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MONTBLANC APPOINTS MARCO TOMASETTA AS CREATIVE  DIRECTOR
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MONTBLANC APPOINTS MARCO TOMASETTA AS CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Design A graduate of Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Tomasetta has extensive experience in leather goods and accessories, having worked for numerous renowned fashion brands including Prada, Chloé and Louis Vuitton. Most recently, he was Creative Design Director Men’s and Women’s Leather Goods at Givenchy.     “We are thrilled to have Marco bring his creative leadership and vision to Montblanc to accelerate its evolution as the Maison of Luxury Business-Lifestyle. Marco is an agile and dynamic innovator who is also committed to the value of fine craftsmanship and timeless design that have always been central to Montblanc’s identity. He understands the importance of overarching brand themes across all Montblanc categories, and I am looking forward to him working with our team to refine them in a compelling way. Even though our iconic emblem will remain at the heart of everything we do, we are committed to further breaking boundaries when designing products that appeal to both existing and new clients, mirroring their shifting lifestyles and needs,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.     “I am excited to join Montblanc, a storied Maison known for its rich heritage and its uncompromising focus on substance through the design and functionality of its products. As a designer, writing and drawing are the starting points of any design process, which is why I was immediately drawn to Montblanc - fusing tradition with pioneering design. I am looking forward to collaborating with Nicolas and the team to chart a new creative vision for the brand that bridges icons like the Meisterstück with new design concepts across product categories that will appeal to this new Montblanc Luxury Business-Lifestyle mindset. Furthermore, there is something incredibly meaningful about being assigned the task of fulfilling the Maison’s goal of creating perfect companions that will grow with their owners and become part of their accomplishments,” explains Marco Tomasetta, Montblanc Creative Director. A graduate of Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Tomasetta has extensive experience in leather goods and accessories, having worked for numerous renowned fashion brands including Prada, Chloé and Louis Vuitton. Most recently, he was Creative Design Director Men’s and Women’s Leather Goods at Givenchy.     “We are thrilled to have Marco bring his creative leadership and vision to Montblanc to accelerate its evolution as the Maison of Luxury Business-Lifestyle. Marco is an agile and dynamic innovator who is also committed to the value of fine craftsmanship and timeless design that have always been central to Montblanc’s identity. He understands the importance of overarching brand themes across all Montblanc categories, and I am looking forward to him working with our team to refine them in a compelling way. Even though our iconic emblem will remain at the heart of everything we do, we are committed to further breaking boundaries when designing products that appeal to both existing and new clients, mirroring their shifting lifestyles and needs,” says Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.     “I am excited to join Montblanc, a storied Maison known for its rich heritage and its uncompromising focus on substance through the design and functionality of its products. As a designer, writing and drawing are the starting points of any design process, which is why I was immediately drawn to Montblanc - fusing tradition with pioneering design. I am looking forward to collaborating with Nicolas and the team to chart a new creative vision for the brand that bridges icons like the Meisterstück with new design concepts across product categories that will appeal to this new Montblanc Luxury Business-Lifestyle mindset. Furthermore, there is something incredibly meaningful about being assigned the task of fulfilling the Maison’s goal of creating perfect companions that will grow with their owners and become part of their accomplishments,” explains Marco Tomasetta, Montblanc Creative Director.

DIESEL UNVEILS BOLD NEW POP-UP STORE CONCEPT—THE FIRST UNDER CREATIVE DIRECTOR GLENN MARTENS’ VISION—IN BOTH EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES
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DIESEL UNVEILS BOLD NEW POP-UP STORE CONCEPT—THE FIRST UNDER CREATIVE DIRECTOR GLENN MARTENS’ VISION—IN BOTH EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES

Fashion The two locations, located in Amsterdam and Washington, D.C., capture Martens’ design acumen with immersive, daring architecture and interiors. (Additional sites will follow.)        DIESEL is proud to unveil a new pop-up store concept in both Europe and the United States; it is the first such activation envisioned by the label’s creative director Glenn Martens. The European location is situated at Amsterdam PC Hooftstraat. The U.S. pop-up features at Tyson’s Corner Center, a premier retail complex just adjacent to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.       Upon entering both spaces, customers are enveloped in DIESEL’s “For Successful Living” ethos; the immediate impression is one of boundary-pushing retail, blending a unique atmospheric experience with the physical act of shopping.       These pop-ups pay homage to DIESEL’s DNA and heritage. The stores use the company’s red tag aesthetic and hue as a primary design feature. Top to bottom, floor to ceiling, the spaces are painted in DIESEL’s iconic red. In tandem, elements of discontinuity and transformation are layered into the architecture; a “For Successful Living” logo is distorted and printed across the entirety of both stores, and is only legible when viewed from their entryways. The immersion engages the visitors’ senses on all levels, leaving a strong and lasting impression. The two locations, located in Amsterdam and Washington, D.C., capture Martens’ design acumen with immersive, daring architecture and interiors. (Additional sites will follow.)        DIESEL is proud to unveil a new pop-up store concept in both Europe and the United States; it is the first such activation envisioned by the label’s creative director Glenn Martens. The European location is situated at Amsterdam PC Hooftstraat. The U.S. pop-up features at Tyson’s Corner Center, a premier retail complex just adjacent to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.       Upon entering both spaces, customers are enveloped in DIESEL’s “For Successful Living” ethos; the immediate impression is one of boundary-pushing retail, blending a unique atmospheric experience with the physical act of shopping.       These pop-ups pay homage to DIESEL’s DNA and heritage. The stores use the company’s red tag aesthetic and hue as a primary design feature. Top to bottom, floor to ceiling, the spaces are painted in DIESEL’s iconic red. In tandem, elements of discontinuity and transformation are layered into the architecture; a “For Successful Living” logo is distorted and printed across the entirety of both stores, and is only legible when viewed from their entryways. The immersion engages the visitors’ senses on all levels, leaving a strong and lasting impression.

Gucci Epilogue: Ken Scott
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Gucci Epilogue: Ken Scott

Fashion Gucci announces the launch of a selection of special pieces in its Epilogue collection incorporating the work of American fashion designer Ken Scott, who resided in Milan in the 60s and 70s, where he created his colourful patterned fabrics and line.     Given the name ‘the gardener of fashion’ he favoured large scale flowers in his creations including peonies, roses, poppies and sunflowers. Designs from Scott’s rich archive appear on Epilogue’s clothing and accessories for men and women. Colour and floral patterns define the looks. The prints turn up unexpectedly on fleeces, on down jackets, evening gowns, as well as silk accessories including headbands and printed on bags.     “Ken Scott was a really great creator of fabrics,” Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele says, “he mapped out flowers with romanticism and flowers into pop culture. He treated flowers like shop signs, he multiplied them, turned them into something that stood out. I like his work because I am obsessed with floral prints.”     Launching on February 18th and set in a decorated room filled with different patterns and floral arrangements, a dedicated campaign, conceived by Alessandro Michele and shot by photographer Mark Peckmezian, highlights this range of pieces. The Ken Scott patterns were taken from the products to create and customize the wallpaper, curtains, tablecloths and cushions, transforming the atmosphere in an overwhelming world of intense colours and clashing prints.     To celebrate the launch of the Ken Scott pieces, the Gucci Podcast will launch a special episode featuring writer, academic, critic and Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London Shahidha Bari who narrates a story about the American designer’s life, his work and his legacy in contemporary fashion.       Womenswear items featuring decorative motifs from Scott’s archive include a coat, T-shirts, sweatshirts, underwear, a top, pants, skirts, two blazers, shirts and a number of flowing dresses. All are bright, colourful and impactful, with an exuberant spirit. Menswear comprises a coat, Palace jacket, suit (split into separates), down-padded outerwear, bowling sets and tracksuit sets.     The Gucci Ken Scott collaboration is also applied to shoes. For men, the look is sporty and casual; a black cotton base fabric has been printed with contrasting gold lettering – the initials KS and GG – mixed with gold and silver flowers. This material also features for the Gucci Tennis 1977 in lace-up and slip-on models, and the Pursuit slide. The lace-up Tennis shoe also features the green-red-green House Web stripe. Then for another version of the Pursuit, and a Screener sneaker, a bright Ken Scott floral print called ‘Giardino d’Aprile’, translated as ‘April Garden’displaying a combination of bright flowers, makes a powerful impact. The Screener sneaker has blue heels and a blue-red-blue House Web stripe, while the floral Pursuit slide features a large blue interlocking GG on each shoe.     For women’s shoes and boots there are four different Ken Scott prints (‘Giardino d’Aprile’, ’Zia’, ‘Jenni’ and ‘Pomponica’), all featuring bright combinations of flowers in different colours, and all detailed with micro Ken Scott and Gucci script logos. These have been applied to a fabric base to create the materials for a number of footwear styles: sneakers (Rhyton, Ace and Screener), slides, loafers (Princetown and Jordaan), flats and high boots.     Ken Scott’s vibrant floral prints with their ‘70s vibe have also been used for silk and soft accessories and applied to a variety of pieces with different functions: silk carrés have been developed in different sizes, from small (70x70 cm), to classic (90x90 cm), to maxi (140x140 cm), in order to maximise the visibility of Scott’s prints. Furthermore, the offer is completed by colourful ribbons, cosy and refined shawls and stoles, headbands in lamé or cotton and characterful baseball caps and bucket hats. Today Ken Scott is a brand of Mantero, the renowned textile company, and designs from Scott’s rich archive are preserved by the Ken Scott Foundation, now based in Como.     CAMPAIGN CREDITS:   Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer & Director: Mark Peckmezian Hair Stylist:  Alex Brownsell Make Up: Thomas De Kluyver Gucci announces the launch of a selection of special pieces in its Epilogue collection incorporating the work of American fashion designer Ken Scott, who resided in Milan in the 60s and 70s, where he created his colourful patterned fabrics and line.     Given the name ‘the gardener of fashion’ he favoured large scale flowers in his creations including peonies, roses, poppies and sunflowers. Designs from Scott’s rich archive appear on Epilogue’s clothing and accessories for men and women. Colour and floral patterns define the looks. The prints turn up unexpectedly on fleeces, on down jackets, evening gowns, as well as silk accessories including headbands and printed on bags.     “Ken Scott was a really great creator of fabrics,” Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele says, “he mapped out flowers with romanticism and flowers into pop culture. He treated flowers like shop signs, he multiplied them, turned them into something that stood out. I like his work because I am obsessed with floral prints.”     Launching on February 18th and set in a decorated room filled with different patterns and floral arrangements, a dedicated campaign, conceived by Alessandro Michele and shot by photographer Mark Peckmezian, highlights this range of pieces. The Ken Scott patterns were taken from the products to create and customize the wallpaper, curtains, tablecloths and cushions, transforming the atmosphere in an overwhelming world of intense colours and clashing prints.     To celebrate the launch of the Ken Scott pieces, the Gucci Podcast will launch a special episode featuring writer, academic, critic and Professor of Fashion Cultures and Histories at London College of Fashion at the University of the Arts London Shahidha Bari who narrates a story about the American designer’s life, his work and his legacy in contemporary fashion.       Womenswear items featuring decorative motifs from Scott’s archive include a coat, T-shirts, sweatshirts, underwear, a top, pants, skirts, two blazers, shirts and a number of flowing dresses. All are bright, colourful and impactful, with an exuberant spirit. Menswear comprises a coat, Palace jacket, suit (split into separates), down-padded outerwear, bowling sets and tracksuit sets.     The Gucci Ken Scott collaboration is also applied to shoes. For men, the look is sporty and casual; a black cotton base fabric has been printed with contrasting gold lettering – the initials KS and GG – mixed with gold and silver flowers. This material also features for the Gucci Tennis 1977 in lace-up and slip-on models, and the Pursuit slide. The lace-up Tennis shoe also features the green-red-green House Web stripe. Then for another version of the Pursuit, and a Screener sneaker, a bright Ken Scott floral print called ‘Giardino d’Aprile’, translated as ‘April Garden’displaying a combination of bright flowers, makes a powerful impact. The Screener sneaker has blue heels and a blue-red-blue House Web stripe, while the floral Pursuit slide features a large blue interlocking GG on each shoe.     For women’s shoes and boots there are four different Ken Scott prints (‘Giardino d’Aprile’, ’Zia’, ‘Jenni’ and ‘Pomponica’), all featuring bright combinations of flowers in different colours, and all detailed with micro Ken Scott and Gucci script logos. These have been applied to a fabric base to create the materials for a number of footwear styles: sneakers (Rhyton, Ace and Screener), slides, loafers (Princetown and Jordaan), flats and high boots.     Ken Scott’s vibrant floral prints with their ‘70s vibe have also been used for silk and soft accessories and applied to a variety of pieces with different functions: silk carrés have been developed in different sizes, from small (70x70 cm), to classic (90x90 cm), to maxi (140x140 cm), in order to maximise the visibility of Scott’s prints. Furthermore, the offer is completed by colourful ribbons, cosy and refined shawls and stoles, headbands in lamé or cotton and characterful baseball caps and bucket hats. Today Ken Scott is a brand of Mantero, the renowned textile company, and designs from Scott’s rich archive are preserved by the Ken Scott Foundation, now based in Como.     CAMPAIGN CREDITS:   Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer & Director: Mark Peckmezian Hair Stylist:  Alex Brownsell Make Up: Thomas De Kluyver

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ICEBERG to launch co-designed capsule collection with Kailand O. Morris
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ICEBERG to launch co-designed capsule collection with Kailand O. Morris

Fashion Italian ready-to-wear label, ICEBERG has tapped artist Kailand O. Morris, son of music legend Stevie Wonder & fashion designer Kai Milla for a co-designed capsule collection.     ICEBERG and Kailand O. Morris come together for an exploration of culture and wearable transcendence with a collection which embodies ICEBERG’s sport-luxe and underground attitude with a Hype Psychedelic spin. Launching in July 2021, the collection encompasses an assortment of puffer jackets, cargo pants, anorak vests, hoodies, t-shirts, baseball caps, socks and more, available in light taupe, steel blue, vibrant orange and chromatic whites and blacks, adorned with hand-drawn designs by artist, VAMEEE.     ICEBERG’s partnership with Kailand began when one of managers Shawn Mann arranged for him to walk in the brand’s menswear Spring/Summer 2019 runway show during London Fashion Week two summers ago. He has since been featured in campaigns for the brand and co-hosted an event including the release of a co-designed t-shirt with the brand last Fall, all in benefit of the Watts Empowerment Center in Los Angeles.  He now joins talented designer and ICEBERG’s Creative Director, James Long, with experience interning under Kim Jones at Dior and mentorship from Kanye West, to create the capsule collection of ready to wear and accessories.       "I love Kailand’s energy and creativity! I really enjoyed working with him and creating such a fun collection together. The capsule takes Kailand’s inspiration and infuses it with the Italian ICEBERG aesthetic. I am very proud of the outcome!” - James Long.    “I’m really passionate about creating and bringing all my ideas to life and have spent the last two years learning and studying fashion. I was given the opportunity to go to Paris and intern with Kim Jones at Dior and am so grateful for his mentorship. Now that I have partnered with ICEBERG, it has been a true privilege to work with James Long and the entire ICEBERG family. They’ve made me feel right at home and I’m looking forward to this new journey as well as the overall future of fashion.”Kailand O. Morris.     ICEBERG x Kailand O. Morris retails from January 28th to February 25th and will be available for purchase starting this July through ICEBERG e-commerce and brick and mortars, as well as select retailers worldwide.   Italian ready-to-wear label, ICEBERG has tapped artist Kailand O. Morris, son of music legend Stevie Wonder & fashion designer Kai Milla for a co-designed capsule collection.     ICEBERG and Kailand O. Morris come together for an exploration of culture and wearable transcendence with a collection which embodies ICEBERG’s sport-luxe and underground attitude with a Hype Psychedelic spin. Launching in July 2021, the collection encompasses an assortment of puffer jackets, cargo pants, anorak vests, hoodies, t-shirts, baseball caps, socks and more, available in light taupe, steel blue, vibrant orange and chromatic whites and blacks, adorned with hand-drawn designs by artist, VAMEEE.     ICEBERG’s partnership with Kailand began when one of managers Shawn Mann arranged for him to walk in the brand’s menswear Spring/Summer 2019 runway show during London Fashion Week two summers ago. He has since been featured in campaigns for the brand and co-hosted an event including the release of a co-designed t-shirt with the brand last Fall, all in benefit of the Watts Empowerment Center in Los Angeles.  He now joins talented designer and ICEBERG’s Creative Director, James Long, with experience interning under Kim Jones at Dior and mentorship from Kanye West, to create the capsule collection of ready to wear and accessories.       "I love Kailand’s energy and creativity! I really enjoyed working with him and creating such a fun collection together. The capsule takes Kailand’s inspiration and infuses it with the Italian ICEBERG aesthetic. I am very proud of the outcome!” - James Long.    “I’m really passionate about creating and bringing all my ideas to life and have spent the last two years learning and studying fashion. I was given the opportunity to go to Paris and intern with Kim Jones at Dior and am so grateful for his mentorship. Now that I have partnered with ICEBERG, it has been a true privilege to work with James Long and the entire ICEBERG family. They’ve made me feel right at home and I’m looking forward to this new journey as well as the overall future of fashion.”Kailand O. Morris.     ICEBERG x Kailand O. Morris retails from January 28th to February 25th and will be available for purchase starting this July through ICEBERG e-commerce and brick and mortars, as well as select retailers worldwide.  

PORSCHE X BOSS SPRING/SUMMER 2021 CAPSULE COLLECTION
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PORSCHE X BOSS SPRING/SUMMER 2021 CAPSULE COLLECTION

Fashion For the fifth season of the successful collaboration, Porsche and BOSS reveal their Spring/Summer 2021 menswear collection, combining their passion for quality and design.     This latest Porsche x BOSS collaboration is directly inspired by the aesthetic and design language of the sportscar brand and its products. Just as Porsche brings elegance and power to performance vehicles, BOSS adds a touch of its tailoring expertise to relaxed pieces. Precision, control and confidence define the look.     Sleek detailing such as curved seams and panels of color on the clothes echo those of a sports car. From the advanced construction of the outerwear and the contrast sleeves of the knitwear to the covered plackets on the shirts, each element offers precisely engineered style.     Pieces such as the bomber jacket, shirts, polos and jeans can be mixed and matched into formal or casual looks, making this a highly adaptable capsule. A restrained color palette, focused on black, white and grey tones shot through with an energetic blue, ensures that it will also fit seamlessly into existing wardrobes.     Leather and windbreaker jackets complete the collection alongside sweatshirts and hoodies, offering more casual options to fuel stylish time off.     The shoot that accompanies the collection emphasizes the power of carefully calibrated design. With a white Porsche Taycan Turbo S shot against a white background, the silhouette and design details of the car and clothes come into sharp focus. For the fifth season of the successful collaboration, Porsche and BOSS reveal their Spring/Summer 2021 menswear collection, combining their passion for quality and design.     This latest Porsche x BOSS collaboration is directly inspired by the aesthetic and design language of the sportscar brand and its products. Just as Porsche brings elegance and power to performance vehicles, BOSS adds a touch of its tailoring expertise to relaxed pieces. Precision, control and confidence define the look.     Sleek detailing such as curved seams and panels of color on the clothes echo those of a sports car. From the advanced construction of the outerwear and the contrast sleeves of the knitwear to the covered plackets on the shirts, each element offers precisely engineered style.     Pieces such as the bomber jacket, shirts, polos and jeans can be mixed and matched into formal or casual looks, making this a highly adaptable capsule. A restrained color palette, focused on black, white and grey tones shot through with an energetic blue, ensures that it will also fit seamlessly into existing wardrobes.     Leather and windbreaker jackets complete the collection alongside sweatshirts and hoodies, offering more casual options to fuel stylish time off.     The shoot that accompanies the collection emphasizes the power of carefully calibrated design. With a white Porsche Taycan Turbo S shot against a white background, the silhouette and design details of the car and clothes come into sharp focus.

KROST AND FILA DEBUT LIMITED EDITION FOOTWEAR COLLABORATION
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KROST AND FILA DEBUT LIMITED EDITION FOOTWEAR COLLABORATION

Accessories New York based apparel brand, KROST, collaborates with iconic sportstyle brand, FILA for the release of their newest footwear silhouette, the Renno sneaker. The innovative design combines nods from FILA’s running and performance history with present day streetwear designs while maintaining the sharp clean aesthetic inherent to KROST.  “Collaborating with such an iconic brand to produce a never before seen silhouette was an incredible milestone for KROST and a significant personal achievement for me, as I grew up seeing my grandfather wear the iconic FILA tracksuits everywhere he went,” says Samuel Krost, Founder & Creative Director of KROST.      Designed in a navy, white and gray colorway, the KROST x FILA Renno was crafted in recycled leather, mixed with materials including nylon, suede, and ripstop mesh. The sneaker is anchored by FILA’s Energized midsole cushioning for added comfort, and completed with a mesh-covered midsole.     The collaboration footwear is highlighted in a unique campaign developed by Samuel Krost, which features activists committed to resolving various social issues from seven different organizations such as Food Bank for New York, BK Community Fridges, March For Our Lives, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Stomp Out Bullying, Encourage Kids Foundation, Freedom March NYC, The Descendants, and advocates committed to the LGBTQ+ Empowerment Movement.  “The goal of the KROST campaign is to highlight the impact of various youth-leaders and bring attention to their causes . By shedding light on these important initiatives, the hope is to encourage this generation to get involved and create similar change.” The objective is to dive deeper into the brand’s story by highlighting the activists who develop & form these powerful movements. KROST views the collaboration with FILA as an opportunity to tell a comprehensive story that emphasizes the immense role unity plays on accomplishing real & meaningful change in the world.       To further push this message, KROST highlighted individuals who are making a real difference through their advocacy, activism, and various grassroots level initiatives. KROST believes that the progressiveness and success of our society can only be achieved through the unconditional support of our friends. The collaboration aims to support each organization through 10% of KROST x FILA Renno sale proceeds as the support of community organizations is a key tenet of KROST’s ethos.     The KROST x FILA Renno is limited to 100 pairs. Priced at $118 and available exclusively on krostnewyork.com beginning on February 12th. New York based apparel brand, KROST, collaborates with iconic sportstyle brand, FILA for the release of their newest footwear silhouette, the Renno sneaker. The innovative design combines nods from FILA’s running and performance history with present day streetwear designs while maintaining the sharp clean aesthetic inherent to KROST.  “Collaborating with such an iconic brand to produce a never before seen silhouette was an incredible milestone for KROST and a significant personal achievement for me, as I grew up seeing my grandfather wear the iconic FILA tracksuits everywhere he went,” says Samuel Krost, Founder & Creative Director of KROST.      Designed in a navy, white and gray colorway, the KROST x FILA Renno was crafted in recycled leather, mixed with materials including nylon, suede, and ripstop mesh. The sneaker is anchored by FILA’s Energized midsole cushioning for added comfort, and completed with a mesh-covered midsole.     The collaboration footwear is highlighted in a unique campaign developed by Samuel Krost, which features activists committed to resolving various social issues from seven different organizations such as Food Bank for New York, BK Community Fridges, March For Our Lives, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Stomp Out Bullying, Encourage Kids Foundation, Freedom March NYC, The Descendants, and advocates committed to the LGBTQ+ Empowerment Movement.  “The goal of the KROST campaign is to highlight the impact of various youth-leaders and bring attention to their causes . By shedding light on these important initiatives, the hope is to encourage this generation to get involved and create similar change.” The objective is to dive deeper into the brand’s story by highlighting the activists who develop & form these powerful movements. KROST views the collaboration with FILA as an opportunity to tell a comprehensive story that emphasizes the immense role unity plays on accomplishing real & meaningful change in the world.       To further push this message, KROST highlighted individuals who are making a real difference through their advocacy, activism, and various grassroots level initiatives. KROST believes that the progressiveness and success of our society can only be achieved through the unconditional support of our friends. The collaboration aims to support each organization through 10% of KROST x FILA Renno sale proceeds as the support of community organizations is a key tenet of KROST’s ethos.     The KROST x FILA Renno is limited to 100 pairs. Priced at $118 and available exclusively on krostnewyork.com beginning on February 12th.

BALLY has opened its only shop in Belgium at Maasmechelen Village
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BALLY has opened its only shop in Belgium at Maasmechelen Village

Fashion Bally recently opened its doors offering a broad selection of small leather goods, shoes, bags and ready-to-wear for him and for her, with one only stand-alone Bally boutique situated in Maasmechelen Village.     Born in Switzerland in 1851, Bally is one of the world's longstanding luxury brands. Proud to be leather architects founded by Carl Franz Bally, their DNA as skilled shoemakers marries a heritage of craftsmanship with a decidedly contemporary aesthetic.     Today, the brand offers unique designs across shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear, driven by a dedication to craftsmanship and a contemporary aesthetic.      Bally dares to be different, always designing with longevity in mind. The Bally team of multi-generational artisans based in Caslano, Switzerland, handcraft styles with consistency and care, embodying theirdedicated approach to making shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear.   Inspired by modern architecture and the arts, Bally strives to design beautiful products with relevance and restraint. Using clean lines and a signature edge, their houses signifiers, like the classic red-and-white Bally Stripe or the symmetrical 1851 hardware.     A perfect way to get away in our own country and combine a luxurious afternoon in Maasmechelen Village with an experience to discover the opening of Maasmechelen Village latest Bally boutique opening.     Further information on Maasmechelen Village can be found here: https://www.tbvsc.com/maasmechelen-village/nl Bally recently opened its doors offering a broad selection of small leather goods, shoes, bags and ready-to-wear for him and for her, with one only stand-alone Bally boutique situated in Maasmechelen Village.     Born in Switzerland in 1851, Bally is one of the world's longstanding luxury brands. Proud to be leather architects founded by Carl Franz Bally, their DNA as skilled shoemakers marries a heritage of craftsmanship with a decidedly contemporary aesthetic.     Today, the brand offers unique designs across shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear, driven by a dedication to craftsmanship and a contemporary aesthetic.      Bally dares to be different, always designing with longevity in mind. The Bally team of multi-generational artisans based in Caslano, Switzerland, handcraft styles with consistency and care, embodying theirdedicated approach to making shoes, accessories and ready-to-wear.   Inspired by modern architecture and the arts, Bally strives to design beautiful products with relevance and restraint. Using clean lines and a signature edge, their houses signifiers, like the classic red-and-white Bally Stripe or the symmetrical 1851 hardware.     A perfect way to get away in our own country and combine a luxurious afternoon in Maasmechelen Village with an experience to discover the opening of Maasmechelen Village latest Bally boutique opening.     Further information on Maasmechelen Village can be found here: https://www.tbvsc.com/maasmechelen-village/nl

In conversation with Leo Brancovich
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In conversation with Leo Brancovich

Fashion Last week we had a delight speaking with Leo Brancovich who works as head of design at G-STAR RAW, ad we spoke about their newest Exclusives by G-STAR RAW collection.       How is designing clothing for MotoGP & NASA different than designing fashion collections? It’s one thing to design with a function in mind, its completely different to explore the abstract beauty inherent in purely functional design. What we do at G-Star is to make “costume” out of the deconstruction, and subsequent reconstitution, of garments taken from our unique archive.   How important is sustainability for your design and how do you make your designs more sustainable? To us sustainability is not just a trend, it is really embedded in everything we do. When it comes to design, the ultimate goal is to design in “closed loops”. That means using only sustainable materials, clean chemistry and ensuring that garments are designed for reuse. Today, 90% of all materials we use is sustainably sourced and when it comes to our cotton we are now at 99%. In 2018 we presented the world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold denim fabric through Our Most Sustainable Jeans Ever. The innovative fabric contained 100% organic cotton and was dyed using zero harmful chemicals while not wasting a single drop of water. We have been building on this innovative fabric ever since and in 2025, 20% of our collection will be made from similar C2C certified fabrics. By continuously expanding our sustainable offer throughout our collections, we want to make it easier for our consumers to make a sustainable choice.   Additionally my aim as a designer is to provide a design language with longevity, expressing clear encapsulations of taste and style that move beyond fleeting trends and superficial fast fashion. This allows for garments that can be treasured for years. I am proud to say that I regularly see garments I designed 12 years ago, being worn in the street today.   What is the signature G-STAR design? Our signature in denim is European, as opposed to American, in origin. We are fundamentally forward looking, as opposed to heritage obsessed. We are inclined to remix, rather than replicate. And we are completely obsessed with the visual language of functionality.   Tell us about your passions in life and what keeps your creative flow going even during these strange times we are living at the moment? My passion is analog photography. I’m never far from my Leica M3, a TLR, or a large-format film camera. I develop the film myself in the kitchen of my houseboat. It’s a great way to explore an alternative channel for my creativity. Professionally, creativity has not been disrupted at all by the global crisis. Our philosophy has always been inward looking towards our DNA and the unequalled G-Star archive that provides limitless inspiration.   Can you tell us more about your new exclusive collection and what are it’s highlights? Key to this collection is the timelessness. Ignoring the superficiality of fleeting fast fashion and following the deeper undercurrents of culture’s flow. It is also reflected in our choice of design ingredients, which are largely extracted from functional garments within our archive. Function provides “truths” in design that outlive simple decoration.    The highlight are all styles we showed in the presentation with the little orange Anorak as the absolute highlight. It’s a perfect encapsulation of the playful spirit of exploration and reinvention that breathes life into the Exclusives collection. Last week we had a delight speaking with Leo Brancovich who works as head of design at G-STAR RAW, ad we spoke about their newest Exclusives by G-STAR RAW collection.       How is designing clothing for MotoGP & NASA different than designing fashion collections? It’s one thing to design with a function in mind, its completely different to explore the abstract beauty inherent in purely functional design. What we do at G-Star is to make “costume” out of the deconstruction, and subsequent reconstitution, of garments taken from our unique archive.   How important is sustainability for your design and how do you make your designs more sustainable? To us sustainability is not just a trend, it is really embedded in everything we do. When it comes to design, the ultimate goal is to design in “closed loops”. That means using only sustainable materials, clean chemistry and ensuring that garments are designed for reuse. Today, 90% of all materials we use is sustainably sourced and when it comes to our cotton we are now at 99%. In 2018 we presented the world’s first Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Gold denim fabric through Our Most Sustainable Jeans Ever. The innovative fabric contained 100% organic cotton and was dyed using zero harmful chemicals while not wasting a single drop of water. We have been building on this innovative fabric ever since and in 2025, 20% of our collection will be made from similar C2C certified fabrics. By continuously expanding our sustainable offer throughout our collections, we want to make it easier for our consumers to make a sustainable choice.   Additionally my aim as a designer is to provide a design language with longevity, expressing clear encapsulations of taste and style that move beyond fleeting trends and superficial fast fashion. This allows for garments that can be treasured for years. I am proud to say that I regularly see garments I designed 12 years ago, being worn in the street today.   What is the signature G-STAR design? Our signature in denim is European, as opposed to American, in origin. We are fundamentally forward looking, as opposed to heritage obsessed. We are inclined to remix, rather than replicate. And we are completely obsessed with the visual language of functionality.   Tell us about your passions in life and what keeps your creative flow going even during these strange times we are living at the moment? My passion is analog photography. I’m never far from my Leica M3, a TLR, or a large-format film camera. I develop the film myself in the kitchen of my houseboat. It’s a great way to explore an alternative channel for my creativity. Professionally, creativity has not been disrupted at all by the global crisis. Our philosophy has always been inward looking towards our DNA and the unequalled G-Star archive that provides limitless inspiration.   Can you tell us more about your new exclusive collection and what are it’s highlights? Key to this collection is the timelessness. Ignoring the superficiality of fleeting fast fashion and following the deeper undercurrents of culture’s flow. It is also reflected in our choice of design ingredients, which are largely extracted from functional garments within our archive. Function provides “truths” in design that outlive simple decoration.    The highlight are all styles we showed in the presentation with the little orange Anorak as the absolute highlight. It’s a perfect encapsulation of the playful spirit of exploration and reinvention that breathes life into the Exclusives collection.

Parajumpers presents the Spring / Summer 2021 Campaign
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Parajumpers presents the Spring / Summer 2021 Campaign

Fashion The characters that tell the story of this collection are artists, from photographers to filmmakers, from writers to actors and chefs. Their journey is paved with creativity and inspiration gathered from the world around them, whether it be the people they meet or the nature that surrounds them.     Italian-born luxury outerwear brand Parajumpers launches the new Spring-Summer 2021 collection campaign and focuses on the creative and artistic journey of the characters. The campaign combines floral and natural elements, with a mixture of bright and desaturated colours, embracing the feelings of lightness and rebirth that the spring evokes. The collection focuses on innovation and design, implementing the colour selection and the fabric choice, creating pieces that withstand the passing of time and trends.     The characters that tell the story of this collection are artists, from photographers to filmmakers, from writers to actors and chefs. Their journey is paved with creativity and inspiration gathered from the world around them, whether it be the people they meet or the nature that surrounds them.     Italian-born luxury outerwear brand Parajumpers launches the new Spring-Summer 2021 collection campaign and focuses on the creative and artistic journey of the characters. The campaign combines floral and natural elements, with a mixture of bright and desaturated colours, embracing the feelings of lightness and rebirth that the spring evokes. The collection focuses on innovation and design, implementing the colour selection and the fabric choice, creating pieces that withstand the passing of time and trends.    

DIESEL CELEBRATES REAL LOVE THROUGH DEEP PERSONAL  CONNECTION IN ITS LATEST CAMPAIGN,   “WHEN TOGETHER”
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DIESEL CELEBRATES REAL LOVE THROUGH DEEP PERSONAL CONNECTION IN ITS LATEST CAMPAIGN, “WHEN TOGETHER”

Fashion A portrait of desire, with absence fueling the fire.    DIESEL presents “When Together,” a short film featuring eight real-life couples physically and emotionally reconnecting in bliss following periods of absence from each other’s lives. Whether isolated from one another by walls, streets, borders, or seas, it is time apart that has fueled longing, desire and the subsequent ecstasy of being back together. Something captured here through DIESEL’s daring lens: real, raw and intimate. Combined, they embody every form of love. “When Together” is the first campaign formulated under DIESEL Creative Director Glenn Martens. Deep down, it’s about looking forward to a world in which true connection may occur once again, without fear and without angst. A portrait of desire, with absence fueling the fire.    DIESEL presents “When Together,” a short film featuring eight real-life couples physically and emotionally reconnecting in bliss following periods of absence from each other’s lives. Whether isolated from one another by walls, streets, borders, or seas, it is time apart that has fueled longing, desire and the subsequent ecstasy of being back together. Something captured here through DIESEL’s daring lens: real, raw and intimate. Combined, they embody every form of love. “When Together” is the first campaign formulated under DIESEL Creative Director Glenn Martens. Deep down, it’s about looking forward to a world in which true connection may occur once again, without fear and without angst.

KOMONO introduces their optical Collection for Spring & Summer 2021
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KOMONO introduces their optical Collection for Spring & Summer 2021

Accessories Spring-Summer 2021 sees a radical shift in our optical collection towards more sustainable practices. The introduction of eco-acetate, a completely recyclable and biodegradable natural material, revolutionizes our optical collection in unseen ways. The material is bio-degradable at around 60% after 150 days and is key to our pledge to work with only ecologically responsible acetate by 2022.   Novelty is brought within the core collection with the launch of three new styles, the Richie, the Montell and the Jill. They represent the perfect solution for those looking for a more classical style with a twist. New colorways such as the Ash, Trip and Mirage are added following their success in our sunglasses range. Spring-Summer 2021 sees a radical shift in our optical collection towards more sustainable practices. The introduction of eco-acetate, a completely recyclable and biodegradable natural material, revolutionizes our optical collection in unseen ways. The material is bio-degradable at around 60% after 150 days and is key to our pledge to work with only ecologically responsible acetate by 2022.   Novelty is brought within the core collection with the launch of three new styles, the Richie, the Montell and the Jill. They represent the perfect solution for those looking for a more classical style with a twist. New colorways such as the Ash, Trip and Mirage are added following their success in our sunglasses range.

Four-Piece Arizona x adidas Superstar Collection
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Four-Piece Arizona x adidas Superstar Collection

Accessories Back in July 2019, Arizona Iced Tea and adidas Originals held one of the wildest sneaker releases in recent history. The Three Stirpes and the discount tea brand delivered a handful of colorful teal and pink Continentals and Yung-96 at a New York City pop up for the drink’s MSRP of 99 cents. Yes, $1 kicks. Naturally, the event got out of hand and NYPD had to step in and shut the shit down. It was a true success in marketing terms, so much so that the hype flowed onto their follow-up collection a mere month later. Now, after putting their partnership on ice, the duo return for a four-piece Arizona x adidas Superstar capsule, and today we’ve got a first look at one of those pairs.     In keeping with the Tea’s brand aesthetic, the pairs arrive in the OG can’s teal, pink, mint, and yellow hues paired with creamy leathers and shell toes. Paneling is mismatched, with beacon-debossed profile panels in teal, sail, mint, and pink respectively, each featuring tonal Three Stripe overlays. Playful motifs arrive embroidered in seemingly random placements, including bison-riding mascots, the recurring beacon motif — and even a playful jive about big cans. Further whimsical touches are added at the frozen face emoji dubraes and icicle-laden tongue tags, before co-branding floods the release at the rear overlays, insoles, and underfoot the translucent outsole. Completing the design is a quartet of lace sets, all tucked away in a casing inspired by Arizona’s Cherry Blossom Green Tea packaging.     With a second pair on the way but yet to surface — as well as confirmation on the pack’s release — you’ll want to make sure that you keep your eyes glued to our official Twitter account for further updates. Until then, you enjoy a detailed look at the first pair here below.     Adidas has unveiled their new Arizona x adidas Superstar capsule, revealing the remaining three options in the process. Two arrive in solid color options with identical markings that the first-previewed pair, while the fourth, and most recognizable, sports the cherry blossom print all over. A release has been set for February 4th, 2021, with pairs retailing for $100 a pop.     If you’re planning on picking up a pair next month, make sure you set yourself a reminder for the drop right here on our dedicated adidas Release Dates Calendar. Back in July 2019, Arizona Iced Tea and adidas Originals held one of the wildest sneaker releases in recent history. The Three Stirpes and the discount tea brand delivered a handful of colorful teal and pink Continentals and Yung-96 at a New York City pop up for the drink’s MSRP of 99 cents. Yes, $1 kicks. Naturally, the event got out of hand and NYPD had to step in and shut the shit down. It was a true success in marketing terms, so much so that the hype flowed onto their follow-up collection a mere month later. Now, after putting their partnership on ice, the duo return for a four-piece Arizona x adidas Superstar capsule, and today we’ve got a first look at one of those pairs.     In keeping with the Tea’s brand aesthetic, the pairs arrive in the OG can’s teal, pink, mint, and yellow hues paired with creamy leathers and shell toes. Paneling is mismatched, with beacon-debossed profile panels in teal, sail, mint, and pink respectively, each featuring tonal Three Stripe overlays. Playful motifs arrive embroidered in seemingly random placements, including bison-riding mascots, the recurring beacon motif — and even a playful jive about big cans. Further whimsical touches are added at the frozen face emoji dubraes and icicle-laden tongue tags, before co-branding floods the release at the rear overlays, insoles, and underfoot the translucent outsole. Completing the design is a quartet of lace sets, all tucked away in a casing inspired by Arizona’s Cherry Blossom Green Tea packaging.     With a second pair on the way but yet to surface — as well as confirmation on the pack’s release — you’ll want to make sure that you keep your eyes glued to our official Twitter account for further updates. Until then, you enjoy a detailed look at the first pair here below.     Adidas has unveiled their new Arizona x adidas Superstar capsule, revealing the remaining three options in the process. Two arrive in solid color options with identical markings that the first-previewed pair, while the fourth, and most recognizable, sports the cherry blossom print all over. A release has been set for February 4th, 2021, with pairs retailing for $100 a pop.     If you’re planning on picking up a pair next month, make sure you set yourself a reminder for the drop right here on our dedicated adidas Release Dates Calendar.

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