Monthly Archives: August 2015

COMME des GARÇONS Opens POCKET Shop in New York City

New Yorkers now have another option for picking up COMME des GARÇONS PLAY gear besides hitting up Dover Street Market as the Big Apple is now home to the latest POCKET boutique from Rei Kawakubo and co. Located in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood, the retail establishment marks the first opening of a POCKET shop in the United States and is home to the latest CdG PLAY goods, including the label's most recent collab with Converse. The colorful space is open on 10th Avenue Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

COMME des GARÇONS POCKET
112 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
United States

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LEGO Unveils Its ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Sets

With a release right around the corner, LEGO has officially offered up a first look at its Star Wars: The Force Awakens sets by way of a brand new commercial. Though it's less than 30 seconds long, the spot includes looks at both the updated X-Wing and Kylo Ren's own ship in LEGO form while also revealing BB-8's official R2-D2-esque "voice" -- the sounds used on stage at Star Wars Celebration were temporary -- for the first time. Check it out above and look for the first Episode VII LEGO sets to soon be available at select retailers.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theater December 18.

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LG Urbane Luxe Smartwatch

LG has tapped REEDS Jewelers to help create its latest smartwatch, the aptly named Urbane Luxe. The premium, limited edition design boasts 23-karat gold -- stronger and harder than the 24-karat gold of jewelry and heaver than the 18-karat gold typically employed by luxury timepieces -- and the look of a classic mechanical watch. The release also marks the first time an electronics company has looked to compete with the most expensive versions of the Apple Watch. Priced at $1,200 USD and limited to just 500 individually numbered pieces, the Luxe version of LG's flagship smartwatch will be available exclusively from REEDS Jewelers locations this September.

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Nike Air Huarache Utility

This holiday season will see Nike Sportswear dropping a rugged update to one of its most popular silhouettes of the moment: the Tinker Hatfield-designed Air Huarache. Dubbed the Air Huarache Utility, the new take on the retro runner retains the low-top look of old, as well as its signature neoprene and mesh construction, but now pairs the look with a modified traction outsole, overlaying reinforcements, Dynamic Flywire support and a D-ring lacing grommet that works in conjunction with the TPU heel support wrap -- via a nylon attachment -- so as to provide an improved lockdown fit when fully laced. Look for camouflage and monochromatic black and white colorways to hit NSW spots this holiday season while all four pairs can already be pre-ordered via Tokyo's atmos.

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Virgil Abloh Talks OFF-BLACK & Working With Hiroshi Fujiwara

Coinciding with this weekend's collaborative release, Virgil Abloh sat down with Style.com to talk OFF-BLACK, his brand new capsule collection alongside Hiroshi Fujiwara. On the eve of the range's launch, Abloh discussed working with the godfather of streetwear, the concept behind OFF-BLACK, the collab's design elements, the influence of Japanese streetwear, and more. While an excerpt appears below, the interview can be read in its entirety over at Style.com. OFF-BLACK -- crafted for the POOL aoyama's "MELANISM" concept -- is now available in-store while supplies last.

How did the project come about?

This project with Hiroshi Fujiwara came about in the most organic way. We simply met for tea on a trip to Japan after I had met him and Chitose Abe from Sacai in the lobby of my hotel. Both of them being huge inspirations in how I understand culture and design, it was an honor to cross paths.

What does it mean to you to work with Hiroshi Fujiwara?

It’s an absolute honor. As a fan of streetwear, I knew his contemporary work in the early 2000s, but it was enhanced by a recent gallery project I took part in; my work was curated next to the Malcolm McLaren estate in Copenhagen in 2014. When drawing comparison between the work done around fashion, music, and the arts, I was inspired to learn Hiroshi’s connection with Malcom McLaren. Their influence had a lasting impact. That link has had a dramatic effect on trends, street culture, and the arts alone to this day.

Why did you want to spin off Off-White into Off-Black c/o Virgil Abloh? Will this collection continue, or is the plan to make it a covetable one-off?

The challenge of Off-Black was the initial concept to explore another spirit of my label Off-White. Further information on future iterations of the concept is unknown, but we are stressing the importance with the launch that the concept is alive.

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‘Concussion’ Official Trailer Starring Will Smith

It's no secret that concussions and discussions of player safety have been a major headache for the NFL in recent years, and it's only going to get worse for Roger Goodell and co. as Will Smith stars in director Peter Landesman's Concussion later this year. Written by Landesman and based on the 2009 GQ article "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas, Concussion tells the true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE -- football-related brain trauma -- in two former professional football players, both of whom later took their own lives because of the degenerative disease. Starring Smith as Omalu - featuring a cast that includes Albert Brooks, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser and Luke Wilson - and shining a light on the NFL's attempts to deny the links between football and CTE, Concussion is due out Christmas Day.

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The Weeknd Stars in a Two-Part Apple Music Ad

During last night's MTV VMAs, The Weeknd starred in a brand new two-part Apple Music commercial. Hot on the heels of Beauty Behind The Madness, the two one-minute spots kick off with the Canadian crooner coming off-stage from his performance before hopping in a John Travolta-driven limo and listening to Beats 1 Radio while checking out his own artist page on Apple Music Connect. The piece then goes on to showcase an afterparty -- complete with "The Hills" blasting from the stereo -- before finishing with the tagline "It's all in your head. Create your own party. Unlimited music for $9.99."

As Mac Rumors points out, The Weeknd has been one of the most played artists on Beats 1 Radio since it went live at the end of June -- and that will only continue with the release of BBTM.

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Sony is Crowdfunding a Smartwatch

Sony has unveiled the latest project from its employee-led First Flight crowdfunding platform: the Wena. A stylish smartwatch, the Wena -- short for "wear electronics naturally" -- taps Citizen's timepiece design expertise, pairing a 22mm strap with a clean face and tech like a FeliCa-supported NFC chip for contactless payments, fitness tracking, water resistance, vibration alerts and a seven-color LED for notifications. Oddly enough, Wena is only set to support iOS 8 and above -- meaning the design won't work with Sony's own phones. The tech giant is currently hoping to raise ¥10 million JPY (approximately $82,556 USD) via First Flight while the smartwatch will ship in March of 2016 in $287 USD Three Hands and $576 USD Chronograph varieties.

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Is Kanye West Unveiling Yeezy Season 2 Next Month?

We may still be waiting for Yeezy Season 1 to drop, but it looks like Kanye and company might already be geared up for Season 2. Fandango, the Comcast-owned movie ticket website, is teasing an upcoming Kanye event for next month and, given the page's title of "Kanye West Yeezy Season 2 Premiere," you can guess what 'Ye and adidas might have on tap for fans. Whether or not the "premiere" is a film or a live stream of a runway show remains unknown, but Fandango is billing the piece as a "Concert/Special Event" that will run 75 minutes in length. Stay tuned for more info as the story develops and look for Yeezy Season 2 to make its debut in theaters September 11.

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Poler 2015 Fall/Winter Collection

Known for its contemporary takes on classic outdoor gear, Poler continues to expand its horizons with a versatile collection for Fall/Winter 2015. This season, the Portland-based outfitter continues to bridge the gap between action sports and traditional outdoor activities, and its latest offering for "roamers and seekers" features goods that are both fun and functional, and equally suited for use in the city or in the wild. Among the highlights this season are pieces such as graphic print tees and pullover hoodies, plaid shirts, wool caps and backpacks like the Rucksack and Roamers Pack, while the inclusion of burner bags offers an easy fire-starter for camping enthusiasts. Take a look at the latest from Poler above and browse the Fall/Winter 2015 collection now at HBX.

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Nike “Modern Gold Rush” Running Pack

Nike unveils a slew of new colorways for its running silhouettes ahead of the fall season. Drawing inspiration from Santa Monica's tenacious running community, the "Modern Gold Rush" pack is comprised of vibrant renderings of its Air Zoom Pegasus, Air Zoom Structure and LunarTempo runners, that are clad with gold details and touches of neon. With prices ranging between $120 USD and $130 USD, both the women's and men's models will be available for purchase starting September 3 at select Nike accounts, in addition to Nike.com.

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How The Hill-Side Became a Full-Fledged Menswear Label

Brooklyn-based The Hill-Side has made a name for itself through classic, workwear-inspired bags and accessories, reinterpreted menswear pieces, as well as ties and handkerchiefs that make use of exceptional fabrics and homegrown craftsmanship. As one of GQ's "Best New Menswear Designers in America," the magazine recently examined how the brand managed to go from a general store in Williamsburg stocking rugged brands to a burgeoning menswear label in just under 5 years. Brothers Emil and Sandy Corsillo discuss how they "landed in fashion via retail" in this 4-minute feature above, the importance of their sibling bond and what they see for the future of the label.

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