AnOther has partnered with 1 Granary to create a series of Emerging Talent pieces, celebrating some of the most exciting upcoming creatives working in fashion design today.
“I went through the normal teenage time: listening to heavy metal on max volume, skateboarding and having a garage band, then I got into ska and reggae…” Korea-born, US-raised designer Rok Hwang is reminiscing about his teenage years, spent living in his family’s…
Jeanne Moreau is not only one of the great actresses of our time, she’s also a larger than life persona – a cult figure, and a heroine. She has worked with some of the most legendary movie directors of the 20th century: Welles, Cocteau, Antonioni, Buñuel, Fassbinder and of course had a close collaboration with François Truffaut. I first encountered her when I moved to Paris and met the actor Melvil Poupaud. In 2007, he starred in the François Ozon movie, Le Temps qui…
Male grooming is big business now and there’s a seemingly endless list of creams, potions and lotions available for us to fill our bathrooms with. But in all seriousness, how many of them do we actually need? We mean, what is eye serum? Is that actually something we should be aware of? Is it something we should be using? The answer is probably not. So, how many other products are out there that we can cast aside and which ones should we actually keep in our bathroom cabinets at all times? Let’s take a look.
The product: Anti-shine cream
Unless you’re cursed with the greasiest of faces, anti-shine cream is probably something you can live without. Just as well really, given how expensive it can be. Even if you do suffer from the dreaded shine, you can usually combat it by making sure to wash your face properly in the morning and evening, opting for a lighter moisturiser and applying less of it and staying away from junk food – all of which is pretty sound advice anyway.
The product: Beard oil
Unless you’re sporting a giant lumberjack beard with a texture thick enough to scrub an old BBQ with, then you can probably leave the beard oil on the shelf. Don’t forget you can use a moisturiser on your beard (if it’s not too long) and your main concern is it being too rough. However, if you’ve got a beard like a wire brush then beard oil is an essential and will help to keep it in shape and soft – it all depends on your facial fluff.
The product: Moisturiser
A good moisturizer is a must in any man’s bathroom. You’ll need it in the winter to prevent the cold from drying your skin out and you’ll need it in the summer to shield you from the sun. When choosing, try to go for products with natural ingredients. You’ll also want to steer clear of women’s products as they’re not heavy enough for male skin – opt for something that’s specifically formulated for men. Basically, anything with ‘MEN’ written on it is probably fine.
The product: Eye cream
Eye cream is designed to wake the skin around your eyes up in the morning, but really, it’s a bit of a farce. Granted, it feels quite nice and does take some of that heavy, tired sensation away, but actually, the same effect can be achieved by splashing your face with a bit of cold water. So, buy it if you want, but you definitely don’t need it.
The product: Conditioner
Unless you’re rocking a shaved head, conditioner is a must. With all the ‘3 in 1’ men’s hair and body wash products on the market, this area of male grooming is often overlooked. However, as is the case with most things, if you want your hair to look its best, you’re going to have to put in the leg work. Adding some conditioner into your morning bathroom routine can take your barnet to the next level.
The product: Facial scrub
Your skin cells are constantly replacing themselves, leaving dead ones behind. Using a facial scrub will help to get rid of these dead skin cells, leaving only the fresh new ones beneath. Using a face scrub two or three times a week will ensure that your skin is always looking radiant and healthy, just don’t forget to combine it with a decent face wash too, as it’s not a substitute.
The Idle Man is a contemporary, purely menswear retailer with a selection of brands such as Barbour, YMC, Fred Perry, Lacoste as well as their own brand range. They have curated a go-to destination for men’s clothing and lifestyle. Alongside the e-commerce site, they also run The Idle Man “Manual” – another destination for fashion guides and tips, interviews with designers & music artists and trend reports. With an average readership of 2 million a month, they have made great strides from when the blog started just over two years ago.
We’re teaming up with this fantastic retailer to offer one of our loyal readers a £100 voucher to spend on their website. The Idle Man Spring/Summer 17 collection is inspired by the modern trend towards an emphasis on natural pastel hues alongside bold print designs. Neutral colours such as black, navy and tan remain a secure foundation throughout, whilst the inclusion of bolder shades like pink and yellow bring a brighter element of detail to the collection. SS17 trends also see a selection of unique textures such as denim, corduroy and heavy stone cotton that allow you to play around with different layers. To get 10% off online be sure to use our unique discount code ‘MWS2017’ at checkout.
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With innovation and creativity at the heart of adidas’ DNA, today marks a landmark occasion for the brand which, with the launch of its first-ever laceless performance running silhouette, continues to challenge convention and once again sets new boundaries.
Inspired by running culture, and quickly becoming one of the most iconic and celebrated footwear silhouettes of the last decade, with the integration of a laceless silhouette the UltraBOOST is reimagined for pinnacle performance like never before. Innovations and advances in Primeknit construction and yarn engineering have made laceless running a reality. Combined with an energy-returning BOOST sole, urban running creators need not feel tied down or restrained, but are now free to unleash their true greatness.
The integration of form and function defines the UltraBOOST Laceless and serves to simplify and refine the central elements of the silhouette. Taking a new approach to the insights of Aramis, a motion tracking technology that enables a detailed analysis of the movement of the body, the designers at adidas integrated key support and functionality features to construct a minimalistic and stylish upper that contours the foot, leaving the wearer feeling unstrained, unlaced and free to create.
Stephan Schneider, Senior Product Manager, adidas Running, said: “In removing laces, such a fundamental component of the silhouette, refinement of the remaining core elements was paramount. We reimagined the Primeknit architecture, making it more supportive and compressive to enable runners to feel released and empowered to achieve their full potential. What we have created is the most intuitive UltraBOOST yet and a new chapter in the history of our family.”
Primeknit, one of adidas’ most famous innovations is central to the design of the UltraBOOST Laceless, and has been through advanced testing and modification to ensure runners are super-dynamic and free to move, but also supported and stable to achieve peak performance. To create a snug, compressive feel, four innovations are key. First and second are the new sock-like fit and collar construction design which delivers a seamless fit and allows the foot to move in harmony with the upper, as one single unit. Third is the reduced amount of stretch in the knitted upper whilst, finally, a forged Primeknit band is integrated around the midfoot to provide support and lockdown, with expansion zones in the forefoot identified by Aramis. These features combine to contour the foot in a supple, supportive and lightweight construction for a smooth and highly responsive ride.
Oliver Sweeney never chase menswear trends, that’s a fact. They prefer to make shoes and clothing that pushes boundaries and stands the test of time. It sounds simple, but it’s probably hard work. This brand is consistently coming up with innovative techniques and new materials to enhance their traditional craftsmanship skills and they’re constantly updating their classic styles and collections with alternative detailing and finishes. On the back of the success of Oliver Sweeney’s Ultraleggera launch in June 2017, they’ve expanded their casual range to include an update of Correre. Featuring the same lightweight high-performance sole, the upper has been dip dyed and then hand burnished to create a truly eye-catching finish.
Another exciting development this year is the inaugural denim collection. Hand crafted in Portugal, they’ve selected denims from two iconic mills, Cone Mills and Candiani. The best jeans are all about the materials and the constructions, so developing a denim collection was a natural next step for the brand. Denim ages beautifully over time, just like the best leather, so Oliver Sweeney have drawn on extensive knowledge of patina and hand finishing to create something rather special. Don’t miss the cotton velvet blazer which is a style the brand re-introduced specifically for the festive season. This luxurious plush fabric has been sourced from the iconic Pontiglio mill in Italy, regarded as one of the best fabric mills in the world. So, plenty to look forward to over the coming months.
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Famed YouTuber Brad Hall is back with another episode of ‘How Comfortable Is This Shoe?’ For the first time, he pits two newly-minted classics against each other, the adidas UltraBOOST 3.0 “Triple Black” and the Nike Air VaporMax “Triple Black.” Each sneaker undergoes vigorous trials, including a sit test, a stand test, and the most difficult of all — the walk test.
Watch the video above to see how your favorite fared in the comfort tests. Then, watch Hall teach you how to hide your sneaker addiction below.
In other sneaker news, adidas teases all-new, technical EQT sneaker.
According to Business Insider, sneakers are a $55 billion industry, and an enterprise that traverses the entire globe. Manufacturing regions are scattered around the world, from the colloquially named Shoe Valley in Italy and Northampton in the UK, to the factory-cities in Vietnam and China.
Naturally a made-in-Italy tag carries a different connotation than made-in-China, but in today’s social media-driven age, many would probably contend that limited colorways carry more clout than quality manufacturing. With different investigations from within the industry, some reporting on the thousands of Chinese-owned factories manufacturing in Tuscany, Italy, it may be time to re-assess current stereotypes associated with overseas manufacturing.
Below, we hit up some friends of ours in the industry to ask what their take is on the current state of sneaker manufacturing, and to ask the big question – do you really care where your sneakers are made?
Deon Point, Concepts: atmos x Air Max 1 “Elephant,” Jordan 1 “Royal,” Air Max 97 – all in one day.
Lawrence Schlossman, Grailed: The last pair of sneakers I bought were a basic black pair of Vans Old-Skools. I haven’t really bought too many hyped pairs, or got involved in any of the releases lately.
Hikmet Sugoer, Sonra, formerly Solebox: ASICS x Wood Wood Gel DS Trainer, Nike Hyperadapt 1.0 and adidas Originals YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Cream White.”
Michael Dupouy, ALL GONE & Club 75: NikeCraft x Tom Sachs Mars Yard Shoe 2.0, CLOT x Nike VaporMax, and ASICS Gel Mai OG.
Deon Point: These days not as many, roughly 5 or 600.
Lawrence Schlossman: I haven’t been buying much recently, but I think if you look at like my purchase history, I probably buy a new pair of sneakers a month, I would say.
Mikkel Krath: It really depends, I’m a lot more selective than I used to be, but I’d say on average it’s probably one pair per month.
Hikmet Sugoer: To be honest, I rarely buy sneakers for myself these days. If I like a certain pair, I wear it for a long time as a daily beater. But to guess, let’s say about five pairs a month.
Michael Dupouy: It’s hard to say, sometimes nothing for two months, sometimes three the same week. It really depends on the releases.
Deon Point: atmos x Air Max 1 “Elephant,” made in China.
Lawrence Schlossman: Vans. They are made in China.
Mikkel Krath: Right now I’m wearing the made-in-USA New Balance 990v4.
Hikmet Sugoer: Today I wore the Solebox x adidas Ultra Boost Uncaged. Made in China.
Michael Dupouy: The three I just mentioned aboved are all made in Asia.
Deon Point: Of course price isn’t a concern if the level of quality warrants the tag.
Lawrence Schlossman: Yeah, I’m absolutely willing to pay more for a product if I’m under the impression they’re going to last longer, obviously the current side of the political climate in the United States – I’m not going to get too into it – but I do think that’s something I think about a little bit more now. Like the origins of this stuff that I’m buying, and then even potentially the political meaning of the shoe company itself. Clearly there was all that drama with L.L. Bean and New Balance…
When it comes to paying more, based on where a shoe was made and how it’s made, for me, that is really only coming into play when we’re talking about maybe more high end stuff like Hender Scheme or a pair of boots. But when it comes to basic sneakers like adidas or Nike or Vans, I know where this shit is made. I understand some of the dubious nature of some of the conditions under which the shoes are made, but to be completely frank, I’m not really thinking too much about what goes into making sneakers unless I’m going to drop a big chunk of change. Like I said, on a brand like Hender Scheme or something like that.
Mikkel Krath: I am not really too phased about where an item is made, I look at the quality of an item over anything else. I do buy footwear from the UK and the US, however, I don’t overlook products coming out of Vietnam and China.
Hikmet Sugoer: Yes, I try to support local manufacturing in my daily life as much as possible and I am willing to pay more for this.
Michael Dupouy: Sure, I can always pay a bit extra to support locals.
Deon Point: As someone that works closely with brands creating product I have come to appreciate minor flaws. Human error as opposed to factory perfect. I do like my shoes pristine though don’t get it misconstrued.
Lawrence Schlossman: Just because the sneaker is made in the United States, if it looks like shit, it doesn’t matter to me where it’s made.
So I understand the merits of the stuff, I’m not naïve, obviously a lot of times for domestically manufactured stuff or brands that are putting a lot of thought into where their stuff is made, I understand the quality is going to be better. But for me when it comes to sneakers, aesthetics are the most important thing. So I’m not going to buy a shoe that I deem, subjectively of course, but that I deem as not great looking just because it’s made in the United States. I think that some brands really use that as a selling point, but to the point where other things get left by the wayside. Just because something again is made in the United States, if the design isn’t agreeable with me, it doesn’t matter. You know what I’m saying?
So it’s just one of many factors that go into a purchase, at least for me.
Mikkel Krath: I think both the USA and UK are producing high quality product due to the fact that they have been refining their craft for many years. Not only do they have the infrastructure to support the creation of high quality goods, but the people working for some of the bigger brands take huge pride in their jobs and have been perfecting their skillset for many generations.
Hikmet Sugoer: If a product is locally produced for a local consumer, we can avoid hurting our environment, due to a few factors like eliminating transportation. The company can also better control the production processes, and local production can better react to trends due to lower lead times. Companies doing this will also strengthen the local economy, which means more jobs, more money, better infrastructure, and so on.
Michael Dupouy: For some strange reason, made-in-USA or made-in-UK sounds more authentic and better made.
Lawrence Schlossman: I would say Victory Sportswear, I’m pretty sure they are stocked at Nepenthes, you know that’s a brand and a store that I really respect. So for me, that’s a good enough cosign for me to shout out Victory Sneakers. But yeah again, I’m not going to front, it’s not something that I’m super concerned with.
Ultimately, if I saw a sneaker that I like, like an adidas Gazelle, I just really like Gazelles, to me it doesn’t matter where that Gazelle was made. If it looks good and the price point is agreeable, I’m gonna cop that shoe regardless of whether it’s made in China or whatever.
Mikkel Krath: I have been a big fan of New Balance for many years, purely based on the level of craftsmanship they’re able to achieve. There are also a few newcomers to the sneaker world that are producing their sneakers locally, however, for a lot of them I don’t think the quality is there just yet, especially for the prices they are asking for. I guess that’s why I am a fan of New Balance, not only are you are getting a solid product, but the price is easily justified.
Hikmet Sugoer: New Balance, Danner, Red Wings, Dr Martens, Diadora, Church’s, Birkenstock, Kangaroos, adidas, Sonra, etc.
Michael Dupouy: Some New Balance, Diadora, and Le Coq Sportif are made locally. I think Sonra makes everything in Germany.
Deon Point: To be honest, I haven’t really followed between the two, other than noticing an increase in Vietnam production, most likely attributed to production costs.
Lawrence Schlossman: It’s one of these things where just because a shoe is manufactured in China or Vietnam or a place that maybe there’s some stigma against when it comes to quality, if they’re using premium materials, and I pick that shoe up and that shoe feels good … for example, Vans Vault. I’m pretty sure they’re just like a little bit more expensive because they use better materials or whatever differentiates that shoe from standard Vans. Again for me, the country of origin it doesn’t always really reflect the actual quality of the shoe, especially when premium materials are being used. But for the most part, for me personally, I’m always going to air to what is the cheapest priced one.
Mikkel Krath: As long as there are fair working conditions in place, and the product is of a high level, I won’t hesitate buying sneakers from either place.
Hikmet Sugoer: Sadly people associate those places with poor quality compared to American or European-made products, which is not always fair. Made in Asia can be great. They are able to produce high quality products. But the consumer wants cheap prices, so brands are cutting down the FOB (Free on Board, refers to shipping prices) prices to reach the target price for the market, which is demanded by the end consumer. So let us not blame the brands or Asia. Let us blame ourselves.
I hope that we educate ourselves and our children to consume more consciously. Quality over quantity.
Michael Dupouy: I have zero problems with it. Some made-in-Vietnam or made-in-China pairs are also perfectly made, and I don’t associate those regions with poor quality.
Deon Point: Judging by my closet I would be a hypocrite to answer yes.
Lawrence Schlossman: No. I do not.
Mikkel Krath: For me it comes down to the quality of the product, and not necessarily where it is made.
Hikmet Sugoer: Yes, but I am sure this is part of growing up and getting older and getting children. You become more responsible. You think about things you never thought before. We have one world. One environment. One nature. We have to consider the generations that come after us.
Michael Dupouy: Honestly? No. It might sound stupid, but I don’t want to be a demagogue and claim that the country of origin matters. I recently got sneakers made in Asia from a brand that usually manufactures everything in Europe. I couldn’t tell any difference! A good factory is a good factory, wherever its origins. There are good factories in Asia, and bad ones in Europe or USA. And vice versa.
As I said before, a made-in-France pair, or made-in-Italy shoe will sounds always better, and I will probably pay extra money for it. But only if it’s a real true and proven fact, and not just a marketing thing.
While a pair of $300 made-in-USA or made-in-Germany kicks is certainly a nice addition to any sneaker closet, and using spending power to support local economies is a positive thing, the bottom line is consumers and casual sneakerheads do generally want and expect cheaper prices, which truthfully comes second to political or ethical concerns about manufacturing conditions, for most people.
For those who would opt for locally made shoes, brands like Victory and Sonra do exist, but bigger brands aren’t offering as many choices. Obviously adidas produces a huge majority of their products in Asia, but the German sportswear brand is taking steps to manufacture in France and Germany, which is something we’re not really seeing from Nike.
Most iconic shoe styles are mass-produced overseas, like the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star, the Vans Era, or the Nike Air Force 1, as well as hyped models like the adidas Ultra Boost or Nike Air VaporMax.
I, for one, would love to see Vans being made in California again.
FILA is hot right now. Thanks to the rebirth of logomania and a huge cosign from streetwear darling-of-the-moment Gosha Rubchinskiy, the ’90s sportswear staple has enjoyed a Lazarus-like comeback into the foremost thoughts of the fashion elite.
This past week, the brand doubled down on its rediscovered popularity by opening the doors to a pop-up museum in Shoreditch, London. Showcasing wares old and new along with campaigns from decades past, for nostalgia trippers and fans of retro-flavored gear, this was the ultimate day out. How much, we wonder, would that FILA-branded motorcycle (slide #6) fetch in today’s market?!
If you weren’t able to make it along, peep what you missed out on in the gallery above.
When you’re finished, reinforce your ’90s sportswear arsenal with some of these key pieces.
Launched back in April, Uniqlo has just restocked part of its smash-hit collaboration between KAWS and Peanuts.
The initial release was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it affair, with many pieces selling out near instantly at locations worldwide. As well as two T-shirts, fans will be able to cop the snuggly Snoopy plush toys, which are available in both small and large sizes.