PONY first approached me about a year and a half ago. Although I used to work with PONY back when I was the head buyer for David Z, I never knew the brand name was an acronym for “Product of New York.” I had begun work on our forthcoming “New York Natives” Collection around this time, so being able to incorporate a New York-based product seemed like a perfect fit. They showed me a book that was a comprehensive archive of past and present silhouettes. Sifting through I saw one that piqued my interest – the M-110. I was caught by its OG colorway, which was a vibrant Miami Dolphins makeup. I closed the book without sharing which model I had mentally chosen, and asked them how they felt in regards to unarchiving a silhouette that would be exclusive to a collaboration between us. They were instantly receptive, which is when I shared my fondness for the M-110. They explained how Dan Marino was a PONY signature athlete during the late ‘80s, so a lot of colorways were rooted in a Dolphins-esque makeup.

I wanted to offer a completely different aesthetic than the OG to show the versatility of the silhouette. I strayed from tropical hues, and sought to use a very luxe palette. Upon receiving the first sample, I was hooked. The shape, and how sturdy it was really impressed me. I remember when I was growing up, a shoe’s value was judged by its weight. If it was heavy, it was quality. When I felt the weight and saw how vintage the silhouette was, I knew we had something special.

The sneaker is made from a thick red Italian leather with a tasteful snakeskin-deboss pattern seen at the PONY quarter panel logos and heel panel. The lateral collar features “Fieg”-branding hits in the same font as the OG PONY logo, which is located on the medial collar. “RF”-branding is also located on the tongue. The liner is made from a white calfskin leather, as are the custom-printed insoles. Fitting with the leather agenda, I chose tonal leather laces as the primary option, which really solidifies the entire appearance.

With how many collaborations release today, it is easy to get lost in the mix. Something I feel separates myself from the majority is attention to detail. This sneaker is accompanied by two additional lace options (tonal waxed and cotton), custom packaging, a custom calfskin leather dust bag, as well as custom engraved wooden shoe trees and shoe horn. What you buy is more than the shoe, its the entire package. I firmly believe that priced at $220 USD, we are offering a value that no one else in the industry is. No corners were cut, no aspects were left wanting. Everything matters. A very limited run of 500 pairs was created, each individually numbered on the white liner.

The Ronnie Fieg x PONY M-110 will release this Saturday, December 20th, at 11AM EST at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway, KITH Brooklyn 233 Flatbush Ave, online at KithNYC.com and our KITH App. Retail is priced at $220 USD.

With 2014 nearing its inevitable end, KITH adds another layer to one of our favorite collections to date – “New York Natives.”

Inspired by the culture that thrived in New York City in the year 1996, KITH designs original pieces that exude the aesthetic very prevalent at the time. To help display the collection true to form, Prodigy and Havoc of Mobb Deep model the garments with their distinct style. Releasing in tandem with this collection is Ronnie Fieg’s latest, and very limited, collaboration with PONY – the Ronnie Fieg x PONY M-110. Limited to 500 pairs, this sneaker is redressed using all Italitan leathers for a luxe finish.

Check out the full details here.

The KITH “New York Natives” Collection will release this Saturday, December 20th, at 11AM EST at the New KITH Shop 644 Broadway, KITH Brooklyn 233 Flatbush Ave, and online at KithNYC.com.

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.