HYPEBEAST Weekly Picks – January 18th
Our weekly top picks featuring our selection of the best stories of the week. Check out the run-down of the selections below.
adidas Originals Tobacco
I was pleasantly surprised to see this gem emanate from the adi archives. Takes notes from two of my favorite shoes the Samba and Gazelle to create a simple and easy to wear pair of sneakers.
EVERYBODY is probably aware of Barack Obama’s pending inauguration which takes place this week. We’ve seen a glut of t-shirts come together, many bearing the likeness of the president in their designs. However I appreciate the simplicity of Stussy DC and Commonwealth’s design combining a powerful word which embodies Obama’s successful campaign with their own personal logos.
Voyage by WASTE(twice) and WASTE(twice) have put together back to back hits with another sick looking 60/40 mountain parka. The colorway works together well with the discrete design of the pockets.
Effectively helping Asics kick-start their retro running campaign awhile back with their Gel Lyte III collabo, Patta comes with the heat once again hitting up three popular and well-deserving artists. Any time artist packs drop, it’s a good way of juxtaposing the different styles of each participating artist. Much like the Gel Lyte III, the Gel Lyte Speed with some increased exposure should become another hit from Asics.
The comparative picture with a regular Clyde tells the whole story.
While I’ll admit my experience and interaction with Korean brands is limited, I’ve seen some good things come out of the Asian country. Joining the ranks of the streetier Buried Alive, Liful’s latest collection and most notably their Progress Stadium Jacket caught my eye. The construction and detailing is quite good despite being reasonably price at about $200 USD. I doubt you’ll find any stadium jacket with leather at this price point.
With the rise in outdoor inspired brands, White Mountaineering’s approach has few equals in their design philosophy. With a certain vintage and classic aesthetic, the brand takes things to a contemporary level incorporating quality tech-materials such as Gore-Tex as seen here with the Cotton Poplin Luggage Jacket. The jacket’s pocket placement makes for a good candidate for those who need to haul around a bunch of different items on their day to day.
While Vans has been killing it with their line-up of vintage models, it’s good to see their not resting on their laurels as they allow for new designs to define their lifestyle collections with Vans Syndicate. In something that was sort of hinted at with the WTAPS collection last year with the release of entirely new models such as the Greaserz and Rudeez, we see Taka Hayashi step into the limelight to procure his own collection of fresh designs.
With one of Nike SB’s most prominent fixtures James Arizumi serving as the art director between Danny Kass and Arbito, this project come out flying with a dope video to compliment the unmistakable boots. I’m actually more fond of the video then the product itself but the execution and detailing on the products should not be over-looked.
Giving the traditional and iconic style the wingtip represents, arguably it’s a style that doesn’t require much change or re-interpretation. Thom Browne goes along with one of the few routes available by highlighting the shoe with a smart choice in materials. The sting-ray-like texturized pebble leather comes across as clean and classy.
Whenever I think tote bags, thoughts of plain canvas bags cross my mind. Having said that, Porter offers an intelligent take on an increasingly popular style providing a next level approach through design and materials. The well-documented durability of Cordura is further enhanced with a silicone treatment to waterproof the bag’s exterior, effectively guaranteeing your stuff stays dry. Furthermore, a wealth of pockets make it easy to stay organized and keep all your belongings in check.