Weekend Reading: December 1, 2017
- Words Grailed Team
- Date December 01, 2017
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Has Sneaker Hype Gone Too Far?
It may seem odd coming from us — we’re HYPEBEAST after all — but, with the triple effect of an aggressive and unpleasant convention, Nike’s SNKRS app crashing under the weight of 'THE TEN' release, and Sean Wotherspoon’s Air Max 97/1 release being cancelled, there’s clearly something wrong with the world of sneakers at the moment. And a lot of that comes down to one question: why is it so hard to buy a pair?
Colette Founder Sarah Andelman Explains the Importance of Collaborations
When Jeff Staple invited me to join his 'The Art of Collab' panel at ComplexCon, I was very anxious because I’m too shy to speak in public. But I was also very excited because it’s the story of my life; I adore collabs! It also forced me to look at the past and review what we, Colette, have done—something I never do.
Unpublished Warhols May Soon Be for Sale—on Calvin Klein Underwear
Calvin Klein and the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts have teamed up for a big multi-year partnership that will license a wide swathe of the pop artist’s work for use across Calvin Klein’s various fashion lines.
Inside Adidas’ Robot-Powered, On-Demand Sneaker Factory
Last winter, the sportswear giant adidas opened a pop-up store inside a Berlin shopping mall. The boutique was part of a corporate experiment called Storefactory—a name as flatly self-explanatory as it is consistent with the convention of German compound nouns. It offered a single product: machine-knit merino wool sweaters, made to order on the spot. Customers stepped up for body scans inside the showroom and then worked with an employee to design their own bespoke pullovers. The sweaters, which cost the equivalent of about $250 apiece, then materialized behind a glass wall in a matter of hours.
Come Together! How Rave Returned to the Cultural Mix
Before the May bank holiday in 1992, Castlemorton Common in the Malvern Hills was chiefly known only to walkers keen to hike through its 600 acres of unspoilt, unenclosed land. After that bank holiday, however, it became known as the site of Britain’s biggest-ever illegal rave.
via: The Guardian
Kith’s Ronnie Fieg Knows Exactly What You Want
'I had to quit a long time ago,' said Ronnie Fieg, the founder, chief executive and creative director of the street wear brand Kith. 'I was eating cereal a minimum of twice a day and each time was a minimum of two bowls, so I was was eating four bowls of cereal a day, every day, from when I was 11 or 12 until I was 25.'
via: The New York Times
Would You Take Out a Loan for a Pair of Jeans?
Jocelyn Vera Zorn is not eager to talk about the loan she took out to buy the pants. 'It’s kind of embarrassing,' she grimaces. Really, she just wanted the pants: a special-edition pair of Imogene + Willie jeans in a vintage wash with a frayed raw hem that cost around $200. 'I don’t usually shop like that. I don’t usually buy new things, period' — but the pants were on sale, and she liked them, and 'they were kind of an impulse buy,' facilitated by a new kind of point-of-sale personal loan from a company called Affirm.
Olivier Zahm on Why Magazines Still Matter
Purple magazine was founded 25 years ago by a young French art journalist named Olivier Zahm and his then-girlfriend, Elein Fleiss. Back in 1992, modems were truculent novelties which screeched and hissed to let you know they were slowly linking you to this new thing called the World Wide Web, and lots of clever young people were starting their own magazines — which, at the time, felt like the most efficient way to embody a cutting-edge sensibility, make arguments, and change the larger culture. As Zahm told me, 'The magazine was a voice of a generation. Of a context. I was struggling, as an art critic, and a journalist, to push this new generation, and my dream was always to do a magazine.'
via: The Cut
The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon
The Mall of America’s terrazzo floors, glazed white like doughnut frosting, ribbon out in every direction, creating a vast mirror maze of consumerism with 520 glassy storefronts. Shoppers, who have escaped an endlessly gray Bloomington, Minnesota, sky on a Monday morning in October, drift through the largest mall in the United States like tourists at an Atlantic City buffet. A couple holding hands strolls into a Zales while buttery perfumes emanate from an Auntie Anne’s next door. Kids and some willing parents fling around on the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge roller coaster, one of 27 rides at the Nickelodeon-branded amusement park on-site. Distant echoes of saxophone Muzak clash with both elevator whirs and bubbly pop songs. Somewhere in this otherworldly commercial expanse are five Lids stores and four Sunglass Huts.
via: Fast Company
What Happened to Designer Adam Kimmel?
In 2012, the young menswear designer Adam Kimmel was, as they say, poised for greatness. The label he started in 2005 was growing steadily. He had popular cross-over collaborations with Supreme and Carhartt that were making waves beyond the high fashion world. He had shrugged off conventional ways of showing his collections, and instead staged creatively ambitious presentations that garnered critical acclaim and sent his star rising higher: David Blaine swimming with sharks, a casino full of models wearing oversized masks designed by George Condo, a tuxedoed rodeo cowboy riding a bull, and a motorcycle-riding Sasquatch playing master of ceremonies at an art gallery in Paris. He had cosigns from some of the coolest guys on the planet, many of whom he used as his models, including Glenn O’Brien, Aaron Bondaroff, Dennis Hopper, Ryan McGinley, and the seminal American artists George Herms, Larry Bell, and John Baldessari. Kimmel’s Fall-Winter 2012 collection featured an Area 51-inspired set with models wearing fighter pilot flight masks. It may have been his greatest, according to Style.com critic Tim Blanks. “He's like a great moviemaker in the way he can find and tap American myths to contextualize and elevate his product in his presentations,” Blanks wrote in his review.
via: GQ Style