Monthly Archives: April 2016

LANDLORD Unveils Inaugural 2016 Fall/Winter Collection Lookbook

Newly founded New York clothing label LANDLORD has recently propelled onto the market with an impressive first collection for this year's fall/winter season. Heavily referencing dated workwear silhouettes and materials, the collection is composed of loose, boxy fits and utilitarian-inspired components all across a selection of earthy colors. Through experimenting with the proportions of certain streetwear basics, LANDLORD's offering encompasses full nylon jackets with billowing sleeves, oversized pocketing, drop-shoulder outerwear and heavy, exaggerated hardware in the form of zippers and pull tabs. Head directly to LANDLORD's official website where more information on this mysterious new-comer is scheduled to arrive shortly.

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New Balance 1300 “Connoisseur Sheer Grey”

New Balance unveils the latest sneakers from its "Connoisseur" line with the 1300 in a clean gray colorway. Premium nubuck and mesh materials embrace the upper, as 3M details and leather accents are added throughout, elevating the overall design. The shoe sits atop a two-toned rubber midsole featuring the brand's signature ENCAP technology, which is known for increasing support and durability. The "Made in U.S.A" creation also contains embroidered branding along the heel and a custom tongue tab highlighting the model number. Purchase a pair of the runners at retailers like Feature Sneaker Boutique now for $200 USD.

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The New SFMoMA Opens Its Doors in May

San Francisco's Modern Museum of Art will finally open its doors after being closed for nearly three years due to a $305 million USD renovation. The newly-expanded space encompasses over 170,000 square foot of indoor and outdoor gallery space, designed by international architectural firm Snøhetta. According to The New York Times, the building will be larger than the Museum of Modern Art in New York and will be the largest museum in the Bay Area as it spans an entire block. Nearly 33,000 works will be on display, with a strong concentration on 20th-century art, spanning from Warhol silk-screens to Calder mobiles and more. An emphasis on geopolitical and international works will also be made as a Bauhaus-inspired installation by Portuguese artist Leonor Antunes and pieces from Ai Weiwei and Mark Bradford will all be showcased in the upgraded 10-story space.

The new SFMoMA will be open to the public starting on Saturday, May 14th.

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HYPETRAK Explores the Sounds Behind Drake’s Fourth Studio Album ‘VIEWS’

With the roll out of Drake's fourth studio album 'VIEWS' causing mass social media hysteria and a number of notably conflicting opinions across the board, HYPETRAK has picked apart the rapper's production to better understand its samples and the fellow artists helping shape such cultural phenomena. With various dancehall, Caribbean references interweaved throughout, it comes as no surprise that stars like Popcaan, Beenie Man and Mavado have been featured in some way or another on a number of tracks including “Controlla” and “9.” Amongst such "far flung" references, Drake's production team has also chosen a number of notable figures in the world of R&B, gospel, hip-hop and punk, with VIEWS featuring Malcolm McLaren, Mary J. Blige and the ever-admired Brandy. Check out HYPETRAK to read the full article and allow yourself to be surprised by the album's captivating sample selection.

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PUMA Sees a Sales Growth in 2016 Thanks to Rihanna

PUMA has reported on its first quarter statement for 2016 and sales are up 3.7%, nearly $975 million USD (+7.3% currency adjusted), with the footwear category being the main growth driver and a "strong momentum in women's business."

According to the company's brand and marketing takeaways:

One highlight for PUMA in the first quarter was the FENTY PUMA by Rihanna fashion show at New York Fashion Week in February. A series of styles for the female consumer have been launched successfully, both in collaboration with Rihanna as well as in our inline collection. Key footwear styles such as Creeper and FENTY Trainer sold out within weeks or days.

Rihanna has been leading the creative direction for the brand since 2014 and highly-covetable items from her Fenty line have been known to resale for $1,000. PUMA CEO Bjorn Gulden stated, "The women’s business helps on the men’s side too. Rihanna opens the door." With RiRi being hailed as the most marketable celebrity, it's no surprise that her association with the brand has helped it thrive. PUMA also confirms the positive forecast for the rest of the year through new marketing concepts and innovative products.

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Phil Knight Presents Stephen Colbert With a Pair of Bespoke Nike Air Prestos

Following the successful release of his highly anticipated memoir Shoe Dog, Nike co-founder and current chairman Phil Knight took to The Late Show to present Stephen Colbert with an exclusive, one-of-a-kind pair of Air Presto sneakers. Covered in a plethora of illustrations significant to The Late Show host, the shoe's duo-tone, white/purple upper featured, amongst other images, a South Caroline flag, the eagle from Colbert's old Comedy Central show and an accompanying salt shaker related to his mother. Enjoy the clip above and let us know what you think of these bespoke classics.


A 1954 Jaguar XK120M That Went From Roadster to Race Car

The 1954 Jaguar XK120M possesses a unique character with its exterior design, but the one above also contains a rich history due to its transformation from a regular roadster to a race-ready car. Tom Jaycox, Jr., a passionate car enthusiast and regular at the Vintage Sports Car Club of America acquired the model in the late 1960s and recreated the vehicle to mimic period factory racers, inspired by a XK120S at Silverstone. He began by removing all of the amenities like the windshield and carpets to lighten the weight, and replaced the seats with LT1 racing seats. Then, he modified the engine and fitted the car with aluminum-rimmed C-type wheels. With the consultation of British racing company Leyland Motors, the vehicle became a race-ready machine. Since then, this XK120M has gone through numerous modifications and restorations, but vintage details including a Moto-Lita handcrafted wooden steering wheel and well-worn interior remain, evoking the owner's legacy and automobile's rare past.

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Watch Drake’s Surprise Performance During the Raptors Halftime Show

Drake took to the halftime stage during the Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers game yesterday for a surprise performance to somewhat ease the pivotal loss endured by the home team. Having released his highly anticipated fourth studio album 'VIEWS' the very same day, Drake watched the game from a balcony overlooking Jurassic Park, before taking to the stage and performing his hit single 'Energy' for all unsuspecting Raptors fans. Check out some fan-filmed footage, as well as a little something from the man himself below.

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A First Look at Han Kjøbenhavn’s 2016 Spring/Summer Collection Lookbook

Fresh off the back of yet another successful presentation at this year's Copenhagen fashion week, Han Kjøbenhavn has released some exclusive imagery ahead of its forthcoming 2016 spring/summer collection lookbook. Paying homage to the upbringing of founders Jannik Wikkelsø Davidsen and Tim Faith Hancock, the collection features a distinct suburban edge paired with notably formal elements and sporting motifs. The brand's latest offering presents a blend between two completely contrasting stylistic cues in a way unlike no other. Naturally, each piece features a certain Scandinavian aesthetic through the application of refined tailoring and muted coloring. The first Han Kjøbenhavn 2016 spring/summer drop is now available to shop at the brand's official website.

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PUMA Develops a Robot to Help You Run Faster

While wearables have taken off in the past few years to help people track their fitness levels and increase motivation, PUMA shifts the focus to peripheral technology by introducing the BeatBot. The programmable and self-driving robot creates a visual target as it races alongside you, providing a separate cue to beat from a time on a stopwatch. Runners can choose the time and distance they want to run against, and the BeatBot will pace itself with the programmed metrics -- even matching Usain Bolt's 44-km/hour world record. Designed by a NASA robotics engineer, MIT students and ad agency JWT, the robot contains nine IR sensors, dual GoPro cameras and wheels programmed via Arduino. The current model is only available to PUMA-sponsored athletes for now, but the company hopes to roll out new products soon to inspire athletes at all levels.


YEEZY Season 2 Will Not Be Releasing This Summer

As Kanye West fans around the world eagerly await anything the artist/designer releases, it turns out that his YEEZY Season 2 collection will not be releasing this summer like with traditional spring/summer deliveries. In an email sent by the brand's new president, Pete Fox, he lets retailers know that the Season 2 apparel lineup, "will not be produced in its entirety or launched following a traditional fashion calendar." He also lets the stockists know that certain pieces from the collection will be released throughout the year as they move to a season-less model, while Season 3 will not be affected by this change in plan. Apparently the change in release is due to the effort to deliver better quality for the best price points.

For the footwear side of things, retailers have been told that it will be released globally on June 6, so sneaker fans need not worry for now. Let us know what you think in the comments below and whether you were looking to buy any of the pieces.

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The musically gifted entrepreneur that is William Adams -- better known as -- has been spending his time developing his latest venture from the tech industry: the dial, a smartwatch with its own voice-recognized virtual assistant called AneedA. Like its artificial sisters - Siri, Cortana and Alexa -- AneedA is programmed to execute orders and provide search results while keeping your hands free. While the virtual assistant is no new innovation, the dial claims that AneedA will be able to "tailor responses to each consumer." Only time will tell how well that plays out. In the meantime, readers in the UK will have a chance to Pre-Order the dail from UK's mobile network provider Three, with the catch of needing to sign up on a new contract as the dial actually supports a Three SIM card. Head over to Three's website to learn more about the smartwatch.

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