If you’re looking at your wardrobe at the moment and feeling uninspired, there’s fortunately a ton of great deals to be found at the moment. Alot of Spring/Summer ’15 items are now hitting the sale sections of some of the top online stores. This means you can scoop items you’ve been coveting for the low-low. Don’t be stuck paying retail, check out the list of deals below that include some of the best sales from the likes of Oki-Ni, Barney’s, Nike and more.
Japanese label Kolor designed by Junichi Abe has remained underneath the fashion mainstream since it’s inception in 2004. Since that time however the brand has grew a unique approach to design , one that emphasized design emphasis on fabrics, details and construction. This museum level slip-on features suede and leather in a clean navy/taupe colorway and a great cream ripple sole. Made in Japan, the quality looks excellent and these will be sure to go quick. The only downside is the price, set at $825 available at SSENSE.
The last few DWMS events have cemented the series’ place in New York underground nightlife. The eighth iteration returns to Palisades in Brooklyn featuring a formidable new lineup. Hailing from North West London Dark0 has a strong series of releases under his belt including the 2014’s Fate EP and the new Solice EP on Rinse. Lotic (Tri Angle Records) was a force of nature when I saw him spin at the RBMA Tri Angle Records anniversary party and I can safely say a live set from him is not be missed. Fresh off the heels from his debut release the Bardo EP, Copout (Liminal sounds) brings an electric unforgiving style that’s been proven throughout parties in New York. Rounding out the lineup is New York’s Byrell the Great (Qween Beat) who brings the energy and intensity of Vogue and Ballroom culture.
As to be expected from a DWMS party, projected visuals by Note PTP and Jayne Lies add to what looks to be one of the parties of the summer. More info and tickets here.
Looking at winter clothes when it’s July is just a sobering reminder that winters last much longer than summers in the northern hemisphere. In the case of Japanese outerwear specialists nanamica though, planning (and budgeting) ahead might be worth the effort. If you’re looking for smart practical pieces to get you through the colder months , the Japanese outerwear specialists once again deliver offering up smart duffle coats, blazers and raincoats in GORE-TEX, WINDSTOPPER, COOLMAX fabrics. Think Patrick Bateman if he grew up in a progressive left-leaning Scandinavian utopia instead of coming of age amongst the hedonistic sociopathy of downtown Manhattan.
As a huge fan both the Simpsons and Akira, I really enjoyed reading through the Bartkira Vol.1 Manga that came out in 2014. The un-official magna seamlessly combines the worlds of the Simpsons and Akira with work from over 50 artists. The work was very well received and now we have a new effort from Kaitlyn Sullivan which is a video trailer of a hypothetical Bartkira movie. The short clip replicates exact frames from the anime and is well worth watching for fans. Find more info online on the official Bartkira website and be out for forthcoming volumes of the manga.
Takahiro Miyashita has never been the type of designer to rest on his laurels. If one thing has defined his design career, it has been his ability to constantly shift from season to season. From Number (N)ine, to this his 13th collection of the Soloist. While the DNA of his work remains vintage Americana filtered through a rock and roll viewpoint, it seems he has chosen to focus on sleeker cuts and a lot of monochrome looks this time around. Looking at the lookbook, it’s hard not to think Noel Gallagher, but fortunately the clothes seem much more relevant in 2015.
Undercover is coming up on it’s 25 anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion the spring/summer 2016 Undercoverism collection entitled ‘The Greatest’ draws inspiration from past UC collections. Many of the pieces re-interpret the themes of classic collections like ‘But Beautiful’, ‘SCAB’ and ‘Languid’ to create something new all together. If you’re a fan of older Undercover this is a great opportunity to get items that you missed the first time around. It seems that there are also a number of licensed Star War pieces in the collection. The sci-fi series was always something aluded to in collections but it’s interesting to see it acknowledged directly here (though I’m a bit iffy on the SITH/JEDI snapbacks). Overall I the SS16 collection is an unpretentious acknowledgement of where UC has been and a nod to some of the brand’s long-term supporters.
Perfect home, check. An automobile worthy of envy, check. All that’s missing now is the wardrobe. This new Larose Paris Spring/Summer 2015 imagines how an idyllic gentleman’s morning could be . While most of us don’t read the physical paper each morning anymore, there is still a need to complete smart tailored looks with well-made hats. Larose Paris has cemented it’s position in that field bringing French made headwear to some of the best shops in the world. Definitely check out their felt handmade fedoras as well as their 5 panels in assorted materials for more relaxed summer hangouts. Find retailers and shop their online shop here.
If you, like me, wear alot of black in the cold weather months it can seem like a challenge to transition to a more colorful palette come summertime. A new video from SSENSE provides inspiration for colorful dressing through a frentic high-energy video.
If you are in New York and interested at all in underground club music you might be familiar with the series of parties under the DWMS moniker. The good squad at Purple Tape Pedigree (PTP) has been once again assembled an A team of selectors with a heavy emphasis on UK flavor this time around. The set list also includes Rushmore from Trax Couture and two heavy hitters (Fraxinus and Kid Antoine) from the Her Records squad doing a back to back set. Progressive grime sounds by Murlo (Mixpak) will make their mark on what should be a very epic night at Palisades. New York footwork representers Tripletrain will be on hand to ignite the proceedings in typical frenetic fashion.
This all goes down this Saturday, May 23. Hit this link for all the event info you need.