Air Jordan V “Grape” - 136027-108 - RELEASE DATE: 04 / 05 / 2013 - 8am Online - 10am In Store
Stock is extremely limited. Strictly one pair per customer.
As you may have seen, we've recently managed to secure the ability to stock Jordan's. The first shoe that we'll be getting is the Jordan V Retro 'Grape', one of the most highly anticipated Jordan releases for a while.
The 'Grape' gets its name from the fruit-flavoured style of its colourway, combining crisp white uppers with rich purple midsole and tongue, set off with teal detailing. Retro shoes, Jordan's in particular, are a big deal at the moment and these shoes are going to be one of the biggest. Released back in February 1990, and even getting an appearance in the 'Grape' colourway on the feet of Will Smith in 'The Fresh Prince Of Belair', the shoes have a great deal of history behind them and are a truly timeless design.
Well known for being inspired by a wide variety of things, Tinker Hatfield drew inspiration for the shoe from the WWII Mustang fighter plane, with the spikey 'shark teeth' to the front of the shoe replicating the design on the front of the plane. Not only does the shoe look good, it's rumoured that the 5's are actually considered the best design, and were the best to wear during games.
The shoe will be available from 9am on the 4th of May, and given the hype around it, we're sure it won't be around for long. Below are a list of the Jordan's that'll follow the V' Grapes:
HUF X Snoop Dogg '420' Pack Arriving Friday 26th of April
Fresh off the back of their huge collaboration with Diamond Supply Co, HUF don't let up and are back once again with another big name collab. This time, it's with the legendary, world famous Snoop Dogg. Consisting of a variety of garments featuring Snoop based designs, from graphic tees to ever popular Plantlife inspired socks.
All the tees in the collection are incredibly strong, featuring photo prints of Snoop from various stages of his long and successful career so far; there's a photo taken by photographer Chi Modu of a young Snoop pointing a gun at the camera. Chi Modu is well known for his photos that document the defining years of hip-hop, and the 'Chi Modu' tee is a great example of that. Mike Miller is also known for his West Coast Hip Hop photos, and the 'Mike Miller' tee features a photo showing Snoop performing, mic in one hand and joint in the other.
There's also a photo print which has been almost a signature image for the range, featuring Snoop sat in a big wicker chair, looking pimp as ever with his HUF tee and branded slippers. Sitting alongside the selection of Snoop photo tees is something a bit different, coming in the form of a Joe Cool illustration that is a twist on the artwork he did for Snoops album Doggystyle, once again featuring two cartoon dogs next to a dog house, one male one female, both smoking giant joints, and both wearing various HUF clothing of some sort.
Of course, the stand-out highlight of the range has to be the socks. Taking the familiar Plantlife sock and giving it a new twist for this collaboration, they feature unique little touches. The embroidered 'Snoop eyes' logo to the top, combined with text spelling out 'REINCARNATED' and 'HUF - SNOOP 420' just inside the top of the socks make sure that they're unique. The heather colourways, including one Rasta-inspired pair, make sure they look as smart and premium as possible.
Alongside the tees and socks, we'll also be stocking the Plantlife 5 Panel. The range will be available both online and in-store from Friday, so stay locked to our Facebook and Twitter to find out the second it drops...
The Jordan brand is one of the biggest brands in sport, and seeing as we'll be able to offer Jordan's in the next few weeks, we decided to give you all a bit of a write-up on its incredible history. Read on…
All the way back in 1984, before anyone could have any idea about the global superstar Jordan would become alongside Nike, he was selected 3rd overall in the NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. Already with a national title at the University of North Carolina and an Olympic Gold Medal under his belt, it was clear he was a rising star. In the same year, a certain sports brand by the name of Nike signed Jordan to a 5 year endorsement contract, which was reported to be worth $2.5 million, not including royalties. Naturally, there was a high level of initial skepticism, but as with all good stories, the critics were quickly proved wrong.
Then, the very next year in 1985, Jordan was given his own signature line of shoes and clothing by Nike, complete with a unique logo. The line was designed to be quite different to Nike's basketball efforts so far, and it would be an understatement to say it worked out for both of them. Whilst Tinker Hatfield is widely known for his involvement with the Jordan shoe, it was designer Peter Moore who received the task of creating the first 'Air Jordan'. The Air Jordan 1 was similar to other 80's Nike shoes, such as the Air Force 1 and Dunk. Whilst it was never going to be as tech-packed as future shoes, it featured bold colours and a large amount of cultural impact, waking up the whole footwear industry. It had so much of an impact, it was actually banned by the NBA for violating rules about shoe colours, resulting in Jordan receiving a fine for $5,000 every game he wore them in. Jordan's rookie campaign saw him claim Rookie of the Year and an All-Star appearance, driving the bulls to the play-offs for the first time in four years.
From there, the Jordan / Nike relationship went from strength to strength, building upon the initial impact and Michael's increasing fame and success thanks to his work on the court. Talking of on the court impact, the Air Jordan shoe continued shaking things up, with Tinker Hatfield eventually getting involved in the form of the Jordan III. The III saw the Wings logo replaced with the new Jumpman logo, it featured new and unique construction with a sculpted polyurethane midsole and a visible Air unit to the heel. It also featured leather uppers that were designed to make the shoe feel broken in, allowing Michael to wear a new shoe every game and not be uncomfortable. All of this, combined with a revolutionary marketing campaign, meant that Nike and Jordan took the basketball world by storm.
Part of the revolutionary ad campaign was the link-up with writer, actor and director Spike Lee, featuring Lee as his character Mars Blackmon. Blackmon featured in a TV spot, which kickstarted a successful relationship that created several more adverts further down the road. Some say it was at this point that the Jordan brand started to really gain traction as a lifestyle brand rather than just a sports brand, with the Blackmon ads lending the brand a real cultural significance. The use of comedy helped break down a few 'corporate' walls and allowed people to further identify with the brand, even if perhaps they weren't a hardcore sports fan.
From there, the Jordan brand took on a life of its own, no longer needing the 'crutch' of being associated with Nike, but instead being a well-respected brand that could stand on its own. The shoes continued to be revolutionary, taking design inspiration from Michael Jordan's transition from player to executive (Jordan XVI) to Aston Martin cars (Jordan XVII), and everything else in between. The Jumpman icon has continued to be one of the most widely recognised logos in sport (alongside parent company Nike's swoosh), and it continues to be both incredibly relevant in both the sports world, and in streetwear culture. It says something that shoes from the 80's continue to create global hype when they get re-released in a selection of OG styles.
Because of all the history that comes with the Jordan brand, we're incredibly proud to be an official Jordan stockist.
Keep locked to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for all the latest news and to be one of the first to find out when the shoes arrive.
ROOK are one of the best brands out there in terms of producing high quality, unique illustrations. When Spring 2013 arrived, we were stoked to see that everything was up to the usual incredibly high standard, and then some! The range includes some strong caps, along with the usual selection of graphic tees and vests, with a few all over sublimation prints included for maximum impact.
Starting with the tees, it's hard to pick out a highlight; they're all incredible. However, if we have to start somewhere, then it'd be with the 'Octo Girl' tee. Featuring a vintage style pin-up girl sat on a rock, surrounded by octopus tentacles and the swirling sea, it's a great image with so much detail there's something new to see every time you pull it out the wardrobe.
Of course, no range of tees would be complete without a seductive looking girl. The 'Boombox Girl V2' design features a girl with a retro boombox on her shoulder, rendered mostly in black and white except for splashes of colour to her camo top and jewelery, which is a technique Rook manage to pull off to great effect. The 'Angel Of Death' features another illustration with a high level of detail and depth, and is a slightly darker design than others in the range, making this collection particularly diverse.
Of course, one of the highlights has to be the bold all over sublimation print tee and vests. The 'Sharp Tooth' tee has a large image of a shark swimming, mouth open, towards you and the rest of the front is covered in ocean. The vests take a slightly different approach, with the 'Devils Food' vest featuring all the most unhealthy food you can imagine, from doughnuts to burgers and fries. The 'Bop' vest features large, repeating imagery of leaves, sickles, broken bottles and bones.
And finally, there's the hats. For this drop, ROOK have taken the humble 5 Panel and given it an injection of fresh energy, with the 'Wipe Out' cap featuring a bright, all over design that looks like various watercolour paints running into each other in a tie-dye style. The pattern from the 'Bop' vest appears again on a 5 Panel in an all-over pattern, and to the underpeak of the more subtle, heather grey 'Field Patch'. The 'Hidden Agenda' is a simple black 5 Panel, set off by camo side panels.
All the above (and a bit more) is available both online and in-store now.
I think it's fair to say that HUF and Diamond Supply Co. are two of the biggest and most influential streetwear brands in the game. Both hail from the sunny West Coast state of California, and both have deep roots in skating. Back in 2011 the two brands came together in Spring/Summer to create a collaborative capsule collection, and in doing so they created a rather powerful logo in the streetwear world; A bold 'H' lying over the top of a diamond. Well, that logo is back once again in 2013, and its impact is no less than it was first time round. If anything, it's more exciting when you see the products that have been produced for this particular collaborative drop.
Featuring the simple yet striking colour scheme of Diamond's signature Tiffany Blue combined with black, this release builds upon the last, having a wide variety of products, form head to toe (literally). With HUF involved, this collab was always going to produce some strong headwear, and this comes in the form of the 'Metal H Strapback Cap' with custom metal 'H' placed over an embroidered diamond, with a tonal repeating pattern to the underpeak. There's also the 'Repeat Volley 5 Panel Cap' which comes in black with Tiffany peak featuring all over 'H' and diamond pattern print, and also in a more striking all over Tiffany Blue with the repeating pattern.
The Tiffany Blue with repeat pattern makes an appearance again as the material used for the pocket on the 'Classic H Pocket T Shirt'. Other tees in the range include the 'Diamond In The HUF' tee, which has a graphic print of a diamond nestled in a pile of HUF branded beer cans and cigarette butts, appearing on two tees and a hoody.
We were excited to see some footwear appearing in the range, and it's a particularly well executed shoe. The shoe itself is the HUF 'Choice', a clasically styled skate shoe which has been given some great touches to help it stand out as a highlight of the drop. Featuring premium metal lettering to the tongue, metal diamond to the heel and two tone laces, it's the little touches that make this shoe worth the price tag. On the sides is the familiar 'H' shape, enhanced with it's Tiffany Blue colouring and subtle alligator skin style texture.
It would be a crime for HUF to release a collection of any sort without a pair of socks decorated with their iconic weed leaves, and fortunately this collaboration delivers on that front. Building on the success of HUF's 'Plantlife' socks, they this time combine the infamous weed leaf silhouette with the Diamond logo in a repeating pattern, creating the 'Diamondlife' socks. You can get a pair in Black with the pattern in Tiffany Blue, or you can go for the brighter Black on Tiffany.
We're stoked to be able to offer this coming together of streetwear giants in store and online at 5 Pointz, and with it selling out within hours in the States, we're sure it won't hang around long over here either...
The Spring Summer Collection from Manhattan based indie brand Only NY is expected to arrive in the next few weeks, and is full of the usual bold, clear graphics and well constructed cut ad sew pieces.
Only NY have been going from strength to strength with a constantly reputation and fan base, while sticking firmly to there roots and not letting there artistic output be tainted by there increased popularity.
So...watch this space for the new collection dropping.
Here's a very nicely produced video fro LRG showcasing the direction they have gone with their upcoming summer collection. It features skate team riders Felipe Gustavo and Trent McClung, Compton-based rapper Problem, and Roc Nation super-producer Jahlil Beats.
As you can see a big feature of this collection is an assortment of bright indigenous inprired prints, most of which we will be recieving with the next drop...
Spring 2013 has arrived from 10 Deep and as usual it's incredibly bold, full of strong products that display the high quality and well thought out designs and details that sum this brand up. All over prints have been big recently, and 10 Deep build on that trend with a selection of shirts, caps, tees and bags.
The shirts are a massive highlight of this drop, with all over patterns playing a big part in their design. The 'Elbows In' shirt is the perfect blend of subtle and unique details, with the lightweight denim shirt featuring bold camo pattern patches to the forearms, as well as a smart chest pocket arrangement, with the usual dual pockets complemented by a single smaller pocket.
More striking options include the 'Brooklyn Botanic' Long Sleeve shirt featuring a repeating pattern of small, intricate rose flowers covering the entire shirt, including the two button down chest pockets. The boldest shirt of them all, however, has to be the 'Chameleon' shirt in Mix Camo flavour. Despite the camo pattern it's certainly gonna stand out in a crowd, thanks to sections of contrasting tone camoflague designs, offset by hits of checked material.
The 'Nightwork' crewneck is a perfect example of the brands attention to detail, featuring a bold, tonal camo pattern all over and finished with two smart hidden side seam pockets. The caps are also particularly strong this season for 10 Deep, keeping it short and sweet with a seleciton of 3 quality pieces of headwear; there's the 'Delta House' New Era Fitted Cap with script embroidery to the front and a camo peak, the 'Gold Standard' snapback with the all over roses pattern seen on other garments in the range, finished with a quality brass plaque to the front and the 'Ironsides Navigator' 5 Panel in Green Tiger Stripe.
Repeating patterns make an appearance again on the two 'Bullpen' three-quarter length sleeve tees, featuring the Navy Roses style on the sleeves of one, and Desert Pac camo style on the other. The familiar 'X' over the top of a print appears on the 'Mighty X' tee, with the bold cross lying over the top of a floral display photo print. As a collection it's really cohesive and all the products work together, which is the sign of a well thought out design direction. All products are available now both online and in-store.
The first product to mention has to be the well executed 'Fern' Crewneck; featuring a subtle, all over polka dot pattern that is actually made up of small bomb logos, it's a twist that is typical of the brand. The 'Drawing Lines' graphic featured in Drop 1, with the brands Adam Bomb logo appearing in the centre of a design intended to look like a classic tin sign, and it once again makes an appearance in Drop 2. This time, it's embroidered to the front of a snapback cap, available in two colourways.
Of course, no release would be complete without an interesting re-styling of the Adam Bomb logo, and this time it comes in the form of the 'Femme' tee. The print is bold and vibrant, taking it's style from the album artwork of a 90's band called the 'Violent Femmes. The Adam Bomb also features on a New Era Fitted Cap in a more traditional, simple outline style.
Moving onto the custom cut and sew items now, and The Hundreds have brought their strongest cut and sew game for Spring. Drop 2 see's the arrival of the 'Grass Denim' shirt, available in both washed and raw styles, it's a classic denim shirt suitable for any situation. There's also the 'Fennel' Pocket tee, which is a high quality t shirt featuring contrasting pocket covered in The Hundreds 'Jags' pattern, available in two coloursways.
We're also pretty excited about the accessories that The Hundreds have brought out for this drop; the 'Jags' pattern makes another appearance on two different colours of high quality belt, alongside a perfectly executed keychain. The keychain is a hefty piece, featuring the popular 'Slant' design crafted from black enamel, then covered in a gold or silver layer for ultimate style. All of the above is available both in-store and online now.
Based out of Munich, Germany, Beastin were founded back in 2008. From there, they’ve become one of the most respected brands in the city, with a massive local following, seasonal pop-up shop and various club nights. However, outside of Germany, they're relatively unknown: until now. We're pleased to say we can offer a selection of Beastin Spring 2013 both in-store and online!
Beastin's founders were two guys called Duki and Fu, who met when they were both pro basketball players, some 6 years earlier in 2002. Because of their background, the brands style features strong style references drawn from American culture (and sports culture in particular) which, despite not being an American brand, still has a real air of of uniqueness and authenticity. Shot in sun-soaked Portugal, this brand aren't ones to shy away from going that little bit further to get things looking just right; although to be fair, we'd be more than happy to travel to somewhere like that for work!
With staple design elements such as floral fill patterns and clean typography, the designs are flawlessly executed. Also featuring parrots and exotic birds nestling in the plants, and use of tropical bird imagery in general has an element of fun and personality, especially when placed next to bold type. The garments themselves are incredibly high quality and you can tell they've put care into every small thing, with neat little details like copper fixings on the hoodys and jackets, as well as every garment receiving a woven logo label.
The products we've got in from the Beastin Spring/Summer 2013 collection are some of the strongest we've seen from any brand for a while; we've got the 'Le Beast' design (box logo filled with a floral pattern) on a grey hoody, navy tank top and aqua heather tee, there's colourful pockets attached to navy and aqua garments ('Marley Pocket'), a nautical ships wheel themes design on two colours of crewneck ('Bonafide') and of course we went in for the bold, all over prints with a space theme on the 'Yeah Right' t shirt and an exotic bird vibe on the 'Three Little Birds' tee. All of this is alongside some quality 'BSTN' branded snapback caps. Available on our website and in-store now.
The Nike Air 180 is a classic running shoe with a unique shape, originally released back in 1991. Part of its unique styling is the 180-degree Air unit in the sole, which provides more cushioning and a higher volume than other Air units.
As part of Nike's 'Year of the OG' theme for 2013, the Air 180 is the latest to be back in an OG treatment, which consists of the original 'Ultramarine' colourway featuring an oxidised midsole for that familiar yellowed, vintage look. Whilst some of the purists out there aren't fans of the 'vintage' treatment, we have to say it sets off the OG colourways really well, giving the shoes a feel of their history.
The shoes uppers are mostly white leather and mesh, with hits of Solar Red detailing and branding around the air unit, the heel and to the tongue, with a blue swoosh, toe detailing and the inner lining of the shoe. It's a really interesting and unique looking shoe, and in this OG colourway it's one of the highlights.
We've got the shoe available as part of our latest Nike PRE-BUY selection, so get your pre-order in to be sure of receiving it when it lands in April.
Rebel8 Spring 2013 has landed here at 5 Pointz, and we were so stoked we decided to put together our own little lookbook, featuring Klementyna and the bosses unique Rebel8 pool table - the only one we know of in existence, so she's a lucky girl to be allowed to sit on there! (Or is it lucky pool table...?) Enjoy...
The Hundreds are one of the leading international streetwear brands, and they continue to show why they're in that position. Spring 2013 see’s the brand once again producing some trademark slick, bold graphics, high quality cut and sew garments and classic caps. Here's a few of our highlights…
A good starting point is with one of the most popular designs from the past few seasons; the ‘Slant’ graphic, appearing once again on tees, hoodys, crewnecks and caps for Spring 2013. A clean, script type spelling out ‘The Hundreds’ on a diagonal slant is all that's needed to make an iconic piece that has proved to be a massive success for the brand. Available in a range of colourway options on a variety of garments.
It's fair to say that one of the main parts of any drop from The Hundreds is a strong range of bold, well executed graphic tees, and Spring 13 has certainly delivered on that front! The Adam Bomb design is one of the most recognisable and widely known icons in streetwear, and once again The Hundreds have released another twist on this symbol called the 'Adam Pieces', which takes the brands familiar Adam Bomb character and turns him into a fragmented image made up of small, sharp shapes in the style of a mosaic. The 'Division' tee features a very simple print which still manages to be striking, consisting just of crossed swords and a simple piece of type underneath. It's printed in small to the chest and in large to the back.
The Adam Bomb icon also makes an appearance on a selection of smart caps, being embroidered in full colour onto the front of the caps, with two having contrasting camo pattern peak, and one coming in classic all over black. Other caps feature the popular ‘Slant’ design embroidered to the front in eye catching teal and burgundy, as well as a more subtle charcoal. They really have put together another comprehensive and well executed drop, which we’re pleased to have available in the store and on the website right now.
King Apparel is a UK based streetwear brand that has been leading the scene since before it had truly taken shape in this country. We have always been fans of their products and have stocked their wears for every season since we opened our doors in 2004, one year after they started trading themselves.
Co Founder Tim Hoad has been kind enough to answer some questions for us regarding the past, present and future of King Apparel. It's inspiring stuff, especially for those of you with dreams of starting your own thing....
Hey Tim, thanks a lot for doing the interview! First off, tell us a little about your background...
Hello 5pointz and everyone who likes 5pointz! My background is originally in snowboarding and skateboarding. I was a pro for about 8 years snowboarding and used to skate a whole lot too. Work with clothing sponsors and an eye for design, graphics etc led me to getting interested in clothing and along with my friend and business partner who is an award winning graphic designer we pooled our resources (basically our ideas as we had no money) and started the label.
What lead to you deciding to start your own brand?
I think a lot of things really. Stuff I mentioned above, I wanted a fresh creative output that wasn’t snowboarding or in that scene and at the time getting a normal job was real hard. Plus I had always done my own thing since I could remember and could not envisage working for someone else. There were brands like LRG that had just started to emerge and these guys were just on another level to anything we’d seen and they were a great inspiration to create a UK streetwear brand that could go toe to toe with the heavyweights from the US.
How do you view the the UK streetwear scene/industry now, some 10 years on?
This will be a long winded answer so bear with me!
Well, it didn’t exist when we started. Literally a handful of people I knew worked off mac computers and no one outside the design industry knew what photoshop or illustrator was. Social media didn’t exist and as such the ‘scene’ I suppose was very fragmented – so you had a lot of Hip Hop and skate inspired stuff in the US but not that many really independent or graphic led brands, and in the UK the closest thing I can think of to a streetwear brand at the time was Addict. Other than that there was literally nothing. Now, someone can print up 5 t-shirt designs on a gildan blank, create a tumblr page, instagram and a big cartel website and they have a brand as such. The problem with this, is it massively dilutes the quality of what people consider UK streetwear – and the whole scene suffers for it. In my humble opinion you do not have a clothing brand/label until you are producing regular seasonal collections, on good quality product and selling into good wholesale accounts/online. Everyone has to start somewhere, but to get to that stage is very tough and only those who have the stomach for it and make product over and over again that stands the true test of quality, really make it. That’s when they can say – okay I have a streetwear label, and for that they should be proud.
The problem over here right now I think is that too many perceived credible ‘sources’ lend weight to ‘brands’ that are not really brands, and there is very little focus on the real Streetwear brands that are doing a lot in the industry or making noise for the right reasons. The net result is that peoples viewpoints are skewed and so all these guys who read the blogs etc become highly critical of the scene. Don’t get me wrong there needs to be a platform for all emerging brands because the cream will always rise to the top, but I have seen big stories on influential blogs on labels making £15 retail tees using iron on prints, and how amazing they are, then people complain when they fall apart in the wash or the print comes off?!
There are hundreds upon hundreds of streetwear brands in the US of varying quality, from downright shoddy to amazing, but people focus on those brands really making it happen from there. So the perception is that the US streetwear scene is all like that – its not – but that is my point. When the focus is on the best that your country has to offer than people can really see what talent is out there, and those more established or emerging brands that deserve recognition will get it for the right reasons. Hopefully we’ll see some great brands coming through in the next couple of years as we need a strong homegrown scene. I’ve seen a few and they have amazing potential.
All your garments are custom cut and sew; talk us through that philosophy a little more…
When we started, like any brand we had to make certain items (t-shirts) on blanks due to costs. However, for us personally this was never what we wanted. We wanted a bespoke brand that was notable for its long lasting quality. Even when we had blanks we went to the trouble of making sure all the correct custom labels were used, custom seam labels were made, everything was kimbled, tagged and bagged. We went through at least 15 blanks to find the best quality, shape and colour mix available. As soon as we were selling enough we switched to cut and sew, even though it hit our margin. Since I think 2005 all of our garments have been cut and sew and in my opinion any brand of stature should absolutely not be using print shop products. You owe it to your customer who spends their hard earned cash on your clothing that what they buy is the best quality you can make for the price and that it will stand the test of time. There is a craft to be learnt, making patterns, cuts, choosing fabrics, selecting print and embellishment techniques. Once you learn this and have it down you will never ever produce on blanks again. We’re a streetwear fashion brand not a screenprinters ;)
You were the first independent brand ever to work with New Era on a 5950 fitted cap, how did you manage that? Especially as you were quite a young brand at the time...
Yeah, that really just came about through instinct, hard work and a bit of luck really. We knew Fitted hats at the time were going to be huge. They were unavailable in the UK and so we contacted New Era in the US to make hats for us. They told us they only made sports licensed hats and hats for large corporations. At the time of my call they said they were setting up in Europe and they would get the European guys to contact us when they did. So that happened a couple weeks later, we presented our brands to them and sold them our vision of what we wanted to do and how big we felt this market was going to become. They liked it and we signed a deal to start making hats. This was before anyone in the US really. I think DC were the only other guys doing it. Off the back of that we made some mad designs, with ear flaps, crazy embroideries, stash pockets, removable flaps – all stuff New Era had never done at the time. I remember them saying countless times ‘i’m not sure we can make this’ and the sample would come back and we’d all be like - ‘oh my good this looks amazing, lets try this next idea.’ I really think we helped to push the envelope of what people perceived to be possible on a simple cap.
In those early days, you did a lot of Dragons Den style panels etc. to get loans from Business Link and The Princes Trust, so how did you find pitching a streetwear brand to people who wouldn't necessarily be familiar with the scene? Any killer hooks to get them interested?
Haha you know it was just like dragons den. The princes trust were amazing. They believed in our ideas and helped us focus what we wanted to do and achieve. It took a year to get funding in place and it was a lot of work at our end to produce water tight business plans and cash flows whilst working shitty temp jobs to keep our heads above water. We basically got the PT loan money on the proviso that we could raise a further bunch of cash through business link. Business link fast tracked our application because of what we’d already achieved at the PT and then we had to present to a panel of bankers, accountants, financiers from the city who sat on the board. It took 2 hours to convince them and our mentor said that he’d never been in a meeting that took so long. That was a very tough meeting. They just didn’t get it and couldn’t understand who would buy such stuff and who would even sell it! They stewed on it overnight apparently and then decided to give us the loan the next day. I think in the end because we had worked so hard on the numbers and a solid business plan, that was what convinced them. That was the start of it all.
We've heard that you've been doing a fair bit of international travel recently, any chance of an insight into your global plans…?
We just got back from showing at Agenda in LA and NY. Effectively we have seen how successful certain US brands have been in implanting their brands into foreign markets and its our plan to flip that and take what is essentially a quintessential British take on streetwear and implant it into the US. Having done the shows we have a step up in that our influences are so far removed from brands over there that our stuff looks completely different but holds the same ethics. So we’re going for the long game, opening just select independents, hand picked, one store per area and drip feeding the exclusivity into the right stores, artists and taste makers that shop at these places. The trips were crazy and the response...well I was taken aback to be honest. Some of the most serious independents such as Atmos, Goliath, Faded Royalty, Human Imagination, Outerspace, BTNC, Kings, Status have picked us up. I think we’ll open quite a few doors from that show. We’re in a unique position too as we are the only UK brand in our niche making the move. That gives us a huge advantage.
We just signed a license deal for Australia and NZ too which could be real good.
You're a brand that's keen to innovate and lead the way (with a proven record of doing so), any particular areas you're eyeing up for the future?
I’m not sure really, we’re developing a lot of stuff with headwear at the moment and trying to bring out interesting variations on blocks and shapes that no one else is really doing. I think you’re gonna see a noticeable sports influence in streetwear over the next year or so. Not the obvious stuff, but such things as cycling influenced long socks/leggings as an example. Its an interesting development and we’d like to make some sort of impression there – I don’t know quite what yet though. We just want to stay ahead of the curve at all times.
Finally, you used to be heavily into snowboarding. Do you still manage to fit any of that into your schedule, and do you still find your background influencing the brand now?
Yeah I fit it in once a year. I’m surfing way more now – I think I went on like 20 trips last year! Mostly to devon, but I hit up Sri Lanka and Mexico too which was mental. Like massive lizards just sunbathing in the fast lane of the motorway?! But yeah, that side of my background doesn’t really influence the brand anymore as things have moved on so much since those days and my thoughts are more often than not always occupied with trends, what we can do differently and most importantly better, because at the end of the day we just want to create and maintain a brand that has great quality, holds the utmost integrity and that people really want to wear.
Cheers man, as said, really appreciate it!
No problem dude, thank you for giving me the opportunity to blurt out a load of stuff!
The first few picks have to include the smart Collenglish zip-up hoody and Fleet shirt. The hoody is constructed from a Speckle Grey Cotton and Polyester brushback fleece, giving it both a premium look and and a very comfortable feel. It also features subtle felt applique branding to the left chest. The Fleet shirt is one that we're really impressed with in terms of the quality of construction and general style of the shirt, with it's bold three tonal colour sections, button pocket and woven label detail.
T Shirt's is another area where the Spring 2013 range stands out. Standout t-shirts in the range experiment with colour and pattern, with the Regalia t-shirt featuring bold typography with a multi-coloured fill pattern, and the Razzle Dazzle Castle design being a Castle icon constructed from a series of striped blocks.
Continuing on the theme of bold patterns, the Cheater crewneck is an item that's already proving popular, and it definitely stands out. Featuring an all over animal print pattern on a hugely comfortable crewneck, it's trimmed with solid black areas that have a subtle repeating pattern that shows a real eye for detail.
Another particularly impressive selection from the drop is the rest of the Collenglish range of products. Featuring felt applique lettering to the front and available in a selection of smart colours, both in crewneck and pullover hoody form, finishing off another well thought out drop from the fellas at Crooks.
Brixton are a brand founded by three friends in 2004, created as a way to convey their lifestyle through unique products. Therefore, they're inspired by the people around them and the things that they do, which has led to some high quality products with designs and details that could only be the result of that personal and intimate connection. The brand continues to go from strength to strength, and we're pleased to see that continuing for Spring 2013.
This first drop of the year from Brixton sees them dropping a whole range of garments that continue to follow their commitment of creating high quality, limited products that the customer will want to keep hold of forever (and that should hopefully last for that long too!). Finding a quality shirt can be a bit of a mission sometimes, but we've always been very impressed by the quality, construction and fit of the Brixton shirts. We see a lot of shirts, and these rank pretty highly, with this seasons offerings being no different. The Bowery and Archie long sleeved shirts both have strong elements of classic Americana style, and you can trust them to last.
The Coda and Partisan crewnecks are two prime examples of Brixtons commitment to quality garments with subtle style; the Coda features a simple, classic style screen printed graphic to the rear of a premium fitting crewneck, and the Partisan fits easily into anyones wardrobe with understated style, finished with subtle embroidered and woven Brixton branding.
Seeing as Brixton originally started off with headwear, it's good to see them comtinuing with their strong headwear game in the form of the Wharf strapback, a premium cut and sew item with a classic style featuring embossed leather patch and rear leather size adjuster. We also have the Miller Pom beanie, featuring bold BRXTN type woven into the front and back, set off by a tonal pom to the top.
Other standout garments include some great outerwear in the form of the Verso reversible jacket which gives you two styles in one, the classically styled Reese jacket in Olive featuring a super comfortable Sherpa lining and the Felton zip-up hoody custom hoody, with stylish and bold colour-block detailing. There's also a range of premium socks in the form of the Melvin and Hurst socks, both available in a variety of colour options.
All the above products have landed both in-store and online at 5 Pointz.
Adidas are a company who consistently manage to successfully combine classic sports herritage and styling with modern fashion and lifestyle twists, in the form of their 'Adidas Originals' line. The latest drop of 'Originals' products are perfect examples of what they do best, with a selection of clothing that take vintage inspiration and mix it up with current styles.
Alongside the outwear and luggage, we've also got a great selection of hoodys and tees. Constructed from comfortable, premium materials and in a variety of stylish but subtle colourways, we have the PB Zip Hoods and PB tees. A standout t-shirt from the range is the 'Photo Hoop' t shirt, featuring a large front black and white photo print of some classic Adidas basketball shoes hanging from a chain net hoop, showing all you need to know about the brand their history.
Adidas Originals have delivered some fantastic products for this season, ranging from stylish bags to some truly classic shoes. This latest range of shoes contains some of their most iconic silhouettes, from the Gazelle and Spezials, all the way through to the Basket Profi's.
The Basket Profi shoe from Adidas Originals is a truly classic silhouette, having even featured on an Adidas Originals graphic tee, hanging from a chain net basketball hoop, which sums up all that they're about. A vintage basketball shoe that comes in an OG colourway alongside staple Black and White, as well as also coming in women's styles with the striking Turquoise Blue and Vivid Pink colourways.
We've put a second PRE-BUY together so you can make sure you get your feet into some of the freshest shoes we've seen for a while, and two shoes that look particularly interesting are the iconic Air Max 90's in a crisp white and pink Engineered Mesh flavour, also the Free Huarache shoe appearing in two colourways inspired by classic colours. The Air Max 90 is one of Nike's most widely known 'Air' shoes, and it's already made an appearance in OG and Engineered Mesh styles so far this year. This version is another style using the advanced Engineered Mesh material, with a fresh Pink and White colour pallette.
The re-worked Free Huarache's use a throwback look that can be traced to an iconic 90's college basketball squad, combined with modern materials and details, such as the suede and mesh uppers. These are combined with that innovative and unique 'Free Sole' unit, designed to give the most natural feel possible, inspired by athletes who used to train barefoot. The shoe comes decked out in two colourways inspired by classic colours, with the shoes pictured here being the Wolf Grey and Infra version. All of this makes for a shoe that's not only unique and good looking, but also one that's incredibly comfortable.
Other shoes that have landed include the ever present Suede Classic in subtle yet effective colourways, the Stepper Classic also makes an appearance in Puma's iconic Ribbon Red and in a luxury leather Luxe Camo Black style. Also available are Basket Classics in vintage inspired styles with Gum soles. Puma shoes have endured the years and various fashions, and always managed to surpass trends and fads, becoming a staple part of most sneakerheads collections along the way.
We have all the bags and shoes pictured and mentioned in this blog post available in store and on the website now, also with a few different colourway variations in some of the shoes.
At 5 Pointz we've got both the Air Max 1 and Air Max 90, in both OG and EM styles.
The latest cap to come from Hall of Frame is the 'Ewing'; with a name that's clearly a nod to the retired New York Knicks 'Hall Of Fame' basketball legend Patrick Ewing, the cap is constructed entirely from suede. The cap features a bold, embroidered FAME graphic on the front, with their signature '2nd Sucks' flag logo embroidered onto the side. Available in 3 different colourways, this cap is sure to be a popular piece of headwear.
Always on the lookout for new, interesting and unique brands, we're proud to be able to announce that we've got a selection of quality I Love Ugly 5 Panel Caps here at 5 Pointz. The brands products have incredibly high production values, with leather belt-buckle style strapback adjusters with brass buckle, suede peaks, woven logo labels and excellent materials sourced from the Far East. The caps feature unique all-over prints containing hand-drawn illustrations from the founders own pens, adding a great deal of personality to the caps, combining to create a range of products that definitely stand out.
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