Not sure where this sweatpants phase of mine came in recently but I’m going to just blame it on NIKE for finally making something that is nicely fitted, functional (warm but lightweight) and can be worn in a non-athletic way. I know that some will argue that the NIKE Tech Pack is obviously made for and by championship athletes. But while I agree that’s true, this collection is also designed and cut in a way that it doesn’t make you look like you’re either on the way to or leaving the gym. It makes you look more athletic if you’re wearing it out and more fashionable if you’re actually wearing it to do sports. It’s everyday sportswear made innovative for everyday life. It’s the modern look of sport. Sign me up!Check this video out for some crazy visuals on the technology behind the NIKE tech pack collection:
I’m definitely not part of the cult that follows Japanese menswear brands like N.Hoolywood, Visvim, Mastermind, or Undercover, but I do appreciate some pieces every season. Never did a Mastermind thing, always thought they seemed like a one trick pony with the skull/crossbones. But I definitely have gone through a Visvim phase a few years back and I appreciate what they do (just not the price tag). For me, Visvim is an easy one for a “fast track” guys’s fashion facelift. If you got $$$, then you can wear most of Visvim’s collection head to toe with no problem. But with a brand like UNDERCOVER, you really need to be able to carry it and get what the aesthetic is. I’ve always really respected the vision of Jun Takahashi (not so much Gyakusou) with Undercover, especially with a lot of punk rock influences that I’m pretty into. I also really like the story of Undercover, starting out as part of that Japanese street wear creative boom in the early 90′s. Did you know that Rei Kawakubo of Commes Des Garcons actually was the one who convinced Jun Takahashi to show his first collection in Paris back in 2002? And she showed her RARE public support by sitting at the front row of his show. If that’s not getting the sign off, I’m not sure what is! If you’re interested in this black quilted-sleeve denim jacket I’m wearing from their A/W ’13 collection, check it out over at SSENSE.
While living in Shanghai (and China) can be a daily absurd life fart most of the time, there are certain parts of living here that makes the city great. One of the perks is that Shanghai offers a pretty well rounded and steady growing food scene. If you live near the city, you can pretty much have your choice of good Shanghainese, Cantonese, Yunnan, French, Sichuan, American, and other Western food on any given night. Where it might lack in world class quality, it makes up for it with a mix of young foodie entrepreneurs with local old school Chinese staples. This past weekend, Denise took me on a blind brunch date to Hillbilly Tea, an old school Americana restaurant/cafe in a converted factory building from the 1950′s. Bottomless homemade iced tea, American sized pancakes and deliciously salty scrambled eggs were part of the big breakfast order. Vibe was really relaxing and chill, made me feel a bit like I was eating brunch inside of a KINFOLK editorial. Highly recommended if you want a nice low-key brunch spot where the details matter and the service is warm and friendly. Hillbilly Tea: Room 203, Bldg 1, Taikang Terrace 171 Jianguo Zhong Lu, near Ruijin Er Lu, Xuhui District. Brunch Gear: COS Sweater, Ray Ban Clubmasters,Moratorium necklace, A&F denim, Mark McNairy shoes.Babygirl: SUPERWOWOMG
With all the noise these days on pop culture, if you have any sort of social media, it’s hard to make any decision on your own anymore. You can barely watch a movie/tv show or listen to a band without having already heard 10 friend reviews, 5 tweets, 3 Instagram posts and maybe even one magazine review. To combat this daily battle to form a pure opinion on anything, I try my best to just avoid social media or talking about anything (I’m talking more specifically about music, movies and tv shows) that is REALLY hyped. I know that’s NOT super weird because D is sort of like that, she didn’t watch the cult classic foreign romcom, Amélie, until last week and that movie came out in 2001! So where are we going with this? Well, let me tell you this big breakthrough in our lives, we finally got around to watching BREAKING BAD after passing on the last 5 seasons ON PURPOSE. Do you know how much Social Media and just SOCIAL avoidance that is!?! That’s like being alive last week and TRYING to avoid seeing a Miley Cyrus Facebook status update about her MTV performance. Long story short, BREAKING BAD has so far lived up to all the hype that we’ve heard from family, friends and strangers since 2008. We’re only halfway through Seasons 3 though so don’t ruin it! Patience is a…thing.
On my persons: Supreme Hanes Tee, Moratorium Necklace, Abercrombie and Fitch Jeans and Converse Chuck70′s First String Hi Tops.