Miami-based Del Toro has been delivering Italian-made footwear for quite sometime now and their rapidly increasing clientele list is a testament to the brand’s dedication to quality and modern, wearable design. Among the fan base is Brooklyn’s very own Theophilus London, one of the city’s most gifted and stylistic rappers to date. The two recently teamed up to craft a black velvet slipper that’s infused with some fine detailings. Note the embroidered rose crest as well as the golden stars on the side and a red LVRS heel tab to signal London’s own fashion brand. Look for these to be available in a very limited run for $350 through Five Story NYC in July.
Burberry has released looks at their Fall 2012 ad campaign and we have to say it’s quite different from the work we’ve seen from the British label in the past. This campaign celebrates Britishness, London and the Burberry heritage of weather protection in the most cinematic shoot to date, featuring a new cast of rising British talent – Roo Panes and Gabriella Wilde. It was shot at the iconic Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, where the new Les Miserables is currently being filmed.
Kanye West’s second run with Nike in the form of the Air Yeezy II is set to release next month with details of the final colorway being recently unveiled. The Platinum colorway is shown here and features hand skived anaconda textured leather quarter panels that are fitted with a debossed Vac-Tech Nike Swoosh. The reptilian inspired spikes on the back are molded to perfection and are complimented with a strap to offer greater symmetry and lock down. The AY II’s take much inspiration from the Nike Air Tech Challenge II tennis shoe outsole and feature iconic Nike Cross Training silhouettes with the addition of the molded forefoot strap.
The detailing on the Air Yeezy II’s is phenomenal with a fine mix of leather, rugged ballistic nylon and soft nubuck. Other more subtle finishings include the hieroglyphic writing that spells out ‘YZY’ on a loop strap, as well as the obelisk shaped lace aglet screws, anaconda texture on the eyelets and the Roman numeral ‘II’ fitted leather lace toggle.
The Nike Air Yeezy II’s are set to release on June 9th in both the black and platinum colorways in very limited quantities.
Well, if blessing New York with an amazing pop-up of vintage watches a few months back wasn’t enough, our friends at HODINKEE have setup a similar offering for folks in the Bay area for this weekend. Mission-based retailer Taylor Stitch is playing host to the first ever West Coast HODINKEE pop-up store and we’ve got a preview of what to expect before making your way over to Valencia Street. Beyond all the timepieces, HODINKEE is bringing along some of the goods from their online shop which offers up Italian-made watch straps and pouches for your most valuable possessions.
The offerings will range from classics to cult watches like a vintage IWC Ingenieur and Omega Bullhead chrono, to a veritable British Military issued mono-pusher chrono from Lemania. We have really special collector’s pieces like an early Heuer Carrera Dato from 1967 with a black dial (try to find another one for sale right now), to one of the rarest vintage Rollies around – the Ref 1530 (an automatic watch in the case usually used for quartz – aka Rolex’s answer to the Royal Oak and their first watch with a sapphire crystal).
The show starts today and runs until Sunday evening, with daily hours being from 11am to 7pm. Taylor Stitch is located at 383 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA. Scroll down to catch a glimpse of what to expect.
Last week, Jay-Z announced that he’d be putting together a multi-day music festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day Weekend and today “Phase 1″ of the lineup has been unveiled. The artists announced are: Jay-Z, Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Miike Snow, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Odd Future, D’Angelo, Maybach Music (feat. Rick Ross, Wale, Meek Mill), Passion Pit, Santigold, Dirty Projectors, X, Janelle Monae, Prince Royce, Rita Ora, Savoy (DJ set), The Knocks. The two-day event will cover three stages on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park on Saturday, September 1, and Sunday, September 2. Budweiser and Live Nation are producing the performances, and a portion of the revenues will go to the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey.
Tickets for the event will go on sale on Wednesday, May 23rd, via Ticketmaster.com and Livenation.com. A limited number of 2-day tickets will be available for $99 (plus service charges). Tickets will be made available a day early on Tuesday, May 22 on Budweiser Facebook fan page.
GQ Style South Africa has launched their first issue for Autumn / Winter 2012 and asked British designer Ozwald Boateng to grace the cover. The bespoke menswear designer discusses his working philosophy of style, his vision of the African future and what it means to be human. Be sure to grab a copy if you’re able to. More looks from the spread can be found below.
Adam Yauch a.k.a. MCA of The Beastie Boys has passed away at 47 after a three-year battle with cancer. Yauch, a self-taught bassist and vocalist, was the eldest of the trio, which also included Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz. After dedicating a cancerous tumor in a salivary gland, the band cancelled scheduled concerts and delayed the release of an album. It was only a month ago when The Beastie Boys got inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
MCA is survived by his wife, Dechen, and a daughter.
MR PORTER releases another video as part of their The Way I Dress series, this time showcasing actor and designer Waris Ahluwalia and his impeccable sense of style. The man tends to stick to a uniform of blazers, suits, proper shoes and beautifully made shirts no matter where he’s headed or what the occasion. House of Waris, his jewelry label, has seen tremendous success and we’re not surprised one bit.
His varied work sees him constantly travelling between New York, Paris and India, so whether he’s heading to a film set to star in a Mr Wes Anderson film or to visit a craftsman in Rome or Jaipur, Mr Ahluwalia wears elegant clothes with the same ease with which he approaches different disciplines. “My motto in life is to learn from experience. I do things and learn from the process, and as soon as the process gets boring I am on to the next thing.”
The video was directed by Chris Floyd and was captured at the Mercer Hotel in New York City.
MW over at ACL has an in-depth look at Todd Snyder’s Fall 2012 offerings. After making a visit to Todd’s studios, Michael’s sold on what the Ralph Lauren alum will release in a few months time and so are we. The collection ranges from casual essentials like selvedge khakis, a winter parka, and knits to more formal offerings such as a stunning tuxedo, some exceptional suiting from Southwick, and Made in USA neckwear as well. More looks below.
Warner Bros. have unveiled the third official trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. The film’s villain, Bane, plays center stage in this trailer as he terrorizes Gotham City. The lineup is tremendous for the epic conclusion to filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy and the result is a one of the most anticipated movies in recent times. Alongside Christian Bale are a host of other notables including Anne Hathaway, as Selina Kyle; Tom Hardy, as Bane; and Joseph Gordon-Levitt being introduced to the lineup as John Blake. Michael Cane, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman are all back for their previous roles. The Dark Knight Rises is set to hit theaters July 20th.
Catch the trailer below.