Crepe City 15

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!

 

Four Hours Sightseeing in London

Back in November, we visited London to attend the Crepe City sneaker festival, you can check that post here, but we stayed down in London a little longer as Emma had a skating competition a couple of days after, so during their practice and what not, I had around four hours to kill, so I done a little sightseeing. Combining the London underground with a bit of walking, it's pretty crazy just how much you can see in a short space of time, and please excuse the haze.

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London Weekend

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.

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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.

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And these were all Emma's shots, maybe you'll notice some famous London tourist attractions...

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Foot Locker #hottestmonth Event

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyTNod352fM

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!

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London - Filming and NB x Grenson

My first trip of the year always seems to be to London, and it always seems to be near the start of January, but anyway, I'm not complaining, I just wish I could have spent longer there but work commitments got in the way. There were two things on the agenda for this short trip to London. First was some filming for an event which I will be at next Thursday, and the second was to attend the launch party for the New Balance x Grenson collaboration, and you can check the write up for that here.

I flew on one of those annoying noisy Flybe planes from Aberdeen to London first thing Saturday morning into London City Airport, picked straight up from there and taken to an apartment where I was thrown into a 1 hour interview (maybe longer), and then filming around London for 6 hours. Man, I was tired.

But anyway, the filming was done by Fat Sand Films and was for Foot Locker's #hottestmonth event which took place on Thursday 14th of January at Shoreditch Studios. We were asked by New Balance to represent the brand at the event as they had their Re-Engineered 420 on display in the women's section there. I'll do a post for the event where you can check out some shots and find what went down over the course of the day.

Until then, here's the very small amount of shots I took in London, and most of them were with my iPhone (excuse the quality), except for the ones at the train station.

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Crepe City 14

This post is pretty much two months late, but I really hate having loose ends, so better late than never, right? Crepe City 14 was to be my 7th Crepe City event in a row, and I think that's pretty good going if I'm honest, but the CC team work tirelessly to put on an amazing event each and every time, and I'm happy to call those guys my friends. Always happy to support them when possible!

The 14th instalment of Crepe City was held at Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane in East London on the 31st of October. Halloween celebrations were put on the back-burner as thousands flocked to try and grab a grail or pick up a bargain.

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Sold out tickets huge queues, world renowned stores, art exhibits, clothing brands, and big name vendors are just some of the things you can come to expect when you attend a Crepe City event, and this one was no different, however, the Crepe City team themselves had some things up their sleeves.

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The Crepe City team used this event to launch their first branded apparel and merchandise collection, which also tied in with their first issue of the Crepe City Magazine, as well as a continued collaboration with the Basement. As you can imagine, the apparel and merchandise flew out, so count yourself lucky if you managed to grab any of it!

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There was a Back to the Future style collaboration between Ropes Laces and Crepe City available to buy on the day, and all the stops were pulled out  and there was a DeLorean parked outside all day, which you could grab a picture with.

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Stepping away from the BTTF vibe, and revisiting the whole Halloween thing, event regulars Jason Markk were present with their very own exclusive event only Halloween themed sneaker cleaning kits, which went down a treat (pardon the pun...), as well as their sneaker cleaning service.

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Other big names such as Main Source, Prime, Akio, Schuh and Soleheaven, as well as numerous private sellers were all on hand throughout the day providing you with the largest amount and widest variety of kicks to be found at any sneaker event across the UK.

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It didn't just end there though, as clothing, accessories, and art was all covered too with people like Stance Socks, Sneaker Science, Crease Coach, Rhys Designs, Pins Artist, and Minted.

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After a busy day sneaker hunting, you could grab a drink and a bite to eat from the likes of Snow Ballz, koko, Bun Kabab, and Miss P's Barbecue, and if you had some spare time in between all that and wanted to sharpen up your appearance, then the good folks over at Luke's Barbershop were on hand to keep you groomed and trimmed.

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UK heavyweights the Basement had an area which as you can imagine, was absolutely rammed throughout the day, but those guys are killing it, so big shout to them.

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As always, hats off to everyone who played a part in organising the event and making the day as stress free as possible, as well as all the vendors who attended and all the punters who passed through on the day.

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Crepe City 13

If you can remember any of my previous Crepe City round-up posts, I've started almost every one of them by saying how each event is bigger and better than the last, but it's the unavoidable truth, and Crepe City 13 was no different. Although the number 13 may be regarded as an unlucky number for some, it definitely isn't for Crepe City as they put on another hugely successful event.

The event returned on the 25th of April, and once again, like the previous 5 events, CC13 was held in the Truman Brewery, just off Brick Lane in London's trendy Shoreditch area. Although the event has been held within many different rooms in the Truman Brewery, it seems like they're starting to nail down the event space, with this event's layout being one of the best so far.

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Doors opened at midday and the thousands of punters who'd been eagerly waiting started to file in and check out what was on offer. They were greeted in the first room by a mixture of brands and sellers, with Jason Markk offering a cleaning service (but we're sure everyone's kicks were spotless anyway) as well as their collaboration with Crepe City.

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If you were looking for socks, then you didn't have to go very far, as Stance Socks were also on hand with their huge range of socks available for purchase, as well as a seat on their sofa if you fancied chilling out.

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For the first time ever, new footwear brand Akio were on hand to showcase their Orion trainer in a bunch of colourways, which all looked really quite impressive. Definitely a brand to keep an eye on, very much looking forward to seeing what those guys do.

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Since we've detailed the brands in the first room, we might as well just carry on with this format and move into the second room which housed brands such as, The Basement who had collaborated with Crepe City on tees and pins, available to buy on the day, as well as Dutty Streetwear, and KWills. This room was constantly busy, but was well worth persevering the crowds to check out some of the clothing and accessories on offer.

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Swiftly moving through The Basement (which probably should have been in the basement) area of Crepe City, the next room named The Street housed Diadora who's N9000 collaborations have been causing a storm of late and were all on display here, and you could also pick up one of the fifty pairs of the exclusive N9000 MM which were available, debuting Diadora's use of no-sew technology. The good people over at Ropes Laces had their second collaboration with Crepe City available for purchase, and these proved to be a massive hit on the day.

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This room also featured the UK's own Soleheaven who regularly attend the event with a great selection of footwear on offer, and also heavyweights Main Source who had loads of rare deadstock goodness available. Crepe City isn't just about footwear, clothing and accessories, Luke's Barbershop were on hand to provide hair cuts if you so desired.

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By this point, you were probably ready to grab a drink or some food, and the adjacent room offered all of the above, with burgers and cans of Red Stripe aplenty. I tell you, those picnic benches were a lifesaver, great spot to hang out.

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The next room was a welcome addition to Crepe City this time around, and aptly named the Crepe City Boutique, this was an area that catered for the ladies, bursting with sneakers, clothing and accessories. Fingers crossed that this area gets carried over to the future events, and big props to the ladies behind it.

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However, like previous events, Puma were in attendance and they had situated themselves within this room, and were showcasing some of their latest releases, such as the Alife (which have just dropped) and Solebox collaborations, as well as a number of general releases.

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Moving downstairs now, and into one of the lower levels at Truman Brewery, this space was separated with two large rooms. Heavy hitters Prime were tucked away in the corner but their wealth of rare Air Max never ceases to amaze no matter how many times you've seen them.

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Also, Josh Cole, a name that may ring familiar had an extremely impressive setup once again with tonnes of amazing vintage pairs that was well worth checking out even if you had no intention of buying anything.

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A couple of new additions to Crepe City this time around were YR Store who offered a custom t-shirt and sweatshirt printing service, as well as Crepe Cam, which done the often tiresome task of taking a shot of your footwear, but with a 360 degree twist.

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The last room was the closest to the exit, but this didn't mean that the CC team had neglected it in the slightest, as the Crooked Tongues Forum crew were representing with a couple of tables, and also UK retailer Wellgosh with a huge amount of excellent stock from their store. 

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Another extremely successful event, which wouldn't of been possible without the continued effort of the Crepe City crew, and also all the sellers, traders, retailers, DJs, caterers, brands, and punters who pass through on the day. Keep killing it!

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