimal branding further define the brand's understated, high-street aesthetic. Look for the collection now at Represent's online store.