OFF-WHITE x Jordan 1

Jordan Brand is once again having another collaboration with a big brand. This time it is OFF-WHITE. OFF-WHITE is a brand based in Milan that symbolizes high-end streetwear. The head designer and founder of this brand is no other than Virgil Abloh (shown to the left). Abloh was born and raised in Chicago and grew up learning about fashion. He has since created OFF-WHITE which has been one of the strongest and most expensive streetwear brands out there. OFF-WHITE’s symbol is either multiple straight lines or a big X on the back of the shirt. OFF-WHITE has grown ever since opening in 2014 and has collaborated with brands such as Nike, KITH, and now Jordan. They also have had many famous artists wearing their apparel such as Tyga, Justin Bieber, and Kanye West. As you can see in the image to Virgil Abloh, he is wearing the teased Jordan 1 collaboration with OFF-WHITE, he hides half the shoe under his pants while having a pop of color with the lime green shoe laces.

With this collaboration with Jordan, OFF-WHITE is taking the Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” colorway and making it more unique and giving it more details. It comes with deconstructed details, text graphic overlays, oversized Swoosh, OFF-WHITE branding, and various text structures in quotes. They have done this with the Nike Air Max 90 with various text structures in quotes to make it more unique in its own way while keeping the silhouette the same. The shoe comes with white, black, lime green, and orange shoe laces so you can be even more avant garde with this unique sneaker. This new shoe has everyone in the community going crazy for them. The price is steep retailing at $350. However, to some people the price makes sense due to the high-end materials being put into the shoe and how big the collaboration is. There has been no release date stated so that gives you time to save up for this hyped shoe! For more information, click here.

Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2017 Collection

Gucci began as a fashion brand made to be known for it’s luxury and elegance. This company was founded in 1921, or 97 years ago, by a man named Guccio Gucci. As this Image result for gucci logofather took most of the credit, the brand was actually built up with the help of his sons. There were three of them in total. By 2008, this brand grew so widespread that it had made a total of 4.6 billion US dollars by the year of 2008. Along with being the largest Italian brand at this time, Gucci opened a total of 278 stores worldwide according to their statistics in 2009. Think of this number compared to the slim 76 stores Gucci only had during the year 1997. With their never ending success, as of 2013, this company’s trend kept growing and was worth 12.1 billion US dollars.

Gucci became so popular and trendy even after all of these years because of their design. Every year they are releasing new and unique styles that have never been seen before. Image result for gucci purseClearly, the typical person would not wear clothes with these exotic colors and patterns because of the retail price. It is indeed a luxury brand and it always has been. Specializing in fashion, specifically Gucci sold watches, purses, ties, bags, jewelry, etc. Their clothing lines were one of a kind because of the colorful fabrics such as pigskin, calf, ranging to many other animals. Their bags and purses consisted of top of the line leather. Sometimes there would be floral prints or a butterfly pattern made for silk only. Gucci’s styles have changed throughout the years according to the latest trends, but generally, they have stayed their luxurious, unique selves since the start of it all.

Currently as of 2017, there are many rumors as of what will be included in this year’s future up coming Fall 2017 Collection. It has been predicted that there will be bombers with colorful floral prints, tigers, dragons, other animals, and even including space Gucci 2017 Pre-Fall Collection Editorial Silk Bomber Jacket Gucci Logo Shirtthemed backgrounds. This new and different design would be embroidered into the bombers which are an in-trend style. Many embroidering can also be seen on shoes. Designer Alessandro Michele, Gucci’s creative director, says that he envisions this new collection to have a fairy tale like vibe to the clothing. He also states that there will be a long coat with dragons embroidered on both sides of the back. All of these exotic street wear will make you stand out from everyone else because of it’s popping colors and designs. However, since this is a high end luxury brand, Gucci clothing is always expected to sell for expensive and sell out quickly.

Lonzo Ball’s Future

Last week, Lonzo Ball of the Ball Brothers, released his first signature shoe with his family brand, Big Baller Brand. Lonzo Ball is about to be drafted into the NBA as a lottery Image result for ball brotherspick, coming straight out of UCLA. Him and his brothers have been star players of the Chino Hills High School basketball team and have constantly been making sports news due to their talents. They have even been nicknamed the Ball Brothers because of their skills in basketball and their last name. The brothers include LaMelo Ball, the youngest, who is a sophomore attending Chino Hills High School, LiAngelo Ball, who is a senior attending Chino Hills High School, and of course the oldest, Lonzo Ball who is about to graduate UCLA. However, what is controversial with the brothers is their father, LaVar Ball. In some perspectives, LaVar is a supportive father who is just looking out for his sons’ futures. However, on the other hand, some believe the father is crazy and is instead, destroying their futures. Personally, I believe LaVar is a supportive father who just wants best for his children.

With Lonzo Ball going into the NBA, brands like Nike, Adidas, and Under Armor are looking into partnering with him for a signature shoe. LaVar Ball turned down all of their offers because he was looking for creative privileges with the brandsImage result for zo2 prime and having them partner with Big Baller Brand overall, not just Lonzo. He wanted to show what Big Baller Brand can bring to the table which was not just the brothers but the brand’s apparel and engineering. Many people believe LaVar is crazy for turning down all of the offers that were presented to Lonzo. Despite all the comments made, LaVar Ball didn’t care, he decided to create Lonzo’s signature shoe with the family brand rather than other big brands like Nike and Adidas. That is where the ZO2 Prime comes in. Lonzo’s new signature sneaker is out now retailing at $495. However, if you’re a size 14 and above it will cost $695 and if you want the premium pack, you can get the ZO2 Prime signed by Lonzo and encased in a glass case with LED light flooring for $995. Also you can get slides for $220. These prices in my opinion were crazy and it totally changed my opinion on the Ball Brothers and Big Baller Brand overall.

Everyone was outraged by these crazy prices and the model itself. People accused Big Baller Brand for copying a Ohio State football coach’s logo called “Zone 6.” People accused them for stealing a Kobe Bryant signature shoe model and the Adidas Boost mold on the midsole. SomImage result for lavar and lonzo balle people defended him saying that the price makes sense since they are a small brand and they had to create their own mold and technology for the shoe. All of these accusations and insults made toward Big Baller Brand did not stop LaVar Ball from tweeting, “If you can’t afford the ZO2’S, you’re not a BIG BALLER!” Now people just think LaVar is going crazy. From the stealing of logos and molds to insulting the community of sneakerheads and ballers. Lonzo Ball even had an interview recently and he said that he believed people would buy his sneakers despite the prices. It was difficult for many people seeing this controversy with Big Baller Brand because some were fans of the Ball Brothers. Some will stay loyal believing that LaVar is just watching out for his kids but some will believe that he is crazy and just ruining their future in the industry. Despite all those opinions, I believe LaVar Ball is still a good father but he could just be trying to live his basketball dream in his kids’ shoes. If you’re looking to get someone new basketball shoes for Christmas, the ZO2 Primes can be pre-ordered now and will be shipped on November 24th, 2017!

The Realization of Over Priced Sneakers

I never truly realized how expensive sneakers could really be. Growing up, exclusive sneakers were not really exposed to our family, especially being just an average income Image result for vans logofamily. Most of the time me, including peers at school brought casual shoes. This included shoes like Vans or Converse. Most of the time, these type of things would only cost maybe ranging around 50-70 dollars. The most expensive shoes I ever saw were maybe at Foot Locker where the athletic shoes there maybe went up to 200 dollars. For the most part, in the past at a younger age, shoes did not seem to be very expensive or a big deal at a young age.

However, as I grow up and the friends around me did also, we began to get into social media. We expanded our knowledge about sneakers and started to learned more and Image result for lonzo ball zo2more about it. The first I remember hearing about an exclusive, high priced shoe was Kanye West’s Yeezy many years ago. Due to the low supply and high demand, these shoes sold out quickly. There was reselling online for up to 2,000 dollars. My thinking changed recently, a new shoe was released which brought a lot of attention. Lonzo Ball, an upcoming NBA star has released a shoe called the ZO2. This basketball sneaker is priced at 495 dollars but will probably resale for much more. The limited edition ZO2 WET is selling for 995 dollars.

After growing up and being exposed to all of these social media trends, I then began to Image result for expensive sneakersrealized how expensive shoes could truly be. From all of these shoes and many more, there was an endless list of sneakers that were priced beyond an average income family. Of course, these shoes were not commonly seen among peers and around school. However, if there was that one kid with expensive shoes, everyone noticed it. As time passed, I began to learn of many people who collected shoes. They valued their shoes like children and kept them very clean and spotless. Everyday they would clean their shoes.

After realizing the world of sneakers beyond my past knowledge, I now tried investing
my time and money to find some expensive, quality sneakers. This could be anything Related image
from Jordans to Adidas. Hopefully someday I will have a sneaker collection of my own to show off to my peers. I would love to have a shelf displaying all of these sneakers in the future, but I would have to keep every single shoe clean. Maybe I will not collect thousands of dollars worth of shoes like those big time collectors with walk in closets and fancy lights. This would be something small to do on the side, probably saving a couple hundred dollars now and then to add to my new, small collection.

What’s Next for the FOG x Vans Collaboration?

Jerry Lorenzo is Image result for jerry lorenzo fear of goda big influencer in the fashion community. He is famous for being the founder and head designer for his brand “Fear of God” or “FOG.” He has designed clothes for people like Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Tyga. His brand has collaborated with many companies but most recognized is Vans and Pacsun. He has created three collections with Pacsun with all collections instantly selling out and resold to people for double the price! With Pacsun, Lorenzo tries to use the same style of layering, oversized fits, and comfort but with cheaper materials which lowers the price point so that everyone can get them. Usually, if it was his own brand collection, it would be made with premium materials that make the clothing price point as high as 500 dollars.

Recently, Lorenzo announced that he is once again collaborating with Vans. His last collaboration in the fall was a hit. They took the Vans Era and gave Lorenzo all of the creative space to create his own shoe. They decided to take the shoFEAR OF GOD Vans Collectione all print the “Fear of God” logo around the whole shoe and instead of all white laces, they replaced it with a nice cream off-white lacing (seen to the right). They also took the Vans Sk8-Hi and went for a more subtle look. They used the same cream off-white laces in the Vans Era and the original black outside of the shoe but they changed the tongue and the toe box of the shoe to a grey suede giving it a more subtle yet loud look (seen to the right). However, the two shoes do not include the Vans logo, it still has the iconic tab in the back of the shoe where the logo should be, but it is not included. People believe it is because the shoe is more like a “Fear of God” shoe than a Vans shoe. Both shoes costed 100 dollars retail, but they go for almost 800 dollars in resell due to the limited supply and name brand. With another platform for Lorenzo to show his artistic skill, everyone is wondering what he will do next. What shoe will he take and create his own? Or will he create his own model with Vans? For more information, click here.

Forever 21 Plagiarizes… Again

Recently, during the month of April, Forever 21 has gotten many fans angered by their design in clothing. The store, which is disliked for ruining their clothing with cliche quotes, released new t-shirts and sweatshirts in their stores this month. Again, these items have their typical words on the front and back of their clothing. What is different about this that is getting fans and consumers angry? Forever 21 has stolen Kanye West’s clothing by using the same font and mimicking his style. Kanye West’s well known The Life of Pablo album was performed this past year, selling clothing merchandise also. This clothing line had a unique font which was called Planet Kosmos. Back in November 2016, Kanye West and Raf Simons both co-signed this font allowing them to use it on clothing together.

After the release of Kanye West’s most recent album, he has been performing it live in 2016 from August to December on various dates. At these venues, he also sold many different clothing which was specific and unique to the album itself. This included a variety of long sleeves, hoodies, sweatshirts and t-shirts. The authentic clothing itself sold on Kanye’s website for very expensive at around 75 dollars for just a t-shirt. On the front or back of the shirts had phrases such as “I feel like Pablo” or “I love you like Kanye loves Kanye.” It was well known for the different font that was not seen on any other clothing. Well, until now it is seen on cheap Forever 21 shirts that ripped off Kanye West.

This is not the first time that Forever 21 has stolen other people’s ideas, or plagiarized, on their own clothing. This has been repeated many times in the past, and Forever 21 has been called out on social media. For example, in February Forever 21 stole Thrasher’s Image result for forever 21 and sam larsonfamous flaming logo. Thrasher is another clothing line directed towards skateboarders. Instead of the flame saying “Thrasher” like it originated, Forever 21 slapped this font on the back of a wind breaker saying “Happiness” instead. This angered the Thrasher company, as they called them out for this on Instagram. This did not recently start happening, as Forever 21 has been doing this for years. In September of 2015, Forever 21 stole drawings from an artist in Oregon, Sam Larson. Many of his small designs have been shared with fans on Instagram, but they started appearing on the clothing of Forever 21 without his approval. Over the years, this company has done this to multiple other artists, which is frustrating to most.

Another Colorway for the Yeezy Line

It’s Yeezy Season, and Kanye is back with a new colorway for his Yeezy line with Adidas. West is iconic for being ahead of the game in the fashion world. He’s always been a fashion icon forImage result for saint pablo kanye merch men whether it was for athleisure, streetwear, or dressing up. West has even incorporated music into his clothing starting with his SAINT PABLO tour merch. This merch quickly sold out and had people on the resell market go crazy for them just because of the name brand, not even for the quality! But, people don’t just go crazy for the Yeezy line of clothes, they especially get attached to the shoes. 

Kanye originally partnered with Nike to make his first Yeezy 1 and 2 but they quickly ended their contract together and West went over to Adidas to create his new model. Majority of the sneaker community goes for Yeezys but they never disregard the Nike Yeezy 1 and 2 because it’s just a classic! Now with the Adidas models, Kanye has created the Yeezy Boost 350 V1 and Yeezy Boost 350 V2. Both silhouettes include Adidas’ signature cushioninImage result for nike yeezy 2g, boost. They use styrofoam-like balls to make you feel like you’re stepping on a pillow that bounces back. The original V1 model is sought after more than the V2 because it was more exclusive. But that doesn’t mean the V2 is any less better. With the new model, West incorporated more of the boost cushioning and created new creative colorways.

Well, on April 29th, Adidas and West will be releasing the “Cream White” colorway of the V2 model. This model incorporates the main silhouette of the V2 and theImage result for yeezy v2 white back tab of the V1 creating a clean simple model of the Yeezy Boost V2. This shows a step back in Kanye, instead of creating popping colors and futuristic ideas, West seems to be taking a step back in his line. He’s choosing a more simple and clean colorway for the shoe. But he’s still showing that he’s ahead of his time with his creative shoe silhouette. Hopefully you’ll be able to catch this release through the Adidas Confirmed app or the official website for Kanye’s Yeezy line.

Kaws X Air Jordan 4

Brian Donnelly, or better known as KAWS, is an artist who started in New York. KAWS Image resultbecame known through his style designing clothing. He displays his art work through galleries including other paintings and sculptures. Born in 1974 in New Jersey, Brian studied a degree in the arts and worked for Disney after college. He contributed in well known animations such as 101 Dalmatians. Beginning as a street artist, KAWS later moved to New York and advertised his works on billboards and such. His career as an artist began to gain more popularity, allowing him to help redesign MTV’s statue for their music awards in 2013.

The brand Air Jordan started on November 17, 1984 when Nike was still a newer company and was not the grand, name brand we know today. To gain popularity, Nike Image result for nike air logodecided to look to Michael Jordan. After some time of convincing, Michael would later agree to sign a 5 year contract. In 1987, things were not looking good for Nike. After their release of the Air Jordan I, it was a huge success, but the Air Jordan II was not doing so well. Losing their two designers, Nike looked to Tinker Hatfield who would make Nike brand again from designing the Air Jordan III with Michael. Many years later in 1997, due to the strong popularity of Air Jordan shoes, the Jordan Brand became more independent as sub brand of Nike, still growing and being known for their quality, athletic shoes.

With background information of artist KAWS and Jordan Brand, on March 31, 2017 these two collaborated to make a new sneaker. The Spring 2017 shoe would include the Air Image result for kaws x air jordan 4Jordan 4 that would have a light grey colored upper made of suede. This sneaker is unique because of the glow in the dark sole with signature KAWS stitching inspired art. Instead of the Jumpman logo on the heel, this shoe has KAW’s “XX” company logo on it. Not surprisingly, this shoe was very difficult to buy on the day of release. It’s retail price was $350 but it sold out very quickly. Due to the high demand, this limited sneaker is being resold on websites such as Ebay for up to $2,000.

Where would a normal person find a shoe to buy like this? A high end, exclusive shoe like the KAWS X Air Jordan 4 is very difficult to find. Obviously, this show is, and mostImage result for online shopping likely always will be, available on Ebay, but at very high prices. On the other hand, you can still find this shoe in other websites or stores. Examples are Foot Patrol, END Clothing, Sole Fly, BSTN, or Patta. All of these websites are doing online raffles to give away a pair of these shoes. Although it might be a low probability of winning, it is still worth a shot for a shoe like this. Sivasdescalzo is doing a raffle on Instagram, and in-store raffles include SNS London, Titolo, and Trophy Room.

 

Air Max Day

Today, March 26th is considered Air Max day for Nike! Air Max is considered one of the first cushions for shoe technology other than your regular old insole which was created in 1987. Nike replaced a part of their soles with an injection of an air buImage result for atmos air max original releasebble so when you step the air will bounce back giving you a lighter feel while walking, running, jumping, or anything really! For the month of March, Nike has released many shoes that incorporated their Air Max technology and even retroed some of their shoes that haven’t been restocked for several years. For example, Nike brought back the Nike x Atmos Air Max 90 that incorporated the air bubble, baby blue hints on the Nike swoosh and logo, and of course, the iconic elephant print at the time that was inspired by the Air Jordan 3. This shoe was originally released in 2007 with a limited supply making sneakerheads wanting them even more for their rareness.Image result for vapormax In honor of Air Max day, Nike came out with the VaporMax. This shoe defines Air Max because the whole sole is Air Max! Usually the air bubble is covered by a plastic sole so you can’t see the whole thing but in this shoe, you can see the whole air bubble for what it is. Nike even collaborated with Comme des Garcons to make the VaporMax more unique so they took out the laces in their model while the original pair has laces. Hopefully you were able to grab a pair of these at your nearest Nike store! For more information, click here.

Nike Releases Acronym Inspired Presto Shoes

Acronym is a well known German clothing company, but they are unique because they have found success with no marketing or advertising. Image result for acronym clothing companyThis newer company was started in 1994 by Errolson Hugh, and since then they have been releasing quality, functional clothing. Their first products, however, released in 2002 as a collection called Dubb Kit-1. This was a small collection only including a couple of items. A year later, their 2003 collection would attract more attention with even more clothing products. According to Errolson Hugh he says, “There’s no marketing budget that you’re paying for. It’s all going into the gear.” With this founder’s ideas, Acronym continues to release many in style clothing at an affordable price. Their styles and ideas are influencing others, such as their jacket that was released in 2006. Years later in 2014, Gucci revealed their new jacket which was very similar to Acronym.

Now with some background information about the Acronym company itself, they have also released shoes, such as the collaboration Nike. Previously, Nike Air had a shoe Image result for acronym presto septembercalled Prestos, but Acronym decided to put their own style to it and changed it into one of their own. With function and design in mind, the founder Errolson Hugh redesigned the Acronym X NikeLab Presto with a unique twist. After being very secretive with the release, NikeLab announced the release date to be September 15th, 2016. This mid top shoe with new zippers and straps is different and designed by the founder of Acronym himself. These shoes did not last long and sold out very quickly. It was released in Germany previously, and would later make its way to the states within weeks. Along with many different colorways, this light weight shoe would sell for about 200 dollars.

After the release of Acronym’s collaboration with NikeLab on their presto shoes, many months later, Nike decided to take matters into their own hands. The collaboration released in September, but now in March Nike is soon to be releasing a new Acronym Nike Air Presto Mid SP ACRONYM Purple Grey Black Green - 3758440inspired shoe. Instead of having a shoe with Acronym embedded in it, Nike designed their own shoe that is similar to the one above, but it is now completely Nike. Released on Saturday March 18th, many consumers were anticipating this shoe, but specifically those who could not get their hands on the Acronym X NikeLab Presto in September. There were two rumored colorways that were predicted to be making their way to different online websites. Alike to Errolson Hugh’s designs, the sides of the shoe are almost identical. This inspired look alike would have zippers on the ankles, the upper made of mesh, and pull tabs. Having been released last weekend, if you are considering to buy this shoe, chances are it has been completely sold out.