Thursday, 30 July 2015

ASICS X UBIQ "COOL BREEZE"


ASICS have teamed up with UBIQ for (and I love how this is described) a quintessential summertime release. The Gel Lyte Speed "Cool Breeze" really does representing the most perfect example of summer, inspired by blue skies and cool oceans and warm weather activities. 

This could be one of my favourite collaborations of this year, and I would possibly go as far as saying their my overall favourite trainer release for 2015! The mixture of aqua sky blue and navy hues throughout and the combination of soft leather and perforated nubuck is right up my street. Plus you all know how much of a sucker I am for a speckled effect, and its just the right amount of perfect to set the Gel Lyte Speed of beautifully. These bad boys are actually making me that heart eyed emoji!

This is nothing short of an impressive collaboration and I am praying that I can get my small feet into a pair of these! Releasing on 1st August at selected retailers, my only advice is do not sleep!

I want these, but what about you? Check out some more imagery below if for some strange reason you're still not sold...

PUMA INTRODUCES THE HANDCRAFTED MADE IN ITALY PACK


PUMA continue to work with some of the finest factories in Italy this year with the PUMA States hand crafted 'Made in Italy' pack.

Basing the collection on the concept of texture and surface interest, PUMA have explored different ways of treating the surface of the materials through embossed effects and the use of natural dyes and dye techniques. Strong attention to detail and quality in manufacturing is what really separates this pack, using some of the finest factories in Italy where the designs are anti-machine and pro-perfection.

Using the classic States silhouette, the pack consists of three models: States in black/white and natural/whisper white and States Mid in peacoat/white, all transformed into fresh icons, unrivalled in every sense of the word.

The 'Made in Italy' trio is such a premium and high-end looking pack. Attention to detail, quality of materials and execution is, as always with PUMA, exceptional.

What are your thoughts on this release?




Wednesday, 29 July 2015

DARK CIRCLE - SOON COME


SOONCOME is the second drop of SS15 for clothing brand Dark Circle.

The capsule collection is a tribute to their British/Caribbean heritage which has shaped their distinct street culture. This collection see’s the introduction of new colour ways and fits inspired by our mixed heritage and paying homage to the former British subcultures of the 60's, 70's, 80's and of course the 90's. This is really exciting and the new direction of cuts and colours with their products has created a collection that is no doubt one of their strongest yet. Taking all these elements and blending it with their signature Dark Circle twist, the SOONCOME capsules brings a new take on today’s multicultural Britain. 

I really rate the thought behind this capsule collection and in my opinion they've done exactly what they set out to do. Dark Circle Clothing always impress me not only with their product, but with their Lookbooks too - they do such a good job at presenting their collections in the way that we can actually relate to and really demonstrate the message their trying to convey through the collection. 

Check out more of the lookbook below. SS15.2 SOONCOME is now available online. What are your thoughts?

TWISTED TIME PRESENTS I LOVE UGLY


Twisted Time is an online watch boutique specialising in showcasing a carefully curated collection of the coolest wares from independent brands and designers. 

From the 27th July until 9th August I LOVE UGLY will be showcasing a curated selection of premium leather goods, apparel & accessories at the Twisted Time store in BOXPARK Shoreditch.

Twisted Time believe in the brands they present, as they invest a lot of time and research into finding the brands that suit their core values. It’s important to the Twisted Time team that their customers also relate to the brands and identify with the design aesthetics. They discovered New Zealand based brand I LOVE UGLY roughly two years ago and were drawn to this brand because of their ease of style and unique design. By spotlighting a brand such as I LOVE UGLY, they aim to showcase their brand story and varied design concepts. 

Join them on the 30th of July from 6pm-9pm for the official launch in store and launch party upstairs at BOXPARK with drinks & music, which will be hosted by London’s own Breaks Magazine.

Monday, 27 July 2015

PUMA X UNITED ARROWS & SONS AND 5525GALLERY JAPAN


PUMA are absolutely killing it with their collaborations this season. This release see's them team up with influential Japanese select shop United Arrows & Sons, and their creative partner 5525gallery to release the latest iteration of the Disc Blaze franchise – the Disc Blaze Indigo.

United Arrows & Sons director and sartorial trendsetter Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi, was inspired by the indigo dyes and textile designs created by 5525gallery that he used this as a foundation for the new Disc Blaze release.

The PUMA Disc Blaze Indigo looks fresh with subtle luxury elements applied. Hard-washed denim wraps the toe box whilst fine-grain leather and embossed crocodile leather compose the upper. This premium makeover for the Disc Blaze is so so good! It's such a subtle but lavish make over all the same. I love the two-tone and the denim toe box combination, it still gives the Disc Blaze it's futuristic signature vibe.

The shoe is finished with an embossed 5525gallery and UNITED ARROWS AND SONS logo on the heel and PUMA and UNITED ARROWS AND SONS logo printed on the insoles.

The PUMA X United Arrows & Sons and 5525Gallery Japan Disc Blaze is available now at Dover Street Market retailing at £150.

Check out some more imagery below.


WE ARE SEEK - OUR TOP PICKS


SEEK are a Manchester based unisex clothing brand creating something different and something that really is making an impression on the streetwear scene.

Their debut collection of unisex apparel features strong design aesthetics which embody and reflect the urban lifestyle. Bold graphical elements and attention to detail is everything. and I love that some pieces are finished delicately reflective details for a real statement. 

I was so excited when the previews of their launch surfaced online, and it's really pleasing to see a unisex brand create a strong collection from the offset. 

Check out my Top Picks below...

Thursday, 23 July 2015

ASICS X ATMOS 'BIRTHDAY DINNER'


The 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Gel-Lyte III continues‏ as this month ASICS team with Japanese retailer atmos.

Named the "Birthday Dinner" this collaborative editions see's the Gell-Lyte III engulfed in a pristine crisp white leater for a monochromatic upper. At the heel, metallic silver atmos and ASICS branding appears to set off the trainer with icy accents. Inside, a perforated leather footbed and sockliner finish off the minimal look.

This minimalist colour scheme will drop on 25th July at atmos and select ASICS retailers. Sizing on these is to be confirmed, but when we know - you will too! Lets all pray for the small feet among us!

ASICS and atmos have also released a video for the drop, check it and some more imagery out below! What are your thoughts on the release?



VOLCOM UNVEILS ‘REAL LIFE HAPPENING’ CAMPAIGN

 

Volcom was founded in 1991 on the belief that there is a higher level of consciousness to be found within one’s self through the internal and external journeys that board-sports, music, art and film provide. The company prides itself on making quality apparel, outerwear, footwear and accessories that not only exemplify the lifestyle, but also enhance the ability to live it. By being the first to combine surfing, skating and snowboarding under one brand from inception a new future was forged and a generation of liberation was born.

Their latest campaign, entitled ‘Real Life Happening,” questions modern technology’s interference with living an adventurous life. The inspiration for the campaign was inspired by Volcom’s newly redesigned denim collection, which embodies the ‘True To This’ movement. With a cleaner approach to timeless style, Volcom Brand Jeans are made for the pursuit of a Real Life Happening, featuring streamlined utility, high quality materials and several new functional characteristics inspired by two decades of life on the road.


In celebration of the ‘Real Life Happening’ campaign Volcom produced a video that was shot throughout the United States over the course of 8 months, featuring indie-legends Run The Jewels and Kurt Vile alongside Volcom’s world- renowned skate team as they ‘climb through the windows of their consciousness’. Through this video, Volcom presents a clear vision of ‘Real Life Happening’ and it’s effort to remind people to get off their phones and do something.

Check out the video below and find out more about their new signature style denim.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

PUMA NYY AND NYK PACK


PUMA releases their latest Trinomic pack, this time taking inspiration from the heart and soul of American team sport culture - the New York Yankees and New York Knicks. PUMA tips its hat to their sporting influence and re-imagines their famous colourways through archive running silhouettes.

The NYY NYK pack pays homage to two of the most iconic teams - NYY, the Yankees and NYK, the Knicks, which although from entirely different sporting worlds, both rightfully embody the density and richness of New York’s most watched sports - baseball and basketball.


Based in the Bronx, the Yankees are instantly recognisable through their signature navy blue, white and grey colours and the Knicks, from the heart of Manhattan, for their distinct blue and orange uniform. Each of the teams colours are channeled through one of PUMA’s most popular styles - the Blaze of Glory. Equipped with signature Trinomic technology, the sneaker employs a neoprene and honeycomb cell cushioning for support and additional technical detailing is created through a mesh vamp and the use of suede and leather overlays, creating clever blocking on the Trinomic midsole.

I am so impressed with how this pack has been executed, and the two teams have been perfectly embodied. I was lucky enough to have been sent the NYK half of the pack and my gosh are they beautiful! The buttery suede looks so smooth in the rich blue, and the basketball orange works so so well on the Blaze of Glory*! 


The NYK/NYY x PUMA Blaze of Glory is available at End, Hanon and Footpatrol retailing at £125.

Check out some pictures of my NYK Blaze of Glory's below. Which colourway is your favourite?

Friday, 17 July 2015

THE SAUCONY ORIGINALS SUSHI PACK‏


To kick off AW15 Saucony Originals roll out their incredibly tasty Sushi Pack. Sushi was originally sold as street food in Japan around the 8th century and by the late 1980s, the little rolls of vinegar-flavoured cold cooked rice served with a trim of raw fish or vegetables became a worldwide obsession.
The pack features sushi inspired colours on two iconic Saucony silhouettes: the men’s Shadow 5000 and women’s Shadow Original. While both styles are made up of synthetic materials, they also feature an EVA midsole for incredible cushioning. 


The Shadow 5000 upper features wasabi and black colours that base the shoe, while the savoury hues of wasabi and ginger brighten up the two women’s Shadow Original styles. 

I've liked these since I checked them out in the flesh at Coffin on Cake's AW15 Press Day, and let me tell you, if the pictures don't do it for you, they are tasty in real life! 

Sushi anything is a winner for me, I think its really interesting inspiration for a trainer release! Its been executed really well too - the Wasabi Shadow Originals are sooo good! It's also really nice that the ladies aren't getting left out on these cool AW15 releases too! I think we can expect loads more releases in smaller sizes from lots of brands now the female sneaker heads are getting real recognition, which is really exciting!


The Saucony Originals Sushi Pack will be available from select Saucony Originals retailers and I definitely want my hands (feet) on a pair of these!

Check out some more imagery I took at the Press Day below...


VANS X ELEY KISHIMOTO LAUNCH LIVING ART COLLECTION


Vans teams up with British design house Eley Kishimoto, a brand known for its bold, vibrant prints, to launch a collection of wearable art with Vans footwear, apparel and accessories as the canvas to these imaginative designs.

Mark Eley and Wakako Kishimoto, husband and wife design duo, founded Eley Kishimoto together in 1992 living by the maxim Print the World. Working alongside Vans’ design team, Eley Kishimoto applied two of their archive designs across the collection and introduces three exclusive prints, designed specially for Vans and it is so good!


The Vans x Eley Kishimoto collection comes to life in ready-to-wear silhouettes for both men and women. A five-piece installment ranging from short-sleeve button downs, raglan tees, socks, backpacks and a reversible bucket hat are available in Eley Kishimoto’s Flash print. Women’s apparel compliments the men’s line showcasing Eley Kishimoto’s Magnolia Hysteria print on simple, feminine silhouettes ranging from a dress, tees, totes, accessories and a lightweight reversible parka. What I love most about this collection, is how fun it is! Really is 'living art' and whilst giving the's Vans pieces Eley Kishimoto makeover, it keeps the unisex feel I have always liked about Vans apparel alive!

Thursday, 16 July 2015

ELISHA FRANCIS - BOMANI WOMAN


London jewellery designer and one of our favourites, Elisha Francis has released a collection for faux septum rings from the Bomani Woman collection

Inspired by ancient tribal body adornment these clip-on nose rings allow the modern woman to adopt this fierce look anytime she desires.

What is a BOMANI WOMAN? 
She is fabulous, fierce and focused. She is part of a tribe that challenges the status quo, she has a rebel heart and is not afraid of being herself when doing so means that she is different. Her beauty glows from the inside out, she is strong, sexy and seductive.
She is a BOMANI WOMAN.


Elisha was generous enough to send me the Kalani*, a simple yet bold piece that is subtle enough for my style but still gives the Bomani Woman vibe! I cannot wait to wear this so make sure you keep an eye on my personal Instagram and the Talk Casuals insta, I've got more pictures coming soon!

The collection can be found online and feature three styles: Kalani, Ashanti and Malika priced at £15 each. 

PUMA PREMIERES THE AW15 SWASH LONDON PARTNERSHIP


PUMA releases the teaser to its highly anticipated AW15 debut collaboration with SWASH London. This pack includes two iconic PUMA silhouettes, Blaze of Glory and XT2.

The PUMA X SWASH London debut collection enhances the Blaze of Glory and XT2 by infusing these already distinctive silhouettes with SWASH London’s signature print. Both styles are decked in bright, bold leather and mesh upper with the piece de resistance being the hand-drawn and painted illustration on the mesh material. Both silhouettes look so awesome with a SWASH London touch, but the XT1 really tick all the boxes for me, featuring it the Ornithopter Sunset, or OS print, inspired by the idea of a great escape in an amazing flying machine, combined with those boss laces and the Trinomic honeycomb cell cushioning we all know and love. 


The collection teases the fashion and sneaker scene, setting the tone for the exciting up and coming PUMA and SWASH London full design collection. I love the colour palette of these, makes this trainer look so delicate, and as always just goes to show how PUMA do collaborations properly. I'm excited to see the full design collection too! The PUMA X Swash London 'OS' Pack is due to release tomorrow, 17th of July, exclusively at OKI - Ni, with the XT2 retailing at £160 and the Blaze Of Glory at £130.

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

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF MY SHORE PROJECTS WATCH

 

Shore Projects is a watch brand inspired by the beauty and fun of the British seaside. It's a brand I have followed and been a fan of since they released their Project 1 watches, and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the versatility of their products develop and their strap options grow! 

All the watches are influenced by vintage designs, combined with strong modern day build quality. Using precision manufacturing processes this allows the watches to withstand the demands of everyday living and are waterproofed to 100m which means they are designed to even withstand swimming in the sea! They are literally ready for anything and I was lucky enough to be sent a Gift Box featuring the Cowes* face from Project 2 and four straps of my choosing!

One of the most exciting features of the watches, and my favourite feature, is the innovative strap mechanism that makes it easy to swap straps on a daily basis, so the look of the watch can change in just a few seconds. For someone who rarely wears a watch, even though I love to, I find it really difficult to wear the same watch for every occasion. The idea behind this feature is that you will never have an "it doesn't go" moment because there is a strap to match absolutely everything!


Picking my watch and straps was hard!! There was so much choice and there isn't one face or strap I don't love. I went with the Cowes face in the end, as I'm a sucker for simplicity, and it's minimalistic and clean face had me sold. Choosing the straps was another story all together though, I was endlessly swapping in and out straps to make the final 4 but in the end I went with their new Silicone Strap in the cute Mint colour*, the Classic Strap in Grey*, Mesh Strap in Black* and the gorgeous Italian Leather in a rich buttery Light Brown*.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

NOW AVAILABLE: PUMA SUEDE MONO ICED


PUMA is set to release an exciting new addition to their most famous family of sneakers with the arrival of the Suede Mono ICED.

Without a doubt the most popular of all PUMA shoes and a classic in its own right, the Suede was a game-changer from the offset, making a name for itself with a design that conformed to the foot and provided the comfort and support desired by athletes, B-boys and trend-setters alike. I am a huge lover of Puma's Trinomic range but Suedes are actually the silhouette I loved and wore first. The Suede is timeless and an iconic silhouette in Puma's archives and my current trainer collection.

Since its birth, the Suede has been involved in historical matters on a global scale and this season we see the style dressed completely head to toe in a fiery, daring red as well as ever classic black. Bold, block colouring looks so effortlessly cool on the Suede. Plus, the colour pallet used for this collection really adds an intense and fiery vibe to the Suede - an edge that I don't think this silhouette has characterised before. 

Made from the finest materials, the Suede Mono ICED has a leather inner to provide maximum comfort and the side is delicately finished with gold PUMA branding for a statement look.

The PUMA Suede Mono ICED is now available at Footasylum retailing at £55. We love it, what are your thoughts? Check out some more imagery below...

Friday, 3 July 2015

HYPE SS15 LOOKBOOK


For SS15 HYPE. have shot their latest cookbook in the seaside town of Whitstable by photographer Laurence Howe; with creative direction from stylist Hollie Maya.

Their latest high summer lookbook, showcases their eclectic range of mens and womenswear for SS15 perfectly. HYPE., known for their iconic floral and outlandish prints, take further inspiration from nature with a range of atlas inspired menswear, including matching shorts and t-shirts, daisy print sweats and a new selection of alternative slogan print tees including “Get your own f**king t-shirt!” and “Kill them with kindness”. 

I really really like this lookbook, its so fun, vibrant and fully represents the brand and their SS15 collection perfectly! Much like the prints featured in the collection, the lookbook adapts and blends with the location while still remaining distinctly urban and there is a real gritty undertone to it that works SO well. 

The collection itself looks great for both the ladies and the gents this summer. I really like the floral print raglan tees, bucket hats and t-shirt dresses. The unisex feel is everything!

The full collection is available online now. What are your thoughts?

Check out some more imagery from the Lookbook below...

NOW AVAILABLE: ELLESSE HERITAGE SS15 COLLECTION


Longstanding Italian sportswear brand Ellesse have just dropped a collection that dives into its iconic archive reappropriating each piece with a contemporary twist. A brand that was just as popular on the European tennis scene as it was among American B-boys in the 1980′s, Ellesse is now finding a proper home in a market that constantly juxtaposes casual fashion and athletic apparel. 

For SS15, Ellesse Heritage have released a range of track jackets and tops that feature retro stylings that I'm a big fan of! Including pieces featuring slim stripes, color-blocked t-shirts, underarm rib panelling, subtle chest logos and engineered rib finishes. 

This collection is exclusively available online now at size?. What do you think of the collection? See some more imagery below...

Photo credits Hypebeast.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

UO X FILA


Urban Outfitters designers teamed up with Fila's creative team to bring us a nostalgic collection. Drawing inspiration from the Italian sportswear label's '90s output, the collaboration references rave culture and '90s football terrace style, with oversized logos, taped detailing and loose fits.

This collection is an absolute dream, I love the pastel colours and logo trimmings. Plus the all over print featured on boxy tees and dresses is literally my perfect combination. Despite loving being in jeans, I do really love a good t-shirt dress. In fact, my favourite one I own was from a previous UO collaboration, but this time with Stussy. 


The price range on these pieces is also not going to break the bank too much, plus I always think when you find a piece of clothing that its really cut and sewn just how you like it - you'll pay anything! The two pastel sweats have definitely made it to the top of my wish list though!

Check out the collection below and shop here. What are your thoughts?