Brakeless x Sometimes

Sylvester, owner/operator of Montreal boutique Brakeless, it back at it on 84/85 in a collaboration with design team Sometimes for a run of tees that reflect the differing aesthetics of the store. Consisting of Paul 107 from Second Hand Projects and Dylan Adair from Faux Amis, Sometimes brings a strong vision for the designs in the collaboration. In their words:

Brakeless is a lifestyle boutique in Montreal, Canada that specializes in fixed gear and single-speed bicycles and components, street wear and accessories. However, to those who have spent any length of time at the shop, they have come to see it as much more than a simple retail destination. Sylvester has created a warm and welcoming space where regulars congregate in celebration of each other and the culture they share. The vintage barber chair that has become the symbolic center of the shop is the place where patrons sit to hang out with other riders, discuss recent builds, or simply enjoy a coffee. In this way, Brakeless is a reflection of its surroundings and a product of its environment. Much like the social clubs, cafés, bakeries and community centers in the surrounding neighborhood, the shop has become a place to congregate and reflects the vibrant energy of the cultural hub of Mile End where it is located.

Styles after the jump, and keep watch for more big things from Sylvester in the near future.

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Throwback: Nas’ Illmatic

The early to mid nineties was a great time in hip-hop, it was around this time that a majority of the best and most influential albums were made. You had all your classic albums such as Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, Jay-Z: Reasonable Doubt, Outkast: Southerplayalisticaillacmuzik, Mobb Deep: The Infamous, Notorious B.I.G… I could go on but there was another album which was one of my personal favorites, Nas’ Illmatic. This was before the Jay-Z/Nas beef, before Kelis, this was Nas as a young grimey rapper from Queensbridge who was making a name for himself after his guest appearance on Main Sources ‘Live at the BBQ’. This is one of those albums that you can just put on and listen to from start to finish, with songs like the DJ Premier produced ‘ New York Sate of Mind’, and the Large Professor produced ‘Halftime’ and ‘It Ain’t Hard to Tell’ making this album a true Hip-Hop classic. Keep reading for a few videos from Illmatic…

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C.P. Company Spring 2010

Men.style.com have released their coverage of the Spring 2010 collections from Paris Fashion week. I wasn’t really too pleased with much to be honest, there were a lot lines that were just unwearable and too costumey, but one which really caught my eye was C.P. Company with their toned-down ready to wear collection. I really like the clean and simple cuts, with slim tapered or rolled pants paired with relaxed tops and jackets, as well as the styling of the collection and the color pallet. C.P. Company is a line that I think is right on point. More looks after the jump…

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Ad Appreciation: Ryan McGinley for Wrangler

It’s been a hot minute since we did an ad appreciation post, so this time around we feature the ‘We Are Animals’ ad campaign for Wrangler, shot by Ryan McGinley in his signature style. The campaign features the animals (models) half-naked in an eerie type outdoors setting. I love the overall feel of the campaign, but I am a huge fan of McGinley’s work so it isn’t hard for me to like. More of my favorite shots after the jump…

info: PDNPulse

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White Lies x Chase & Status

White Lies‘ 2009 album ‘To Loose My Life…’ had it’s moments: times where the soaring builds worked and the post-punk heavy-handedness actually translated. There are also parts of that record which are reminiscent of later U2 or The Killers, when stadium ambitions come across blatant and corny. Regardless, the band has written some good songs, ‘Death’ being one of them. On the other hand, Chase & Status have been killing it everywhere as of late, with their record ‘More Than Alot’ being one of my top plays for the last six months. As the 4/4 banger kick played itself on the blogs, followed closely by the new dubstep heavy wobble, Chase & Status have been keeping it hella fresh, making me head-knock to drum & bass (something I didn’t think was possible), and flipping styles effortlessly while using vocalists to their full advantage. Here they take the anthem potential of this song to a whole different level:

White Lies – Death (Chase & Status remix)

definitely in my top 5 tracks of 2008:

Chase & Status – Running

thanks to Transparent for posting the remix

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Picasso Light Drawings

The Life Archives gives a look at these amazing light drawings done by Pablo Picasso in France in 1949. They were shot by Life photographer Gjon Mili upon his visit with the artist in Vallauris, France. Picasso was inspired by photos which Mili had previously taken of ice skaters with lights attached to their skates doing jumps. I’m sure you have seen light drawings a million times, but not ones done in 1949 by Pablo Picasso… More looks after the jump and check here for the full series.

Info: Today and Tomorrow

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Wm J. Mills & Co. bags

As of late I have really been on this whole yachting thing, I like the styling of it and the color pallet, it all works for me right now. I thought that these Wm J. Mills & Co. bags would be fitting for this whole theme. Wm J. Mills & Co. have been making sails and awnings in Greenport N.Y since 1880, and as well as the sails and awnings they also have a bag line made from the toughest canvas, finished with double needle stitching to give the bags rolled and finished seams as well as heavy duty construction . The bags are available in five different styles and a variety of colors, with my favorite styles being the ice bag as well as the tote. more styles after the jump…

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Uniforms For The Dedicated Fall/Winter 2009 Preview

Swedish line Uniforms For The Dedicated may not yet be retailing in North America, but that doesn’t mean this sneak preview at their fall/winter 2009 collection isn’t worth a look. And while none of the four founders are professionally trained designers, their collective backgrounds in music, illustration, mixed media and marketing make this line pop off your screen. Scandinavian anti-fits, bold color and patterns, comfort cuts, and actual wearability: I would definitely mess with this line, and I’m especially loving the rolled pants and boots look. As of now you can only find their pieces online, but hopefully a physical retail presence will come on our continent within the next season or two. More looks from the f/w preview after the jump.

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