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This is Highsnobiety Podcasts, covering the best in sneakers, street culture, and men's fashion. Our flagship shows are The Dropcast, a weekly wrap-up of Highsnobiety's most notable headlines and new releases, and Conversations, intimate, off-the-cuff interviews with some of our world's leading creatives.

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This is Highsnobiety Podcasts, covering the best in sneakers, street culture, and men's fashion. Our flagship shows are The Dropcast, a weekly wrap-up of Highsnobiety's most notable headlines and new releases, and Conversations, intimate, off-the-cuff interviews with some of our world's leading creatives.

    The Dropcast #104: The Dropcast Pitchfest #2 with Bruce Pask and Dertbag's Phil Post

    The Dropcast #104: The Dropcast Pitchfest #2 with Bruce Pask and Dertbag's Phil Post

    Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas start off this week’s very special Dropcast episode from their respective home offices. The hosts are joined by Philip Post, the founder of Dertbag, and Bruce Pask, the Men's Fashion Director at Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus, who give advice and feedback to upcoming designers. Make sure to stick to the end as we announce the winner of our “New Shoe, Who Dis?” giveaway.

    Philip and Bruce perform a quick Vibe Check by sharing their work from home situations before moving into the quick hits, Covid-19 edition. With luxury houses including Balenciaga and Saint Laurent producing surgical masks in their French workshops in order to fulfill escalating demands, the cast speaks on the industry’s cooperative attitude and how situations such as this serve as important reminders of fashion’s sense of community (4:30).

    Up-and-coming designers definitely came through by sharing their brands on the Dropcast hotline for this episode’s Question of the Week (QOTW), and the pitchathon sees the top three featured in no particular order (15:37). First up is Tombogo with a mission to construct character through the design process. Tombogo’s designer sees the brand as a reflection of himself as well as the world, an experiential learning outlet for him to think outside the box. Jian’s drawn to Tombogo’s originality and clear identity, which Philip believes will allow the brand to explore new grounds whether it be streetwear or potential collaborations with unconventional partners such as NASA.
    Up next is Crescente Patricio, an upcycled denim brand based in Dallas, Texas (21:43). By adopting the approach of an indie rapper, Crescente Patricio’s designer began making “clothing mixtapes” to get his name out. His designs are centered around this concept, with each “mixtape” and piece having their own titles and stories, resulting in narrative-driven clothing. The cast is all for Crescente Patricio’s strong silhouettes, contrasting details, and overall presentation. Bruce makes a note on the importance of sustainability, which is reflected in both brands so far, leading to agreement that sustainability is sure to become an intrinsic component of design.
    Flyson is a brand fusing elegance with sporty elements with an overall focus on providing complete looks rather than individual pieces to convey its idea of a modern uniform (28:08). The brand draws inspiration from both the tangible and intangible, including extreme sportswear, aerospace suiting, and architectural references to popular culture. Noah and Jian are impressed with Flyson’s debut pieces, which Bruce believes are diverse yet cohesive. Flyson’s uniform concept is one of its strong suits, quite literally, as the cast comments on the importance of establishing a clear identity and fashion universe for consumers to dive into.
    A Dropcast episode isn’t complete without a segment of “What’d You Cop?” (44:30). Philip’s practical cops include protection for his kicks, and they double as inspiration for his next collection when the world is up in flames. Bruce picked up an Officine Generale chore jacket from his plug in preparation for the spring and summer, and Jian was gifted this episode’s “Mule of the Week,” the Neighborhood UGGs, a pair of cozy shearling-lined slippers perfect for the quarantine life.
    On that note, Jian announces the winner of our “New Shoe, Who Dis?” giveaway, which asked readers of HIGHStyle, Highsnobiety’s new magazine, to guess the sole of what’s been revealed to be a pair of Balenciaga sneakers (47:07).
    If you’re looking to add routine to your WFH situation, keep your eyes on Highsnobiety’s Instagram where next episode’s QOTW will be posted. Leave a voicemail on The Dropcast hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to be featured in a future episode.
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    Vibe Check #4: Taylor Okata Has No Time for Your Insecurities on ‘Vibe Check’

    Vibe Check #4: Taylor Okata Has No Time for Your Insecurities on ‘Vibe Check’

    On this episode of ‘Vibe Check,’ host Jian DeLeon catches up with stylist and consultant Taylor Okata. The work grind never stops for a freelancer: even when faced with cancelations and postponements, he’s continuously putting together pitches and mood boards for the right opportunity to come around. Taylor recently shared his home workspace for our WFH Office Tour, unveiling a minimal and streamlined setup. For Taylor, the quarantine is a moment to reevaluate his business, including the role he plays in his family business.
    In Hawaii where there’s no notion of winter and T-shirts are a wardrobe staple, Tyler has integrated the custom into his family’s restaurant business and found a way to merge the best of both worlds by designing merch (5:07). Everyone loves to rep their favorite local hole-in-the-walls, and tourists are no exception. Most of the confirmed coronavirus cases in the state of Hawaii have been due to the arrival of individuals on vacation. While tourism is still crucial for the economy in an immediate sense, it could risk livelihoods in the long run (6:18).
    The global pandemic is truly putting things into perspective, including America’s flawed healthcare system. Given their personal experiences, Taylor and Jian are both acutely aware of the importance of health insurance and benefits (10:37). They recollect not-so-great memories as freelancers but also moments of inspiration and long distance intimacy via FaceTime (12:04).

    Look out for new episodes of 'Vibe Check' dropping every Tuesday and Thursday.
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    Vibe Check #3: Bianca Valle Is Living the Quarantini Life on ‘Vibe Check’

    Vibe Check #3: Bianca Valle Is Living the Quarantini Life on ‘Vibe Check’

    While most people are daydreaming about vacation plans in a few months, Bianca Valle is tackling life day by day (or quarantini by quarantini as she calls it). On this episode of ‘Vibe Check,’ host Jian DeLeon checks in with the certified holistic nutritionist and model to hear about the pandemic from the perspective of someone thriving with the slower lifestyle. Bianca drops specific advice from diet management to how needs differ from person to person, just as it should be with the quarantine life in general.
    While things are really picking up for Bianca’s nutrition book, her project has also been hit with cancelations. Meanwhile, Bianca’s seeing clients approach her for advice during a time when people are stocking up on everything they can get their hands on.
    Bianca shares tips on implementing theory into practice, including bringing new foods such as quinoa and black rice into your diet to introduce different nutrients for strengthening your immune system even more (7:04). Cutting down on carbs, protein, and processed foods while loading up on greens is the way to go. Remember: greens, beans, nuts, and seeds. Rather than completely adopting new dietary practices, Bianca suggests that every individual does some personal introspection.
    From HIIT, Kirsty Godso, and Joe Holder workouts to matching Ricky Thompson’s dance moves, Bianca is all for taking advantage of the at-home solutions offered via IGTV and YouTube. Look on the bright side, embrace the comfort of your own home, and listen to lots of Janet Jackson (11:30).
    Stay tuned for new episodes of ‘Vibe Check’ dropping next week on Tuesday and Thursday.
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    The Dropcast #103: 'Vibe Check' with Sandrine Charles

    The Dropcast #103: 'Vibe Check' with Sandrine Charles

    It’s Friday, we’re a week into working from home, but some obligations have yet to settle into our routines. Fortunately, one of the things that have remained regular is our podcast lineup. Host Jian DeLeon is back this episode to introduce ‘Vibe Check’ to our Dropcast listeners. This week’s guest is Sandrine Charles, a consultant, publicist, and all-around communications expert who has worked with names like Noah, Aime Leon Dore, Kith, and Daily Paper. Sandrine shares some insight for maintaining steady productivity before an unpredictable future and the ever-present influence of e-commerce and retail therapy.
    Keep your eyes peeled and ears open for ‘The Dropcast’ which will be back on regular programming next week with a special pitchfest. In the meantime, make sure to catch up on the latest episodes of ‘Vibe Check’ where Jian checks in with guests from the Highsnobiety world to provide glimpses into their lives and how they’re adapting to the global coronavirus pandemic.
    For Sandrine, shopping doesn’t end with clothing — she’s setting aside time and money ($100 at Whole Foods) for fruits and vegetables and getting extra uses out of her Vitamix (7:26). Sandrine is aiming for comfort inside and out by eating healthy, waking up at five o’clock in alignment with her body clock, and dressing herself in presentable but cozy sweatpants. In between work and seven o’clock Zoom calls, she’s checking off her watch list and catching up on shows (9:51).
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    Vibe Check #2: Battling Cabin Fever With Amrit

    Vibe Check #2: Battling Cabin Fever With Amrit

    Amrit Sidhu is no stranger to Highsnobiety’s podcasts. The two-time Dropcast alumna catches up with host Jian DeLeon on the latest episode of ‘Vibe Check,’ a new bite-sized podcast that checks in with guests from the Highsnobiety world to see how they are adjusting and adapting to the global pandemic. The NYC-based DJ and nightlife icon calls in from Soho, where she’s seeing some benefits to the quarantine, namely a drop in wait time at the Genius Bar. But despite the silver linings, gray weeks and possibly months are up ahead.

    The below interview is a transcribed version of ‘Vibe Check.’ It has been edited and condensed for clarity.

    Amrit: All my travel and upcoming gigs have been canceled for the next two months, especially as someone who works with things like Coachella. April basically just can’t, like deleted everything. I even have friends in the nightlife industry who own bars who are saying — I saw a tweet today where a friend of mine, Ash, who owns Short Stories, said 10% of nightlife is actually permanently closed.

    Jian DeLeon: Oh, like 10% of New York nightlife is going to close?

    A: Permanently, because a lot of these newer bars and establishments can’t really recover.

    Amrit drops insight on the industry’s cash flow and anticipates a shift to underground parties like those happening right now in LA (3:46). While music creators as a whole are experiencing a hit, Amrit foresees value in other practices like consulting, music supervision, and radio. As a freelancer, Amrit’s professional life often intersects with her personal schedule. It’s a difficult process adjusting to the new headspace, but Amrit hands the situation over to her optimism.

    A: Now I kind of having nothing to do. It’s not, oh, woe is me. Everybody’s in the same kind of position. It really is like we’re all suffering, but we’re all suffering together. Maybe this is the reset we needed. I think especially in American culture, so much of our sense of purpose and our identity is rooted in our career. I think just to be an optimistic person that this is a time where we can spend on ourselves.

    JD: Right, well I was going to ask that too, because culture in general has become more global and people like you and me love to fly and hang out with our friends in a place like London or Paris. Do you think this is an opportunity to really just look at your immediate community and neighborhood in a different way? Especially since a lot of us, we’ll have to either work from home and stay within the immediate vicinity for the time being.

    A: Yeah, for sure. I think thinking local as well. I had reached out to a lot of friends who own local ventures and said, hey, let me know if you need anything, if you guys do a reopening party and need help. Just to extend support, even with new spaces that have been opening. Because these are the people who, as much as it’s nice to go play Paris and London and Europe and stuff, these are the places that gave us a platform. We do need to take care of our neighbors, literally.

    Amrit, self-proclaimed fitness bae, has been training for the Nike half marathon in New York up until it was canceled. At the moment, she’s settling for her own home workout plan, inclusive of mental health via meditations.

    A: Where’s the apocalypse pandemonium category? It’s like relationships and work. I’m like, okay, what about ending of the world? Where’s that category?

    Stay tuned for new episodes of ‘Vibe Check’ releasing every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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    Vibe Check #1: Brain Dead’s Kyle Ng Rides the LA Vibes

    Vibe Check #1: Brain Dead’s Kyle Ng Rides the LA Vibes

    The world is shifting in reaction to the coronavirus, and Highsnobiety is no exception. For the safety of our global network and offices in Berlin, New York, London, and Los Angeles, Highsnobiety is working from home along with other creatives in fashion and media. Rather than viewing it as a handicap, we’re turning the situation in our favor and making the most of it by launching a new podcast called ‘Vibe Check.’ Host Jian DeLeon (co-host of ‘The Dropcast’ and one half of the Mule Boyz) checks in with guests from the Highsnobiety world to provide bite-sized tastes into their lives and how they are adjusting and adapting to the global pandemic.
    Brain Dead founder Kyle Ng joins us for the first episode of ‘Vibe Check’ where he gives a rundown of both his personal life and brand out on the west coast. While the crowd in LA has been wringing out groceries from stores left and right, Kyle isn’t halting his plans to hit up the paintball park. Brain Dead’s studio is located in LA’s Chinatown, a place where many Chinese-owned businesses call home. There and elsewhere, Asians are experiencing racial discrimination fueled by fear of the coronavirus (2:25).
    Kyle Ng: “Racism’s real. We’re in America, baby. I think they don’t realize at the end of the day, these things are caused by mass hysteria more than anything.”
    Jian DeLeon: “Has it changed the way you’re doing business or your approach to running your label? Are you guys still in the studio at all?”
    KN: “We’re always making stuff and online has been really busy for us ‘cause I think people are getting hot hands to buy shit. It’s kinda a bum that there’s no energy being built around the world right now in terms of physical energy. But I’m just really happy that people realize that we have to live our lives and not be scared of stuff.”
    “Vibe Check” releases new episodes every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays so stay tuned for the upcoming episode later this week.
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