Monday, December 31, 2012

Todd James (REAS) x Norse Projects

Todd James, better known as REAS around these parts, designed 3 shirts for Norse Projects, which are available for purchase now. I think I may have to get the collection of T's just to wear as I read "Game of Thrones".

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Clarks Original - Drille Mode

I like these a lot - but, are these going to be a EU release only? Only time will tell. For now, more pictures and purchase info at Clarks Original EU.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

APC - New Standard [Evolution]

I'm not entirely sure when first got in to raw denim. I think it was the summer of 2004, around the time I first started checking the Hypebeast forums *. I was instantly enthralled with the "Evolution of Denim" thread**. First pair that I actually owned was a pair of G-Star's, and I was drawn to their rigid feel and clean look. In the days that denim brands were more worried about the patchwork on the butt pockets and the wash/distress than the fit and denim quality, it was nice to have a pair of jeans that brought it back to the basics. If the G-Star's wet the appetite, it was the APC's that' created the addiction. I bought my first pair of APC's in 2008, and wore them nearly exclusively through 2010. I use the word 'nearly' exclusively because at the time, I was still working at a formal establishment in which daily attire consisted of slacks and dress shirts - so wearing of the jeans was pretty much limited to weekends and nights out. Since then, I acquired pairs of denim by Tellason, Easton, and UNIV, each of which filled a different void (and alas, now wear work to jeans - cheers to start-ups!)

In 2013, a couple friends and I are going to do something we've deemed "the APC Challenge". We are each going to buy a pair of new APC's that we will wear exclusively for 2013 - and see how they hold up. We'll document the process***, and hopefully some of it will make its way on the site. After the jump - check some pictures of the aging and repair on my first pair of APC's. I lost most of my pictures prior to my jump from PC to MAC (grr...) - but you get the point. Picture above is one a took today of a pair of my wife's semi-new APC's (worn 6 times - no wash) and the pair I got in 2008 washed twice).

*Who knew that user FuckTyler would go on to create one of the biggest movements in music in 2011, or that LOCHNESS would go on to create one of my favorite brands? Maybe the forums weren't that bad of a place after all.
** To post that link - I just revisited the forum for the first time in years - it looks like they re-organized the denim sub forum such that each brand has its own thread now.

Friday, December 28, 2012


ONLY NY is back at it with new set of Rugby's! Made in the USA, printed in NYC, these heavyweight cut n sew rugby's are 100% cotton and feature sewn yolk panels, underarm gussets and rubber collar buttons. I've been a proponent of ONLY NY since early 2011 - and their growth and maturation since then has been inspiring. Available for purchase here.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Tyler the Creator x VANS Syndicate Old Skool

Ha - creative preview to a shoe drop if nothing else. Tyler the Creator and VANS collaborate on a Golf Wang edition of the Syndicate Old Skool model. Suede kicks with gum soles - with the mark of the crew on the heel. Preview picture after the jump via Christian Clancy.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

New Balance 996

Sporting a Military Grey complimented with Navy Blue and Red accents - these Made in the US New Balance 996's are definitely easy on the eyes. Pick up yourself (or a loved one) a pair at your local New Balance retailer.

Monday, December 24, 2012

TOPO Designs - Mountain Jacket

Yesterday's post went from being centered around TOPO Designs to Wicked+ pretty quickly, didn't it? I didn't want to do the good folks at TOPO like that - so why not feature their Mountain Jacket - made in a LEED certified building in Colorado, USA.  I'll let them tell it so I don't get off track again:

The Topo Mountain Jacket. Our answer to the everyday jacket, perfect for out on the town, durable enough to wear on the trail. Inside pocket for phone, keys, full back zipped pocket for stashing gear without it getting in your way. Reversible zipper on the back pocket allows you to turn the jacket into pillow for camping or long plane flights.

Interior of ripstop nylon for durability and a nylon exterior coated with a water repellent finish.

Purchase here.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

TOPO Designs / Wicked+

My wife and I stumbled on Topo Designs during a cruise down the beach, when we walked by a store we had never seen before called Wicked+. Truth be told, the store probably deserves a post of its own. Wicked+ is a communications, marketing, and design firm based in Hermosa Beach. In 2011, they converted their office space in to a general store with a goal offering "a selection of design-minded, lifestyle products, each with a story to tell and an inherent value to enrich your life". Carrying brands such as Topo Designs, Linus Bikes, Sun Bum, Yellow 108, and Organic Coffees, among other things - the store definitely supports the company's mission. I snapped this picture in the store around Memorial Day 2012 - and would have forgot to post it all had it not been for one of my buddies finding a way to bring up Wicked+ in every conversation we've had the last few weeks.
I digressed a bit - but be sure to check out Topo Designs quality bags and clothing - all hand made in the USA (Coloroda to be exact) and built to last. More about Topo Designs after the jump. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pink Dolphin - Holiday 2012

Not sure if its just me - but it seems that over these last couple of seasons - Pink Dolphin has continued to get a little brighter, a little bolder, and a little busier. I'm not entirely sure if I am a fan of the direction the company is going, but there is a market for it - and I have to admit, while other brands are going to back to the basics, Pink Dolphin is doing them. Check out the Holiday 2012 lookbook featuring rapper (and Clippers fan) Kid Ink.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Trinidad James x Jerome

Being the huge Martin fan that I am - I just cannot get over this mash-up video of Trinidad James surprise hit, All Gold Everything, and Jerome. Check out the video, as well as the original, after the jump.

"Hypebeasts, we know about ya. Don't buy shoes, unless they popular"

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nike - Christmas Pack 2012

It's that time of the year already? Nike's Christmas options for Kobe, Durantula, and Lebron shown above. Look for the official release soon - and get ready for a day full of family, presents, and basketball in less than a week. While I don't know what the first two will bring you - I look forward to watching Celtics/Nets, Knicks/Lakers, Heat/Thunder, Rockets/Bulls - followed up by the Grand Finale of Clippers/Nuggets. Speaking of the Clippers - check my man Chris Paul's holiday rendition of the CP3.VI after the jump.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tantum - Holiday 2012

I like what LA-based Tantum has done with their latest collection of pocket t's. It's all in the details. Purchase here now. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Shepard Fairey x Mike Miller

Shepard Fairey and photographer Mike Miller recently collaborated on the art print shown above - based on an original photo from Mike Miller taken back in 1990. Both artists sat for a joint interview session and discuss a plethora of topics, ranging from the legacy of Eazy-E and NWA, censorship, the American Dream, and future projects. Definitely worth a listen! The 1 / 750 hand signed screen print available for purchase now.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Hundreds x Cool World

Man - The Hundreds really dug through the vaults with their latest project - a collaboration with Paramount Studio on a collection featuring the art of various Cool World characters. Don't remember Cool World? Most don't, despite its impressive cast (Brad Pitt, Kim Bassinger, etc). Regardless of the origins - the artwork is dope - and meshes perfectly with THLA's style. Collection featuring various shirts, hats, and even an oxford long sleeve are available at the The Hundreds online shop soon.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Rock 'em Custom Nike Elite Socks

Rock 'Em has been doing there thing with the custom socks for awhile now - but these Nike Elite "Ugly Christmas Sweater" socks kill it. Pretty fly. At $39.99 for a pair of seasonal socks I'll pass - but feel free to cop a pair for yourself here!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Nike Air Max 1 - Canyon Gold

With the holidays upon us, everyone seems to be looking for ways to save a few bucks. Fret no longer - Kicks Deals has you covered with another great heads up on an offer over at Finish Line, where you can currently come up on the Nike Air Max 1 Canyon Gold (premium edition) for only $75 - more than $30 off MSRP. Check out the details, and more great finds, here.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Outlier - 60/30 Chino's

I wasn't kidding when I mentioned the other day that these 60/30 chino's from Outlier were deserving of their own post, they are seriously majestic. Read up some more on the pants styled for the city but built to last in the outdoors and purchase here.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Southfresh - Cima backpack

Hand crafted in Italy using fine grain leather and PVC coated fabric, these Cima backpacks from Southfresh are not to be slept on. The backpack is waterproof, has two large pockets (both are soft coated for your latops/pads), and has fine detailing (leather straps, drawstrings, and desert camo print straps). Check out the process behind creating the bags here

Monday, December 10, 2012

Supreme x Timberland

Supreme has teamed up with Timberland® this Winter to release a new version of the Waterproof Chukka Boot. Made exclusively for Supreme, the boot features a premium waterproof leather upper panel and waterproof nubuck leather bottom panel. The Waterproof Chukka will be offered in three different colorways.

Available in-store in NY, LA, London and online on December 13th.

Available in Japan on December 15th.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Adidas Torsion Allegra x Coral

These are the cleanest Adidas I've seen in a while - and it took me 3 looks before it hit me that they were of the 3 striped descent. These look to be a 2013 Europe release - but Nice Kicks has some pre-order information you can take advantage of now. 

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Critically Acclaimed - Fall 2012

I don't think it was much more than 7 years ago when Streetwear couldn't get enough of the 'all-over' print - and you wouldn't at all be surprised to see see the inner design shown above flipped on the outter. Personally, I'm glad to see that look stay in the past - and much prefer the hoody above. The UK's Critically Acclaimed has bringing a lot of quality looks to the table - and you can check out more from their current collection featuring T's, Hats, Beanies, and of course, the hoodies above, over at Daily Mall.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Warriors of Radness - Winter 2012

Warriors of radness is back with some of their fun in the sun, ready for the beach funk - regardless of what month it is. WOR also has a nice collection of jackets and parka's this time around for those of you that don't have summer weather year around. 

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Reebok - Answer IV

I'm glad to see that Reebok is making use of the lifetime contract they signed Allen Iverson to and retroing some of his classic kicks. Oh, and yes, I do consider the Answer IV's a pair of classic kicks. If not for me rockin' them back in 2000, then for that moment when AI high high stepped over Tyronn Lue after bustin' his chops in the NBA finals. More pics after the jump. Best part - these are general release so you can find them at your local sneaker spot. Salute!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

OUTLIER Megafine Merino Sock

Outlier - the craftsman behind some of the most thought out and quality performance workwear on this side of the Atlantic, have recently created some of the most technical socks out in the market. Not much on the eyes - but your feet won't mind. Check the description after the jump, since a summary wouldn't do it justice. Also, don't sleep on their pants, they are truly deserving of their own post.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Kapital Socks - Surf Gabben Socks

It's that time of the year that warmer socks are key - but why compromise quality and comfort for warmth? Kapital's latest collection of socks, handmade in Japan, are currently available over at Hickorees, along with jackets, gloves, and other winter-ready gear.

Monday, December 03, 2012

S/Double Holiday 2012

S/Double is one of the drops that I get most excited about, time and time again, and fear not, the latest collection does not dissapoint. Featuring cut and sew collaboration shirts with Gitman Brothers, snapbacks with Starter, pocket t's featuring hand drawn logo's, 5 panel, and much more - all made in the good ol' US of A. Check after the jump for some of my favorites, and shop here.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Coltesse - Leather Accessories

French taste maker Coltesse has a new line-up of hand made leather accessories, which are available now. Check after the jump for a step inside the Coltesse studio and a closer look at the process.

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Deadline - Holiday 2012 Lookbook

Shout by LA photogrpaher Akira Ruiz, the Deadline Holiday 2012 is up and ready to check out here. The extensive collection of hats, beanies, shirts and sweatshirts are currently available at their online shop.