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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.

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XXBC collection i from Chris Battaglia on Vimeo.

Video by Chris Battaglia

I first posted Collection 1 by XXBC back in August and now I’m back with an update for you guys. The good news is that you will be able to purchase select pieces from this collection at Opening Ceremony by mid-November. Each piece is a one-off and is produced using deadstock vintage fabrics.  In the meanwhile stay posted to the XXBC website for updates and also check the accompanying wirdy blog.

See photos of all the looks after the jump

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My friend Max Vanderwoude Gross  started his menswear line ‘PROPER GANG‘ last year and has been expanding the line’s offering since then.  I paid a visit to the showroom to get a walkthrough the fall/winter 2013 collection. The collection is based off of Max’s own roots and cultural influences. Staples include pocket t-shirts, cotton military influenced button-down shirts, denim jackets, and zip hoodies made from duffle coat wool.

My personal favorite pieces were the color-blocked jerseys which were just the perfect fit (cropped and slim but still with just oversized enough to feel like a jersey). Also of note are the cords, jeans and trousers that are based off the same PROPER GANG pattern (tapered, cropped without being too skinny). I’m definetly feeling what Max is doing with the line and I’m looking forward to seeing how PROPER GANG continues to establish itself in the New York menswear scene.

You can expect to see the pieces at Opening Ceremony in New York, LA and London later this year.

 

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MTV Push brings this short clip which profiles rapper A$AP Rocky. In between bits of live performance the Harlem rapper speaks on his favorite labels at the Opening Ceremony men’s shop , his origins as a rap artist and what he hopes to achieve through his craft. Naturally his favorite items were by RAF SIMONS, KOMAKINO, JEAN PAUL GAULTIER, and OPENING CEREMONY. A worthwhile watch if you’re a fan of Rocky or Opening Ceremony.

Source: OC blog

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Geng Grizzly wears many hats and his personal style is representative of his many hustles. Geng runs PTP (Purple Tape Pedigree) a hip-hop blog that will put you on to what you should be hearing (not what everyone else is playing). On top of that he’s got a fledging record label, Live From The Kitchen Recordings that is sure to be making tons of (bass ridden) noise this year. On top of all that you may have heard me make some guest appearances on his radio show Fresh Out the Box along with co-host Note D (check his style profile HERE).

 For these style profiles, I really look for individuals doing their own thing outside of what the trends of the moment may be. In the case of Geng, he breaks more sartorial rules than he follows but stays true to his roots and passions. His style in complex in a way that the average passerby or fashionista might not notice. Geng is someone who is not just wearing the clothes, he’s living in them. 

Look 1
Norse Projects Corduroy 5-Panel Cap
The Hill-Side “Large Roses” Bandana
Vintage JC Penney Hunting Jacket
Camber “Arctic Thermal” Hooded Sweatshirt
LL Bean “River Driver” Henley
Military BDU Shorts
Falke Merino Leggings
New Balance 1300’s

Describe how your personal style evolved to it’s current state?

Back when I was a kid, I had a clean pair of velcro Nike “Uptowns”…lowtops in white with a black check and black sole. I have the photo to prove it. I was also wearing a denim sweatsuit with red trim in said photo. While I feel like I have since struggled to replicate that level of splashiness, at least the core concepts have stuck through the years. I done swapped the denim suit for one of French terry cotton persuasion and dress for comfort, contrast, and construction. Triple C’s.…yahmean?!

Now I tend to build an outfit around a well-made, timeless piece, and decorate it with things from the “other side,” whether that means pairing up the vintage mountaineering with the “high fashion,” or jumping between the lanes of core function with active wear and military/factory worker garb. Growing up in NYC, especially Manhattan, played a huge role. If you cared at all, your mission was to find a way to stick out from the pack of thousands rocking on the same type of shit. Some do it in a real “I look like Grace Jones-meets-Rufio from Hook and I am fine with that” kind of way, while others try to be a bit less outlandish with it. I usually favor the more subtle approach of putting multiple worlds together and over the years have come to better grasp how to do so by playing with the finer details like fabric weight and texture.

Look 2
Military Surplus OD Wool Watch Cap
Vintage North Face (“Brown Label”) Down Vest
Norse Projects “Vorm” Pocket Sweatshirt
Vintage German Military “Raindrop Camo” Trousers
Falke “Walkie” Socks
PF Flyers “Bob Cousy” Lows

Has hip-hop influenced your personal style? What about its impact on your life in general?

By junior high, say ’92-93, I was able to start buying my own clothes and really try to get fly like our rap idols.  We were all into the North Face/Helly Hansen/Columbia/Nautica/Polo/Guess/Nike/Timberland shit because that was what we saw in the videos, magazines, and album covers/liner notes.  I was a Boot Camp Clik (Black Moon, Smif n Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, etc.) fanatic so I stayed rugged and utilitarian in military anoraks, my pops’ M-65 (early 70’s – ‘Nam), fatigues, and gore-tex boots.  The impact of hip-hop (as a New Yorker who had about 16 years of life before the Internet touched down) wasn’t really thought about, it just WAS.  As young adults, you either walked it or you tried really hard to do so (rarely to favorable results, as you can imagine).  Every borough had its own angle on style in general (from slang to preferred brands and sneakers that they’d rock).  It was all in the rap music…and we drank wild 40’s of O.E. and plastic cups of Henny because of it.

How did Fresh out the Box Radio and PTP come to be? Can you share a key experience or lesson from your time spent on these areas.

Purple Tape Pedigree was born in 2009.  I used to post often-forgotten hip-hop and hardcore/metal videos on Facebook and folks would pop up like, “start a blog…it’s free and you probably have really cool stories to share.”  I eventually did.  By late 2010, rap started to get really interesting again and I began posting mostly current releases on PTP.  By 2011, my ace Note (or James, as previously featured on this fine website) was in the mix.  He not only helped with the daily posts (bringing in his expertise of the UK’s respective grime and road scenes), but he moved the site off of Blogspot and made the layout look all types of sexy.  PTP wasn’t JUST us though, nothing ever is, so shout out to all of the invisible board members, silent investors, and loyal friends who have helped grow this into the mini-movement that it is today (air horn).

FOTB was part of the first wave of shows to be on BBOX Radio.  Originally, I was going to be a DJ on Headless Heroes (Monday’s funk/soul show on BBOX), but then the idea of “new and progressive hip-hop” came up and we jumped at it.  16 months later, we’re still getting drunk on the air, playing new rap before it becomes the “new shit,” and talking crazy with rappers and brand ambassadors, alike.

I’d say the key experience is actually EXPERIENCE.  Know your shit like you share a bed with it.  Spend a lot of time practicing your craft before and after and don’t ever get caught bragging about it on Twitter.  Finally, don’t over-think shit.  If it feels right after running it through the various “Shit I’ve learned up until this point” and the “Shit I’ve heard about from more experienced people” tests…then go for it.  Fuck it, it’s the Internet.

Look 3
Masahiko Ono Repro Naval Watch Cap
OC x Pendleton F/W ’09 Wool Jacket
Patagonia “Down Sweater” Vest
Brooks Brothers Oxford Button-Down Shirt
Unis “Gio” Pants
Falke “Walkie” Socks
Clarks Waxed “Wallabees” (w/ new cotton laces)

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With each person I style profile for Third Looks I feel as though I get to know them better just through exploring what their wardrobe and personal style is like. While fashion is given a bad rap in terms of being materialistic and shallow, I think style is a really good indicator of someone’s creativity, character and influences.
When I first met Kyle I thought he dressed pretty low key but as I got to know him I realized his wardrobe had tons of depth and he always wore his pieces in creative ways. More so I feel that his sartorial choies are aligned with his personality and lifestyle and he makes it work for him. It’s easy to just fetishize pieces and grails but I think men would benefit from reflecting on their lifestyles and choosing the clothes that not only look great on the rack, but also fit the way they live.


Look 1
Mercedes-Benz hat
Comme des Garcons SHIRT FW10 vest
Uniqlo down jacket
Uniqlo shirt
V::Room crewneck
3.1 Philip Lim SS10 jeans
White Mountaineering FW10 boots

What sparked your interest in clothes and fashion?
I think I’ve probably always had an interest in clothes and making myself look at least halfway decent, but a lot of it really stems from interests in other things that have a strong focus on personal style.
For me snowboarding was always huge for this, along with different BMX styles of riding. Then came cars and the various scenes around that.  I guess I’ve always been drawn to these things that really embrace showing your personality and personal style through such conspicuously physical ways, so clothes are just an extension of that and an easy way to do it while living in New York since I’m not snowboarding, riding, or driving much anymore here. 
What thought process do you go through when shopping for new items?
This is a really good question as I can’t say it’s something I’ve ever thought about before. I guess I’m long past the point where I’m filling any (perceived) “holes” in my wardrobe, but I’ve gotta say I really like going out and seeing what’s out there.  I have some favorite shops I’ll always check and other ones I’ll just stumble in occasionally, but I think it’s important to get out there and see what’s going on. Part of this is that there is so much good stuff out there to be appreciated that I know I would never bother actually buying or wearing, since it just isn’t “me.”
The other part of this is that I try not to buy too much anymore so I’ll see how it could work in my wardrobe.  I’m not interested in buying some out-there piece that I would have to really tone down with other boring clothes – that just ends up looking like you never thought it through and are settling because you wanted to show off that one item so bad.  Not a good look in my eyes. And I definitely don’t want something that makes me think “well this would be so much better if I just bought item X or Y too.”  I want to take an out-there piece and integrate it with other stuff I have and just do it up, you know?  Make it look like it was always meant to be there. Less but better.

Look 2
Monitaly FW11 leather jacket
Nepenthes shirt
Uniqlo denim shirt
APC jeans
Visvim SS08 FBT

I think a good example of everything I just talked about is that leather Monitaly jacket.  I had always liked the ubiquitous Margiela 5-zip that they do every season in a few leathers/colors but it doesn’t work for me and I have no interest in making it do so.  There’s no denying it’s an iconic piece and a brilliant design though, so when I came across this Monitaly jacket it was like something clicked, and they got me.  It’s just this complete bastardization of the 5-zip, totally making fun of it with some overly Americana vibes in brown calf leather, with some big leather tassles on the zips, and wool knit cuffs.  That’s what I’m all about, just having fun with my style.  I had never bothered to buy a leather jacket before because I had never found The One, but this was it. It was perfect.  And I’m thinking to myself “Ok, wear this with some FBT’s and I’ll have tassles all over the place, cause why not, right?”
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I felt lucky to be part of the 2012 Opening Ceremony Holiday party and see all these familiar faces. I’ve been friends with some of the staff since I first moved to New York and it brings me great pride to see everyone celebrating in the same room. Until the next one, enjoy these snaps of the event.

Many many more photos after the jump

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The homie Sean invited me to take some commemorative snaps of the staff at the Ace Hotel outpost of the Opening Ceremony empire.  This shoot was  like the class photos you took in grade school , except everyone involved  was actually having fun. There’s an in-depth interview with the OC braintrust Carol and Humberto on GQ currently, take a gander here. More photos after the jump.

 

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Yoko Ono and Humberto Leon of Opening Ceremony

This past Tuesday I went to the launch event and signing for Yoko Ono’s collection of clothes for Opening Ceremony entitled “Fashions for Men”. The collection was based on Yoko Ono’s wedding gift to John Lennon. The below video explains more of Yoko’s inspirations behind the collection. Whatever you think of the collection, it can’t be argued that Opening Ceremony certainly knows how to create a spectacle and that any public appearance by Yoko Ono is extremely rare.

Humberto Leon Interviews Yoko Ono from Opening Ceremony on Vimeo.

Photo by Rocky Li

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Layla Racy cropped coat

Uniqlo UU Men’s cardigan, Vintage Comme des Garçons shirt

Opening Ceremony knit sweater

H&M Comme des Garçons men’s peacoat, Uniqlo UU men’s knit

Third Looks Editorial: Met Life
Photographer: Rebekah Seok
Stylist: Rocky Li
Model: Essdea

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