While the idea of offering valuables up for an extra bit of cash at the local pawn shop is still pretty common, 16-year-old Chase Reed will the first ever to apply that concept to high-end and dead-stock sneakers with his venture Sneaker Pawn. Starting and running the store with his dad Troy, the idea of a sneaker pawn shop incidentally dawned on the father-son team when Chase asked to borrow another $50 USD after spending his dad’s money on a new release, for which Troy held the sneakers as collateral. Soon after that, Chase sold off his own collection of around 200 pairs to raise the $30,000 needed to start Sneaker Pawn, which is located at Lenox Avenue and West 120th Street in Harlem. [Read More]
Christmas is coming soon, and if your hands are still unprotected while navigating your smartphone in the frigid elements, you can still snap up a pair of Glove.ly Touchscreen Gloves ($19 USD) from these New York innovators (so they know a thing or two about extreme cold weather). Designed to act as a second skin that still insulates, the gloves still harness the conductive elements of your skin, thanks to a clever silver-coated nylon knit throughout the glove. Glove.ly's are warm and soft, but gets out of your way so that you can answer calls, snapchat, take selfies, and send a quick message without taking your gloves off. The gloves also include maglove™, small but strong hidden magnets inside the logo of each glove to always keep your gloves together. Checkout more photos after the jump and look for Glove.ly in our upcoming print issue. [See More]
DJ Absolut travels cross-country to enjoy the finer things in “All We Know,” his latest single co-produced with Street Radio. The Hot 97 DJ enjoys fancy whips, eye-catching chicks, and the VIP nightlife with co-stars Ray J, Ace Hood, Fat Joe, Swizz Beatz, and Bow Wow. French Montana, Birdman, DJ Khaled, and others make appearances as the song’s available now on iTunes. Enjoy.
Drake is back in New York to promote Nothing Was The Same, and hitting his fan markets from the greedy freebians fighting over #NTWS shirts at the Alife store, to the housewives and house-arrest audience of The Ellen Show. And Ellen Degeneres knows exactly how to put "Our Holy Lord of Cableknit" in the hot seat -- bring up old jumpies and platonic girlfriends. Ellen asked Drake about Rihanna, Tyra Banks, and Kat Dennings but then threw in friend-zoner Nicki Minaj, and a total reach, Kim Kardashian. Enjoy.
When models hit the runway for Tim Coppens‘ standout show in New York last season, they did so in some very covetable footwear courtesy of Common Projects. Included among them was a co-designed version of the Basketball Sneaker in tonal shades and textured, mixed-media construction. Seen here, the high-tops have arrived for Fall/Winter 2013 in two colorways — black multi and black/grey multi — and feature studded panels and wool collars to go with leather toes and Common Projects’ signature rubber soles. Take an exclusive first look at the collaboration above and look for the Tim Coppens for Common Projects Basketball Sneakers now in-store and online at Barneys New York.
One of the most legendary names in the sneaker world, New York-based ALIFE is a multi-faceted, lifestyle-driven company known for its retail concepts, collaborations and live music events. New this season is a handful of graphic tees that will take you from the last weeks of summer and into fall — no-nonsense designs made in the USA and printed in New York City. Standouts include a duo of photographic styles, including a collaboration with Jadakiss and lensman, Jason Nocito, first previewed here. Look for ALIFE’s Summer 2013 T-Shirts now at their online store. [See More]
In celebrating MLB’s recent All-Star Game that took place in Queens, New York just a few weeks ago, Nike releases the NYC Baseball Pack. The two-part collection consists of an Air Griffey Max 1 and Bo Jackson’s Air Trainer SC High in white, grey, black and light blue color schemes. Each model further features a grey grid-like nylon panel, black nubuck, speckled midsoles, icy outsoles, and Nike’s “NYC” logo at the heel and tongue. The above pack is currently available at select stockists including Kinetics in Tokyo. [See More]
The arts and rap performance come together in Picasso Baby, a cut off the Magna Carta Holy Grail album by Jay-Z. The rapper-mogul and director Mark Romanek (“99 Problems”) capture 30 hours of footage into a 10-min piece fittingly titled Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film. Filmed at New York City’s Pace Gallery last month, Jay-Z invites spectators and viewers for an intimate experience as he interacts fans, fellow artists, and art enthusiasts as the Timbaland-produced song blares. From kids, to break dancers, to actors, and street performers, the joyful moment includes cameos from Marina Abramovic, Wale, Rosie Perez, Taraji P. Henson, Michael K. Williams, Fab 5 Freddy, and more. Enjoy.
Jay-Z continues to push boundaries in support of his newly released Magna Carta Holy Grail album. The rapper-mogul combines hip-hop, the arts, and live performance in his upcoming visual Picasso Baby. Dubbed a “Performance Art Film,” the Mark Romanek-directed (“99 Problems”) clip was filmed at New York City’s Pace Gallery in front of live spectators earlier this month. Fans can catch the world premiere of “Picasso Baby” on Friday, August 2nd at 11 pm EST exclusively on HBO. Leading into premiere, Jay-Z will appear on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher at 10 pm EST.
To celebrate his album release, Ace Hood performed at Webster Hall in New York last night. During the show he brought out French Montana, Fabolous, and Vado to perform a few tracks, and also ended the night with a tribute to Trayvon Martin. Trials & Tribulations is available in stores and on iTunes now. Enjoy.