Although this weekends’ sneaker battle will surely be won by the Yeezy, I am putting my money into the Dotty. The latest collaboration between colette and Asics is the Dotty ; the collaboration is part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Gel-Lyte III sneaker.
Limited to 200. Launches June 27th.
As everyone probably knows by now, the second installment of Kanye West designed adidas is set to drop this weekend (June27) with the Yeezy Boost 350. Priced at $200 USD. Here is where to get it in Canada.
Jonathan + Olivia
The original Racquet Club Cocktail called for pink gin but what exactly is pink gin? Simply, gin with a dash of Angostura bitters stirred through. The first use of pink gin is widely attributed to the Royal Navy who mixed the bitters with gin to take the edge off and apparently ease sea sickness. While I can’t guarantee that this one will ease your stomach, I can guarantee that is the perfect update to a classic martini.
- 3/4oz Dry Vermouth
- 2oz Gin Tanqueray
- 3 drops Peychaud Bitters
- 3 drops Orange Bitters
- Twist of pink grapefruit for ganish
1. Combine all ingredients in an iced shaker (except the twist).
2. Shake hard.
3. Serve in a chilled glass.
And the designer sneakers collaborations continue to roll out like a juggernaut (that seems to be powered by our insatiable consumption), this time around it’s Kris Van Assche for adidas originals. The Ultra BOOST has been re-imagined with a menswear staple, argyle, on the Primeknit upper of the sneaker. Two colourways are available: red and navy design or a grey and black one. Available June 25 at select adidas stores, $299.
I can still remember watching an episode of Opening Soon that featured Melissa Austria and her new store Gotstyle. This was 2005, it was this new men’s concept store launching in Toronto that featured a selection of men’s contemporary brands and suiting (some known and many unknown in Canada); it also had a tailor and classic barber shop on site (a concept ripped off by many a Toronto retailer these days). What was interesting was that Melissa chose to launch in one of the least fashionable/fashion retail neighborhoods – King West. And it was on a second floor with no direct street access or windows.
At the time, I was working in fashion retail, for a Canadian fashion icon, and I remember my VP and I discussing this new player entering the marketplace. His only comments: How would people find it? How would this place even survive? He thought Melissa was crazy. I thought she was brilliant – she was picking a neighborhood where men needed the most help getting dressed for their high paying careers. She had the right amount of guts and insight to make this thing work.
Well, people did find it and it thrived. In fact, this year it celebrates 10 years: two locations (62 Bathurst St. – not far from the original location and 21 Trinity St. in the Distillery), an online shop and now an in-house magazine. Many people credit the success of the store for tapping into the metrosexual wave that was slowly entering the mainstream but I would counter that Melissa was much further ahead of her time than that. She was tapping into a wave that was yet to come still – the gentleman (or the dandy). While the metrosexual was often distilled in the media down to a short checklist of vanities, like skin care products, scented candles and costly, colorful dress shirts and pricey designer jeans, Gotstyle pushed a slightly more gentleman aesthetic with fine tailored suits and straight razor shaves. Melissa was bringing Pitti Uomo to Toronto before most men had even heard of Pitti. Pity for them but lucky for Toronto, they had Melissa. They Got style’d.
You can read the premiere issue of Gotstyle Man here
Our boy Hedi seems to love infusing some Ameircana into Saint Laurent (perhaps, it’s their new LA location). For AW2015, the now iconic Saint Laurent sneakers get an update with fringe and he introduces a moccasin.
Apparently it’s pride month, but don’t expect to see too many pride posts on this page (I still don’t understand why we highjacked the rainbow which has no historical significance and dismiss the pink triangle) but I will make an exception when it comes to shoes. adidas Originals is paying homage to the LGBTQ community by releasing a “Pride” pack. The trio features, you guessed it – a Stan Smith, a Superstar and an adilette. Perhaps the models from their line up that is most purchased by said demographic? Here’s the rundown.
The Stan Smith
Don’t worry, it’s not all about cashing in on Pride, a portion of the sales from the “Pride” pack will be awarded to LGBTQ charities. Look for the kicks to drop on June 6 at in store and online.