Archive for August, 2008

Lfstl x New Balance 577 x Rotterdam

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

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Also in Aug 2008 look out for the Lfstl x NB 577 collaboration presented by Rotterdam’s Lijfstijl. Lfstl has chosen the 577 to remix because of its “timeless character” and sporty profile, making it a rare yet all-time favorite in Holland.

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This release celebrates Lfstl’s new cockroach branding. The mighty roach is of course itself a symbol of adaptation and survival. Lfstl makes the connection here to the 577 style which has undergone many reinterpretations over time, as well as to Rotterdam itself which was painfully yet creatively reconstructed following controversial German WWII bombings in 1940.

The shoe features grey, black, white, petrol and purple colors, representing certain aspects of Rotterdam. “Grey, black and white are regularly used colours in all buildings. Petrol indicates the industry and harbour, but also the river that runs through Rotterdam and divides the city in two. Purple translates innovation in architecture and Rotterdam’s open-minded character.”

Materials include Lfstl’s favorites, drawn from their experience and passion for sneakers: gum sole, pigskin suede, black premium crocodile leather, white patent and perforated suede.

hanon Flying Club – NB 670 x hanon x Ventile

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

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Hanon Shop over in Aberdeen, Scotland has collaborated with Ventile and New Balance to produce the Flying Club M670. Scheduled for the end of August 2008, production will be limited to 150 pair of each color: “Tornado” grey (M670GKY) and “Spitfire” red (M670BRY). Retail price is GBP 74.95

hanon Flying Club – NB M670GKY – Tornado
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hanon Flying Club – NB M670BRY – Spitfire
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Once again Hanon has done a great job of applying rare luxury and technical materials to a customized upper with classic style and old school details.

Features include:
– classic single-piece “N” in a 70’s/80’s style (gold/yellow as to be expected from hanon!)
– superior Wolverine leathers
– sueded pigskins
– vintage bound & unbagged mesh tongue
– Ventile smart fabric application
– 100% cotton old school laces
– aged EVA midsole unit
– custom propeller plane tongue label
– original polyurethane collar lining

Ventile is a British-made, densely-woven, 100% cotton, all-weather, breathable fabric. It was made popular in WWII by its application to flying suits worn by pilots who were required to bail into the ocean. Ventile is still used by tornado pilots with the RAF and NATO, as well as by Antarctic explorers and climbers of Mt. Everest.

hanon Flying Club – NB M670GKY – Tornado
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hanon Flying Club – NB M670BRY – Spitfire
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hanon Flying Club – NB M670GKY – Tornado
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hanon Flying Club – NB M670BRY – Spitfire
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