Jay-Z is getting his hands dirty these days, as he continues to explore new avenues and further expand his empire of a brand. NBA 2K13 has him listed as an executive producer and the first trailer of the game can be viewed below. In video, Jay’s song “Public Service Announcement” plays in the background. Release date of NBA 2K13 is set for October 2nd. (via Life + Times)
A KIND OF GUISE has teamed up with Berlin-based Voo Store for this limited edition canvas bag. It’s made entirely by hand in Germany and features a leather bottom in matching black to blend effortlessly with the shell. There are two big front pockets and the bag can actually be transformed into a backpack for added versatility.
The bag can be had now through Voo Store.
Portugal-based shop Por Vocacao continues to take stock of some exceptional product and is led by a team that’s not afraid to mix notable labels with brands we’ve never heard of. Though Green George has been mentioned were lightly in conversation, Por Vocacao will carrying an extensive lineup of footwear from their upcoming Fall 2012 collection. Green George originates from Montegranaro, one of the main places for shoe production in Italy and just opposite of Buttero’s Tuscany region. Oh, and they’ve been around since the 70s, making high quality footwear based on great craftsmanship while keeping up with current trends.
In the weeks ahead, expect Por Vocacao to stock Green George’s finest offerings including these double monks as well as a few derbys, waxy suede brogues and boots. More looks of the DB’s below.
GANT has finally opened the doors to its first West Coast store, as they look to call Venice their new home. The space is 1,700 square feet and was designed as a GANT Rugger neighbor shop so it has all the personal touches. To add to the appeal, local Venice Beach craftsman, Eric Gustafson, was commissioned to create several modern fixtures for the shop made from brass, wood, and inlaid tile. Additional fixtures include several 1950’s teak pieces and other mid century elements.
The trip west is long overdue in our opinion as Los Angeles has been a top market for GANT for quite sometime. The shop will carry GANT Rugger and GANT by Michael Bastian men’s and women’s collections. More looks at the shop below.
Here we have a look at New York designer Thom Browne’s Varsity Jacket for the upcoming F/W 2012 season. We’ve seen him do varsity jackets in the past but this is our personal favorite to date. The light brown tweed is so understated and works really well with the contrasting white sleeves and front pocket detailing. The ribbed collar and cuff are authentic and expected with signature red, white and blue stripes at the waist to make this a true Thom Browne piece. Look for it to be available through select retailers in the months ahead. Thom Browne’s Japanese outpost will have it for ¥142,800 JPY (~ $1,823 USD).
With all the exciting things going on at this week’s Project tradeshow in NY, we were still making time to prowl for new, eye-catching product. We had the opportunity to chat with Javier Laval of Android Homme, an LA-based footwear brand. We’ve seen the label get some respectable coverage on various publications, online and off, but we hadn’t really gotten the opportunity to see what the brand was about. After speaking with Javier and getting a peek at what they’re delivering as part of their Holiday 2013 collection, we were beyond impressed. Though we can see some of the pieces be too eclectic for some of you guys out there, it’s important to focus on the attention to detail that goes into every single pair. We’re talking black/red pony hair mocs and python skin high-top sneakers.
Beyond the unparalleled level of creativity that’s being utilized by the Android Homme team, there’s also a high level of innovation. Some of the sneakers in their latest lineup feature an EVA sole that’s as light as a feather, which gives us a shoe that weights next to nothing. Android Homme continues to live in the future and it shows in the final product. We took some shots of our favorite styles below, so be sure to check them out below.
From Hodinkee, the online publication that brought you a completely new and fresh perspective on what you read about watches, comes a site redesign that will change how you read it. We’ve seen sites go through redesigns in the past but the difference here is that Hodinkee really put their users first and branched every single alteration from that. The new Hodinkee.com is what every “online magazine” should look like. At the top of the page, there’s a full-width image that corresponds with the most recent post and updates as you navigate through categories and brands. The fun doesn’t stop there as users are blessed with a new top navigation bar that allows users to access some of the site’s most exclusive and popular content in one click through the Plus(+) drop down. You can now search through categories and popular brands. Yep, want to see all of Hodinkee’s news on IWC? Look for Popular Brands in the top navigation and you’re there.
These are just a few of the several enhancements Hodinkee.com has brought with their latest redesign. There’s an intro video below worth checking out before you dig into the finest watch content on the planet.
Oh, you’re reading that right. Dov Charney-led American Apparel has bought Warriors of Radness. The capital that’s just been thrown behind WoR is tremendous and will surely expedite the growth of the SoCal label. There’s a two-minute clip below that has Rick Klotz of Warriors of Radness and a few of the other guys chatting it up alongside Dov. Definitely worth checking out.
Del Toro Shoes is showing at this week’s Project tradeshow in New York. The brand’s experienced very rapid growth rate as of late and they’re showing no signs of letting up. They’ve expanded the offerings quite a bit and their latest lineup includes chukkas with some exceptional detailing and a continuation of their foundation which was built on the velvet slipper. What we dig the most? Del Toro‘s cap toe shoes with some vibrant detailing as well as their double monks featuring camo uppers. Game. Over.
Another day here at Project NY and we’ve got some great looks from Plectrum by Ben Sherman their Spring 2013 collection. Dubbed, “Jazz Life,” the lineup takes inspiration from the Jazz scene of 1960′s America, a time of sharp styles and new sounds. Ben Sherman’s latest offerings blend musical influence with style, creating a new silhouette and inspired design detail, lending the collection a more contemporary sensibility. Throughout the offerings, look for some amazing prints and a vibrant colour palette. Shirts get various print themes, including art deco inspired geometrics and dobby detailing layered onto pinstripes and checks. More imagery of the line below.