We’re used to seeing older styles from Nike getting the Vintage treatment, which was why it was a bit of a surprise to see the Toki recently receive it. Originally released in 2008, the vulcanized chukka is seen here in an off-white canvas upper with a matching Swoosh. The midsole gets dirty here with a little black wash to complete the look.
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‘We’re Gonna Be Lords’ Documentary featuring Action Bronson, Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers & Le1f
We’re Gonna Be Lords is a short documentary that explores the minds of four New York artists and hip-hop crews: Action Bronson, Flatbush ZOMBiES, The Underachievers and Le1f, who tell their own tales of how they became involved in the music scene. Directed by Robert Lopuski, who also directed Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne documentary in 2012, We’re Gonna Be Lords pieces together these artists’ narratives and also sheds some light on the newer hip-hop generation of New York that thrives today. While hailing from different neighborhoods, these featured artists have New York running through their veins. While people may be products of their environment, each of these talents come from a variety of backgrounds, whether it be Action Bronson’s foundations in gourmet cooking or Meech’s aspirations of becoming a philosopher.
Alongside intimate interviews with the artists, scripted scenes in the forms of vignettes are interlaced throughout and help illustrate the ethereal and almost spiritual tone of the documentary’s narrative. Reaching for musical success in hip-hop is often viewed as being driven by street dreams of money and influential power; ”there’s this almost transcendent quality of being nobody in pursuit of something great — the idea of becoming a Lord… It felt fragile but charged, raw, dream-like, ritualistic,” says Lopuski. And yet, these artists are true examples of the simple pursuit of creative expression. Watch We’re Gonna Be Lords above.
Led by the London-based, father-son design duo of Joe and Charlie, Casely-Hayford continues to modernize English menswear with the release of its Spring/Summer 2015 collection. As expected, the British brand’s latest is characterized by a familiar mix of time-tested Saville Row techniques and tailored silhouettes, but with the addition of progressive sportswear elements, wild patterns and unusual fabric combinations fitting of the warmer season. Of note are pieces like lightweight bomber jackets, long tees with contrasting hems and slim-cut trousers, as well as a selection of T-shirts, shirts and sweaters infused with punk-influenced zip details and contrasting graphic panels. An exciting, contemporary take on traditional English sartorialism, Casely-Hayford’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection can be viewed above, with a selection now available at the HYPEBEAST Store.
What to Wear Today: office armor.
words // Darren Griffin:
With the French Open set to begin in May and many of the sports biggest tournaments also on the horizon, it seems fitting that the Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 is back in a few new colorways. Returning first in a Black/Sunset Glow variation yesterday, a lighter iteration appears today in a predominately white base for a much more spring appropriate theme. The base is then accented by black branding, splatter pattern and liner, while the midsole is finished in a vibrant lime hue that can also be noted at the tongue. The Nike Air Tech Challenge 2 White/Black-Lime is available now at Heist NY.
Nike Air Tech Challenge 2
Style Code: 318408-103
Price: $ 120
A collision of Carhartt workwear with Work In Progress attitude, Carhartt WIP presents a distinct collection for the Spring/Summer 2015 season. Breathing new life into a variety of time-honored garments, the warm weather range introduces new styles and fabrics, with reworked traditional silhouettes that reflect contemporary aesthetics while still respecting Carhartt’s core values. Patterns and prints, appropriately, play a big part in the seasonal offerings and feature prominently on standouts like the Roy Tropic S/S Shirt, Camo Rose S/S Shirt and Raymond L/S Shirt, as well as on accessories like beach towels and a reversible bucket hat by Starter. Elsewhere, outerwear highlights like the Ferris Bomber Liner, Bluster Jacket and an array of cozy sweats add some stylish options for cooler spring weather. Look for Carhartt WIP’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection — as well as the brand’s collaborative capsule with Italian retailer Slam Jam — now at the HYPEBEAST Store.
Get to Know Game of Thrones’ Nathalie Emmanuel
words // Gregory Williams:
Fresh off reimagining the PUMA Basket for Rockie Fresh, Brush by Ben Smith is back with yet another new custom pair of Nike Air Force 1s. Using the silhouette’s mid-cut black colorway as the base, Ben applies an aqua-themed geometric camouflage pattern to the quarter panels of the iconic build. Finished with black leather laces from Aglit Italy, fans of Ben’s latest body of work can head over to his online shop today to order a pair of your very own.
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