Category Archives: Heroes



Arc’teryx Veilance creates some of the best outerwear I’ve ever owned. Having visited their facilities in Canada a few years back when I used to help on some marketing materials, I can testify that the brand’s attention to detail is unlike anything I’ve ever seen anywhere else. How many other renowned brands will, or could ever, let you see inside their factory? Continue reading


The original 1996 catalogue image

What a time to be a Jordan XI Low fan. I’m not sure I’d ever seen Tinker talk about this design until Nike News upped a piece on it recently, plus fellow fan of this shoe, Ben Berry wrote a nice piece for Finish Line on the topic of the mysterious use of I.E. because like me, he doesn’t buy that story about it standing for “International Edition” at all. Continue reading



UNDRCRWN have been doing the funny tee thing beautifully for a decade now. When you’re doing this kind of thing, there’s a thin line between smart execution and stuff so awful it makes you chew your knuckle off, and this NYC brand seems to get it right with the sport and hip-hop references. Continue reading



I try to support the zine realm when I can, and there’s some good spots selling a good selection right now. If you passed through the Lorimer Street L Train stop during 2013, you might have seen Alldayeveryday and Lele Saveri’s Newsstand project. Continue reading



There’s nothing wrong with nostalgia — it beats trying to run after the young ‘uns and pretending that everything they utter is an essential insight. That’s because there’s nostalgia and then there’s just getting stuck in the mud. Don’t get me wrong, youth insight is important, but I’d sooner be looking up to Glenn O’Brien and Tim Blanks — both of whom don’t seem to waste their time assuming that the kids are the key to everything, and have dealt with recent job cutbacks in an unruffled manner that I found particularly inspirational. Continue reading



News clip library channels on YouTube are as good place to waste some time as any. I occasionally spend an unholy amount of time trawling places like Getty or Corbis to see the good stuff in static form, but after browsing the AP Archive channel, I found some more recent, subtitle-free footage based around vintage denim and old shoes in London and Japan (where Bing Crosby’s denim tux by Levi’s was part of an auction). I hadn’t seen the footage of ageing writers like Zephyr and LA ROC (with some commentary from Henry Chalfont) before either, even though it’s only a couple of years old. Provided that there’s working Wi-Fi, I can’t fathom how anyone can get bored in 2015.