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Fashion Baby Could Be Your New Favorite Conscious Sneaker Brand

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To break into the world of luxury sneakers in 2021 is no easy feat. It feels as though every niche must already be taken up, so gaining traction on a new label relies on original design, a strong concept, and high-quality craftsmanship. Heard of Fashion Baby? It’s the brand that just broke confidently into the world of luxury sneakers and you can shop it at 24S now.

Headed up by designer Lucas Portman, Fashion Baby is a way to “bring a little nature back into the city”. Portman grew up in the countryside before moving to Paris with his family, and Fashion Baby is the physical embodiment of his mixed background. Bold design inspired by wild, rural landscapes is realized using a selection of Italian vegan leather and organic cotton, epitomizing Portman’s view that green products are the new luxury.

Fashion Baby’s sneakers are exclusive to 24S — Paris’ favorite luxury e-tailer — and land in three bold colorways. The upper feels athletic with several distinct panels, but its luxury vegan suede build gives it a luxury finish. Detailing is kept to a minimum with a 24S embossment to the heel tab as a sign of exclusivity while an understated, vulcanized sole unit rounds out the silhouette in sophisticated, versatile style.

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WFH Life Sent Crocs Stock Soaring for Record First Quarter

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that Crocs were the “it” shoe of the pandemic and now, the Colorado-based label has the receipts.

In the first quarter of this year, Crocs exceeded just about everyone’s expectations, reporting record sales and an increase in its sales outlook for the full year which lead to a 16% stock increase on Tuesday. CNBC reports revenues grew a whopping 64% to $460.1 million from $281.2 million a year earlier, far exceeding predictions. Meanwhile, net income grew to $98.4 million, or $1.47 per share, compared with $11.1 million, or 16 cents per share, a year earlier.

In the last year, Cros have carved out a niche for themselves through celebrity endorsements and collaborations with the likes of Post Malone, Pleasures, Alife, Rico Nasty, and Balenciaga, as well as the Justin Bieber x Crocs Classic Clog, which could very well prove to be the brand’s biggest collab to date.

Crocs senior VP of global product and marketing Michelle Poole told Highsnobiety, “Collaborations are important to our brand, but to work, they have to be meaningful,” she says. “Our clog serves as a blank canvas that can fuel the latest trends or conversations. This is why we think we’re becoming more relevant in the streetwear space.”

On top of that, work-from-home life has made Crocs a go-to for sneakerheads sequestered at home during worldwide lockdowns. But as the world opens back up and we head back outside, CEO Andrew Rees suggests demand for the Crocs brand is “stronger than ever.”

The Artist Is Playing: Arca on All Things Gaming

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Arca is a pop star whose music and artworks deal with post-humanism and identity. An avid gamer with a voracious following on her Discord @mutants1000000, her music has appeared in Red Dead Redemption 2 and on Analogue’s Mega Sg console.

In this interview, we discuss the overarching concept of “meta” in their artistic and virtual life, dispelling prejudice which exists around gaming culture, and the extent to which play is an essential facet of the human experience.

I’ve played a lot of Overwatch.

Well, I have more than one, but I really like Sombra. I guess I relate to her in a lot of ways. Most people don’t really want you to pick her. I’ve always liked characters whose mechanics were complicated and not necessarily even part of the meta.

[Editor’s note: In the world of gaming, meta is used in two ways. Meta can be used as an acronym for “most effective tactics available,” and calling something “meta” means that it’s an effective way to achieve the goal of the game, whether it’s to beat other players or beat the game itself.]



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Courtesy of Arca


The meta as a concept is something that is not foreign to me as an artist operating within an industry. There are certain teams that tend to win [on an] industry and communications level. Certain kinds of information tend to cause some kind of resonance in audiences at any given point in time. That’s not too different from studying a meta. [Sombra] has never been necessary, really, for any team in any meta. She’s always been kind of a quirky choice.

In terms of hours logged, it’s Guild Wars I. I logged at least 3,000 hours on my game.

I loved [playing as] Mesmers. I think Mesmers in Guild Wars I and [I] have a lot in common.

Yeah, because their mechanic is founded on misdirection, or having to guess what your opponent might be thinking in order to maximize your capacity to strategize the other team’s offense or defense. They’re really weirdly unsung, because they will cause status ailments that wouldn’t really do the highest DPS [damage per second], but without them you couldn’t really get through protective spirit: one of the enchantments that would prevent spike. There is something really interesting about this kind of character class.

I would suggest that you loosen the lens on whether something is productive or not, because you’re going to still be beholden to accomplishment or achievement, regardless of the fact that you might say, “You can learn productive things within gaming.” For me, the problem is the word “productive,” because it purports to the gears of one’s behavior being attuned to some ultimate goal of wanting to feel valuable, of attracting a mate, of feeding a family.

I liked on some level selfishly playing a Monk or a White Mage in games. It makes me feel important, like my role is needed, I guess, which is different from a Mesmer or someone like that who’s nonessential. You don’t see enemies’ health bars, instead you’re mostly looking at your teammates’ health bars. That’s always been really interesting for me, why I was drawn to that. I want to nurse people.


I would say you’re right for the most part. But it can be weirdly self-absorbed, too, to be like, “I’m the most generous. I am the most needed.” In a way, it kind of echoes, no pun intended, the myth of Narcissus, falling in love with his reflection. That’s the thing we hear about the most, but very rarely do we ever hear about what happens just before we find the lake that he stares into. There is a nymph called Echo. If you were to not see narcissism as something undesirable as a whole, if you were able to see that there is such a thing as a healthy sense of narcissism, there’s a healthy sense of ego, if you will. It’s not so black and white.

This relates to gaming because I was thinking we shouldn’t conflate or assume that the healer class is more advanced, because even that projection is dehumanizing in a sense.

Well, who isn’t disappointed? Who isn’t disappointed by the real world? Games and music and art and sports, those are the kinds of things that we do for their own sake without expecting any kind of result. It’s like if you’re playing a game and you’re having fun, that’s it. Nothing needs to come from it other than that moment where you lose sense of your circumstance. And there is nothing that you’d rather be doing or nothing that you could be doing any better. There is just that moment of flow. It’s not that different from making a beautiful meal or making a beautiful song.

I’ve been playing Red Dead, which I have some music in. When I’m away, I play Smash Brothers.

I was involved in a minor way, admittedly, just because the game has so much music. I made a lot of music and sent a lot of music over. Also, we worked and treated some of the songs that they sent over that they had already recorded. It was Woody Jackson who recorded and arranged performances by different musicians, and then I got sent those, and I would reassess them and send it back.

I think in the moment when you’re really in it, you forget yourself, or maybe remember yourself. Like animals, they make music and they play games with one another. Games are anything that two sentient creatures do — they entangle consciousness, develop some kind of rule set, and maybe the rule set is imposed by physics or responding to the weight. Just kicking a can down the street with a friend is a game. There is a formal system, and then creativity, and exploration of the unconscious, and ideally a game can produce surprises, and surprise you. Then you have games that have a reward system. Then you have games that have punishment systems. There’s as many kinds of games as there are individuals.

By sheer virtue of being able to develop a game of peek-a-boo with a stranger that you could be flirting with… if you look at someone, and they look at you back, that’s a game. Any kind of prejudice that people have to video games to see them as an activity that’s not valid or worthwhile has a lot more to do with their own hangups about playfulness than it has anything to do with the capacity for games to express or even redeem some of our impulses. I remember there was this supercut of The Matrix dialogue, and at one point somebody said, “to deny your impulses is to deny that which makes you human,” or something like that. I think the impulse of play is natural in us. All you have to do is look at babies, or look at three people at a nursing home.

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.

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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 pic.twitter.com/6dcEj0Ajs9

— 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.

This Rare Air Force 1 Is Back After Two Decades

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Brand: Nike

Model: Air Force 1 Low

Release Date: April 29

Price: $130

Buy: Nike and select retailers such as Wellgosh

What We’re Saying: Nike is set to bring back one of the more rare Air Force 1s in recent memory. After debuting in 2002, the coveted “Acorn” colorway of the silhouette will be available in OG form on Thursday, April 29.

The Air Force 1 Low “Acorn” gets its name from the autumnal hues featured on the sneaker, as hits of Light Bone, Underbrush, and Acorn come together throughout. While showcasing the OG’s organic color palette and contrasting color-blocking, the low-top shoe boasts canvas underlays and soft leather overlays. The earthy tones of the Air Force 1 are complemented by a white midsole, which breaks things up accordingly. Branding for the sneaker appears in typical AF1 fashion, with a Swoosh on the side and Nike Air on the tongue, heel, and insole.

Seeing as this is the first release of the Air Force 1 Low “Acorn” since its debut in 2002, expect it to be highly coveted. You’ll have a shot at securing a pair when it releases through Nike and select retailers on April 29.

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