Category Archives: Fashion

J.Crew’s Top Secret $288 Chinos: Are they Really worth it?

Michael Williams over at A Continuous Lean had a very interesting post today on J. Crew’s new chinos.  The sticker price for these chinos are $288. Are they really worth it? Let’s see what Mike has to say:

You’re looking at the most underrated pair of khakis on the market.

Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed something interesting relating to these particular J.Crew chinos. After randomly talking to three people who work for three different clothing companies (who are not J.Crew) I began to notice a pattern. Curious, I had asked each of these people a simple question: “Who makes your pants?” One by one they all told me (in a hushed voice, seriously) that they are from J.Crew. It was almost as if these pants were some sort of speakeasy and they didn’t want the rumor to get out. I understand that they didn’t want to be seen as a defector, but this was an amusing situation considering we are talking about a pair of cotton pants.

All of the intrigue around these khakis led me to the J.Crew Liquor Store to take a look for myself. I ended up leaving with my own pair and have gone to wear them roughly 25 times in the span 30 days. I had to ask myself had I joined a secret club of amazing pants?

Selvedge is a nod to the early 19th century, when fabric was woven on narrow looms and the edges were sewn together to create a “self edge” that helped prevent fraying (a colored thread was often incorporated to help the mill tell fabrics apart). We continue this great tradition with a small-batch, rigid cotton twill that’s woven in Japan. The dense, unwashed fabric will slowly fade, break-in and “whisker,” just like a pair of jeans. (The more you wear them, the better they get. Good thing they’re built to last.)

  • Wallace & Barnes slim fit.
  • Sits below waist.
  • Straight through hip, slim through thigh and leg.
  • 15 3/4″ leg opening (based off size 32/32).
  • Cotton.
  • Button fly.
  • Off-seam pockets, back button-flap pockets.
  • Machine wash.
  • Import.
  • Select stores.

Supreme x Ruff Ryders Hockey Jerseys

It looks like Supreme and Ruff Ryders are bringing the Jersey back. The two have unveiled an upcoming hockey jersey collaboration for Fall/Winter 2014. The jersey features the Ruff Ryders emblem prominently displayed on the front with Supreme branding right below the neck. A Ruff Ryders signature is also found on the back of the jersey which will comes in both black and white colorways.

An official release date for the collaboration has yet to be announced, but the jerseys should hit Supreme and possibly other retailers in the coming months.

More Nike R.T. coming: Triangle Offense – the 3rd and Final NIke + R.T. Air Force 1

NikeLab presents the third and final installment of the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 trilogy with the release of the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 collection in beige. Joining the family of AF1s with the preceding Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 collections in white and black, all three colorways represent the power of sport to unite disparate tribes under one love – love of the Nike Air Force 1.

Sport possesses a rare ability to unite people from all walks of life under a common obsession, and basketball is no different.  For basketball fanatics the absolutes don’t divide the community but rather creates a catalyst for a diverse group of people to come together under one identity. When a community galvanizes against one ideal, the result is the formation of a modern day tribe.

Tribe culture, as Tisci describes, is a reflection of the youth generation today.

 “Everyone in the world needs identity so they are all making themselves into tribes.” Tisci continues, “They are more Goth, more pure or more punk, more rap, more R&B…You can have a million different tribes, but it’s always one thing that unites them.”

The common link among the basketball tribe is reverence for the icon that helped kick start a phenomenon. Since 1982, the Nike Air Force 1 has served as an underground symbol of unity for a community whose affection has carried the Nike Air Force 1 beyond the court into street culture. Once confined to the I-95 corridor of North America’s East Coast, the AF1 has since grown to permeate the boundaries of various scenes and genders across the world to become a unisex emblem of unity.

Tisci’s intent with the Nike + R.T. AF1 collection was to exemplify the distinct personalities of this tribe with a collection that celebrates its diversity through three generations of loyalty. The White Collection speaks to Tisci’s respect for the heritage of the AF1 by preserving the purity of the original. The Black Collection underscores his admiration for subversive street culture with a mechanical expression, and the Beige Collection serves as an initiation for new members to join diehards under one love for the AF1.

As with the earlier collections, the Nike + R.T. AF1 Collection in beige introduces four striking styles crafted with premium leather. The supple material provides comfort and durability, while a tumbled leather Swoosh adds eye-catching contrast. Similarly, the shoes’ tongues and heels are fashioned from synthetic suede, with heat-pressed TPU no-sew panels that enhance their strength and intensify their appearance—as do modified toe box perforations.

A new, low-profile midsole unites lightweight Phylon cushioning with Tisci’s trademark bravado—visible via progressive textures and detailed overlays—and joint R.T. and Nike Air branding. The shoes also boast a cup sole and a non-marking rubber outsole, which enhances traction and resilience, and underscores a focus on functionality.

These defining features manifest in the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Lo: a rebellious take on the game-changing shoe introduced in 1982; the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Mid: a remix of the 1990s classic; theNike + R.T. Air Force 1 Hi: an exaggerated version of the celebrated street-sport style that features mask-like heel applications and an embellished height; and the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Boot, an avant-garde design specifically for women, which extends the shoe to knee height.

Additionally, each pair comes wrapped in custom Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 packaging.

The Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Beige Collection hits NikeLab locations around the world and nike.com/af1rt on Oct.16. For more information follow @nikelab for the latest release details.

Disney x Ron Herman Capsule Collection

Ron Herman teams up with the house that Walt built to create a  capsule collection of sweaters and kitchenware adorned with iconic characters from the Disney archives. Each item in the collection comes  vintage-style and that includes the  pre-aged crewneck featuring a cracked print of Mickey Mouse, accompanied by plates, saucers, trays and cups bearing the iconic character.

A further set of mugs and glasses sport depictions of a variety of Disney legends, combined with charming vintage-style typography that furthers the mock vintage feel of the collection.

Look out for more info on the release of this collection soon.

Motown Records x Black Scale Lookbook

Black Scale and legendary music label Motown Records are creating a collection that honors the artists and legends to record for Motown.  Enlisting Motown’sMila J for the lookbook, the collection features a range of tops and sweaters that incorporate archive artwork and photos from the music house. The result is a nostalgic collection consisting of iconic images of artists from Motown’s roster such as Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross emblazoned on the garments. Black Scale offers streetwear accents via bold branding motifs on the sleeves and chest areas. The collection is available now at  Black Scale’s New York flagship store.

The Best of the Uniqlo +J 2014 Fall/Winter Collection is Coming

Uniqlo and Jil Sander will revive their “Uniqlo +J” collaboration this fall with a special release for Fall/Winter 2014.

In 2009, UNIQLO and designer Jil Sander began a three-year collaboration under the +J moniker. The collection was considered by many as one of the most successful co-brands of high-fashion and consumer retail, the UNIQLO +J collection due to its minimalist approach to fits, cuts and color, and exceptional shapes.

The 2014 collection will be known as the “The Best of +J,” and will be limited edition release featuring some of the collaboration’s best pieces, including perfectly tailored suiting, cardigans, puffer jackets, button-downs, and more. The Best of +J Collection is set to hit Uniqlo October 10.

UNIQLO’s new Chestnut Street store in Philadelphia will get the collection early, on October 3.

 

Penfield Fall/Winter 2014 Lookbook

Penfield releases a first look at their Fall/Winter 2014 collection.  The collection celebrates their classic cuts of outwear, reminding everyone of the brand’s roots in all things outdoors.  Penfield once again delivers a strong collection that doesn’t disappoint.  The brand known for Utility, strength and durability has made a lot of additions to their baseline items.

Technical upgrades have been made to the always classic windproof Hoosac Parka, the Kasson jacket adds a layer of water protection with its bonded cotton and the new Loring down-insulated shirt sits beside very colorful and class old-school fleeces.

We here at Uristocrat are looking forward to when this collection is released. There are a couple of standout pieces needed for the closet.

 

Opening Ceremony Fall 2014

Today we take a look at the fall collection for Opening Ceremony’s Fall 2014 collection which features a number of pretty runway inspired items.

Here we take a look at the Opening Ceremony  lookbook showcasing the line for the end of this year. The collection itself is very subdued – with a lot of  color-blocking for fall/winter, basic T-shirts and button-ups with zippers, silk banners, and animations. Hallmark motifs include a nicely complicated zebra-esque print across a capsule and symmetrical box quilting on outerwear. Enjoy the lookbook here and hit up Opening Ceremony online or in-store for your grab at the pieces seen.

UndrCrwn “Spreewave Tee”

If you weren’t following NBA Basketball in the late 90’s, you may not get the meaning behind our latest release. The “Spreewave Tee” is an homage to one of our favorite players that had a bigger cultural impact than just the the game that he played. He fought through tough times, won fans hearts again and

Sprewell’s career came to an unexpected end in 2005 when he refused a $21-million three-year contract offer from the Timberwolves.

THE ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS QUOTED SPREWELL AS SAYING, “WHY WOULD I WANT TO HELP THEM WIN A TITLE? THEY’RE NOT DOING ANYTHING FOR ME. I’VE GOT A LOT AT RISK HERE. I’VE GOT MY FAMILY TO FEED.”

He may be badmouthed by traditionalists and deemed a badboy by the press, but we’re here to honor a man who came from tough situations fought for what he believed in and became an icon to those who know.

Buy the Tee here on UndrCrwn

Here’s the commercial that was run prior to his return to the Knicks after a year long suspension. #knickstape

Club 75 adidas Originals Capsule Collection

Club 75, one of our favorite brands has teamed up with adidas Originals to create a new  capsule collection for FW14. ‘In Paris there is a strong taste for sport clothes worn in the streets’ – So-Me.

The collection features inspiration from creative forces behind Club 75 and comes with iconography across the comprehensive range. Alongside a gang of apparel features Stan Smith and – all new to the EQt range – C75 footwear offerings.  The colab pack will be available exclusive to adidas Consortium stores and retailers.

Drop dates:
APPAREL (except Varsity) INSTORE: 10 JULY
Club 75 STAN SMITH: 26 July
C75 EQT + VARSITY JACKET: 28 October

Comme des Garçons SHIRT x Supreme

This Summer, Supreme has joined Comme des Garçons SHIRT® to release two new versions of the Vans Sk8-Hi and Era. The Sk8-Hi will feature an image of the late great New York City skateboarder Harold Hunter. Both styles will feature Comme des Garçons fabric made exclusively for Supreme. The New Era 5950 will also be released along with the Vans group.

A donation has been made on behalf of Supreme to the Harold Hunter Foundation. 

Available at Supreme shops in NY, LA, London and online June 26th

Available in Japan (Shibuya, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka) on June 28th

Available at Dover Street Market London, New York and E-Shop on June 26th and Dover Street Market Ginza June 28th

Read More here

UNDFTD 2014 Summer “Throw The Game” Collection

UNDFTD releases a look at their Summer 2014 collection which features a very boxer centric theme as well as the usual Undftd basketball inspiration. Take a look the different items in the collection below modeled by UNDFTD-backed fighter Pedro “Lil’ Pete” Duran sparring around in Bell, California’s Azteca Boxing Club.  Look for the “Throw The Game” collection now on the brand’s website.

Nike F.C. Real Bristol Spring/Summer 2014 Video Lookbook

Nike and streetwear label SOPHNET. team up again on an exclusive collaborative collection. “F.C. Real Bristol.”  The collection is an amalgamation of Nike’s technology with SOPHNET.’s design expertise, both combined within the traditional football kit silhouette.

Watch the video lookbook using super talented life-size table football players to demonstrate the kit in action. You can pick up the whole collection now direct from the Nike webstore.

Been Trill Summer 2014 Lookbook

Been Trill gives us a look at their 2014 lookbook which keeps in line with what we have come to expect from the brand.  The brand releases a collection inspired by the speed and language of the internet, the selection of T-shirts, long-sleeves, hoodies and pants feature viking-themed illustrations, Web 1.0 icons and other monochromatic pop culture references. The Been Trill Summer 2014 collection is now available at select retailers including the brand’s online store.

About #BeenTrill

#BEENTRILL# IS AN ART COLLECTIVE AND DJ CREW WHOSE IMAGE AND SOUND IS DEFINED BY THE FRENZY OF NEW YOUTH CULTURE FOUND ON THE PAGES OF THE DEEP WEB AND ON THE BLOCKS OF BIG CITIES. WORKING IN ALL MEDIUMS FROM 3D BODY SCANS TO MIX TAPES TO APPAREL DESIGN #BEENTRILL# HAS CREATED AN ART PRACTICE THAT SEES NO LIMITS. THEY EXAMINE THE AREA WHERE HI-BROW MEETS LO-BROW; THE RUNWAYS IN PARIS TO THE BOOTLEGGERS ON CANAL STREET. THEY FIND INSPIRATION WHEN HIGH-FI MERGES WITH LOW-FI; AN AUGMENTED REALITY APP FOR WHEAT PASTE POSTERS. THROUGH EXPERIMENTAL SOUND, INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY #BEENTRILL# HAS CREATED A LIFESTYLE BRAND THAT IS FOR THE NEXT WAVE OF NET SURFERS. 

Rocksmith 2014 Summer Delivery Lookbook

Rocksmith presents a sportswear-driven summer collection with an emphasis on bold futuristic styling, performance and comfort. The NYC-based brand uses breathable mesh, French terry and leather detailing in complex multi-fabric constructed items. Layers of texture with a minimal and streamlined look is what makes the Stratus Jogger Short a standout piece that is complemented with pocket tees and tank tops. The lookbook features a number of great items for the 2014 summer which is already off to a blazing start. 

The model in the lookbook is Mandela Francois Gadsden.

The line’s monochromatic story, which also incorporates musical references, is available startingJune 17 on www.rocksmithnyc.com

About Rocksmith

 

Rocksmith is a Brooklyn-based music lifestyle brand internationally recognized for its fusion of Japanese design and New York streetwear. Founded in 2004 by Erik Marino and Kenshin Ichikawa, Rocksmith is rooted in the music community, blending classic imagery and themes with modern graphics and contemporary silhouettes.

The premiere Rocksmith collection launched in 2004 in Tokyo and made its US debut a year later. The collection has since expanded to include denim, outerwear, knits and accessories, solidifying the brand’s position at the forefront of contemporary sportswear.

Erik and Kenshin maintain close ties with the music industry and have collaborated with some of hip hop’s biggest names such as Kendrick Lamar, Wu Tang, 2Chainz, Kirko Bangz and Absoul among others. Rocksmith fans also span the entertainment world with notables that include Jay Z, Spike Lee, Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, Diddy, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Justin Bieber and Theophilus London.

Raised by Wolves Spring-Summer 2014 Lookbook

Canadian brand Raised by Wolves releases a new lookbook for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection.  The collection comes featuring the usual logo tees, crewneck sweaters and pullovers as well as some exceptional short sleeve button downs in a range of fabrics and prints. The Raised by Wolves Spring/Summer 2014 collection is available now through their online store and will also hit select stockists in the weeks ahead.