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CONVERSE BLACK SABBATH COLLECTION

Brand new or beat up, a pair of Chuck Taylors instantly conveys an aura of cool. That’s just kind of how it works. So it’s no surprise that for a third time, the brand responsible for some of our favorite footwear teamed up with the legendary band Black Sabbath to infuse a touch of heavy metal into the time tested Converse silhouette.

Featuring highly acclaimed artwork from Black Sabbath’s classic records like “”Never Say Die” and “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” as well as iconic live photography, the three-piece offering speaks to the groups lasting impact since its debut album roughly 45 years ago.

Shop the collection online or in store at Converse and Journeys.



-photo by Andre Perry

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MIANSAI’S MICHAEL SAIGER HITS JAPAN

Behind the mind of Michael Saiger, Miansai’s founder and creative director, the accessories brand has grown into an entity that comes with a certain aesthetic. Known for its signature bracelets that offer a rustic and ageless feel, the brand that began 2008 has since expanded into the realms of leather goods, watches, shoes, and most recently opening up a shop New York’s esteemed neighborhood of SOHO.

With its expansion comes a whole new set of opportunities, like say, heading to the East Asian nation of Japan. Not a bad gig, right? So while Saiger was out there working, he managed to round up a visual diary of everything he saw. View the gallery above, and see what he had to say about his trip below.

Is this your first time in Tokyo? If not, how frequently do you go?
“It’s not my first time…I’ve been there once before and plan on going in the future; at least once a year.”

What do you do in your free time?
“I definitely make a point to visit the fish markets in the morning. Walking around Tokyo is very inspiring… there are so many cool stores.”

Where do you eat? Any favorites?
“Sushi is my favorite food. The no-name hole-in-the-wall local joints are my favorite spots for the freshest fish.”

What are you expecting to see or learn at the fish markets? How do you think this will inspire you in the next collections?
“The fish markets are incredibly inspiring for me when designing new collections. I love to walk around at dawn and see the boats unloading the huge blue fin tuna. Also, the fishing hardware around the market is very inspiring and gets me amped up to design cool SH*&T”

What areas will you be in specifically?
“My favorite areas that I’ll be visiting are Ginza, Aoyama, Harajuku, and Daikanyma.”

Any other interesting plans while you are there?
“We will be looking at space for a possible Miansai Japan shop – very excited about this idea. I love Tokyo and we have a huge following there, so it seems a natural next step for the brand.”

Shop Mainsai HERE.

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QUIET LIFE x WATERSHED “GLASS & SEW” COLLECTION

It’s apparent that since Watershed’s beginnings in 2011, the UK-based shop has always had that cool kid appeal. They still do in case you wondering, diving in to both the surfboard market and starting an eponymous clothing line in the years since. Now, in an effort to bring its ways to the West Coast, and collaborate with another one of our favorites brands in the process, the four-year old shop is teaming up with The Quiet Life for a limited run of goods.

What began with Watershed making bespoke fabric inlay surfboards, the two quickly got together to put the excess fabric on display through a range dubbed the “Glass & Sew” collection. Taking to the sands of Malibu, CA to showcase the garments as well as the prior mentioned surfboards, the Katherin Sheehan shot lookbook brings the summer vibes through woven shirts, shorts, five panels, and more, in a festive print.

Check out photos from the lookbook above, and make sure to shop the collaborative collection HERE.

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TRACKSMITH

From the minds of Matt Taylor, a former Yale runner, and Luke Scheybeler, a founding member of the premium cycling brand Rapha, comes a new offering of performance wear that takes its cues from characteristic New England running culture and ageless Ivy League style.

Putting aside all the technical fabrics that embody most of today’s fitness and workout apparel, the debut launch for Tracksmith speaks to timeless pieces paired with functional design through cotton/rayon-blended tees, mesh tanks, and four way stretch shorts (that are also moisture wicking and water resistant). But don’t be fooled, it’s classically cool aesthetic makes the threads equally as appealing for training as for casual weekend wear.

Shop Tracksmith HERE.

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FW 14 ADIDAS ORIGINALS BLUE COLLECTION

Ever since 1986 when RUN DMC dedicated a song to the brand characterized by its three stripes, the two entities have become synonymous. More than 25-years later, the influence can still be seen.

Unveiling the adidas Originals Blue fall winter 14 collection, the gathering reinterprets the legendary hip-hop groups streetwear style into a modern day assortment. Focused on updating the old-school threads worn by the trio, the range offers casually tailored pieces mixed with iconic logos and all-over prints highlighted by RUN DMC branding and a tonal tiger camo. The collection sees a color palette of red, white, and black—a RUN DMC classic—and twill be available online and in store on August 1.

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VANS OTW X STAMPD TESELLA

Even with a 43 year difference between both Vans and STAMPD LA’s birth, this fall, the two West Coast entities are teaming up to put a reworked rendition of the Tesella on your feet.

Bringing STAMPD’s clean, luxurious feel to the heralded silhouette from the classic skate brand, the collaborative effort takes form in an understated color scheme highlighted by supple calf leather exteriors and an UltraCush Lite base outfitted in a speckled finish.

The Vans OTW x STAMPD Tesella retails for $160 and will launch through the STAMPD pop-up shop (located at 8860 Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, CA) on August 2 and online at stampdla.com on August 4.

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fall 14 collection by burton

In 1977, Jake Burton took his undying love for the slopes and turned it into a full on brand–crafting ground-breaking snowboarding and lifestyle products ever since. Thirty-seven years later and the eponymous company is still uncovering firsts. This time, through its new fall 2014 apparel and bags collection.

Fusing technical and functional features that help you stay warm on the mountain with a solid display of patterns and prints, the just released gathering includes wovens, sweaters, bottoms, and of course, cozy jackets. In addition, this years line offers a complete selection of bags, backpacks, and luggage in various shapes and sizes.

Watch the brand’s video lookbook below, and shop the whole line HERE.

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zerogrand by cole haan

Cole Haan has always been built on innovation. Its LunarGrand series, which masterfully merged a dressy upper with an athletic shoe-like sole proved that. Now, the iconic American lifestyle brand is taking that concept one step further to set forth the ZeroGrand collection—Cole Haan’s lightest and most flexible shoe yet.

Weighing in at just 290 grams each, the range of shoes marries century-old broguing details with biomechanics, modern materials and today’s manufacturing methods for a contemporary take on a classic. Each shoe bearing the ZeroGrand name also features Grand.OS, a proprietary new design platform that equates to unparalleled style and comfort.

The assortment of shoes includes a no stitch oxford, a more traditional wing oxford, and a tall boot that will be available October 1st. As for the oxford styles, shop them HERE or at Cole Haan stores in a number of varying colorways.



-photo Andre Perry

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LOUIS W. FOR A.P.C. F/W ’14 COLLECTION

An endless quest by designer Louis W. to put forth timeless leather jackets has afforded numerous collections under his name in conjunction with A.P.C. This forthcoming fall/winter season is no different. Putting his mark on the French label once again, the two unite for another arrangement of jackets, which as per usual, lives up to expectations.

Yielding a very cinematic range that takes its inspiration from British and French black and white films of the 50s and 60s, the seven-piece offering includes classic styles characterized by fine detailing, with the noted silhouette coming in the form of the Fernand jacket–an updated version of the popular Ferris.

Shop the collection HERE.

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marana e-lite by etnies

Among all the accolades Ryan Sheckler has racked up since he turned pro in 2003, you’d probably put his dozens of X Games and Dew Tour victories at the top of the list. But don’t sell his footwear short. The Marana became an instant classic once it dropped. And while it’s always tough to compete with an original, Etnies is making a strong push to do so.

Bringing a more contemporary feel than its counterpart, the Marana E-Lite shines with all white uppers, a red sole, and black accents to top it off. But for avid skaters looking to lace up, the shoe provides more than a pretty exterior. Featuring a signature TPR toe cap, plus an STI Foam Lite 1 insole and an STI Evolution Foam™ midsole, its appealing aesthetics combined with its key performance qualities make it the perfect final addition to the Bloodline series.

Buy it HERE.