Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

In light of its first year anniversary, online platform Bombinate announces the launch of its very first capsule product in collaboration with one of its brands. This announcement comes soon after the company’s recent Pop Up Store in East London, and marks its first steps into the physical world – an exciting feat. The capsule product, created in collaboration with The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear, is a custom-made pair of sunglasses.

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

“Meet the Habanera – a versatile, sophisticated yet relaxed version of one of our favourite frames ever; TBDE’s Crans. Weekend or workday, it’s a beautifully wearable representation of Italian savoir faire.” say Elliott and Massimilano of Bombinate. The product, to be released on Tuesday the 26th June will be limited to 15 pieces worldwide.

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

Andrea Viganò and Fabio Attanasio’s reputation in the Milanese, sartorially-inclined menswear scene precedes them. Built upon their passion for Neapolitan tailoring tradition, TBDE – a happy consequence of Attanasio’s eponymous fashion blog, The Bespoke Dudes – offers timeless designs with modern twists, always with handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pride. “We’re proud to release this unique model with Bombinate. It’s symbolic of our long term relationship and our shared commitment to quality” says Andrea Viganò

Bombinate x The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear Launch

Founded by Elliott Aeschlimann and Massimiliano Gritti in late 2016, Bombinate is a menswear e-commerce casting light on craftsmanship brands and offering them a place to thrive in the modern world. The platform hosts creative collaborations annually to support its brand community and encourage their exposure, allowing brands to showcase their artisanry and highly skilled work to a contemporary, global audience. These capsule products are the first of their kind, creating a connection between a purely digital company and the very manual world of craftsmanship.

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How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

First launched in Anaheim, Cali 1966, The Paul Van Doren Rubber Company had little knowledge that they would quickly become one of the worlds favourite shoe companies and in doing so created one of, if not the most iconic shoe of all time, the Vans Old Skool. Working as an executive at one of Americas largest shoe companies Paul noticed that there was serious money to be made seeing as the retailers took home the majority of sales whilst manufacturers were barely covering the costs of their product.



How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

So, he set up his own company in which he made and sold his own shoe. His employees built the factory from the ground up and their efforts were awarded with 17 people coming in and placing an order on opening day. Within hours they were able to turn out the product but when the customers came to collect the shoe, Vans realised they had no money to give as change, so they had to ask their customers to return the next day with the correct amount of cash and sure enough they made their first few sales.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

Slowly but surely the company started to gain traction. With Doren striving to make the best shoe possible, he made the soles twice as thick with the upper made from duck canvas, making them one of the strongest shoes money could buy. The idea behind this was to ensure the shoe didn’t wear as quick over time. Of course, this made the shoe a staple amongst surfers for its grip and toughness, so when these surfers turned to surfing tarmac instead of waves, every skater on the east coast was wearing Vans, of which they customized, giving birth to the checkerboard and Old Skool. From this Doren decided to sponsor the best skaters he could find (who were mostly teenagers) and give them free shoes and as the skate scene began to grow in America so did the shoe itself.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

The real turning point for Vans came in 1982 as a representative from Universal came to Vans asking for a pair of checkerboard shoes for a movie involving an East Coast teen skater, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The film helped propel Vans into a nationwide phenomenon. The Vans Old Skool debuted in 1977 and was an instant hit showcasing the iconic side stripe along both sides of the upper. It was Vans’ very first skate shoe that fused leather panels and a wax sole leading to an increase in endurance and comfort. It started off as just a doodle by Doren, which he referred to as the “Jazz Stripe” but soon became the hallmark of the company and is now displayed on the Logo.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

During the 80s, customisation of shoes became a craze, with Nike releasing the Air Max and running shoes general rise in pop culture – a period driven by the quest for individuality. Speaking about the Old Skool during the 80s, the son and owner of Vans Steve Van Doren stated, “people realized the possibilities of the simple idea of pulling a pen out and creating your own unique footwear work of art. Vans’ Old Skool style offered the particular perk of many panels and material parts that could be tweaked to anybody’s liking.” The brand can be credited as laying the foundation for the customisation feature adopted by every major shoe brand in modern society today. Over the course of its lifetime the Old Skool has displayed a countless show of colours, patterns and original takes of the shoe, helping cement itself as the king of shoes. Infinitely different yet instantly recognisable.

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

Collaborations in fashion can prove to be a major step for a company. In the case of Vans their collaboration with Marc Jacobs, Supreme and Coors Light Beer (yes beer, but they do look rather sick). The Marc Jacobs collab allowed Vans to work on shoes with some premium material and state of the art technology at the time, whilst only producing the shoe in short and limited runs drove up demand like crazy and turned them into one of the first exclusive mainstream sneakers before Michael Joran decided to do the same. Meanwhile, the Supreme collab marked the beginning of an era that would see countless shoes being produced with hundreds of different styles and a brand image amongst skaters and street culture alike that would last to this day. James Jebbia, Supreme founder states “The Old Skool is iconic, classic skate. In 1996, it was one of the best shoes offered by Vans and really stood the test of time.”

How Vans Became the Most Iconic Shoe on the Planet

By the ‘00s Vans had grown into a $300 million company as they were sold to VF Corp who promised that Vans could still operate independently as long as they went global. With this change Vans moved away from just producing footwear and instead looked to establish their name amongst the 4 pillars; music, action sport, street culture and art. The change saw the Old Skool worn by some of the biggest names in the music scene with artists such as Henry Rollins performing on smaller stages and crowd surfing teens following his rise to the top. Vans developed a musical shoe programme that evolved from small independent gigs into worldwide festivals with fashion styles dictated by genres. With their name plastered in every action sport possible and worn by stars of the 00s it was an inevitability for Vans to keep on growing.

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Kamasi Washington Shares Epic Video for “Street Fighter Mas”

Kamasi Washington just dropped a brand new video for his song “Street Fighter Mas.” After releasing the single from his upcoming double album Heaven and Earth, which arrives Friday, June 22, the A.G. Rojas-directed visuals have arrived. Check it out above.

A tribute to the beloved arcade game, the “Street Fighter Mas” video is a surreal journey where Washington searches for a worthy opponent to face off. Washington is currently in the midst of an extensive worldwide tour. Find out where you can catch his stunning live performance right here.

In other music news, BROCKHAMPTON debuted a new song and announced the name of their upcoming album on ‘The Tonight Show’. Watch their performance here.

Valentino Works with Nas, A$AP Ferg & More Artists for Street-Ready SS19 Gear

Valentino is a fashion house that’s been synonymous with the luxury streetwear wave from its early days. It was one of the first purveyors of high-fashion kicks, and as the fashion market overall became hip to the game, it’s become challenging for Valentino to differentiate itself from the pack.

That hasn’t stopped its team of creative directors, Maria Grazia-Churi and Pierpaolo Piccioli, from creating strong collections season after season. Its sneakers in particular continue to toe the line between covetable design with an athletic appeal and objects of desire that almost look sculptural. For SS19, Valentino really wanted to make a splash, so it decided to delve into something else streetwear is notoriously good at: collaborations.

The Valentino way of approaching collabs is working directly with artists Piccioli is a fan of himself. We got a firsthand look behind the label’s Paris atelier as we attended fittings with Syd, Keith Ape, A$AP Ferg, and hip-hop legend Nas. Piccioli worked with each one to create custom Valentino designs for SS19, all based around a specific animal the artist has a fondness for.

The rest of the collection skewed heavily towards the street/luxury mix, from feathered sneakers to less ostentations silhouettes with metal panels—metallic sneakers being a theme that seems to be in the running as one of SS19’s most visible trends.e

The star-studded fashion show included appearances from NBA players James Harden, Jaylen Brown, PJ Tucker, and Carmelo Anthony as well. Each one has a hand in making Valentino an off-court staple for the league.

Check out our video above for a more intimate look at the process and inspiration behind Valentino’s new artist collaborations.

Y/Project Offers A Sleek and Unique Silhouette for SS19

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“My starting point is always construction” – Glenn Martens, creative director at Y/Project.

Y/Project is known for its choice use of materials, bold volumes and thought-provoking, architectural shapes. For SS19 the label played to its strengths by constructing adventurous silhouettes out of denim jeans, oversized denim jackets, lapelled leather outerwear, oversized sleeveless windbreakers, V-shaped blazers, and brightly colored pants with a single, folded pleat.

Compared to SS18 (the last season was deconstructed and weird, in a good way), perhaps the styles were a little more wearable than we’ve previously seen from Y/Project. Speaking to Martens after the show, the Belgian designer told us that while it’s imperative for his brand to always hit those notes of glamour and drama, “every collection has to be opulent, that’s very important for me”, he was looking to a sleeker silhouette for SS19.

“At Y/Project, we like to challenge everything”

Peep the looks in the gallery above, and in case you missed it check out the surfwear that was popping off at AMBUSH’s Paris Fashion Week presentation

Raf Simons Is Bored of Hoodies

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Raf Simons, your favorite designer’s favorite designer, doesn’t need to prove himself. After decades in the game, Simons’ work is adored both in and outside of the fashion week set, which probably explains why ASAP Rocky casually rubbed shoulders with editors and PRs at last night’s show in Paris.

Simons didn’t break the mold for SS19. His boys were young even by model standards, their clothes ill-fitting. He forwent the usual seating hierarchy, and turned an abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of Paris into a club, squeezing guests together underneath dangling mannequins, an extravagant light show and a thumping Bauhaus soundtrack.

A$AP Rocky at Raf Simons’ SS19 show in Paris.

What Simons did step away from, though, was streetwear. To the journalists gathered backstage, the designer said he was looking for a new look, and that he was tired of simply putting graphics on hoodies. In place of jersey and fleece, Simons used couture-grade Duchesse satin and sparkly, metallic knitwear. He unearthed old photos of London’s punk scene, and blew them up on the few tees that did walk out, as well as bags, scarves and shirting.

Save for the teasers of Simons’ next adidas shoes, which dangled from the ceiling, there was not a single sneaker in sight.

Luxury streetwear is inescapable at fashion week. Houses with zero connections to the scene that birthed Highsnobiety are looking to streetwear’s uniform of tees, hoodies and sneakers as a way of cashing in on younger customers. It’s become tedious and predictable. With one of the world’s most influential designers taking a sharp left turn, there’s a chance we may be in for a change in direction.

Watch BROCKHAMPTON Debut New Song “Tonya” on ‘The Tonight Show’

BROCKHAMPTON stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, their first performance since Boston Calling Festival. Joined by serpentwithfeet, Jazmine Sullivan, and Ryan Beatty, the group debuted a new single called “Tonya”. Watch the full performance above.

The all-American boy band also revealed the title of their upcoming album – the best years of our lives – which was originally called Team Effort, and then PUPPY. The group’s fourth studio album was delayed due to abuse allegations against former member Ameer Vann, who was kicked out of the group as a result.

Revisit “RENTAL” below.

In other music news, Pusha-T just announced a massive ‘DAYTONA’ Tour. Get the full scoop right here.

Here’s What the Fashion Industry Thinks of OFF-WHITE’s SS19 Collection

Virgil Abloh presented his OFF-WHITE Spring/Summer 2019 show at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, and Highsnobiety was there to speak to a few key industry figures and get their takes on the collection.

Co-founder of 424 Guillermo Andrade wants to cop one of the Bart Simpson sweaters, while Justin O’Shea of SSS World Corp favored the wide pants. Tim Blanks, a fashion critic at The Business of Fashion, was into the youthful vibe of the collection — especially that red jacket at the end — while GR8 Tokyo founder Mitsuhiro Kubo liked the Christmas shoutout in the soundtrack.

Watch their reactions above and let us know your own thoughts on the OFF-WHITE SS19 show in the comments.

Now, watch Virgil Abloh make his first Louis Vuitton Men’s collection on IGTV.

Pusha-T Announces ‘DAYTONA’ Tour with Valee & Sheck Wes

Pusha-T is about to continue his winning streak with a North American tour. After releasing his comeback album DAYTONA and proving victorious in his rap beef with Drake (at least, until Drake drops his Scorpion album), Pusha-T will tour across the U.S. (no Canadian tour stops have been announced yet), kicking things off in Denver on July 31. He’ll be joined by fellow G.O.O.D. Music artists Valee and Sheck Wes. Peep the full tour schedule below.

Pusha-T ‘DAYTONA’ Tour with Valee and Sheck Wes

7/31 – Denver – Red Rocks
8/2 – Milwaukee – Rave
8/3 – St Louis – Pagent
8/4 – Kansas City – Midland
8/6 – Detroit – St. Andrews
8/7 – Grand Rapids – 20 Monroe Live
8/8 – Chicago – House Of Blues
8/9 – Cincinanti – Bogarts
8/10 – Cleveland – House Of Blues
8/12 – Boston – House Of Blues
8/15 – Baltimore -Soundstage
8/19 – Norfolk – Norva
8/20 – Richmond – National
8/22 – Myrtle Beach – House Of Blues
8/23 – Charlotte – Filmore
8/25 – Houston – House Of Blues
8/27 – St. Antonio – Aztec
8/28 – Dallas – House Of Blues
8/30 – Phoenix – Press Room
8/31 – Santa Ana – Observatory

Revisit “If You Know You Know” below.

In other music news, check out Ski Mask the Slump God’s ‘XXL’ Freshman freestyle right here.