The North Face has been expanding their collaborative program finding select talent around the world to utilize the company’s considerable resources and production methods to craft new approaches to technical outerwear. North Face Black is a sub-line that is offered at select retailers at a premium pricepoint. For the latest collection, The North Face have tapped Japanese designer Kazuki Kuraishi to remix a variety of classic winter items, including parkas and mountain jackets to branded tees and climbing pants. The collection is quite cohesive , favoring a black, navy and olive green palette. The pieces have a vintage feel to them and utilize fabric technologies including Primaloft and Pertex to flip Kuraishi’s patterns into something functional.

Visit the The North Face Black Series’ Site to see a full list of stockists which will be release the collection shortly.

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I first previewed the Undercover Nike 87s a few months ago but now they are finally set to release. There have been some changes to each of the four colorways, but they maintain the Undercover branding and custom insoles. The four colors are “Beige Chalk/Signal Blue,” “Green Mist/Linen,” “Lakeside/Electric Yellow” and “Volt/University Red” .

Official images have been released that further showcase all angles of the sneakers including standout details such as the reflective 3M accents at the laces, eyestays and heel tabs finish off the intricate design. The UNDERCOVER x Nike React Element 87 collection will release on September 13 at UC and Nike stockists. All the colorways released of the Element 87 have been pretty much selling out immediately so your best way to find previously released models is through resell sites like Stadium Goods. A complete list of retailers is also included below.

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After much speculation official images have released of the 2018 Presto Mid that comes as a result of another collaboration between Nike and ACRONYM. Taking design cues from the original 2016 collaboration, these three upcoming colorways utilize a new all-over print logo pattern on the lacing cage. There is also a new logo hit that is centered around the toebox.The ACRONYM x Nike Presto Mid was also briefly previewed at a recent showcase at the Nike NYHQ. See a selection of official images below and stay tuned for a release on September 8th at a retail of $200USD. Look for them to pop up at Nike Lab stores and select retailers.

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Huiben Shop first launched in 2017  with an emphasis on curating rare archival designer products. The online-based retailer has just launched a collection of over 80 items from Undercover’s storied history. The pieces date back all the way to 1999 and hardcore fans of UC will recognize many of the the iconic products selected.  The selection includes memorable grails including the Young Martyr printed Gore-Tex Parka and distressed 85 Denim from the “Arts and Crafts” collection. To accompany the product drop, Huiben has also put together a full feature which reflects on some of Jun Takahashi’s most iconic collections to date and includes stylized looks featuring products from four of UC’s best collections :

Pyschocandy SS14

Anatomicouture AW13

Earmuff Maniac AW09

AW07

Scab SS03

The retrospective that Huiben crafted for the sale is a worthy celebration of what designer Jun Takahashi has achieved in his years at the helm of Undercover. Just browsing through the selection of items, the influence and creativity of Undercover’s legacy is felt.  See more images from the sale below and visit Huiben Shop ASAP as these rare pieces are sure to move quickly.

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The “order-disorder” collection from Undercover is based around imagery from Stanley Kubricks masterpiece 2001 : A Spade Odyssey. I introduced the showstopping down jacket from the collection earlier. Some of the other impeccably tailored garments utilize other scenes from the movie for inspiration.  HBX has created an editorial around these pieces which include the Last Supper T-shirt, Astronautics Agency Crewneck, HAL Bomber Jacket and White Monolith Raincoat. You can shop the featured items directly on their webshop.

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Grind Magazine takes on Sacai’s Fall/Winter offerings with a new editorial modeled by Japanese actor Yosuke Kobuzuka. The season pulls no punches with looks that include bright plaids and floral prints. The styling itself features a ton of layering with floral prints placed onto of turtlenecks and hoodies. While the trademark maximalism of Sacai is fully represented along with pieces from their New York Times collaboration, the Uggs shown are still a bit questionable. View the rest of the editorial below and shop select Sacai pieces at Farfetch.

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If the public demand is any indication  Nike’s React Element 87 is a certified hit.  With an Undercover version of the sneaker still pending, Nike brings out two new color ways of the stand out shoe. The translucent TPE upper, futuristic detailing, and unique React midsole appear in both a “Desert Sand” and a “Dark Grey” version.  The first uses ‘volt’ accents as an eye-catching detail while the latter opts for bold photo blue detailing.

Both of these new React Element colorways are set to release August 14th at US retailers and on Nike SNKRS and August 16th at EU retailers including BSTN.

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The latest collection from Human Made includes a special homage to Vigo’s own restaurant enterprise Curry Up. The aloha style shirt is cut in a short sleeve with and made from a rayon and cotton blend. The eye catching ‘Mr. Curry’ print makes reference to ingredients and menu items.  The shirt is now available at HAVEN.

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First shown at Pitto Uomo the FW18 Undercover collection is all based around the classic Stanley Kubrick film 2001 A Space Odyssey. In particular many of the pieces focus around the HAL supercomputer that stars as the main villain of the film . A standout piece from the collection is this insane down jacket that has a helmet hood design complete with a see-through visor.  Other details include raglan shoulders, syncopated contrast white panelling, “Undercover Astronautics Agency” emblem patch,  and a “HAL9000” reference patch from Space Odyssey, side zipped pockets, interior mesh pouch, zipped phone pocket at sleeve, cuff straps, straight hem, tonal stitching. While the jacket is not cheap retailing at $3,723 USD it’s already moving quickly on H Lorenzo’s store shelves. 

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Needles has spent the last couple years clarifying the vision of designer Keizo Shimizu. He has always brought together influences from across different genres including vintage workwear, military surplus and sportswear. While the ever-popular tracksuit and pants return, there’s plenty of new stuff to see as well. There’s pieces influenced by vintage western wear and even loose-fitting casual 70s suiting. The overall effect is relaxed and personable. With so many expressive pieces and creative styling throughout the looks, there is plenty here for pretty much everybody who is a fan of Needles.

Look for items to start dropping at retailers including Union Made in the Fall.

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