Having just passed the brand’s 25th anniversary, Undercover takes an interesting turn for spring/summer 2017. Jun Takahashi is quoted as saying that this collection is all about daily men’s clothes and putting out the pieces he wants to wear. He seems to have embraced a balance between the more conceptual and utility/ease of wear. The garments this year are cut larger and not the usually super-skinny cuts we’ve come to expect from UC. In addition the color palette is extremely varied with a rich selection of tans, greens, pastels and a ton of different applied graphics and striking prints. The collection also had a theme of improvisation to it, which is shown in the layering and styling. Jun wanted a collection where pieces could be mixed and matched and still look good and I believe he achieved that.
Jun shows that once you get used to the idea of what the undercover brand is, he gets bored and switches it up on us. The decidedly bohemian summer collection should make it onto store shelves early next year, here’s hoping that some of the more elaborate pieces get picked up by buyers. Look for it to drop at stockists like END, SJS, Haven and SSENSE soon.
The Nike Sock Dart needs little introduction at this point. The laceless lightweight model has become one of their most popular summer running shoes and Nike has been steadily releasing colorways of it. The latest is a triple black treatment that’s available now at Nike SNKRS for $130.
If you do a quick google search on building your wardrobe you’re likely to get the same advice over and over. Men’s magazines like GQ set the formula for wardrobe building – get a great fitting suit and fill your wardrobe with all the ‘perfect’ essentials. While this idea is good in theory, I’ve learned from personal experience that this approach doesn’t work.
If you’re reading this site, you’re probably have specific goals for your personal style. Finding tasteful nondescript staples isn’t something that will help develop your personal style, it’s more fulfilling to find specific pieces that you’ll love (not simply tolerate) for years. I made plenty of mistakes in the past buying items that didn’t fit into my style or just filling up my closet with things I didn’t need or wear. I thou some of my lessons and put together a simple guide to getting the wardrobe that you actually want.
In more sneaker news, Nike put out a new take on the Mercurial model, this time using white flyknit and combining it with the famous Spiridon sole. OG Spiridon themselves are being brought back soon as a retro but these have a decidedly sci-fi feel with the all white color-way. Might be a little difficult to keep these clean for long given the colorway, but you can scoop em now for $200 at Nike.
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News that Louis Vuitton creative director Kim Jones is working with Nike had been circulating for several months. Now we get the first glimpse at what a joint venture between the two looks like in the form of the NikeLab Air Zoom LWP. The model is based on it’s OG 1995 counterpart but has been modernized for a 2016 release. A perforated white upper is combined with beige accents and heel tab. Expect a July release for these over at Nike Lab retailers.
It’s been years since I been to a proper outlet mall but visiting one in suburban Virginia gave me a renewed appreciation for what they can represent. Growing up outlet malls were somewhat of an event for my family. If we travelled to visit an aunt/uncle or family friend that lived near one, it was almost a certainty that we’d be shuttled to some suburban locale where the shopping choices and deals were plentiful. For Chinese families like mine, it was a point of entry into the American dream we saw on TV – video games, designer fragrances, chain restaurants and all.
Today marks the release of Endgame’s new Savage EP under PTP. The London based producer gets some assistance with this remix from producer Yung Sherman. The remix of XOX is flipped and given visual accompaniment through an incredible video that borrows scenes from anime Patlabor 2 directed by legendary anime auteur Mamoru Oshii.
American streetwear label BURMA has been quietly making a name for themselves with impactful graphic designs that reference the 1990s. While the brand has been available exclusively online up until this point, they have created two designs exclusively for Detroit based Revive. The collection goes live today at noon and you can shop the collection here.
Products are a reflection of the culture they are created in and one of the best parts of travelling is being able to bring home items from diverse foreign cultures. Tiger Beer was Singapore’s first locally brewed beer and they have brought some great products from across Asia together for a special New York pop-up store. Tiger Beer has turned the storefront of 343 Canal St. into Tiger Trading Co; a carefully curated pop-up with over 800 items that span design, fashion, artwork, and technology. The items include rare products from labels including Opening Ceremony, Undercover, Neighborhood, Head Porter and Snow Peak. The items originate from countries including China, Vietnam and South Korea. The best part about the experience is that visitors can take home something from the store absolutely free.
Gucci Mane’s release from prison was widely celebrated by rap fans the world over. The news of his release spread quick and true to form Gucci already released a new track ‘First Day Out the Feds’. His career has not been without it’s share of controversy but through it all he’s been one of the most prolific and influential rap artists of our time. You’d be hard pressed to name a producer or artist he hasn’t worked with at this point. A great primer on his life story is this FADER piece that was released last year.
As a fan of his music I am glad to see that he’s getting so much love. This mix is a tribute to Guwop and features many of my favorite Guwop tracks to date. Listen to it on Soundcloud below or click through directly to it.