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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...

Essentials: Marco Cairns of The Duffer of St. George

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 8, 2013
From its modest origins in 1984 as a vendor of military surplus in London’s Camden market, Marco Cairns has aided The Duffer of St. George in transforming it to a fully distributed lifestyle collection boasting three brick & mortar location...

Essentials: Eiichiro Homma of nanamica

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 3, 2013
Managing director of Japanese outerwear label nanamica inc. Eiichiro Homma presents his humble effects for this edition of HYPEBEAST Essentials. The 20+ year experienced aficionado of the great outdoors stemmed his qualifications from an extensive wo...

Essentials: John Park of Concrete Studio

StyleComments ⋅ Apr 1, 2013
The driving force behind creative brick-and-mortar Concrete Studio and director of Natural Selection Denim, John Park has his foot firmly planted as one of Britain’s brightest multidisciplinary creatives. Opening its doors to the creative commu...

Essentials: John Watson of Prolly is Not Probably

StyleComments ⋅ Mar 29, 2013
John Watson has made a career out of exploring. His bike culture blog, Prolly is Not Probably, is easily one of the most in-depth examinations of worldwide city culture, framed in a perspective from behind two wheels. It’s one thing to have nec...

Essentials: James Kirkup

StyleComments ⋅ Mar 27, 2013
According to his portfolio-centered personal website, James Kirkup spends his days as a designer for creative digital agency Poke with clients that include LCD Soundsystem, Ted Baker, Mulberry, Mappin & Webb, Skype, and The Goldsmiths to name a f...

Essentials: Eric Blanding of Premier

StyleComments ⋅ Mar 22, 2013
Eric Blanding is an avid golfer, skateboarder and co-founder of Michigan skate store Premier. Located in Grand Rapids, Premier is arguably one of the best sneaker spots in the country, stocking a selection of exclusive styles selection for the area....

Essentials: Kenny Mac

StyleComments ⋅ Mar 18, 2013
Usually the term “entrepreneur” implies a certain youth, perhaps even an air of development. In the case of Kenny Mac though, the term can be taken to mean someone that is constantly reinventing himself. After founding and selling the suc...

Essentials: DJ Set Free

StyleComments ⋅ Mar 15, 2013
If you fondly recall rewinding the AND1 Mixtape series until the reel tangled in the VHS machine, then you are also familiar with DJ Set Free’s work. Born in New York and raised in Philadelphia, Set Free gives new meaning to the term “jac...

Essentials: Ryan Cross of Reebok Classics

StyleComments ⋅ Mar 13, 2013
Over 20 years in the streetwear game has left Ryan Cross with more than a handful of memories. These experiences range from growing up with Ryan and Brendon Babenzien (CEO of BOAST USA and Creative Director of Supreme, respectively) in Long Island an...