Your Monday Briefing: ENNY launches music mentorship programme, Gentle Monster goes to high school & there’s a MR PORTER x 66° North collab

Your Monday Briefing: ENNY launches music mentorship programme, Gentle Monster goes to high school & there’s a MR PORTER x 66° North collab

by Ollie Cox
10 min

Big coat season is firmly upon us, and MR PORTER x 66° North knows it. The duo’s link-up presents winter-ready outerwear while also keeping you warm (in more ways than one) comes courtesy of RZA, presenting its Ballantine’s x NEIGHBORHOOD whiskey-rooted collaboration.

In the world of music, Sampha has announced a new London show, with other worldwide gigs to follow, and Gyakie has announced new music as well.

No matter what you get up to this week, get clued up on what matters below.

KENZO collaborates with Hunter 
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Kenzo has teamed up with British heritage brand Hunter for an England-inspired collection. KENZO is known for its “East meets West” vision, which was rooted in its FW23 season, so its latest link-up is the perfect continuation of this ethos. The product offering consists of a 1960s duck-hunting boot available in suede, rubber and leather. Throughout the collection, we see Hunter’s traditional green colour palette injected with a vibrant red, which nods to the iconic Boke flowers of the Nigo-helmed House. 

MR PORTER and 66° North have us sorted for winter
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Men’s multi-brand e-tailer MR PORTER has launched a collaboration with Icelandic outerwear label 66° North, inspired by the moss-covered stretches of Iceland. Outerwear arrives in the form of a Dyngia puffer jacket and vest, one of 66° North’s most popular items. The collaborative pieces are insulated with a blend of goose and duck white recycled down, reclaimed from used bedding and clothing. The collection is finished with 66° North’s core backpack and bum bag styles that have been reinterpreted in a “Glacial Grey” colourway – drawing inspiration from the Icelandic landscape. The collection is available to shop exclusively on the MR PORTER website

Gyakie releases new single “Rent Free” 
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Fresh off the success of her widely acclaimed My Diary EP, Ghanaian music sensation Gyakie is back with her latest single, “Rent Free.” The song explores the intricate layers of love and longing, taking listeners on an emotional journey and delving deep into the complexities of love. The track is reflective of Gyakie’s ability to blend both vulnerability and strength, showcased through an emotive delivery and powerful lyrics. “Rent Free” is available on all major streaming platforms, and a music video is set to release on November 3, so mark your calendar now. 

Palladium and Finisterre launch sustainability-focused hiking boot 
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French footwear brand Palladium has partnered with Finisterre, the British outdoor label, to reimagine the iconic Pallatrooper boot. The collaboration embodies both brands’ expertise for exploration and will be available in black and brown. The boot has been developed in eco-friendly microfibre and organic canvas with a focus on waterproofing thanks to an innovative membrane. To get your hands on a pair, head to select retailers or the Palladium website on October 31. 

Sampha announces biggest headline show to date
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London singer-songwriter Sampha is playing a hometown headline show at Alexandra Palace on April 26, 2024. Sampha has made a name for himself on the world stage, having collaborated with Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Solange: so be warned, tickets at the 10,000-person capacity venue will sell out like hotcakes. On top of this, Sampha is heading down under, announcing a headline tour of Australia and New Zealand, which will see the star take on Auckland, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne in February and March next year. To get your hands on tickets, head to the presale link here

Vitaly drops new eyewear collection 
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Vitaly has dropped a new eyewear collection just in time to shield us from the winter sun. The offering consists of five new models and a new colourway of the best-selling Empire frame, which carries a ‘90s R&B aesthetic. Each style is in keeping with the brand’s genderless output, which is built upon the framework of global cultural directions. Head to the Vitaly site to get yours. 

The Kid Laroi releases “What Just Happened” 
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The Kid Laroi is back, releasing his “What Just Happened” single and official video. First previewed on his sold-out headline tour in 2022, The Kid Laroi has finally given the fans what they wanted ahead of the release of his latest album, which is slated to drop on November 10 and just a week after the release of “TOO MUCH” which featured Jung Kook and Central Cee. Head here to pre-save and pre-add the track now. 

ENNY leads music mentorship programme 
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Relentless has opened applications for its new Freeform Forum music mentorship programme, aimed at addressing the barriers felt by young creators looking to carve a path in music. The scheme has been launched following the revelation that 1 in 5 young Brits (aged 18-30) would like to work in the music industry. 

South London rapper ENNY is spearheading the campaign alongside producer TSB and Burna Boy’s Speed Dial photographer Elliot Hensford. These mentors will guide and inspire 12 non-conformist creatives through individual sessions and IRL networking. One lucky musician will be rewarded a £10,000 grant to help propel their career. Those looking to boost their creative skills can access the “Mentor Hub” live on the Freeform Forum website

Ballantine’s whiskey launches capsule collection with NEIGHBORHOOD
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Ballantine’s has launched a second collaboration with hip-hop legend RZA and streetwear brand NEIGHBORHOOD. The collaboration consists of a work jacket, tote bag, decanter, tumbler, and cap, all in a sleek black colourway with contrasting white branding. Head to the Ballentine’s website to get your hands on the limited edition pieces

Nanamica and SUICOKE get cosy 

SUICOKE is releasing a series of slip-on sandals in collaboration with Nanamica based on SUICOKE’s classic ZAVO model. The upper is made from a combination of cotton canvas and suede and evokes a sense of relaxation and calm through its textured make-up and muted colour palette. The sole is equipped with the SUICOKE original footbed, providing lightweight, flexible shock-absorption and abrasion-resistant properties. Available in  black/grey and white/brown colourways, these are the perfect Sunday stompers to get you through the winter season. 

Gentle Monster schools us on style
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Gentle Monster is taking us back to school for its 2024 “Optical Collection.” The campaign sees a reinterpretation of the high school experience, which shows talent donning robot accessories. Tiny Gabbriette-approved, Gisele Bündchen-esque glasses form the bulk of the collection, with frames arriving in sleek silver and a standout yellow colourway all with bold and sophisticated metal detailing. The eyewear label’s daring and futuristic designs will be made available via the Gentle Monster online store and flagship stores on November 2. 

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