One of the best parts of the 2014 All-Star game was King Kendrick’s performance the night before the actual game. As usual he brought his energy to the song and straight killed it. Better yet was his understated outfit while he jammed out.
I love the collegiate style of old. The look of baseball or varsity jackets paired with button ups and a tie, some suitable chinos and pennyloafers was dope as shit to me. Except I don’t fuck with pennyloafers like that. Instead, I modernized the look a little bit for my own tastes. A light baseball jacket was the outer layer for a cool night, and I opted for a popover shirt rather than a full on button up because it’s just not something you see very often. Yeah, I fell into the jogger trend but now I’m starting to really like my pair. Top it off with some Lebron 11s that you can pretty much wear with anything (due to the camouflage-like nature of the shoes), and I was set.
When Nike announced the inaugural Jack Purcell collection, I was nonplussed to say the least. I figured there would be some Purcells with some new colors and materials. Bingo there. We all know they’re classic shoes and awesome for warm weather. But Converse really came through in spades with one item in particular: The Jack Purcell Habitat Stripes Hoodie.
Sure, it looks like a pajama shirt with a hood attached. There’s more to it though. The pinstripes are a throwback to classic Americana workwear. You know, when men were men, smoked Lucky Strikes at the age of 12 and worked 20 hour shifts at factories. Super dope. The hoodie would work well with a henley, some well worn denim and beat to shit workboots for that industrial-worker-that-cleans-up-nice feel. Now if I could only get some damn pricing information on it.
Ok so maybe they’re not customs so much as they are swiped from the NikeiD site. The only newest signature shoe I haven’t worn yet are the KD 6s so I hopped on to play around with different palettes and such. Not going to lie, I’m not terribly imaginative when it comes to color schemes. I prefer subtle colors with a bit of a pop here and there. Which is why I came up with these gems. Midnight navy and grey upper, with a navy and glow in the dark speckled midsole, navy air bag, and a glow in the dark sole.
An ID isn’t an ID without the Retro Boogie stamp on em. I’ll have to swoop by my local Niketown and try the 6s on again because they were a little tight the last I remember. The “spray camo” option is too dope though. Not a fan of the chroma or precision options, and the navy is blue on blue which I liked a lot. You may or may not see these in a shoot soon. It all depends on if I feel like dropping $180 on a shoe.
Definitely open to design help from anyone else who has some ideas to throw around. Holler at me!
My boy Marc and I have known each other going on 11 years. How’d we meet? Niketalk. Naturally. Campouts, summits, and a few crazy exes later and we’re still good friends. He’s living in New York now but any time he’s in town we try to reunite like Peaches And Herb. Truth be told our styles are pretty similar. At least four times in the past decade we’ve shown up somewhere wearing the exact same shit. So a photoshoot with my Filipino brethren was a must. We ended up at my favorite all you can eat Corean BBQ spot in K-Town, and the results were fattening and delicious. More pics after the jump.
Believe it or not, I was lucky to find this pair of Nike Air Tech Challenge Huaraches. Never has a general release shoe been such a bitch to get a hold of. When news of the first Agassis dropped on the interwebz, I knew I wanted the Air Tech Challenge series (both the I and II). They released this past Saturday and let me tell you, I couldn’t find them for SHIT. Nike Town, House of Hoops, and all the other usual suspects didn’t even know what the fuck they were. My bet is that they got delayed shipping from the cold snap all over the US. 20 calls later and I found just the spot: Shoe Palace. The full shoot is over at The Smoking Section so check it out.
It was a somber weekend due to family occurrences, but this was a bit of a bright spot. I managed to get the settings right on the camera so the shoes weren’t overly washed out and I liked my own staging, even though it was minimal. The pics are still a little bright for my liking, but passable. I have an idea for an outfit on these that’s pretty simple, so I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some point.
I’ve been a solid fan of the Nike Janoski line for years now, since they fit a niche of looking like a fancy sneaker that you could get away with rocking at some nicer lounges so long as you don’t dress like a tool. But just this week, the SB line announced the Nike Janoski Max and it’s fucking dope. The silhouette looks somewhat similar, but the overall shoe gets a major athletic overhaul. Engineered Mesh with tonal camouflage accents make up the upper, with Max Air and Free technology to round out the sole. Don’t forget the speckled midsole. Someone finally got the memo. Off of looks alone these would work really well sockless in the summertime.
The quintessential Summer outfit for your boy. Cropped chinos, a short sleeve chambray shirt, accessories, and of course the classic Wayfarers and revamped Janoskis. Perfect for an evening BBQ, or hitting the nearest hipster bar in DTLA. The button up and chinos give the dressier look, while the cap, cropped inseam and sneakers insure that you won’t feel overdressed should you find yourself at a backyard party later. While style options become more limited during warmer months, you can still accessorize pretty well. Rocking all sorts of wristwear could be cumbersome with long sleeves, but busting them out when it’s hot adds a nice accent to a relatively subdued outfit. And the wimminz pay attention to that shit (hint hint). Keep that in mind fellas.
Messing with Polyvore was pretty fun, so you might see me doing more of these concepts down the line. Boogie out!
Everyone’s second favorite emotional ass rapper Wale has to be credited with the return of rocking jerseys for style. Within the last year and a half dude has been slowly reintroducing throwbacks and authentics into his wardrobe, along with the likes of Macklemore and a few others. And I like it. Jerseys will be around as long as there are sports teams around. But that doesn’t mean you have to look like a slob while repping your squad.
Whenever the hell winter actually sets in here in LA, you might spot me rocking the hell out of these Zara Trekking Ankle Boots. Typically I’m not a fan of rocking shoes made by clothing stores, but I’m making an exception here. My better half has some footwear from Zara and it’s held up pretty well, so why not?
What attracted me to the shoes initially was the metal eyelets and double tongue. The metal gives the boots a more rugged outdoorsy feel, and the double tongue is a nice accent on an otherwise inconspicuous pair of kicks. The more I look at them, the more they look like Supras to me. But not so much for me not to cop. When inclement weather hits, it’s good to have a pair of beaters that still look presentable if you’ve got to step out in the rain. Thusly, roll with an all black shoe and not a lot of suede. A quick wipe and you’re good to go as soon as you get indoors.
For those who eschew hi-tops, there’s also these joints that I found pretty interesting:
More of a spring time shoe but still pretty killer. Love the use of colors here. Pinroll some chinos, throw a short sleeve chambray on and you’re good money. Happy buying.
Lately on instagram, there’s been a big rise in something called outfit grids. If you’re not hip to it, it looks something like this:
Basically an outfit layed out on the floor to share with other folks via Instagram, Pinterest, and similar sites. I even made the personal mistake of doing one. While we all know it’s hard to take an outfit “selfie”(ugh, hate that word) while showcasing everything we’re wearing, it’s almost a disservice to just line your gear up on the floor and snap a pic.
Why? Glad I asked. Welp, we all know there’s people in the world that just like to show off their uber high priced shit. Let’s just call em mini-Lavishes. And while the clothing, accessories, and kicks might look spectacular, clothes don’t make the (wo)man. The fit, look, and feel all matter.
So instead of posting clothing on the floor, wear it dammit.