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Oakley Danny Kass Signature Series – “Totem” Frogskins and “Peace Pipe” Canopy

Oakley pro snowboarder Danny Kass has a collection of new signature series sunglasses and goggles dropping very shortly, and so we wanted to present a look here on The Combined. Oakley’s done a few Frogskins with Kass’ Grenade brand in the past and those ended up being big hits. One featured a matte olive color and the follow up had sort of a watermelon colored theme. They were both extremely dope. These guys here feature one of my favorite Frogskins frame colors — clear — and they have a cool “Totem” pole print. The print also comes on the carrying bag, which also features a distinct design that creates the appearance of dirt/filth.

I honestly don’t know anything about goggles. I have only seen snow with my own eyes once. I’m a snow n00b. The only time I saw it was in NYC. I was in town for a Jordan Brand event and it happened to take place during some really inclement weather. Snow was packed deep. It reminded me of that movie The Day After Tomorrow where New York froze over. I was staying at this hotel and George from Nicekicks was there. We both wanted to tough it out and walk to Nike Stadiums from where we were, which was like, no joke, 80 blocks away. We walked there only to find out the store was closed. We tried getting a cabs to take us back to the hotel, but when we said where we were staying, they all declined us. We had to beg and plead for one driver to take us as far as he can and he obliged, so we didn’t have to walk all the way back. I feel like an old man when I go on these tangents and tell stories, but when I think of snow, I can’t help but to recall that awful, yet still fun experience.

Anyway, these goggles are a new style from Oakley called the Canopy. These get the code name “Peace Pipe” tying into the whole theme of this collection. They come with a Fire Iridium lens that is crazy reflective. I had to take all of the pics at weird angles to avoid popping up into the reflection. The Canopy is up on Oakley’s site, and from what I’ve seen, the Frogskins are hitting retailers now.

  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

New Era EK Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

New Era USA really is doing some cool things these days. Their EK collection has seen some really solid growth in the US. As some of you might know, New Era Japan had been doing some dope stuff the last few years and as in many situations, brands sometimes have catching up to do when it comes to their US offices.

New Era has been doing a great job with their recent stuff, including the current Fall/Winter 2012 collection, which should be hitting retailers now. That collection is stacked with solid headwear in all sorts of styles. MT and I got to work on something with them on it and that should be ready soon for presentation on the internets. More on that when the time comes.

For Spring/Summer 2013, EK goes with a variety of prints and soft pastel colors perfect for the sunnier months. Styles such as bucket hats, newsboy caps, fedoras and even the 5-panel make an appearance in the collection. Given New Era’s dominance in the world of fitted caps, I wasn’t surprised by the great quality and style of their 5-panel offerings. I think these will be a hit given the current headwear landscape and 5-panels/camp caps being the most sought after at the moment.

Dr. Martens Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

Last week, and a few posts down the page, we showed you the Dr. Martens x Pendleton jams, but now we’re back with another look at what the good Doc has in store down the road. The all-time classic footwear label has been putting out some really, really solid footwear. I know that’s nothing new, but the last couple of seasons have really caught my eye.

I snapped some images of my favorites from the recent Project show in Las Vegas. The first pair you see make use of British Millerain waxed cotton material. The mustard color is interesting on it, too, and although they’re not something I can pull off, they’re cool. As we move along, we see some nice shiny leather numbers in the form of a 6-hole boot and 3-hole. These are some handsome shoes. They come in black and burgundy leather and feature a contrasting red lining. My favorites out of the collection.

 

Publish Caps Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

I think I made mention of Publish’s hats for Spring/Summer 2013 because I intended to do a separate post on them in the future, which is now. As you guys know, 5-panel camp caps are big business. They’ve been a staple in Supreme’s collections on a seasonal basis, and Norse Projects has been serving them up proper, too. It seems like almost all brands offer them these days. It makes sense – folks like them. When I check my Tumblr dashboard on my secondary blog I strictly use for reblogging, not a day goes by where a 5-panel is not photographed be it in the form of a simple product shot, or worn by someone (usually a girl).

On my last Publish post, I talked about their prints. They make use of some really eye pleasing ones. These paisley and floral print caps from Publish are pretty dope. The looks and quality are there and I’m sure when these drop, they will sell out quickly at retail. I know the team at Publish recently enjoyed some great success with the release of some of their caps done in collaboration with Reed Space and Kicks/HI. I’m sure that release has left people thirsty for more from the guys on the hat front and I am sure these will help quench that.

  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

Clae Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

I’m back with another Spring/Summer 2013 preview, this time focusing on Clae. Back when I worked with BLENDS we carried Clae early on. They always came with it with their sneakers. People were really hung up on Nike then, so Clae would sit on the shelves at times, which I attributed to people “sleeping.” I always thought the “Russell” style they offered was a great alternative to the Dunk High and I really enjoyed the moc-toe of the “Romare” shoe. Clae, along with Gourmet, have always been amongst my favorite independent sneaker brands.

I stopped by the Clae booth to visit a friend and another blog bud was already there. Freshnessmag’s Poe Hwang was already in the mix and it’s always nice running into him, so we chopped it up about Clae along with my friend Ben, who works with Clae. While at the booth, Ben walked us through the range of S/S ’13 sneakers and he allowed us to snap a sample of what’s to come. The first shoe pictured, the Mills, comes in three dope colors – black, grey and some kind of blue – each comprised out of suede, leather and mesh. The cork-like midsole looks cool on them, and each shoe comes equipped with a durable Vibram outsole. Nice.

All the shoes we’re showing above are shoes I liked. Highly wearable and well made. And for summertime lounging, I like the perforated sneakers at the end of the photo slide. I am just wondering if they will leave really wacky tan lines. All in all, good stuff. Check for these early next year!