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We Like: Incase Announces Incase x Kaskade Capsule Collection

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Incase, design-driven bag and accessory brand for today’s creatives, today announces their partnership with Grammy® nominated and world-renowned artist, Kaksade, on a travel-focused capsule collection. The first-ever Incase x Kaskade capsule collection is now available on Incase.com.
The exclusive Incase x Kaskade capsule collection features design direction from one of the world’s top artists and most well-versed travelers, Kaskade. Over the course of a 20-plus year career as a world-renowned DJ, singer, songwriter, producer, and musician, Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) has flown the equivalent of the earth’s circumference 161 times – all equating to spending a full year of life in the air. Accumulating over 6 million frequent flier miles, Kaskade’s achievements in music production are rivaled by the unprecedented travel prowess subsequent of his global, fast-paced career.
Of the things I’m uniquely qualified to have an opinion on, traveling would be first on the list,” said Kaskade. “The most integral part of being a seasoned traveler is knowing how to pack, what to pack, and most importantly, what to pack it in.” 
Intentional. Functional. Clean. The Incase x Kaskade collection is deliberately designed and expertly engineered to perform at the highest levels. Masterfully constructed pieces conceived from their commanding artist’s namesake deliver supreme organization, protection and utility intent on facilitating the optimum experience for pro-travelers and their equipment.
“When I found Incase I loved the way it looked and more importantly, I loved the way it worked, design and functionality were there, living happily together,” added Raddon. “When I decided I wanted to design a line of luggage, Incase was my first phone call.”
Through a curated integration of elemental feature sets, tech-optimized storage, and premium materials, the Incase x Kaskade capsule encompasses an essential eleven-piece travel ecosystem including larger travel solutions ranging from a sleek Carry-On Roller and Backpack to smaller pieces including a mesh-constructed Headphone Case, each designed with a sleek interior lining featuring Kaskade’s custom geometric pattern.
“As long admirers of his music and career, we were equally as impressed to learn Ryan’s valuable insight and the top qualities he wanted in his travel collection,” said Andy Fathollahi, Chief Executive. “We knew the partnership was a perfect match when Ryan’s three most important design features seamlessly aligned with Incase’s design principles, emphasizing portability, simplicity, and functionality.”
Fit for any destination and available today, additional pieces in the Incase x Kaskade capsule collection include a Cable Accessory Bag, Passport Wallet, SD Card Wallet, Portable Power 2500 mAh, USB Light, Luggage ID Tag, two protective iPhone 7 cases and two iPhone 7 Plus cases with the signature Kaskade ‘K.’

The Incase x Kaskade collection is now available on Incase.com and is on display at the 2017 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 5th-8th.

Check out the FULL collection below:

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Champs Sports “Her Take” Hosted by Steph Lecor & Norma Now Takes Over YouTube at DJ Khaled’s Champs Sports Store, Steph Visits SXSW & more

Watch Steph Lecor and Norma Now as they recently kicked off “Her Take” in style at Art Basel, where Champs Sports launched the Nike Lunarcharge at DJ Khaled‘s Birthday Party at his private Champs Sports store! Watch the full episode above.

Other episodes include Rapper and G.O.O.D. Music‘s head honcho, Pusha T, Empire‘s Bre-Z, DJ Dimples, Lifestyle Ambassador Missy Diddy LA and more.

Tune in every Wednesday for a new episode of “Her Take.”

**UPDATE**

During the 2017 SXSW, Her Take took over Austin with special guests.

In the mecca of Austin street art, Steph linked up with DJ Brittany Sky to talk sneakers, international style and earning respect in a male dominated industry.

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Check out the rest of the episodes HERE.

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R. Kelly Is The New Face of Alexander Wang’s SS17 Digital Campaign

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GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter, and producer, R.Kelly has officially joined the #WANGSQUAD. The global superstar is featured in renowned fashion designer, Alexander Wang’s SS17 digital campaign with fashion model Anna Ewers.

R.Kelly performed a couple of his hit singles at the exclusive Alexander Wang & Beats by Dr. Dre collaboration holiday party surrounding the campaign. Other notable celebrities in attendance were Rihanna, Zoe Kravitz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Teyana Taylor, and more.

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PHOTOGRAPHER: INEZ AND VINOODH
CREATIVE DIRECTION: FERDINANDO VERDERI

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Nail Your New Year’s Resolution with Reebok’s New Nano 7 Training Shoe

Reebok today launched the Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 training shoe, upholding its legacy as one of the leading footwear brands in the CrossFit community. As Reebok continues to evolve the Nano franchise, adjustment to the ultimate training shoe includes precise refinement to the silhouette, helping to improve the fit for every athlete.

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Built as the ultimate training shoe, the Nano 7 allows anyone pushing their body through a work out to be light on their feet. The inclusion of NANOWEAVE technology helps to achieve the most comfortable, most durable, and most breathable Nano ever.

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Additional features to the shoe include Powerlaunch toebox, adding to a strong foundation for improved power, fit and stability. Reinforced heel clips offer stability and locked in feel for any movement in your workout.

For the first time in the history of the Nano franchise, fitness fans will be able to get their hands on the latest Nano training shoe in January, ensuring they can take advantage of the sleek design and dynamic fit while competing in this 2017 Reebok CrossFit Games Open and ensuring all fitness enthusiasts can make every nanosecond count throughout 2017 when working out in this ultimate training shoe.

“Reebok always strives to produce the best products for the CrossFit and the greater fitness community. We continually develop and provide the most versatile training franchise in the Nano. Our ultimate goal is empower the community to move the way they were born too.” said Judson Vancor, Global Director of Product at Reebok.

As with previous Nano evolutions, the Nano 7 includes many advanced updates working alongside NANOWEAVE, which include:

o    Refined structural fit – strengthening foundation in the foot to help improve power

o    Expanded RopePro – ensures durability and protection and is now adhered to the medial upper and eye stay with a new super grippy rubberized material

o    Cushion and shock absorption – provides a smoother ride during workouts that include running and box jumps

Vancor continued:

“We want to cement Reebok’s place as the top training brand, by strengthening our bond with CrossFit athletes with the shoe that has become essential to any workout.”

“Reebok understands that even the smallest of changes can make the biggest difference. It´s very cool that we get to be a part of the process of the Nano evolving with every year, making sure we always have the best footwear available out there! This year, the shoe is launching in January, so I can train for the majority of the season in the footwear I´ll be competing in at the 2017 Games!” – Katrin Davidsdottir, 2015 and 2016 CrossFit Games Champion

The Reebok CrossFit Nano 7 is available now on the official CrossFit store at store.crossfit.com and on Reebok.com from January 5th 2017.

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Reebok Classic x Kendrick Lamar Release Club C Capsule

Today, Reebok Classic and music icon Kendrick Lamar continue to evolve their creative partnerships with the launch of the Reebok Classic x Kendrick Lamar Club C Capsule. For his first iteration of the historic Club C sneaker, Kendrick draws on his experiences from both past and present to add his unique style and message to the legacy of the classic tennis shoe.

Taking direct inspiration from his latest album, the sneaker’s aesthetic focuses on the themes of anonymity and abstraction while also calling for unity. Inspired by his ability to invoke conversation around race and social injustice, the Club C forces people to think deeper and celebrates Kendrick’s ability to create art with meaning in a stylish, provocative manner.

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Commenting on the design, Kendrick said:

“Now more than ever it is important for individuals to come together as one. This sneaker represents that call for unity and equality, while also pushing people to look beneath the surface and uncover the hidden messages. This is something I try to do with my music, and now here with the Club C.”

The shoe will be available in adult unisex and children’s sizes at Footaction, Sneaker Villa, Shiekh Shoes, Jimmy Jazz, Shoe Palace and Reebok.com worldwide starting January 13th for $109.99 in adult sizing, $70 for kid’s styles, and $50 in toddler sizes.

 

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Aether 79 Releases Collection II Lookbook Featuring Rapper Tray Pizzy & more

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Just in time for the holidays, jewelry brand Æther 79 releases the lookbook for its “Collection II,” featuring Bronx Emcee, Tray Pizzy, Model/DJ Odalys, and R&B Singer RainaRich. Shot on location in Central Harlem on 35mm film, the trio adorn precious gemstones and crystals paired with classic yellow gold chains.

Æther 79 Collection II features the addition of chokers and bracelets to its exclusive product line, as well as an expanded catalogue of rough crystals to include rose quartz, black tourmaline and blue kyanite. Lastly, Collection II introduces a new luxury line of limited edition birthstone necklaces, set in 14K solid gold.

Æther 79 Collection II is available for purchase today at aether79.com.

About Æther 79

Inspired by the the natural beauty and healing powers of crystals, New York-based brand Æther 79 creates one-of-one unisex designer jewelry from raw crystal and gold elements. Debuting in late 2014, its unique take on the quintessential hip-hop chain and pendant has quickly made it a favorite amongst musicians and NYC club kids. With support from artists such as  Ro JamesChaz FrenchChynna Rogers, and Kiesza, Aether 79 gives everyone a chance to explore the metaphysical realm while remaining grounded in classic street style.

Æther 79 Collection II Lookbook: https://aether79.com/pages/ae-79-ii-lookbook

Æther 79 Website: https://aether79.com

Æther 79 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aether79/

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Detroit Menswear Designer, William Malcolm, Teams Up With Lincoln and Mali Music

Back in October, The Lincoln Motor Company returned as the exclusive automotive sponsor of RAGTRADE Atlanta Runway Show. As part of our involvement, we sought out Detroit’s own William Malcolm, a menswear designer, to create a custom suit for recording artist Mali Music for the runway show.

Peep the FULL behind the scenes clip above.

Mali Music also starred in Lincoln’s second installment of Lincoln First Listen. Check it out below.

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Future’s A/W 2016 Freebandz Clothing Collection

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Billboard chart-topping, 2x American Music Award nominee and rap superstar, FUTURE, has announced the official release of his August/Winter 2016 Freebandz Clothing Collection just in time for the holidays. The highly recognizable fashion influencer has collaborated with Freebandz creative director Fred Foster to introduce the new seasons line of limited edition pieces all seen being worn by Future during the highly successful “Summer Sixteen” tour with Drake. The A/W’ 16 Freebandz Clothing Collection is available on http://www.Freebandz.com/shop.

The A/W ’16 Freebandz Clothing Collection includes a variety of Future-inspired outerwear including the popular Freebandz winter and varsity jackets, “Kirkwood Atlanta” inspired jackets (camo, olive and burgundy), “Wicked” inspired denim jackets, Freebandz sweatshirts and sweatpants (black, red and mixed grey) – as well as Freebandz embroidered accessories including pins, scented candles and bandanas. For a limited time only, the A/W ’16 Freebandz Clothing Collection will also be offering a customized Future-inspired “Ho, Ho, Ho” holiday Christmas sweater – available in red.

When asked about the inspiration behind the new collection’s designs, Freebandz Creative Director Fred Foster says – “This collection was inspired by the historic Kirkwood neighborhood where Future grew up. We wanted each garment to somehow reflect part of his upbringing (e.g. with the Varsity) and also share a piece of his Kirkwood roots with his audience”.

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For up to date information regarding FUTURE, please visit:
 http://www.futurefreebandz.com/
www.twitter.com/1future
www.facebook.com/futureofficial
www.instagram.com/future
https://www.youtube.com/user/FutureVEVO
www.FreeBandz.com
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In Fashion: Jacob Latimore Covers The Quintessential Gentleman

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As singer/actor Jacob Latimore prepares for the release of his new EP entitled Connection and the December 16th release of his new Oscar-Worthy Film, Collateral Beauty, which stars Will Smith. Jacob sits down with The Quintessential Gentleman to discuss not only the new projects he’s working on, but how he has remained humble and relevant through his journey in the industry.

QG Capture takes pleasure in highlighting figures that embody the zeitgeist of contemporary cool. These entertainers seamlessly alternate between a multitude of artistic realms, while gracefully traversing the obstacles presented in performing such feats.

About The Quintessential Gentleman
The Quintessential Gentleman is a Men’s Lifestyle and Entertainment Digital Publication that focuses on the positive accomplishments of men in our society.

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Allen Iverson’s Family Featured In Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani Ad

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The Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani is not just about Allen Iverson – it celebrates the strong women who have supported him throughout his career.

The most important women in Allen’s life – his daughters Tiaura, Messiah and Dream, and their mother Tawanna – were featured in an exclusive campaign to support the launch of this women’s version of the iconic Question Mid sneaker.  Creative directed by Melody herself and shot by Allen’s long time photographer Gary Land in Charlotte, NC, the campaign features an all over monotone aesthetic to go with the design of the shoe.

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“Aside from being one of the greatest players, Iverson to me more so was a cultural leader and game changer, so I made sure to embody some of those elements into the shoe,” says designer Melody Eshani.

The Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani uses three different types of color-matched leather to make up the upper, quarter and heel in order to create dimension on the tonal design.  The tongue has a replica emboss of Allen’s “Hold My Own” tattoo.  On the back heel, there is a Velcro spot that allows you to switch out different leather patch designs of 3 of his other tattoos.  The interior lining features an image of Allen’s cornrows, and the sock liner is a paisley print representing his iconic bandana.  The upper has a black patent toe box, the sole remains ice blue as a nod to the original Question, and there are two lace options – one in tonal vegetable tan, and another in black and vegetable tan bungee inspired lace.

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The Reebok Question Mid x Melody Ehsani will go on sale on Friday, December 2nd for $160 at Melody Ehsani’s LA store at 424 1/2 N Fairfax Ave, at www.MelodyEhsani.com and www.Reebok.com.