Architecture: Masato Sekiya's Cantilevered Cliff House

The minimalist movement has its cool moments every now and then. We’re all for anything that goes against clutter in a stylish way, and if you’re able to construct an entire home out of this method, we’re down for it. Sometimes these kinds of projects go a little too far and seem basically inhabitable, but we unearthed one today that we could see ourselves totally chilling in, and comfortably too. 

Located in the Tenkawa village of Nara, Japan is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional fishing cabin designed by Japanese architect Masato Sekiya.
Nestled on the sacred Mount Ōmine, the minimalist concrete structure is surrounded by natural elements that overlooks a river, and would prove to be of the highest importance and main influence for the architect’s final design.

Punctuated by a cantilevered deck, the partitioned interior can be transformed to the resident’s needs, as the living room and bedroom can be combined to a single, uninterrupted space. From the road, the structure’s green roof and car park are the only elements of the home that are visible, allowing the living space below to remain open without invading any personal privacy.




Fly Season: Aimé Leon Dore's Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

Summer seems to have come and gone. These past couple of months have definitely flown by, so now we’re gearing up for Fall and checking out what’s going to drop for us to get fresh in. All of the lines are putting together nice collections, but we wanted to highlight and show love to a line that most people probably haven't heard of. And to make matters a little more cooler, they’re a NY brand. So that just makes the post that much more sweeter. 

Aimé Leon Dore is said to be the Big Apple’s answer to A.P.C.. It’s all about clean, classic menswear vibes, with high-quality riffs on timeless staples that’d slot effortlessly into anyone’s wardrobe. 

Now the brand is back, teasing a new set of goods for FW17, and unsurprisingly, it’s jam-packed with easy-to-wear pieces. We scoured through the whole collection and found the plush topcoats and branded sweats to be instant wins. Check them out, we think they’re a brand to watch if you like what you saw in the pics. 



Top Shelf: Mercedes x Maybach Vision 6 Concept

We’re all about our car concepts right now, because so many have been popping up lately. And it’s hard to get excited about them because you never know if they’ll actually become a reality at some point. But the cool thing about them, is that they get the imagination going and you get to see how very creative manufacturers are being behind closed doors. They’re a peep into the future and a way for us to always stay inspired and on our toes. So we love them. 

The 19-foot-long, 750 horsepower coupe runs on electric motors, and is able to accelerate to 60 mph in under 4 seconds. Multi-spoke rims and an exaggerated grill contrast against the car’s deep blue hue, while the white interior looks like its straight out of The Jetsons

The concept between Mercedes-Benz and Maybach also comes equipped with its own storage compartment underneath the extended hood, which includes everything from custom luggage to cutlery, which truly rounds out the “wow” factor.




Fly Season: DSPTCH “Moss” Collection

With back-to-school season around the corner, we’re going to start seeing all kinds of backpacks and the like coming out of the woodwork. So we’re always excited to see what comes out, as we love to partake in anything we see as fly. With this noted, San Francisco’s DSPTCH has launched some of its best selling designs in a new “Moss” colorway, and we’re loving them. 

This release marks the final addition to their ongoing luggage-grade ballistic nylon collection, its most durable and abrasion-resistant fabric. The collection includes a daypack, ruckpack, bookpack, gym/work-bag, gym/work-pack, and a dopp-kit. So there are a ton of options available for you to choose from. With prices ranging from $62 to $240 USD, you can find it all at the DSPTCH’s online shop now.

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Top Shelf: Infiniti “Prototype 9”

We’re always so enamored with nostalgia, and especially when it comes to fashion and cars. Things that take us back to a time that seemed way more simple, but really cool too. Infiniti will be unveiling the “Prototype 9” — an open-wheeled electric retro roadster that reimagines a 1940s race car — at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance taking place this weekend.

Inspired by an emerging era of Japanese motorsport and aeronautic design, Prototype 9 is powered by a prototype electric motor and battery from Nissan Motor Corporation’s Advanced Powertrain Department. This nod to the future contrasts with the traditional materials and techniques applied for the Prototype 9’s construction, including panels hand-beaten by a team of Takumi, which are Nissan Motor’s master artisans.

Hand-built by a small team as an “out-of-work hours” project and combines a 70-year-old design with latest electric tech, the rear-wheel drive racer can reach 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, with a max speed of 106 mph. The electric motor is only good for 20 minutes of track use before needing a recharge.

Weighing in at 1,962 pounds, the vehicle’s body composed of steel panels wrapped around a ladder frame are complemented with the single-seater cabin handmade with contrast red stitching and Japanese flags etched into the headrest. Finally, the speedo and other instrument dials are fitted into the center of the steering wheel rather than on a traditional dash. Pretty damn awesome, don’t you think?

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Kicks Flow: Nike Air VaporMax Laceless

Some shoes are so aesthetically pleasing, that they pop right off of the screen when you first lay your eyes on them. And we all want to wear kicks that look cool, but we hope that they’re also comfortable with a decent amount of functionality, on the back-end too. Enter Nike’s Air VaporMax Laceless.

This beauty surfaced online last month, and we can now peep an on-foot look at the laceless iteration of them. The techy sneaker, which bears hallmarks of COMME des GARÇONS‘ effort from earlier this year, is available in both black and multicolored knits. Also, the shoe lace system on the traditional VaporMax has been replaced by a branded elastic band. We can’t wait to see these in person. These are an immediate purchase on sight. 

Price and release dates haven't been confirmed, but we expect to get more news on these soon. Check back in for more information on this shoe soon.



Kicks Flow: N. HOOLYWOOD x Vans Checkerboard Slip-On

The thing about true American iconic shoes, is that they never need to be touched. We’ll take them in their original form for as long as they’re sold, and we love them just the way they are. But some can be updated to a more modern silhouette and not lose their coolness. 

For N. Hoolywood’s newest footwear collaboration, the cult Japanese label looks to a true icon from the American sneaker canon. That shoe, is the checkerboard Slip-On from one of our all-time favorites, Vans, which arrives in neutral white/black and grey/black colorways. 

The leather upper on each pair features a surprise detail: the raw-edged top portion of the tongue can be folded down, revealing black suede paneling underneath. A combination leather and canvas footbed -- featuring dual Vans and N. Hoolywood branding -- rounds out the details. Look for the kicks to launch tomorrow at select retailers. 



Kicks Flow: Nike Air Presto “Premium”

Over the past couple of years, there have been very few kicks that have been resurrected from their past glory which have made a real impactful impression on the sneaker-head market. Kicks come and go. We all know that. So when a pair comes, stays and flourishes throughout various models and color-schemes, you know you’re looking at a winner. One of those that we think could be seen as such, is the Nike Air Presto. 

The futuristic sneaker arrives with a mesh upper, an engineered cage lacing system, and a reinforced toe cap. That same classic build that we’ve all loved forever.

Released in 2000, the Air Presto continues to prove popular among fans of The Swoosh and collaborators alike. Here, it can be copped in a trio of shimmering options: “Blur,” “Metallic Silver” and “Metallic Hematite.” These are retailing around $165, and are available now from Nike and kicks retailers. 

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