The New Balance 574 Pinnacle

Since its beginning, the 574 has been one of New Balance’s classic silhouettes reinvented through each season to provide updated, sophisticated style and comfort. For spring 2010, the 574 is elevated to a new style demonstrating New Balance’s core values of heritage, craftsmanship, innovation and imagination.

For spring, the 574 has been deconstructed and updated with premium materials creating a sleeker, lighter weight silhouette.

Combining fashion and technology elements, the 574 creates a visual hybrid for spring 2010. With unique elements, such as black, rich leather and the worn, perforated canvas that is backed with color, exposing the pop of color through the perforations on the toe box, tongue and collar, the pinnacle 574 represents the synergy of beautiful design and functional design. It features full grain Italian leather on the toe, outer body and back heel that improves in look overtime when worn.

Envisioned by New Balance’s Creative Directors, Savania Davies-Keiller and Roberto Crivello, the 574 is re-introduced in full grain and pigskin leathers, buttery suedes and metal mono-mesh.

Additional 574 offerings includes blue buttery suedes and unique performance elements, such as the metal mono-mesh on the toe box, tongue and collar, and matchless metallic lizard-embossed Italian leather, which adorns the N logo and angular heel stripe making the 574 one-of-a-kind.

Along with the style’s premium materials, the 574 also features numerous technologies including: an Encap midsole constructed of polyurethane to provide maximum stability and durability, a full strobel-lasted footbed, lowered EVA and rubber durometers to yield added shoe flexibility and a softer feel, a layer of Abzorb for maximum cushioning and a high density PU foam sockliner which results in more effective moisture management.

The 574 collection for spring 2010 will include three premium offerings for both men and women in black leather/wax canvas, green/grey leather/wax canvas and navy suede/metallic mesh retailing between $55.00 and $110.00.

The 574 will be available in select retailers, such as beginning in January 2010.

VILLA Needs Philadelphia To Help “Fill Up The VILLA Food Truck” For Haiti!

In an effort to secure the food supplies desperately needed to alleviate the suffering in Haiti, leading area urban lifestyle retailer VILLA continues to run its “Fill Up the VILLA Food Truck” campaign, February 15 – March 1. Partnering with Convoy of Hope, the Haitian Professionals of Philadelphia and the American Red Cross, leading Philadelphia urban lifestyle retailer VILLA has committed itself to filling up a truck (53 Feet) that will transport food to Haiti, by soliciting canned goods from customers and city residents alike. The van cannot leave until it is completely full; with the “Fill Up the VILLAFood Truck” campaign, Philadelphia has less than 2 weeks to stop in to any VILLA store location and bring a can or 5 – all with the purpose of helping Haiti!

With hundreds of thousands still affected by the devastating earthquakes in Haiti, people around the world are searching for opportunities to make a meaningful contribution. VILLA is committed to galvanizing the Philadelphia area to take this leadership role in the rebuilding efforts. The ultimate act of service for Haitian victims is providing supplies and funding for disaster relief. In addition to canned goods, VILLA is asking that each customer donate at least $1 to relief efforts. To date, $4000 has been raised. All donations are given to the International Red Cross, via the American Red Cross. IRC will retain the donation and spend the money appropriately on deploying personnel, providing relief supplies and direct financial assistance. The Red Cross takes full responsibility of donations and all money contributed to us will be used solely by our organization.

As it relates to food, VILLA is in need of the following:

·         Ready to Eat Canned Goods – ravioli, spaghetti, soups & etc.

·         Dry Foods – cereal, protein bars, granola bars, crackers, pasta, rice & etc.

· Shelf Stable Drinks – bottled water, Gatorade, PowerAde, juice boxes & etc.

Individuals can drop off food to any VILLA location in Pennsylvania (with the exception of Pittsburgh), Delaware and New Jersey. Monetary donations can be made at any VILLA Location in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Cleveland. Store locations can be found by visiting

VILLA’s “Fill Up the VILLA Food Truck” is part of its Join the Movement (JTM) campaign, the purpose of which is to revitalize urban communities with economic empowerment, educational opportunities, and exposure to multi-cultural experiences, heroes, and other inspirational figures. With Join the Movement, VILLA partners with schools, local government leaders, and community groups to create opportunities for community service, education initiatives, anti-violence programs and economic investment. In addition, through VILLA teen centers, school tours, and in-store events, VILLA is able to connect leaders and heroes to communities and provide examples for success.JTM focuses on three key areas: 1) Education; 2) Empowerment; and 3) Exposure. With “Fill Up the VILLA Food Truck”, VILLA is reaching back into the community it serves to encourage each individual to assist Haitian communities riddled with devastation.

Philadelphia has less than 2 weeks to help “Fill Up the VILLA Food Truck”! Who will help us get there?

For more information on VILLA’s Haiti Relief efforts, visit

Air Jordan 1 Retro High Future Sole

This Air Jordan 1 Retro High Future Sole is one of the more interesting Air Jordan 1 colorways in a while. Take a look at the photos and tell us what you think .

Source: HB // CT

Friends and family editions of any shoe are an excuse to go crazy without having to explain yourself to irate fanboys. Promo means you can do whatever you like. Anything within a certain reason. When we heard there was a limited edition Future Sole Jordan I, we had visions of what it could look like – a ‘drawn on’ style application in line with the project’s ethos? A makeup inspired by the previous year’s winning entry? Actually, what we got was a good exercise in restraint, on the high silhouette, carrying the more padded tongue of the Phat line. The upper carries a net-pattern Scotchlite-style reflective material for a touch of dazzle effect that doesn’t reveal it until the light hits it right, and matching the Future Sole logo on the heel, the traditional red, black and white is quietly disseminated across the upper is a tasteful way to implement those Bulls colours too. Red on the outsole is all a little Louboutin too – but that’s us idiotically speculating to fill paragraphs – red soles on a one really is nothing new.

We’re not just saying this because we’ve got a pair in the office, but the Future Sole Jordan I is one of the best new makeups of the shoe of late. Reflective materials are always crease-tastic, but we already knew that, and these are still pretty hot. Simple done well, and the whole initiative is something we support one hundred percent. Last year’s winners were good – shouts to Matthew D. in particular for an outstanding design, shorn of the referential guff old farts like us would chuck at a fresh silhouette. Encouraging the next generation of designers is something that should be taken very seriously, so shouts to team Jordan for making it happen. At present, Nike’s on a roll with the technology and new court pieces – Future Sole should keep the industry out of retrospective purgatory for the next decade or so. As Razors in ‘The Long Good Friday’ put it so unexpectedly eloquently, “Little acorns…” We’re anticipating even bigger things for the project this year.

J. Cole Knock On Wood (Freestyle)

It seems like everyday I run into somebody who’s just heard J. Cole for the first time.  Slowly but surely, the North Carolina bred MC’s buzz continues to grow.  This track will only help that.  Per usual, J. Cole dropped gem after gem on his “Knock on Wood” freestyle over the Go beat.  He’s one of the few artist today you can count on to be consistently great.  For me, his album can’t drop soon enough.

Download: J. Cole: Knock on Wood

The Award Tour Long John Beanies

I saw a preview for these beanies last week. Here is a closer look at the Long John beanie in several different colorways for Spring 2010.  Four colorway combinations are going to be available this Friday, February (6 PM est) with  each featuring 100% American knit construction with a heavy duty ribbed cuff.  Only 120 were produced in total and will be available at The Award Tour webstore.

DJ Neil Armstrong X Jeff Staple: ‘Across rue de Charonne’

“Across rue de Charonne” is an action shot caught in 5 mn with Dj Neil Armstrong, official Dj of Jay-Z’s Blueprint 3 Tour and Jeff Staple, founder and creative director of Staple Design (Reed space, Kia Soul, Nike).
Take a walk through Bastille (typical Parisian area) with these two creative minds, sharing current projects during their trip in the City of light.

Nike Sportswear x Kronk South Africa Team Kit

Nike Sportswear included South Africa by working with  artist Kronk for the South Africa Team Kit.

Kronk is an emerging designer/illustrator from Cape Town. His work is colorful and whimsical, a collision of rock poster rebelliousness and wry pop culture references. His contributions to the South African team kit are the most intricate of the collection, with an insanely detailed crest embroidery, a bubble lettered font, a kaleidoscopic illustrated pattern (lining the AW77 hoodie), and a cartoonish mascot who seems to be in constant motion. Is he a footballer breaking away on the pitch or a fan blowing a horn in the stands? They are one in the same in Kronk’s mashed-up world.

Just like the other team kits, this one also includes two sneakers and a series of apparel pieces

Source: Highsnobiety

Street Etiquette: Sewn From The Soul

Here is a great project that I stumbled upon which celebrates Black History Month. Take a look below at the Sewn from the Soul project.  See the Editorial at

Sewn From the Soul is an online editorial project brought to light by seven friends who have all collaborated together in order to see a bigger picture; ultimately meshing and intertwining Style and History.  History is important as it gives us the ability to trace back what has occurred previously to help us better direct ourselves to the future. Style contributes to one’s overall character and truly dictates our persona in everything that surrounds us. We all contributed our individual style to this editorial and used a primarily monochromatic palette to assist the Black History Month theme.

The video below is a behind-the-scenes look of what occurred at the photo studio, starting off with an amazing poem by Brooklyn resident and Street Etiquette friend Joekenneth Museau . There is no way to emulate the magic of that exact date, but to know that something tangible resulted from this gathering allows us, at long last, to begin to write our own scripture in history.

This video is meant to honor individuals from Miles Davis to Dr.Cornel West with a splash of our own Street Etiquette style. We hope you enjoy the editorial just as much as we did. I would like to thank everyone who took part in this , it will definitely form into a bigger project in the future.

“In essence, this is the time of the year when all blacks, be they African- Americans, Haitians, Liberians, Nigerians and all people of color need to reflect on their African heritage, culture and how far they have come in understanding the struggles and sacrifices others have made during the days of yesteryears in America.”

– Edmund Zar-Zar Bargblor

Intro Poem by Joe Kenneth.
Track by DJ Day -“Four Hills”

Nike Sportswear x Mr. Cartoon USA Team Kit

The US Nike Sportswear kit features Los Angeles street art legend Mr. Cartoon.

“His detailed black and white drawings, inspired by prison tattoos, are highly sought after in the music world and beyond. When presented with this project, Cartoon jumped at the opportunity to work on a uniform that would represent the country he loves. His eagle mascot is tough as nails, with a halo of stars and a look in his eye that says, “Don’t mess with the U.S.” On the crest, “USA” is written in Cartoon’s modified version of old English and scrolls remind wearers of the visual language of tattoos art.”

Source: Highsnobiety

rag & bone x Timberland Boot Company 2010 Fall Collection: more photos

Here are more photos of the rag & bone x Timberland Boot Company 2010 fall collection, which we previewed yesterday.  The collection includes the following models: Tackhead 8” Zip Chelsea Boot; Tackhead 7” Lace Up Boot; and Tackhead Boat Chukka, with a further two styles per each model.


STRATHAM, NH, February 15, 2010 – The Timberland Company announced today that it has partnered with lifestyle brand rag & bone to design and distribute a limited collection of men’s fall 2010 Timberland Boot Company® boots, set to debut at Project Las Vegas, February 16 -18, 2010. The collection combines English tailoring with American-informed work wear and is being marketed and sold as “rag & bone crafted by Timberland Boot Company.”

Timberland Boot Company and rag & bone share a design philosophy rooted in quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail. Constructions and material choices are historically anchored in the first half of the 20th century and reflect the aesthetic and fundamentals of classic work wear. The boots are simple, yet tailor-made in appearance. Exquisitely burnished leathers and distinct fine lines suggest a life of purpose, transformed through time from life experiences and natural exposure to the elements.

“Timberland Boot Company and rag & bone both have a deep appreciation for authenticity, craftsmanship and timeless design,” said Brian Moore, Global Vice President of Men’s Footwear for Timberland. “We are excited to partner with a brand that shares this passion, and to create a collection of footwear that is understated but very distinctive in the marketplace.”

Marcus Wainwright, founder of rag & bone, stated, “Working with an authentic American bootmaker such as Timberland is a natural fit and represents a strong extension to rag & bone and its recently launched footwear collection.”

The fall 2010 “rag & bone crafted by Timberland Boot Company” collection of men’s footwear features three brand-new Timberland Boot Company® Tackhead series silhouettes, with two colorways for each – six boots in total. They include: Tackhead 8” Zip Chelsea Boot; Tackhead 7” Lace Up Boot; and Tackhead Boat Chukka. Styles are classically constructed with genuine Horween® leathers, Vibram® lug outsoles, mud finish hardware, distinguished black and white stitching and leather midsoles. Each features the signature “rag & bone crafted by Timberland Boot Company” logo on the pull loop and tongue patch.

Styles will be available globally at rag & bone retail stores, as well as select Timberland Boot Company and rag & bone retail partners in fall 2010. Suggested retail prices range from $300 – $350.

Nike Sportswear x So Me France Team Kit

Nike also worked with So Me for the Nike Sportswear Kits with So Me working on the France team kit. So Me, nee Bertrand De Langeron, is the art director of Ed Banger records, and has been a designer for Cool Cats. Since 2003, his album art and music videos have come to embody the eclectic world of Ed Rec, adding complimentary visuals to their innovative sounds. The colorful mascot and crest feature a simple character that’s a parody of the stereotypical Frenchman – complete with a tilted beret and manicured moustache. The pattern lining the hoodie on the AW77 is a brick-like repeat in vibrating red, blue and black and the hand-written font features rounded edges, adding to the kit’s playful vibe. Just like the other team kits, this one also consists of apparel, as well as the Air Rejuven8 Mid, Dunk High AC and the Air Max BW Gen II.

Source: HighSnobiety

Мишка Spring 2010 Lookbook: Trailblazing Through the City With Just a Pipe and a Guide

“Trailblazing through the city with just a pipe and a guide” is the name for the Mishka Spring 2010 collection. Here we take a look at the lookbook with features a varied amount of items. The whole collection is supposed to “hearken back to those carefree spring days spent roaming through the city streets with a pack of friends and no obligations. Talking art, music and dreams over $2 eggs and endless cups of coffee at diners, sneaking into shows, flirting with bartenders and staying out ’til 4am and waking back up at 6 to go to work and school only to do it all again.”

Source: Mishka

Nike Sportswear x Delta Netherlands Team Kit

Nike Sportswear collaborations with Netherlands involves the work of iconic graffiti artist Delta. Graffiti artist Delta, aka Boris Tellegen, has created a geometric world with his art and hiis artwork for the kit is no different. His interpolation features a boxy mascot that is a simple-yet-dynamic running man, the crest is a cubic puzzle of numbers, and the font is unlike anything before it – heavy as concrete, but somehow agile through its italicized forwardlean. The Nike Sportswear x Delta Netherlands Team Kit includes the AW77 hoodie, polo shirts, the Air Max BW Gen II, Air LunarLite Rejuven8 Mid and Dunk High AC.

XXL Freshmen 2010 Freestyle: Wiz Khalifa (Video)

Wiz Khalifa’s XXL Freshmen 2010 freestyle.