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Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute

The tech giant known as Google has ventured into the world of art by creating a forum where you can explore and brush up on your art knowledge with Google Cultural Institute. By partnering up with museum, cultural and archival institutions like The White House, Brooklyn Museum, Musée d’Orsay, Paris and The National Gallery, London you...
Nike Mercurial Collection

Nike Mercurial Collection

Fresh from the Launch Calendar, Nike is dropping the Mercurial Collection (June 12th) just in time for summer. These 10 styles (prices vary from $85 – $180) serve the boldest and brightest color combinations in honor of the World Cup in Brazil with five distinctive styles for men (Air Max 1, Air Max 90 Jacquard, the Roshe...
Jhene Aiko - Afternoon Dream (Video)

Jhene Aiko – Afternoon Dream (Video)

It has become somewhat of a tradition for Jhene Aiko to gift her fans with an unreleased track on her birthday, and this year isn’t any different. Celebrating her 26th birthday in Maui with her daughter, Nakimo and best friend Krissy, Jhene released “Afternoon Dream” a cut off her debut LP, Sailing Souls dropping in May. Produced by Finally Famous’ KeY...
Campus Kicks: Ashley J.

Campus Kicks: Ashley J.

Ashley J. is a 20 year-old junior at The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. When she’s not hitting the books for her Kinesiology/Pre-Physical Therapy major, she’s steadily building up her impressive sneaker collection. From classic Jordans to one of the most highly sought out LeBrons, Ashley doesn’t disappoint even for the most seasoned curator. Continue...
CLAW&CO Debut Collection

CLAW&CO Debut Collection

Fresh off this years AGENDA tradeshow in Las Vegas, legendary graffiti/street artist CLAW MONEY has come correct with her debut collection, CLAW&CO. Internationally known for her icon, a fat paw with three claws, it could be seen all over the New York City graffiti scene in the late 80’s and 90’s. After attending New York’s Fashion Institute of...
Fool's Gold x Najeeb Sheikh Pants

Fool’s Gold x Najeeb Sheikh Pants

There’s been a lot of artists who have gone into the fashion world to inject their style with merch that their fans can flock to, but never an entire record label. However, Fool’s Gold (based out of Brooklyn, NY co-founded by world renowned DJs A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs) have and it works. Reaching out to Philly designer Najeeb Sheikh,...
SLAM Magazine Presents JORDANS Vol. 1

SLAM Magazine Presents JORDANS Vol. 1

For 20 years, SLAM Magazine has been the go-to source for everything basketball. Now they take it a step further by releasing a special sneaker issue titled JORDANS Vol. 1,sponsored by Foot Locker, celebrating Jordans I-VI . With OG kicks in all their yellow, crumbling sole glory and the stories behind them, this is a...
Lil Debbie x 1992GEAR Holiday 2013

Lil Debbie x 1992GEAR Holiday 2013

California’s Sweetheart Lil Debbie graces 1992GEAR‘s lookbook for their Holiday collection. Shot in East LA with LA based photographer TK Anderson, it paints a typical day in Cali, with sunshine, gorgeous rides and a blonde bombshell stuffing her face with burgers/tacos. Make your way over to their website to purchase and view more styles via their online store....
Nike Tiempo 94 Low

Nike Tiempo 94 Low

It may still be winter with those salt-stained water-marked boots and soggy beaters you’re running around in but Spring is around the corner, and we’ve been fantasizing about breaking out some fresh unworn kicks from the closet. To be a well-rounded collector you should never discriminate with limiting yourself to hyped up releases, but to...
Nike SB x Diamond Supply Co. Dunk High

Nike SB x Diamond Supply Co. Dunk High

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s hard to imagine what else to get your significant other after showering them during the holidays. If you have a thing for curating kicks (ladies pay attention), then these Nike SB x Diamond Supply Co. Dunk High, dropping Feb. 8th, are an easy gift to hint to your...
OVO x Jordan Brand 2014 Pack

OVO x Jordan Brand 2014 Pack

Late last year, Jordan brand announced that Drake was next in line to collaboratively redesign their highly sought after retros, Air Jordan 10 and Air Jordan 12 with his brand, October’s Very Own. The OVO leader stands alongside Vashtie Kola (the first female to collaborate with Jordan) who redesigned her favorite pair of Jordans, the...
Grammys 2014 Style Review

Grammys 2014 Style Review

This past Sunday, music’s finest gathered in LA for the 56th Grammy Awards and showed up ready to party. From shimmery golds and leather trimmings to rich blues and robot helmets, everyone took to the red carpet and the stage to showcase their personal style. Coming off of winning the 4 out of 4 Grammy awards they...