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Essentials: J. Cole

StyleComments ⋅ May 15, 2013
Fans of J. Cole might recall a time when the North Carolina rapper had little more than “A Dollar and A Dream.” After warming up with Cole World: The Sideline Story, and preparing to release Born Sinner though, it seems as if now the rapp...

Essentials: A$AP Ferg

StyleComments ⋅ May 13, 2013
If A$AP Rocky is the reason for bringing his family of A$AP Mob-sters to the front of mainstream hip-hop as well as designer fashion, then his brother A$AP Ferg may be the emcee needed to maintain the gritty, underground Harlem bravado that raised ea...

Essentials: Phillip T. Annand

StyleComments ⋅ May 10, 2013
As an alumnus of the repositories of streetwear that are the HYPEBEAST forums, Phillip T. Annand’s story begins unassumingly. Captaining fledgling projects The Madbury Club and The Award Tour in his early years while attending New Jersey’...

Essentials: Tom Bird of House of Billiam

StyleComments ⋅ May 9, 2013
English designer Tom Bird created his brand, House of Billiam, in 2009. The London-based label specializes in bespoke garments, using UK-sourced fabrics to create various jackets and shirts made to the specifications of each unique customer. Bird is...

Essentials: Eric Dickstein of dutil.

StyleComments ⋅ May 6, 2013
Dually recognized as one of Canada’s premier denim-specialty boutiques and a safe haven for denim nerds, dutil. has garnered a reputation for the shop’s smart selection of brands and upstanding guidance of clients. Marking their respectiv...

Essentials: Rav Matharu of Clothsurgeon

StyleComments ⋅ May 3, 2013
Following a short yet noble career as a professional footballer, Rav Matharu decided to take his passion for fashion and turn it into a calling. He enrolled in the Leeds College of Art and Design where he eventually graduated with a First Class Honou...

Essentials: Decatur Dan

StyleComments ⋅ May 1, 2013
The peachy state of Georgia has been on fire lately, and from 2 Chainz to Two9, the unique aesthetic of the South has been near ubiquitous as of late. Contributing to this is Decatur Dan, a Decatur-based filmmaker who has produced some major work emb...

Essentials: Sneakerwolf

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 29, 2013
Tokyo native Sneakerwolf has been busy building a worldwide legacy over the past couple of years and is an integral component to the city’s vibrant streetwear scene. Having previously worked with Nike, PUMA and New Balance, the designer has app...

Essentials: Kid Ink

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 26, 2013
After a boom of success that found him included in the prestigious XXL Freshman Class last year, Kid Ink has not stopped the wins. The Los Angeles-based rapper and producer was featured on Funkmaster Flex’s recently released mixtape Who You Mad...

Essentials: Michel Jones AKA Mijonju

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 25, 2013
Some people know Michel Jones as the professional freelance photographer and retoucher from Tokyo, but most know him by his online handle Mijonju. Run a quick YouTube search for any camera or film dating before a digital sensor and you’re bound...

Essentials: Tim Sturmheit of oki-ni

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 22, 2013
British fashion and lifestyle retailer oki-ni, founded in 2001 as a small concept store on Savile Row in London, has since expanded into a global go-to brand for discerning menswear fanatics and producer of unique items. To that end, it has become a...

Essentials: James Waller of Blood Brother

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 19, 2013
James Waller co-founded Blood Brother in 2011, immediately breaking onto the British streetwear scene with a refreshing and artistic approach to the brand. Blood Brother is not only a contemporary approach to wearable essentials, but also a full-scal...

Essentials: Ross Wilson of Route One

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 17, 2013
The intertwining of music and fashion is as natural a marriage as any. Just look at the recent collaborations between Tom Ford and Justin Timberlake or Saint Laurent and Daft Punk, both of which birthed a collection of garbs to complement the sounds...

Essentials: Jasper Wong

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 12, 2013
The “process.” This has long been an important notion for artist, curator, POW WOW founder and father, Jasper Wong. Having grown up in Hawaii amongst a healthy diet of cartoons, he eventually left the confines of home to attend art school...

Essentials: Rob Lo of Roden Gray

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 10, 2013
Amongst Vancouver’s most discerning menswear retail establishments is Roden Gray. Set apart by top-tier ready-to-wear accessories and publications, the directional boutique specializes in contemporary fashion and purveying the up-and-coming. Owner Ro...