Matthew Williams of ALYX Studios Brings the Future of Training Apparel to the Present

Matthew M. Williams, the mastermind behind cult streetwear brand ALYX Studios, has revealed his first capsule collection in collaboration with Nike. The collection titled TRAINING SERIES 001 is said to be produced with a “human touch to a data-driven, purpose-led series of training shirts, trousers and accessories for men and women.”

In efforts to stay on top of innovation within training apparel, Nike and Williams used a so-called computational design approach to the collection. Although they didn’t divulge much of the production details, the clothes are said to be data-driven allowing the clothes to perform better. For example, data can reveal the key spots for heat and sweat zones as well as motion making for more functional apparel.

We have high hopes for this collection as it was only a matter of time for this collaboration to happen. Williams tends to pull the hardened utility functionalities to his Ready to Wear collections for ALYX Studios – take his Rollercoaster belt, tactical pants and chest rig. It’s only fitting that his segway into training and sportswear for Nike take on futuristic elements and innovation.

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Matthew Williams and Ian Connor sporting matching ALYX Chest Rigs (it’s sold out btw)

“What computational design and computer data can offer is really the future of design…It helps to create a different perspective that we can build around. Working in tandem—with data and emotion—is super interesting.”

– Matthew M Williams

 

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The campaign is shot by Nick Knight, a long-time collaborator of Williams. The photos are very conceptual, highlighting computer-generated effects and manipulations that showcase a predominantly artful campaign rather than close-ups of the clothing. Of course in a very futuristic manner, A.I. Instagram Model Lil Miquela is seen on the cover of the latest 032c Magazine sporting some of the pieces.

The collection will include not only the traditional must-haves for training but will also include a slew of multi-functional accessories such as a vest rig of sorts, a balaclava, a towel and a double sock. The Nike x MMW collection releases July 12.

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Byronesque Channels Early Punk Through Archival Margiela, Vivienne Westwood, Yohji Yamamoto and More for Exclusive Online Pop-up

Byronesque, vintage clothing marketplace app, has teamed up with Vestiaire Collective for an exlusive pop up featuring archival designer pieces. Think Margiela painted tabis, Jean Paul Gaultier trench coats, Helmut Lang dresses and more. The pop up pays homage to some of the most iconic moments of the ’80s, ’90s and early ’00s.

eac754da4dc058eac2a7db7b50930d87.jpgGill Linton, Byronesque founder, says “naturally our timeline starts at Punk and misses anything too hippie or pretty before the ‘80s. In the similar punk spirit, Martin Margiela painted over clothes and shoes to re-imagine items from previous collections. When there’s no corporate budgets creativity is the best currency to have.”

In the editorial, Linton refers to the punk scene during the heydays of Vivienne Westwood and The Sex Pistols, “If a piece of clothing could start a fight, it’s this multicoloured Seditionaries mohair jumper that belonged to Johnny Rotten and has been authenticated by the Westwood Company.”

Moreover, a fashion film appropriately titled No Ticket, No Coat was created by subculture legend Derek Ridgers to capture the essence what it felt like to live during those times. The film “pays tribute to a time when what you wore mattered more than who you were” claims its creative director Justin Westover.

Shop now before they’re all gone: https://www.vestiairecollective.com/journal/byronesque-x-vestiaire/

Watch it fashion film here:

 

Sean Wotherspoon’s Air Max 1/97 Will Be Restocking

Nike announced that it will be doing a second drop of the highly sought after sneaker. Priced at $160 USD, the Sean Wotherspoon x Air Max 1/97 is set to receive a restock on Nike SNKRS and the Nike SNKRS app on May 2 at 1 p.m. EST.

If you have questions about Nike SNKRS and have not used it before, read this first: https://help-en-us.nike.com/app/answer/article/about-nike-snkrs/a_id/57773/kw/nike%20snkrs/country/us

For the rest of the world, you’re outta luck because you must be a U.S. citizen to use it.

In the meantime, check out the behind the scenes madness of the first drop on Wortherspoon’s channel:

SSENSE Opens New Flagship Store in Montreal

Leading Canadian luxury e-retailer SSENSE known for its directional retail mix and bespoke editorial vertical, announces the opening of SSENSE MONTRÉAL, their flagship concept store.

Located at 418 rue Saint Sulpice, and representing the first building in Canada designed by world-renowned David Chipperfield Architects, the new space is an expansive 13,000 sq. ft. five-storey historic 19th century building with deliberately exposed concrete architecture.

 

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Of course as an e-retailer, they know a thing or two about technology – the new store boasts an appointment-based personal shopping model facilitated through a proprietary interface (montreal.ssense.com) and stylist app. This allows for their inventory of over 20,000 products available on ssense.com to be entirely accessible for clients to try on within 24 hours of scheduling an appointment on the website.

“SSENSE MONTRÉAL is the physical manifestation of everything we stand for at SSENSE. It is backed by 15 years of insights gathered on both ssense.com and our previous retail location and I am confident we have established a blueprint for retail in the future E-commerce enables scale but is suboptimal in important ways, especially fostering human connection. A seamless integration with physical spaces fills the gaps in the customer experience. I am so proud to launch SSENSE MONTRÉAL, a space for our community and a space for Montréal.”

– Rami Atallah, co-founder and chief executive officer of SSENSE.

To learn more and book an appointment, visit https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/locations/montreal. SSENSE MONTRÉAL will open to the public on May 3rd, 2018.

StockX Adds BAPE and Palace to Its Catalog

 StockX, the world’s first online ‘stock market of things’ for high-demand consumer products, announced today that it will be adding BAPE and Palace to its growing streetwear vertical. The iconic Japanese and UK brands join industry-leading, New York-based Supreme and Kith, as the newest streetwear collections available on the platform. The catalog will include both men’s and women’s offerings and feature pieces from some of the world’s most coveted capsule collections and collaborations.

“Streetwear has been a priority of ours from the outset,” said StockX CEO and co-founder, Josh Luber. “In just two years, we have seen incredible growth across all four of our categories – sneakers, watches, handbags and streetwear. Adding BAPE and Palace to the lineup is not only an illustrative example of that growth, but a testament to our commitment of giving our users access to the brands they want in a transparent, anonymous and authentic fashion.”

The streetwear category officially launched with an exclusive collection of Supreme merchandise in October 2017. Today, StockX is the largest collection of authentic Supreme merchandise available for sale in the world. Leading the BAPE team is Scotty Newman, who joined StockX as its general manager from 3peatLA, the long-running Los Angeles-based clothing store and showroom, which was the largest BAPE reseller in the country. Kenny Locklier serves as StockX’s PALACE general manager and is responsible for the curation of what is the most complete catalogue of PALACE available online.

 

For more information, or to buy or sell on the platform, visit: www.stockx.com.

 

FACILITY FILES: T Magazine Channels Robert Mapplethorpe for the Best in Leather Jackets

Welcome to Facility Files, a segment where we feature the latest and greatest in style from around the web.


This week we’re featuring T Magazine, The New York Time’s inbound style magazine, story on Spring menswear inspired by the late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

Here’s an excerpt from T market editor Alex Tudela that puts things into more context:

Exploring topics such as black male sexuality and the underground BDSM scene, Robert Mapplethorpe immortalized the marginalized communities of early 1980s New York City with his striking images — and challenged conservative notions of beauty. While his subjects were just as often unclothed, leather wear appeared frequently in Mapplethorpe’s photographic world — for example, in his iconic X Portfolio — as a symbol of both sensuality and subversion. And that visual language is as relevant as ever in fashion today. Inspired by the late photographer’s work, we picked the standout leather pieces from the spring/summer 2018 men’s collections.

Mapplethorpe is a largely influential photographer known for his relationship with acclaimed writer and singer, Patti Smith. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits and still-life images of flowers. His most controversial work is that of the underground BDSM scene in the late 1960s and early 1970s of New York City.

Check out images below. Photographed by Ian Kenneth Bird.

26tmag-mapplethorpe-slide-QLOL-superJumbo.jpgPerfecto Brand by Schott NYC shirt, $625, schottnyc.comMartine Rose pants, price on request, martine-rose.comPrada belt, $460, prada.com.

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Martine Rose jacket, $2,480. Margaret Howell shirt,$530, margarethowell.co.ukCamiel Fortgens pants, about $470, camielfortgens.comDior Homme tie, $210, diorhomme.com.

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Wales Bonner jacket, $2,700, ssense.comLouis Vuitton necklace, $775, louisvuitton.com.

26tmag-mapplethorpe-slide-GMY3-superJumbo (1).jpgBalenciaga jacket, $5,090, and pants, $2,390, (212) 328-1671.

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Prada shirt, $2,760. John Lawrence Sullivan pants, $621, brownsfashion.com/uk.

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Our Legacy jacket, $1,600, ourlegacy.seEverybody.World T-shirt, $28, everybody.worldCraig Green jeans, $485, matchesfashion.comA.P.C. necklace, $125, usonline.apc.frMaximum Henry belt, $360,totokaelo.com. Model’s own ring and bracelet.

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Boss coat, $1,100, hugoboss.comErnest W. Baker shirt, about $315, ernest-w-baker.com.Lanvin pants, $950, (646) 439-0380. Church’s shoes, $830, church-footwear.com.

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Calvin Klein 205W39NYC tank top, $280, and pants, $3,200, calvinklein.com.

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Wales Bonner jacket. Louis Vuitton necklace.

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Neil Barrett camera bag, $680, neilbarrett.comDries Van Noten canteen bag, $820, totokaelo.comHanrounderwear, $74, hanrousa.comCraig Green jeans. A.P.C. necklace.

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Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver vest, $695, helmutlang.comSaint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello tank top, $3,690, ysl.comCamiel Fortgens pants. Ann Demeulemeester boots, $1,037, and necklace, $592, 011-32-3-216-01-33.

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Perfecto Brand by Schott NYC shirt. Prada shirt (worn underneath), $570, and belt. Martine Rose pants.

View the Latest in Alexander Wang x adidas Originals collab

It models Binx Walton, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Issa Lish, and more head to Coachella in the Wang Bus.

Click through to view our favourite pieces:

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 In the third installment of Alexander Wang  and adidas Originals collaboration, Wang takes his gang of model-friends on a road trip to Coachella to promote the collection, which was unveiled via Instagram.

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Photographed by Brianna Capozzi

The concept for the campaign is inspired by factory rejects and quality control. The collection contains 13 pieces in total — comprised of track jackets, track-style tops, shorts, crewneck sweatshirts, graphic tees and transparent ponchos. They will feature one-of-a-kind “flaws” from uneven printing, wrinkled fabrics and pixelated graphics. Wang also created his own take on the Adidas football shoe, dubbed the AW Bball Soccer, available in two colorways. You can follow their #WangFest journey as models Binx WaltonLexi BolingIssa LishCat McNeil and Hanne Gaby Odiele and Alexander himself cause a ruckus on their way to Palm Springs.

The collection is available now online and at select adidas and Alexander Wang retailers.

Acne Studios Announces Online Archive Sale

Acne Studios has announced its third annual sample sale. The sale is set to feature a range of handpicked pieces including classic items, show pieces, exclusive products from previous collections, and covetable archive pieces with discounts of up to 75%.

While this is the third installment of the online archive sale, it is only the second time that products from the Acne Archive will be available to U.S.-based customers. The archive pieces will be available from the Acne Archive web store for 48 hours from 10AM EDT on April 24 until 10AM EDT on April 26.

Don’t miss it.

 

How to Style: Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneaker

According to Louis Vuitton,

“Nicolas Ghesquière’s SS18 sneakers were inspired both by the vintage ’90s basketball look and futuristic trends. Using a mix of technical fabrics, an oversize springy rubber sole and a prominent tongue, the sneaker embraces a timeless story: a shoe from the past, in the future. The different color versions were imagined to fit different styles and times. A black-on-black or all white version to go with flowery dresses and pop color versions for a modern twist. This sneaker captures what Nicolas had in mind and in essence his love for sci-fi, such as Stranger Things or Star Wars.

If that’s not a rad concept to get behind, I don’t know what is. If you’re here to finally embrace the Ugly sneaker trend but unsure where to start – we recommend looking to the new Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneaker for spring and summer. In our opinion, the silhouette of the shoes isn’t really chunky or “ugly” per say. A closer look reveals why: it is chunky but dynamic; the over exaggerated high arch streamlines its thick rubber outsole. It is very sporty; pulled together from a pastiche of technical materials, and yet, it screams pedigree; accents of leather and monogram contrast fabric — hinting at its birthplace that is the LV maison.

The above, combined with Nicolas Ghesquière’s foresight to put almost every model in the Archlight on the runway last season — the first indicator that these sneakers would rise, meteorically — and countless editors flexing a pair at the recent FW18 shows, the hype is most definitely there. And, it is snowballing at lightning speed. Make your call after seeing the various colourways on feet.

We compiled the top street style fashionistas rocking the new Louis Vuitton Archlight sneaker to help put things in perspective.

Pair with a Midi Hemline:

The whole idea is to have eyes down on your shoes so why not put go with the unexpected twist of pairing a fancy flowy dress or skirt with the sneakers?

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Above the Knee:

It looks just as cute with a high hemline. Shorter ladies, go with the longer hemlines to avoid the illusion of having shorter, stubby legs.

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Most trousers or denim, really:

The Ugly Sneaker trend is really daunting at first, but it can seem more approachable when you realize this shoe in particular looks good with virtually any type of pant: flared, cropped, wide, skinny etc.  It’s your lucky day if you don’t like wearing skirts.

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The Archlights are available now at Louis Vuitton boutiques in 6 different colourways.

There’s Already Listings on Grailed for the Supreme x Rimowa Luggages

Today, Supreme dropped their highly anticipated collaboration with luggage company Rimowa and there are already listings on Grailed for almost 4 times the original retail price. They created a red and a black metallic version of both the carry-on 45L and check-in 82L sizes.

supreme-rimowa-spring-summer-2018-street-style-0.jpgThe Supreme logo is inscribed in huge font that artfully wraps around on both the posterior and anterior facades, while the interiors feature Supreme-branded internal Flex-Divider packing systems. The 45L Topas Multiwheel will retail for $1,600 USD and the 82L Topas Multiwheel for $1,800 USD.

The highest asking price on popular sneaker marketplace StockX for the Supreme RIMOWA Topas Multiwheel 82L Red is currently set at $3,805.

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At this rate, it is undeniable that buying-and-selling culture of streetwear brands continue to serve as an unconventional yet valid source of income for some people. And for those who will inevitably come to terms that they will never get their hands on this drop, those box logo stickers will have to do right?