Nike has released the colourful 2019 BETRUE collection in support of creating a more inclusive culture.
Featuring tees, sneakers, socks, hoodies and shoulder bags, the BETRUE collection pays homage to activist Gilbert Baker and his iconic rainbow flag design that after 40 years remains a universal symbol for the LGBTQIA community.
For the first time, Nike features the original eight-colour flag on its clothing. This collection is just Nike’s latest work supporting sexual and gender identities. Since 2012, Nike has also provided $3.6 million in financial and in-kind support to LGBTQIA+ causes.
Nike designers gave each shoe a hand-crafted effect by embroidering symbols including the eight-layer Swoosh on the Nike Air Max 90 BETRUE and the rainbow flag on the Tailwind 79 sneaker. This is a nod to the fact that Gilbert Baker handmade everything he designed.
Every shoe’s right sockliner features the Pride flag’s eight colours and explains what each represents. Every left sockliner is pink and presents Baker’s signature.
The Nike 2019 BETRUE collection is releasing in small drops throughout June, which also happens to be Pride month.
Louis Vuitton Presents Virgil Abloh’s First Jewellery Collection
Louis Vuitton presents a new jewellery collection from Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh that draws inspiration from hip-hop, skate culture and classic Cuban chain links. The new collection reinterprets designs that first appeared during the men’s Spring-Summer 2019 show fixed to various accessories and leather goods.
A multi-hued chain is offered as a tribute to diversity. It showcases an array of exceptional finishes, techniques and materials, which are united together across the links. Coloured enamel is presented in orange and blue tones; the brass possesses an aged gold effect, with palladium finishing, monogram engraving, and crystal in a range of hues.
An alternative to this piece comes with an entirely palladium-finish and features the LV monogram artfully scattered across its surface. The collection also includes two prominent white ceramic pieces – a pendant and a signet ring embossed with monogram palladium-finished brass.
All chain necklaces and bracelets come with an innovative new system of closing; a cylindrical slide specially developed to ensure security.
The clasp comes embellished with Louis Vuitton branding and an “R” engraving. The trademark symbol is a detail that runs throughout the collection. Both aspects pay tribute to the Spring-Summer 2019 collection, where Virgil Abloh first introduced white ceramic jewellery.
The Louis Vuitton men’s jewellery collection from Virgil Abloh is available now.
MR PORTER Collaborates on an Exclusive T-Shirt Collection
High-end retail hub MR PORTER has teamed up with 17 contemporary designers for an exclusive T-shirt capsule collection. Consisting of 44 silhouettes in total, the range intertwines MR PORTER’s own DNA with that of each respective brand to superb effect. Participating labels include 424, 1017 ALYX 9SM, Aimé Leon Dore, AMBUSH®, Aries, BILLY, Carhartt WIP, John Elliott, KAPITAL, Noon Goons, Pasadena Leisure Club, Pop Trading Company, Très Bien, and Undercover. MR PORTER is also bringing Billionaire Boys Club, Come Tees, and Reese Cooper® into the fold for the first time.
Featuring a blend of new designs and resurrected archived prints, the MR PORTER T-shirt collection emanates with instant iconography. As such, there’s no shortage of highlights. For the Carhartt collaboration, Aussie artist Flossy came onboard to deliver the Military Mountaineering T-shirt. Other choice examples include the 424 Americana patchwork flag T-shirt, 1017 ALYX 9SM logo and camouflage printed T-shirt, BILLY Distressed Skate Monster T-shirt, Undercover Archive Goblin Apple logo T-shirt, Reese Cooper® Air Freight T-shirt, and so much more.
MR PORTER’s new and exclusive capsule collection kicks off a sustained T-shirt campaign that will continue throughout the summer. Check in with the site’s weekly online magazine, The Journal, for updates starting 6 June.
The Jeff Banks JB SUN RX 07 Sunglasses are Sleek and Sporty
Featuring a wraparound black acetate, chequered pattern, and rubber skull temple grips, the Jeff Banks JB SUN RX 07 Sunglasses emanate sporty style. Each pair comes with standard single vision lenses, scratch-resistant treatment, case, and cloth. The frames are also compatible with a variety of additional lens styles, including ultraclear, superclean, polarising, reactions, ultradrive tint, and more.
For decades, Welsh designer Jeff Banks has delivered distinct fashion for the modern male, and the JB SUN RX 07 Sunglasses certainly abide by his legacy. Awash with choice details and a sporty aesthetic, they represent a sleek and sophisticated take on athletic design. Whether you’re cruising through the outback or hitting the slopes, these shades will have you doing so in maximum style. They’re also supremely high performing and easy to clean. Plus, no one argues with black.
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