Nike Kobe 9 Elite “What the Kobe”

After what was deemed a preview pair, it turns out that the “What the Kobe” Nike Kobe 9 Elites are real, and they’re spectacular. Full of Flyknit, color codes and printed patterns appearing on previous Kobe 9 releases compose this collage of a kicks. A whited-out approach to the paneling results in a relatively reserved […]

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James Murphy Shares Remixes Made With Tennis Data Album

James Murphy Shares Remixes Made With Tennis Data Album

Earlier this year, James Murphy teamed up with IBM to convert the raw data from U.S. Open tennis matches into music. Using an algorithm, Murphy and IBM turned the data into over 400 hours of sound. Now, Murphy has remixed those sounds into a 12-track album released by IBM. It is titled, appropriately, Remixes Made With Tennis Data. Listen below.

Below, check out a video detailing the making of the album:

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Nike Kobe 9 Elite “What the Kobe” Release Date

All eyes are on this weekend and next week’s holiday releases. For those uninterested or planning ahead, we see what many would call our first major, official release date for 2015. Collaging colorways of previous drops, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite “What the Kobe” is slated to launch at select Nike Basketball accounts on January […]

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Listen To 3 New Miguel Songs: ‘NWA,’ ‘Hollywood Dreams,’ ‘Coffee’

It’s the season of giving and Miguel’s doing just that for the fans. The singer has just uploaded three new songs onto his Soundcloud, one of which finds him teaming up west coast rap OG, Kurupt on "N.W.A." that’ll win a lot of west coasts over for certain. Not to mention "Coffee" and "Hollywood Dreams"Continue Reading

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A Savile Row Tailor Illustrates Influential Black Players in Menswear

There’s something sartorial afoot in the 10th issue of Man of the World magazine. For its newest installment — on stands now — the publication invited Savile Row tailor Adam Rogers to share a small segment of his still-in-progress…

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Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit Poison Green/Total Orange

The Nike Free 4.0 redesign that came about in 2014 continues into the new year in combination with Flyknit construction, in this latest "Poison Green/Total Orange" iteration. The shoe’s upper is completely woven with a black base and streaks of vibrant green and orange throughout, sitting atop a Nike Free flexible sole. Contrasting white Nike Swoosh branding completes the silhouette. You can order your pair via the official Sneaker Politics site here.

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Stussy x Alpha Industries B-15 Jacket & I.S.T. Collection

A collaboration between American heritage brand Alpha Industries and perennial streetwear label Stussy sees the release of a new iteration of the B-15 classic flight jacket, first seen here. This latest rendition of outerwear manages to maintain a modern silhouette with a strong military aesthetic. With a sports intricate embroidery on the chest that reads ‘IST’ for International Stussy Tribe, this piece features a water repellant outer shell which is a welcome feature as the weather maintains its steady decline in the coming winter months. The collaboration will also see the release of other IST embroided designs including T-shirts, beanies and the like. The collection will be available for purchase on December 19 at Stussy Chapter Stores and the official Stussy site.

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Noisey Drops the Full-Length Version of “The Rap Monument”

After dropping the individual verses via YouTube over the course of the past week or so, Noisey presents its epic "The Rap Monument" in its entirety. Thirty uninterrupted minutes of pure rap bliss, the project is comprised of three separate sessions held in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York and sees the likes of Push T, Action Bronson, Young Thug, Danny Brown, Raekwon, Prodigy and many, many more spitting verses over an epic beat co-produced by Hudson Mohawake, Nick Hook, and S-Type. You can check out the entire piece above while a full list of the rappers involved appears (in order of appearance) below.
Pusha T
Bryant Dope
Go Dreamer
Retch
Nipsey Hussle
Problem
Danny Brown
Mayhem Lauren
Raekwon da Chef
Vado
​Kilo Kish
Flatbush Zombies
Renegade El Rey
Rockie Fresh
Pill
Bodega Bamz
Remy Banks
Killer Mike
Del Harris
YG
CyHi da Prince
Young Thug
Aston Matthews
Prodigy
SL Jones
Nigel Nasty
Bobby Creekwater
Action Bronson
Heems
Mike G
Yak Ballz
Zebra Katz
Two-9
Alexander Spit
ScottyATL
Da$h

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Can American Apparel’s New CEO Tone Things Down Without Turning It Into Old Navy?

American Apparel has long been defined by its founder and former CEO, Dov Charney, a man who became infamous for the brand’s marketing and the scandals he was embroiled in. With his ouster, the retailer has a chance to redefine what it is and will be.

The company this week named its first female CEO, Paula Schneider, a former Warnaco executive with the right pedigree and possibly the right public persona—which is to say, she doesn’t really have one. 

"They need to figure out how to revitalize, re-energize and [determine] what the next chapter for the brand is," said Allen Adamson, North American chairman at brand consulting firm Landor Associates. "That’s a difficult thing for even the most experienced brand builder. [Schneider will need to] find that balance between polarizing, edgy and attention grabbing." 

Incoming American Apparel CEO Paula Schneider

So far, Schneider’s only public statement has been understandably noncommittal: "American Apparel has a unique and incredible story, and it’s exciting to become part of such an iconic brand. My goal is to make American Apparel a better company, while staying true to its core values of quality and creativity and preserving its sweatshop-free, Made in USA manufacturing philosophy."

But what about its marketing? Its (often-salacious) social media tone? Its ability to connect with young people and innovate as a brand? We won’t know the answers to those questions until she takes the reins in January, and for now observers are left to guess about the brand’s future based largely on Schneider’s low-profile past.

According to industry executives, Schneider is known to be a fair leader, personable and intelligent. And she knows the retail industry, having run her own brand consulting firm following her years at Warnaco and having held positions at Liz Claiborne before that.  

"People will absolutely view the hiring of Schneider, who is highly qualified, as a strategic move away from Charney’s reputation as the Terry Richardson of the garment industry," said Adam Padilla, founder of Brandfire. "The departure of Charney will only improve the brand’s image, provided that Schneider doesn’t turn the edgy catalog shoots into Old Navy commercials. Lest we forget: before American Apparel, there was nothing sexy about blank tri-blend T-shirts, or dot net domain names for that matter.  Sex sells, especially under-produced ‘reality’ sex, and Dov knew that better than anyone." 

Beyond stabilizing a brand that’s been on shaky ground, Schneider is tasked with defining what the brand stands for and what its place as an iconic American brand should be going forward. 

Charney found success with American Apparel because he presented an image and idea that transcended the product, and some brand experts doubt that Schneider is the right fit to keep the clothing line edgy and relevant. 

"What Dov was very good at doing was presenting an image of a lifestyle and a point of view about being young in America," said Ben Parker, U.S. head of strategy for Naked Communications. "What they need to do is find, probably a person or another idea that can supplant that. … I’m not sure that [Schneider] has the profile or charisma to be particularly meaningful to the brand’s core audience of millennials." 

American Apparel’s board likely considered what the right CEO profile would be to slot in, explained Jason Hanold, managing partner of Hanold Associates. "Part of that is the proven, seasoned retail CEO who has done this many times over," said Hanold. "Some of the optics [for Schneider] will be quite positive but I don’t anticipate an incredibly enthusiastic market reaction nor a negative market reaction. It’s probably more of a question mark because Schneider isn’t as well known as, say, a Diane Neal. You just won’t have that reaction with her and that’s okay but that means a lot of eyes will be focused on American Apparel and their board and results and response to her leadership."




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Nike 2014 Holiday Air Max 1 SP “Liquid Metal” Pack

Originally released exclusively for women back in October, Nike Sportswear’s "Liquid Metal" editions of the Air Max 1 are set to make their debut in men’s sizes just in time for the holidays. Differing slightly from the original, the new versions of the sneaker once again come in silver and gold colorways, but now eschew stark white lining and matching soles in favor of a "Light Bone" hue. The duo also now makes use of a speckled motif across the sole for an added touch. Finished with their respective periodic table-inspired elemental symbols on the tongue, the "Liquid Metal" Air Max 1s will soon be available in limited quantities at select NSW stockists and Nike.com.

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Team Epiphany Celebrates its 10th Anniversary With Exclusive Billionaire Boys Club T-Shirt Collaboration [PHOTOS]

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With a range of clients spanning Moët, Heineken, HBO, Cadillac, and many more, Team Epiphany is known as one of the industry’s premiere brand solutions agency. But that isn’t exactly news. After all, this year marks its tenth anniversary. So in celebrating the decade long run (which shows no signs of stopping), Team Epiphany has partnered with iconic clothing line Billionaire Boys Club to create a one-of-a-kind, exclusive co-branded T-shirt.

The front of the shirt is emblazoned with Billionaire Boys Club’s signature astronaut logo, along with a touch of Team Epiphany’s “illuminate” branding. The agency’s logo is also incorporated on the shirt’s sleeves, with “Team Epiphany” lettering showcased on the right, and the agency’s signature light bulb logo and “10” typed on the left.

To unveil the celebratory collaboration, Team Epiphany tapped its very own staff as well as influencer friends that include the likes of the agency’s Managing Partner Coltrane Curtis, Mister Mort, DJ Stretch Armstrong, and Josh Madden to name a few. While only 144 of the original, not-for-sale pieces were produced for gifting to agency friends and family, you can check out the exclusive tee in the gallery above.

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Nicki Minaj Named the Face of Roberto Cavalli’s 2015 Spring/Summer Advertising Campaign

Nicki Minaj is ending the year on a high note. After bursting firmly back onto the scene with her monster single “Anaconda,” the provocative rapper has now been tapped to be the face of Roberto Cavalli’s 2015 Spring/Summer campaign. With her brazen, rebellious style, Nicki was considered a kindred spirit to Cavalli, the perfect embodiment of what the brand calls “the exuberant and modern femininity of the Cavalli woman.” Shot by photographer Francesco Carrozzini, the campaign fully captures Nicki’s fearless spirit, utilizing bold animal and floral prints, eye-catching summer colors, and striking silhouettes that proudly showcase Nicki’s world-famous curves. With this campaign, Cavalli wanted to publicly oppose the current trend towards feminine modesty – that’s why Nicki was the brand’s top choice. “In recent years we have become accustomed to women castigated in clothes that hide their body shapes,” says Cavalli. “I wanted a sensual woman who is aware of her body, who is not afraid to show her curves.” In that regard, there’s no question Nicki was the right choice.

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Champion 2015 Spring/Summer “Reverse Weave” Campaign

Champion Europe unveils its new range of athletic garments with the "Reverse Weave" campaign for the upcoming 2015 spring/summer season. Known for its durability and versatility, Champion’s latest offering is made up of athletic staples including hoodies, crewnecks zip-up sweats and track pants, all of which are available in a variety of primary hues. The simplicity of the designs ensure that the pieces can be mixed and matched with a number of different looks, and for those of you looking to stand out a little more, the all-over printed tracksuits are sure to turn some heads. Peep the collection above and look for it to drop sometime early next year.

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