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WTAPS Marks Its Latest Vans Collab With GPS Coordinates

WTAPS x Vans Old Skool Slip-On

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Brand: WTAPS x Vans

Model: Old Skool and Slip-On

Key Features: WTAPS’ Fall 2020 Vans collaboration includes the Old Skool and Slip-On optioned in white and black colorways. The sneakers are predominantly constructed from suede and feature the WTAPS logo and GPS coordinates printed on the midsole.

Release Date: August 22

Price: TBC

Buy: Select Vans Vault retailers

Editor’s Notes: WTAPS is gearing up to release its 12th Vans collaboration in just a matter of days. The Fall 2020 collection consists of two drops, the first of which features a pair of Vans classics in the Old Skool and Slip-On, each offered in two colorways.

Vans’ timeless style merges with WTAPS’ military-meets-urban sensibility for the upcoming release, which builds upon the Japanese brand’s familiar military references. Here, we find GPS coordinates implemented along the midsole of both the Old Skool and Slip-On.

The launch of the WTAPS x Vans Old Skool and Slip-On will be followed by a secondary drop, which includes apparel, later this season. Leading up to the release, you can hear about WTAPS’ affinity for Vans by pressing play below.

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Jam Master Jay’s Murder Finally Solved After 18 Years

Run-DMC Grammys

Two men have been charged with the murder of Run-DMC member Jam Master Jay. Jay, real name Jason Mizell, was shot and killed in a recording studio in Jamaica, Queens on October 30, 2002, as those responsible for his murder had remained a mystery for nearly 18 years.

Karl Jordan Jr. and Ronald Washington have been indicted on charges of murder, as announced by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York in a press conference this afternoon. The New York Times reports that the murder stemmed from a drug trafficking operation, of which Jam Master Jay was said to be involved on the finance end.

“There was a beef — it didn’t go as planned,” a law enforcement official told The New York Times.

Washington is currently in prison on charges of robbery, while Jordan was taken into custody on Sunday, August 16. Jordan was previously incarcerated for shooting Jam Master Jay’s nephew, albeit in a separate incident.

Jay was 37 when he was fatally shot in the head after two men — one wearing a mask — entered the Merrick Boulevard studio in October of 2002. Many rumors surrounding the murder of the Run-DMC member have circulated over the years, including one that involved 50 Cent, a protégé of Jam Master Jay. This theory was ultimately refuted, however, despite a public falling out between the two.

You can learn more about the murder of Jam Master Jay on over at The New York Times.

Meet the Capsule of Cowboy Crocs No One Ever Asked For

Journal Standard x Crocs Classic Clog

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Brand: Journal Standard x Crocs

Model: Classic Clog

Key Features: The Journal Standard x Crocs Classic Clog is offered in three colorways featuring suede uppers. Two of the iterations — the tan and one black — are outfitted with a braided design, while all three boast a tassel on the shoe’s strap. Croc’s signature Croslite foam technology is implemented for a more comfortable wear.

Release Date: August 21

Price: Approximately $75

Buy: Baycrew’s

Editor’s Notes: While most Crocs are characterized by their bright colors and overall playful designs, Journal Standard has come through with a more luxe reimagining of the Classic Clog. Here, we find the signature silhouette offered in three Bohemian-inspired takes.

Journal Standard has dressed the Crocs in suede, while also adding a braided pattern that points to Western influence. As mentioned above, the footwear company’s patented Croslite tooling is still featured in the design, ensuring your ride is cushioned and comfortable.




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Here’s What’s Inside the Avión Summer Style Kit, Curated by Highsnobiety

To make your summer a bit more bearable, we recently partnered with Tequila Avión to create a one-of-a-kind essentials kit filled with everything you need for a perfect summer escapade.

Curated by Highsnobiety, the kit features a collapsible water bottle from Que, Sun Buddies shades with UV protection, Saturdays NYC camp collar shirt, portable JBL speakers, waterproof Fujifilm camera, Salt & Stone sunscreen, and a fanny pack from Baboon to the Moon to stash it all away.

Get a closer look at the kit above and enter for a chance to win your own at tequilaavion.com/sweeps.

New Apple Leak Reveals Rumored iPhone 12 Release Schedule

Tim Cook speaking Apple

Highsnobiety aims to provide our readers with the latest updates in the tech world. However, we cannot verify the reliability of any unauthorized leaks or rumors unless this information is provided directly by the brands themselves.

As things are up in the air more this year than any other in recent memory, it remains to be seen when Apple will be announcing its new iPhone 12 and subsequently releasing the lineup. However, a new leak from insider Jon Prosser has revealed a possible release schedule for the latest iteration of the iPhone.

According to Prosser, who has a reputable track record when it comes to Apple news, the iPhone 12 event will take place on October 12, following the debut of a new Apple Watch and iPad in September. The iPhone 12 is then to become available for pre-order beginning the same day of October 12, with shipping commencing October 19. The iPhone 12 Pro models, however, are not expected to release until sometime in November, as a specific date has yet to be made known.

For those skeptical of Prosser’s reporting, he points out that he’s never been wrong about a product announcement date. “Reminder: though my overall track record is around 80%, I’ve never actually gotten a product announcement date wrong,” he tweeted.

As always, though, you’ll want to check back with us for confirmed info from Apple.

New, adjusted Apple dates!

Apple Watch & iPad
– Via press release
– Week 37 w/c Sep 7

iPhone 12 event
– Week 42 w/c Oct 12

iPhone 12 devices
– Preorders week 42 w/c Oct 12
– Shipping week 43 w/c Oct 19

iPhone 12 Pro devices
– Preorder and shipping in Nov (no exact date yet)

— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) August 12, 2020

Reminder: though my overall track record is around 80%, I’ve never actually gotten a product announcement date wrong…

iPad Pro
iPhone SE
MacBook Pro
iMac

Curious to see how these dates pan out.

— Jon Prosser (@jon_prosser) August 13, 2020

Kanye Is Releasing a New YEEZY Boost 350 V2 Colorway This Week

adidas YEEZY Boost 350 V2 "Israfil"

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Brand: adidas

Model: YEEZY Boost 350 V2

Key Features: The YEEZY Boost 350 V2 “Israfil” features a grey and light blue Primeknit upper, with a contrasting stripe running along the lateral side of the shoe. The pair arrives without heel pulls and appears to incorporate a new lacing system that further aids in easy on and off. Below, you will find a full-length Boost midsole and a semi-translucent outsole.

Release Date: August 22

Price: $220 for adults, $160 for kids, and $140 for infants

Buy: adidas.com/YEEZY, the adidas app, and select retailers

Editor’s Notes: Fans of Kanye West‘s adidas YEEZY Boost 350 V2 can look forward to a new colorway arriving this week. adidas just announced the “Israfil” iteration, which will be available in sizes for the entire family on August 22.

The latest addition to the expansive 350 V2 lineup is first releasing in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Interested buyers can go ahead and sign up to purchase the sneaker using the adidas app.

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The Slogan Cap Is Not Dead & These Are Some of the Best

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There’s a reason that bands, brands, and gift shop designers reach for T-shirts, hoodies, and caps as their first, and often only, merch, and that’s because these garments hold the power to communicate a message better than most other types of clothing. The slogan cap has long been an ideal piece for saying something, without actually saying it. However, and mostly thanks to Donald Trump, this accessory’s name has been downright tarnished.

First, the ‘90s were fertile grounds for a wealth of cheesy slogan hats that gave the style a justifiably bad reputation. Then, to serve another deadly blow, 2016 played host to the most damning development in the category’s history thus far — the introduction of the Trump campaign’s MAGA cap.

Though no moral-having human should ever sport that aforementioned red item, the slogan cap’s bad image need not stick. Designs of the early 2010s, like SSUR’s ‘COMME des FUCKDOWN’ headwear repped heavily by A$AP Mob or Gianni Mora’s ‘I Think About You Sometimes’ baseball cap, are evidence that it ain’t all bad. And with Timothée Chalamet recently using a corduroy iteration gifted to him by a fan to remind us not to forget about him, as well as shield himself from the rain, the statement-stamped cap is seemingly still alive and kicking.

Aries has made the phrase ‘No Problemo’ its signature statement, printing it across T-shirts, caps, hoodies, tracksuit trousers, the lot. Without any other embellishment, the two-word phrase becomes an impactful and memorable slogan.

Mister Green aims to change the perceptions and demonization of cannabis in America. Part of a growing movement, the label produces apparel and accessories that offer a new, more stylish look at the world of cannabis goods. This pink baseball cap, like us, supports the greening of California.

This super simple cap from NEIGHBORHOOD. is stripped back to the baseball-cap basics, shifting the focus firmly onto the perfect color combination.

Paris-based Carne Bollente is all about sex positivity, allowing expression of sexuality through the wardrobe, too. This cap takes on the brand’s mission to call for more.

Paper Work began life as a location for collectors to meet up-and-coming and established artists. The platform provides artists with a platform to express their vision over a variety of disciplines. This classic six-panel features the impactful logo embroidered to the front.

Balenciaga opts for maximal embroidered branding on this simple cotton baseball cap. A World Food Programme logo embellishes the front panel while the visor features a Balenciaga text logo.

While most slogan caps make use of the front-center for detailing, Liam Hodges flips the script with embroidered ‘FOR ANYONE’, ‘NOT EVERYONE’ text that wraps around the sides of the hat.

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NEIGHBORHOOD. uses the classic mesh cap as the starting point for this royal blue slogan cap which features contrasting gold embroidery to the front. A lace runs across the visor for full trucker vibes.

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An Ode to the Noguchi Akari Lamp, a Mid-Century Lighting Grail for the Ages

The work of the late Japanese-American sculptor and designer Isamu Noguchi can be categorized in extremes. While the influential artist is known for his dense, large-scale outdoor sculptures, his most enduring design is a symbol of weightlessness: the Akari paper lanterns. Delicate and airy and made initially of mulberry-bark paper, these light sculptures became Noguchi’s best-known work, and hold a place in contemporary design akin to an Eames shell chair or George Nelson’s platform bench. Think of it as the Air Force 1 of lamps — a forever classic that looks just as good now as it did decades ago.

Beloved fashion designer Raf Simons told Architectural Digest that Noguchi’s lamps are “gentle and modest but really a stroke of genius.” When The Wall Street Journal ran a feature on Simons’ Antwerp apartment, it revealed a living room anchored by Pierre Jeanneret furniture, a Picasso ceramic, and an Isamu Noguchi paper light. The artist and frequent Nike collaborator Tom Sachs released a limited-edition light sculpture in partnership with New York’s Noguchi Museum, which was re-released late last year. For a joint installation during New York Design Week, Noguchi’s lanterns were paired with sculptures from Robert Stadler, a contemporary designer who has worked with Dior and Hermès. The Japanese shades are ubiquitously knocked off and sold by major retailers across the board. If you’re not breaking the bank on an original, you can easily go with an “homage,” like this round paper table lamp from Urban Outfitters or a pendant lampshade from IKEA — both cost less than a movie ticket.

Born in 1904, Noguchi was an interdisciplinary polymath, weaving in and out of disciplines with a one-of-one quality, not unlike the do-it-all creative directors of today. He studied medicine, then art, and won the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship at just 23 years old. A partnership with the American furniture manufacturer Herman Miller kickstarted his journey from artist to industrial designer. In 1947, the company produced his glass-topped curved coffee table — another, heavier Noguchi classic — propelling his work into households across the country.

On a trip to Japan in 1950, he visited the city of Gifu, where the introduction of electric lighting was making the traditional candle-lit paper lantern obsolete. The mayor asked Noguchi to help revive this tradition; his solution was to modernize the paper lanterns, reworking the design to be powered by electricity instead of candles. With Noguchi’s association, and his harmonious blend of traditional Japanese craft and sharp aesthetics, the lamps had an international appeal — one that mirrored the international art world’s adaptation of zen aesthetics in minimalism.

Nearly seven decades later, the Akari light sculptures are still handmade by the original manufacturer in Gifu. They can be purchased directly from The Noguchi Museum Shop, and the Museum of Modern Art sells them, too. The prices range from $175 to $1,800, in sizes small enough for a tabletop to large enough to command a ceiling, and their shapes range from the classic spherical shape to amoeba-esque blobs and longer silhouettes look like modernist caterpillars.

These paper lanterns remind even a design novice that proper lighting can really achieve decor miracles. It is almost surefire that an Akari lamp will look great in any given space. When hung from a ceiling, the piece is ample yet airy enough to make a statement without being obnoxious. A tabletop light placed in the corner will illuminate a room without distracting from any bold furniture or whatever artwork is on the walls. One next to your bed can add a soothing and inviting glow to your nighttime routine.

Having been driven to spending time inside in a way we never have before, it is important to reconsider our homes and the magic of soft lighting. Warm white is more relaxing for the eyes; it softens skin tones and reduces imperfections. The harsh fluorescence of cool LED white possesses more of a biting edge. It can cast sharp notice on our crooked walls and wobbly furniture, shortcomings that feel amplified under the bright judgment of incandescence. Whereas a softer light, one artfully dulled by washi paper, can feel like a warm hug. Ask anyone who owns an Akari light sculpture: Once you’ve brought the delicate glow into your home, it’s hard to imagine life without it.

Jonathan Majors on ‘Lovecraft Country’ and Why Not Having Social Media is a Flex

Jonathan Majors had a breakthrough role as Montgomery Allen in 2019’s The Last Black Man in San Francisco. He’s ridden that acclaim to notable roles in Spike Lee’s recently released Da 5 Bloods, playing David, the estranged son of Delroy Lindo’s character Paul.

Lovecraft Country, a psychological horror series based on a novel by Matt Woodruff and developed by Misha Green, is Majors’ latest project to debut, and hits HBO this weekend. Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, the eerie show depicts the parallels between foreboding Lovecraftian horror and the racism of the Jim Crow south, a dark legacy whose impact can still be felt today. Majors took some time from filming his latest project, The Harder They Fall, to talk about the persistence of racism, working with industry elder statesmen, and why not being active on social media is kind of a flex.

The following interview has been edited and condensed.

Jian DeLeon: Hi Jonathan, what have you been up to?

Jonathan Majors: I’m in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’v been preparing for a film for the last six months and hanging out with my dogs.

JD: Nice. What film are you working on?

JM: The film is called The Harder They Fall. I came here in February, we [stopped production] in March, and then we just came back up last week.

JD: In a previous interview you talked about going through boot camp to prepare for Da 5 Bloods. You seem like a creature of habit.

JM: Yeah. That’s exactly right. I’m a person of balance — all things in moderation, including moderation. The rituals and routines are so important because when it’s go time, it’s full-on chaos., and the more order you have in your preparation, the more chaos you can invite in…otherwise you might not know what the fuck is going on when it’s go time.

JD: Speaking of not knowing what’s going on, let’s talk about Lovecraft Country. I’m a few episodes in and have so many questions. I like how the psychological horror applies not just to fictional monsters, but real ones too.

JM: The psychological horror elements of the piece are kind of subversive in a way, because the monsters. show up when they show up.And we start from the top, in the mind of Atticus. From the very beginning we’re in his head. And in many ways that’s the most threatening and the most terrifying place to be — because when you’re in your head you’re isolated, you’re by yourself. That can really fuck with you. One of the ideas that we really play with, and I think one that everybody in general is afraid of, is what is reality?

That’s one of the cool things about the story. H.P. Lovecraft is right in the middle of two other psychological horror titans: Edgar Allan Poe, and Stephen King. We’re not even talking about PTSD and all the shit that soldiers in general go through, let alone what a Black soldier would go through in the Korean war. So to move to the Jim Crow South with that point-of-view, you’re always under attack. You have to watch your back, your side, your front, your left, and your right at all times.

JD: What’s eerie about that is how current that still feel. A lot of the things that are happening that are portrayed in the past actually isn’t that long ago, and reflects the paradigm we’re still living in. That’s the most foreboding part of it — things haven’t changed as much as we would like to think.

JM: You’re onto something there, because those who can forget the past live a very privileged life. The past is a living thing. You own it… That’s the cool thing about the story — that you got to take the crookeds with the straights, as August Wilson wrote in a play called Fences.
And when you do behave with the ancestors alongside you, with your historical triumphs and failures right beside you, with you, you then don’t make those same mistakes. That’s the only reason we’re killing Black folks now.

JD: I understand you and Courtney B. Vance are also both Yale alumni?

JM: Oh my god, I never thought of that in my life. Mr. Vance and I are both Yale school drama alumni. He left a few years before me obviously. That’s quite a special relationship…it’s quite rare to find somebody that shares your artistic lineage and DNA, and is also such a great human being, and is willing to allow you to witness them work. So yeah, that was an absolute pleasure and honor to scrap with him, and to live and love with him throughout the season.

JD: Speaking of elder statesmen, what was the dynamic like between you and Spike Lee during Da 5 Bloods?

JM: Spike’s been at it for a very long time. I think I remember him saying to me, “I’ve been doing this longer than you’ve been alive.” And it’s true, because Do the Right Thing came out in 1989. I was born in 1989. So yeah, he’s a veteran. He’s very playful, and he has a way of keeping it very current.

JD: What was it like to work with Jordan Peele and JJ Abrams on Lovecraft Country?

JM: They’re the lions of the industry right now. And it’s interesting because when you work with producers, [they don’t have their] boots on the ground every day. What you kind of see is you’ll see a script and then you’ll see the edits to a script, and now that I’m starting to see the actual product, you can see where Jordan has really laid his signature down. You can see where JJ has really put his signature down. What ends up happening is this beautiful chorus which makes up Lovecraft Country. I’ve seen five episodes now, when you watch it there’s such an eerie tone that’s very familiar, which makes it even more terrifying.

JD: What other things have you been doing to maintain your sanity during this time?

JM: I got my two pups. I’m 30 years old, but I probably live the lifestyle of a 70-year-old man. I wake up very early, I exercise, I go to the same restaurants, I order the same thing. That’s quite boring, actually. I’m quite embarrassed to say all of it, but it’s my truth. And that routine allows me to kind of metabolize any new information that comes in very critically, and I stay very peaceful.

JD: I admire that you’re not very active on social media. It was hard to find your Instagram, and I don’t even think you have Twitter. It’s cool to not have so much to go on before an interview, but also allows you to see a character as a character, and not just an expression of the actor.

JM: Right, right, right. It gives everybody a fair shot, you know? That’s the thing man, I made my tea, I sat down, and I was just waiting by my phone for you to call so we can start the interview. I’m a stranger to you, and I think that’s such a beautiful thing. I feel you can’t really have intimacy if I know everything.

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