categories: Acclaim magazine, Carbon
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I just finished packing for my two week trip to Australia, a country I’ve been told is a must see from everyone who’s been there. I’m traveling to Melbourne to speak at Carbon, a festival that has been making noise for all the right reasons. I’ll be speaking alongside Woody of Sneaker Freaker and the legendary Sean Stussy.

This cover means a lot to me. Aside from it being my first cover, I really feel this article helps explain things in detail about my current state and where I’m heading. Acclaim is the company behind Carbon and were kind enough to accommodate me on this trip. Shout to their team, especially to my homie Vincent Tang who since his visit to Nyc last year has become a friend. Read the article in its entirety here.

categories: BWGH, David Obadia
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It’s not often I meet a 22 year old that completely understands the market and has as much experience as the young king, David Obadia. My good friend Francky introduced me to David over ago at the Capsule show in New York. Since then David has grown BWGH to a multi million dollar brand and one that is respected by many in various categories of menswear. You might be familiar with his “Brooklyn Parle Francais” sweatshirt which has become a staple, especially in his home town, Paris. Our first collaboration was very successful so we’re back to the drawing board for 2013. Much thanks to David for making the trip to NYC to put this next project together.

categories: Asics, Sole For Souls
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What would this all be worth if we didn’t give back? Everything we accomplish, everything we do, after each milestone there is temporary happiness. Achieving goals is definitely a priority but are there goals set to help others? This business consumes my life more and more each day and we all get caught up in things that make us forget how fortunate we are to be in certain positions. Most of us are fortunate to have opportunities and live in an environment where we don’t need to worry about food or water, about shoes or clothing, or about an education and shelter.  Kids in Haiti aren’t fortunate. They are hungry and suffering. Donating 300 pairs of shoes won’t save them, I know that. But it’s a start. Pete told me when he distributed these shoes, the look on these kid’s faces were unforgettable and that makes me happy. Over the next few years I will do all I can to help raise funds for building schools and helping these kids receive footwear so they can go about their day without having to worry about that.

I sent Pete Forester to Haiti to distribute these Super Green Asics and he came back a changed man. I’d like to thank Pete for his efforts and hopefully his photos will inspire everyone to join us in trying to make a difference. Next year I am looking forward to going myself and helping in every way I can. I am posting this not to promote the Super Greens but so you can help make a difference. I’m begging all of you to click this Soul For Souls link and help those that are in need. It doesn’t have to be much, EVERYTHING COUNTS. Photos by Pete Foreseter.

Two years ago almost every person around me asked why I would get into apparel design. My answer was simple, the challenge. I love to create and the feeling of accomplishment is greater when working uphill. The projects and collaborations coming this year are the result of hard work and no sleep, something Mr. Mcnairy is very familiar with. This collaboration with Mark will change the game, the main reason we got together in the first place. Stay tuned.

I’ve never been to Pittsburgh so when I got the phone call about the Invigorate Your Sole Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, I was excited to get on board. I’m still not sure on how I feel about speaking engagements, I don’t believe I have accomplished half of what my goals are so it’s a little weird for me. The truth is, I don’t believe I’m doing anything that others can’t do. All it took was work and dedication. Come see on Monday to hear more about the process and how to get it going in this industry. Seats are limited, be sure to RSVP at http://on.fb.me/XZUjNX.

We wanted to create a lookbook that encapsulated the spirit of the people who influenced Kith’s entrance into the women’s and kids business, as well as moving forward into a full men’s collection. The pieces for men’s, women’s and kids are alike and all hand made in New York City with no compromise on style or quality across the genders and ages. This mentality inspired the vision for the lookbook where the three tiers of business were reorganized on different level bleachers to represent the unity within the collection. Kith is a family affair and I continue to be aware of the growing needs of customers and thus the growth of business. The lookbook was shot in collaboration with photographer 13thWitness and directed by Kith’s own Mellany Sanchez. Check out the Kith NYC White Label collection at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com exclusively starting tomorrow, March 23rd, 2013.

Over the years Justin has changed the game with his music. The lyrics paint a picture and this video has quickly become one of my favorites from JT. It’s good to watch videos that deliver powerful messages, most videos these days aren’t remembered for longer than a few minutes after viewing.
Fresh animal prints have taken over the latest adidas Consortium shoes. Dubbed as the Watercolor Animal Print Pack, the capsule line brings together the adidas Tech Super, Matchplay and Strider models. Each shoe features a re-done leopard print specially designed and contrasted with accenting colors and a standout white base. You can check out the WCAP release at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com priced from $120 USD to $130 USD.
Spring 2013 brings in new styles of the Vans Authentic CA and Vans Vault OG Era LX. The classic Vans Authentic California returns in a distressed canvas upper coming in both a Floral Camo and Leopard printed upper. The Vans Vault OG Era LX offers a unique design that uses a colorful aloha print on the outside quarter of the shoe and contrasted with a solid inside quarter in either sea pink or light blue. The shoe is topped off with a checkerboard printed midsole. The Vans styles feature their famous vulcanized gum rubber “waffle” outsole for both flexibility and grip. Purchase the latest Vans at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com, and Vans Vault styles at Kith Brooklyn and KithNYC.com.
Gram is a footwear brand centered around the concept of weight, with each shoe being named for its weight in grams. The 420G and 383G are made with unmistakable attitude and an unorthodox cut. Both models include a full canvas silhouette, while the Mustard 420G features a leather toe box. All models include vents for breathability and stitched natural rubber cup soles ensuring a snug fit and true grip. The shoe’s cut allows it to be worn for all occasions, whether you’re looking to fit in or dress out. Purchase the collection at Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com today.