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).
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, celebrates the original characters from the animated film Toy Story in its new Disney•Pixar Toy Story collection! Vans willOn October 5, 2016 / By Nookmag
Vans, the original action sports footwear and apparel brand, celebrates the original characters from the animated film Toy Story in its new Disney•Pixar Toy Story collection! Vans will showcase Andy’s favorite toys across an extensive assortment of adult and kids footwear as well as apparel and accessories this holiday season.
Toy Story made its debut in 1995 mesmerizing generations of children and families everywhere with the tale of a group of toys who comes to life when humans weren’t present. Vans revisits the nostalgic dynamic between the film’s leading characters, Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear, along with their group of friends for an exclusive collection of footwear, apparel and accessories. Woody is the source of inspiration for a trio of footwear options.
The Sk8-Hi Reissue PT transforms elements of Woody’s iconic cowboy boots into hi-top form using full grain leather with custom cactus embroidery. The Old Skool is revamped to include denim and cow skin printed side panels and is finished with a brown leather Sidestripe. Rootin’ tootin’ Woody art can also be found on the all-over printed denim Authentic with a brown foxing stripe and waxed laces.
Fans can feel like Star Command’s leading space ranger, Buzz Lightyear, in the Sk8-Hi Reissue! Wear this pair with the lights out and stars and elements will glow in the dark! Disney•Pixar fans can have their very own Buzz Lightyear look with the Old Skool, featuring white and green leather uppers that make up Buzz Lightyear’s tonal space suit. Look closely and you will see hand-drawn screws and colorful eyelets atop a tonal purple outsole.
Relive the iconic scene where Buzz and Woody encounter the claw amongst the aliens in an all-over printed Era with a special glow-in-the-dark surprise. Look closely and you will discover the duo hidden among the aliens! A unique element can be found on the sole of each Woody and Buzz style to reveal Andy’s signature from the original Toy Story movie.
The collection wouldn’t be complete without Hamm, Slinky Dog, Rex and Bo Peep who inspired their very own Old Skool design. Women around the world can channel Bo Peep in a special polka-dotted Sk8-Hi Slim with a lace adorned Sidestripe while Woody and Bo Peep are featured together on a pink Authentic. Sid’s mutant toys inspired their very own Vans Classic Slip-On featuring Roller Bob, Legs, Rockmobile and Baby Face atop a skull printed vamp and black outsole inspired by Sid.
All of Andy’s favorite toys are celebrated in a collection available for kids and toddlers with exclusive Slip-On styles. The collection is finished off with a women’s apparel and accessories line of tees, fleece, hats and backpacks inspired by Woody and other toys, while the men’s assortment features Buzz Lightyear and Alien printed backpacks, hats and crew socks.
The Disney•Pixar Toy Story collection from Vans ranges from SGD69 – SGD139 for footwear and SGD19 – SGD69 for apparel and accessories.
The collection is available at all Vans Singapore store and selected wholesale stores on 7 October.
Timberland teams up with Japanese label, monkey time, to launch an exclusive capsule apparel collection for the first time. The apparel collection comprises a crew neck sweatshirt, aOn October 2, 2016 / By Nookmag
Timberland teams up with Japanese label, monkey time, to launch an exclusive capsule apparel collection for the first time. The apparel collection comprises a crew neck sweatshirt, a hooded sweatshirt and a 6-panel cap with distinctive colour-ways, that make this a collection of very versatile pieces to own in your wardrobe.
Paying tribute to the traditional items inherited from generation to generation, monkey time’s design represents the original Japanese style mixed with “Street” and “Mode”. Fusing that with signature elements that Timberland is renowned for, the collaboration sees a seamless fusion of modern fashion and function.
Designed with a contemporary oversized silhouette, both the crew neck sweater and the hoodie boast a big Timberland tree logo back print, which is misaligned naturally with the seam on the sweatshirt’s back body. monkey time has blended Timberland’s iconic details into the sweatshirts by adopting the Yellow Boot’s shoe laces as the back zip closure and the boots’ eyelets at the armpit vent holes, creating an immediate striking, statement look.
Priced at SGD199, the capsule’s Oversized Hooded Logo Sweatshirt is available in Bungee Cord and Moroccan Blue colour options, while the Oversized Crew Neck Logo Sweatshirt is priced at SGD179, and is available in Dark Slate and Java colour options.
As “dad hats” baseball caps are replacing snapback hats to become the new trend, the Timberland x monkey time capsule collection also comes with a 6-Panel Baseball Cap to complete your look. Made with washed cotton twill with an unstructured look, the Timberland x monkey time 6-panel baseball cap is available in Stone, Dusk Blue and Java colours, each featuring a tree logo embroidery in contrasting colour and retailing at SGD61.
The Timberland x monkey time capsule apparel collection is now available exclusively at Timberland Somerset 313 (#02-10) in limited quantities.
Gallery Rare Singapore Orchard first opened its doors in Mandarin Gallery as its first store outside Japan on 14 July 2015. While it began in 1979 as “OtaOn September 28, 2016 / By Nookmag
Gallery Rare Singapore Orchard first opened its doors in Mandarin Gallery as its
first store outside Japan on 14 July 2015. While it began in 1979 as “Ota Corporation”, a respected dealer in second hand items, Gallery Rare went ahead to established itself in 1998 as a recycle boutique for luxury goods. Since then, Gallery Rare’s business operations have consisted of the purchase and sale of famous overseas brand items and high-end accessories.
Gallery Rare provides handbags and wallets from brands such as Hermes Birkin and Kelly, as well as carries wrist watches from Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Rolex. To date, there are eight Gallery Rare boutiques and Time Zone stores in Japan specialising in pre-owned luxury time-pieces.
“We hope to continue providing trusted and premium service to customers here and in the region by increasing Gallery Rare’s presence, both offline and online.” — Mr Yoshihiro Sugiyama
During the celebrations for their first year anniversary earlier this year, having seen an encouraging trend in sales performance in Singapore, the Managing Director of Gallery Rare Singapore, Mr Yoshihiro Sugiyama reveals plans for another store to be opened, as well as to offer online sales to its consumers. While the existing boutique exclusively offers Hermes bags sourced from Japan, the new store and online shop will broaden the collection to include other brands. Mr Sugiyama also welcomes Singapore luxury bag owners to sell their bags through Gallery Rare, which offers on-spot evaluation services. In addition, customers who have their eyes on products from Gallery Rare’s Japanese website can make enquiries through Mr Sugiyama and his staff.
In light of their first birthday, Mr Yoshihiro Sugiyama shared the following tips on what to look out for when evaluating whether your pre-loved goods are truly well worth the price.
Gallery Rare Orchard Boutique
333A Orchard Road,
#02-22 Mandarin Gallery,
Monday – Sunday
11.30am to 8.30pm
Parkland Design and Manufacturing, a Canadian label that specialises in bags and accessories, has launched in Southeast Asia by way of Singapore on 21 September 2016, through theOn September 26, 2016 / By Nookmag
Parkland Design and Manufacturing, a Canadian label that specialises in bags and accessories, has launched in Southeast Asia by way of Singapore on 21 September 2016, through the introduction of its new collection for Fall 2016.
Designed for discovery, Parkland aims to inspire those who seek adventure and escape, whether it’s a daily commute, a weekend getaway or an excursion with friends. The design-driven offering features clean silhouettes and refined finishes in a host of seasonal colors and combinations. Built to last, its products are made of 600D Poly exterior and come with limited lifetime warranty.
For Fall 2016 Parkland has doubled their size of offering, with three new styles for adults and a new line of bags and accessories for kids. Drawing inspiration from motion, the collection brings playful patterns, geometric prints and dustier, low-key tones to mark the season.
In the backpack range, the Academy and Rushmore are new additions to the line. Designed with functionality in mind, the Academy offers two main large compartments, a variety of pockets, a dedicated fleece-lined laptop sleeve and an exterior water bottle holder. The Rushmore Backpack is designed for the sophisticated explorer. Bringing streamlined style to an everyday classic silhouette, the Rushmore features an external passport pocket, water bottle holder and a magnetic closure.
Parkland is also excited to introduce a dedicated kid’s collection for Fall 2016 featuring the Bayside Backpack and the Fraction Accessories Case. The Bayside Backpack features an interior divider to keep everything in its place, and a power-mesh water bottle holder that blends seamlessly into the exterior design.
Available in custom-designed prints and vibrant colors, the Bayside is perfect for the pint-sized adventurer. Also new for both kids and adults, the Fraction Accessories Case is perfect as a stationery pouch, passport holder, or a place for all your digital gadgets. The latest additions for fall join the current range which includes the Meadow Backpack, Vintage Backpack, View Duffle, and Valley Travel Kit. Each piece is finished with Parkland’s woven label which features the North Star — a symbol of exploration and curiosity.
Global Sports Brand PUMA launches their women’s campaign ‘DO YOU’ which aims to inspire confidence in women everywhere. As part of this campaign, PUMA announces they will beOn September 22, 2016 / By Nookmag
Global Sports Brand PUMA launches their women’s campaign ‘DO YOU’ which aims to inspire confidence in women everywhere. As part of this campaign, PUMA announces they will be working with international model, actress, and activist Cara Delevingne. She joins PUMA’s growing list of influential female ambassadors including Rihanna, who served as the campaign’s Creative Director.
“To ‘DO YOU’ is to take ownership of yourself and finding the power within that ownership —it’s a very powerful statement,” says Cara. “It’s about accepting who you are, no matter your faults. ‘DO YOU’ is about finding your truth and sticking to it. I think it’s so special because it means something different for everyone. It specifically encourages people to be themselves.”
Cara embodies the PUMA Woman. She is fearless, always finding new ways to express herself and use her body as a catalyst for conversation. Her unapologetic attitude and inspiring defiance of the status quo will set the tone for this campaign. She leads the pack of strong women appearing in this campaign, including Mimi Staker and Olivia Boisson of the New York City Ballet, German track and field athletes Alexandra Wester and Tatjana Pinto, and Cuban volleyball players Leila Consuelo Ortega Martinez and Lianma Flores Stable.
The campaign was first inspired by Rihanna who once said “I dare myself to make things work. I don’t do things for the response or controversy. I just live my life.” The campaign inspires women to stay true to themselves, make their own rules, and never take ‘no’ for an answer. It creates a conversation that encourages women to be confident, motivated, and never willing to compromise on anything from their personal style to their workouts to their life. Given Rihanna’s own belief on this message, it made perfect sense to bring her on board with PUMA to creative direct the campaign featuring Cara.
The ‘DO YOU’ campaign launches this month with a cross-category product assortment dropping through December from PUMA’s Running & Training and Sportstyle collections.
A creative take on classic silhouette : The NB997.5 Returns New Balance x PHANTACi 2016 marks a very special year for New Balance as the brand stepsOn September 20, 2016 / By Nookmag
A creative take on classic silhouette : The NB997.5 Returns
New Balance x PHANTACi
2016 marks a very special year for New Balance as the brand steps into its 110th anniversary. As such, joining hands with PHANTACi, the Taiwan-based streetwear veteran, to create a special collaboration, the ML997HPH, made sense as the latter was also celebrating its 10th year.
Inspired by PHANTACi’s logo and signature colors, the collaborative design is a new take on the classic NB997.5 silhouette, which lives up to its reputation as a classic streetwear with modern interpretation. While New Balance 997.5 is a combination of style and comfort. This new crossover is a hybrid of the NB998 midsole tooling and the much-refined upper of the NB997, two of the most highly regarded models in the iconic New Balance 9 series. To top it off, the NB997.5 switches from ABZORB midsole to lightweight REVlite foam – giving the shoes greater comfort while retaining its street cred.
New Balance & PHANTACi created a series of “not-for-sale” collaborations from the beginning of August through a creative take of 997.5. Inspired by the creative director of PHANTACi, Jay Chou, his previous album sleeves and iconic singles gave the classic 997.5 model a modern revamp; the allusion to nostalgia and timeless melodies had caused a stir in the sneaker market, making the comeback of New Balance 997.5 a much anticipated franchise in the season.
The New Balance x PHANTACi ML997HPH gives classic 997.5 a new dimension. Taking inspirations from PHANTACi’s logo and signature colors, bold pink suede appears at the tip of the shoe, while white and black in the middle and lateral parts of the shoes give the model a rather interesting look, a color combination that is both bold and premium. Elements of stars are perforated into premium Nubuck on the foxing and are also printed on the sockliner. The drop also comes with a special packaging. Pink, black and star elements make up the cover with UV-gloss.
This special edition is available from 17 September for a suggested retail price of SGD279, exclusively at PHANTACi Singapore.
277, Orchard Road
For more exclusive information, visit the New Balance website.
MiUSA 585 : The “Sporting Gentleman”
Ball and Buck x New Balance
Boston-based New Balance Athletics, Inc. and premier American-made outfitters, Ball and Buck, join forces for the Ball and Buck x New Balance Made in USA 585 “Sporting Gentleman” collection. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of its Japanese designed predecessor, the New Balance 580, the 585 is being dusted off and brought back into production after an extended hiatus. The Ball and Buck x New Balance MiUSA 585 “Sporting Gentleman” is available from 17 September exclusively at Limited Edt Vault 313 for a suggested retail price of SGD349.00.
The “Sporting Gentleman” is inspired by Ball and Buck’s signature plaid, which is representative of the Boston-based retailer’s brand and lifestyle. Borrowing from traditional plaids of heritage hunting estates, the earthy, natural tones with accents of classic navy and orange blaze incorporate everything that it means to be a “sporting gentleman” and stay true to the brand’s sporting roots.
The Ball and Buck x New Balance MiUSA 585 “Sporting Gentleman” was crafted in New Balance’s Skowhegan, ME manufacturing facility with premium materials and traditional shoemaking expertise and is the first time the silhouette has been used for a collaborative project. All the details of the style remain true to the original, with influences from Ball and Buck including signature Ball and Buck leather on the N logo, tongue and collar strap; signature Ball and Buck duck canvas on the underlays and insert label; signature Ball and Buck plaid canvas on the vamp and collar; and, signature Ball and Buck camo pattern printed underneath the gum rubber outsole.
The style also offers nubuck overlays and is finished off with classic details such as a Ball and Buck branded antique brass lace lock. All the materials are highly durable with the intention of outdoor wear for the sporting gentleman in mind.
“Our work with Ball and Buck brings two Boston-based brands together that strive to offer consumers premium, authentic, Made in USA products,” said Chris Davis, Strategic Business Manager, NB Lifestyle. “We are excited to bring-back the 585 silhouette and collaborate on this prestige model with a retailer who influences, inspires and understands quality American craftsmanship, as well as the outdoor lifestyle.”
“We were honored when New Balance approached us to work on their first ever collaboration on the 585 silhouette. Being two brands cut from the same cloth and built upon the same values, we are always impressed with how functional, beautiful, and high quality our collaborations come out,” said Mark Bollman, Founder and President, Ball and Buck. “The sporting gentleman really speaks to the entire material story of Ball and Buck and debuts our signature plaid, like our first collaboration debuted our signature Camo. In fact, all of the Ball and Buck signature materials and patterns are integrated into this shoe, from our signature canvas and signature Horween® leather that can be found in our luggage line, to our plaid that lines our jackets, and pops of blaze orange and antique brass common on almost every product we create. We couldn’t be more proud of how the final product turned out and are thrilled to have been able to partner with our good friends at New Balance.”
The New Balance MiUSA 585 is being brought back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the New Balance 580, which is the New Balance Japan designed model inspired by the 585. The model has an unusual history. Like a few models in the mid-nineties, the 585 was introduced in the US and Europe in 1995 and in Japan a year later. The 585 was a Made-in-USA prestige model, distinguishing it from a Made-in-China version. In 1995, the M585 was touted as the most stable running shoe in the New Balance range offering exceptional cushion and stability with ROLLBARTM technology.
Today, the classic Made-in-USA Lifestyle model celebrates the authenticity of New Balance Made-in footwear and highlights the premium craftsmanship, heritage and quality that Made-in product represents.
It’s inevitable! Fashion is a big recycler of trends, so don’t be surprised if your daughter rummages through your wardrobe — just as you have, with your mum’s.On September 18, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
It’s inevitable! Fashion is a big recycler of trends, so don’t be surprised if your daughter rummages through your wardrobe — just as you have, with your mum’s. With a few tweaks and updates, what’s past will eventually be current and “in” again, such as the following trends!
Crop tops became popular in the 80s, first when Madonna wore it in her Lucky Star music video and then when the aerobics craze started sporting it too. (Of course, if you want to take it even further, you should also credit generations of sari-wearing Indian women and Middle-Eastern belly-dancers!)
Not long after, in the 90s, fresher pop-culture icons like Britney Spears and Liv Tyler brought it back by wearing this midriff-baring wardrobe staple in their music videos and movies. Today, while the not-so-new trend is, well, trending, our more body-positive fashion industry has made it accessible to more body types.
Who can blame the fashion industry — from high street labels like Topshop to renowned brands like Miu Miu and Valentino — for bringing this back, time and time again? It matches with everything, and when paired right, can elongate the body and highlight your silhouette.
The choker goes way back. During the 1700s, French women wore red ribbons around their necks to pay tribute to those who were beheaded, and this trend spread to Europe. Jewelled pendants were added to make the somber accessory more fashionable and wearable, and these chokers were quickly adopted as an exclusive style for the elite.
In 1940s, the trend — though a simpler black band — came back as a symbol of power for women in America. And if you think they look uncannily like dog collars, you’re right; a magazine ran a fashion feature on “Dog Collars: Girls revive a dowager fashion of 40 years age”. They are also called “colliers de chien”!
In came the 90s. From large jewelled chokers to feminine lace versions or a more fun, rubber “tattoo” ones, this trend was a hit with both celebrities and kids around the block. It died down after the naught years, though it never really went away — because honestly, they are just shortened necklaces worn high — but are now ~ officially ~ all the rage again!
Remember when Spice Girls ruled the world and every athletic girl formed a deep connection with Sporty Spice? There’s also the chav culture, most commonly associated with hooligans who donned slouchy sportswear, such as tracksuits and zip-up jackets, from labels like Adidas, Reebok and Lonsdale. Track pants were something you’d wear even when you weren’t planning to break a sweat!
Now, athleisure is a thing. Pairing running shoes with jeans may have been a fashion no-no in the past, but the lines between sportswear and style have been blurred. Comfort is “in”.
Gosha Rubchinskiy’s 2017 collection
Beyonce launched Ivy Park, an activewear clothing line. High-fashion labels like Paul & Joe and Alexander Wang has revealed luxe tracksuits. Fila releases its SS16 collection of nostalgic sportswear, and in the same vein, Russian label Gosha Rubchinskiy presented his sportswear-influenced line-up, which included collaborations with no-longer-popular-but-reemerging activewear labels like Kappa and Sergio Tacchini.
Is it all coming back too fast and too much? Start off with easier to handle, casual looks such as the fun and vibrant collection by Adidas x Rita Ora.
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Experience a blast from the past as Bata Tennis brings back the iconic Peanuts comic strip characters this Autumn/Winter 2016. In this collection, the classic white is givenOn September 13, 2016 / By Nookmag
Experience a blast from the past as Bata Tennis brings back the iconic Peanuts comic strip characters this Autumn/Winter 2016. In this collection, the classic white is given a contrasting toe box and mid-sole lining finished with characters from the comic strip embroidered on the upper.
Original White Lace-up
This model showcases Snoopy on the left getting ready to serve, while Charlie Brown is waiting not-so-patiently on the right foot with his racket in hand.
On these white Bata slip-ons, Lucy tries to get the game going with Snoopy who seems to be taking his time.
The hi-tops feature Woodstock displaying some acrobatic serving skills as he easily aces Snoopy in a game.
* Unfortunately, this collection is not available at the Actually Store as yet.
The Bata Tennis x Peanuts collection is now available at the Actually Store located at Orchard Gateway.
277 Orchard Road,
Orchard Gateway, #03-18
Take an autumn stroll through the Nordics and you are certain to notice vibrantly coloured wool sweaters with attractive patterns on many of the locals. These countries haveOn September 11, 2016 / By Nookmag
Take an autumn stroll through the Nordics and you are certain to notice vibrantly coloured wool sweaters with attractive patterns on many of the locals. These countries have mastered the craftsmanship of the time-honoured wool garments. In Finland there are still a handful of manufacturers who create these traditional nature inspired, graphic wool sweaters. Karhu draws on this compelling attire as inspiration for their latest release: the “Villapaita” Pack.
Now don’t be fooled, as these are not your grandmother’s ugly Christmas sweaters. Finnish wool garments are of the highest quality level to ensure warmth through the cold temperatures of fall and winter. Maintaining an exceptional level of manufacturing, Karhu constructs the Villapaita Pack with coloured pigskin suedes that are soft to the touch.
The pack consists of 4 colour ways, split between the Fusion 2.0 and Aria models. The Fusion 2.0 is the first style of the pack to capture the Villapaita theme through the use of subtle hits of purple on the upper and outsole rubber while the other features bright red accents. The hidden “M-logo” ghillie lacing structure gives the silhouette an outdoorsy feel while the overlays create an athletic appearance.
The second model of the pack is the mono sock constructed Aria, which has quickly become a comfortable favourite in the Karhu collection. The muted saturation of grey is contrasted with deep accents of blue and bold tones of red for the first colour way. The second option features calming notes of blue, faint tans and greys reminiscent of the fall sky.
Fans of Lacoste can now receive a complimentary embroidery on their classic polo shirts with every purchase! This new service is introduced for the first time in Singapore,On September 5, 2016 / By Nookmag
Fans of Lacoste can now receive a complimentary embroidery on their classic polo shirts with every purchase! This new service is introduced for the first time in Singapore, and it will be available permanently at the Lacoste Wisma Atria Flagship Store (#03-07/11).
An express service that takes up to 15 minutes, shoppers get to observe the “live”, computerised process of embroidering a Lacoste polo shirt with a maximum of three initials. They are encouraged to express their creativity by choosing out of 12 thread colours and three font types, and decide if they want the needlework on the right sleeve or right bottom hem. Besides the standard options, shoppers can also look out for limited edition embroidery motifs or new thread colours. Simply enquire in-store for upcoming exclusive designs!
This complimentary embroidery service is available when you buy a Lacoste polo shirt at any store. Even if you are not at the Wisma Atria Flagship Store, simply complete a customisation form with your preferred options and the Lacoste store assistant will send in your polo for embroidery, which takes between three and five working days to complete. For shopper’s convenience, they can even choose which of the six Lacoste outlets they would like to collect their Lacoste polo shirt at!
Get your personalised embroidery done at Lacoste Paragon store only from 23 September till 16 October 2016. In support with the upcoming Paragon’s inaugural Fashion Campaign, running from 23 September till 16 October, the Lacoste embroidery counter will be located at their Paragon store (#04-48). This event presents the latest styles and collection, as well as highlighting brands that provide personalisation, which makes a perfect platform for Lacoste to showcase its first embroidery service in Singapore.
It takes 3 steps to embroider your Lacoste Polo Shirts :
Present your Lacoste polo shirt and receipt at the staff at the embroidery counter.
Complete a customisation order form stating your preferences, such as thread colour, font types, font sizes, and position of embroidery.
Hand over the customisation order form to the friendly Lacoste staff who will take a couple of minutes to embroider your initials, and collect your personalised Lacoste polo shirt on the spot!
Dr. Martens and Stüssy are collaborating once again on three new styles for the fall ’16 season. An icon of independent style for decades, the 1460 8On September 4, 2016 / By Nookmag
Dr. Martens and Stüssy are collaborating once again on three new styles for the fall ’16 season. An icon of independent style for decades, the 1460 8 Eye boot has been customized for Stüssy in premium materials – pebble grain textured leather uppers and a luxe cheetah print hair panel. In addition to the 8 Eye boot, which will be released in both cherry and black colorways, the Ramsey Creeper will be available in black and feature a cheetah hair toe. As always, the upper and sole are sewn together and heat-sealed (not glued) and finished with a dual-branded sock liner and the traditional Dr. Martens woven heel loop.
The Dr. Martens and Stüssy series are now available online and in chapter stores.
The Stüssy for Dr. Martens series will be priced at SGD359 for the boot and SGD299 for the creeper, exclusively available at the Stüssy Singapore chapter store.
Complementing this season’s colour palette, CLARKS’ Autumn/Winter collection has something for everyone. Tailored classics and modern silhouettes appear alongside minimalist sportswear-inspired sneakers. A foot shaped fit originating fromOn September 4, 2016 / By Nookmag
Complementing this season’s colour palette, CLARKS’ Autumn/Winter collection has something for everyone. Tailored classics and modern silhouettes appear alongside minimalist sportswear-inspired sneakers. A foot shaped fit originating from a hand-carved last and distinctive prints on suede and snakeskin effect leather create a collection of wardrobe essentials crafted in the highest quality materials.
Continuing with the athleisure movement, Clarks delivers unique styles that express our forward thinking. Inspired by our crafted innovation, Trigenic Flex, Clarks presents an AW collection that delivers form and function.
The Trigenic sole, which enhances your natural movement, has been applied to new sneaker profiles. Futuristic constructions and the most up to date technical fabrics have been used. All shoes are notably soft with minimal interiors and materials yet feature an exceptional attention to detail and a crafted aesthetic.
Global Sports Brand PUMA collaborates with UEG, a Polish brand based in Warsaw for the first time for Autumn-Winter ’16. Michal Lojewski’s brand UEG borrows the Italian acronymOn September 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
Global Sports Brand PUMA collaborates with UEG, a Polish brand based in Warsaw for the first time for Autumn-Winter ’16.
Michal Lojewski’s brand UEG borrows the Italian acronym “USA E GETTA” meaning “USE AND DISCARD” and is a play on the concept of consumption. The brand addresses and responds to the temporary nature of today’s existence and underscores the values of unification, communication and awareness.
PUMA X UEG GRAVITY RESISTANCE was inspired by human need of reaching higher, traveling farther, exploring more; the need of rising beyond the reason and above the ground. It is a symbol of overcoming our own limitations, not only in the sport performance but also in personal evolution with a strong metaphor of cosmic exploration. The design refers to costumes of astronauts – mix of clean silhouettes with a bold graphic language of emergency buttons and prints in both apparel and footwear reflect the desire to being free of gravity’s restraints and common restrictions.
A key piece in the collaborative range is Court Play x UEG, which maintains the edgy DNA of UEG reinforced with very new PUMA Court Play design. The styles feature bold graphics messaging around the sole that echoes cosmic exploration with words such as “Up” and “Gravity Resistant” on the soles. Crafted with reflective elements and hi-tech fabrics, the Court Play x UEG is a true futuristic statement sneaker.
In a similarly unique way, UEG has also reinvented a PUMA classic, the Court x UEG. The shoe features a contemporary look, modernized with heat pressed labels on the tongue, which is in the form of a fashion tags. This contemporary twist on a classic sneaker makes the style another key piece of the season.
The apparel in the collection follows through in pushing the boundaries of performance style with space visual language that is present throughout the collection. Pieces in the collection include fashion forward and anti-gravity inspired sweaters, t-shirts and shorts.
The PUMA x UEG AW16 collection will be available at selected retailers at Limited Edt, Pedder on Scotts, and Leftfoot 24 September onwards.
Inspired by extraordinary women and their dynamic lives, ECCO, the Danish footwear and leather goods brand, introduces ECCO Shape Collection, a new range of beautifully designed footwear withOn September 3, 2016 / By Nookmag
Inspired by extraordinary women and their dynamic lives, ECCO, the Danish footwear and leather goods brand, introduces ECCO Shape Collection, a new range of beautifully designed footwear with heels.
Launching as part of the Autumn/Winter 2016 collection, ECCO Shape hails an era of razor-sharp technology with the innovative design of its high-heeled shoes to achieve what was previously impossible – heels that look as good as they feel.
“We have created a shoe which is both sexy and comfortable to wear. I am very proud of the result,” explains Niki Tæstensen, Head of Concept Lab.
The Revolutionary Design
The revolutionary shoe design demonstrates the commitment to innovate at the heart of everything ECCO creates. The sides of the heel are filled with PU after the heel is screwed to the shank through a direct injection.
Comfort reigns supreme as this provides a highly hardwearing, light and flexible sole. A component of the foot bed design lowers the heel of the foot within the shank, allowing the 75mm heel to ‘grow’ an extra 15mm to an elegant 90mm.
The Perfect Silhouette
Specifically designed for ECCO Shape Collection, the upper part of each shoe is made with rich, soft calf leather and the moulded interior is lined with premium leather for optimum comfort.
The shoe’s simple silhouette combines form and function to create a feminine and streamlined finish, ideal for a sophisticated statement look.
The ECCO Shape Collection, priced from SGD249.90, will be available at all ECCO concept stores and on their website.
Boston-based New Balance Athletics, Inc. and premier Canadian-made athletic wear brand, Reigning Champ, join forces for the “Gym Pack” which includes two premium suede New Balance 530 silhouettesOn August 31, 2016 / By Nookmag
Boston-based New Balance Athletics, Inc. and premier Canadian-made athletic wear brand, Reigning Champ, join forces for the “Gym Pack” which includes two premium suede New Balance 530 silhouettes and matching Reigning Champ gym bags. The Reigning Champ x New Balance “Gym Pack” will be available online at Reigning Champ, and at global retailers beginning Saturday, 3 September.
Inspired by classic leather gym gear, the Reigning Champ x New Balance “Gym Pack” features a pair of premium pig suede M530 sneakers.
The styles are reflective of the golden days of sport – when bags were made of leather, benches were wood, and everything was built to last. Designed to last, Reigning Champ and New Balance designers took vintage inspiration and utilized a modern execution to offer athletic wear fans an updated, classic style.
Each pair is done in monochromatic suede with perforated paneling on the vamp and collar. Rich details include suede on the N logo and vamp underlay; embroidered NB logo on the tongue; and, sheepskin lining.
The Reigning Champ x New Balance “Gym Pack” retails at SGD209, and will be exclusively available at Limited Edt Vault 313.
Reebok Classic Leather It entered the market (and undoubtedly, the shoe cabinets of many teens) in 1983. The British-born sneaker was Reebok’s first running/active shoe to be cladOn August 30, 2016 / By Jamie Lee
Reebok Classic Leather
It entered the market (and undoubtedly, the shoe cabinets of many teens) in 1983. The British-born sneaker was Reebok’s first running/active shoe to be clad in garment leather; the first Reebok shoe to use leather was the hi-top Freestyle, just a year earlier. The first Reebok Classic Leather was white, and sported a stitched Union Jack. It also featured air vents for breathability, and earned itself a reputation as one of the most comfortable sneakers. This year in May, rapper Kendrick Lamar teamed up with the brand to release a deconstructed look with a longitudinal seam running across the sneaker.
Released in 1978, the Vans Sk8-Hi was actually inspired by basketball shoes, and its above-ankle height and padded collar served to protect skaters’s bones from being hit by their skateboards. Also known as “Style 38”, the sneaker featured the jazz stripe — Van’s iconic “wave” seen across most of their shoes — and became the perfect canvas for doodles and other creative prints and colours Vans and their fans can think of. This model has seen many collaborations, from heavy metal brand Iron Maiden in 2007 to streetwear brand Supreme (remember 2013’s beautiful floral, “Power, Corruption & Lies collection?).
Nike’s Air Max
The Air Max revolution started on 26 March 1987 — yes, it’s specific, and Nike doesn’t let anyone forget it by celebrating this (practically, national holiday) day every year. It’s called 3.26, and if that doesn’t spell out for you how important this sneaker is, we tell you why it’s revolutionary: while the Air Max cushioning wasn’t a new invention, it had always been hidden; pushing this ingenious technology to the forefront (via the visible air unit) showed Nike fans and disbelievers that the brand was all about innovation. The first Air Max 1/Air Max 87 featured a bold red and white colourway, and Nike has continued to churn out bold colour combinations ever since.
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars
Also known as “Chucks” and “Chuck Taylors”, it’s safe to say that this canvas sneaker has been worn by almost every kid, teen, and adult. It’s comfortable and versatile, and since its launch in 1917 — which by the way, was an entry into the basketball sneaker market — has established itself as a sneaker of creativity, individuality, and passion. The All-Stars have particularly been popular in the rock and roll communities, and was seen on musicians like Kurt Cobain and Green Day to All American Rejects and Bruno Mars. In 2003, Converse was bought over by Nike, and in 2015, introduced the All Star II — an all-new Converse sneaker which uses a Nike Lunarlon sockliner and a foam padded collar.
Unlike the Nike Air Max, this low-top sneaker has no exact launch year or date — although many attribute it to 1968. This is because Adidas constantly updated their shoes with many small changes and it was hard to keep track of them! Whatever the date, Gazelles were the first Adidas sneaker to don a full suede upper, and this certainly made a huge impact on sportsmen who were used to leather shoes. The first Gazelles were launched in two colourways: red-white and blue-white; the former featured a transparent non-slip sole, and the latter a microcell ripple sole. Both had athletic performance in mind. Adidas Gazelles were still in production well into the 1980s, and came in many colour variations in the 90s. No wonder celebrities like Kate Moss and Oasis were seen wearing them!
Puma Suede Classics
It was launched in 1968 with a bang. Ask your dad about it, and he might recall the memorable Olympics, when African-American gold and bronze sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos stood on their podiums in Mexico City and raised their fists in a Black Power salute. Accompanying them in their protest, as well as their athletic feat, were two pairs of Puma Suede Classics — known by then as a sports favourite, thanks to the thick, rubber sole and rounded silhouette. Other notable athletes who wore these include basketballer Walt “Clyde” Frazier,of the New York Knicks, and the many breakdancers, to whom the Puma Suede Classics developed an affinity with.
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