Carry your laptop inside your clothes with the new “Packable Parka” from Japan

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RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):

Leave your bag at home and fill up the pockets of this denim hoodie with all your tech instead.

These days, cafes around the world are filled with people plugged into the online realm, typing on their laptops and scrolling through pages of information on their mobile phones. While the portability of notebooks and laptops makes it easier than ever to work online outside of the home, there’s been little advancement in the ways to carry our tech goods when heading out around town. In Japan, there’s a group that’s working towards an alternative to the humble bag, and they’ve come up with an innovative parka that has all the room and durability needed to let us say goodbye to PC bags forever!

▼ The “Packable Parka” is designed for laptop storage, with a main zippered section on the front that includes smaller pockets inside to keep all sorts of stationery and equipment firmly in place.

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While the clothing is ready to be worn and filled up to go, the parka can also be folded up into a bag for times when it’s not being worn, allowing users to revert to the traditional bag-style carrying method at any time. To see how the product transforms from bag to parka, check out the short video below:

The Packable Parka design is also being used for a number of other garments designed to hold lighter materials like stationery and notebooks. To see all the designs in the range, check out the group’s campaign page on Japanese crowdfunding site Makuake.

Their idea to combine storage with clothing is proving to be so popular, they’ve already surpassed their funding goal of 500,000 yen (US$4898) with 24 days remaining on their project!

50th anniversary Ultraman sneakers by Converse All Star

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RocketNews 24 (by KK Miller):

After 50 years on air, Ultraman has become an iconic hero of the modern Japanese age. He’s such a staple of Japanese TV that he is being included in a set of themed “working hero” shoes released by Converse All Star.

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Is Ultraman really a normal everyday working hero? Who else is part of this line-up?

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Mechanic, astronaut, hunter, fireman, police officer, Ultraman??? Maybe it’s not that Ultraman is some normal “working hero”, but that the people who do these other jobs are actually working superheroes!

If you are ready to take on the responsibilities of Ultraman, the super flashy red and silver Ultraman R Hi All Star will cost you 9,500 yen (US$88.80). However, that isn’t the only Ultraman star getting a brand new set of shoes. Collectors can also grab a pair of Baltanseijin R Slip Ox for the same price, or some Eleking R Hi for 8,500 yen ($79.45).

Nike Air Force 1 “Year of the Monkey” Customs by Zhijun Wang

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Nike may have just released its own pair of Quickstrike Air Force 1s commemorating the Chinese New Year, but reputed Chinese designer Zhijun Wang has revealed a pair of custom Forces dedicated to the Year of the Monkey that rivals the many of the Swoosh’s own in-house designs.

The customized lows are made up of a beige leather upper combined with leather accents, maroon livery and geometric motifs that reference the Chinese zodiac.

Click here to look back at Wang’s previous customs dedicated to the Year of the Horse.

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INVINCIBLE (Taiwan) x adidas Consortium Superstar 80v “Black”

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After unveiling the brown version of INVINCIBLE’s collaboration with adidas Consortium, another colorway has emerged. In an allover “Black” color scheme, this iteration is exclusive to INVINCIBLE’s store and adidas Consortium outlets No.74(Berlin) and No.42(Paris).
Featuring the same design as seen in the brown pair, the design is inspired by the indigenous peoples of INVINCIBLE’s native Taiwan. Taking cues from their costume which features pastel hues of red, white and blue, this uniform is interpreted in a string of beading around the sock lining. Instead of a suede, this pair boasts premium leather with INVINCIBLE’s embossed logo at the heel.
Anticipate this pair to hit INVINCIBLE and the aforementioned retailers on November 21.

atmos (Japan) x Timberland 6″ Boot “Camo”

This fall Tokyo-based atmos is taking on Timberland’s most iconic piece of footwear, customizing the beloved 6″ Boot for a limited edition release. Keeping the boot’s iconic “Wheat” look intact, atmos’ take on the Timbs sees the boot with a camouflage collar in place of the usual quilted leather.

Timberland fans and camouflage lovers alike can expect these to be available in-store and online November 14 for ¥25,000 JPY (approximately $203 USD).

Air Jordan 1 China-only Charlotte Hornets “Feng Shui” release

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Hypebeast:

As we all know, Michael Jordan is the majority owner of the Charlotte Hornets, and as a result, we get to see some pretty fly Air Jordans inspired by the franchise.

This time around, the iconic Air Jordan 1 features a wonderful combination of purple, teal and white, making for a solid drop. Unfortunately however, this is slated to be a China-only release, which is why the brand has opted for a rather peculiar nickname for this model, considering it’s colorway.

Feng Shui is a “Chinese term that translates to wind-water in English, and is a philosophical system of uniting the mind, body and soul with the surrounding environment,” says Sole Collector.

The Air Jordan 1 “Feng Shui” will hit select Chinese stockists starting October 10.

Adrianne Ho of “Sweat The Style” talks about her collaboration with PacSun


Hypebeast:

Adrianne Ho is a model, healthy lifestyle advocate and founder of the website Sweat The StyleShe has developed a massive following based on her natural beauty, modeling prowess and ability to self-style incredible streetwear looks. Ho also has a line of activewear called Sweat x Sweat the Style and has recently announced a new collaboration with PacSun dubbed “Sweat Crew by Adrianne Ho.”

Consisting of mesh jerseys, bombers, hoodies and baseball shirts, the affordable collection is the personification of Ho’s self-made brand. In the interview below, she talks about working with PacSun and the current state of activewear, along with basic Instagram etiquette and the importance of living a clean and healthy life.

How’d this PacSun collaboration happen?
They just approached and wanted to create a brand together. It was a great opportunity because there was nothing out there that really spoke to me, so this is it.

What has PacSun has given you in terms of resources, and creative freedom that you haven’t been able to get from other outlets?
This collection is my collection; they were an amazing partner to come up with this brand. It’s going to be really exciting to see in stores. I think they have around 600 stores across the country. Being able to have that reach is great—a girl who might not necessarily buy something or even know what this brand is can actually discover it on her own, love it, and wear it.

Is there a specific woman in mind when you think of who’s wearing these clothes?
This is for everybody. Everything in this collection you could mix and match and it would look good. Red goes with camouflage, goes well with gray, goes well with black. Pinstripe looks good with camouflage. You can seriously get dressed in the morning with this collection blindfolded and you will come out looking good.

The big buzzword right now is “athleisure,” do you worry that people will try to categorize this collection under that?
This is sportswear. People can throw it into that category if they want because it’s a buzzword, but to me I would call it sportswear.

I don’t have anything against the word “athleisure”, because people need to have an aim to describe this movement and I think now everything is becoming so popular and people are getting more into health and fitness and style is reflecting on that. It’s a category of something that already exists.

People like something they can make into a hashtag.
Yeah, and for me this movement going to be here to stay. I think once you start living this lifestyle, you can’t really go back.

Health and wellness and fitness is a new status symbol. Everybody’s doing it, even Russell Simmons is on the yoga tip. How does that reflect what society values now and what the aspirations are?
I think nowadays people are really savvy and aware about their health and the way they want to live their life. Style and culture is only going to reflect how people live. I think that’s the driving force. I mean, everybody wants to look good, and the only way to do it is to take care of yourself. Eat well, exercise and put out the best version of you.

Female athletes like Ronda Rousey and Serena Williams, legends in their own right, are starting to become noticed by the fashion world. Why do you think female athletes have yet to be embraced in the fashion world the same way that male athletes are?
I think it’s only a matter of time. I personally love Serena, she was just in Vogue recently, and I think that female athletes are going to get more and more of the spotlight beyond their respective sport as time goes on. Growing up, girls are now going to have heroes to look up to, I think definitely female athletes are people that everyone—women especially, can aspire to.

Do you think it’s about time that Serena has her name on a sneaker?
Oh yeah, that would be awesome. She has a great sense of style. She’s very much her own person which I love about her. Tennis seems like a very conservative sport, so I love watching documentaries and seeing her and her sister come out with their attitude and their swag, making people do a double take.

Speaking of sneakers, what’s your current rotation looking like these days?
Huaraches—I have a pair with me right now. I got these on right now, they’re being released on Saturday, the NikeLab Free Inneva. I love these. Flyknits are always a fave of mine.

What do you think of the rumored Supreme Jordans? Would you rock them?
To be honest, I don’t have any Jordans. I didn’t really grow up wearing Jordans or playing basketball..

Air Maxes are seem more your lane.
Air Max, Flyknits, I really like an active sneaker that you can work out in or do exercise, not just basketball.

Do you have the Yeezy Boost 350s?
I have the grey ones.

What do you think of them?
They’re pretty comfortable, I wouldn’t go for a run in them. I think they’re cool.

What do you think of Supreme’s Fall collection?
Everything looks incredible.

Any favorite pieces that you saw and you were just like: “I need that?”
I have to take another look. Some of their jackets, like the one with the diamonds, looked really cool. It was a really strong overall collection.

Your social media following is huge and you get a lot of comments, and not all of them are the nicest. Is there a way you deal with thirsty comments on Instagram or did you develop a way to ignore that?
If there’s a mean comment I don’t think about it too much, I try not to. Positivity is my thing, if there’s one comment that’s a diss everyone’s going to stop and be like “What?” Overall, everyone that follows me and knows me has been super nice and supportive.

What’s a good guideline for a guy who wants to leave a complimentary comment without sounding like a creep?
I would say a good guideline would be asking yourself: “Would my mother approve?” Like, would you be embarrassed if someone else in your family read this comment? Then you probably shouldn’t put it up.

What’s been your biggest adjustment in moving from New York to LA? Do you have preference between the cities yet?
I think they’re both really important places. I think L.A.  is a little easier to keep your head down and work work work. When you go to New York you can mingle and interact and get inspiration and put everything out. For me it’s been important to have that balance.

What’s up with the Roots collab hinted at in your piece on The Coveteur, is that happening soon?
Maybe. You have to wait and find out.

Is there any advice you would pass on to a young person who wants to create her or his own brand some day?
Make sure your inspiration comes from within—something to do with your lifestyle, your history, your background, your personality, your story. Have a clear vision of when it comes out so it doesn’t end up falling into trends, which is something I hate doing. With this collection, I don’t see anything like this in a woman’s lane that’s similar at all. Maybe a couple seasons from now. Always be forward. That way if someone’s looking, following or getting inspiration from this, we’ll be on to the next thing, which is fine. You know when it’s from within your history, your background and everything. You have your clear vision and you can stick to it. Whether that’s sportswear or fashion. Know your lane.

Head to sweatthestyle.com to keep up with Adrianne’s projects.