Yohji Yamamoto To Launch Official International Web Store

Avant-garde fashionistas rejoice: Yohji has finally opened a site where transactions the interface is in English and transactions in USD. Called The Shop Yohji Yamamoto (what a mouthful), the new website will carry a majority of his product lines. Admittedly, navigation and filtering is still a little rough, but it’s definitely workable.

The launch of the store also marks the first time the prolific designer’s web exclusive brand S’YTE and progressive fashion concept label Ground Y will be available outside of Japan. If you weren’t able to make the trek to the Land of the Rising Sun to buy ’em, now’s your chance.

The Shop Yohji  Yamamoto is up and running now—an accompanying shopping app should be released in early September.


Common Projects Releases New Track Sneaker

Common Projects built its brand around minimalist design and high-end Italian craftsmanship. The CP Achilles Low is still a grail sneaker for many sneakerheads, and with good reason—the leather quality, craftsmanship, and silhouette are all top notch. While Common Projects haven’t exactly rested on their laurels, most of their other offerings still follow the same ideals that make the Achilles Low great. That is, until now. Enter the New Track sneaker. Last year CP released a chunky sneaker as well—the Track Vintage—but that still had a running shoe’s shape. The New Track is lower and chunkier, a far cry from the sleek lines of CP’s biggest hits. But it still has the DNA of their staple product lines: the shoe is constructed of buttery premium nubuck and mesh, and the brand’s trademark “series number” stamp asserts the clunky sneaker as one of Common Projects’ own.

The sneaker is currently only available in an ultra-clean white or murdered-out black, but the Common Projects site has pictures of 3 other colorways that we’ve yet to see in the wild. Our pick right now: the murdered-out black version.

 

 

 

 

 

The Common Projects New Track sneaker is available now at SSENSE.


Nike Air Max 270 Bowfin Drops in Black/Phantom Desert

Chunky, full-bodied sneakers are becoming the runner du jour — while time will tell whether the popularity of this kind of style is more than a passing fad, everyone seems to want to cash in on it, including Nike. The Force 270 and Max 270 lines are hardly minimalist, but their silhouettes are still somewhat sleek, with flat-ish toeboxes and clean lines from front to back. This shoe throws all of that out the window and adopts a much more aggressive, trail sneaker approach. While shoes from hiking giants such as The North Face and La Sportiva are well made and prove themselves adequately out on the trail, none of them is winning awards for their looks. The Air Max 270 Bowfin is Nike’s attempt to find a middle ground between sneakerhead aesthetic and outdoor functionality. It’s got the right features for it: a mixed textile upper, with a single-pull cord lacing system in a criss-cross layout, just like other high-end hiking shoes such as the Salomon Men’s X Ultra 3 GTX

The Air Max 270 Bowfin in Black/Phantom Desert will drop sometime in October, and will go for $150 USD.


Filson Introduces New Workwear Line: CCF

Filson is known for its hard-wearing canvas bags and flannels that are just about bulletproof. Their attention to detail and use of rugged, heavyweight materials have been famous for well over a hundred years. Such an established name in the workwear game usually doesn’t have to innovate much, but Filson aren’t known for resting on their laurels. They recently unveiled a new clothing line called CCF, which is named for the brand’s founder, Clinton C. Filson. This new line of clothes finds its roots in coal mines and rail yards and is comprised of utility jackets, vests, overalls, double-front pants, watch caps, and 6-panel caps.

What we like: the asking prices are very accessible for this level of quality and craftsmanship. Admittedly the coal-miner aesthetic isn’t for everyone, but the basic bombers, hoodies, and caps are easy enough to incorporate into standard streetwear fits—and they’ll probably be more durable than anything else you can buy for the same amount of money.

Available now through the Filson website.

 


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.