It’s Official: the Nike Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago” Returns In May

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Brand: Nike

Model: Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago”

Release Date: May 12

Price: $140

Buy: Nike

What We’re Saying: Rumored initially last year, the Nike Air Jordan 1 KO “Chicago” has been confirmed to drop on May 12 via Nike SNKRS.

The AJ1KO was first released in 1986, ditching leather for a full canvas upper. Other differences to the original Air Jordan 1 include AJKO branding replacing Air Jordan on the wings logo, as well as a Vandal outsole.

To date, the meaning behind what “KO” stands for remains a mystery, though some believe it to stand for “Knock Out.” The AJKO was retroed for the first time in 2011, with subsequent re-releases following in 2011, 2012, and 2014. This will be the first time since 2014 that the AJ1KO will be officially released, making it a hotly-anticipated drop.

So far, a release on Nike SNKRS is confirmed and it remains to be seen whether select retailers will be dropping them as well. Stay tuned for more.

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Noon Goons Taps YG For Its Hardest FW Collection to Date

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Brand: Noon Goons

Season: FW20

Key Pieces: Noon Goons came through with three hard AF, cruelty-free outerwear options for fall. The Chateau Crocodile Jacket, the Fame Fur Coat, and the Shoreline Shearling Coat are perfect options for a cool SoCal night.

Release Date: Summer 2021

Buy: Noon Goons

Editor’s Notes: Noon Goons kept it local once again, shooting their FW21 in their downtown LA offices. And who better to showcase some of its best outerwear pieces to date, than Los Angeles’ defining gangsta rapper of the last decade: FRONTPAGE cover star YG.

In many ways, the two were made for each other. The “Out On Bail” rapper donned their FW19 Zebra pattern knit cardigan to the 62nd Grammys and now, he’s given his local LA brand another invaluable co-sign. Shot by founder Kurt Narmore, YG models standout pieces from the collection FW21, including The oil-slick black Chateau Crocodile Jacket and the Calico Western Flannel.

Scroll through the gallery above to browse some of our favorite pieces from the collection, including Noon Goons staples, like the Icon Sweatshirt, Tag Sweatpants, and their baggy-fitting Glasser Denim Pants.

Kendall Jenner, Jonah Hill, Zoë Kravitz & the Curious Case of The Row

Has The Row, arguably fashion’s ultimate stealth wealth symbol, dipped its proverbial toe into influencer marketing waters? That’s the online chatter after Jonah Hill, Zoë Kravitz, and Kendall Jenner all co-signed the label on Instagram yesterday.

Hill and Kravitz posted the same image on their respective accounts last night, sending Twitter in a tizzy and provoking the never-not-excitable Page Six to ask if a “tantalizing” relationship might be on the cards. Such speculation is unconfirmed, but we do know that both are huge fans of the Olsen twin-helmed label. Hill, for instance, has been wearing it since the first menswear collection dropped in 2018, showcasing their inaugural offering on the cover of WSJ. He also described it as the GOAT brand during an appearance on the now-renamed Failing Upwards podcast.

On the same day, Jenner uploaded a photo of her wearing head-to-toe The Row (what a fit it was, BTW) when out in New York, adding further fuel to the rumors that we might be seeing some kind of orchestrated campaign playing out (actually tagging the brand account was also unusual). If you ask us, it’s unlikely a label that has spent years crafting such a precious image and aura of exclusivity would suddenly pivot down the route of full-on, Givchenchy-esque celebrity endorsements, not least in the age of Bottega Veneta and Daniel Lee, who has shown that silence might well be the best way of making noise online. Perhaps this is The Row’s way of making a splash — a reminder that it exists as the uber-wealthy get ready to spend again — without really, well, making much of a splash.

In summer 2020, rumors emerged suggesting The Row was facing financial turmoil that could see its menswear line shuttered entirely. That did not transpire — the Olsens instead unveiled a new action plan to show men and women’s in January and June. But whether it’s back on a pre-pandemic keel remains to be seen.

Subtle PR in a bid to crank up sales, or a happy coincidence where three celebrities (two of them being superfans) happen to wear the same brand on the same day? Either way, people are talking about The Row. We’ll wait to see how this one plays out, all the while still hoping it might wind up in TJ Maxx.

Patta Pays Homage to One of Italy’s Greatest Strikers

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Brand: Patta x Diadora

Model: N9000 “Game On”

Release Date: Friday, April 30

Price: TBC

Buy: Patta (online and in-store in Milan, Amsterdam, and London)

What We’re Saying: Building on their catalog of strong collaborations, Patta and Diadora have teamed up on a special edition of the latter’s cult-favorite N9000. Dubbed “Game On,” the project is a nod to Patta’s strong ties to football. The sneaker takes inspiration from one of Italy’s most iconic strikers, Christian Vieri.

Patta previously reworked the N9000 in 2014, also taking inspiration from ’90s football players back then, specifically Marco Van Basten. The latest collaboration is a continuation of that theme and aligns strongly with both brands’ roots.

Vieri became the most expensive player in the world in 1999 when Inter Milan paid Lazio €43 million for the striker’s services. He was sponsored by Diadora in the ’00s and is remembered as one of Italy’s footballing greats.

A “9” detail on the heel of the co-branded sneaker is a nod to Vieri’s number while playing. The “Game On” N9000 is made in Italy and features an upper composed of reverse nubuck suede, leather, and nylon mesh. A classic gum sole rounds out the look.

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Why Is Vetements Changing Its Name?

Vetements may be gearing up for a radical rebranding. Trademark filings uncovered by The Fashion Law suggest that the Zurich-based brand is either getting ready to change its name entirely or release a sub-label.

From April 2020 to February of this year, Vetements filed upwards of 25 different trademark applications for registration with intellectual property offices in various territories including the USA, Italy, Singapore, the European Union, and Switzerland, for “VTMNTS.” According to filings, the new name is intended to be used on everything from garments and accessories, and retail store services to fragrances, eyewear, and jewelry.

There could be many reasons for a name change, ranging from a radical new brand direction to the launch of a sub-label. But maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves and Vetements could be up to something more innocuous.

A name change would make sense for one major reason. Given that “Vetements” literally means “clothes” in French, the brand has faced significant pushback from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in response to trademark applications – as the name merely describes the types of goods that it makes and sells.

By dropping the vowels and going for an all-caps stylization, Vetements – or the less literal VTMNTS – could simply be trying to do away with a headache and protect its logo-laden designs.

Still, Vetements’ bread and butter is shock factor. The brand recently hinted at “BIG ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON” on Instagram. And when discussing the Vetements Burger earlier this month, CEO Guram Gvasalia told WWD, “We always look for alternative ways to do things. There are more exciting launches in different countries coming this year, and not only food.” Are these hints at something big coming, or has Vetements fooled us again?

Kurt Cobain’s ‘The Last Session’ Photoshoot Is What NFTs Are Made for

The NFT bubble is becoming bigger and bigger, and so are its releases. Today, we’ve got another NFT release on our hands that could be more ground-breaking than the rest. Never-before-seen photos from Kurt Cobain‘s famous last photoshoot – dubbed ‘The Last Session’ – are going to sell as non-fungible tokens.

The iconic photoshoot took place just a few months before the Nirvana frontman’s death in 1994. Now, photographer, Jesse Frohman has launched a website to auction off more than 100 photos from that day as NFTs.

According to the website, multiple contact sheets and negatives had never been scanned prior to the creation of this drop, so some of the images have not yet been seen publicly. As of 12:00 p.m. ET on April 28th, anyone can preview thumbnails of the images online, but only buyers will receive the one-of-one high-resolution versions.

Today I’m proud to announce my first NFT drop of iconic images from my photoshoot of Kurt Cobain in 1993. The images, some of which have never before been seen, are from Kurt’s final photoshoot six months prior to his passing. #NFTCobain Link in bio

— Jesse Frohman (@jessefrohman) April 28, 2021

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Frohman said: “I wanted to do something that other people hadn’t done before. It’s something so special that won’t be offered again.”

The auction starts on May 3 at 12:00 p.m. ET and goes on until May 7, 6:00 p.m. ET. The starting bid for the holy grail is 27.27 ETH — a nod to the singer’s age — which roughly equates to $72,000. It wouldn’t be surprising if bidding dramatically exceeded this figure – for context, a pre-NFT-craze cardigan from said photo shoot sold for $75,000 in 2019.

A portion of the proceeds from the NFT sale will be going to the JED Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises awareness of emotional and mental health and preventing suicide for teens and young adults.

The Last Session photos make the ideal case for NFTs. We all know that NFTs are designed to give you unique ownership of something that can’t be copied and we’ve seen people dish out millions for all kinds of NFTs from sex tapes and YouTube videos to tweets and t-shirts. But literally owning a moment that is so deeply important to music fans and culture seems exactly in line with what NFTs are made for.

Anyday’s Microwave Cookware

Four bowls with features designed to enhance the capabilities of the countertop appliance While neither new nor fancy, the microwave is one of Anyday founder Steph Chen’s favorite appliances. Pots and pans for ovens and stoves are too numerous to count, but there aren’t many cookware collections designed especially for the microwave—despite them inhabiting 90% of kitchens. Chen aimed to change that through Anyday, with the …