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Cole Haan LunarGrand Chukka – Waterproof Edition

I’ve really enjoyed what I’ve seen so far from Cole Haan’s Lunargrand shoe offerings, but this is the first one that really made my eyes pop out of my head in astonishment. These new waterproof Chukka editions are striking. The shiny black leather coupled with that vivid blue Lunar sole unit make these a serious pair of shoes. They also feature a matching blue soft leather lining, which is another nice touch. I don’t even know what else to say in regards to how great these are. You can clearly see how fresh they are from images and in person it’s the same story.

The new Cole Haan LunarGrand Chukkas are out today both in this version pictured above, and in a reflective one. They can be scooped up at the ColeHaan SoHo location, as well as these ten retailers: CNCPTS in Boston; St. Alfred in Chicago; colette in Paris; Slam Jam in Milan; Firmament in Berlin; Dover Street Market in London; Dover Street Market Ginza in Tokyo; Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo; Lane Crawford in Hong Kong; and Silly Thing in Hong Kong.

New Balance 996 “Color Pack” Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

New Balance has been my favorite in the world of sneakers for the last few years. They’ve been on fire on a consistent basis. Sick colorways and top-notch quality — especially those Made in USA and UK jams — always keep me on the lookout every season. I have a really solid rotation of NB sneakers and out of all of the pairs that I own, I have to say that as far as their classic styles go, the 996 is it for me. The look of this silhouette is pretty much perfect in my eyes. And out of the various styles, I think the 996 sits atop the list as far as comfort goes, too.

While visiting the New Balance booth during the last round of trade shows, this “color pack” (I am naming it that due to the colorful nature of these shoes; it’s not an official moniker) caught my eye. As you guys know, when it comes to NB, grey reigns supreme as far as their colorways go, but every season there’s some that go against the grain thanks to the aid of some wonderful colors. That’s the case with these guys. Here we see three vivid editions of the shoe in purple, light blue and some kinda pale green. They all look fly in my opinion, but that blue color might be the winner of the bunch. What do you guys think?

Check for these as part of New Balance’s Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

“Walk With Me By Marcus Troy” for the Timberland GT Scramble

About a month or more ago, I had a really cool opportunity presented to me by Marcus. He invited me to come up to Toronto to participate in a project he was responsible for on behalf of Timberland. The aptly titled “Walk With Me” by Marcus Troy project saw a handful of bloggers get together for a little urban hiking in the lovely Canadian city.

It was my first time in Canada and from what I recall, a majority of the people on the trip were from there. I think my “noob-ness” really showed when I was totally amazed by the Subway restaurant up there. I was telling my friend Peter from Highsnobiety about how I was so very pleased at how their Subway offered both black AND green olives and how their mix of peppers was far superior to what I get out in the western United States. I know that’s beyond trivial, but it’s still something that amazes me. I’m lame, I know.

I was the first to arrive into the city and I had absolutely no idea what to do, so I stayed in my hotel and played on the web. The following morning, I was up bright and early. I was excited for the others to arrive. I prowled around the hotel and was finally met by Marcus, his brother Ahmad, Peter, William Yan and Vincent Tsang. It was cool to see some familiar faces. They checked in then we all posse’d up and went to the Timberland office. We got to see the GT Scramble boots and we got to get acquainted with the mega-friendly staff. After we got booted up, we ate a really dope meal at a restaurant that – no joke – had the greatest french fries and a pretty dope bison burger. (Check out an image of my lunch here.)

After the fantastic lunch, we were all fired up to get in some urban hiking. As you can see from the photos above, the area was truly lovely. We had a great time kicking it and enjoying the beautiful scenery. As an observer, I really got a kick out of watching my blog buds in action, especially watching William. That dude truly keeps it thorough. I’ve never seen somebody get after it in the field like that. He was seeking out such great photos and creating really cool opportunities for content. Good stuff.

As a hiking enthusiast, this trip was great. I walked away with some cool images and new friends. I also got to keep a pair of the GT Scramble. These really are solid boots. The vintage hiking inspired look works well and my goodness are they comfortable. I have Danner boots which required some breaking in, but these are good right out of the box. The wear really well. Almost sneaker-like. Springy and comfy, and they look dope.

Be sure to check out the WALK WITH ME micro site for a further look.

  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones
  • Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones

Monster x Diesel Vektr Headphones

I sit on an old, faded green bench as I’m writing this post and 7 yards away from where I rest is a girl, she must be no older than 4 years old and she’s crying with tears falling down her now red face, her ice cream dropped.  A cyclist zoom passes me leaving nothing but the dust on his wheels to fall off and the leaves which gently lay to abruptly awaken, scatter and fly.  A mob of firetrucks scream down the street, I later find out a nearby apartment was on fire.  Then the 2:33 PM flight to New York from wherever has only 5 minutes left till it lands, my body felt the planes vibration.  You see, I can’t hear these things, but only recreate and play the sounds in my head from past experiences.   I escape from everything, leaving my work and all the stress that comes with it behind.   Eyes closed I now imagine myself alone, escaping the city and the racquet it possess; it’s just me, myself and music.  I feel enclosed by strong yet soft sound waves that just sends chills through my ears, down my spine and finally reaching my feet which is found tapping away all on its own.  The Monster is in control.

We are introduced to truck loads of mediocre headphones each year and are so oblivious on how true HD music should sound like, but I’m here to change your perspective on music and how we should listen to it.  Before we talk about the headphone itself I want you to understand the Monster technology.  Installed into this pair of headphone is the titanium-coated driver technology which gives us an experience unlike any other product can offer.  This technology developed by Monster themselves, helps to really feel the beautiful highs, smooth mids and that dirty bass we all desire.

 

With the soft grip of the ear cups or her hands, Lana del Rey whispers, arousing my senses that are possessed by the pinna, as if she is trying to seduce me from a far.  Her voice is soft yet crisp, clear yet just an MP3. I’ve become sucked into the music, fallen for her and she doesn’t even know my name.  I truly feel like a different person when listening to music, but when bumping with the Diesel by Monster headphones, not only am I different, I feel like a new person, I know it sounds cheesy but it’s the truth.  Imagine if you will a surround sound system and you’re standing dead center, now vision yourself walking and the system is just following you.  Now I know, that’s the worst analogy ever, but that’s what it feels like.  I think what I’m trying to say is that sometimes you don’t even notice the headphones are on you and well.. there are speakers floating around you.

The headphone consists of mostly advanced plastic and is treated with multiple sharp angles to create an abstract look and is finished with a high gloss.  It also has a hint of aluminum in different placements, the most dominant is the brushed aluminum where the Diesel logo can be seen.  Surprisingly it’s much smaller than I would have expected and very light compared to the others I have.  Yes the quality is great and the design is superb, but what I’m most impressed about the Monster x Diesel headphone is how comfortable it is, truly has a nice seal and leaks little to no sound.  Also a great little addition to the whole package is the Monster control talk cable which has instead of your traditional circular wires a triangular one and what this does is that it helps not having to untangle your wire at all.  It’s great.

 

We are introduced to a new type of sound today, presented in front of me is a headphone unlike any other.  A headphone that bridges the gap between fashion and technology, style and function, Diesel and Monster.  This product is dare I say, amazeballs!

Get yours today here and experience true HD music.

 

If you have questions about it hit me up on twitter, I’ll try to help you out.  Also please feel free to stop by my website if you would like to see more, click here.

 

 

 

  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW
  • Photographs from NYFW

Photographs from NYFW

NYFW has been long over, but that doesn’t mean the moments captured have become expired.  The following photos were taken by myself before and during NYFW, backstage and front row, trying to seize the motion of fashion as a whole.

I’ll be honest, I caught a few lucky breaks like bumping into Thom Browne while walking the wrong way to a venue or seeing Mark McNairy few days before his show at the garment district, but moments like this makes street photography so exciting and memorable.

I hope you enjoy these few photos as much as I enjoyed creating them.