Converse announces short film created by Tyler, the Creator

Converse announced on Instagram a “short film” written and directed by Tyler, the Creator dropping on Wednesday.

The caption of said post reads, “Tyler, The Creator is forever creating next. And we’re here for it. Dropping tomorrow: A short film 📹, written & directed by @feliciathegoat.”

Tyler is a longtime collaborator of Converse, having produced several shoe collaborations and other material for the brand since 2017 following the end of his partnership with Vans that ended two years prior.

Earlier this month he released his latest collaboration with Converse. Another take on the Chuck 70 model which uses the same flame pattern he created for his personal brand Golf Wang. However, this version uses different shades of yellow and pink flames instead, earning it the name “Yellow Flame.”

Furthermore, he also just released his sixth studio album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST in June.

While it’s unclear if the film is related at all to his most recent releases Tyler himself maintains that it is not a short film.

In the comments to the aforementioned Instagram post Tyler said, “i wouldnt call it a short film at all but we did sumthn fasho.”

Whatever it may be, it could reveal more collaborations between him and the iconic shoe brand.

Aimé Leon Dore announces vintage garment collection

New York based fashion brand Aimé Leon Dore announced a “specially curated” collection of “vintage garments” releasing on their website this week.

Known for their high profile collaborations with brands like KITH and New Balance, Aimé Leon Dore is brining a “catalogue” of vintage pieces and also objects to their website.

The “Leon Dore” curation are items that as the brand puts it, “have been a source of reference and inspiration since its inception.”

In the photos shown on Instagram show the model wearing vintage sports jerseys, sweaters, and windbreakers. There also seems to be a selection of shorts, jeans and Carhartt double-knee pants. With that being said, pricing for these pieces is unknown.

The Instagram post emphasizes this is the first curation of vintage pieces, likely meaning this will not be the last.

The collection will be available Friday online at 11am EST on

Yeezy Gap drops the “Round Jacket” in black available for pre-order in UK, EU and Japan

After the release of the previous blue “Round Jacket” a month ago, Yeezy Gap has released a new version this time in a black colorway, exclusively avalible in eastern regions.

Much like the previous jacket that was shock released on Kanye Wests birthday, this new black jacket was released on his late-mother Donda West’s birthday. It went live in the UK, EU, and in Japan at 10 P.M. local time for each area.

The jacket was offically permiered by West during his apperance at the Balenciaga Fall 2021 Couture event in Paris last week. He appeared in all black, including his now signature Harley Davidson full face mask.

Given that the jacket premiered in the East and that there was no foreign release of the original blue jacket, which was initially worn by Ye in LA, it’s possilble the jacket will not be sold in the United States. However, as of writing there has been no official statement on the probability of an official US release.

Prices for the Yeezy Gap jacket are ¥26,000 in Japan, €180 in Europe, and £160 in the UK. They’re reportedly made of the same recycled polyester material used for the last jacket and will ship during the Winter of 2021.

Ken Ijima announces partnership between Vuja Dé and Proletareart

Ken Ijima, co-founder of fashion label Vuja Dé, announced on Tuesday morning a partnership between the brand and Proletareart, a tokyo-based brand specializing in customized clothing.

In an Instagram post Ijima explained, “We are pleased to announce that Vuja Dé and Proletareart will be in an exclusive partnership, releasing hand made pieces from vintage garments with our first drop coming later this Fall.”

The post heavily features an different version of a piece Ijima revealed just a few days prior. A varsity jacket which he stated was “75% done.”

Ijima further reveals in the original post that the jacket provides a “timeline” of his childhood. Featuring characters from the comic strip Peanuts and making references toward artists like Dali and James Turell. Ijima goes on to say there is a, “dichotomy between Art and Music – 2 subjects that shaped me to be me shown distinctively on our jacket, denim, hoodies, and many more in the near future.”

Vuja Dé’s FW collection will be called “Winter Wind” another musical reference, this time to a piece by Chopin of the same name. Each piece is said to be unique thanks to “traditional Japanese” threading techniques which will be facilitated by Proletareart.

In a recent vlog Ijima posted to his personal YouTube channel, he revealed he had been working on a redline denim restoration project. In the vlog, Ijima stated he wanted to cater to Japanese techniques across various communities in Japan. It would seem this collection is a continuation of that mindset, with Proletareart being the driving force behind those special techniques.

Proletareart is a brand with a very strong identity, the name is a play on the Marxist term “proletariat,” which is a collective term referring to working-class people. Their purpose was to remake old garments that had been “retired” so that they may be given new life as art. In a recent interview with Prot, the pseudonym presumably used by the brand owner, they explained their dedication to “vintage processing.” Prot said, “When the technique of ‘vintage processing’ is maximized, it may wear an aura that goes beyond the texture of old clothes that have existed for a long time.”

It would seem Vuja Dé and Proletareart are very aligned in their attitudes toward clothing, soon many will see how that plays out in their upcoming collection.

Gap drops the first piece from their Yeezy collaboration

The first piece from the highly anticipated Yeezy x Gap collaboration released Monday night for pre-order.

Around 10 o’clock on Monday night a link finally became searchable on the official Gap website. The link lead to a page where customers were asked to fill out personal information and sizing preferences. Afterwards patrons were ushered into a waiting room for their chance to pre-order the very first Yeezy x Gap.

The piece in question, known simply as the “Round Jacket,” is a baby blue puffer-style jacket. Kanye West himself was seen wearing the piece last week in its blue form, as well as a black variant.

The jacket is retailed at $200 and is currently only available in the U.S. However, Gap has stated their interest in a worldwide release.

While many found the release of the garment surprising others saw it as quite fitting. Considering Tuesday, June 8 is West’s birthday.

The same day of release Gap also wiped their entire Instagram clean aside from a single post promoting the new jacket.

In the comments of said post Gap also cleared up any customer confusion regarding the release.

Also on the website is a list of locations where fans can view “Floating Projections.” These are art installations located in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago that have large scale projections of the Round Jacket.

The Yeezy x Gap collaboration is proving to be a major step in the right direction for Gap after total sales went down in Q4 of 2020. A report from Bloomberg revealed that Gap expects their new line with Yeezy break $150 million in its first full year. Additionally, Gap anticipates revenue in the billions within 8 years.

As of writing, the “Round Jacket” is still available for pre-order on the official Gap website.

Travis Scott and Nike unveil their new collaboration: “British Khaki.”

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Official images of the Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott British Khaki released today along with a line of merch and a raffle for the sneaker on Tuesday.

It’s been a little under a year since Travis Scott officially released his last collaboration with the Nike. The Nike Air Max 270 dubbed the “Cactus Trails” was the last thing to release other than the incredibly limited PlayStation Nike Dunks that coincided with the holiday release of the PlayStation 5.

However, it would seem the Houston rapper is ready to release again after relative silence. This is the very first time the rapper has officially released a second colorway for the same Jordan silhouette. The previous Jordan 6 colorway was called “Olive” and consisted of mostly military green accents on the sneaker with smooth suede, a small pouch on the ankle and glow in the dark soles. This new colorway, “British Khaki” is quite different with a mostly tan color palette and a much rougher suede texture. However it retains the iconic ankle pouch seen in the last Air Jordan 6.

With that being said, this is likely not the last shoe release we will see from Cactus Jack in 2021. Many images have surfaced of a possible collaboration between Travis Scott and Fragment which could result in a brand new colorway for La Flame’s iconic backwards swoosh Air Jordan 1.

However, those are just leaks and fans of Travis Scott will have to await any more news of new Nike collaborations.

The Air Jordan 6 Travis Scott British Khaki releases on April 30, 2021.

Kobe Bryant’s estate ends deal with Nike

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Over a year after the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his wife, Vanessa Bryant elected to not renew the players deal with Nike which expired earlier this month.

In a statement to ESPN, Vanessa Bryant said, “Kobe and Nike have made some of the most beautiful basketball shoes of all time, worn and adored by fans and athletes in all sports across the globe. It seems fitting that more NBA players wear my husband’s product than any other signature shoe.”

Nike responded to Bryant’s choice in an official statement that read, “Kobe Bryan was an important part of Nike’s deep connection to consumers. He pushed us and made everyone around him better. Through our contractual relationship has ended, he remains a deeply loved member of the Nike family.”

The last Kobe release was on April 13th, a restock of the Kobe 6 “Grinch,” a sneaker commemorating the five year anniversary of his 60-point final game. However, as of now, there will be no future Kobe releases.

“My hope will always be to allow Kobe’s fans to get and wear his products,” Vanessa Bryant said to ESPN. “I will continue to fight for that. Kobe’s products sell out in seconds. That says everything.

Vanessa Bryant confirmed to ESPN that the estate owns the rights to the “Mamba” logo and his signature. With that being said, Bryant’s estate is now free to negotiate with any other brand for a new partnership should they choose.

Gap CEO confirms Yeezy Gap is still going forward

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A recent statement from Gap Inc.’s CEO, Sonia Syngal revealed that Kanye West is still hard at work, developing their anticipated Yeezy Gap collaboration.

Syngal spoke to Business of Fashion last Thursday and said, “I spoke to Yeezy last night and he’s very, very focused on this incredible opportunity.”

The official 10-year-deal between the Yeezy brand and Gap was announced back in June 2020. The deal involves the YEEZY studio designing a brand new clothing line of “elevated” basics for men, women and kids at “accessible” prices, but overall the partnership is meant to expose both brands to new audiences.

It’s a partnership come full circle for West as he used to work for a Gap store in Chicago when he was a teen.

The deal also comes at the perfect time for Gap Inc. as according to Sourcing Journal the brand plans to shut-down approximately 100 Gap and Banana Republic stores globally. This includes 75 in North America alone. However, West’s commitment to the collaboration has already created buzz for the 52-year-old brand and Gap anticipates a very strong start to 2021.

“The brand is back in a conversation at the zeitgeist of culture where it belongs,” said Syngal.

The official release of Yeezy Gap is set to release during the first half of 2021.

Vice President and General Manager of Nike Ann Herbert resigns after news of ties to sneaker reselling

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Ann Herbert, the vice president and general manager of Nike’s North American division “departed” the company on Monday, according to an official statement from the sportswear brand.

Herbert had worked for the retail giant for over 25 years and had only been recently promoted to VP/GM last June.

The news came after a Bloomberg BusinessWeek article, published four days ago, confirmed Herbert’s connection to West Coast Streetwear, an online sneaker and street wear reselling store owned and operated by her 19-year-old son, Joe Herbert. According to the article, the younger Herbert had run $132,000 worth of limited sneakers on an American Express card, a card which was later revealed to have been in Ann Herbert’s name.

The article in question detailed the ever-profitable sneaker reselling market, heavily focusing on Joe’s company. The reseller provided profit margins in the hundred thousands. He would process thousands of transactions on any given day thanks to e-commerce websites like StockX which specialize in selling high-demand goods.

In the same article, Joe declined to speak on his sources of information but told Bloomberg Businessweek, “If you know the right people here, this is the city to sell shoes.” The city he’s referring to being Portland, where both Nike and Adidas have headquarters.

With that being said, Joe maintained his mothers involvement with the company had been “removed” from his reselling business and that he had not even received so much as information from her. It was also stated by a Nike spokesperson that they had received “relevant” information about West Coast Streetwear from Ann herself.

“There was no violation of company policy, privileged information or conflicts of interest, nor is there any commercial affiliation between WCS LLC and Nike, including the direct buying or selling of Nike products,” said the spokesperson.

Despite this Herbert decided to voluntarily resign her position at Nike and could not be immediately reached for any comment on the matter. West Coast Streetwear has also closed its website for the time being.

In Nike’s original statement they also announced their plans to announce a new head of their North American division shortly.

New York clothing brand Noah introduces a clothing recycling program

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Not Dead Yet is Noah’s solution to textile waste, its a clothing recycling program that offers their consumers the ability to send their used clothing back for a second chance at life.

“We don’t think of clothing as disposable, but sometimes you can outgrow or simply fall out of love with a garment. We’d like to offer you the option to bring or send used Noah items back to us,” said the New York-based brand in an Instagram post.

Old and used products can be either mailed or returned in person to their Soho location to l later be repurposed. Noah plans to wash and repair old garments to be resold or donate them to organizations like New York Cares to get clothes for people in need. Additionally, any clothing they deem unwearable will be recycled and turned into things like wiping rags or insolation.

Textile waste has been one of the rising issues due to fast fashion brands generating thousands of pieces every year to stay on trend. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2018, 17 million tons of textile waste ended up in landfills making up 5.8 percent of the total municipal solid waste generation that year.

What Noah is offering is a alternative in order to slow the continued waste of textiles. “What we’re really excited about is finding ways to keep our clothes in use, rather than forgotten or thrown away,” said the brand.

The current store credit rates Noah is offering is as follows:

Outerwear/Jackets – $40

T-Shirts – $4

Tops & Shirts – $7

Sweatshirts & Sweaters -$15

Everything Else (Pants/Shoes) – $20

With that being said, not all products are eligible to the program. Bags, hats, beanies swimsuits, accessories or jewelry are not able to be returned. Additionally items must have a logo or composition tag intact in order to receive credit.