ASICS brings its technology and footwear expertise to inspire a new audience of fitness enthusiasts as it gears up to roll out a full range of fitness solutionsOn January 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
ASICS brings its technology and footwear expertise to inspire a new audience of fitness enthusiasts as it gears up to roll out a full range of fitness solutions from head-to-toe in 2017. In addition to a collection of stylish, layering gym wear, ASICS launches FIT YUI and CONVICTION X footwear as part of its new flex and power training collections. Both products will be available in January, to kick-start the New Year. The FIT YUI will retail for SGD159 a pair while the CONVICTION X will retail for SGD179 per pair.
Advanced Technologies That Work Best When You Put Them To Work
Designed for two very different workouts, FIT YUI and CONVICTION X use advanced technologies and materials that adapt to the body’s natural movements during training as they work to optimize individual workout results.
Uniquely designed to support women’s studio workouts, FIT YUI’s individual fit and flexibility provides total freedom of movement whilst delivering superior comfort, support and style:
GEL Cushioning improved cushioning for comfort and protection
CONVICTION X is engineered to help men and women improve performance under the most intense conditions during their power workouts. Made possible by the scientists at ASICS Institute of Sport Science, it uses proprietary technologies and materials for more breathability whilst maintaining stability grip and durability:
“FIT YUI and CONVICTION X mark a series of new innovations for 2017, as we take our expertise and technology in footwear to create all-round fitness solutions,” comments Paul Miles, Senior General Manager, Global Marketing Division, ASICS Corporation.
“Throughout the year, we aim to engage and motivate fitness enthusiasts as we invite them to try on these new products for themselves and put them to the test through the ASICS ‘What Matters Is You’ conversations.”
Our tech works best when you put it to work, What Matters Is You. To join in or follow the ‘What Matters is You’ conversation online, use the hashtag #WhatMattersIs now.
For more information on ASICS Training visit this site.
Converse announces the release of a limited Chuck Taylor All Star “PHANTACi”edition in partnership with PHANTACi, to commemorate their 10th anniversary. With Mandopop superstar Jay Chou, the creativeOn January 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
Converse announces the release of a limited Chuck Taylor All Star “PHANTACi”edition in partnership with PHANTACi, to commemorate their 10th anniversary. With Mandopop superstar Jay Chou, the creative director of the fashion label, the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star high top sneakers have been transformed with PHANTACi’s famous shark camouflage print, coupled with some pop detailing using their brand’s signature pink colour.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has grown to become a world-renowned lifestyle label amongst any street culture-kids/trend-setters. To celebrate PHANTACi’s 10th year anniversary, a collaboration plan was rolled out to create this special edition with PHANTACi’s famous shark camouflage print, coupled with a pink sock-liner, and heel license plate to give a soft touch. In addition, the heel of the sock-liner is embedded with a print stating “NEVER GIVE UP”, PHANTACI’s brand slogan which conveys the conviction of the brand that they hold on to since 2006 hence achieving what they have become today.
PHANTACi was founded in 2006 by Asian pop icon Jay Chou and his team. With a goal to infuse fantasies into day to day life, from Taipei to the rest of the world, and to encourage people to pursue their own fantasy journey, PHANTACi aims to spread the “NEVER GIVE UP” brand spirit around, regardless of the difficulties encountered.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star PHANTACi will be available at the PHANTACi Singapore retail store and Converse select retail stores at Ngee Ann City and Vivo City, from 18 January 2017 at a retail price of SGD129.90.
PUMA Singapore has launched two new concept stores in Paragon and Bugis+. Introducing the new Forever Faster 2 concept, both stores are conceptualized to mirror PUMA’s brand ethosOn January 11, 2017 / By Nookmag
PUMA Singapore has launched two new concept stores in Paragon and Bugis+. Introducing the new Forever Faster 2 concept, both stores are conceptualized to mirror PUMA’s brand ethos of weaving sports into lifestyle and will house the widest selection of the latest offerings from PUMA’s athletic fashion and fitness categories for lifestyle wear or for training purposes.
Starting at the facade, with the campaign of the season, the consumer experiences the PUMA brand DNA throughout their entire journey. Showcased through 360 package across clearly designated sections in accordance to categories and clearly split by gender, the layout is strategised to facilitate ease and aid customer understanding of the products – all with the intention to offer an enhanced purchasing experience for all shoppers. With PUMA’s strong heritage as a footwear company, the impressive selection will also be showcased on an extensive footwear wall that will be one of the key features in the store.
Situated along Orchard Road, in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, the PUMA store at Paragon mall is a 979 sq ft. concept store, and is now opened. The 1,712 sq ft. concept store in Bugis+ is strategically housed in the vibrant youth enclave, and will be opened in January 2017.
“With the rise in sporting habits and the convergence of athletic wear and fashion across the globe, we saw an opportunity to highlight our unique offerings to better cater to the needs of consumers”, says Gabriel Yap, Head of Marketing at PUMA Southeast Asia. “The launch of the FOREVER FASTER 2 stores has been a really exciting venture for us and I am confident that this new platform will heighten the brand experience with a more focused and distinct curation of our key products”, he adds.
Store Opening Promotion
In conjunction with the opening of the new PUMA Forever Faster 2 concept stores, shoppers at PUMA Paragon will enjoy a free PUMA Backpack with transactions over SGD150, and shoppers at PUMA Bugis+ will enjoy a free PUMA Cross Body Bag with transactions over SGD150. Both promotions are available while stocks last.
PUMA Forever Faster 2
#04-43, 290 Orchard Road
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
#02-18, 201 Victoria Street
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 10pm Daily
New Balance 247 Luxe Boston-based New Balance Athletics, Inc. is excited to release a brand new lifestyle silhouette, the 247. Designed with the modern, urban lifestyle in mind,On January 1, 2017 / By Nookmag
New Balance 247 Luxe
Boston-based New Balance Athletics, Inc. is excited to release a brand new lifestyle silhouette, the 247. Designed with the modern, urban lifestyle in mind, classic New Balance quality and craftsmanship is fused with modern performance-inspired details for a truly new, contemporary silhouette. The New Balance 247 Luxe will be available at Leftfoot Entrepot and Limited Edt Vault from 7 January for a suggested retail price of SGD169.
The New Balance 247 offers a new look, feel and fit, but draws inspiration from iconic New Balance models to remain grounded in the brand DNA. Tapping into the sophistication of New Balance’s reputation for premium leathers, quality and craftsmanship, the 247 Luxe is done in full-grain leather with asymmetrical engineered perforation details that are combined with a stretch synthetic nubuck sock construction for enhanced fit and a contemporary look. Inspiration from heritage models includes the asymmetrical detail on the toe vamp that is a subtle reference to the 1300; a collar strap design taken from the 574 and 576; and, a sleeker more lightweight version of the 998 midsole.
“The Luxe pack is what New Balance does best – premium, quality materials and craftsmanship in combination with sophisticated styling and superior comfort,” said Brian Lynn, Senior Product Manager, Global Lifestyle. “Their versatility means they look just as good in a more formal setting as they do in a casual one – the perfect 24/7 companion.”
“We are incredibly excited and proud to introduce our latest lifestyle offering – the 247. The 247 is the first new model created as part of our commitment to create footwear designed for our evolutionary concept, ‘Style of Your Life’. A nod to our iconic styling but a major step forward in representing the intersection where sport and life meet,” said Shinichi Kubota, Vice President, Global Lifestyle. “The cutting edge 247 design combines the craftsmanship, technology, comfort and fit New Balance is legendary for and offers the versatility needed for the modern style seeker consumer and their round-the-clock lifestyle.”
The New Balance 247 was designed to be suitable for all occasions and versatile for the always-on-the-go lifestyle. To celebrate the style and its relevance to a modern lifestyle, New Balance will be hosting seven events in global cities that highlight local culture and community. Events will take place in New York City, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul on Saturday, 7 January.
UNDFTD x New Balance Trailbuster “Unbalanced”
Also new in stores this season, the latest in New Balance’s Trailbuster series features a joint effort with UNDFTD to release the “Unbalanced” collection, which includes the classic New Balance Trailbuster and Trailbuster Re-engineered. Both styles are now available for a
suggested retail price of SGD209 exclusively at Limited Edt Vault.
The UNDFTD x New Balance Trailbusters were designed to combine function for outdoor athleticism with a sense of counter culture. The classic UNDFTD x New Balance Trailbuster is done in full black leather with pops of white suede on the N logo and debossed UNDFTD leopard printed foxing.
Additional details include a perforated leather tongue; leather lining; branded leather memory top insole; reflective lace and N underlay; and, splatter- printed midsole. The all black leather design on the original silhouette remains authentic to the classic design concept.
The UNDFTD x New Balance Trailbuster Re-engineered upper is done in white no-sew overlays with pops of black suede on the N logo and debossed UNDFTD leopard printed foxing. Additional details include a splatter-printed midsole; reflective N logo and white lace; and, a branded leather memory top insole. The white design was reworked with accents of black to speak to the new materials and technology found in the sport style Trailbuster Re-engineered.
Both styles represent the UNDFTD lifestyle and ethos as they appeal to all demographics, across all ages and cultural backgrounds. Designed as an all-inclusive product, the shoes speak for the qualities of athleticism, fashion, and culture that remain timeless.
A$AP Rocky is as gifted in fashion as he is in rapping. Known not to mince his words — Lord Flacko says whatever Lord Flacko wants, be itOn December 31, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
A$AP Rocky is as gifted in fashion as he is in rapping. Known not to mince his words — Lord Flacko says whatever Lord Flacko wants, be it in interviews or his songs — the Harlem-born rapper, producer, and actor also expresses himself wildly through fashion. We pick out 7 style elements from this fashion killa’s wardrobe.
GRAPHICS: A$AP Rocky likes his prints, and does it on the overload. Google him — some of it might blind you, but he doesn’t give a damn.
FEMME: Leopard prints and wooly pink coats — you’d think these belong to a girl, but a confident man knows how to rock feminine (or oft-associated to be feminine) styles.
LEATHER: Check out the photo on the left: A$AP Rocky injected some edge into this otherwise formal number with ripped jeans and a leather jacket. Leather can easily transform an outfit from ordinary to bad ass.
BOLD EMBROIDERIES: A$AP Rocky is the perfect example of the Mark Twain quote, “All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.” On paper, a dog-embroidered bomber jacket or a plaid sweater with fruit (?) prints sound like a tacky disaster, but he manages to look effortlessly chic in these. (Also, he’s wearing the same pair of jeans in both outfits — he’s just like us!)
PLAID: Everyone has plaid in their wardrobes. You’re now one step closer to looking like Lord Flacko.
SNEAKERS: On the left is Rick Owens for Adidas running sneakers, and on the right a classic Jeremy Scott Wings for Adidas. Dress as shabby as you want folks, just stun your audience with a sick pair of sneakers.
SUITS: This handsome rapper looks immaculate in any suit he puts on, be it a sharp Topman number (right) or a loose Acne wool suit. Find a suit that is proportionate to your frame, and you’re good to go.
Put your best foot forward this summer with the Singapore debut of EMU Australia, a premium Australian footwear brand! Pronounced ‘eem-you’, the brand is styled after the AustralianOn December 25, 2016 / By Nookmag
Put your best foot forward this summer with the Singapore debut of EMU Australia, a premium Australian footwear brand! Pronounced ‘eem-you’, the brand is styled after the Australian national bird known for its resourcefulness, and takes inspiration from its unique Australian heritage and ever natural surroundings. Made from the finest natural materials, EMU Australia features a diverse range of fashion-forward footwear designed for the modern millennial woman who demands comfort and style.
EMU Australia’s Spring Summer 2017 Collection includes classic styles that have been reinterpreted with new materials. Strong bursts of colours, exotic palm prints and metallics are spliced with sports-inspired elements to create a feminine yet bold statement, delivering luxurious chic to the modern woman.
Whether it’s an ankle boot, chic wedge or summer flat, this new collection, designed in Australia, focuses on functional fashion with a sense of adventure. Kicking off with 60 different shoes across five key themes, EMU promises the modern woman a collection that takes them from day to night, and from work to play.
Tropical vibes and daytime glamour, drawing inspiration from all things fern and jungle, this exclusive print exemplifies the tropical balmy hues of summer. Anchoring this collection is an espadrille range with breathable canvas uppers, the Agonis and Gum shoes also come with an EVA foam insole for extra comfort and a traction outsole for durability.
Using the finest leathers that have been hand-dip dyed, EMU Australia presents a mix of classic silhouettes in this collection. The perfect addition to her summer wardrobe, raw leather is employed for long lasting support and comfort while exotic perforated leather and high shine metallic detailing add to the finishing touch.
Made for city adventures, the heels in this collection deliver elegance with comfort integrated at every turn. A leather-wrapped insole boarding with an EVA foam top layer allows for a softer step, giving the modern woman the extra spring she needs in her footsteps. Each shoe comes with a 3-inch stacked leather heel that has a lightweight core, making it the perfect companion for women on the go.
Sport an effortless off-duty look with a hint of athleticism. Using a mix of premium perforations in earthy shades and metallic accents, Lorne and Numerella are decked out with super lightweight soles, giving the modern woman the ability to traverse anywhere and everywhere in comfort and style.
Channel a relaxed, insouciance vibe with Iris, Yarra and Juniper. Crafted with a lightweight and flexible Phylon midsole and a wrapped contoured memory foam foot-bed, these shoes are so comfortable that they allow the modern woman to lounge about all day without a care in the world.
Known for its fun and adventurous approach, the spring range of EMU Australia’s Littles collection sees some of our kids’ favourite animals, reinterpreted in sneaker form. Indulge your child with a variety of animal sneakers featuring a memory foam insole that lends superior support and comfort! From swampy lagoons to the delicate rainforest wildlife, Littles offers something for every child.
EMU Australia’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection will be available at Takashimaya, Metro and Robinsons departmental stores from February 2017. Prices start from SGD79 for the women’s collection and SGD59 for kids.
This December, The WYLD Shop introduces Nana Judy, a premium street wear label from Melbourne, to Singapore for the very first time. The brand embraces design aesthetics inspiredOn December 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
This December, The WYLD Shop introduces Nana Judy, a premium street wear label from Melbourne, to Singapore for the very first time. The brand embraces design aesthetics inspired by the confident, carefree attitude of the young and free.
Mirage, the latest collection by Nana Judy was derived from the origins of the word – Latin term mirari – meaning “to look at, to wonder at”. “Free spirit” is the core essence of this collection’s design, and is apparent through its range of easy to wear pieces and styles set for the festive season through embracing innovative details, prints and fabrications that take on the mirage ethos.
The arid Californian desert landscape and its distinctive natural Earth tones have influenced the colour palette of this collection. The feel is applied through the use of acid washes including the tones Sand, Burgundy and Camouflage. The Mirage collection has Liberty inspired prints along with our renowned design aesthetic of innovation with new design lines, and new details forming the must see Mirage Collection.
Nana Judy: The Mirage Collection is priced from SGD59.90 to SGD119.90 and is available in limited pieces only at The WYLD Shop.
Our tastes are some of the greatest indicators of who we are – the films we watch, the clothes we wear, etc. What we choose to entertain ourselvesOn November 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
Our tastes are some of the greatest indicators of who we are – the films we watch, the clothes we wear, etc. What we choose to entertain ourselves with is a reflection of our personality. As a brand that has shunned conventional watch industry standards since 2012, SEVENFRIDAY understands the need to stand out and stand up for who they are. Its industrial avant-garde watches aside, SEVENFRIDAY’s love for all things different has led to several global lifestyle elements. From a bistro lounge that doubles up as a watch gallery in Jakarta, to a full-on punk rock gig in London, SEVENFRIDAY has embodied the philosophy that different is better.
This year, the brand delves deeper into the world of sub-cultures and music, presenting SEVENFRIDAY LIVE, an experience like no other. A music experience for the discerning tastemaker, SEVENFRIDAY Live was born out of the same passion for music that one can find in underground secret gigs – a do-it-yourself attitude laced with a rebellious streak for all things commercial. Kicking off the inaugural experience in Singapore, SEVENFRIDAY Live saw Singapore’s most underrated musical export Xhin (pronounced “sheen”) take the stage.
Best described as a “sound futurist”, the multi-instrumentalist has dabbled in several sub-genres from progressive metal to minimal tech and played in high-profile clubs all across the world. Xhin’s set took guests into the industrial world of distortion and electrical riffs, a reflection of SEVENFRIDAY’s unique design philosophy.
Alongside Xhin onstage was local singer-songwriter Anise on her violin, bringing a unique live experience, by fusing progressive metal with jazz, classical and electronic elements. In a set that showed off the diverse influences of both artistes, Anise proved that the violin need not be pigeonholed to classical music.
SEVENFRIDAY Live was inspired by founder Daniel Niederer’s love for music. “Music is, in my opinion, one of the most emotional artforms, with different styles appealing to different moods and/or personalities. It can easily unite people of different cultures, religions and races and is a possible powerful tool to spread a message of freedom.”
At the transformed Cherry Discotheque, SEVENFRIDAY Live also saw the artwork of visual designer, FrankNitty3000, bringing guests on an alternative journey. Pushing the boundaries of conventional norms, Frank describes his artwork as the “deformation and juxtaposition of familiar existing still imagery” that has been given a second moving life.
The visceral experience of senses is just the first step for SEVENFRIDAY Live. In taking SEVENFRIDAY Live on a global tour, the brand hopes to bring together fans of the brand and immerse them in the ever-bold world of music. As SEVENFRIDAY believes, “Show me, don’t tell me.” What other form of passion is as hard to describe as the love for music? So show us, don’t tell us what the reflection of your personality is.
Xhin (pronounced as “sheen”) has been crafting ominous cuts of cutting-edge electronic music since 1997. Building a forte in sound design, he is best described as a sound futurist. His identical rhythmic structure and compositional techniques which incorporate elements of techno, tight sub bass, ambient and IDM delivers a hint of chaotic soundscape amidst artistry. Xhin is now signed to Berlin-based techno label, Stroboscopic Artefacts to release his dark, intense and experimental side of things. This will be yet again the beginning of an old new direction for him to explore and experiment sounds even deeper for his future releases.
Singer-songwriter Anise writes about her hometown Singapore and the heartbreak her situation sometimes brings; and occasionally also about the rough terrain of love and loss. Her soft vocals have been described as ‘feathery’ and ‘misty’, and her stage presence lures the audience into her cocoon of nervous energy. Anise pairs off-kilter chords with tender lyrics and poignant storytelling into her songs.
Starting his dynamic career in The Netherlands, Frank graduated from the esteemed Design Academy Eindhoven in 2005. In a few short years, Frank has developed a unique visual aesthetic and fervent enthusiasm in all of his work. He has worked in Europe, Tokyo, creating films and ads for brands like Adidas, Reebok and Heineken. Frank’s work can be described as vibrant & energetic yet poetic at times. His experience with short and long format as well as his technical expertise allows him to push the boundaries of conventional norms. He is a multi-faceted talent with a keen eye for detail and polished execution.
For its annual “Holiday Collector” Edition, Lacoste takes us on an unusual journey, an idea that came about after Felipe Oliveira Baptista, the house’s creative director, met Jean-PaulOn November 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
For its annual “Holiday Collector” Edition, Lacoste takes us on an unusual journey, an idea that came about after Felipe Oliveira Baptista, the house’s creative director, met Jean-Paul Goude. The former gave the latter carte blanche to design not only the logo on limited-edition items – polo shirts and tote – but also their packaging and ad campaigns for Christmas.
The Lacoste crocodile as seen through the eyes of Jean-Paul Goude
The imaginary Africa of his childhood, his love of dance and his infatuation with the Bauhaus.
Jean-Paul Goude, “graphic artist” as he likes to term himself, left his indelible mark on the 80s and 90s through his work with his muse, Grace Jones, and the various TV spots he did for brands such as Chanel, Perrier and the Galeries Lafayette.
In this edition, dressed-up and sophisticated are two parading saurians, straight out of Jean-Paul Goude’s imaginary world, embroidered upon the items of a capsule collection comprised of men’s and women’s polo shirts, as well as a tote bag.
The short or long-sleeved heavy cotton piqué polo shirts for men and women come in 4 classic and timeless colors: white, navy, green or red. As for the tote bag, one of the 2 graphics that characterize this edition is embroidered on the navy small leather piqué of a tote from the “Chantaco” line.
The Lacoste by Jean-Paul Goude collection will only be available at Lacoste Wisma Atria and Lacoste Vivocity from 14 November 2016.
Airtime with Jean-Paul Goude (JPG) & Felipe Oliveira Baptista (FOB)
How did the LACOSTE by Jean-Paul Goude project come about?
I admire Jean-Paul’s work and I knew he esteemed LACOSTE and was ready to do something with us, in his main field of activity, which is communication. But we had this “LACOSTE collector” project, which gives carte blanche to designers and artists, so I seized the opportunity. This project looked rather well suited to his strong universe.
Felipe came to visit one day and there was a moment of grace. We were happy to meet. It happened very simply, almost as if he had told me: “We are playing tennis this afternoon. Wanna join us?”
A carte blanche to an artist does not normally lead to such a spectacle.
With time, the project grew bigger and bigger, until we decided to do a mini-performance. For this project, Felipe would be Diaghilev, LACOSTE would be the Ballets Russes and I would be Tamara Karsavina, no less.
The great thing with Jean-Paul is that he immediately took a very personal route. He was already bonding with the crocodile. This collaboration ends with a campaign, which is exactly where Jean-Paul wanted to start.
Everything happened spontaneously.
Did you give Jean-Paul Goude precise instructions?
It was not a commission. It was an invitation, a real carte blanche. It was Jean-Paul who was to express his vision, to make decisions, and give his interpretation of the crocodile. I didn’t say: “I want it to look typically Jean-Paul in this or that way”. It was all pretty organic. My role was to choose someone I admire, whose work I find interesting, and whom I could help express his vision. I was personally involved, almost to support this expression. There was no brief. These cartes blanches are little windows of freedom.
Was it easy to reinterpret the LACOSTE logo?
I didn’t know what to do…crocodiles are sort of funny… What if we dressed up as crocodiles? That is better suited to my aesthetic. We would craft them in paper, very simply. It would have to look effortless. That is real elegance! I had no idea how difficult making simple things could be. To make the process agreeable, I added in some personal themes, as I often do in my work.
For you, the crocodile is the “Bad Boy” of the jungle, away from the discreet sportswear image of the brand.
When I was a child, the LACOSTE crocodile was already very famous. He was not alone: There was also the Michelin Man, the Laughing Cow, and I was going to say the Kodakettes, but they came much later! In the first sketches I showed Felipe during our first meetings, I always added in writing “The crocodile is man’s best friend”. But in the collective unconscious, the crocodile is generally seen like this [He shows a sketch. Out of the crocodile’s closed mouth comes a pair of legs that the animal is trying to swallow alive]. I was never to refer to this kind of imagery, although the brand itself has already done in the past. There are photographs showing René Lacoste at home in his living room, holding a dangerous stuffed crocodile with a leash.
The brand must allow itself to take liberties with its logo and what it stands for. Taking the crocodile to Africa, which means to a different geographical area, sets the brand, as well as in motion.
The fact that the logo is discreetly worn by LACOSTE fans, does not mean we shouldn’t tell a story that has nothing to do with discretion. “Crocodile” was the nickname given by an American journalist to René Lacoste, in the 30s, as a reference to his tenacity on the courts. He would never let go of its prey.
What will the crocodile ballet be about?
A wedding dance between two extremely sophisticated saurians. A ballet of automata, a bit like the one I showed during my exhibition at the 21_21 museum in Tokyo in 2014. I have always loved dance. Whenever an opportunity arises, the choreographer in me awakens and tries to mount a ballet. The Bicentennial parade was nothing else but that. I have done the same thing forever. I dance and I draw pictures. That is all I can do.
What about the costumes?
So… for ladies, we have this wedding dress in folded origami paper, optical fiber and corrugated fiberboard, and for gentlemen, there is the same thing, plus a penile sheath, also in folded paper. The cotton embroideries on the polo shirts illustrate the costumed characters.
So everything always starts with drawings?
Yes, because I am primarily a graphic artist like they say, a “photographic designer”, just to remind that photography is also graphic design.
Is it also about animation?
Yes. Once the drawing is done, all animations are possible, provided of course you master them. TV spots, social networks, etc…
What do the mask and pointed hat worn by your characters stand for?
These are recurring elements in my work. The Bauhaus is one of my favorite references, especially Oscar Schlemmer and his “triadic ballet”. My own ballet has more to do with an oversized music box whose costumed characters glide while turning on themselves, like at a fashion show.
What about the music?
It is purely rhythmic. A kind of incantation. It is about reviving the ghosts of the Palais de la Porte Dorée and making them come back for a night. That is the underlying idea behind the project.
The Vincennes Zoo holds a great place in your imagination.
Yes, and for the same reasons that I am fascinated with the Palais de la Porte Dorée. With its gigantic concrete rock, the Vincennes Zoo was so close to where we lived with my parents that when it was hot during summer, we could smell the scent of stable litter from miles away. At night, like in a fairytale Africa, under shining stars, you could hear wild beasts roar.
Was occupying the Palais de Porte Dorée a dream for you?
It contents has changed many times: today Musée national de l’histoire de l’immigration, Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie, Musée de la France d’Outre-Mer, Musée des colonies and still his Aquarium tropical with crocodiles; for me, it will always be the Palais de la Porte Dorée. I have dreamed about it since my childhood. This place is the inspiration of my life.
TC Acoustic has launched the Erato Apollo 7 (SGD499), a truly wireless stereo earphones – purely earbuds and with no cable between them. With a barely-there feel atOn November 9, 2016 / By Nookmag
TC Acoustic has launched the Erato Apollo 7 (SGD499), a truly wireless stereo earphones – purely earbuds and with no cable between them. With a barely-there feel at 4g, Erato Audio uses the most advanced 4.1 Bluetooth technology that supports multiple codecs – aptX, AAC and SBC – to bring you the clearest CD-like audio quality, wirelessly. The Apollo 7 was first funded as a Kickstarter project and its design has since won the 2015 Red Dot Honourable Mention Award.
Unlike most other similar sized earphones on the market today, the dMEMS omnidirectional microphone with an input sensitivity of -42dB (+/- 2dB) allows for a crisp, clear hands free solution on the go. With a single multifunctional button, you can power on/off, take a call, play music, skip tracks, change volume or even access Siri and Google Now easily by tapping, holding, or double-tapping on the button. With no dominant earbud and both acting as antennas, the Erato Apollo 7 provides a stronger and more stable connection.
The Erato Apollo 7 provides great sound isolation as its foam tips not only seal ear canals from environmental distractions, but the heat-activated memory foam also expands and moulds to every unique ear canal shape, creating a custom secure fit. Waterproof, the earphone nano-coating offers excellent liquid protection.
The earphones offer 3hrs music play time and 4hrs talk time and are available in space grey, silver and gold. It also comes in an aluminum charging case that provides the convenience of two full earphone charges even with the case unplugged. The case also features a clear LED indicator to show battery status.
Each full Erato Apollo 7 package comes with the following :
Two earbuds (L & R Channel)
Silicon Earpieces (S, M, L)
Comply T600 tips (S, M, L)
Stabilizer Pairs (S, M, L)
Portable Charging Case (Built-In battery)
Micro USB Charging Cable
Quick Start Guide
Transcend style with Pedro throughout the seasons in the culmination of emblematic looks from a rising brand of modern luxury. Currently operating 93 stores in 16 countries includingOn November 7, 2016 / By Nookmag
Transcend style with Pedro throughout the seasons in the culmination of emblematic looks
from a rising brand of modern luxury. Currently operating 93 stores in 16 countries including China, Indonesia, Morocco, and Singapore, PEDROSHOES.com celebrates its 1st anniversary this year on 11 November.
The brand has successfully built a strong online presence in 9 different countries – Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States of America – making it one of the major milestones the brand has achieved.
Lauded for its sophisticated style in its line of footwear for men and women, the brand launched its first line of men’s footwear in Singapore back in 2006. Subsequently, it expanded into the women’s line 3 years later. With international influence for both men and women, the brand is the embodiment of sophistication and style.
With a strong retail presence, PEDROSHOES.com aims to be a one-stop online destination to satisfy all the expectations and demands of the modern fashion elites. The brand is committed to constantly adapting to the ever-changing digital environment to be in line with what’s new to ensure that customers are able to experience the best digital interactions while shopping at PEDROSHOES.com. It is fast in adapting to the changes in order to enhance its products and services online by keeping abreast with the market demands and consumer’s behaviors.
For a personalized shopping experience online, the brand also consistently stays engaged with its valued customers via its live chat service. Also, its passion for fashion is reflected in the creative content which aims to inspire all fashion enthusiasts.
In celebration of its 1st Anniversary, PEDROSHOES.com has designed an exclusive denim tote bag to be given out to online customers with a minimum purchase for a month. A versatile accessory, fashionistas would use it to carry daily essentials for a casual dressy weekend look.
Pedro Retails Outlets in Singapore
200 Victoria Street
#01-03 Bugis Junction
Tel: (65) 6338 0538
68 Orchard Road
#01-03 Plaza Singapura
Tel: (65) 6338 0536
391 Orchard Road
Tel: (65) 6339 8173
2 Orchard Turn
#B3-10 Ion Orchard
Tel: (65) 6238 2067
1 HarbourFront Walk
#02-186 Vivo City
Tel: (65) 6376 5012
3 Temasek Boulevard
#01-338 Suntec City
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UNIQLO is proud to lend its support towards the Purple Parade this year, a movement that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs!On November 4, 2016 / By Nookmag
UNIQLO is proud to lend its support towards the Purple Parade this year, a movement that supports the inclusion and celebrates the abilities of persons with special needs! The Purple Parade, which takes place on 5 November 2016 from 3pm to 7pm at Suntec City, will see up to 20 UNIQLO staff volunteering for the annual event as well as special in-store activities organised to raise the awareness of this meaningful movement.
As such, a photo booth will be specially set up at the entrance of the CSR exhibition at UNIQLO Suntec City, where shoppers are encouraged to snap a photo at the booth and hashtag #GoPurpleSG on their social media platforms to spread the word and lend their support towards this initiative. The store display windows beside the sidewalk will also be decorated with Purple Parade tapestry in commemoration of the event.
In addition, shoppers dressed in purple on 5 November 2016, who are also users of UNIQLO’s mobile app, get to enjoy a special price of SGD7.90 for Men’s and Women’s AIRism innerwear which are originally sold at SGD14.90.
Likewise, mobile app users are encouraged to search “UNIQLO SG” in the App Store or Google Play to stay connected to UNIQLO right in your palm. UNIQLO’s mobile app is filled with useful info such as e-catalogs, exclusive offers, newsletters and UNIQLO Life tools, with many more surprises to come!
Capping off Vans’ landmark year of heritage celebrating 50 years “Off The Wall”, the original action sports brand and #1 skate shoe manufacturer resurrects the most revered footwearOn November 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
Capping off Vans’ landmark year of heritage celebrating 50 years “Off The Wall”, the original action sports brand and #1 skate shoe manufacturer resurrects the most revered footwear icons of skate history this holiday season to send off the final installment of the Vans 50th Anniversary Pro Classics Collection, available worldwide now.
Legendary in skate shoe design and an icon in its own right, the unrivalled Full Cab returns to the Vans Pro Classics lineup. Originally released in 1989, Steve Caballero’s namesake style revolutionized skate footwear history by inspiring street skaters with the clever innovation to customize the shoe by cutting its collar in half, and thus spawning the “lighter, better, faster” Half Cab® in 1993. In its full form, the Full Cab honors a true original, representing the foremost modifications in performance skate footwear of which Vans is known for today.
Alongside the Full Cab Pro follows a trifecta of timeless silhouettes worn by three undeniable skateboarding legends including Ray Barbee, John Cardiel and Geoff Rowley. These influential skaters equally brought persona, style, and performance to an untouchable skate shoe trio highlighting the Old Skool Pro, the Chukka Pro, and the inimitable Rowley Pro, reintroduced this season in the original colorways of their time.
Breathing new life into the skate shoes we remember, know and love — and worn by true idols and innovators who made the industry — the Vans 50th Anniversary Pro Classics collection is enhanced with innovative performance features that provide upgraded cushioning and durability, featuring supportive ULTRACUSH HD sockliners for resilient cushioning and advanced comfort, and DURACAP reinforced underlays in high abrasion areas for premium durability and consistent fit.
The iconic Full Cab joins new colorways of the Old Skool Pro, Chukka Pro and Rowley Pro for the final release of Vans’ 50th Anniversary Pro Classics Collection. The collection is now available in all Singapore Vans retail stores, including the latest store located at VivoCity (#02-68/69), at a price range of SGD93 – SGD139.
From tomorrow onwards, customers will also receive a free Vans Illustrated DVD with any purchase of Pro-Classic footwear (while stocks last).
Design born and reborn…. Sketched and resketched. From hand painted with a brush, to heat pressed, to fix the paints and then off to market to clothe humanOn November 2, 2016 / By Audrey Chiang
Design born and reborn…. Sketched and resketched. From hand painted with a brush, to heat pressed, to fix the paints and then off to market to clothe human beings in art. Isn’t that crazy? Absolutely, but we love it!
On 14 October, TRASHOLD pulled together old and discarded jackets and reinvented them into a creative sewing work of fashionable art. A collaboration between Tell Your Children and contemptcreations, these pieces were put up on display and were also for sale at the Far Out! Gallery along Tanjong Katong Road.
The final products were all beautiful. Before stepping in, we were expecting a gallery full of clothing. But as we entered, it feels like we’ve accidentally stepped into an art museum. Walking down through the corridor, we’re regaled with futurist artworks by these invigorated pieces. These designers and artists used fashion as a canvas for artwork, allowing us to wear art on our sleeves.
Most of the time, fans of this kind of fashion are seeking something no one else has. These apparels are unique because they were hand-painted and carefully crafted in the style of each designer.
Tell Your Children has taken part in several art initiatives and has shown a distinctive voice through their medium – paint. Collaborating with contemptcreations, they embarked on an apparel based project and upcycle old clothes by taking old jackets and remaking them into incredible art pieces.
Each vintage jacket tells their own story; in each tear, stain and crease of the fabric. The use of unexpected materials and the subdued palette are all aspects of their creations and reflect much of the project itself.
The gallery certainly embedded the pieces of bygone days, and marketed them to a style-besotted public as never hipper or more “now”. It also provided us with more insights on how we can be more efficient with leftover materials and give new life to them.
Tell Your Children
Tell Your Children (TYC Studios) is a creative collective of four based in Singapore. Since starting out in 2014, the group has worked with a multitude of clients and projects from Southeast Asia and North America such as MTV Asia, Facebook, New Balance and Uniqlo. Aside from curating and organising art exhibitions and various events catered to building the creative community in Singapore, TYC has also been featured on different Southeast Asian print and online publications. View more of their work on Instagram.
Based in Singapore, contemptcreations is a duo of visual artists with a penchant for in-depth storytelling; creating and directing focused looks in every series of images. They specialise in styling, photography, light crafting, set design, art direction and conceptualising. View more of their work on Instagram!
Cara Delevigne — ex supermodel, actress, and owner of crazy amazing eyebrows. We love her for her devil-may-care attitude, her unadulterated sense of humour, and of course, herOn October 31, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
Cara Delevigne — ex supermodel, actress, and owner of crazy amazing eyebrows. We love her for her devil-may-care attitude, her unadulterated sense of humour, and of course, her fashion sense. Cara looks good off and on the runway, so we’ve turned to her for style tips.
#1 Print on print layering
Cara has mastered the art of layering and is not afraid to wear print on print. The trick is to break it up with block colours that match the layering piece, so that the look is more cohesive. For this grungy outfit by Cara, the olive green tee prevents the camo from clashing with plaid. You won’t look so OTT (over-the-top), this way.
#2 Bend and break the rules
Cara received a lot of schtick for wearing sneakers to the White House — but that didn’t stop us from loving this outfit! Now that sportswear has entered the realms of fashion, it’s easier to get away with casual pieces, such as sneakers, during formal events. To be on the safe side, we’ll keep the rest of the outfit pretty polished, so as not to appear too informal. Try pairing pressed pants with a tee-shirt, or blazer with sneakers.
At first look, you’ll go: “What is going on with this outfit?” But let it sink in, and you’ll realise this mismatched outfit is actually pretty cute! Cara is no stranger to quirky ensembles — to match her personality! — and we love the summer colours and prints here, which she has so effortlessly matched with thigh-high socks and high-top sneakers. It teaches you to experiment, and let it sit before deciding it doesn’t work — because sometimes, crazy does win!
#4 Denim on denim
Yup, with denim on denim, you’re either for or against. But Cara shows us how to pull it off with one super simple rule to live by: one light shade, one darker shade. With two distinctively different shades, they look like two different pieces altogether, so don’t let the denim element intimidate you.
#5 Be playful
Sometimes, it’s okay to dress like a kid. Cara matched her planet-motif bomber jacket with a playsuit, and finished the look with chunky sneakers. The playful motif, together with a cute romper, makes for a 90s throwback; with confidence, you can pull anything off.
#6 Stick to one colour
You want to look put-together, without all the fuss? Stick to one colour, in different shades. Whether it’s blue, or shades of cream, wearing an ensemble made up of only one colour helps elevate the look. Think of it as a similar concept to the suit, but casual.
#7 Wear head accessories
Cara is a big fan of head accessories, from headbands to beanies. It helps complete a casual outfit (we love that she wore her overalls down and paired it with a midriff-baring crochet top — very summer vibes!), as well a more high-street and girly look.
Kick back your heels and relax this festive season with a curated selection of fun party looks to bring out your inner WYLD child! An awesome placeOn October 31, 2016 / By Nookmag
Kick back your heels and relax this festive season with a curated selection of fun party looks to bring out your inner WYLD child!
An awesome place for Aussie fashion, The WYLD Shop is where we aspire to Live WYLD and Live Free. Get started with the confidence to dream and be whoever you want to be. The Singapore-based online boutique was started by Australian Kara Bensley-Austin in 2013. Having worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years, her love for her hometown style and experience in representing brands across Asia has motivated her to create an online platform where she is able to showcase a curated mix of Australian style.
The WYLD Shop is for trendsetters who love everything high street with an urban edge. You will find the iconic eyebrand LeSpecs, fun, flirty and vintage inspired designs from MINKPINK, sophisticated silhouettes from Staple the Label, free-spirited styles from Somedays Lovin’, and a bit of grungy punk stuff from Evil Twin.
With a curated selection of 9 party looks from top Aussie street brands, the WYLD Shop will take you through your holiday shenanigans.
Available now, the festive collection features accessories and apparels from Aussie street brands Le Specs, Indikah, Jaase and Vamastyle. Be it a laid-back bohemian beach holiday you are heading for, or a champagne brunch with the ladies, The WYLD Shop has got something for you.
Shop the festive collection now at The WYLD Shop and enjoy free local delivery or free international shipping for all orders above SGD200.
The WYLD Shop Showroom
18 Roseburn Ave
Be it for sports or play, Everlast’s latest kicks will have your soles on cloud nine with its new Court Classic collection. Designed with your optimal comfortOn October 27, 2016 / By Nookmag
Be it for sports or play, Everlast’s latest kicks will have your soles on cloud nine with its new Court Classic collection.
Designed with your optimal comfort in mind, the Court Classic collection also sports a moulded light weight EVA insole for added comfort in Everlast’s iconic yellow shade, and features a leather overlay as well as midsole stitching for reinforced durability.
Crafted in full leather, the Court Classic collection is completed with cotton laces, rubber midsoles and outsoles for the full Everlast classic look and traction, topped with the brand’s bespoke logo on a woven label in full sight.
Available in five different colourway variations pure white or white accompanied by vibrant green, red, or black, this collection features a padded inner collar and tongue for superior cushioned comfort, as well as a mesh inner lining for breathability to keep your feet comfortable and dry for the long day ahead.
Scheduled to be released in early November, this collection will be made available at a retail price of SGD79.90 in 11 retail outlets, including Everlast Boutiques, Heritage Hubs, and selected departmental stores.
Sole Superior, Singapore’s premier Sneaker and Streetwear convention, returns for the 4th consecutive year on 12 November 2016 at Zouk Singapore. The popularity of sneakers and streetwearOn October 22, 2016 / By Nookmag
The popularity of sneakers and streetwear across genders and age groups has surged tremendously in the past year. A known brand to avid Sneakerheads, Soul Superior is back again for the forth time, offering a range of only the rarest, freshest, priciest sneaker heat that can be found in a single venue.
Held by Sneakerheads for Sneakerheads, Sole Superior is an annual convention that brings together the Singaporean and International Sneakerhead community in celebration of sneaker culture and its affiliated lifestyle. As an event presented with the perspective of enthusiasts, the eclectic mix of brands, local labels, artists, customizers, re-sellers and collectors presents a showcase of a unique, vibrant scene that the Sneakerhead community proudly calls their own.
An all-ages event, Sole Superior welcomes everyone, both young and old, families and friends – from the obsessives to the curious – to spend a wonderful afternoon of discovering local artists, labels and talents, connecting with the brands they love and interacting with fellow enthusiasts; all part of the magic that is Sole Superior. With an anticipated increase in attendees for this year’s convention, as well as to bid a fond farewell to Zouk’s Jiak Kim location, Sole Superior 2016 will take up the entire Zouk Complex for this year’s edition of the event.
As the last Sole Superior is fondly remembered for gaining worldwide attention and recognition from Sneakerhead and Streetwear enthusiasts across the globe, this year, attendees can expect the same trademark curation of vendors – blending global brands with local retailers, alongside independent labels, artists, community groups and individual collectors.
Keeping to tradition, this year’s convention will also feature over SGD20,000 worth of products to be given away, including the highly coveted to the absolute “Holy Grails” in sneakers. Stay tuned as Sole Superior 2016 unveils their plans for an unforgettable afternoon of sweet deals and gifts galore!
Highlights for the 2016 edition
Nope, not the stick-on, temporary kind. Fresh from his first overseas stint working guest spots in San Diego, USA- young Singaporean tattoo artist Alfrey Tattoo alongside top score winner for the 2016 Batam tattoo convention tattoo artist Kelvin Monster will be offering a select lucky few complimentary tattoos selected from an exclusive Sole Superior 2016 flash sheet. This flash sheet consists of graphic contributions by Singaporean artists consolidated by past Sole Superior collaborators, Tell Your Children. Amazing artwork, permanently inked by two skilled young talents – completely for free.*
Exclusive event merchandise.
Live DJ Sets by .Wav(y) (aka Prav and Deejay XG)
Inspired by the new futuristic way of describing something in a positive connotation, popularized by Harlem rapper Max B, .Wav(y) signifies the best music selections championed by sneakerheads, street wear enthusiasts and a new age Hip Hop audience. Expect soulful bass heavy music, banging 808’s & good vibes all afternoon long.
Soul Superior 2016
12 November 2016 | 1pm to 7pm
17 Jiak Kim Street
$10 (Pre-event) | $20 (Event Day)
Available online and in stores in limited quantities at :
Limited Edt (Queensway Shopping Centre) | E Way ([email protected])
E Hall of Fame (VivoCity) | Limited Edt Vault (Jurong East Mall aka JEM)
Limited Edt Chamber (Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands) | The Analog Vault
Goodluck Bunch | Seek (Raffles City)
KENZO X H&M A Celebration of Print, Femininity, and Playfulness for Women KENZO’s women’s collection for H&M is a unique celebration of the brand’s vibrant heritage, full ofOn October 15, 2016 / By Nookmag
KENZO X H&M
A Celebration of Print, Femininity, and Playfulness for Women
KENZO’s women’s collection for H&M is a unique celebration of the brand’s vibrant heritage, full of vivid prints, feminine details and playful silhouettes. Creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have filtered the archives of founder Kenzo Takada through their own eyes, giving a modern attitude to the collection. Colours and prints are contrasted and clashed; kimonos inform the cut; ribbons and ruffles give folkloric charm, while sporty shapes add urban energy. It’s a collection of designs that are totally unique to H&M, both wearable and inclusive while also shining fresh light on one of fashion’s most thrilling histories. The collection will be available at H&M Orchard Building and ION Orchard on 3 November 2016.
Many pieces in the collection offer a new take on important KENZO archive pieces, like the long tiered dress made entirely from patterned ribbons. It’s one of the most iconic KENZO designs, and only two of the original were ever made, making this new version a true collector’s piece. Kimonos were a signature for KENZO, and for H&M, Carol and Humberto have created two reversible quilted styles, one a long kimono coat, the other a zip-up kimono blouson. Meanwhile, a classic KENZO look is recreated with a long-sleeve tiger print jersey top and matching tiger print jersey pants.
There’s so much freedom and vivacity in the clash of prints that run throughout the collection, mixing together archival prints with those created by Carol and Humberto. Key prints include the famous KENZO tiger stripes, a mash-up of animal prints, florals, an archive medallion print and an oversized print of mesh. Often there’s more than one print used in the same garment, like the flowing silk dress that combines mesh with floral, or the long tiered and pleated skirt that clashes different shades of animal print.
The collection is overflowing with femininity, especially the ruffles that fall across many of the pieces. Parisian ruffles sit on a mandarin collar of a tiger print shirt, a nod to the different worlds brought together by Kenzo Takada, while ruffles decorate the edge of a reversible tiger-print wrap skirt. There’s also pleating and gathers to soften the silhouette, while contrast colour piping catches the eye. Knitwear mixes machine and craft, with a 3D jacquard tiger stripe sweater trimmed with a band of striped crochet knit at the hem. The little details are all important in the collection, especially the sweet antiqued gold flower buttons that hold the mandarin collar neckline of a silk mesh medallion print tunic dress.
This collection is a true meeting of the minds, with Carol and Humberto’s signature strong throughout. The sweatshirt is a key piece of their KENZO wardrobe, and here it comes with a new logo adapted from the archives, with KENZO JUNGLE PARIS patchworked in animal print around the image of a tiger. For an extra detail, the sweatshirt also has a mandarin frill collar, while a T-shirt patchworked with the logo has a wide neck and feminine shape. KENZO is all about the fun of fashion, like the dungaree dress in quilted medallion print, the faux fur bomber with a logo patchwork back, or the long double-breasted faux fur coat that makes a stand-out statement.
It’s all about print, colour and fun with the KENZO x H&M accessories, whether it’s the leather bags that are a take on the KENZO shopper, the tiger-print sock high-heel boot with a zig-zag instep sole, or the patchwork printed cap. Long leather gloves, with KENZO on one arm and PARIS on the other, are a fashion moment, while a tiger knit beanie is for everyday. There are so many great finishing touches, like the mesh print enamel earrings and cuffs, the large animal print silk scarf, the padded flip-flops and matching tabi socks, as well as the cute utilitarian charm keyring.
KENZO X H&M
Bold Prints, Vivid Colour, and Self-expression for Men
The menswear collection by KENZO x H&M is bold and powerful, a celebration of print, colour and self-expression. Creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have selected archival prints by founder Kenzo Takada and reinvigorated them on new menswear classics such as sweatshirts, hoodies, bombers and parkas. The result is a collection of pieces that are totally unique to H&M, playfully mixing colour, print and texture to express true freedom in fashion. KENZO x H&M will be available in H&M Orchard Building and ION Orchard on 3 November 2016.
For the H&M collaboration, Carol and Humberto have used prints from the KENZO archive to refresh for the first time. A faux fur hoodie clashes the famous KENZO tiger stripe in different shades with a new animal mix print, while an over-the-head faux fur drawstring waist sweater in green tiger stripe is like a fun take on the outdoor fleece. There’s also Carol and Humberto’s medallion print used on an orange T-shirt or as the patches and intarsias on a ribbed knit sweater, as well as their mesh print, like the one in green on a black scuba hoodie, with a hand-sewn beaded logo at the chest.
It’s something totally unique to KENZO x H&M: a new patchwork logo adapted from the archives that reads KENZO JUNGLE PARIS, the letters in a circle around a KENZO tiger. In the men’s collection it appears on a series of sweatshirts, either black, cream or in a clashing animal print, as well as on T-shirts. It’s also patchworked onto the back of many pieces, such as the black padded zip-up leather jacket.
Carol and Humberto are famous for putting their own twist on pieces that fit perfectly into people’s wardrobes. For KENZO x H&M, a reversible nylon print bomber has been extended with its own zip-off panel, meaning it can be worn in so many different ways. A neat black bomber, meanwhile, is reversible, with the green mesh print on the other side. There are new takes on the parka, either in khaki with a removable printed collar, or padded denim with printed zippers as horizontal trims to seal the pockets. Meanwhile the khaki overshirt is turned into a jacket with medallion print lining and an inner pocket, and a cotton poplin shirt is given new presence in blue and green animal print with an orange-print sporty zip for fastening.
There’s an intricacy to the collection, where every detail has been thought through. A black T-shirt is hand-beaded with a repeat pattern of the KENZO tiger, while a sweatshirt is hand-beaded with a large tiger and the slogan JUNGLE KENZO. Zips are a key detail, like the silver tiger head zipper pull on a padded down jacket, as well as the printed functional zips that define the horizontal quilting around the body. With jeans, whether they’re in a specially woven jacquard of the animal print, printed in block colours of the tiger print, or a solid black skinny fit, each pair features a logo leather patch that reads KENZO JUNGLE PARIS, and a flag tab on the back pocket.
Grab attention with high-octane accessories from KENZO x H&M that mix fun with functionality. Logo patchwork baseball caps sit purposefully high on the head to make an exaggerated, rounded silhouette, while a backpack comes in the mesh print with straps in tiger stripe. Chelsea boots have a chunky rubber tread sole in green, while tiger stripe padded flip-flops can be worn with tiger stripe tabi socks. Finish with a printed woven scarf, as well as wallets and neck strap holders in either mesh or animal print, and you’ve got the full KENZO x H&M look.
Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand, unveils GrandRevølution – a dual gender collection that brings the innovation associated with performance footwear to dress shoes.On October 10, 2016 / By Nookmag
Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand, unveils GrandRevølution – a dual gender collection that brings the innovation associated with performance footwear to dress shoes.
Traditional craftsmanship meets modern engineering with the GrandRevølution men’s collection. The running-shoe inspired GRAND.ØS energy foam provides responsive cushioning, while a lightweight torsional arch supports and steadies each step. The achilles and tongue padding generate ready-to-wear comfort right out of the box. The combination of a fully synchronized motion outsole and flex welt infuse the dress shoes with the flexibility and moisture control benefits of a performance sneaker. Laser-perforations found on the Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford upper offer a modern take on a traditional wingtip.
The GrandRevølution collection for women offers an innovative update to the classic Cole Haan heel. Designed to provide both ease and stability throughout the day, a GRAND.ØS motion outsole is seamlessly integrated into a laser perforated leather upper. The addition of responsive GRAND.ØS energy foam and achilles padding also creates heightened comfort from the very first step.
“When we designed the GrandRevølution collection, our goal was to infuse the modern benefits of performance footwear inside the beauty, elegance and craft of traditional men’s oxfords and women’s heels. The result is a wearing experience that can only be described as mind-blowing. We’ve created a 360° reinvention of the everyday dress shoe engineered with the GRAND.ØS benefits of cushioning, lightness, flexibility and breathability.” — Scott Patt, VP of Design & Innovation at the Cole Haan Global Innovation Center in New Hampshire
“With the launch of GrandRevølution, we have dramatically reinvented the design and construction of dress footwear,” says Jack Boys, Chief Executive Officer. “Cole Haan has re-engineered traditional dress silhouettes in a way no dress footwear company has since the invention of the Goodyear Welt in 1869. You must see and feel it to believe it,” he added.
“To say, ‘they don’t make them like they used to,’ would be an understatement,” asserts David Maddocks, CMO & GM of Business Development. “This represents a comprehensive revolution of dress shoemaking – we have re-engineered, reinvented and re-imagined these products to deliver comfort one can immediately feel in a luxuriously-crafted, elegantly-engineered, fashion-forward shoe,” he concluded.
To coincide with the launch and further capture the spirit of invention and innovation, the new “Revolutionary Feeling” campaign features entrepreneurial revolutionaries, sharing their companies’ progress towards a re-imagined future. The campaign focuses on the lives and stories of these individuals, with an inside look at what drives their work. In addition to Scott Patt of Cole Haan, the campaign includes creative revolutionary Mazdack Rassi of MILK Studios and career revolutionaries Alex Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew of The Muse.
This campaign is part of the Cole Haan “Create The Future” marketing platform. The platform highlights the transformative individuals who are creating the next generation of innovations in the fields of fashion, art, design, entrepreneurship, and storytelling. Similar to the inspirational nature of their breakthrough creations, the innovative portfolio of Cole Haan products strive to give these revolutionaries the physical foundation they need to take giant leaps forward. We honor that spirit with “Create the Future”.
The GrandRevølution Collection is now available in stores at Paragon (#02-11) and Suntec City (North Wing, #01-473).