Monthly Archives: July 2015

‘Sneakers’ Magazine x KangaROOS Omnicoil “Absinthe”

Reveling in the spirit of their past relationship – where the launch of Sneakers coincided with the re-launch of KangaROOS – the two brands raise a mutual glass in the form of a new collaborative shoe. Sneakers opted for KangaROOS' Omnicoil silhouette, a rarely-seen option that lay dormant in the brand vault for a while until it was recently discovered in an old catalogue. Accordingly, the two parties opted to celebrate their long-running relationship with a vintage libation – Absinthe, to be exact – decking out the Omnicoil in a clean combination of white mesh and beige, black and green suede. Check out the pair above and purchase your own from this limited release beginning August 15 at The Good Will Out, Afew Store, Overkill Shop, Asphaltgold, 43einhalb and Suppa.

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Slovenian Designer Gilds Gold-Named Products

We often use the term "gold" to refer to higher-end things; to distinguish cigarettes, ice cream, coffee and film from the common pack using our most valued natural element. Stepping back for a moment though, using the term so ubiquitously is a bit absurd, if not somewhat ironic in many instances. In a cheekily beautiful new series of works by Slovenian designer Črtomir, the artist addresses these conundrums. This is more than a good Photoshop job, as Črtomir uses 3DS Max with V-Ray and ZBrush to achieve her hyperrealistic effects. Peep the collection above and head here to purchase a print for your own.

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Carhartt WIP 2015 Fall/Winter Delivery 1

European-based streetwear label Carhartt WIP drops their first look into the Fall/Winter 2015 deliverables, with a strong focus on athletics. The collection, named "State of Play," is a fresh mix of classic colors and bold graphics. The State Baseball Tee is a nice balance of clean design with a fair bit of Carhartt traditional simplicity, while the basic items like the State Campus longsleeve and Icons Starter Cap all feature a new State Flag emblem endorsing the WIP imprint. Check out more of the delivery available at Carhartt WIP's online store now.

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UPDATE: Top Gear Trio Have Signed a Deal With Amazon Video for a New Show

Former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May recently announced they have signed a deal with Amazon for a new motoring show that will air on the Seattle-based e-commerce giant's burgeoning streaming video service. Despite walking off the show earlier in the year, the trio have amassed a cult-like following over 22 seasons with an approximate viewership of 350 million per year, and fans of the show will surely be delighted to hear this latest development. This also serves as a major coup for Amazon Video as there were rumors of the trio signing on with rival Netflix. Many details have not been revealed as of yet, so stay tuned for more information as this story develops.

UPDATE: New details about the Amazon Video deal have started to release -- it seems the trio signed onboard after Amazon offered them a staggering $250 million USD agreement that spans three years and 36 episodes. It also seems that ex-Top Gear producer Andy Wilman will also remain, so fans of the old show will feel right at home with the new Amazon Prime exclusive.

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Motorola Unveils Sleek New “Moto Surround” Bluetooth Headphones

Motorola, after announcing its three new smartphones including the premium Moto X Style and budget-oriented next generation of Moto G, has also given details about a new bluetooth set of headphones named the Moto Surround. The sleek, stylish wireless in-ear headphones feature a design that's both waterproof and sweatproof, a 12-hour battery cycle, and a proprietary app that allows for tracking should your shiny new headphones be misplaced. Check out more from the official Motorola website and pick one up for $70 USD.

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Yeezy Boost 350s Inspired by Kanye Album Cover Palettes

With the myriad of fan art surrounding each and every Kanye West sneaker release, we thought: "What the Devil in a New Dress?! Why don't we take a stab at this wishful little game of make believe?" However instead of going far left with it, we wanted to stay relevant, whilst reigniting the most important topic regarding Ye's creative output: why hasn't he dropped SWISH yet!

So here we present a collection of Yeezy Boost 350s inspired by each of Kanye's seven studio albums, throwing in his G.O.O.D. Music compilation LP Cruel Summer for good measure.

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Peter Hong of adidas Soccer Talks MLS, Guardiola and the Brand’s New X and ACE Boots

As the soccer season explodes into life in the States with a fresh batch of European talent and adidas leading the charge with its new Ace15 and X15 boots, we caught up with adidas Soccer's Senior Merchandise Manager to talk about how the  brand is pushing things forward for the sport in America and beyond.

Do you see the growth of soccer in America and the new styles of boots that adidas are introducing going hand-in-hand?

Yeah it’s huge, MLS is the league of choice in the US, it’s the Premier League here. We couldn’t have been happier to have a partnership with MLS to launch these new revolutionary products. We have great assets on the field, with the amount of exposure, the number of cities and the size of the league, it’s just a great platform to tell our stories.

Do you see a big future in that? Do you see it growing in its two tier approach?

In terms of X and ACE? The game is constantly changing so we have to be aware of that and we’re going to be mindful of it. What we did just now in fall/winter 15 with X and ACE, it can happen again. As the game changes we are going to lead that change.

We have the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga in Spain and other high-profile leagues around the world that are part of the history of soccer. Do you feel that with  adidas’ influence on it, Major League Soccer is going to increase to the same level? 

Yeh, I definitely agree. In America, soccer is a little behind, it’s not the sport of choice yet for the mass young generation. But you can already see from viewership, from participation rates that soccer is a growing sport in the States. We see the trajectory going further and further up.

And the reception has been good so far?

Phenomenal, we couldn’t be happier.

Could you tell us a little bit about the design of the two?

We have X, we talked to the experts and great soccer minds like Pep Guardiola and Thomas Mueller, cutting-edge strikers in today’s game. We’ve identified two players that you need to be successful, either the game changer - the player that does the unpredictable, the unthinkable or the playmaker - the player that controls the game like Ozil or Oscar even. We aren’t recycling any ideas from the old silos or anything we’ve done in the past. This is all completely new, revolutionary ideas and product creation. Completely new upper material, X skin. 3 layers. You have the skin material that provides really great comfort step and feel, then you have the base material with a carbon-fiber woven look, and then we coat it all over with NSG (non-stop grip).

ACE is the design for the player who wants to control and dominate the game. Again, we’re not taking anything from the old history books, we’re creating something completely new. Using a 3-layer engineered material structure, a skin material that’s very soft, the base material provides a structure to give the player control and then non stop grip coating. The outsole has a lot of contact points to not only provide control of your body on the pitch but also control of the ball. So everything we built into this product is all about control, controlling yourself, controlling the game, controlling the ball.

So you’re revolutionizing soccer and you’re making it easier for any player? You’re offering these two different personalities, making it easier for anyone who wants to get into the sport?

It’s not just that we have a boot for speed, a boot for energy. It’s not just about providing one USP, one benefit to the consumer, we want to provide them a host of benefits. This is built for that player who is a game changer, that game changer needs more than just a lightweight product, they need something that’s agile, that will lock them down, we’re providing even more to the athlete than before.

Would you say that then opens up soccer to anyone.This is a product that professionals can play in but at the same time for someone that’s just beginning and is interested in playing soccer, it’s an easy choice because you have two choices of what kind of player you want to be. It’s a beginner’s shoe and it’s a good gateway into the sport.

Yes, its just authentic. From our research and our studies that’s how it is in today’s game. The coaches are telling us, the players are validating that. You’re either ACE - the playmaker or X - the game changer. We’re really keen on providing intuitive concepts for the consumer to understand and latch onto and resonate with, “that’s me”.

Is it too early to ask about future colorways and future iterations?

Depends on the question. There’s definitely exciting things coming down the pipeline very soon. 

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Facebook Creates Solar-Powered Internet Plane

I'm excited to announce we’ve completed construction of our first full scale aircraft, Aquila, as part of our effort. Aquila is a solar powered unmanned plane that beams down internet connectivity from the sky. It has the wingspan of a Boeing 737, but weighs less than a car and can stay in the air for months at a time. We've also made a breakthrough in laser communications technology. We've successfully tested a new laser that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second. That's ten times faster than any previous system, and it can accurately connect with a point the size of a dime from more than 10 miles away.This effort is important because 10% of the world’s population lives in areas without existing internet infrastructure. To affordably connect everyone, we need to build completely new technologies. Using aircraft to connect communities using lasers might seem like science fiction. But science fiction is often just science before its time. Over the coming months, we will test these systems in the real world and continue refining them so we can turn their promise into reality. Here’s a video showing the building of Aquila.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Around this time in 2013, Facebook announced its plans to connect the world through – its online initiative to develop Internet accessibility in lesser-developed countries. The plan, while still active, was met with criticism for its invasion of net neutrality and its favoritism towards Facebook itself. It seems as if Mark Zuckerberg and friends are preparing their response to that feedback now, taking the wraps off of its new solar-powered aircraft called Aquila. Measuring in at the wingspan or a Boeing 737, the Aquila will coast at an altitude between 60,000 and 90,000 feet in the air and deliver Internet connectivity to areas without it. Once deployed, Facebook hopes the Aquila will stay in-air for up to 90 days thanks to its specially-engineered solar panels. Head here to peep the official video from Facebook and be sure to leave thoughts below.


UPDATE: Alexander Wang Will Reportedly Leave Balenciaga

WWD has reported today that Balenciaga and parent company Kering have decided not to renew creative director Alexander Wang's contract with the fashion house, with its upcoming show at the next Paris Fashion Week scheduled to be Wang's last at the helm of the French label. Sources say that a search is currently underway for Wang's successor. This follows on from news of talks between Wang and Balenciaga that Wang planned to leave the brand to focus on his eponymous label. Wang joined Balenciaga in December 2012, replacing Nicolas Ghesquiere who left to work at Louis Vuitton.

UPDATE: WWD confirms that Alexander Wang will indeed be leaving Balenciaga. The spring 2016 Paris Fashion Week show on October 2 will be his last, with a new creative director set to be announced "in due course."

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Mondaine Helvetica Smart 1957

Swiss watchmaker Mondaine unveils a limited version of its Helvetica 1 Smartwatch to celebrate the birth of the Helvetica font. Limited to just 1957 pieces (the year the font was introduced in Switzerland), the commemorative timepiece is compatible with both Android and iOS, and features a battery life that runs for over two years, whilst smartwatch capabilities like activity monitoring, sleep tracking and alarms are also part of the package. A numbered engraving on the side of the 44mm brushed stainless steel case and an antireflective-coated sapphire crystal finishes off the crisp design. Priced at $840 USD, the Mondaine Helvetica Smart 1957 is already available for pre-order on the watchmaker's webstore and the Museum of Modern Art webstore, and if you want a closer look at the design process and functions check out this video here.

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fragment design x Black Mont Blanc Ice Cream

His recent collaborations with high profile labels like Nike, Beats by Dre, and Jordan Brand are some of the most highly coveted items around the world, but sometimes founder Hiroshi Fujiwara just wants to have some fun with his partnerships. Enter his latest project, with Japanese favorite ice cream bar Black Mont Blanc. Utilizing the style of his current "MELANISM" theme at the POOL aoyama of all-black, Hiroshi works his magic on the dessert with a dark chocolate coated vanilla ice cream bar, generously coated with cookie crunch and specially packaged in a custom fragment design black package. Priced at around $2 USD, pick up one to beat the summer heat exclusively at the POOL aoyama in Tokyo, Japan for a limited time only.

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NBA 2K16 Announces “Pro-Am” Features

You asked and the 2K franchise delivered. After much deliberations, fans of the NBA 2K16 title can look forward to a return of the "Crew" feature in the game, with a few slight expansions. The result is the new "Pro-Am" mode, which allows players to customize their own teams, logos, jerseys and branding amongst themselves. As the feature is meant for interactive play, gamers will play with their friends and play the top teams in their e-community. Check out the trailer for the "Pro-Am" mode above and look for NBA 2K16 to drop worldwide on September 25.