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Adidas Skateboarding Debut New Silhouette; 3MC

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Adidas Skateboarding Debut New Silhouette; 3MC

The vintage design cues on Adidas’ new 3MC skate sneaker may seem simple at a glance, but don’t let its no-frills looks fool you—the brand’s latest skate model is packed with performance tech.

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Sole Collector sat down with Adidas skateboarding senior design director Chris Law to learn more about the making of the 3MC.

“With the 3MC, we knew that we were trying to design a simple shoe, one that feels like it came directly from the brand’s archive from a particular era,” said Law. “The silhouette features hits from the Gazelle in the vulc tape texture and includes an eyestay branding tab that is similar to the Steeley silhouette.” 

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The sneaker features familiar Adidas cues, but take a look under the hood and you’ll find skate technology designed for a stronger, more stable ride with added comfort and a design specifically made for board control and durability. The sneaker includes a Geoflex outsole and triple-stitched logo for added support and overall durability.

The upper sits low in the vulc for good board feel and the hex outsole, which was, again, inspired by the original Gazelle, has added flex. The medial side also features three vent holes for better air circulation,” said Law

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Despite these all these technical enhancements, the 3MC doesn’t leave the factory until it gets wear tested by the Adidas team riders. With their input and stamp of approval, the final result is what rolls out and hits shelves.

“We constantly workshop with our riders and seek input. As of lately, we are taking this further and really bringing in certain riders on board during the process and letting them see all the nuts and bolts of the build,” Law said. “Each rider is different and wants different things, so if it’s a Pro model, we definitely want a 100 percent open conversation and collaboration, but we also seek input into a non-rider specific product, as well.”

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The Adidas 3MC dropped July 5 for a retail price of $65. The sneaker is available for purchase on the Adidas skateboarding website and at select Adidas skateboarding retailers. 

Article written by Michael Conway #Complex

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Ralph Lauren Makes His Pitch

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Ralph Lauren Makes His Pitch

Ralph Lauren at Yankee Stadium

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The legendary designer has a new app, so we joined him at Yankee Stadium to commemorate the occasion.

As the New York Yankees finish batting practice, Ralph Lauren strolls over to the home team’s dugout. He’s here to throw out tonight’s first pitch ahead of the Yankees-Red Sox game, and he’s dressed for the occasion: the leather jacket and cowboy boots have given way to a Yankees jersesy (#5, for his boyhood hero Joe DiMaggio), slim gray sweatpants belted at the waist, and a pair of his favorite Salomon sneakers. These are intentional choices, he explains as we talk in the dugout. The sweats are comfortable; the sneakers traction-heavy. “I need a good sneaker, he says. “And especially at Yankee Stadium, in front of all these people, I better wear the right thing—and not trip.”

Ralph Lauren, it should be said, is pretty good at wearing the right thing. That’s at least part of the reason why 2018 has been such a big year. Granted, when you’re Ralph Lauren—dean of American fashion, fabricator of the good life, arbiter of all things authentic—most years are good. But 2018 has been unusually eventful.

There’s the 50th anniversary he’s celebrating, to start, marking half a century since he started hawking ties in New York City.

There was the 50th anniversary fashion show, too, held in Central Park during New York Fashion Week earlier this month. Oprah gave a toast, everyone wore black tie, and the clothes were Ralph to the core. New, old, clubwear, beachwear, formalwear, ranchwear, formal ranchwear: just about everything Lauren has done better and longer than anyone else was on proud display.

Now, there’s POLO, the brand’s first-ever app, launching right with his first pitch. Much like Nike’s SNKRS, or a service like Grailed, it’s designed to capture the attention of fashion-hungry fans—but in this case, the brand hopes to channel it from sneakers and hoodies to the kind of high-life streetwear that makes vintage Lauren so coveted. Lauren concedes that he’s “not the expert on apps,” but he recognizes that so much of what he’s done for decades—the mood boards, the catalogs, the photo shoots—has migrated online. So that’s where he’s going, too.

But all of that is preamble to this, possibly the most nostalgia-inducing moment in a year chock full of them.

In some sense, his first pitch is more than 50 years in the making. Lauren, famously, was born in the Bronx, and started rooting for the Yankees as a kid. And though he’s since moved on to homes in Manhattan and Bedford and Telluride and Jamaica, his heart remains with his boyhood team. “I grew up with the Yankees,” he recalls. “I was always an athlete as a kid. I lived in the Bronx. Yankee Stadium was dreams. When I used to get up to bat, I always thought I was either Joe DiMaggio or Mickey Mantle. So it was a very important part of my young years growing up in the Bronx.” And as the Yankees moved from ‘70s also-ran to perennial World Series champ, Lauren did the same, transforming from Bronx boy done good to global brand steward. “I’ve watched them grow up, way before me,” he says. “The Yankees, they’ve always been an inspiration.”

So he’s here, kitted up to take to the field. He wants to make clear that he’s not done yet: “It’s not my swan song,” he says of the Central Park show. “It was just to say, This is 50 years. And it was a good event.” He wants to stay ahead of the curve. “I think a designer’s job is to feel the world and to express it in some way.”

POLO represents part of that effort. Collections like Snow Beach and Hi Tech became collectibles the instant they launched in the ‘90s—so RL has started reissuing those favorite lines for thankful fans to re-up. Now, POLO becomes the best way to grab them. Things will kick off with a bang, too: shortly after Lauren makes his toss, the app will go live with—what else?—a limited-edition Ralph Lauren Yankees collection, with a ball and ballglove (Ralph’s a lefty), a hat, and a satin warmup jacket.

Over in foul territory, I overhear former Yankees great David Cone saying that Ralph tossed some 50 warmup pitches before he hit the field. So I check in with the man himself. So, I ask America’s greatest living designer, How’s your arm feel? “It feels O.K.,” he says. “I hope I reach the grass!” When the time comes, he takes to the mound—not the grass in front famous folk often throw from—and sets. He rears back, and fires one off to catcher Gary Sanchez. Sure, it bounces—but it definitely clears the grass.

Article written by Sam Schube #GQ

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Lewis Hamilton and Tommy Hilfiger Walk You Through Their New Collaboration

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Lewis Hamilton and Tommy Hilfiger Walk You Through Their New Collaboration

Tommy Hilfiger and Lewis Hamilton

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Here’s what you want from TOMMYXLEWIS.

“Growing up, I remember seeing the iconic Tommy Hilfiger flag on celebrities like Snoop Dogg and Aaliyah,” Lewis Hamilton, born 1985, recalled. He was walking us through his collaboration with the legendary American designer, which dropped during New York Fashion Week earlier this month. The 64-time (64-time!) Grand Prix winner hasn’t been on Hilfiger’s radar for quite as long, but the designer is equally in awe of Hamilton’s style and talent. “Lewis is bold in everything he does,” he tells us. “He’s not afraid to take risks. And he has a cool and sophisticated style that really speaks to the new generation of Tommy fans.” Which is partly code for: Lewis Hamilton loves high-end track pants. He wears small cross-body bags. He is covered in tattoos. He calls Hilfiger’s other marquee brand ambassador, Gigi Hadid, a friend. He is living the dream.

And so this is a perfect union, for them and us: consumers of outspoken athleisure attire, the kind of people who admire very expensive track pants but would rather spend something more like $150 on them. Here’s a look at a few of the Hilfiger and Hamilton’s favorite pieces in the bright, ‘90s-referencing, 70-odd piece TOMMYXLEWIS range (all available here, with notes from the guys themselves on why you need them and how to wear them. As if you needed convincing.

“This military coat gives a tracksuit a more pulled together vibe. It’s such a versatile look and fits well with my style, especially when I’m traveling.” —Lewis

Tommy x Lewis military coat

Tommy x Lewis military coat

Buy this boss military coat, then wear it over your sweats and track suits. Boom. You are Lewis Hamilton.

$600, Tommy Hilfiger

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“This is one of my favorite looks from the collection. We wanted the tracksuit to be fitted, and the velvet stripes on the arm and leg seams elevate the look. An interesting detail here is the word ‘LOYALTY’ on the back which is inspired by Lewis’s tattoo.” —Tommy

Tommy x Lewis striped track jacket

Tommy x Lewis striped track jacket

And while you’re at it, make your tracksuits more Formula One-level swaggy. Think: tight, white, and velvet-striped.

$150, Tommy Hilfiger

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Tommy x Lewis striped track pants

Tommy x Lewis striped track pants

$140, Tommy Hilfiger

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“I love this hoodie. You have the signature Tommy stripe which is iconic to our brand, and Lewis’s personal style reflected through the track jacket-style of the hoodie.” —Tommy

Tommy x Lewis striped hoodie

Tommy x Lewis striped hoodie

Forget everything you know about layering and just let the designers (and race-car drivers) take the wheel.

$200, Tommy Hilfiger

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“Wearing work boots with a suit can be a great way to dress it down. You can add a twist to your look by layering it with a parka and giving it a military vibe.” —Tommy

Tommy x Lewis stripe boots

Tommy x Lewis stripe boots

Yes, you can pull off red work boots. In fact, double down and wear them with a suit. Tommy has the secret formula.

$180, Tommy Hilfiger

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“I use the cross-body bag to carry my phone and all of my other travel essentials: headphones, earplugs, mints.” —Lewis

Tommy x Lewis fanny pack

Tommy x Lewis fanny pack

A fanny pack not only looks dope—it is the secret weapon of men with fresh breath.

$100, Tommy Hilfiger

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“A casual tee is an easy, everyday look for me. This one in particular merges both my personal style with Tommy’s through the logo.” —Lewis

Tommy x Lewis flag T-shirt

Tommy x Lewis flag T-shirt

Take it from a racecar driver: Logos are your friend. If you don’t have a whip that goes 200mph, try a T-shirt instead.

$70, Tommy Hilfiger

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“I enjoy taking classic pieces and putting my twist on them. We have always offered plaid shirts in our collections, and Lewis and I wanted to reinvent the design and bring new life to it.” —Tommy

Tommy x Lewis check hoodie shirt

Tommy x Lewis check hoodie shirt

This fall wear your two favorite shirts at the same time. Introducing the plaid flannel x heavyweight hoodie.

$150, Tommy Hilfiger

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Article written by Megan Gustashaw #GQ

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Here’s Your Complete Fall Footwear Checklist Photos

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Article written by Yang-Yi Goh #GQ

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