• Supreme Has Nike Zoom Flight 95 Collaborations on the Way

    Hot off the heels of dropping striking SB Dunk High collaborations and a luxury team-up with Burberry, Supreme is already stirring up even more excitement for its fans with the teaser of another Nike footwear collaboration. This time the New York-based streetwear stalwart is turning to Beaverton’s basketball catalog and lending its touch to the classic Nike Zoom Flight 95. Three colorways are slated to release, all of which have emerged by way of early imagery.

    The Eric Avar-designed model that’s most commonly linked to former NBA point guards Jason Kidd and Tim Hardaway has been reworked with bandana-inspired patterns here. We’ve only got the view of the shoe’s medial side thus far, but it appears that the leather side walls and the “bug-eye” midsole components have been devised with traditional all-over paisley graphics. Repetitive “Supreme” branding circles around the bulbous piece as well, and the shoes are ornamented with a co-branded hangtag. The shoes have been revealed in blue, black and peach colorways thus far. Given that the Nike Zoom Flight 95 is expected to make its return in its OG color scheme this year, this collaboration certainly makes sense.

  • New Balance 2002R “Protection Pack” Reveals Two Vivid Colorways

    New Balance had a laundry list of highlights throughout the course of 2021 in terms of its footwear releases, and one range that stood out and ended up on several sneaker of the year lists was the 2002R “Protection Pack.” Given that this initiative was so well-received amongst the footwear community, the brand has decided to further expand upon its catalog with new colorways in 2022. A total of six new makeups are expected to hit the market, two being a “Pink/Lavender” iteration and the other being fashioned in a purple palette.

    The “Pink/Lavender” installment is whimsical in every sense of the word. The key component of this model is the deconstructed motif, and its various “unfinished” overlays are styled with magenta, soft pink and lavender shadings. Creamy laces add a subtle touch of contrast, as well as the midsole units which are presented with a clean white hue. Faded purple foam pods are exposed on the rear end, and the shoes are rounded off with black treading.

    Dropping alongside this iteration is a purple colorway that is on the more understated side. Mesh underlays are fashioned with grey outers and come neighboured by two shades of purple that merge together on the raw cut overlays. Like its counterpart, this variation also comes with off-white laces.

    A release date for these 2002Rs hasn’t been announced yet, but you can likely expect them to drop in the coming weeks for $150 USD via New Balance soon.

  • Dapper Dan and Gap Showcase Individuality for SS22 Campaign

    Dapper Dan has teamed up with Gap for the brand’s Spring/Summer 2022 campaign. The new partnership between the renowned Harlem fashion designer and the longstanding retailer not only expands the discussion on evolving American style but showcases the importance of individuality.

    The new SS22 campaign revolves around the freedom that stems from being your most authentic self. As the campaign headliner, Dapper Dan collaborated with Gap on a limited-edition “DAP GAP” arch logo hoodie that adds a unique touch to the brand’s signature garment. Washed in salmon, the classic hoodie swaps out the navy “GAP” logo for “DAP.”

    “What I wanted to do is de-stigmatize the hoodie,” Dapper Dan told HYPEBEAST. “That’s why you see me with a hoodie on with an ascot. All of us in the culture wear hoodies. All of us in the culture are not the same.”

    Dapper Dan also discussed the value of adding a personalized touch to the hoodie. Al0ngside Dapper Dan, the SS22 campaign features a range of unique figures like supermodel Shalom Harlow, non-binary trans-visibility artist Kai-Isaiah Jamal, creative Indira Scott and more. In addition to the collaborative hoodie, the campaign features an array of classic garments like ’90s loose-fit denim, varsity sweaters, vintage hoodies, multicolored poplin shirts, pocket t-shirts and more.

    “It’s to come together and that’s what makes it so beautiful about what I can do in this space with the Gap,” said Dapper Dan. “The important part is the Gap is a crossover because you’re reaching everybody now. It’s that major crossover in fashion that’s upstairs and downstairs at the same time and everybody can feel good about wearing it.”

    Check out the gallery above for a look at the limited-edition “DAP GAP” hoodie available now on Gap’s website.

  • Take an On-Foot Look at the Special-Edition Nike Dunk Low “Setsubun”

    Back in January, images of the Nike Dunk Low “Setsubun” surfaced on the internet, and now thanks to YankeeKicks we got an on-foot look at the upcoming pair. The shoe was designed in honor of Japan’s annual Setsubun festival — also known as the “bean-throwing” festival — which begins right before the spring season starts in the old Japanese calendar.

    For the event, residents would throw dry soybeans out the door or at family and friends wearing a demon “oni” mask as they chant “demons out, good luck in!” The ritual is performed in order to ward off evil or demonic spirits and pave the way for good fortune year-round.

    Taking a look at the pair, the base is predominantly shaped with neutral shades of brown to mimic the color of soybeans as a light creamy base covers the toe box and quarters while dark brown overlays seal the forefoot and ankle as a taupe hue outfits the eyestays to the heel. A rich purple hue details the tongue outline and sockliner with a touch of texture for the lateral Swoosh.

    An embroidered demon outline is found by the heel to represent Tsuno Daishi — The Great Horned Master. From an interior look, the insoles feature the artwork entitled 金時の節分 (1840) by Utagawa Kuniyoshi which shows the warrior Sakata Kintoki throwing beans at a famous demon-fighter Minamoto Yorimitsu (Raikō). The shoe is finished off with a Sail midsole over a brown translucent outsole.

    Look out for the Nike Dunk Low “Setsubun” to release within the year with a possible exclusivity to Japan.

  • Demna Dives Into Inspirations Behind Balenciaga FW22 Collection and How It Is a Commentary on the Digital Future (2022)

    Demna recently presented his powerful and immersive Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2022 360° Collection in Paris Fashion Week. In a recent interview with Tim Blanks for Business of Fashion, the designer divulged his inspirations behind the blizzard-inspired runway show.

    Demna admitted that the latest Balenciaga show has been difficult to put together, with the looming Russian invasion of Ukraine triggering memories he had endured 30 years ago in Georgia. He even considered canceling the show, but later decided against it, telling Blanks, “I’ve already sacrificed so much to Putin in my life. And resistance is moving forward, not surrendering to one man’s evil war.” The show, titled 360°, was born when Demna took a visit to the Alps, where he was faced with no real snow, but just the artificial kind from the machine. The title of the show became a connotation that referenced the heat and the circular venue and set the tone for a show that highlighted snow as just a faint nostalgic memory, only existing because of technological simulations.

    The designer explained that the show is “Chapter Two of the last real show we did just before the pandemic started.” While Balenciaga SS22 showcased a darker, more brooding side of the label, this season showed just the opposite. While models made their way down the runway against a man-made blizzard, Demna says that the idea of fake snow was a commentary on the digital world,

    “You’ll need virtual reality to experience this in the future. I love technology and the metaverse but there is nothing more beautiful than real life, even if it is fake snow.

    And you can’t do it on a phone. That’s why the invitation was a broken phone. Throw it away!”

    Of course, in regards to the broken phone, Demna is talking about the invites which were presented on old, smashed iPhones. He continues to reiterate that the collection is a commentary on the digitally-focused future. He cites a conversation he had with his friend Kanye West and takes audiences back to his design intents and technological constructs of his pieces, “I was discussing buttons with my good friend Ye. Why do we have this medieval, historical element of clothing? You need to make buttonholes, and every buttonhole costs money, which makes the garment more expensive. So, we did pullover outerwear, silhouettes with no closures. A minimal aesthetic with very recognizable garments.”

    Throughout his collections, particularly his most recent presentations, it is evident that Demna has made his mark within the industry and the brand. Creating “his” Balenciaga, the designer has always focused on minimalism and thinking out of “society’s boxes.” More than ever, the FW22 collection cement Demna’s idea of fashion, “the idea of something inexpensive being used in a new manner.”

  • New Balance Announces Its Newest CT302 Lifestyle Silhouette (2022)

    New Balance and the wave that it’s currently on right now in terms of firing out striking collaborations and everyday staples has brought them an abundance of success, but in 2022 the brand is ready for some expansion in its footwear category. On deck for the sportswear imprint is the all-new New Balance CT302 — a fresh lifestyle offering that is minimal in design and fuses elements from many of the brand’s signature court silhouettes.

    On this new creation, New Balance draws inspiration from its current lineup of key lifestyle players such as the 327, 237 and 57/40. It features a low profile with smooth synthetic leather base layers and curvy rubber toe caps for some added character. Side panels are devised with slightly oversized N logos much like the 327, and this comes paired with traditional New Balance branding on its nylon tongues and CT302 spell-outs on the inserts. Down below, the shoes are supported with a sleek platform midsole unit that enhances the shoe with a more fashion-forward look and feel.

    For the model’s campaign, the brand tapped rising tennis star Coco Gauff to show off its inaugural white and light blue colorway. The first release of the CT302 will be available globally starting March 2022, and retail prices will range from $90 to $100 USD.

  • Bad Bunny Reworks the adidas Response CL in This Week’s Best Footwear Drops (2022)

    Sneaker lovers should be extra excited this week as brands from Nike to adidas to Vans have a batch of big-ticket products in the pipeline waiting to hit the shelves, but before we get into all of those, let’s first tap into all of the action that went down in the footwear world last week.

    HYPBEAST’s Sole Mates series welcomed in another honored guest to its ranks in Cesar Idrobo — a key footwear innovation designer for the YEEZY brand — in which he spoke with us about his love for the ever classic Reebok Instapump Fury. Another exclusive included our ongoing TAGGED series which delved into DJ Khaled unpacking a collection of extra rare Nike kicks. Some major moments were revealed on behalf of the Nike family last week including a first look at the Nike Air Max 1 PRM “Wabi-Sabi” that’s expected to drop for Air Max Day, the return of the Nike LeBron 4 “Fruity Pebbles” and the reveal of the Concepts x Nike Air Max 1 “Mellow.” Jordan Brand also came in with some big news such as the highly anticipated return of the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago,” a sneak peek at the Maison Château Rouge x Air Jordan 2 and an early look at the Air Jordan 2 Low “Responsibility.”

    adidas has also been cooking up some notable footwear offerings, and last week the German brand unveiled the adidas YEEZY FOAM RNNR “Stone Sage” and “Mist” colorways, the adidas YEEZY Quantum “Mono Carbon” and a stealthy Supernova Cushion 7. In terms of other brands, we caught an early glance at the Palm Angels x Vans Sk8-Hi, Eames and Reebok’s for Club C “Composition & Dot Pattern” Pack and Drake’s latest OVO x Suicoke PEPPER and BOWER collaborations.

    Now that you’ve got all the latest and greatest sneaker updates, browse through this week’s best footwear drops here below. In addition, head over to HBX to shop new footwear styles.

    Air Jordan 6 “Mint Foam”

    Release Date: March 8
    Release Price: $200 USD
    Where to Buy: SNKRS
    Why You Should Cop: This week Jordan Brand panders over to its women’s audience to proffer up the Air Jordan 6 “Mint Foam” colorway. A majority of this Spring-friendly iteration is fashioned with clean white perforated panels for the upper while its titular shade subtly drops off onto the heel pieces, midsoles and heel Jumpman logos. Extra accents arrive by way of the chrome lace toggles.

    Air Jordan 12 Low Golf “Taxi”

    Release Date: March 9
    Release Price: $220 USD
    Where to Buy: Nike
    Why You Should Cop: Jordan Brand has been going full force on its golf category lately by reimagining its classic retro colorways into cleats fit for the green. The next to receive this treatment is the Air Jordan 12 Low Golf “Taxi” makeup, and it’s gearing up for its public debut. Uppers are styled with white leathers and black mudguards, while regal pops of gold show face on the lace loops nearest the ankle.

    sacai x Nike Vaporwaffle “Off Noir” and “Sail”

    Release Date: March 10
    Release Price: $180 USD
    Where to Buy: SNKRS and Sneaker Politics
    Why You Should Cop: Collaborations between sacai imprint and Nike continue to sell out like hot cakes with every drop. And next up on the agenda for Chitose Abe’s label is a duo of Vaporwaffle colorways in “Off Noir” and “Sail.” Both pairs go for the two-toned motif, allowing their minimal hues to wrap the entire base layer while the chunky waffle treading down below is coated with a gum tone.

    Bad Bunny x adidas Response CL “White” and “Yellow”

    Release Date: March 10
    Release Price: $160 USD
    Where to Buy: CONFIRMED
    Why You Should Cop: Puerto Rican music star Bad Bunny has reconnected with his Three Stripes family to produce a duo of adidas Response CL iterations. Benito has prepared the early 2000s dad shoe in “Core White” and “Yellow” colorways, both of which are reworked with added curvy overlays and the artist’s signature third eye logo on the heels.

    Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs”

    Release Date: March 11
    Release Price: $210 USD
    Where to Buy: SNKRS and The Darkside Initiative
    Why You Should Cop: One of the more anticipated releases of the year from Jordan Brand is the return of the Air Jordan 12 “Playoffs.” The kicks were originally supposed to drop during NBA All-Star Weekend, but the ongoing footwear supply chain issues have pushed these back a few weeks. All of the makeup’s OG details such as the yin and yang uppers and red tongue insignias are coming back.

    adidas YEEZY FOAM RNNR “Mist” and “Stone Sage”

    Release Date: March 11
    Release Price: $80 USD
    Where to Buy: CONFIRMED
    Why You Should Cop: Kanye West has been making some crazy headlines lately, but they’re not all entirely bad as this week, his popular adidas YEEZY FOAM RNNR will be dropping in a duo of colorways. Ye has lined up a muted “Mist” iteration as well as “Stone Sage” version, the former of which goes for the matte aesthetic while the latter features barely visibly tie dye design.

    Museum of Peace & Quiet x Vault by Vans

    Release Date: March 11
    Release Price: TBC
    Where to Buy: Vans and HBX
    Why You Should Cop: Christion and Ashley Lennon’s Museum of Peace & Quiet brand has linked up with Vault by Vans to produce a full fledged footwear capsule. The contemporary label has applied its minimalistic design language to the ​​OG Style 36, OG Mule LX and the OG Authentic LX models. OG Style 36s come in white “Green/White” or “White/Green” palettes, both of which split their outsole branding between oversized “PEACE” and “QUIET” branding. OG Mules are devised with suede upper and hefty waffle treading, and come in either “Green/White” or “Gray/White” colorways.

    Oski x Nike SB Dunk High “Great White Shark”

    Release Date: March 12
    Release Price: TBC
    Where to Buy: Premier
    Why You Should Cop: Pro-skate Oskar Rozenburg and Nike SB have already worked together on a few footwear collaborations, and 2022 is the year they reunite to create a brand new Dunk High “Great White Shark” colorway. This serves as a follow-up to the duo’s first Dunk offering from 2019, but it has been flipped with white uppers and Swoosh-turned-shark logos.

    Concepts x Nike Air Max 1 “Mellow”

    Release Date: March 12 (SNKRS drop)
    Release Price: $170 USD
    Where to Buy: SNKRS
    Why You Should Cop: Deon Point and the Concepts team have linked up with Nike this month to roll out collaborative Air Max 1 colorways. The first iteration to release to the public is the “Mellow” colorway which draws inspiration from the ‘60s and ‘70s era, music festival fashion trends and more. This installment was already released via Concepts, but Nike SNKRS is giving you a second chance to cop.

    adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Oreo”

    Release Date: March 12
    Release Price: $220 USD
    Where to Buy: CONFIRMED
    Why You Should Cop: Kanye West and adidas are known for giving consumers two, three sometimes even four chances at copping their various footwear offerings. And the next variation to receive a restock is the adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “Oreo. The pair first dropped back in 2016, and it’s returning with all of its original design components from the white side stripes to the solid black PrimeKnit upper builds.

  • Audemars Piguet Overtakes Patek Philippe To Become Fourth Largest Watch Brand (2022)

    Audemars Piguet has crept past Patek Philippe in sales over the past year according to a respected annual industry report.

    The report – compiled by investment bank Morgan Stanley and Genevan consultancy, LuxeConsult –  estimates that Audemars Piguet turned over CHF 1.58B (approximately $1.7B USD) in 2020 against Patek Philippe with CHF 1.53B ($1.65B USD). It is the first time since the report was first published five years ago, that Audemars Piguet has placed higher than Patek Philippe.

    Customers actually spent more on Patek Philippe at the register ($2.19B USD vs. Audemars Piguet’s $1.91B USD) but because AP retails the majority of its pieces direct to customers it got to hold on to more of the proceeds, whereas Patek Philippe had to share more of its sales with its retailer partners because of its wholesale approach.

    Patek Philippe’s estimated average retail price also appeared to tumble from CHF 35,194 ($37,965 USD) in 2020 to CHF 29,853 ($32,200 USD) last year – perhaps attributable to the attention the brand lavished on its outgoing stainless steel Ref 5711/1A model – while in the same period Audemars Piguet managed to grow its average sales price by nearly CHF 5,000 ($5,390 USD).

    Patek Philippe even fell a second spot in the ranking, falling from 4th in 2020 to 6th in 2021, as a result of Longines once again ramping up its massive production capability by 20% from 1.5M watches in 2020 to 1.8M last year. This gave it net sales of CHF 1.54B ($1.66B USD).

    Overall the report shows the watch industry has recovered to pre-COVID-19 levels, with Rolex strengthening its already dominant position, giving the brand 28.8% market share (up from 24.9% in 2020). The fabled brand is thought to have produced just over one million watches in 2021, with retail sales worth an estimated CHF 12.07B ($13B USD) in 2021, with the brand hanging onto CHF 8.05B ($8.68B USD) of that sum.

    Cartier overtook Omega for 2nd place, achieving net sales of CHF 2.39B ($2.57B USD) vs CHF 2.2B ($2.37 USD). Cartier ramped up its production by 22% – from 490,000 watches in 2020 to 600,000 in 2021 – while Omega managed a more modest 14% increase in watches – 570,000 up from 500,000.

    Elsewhere in the ranking Hermes and Chopard, both of which are pushing new stainless steel models, entered the Top 20.

    According to the report, one of the biggest success stories of 2021 was high jewelry brand Van Cleef and Arpels with its watch business jumping from 26th to 17th, with turnover more than doubling from CHF 153M ($164.8M USD) to CHF 404M ($435M USD). The company not only produced 38% more watches, but it also saw its average sales value jump 75% from CHF 34,837 ($37,500 USD) to CHF 60,772 ($65,400 USD).

    The Top 20 brands listed in the report are Rolex, Cartier, Omega, Audemars Piguet, Longines, Patek Philippe, Richard Mille, Tissot, IWC, TAG Heuer, Breitling, Hublot, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tudor, Panerai, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chopard, Hermes and Bulgari.

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  • Upgrade Your Camping Gear With Helinox’s “Tactical” Capsule (2022)

    Helinox has teamed up with Amsterdam-based photographer Liam Ricketts to showcase its latest camping accessories collection with a lookbook that spotlights the capsule’s colors, aesthetics and rugged style.

    The collection itself — titled “Tactical” — features pieces like Helinox’s archetypal Chair One, table and cot, all of which have been elevated with tough 600-denier fabric and doused in tactical-inspired shades of “Coyote Tan” and “Olive”.

    Branding is minimal, which means the aesthetic is both clean and stylish, while dual pockets have been included on chairs with a unique Helinox Tactical Supplies logo and storage pocket housed on the underside of the cot.

    You can take a look at the full “Tactical” collection in the slideshow above, all of which is available to buy now via the Helinox webstore.

  • Mizuno’s Wave Mujin TL Serves Spring-Ready Easter Egg Vibes (2022)

    Easter might be over a month away, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the loosely-themed footwear drops ahead of the big occasion, as explored in Mizuno‘s latest Wave Mujin TL colorway. Officially presented in “Antique White/White/Grey Mist,” the pair undoubtedly offers an easter egg theme with its pastel hues of peach and blue working alongside creamy white shades and brown undertones — a combination frequently found on easter-inspired sneakers from competitive brands.

    It’s a welcomed colorway as the previous Wave Mujin TL was presented alongside a Wave Prophecy in a gray-blue suede rendition fit for the winter months. Here, spring is definitely in mind, while the shoe’s considered use of materials are sure to see you through the seasons.

    Naturally, the Wave Mujin TL combines technical ripstop and thermo-transfer materials on the upper for a design inspired by trail footwear, while a lace carriage integrated into the tongue makes it easy to store the no-tie laces for a clean aesthetic, elevating the minimal touches all around. Elsewhere, a Michelin rubber outsole lines the wavy and incredibly supportive midsole, decorating the bottom with plenty of grip to once again remind you that this pair is capable on all terrains.

    Rounding out the pair is the Michelin branding on the toe cap, the brown mesh tongue, and the Mizuno-branded insole. All of this can be yours for £155 GBP (approximately $204 USD), purchasable via Hanon.