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A weekly wrap-up of Highsnobiety's most notable headlines and new releases

The Dropcast Highsnobiety

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A weekly wrap-up of Highsnobiety's most notable headlines and new releases

    The Dropcast #131: ANGELO BAQUE WANTS TO SEE BRANDS NURTURING BLACK & BROWN TALENT

    The Dropcast #131: ANGELO BAQUE WANTS TO SEE BRANDS NURTURING BLACK & BROWN TALENT

    Awake NY founder and former Supreme brand director Angelo Baque joins us on this week's episode to discuss the hottest news in fashion. After providing his opinion on some of the biggest product reveals in recent days, he takes the time to delve into his brand and the fashion industry as a whole.
    Baque and host Noah Thomas begin the podcast by discussing a number of new sneakers, ranging from the Air Force 1 winter boot and adidas' mule creation, to Cactus Plant Flea Market's rhinestone Dunks. The two then touch on Gucci and The RealReal's recently-announced secondhand initiative, Matthew Williams' debut Givenchy collection, and artists collaborating outside of their realm.
    Next, Baque discusses giving deeper meaning to collaborations and drawing from things that inspire him personally. He speaks on how products should bring awareness, as well as being able to appeal to multiple markets and age demographics by knowing who you are as a brand and remaining honest and sincere in the work.
    A significant portion of the conversation is rightfully dedicated to brands needing to find consistency in nurturing black and brown talent. Donations have quickly become the trendy play, but without consistency, there will be no change in diversifying the industry.
    Relevant Links:
    NIKE'S NEW ALL-BLACK AF1 BOOT IS THE PERFECT WINTER HYBRID
    STUDIO FY7’S 992 COLLAB IS THE NEXT WE’LL BE SAD TO TAKE AN L ON
    THESE ADIDAS CLOGS ARE FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T BRING THEMSELVES TO BUY CROCS
    IF PARIS HILTON WERE A SHOE, SHE'D BE THE CPFM X NIKE DUNK LOW
    GUCCI WANTS YOU TO STOP BUYING NEW GUCCI
    THE FIRST MATTHEW WILLIAMS COLLECTION AT GIVENCHY IS FINALLY UNLOCKED
    BALENCIAGA'S SS21 COLLECTION IS A BIG POST-PANDEMIC MOOD
    J blavin x mcdonalds collab 
    WE’VE ARRIVED AT THE ERA OF THE “INSOURCED COLLAB”
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    • 39 min
    The Dropcast #130: DJ PAUL IS SHARING ALL HIS CRAZY THREE 6 MAFIA STORIES ON HIS NEW PODCAST

    The Dropcast #130: DJ PAUL IS SHARING ALL HIS CRAZY THREE 6 MAFIA STORIES ON HIS NEW PODCAST

    We have two special guests on this week's episode. First up, Highsnobiety Editor-in-Chief, Thom Bettridge, calls in to discuss the hottest news in sneakers, fashion, and beyond. And then hip-hop legend, DJ Paul, joins us to dish on his new podcast, Mafia Radio.
    Led by host Noah Thomas, Thom begins the show by providing his thoughts on a number of high-profile sneaker collaborations, ranging from Vivienne Westwood's new ASICS, to Grace Wales Bonner x adidas and Aimé Leon Dore's obscure New Balance project. Next, the two delve into Reebok's appointment of Kerby Jean-Raymond as its Global Creative Director and Tyler, the Creator's message to fans regarding voting in the upcoming election.
    DJ Paul then joins the program to speak on his new podcast on Hot New Hip Hop, called Mafia Radio. The show will include interviews with celebrities, discussions on everything from music and fashion, to cars, real estate, and politics, and stories from the man himself on the younger, wilder days of Three 6 Mafia.
    Elsewhere on The Dropcast, DJ Paul touches on Three 6 Mafia's influence on the new generation of hip-hop, 2020 being a year for the hustlers, and his duties as the "hood newsman."
    Press play above to hear Thom Bettridge and DJ Paul on The Dropcast, and look out for Mafia Radio coming to Hot New Hip Hop in early-to-mid October.
    Relevant Links:

    YOU CAN NOW SHOP VIVIENNE WESTWOOD’S NET-EQUIPPED GEL-KAYANO 26

    NIKE SB DUNK HIGH "INVERT CELTICS" IS TWO COLORWAYS IN ONE

    @louisvuitton and @nba announced their partnership in January, and here's a potential preview of their first collaborative

    Here’s your first look at the basketball-inspired B27 sneaker by 

    AIMÉ LEON DORE RESURRECTS A FORGOTTEN NEW BALANCE SNEAKER

    Grace Wales Bonner x adidas

    Marine serre ss21

    A$AP ROCKY & TYLER, THE CREATOR SHOW YOU HOW TO STYLE NEW SEASON GUCCI


    KERBY JEAN-RAYMONAD IS REEBOK'S NEW GLOBAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR


    @feliciathegoat is urging his fans to vote in the upcoming election. 

    Hot New Hip Hop


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    • 43 min
    The Dropcast #129: GIULIANO CALZA & GCDS SUPPLY THE BLUEPRINT FOR DIGITAL FASHION SHOWS

    The Dropcast #129: GIULIANO CALZA & GCDS SUPPLY THE BLUEPRINT FOR DIGITAL FASHION SHOWS

    Artist and owner of Babylon Cartel, Gianni Lee, joins us on this week's episode to discuss the latest topics in the Highsnobiety world. After delving into the current events, we then talk to GCDS creative director, Giuliano Calza, as he provides us with some background info on the label's recent digital fashion show.
    While speaking with Highsnobiety's Noah Thomas, Lee shares his thoughts on everything from Slam Jam's upside-down Swoosh Dunks and Dior's new mules, to Kanye West's YEEZY slides, our Colette, Mon Amour Tokyo merch, and the PlayStation 5 pre-order frenzy. He also touches on some of his most recent projects, including a limited edition rug.
    Next up, Giuliano Calza shares his thoughts on an unusual Milan Fashion Week, before delving into GCDS' SS21 showcase, which served as the first-ever digital fashion arcade. Admittedly excited about virtual shows, Calza feels the GCDS showcase was entirely on-brand for both himself and the label. He has been into cartoons for years, so creating such an otherworldly atmosphere came somewhat easy to him, he says.
    But while he thoroughly enjoyed working on the digital show, as well as the collection, he insists he's already on to the next show and the next project. To get inside the mind of Giuliano Calza and find out what he sees for the future of GCDS, and fashion in general, press play above.


    Relevant Links:

    SLAM JAM'S NIKE DUNK FLIPS THE SWOOSH UPSIDE DOWN

    OFF-WHITE SHOE COVERS ARE THIS SEASON'S SNEAKER SAVIOUR

    DIOR MULE

    ALYX NEW SNEAKER

    ‘COLETTE, MON AMOUR’ TOKYO MERCH IS COMING YOUR WAY SOON

    DAPPER CORDUROY SUITS AS EVERYDAY WEAR? NO VACANCY INN, STÜSSY & A$AP NAST THINK SO

    HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE FW20 GETS FORMAL WITH TUXEDO PLEATS

    DEMNA GVASALIA IS PREPARING US TO CARE ABOUT 

    COUTURE FOR THE FIRST TIME

    PATTA X UMBRO X INTER MILAN

    SONY APOLOGIZES FOR CHAOTIC PLAYSTATION 5 PREORDERS

    Gianni Lee

    GCDS


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    • 51 min
    The Dropcast #128: HENDER SCHEME X THE NORTH FACE JUST SET THE BAR EVEN HIGHER

    The Dropcast #128: HENDER SCHEME X THE NORTH FACE JUST SET THE BAR EVEN HIGHER

    Zach Macklovitch and Nathan Gannage of Saintwoods join us on the latest episode to talk the hottest products in fashion. Led by host Noah Thomas, the podcast kicks off with a discussion on the best sneakers to pop up in recent days, followed by commentary surrounding some key streetwear collaborations.
    After providing listeners with a bit of background on their multifaceted outfit, Zach and Nathan give their thoughts on Bottega Veneta’s couch-like loafers that are perfect for office wear in the winter. From there, talk transitions to Hender Scheme and The North Face's new must-have release, which blends utility and style.
    This week's fashion news centers around a series of streetwear collabs from Virgil Abloh's Off-White™️ and Stüssy, Palace and Happy Mondays, and Supreme and Yohji Yamamoto. We also discuss this year's CFDA Fashion Awards winners to round out the segment.
    Press play above to hear Zach Macklovitch and Nathan Gannage of Saintwoods delve into the latest in footwear and fashion, and be sure to stay on the lookout for their tenth collection dropping at the end of the month and a monumental collab with Helmut Lang coming at the end of the year.
    Relevant Links:
    Bottega Veneta’s Couch-Like Loafer Might Be Fall’s Comfiest Footwear
    Hender scheme x The North Face 
    @dior’s CD1 continues to evolve every season and here’s the FW20 edition.
    Virgil Abloh Reveals First Look at New Off-White™ x Stüssy Collab
    Palace x Happy Monday
    Supreme Is Far From Over, the Yohji Yamamoto Collab Proves It
    With a Big CFDA Fashion Award Win, Kerby Jean-Raymond Shows What’s Next
    4SDesigns
    @willsmith partners with @airbnb to celebrate the @freshprince 30th anniversary, listing the iconic Bel-Air mansion on the home-sharing platform. ⁠
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    • 36 min
    The Dropcast #127: WhenSmokeClears® Founders Weigh in on Virgil Abloh’s New Whip

    The Dropcast #127: WhenSmokeClears® Founders Weigh in on Virgil Abloh’s New Whip

    WhenSmokeClears® is a jewelery and fashion brand based in Los Angeles. Known for their varsity cardigans and “Radiant Heart” patches, the label was nearly destroyed in the nascent stages of their growth when a blaze took over the team’s apartment in their former New York base.
    Now, true to its name, the brand is thriving in LA, where it’s made the “Radiant Heart” logo a signature part of its aesthetic; one that speaks to the ability to overcome adversity by radiating love and positivity. You can check out their online store (and a new pair of patchwork-detailed jeans) here.
    We invited founders of the brand Thermal and Ksace to join host Noah Thomas to weigh in on some of the week’s hottest releases: the paisley Community Garden Dunks (“they look like something John Mayer would like”), Reebok’s divisive spin on the Chelsea boot, YEEZY slides, Vetements’ self-troll, Travis Scott’s high-calorie collab with McDonald’s, and Virgil Abloh’s new Mercedes.
    We also answer our deceptively simple QOTW: “High tops or Low tops?” Smash the play button above to hear our take.
    For a chance to hear yourself in a future episode of The Dropcast, peep Highsnobiety’s Instagram every Monday for the latest QOTW, then call The Dropcast Hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) and leave an answer. We’ll catch you next week.
    Relevant Links:
    Each Pair of This “Community Gardens” Dunk Low Is Unique
    Reebok’s Chelsea Boot-Slash-Instapump Fury Is Not as Awful as It Sounds
    The adidas YEEZY 450 “Ophani” Could Be Kanye’s Next Slide Offering
    Nike Is Dropping a Blood-Soaked “Freddy Krueger” Air Max 95
    Nike Tries to Extend Summer With the 2020 Nike Air Max 1 “Powerwall”
    Wait, Did Demna Gvasalia Just Rip Off…Demna Gvasalia?
    Virgil and Mercedes-Benz Want To Rebuild the Luxury Landscape, They Explain How
    Stop the Press: Kim Jones Is Joining Fendi
    Nugget Pillows & Menu Rugs…Travis Scott’s McDonald’s Merch Is Supersized
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    • 28 min
    The Dropcast #126: Reebok’s New Lifestyle Sneaker Proves the Brand Shouldn’t Be Slept on

    The Dropcast #126: Reebok’s New Lifestyle Sneaker Proves the Brand Shouldn’t Be Slept on

    On this week’s episode, we spotlight a number standout sneaker releases. Maison Margiela just debuted a luxe reinterpretation of the Air Jordan 4, while fragment design is prepping the release of a pair of Air Jordan 3s. Reebok will soon be delivering two fall-appropriate colorways of its new lifestyle sneaker, the Premier Road Modern, an inline silhouette that is definitely worthy of a cop.
    In other sneaker-related news, adidas’ Jon Wexler has left the brand to join Shopify. Wex is largely responsible for bolstering the brand’s roster of ambassadors, having added Kanye West, Pharrell, and Beyoncé — just to name a few — to the Three Stripes team during his tenure.
    Also, we continue our discussion surrounding Walter Van Beirendonck’s criticism of Virgil Abloh, which is hypocritical at best. The episode comes to a close as we segue from Neymar’s potential deal with PUMA to ask our listeners what sportswear brand they would want to be sponsored by.
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    • 19 min

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