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Kah-Lo – the rapper, singer, and songwriter hybrid born Faridah Seriki – is planting her seeds in Western soil. The Nigerian-born artist has been making music back home for some time, but only got noticed on this side of the world two years ago with the single “Rinse and Repeat”, a bumpin’ tune she made with British electro DJ vet Riton. Last year, the track was nominated for Best Dance Recording at the Grammys, and its respective music video currently has over seven million views on YouTube. The golden nod is considered the ultimate sign of prestige for many artists, but Kah-Lo’s conscientious of the subsequent pressures that come with fast fame. And upon chatting it up with her, it’s apparent that her humble approach to stardom will result in a career that stretches beyond a mere fifteen minutes.
Kah-Lo is not your archetypal African musician, either. While most artists coming out of the continent are riding the Afrobeat wave, she’s in her own lane. Her roots are prevalent and can be heard in her tone and vernacular, but musically, she’s on a different tip. She lays down vocals over bass-heavy house tracks like “Fasta” and “Fake I.D.”; both songs easily could have been from London, or NYC, or Chicago or Detroit. Reminiscent of the ‘90s, an era when dance music was brimming with colors and birthed a new form of self-expression – primarily for black underground artists who were creating movements, well before the genre went global. Her astuteness, both sonically and geographically, speaks volumes. It also doesn’t hurt that her music is pretty damn good.
We caught up with Kah-Lo shortly before the release of her newest single with Riton, “Ginger”, to chat her illustrious place in the music world.
I have a closet in Lagos, Nigeria. I have a closet in New York. I don’t have a closet in London. I pretty much live out of my suitcase.
That’s a good question. I would say ‘no,’ because as far as house music, that comes from DJ Riton. He’s been doing this for like, 20 years. He knew all these branches of house music that I’d never heard of in my entire life. The melodies, lyrics and hooks are mine, but what you just described is Riton.
With the music we’re putting out right now, it’s mainly Europe. Those guys vibe to it the most. New York comes second, and Lagos last.
When it comes to my music specifically, it’s mostly more Nigerians from the diaspora who went abroad and moved back, or who are more open-minded, that get my music. It’s not a lot of them, really. But there are those that really appreciate the sound. Unfortunately, I haven’t done a show out there yet. So, I can’t really say ‘Okay, it’s this amount of people.’ But it’s not comparable to Europe or New York.
Yeah. It would be nice to have a bigger presence where I’m from. But for now, I’m just naturally letting it ride out. I make music that I like.
When I first started I was in Nigeria, but when I started taking it more seriously I was in New York.
When I was a kid, people who inspired me to become a musician were American. It was mainly an American dream, almost. I didn’t come to America specifically to pursue that. I came here for school. I had already told my parents I wanted to make music, but as African parents, they are like, ‘School first.’ So, I did school, and then that finished, and they were like ‘Law school’, and I was like ‘Nope! You said school first – school is now finished. I’d like to do what I originally what I wanted to do.’ I ended up staying for another three or four years to make that happen.
I would say universal because like I said, the artists that inspired me were American. Sade also inspired me; she’s British-Nigerian, and she’s never shied away from that. But her talent transcends where she’s from. Even if we go away from that for a second and look at Lupita Nyong’o; her acting talent transcends where she’s from. I want that to happen, because a lot of the Nigerians who made it on that global scale were Nigerians that grew up abroad. It’s very rare to see ones who grew up in Nigeria. Like, no matter how far we go they still say, ‘You’re still this African/Nigerian artist.’ But if I had one dream, it’s to be properly global. The only artist that I can think of who achieved that is Rihanna. She’s from Barbados, and she’s become one of the most successful artists of our time. She’s unashamedly Bajan. That’s what I’d like to do.
Well, as I said, I just want a place where my talent transcends all of that. I didn’t even think it to be an issue until I googled black female artists of the past, like, 20 years, and I realized that 90, if more of them, are light-skinned. I was properly shook; I didn’t think it was that big an issue, but the Beyoncés the Rihannas, they’re all lighter-skinned. Amara La Negra is really pushing that right now. And she’s a dark-skinned artist speaking out; she’s become the most successful cast member of the Love and Hip-Hop Miami cast. People are seeing her as an example, and they’re really looking up to her. You would think with the internet we can transcend that and not dwell on it as much, but I have seen that it’s something that we darker skinned artists should be very much aware of… it just makes me sad inside.
I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s been smooth necessarily. I’m also new to the industry. I can’t really complain about the pay gap, for example, because I’m new. I don’t have the clout to do certain things, but at the same time… I do try to be as assertive and aggressive. But there are those little challenges where you’re being assertive, but you’re still considered soft-spoken. It makes me feel like I need to be an outright bitch for people to understand that I’m being assertive. If I say I want two buns in my burger, but you didn’t hear me, and you give me one bun, do you want to me to bitch-slap you across the counter before you give me two buns? [laughs]
Stay tuned for more from Kah-Lo. Catch she and Riton on tour this year at one of the following dates:
May 21 – Wonder Ballroom, Portland, USA*
May 22 – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, CAN*
May 26 – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, USA*
May 27 – Observatory North Park, San Diego, USA*
June 1 – The Nines, Dallas, USA ^
June 2 – LooLoo, Mexico City ,MEX ^
June 9 – Splash House, Palm Springs, USA ^
July 20 – Splendour In The Grass, Byron Bay, AUS
July 20 – Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney, AUS
July 21 – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne, AUS
July 22 – LIMF, Liverpool, UK ^
August 11 – Boardmasters, Newquay, UK
August 11 – Sailors, Newquay, UK ^
August 17 – Pukkelpop, Belgium
August 24 – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
August 26 – Reading Festival, Reading, UK
August 26 – SW4, London, UK
Sept 11 – Ibiza Rocks, Ibiza, Spain
For more of our interviews, read our recent print feature with Kelela.
Key Pieces: The second drop of Jakarta-based Public Culture’s “Lucid Dream” collection serves up an array of graphic pieces that take inspiration from vintage film posters and advertisements. The graphics are further punctuated by floral imagery and mixed typography throughout, presented via a visually compelling lookbook shot on film.
Editor’s Notes: For more under-the-radar hits, check out Sagittaire A, the anonymous brand that doesn’t need a logo.
Supreme and Levi’s are back for Spring 2018 with a new range of denim goods that includes a pink, pinstriped jacket and accompanying jeans.
The beloved New York City skate brand has worked again with heritage label Levi’s, this time creating a custom-fit stonewashed pinstripe Trucker jacket and custom-fit stonewashed pinstripe 550 jeans. As always, the goods are made exclusively for Supreme, with three colorways to choose from. While you’re waiting for the drop, catch up the previous release from Supreme and Levi’s, which included snakeskin-printed overalls for Fall 2018.
The collection releases in-store in New York, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London, Paris and online on May 24th, while the Japanese drop follows on May 26.
Today, ACG is synonymous with the technical, heavily zippered, GORE-TEX-infused designs of Nike collaborator Errolson Hugh, who helped Nike revamp the ACG line several years back.
But Nike’s ACG (All Conditions Gear) division was first introduced in 1989, with a vastly different aesthetic from today. Over time, the ACG range developed a cult following for its retro ’90s colorways, and for silhouettes like the Nike ACG Mowabb, as well as the Humara, the latter of which was treated to a Supreme collaboration in 2017.
Now, Nike looks to be bringing back even more late ’80s and early ’90s items from the golden era of ACG. Japanese publication PRODISM has just teased another look at the ACG Dog Mountain sneaker, plus accompanying outerwear and accessories, in the form of a windbreaker and camp cap.
It was the pained refrain heard at coffee shops and bars throughout America in November 2016 after the unexpected results of the Presidential election: “at least art will be better under Trump.” The reason being that oppression, negativity, divisiveness, and instability is often a recipe that freethinkers can channel into progress in many creative mediums.
Although the entire portrait of Trump’s presidency has yet to be painted, we can already see that some incredibly vibrant and original art, often lumped under the “woke” banner, has already been created in response.
“Woke” is a term used so often in culture that it has taken on a sense of parody. But, it is useful. When we talk about being “woke,” we talk about actual awareness and analysis of the social, racial, and gender issues that are important to the lives of marginalized Americans.
Any TV show can work in a MAGA hat or a reference to the President Trump’s radioactive orange tan – those are simply sitcom-style jokes which have existed in one form or another since TV became a commonplace item in everyone’s home.
It takes a truly special television show to actually present and analyze relevant social issues – in direct response to Presidential leadership – while also telling a compelling story.
Many of these “woke” shows don’t even mention the President. But, all of them shine a dramatic light on the challenges of our specific moment, and offer the audience an opportunity to meditate on how the ills of our society could be improved.
Here are the shows that make us laugh, cry, and ponder a world where Donald Trump is the President of the United States.
In this second year of the Trump era, Donald Glover has cemented himself as one of the most significant artistic voices of dissent in American life. Only perhaps Kendrick Lamar has had a more distinct and resonant response to the ills of this particular moment. With both his work as Childish Gambino and as the executive producer of Atlanta, Glover has emerged as one of a few voices to truly define the counterculture in the Trump era.
Absurd times call for absurd stories. Glover and series supervising director, Hiro Murai, understand this perfectly, and they’ve created the pitch-perfect environment for their show. The stories of Atlanta have been been equal parts compellingly human, and dreamily detached from reality. With its mix of absurdity, irony, and painful reality, Atlanta evokes some of the best artistic tendencies of the equally disenchanted Nixon era. Just as Hunter S. Thompson and Kurt Vonnegut would bend reality to expose its sheer ridiculousness, so too does Glover.
The list of pressing modern issues addressed on Atlanta so far read like a list of the greatest ills of the Trump era. Police brutality, white supremacy, and systemic poverty have all emerged as major themes of the show. And yet, there is humor, hope, and the sheer beauty of creative expression that manage to shine through in every episode.
Atlanta might be the most important artistic reaction to the Trump era so far. It is certainly the most relevant show on television. The series stands besides Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Jordan Peele’s Get Out, and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project; as both scathing indictment of our political moment and a loving ode to the people most deeply impacted by American oppression.
When The Handmaid’s Tale debuted in April 2017, the consensus was that this show was was some kind of terrible prophecy, reflecting in the logical extreme the rapid changes that were happening under Trump – specifically as it related to the plight of women under his hardline approach to reproductive rights and his war with Planned Parenthood.
Margaret Atwood, the author of the source material, admits that the show would have had a different feeling had Hillary Clinton defeated Donald Trump, saying, “If, for instance, Hillary had won, people would have said, ‘Dodged a bullet! This isn’t going to happen.’”
While Trump’s presidency has been conservative, the theocracy of The Handmaid’s Tale is closer to a nightmarish extension of a Mike Pence or Ted Cruz presidency. Gilead is essentially an evangelical theocracy – built upon a stance that buoyed Ronald Reagan to the presidency – with a little bit of New England puritanism thrown in.
It makes sense then that the red, hooded costume of the handmaid has become a ubiquitous presence at real-life protests of various abortion bans and restrictions being foisted on America by the more evangelical wing of the Republican party.
Elizabeth Moss’s incredibly pained, yet deeply resilient performance as Offred has become a powerful symbol of feminist struggle in the Trump era. Moss’s work, showrunner Bruce Miller’s scripts, and Margaret Atwood’s source material are so powerful, that it is very likely that the power of this story could outlive Trump. It is likely that as long as the terrible American tendency towards misogynistic fundamentalism persists, the image of Offred will remain sadly, deeply relevant.
The Daily Show and the The Colbert Report were the political shows of the Bush era. Jon Stewart’s snarky father figure assured college students overwhelmed by the faith-based stupidity of George W. Bush’s presidency, while Stephen Colbert mocked the Fox News talking heads that their parents were numbing themselves with after work. While The Daily Show continues today, albeit in a different form, Last Week Tonight is the essential late night show of this political moment.
Trump’s presidency has been defined by a disregard for the truth. John Oliver’s show fights back against that with rigorous and thoughtful accuracy. Whether Oliver is tackling multi-level marketing schemes, crisis pregnancy centers, or corporate consolidation, he and his team offer the discipline of a show like Dateline or 60 Minutes, while still managing to entertain.
Even when Oliver isn’t explicitly touching on something related to the Trump administration, he is critiquing the structures that birthed Trump. The laws that corporate interests and obscure political realities make it difficult to keep up with all of the various scheming hucksters in our world. The pace of the news cycle under Trump makes staying informed even more difficult. Each week, Oliver offers his audience a small life raft, providing a sane and reasoned explanation of one of those issues that might have slipped through the cracks. As a whole, his analysis helps to exposes the harsh realities of our broken system.
Ryan Murphy and writer Tom Rob Smith had a tough act to follow with the second season of American Crime Story. Veteran biopic writers, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, had already delivered one of the best seasons of television of all time with their work on The People Vs. OJ Simpson which had been released during the run-up to the election, and when the realities of race and gender in America were a daily conversation.
While the second season of the show didn’t receive the same universal critical acclaim or ratings buzz that the show saw in season one, it was no less affecting as a cultural critique.
If season one, more or less, was about race and gender, season two, more or less, was about the LGBTQ experience and the different roads that Gianni Versace, Andrew Cunanan, Jeff Trail, and Lee Miglin were forced to take.
By telling all of these different stories, Murphy and Smith ask us to reflect on the gay experience in America, both in terms of how far we’ve come, and in terms of how far we still have to go.
Lena Waithe became a cultural force thanks to her performance as Denise on Master of None – as well as her work in the writer’s room which earned her an Emmy for season 2 highlight, “Thanksgiving.”
Waithe used her newfound cultural capital to do something completely different from Master of None. Reflecting on her time growing up in Chicago, Waithe delivered the sprawling, stunning drama, The Chi.
What The Chi achieves is revolutionary, yet beautiful in its simplicity. Rather than telling the story of a murder from the point of view of the police, as something to be solved, the show tackles a crime from the perspective of the community it impacts. With each episode, we watch the incident ripple and reverberate through the city as the show examines the effects of the crime on an individual level.
Often in crime shows we get the sense that the detectives, and by extension the audience, love this shit. They have such a fascination with the morbid aspects of murder, you get the sense that this is where they want to be than prodding bodies at a crime scene. What is so refreshingly real about The Chi is that you very clearly get the sense that these characters would rather be doing anything else than reckoning with the dead body of one of their own.
In The Chi it is what is happening around the crime that is actually most important. Though this may seem like a simple decision, the humanity that comes from such a small decision can be revolutionary.
While the show is sometimes compared to contemporaries like Atlanta and Master of None – shows often described as “surreal” and “emotional” – Dear White People is self-consciously rhetorical and intellectual. Episodes often play out as debates regarding a particular issue, owing a debt to Greek theater, whereas most modern shows model themselves after Shakespeare.
This approach sometimes limits the dramatic weight of the show, but at the same time, Dear White People is among the most challenging series on television. Episodes often begin with Samantha (Logan Browning), who hosts a radio show that shares the TV show’s name, outlining the issue of the week with an argument as a monologue. If this is Greek theater, she is our chorus. The episode then delves into the issue du jour, which often relates to race. However, Dear White People has broad and curious interests. One of this season’s strongest episodes is about abortion, and is brilliantly directed by feature film veteran, Kimberly Peirce.
Season 2 of Dear White People leans into itself even more than the first season – relying on references, debate, and hot button topics to create a cultural document that reflects our particular moment – while also acknowledging the artistic forces that have shaped both the show and the times. This season also introduces a conscious meditation on African-American history that enriches the series intellectually and visually.
Though the show was cancelled by Netflix after just one season, Seven Seconds managed to pack a punch, even if its punches sometimes landed unevenly.
The title of the show comes from the time it took a white police officer to run down a black teenager with his SUV. The show not only explored the event, but also the racial and cultural dynamic surrounding it. Thus, we see how black lives are often deemed unimportant in the law enforcement community, but also why a seemingly moral cop could make the decision to walk away out of fear that he would be lumped in with other bigoted police officers who had crossed the line out of malice.
A cast anchored by national treasure Regina King offered a 2018 version of the tried and true procedural formula helmed by crime drama veteran, Veena Sud (creator of The Killing). While The Chi attempts to subvert and reimagine earlier efforts in this genre, Seven Seconds wondered if the classic crime show can thrive in the 21st century. Even if the mix of old-fashioned twist and turn storytelling didn’t always vibe with the progressive subject matter, Seven Seconds was a worthy attempt.
Unless Donald Trump is impeached, Broad City will end before his presidency does. The fifth and final season of the show will air in 2019, and the series finale will mark the end of the one of the most comfortably feminist shows on television.
Launched during the Obama years, the show’s effortlessly charming humor became a strangely effective protest once Trump came on the scene. Of all the various cultural appearances she made, it was Hillary Clinton’s cameo on Broad City that resonated most with the millennials the candidate so desperately wanted to reach.
Even from its origins as a plucky indie web series (back when people were watching plucky indie web series), Broad City was smashing the Bechdel Test by offering the world a stoner comedy duo without testosterone or sexual tension.
If Sex and the City was the standard bearer for an evolved generation of women in the ’90s, Broad City will be remembered in the same way when TV historians look back at the early 2010s. SATC understood sex as something that is normal and that women want. This was revolutionary television. Broad City went beyond SATC – and even Girls – by framing sex as one of the many complicated issues that millennials face, along with paying rent, holding down a job, and getting baked. It wasn’t necessarily that sex was always casual, but it is just one of a number of things on the to-do list. And almost always, friendship is higher on that list.
When Broad City pegs its way into the sunset, it will be sorely missed, not just an antidote to Trump, but as a joyous expression of the highs and lows of those first steps of adulthood.
They say living your best life is the best revenge. Maybe the best revenge against Trump is living life like Abbi and Ilana.
A number of the political shows that have launched in recent years bear the imprint of The Daily Show very strongly. While Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver are critically acclaimed, there is the sense that the current moment requires something more than more Boomers and Gen Xers working in the familiar form pioneered by Jon Stewart. Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas is a confident, if imperfect step, towards creating a truly millennial take of political comedy.
The show is still finding its way. Cenac’s monologues sometimes feel forced. Certain segments hit harder than others. But, when the show works, it really works. In particular, Cenac’s insistence on actually going to affected areas and speaking to organizers is effective when discussing issues like prison abolition and police brutality. Where many comedy shows love to interview right wing monsters and take them down a peg, Cenac wants to hear from the people trying to make a difference. And while he rarely drops his cooler than thou persona, he offers his subjects an empathetic ear.
Cenac’s enlightened slacker tone doesn’t always make him the perfect messenger, but he sometimes has the perfect message. Watching Problem Area work out its problem areas is fast becoming one of the great TV joys of 2018.
If you haven’t seen I Love You, America yet, you’ll likely be struck by how personal it is. While a number of TV creators have been drawn towards trying to finding big picture solutions in the aftermath of Trump’s election, Sarah Silverman presents I Love You, America as her particular journey towards understanding.
Yes, Silverman does make treks to Trump country to goof around with southern conservatives, but this is just one piece of the late night pastiche she has created. In addition to her field pieces, she does traditional late night monologues, outrageous sketches, and in-depth interviews with progressive figures. While sometimes this all feels a little underbaked and overstuffed, just as often the show offers the perfect amount of anarchic self-discovery.
The net result isn’t exactly a razor sharp political vision or a crisp half hour of comedy. And it isn’t meant to be either of those things. The show is as fun, messy, and complicated as Sarah’s personal journey seems to be. While the show isn’t exactly long on solutions, it is a fun place to be for a half-hour each week.
When it was announced that Queer Eye For the Straight Guy was being rebooted, there were some concerns. While the show was well-received in its day, the original Queer Eye has a heavy dose of campy tokenism when viewed a decade later. As the American relationship with the LGBTQ community has evolved, the show would have to evolve as well. And it has.
Empathy is the name of the game in the rebooted Queer Eye. The new Fab Five equally prioritize the external and internal. And rather than simply focusing on “straight guys,” the help that the Fab Five provide isn’t merely presented in the binary of gay and straight. What the “Queer Eye” is looking at in this version is the way that men deny themselves happiness in service of some rigid vision of masculinity.
The most affecting episode is probably the first episode because the Georgia man they are helping is just as big hearted as his newfound mentors. There won’t be a dry eye in the house as you watch him realize what he has denied himself for almost six decades of life.
Is Queer Eye here to provide penetrating cultural analysis? No. But, the way that the slick and charming show can find deeply affecting moments and examine the strange realities of our cultural divide is worth its weight in TV gold.
Queer Eye is the feel good show of the year. But, more importantly, it makes you feel good for the right reasons. And, most importantly, watching it might leave you thinking about ways that you could be letting yourself feel better.
Gentrification is usually only discussed on television in the context of white guilt. The communities being displaced rarely get a chance to be heard from, outside of a token appearance or an embittered monologue.
Set in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles – and starring an all Latinx cast – Vida tackles the story that we’ve seen in a number of millennial dramas from a new perspective.
Following the death of their mother, two sisters, Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada), have to figure out what to do next. One of them is a free-spirited local and the other is the uptight businesswoman who left home: they both get along and don’t get along in that way only sisters can. They are left to deal with the bar their mother owned and her “roommate” (Karen Ser Anzoategui) who is really more of her widow.
The show has the soapy veneer and steamy moments you would expect of a teen drama, but it is all in a service of a story that isn’t often heard and people who aren’t often heard from. After years of primetime soaps starring beautiful white people in beautiful downtown apartments, seeing this familiar genre from a fresh point of view feels essential.
Shows like Vida remind us that representation isn’t as simple as color-blind casting in superhero movies. The diversity shouldn’t just be in the cast, but in the stories that cast gets to tell.
Nicki Minaj was the musical guest for this week’s episode of Saturday Night Livehosted by Tina Fey and as part of her appearance she starred in a trio alongside Fey, Aidy Bryant and Kate McKinnon. A parody of sister group Haim, “Friendship Song” rips into ex-boyfriends and coworkers, and features a fiery verse from Minaj.
The Trinidadian rapper appears around the 2:30 mark, where she walks up to the crew and says, “Oh girl, I don’t even need to know who it is. I’ll rip up her life, yo, kick the knife.”
She then proceeds with the lines: “Let’s punch her in the face and take her jewels/ It’s May, you know we don’t play with those April fools/ You shoulda seen her face, I was me, Ady, Katie and Tina Fey… Ooh, ooh-ooh ooh ooh/ Honey, we caught the shade that you threw.”
SNL acknowledged that the skit was cut for time but that didn’t stop the execs at NBC from sharing it online. The real Haim got wind of it and shared their thoughts on social media, as seen below.
A$AP Rocky has shared the artwork for his upcoming album Testing.
Further imagery shared by rap pundit Elliot Wilson gives us another glimpse at the artwork, which reveals the album contains musical collaborations with Skepta and Kid Cudi, as well as Moby. Not long ago, a teaser appeared on Instagram, previewing the very same summer banger between Skepta and Rocky that could be on this upcoming album.
To coincide with the announcement, Rocky has also hosted a performance art session in Sotheby’s, titled “Lab Rat.” The artwork continues a crash test dummy theme, which Rocky most notably incorporated into his wardrobe on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, wearing a custom “Flacko” boiler suit created by Australian artist Pauly Bonomelli, aka @himumimdead.
Take a look outside, people. The sun is shining! (At least we hope it is wherever you are). With winter mercifully over for another couple of month, it’s time to resign your Timbs to the closet and welcome in a new fleet of lighter, more breathable footwear.
Shopping for summer sneakers is fun — you can experiment with brighter colors and bolder patterns — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy. Between now and September, brands will be flooding the market with more heat than they would any other time of the year, making it difficult to decide on what to cop. Do you go with a slip-on or lace-up? Canvas or suede uppers? And what to wear on those days when it showers?
Keeping that in mind, Highsnobiety staff has come up with a list of their favorite kicks that will keep your feet cool, both figuratively and literally, as the mercury peaks.
“The Anaheim edition is a subtly upgraded Vans Slip-On that features vintage details like glossy foxing tape, plus mixed suede and canvas on the upper. Traditionally not the most comfortable shoe in the world, but the new UltraCush padding helps a lot. These go with anything. You can beat the hell out of them and re-up next summer.”
Nike Zoom Fly SP “Turquoise”
“These are my favorite summer sneakers for several reasons; they’re super comfortable, you can rock them with pants or shorts, you can slip ’em on without socks, and the colorway is tropical AF.”
Converse x COMME des GARCONS Play Converse Low
“One of my favorite go-to summer sneakers has to be the COMME des GARCONS Play Converse. The light beige colorway makes it perfect for summer, and the low top silhouette also keeps it casual and relaxed.”
Highsnobiety x Superga 2750 “Deep Blue”
“Like I said in our initial launch post, Supergas are the perfect summer sneaker. The crepe sole seals the deal for me, and I like how we used a full suede upper on this deep blue colorway, which is a color that is generally one of my favorites overall. I can’t wait to see how these wear in after months of use during beach trips or the Spring/Summer 2019 menswear shows during fashion month in July.”
adidas Originals ClimaCool 1 OG
“The ClimaCool was way ahead of its time upon release back in the early ‘00s and wouldn’t look out of place in a Raf x adidas collection in the current day. In terms of pure function over form, I can’t think of a better summer shoe.”
adidas Originals Stan Smith ‘Pero’
“These are so elegant and could totally be an everyday summer shoe. They could also work for evening holding their weight with the extreme attention to detail and textures. The price point is rather depressing, though.”
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Apple is rumored to be planning a new campus in the Raleigh region of North Carolina. While Techcrunch reported earlier in the week that Apple was looking to Virginia for its next campus buildout, Raleigh news station WRALreports that the tech giant is in fact due to announce Research Triangle Park, NC as the actual site.
According to a source who spoke to WRAL, the deal is in the final stages of confirmation.
The establishment of a second Apple campus will bring with it thousands of news jobs and an estimated $1.5bn of investment, as well as average salaries of $130,000 a year. It is said that the brand is looking for a favorable tax deal from the North Carolina legislature in return.
In more tech news, Epic Games just announced that Fortnite is due to be launching on Android later this year.
Following January’s Medicom Toy collaboration, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artwork is set to appear on another set of limited edition toys, this time with Kidrobot. The collectible manufacturer has just released a set of 18 “Dunny” figures, adorned with the New York artist’s unmistakeable work.
Since the artist’s passing in 1988, his artwork has been extensively mined for product collaborations. The artist’s work has appeared on spray cans, Uniqlo T-shirts, and even tequila bottles. In 2013, Supreme produced a capsule collection featuring tees, shirts and jackets decorated in Basquiat’s unmistakeable handiwork.
Head over to the Kidrobot webstore to pick up the figures, which are priced at $11.99 each.