Nigerian Artist Davido in Studio With Rae Sremmurd Rocking Givenchy T-Shirt, Margiela Sneakers & Rolex Watch

May 10, 2016 0
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Davido was spotted in LA during a recent recording session with the Rae Sremmurd brothers. The 23-year-old Nigerian artist was wearing a Givenchy “Jesus is Lord” T-Shirt ($640), white pair of Maison Marginala Low-Top Sneakers ($840) and a custom gold Rolex Day-Date.

  • Givenchy "Jesus is Lord" T-Shirt
  • Givenchy "Jesus is Lord" T-Shirt
  • Givenchy "Jesus is Lord" T-Shirt
  • Maison Margiela Future Low-Top Sneakers
  • Maison Margiela Future Low-Top Sneakers
  • Maison Margiela Future Low-Top Sneakers
  • Davido in the Studio
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3 Steps To Buying Your First Mechanical Watch

May 09, 2016 1
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How The Internet Is Changing Retail As We Know It

April 25, 2016 1
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If you walk into any of your favorite luxury stores and ask a trusted store associate (preferably a senior one) how he feels about the current state, and the future of retail and I am positive that you will be met with less than chipper body language and deflated words. Why do I say this? Well…the very DNA of retail as we know it has changed and nobody is feeling the growing pains more than salesmen and women at our favorite flagship stores.

Most people who make a career out of luxury sales earn their income through commission checks and in order to make a sizable amount of money, salesmen need people to walk through those fancy doors, but things are looking a little bleak. A plethora of online stores are providing their customers with something physical stores simply cannot such as: ease of access to their full inventory, competitive pricing, fewer expenses, and lack of interaction (sorry to say) for those who aren’t too keen on crowds.

Part of the problem stems from the continued pervasiveness of online retail. Global e-commerce increased by 19 percent in 2013 alone, a figure that was likely equalled or bettered in 2014.

The late Neil Postman described new technology as ecological and not simply additive saying “What happens if we place a drop of red dye into a beaker of clear water? Do we have clear water plus a spot of red dye? Obviously not. We have a new coloration to every molecule of water. That is what I mean by ecological change. A new medium does not add something; it changes everything.”

 

Kanye engaged in a conversation at a Hermes store in Paris last Feb. 2016

 

Online stores such as: Mr. Porter, SSENSE, and Luisaviaroma are providing online shoppers with access to hundreds of brands instantly, while smaller online boutiques are providing niche shopping experiences, which in turn keeps people out of malls and staying at home. Some of these sites with large investors are building teams of media engineers and creatives who are tasked with creating content to keep us coming back constantly.

Sites like Mr. Porter have a queue of video content that does everything from teach you how to tie a bowtie–to showing you how to make a perfect cocktail like a bartender in a James Bond flick. They also back up their video making prowess by publishing a monthly newspaper delivered to their customers almost the old-fashioned way. All in all, they have successfully created a shopping experience that feels so traditional you won’t even miss your former trips to Saks or Barneys.

This is in contrast to walking into The Houston Galleria or the River Oaks District, which are two malls in the densely populated city with stores that promise to give you the worst case of sticker shock on a Saturday and feeling like the fleet of exotic cars you were expecting to see was interrupted by an annoying, but yet very real tumbleweed rolling across these ghost towns.

 

Harry Styles at Saint Laurent store in Beverly Hills on July 2015

 

Although, some lagging retailers have tried to build an online presence they are still bleeding profusely. This bleed has caused the closing of store doors and the loss of livelihoods on a scale reminiscent of when cellphones terminated the jobs of thousands of phone operators worldwide.

Malls and shopping are a pivotal part of the American lifestyle and it appears suburbia is going through a paradigm shift and this change has put retail in a free-fall and I’m not sure the parachute works.

 

 

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The Luxury Rendition: Reinterpreting Classic Sneakers

February 17, 2016 1
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If you’ve ever played a game of Chinese Whispers, you would quickly notice how one person’s message can take on a completely new form by the time it reaches the final receiver. This is due to certain factors such as discrepancies in how people encode & decode messages, and more importantly for this article is the way we interpret things. This is no different from what the creative directors of a large number of fashion houses have been doing for years now, taking athletic sneakers and reimagining them in what sometimes is a much cleaner and much better quality version of the original. While several sneaker purists will always opt for their O.G Jordan Bred 1s over a pair of Saint Laurent’s Black & Red SL/10H ($645), the success of the latter proves that there is a large market filled with people who are open to the reinventing of the classics.

  • Air Jordan Bred 1
  • Saint Laurent SL/10H
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  • Saint Laurent SL/10H
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While a number of brands simply draw inspiration from our favorite classic sneakers then go from there, some niche labels do not want to tamper with the silhouette of the sneakers we’ve grown to love at all and are solely interested in bringing more hues, complexities and/or a wider variation of materials much like the good folks over at Hender Scheme do. The designers over there have hand-made several classic sneakers for their “Hommage” collection using raw leather, which promises to antique beautifully as the owner continues to wear them.

  • Nike Air Force 1
  • Hender Scheme "Homme"
  • Air Jordan 4
  • Hender Scheme "Homme"
  • Nike Air Presto
  • Hender Scheme "Homme"
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2017 Bentley Bentayga, Their First Luxury SUV

February 15, 2016 0
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What is a gentleman without a befitting steed (or 600 of them if we’re getting technical), and the new 6.0 L-twin-turbocharged-W12 Bentley Bentayga ($229,100) is as handsome as they come. The brand’s first luxury SUV is quick on its feet with an agile acceleration of 0 – 60mph in a swift 4 seconds and a top speed of 187mph according to Bentley Motors. Now, any Sports Utility Vehicle worth its salt has to be able to do its job of hauling a sizable amount of cargo, which is why the Bentayga can generate up to 900Nm of torque and comes with ample trunk-space of 15 cubic feet for all your everyday needs.

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