2018 Menswear Men Shouldn’t Wear.

I’m pretty open-minded when it comes to fashion. I appreciate designers who try new things, work with unusual materials and question tradition. But this year’s Fashion Week unveiled some menswear, men’s hairstyles and makeup that were so outrageously ridiculous, they couldn’t even masquerade as art.  Read more

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Heineken Does Denim. Neighborhood Collaborates With The Brand For The Heineken100 Program.

Heineken, the world’s most international brewer, debuts their exclusive denim collaboration with Japanese brand NEIGHBORHOOD for the #Heineken100 program, an exclusive seeding program that celebrates Heineken’s “Man of the World.”

Overseen by #Heineken100 Creative Director Chris Gibbs (owner of West Coast shop UNION Los Angeles), the indigo denim, rigid narrow jeans include exclusive Heineken green cross-stitching, a custom green leather label, and Heineken-printed label with personalized packaging.

Similar to Heineken, NEIGHBORHOOD is an international brand that truly believes in providing consumers quality, and is at the forefront of strategic lifestyle partnerships,” says Belen Pamukoff, brand director of marketing, HEINEKEN USA. “NEIGHBORHOOD’s dedication to this collaborative project has provided the #Heineken100 program a unique offering like no other.”

When working with Heineken on the partnership for this year’s program, NEIGHBORHOOD was one of the first brands that came to mind thanks to their signature denim collection, ” says #Heineken100 creative director Chris Gibbs. “Both Heineken and I wanted to expand the horizon of this year’s products, and also work with a brand that had international reach but selective distribution.”

Announced earlier this year as the creative director for the 2013 #Heineken100 program, this is the third partnership under Gibbs’ direction.

Prior to the debut of the #Heineken100 X NEIGHBORHOOD denim the brand also released their joint KILLSPENCER backpack in October, and two collaborative chukka boots in September 2013 with acclaimed designer Mark McNairy (all shown above).

Heineken plans to debut their final #Heineken100 collaborative project with iconic artist Eric Haze during the Art Basel Miami Beach fair in December 2013.

For this project, I wanted to use contrasting stitch colors to evoke different emotions-especially Heineken’s signature green,” says NEIGHBORHOOD designer, Shinsuke Takizawa. “I am proud to share a product that not only showcases the brand quality, but also highlights a part of my culture with a niche audience that genuinely appreciates it.

In its fourth year, the #Heineken100 influencer program identifies and celebrates various tastemakers across the nation that represent Heineken’s “Man of the World.” The collaborative products are exclusively available to the 100 individuals on the #Heineken100 list.

Previous collaborations include: Mark McNairy saddle shoes, a Public School camouflage duffle bag, a Tsovet watch, Android Homme sneakers, and tote bags designed by fashion duo Dee & Ricky.

Video footage of Chris Gibbs and NEIGHBORHOOD discussing the #Heineken100 partnership:

Information and images courtesy of PR Newswire and Heineken

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A Look At Bugatti’s New Lifestyle Collection Including Their High End Hookah.

Bugatti Lifestyle Collection

Bugatti created a buzz during the Milan Fashion’s Week launching its new Lifestyle Collection under the headline of “Art, Forme, Technique.” The renowned Academy of Fine Arts, the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, in Milan set the stage for Bugatti’s launch event which hosted 750 international guests and the Bugatti Brand Lifestyle Team including Franca Sozzani (editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia), Jonathan Newhouse (Chairman & Chief Executive Condé Nast international), Jean Alesi, Lapo Elkann, Daniele Cavalli, Teresa Missoni, James Goldstein, Hofit Golan and many others. Read more

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All 5 Seasons Of Breaking Bad’s Walter White’s Wardrobe Illustrated by Nathan Peters.

Illustrator Nathan Peters, a Senior Designer at Big Spaceship in Brooklyn, NY. has designed a series of Walter White’s wardrobe posters. He tells the story of Breaking Bad’s loveable anti-hero Walter White through the clothes he wore, broken down by season. Read more

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Fenway Boots! LL Bean Gives Away 50 Made-To-Order Boots Created With Fenway Park Rain Tarp.

Boots Created With Fenway Park Rain Tarp

Outdoor retailer L.L.Bean has revealed the most innovative version of its signature product: the Fenway Bean Boot. Made of upcycled Fenway Park tarp from the 2012 season, the one-of-a-kind boots will be made-to-order for a select number of lucky Red Sox fans who engage with L.L.Bean on Facebook and other channels. Read more

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Anatomical Motorcycle Suit Features The Very Organs It’s Designed To Protect.

While I do believe that there’s no better way to wear your insides on your outsides than to drive a motorcycle, if you must ride a death machine, these are probably some of the coolest leathers in which you could safely clad your bod.

This one-off collaboration between Death Spray Custom (who make super sick custom designs for most things that move) and Alpinestars technical sports apparel, features human anatomy appliques in bovine and kangaroo leathers and suede on a black protective suit with red meshliner.

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Exploring the relationship between protection and the human body, Alpinestars and artist, Death Spray Custom, collaborate to create a unique and visually striking race suit.

The “Anatomy” suit, designed by London-based Death Spray Custom was hand built in Alpinestars’ race factory in Northern Italy as part of a consistent effort to fuse art, design, technology and racing. Alpinestars invited DSC to their European headquarters last year to consult with technicians and explore the idea of creating a custom collaborative suit that would offer the same amount of protection as a standard Alpinestars suit, but with an artistic agenda. DSC, who frequently draws from motorsports and all forms of transportation for inspiration, is an avid motorcyclist and all-around bonafied gear head. He saw this partnership as new medium and a new canvas to apply his craft.

“Human anatomy is a theme I have much fascination with and is something I’ve often visited in previous works. The anatomy model is a visual motif that, even from an early age, was intriguing as a timeless piece of art in itself. Part sculpture, part puzzle and all educational.” said DSC. “We see it referenced culturally in many ways from Hirst to Kaws, though my inspiration was an artist from a different field, AMA legend David Aldana. He raced in black leathers with a white skeleton over print. (Think a dirtrack Donnie Darko). I wanted to create the next generation version. It’s a very simple idea, the best ideas often appear that way.”

Elaborating on the project and why Alpinestars was the ideal partner, he said, “I guess the conflict of protection and the human body is never more apparent than in motorcycles and motor sport. Obviously Alpinestars understands that dichotomy more than anyone. Combining that knowledge with their technical and creative expertise made for a unique and compelling project.”

studio photography by Neil Bridge

Alpine Stars
Death Spray Custom

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