Versus Versace has often yielded a unique addition to the iconic Versace house. The diffusion label has often been defined by its approach to creative under the elements of “innovation, flair and the unconventional.” A look into the label’s Spring/Summer 2013 campaign channels much of the brand’s energy through a series of psychedelic and semi-realistic patterns, styled in unison top to bottom. However balance is not to be overlooked through some further monochromatic blacked out offerings as well.
Skateboarding has a way of keeping a person young. Take, for example, Tony Hawk, Mark Gonzales, or Steve Caballero, all active in their own respects. Christian Hosoi is one such member of the elite ‘legends’ club, and recently filmed a short clip with longtime sponsor Pro-Tec. Hosoi gives viewers the ultimate tour of Mountain Manor – Lance Mountain’s personal backyard pool. An iconic shredder with more than 30 years under his belt, this clip proves that talent only gets richer with time. Enjoy the clip above.
The topic of much speculation, Kanye West has seemingly debuted the title of his forthcoming studio album. Leaked via the Instagram feed of Kim Kardashian, an all-but-subtle title choice of “Yeezus” is situated against an all-red Nike Yeezy II. Shortly following the release of the track “New Slaves” featuring Frank Ocean via projections of buildings in 10 cities, the unveiling of the title also arrives just before Kanye West’s SNL appearance. While further info is still to come, what we know so far is that Ye’s album is expected too see collaborations from the likes of Daft Punk, Odd Future, Skrillex, Chief Keef, Young Chop, TNGHT and more. Stay tuned.
For over a decade now Nike has been dropping skateboarding specific Dunks month after month and of course May 2013 proves to be no different. Although rumors are still circulating as to its inspiration, the latest Nike SB Dunk Low Pro features a Deep Royal Blue base with maids gold and pine green accents. Currently available through Premier for USD, lookout for this drop at select SB accounts.
The rise of Peas & Carrots has taken an admirably entrepreneurial turn with the rise of the collective’s clothing line. On the backs of Josh Peas and Anwar Carrots, the brand has transformed from a small idea to an international phenomenon, developing a cult following in the process. This is evidenced by the success of Peas & Carrots’ most recent endeavor: a pop-up shop in New York. Student Hip-Hop Organization (SHHO) has a brief feature highlighting the Peas & Carrots International ‘secret shop’, newly opened in Los Angeles. Josh and Anwar touch on the feeling of creating their own brand in this smooth piece, which can be enjoyed above.
Fresh into a newly appointed spot on Vans’ vast roster of amateur shredders, Kyle Walker has released a part via Thrasher Magazine. The fast-paced edit finds Walker making several blunt statements in favor of handrails, drifting down stair sets with comfort to spare. Su Young Choi gets editing credits for this piece, which serves as a nice transition from Walker’s part in Since Day One and his presumed section in the upcoming Vans video. A healthy combination of back smith grinds, extra pushes between tricks, and the best fakie flip you’ll see all week make for a great pre-session viewing. Enjoy the video above!
Nic Fensom — otherwise known as Mr. Sneeze of Sneeze Magazine – recently dusted off his cameras to shoot an editorial for Stussy’s Summer 2013 collection. A playful nod to the label’s iconic, faceless “Peace & Prosperity” character, this season’s lookbook highlights Fensom’s favorite pieces from the warm weather collection — shorts, short-sleeve button-downs, plenty of bucket hats – all of which are available now online and at Stussy chapter stores worldwide.
As the legal drama between Supreme and Married to the Mob continues, Complex takes a closer look at the main reasons Leah McSweeney and MTTM are being taken to court. By now, you should be familiar with McSweeney’s version of the story; with a bit of savvy reporting, Complex gives us Supreme’s response to her argument. That McSweeney re-released the “Supreme Bitch” tees without James Jebbia’s consent and expanded the logo to other items seems to be a major point of contention, along with the poster in which McSweeney appears to have “degrading sex with presumably a man dressed as a gorilla.” Read the feature in its entirety here (with select points below), and let us know your thoughts below.
McSweeney allegedly didn’t seek Jebbia’s approval re-release the T-shirt, nor expand the “Supreme Bitch” logo to other items.
This time, McSweeney re-released these products on her own. Everything from “a coffee mug, a knit hat, a cap, a mouse pad, and a beach towel” now bore the “Supreme Bitch” mark. Then Jebbia started getting questions as to whether or not this stuff was official Supreme gear. And on January 1, 2013, McSweeney applied for a trademark for “Supreme Bitch,” and planned to sell it at Urban Outfitters and Karmaloop. So Jebbia did what any guy in his situation would do: ask McSweeney what the hell was going on. Given McSweeney and Jebbia’s past dealings, things probably started off amicable. McSweeney allegedly assured Jebbia that she would “cease manufacturing and using the SUPREME BITCH Logo,” and would keep him informed of her remaining inventory of “Supreme Bitch” stuff, per the document.
Supreme admits it evokes well-known brands, but says the suit is in response to the re-release of “Supreme Bitch” merchandise, not that it exists in the first place.
Streetwear has always had a sense of self-awareness, “sampling” logos and branding with a wink and a nod rather than an attempt to confuse its brand for another, more well-known brand. Supreme acknowledges the transformative nature of its oeuvre by admitting “that it has used designs which have evoked certain brands well-known in American pop culture.” But mainly, it denies that there was a “long delay” between the initial “Supreme Bitch” T-shirt and this court case, since the offending items in question were only re-introduced to the market about 2 years ago.
The “Supreme Bitch” logo dilutes the “Supreme” brand “by selling a lower-quality product.”
Supreme prides itself on the quality control of its products. Clothes are meant to withstand the rigors of skating, and the graphics are informed by a rich cultural influence spanning the worlds of music, art, and pop culture. The brand claims that MTTM’s “Supreme Bitch” mark dilutes those very ideals because the logo is so similar, and not transformative at all. Essentially, Supreme feels MTTM’s continued use of “Supreme Bitch,” is corny, and by selling it available at retailers like Urban Outfitters, it makes the “exclusive” Supreme look even worse.
McSweeney invoking the First Amendment is just some smart lawyer bullsh*t and this is really about money.
When the case says McSweeney uses the “Supreme Bitch” mark as a “source identifier,” what that means is she believes people will see that, and think of Married to the Mob. While that’s true, Supreme argues that people will also think of their brand first, which is also very true. The case says “SUPREME BITCH is a transparent effort to profit from the goodwill and the brand recognition of the SUPREME Logo.”
Supreme was “influenced” by Barbara Kruger, but claims to never have “appropriated” designs.
On the one hand, Supreme’s logo is a flip of Kruger’s artwork, but it could be interpreted that it’s transformative in the sense that the brand took something catering to high art and that culture, and repurposed it in the world of skating. In fact, Supreme’s artist decks do just that-despite their insane aftermarket prices, any kid can go into the shop or website and buy a piece of skateable art. It’s also alleged that Kruger was in talks to actually do a deck with Supreme, which purportedly fell through because she wanted her art to go on the top of the board, not the bottom.
A nod to the chorus of A$AP Rocky’s “Purple Swag,” the Black Scale x The Cuts COMME des FUCKDOWN “Everything Is Purple” Pack is set to release today at Black Scale’s nationwide locations and website. The collaboration includes SSUR’s associated “The Cuts” line “COMME des FUCKDOWN” design on snapbacks, hoodies and tees, but reworked in purple for fans of Pretty Flacko, codeine or Barney the Dinosaur. Look for the capsule collection to release at Black Scale locations in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and online on May 18.
Despite hanging up his ever iconic Air Jordans over a decade ago, Michael Jordan’s name will forever resonate in popular culture.With the current media landscape thoroughly moving away from printed matter, this makes for Jordan’s previous magazine appearance a bit of a special rarity in a similar vein to the album cover. Kicksonfire highlights some 35 different instances which can be seen here, outlining everything from his most off-base and questionable covers including Gamepro to “His Airness” captured in his prime during his days with the Bulls.