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Adidas x Rich Mnisi Link Up For Exclusive Collaboration

Today, adidas unveils its debut line with South African contemporary fashion designer, Rich Mnisi, and it’s a collaboration that features a lineup of beautiful, bold pieces that celebrate Rich Mnisi’s Tsonga heritage.

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adidas x Rich Mnisi

Alongside these pinnacle performance pieces are statement streetwear looks featuring exaggerated silhouettes that seamlessly fuse style, color and function. The collection also features iconic adidas footwear lines and innovation including Superstar, UltraBOOST and Forum, which have been reborn with Rich’s signature prints via a series of design accents that feature throughout. 

Richard Mnisi continues to push the dial on the celebration of identity, interspersed with adidas’ belief that through sport, they have the power to change lives. The result is a line that pushes the boundaries of sport style, all with self-expression at the heart. The pieces in this collection fuse bright, bold animal prints, vibrant clashing colors, and striking abstract patterns that come together to tell the exciting story of his roots. Each piece has been designed to be worn as a standalone stand out piece or accessorised and layered for a more individual and expressive look.

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adidas x Rich Mnisi

When asked about the collection, Mnisi has this to say.

“I am immensely proud to present this collection in collaboration with adidas, an iconic brand that i grew up seeing on POC bodies that were rewriting the arts. It has been a pleasure to bring my designs to classic pieces. We have created a bright, unique collection that reflects my love for the idea of community and heritage, individuality, and self-expression.

Our aim was to create pieces that supports life on and off the sports field. The spirit of this collection celebrates our homeland, so environment was an important aspect when looking at methods and materials used in the creation process. I am so pleased we’ve used adidas’ advanced technology and partly recycled materials. I am truly excited for the world to see this collaboration come to life.”

The pieces in this collection include:

adidas x Rich Mnisi Track Top
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adidas x Rich Mnisi

A vibrant top that features a collage of bold animal prints, throughout and puffy sleeves for a stylish, oversized silhouette, the jacket is designed to elevate any look. Matching bottoms accompany the top.

adidas x Rich Mnisi Dress
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adidas x Rich Mnisi

An A-line tennis dress elevated with fun and playful prints and merged with leading adidas performance fabrics, designed to bring a fresh style to the court.

adidas x Rich Mnisi UB22
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adidas x Rich Mnisi UB22

A true representation of style intersecting with performance, the adidas x Rich Mnisi UB22 trainer features the classic BOOST midsole, and combines with striking prints to make a statement with every step.

The adidas and Mnisi collection will be available via adidas.com starting February 1st.

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Forecasting 2022 Fashion Trends

The new year is upon us, and with that the unyielding monolith that is the fashion industry continues to transmute and adapt to the zeitgeist that governs it. Coronavirus has had a massive impact on fashion at large, and aside from the supply chain issues that continue to plague the industry, the global pandemic has changed things in more ways than imaginable. Quarantine led to a year of comfort and loungewear, and although the pandemic is far from over, 2022’s latest offerings shine with a youthful exuberance that reflects society’s craving for excitement once again.

Similar to the roaring 20s in the postwar west, the 20s of the 21st century are providing kindred glitz and glamor. Y2k fashion saw a return in 2021, massively bolstered by TikTok and other social media platforms, as much of Gen Z recalls nostalgic references to early childhood. With a solid portion of the fall-winter shows wrapping up in Milan (still excited for Paris next week), we can now confidently point to some of the major trends for this year.

Color
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This may come as no surprise to some, but vibrant color has made a return in a big way. The vintage and military trends of the past few years resulted in largely muted palettes, possibly in response to the bright neons and rampant logomania of the late 2010s. While there were still plenty of neutrals to be seen on the runway, bright and unexpected color combinations reigned supreme in nearly every collection. 

Showing Skin
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There has been a tremendous upheaval in gender norms in the past several years, and because of this we are now seeing much more androgyny from fashion brands. One of the manifestations of said gender neutrality is the presence of bare skin in menswear collections. Cutouts, crops, and creative geometry all made themselves known on the runway this year, and you can believe that the more confident and adventurous among menswear enjoyers will be following suit.

Nu-prep
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Louis Vuitton SS22

While nothing really new, the nu-prep look is reaching a fever pitch that can no longer be ignored. Brands like Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton and Aimé Leon Dore have led the charge, blurring the line between formalwear and streetwear. With the ALD’s recent minority acquisition by LVMH, it is clear that the masses have taken note and are looking to capitalize. High fashion is no stranger to this either at the moment, as brands mix track suits and varsities with loafers and derbies.

Dressing Big

Things have been big this year. Long gone are the days of skinny jeans, skinny shirts, and skinny suits. The combination of the early 2000s inspirations and comfort-forward trends has led to larger, draping silhouettes for much of the shirts and outerwear. Pants were mostly straight legged, and designers weren’t afraid to let them stack nicely on top of the shoes of the new year. The 5-inch short’s reign seems to be drawing to a close, with many opting for longer, billowier shorts. Even prints are big this year, with at least a few garments in nearly every collection littered with an all over print of some kind. As a nice contrast, we saw quite a few tighter long sleeves and t-shirts this season, complementing the rest of each look.

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Prada FW22
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Bianca Saunders FW22
A Little Bit of Shine

Glossy leather, satin, and silk made their presence known this year as many of the shows highlighted textural contrasts alongside their bright colors. Again, brands are tapping into the restless energy of the people and conveying it through brightness and sheen. From Prada’s shiny leather and reflective synthetic fabrics dominating their show to J.W. Anderson’s sequined tops and shorts, high visibility clothing very clearly made noise this year. 

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Obviously, we can’t exactly predict the future, but odds are that several of the themes and motifs present in the runway collections of high fashion brands eventually trickle down into the mainstream throughout the year. What’s exciting is seeing which of these will really stick.

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LMVH Luxury Ventures Takes Minority Stake in Aimé Leon Dore

The walls between high fashion and streetwear continue to crumble. In the latest news demonstrating luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton’s commitment to the burgeoning streetwear scene, WWD reported today that the house’s Luxury Ventures arm had purchased a minority stake in the NYC brand Aimé Leon Dore. The amount of the investment is undisclosed at this time.

What is ALD?

Aimé Leon Dore is one of the leading independent designers blurring the lines between prep and traditional streetwear. Founded in 2014 by Teddy Santis, the brand has emerged into the spotlight in recent years partially for their high profile sneaker collaborations with New Balance, which have become staples of the contemporary sneaker market. Santis even took up the mantle of Creative Director of New Balance’s Made in USA line last year.

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Aside from their sneaker collaborations, ALD boasts a roster of exceptional lines on a seasonal basis, incorporating influences of classic Americana and workwear coupled with flashier colors and aspects of other streetwear motifs. They also consistently drop incredibly well-directed look-books, often utilizing unique models to demonstrate the wearability of their pieces. While numerous brands constantly show how good tall, young, skinny people look in their clothing, ALD has done a good job of varying the representations in their look-books to reveal the myriad of body types that can rock their garments.

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This shoot from a few years back is a personal favorite:

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Aimé Leon Dore currently only has a flagship store in NYC, but WWD confirmed this morning that Santis and the brand have plans to open up another location in London at some point in the near future.

So what?

For now, this most likely won’t affect a lot of the external facing aspects of ALD, but LV will provide financial support and consulting for the beloved designer. You can browse all of LMVH Luxury Ventures’ investments here to get an idea of who the brand is supporting going forward (they have not updated the site to include ALD yet).

Aimé Leon Dore has quickly made a name for itself as one of the most recognizable and “hyped” brands in the NYC landscape, and it’s clear that their moves have caught the attention of the fashion old guard. It will be interesting to watch the designer going forward to determine how an infusion like this will impact their growth, design process and marketing.

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13 of the Best Men’s Sweater Vests to Shop in 2022

2021 was a year marked by layering and the proliferation of knitwear. As we head into 2022, it seems that a fascination with colorful pieces and power clashing between a myriad of different materials will continue to become more popular. With artists like Tyler, the Creator and ASAP Nast popularizing a more formal genre of streetwear in the past few years, many forms of knitwear—from cardigans to sweaters and vests—are going to continue to find their footing in the fashion landscape.

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I personally have found sweater vests to be one of the more versatile garments in the game. You can pair one with something short sleeved in the less brisk months, or include it in a layering heavy outfit during the frigid days. With that in mind, here are 13 of the best men’s sweater vests on the market right now, from the entry level options to some more expensive grail pieces.

How to style a sweater vest:

There are a lot of ways to incorporate sweater vests into your daily outfits, from the casual to the downright formal. One of the easiest ways to style a colorful vest is by layering it on top of a more muted shirt. This works in the warming spring months as an option slightly warmer than just a tee shirt, but not as bundled as a full jacket. I also personally like how certain patterns mesh with each other, so a vibrant sweater vest can pair nicely with an interesting hat or scarf, as long as the rest of the outfit is relatively muted so you don’t overstimulate.

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More simple sweater vests are the easiest option to style, as you essentially use them like a scarf or cardigan to add another layer of color, material and texture to an outfit. Don’t overthink it. Pair a button down shirt with a plain vest and an overcoat. Or if you opt for a button up vest, it can be paired loosely buttoned with a graphic tee shirt to show off your vintage collection. When it comes to styling sweater vests, there are truly so many options. Have fun.

Also, traditional fashion guidelines suggest that you never button the bottom button of a vest, as you’re supposed to leave it open for mobility. That said, rules are meant to be broken. Do what you want.

The 13 Best Men’s Sweater Vests

It’s clear how to style them; it’s clear they’re trending. Now let’s take a look at some good options, from the more entry-level to the high end.

Also, knitwear is often very expensive. So if these options are all out of your price range, I definitely recommend checking out your local thrift store, as you can often find high quality pieces from brands like Eddie Bauer, Brooks Brothers, Land’s End and more for an incredibly low price. Look out for cashmere, wool blends and other soft materials.

1. Everlane No-Sweat Sweater Vest
Everlane

This is such a good entry-level option, especially considering the big markdown right now. For the price, Everlane boasts really great quality, and the chalk colorway is a great vest for dipping your toes into sweater vest styling.

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2. Land’s End Men’s Fine Gauge Supima Cotton Sweater Vest
Land’s End

This is as simple as it gets. If you want your sweater vest to operate as an element to a developed fit, as opposed to the eye-catching piece in your composition, any of these simple options from Land’s End would fit the bill. The cloudy blue colorway is also a nice standout choice.

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3. Brooks Brothers Fair Isle Sweater Vest
Brooks Brothers

This one won’t necessarily be for everyone, but if you’re looking to build an outfit around a highlight piece, this Brooks Brothers vest is a killer option. The vest is 90% wool and 10% cashmere, meaning it’ll be exceptionally warm with an added bonus of delicate softness. Consider styling it with a pair of jeans, plain black shirt and a navy overcoat.

shop now at brooks brothers – $89.99
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4. Comme Des Garçons Homme Deux Lochaven Of Scotland Edition Vest Cardigan
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At its current markdown, this option on the list is probably the best bang for your buck. It’s part of the Comme des Garçons Shirt x Lochaven of Scotland collaboration, and comes in a beautiful olive colorway perfect for the spring or fall. One thing to note, however, is that this piece is 100% acrylic, so it may not feel as soft to the touch as some of the other fancier knits on the list. But the cut, color and brand make it a great option.

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5. COS V-Neck Knitted Vest
COS

This piece from COS is comprised of an organic cotton / wool blend, making it both warm and relatively easy to maintain. The gray colorway is easy to style, while the texture of the garment makes it a bit more visually interesting than a plain cotton rendition. This is a great piece for layering and warming up in the cooler months.

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6. Alex Mill Bleecker Sweater Vest in Merino Wool
Alex Mill

This option from Alex Mill is perfect for those who want to leave their vest loosely buttoned to show off a shirt underneath. The color options are beautiful, and the pockets are nice bonus place to store either your hands or your everyday items. This is classic cool.

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7. Andersson Bell Black and Off-White Unisex Hippie Long Vest
SSENSE

Designer Andersson Bell is well known for its knitwear pieces, and this wool and mohair-blend is a beautiful, slightly more eccentric option that what’s been on the list so far. The stripe pattern makes for a nice highlight of an otherwise muted outfit, or consider combining it with another pattern for a cool clashing effect.

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8. J. Crew Cashmere Sweater-Vest
J. Crew

This is one of the most balanced options on the list. The pink colorway would make for a great highlight piece in an otherwise simplistic outfit, while the navy is a perfect basic to style however you see fit. J. Crew’s cashmere is well-known for its softness and quality; odds are you won’t want to take this one off.

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9. Polo Ralph Lauren Cable-Knit Wool-Cashmere Sweater Vest
Polo Ralph Lauren

If you’re looking for something stylistically more basic, but with supreme quality, then look no further than this entry from Ralph Lauren. The wool-cashmere blend is going to make this one of the softest and warmest options on the list, and the button-up style opens up more styling opportunities to show off a shirt or article under the vest itself.

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10. Noon Goons Purple Kingston Sweater Vest
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Alright now we’re getting into the expensive options. These are the grail type of pieces that you would buy with some ideas already in mind for how best to style an outfit around them. This purple option from Noon Goons is gorgeous, and could be a perfect centerpiece to an otherwise mellower outfit. And if a $240 argyle vest isn’t the right option for you, consider using it as styling inspiration for a similar vest you pick up at the thrift store.

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11. Nanushka Off-White Ervin Fleece Vest Cardigan
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It doesn’t get more timeless than this. While the price tag is certainly daunting, the fit and endless styling opportunities provided by this piece’s minimal style (and button up feature) make it an amazing high-end minimalist option.

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12. Raf Simons Purple Oversized Knit Vest
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This list wouldn’t be complete without something from Raf Simons. This is one of the more fitted vests on the list, making it a good option for wearing solo as more of a tank top. You could also consider sizing up and utilizing the beautiful merino wool garment as an accent piece.

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13. Maison Margiela Grey Blurred Fair Isle Vest
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This is actually the vest that ASAP Nast is wearing in the image at the beginning of this article. When it comes to Margiela, you can expect supreme quality and eye for detail, and this vest is no exception. At first glance, it may just look like a fair isle pattern, but it’s actually a weird blurred rendition of the classic pattern; it almost feels like an optical illusion when you stare at it.

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Diplomacy Is NBA Players Go-To Streetwear Brand

Diplomacy is a brand that should continuously be on your radar. The Black-owned streetwear brand based on New York and London has quickly become NBA players’ go-to streetwear collection. From Los Angeles Clippers Guard Terance Mann spotted in the Free The Future hoodie, to Utah Jazz Guard Donovan Mitchell wearing the brand’s Stitches Tee, Diplomacy is on the rise and yet to reach their full potential.

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Diplomacy City Tracker Top

Wes Iwundu is another player that has recently rocked Diplomacy and was spotted in the brand’s core crewneck. Diplomacy uses classic silhouettes and lux fabrications, they design thoughtwear, so that each piece in the collection promotes a concept related to the practices of mindfulness, tact, and civility. The brand continues to pride itself on giving back, which is always at the forefront.

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Diplomacy Free The Future

The Free The Future capsule collection donates a portion of proceeds to the Boys & Girls Club of Houston. Additionally, the brand’s Peaceful Protest capsule collection where the profits from the Look Deeper tee and  Masterpeace tees are donated to The Bail Project Inc.

What continues to make Diplomacy special is their creative designs, and innovative thought process and rollouts. We’re sure that we’ll be seeing more athletes and celebrities rocking the brand in the future.

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Seventh and the Quest for the Perfect Hoodie

The quest for the perfect hoodie is an arduous one. But nonetheless, we persevere. When I texted fellow ONE37pm style guru Max Paek about an article I was putting together on the best hoodies, he eagerly sent me a few brands. In the list he sent me, one stood out above the fray. Rarely are you able to absorb a garment’s caliber and feel through a digital representation, but the folks over at Seventh have managed to imbue every visualization of their products with a sense of quality. After immediately slotting the hoodie into the list’s top 5, I knew I wanted to learn more.

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So I connected with the brand’s founder and creative director—Bukki Ojo and Emmanuel Duru—to discuss the genesis of Seventh, the unifying ethos behind their pieces and what’s to come for the Lond0n-based designer. 

The Seventh products have a minimalism about them, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t represent the culmination of a myriad of traditions and styles. Bukki comes from a vintage background; she ran a small vintage store for the first 5ish years of her foray into the fashion world, reselling classic sportswear pieces in a store on High Street while finishing up her Masters Degree at the London College of Fashion. She eventually decided to pivot from reselling, entering the design world. But she brings into her design process the various silhouettes, materials and structures that drove a lot of her curation.


Around this time in 2019, she brought in Emmanuel Duru, who is now the brand’s creative director. He too had an incredible eye for cultivation, running an IG page dedicated to curation. “I wanted to go back into design; the first person that came to mind was Emmanuel for creative direction,” she tells me. So they teamed up and launched Seventh at the end of 2019.

The Early Days

“The idea of the products basically came from what I was selling before,” Bukki tells me, referring to the pieces’ constant reference to vintage sportswear—whether it be the drop shoulder silhouettes or the heavy materials used. “I wanted to use those silhouettes, but create a very minimal and contemporary version to simplify it,” she remarks. Her vintage store also emphasized minimalism in the actual layout and design of its interior, and she wanted to carry that love of the simple over into the garment. 

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That’s how they settled on the original V1 hoodie, which eventually snowballed into the V2 you can see on site today. “Now we’ve got our pinnacle pieces,” Bukki tells me, referring to the roster you can find on site now: a collection of simple pieces that emphasize form and quality over flash.

Bukki Ojo

We’re all about innovating, but keeping the core and foundation.

For how simple the pieces are, Emmanuel and Bukki have put so much thought into each and every garment. “We wanted to not just be a fashion brand that looks nice, but to innovate and inspire people,” Emmanuel tells me. This ethos has certainly resonated with their consumers, as such a vast portion of their buyers are creatives themselves, drawn to the simplicity of their work.

“I want to stimulate creative’s minds,” Bukki tells me, adding that they often use members of their following in their shoots and lookbooks. “A lot of the content is really candid and real,” Emmanuel chimes in, adding: “Us not being perfect is what makes us, us.” 

The Seventh Ethos

“Comfort is our base,” Bukki tells me, regarding how they construct their pieces. “If it’s not comfortable, it’s getting chucked in the bun,” she cheekily jokes. Bukki and Emmanuel both note how techwear can be comfortable, but sacrifices aesthetic, while visual-first clothing can often deprioritize comfort. “We’re finding that balance.”

I personally love the colors in the Seventh’s roster; everything meshes together so perfectly on their site. That’s no accident. Bukki and Emmanuel tell me that they want putting on an outfit to be as easy as possible: “simplifying peoples’ lives with purposeful product.” So when they select colors for a collection, the symbiosis is paramount. “Every single tone has to blend with each other. We do all the thinking for you,” Bukki says, revealing why all of the pieces fit so well together visually. This is part of their commitment “to the busy person,” as they put it, making getting dressed easy.

This also contributes to the brand’s name: Seventh. “The name ‘Seventh’ comes from the Bible,” Bukki tells me. The name is an homage to the day of rest; getting dressed in Seventh shouldn’t be a trial. It’s easy.

“Color, silhouette and quality are the three main pillars of our design,” Bukki tells me, going on to add why these pillars are so paramount. “We have no branding, so the only way you know the brand is through the shape, silhouette and quality.” And it’s absolutely true. I could identify a Seventh hoodie from, say, an Aime Leon Dore hoodie just by its structure; no branding necessary. 

The Colors

When we dive into the nitty gritty of they design their pieces, Bukki pans the camera down to reveal a table littered with vibrant swaths of fabric. So far, they’ve primarily relied on more muted palettes, so I was surprised to see such a kaleidiscopally diverse selection of colors strewn about, but Bukki tells me it’s part of their ongoing color selection process for the summer line.

They rely on a lot of unique colors, muted variations of a lot of traditional hues. “I always like when people don’t know what to call it,” Bukki notes. “Sometimes our colors are so weird that you can’t really put a name on it,” Emmanuel adds, a phenomenon which I love in my own wardrobe as well. 

For the summer, they’re challenging themselves to incorporate some more vibrant colors than the usual. “Trying to do something loud, but not too loud,” Bukki tells me, adding that they’re looking for something like their current Chemical Blue

The Future

As far as the future goes, Bukki and Emmanuel have a lot planned. They intend to re-release the V1 of their hoodie, a lighter variation more suited for the warmer months. Additionally, they’re toying with launching their first graphic tee shirt, but the details are under wraps for now (keep an eye on their IG for up to date info).


They’re also already prepping for next winter; I love their puffer jackets and can’t wait to see the next line. They also recently did their first ever brand collaboration with Sean Brown.

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Based on this experience, Bukki tells me: “We want to do more collaborations as well with cool creatives in our scene.” Seventh also has a big following in the US, so they’re considering doing some pop ups in the year to come, hopefully in the UK and the USA. 

The quest for the perfect hoodie seems never-ending. But at Seventh, they’ve come as close as we could ever hope to find on earth.

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Who is Martine Rose?

It’s not often that one finds a designer who is consistently ahead of their time, but Martine Rose stands head and shoulders above many of her peers as one of the preeminent tastemakers of fashion’s current era. From running her eponymous label to consulting Balenciaga’s menswear division, the 41-year-old has been at the forefront of modern fashion, cultivating it with subtlety and zeal.

How Did it All Start?

Martine Rose was born on November 24, 1980 in Croydon, England to a British-Jamaican family. Her mother and father were a nurse and an accountant, respectively, and as a result much of her youth was spent at her grandmother’s with cousins, whose interests would ultimately shape the majority of her design practice. She would see her sister and cousins getting ready to go out to dancehall clubs and illegal raves, and found herself enamored by the tribal fashion sense of these youth subcultures.

Rose attended the Camberwell College of Art where she discovered that, in a broader sense, fashion could be whatever she wanted. Up until this point, fashion had always seemed inaccessible and posh. This resulted in Rose attending Middlesex University, where she graduated in 2002 with a degree in fashion design. After graduating, she founded the T-shirt label LMNOP with her friend, and current stylist, Tamara Rothstein. The brand folded in 2005, and shortly after she founded her eponymous menswear label in 2007.

About the Brand

Everything you like about modern fashion–the oversized denim, short tops, droopy shoulders, exaggerated proportions–Martine Rose has been doing for the past decade. Many of the themes in her work revolve around the subcultures in which she was immersed as a child. Heavily inspired by the UK rave scene, the punk movement, and her Jamaican roots, Rose has always toyed with normcore codes, distorting the everyday and presenting it within a new context. Although her inspirations are eclectic and varied, there is a composed nature to her look that she attributes to the style of her Jamaican aunt and uncle. While finding her identity as a designer was a terrifying journey, she now finds herself interested in volume, proportion, tension in fabrics, and colors. 

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While definitively a menswear label, Martine Rose frequently toys with themes surrounding gender identity and androgyny. The clothing is not strictly unisex, but is still often worn by women. On the other hand, Rose will find herself questioning if men would actually wear some of her designs, but is pleasantly surprised to see what they are willing to dress themselves in. 

Rose’s design practice has always been somewhat unorthodox, and not always by choice. Often the financial demands of a runway show were insurmountable, so the designer held shows in odd locations like a cul-de-sac, a community climbing gym, an indoor market, or even through video. For her SS15 collection, times were so tough that the show was only a single look. She has even taken entire seasons off, taking a deserved maternity leave over adhering to the fashion industry’s relentless calendar. Ultimately, these unconventional methods have become part of her appeal, always subverting norms in ways that are truly unexpected. 

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One of the major turning points in Rose’s career came in 2016, when she was brought on as a creative consultant for the menswear division at Demna Gvasalia’s Balenciaga. Her aesthetic and design sensibilities have now become synonymous with the Balenciaga look, now echoing throughout the fashion industry as everyone draws inspiration from fashion’s biggest brand. Her illustrious career has seen her collaborate with Nike on a wonky version of the air monarch, the construction company CAT, and an extended partnership with Napapijri that has resulted in some absolute classic pieces. Her designs have graced the backs of global fashion icons such as A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, and Kanye West. 

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Kanye West in a SS18 Martine Rose Fleece

Martine Rose is an overnight sensation that was over a decade in the making, and she will no doubt continue to adapt and mold the tastes of the modern man, but on her own terms.

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Meet the Outdoor Research Archive

The preservation of artwork and historical objects has always been a key facet of curation as a means to remember, understand, and learn from humankind’s history. Unfortunately, the same care has not been taken with many of our designed objects in modern times, as they are abundant and difficult to comprehensively archive. Nonetheless, the importance of custodial work within this space is paramount in understanding the history of mankind’s innovations in order to inform design of the future.

Recent years have seen the proliferation of those who wish to change that, with archivists using the power of the internet to shed light on niche subjects relating to design or other interests. A particular sector of design that has exploded with public interest is the realm of outdoor gear. The combined interest of the fashion community in gorpcore and vintage has resulted in the curation of content surrounding the intersection of these fields.

What is the Outdoor Recreation Archive?

The most interesting and comprehensive of these curators thus far is the Outdoor Recreation Archive (@outdoorrecarchive), led by Utah State University industry outreach and marketing coordinator Chase Anderson. In 2017, Utah State University’s Special Collections and Archives (SCA) partnered with the school’s Outdoor Product Design and Development (OPDD) program to establish a collection of books, catalogs, periodicals, photographs, and manuscripts. While most other pages draw from the internet as a resource for content, Outdoor Rec Archive is unique in that the University owns physical copies of all the content it shares and stores them on location in a climate controlled facility.

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What initially began as about 1,100 documents from about 250 brands has since blossomed into an array of media from over 800 brands and publications that spans several decades and numbers over 10,000.

Crucially, the entire archive is publicly available in person to anyone who should wish to access it, and has an extensive inventory online. “There’s ripple effects that we won’t see for years,” says Anderson, describing the importance of making these resources free to access. “I’m not sure what the impact will be, but at the end of the day I just want people to know we’re here, and that this material is available to them.”

Researchers and journalists alike have been welcomed to the archive, with USU going so far as to launch an annual fellowship program to fund excursions to visit in person. Brands have also begun to take interest, and companies like Allbirds have sent teams of designers to the university to draw inspiration. 

The collection is not just limited to catalog and magazines, though. With interest growing around the project, Anderson has had the opportunity to get his hands on incredible manuscripts, such as early material from brands that have never seen the light of day. 

USU Digital Exhibits

“There’s a weight and responsibility with putting material online,” says Anderson. “The majority of the catalog covers that we’ve shared, I don’t think they’ve ever been online before.”

Highlights include documents and sketches related to the creation of the Oval Intention, The North Face’s iconic geodesic tent. The son of Gerry’s founder has also shared an immense amount of material surrounding the brands early history from the 50s through the 70s, offering unique insight into the inner workings of an iconic mountain sports company. 

Anderson cites instagram accounts @organiclab.zip and @npsmaps as major inspirations with regards to formatting and content, having realized that there was an opportunity to share the archive through platforms like Instagram based on the success of pages like these.

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Currently the archive is only able to make a fraction of its material available online, as the sheer volume of information and imagery is currently too much for the staff to scan in its entirety. Anderson’s current focus is on making the most visually appealing material, such as magazine and catalog covers, readily available to viewers. However, he hopes that, in time, the contents of these publications will eventually be scanned and uploaded to the site.

Chase Anderson

We’re just getting started, which is really exciting.

For the next year, Anderson is excited to host the first fellowship program over the summer and plans to host more creative off sites for brands. Naturally, there will be tons of pending collections added to the archive, but that is being kept under wraps for the time being. In the meantime, check out their website and Instagram to see what’s already available. Additionally, the school has a podcast where they interview designers, detail brand histories, and share information from the archives that isn’t otherwise online. 

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The Balaclava is Dominating Winter 2022

As the cold weather began to rear its head a few months ago, tastemakers searched for winter headwear to join–and potentially dethrone–the beanie. Ultimately, the balaclava proved itself to be this year’s contender for the hottest winter accessory on the market, with Google trends indicating that the search volume for them is at least double that of previous years.

What is a Balaclava?

Balaclavas are a versatile headpiece, capable of being worn a number of ways. Typically they cover the entire head and neck, leaving only the eyes exposed, but recent designs have pushed the definition of the balaclava somewhere into the realm of detached hoods as well. Often one can now see balaclava-adjacent designs that leave the entire face exposed, but we see no reason to distinguish them from others. 

The balaclava trend has manifested itself in a multitude of ways, with the hood-like version being more popular with women and the full face mask being more popular with men. It should be noted, however, that neither style has been entirely exclusive to any gender. Traditional use cases for balaclavas typically surround themes of safety, warmth, or concealing one’s identity–an ever increasing desire in today’s society. Celebrities like Kanye West have been big proponents of mask-wearing as of late, and no doubt contributed to the modern trend.

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Additionally, rappers like Pooh Shiesty and Playboi Carti have been photographed frequently with balaclavas, increasing their presence among youths and counterculture communities. Additionally, quarantine has led to a massive increase in homemade goods, with folks knitting and crocheting during the extended periods we have spent indoors the past few years. Aside from hats and scarves, masks and hoods seem to be logical subject matter for avid makers. Naturally, this has led to brands following suit, and the most reason winter collections are chock full of hand-knit (or what appears to be such) pieces of headwear and clothing.

The History of the Balaclava

The balaclava’s history is somewhat nebulous, but the name can be traced back to the Battle of Balaclava in 1954, during the Crimean War. During this time, British soldiers wore hand-knitted headpieces to keep warm during the frigid winters. Similar items from this era include the Uhlan cap, worn by Polish cavalry during the 17th and 18th centuries. Oddly, however, images of these garments bear little resemblance to the modern definition of the balaclava. Similar headwear has been worn for centuries, though. Knights and other warriors of the middle ages frequently wore a version of a coif, made of chainmail, underneath their armor for added protection. In terms of design, this looks closest to what we know today. As mentioned previously, the balaclava is typically used as a means to protect its wearer, whether it be from temperature or identity theft. Skiers, mountaineers, and others operating in cold conditions frequently wear them for warmth, while firefighters and race car drivers wear balaclavas made of fire retardant material for safety. Specialized police forces and military personnel can often be seen wearing balaclavas, presumably to protect their identities from those with malicious intent. 

However, our intentions are pure. We would simply like to share our favorite balaclavas we’ve found for this winter and beyond, as we don’t think that the trend will be going anywhere. Without further ado, here are some of the best ones.

1. Arc’teryx Motus Balaclava
Amazon

Feeling shiesty? We got you. Arc’teryx not only perfected the basic beanie, but they also have the black balaclava on lock. There’s nothing extraneous here, and it does exactly what you need it to. It’s also a great option for layering with other headwear and neckwear due to its minimalist aesthetic.

Shop Now at Amazon – $35
https://amzn.to/3fk7hrr
2. Carhartt Fleece Balaclava
Rugged Outfitters

This awesome balaclava from Carhartt is made of a super soft fleece, and the cord toggle lets you decide how tight you want the hood to sit around your face. This is an especially solid option for the colder climates.

Shop Now at Rugged Outfitters – $49.99
https://ruggedoutfitters.com/collections/mens-face-mask/products/carhartt-mens-fleece-balaclava
3. COS Hooded Mock Collar
COS

We’re not quite sure where this piece fits in within the balaclava and hood realm, but its way too cool to pass up. It features a large padded hood with a zip-up mock collar to make for an accessory that we promise nobody else has right now. The COS option is a good example of this new era of neckwear that blurs the lines between scarf, balaclava and hood.

Shop Now at COS – $89
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cosstores.com%2Fen_usd%2Fwomen%2Faccessories%2Fhats-scarves-and-gloves%2Foutdoor-layers%2Fproduct.hooded-mock-collar-blue.0700369002.html%3Fgclid%3DCjwKCAiAzrWOBhBjEiwAq85QZyoIusZUCuqttpEG5TTxDBBEfgI35XQrjb3j9YRQEyyxyVlK875IuBoC9tMQAvD_BwE
4. Adidas Balaclava
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This entry from Adidas is essentially a beanie-neck warmer combo, and makes a great choice for traditional streetwear aficionados. At just $30, you can’t go wrong with this one and its muted black colorway will allow it to mesh with a wide array of different winter outfits.

Buy Now from hibbett – $30
https://www.hibbett.com/adidas-originals-balaclava/41798265.html?gclid=CjwKCAiAlfqOBhAeEiwAYi43FwYFuEwpE0c2DSuinHJZmaZQ20cT9YKH5Fr8iyb4R3jJEgjKsdIAJhoCXhwQAvD_BwE
Designer Balaclavas:

If you’re looking to spend a little more on something a bit more upscale, there are a lot of high end designers who have put their own spin on the neckwear. Knit balaclavas have been having a special moment this year, and entries from brands like Philip Lim, Aries and more have good options for really escalating your winter look.

5. 3.1 Phillip Lim Chunky Knit Balaclava
3.1 Phillip Lim

This phenomenal knit hood from Philip Lim is huge, ensuring that there is absolutely no chance you get cold this winter. Coming in a beautiful mix of brown and white, the knit pattern feels beautifully crafted and homemade. It even features a sort of bib that goes down over your chest and back.

Shop Now at 3.1 Phillip Lim – $195
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.31philliplim.com%2Fshopping%2Fchunky-knit-balaclava-16606193
6. Greater Goods Hand-Knitted Balaclava
Greater Goods

Unfortunately, these balaclavas can be a little tough to get your hands on, as they are each hand made and thus limited in their release. However, they are simply so beautiful that we need to keep them in this list. Each balaclava is completely unique, so you know you’re getting a special and personal item. If you really want one now, they do pop up on the secondhand market from time to time.

Shop Now at Greater Goods – $201.14
https://www.greatergoods.online/products/hand-knitted-balaclava-165?variant=39560116863036
7. Marine Serre Black and Grey Textured Knit Moon Lozenge Balaclava
SSENSE

Marine Serre twists the classic all-black balaclava with her iconic moon print littered across the garment’s top surface. It’s subtle, but adds a lot to an otherwise simple piece.

Shop Now at SSENSE – $221
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssense.com%2Fen-us%2Fmen%2Fproduct%2Fmarine-serre%2Fblack-and-grey-textured-knit-moon-lozenge-balaclava%2F7634031
8. Stone Island N08C8 Pure Wool with Nylon Details
Stone Island

Stone Island’s knit balaclava does just enough with its subtle brim and nylon detailing, giving an outdoor edge to any winter outfit this season.

Shop Now at Stone Island – $245
https://www.stoneisland.com/us/stone-island/balaclava_cod46749794wl.html#dept=StnslndD
9. ARIES Purple & Yellow ‘No Problemo’ Balaclava
SSENSE

This colorful option from Aries is a fun play on the growing knitwear trend, incorporating a wide array of colors which culminate in a pseudo-pastel look. It’s of course a bit pricier than the sportswear brands we mentioned earlier, but when there’s a good sale on SSENSE, you can get lucky.

shop now at ssense – $140
https://go.skimresources.com?id=27667X1584577&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssense.com%2Fen-us%2Fmen%2Fproduct%2Faries%2Fpurple-and-yellow-no-problemo-balaclava%2F7858551%3Fgclid%3DCjwKCAiAlfqOBhAeEiwAYi43F0QJd_MX_C1btQRnjRusO90dmg4W2BUq8f9O27VjFUhHJuev5EuldRoCnlAQAvD_BwE
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Nike Air Huarache Celebrates 30th Anniversary With Off-Noir

Long-awaited.

Highly anticipated.

And thirty years going strong.

The Nike Air Huarache “Off Noir” is back and better than ever as we continue these opening weeks of 2022. The Air Huarache colorways first hit the scene circa 1991, and now the “Off-Noir” is here to throw us back to a time in sneaker culture where things were much simpler.

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Air Huarache “Off Noir”

When you see the “Off-Noirs,” you automatically think of 90s style varsity jackets, leather, jumpsuits, and denim (at least we do), and since 90s fashion never truly goes out of fashion, the iconic colorway fits right in as we start really rocking our winter fits and transition to spring.

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Air Huarache “Off-Noir”

The Air Huaraches were designed by the one and only Tinker Hatfield, and the Off-Noir sports a simple all-black upper along with black overlays. The white midsole provides a sleek smooth contrast, and while the shoe comes with black laces, you can easily swap them out for white/cream to create a totally different look.

The Nike Air Huarache “Off Noir” is set to go for $120 USD, and is officially out today.