Sunday, August 28, 2005
Gotta admit, i have a soft spot for plushies...but these bears are too cute. Those who have them, hit me up man.
Super-limited bears for Stussy Japan's Chapter anniversaries...
pics courtesy of stussy watchers
New SF exclusives:
Stussy x Turntable Lab Westcoast "Rush" Tour
"Duds and Suds"
pics taken from ebay auctions
Check out this beautiful web work for by Nike for French store Courir, promoting their new line of Air Max exclusivesUnMaxAir...don't miss the video ads...sweet
Michael Paulus is a genius. Peep his character study of popular comic characters given an x-ray twist. Ever wondered what they would really look like inside their anatomically incorrect bodies? Sick? yeah, as in cool-sick...siiick
Friday, August 26, 2005
The Grass Is Always Greener PartIV
aka Ape Shall Never Kill Ape
Definitely not going to be the only post about Bape for sure, but i gotta start somewhere.
Its been about 12 years on since the birth of the label, and its still re-inventing itself and staying on the scene. Nigo started "a Bathing Ape" label just so he and his pals could have tees and clothing designed and meade just they way they wanted. And so it went from making a few pieces to give away to friends and fam at private DJ parties, to the discovery of how exclusitivity can turn the underground style-scene around. With his mentor Hiroshi Fujiwara, he created the label "Very Ape" in UK with the Gimme5 crew. Using imagery from the cult film "Planet of the Apes", Nigo sought to make people think of what his clothes are really trying to say. Was it just a movie fan tee? Nigo's message has always been a Japanese phrase, translated loosely as "a bathing ape in lukewarm water". It a snipe at the youths of today as being "too comfortable" with their lives, bathing in lukewarm water and not being able to withstand the harshness of "cold water", a reference to society in general. Its a comment on how they lack imagination and need guidance on everything they do.
This reference is definitely not lost on the wearer. Its always been thought of as an "in-joke" to own and wear a Bape tee, since we are in fact being dictated by someone(ie Nigo) of what to wear, what is cool. We are in fact the "bathing ape" that Nigo is calling out. Back in the days, to wear the tee is to get his joke. Hence the essence of self parody adds to the enigma of the label. The 2nd ingredient of what defines and makes the label so successful is exclusitivity. Back in Japan from his experience with the Hit and Run store (now Hideout)in London, Nigo started the Nowhere shop in the backstreets of Harajuku with sk8thing and Jun Takahashi(Undercover). The non-descript shop (now known as Bapexclusive)was minimalistic to say the least, away from main human traffic and hard as hell to find...which suited Nigo just fine. Once word of his ultra-rare clothing spread like wildfire amongst the "in" crowd, queues started to form infront of the store way before opening hours(does this sound familiar yet?). People started to ask about where and how to find the shop and get hold of a tee, or anything from Bape. Of course the store built up the hype by limiting the sale of tees to 1 per customer, in your own size, and only if the staff felt that they wanted to sell it to you. These days, thankfully, the limitations are no longer in place. you can purchase multiple items....thats if the hordes of people in the queue havent bought it up yet (thank you hypebeasts).
Thats enough prose for the moment, i'll write more when i get the time...but you get the idea of how the "hype" in today's streetwear scene comes about. Its not through the work of one man per se, but he sure as hell had a big part in it. Right, now back to topic, which is about my collection of tees....
The early Ape tees were printed using off-the-shelf tees, mainly Champion and Oneita brands, and putting the Ape label over the original tee label.
Bathing ape "in lukewarm water" design printed on Oneita tee, tag reads the famous line "Ape shall never kill ape".
Check out the graphic, one of very few vintage tees that has original meaning of the brand, "bathing ape in lukewarm water".
Very Ape tee made in England, tag reads "I'm very ape and very nice"
Bathing ape "Generals" design printed on Champion tee.
Theres plenty of other tags since Nigo has created so many diffusion lines, which means lots of different tags, labels and names. I'll post them in future updates where possible. Until next time, ciao
PS: Baby "Milo" cup is straight off crazy eh? "Stop your cheap imitations!"
Sunday, August 21, 2005
I love the Nike Woven, so simple, stylish and comfortable. The Footscape? unique and ahead of its time...i just didn't like the way the laces hung out. But both shoes rank high on my "like" list. Now these 2 are being re-invented by the man ahead of his time, Hiroshi Fujiwara. So the end product is his Frankenstein of a shoe, the hTM Footscape Woven. It sure is unique alright, chop and change of 2 classics, but i much prefer his personal black pair, shown in his profile shot.
pic taken from cooltrans mag
speaking of being Goodenough, some newbies from the japan arm...
some cute/cool stuff
The Food Loop - so simple it hurts
SoFake web design/imagery - simply awesome work
Billy Harvey's website - you haven't seen this yet? then you dunno about the most interesting site so far
New Stussy event tee
Celeb pics, in case u missed them
Enjoy the week
Sunday, August 14, 2005
I've always had the notion that Japan is a part of heaven that is ultra-cool, much like your mall has that special corner for electronic gadgets/luxury fashion/food/home & living etc that has stuff you absolutely would love to possess. The Japs must also be a bunch of people who love to do anything together, how else to explain the avalance of collaborations out there in shopping-land? As if i needed any more convincing, DoCoMo's niche off-shoot DatMo has more cool stuff...for jazzing up your mobile phones.
Acquired ~ SBTG
^^Those 2 tees are out at Acquired Clothing
Nike Dunk SB Shanghai 2 "xiao-long-bao"
First the pics
Don't you just love the nicknames we give to shoes? Following the good reception to the first rendition of the Shanghai SB, comes the next Nike offering for the Chinese market.
I'll just do a rough translation for our english speaking folks. The article previews the upcoming Shanghai exclusive Dunk SB footwear, and explains the idea behind the design. Seems to me someone in Nike loves the food in Shanghai, and what better way to remind ourselves of a fave ciy than its food. The "xiao-long-bao" (literal translation being "little dumplings in a basket") is a world famous delicacy and a staple in Chinese Dim Sum menus. Its a steamed soup dumpling, a bite-sized delight made of a thin layer of dough steamed in a traditional woven bamboo steamer. One bite of the dumpling oozes dripping hot soup and delicious dumpling fillings. Ok, enough of food(making me hungry), back to the shoe...
Henceforth, the shoe captures everything about the dumpling, from the steamer to the dumpling itself. The tongue tag shows an image of a tea-cup, suggesting the Chinese tradition of having afternoon tea; the side panels of the shoe mimick the woven texture of the bamboo steamer; and the overall color is similar to the dumpling itself.
Lip smacking good
Article from HK Size mag, via FreeProblem HK
4776 out of 5715
I'm in a foodie mood...check out this dude's record aim of visiting every Starbucks in the world. Read the article Visiting every Starbucks and peep his website Starbucks everywhere
And people say i'm crazy to collect shoes and tees... pfft
chat laters, i gotta get a cuppa kawfee ;)
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER (PART III)
aka It takes a little more to be...Supreme
The next installment of my collecting ways dwells on the king of NY street - Supreme. I've mentioned how my collection has little "themes", whether it be prints, materials, colors, artists or sentimental reasons (peep the previous entries on stussy and unkle). Back in early millenia (time sure flies) Supreme released their take on the iconic Nike Air Force 1. For the ignorant, the AF1 was nick-named "uptowns", particular in use in NYC. So James Jebbia and co. named theirs the "Down Low"...for being on the down low (if y'know what i mean). It was probably a pre-cursor to a possible Nike collaboration then, but i doubt the butter-soft leather quality made for mass-release can be matched by Oregon.
My black pair of Down Low is worn, but leather is still prestine. Soft leather, plush cushioning, leather insole...and from the 2nd pic, yes(!) monogrammed detail on the inside of the uppers. I believe 2 series of the Down Lows were released, featuring different colorways an slighly different quality(the 1st being better, according to some).
Supreme also released the Mid Towns, a mid-cut version of the Nike Dunk, much earlier than Nike's own release of the much-ignored Dunk mids. Here's my DS pair:
Both versions of the Supreme sneakers feature the brand imprint on the outsole and sole as well as a surprise for the eagle-eyed: Supreme changed the "star" protrusions on the forefoot outsole into, get this, dollar-signs!
As for tees, well, they don't need much introduction do they? I personally don't have much of them, but in keeping with the "theme":