Japanese label WTAPS just came out with a few new releases for 2008 S/S Collection named “Extreme Prejudice.” The release includes 3 new tees and a black fedora. The tees all feature simple, effective designs that uses the WTAPS logo and the phrase “Extreme Prejudice” on the shirts. The fedora is also minimal with the number 23 and the shape of a bow tie sewn around it. Available now at Cliffedge.
San Francisco based brand, Benny Gold, just came out with their 2008 S/S Collection. The collection includes 5 t-shirt designs, with 2 colorways for each design, and a New Era cap. The designs are based on the concept of staying youthful and always striving to be the best that you can be. The many references to gold symbolizes success and achievement. So for all the fans out there, always go for gold.
Converse is introducing a collection of premium footwear for Fall 2008 as part of their 100th anniversary celebration. With deep roots and great influence on sports, music, and pop culture, the collection makes references ranging from secret geometry to electronic music, honoring the genres and movements in music. The collection will include Chuck Taylor All Star, All Star Light, Chuck Taylor All Star, Electronic Music, Grateful Dead, Jack Purcell Specialty, Odessa, Wave Trainer, Extensions, and Converse by John Varvatos Bosey Boots. Definitely a very strong lineup to look forward to.
At some point the evil geniuses over at Apple decided that the best soundtrack for their high tech gadget pornography was happy reassuring folk indie rock. Maybe this was done to balance out the feeling of a cold computer age with visuals of science fiction devices with very human organic music. In any case the plan worked to perfection as I-phones, I-touches, I-books and I-anything else flew off the shelves as soon as they stocked them. The commercials also served as an excellent marketing tool for the musicians on the commercials. Soon the indie darlings featured in the adds where getting goggled and downloaded like crazy and enjoyed by more people than the hipster sipping lattes in the independent coffee shop.
One of said artists is indie folk singer songwriter Orba Squara whose song “Perfect Timing (This Morning)” was heavily featured in the early I-phone commercials making the song practically synonymous with the product and instantly recognizable. Orba’s brand of organic rock replacing tuned down guitars, driving bass and hard snares and kicks with violin, accordion and toy pianos give his music a dramatic baroque pop feel with a whispery lyrical delivery. The sonic landscape of the tracks paint dream induced pictures of fairy tale sequences dressed in pastel. His latest video and single “Gravel” from his album “Sunshyness” is another foray into softly plucked acoustic guitar lucid fantasy rock with a surreal video to match. If Apple ever considered going into the atomic bomb business, as long as they played something this good for the accompanying add, we may consider purchasing it.
Here’s a first look at the highly anticipated and much rumored Crooks & Castles x Vans collaboration shoes. Much inspired by the Gucci colorway, this sneaker is now available for viewing at the Crooks & Castles store in Los Angeles. However, there isn’t any word if these will be releasing but word is that there will also be an alternative colorway that will be released to the public.
Fragment design teamed up with the good people at Bearbrick to produce a 100% Bearbrick Panda that will be auctioned off with Nike Classic Panda Pack. Both the Nike Classic Panda pack and the Bearbrick are efforts to help raise money to help the people in China that was hit by the terrible earthquake. It is good to know that at a time like this, everyone around the world is coming together to show support. More details about the auction to come.