Weekend Reading: Grailed's Biggest Stories of 2018
Weekend Reading: Grailed's Biggest Stories of 2018
- Words Grailed Team
- Date January 4, 2019
"Weekend Reading" is a weekly rundown of our favorite stories from around the web. This weekend, we're celebrating 2018 by taking a look back our 10 most popular features and interviews.
Is there a story we published this year that you loved, but didn't make the cut? Discuss this past years's headlines, and share your favorite stories from the year that was in our comments section below.
Our 50 Favorite Supreme Accessories
"Since launching in 1994, Supreme has evolved from a skateboarding shop on Lafayette Street in New York to one of the most recognizable streetwear brands on Earth. While the headlines have only mounted for the brand as each season’s release draws bigger crowds (and even bigger resale prices) the brand has held onto its unique level of authenticy thanks to its thoughtful collaborations, clever, referential clothing design and—without fail—headline-catching accessories."
At Home with Nick Young: Gearing up for Swaggy P's Big Summer
"Nick Young has a plan for when, not if, the Golden State Warriors win their 3rd NBA Championship in 4 seasons. This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the man who famously dubbed himself "Swaggy P." If Young lacks anything, it's surely not confidence. Known as much for his scene-stealing sartorial choices off court as his play on it, Young is leading the crop of professional athletes who understand the importance of personal branding. Ahead of the Warrior's first round playoff matchup with the San Antonia Spurs, we sat down with Young at his home high up in the Oakland hills to talk his ambitious summer roll out, Drake signing to Adidas and just how one of the NBA's most infamous dressers puts together his pre-game outfits. Read our conversation with Nick Young below and then shop some of his favorite pieces currently on Grailed."
Always Moving Forward: Discussing the Past, Present and Future with Damir Doma
"Given the current state of the industry—and feeling pigeonholed by comparisons to household names—Doma relocated and reinvented the brand. Now based in Milan, Doma presents collections that are warm, no longer limited to his once dark color palette. Three years later, the designer is more content than ever. We spoke with Doma on everything from his humble beginnings to the big move and what the future holds for the new Damir Doma brand. Read our conversation below then shop the designer's personal archive of rare Raf Simons, Rick Owens, Margiela and more."
Little Sister New York Presents: “Rebel Clothes,” An Undercover Archive Sale
"The event, entitled “Rebel Clothes”, is borrowed from one of Jun Takahashi’s central mantras for Undercover. Known for his punk-inspired designs, Takahashi has used rebellious themes to pay homage to the artists he admires and to portray his perspective on world events. The underrated label, which has created a cult-like following over the past three decades, has transcended the path of similar streetwear brands to become one of the most unique and mysterious brands in production today. We talked with the trio to learn a bit more about the collection they’ve assembled and find out which items and seasons they love the most."
Where Style Meets Substance: A Conversation and Sale with the Macklovitch Brothers, A-Trak and Dave 1
"Born Alain and Dave Macklovitch, the Montreal, Canada natives grew up removed from any sort of music or cultural hub. Older brother Dave began his music journey early, when he joined the band of fellow high school classmate Patrick Gemayel (aka P-Thugg) when the two were just 15. Initially interested in hip-hop, the duo was a strong influence on a young Alain. Four years Dave’s junior, Alain quickly became obsessed with rap and DJ culture, and began DJing while still a teenager. At 15, Alain became the youngest ever DJ world champion, which led to a career touring the world and working with everyone from Lupe Fiasco to Kanye West. While his younger brother became a worldwide superstar, Dave and Gemayel drifted from hip-hop to funk, eventually donning the moniker Chromeo, one of the most lauded electro-funk groups in the world. Between the two siblings came numerous projects, hits and even their own label."
At Home With JonBoy: The Tattoo Artist Opens up About His Life and Wardrobe
"Assuming you live in New York City, odds are you know somebody who’s been tattooed by JonBoy, born Jonathan Valena. The prolific tattoo artist also counts quite the celebrity clientele, famously inking Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Hailey Baldwin to name just a few. The man is a minimalist master whose fine, clean lines have since become a trademark and worldwide calling card. We recently met up with JonBoy at his new LES apartment to talk about reconciling his personal faith with tattooing and his most powerful clothing memories. Read our conversation below before shopping JonBoy’s personal collection of hyped-up streetwear and high-fashion."
More Than Just Supreme: Our Favorite NYC Streetwear Brands
"While we love the Box Logo as much as the next New Yorker, we also want to highlight some of the other brands kicking ass here in the Big Apple. When it comes to NYC streetwear, there’s more to life than waiting in line on Lafayette Street."
The Corruption of Techwear: Fashion Design, Cyberpunk Media and Orientalism
"This corruption of technical wear—which should broadly encompass any “clothing for everyday life with special fabric, construction and properties that allow for breathability, movement, water-resistance and comfort”—is rooted in techno-orientalism, the phenomenon in which East Asia and East Asians are imagined in hyper-technological terms. This stereotype predicts an “Asianized” future, wherein global society dangles between aggressive modernity and dystopic living conditions. Such representations emerged as the West watched in simultaneous awe and fear of East Asia’s rapid development in the latter half of the 20th century. Exacerbated by Japan’s economic boom, fortified by China’s manufacturing might and invigorated by the rise of tech-centered chaebol like Samsung and Hyundai in South Korea, the “East” was suddenly unfairly characterized as innovation-driven future overlords."
MMW x Grailed
"Grailed is pleased to present “A Lifetime of Inspiration with Matthew Williams,” an interactive timeline covering the life and work of the ALYX designer. An extensive firsthand account that spans both the personal life and professional career of one of contemporary fashion’s most promising new designers, Williams is sharing his unique path with the world. Featuring never-before-told stories, archive clothing and inspiration going back over three decades, Grailed and Matthew Williams are beyond excited for you to see what we’ve been working on."
Inside Lil Yachty's Closet
"We visited Yachty at home in Atlanta and chatted with the man himself on a myriad of subjects, ranging from music to his personal style. Don’t forget, Yachty isn’t just a musician; with a Yeezy Season 3 modeling credit and a collaboration with Nautica, Boat is leaving his mark all over the vast ocean of pop culture. Join us as we step into Yachty's world and shop some of the most noteworthy pieces from his personal collection."