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Anglomania are charmed by VV Brown and Paloma Faith / LCF’ s collaboration with Puma / We go behind the scenes with Lebron James / Getting to know Ryan Babel / Theo Walcott and Micheal Essien show their support for the Nike 5 – a side challenge / A secret gig with the Kook’s/ Introducing photographer Leo Cackett/ PRPS profile their hot new collection / Stunning photography in African Arena’s portrays urban, suburban and middle of the desert soccer fields / Nick Dines meets Danny Gabbidon / Roger Federer/ Money Don’t sleep – Floyd Mayweather / BLUEY ROBINSON.

ANGLOMANIA MAG PO BOX 206, 77 BEAK STREET, SOHO, LONDON W1F 9DB EDITOR IN CHIEF & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Mo Galy Sow DEPUTY EDITOR Nick Dines FASHION COORDINATOR Sarah Young EDITORIAL TEAM Nick Dines Sarah Young ART & DESIGN Sara D’souza PHOTOGRAPHY Satoshi Minakawa, Munetaka Tokuyama, Leo Cackett, David Ellis, Simon Cardwell, Thomas Hoeffgen, Charlotte Kibbles, Ben Hopper, Karina Lidia, Samara Morris, Malkit Singh, Lola Peach, Jany Thomas, Fiona Jane -Johansen Contributers Amina Issiaka, Cleo Davis, Karim Elgamel, Vikram Kushwah, Sara Darling, Cheryl Corea, Lucie Von Alten, Anne Veck, Katie Greenwood, Trish Irving, Kitty Bell, Yoshkiri Kirino, Basia Hyrmowicz, Ryan Pickard, Davide Firmager, Tom Andrews, Neil Pemberton, Kenji Yamashiro, Yasuhiro Takehisa, Al Kamoshita, Haruki Okuyama, Maya Yamashita, Andy Knight Limited, Jody Schroeder, Naoko Wantanbe, Yuko Mizuno, Chinatsu Nobe, Mino Inque, Yuri, Tracy Montgny, Cornelia Adams, Mark Evans Publication Director alain lecour@exportpress paris FInance and business operations Michael Scott Carter Production manager Edd Newcombe ACCOUNTS Robert Shaffran WEBMASTER George Rozhkov INFO


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Anglomania are charmed by VV BROWN and PALOMA FAITH / LCF’ s collaboration with PUMA / We go behind the scenes with LEBRON JAMES / Getting to know RYAN BABEL / THEO WALCOTT and MICHEAL ESSIEN show their support for the NIKE 5 – a side challenge / A secret gig with THE KOOK’S/ Introducing photographer LEO CACKETT/ PRPS profile their hot new collection / stunning photography in African Arena’s portrays urban, suburban and middle of the desert soccer fields / NICK DINES meets DANNY GABBIDON / ROGER FEDERER/ Money Don’t sleep – FLOYD MAYWEATHER / BLUEY ROBINSON.

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Front cover photography: Satoshi Minakawa Black zip-up raincoat with hood and blue zip on top left chest and dark grey fleece jumper worn underneath by Nike Black trousers by Lacoste Kuteitai boots by Y-3


CONTENTS 6. monthly kicks trainer story 8. LCF collaborate with Puma 9. down to a tee t-shirt story 10. cartoon couture 14. Profile PRPS 16. Horoshi the third 18. pretty in red Ryan babel26. money don’t sleep Floyd Mayweather 40. iron man Danny Gabbidon 42. behind the scenes with Lebron James 44. Roger Federer 48. britains got 5 a side talent 54. sports as Such Fashion 64. street stylin’ by Ben Hopper 76. break point by Satoshi Minakawa 90. ruff enuff by Munetaka Tokuyama 101. african arena’s by Thomas Hoeffgen 122. introducing photographer Leo Cackett 121. tempted to touch nick dines meets mark evans 128. introducing Bluey Robinson 132. girl power with VV Brown and Paloma Faith 134. Oris Erheuro









1.Pale pink canvas £45 TED BAKER

2. Surfer grey leather trio strap £60 TED BAKER

3.Mauve/Suede lows £60 PUMA

4. Black/White/Yellow hi tops £60 NIKE at Urban Outfitters

17. Brown leather cut - out signiture style TED BAKER

6. Grey/Yellow ‘Destroyer’ £60 GOLA

7. White lows £55 BOXFRESH

8.Basso & Brooke hi tops £49.99 CONVERSE


14. Black furry ‘ape king’ mids £120 PUMA

9.Pastel canvas lace-ups £26.99 KEDS

10. Black/Grey/White lows £55 BOXFESH

11.Black/Red lows £50 BOXFRESH

8. White/Gold cut - out hi-tops £110 MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA 12. Air ‘morgan mid £50 NIKE

13. Moth trainer £poa PUMA

9. Classic ‘Jack Purcell’ £49.99 for CONVERSE

10. Gingham hi-tops £49.99 ADIDAS at OFFICE

Monthly Kicks BY: CLEO DAVIS

11. White/Grey/Pink ‘unlimited’ £55 PUMA at OFFICE


WINNER: LAUREN GREENWOOD The London College of fashion teamed up with Puma on a very special design competition, which saw students compete to create a special t-shirt design, which explored the relationship between fashion and music. Pre competition time, the LCF students were given a series of intense work shops with new music talent such as UK soul singer, Nate James, DJ GoldieRocks, Mercury Award winner Speech Debelle and dj/singer FrankMusik. These show and tell workshops involved artists and students creating dialogue and debates about what music and fashion meant to them. The lucky winner of the competition was young designer Lauren Greenwood. The judges commended her on the ‘original and contemporary’ aesthetic of her t-shirt design. Original indeed. Inspired by the American football players uniform, Greenwood demonstrated her unique interpretation of this, by giving the t-shirt shoulders a light padding which created a far more feminine style silhouette. Part of her prize was winning an internship at and together with having her design sold on the website she has proved that imagination and hard work is the perfect combination to going straight to the top. GO TEAM GREENWOOD!


1. Sign T-shirt £89 MARTIN MARGILA at

4. Psychedelic sillouhette dane tee £49 TONITE at

2.Bobby Brown circa ‘Don’t be Cruel’ 1989 tee £23 TBG at

5. zebra print tee £22 ROCKSMITH at


3.Bold stripe tee £ WESC at

6. Mona lisa impression tee £89 RESISTANCE at

by CLEO DAVIS 7. Multi graphic tee £22 LEMAR & DAULEY at


illustration: KARIM ELGAMEL

CARTOON Couture Colour lover Carrie Mundane, designer of luxury sport style brand Cassette Playa has once again worked with Nike after the Blazer Hi Collaboration. Their next jack out of the box is the Dunk Hi Premium ND, pictured below as an artist impression. The Trainer echoes a superhero colourway of black/red/blue with a transparent plastic Swoosh. The sole comes in matching black and the entire upper features contrasting white stitching, a nod towards the new-age thinking of the Cassette Playa ethic. Look out for an October 2009 release.


‘Oscar’ calf boxing boot style £55 GOLA


OUTFIELD styling and photography: MALKIT SINGH


DUNHILL gets on board with the Sea’s most stylish sport. With a nod to its British background, a bulldog print sits on the tail end of the monochrome designed Surfboard.


The new camden watch by STORM is activated by the simple push of a button; the watch then comes alive with a gentle touch of the screen. Keep your fingers away for more than a minute and the display itself turns off to save on battery life. Available online at www. for £169.99

GYM BUDDY Make your gym bag more enjoyable to lug around on the tube with this lickable lime carrier by Adidas SLVR, £130.

From the start…. Prps was created in 2003 by ex Nike designer Donwan Harrell. Being PR PS’S Founder and Creative Director, Harrel’s first priority was to create a label with authenticity, and before fashion, the brand was designed to be worn and utilized in a practical but stylish way. PR PS uses special African cotton which is then shipped to Japan and woven into denim cloth by family-run denim manufacturers in small towns who possess a deep understanding of craft and expertise to rival any of the old school tailors on Savile row. It is indeed the old school production methods with a new skool fan base that adds to the brands charm. The label even features in the notorious urban dictionary, with a phrase featured in a Lil Wayne track, ‘Sky’s the limit’”..’’I got my 40 cal tucked in my, what do you expect I’m from New Orleans...”! The Visual… A New York-based brand, with Japanese roots, PR PS’s aesthetic is understandably edgy with a heavy undertone of street style and distant sports visual. The label has launched five limited edition men’s styles for Autumn/Winter 2009 and Quoted as the ‘Rolls Royce of Denim’ by luxury boutique owner Philip Start, Prps have put everything they know about creating a denim lover’s dream into these 5 Limited Edition styles, which feature new washes and branding on custom-made Japanese selvedge denim, to deliver the most authentic vintage jean available. Don’t be surprised…. If you haven’t actually heard of PR PS, you can be forgiven. The only way I can encourage you to understand the profile of this brand is, if I compare the label with a church. * hang on wait for it, it will make sense*. Individual churches are well know to their respective communities, just like PR PS is notorious in underground and hip hop circles and perhaps lesser known in mainstream high street fashion communities, furthermore just like a church, PR PS have a pure and singular approach to there product and the preaching of there brand. No, PR PS is not as commercially accessible as its competitors such as Diesel, but , yes, it is this unavailability factor which makes the brand all the more desired and valuable. The person behind the persona… In order to fully understand the aesthetic and quite specific following that PR PS has, its paramount to get to know the man behind the brand. The understated Donwan Harrel, who used to be one of the head designers at Nike and also worked for Donna Karen designing suits, spent just one year at power brand Nike, when he was promoted and relocated to Hong Kong to study the Asian market and design active wear. After 5 more years at Nike, Harrel was inspired to become more creatively independent when he saw a huge gap in the urban and sportswear market. Harrel stated that’ Urban and Minority kids don’t really dress different to anybody else…they just want to wear there clothes bigger’ With this in mind, his aim became to ‘change the spec’ of the way the hip-hop community dress. Now, fast forward a few years, and PR PS is sold in high end stores internationally including Bergdorf Goodman and Fred Segal and championed by renowned actors, rappers, dj’s, and athletes a like. Become a part of the movement….. Want a piece of the new limited edition collection? The collection will be limited to 100 of each style across Europe and will be available in the UK exclusively from Matches, Start Boutique, Cruise, Harvey Nichols, Flannels, Xile and The Bureau from August 2009. Prices start at £230 to £400.




Horoshi the third

Horoshi the Third is a collection of modern men’s wear and jewellery inspired by Legendary Japanese Tattoo Master, Horoshi III of Yokohama. Taking influences from traditional patterns from ancient tattoo designs and combining a contemporary multi media business approach to brand expansion by releasing an accessories line, this 21-st century company with traditional values is one of the industries best kept secrets. The legend Yoshihito Nakano was born in 1946, and Horoshi III is considered to be the last living legend specializing in Irezumi, (full body Japanese tattoos.) Yikes!! His tattoos are usually outlined free-hand using a machine, but the color is inserted using the traditional Tebori or Japanese hand poke tattooing technique. Double Yikes! Horoshi specializes in full body tattoos, so if you fancy one of those, your going to have to be patient as it is achieved by a 2 hour session every week for 2 YEARS and costs over 20, 000! Triple Yikes!! But don’t worry if you are not too keen on needles and don’t have that sort of budget, you can get nearly the same aesthetic by investing in individually designed t-shirts, and withThe brand’s main focus being on fit and quality Of fabric, whilst the products are produced in Japan on alimited run basis, you know that authenticity and exclusivity of each product ranks high on the agenda. But remember, no pain, no gain! photography: JANY THOMAS




PRE IN RE photography: David Ellis

ETTY N ED words: Nick Dines

sweatshirts: both Nike

the flying dutchman Cast your mind back to May and rewrite history. Imagine if the Premier League title had finally come home to Anfield for the first time in 19 years. Whilst the success would have brought both immense pride and joy throughout the home dressing-room, one particular talent’s enjoyment would have been slightly tinged with frustration and disappointment. Forget the legendary motto, one man would have walked alone. Surely a guaranteed starter in any other Premier League outfit, Ryan Babel, Liverpool’s rapid left-winger has found life at Anfield frustrating, struggling to hold-down the permanent first-team spot he yearns for. With the often perplexing tinkering of manager Rafa Benitez, the bane of both players and fans alike, there’s no doubt that shuffling the pack has affected the ‘Flying Dutchman’ more than most. Boasting an impressive midfield with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano, Babel has found opportunities fleeting, with both Albert Riera and Yossi Benayoun jointly occupying the left-wing birth. Despite minutes on the pitch few and far between, Babel’s talent has been there for all to see, however whilst a move back to Ajax in his homeland under former Spurs boss Martin Jol has been mooted, Liverpool fans will hope that Babel’s time on Merseyside continues. Having been brought-up on a healthy diet of world-class total-football, watching Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard, and that famous 1995 Champions League winning outfit, which included the likes of Seedorf, Davids and Kluivert, it’s no wonder Babel joined Wesley Sneijder and Rafael van der Vaart in becoming the latest in the cycle of Dutch talent off their famous creative Ajax youth academy conveyor-belt. His introduction to the international scene arrived four years ago away in Romania at the relatively young age of 18 years 97 days, a landmark appearance he marked with a debut goal. However missing out on a major championships is already unfortunately fresh in the youngster’s mind, after facing the disappointment of an ankle ligament injury that ruled him out of Austria and Switzerland in Euro 2008. The 22-year-old arrived on Merseyside with an ever-growing reputation on his shoulders, signing on a five-year deal from Amsterdam in 2007 for a hefty £11.5 million. His form that summer had seen him play a prominent role on home soil in the Dutch Under-21 team’s European Championship success.


T-shirt: More Human

Sweatshirt: Horoshi the 3rd

T-shirt: More Human

things you didn’t know about ryan babel 1. Babel at just 18-years-old became the Netherlands’s youngest scorer in 68 years. 2. Babel is an accomplished right-footed striker and a left-winger. Due to his Power, control and precise vision, he has been likened to a young Kevin Campbell in strength and build. 3. Babel cost £11.5m when he transferred to Liverpool and inarguably has huge potential, HOWEVER, this figure sparked much controversy and debates to whether he has been given a chance to fulfill his full potential. 4. Alternative career? Ryan Babel raps under the name Rio and has collaborated with Dutch rappers such as Lange Frans, Baas B, Darryl, Ali B and U-Niq. 5. Passion for Fashion. Babel’s favorite designer label is Hugo Boss because he likes the simple chic style of the brand. 7. He doesn’t have a specific pre match routine but keeps his energy up by eating a traditional Indian /Pakistan food called Roti which has the consistency of a chapatti. 8. His favorite producers are the Neptune’s and Dr Dre, and admires artists such as Kanye West and Jay Z. 9. Child Star.He started playing football at the tender age of 7, and when he was 11 he attended the youth academy of Ajax. 10. An art lover! Being dutch, naturally Babel’s favourite artist is Vincent van Gogh. Babel appriciates the story behind Van Gogh’s work rather than just the instant aesthetic.


T-shirt: More Human


MONEY DON’T SLEEP FLOYD MAYWEATHER photography: Simon Cardwell


things you didn’t know about

Floyd Mayweather

1. Mayweather was given the nickname “pretty boy” by his amateur teammates because he had relatively few scars, a result of the defensive techniques that his father (Floyd Mayweather SR) and uncle (Roger Mayweather) had taught him. 2. At the 1996 olympics mayweatherwon a bronze medal by reaching the finals of the featherweight division’s 31 boxer tournament. 3. He started boxing at the age of seven. 4 Mayweather went to live with his Grandmother at 16, After his father a drug dealer and boxer was sent to federal prison for smuggling cocaine. 5. His 2007 bout with Oscar de la Hoya set a pay-perview reacord, racking up 2.15 million buys. 6. He was paired with dancer Karina Smirnoff on ABC’s dancing with the stars. 7. He owns the hip-hop record label Philthy Rich Records. 8. His middle name is Joy. 9. He has retired from boxing at least three times 10. He wss fitted with boxing gloves whilst he was just a toddler.


Floyd Mayweather is part of the boxing elite. The undefeated American Boxer has won six world boxing championships in five different weight classes, is a former WBC welterweight champion and named Ring Magazine fighter of the year in both 1998 and 2007. So imagine the surprise when he turns up for a training day in Canning Town’s Peacock Gym. London based Photographer Simon Cardwell fought through the crowds of eager kids and aspiring boxers trying to snap images of their hero on mobile phones. The result is an atmospheric portrayal of Mayweather’s endurance, speed and strength.


photograpy: KARINA LIDIA styling: AMINA issiak

iron man

Danny Gabbidon

interview: NICK DINES Having returned from a lengthy yet potentially career threatening abdominal injury, West Ham United’s defensive stalwart Danny Gabbidon now certainly appreciates everything about his day job for the Irons. The 30-year-old Welsh international recently took timeout with Anglomania to discuss the best league in the world, ‘THAT’ Millwall game, his admiration for Fernando Torres and Gianfranco Zola and getting back to business, literally. Having been out for such a lengthy 18-month period, how relieved are you to be back in amongst the action? You end up feeling a bit lost because you can’t help your teammates and you’re picking up wages but not justifying what you earn. Just to be out there everyday training with the boys and getting involved with the banter feels great. I wouldn’t say I feared for the worst, but sometimes you can take football for granted, so I’ve now tried to enjoy every training session and game because you never know when it could all end. What keeps you going during those tough times? When you’re out for such a long time, you watch a lot of games wishing you were out there playing. It was hard. For the first three or four months I was down the training ground at nine o’clock and then home at seven. People don’t realise how hard you work when you’re injured. Everyone’s having a laugh on the training pitch and then home at one o’clock, where as you’re in the gym watching them train, so it does at times get you down, but also gives you added motivation and hunger to work harder. You’ve obviously thought about life after the beautiful game, as I understand that you’ve been undertaking business management courses? When you get to a certain age, your mindset changes and you start thinking about what you’re going to do when you finish playing. Getting the injury obviously gave me more time to think about it. The business courses were a good way of taking my mind off the injury and a useful way to re-educate myself. It’s certainly opened my eyes to what’s required to starting your own business and hopefully that will hold me in good stead in the future when it comes to starting up my own little project. Music production is something I could look into, as I’ve always loved music and I listen to a variety of styles from R&B, Hip-Hop and House to a bit of Garage. I’ve had decks for a long time and if you were to look on my iPod you’d find all kinds of stuff. Are you confident of returning to the form that earnt you Hammer of the Year in 2006? To win that award in my first season at the club was a really great feeling for myself. After that, things went a bit pear-shaped with the injury. That’s the aim; to return to the level I was at prior to the injury. I’ve got to try and get myself into the team, stay fit and play on a regular basis. That will come with more training and further games. How concerned are you by West Ham’s start to the season, or have the performances in the defeats against Spurs and Liverpool given you hope? We showed in the games against both Tottenham and Liverpool what we are capable of doing; it’s just reproducing that week after week. We’ve lost a couple of players and new players have come in, so it’ll take a little bit of time for the team to gel. Hopefully over the next few weeks we can start to pick up points, gaining confidence from a few results. Having played in that night of mayhem between West Ham and Millwall at Upton Park, what was that like to experience? A bit strange to be honest, a crazy night. Obviously before the game you knew it was a big derby game and knew there might be a bit of trouble. As players, we weren’t expecting people to be running on the pitch. We knew there might be some trouble outside the ground. I felt sorry for the Millwall players, because obviously West Ham fans were just shaking our hands and kissing us. We just wanted to get them off the pitch as we know that if fans are doing that, the club will get into trouble and the last thing you want is to lose points or incur a fine for the club. Are the players aware of the financial troubles at West Ham? In a way sometimes the players don’t know any more than the fans. You’re both on the same level, as you don’t really hear a lot of what’s going on upstairs. There’s been up’s and down’s over the last couple of years, but I’m sure the club are working hard to get back on the right track. When both signed (Carlos Tevez & Javier Mascherano) we were

thinking the club’s going places, you’ve got two world-class players and you’re hoping for good times ahead. Obviously that hasn’t turned out that way and other big players have left since, so we’re not where we want to be at the moment. Have you noticed an increase in the quality in the Premier League or is there now a clear gap between the top six and rest of the league? This season clubs have spent money to try and bridge that gap, even the bottom clubs, as everyone wants to improve. We haven’t really spent as much money this season, which does make it tough trying to compete. When you look at where we finished last season (9th), our aim this campaign would have been to try and improve on that. We want to stay in the Premier League for starters and once we’ve done that we’ll go from there and see how many points we can pick up. I think this season you’ll see a close title race, although the top teams will probably lose more games than they have before. However you’ll still have those usual top four teams with maybe Man City coming into the equation. It would be nice to try and get a European position, so there’s no reason why we can’t. Team for team, the Premier League is the strongest league in the world and no other league can match it for atmosphere and excitement. Which players in particular have impressed you so far this campaign? Carlos Tevez is a quality player and Fernando Torres on his day is unplayable. He showed that against us at Upton Park with his two goals, winning the game for them. Wayne Rooney’s also had a great start to the season, despite the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, he’s taken the responsibility on his shoulders. Jermain Defoe has probably impressed me the most though. We played against Spurs pre-season and he looked sharp then, you could see that he was fit and hungry and I thought he would start the season well and he has. Every striker poses a different challenge, however there’s no one that I’ve ever been scared of, I just see it as a challenge. Gianfranco Zola was obviously a gifted player and recently celebrated a year in charge at West Ham, what’s it like to be playing under him at the club? He’s still incredible when he joins in training, you can’t get the ball off him. He was saying recently that he should sign himself up for the team. To have the chance to see him in action on the training ground and to work with him as my manager is an honour for myself. I’ve certainly learnt a lot. Along with Steve Clarke, they both command respect form the players and that’s what they get. When they tell you something, you listen because they’ve been there and done it. We play football in the right way, how it should be played, which makes it a lot more enjoyable. We don’t always win but the fans appreciate it. As a centreback yourself, which players in your position do you admire? Someone like Rio Ferdinand, a player that’s got everything, he’s tall, quick and can play with the ball. He’s simply the complete player and that’s how I like to see defenders play. Although when I was younger I used to play in midfield and on the wing as well, so I didn’t really follow a defender. One of my favourite players was John Barnes, as I liked Liverpool. You recently returned to the international fold. How disappointing has Wales’ World Cup qualifying campaign been? Obviously this campaign was a little bit disappointing. We started quite well and should have beaten Russia and played well against Germany but lost. It’s important to start well and get that belief. Over the next three or four years the team is going to mature and we’ll have a great chance to qualify for these tournaments. The players are good enough, we just need that experience. Finally Danny, as one of the more experienced pros at Upton Park, do you look to offer advice to West Ham’s latest batch of exciting youngsters, Jack Collison, James Tomkins, Junior Stanislas and Zavon Hines? Of course, it’s important. I was in their situation once and I had experienced players doing the same thing to me. There are a lot of young players coming through at both West Ham and Wales, many of them are quite mature already, but some do need advice here and there, whether that’s encouragement or telling them what they did wrong. It’s part of my job now to pass on advice and hopefully that will help them in their career.


behind the scenes with

lebron james

Being on the cover of American Vogue with the most famous Brazilian model in the world, Giselle Bundchen, is the stuff of dreams, but for super star nearly seven foot basket ball player Lebron James, it is merely another day in the office. In September Nike announced that the NBA’s most valuable player LeBron James would arrive in London as part of a world tour that would focus on empowering youth through two intense days of activity throughout the city which focussed on learning about the grassroots of basketball and sports innovation, in conjunction with the introduction of the Nike Air Max LeBron vii. The grand world tour is also in association with the documentary ‘More than a game’ which is about Lebron and his life in sport featuring some of his high school team mates. In a recent press conference Lebron discussed what the main purpose of making such a documentary was. ‘’More Than a Game will enable kids all around the world to learn that they can achieve their dreams and goals through hard work and perseverance, not just in basketball but in whatever they decide to do in life,” With this positive message, be sure to watch this space as Lebron is coming to a city near you! words: SARAH YOUNG


photography: Leo Cackett

things you didn’t know about Roger Federer

1.Cha Ching! Federer became the first tennis player to ever earn $8 million in a season. Keep in mind that no player has ever taken home $7 million in let alone a single year. 2.Federer was big in the game at an early age, and started playing tennis by the time he was eight. 3.In 1998, he won the Wimbledon juniors singles and doubles titles. 4.His wife, Mirka Vavrinec, is an ex tennis player and was once ranked within the Top 100 players in the world, before she sustained an injury and had to quit. 5.Federer cherishes the good with the bad equally and has formed a ‘performance philosophy’ with the belief that hardship makes you stronger. 6.In the last Wimbledon, Federer dazzled the crowds by sporting a contemporary white, and gold Nike military style outfit, complete with gold man bag, which sparked much controversy in the fashion and gossip columns. 7.A Born Winner! Federer’s win to loss ratio is a staggering 92 to 5. 8. In 2003, he became the first official Swiss man to win a grand slam after beating Mark Philippoussis in the Wimbledon final. 9. Federer is the first man in the history of tennis to win Wimbledon-US Open double four years in a row 10. Federer worryingly suffered from a severe bout of glandular fever at the start of the 2008 season, which at the time threatened to affect his form and potentially the rest of his career. Luckily he recovered and was back to a fitting fit condition.


BRITAIN’S GOT FIVE - A - SIDE TALENT If Nike did five – a – side’s they’d probably be the best five- a –side’s in the world. Well this prophecy recently came to fruition as whilst Brazil has it’s beaches and Africa its shanty towns, urban Astroturf arenas across Glasgow, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and London once again proved why they are vibrant breeding ground for the next generation of expressive Premier League prodigies. Nike Show Your Five proved more than your average five a side competition, with Nike endorsed stars such as Arsenal’s Theo Walcott, Chelsea’s Michael Essen and Manchester United’s Nan showing their support in the regional finals. Further Premier League icons such as Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas, Aston Villa’s Gabby Agboniahor and Chelsea’s Joe Cole joined the retired legend Teddy Sherringham in casting an eye over the enthralling action for the National Final. So 16, 000 players, 2,000 teams and over three months of competitive graft, skill and swagger culminated in a battle of supremacy between Birmingham’s Gold club and Manchester’s FC Fodder. Held at London’s prestigious and atmospheric Alexandra Palace, filled to the brim with raucous fenced- off supporters, yes you guessed it, Manchester returned to the North with bragging rights, adding to their city’s already burgeoning 2009 silverware collection. Photography: LEO CACKETT words: NICK DINES





Sports as such Photography: Charlotte Kibbles Stylist: Sara Darling Make up artist: Cheryl Corea Lucie Von Alten at Premiere Hair stylist: Anne Veck Art Direction: Katie Greenwood

Red strapless Celestia dress- Hemyca, ÂŁ980 Black long sleeve top- Katie Greenwood White Gold/diamond Stepping Stone Necklace- Ice Cool, ÂŁ905.32 White Gladiator shoes- Linzi

Pink net mini dress- Bora Aksu, ÂŁ882 Nude suede jacket- Katie Greenwood White gold and diamond Circus pendant- ÂŁ606.81, Ice Cool Black leggings- as before Metallic heels- Linzi Black leather gloves- Sermoneta

Long sleeve black top - Katie Greenwood, Pink suede vest - Katie Greenwood, Black Rose trousers - Hemyca, ÂŁ380, Black shoe boots - Linzi

Red metallic catsuit – E4U, POA, Black jacket- Katie GreenwoodBlack shorts- Katie Greenwood, Pink ruffle front heels- Linzi, Black belt- stylists own

Silver waistcoat- Aminaka Wilmont, ÂŁ630 Black satin Cabot Skirt- Hemyca,

Open front black dress with zips- Katie Greenwood , POA Metallic Gladiator Sandals, Linzi Purple bustier- Spijkers en Spijkers, £122 White Shorts- Katie Greenwood Diamond Dewdrop Earrings- Ice Cool, £606.81

Pink dress- E4U, POA, White leather bodice- Hemyca, £430, Black necklace- stylists own, Black leggings- Jonathan Aston £7.99 at Pink ruffle front shoes as before

Sequin mini dress- Ashish, £700 Black mini Colombina dress- Hemyca, £675 Gold belt and necklace- stylists own

street stylin’ photography: Ben Hopper styling: Trish Irving stylist’s assistant: Kitty Bell Grooming: Yoshkiri Kirino retoucher: Ben Hopper/ Basia Hyrmowicz model: Ryan Pickard (Premier, London) special thanks to Davide Firmager

Green hoodie: G Star Shorts: Firetrap Shoes: PF Fliers Belt: Fly 53 Watch: Swatch Socks: Uniqlo (worn throughout)

sweatshirt 55DSL, shorts G star

Yellow t shirt: Fenchurch Trousers: G Star Shoes: Vans Cap: Fenchurch Bag: Fly53

Stripey shirt: Vans Shorts: Fenchurch Shoes: Gravis Watch: Swatch

Zip Top: Puma, Trousers: G Star, Cap: Vans, Shoes: Vans, Belt:

Green hoodie: G Star Shorts: Firetrap Shoes: PF Fliers Belt: Fly 53 Watch: Swatch Socks: Uniqlo (worn through-

Green t shirt: 55 DSL White long sleeve t shirt (worn underneath) – Wrangler Trousers: Firetrap Shoes: Transit

Zip Top: Puma Cap: Vans

Yellow t shirt: Fenchurch Cap: Fenchurch Bag: Fly53

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Black shirt by adidas £18 Black half leather trousers by Komakino Black socks by American Apparel Black trainers by adidas X Jeremy Scott Silver necklace stylist’s own

Black zip-up jacket with funnel neck by Nike Black leather harness by Jaiden RVA James Black jersey trousers by adidas ÂŁ40 Kuteitai boots by Y-3

Black leather down jacket by Adidas x Porsche design Black long high neck knit by James Long Black nylon trousers by Lacoste ÂŁ40 Kuteitai boots by Y-3

Black hoody with hair by Komakino Black skirt with sleeves by Nom*D Black shiny leggings by American Apparel Black trainers by adidas X Jeremy Scott ÂŁ135

Black damaged jacket by Horace Black shorts by adidas ÂŁ26 Black and White tribal printed leggings and black socks by American Apparel Black trainers by adidas X Jeremy Scott

Black fleece zip-up jacket by Nike Black leather belted vest with locks by Jaiden RVA James Black leather trousers by Horace Kuteitai boots by Y-3

Black damaged jacket by Horace Fleece scarf hoody by Y-3 £225 Black shorts by adidas £26 Black socks by American Apparel Black trainers by adidas X Jeremy Scott

Black zip-up raincoat with hood and blue zip on top left chest and dark grey fleece jumper worn underneath by Nike Black trousers by Lacoste Kuteitai boots by Y-3

Photographer SATOSHI MINAKAWA @ BLUNT Photographic Assistant TOM ANDREWS NEIL PEMBERTON KENJI YAMASHIRO Stylist YASUHIRO TAKEHISA Stylist Assistant AI KAMOSHITA HARUKI OKUYAMA MAYA YAMASHITA Grooming and tattoo paint IWA PARK using MAC Pro Set Design ANDY KNIGHT LIMITED Models PAGE (Sports Promotions) JODY SCHROEDER (Sports Promotions) Many Thanks to Barney @ The Dairy Studios

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photographer: MUNETAKA TOKUYAMA stylist: NAOKO WATANABE makeup artist: YUKO MIZUNO using MAKEUP FOREVER (Rona Represents) hair: (CHINATSU NOBE for REDKEN) photographer’s assistant: MINO INQUE model: YURI (RE:QUEST) production: TRACY MONTGNY (CA1 CA2 cornelia adams) studio: SHOOT DIGITAL NYC all clothing: NIKE all accessories: STYLISTS OWN

illustration: SARA D’SOUZA

african arenas 1999 to 2009 by Thomas Hoeffgen

It’s a long time and a long way from lush green lawns of aristocratic English football in the 19th century to the rough, dusty arenas of suburban African soccer at the eve of the 21st. Two worlds colliding through time and space – and yet the fascination is the same. The African Arenas project seeks to portray today’s Africa through the lens of some of its urban, suburban, and middle-of-the-desert soccer fields, moving all the way between two sticks rammed into a mud field to the high-rising light shafts of major league stadiums. It combines aesthetic precision with a meditation on the variety of places and spaces in which, as well as the variety of people by whom, soccer is being played. It’s a vibrant portrait of a whole continent’s love of soccer and a tribute to its ability to nurture some of the world’s finest players. Thomas Hoeffgen’s pictures aim not only to show the soccer fields and their occupants, but also the-sometimes pretty surprising-contexts in which they are located. Just outside a township or just underneath a highway bridge, the nature of the game allows more or less informal arenas to arise virtually at any street corner… For a few talented youngsters, social mobility can come about thanks to the round rolling ball-and they can shift suddenly from bare feet to Adidas shoes. This epic portrait of African soccer is based on a soccer story Hoeffgen shot in Nigeria in 1999. In the final version, the emphasis will be on soccer nations: East Congo, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, South Africa, Cameroon, Rwanda and Angola; with a focus on players, training environments and landscapes.







Tempted to touch Anglomania meets innovative artist Mark Evans who has etched into an entirely unique brand of artistry that has captured a vast celebrity following. Situated in a quaint rural retreat in Hertfordshire is an art studio like no other. There are no half squeezed paint tubes, no canvasses, no watercolour brushes, but instead, half a dozen hypnotic leather masterpieces hanging from the ceiling. Thirty- four year old Mark Evans handetches big leather hides, exposing varied shades of suede, creating epic pieces full of intrigue and temptation. 2009 so far appears to be the year of Twitter and Blackberry, however with an exhibition in New York on the horizon, mark’s compelling etched leather art, boasting immense attention to detail, will no doubt become the latest addition to the musthave list if you can afford it. words: NICK DINES When did this relationship with leather first come about? After a freak accident at Christmas lunch 12 years ago, some spots of blood ended up on a new leather jacket I’d just been given. In an attempt to fix it, I dug out my art materials and palette knife to try and clean it up but instead I scratched too hard and etched right into the surface. I suddenly went from thinking the jacket was ruined to then seeing endless opportunities. I locked myself away like a mad scientist and started to experiment. The result was a two- tone rendering of Jimi Hendrix on the back of that jacket. During a shopping trip to London I got stopped by five guys in one day, each asking me where I got the coat. That gave me the confidence to practise. All those years of portrait painting, studying fine art at Middlesex university and a Foundation prior to that at Wrexham, fused with that accident, proved the cocktail for my Achimedes ‘Eureka’ moment. What was it about working with leather that appealed to you? Art has a tendency to be highbrow, often with a very pseudo-intellectual and feminine feel, and that doesn’t appeal to people on a gut level. With leather, there’s that raw masculinity and aroma. For me, working with leather at my studio is like

entering a bakery and smelling the bread or the smell of wood in a carpentry shop. Man has crafted leather since time beganit’s the stuff of warriors, gladiators and rock and roll rebels. Where are you in terms of developing your art? Everything prior to now has been about mastering the technique and the craft. It’s been eleven year, but I like pushing the envelope as I think there’s always scope. That’s why I keep a Kurt Cobain piece up on the wall, as I often look at it and think how basic it is. As my technique has developed, it takes me longer to finish my pieces; a large and detailed piece can take up to three months to produce. My first few pieces only sold for around £1,000 each. As my work developed, they started selling for between £20,000 and £30,000. A decade on my clients expect to pay anywhere from £75,000 and £250, 000 for a commissioned piece. The last year or so has been crazy because there’s nobody else doing it and people have started to hear about me. I imagine your reputation has been boosted through word of mouth? Yes. Some of my clients are intensely private whereas others like Rio Ferdinand and John Terry have been putting the word out. If you do something with them, their teammates know about it. I’ve since had loads of other top footballers, such as Carlos Tevez and Jermain Defoe, commissioning my work. One of the first ever pieces was of Al Pacino. I gave it to Rio Ferdinand who loved it. Rio then went on to commission other pieces. Back in those early days I intentionally chose iconic subjects like Muhammad Ali, as I knew they had wide appeal. They sold. That was how I survived the first five years or so. Since you work is now really popular and it takes months to create, do you have to turn work away? It’s gone mad. It’s got to the point where I need eight hands. In pioneering this technique, my benchmark was always ‘Can I get this to look photo realistic?’ Now that that I feel I have achieved that, I’ve started to look for challenging imagery. If you were to look at my back catalogue of work, it’s all very iconic, like

the Biggie Smalls piece. I feel in some ways that I’ve moved on artistically. From 2010 I will be producing just 12 pieces a year; pieces that both the client and I are deeply passionate about and that push the creative boundaries. For instance I started working on some pieces from an exhibition called “All My Heroes Died Young’. I had created detailed sketches of Jim Morrison, Jeff Buckley, JFK, Bruce Lee, Jimi Hendrix as well as a massive Jesus Christ, but I just got too busy with commissions to put them to leather. That said, one day I’m sure they’ll be seen. Do you find that you have to fall in love with the piece, or is it a very much a detached relationship? We’re doing a big piece at the moment for the Chelsea player Juliano Belletti. It’s capturing the moment he scored the winning goal in the 2006 Champions League final for Barcelona against Arsenal. For him it was not only the highlight of his career, but of his life. The reason I really liked this particular idea was the passion that Belletti himself brought to it. He described the scene from memory as an epic story, something out of Braveheart , and that captured me. I want to work with people who are more than clients; they are collaborators. When it’s complete it won’t just be a photo reproduction on leather, as you’re not only buying the art, you’re buying the artist. I truly have to believe in both the concept and the person that I am doing it for. What’s proved you favourite and most enjoyable work? It’s all about the big art pieces. You can sell the smaller pieces all day but I love doing the epic stuff where I have to split the work into panels. One of the most memorable pieces I created was entitled ‘Running Bulls- A Beautiful Irony’. It was a commission for a wealthy private client depicting three raging bulls charging in unison. It was two –tonnes of raw, raging muscle and the irony is that it’s carved from dead bull. That particular piece took a long time to come up with the design. Despite having sold it for £70,000, I didn’t really want to part with it, and it was a sad day when it left the studio. How are your pieces received? The funny thing is, when a client finally

comes into the studio to see the finished art, they are very reserved. Then I unveil their piece, and its usually followed by a ‘F****** hell, it’s amazing!’ That raw response tells me that I’ve succeeded. In the USA, leather has played a huge role in it’s history, from skins used as shelter by Native Americans to leather jackets on Hells Angels- it’s a rock and roll fabric, and when people see my work for the first time, the response is “Wow!”. Having produced works depicting iconic legend such as Steve McQuuen, Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King, which projects would you like to take on? It would be people where something in their life or work has impacted on my life in someway. Steven Spielberg is massively on my list. I’d love to do a large piece of Schindler’s List, because that film was an amazing and inspirational story to me. I’d also like to work with Mickey O’ Rourke. At the height of his career he gave up everything to pursue his other interests – this total dedication and belief in himself is a real inspiration to me and his return to the big screen in The Wrestler was simply amazing. I think there’s scope to do something with Nike for the Olympics in 2012. The appeal for me is the mythNike was the goddess of victory- and the whole history and heritage of the Olympic Games. How do you retain an interest and remain absorbed in a piece with it taking so long? Firstly, I have to believe in the piece. When that happens I can get absolutely lost in the work. The Blackberry is switched off, the iPod switched on, knives and scalpels are out and I get into that creative zone. The weird thing is I’m usually not a patient person, but when it comes to this, I am. Sometimes you think you’ve completed a piece, then come in the next day and see it in a different light and those subtle changes are made. Nothing leaves the studio until I’m 100%. If you can find something in life that when you’re doing it, time has no meaning, when four hours feels like ten minutes, then you know you’re doing the thing you should be doing.



leo cackett This months profile focuses on British born, London based photographer Leo Cackett. His career started as a freelance assistant, working for photographers including Nick Knight, Corinne Day, Ray Erderman, Hamish Brown, Liz Collins and Matt Jones. Leo’s style has evolved from fashion roots to a strong reportage and portraiture portfolio, which has taken him from cage fighting in LA to the slums of Nairobi. After a two year stint based in NYC, Leo is back in London working with a client list including Nike, Diesel, J Lindeberg, Quicksilver and Sony records. His career highlight so far? As a life – long Man U fan, it’s got to be shooting Rio Ferdinand for Nike’.




BLUEY ROBINSON 20 year old Bluey Robinson is the boy next door. Born in 1988 he grew up on The Jackson 5, Bob Marley, Phil Collins, UB40 and The Drifters. These foundations set his musical taste and later, influenced his style today. Born of Swedish and Trinidadian descent, Bluey moved to South London from Sweden the year he was born. Keen to be heard and seen Bluey started his career in entertainment in 1999, and in 2002 landed the role of ‘Simba’ in West End musical The Lion King. Most recently T4 featured his forthcoming music career on T4’s Orange Rock Corp as part of the concert that was held at the Royal Albert Hall in September 2008. London Village Management (LVM) realised Bluey’s potential as a UK and international artist and took him onto their book s in 2007. The company has worked alongside a whole host of UK and USA artists, including Ryan Leslie, Gnarls Barkley and Dallas Austin. Under their management Bluey has been teamed up with a young and exciting band, an undiscovered producer ‘Labrinth’ and is working on his debut album from which the first single will be released in Spring 2009. Prior to the release, LVM aims to establish the ‘Bluey Brand’ amongst his core demographic of 14 – 35 year olds through a guerrilla marketing campaign across the internet, TV and radio. The campaign will centre around social internet sites, including his own You Tube Channel ‘Bluey Robinson TV’, where his video blogs will be uploaded weekly. The viewers will get a chance to see Bluey’s infectious personality and passion for music in and out of the studio. The ‘Bluey Brand’ is all about building hype around this talented, unique and high energy performer who grew up in London and wants to embrace the culture of the city. His incredible talent along with athletic build and good looks will maximise the hype and makes his You Tube channel one of the most subscribed channels of 2009. images: SAMARA MORRIS/ CLEO DAVIS


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Girl Power!

photography: Lola Peach

VV brown and Paloma Faith are two names that you are going to hear a lot about in the future. Paloma, an ex magicians assistant, and VV Brown an A grade student who declined an offer to study at Oxford, have come to represent for me and for my generation a new music movement. Born in Hackney, London, for half Spanish, half British Paloma Faith, Music wasn’t initially her first career choice. Having several artistic media disciplines under her belt by the age of 23 including, being an ex magician’s assistant, a trained contemporary dancer, a St Martin’s alumna with an MA in theatre direction, a performer in a burlesque show/ dance club, and an actress, after a few years, Paloma introduced music into the equation. Having been heavily influenced by the style and sound of various blues and soul singers, she found her own voice and started writing her first studio album ‘Do you want the truth or something beautiful?’VV Brown was once a straight A grade student who after completing her a-levels received offered at 5 top universities including Oxford, King’s College London, LSE and York. but declined, in lue of wanting to pursue a career in music. At 19, being signed to a UK record company who sent her to LA to collaborate with some of the industries best R&B producers including Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera’s mentor), she felt as if they were casting her in an ‘’R&B Stereotype’’, ‘’ shaking your booty and not wearing many clothes’’ she says was imposed on her, and it just did not work. Having fallen out with her team, she was left to fend for herself in LA, and so with virtually no money, living in a room with no furniture, and no friends, VV made her way back to England. Depressed and with no idea what was in store for her and the eureka moment came when she bought a cheap second hand one stringed guitar to start writing fresh material, VV said that the limitations of the one string‘’ “ forces you to concentrate on the melody, so you naturally go toward swing and rock’n’roll.’’ It was from then on she starting writing about relationships, pain, and being creatively stifled, that tracks such as ‘’crying blood’’, which was made avalible through a limited edition single, and 7in vinyl version were created.Despite VV being signed to Island Records and Paloma to Epic Records, they very much have a lack of ‘product’ quality about them. Beneath the crazy hair, amazing vintage clothes and in built charm, they are normal girls, and are sort of part of the anti Britney movement. Nothing about there overall aesthetic is contrived or conjured up so to speak and when watching them perform you feel as if every lyric and note is authentic, and more importantly you believe that everything that they are on that stage has come from them and not some huge generic A&R machine. ‘Pumping out’ the hits, is not the number one priority, sub staining artistic integrity and having a ‘performance thought process’ is number one on their list. Maybe I’m writing this from a slightly feminist point of view, but I feel these ladies power’ Beyonce image that we are lead to believe ‘empowers’ or ‘represents’ independent women. Go Girls! ! words: SARAH YOUNG



photography: Lola Peach

ORIS ERHUERO photograph courtesy of Vikram Kushwah On first glance Oris Erhuero looks like you would expect any male supermodel to look like. Cheek bones so sharp that you could cut your steak with them, arms bigger than the size of most athlete’s thighs, and piercingly dark eyes. Yes, with these good looks, lets be frank who needs brains right? Well, on the day that Erhuero was born, god obviously smiled down on him, as blessed with not only beauty, he was bestowed with the gift of intelligence. Not content with being one of the most photographed and published fashion models of his time, erhuero continued to utilise his infinite talents and turn his hand to acting, film production and screen writing. He first started developing a passion for the performing arts when he accompanied his mother who was a cleaner to the national theatre; it was there that he discovered his fascination with the concept of performance and the possibility of using himself as a tool of entertainment. This inspiration as a child spurred him on to secure a place at the renowned London academy of music and dramatic arts ( LAMDA), which then led on to Erhuero securing high profile Screen roles including, The adventures of Sinbad, Black Mask 2, Sometimes in April and Endgame. Having lived all over the world including his native Nigeria, New York, and Miami, and extensively travelled around the globe, he has developed a talent for the languages speaking in fluent Urhobo, Arabic, Yoruba, Ibo, French and Italian! Wowzers. See I told you about the intelligence thing! What’s next? Now 41 back living in London, Erhuero shows no sign of slowing down, at the moment he has just finished a project In conjunction with Raoul Peck, where Erhuero will be debuing a cameo role in Cedric the Entertainer’s latest film project ‘Chicago Pulaski Jones’. Now that’s one film I’m going to be booking advanced tickets for! words: SARAH YOUNG


CARRIE CASSETTE PLAYER 5 minutes with….. Carrie Casette Playa is a Street wear designer who’s collaborated with brands such as Nike and has a loyal celebrity following from stars such as Ciara. She basically epitomizes the cool east London music and fashion scene and is pretty damn cool. This is what I discovered… SY: When and Where was your First kiss? CCP: I WAS 10 AND IT WAS AT THE SCHOOL DISCO WITH MY BF IAN SY: MUSIC ANTHEM TO YOUR LIFE? CCP: ETERNAL FLAME BY THE BANGLES ! ;) SY If you were Prime Minister for the day , what would be the one law you would implement? CCP: A DAY ISNT LONG ENOUGH BUT ID WANT TO TACKLE FEMALE TRAFFICING AND GUN/KNIFE CRIME. SY: Best party you have ever been to? CCP: PASSA PASSA JAMAICA ! words: SARAH YOUNG


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Where better for a secret gig with the Kooks, than Mayfair’s hottest new club venue Willa’s. Located just off Regent Street with a bijoux capacity of 250 people and artwork from Tyrone Wood, Willa’s can be described as exclusive and intimate and cool. It’s after midnight on a Tuesday (Willa’s live band night) and there is palpable excitement in air in anticipation for the Kooks. Introduced and later joined by Taimor, it’s an acoustic set with just three guitars. Lead singer Luke Pritchard opens with previews from their upcoming album, which has not yet been released. Another sure fire top album from the band from Brighton who’s acoustic sound, catchy lyrics and quirky style have ensured them hit after hit

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