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STW2D NO. 55 »URBAN WILDERNESS« EDITION 1 / 2016 JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH

T H I S I S A C A L L TO R E W I L D ! As humans we came from the wild and without a close attachment to nature, we ultimately suffer as individuals and as a society. In one short generation we have become unnaturally chained to technology—and while it has it’s obvious benefits, more often than not, we become prisoners to its constant distractions. So maybe this »Outdoor« trend is more than a trend—maybe it’s an unconscious global movement to achieve balance and happiness and reconnect with our planet, each other and ourselves. One way or another—we hope something in this issue inspires you to get up, turn off your technology, get outside and live wild and free. @ DAV I D G E N S L E R N O R T H A M E R I C A N E X E C U T I V E E D I TO R — 3 —

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streetwear today the quarterly magazine for international streetstyles

Hannibal Saliba, Niconja, Dirk Neuhöffer, Maren Winkler, Christian Watson,

IMPRINT ISSN 1860-9996

Marketing, Advertising and Publishing: Heavy Traffic UG Alte Hattingerstrasse 11 | D-44789 Bochum | Germany Martin Magielka | mm@stw2d.com

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Editor in Chief: Martin Magielka (V.i.S.d.P.) | mm@stw2d.com Editor USA | David Gensler | dg@stw2d.com Editor: Michael Leuffen | hml@stw2d.com Editor: Joachim Offenbacher | jo@stw2d.com Photo Editor: Bastian Hessler | bastian@stw2d.com Fashion Editor: Sara Magielka | sm@stw2d.com Fashion Assistance: Meike Ratsch | mr@stw2d.com Design: Judith Anna Rüther Further contributors in this issue: Peter Pabon, Daren Newman, Lisa Pardey, MvD, Tobias Wirth, Julia Quante, Kim Keusen,

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»urban wilderness« edition this page Hiplok, Vans & Real Skateboards, Palladium PampaTech , urbanears, ReWrap, Brooks England, Converse Tekoa Bleu de Chauffe, Cooph, Nehmen, Brandblack, NikeLab, Ucon, adidas Original NMD MXDVS adidas Futurecraft, Puma & Bape, Jordan & Public School Peak Performence 7 Breath by Tobias Wirth & Julia Quante Burton & Big Agnes, Poler Nike SB, Oakley Latch Peter Pabon – thewastedtalent Urban Wilderness by Martin Magielka DSPTCH, O’Neill, Nixon & JJF Christian Watson aka 1924.us Native, the North Face, RVCA, Holden Reebok & Mighty Healthy, DCshoes & Big Brother, Brooklyn Project & Slayer, Dr. Martens, Schott & LFDY Seabass, EstLondonFixed, Bike Film Festival Slow Urban West by Niconja & Haniball Saliba Antinote, Egopusher, Tortoise, Everysize Subscription


Hiplok GOLD—high level security

www.hiplok.com | #hiploklocks

The image shows a bathing ape cap, a cool north Face backpack, some icecream footwear but focus your attention on the Hips of the rider. It’s the GOLD edition of Hiplok’s highest security wearable bike lock to date. A team of bike riders sharing the same passion forms the Brand from England - Bikes and keeping them safe as possible.

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10mm Hardened Steel Chain 12mm Hardened Steel Shackle New Speed Buckle Fastening Removable water repellent outer sleeve Reflective Detail Coded Key replacement program

»We love our bikes and keeping them safe and secure without disrupting the enjoyment of riding is what drives us. Creating innovative, unique products that address and solve problems is a challenge that we set ourselves constantly, and something we are very proud of.«


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The Vans × REAL Skateboards Collection Pushing since day one

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The soccer culture found its way into the latest holiday collaboration with a long sleeve jersey while Vans teamed up for the first time in history with the San Francisco based REAL Skateboards brand bringing together two authentic brands with their street credibility and pure approach within Skateboarding. Pushing since day one reflects the dedication in each piece of the combined Apparel and Shoe collection, containing besides a long sleeve jersey also a jacket, hoodie, shirt and two beanies, completed by the two Vans Pro Skate signature shoes Chima Pro and Chima Estate Pro from Vans / Real Teamrider Chima Ferguson. With the Chima Estate underlining the focus on the mid-top shoe models with a solid variety of the two colors black and burgundy. A decent »Since day one« logo branded in each piece of the collection conserves the original and unique spirit of the San Francisco Skateboarding scene and its influence on the streetwear culture in general. Get a bit of the feeling since day one and slip into the garments and shoes at your authorized Vans dealer. Words by Jo Offenbacher

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Palladium—Engineered for city terrain The new PampaTech represents the first step of the evolution of the Palladium brand, reengineered from the ground up with classic Palladium DNA. It is the evolution of the iconic Palladium Pampa style featuring a breathable mesh bootie, extra thick PU sockliner, an EVA step strobel and a newly designed rubber tread engineered for city terrain. This sneakerboot is more than cityproof and meets the demands of today’s most intrepid city explorers. The unique design definitely makes heads turn to take a second look.

»Glad you like our new PampaTech, we’ve been receiving nothing but positive feedback from everyone who’s seen it!«

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www.palladiumboots.com #palladium_boots

MATTHEW PANTOJA—SENIOR DIRECTOR GLOBAL MARKETING, PALLADIUM


Urbanears—for extraordinary people like you

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»Much more important than anything else, we make Urbanears for you.«

Urbanears is a collective out of Scandinavia, motivated by a common interest in global relationships and shared involvement in the relevance of the living brand. Urbanears promotes a deeper connection to color, form and people while providing the freedom to transcend individuality and unify the sound experience. “Urbanears is not intended for any specific sub culture, age group, sex, religion, race or nationality. Rather, we make headphones for anyone who is inclined to listen to music, no matter what kind.”

HELLAS Sweat friendly and cord-free, there’s no holding back with these wireless on-ear headphones. The meshy, washable ear cushions and headband take moisture like a champion. And a built-in swipe interface lets you cycle your playlist and pick up calls without hunting for buttons. Winding down with some tandem stretching? Use the Zoundplug for instant music sharing. Hella cool.

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www.urbanears.com #urbanears

These lightweight in-ear headphones have really got it together. Keep the focus on your pulse with a fuss-free setup, including perfect fit EarClick technology and a smart double clip that keeps everything in place. A built-in mic and remote let you pick up calls on the run. And a reflective cable gives you that extra night-proof edge for after hours sweat sessions.


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reWrap biodegradable

www.rewrap.eu | #rewrap_ecodesign

The young Dutch Brand from Amsterdam is committed to conscious design and their approach is biomimetic. It models human industry on nature‘s processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolism. It’s called the Cradle to Cradle design principle. The Tree Bag is entirely made of materials from trees, strong, water resistant, lightweight and fully biodegradable. Thus the outside of the briefcase is made of fiber from coconut husks pressed together with a bit of natural resin and polished with bee wax to get this light gloss and a water-resistant surface. The inside of the bag is made of natural, sun-dried rubber, which keeps your beloved goods fully dry. The bags are made in a small workshop in Amsterdam that provides employment to people with a disability. Nice!

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»We are celebrating a community of individualistic urban cyclists who constantly seek to know their city. We’re recording the people, places, and views of the city as seen from the saddle of their bikes, on their free and intuitive routes around the city. Take a different turn, dare to explore, and discover charming hidden locations. Sometimes the shortest cut isn’t as pleasant as a diversion, an exploration, or even the long way round.«

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Brooks England the metropolitan range

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Brooks, known for their iconic Brooks Saddle releases a stylish new »metropolitan range« of travel bags. Designed for urban cycling the line sticks to same values — strong design with natural materials and functional ideas. While the line consists of 4 different styles we take out the Rivington Backpack and take a closer look. A bright yellow internal lining serves to brighten the interior for better visibility of the organized internal spaces, including the padded inserts for laptops. Other notable features are rubber handles, custom adjustable straps, and the Brooks nameplate and classic interior label. It is made to enjoy every minute of a ride and made for those who love to discover their city, those who take detours and constantly seek for new adventures within the urban wilderness.

www.brooksengland.com | #brooksengland

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Converse — weatherized

www.converse.com | #converse

I remember the times when there were only Converse chucks or Vans shoes on my feet. All year, summer, autumn, winter, rainy days, snow or water mud. My feet hurt cause of –10° Celsius, still I wore chucks and was proud of them. Now finally there is this new shoe called the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Tekoa that will help the people of today to get through the harsher times with this weatherized sneaker that combines the perks of an all-weather lace-up boot, but stays true to the Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette. The Tekoa sneaker boot has a strong molded heel in waxed pull-up leather, a weatherized outsole for durability, some metal eyelets and a rubber overlay to protect from water. The high collar, the padded tongue and the traditional molded sock liner are made to keep it warm and comfortable. These are available in light brown and black color.

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PEdAL ED—the tagi PEdAL ED garments bring together Hideto Suzuki’s belief in the aesthetic and function of cycle clothing through timeless and purposeful designs. Since 2007, after working for 15 years in the fashion industry, he started creating stylish and functional garments having the cyclers needs in mind. Most of the goods take inspiration by retro cycling design but feature modern and functional elements for the city rides. The Tagi Merino Pullover is a perfect example where style and function work in a perfect mix. Made for a fresh breeze in the spring and autumn the pullover rides along in black, blue, beige, green and bordeaux pure merino wool. Tagi is highly breathable and keeps you dry but warm on a perfect level. Reflective details ensure nighttime safety. As in every PEdAL ED wool product, the fibers of the Tagi contain Lanolin, and are thus inherently odor resistant. Lanolin makes the product care ease and assists in a longer product life.

www.pedaled.com | #pedaledjapan

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Bleu de Chauffe The Reflex bag

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The Brand Bleu de Chauffe (as the name already tells) is based in France, more precisely in Aveyron near the small town of Millau. Their products are handmade by qualified artisans, renowned for their skill, experience and expertise. A respect for social, ethical and environmental standards is more than given to the owners of this company. They use the finest leathers only, and this does result in truly authentic leather bags with clean and sharp designs. They basically reinvent the classic workbag in a contemporary and urban style. Now, Bleu de Chauffe has designed the ‘Reflex Bag’ with all of its savoir-faire: a bag for photographers. It is made from the best vegetable-tanned leathers and a beautiful alternative to common camera bags. Photography lovers and professionals will particularly like the Reflex Bags convenient arrangements, as well as its smart design and silhouette. It can be used as a shoulder bag, as a backpack or simply hand-carried. Oh, also a fine and matching shoulder strap for cameras is rounding up this pack. www.bleu-de-chauffe.com #bleudechauffe

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special camera zipper for quick access easy access to the pants’ pockets 100% waterproof comfy & convenient elasticated inner cuff inner pocket for long lens or tablet waterproof 5.000mm breathable 3.000mm

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extendable and formable hood for those rainy shoots


The Cooperation of Photography moves on. We love rain jackets and functional pieces anyway. To go out, no matter what weather, is getting easier than ever. Take your beloved camera and go out and shoot in stormy, rainy harsh conditions is not that easy. Finally this 100% waterproof rain jacket Original of the Cooph brand will make it way easier again. It has a special outlet for the camera in breast high. Open the zipper; take your camera out, shoot. Put the camera back inside, zipper up, and the cam is safe again. An extendable hood covers the camera like a shield from above and is made for those stormy conditions. Furthermore, elasticated cuffs and inner pockets for extra gear ensure convenience and comfort for shooters braving the bad weather. Go out and shoot, no matter what! »We at COOPH endeavor to support photographers in breaking creative boundaries. This for us includes kitting them out with the right gear and apparel. We not only aim to encourage them to pursue their own personal style but to also provide them with the right fashion and apparel to do so in style.«

www.cooph.com #thecooph

Cooph—The rain jacket

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NEMEN CHAMBRAY SHIRT AUTHENTIC INDIGO CHAMBRAY MADE IN JAPAN, 60 COTTON YARN COUNT IN WEFT AND 40 IN WARP

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NEMEN ZIPPED OVERSHIRT 100% NYLON JACKET WITH GRADIENT EFFECT GARMENT DYED NYLON + DIPPING DYEING AND ANTI-DROP FINISHING


Nemen — Finest cloth

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This brand is inspired by the military and outdoor world styles — and it’s from Italy! Considered more a concept than a brand, Nemen cooperates with Finest Cloth Studio. Both companies work out of Milano, both are aiming to pursue traditional Italian tailoring and a craftsmanship heritage. They combine these skills with an excellent material science, based on a huge archive of garments and swatches. Their high quality products always feature a technical and functional characteristic, and on the design end do reflect on classic army styles as well as on contemporary outdoor gear. They take it serious! Thus Nemen is developed in close cooperation with historical suppliers of leading brands in the Italian sportswear industry. Take a closer look.

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NEMEN SMOCK RAF MILITARY GREEN COTTON NYLON JACKET OVERDYEING WITH TINTO FISSATO AND ANTI-DROP FINISHING

NEMEN BOMBER NYLON + SILVER COATING GARMENT DYED AND ANTI-DROP FINISHING

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www.nemen.it | #nemen_italia www.finestcloth.com | #finest_cloth

NEMEN ANORAK COTTON / NYLON 3 LAYER Mid-lenght jacket with an ergonomic hood. The garment is made using a joining machine, the edges of all parts in the assembling of the jacket have been joined by avoiding stitching, hence creating a resistance towards all weather conditions. It features two large pockets on the body with protective bonded flaps, adjustable cuffs with a metal snap button, an internal drawstring on the waist, a waterproof YKK zipper and one internal pocket, contrast color-facing parts with co/ny navy fabrics, ultra light Cotton / Nylon fabric bonded with a Japanese membrane and super light polyester backer to protect the membrane and enhanced durability. The cotton yarn count used is 120/2 and the nylon is 15 din. These features create a light, lasting, compact and very breathable fabric. It’s a 12.0000 mm membrane, waterproof and windproof.

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BrandBlack run for your life »Look good while winning« is a fine statement. BrandBlack takes it serious and the creators move on quick. At first launching some cool shoes in 2014, they extended their output into men’s apparel and thus use the momentum of the booming athleisure trend. BrandBlack is the brainchild of David Raysse, who has already designed footwear for companies like Fila, Adidas and Skechers. At Adidas he was the head of design for basketball footwear and had the pleasure to design shoes for Kobe Bryant, Antoine Walker and Tracy McGrady. But now he teamed up with his experienced creative director Billy Dill to set up their own project — in a world in which fashion meets sports.


strangebattlefields collection – mac Tech Jacket 3/4 silhouette sealed seam chest pocket and hidden gusset sleeve detail.

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They work from El Segundo in California and from there they break into the Basketball courts via Los Angeles Clipper Star Jamal Crawford. He has sported the goods all season, which caused a light bulb moment in a dominated Nike world. Furthermore their sophisticated aesthetic in clothing design smoothens it’s way into the streets. The inspiration for the garments comes from military and outdoors adventures. The cuts and the attention to details make every piece an outstanding one. To name a highlight here: there is a poncho, which buttons asymmetrically; giving a person robed in it the look of a future Robin Hood. It is a running cape that was inspired by a Dutch military parka used in the 1920 s. In combination with running tights or fully engineered running shorts and in their slick sneakers it creates a future silhouette.

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Bracing Running Cloak inspired by a Dutch military parka from the 192039s

All the company puts out is on the most elite technical level, but never looks overdone; it is functional but at the same time almost elegant. The elegant part is handed down from father to son, as Davids father was one of the founders of Kenzo. And, David played high school basketball, college basketball and designed some of the most important basketball shoes at peek time. As sports and especially basketball played such a big role in the live of the BrandBlack founder, it is quite plain that now both of these values get in the mix here. By looking at their online presence, it becomes obvious that next to basketball and running also other sports like soccer and football find consideration in their designing. Are we featuring the next big sports Brand? It is impressing to see, that BrandBlack could rival with the likes of Nike sportswear or Adidas Originals probably soon by applying a sporty streetvibe, which, developed with knowledge of the market, is just about the right taste at the right time. With this in mind we gave you an extended look on their freshly baked clothing. www.brandblack.com | #brandblack

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»The city is the ultimate landscape.” states NikeLab Senior Design Director Jarrett Reynolds, “It is home to a number of different activities and microclimates: you may be biking through the freezing rain at one minute, then jockeying for space in a stuffed subway car in the next. The NikeLab ACG collection is specifically designed to enable movement and provide weather protection, for whatever the city throws at you.«

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NikeLab All Condition Gear the function of quality Since we initially featured Errolson Hugh of Acronym Studio in one of our magazines very early issues, we are big fans of his work! He holds responsibility for a magnitude of product innovations released for distinct Brands. In his ongoing collaboration with NikeLab he honors ACG’s outdoor legacy by illustrating — or rather keeping us updated on - the function-enriched aesthetic of todays street style. It’s an assembly of diverse sport style innovations within outergear and footwear, build with a focus on keeping urban passengers dry and warm, when they’re moving through the cities streets: The freedom of movement, the correct fit, a fresh look, besides key tech features, that make it handy to stash ones beloved mobile device in the strategically best place. And — in order to be flexible enough — one is able to take the jacket off within seconds by using an inner-strap-system, which can turn the garment into a backpack, for it’s transportation with hands free. This whole line is designed to move with the wearer, or even, to trigger his need to do so. Minimal seams and joint articulation will help on this, while performance materials such as Gore-Tex®, Nike Tech Fleece and Nike DriFIT Wool offer the versatile weather protection. Catch it!

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»unlike an outdoor sport, design for the city is not based around a specific activity. it’s a much more complex and dynamic environment. Before almost anything else, your outfit communicates who you are.« eRRoLSon HUGH, ACRonYM StUdio.


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»We always view technology as a function of quality, so high tech for its own sake is basically decoration. it only makes sense to use technology if these is creating a tangible benefit.«

www.nike.com | #nikeacg www.acrnm.com | #acronymjutsu

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Ucon Acrobatics Balance and agility in everyday life Ucon, founded by Jochen Smuda and Martin Fussenegger, celebrates the 15th anniversary. The Brand is based in Berlin. One day Jochen called me up and told me the news. »We are going to change a lot. We are going to step back from head to toe product overload. We stay true to our Brand DNA and related values but focus on Bags and Backpacks!« he said. I was surprised as I follow the Brand since it’s birth and Streetwear today had a few features about the Ucon Brand and the related artists they worked with. The approach on clothing and art was high and matched perfect with the fun side of things. So now Bags and Backpacks …? the past We established our opening collection in the early summer of 2001. Martin and I came up with a vision to develop a lifestyle brand anchored by creativity, quality tailoring, innovative appliqués and ethical production. With a passion for the work of talented artists and the design community that surrounded us, we embraced collaborations to build a creative environment for the brand. From our brand’s studio in Berlin, the focus remained on bespoke fabrics, tailored cuts, and notable detailing. B R A N D — 45 —


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the present and reason to change Our quality awareness was and is always very high — we don’t want to be too mainstream. That’s why we will never make any compromises in quality, design or production. From our point of view the fashion industry got more and more difficult the last seasons. Small, independent labels always seem to be less important; the majority of customers no longer see the need to invest in unique products. It is hard to come up with something fresh and new when large chains copy styles up and down and push too many goods in the market which are impossible to sell, the demand is just not there anymore. We want to step back from this madness for a little while, because we believe that the market has developed in a very unhealthy direction and a change is not predictable at present. We see a lot of potential for us with setting a clear statement and rather develop creative solutions for carrying goods like bags & backpacks. the future You never know what the future might bring or how the market will change. We have gone through a lot of changes the last 15 years, and I guess the best thing you can do is to stay flexible and open-minded. We define new visions every season to be more competitive than our competitors. It is not only a bad thing to run a small company; we always try to see the positive thing, which comes with it. We can adapt and move more easily while taking advantage out of that. We have learnt a lot from over 30 collections we built the last seasons and this helps us to make the right decisions. It is not that we have to change everything completely; we can still use a lot of knowledge and structures we built in the past. We will continue to expand our range of models in proper backpacks, just as well as smaller ›men’s handbags‹, which increase in demand. We will also continue with the variety of materials used for our bags & backpacks. This season we added a waxed canvas for our ›Concrete Series‹ in addition to the regular canvas which we built our ›Original Series‹ from. For the ›Atlantic‹ and ›Pacific Series‹ we use robust and waterproof denim. In addition to the highly successful ›Stealth Series‹ in all black we added the brand new ›Arctic Series‹ in completely white. Both made of a fine fabric made from 100 % recycled PET bottles with a durable TPE coating, which makes the material waterproof. The highlight is certainly our ›Satellite Series’ with a highly reflective material that is available in five models.

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www.ucon-acrobatics.com | #ucon_acrobatics

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inspiration Inspired by our friends, the city we call home and the places we traveled: this is what sets Ucon Acrobatics apart from our peers. This organic approach challenges us to constantly grow, develop and progress. acrobatics The best way to explain what ›Acrobatics‹ means to us is our philosophy. Life in the city is something we’ve learnt to embrace. Appreciating the variety: a kaleidoscope of cultures all in one place. It’s the little things that others might pass by in the blink of an eye that keeps us inspired. Daily tasks are adventures to be lived, not problems to be solved. We aspire to move easy. Balancing our everyday whilst challenging our ideas to evolve. Never compromising on quality or our values as individuals. Ucon Acrobatics. Balance and agility in everyday life. values We at Ucon Acrobatics hold the strong belief that knowing the story of a crafted product gives it life and soul, and in turn, adds a whole new level of value. We work with carefully selected suppliers that we are constantly developing, assessing and expanding to meet our high standards. A crucial criterion in the selection of those long-term partners is the willingness and ability to develop with us as a brand in order to meet the requirements of tomorrow. Our knowledge comes from 15 years of manufacturing the highest quality apparel, and during this time we have relentlessly strived for progression. This is visible throughout Ucon Acrobatics, from our experienced craftsmanship to perfection in performance manufacture. Knowing where and how garments are produced is the good right to know for every customer. Well-trained quality control officers oversee our production runs to ensure that our high expectations in terms of ethically produced and premium quality products are met. We visit our productions several times a year to maintain our strong relationship and to audit the factory. At the end of the day we want to feel proud to sell our garments to customers who understand that fair production is not a matter of the country you select. Our production partners share the same understanding for quality goods, working conditions and environmental standards. We care. Ucon Acrobatics.

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adidas Originals NMD The past empowers the future

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»Adidas is a pioneering brand—that is the principle we were built on. Our archive features the best technology of its time and continues to empower us. It’s not a museum. It’s a tool. It’s a reference.« Nic Galway, adidas Originals VP of Global Design

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When I had those NMD’s on my feet for the first time it instantly felt like walking on clouds. Rushing to the office has been never this comfortable and still I was faster than usual in these beautiful kicks. They are light, the cushioning makes them jumpy and the upper feels like a sock. 10 hours later I had to take them off. Something was missing then. You got it, this is about the latest hot drop by adidas Originals, the NMD. They are designed by Nic Galway who has already worked on adidas collaborative works with Y3 by Yohji Yamamoto, Yeezy by Kanye West, the Stella McCartney line, the Tubular and many more. Since 1999, when he started working for adidas, he has been sticking to his main philosophy: “The past empowers the future.” Remember the Micro Pacer. The Boston Super. Both have been very advanced shoes in their day. I definitely remember the mini computer in the tongue as well as those eye-catching red and blue blocks in the sole cushioning of the Pacer’s and the slick silhouette of the Boston Super. NMD pays tribute to these two models, reminds us of them with bold archival details. NMD fuses iconic adidas Originals DNA with breakthrough technology of today. A dynamic concept, driven by the desire to experience, designed to move fast in an urban environment. The micro-engineered BOOST technology, those compressed EVA pellets that create a durable, shock-resistant, responsive sole, carries the adidas Primeknit upper with pride. The knitted one-piece material encloses your feet like a firm sock. The future tech lifestyle runner has a clean architecture and a slick silhouette composed out of twelve pieces. Have a step into the future.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: MICHIEL PIETERS (@MCHLPTRS) | LOCATION: EMPTY SHIP DOCK IN ANTWERP


CUSTOM 1 OF 1 HAT, GRAPHIC BY MXDVS

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MXDVS is a blog, a brand and a never-ending lookbook for outfits seawater. I had never seen that much concrete, the construction was huge. Michiel shot some very dope imagery that day, I was so impressed by his work that I wanted to keep styling outfits and keep going to sick locations to create cool visuals like we did on that day. I met Deni at a business management course a few years back. He approached me a year ago to shoot some photos with him and we shot a very clean editorial (image down left) for UEG Warsaw at a water station in Antwerp. The building was completely painted in black, the perfect spot to shoot an outfit in all white. It is still one of my favourite image series. Deni did a hella great job in capturing what I had in mind and UEG was also really impressed by his work.

HOLLYWEED TEE: DREAM APPAREL

SHOOT FOR UEG WEARING: TYVEK HIROSHIMA WINDBREAKER

MXDVS is run by one person, me (Max). I »model«, style and direct the shoots. I don’t consider myself as a model, nor do I want to be one, I just like to put outfits together and shoot dope visuals with people that also crave to be creative. I’m 22 years old and currently living in Antwerp, Belgium. I started blogging in 2010 on tumblr, been blogging about clothing brands since mid 2013. Shooting and styling outfits since Sep. 2014. My first shoot was with Michiel Pieters who kept pushing me to do a shoot with him. We found one of the dopest locations I had ever seen while we were on our way to a location were we had planned to shoot, an under construction ships-port in Antwerp. It was approx. 25m deep and 400m long, not yet filled with

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DESERT MA-1 JACKET, C2H4 LA | RIOT PATCH JEANS

PATCHED CAMO MA-1, C2H4 LA | GREY EXALDE OVERSIZED HOODIE, ENFIN

LEVÉ | POSTER PATCH JEANS, C2H4 LA | SAGE SF BOOTS, NIKE

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AUTHORITY LS, C2H4 LA | RIOT PATCH JEANS, C2H4 LA

HAT 1, MXDVS | DESERT MA-1 JACKET, C2H4 LA | AGAINST ALL

NE LIRAIN PANT, ENFIN LEVÉ | SUEDE HIGH TOPS, ANN DEMEULEMEESTER

OLAF HUSSEIN X ADYN COLLAB HAT | LINEAR BOMBER JACKET, ADYN | SANDSTO-

So far, my favorite shooting was shot by Sandro Dal Bianco, a very talented but young photographer from Limburg. We did an editorial together for C2H4 FW15 in Middelkerke at some intact WW2 nazi bunkers not so long ago. We had a great day exploring the concrete nazi constructions and the pictures of that day were just plain gold. I’m looking forward to create a lot more with him.

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ENFIN LEVÉ | SUEDE HIGH TOPS, ANN DEMEULEMEESTER

| LINEAR BOMBER JACKET, ADYN | SANDSTONE LIRAIN PANT,

LARGE BACKGROUND IMG: OLAF HUSSEIN X ADYN COLLAB HAT

OLAF HUSSEIN X ADYN COLLAB HAT | SPITFIRE SUNGLASSES | ERRALDI HOODIE, ENFIN LEVÉ

My favourite brands are Enfin Levé, ADYN, UEG, Raised By Champions, F. I. A., Askyurself, I Love Ugly, c2h4 and Filip Roth. Love what they create and put out. It is an honor to blog and shoot their collections. Favorite footwear brands: Nike, Dr. Martens, Converse, ETQ, Danner. Favorite clothing items to wear are bomber/flight jackets and military boots. People that inspire my clothing style would be Shia LaBeouf, Jerry Lorenzo, Boris Bidjan Saberi, Kanye, Raf Simons (Jil sander and pre-2010 collections, fuck his adidas crap), Herr Usrt, Jakob Hetzer, Nicholas K and many more I can’t think of at the moment. I find a lot of inspiration in military looks. I’m very anti war but damn those nazi's looked fresh in their uniforms by Hugo Boss. At the moment I’m working on my own clothing brand, also called MXDVS. The webstore was launched mid Nov. 2015. Since I’m not a clothing designer and not interested to act like one, I will just draw, vectorize and release my clothing piece by piece. No season collections, you can rock my shit every day of the year.

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SELF | RAW FLEECE S/S SHIRT, ASKYURSELF

HOODIE, ENFIN LEVÉ | OVERSIZED COAT, FILIP

HOODIE, ENFIN LEVÉ | ARIA LONG SLEEVE, EN-

| ROUND TEE, FAVELA | BATTERED FLEECE

ROTH | TWILL PANT, ENFIN LEVÉ | 1914 BOOTS,

FIN LEVÉ | RIOT PATCH JEANS, C2H4 | SPECIAL

PANTS, ASKYURSELF | BLACK ON BLACK ALL

DR. MARTENS

FIELD BOOT, NIKE

STARS, CONVERSE

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FIA HAT, FRESH.I.AM | DYSTOPIA HOODIE, RECLUSIVE | EORRI COTTON SWEATPANTS, ENFIN LEVÉ | FREE RUN 2.0, NIKE

What’s missing in today’s fashion community (stylists, bloggers, not the fashion industry in general) is originality and creativity, all these style bloggers on social media are all wearing the same Balmain, Balenciaga, Supreme, Yeezy, Y3 and other adidas collabs. As soon as something hypes they all jump on the train. Spending way too much money on clothing that will only be cool for less than 2 months. It would be cool if they experimented more. A lot of outfits I put online are just to create a cool visual, I don’t walk around in a tee strapped around my head as if I’m ready to riot and fuck some shit up, it just looks dope in a picture. What’s missing in today’s fashion industry; absolutely nothing. You have designers creating ugly shit and designers doing the most crazy and insane stuff. I support all creativity, the good and the bad. Creators are the group of people that keep our lives less boring. Besides blogging about menswear, I also like to draw. I sketched and sprayed graffiti pieces and throw up’s when I was younger and at the moment I’m trying to step up my calligraphy game. I started designing and developing tumblr layouts in 2011, they are still available online for free. I also like to browse through Soundcloud, so in 2013 I started with the YouTube channel MIXTPE, which is basically a never-ending mixtape of dope sounds I upload on the same day I find them.

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Photographer credits: Michiel Pieters @mchlptrs | Deni @2.numb | Sandro Dal Bianco @sdvlb

@mxdvs | blog.mxdvs.co | store.mxdvs.co | www.themes.mxdvs.co

EORRI HOODIE, ENFIN LEVÉ | EORRI SWEATSHIRT, ENFIN LEVÉ | EORRI SWEATPANTS, ENFIN LEVÉ | FREE RUN 2.0, NIKE

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HAT: STAMPD LA | WINDBREAKER: DEAD STUDIOS COTTON SWEATPANTS: ENFIN LEVÉ | MID TOP 2 MARBLES: ETQ. AMSTERDAM

HAT 1, MXDVS | 'SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT' BOMBER, RAISED BY CHAMPIONS | DYSTOPIAN HOODIE, RECLUSIVE | WASHED TEE, ASOS


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adidas future craft High-tech manufacturing 3D printers are the »New School« in design. The 3d printing, or additive manufacturing, is a process of developing three-dimensional objects from a digital 3d file. Originally prototypes were made with this technology. But the printer market evolves quickly. Mini runs of special edition style have been produced etc. Together with the company »Materialise«, Adidas has already experimented with this technology for some time. Now they unveil the future of performance footwear with Futurecraft 3D. This unique 3Dprinted running shoe midsole is ‚tailor-made‘ for the cushioning needs of each individual foot. Many factors can be considered using this 3D custom-made approach, which can provide the ultimate personalized experience for all different kinds of athletic training. Imagine walking into an Adidas store, run and jump around on a treadmill and instantly get a 3D-printed running shoe with a flexible, fully breathable carbon copy of your own footprint, matching the exact contours and pressure points of your foot. Linked with existing data sourcing and footscan technologies, this opens unique opportunities for a whole new level of custom-shapes and fittings. »Futurecraft 3D is a prototype and a statement of intent. We have used a one-of-its-kind combination of process and material in an entirely new way. Our 3D-printed midsole not only allows us to make a great running shoe, but also to use performance data to drive truly bespoke experiences, meeting the needs of any athlete«, states Eric Liedtke, Executive Board Member of Adidas AG.

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www.adidas.com | #futurecraft www.parley.tv | #parley.tv

The Futurecraft 3D story is only the first chapter of an Adidas Futurecraft series, a move, which shows the brand’s will to innovate technologically throughout all areas of production. The initiative has already spun off other ideas around the Parley for the Oceans Project, showcasing a 3D-printed ocean plastic shoe midsole at the Parley Talks at COP21. This should demonstrate how the industry can rethink design and start helping to reduce plastic pollution in our oceans at once. With a similar approach but a different output the ‚Futurecraft Leather‘ line combines high-tech manufacturing with traditional leather materials, creating a full on seamless upper of the shoe, that enables flex, support and comfort in one single piece of material. Adidas honors this innovation with an exclusive leather edition of an all black Superstar at first. »Futurecraft is our sandbox. It is how we challenge ourselves every day to explore the boundaries of our craft. Driving material and process innovation, bringing the familiar into the future. Marrying the qualities of handcrafting and prototyping with the limitless potential of new manufacturing technologies. Futurecraft is stripped back — fast, raw and real — it is our approach to design«, says Paul Gaudio, Creative Director at Adidas. We at Stw2d are keen on wanting to see what’s next.

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www.puma.com www.bape.com

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PUMA and A Bathing Ape—Bape FC PUMA has announced its partnership with A Bathing Ape aka BAPE. The newly released collection features a fusion of high street style and sports by integrating the iconic camouflage print and graphics of the Japanese streetwear label onto PUMA’s sports performance apparel and footwear. The BAPE Shark Hoodie, shorts, a long coach jacket, and a track jacket complete the apparel collection with an original PUMA X BAPE tape design on the sleeves. The set of sporting stuff includes bags, football socks and headbands as well. Founded in 1993, BAPE has elevated lifestyle streetwear to the highest level, setting trends and influencing musicians and artists around the world. The new collaboration collection has been designed to make a strong statement on streetwear’s heart and soul; the sport. By applying a unique design aesthetic to some of PUMA’s classics like the original 90’s R698 shoes or fame Disc Blaze. Designed using the Puma’s team replica football jerseys, the BAPE FC styles have a camo print in addition to reflective piping on the sleeves for a streetwear edge.

#PUMAXBAPE #PUMASELECT #PUMA #PUMASPORTSTYLE

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Jordan Brand and Public School No need to introduce you to the Jordan Brand neither to Nike’s Basketball legend Michael »airness« Jordan, but maybe to Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne who started their small men’s label Public School in 2008. They come from New York and their collaboration work captures the energy of the big city and the respective brands. Sophisticated design, performance materials, elevated craftsmanship, a decent black greyish color palette make these fine garments a feast for the eyes. These strong silhouettes are created from a seven pieces collection including two footwear styles. The Air Jordan XII with a grey nubuck body that pays homage to the trademark PSNY color palette and the new Air Jordan model Horizon, that includes a knitted upper mixed with some PSNY details.

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»For years, Public School has been pushing the limits with its play on color, proportion, and styling. We are continuously looking to create modern silhouettes from classic forms. The Jordan Brand collaboration allowed us to apply this same philosophy and create pieces inspired by Jordan’s iconic designs, but through a Public School lens.« MAXWELL OSBORNE, CO-FOUNDER OF PUBLIC SCHOOL

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www.publicschoolnyc.com | #publicschoolnyc www.jordanbrandclassic.com | #jumpman23

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We work. We travel. We explore. Performance Redefined.

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Peak Performance from urban to wilderness The Brand Peak Performance, it comes from Scandinavia, was founded in the mid 80 ies in Åre, Sweden. It was Stefan Engström and Peter Blom, both passionate skiers that decided to live their dream and started the company in the middle of the Swedish Alps. The main idea was skiwear— to create timeless but advanced gear for and inspired by the great outdoors. Celebrating their 30th anniversary with their Brand they have that experience now, that heritage in producing functional and quality clothing. And since they realized prompt that they also need something to wear after the lifts closed — it grew to a collection that combines casual wear with technical knowledge in diverse facets. With this said we would like to give you an overview of the different levels in »Peak Performance«. »We simply call our core consumers »Social Adventurers«. Social Adventurers are people who search for new experiences; enjoy being outside and being active, like hanging out with friends and meeting new people. They have an open mind, love skiing and great design. They like genuine things with a history and they never ever compromise when it comes to quality.« For spring 2016 Peak Performance introduces the Performance Redefined collection that supports the life of an active, urban citizen. Pants, Shirts, Jackets, that work for different occasion. Live is getting fast, clothing is chasing after. The movement in alternate climatic environments

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requires function and style — the clothing needs to perform on many levels. »Imagine an early morning trek or bike ride, you work all day and catch a flight to New York. You walk around town and spend your time in trendy shops and restaurants. Imagine having a pair of pants that work, performanceand style wise, for all these activities. This is what Performance redefined is all about. It’s about merging performance and style and creating pieces that transcend seamlessly between an active and urban setting«, says Jonas Olsson, Head of Active design. »When designing Performance Redefined we’ve worked a lot with the fabrics and styling. We wanted to use only high performance fabrics but in order to create a whole new look we’ve adjusted the hand-feel and look, used unrestrictive silhouettes and tweaked the detailing. We’ve also used more subtle colors.« — Jonas Olsson In fact there is more to tell about different approaches in functionality and design. Something more sporty, more urban or even made for the outdoor adventures should get in the mix. The Performance Redefined collection is also made to match with their Urban and Outdoor Lines. The combination of the gear creates an even more dynamic look without losing the required functionality. »We want our consumer’s to be able to create their own, personal looks by mixing Outdoor, Urban and Performance Redefined depending on what they’re up to. All collections have synchronized color cards to make this possible.«— Jonas Olsson

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the urban collection

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An urban dynamic live needs a sophisticated city look. The point where style meets performance, contemporary functional pieces with an attention to details refine the inner city style. Thus, the classic Bomber Jacket gets a new functional take—fully taped seams, lightweight, breathable, completely waterproof due to a 2-layer Gore–Tex execution. A classic coat or parka is crafted from a thin 3-layer Gore-Tex fabric.

»For this season we’ve mixed performance and style and taken it to a whole new level. We work hard and play hard and the clothes we wear need to perform. We’ve created some amazing lightweight, packable and functional pieces for spring, like a new bomber inspired jacket in Gore-Tex.« SOFIA GROMARK NORINDER, HEAD OF DESIGN FOR URBAN SPORTSWEAR


the technical sportswear collection

Okay, we saw the styles of Performance Redefined, the more urban styles and we continue with Peak Performance technical sportswear that is meant to be the sporty street look. It features Hoodies, Sweaters and Pants with light, semi-technical fabrics in combination with bold, sporty graphic prints with a proud incorporated logo usage. The number ’86 refers to the birth date of the Brand. Here a classic sporty color palette comes along rich in contrast with white, black, grey mélange and electric blue.

»Our products and everything we do adhere to the simple philosophy that we’ve had from the very beginning: Making products that we ourselves like and want to wear.«

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»Where mountains touch the sky and water reaches land is where we live, create and dream. Our love for the great outdoors and leading an active life has been our main inspiration since 1986.«

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www.peakperformance.com | #peakperformance

But we also want to vanish today, to get out of the city, to run a trail and escape from noise and hectic. The outdoor especially when the last snow melts, we start using the mountains in a different way. Than we need an extended collection in our wardrobes that are made for high-paced, daylong pursuits from trail running and trekking to mountaineering. »During this past year we’ve noticed that people have started using running tights and lightweight jackets while doing other types of outdoor activities, even trekking. To match this need and new way of mixing outdoor and running apparel, we’ve used the same colors across all lines and adjusted some products so that they are easily combined,« — Jonas Olsson, Head of Active Design.

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B r e at h B Y T O B IAS W I R T H Photographer: TOBIAS WIRTH @ tobias-wirth.de Styling: JULIA QUANTE @ PERFECT PROPS Hair & Make up: KIM KEUSEN @ kimkeusen.de Model: GABRIEL HENDRIXX @ PMA Photography assistant: SARAH KOCH


Pants: Carhartt | Sweater: adidas Originals || Poloshirt: Fred Perry | Shoes: Cheap Monday

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Coat: Weekday | Rollneck: Ivanman

Top: Nike | Shirt: Bershka | Jeans: Paige | Shoes: Nike

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Vest: Carhartt | Jeans: Mastercraft Union | Shoes: Caterpillar

Sweater: Mastercraft Union | Watch: G-Shock

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Pants: Mavi | Sweater: Filippa K | Shirt: ATF

Coat: Tiger of Sweden | Shirt: Cheap Monday | Pants: BLK DNM | Shoes: Element

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Jacket: Joseph | Hoodie: BLK DNM | Sweatpants: adidas Originals | Shoes: Filippa K

Jacket: Carhartt | Shirt: Drykorn | Jeans: Levi’s

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Parka: K1X | Shirt: Nike

Coat: Uniqlo | Hoodie: Bershka | Shirt: ATF | Pants: adidas Originals

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Burton and Big Agnes the Camping collection

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»IT ’S AWESOME TO SEE ACTION SPORTS BRANDS LIKE BURTON GETTING INTO THE OUTDOOR SPACE, INJECTING SOME FUN AND YOUTH INTO A CATEGORY THAT COULD USE IT. WE’RE REALLY EXCITED TO INTRODUCE OUR BRAND TO A WHOLE NEW AUDIENCE THROUGH THIS COLLABORATION.« BIG AGNES PRESIDENT AND CO -FOUNDER BILL GAMBER

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www.burton.com | #burtonsnowboards www.bigagnes.com | #bigagnes_


»WONDER WHY WE CALLED OUR COMPANY BIG AGNES? THE ANSWER YOU RECEIVE DEPENDS ON WHO YOU TALK WITH AND THE MOOD WE’RE IN.«

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BIG AGNES TEAM

Tapping the spiritual urge to get out there again and again is motivation enough to develop a new collection of camping essentials. It is an ongoing collaboration between Burton and the Big Agnes Outdoor Brand. This new line of camping goods provides everything you’ll need for your next epic road trip, a weekend in the woods, or the next whatever festival with your friends. The collection includes tents, sleeping gear, and camping accessories providing the distinctive Burton style with new motifs. These match partly the Burton luggage series that are also listed in the durable goods category. Sure you get the full blast of needed clothing at burton as well.

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Designed with insights from Cory Kennedy, this edition of Nike Zoom All Court CK Men’s Skateboarding Shoe features rustic colors with responsive, low-profile cushioning. The shoe’s colors, influenced by the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Northwest, give off a relaxed vibe. A Nike Zoom Air unit built into the midsole offers premium cushioning for a smooth ride.

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Poler & Nike SB—bridging

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The two brands Poler and Nike Sb team up for their third collaboration. Poler Outdoor Stuff and Nike are both brands deeply rooted in the city of Portland, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Poler Outdoor Stuff is a brand created to bridge the gap between action sports and traditional outdoor activities, recognizing that a modern active outdoor lifestyle encompasses them both. Poler Outdoor Stuff makes gear for people that are travelers, couch surfers, regular surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, bicyclists, parents, kids, car camper. Poler does stuff for the roamers and seekers, gear that is both fun and functional and suited for everyday use in the city as well as your next trip into the wild. This new collection of goods consists of two footwear styles accompanied by fresh garments. They are inspired by Nike’s heritage while featuring the Poler iconic aesthetics. »To honor the occasion, we brought our friends Daryl Angel and Donovon Piscopo out to Hawaii to skate rough ditches, bask in warm waves, and sip frigid beverages. Cheers and Aloha from Poler & Nike SB!«

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The Nike SB Dunk High places the iconic Dunk upper on the outsole of the Nike Special Field boot to offer durability, flexibility and impact absorption. It is made from durable leather and has a water-resistant finish for lasting comfort in any outdoor condition.The shoe’s classic outdoor design takes also inspiration by the Pacific Northwest, featuring Poler’s signature furry camo pattern and orange accents. The premium leather and synthetic upper has a water-resistant finish to help keep your feet dry and comfortable.

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www.polerstuff.com | #polerportland www.nike.com/skateboarding | #nikesb

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Daryl Angel and Donovon Piscopo skate and explore Hawaii in the related film by director Corey Adams with cinematography by Liam Mitchell.

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Oakley Latch: A deep dive into the Skateboarding culture.

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Five of a kind with E. Koston, A. Jefferson, C. Caples and S. Malto

Take a bunch of three iconic Skateboarders and one of the best Skateboarding Photographer and ask them for their needs when it come to sunglasses and you will find yourself in a project where you have a lively discussion about passion, individuality, creativity, urban environment, fashion, street credibility and roughness. The Latch collaboration consists of Eric Koston, Atiba Jefferson Sean Malto and Curren Caples, who also curated the last stop of the Oakley in residence brand hub experience in Sydney during November 2015, paying tribute to the grand diversity and brightness or beauty of the Skateboarding culture. Words by: Jo Offenbacher | Photos by: Oakley

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www.oakley.com/latch www.oakley.com/in-residence #OakleyLatch #LiveYours #InResidence

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#Oakley featuring Curren Caples Sean Malto Atiba Jefferson Eric Koston

Pictures taken from Oakley Latch: a collaboration from the world of skate video

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ATIBA JEFFERSON 1) From your perspective: How can Skateboarding in general contribute to the design process of the Lifestyle sunglasses Latch. In other words: What can Oakley learn from Skateboarding? What I think Oakley can learn from skateboarding—or has learned from skateboarding—is the different perspective on how to make products work for skate culture. The Oakley Latch clip is one of the best things for skateboarding – you forget you are wearing your sunglasses and can stay focused on skating. Skateboarding is a unique and creative culture and lifestyle and Oakley embraces that and our ideas. 2) Which aspects did you bring into the development as a professional Photographer? Being a photographer, there is nothing better than having Oakley glass protecting my eyes.

My eyes are my career, and it is great to have the best glass protecting them. 3) Fashion vs. Function out of the view of a professional Photographer. Which criteria is the most important for you? Both are equal for me. Something can be functional and look crazy and that’s going to make people uncomfortable. Combining fashion and function is what’s great about Oakley Latch because it consists of both – it’s great looking and has a purpose. 4) How does Skateboarding culture influence Streetwear/Lifestyle movement in general? Skateboarding has always been a big influence on fashion because skateboarding is done in the streets, it is done in the inner parts of cities, it sees things that athletes don’t see on tennis courts, it is surrounded by real things every day —and it is human nature to be interested in real things. 5) Which feature of the Latch do you like the most? Which colorway? I really like the all Black Matte frame. I am a pretty simple guy so that to me is perfect … and it matches my car.

CURREN CAPLES 1) From your perspective: How can Skateboarding in general contribute to the design process of the Lifestyle sunglasses Latch. In other words: What can Oakley learn from Skateboarding? Skateboarding contributes to what I’m into and the trends I follow. We are always traveling and skating through urban areas, and these experiences shape what I’m into. Oakley can learn that trends start with this generation and are drawn from our lifestyles.

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I guess I’m supposed to say function, but for me I need to be comfortable with how the product looks. Oakley Latch does both fashion and function.

2) Which aspects did you bring into the development as a professional Skateboarder? Making sure it was a shape and look that we are into. I like the latch mechanism as well — you can’t always skate in sunglasses.

4) How does Skateboarding culture influence Streetwear/Lifestyle movement in general? Not entirely sure, but I think it comes from skateboarding being a creative outlet for so many kids. It’s what we do and it drives people to what they want to wear.

3) Fashion vs. Function out of the view of a professional Skateboarder. Which criteria is the most important for you?

5) Which feature of the Latch do you like the most? Which colorway? I think the shape. BLACK.


2) Which aspects did you bring into the development as a professional Skateboarder? Mostly the style and shape. I wanted to feel comfortable wearing it, supporting it — and I love it. 3) Fashion vs. Function out of the view of a professional Skateboarder. Which criteria is the most important for you? To be honest, I’m more about how it looks. Oakley always delivers on function, so we really focused on working with the Design Team to make the Latch style our own.

SEAN MALTO 1) From your perspective: How can Skateboarding in general contribute to the design process of the Lifestyle sunglasses Latch. In other words: What can Oakley learn from Skateboarding? Skateboarders — at least the guys I hang around — are really passionate about personal style. Oakley was open to our opinions on what we thought would appeal to the skate community. It is pretty amazing that such an iconic sunglass company would want to listen to our take on a sunglass! We are overly critical as well, so it was really fun.

4) How does Skateboarding culture influence Streetwear/Lifestyle movement in general? It’s one in the same. We are constantly traveling and skating in urban environments and city centers, and these experiences allow us to pick-up on emerging trends. I think skaters influence many trends, but we rarely get credit for big shifts in what kids are buying. Working on a product collaboration like the one with Oakley for Latch give us this opportunity as well. 5) Which feature of the Latch do you like the most? Which colorway? I like the shape, and for sure the ability to clip it on! I like subtle colors — nothing too over the top.

ERIC KOSTON 1) From your perspective: How can Skateboarding in general contribute to the design process of the Lifestyle sunglasses Latch. In other words: What can Oakley learn from Skateboarding? I guess skateboarding can be thought of as a sport, but there are many aspects of the culture that have a lifestyle look and feel. Atiba, Malto, Caples and I didn’t only contribute skateboard inspiration to Latch. We drew on inspiration from every aspect of our lives —from fashion and design to movies and photography. And that is what I think Oakley has learned from skate. It isn’t only a »sport«; it’s a lifestyle that is made up of so much more. 2) Which aspects did you bring into the development as a professional Skateboarder? I was focused on balancing the ever-changing culture of skate with creating a timeless piece. We wanted to develop a product that was lasting and will remain relevant in the years to come — and Latch represents that. 3) Fashion vs. Function out of the view of a professional Skateboarder. Which criteria is the most important for you? Both. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice one for the other and that is the beauty of the style and functionality of Latch.

4) How does Skateboarding culture influence Streetwear/Lifestyle movement in general? I think it is the creativity and freedom that skate is built on that makes it such a driving force in influencing the streetwear/lifestyle movement. In skate we are always trying to create something new and turn something we visualize into reality and it is the same with fashion and streetwear. 5) Which feature of the Latch do you like the most? Which colorway? The standout design that combines timeless style with modern functionality. Right now I am into the Matte Olive Ink, but ask me next week and the answer will be different.

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Peter Pabón too short to be an exotic dancer

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Who are you? Peter Pabón, native New Yorker and I guess a photographer/artist. I don’t believe you, prove it. Too soon for a death certificate, can I give you a birth certificate or EBT card?

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Why are you not an exotic dancer or congressman? Why photography? I’m too short to be an exotic dancer? I’m not the right pedigree for congress. Photography, good question, honestly, I am a graphic artist by trade and I got to the point were I wanted to have my own photos as opposed to stock photos. I’ve always taken photos though, from back in my high school days and skateboarding days. When I moved to the Rockaway’s in 2006, I would surf and after a session, I’d shoot surfing and the scene there, guess I fell in love with the immediacy of photography. Oddly enough, it helped with my surfing and vise versa, better understanding of timing and position. When I left Rockaway, I found myself wandering around NYC, be it uptown in the barbershop in Harlem, or in the Lower east side and I just shot the scene and people around me, first for myself and friends and eventually, people started hiring me for events, then I guess I developed a distinct candid portrait style and that took a life on its own. Wish it was more interesting, like to get back at some girl or something, but nah, just hiding behind the lens and living through the fun others have doing what they love.

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So many creative people have been moving out of the big cities and seeking a slower lifestyle … any thoughts on why? Rents in NYC are ridiculous! Also the saturation of artist in NYC is also a factor. There’s always a new artist waiting to underbid and do your job for less... So, what option do you have? Go to bumfuck USA and take over their town and make a living there. In your years of photography, what is the craziest story you can share that wont get your arrested? Can’t say, I’ve been in some sketchy places though. I have a bad habit of getting into a city and roaming around at night on my own. Places like Quito, Ecuador, where street crime is rampant, I guess isn’t so smart, but it’s the nature of what we do. Havana, Cuba, right before it opened up to tourist, not saying it wasn’t safe, but I just felt really bad anxiety walking around on my own there the first night.

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all images by Peter Pabon www.thewastedtalent.com #thewastedtalent

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It seems like anyone with an Iphone, photoshop and social media accounts calls themselves a photographer these days … How do you define the »real« craft of photography and what, in your eyes really makes work stand out. Understanding the mechanics of photography and the actually limitations of the camera and how you use that to capture an image as opposed to »spraying and praying« and retouching / filter effects. It’s all has its place I guess, but to each their own. My attitude has been, the more I can do in camera, the less I have to do in post and the more I make on the job. People don’t understand, every time you open up Photoshop and edit an image, unless you’re charging for it, it’s a at a loss and cuts into your profit. Time is more valuable when you take into consideration that we live in moments that are measured in fractions of a second. If you were to measure your career based on the shutter speed of your best images, what are we looking at? A few minutes? Why spend more that what it took you to take all those images on retouching one unless you’re being paid for it. If you were not a photographer and could just be an animal, which animal and why? Great white shark … Top of the food chain. interview @davidgensler

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»#urbanWILDERNESS A PHOTO AND LAYOUT INTERPRETATION BY MARTIN MAGIELKA FEATURING ANIL @MARTIN-MAGIELKA .COM

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Cap: Undefeated Headphones: Sennheiser Momentum Hooded Sweater: Carhartt Shorts: Undefeated Tights: Undefeated Shoes: Ransom

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Hat: Stussy | Headphones: Sennheiser Urbanite XL Jacket: Carhartt 313

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Headphones: Sennheiser Urbanite XL | Jacket: Carhartt 313 Pants: Stussy | Shoes: adidas Originals NMD

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all gear: adidas Originals Reflex Pack hooded zipper: undefeated shoes: Ransom

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DSPTCH Black Camo Ruckpack DSPTCH Black Camo Slingbag

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dsptch—say dispatch! Black Camo package Okay, let me introduce you to DSPTCH from San Francisco. Say Dispatch! The Brand was founded in 2010. It is a design and manufacturing company creating sophisticated bags, cool cases and expedient accessories. Drawing on military inspiration, these products are designed to carry all of your everyday essentials. They apply the same meticulous design and utility standards of military gear to consumer products. Thus DSPTCH creates highly functional and durable products to accompany the modern professionals and travelers. We missed to say happy birthday, still the featured products are their final release of the 5th anniversary collection. It is about their famous Ruckpack, Daypack and Slingbag that come this time in a Cordura Black Camo 500D Nylon fabric. Not meant to be a limited pack it will have an extra spot as part of their permanent collection.

www.dsptch.com | #dsptch_sf

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O’Neill & Lucia Martino Chill to Thrill Lucia Martino, Surfer, Model, Traveller. 21 years old, started surfing when she was 11 years old, her stance is regular. She is a champion athlete. Down to earth and pro waverider, professional in life, strong physical condition, optimum mindset, and a diet that optimizes her power, health, vitality and of course the beauty — to achieve the best surfing she can. Her boards, her wetsuits but also the rest of her wardrobe need to be right so that Lucia can keep her focus and finds her limits to keep pushing beyond them — all with a radiant smile on her face. She takes care of her body and soul doing diverse sports every day. Obviously she needs the right cloth to do it and so we feature her hyperdry surf leggings made by O’Neill, that work perfect for her. O’Neill Hyperdry is a performance fabric that pulls sweat away from the body and lifts it to the surface of the fabric where it evaporates quickly. The result is a garment that is dry, breathable, soft and comfortable - as flexible as Lucia’s day demands. While the images preview O’Neill’s surfleggins for the autumn/winter 2016, they have different, more colorful motifs already for spring/summer times..

»I TRAIN HARD AND IT’S IMPORTANT FOR MY CLOTHING TO HANDLE EVERY MOVEMENT WITHOUT MAKING ME FEEL RESTRICTED OR UNCOMFORTABLE IN ANY WAY. I WEAR MY LEGGINGS TO THE BEACH, OF COURSE, ANDEVEN IN THE WATER WHEN I’M SURFING IN SUMMER OR WHENI’M ON A WARMWATER TRIP. THESE O'NEILL SURF LEGGINGS ARE A PERFECT FIT FOR MY LIFESTYLE. THEY’RE STYLISH, SO COMFORTABLE AND 100% FUNCTIONAL FOR ALL THE ACTIVITY I DO. I CAN USE THEM EVERY DAY OF MY WEEK, WHATEVER I’M DOING AND KNOW THAT THEY WORK AND THEY LOOK GREAT.« LUCIA MARTINO

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»MY NORMAL DAY INVOLVES SURFING— WHATEVER THE CONDITIONS, FOLLOWED BY PHYSICAL TRAINING ON LAND. IN THE WINTER I SURF AROUND FIVE DAYS A WEEK FOR MY BASIC TRAINING, USUALLY BETWEEN THREE TO FOUR HOURS A DAY. MOST OF THOSE DAYS I SURF WITH MY COACH, FOCUSING ON TECHNIQUES, STRATEGIES AND SURF FITNESS. THE REST IS FREE SURFING. I ALSO DO PHYSICAL TRAINING FIVE DAYS A WEEK, SWITCHING BETWEEN CIRCUITS, BOXING AND OTHER STRENGTH/CORE WORKOUTS, AND OF COURSE I STRETCH EVERY DAY.« LUCIA MARTINO

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»It is awesome to work with Nixon. They take my feedback and product functionality seriously and I’m excited to collaborate with them on the capsule collection. It fits my lifestyle and life on the road.« J O H N J O H N F LO R E N C E

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Nixon & JJF team designed, custom built

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www.viewfromabluemoon.com #viewfromabluemoon www.nixon.com | #nixon_now

Skater, Snowboarder, Filmmaker, Photographer and Surfer family member John John Florence, in short JJF, caught our attention again when releasing his surf film »View From A Blue Moon«. Not only that it is the most expensive surf movie made to date, it is the first one shot in 4k. It follows him and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite surfing destinations around the globe. Excellent filming and beautiful images get together with JJF’s skills and his ultimate goal — redefine what is possible in the ocean! With one of his sponsors the Nixon Brand he just released a capsule collection of goods matching his lifestyle but also our approach of products that match the »urban wilderness« theme, bring in an appetizer for next summer issue. Okay, the collection features the Nixon Comp, the world’s thinnest, full feature digital watch. The olive camo colorway matches well a microfiber towel, and a thoughtfully designed multifunctional camera bag. So, this capsule line brings together John’s surf sensibilities, love of photography, and his well-traveled perspective on the world. Team designed, custom built with the Nixon Brand.

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C H R I S T I A N WAT S O N AKA 1924.us

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M Y FATHER WAS A NAVY MAN

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BUT WHY 1924.US AS YOUR ARTIST NAME? 1924 is an ode to the early 20‘s lifestyle; the pride that went into the work people did no matter their job. I want to bring that back, the attention to detail, and the happiness in hard work and effort, and the growing changes. When I was 18 and moving to Boston to go to school, my Nana gave me a little pocket dictionary dated 1924, and it specifically stuck with me as I inherited old school ideas, style, and appreciation for work ethic.

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SO WHY THIS LIFE AND NOT AN ASTRONAUT OR POLICE OFFICER? It wasn›t really an option I had, maybe the police officer. Grew up substantially poor, so education didn›t look much like it would be an option for us either. I kept to myself as a kid, which meant that I thought a lot, thought turned into a weird bottling of emotions and I needed some way to disband them. For me it was video games and art class. I was your stereotypical, middlechild, rebel. And here I am now as an artist who still loves it as an outlet. My father was a Navy man for a long period in our life, some 18 years, so we already had a policeman in the family.

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WHY DO YOU THINK SO MANY PEOPLE SUDDENLY BEGAN MOVING TOWARDS A SLOWER LIFESTYLE AND GRAVITATING MORE OUTDOORS? I think technology has advanced so quickly that our culture hasn›t adapted individually. So though we can process things much quicker and at times without reason (i.e. googling everything without a thought, or stalking someone on Facebook) I think sometimes we trip over ourselves. I think the movement to the outdoors has helped us slow down in that way, a physical manifestation of this whole «real life processing», simultaneously the outdoors movement has increasingly become a point of focus for technology so much so that its similar to a battle between gods. In the end I think we need to slowdown in order to speed up, ya know, «slow and steady...»

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WWW.1924.US | #1924US

ALL ARTWORKS AND IMAGES BY CHRISTIAN WATSON AKA 1924.US

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THEN MAYBE JUST RANT AND SAY WHATEVER YOU LIKE. IT CAN BE INFORMATIVE OR JUST A CRAZY RANT ABOUT WHATEVER YOU WANT TO SAY... One of my favorite things that happened last year is that my work became increasingly and surprisingly well known! I did not expect this to happen, and I don›t mean this to sound pompous (if I don›t preface with that, it definitely sounds pompous) but it’s been excellent for me. On the contrary its also been ridiculously challenging. A lot of work coming in left and right that I can›t always get to in the timeframe I’d like. But man, the bane of my existence in 2015 beside myself, was copycats. And there is always one thing that people say that makes me laugh like a hyena «copying is the highest compliment!» and let me tell you: flattery doesn›t pay the bills.

WHAT ’S NEXT FOR YOUR WORK AND 2016? This is a big one. I am doing as my grandfather taught me; holding no expectations, and working hard. That’s when I’ll have the most. Here›s to good things for all of us.

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Native Shoes enlite your feet Vancouver, Canada is the place where Native shoes started their mission in 2009. Damian Van Zyll De Jong founded his brand to design and produce lightweight, injection-molded EVA shoes that are inspired by the past, informed by the future, to become future classics. The love for shoes and remembering conventional casual silhouettes of the past their footwear possesses a brand-new look and feel. The shoes are lightweight, durable, and comfortable and are made with a low energy emissions manufacturing process. Due to EVA they are washable, waterproof, odor-resistant, vegan and have that matchless clean and simple optic. The brand gained fame cause of that fresh approach and the colorful and unorthodox color combinations that are coupled with an affordable price, did the rest. As easy to wear, as they are to look at, Native shoes are for anybody, anywhere, anytime. From kids to adults, everybody will find a personal style for both summer and winter seasons. Keep it Lite!

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Native Shoes - Rover


www.nativeshoes.com #nativeshoes #keepitlite

»Native shoes is the result of design existing in a celestial space between the past and the future!«

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Ideal for cool autumn runs, this lightweight hybrid jacket delivers wind and water-resistant protection combined with body-mapped ventilation and elevated reflectivity. Bright fabric colors, reflective logos and 360-degree reflective trims ensure high visibility day and night.

Combine tough, rugged protection and lightweight performance on winter trails with this waterproof, breathable Gore Tex hiker featuring Duratherm insulation and a super-grippy Vibram Icetrek outsole.

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The North Face Men’s GTD Short Sleeved is a lightweight, ventilated running shirt for optimum comfort on long runs. This tee features FlashDry technology that improves dry time. Body-mapped ventilation removes excess heat from the body helping to regulate temperature.

The North Face Explorer’s movements The North Face fundamental mission remains unchanged since 1966: building the best gear for the outdoors, supporting the preservation of wild places, and inspiring a global movement of outdoor exploration.

www.thenorthface.com #thenorthface

The highly durable PU-coated leather and ballistic nylon upper features a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex membrane with Duratherm insulation to keep your feet warm and dry in the coldest, wettest days on the mountain. Meanwhile, the TPU CRADLE technology with full-foot Pebax Snake Plate and a Vibram Icetrek outsole delivers the stability and traction you need on the toughest winter trails.

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Alex Matus is an artist that does cool paintings and tattoos. Her style of art has bold lines and her attention to details makes her art perfect to appear as a print on a tank top, a patch on a denim vest or on the side of a trucks door. She loves to express her gypsy style in multiple disciplines. Growing up around Northern California, she now lives the life on the road traveling from here to there from town to town with creative intention. Wherever her van is parked, there she is. Inspires and gets inspired.


RVCA mission inspiration

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Inspiration is everywhere all around and in us. No matter what places, spots or countries you see, the people, nature, the architecture, magazines, instafaceblog, actually too much to name here what could be called a source of inspiration? As streetwear today and this urban wilderness edition is a platform for inspiration too, we take the chance to introduce you to the RVCA Brand and some of their advocates, artists, athletes and interesting people they work with. The mutual inspiration, the spirit of RVCA will guide us over the next pages. Be wild, have fun!

Brophy and RVCA surfer Tyler Newton

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Artist DMOTE and recent work You mention graffiti in Australia, people say DMOTE. His artistic ability lends itself to allow him to act as a designer, illustrator, painter and curator in addition to graffiti artist now living and working in New York.

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Surfer Ellis Ericson meets DMOTE in his NY studio. Next to chasing for the next surf, Ellis is a shaper, an artist. He works with his father on designs from the early 70’s under his own label ‘Sunflower Surfboards’ and exhibits their surfboard designs and aesthetics in gallery type shows.


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Surfing pioneer and legend Herbie Fletcher preparing for his annual »Wave Warriors« shoot on the North Shore of Hawaii

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Bert Krak tattooing in Hawaii. Bert Krak is a Ny-based artist and tattooer, working out of the world-renowned smith street tattoo parlour. Bert started tattooing and painting around 2000 and has become known for combining “classic” tattoo iconography, with his own distinct heavy-line styles and color palettes - so well known, that he has flown around the world to perform his art. When not tattooing, he is painting with watercolors and liquid acrylics, taking his imagery to a much more developed stature.


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Ed Templeton seen in his recent survey exhibition. Ed Templeton isn’t an easy person to fit onto a page. The simple fact is that he’s been involved with too many to put a clear label on him. One of the most inspiring people to name, who is steadily forming our culture. The most fascinating thing about Ed could be that since he first stepped foot on a board in 1985 he manages to keep the fun in everything he does.

Greyson Fletcher preparing for his shoot. Greyson Fletcher is one of the most exciting skaters to emerge from the new generation of all terrain rippers. When he’s not traveling the world skating in contests like the X Games and Dew tour; he resides in San Clemente California and spends his time there skating and surfing with friends. If you’re ever lucky enough to see him skate in person he will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting to see more.

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Valdez, Alaska, hiking towards the heli after an epic run.

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Holden Shelter has a longer fitting military/ trench silhouette. Tough and versatile, with a fitted and feminine shape. Quality rip-stop fabric looks street worthy, but has exceptional 10k waterproof function. Insulated throughout for comfort and warmth.


Holden – multi use applications

Holden Men’s Sherpa Zip Up, designed for on and off-mountain use. Wear it around town or under your tech-garments for unparalleled warmth. Featuring a quilted insulation on the shoulder and hood, Sherpa fleece on the core, and a wicking fleece on the arms for added mobility. Thumbholes on the cuff for layering.

Pro snowboard rider Mikey LeBlanc started the brand Holden with designer Scott Zergebel in 2002. At that time the market had only boring stuff to offer they thought. They set out with a mission to create fashionable technical garments that function in the harshest mountain environments, but also look great around town. The result was a disruptive brand that reshaped the look and feel of the technical outerwear industry. Passion blazed the trail and answered the needs of explorers adventuring worldwide for cool gear that fit their active life and style. Winning awards due to innovating and developing eco friendlier stuff their design ethos is to create timeless quality pieces that last a lifetime.

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The Cumulus Down jacket is like wearing a sleeping bag. Designed to wear alone on a brisk day or as a layering piece under your tech shell on cold, wet days. Also featuring eco-friendlier PFOA free DWR for water repellency. Packable for travel into an interior pocket.

A 10k waterproof pullover shell to wear around town or on a trip to the mountains. Side-zipper entry for ease of use.

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Scoping lines in Valdez Alaska

Holden is known for its stylish outerwear and layering; Clean and simple timeless design with progressive fits using advanced and sustainable materials. Pictured here the Men’s Grayson Jacket, A denim-styled jacket featuring 20k waterproof Cone™ Denim and 20k leather-like fabric on the sleeves to complete an authentic street look. Also featured the Altair Pant, rockand-roll style and 20k waterproof utility come together for their best performing pant, tailored for movement with considered details.

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Holden Oakwood jacket in chili pepper is a clean and classic quilted jacket with a water resistant exterior. Cut wider on the collar for layering underneath. Also featuring ultra-light, Down-Tech insulation.

www.holdenouterwear.com #holden_outerwear

Holden Hanna Jacket, mid-length fitting military/trench inspired silhouette. Has a fitted and feminine shape with exceptional 10k waterproof function. PFOA free DWR with and an eco-friendlier solvent-free lamination. This and all Holden products ship in a biodegradable packaging.

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Men’s Oakwood Jacket and the Women’s Love Vest. Water resistant sportswear.

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Reebok Classic and Mighty Healthy Furylite Chukka

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It was great successes when they released their collaboration work this past summer. Back than it was a Reebok Ventilator that made it onto the shelves of fine streetwear stores. Now Reebok Classic has collaborated once again with the streety Mighty Healthy Brand from NYC. For the colder days, now it is all about a meaty Reebok Furylite Chukka silhouette walking along in a decent navy black upper that contrast against the white and grey speckled mid- and gum- outsole. It matches perfect the wardrobe styles that mighty healthy has to offer in their new spring 2016 line. Premium pigskin nubuck overlays are executed in timeless collegiate navy and layered with black perforated leather underlays for a unique and contemporary aesthetic. Subtle branding details include the Reebok logo featured on the tongue and sole, and Mighty Healthy embossed on the ankle casing. Function meets fashion again to create a unique and contemporary silhouette.

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Brooklyn Projects & Slayer—666

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»This is skateboarding. This is Los Angeles. This is Brooklyn Projects.

Dominick DeLuca a former pro BMXer, avid skateboarder, record company executive, and MTV VJ created Brooklyn Projects in 2002. Before he already owned legendary skate store Brooklyn House. To be busy he and his Partners »Hiro« Nagano, and »Merf« Osborne opened more stores in Hiroshima Japan and Montreal Canada. An art gallery was added to the project and cool collaborations came to the plate. Now iconic thrash metal band, Slayer, has partnered with the arisen Brooklyn Projects clothing brand to create a co-branded capsule collection. The line consists of t-shirts, hoodies and crewneck sweatshirts hitting streets in mid January. We had a short chat with Dominick Deluca of Brooklyn Projects to know more about this exceptional Collaboration. How did this project come together? Why slayer? This project came together because I have been into Slayer since I was a kid and at the same time in 2014 when we started the conversation streetwear was dominated with Hip Hop influence. Every brand wanted to do collabs with Hip Hop artists so I wanted to do something total opposite of that what better way than do it with the heaviest band

ever. SLAYER. So I reached out to Kristen and Rick Sales, Slayers Management. They’ve known me for years and I helped them to do skateboards with PlanB 10 years ago, so they know my heart is in the right place. From there went to global merch. The merch company, I also had friends there in. Tracy, Marry and Barry—the owner. So it was like »sure, let’s do this, and here we are«. So I’ve been a friend with the band since I was a kid. Having worked for Def Jam when they got signed and touring with them when I worked for ANTHRAX and just being friends with them. Tom, Kerry and Jeff. But more so is because I am a hardcore fan. Who did the artworks? My design team of Arnold, Andreas, Rhe and Daveed. They have worked for some of the biggest brands in streetwear but have been with Brooklyn Projects and me for about two years now. We decided to take inspiration from all off Slayers graphics album covers and songs and come up with original graphics rather than taking an existing graphic and putting our name on it, and the band loved it. That’s what matters in the End!

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#standforsomething www.drmartens.com

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It is their colorful spring 2016 release. Dr. Martens steps once again into its unrivalled cultural relevance by taking inspiration from one of the most distinct youth cultures that wore the Doc’s—Psychobilly. It blends punk, rock and rockabilly often mixed with imagery lifted from horror and sci-fi films. The result, trippy drippy slime and splat typography was given in band artwork or tour posters. Dr. Martens have interpreted this approach and releases 3 of the iconic styles in an exclusive bright floral print. The classic 3-eye 1461 shoe and the Mary-Jane T-Bar shoe are available in blue, with the 8-eye 1460 boot available in both blue and green. Those silhouettes have been the chosen footwear of countless youth movements and expressed character and attitudes. Dr. Martens celebrates these free-thinking individuals—from first time wearers to those who have been with the brand forever. These are the authentic characters that stand for something.


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“ W E C O M E F R O M A G R A F F I T I B A C KG R O U N D , W H AT W E L E A R N E D ON THE STREETS AND IN THE TRAIN YA R D S I S T H E F O U N D AT I O N O F O U R B U S I N E S S T O D AY : W O R K I N G A S A T E A M , M O V I N G Q U I C K LY, PUTTING UP OUR NAME BIG, NOT YET LOV I N G T H E P O L I C E .“


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Live Fast New York meets Dusseldorf The Schott brothers established their Brand from New York in 1913. Instantly their clothing became a big hit. Especially because Johnny Strabler aka Marlon Brando wore their first zip-up leather motorcycle jacket in »The Wild One«. Perfect in many ways the jacket is named after Irving Schott’s favorite cigar brand: Perfecto. But this is just a short intro to the Schott brand, that in its beginning delivered flight and bomber jackets, parkas and more products to the US armed forces only. Later their goods became a fashion statement in diverse youth cultures. Now it has been up to the good people of LFDY — Live Fast Die Young out of Dusseldorf to revamp Schott’s flight jacket by adding details and stitches to it. The collaboration style Jacket comes in the typical green or in black and match LFDY’s other gear quite naturally. Actually the people of LFDY have their own ideas to spread the brand. They sell it very exclusive in their own retail stores in Dusseldorf / Cologne and their LFDY online store only. They do not want to get told what to do, so they do not deliver to wholesalers or any other off- or online stores. No one wonders that these cool collaboration jackets are limited pieces, just to suit the wardrobes of male and female fans of the brand.

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www.seabasscycles.co.uk #seabasscycles

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Have you seen Bass? A visit at Sea Bass Cycles London Being located in South East London as a bike workshop means a great diversity of customers and a huge influence from the creative environment. Reason enough for us to chat with Charlie from Sea Bass to feel the pulse of London’s Cycling culture. If you are nearby, check out the location and the fresh vibe of these three very likeable heart ’n’ soul bikers and bike builders giving you their latest thoughts and achievements about the passion of the two wheels stick together by a set of tubes. Words by Jo Offenbacher Dear Charlie, describe a bit the concept behind Sea Bass. What makes it unique? The idea was to open a bicycle shop where we would like to go as a customer. We all love bikes, from all eras, especially ones made from steel which is why the majority of bikes that we sell are custom built from steel road frames, although we do a lot of modern custom builds as well. We wanted a shop that appealed to everyone, a shop that had unbiased views on particular types of bike or a style of riding a shop where anyone would feel comfortable going as a customer. Loving all bikes we wanted a workshop that could cater for any bike from the serious carbon machine to a rusty old pub bike. Who’s involved in the business and how was the idea born to start two shops? So there’s Charlie, Sam and Zach who started the shop, but there are more people who work here now. We have all worked in various bicycle shops as mechanics and sales staff since our early teens. We have seen the industry change throughout the times, we have seen ‘fads’ and ›fashions‹ come and go and we have seen shops open and close. This has given us both an invaluable insight and hands-on experience within the bicycle world from both a mechanical and product point of view. Where are your two shops located? Do you find yourself in a creative and inspiring urban environment? We have one shop in Camberwell and a bigger one in Peckham where we also have the spray shop and framebuilding workshop. They are both in South East London, which is quite well known for being a creative part of London, there are two really good art colleges very close and the Peckham shop is in a small business park with lots of artists and small creative businesses. Which kinds of customers to you have? Do they come on a frequently basis? Quite a big mix, like we said we don’t exclude anyone and we like working on all bikes so we get a big mix of people, yeah we have quite a few regular customers.

How had the collaboration with Oakley in residence in London fallen into place? We support two race teams, ‘Velociposse’ an all Ladies track team and ‘5th Floor’ who race all disciplines. Oakley also supports the 5th floor and one of the Guy’s, Rudy, put us in touch. Are your shops used as kind of »get together« of London’s Biking scene? Not really to be honest, we are a little further out than central London so it’s not the most convenient place to hang out after work, but we still do hang out and have some beers after work especially with people who live South East. We did have the Mash SF film premiere after party at our bigger workshop in the summer though. Is biking legal in the traffic of London? Any additional recommendations how to enjoy the ride and also pay attention to the safety? Yeah totally legal, although its illegal to not have lights. It is not the safest city to ride around though; they need to do a lot to improve cyclist safety on the roads. Best advice is to just be alert and get some good lights. By the way, we sell a range of stealth reflective stickers and our tops that don’t look reflective at all until they get a light shined on them, so you can be safe but don’t have to look like a Christmas tree. Describe the Biking scene of London in general. Are there different sub groups within the one big urban culture? Big mix of everything really, loads of commuters lots of road riders, lots of fixed riders and there’s a few velodromes around so people who ride track and also cross racing, its not too far to get out to some woods and trails as well. Are there any events on a(n) (ir)regular basis? Yeah there are lots of different races, and there are lots of rides, some organised by individuals or groups and some organised by clubs. What’s in the pipeline for 2016? We just want keep doing more the same really. Definitely build more rad frames and bikes!

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Riders racing in NSE Series

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Some happy riders who came to OAKLEY media ride

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One of our very first rides

The team after RHC London 2015


East London Fixed Straight out of East London—A group of friends who dedicate their time to riding the hell out of Track and Road bikes competitively and socially. EVER HEARD OF ELF, THE TNT SESSION OR THE HATM? NO? THEN YOU NOW HAVE THE CHANCE TO BRIDGE THIS GAP, BECAUSE THESE NICE FELLOWS K N OW W H AT ’ S G O I N G O N I N T H E LO N D O N F I X E D G E A R S C E N E A N D T H E Y HAVE A CLEAR OPINION WHEN IT COMES TO URBAN OUTFITS. SO WATCH OUT FOR THEM IN THE FUTURE. WE HAD THE CHANCE TO CHAT WITH JACK DOWLE, ONE OF THE CO -FOUNDERS OF EAST LONDON FIXED ABOUT THE ONE OR ANOTHER STATEMENT. ENJOY! Dear Jack, please introduce yourself and tell us about the birth of East London Fixed (ELF) and the philosophy behind it? I am one of the three co founders of East London Fixed, we started a small team based around community based rides and a dedicated amateur sports team. We all had the passion for track bikes and wanted to create an access for people to ride with others who shared the same interests. Since starting over a year ago we are now developing a race team for next years Red Hook Criteria and have been hosting Howl At The Moon, our monthly social ride. Who is involved in running ELF and how are the responsibilities shared? East London Fixed is composed of eight key members and has found three more riders for racing next year, which make eleven (ELF in German!). Within our core team we all bring certain skill sets to the table: design, photography, connectivity, public relations and an awesome relationship with track or fixedgear cycling. This has been key to becoming a successful group.

get from »a to b« with their friends. Personally I think the important thing is to bridge the gaps between all sub cultures to further the longevity of cycling as a whole. It’s been nice being accepted by so many people from these sub cultures and their loves for cycling. How many different scenes we are facing in London? You have mentioned most of the classic sub cultures of cycling but there is always new groups or trends that are coming round. Cyclecross is starting to become very popular in the fixed gear world. A few of our friends have taken it up, along with our female rider Lina. Is ELF also rooted in the Bike Messenger scene? Sadly no, I did spend some time one summer as a courier way before we even started East London Fixed. This was a good start for me to start learning about people and their relationships to bikes. I used mine to travel all across central and south London.

Is it a full time job? Its currently a part time job but we all hope if we work hard enough it could become a full time job. We won’t lie but it has been a lot of work, although its all been worth it. We have met some many amazing people and had chances to work with some reputable companies. Currently I am working for Brick Lane Bikes, which helped greatly to our success with meeting new riders.

Some words about Checkpoint Race and N.S.E Series. The N.S.E (North South East) series was designed to space out a competitive race in which we would be able to give some of the goodies we had made from Le Coq Sportif, Oakley and Brick Lane Bikes to our community. We always wanted to be able to give back as much as we could to our community and fellow riders. There was a hill race in north London, a trick competition besides the Cutty Sark in Greenwich and finally the checkpoint race in Stratford, East London.

Where to draw the line between single speed, fixed gear and Bike messenger scene? Or is it all a huge cycling culture? Do the different sub cultures within cycling like single speed, fixed gear, racing, Bike Messenger community etc. lead to different scenes or is it all ONE huge cycling culture? Cycling culture will always be a one big industry but everyone has a different outlook to cycling. Some people love to get out there and train really hard either for themselves or for a sports team, whilst there’s always going to be those who like to

Besides that, are there organized tours and events on a regular basis? We run a weekly training session in the areas of the Olympic park in Stratford called TNT sessions (Tuesday Night Training) and a monthly social ride called HATM (Howl At The Moon). That way we have something for everyone; we also do special rides like our Howloween or our Christmas ride. Always including some laughs, good times and often a costume prize. You’ll be able to catch up with them on our social media.

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Ride for Le Coq Sportif

www.eastlondonfixed.com #eastlondonfixed

Our riders at London RHC 2015

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Out on the OAKLEY Media ride


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Are there any spots where the London cycling scene meets for a hang out and get together Some of the most iconic and well known spots in London for cycling have been: the cafe Look Mum No Hands, Full City Cycles on Leather Lane with their massive courier heritage, Crate Brewery with their lovely staff and great Location (also our local hang out) and Brick Lanes iconic bagel and coffee shops. Do you connect yourself with other Fixed gear organizations all over England, the EU or even worldwide to realize interesting projects and events? Tell us about some of your most impressing experiences? East London Fixed has a decent relationship with other teams within and around London. It’s important to bridge as many gaps between groups as possible. We have always been happy to see people from far and wide come along to one of our rides. People come from as far as the United States to come ride with us. That’s so rad to us! Do you listen to music while biking? Normally I would say it’s quite dangerous to ride with headphones in, so I went and bought a pair of Aftershokz Bluez 2. They are bone-conducting headphones that allow you hear both music and everything around you. Another solution is; we use are speaker systems in courier bags, always keeps people happy on a social ride. It does help to keep a good pace going! Do you bike the whole year during all weather? How do you protect yourself against the four seasons when it comes to the aspect of cycling clothes? All weather cyclists, we are! Come rain or shine you’ll find us out there. The best advice is having modular kit with arm warmers and leg warmers, which can be removed if needed. That way you won’t overheat when riding. Picking a good breathable waterproof jacket is also crucial to keeping the core warm. How should apparel be designed from a fashion and functional aspect to feel comfortable in it? Firstly what is important is functional clothing to ensure it works properly, ensuring that the rider is getting the most from it. Pockets and unique features always sell it for me personally. Then how it looks will always be the second important thing. You should always buy your kit in relationship to how you want to use it. Although a lot of us buy stuff cause it looks cool too! This is just the nature of trying new stuff. Words by Jo Offenbacher an interview with Jack Dowle—East London Fixed—ELF Riders

Fashion vs. function garments? Fashionable, wearing your keys on a karabiner is really dangerous if you ever fell over onto them. I’ve heard some pretty nasty stories and seen the scars. Functional, a good and multi use roll top bag, some kind to package all your useful things together. Very important to have equipment which can be used for commuting and progressive riding. In which way do you think Streetwear is adapted for biking and the other way around, how biking culture influences the Streetwear scene? The rise in causal streetwear designed for commuters has been huge in the last few years. Cycling is taking a larger hold on the market, trying to make products designed for cyclists’ day-to-day lives. The marketplace should always take after what people notice as issue whilst commuting. Which helps in the development of interesting new products available to them. Loud and bright Lycra kit has been around forever and most dedicated cyclists love it, so the commuters are now the key demographic as far as new items are concerned. How much time you spend usually for picking the “perfect biking dress” for the day? I’m not the right person to ask this, I use two types of kits. I have my jeans, t-shirt and hip pouch standard for day-to-day use. The only thing that changes are the jackets I am wearing. Then when I’m out training or doing loads of miles, I get all my Lycra kit together and that’s my standard for what to wear. There’s so much out there to pick from so best to keep it as simple to your own needs. Does style matters? Yes and no, depends how much you care about people staring at you in tight Lycra. Personally I find people wear whatever works for them. Any recommendations concerning biking in heavy traffic in London city. Be super careful, check your lines, always indicate, read the traffic, look out for what drivers are doing, don’t get caught in a tight spot and don’t be too reckless. Safety is key because I don’t want to see any more of my friends in hospital, it can be a tricky world out there. Any upcoming projects in the near future? All I can say is have a look on our website, as well as our Facebook and Instagram for all our current news. There’s going to be some fun projects happening early next year involving clothing and new bikes! Stay tuned for more to come. Thanks a lot for your time.

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Brendt Barbur

crowd at Bicycle Film Festival New York

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The Bicylcle Film Festival: Turning the wheels since 2001 Brendt Barbur founded the bicycle film festival in 2001 in New York, right after his bicycle accident. This event and his passion for riding bikes motivated him to create an event to celebrate the cycling culture and the mutual influences of art, music and film. Over the years things got bigger and bigger and in the meantime Brendt spends his time travelling around the world, exploring new locations to share his passion of cycling through the three elements film, art and music. Upcoming stops will be, among others, San Franciso, London, Sao Paolo, Capetown and Madrid. Reason enough to get some of his thoughts for our issue dedicated to the urban mobility. Enjoy the ride with Brendt Barbur

Bicycle Film Festival San Francisco 2006

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In 1976 Celebrated Danish Filmmaker Jorgen Leth directed the legendary sports and cycling film, A Sunday in Hell, about the Paris Roubaix cycling race. It defined a genre and helped put the grueling ParisRoubaix on the global sporting map.

www.bicyclefilmfestival.com www.facebook.com/BicycleFilmFestival @bicyclefilmfestival

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4 words that describe the BFF the best Celebration, Art, Bicycles, Film 4 reasons you started the BFF A bus while riding a bicycle in 2001 hit me — Love bikes, art and films — Ecology — Community 4 reasons to continue Earth, travel, fun, bikes 4 most inspiring cities New York, Tokyo, Mexico City, Istanbul 4 best/most impressive memories in Bike Film festival history We sold out the majority of screenings in over 50 cities worldwide the first ten years of the BFF. — We have been to over 77 cities worldwide. — In 2010, the 10th anniversary in New York 5,000 people came to our art exhibition opening. —So many great films!

4 future cycling trends Cycling clothing will be smart - no more smart phones — Bicycle theft will cease to exist — More cities will have more cycling only zones — Women will take on a larger role in all sectors of cycling 4 bike films that explain the beauty and the movement of the culture the best A Sunday In Hell, directed by Jorgen Leth (all cycling films by Leth)—Films by Brian Vernor, www.brianvernor.com — Films by Lucas Brunelle, www.lucasbrunelle.com — Films by Kristian Walter Ansand & Martin Gilluck, www.cargocollective.com/ ertzuifilm 4 highly recommended websites, Nowness, www.nowness.com — Art Of The Title, www.artofthetitle.com — Happy Cow, www.happycow.net — Pretty Damned Fast, www.prettydamnedfast.com 4 Instagrams @manualforspeed, @mashsf, @vernor, @prettydamnedfast words by Jo Offenbacher

Bicycle Film Festival Paris 2007

images: BFF

Lucas Brunelle goes to Africa


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Styling and Realization Haniball Saliba www.haniballsaliba.com Photography: Niconja www.niconja.com Hair & Make up: Dirk Neuhöffer @Nina Klein Models: Elvis @Core Management Dillan @Viva Models Valerio, Sara @ Modelwerk s h o o t — 190 —

With friendly support by Smiles & Coffee Photo Productions Berlin www.smilesandcoffee.com


Dillan — Vest: Maison SCOTCH | Jeans: Mavi | Tanktop: Levi’s


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Sara — Tanktop: Burton | Skirt: Sessun


Valerio left — Shirt: Joseph | Jeans: Paige | Belt: Uniqlo Elvis right — Shirt Tom Taylor | Pants: Element


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Dillan — Overall: Paige | Sweater: Mavi


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Elvis left — Shirt: Levi’s | Pants: Edwin Sara right — Shirt: Paige


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Antinote Blind Chance

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For some time now Paris develops anew into a city, where electronic music calls the tune. Besides countless house and techno labels that rely on one style, some companies try to bewitch with diversity beyond one-dimensional musical ideas. One of the most exciting ones is Antinote – the label from the 11th arrondissement that stands out in terms of music and graphic appearance. From Afro analogue house to jam techno and hearty electronics from the past: since 2012 the label has proven how to make a difference with extraordinary sound that stands out. After fresh releases by promising Parisian artists like Syracuse or Geena and with the sensational album “Life Goes On When You Are Lucky” by their graphic designer Nico Motte in the pipeline, Antinote head honcho Quentin Vandewalle told Stw2d some insights about his label and its artists. HEY QUENTIN, ANY ROLE MODELS, INSPIRATIONS, OR BENCHMARKS FOR ANTINOTE WHEN IT WAS LAUNCHED IN 2012? Quentin Vandewalle: I launched the label together with Gwen Jamois aka Iueke and Nicolas Motte (Checkmorris.com). The idea was to release Gwen’s unreleased work from the early 90’s. He intensively recorded techno, ambient and other weird stuff on cassette for a few years. At that time he used to work in a Reggae studio in Brixton, London. We put a lot of energy into this release. Nico did the artwork. A friend of mine did the screen-printing kind of illegal in École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. When the record was sold out, I did not have other plans. We had a few ideas or fantasies but no real plans. And I did not have any intention to run a label. ANTINOTE IS NOT ALIGNING TO ONE GENRE AND TOUCHES MANY STYLES. IF YOU HAVE TO SPIN THREAD TO ALL 23 RELEASES SO FAR, HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THEIR RELATION? Quentin Vandewalle: I’m not sure if I’m the best person to talk about my artistic line. I put out music how it comes. It’s all about contradictions I guess. I love when it’s weird but danceable, when it’s fragile but strong, deep but not dark, clubby but not DJ friendly, exotic but synthetic, melancholic but full of hope…

photo by: Azamat B.

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR OWN RECORD COLLECTION INSPIRE YOU TO WHAT YOU DO? Quentin Vandewalle: I run my label the same way I collect records. There are no rules. I listen to every kind of music. I don’t always buy the best record or the trendiest. It’s the same with Antinote. I choose releases for more than a simple “it’s good / it’s bad”. I would rather work with a good chap I can drink beers with, than with a little genius I don’t know. THE ANTINOTE ROSTER CONSISTS MOSTLY OF ARTISTS WHO ARE YOUR FRIENDS OR FRIEND - OF-FRIENDS. HOW COME THAT YOU HAVE SUCH A CREATIVE ENVIRONMENT? Quentin Vandewalle: It’s very important for me to work with people I love or appreciate in real life. Syracuse, Iueke, D.K., Geena, Motte are all my deep friends. Friendship is stronger than anything else for me. Why do I have a creative environment? I don’t know… The only thing I can say about our sound is that it’s not a new French touch or anything. I don’t like this term, I don’t want my music to be locked in a ‘too easy to describe box‘. None the less, the Antinote sound is very European I reckon.

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ANTINOTE’S VISUAL DIRECTOR NICOLAS MOTTE IS ALSO A PRODUCER WHO SOON WILL RELEASE HIS DEBUT ALBUM. HOW DID THE WORK WITH ANTINOTE ENCOURAGE HIM TO WRITE SUCH A MELANCHOLIC DARK DRIVEN SYNTH SOUND? Quentin Vandewalle: I don’t know. I guess it’s what he has to say. He has a very good studio and his record collection is large. He has got a very interesting vision of music and I’m sure his attraction for wavy-progressive, ambient, psych and synth music from the 70’s and the 80’s has a major influence on his creative process. It’s not the happiest sound on the label but it’s always deep and sensible, it’s not just dark. WHAT IS COMING UP ON THE LABEL? Quentin Vandewalle: As mentioned: we will release Nico Motte’s album “Life Goes On If You Are Lucky’” in January. Then comes Inoue Shirabe’s third Antinote with more psychedelic house. And an album of D.K. is also on its way and we are on a lot of other projects. I’m very excited about 2016 to be honest. WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST CHALLENGING ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO? Quentin Vandewalle: To keep it real, not to make compromises, to get enough money to pay the rent of course and stay cool. WHAT MUSIC WOULD YOUR FAVORITE MIXTAPE INCLUDE? Quentin Vandewalle: Balearic-synth-Italo-early-house-bleep-and-breaks-white-funkpost-punk-boogie-ambiant-dubby-Detroit-techno-and-electro-acid-Afro-rave-psychdeep-Jazz-and-whatever-you-feel-sexy. IF YOU COULD BE IN ANY BAND, LIVING OR DEAD, FOR A DAY WHICH BAND WOULD IT BE? Quentin Vandewalle: Yello. FINISH THIS SENTENCE: ‘ THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF ONLY…? Quentin Vandewalle: If only… words by: Michael Leuffen

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www.egopusher.com | #egopushermusic

Egopusher: s/T (Qilin Records) www.qilinrecords.com

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© Yvonne Schmedemann

© Vincent Bailly © Yvonne Schmedemann

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Egopusher The essence of live experiences

© MibPhotographie

You played over 100 live shows — how much did this experience form the music on your debut? Egopusher: If you put a violin and drums together you need time to discover new musical ways. Our first concerts lasted 20 minutes, then 30 and now over one hour. We needed a lot of time to explore all the nuances and diversities. Our first release is the essence of these live experiences.

New musical steps often emerge from fresh get-togethers. The Swiss duo Egopusher is a perfect example for this assumption, as Tobias Preisig and Alessandro Giannelli are pooling instruments that are usually far-off: violin, synthesizer and drums. In their songs snappy rhythms wrestle with fragmented violin melodies to emerge into intensely melancholic beauty or heavy rocking emotions. A reciprocity that makes their art unconsumed and touching. Steamrolled by their sound Stw2d talked to the newcomers about their anomalous approach. You label your music as »Post Industrial Chamber Music« — why? Egopusher: There is the chamber like part with violins and drums, which makes the music agile. And there are machine like beats, which lead us to the »post industrial part«. But our music is also lyrical and partly cinematic.

Do you have any musical education? Egopusher: We both studied music but we quickly transformed into the self-educated music enthusiasts we were before we entered a musical institution. Becoming a naive thinking child with a strong professional background is the ideal mix for our music. Are there any genres that influence you profoundly? Egopusher: We share an online playlist, which we feed regularly. These vary from electronic music to Hardcore, classical or folk. Sometimes a specific sound inspires us, sometimes a mood or a production process. We discovered an interesting tendency: Alessandro (drummer) mostly puts smart melodic pop music while Tobias (violinist) has an attraction for strange rhythmical worlds. What music would your favourite mixtape include? Egopusher: Autechre, Colin Stetson, Beck, Jon Hopkins and many others! If you could be in any band, living or dead, for a day which band would it be? Egopusher: We would love to be Frank Zappa’s backing band. Finish this sentence: The world would be a better place if only …? Egopusher: Weapons would be replaced by violins and drums! Words by: Michael Leuffen — 205 —


Tortoise: The Catastrophist (Thrill Jockey)

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Tortoise originality wins

Since almost 25 years the Chicago based instrumental quartet Tortoise makes music that defies description. They touch rock, jazz, electronica and minimalist spheres without surrender to one style. For their new album »The Catastrophist« the interplay between the multi-instrumentalists Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Doug McCombs, Jeff Parker and John McEntire is again deeply intuitive without aligning to a genre. Only one thing is unusual: they feature vocal guests like Yo La Tengo’s Georgia Hubley. To gain insights into their new work and constant musical class Stw2d did a rare interview with Dan Bitney

to creep into popular culture. We’ve always wanted to work with singers, specifically David Bowie and we’ve added these songs with vocals to remind him. What music would your favorite mixtape include? Dan Bitney: I’m listening to a lot of urban music, classical, Samba, Reggae, electronic. And I like anything on Thrill Jockey Records. When it comes to art, what are you most interested in? Dan Bitney: I like art with an edge. I feel like a lot of artist are playing it safe, or that’s where we are culturally now. All is moving away from confrontation. Originality wins for me.

After all those years: how do you keep your work fresh? Dan Bitney: I think a big part of this group is musical exploration, through out the whole process we’re all really involved, we’re also trying to make sure we don’t just repeat ourselves, which isn’t easy. The short answer is hard work and dedication.

If you could be in any band, living or dead, for a day which band would it be? Dan Bitney: The Stooges, Devo, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Miles Davis electric era …

If you could describe »The Catastrophist« in one sentence, what would it be? Dan Bitney: Adventurous instrumental rock music that makes abstract beauty and beauty abstract.

Finish this sentence: ‘The world would be a better place if only…? Dan Bitney: There were justice and equality for all and if more people listened to »The Catastrophist«.

On the album you cover the classic song »Rock On« by David Essex and feature vocal guests – how come? Dan Bitney: Doug McCombs really wanted to try to cover »Rock On«. It’s a kind of a bass players song and really an oddity. To me it is a reminder of how strange music used

Words by: Michael Leuffen | Photos by: Andrew Paynter www.thrilljockey.com #trts www.facebook.com/TRTSband

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www.everysize.com #everysize

Everysize Team f.l.t.r Pascal Prehn, Denis and Eugen Falkenstein


Everysize find your sneaks tracker In the last decade, Sneakers have become more relevant than ever before. The numbers of Shops increased so did the releases of shoes. Every weekend, people are lining up for limited releases, which are only being sold at so called »Sneaker Boutiques«. Sneaker Conventions come up in every bigger city like Berlin, Zurich, Paris, London and Amsterdam and fashion houses like Rick Owens cooperate with big brands like adidas. The business side quite changed as well, with bigger Chains buying boutiques (Snipes acquired Solebox in 2015) and openings of independent stores like SneakersNStuff in cities like London and Paris, even if they are originally from Stockholm. But the business also exploded online, especially on the Social Media platforms, like Facebook and Instagram where you can find all different kind of groups buying and selling sneakers. There are more than enough, different sneakers (and shoes) on the Internet, with many, different retailers stocking similar product, but actually finding the right style, size and color can be a serious problem, if you don’t know all the stores you can search through. A new site is looking to make that process a lot easier now. Everysize, founded by Eugen and Denis Falkenstein and Pascal Prehn, just launched last November and is streamlining the process of getting the right pair of shoes in your size. The concept of the site is pretty simple: Search for whatever sneaker you’re looking for and the page shows how many retailers have the product available and in what sizes. The user can look around and choose where he wants to shop. As of right now, the site is pooling its data from 20 different online stores in Germany, including known names such as Solebox, Overkill, and Asphaltgold, with plans to go international in Summer 2016. The idea of everysize comes from Denis Falkenstein and Pascal Prehn, both well known in the German Sneaker Scene.

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»When I started working for Sneaker Freaker Magazine, we were asked the same question everyday: Can you help me find this sneaker in my size?« Prehn says. »Stores would send us infos and pics on their releases, asking if we could post them on our Social Media Channels and website, so that people see and probably buy them. The problem was: We could not post the same shoes every day from all the stores as it get’s boring for the readers. Also, there are way too many shoes coming out every day and to display all releases is not possible. At this time, Denis worked as the marketing manager for inflammable.com and also came up and wanted to promote some shoes. I explained him my situation of not being able to push his products this time and he understood. We talked about the current situation from time to time and about, how we could help all shops, who stock similar products. That’s how the idea was born and came to »life« but without Eugen, our programmer, this page would have never been happening as it is very abstract and not that easy to program.« »I know nearly 90 percent of the sneaker stores through my time with the magazine,« he says. »Stores were having a problem of not being able to sell through their product. They had a problem with Google and doing marketing on their own. Stores might be located in a smaller city, but they still have a web store, that’s why they asked us to promote the products. What about the limited Stuff … »Well, the limited stuff gets sold out pretty quick, so it’s difficult to get these on the page,« Prehn says. »Nearly 95 percent of the limited and collab shoes are not even go online and get sold out instore. But now, as we have eBay enabled to work with us, we also can showcase all the limited and sold out shoes, which hit the bay.« The user is now abled to find all shoes, which are currently offered on the market and especially in his size, which makes the big difference.

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