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The Generic Man A/W 2010

As the seasons change and afford us the opportunity to get our fall wears in order, The Generic Man blesses us with their A/W ’10 collection. Staying on top of the new, the line includes a uniquely reminiscent desert boot, hard bottom lace ups, and an athletic inspired shoe. The use of rich colors and patterns makes our minds wander from August to October. Look for these real soon at TGM stockists including Barney’s, Bird, and Steven Alan.


Via: The Shoe Buff


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adidas Originals “Nizza Bowtie”

adidas Originals drops the classic Nizza with some extra embellishments for Fall/Winter 2010.  Complete with a tartan plaid print, a bowtie on the laces, and a zipper on the back heel, this shoe is sure to do its thing.

Via: Hypebeast


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Nike Sportswear 1LOVE: Cory Gunz

Keeping with my love for my borough, Cory Gunz contributes to the Nike Sportswear and World Basketball Festival with highlighting The Bronx.  Born and raised in the Soundview section, Cory talks about his upbringing and Bronx influences.

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Clae Stayhorn

The newest addition to the Clae family is the Stayhorn.  The mid-top, desert boot inspired shoe continues in the simplistic and traditional silhouettes Clae is known for.  Coming in concrete and walnut brown, the Stayhorn is a perfect transitional for this fall season.  Look for these at select Clae retailers including Saks and Barney’s.

Via: Limite Magazine


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Store Feature–Sir and Madame Chicago

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the husband and wife duo, Brian and Autumn Merritt, behind the newly opened Sir and Madame shop in Chicago.  Offering wears from BKc, Tanner Goods, 3sixteen, Finn, their own vintage eyewear collection and in-house line, Sir and Madame is poised to rock the Ukranian Village in Chicago.  Check out how their store came about, how they enjoy working together and future goals.

TPF: You and your wife started Solemates in 2006 as a haven for Chicago sneaker fiends.  Many brands have shifted from traditional streetwear and into more classic and timeless pieces.  How did this transition happen for you guys?

S+M: It was sort of a natural progression. We were pretty young when we opened the store and sneakers and t-shirts were items that we wore. As we got older we started to dress the part. We also wanted to create a brand that can stand the test of time.  Another thing people shouldn’t get confused, we are still into “streetwear” just with a classic twist. We are trying to combine streetwear and classic into one.

TPF: That seems to be a winning formula today.  Fusing the two can be hard, especially when working with a spouse.  Does this hold true for you two?

S+M: It’s not easy but it makes our relationship stronger. It has also kept us focused on our goals because we are both eating off of the same income.

TPF: Understood.  Your in-house line currently consists of dope graphic tees and some accessories.  Are you guys planning on expanding the offerings?

S+M: We’ve done some woven shirts, knit sweaters, and various hats and scarves in the past. Even when we started the brand we knew we wanted to expand from doing t-shirts very early.  Some things to look forward to immediately are more wovens, hats, bags, candles, denim, and some leather goods. In the future you will see us do a little bit of everything.

TPF: How much of your personal tastes resonate in your brand philosophy and store and brand design?  Does the market dictate most of those choices?

S+M: Our personal tastes translate directly into what we produce and how we produce it. It’s also reflected in the way the store is set up.

TPF: What is your teams buying process? How do you make the final decisions on what comes into  the store?

S+M: We bring in items that fit what we are doing at the time. We always don’t buy for the current trend, but for the next trend. We want to keep people one step ahead.

TPF: Being innovative and ahead of the trend can dramatically lengthen your brands lifespan.  Collaborations are huge in the market right now.  Do you guys have any in the works?

S+M: We have a few but you have to wait and see.

TPF: Where do you see your brand and store within the next 5 years?

S+M: In 5 years I can see the brand being carried at various boutiques across the world. I can see the store being a house of inspiration, style, fashion, design, and a place you can call home.

TPF: Sounds like a viable plan.  It was a pleasure speaking with you both and for giving us an incite into your brand.  Before we get out of here, what is your definition of success?

S+M: Being happy with yourself and state of being.

Whenever any of you guys are in the area, treat yourself to a stop in at Sir and Madame.  You won’t be disappointed.

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Curt@!n$ sits down with KARMALOOPTV and talks about his daily wardrobe choices, upcoming clothing and accessory collaborations and his music.  Once again, Dope has done it.  Check the full interview here.


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Curt@!n$ talks with Frank the Butcher about his triangular love affair with Revolution, Fashion, and the Streets.  Ever since meeting the dude back in 2006, he’s been evolving into not only a PHENOMENAL artist but a great thinker.  Great to see the REAL dudes winning.

Peep the throwback video we shot for Curt@!n$…



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