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.

 

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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.

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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.

Balenciaga is the Number 1 Hottest Brand AGAIN

The Lyst Index, the global fashion search platform, and The Business of Fashion are back again to reveal the top 10 hottest brands for Q1 2018. Balenciaga takes the number 1 spot for the third quarter in a row. Notably, Vetements, another Demna Gvsalia’s led brand, comes in third after Gucci.

For a little primer, BoF partners with Lyst, a global fashion search platform, to analyse the behaviour of over 70 million annual consumers, shopping across their extensive inventory of luxury and contemporary fashion. The rankings were formulated using Google and Lyst search data, engagement statistics, conversion rates and sales.

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BoF reports:

“searches for Balenciaga are certainly growing at a much faster rate than Vetements. The impact of Balenciaga dropping new sneaker colourways and holding runway shows in March 2017 and September 2017 is clear in the graph below. Likewise, Vetements’ decision to replace its Spring/Summer 2018 show with a lookbook surely impacted search queries for the brand. Vetements has grown by 1 percent on an average weekly basis over the last two years and that rate has remained largely consistent even after search enquiries into Balenciaga had doubled. But there’s little doubt that Balenciaga is racing ahead of Vetements in terms of consumer interest.”

 

 

Balenciaga’s proven ability to disrupt the fashion and streetwear scene may be the reason for its continued success.  Take the absurdity of Triple S sneakers, the much-memed layered outerwear looks and parody-esque style of their Bazar Tote. Balenciaga serves as a breath of fresh air as it blows away traditional bourgeois fashion-y tropes.

 

Couple Triple S’s anyone?

 

Streetwear cult favourites such as Off-White, Stone Island and Yeezy continue to dominate the list quarter after quarter.

To celebrate this moment, peep through the gallery to reminisce on some of our favourite Balenciaga runway and streetwear moments:

 

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Read the full report on BoF.

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.

 

Rihanna Stunts in Gucci at Coachella

Phresh out the runway, indeed. Rihanna stunned this weekend at Coachella wearing an almost head-to-toe outfit from the Fall 2018 Gucci show. The look included a sweater referencing Russ Meyer’s cult film Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, a red and green crossbody purse and the main attraction, the Gucci Balaclava. The runway look featured beige plaid trousers and bejewelled loafers – instead, she opted for full snakeskin trousers and matching heels.

RiRi’s Look:

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Gucci Runway:

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Just a reminder, none of these pieces are currently available in any retailers right now because we’re still in Spring 2018 in case you forgot. Of course, this marriage of Rihanna, recipient of the CFDA Fashion Icon award, and the number one hottest brand can only give birth to an iconic fashion moment such as this so it’s only natural that Gucci can willingly give up these pieces. Christina Binkley, fashion columnist for the Wall Street Journal, told The Fashion Law in a piece about what drives the success of Gucci that it’s “because it’s the hottest brand around, their photos go viral when they wear it, and Gucci is brilliant about working with celebs.”

If anyone remembers, Rihanna wore full Gucci look AGAIN last year during Coachella 2017. She was wearing THE crystal-adorned bodysuit valued at $12,000 complete with the face mask from the Fall 2017 show.

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Kanye West Sets Things Straight on Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Appointment

“When you walked into the room, I had been dealing with a very heavy concept this week that I couldn’t get out of my head.”

– Kanye West

In a recent piece published by The Hollywood Reporter, Kanye West and his interior designer, the renowned Axel Vervoordt, have a very candid conversation about philosophy, design, time and of course, fashion.

It was close to a decade ago when West discovered Virgil DJ-ing at a club in chicago under the alias Flat White. It was here when Virgil Abloh was officially propelled into the mainstream after he was affiliated with Kanye serving as his “creative director” or “style advisor”. Abloh and West were seen attending fashion shows together, DJ-ing in clubs and even running a game of basketball – and the rest is history. In this interview, West admits his true feelings about Abloh’s appointment at Louis Vuitton and sets the record on his actual affiliation with him:

WEST: …”I had been dealing with a very heavy concept this week that I couldn’t get out of my head. Just the way you’re expressing yourself has lifted the burden on me.

VERVOORDT: Something bad happened?

WEST: It’s not bad or good, it’s my creative collaborator being the head of Louis Vuitton. (Laughs.)

VERVOORDT: Whoa, whoa.

WEST: Because [Abloh and I] have been fighting to make apparel at a certain price that still has the same credibility and desirability as something at a higher price. … But when they say he was my creative director, that’s incorrect. He was a creative collaborator.

Vervoordt, named to Architectural Digest’s inaugural AD100 Hall of Fame last year, is known for his neutral, earthy colour palette and talent for mixing genres and time periods. Not only is he the go-to designer for West and Kardashian, he also designs for The Police’s Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler.

The interior of Calvin Klein’s Miami beach house designed by Axel Vervoordt.

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.

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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?

 

Yoon of AMBUSH Joins Dior Homme as Jewelry Designer

Kim Jones is wasting no time assembling his team at his newly appointed role at Dior Homme. He revealed that AMBUSH’s Yoon will be their new jewelry designer in an Instagram post featuring a photo of her with the caption “First day at work our new jewelry designer.”

 

Tokyo-based Ahn and her partner Verbal, a celebrated rapper in Japan, are already  heavyweights in the fashion industry as they are a part of some of the most elite fashion circles which includes Kiko Mizuhara, Pharrell, A$AP Rocky and G-Dragon just to name a few. Their own brand AMBUSH was amongst the finalists of the 2017 LVMH Prize and is currently a thriving fashion brand with stockists all over the world.

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Model and Actress friend Kiko Mizuhara models for their “NU ORDER” jewelry collection.

Ahn’s first designs will feature in Jones’ debut show for the house during Paris Men’s Week in June.