Before I own my first Rolex I need something to keep my wrist warm. This Bapex is something I reckon could do that. At just under £400 it is not a extortionate price, and with a potential cut on that it is well within my budget. I have not owned any Bape since I was a nipper, but I would happily change than in an instant if I could make it to Bape Store before all of these disappear.
26 October 2009
Air Max ST's are a trainer that I like. Very similar to Air Max 180's, they have a really nice low shape, which is so different, yet as nice as, Air Max 87's. This c/w, which is available at online at JD sports for £79.99 is another solid colourway for this shoe. Still think I prefer the first white/black one though...
22 October 2009
21 October 2009
20 October 2009
Since my Supreme obsession started a few years ago I have always fancied a piece of outerwear. For many years the only Supreme I experienced was that that my father had brought back from trips to Tokyo or NY. Because of this I was limited to t-shirts and the odd sweat. With my age, however, has come wealth, and after working all summer I managed to accumulate enough funds to purchase my first piece of expensive Supreme. This season the ripstop jacket immediately sprung out as something I needed to own. For the period preceding its release I was already investigating more technical apparel. Both old and new style Patagonia, as well as pieces by brands such as Arcteryx and some of the new Stone Island Shadow Project stuff fed my obsession with materials designed exclusively for extreme wear and my interest in the technology behind them. The release therefore of one of these pieces, by one of my favourite brands, equated to a definite cop. Thanks to a friend I managed to get hold of it for US retail, which was a serious money saver and one which I much appreciate.
(excuse the shitty student digs photo)
The technical quality of it must not be underestimated. Some may think, that as its only made by a lowly NY skate brand and not an internationally renowned mountaineering manufacturer, that the way it withstands wind and rain is poor, but these people are fools of the highest degree. I am going to admit that it has only been tested in October rain in Bristol, but it holds up as well as any Patagonia or Arcteryx I have ever owned. The ripstop material is just that, and is both lightweight and tough. The colour is also something which immediately drew me to it as did the detail on it is which is a lovely touch. It also comes it red and black, which are equally as nice (I only didn't cop the red due to the amount of red already in my wardrobe). In my week of owning this I have already worn it enough times to warrant the purchase, and i'm sure this winter I will not be seen without it somewhere near me.
15 October 2009
After an excruciating 5 hour train journey spanning almost 170 miles, in train seats that are really not appropriate for people over 6", I ventured into my first new city since arriving in Bristol, Leeds. Unsurprisingly it was wet and cold and full of people with funny accents. My first night was fairly uneventful, with a dark tour of Leeds Uni campus being all my hosts could muster. On saturday though I explored what was a surprisingly fruitful city center. For a city so far from London the shopping was quite impressive, with shops like Kiosk 78 and Paper Scissor Stone gracing the streets of Leeds.
What I was most impressed with though was HIP. Sitting in the splendid Thornton's Arcade, HIP offers a lot more than I was expecting. Through my father I had known the owners Everton and Bert since I was at primary school, but until last week I had never visited their shop. I am going to be honest and say that from their website I was not expecting a great deal, perhaps just a few standard brands that the likes of most of similar shops hold in England, with an odd Supreme contract being the only difference. What I instead found was one of the best designed and well stocked clothing shops I had been to in a while. The two HIP's, which sit a few doors down from each other in the Piccadily-esque arcade off the Headrow in central Leeds, both hold completely different, yet equally fantastic stock. The smarter shops racks hold brands like Garbstore, Barbour and Berghaus Heritage, which is in deep contrast to Supreme, Alife and Stussy sitting just down the arcade in the sister shop. A couple of nice presents waiting for me behind the counter, one would argue, could make me slightly biased, but as far as HIP goes, in my opinion, is one of the best menswear shops in england, just for pure diversity of stock. It's also fair to say that the staff were very friendly and the shop fit could rival any in the country.
(p.s. thanks everton)