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Concept by Cruise meet Ouigi Theodore of The Brookyn Circus

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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.

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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.

BUY THE BROOKLYN CIRCUS HERE

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Supreme 20th Anniversary Collection

supreme-20th-anniversary-collection-2-960x640New 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.supreme-20th-anniversary-collection-6-960x640 supreme-20th-anniversary-collection-7-960x640 supreme-20th-anniversary-collection-5-960x640 supreme-20th-anniversary-collection-3-960x640

Undefeated x NEIGHBORHOOD x adidas Consortium 2014 Spring Summer Preview

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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.

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A Bathing Ape 21st Anniversary T-shirts

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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

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Beauty & Youth x Stussy Spring Summer 2014 Capsule Collection

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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.

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Comme des Garçons SHIRT x Supreme 2014 Spring/Summer Editorial

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Comme des Garçons SHIRT and Supreme recently came together to present an editorial previewing their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Featured patterns for the season included simple pairings of polka dot and fine stripes in red and black. These appeared across a selection of caps and shirts, including a snap button-up with a mandarin collar. Other items of mention included both a printed graphic tee and jacket featuring NYC skateboard Harold Hunter. This editorial showcased the talents of models Sara Grace Powell, Aaron Bondaroff, Alex Olson and Tyshawn Jones.

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adidas Skateboarding x Palace Skateboards Benny Fairfax Skate Copa Jersey

adidas-skateboarding-palace-fairfax-jersey-1adidas Skateboarding have teamed up with London’s Palace Skateboards to present the Benny Fairfax Skate Copa jersey. The Skate Copa campaign is a skateboarding story told through a football lens and is adidas Skateboarding’s tribute to the brand’s football heritage. In the lead up to summer, the six jerseys created in collaboration with Skate Copa will gradually be released. Designed as a remake of the World Cup 1966 jersey when England won, the Skate Copa jersey features a number seven on the back for reasons only Benny Fairfax himself knows. Stay tuned for more iterationsadidas-skateboarding-palace-fairfax-jersey-2

Champion Reverse Weave Collection

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Japan always get the best stuff, FACT! There are too many brands out there that dont sell or even ship to our shores. Saying that one of my favourite US heritage brands, Champion have seen sense and at the back end of last year they re-released their legendary Reverse Weave  Collection of sweats, hoodies & joggers. For the uninitiated this weaving method ensures the garments avoid vertical shrinkage, so all that heavyweight fleecy cotton goodness won’t change shape any time soon.  Two colours Grey Marl & Navy Blue, unfortunately not in the amazing colours available in Japan buy hey its a start and they are available on your door step.

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Stussy “All The Logos” T-Shirt

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Stussy takes a look back at its own history with the release of the “All The Logos” tee for Spring 2014. Available in either white or black, the short-sleeve T-shirt displays some of the streetwear icon’s oft-seen logos from the past three decades – everything from a graffiti tag, skull-and-crossbones graphic, and crest to designs like the “Stussy International,” “Stussy Athletics,” and “Big 4″ imagery make appearances throughout. Stussy’s “All The Logos” tee is now available via special mail order from its Japanese web store and is set to ship this May.

Supreme x Schott Spring/Summer 2014 Suede Bomber Jacket

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Supreme’s web shop has now reopened with the brand’s all new Spring/Summer 2014 items. Amongst its new range is this custom-fit Schott suede bomber jacket with contrasting cotton lining, ribbed collar, cuffs and waist band, and a full zip front with double entry pockets. The jacket is offered in a gorgeous royal blue colorway, as well as black and brown versions. Made by Schott exclusively for Supreme, the Spring/Summer 2014 suede bomber jacket is now available

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