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Converse Japan Spring/Summer 2014 Chuck Taylor All Star “Summer Knit”

Converse Japan presents its iconic Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette in a much more breathable and lightweight upper for Spring/Summer 2014. The “Summer Knit” offering includes both high- and low-top versions of the sneaker, substituting the silhouette’s original canvas construction with a marled knit approach that’s offered in red, black, or purple. The Converse Japan SS14 “Summer Knit” collection is now available at Tokyo’s atmos for approximately $74 USD each.

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AMBUSH x Maison Kitsuné Fox Fur Keychain

Maison Kitsuné teams up with Tokyo-based jewelry design brand AMBUSH on a set of fox fur keychains. Made of real fox fur, each piece features three gold charms – the Maison Kitsuné fox logo, AMB POW! and AMB padlock – and comes in blue, red and white, as a reference to the Parisian colors of the French fashion house. The keychains were first seen at Le Cabinet de Curiosités in New York and they are now available at Maison Kitsuné boutiques in Paris and Tokyo, the brand’s webstore and AMBUSH’s online shop.

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Brasil Debuts New Nike Away Kit for 2014

Host of this year’s FIFA World Cup, Brasil unveiled its new away kit. The Seleção will enter the pitch wearing the traditional blue jersey updated with a number of clever design twists, alongside Nike‘s latest technology. Inspired by the country’s flora and fauna, as well as its rich history, the jersey features tonal stripes containing tiny geometric circles and diamonds taken from the Brasilian flag. Nike worked closely with acclaimed Brasilian designer Bruno Big to create the pennant tab inside the back of the neck that shows the Southern Cross, the constellation of stars on the nation’s flag. The font used on the jersey is inspired by hand-printed posters found in the streets across Brasil. Going for a slimmer and more tailored fit, the new shorts are white with a cut specifically designed to aid movement and comfort, while Nike’s signature laser vents promote cooling and moisture management.

The Brasil away kit will be available for pre-order on nike.com starting March 19 and available in Nike stores from April 3.

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The Return of Head Coaches in Pro Sports

During the NFL Combine two weeks ago, details surfaced about a proposed trade between the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers centered around Niners head coach Jim Harbaugh, whom the Browns coveted. At first sight, this seems to be unusual given the fact that trades, in the modern era of sports, are being facilitated for players and not coaches. On second thought, you might wonder, “How important is the head coach?,” followed by, “Well if he is that important to pro sports, what is his value then?”

According to several inside sources, Cleveland was willing to give up multiple draft picks for Harbaugh, who undoubtedly is one of the most successful young coaches since coming to the NFL. Reports also say that the close relationship between Harbaugh and former Browns General Manager (GM) Mike Lombardi was the reason why Cleveland made a bid for the Niners coach. Lombardi, however, got fired this month after just one season as the GM, despite doing a splendid job in trying to strengthen the analytical component of pro football while completing several good trades (e.g. the Trent Richardson deal with Indianapolis) to improve the team over the next few years. If you connect the dots, it could have been Lombardi, who tried to bring in one of the best coaches in the NFL, before he surprisingly got ousted by the new ownership.

The Building-Block “Coach”

Lombardi’s focus on installing a great coach, who also serves as a mentor and talent developer for his players, doesn’t come as a surprise. Teams begin to understand that pure talent-hoarding is worth nothing if there isn’t a philosophy behind it, driven by an excellent coaching staff. To go even further, the wrong coach at the wrong time might diminish the growing process of a young player. Jim Harbaugh has proven that he is able to bring out the best in his players by giving them a role within a team-oriented strategy. In the eyes of the Cleveland Browns, Harbaugh would have been the brain to this massively talented body of young players.

Everyone knows by now that this scenario won’t happen. Cleveland moved on and hired Mike Pettine to be their new head coach in light of the front office overhaul. But still, it tells you a lot about the increasing value of good head coaches in professional sports. So valuable, in fact, that several draft picks were offered.

The Return of Head Coaches in Pro Sports

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A Branching Trend

Not every sport is comparable. There are valid arguments for big differences between the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA, especially in regards to the role of the head coach. However, the Harbaugh pursuit happened in basketball last summer when the Los Angeles Clippers traded their 2015 draft pick in exchange for Doc Rivers of the Boston Celtics. LA was determined to bring in one of the best coaches in the NBA to work with all stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The franchise realized that maximizing its talent is only possible with the right head coach at the helm. After just half a season, Rivers was able to elevate Griffin’s game while giving the team a new identity. The result is the fourth spot in the Western Conference, just four games behind the leading Oklahoma City Thunder and a desirable destination for players like Glen Davis or possibly Danny Granger, both of whom are in pursuit of a ring.

Head coaches are becoming increasingly important to the world of modern sports again. Half of the San Antonio Spurs coaching staff began their career as a head coach this season (Mike Budenholzer for the Atlanta Hawks and Brett Brown for the Philadelphia 76ers) simply because they are coming from a winning organization with a successful style of play. The same can be said for Chip Kelly in Philadelphia. He brought his spread offensive to a desperate Eagles organization which adjusted the roster to his philosophy. Due to the injury of starting quarterback Michael Vick, Nick Foles took over and blossomed in this role. In the past, big names with big contracts would have succeeded against young, unproven players. In understanding that the path to success is finding the right players for a winning system, the Eagles put an end to the Michael Vick-era in Philadelphia.

The Return of Head Coaches in Pro Sports

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Call It a Comeback

In spite of all this, Jim Harbaugh would not be the first NFL coach to be traded. However, he would’ve been the first NFL coach since Herm Edwards in 2006. Jon Gruden, Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells were also traded. And truth be told, the man on the sideline is more significant in the NFL than the NBA because of the lesser amount of games and the nature of the game. Basketball has always been an athlete-driven sports, both in marketing and on the court. Yet, the growing perception in professional leagues is that a great head coach can beat a great player. Franchises want to become dynasties. While great players are rare, teams try to emulate other successful programs such as the New England Patriots or San Antonio Spurs. Both teams are constructed well, starting with the head coach all the way down to the last player on the roster.

Jim Harbaugh clearly is on his way to join this exclusive club. He reached the NFC championship game in all of his three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers after they were a disaster under former head coach Mike Singletary. Reasons enough for the Cleveland Browns to make this godfather offer. We all buy players’ jerseys and celebrate their performance on the field. From a marketing standpoint, this will never change. However, teams understand that by evaluating and developing talent, the proper head coach is the most important piece of the puzzle for a winning future. The 49ers didn’t reach the playoffs under Singletary and the Dallas Mavericks wouldn’t have won the 2011 NBA title without head coach Rick Carlisle. Even the star-studded Miami Heat wouldn’t be as successful without the forward-thinking Erik Spoelstra. Head coaches are no longer just game managers. They define success with their vision, their strategy and dedication to the team.

Jim Harbaugh might not be the most likable head coach in the NFL. He is probably not even the most likable Harbaugh in football. However, if you are a 49ers fan, you feel exhilarated about him being the head coach of your team. He makes his players better by putting them into a winning situation. Head coaches like Jim Harbaugh or Doc Rivers change the outcome of a game. And the best thing about the reincarnation of the head coach – young candidates have the chance to thrive, as seen with Brad Stevens with the Boston Celtics and Frank Vogel with the Indiana Pacers.

 

Written by Robert Jerzy for Highsnobiety.com

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A Kind of Guise Spring/Summer 2014 “Strada Per Limone” Lookbook

German label A Kind of Guise presents the lookbook for their Spring/Summer 2014 collection. Based in Munich, the brand’s founders often find themselves in northern Italy and as such, their latest offerings are inspired by the colors and silhouettes of the area’s atmosphere in spring. Exuding a casual vibe overall, the collection is comprised of top-notch fabrics lending their Spring/Summer 2014 garments a luxurious feel and look. Light jackets, knitwear, button-down shirts, slacks and shorts make up a majority of the collection, while the Italian-inspired aesthetic manifests itself through a range of classy suits in both voluminous shapes as well as more fitted cuts. As always, denims and cottons from Italy, Germany and Japan are exclusively handcrafted by small local German manufacturers, resulting in yet another excellent collection from the upcoming brand.

Shop the first drop from A Kind of Guise’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection here.

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KENZO Spring/Summer 2014 “Fish” Collection

KENZO presents a maritime-inspired capsule collection for the Spring/Summer 2014 season. Debuting at New York Fashion Week this past September, the collection is comprised of two sweatshirts and three T-shirts, one of which simply states, “No Fish, No Nothing.” All the proceeds from the limited edition collection will benefit the Blue Marine Foundation.

The Fish collection is now available exclusively at Opening Ceremony and at KENZO’s official online store.

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France Unveils New Nike National Team Kits for 2014 World Cup

The future of French football recently unveiled the new national team away kit for 2014. France will compete in Brazil this year in an away kit that combines their style and flair for fashion with the best in performance innovations to produce an elegant new look. The “Marinière,” a classic French design motif, makes a subtle return to the away jersey in the form of a tonal grey mariner stripe. The jersey also features a new crest, inspired by the classic cockerel worn by the French team in 1958. The away jersey has a stand collar, and inside the back of the neck is a small pennant featuring the red, white and blue colors of France’s tricolor flag.

The shorts are midnight navy blue and feature the same stylish and unique denim effect found in the home jersey. Along each side of the shorts is selvedge-style taping, inspired by the premium denim edge-finishing technique. “I love the new kit, simple and elegant. And not only does it look great on the pitch it also helps to keep us comfortable and focused on our game,” said French player Raphaël Varane. The French national team away kit is now available at Nike to pre-order.

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Watch the Official Music Video for Lykke Li’s “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li has just dropped the music video for her single, “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone.” The intimate video contains very little action and is instead led by the limited lighting which falls over Lykke, casting shadows as she slowly spins around. It reflects the overall tone of the song and its simplicity, as it features just an acoustic guitar underneath Li’s beautiful voice.

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Herschel Supply Co. Spring 2014 “Pacific” Print Collection

The latest addition to its growing body of unique hand illustrated work, Herschel Supply Co. presents the “Pacific” fish print collection for Spring 2014. Capturing the beauty of six Pacific Northwest ocean fish as an all-over pattern, the print stimulates the abundance of spring season. Taking inspiration from a vintage fish poster at a local market, the Herschel Supply design team translated the intricate drawings into functional pieces of art. The print covers the exterior of seven silhouettes, including the Little America, Settlement, Market XL, Sutton Mid, Novel, Token and Anchor Sleeve. The Spring 2014 “Pacific” print collection is now available at Herschel Supply with prices starting from $24.99 USD.

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