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Thursday
Feb042016

vans sk8 hi reissue - black snake.

these new vans hi-tops are fire.

it almost feels like they're trying to go in a primeknit (a la Nike, adidas) direction. but whatever the reason, they're super fresh.

Pick them up here.

 

- james

Tuesday
Feb022016

kanye being kanye.

 

From Fashionista.com:

"For a typical fashion designer, New York Fashion Week prep begins months in advance, and one of the first priorities is securing a spot on the official Fashion Calendar. Now a digital platform operated by the CFDA, which works to prevent scheduling conflicts between two shows that might draw the same editors and buyers, the Fashion Calendar lists events up to six months ahead of time. Enter Kanye West, who decided to stage an over-the-top spectacle for his latest Yeezy collection and the debut of his album "Waves" (and not tell anyone about it until a week or two prior) at 4 p.m. on the first day of New York Fashion Week. This was not great news for two labels slotted to show at the same time.

Former J.Crew designer and current Banana Republic creative advisor Marissa Webb, whose show for her eponymous line was also scheduled for 4 p.m. on the 11th; and Adam Selman, a favorite of Rihanna'swhose show was scheduled for 5 p.m., both rescheduled their shows at the end of last week, after news broke of the Yeezy season 3 event.

While the element of surprise might add to the buzz and excitement surrounding West's show, it puts other designers in a tough spot. Even an established, respected brand can't expect to compete. Selman, whose shows draw a similar crowd to West's, confirmed his switch to the 6:30 p.m. slot last Thursday morning, though a rep would not confirm the reason for the scheduling change. Webb's PR team sent out an email blast on Friday evening informing recipients of an "updated show time" to 3 p.m., writing: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are 'swishing' the time of the show to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11. Sorry for making 'waves.'" Get it?

This isn't the first time West has disrupted a designer's Fashion Week plans by announcing his own show at the last minute. Last season, emerging designer Anne Bowen planned to debut her new streetwear line at what turned out to be the exact same time as West's show, and she was not afraid to speak out about the strain West's last-minute announcement put on her business, telling WWD , "We have been prepping for a year for this at considerable financial, labor and commitment-cost to our company. Our show date has been scheduled for months and has been on the Fashion Calendar for weeks... Kanye knows he is a media sensation and it is just not ethical to do this." She was forced to show on a different date, "which [was] a logistical nightmare."

Details of West's show still remain scarce, but on Monday, West tweeted a link to a sale site where fans can purchase tickets to see the event streamed live in theaters from Madison Square Garden."

 

So what did we learn from all this? Kanye's dropping his new album and clothing line soon. Get on board or GTFO.

 

- dripcult

Monday
Jan252016

Yosemite prep # 1 - back-to-berkeley.

I'm gearing up for a week long backpacking trip into yosemite valley this spring, so naturally, I've been looking around for the right gear. I love gear. It's my absolute favorite thing to shop for. It feels so dang manly.  

gear.

The trouble comes when you're trying to get the right gear without looking like some chump from the discovery channel doing a documentary on fly fishing. For some reason, most outdoor companies insist on making outdoor-ready, adventure-seeking individuals look like complete dorks.

Enter the back-to-berkeley hiking boot from The North Face:

  • HydroSeal® waterproof membrane
  • Waterproof, BLC-compliant, full-grain leather upper
  • OrthoLite® ReBound footbed
  • Compression-molded EVA midsole
  • Compression-molded TPU heel clip
  • Durable TNF Winter Grip® rubber outsole with IcePick® temperature-sensitive lugs

all that plus they look fresh. iconic vintage stype meets modern technology. gear problem #1 solved. stay posted for my solutions to the rest of the dorky gear I'll be picking up. 

 

- james

 

Wednesday
Jan202016

gap elongated essential tee.

elongated tees are definitely trending hot right now, but the main issue is that you only have two options to pick one up:

 

  1. get a cheap-o at H&M or Cotton ON (with a logo), or some similar store
  2. spend way too much on a dang tee shirt for a F.O.G. or other limited-run type brand

 

Both of these options kind of suck if you're really just buying a tee shirt. Enter option 3:

The Gap Essential tee in "tall" sizes. This isn't necessarily designed as an elongated tee, which is why you're able to get away with grabbing a quality shirt in the fit you want for such a reasonable price. 

yes, I'm aware that the shirts in these pictures are not elongated in any way, and that's because the "tall" versions of these shirts are designed to fit normally on a person with a torso that is severely disproportionate to the rest of his/her body. So trust that a "tall" fit on a normal person will give the elongated look.

Gap quality on a trending fit; money.

Click here to see them in the Gap store, and make sure you're using the "tall" tab.

 

- james

Thursday
Jan142016

winterized crew.

loving this winterized crew sweatshirt from nikelabs. cotton body, nylon sleeves, and quilted stitching. neat.

on sale from $100 to $79.97. See it here.

 

- james

 

Tuesday
Jan122016

adidas primeknit makes it to clothing.

for the first time ever, adidas will be transitioning its primeknit technology (its response to Nike's flyknit) into apparel. 

take a look:

 

 

- james 

Monday
Dec212015

star wars monday.

star wars episode vii: the force awakens released at the end of last week and has had the biggest box office success of all time. we're not surprised. so in honor of celebrating our inner nerd, here are some random star wars things.

this star wars sweater by onthebyas

these diy card-hang mosaic arts by ixxidesign

this project by david murray featuring star wars characters wearing famous street fashion designers like jar jar in yeezy x adidas

this bobba fett a-10 backpack by nixon that isn't actually as dorky as you'd expect

 

- james

Wednesday
Dec162015

knyew long sleeve.

if you haven't yet, check out the shadow collection long sleeve 2-n-1 from keeping new york everywhere aka knyew. 

word from their website:

"From KNYEW's Fall/Winter 15 Collection, 100% 16oz French Terry Cotton, black, layered long-sleeve. 

Silicone and enzyme washed for a softer smoother feel, this layered shirt  features a french terry tee, over a reversed french terry long-sleeve, that includes our signature elongated body and scoop hem, raw cut bottom hem and sleeves. Fit true to size. Knit, dyed, cut + sewn in USA. Machine wash cold with like colors." 

- taylor

Tuesday
Dec152015

Quality over quantity.

This is a topic I feel pretty strongly about. Just because your closet is filled to the brim, does not mean you're doing it right. The way I look at it, clothes should be purchased in one of two categories:

  1. Staples
  2. Trends

Staples are the items you'll wear frequently. You'd like them to last you a long time, and they need to look fresh for as long as they last you. Examples of staples are jeans, shoes, suits, white tees, sweaters, peacoats, watches, or belts, to name a few. What you wear with these pieces or how you wear them may change, but these items will always be around.

These are the pieces you should see as an investment. You should be spending appropriate amounts of monies on these purchases. You wouldn't buy underwear from the dollar store because you don't want to chafe in your nethers. So don't buy a suit from H&M because you don't want to look like a chump. Don't go denim shopping at forever Target. Don't buy gym shoes at sketchers.

Spend the money for quality, and it'll payoff in the long run.

Trends on the other hand, will most likely only be used for a finite window of time -- usually a few months or so until the trend has passed or morphed into something else. These are the high-fashion influenced items like infinity scarves, elongated shirts, bracelets, drapey jackets, ripped denim. These things won't be around forever, so they do not require as much of an investment.

I'm not saying you should buy these things; I'm saying you shouldn't be buying the most expensive versions of them. Accept them for what they are: fads, trends, short-lived ideas, and then spend accordingly. These are the items you should be buying at H&M, Zara, TopShop, PacSun. They will most likely be short lived, so spend the amount of money for something you don't mind losing it's value within the year.

The key is to mix quality basics, with trendy cheap finds.

Spend your money where it counts.

 

- james

 

Friday
Dec112015

PS x FOG launch.

The FOG collection has finally started launching. Not all pieces are currently available for purchase, but the ones that are have been selling out quickly. I'd recommend taking a look at the lookbook images below and picking them up from the PacSun online store since there won't be much left in the stores.

 

- james