Since its introduction to the sneaker world in 2001, Clae has been at the forefront of their rightfully dubbed “athleisure” category, redefining the industry the way fusion cuisine did for the restaurant business earlier this century. Having revamped their collection in 2007, Clae seems to have finally baited and hooked the sneaker masses. With Reed Space and other retail gems carrying its line a bright future is in store for this California-based trendsetter. This year’s summer collection is simple in design with strong color schemes that should appeal to an older, more refined crowd. Check back in July with oki-ni to get yours. clae-summer-2008
Since its introduction to the sneaker world in 2001, Clae has been at the forefront of their rightfully dubbed “athleisure” category, redefining the industry the way fusion cuisine did for the restaurant business earlier this century. Having revamped their collection in 2007, Clae seems to have finally baited and hooked the sneaker masses. With Reed Space and other retail gems carrying its line a bright future is in store for this California-based trendsetter. This year’s summer collection is simple in design with strong color schemes that should appeal to an older, more refined crowd. Check back in July with oki-ni to get yours.
Emerging from mega fashion house Hermès, menswear designer Varonique Nichanian is the latest to participate in Details’ Follow the Rules. Her fashion tips are mostly male relevant with some highlights including the following:
1. The right proportion and fit are a matter of centimeters—millimeters, really. When you choose clothes that are perfect for you, you feel strong, comfortable, and more self-confident.
2. Style is a question of charm, not nationality. It’s not true that French men have more allure or style than American men. It’s just that they dress with more personality. They don’t follow dress codes, and sometimes they mix things in a way they shouldn’t. Like how Serge Gainsbourg dressed, with his reptile shoes with jeans and blazer and white shirt—that’s charm.
6. You should have one watch for the weekend, one for the week, one for suits, one for sport. I love watches. Watches are for men what perfume is for women. They are very personal, and you can wear them according to your mood.
In continuation of Nike’s commemoration of the Dunk, the latest pack has surfaced for a shoe once created as the quintessential team shoe for colleges all around but has now transcended sport and culture alike. The Eastern pack references Eastern countries with strong footballing backgrounds, inspired by both flags and football kits of teams alike. The overall theme backed by the upcoming European Championships. Each model is not without its fair share of innovations including updated cushioning, stain resistant laces and materials. Some of these select models have already hit Nike retailers.
Under the tenure of Japanese brand GDC’s accomplished designer, photographer and stylist Takashi Kumagai, Quiksilver has created this special Asian exclusive collection titled Beach Fighters. The collection embodies a sense of environmental sustainability through a diverse collection ranging from outerwear to basics such as tees and shorts. This first drop includes print tees, shorts and footwear as well as a special sub-collection of products done in collaboration with Porter in some of the accessory brand’s most popular bag styles. This first series of products is available now at the Quiksilver & Roxy flagship store in Hong Kong.
Quiksilver & Roxy Store
G/F, 9-11 Leighton Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
DJ Hazime’s DOUBLE HARD label has teamed up with fellow Japanese brand KIKS TYO on collaboration effort featuring two t-shirts. Keeping true to KIKS TYO’s bread and butter, the tees reference sneakers including the Reebok Pump Easter edition and the MTV Puma Clyde. Available now in various colors at KIKS TYO.
Toymaker Tim Tsui will be releasing his latest creative exploit, Da Warrior next month. The bad ass football playing gorilla includes three versions, normal, battle and monotone. The battle version is highlighted by damage to the helmet and shoulder pads while the monotone version is detailed with 30 Swarovski crystals. Each figure also includes an interchangeable face plate, creating a robotic look. Look for Da Warrior to hit Da TeamBronx during the second week of May.
Here’s our in-depth look into the most recently released colorways of the Vintage Dunk Highs from Nike. In a package that started earlier with the commemoration of the Dunk this year, these vintage Dunks embody the same characteristics as earlier releases with slight distressing and yellowing/oxidation. Colors seen here include green, light blue and black. These should be available at select Nike dealers right now.
In what started out approximately three years ago, honeyee.com has quickly become an important online destination as it represents a community for innovative ideas from some of the world’s most creative and influential talents. The trifecta of honeyee.com founders include such familiar names as Hiroshi Fujiwara of Fragment Design, Hiroki Nakamura of Visvim and Hirofumi Kiyonaga of SOPHNET. Together honeyee.com has created a small collection of items in a close knit affair including a honeyee.com x Visvim Folk Foley and honeyee.com x SOPHNET. short sleeve shirt. The items are minimalistic with little honeyee.com branding. Both will be available through the honeyee.Store.
Most would agree that tradeshow pics and leaked photos never really do any products justice, but due to the nature of the beast that is blogging they go up anyways. Having said that, jeffstaple has presented an official look into iDiom 2009 through product shot previews and lookbook. With the artistic direction revolving around the forest, without an official press release we assume this collection has some inspirations drawn from the wilderness and the vitality of green. The collection includes shells, jackets and pants. Look for more details as the release dates near.
Art Direction by Burton Syndicate
Photography by Extant Studio
A throwback to the old days before the whole mesh/trucker cap movement, UNIV has dropped some new mesh caps in five colors. The front of the caps are emblazoned with different UNIV logos along with little rope detailings reminiscent of some old school grandpa steez. Available now at Robust Flavor
XLarge’s second collection of summer gear is dropping early next month. A small preview includes a logo New Era (partly inspired by China?), a multiple colored stripes set of shirts and two styles of plastic frames, each available in different lens. Check with XLarge dealers around your area for availability.