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Eric Koston: The Return

FeaturesComments ⋅ Nov 2, 2009
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Eric Koston and speak about his return to Oakley, new product line, and exhibition in Japan with Atiba Jefferson & Keiichi Nitta.

Tom Routh: At the Root of Innovation

FeaturesComments ⋅ Oct 20, 2009
With his beginnings brought on by an interest in designing backpacks under his own brand CirqueWorks and five years at the legendary Arc’teryx brand, Tom Routh has become a renowned figure in the world of snowboarding. We catch up with the desi...

Mr. Hudson: Straight No Chaser

FeaturesComments ⋅ Oct 9, 2009
Ben Hudson has quickly emerged as the one of the brightest newcomers within the American music scene. Preparing for the launch of his debut solo album, Straight No Chaser, we caught up with Mr. Hudson in NYC.

SILLY THING x Daft Punk x Medicom Toy

FeaturesComments ⋅ Oct 2, 2009
We had the chance to catch up with SILLY THING founder TK for a brief Q&A session regarding his highly awaited project alongside Medicom Toy and Daft Punk.

NIGO® & Jun Takahashi: NOWHERE

FeaturesComments ⋅ Sep 28, 2009
Reuniting for the launch of their new NOWHERE space, we sit down with famed Japanese designers NIGO® and Jun Takahashi for some insight into their latest retail venture.

Q123 #3 – HYPEBEAST x 8FIVE2 x Loren Purcell for Qubic Store “City of Taipans”

UncategorizedComments ⋅ Sep 22, 2009
Qubic Store celebrated its 3rd anniversary this year which led to the creation of a series of different collaboration projects. Traveling extensively through Asia, Qubic Store’s Frank Liew developed a strong relationship through consistent...

Michael Lau: Gardener 10th Anniversary

FeaturesComments ⋅ Sep 21, 2009
For anybody familiar with the vinyl scene, Hong Kong’s Michael Lau evokes numerous thoughts of contribution and innovation. We took the opportunity to speak with him regarding a decade of Gardener.

Augie Galan & Geoff Heath: Acapulco Gold

FeaturesComments ⋅ Sep 10, 2009
Beyond just their flagship Acapulco Gold brand, founders Augie Galan and Geoff Heath have created a dynamic environment and helped foster a positive landscape for skateboarding. We caught up with the two as they offer us a comprehensive look into the...

Pony 2010 Spring Collection: Making In-Roads

FeaturesComments ⋅ Sep 2, 2009
Seeing the brand develop immensely over the last year, we get another chance to speak to Kyle Pulli, an integral member of the current Pony revival.

Nike Taiwan: The IAM1 Journey

FeaturesComments ⋅ Aug 28, 2009
Nike recently held their IAM1 Journey Exhibition within the walls of their new retail space in Taipei. We had the chance to catch up with some of the featured artists.

Le Le x Patta x Converse 5th Anniversary Project

FeaturesComments ⋅ Aug 26, 2009
Patta & Converse without a doubt some of the strongest presences in our industry today. We catch up with both for a closer look into their latest collaboration.

jeffstaple and Hiroshi Fujiwara: NYC meets Tokyo

FeaturesComments ⋅ Aug 19, 2009
Occupying opposite parts of the globe, the names jeffstaple and Hiroshi Fujiwara instantly evoke thoughts of respect, innovation and creativity. We catch up with both for a chat in Tokyo.

AFRA: Beatboxing in Tokyo

FeaturesComments ⋅ Aug 12, 2009
Finding inspiration within the Hip-Hop dominated 90′s New York City music scene, Kazunori Kumagai learned from the best, mimicking the styles of beatbox icons through his love for Hip-Hop. We catch up with the Japanese human beatbox himself.

HYPEBEAST x Upper Playground x Usugrow Shinganist Twitter Contest

UncategorizedComments ⋅ Aug 11, 2009
Upper Playground is excited to announce a partnership with Japanese artist, Usugrow, in the creation of a new line called Shinganist. Derived from the Japanese word “Shingan,” (meaning mind’s eye), “the line represents those people who create by...

Onitsuka Tiger: Entering the Den of the Tiger

FeaturesComments ⋅ Jul 21, 2009
Bringing together a well-designed capsule marked by subtle detailing, Onitsuka Tiger has all the makings to establish an increasing foothold in the realm of sportswear. Designer Shuhei Numata offered us an overview of the brand’s direction, mes...