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Nike Air Max Trainer x New York Yankees!

Posted in Baseball, Design, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees, Nike, Sneakers with tags , , , , on June 21, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

I love it when a plan comes together, and no I am not referring to the A-TEAM movie (which I am hoping to see soon) But when I logged onto SoleCollector as I do everyday, my Jaw dropped when I saw this new trainer from the good folks at Nike , fully branded with the  most famous logo in sports..The Interlocking NY. So yes once again my worlds collide with the greatest team in the World doing a collabo with the greatest sneaker brand in the universe.

But its the little details on this shoe that make it so hot and a must have for any Yankee fanatics like myself. The highlight of the shoe for me personally are the intricate details 0n the inner tongue of each foot. The left inner tongue lists the years of all 27 World Championships, the right has a quote near and dear to the heart of any true Yankee fan…the famous words of Joe DiMaggio “I WANT TO THANK THE GOOD LORD FOR MAKING ME A YANKEE”…..

Of course the rub here is that these apparently are not available to the general public, but I have my top notch sneaker guru (shout out to LESTER @ WEST NYC) on the case.

So Dope I almost wanna cry.

Full Description and pictures courtesy of Sole Collector

Last year, Nike produced an Air Trainer 1 for the New York Yankees. That love was extended when they also produced a special PE pair for Yankees hurler Chien Ming Wang. Seven months after the Bronx Bombers won their 27th World Series championship, we get our eyes on an Air Max Trainer 1+ that was exclusively produced for the team.

The shoes feature a grey base with 3M reflective paneling on the heel and forefoot. Navy blue accents are seen on the inner liner, Flywire panels, inner liner, and 360 Air unit. Several instances of Yankees branding make this shoe unique. On the lateral heel, a circular Yankees logo patch is embroidered on the 3M panel. New York is stitched on the back heels of the shoes. The front of the tongue badges display classic Yankee print and a custom “27″ logo. The inner tongue badge of the left shoe lists the Yankee championship years, while the right reads a quote from the great Joe DiMaggio. Team logo can also be seen on the footbed. This pair is said to have been made exclusively for the Yankees, with no plans to release them to the general public.

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“Hermes Boat Shoes”

Posted in Accessory, Clothing, Collectibles, Design, Fashion, Hip-Hop, Music, Rappers, Sneakers with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

"Oh Im So Old School"

Ok these are not “HERMES BOAT SHOES” but when I saw the image of these new Kicks from the Converse Jack Purcell line, the first thing that came to me was that classic Jay Z lyric…

“Lampin in the Hamptons, the weekends man
The Stan Smith Adidas and the Campers
Or playin guts on the cruise, Hermes boat shoes
The Izod bucket on I’m so old school”
That Ni$$a Jigga

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“Loungin In The Hamptons, The Weekends Man”

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Is it me or are these joints kind of hot?? It is me or might Diddy be rocking these? Is it me or will Diddy BE rocking these this summer while in St. Tropez with his man-servant Mr. Bentley shielding him from the Mediterranean sun with a Louis V umbrella?

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Yes that’s the Louis Vuitton LC ARC EN CIEL UMBRELLA

(Shout out to my mom for giving me the LV bug)

These Converse Jack Purcell are def taking on a nautical theme, Converse drops a new rendition of its classic Jack Purcell Ox. The kicks feature a mostly white base, complimented by navy flag detailing throughout the uppers with a multi-color flag motif on the clear outsoles.

Summer is coming!

as Jay says……. “Who is this Hot?”

Hit me on the Twit or on the Book.

Cope2 x Shepard Fairey Bronx Mural

Posted in Design, Hip-Hop, New York City, NYC with tags , , , on April 26, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

What do you get when two Graffitti legends get together for a collabo, well you get amazing contemporary urban artwork. Bronx hard rock and Graff genius COPE2 linked up with the infamous Shepard Fairey (novice graff heads know him from his famous Obama campaign image) Or perhaps his mini OBEY Andre The Giant stickers that have been gracing the sides of traffic lights for years.

You know you have seen em.

The new mural….

For those that dont know , COPE2 has been bombing hard for decades, his throw-ups are masterful and are constantly being auctioned by top-notch art auction houses like Christies , Phillips, Sothebys etc…He has come along way from bombing the West Side Highway and the parking lot across the stree from Yankee Stadium, and terrorizing young graffitti toys city-wide.

The Mural looks very cool and might be worth a stop in the BX to take your own flicks, this is a quite a collabo.

Cope 2 at work.

Shawn Stussy – S.Double

Posted in Accessory, Clothing, Design, Fashion, Hip-Hop, History, New York City, Skateboarding with tags , , , , , , , , on April 22, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Shawn Stussy had a profound effect on my adolescence.  Stussy did not have th greatest distribution in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. And  living on the east coast in NYC did not making finding Stussy any easier. For me this was the golden age of skateboarding and  really the birth of the street/surf/skate wear industry.

On the Upper West Side there was jean store called Pandemonium that would occasionally have some cool Stussy Tees. Eventually Union opened in SOHO and all my Stussy dreams came true. I would hop on the Lance Mountain Powell mini and shoot down to the shop in hopes of finding that Stussy Chanel Logo Tee or the infamous “Hood” tee (Compton, The Bronx, etc) The beauty of the Stussy brand was that because it was hard to find, if you had the gear it seemed like you were up on something that all skater kids jocked but not all could find.

Eventually in I believe 1991 the first Stussy store opened in SOHO and I had to have it all, I can recall fondly walking into that shop (which was located across the street from where the Apple Store SoHo location is currently housed, at the time the Apple Store was a post office if memory serves me.) Anyway I remember walking into the Stussy store on the day it opened and they were playing DAS EFX on the sound system. The Shit was just perfect.

And who can forget the incredible Stussy print ads from Thrasher Magazine and Transworld. Classic Material. (But that is for a whole other post)

S. Double New York Tee

Fast forward to present day and the Stussy company is no longer owned by founder and lead designer Shawn Stussy, but the flyness still remains. And Shawn Stussy has not stopped delivering the goods either. His line called S. Double (S.hawn S.tussy) is pretty fresh. I don’t have any pieces myself, but I will be on the look out. You should too!

New Iphone 4G…Lost and Found!!

Posted in Accessory, Apple, Design with tags , , , , on April 20, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

So the big tech rumour of the day is the discovery of the new IPHONE 4G in a bar somewhere in California. The good peeps at Gizmodo got the low down…here it is!

Apparently, an Apple Software Engineer, Gray Powell had lost the new iPhone he was testing which was disguised as a iPhone 3GS at a local bar up in Redwood City, CA. Now it’s in the hands of the folks over at Gizmodo. It probably was intentional since Apple did not take any action or trip off the fact that they posted tons of photos of it on their website.

Looks good, has similarities with the iPad when it comes to the trim area. Good thing I held off on the 3GS, once this comes out, perfect timing for an upgrade.

What’s new

• Front-facing video chat camera
• Improved regular back-camera (the lens is quite noticeably larger than the iPhone 3GS)
• Camera flash
• Micro-SIM instead of standard SIM (like the iPad)
• Improved display. It’s unclear if it’s the 960×640 display thrown around before—it certainly looks like it, with the “Connect to iTunes” screen displaying much higher resolution than on a 3GS.
• What looks to be a secondary mic for noise cancellation, at the top, next to the headphone jack
• Split buttons for volume
• Power, mute, and volume buttons are all metallic

What’s changed

• The back is entirely flat, made of either glass (more likely) or ceramic or shiny plastic in order for the cell signal to poke through. Tapping on the back makes a more hollow and higher pitched sound compared to tapping on the glass on the front/screen, but that could just be the orientation of components inside making for a different sound
• An aluminum border going completely around the outside
• Slightly smaller screen than the 3GS (but seemingly higher resolution)
• Everything is more squared off
• 3 grams heavier
• 16% Larger battery
• Internals components are shrunken, miniaturized and reduced to make room for the larger battery

So now I have to buy an Ipad and a new Iphone, I am  taking donations…lol!!!

John DeLorean x Cutty Sark

Posted in Collectibles, Design, Print Media, Uncategorized with tags , , on March 30, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Passover is a great time , family and friends get together every spring and celebrate a wonderful Jewish holiday. So yesterday as my mother was slaving in the kitchen (along with the catering staff) my father showed me some new pieces we acquired in our constantly expanding NY Yankee memorabilia collection. Some late 1970’s and early 1980’s World Series programs.

Of course looking at the line ups and the old school team photos are great, but the real treasure in these classic programs are the advertisements. Ads have a way a capturing a moment in time and a glimpse into our pop culture past.

I came across some gems in these three programs, but one really took the cake : The infamous renegade car designer John DeLorean in an ad for Cutty Sark , yes Cutty Sark the brand of liquor. And it’s not like Mr. DeLorean is simply featured as a celebrity endorsing his favorite alcoholic beverage , but there also appears the image of the iconic DeLorean car (most people would not it as Doc Browns time machine in “Back To The Future”)

Now anything related to DeLorean has always fascinated me, there was a family down the block from me growing up that owned a DeLorean and it was a sick looking car that always stuck with me. That fact coupled with the Delorean FBI drug sting story (which is  a whole other blog post entirely) makes Mr. DeLorean a unique and fascinating american entrepeneur.

But the true greatness of this Ad is that , it is a car company blatantly endorsing an alcohol brand complete with an image of both a drink and a car on the same page. How would the organization M.A.D.D. feel about this piece and would it even be legal in todays landscape?

Drinking and Driving is no joke, but again this ad gives a great look into what society was like in 1981, the crusade against drunk driving had clearly not gained steam at this point, but John Delorean was definitely making some hot looking rides!

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac aka JC/DC

Posted in Accessory, Design, Fashion with tags , , , on March 17, 2010 by mattyfresh697400

Paris is like a bit of a home away from home for my family, every Dec 22nd we fly out to the city of lights and take in a week of intense luxury, ridiculous eating and irresponsible shopping..but hey that is the MARCUS way…

Now me personally I like to hit as many sneaker spots as I can, you never know what colorway you might find in a euro only limited release etc, so during one of my kick excursions 4 years ago I stumbled across a boutique which was pretty much like nothing I had ever seen before. On a somewhat quiet side street, I was suddenly blinded by a window with the sharpest yellow colors you can imagine.  And below what I can only describe as a fashionable womans fireman outfit was a couch….A COUCH MADE OF TEDDY BEARS!!!

And so for the first time I walked into the world of Jean-Charles de Castelbajac also knows as JC/DC!

The Store is like one huge colorful work of art and the clothes match the feeling of the boutique.

Now the truth is I have never actually purchased anything for myself at Castelbajac, the few mens pieces I have seen at the Paris location just did not fit me, but as a designer and as really an artist, the guy is pretty fascinating. And though I am certainly no fashionista, I would have figured that he would get some mainstream play here in the states. Perhaps he has and I missed it.

But thankfully the peeps at Hypebeast (who are so on top of their game) featured some new pieces from his mens line , which in turn led me to write this post. Now after doing a little research it seems like JC/DC has carved out a pretty amazing career. Dressing Madonna in an infamous teddy bear coat and doing some pretty crazy looking work inspired by LEGO.

The new mens pieces (particularly the varsity jacket) featured below are pretty fresh and perhaps not as loud as some of his other creations. Jean Charles de Castelbajac is truly an artist. I am glad I came across his work!!