Crewnecks are essentially dead-stock nowadays. The red-headed step-cousin to the hoody has officially been booted from the backseat and now rests as clogged-up trunk space in this magical ride we call new streetwear. Make room for the cardigan, suckers!
Casual enough for everyday wear (not literally, kids) and worlds more elegant than some busted-ass crewneck or, hell forbid, a long sleeve tee, the cardigan has quickly become a staple in springtime comfort. Light enough to keep your pits dry and more than sufficient blocking those hard winds and fluctuating temperatures we love and hate this time of year for, cardigans furthermore look ill like pig flu if we may say so ourselves.
Check out the rest of the cardigan selection from WeSC, CTRL, 10 Deep and Artful Dodger, as well as Insight, LRG and Crooks & Castles here, and as always, we have armfuls of that new-new here. And don't forget - just over a day left of Warehouse Sale madness!
Although we're ballin' outrageous through the recession here at Karmaloop, that doesn't mean we're insensitive to the rest of you suckers- uh, sufferers - out there. Like a gang of Abel Magwitch-wannabees (read a book) to our lil' Pips out there, Karmaloop presents The Warehouse Sale, where everything is no less than 50%-off!
This ain't no standard warehouse sale with misfitting, defective or just plain, busted goods... this is bascially Morrie's Wigs goes streetwear, with apparel, shoes and accessories that will not come off at wrong time, even under water, and are tested against hurricane winds! Order now for a personalized fitting!
... well, we can't go that far. But what we will do is honor free shipping with orders over $45, no questions asked - and for our fellow stunters, shot-callers and cock-blockers, use promo code POP45 on any order over $120 and get an additional 10%-off!
Be sure to check out the rest of the Warehouse Sale goodness here as the sale runs until Wednesday this week, and as always, we're steady loaded with that new crack for you fiiieeeends.
Such is the case with something we call "overcoordination." Matching a tee with your sneakers, or a hat with a belt and so on and so forth is all well and good - encouraged, even - but a line has to be drawn somewhere. Therefore, as a public service to our lovely, faithful readers (that's you), here is an example of an outfit not unlike one that we saw on our lunch break this afternoon.
It's plain to see that each item in and of itself is dope enough to be sold by the gram, but too much of a good thing can lead to a bad time for all - remember, you're assaulting our poor eyes as well. So please be mindful of your peers this weekend, imbibe in relative moderation and coordinate responsibly. And check out the latest Karmaloop goodness here!
Getting ready for the much-anticipated Spring, Rebel Yell is one of the
most sought out brands, as the collection is playful, comfortable and all
things vintage. Available at Karmaloop.com, the Rebel Yell collection offers
the basics: T-shirts, button-downs, raglans, hoodies and other clothing that
are meticulously structured for optimal comfort and style. Conceived in
February 2005 by Daniel and Andi Ballard, the label is heavily inspired by
nostalgic childhood memories growing up in Virginia. Andi, the brand’s
designer, explains that “it’s a name inspired by the rowdy all-American
lifestyle we grew up in… I want Rebel Yell to be super-fresh and easy to wear.
The kind of clothing that doesn’t overpower you, but still makes you look damn
good. I obsess about the fit and design details, and refuse to put out a
product that Daniel and I wouldn’t want to wear.” The brand reflects the styles
that the creators grew up with: relaxed, fresh and classic. Rebel Yell’s future
is looking very promising, as it continues to attract both men and women
everywhere, as well as celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon, Lindsay Lohan,
Mischa Barton, Miley Cyrus and many others.
Modeled after American tennis star Stan Smith, a former Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion, as well as half of one of the most successful doubles teams of all-time with partner Robert Lutz, the adidas Stan Smith models have undoubtedly stoodthe testsof time and solidified itself as a staple in the adidas line.
Smith was approached by adidas in 1971 to endorse the former Haillet model and add a signature twist, which became the three perforated lines on the side panel. Quite a departure for "die weltmarke mit den drei streifen," who since 1949 had gained worldwide notoriety for the ubiquitous three stripes.
The Stan Smith models have undergone anumber offace-lifts throughout its history, leading to the latest look of the Stan Smith 2. Incorporating the full leather upper, rubber sole and perforated side panels the Stans are loved for, new modern twists include a striped interior on the white models and chocolate brown and black colorways, moving past the traditional white with green highlights of its past.
Real talk... is there ANYTHING those wacky Swedes at WeSC can't do?
Just like the Swedish Chef of Muppets fame, WeSC cooks up the absolute tastiest freshness in cardigans, selvedge jeans and intelligently simple tee graphics, while our minds (and ears) have been absolutely blown away with the quality of its headphones over the last couple years. With the latest look of the new chocolate brown Sitar joints, however, we're just damn near speechless (because the headphones are on and we're playing the hell out of the new Chester French mixtape).
The sonic superiority of the Sitars, with a 20-20,001 hertz frequency and eardrum-shattering 120 decibel kilohertz sensitivity, the loudness and bass levels are matched only by the sheer antique aesthetic of the chocolate brown and gold colorway. Kool Herc could take one look at these and hope for a time machine back to 1972 Bronx, New York and rock a block party proper-like since the Sitars, like the WeSC Bag Pipe model headphones, are also specifically crafted for the DJ. Super lightweight with foldable, rotating earpieces with enough padding to curbstomp external noise, even wannabees and pure bass-heads will find the Sitars a more feasable option than some bullshit Sonys that will crash just after the two-year warranty expires (we're not bitter... we're not bitter... it's been four years since... NO GRUDGES).
Founded in 1990 by DEN ONE, a.k.a. graphic designer/graf artist Erik Brunetti, FUCT is widely heralded as one of the originators of the streetwear movement. Known worldwide for jacking pop-culture, overtly religious and government images and icons and, if you will, FUCT'ing them up, Brunetti and his clan have maintained a loyal cult following for nearly two decades without succumbing to the heavy tides of the mainstream.
The latest drop from FUCT includes a grip of new tees with more of the debate-starting prints we have come to love, including standouts (clockwise, from top left) The American Dream Tee, The Rolling Stoned Tee, The Canned Heat Tee and The Sangue Italiano Tee.
The American Dream Tee, featuring a print of an opened, overflowing military locker, hints at Full Metal Jacket as a cabaret show with text to the side reading "Same shit, different day." We officially dare anyone to rock that at the local VFW's bingo night. Karmaloop staff favorite, The Sangue Italiano Tee, presents a demon straight from the streets of Hades under a Christ-like crown of thorns, reminiscent of a poster image for a low-on-budget, high-on-blood Italywood gorefest directed by the likes of Dario Argento - fitting, as this particular tee is a collaboration between FUCT and Italian streetwear magnate VNGRD.
Hellz Bellz has just launched their Spring
collection, Renegades of Funk, now available at Karmaloop.com. The collection aims
to pay tribute to the Electro-Sound of the 80’s in New York City. Honoring
legends, Soul Sonic Force and Afrika Bambaataa (“Renegades of Funk” – classic
tune for all ears), Hellz is bringing old school back for a fresh, vibrant,
ultra-cool delivery. The song itself, Renegades of Funk, was a heavy source of
inspiration, as the collection features colorful, cultural and funky style
(reflecting Bambaataa’s steez). Despite the brighter colors and femme
silhouettes, Hellz’ “badass” persona is still very much present with her
toughness, juxtaposed with soft and hard fabrications. “Now renegades are
people with their own philosophy, they change the course of history…” – Afrika
Bambaataa, Renegades of Funk.
Wildfox Couture has just released their Vampire Love Tote bag, web-exclusive to their own site and Karmaloop.com. The
perfect tote, it is easy to wear on the shoulder and features graphic prints on
both sides - customized with the Wildfox logo on one side and printed smiley
face with vampire teeth on the other. Super cute and affordable, this Karmaloop
exclusive is playful, sweet and vintage. Upgrade your wardrobe with this Vampire
Love tote and you will entice looks your way. “Boys will come and go”, the
girls say…, “But Vampires are forever.”
Check out the rest of the Wildfox collection here.
Karmaloop Boston's ( 160 Newbury Street ) grand opening party at Underbar on Thursday, November 17 2005 was dope!
Reebok was the chief sponsor of the event and Reebok folks were out in full force! Red Bull and Triple Five Soul were additional sponsors of the two fabulous VIP sections where many of their respective crews were nesting around the small tables laden with bottles.