To kickstart your week with another edition of your Monday Briefing, brands are amping up their collaborative efforts, from CÎROC Vodka to Palace, partnering with UGG for a stormy boot that has flooded our feeds. In other news, Timberland is celebrating 50 years of its Original Boot by tapping global creatives to reimagine the staple piece and the lawsuit that hit artist Donald Glover back in 2021 has finally come to an end. Keep reading to get your weekly fix.
CÎROC VODKA GETS A MAKEOVER BY RAPPERS KREPT & KONAN & FASHION HOUSE MJB
We have all come to know the iconic CÎROC Vodka bottle, having encountered it at some point in our lives. In an exciting collaboration with rappers Krept and Konan, as well as British fashion brand MJB, the bottle is receiving a stylish makeover. Accompanied by its own bag, the vodka bottle features gold, turquoise graphic detailing as well as white writing. Together, the collaboration also offers a t-shirt, stack pants, a windbreaker and a jacket, all available at Harvey Nichols.
GUCCI GOES CRYPTO WITH YUGA LABS
Making the move towards a digitised future, Gucci is now accepting crypto in a newly signed partnership with Yuga Labs. The Web3 company is most known for its NFT projects, including Bored Ape Yacht Club and runs Otherside, a virtual world and game. With this new partnership, Gucci aims to further explore fashion’s place in the metaverse, with entertainment in mind.
JJJJOUND GIVES US MORE PORTER BAGS
Following the success of its 2021 “Navy” series, JJJJound is back with Porter to release two new bags in the signature off-white colour. Founder and designer Justin Saunders’ tonal aesthetic meets Porter’s utilitarian feel through these accessories, making it the third time these two come together. The bags themselves are made out of Nylon and feature gold clasp detailing and a co-branded stitched label. The bags will launch on March 31 online and in select stores.
DONALD GLOVER WINS A COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT
The 2018 hit This Is America by Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, has become a global phenomenon, confronting the ongoing systemic racism going on in America. In 2021, Kidd Wes filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the artist, accusing him of copying his own 2016 song Made In America. Yesterday, judge Victor Marrero dismissed the case, ruling that the similarities, both lyrical and composition-wise, were not substantial enough to qualify as an infringement.
TIMBERLAND X CLOT KICKSTART THE BOOT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
The Original Timberland Boot is turning 50 years old this year, and to celebrate, the shoe company has launched a new project titled “Future73”. The project will release a series of collaborations with all kinds of creatives to reinvent the classic piece. CLOT’s Edison Chen is up first, in an “East Meets West” collaboration that sees the Timberland boot decorated with a tiger print and a Buddhist proverb. The collaboration also features apparel, notably a quilted vest in a military green colour, all of which will be available online on March 30.
GIRLS DON’T CRY X HUMAN MADE COME TOGETHER FOR SPRING
NIGO and VERDY’s relationship and collaborations go way back, but their latest includes a link up between HUMAN MADE and Girls Don’t Cry. Getting ready for the springtime, the collection includes apparel such as quilted jackets, a varsity-inspired jacket, crewnecks, graphic tees and pants, with both brand’s graphic detailing. The range also offers a beret-style hat, keychains, bags, slippers and even heart-shaped pillows and a container. The collection is now available for purchase on HUMAN MADE’s website.
THE UGG X PALACE COLLABORATION IS DROPPING SOON
You’ve probably seen the images of the UGG x Palace boots on your feed, decorated with white and blue lightning bolts. The time has come and the collaborative UGGs, in “Chestnut” and “Black” colourways, are now dropping this week, alongside more Palace clothing. This includes an array of hoodies and crewnecks, three tactical vests, shorts, caps and bucket hats. The collection drops on March 31 on Palace’s website, and on March 25 on the brand’s WeChat store.
A UNIQUE PAIR OF LOUIS VUITTON BOXING GLOVES ARE UP FOR GRABS
With its dust bag carrying the embroidered initials K.L., for Karl Lagerfeld, these Louis Vuitton boxing gloves may be one of the rarest fashion items on the market. Picked up by L.A. based curator and reseller Justin Reed, the LV monogram gloves have been authenticated by Louis Vuitton, which have also determined the pair dates back to 2014. The gloves also come with a monogram briefcase containing a boxing training mat. The whole set is now up for grabs for a whopping $15,000.
NIKE’S OG BLUE TNS ARE SET TO MAKE THEIR COMEBACK
Yesterday marked the celebration of Nike’s Air Max Day. Keeping the festivities going, the shoe giant has just announced the return of a favourite, the Air Max Plus OG TNs in “Hyper Blue”. A cult favourite, these sneakers were last released in 2018 in a “Sunset” and “Voltage Purple”. The “Hyper Blue” editions first hit the market in 1998, dressing subculture all over Europe. The pair is now set to make its comeback in Spring of 2024.
EBAY’S SWAP ‘EM OUT STORE IS NOW OPEN
Reselling has become a huge part of fashion, and has been intrinsically linked to sneaker culture for decades. Now, the reselling platform eBay is jumping on the trend, opening its Swap ‘Em Out London store. The concept follows its name: you can bring in an old pair of shoes and swap ‘em out for a new pair, worth up to three times the original value. The space offers a wide range of shoes to choose from, like classic Air Max 95s, Dunks, Jordan 1s and Jordan 4s, just to name a few. The store also offers eBay’s authenticity guarantee, ensuring all sneakers brought in and out of the store are legit.
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