It came as a surprise to all of us but it’s unofficially NikeLab ACG week. We first heard about the line’s impending return last week, then saw the first images, followed by a closer look and finally an interview with NikeLab ACG’s head designers. Now, the day we’ve all been waiting for has arrived as NikeLab drops the first round of goods from the revamped ACG line. Tech is the name of the game as clothing, shoes and accessories are infused with the expertise of Acronym’s Errolson Hugh in cahoots with the Nike design team headed by Matthew Millward. The NikeLab ACG collection is available now from Nike.com/NikeLab.
Canadian label wings+horns teams up with New Balance for a monochrome take on NB’s classic 580 runner, accompanied by a suitably gloomy set of apparel. Sweatpants, hoodies, a field jacket, and a parka all sport dark tonal color schemes, matching the sneaker’s black-heavy colorway. The collection and sneaker drops December 13 at wings+horn’s Vancouver retail space, and December 20 at authorized wings+horns and New Balance retailers globall.
Presenting some ideal gifts for the holidays, menswear brand The Brooklyn Circus returns this season with the introduction of their “Uniform” collection. Refining the urban image through the balance of tailored and casual, the collection continues to explore the classic BKc palette of cool greys, scholastic navy and blues, and deep burgundy. Proudly crafted in the United States, the result is a very classic collection consisting of premium jackets, button-downs, sweater vests and more. The Brooklyn Circus Fall/Winter 2014 “Uniform” collection will soon be available at select retailers as well as the brand’s online store.
adidas Originals and NIGO‘s high-profile collab gets shown in some suitably gritty streetwear environs, courtesy of a newly shot lookbook featuring upstart NYC hip-hop crew Ratking. Shot by seminal subculture documenter/photographer Ari Marcopoulos, the lookbook sees the crew rocking a variety of garments from the collection, keeping a pure ’90s vibe that befits NIGO’s adoration of the decade’s street culture perfectly. Here’s some words from the man himself:
“Part of what I associate with adidas Originals is the image of NY rap groups wearing the sneakers in the ’80s and early ’90s, so that image was in my mind when I was designing the range. But I wanted to see the next generation wearing the collection. Ratking are really genuine and I’m a fan of their music.”
You may be used to seeing “Made in India” labels in your clothing, “Made in Turkey” or maybe “Made in Italy,” if you’re lucky. But “Made in Prison” is probably not often seen – that is until now. Thomas Jacob used to work for high-end French fashion houses, but after visiting ones of the world’s most notorious prisons – San Pedro in Lurigancho – he was inspired to start Pietà, a men’s clothing project made entirely by convicted felons in Peru. The collection is made using all-natural, organic materials like pima cotton, alpaca and wool, and the clothes follow a range of classic streetwear silhouettes, with graphic logos and paneled T-shirts and hoodies, as well as more traditional knitwear pieces made from luxurious wools.
The whole range can be bought online via the Pietà website.
There’s something reassuringly stubborn about A.P.C. – the Parisian label remains stoically committed to classic men’s clothing, sidestepping the hysteria of trend-obsessed fast fashion by releasing collection after collection of understated, timeless menswear. While temperatures may be plummeting outside, Jean Touitou and co. remind us that warmer times will (eventually) come thanks to the release of their Spring/Summer 2015 lookbook which showcases the label’s mastery of both formal and casual sides of menswear. Suiting, tailored trousers and macs sit alongside bombers, short-sleeved shirts and A.P.C.’s renowned raw denim – as ever impeccably styled for a contemporary aesthetic that keeps one foot firmly in the past without resorting to tired heritage clichés. Proving that style can just as easily exist outside the madness of high fashion, A.P.C.’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection drops next year. In the meantime, catch up with founder Jean Touitou’s entertaining interviews with GQ and Vestoj – covering everything from wearing sarongs and playing harmonica in bank meetings to Hedi Slimane and normcore.