This collaboration represents a further step forward in the era of digital fashion linked inextricably with Non-Fungible Tokens.
Kith aims to build “an experience that bridges the digital and physical space” with the launch of a small collection of limited-edition NFTs that will give those who purchase them exclusive access to certain items made for the occasion.
Kith and Invisible Friends’ project, called Kith Friends™, consists of the release, through the OpenSea platform, of 8 1/1 and 3 larger edition NFTs. All of these NFTs depicting the distinctive character created by Invisible Friends will dress the Kith for Invisible Friends collection to be released in February 2023 as well as the ASICS in collaboration with Ronnie Fieg.
The peculiarity is that only those who have purchased the project’s NFTs will actually be able to purchase items and accessories from the Kith for Invisible Friends collection.
IIn addition, NFT holders will receive some items such as a bomber jacket, a crewneck, a cap, and a pair of RFs for ASICS at no additional cost.
All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Brooklyn, NY-based nonprofit organization, Kings Against Violence Initiative, which aims to help, support and eliminate youth violence in New York City.
For all other info on how to purchase NFTs from the project involving Kith and Invisible friends you can visit the dedicated landing on the New York-based brand’s website.
Nike ACG recently unveiled its latest collection for Spring 2022. A series of items that fully reflect the claim of Nike’s sub-label – All Condition Gear – designed to tackle any kind of adventure anywhere outdoors, in contact with nature.
The idea behind Nike ACG’s Spring 2022 is to allow everyone to feel comfortable in any condition while outdoors, so that we break down the barriers between us and nature by living symbiotically. Breathability, utility, and freedom of movement are the three cornerstones on which the collection has been built, which includes: cargo jackets with elastic-equipped seams, packable and insulated jackets, tees with graphics typical of the ACG tradition, and the ACG Lowcate sneakers.
Nike ACG’s Spring 2022 collection will be available starting May 28. Below you can take a look at the lookbook.
May 20 marks the anniversary of one of fashion’s iconic garments, the Levi’s 501 jeans. Since the first model in 1873, the American brand has followed a path that has led its most famous denim model to become first a reliable workwear, then a symbol of countercultures born over the decades of the second half of the 20th century. For a century the Levi’s 501 has retained many of its features, which have also made it a fetish for vintage and archival fashion enthusiasts, but small details have also changed that might help you date the last pair you bought at the yard sale you went to last month. From the REDTAB to the patch, are you sure you’re familiar with Levi’s 501s? What about your particular pair?
1. One of the rarest pieces in existence are Levi’s Calico jeans, an original 501 believed to be the oldest in the world and dating back to 1900. They were discovered in a former mine in Calico, a ghost town in California’s Mojave Desert, where a teenager had gone for a hike. found a room full of jeans she took the best-preserved ones, patched them up and wore them a few times, before noticing on the label a familiar inscription: LS&Co.
2. Marilyn Monroe was one of the first women to wear 501 jeans in a movie, the film was River of No Return (1954) directed by Otto Preminger. According to Bob Calacello (former editor of Interview magazine), Andy Warhol is credited with the popularity of the jeans+blazer pairing, which the pop art artist used to sport while wearing Levi’s 501s himself. Before him, no one had paired a suit jacket in that way.
3. If your 501s on the inner label have indicated a possible shrinkage of “about 8%” it means that they are pre-1981. From that date in fact the indication changes to “about 10%.”
THE RED TAB
4. The famous label on the back of the 501 was added in the 1930s to distinguish Levi’s jeans from the competition. It is one of the jeans’ signatures along with the button closure, copper rivets, and leather label.
5. If your Levi’s has the RED TAB on only one side, it means that the 501 was manufactured before 1951. In fact, in the early 1950s the word “LEVI’S” began to appear on both sides of the red tab.
6. If the label on your pair is written with a capital “E” it means they are made before 1971. Pre-1971 RED TAB is commonly referred to as Big E. Another common feature of vintage Levi’s, however, is the small “V” seam that runs along the edge of the button closure. This stitch runs from the top of the waistband to about a quarter of an inch below the waistband itself, and then back up at an acute angle to the waist button, creating a sort of “V.” This was a standard feature of 501s until 1969.
7. If the Two Horse brand patch on your jeans is attached to the belt loop, it means they are pre-1970. Around 1969-71 (and until recently) Levi’s introduced a thinner cardboard patch that had a tear-off section on the right side, which allowed more space between the patch and the first belt loop.
8. If you read the number 501 XX on the patch then you have a very good model of denim on your hands. When the Two Horse brand patch was first introduced (1886), Levi’s used the XX symbol to indicate that the denim was eXXtra strong, referring to the use of denim from Amoskeag Denim Mills in Manchester, New Hampshire. The “XX” inscription last appeared on the transitional 1966-68 501xx 501 model and was not reintroduced until 1987.
9. The inscription “Every Garment Guaranteed” indicates a model produced until about 1963. The 501XX Jeans used to have this inscription on the Two Horse patch above the lot and size numbers, but it appears that this indication was dropped during 1963.
10. What material is “The Two Horse” patch made of? If the one on your 501’s is leather they were manufactured before 1954, when the leather patch was phased out in place of a thicker Jacron (faux leather) one.
A sort of closing of a circle opened about a decade ago, the one that was staged yesterday at the New York Stock Exchange where Balenciaga staged its fashion show for Spring/Summer 2023. The spaces of the hub of global capitalism, the trading floor to be precise, served as the backdrop for a show that brought to the runway, not only the collaboration with adidas but also the aesthetics of the BDSM world-with models who walked the runway wearing black latex masks that completely covered their faces. The mask theme has now become central to Demna‘s philosophy. But for 10 years now, Demna, Balenciaga’s artistic director, has been making fun of the contemporary, like a novel and fine jester using fashion as a means of expression, exploring and subverting it again and again.
The soundtrack that accompanied the presentation was the techno of BFRND transforming “The Big Board” (as the New York Stock Exchange is nicknamed) into Berlin’s Berghain-if we also think of the looks made of leather and latex we are in Berlin in no time). The monitors in the trading room displayed the logos of Disney, Twitter, VISA but with the images glitching continuously, somewhat as if Demna had hacked the communication system of the New York Stock Exchange.
The general disquiet and anguish – the result of the combination of all the elements that made up the show – finds its climax in a slow, repetitive version of Frank Sinatra’s “New York New York”, a kind of musical depiction of the contemporary United States, caught between a present fraught with difficulties (the Russian question, an unconvincing Biden, racism and violence) and the shadow of Trump that continues to creep over the country.
Below you can take a look at Balenciaga’s entire Spring/Summer 2023 show.
There is a history of subcultures and underground music that, in the 1970s and 1980s characterized an Italian city more than any other. While Rome, Milan, and Florence were building an identity by looking to their past and tradition, Turin was breathing the air of healthy rebellion that was pulling in big European capitals like Berlin and London. Thus, while Italian singer-songwriting resonated in all the squares between Naples and Bologna, punk and punk-rock groups were beginning to form in what was the first capital of united Italy, groups that, hidden in the shadows, managed to leave an imprint on the younger generations of the time.
This attitude did not end with music, but also invested the entire artistic environment, giving rise to a veritable current of graffiti-artists and writers who through collages, tears and spray cans expressed their feeling of freedom and uniqueness.
Precisely for these reasons, the new Dr. Martens store, which will open at 13 Via Garibaldi on May 26, could not be complete without artwork to emblematize the link between the brand’s cultural heritage and the soul of Turin.
Called upon to accomplish this task is the very young Matteo Cozzo, a collagist, illustrator and animator from Turin better known by his stage name The Great Paper Massacre. Born in 1996, Matteo has been part of the Truly Design art studio and collective since 2018 and specializes in collage. It is with this technique, supported by brushes and paint, that he signed the work inside the new store.
One cannot help but be captured by the enormous Boot 1460 that covers an entire wall, surrounded by elements that refer to the history of the city such as the Mole Antonelliana, the Taurus, the store’s cap 10122, and the architecture of the buildings. The fil rouge of the artwork titled “Turing Calling” is the tear, an unmistakable pop subject and representative of the rebellious attitude that Dr. Martens continues to pass on.
The one in Turin is the fourth Italian store, after Rome, Verona and Milan. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, then all that remains is to wait to find out which city will be the next to be overwhelmed by the timeless style of Dr. Martens.