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THIS JUST IN…THE THOM BROWNE FOR SUPREME COLLECTION IS FAKE, I REPEAT FAKE. This is NOT AN OFFICIAL COLLAB. Thom Browne came to speak this evening at the Katie Murphy Amphitheater located on the Fashion Institute of Technology’s campus and quickly denied the collaboration. He specifically said that there was no official collab and that Supreme simply bought Thom Browne oxfords wholesale! We are interested to see what becomes of this…
NOTE: Urban Takeout is not taking sides in this matter, we are just making sure that you the Urban Graduate stay informed. Urban Takeout, we got you covered!!
Richard Chai relatively new to the menswear fashion scene has already made some major moves since the release of his own line in 2004; he has already completed capsule collections for Topman and Target. His newest collaboration, supposedly set to drop this January is between he and Keds. These understated yet eye-catching hi-tops feature a single zipper fastener running vertically up the front to secure the shoes, reminiscent of the new Rick Owens trainer redux. There are still holes for laces if you want to lace them up, but I ask you this question…..why would you?
Check out his Spring 2010 collection here.
It is truly amazing to see how swiftly people are responding to the crisis in Haiti. The Brothers Thornton (Pusha T & Malice), creative minds behind Play Cloths, have collaborated with the Yele Foundation and designed a t-shirt that will benefit the cause. Shouts out to the Clipse and Wyclef Jean for their leadership by example. The following exerpt was provided yesterday by Hypebeast:
“So starting today, Friday January 15th @ 3pm EST, Play Cloths will release a signature Jack logo t-shirt designed for the Haiti Relief Effort. 100% OF THE PROCEEDS WILL BE DONATED to the YELE HAITI EARTHQUAKE FUND, which is an organization supported by Wyclef Jean. In order to send the donation as fast as they can, the Haitian Jack t-shirt will only be on sale from Friday January 15th to Friday January 22nd (one week only).”
You can purchase the shirt here. Please support this cause!! This is a very REAL situation — do your best to help in any way possible.
What did we tell you all before Thanksgiving…rhetorical…+J was coming back for the spring with a some new pieces and spring remakes of certain fall essentials. Either way you look at it you cant lose, its low-cost luxury! The men’s collection still has the familiars like button downs, sweaters and blazers but there are some new editions like the full-zip stretch parka a la Bapesta. Not to mention that the women’s collection has a bevy of lightweight blazers and jackets…ready to be worn with leggings (That trend seems to have no end in sight lol)!
With the launch of the +J collection at Uniqlo a little over a month ago, the fashion gears are already in motion for a spring 2010 collection. You know how it goes…sales are good, so lets do it again until sales are not so good. According to Catwalk Queen Ms. Sanders is in New York right now shooting the campaign for the spring collection. I got a few good things from this collab so I’ll be looking forward to the next one. I only hope that there are more men’s pieces the next go-round.
The Reebok PUMP, one of the most iconic sneakers in history, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. But instead of launching a commemorative sneaker (I would’ve settled for a Dominique Wilkins or Dee Brown edition) or having the traditional sneaker-shaped birthday cake cut in a million slices, the creative minds at Reebok decided to celebrate in a different way. Reebok opened the invitation to collaborate with sneaker boutiques and retailers WORLDWIDE (i.e. Colette, BODEGA, HUF, UNDFTD, Patta, Sneakersnstuff from Stockholm) on custom Reebok PUMP sneakers. Across the globe, some of the most innovative concepts have been applied to the Reebok PUMP, including new colorways, deconstructed materials, patterns, and even added elements such as key chains, shirts, you name it! Each boutique/retailer is launching their limited edition PUMP 20 collection on….you guessed it, November 20th, 2009! Keep your eyes open, because a retailer near you JUST MIGHT be dropping the illest sneaker in this entire project!
Here’s a look at some of the collabs:
A couple weeks ago, we got up with our friends over at Watermelon Democracy to talk about their brand, the vision of their label, and their Fall 2009 collection (available through the Watermelon Democracy® website or Red’s Swagger in Cedar Hill, Tx). Check out the interview:
UTO: Off top, the name Watermelon Democracy® stands out among other brands. Tell us about the name’s origin.
WD: WD truly started out as just a joke with my friend. We were discussing funny clothing line names and my friend mentioned Banana Republic. I made a joke about [Watermelon Democracy being] the opposite of it. I couldn’t sleep that night because I kept thing about the phrase, so I woke up and started researching the meaning of Banana Republic and what WD [being its opposite] could represent. came up with a definition of WD.
UTO: Ok, I can dig that. So, how is WD defined?
WD: The image of the Watermelon symbolizes toughness and an inner spiritual richness (sweetness). Democracy symbolizes freedom and power, 2 traits we should aspire to achieve as individuals and the two most important aspects of Democracy. The combination of the two presents this message. Develop your Watermelon and achieve individual Democracy. Through the development of your mind, body, and soul you can put yourself in a position to achieve your goals.
UTO: That’s very empowering! Now, since the last time we talked, you all have been preparing a fall product line. Tell us a lil bit about that.
WD: The concept of the new line is “The Anatomy of WD”. [Expect to] see images of the body with a WD spin on it, [conveying] the message that, bit by bit, we should all develop and achieve our own WD. You’ll also see more color offerings and exclusives with a set number printed this season.
UTO: Dope, as usual. You guys are known for having thought-provoking tees. Is there any chance that WD will be expanding into other apparel markets?
WD: Absolutely, our tees are setting the stage for our full apparel line. We have to always keep that in mind when we come up with designs. We’re getting ready to release some crazy winter products, which will be our first step to branding ourselves as more than just a t-shirt company. With investment groups reaching out to us, we must do everything we can to ensure them that WD is not a fad, but rather, a way of life.
UTO: These days, longevity is definitely the name of the game. Sounds like you all have great direction! What can we look forward to from WD? What’s on deck?
WD: There will be a lot of surprises, exclusives, and collaboration with a popular Atlanta Blogger (ASampWasRight.blogspot.com) and a Houston based brand that is the only brand that I love right now almost as much as WD….lol. We also have a design competition that will give a young designer a chance to make a name for themselves by having their design printed through our distribution and marketing channels. I’m really excited about the future of WD!
UTO: So are we brother, so are we.
LADIES in the New York area, here’s your opportunity to stay ahead of the class! Hellz Bellz is having a SALE, 100% samples, 100% straight from the cutting room floor. Don’t sleep!!!
Dates: Saturday — October 10th (10/10) & Sunday — October 11th (10/11)
Times: 12pm – 7pm E.S.T.
Location: 151 Orchard St. (between Rivington St. & Stanton St.), New York, NY 10012
Contact: (212) – 253 – 0588
LISTEN UP!! Grads and Graduettes in the Philly region, support our boy, artist extraordinaire Eric Jordan on SEPT. 23rd for the Philly Foundation Art Show. Trust and believe…it’s gonna be dope. Read more here.
This Urban Grad tecccchnically needs no introduction (especially if you’ve seen THAT Notorious B.I.G. tee by RockSmith). Put it this way, if we had to sum our boy up in 2 words….they’d be…..YOUNG BASQUIAT. Given his natural artistic abilities, keen eye for color, and insightful selection of subjects, this installment won’t be anything short of magnificent.
Be on the lookout for the e. jordan EXCLUSIVE interview!!