Hood By Air 2016 Spring/Summer NYFW Collection

Hood By Air gives us zippers, strips and more at NYFW


Hood by Air was at NYFW to debut their 2016 spring/summer collection and by the looks of things the collection was not surprising at all. Shayne Oliver drew inspiration from something a bit different for his collection this time as he say’s “It was all about childhood in the Caribbean. And growing up around uniforms. We had such high education, and we couldn’t do anything with it—high education and low living quarters. So it was about cutting up and altering that school uniform, as we did”. The collection featured multiple pieces with leather, zippers and strips, neoprene body suits and silk dresses were seen on the men with a dash amount of makeup. The collection might have left many a bit confused by who was who in gender walking the runway but at least Shayne got his point across. Check out some of the images of the Hood by Air spring/summer 2016 collection presented at NYFW in the gallery below.


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Hood By Air Spring 2016 features a Nike Air influenced high heel


Amongst avant-garde looks and inventively proportioned clothing items, Shayne Oliver creative director of Hood By Air seems to have taken inspiration from a retro and classic Nike model with the creation of a new pair of Woman’s heels. At the recent Hood By Air New York Fashion week show, models strutted down the runway donning multiple color-ways of heeled shoes with the word “AIR” highly visible on the side panelings. Sneaker enthusiasts and people paying attention to kicks in the mid 90s remember the Nike Air More Uptempo with admiration and reverence. Chicago Bulls Scottie Pippen chose the Uptempo as his signature sneaker and the shoes transitioned successfully to massive off court appeal. Hood By Air has a history of reinterpreting classic Nike models, earlier this year the brand meshed classic Nike Huarache like tooling with the storied Timberland boot construction.

Shayne Oliver decided to pair his creatively invigorated designs with new showings of officially branded Nike Air sneakers as well, outfitting both female and male models in the Nike Air Flight 89. The Flight 89 was briefly available on Nike ID last year. The first sneaker to bear the “Air Flight” title, 1989’s air flight displayed an innovative design and completely influenced the coveted Air Jordan 4 with it’s distinct look and striking midsole. Hood By Air as a brand has always melded the worlds of streetwear and urban style with a high fashion detail and presentation, dedicating itself to an aesthetic a host of other designers also used this recent New York Fashion week. View more images of the Nike Uptempo inspired heels and shots of a few progressive high fashion Air Flight 89 pairings in the gallery below.


Vans Presents the Vault by Vans x WTAPS Original Classics Collection

Check out the newest Vans x WTAPS Originals Classics Collection


With nearly a decade of stellar collaborations between them, Vans and WTAPS come together once again to unveil an eight-piece footwear capsule for Vault by Vans. Under Vans’ premium imprint, WTAPS crafts a deluxe assortment of Original Classics that is emblematic of both brands’ design legacies. Vault by Vans and WTAPS ready these collaborative executions of the OG Era LX, OG Sk8-Hi LX and OG Style 36 LX for release this September in limited quantities.


Deeply rooted in a philosophy derived from Japanese master craftsman, WTAPS takes an approach to aesthetics that strives to recognize the essence of the items that comprise the material world and realize their hidden potential. Where shape determines function, a sophisticated creed wants to “place things where they should be” in order to release the creative energy that can be found in every form and materialization. The Vault by Vans x WTAPS project takes shape on iconic footwear silhouettes in their truest forms – their original forms. Vans Original Classics are rebuilt from the ground up using the same design specifications as their first size runs, featuring the same fit, padding density, width, foxing height and other characteristics from decades ago.


The collaboration kicks off with a trio of OG Era LX colorways that are inspired by the Japanese school uniform and “uwabaki” concept. The uppers are presented in true white while the outsole is marked in various colors – blue, red and green – colors that originally signified a student’s grade level. From there, the OG Sk8-Hi LX is brought forth in a set of materials and tones that channel the vintage styling of another iconic Vans silhouette, the Vans Caballero. A favorite sneaker of WTAPS Founder Tetsu “Tet” Nishiyama’s youth, the Vans Caballero debuted in 1989 as skate legend Steve Caballero’s signature shoe featuring embossed reptile nubuck and durable suede reinforcements. This material build can be seen once again on the OG Sk8-Hi LX in grey/black and all-black styles. The last silhouette in the line-up, the OG Style 36 LX, was created with unity in mind. Taking one hue to all parts of the shoe, the OG Style 36 LX introduces black/black, navy/navy and burgundy/burgundy versions of itself in the Vault by Vans x WTAPS collection.

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The Vault by Vans x WTAPS Original Classics Collection releases globally on September 12 at the following retailers:

USA: Vans DQM General, Barney’s, Bodega, Blends, Bows & Arrows, Conveyor, The Darkside Initiative, Dover Street Market, Feature, Fice, Hot Rod, Kicks/HI, Kicks/HI Guam, Kith, Nice Kicks, Odin, Pilgrim, Proper, Shoe Gallery, Sole Classics, Steven Alan, Today Clothing, UBIQ, Undefeated, Wish and The Webster

Canada: Off The Hook, Gravitypope, J2 Sneakerbox, NRML and Rooney

Europe: Back Door, Baskets, C Store, Colette, Dover Street Market, Firmament, Foot Patrol, Fott, GoodHood, Hanon, Kapa dokya, Mini, MRQT, Naked, Offspring, Proudlaces, Saint Cream, Slam Jam, SNS, Societe Anonime, Starcow, The End, The Good Will Out, Titolo, Très Bien, Übervart, Veteran, Victoire Barber & Shop, Vier and YME.

Asia Pacific: Vans Lab Store, Beams, Beauty & Youth, Crossover, Deal, EXI.T, GIP-STORE, Greyone Social, Hoods, Hotel V, Invincible, IT, Juice, Limited Edition Chamber, Limited Edition Vault, Ron Herman, Sole What Unik, Supreme, United Arrows & Sons and WH101.


The Vault by Vans x WTAPS collection releases globally at select retailers on September 12, 2015. See more from Vault by Vans atwww.vans.com/vault and join the conversation by using #VansxWTAPS on social networks.

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Kanye West adidas Originals Yeezy Season 1 ‘SENSE’ Editorial

Check out this editorial with SENSE magazine for Yeezy Season 1. 


Fashion magazine SENSE based out of japan, SENSE publishes an editorial for Kanye West’s adidas Originals YEEZY season 1 products. Styled from Kanye’s creativity the editorial gives out prices for the collection also. There hasn’t been any info given on when these pieces will drop or when they will release but we will keep you updated on news emerging for the season. The prices are in Japanese yen and more than likely won’t be the finalized prices from adidas worldwide. According to the editorial these prices will give you a glance at what to expect:

Slide 1
Camo T-Shirt: ¥25,000 JPY (Approximately $210 USD)
SFT Sweat Pant: ¥60,000 JPY (Approximately $500 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 2
Vest 1: ¥123,000 JPY (Approximately $1,025 USD)
Hooded Jacket: ¥204,500 JPY (Approximately $1,700 USD)
Long Sleeve Crew: ¥52,000 JPY (Approximately $430 USD)
SFT Long John Pant: ¥57,500 JPY (Approximately $480 USD)

Slide 3
Coat: No Pricing Information
Undestroyed Sweater ¥163,500 JPY (Approximately $1,360 USD)
Tab Bottom Pant: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 4
Destroyed Sweater ¥272,500 JPY (Approximately $2,260 USD)
FJ 3/4 Short ¥41,000 JPY (Approximately $340 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 5
Long Fur Coat: ¥368,000 JPY (Approximately $3,060 USD)
Jersey Tank: ¥19,500 JPY (Approximately $160 USD)
Tab Bottom Pant: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 6
Coach Jacket: ¥259,000 JPY (Approximately $2,150 USD)
Long Sleeve Crew: ¥52,000 JPY (Approximately $430 USD)
SFT Long John Pant: ¥57,500 JPY (Approximately $480 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 7
Thin Camo Jacket: ¥170,500 JPY (Approximately $1,420 USD)
Jersey Tank: ¥19,500 JPY (Approximately $160 USD)
Boucle Pant: ¥123,000 JPY (Approximately $1,025 USD)

Slide 8
Camo Trenchcoat: ¥300,000 JPY (Approximately $2,500 USD)
Thermal Long Sleeve: ¥42,500 JPY (Approximately $350 USD)
FJ Sweatpant: ¥49,500 JPY (Approximately $410 USD)

Slide 9
Vest 1: ¥23,000 JPY (Approximately $190 USD)
Basic hoodie: ¥57,500 JPY (Approximately $477 USD)
Long Sleeve Crew: ¥52,000 JPY (Approximately $431 USD)
SFT Long John Pant: ¥57,500 JPY (Approximately $477 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 10
Long Shearling: ¥477,000 JPY (Approximately $3,958 USD)
Undestroyed Sweater: ¥163,500 JPY (Approximately $1,356 USD)
Tab Bottom Pant: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)
Yeezy Boost 750: ¥42,180 JPY (Approximately $350 USD)

Slide 11
Thin Camo Jacket: ¥170,500 JPY (Approximately $1,415 USD)
Jersey Tank: ¥19,500 JPY (Approximately $162 USD)
Boucle Pants: ¥123,000 JPY (Approximately $1,020 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 12
Thermal Tee: ¥35,500 JPY (Approximately $295 USD)
Jersey Tank: ¥19,500 JPY (Approximately $162 USD)
Supply Shorts: ¥44,000 JPY (Approximately $365 USD)

Slide 13
Short Sleeve Crew: ¥48,000 JPY (Approximately $398 USD)
Long Sleeve Crew: ¥52,000 JPY (Approximately $431 USD)
Worker Pant: ¥52,000 JPY (Approximately $431 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 14
Quilted Camo Jacket: ¥231,500 JPY (Approximately $1,921 USD)
Long Sleeve Crew: ¥52,000 JPY (Approximately $431 USD)
SFT Sweat Pant: ¥60,000 JPY (Approximately $498 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)

Slide 15
Camo Trenchcoat: ¥300,000 JPY (Approximately $2,490 USD)
Thermal Long Sleeve: ¥42,000 JPY (Approximately $348 USD)
FJ Sweatpant: ¥49,500 JPY (Approximately $410 USD)
Yeezy Boost 350: ¥30,125 JPY (Approximately $250 USD)

Slide 16
Nylon Bomber: ¥218,000 JPY (Approximately $1,809 USD)
Thermal Tank: ¥37,000 JPY (Approximately $307 USD)
FJ Sweat Pants: ¥49,500 JPY (Approximately $410 USD)
Yeezy 950: ¥61,500 JPY (Approximately $510 USD)





Just Don Blank Strapback Collection

Chicago’s Don C reveals a new strapback collection 


Don C has given us a new range of headwear with the “Blank” collection just in time for fall. Just Don who’s mostly known for the python design and bringing to us high-end hatwear presents the “Blank” collection which is featured with the iconic python brim and full closure with gold detailing for the buckle and branding with a black cap crown contrasting within star stitching in an assortment of colors with yellow, red and teal. You can now purchase from the “Blank” collection at select retailers at a set price of $450. Check out images of the collection below.
























‘Paid In Full’ Drug Kingpin And Informant Alberto “Alpo” Martinez Returns To The Streets

One of the main characters from the hood classic ‘Paid In Full’ has been released from federal custody

According to the website of the street wise publication Don Diva Magazine, 49 year old Alberto “Alpo” Martinez has been released from ADX Florence federal prison. According to the website, Martinez is currently in the federal witness protection program awaiting his identity.

It has been alleged that Martinez indirectly reached out to the publication’s owner and respected Harlem OG, Kevin Chiles, and requested to speak to him about him allegedly becoming an informant against Chiles, something which Martinez denies.

Alpo, whose life was replayed by Cam’ron in the movie Paid In Full, was to serve 35 years for 14 counts of murder when he was sentenced in November 1991. It has been confirmed that Martinez did turn informant on his enforcerWayne “Silk” Perry, who because of Martinez’s testimony, was handed down a life without parole sentence on a 27 count federal indictment.

The government has not confirmed any such release of Alberto Geddis Martinez.

Victor Cruz Takes Us Through His Sneaker Closet

Victor Cruz gives the Coveteur a look through the Sneaker Closet! 

Victor Cruz gives us a strict look through his sneaker closet with the help of his fiancee and according to The Coveteur the closet is “THE. BIGGEST. CLOSET. WE’VE EVER SEEN. The closet is dedicated to the love of sneakers and that’s just amazing for a sneaker head and a very big deal to have a closet just dedicated to kicks. The closet is filled with some of the most stylish and most wicked kicks you can think of. Victor Cruz who is the wide receiver for the New York Giants is known as one of the toughest in the league and his sneaker closet is one of the toughest out there as well. The closet is a must see and you can check out the full closet here. Meanwhile check out some of the images from his sneaker closet in the gallery below.


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Co-Founder and Creative Director Of Extra Butter Speaks On the Vanguard Collection with Adidas Originals


Extra Butter continues their legacy as being one of the largest sneaker boutiques in NYC and in the world, Sept 12th they will be releasing their highly anticipated “Vanguard Collection” with adidas Originals worldwide which features a ZX Flux model and ZX Trail model that represent significant stories within the company we got  a chance to catch up with Jason Faustino, co-founder and creative director at Extra Butter gives us a few details before the official release, to find out what each shoe represents read up on the full interview below.




The Source: Introduce yourself?

Jason Faustino: Hi, my name is Jason Faustino I am one of the co-owners and creative director at Extra Butter.


The Source: How did you guys start up the boutique?

Jason Faustino: So I started Extra Butter In Long Island Rockville Centre that was the first location we opened in August 2007. The way it got started actually is I was working for Redheart footwear in 2005 or 2006 it was a mom and pop sneaker store out in Long Island instead of going to get my masters degree in sociology I studied for Grad School working at Red heart at a sneaker store and I was working for the owner’s of Red Heart and I learned the business from A to Z basically through them. I always had aspirations to want to do my own sneaker boutique in use of my creativity and art influences and stuff like that and we came up with the idea of doing a sneaker and clothing boutique under the theme inspired by movies.


The Source: What was you guys goal with Extra Butter what did you want to accomplish?

Jason Faustino: What Extra butter wanted to accomplish by becoming a sneaker boutique was adding a lot of fun and creativity into it’s work we liked the sneaker boutiques that existed at the time in the mid 200’s but we liked them mostly for their product and some of the stores were cool and all but some of them also had a colder tougher environment and we took what we’ve been doing in the family footwear environment and being like a very warm community oriented like very just open and embracing of the customer we took that practice and applied it to the boutique settings so we also wanted Long Island and Rockville Centre where we opened our first location their was no real sneaker boutiques at the time that were offering some of the select and limited edition retro product that we do, so we wanted to bring that to the market, out there.


The Source: What is the difference in Extra Butter Now compared to when you guys first opened?

Jason Faustino: The biggest difference I would say is just the growth. There was days when we first opened it was just 2 or 3 of us working and now were like 17 deep and our website, were a global brand now before I think it felt like we were just a local sneaker store but we always had aspirations to get to this point I just didn’t know how soon and not soon we would get there to be a global brand website that ships products all around the world our own products we see being ordered in all different countries social media just changed our whole world we were putting out messages on myspace and seeing reaction to that compared to now one instagram photo we have over 100 thousand followers it’s just completely changed it in the past year or so ever since we opened our second location which is in the Lower East Side New York City that’s been open since october 2013 we’ve received like a lot of awesome accolades and awards like Complex just listed us Top 10 sneaker stores in New York City last year they did Top 15 sneaker stores in the world and we were apart of that as well so different signs of recognition like that have just completely changed where we are today compared to where we first started.




The Source: You guys have a collection dropping with Adidas Originals, can you give me a few details on that?

Jason Faustino: Sure. The collection were dropping with adidas originals is called the “Vanguard Collection” vanguard meaning you know a lot of people associate vanguard with the MTV award that people give out but it really is to honor people that are pioneering and exploring and breaking new boundaries in their industry and we’ve kinda created two characters with each of the shoes the ZX Flux were calling the chief Diver and the ZX Trail were calling the scout leader and basically each shoe represents a character that is a Vanguard in their field the ZX Flux chief Diver represents someone that is on the forefront of exploring the ocean life and were is the ZX trail the scout leader is someone that’s on the forefront of exploring the outdoors and nature and anyone knows with Extra Butter because of our Film theme Extra butter’s name is inspired by a old new york slang describing things as butter that were really premium and we also have a strong movie heritage and some blogs were able to catch on that these shoes are also inspired by favorite films of ours.






The Source: What Made you guys want to us the ZX Flux model?

Jason Faustino: The ZX Flux model the way that came about this project is something we’ve been working on for about 4 or 5 years actually it just took a lot of time to get it where it to where it is with just changes within our company and adidas and just the natural back and forth of production, design marketing plans all that stuff but originally when we wanted to do this project me and Bernie gross who’s my co- creative director of the designer we wanted to work with the ZX 8000 which is one of our favorite adidas running shoes and one of their classic staple heritage shoes and over time we saw that the flux was coming out which was very similar and it shared a lot of pieces and design elements of the ZX 8000 so are Flux is a little bit different than everyone else’s it incorporates  a lot of the lines design work and line aesthetics that the ZX 8000 does but because our ZX Flux is on their neoprene upper to drive on the ocean inspiration because that’s what divers use as their materials with for their wet suits the lines like they act as tape scenes so it’s like a really cool upper as opposed to a traditional sewn on overlays on the shoe it’s like fused onto the flux to make it look like the ZX 8000.







The Source: How is this collaborations similar to some of you guy’s previous collaborations?

Jason Faustino: You know it’s similar to are previous collabs because we always tell like a pretty multi story with every collab project we’ve done except one they’ve been a multi shoe concept because were really strong at telling a story that has various layers to it and it can be centered around more than one concept so that usually results in more than one shoe coming out because we tend to have so many ideas that come to life when were wanting to tell a story and then they end up looking good in our design and strong enough that we realize we want to tell this in a deeper story than one shoe but all of them have Extra Butters signature personality in it which is a story that goes beyond it’s initial like perception theres always deeper elements hidden into it and deeper layers of the story theres always a personal connection to Me and Bernie and the rest of the staff like we wouldn’t push out a story if our staff wasn’t really feeling it and stuff that we’ve already bonded as friends like inside and out of work throughout our days like you realize certain films when we did space race the love with space was something we all connect on and the other thing that I think we do a really good job of that isn’t told enough is that all the projects we work on have some kind of tied back to the brands themselves  you know like, if it is inspired by the films if they go back and look at certain films they would realize that adidas product or asics product reebok product was actually worn in those movies and that’s why we chose that company to work with on these projects so it does a great job of telling our own film story with a little bit of the brands like they have little cameos and were highlighting that of  a special moment.


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The Source: When is the collection release and do you feel everyone will be pleased with the final product?

Jason Faustino: Yeah the collection releases saturday sept 12th online and in-store it will be your first chance to really get the product without having to play our scavenger hunt games we were doing last week. Last week when we launched it we had scavengers hunts in Central park and Hempstead Lake Park where customers got to find us through photos on instagram and each customer that did find us received a special survival kit that goes along with the theme of each shoe a waterproof case or rut sack for the ZX trails waterproof case for the ZX Flux each had different survival tools like Extra Butter flashlight towel blanket binoculars glow sticks field notes all little accessories that made the scavenger hunts and in-store purchase experience very special but the general release will be on saturday sept 12th and I think the response is going to be awesome you know a lot of people are hype on it through instagram but once you see the product in person you just see the quality really is there the colors look amazing in person and the shoe turns people head once it get’s on foot and with the ZX Flux people never really seen a Flux like that before with all those new lines and tape seams and the glow in the dark really stands out once you get to mess with it in person and as far as the ZX Trails I think people are going crazy because of the patchwork detail and just the fact that there’s a trail shoe that is hitting the market in a exciting way as opposed to you know like the market is pretty saturated with running shoes, so were excited to bring something a little bit different with the trail to the table.


The ZX Flux ($130)

The ZX Trail Mid ($140)



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50 Cent Shows Off New Home In Africa Amid Bankruptcy Woes In Connecticut

Fif posts a video this weekend of his new home somewhere in Africa while selling his CT. mansion after filing for bankruptcy earlier this year

“My crib is almost finished in AFRICA,”

proclaims a 40 year old 50 Cent via Instagram, posting a video that shows his followers the outside of his newly acquired property. He went on to say, “I’m gonna have the craziest House warming party ever. I’ll explain later. I got a good life, man.”

In July, 50 filed for bankruptcy after having to shell out $24 million in lawsuits, including the sex tape case with Rick Ross‘ baby’s mother. He’s been trying to sell his $8.5 million mansion in Farmington, Connecticut once owned by boxing great Mike Tyson, but to no avail.

50, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has yet to reveal the exact location on the massive continent of Africa where he purchased his new home. With countless hit records and several successful business deals, Jackson is regarded as one of Hip Hop’s top earners of all time.

-Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

1 Dead, 4 Wounded At West Indian Day Parade J’Ouvert Pre-Celebration

Even before the Annual West Indian Day Parade began, the expected violence struck once again this year, claiming one life and seriously injuring four others.

The “j’ouvert” celebration, which actually starts the night before the parade, erupted in violence as a 24 year old man was stabbed to death near the parade’s start at Grand Army Plaza at approximately 2 AM.

One of the injured was 43 year old Carey Gabay, Governor Cuomo’s first deputy counsel for Empire State Development, who was shot in the head while ducking behind a car attempting to dodge bullets. It has been reported that Gabay, his pregnant wife and brother were caught in the crossfire of rival gangs. He is currently in critical condition in Kings County Hospital.

NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito tweeted the attorney, wishing him a speedy recovery and the urgency for ending gun violence.