Category Archives: Style & Fashion

STYLE FILE: Stussy x Cassette Playa

Cassette Playa is UK-based Carrie Mundane’s label, known for intense neon graphics inspired by rave culture, techno, Aztec art and science. The collection features a denim jacket, leggings, swimwear, tank tops and fanny pack for good measure!

Words can’t explain how much I love this collection! I’ve been a fan of Cassette Playa for a couple years now so when I heard that they are teaming up with one of my favorite long-time streetwear brands, Stussy, it got me wondering what both of those innovative brands would come up with and I tell ya the result is massive!

Peep the amazingly shot lookbook by Estevan Oriol:

Collection slated for release April 2010 at Stussy.

FOR THE LADIES: Bliss Lau Body Jewelry

If you had to say one thing about living in Hawaii,  it would have to be that it possesses a massive amount of inspiration. From the weird exotic fruits to huge waves, plate lunches to black sand beaches, there’s so much to discover and explore.

When one thinks of Hawaiian inspired jewelry the first thing that comes to mind for most are pearls, puka shells, and kukui nut necklaces. Sexy body jewelry, not so much.

Bliss Lau was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and trained at the prestigious Parson’s School of Design in  NYC. She started making gorgeous handbags that are reminiscent of seashells and you can feel and see the strong Hawaiian inspiration. She transitioned to body jewelry and pioneered the trend which led to many copies after her.

FOR THE LADIES: Eighteenth NYC’s spin on the Basic Tee

A woman’s never ending search for the “perfect tee” came to a major halt tonight when I stumbled upon shirts by Eighteenth NYC. Asymmetry plays a big part here and it’s refreshing to see it come back in a more accessible manner. The shirts are made with soft to the touch lightweight rayon/polyester jersey which is great for layering.

If you know me you know that I’m all for a good cutout and Eighteenth gets it right. It basically screams for something bright to peek from underneath! Eighteenth NYC is available at Anica Boutique in SF, OAK in NYC and Bonadrag online.

Editor’s Note: We know that music & media can tend to be a male-oriented world but we wanted to make sure that our readers know that the team here at acknowledges that men are only part of the equation in our community and culture.

Please join me in welcoming our Women’s Style & Fashion writer, Monica Flores, to the BR Editorial team! We’re happy to have you aboard and look forward to seeing this section expand!

Nike’s Human Chain- Eye popping inspiration for us all

It’s not everyday that an ad campaign actually hits the target dead on and gets the visceral reaction that the agency had hoped for, but Nike seems to manage to consistently do this better than most.

The cinematography and editing is simply amazing in this 60-second spot, showcasing the skills of some of the top athletes in the world, where Nike simply asks you- if you get knocked down, how quick are you going get up?

Human Chain from NikeSportswear on Vimeo.

From the press release:

“Everybody gets knocked down, how quick are you going to get up?”

Nike’s new short film, Human Chain, celebrates the intensity, dynamism and determination that connects athletes in all sports and motivates them to inspiring performances.

From Lance Armstrong on his bike, to a six-year-old studying martial arts, movement is the universal language that connects the athlete in everyone. It’s a language of beauty, drama, tragedy and triumph.

The 60-second film launched February 12th in the United States and features Oscar Pistorius, Sergio Aguero, Deron Williams, Maria Sharapova, Mike Spinner, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson and Lance Armstrong alongside lesser known athletes as they all connect in one continuous chain of motion.

The acclaimed UK band The Hours’ “Ali In the Jungle” delivers the soundtrack and Wieden+Kennedy, Portland, was the creative agency.

Check out the new hot styles from Rockwell By Parra & Stones Throw

We were lurking on the Stones Throw Website and came across these ROCKWELL by PARRA Sweatshirts:

Really feelin the “Ain’t No Half Steppin’” joint. We all know ya’ll need to look fly at the next Compression SF event, so go here–>> at Stones Throw and swoop one of these ASAP. $120.00

Oh and while you’re there grab a Stones Throw classic joint as well…

Nike Jordan Spiz’ikes in Black/Varsity Red/Cement coming 02.20.10


As soon as we went out and copped the white/grey/red colorways, Nike releases the same Spiz’ike’s on FEB 20 in the one of our favorite colorways!!


To paraphrase a quote from one of our good friends ” Some shoes are really good for everyday use and playing around, but when you need to take care of some biz you break out the Nike’s.” In this case it would be the Jordan’s


Just to give you a quick backstory (if you don’t know already), these Spiz’ike’s are celebrating the commercials Spike Lee directed for Nike iin the 90′s. He also played Mars Blackmon, Spike’s alter-ego and character that made his first appearance in Spike’s film “She’s Gotta Have It (1986)” and played a predominant role later in “Do The Right Thing (1989)


Different Commercial, Different Shoe.

They are going to have these at UNDEFEATED Feb 20, so get in line now..

Flashback Friday: Goldie rockin the spray cans

Most folks outside of the UK only know Goldie as the bad boy DnB DJ,  head of Metalheadz or maybe have possibly seen him in a movie or two. Those in the know however, can point to many places throughout the UK where Goldie’s influence of art, design & music was felt long before Jungle/Dnb ever had come to be…

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