Month: August 2013

Made in America: What Does It Really Mean?

Written for HYPEBEAST

Since plummeting into the “Great Recession” of the 21st century, the vast majority of America’s population has spent time prioritizing their financial values. Not only have many Americans become more conscious of their spending levels, but they have also become aware of where their purchases are originating from. Case in point — fashion’s affinity for classic, domestically-made garbs. We interviewed Richard Liu for this piece and the founder of DSPTCH put it simply by saying, “Every single American has a connection to the working class in some way or another and I believe this is helping guide consumer behavior to really think about how they spend their money, rather than just finding the cheapest item.” Now, although this heritage trend has died down a bit since its peak a few short years ago, we began wondering, will American-made clothing continue to hold weight in an always-evolving industry, and if so, how does it currently compare to overseas production? To help validate our findings we asked a few industry stalwarts to provide their opinions on the matter at large. (more…)

The Review: Nike Kobe 8 System Elite 2.0

Written for HYPEBEAST

When perennial All-Star Kobe Bryant ruptured his Achilles back in April it undoubtedly brought an end to the Los Angeles Lakers and their already improbable title run. As an endangered Orlando Magic fan from a forgotten era I can cold-heartedly say I couldn’t have cared less about their series of unfortunate events. Yet looking back on a Kobe-less postseason I can’t help but dream of what could have been different had the Black Mamba been healthy enough to take on the Spurs in round one of the playoffs – a setting that brings out the best in number 24. What also catches my imagination is the visual of Kobe adding to one of his finest statistical seasons to date with a stellar playoff push heightened through the utility of his performance-based Nike Elite sneaker – a spare-nothing model designed specifically for the grueling postseason. Although we’ll likely never see the Kobe 8 Elite reach its intended playoff potential, we did get a chance to see Kobe sporting the above black and gold Elite model in a must-win game against Portland two nights before tearing his Achilles. The result; a Lakers “W” and a historical stat line that read: 48 minutes, 47 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals, 4 blocks and only 1 turnover. Needless to say, Kobe’s play that night offered an excellent recommendation to my next on-court sneaker. (more…)