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May 2018

Jeff Goldblum Announces His Debut Jazz Album

He’s played a scientist, an oceanographer, a dog, and so many more. He’s Jeff Goldblum, and if you’ve consumed any kind of pop culture over the past two decades he’s probably already known to you. Now the 65-year-old is set on taking on a new role: that of a real-life Jazz musician. If his keyboard chops in Thor: Ragnarok weren’t enough to sway you, maybe his new album will. The Jurassic Park actor grew up learning classical and jazz piano and performed in Pittsburgh cocktail lounges at the age of 15. He has continued to play with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, but has never recorded an album.

It was his recent performance on the Graham Norton show which landed him his contract with Decca Records.

“As far as I can tell, everyone loves Jeff Goldblum,” Decca director of A&R Tom Lewis said in a statement announcing the label’s newest act. “He’s a fantastic jazz pianist, a great band leader and just about the loveliest man in the world. His love of jazz is infectious and whenever he plays he makes you feel very happy. If we can take Jeff’s music into people’s homes then we will be helping, in our own small way, to make the world a happier place.”


The North Face Draws Inspiration From Himalayan Prayer Flags With Its “Khumbu” Pack

The North Face’s new “Khumbu” Pack draws its cues from the prayer flags of the Himalayas. The collection’s tagline is “Inspired by the mountains, made for the wanderers.” The following images are from the pack’s lookbook which was shot on the streets of Kathmandu. Among the items featured is the 1990 Mountain Q Jacket, which looks to be one of the most desirable outer shells available this season. The rest of the collection features bold, bright colors, and the expected TNF attention to detail and high quality materials.

The “Khumbu” Pack is currently available from The North Face UK’s online store and other selected European retailers—a perfect chance to use your My Shopping Box EU address.


H&M Launching Pride Out Loud Collection Featuring Gus Kenworthy, Aja, and More

H&M recently announced a new line of clothing they will be selling in stores across the United States. The new capsule line features LGBTQ-themed attire for those wanting to celebrate Pride month in June, marking the first time the company has marketed clothes specifically in support of the LGBTQ+ community. This collection is releasing just in time for Pride Month, which is celebrated annually each June.

H&M has teamed up with OUT Magazine and multiple LGBTQ influencers to model their clothes. The “Pride Out Loud” campaign features pop singer Kim Petras, Olympic free skier Gus Kenworthy, Drag Race alumna Aja, model Shaun Ross, and more.

Spokesperson Emily Scarlett stated, “Equality, diversity, and inclusivity have been deeply rooted in our values for a long time” and explained that the pride collection would simultaneously celebrate diversity and “the joy of fashion.”

The collection will be available on May 31 from H&M stores around the U.S. and the H&M online store.


Jaime Foxx to Star in New Spawn Movie

Jaime Foxx has been confirmed to star in the new Spawn movie from Blumhouse Productions. This will be the directorial debut of Todd McFarlane, original creator of the Spawn comics, and he’ll be pulling double duty as writer as well. The character made his debut in 1992 and was an almost instant hit. With the recent success of the Deadpool movies, it’s no surprise that the Spawn franchise is finally picking up steam once again. The comics were popular in the 90’s, but the violent antihero’s last screen outing starring Michael Jai White and John Leguizamo didn’t do well with critics, audiences, and the box office.

In the comics, Spawn is a human-turned-Hellspawn who possesses superhuman strength and speed, and near immortality. Spawn also has the ability to teleport, shapeshift, and heal.

McFarlane has been getting pitches for a Spawn reboot, but for him the only person to play the part was Foxx. “Jamie came to my office five years ago, and he had an idea about Spawn and we talked about it,” he said. “I never forgot him, and when I was writing this script, you sort of plug people in, and he was my visual guy and I never let go of him.”

McFarlane has said that this new iteration of Spawn won’t have the quickfire wit of Deadpool, but will aim for a similar R rating.


Kiriko and Red Clouds Collective Release Boro Backpacks

Kiriko have come together with fellow Portland natives Red Clouds Collective to release their Boro backpacks. Boro, a traditional patchwork style, was originally borne out of necessity due to the rarity of affordable textiles. Any garment that started to fray would be patched up with a small piece of scrap fabric and sashiko stitching. Eventually some pieces are so covered in scraps that it becomes impossible to figure out where the original garment ends and the scraps begin. The word Boro means “ragged” or “tattered,” and the style fell out of popularity once modern industrial production became more common. Kiriko is one of a few brands that specializes in using this kind of tactile history in their garments.

Combining this aesthetic with a vintage rucksack style and quality construction is the job of Red Clouds collective, and it seems that they’ve succeeded—the bags have a heavy 14oz. cotton canvas body that’s patched over and sashiko-stitched with Japanese Boro from Kiriko. The rest of the details are all appropriate and well-considered: antiqued brass rivets and buckles, YKK snaps, and vegetable-tanned leather straps.

Three styles of the Boro backpack are available now at Kiriko. Their previous collaboration in sashiko style is also still available.


Our Curated List of Father’s Day Gifts

Father’s day is coming up in a couple of weeks and it’s about time to choose a gift. Don’t fall into the trap of buying whatever comes to mind from the nearest department store. Here’s our list of presents that can make any man feel like a distinguished gentleman of class and style:

Orient Mako II ($145.00 from amazon.com)

Watches are one of the few socially acceptable forms of jewelry for a man to wear, but aren’t quite as necessary as they used to be. That’s where the Mako II comes in—very few pieces in a man’s wardrobe are essential, but this may be one of the few watches to make the list. Simple, striking, and an incredible value for its price, the Orient Mako II ticks all the right boxes and does it with style. The case size comes in at 41.5mm in diameter and it’s about 13mm thick. You get an excellent stainless steel bracelet with a smooth operating push-button deployant clasp. In addition to the highly-regarded Orient Caliber F6922 movement, the Mako II also has a 120-click rotating diver-style bezel. It’s water resistant up to 200m, but isn’t advised for use in serious diving applications. We think that’s just fine for a day by the beach or out on the yacht.

 

Thirteen50 Natural Horween Chromexcel Bifold ($49.00 from thirteen50leather.com)

This is a simple, no-nonsense genuine leather wallet with ample room for cards and cash. Horween Chromexcel is a great leather that will age gracefully, just like a father should. The best part? It can be monogrammed for that extra little bit of customization.

Fitbit Alta HR (£150.00 from asos.com)

Fitbit is the leader in the U.S. market for lightweight activity trackers, and with good reason. The Fitbit Alta HR is their most stylish tracker to date, and is exceptionally easy to wear. Other features include advanced sleep-tracking software, heart rate sensor, and enough battery life to last a week. You can even get accessory bands to make it look a little more upscale, like leather band pictured below.

Edwin Jagger Black DE Razor (£26.00 from edwinjagger.co.uk)

It’s never too late for a man to start shaving properly. Our pick from Sheffield-based Edwin Jagger has been making razors, brushes, and other wet-shave products since 1988. This simple double-edge safety razor will give a closer shave than almost any disposable razor you care to name, and it looks good too.

Polo Ralph Lauren Striped Silk Repp Narrow Tie ($125.00 from ralphlauren.com)

Ralph Lauren makes good value ties—this classic piece is made of 100% silk and is made in Italy. At 3 inches wide, it’s the perfect width for almost any occasion without being too ostentatious. It also comes in two shades, so if you want a spot of pink to brighten up an otherwise drab outfit, this tie can do that.

Just a reminder: no matter gift which you choose, it typically takes two weeks to deliver a package to your door via air shipping once you’ve authorized your shipment through My Shopping Box, so ordering early is a good idea.


Suicoke X Wacko Maria Collab Unveiled, Release Scheduled for May 26

Currently only two styles have been shown—a simple thong sandal (TYPE-1) and a somewhat more ergonomic velcro-equipped slide (TYPE-2). Both feature Suicoke’s typical Vibram soles and rubber footbed. Other features include the Wacko Maria patch on the straps, and Wacko Maria’s signature leopard print.

Both models will be available at selected retailers worldwide and Wacko Maria on May 26.


Fenty Releases Limited Edition Beach, Please! Collection

Break out the body glitter—the Beach, Please! Collection has finally been unleashed. Included are three different Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duos, two Island Bling 2-in-1 Liquid Eye Shimmer pens, and two Iridescent Lip Luminizing Trios. The balance between lush warm hues and icy metallic shimmer makes this new line perfect for almost any skin tone.

Summer Daze & Summer Nights Iridescent Lip Luminizer Trio ($32)

Island Bling 2-in-1 Liquid Eye Shimmer ($26)

Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Duo ($36)

Rihanna already teased a few new Killawatt highlighters, but the inclusion of brand new lip and eye products takes this collection to new, even more colorful heights. The iridescent shades are a showstopper.

The entire collection is available now at Sephora and Fenty Beauty.


LEGO Coming Out with Harry Potter, Star Wars, and More Soon

While model trains aren’t exactly flying off the shelves these days, LEGO trains seem to be all the rage. The Creator Expert: Roller Coaster set pictured above not only has a working chain lift, 2 trains with 3 cars, and eleven minifigs, it also has an MSRP of a cool $379—which hasn’t seemed to deter die-hard LEGO fans. Also due for release is the Lego City Passenger Train set ($159) which is also part of the Powered Up sets.

LEGO releases an almost-absurd number of new franchise sets all the time, but fans of Star Wars and Harry Potter will want to sit up and take notice. These new sets take the amount of detail and polish to a new level. Here is just a sample of what’s going to be coming out throughout the rest of the year:

Quidditch Match Set ($39)

The Hogwarts Express Set ($39)

Isn’t this the cutest little Dementor?

The Hogwarts Great Hall ($99)

X-wing Starfighter ($79), release scheduled for August

Kessel Run Milennium Falcon ($169)

Y-wing Starfighter ($199)

Also really cool are the Powered Up sets that incorporate remote controls, smart device connections, and the LEGO Boost coding toolkit.

Among those is the LEGO Batman App-Controlled Batmobile, which is already causing something of a stir. It’s… admittedly a little more Humvee than Lambo, but that’s probably to account for the fact that it needs to house actual motorized parts and still be affordable. At an MSRP of $99, it’s a pretty good deal for the first ever LEGO Batmobile you’ll be able to actually drive. The Powered Up platform officially launches on July 1 with mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Most of these are rumored to be out in July or August, and will be available from the LEGO shop upon release.


New KAWS Companion Series Sculpture “Waiting” to be Unveiled in Detroit

The new 17-foot-tall sculpture will be installed in front of One Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. “Waiting” marks the first placement of this new design: a parent and child in a moment of pause, composed of bronze with a black patina finish. It’s the first piece of work in Detroit for Brooklyn-based artist Brian Donnelly, who, in the past 15 years, has cemented himself as one of the most influential pop artists under the name KAWS.

The sculpture was acquired by the Library Street Collective for philanthropists Dan and Jennifer Gilbert who have been placing art throughout the Midwestern metropolis via their Detroit Art Collective. KAWS will visit Detroit for a public unveiling that will take place on Tuesday, May 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.