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Monday
Mar272017

north face x supreme spring/summer '17.

well, if you were debating buying a North Face jacket at a higher than reasonable price, and just weren't sure if you wanted to pull the trigger on a $120 seasonal layer, don't worry! Because now, you can spend 3 times that much on a jacket with the word "Supreme" on it!

 

That's right, the North Face x Supreme collaboration is back for spring/summer 2017 and the full line has been announced for the low low price of ALL YOUR MONIES.

Not interested in a jacket at the moment? no worries, you can spend $368 on some ski pants meant for the streets in case there's a freak snowstorm on your way to work.

I know I sound cynical, but that's just because I totally am. I honestly think that Supreme collabs are usually super fresh. But to be honest, I'm a little tired of the price you have to pay these days to have the word "supreme" on something. Maybe that's just me. Take a look at the full line below and see the prices at the bottom and you tell me if I'm wrong.

Gore-Tex® Pullover: $488
Gore-Tex® Pant: $368
Polartec® Fleece Jacket: $268
Big Haul Backpack: $158
Headband: $54

Thursday
Mar092017

y-3 sport.

the y-3 sport collection for spring/summer '17 by genius YOHJI YAMAMOTO is here, and it's dope...and it's also insanely expensive. but still dope though. but also really really really expensive.

on the bright side, if you find an extra $700+ to spend on a jacket, you can totally look like a ninja while you exercise on the side of a mountain.

in all seriousness, a majority of the line is super cool and worth checking out, if nothing else than to get ideas and inspiration.

 

 

Thursday
Mar022017

Luftgekühlt.

since air-cooled porsches seem to be the latest car trend, we mine as well talk about them and two guys that probably like them a lot more than you. 

we're talking about Patrick Long and Howie Idelson, the two dudes that created Luftgekühlt and are as rennsport as it gets. Long is a porsche team driver too, so yeah, he's definitely a bigger porsche guy than you. And before you jump to the conclusion on the name luftgekühlt, it literally translates to air-cooled in german which works out nicely for the dudes no matter how instagram it sounds.

Now that you know what luftgekühlt means, i should probably tell you what it is. luftgekühlt is an event for the air-cooled porsche fanatics and die hards. where porsche is religion and the only thing that people care about are the cars. the event was created to get away from the stuffy atmosphere of golf courses and polos where you'd usually see these classics and collector status porsches and just have fun while being around rad cars.

the main gist of this post was to tell you what luftgekühlt is so that i can tell you that luftgekühlt4 is officially on the books. mark your calendar, the first weekend of may 2017 at deus in los angeles you can get your fill of air-cooled porsches and then some. i dropped a couple drool worthy porsche pics in here, but you can go to luftgekühlt.com for more or just simply go to the google machine. dealer's choice. 

*images provided by Luftgekült and Drew Phillips. 

Naturally, a RWB porsche was at last year's event. Hate them or love them, they're a staple in porsche culture now and nakai-san is regarded as a legend or a mass-porsche-murderer. 

- taylor

Tuesday
Feb282017

want les essentiels - montoro.

it's not every day you stumble upon a beautiful pair of black derby shoes. well, today was my day and since i have this platform to share, it's your day too.

this clean and handsome pair of derby shoes comes from want les essentiels and goes by the name montoro.

upon first look they appear to be a basic pair of derby style shoes (which is what initially caught my interest).

then you start to look at them and you notice the little details. 

you notice the texture in the leather. the subtle color and material difference that doesn't instantly pop out at you. you notice much more thought was put into them when you stop and look.

stare. enjoy. buy

- taylor

Friday
Feb242017

don't screw your do.

here are some tips on getting the best from your next haircut. These tips come from a handful of respected barbers, so we're pretty confident in recommending them to you.

learn the Language.

If you want your hair to look a certain way, it's important that you're able to describe it eloquently and efficiently. Asking for "just a trim" can mean something completely different than what you have in mind to a barber you've never worked with before. This will make sure you're on the same page and save you some ebarassment. undercut, hard part, fade, rounded, textured, etc...

bring a Picture.

It's a lot easier to imagine what you want by looking at an example rather than translating your words into a mental picture. It's much easier to start with a picture and explain how you want it applied to your dome. 

stay off your phone.

don't be a dickhead. getting your haircut is a social and participatory experience. make eye contact and have a conversation. This makes the eperience more enjoyable. What you don't want is an angry barber.

avoid peak times and don't rush.

make sure your barber is able to take the time required to perfect your cut. don't come in on a busy saturday while the walk-in line is out the door, tell the barber to hurry up, and expect to walk out of there with the best cut you've ever had. It's an art and art takes time.

watch and learn.

observe the changes and techniques and feel free to ask questions. That way you'' be able to explain what worked or didn't work thennext time you come in. This will also help you to understand the lingo and better explain what you want in the future.

trust your barber.

Ideally, you're building a relationship here. You want to find a soulmate barber who just gets it. Consistency means you can confidently get what you want everytime. When your barber gets to know you and your mop, they'll be able to make better recommendations, and you'll be comfortable enough to accept those recommendations.

tip well.

i shouldn't have to say this, but i will anway. This is a sign of respect and gratitude. a job well done deserves a tip well given. it also helps ensure you'll get a good cut next time as well. 

 

- james

Thursday
Feb022017

ultraboost hits the pitch.

adidas has now announced three different colorways in their line of ultraboost soccer cleats. "triple white", "triple black", and "silver pack" (triple grey may have been a more consistent name?). 

I haven't had the opportunity to try them out myself, but these boots are ridiculously good looking. 

a primeknit upper and three structured stripes are designed to lock the foot down while giving a soft touch on the ball and added control for strikers. And don't forget the hybrid boost technology in the sole which promises to a comfortable experience.

The silver pack is scheduled to release February 5th, but dates for other color options has not yet been announced. Finally, something to look forward to.

 

- james

 

Tuesday
Jan242017

cold feet.

Admittedly, I no longer live in a place where freezing feet is an issue, but I certainly have not forgotten the terrible feeling of frozen feets. So for those of you who still have to deal with this problem every time it gets cold, or if you're visiting a colder-than-usual place and want to keep your toes toasty, I've got the solution.

Those tiny disposable feet warmers got nothing on these bad boys. Heated shoe insoles that can be controlled by an app. killer.

The kickstarter campaign for these babies has reached its funding goals so production will begin soon. Better sign up quick if you want to get them before they're full priced.

you're welcome.

 

- james

Monday
Jan092017

abc's of men's fashion - 62.

french cuff

French cuffs are twice as long as regular cuffs, and then folded back on themselves and closed with cuff links. 

As they are more formal attire, French cuffs should not be worn every day, unless you’re a mob boss or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Generally speaking, French cuffs should only be worn with suit jackets. If you’ve got that certain je ne sais qois about you and know how to wear them without overpowering your outfit, then you might be able to pull off French cuffs with a blazer or a sport coat, but in most situations, it’s best to keep them formal and stick to the suit jacket.

Wednesday
Jan042017

the shredded tee.

now that shredded/holey jeans have become common in the fashion world, tees are beginning to follow suit. But, like jeans, shirts with holes in them walk a fine line between fresh and fugly. Too many holes and you look like you're trying too hard. Not enough and they don't even get noticed. Holes too big and you're showing half a nip while you walk around town. 

Generally, I think it's good to folow the 'less is more' principle, but there's more than that to take into consideration. 

I dig the large hole in the back with shirt fabric hanging off. I also like the 'holes congregating in specific areas' approach, as opposed to the 'holes everywhere' option.

As it turns out, it's really hard to find one of these shredded tees that A) don't look terribly overdone, and B) isn't terribly overpriced. Realistically, you're better off taking some scissors to an old shirt that fits well. Just don't turn it into a muscle tee and don't go hole-happy.

Good luck.

 

- James

Sunday
Dec042016

reebok is slightly less terrible now.

It's no secret that the only reason Reebok still exists is because they latched onto the crossfit bandwagon before it exploded, and promptly became the sole sponsor of the UFC. They're finally managing to breathe some new life into the brand. 

I'm not saying you should go out any buy stock in the brand, nor am i recommending that you gear up with ufc reebok training gear or any of that noise. 

But these throwback reebok gum sole shoes are dope, so that's something slightly less terrible than the previous 10 years of reebok.

You can grab them at Champs or, like, any major reebok dealer probly.

 

- james