In celebration of this years 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, many brands have looked to the populous super power for inspiration. New Balance has tackled the challenge via one of Chinese culture’s most popular institutions in Chinese Opera. Often featuring many colorful masks as a necessity for their wardrobe and story telling, New Balance has applied this concept to three different 576 models. Each with a strong conceptual background, shoe concepts include “Jing” (orange) who references power and force, “Chou” (red) focuses itself on crafty and cunning characteristics and finally “Mo” (green) which is based on maturity and honesty. The China Mask collection will release August 2008 with a suggested price of $100 USD.
The Mexican blanket concept has combined with the 20th anniversary of New Balance’s most popular 576 series to produce this latest release. Although most Mexican blanket themes stress a high degree of contrast and color, New Balance chose a more subdued pattern for this 576. The black leather upper is highlighted by a series of contrast stitches along the heel and the start of the toebox. Available now at mita.
OG Graffiti head Slick has collaborated with Bounty Hunter on this t-shirt in celebration of the brand’s 13th anniversary. The bold silkscreen on the front of the t-shirt is a combination of Slick’s unique handstyles and typical Bounty Hunter imagery. The shirt is already available in Japan. Detail pics after the jump.
The aesthetics portrayed by Rockers NYC may not be everybody’s cup of tee, but their strict adherence to their own values and inspirations is definitely something to take note of. The second delivery of their 2008 spring/summer The Sound and Fury collection is hitting stores worldwide now and features some visually stimulating cut&sew t-shirts and accessories including banner scarves and fanny packs.
Following up on our video interview with Keith Hufnagel regarding the latest addition to his powerhouse brand with a new LA opening, we offer a glimpse into some new pieces releasing from the label. In what we liken as a similar move with another popular skate/lifestyle brand, HUF’s game has really stepped up in recent memory to reflect a Supreme-esque movement with an interesting mix of refined pieces and provocative graphic t-shirts. Look for these to be available online at store.hufsf.com.