“You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story.”
- Lisa Nichols
- Lisa Nichols
Abloh’s new gig at LV will make him one of the few black designers at the top of a French heritage house, followed by Olivier Rousteing at Balmain and Ozwald Boateng, who was the designer for Givenchy menswear from 2003 to 2007. According to The New York Times, Abloh will relocate his family to Paris to fulfill his new role.
Before today’s official announcement, it was rumored Abloh would take over Jones’ spot. On the same day as his announcement to leave Louis Vuitton, Kim Jones posted a pair of Off-White™ x Air Jordan 1 sneakers, signed by Abloh himself, with the caption “Thanks Virgil, BIG LOVE.” Abloh will show his first collection for Louis Vuitton during Paris Men’s Fashion Week in June.
“I feel elated. This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”
When people open shops, they don’t think about how to close them. Of course not. That’s like planning a break-up on the first date. But, knowing when, why, and how to shutter a store is just as important as the grand opening.
For The Hundreds, our flagship stores have played an indispensable role in telling the story, a reflection of who we were at each stage of the process. We built our first store in the Fairfax District when we were 26-year-old kids with an unknown T-shirt brand, naive and bright-eyed. Over a decade later, we asked ourselves, “If we were to build a store today, how would it look and perform?” With the mounting success of our online shop and wholesale business, we also took a hard look at brick-and-mortar’s purpose. Is it a venue to experience the brand? Is it a communal grounds? Does it drive sales or marketing or both? We wiped our palate clean and started with a blank slate. In 2018, The Hundreds deserves a home that encapsulates 15 years of our history as well as set us up for the next 15 years…
We searched for a fresh start and then it came knocking. Literally next door. All the way back in 2005 when we first moved into our office on Rosewood Ave., Ben and I fantasized about opening our first store in the corner spot. But then, SLB moved in, and then the keys passed to RVCA. We didn’t mind establishing our retail presence in that Rosewood alley. Business, like life, is all about timing, and we weren’t ready for the main stage. But then, our landlord called and told us the space was ours to take. 501 N Fairfax. It was hard to let go of the past, but it was time to start writing the next chapter. Today, we open The Hundreds Los Angeles in its rightful place on the corner of Fairfax and Rosewood. I invite you all to come be a part of The Hundreds history—and future.
- Bobby Hundreds
Following a preview from the Swoosh a few days earlier, UNDEFEATED delivers the Nike Zoom Kobe 1 “Protro” in a pack featuring three colorways matching its signature colorways. The Camo version gets a white midsole and Five Strikes branding while the white rendition sees classic black logos similar to the brand’s Nike Dunk High released back in 2013. A third Olive/Orange suede model was teased by UNDEFEATED CEO Eric Peng Cheng and will most likely be a friends and family version similar to the UNDFTD x Air Max 97 collaboration from last November.
Take a first look above, and expect the White/Gum and Camo Nike Zoom Kobe 1 Protros to hit shelves on February 15 and February 16, respectively. Currently there is no information on the release date for the Olive Green pair, but keep your eyes peeled for updates.
Much in the same way that a painter or visual artist looks at a blank canvas and can imagine a multitude of different possibilities, the same can be said in a fashion context for the plain, white T-shirt, which has launched thousands of brands and subsequently bankrupted hundreds more.
While there’s no tried-and-true method for emerging from nothing and becoming something, most people agree that you have to start fresh. Although a brand like Mitchell & Ness was catapulted onto the national stage by making something old, new again, that is the exception and not the rule.
For a certain generation, this blank T-shirt was of the Hanes variety and probably reminds you of your father or uncle who would wear them so often that the cotton ended up feeling like silk and the area around the armpits turned the color of Mountain Dew.
But in a contemporary context, the reigning champion is Gildan.
The Chamandy’s answer was T-shirts and sweatshirts, which continue to be staples that could just as easily be utilized by a long-haul truck driver as it could be by a person looking to build a streetwear brand.
"We knew that by starting from scratch we could make a better product for less,” Greg told Forbes.“We didn’t have the built-in disadvantages of an entrenched company. We don’t try to be all things to all people. We wanted to only produce where we knew we could be the low-cost producer."
Model: Cortez Kenny 1
Key Features: White leather upper, red stitching, DAMN. branding, tonal laces
Release Date: January 26 at 10 a.m. EST
Price: $100 USD
Editor’s Notes: Last night Kendrick Lamar debuted his new Cortez Kenny 1 while performing during halftime of the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta. Now, Nike has confirmed release details for the much-anticipated collaboration.
The Cortez boasts a white leather upper, complemented by red stitching and matching DAMN. and Swoosh branding. A black tongue provides added contrast, as tonal laces accompany to complete the release.
Slated to cost $100, the hyped collab was originally rumored to drop on the same night of the Grammys — January 28, but the release date has actually been moved up.
According to Nike, the Cortez Kenny 1 will drop January 26 on the brand’s SNKRS app. Check back for more confirmed details on the release as they come in.
- Steve Jobs
I've always been a HUGE fan of rap royalty Nipsey Hussle. Nip is an incredible philanthropist and also an amazing entrepreneur. He inspires me on how to run my business as well, by showing me what really "starting from the bottom" was really all about.
I decided to mockup a potential collaboration look for his brand The Marathon Clothing and VANS Sk8 Hi's. I used the biggest symbolism of Nipsey, which is the gang that he always claims when he raps, the "rollin' 60's crips." So I decided to use the blue bandana material, using different types of paisley leaves material that originated from his country, Eritrean. Also used his trademark "Crenshaw" logo script on the back embroided.
Be confident. Too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing to be something we aren’t. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is only when you accept everything you are and aren’t that you will truly succeed.