Michael Jordan and Nike’s partnership has continued well past his retirement, and with much success. So it comes with no surprise that Kobe Bryant will continue his relationship with Nike after his own retirement. The five time NBA champ announced his plans for retirement last year, in the form of a personal sonnet. But his relationship with Nike has no signs of being extinguished. His sneaker contract goes beyond his days on the court. Bryant has a hands on approach when it comes to designing the sneakers named after him, bringing in inspiration both metaphorically and performance wise. He has helped put together ten signature sneakers over the past decade. When he retires, Bryant won’t be sitting around thinking about his days and contributions to the sport and sneaker culture. Instead his signature line will continue, in fact he and the team at Nike are already working on the Kobe 12 and have said that the next three silhouettes for the line are already in mind. The toll of playing basketball might have affected Bryant’s body, but that is exactly what has made his sneaker design more refined, making innovation a priority when it comes to designing sneakers. He has changed the idea of what basketball sneaker silhouettes should look like, by offering a low cut shoe or a sneaker that looks like a boxing shoe. The Kobe customer will be happy to know that his innovative sneakers, built for performance, will continue past his days on the court.
The Nike Air Cruz was released last year. The silhouette has similarities to the Nike Air Trainer series. The Rush Blue color-way is inspired by the NFL team Victor Cruz has been playing for, the New York Giants. The Rush Blue color way for the sneaker takes on a blue tonal look, with a suede and woven constructed upper—the woven construction are on the heel and side panel of the shoe—while velcro straps are on the heel and midfoot, with hints of red placed on the script of the velcro part of the strap that says: Dance To Greatness, as well as metallic hints on the top eyelets of the shoe. Rounding out the tonal look of the sneaker is the all over royal blue sole unit. Available at our Brooklyn location only.
Stussy’s latest collection for women has a West Coast grunge aesthetic. Baggy denim jackets in colors like off white and tan with branding on the back, are pieces that stick to that vibe. The pink and iridescent coach jackets are a nice compliment to their men’s versions. What make this collection stand out are the silhouettes, pants are high waisted and cropped, while overalls don’t take on an updated sneaker fit, instead they’re in that classic ’90s fit with branding on the straps and detailed white stitching The brand also sticks to what works for them, grounded in their roots are branded long and short-sleeved tees. For the collection the brand takes the grunge influence further with bucket hats and cut of the denim. The blue shirt dress and pink coach jacket are definite stand outs of this collection, swimwear and a fanny pack rounds it out.
Liquid Gold and Silver finishes on your favorite lifestyle models are nothing new. Nike Sportswear started the trend with models like the Air Max 1 and then the look was seen on other brands like adidas, on their adidas Superstar shell-toes.Converseis now getting in on the action with these women’s exclusive Chuck Taylor all star pairs. Available in metallic silver high top or a premium gold low, the monochromatic uppers exude a certain luminous finish, while the midsole has a paint splattered effect. Grab a pair at both rime locations.
Carhartt is a brand known for its pieces being durable and wearable. For S/S 2016 Carhartt Work In Progress offers a collection of comfort and functionality with a street-wear edge. The collection has a feel as though it were designed for city life, with pieces in bright yellow and camo. The pieces of the collection are also fro durable materials that transitions from weather climates easily. Pieces boast bold textiles with an athletic influence and street-wear sensibility, giving the collection dual purposes of functionality and street-wear aesthetic. This collection shows a reworking of classic pieces done with that Carhartt attitude. Camouflage pants, tailored khakis, denim and the yellow jacket are standout pieces from the collection. Button-ups, classic outerwear and sweat shirts rounds out the collection. The various styles and selective use of color makes the collection open and appealing to everyone.
A variation of the Nike Roshe is the Nike Flyknit Roshe. Recently the model has had some vibrant color-ways. The Flyknit technology takes over the upper. The Roshe model is already lightweight, with the Flyknit technology makes the sneaker much lighter, breathable and streamlined. The latest color-way for this version is wolf-grey, black and white. The entire upper is a mix of all three colors, while the Swoosh and laces are done in black. The midsole is white with a light grey outsole, while the heel and toe cap has a tape overlay that gives a dark grey accent to the shoe. These are currently available at both rime locations.
The Nike Air Trainer have been seen on some notable feet since its release in 1988, Bo Jackson was featured in Nike ads of the past wearing a pair and Spike Lee took them to the big screen in the movie Do The Right Thing. The retro silhouette has seen some new color-ways recently, one of the latest is the Treeline Green. With the rerelease of the iconic silhouette, Nike has decided to get rid of the midfoot strap. The sneaker is done in premium suede and the split colors are green in the back and off white in the front, with a speckled midsole. These are currently available at both rime locations.
I Love Ugly is a New Zealand menswear brand with a laid-back cool aesthetic, their known for their range of joggers. The SS16 collection has a mix of denim, wrinkled fabrics and camo. The denim, marks the start of their selvedge denim category that comes in various styles and fits. The silhouettes are a mix of street-wear luxe and formal-wear vibes. The cut of the pants are tapered, yet cut in a way that are comfortable for functionality. This collection shows a broader range of pant styles than they’ve done before. Some of the standouts are the fuzzy knitwear and leather jacket. Hidden details for the customer to discover in the pieces is something I Love Ugly has become known for and it continues in this collection. The neutral color palette allows for the pieces to easily fit into any wardrobe.
Rita Ora continues her collaboration with adidas with a new collection called Asian Arena. The collection is inspired by the geisha and features traditional pieces with a modern freshness, with iconic adidas silhouettes. Track suits, leggings and footwear make up the collection, but some of the standout pieces are the Obi jacket, and the adidas logo tees with wide sleeves, both take on a Giesha inspiration, with kimono like sleeves, taking on the adidas three stripe logo down the sleeves.There are also the wide legged pants to match the obi jacket. A classic souvenir bomber jacket, a silhouette that is on trend right now, takes on a traditional Japanese embroidered treatment. The footwear shows adidas silhouettes, Stan smith, Tubular and the ZX Flux, all of which take on detailed graphics and embossing that sticks to the theme.