Entrepreneur and glasses connoisseur will.i.am has partnered with designer George Gorrow to launch his first-ever eyewear collection, ill.i Optics. Designed in Los Angeles, handmade in Italy and born from a passion for experimental eyewear, the collection pays homage to the evolution of eyewear and draws inspiration from rare vintage shapes. Key influences include the frame choices of 1980s hip-hop pioneers and the oversized glasses worn by graffiti characters of the decade. Every pair is designed to be a standout piece, featuring unique material combinations of acetate and metal, with bold aspects such as flatter four-point lenses. You can explore the collection in detail and discover the story behind the brand’s newly unveiled website.
Japanese women’s label Me & Mr. Gentleman have produced this update on the traditional varsity jacket, with a checked wool body and contrasting off-white leather sleeves. Finished with a button closure and ribbed cuffs and waist, the piece adds a nice spin on the sportswear staple, giving females a solid choice of what is typically a menswear garment. Cop the jacket over at JUST LIKE HONEYEE. [Read More]
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]
Buscemi has made a name for itself this last year for producing a very high quality range of sneakers, primarily inspired by very expensive women’s hand bags. With the release of the new “Obnoxiously High Quality” video, the brand gives us a behind the scenes look at the production process of its sneakers in Italy. If you want to know why Buscemi sneaker costs $800 USD at retail, now you know.
Iggy for Revolve–For the Australian retailers summer 2014 campaign, pop rapper Iggy Azalea is featured in REVOLVE Clothing’s new colorful advertisements. “Iggy represents REVOLVE in both style and attitude. Our customer is risk-taking, sexy and confident, and Iggy is the perfect embodiment of that. We don’t like to play it safe, and neither does Iggy,” said Michael Mente, Founder and Co-CEO. The rap artist dons a vibrant variety of styles from summery florals, sunglasses and crop tops shot by photographer Chris Shintani. [Read More]
After the preview of H&M’s Spring 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week, here’s a look at the behind-the-scenes style video showcasing key looks from the upcoming collection for both women and men. For women, the collection included tough and edgy tones with bohemian styles inspired by Parisian cool pioneers Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy. The downtown assortment grounded itself with Patti Smith inspired tomboy accents, leaving a lasting impression of fresh and modern pieces to choose from. H&M’s Spring 2014 collection will hit stores on March 6, 2014 and will be sold in H&M stores worldwide and online. Stay tuned for more updates on the Spring 2014 collection. Check out the men’s lookbook video after the jump. [See More]
Previewed earlier in the day, Cambridge-based Concepts has officially unveiled its Ugly Sweater collaboration with Nike SB. Consisting of two colorways of the Dunk High Pro and several apparel pieces, the pack goes heavy on the Christmas-themed graphics. First up is the black colorway of the Dunk High Pro SB, which is exclusive to Concepts, and features a black fleece upper with ugly Christmas sweater decorations, gold patent leather Swoosh, black nylon tongue, Concepts-branded tongue label and insoles, special lace locks, and a transparent outsole with gold specks. The black colorway comes in a special tin package with a Concepts ornament and coozie. [See & Read More]
It seems like everywhere you look, someone is sporting some sort of Beats device — whether it's a pair of headphones, earbuds, or portable speakers — but none of them look quite like the Beats by Alexander Wang Collection ($150-$450 USD). This very limited edition takes three of these devices and coats them in matte black with pale gold accents, making them truly stand out. They include the Beats Pill portable speakers, Ur Beats ear buds, and Beats Studio headphones, and each comes in an Alexander Wang embossed glossy stingray case with a zipper and clip. Each one is available in limited amounts in a pre-sale event, but won't be for long.
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]
Woolworths is a renowned chain of food and clothing stores based in Australia. The South African division of the label taps the native Candice Swanepoel for its latest lookbook showing off the latest clothing and accessories designs. The blonde model, known for her association with Victoria's Secret, wears the grunge and edgy inspired youthful designs of denim jeans and shorts, cropped tops, studded jackets, sequinned and printed designs, casual tops, and formal bandage dresses. The lookbook also gives a peak at stacked bracelets in beaded and vintage style, and suede boots. [See More]