Black Friday. One year ago KITH released the “Daytona” Collection, and it was met with overwhelming acclaim. Its amazing to see the steps we’ve taken as a brand since then. I feel as if Black Friday is one of those crystalizing moments, where a brand can genuinely display their progression from year to year. This year is surely no different, as my team and I have been preparing for this week for roughly the past 11 months.

Coming off the “Daytona” collaboration with New Balance, I began developing a concept to pay homage to the locations of our two stores – Manhattan and Brooklyn. We are at a time when it is almost impossible to release something that is unlike anything else out there, just due to saturation. I approached these two shoes with the mentality of creating a product that will hold relevance 5 years from now, because that is the test of true quality. Every time I write about a shoe I am about to deliver, I repeatedly claim it to be, “one of my favorite releases to date.” However, if I did not love each and every new venture that I set out on, then I would not be doing what I do. I will never offer something that is not at the level the consumer deserves.

With that said, my latest partnership with New Balance has yielded results that I hold in very high regard. I chose the 530 to represent Central Park, while I modeled the 850 after the Brooklyn Bridge. While they may seem like unorthodox silhouette choices, both are ones I love from New Balance, and ones that I desire to maximize the potential of.

No facet of these trainers went untouched, as both models teem with details. The 530′s color palette is meant to resemble Central Park during the late fall season, as the leaves begin to change and autumnal colors take hold. The burgundy upper is composed of a rich oily pigskin suede with quilted detailing on the vamp, as well as an off-white microperforated nubuck on the toe wrap. Goldenrod 3M was used under the burgundy netting, as well as the “N”-logos on the side panels. Tonal leather is added on the heel, which features an enlarged debossed “530”-branding in the same typography used for New York street signs. A rubberized label that represents the New York Parks & Recreation logo is emblazoned on the tongue, thus making the inspiration clear. The insoles are custom-printed, and feature a map of Central Park. The final details are a quilted poly-filled lining, and an olive gum outsole which adds to the overall aesthetic.

The colorway of the 850 is not what may be immediately associated with the Brooklyn Bridge, but being obvious is never a great plan of attack. The gradient shades of blue are made to emulate the gradient of the sky behind the bridge. A light blue microperforated nubuck is used for the toe, which effortlessly flows into a darker blue oily pigskin amidst the quarter panels. The heel is made from a high grade microperforated saddle leather, and is meant to match the limestone used to construct the bridge. The red hits on the “N”-logos, as well as the graphic on the leather tongue were inspired by the flag perched at the top of the bridge. Other notable details include custom-printed insoles which feature the schematics of the actual Brooklyn Bridge, as well as a two-tone icy blue translucent outsole that plays to the water.

The Ronnie Fieg x New Balance 530 – “Central Park” will retail for $185 USD, and the 850 – “Brooklyn Bridge” will retail for $175 USD. Both sneakers are accompanied by 3 lace options. Both will release Black Friday, November 28, at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway, KITH Brooklyn 233 Flatbush Ave, and online at KithNYC.com at 11AM EST.

Paying homage to the locations that house our two storefronts, as well as the city that birthed us, KITH releases its latest project – the “Landmarks” Collection. Two significant New York landmarks were chosen to represent our flagship locations – Central Park for Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge for Brooklyn. Check out the full details here.

The KITH “Landmarks” Collection will release Black Friday, November 28, at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway and KITH Brooklyn 233 Flatbush Ave. The entire collection will also release online at 11AM EST on KithNYC.com.

Releasing in-line with the KITH x nano universe x Nishikawa Down “Black Diamond” Collection are the all new Ronnie Fieg x Caminando Ripple Mountain Mid boots. Although not my first time working closely with Caminando, it is absolutely my most progressive work with them to date. Different, functional, and incredibly high quality. Check out the full details here.

The Ronnie Fieg x Caminando Ripple Mountain Mid will retail at $220 USD, and will be available in-store in limited quantities at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway and KITH Brooklyn 233 Flatbush Ave on Black Friday, November 28. An online release will follow on Cyber Monday, December 1, at 11AM EST on KithNYC.com. Minimal quantities will also be available at nano universe in Tokyo, as well as Monkey Time, Beauty & Youth, and United Arrows in Shinjuku, Japan.

Partnering with Japanese retailer nano universe and one of the longest standing down manufacturers in Japan with Nishikawa Down, KITH releases its most detailed outerwear assortment to date – the “Black Diamond” Collection. Fur-trimmed parkas like the Ainodake Parka demonstrate the level this collection is at, while unconventional pieces like the Fuji Down Bomber Jacket represent the ingenuity of each garment. Check out the full details here.

The KITH x nano universe x Nishikawa Down “Black Diamond” Collection will be available in-store at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway and KITH Brooklyn 233 Flatbush Ave beginning Black Friday, November 28. The collection will be made available online on Cyber Monday, December 1, at 11AM EST on KithNYC.com. The collection will also be made available in limited quantities at nano universe in Tokyo, Japan.

With each venture, our focus is to deliver product that will truly be worth every cent. We seek to create goods that will not only be relevant now, but for years to come. That was the driving force behind our most expansive collection yet – KITH Classics. Check out the full details here.

KITH Classics is available now, in store, at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway and KITH Brooklyn 233 Flatbush Ave. The full range will release online this Saturday, November 8, at 11AM EST on KithNYC.com.

KITH partners with Tokyo-based menswear brand Ones Stroke to deliver a collection which signifies KITH’s overall evolution. Silhouettes designed by KITH are countered by top-tier Japanese fabrics sourced by Ones Stroke to create a worldly assortment of the highest quality goods. Check out the full details here.

The KITH x Ones Stroke “Genesis” Collection will release this Saturday, October 25, at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway and online at KithNYC.com at 11AM EST. This collection will also release in-store only, in even less quantities, at Japan-based boutiques Monkey Time Shinjuku and Beauty & Youth by United Arrows on Tuesday, October 28.

I only embark on projects I truly believe in. Creating KITH gave me an outlet to express my personal ideals and beliefs. Although I desire to shift the current landscape of fashion and footwear, I demand each venture start from a place of passion. I hope this project will open people’s eyes to see that not everything we do is centered around dollars and cents. I believe if someone has the capacity to give back to their community, then it is not only their right, but it is their obligation. With this release I am focused on my community, New York City, and the heroes that embody it.

The Support is a great silhouette, and strikes me as a New York-tailored trainer. Its a little sturdier and heavier than your typical tech-runner, and the outsole features pods which give it an all-terrain appearance. I sourced an exquisite gold leather for the toe to represent the NYPD badge, and added a fishscale print as an element of levity. A mixture of navy oily wrinkled nubuck and supple glove leather symbolizes the NYPD uniform. The debossed “Equipment”-branding on the heel is enlarged for emphasis, and accentuates the high-grade grain of the leather. The woven material used for the quarter panels represents Kevlar, the protective armor used by officers in the field. The Three Stripes logos and quarter panels are asymmetrical, and flow seamlessly into the midsole detail. The lateral Stripes are 3M, and a color I call NYPD-blue. The trickiest detail was adding 3M paint to the lateral midsole, so the hue matches precisely. The medial stripes are navy leather on the outside, gold leather with a fishscale print for the center, and are complemented by a white quarter panel.

The branding for this project was crucial, as it is my first adidas Consortium collaboration. The tongue features a shield we took the time to customize so that it would represent both parties properly, while still paying homage to the NYPD with grace. The insoles are custom-printed, displaying “Just Us” on the right and “adidas” on the left. Lastly, four lace options accompany the sneaker, allowing various options for customization.

Coinciding with this release, KITH is donating $15,000 to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Foundation to honor the victims of that tragic day. I, as many, experienced 9/11 first hand, and was enamored by the people of New York who united to rebuild our city. This project is dedicated to them.

The Ronnie Fieg x adidas Consortium EQT Support ’93 – NYC’s Bravest is priced at $170 USD, and will be available this Saturday, October 11th, at 11AM EST at the New KITH Shop at 644 Broadway, KITH Brooklyn at 233 Flatbush, and online at KithNYC.com.

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KITH reveals the lookbook of its latest project – the KITH “Never Forget” Collection. Each piece gracefully honors of those who protected New York City on the tragic day that was September 11. Check out the full details here.

The KITH “Never Forget” Collection will be available this Saturday, October 11, at 11AM EST at the New KITH Shop at 644 Broadway, KITH Brooklyn at 233 Flatbush, and online at KithNYC.com.

On September 11, 2001 I was living in an apartment approximately a quarter-mile from the World Trade Center. I awoke to my roommate screaming “Fire!” a little before 9:00am. Without thought I grabbed my shoes and a shirt, and ran outside of my apartment building. As I looked up, my apartment was fine, but my roommate was pointing down to the road. As soon as I turned my head, I witnessed the second plane colliding with the South Tower. I instantly went into shock. I saw people running down the West Side Highway, and immediately began to think of my father, who worked in the building next to the World Trade Center. I grabbed my bike and started heading downtown. As I rode down Broadway, I saw a cloud of dust so thick that it was impossible to see past Broome St. Next thing I know, I see my father running out of the dust cloud entirely covered in soot, unscathed. I embraced him, thankful, then let him into my office to clean himself up.

As news developed I began learning about everything that had happened. I learned of my friend, a member of the FDNY, who lost his life. I learned some of my friends who were in the NYPD had passed away, and some of my friends’ parents who had lost their lives.

Everyone remembers what they were doing on September 11. Economists claimed New York City’s business would never recover. However, our citizens began to rebuild and overcome that traumatic day. Watching my city unite and unify is more memorable to me than the attacks. It showed our true nature of perseverance.

This collection is immensely significant to me. I chose to release exactly one month after September 11, as I believe that is a time for mourning. In conjunction with this release, KITH is honored to make a $15,000 donation to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum Foundation to support those victims gravely affected by the events of that dreadful day. I believe if someone has the capacity to give back to their community, then it is not only their right, but it is their obligation. I am proud to be a New Yorker.

Full details regarding the release of the KITH Never Forget Collection and the Ronnie Fieg x adidas Consortium EQT Support ’93 – NYC’s Bravest will follow this week.

After working closely together, Filling Pieces and I have formed a strong relationship. Once I saw the results yielded from our first collaboration, I knew the partnership was necessary to reprise.

I am a footwear fan first and foremost, not just a sneakerhead. I have love for all types of footwear, not only athletic models. The mindset entering a project such as this is a lot different than the mindset when entering a runner because its supposed to be the alternative pick. By being able to create the type of product I do with Filling Pieces, I am able to cater to a different audience than when I work with athletic brands. These offer a different side of life. Something slightly more sophisticated.

With the last pack, I only offered one pattern. I believe this offering is better rounded. I wanted to give more diversity, as I wanted there to be something for everyone. Now, you have the opportunity to get something quilted, or something smooth, or something with a print. The Navy / Gum model was actually developed during our first effort, but we felt it was too strong enough to release the first time around, so we wanted to save it for round two. The handcrafted all-leather upper is very luxe, being completely hand made in Portugal. The Light Tan execution offers a smooth texture for a more everyday wear. The thick leather is built to beat up, while the light tan color ages beautifully. Rose Gold eyelets add a luxurious element while complementing the shade of the leather. Lastly, the Dragon-debossed iteration provides a special pattern. Something more atypical. It is a more high-profile shoe than the other two, really designed for those times you really want to stand out. In this way, these shoes do not just cater to a different audience, they each cater to a different occasion.

Each premium makeup is lined with supple cow leather for max comfort. Each one is also accompanied by total custom packaging. Starting from the custom box to the custom wrapping paper to the custom wooden shoetrees to an extra set of custom footbeds and laces. I genuinely believe what people will receive is worth more than the $220 USD asking price. I say it every time I discuss a new shoe, but that is because I feel I need to give back to our following and community. That has been the motto from the beginning.

The Ronnie Fieg x Filling Pieces RF-Mid Part II Collection will be available tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, at Kith Manhattan at 644 Broadway, Kith Brooklyn at 233 Flatbush, and online at KithNYC.com at 11AM EST. The release will be first come, first served.