Heading into the Christmas season, there’s a ton of great deals to be had in New York. There’s countless sample sales going on in the city and I’d like to present two of the best ones starting today. First off is the Capsule Market Square event which plays host to a huge range of product from over 100 brands. Running December 4-5 at 548 W 22 St.
This includes product from Union LA’s sample sale in LA at at 60% off retail. Also featured products from the likes of: Arc’Teryx Veilence, Comme Des Garçons Shirt, Golden Goose, Isaora, Junya Watanabe, Sacai and Ten C. The icing on the cake is for shoppers who spend over $500, who’ll receive a grab bag of items from participating designers. If you’d like to get a head start on the sale and attend the VIP preview tonight, just leave your contact info in the comments and the first two commenters will get RSVP if I receive your info in time.
To make the trip out to Chelsea even more worthwhile, the annual Opening Ceremony sample sale is just down the block at 545 W 22 St. with savings up to 90% off. Brands include Kenzo, Komakino , Adidas by Raf Simons and the OC house line. If you’re looking for gifts, there’s tons of cheap options available as well.
I’ve loved much of what The Soloist has put out since the brand first began 10 seasons ago. It’s clear now that the brand’s DNA is a significant evolution from Takahiro’s previous brand Number (N)ine. Unfortunately it’s always been a challenge to find the really great pieces from the collection outside of Japan. The retailers that do carry it in North America have a tendency to play it safe and avoid the really interesting pieces which are the core of what makes The Soloist one of the most original labels out. I’m glad to see HAVEN really did their thing this time around with this Fall/Winter buy.
The item that stands out to me the most is the above Rough Out Work Military Jacket which is basically an ill sheepskin version of the M-65. This stands out to me as one of the best outerwear pieces of the season and a definite grail despite the almost $4000 pricetag. The rest of the buy strikes a nice balance too between statement pieces and core staples. The below waffle hoody has a great texture and color and should work nicely with alot of brands. The MA-1 is another twist on the bomber which the brand has executed in the past.
Browse the entire collection over at HAVEN.
Wishing everyone who reads the site a Happy Thanksgiving. Whether you looking to scoop some deals waiting for the Turkey, or just want to browse markdowns on a variety of websites, I got you covered with a pretty comphrensive list of the best Black Friday deals. Generally you’ll be able to find 20-30% off alot of Fall/Winter 2014 stuff and in some cases additional promo or further markdown.
Click through for a list of compiled deals.
Nepenthes releases it’s second editorial of the season ‘Spirit of Place. Styled by Yohei Usami, the looks emphasize layering and colder weather dressing. Look include items by Needles, Engineered Garments, Sonic Lab,, The Soloist, and South2 West8 and more.
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I find that backpacks are the my favorite way to carry essential items from point A to B. If you’re looking for a new well designed pack, I’ve selected some of the best of the season below.
Acne Olov Backpack
Pretty much as minimal as you can get, this Acne backpack features extremely clean lines in shiny black nylon with minimal stitching. This will pretty much go with anything you want to wear and features a classic schoolbag shape.
$320 at Acne
Visvim 20L Ballistic nylon and canvas backpack
Visvim backpacks are famed for their design, durability and just how damn good they look. These recur season to season with slight revisions on the style popping up each year. This year’s edition comes in navy ballistic nylon with a robust suede bottom. Plenty of zippered pockets and padded back/shoulders will keep you comfortable. While the pricepoint is steep, rest assured that this is one of the best packs on the market.
$690 at Mr.Porter
Undercover Olive Drab Porter Edition Backpack
Undercover re-vives it’s classic bag shape for Fall/Winter 2014 with a collaboration with Porter. The two signature two pocket design is now in standard Porter nylon along with some nice detailing : brass hardware, cowhide trim and tonal stitching. This edition of the pack shouldn’t be around for long so if you can’t scoop an older version online, this may be an excellent choice.
$675 at SSENSE
Master-Piece Surpass Backpack
Master-Piece makes some great packs that provide good value given the made in Japan quality. While plebes might get it mixed up with a Herschel, you’ll be the wiser. Cordura Nylon fabric and leather shoulder straps make this stand above the average pack.
$250 at East Dane
Marni Grey Felt and Leather Backpack
If you’re feeling a bit too grown for a backpack, you may want to go with something a bit more luxe and low-key like this grey felt bag by Marni. A really pared down design that is mainly led by it’s materials. Grey felt wool and contrasting black leather panels. This backpack is job-interview approved.
£600 at Oki-Ni
Balenciaga Classic Traveller Backpack
Balenciaga outfits their Classic Traveller bacckpack in forest green nylon with black leather accents. This is definetly at a luxury designer pricepoint so it isn’t for everyone, but it definetly would pair well with a clean techy wardrobe full of items from Dries, MMM, Jil Sander and Raf. While you may have to be part of the ruling class to afford this thing, those of you can who can pull it should be able to put together some great outfits using it.
$1,465 at Barney’s
Under the Sophnet umbrella Uniform Experiment has been releasing novel twists on men’s classics since the brand’s inception. The Japanese label puts out a mix of both dressed up gear and more casual streetwear for their Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The looks found in the collection are blends military/sreetwear inspired looks with more tailored trousers and shirting. The simple styling really allows us to see the gear clearly, and emphasizes some of the more exciting pieces such as the above blazer/ma-1 hybrid. Look for the collection at END and Haven See the rest of the looks after the jump.
Adidas and Rick Owens team up again on their second collaborative sneaker model the Tech Runner. The first release was a love it or hate it affair and it looks like the same will hold true this time. Inspiration this time around comes via the B-2 Stealth Bomber, and you can see these angular lines transalted on the EVA midsole. I actually prefer these to the original model though the grey suede/sand colorway stands out as the one I’d wear from the bunch. Expect these to release later this summer so look out for updates here on their release.
After two polar vortexes , it seems warmer weather is finally around the corner which means canvas sneakers can re-enter the rotation. PF Flyers has released some new styles for Spring/Summer . Among them are the vintage pack which includes some of the brands most popular models : Center Hi, Center Lo and the Windjammer. The sneakers are flipped with retro-inspired branding and details discovered in the PF Archives. You’ll be able to find these at the PF Flyers website.
Models Ouigi Theodore and Stack-Aly | Photos by Adam Larson.
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The good folks at Nomad Toronto posted up an interview with Errolson Hugh founder of ACRONYM and designer at Stone Island Shadow Project. As a visionary in technical clothing, it’s always worthwhile reading some of the insights that Errolson gives into his design process. Most of the interview focuses on his designs under the Stone Island Shadow Project label. A quote from the interview is below
What has Shadow Project enabled you to do that you haven’t been able to do with Acronym?
Errolson Hugh: Colour. Colour, and all the fabric research. We’ve learned an incredible amount making things in Italy. The way things are made in Italy is unique, I think, to the world. The tradition, the manufacturing culture in Italy is so, so strong, stronger than anywhere else I’ve ever seen it. It’s incredible to meet people who have been in the industry – like, Carlo is eighth-generation textile. And his son, Silvio, will be the next. It’s crazy. People identify themselves with their work here, with manufacturing, with making fabrics, with knitting garments. And, so, when you talk to them about it, and you talk to them on the level of, “I’m really into this and want to try that,” if you’re sparking new ideas, they’re totally excited to try it. They’re not like, “Well, are you gonna order two million?” It’s really a product, craftsmanship-based culture that I hadn’t encountered at that level before. Without which, Stone Island is basically impossible. The suppliers they work with closely, they have a partnership where, in some cases, Stone Island is almost like their research division. There’s an incredible amount of openness between the fabric suppliers, even the yarn manufacturers, or the dyers. That’s something we would never have seen otherwise. And then, of course, designing fabrics is something you just don’t usually get a chance to do. And designing fabrics in the way Stone Island can make them is also its own special thing. Very, very interesting.
Read the entire interview on Nomad
In case you missed it, take a look at our previous shop profile with Nomad.
Sk8thing may not be a household name in most places on Earth but he is a fundamental player in the evolution of modern streetwear. Sk8thing has played a founding role BAPE®, Billionaire Boys Club/Ice Cream, WTAPS and most recently C.E. His graphic designs have graced countless T-shirts and collaborative pieces and he has worked with industry heavyweights like Pharrell and Hiroshi Fujiwara. The ever elusive Sk8thing is rarely seen in public without his face obscured by masks , bandanas or scarves. His style captured in these photographs shows his personal style is as dynamic as his designs.
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