Maggie Q

Here is a picture of the up-coming collaboration tee by Neighborhood x Clot. The thing that makes this tee so unique is that famous international actress Maggie Q will be feature on the black of this tee. The tee will be release on January 31st @ Juice HK. The number of shirts available will be very limited. Price $880 HK.

– A style

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Barking Irons

January 23, 2007

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Even before the movie Gangs of New York was put out, designer brothers Daniel and Michael Casarella evoked a passion for 19th century New York history. They have a remarkable personal collection of clothing and other memorabilia that dates back to that era. From that stemmed their desire to create fashion label which includes t-shirts, cut and sew pieces, as well as jewelry for both men and women that take influence from 19th century New York. The label, Barking Irons, does a terrific job of sticking to their philosophy and theme for each and every product that they produce. As a result, they have garnered the attention of GQ, Nylon for Guys and The New York Times Magazine. Check out their collection at Barking Irons.

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Ecsotype Bag

January 8, 2007

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As of late, I’ve really been feeling Boston bags and here’s one that caught my eye via Josh Spear. From Australia, Ecsotype makes various types of bags making use of a glossy look on leather. The ‘School’ model masterfully combines glossy ‘pull-up’ cowhide, marine spliced rope, stainless steel hardware, and woven webbing to create a magnificent bag for all purposes.

-phil

Atmos BonBon Knit Caps

December 27, 2006

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I just came across these Atmos BonBon Knit Caps at High Snobiety and I must say that I am really feeling these. Atmos does a really good job of making these toques look cool while having a ‘bon bon’ at the top that reminisces people’s kindergarten days. They are available at Atmos now so get ’em before they’re sold out.

-phil

Mad Mack 6 Boots

December 20, 2006

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With the winter season underway, here’s a couple of colourways for the Mad Mack 6 boots. Japanese brands Madfoot! and Mackdaddy collaborated to spawn this Mad Mack 6 model. They’re currently available at ZOZO. Info/pics from Kix-files.

-phil

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The release of Nintendo’s DS Lite has brought a lot of interest back to Nintendo’s portable consoles. Japanese casual clothing and accessories brand United Arrows has created several pouches for the DS Lite. Instead of just creating a pouch for performance and everyday use, United Arrows creates a fashionable item to go with the DS Lite. The line contains a pouch with a leather woven design giving it a real luxurious look. Here’s their complete lineup for all their pouches.

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M-ONE-11, Toronto

December 15, 2006

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M-ONE-11‘s lone store outside Australia and New Zealand is located in Toronto’s hip Queen Street West district. The store is definitely one of my favorite stores to shop in the city. The store offers clothing labels you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else in the area.

Brands such as Australian-based Mooks streetwear, FEIT sneakers as well as the surfboard company, INSIGHT. In addition to providing Australian-based brands, the store offers a great clothing line under their own label which is a leading Australian streetwear company. M-ONE-11’s mens and womens apparel features a quality collection of tees, jackets, shirts and other accessories such as hats and bags. The style of its clothing line is skater streetwear meets modern Bohemian with a Pacific influence.

M-ONE-11’s retail space is also used as an exhibition/gallery space on occasion. M-ONE-11 is very involved in Toronto’s art community and does a great job promoting local talent and artists. They are currently hosting an art auction featuring local artists benefiting Sketch, an organization creating opportunities for street involved and homeless people ages 15-29. If you’re in the neighbourhood next Thursday, M-ONE-11 is hosting an Auction Closing Party at 7pm. Thursday December 21st, 2006 7PM-9PM (Auction closes at 9pm) Definitely check this store out if you happen to be in downtown Toronto area.

M-ONE-11, 561 Queen Street West. Toronto, Canada

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New 10 Deep at Commonwealth

December 15, 2006

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I was just browsing the Commonwealth site and came across new 10 Deep items. Now as one of New York’s original “underground” brands, 10 Deep has always consistently produced really hot clothing and accessories. So I wasn’t too surprise when I saw their new arrivals.

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Paul Smith has just announced that they will be showcasing 16 of Japanese artist Keiichi Tanaami’s silkscreened prints. This collection, known as Kamon, is heavily influenced by family crests and makes use of Tanaami’s recognizable high-colour ‘Pop Art’ style. Known for his psychedelic styles and recurring motifs of goldfish, pine trees and waves, Tanaami is highly regarded upon by many Japanese young contemporary artists.

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The Cool Hunter Magazine

December 14, 2006

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The Cool Hunter, one of the web’s premier trend forecasting websites has expanded its brand incredibly as of late. What started as just an online trend reporting service, The Cool Hunter became a syndication as a weekly column in various magazines/newspapers around the world. With its popularity and its huge reader base, it has given them an opportunity to produce their every own television show called “The Assistants” and very recently, they have signed a publishing deal to release their own set of books including “Sleeping Beauties – The World’s Coolest Hotel Rooms”. The book will feature the finest and coolest hotel rooms the world has to offer.

Now, it seems The Cool Hunter has solidifed their brand by launching their very own self-titled magazine. The magazine will be a 50-60 page monthly publication and will be available free along with various fashion, design and lifestyle magazines. It will also be available in hotels, stores and retailers globally.

Releasing in early 2007, The Cool Hunter magazine will cover the same globe covering genres as the online version. Topics such as fashion, music, urban living, designer and culutural trends.

– Jon

Marimekko

December 14, 2006

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Coming out of Finland, Marimekko is an à la mode textile company. The company is streamlined such that they design, manufacture, as well as market their clothing, interior decoration textiles, bags and accessories. Their clothing line consists of classy and urbane designs for men, women and children, while their classic lines consist of timeless casual wear for everyone. Marimekko also has an extensive collection of textile fabrics applied to different fixtures around the house. Marimekko offers a variety of designs that range from the use of simplistic shades to corresponding blends of extravagant colours. Here’s the perfect place to find someone a Christmas gift as the company has items for just about everybody.

[Marimekko]

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Home to many several and unique concept stores, Hong Kong always has something fresh to offer in terms of shop designs to attract customers and different clientale. For all those that are in HK, if you’ve passed by the countless stores on Russell Street in Causeway Bay, you may have noticed a changed at the Levi’s store. Levi’s, following suit to popular brand, Agnes B, has just opened a small cafe.

The inside, which shields customers from the busy streets and the massive hordes of people, offers an environment where you can enjoy food and drinks while marveling at Levi’s products and their latest Japanese designed denim. From the looks of it, the atmosphere looks really modern, stylish yet intimate. It’s definitely an innovative concept to keep customers in the Levi’s store.

Check out more pics from Oh Magazine or go check the store out yourself if you happen to be in Hong Kong.

Levi’s Styling Concept Cafe, Russell Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

-phil

liful.JPG Liful is one of the first streetwear brands that I heard of coming out of South Korea. Their designs are really eye-catching especially the Contour Line Zip Hoodie. It’s really good to see some fresh companies from around the world popping up. It definately allows for different influences from various cultures to be brought into the streetwear industry. I feel that Liful’s gonna garner a lot of attention from the streetwear scene so be on the lookout for them. Info and pics courtesy of BigMag via Hypebeast.

-phil

Ikepod Watches

December 6, 2006

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IKEPOD watches, designed by Marc Newson, produces luxury wristwatches that differentiates them greatly from other traditional luxury wristwatch makers. Focused around simplistic designs and putting emphasis on organic harmony with the wearer, IKEPOD watches look to deliver a timepiece that fits fluidly around the wrist. The IKEPOD watchband joins together with the case appearing as a single interrupted whole. As a fan of chronograph watches, the one that appeals the most to me is the Megapode (above picture). IKEPOD definately does a good job bringing together simplicity along with elegance.

-phil

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Adidas Y-3 Fall/Winter 2006

December 4, 2006

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Check out the Adidas Y-3 site for their Fall/Winter 2006 2007 collection. The site is done really well in Flash and is nicely laid out with footwear, clothing and accessories for the season. Once again, their collection is simplistic and fresh, surpassing my highest expectations of them.

-phil

Filippa K – Laced Boot

December 1, 2006

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For the days where you feel like leaving your sneakers at home and kicking on something less casual for a nonchalant look, Refinery29 shows us Filippa K’s Laced Boot. Combining different details such as pronounced, shaped heel and rugged, utilitarian loops allow for the boot to give a high-end yet grungy appeal. Filippa K’s philosophy is to “take a relaxed approach to fashion which is clean yet exciting, sophisticated yet wearable” and this boot totally fits that description. Read more here.

-phil
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Atmos 501

Levi’s and Atmos have teamed up again to introduce two new exclusive pairs of 501xx and S501xx jeans. Both pairs of jeans have a unique design which makes this a must-have for all you Levi’s and Atmos fans out there. The 501xx and S501xx are available at Atmos Online.

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High fashion jean maker Julian Red Jeans has just launched their new site Julian Red which showcases their Autumn/Winter ’06 collection. The site is really well done as the clothes are shown in short video clips with a touch of graphical animations while allowing you to adjust the time frames. Plus, the denim looks real good as well. Check out their site at Julian Red.

-phil

Philip Treacy For Umbro

November 28, 2006

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After their successful collaboration with Kim Jones, Umbro is again working with another prominent designer for a new line. Philip Treacy, winner of the British Fashion Council award as British Accessory Designer of the year in 1991, showcased his new Autumn/Winter 2006 collection during the London Fashion Week held in February of 2006. This collection takes inspiration from the soccer iconology and is influenced heavily by traditional soocer colours as well as soccer jersey styling from the 60’s and 70’s. Treacy also uses luxury fabrics such as silk lycra and cotton jersey to give the clothes a more luxurious feel. The collection is comprised of a range of clothing, footwear and accessories for men. See more, including the Spring/Summer 2007 at PhilipTreacyForUmbro.
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Timberland’s 10061.COM

November 21, 2006

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The Timberland Company recently announced the launch of 10061.com, a web site that celebrates the intersection of art and community. While 10061.com focuses on an online creative collaboration with designers, artists and consumers to use the Timberland boot as a canvas, the most interesting aspect of the site is the “The Boroughs Project”.

Under the creative direction of Jeff Ng aka Jeff Staple (as you might know from his work and blog), 10061.com features “The Boroughs Project” which brings together various designers/artists representing the five boroughs of New York City to each design a limited signature Timberland boot (which will be available for purchase, just in case you’re wondering). Artists include Jeff Staple himself, producer The RZA, painter Chris Mendoza, photographer Atsuko Tanaka and new media artist David “SKWERM” Ellis, created their own inpretation of the Timberland boot and incorporate their ideas/inspirations from the neighbourhoods of New York City.

Although I am not a huge fan of the Timberland brand or the boots created by the artists (i.e. The RZA’s glow- in-the-dark Tims), it is a very impressive campaign for Timberland in attempts to maintain its position in urban culture. The site alone is great to just explore. The ‘User Gallery’ features plenty of great artwork submitted by various people and as long as you’re at the site, my advice is to check out all the artists’ films in the ‘Art and Community’ section. It is essential. The short videos are well produced and entertaining. Definitely worth taking a look.

[ 10061.com ]

– Jon