Expressive in style and committed to quality, Johnny Bravado brings you a collection of premium quality goods built on longevity and ultimate feel. His assortment is geared for those wanting that extra bit of functionality and urban fashion. His new lookbook is filled with hand crafted goods ranging from snapbacks made with super ultra soft cotton with brown tweed brims, lambskin pocket crews , and accents of duck camo. More recently he has expanded to provide premium wristwear, 100% handcrafter agate gem beads, and even more importantly, American made. Check out his lookbook ahora!
I’ve had the chance to meet this designer himself at the “Streets are my Canvas” events hosted by our very own Marcus Shadden. I immediately saw high quality hats and robust florals lining his table. Ever since, I’ve been following his tumblr. Its amazing; its beautiful filled gritty seductive images and stellar patterns. I’ve been able to see a little bit more of what goes through his mind and the hip hop influences he puts in his work.
Tons of family, extended relatives pinching your face, screaming younger cousins, the perpetual " when are you getting married/having kids/getting a real job", or whatever this holiday season may bring you.. here are some tips on how to get you through this holiday season.
High fashion meets street fashion when the two worlds of MUSIUM DIV. and New Era collided. I have to admit, I wasn't a big cap fan but until our partnership with New Era in Chicago but things started changed. My eyes opened and I discovered this gem.
I've been rocking studs since before it was the latest crazy... and I mean... I was wearing studs when I had to sift through Claires and Hot Topic in my middle school days. New Era and their latest collab efforts has taken the guess work out and came up with some real shiz. This cap is totally pulling at my heart strings. I hope you enjoy it too. Releases on 12/14 at MUSIUM DIV. retail stores for a cool $193.
1. Wu-Tang Manual - Long awaited and much anticipated, The Wu-Tang Manual is The RZA’s first written introduction to the philosophy and history of Hip-Hop’s original Dynasty, the Wu-Tang Clan. via theFancy
2. Pencils - Nothing says "Push It" better than these as you use that eraser to make life's mistakes dissappear.
3. Posters - Hip Hop inspired posters to get your day going. Ho do you like me now? I plan to only speak in verse for 2013.
4. Wallet - For all you Young Money Millionaires out there.
5. T-shirts - If its screen printed, its the truth.
6. Coloring Books - Definitely better to color the pages of a nina, then owning one. Always.
7. Something handmade - Always from the heart, cross stitched with love, your true feelings and unadultered lyrics
Chicago’s very own, Jon Chronos has released his Beast inspired look book. Taking influences and avant-garde style from his own experience after working with Chicago Boutique, Akira, Chronos releases his own line Chronology. Items are featured on our favorite Chicago streets play tribute to street wear and pay even more attention to individuality. Pushing classic team logos to new limits, Chronology morphs together Bears, Blackhawks and Bulls logos to create the ultimate Chicago city dragon, aptly titled “Beast.” The self-explanatory street wear look book features designs for the latest caps, hoodies, and tees.
Chicago is a bold city. Buildings aren't just tall and winters aren't just cold. Our teams aren't just teams and the fans are terrifyingly steadfast. Forged from the passion, loyalty and frenzy of Chicago's most zealous devotees comes "The Beast," the newest and best way to represent your pride in Chicago's teams. Fusing the Bull, Bear, and BlackHawks feathers into the Ultimate symbol of Chi-town Pride, Chronology gives you the means to rep the entire city no matter which team's record is on the line. From snapback caps to t-shirts and hoodies, "The Beast" is available in a wide variety of neck-breaking, girlfriend stealing, party starting options.
In breaking NBA uniform news, both the OKC Thunder and New York Knicks have revealed new alternate uniforms they will be wearing this season. Both teams needed something else to wear on the road, but now I just wish it was somethin' else.
As you can see above, the Thunder go the unconventional route with 'Thunder' draping the jersey vertically. They also go the unconventional route by not including any of the team's colors. I dig the concept, I dig the simplicity, I don't dig that they look more like Penn State uniforms than OKC Thunder uniforms. Where's that unique shade of blue? Why not mix in some orange and black as well?
All that said, the Knicks alternates make the Thunder's alternates a smashing hit. I normally vibe with mono-themed clothing, but not with NBA jerseys, and not with orange. Especially disappointing after their new away/home unis successfully paid homage to the 80s and 90s Knicks threads. They could have done the same here if they had simply reversed some of the colors, with the orange-based unis making for a modern twist, but they unfortunately missed the boat on that opportunity.
You can look forward to seeing these unis throughout the season, starting tonight when OKC debuts them at home. They actually have a great glimpse at the design inspirations on their site, so check that out as well.
New York brand, Hood by Air, releases their Fall/Winter 2012 lookbook featuring designer, Edison Chen. The sneak preview showcases exclusive cold weather looks including the Paramount tee which has gained popularity via the A$AP clan. The simple logo color blocks and sleeve detail definitely caught my eye!
Post election high, or low, the take away from last nights events is inspiration. Whether you voted for Obama or not, we must be thankful that we as Americans have the power to be entrepenuers and thats what makes this country great.
The next step will be to dress the part.
For the baller status in each and every one of you:
1. Return Address Embosser
2. Quilted Leather Bomber by Givenchy
3. Slim Fit Velvet Jack by Burberry
4. Mini Diamond Knitted Cardigan by Alexander McQueen
If you were apart of that massive sad group like myself earlier this year who wasn’t able to get a pair of Air Yeezy’s 2, well crack a small smile because you have another chance to get them. Nike Sportswear’s Gentry Humphrey hinted that there would indeed be a third colorway to be released. No official release date or an official makeup of the show is confirmed, but still good news right?
"I wear a G on my chest, I don't need Dapper Dan" - Jay-Z
This week on Jay-Z's YouTube Channel, street wear pioneer, Dapper Dan is highlighted in his first interview in over 20 years. The Harlem-world native, talks about how he became an independent clothes designer after major brands refused to sell to him because he was black. He became the go-to guy for custom designer clothing in New York. In turn, he made pieces for the likes of almost every local black gangster, rapper, and athlete. Dapper may have the biggest influence on modern street wear clothing lines and boutiques, and he goes into his detail about how he made his name below. Check the slide show for some of Dapper Dan's famous creations.