New Arrivals

One of the most iconic names in headwear; Kangol returns to our shelves in 2014. After a hiatus we’re happy to finally have them back and going strong as ever.

The 504 is probably one of the most recognisable models from the Kangol range; being a staple for anyone from your grandfather to some of the wildest Bboys in Hip Hop’s golden era (and of course; Samuel L. Jackson). To complement to cooling weather we scooped up a trio of woolen colours of this classic.

For times where the going gets even colder it calls for a beanie and luckily Kangol had our backs on that front as well. With a duo of basic beanies there’s also the aptly named Ski Hat; featuring Kangol’s classic terry construction and a rather healthy looking pom on top. Check all of the new Kangol range in-store or online now.

Australia’s own Acclaim magazine have just dropped their new issue and once again it comes jam packed with content from all over the world. You can get the new issue online and in-store now; none explain it better than the people who wrote it all themselves though so we’ll let them do the talking…

This edition is dedicated to exploring creative collaboration, to examine combined outputs and shared visions. It’s a testament to the successes that are made possible only by the collective efforts of a team working in unison, and an exploration of what makes these groups work.  This issue of ACCLAIM features two unique covers. The general release highlights Jo Duck’s football inspired shoot on location in London, while Clement Pascal shot our boutique cover star Pusha T in the midst of the New York blizzard.

PUSHA T
After enjoying an incredible successful career as one half of the Clipse team, Terrence Thornton aka Pusha T is now breaking out as a solo artist. With the release of My Name Is My Name to much critical acclaim last year, and hype mounting for the forthcoming King Push, Pusha’s solo star is rising fast. We caught up with him in New York, as he was in the middle of a national tour and took some time to reflect on his career – from the era of Lord Willin’ to his recent work with Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music collective.

HIT-BOY & HS87
Hit-Boy is the enigmatic producer behind chart topping hits by the likes of Kanye and Jay Z, Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg. As his success and commercial recognition has grown exponentially Hit-Boy has opted to spread the good fortune, establishing the Hits Since ’87 collective. HS87 operates out of his expansive LA mansion, the eponymous ‘House of Hit’ that operates as a home and studio for a host of young rappers, beatmakers, and producers. Dwayne Yates spoke to Hit-Boy and key members of HS87 in order to get the low down the collective that’s on the come up.

TINKER HATFIELD
Celebrated designer Tinker Hatfield is the architect of Nike footwear, the individual tasked with leading Nike’s huge design team. Responsible for archetypal silhouettes like the Air Max 90, the Air Jordan, and the Air Huarache – Tinker’s contributions to the sneaker world is unparalleled.  Vincent Tang spent time with Tinker, discussing the executive decisions that have led Nike to the top of the industry and received some rare insight into how the company fuels innovation internally.

SMITH STREET TATTOO PARLOUR
Founded in Brooklyn in 2008, Smith Street Tattoo Parlour has fast become globally renowned as a premium tattoo destination. The four artists working from the shop, Steve Boltz, Bert Krak, Daniel Santoro, and Eli Quinters, are incredibly sought after artists, and collectively their output is a testament to classic American tattooing culture. Photographer Will Robson-Scott spent some time with the artists, getting to know their world and their passion for preserving the lineage of authentic tattoo practice. 

PAUL DEVRO

Paul Devro is a man with a lot of titles. Whether it’s his career as a DJ, his role as creative director at Mad Decent, or his work with groundbreaking label Jeffree’s, he’s always at the forefront of the music industry. As a seismic cultural shift has redefined the way that music is distributed and consumed, Devro is working to ensure that his artists are leading the way into the future. We spoke with him about his multi-faceted identity, and why it’s so important to get music to the people.

Following last month’s initial delivery, the second installment of FUCT’s SSDD Spring/Summer range has hit Australian shores. Continuing on with the season’s “Safe At Home” theme inspired by the life and music by Gram Parsons, there’s plenty of reference to Joshua Tree (where Parsons died of an overdose) as well as California itself.

Covering all bases the delivery includes outerwear, tees, flannel, shorts and accessories in the form of pillows and a few bandanas. The entire range is available to peruse now in-store and online via our website.

Last weekend we were lucky enough to play host to the first ever Sneaker Freaker Swap Meet in Brisbane. Featuring a day jam packed with some killer sneakers, streetwear, art and just about everything else there was hardly enough time to take it all in. Rather than going on too much we’ll just thank everyone involved; New Balance, Sneaker Freaker, Jason Markk and of course all of the vendors and the hundreds of people who came through to check it all out on the day.

Check a few pics we snapped on the day and with the help of Taz4000. Until next time!

 

adidas’ ObyO program teams up with Japanese label Bedwin & The Heartbreakers again this year to bring a collection of footwear and apparel that sports the street tailor’s signature neo-vintage aesthetic. Featuring a reworking of the Stan Smith and ZX500 plus an accompanying t-shirt and jacket the Originals by Bedwin collection will be available in limited quantities in-store 10am this Saturday, April 12 and online at noon the same day.

Kings of sportswear re-appropriation; Undefeated deliver their latest range of goodness to our doorstep and it’s ready to hit the ground running. The Invaders tee gets all college team on us with a wickedly unhappy looking tiger on the back carrying over the vibes from last season…can’t ever have too many tigers. On top of that is a 5 Strike tee and matching beanie in this season’s signature Shemagh print (a traditional Arabic headpiece adopted by armed forces when deployed in the area).

It wouldn’t be an Undefeated drop without some hats and we’ve got a decent array to go around this time. Personal favourite around the shop would have to be the Bolt Starter caps, feat. some radical lightning guaranteed to make you look like you’re going faster sitting still. If gettin’ crit isn’t your thang there’s a handful of other versions that you can check online and in-store now along with everything else.

It’s been a little while since we’ve had new Transformers in stock but the wait was worth it ’cause we’ve just received a bunch of intergalactic robot warriors. Repping the Decepticon legion is a re-up of Soundwave (feat. Laserbeak) and an evil Optimus twin whilst Bluestreak, Sideswipe (G-2), Smokescreen and Grimlock hold it down on the Autobot front.

As with every Masterpiece release there’s a dedicated group of collectors chomping at the bit to get their hands on these so they don’t last long at all. Head over to the website or drop through the store to check ‘em out before they all make tracks…

The minds that brought us the Sneakers: Complete Collector’s Guide have backed it up in 2014 with a version dedicated to the phenomenon of our generation: limited edition footwear. At a touch over 250 pages long there’s obviously some omissions given the tidal wave of “limited” releases over the past 15 years or so but the book does a good job of cataloging some of the rarer, significant and often forgotten gems. With the amount of releases coming out these days it’s hard to keep up and there’s some stuff in here that the newcomers from the last 5 or so years probably never even knew existed, both of which are great reasons to grab onto one while we’ve still got stock. It wont be long until this, like the shoes it contains will disappear…

 

It’s nearly time ladies and gents; for the Sneaker Freaker Swap Meet! This is the first time the SF gang will be throwing one of their world famous swap meets outside of the good state of Victoria and they’ve chosen Brisbane city as the lucky destination! We’ve teamed up with Jason Markk and New Balance to bring you a day jam-packed with goodness.

Doors open at 11am Saturday and you’ll be treated to a bunch of sneakers, streetwear and just about everything you could possibly want. As well as tables overflowing with dopeness from local heads there’s also a bunch of freebies to give away through a raffle thanks to all of the gracious sponsors.

It’ll be business as usual in-store, with the shop open from 10am-5pm as always. Laced Espresso will also be open to get your morning coffee as well as grab some food and drinks through the day.

To get the full rundown you can check the event details on Facebook. Otherwise we’ll see you Saturday! *The Swap Meet is being held upstairs from Laced in the Blake House Gallery…

10 Deep’s back again and this time they’re set to put themselves on the map… Ha! Puns aside it’s pretty obvious that this season’s use of map prints is awesome and totally out of the blue but it fits in well with the brand’s international vibe.

Totally coincidental but when we pulled out the Tribes Pocket Tee to photo it we saw that the one we picked had Brisbane sitting there proudly displayed on the chest! The whole world to choose from and this happened, what are the odds?

It’s not all maps and treasure hunts though, true to form 10 Deep also deliver a wicked all-over floral print. This one sports a pretty nifty grain to it that gives the whole thing a bit of grandma’s couch vibe but when you get a hold of it there’s just the regular soft cotton construction, bit of a mind bender.

Finally is the matching button up to the patchwork bandana print we’ve seen a bit from 10 Deep this season. Ditching the casualness of a tee, the sleeve and collar additions make everything a little but more grown up but still retains some youthful exuberance.