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Field Notes Spring 2014 “Shelterwood” Memo Books

Although all paper comes from trees, the latest Field Notes seasonal release is literally made of wood. The brand’s Spring 2014 “Shelterwood” edition features covers made from actual American cherry wood, sliced ever-so-thin and bonded to a substrate of kraft paper for durability. Thanks to the natural texture of the wood, no two “Shelterwood” memo books are the same. The wood covers are sustainably produced, with just a few 60″ logs converted into 5000 feet of what’s called sheer veneer. The covers are left uncoated with text printed in a triple-hit of ghostflower white, which remains slightly opaque. Inside covers are mossy green text on kraft paper, the guts of the books are finch fine soft white 70 lb. text stock, ruled in maidenhair green and bound together with three sturdy gold staples. The “Shelterwood” memo books are now available online for $9.95 USD, limit four per customer.

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Download the De La Soul Mixtape ‘Smell the DA.I.S.Y.’ with Production by J Dilla

In 1989, a little known group from New York released an album that would change the course of hip-hop. De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising sounded like nothing else: spoken word, skit, and psychedelia; sampled exhaustively, sampled from life. After dropping a couple recent audio nuggets, we’re now privileged to announce the latest bit of material from De La Soul, Smell the DA.I.S.Y., with production from none other than J Dilla. In addition to the new music, the “Bundle” download also features a J Dilla documentary, an audio letter, and wallpapers. Smell the DA.I.S.Y. can be downloaded here or streamed below.

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NBA Signature Shoes Recreated as Hip-Hop Albums

Designer Patso Dimitrov recently put his talents to great use and recreated his favorite NBA signature shoes based on some the best rap/hip-hop albums from the past few years. The designer paired LeBron James’s Nike LeBron 11 with Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne; Paul George’s Nike Zoom Crusader with Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city; Kyrie Irving’s Nike Zoom HyperRev with Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; and Kevin Durant’s Nike KD 6 with Jay’z Magna Carta… Holy Grail. Take a look at the rest in the gallery above and let us know which are your favorites in the comments below.

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Sneakersnstuff to Open a New Store in London

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, Sweden’s Sneakersnstuff has announced that they will be opening a new storefront in London. The upcoming 2,000 sq. ft. brick and mortar will be located next to the newly opened Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street. “In many ways, London is the capital of Europe, so for us it was the most logical first step outside Sweden,” said Erik Fagerlind, co-founder of Sneakersnstuff. Scheduled to open its doors at the end of May, we’ll be sure to give you an inside look of the space once we have the opportunity.

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Tudor Heritage Black Bay “Midnight Blue”

In 2012 Tudor introduced the Heritage Black Bay, a diver’s watch with a true heritage look and feel. Today, as part of Baselworld 2014, the brand has unveiled a new midnight blue version of the watch, which is essentially a more modern take. Straight lines, deep black dial, sharp silver and white hour markers and a contrasting midnight blue bezel. Housed in a 41mm steel case, the watch comes with an unidirectional rotatable steel bezel, the Tudor Calibre 2824 movement and is water proof until 200 meters. Along with the Heritage Ranger, Tudor is off to a strong start this year.

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The Practicality of Good Design | 5 Sneakers Reappropriated by Skaters

The Practicality of Good Design | 5 Sneakers Reappropriated by Skaters

While skaters are spoiled for choice these days, with modern sneakers boasting high tech innovations like shock absorbent soles and super resilient uppers, it hasn’t always been this way. Early skate shoes were either technologically primitive or extremely ugly, or a combination of the two. Given the decades-long cross-pollination that has occurred between skaters and other urban subcultures, it’s hardly surprising that many looked to streetwear and hip hop to find appropriate footwear, often finding use in basketball and lifestyle shoes that had the desired characteristics of flat soles, flexible uppers and cushioned ankle support.

Of course, it didn’t take long for brands to realize that their shoes were being used on the board and the recent release of the Nike SB version of the Air Jordan 1 is the latest in a long line of non-skate shoes that brands have re-issued specifically for the skate market. So join us as we break down some sneakers that like the Air Jordan 1, have crossed over from athletic and lifestyle origins to become part of skateboarding history.


The Practicality of Good Design | 5 Sneakers Reappropriated by Skaters

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

Originally designed as a basketball sneaker, the Chuck Taylor was the first ever athletically endorsed shoe back in 1923 – decades before Jordan, Koston and Janoski became household names in the footwear industry. The timeless sneaker has been adopted by everyone from rappers to punks and – due to its flexibility and thin sole – skaters. While the shoe’s design is almost 100 years old and the canvas upper tears in a heartbeat, skaters still flock to it and ollie holes aren’t so much of a problem when beaten up Chucks are all part of the look.


The Practicality of Good Design | 5 Sneakers Reappropriated by Skaters

Vans Authentic

While Vans is synonymous with skateboarding these days, the Authentic was originally designed as a deck shoe and was only used on the board because of its durability and excellent grip. It wasn’t until Stacy Peralta and Tony Alva added a padded collar to create the Era that Vans made a shoe specifically designed for shredding, and the company has been at the heart of skate culture ever since. While the Authentic is basic compared to many of the high-tech offerings available today, it is still adored by skaters as it epitomizes skateboarding’s SoCal roots perfectly.


The Practicality of Good Design | 5 Sneakers Reappropriated by Skaters

Nike Dunk

Another basketball shoe appropriated by skaters due to its flat sole and cushioned heel support, both high and low-top versions of the Dunk have been the source of some of the most sought-after sneaker collaborations of all time. High profile, insta-sellout Nike SB collabs with the likes of Supreme, Staple and Diamond Supply Co. have shown skate shops not only the importance of crowd control, but also that their customers can hype a shoe just as much as sneakerheads. Given the huge influence of hip hop and streetwear on skate style, it’s hardly surprising that the Dunk has been so popular. It’s perfect for riding in and fits effortlessly into a wardrobe of graphic tees, hoodies and caps.


The Practicality of Good Design | 5 Sneakers Reappropriated by Skaters

Reebok Workout

Workouts hold a special place in British street style. The all-white colorways are absolutely unbeatable and have been adored nationwide by everyone from ravers to hipsters due to their light weight and soft soles. A quick anecdote: the most commonly recorded footprints at British burglaries are from Reeboks. The Workout, alongside Stone Island and Ralph Lauren, is a mainstay of the terrace casual look so popular with hooligans, dealers, geezers, barflies and skaters. The Workout’s flat sole, cushioned ankle collar and relatively low price make it ideal for the board and its place in history was cemented when London brand Palace collaborated with Reebok not once but twice, recreating the Workout with premium materials and a highly skateable vulcanized sole.


The Practicality of Good Design | 5 Sneakers Reappropriated by Skaters

Nike Air Jordan 1

While its cousin the Dunk has been a SB staple since the imprint’s birth in 2002, it has taken 29 years for Nike to give the Air Jordan 1 the official skate treatment. Originally championed by Bones Brigade legends Lance Mountain and Craig Stecyk (whose signature graffiti writing adorns the AJ1 SB’s insole, back panel and inner collar), the sneaker’s release coincided with the rise of jump ramps, when skaters realized they needed extra cushioning to cope with the demands this high impact style of skating placed on their ankles. While Nike has always taken pride in its futuristic and innovative approach to product design, the release of the Air Jordan 1 x Nike SB proves that they are also well aware of the brand’s past and the importance its product holds in various subcultures.


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Surface to Air x Kavinsky Varsity Jacket

First coming to prominence after his track “Nightcall” appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, Kavinsky is gearing up to release his debut album OutRun. To celebrate this occasion, Parisian design collective Surface to Air worked with the musician on a limited edition varsity jacket.

How did the collaboration come about?

I’ve known the S2A team for years. Surface to Air Studio, more particularly Charlotte Delarue, did my album OutRun‘s artwork and cover. So the idea of a collaboration came up pretty naturally.

Why did you decide to collaborate on a varsity jacket?

I guess it’s because that’s the aesthetics I like. I’m a lot into the ’80s and the varsity jacket is a classic piece I love to wear. My avatar wears one in my album artwork as well.

What materials did you use?

It’s made of leather for the sleeves, wool with a bit of cashmere for the body – but I’m probably not very accurate. Also, the “K” and the “Kavinsky” logo are in full embroidery on the chest and on the back.

What is the idea behind the design?

The idea was to stick to my imagery and to my character – to create a jacket that could symbolize my album OutRun as well as myself

How do you integrate fashion into your live shows and your musical persona?

I don’t really. I mean as I said earlier, I’m a big collector of anything from the ’80s; from Jaws to The Goonies and Back to the Future. I love the aesthetics and the clothing from that time. I collect sneakers, tee shirts, watches. It’s just who I am, I don’t really make any effort to integrate fashion in my persona, I always dress the same way.

What’s it like playing a venue as historic as L’Olympia?

It’s huge. It was an amazing moment to have all this audience and all my friends and family there for me. Probably one of my best live memories.

Can we expect more collaborations from Kavinsky and Surface to Air in the future?

That experience was great so who knows? Yes…


The collaborative jacket will be available at Surface to Air stores, and beginning April 10, with preorders on beginning April 3.

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Rolex Milgauss “Z Blue”

After having presented already the new GMT-Master II and the Sea-Dweller 4000, we finish our reporting from all Rolex Baselworld 2014 announcements with the above Rolex Milgauss. When introduced with its green sapphire crystal in 2007, the watch world certainly turned its heads, now they have matched the crystal with a brand new electric blue “Z” dial, resulting in an interesting new aesthetic. The new dial stands in strong contrast to the orange lightning bolt seconds hand and seconds marks. Yet another refreshing watch in the Oyster family of the brand, with a release scheduled for later this year.

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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000

An icon in the diving world, and probably the most iconic diving watch on the planet, Rolex presents the latest version of it, the Sea-Dweller 4000, at this year’s Baselworld 2014.

The newly updated Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller 4000 comes as a 40‑mm‑diameter technical model, waterproof to a depth of 1,220 metres (4,000 feet), and features all the latest Rolex standards of innovation: Cerachrom bezel insert in a ceramic virtually impervious to scratches and ultraviolet rays; Chromalight display with long-lasting luminescence; paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring; Oysterlock safety clasp; and the Rolex Glidelock extension system. Last but not least, the watch of course comes with the groundbreaking function for which the Sea-Dweller is renowned, the helium escape valve.

Look out for a release of the new Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 in the coming months.

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