Friday Roundup: Bottega Veneta is supporting workshops globally, JORDANLUCA and SELETTI make a trippy tea set & more 

Friday Roundup: Bottega Veneta is supporting workshops globally, JORDANLUCA and SELETTI make a trippy tea set & more 

by Ollie Cox
9 min

It’s nearly the weekend, so well done for making it this far. Bottega Veneta is supporting workshops around the world as part of its “Bottega for bottegas” programme, Bene Culture is launching a pie-fact collaboration with Willy’s Pies, and 1017 ALYX 9SM and Nike are dropping a limited-edition Air Force 1. On top of that, Daily Paper has linked up with New Era, and Oakley is launching the “Space Encoder” sunglasses. If that’s got you going, strap in and read more in your Friday Roundup. 

Bottega Veneta presents “Bottega for bottegas” 2023
Bottega Venetta ©

Bottega Veneta is looking to its roots as one of the most visible bottegas in the world, committing itself to supporting other workshops around the world. The initiative, which has entered its third year, offers global visibility to makers of artisan products. In its first iteration, the project featured bottegas from Italy, in its second, it featured projects which drew inspiration from Italian culture. This year, the selected bottegas are experts in unique crafts who use their creativity and skills to inspire imaginative work. For December, the Bottega Veneta website, newsletter and the window of its Milan flagship will pay homage to the bottegas. The selected artists include Cheng Tsung Feng, Liu Wenhui, Kitai Rhee, and Modiano.

1017 ALYX 9SM and Nike are dropping a brand new Air Force 1 low 
1017 ALYX 9SM / Nike ©

When it comes to trainers, few are as iconic as the Nike Air Force 1, with the style remaining at the forefront of sneaker and pop culture since its inception. Thanks to a largely plain construction, the silhouette makes the perfect canvas for collaboration, something 1017 ALYX 9SM founder and Creative Director Matthew M. Williams knows all too well. For the ALYX AF1 low, which arrives in a Triple White and Triple Black colourway, subtle silver 1017 ALYX 9SM branding is located on the heel, offering a muted hit of contrast. The latest Alyx x Nike collaboration will be available to purchase from an exclusive Selfridges pop-up from December 9 until December 24.

JORDANLUCA and SELETTI launch a heady “Raves & Tea” set
JORDANLUCA / SELETTI ©

JORDANLUCA has teamed up with Italian design House SELETTI for a collection inspired by two very British traditions: raves and tea. The collaboration is an irreverent take on tea drinking, infused by JORDANLUCA’s countercultural approach to menswear, seen in the distorted finish of the sets. As we know, not all tea is created equal, and some strains can leave you feeling a bit wobbly. The psychedelic-esque tea set comprises porcelain cups, trays, and teapots, whose rims are embellished with a fine touch of gold. The collection is available to shop now in SELETTI stores and select retailers.

Stella McCartney launches a collaboration with Hajime Sorayama 
Stella McCartney ©

As part of its SS24 collection, Stella McCartney has teamed up with cult Japanese artist Hajime Sorayama, born out of a friendship between the two artists. The capsule transforms foundational pieces from the Stella McCartney brand into a canvas for Sorayama’s cybernetic female forms. Varsity jackets, suiting, denim, hoodies, and T-shirts all get a makeover, modelled by friend of the brand, Iris Law. if this is a bit of you, head to the Stella McCartney webstore to shop the collection. 

Bene Culture is cooking up a storm with Willy’s Pies 
Bene Culture ©

Birmingham-based streetwear brand Bene Culture has tapped East London pie hotspot Willy’s Pies, working on a tongue-in-cheek collaborative logo T-shirt, bringing both brand’s playful energy into the design. The limited edition T-shirt will be available to buy in-person from their free community launch event this Friday at Birmingham’s Kilder bar. The first 25 people through the door will get a free T-shirt. If you’re unable to get down on the day, the tees will be released on the Bene Culture website this Sunday at 7 p.m. 

Levi’s® and New Balance are heading for the hills 
Levi’s ®/ New Balance ©

The long-standing collaborators Levi’s® and New Balance have found their latest source of inspiration in Marin County, California, where the rocky terrain gave birth to mountain biking in the ‘70s. The collaboration comes in the form of a MT580 shoe, initially released by New Balance in 1996. The reimagined piece was created with Levi’s® durable fabrics, including the signature Shrink-To-Fit™ denim, as well as boasting a slimmed-down silhouette. The  cushioning and the sole has been updated for extra comfort and practicality. In line with mountain biking culture, two colourways are now available on Levi’s® and New Balance’s websites, a “Grey Blue” and a “Beige Black” version.

Oakley has created “A BEAUTIFUL F-UP”
Oakley ©

Oakley is introducing its newest model of sunglasses called the “Space Encoder.” As the famous painter Bob Ross once said “We don’t make mistakes, we have happy accidents,” which is exactly the motto Oakley embraced with this new product. The Space Encoder was made after a manufacturing error led to thousands of Kato lenses being cut wrongfully, which resulted in the creation of a brand-new lens shape. The latest addition to the Encoder family, which is now available in-store and online, features a futuristic-looking Prizm™ Lens Technology and Unobtanium® ear socks, pushing forth for both style and practicality.

Daily Paper and New Era launch iconic take on the 59FIFTY Fitted Cap
Daily Paper / New Era ©

Daily Paper has linked up with New Era to take us on a journey of self-expression, tapping into the cult appeal of 59FIFTY. The fitted cap has become synonymous with on and off-field fashion and a go-to in hip-hop and streetwear-inspired fashion. Daily Paper has dressed the style with a Paper Shield logo embroidered on the front, with detailing on the back, finished with a new era bag to the left, and, of course, the all-important gold visor sticker. Do your dome a favour and head to the Daily Paper website to get your hands on this headwear linkup. 

Vitaly drops a limited-edition collaboration with Rico Nasty
Jamie-Lee B ©

Vitaly has teamed up with Rico Nasty for the three-piece drop, filled with provocation and tongue-in-cheek humour. Inspired by hard and soft, the collaboration reflects a creative freedom that has allowed the musician to create something truly unique. Pieces include the NastyXL, The Promise Band, and The Sugar Trap, and are available online and Vitaly flagships and boutiques.

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