Archive for June 2008
If you like the Air Yeezy’s then you will probably love these…
These Marty McFly looking shoes are called the ATO Cow Hide Boot from Japanese designer ATO MATSUMOTO.
These shoes come in black, silver, white, and red. But it’s something about the black that gets me. To be honest, I think these shoes may have inspired the Air Yeezy’s if you ask me. But that’s just how an Urban Graduate thinks. We always see the fashion connection…we have an eye for these types of things y’dig.
I’m not sure if Mobil/Exxon really care, but Urban Graduates EVERYWHERE are being hit hard by the skyrocketing prices of oil. We drive a wide range of vehicles…. old hatchbacks, gas-guzzling spaceships, “I can drive over anything” SUVs, the ever-fashionable Passat, and occasionally, Daddy’s old Mercedez; but I can almost guarantee that NONE of our cars run on old beer cans and banana peels (i.e. The Delorean). It’s great that Hybrid, Electric, and Bio-Diesel cars are all on the market — but let’s be honest….is the Urban Graduate in a financial position to purchase any of these?
Allow me to introduce my nifty friend, THE BICYCLE!! Bicycles (Bikes for short) have been around for almost 200 years (ten years shy). These two-wheeled devices transport a rider from one place to another place…just like cars do– but with considerably LESS GAS (actually…none at all)! AND, they can PARK ANYWHERE for free.
Okay, let me be serious, people ride bikes all the time. As an Urban Graduate, do not restrict yourself to the dogmatic ways of Cars. Pick up a bike, and pedal to work, to school, to the bank, or wherever you deem reasonably within distance. You’ll save a few bucks, burn a few calories, and take care of business.
**The RAW Cannondale Special Ed. Bicycle by Cannondale and G-Star Denim.
This is lesson one in a class about the wonderful world of denim. The class on what denim actually is was covered in Denimation 101…but that was the basics. As Urban Graduates you are now specializing in the fashion field so there is no need to backtrack. Lesson 1: You say selvage…I say SELVEDGE.
Selvedge, or “self-edge” denim has always been hot but pricey because of its high quality. Selvedge denim is made on old-style shuttle looms that produces a narrower fabric than the newer and more commonly used projectile loom. This produces a more tightly weaved denim that lasts longer. In Selvedge denim, you can see the actual edge in the outseam where the weaving has stopped (as opposed to projectile looms where the fabric has been cut off at the ends resulting in lighter and less durable jeans). The selvedge edge is usually stitched with a colored thread…red being the most common. In the past, to acquire a pair of selvedge jeans you would have to buy some vintage jeans or go to Japan. Prices for a pair of premium selvedge jeans usually range somewhere from 200-300 U.S. dollars. But now, thanks to Uniqlo (they’re the “Japanese H&M”) you can acquire a pair of premium selvedge jeans for around eighty bucks. Unsure if the jeans are selvedge…cuff em and look for the signature selvedge edges located along the outseam of the jeans!
Here are a bunch of random pieces the UT found inspirational:
The Double X Tee by Abstraxx. The Green + White joint, very subtle and unexpected.
The Will Not Tee by Bodagon. Everything from the message to the color choice. Dope.
The Lupe Tee by Sons of Liberty. Michael Young History (My Cool Young History)…..dope.
The CS Los Angeles Tee by Dissizit! Last week I posted the Red + White, this week…the Purple + Gold.
Check out these items from around the web:
Striped Jersey Shopper Tote Bag by Marc Jacobs. Fly, in such a casual, beach-esque way. It’s not doing too much, but it shows that you’re on point with your taste.
Reva Ballet Flats by Tory Burch. I don’t know what it is with women and ballet flats. YALL LOVE THEM JOINTS! I know that us fellas…don’t understand why you want to walk around all day basically barefoot. Nevertheless, these are some really fresh flats.
The Pinstripe Old Skool Lo Pro by Vans. This sneaker has had the BIGGEST come up in the last few years (thanks to all my Thizzlamic Folk out in the Yay Area)! I feel like this is the perfect crossover shoe for ladies; you can be active, and be fresh.
Urban Takeout is still in the development stage of our “Century” line. As always, peep some of these items from around the web that you can flip into your personal collection:
Nike Air Max ’95. Voted one of America’s favorite shoes (for sneakerheads of course). They are almost as classic as all white K-Swiss, Air Force Ones, Chucks, or J’s. Color combination is CRAAAZY though!
The Revolver Watch by Nixon. CLEEEAN! If I could whistle…..maaan. The key word here is VERSATILITY. You could rock this timepiece in almost any setting.
Gucci Bamboo Horsebit Moccasins. Uh yeeeeah….this one is for brothas who’s pockets aren’t touchin. Well-made, high quality, and beyond appropriate (loafers in the summer with no socks, GQ casual look).
THE AIR YEEZY’S (tan/neutral) by NIKE. This is probably the most exclusive sneaker out right now. He rocks them in concert! PLUS, these joints GLOW IN THE DAMN DARK.
The Elk Fish Tee by Artful Dodger. Different, eye-catching, and a good compliment piece.
The Spring to Summer then Fall Overshirt by LRG. This piece is DOPE! Again, VERSATILITY. Dress it up or down, rock with ya Willy Wonka’s (loafers) or your sneakers. The seersucker is what turns this piece from regular overshirt to fashionable garment.
Check out these styles from around the web:
Mesh Ballet Flats by Giuseppe Zanotti. Very hot for the summer. Plus these joints cost a pretty penny so you know alot of folks not gonna be up on them.
The Brazil Track Top by Adidas. CLASSIC!!!
San Diego Chargers Shades by Trainspotter. These stunna shades go! I appreciate the retro style — although I know none of the 1980 Chargers own a pair.
Embossed Shoulder Bag by Banana Republic. Stylish, well-priced, and heavy on the details.
The Delerium Blouse by NYC Boutique. I feel like Prince made this style popular in Purple Rain lol. Nevertheless, lightweight and fresh is the way to go this summer.
Gentleman’s Klub is ALSO gettin ready to take flight. DON’T SLEEP!! As usual though, we felt the need to throw some stuff from the net at you, get your minds in the right place:
The CS Chicago Tee by Dissizit!.This joint has a real vintage feel to it, and I can appreciate the message. BULLS were the TRUTH in the ’95-’96 season.
The Banks Watch by Nixon. Time pieces are probably the most under-appreciated accessory. This joint has just enough red to kick up the entire piece! Good look.
The Stroll Hat by Brixton. AGAIN, it’s ALLLLL about the details (peep the feather). Brixton has some pretty ill fedoras and stingy brim hats too, european flair full speed.
I threw in one hat, now, time for one kap (yes, I know that was corny). The Interlock C New Era Cap by Crooks & Castles (that’s that stuff Hov rocks, for those who don’t know).
The Warmup Windbreaker by OBEY. They are doing it real big right now! OBEY has urban fashion on lock, AND they make some great gear for skaters. Rockstar mentality.
In my humble opinion….THIS IS THE HOTTEST SNEAKER OUT RIGHT NOW. The Muska Skytop by Supra. This is beyond iPod white…this is like Zack Morris white….James Dean’s t-shirt white. It almost feels as though these shoes fell off an angels feet.
The thought came across my mind today…Why are students SO innovative? I think it’s because we have the least amount of resources to work with! We acquire things in pieces and fragments, rarely in bulk (unless you’re talking about Ramen noodles). Our favorite game….MIX N’ MATCH!! Old with new, somebody else’s with our own, Goodwill with Name Brand Store bought….whatever it takes to create that fresh look. Every student has MADE something work…that was either broken, too long, too short, too big, too small, faded, or even just plain beat up. In fact, I feel like alot of the major trends ARE STARTED BY STUDENTS! (i.e. slim ties, ties as belts, vintage clothes, slogan/novelty t-shirts, flats/keds/chinese shoes, huge belts, gloves with the fingers cut off, skinny jeans….need i say more?). There’s something about being a student that says….I KNOW I’M BROKE, BUT I’M INDEPENDENT – Let ME decide what style is.
Be on the look out for Sig.nature, the UT line coming this fall! BUT, we didn’t leave you hangin’ on the style pointers. Peep these items out, incorporate them into your gear and step it up this summer:
I always appreciate LRG for keeping a distinct style.
Jack Purcell Classics by Converse. THESE ARE DOPE! Vintage look, classic texture, definitely a more mature summer sneaker.
The We Run Texas Tee by Once Upon A Time in NY. I know this joint is speaking DIRECTLY to a few kats out there! Get ya apparel game right.
The Rocco Denim by One People Project. DETAILS, DETAILS, DETAILS.
The Grandpa Cardigan by One People Project. Understand that you can have a new style and an old soul! Please, peep the embroidery. I ain’t even gonna say details anymore….I’mma just say, punctilio (GRE word for that a**).