Monthly Archives: March 2016

Daily Paper 2016 Spring/Summer Lookbook

Amsterdam-based contemporary label Daily Paper's second lookbook for Spring/Summer 2016 takes a vast departure from its previous editorial for the season, swapping its black and white monochrome tones for a much bolder color palette. Looking to the founders' Dutch and African heritage again, the collection holds vibrant patterns and graphics in primary colors across a head-turning range of coaches jackets, windbreakers, button-down shirts, shorts and other styles for the warm weather ahead.

Shop the collection now at HBX.

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Kylie Jenner’s PUMA Silhouette Is Set for a Fierce Casual-Yet-Sporty Look

After word was finally confirmed of Kylie Jenner joining forces with PUMA, many wondered how she'd fit with Rihanna also being a part of the brand. With RiRi's PUMA Creepers and Fenty Trainer receiving much praise, the young Kylie is next in line to help boost PUMA to the next level. Jenner previously starred in PUMA's initial campaign for the "Fierce" silhouette and now we have additional images of the sneaker which looks a little similar to Rihanna's Fenty Trainer. Nonetheless, you can expect the Fierce model to fly off of shelves thanks to backing from Kylie. The shoe will officially be available on April 1 via select PUMA retailers.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Is Undergoing Millions of Dollars of Reshoots in the Wake of the ‘Batman v Superman’ Backlash

To say critics haven't exactly been kind to Batman v Superman would be a massive understatement. Despite the fact that the second installment in DC's extended universe raked in over $166 million USD at the domestic box alone in its first weekend of release, the flick currently holds a 29% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has been universally panned by critics; even Kevin Smith -- a longtime friend of Affleck's, a well-known fan of superhero comics and someone who seemed especially stoked on BvS back when it started production -- called it "humorless" before going on to say "There seems to be a fundamental lack of understanding of what those characters are about. It’s almost like Zack Snyder didn’t read a bunch of comics -- he read one comic once and it was Dark Knight Returns and his favorite part was the last part where Batman and Superman fight."

Now the backlash is having implications for another DC and Warner Bros. flick: this summer's Suicide Squad. The villainous ensemble has reportedly been called back in for some extensive -- and expensive -- reshoots. The goal? To make the movie more "fun." Now you might have thought the movie looked pretty funny already -- especially given that trailer that was set to "Bohemian Rhapsody." Apparently, however, that trailer wasn't indicative of the movie's final cut -- the trailer contained every single light-hearted moment in the film. Given director David Ayer's filmography (Training Day, Harsh Times, End of Watch, Fury), the not-so-humorous tone of the film shouldn't exactly be surprising.

Nonetheless, here's to hoping Suicide Squad isn't "zero fun" and as "deadly serious" as its predecessor.

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Nike’s Kyrie 2 Receives An “Omega” Treatment

The next Kyrie 2 colorway is set to take on an "Omega" name. With past editions such as the "Ky-reer High", "Brotherhood", "Effect" and more receiving positive feedback from the elusive guard's fans, the Swoosh is set to add another option to the many. This time around the upper hosts different shades of grey throughout and is topped off with crackled detailing on its Swoosh branding. You'll also find blue hues on the tongue and sole. The Nike Kyrie 2 "Omega" will officially release on April 7 for $120 USD at select retailers such as Sneaker Politics.

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WVM x monkey time 2016 Spring/Summer “Garment Dyed Denim” Lookbook

Japanese mainstay monkey time releases a new range of bespoke denim wear with WVM for the 2016 spring/summer season. Comprised of a denim trucker jacket and slim-fit jeans, the "Garment Dyed Denim" collection is built from a unique stained fabric that was created by an elaborate process of progressively dropping white dyes over black to define its distinct gray hue, which was finished off with a distressed and worn-in look and feel.

In addition to a smashing 2016 spring/summer lookbook, the BEAUTY & YOUTH label also recently released a "Garment Dyed Reverse Weave Hoodie" collection in collaboration with Champion, seen styled in the imagery above in the off-white colorway. The WVM x monkey time "Garment Dyed Denim" collection is now available for purchase at monkey time's Harajuku and Shinjuku locations as well as all BEAUTY & YOUTH and UNITED ARROWS stores in Tokyo.

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Grenco Science Introduces the New G Pen Elite Vaporizer

Grenco continues its reputation as a trailblazer in the vaporization industry by adding the new G Pen Elite to its already impressive roster of products. The G Pen Elite (or GPE for short) was designed for ground material based on years' worth of research and development, as well as extensive customer feedback, resulting in a vape that keeps the needs and wants of its customer base at the forefront. As far as technical specs are concerned, the Elite packs the largest ceramic convection chamber on the market with a 360-degree heating element, resulting in a faster and more even vaporization of product. Users can also customize the temperature to which the product is heated—anywhere between 200° and 428° F—using a digital display, which allows for experiments and different flavor profile experiences.

You can cop one now over on G Pen's homepage for $169.95 USD.

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A Closer Look at the Air Jordan 12 “Wings”

One of the most iconic images of Michael Jordan, and trust there are many, is his 1989 "Wings" poster stretching six feet long and showcasing his monstrous wingspan, which actually measures at nearly seven feet. With that said, we're surprised it took Nike and Jordan Brand this long to reincorporate that famous photograph into MJ's sneaker lineup, but we're not complaining as the wait was surely worth it.

Sporting a simple white and black colorway, this Air Jordan 12 features contrasting vibrant gold accents at four eyelets and both the lateral and medial sides. The white panels are made of a fine tumbled leather, but it's the rest of the black upper that makes this a collector's item. After being wiped, agitated and rubbed on over time, the black upper reveals a gold-colored feather graphic as a nod to Jordan's "wings." Forgive us however, as we weren't ready to distress this pair, but if you look closely at slide three you'll notice tiny gold specs around the stitching. Rounding out this model is an identical black-and-gold feathered insole graphic, the "Wings" image on the heel with a heel tab that reads "with a little help, anyone can fly," and a white-and-gold dust bag, all in Jordan Brand's signature black-and-gold box.

This model will be available in the U.S. only on April 2 between 10 and 11 a.m. via the SNKRS app draw system.

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Wood Wood Highlights Its Latest Stock in New 2016 Spring/Summer Editorial

After putting its own spin on the ever-popular adidas Ultra Boost last month, Danish imprint Wood Wood is back with a brand new editorial highlighting its latest Spring/Summer 2016 arrivals. Shot by Jonas Bie, the spread showcases a number of pieces that first popped up in Wood Wood's Spring/Summer 2016 lookbook, not to mention wares from the likes of Cav Empt, COMME des GARÇONS, FORTY PERCENTS AGAINST RIGHTS, Gosha Rubchinskiy, NEIGHBORHOOD, New Balance, Nike, UNDERCOVER and SOPHNET.

Peruse the looks above and head on over to Wood Wood's site now for your favorite pieces.

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Puff Daddy Is Joined by Ty Dolla $ign & Gizzle for New “You Could Be My Lover” Video

It seems that Puff Daddy just can't stay out of the limelight. The musical veteran is back again with another visual to kick off spring. Alongside LA's own Ty Dolla $ign and an additional verse from Gizzle, the track "You Could Be My Lover" is given the visual complement it deserves. Coming off of Puff Daddy & The Family's latest project, MMM, it may be difficult to watch this and not get up and hit the classic Diddy Bop. Check out Puff Daddy's previous video for "Auction" here and let us know what you think about the newest visual.


Noah Partners With Grant Brittain and Arkitip for Special Capsule Collection

After releasing its 2016 pre-spring drop, Noah is back with a special capsule collaboration in partnership with Grant Brittain and Arkitip. The range offers a selection of three shirts along with a poster which includes some of Grant Brittain's most memorable photos. Each shirt retails for $48 USD while the poster will cost $20 USD. Additionally, Arkitip's own SAS caught up with Grant Brittain for a quick chat about his favorite skaters to shoot, how he wants to be remembered, and more. Read the full Q&A here.

SAS: Have you or do you have a favorite skater to shoot?
GB: I have certain skaters that I still get stoked on shooting. I know that we together will get something stylish and timeless. Chris Miller, Tony Hawk, Steve Caballero and Christian Hosoi are still all good friends of mine and they make getting a good photo easy.

SAS: How would you like to be remembered in the annals of skateboarding history?
GB: I just want to be remembered for shooting some quality images and that I shared my skate photography with the younger photographers coming up after me.

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DSPTCH Drops a Minimalist Collection for Professionals

With the changing workplace in mind, California-based DSPTCH is following up the like of its fifth anniversary "Black Camo" drop with a collection of brand new minimalist work bags for Spring/Summer 2016: the Utility Tote and Portfolio. Made in America, the two pieces are highlighted by rugged mil-spec construction and water-resistant finishes and boast removeable shoulder straps along with dedicated compartments for laptops, tablets and valuables.

Retailing for $120 to $168 USD, the drop is available now via DSPTCH's web store.

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Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala Talks Hoops, Fashion, and the Key to Team Excellence

A bonafide star since his early days with the Philadelphia 76ers, Andre Iguodala’s athleticism and defensive tenacity have become hallmarks of his undeniable talent as a professional athlete, Olympic gold medalist and NBA champion. An overachiever that continually flies under the radar, Andre’s quiet blend of confidence and sophistication has seamlessly allowed his transition off the hardwood into life after basketball, an inevitable reality for every player that walks through the NBA’s proverbial spinning doors.

Enthusiastic in his approach to business and role as an entrepreneur, Iguodala’s arrival in Golden State was a somewhat calculated decision that’s paid dividends with on-court success and personal growth in the tech capital of the world, just a half hour away from the Warriors’ stomping grounds known as “Roarcle” Arena.

During a recent stretch of home games in the middle of one of the most fascinating NBA seasons in recent times, I caught up with Golden State Warriors star forward, fashion connoisseur, and reigning Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala, for some insight into his interests outside of basketball, what he looks for in a startup and a little bit of insight into some of his teammate’s marketing shenanigans, which have shifted the landscape of basketball footwear for the foreseeable future.

On the court, you’re recognized as a world-class athlete, an NBA champion and tenacious hooper, but what’s Andre Iguodala like off the hardwood?

Playing basketball has allowed me to explore so many different things, whether it be traveling to Paris for fashion week or going to Japan on a world championship tour. Off the court, I’m just a guy with a lot of interests. Even though it's a big part of me, my life isn't consumed with just basketball. The foundation is basketball, but like a tree, I’ve been able to branch out and do so many different things that have substance to them. It's not about material things, but just enjoying what's here, while I'm here.

I read while at the University of Arizona you didn’t even know you’d be a lottery pick, until right before the draft. With that in mind, I’m sure you had plans for a profession after college. How soon in your career did you start to think about life after basketball?

I was fortunate enough to have some really positive veteran teammates. These guys were middle-of-the-road, so they were talented, but they also had to carry themselves in a professional manner to stay [in the NBA]. They were really smart about that. Those were the guys who were always thinking, “What’s next for me, what’s after basketball?”

I followed them closely to see how they dressed, how they carried themselves. Being in Philadelphia, which his a very cultured city because of its proximity to New York, you see a lot of different tastemakers and trendsetters. That East Coast vibe you really pick up on and I think being there for a while helped me grow.

When you became a free agent in 2013 you had the opportunity to dictate your future. How much of an influence did Golden State’s proximity to Silicon Valley have on your decision to come to the Warriors?

I was in a unique position to find a place where my off-court interests met with my on-court interests. Obviously, you want to win and that comes first. You want to be in a position where you can help a team win. When you have a place like Silicon Valley so close and so heavily involved in the area you want to try to take advantage of that. That was always an interest of mine from my time in Philly. The timing was perfect as far as basketball goes. The business aspect off the court was at the same level.

I'm very emotional, very into the game, as far as wanting to be perfect, because once you get that feeling of winning a championship, you chase it every time.

You’re obviously into networking when it comes to tech. As an investor, what do you consistently look for in a start-up?

You’re always looking for something that's disruptive. What market hasn't been tapped that you can disrupt? What market hasn't changed in the last 25-50 years and still has the same mom-and-pop mentality, where you can come in and disrupt it?

Everybody's trying to do something. You have to do more and more research. People are coming up with things every day. I've been able to connect with some really forward-thinking people, especially in the African-American community. There's a lot of things in our community that haven't been tapped or haven't been taken advantage of for my people. It’s fun. It's exciting. I'm looking forward to continuing to grow in that regard.

One of the first ventures I noticed you were involved with was online marketplace Twice. Although it was short-lived because of its eventual transformation into eBay Valet, can you talk about your time there and what you learned from that experience?

That was a great experience because you’re trying to find a niche in that space. You're kind of figuring it out for the first time. So you ask yourself, what can I bring to the table? That's something that the team always wants to have set in concrete when we go into a meeting with a company or innovator. How can we disrupt something? How can I implement myself into that company?

With Twice [my role] was becoming the men's style director, curating looks, putting lookbooks together and doing short videos on essential pieces that men needed. That was a great experience in taking baby steps. Having built my brand since I first got into the league, I’ve always wanted to present myself in a certain way and I was able to build some credibility there.

Speaking of online, how do you do your shopping when it comes to clothes?

For me, the hardest thing about shopping is just finding the right size and fit. With handheld devices in your pocket, always in front of you, on plane rides, in hotels at night, you know what you like [from what you see online]. The hardest part is getting it. You have to find the right people to connect with and the right companies who will tailor to your needs.

I was in New York recently and went to the Rochambeau offices. We had a great meeting and are doing some collaborations together. Networking is always important. If you have a passion for something, you'll make time for it. When I travel my schedule is crazy, but like I said, put the right people in your circle and you’ll get things done.

How difficult is it to get fashion houses to make custom clothing for yourself, and athletes in general, who tend to be much larger in size than the general public?

I think it's a process and it's grown over time. When you saw the NBA implement a dress code, no one really knew what it was. No one quite knew what it would come of it. You start seeing players expressing themselves a little bit more with high fashion. The designers at these fashion houses, they started to realize that and said we need to have something for these guys. “They're coming to us for things, so we need to have it ready for them.”

[As NBA players] we’re learning the process as well, of how things work. Putting your order in six months early. You're always a season ahead. Once that season hits, your wardrobe starts coming in. That's becoming the regular routine for us now, as opposed to just going to the store and buying something. We just get it in advance so when the season comes around its ready for us and it fits just right.

How up to date are you on trends and the outlets who dictate them?

A little bit. When I was in Philly I did a lot. I had a few sites that I followed and some blogs on Tumblr. HYPEBEAST, SSENSE, MR PORTER, Life + Times. I had about six or seven blogs that some really cool friends put me onto. I was heavily into it then.

From there you kind of establish exactly what you want in that space. Once you figure it out, you got it. You don't have to see as much because you know exactly what you like and you know who tailors to you. You know what fits on you. You don't need to ask much.

I'm into golf right now. I'm heavily into it, so the better and better I get, the less information that I've been studying before I need. It's about putting your hours in. That's how I’ve come along with fashion.

How do you stack up with Steph on the golf course? I hear he's good.

Not even close. He's really good, too good, jealous good.

So he could compete on the tour?

Yep, he's that good. I watched him shoot under par a couple times. He's like, 'I'm not hitting the ball that well today.' Its crazy. Its fun to watch.

How did you dress as a kid?

As a kid? We were barely getting by, like month-to-month, but I didn’t realize it. You think everything's cool, like 'We're all right. I've got a coat. I got some cool kicks.' Every once in a while at Christmas time I got some presents. My mother was fashion forward. You had your school clothes and you had your play clothes. As soon as you come home you had to take off your clothes. That established a respect for nice things at a young age. 'I don't want to mess these jeans up because I just got them.'

That's how my kid is. His Nikes are on his desk and they're spotless.

It's funny seeing that. That's kind of how I was raised. Easter was a big day. That's when you put on a suit once a year. You went shopping for that one day. It got established at a young age that you want to present yourself in the right manner for your surroundings.

What's that one piece in your wardrobe that you just can't do without?

I feel naked if I don't have a watch on. It's weird. When I walk out of the house and I don't have my watch, I start fidgeting with my left wrist. It just bugs me all the time so I have to have a watch on. Even though the time's never right.

When I travel my schedule is crazy, but like I said, put the right people in your circle and you’ll get things done.

With the squad doing as well as it has been this season, there isn’t much to nitpick, but on an individual level, what would you say is the part of your game you’re always looking to perfect?

[The team] is like a band playing in sync, you want your whole set to be perfect. Although you know somebody might go off beat, maybe one note, no one really notices, because the team is so good and they keep it together. Every game I’m striving for that perfect set, from my teammates, from myself and from our coaching staff.

I'm very emotional, very into the game, as far as wanting to be perfect, because once you get that feeling of winning a championship, you chase it every time. Its like chasing a high. You just keep chasing it.

We won by 30-40 points one night and I was like, "Okay, we did ten things wrong.” My teammates think I'm crazy. They’re like, "We just won." I'm like, "We're not playing against the Phoenix Suns, we're playing against ourselves and I want us to be perfect every single night.” Just having that mindset, making sure my game is always ready, even when you're not feeling well, you're just willing yourself to play at a high level every single night. It's a mindset.

How tough was it transitioning from being the star player on a team to coming to a star-studded lineup in Golden State where you’re sometimes waiting in the shadows to shine, much like you did in last year’s Finals?

I was 29 at the time [I came to Golden State] so I had done a lot in my career and I was really wanting to win. The coach we had at the time was Mark Jackson, so I wasn't worried about that just because I had watched him coach these guys.

Everyone played with such a free spirit. You just play to your strengths. There was enough room and enough time for everybody to shine and do their thing, so I wasn't really worried about that, but when you bring a new guy into a team that has a core set up, theres a chance for some friction there. Guys might not want you to outshine them, but we never had that problem. It was pretty easy because I played point guard until my senior year of high school. Most people don't know that because I was on the scene so late. I was just used to feeding everybody else and getting mine at the same time.

Being in Philly and having to take all of the load and take all of the blame, that helps you grow, but it also helps to take a backseat, so we all can succeed and we all share the wealth and then we all share the blame. Just seeing everything [in my career], from hostile environments to high profile environments, you grow to understand how the game works.

I think the most rewarding part of watching Warriors games is getting that college style rush, where everyone is having fun and competing. You don’t see that with many, if any, other teams in the NBA. It’s infectious.

I don't like giving this secret away, but… it's funny because I was reading something one time.

This was when Boston had KG and Rondo, Paul and Ray, and all those guys. They were talking about player contact, teammate contact and how it correlated to wins. Teams that high five the most have a higher winning percentage. It was just weird to me so I just started trying it. Just making sure I high fived my teammates all the time like, 'It's all right!'.

In Philly, that was one of my favorite teams, that was like one of my top two teams. Obviously the team here with the title and winning the championship [is special], but that Philly team might be my favorite team because of how close we were. Although we weren't the most talented team, we got the most out of ourselves, night in and night out. Teams knew they had to fight to win against us. We always slapped hands, we always hung out, we always kept in contact with each other off the court. Those are the things that help you the most when you’re in the trenches and in tough situations with your backs against the wall. Those are the guys you’ve got to fight with.

I remember when Kent Bazemore was with the dubs, he was the team spirit. Kent Bazemore! [laughs]

Ken’s my man. Good kid. He’s in Atlanta right now. He was a guy who didn't play much but had a brand. It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen. He would work the hell out of his brand, but he didn't play his first year.

He was with a shoe company and he was reppin' the hell out of them. That turned into Steph going there… he was pitching Steph the whole time. It was funny.

Man, he could have been with anyone. He didn't care. 'This is my company and it's the best company of all time.'

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