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July 2018

Ashton Sanders Joins Stella McCartney For FW18 Menswear Campaign

The British designer chose the “Moonlight” star as the protagonist of her first short film to launch the FW18 collection. Oversized fits and camo prints update traditional silhouettes and staple menswear pieces. Sportswear has also been infused into the collection to further dress down outfits that would otherwise feel old and stodgy.

The collection also incorporates a wide swathe of ethical materials—camouflage coated print in recycled fabric, organic cotton denim, regenerated cashmere pants, and animal-friendly Eclypse sneakers.


JanSport x Mark Gonzales Capsule Collection Out Now

Skater and artist Mark Gonzales has teamed up with JanSport to release a new signature collaboration. The collection consists of pieces designed with original artwork by Gonz—his signature smiley ghost character is featured on all the items in the collection in unique, embossed variations. Our favorite is the Gonz Oaktown Fanny Pack—it’s pink, it’s brash, it’s a statement piece. But it’s still a perfectly functional bag that doesn’t break the bank.

The entire collection is available now on the Jansport online store and selected retailers. Prices range from $25.00 to $85.00.


Keith Haring Mural Discovered In Amsterdam

Pop art aficionados should sit up and take notice—an enormous Keith Haring mural has recently been unveiled in the Netherlands. Standing at a whopping 40 feet tall, the giant mural has been hidden from view for almost 30 years. It was completed in 1986, a mere four years before Haring died due to AIDS-related illness. This piece is the artist’s largest ever public work in Europe. Haring’s line art style is evident, and the piece features Haring’s X-marked figure riding a hybrid creature with a fishtail and dog’s head.

 

Haring had originally gone to Amsterdam to paint on canvas, but upon his arrival requested the chance to create a more public work of art. The Stedelijk Museum offered him the brick wall of their storage facility where the artist created the 40-foot mural. When the Stedelijk Museum moved locations the mural was covered up by industrial cladding and was forgotten—it was only recently that Dutch graffiti artist Aileen Madel discovered its existence and started the movement to have it uncovered.

The mural will be restored by conservationists Will Shank and Antonio Rava.


 

Bandai Releasing DX Chogokin VF-1J Valkyrie, Pre-Orders Up Soon

Bandai has finally released images of the rumored large-scale DX Chogokin Valkyrie, and it’s absolutely gorgeous.

Coming in at 1/48 scale and a full 27 cm tall when in battroid mode, the model is a replica of Hikaru Ichijo’s Valkyrie from the first season of the hit anime series Macross. The VF-1J is fully transformable between fighter, GERWALK, and battroid modes. The hands seem to have articulated fingers and the rest of the figure seems super posable as well.

 

Sadly, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get a western release anytime soon but the product page for it is already up, and preorders start on July 27. Probably a good time to start brushing up on Japanese if you want to snag this one. The DX Chogokin VF-1J Valkyrie will release in December.


Too Faced and Drybar Collaborating for Too Faced’s 20th Anniversary

Jarrod Blandino, founder and chief creative officer of Too Faced, and Alli Webb, founder of Drybar, recently teased a collaboration between their brands for Too Faced’s 20th anniversary. Details were scarce, and the only thing the two would reveal was that it involved glitter. Now we finally have some details about their mystery product: Too Faced is teaming up with Drybar to create a limited-edition hairspray called the Glitter Spritzer.

The formula is a silver and gold glitter-filled take on Drybar’s Money Maker Flexible Hold hairspray. Hairspray with glitter in it? Only Too Faced would dare. They’ve been beloved for many of its products over the past two decades, and this is a nice way to cap off 20 years of being at the top of the makeup game.

The spray will cost $20 and will reportedly be available on Sephora on August 1.


Pigeon Tree Crafting Online Shop Returns

After a short hiatus, the Pigeon Tree Crafting webstore is back online. Pigeon Tree Crafting is a purveyor of leather and indigo goods handmade in Los Angeles. The entire business is a one-man operation run by Isaac Paul—all items are manufactured and shipped by hand, and the attention to detail and construction quality really shine. Along with the website relaunch is the introduction of a new wallet design: the Mid-wallet Bifold. Isaac wanted a wallet that resembled a trucker wallet, but didn’t stick out of your pocket or feel cumbersome. With the Mid-wallet Bifold he thinks he’s found the balance between a standard bifold and a mid-sized trucker wallet. It features 6 side-loading card slots, 2 top-loading “hidden” pockets which are easily accessible even when closed (perfect for stuffing receipts) and a full-size billfold slot. Edges are hand burnished with natural bees wax—a stitched-in solid brass snap keeps the wallet closed, and will patina over time. There are also indigo dip dyed versions of this Vegetable-tanned wallet available.

The Mid-wallet Bifold is available for $85 on the Pigeon Tree Crafting website.


Filling Pieces Presents its “Off The Grid” FW18 Collection

Filling Pieces is primarily a sneaker brand known for their minimalist design and finding the balance between luxury and casual. Recently they branched out into ready to wear clothing, and now they’ve unveiled their Pre-Fall 2018 collection, called “Off the Grid.”

This 20-piece collection emphasizes a luxurious unisex interpretation of sportswear basics. Our favorite is the motorcycle jacket—made in Portugal from Limonta Italian cotton, complete with resin coating which gives a leather-like look and feel. The clothing is supported by the new Low Curve Iceman Trimix White Sneaker—Filling Pieces’ take on modern-day trekking footwear worn by mountain climbers and other outdoor explorers.

 

The “Off The Grid” collection will be available next week on the Filling Pieces webstore and at five selected retailers: Barneys NYC, SSENSE, CNTRBND, GR8, and Lessons Australia.


Viberg Boot Mfg. Ltd. Coming Out With Their Own Sneakers

It’s been a long wait, but they’re finally here: Viberg is going to release the Viberg Sneaker. First rumors about this new pair surfaced around five years ago, if you hung around the right circles and knew the right people. Many thought the celebrated bootmaker would never make them, but now that they’ve formally thrown their hat into the ring, everyone better watch out – one of the most respected shoemakers in the world is sure to make their mark on the sneaker game. These will be the only sneakers currently manufactured entirely in Canada. Expect prices to be high (US$500-600), but with quality to match. Think Hender Scheme, but less ridiculous and much more wearable.

 

Black and Seed Italian Horsehide colorways will be available at 12 Noon PDT on Viberg.com.

 


France Take Home The FIFA World Cup, Beating Croatia 4-2

Les Bleus do it again! They join an elite list of champions, having won twice – Brazil, Germany, Italy, Argentina, and Uruguay are the only other nations to have claimed football’s ultimate prize multiple times.

This has been an historic and exciting World Cup Final, with VAR making an impact and giving France a penalty call and breaking Croatian hearts. The scoreline belies a game that was in favor of Croatia before a fantastic set piece by Antoine Griezmann received a lucky deflection off of Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić. Captain Luka Modrić did all he could once his team went behind, orchestrating a feisty and determined Croatian side. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough, and most experts would agree that the side that was stronger on paper showed their quality on the pitch. Still, the Croatians showed their character, quality, and resilience throughout every single game despite falling to France. They go home without the trophy, but as heroes nonetheless.

Griezmann, Pogba, and Mbappe scored to bring France to the finish line. Rising star Mbappe wasn’t even alive the last time France won! He joins Pelé as the only teenagers to score in the World Cup final. Having this kind of prodigious talent on hand will make France the team to beat in the years to come.


World Cup Final Teams Decided: France To Face Off Against Croatia

Croatia joined France in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final by beating England 2-1 after extra time in Moscow on Wednesday. Even the average soccer fan knows just how stacked France is, but Croatia is a team that also has its fair share of superstars who have helped carry this team.

European teams have dominated this World Cup – an all-European final was assured when the final four teams ended up being Belgium, France, England, and Croatia. Even the quarter-finals were decidedly western, with only two teams (Uruguay and Brazil) competing against a field of Europeans. Out of the last eight World Cups, only two have been won by non-Euro teams – and both times it was perennial favorites Brazil who took the trophy home.

Even with this trend it’s surprising to see underdogs Croatia make their way to the final. Their population numbers only 4.2m – the smallest country to play in a World Cup final since Uruguay in 1950. They’ve endured a tough run to the final, needing penalties to get past Denmark and Russia before having to come from a goal behind to beat England in extra time. In contrast France have pretty much cruised their way to the final stages. They beat Argentina 4-3 in the last 16 in a classic encounter, eased past Uruguay with a 2-0 success in the quarter-finals, and then claimed a controlled 1-0 victory over dark horses Belgium. Their squad boasts a midfield with big names like Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi – more than enough firepower to chase down and trap even Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitić. All in all it should be an absolutely massive match for any neutral to watch. We’ll be seeing history in the making.