We got another mix for you this time by New York based Ibe Soliman. He’s a DJ and producer who has worked with the likes of Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole, Rick Ross, and Kendrick Lamar. Heading into a Spring, check out this upbeat and fast moving mix that will get bodies moving at your next function.
“Slowly but surely Jersey Club has been creeping into my sets so I put together some songs I dig with some remixes i did, and some other spring time joints.” – Ibe Soliman
It’s been quite some time since I posted a Style Profile feature but this one has been in the works for a little while now. Being in New York has really given me perspective on my own personal style and what I value in terms of the items I purchase. As time has gone on, I’ve gone away from a more ‘designer fashion’ oriented approach to one where I value the practicality and utility of garments as much (or more) than the aesthetic itself. Now I really look for garments that I can easily throw on and not think too much about. I find myself moving away from any garments which are fussy or too precious and towards things that I can throw on anytime and expect a certain amount of reliability and durability from.
Skaters and bike-riders in this city have embraced this ‘function meets form’ philosophy from the jump. Brands such as Supreme have been incredibly successful at creating clothes that fit into this ethos. My friend Andrew has maintained a similar sense of style since I met him. While to the average person his style may not particularly stand out, I think he dresses in a way that perfectly suits his needs and lifestyle. Alot of what’s ridiculous about fashion is the idea that people try put on clothes that are essentially ‘wearing them’ instead of the other way around. Andrew’s style is so pared down but at it’s core he finds the particular essentials and wardrobe staples that allow him to express his identity and still be comfortable and get what he needs to get done each day. That and his background in snowboarding, skateboarding and BMX inform the way he dresses today. I posed some quick questions to him which you can read after the jump.
One of the most divisive sneaker models the Reebok Insta Pump Fury is turning 20 this year. To celebrate the anniversary, Reebok has teamed up with Boston based Bodega for this limited run Reebok Insta Pump Fury. The collage-esque video above is a fun , fast-paced look at the inspirations for this sneaker. The Insta Pump Fury has had a resurgence in popularity , being a very popular sneaker throughout Japan and with a series of standout collaborations with a strong lineup of brands and shops.
Entitled ‘Full contact’ the sneaker features a printed dot pattern on its inflatable cage and a multicolor palette that includes tan, yellow, and blue. The an animal print insert with the phrase “Contact Sports can be found inside the shoe.
Limited to 300 pairs, the Bodega x Reebok Insta Pump Fury retails at $200 USD and will be available On line (bdgastore.com) at midnight tonight (April 18th) and in store at Bodega (6 Clearway St. Boston MA) on Saturday April 19 at 11am.
Limited size runs will also be available at select Reebok Certified retailers world wide on April 18th, 2014.
Back with another photography feature, this time from the industrial scenes of Detroit. Photographer Rodrigo Ferrer hails from Livonia, Michigan but shoots frequently in the motor city.
Stalwart men’s publication GRIND Magazine shoots pieces from WTAPS Spring/Summer collection. Love the gritty candid style of photography here. The styling is no fuss as well, as it’s a straight up interpretation of streetwear staple.
Check out the entire editorial after the jump and visit WTAPS for a full list of stockists.
It’s strange how brands put out Fall/Winter lookbooks when it’s not even Summer in the northern hemisphere yet but I digress. Japanese label Talking About the Abstraction has definitely been on my radar as they have been consistently delivering strong lookbooks for several seasons now.
While the styling may not be for everyone, there’s definitely easy pieces here that I would even recommend to guys who are even more timid with their style. There’s certainly a lot of brands in Japan really killing the whole re-purposed vintage Americana thing but the approach this brand takes has a certain edge to it that is hard to pinpoint. I will say that few brands have put together the grungy art professor aesthetic better than seen here. After the jump for all the looks.
I’m happy to review the new Undercoverism FW14 lookbook for you guys. This collection comes off the Pyschocandy collection which was a monochromatic homage to the aesthetic of Jesus and the Mary Chain. For Fall/Winter 2014 Jun has selected a palette of muted earth tones and combined them with some patterns and more colorful prints/colors. The collection continues to define the evolution or ‘growing up’ of Undercover as a men’s brand.
Over the years UC has shed some of it’s more punk/streetwear roots and transitioned into a more straightforward collection of men’s staples with subversive design elements sprinkled in throughout. This is a path that many of the OG Harajuku menswear brands have followed (WTAPS, Neighborhood and Visvim come to mind). For this collection the outerwear is the most exciting category. There’s some great coats and jackets in here , from the wool coats to signature UC updates takes on varsities and MA-1s. The duck boots here also are a standout and I’m excited to see more photos of them in the coming weeks. Check the rest of the line after the jump and share your thoughts on the collection in the comments.
I hit up Zul from Singapore to select sounds for Third Looks Mix 002. Zul is not only a DJ; he runs a fantastic website that covers a range of electronic music called Subvert HQ (Facebook Page). I asked him to just give a quick brief about what listeners can expect from the hour long mix.
“I’ve been influenced by the deeper end of drum ‘n’ bass – the styles known as microfunk or Autonomic – for awhile now. This mix blends together some of the style’s best tunes in recent years, I just hope people like the selection as much as I’ve I had fun putting it together.”
Techwear pioneers ACRONYM just released a video highlighting their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. The video once again features designer and co-founder Errolson Hugh personally demonstrating the functionality and capabilities found on the range of outerwear, accessories and tech trousers. Be prepared for a dizzying array of hoods, zipper pulls, functional pockets and sling-style straps moving in quick succession set to to a soundtrack by Diamond Version.
Make sure you watch all the way through for the stylized action short which ends the video on a bit of a cliffhanger. Careful observers will also note the cameos in the flick (by Wil Fry and C.E.). Items from SS14 are now available directly through ACRONYMS webstore including my personal favorites the J38-GT and J36-GT.
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