Timely considering the start of the World Cup is just days away, the UK’s ctrl+c presents a Summer 2014 “Pre-Season” collection. Bold and assertive, the range of tees draws inspiration from the football shirts of the ’80s and ’90s for a slick combination of colorful gradients and geometric patterns – each even appropriately sports oversized versions of the faux-three-dimensional numbers that graced many a jersey during the two decades. ctrl+c’s 2014 “Pre-Season” collection can be picked up now via the label’s own web shop.
Swag bagmakers Lexdray are reissuing updated versions of their Tokyo and Boulder backpacks, along with their Shanghai Tote, for this summer’s collection. Manufactured from high-grade ballistic nylon, lined in a marbled grey-green camo print, and finished with striped webbing and navy accents, each one’s packing a few surprises up its sleeve when it comes to clever storage space. All three bags will be available in limited quantities soon.
Concept by Cruise brings you its latest Spring/Summer 2014 Edit, complete with the most sought-after street style labels sourced from around the world, including Wood Wood, Moncler W, Filling Pieces, Common Projects, Nike, Our Legacy and Garbstore. Inspired by the concrete locations of North East England, the bold prints, textured fabrics and iconic footwear of the popular labels are brought to life in stark contrast to the bitter-sweet, industrial backgrop which personifies the region. Shop online HERE
Concept By Cruise present a lookbook to accompany their exclusive UK release of the Undefeated x LA Galaxy collaboration. Shot on a downsized astro turf “5 a side” pitch, the lookbook shows off the sportswear-inspired collection’s range of apparel. Consisting of tees, crewnecks and hoodies adorned with a mashup of LA Galaxy and Undefeated iconography, the collection is available here
CNCPT: Hi Ouigi, pleasure to meet you. We’ve been fans of the brand for a while now but for those just discovering The Brooklyn Circus can you tell us a little about the label?
Ouigi: The Brooklyn Circus was started in 2006 shortly after I closed another boutique I opened up with some college friends. The goal was to open up a new shop concept but with a global focus. A focus to bring the Brooklyn of my childhood to the world. A circus concept of community, entertainment, quality and moving history forward. #100year plan.
What was your earliest experience of fashion and how did this shape/influence The Brooklyn Circus?
I grew up in a family of women in Brooklyn with a mother who had a very strong sense of self and who travelled a lot. I also saw my grandmother and later grandfather preserve the old things they had which looked even better year after year.
What sets The Brooklyn Circus apart from other Americana/Heritage inspired brands?
Our goal was never to recreate America’s past, it was and continues to be to use it as a foundation to build our take on yesterday, today and tomorrow.
We hear you’re an avid collector of heritage clothing, starting out with Ralph Lauren. How far has the collection come and are there any obscure brands you have picked up and discovered through collecting?
I don’t consider myself a collector, but I do have quite a few things that I’ve kept along the way. I’ve also sold a lot along the way. I look back sometimes and wish that I did not sell certain things but I guess it’s part of the game. My reason for keeping certain things is because I want to wear it, love the way it looks folded or use it as inspiration. I love to live and be around beautifully made things.
Any tips for budding collectors?
Don’t call yourself a collector, it gives you reason to form an expensive habit with no end. Make it a business of your interest to want to be surrounded by something you love or want to collect. Don’t just collect to collect and share stories with other nerds *laughs*.
What’s your personal soundtrack at the moment and how does it affect the design process of The Brooklyn Circus collections?
My soundtrack for the last 10 years has been pretty much the same. It’s a combination of the same artists and genres. Lots of Studio One reggae, Fela Kuti, James Brown, Mos Def, 60s Soul, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke.
We read in one interview that your New Year’s resolution was to wear more suits and travel in the name of Style and Character. How’s that going and what made up your resolution outfits?
I’ve been doing really well with that and oh, that will also be my resolution for 2015!
If you could pick a representative for the brand – alive or dead – who would wear the collection day in, day out, who would that be?
Andre 3000, Mos Def, Black Thought from The Roots, Jonny Depp, Marcus Garvey.
Care to elaborate on The BKc’s 100 year plan and what you hope to achieve?
The world has a perception of how casual American men dress but when you look at our past we are far from just casual. I was very inspired by a book called ‘Freedom: A Photographic History of the African-American Struggle’ By Manning Marable on Phaidon Press. It shows that even at our lowest social points as a country our men looked dignified.
And on that note, what’s your expectations for The Brooklyn Circus beyond the 100 years?!
Ha good one! To repeat it all over again.
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New York skate brand Supreme celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. We actually like the fact that they keep it simple for this one. They could have done a series of high profile collaborations, but we get that from Supreme basically all year already. For their 20th anniversary the brand presents a Taxi Driver-inspired graphic T-shirt, their iconic box logo T-shirt, as well as both graphics on a skateboard deck. These two T-shirts were released on opening day 20 years ago and these two will be released for the occasion. And that’s it!
The Supreme 20th anniversary collection will release at its own stores in New York, Los Angeles, London and online on April 24, and in Japan on April 26.
Appearing in the latest issue of SHOES MASTER is a glimpse of the upcoming collaboration between Undefeated, NEIGHBORHOOD and adidas. Taking the form of the Micropacer and the Official Mid 80s and falling under adidas’s premium Consortium range, the release sees predominately black silhouettes with contrasting white accents and co-branding details throughout. Stay tuned for a closer look at the collection and expect it to hit Undefeated and NEIGHBORHOOD stores on April 5 before making their way to additional Consortium stockists.
A Bathing Ape celebrates its 21st Anniversary with a special-edition set of tees. The celebratory release will include a multicolored ape head tee design made with 21 ape heads and various camo pattern foil printed tees. Both designs are available in a choice of white and black and will release on April 1
If you don’t have a luxe baseball jersey by now you need to get with the program sharpish. I’m not talking about those that you’ve seen the local ‘roid head’ wearing with Sick or what have ya across the front in leopard print, I’m talking taking a classic style and understating it. Luckily, the people at London based Blood Brother have created a perfectly minimal garment you can wear with everything. Rock this over a plain tee and reminis about playing rounders at school or the first time you watched a Rap video on MTV and instantly bought a baseball jersey 6 sizes too big. A simple must have item for this summer coming in two colourways, navy & white. Available here
Japan’s Beauty & Youth joined forces with streetwear purveyors Stussy to work on a small capsule collection for the Spring/Summer 2014 season. The lineup sees a range of T-shirts, both available in a black and white colorway, adorned by front and back prints set in Stussy’s distinct typeface. Additional items include a short-sleeved crewneck sweater, bucket hat, and a pair of custom Beauty & Youth Naomi shades. Look for the entire collection to drop at United Arrows and online on the coming weeks.