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  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview
  • Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

Publish Spring/Summer 2013 – Preview

I got put up on Publish earlier this year when I was checking out one of the blogs and came across some lookbook shots starring my long time friend Jeremy “Barfs” Morillo. Naturally, I clicked into the post and once I got past the chuckling of seeing my friend in model mode, I took a closer look at the apparel. I liked what I saw.

Publish was showing their upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 collection and it turns out another long time friend, Ben Wang, helps them out with stuff, so he encouraged me to see what’s good from the brand. I was immediately drawn to a few things: the floral print M-65 jackets, the camo print jogging style pants and their 5-panels. Like most folks, I am feeling stuff with prints and Publish is making use of some pretty dope ones.

Posted above are some photos of the outerwear and aforementioned camo pants. There was a pretty sweet looking black pair, but you can’t really see the camo print, so I omitted them from the post. I like that they offer a darker color in the camo pants. I can’t really bring myself to wearing pants that stand out so much. I have these really ill camo Stussy pants, and I felt they were too adventurous for me, so I am planning on making them into cutoffs Tobias Funke style.

 

Pendleton x Dr. Martens Collection

While at Project Las Vegas, I came across this nice collaboration between Pendleton and Dr. Martens. I saw images of these back in February on Selectism and I forgot about them, but was happy to be reminded when I saw the collection in person the other day. The last time I’ve owned a pair of Docs was back in 8th grade. It’s a terrible story and one that’s been indelibly etched into my mind. I got a pair of the 3-hole shoes as a graduation present because we all know what a massive accomplishment it is to graduate junior high. Anyway, one of the school’s popular girls had a party, so I figured it would be a great time to break the new shoes out. I wore them to the party and much to my chagrin, it was a household that didn’t allow shoes inside. So, I took them off and of course, they were stolen from the porch. I was left to walk home shoeless while my friends clowned me.

Being that I was slightly traumatized by that unfortunate event, Doc shoes fell off my radar as any news and images pertaining to them brings back that awful memory. I guess I should get off that as Dr. Martens has been putting out stellar footwear. That’s not a new development of course, but I feel like the designs over the last few years have been extra on point. I got some snaps of a few great pairs including these Pendleton collabs. Two colors — burgundy and black — will be available with that wonderful patterned wool. But it doesn’t end at the boots as 2 matching satchels will also be available. I believe the boots will retail at around $170, but don’t quote me on that. I thought they would cost more and I assumed the availability would be super limited, but they should be easy to get your hands on. I think all 4 items in the collection look great.

The collection should be dropping on October 1st, so be on the look out at Dr. Martens retailers.

  • Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black
  • Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black
  • Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black
  • Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black
  • Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black
  • Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black
  • Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black

Nike Free Powerlines – Red/Grey/Black

I sort of glossed over these Nike Free Powerlines shoes when I saw them pop up around the blogosphere earlier this year. Maybe it is because I was caught with Roshe-mania like everyone else, which then subsided once the Flyknit came onto the scene, but after seeing these in person at Undefeated Las Vegas, I became a fan. The last time I’ve owned a Nike Free shoe was some years back when I picked up the Nike Free 5.0 Premium Caol Uno sneakers in white patent leather. I actually really liked those shoes and I wish I still had them. An ex-GF decided to keep them from me, which was really wack. I remember reaching out numerous times to try to retrieve my stuff, but when she never responded, I figured she was doing something creepy like huffing my old shoes or something. Anyway, that’s old, old news.

This particular colorway is cool to me. I’ve always been fond of the Red/Grey combination and they work well here. The purple kind of throws it off a bit to where I am on the fence whether I like it or not, but it’s easy to get past it. And if I decide I don’t like it, the speckled sole saves the day. The flexibility is awesome, too; they bend so easily and I can only imagine how comfortable they are. I am so curious, that once the current thunderstorm conditions outside go away, I might go pick them up. I really shouldn’t be picking up any more shoes now, but the temptation might be too much for me to handle.

These are at retailers such as Undefeated Las Vegas now.

Oakley B-1B BMX Grips – Red/White/Blue

First off, I want to apologize for the lack of updates on there. Things got hectic for me this year. Work began to pile up, which is dope, but it took away from The Combined. I’ve been doing a ton of thinking over the last few weeks in regards to things like life and work, and I concluded that I want to give this another go. A proper one. I saw my partner MT today at Project and said we need to make a big change: we need to implement color. I guess it’s not imperative, but the thing is, I absolutely love color photos now. For the longest time, all I gravitated towards was black & white photography and the whole idea was to just work with b&w imagery and to focus on the text in hopes that we could paint a portrait vivid enough to no longer necessitate color. I have had some photo gigs this year that required color photography and next thing you know, I am ’bout it. You’re probably thinking, “make with the Grip news already,” so I will do that now.

As some of you know, I work with Oakley on a lot of various things and one of my pals at the office said some new B-1B BMX grips would be dropping soon. I kind of forgot about it, then he posted a photo on the Facebook and next thing you know, a big box of these arrived at the house. I snapped a few photos to share them here. As you can clearly see here, the latest limited edition grips come in a patriotic red/white/blue colorway. They are comprised out of Oakley’s legendary Unobtanium material and feature a tread that will leave your hands gripped to your handle bars nicely. In addition to being top-notch grips, they look dope; so dope that I can’t bring myself to using them, so I stack them like the collector’s items that they are. These are a great item from Oakley. Grips really take it back to the company’s roots. They may be synonymous with sunglasses, but the heritage lays with product like this.

 

 

  • My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan
  • My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan
  • My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan
  • My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan
  • My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan
  • My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan
  • My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan

My Conversation With Hiroshi Fujiwara about his Collaboration with Cole Haan

Last week I was invited down to New York city for the grand launch of the Cole Haan x Fragment design Collaboration. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with esteem creative Hiroshi Fujiwara.

MT:When did you first hear about the Lunar?

HF: Mark Parker (Nike CEO) showed me the photo of these kind of Lunar soles. He said: “Are you interested in that sole?” I just fell in love with the idea.

MT: What made your shoe different? How did you interpret this shoe? What did you want to do differently?

HF: I do like the idea of the wingtip. Traditional meets hi-tech. They had already did the suede ones but I wanted to do something even more traditional.

MT: Is this going to be the only time you collaborate with them?

HF: No, no–I just had a big meeting today. (laughs) Maybe something’s on the table. I’m looking forward to it.

MT: What do you like about the Lunar? What attracted you to it?

HF: It’s not only Lunar. We’ll still keep doing Lunar, but maybe I’ll want to try something else also with Cole Haan technology and the traditional taste there.

MT: In your day-to-day, is fashion and function a part of your life?

HF: Yes.

MT: When you buy clothes or get clothes, is it about fashion and function now?

HF: I think so. I kind of mix together.

MT: What kind of things do you like?

HF: Traditional, with hi-tech material.

MT: I noticed that you used a pebble leather on the LunarGrands.

HF: Yeah.

MT: Was there a reason for that in particular?

HF: That is really traditional leather. I used to witness that in high school. That is exactly hi-tech meets traditional, which is my lifestyle also.

MT: Are you still influenced by Japan or do you get inspiration from other parts of the world now?

HF: Just from everywhere. I never did get inspiration only from Japan. I grew up with Punk, so Punk is one of the most inspiring things for me.

MT: Punk?

HF: Yeah. Punk Rock. The ’70s.

MT: Where do you see the future of collaborations going? Everyone’s collaborating. Are you still a fan of collaborating? Is that still something you like doing?

HF: I don’t know. I’m not sure if it’s a good word for collaboration. I think ‘talent meets talent’ or ‘designer meets designer’–

MT: Partnership.

HF: Yeah, kind of. I think that we’ll keep doing.

MT: I see you’re always on Instagram. I follow you on Instagram. Do you like Instagram? What is it about Instagram that you like?

HF: It’s just instant. Instant information to share with everyone. I do like it. And you don’t have to write so much about it, it just gives a hint.

MT: I saw that you share and that’s the part you like, the sharing. But do you think that technology like Instagram, do you think it’s hurting the business or do you think it helps?

HF: It’s both. There’s a good side and bad side to it. I think those information technologies sometimes stop something from growing up, because it’s changing all the time and you don’t have to work so hard to get information. You’re just getting so many [sic] information, so it’s that greedy part of you, but it’s good to have many [sic] information, as much as you can. So there’s two ways.

MT: What still inspires you? What are some of the things that inspire you? You’ve done a lot of collaborations, you’ve worked with a lot of different brands, you’ve done so much. How do you stay inspired?

HF: I think it’s personal. You meet new persons, interesting persons, talking about something, even the movies or culture, anything.

MT: Does Punk still inspire you today?

HT: Yeah, I think so. Like, early Punks. ’70s culture.

MT: That’s Awesome, thank you.

HF: Thank you.

Photos by Rudy Calderon + Marcus Troy