Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ADIDAS ORIGINALS X OFFSPRING MONO LUXE PACK


On Thursday I had the pleasure of being invited to Offspring Shoreditch to see the unveiling of their latest collaboration with Adidas – the Mono Luxe Pack and it wouldn’t be Offspring without a few beers and a chance to catch up with like-minded sneaker heads.

This exclusive pack is made up of a Red Croc ZX420 and Black Stingray Torsion Response Lite – two retro models that have been brought bang up to date.  The ZX420 looks great with the leather mix and popping bright red finish an absolute winner for me.  The Response is the more understated of the two but nonetheless just as crisp with the delicate stingray design across the eyestay (fabric surrounding the lace opening) and heel counter. 



Tuesday, 11 November 2014

CREPE CITY 12 ROUND UP - 5TH ANNIVERSARY


So this Saturday marked the return of Crepe City for its 12th installment and 5th anniversary and it delivered a birthday bonanza.

Hosted again at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane the event had grown even bigger since the summer event, now commanding about 22,000sq.ft of space and taking over multiple rooms in a maze of sneaker goodness to cater to everyone’s needs.

It was great to see the usual mix of private sellers alongside established retailers like Wellgosh and Sole Heaven offering all the brands you could ask for and at a budget to suit everyone.  The Nike Air Mag I spotted was unfortunately out of my price league but ace to see this up close and personal for the first time and I was extremely jealous that the seller didn’t only have one pair but had doubled up!

BENCH #LOVEMYHOOD LONDON PROJECT


I was recently invited to take part in the London stage of a global project Bench are undertaking entitled #LoveMyHood. The project celebrates the hood being an integral piece of every Bench collection since they began, back in Manchester in the late 1980’s. Each country has developed a different interpretation of #LoveMyHood, from working with sculptors and street artists to blogger styling projects to showroom open days. 

The London stage of the project focused on the blogger and how they have become such a formidable part of the fashion landscape. The concept was to turn the lenses of bloggers back on themselves, by inviting them to be photographed or illustrated by one of four incredible artists.

Andrew Khozravani, a South London based illustrator and animator who’s past clients include Dazed & Confused, Slam City Skates and Wu Tang Clan. Dominic Marley who can count Nike, Redbull and Carhartt among the pages of his photography portfolio. Sussex based creative and illustrator Rebel Yuth aka John Ryan Speed, who brings music culture to life through his intricate line drawings and Stew Capper, portrait photographer and proud contributor to NME, Article and Vice Magazine.

The four artists each captured four bloggers and all 16 portraits will be shown as part of a gallery event in November. Talk Casuals are alongside talent like The Unisexmode, Snoochie Shy, Pause Magazine and Apparently Magazine also involved in the resulting artwork that will be officially launched at a private view exhibition on 20th November. 

I was so excited to be invited to be a part of Bench's global campaign. Click Read More to check out my involvement in the exhibition.

Monday, 3 November 2014

SIZE? X NIKE AIR HUARACHE LIGHT "MIDNIGHT FOREST" PACK


Despite my choice of footwear brand definitely broadening over the last 12-14 months, with brands like PUMA becoming more and more popular amongst my trainer collection, I will always have a soft spot for Nike. Here at Talk Casuals we're always excited when images of a new size? x Nike collaboration surface! So it was no different when these two new Air Huarache Light colourways we're unveiled.

It seems to be non-stop for this dream team, with the 'Midnight Forest' pack set to release only a week after the drop of the size? x Nike Air Huarache Light “Mowabb”.

Both the rich shade of olive and deep navy feature a thick mesh and soft suede uppers, set upon that signature clean white base. Plus, if these autumnal colourways weren't enough to make you want to buy, 3M flecks throughout the laces are the icing on the cake! 


The forest green colourway are definitely my favourite in this pack, but both have certainly impressed! The "Midnight Forest" pack will be available this Friday, 7th November, from size? at 8am GMT. Retailing at £90 in sizes UK6-UK12, including half sizes, I would definitely be picking up a pair if I didn't have such diddy sized feet! 

What are your thoughts? Check out some more imagery below.


Sunday, 2 November 2014

PUMA AW14 - 'THROWBACKS' COLLECTION


The PUMA 'Throwbacks' Collection harks back to a time when hip-hop, b-boys, b-girls and sportswear took over the world. PUMA was at the very forefront of this movement, and on top of the PUMA sneaker boom, whole crews would wear matching PUMA tracksuits.  For AW14, PUMA channels its old school roots and gives the style a modern twist!
The 'Throwbacks' Collection brings back the iconic colour-block aesthetic and updates it for the modern B-boys and B-girls of today. Fresh from the archive and re-worked, the collection will see a selection of head to toe staple classics complete with oversized 'formstripe strike-through' logo, block panelling, and a choice of colour palette built around two colour-ways of the PUMA Trinomic XT1+ Winterised footwear. Neutral tones teamed with striking colour pops suitably compliment each other; marking the very beginnings of an ongoing apparel collection.


I'm a big fan of this collection, I think the aesthetic reflects the movement perfectly and I'm definitely smitten by the chosen colour palette. If you're impressed too, you can pick up the collection now at ASOS and Urban Outfitters.
Click Read More to see some more pictures of the collection below.

CREP PROTECT: ART OF PROTECTION


Crep Protect is a hydrophobic solution which uses revolutionary nanotechnology to create an invisible, protective barrier that prevents rain and stains from damaging footwear. As you can see in the video, the treated surfaces will repel most liquids and this durable treatment can last for approximately two weeks.

Talk Casuals is definitely an avid supporter of Crep Protect and it's product. It's a must have for any trainer head or anyone who, like myself, just wants their footwear to look impeccable at all times. Make sure you check out the video above if you haven't already, it's insane seeing what Crep Protect can do!

In the two years since it's launch, the London based company's meteoric rise has been phenomenal and the spray is now stocked at all UK high street footwear stores including Footlocker and JD Sports, plus fashion outlets such as Urban Outfitters and a number of independent stores. Crep Protect have recently introduced the latest product in the line, a cleaner kit called The Cure, with additional product launches in the pipeline as their portfolio continues to grow. I'm more than excited to see how the company and it's product continue to develop.