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Matches Fashion have just linked up with Rick Owens for a new feature. In the piece Owens gives insight into his surprising morning routine  “When Rick Owens is at home in Paris, he rises at 8am, drinks a green juice prepared by his personal chef and heads to his office. The commute is short: he simply ascends the stairs of the five-storey mansion he shares with his wife and business partner Michele Lamy. Their home is located in the 7th arrondissement, an establishment neighbourhood known for government buildings, embassies and old money, and his office is a large, open space that overlooks the gardens of the Ministry of Defence – an overgrown and ever-changing view that lends a rural feel to Owens’s enclave.”  

The rest of the interview touches on everything from his approach to design, to how his office is set-up. Read the interview article HERE.

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The original Ghost in the Shell film is a masterpiece. It’s an incredibly beautiful film that explores ideas of technology, identity and memory. The director Mamoru Oshii elevates the source manga by Masamune Shirow into one of the best anime films of all time.  When news of a live-action version directed by Rupert Sanders hit, hardcore fans of the original were doubtful that it could be effectively translated to the big screen. The casting of Scarlett Johansson in the lead role justifiably raised accusations of white-washing. After watching the film last night I can assert that that the doubters were correct; the film does not live up to the high expectations established by the original two films or even the later Stand Alone Complex TV series.

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With warmer temps right around the corner Stone Island drops this SS17 video showcasing their newest offerings. With an emphasis on color, material and functionality the visual shows off the best pieces in motion.

Visit the Stone Island site for more info.

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In the jewelry world, the marketplace is divided into two segments: fashion jewelry and fine jewelry. Let’s compare and contrast the two.

The main distinguishing factor is the materials used in creating the jewelry. Fine jewelry is unsurprisingly made from precious metals and is set with precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. On the other hand, fashion jewelry is made from base metals and is set with commonplace stones such as synthetic gems. What constitutes a precious metal? Generally only a few precious metals are used for jewelry: gold and platinum.  Of these two, gold is far and away the most popular, and for good reason.

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With so many menswear shows and lookbooks released already for Fall/Winter 2017, I’ve done the tough work of looking through them to find some of the best looks thus far. While looking through collections can be great to find future grails and items you’d like to purchase come this fall, it can also just be an effective source of inspiration for putting together new looks for yourself. The styling in collections tends to be a bit out there for everyday wear so feel free to pick and choose aspects of these looks to try out yourself this year.

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While there are countless online boutiques serving the latest items from designer brands, it’s harder to find a carefully curated selection of past season items. For most hardcore collectors and enthusiasts, the only solution has been to scour eBay, international auction sites and online marketplaces on forums and Grailed. At the end of 2016, a new online boutique shop emerged called Huiben. The shop had a very focused lineup of designer goods, including some very covetable items ranging from Acronym to vintage Helmut Lang. Also refreshing was the fact that the shop felt so independent and carried both women’s and men’s products. The site is launching plenty of great new items at 2PM PST on Thursday, Jan 12, 2017.

I had a chance to speak with the founders of Huiben and get the inside scoop

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A new mix has emerged from New York based producer MNTN. One of the main producers for r’n’b artist BOYSLASHFRIEND and rapper/singer GETOVERHER. For the mix MNTN lends his support to the protestors at Standing Rock. The mix itself is an audio journey through different genres and soundscapes featuring everything from J Dilla to Nine Inch Nails. In this highly politically charged year, this mix serves as a social commentary that borrows from protest music both new and old.

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For my entire life, Nike has been number one when it comes to sneakers. In the hearts and minds of sneaker enthusiasts, among streetwear circles and in terms of pure sales , there was no substitute for Nike. Recently Adidas has made in-roads on Nike’s dominance in the sportswear market. In the fiscal second quarter Adidas sales jumped 23% from a year ago. Beyond just the numbers there’s a real feeling that Nike is falling off in it’s product offerings while Adidas is gaining momentum with successive releases. Since the release of the first Yeezy 750 sneaker in February 2015, Adidas has gained massive popularity with it’s Adidas Originals line, in particular with Ultra Boosts and NMDs. It’s clear that Adidas has made plenty of great design and marketing designs in the past two years. However part of their growth has also come through Nike’s failure to adapt to current market demands. Being at the top for too long can naturally cause some level of complacency, I will break down some of what the areas where Nike is falling behind below.

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I usually share a style inspiration post each season with images that can help inspire personal styling to go with the changes in weather. This time around this summer style inspiration board has been submitted by a loyal Third Looks reader Franco Zulueta. He’s described his selection of imagery below.

With summer in full swing, comfort and simplicity are the name of the game this time of year. May this selection of images help inspire you in by the hot days ahead. 

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NOWHERE is a shop that has been at the center of the streetwear world it’s whole existence. While I never had the privilege of visiting the store before it’s closure, I was able to research key moments in it’s history.

Below is an excerpt from the brief history of NOWHERE I wrote, you can read the the rest over on Grailed.

Streetwear through the 1990s was a regional phenomenon. The success of a label was determined through its ability to proliferate amongst a local scene. Brands of the time found an audience through adjacent subcultures like BMX, skateboarding, punk and hip-hop to push their products. The ’90s saw the emergence of Stussy as a mainstream brand and Supreme as a force within New York’s downtown scene. As American streetwear brands built their empire, so did a young generation of streetwear designers from Japan.

Within the greater Japanese fashion industry, a particular area held particular influence: Urahara. The neighborhood was home base for those who ultimately would become the leaders of Japanese streetwear. Brands like A Bathing Ape, Bounty Hunter, Undercover, WTAPS and Neighborhood owe much of their success to Urahara and the community that grew around it. In particular, Jun Takahashi and Nigo started something special by opening NOWHERE in 1993. The original store was the first place to sell both Undercover and BAPE and it’s unique reputation and product mix gives it a legendary status in the streetwear world to this day.

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