Monthly Archives: June 2015

ONTOUR 2016 Spring/Summer Collection

Dutch brand ONTOUR returns to our pages with a new collection for the spring/summer 2016 season. Here we find the Amsterdam-based label boasting its "most comprehensive and balanced line to date," showcasing a bevy of menswear essentials that were engineered for the various stages of urban life. The collection ranges from T-shirts and basic button-ups to more complex outerwear, but the underlying motif within spring/summer 2016 is accommodating wearers from day to night. Accordingly, ONTOUR highlights tasteful graphic T-shirts, zip-collar shirts, easy-to-wear cropped trousers and sporty bombers as a part of its all-encompassing wardrobe builder. Check out the collection here and head over to the brand site to peruse its current selection.

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HYPETRAK Talks Individuality With Jesse Boykins III

If not for his striking mass of an afro or his sharp sense of quirky style, Jesse Boykins III is an individual for his outlook. Unafraid of common criticism, the Chicago-born artist has forged a new trail through his music – a rare strain of R&B that infuses influences from neo-soul, reggae and psychedelia – which strays from not only the current aesthetics of the Brooklyn circuit, but the music industry as a whole. Our friends at HYPETRAK have profiled the talented artist at the height of a prolific period, where Boykins talks influences of soul, the jazz community in NYC and who's topping his list of dream collaborations. A truly insightful transcription, check out some key words of wisdom from Boykins below, and head over to HYPETRAK to read the full feature.

Speaking of inspiring people, let me take it back to your days as a motivational speaker to the youth. Do you have any words of wisdom to the young artists out there who are trying to find their voice and their individuality?

"That’s crazy because that’s all I would speak about. When I was telling you about me doing that, I spoke about individualism and truth, being true to yourself. I feel like the most important thing, and this is a process like anything, is loving who you really are and accepting the flaws and acknowledging the flaws in the moments that they are exposed. Especially when there’s people around, because then basically you’re challenging yourself. The more self growth there is, the more you appreciate everything that’s around you. I would say to start, be true to who you are, even if who you are is not who you want to be. It’s somewhere to start from.

...I try my best not to take anything personal. It’s very hard to do, especially in this world where everything is so based on attention. So I would say try your best not to take anything personal because you never know what someone’s experiencing, what their life is like, what their childhood was like, what they went through the day you met them. There’s so many things that could come into play and you can’t just be like, “Oh that person doesn’t like me because they were frowning when they met me.” Maybe their dog died or something and they just didn’t tell yo’ ass. There could be so many things that could be the reason why someone is not treating you the way you feel you deserve to be treated, but you can’t take it personally. When you do that you’re killing a connection that could actually grow into something beautiful if you’re just patient with it."


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The Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2015

Thanks to their May 2 bout in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao come in at number one and two, respectively, on Forbes' latest annual list of highest-paid celebrities -- with Mayweather's $300 million USD nearly doubling the second place $160 million USD of Pacquiao. While the rankings of the two boxers on the Celebrity 100 list may not raise any eyebrows, the third-ranked star was perhaps a bit more unexpected: Katy Perry. Having played 124 shows as a part of her Prismatic World Tour -- 75 of them abroad in 27 different countries -- Perry raked in $135 million USD over Forbes' scoring period while One Direction landed at number four for much the same reason. Furthermore, Robert Downey Jr. was the highest-paid actor at $80 million USD while Cristiano Ronaldo's $79.5 million USD made him the highest-paid athlete.

You can find a list of the top ten earners below while the full list can be seen over at Forbes' website.

1. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - $300 million USD
2. Manny Pacquiao - $160 million
3. Katy Perry - $135 million
4. One Direction - $130 million
5. Howard Stern - $95 million
6. Garth Brooks - $90 million
7. James Patterson - $89 million
8. Robert Downey Jr. - $80 million
8. Taylor Swift - $80 million
10. Cristiano Ronaldo - $79.5 million

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Bronze56k x HUF “Hippie Speedball” Video

After releasing a collaborative sneaker to much controversy last week, Bronze56K and HUF keep their creative momentum going – this time in the streets. Teaming up with Bronze co-founder and videographer Peter Sidlauskas, the parties took to the grimy concrete jungle to highlight the sneaker in proper context. Here we find Bronze and HUF riders Dick Rizzo and Josh Wilson wreaking havoc on the streets of New York City, throwing down hammers on obscure side-street spots and forging new approaches to obstacles altogether. Cut with Sidlauskas' own tongue-in-cheek editing style, which makes dark plays on the sneaker game, check out the video above. Try your luck locking down these very rare kicks online and at your local skate shop.


adidas Originals x White Mountaineering 2016 Spring/Summer Video

adidas continues to ramp up collaboration efforts on all fronts, having announced a forthcoming collaboration with wings + horns earlier today and here presenting a video preview of its third season with elite Japanese label White Mountaineering. The collection, executed in a color palette of blue and white, is an expression of Yosuke Aizawa's vision for sportswear – using technical materials to flip everyday silhouettes into sartorially-apt designs. It is chiefly comprised of jackets, shirts, and shorts, with some layering pieces barely recognizable as such (in the best way possible). Alongside the apparel, adidas Originals also gives viewers a look at the footwear selection, which features rarely-seen silhouettes such as the BW Army, Supergrip, ZX500 Hi and Formel 1 alongside the Energy Boost. Get a feel for the collection with the video above as we await the collection release in early 2016.


ASICS GEL-Lyte V “Black Sunset”

ASICS has supplemented this summer's colorful "Sunset" pack with a predominately black colorway of the GEL-Lyte V. Like the pack's purple, red, and gold editions of the silhouette, this take on the retro runner boasts premium nubuck and leather construction -- this time coupling an all-black upper with a matching neoprene bootie, red lining, matching tongue embroidery, gold text branding and a dash of purple along the heel portion of the white midsole. Fans can find the black colorway from the "Sunset" pack now at ASICS stockists like Afew.

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2 Chainz Checks Out West Coast Customs’ “Most Expensivest” Delorean

Thus far, this season of 2 Chainz's Most Expensivest Shit series with GQ has found the Georgian rapper taking lavish trips to the zoo with French Montana, smoking a theoretically upscale joint in Los Angeles, and checking out some of the sneaker world's most prized silhouettes. It's hard to have a discussion about expensive goods though, without talking about cars. With that, 2 Chainz headed to West Coast Customs to explore the historic workshop's fanciest, most decked-out rides. While perusing the selection – which includes a real-life Mario Kart alongside a Will.I.Am custom and Swarovski-topped vintage Mini Cooper – West Coast Customs CEO Ryan Friedlinghaus also managed to impress the rapper with a blast from the past: a custom DeLorean DMC-12. The car is distinguished in being the only model the DeLorean Motor Company has ever produced, making Friedlinghaus' custom $500,000 iteration that much more rare. Check out all the specs in the video above and check out more episodes of Most Expensivest Shit here.


Diadora S8000 “Espresso Ristretto”

Italy's Diadora has resurrected its '90s S8000 silhouette with a brand new, limited edition release next month. Dubbed the "Espresso Ristretto," this nod to the coffee drink marks the brand's most limited release to date as only a handful of stockists will have the opportunity to offer the premium Italian-made silhouette. Constructed at the brand's Caerano San Marco factory and coupling bold turquoise accents with a combination of black and grey, the "Espresso Ristretto" edition of the S8000 is due out July 18.

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Kevin Durant Details Upcoming Colorways of the Nike KD 8

Fresh off the release of the "USA" edition of the Nike KD 8, Kevin Durant has unveiled a trio of additional colorways for his latest Swoosh-emblazoned signature. While the patriotic red, white, and blue edition of the Leo Chang-designed silhouette was an apt nod to the July 4 holiday and Durant's annual backyard barbeques, the four newly unveiled kicks all reflect KD's lifelong commitment to hard work. While the "Suit" edition brings KD's 2013-2014 MVP honors to life, a duo of Hunt Hill-inspired make-ups -- the "Sunrise" and "Night" -- pay homage to KD's sprints up the Seat Pleasant, Maryland road. Finally, Durant offers up yet another look at the all-red "V8" colorway -- a nod to the star's Camaro, itself a reminder of the rewards of hard work.

Stay tuned for closer looks at each version and expect the shoes to hit Nike Basketball retailers throughout the months ahead.


ASICS GEL-Lyte III “Varsity” Pack

Though the GEL-Lyte V has been dominate as of late, ASICS' fan-favorite GEL-Lyte III returns for Summer 2015 as the subject of an all-new "Varsity" pack of kicks. Marked by prototypical collegiate sporting hues, the pack sees the retro runner in burgundy, navy and dark green -- all of which sport suede and mesh construction with a combination of grey and white accents throughout. All three colorways from the clean "Varsity" pack can be found now at ASICS stockists like Afew while supplies last.

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Damien Hirst’s Newport Street Gallery to Open with John Hoyland Exhibition

A retrospective look at the works of late British abstract painter John Hoyland will open Damien Hirst's newly constructed Newport Street Gallery in Lambeth, South London this fall. Entitled "Power Stations," the display will feature works drawn entirely from Hirst's own collection of Hoyland’s paintings and span the formative years of the artist's career, from 1964 to 1982. With entry set to be free of charge, "Power Stations" will occupy all six of the Newport Street Gallery's spaces. Said Hoyland's widow Beverley Heath-Hoyland of the exhibit:

John was absolutely over the moon that Damien was passionate about his work, and I’m just so pleased he knew before he died of Damien’s plans to use his work for his inaugural show. It’s a wonderful gesture and I only wish John was with us to see it finally come to fruition. Damien chose the earlier works as those are the ones he grew up with and was inspired by at art college. John, like Damien, couldn’t understand why in Britain we tend to celebrate non-figurative painters from other parts of the world -- Rothko et al -- but not our own. Why should that be? I think this show is a great riposte on Damien's part to that viewpoint

Newport Street Gallery -- which will allow Hirst to share his private collection of over 3,000 works with the public -- will open its doors October 8 while Hirst shares his own thoughts on the space and exhibition in the video above.

Newport Street Gallery
Newport Street, Lambeth
London SE11 6AY
United Kingdom


Nike Zoom Hypercross TR2

Nike's Zoom-equipped Hypercross gets a brand new update with the introduction of the Zoom Hypercross TR2. Equipped with an evolved upper that molds to the foot thanks to the use of soft and pliable foam beneath a layer of Engineered Mesh, the lightweight-yet-protective design sees perforations throughout to encourage airflow while Flywire cables wrap the foot and integrate with the laces to provide a dynamic lockdown fit. Along with the Engineered Mesh, foam, and Flywire is the inclusion of four visible, independent hexagon-shaped Zoom Air units for some of the most responsive, low-profile cushioning around while their strategic placement and nubby delta node pattern allows for both flexibility and traction.

Look for the Zoom Hypercross TR2 to launch this Wednesday, July 1.

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