55DSL Presents their 10.55 collection in Soho

Story by Petite Anglaise

After the show there’s the after party, but before the well awaited party there’s the Tee release. More specifically, the spring collection debut for 55DSL aptly called the 10.55 collection.  But before your pack your faux leather travel bag for the subway trip downtown, let me enlighten you on this historic line. 55DSL is the offspring of the much celebrated Diesel line. Yes that Diesel.  Their slogan “live at least 55 seconds per day” correlates into the urban driven designs, eerily reminiscent of MHI aesthetic. But that’s where the similarities stop. The line differentiates itself from other lifestyle brands by collaborating with corporations and forgoing the ever trendy celebrity endorsement. Addidas, Yoox, Complete Technique…55DSL has been there and designed that.  As for this new collection, 55DSL continued the practice of reigning in the best talent in the industry, hoping to keep their post as one of the most innovative brands to date. The 10.55 collection is available to the public March 18 at 55DSL Soho, New York Flagship store.

Is your closet filled with lame t-shirts? Do you want something exclusive and limited edition? The 10.55 collection by 55DSL has just what you’re looking for. The 10.55 collection began in 2008 to showcase the talents of new and established graphic designers. This spring 2010, 55DSL asked a few of the most talented photographers in the world to create the seasons must have t-shirts. As well as keeping with the tradition of having the best graphic designers create original designs for the 10.55 spring collection.

Rony Alwin- California based photographer who is known for setting up photo booths inside clubs and bars.
Available at bit.ly/shop55DSL, the 55DSL store (281 Lafayette St.), as well as 55DSL retailers.

Want to touch, feel and even purchase the new collection, join us on March 18th from 5-8pm to see the entire spring collection at the 55DSL flagship store on 281 Lafayette St. in Soho. There will be a DJ to keep you moving and refreshments served to keep you in good spirits. Also if you purchase one of these exclusive tees you will receive a free gift…Sounds pretty good doesn’t it?

55DSL Collection Flyer

Don’t Fill Out Your Bracket Before You Peep the Uristocrat Tournament Preview


Teams to Watch

Kansas – Clearly the best team in the land, and contrary to what Jay Bilas thinks, this Kansas team is great.  Their young players, Xavier Henry and Tyshawn Taylor , have meshed well with the veterans and everyone has bought in to Bill Self.  They are the rightful favorites heading into the tournament.
Ohio State – Evan Turner is the best player in the land, but Ohio State still has a lot of talent left over from their last Final Four run. They caught a bad draw with Kansas, because I’d like them to make the Final four against Duke and Kentucky.
Georgetown – Their problem this season has been getting up for the little guy.  This team usually plays their best when the lights shine brightest.  Greg Monroe is a perfect fit for John Thompson  III’s Princeton offense and should lead them to the Sweet 16 easily.

Don’t Pick Them to Go Far

Michigan St. – Too many injuries, not enough talent to get Tom Izzo by  this time, although it’s usually foolish to bet against Izzo in March.
Maryland – A good team that isn’t great, they won’t make it past the Sweet 16 (if they even make it that far).


New Mexico State – This tough team could catch a struggling Michigan State team sleeping in the first round.  While that would be atypical of a Tom Izzo team, this year’s MSU squad doesn’t have the same desire you would normally see from this bunch.
San Diego State – Quietly one of the hottest teams in the nation, SDSU should be a tough out for Tennessee and if they advance they’ll give Georgetown a hard time.


Teams to Watch
Syracuse – If it didn’t set up for the Orange to meet Kansas in the national semifinal, they’d be a solid bet to win it all.  Like Kansas, they’re very well coached and have a nice core group of experienced, talented players.  Andy Rautins is the best shooter in the country (besides Jimmy Fredette) and Wes Johnson is the third best player in the country.  Unfortunately for ‘Cuse, Kansas is a little deeper and more talented.  Still, they should be able to make the Final Four with relative ease.

Pitt – Pitt has been slept on all year, and its pretty baffling.  While they aren’t as star studded as before, they can defend with the best of them and many of their players have experience from last year’s run.  Don’t count on them to bow out early.

BYU – As mentioned earlier, Jimmy Fredette of BYU is the best shooter in the country.  While Evan Turner is the land’s best player, and John Wall can take over any game, Jimmy is the only player that can shoot his team to the Elite 8 like Steph Curry did a few years ago.

Don’t Pick Them To Go Far

Gonzaga – From underdogs to probably overrated, don’t count on the Bulldogs to do much this year.

Vanderbilt – I’m not expecting much from the Commodores this year, who were definitely overseeded and will likely bow out early.


Butler – If you’re looking for the next Gonzaga, look no further.  They have tournament experience, great coaching and major conference talent.  Probably seeded too low at 5, the Butler Bulldogs could become this year’s favorite underdog.

Murray State – So could the Murray State racers.  They should beat Vandy in the first round, and could very well make it to the Sweet 16 … or beyond.  They’re the rare team that can score and defend.  You heard it here first.


Teams to Watch

West VA – Bob Huggins has been tinkering with lineups and prodding and provoking his players all seasons, but he finally seems to have his rotation in place.  I understand his tournament track record isn’t great, but I think he finally has the right group of players, talent wise and experience wise, to make a deep run.

Temple – This is a solid, gritty team.  According to statistical wizard Ken Pomeroy, they’re the third best defensive team in the nation.  Defense wins championships.  While I doubt the Owls will win it all this year, I do think they have what it takes to make a run.

Don’t Pick Them to Go Far

Kentucky – By don’t pick them far, I mean don’t pick them to win it all.  They are the most talented team in the nation sure, but how many Coach Cal teams have put it together to win it all?  On top of that, their second best player, DeMarcus Cousins is completely combustible.  I wouldn’t pick them to get past the Final Four.

New Mexico – No good reason here, I just don’t trust them in a neutral court setting.  The Pit is one of the biggest home court advantages in the nation, which I don’t think is taken into consideration much.


Cornell – If they can get past Temple, they’ll make the Sweet 16.  They are the rare mid-major team with size, and not to stereotype, but obviously they’re a smart team that won’t beat themselves.

Washington – Don’t sleep on the Pac-10 champs.  While they’ve underachieved somewhat in recent years, they’re far from an 11 seed.  Don’t be surprised to look up Sunday night and see the Huskies in the Sweet 16.


Teams to Watch

Duke – This Duke team is a lot better than the recent squads that have bowed out early in the tournament.  The team is very experienced and finally has some toughness down low.  Look for the three S’s (Scheyer, Smith, Singler) to carry them to the Final Four.
– Scottie Reynolds is another one of those players who can get hot and carry a team deep in the tournament.  Besides, Jay Wright is the best dressed coach in the nation and we can pick up a few more fashion tips if they make a deep run in the tourney.
– It’s amazing how far this program has bounced back from the Patrick Dennehey tragedy that nearly killed the program a few years ago.  Now the Bears seem poised to rise higher than they’ve ever been.

Don’t Pick Them To Go Far
Purdue – They suck without Hummel.
Texas A&M
– I’ve watched them a few times and I just wasn’t impressed.

ODU – The Colonial is one of the most underrated leagues in the nation.  The always competitive league usually produces one or two teams that are difficult outs every year in the tournament.  This year’s Monarch team is no different, and is actually ranked in the top 35 in the RPI and in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings.
Sienna –
Possibly the most experienced mid-major team in the nation, the Saints of Sienna have won a game in the tourney each of the past two years.  At this point, they’re probably favored against the #4 Boilermakers.

Money Making Jam Boys (Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N. & Sugar Tongue Slim): “6 Minutes”

The Money Making Jam Boys: Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, P.O.R.N., Sugar Tongue Slim
The Money Making Jam Boys (Black Thought, Dice Raw, Truck North, Porn and recent addition Sugar Tongue Slim) release a new track “6 Minutes.” The Philadelphia based group has been working together in the studio and the album is coming very soon. The group will also be performing together at this years Roots Picnic which will take place place on Saturday, June 5 at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier (Penn’s Landing). Tickets are on Sale Now.

Play Here: 6 minutes by the Money Makin Jamboys freestyle
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Check out the Rest of The Roots Picnic LineUp

The Roots
Vampire Weekend
Mayer Hawthorne
The Very Best
DJ Jazzy Jeff
Tune Yards
Bajah + The Dry Eye Crew
MM Jamboys
Das Racist
Pattern Is Movement

The Power Rankings: March 15th Edition, March Madness, Tiger Woods, SXSW, Spring Break and More

1. March madness – The best three weeks of sports is finally here. The first two days of the tournament are arguably the best sports days of the year. From noon to midnight, basketball pretty much non-stop, upsets and buzzer beaters galore. Add the gambling bracket pools and everyone is at the edge of their seat. Although this time next week most of you will be pissed off that your bracket is in shambles.

2. Pac-man fight – Manny Pacquiao destroyed another opponent, this time it was Joshua Clottey. Smart money says PBF does the same thing to Sugar Shane in a few weeks. The shame of it is this: boxing is such a screwed up sport, from an organizational standpoint, that Pacquiao and Mayweather will probably never fight, squandering millions of dollars and a chance for boxing to gain some of its lost luster in the process.

3. St Patrick’s Day – One of my favorite holidays is on the horizon this week, St. Patty’s Day. I’m not Irish and I really have no idea about the history of it, but any excuse to drink makes me feel better about drinking (heavily). A lot of cities already popped it off with bar crawls over the weekend, and with the tournament starting the day after, it would be a wise move to just take that day off in advance. You’re not going to make it to work, and if you do, you won’t be productive anyway.

4. Spring Break – we’re in the middle of Spring Break season and it seems like everyone is either one their way to, or on their way back from Miami or Cancun. Unfortunately for those of us out of school, there is no spring break, but if I telecommute from Miami this week will my boss really notice? I don’t think so either.

5. Kidz in the Hall – KITH dropped their third album, “Land of Make Believe” last week and its pretty dope. Naledge and Double-O are one of the most slept on duo’s in the game, but this album should help them get some shine. It’s a solid listen from start to finish, and is really the first good rap album of 2010. Don’t sleep on it.

6. Apple sells 70 trillion iPads – Or at least it seemed like it right? Apparently, the computer giant sold over $70 million dollars of iPads in presales on one day last week, and I still don’t really see the difference between that and my iPhone. Steve Jobs is the man.

7. More earthquakes – More earthquakes struck last week in Chile and Japan. I can’t lie, all of the seismic activity going on in the world is a bit unnerving. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected.

8. Return of Tiger Woods – According to reports, the return of Tiger Woods is imminent. Either he’s going to play the Arnold Palmer in March or return for the Masters in mid-April. For golf fans, and Mr. Woods remaining fans, news of him getting back to the game is awesome. I can’t wait for him to return to form and dominate the sports page again, like he did the tabloids this winter.

9. SXSW – One of the coolest festivals kicks off this week in Austin. South by Southwest, is a festival featuring several of today’s hottest and up and coming figures in music and movies today. Some of the artists at this year’s festival include Curren$y, J. Cole, Bun B, Tabi Bonney, and Paul Wall and Chamillionaire. When you add all the movies premiering here this week, I have to wonder why I’m not there now myself. SXSW is definitely pretty high on my bucket list.

10. UPenn Performances – Kid CuDi is set to rock Spring Fling and Kevin Hart is going to bless campus with a comedy show a few weeks prior to fling on April 2nd. Shoutout to Penn for bringing solid entertainment to University City year after year.