In the late 70s a Bad Brains fused reggae with punk, creating a sound in the punk genre that as all their own. The band’s music was a commentary on their cultural and political views, showcasing what punk and reggae was all about, which garnered them a dedicated following. The collection is a marriage of old and new, original flyers, images of the group and the band’s classic graphics are mixed with updated interpretations. The bold mix of retro-iconic vibes with modernity is seen throughout the unisex collection. Military jackets and button ups takes on the style of the band, with original Obey graphics, that gives the pieces a fresh look. Classic Bad Brains iconography, like the lightning bolt striking the U.S capital building, as well as bright colored images that represent the combination of reggae and punk that helped put Bad Brains on the map are seen on t-shirts. The cookbook captures the essence of the band and a time in music when the band flourished, with models caught mid-mosh, flailing arms The collection pays tribute to the band’s influence on a sub-culture of times past, while introducing a newer generation to a Bad Brains’ music and message.
Adidas have released white and red, white and blue and white and green versions of the Stan Smith Primeknit, their shoe of the summer. The Stan Smith Primeknit is extremely lightweight and breathable because of its knit upper and mesh liner. Now theres another color to complement the sunny days, an all over pale pink color-way. Although it’s called the Semi Pink, they’re full on pink, from the knit upper, mesh liner, rubber sole and matching laces. This tonal pink rendition would look great on men as well as the ladies.
It’s 2016 and denim has become a staple in every closet. The textile can be worn as a dress or shirt to the office, and of course there are the jeans. A pair of jeans today transitions from work to play easily. Back in the 60s Levi’s became a brand, a symbol of hard work, specifically in the 501 cut, then came the 505. The 505 was a the cut that saw the seats of bar stools in rock bars or leaned against walls watching a band play. The 505 became the anti-jean; the ant-war and anti-government advocates uniform, it also became the consistent piece of clothing for punk rockers congregating at establishments like CBGB. The 505s were seen on album covers for bands like The Ramones. Fashion has always been about the retro, looking to the past for inspiration. Fast forward through the years, girls began began scurrying vintage shops for a pair of 505s to complete their bad-ass looks, searching for that zip fly goodness and jeans that would make their rear ends look like inverted hearts. Well Levi’s took note of the consumers wants, and brought back the 505s. The brand have released the 505c, which is a remake of the style with its punk roots in tact, with a zip fly and that heavy non-stretch fabric in a slimmer cut. The styles are named after the punk stars that made them famous, like the Joey or the Patti. The 505c is all about the combination of fit and lifestyle. Perfect for the rebel in you, the 505c are sure to garner some compliments when worn.
Kanaal is a brand started by two sisters, Liliana and Natalia Acevedo. Inspired by traditional Wayuu patterns discovered on a trip to the Caribbean Coast of Colombia, the sisters wanted to design a collection that would deliver the distinctive appeal found on the coast, such as the tenacity of the women there and their creations. Kaanas is a Wayuu word used to describe the intricate designs of their textiles, a legend tale is said that a spider taught the women of the tribe how to weave to sustain themselves. Today the Wayuu women continue to use weaving as a way to support themselves and their families. The Acevedo sisters set out with a new take on the traditional espadrille, combining century-old textile designs with a modern silhouette, creating a chic slip-on perfect for any season. Each pair of Kaanas shoe is made by handing a small artisanal shop in Colombia. The incorporation of distinct textiles sourced from around the world has evolved into simple chic silhouettes great for stylish everyday wear. The sneaker below is made of handcrafted leather, with a textured rubber outsole and contrasting color toe cap. The footbed is done in padded leather for extra comfort, it is also lined in leather. Stop by rime’s Upper east Side location for a pair of Kaanas.
Rihanna’s partnership with Puma continues strong with a new color way of the top selling creeper silhouette. This collaborative partnership is on a roll, and most of the success could be credited to Rihanna’s style influence, there’s no stopping the duo. The desert inspired color way is set to drop at the end of July. The color-way seems rebellious and risk taking compared to the color palettes of the past, but Rihanna is known for her style risks, and influence. The creeper’s upper is done in a warm toned stylized camo print of burnt orange and beige hues sitting on platform gum sole, along with gold accents as branding on the side.
Adidas’ iconic Stan Smith silhouette is the type of sneaker that is in heavy rotation in most and any closest. Its minimalism and white color palette allows it to flow effortlessly with any personal style. There’s a new iteration of the sneaker, sporting metallic gold details. The look is a collaboration with gold-beating manufacturer Eytzinger, a company based in the “Gold Leave” region of Schwabach. The tennis classic features a premium white leather upper with gold foil finishes on the embossed tongue logo, heel tab and branding at the perforated stripes. These metal infused Smiths are available at rime’s Brooklyn location.
Sportswear brand PUMA and Trapster continue their collaborating relationship for a Fall/Winter collaboration collection, featuring a range of footwear and apparel. The collection is a a nice blend of streetwear and classic sportswear. The pieces take inspiration from military gear, soccer and team spirit. There are subtle details that create a nice contrast, while athletic influence updates familiar designs, giving a street edge to the apparel. The collection consists of soccer-inspired jackets, track hoodies, tops and bottoms, theres even a soccer ball to round out the collaboration’s inspiration fully. One of the stand outs is the matching sweat suit made of a three layer lightweight foam bonded fabric that forms to the body, featuring laser-cut vents in the back for breathability. The footwear, Disc Blaze Camo takes on a wild stylized Camo print that includes Trapstar’s all over white noise print, while the streamlined outsole and elastic lace buckle take on color blocking with accents of red making the silhouette more than just streetwear ready. The cell Bubble also takes on the White Noise print, the retro-inspired silhouette also gets a premium suede version. The Puma Basket is the modest of the three footwear silhouettes, available in tonal white leather, theres also a red suede and a black suede, both variations feature a contrasting white sole, Tapster branded fat laces and the white noise print covers the insoles of all three.
An iconic adidas silhouette, the Stan Smith gets a modern update with an adaptive Primeknit upper, for breathability and an enhanced fit. The update is modern, keeping the silhouette clean and minimal, with a contrasting heel tab and its authentic off-white rubber sole, which compliments the crisp white upper perfectly. It also features a leather lining. The retro look and modern construction combination is done right, making it a perfect sneaker for the summer, or any season really. These are currently available at rime’s Brooklyn location.
L.A based label, Stampd, designed by Chris Stamp, is a CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund nominee. The brand that started out with headwear just had its first full collection runway show, and following the see now/ buy now trend, some of those pieces are currently available. The availability of some of the pieces from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection stays true to Stampd’s direct-to-consumer motto it began with. The brand continues to evolve, with a PUMA collaboration and opening its first retail space earlier this year. For the collection, Stamp took his familiar grey, blue and olive color palette into a cohesive story, with utilitarian and army inspiration. The collection is comprised of streetwear staples like bomber jackets and cargo pants, with their own Stampd twist. Known for simplicity, the rebellious nature of the collection is expressed in the large pocketed shirts and strapped bomber jackets, ruffling up the purity. Silhouettes are oversized and relaxed, giving each piece an effortless feel. Coats have a rough-around-the-edges vibe in the cut, as well with strings still dangling off of them. Denim is ripped and distressed, to match the distressed bomber jackets. The embroidery throughout is inspired by the Vietnam war. Military pieces are the stand outs, like the bomber adorned with D-rings and hanging straps, resembling a parachute, or another bomber silhouette heightened by the placement of the zipper pockets on the chest, shorts with front cargo pockets and the oversized striped pull over hoody. It’ll be fun and interesting to see how this brand continues to progress.
The simplicity of adidas’s Gazelle silhouette has stood throughout time. Since the revival of the Kate Moss circa 1993 campaign is to reintroduce the Gazelle silhouette to a new generation, the retro iconic silhouette gets an all-over makeover. The shoe features an all over pink suede construction, with white accents on the sole, heel tab and white stripes, honoring the early ’90s style. This look is great for the summer, but will look just as great in the colder months.