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Reebok CEO Todd Krinsky and ABG’s Nick Woodhouse on A.I., Taking Risks and More

“Don’t be nervous. And don’t be afraid to fail,” Nick Woodhouse smiles to me as he recounts the advice he would offer his 20 year old self. Woodhouse is the President and CMO of ABG, which owns a wide swath of brands from Reebok to Brooks Brothers, Nautica and more. After acquiring Reebok earlier this year, Nick appointed a new CEO of Reebok: Todd Krinsky. The two have formed a partnership intended to ignite a renaissance for the brand and a return to its heyday. I had the opportunity to speak with Nick and Todd to hear about both of their entrepreneurial trajectories and plans for the future of Reebok.

Who is Todd Krinsky?

Todd’s journey to becoming CEO of Reebok seems like it came straight out of a movie script. He began his career as a kid who loved sneakers, selling shoes on the floor of a FootLocker. “Selling Jordans,” he tells me, and then with a little glint in his eye: “And then I think ‘89, I sold my first pump shoe.”

He fires off the rest of the story too quickly: “And then I parlay that into a job working in the mail room at Reebok, which my parents were thrilled about outta college. So I worked in the mailroom for almost 15 months. And yeah… now I’m CEO of Reebok.”

Immediately, Nick jumps in: “He’s selling himself short. This is the guy that had his picture on pieces of paper, slid it under executives doors and said, I’ll work for free, and I’ll do this and I’ll do that. He was that guy. He was that guy that hustled for that. Like, you don’t have to pay me. I want to work at Reebok and I want to do this.”

With a little coaxing, Todd relents:

“Yeah. I hustled. I made these coupons. I figured out how long I could work without getting paid during the day. And I made these coupons and I put ’em in everyone’s mailbox. The coupons said I’d work four weeks for free. There’s a picture of me, I still have the coupon.

Todd Krinsky

“Nobody really took… Well, first of all I got in trouble with the mailroom head. No one took me up on that specific thing, but I got awareness and I got known and eventually led to a role.

“I was kind of in because I was delivering mail, and I was gonna take advantage of it every day with the hustle.”

“It was his destiny,” Nick interjects, smirking.

Todd would go on to play an integral role in bringing on some of Reebok’s most iconic partnerships over the years. He encouraged the signing of A.I., helmed their introduction of Jay-Z’s sneaker (a then-novel idea to have a rapper with a signature shoe) and then drove their music partnerships for year before moving into product and design.

Who is Nick Woodhouse?

Similar to Todd, Nick got his start working retail for a sneaker and tee shirt store called Forzani Locker Room. 

Nick Woodhouse

“That allowed me to grow my love of consumer connectivity. So that was that was the beginning of my love of working retail. To me, [retail] allows you to build confidence, right? You have to go approach people. You learn numbers, you learn, you learn everything. And you learn product. It’s a foundation for what you do. So that was beginning.”

Nick initially got his job at Forzani’s so he could buy a coveted pair of shoes there on the shelf, but would go on to rise through the ranks of the Forzani Group to become a VP. He eventually joined ABG in 2012, where he has been instrumental in expanding the company’s roster and cementing themselves as the second biggest licenser in the word behind Disney, with a $24 billion portfolio of global brands.

“So it’s been an interesting trajectory. As I look back, on the way to get here, every decision was filled with anxiety. Now when I look back on that path, I see the path was crystal clear for me to get here. Looking back, there was a time I would cry about those decisions.

“Now I’m like, well that worked out okay, didn’t it?” he chuckles to me, buttoning up a 40 year career.

Allen Iverson Joins Reebok
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Eventually, we turn to Reebok itself. As a perpetual fanboy, I had to hear a bit about how Todd brought A.I. to the brand back in the 90s:

“So basically it was myself and a friend of mine Que Gaskins. We were watching Georgetown play. It was his sophomore year and I think it was the Sweet 16 where he had this dunk on Marcus Camby. We had already been talking about him and we were like, ‘Oh my god.’ 

“It was the swagger he had, you know. I mean, he didn’t have the corn rows or the tattoos yet, but he had the swagger. He had this incredibly brash attitude on the court. He was obviously a football player playing basketball.

“And so we started to kind of talk internally. And then there was this guy named Howard Smith, who was running marketing at the time. And we were like, ‘We gotta sign ’em we gotta sign ’em.’

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“He said, ‘Listen, I don’t make the call. Paul Fireman [Then CEO of Reebok] makes the call. Come to the boardroom.’ So we go to the boardroom and there’s like, I don’t know, 15 executives in that huge boardroom, and it’s me and Que. And I’m like 25 or whatever. And Paul says the famous quote. He goes, ‘Listen, if we don’t get ’em, there’ll be another Allen Iverson.’

“And this is one of those risk taking moments where Que and I stood up and unplanned, almost in unison. We were like, ‘No there won’t!’ And Paul was like, ‘Who are these guys? How did they get in there?’ But then he listened: ‘Well, tell me why.’

“We were so nervous. We were like ‘There won’t be someone like him. He’s off the court, incredible. He’s got this brash attitude. He relates to kids. He’s six foot, dunking in traffic, blah, blah.’ We’re going crazy. And, you know, talking over each other.

“And then Paul’s like, ‘All right, alright, alright. We’re gonna shoot for it, we’re gonna shoot for it.’

“The one other thing that was going on at the time is we started to create a shoe for him while he was at Georgetown, at our designer’s apartment.

“And so by the time we got a chance to meet Allen, we actually had the shoe almost done. The Question. We were designing the question in a little apartment in Quincy, Mass, off campus. Because we didn’t wanna get in trouble. And this is before social media. 

Todd Krinsky

We were designing The Question in a little apartment in Quincy, Mass.

“So Que and I were cutting out pictures in USA Today and the Georgetown paper and putting ’em up in the designer’s room. Because the designer wasn’t a basketball guy, just a great designer, Scott Hewitt. So we had to bring him into the culture of what this guy represented, and he created The Question.

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“And then we went down to Washington DC and David Falk’s office, and in walks Allen Iverson for the first time. It was really surreal for us, because we had been obsessing over him for like a year and a half. And then here’s the shoe and here’s the guy and the whole thing, it was really surreal. 

“I think it was just that he didn’t have any desire to conform. Like people say, ‘Oh, he doesn’t care what people think.’ And I think nine out 10 people do care. He just didn’t care. He really marched to his own drum and he was gonna dress and talk how he wanted it, and I think young people started to relate to him.” 

Todd Krinsky on A.I.

The NBA is an expression of everyone today, because he gave people permission to do that.

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What makes Reebok, Reebok?

As a 30-year vet of the brand, there is perhaps no one alive better poised to summarize the ethos of the sportswear brand than Todd himself. He explains the spirit of the brand in detail:

“I think Reebok has always kind of zigged when everyone else is zagging. You know, what really has made Reebok work over the years is just running a different playbook, bold innovation. Incredible heritage. And then combining that with a lot of risk taking, with signing irreverent personalities that you didn’t know if it was gonna work.

“Like you know, an Allen Iverson. Like an unprecedented deal with the NFL to be the first brand to take the entire NFL, even though we had no idea how we were gonna do it. To a watershed deal with Jay-Z. Where we asked, could a music person actually sell a shoe like a basketball player?

“These were a lot of risks that were taken. So I think intrinsic to Reebok is a really strong risk taking brand that just has a different lens on culture. And I think the market needs it because I think that so many brands talk and launch and do things the same way.

“So I think the ethos of Reebok is this irreverence that appeals to so many people.”

The Reebok Jay-Z Partnership
Reebok

In 98/99, there was an NBA strike. During a period where basketball product was imbued at the center of all style, this left a pretty big chasm. Todd tells me that Paul Fireman had just returned to Reebok in this time, and was trying to figure out what the “kids were into” that could help fill the void. It pretty quickly became clear that music was the next best place to look:

“Literally what happened was Paul looked at a couple of us and said, ‘Well, who’s the guy?’”

The next day, they were in a meeting with HOV. 

“I’ve worked with a lot of celebrities and people, but it was a little surreal,” Todd recounts, explaining:

“Jay and I have this sneaker conversation for like two hours. We’re the same age. I grew up a sneaker kid, he loved sneakers. It centered around the Gucci tennis shoe and what it meant to him. And obviously I knew that shoe and it just went from two guys talking about their passion for sneakers.

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“A couple weeks later, we did the deal and we did the first shoe, inspired by Gucci. And everyone was like, ‘Probably won’t work. It’s not basketball, it’s not the formula.’ And Jay wasn’t even a hundred percent sure. 

I’ll never forget, we used to have a store in Philly, a Reebok store in Philly. I think we had like 10,000 pairs of the shoe in the two stores. We drive up, and it’s pandemonium. We’re in this Sprinter and I’ll never forget, I don’t know, 8,000 people shut the whole street down. And Jay looks back at me and says, ‘I think this is gonna work.’

Todd Krinsky

8,000 people shut the whole street down. And Jay looks back at me and says, ‘I think this is gonna work.’

“Then it was like one of the fastest selling sneakers we ever had, and it birthed this whole generation of music and sneakers.” 

The Future of Reebok
Reebok

As we turn to the future, Nick and Todd are both optimistic about bring Reebok back to existing at the apex of sports, music and culture. “Our mantra is: Let Reebok be Reebok. And the exciting thing about that is that we’re re-unleashing Reebok on the world,” Nick dives in:

“That could be anything from retros and the archive that Todd is bringing to the world, new shoes, new technology.

“We wouldn’t be winning those shoe shelves if we didn’t win the hearts and minds of the buyers and the consumers to earn those shoe shelves too. So this whole idea of letting Reebok be Reebok is, to me, is the most exciting thing that’s happening in our brand these days.” 

Todd, personally at the helm of the brand, adds:

“I think that there’s a real strong space for Reebok in the market. Maybe over the last decade we’ve kind of pulled back and allowed others to come in. And that space is being one of the strongest brands that can do heritage, can do performance. It kind of has this irreverent attitude to how we approach the market, the people we signed, how we launch products. This has been really an intrinsic part of Reebok, and I think I was fortunate enough to be around and see and experience and feel a lot of what we meant to consumers around the world before.

“And so my excitement and motivation every day is to get us back to that place, to be that meaningful brand in the market again. Really what we say is, to get back to our rightful place.”

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

Being two men who built careers around their nascent love of retail and sneaker culture, it was a great opportunity to get some advice. So I asked the two to reflect back on the beginning of their careers.

Todd: “Mine’s gonna sound a little bit cliche, but it’s really true. You just can’t let the highs get you too high and you can’t low get you too low. You’re gonna get there, but you gotta stay even keel. You gotta take risks. You gotta enjoy the process, but it’s never gonna be as good as when you’re up here. It’s never gonna be as bad as when you’re in your ultimate despair. You gotta keep moving, learn from it.”

Nick: “I would say don’t be nervous and don’t be afraid to fail. It took me a long, long time to realize it’s okay to take these big risks and you’re never gonna get anywhere without this unwavering conviction that it’s okay if you’re not doing what everyone else is doing.”

Todd: “The only last thing I would say, especially in this career, is you gotta be open minded to opportunities. You don’t know at 20 what you really like or what you really want. I had the opportunity to work in a lot of different areas, but I had a chance to live in South Korea for three years. I didn’t really want to be a developer, but I took the opportunity to learn. I look back and in my thirty years, some of the most valuable time was living in a factory.”

Todd Krinsky

Whatever option you take, it’s not forever. Just use it as a tool to learn.

As we conclude our conversation, Nick turns to the importance of gratitude and remembering those who help you along the way: 

“I still reach out to people that did things for me at the time that I probably dismissed. Now as I look back, that was a crucial moment in my life. That could be everything from the guy who sold me my first house when I was 25. I didn’t realize what he did for me. I shouldn’t have been able to afford that house and it changed my life. I didn’t appreciate it at the time. So I reach out to him and I’ll text him on his birthday. His name is Tommy Forzani.

“All these people that touch me in my life. And for the same reason, I hope that one day I have those moments with other individuals, right? I’m sure there’s all these moments, seminal moments in your life that, if it didn’t happen, I wouldn’t be where I am.

“We’re all connected somehow, right? The thread. The thread hums amongst all of us. And the thread with those people hums a little bit louder when you go back to them.”

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The 35 Best Gift Cards for College Students

Ah, college. I miss almost everything about it…except being broke.  That part was less enjoyable, but one thing that got me through was gift cards. My mom always threw a bunch of them in my stocking for Christmas and that helped tremendously through the ensuing months of having no money. There’s a gift card for almost everything these days, and most can be found on Amazon (making being considerate even more convenient!) so scroll down and bless some of the college kids in your life. These are without a doubt the best gift cards for college students.

1. Amazon
Amazon

What can’t you get from Amazon? Let your recipient decide what they need, from a NutriBullet to a couch to a projector screen for their dorm room (or parent’s house because of COVID). Possibly the best, easiest gift card to give anyone. It doesn’t get any more clutch than this when you’re on the lookout for the best gift cards for college students.

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2. Starbucks
Starbucks

Every college kid survives on coffee and Red Bull (is Red Bull still a thing? It’s been a while since I’ve been in college.) A Starbucks gift card is perfect for all-nighters or just to jump-start their morning before an 8 am class. 

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3. Domino’s
Domino’s

Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or all three), pizza is truly an anytime meal. With endless combinations and the $5.99 Mix & Match Deal, this gift card will keep its young, broke recipient from going hungry.

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4. Best Buy
Best Buy

Whether the money will go to a new laptop, a big-screen TV, or the new PS5, the Best Buy gift card is perfect for aiding someone to study or to avoid studying.  It’s really either/or at this point. 

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5. Uber
Uber

While you may have seen prices drop during the pandemic, one thing that seems to be as costly as ever is Uber rides, something that feels necessary if you’re still not comfortable with riding the train. With the Uber gift card, you can help ease the cost of transportation and a stressed college kid mentally at the same time.  

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6. Doordash
Doordash

Who has the time or energy to cook now, much less when you’re in college and already strapped for cash and time? This eases the mental burden of “What should I make tonight for dinner?” and as a bonus, it can help support small businesses and the economy.

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7. GrubHub
GrubHub

For the person whose favorite takeout spot isn’t available on Seamless, give them a GrubHub gift card. No one will ever tire of lazily ordering food through an app. 

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8. Audible
Audible

I always wish I had more time to read, but with Audible, catching up on the newest books (and podcasts!) has never been so easy.  There are thousands of options and audiobooks are perfect for when you want to change up your commutes, workouts, or boring laundry sessions.

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9. Bed, Bath & Beyond
Bed, Bath & Beyond

There’s always something a dorm room is missing…and if not a dorm room, then the basement of your parent’s house. I recently copped a Keurig coffee maker from my local BBB and it was a game-changer for my mornings. This is a great gift to help young adults buy all the things they need as they transition to adulthood. 

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10. ClassPass
ClassPass

Gyms have been in the state of shutting down-opening back up-then shutting back down again for the past few months so they might want to hold off on using this gift card, but ClassPass allows them to try out different workout classes until they find the one they love. If you have someone in mind who hasn’t found their perfect fitness routine or get bored quickly, this gift card might do the trick.

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11. Spotify Premium
Spotify

The gift of music is always a great idea. Whether it’s for workouts, cleaning, studying, relaxing, or a million other activities, having access to your favorite songs and artists always makes tasks better, and the premium service allows you to listen commercial-free. 

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12. Netflix
Netflix

Everyone found themselves spending a lot more time indoors in 2020 and there’s only so long a person can be productive before they are completely exhausted.  If they already don’t have a Netflix account, quickly purchase and send it their way because sometimes the only road to feeling better is to sit on your couch and watch 100 hours of TV and movies.

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13. Hulu Plus
Hulu

Not everything you want to stream is available on Netflix and for that, you need Hulu Plus. This is especially helpful for shows that are still on the air and for some of the harder-to-stream movies (I’m looking at you, Halloweentown.) 

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14. Michaels
Michaels

If the person you have in mind is more of a creative soul (or maybe they are tired of doing 10,000-piece puzzles), a gift card to Michaels will allow them to unleash all of their artsy dreams!  Whether they like drawing, painting, scrapbooking, building, or creating anything at all, Michaels has all the things. 

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15. Whole Foods
Whole Foods

Groceries are already so expensive and eating healthy is usually the last thing on a college kid’s mind. A gift card to Whole Foods makes being mindful of what you’re eating so much easier and they might even be inspired to buy a vegetable or two.

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16. Lyft
Lyft

If they’re one of those oddballs that actually doesn’t use Uber and instead relies on Lyft, throw this gift card their way. Shout out to the college student in your life that goes against the grain and uses the other car service.

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17. Adidas
Adidas

The Adidas gift card makes a great gift for the college kid in your life, whether they’re an athlete or just really enjoy fitness. They can pick up a new pair of sneakers or workout gear and can save their money for other more important things, like books. Or drinks.  

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18. GameStop
GameStop

If they’re trying to get the new PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X (because who isn’t? My brother has been trying for weeks!), this GameStop gift card can help them offset the hefty price tag. Even if they aren’t trying to get a new console, this card is a win for any gamer. 

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19. H&M
H&M

It doesn’t matter how many clothes someone has, they can always buy more. Consumerism, amiright? H&M has tons of affordable options, whether someone needs “interviewing-for-an-internship” slacks or “living-on-the-couch” sweatpants.

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20. The Container Store
The Container Store

There’s something so magical about seeing an organized closet.  I personally follow tons of organizational IG accounts so whether they have Home Edit goals (or maybe you just want to be able to find all your sweatshirts), The Container Store has endless options for decluttering their clutter. 

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21. Macy’s
Macy’s

If the college student in question is about to graduate, giving a gift card from a retailer can help them furnish their new apartment. Macy’s has a variety of items for every aspect of their post-collegiate life from plates for their new kitchen to towels for their new bathroom. 

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22. Nordstrom
Nordstrom

Another great retailer option! Not only is Nordstrom stocked with home furnishings, but they have a great assortment of clothing, shoes, travel, and grooming items from top brands.

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23. Target
Target

Target owns the market on “Things You May Need and Things You Didn’t Know You Needed Until Right This Very Second.” From electronics to furniture to toiletries to food, a Target gift card will be a favorite for any college kid. 

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24. Visa
Visa

The best thing about a Visa gift card is that it’s just like giving cash, but it allows the recipient to feel like they can put it towards something more expensive. It’s practically accepted everywhere so there’s no danger in someone struggling to figure out where to use it. You can’t go wrong with this card that’s available for use anywhere and everywhere, which is why we placed it here on this lineup of the best gift cards for college students.

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25. Shell
Shell

One thing I remember very vividly from my college days is always having to spend money on gas. Even when all my friends threw in, it felt like we were always having to stop somewhere to refill the tank because anywhere we really wanted to go was always the exact furthest point from where we were. This gift card allows there to be at least one less, “So who’s throwing in for gas?” round of collections.

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26. Sephora Gift Card
Sephora
Sephora Gift Card

Every girl needs instant access to Sephora as the brand offers tons of valuable beauty products that you’ll benefit from daily. Whether it’s makeup or skincare, a gift card from Sephora will come in extremely handy. Looking one’s very best during the next on/off-campus meetup is the right move to make. You definitely have to consider this card for that exact situation when it comes time to consider the best gift cards for college students.

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27. Finish Line
Finish Line
Finish Line Gift Card

Athletic gear and college campuses go hand-in-hand. If you need some comfy yet stylish outfits for class, then look no further than Finish Line. There’s a variety of brands available in their online category, and the prices are reasonable.

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28. Little Caesars
Walmart
Little Caesars Gift Card

Please don’t pretend these don’t come in handy. Sometimes in college, you get into a jam and when that happens, a $5 pizza (that is also very good) is the way to go. With many convenient locations across the U.S., a Little Caesars gift card is a very thoughtful gift for a college student.

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29. Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster

This is often an overlooked gift. With concerts, games, and plenty of other live events back in action, a Ticketmaster gift card would be a college student’s dream. Just make sure you put enough on there for a plus one!

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30. Guitar Center
Guitar Center
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I know a few band geeks that usually have to make the hard decision between buying another batch of Arizona Ice Tea cans or the gear they need for their next musical performances on/off the field. Make their life that much easier by setting them up with a Guitar Center gift card and making sure they have the best drumsticks or whatever else possible. The young musicians in your life would be very thankful for this pick on this list of the best gift cards for college students.

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31. PlayStation Store
PlayStation

Once all those papers are written up, all those assignments have been handed in, and there’s a ton of free time to kill, chances are the college student you know reverts to video games to keep them busy. If that college gamer has a PS4 or PS5 (lucky them!) in their possession, this PlayStation Store gift card will greatly satisfy them.

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32. Xbox
Xbox

Now if that college gamer you know is a full-fledged Xbox fanboy that owns either an Xbox One, Xbox One X, or Xbox Series X|S, then make sure to send this one their way.

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33. Nintendo eShop
Nintendo

And finally, blessing the Nintendo Switch owner in your life that’s dividing their time between going to class and getting a 100% completion rate in Breath of the Wild, then make sure you supply them with this gift card. You can’t go wrong with this or the other gaming-themed gift cards in this collection of the best gift cards for college students.

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34. Taco Bell
Taco Bell

The munchies always kick in no matter the time or place. It tends to hit pretty hard when it’s evening time and college students are starving for something more than another bag of stale chips. This Taco Bell gift card should do a lot to satiate a college student’s insatiable hunger.

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35. Old Navy
Old Navy

Picking up a few sets of jeans and graphic tees when the weather’s a bit warmer on campus is definitely the move if the college student you know has an Old Navy Gift card in their possession. It’s definitely worth getting some winter gear with this card if the college students you know are set up somewhere in the northeast.

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The Top Sports Card Grading Companies

What are the top sports card grading companies?

Card collecting is in perhaps its most eventful and promising era to date. With Fanatics on track to acquire the rights to all three major American sports – football, basketball and baseball – our favorite hobby could be heading to new heights. Keeping that in mind, it’s important to analyze the companies and industry leaders that keep cards thriving. 

RELATED: The Most Valuable Sports Cards Ever Sold

In the last 20 years, the hobby has become increasingly more centered towards grading and its benefits. The premise is simple: you send your card(s) to a nationally recognized company, they examine the card for its authenticity and condition, they secure it into a plastic holder, and they assign it a grade (typically 1-10). When a higher grade is issued on a card, its value can grow exponentially.

There is no shortage of companies that offer this service. However, we will be breaking down the best of the best when it comes to grading. We will showcase the pros of each company, whether it be from a price, aesthetics, or resell value standpoint.

Without further ado, let’s begin: here are the top sports card grading companies you should know about!

1. Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA)
PSA

In the current state of the hobby, PSA is undoubtedly number one on the list of the top trading card grading companies. They slab over 2 million cards a year, which is more than any other company. Furthermore, when the three Gem Mint grades (PSA 10, BGS 9.5, and SGC 9.5) of a given card are compared, the PSA 10 is consistently traded at a higher value.

Founded in 1991, Professional Sports Authority was one of the earliest groups to grade sports cards. Although it faced some strenuous years in the mid 1990s, the company has since evolved into a household name. 

Now owned by Collectors Universe Incorporated, PSA offers services at the $18, $30, $50, $100, $150, $300 and $600 levels. These newly refreshed levels are promising to see in the hobby, especially when grading had been halted for almost 18 months.

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2. Beckett Grading Service (BGS)
BGS

Beckett Grading Services (BGS) is another prominent name in card grading. Unlike PSA, Beckett uses intervals of .5 to pinpoint a card’s condition. Furthermore, BGS is the first grading company to integrate subgrades – centering, edges, corners, and surface – onto their label. This offers an additional level of transparency and objectivity for the buyer.

Beckett is also among the first to offer an autograph grade on the card as well. This provides an aesthetically pleasing look for signed cards like Bowman 1st Autos and National Treasures RPAs.

Lastly, Beckett is widely known for their BGS 10 “Black Label,” which occurs when all four subgrades receive a perfect 10 grade. This will make a card’s value jump astronomically, as they are seldom seen out in the wild.

While Beckett may not have the ubiquity of PSA right now, they are still a viable and reliable option in the grading world.

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3. Sportscard Guaranty Corporation (SGC)
SGC

To round off the Big 3, we have SGC, a group that has shown significant growth in the last 3 years. In addition to implementing affordable pricing during the pandemic, SGC’s label can be seen on the two most valuable cards ever sold. The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle SGC 9.5 and the 1909 Sweet Caporal T206 Honus Wagner SGC 3 are worth $12 million and $7 million respectively. 

Part of SGC’s success can be attributed to the rebranding of their slabs. Dubbed the “Black Tuxedo,” these new holders are much more sleek and modern than their previous ones. In turn, we have seen an influx of vintage and modern cards being graded by SGC.

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Other Names to Keep an Eye On

While PSA, BGS, and SGC are definitely the big players in grading, there are some other names worth mentioning. They are as follows:

4. CSG
CSG

While new to sports card grading, CSG is part of a conglomerate that has been pivotal in alternative asset certification. Certified Collectibles Group currently grades video games, coins, paper money, comics, stamps, and of course, cards. 

The current CSG slab is an improved model of the first holder, and it utilizes rigid plastic to secure the card inside. They also integrate AI technology into their grading system, which takes human error and subjectivity out of the equation. While they may not have the prowess of the Big 3 quite yet, it will be interesting to see if they catch up in the future.

5. HGA
HGA

Hybrid Grading Approach (HGA) is another newcomer onto the grading scene, but they’ve introduced some unique concepts already. The group offers a level of personalization with each slab, as many of the labels are printed on a colorful and intricate background. They also tested a horizontal slab to accompany horizontal patch autographs. We will be on the lookout for more creativity from them in the coming years.

6. ISA
ISA

Next is ISA, a group that specializes in quick and efficient turnaround times. They also work to offer affordable rates for grading, which is a practical option for those looking to get a card slabbed without hurting their wallet.

7. GMA
GMA

Finally, we have GMA, another inexpensive alternative in the grading market. They offer fast turnaround times and substantial bulk rates, so it’s a useful option if you want to get your cards slabbed for cheap, but it won’t add much value to your cards.

Which grading company is your go-to? Let us know @CardTalkPod on Instagram and Twitter!

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Style

Grand Collection Partners with END. To Expand Food Fundraiser To London

As part of the brand’s consistent goal to give back to the community, NYC’s Grand Collection has partnered with luxury UK retailer END. to expand their annual food fundraiser to London. Today, Grand will launch two previously unreleased tee shirts exclusively at END., with 100% of the proceeds going to London based food banks. We caught up with brand founder Ben Oleynik to hear a bit about his ongoing food drive initiative (which has been underway for four years) and the details of the partnership with END.

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Grand Co x END. Clothing
Grand Collection

On top of producing collections beloved by the NYC skate community, Grand has been conducting an annual food drive for the past four years. I was eager to hear a bit from Ben Oleynik about how he first started the practice, and why he continues it to this day.

“I always wanted the brand to do more than just make clothes or videos. Growing up in Canada, my parents always helped people who needed it, especially with food around the holidays. When I moved to New York, I saw how big of an issue food insecurity is, affecting over 2 million people,” he tells me, adding: “Once Grand started to grow, we wanted to use the reach of the brand to help, so we launched the food drive and fundraiser four years ago. Each year it grows with more and more people getting involved. I’m so grateful for everyone who has supported each year.”

For the Winter Collection debut earlier this year, Oleynik hosted a runway show to coincide with the drive, donating a portion of the proceeds from the collection’s sales towards feeding New Yorkers in need. In addition to the proceeds from the sales, Oleynik asked attendees of the runway show to bring non-perishable food items to donate. From now until Dec 31st, a portion of the proceeds from all sales on grandcollectionco.com will go to the same cause.

Now, the partnership with END. is the first time Grand has extended the food fundraiser outside of New York. 100% of the proceeds from this partnership with the UK retailer will go to London-based food banks.

Grand Collection

Grand Collection

Currently, one in every five families in the UK experiences food insecurity. “It’s so meaningful for established retailers like END to get behind small brands and initiatives like this,” said Oleynik. “With END’s support we’re immediately able to expand the reach and impact of the fundraiser to help more people that really need it. Much respect to them.”

The Grand London fundraising tees are available today, December 1st, 10am EST at endclothing.com.

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Style What To Buy

The 15 Coolest WNBA Jerseys You Can Buy Right Now

What an eventful WNBA season it was! As we slowly start to inch our way towards the start of the 2023 campaign, now would be the perfect time to stock up on some new WNBA gear right? It is early, so we don’t have an official list of the top-selling WNBA Jerseys (although Sabrina Ionescu was the top seller ahead of the 2021 Playoffs), but for now, we are just selecting the fifteen we think are amongst the league’s coolest based on sales and popularity.

As we have always said, the WNBA should be supported year-round (not just during the season either ), and trust us, their entire roster of merchandise is worth a buy—including the ones that aren’t on this list. Now that we’ve established that once more, we can go into some of the coolest WNBA jerseys to cop just in time for the holiday season.

1. Candace Parker aka CP3
Chicago Sky, 2021 Release
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During the 2020 season, Parker ranked third in the WNBA in terms of overall Jersey sales. Not we’re not sure if you all remember, but ahead of the 2021 season (which saw CP bringing it home to Chicago with an epic championship run), Parker’s jersey was in high demand. That still remains true in 2022. Get you a Candace Parker jersey. Trust us, it’s a good investment.

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2. Sue Bird The Legend
Seattle Storm, 2021 Release
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Bird! These last couple of the years, the vet not only captured her fourth title but also topped the list of highest-selling WNBA jerseys for 2020. Time and time again, Sue Bird proved her popularity and longevity, continuing to rack up the sales until her retirement this past season. Thanks for the two decades of greatness Sue Bird, your jersey will always be in high demand. When it comes to WNBA jerseys, a Sue bird is a no-brainer.

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3. Diana Taurasi aka DT
Phoenix Mercury, 2021 Release
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The GOAT Diana Taurasi! The Phoenix Mercury have always had some of the coldest jerseys in sports with the crisp violet and orange overlays, and the Rebel Edition is super sick. Two seasons ago, DT was ranked second in jersey sales, once again going toe-to-toe in a friendly competition with her good friend and former arch-nemesis Sue Bird. This vet with no intentions of slowing down anytime soon, as she just announced that she is coming back for her 19th season.

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4. A’ja Wilson
Las Vegas Aces, 2021 Release
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What a year for A’ja Wilson! A championship, Finals MVP, a new basketball court, and a year where she further solidified her position as one of the best players in the WNBA. Wilson continues to reach new heights in her career, and it honestly wouldn’t surprise us down the line if she ends up being the biggest jersey seller in the W once the new round of number are released. Go A’ja!

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5. Sabrina Ionescu
New York Liberty, 2021 Release
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You could make the argument that Ionescu had one of the most hyped debuts in the history of the WNBA, and her first couple of years in the league hasn’t disappointed. The NCAA all-time leader in career triple-doubles and the only Division I basketball player to achieve 2,000 points, 1,000 assists, and 1,000 rebounds in a collegiate career, Ionescu’s jersey started selling pretty much as soon as it was available to the public, and that has remained true with her being the highest seller in 2021.

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6. Maya Moore
Minnesota Lynx, 2017 Release
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It’s been three whole years since we last saw Maya Moore suit up for a game, and with good reason. The six-time All-Star and four-time champ famously left the WNBA to dedicate herself to fighting against the wrongful conviction of Jonathan Irons. And we have since gotten to witness their journey of marriage and starting a family. Despite her absence from the game, Moore has continued to remain top ten in WNBA jersey sales. We fully expect to see Moore’s name on the list of best-sellers again this season.

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7. Elena Delle Donne
Washington Mystic, 2021 Release
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Another beloved WNBA legend, Delle Donne, has consistently been one of the W’s biggest sellers, topping the most popular jersey list in 2019. Excitement always swirls Elena Delle Donne, which is why she has always been amongst the best sellers jersey wise.

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8. Breanna Stewart aka Stewie
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Young Stewie is set to have another big year if these past two seasons have been any indication. The two-time Finals MVP was considered the ‘Queen’ of jersey sales in 2016 before being knocked off the throne by Skylar Diggins-Smith the following year. Since then, Stewart has consistently made the top best-sellers list, and this year should be no exception. This is one of the rare WNBA jerseys (and jerseys in general) that isn’t too flashy.

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9. Nneka Ogwumike Sparks Explorer Edition
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All hail Nneka Ogwumike! The silent killer who continously gets the job done with no complaints ever. If you are a fan of both Nneka and the Los Angeles Sparks, this jersey is a must in your growing WNBA collection ya heard?

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10. Kelsey Mitchell Indiana Fevel Rebel Edition
Kelsey Mitchell, 2021 Release
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The Indiana Fever have a dope Rebel Edition Jersey to choose from as well, so why not rock Kelsey Mitchell’s number 0? Dope player with an equally dope jersey to match.

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11. Sue Bird Team USA Jersey
Team USA, 2020/2021 Release
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Mark our words, Sue Bird’s apparel will eventually become collectors items. Probably not right now because she literally just retired, but down the line. It would be wise to go ahead and start grabbing these gems now before they become unattainable. Just saying.

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12. Diamond DeShields
Chicago Ski, 2021 Release
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If you aren’t already familiar with the basketball beast that is Diamond DeShields, then you need to be…Stat! Chicago fans should already have her jersey, but if not, this is your call to action before the season begins.

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13. Candace Parker Explorer Edition
Chicago Sky, 2021 Release
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The only major difference between the Rebel Edition jerseys and the Explorers are the color shades. If you want a Candace Parker jersey that is a lighter shade of blue, then here you go. It’s also slightly cheaper as well. Just wanted to put this here as an alternate option for avid CP3 fans. You can also find similar editions for all of the other WNBA teams too!

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14. Sylvia Fowles Rebel Edition
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Sylvia Fowles. The legend. Another one of the all-time greats who it’s been an absolute pleasure to watch. That’s all that needs to be said here. Thank You Sylvia for your impact on not just women’s basketball, but basketball as a whole.

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15. Sabrina Ionescu (Alternate)
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And here’s a Sabrina Ionescu jersey in black in case you wanted to complete your Ionescu collection.

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The Best Denim Brands to Add to Your Rotation

When picking the best jeans, it can be overwhelming to parse through every single pair on the market. So rather than identifying a specific set of dungarees to buy, it can be helpful to narrow your search down to the right brand and then explore their roster. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of the best denim brands to consider when you’re hankering to add a pair of baby blues to your collection.

RELATED: The 29 Best Hoodies and Hoodie Brands to Buy in 2022

1. Everlane
Everlane

Everlane has become a big favorite in the retail world in the past few years thanks to their clean, modern basics that are built to last, and this certainly applies to their denim selection. Sustainably sourced and manufactured from organic cotton, these timeless styles are offered for an incredibly fair price point. They even offer selvedge denim for less than $150. For their price point and quality, Everlane has to have a spot on a list of the best denim brands right now.

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2. Calvin Klein
Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein feels almost taken for granted in the past couple decades as a casual style brand, but they continue to make the great denim that popularized their name in the 90’s. If you are searching for an effortless, slouchy fit, CK’s wide selection of washes still firmly cements them as one of the best denim brands on the market.

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3. Madewell
Madewell

Until recently Madewell was a trusted retailer for women’s clothing only, and built a reputation off of quality, well fitting jeans. In the past couple years they’ve expanded into the menswear market, and thankfully the product is just as good on this side of the aisle. They offer a wide variety of cuts and weights, so customers can choose between rigid, extreme stretch and any degree between.

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4. Levi’s Made and Crafted
Levi’s

Levi’s is the quintessential denim brand, and is near ubiquitous when it comes to blue jeans. While standard Levi’s are great jeans whether you get them new from the store or thrifted from just about anywhere, their Made and Crafted line aims specifically to create future archival pieces for the brand, meaning there is often something a little extra special in each design. While their silhouettes are often vintage inspired and give a nod to the label’s storied past, they are always created with the modern customer in mind. A list of the best denim brands without Levi’s would be heresy.

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5. NEUW
NEUW

NEUW is a premium denim brand fast growing in its popularity, not only to their desirable cuts in organic or recycled cotton, but sentimental design philosophy that shines through in the details. Every pair of jeans from NEUW has a repair stitch on the back right pocket and a fob ring fastened around the front belt loop, reminiscent of the director’s memories of his grandfather.

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6. FRAME
FRAME

Beginning as women’s only denim brand in 2012, FRAME quickly rose to prominence through celebrity endorsements and collaborations. They soon after began producing men’s jeans, crafting an effortless and slightly irreverent style. FRAME offers both comfortable stretch denim and well as a rigid premium cotton model to cover customers on either side of the spectrum.

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7. Stan Ray
Stan Ray

Founded in Texas in 1972, Stan Ray is a workwear company that remains less talked about than the Dickies and Carhartts in the industry, but they remain a great source to get stylish, functional pants for the modern man. Utilizing the same techniques and raw, dry denim from decades ago, this brand is a strong choice for a pair of carpenter pants, and with a price point under $100.

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8. Naked and Famous
Tate and Yoko

Naked & Famous has been a big name on campus for the denim obsessed forever now, and with good reason: they are singularly devoted to quality. They produce only raw denim made in Japanese mills that are then cut and sewn in Canada. Raw denim has the ability to fade over time in a way that maked it truly unique to the wearer, which is why this brand stands by only producing nothing else. While these guys are serious about quality, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a sense of humor, evident by their recent collaborations with Rick & Morty and classic horror flicks. They’ve also made some crazy experimental jeans in the past, like glow in the dark or scratch-n-sniff denim.

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9. Carhartt WIP
Carhartt WIP

As the utilitarian craze took over the streetwear market, Carhartt WIP came out of the classic workwear brand to meet the more style focused demand. If you’re in need of a painter’s pant or double knee jean, this is the first place to look. While WIP is about the style sensibility rather than durability, that doesn’t mean these pants aren’t made from premium, heavyweight organic cotton.

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10. A.P.C.
A.P.C.

Inspired by minimalism and effortlessness, this French fashion company made their name off of the superior fit of their raw denim, and if you’re looking for a pair of slim or skinny jeans, the cuts they offer are still among the best around. They’ve also expanded into the wider leg market as well, and offer some pieces made with Japanese denim.

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11. Dr. Denim
Dr. Denim

While most denim lovers are strictly searching for raw, starchy, heavy denim not every customer needs every pair of pants they own to be an investment piece that takes months of daily wear to break in. If you’re looking for comfort from day one, Dr. Denim is the brand for you. They offer great cuts and washes in stretch denim at an affordable price point, so you’ll be able to look stylish and move around from the get.

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12. Nudie Jeans
Nudie Jeans

Nudie Jeans is another brand beloved by people who really get denim. Using only organic or recycled cotton, they also keep selvedge and raw options in stock. The best thing about these jeans is they’ve got a warranty: Nudie will repair any pair of jeans they make free of charge. If you’re a customer with sustainable intentions, Nudie is surely one of the best denim brands in regard to manufacturing practices and in waste reduction by prolonging the life of each piece.

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13. Eytys
Eytys

While this label is probably best known for their chunky tennis shoes and loafers, EYTYS has perfected the highly sought-after baggy silhouette in their denim lines. The Benz Jeans create a clean, wide leg that stacks slightly at the ankle, curating a vibe that sits between Y2K nostalgia and casual elegance. While you’ll find the perfect stone washed blues and faded blacks, their jeans come in a variety of surprising and eye-catching washes and prints as well.

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14. DIME
DIME

Hyped skate brand DIME essentially reinvented the JNCO jean with their DJCO model which promptly sold out. The Baggy Denim pant is a paired down version of the same silhouette, offering the perfect modern relaxed skater look in four solid washes. Beyond the oversized pant legs these jeans have a minimal look, with added interest in the wavy shapes of the pockets in both the front and back.

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15. mooji mooji
mooji mooji

This LA based brand is all about the art of damaged goods. If you’re looking to add a grunge spin to your wardrobe this is the first place to look for denim. Upcycled or crafted from vintage fabric, each piece is unique whether finished with intentionally aging, pain splatters, distressing or a cut and sewn pattern.

In addition to being one of the best denim brands, mooji mooji was also one of our selections for best hoodie brands, check out that full list here.

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16. Spa Boy
Spa Boy

Spa Boy is a Toronto based clothing brand inspired by electronic music and DIY culture, utilizing grungy, acidic hand-dye techniques and text-based graphics to create extremely unique garments. It takes the trend of bleached jeans to a dreamy and elegant level, with wide-legged clean lines and painterly dye techniques over the knees or along the side seams.

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17. Pop Trading Company
Pop Trading Company

Pop Trading Co. is a skate company out of the Netherlands, and they have a plethora of easy, baggy, casual bottoms. If you’re looking for a fun take on the skater jean, they have a great pair of raw denim with neon green contrast stitch throughout, as well as a denim fatigue with clean white stitching over the perfect indigo wash.

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18. Acne Studios
Acne Studios

It feels like Acne has shifted away from denim as a focus to their brand in recent years, instead bringing knitwear and extravagant runway pieces to the forefront. However, Acne Studios is still one of the best denim brands for those looking for a great pair of jeans, using rigid, organic cotton and smart lines for a high-end designer touch.

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19. Outerknown
Outerknown

Outerknown is a brand founded on sustainability as their key principle in production, and as such they guarantee their jeans for life in a philosophy of keeping more clothing and textiles out of landfills. They use 100% organic cotton from Italian mills, and offer many silhouettes in selvedge as well. This is one of the best denim brands with no frills: just classic jeans, made responsibly.

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20. G-Star Raw
G-Star Raw

G-Star is a denim brand experiencing a bit of a resurgence as of late. Always known for their high-quality raw denim, some of the “hardcore” and moto detailing on their jeans have begun to swing back around. They have plenty of more minimalistic designs on offer as well, such as the Grip 3D Relaxed Tapered Jeans that feature less hardware and put all of the design into the unique silhouette.

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The Wait is Over: The A$AP Nast x Reebok Zig Kinetica 2.5 Arrives December 2nd

In the unforgettable words of clairvoyant Smash Mouth: “The collabs start comin’ and they don’t stop comin’.” Or something like that. In that vein, Reebok has produced a plethora of eye-catching and hype-inducing releases over the past few years, bringing unexpected artists and collaborators to the halls of the longstanding sportswear giant. The latest such release is the third installment of Reebok’s partnership with rapper—and best dressed man alive, imo—A$AP Nast, invoking the style icon’s keen eye for the current moment wrapped up in an outdoors-inspired silhouette. The A$AP Nast x Reebok Zig Kinetica 2.5 is releasing on December 2nd.

The Reebok x A$AP Nast Zig Kinetica 2.5
Reebok / Shot by A$AP Nast

In typical Nast fashion, the shoes are built on an understated color palette punctuated by unorthodox structural components, like the removable textile shroud and Vibram Ecostep lugged outsole.

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Since its inception in 2020, the Zig Kinetica ushered in a new era for the Reebok’s ZigTech of the 2010s, before going onto to develop elevated versions of the model: the Zig Kinetica II and Zig Kinetica II Edge. In 2021, A$AP Nast and Reebok joined forces for the first time on the Classic Leather Legacy and then a version of the Zig Kinetica II Edge. On these previous 2021 collabs, Nast commented:


“Reebok is the first and only brand I’ve ever proactively reached out to work with because I knew I wanted to create something special with them to be a part of my legacy. I wanted to create my own version of a Reebok icon.”

Reebok x A$AP Nast Zig Kinetica 2.5 Release Date
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Reebok

After their reveal this past spring, the Reebok Zig Kinetica 2.5 is the latest evolution of ZigTech, combining the practical aspects of previous models with an aesthetically experimental design style.

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The A$AP Nast x Reebok Zig Kinetica 2.5 ($180, FZ5855) will be available December 2 from Reebok.com and select fashion retailers.

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Ten Years In, Faraz Zaidi and Profound Co Are Just Getting Started

“I did a bunch of random things,” Faraz Zaidi chuckles to me before adding: “But a lot of them had the foundation of just building. I always like to figure things out and find the process to things.” After some years of experimentation, Faraz’s building culminated in the 2009 establishment of his now-renowned brand Profound Co. Throughout our conversation, Faraz’s nascent fascination with this concept of “building” is clearly still coursing through the entirety of his practice with Profound. 

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The Genesis of Profound CO

“It took a little bit of time to get things in motion, but I would say early 2009, we started,” Faraz tells me. After years of uncertainty (“the first three years of college were me just dabbling with sort of random subjects”), Faraz eventually studied and graduated with a degree in Visual Art, Business Economics and a minor in Psychology. All of which contribute to what he does today. For the few years after college, he worked “at Best Buy selling TVs,” “at the Coca-Cola factory in North Brunswick driving a forklift,” “as a barber,” and more. 

And in this era, Faraz tells me: 

“I feel like we were sort of in a landscape when there weren’t a lot of brands that were saying something of value. Everything felt a bit superficial. It felt a bit surface level. So my sort of purpose very, very early on was to have a point of view and to tell a story.

“There’s a narrative, there’s a story to be told. A lot of that story was just rooted in where I came from. I was born in Pakistan. I moved here when I was three with my family. And I went back quite a few times. And then just taking the culture of that place, which is a place where not many people pursue anything creative—and sort of combining that with what I learned here. And a lot of the fabrics, the textiles. A lot of the reference points come from that culture, but a lot of it’s still rooted in the West. So it’s this sort of interesting mix of where I come from and where I live, East and West.”

Faraz Zaidi

The catalyst was sharing a story, adding meaning to fashion—finding some purpose. And building the best possible clothing we could build.

In the early days, Faraz—along with his sister and cousin—started with a few slogan tee shirts. The initial motto of the brand was “Designed for the conscious mind.” So one of the first releases was a shirt with the tagline: “Piece by Peace.” The goal was “using the t-shirt as sort of like this artistic canvas to express something.” He and his team did a few more tees before pivoting into hoodies: “We started extremely small. We didn’t have much money to really do much back then. So we found a local silk screen printer. Learned Photoshop. Just got two shirts printed. And then two turned to four. Four turned to six. Six turned to two hoodies. Two hoodies turned to three hats, and then ended up being a fully formed collection a few years later.”

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Profound Co in 2022

To this day, Faraz, his sister, and cousin work to strike a balance between the philosophical side of the brand and a desire to just make easy, accessible clothing. “If you are someone that is interested in that story, you’ll get that story from it. If you’re someone that just wants a hoodie or a pair of pants and just think it fits well and it looks like you like the wash on it—and it’s priced reasonably—you’ll buy it. It’s sort of something for both audiences.”

Faraz encapsulates Profound succinctly as such: “A channel of communication via the medium of fashion.”

Profound Co

The most recent collection was entitled, No Distance Left to Run, and Faraz sees it as a response to emerging from the pandemic and beginning to see it as a chapter in all of our unraveling stories.

Viewing the brand as a “functional based solution to a wardrobe,” Faraz envisions the future of Profound as an overarching umbrella with multiple sub labels within it.

Profound Co

The Future of Profound Co

“We’re most excited about building out this new sub-label, this new tier of the brand. Its two sub labels. The one that is upcoming, which hopefully we’re looking to launch it by early 2023. The uniform core label,” Faraz explains to me. They also plan to expand into jewelry, home goods, footwear and eventually womenswear.

“I’m excited about the next chapter of the brand, which is hopefully doing home goods,” Faraz tells me, before going on to summarize the many branching ambitions of the brand we’ve discussed thus far. “So the vision is Profound sort of exists at this top tier. If it’s a tree, the foundation is Profound. And then each branch is this sub-label.”

“We’re looking forward to doing more campaigns, more video content. Just digging a bit deeper into the story and sharing that more. I feel like the last year has been very product based, so I kind of want to dive back into sharing actual storytelling, you know?” he tells me of some more future goals. And then, as we emerge from the pandemic, we discuss the future potential for an in-person headquarters of the brand.

Profound Co

“I think a lot of us have become a bit desensitized and jaded towards everything digital, even though it exists for a purpose. It’s useful to have e-comm and useful to have an Instagram and social media channels, but I’ve always really been drawn to things in the physical space. So to be able to walk into a store, and get an immediate sense of what the identity of the brand is, whether it’s through certain art on the wall or it’s like the, you know, the patina on the wood or the scent of the place. There’s all these different factors, because each successful brand has an identity.” We discuss a few brands have managed to accomplish this incredibly well in recent years, from Bode to Snow Peak and more. 

Faraz Zaidi

Physically translating a thing that only existed in a digital space is probably one of the most exciting journeys we could ever be on.

As we begin to conclude our conversation, we turn to gratitude and Faraz’s favorite aspects of his job: “As far as the entrepreneur part of me, it’s being able to provide for people, being able to hire people. Giving people some sense of purpose and enjoyment in what they do. Being a leader for a team of people that really are committed to the purpose of what the brand is.”

We soon turn to the artistic facets of his role. “My favorite thing has always been creation. I like coming up with a concept or an idea for something that lives in your head for X amount of time. And then you’re able to actualize it, bring it to fruition,” he tells me, pausing before he adds with a smile: “As an artist, that’s the thing that gives me the most satisfaction.”

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12 F2 Drivers to Know – REDIRECT

Formula-1 and motorsports in general got shot into the stratosphere of relevancy, in large part due to Netflix’s Drive to Survive. The show chronicles the storylines and rivalries between each team, which just added to the excitement of the race. In F1, racers are allowed to tweak their car to their liking. All racers use a difference model and manufacture, as well as their own technology. In Formula-2, however, all drivers use a car with the same specs designed by Williams F1. Here are 12 F2 drivers to know.

RELATED: Breaking Down How Much F2 Drivers Make

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1.) Felipe Drugovich
  • Current Team: MP Motorsport
  • Country: Brazil

There was no better driver in Formula 2 last season than Brazilian Felipe Drugovich. Drugovich won the F2 championship last season after finishing with 265 points, over 100 more points than second place. He has been competing in F2 since 2020, and his 1st place victory last season was his highest finish in the competition. Drugovich is only 22 years old, showing that he has a promising future in the sport of racing. He will most likely make the jump to Formula 1 in the near future. 

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2.) Theo Pourchaire
  • Current Team: ART Grand Prix 
  • Country: France

The 19 year old French racing phenom Theo Pourchaire enjoyed a very successful Formula 2 season in 2022, despite being one of the youngest racers in the competition. He finished second amongst all racers, accumulating 164 points throughout the season. He has been racing in F2 since 2020, and claimed podium finishes in ten races. Pourchaire was a test driver in F1, but there is a real possibility that we see the Frenchmen becoming a full-time F1 driver soon. 

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3.) Logan Sargeant
  • Current Team: Williams Racing
  • Country: United States

There is no young American driver that compares to Logan Sargeant, hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sergeant was the only driver in Formula 2 last season to come from the United States, and enjoyed a fourth place finish overall. This was his second year in Formula 2, and the highest finish of his career. Sergeant will be racing in Formula 1 next season under Williams Racing. 

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4.) Enzo Fittipaldi
  • Current Team: Charouz Racing System
  •  Country: Brazil

Enzo Fittipaldi enjoyed a great run last season in Formula 2, finishing eight overall with 126 total points. He is the grandson of former Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Enzo recently became a member of the Red Bull Junior Team but is still racing in Formula 2. Fittipaldi has been featured in Formula 2 for three seasons, with last season being his highest finish. 

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5.) Jehan Daruvala
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: India

After being discovered for winning ‘One in a Billion hunt’, a competition put together by Force India racing team, Jehan Daruvala began his ascent into racing. He has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020, and had his best finish last season taking home seventh place. At 24 years old, that puts Daruvala in an older class than most of his competitors, but he remains one of the best racers to come from India maybe ever. 

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6.) Frederik Vesti
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Denmark

Frederik Vesti remains one of the youngest drivers in Formula 2, as he was only 20 years old in his debut season last year. He had quite the introduction, taking home ninth place and claiming five podium finishes. Although Vesti raced with ART Grand Prix last season, he will be racing under Prema Racing for the next F2 season. It will be hard to top the year he had last season, but with a top five finish we may see Vesti fast-tracked to Formula 1.

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7.) Ayumu Iwasa
  • Current Team: DAMS
  • Country: Japan

Ayumu Iwasa was electric in Formula 2 last season, winning two feature races and finishing 5th overall in the standings. In his debut season last year, Iwasa claimed 5 podium finishes across his 26 starts. Notably, Iwasa won the French F4 championship in 2020 and finished top 10 in the F3 Asian Championship a year prior. At only 21 years old Iwasa has shown immense potential as a driver and has a real chance at racing in Formula 1 very soon.

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8.) Liam Lawson
  • Current Team: Carlin
  • Country: New Zealand

Although he may only be 20 years old, Liam Lawson has one of the most extensive racing resumes of any young driver in the world. Last season was his second year in Formula 2, and he enjoyed a third place finish after accumulating 149 points across the season. He has been racing since 2015 and has enjoyed 1st place finishes at the NZ F1600 Championship Series in 2017 as well as the Toyota Racing Series in 2020.

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9.) Jack Doohan
  • Current Team: Virtuosi Racing
  • Country: Australia

Jack Doohan shocked the Formula 2 world last season after finishing 6th overall at only 19 years old. He is the son of former five-time 500cc world champion motorcyclist Mick Doohan. Jack has been racing since 2018 and just finished his second season in F2. No matter what competition Doohan races in, he almost always finishes in the top 10, and looks like he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. There is a very real possibility that Jack Doohan will be racing in Formula 1 very very soon.

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10.) Jüri Vips
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: Estonia 

Jüri has an extensive racing career, as he’s been featured in different series since 2017. He has enjoyed three seasons in Formula 2, where he has also been a test driver for Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 team. His best finish in F2 came at the end of the 2021 season, where he finished 6th overall. Vips was excruciatingly close to finishing in the top 10, but was a single point shy and finished 11th overall. Vips has a lot of experience in F2 and as an F1 test driver, so there is a real chance he makes the leap to a full time F1 driver in the near future.

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11.) Marcus Armstrong
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: New Zealand

The 21-year-old driver from New Zealand has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020. He has boasted a total of three wins, with seven podium finishes. Armstrong has finished in 13th overall the last three F2 seasons, his highest finish in the series.

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12.) Dennis Hauger
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Norway

Few racers on this list have the same hype and expectations that Dennis Hauger have. The 19-year-old racer was electric in Formula 3, finishing first among all racers. In his first season as an F2 driver Hauger has claimed a first place finish in a sprint race, as well as picking up points during almost every race weekend. He finished last season 10th amongst all racers.

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12 F2 Drivers to Know

Formula-1 and motorsports in general got shot into the stratosphere of relevancy, in large part due to Netflix’s Drive to Survive. The show chronicles the storylines and rivalries between each team, which just added to the excitement of the race. In F1, racers are allowed to tweak their car to their liking. All racers use a difference model and manufacture, as well as their own technology. In Formula-2, however, all drivers use a car with the same specs designed by Williams F1. Here are 12 F2 drivers to know.

RELATED: Breaking Down How Much F2 Drivers Make

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1.) Felipe Drugovich
  • Current Team: MP Motorsport
  • Country: Brazil

There was no better driver in Formula 2 last season than Brazilian Felipe Drugovich. Drugovich won the F2 championship last season after finishing with 265 points, over 100 more points than second place. He has been competing in F2 since 2020, and his 1st place victory last season was his highest finish in the competition. Drugovich is only 22 years old, showing that he has a promising future in the sport of racing. He will most likely make the jump to Formula 1 in the near future. 

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2.) Theo Pourchaire
  • Current Team: ART Grand Prix 
  • Country: France

The 19 year old French racing phenom Theo Pourchaire enjoyed a very successful Formula 2 season in 2022, despite being one of the youngest racers in the competition. He finished second amongst all racers, accumulating 164 points throughout the season. He has been racing in F2 since 2020, and claimed podium finishes in ten races. Pourchaire was a test driver in F1, but there is a real possibility that we see the Frenchmen becoming a full-time F1 driver soon. 

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3.) Logan Sargeant
  • Current Team: Williams Racing
  • Country: United States

There is no young American driver that compares to Logan Sargeant, hailing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sergeant was the only driver in Formula 2 last season to come from the United States, and enjoyed a fourth place finish overall. This was his second year in Formula 2, and the highest finish of his career. Sergeant will be racing in Formula 1 next season under Williams Racing. 

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4.) Enzo Fittipaldi
  • Current Team: Charouz Racing System
  •  Country: Brazil

Enzo Fittipaldi enjoyed a great run last season in Formula 2, finishing eight overall with 126 total points. He is the grandson of former Formula 1 and Indianapolis 500 champion Emerson Fittipaldi. Enzo recently became a member of the Red Bull Junior Team but is still racing in Formula 2. Fittipaldi has been featured in Formula 2 for three seasons, with last season being his highest finish. 

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5.) Jehan Daruvala
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: India

After being discovered for winning ‘One in a Billion hunt’, a competition put together by Force India racing team, Jehan Daruvala began his ascent into racing. He has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020, and had his best finish last season taking home seventh place. At 24 years old, that puts Daruvala in an older class than most of his competitors, but he remains one of the best racers to come from India maybe ever. 

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6.) Frederik Vesti
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Denmark

Frederik Vesti remains one of the youngest drivers in Formula 2, as he was only 20 years old in his debut season last year. He had quite the introduction, taking home ninth place and claiming five podium finishes. Although Vesti raced with ART Grand Prix last season, he will be racing under Prema Racing for the next F2 season. It will be hard to top the year he had last season, but with a top five finish we may see Vesti fast-tracked to Formula 1.

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7.) Ayumu Iwasa
  • Current Team: DAMS
  • Country: Japan

Ayumu Iwasa was electric in Formula 2 last season, winning two feature races and finishing 5th overall in the standings. In his debut season last year, Iwasa claimed 5 podium finishes across his 26 starts. Notably, Iwasa won the French F4 championship in 2020 and finished top 10 in the F3 Asian Championship a year prior. At only 21 years old Iwasa has shown immense potential as a driver and has a real chance at racing in Formula 1 very soon.

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8.) Liam Lawson
  • Current Team: Carlin
  • Country: New Zealand

Although he may only be 20 years old, Liam Lawson has one of the most extensive racing resumes of any young driver in the world. Last season was his second year in Formula 2, and he enjoyed a third place finish after accumulating 149 points across the season. He has been racing since 2015 and has enjoyed 1st place finishes at the NZ F1600 Championship Series in 2017 as well as the Toyota Racing Series in 2020.

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9.) Jack Doohan
  • Current Team: Virtuosi Racing
  • Country: Australia

Jack Doohan shocked the Formula 2 world last season after finishing 6th overall at only 19 years old. He is the son of former five-time 500cc world champion motorcyclist Mick Doohan. Jack has been racing since 2018 and just finished his second season in F2. No matter what competition Doohan races in, he almost always finishes in the top 10, and looks like he won’t be slowing down anytime soon. There is a very real possibility that Jack Doohan will be racing in Formula 1 very very soon.

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10.) Jüri Vips
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: Estonia 

Jüri has an extensive racing career, as he’s been featured in different series since 2017. He has enjoyed three seasons in Formula 2, where he has also been a test driver for Red Bull Racing’s Formula 1 team. His best finish in F2 came at the end of the 2021 season, where he finished 6th overall. Vips was excruciatingly close to finishing in the top 10, but was a single point shy and finished 11th overall. Vips has a lot of experience in F2 and as an F1 test driver, so there is a real chance he makes the leap to a full time F1 driver in the near future.

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11.) Marcus Armstrong
  • Current Team: Hitech Grand Prix
  • Country: New Zealand

The 21-year-old driver from New Zealand has been racing in Formula 2 since 2020. He has boasted a total of three wins, with seven podium finishes. Armstrong has finished in 13th overall the last three F2 seasons, his highest finish in the series.

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12.) Dennis Hauger
  • Current Team: Prema Racing
  • Country: Norway

Few racers on this list have the same hype and expectations that Dennis Hauger have. The 19-year-old racer was electric in Formula 3, finishing first among all racers. In his first season as an F2 driver Hauger has claimed a first place finish in a sprint race, as well as picking up points during almost every race weekend. He finished last season 10th amongst all racers.