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Essentials: Eric Blanding of Premier

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

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

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

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...

Essentials: DJ Neil Armstrong

This installment of Essentials takes a look at the necessary belongings of the prolific DJ Neil Armstrong. Among these neatly laid out things, collectibles from the early hip-hop turntablist’s latest release sit roundly. The two tasty Sweeet 10...

Essentials: Benoit Florençon

Benoit Florençon is a French-born photographer who has been living and working in Shanghai since 2006. A self-professed music junkie, it was Florençon’s love of music that led him to “draw a map” of the Chinese city’s burgeoning und...

Essentials: Andrea Rosso of 55DSL

55DSL was originally conceived as an offshoot of Diesel, the revered Italian brand. It spawned from the descendent of Diesel’s founder, Andrea Rosso, yet 55DSL began to take a shape all its own not long after its 1994 launch. With radical infus...

Essentials: Travi$ Scott

While our HYPETRAK interview with newly initiated G.O.O.D. Music artist Travi$ Scott helped uncover the mind behind the music, perhaps nothing is more insightful than discovering what an artist cannot live without. The past year has been an exciting...

Essentials: Ryan Plett of #Currently

The essential items of a photographer are the truest to the term, and if you’ve ever seen a photographer’s bag, you understand why. Ryan Plett works in and beyond the world of photography, yet the habits of the medium are deeply entrenche...

Essentials: Koji Suzuki of Antica Bottega della Spigola

Our latest Essentials features Koji Suzuki - a Japanese cobbler famed for his exquisite deliverance in shoe making. Suzuki provides bespoke tailoring for a unique demographic of clients. Having undergone training from shoe artisan Roberto Ugolini in...

Essentials: Robert Nand of Creative Recreation

Like Creative Recreation, Robert Nand represents an undying passion for quality and fashion. The iconic shoe brand began in 2002 when Robert and Richard Cofinco set up offices in Orange County, fresh out of their shoe designing roles at Vans. From th...

Essentials: André Hueston Mack

Opting for a life outside the walls of an office, wine educator André Hueston Mack decided to leave his desk job at Citicorp Investment Services to pursue a more passionate career as a sommelier. Landing himself prestigious awards and titles within t...

Essentials: Russ Abbott of Ink & Dagger Tattoo

Russ Abbott works a tattoo gun as an extension of his hand, weaving away at intricate designs influenced by a love for antique aesthetics. He is a man defined by his individual work – evidenced through Ink & Dagger, his highly successful ta...

Essentials: Clement Taverniti of Still Good

In this episode of Essentials, we look at the necessities of Clement Taverniti – founder and director of fledgling Parisian fashion mainstay Still Good. The brand was formed over an interpolating success story which belonged to Taverniti’s fath...

Essentials: Joseph Teegardin

Apologies to those whose minds I’m about to blow, but many of your favorite celebrities, athletes and musicians may not be directly involved in their social media profiles. So going forward, please refrain from getting overly excited for a mere retwe...