In this special edition podcast, Highsnobiety sits with The Good Company's Kumasi Sadiki and Paterson League’s head of brand, German Nieves, to discuss Ralph Lauren’s sporting heritage, how it’s influenced tennis style at Wimbledon, and its impact on the wider world of sport.
Hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon are joined by photographer Cam Hicks and Angelo Urrutia, your favorite influencer's favorite influencer's favorite behind-the-scenes creative director.
Cam has an upcoming photo exhibit at the Nepenthes store next week. Titled "For the Porch," he explains the inspiration and some of the work we can expect to see. Angelo has had a storied career as one of the key creatives at Engineered Garments, working closely with founder Daiki Suzuki to keep the label consistently dope. Both of them talk about the brand's latest Spring/Summer 2020 lookbook, which features Cam as one of the models.'
Cam also shares his story about how Virgil Abloh discovered his work through Instagram, and how he finessed his way into shooting for Louis Vuitton. Meanwhile, Angelo talks about his reputation for being up on cool shit for decades, and how being an early adopter sometimes means not getting credit where it's due. BUT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE TO FIX! Then things shift to the QOTW: What brand should Engineered Garments collaborate with next?
As always, keep your eyes glued to the Highsnobiety IG every Monday for our Question of the Week (QOTW), and leave a voicemail on The Dropcast Hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to end up in a future episode.
Hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon are joined by certified organic style god Danny Bowien, founder of Mission Chinese. The celeb chef breaks down the similarities between running a restaurant and running a clothing brand, and even offers some solid business advice any entrepreneur can learn from. Of course, there's plenty of food talk. Danny gives a quick 15-second recipe for taking your McNuggets to the next McLevel, and then talks about why Popeye's is the best restaurant on the planet. We also dive into some of the week's latest releases and news hits—like biodegradable shoes from YEEZY and Big Freedia's upcoming collab with Ben & Jerry's ice cream. That leads us into the QOTW: What's your dream fashion x food collaboration? Danny and Noah both have fire ideas, and Danny's no stranger to working with brands like Uniqlo and indie fragrance label Hawthorne—which just dropped its collaborative scent with the chef. Dropcast listeners also propose some pretty good collabs, and some that are just plain out there. Check out the latest episode and smell what Danny's cookin'. And as always, for a chance to end up in a future episode, stay tuned to Highsnobiety's Instagram for the Question of the Week every Monday. Then leave us a voicemail at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766). See you next week!
Hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon are joined by Jabari "Jacuzzi" Khaled, founder of Basketball Skateboards and under-the-radar creative who's worked with your favorite designer's favorite designers. Jacuzzi talks about putting Basketball Skateboards on hold and teases his next project, which should be even more fire. Then Noah shares a story about his first time in London and getting roasted for his Suicokes. We also discuss the most fire pieces from our Stranger Things 3 collab, which just dropped this week. So while you're listening to the latest episode you should do yourself a favor and cop a piece or two (please, it helps us keep lights on, and we're tired of eating peanut butter soup for lunch). Things get a bit heated when the conversation turns to Kim Kardashian's "SolutionsWear" line, which she first called Kimono. That's fine and all but then she attempted to copyright the term "kimono," which definitely did not make the internet happy. Then we turn to Dropcast listeners to weigh in on the QOTW: What's the most underrated skate brand right now? AND BOY DOES THAT OPEN UP A WHOLE 'NOTHER CAN OF WORMS. The VMs are piping hot with takes, but we end up with more questions like what constitutes a "skate brand" today, the importance of supporting "rider-run" labels from skaters, and in general how skate culture and street culture have become more similar than ever, but still have a few key differences. As always, call The Dropcast Hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to end up in a future episode. See you next week!
Hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon break in Highsnobiety's new global HQ in Berlin. And they don't do it alone! We got Berlin-based stylist Nessie and Aljoscha Kondratiew, creative director of Solebox, to visit our brand new office too. We continue to break down some of the best things we saw at Paris Fashion Week, including Jacquemus' 10-year-anniversary collection show in the south of France. Aljoscha talks about some upcoming products he's excited about and teases an unorthodox collab Solebox is cooking up.
Then we discuss collabs like Patta's latest Mephisto collab, adidas' problems with employees of color, and the sheer amount of bank Kanye West is making from his YEEZY deal. One of the other topics we tackle is Travis Scott's unlikely collab with Reese's Puffs—which pretty much devolves into a conversation around foreign cereals. Of course, we also listen to Dropcast listeners' voicemails in response to the QOTW: What's your dream office perk?
The new Highsnob office has plenty, including pretty sweet office supplies from Fresh Service Co., embroidered hand towels, and art installations from Mark Jenkins. Listen to the full ep and get ready to be flexed on. Don't forget to call the Dropcast Hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (444-4766) for a chance to end up in a future episode.
With the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and WorldPride happening this month, we turn our attention to LGBTQIA+ people and their relationship to fashion. To begin, Valerie Steele, the director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, discusses the role fashion has played for queer people throughout history. She references “A Queer History of Fashion: From the Closet to the Catwalk,” an exhibit she co-curated that was the first in-depth look at LGBTQIA+ contributions to fashion over the past 300 years.
To get an understanding of the issues young queer people are facing today – and fashion’s role in telling their stories – host Sachin Bhola speaks to a few leading voices in the community. The first is rapper Taylor Bennett, who came out as bisexual in 2017. Next, Pierre Davis and Arin Hayes, the founders of streetwear brand No Sesso, weigh in on fashion’s commodification of sexual identity, particularly around Pride. To get the perspectives of people who don’t work in fashion, Bhola solicits the opinions of Jackie O and Mercy Kelly from The Hetrick-Martin Institute.
One brand that has long been invested in supporting the LBGTQIA+ community is Gap, and its 2019 Pride campaign features author and activist Jodie Patterson. She talks about her chosen family and what she’s learned raising her transgendered son.
We then take a global perspective on the LGBTQIA+ identity and talk to Ian Daniel, co-host and co-producer of Gaycation, who gives us a snapshot of queer people’s experience around the world and their relationship to fashion.
This episode of Fashioning Identity examines the hardships and the triumphs of LBGTQIA+ people, thinks critically about the role fashion plays in their lives, and more.
Hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas report from Paris, where designers are showing off their latest collections for Spring/Summer 2020.
In lieu of a proper guest, the two hit the streets to catch thoughts (and some hands) from industry insiders about what they think the most exciting thing in menswear is right now. We spoke to Heron Preston after his latest fashion show, legendary photographer Tommy Ton, FEAR OF GOD designer Jerry Lorenzo, and some other heads to get a solid perspective of the state of menswear.
We also talk about how genderless dressing is being seen on the runway, and about all the hot collabs that have been revealed this week. With all the heat ASICS has been dropping lately, it's clear the sportswear label is going big leading up to 2020.
And of course, we listen to voicemails answering the QOTW, with Dropcast listeners weighing in on "What's the most exciting thing about menswear right now?"
As always, hit the Dropcast Hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) for a chance to end up in a future episode! See y'all next week.
It's pride month, and in addition to going H.A.M. on all things gender and sexuality, we launched a new podcast series called Fashioning Identity, which you should definitely check out. But before you do, you should absolutely listen to the latest Dropcast, where activist, educator, and podcaster DeRay Mckesson joins hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon to add a welcome dose of realness. Mckesson talks about his signature blue Patagonia vest—from where he bought it to why he continues to wear it almost every day. In fact, in a rare instance, he was recently spotted at a high-profile event not wearing it at all. Then we go onto discussing some of the biggest products, collaborations, and cultural moments to come out this week. We start by talking about Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's new child, Psalm, and then take a look at DeRay's opinion on collabs from Tyler, the Creator x Lacoste, Needles x Suicoke, and the latest model from Kiko Kostadinov x Asics. He also schools us on some history of black and gay activism, and has some great insight on our QOTW (Question of the Week). This week we asked Dropcast listeners if all the collaborations and products we're seeing for PRIDE month are truly genuine. You guys make some really great points in your voicemails, and DeRay weighs in with some of the ones he feels have made a great cultural impact. Listen to hear more, and we'll see you next week—where we'll be reporting from Paris Fashion Week.
On our first episode, we explore the relationship between what we wear and the politics of gender. To begin, Jack Halberstam, professor of gender studies at Columbia University, defines gender and helps contextualize it in fashion. Next, Valerie Steele, director and chief curator of The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, shares some critical moments in history when fashion challenged traditional gender norms. To investigate whether or not fashion has the power to change people’s ideas about gender, Bhola speaks to a few gender-bending people in fashion, including Hood By Air’s Ian Isiah, musician Shamir, and Suited Magazine‘s Ash Owens. Also, Highsnobiety’s editorial director, Jian DeLeon, weighs in on the current state of heterosexual masculinity and what fashion can tells us about it.
We then consider the future of gender identity through the lens of fashion by speaking to Jackie O and Mercy Kelly from The Hetrick-Martin Institute, and look outside traditional gender binaries, notably to those who identify as transgendered. Bhola speaks to Ian Alexander, best-known for playing Buck on Netflix’s The OA, to get his perspective on the trans identity.
This episode of ‘Fashioning Identity’ unpacks fashion’s role in constructing – and deconstructing – gender identity, recognizes the diversity in gender, and much more. Listen to the full episode above or find it on iTunes, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.
Hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon are joined by A$AP Twelvyy. Fresh off the release of "Pups" (https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/asap-ferg-asap-rocky-pups/), Twelvyy talks about some of his upcoming musical projects and a few of the new influences he hopes to bring to the table. We also talk about his brand, LAST YEAR BEING BROKE(N) https://www.lastyearbeingbroken.com, which just released some dope new footwear—the VERSEONE slides with interchangeable straps. Twelvyy and Noah bond over their shared hobby of being "slide connoisseurs" or whatever, but then we get in-depth on one of the best Japanese labels in the game—Kapital. Twelvyy talks about some of his favorite pieces, and Noah confesses that Twelvyy actually put him on. In addition to the news of the week—from the CFDA Awards to the latest Palace x adidas collab—we also have a strong debate over whether JJJJOUND x APC is the most minimal collaboration since white bread met unsalted skim milk butter. Also not to miss are Twelvyy's thrift shopping tips! We also asked listeners to call into the Dropcast Hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) to answer the Question of the Week. This week's QOTW had us asking you: "What would your A$AP Mob name be?" Twelvyy hears a few and decides whether or not they'd make the cut. And as always, feel free to call the hotline for a chance to end up in the next episode. See you next week and please subscribe. We have things we want to buy and it helps.