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

    The Dropcast #98: From Obsession to Profession feat. Frank Cooke

    The Dropcast #98: From Obsession to Profession feat. Frank Cooke

    Former Jordan NRG member and designer Frank Cooke joins this episode of The Dropcast as the answer to all of this week’s footwear topics, but he also asks all the right questions. To start off, the quick hits bring up Foot Locker’s recent announcement which slammed the brakes on rising anticipation for Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 5 dropping this weekend in Chicago via a first come, first served basis (4:14). Taking everything from the location to the drop style into consideration, the city should embrace itself for expected pandemonium.

    This past weekend offered even more commotion as Bong Joon-ho sweeped the Oscars with Parasite by winning four out of six categories. But that equals a B in Asian standards (Jian’s words, not mine). The ceremony’s star-studded attendees meant heated red carpet fashion from the likes of Timothee Chalamet who paired together a Prada zip-up jacket with a pair of Prada joggers, much to the cast’s collective disdain (7:14). Spike Lee came through with his characteristic flair, paying tribute to the late Kobe Bryant by dressing up in a custom Gucci suit.

    Rumor has it that YEEZY’s long-awaited basketball sneaker will drop during All-Star Weekend (10:53). Noah and Jian will be on the ground, battling the crowd to get their hands on the Off-White Jordans but skipping the anticipated YEEZY Quantum.

    New York’s timely fashion week was the perfect opportunity for holding a summit to discuss the industry’s future of sustainability (13:23). As a past Jordan Brand designer, Frank had insights to share regarding the topic, specifically his thoughts on how realistic it would be to embrace a sustainable model across an entire shoe brand. The cast appropriately wraps up the segment by discussing the slew of sneaker drops taking place during All-Star Weekend (16:54). 

    The Mule of the Week called for Frank diving into the details of his own mule, made straight for chilling, not for the courts (26:42). Frank is chilling just as much as he’s gearing up to step back into the world of products. This time, he’s doing so by dropping his knowledge on the Question of the Week (QOTW) which asked, “How can sneaker companies do more to help black communities?” (28:14).

    Noah and Jian announce their mule collaboration by surprising Frank with the first official pair (40:48). Peep Frank’s and the @muleboyz Instagram pages to get a full look before the drop. These are the first items on Frank’s list as the trio enters the “What’d You Cop?” segment (42:21).

    The next QOTW will be posted on Highsnobiety’s Instagram so make sure to stay tuned and leave a voicemail on The Dropcast hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to be featured in a future episode.

    Relevant Links:
    Jerry Lorenzo Spotlights Allen Iverson’s Impact With Air Fear of God 1 “The Question”
    Twitter Slams Foot Locker’s Off-White™ x Nike AJ5 “First Come First Served” Chicago Drop
    Oscars 2020: The Best, Worst & Most WTF Outfits
    Nike’s Valentine’s Day Air Force 1 Features a Heartbroken Swoosh
    YEEZY’s Long-Awaited Basketball Sneaker Is Rumored to Drop This Weekend
    10 Crucial Things We Learned About the State of Sustainable Fashion 
    Stay on Top of All the Best Sneaker Releases From NBA All-Star Weekend
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    • 46 min
    The Dropcast #97: Curtains Kills All the Worst Trends

    The Dropcast #97: Curtains Kills All the Worst Trends

    Noah spent the past Super Bowl Weekend in Miami, rounding up the most swagged out players at the NFL Honors red carpet. Now he’s back in New York City in time for NYFW, Black History Month, the month of love, and a new episode of The Dropcast joined by Curtains aka Dior and Jordans. The rapper-turned-brand-consultant keeps himself under the radar, but his contribution and impact on the fields of music and fashion are hard to keep lowkey.
    Before the quick hits take us through the highlights of this week’s news in products and fashion week, the cast starts off by paying respects to the late J. Scott of A$AP Mob (2:34). Curtains was especially shocked by the news, being one of many individuals who shared recent moments with J. Scott prior to the DJ’s passing.
    In anticipation of All Star Weekend and Curtains’ appearance on The Dropcast, this episode’s Question of the Week (QOTW) asked “Who’s the flyest NBA rookie?” (24:24). Before loading up voicemails from listeners, Jian asks Curtains to drop a name. He delays by dropping a lesson on the finances of rookie athletes before naming Nickeil from the New Orleans Pelicans while Jian picks the Wizards’ Rui Hachimura.
    After a discussion of the NBA’s dress code, Curtains was asked “Which trends are you gonna kill in 2020?” during his guest segment (32:16). First off, he makes a call for action to simmer down on the collab mania and work on making them extra special. Curtains is asked about his namesake shoe, the Dior Jordans, which he digs as a low and kills the Jordan 1 mids.
    Curtains isn’t feeling the Mule of the Week, which Noah reveals to be ALYX’s newly dropped leather clogs (39:31). He compares it to the CDG and monochromatic black Chucks, to the hosts’ collective disbelief and disappointment.
    After a deep roast sesh, Jian and Noah rejuvenate by talking about their newest pieces in “What’d You Cop?” (41:37). Being the consumer and shopper that he is, Curtains’ cops are too much to list. Even so, he named his most flex-worthy purchase of the week to be a signed Glenn Ligon print.
    Stay on the lookout for the next QOTW which will be posted on Highsnobiety’s Instagram, and leave a voicemail on The Dropcast hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to be featured in a future episode.
    Relevant Links:
    J. Scott Was Talented, Influential, and Loved
    Here’s Where to Buy StrangeLove’s Valentine’s-Themed Nike SB Dunk Low
    J Balvin Unveils Upcoming Nike Air Jordan 1 Collaboration
    The Air Jordan 1 “UNC to Chicago” Drops Just Ahead of Valentine’s Day
    Sandy Liang’s Vans Collection Is Everything ’90s
    Paa Brings New York’s Most Low-Key Stylish Dudes to the NYFW:M Runway
    Kiko Kostadinov’s Latest ASICS Banger Is Dropping This Week
    Ermenegildo Zegna Announces Ambitious Collaboration With Fear of God
    Maison Margiela Reveals First-of-Its-Kind Collaboration With Highsnobiety
    Our New ‘Colette, Mon Amour’ Merchandise Capsule Is Dropping Soon

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    • 46 min
    The Dropcast #96: Pre-Heating Jordan 1s Before They're Cooked With Nigel Sylvester

    The Dropcast #96: Pre-Heating Jordan 1s Before They're Cooked With Nigel Sylvester

    Professional BMX rider Nigel Sylvester has taken his career to new heights through his collaborations on fashion and art projects with partners like Nike and Pharrell Williams. The BMXer stopped by the studio to talk about all things shoes and reflect on the legacy of the late Kobe Bryant.
    News of Kobe’s and his daughter Gigi’s passing undoubtedly shook up the entire globe with the impact carrying over into the studio as well. The cast changed things up this episode by starting off with the Question of the Week (QOTW), which asked listeners to share their fondest Kobe memories (1:46). Nigel spoke to Kobe’s impact both on and off the court, and shared intimate recollections of another star athlete in the world of BMX, Dave Mirra.
    Relevant links:
    Michael Jordan to Drake, 21 Savage & Nike: The World Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant
    Craig Green & adidas Originals’ First-Ever Drop Is Coming This Week
    This Is Your Best Look Yet at Travis Scott’s Upcoming Nike SB Dunk Low
    Aimé Leon Dore Just Teased a Blockbuster Collaboration With Porsche
    ‘Fortnite’ Is Now an Official High School & College Sport
    The Best, Worst & WTF Fits From the 2020 Grammys
    Unpacking the Raf Simons at Prada Conspiracy Theory
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    • 39 min
    The Dropcast #95: Paris Fashion Week is the New Agenda feat. Amrit

    The Dropcast #95: Paris Fashion Week is the New Agenda feat. Amrit

    After her move to New York City and integration into the city’s creative sphere, Amrit Sidhu has made a name for herself as an in demand DJ and creative consultant. The Australian-born DJ has taken her musically trained talent to sets for big names like Dior, Fendi, Jorja Smith, and Tommy Genesis. Amrit came through to the studio stowed in Noah’s suitcase from Paris Fashion Week, ready to discuss the quick hits along with PFW’s top shows and parties.
    This week’s highlights start on a low note with the closing of Opening Ceremony’s stores following their acquisition by New Guards Group (2:43). The cast reminisce on the retailer’s legacy and their loss of sample sales and discounts while Amrit recalls her first big move in the city as being booked by the brand.
    Amrit’s only building more momentum as she continues to work with Nike. She got her hands on the Comme des Garcons Homme Plus x Nike Air Max 95s without having a clue about their price (5:46). 
    Although traces of a new CDG Nike shoe were absent from PFW, plenty of fire pieces were spotted on the runway (7:32).
    Noah caught on to trends such as tailoring, neck pieces ranging from thin silks to thick scarves, and winter shorts. The new sacai Nikes are making noise without a doubt, stirring up mixed reviews with people falling strong on either end. Amrit adored every Jacquemus bag and shoe, and was thoroughly impressed by the entire show.
    Jacquemus isn’t the only one turning 30; Nike has announced the new Air Max 2090 in celebration of Air Max 90’s 30th year (12:11). Jian stands alone on the shoe, which Noah and Amrit plead the fifth on, and considers setting a New Year resolution of only wearing GR’s. You heard it first here. 
    Fashion Week FW20 is almost over, and the world has been witness to an impressive lineup of shoe related news during the past few weeks including the release of Dior Jordan Lows, GmbH ASICS, Wales Bonner x adidas, and Raf Simons’ announcement for making in-house shoes (17:23).
    In other news, Offset announced that “Culture III” will be Migos’ last album, but that’s up for interpretation. The rapper also dropped his new clothing line Laundered Works Corp. at PFW with creative director and designer Chaz A. Jordan (25:31). The quick hits end on fashion, with news about Jean-Paul Gualtier’s retirement and Demna Gvasalia’s decision to bring Balenciaga back to haute couture (26:10).
    The Question of the Week (QOTW) asked listeners “Who had the best PFW collection?” and Noah handed it to Bode and Lanvin while Amrit listed Jacquemus, Undercover, and Casablanca (26:42). This episode introduced a special segment of “PFW Lightning Round” where Amrit and Noah answered with their top shows, parties, and things that “hit different” as quickly as possible (30:53).
    Before jumping into “What’d You Cop,” Noah announces the new Kiko Kostadinov mules that debuted during PFW as the “Mule of the Week” (36:11). Amrit was gifted a pair of black CDG Homme Plus Nike Air Max 95s and copped pieces from Prada and Bottega Veneta (36:55).
    Be on the lookout for the next QOTW which will be posted on Highsnobiety’s Instagram, and leave a voicemail on The Dropcast hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to be featured in a future episode.
    Relevant Links:
    Opening Ceremony Is Closing All Its Stores in 2020
    The COMME des GARÇONS Homme Plus x Nike Air Max 95 Drops Tomorrow
    The Best Pieces We Saw at Paris Fashion Week
     Nike Brings the Air Max 90 Into the Future With the Air Max 2090
    BAPE’s Take on Dr. Martens’ 1460 Comes With a BAPE STA Logo
    The Best FW20 Footwear Unveiled at Fashion Week
    Offset Reveals ‘Culture III’ Is the “Last Chapter” for Migos
    Demna Gvasalia Confirms Balenciaga Is Returning to Haute Couture
    Jean-Paul Gaultier Has Announced His Retirement
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    • 40 min
    The Dropcast 94: All Hail Nicole McLaughlin, Queen of the Mules

    The Dropcast 94: All Hail Nicole McLaughlin, Queen of the Mules

    Ever since Nicole McLaughlin made her debut with a pair of custom L.L.Bean fleece slippers, the designer has cemented her identity through upcycled pieces imbued with a vintage flair. After leaving her position as a graphic designer at Reebok, Nicole refined her craft even further and turned it from a personal hobby into a business venture. The Mule Queen joins hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas on this week’s episode of The Dropcast to talk about life as a designer as well as her best style tricks and hacks.
    First, the quick hits take us through the collections and collaborations dropping during Fashion Week. Highsnobiety got backstage access at Wales Bonner’s London Fashion Week show which included a look at the brand’s FW20 adidas collaboration (2:37). Noah pledges allegiance to adidas for their classic models, and the whole cast gives appreciation for the sneaker-dress-shoe hybrid. Still, since Noah isn’t feeling the adidas Ultraboost silhouette even with the new Ivy Park x adidas collab, he best be careful of the Beyhive’s sting (4:25).
    Relevant Links:
    Wales Bonner Debuts Its Tasteful adidas Collection at London Fashion Week
    Here’s Your First Look at Beyoncé’s Ivy Park x adidas Ultra Boost
    Nike Could Be Dropping This Super-Clean “NBA Paris” Air Force 1
    Here’s Your First Look at BAPE x The Weeknd’s New SS20 Collab Capsule
    Versace’s SS20 Runway Collection Is Now Available Exclusively on Highsnobiety Shop
    2 Chainz’s New “Virgil Discount” Video Feels Like an Off-White™ Commercial
    Justin Bieber Reveals He’s Battling Lyme Disease: “It’s Been a Rough Couple Years”
    These Are the Products, Brands & Creative Directors That Defined the Last Decade
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    • 45 min
    The Dropcast #93: Secrets of the Asian Glo-Up feat. Ronny Chieng

    The Dropcast #93: Secrets of the Asian Glo-Up feat. Ronny Chieng

    Ronny Chieng is a comedian, correspondent, and actor who has achieved acclaim through his sitcom “Ronny Chieng: International Student” and role as senior correspondent on The Daily Show. Now, the self-proclaimed modern day philosopher is back with a Netflix comedy special “Asian Comedian Destroys America” and looking forward to covering non-political topics on The Daily Show for the year ahead.
    On this episode of The Dropcast, Ronny brings his cool substitute teacher vibes, sets a distinction between envy and jealousy among fellow comedians and artists who participate in creative endeavors, and details his release of cool merch that he would want to buy for himself. Hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas find order in the madness that was the 2010s and ring in the new decade with the help of Ronny in the quick hits. 
    A defining trend in the fashion industry has been the merging of streetwear with all forms of fashion, most notably the world of luxury — or as Ronny describes it: more expensive versions of comfort (4:48). 
    Relevant Links:
    The 2010s Were the Decade Luxury & Streetwear Became One
    Op-Ed | Sorry, but NBA “Runway” Style Is Still Mostly Terrible
    “Sneakerhead Kingpins”: Police Bust Heroin Ring That Took Jordans as Payment
    eBay’s New Sneaker Resell Policy Could Change the Multibillion-Dollar Industry
    Donald Glover to Drop Fundraising Merch for Democratic Candidate Andrew Yang
    The Hidden Layer CLOT x Nike Air Jordan 1 Is Available at StockX
    Here’s How CLOT’s Silk Royale Air Force 1s Became So Collectible
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    • 42 min

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