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Bodega’s Latest Reebok Collaboration Is Its Most Timeless Yet

Following its nature-inspired 15-year anniversary collaboration with Pleasures, Bodega has just revealed another partnership – this time with sportswear giant Reebok.

This isn’t the first time the two have collaborated. Bodega has previously added its own spin to Reebok silhouettes including the Instapump Fury, Daytona, Aztrek, and Run 96, and this time around, is taking on the classic Reebok Club C 85 and Club C Legacy.

The Club C 85 sees a predominantly white leather upper with a contrasting brown lining and matching outsole. Finished off with a vintage-inspired midsole and white laces, the collaboration is timeless and minimal. The same brown hue featured on the 85 is also seen in the Club C Legacy, which features a suede upper together with a mesh toe box and a glossy dark brown midsole. Finished off with brown laces, purple detailing as well as a small tag with Bodega’s logo embossed in shiny gold.

The sneakers take on a much more minimal approach compared to previous collaborations between the two, and are set for an August 6 release date, according to the reveal shared by Bodega on Instagram. There is yet no information as to stockists or release time, but make sure to stay tuned as any more information surfaces.

No One Is Cooler Than 13-Year-Old Women’s Street Skateboarding Champion Momiji Nishiya

Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, skateboarding was officially added to the list of Olympic sports. Now, the games have kicked off and we’ve seen both the men’s and women’s street skateboarding competition, resulting in one of the youngest Olympic champions ever.

13-year-old Momiji Nishiya has become Japan’s youngest Olympic champion, taking home the first-ever Olympic gold medal for women’s street skateboarding yesterday in Tokyo. The title previously belonged to swimmer Kyoko Iwasaki, who in 1992 took home a gold medal at the Barcelona games at age 14.

Alongside Momiji Nishiya’s gold-winning 15.26 points, 16-year-old Funa Nakayama also took home a medal for Japan, coming in at 14.49 which earned her the bronze. In second place came Brazil’s Rayssa Leal (also 13 years old), who finished at 14.64.

Host country Japan has already seen great success in skateboarding after Yuto Horigome won the first Olympic gold medal for men’s street skateboarding, in addition to Momiji and Nakayama’s victories.  Japan has seen a total of 10 medals so far in the 2021 games – six of them gold.

The history-making event has already gotten lots of attention worldwide, with athletes praising the young competitors. “It’s history, and I’ve just witnessed it. First-ever Olympics and I was able to skate with them,” said skater Margielyn Didal, a 22-year-old from the Philippines, who also competed in the games.

The second skateboarding category, Park, will take place on August 4th and 5th and will feature talked-about competitors like 12-year-old Sky Brown competing for Great Britain, as well as more young athletes keen on making history.

Official Images of the “MX Cream Clay” Foam Runner Surface

Brand: adidas YEEZY

Model: Foam Runner MX Cream Clay

Release Date: TBC (Rumored to be August 2)

Price: $80

Buy: YEEZY SUPPLY, adidas, and other select retailers

What We’re Saying: Following mock-ups and leaks, we now get our first look at official imagery of the adidas YEEZY Foam Runner “MX Cream Clay” colorway. The divisive design sees a muted, beige base colorway get covered partly in brown and gray. The colors are applied in a random, brush stroke-esque pattern across the sole, heel, and quarter panels of the shoe.

The adidas YEEZY Foam Runner has become one of the most popular YEEZYs, reselling for several times its retail price on platforms such as StockX and dominating Instagram feeds shortly after its release. This, although the sneaker was clowned when it was first unveiled due to its unorthodox design. The one-piece construction — using environmentally-conscious material derived from algae — reminds strongly of Crocs Clogs and has spawned a number of luxury fashion imitations.

According to reports, we can expect the “MX Cream Clay” Foam Runner to drop on August 2. A countdown to that date is set on YEEZY SUPPLY, fueling the rumors. Take a look at the official images above and stay tuned for concrete release information as we get it.

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AMBUSH x Nike Heads to the Future With Megan Thee Stallion

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AMBUSH is gearing up to release its fourth collaborative Dunk High together with Nike this week, and ahead of the anticipated launch, the label has revealed its new campaign starring both Yoon as well as Megan Thee Stallion.

The visuals feature the upcoming vibrant yellow sneaker as well as collaborative apparel in bright colors, including pink and neon green. The glowing hues are a nod to Tokyo’s bright lights and anime culture, Yoon writes on Instagram, adding that the collaboration illustrates the “surprising ways sport can transform the aesthetics of daily life.” “Inspired by Japan’s motorcycle subculture, I designed the Motorcycle Jacket and Pant to be as futuristically fashionable as they are functional,” the designer adds.

Megan Thee Stallion stars in the campaign, wearing the collaboration’s unisex co-branded top, jacket, and pants, with the sneakers to match. The rapper also sports bleach blonde hair with streaks of green, pink and black, as well as a futuristic motorcycle helmet to top it all off. She’s spoken about her love for anime throughout her entire career, both through her music and interviews, as well as dropping merch lines and shoots inspired by the genre, making her the perfect person to front the campaign.

The apparel collection will be releasing alongside the anticipated AMBUSH x Nike Dunk High on July 30, and will be releasing online at Nike’s website, SNKRS, AMBUSH as well as at select retailers. Take a look at the futuristic and anime-inspired campaign, and don’t miss the drop this week.

The Newest Snipes Collection is All Kinds of Looney (Tunes)

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In conjunction with the premiere of the new movie Space Jam: A New Legacy, Snipes, the acclaimed streetwear brand, paired up with Warners Bros to release a special edition collection of clothes inspired by the film. This, however, is not your regular basketball collection.

The line consists of 48 pieces including denim jackets, bucket hats, caps, shorts, and socks, among other items. The collection itself is a real conjunction of the two parties involved. The clothes marry the forward-looking streetwear-oriented outlook of Snipes with the playful aesthetic of the Looney Tunes, who feature prominently in the movie. There are, of course, offerings for the basketball players, as well. Expect sweatsuits made with Looney Tunes prints, jerseys, sweatbands, even basketballs.

The clothes were only one part of Snipe’s celebration in the lead-up to the film’s release. Just last month, the brand decorated the globe with giant blue basketballs set up in major cities across the world. They also organized a pre-screening event held in Berlin ahead of the movie’s release. Lastly, they plan to launch an AR Game that will be available on all mobile devices. The movie may already be out in the theaters, but the fun is just beginning.

Get your hand on the limited Space Jam: A New Legacy x SNIPES collection here.

Vetements Just Made Teddy Bears Wearable & Wildly Expensive

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Right now is a time of transition, and it’s not as easy as we thought it’d be. After spending more time at home alone than any human ever should, we’re being released back into the wild. That’s difficult from a psychological perspective, but also from a sartorial one. Primarily, we’re looking for ways to continue our love affair with slippers and sweatpants without looking like we just rolled out of bed and into a bar.

Enter, Vetements. With Demna Gvasalia at the helm, Vetements knows how to command attention, that’s for sure. Whether the label’s announcing a complete revamp of its name and character or releasing fluffy, teddy-bear loafers that cost a cool $2000.

We’ve been stanning loafers hard lately, positing them as the logical next step to a sneaker addiction; they’re grown-up, versatile, and timeless. Then again, some don’t fit the mold. Vetements Wild Cat Teddy Loafers are none of the above, but they’re a lot of fun. Two large, fluffy teddy bears form the upper, closed by velcro fastening to each side. A rubber sole unit makes them viable for outdoor exhibition, so whether it’s a quick trip to the bodega or a full strut around town, be sure to bring your teddies with you. Not advisable when raining.

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David Attenborough Would Appreciate Civilist & Vans’ Arty Sk8-Low

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Brand: Civilist x Carsten Fock x Vans

Buy: Civilist’s web store from July 29; available in-store one day earlier. The black and navy shoes will hit international Vans stockists on July 30.

Editor’s Notes: When Berlin-based Civilist works on a collaborative sneaker, the result has to be skateable. Vans’ grippy Sk8-Low is a perfect fit for the skatewear store, a natural follow-up to the Authentic Pro it dropped a few years ago. It’s also a more adventurous angle for the retailer, taking cues from nature for an especially artsy sneaker.

Civilist’s three exclusive Sk8-Lows are realized in neutral black, blue, and white suede makeups with the usual white midsole, retaining the versatility inherent to the timeless Vans silhouette. These kicks are more sophisticated than your usual skate shoe, however, as they feature embroidery done in the German artist Carsten Fock’s hand.

Known for his abstract and typographic works, Fock dabbles in multiple artistic realms. He’s the subject of occasional fine art exhibits but also dabbles in fashion with German designer Bernhard Willhelm and music with DJ Lars Eidenger.

For Civilist’s Vans, Fock provides the “SAY GOODBYE TO THE CITY” text that’s embroidered on each shoe’s upper, stylized Civilist’s name atop the laces and scribbles “ICH WAR MAL IN BERLIN” (“I WAS IN BERLIN”) on the accompanying shoebox. Make no mistake, this is a very German shoe.

Perhaps the coolest angle is the accompanying campaign videos, which see an adventurer heading into Germany’s wilderness for some chance encounters with local fauna. In particular, a wolf and some beavers make appearances, leading the naturist to glimpse some views of Civilist’s exclusive Vans in the wild.

This is Civilist at its most organic, from the brief, narrated clips of wildlife to the slogans on the sneakers. These Vans are the retailer’s reminder to get outside and enjoy the world.

We’re Salivating Over JW Anderson’s Garden-Fresh Radish Sweater

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Brand: JW Anderson

Season: Fall/Winter 2021

Buy: SSENSE for $1750

Editor’s Notes: Recent JW Anderson collections have epitomized brand signatures, like artist collaborations and those chunky chain loafers, but they’ve also introduced a tasty new angle to Anderson’s apparel: fruits and veggies. Fall/Winter 2021 was really Anderson’s first major garden exploration, incorporating aubergines, peaches and plenty of other healthy (and suggestive) goodies into his menswear lineup, but a new sweater design really steals the show.

Anderson’s new offering incorporates thematic prints and hardy workwear but the Italian-made radish sweater kicks things up a notch.

Cut from a stretchy mohair blend, the pullover is quintessential JW Anderson at first blush. Its oversized cut is typical of JWA and though his more graphic sweaters have proven especially popular in recent years, he often issues single-tone numbers in seasonal collections.

The real draw is the four crocheted radishes that grace the garment, attached to its loosely woven form by oversized silver safety pins. The radishes can be removed or rearranged as the wearer desires. Perhaps JWA will also offer an entire farm’s-worth of pinned produce that can be mixed and matched, further demonstrating the designer’s knack for must-have accessories.

This isn’t the first time that Anderson has taken cues from gardener style but it is demonstrative of the brand’s move to more laid-back silhouettes following Spring/Summer 2021. Therein, JWA dabbled with formal tradition and loosened up some loungewear but FW21 amps up the fun (and food) factor. Given the world’s many very real stressors, we welcome a bit of whimsy.

Kapital’s “Free Tibet” Collection Enrages Chinese Netizens

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When fashion brands wade into China, controversy follows. The country’s rapid industrialization in recent decades has engendered a new consumer class eager to spend on luxury goods and many international brands have rushed to capitalize. Unsurprisingly, this expediency has led to plenty of well-documented blunders but the latest controversy involves niche Japanese label Kapital, rather than a giant fashion house or racist designer.

Kapital has been around since the ’80s, but really found its niche in the early 2000s when the founder’s son, Kiro Hirata, amped up the brand’s stylistic cues. Under Hirata’s purview Kapital shifted from denim-centric workwear to anything-goes fashion within a decade. By 2021, Kapital has become an international institution, beloved by the indigo-obsessed, streetwear-leaning youth, and plenty of celebs.

Perhaps the label’s most coveted work is produced by Kapital Kountry, a sub-label that delivers an expansive and unseasonal collection of hand-stitched garments and quirky one-offs. The latest Kapital Kountry catalogue, “freewheelin’ KAPITAL ism,” debuted on June 23, but instead of simply garnering kudos for its cheeky fare, the imagery immediately set off a mini firestorm.

Shot by longtime Kapital photographer Eric Kvatek, the collection features plenty of classic Kapital bits — boro-stitched jeans, smiley face T-shirts — worn by white Californian skaters and exotic dancers. Not a big deal, except for the “FREE TIBET” and Dalai Lama prints that grace many of the Kountry jackets, shirts, and socks. It wasn’t particularly thoughtful to style some of the models in Buddhist robes, either, but those graphic accents really stirred the pot.

Most likely, Kapital included the verbiage as an apolitical ode to Tibetan Freedom Concerts, given its frequent musical references and otherwise ambivalent stance on comparable hot topics. However, the verbiage was interpreted as an insult by many Chinese netizens.

Tibet’s sovereignity is still frequently debated: Free Tibet supporters assert its independence while the People’s Republic of China claims Tibet as an inherent Chinese asset. To further complicate the issue, Xi Jinping only just visited Tibet last week, the first sitting Chinese President to do so in three decades.

The strained relationship between China and Japan only complicates matters, as made clear by the many Chinese commentators that took the perceived slight very personally.

Normally, Kapital receives less than 50 comments on its Instagram posts; its latest uploads have hundreds, if not thousands, from angry Chinese respondents.

Irate Instagram Stories and comments ranged from broad exclamations of hatred to Chinese-language insults to “Free Japan.” More egregious retorts saw users uploading and tagging Kapital in graphic imagery of Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombing victims.

Chinese rapper and Higher Brothers member Psy.P also weighed in, posting an image with Chinese text that translates to “Get out of China.” Elsewhere, users on the Chinese predecessor of TikTok, Douyin, posted videos wherein they cut up their Kapital garments in protest.

This is hardly Kapital’s first brush with controversy. In late 2019, its “Kapital Kung-Fu” Kountry collection spurred some Chinese ire with mocking representations of martial arts.

Kapital normally responds to this kind of digital outrage with silence, ignoring the outcry until it fades away. This time, however, Kapital took the unusual step of deleting the offending Instagram posts, leaving only a video of the Kountry shoot on its main Instagram page. The entire editorial is still on Kapital’s website, however.

Sensitivity over the One China policy has rocked many fashion brands, including Japanese designers who supported 2019’s Hong Kong protests.

Liberia’s Olympic Team Is Wearing Telfar

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The Opening Ceremony for the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games took place yesterday, welcoming athletes to Japan after a rocky year of COVID-19 restrictions and cancellations. A handful of sports have already kicked off, including football, rowing, archery and more, and athletes are settling into the Olympic Village to get ready to compete.

One team in particular, however, has stolen the show. Liberia’s track-and-field team showed up to the opening ceremony wearing outfits designed by Liberian-American designer Telfar Clemens, who has also designed the uniform for the team’s five competitors. Featuring a light blue base with “LIBERIA” in white block letters, as well as matching sleeves and socks, the uniform is simple yet features some of Telfar’s signature design cues. The Opening Ceremony looks feature gown-inspired silhouettes taking on a sportswear design, all finished off with an updated version of Telfar’s recognizable “T” logo on the chest.

The New York Times reported that Olympic sprinter Emmanuel Matadi was the one who made the collaboration happen after his girlfriend told him about Telfar’s sought-after bags, and reached out to the designer as he knew he was Liberian. Matadi also described Telfar Clemens as “an elite athlete in his space, just like we are.”

Telfar took to Instagram to share a full look at the outfits and uniforms, with the caption “the world isn’t everything.” Watch Liberia compete in the 2021 Olympics in style, as the competition has officially kicked off.