Monthly Archives: May 2015

Nike SB Koston One “Fieldstone Iron”

Eric Koston's first signature shoe with the Swoosh makes a return just in time for the warmer seasons. The latest version sees the sleek skate silhouette rendered in a chic "Fieldstone Iron" colorway along its suede upper, which sits atop of a classic gum sole complete with Nike's Lunarlon cushioning technology. Mesh-fittings at the tongue and collar ensure extra ventilation making it an ideal lifestyle shoe for the summer. Priced at $85 USD, purchase the Nike SB Koston One "Fieldstone Iron" at select Nike accounts including Premier.

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Artist Reimagines Star Wars Characters in Modern Day Streetwear

Illustrator and web graphics designer Marcello Pisano has teamed up with Milan-based creative imprint NSS Mag to reimagine iconic Star Wars characters as modern day streetwear aficionados. His creations are adorably striking, inciting a chuckle or two seeing our perennial favorites decked out in some of today's hottest picks. From Marcelo Burlon, Carhartt, adidas Originals, Palace Skateboards and more, check out Leia, Luke, Han Solo and others flex their style. Head over to Pisano's Instagram for more of his creations.

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WTAPS 2015 Spring/Summer Slip-On

Aligning well with the utilitarian based design ideals of previous WTAPS collections, the Japanese brand has released a monochromatic velveteen slip-on for 2015 Spring/Summer. Through referencing and drawing inspiration from the silhouette of a Vans Classic Slip-On, WTAPS has rendered the model to feature a supple velveteen upper that leads through to a monochromatic tonal outsole. The shoe is lined throughout with a soft, high-quality leather and is finished with a branded "PLACING THINGS WHERE THEY SHOULD BE." heel plate with cotton canvas banding around the tongue collar. The WTAPS velveteen cotton slip-ons can now be purchased from Haven for $173 USD.

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RETROSUPERFUTURE 2015 Summer “Black Matte Mirror” Collection

Following up a collaboration with Carhartt WIP, Italian eyewear label RETROSUPERFUTURE has unveiled a new range of sunglasses for the 2015 summer season. Titled "Black Matte Mirror," the Milan-based imprint presents four of its classic frames rendered in a matte black, outfitted with mirrored "tri-alps" lenses that flawlessly complete the silhouettes' sleek design. With prices ranging from €149 EUR (approximately $163 USD) and €229 EUR (approximately $250 USD), purchase the collection here.

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Palace Skateboards to Collaborate with Bronze56k

Following from its much coveted collaboration with adidas Originals, Palace Skateboards has announced it'll be teaming up with New York independent skate brand Bronze56k. Both brands have taken to their Instagram accounts to break the news, unveiling a short video made up of skate footage in New York and London, random interludes, and archive commercial clips. While little has been leaked as to what the collaboration may hold, judging by both brands' cult following, not to mention their shared affinity for lo-fi visuals and retro, satirical artworks, we're sure it'll be something worth your while. The collaboration is slated for release on June 5. Stay tuned or more information.

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Three Korean-American Brothers Bring Their Heritage Cuisine to the Table at San Francisco’s Namu Gaji

Namu Gaji is the latest in a string of Korean-inspired fusion restaurants, but despite the influx, Namu Gaji differentiates itself beginning with the ingredients. Run by three Korean-American brothers, Dennis, Daniel and David Lee, the restaurant is a physical representation of who they are, brought to the forefront with deliciously savoury meals. All the ingredients on the menu are sourced from the brothers' own farm, located in Sunol, California, ensuring that every bite is made of sustainable and traceable food. Directed by Carlos Caneiro for On Plate Still Hungry, check out the restaurant in the video above.

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WOEI x Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85 “Cervidae II”

A pairing of two reputable imprints in footwear, Japanese label Onitsuka Tiger has teamed up with Rotterdam store WOEI to rework the Colorado 85. In honor of Onitsuka Tiger's 30th anniversary, the sneaker is highlighted by ceremonial golden accents inspired by the vigor of a cervidae. The brown and beige upper features 3M reflective detailing on its toe and heel cap, while a perforated toebox and D-ring eyelets offer a distinctive, athletic look. The Cervidae II will be available at WOEI on June 13 and international stockists from June 20.

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Nike Tech Pack Hyperfuse Windrunner Installation @ Blends, Beverly Hills

Celebrating the release of Nike Sportswear's Tech Hyperfuse collection, the Portland sporting giant teamed up with Los Angeles fashion mainstay Blends on a bold in-store installation. Taking to its Beverly Hills location, swathes of bright neon chevron lights are fitted in the shop's ceilings, glaring down onto floating busts that uphold the technical pieces. Opaque plexi-glass signboards detail each design, and play apt complement to the futurist turquoise-lit space. The installation is up for three weeks, be sure to check it out for yourself if you're in L.A.

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Kanye West Speaks to Graduating Fashion Students About the Harsh Reality of the Industry

Kanye West was front and center Friday night with a class of fashion students of the Los Angeles Trade Tech College, speaking to them after their fashion show. In his speech, he warns the aspiring fashion designers of the hardships that they will likely encounter in the industry. "It's a tough world out there, you're going to prepare yourself for politics, bad bosses, hatin' employees. Even for me as a successful musician, in order to make the transition it was really all but impossible. People always try to box you into what they know you best for." Wise words coming from Mr. West, who served his community service sentence at the college as punishment for assaulting a photographer at LAX. But Kanye leaves his speech on a positive note, mentioning that "artists, or the most successful artists, are as close to who they were when they were five years old, or four years old, or three years old, or when my daughter wakes up and decides to change her career seven times a day, so I feel extremely honoured to see new talent fighting for their voice, and I can only imagine that they've been fighting for it since age three." Check out the entire video below courtesy of Complex.

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The Railway House by Aamer Architects

Aamer Architects have redesigned a semi-detached home in Singapore, creating a structure that belies its other half. The redesign sees the home break free from its twin, with a design that is centered around open spaces and ample lighting. A 3-meter wide fissure was also opened up to create an elongated passage into the home that is lit from above, where one also enters the building. Playing with light and textures, the architects were able to create geometric shadows that spill across the interior through structures such as the metal staircase.

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Nike Air Max 93 “Persian Violet”

As part of Nike's onslaught of 2015 spring/summer sneakers is the Air Max 93 "Persian Violet." Originally released in 1993 as the third runner in the Air Max series, the sneaker quickly became iconic for its textured complexion and visible air sole unit, garnering acclaim in both sporting and lifestyle realms. Resviting its archive for a modern intepretation, the sneaker flaunts a mix of black suede and mesh across its upper, while violet hits take on the Swoosh and its signature neoprene bootie collar. Check out the "Persian Violet" here and look for it at select retailers such as KITH.

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Designer Conceptualizes The “Apple Macintosh Phone,” May Be What the iPhone Would’ve Looked Like in 1984

With news of the upcoming Apple iPhone already swamping newsfeeds, a designer decided to take a look back and reimagine what an iPhone would have looked like had it been created in 1984. Pierre Cerveau takes some of Apple's oldest design elements, tied together with technology of yesteryear, to provide us with a tangible image of an iPhone the older generations might have had. Head over to his website to check out more.

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