Archive for June, 2007
We see biking gaining more importance every day, especially fixed gear biking seems to become more popular these past years. Thus many companies also start producing caps, shirts, in general clothing with style and functionality having the biker in mind. Rapha is a company specialized in road bike clothing at a very high standards of quality and functionality.
“Rapha products bring new standards of design to cycling clothing. They have been conceived by road riders, working with leading technical sportswear designers. Every detail has been developed with the rider in mind. Every material has been chosen because it is the best in the world at its job.”
Rapha now got together with Paul Smith for some pieces and the outcome is really nice. The two brands got together for some caps and jerseys and the result is the experience and expertise of Rapha in specialized bike clothing with the style of designer Paul Smith. Just perfect!
A few days ago you saw Roger Federer being part of the Nike Pro Figures by Michael Lau, right now the athlete is in Wimbledon, playing one of the most important tournaments of the year.
As a token of appreciation for Roger Federer’s amazing career success and his dominance of men’s tennis, Nike is surprising him with a luxury bespoke kit fit for a legend as he seeks his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title.
The kit, which has echoes of tennis outfits from the earliest days of the game, has been customized specifically for Roger at a level of quality that matches his championship talent; a bespoke jacket, sweater, and warm-up trousers for warm-up on court pre-game; a luxury leather tennis bag , and an on-court performance outfit. All of the product abides by tournament’s strict white dress code, but includes accents of majestic gold to honor of the reigning king of the Wimbledon court.
Today we are glad to present you a new brand that will soon hit the market and that we are pretty excited about – Aprix. Founded by Brendon Babenzien, Creative Director of Supreme and Michael Power, Writer/Director, Aprix takes a different route than most other new sneaker/shoe companies out there.
Aprix is based around trivial pursuits. Sailing, racing, and in the future an overall casual look will drive the future designs. Here you see their first model, which is mostly made up of cotton, suede and a gum sole. You can definitely see the sailing background in the design. The shoe is not loud, does not jump into your eyes right away, but it is solid, nice and fits pretty much anything one could ever wear.
Brendon puts it this way – “It is not meant to be a big deal and we certainly are not looking to try and make any kind of fashion statement. We are just making shoes
that we like and that we think can stand the test of time. One of the most important things for us is that a customer can look back at their purchase and feel like they made a good choice, even after they have outgrown the frenetic consumerism of youth.”
Keep an eye on the brand. The brand plans to have 4 styles by 2008 and is also working on some accessory lines for the future.
Altamont welcomes rock icon Jimi Hendrix to the apparel brands growing list of contributors with an exclusive collaboration featuring Jimi’s rarely seen artwork. This exclusive collaboration highlights a side of Jimi’s creativity that has never been shown until now. The pictures and graphics used for the Altamont Fall 2007 collection were hand-drawn by Jimi during his tour and in the studio. The collaboration collection features some t-shirts, a hoodie and also some denim.
A very nice and interesting project by Altamont, and thus something to look out for!
Here you see the latest luggage series by Burton. They offer a wide range of choice with bags and trollies in lots of different sizes and styles. In terms of design the series comes with a “plaid” theme. If you are looking for some good quality travel gear, this might be the right choice for you, even though the plaid pattern is not the nicest we have seen! The collection is now available at Stless.
Puma presents Re-Bike, a traveling Bike Gallery Tour in conjunction with the Bicycle Film Festival. PUMA’s Re-Bike Program asked Puma partners and creative teams to create a bike with a mere stipend of $200. Each bike created was created with recycled parts and made safe and sound to ride. Each of the bikes, made by partners such as VICE, The FADER, ANTHEM and SWINDLE, will be on display during the Bicycle Film Festival’s US cities venues. At the end of the tour, each bike will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the local bike charities in the US and Canada including Recycle-A-Bicycle in New York City, Bicycle Kitchen in Los Angeles, Community Cycling Center in Portland, Bike Kitchen in San Francisco and Working Bike Cooperative in Chicago.
Definitely an interesting project by Puma, also with a good cause. Interestingly each one of the magazines also created a different type of bike, thus you will see fixed gear bike as well as a BMX and many others. Here we can show you now the line-up that was done with some of the best magazines out there.
The new A.P.C. Store in L.A. opened its doors recently and many asked themselves why it took them so long to open a second store, after their NYC store has already been around since 1987.
The new store has a lot of the characteristics from their other stores, but still seems a little cleaner than what we have seen in their Parisian stores.
“Much like the label’s simple denim recipes and polished 1960s aesthetic, the new L.A. A.P.C. takes a minimalist approach to décor and design. Architect Laurent Deroo, one of Touitou’s many collaborators, kept the look slightly rough, with bare concrete and wood flooring. Careful contrasting between lights and darks comes through with the natural wood shelving accented by black metal.” Via Refinery29.
The store opened on 619 Croft Avenue and should definitely be on your list, when you visit LA, next time! Via Refinery29.
Here we present you now one of the most interesting and special projects we have come across in a while.
Located on Madison Avenue, just north of Madison Square Park, m127 is a residential development collaboration between Cardinal Investments and SHoP Architects. m127 is a great example of how to mix old and new perfectly together.
The really interesting part comes now though. Project to Surface is a collaboration between five visual artists and an architect in rendering their visual concepts into three-dimensions through the use of cutting edge architecture software, fabrication tools and techniques. David Diao, Kenji Hirata, KAWS, Matzu-MTP and Leah Raintree will work with designer Ben Krone, a rising star in the architecture world, to create five large-scale sculptural panels. In applying advanced architecture tools and processes to project the artists’ visual concepts into three-dimensional relief, PROJECT TO SURFACE seeks to explore the possibilities and dangers of intersecting art and architecture.
The five finished panels and their prototypes will be exhibited in a gallery exhibition at m127, a new Madison Avenue development in New York City designed by SHoP. The exhibition opens June 28, 2007, and runs for two months.
If you manage to be around, you really do not want to miss this. Fusing art and architecture, art and technology and stretching the boundaries are all attributes of this project. We are convinced that the outcome will be simply mind-blowing.
This is certainly a move that we did not expect, but Levi’s just announced that they will be launching their own mobile phones.
“The Levi’s® phone embraces mobile technology and enables young people to connect, enjoy music, exchange images and videos whilst on the go.
The functional essence of the Levi’s® brand’s design philosophy is perfectly captured by the phone’s compact design and sturdy riveted steel casing. A unique detachable chain provides a clever design solution that allows users to fasten their phone to their jeans or bags.
The Levi’s® phone is offered in metallic silver, black and brown copper. Stylish feminine “shiny silver” and “shiny sand” editions, featuring a ‘mirror’ screen have also been created for the fashion forward.”
Apple bringing out a mobile phone was a surprise, but it makes sense – Levi’s doing so seems a little strange, but let’s wait and see, maybe it will turn out nice. The phones will hit the market as of September 2007.