Ludwig Van, an outfit known for sourcing insanely rare deadstock vintage pieces, has teamed up with Gourmet on this “Utility Project” line of sneakers. Utilizing original fabrics sourced by Ludwig Van, two Gourmet sneaker silhouettes – the Cinque and Quattro Skate – received a new life and aesthetic. Consisting of two halves, the first half, dubbed “DDR” utilizes original German “Raindrop Camouflage” from the 1960’s. The second, titled “Kilgore,” makes use of original US Army twill from the early 1970s and dead-stock “Walls Outdoor Duck” canvas. Vegetable-tanned leather accents, terry cloth liners and custom shoe bags and boxes complete the offering.
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Antwerp & Hong Kong-based menswear designer SixLee presents its latest range of apparel. Balancing between classical and futuristic; vintage and modern; reality and fantasy, the collection consists of frock coats, bomber jackets and oversized jackets with hidden details under the collars and pockets. Each piece is elegantly tailored from rich materials like wool, faux fur, coated and bonded cashmere – giving the range a sense of luxury and the use of dreamy pastel colors combined with various darker hues evoke the sensitivity of the mixture of colors. Check out the SixLee 2015 fall/winter lookbook above and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Bringing some Air Jordan-inspired vibes to the world of rollerblading, USD has outfitted the new Franky Morales Carbon Skate signature silhouette with a Concord-derived palette. Done up with a sturdy white Nanoleather upper, black takes care of the patent leather-like detailing, inner lining, heel tab, and branding. Complete with lace eyelets pulled straight from MJ’s eleventh signature shoe, these USD Carbon Morales III‘s are currently available over at Aggressive Mall for $ 369.
USD Carbon Morales III
Price: $ 369
Vault by Vans kicks off the third installment of OG Classics with the Aloha pack. Utilizing the same design specs as their first size runs, the OG Era LX and OG Sk8-Hi LX bring forth two new colorways that channel the spirit of the ‘80s skate scene. Available in Blue Aloha/Sea Pink and Maroon Aloha/Dusty Jade Green, each original silhouette sports an alternating upper aesthetic; outstep paneling displays Van Doren’s Aloha print while the instep quarter reveals one strong hit of color. Funky checkerboard sidewall graphics from the era finish each pair. The OG Classics Aloha pack arrives this March at the Vans DQM General and key Vault retailers.
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We’re still only midway through winter, but Grand Scheme looks ahead to brighter skies and warmer temperatures with a fresh, street-ready Spring/Summer 2015 collection. As in seasons past, the Australian menswear label focuses on a mix of strong graphics and premium cut-and-sew garments, as well as quality materials and clean, functional design. Can’t-miss pieces include this season’s luxurious-looking marble-print garments — including a short-sleeved button-down shirt, bucket hat, track pants, T-shirt and waterproof jacket — mesh overlay shorts and matching mesh panel tee, printed long-sleeved crewnecks and a pair of all-over print beach shorts that transition easily from the beach to the pavement. Clean, casual and contemporary, Grand Scheme’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection is available for viewing above, and can be found now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Kanye West has a storied history with the Ellen show. Having debuted the “Net” Yeezy 1 along with the Love Lockdown video years ago, the artist/designer has continually stopped by her set to share both his work and what’s going on in his life.
Set to air today, Pitchfork was able to acquire preview footage from the new Ellen episode. Aside from previewing the Spike Jonze-direct “Only One” video and getting laced with a few bars from MC Degeneres, Kanye spoke on his new sound and his partnership with adidas, particularly pertaining to his frustration before having a fashion deal. West had the following to say:
“I think I was going through my version of my terrible twos [Laughs]. My daughter, she wants to express herself but she just doesn’t have the words for it. For me, there’s so many things that I want to do with film, with clothing, and I just didn’t have the words, or the resources or the backing or the perception that I could do it being that I was a rapper…you know, all these things. Now because of this adidas deal, they’ve allowed me a little bit of oxygen. When people give you about celebrity and the idea of money versus creativity, there’s no amount of money that someone can give you to make you not be creative if you were born to create. So, a lot of times people try to block you, block your creativity, control you with money. adidas allowed me to make my whole clothing line which I wanted to do and it was just like a little bit of oxygen. You guys last year, two years ago, three years ago, whatever, were seeing somebody being suffocated by a perception, being suffocated by people in a position that could blatantly see, ‘Wow, the Yeezys did really good, he was this influential, all these albums did this, but we’re not going to give him a shot because of something else.’ There’s a lot of people who were really calm about that, but the definition of crazy is trying to do the same thing and expecting a different result. So, I tried something different over the past couple of years, and I actually got some really good results from it, too.”
The oxygen analogy goes in line with West’s words at the adidas Global Brand Conference in Germany over the summer, paralleling his passion to create. From the sounds of it too, it sounds like West’s desire to Disney-esque work and create on a variety of platforms is still very much there. While we still haven’t received an official look at the adidas Yeezi or gotten a corresponding release date, it does appear Kanye will have apparel to go with it. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more adidas Yeezi news and updates.
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Designer Hussein Chalayan and Puma team up yet again to produce the Glide II Mid for Spring/Summer 2013. Known for some pretty unique designs, the Glide II is one of Chalayan’s more tempered approaches to Puma’s silhouettes. The sneaker is marked by its rugged weathered appearance thanks to a burnished suede and canvas upper and its wedge shape with a flat glossy black vulcanized sole. Other details include a lightly padded heel collar, tonal black overlays and hidden lace loops. Available for $ 210, the shoes can be ordered through Kith NYC.
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