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Billionaire Boys Clubs: A Printed History

July 24, 2014 – 20:36 in Fashion | Calum

Billionaire Boys Clubs: A Printed History

Bold graphics and all-over prints has underpinned the output of Billionaire Boys Club for the past decade and now, in association with Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival, some of the brand’s most iconic graphics will be exhibited at Cruise Glasgow. While BBC was the brainchild of Pharrell Williams – and largely executed by NIGO – it was the graphic work of Sk8thing, from the iconic Helmet logo to the all-over waffle print, which translated the former N.E.R.D. frontman’s vision into a visceral reality. So, it is only fitting that such work is properly recognised.

The event will include an Exhibition and Satellite Store within Cruise in Glasgow. There will be some exclusive items available from the Satellite Store. The exhibition will run from 26th – 27th July with Martelo playing a Neptunes mix in store on the opening day (Saturday 26th July).

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EOTOTO – FANCY SKULL ALOHA HARF SLEEVE SHIRTS

July 24, 2014 – 11:35 in Fashion | Robert

EOTOTO – FANCY SKULL ALOHA HARF SLEEVE SHIRTS

A ‘katsina’ is a spirit being in spiritual world of Hopi, the tribe of Native American people. “EOTOTO” the bringer of nature gifts considered as the most important and the father of all katsinas. As we have an aim, wearing EOTOTO leads individuals to feel the roots, wits and ideas of tribes, we adopt “EOTOTO” as the brand name sending out Native Americans and world’s racial cultures and primitive designs through fashion.”

With a mission statement like that, and a tag line of “The Essence of Primitive Sense” it’s no surprise that I’m really excited by what these guys are doing. EOTOTO is the creation of a mysterious pair of Japanese artist/designers known as the Wonder Worker Guerilla Band, who studied architecture and textile design before launching EOTOTO and a sister brand, the more aggressive SASQUATCHfabrix. Offering custom fabrics with roots that branch through European, Asian, American, and African cultures that are repurposed into modern, comfortable garment shapes. For AW14 you can expect plenty of American Southwest patterns, ikat fabric trims and the brand’s signature skull motif. Western Pullover Check Shirts and Mix Knit Hoodies will protect you from the elements in traditional fashion. The pick for me is the Native Pattern Blancket Coat.

But let’s remember it’s Summer and hot as Hades in London, so we need something appropriate for right now. Their SS14 collection was an invitation to Pacific islands, with Hawaiian-influenced fabrics and cuts and abundant aloha patterns evocative of the tropics. The best example being the Fancy Skull Aloha Harf Sleeve Shirt. It’s a bright, bold and hotter’n a stolen tamale take on the classic Hawaiian shirt. Available in Navy or Ivory, there’s also a long sleeve version, shorts and even a bucket hat with this pattern. The SS14 collection is already becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of. With the majority of dealers in Japan, your best bet is online through a proxy or in store via one of the few overseas dealers like Opening Ceremony LA/NY.

Take a look at the Fancy Skull Aloha Harf Sleeve Shirt over the page.

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Vans – OG Era LX

July 23, 2014 – 12:57 in Fashion | Calum

Vans – OG Era LX

I’ve been hunting for some vintage Eras recently, essentially engaging in a degree of one-upmanship with every menswear bod rocking First String 70s Covnverse – which are undeniably great. And while these Vans Vault 70s reissues slightly differ in shape to the OGs, they carry all the nostalgic flavour that I was searching for. The subtle repeated vans print, accented by the pinstripe turquoise panels is absolutely perfect. I haven’t wanted a pair of Vans this badly since, well, last week (shouts to Foot Patrol for the Peanuts collab hook-up, they’re so on point). I know it’s that time of year where everything is labelled as “the perfect summer shoe,” but that’s mostly PR bluster. That said, if any shoe is to stake a meaningful claim to being a quintessential warm-weather classic, ideal for being paired with a pair of shorts, it’s the Vans Era.

Linkage. 

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Cav Empt Icon Crewneck

July 23, 2014 – 12:17 in Fashion | Calum

Cav Empt Icon Crewneck

I’m not going to delve into the origins of Cav Empt too much- fcknyh and this Heavy Mental interview with Toby Feltwell have you pretty well covered – but what I will say is that C.E is one of those entities you either “get” or you don’t. The brainchild of Feltwell and Sk8thing is multi-faceted, toying with concepts of hyper-reality, technology and the work of Baudrillard. This somewhat high-brow approach is juxtaposed with nuances that are indicative of British youth culture over the past two decades – which thankfully eschew dated clichés of mods and skinheads. The result of this plethora of influences and inspiration is a brand with exhibits genuine depth. The clothes themselves are intriguing, fresh and – as you’d expect with Japanese production – incredibly well executed. This ICON crewneck from the first drop of C.E’s Autumn Winter offering is a great entry-level item into the world of Cav Empt – I’m eagerly awaiting the long-sleeve t-shirt which utilises the same graphic later in the season.

See it here. 

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