Monthly Archives: November 2017

Nike Air Max 97 Ultra Premium Surfaces in Olive

Nike's Air Max 97 Ultra Premium is back to complement the previously shared all-black iteration. The sleek silhouette is treated in an olive coloring that's presented on its upper while the outsole is done in black. Its midsole welcomes white while its full-length visible Air Max unit sees black. The traditional piping found on the original Air Max 97 is swapped out for uniformed lining circling its upper. Nike branding returns to familiar areas such as each lateral and medial side, tongues and heels.

There's currently no official word as to when these will hit retailers, but stay tuned for further information. While olive is the trending shade of the season, how do these compare to the standard AM97 in Country Camo?

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Kuro Reinvents the Canadian Tuxedo for Spring/Summer 2018

Tokyo denim imprint Kuro is back with a new array of Spring/Summer goods. Bolstering tapered trousers with simple layering, the Japanese brand continues juxtaposing contemporary styling with denim.

Kuro offers an array of high-waisted, pleated pants and oversized jackets in lightweight, washed denim, granting a rugged edge to the understated items. The cuts recall European tailoring, with trim crops and clean lines, but the fabric is quintessential Japan. Boxy tees and relaxed chore coats shift proportions and the label's signature loosely-threaded tag adds visual interest to outerwear.

Check out the brand's website for more information on its products. For more Japanese fashion, check out Hender Scheme's forthcoming Summer 2018 drop.

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BMW Introduces the Drop Top i8 Roadster

BMW has introduced the newest additions in its line of flagship hybrid sports cars, an upgraded version of the i8 coupe and now the i8 Roadster. Added to both vehicle's current parameters are a slightly improved 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, bumped up electric motor, and higher capacity battery.

The roadster can hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and the coupe 4.2 seconds, each will also travel on electric power alone at speeds of up to 65 mph (instead of just 43 mph) – or 75 mph in eDrive mode.  Highlighted however is the addition of a folding soft-top for the Roadster, which voids the rear seats to allow the raising roof to operate in 15 seconds at speeds up to 31 mph. The top also folds into a small Z-shaped vertical stack. Both versions are set to arrive in US showrooms next spring, with pricing to be revealed.

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A Detailed Look Inside the BAPE Paris Store

Following several teasers, including a camouflage Jaguar parked outside of colette, BAPE's new Paris flagship is finally open. With exclusive drops and a bevy of branded goods, the store is a dream come true for Parisian fans.

With everything from sunglasses to socks available, the store is a mecca for the BAPE-faithful. The store's iconic imagery is on display; APE HEAD artwork by Adam Lister complements framed graphic T-shirts and digital camouflage wallpaper surrounds a host of T-shirts, sneakers and accessories. Celebrating the store's opening, BAPE unveiled a collection done up in the French Tricolor, which was displayed alongside a new MASTERMIND collaboration.

Stop by the store if you're in the neighborhood and keep an eye on its Instagram page for updates. For more in-demand drops, check out the looks from today's Supreme x The North Face drop.

BAPE Paris
34 Rue de la Verrerie
Paris, France

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Kinetics x FILA Releases 96 GL “Velour” Pack

Tokyo's own Kinetics has joined forces with FILA to share its take on the 96 GL model. Dubbed the "Velour" Pack, a duo of sneakers make up the drop boasting burgundy and black colorway choices. In addition to Velour making its way onto the silhouette, suede and leather are welcomed into the fold by being incorporated on areas such as the heel straps and side paneling. Kinetics and FILA add some spice to the mix via gold detailing that's found on the stitched branding throughout each sneaker.

Kinetics x FILA 96 GL's "Velour" Pack is currently available via Kinetics in both burgundy and black iterations. Back in October, the Tokyo shop also collaborated with Thrasher on an apparel capsule.

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Under Armour Premieres New Basketball Series “Shoot Your Shot”

Under Armour has recently placed their own twist to your traditional talk show with a new video series. Dubbed "Shoot Your Shot," popular social media figure Brandon Armstrong aka B-Dot takes the roll of host as the first episode welcomes fellow social media analyst @FamousLos32. Los takes part in the shooting contest while answering a few questions about topics such as the game, the beginnings of his social media success, his own go-to basketball moves and more.

Take a look at the first episode of Under Armour's "Shoot Your Shot" video series above to see how much Los scored and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Converse Reinterprets the Fastbreak in a Mid Zip Iteration

Following to the summer release of the ‘80s-inspired Fastbreak, Converse revamps the Fastbreak silhouette in a Mid Zip rendition for winter. First introduced in ’83 on street courts that influenced the ’80s trends, the Fastbreak Zip is designed to be lightweight and breathable -- featuring foam-backed nylon for supported cushion. Its premium Riri zipper functionality makes for an easy slip-on. Available in black, white, and antique brown colorways, the new edition also sports a waterproof leather upper and Thinsulate lining upgrades to brave the winter season.

Check out the visuals above and head over to Converse’s official site to purchase the Fastbreak Mid Zip on Tuesday, December 5 for $150 USD.

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Supreme Fans Flexed Outerwear and Sneaker Heat for Today’s The North Face Drop

This week saw the release of the eagerly anticipated Supreme x The North Face collaboration, which fans wasted no time in showing off.

Those that didn't toss on their new jackets showed up with the best The North Face outerwear from past seasons. A map jacket from 2014, fur print Nuptse from 2013 and camo Expedition Pullover from 2010 were all on display, as well as this season's jacquard print "Fuck 'Em" puffer. Not all heat were worn above the waist, as there was plenty of fire on foot -- Sean Wotherspoon's Air Max 97/1 hybrid, Vaporflys from Virgil Abloh's "The Ten", and plenty of YEEZY BOOSTs all showed up to Supreme's store on Lafayette Street.

Take a look at the gear above. Who wore it best? As always, let us know and take a look at the scene at Supreme's London counterpart.

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Once Again, Google Is Voted the Best Place to Work

Using transparency site Comparably, Business Insider sourced employee ratings to create its list of the top 50 companies to work for. In an anticlimactic twist, Google was voted the best company in terms of company culture, and also made the tops of similar lists.

The list was compiled from anonymous employee ratings sourced from January 1 to November 17, 2017. No incentives were given to submit a report, and the list only included businesses that employ over 500 employees. Google's diversity, overall employee happiness, compensation and leadership is second to none -- with nearly 16,000 rankings. It took the top spot from the second-highest rated company, Hubspot, which boasts about 6,400 rankings. Other notable companies on the list include Facebook (#3), Netflix (#9), Amazon (#11) and Apple (#18).

2017 was a very positive year for Google, which saw it surpass peers like Twitter and Apple in consumer trust. Meanwhile the tech giant continues improving products ranging from its emojis to driverless cars.

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Clarks Outfits Two Wallabee Boots in GORE-TEX

After linking up with UBIQ for a joint pop-up, Clarks takes us back to the iconic Wallabee Boot for a seasonally-appropriate new drop.

Outfitted with GORE-TEX for superior weather resistance, this new Wallabee Boot collection features the iconic moccasin style with functional aspects to fight back against the elements of fall and winter. Available in a brown and black colorways, the new Clarks GORE-TEX Wallabee Boot is both fashionable and durable; feel free to brave the storms and streets with this one.

You can take a look at Clarks' new GORE-TEX Wallabee Boot run above, and head on over to the brand's official website for more. For more GORE-TEX goods for the colder months, check out Stussy and Windstopper's recent collaboration.

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Warner Bros. & Intel Want You Watching Movies in Your Autonomous Car

Warner Bros. and Intel are entering a joint partnership to inject some fun into to the latter's autonomous car computing platform.

Announced at the LA Auto Show, Warner Bros and Intel's plans revolve around providing entertainment to passengers in self-driving cars; specifically, that means those in the aforementioned vehicles could be able to watch films, play video games and check up on their favorite TV series as they navigate the streets. Outside of normal visual applications, Intel is also looking into the possibility of "augmented reality" programs for passengers. While this joint effort is the first of its kind, other tech juggernauts like Apple are also working on their own ideas for self-driving vehicles.

While we're still a few years away from self-driving cars in the public service realm, Intel's focus on delivering 5G data connections should ensure plenty of potential in the future. As recent deals from companies like Uber and Volvo have shown, a promising market is forming.

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A Pokémon Cafe Is Coming to Tokyo

Tokyo is getting a permanent Pokémon Cafe next year. The Pokémon Company International announced that the titled "DX" Pokémon Center will make its debut in Takashimaya Nihombashi, a high-end department store in Japan. The new retail store will house the Pokemon Cafe restaurant, which will serve Pokemon-themed dishes to patrons.

Pokemon Center stores sell any and all Poké-related merch imaginable, but they only pop-up for a few months at a time. This location will be permanent and is expected to be a major tourist attraction. Tokyo already has threePokémon Center locations, including the massive "Mega Tokyo" in Sunshine City Alpa. The  Pokemon Center DX will be the twelfth Pokemon Center store in Japan, each possessing its own mascot and exclusive items. The Pokemon Center and Cafe will open on March 14, 2018.

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