Weekly Squirts

Check out what went down last week…

Designer, Paul Smith is celebrating the 25th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Automatic for the People album, by dropping the ultimate clothing celebration. The collection will consist of woven scarves, graphic tees, tote bags, and pocket squares – that’s handkerchiefs for regular people. Paul Smith stated, “I’ve known and been a fan of R.E.M. for a long time. I’ve always particularly enjoyed Michael’s haunting vocals. The band is a very imaginative and artistic group of people, which makes them such exciting creative collaborators.” The limited-edition collection is set to debut November 10th on Paul Smith’s website as well as his retail sites in Paris, New York, and London.

The rumor mill is seriously churning regarding Kanye’s Yeezy Season 6 dropping during Paris Fashion Week. This all stemmed from West’s creative company, Donda posting a Season 6 sock on Twitter last week. In the past, West has gifted us a huge, suspenseful extravaganza which resulted into some type of epic fail or drama attached to it. If the rumor finds light to the truth, there’s anticipation of a private showing with a ‘no show’ appearance from Kanye. Wait for it!

Beauty and fashion model Maye Musk has been named one of the new faces of COVERGIRL. Musk shared her excitement on Instagram stating, “I’m so excited to say that I’m now officially a COVERGIRL! My three kids, ten grandchildren and I have had the hardest time trying to keep it a secret until today’s big announcement. Who knew, after many years of admiring the gorgeous COVERGIRL models, that I would be one at 69 years of age? It just shows, never give up. Thank you COVERGIRL, for including me in your tribe of diversity. Beauty truly is for women of all ages, and I can’t wait to take you all along this amazing journey with me!” Truth be told, Musk has been finessing back on the scene with various appearances including those on recent catwalks, wearing 69 like new money. She joins COVERGIRL with other women of diverse sisterhood such as actress Issa Rae, beauty blogger Nura Afia, and chef Ayesha Curry. COVERGIRL’s senior vice president, Ukonwa Ojo echoed Musk’s enthusiasm stating, “Maye Musk is not only a timeless beauty, but a visionary who has always followed her own path, creating new opportunities and paving the way for so many others who might not meet the industry standard of ‘model,’ but are truly beautiful in every regard. This is exactly what COVERGIRL is all about: owning your identity and proudly sharing with the world all the facets that make you, you. Maye is an affirmation of the power and importance of diversity and inclusivity in the world of Beauty. She is unstoppable and, together, we’re just getting started!”

K-Swiss has appointed Steve Harden as their new President of the brand’s sub-labels Kr3w and Supra. Harden carries over twenty years of sale and marketing experience from companies such as Honeywell, adidas, VF Corp, Oakley, and Yakima. He even worked for K-Swiss once before in 1993 to 1997 as their national account and west region manager. Harden’s current role consists of overseeing the brand’s products, marketing, operations, and of course sales. He will be reporting directly to K-Swiss Global Brands CEO, Phillip Jeong.

Chris Paul and men’s accessory label Hook & Albert has joined forces for a collaborative bag release. The collection is made up of Backpacks, Weekenders, and Dopp Kit travel luggage. The baggage is available in grey and black colorways. However, the collection also consists of metal stick pins which come in various colors and patterns. Paul stated, “Because my career allows me the opportunity to travel the world, packing has become increasingly important. On the road, organization is necessary, but also, I like that my accessories reflect my personal style. Even in sweats, a great leather bag (like a watch) gives your look that added touch of luxury.” The collection is available now at Hook & Albert, retailing from $30 to $585. A portion of all purchases is rendered to Chris Paul’s Family Foundation.

The FBI has the NCAA Men’s Basketball hotter than two dope boys in a Cadillac, starting with arrests for adidas Global Marketing Director, Jim Gatto, and Nike’s former employee, Merl Code. Additional arrest was made for assistant coaches Anthony Bland (USC), Emanuel Richardson (AZ), Lamont Evans (OK State), and Chuck Person (Auburn). All named, plus others have been charged with 1 count of wire fraud conspiracy, and 2 counts of wire fraud. Simply put, they rendered bribery payments to high school players and their families in exchange for their commitment to a university. Adidas’ Gatto is said to be the facilitator of the funds distributed. Louisville University is also named as a school affected by the FBI investigation, possibly leading to the termination of men’s head basketball coach Rick Petino, who’s currently on suspension. NCAA President Mark Emmert made a statement stating, “We have no tolerance whatsoever for this alleged behavior. Coaches hold a unique position of trust with student-athletes and their families and these bribery allegations, if true, suggest an extraordinary and despicable breach of that trust.” Recent subpoenas have been issued for several Nike’s EYBL employees, who’s affiliated with AAU, not NCAA basketball.

Estimation from the FBI’s Investigation

Forever 21 has collaborated with Taco Bell for a limited-edition collection available to women, men, and children. The clothing line is inspired by the crazy verbiage we see on the restaurant’s sauce packs, and will consist of hoodies, jackets, sweatshirts, bodysuits, and graphic tees. Taco Bell’s chief marketing officer, stated “We’ve seen our fans get individually creative in expressing their love of Taco Bell through fashion, and we believe this collection with Forever 21 is going to be everything they expect from us extending the Taco Bell lifestyle to fashion.” The line is set to preview in L.A. October 10th, but will officially release October 11th at Forever 21, check it out.

Distinct Life and the Puma brand have gotten together to produce the Monochrome collection. This two-pair shoe release consists of the Puma IGNITE Limitless retailing for $120, and the Suede V2 which retails at $90. Expect these kicks to become available October 5th at select Puma retailers as well as Puma Lab by Footlocker.

Puma IGNITE Limitless

Suede V2

The rumor mill is churning for a Bershka pop-up shop in New York, launching sometime this month. This rumor is stemming from the label’s new U.S. site that debuted this past spring, so naturally we would think they would come open up a shop right. Seriously, in the event you’ve been sleeping on the brand, Bershka is known for fashions trends geared toward a younger audience, and has more than 1,000 stores in over 70 countries. For now, there has not been any confirmation from the label stating if it’d be popping-up in NYC or not. Nor has there been an announcement of a shop opening in Japan, who also received a Bershka site as well.

As part of Marie Saint Pierre’s 30th anniversary, the label has opened a pop-up shop in Soho this past Saturday on 70 Wooster Street. As one of the pioneers of Canadian fashion, Pierre is known for her creative styles, with 2 stores in Montreal and one in Miami. She expressed her thoughts stating, “Most companies have trouble finding something creative to say, and at Marie Saint Pierre, it’s quite the opposite. We were able to develop an identity not only with our designs, but with the way our clothes feel, leaving a lethal lasting impression. This is what we aim to do in New York, collectively.” The shop will remain retailing the brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection until October 30th.

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