Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Bathing Ape x Transformers Convoy Black

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A Bathing Ape’s no stranger to the world of collaborative toys. While Medicom Toy and the Bearbrick has long been the quintessential form for a BAPE toy, the Japanese but now Hong Kong owned streetwear giant re-appropriates the classic Optimus Prime through this Convoy Black Version (Convoy is the Japanese name for Optimus Prime). While not fully murdered out, you get an idea of the theme as the Chief Commander loses his signature red and blue colors in favor of a muted aesthetic.

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Jun Watanabe x atmos x TAMIYA x Reebok Pump Fury & RC Car

For Spring/Summer 2011, Jun Watanabe, toymaker TAMIYA and Japanese retailer atmos have collaborated on the Reebok Insta Pump Fury as well as a limited edition RC Car. Featuring similar design inspiration that we’ve seen from Watanabe and atmos in the past, the upper has been made from a combination of synthetic leather and nylon materials and features an eclectic palette of bold colors and prints. Presented over a purple and pink sole, similar colors appear on the inner lining of the Pup Fury. In addition to the shoe, TAMIYA presents an RC Hornet Car with matching prints and colors.

Happy Birthday TSR

April 2010, I decided I wanted to start a blog somewhere I could catalogue product I like…pulling together posts from the 30-40 blogs I read on a  regular basis and adding in some insight to my day job as a menswear buyer, So 20th April I did my first post The Sneaker Colouring Book  so here we are 2 years and over 1200 posts later! I still cant get my head around thousands of people a day looking at TSR. So thank you to each and everyone of you for the love over the last two years and I hope I can keep you interested for many more to come.

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Nike SB x Levis ??

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More than just a mere photo, this patch is worth a thousand words. On the familiar Levi’s Two Horse patch and next to patent granted date of May 20th, 1873 is an unfamiliar addition, the Nike Swoosh. Already seen through various leaked images, including one by Nike SB team member Omar Salazar, the patch heralds the secretive denim collaboration between Nike SB and Levi’s More information to come as the collection’s release date approaches. For now we can only speculate what the collaboration will encompass of. Maybe a pair of denim Nike SB Dunk? Or Nike Jeans??? Hope it not the latter note Adidas attempt at jean!!

Maharishi Year Of The Dragon MA-1 Tour Jacket

Maharishi has a tradition of making a limited edition garment to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. 2012 is the year of the Water Dragon and maharishi designed an auspicious MA-1 Tour Jacket to bring in some good luck. Surprisingly Hodgy Beats from Odd Future is seen here modelling the navy version, giving his approval of the military inspired jacket. Melton Wool 700 material is used for the black version but the other two colorways are made in the classic nylon material. These jackets are sold exclusively at maharishi in London and on their online shop.

Moncler Sofa

The Moncler puffa jacket is fast becoming a favourite, but I have to admit it’s never been considered as an sofa. French architects Gilles & Boissier have done just that. Soft, giving and generously padded, the ‘Sit on my Doudone’ truly is the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man of the sofa world.

A Bathing Ape x Victorinox 1st Camo Pocket Knife

I dont need a pen knife but wrap it in Camo and I’m sold, so one of the more unique items set for release this summer from A Bathing Ape is this collaboration with famous knife manufacturer, Victorinox. Founded over 120 years ago in Switzerland, Victorinox is known as the originators of the Swiss Army Knife and now produces a wide array of pocket knifes, multi-tools and household products that are sold all over the world. For this project, the Classic Signature model has been chosen and comes with blade, file, scissor and toothpick implements. Set to release in both the green and yellow 1st Camo,

Vans x Kenzo

After an initial preview weeks ago, Vans officially pulls the covers off of its collaboration with Paris-based high-fashion brand Kenzo. A long-time associate of European fashion circuit, the brand now headed by Opening Ceremony founders Humberto Leon and Carol Lim has seen a strong injection of youth and creativity. Originally raised on the West Coast in Los Angeles, the duo like many saw Vans as a footwear staple. Stylistically the approach for the project includes vibrant colors and a net print, all culminating on the fan favorite Era model. The release is set for Opening Ceremony, colette, Harvey Nichols, Bosco Milan, Lane Crawford and IT starting mid-May with drops each month till July

Wolsey London Store Opening

Last Thursday night I had the pleasure to joining influential buyers, bloggers, and general movers and shakers from the menswear industry (don’t know why I was invited!?) to the opening of British Heritage brand, WOLSEY’s flagship store in good auld London Town.

Regular readers will know I have done a number of posts regarding Wolsey’s products, the main reason being I believe that this brand has been in hibernation for a long time, and now on the cloud of the heritage culture we have created in the industry will reach heights that it hasn’t before in its 257 years.

So then the store…. Located on Brewer Street in the heart of Soho, the store feels like Wolsey’s ethos contemporary styling of iconic classics. Brushed steel beams, exposed brick walls, aged wooden tables and original draper’s cabinets. To be honest it was totally what I expected the shop would look and thats not a criticism, it does what it says on the tin not another brand that produces a cutting edge design on the facia and interior and forgets that it no way reflects the product thats housed in it. The product, ascetics and the feel of the store perfectly fit together for me a store where you want to shop.

Check out the store for yourselves

Wolsey
83a Brewer Street
London, W1F 9ZN

Reigning Champ x Haven

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Reigning Champ and Haven are at it again with their fifth collaboration which also coincides with the respected boutique’s fifth anniversary. The new Camouflage Capsule collection remixes Reigning Champ’s Oxfords and Tees with camo details in the lining of the shirts and camo patches on the tees.

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