Hip Hop Style | Latest Trends in Fashion and Footwear – The Source http://thesource.com Fri, 25 May 2018 18:16:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 Source Exclusive: The Shoe Surgeon Schools Us On Custom Kicks, Designing Sneakers for Drake and Teaching a New Era of Shoemakers http://thesource.com/2018/05/25/source-exclusive-the-shoe-surgeon-shoe-school-dominic-chambrone-interview/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/25/source-exclusive-the-shoe-surgeon-shoe-school-dominic-chambrone-interview/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 16:09:39 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443346 Have you ever wondered what goes into the process of the shoes, sneakers and footwear in general that we rock on a daily basis? For Dominic Chambrone, known in the sneaker community respectfully as The Shoe Surgeon, the step-by-step guide to shoemaking has been etched into his brain for almost two decades now. Here’s the […]

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Have you ever wondered what goes into the process of the shoes, sneakers and footwear in general that we rock on a daily basis? For Dominic Chambrone, known in the sneaker community respectfully as The Shoe Surgeon, the step-by-step guide to shoemaking has been etched into his brain for almost two decades now. Here’s the good news, though: he’s willing to share the knowledge with us all on what it takes to craft a perfect pair of bespoke kicks.

 

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Visiting the NYC stop of Dom’s Shoe Surgeon Shoe School at the Mondrian Park Avenue hotel, The Source got a crash course on how it all comes together. While some lessons are exclusive to the patrons of the class — respect the process! — we were able to show you guys a sneak peek into how the operation goes from seams to sneakers over the span of a weekend. The Shoe Surgeon also sat down to talk about everything from customizing a pair of Jordan 12s for Drake, the role Hip-Hop has played in his creations and ultimately what he plans to accomplish with the school, both stateside and across the globe.

Keep scrolling for a lesson in shoemaking by the coolest guy doing it:

 

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Let’s talk real quick about your beginnings in the game and how you even fell in love with sneakers in the first place.
The Shoe Surgeon: My name is Dominic Chambrone, also known as The Shoe Surgeon. I’ve been a sneaker artist as they say for the past 17 years of my life. You can call me a shoemaker, a designer, a customizer, an artist — I mean, whatever. I don’t really believe in labels. The love for sneakers really started during freshman year of high school, but even before that, a love for making things and being crafty started at a very young age. [I was] building LEGOs, forts in my backyard out of wood, hammer and nails — this was at, like, age 10.

 

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Premium materials students were able to use to customize their own Nike AF1.

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In high school, I had the opportunity to wear my cousin’s original 1985 Jordan 1 “Chicago” [sneakers], and I didn’t know what they were at the time [Laughs]. I was this freshman kid going into school with these dope sneakers that I really didn’t understand what was so cool about. All the dudes were like, “Yo! Where’d you get those?!” and giving me props in the hallways. From there, I started getting Jordans early because I understood that you could feel good just by wearing a pair of shoes and not having to say anything. By junior year, all my friends had the same shoes, and it just wasn’t special anymore. That’s when I picked up an airbrush to an all white pair of Air Force Ones [and gave it] a camouflage print. I went to school the next day and people flipped. Instantly I knew I could get a reaction out of something I created versus getting something early that eventually everyone else would have.

 

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Each student was given the Nike Air Force One — “AF1” for short — to customize in their own way.

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When did the official transition into “The Shoe Surgeon” happen?
The name actually came about [when I was] around 18 or 19 years old — that was around 2006. It was actually me and a friend at the time; he was a friend of mine that was also a DJ. We were trying to do this thing together. We were in NYC at the time, because I lived in Charlotte [North Carolina], and I just felt we needed an alias. After writing so many ideas down it finally just clicked like, “What are we doing?” We’re taking things apart and making them better. That led to “$hoe $urgeonz” — with the money sign and a “z” [Laughs] — but it changed since then. Now it’s just The Shoe Surgeon.

When you approach customizing shoes, what comes first: choosing the silhouette, choosing the colorway or choosing the materials? Or is there another step that comes first?
None of the processes are the same; they just differentiate. Sometimes it’s the shoe first, other times it’s the materials. it just really depends on how I’m feeling that day and how the project comes about. If a client says, “I want a Jordan 1,” then [the process] starts with a shoe and then I start finding the materials I want to use. If it’s something that’s just my vision, it could start off by seeing materials, or just something that I’m inspired by. There’s no set way at all.

 

A wall full of shoelaces in a vibrant array of colorways — all available to the students for customizing.

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I like how you have things coming full circle today, as you’ve got students in the class customizing the sneaker that you originally started with. How did you even get the idea to create something as clever as a Shoe Surgeon Shoe School?
The school came about around two years ago, but it took me personally 15 or 16 years to really learn the knowledge on my own. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of [investing] my own money and messing things up, learning shoe repair and traditional shoemaking and then just learning how production works. When I mixed all that into one, the school came about. I got the opportunity to teach in Brooklyn for the first time two years ago. I was a little hesitant about [taking on the role], but I did it and it was so personally fulfilling. Other people are so passionate about learning what it took me years to learn, so why not give them the proper tools to learn it in four to five days? Of course they’ll have to refine it and learn, since that’s the way this craft is, but if you can give someone the “cheat book” right away, that next shoe will be all the more better. The goal is to push the craft and push shoemaking overall. It’s really to inspire others and give people the opportunity to become happier by creating something on their own. I rather have them make it right then make it wrong; it’s more frustrating when you do it wrong and have to do it again. Then, if they want to do it for business, i’d rather have them make a good product. I don’t want crap work out there, at all.

 

A student hard at work on the sewing machine at the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in NYC’s Mondrian Hotel.

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This is a global effort, too. Was it always in the plan to do the school on more than just a regional platform, especially for international sneakerheads to be able to experience this?
The way the world works now, everybody sees everything on the Internet and Instagram. Everyone wants to be a part of it, so we found it best to travel the world. We’ve done classes in Amsterdam, New York, L.A. and Chicago, so we want to continue taking it across the globe — Toronto, Tokyo and Dubai, too. I like to meet the people that see me from the lens of the Internet. That’s really the key.

Jumping away from kicks for a bit, I have to ask since The Source is a Hip-Hop magazine: what are you listening to right now?
All I’ve got to say is Drake, man [Laughs]. I used to hate Drake’s music, but then again I used to hate Nike, just being young and naive. If an artist can make good-feeling music then cool, but I like a person’s story more than anything. When Drake first started, i was like, “Oh, I don’t like this,” but he’s consistent and I like his work ethic. It reminds me of myself. Other music I’m listening to right now is, like, PARTYNEXTDOOR, The Weeknd, that new “OTW” song with 6LACK, Ty Dolla $ign and Khalid, Giggs, and GHOST LOFT is dope too, although he’s not exactly Hip-Hop. Throughout my career of making shoes, Hip-Hop has always been part of the creative process. When I was in my parent’s garage trying to make shoes for weeks and get through projects, I’d be listening to albums. Now that I’m making shoes for a lot of Hip-Hop guys now, I feel honored because I used to listen to their music to get better at making stuff. It just feels like a transfer of energy. Lil John got a pair of shoes, and I told him this story in Vegas. I really fucked with his music, so it felt like we kind of gravitated towards each other naturally.

 

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A student in the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School celebrates being the first to complete a design, as his fellow peers cheer him on.

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Do you have a favorite sneaker creation that you’ve created for a rapper?
Yeah, it would actually be the Drake x OVO x Stone Island [Air Jordan] 12s. That one was fun. It was dope too because he didn’t commission me to do those; it was just something I wanted to create. Usually when that happens the product comes out better. Then I got to meet him and he’s a super dope dude.

When it comes to the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School, where do you see yourself taking and ultimately expanding the brand?
I just want to continue to have it grow and build. Like I said before, [I want to] build an army of other shoemakers, creators and people that just want to grow and feel really good about being part of something greater. The goal is definitely to make it something bigger than just a shoe school — maybe bags or full-out design could be next. I’m not really into the ways of traditional school, so it’s like, “How do I create my own trade school?” From The Shoe Surgeon brand itself, we’re looking to get into a bigger space and create this experience for clients. For me, personally, I want to continue building my original brand.

 

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Sneaker influencer Racks stops by the school to show support to the homie Dominic.

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In progress: one of the standout custom designs from a student in the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in NYC.

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Neil Caro, a former student at the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School, is now an instructor for new students taking the class


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Dominic Chambrone (The Shoe Surgeon) teaching shoemaking skills to students at the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in NYC.

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Find out more information on the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School — maybe even join and create some heat yourself? — by visiting the official website.

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The Nike ACG SS18 Collection Delivers a Vibrant Palette of Retro Sportswear http://thesource.com/2018/05/24/nike-acg-spring-summer-2018-collection/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/24/nike-acg-spring-summer-2018-collection/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 22:39:27 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443288 Every brand in the fashion world right now is relying heavily on retro inspo, and the latest Nike ACG collection does exactly that with extremely impressive results. This collection looks like it would’ve thrived in 1995 — the year that clearly inspired all these pieces — and with the current ’90s revival going on it’s […]

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Every brand in the fashion world right now is relying heavily on retro inspo, and the latest Nike ACG collection does exactly that with extremely impressive results.



This collection looks like it would’ve thrived in 1995 — the year that clearly inspired all these pieces — and with the current ’90s revival going on it’s highly possible these will sell out fast. Colors ranging from purple and green, all the way to lighter hues of pink and yellow, make it onto this set of sportswear. Windbreaker-style jackets and headwear are some of the key standouts, but it’s definitely the footwear that takes the cake here.

Pick up the Nike ACG Spring/Summer 2018 collection beginning next Friday (June 1) at select spots like Japanese retailer BEAMS.

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Shyne Makes an Unexpected Return in Belize for the 40s & Shorties Summer 2018 Lookbook http://thesource.com/2018/05/24/shyne-40s-and-shorties-summer-2018-lookbook/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/24/shyne-40s-and-shorties-summer-2018-lookbook/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 18:46:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443223 It’s been a minute since we last saw rapper Shyne out here in these streets, but now he’s making a surprising-yet-welcomed return by way of streetwear imprint 40s & Shorties. Taking us all the way to his hometown of Belize, the former Bad Boy Records recording artist literally shines in the lookbook for the brand’s […]

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It’s been a minute since we last saw rapper Shyne out here in these streets, but now he’s making a surprising-yet-welcomed return by way of streetwear imprint 40s & Shorties.



Taking us all the way to his hometown of Belize, the former Bad Boy Records recording artist literally shines in the lookbook for the brand’s recently-released SS’18 collection. The photos give us a look into Shyne’s upbringing in Central America, while also showcasing some seriously ill pieces — graphic tees, shorts, carry-alls and collared shirts are standouts — that all fit perfectly into anyone’s wardrobe for the upcoming season.

Take a journey with Shyne through Belize in the 40s & Shorties Summer 2018 lookbook below, which is available right now in the brand’s online store.

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Shop Now: Supreme x Clarks Originals Spring/Summer 2018 Footwear Collection http://thesource.com/2018/05/24/shop-now-supreme-x-clarks-originals-spring-summer-2018-collection/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/24/shop-now-supreme-x-clarks-originals-spring-summer-2018-collection/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 17:35:54 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443200 In addition to a denim collaboration with Levi’s dropping today, Supreme is also releasing a fire set of footwear alongside another frequent collaborator, Clarks Originals. A custom version of Clark’s classic Weaver silhouette is done up in five summer-ready colorways. Each shoe incorporates a premium suede upper base, complimented further by leather footbeds and that […]

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In addition to a denim collaboration with Levi’s dropping today, Supreme is also releasing a fire set of footwear alongside another frequent collaborator, Clarks Originals.



A custom version of Clark’s classic Weaver silhouette is done up in five summer-ready colorways. Each shoe incorporates a premium suede upper base, complimented further by leather footbeds and that signature crepe sole. Color options include Red, Light Pink, Black, Hunter Green and Maple, so your options to stunt on ’em are wide and plentiful.

Pick up the Supreme x Clarks Originals footwear selection for SS’18 right now, either in-store at the NY, Brooklyn, LA, London and Paris locations or online.

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G-SHOCK Goes for the Gold With Its Latest GA700 and GA800 Models http://thesource.com/2018/05/23/g-shock-gold-accent-collection-ga700-ga800/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/23/g-shock-gold-accent-collection-ga700-ga800/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 21:55:46 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443097 G-SHOCK is without a doubt the authority for dope timepieces that also utilize amazing tech specs. With the brand’s latest set of digital watches, the popular GA700 and GA800 models get reworked with a super clean, eye-grabbing gold finish. The appropriately-titled Gold Accent Collection features a muted-out black base that allows for the gold & […]

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G-SHOCK is without a doubt the authority for dope timepieces that also utilize amazing tech specs. With the brand’s latest set of digital watches, the popular GA700 and GA800 models get reworked with a super clean, eye-grabbing gold finish.



The appropriately-titled Gold Accent Collection features a muted-out black base that allows for the gold & rose gold accents to really pop. With the GA700 models — the GA710B-1A9 comes in gold and the GA710B-1A4 in rose gold — feature a variety of cool built-in technology, including 200M water and shock resistance, five-year battery life and Hand retract function among other specs. The GA800 also has two offerings, with the GA810B-1A9 incorporating gold accents and the GA810B-1A4 getting the rose gold treatment. The specs on this one are similar to the GA700, but also include 20 LAP memory and dual time display.

All four timepieces in G-SHOCK’s super luxe Gold Accent Collection will go for $130 USD when they arrive at the beginning of June. See more pics of each model below:

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ALIFE Summer 2018 Capsule Collection Lookbook http://thesource.com/2018/05/23/alife-summer-2018-capsule-collection-lookbook/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/23/alife-summer-2018-capsule-collection-lookbook/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 20:52:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=443049 Streetwear lifestyle brand ALIFE is in the right frame of mind with its latest selection of offerings, presenting us with a look and style that captures the perfect “summer in the city” vibes we’ll all be chasing for the coming months ahead. Playing on the brand’s downtown/Lower East Side aesthetic that’s become the cornerstone of […]

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Streetwear lifestyle brand ALIFE is in the right frame of mind with its latest selection of offerings, presenting us with a look and style that captures the perfect “summer in the city” vibes we’ll all be chasing for the coming months ahead.



Playing on the brand’s downtown/Lower East Side aesthetic that’s become the cornerstone of New York culture, this set is comprised of an impressive 50-piece capsule. Standouts include everything from graphic tees and pre-shrunk fleece all the way to jerseys and headwear, which should definitely come in handy when it comes to blocking sun rays.

The new ALIFE capsule collection for summer 2018 is set to drop tomorrow (May 24), both online and at the legendary ALIFE Rivington Club in the L.E.S. (158 Rivington Street, New York, NY).

Peep the full NYC-inspired lookbook below:

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The BILLY’S x Vans Slip-On “Side Wall Check” Pack Will Have You Looking Cool for the Summer http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/billys-x-vans-slip-on-side-wall-check/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/billys-x-vans-slip-on-side-wall-check/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 01:15:36 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442926 You already know that we work hard to get you all summer ready from head-to-toe, and this new Vans Slip-On pack in collaboration with Japan’s own BILLY’s is just too clean to pass up, even if you might have to ship them from Tokyo. After releasing a few collabs already this year, including an Old […]

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You already know that we work hard to get you all summer ready from head-to-toe, and this new Vans Slip-On pack in collaboration with Japan’s own BILLY’s is just too clean to pass up, even if you might have to ship them from Tokyo.


After releasing a few collabs already this year, including an Old Skool model and two checkerboard-print Slip-Ons, BILLY’s and Vans are back for round three, incorporating a throwback “Side Wall Check” pattern design on the sole. The colorways keep it very simple, featuring red and blue options of the same Chalk/White base colorway. The ’70s inspo is just another added bonus that will get you major cool points at those socks-free functions in the near “day party” future.

You can pick up the BILLY’S x Vans “Side Wall Check” Slip-On over in the Japanese retailer’s web store right now.




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KYLE and Joe Freshgoods Put a Stylish Spin on Sprite With “That’s the MIX” Capsule Collection http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/kyle-joe-freshgoods-thats-the-mix-capsule-collection-mix-by-sprite-mcdonalds/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/kyle-joe-freshgoods-thats-the-mix-capsule-collection-mix-by-sprite-mcdonalds/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 00:21:02 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442905 Emerging rap sensation KYLE and streetwear designer Joe Freshgoods come together with two brands that’ve definitely replenished your thirst (and your bellies!) at some point or another: McDonald’s and Sprite. The super duper partnership arrives in the form of a “That’s the MIX” campaign to help launch the new MIX by Sprite™ Tropic Berry beverage, […]

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Emerging rap sensation KYLE and streetwear designer Joe Freshgoods come together with two brands that’ve definitely replenished your thirst (and your bellies!) at some point or another: McDonald’s and Sprite.



The super duper partnership arrives in the form of a “That’s the MIX” campaign to help launch the new MIX by Sprite™ Tropic Berry beverage, available exclusively at McDonald’s. Complete with an exclusive track and music video from KYLE, and a capsule collection from Joe Freshgoods, it’s looking like things are getting wavy at your local Micky D’s pretty soon. Standouts from the gear include a wool-and-leather Varsity Jacket, long-sleeve and short-sleeve T-shirts, and some socks to swag out in among other items.

Fans in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and New York will have the chance to visit select McDonald’s locations this Friday (May 25) when both the capsule collection and music video will drop. Find out all the details of how and where to cop by clicking here.

See the full lookook below:

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KITH Gets An Assist from Allen Iverson for Mitchell & Ness Collab http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/kith-gets-an-assist-from-allen-iverson-for-mitchell-ness-collab/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/22/kith-gets-an-assist-from-allen-iverson-for-mitchell-ness-collab/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 19:09:34 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442887 When merging sportswear with streetwear, there are few athletes who can embody the combo. This is why KITH tapped Allen Iverson to model their upcoming collection with Mitchell & Ness. After all, Iverson is the reason why the NBA enacted the dress code. He never missed an opportunity to bring the swagger of the streets […]

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When merging sportswear with streetwear, there are few athletes who can embody the combo. This is why KITH tapped Allen Iverson to model their upcoming collection with Mitchell & Ness.

After all, Iverson is the reason why the NBA enacted the dress code. He never missed an opportunity to bring the swagger of the streets to the hardwood of the NBA.

These days, NBA players enjoy rocking relaxed looks before gearing up under the lights. After seeing A.I in Kith’s latest collection it won’t be long before the newer NBA stars are rocking KITH. Even if they don’t, the stars of the street certainly will.

To KITH’s credit, they have established three flagship locations in sports biggest markets. This includes New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

Still, KITH’s Mitchell & Ness collection has something for every athlete regardless of what sport you enjoy. Items include satin warm-up jackets and pants, Mesh batting practice jerseys, basketball shorts with functional zipper pockets. Each piece dons the signature KITH logo while subsequently showing love to the hometown colors of their three locations.

The top tier quality of Mitchell & Ness brings an authentic feel to each piece. Meanwhile, six tees and three hats complete the collection.

Expect to find this exclusive collection available this Friday (May 25) at all KITH locations and online.

Check out the lookbook below.

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Cool as a Kitten: Sneakersnstuff x adidas Originals I-5923 Pack http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/sneakersnstuff-x-adidas-originals-i-5923-pack/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/sneakersnstuff-x-adidas-originals-i-5923-pack/#respond Tue, 22 May 2018 01:04:29 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442761 It’s very rare that you come across a sneaker collab that makes you say, “Bump the kicks — give me the kittens!” However, here we are – staring at an exclusive adidas Originals capsule collection, exclusively made for Sneakersnstuff, that might just be the cutest damn thing on the Internet today. The new I-5923 Pack […]

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It’s very rare that you come across a sneaker collab that makes you say, “Bump the kicks — give me the kittens!” However, here we are – staring at an exclusive adidas Originals capsule collection, exclusively made for Sneakersnstuff, that might just be the cutest damn thing on the Internet today.



The new I-5923 Pack unfortunately does not come with an extra set of paws, but it does come in two colorways; either a “Dark Blue”/”Clear Sky” combo or equally clean “St Pale Nude”/”Cardboard” hue. Both utilize a “Gum 3” sole, complimented further by the classic adidas trefoil logo on the tongue and signature Three Stripes logo on the side panels.

Both shoes in the Sneakersnstuff-exclusive adidas Originals I-5923 Pack will retail for $129 USD when they drop in-store and online this Saturday (May 26).



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These Acid-Washed Nike Air Force 1’s Are Dripping With Style http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/acid-washed-nike-air-force-1/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/acid-washed-nike-air-force-1/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 23:45:17 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442714 Anyone who’s ever dropped bleach on a dark-colored piece of clothing knows the damaging effects it can do to the garment. However, this new acid wash Air Force 1 High might just be the exception to the rule, bringing a whole new “drip” to the silhouette.   This double pack release will feature two versions […]

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Anyone who’s ever dropped bleach on a dark-colored piece of clothing knows the damaging effects it can do to the garment. However, this new acid wash Air Force 1 High might just be the exception to the rule, bringing a whole new “drip” to the silhouette.

 

This double pack release will feature two versions of the acid washed style: one is vibrant, while the other is more subtle. Together, both pairs combine for an interesting contrast against each other. The vibrant pair ordains a canvas upper with complete acid washed accents. Tan leather stabilizes the look with a solid colored Swoosh, laces, heel tab and of course the signature ankle strap.

On the other side, the more subtle pair is a fraternal opposite. This pair comes dressed in a black tumbled leather upper, accented by an acid-washed canvas Swoosh and heel tabs. Both sneakers share the tan ankle strap, Air Force 1 branding on the heels and tongues, plus a black midsole and outer sole to finish off the look.

No release date has been given yet, but expect the Nike Air Force 1 “Acid Wash” pack to retail for $100 USD over on Nike.com soon.

 

Source:  Sneaker News

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Supreme x Levi’s Spring 2018 Collection http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/supreme-x-levis-spring-2018-collection/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/supreme-x-levis-spring-2018-collection/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 20:00:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442739 Supreme is known for keeping a handful of ongoing collaborations on deck that make it into each one of the brand’s seasonal drops. Levi’s just so happens to be one of them, and it’s usually a clear standout amongst the bunch. Thankfully, spring 2018 doesn’t disappoint. As expected, denim is the focal point of their […]

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Supreme is known for keeping a handful of ongoing collaborations on deck that make it into each one of the brand’s seasonal drops. Levi’s just so happens to be one of them, and it’s usually a clear standout amongst the bunch. Thankfully, spring 2018 doesn’t disappoint.



As expected, denim is the focal point of their latest collaborative effort, with this collection in particular incorporating pinstripe designs and a color palette of pink, stonewashed black, and classic blue. While the set is small in size — custom fit stonewashed pinstripe Trucker Jackets and matching stonewashed pinstripe 550 Jeans are the only items available — each piece makes for a suitable addition to your spring and summer wardrobes.

Pick up Levi’s “exclusively made for Supreme” Trucker Jacket and 550 Jeans beginning this Thursday (May 24) both online and in-store at the NY, Brooklyn, LA, London, and Paris locations. Pieces will begin arriving in Japan the following Saturday (May 26).

Take a look at the collection below:

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Source Exclusive: Universal Music VP of Urban Catalog Andre Torres Talks Kicks, Culture and the ‘Urban Legends’ of Vinyl http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/source-exclusive-urban-legendsume-vp-urban-catalog-andre-torres-interview-stadium-goods/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/21/source-exclusive-urban-legendsume-vp-urban-catalog-andre-torres-interview-stadium-goods/#respond Mon, 21 May 2018 17:54:55 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442620 Any self-respecting music fan understands the significance, importance and just straight up awe that comes with the words Universal Music Enterprises — a company with decades worth of classic records at their disposal. Now, imagine having that same enthusiasm about the music empire, and then getting the dream opportunity to spearhead its department of urban […]

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Any self-respecting music fan understands the significance, importance and just straight up awe that comes with the words Universal Music Enterprises — a company with decades worth of classic records at their disposal. Now, imagine having that same enthusiasm about the music empire, and then getting the dream opportunity to spearhead its department of urban music — more on that word later for those that cringe at categorization — doing as you please with 30+ years of Hip-Hop and R&B records.

For UMe Vice President of Urban Catalog Andre Torres, it’s not just a dream; it’s his daily reality.

The seasoned music industry vet worked his way up from the journalism world, getting his start by creating the crate-digger aficionado music pub Wax Poetics, and also spending a stint at Genius.com — one of the top 200 websites in America; top 300 in the world — as their Executive Editor. Now, he’s spearheading Urban Legends, a sort of melting pot of every job title he’s ever held down, with a focus on his primary love: vinyl records.

In our exclusive chat with this extremely talented Renaissance Man, we dug deep into the crates, and even further into the sneaker vaults at Stadium Goods, to have a well-rounded talk about the culture of Black music, the importance of preserving the classics, and just how well sneaker culture and Hip-Hop coincide with one another.

Keep scrolling as Andre takes us through some of his most cherished music memories, using five special sneakers from the Stadium Goods stock room to help guide the stories:

 

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

 

Before becoming a music exec, you also had a pretty illustrious career in music journalism, too. Tell us a little about your history and editorial experience.
I really come from an editorial background. After college, I was making beats, collecting records and got really into that around the time the Internet was really starting to pop off. I ended up launching a magazine about all my hobbies up until that point — that was called Wax Poetics. I think that was early 2000 or 2001. I did that until the wheels pretty much started falling off the print industry, and then went over to Genius, formerly Rap Genius. I was Executive Editor over there for almost a year, and [my position there] was really just trying to get at the intersection of tech and music. It was a perfect fit because it was really about [having] that rap knowledge and Hip-Hop “nerdery.” I was also running the Spotify collaboration so it was everything I was looking to do at that point. I got that call from Universal about eight months in at Genius. I been over here ever since.

 

The Vinyl: Moment of Truth by Gang Starr
Year: 1998
The Sneaker: Nike Air Max 98
Andre Says: “For me, this is one of my favorite albums and sneakers of all time. Looking back at 1998 in New York…man, it made for the perfect combination.”

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

 

So being a music head pretty much laid the path for all the success you’ve had so far, especially professionally.
Without a doubt, yeah. I get people all the time that say, “How do I get into the industry?” For me, it’s not even a question that whoever’s in never really asked to be in. It’s not something you can really create; it creates you. It takes the sort of passion where you’re not waiting for someone to get you hip to how to do this and that or how to get in over there. You certainly need people around you that can guide and point you in the right direction, but if your engine isn’t already revving — if those gears aren’t already turning — you really haven’t figured out the beginning point of all this. It’s the passion. It comes out of you having an unwavering passion for music. You tend to end up start working on your own thing, whether it’s writing about music on a blog, doing illustrations for albums, doing your homeboy’s mixtape cover — whatever! You can’t sit around waiting for somebody to say,”Yo! You look like a kid that belongs in the music industry!” That is never gonna happen, so it really just starts with that passion.

 

The Vinyl: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
Year: 1988
The Sneaker: Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro “Black/Cement”
Andre Says: “The Jordan 3 was 1988, which is amazing because we’re in the 30 year anniversary right now. That sneaker was the one that took that turn and set the new standard, kind of the way Public Enemy did it at the exact same time. You look at it 30 years later and see the new Tinker Hatfield version, and they’ll probably have another one 30 years from now. Same with It Takes a Nation…you put that record on now, 30 years later, it’s still relevant. Hopefully some of this sh*t right now won’t be playing 30 years later [Laughs], but a record like this really makes you think ‘Damn! It’s been 30 years and we’re still stuck in this sh*t?!’ [Laughs]. Albums like that are always a good reminder to play back and be able to check society, and also check yourself.”

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

 

Once you got to Universal and was assigned to spearhead the urban catalog, did you immediately have the idea to take the classics down the vinyl route?
[Vinyl records] are primarily what we were talking about in Wax Poetics. A lot of these records that we were talking about that people were sampling and making beats out of couldn’t be found on a streaming service; there weren’t any at the time. They weren’t even on iTunes, and the big record labels weren’t reissuing any of this stuff. DJs and people who’ve been amassing this stuff for 20 or 30 years were going straight to The Source to get the stories of how those records became so important in Hip-Hop. I just think it’s been fortuitous that as CDs and downloads have died, all while streaming becomes the prime way of consuming music, there’s been this huge resurgence of vinyl. They’ve become this physical manifestation of what people are consuming on their own. It worked out perfect for me because I’m already in the vinyl game — I’ve got thousands of records myself already.

I’ve always understood the culture of vinyl. You’ve got people who listen to music and you’ve got people who listen to music on records. I have a better understanding, especially within urban music. I know [the quality] of what DJs and producers are looking for. I’m pretty much like a kid in a candy store over here now [Laughs]. A lot of the stuff I’ve talked about editorially and/or through the magazine is now in a vault that I have the key to. I definitely understand the historical significance of the position, without a doubt.

 

The Vinyl: Paid in Full by Eric B. & Rakim
Year: 1987
The Sneaker: adidas Conductor Hi “Ewing”
Andre Says: “I just saw them the other night, but I don’t think Rakim was wearing those Ewings [Laughs]. I wasn’t even living in New York at the time back in 1987, but man — the way people were trying to get those sneakers down in Florida! If I’m not mistaken, I think Eric B. is actually wearing them on the back album cover in that crew photo. During that period, these were definitely the go-to. Even on the first Public enemy record, Yo! Bum Rush the Show (1987) they’re all wearing those Ewings. It definitely goes to show that in ’87 Patrick Ewing really had New York on lockdown.”
[Editor’s Note: The adidas Conductor Hi “Ewing” has been a rare sight since they last dropped in 2012, so we found the next best thing: the Ewing 33 Hi “Knicks”]

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

 

Which brings us to Urban Legends. You’ve got so many records in the chamber of UMG’s Hip-Hop and R&B releases to play with, and ultimately do cool releases around. How did this company idea even come to fruition?
Having been in magazines and on the editorial side of music for so long, I understand, especially now, how important the narrative and storytelling is to engaging people around music. I saw how important it was at Wax Poetics, and then again with what we were doing at Genius and the “behind-the-lyrics” initiative. Spotify even taught me about streaming music services, and how kids who aren’t even looking at vinyl are interested in learning more about these songs. Once I got on the inside, I noticed we were always relying on someone on the outside to tell these stories, whether it be other media companies online or other mediums altogether, like film and television. You can’t always rely on some third party to tell these stories about stuff that’s ours. Even if they’re going to tell those stories, we should be part of the story – driving the story at times. If we don’t lift this stuff up to the upmost concern and celebrate it, we can’t always expect someone outside to do that for us.

When I started to realized the freedom I would have [in the Universal position], I just approached my CEO and was like, “Yo, I have this idea and want to create this platform.” I envisioned it as a digital platform and e-commerce store that talks about music and everything from the urban music side of things at Universal. We’ll also be releasing records, doing events, creating content and getting into other forms of media like film and television. Lots of digital video, too. I saw it as a one-stop shop, at least for these sort of A-list, top-tier urban artists like Jay-Z and Kanye West, all the way back to Eric B. & Rakim and Public Enemy, and then on the other side with Mary J. Blige and Rihanna.

I’ve certainly had problems with the word “urban” and how it’s been used to describe Black music over the years, but I understand it’s sort of an industry catch-all term. I took that and flipped it [with Urban Legends]. It was important for people to understand, especially those within Universal Music Group, what it is we were doing and how to message that out to the rest of the world. “Urban” was a word that we were not going to get away from, so I had to take that — almost like the word “ni**a” if we’re being 100% — and flip it in a way that’s clever and gives us the opportunity to take the power of it back. Our idea of it plays on the literal meaning of urban legends, within a music context, and also on the editorial, storytelling narrative side. Many of these stories that we hear about these artists and the making of these records are ones that people have talked about but you may have not heard it directly from the horse’s mouth. That’s what we’re here to do.

 

The Vinyl: DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
Year: 2017
The Sneaker: Nike Cortez
Andre Says: “These are more of the new wave, but when you think about classics — that man won a damn Pulitzer! I don’t want to hear anybody say anything! It’s iconic already and will live on in history. I saw he had a Reebok thing going, but when he came together with Nike and they chose the Cortez with all that history the sneaker has here in L.A.? It wasn’t even something I had to think about; I thought about the album and the sneaker just fit like a glove. Mad organic.”

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

 

There’s definitely something to be said about the name, especially with all those urban legends that exist within Hip-Hop and R&B circles. You might even have a few of your own stories about these records. Got any that stand out?
Oh God [Laughs]! Pretty much every record that I have holds some story attached to it. For me, it’s about music that you can put back on 30 or 45 years later and it instantly transports you back to a very particular place and time. Putting it on is almost like time travel; I close my eyes and put on a record like 3 Feet High and Rising from De La Soul and really picture myself in college, in my dorm room listening to that record obsessively for months on in. Those were the formative years for me.

Another good memory is from when I was making beats in the early to mid ’90s. We didn’t exactly have a deal, but we were doing all these tracks and they’d come out on instrumental compilations. We were working with this one label called Freeze Records, and I remember going over there to pick up some stuff or just kick it with one of the producers. I walk in and see the Reasonable Doubt record, and I was like “Yo, y’all working this?” and they said, “Yeah, we did this deal with some guys named Dame and Jay.” It was literally right before Def Jam — the original copy of that record is Roc-A-Fella Records through Priority and Freeze Records. It was this tiny little dance label in New York [Laughs]. I grabbed two copies of it thinking, “What?! This is crazy!” This was before anybody really understood because Jay couldn’t even get a deal at that point. I still have both of those copies and now they each go for like $200.00 a piece. Having been there at the very beginning and understanding that nobody would even give this dude a chance, to seeing where he is 22 years later, it’s a testament to anybody in the game who has ever been told they’re not good enough to feel like “No, f**k the bulls**t!” It’s all about how you feel about it. If you’re determined and passionate enough, and you get on your path, there’s no telling where you can go. That one holds a special place in my heart particularly.

 

The Vinyl: Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
Year: 1996
The Sneaker: Nike Air Force One
Andre Says: “Reasonable Doubt is just clearly one of the top Hip-Hop records ever made. Even Jay would probably say it’s his favorite of all his albums. When you think about an iconic album like that, especially during that period, the shoe that I close my eyes and see is without a doubt white, bright, untouched, fresh-out-the-box, Air Force One in the summertime. It’s a match made in heaven, and the correlation was an instant for me.”

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

 

What’s the biggest thing you want to accomplish with this Urban Legends imprint?
I want to change the perception of urban music. Last year we saw Hip-Hop dethrone rock ‘n’ roll as the No. 1 consumed genre in America, and it shows no signs of slowing up. We clearly dominate popular culture and the data is there to prove this. On all the streaming services, Hip-Hop is the running leader; it’s kind of how we became the No. 1 genre. I think there’s been a perception about Black music since the beginning of recorded music. It was considered marginal, for a specific group of people and that there was no interest on a global level. If you can say that about the Blues, Jazz or R&B, you can say that 10x about Hip-Hop. 30 years ago they were telling us it was a fad! To see how this music changed the world and, on a global level, changed how people see us, it makes me want to get up and be like, “See?! I told you so!” Then there’s the other part of me that’s like “Ok, no we got to get to work.”

We’re being given the opportunity to do something that’s only happened in other spaces, like rock ‘n’ roll or Jazz, where they get deluxe edition treatments and box sets. We can package these albums in a way that people understand its importance. Physically, as we move further into the digital space, those iconic pieces of product — vehicles for celebrating this amazing music — become that much more important. Again, vinyl is sort of the go-to physical format. I think we now have so much opportunity to historically present Hip-Hop in a way like it’s never been done before. That’s what I’m really excited about. In the process I’d also like to change the perception of our music and make people understand that it isn’t a fad. If it was fly in America, musically, more than likely we were the ones who came up with it. I want to be able to tell those stories and place it in the same context as Frank Sinatra, The Beatles and Beethoven. I truly believe that’s possible to accomplish, at least within my lifetime.

 

To get the full Urban Legends experience, head over to the brand’s official website to shop vinyl and read editorial content, like their 20th anniversary recap of DMX’s classic debut Universal Music album It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot.

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Shop Now: adidas Originals by Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2018 Collection http://thesource.com/2018/05/19/adidas-originals-by-alexander-wang-spring-summer-2018-collection/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/19/adidas-originals-by-alexander-wang-spring-summer-2018-collection/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 23:38:10 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442512 Designer Alexander Wang is already in his third season of collaborating with adidas Originals, and the second delivery of the new collection is filled with all sorts of fresh stuff to sift through. Each piece in this set is inspired by workwear, highlighted by a unique spin in the detailing that shows off Wang’s high-fashion […]

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Designer Alexander Wang is already in his third season of collaborating with adidas Originals, and the second delivery of the new collection is filled with all sorts of fresh stuff to sift through.



Each piece in this set is inspired by workwear, highlighted by a unique spin in the detailing that shows off Wang’s high-fashion touch. The work theme comes full circle both in the lookbook (starring models Binx Walton and Gaby Odiele in a shoot clearly inspired by The Office) and clothing design, with some pieces even incorporating “Quality Control” motifs that you’d find on machinery and cables in a typical workspace.

Shop the adidas Originals by Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2018 collection right now at select retailers, adidas Originals flagships, Alexander Wang stores, and online.



Images: Brianna Capozzi/adidas Originals x Alexander Wang

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Wakanda Forever! ‘Black Panther’ Mania Is Still Going Strong With New Era, MIZIZI and LRG Collabs http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/black-panther-collaboration-new-era-mizizi-lrg/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/black-panther-collaboration-new-era-mizizi-lrg/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 21:00:32 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442487 To say Black Panther had a successful run at the box office this year is an extreme understatement. The Marvel superhero flick not only broke box office records across the globe, but it created a fan culture that will have people screaming “Wakanda Forever!” for the rest of the year. Let’s just call it “Black […]

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To say Black Panther had a successful run at the box office this year is an extreme understatement. The Marvel superhero flick not only broke box office records across the globe, but it created a fan culture that will have people screaming “Wakanda Forever!” for the rest of the year. Let’s just call it “Black Panther Mania.”

Now, with the film making its way onto Blu Ray and DVD earlier this week (May 15), we’re seeing even more love for the film by way of three apparel collaborations.


Image: LRG


The first of the three is a set of New Era snapbacks, each utilizing graphics and themes synonymous with the overall look and plot of Black Panther. The collaboration with LRG (seen above) is more of a tribute to the original comic book series, using an animated style of T’Challa that visually just looks amazing. Last but not least by a long shot is a baseball jersey with MIZIZI, which holds extra significance since the brand is based out of Africa.

Shop the New Era x Black Panther merch right now at Foot Locker, and grab the MIZIZI x Black Panther jersey in the brand’s web store. Those looking to cop the LRG x Black Panther tees will have to wait until next Friday (May 25).

Image: MIZIZI

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Skepta x Nike Air Max 97/BW SK http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/skepta-x-nike-air-max-97-bw-sk/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/skepta-x-nike-air-max-97-bw-sk/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 20:00:08 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442474 Grime rapper Skepta has been holding it down on the Hip-Hop scene overseas for a minute now, and it looks like Nike was taking notice. Building on the Air Max 97 collab that Skepta debuted with the Swoosh last year, this new silhouette is a cool combo of the Air Classic BW (on the upper) […]

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Grime rapper Skepta has been holding it down on the Hip-Hop scene overseas for a minute now, and it looks like Nike was taking notice.


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Building on the Air Max 97 collab that Skepta debuted with the Swoosh last year, this new silhouette is a cool combo of the Air Classic BW (on the upper) paired with a full-length Air Max 97 Air unit (on the sole). While the shoe itself is a clean white, the Swoosh and Air unit feature blue on the left and red on the right, a play on the traditional colors of his stomping grounds in Paris.

Ok, so here’s how you’ll be able to cop the Skepta x Nike Air Max 97/BW SK when they drop this Saturday (May 19): Pigalle, The Broken Arm, Starcow, Shinzo, Acte 2, Sneakersnstuff and Footpatrol are all expected to stock the shoe, so happy hunting!

Peep Skepta rocking his latest Nike collab below:



Lookbook Images: Nike

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10 Best Pieces at PRIVILEGE New York Still Available to Cop Right Now http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/10-best-pieces-privilege-lafayette-new-york-spring-summer-2018-collection-available-now/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/10-best-pieces-privilege-lafayette-new-york-spring-summer-2018-collection-available-now/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 18:00:35 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442417 New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood is without a doubt the mecca for creatives, and PRIVILEGE New York sits in the heart of it all on Clinton Street. The relatively new streetwear shop, which houses the latest pieces from its parent brand Lafayette New York, is always stocked up with some of the illest […]

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New York City’s Lower East Side neighborhood is without a doubt the mecca for creatives, and PRIVILEGE New York sits in the heart of it all on Clinton Street.

The relatively new streetwear shop, which houses the latest pieces from its parent brand Lafayette New York, is always stocked up with some of the illest gear for the summer season ahead. From hoodies to tees, and even a few collaborations thrown in regularly, PRIVILEGE definitely has you covered if you need some fly apparel this weekend.


Take a look at 10 of the best pieces available at the shop right now, featuring Vashtie’s VIOLETTE brand, a New Era Cap collab and a classic “New York, New York” tee that might look a bit familiar if you party in the area:


LAFAYETTE YORKTOWN ALL OVER SHORTS

$120.00 USD


LAFAYETTE COTTON STRETCH JOGGER PANTS “NAVY”

$120.00 USD


VIOLETTE VASHTIE BOOTLEG TEE “BLACK”

$40.00 USD


LAFAYETTE BANDANA EASY SHORTS “BLACK”

$130.00 USD


LAFAYETTE ADULTS ONLY TEE “DARK GREEN”

$36.00 USD


PRIVILEGE NYNY S/S TEE “HEATHER GREY/RED”

$32.00 USD


LAFAYETTE X NEW ERA LOGO 9FIFTY TRUCKER CAP “BLACK”

$60.00 USD


LAFAYETTE US COTTON RAGLAN CREWNECK S/S SWEATSHIRT “BEIGE”

$140.00 USD


LAFAYETTE NATIVE PATTERN LOGO PULLOVER SWEATSHIRT

$200.00 USD


LAFAYETTE X FILA MINDBREAKER 2.0

$110.00 USD


Also, peep the full Lafayette Spring/Summer 2018 lookbook below:

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COMME des GARÇONS Debuts CDG Line With Vibrant ‘Breaking News’ Capsule Collection http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/comme-des-garcons-debut-cdg-line-breaking-news-capsule-collection/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/comme-des-garcons-debut-cdg-line-breaking-news-capsule-collection/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 00:04:00 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442242 COMME des GARÇONS is one of those brands that needs no real description — three letters is just enough to get people interested. Now we’ll be seeing that signature CDG logo arrive on a full collection for the first time ever. Congratulations to CDG! Come together to celebrate. Tomorrow @doverstreetmarketlondon #dreamlandsyndicate #commedesgarcons #cdg #collaboration #doverstreetmarket […]

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COMME des GARÇONS is one of those brands that needs no real description — three letters is just enough to get people interested. Now we’ll be seeing that signature CDG logo arrive on a full collection for the first time ever.



The premiere “Breaking News” capsule by CDG is a smaller drop that will spearhead an even wider release happening later this year. Hoodies, T-shirts and lightweight jackets are the focus of this set, highlighted by a special set of six collaborative tees featuring art designs by Adam Lucas (aka HANKSY), Anti Social Social Club, Better Gift Shop by Avi Gold, Brain Dead, Cactus Plant Flea Market and Dreamland Syndicate.

You can shop the debut CDG “Breaking News” capsule right now, priced between $50 USD and $800 USD, at COMME des GARÇONS and Dover Street Market locations. Also, sign up for details on the full CDG collection over on cdgcdgcdg.com, arriving in Japan on July 20, the new Dover Street Market LA store on September 1 and worldwide on October 17.

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Converse Japan x GORE-TEX Chuck Taylor High “Multicolor” http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/converse-japan-x-gore-tex-chuck-taylor-high-multicolor/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/converse-japan-x-gore-tex-chuck-taylor-high-multicolor/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 23:03:17 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442230 If there was ever a reason to take a trip to Japan, these new Chuck Taylor All Stars are definitely worth the 14+ hour flight just to cop a pair. ALL STAR 100 WR GORE-TEX CC HI ¥15,000(税抜価格) #converse #allstar #chucktaylor #shoes #kicks #allstar100 #goretex #crazycolor #react #tractionsole #kotd #converse_pr #コンバース #オールスター #チャックテイラー #シューズ #スニーカー […]

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If there was ever a reason to take a trip to Japan, these new Chuck Taylor All Stars are definitely worth the 14+ hour flight just to cop a pair.



Coming from the good people at Converse Japan, this “Multicolor” edition of the popular silhouette is constructed in collaboration with GORE-TEX, who handles the detailing in the water-resistant lining. The upper utilizes a combination of olive, brown and navy blue, leaving the signature white midsole in tact in addition to equally crisp laces. So…when’s the next flight out again?

You can grab the Converse Japan x GORE-TEX Chuck Taylor High “Multicolor” over in the brand’s online store.

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The Weeknd Extends His Marvel Deal Into Clothing With “Vol. I Issue 1” Collection http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/the-weeknd-x-marvel-xo-vol-i-issue-1-collection/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/the-weeknd-x-marvel-xo-vol-i-issue-1-collection/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 22:24:23 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442212 Pop superstar(boy) The Weeknd turned heads last year when he unveiled plans to debut an official comic book in partnership with Marvel, but it’s looking like his animated hero will be jumping off the pages in a way nobody saw coming. pic.twitter.com/scRkJuzFu6 — The Weeknd Fan Merch (@theweekndmerch) May 16, 2018 The new Marvel x […]

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Pop superstar(boy) The Weeknd turned heads last year when he unveiled plans to debut an official comic book in partnership with Marvel, but it’s looking like his animated hero will be jumping off the pages in a way nobody saw coming.



The new Marvel x XO collection is comprised of a handful of streetwear essentials, including hoodies, sweats, jackets and T-shirts. Each piece incorporates artwork, characters or graphics that relate to the first issue of Starboy, hence the “Volume I Issue One” tagline that’s heavily used throughout in the detailing.

Look for The Weeknd’s Marvel x XO “Vol. I Issue 1” collection to arrive tomorrow (May 18) in his web store for USA and Canada shoppers only.

Get a look at the product shots below for a better view of the entire set:

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