Jean-Michel Basquiat @ Gagosian Hong Kong Recap

Jean-Michel Basquiat @ Gagosian Hong Kong Recap

Jean-Michel Basquiat Brooklyn-born artist remains one of the most original of his generation. Having died at the age of 27. Following an exhibition of his work in Chelsea earlier this year, Gagosian Gallery is playing host to a selection of Basquiat’s paintings for the first time in Hong Kong. Basquiat's work has earned praise and critical acclaim for its fusion of drawing, painting and poetry and its ability to balance aesthetics with acerbic commentary on the harsh realities of race, culture, and society. Here’s a look at the Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition at Gagosian Hong Kong, which began on May 21 and run through August 10.               Gagosian Gallery 7/F Pedder Building 12 Pedder Street, Central Hong Kong
Summer Is Serious with Nike Basketball

Summer Is Serious with Nike Basketball

Nike Basketball delivers the Summer Is Serious campaign starting with Oklahoma City's young Superstar Kevin Durant. Each day starting from July 9, Nike Basketball will unveil a series of short clips exhibiting the many personalities you often find on court: the “Big Dog,” “Spark Plug” and “Over-Dribbler.”     The campaign aims to call out basketball enthusiasts to participate in the summer’s ultimate pick-up game at Tournament of Champions in New York. Those looking to be involved will have to tweet @nikebasketball with #SUMMERISSERIOUSE for a chance to be drafted by Kevin Durant or James Harden. The tournament kicks off August 16, in the meantime check out the list of on-court characters below shot at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center — the Maryland facility where Durant spent his childhood years training.   [youtube id="MuMs7GdQ6R8" width="620" height="360"]   [youtube id="D9MNR28RjYA" width="620" height="360"]
Dave Ortiz “The 20 Year Retrospective ” Exhibition

Dave Ortiz “The 20 Year Retrospective ” Exhibition

Brooklyn native Dave Ortiz, notably known for contributing designs and inspiration to companies such as Nike, Vans and his founded upon brand DQM. Ortiz is currently showcasing a mix of personal drawings and paintings in his solo exhibition “The 20 Year Retrospective” at the ArtNowNY gallery in the Chelsea, New York City.     Dave is on his second anniversary celebration of his store Dave's Wear House and also the beginning of AnotherWhip, his very own company specializing in fixed gear bikes. His art exhibition runs until July 20.           ArtNowNY 548 W. 28th St. 2nd Floor New York, NY 10001 United States
Stussy 2013 Summer Collection

Stussy 2013 Summer Collection

  As the weather continues to heat things up for Summer 13, so does street-wear staple Stussy. Stussy has put together a solid collection of pieces from map print tees and a basic batik shirt, to camo shorts and acid-wash trunks. A seasonal favorite returns in the form of the Coach Type Jacket and zip wallets come in summer-friendly, desert camo cotton fabrics. Look for Stussy’s new arrivals for Summer 2013.
Acapulco Gold 2013 Summer Lookbook

Acapulco Gold 2013 Summer Lookbook

ACAPULCO GOLD continues to elevate its unique take on New York street culture, the brand introduces its latest Summer 2013 lookbook. The collection takes stock of a wide range of street staples such as snapbacks, 5-panel camp caps, T-shirts and button-ups. Often pulling upon tongue-in-cheek verbiage and script-driven visuals. Set to release early July.  
Givenchy 2013 Fall/Winter Baseball Print Jersey Sweatshirt

Givenchy 2013 Fall/Winter Baseball Print Jersey Sweatshirt

Designer Riccardo Tisci continues to push limits within fashion creating a new wave of style & trends. His latest masterpiece he created a Baseball Print Jersey Sweatshirt as a part of Givenchy Fall/Winter 2013 Collection. Sporting a greyscale look with raglan sleeve construction, the piece features a collage of baseball glove graphics across the sleeves and shoulders.
Kanye West x A.P.C. 2013 Capsule Collection

Kanye West x A.P.C. 2013 Capsule Collection

A collaborative effort that took more than two years to complete, the “A.P.C. KANYE” capsule collection from designer Jean Touitou and hip-hop artist Kanye West is finally available. While the collection gotten its start when Touitou first learned of West and his aesthetics, it quickly evolved into a thesis of some sort as the two friends debated endlessly about fashion concepts till finally a collection took shape. Narrowed to quality and fit, the A.P.C. x Kanye capsule collection consists of just t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, and denim, each put through the rigors of West’s acumen on style. There are the Hooded Sweatshirt and Hooded Sweatshirt II in 100% cotton compact fleece, made with just enough “give” to be loosely fitted. The Hip Hop T-Shirt features the same fit but in 100% Egyptian cotton instead with “A.P.C. KANYE” screen-printed along the neckline. Finally, there are the Kanye Jeans in either Indigo or Stonewashed Indigo. Cut from premium Japanese denim, the jeans feature a tapered cut, low waist fit, along with button fly and selvedge trim in red. Source:Freshnessmag.com
Agenda NYC July 2013

Agenda NYC July 2013

The Agenda Trade Show is an exclusive showcase where all the big name brands and tastemakers in the industry show off what they’ve got cooking up for the upcoming seasons and flex their creative muscles a little bit in friendly competition with the other brands in the building. Agenda in NYC differs from its counterpart shows in California and Vegas because the show is smaller, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in spirit. In what seems like a gated community on Mercer St. in the heart of Manhattan only buyers and press are invited in to mingle with the drivers of the culture, getting a sneak peek of what’s to come and even filling out orders for retail.     Every year buyers come to refill orders with their best selling brands, and every year there is a new brand that calls some attention catching the eye of buyers and influencers alike, and this year that brand very well may have been ‘The Decades.” Impressing with their beautiful design and aesthetic, The Decades Hat Co. caught the eye of many passerby’s:         Another brand that captivated was Komono with their simple yet beautifully constructed watches:       Then there’s those veterans of the trade who can be easily spot out just by looking at the size of their booth like LRG and Diamond Supply showcasing their new prints and designs:       One of the brands that always get a lot of business is the legendary Stussy, having been in the game since the early 80s it’s amazing how the brand manages to continue to push the envelope and remain relevant:     Somewhere amongst all the chaos was an open bar supplying liquid courage for all, while works of art were being created:           Beats by Dre probably had the cleanest set up displaying all their headphones on glass blocks exhibiting their new colors and new collaboration headphones with Staple:         48 Hours and many stairs later the 2013 NYC Agenda Show was over and the forums were open to the bloggers and critics for speculation, while the tastemakers and brand ambassadors were finally free for a night on the town.    
Purple Tape Review: Mayer Hawthorne "Where Does This Door Go"

Purple Tape Review: Mayer Hawthorne "Where Does This Door Go"

I was first introduced to Mayer Hawthorne two years ago when he released his Impressions Ep featuring covers from likes of The Isley Brothers to Chromeo. Having known very little of his work up until that point it was the perfect introduction clearly displaying his versatility. After going back to listen to his previous releases I was convinced that this producer, writer, vocalist, and dj that plays the majority, if not all of the instruments on his albums was somewhat of a big deal.     Where Does This Door Go opens with a carefully arranged energy that clearly communicates that you are here to dance, groove, bounce. Whatever it is that you do best, but you will NOT be sitting still. The overall sound can best be described as refreshingly familiar not unlike your favorite retros in a spanking new colorway. Back Seat Lover sets you off and one song after the next it feels like you’re moving from room to room in the illest nightclub/lounge/restaurant. The stand out tracks for me are The Innocent, Wine Glass Woman, Crime feat Kendrick Lamar and Reach Out Richard. There is a very dope Steely Dan influence throughout the project and when you infuse the magic of N.E.R.D.’s Pharrell Williams you really can’t lose.   After listening to this album on repeat for about 6hrs my conclusion is that Where Does This Door Go is a privilege to experience. There isn’t a single reason to skip around this tracklist. Make your way over to your nearest point of purchase and grab this album July 16th. Being the Dj that I am I’ll be picking up the limited edition vinyl. #dontbelievemejustwatch   Purple Rating: 5 out of 6