Friday, July 31, 2009

Zoom Air Paul Rodriguez III Full Length Commercial

The full length Nike Paul Rodriguez commercial dropped today and its pretty dope.

(via. NikeSB)

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Diamond Supply Co. x DVS JDUBBS

The Tiffany Dunk remains today one of the most sought after Nike Dunks quite possibly of all time. Nick is sticking to the colorway for the upcoming Diamond Supply Co. x DVS JDUBBS collaboration. The epi-suede front and back features not only similar characteristics of the Dunk but also the Diamond x DVS Jeron Wilson that dropped in October of 2007. According to CtotheJL the shoe is rumored to be dropping as a pack consisting of a New Era. I would also image that Spring would feature a corresponding tee. The shoes are dropping January 2010 coinciding with Nicks birthday.

(via. CtotheJL)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Diamond Supply Co. Falling Tee

Here is a preview of the Diamond Supply Co. Falling tee, one of the Holiday 2009 Diamond hook-ups.

(via. NickTershay)

Maestro Knows - Season 2 - Episode 2

Maestro Knows - Episode 2 (Berlin) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

Scott Sasso Speaks

Scott Sasso speaks on life before 10. Deep from 10 Deep on Vimeo.

10Deep founder Scott Sasso and his right hand man Emeka Obi spoke at New Design High School in NYC a few months back about the principles of entrepreneurship and using design to start a business. Here is the footage the Obi shot that give some insight to the humble beginnings and future plans for 10Deep.

(via. OmekaObi)

Crooks & Castles Sunset Boulevard

Bobby provided some pictures of the new Crooks & Castles Concept Store among the high end boutiques on Sunset Boulevard. The store features all things Crooks including a series of special items including a Crooks Teddy Bear, Gold Medusa Earrings and a special Crooks Rolex Watch.

If you are in town check out the spot at 8570 Sunset Blvd and enough check out Bobby's blog entry Can't Stop Won't Stop.

8570 Sunset Blvd Suite 6.1
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 652-3007

(via. TheHundreds)

Us Versus Them 2009 Fall/Winter Collection

Here is a peek at some of Southern California's Us Versus Them Fall/Winter tee collection.

The collection is vast and will drop over the course of two deliveries beginning with a mid-September drop and followed by an early November drop which will feature the designs on crewnecks and hoodies.

Among the bold and graphically inclined collection is a re-introduction of their Magnum logo and Miscreanats mascot as well as a Crooks & Castles collaboration.

"Over the past four years, Us Versus Them has defined itself through bold, meaningful designs that carry a slightly dark, cynical twist. Using their name as a jumping point to explore themes of individualism, idealism, rivalry and oppression, while maintaining a classic signature look, allows the brand to explore heavy themes without having to take itself too seriously". - Hypebeast

You can see the collection in its entirety here.

(via. Hypebeast)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A.R.C. Nike Dunk High TZ Release

This Saturday, August 1st, at 2PM, Alife Rivington Club is set to release the A.R.C. Nike Dunk High Supreme TZ at its A.R.C. Sports location at 157 Rivington Street.
In contrast to the previous collaborative release between Alife Rivington Club and Nike—the all white A.R.C. AF1—this A.R.C. Nike Dunk High features an all black upper adorned by a white Swoosh and a white A.R.C. seal on the heel. As with the AF1, the upper sits on a tonal midsole and gum colored outsole.
Hidden within the shoe's simple and classic upper design are technical features that enhance its functionality, most notably in the use of Schoeller technical fabrics and 0.44 sticky rubber outsole.

The A.R.C. Nike Dunk High retails for $158.00 and will be accompanied by a complimentary “Black, White, Gum & Bang!” T-shirt to the first 100 customers that purchase the shoe. For those who are not in the first 100, the shirt will also be available for purchase.

Last but not least, in celebration of this release, A.R.C. has invited world-reknown turntablist and scratch champion DJ Craze to host a reception open to all that purchase the A.R.C. Nike Dunk High.

The Black, White, Gum & Bang! party will be hosted in A.R.C.'s own courtyard between 3 PM and 6 PM and feature complimentary drinks.

For more information, call A.R.C. sports – 212 253 0363.

(via. A.R.C.)

Monday, July 27, 2009

13th Witness Photography

Just browsing 13th Witness's blog and came across a couple really great shots from over the past couple days. Something to get the Monday morning creative energies flowing. Enjoy.

(via. HypeBeast)

Yo-Yo Nation: Pat Cuartero

It has become apparent to me that New York takes bowling very seriously. This weekend consisted of a trip to Brooklyn Bowl and Lucky Strike. Correct me if I am wrong but I think the last time I went bowling, prior to this weekend, bowling lanes were packed with birthday parties and old people. My last trip to the lanes was probably when I was 12 and the facilities featured two dozen plus lanes, popcorn, pop and pizza. However bowling is next level here with bouncers, dress codes, VIP, projectors, full up scale restaurants and 2 hour waiting lists for lanes. Last night I had the opportunity to bowl a few games with Johan Lam (3sixteen), Kiya Babzani (Self Edge), and Pat Cuartero (Yo-Yo Nation).

Prior to last nights meeting I had only heard about Pat and Yo-Yo Nation. The name might ring a bell for a few people seeing that Pat graced the cover of the Wall Street Journal this week and is being featured in the upcoming issue of Time Out New York.

A few years ago Pat found himself in a cubical at Merrill Lynch. Not truly satisfied with the job Pat left his six figure salary job on Wall St. and founded Yo-Yo Nation. Pat is not only a accomplished Yo-Yo Professional but the CEO and founder of Yo-Yo Nation, the leader in North American Yo-Yo sales. You know the man means business when he heads out to the bowling lanes with a yo-yo dangling from his belt loop which had bouncers, servers and employees gawking when he started throwing down.

Friday, July 24, 2009

10deep Holiday Preview

Here are a few images from Agenda in Huntington Beach and the 10deep holiday 09 preview. The preview of 'Larger Living' which seems to consist of alot of work wear inspired pieces mixed with classic 10deep motif.


Union NYC Closes Up Shop

Union was established in 1989 at 172 Spring Street. The store was the first of its kind and pioneered a focus on what is now labeled “Streetwear”. In 2007, the shop moved to a larger location at 176 Spring Street. Over the past few months the stock and quantity has dwindled due to the current state of the economy and the condition of the streetwear scene. As a result, after 20 years stocking some of the premiere street labels. Union NYC will be replaced by Stussy NYC.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Freshjive Calls Out Alife

I don't know if Freshjive just ran out of ideas with their new non-branding approach or if there is a little growing tension between Freshjive and Alife. During the Agenda tradeshow in Huntington Beach this week Freshjive was boasting their new Gaylife tee and hat. The design bears classic Alife treatment. Though it reminds me of the jokes from my junior high days (which granted are still pretty funny), I am pretty sure no one will be wearing this. On the other hand I am pretty sure this was more of a marketing tool to bring people into the booth and cause a little ruckus and online traffic. Time will tell.

(via. CtotheJL)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

(capsule) New York - TSOVET Watches

Jeff Carvalho from Selectism stopped by the office yesterday to chat and check out the upcoming 3sixteen footwear and Tanner goods. While he was here he was discussing a few of the things that caught his eye at (capsule) New York. Not that I am comparing this to Nixon by any means but I have always loved silhouettes like the Esquire or Capital. I am a big fan of the slightly larger circular faces. He spoke pretty highly of watch company TSOVET. Here is what he had to say about the watch and some of the accompanying pictures.

"TSOVET drops a variety of new models at (capsule). The Field Watch (shown above) was drawing the attention of our Philly editor – with its blue hands and clean simple face. Other models pull from marine influences as well as other big face monsters that are still trending well at the moment. The collection from TSOVET continues to mature nicely". - JC

(via. Selectism)

Maestro Knows - Season 2 - Episode 1

Maestro Knows - Episode 1 (Bread & Butter) from Maestro Knows on Vimeo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Patta x Pro-Keds Royal Hi And Lo

Patta x Pro-Keds Promo from Masta Lee on Vimeo.

I will be coping the Patta x Pro-Keds Royal Lo, assuming I can get my hands on them. These might be one of the best pairs of shoes I have seen this year, although I am still pretty stoked on the Supra Skytop x Palms collaboration for one reason or another. I am a sucker for white and the leather is on point.

"They kept it very clean with these and used premium pebbled leather on the upper on natural gumsoles. The Lo’s and Hi’s are sold separately and each sneaker comes with a heavy duty grocery bag. Patta will be launching the project this coming weekend, July 25th, in store in Amsterdam. Other select retailers will also get the product beginning of August."

(via. HighSnobiety)

Ever Growing Hat Collection: Alife Ball-out

I remember when the Alife 'Ball Out' Reebok Court Victory Pumps were released a few years ago. At the time I was really stoked for them but at the time found myself more into fitteds. I debated trying to get a hold of the shoes but at the time being in Canada it was next to impossible to cop 1 of the 84 pairs and the limited disposable income at the time deterred me from buying. A short year and a bit later the 'Ball Out' concept was transitioned onto a New Era fitted. Everywhere I tried I missed the boat. I thought about buying it on eBay but was pretty sure a majority were knock-offs. So I have spent the last year patiently waiting to get my hands on one.

Look what arrived today in the mail. Hey-oh. Thanks to DT at Alife Hollywood for the hook ups. Greatly appreciated. Think I might just pop it on for the opening of Self Edge New York Friday.

Nike SB July ‘09 Quickstrikes

Thanks to Premier we get a glimpse of the July '09 Nike SB Quickstrikes. In the mix is a Carolina Blue Nike SB Dunk low and a buttery cream Blazer. In my opinion this is one of the nicest Blazers to come to market in the last couple years. Aside from the blazer offering a great silhouette this particular version is set off by the contrast of the laces and detailed with the color matched toe. Its all about the details.

(via. Premier)

Freshcotton x Ben G x The Hundreds XXX

The Hundreds show love for two of their Dutch retail accounts. First up is Freshcotton who stocks everything from Diamond and Undefeated to Noah's Ark and Sperry. The other is Ben G who stocks Nike SB and Crooks. The collaboration consists of a tee and snapback and incorporates elements and motifs of traditional Amsterdam convention. The line up is set to drop this weekend at Ben G and the 29th at Freshcotton. The shirt turned out really rad but I feel the hat is up for discussion.

(via. MashKulture and TheHundreds)

Tuesday's Chill Track: "She Don't Wanna Man" - Asher Roth

This weeks Tuesday Chill Track coes from Asher Roth's current album, Asleep In The Bread Aisle. 'She Don't Wanna Man' features Keri Hilson and is sure to be the next club banger, if it isn't already. If your are in Denver, Colorado tonight enjoy the show.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Patta x Nike Air Max 1 Sample

These are some images of a pair of Air Max 1s designed by Amsterdam Shoe Boutique Patta. Patta is one of the 6 or 7 Nike Tier Zero accounts worldwide - which is the most elite account that Nike offers. By the sounds of it this will remain only a sample with only three in existence. It's a shame as the shoe is really nice. If you're a 9 you can make an offer on one of three pairs that has made its way onto eBay for $1899.99. The shoe features white with black and lucky green accents and a combination of canvas and mesh. The insoles featured the Pink Floyd's The Wall cover art.

(via. Mash)

Kid Cudi – Make Her Say ft. Kanye West & Common Video

(via. OnSmash)

Mishka 350 Broadway Closed

Mishka's flagship store at 350 Broadway is closed today for renovations? This cracks me up as Mishka just opened the store some 4 months ago, Friday March 13 if memory serves me correctly. Greg and Ease assure us that Big Things are coming. I bet they are just hungover from the weekend.

(via. Broadway)

Monday Morning Playlist: Mike McCarney

Although Mike has been globe trotting the past couple weeks he was gracious enough to make time to contribute his two cents worth for this weeks Monday Morning Playlist.

Akomplice clothing emerged in 2004 in Carbondale, Colorado. At the young ages of 18 and 20, Patrick and Mike McCarney meshed their love for music and design into what is now a head to toe collection that features denim, graphic tees, fitteds, and outwear. Mike, at age 17, moved to New York and interned with record label One Music as well as a clothing company called Demographx. During his time at Demographx Mike worked alongside Eric Marino (now a partner of Rocksmith/Kilo) harvesting his passion for fashion. Returning home he partnered up with his brother, Patrick, as founded Akomplice. The two landed their first account, TRUE SF, shortly after. I hit Mike with a few questions to shed a little light on the day to day operations and future plans as the duo are soon to surpass the five year hump.

What's a normal day in the life a day at Akomplice?

It changes everyday, and that is one of the best things about Akomplice. One week I could be in Vegas at a trade show selling our products to retailers. Then the next week I could be putting together a release party for Akomplice with one of my favorite artists. Most jobs these days you’re a sprocket or a cog, and you have the same function in the company day in and day out. Thank god I got something that changes up so much.

What's the concept behind the name Akomplice?

This is a funny story. I thought up the name accomplish. My partner thought I said Accomplice and was like "that's hot but we will spell it with a K instead of two C's", we then started thinking about the term, we researched it’s meaning worldwide and found that in many countries Accomplice means a friend or partner to an act, this represented what we wanted to create, a partnership with the world, every person who rocks AK is an Akomplice to the movement.

How would you describe your own sense of style?

It continues to change. Currently I tend to be clean and calm with something that stands out, maybe on my feet. I am mixing contemporary with streetwear for a lack of a better word.

How do you and Patrick divide duties?

I am more hands on with design and Patrick is more hands on with the retailers and the musicians we work with.

At what point in your life did you decide to take the route of establishing a clothing line?

I said, "I wanna actually make clothing that has a meaning". Patrick told me "we can't deviate from making our music, and if we are to make it we gotta stay focused, plus you don't know how to work any design programs". I said, "Naw, I am just going to do both". Then boom. Season 1. Which were honestly my first designs ever. I made 10 designs and we used 7 of them.

Do you remember the first article of clothing you created?

Yes we got in the shirt "Death for Peace?” The printers we used for that were shifty quality and it was before we made the blob in the background look like the USA (see pic attached). We were still hyped, but we knew there was a lot that needed improvement.

Your clothing line has featured in prestigious magazines and worn by several celebrities-that's a huge accomplishment. Are you surprised with the success the line has received?

Yes and no. We put in a lot of work to grow the brand gradually and made a lot of good moves. We had a lot of great luck also. One of the biggest reasons we have been successful is because people have just naturally liked our clothes. Many brands are built on hype and connections. Our brand was built by the people. And of course having artists like: The Game, Alchemist, Big Boi, Ludacris, Raekwon of Wu-Tang, Young Joc, Turtle from Entourage, Guru of Gangstarr, Immortal Technique, Talib Kweli, and Nate Robinson rocking the gear in music videos, magazines, or just on the daily, has been inspiring and super helpful.

Any plans to celebrate the 5 year hump?

We have a lot of crazy things brewing. In October our plan is to start releasing our 5-year projects. We have collaboration shoes and all sorts of ill joints.

Have you ever thought about expanding your brand (women's)?

We constantly are. This season we are releasing our first shorts, sweaters, polos and boxers. Last season we came out with our first coat, vest, flask, scarf, New Era, and rugby. We plan on just keep doing new and exciting things.

Perhaps creating a female line? We have dabbled in women's clothing which always sells great, but we just haven't had enough time to expand it and take it further. We will see what the future holds.

There are thousands of hopefuls who aspire to create their own line day. What's the best piece of advice you could give them?

Don't spend money left and right. Also if possible bring something the market doesn't already have, that will help a lot. Stay creative and always follow your passion.

Here is the Monday Morning Playlist courtesy of Mr. Mike McCarney which features an array of tracks, artists and albums. Oh and if anyone has the 10 Shades of Blue tee feel free to mail it to me haha. Enjoy.

New and Old
Simon Says
Mystic (first 5 tracks from her latest CD)
Stat Quo
Jay-z - Blueprint 2
Big L
Young De x Cassius - Gods Plan
Immortal Technique Vol.2
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Beatles - Everything
Otis Redding - Respect
Michael Jackson - Billy Gene
Dire Straights - Romeo and Juliet
Van Morrison

(Photos by Blake Peterson)

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Anyone Remember This 1993 Classic

1993 saw movies Jurassic Park, Mrs. Doubtfire, Cool Runnings, Schindler's List, Rookie of the Year and Adam Kelso's favourite movie The Firm tear up box offices, but does anyone remember sleeper hit Meteor Man. The movie was written, directed and starred Robert Townsend as a mild mannered schoolteacher, who becomes a superhero after he is struck by a meteor (or something along those lines). The movie featured an ensemble cast that included Bill Cosby, Eddie Griffin, James Earl Jones, Don Cheadle, Big Daddy Kane, Sinbad, Luther Vandross, Naughty By Nature, Cypress Hill, and Biz Markie.

I don't know what triggered this recollection but I clearly recall watching this movie when I was 7 years old with my sister and rewinding the final fight scene a bizzilion times and dieing of laughter. Not so funny any more but still brings a smile to my face. For some reason the street is littered with books and whatever book they touch results in their behaviour changing to match the genre. Anyways I apologize if this is one of those WTF blog posts that you can't relate to but I thought it was worth sharing.

Paul Rodriguez x Nike SB "Today Was A Good Day" Preview

In support of the third installment of Paul Rodriguez's third Nike Signature shoe Nike is putting together a full length webisode featuring PRod and some special guests in Los Angeles. Here is the trailer so to speak. Full length drops on the 31.

(via. NikeSB)

Friday, July 17, 2009

Formerly Freshjive

Interesting announcement coming from the Freshjive camp in terms of future collection, designs and marketing. I know for a fact that Freshjive is not the only brand dealing with this dilemma and it will be interesting to see if other brands follow suit.

“Since I started Freshjive, I have had a personal conflict with this business of “branding”. In fact, I was so conflicted at one time, that I quit working. I am in the business of promoting the company brand yet personally I am not interested in items for the brand name.

It’s a bit of a quagmire with me because I hate the culture of promoting a brand yet I enjoy designing clothes and t shirt designs. Beginning with our spring 2010 line, we will no longer be using our brand logo or name on any of our product, including all labeling and t shirt designs. Nowhere on any product will our name or previous brand logo be used anymore.”

Rick Klotz

(via. TimeBomb)