On Thursday, we headed to London to check out the adidas 'ZX - The Roots of Running' Exhibition which is currently being held in Covent Garden. As the title of the exhibition suggests, it is dedicated to the ZX family, and with 2019 being the 30th anniversary of the 1000 series, it was the perfect way to kick off celebrations of the historic series.Read More
Last week we headed out to Long Beach, California, to check out the third instalment of ComplexCon, which is described by Complex themselves as "a groundbreaking festival and exhibition that brings together pop culture, music, art, food, style, sports, innovation, activism, and education.". Although that's straight off their website, we have to agree, the event was nothing like we had ever experienced on this side of the Atlantic.Read More
Rounding off 2018 in terms of big travel trips, it was back to Los Angeles but with less sightseeing and more work this time around. I was out there for HANON as guests of adidas and Reebok and the main purpose of our visit was for ComplexCon 2018 which was actually taking place in Long Beach on Saturday/Sunday, but we actually headed out on the Tuesday and were leaving late Sunday afternoon.Read More
adidas SPEZIAL returned for Fall-Winter 2018 with a collection of apparel, footwear and accessories that continued to tell the story of Acid House in the year of its 30th anniversary. Focusing on the cultural phenomenon of warehouse parties, that first ‘Acid Winter’, and how the legacy of those first generation ravers continues to endure through the energy of 21st century sound systems.Read More
Introducing the adidas POD. Inspired by the point of deflection system found on 90's adidas running shoes the POD picks up the baton strides confidently into the 21st century. Marrying together adidas's famed cutting edge production techniques and sole technology.Read More
A couple of weeks have passed since the fifteenth instalment of Crepe City, and as always the Crepe City team absolutely killed the event. This was my eighth Crepe City event and all eight have been located at the Truman Brewery which is just off Brick Lane in London's Shoreditch.
Each event seems to get bigger and bigger with Crepe City utilising more rooms than ever, but CC15 finally saw the return of the large room upstairs, a 22,000 sq ft room which was last seen at CC11.
It didn't just stop at that room though, as the other rooms upstairs - T2, T3, T4, and T5, were also absolutely packed to the brim with trainers, streetwear, accessories, vintage clothing, customisers, sneaker cleaners, and much much more.
This event was a little different for me though, as rather than just taking some pictures and socialising, Hanon Shop and Diadora had come together to launch our third collaboration on the Diadora B.Elite which was limited to only 50 pairs, with 30 of them being made for sale exclusively at Crepe City, and the other 20 being for friends and family.
A real testament to the Crepe City event itself, the team who are behind it, and just how far they've come that they have stores and brands dropping such low quantity collaborations at their events.
Be sure to check out some of my images below, and stay tuned to @crepecity on Instagram for more!
By now, I've spent so much time in London over the last few years, it almost feels like a bit of a second home. I never tire of visiting, whether it's for a sneaker event, or for a weekend away with Emma. This was my third trip of the year to London so far (not much in reality but it's more than anywhere else I've been this year), and we were mainly going down so Emma could fulfil her little obsession with this above average singer named Adele, but we figured we'd make a weekend out of it.
The gig was on the Friday night, so we took the day off work and headed down. So of course, here's some cliche plane shots to kick things off, excuse the dirty window.
Usually we stay around Shoreditch, but we were trying to do things on a budget this time (those Adele tickets were pricey), so we just crashed at the Travelodge near Kings Cross which I stay at when I'm down on my own.
Other than the gig, we had absolutely ZERO plans across the whole weekend, so we literally just went for a wander. There's plenty to do in London, but yeah, we just walked, and walked a little more. We're Scottish right, but we definitely did not prepare for how cold it was in London that weekend.
Another thing, there's a lot less pictures than normal because the lens I usually take when travelling is currently in for repair, so I was just messing around with a Canon AE-1, and left my D750 with 50mm in the more than capable hands of Emma. So the majority of these shots here were taken by her. She's good, right?
Except for this one, this one was me.
And these were all Emma's shots, maybe you'll notice some famous London tourist attractions...
We stopped and grabbed a Starbucks, so here's an obligatory sneaker shots of my NB1's and Emma's "Pirate Blacks". I'm yet to do a feature on my NB1's that I was lucky enough to design, but it's coming soon.
We had to be at the o2 Arena for 8pm on the Friday night, and it's a little bit far out on the underground, so we left a little early to make sure we got there on time. Emma probably would have cried earlier than expected if we were late for Adele, but we made it, banging seats and all, she killed it!
We were so exhausted that we just headed back to the hotel after the gig and k.o'd, plus we were hoping for some better weather on the Saturday and were going to explore St. Paul's for the first time.
Emma was desperate to have pancakes for breakfast on Saturday morning so we headed to Soho and ended up at Bill's for breakfast.
After breakfast, we headed to St. Paul's Cathedral, as we had never been and wanted to climb to the top to see what the view was like. I actually only made it outside the cathedral last November, when I had some time to kill and took a wander past it.
Sadly, you're not allowed to take any pictures or video inside St. Paul's, and although we probably could have, we played by the rules, so after 528 steps to the top, the views were most definitely worth it.
Enjoy the views of the Gherkin, the Walkie Talkie Building, the Shard, Tate Modern, the Millennium Bridge, the London Eye and the BT Tower in the distance.
Well worth the climb, wouldn't you agree?
We headed to London Bridge as I wanted to get some long exposure shots, but seriously, why was it so cold? We probably should have been better prepared, but that's our bad.
Rounding off our Saturday night, we grabbed some food at Strada near to London Bridge which is somewhere we've ate a bunch of times at fully recommend for those interested.
Sunday was meant to be spent at the Natural History Museum as a good way to kill some time, but the queue was ridiculous, so we got breakfast in the form of some crepes at Kensington Creperie.
We then headed into town to do a spot of shopping and spend some money that we didn't have before our flight home, and big shouts to French ATC for causing some delays.
I was in London filming and attending the New Balance x Grenson launch not too long ago, and the event in which the filming was for took place last Thursday at Shoreditch Studios. Foot Locker hosted their #hottestmonth event where people from across Europe and further afield attended the event to check out some upcoming products which would be in Foot Locker stores in the very near future.
First off, you're probably wondering about the outcome of that filming, right? Well check it below.
Along with plenty of new products on show, there were plenty of guest appearances, such as Mista Jam on the decks all day, Brad Hall doing a live unboxing, Bonkaz performing a couple of tracks to close the event, as well as plenty of Europe's "sneaker elite" if you went to call them that.
Steve Bryden had a crazy display of Nike TN's in one room, while the Crepe City lads Morgan and Ron were taking people through some upcoming men's releases, and the ladies weren't left out either, as Kitty Cowell and Juice Gee had that section covered all day! Myself and Rob were also present as NB Gallery on behalf of New Balance to support the upcoming release of their New Balance 420 colourways and the New Balance 1550 debut. As well as all those guys, plenty of other familiar faces and good friends rolled through, grabbed a beer, and chatted until it was time to head to the o2 to watch Orlando Magic vs Toronto Raptors, a great event for sure!.
Sadly, I had work the next day so couldn't attend the basketball, but Foot Locker nailed the event, and like always, great to see friends and meet new people. Big shout to Katy and Jamie at New Balance for all their support!
Check out some pics from the event below!
Trainer events have taken the world by storm in recent years, and finally, August 2015 will see Scotland hosting it's very first event - SoleBloc. If you're into trainers, chances are you'll know about Hanon Shop, and on Saturday, August 1st 2015 they will be holding a lottery for three of their favourite collaborations at the SoleBloc trainer festival in Glasgow. They have announced that one pair from each of the following hanon collabs will be raffled with all proceeds being donated to CLAN Cancer Support in Aberdeen, Scotland:-
- Asics x hanon Gel III 'Wildcats'
- New Balance x hanon 1500CHF 'Chosen Few'
- Adidas x hanon Centaur 'Granite'
Each model is 100% deadstock from a small stash they kept aside from the initial launch. The winning pair from each collab will come with dust bag as per the original hanon store release.
The guidelines are as follows:-
- Tickets can only be bought in person at the SOLEBLOC event
- £1 (GBP) per ticket.
- Each ticket will apply to 1 model of shoe only - A list of sizes will be available at the event
- Unlimited tickets - Buy as many as you like!
- Entrants must provide their shoe size, email address and social media account on each purchased ticket
- Entrant must have a social media account
- Buying tickets on behalf of someone else is okay. Details must be provided as above.
- All proceeds will go to CLAN cancer support in Aberdeen
- Winner will be emailed and tagged via their social media account after the event
This is a pretty special gesture from the Hanon Shop team, so be sure to head to SoleBloc on the 1st of August and buy some raffle tickets!