Space Jam's for Sale

This is the finished product. I recently posted that I was designing a one of a kind Tecknicolor tee in honor of the Space Jam’s Christmas release. Well, I have decided to sell a few since it’s Christmas. There are only 25 of these made so you’ll probably never see them ever again, unless someone rips off my design. They’re available in L, XL and 2XL and are $25 plus $7 for shipping. If you’d like a t-shirt to go with your new Space Jam’s you can purchase one here.

Space Jam’s for Sale

This is the finished product. I recently posted that I was designing a one of a kind Tecknicolor tee in honor of the Space Jam’s Christmas release. Well, I have decided to sell a few since it’s Christmas. There are only 25 of these made so you’ll probably never see them ever again, unless someone rips off my design. They’re available in L, XL and 2XL and are $25 plus $7 for shipping. If you’d like a t-shirt to go with your new Space Jam’s you can purchase one here.

Must Have Fall/Winter Item: Boots

One of the items needed during the winter season, that cannot be denied or ignored, is boots. Although I live a state where it’s winter longer than any other season and the season is, to many people’s surprise, my favorite, boots are an item I didn’t warm up to for quite sometime. In retrospect I see that my feet were often unnecessarily cold due to my stubbornness to take boots seriously as a winter wardrobe necessity. After I finally accepted that winter = boots I was more inclined to boots that really didn’t serve a purpose outside of style (I don’t know why this was such a difficult subject for me), much like the D&G’s above. I have had a new pair of knee-high boots, with at least a  4 in. heel, usually black , nearly every year since sometime in high school. I of course have had different styles and variations, but it was and has remained my must have item.

While these boots are clearly one my favorite fall/winter items, what really bothers me is the fact that they aren’t enough diverse styles of them. Where are the innovative designs and colors? I have been looking for a navy blue pair for an eternity. I found a pair one year for a ridiculous price and now that I can’t find any at all I wish I had just bought them. Sad thing is, if they had been Jordan’s I probably would’ve.

There are also riding boots, which I didn’t really pay much attention to when I first discovered boots. I now own a pair and these look great with fitted jeans and casual pants….

yet, they can also be dressed up if  need be.

These are not just for women of course, men can rock them just as well.

Then there the real, meant to keep your feet warm and dry in below 30 degree weather, winter boots. I have not owned many pairs of these for the reasons mentioned earlier in this post and this year I’m looking for the perfect combination of style, quality practicality, and durability. Finding this in a pair of boots is no easy task, but I will not rest until this mission is accomplished…….Well maybe I will rest, but I am going to find a pair.

I have come across every style and variation of the infamous UGG boot. I’ve seen boots in which their price and quality ranges from both economically conscious to splurge worthy and luxurious. While I admit there have been some styles that have managed to leverage themselves, as having somewhat of a unique spin on the oh-so-common design, I still cannot bring myself to actually dish out the cash for a boot that has been done to death.

I was definitely trying to lean in the direction of the design style of the Ronnie Fieg designed, Polo Ralph Lauren Ranger; A.K.A. “cookie boots”. This boot gives just enough style, class and prep to, what could’ve been, a bulky and awkward concept, creating the perfect combination. The trouble is the same as it always is, they don’t come in my size. I also considered the boots in the post after seeing them on the Street Etiquette blog.

Since what I really want  seems to be impossible for me to find, these Timberland: Asphalt Trail Earthkeepers Chukka, have shown themselves to be a great alternative and for a much better price since I wear kids sizes. I also love the dark brown burnished color, giving them the rugged appearance of broken in and polished leather. I might change the strings to something a little more stand out though.

Kanye's Past as I can Tell

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It has been announced that Kanye Wests, never formally released clothing line, Pastelle, will never be. Because of Kanye’s strong influence  on and strong interest in fashion, we all though that this rappers clothing line would be the one to change the game. The hype on a brand that never released was huge and maybe that’s why it’s over. In an earlier post I gave my opinions on the brand on, what I presumed to be, the official Pastelle Facebook page. In my many responses to the questions, I mentioned that if this brand were to truly break the mold of every-other-brand, it would have to create more than hype. Hype sells, but also dies in due time. Apparently the phrase “hype kills” has never been more appropriate. So, so-long to what would’ve been Pastelle. I was never too found of that name anyway.

Source: Complex

Kanye’s Past as I can Tell

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It has been announced that Kanye Wests, never formally released clothing line, Pastelle, will never be. Because of Kanye’s strong influence  on and strong interest in fashion, we all though that this rappers clothing line would be the one to change the game. The hype on a brand that never released was huge and maybe that’s why it’s over. In an earlier post I gave my opinions on the brand on, what I presumed to be, the official Pastelle Facebook page. In my many responses to the questions, I mentioned that if this brand were to truly break the mold of every-other-brand, it would have to create more than hype. Hype sells, but also dies in due time. Apparently the phrase “hype kills” has never been more appropriate. So, so-long to what would’ve been Pastelle. I was never too found of that name anyway.

Source: Complex

Ralph Lauren: A Lo-Life Style

Joshua Kissi from Street Etiquette put me up on this video, while having a discussion on what people from the “hood” used to wear back in the 90′s: Nautica, Polo, Perry Ellis, Timberland, Eddie Bauer and Tommy Hilfiger. I remember Wallabee’s and when Helly Hanson came on the scene, which seemed to be short lived. I can’t help but to think that the executives of Ralph Lauren, as well as the other mentioned brands, had to know about the subcultures created buy their brands. It’s pretty much their job to know these things, yet it is something that is almost never mentioned or acknowledged. Aside from Tommy Hilfiger, is seems that brands felt and still feel that embracing this particular demographic (inner city or urban youth) would diminish the prestige of their brand image. This isn’t a totally false concept, as Tommy Hilfiger had to revamp their brand image in the new millenium to pull themselves away from being considered a fad brand of pop culture’s urban scene. This video is about a whole underground culture that was built around the Polo brand, which is refered to as ‘Lo’ throughout the video. It’s very interesting and thought provoking to know that a brand that doesn’t acknowledge your existence can become your existence.

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Check out the story here.

Unreleased Johnny Cupackes Cardigan?

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I just saw this pic of Johnny wearing what appears to be a hooded, varsity, Johnny Cupcakes cardigan with a rook, chess piece, patch on it. I guess even members of the chess team can have their own varsity sweater. The details really make it stand out and I wouldn’t mind owning one myself. I’m uncertain as to when or if this cardigan will be released.

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This isn’t Johnny’s first attempt at a cardigan; there is a newly released, gray cardigan that is currently available in the online shop.

Things I Love: Varsity Jackets

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With fall fast approaching there are few things that immediately come to mind: Leaves (Michigan has the greatest fall scenery ever), Thanksgiving, calf length boots, and VARSITY JACKETS. I have been a fan of varsity jackets since I was little. I had this dope suede, navy blue and brown varsity jacket that I absolutely loved and my cousin used to always want to wear. It wasn’t heavy enough for Michigan winters, but I wanted to wear it anyway. I’m pretty sure I have had some form of a varsity jacket for every single phase of my life. Ironically, I only attended private schools that didn’t offer varsity jackets, among other things, so I never had an “authentic” high school jacket. Perhaps, that is what has continued to fueled my obsession with varsity jackets. I still have my old Ecko Red jacket that I bought back in high school. I don’t wear it too often because people think I’m 16 when I do.

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One of my favorite jackets is by The Loots. I thought the design was very well executed and if I could’ve found one that would fit me, I would’ve definately bought it. I love that it has striped sleeves and that it has a hood, which is usually found only on womens jackets. I believe it’s called a sailor collared hood.

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I have been wanting this jacket for quite a few years now. The Axel Foley, 1967 Detroit Lions varsity jacket from Beverly Hills Cop 2 and 3. I regularly check Ebay for it, to no avail.

Note: There’s a new Beverly Hills Cop (part 4) coming out in 2012. I’m quite interested in what this is going to turn out like. I also want to see if Eddie Murphy will be wearing my jacket. They should make the jacket the whole focal point of the movie

Supreme Ideas

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Ok, so obviously neither of these brands are the first to put a commonly viewed picture of Mickey Mouse on a tee. However, it’s still just remotely interesting that both of these brands have such similar shirts. The first (white) tee is from Supreme’s fall/winter collection. The yellow tee is by No Friends, which is a line targeting the action sports market. Draw your own conclusions.

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Underrated: David Niven

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Everyone speaks frequently of Cary Grant, James Dean, Fred Astaire and the like, but there is another classic movie star that often gets over looked, David Niven. I think people over look him because he did more supporting roles than leading roles. However, he had impeccable style and was a great actor, who had a wide range of skills; he went  from drama to comedy with ease and was great at both. The best thing about David Niven is that his cool could never be broken and he was always very distinguished. Not only was his personality distinguished, but so was his style. Many people believe that Cary Grant is the model for men in tuxedo’s and that may be true, but if David Niven isn’t equal to Cary, he’s a close runner-up. Simply put, the man had style and people don’t acknowledge it enough.

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