CULTURE

Next generation Nike Air Max running styles include the first ever Flyknit Air Max as well as a lighter, more flexible Air Max 2014.

DESIGN

Locker Room Legends technically and visually breaks down this year's basketball tech phenom.

LIFESTYLE + EVENTS

The heart of the city just got struck by lightning as Titan finally opens in Glorietta.

MUSIC

Hip-Hop Legend Nas wants you to get paid, so he invested on an app called PROVEN.

FEATURES

Cole Haan takes you to infinity and beyond with their new SilverGrands.

EDITORIAL

#ProjectEXT | A TITAN + Locker Room Legends Experiment

04 February, 2014

THE NIKE ZOOM HYPERREV | A VISUAL BREAKDOWN

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PREFACE: It is common knowledge that Nike is at the forefront of Basketball design and performance innovation. But once in a while, amidst the plethora of breakthroughs, Nike pulls something so cutting-edge, so groundbreaking, that it stops everyone in their tracks.

In this entry, Locker Room Legends technically and visually break down one such product: The Nike Zoom HyperRev.

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26 December, 2013

#ProjectEXT | A TITAN AND LOCKER ROOM LEGENDS EXPERIMENT

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Twenty-Six personalities. One Shoe.

A fun experiment with Basketball Retail leader TITAN, #ProjectEXT explores the street and style versatility of the Nike Zoom KD 6 EXT "Gum".

Twenty-Six pairs of feet - from a random mix of ballplayers, influencers, bloggers, musicians and media personalities, render their own take on the stylish off-court version of Kevin Durant's signature shoe.

Feel free to join the experiment. Share your photos with the hashtag #ProjectEXT.

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Photo credits to Gia Jamias and to Kapo Rivera

13 October, 2013

NIKE UNVEILS NIKE FLYKNIT AIR MAX AND AIR MAX 2014


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Both of the new Air Max styles offer runners a lighter, more flexible and ultra-cushioned ride and are highlighted by a two-color faded airbag. Nike designers leveraged runner’s insights combined with data from the Nike Sports Research Lab to increase flexibility and decrease weight in the outsole. To further improve the design, the team incorporated unique flex grooves that encourage a smoother transition. Shaving even more weight, the designers took a cue from Nike’s heritage by using a redesigned Waffle outsole for better traction.

NIKE FLYKNIT AIR MAX

For the first time, Nike has paired innovative Nike Flyknit technology with the ultra-cushioned ride of Air Max. Nike Flyknit allows designers to precision-engineer areas of support and breathability into a virtually seamless upper, delivering a superior, lightweight fit. The Flyknit Air Max also integrates Flywire technology for additional support throughout the upper.

NIKE AIR MAX 2014

For those runners who prefer a more traditional fit, the new Air Max 2014 features a lightweight, engineered mesh upper. Designers paired the engineered mesh with a lightweight foam and seamless overlay that conforms to the shape of the foot and provides additional structure and support.

Starting November 18, 2013, runners will be able to customize the Nike Air Max 2014 – and its two-color faded airbag – on NIKEiD. The first of six inline colors of the Nike Air Max 2014 will be available in stores and at nike.com beginning December 5. The Nike Flyknit Air Max will be available beginning January 3, 2014.

The Nike Flyknit Air Max and Air Max 2014 are the latest introductions to the legendary Air Max franchise. The original Nike Air Max 1 was the first shoe to feature visible air and revolutionized the athletic footwear industry, reshaping the design landscape for performance running footwear. In the years following, Air Max shoes have become the epitome of running performance and style.

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09 October, 2013

COLE HAAN SILVER LUNARGRAND LONG WINGTIP "SILVERGRANDS"

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Cole Haan's current campaign "Born in 1928" is anchored on 1970's space ace Capt. Jim Lovell. Born in 1928, Lovell was a top naval test pilot before being accepted into the space program. In 1970, he was in command of the Apollo 13 moon mission when an explosion damaged the spacecraft and crippled their oxygen supply. The crew's daring return to Earth riveted the world and was the basis for the blockbuster movie Apollo 13.

To celebrate Lovell's significance not just in space exploration but in pop culture, Cole Haan decided to design a special rendition of their ever popular LunarGrand shoe. Donning an all silver upper, the shoe will also be offered to 13 lucky individuals who will be selected by Cole Haan. They will receive a special 1-of-13 SilverGrand with their name etched on the heel. For more details on this visit Cole Haan's LunarGrand website.

As for us regular earth-dwellers, The SilverGrands will be available in select Cole Haan retailers and online. The Cole Haan Silver LunarGrand Wingtips retails at USD 268.00.

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NAS INVESTS IN SMARTPHONE JOB-SEARCH APP

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Via LA Times
After a six-figure investment in the lifestyle publication “Mass Appeal,” the rapper has put money into a San Francisco company called Proven, which makes apps to help people apply to online job postings through their smartphones. Nas, who rose to fame with his smash 1994 album “Illmatic,” participated in the company’s $1-million seed funding round that was led by Andreessen Horowitz and closed this summer. “Jobs are a concern for the nation, and Proven is all about that, so I’m all about Proven,” Nas said in an interview. Nas was introduced to Proven through Menlo Park investment firm Andreessen Horowitz, which has invested $15 million in the Web company Rap Genius. The rapper is joining Proven as an advisor and will help promote its services.

THE ADIDAS ORIGINALS COLLECTORS PROJECT

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Five very different individuals from different countries, with completely different identities share a common denominator: their love for The Trefoil.

Adidas in a genius, highly engaging campaign, scoured the globe for 5 of the most dedicated and loyal Adidas Originals collectors. Almost every corner of the planet is represented: Germany's Sneakerqueen, New York's DJ Operator Emz, The UK's Robert Brooks, Tokyo's Mr. Magara, and Turkey's Ralf Tiittanen.

The lucky five were flown to the Adidas global HQ in Germany to immerse themselves in a "Willy Wonka" kind of experience. They were treated to insider info about history, design, manufacturing, swatch selection, and most exciting of all - archive diving.

Check out the video below on how they did with the project. Also, to know more about the Adidas Originals Collectors Project, visit their tumblr here.

08 October, 2013

ALEXANDER WANG 2013 FALL/WINTER OBJECTS COLLECTION

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Fashion phenom Alexander Wang unveils a rather interesting objects collection for Fall/Winter 2013. The collection consists of everyday useful things such as notebooks, slippers, lighters, key holders, to more unique products like playing cards, drink coasters, boxing gloves, and jump rope.

The design aethestic is pretty simple, but is very well executed. Black Stingray leather is evident in the entire line, with understated embellishments of gold.

The Alexander Wang 2013 Fall/Winter Objects line will be available at his first flagship store in Minami Aoyama district in Tokyo in very limited quantities.

23 September, 2013

TITAN OPENS IN GLORIETTA 5

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Last Wednesday Titan opened another door - this time at the heart of Makati. The epicenter of everything commercial and business, Ayala Center's Glorietta 5 plays landlord to the basketball retail giant.

The event was graced by celebrities, models, influencers, and ballplayers, not to mention the countless Titan loyalists who waited patiently in line for a chance to purchase a pair of the much coveted Air Jordan 5 Elements.

The event was made even better by drinks, good food, and music - provided by none other than Nix Damn P.

Drop by the new Titan Glorietta right now, located at the 2nd Floor of Glorietta 5.

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Photos by Adoborat

05 August, 2013

A DAY IN THE LIFE, Vol., "HAPPY 3RD ANNIVERSARY, TITAN!"

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"August 4, 2013 -- I remember the days when I used to camp out in front of their Burgos Circle flagship store, sitting on their steps and waiting in the cold morning for a pair of limiteds. All for the love.

I’ve been a fan of Titan - the establishment, the idea, the game-changing agent for as long as they’ve been around. And it’s funny how three years later, I’m now part of them. I’m now part of the change.

From fan, to fam.

I was drafted by Titan with one single mission: to innovate. To improve upon the game that the pioneers before me have so diligently changed.
Now its on me to push the brand, the idea, and the game forward… Three years from now and beyond.

So here’s to the game changers, to the crazy ones, and the people who passionately do it for love of the game.

Happy anniversary, Titan Fam!"

TM.
Editor + Architect| Locker Room Legends 

03 August, 2013

KILLER MIKE & EL-P RELEASE "RUN THE JEWELS"

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To be a hip-hop fan nowadays is not easy. Although the genre has never been this alive, the quality (or lack thereof) and the frequency that it's being churned out is a bit disinteresting. I am sure at some point you've been jaded by ringtone rap, molly poppin' music, and the classic drugs-guns-women anthems.

If this is the case, then let's escape the land of Top 40 bangers, club staples and gangsta rhymes for a while... Allow us to take you left field.

Brooklyn-bred producer El-P and Atlanta's very own Killer Mike - collectively known as Run The Jewels - decided to come together, make an album and name it after themselves. "Run The Jewels" the album is, just to fairly warn you, is not for everyone. It won't make you bang your head, but it will make you think. The beats are noisy, seemingly unorganized, but it is still a messy work of art.

The album's dopeness is an acquired taste, to say the least.

"Run The Jewels" true hero is its lyrics. The bars spit by both MCs are exciting, thought-provoking and technical. It sounds like a sparring session between two heavy weight champs without actually trying to hurt each other.

"Run The Jewels" is free via Fool's Gold Records' website. Listen to it guilt-free, and get familiar with the duo.

Once again, fair warning: If you're looking for party music that you can dance to, don't even waste your time downloading it. But if you are open to experimental/conceptual hip-hop, then this is as good as it gets.

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