Predicting harsh winters, Nike ACG have been hard at work designing a brand new sneaker to combat the elements. The Premium Boot is inspired by trekking boots, utilizing the latest Vac-Tech material on its uppers to form a sleek look. Water-resistant, breathable, wind-proofed Gore-Tex materials are also used on the uppers, making this shoe an all-rounder in the city or the woods. Max Air soles offer cushioning throughout the full length of the midsoles, while the specially designed outsoles provide grip and traction. These boots are scheduled for release this Saturday, November 19th, at mita sneakers and select Nike ACG accounts worldwide.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
We gave a preview of the 618 Leather Double Riders Jacket from SWAGGER and Schott just a few weeks ago. Here is the second installment of the capsule collection, and this time they are dropping the 641 Leather Single Riders Jackets. Although double riders jackets are well known, the single riders jackets are also popular due to their simple design. These jackets are made from heavy horsehide, showing off a smooth and consistent finish. Each piece is Union made right here in the USA and features a large one-piece panel on the back. Black and Cherry versions have been produced, and these will be hitting SWAGGER accounts sometime this week.
While at firs slow to adopt, luxury timepiece makers like HUBLOT and TAG Heuer have realized the benefits of online promotions in recent years. However, Bell & Ross is looking to push that envelope a bit more with the launch of its e-Boutique on Facebook. Though essentially a link page to its online store, the move nevertheless opens the possibilities for other watch makers to migrate onto the virtual realm. Take a look at the new Bell & Ross – Facebook e-Boutique and be sure “Like” the page for more information to come in the near future.
The Hundreds is partnering with Ron English on a capsule collection made up of three different T-shirt designs, each inspired by an original painting from the artist. A fixture in contemporary pop art, English is known for turning recognizable marketing trademarks on their head. His pieces dabble in the worlds of politics, pop culture and consumerism through a photo-surrealist prism. His collection for The Hundreds feature tees — “Smiley,” “Rabbit,” and “Cowgirl” — that clearly demonstrate his subversive and neo-surrealist style. They’ll scheduled to drop this Thursday at all Hundreds chapter locations. Additionally, the artist himself will make an in-store appearance at The Hundreds Santa Monica this Sunday for a signing reception. Click through for more looks.
Release Date: November 17th, 2011 (Thursday)
A fresh coat of paint in School Bus Yellow, the 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 is a tribute to the original 1970 Trans-Am championship car drove by Parnelli Jones. Appointed with the same reflective racing stripes and the so-called “hockey stick” appliqué, the car’s appearance comes to life when lights beam off them. Like all other newly redesigned Mustang, the car’s front end takes on a more aggressive stance and a grille to match. New signature HID headlights and LED rear lights will pierce through any pitch darkness. For added measure of safety, a set of covered fog lamps up front just in case there is a need. But it isn’t all cosmetic. The Boss-tuned engine churns out 444-horsepower with 380 lb.-ft of torque. Needless to say, don’t let the school bus yellow colorway fool you. The new 2013 Ford Mustang Boss 302 will make its debut this week at the L.A. Auto Show in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
In honour of the passing of James Van Doren, the founder/designer of Vans, I thought this week we would look at footwear.
There’s an old saying that the way to determine a man’s personal style is through his shoes and his wristwatch. That may have been back in the days that male style was unadorned, when men wore suits nearly all the time, and jewellery and most accessories were verboten. Sinatra, when asked why he didn’t wear jewellery, responded pithily “I know who the fuck I am.”
Still, the shoes as expression of personal style truism holds up today. Kicks rank high on the list of importance for any streetwear afficianado, to the point that some liken them to an obsession. One need only grab a copy of Sneaker Freaker, or wander through Flight Club, to see the myriad models, colorways, and LEs that the childhood obsession of the likes of Bobbito Garcia has spawned into a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide.
Paradoxically, as trainers have become nigh ubiquitous on the streets, and nearly as common in non-corporate work environments, the so-called trad trend (for traditional) has taken to our shoe closets as well.
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While we all love the inevitable ‘Where’d you get those’ that a pair of butter Dunks can provoke, a well-stocked shoe collection goes far beyond a stack of SBs. It’s no coincidence that the first couple pairs of mens shoes that Christian Louboutain released were a pair of outré hightops, and a pair of tasselled loafers (aptly named Tassellissimo).
When you see cats rocking Sperry two-tones at the Alife Rivington Club, and Kanye wearing a Chelsea Boot, it’s hard not to notice that a sort of symbiosis has emerged. Kicks now live side-by-side, and sometimes interchangably, with their glossier, dressier brethren.
As I mentioned last time round, the key tends to be context and co-ordination. A pair of wingtips blends perfectly with dark denims, dressed up or down. I myself have been known to wear hightops or Chucks with a suit, depending on the event.
And in that vein, there’s several key pieces of footwear that every man should own, alongside the inevitable stacks of AF1s. If you rarely have occasion to wear a blue blazer, you probably won’t use oxfords or brogues frequently, but there’s still plenty of ways to dress it up while remaining low-key.
A good pair of driving mocassins can be worn with virtually anything, from jeans and a hoodie to chinos. I once paired suede Tod’s drivers with Acne skinnies and a CLOT x MADSAKI Alienegra hoodie, and it was a bit dicey. I got compliments and scornful glances in equal amounts. In the end it just served to remind me two key things about fashion. First, personal taste is just that, personal. And second, with a little verve just about anything can be carried off. Just look at Lapo Elkann.
Shoes are like any other piece of clothing. Mix it up. Floss your Jordans with pride, and pair them with both casual and dressier options. Grab a pair of boots and rock them with any and everything.
With that, I’m going to go dust off a few old classics. Until next week.
Text by @quentincrispy
Today we get a first preview of the upcoming 2013 Ford Shelby GT500. Packed with a 650 HP engine, the car goes up to 200 miles per hour.
“The heart of the new Ford stunner is a 5.8-liter, aluminum-block V8, complete with a larger, more efficient supercharger. Nearly the entire powertrain has been upgraded for 2013, including a new cross-drilled block and heads, updated camshaft profiles, a carbon fiber driveshaft and upgraded clutch, transmission and axle. The cooling system has also been upgraded, and the new six-speed manual transmission now has a final drive ratio of 3.31-to-1 – optimized to handle the massive amounts of torque put down by the new engine.Unfortunately you will still have to wait a little bit for the release of new GT500.
Further enhancements can be had in the GT500 Performance Pack, which incorporates SVT-designed Blistein electronic adjustable dampers with ‘normal’ and ’sport’ modes and a Torsen limited-slip differential. What’s more, the Track Package adds an external engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and transmission cooler. Like the current GT500, 19-inch wheels are standard up front (20-inch rollers are found out back) and a Brembo braking system keeps everything in check when its time to control all that force. The whole package weighs in at just 3,850 pounds – 270 less than the Camaro ZL1 – and Ford says it will not be subject to the dreaded Gas Guzzler Tax.
Visually, not too much has changed from the current GT500, save some minor aerodynamic tweaks like an ever-so-slightly revised front fascia with new air splitters, as well as a minimally tweaked rear end. Inside, it’s the same levels of comfort and refinement that you’ll find in the rest of the Mustang lineup, albeit with new Recaro front buckets.”
Beats by Dr. Dre is getting ready to launch a new collection, the Beats Executive line of headphones. When their current offering was speaking to a younger consumer, the new Beats Executive headphones are sleeker in terms of design and just overall more premium in construction and of course also sound.
Features include noise cancellation, brushed metal finish, automatic shutoff feature to save battery life and pure, crisp audio integrity with soaring highs, deep bass, and true mids. It looks like they want to compete with Bose and the likes with this new collection. We are definitely looking forward to test these out.
British men’s magazine Front have released a limited edition copy of their latest issue. It features their cover star Kitty Lea who’s not only topless on the front but is rocking a Supreme t-shirt in fine fashion. This limited edition of the magazine is in a run of 200 copies and are all signed by Lea. Inside, Lea dons other streetwear labels and there’s a great entry-level obsessions feature about vinyl toy, sneaker and record collecting. This is available now from their online store.
Peep the cover in full after the click.