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Editorial: Devil's Harvest

Riding high with a truckload of new gear from our newest Men's label, Devil's Harvest, these friends spent the day cruising the sun-soaked roads of Southern California, stopping only for gas, girls and a chance to cool off at the local lake in the valley town of Ojai.



Style Icon: Walter White




Breaking Bad is back and it's better than ever! (If you want to talk about that ending last night, email me. I'm mostly not kidding.) Except now we can't stream the entire season on Netflix in one afternoon. How are we supposed to wait a week between shows?! What is this, the Stone Age? While we're all waiting for the new episodes to air, and since we have nothing else to do, like jobs, let's channel Walter White's iconic fashion sense. Maybe it'll help us feel closer to the characters. Plus, he's such a fashionista. —Katie

Fashion inspo:


High drama.


So sassy.


Live, love, laugh.

Get the look:


Hawkings McGill Pinpoint Oxford Button-Down Shirt
Remember, you're an ex-high school teacher, so you want to retain some of that casual cool style. You should probably only ever wear button-downs. It'll make people really confused when you turn out to be a badass drug lord.


Levi's 508 Two-Tone Cougar Pant
Always gotta keep a casual chino khaki. Nothin' too fancy for this meth maker.


Hidden Marble Square Sunglasses
When Jesse is like "MAGNETS? HOW ABOUT MAGNETS? IS ANYBODY LISTENING TO ME?" just pop on these sunglasses while walking away and sighing so everyone knows how over it you are.


Brixton Bison Wide Brim Fedora
When people are like, "Hi, Walter!" you pull out this hat and slap it on your head real quick so they know that they're dealing with Heisenberg, the lean, mean killin' machine and not Walt "I Sold My Company Shares For $5,000 And Now They're Worth 4 Billion, Let's All Cry For Me" White.


Deena & Ozzy Medium Army Duffle Bag
You need a sturdy bag to carry around stacks of cash and stacks of meth. Jesse Pinkman will also need one. Order two.


The Men's Soap Shop Double-Edge Razor
Hair is so passé. Shave it off. Shave it all off.

Freak Folk Look Book


Our newest men's trend draws inspiration from hippies the world over and combines surplus fabrics with fun neons and geometric shapes. It's totally going to be all you want to wear for fall. Here are some of our favorite outfit shots below, and some pieces to get you started with this trend.

Inspiration:
















Get the look:


Koto Jacquard Pocket Tee


All-Son Canvas Rucksack


Lightweight Beanie


Koto Embroidered Jogger Pant


Charles & 1/2 Camo Jacket


Canvas Duffle Backpack


Koto Cross-Stitch Denim Button-Down


Rosin Foulard 5-Panel Hat


Deter Printed Pullover Sweatshirt


Character Hero Joe Sweater

Look Of The Week: Brian Seidman


This week we took a trip over to the Cherry Hill, NJ store to find our Look Of The Week!

Introduce yourself! What's your title here at the store?
My name's Brian Seidman and I'm a sales associate here at the Cherry Hill store.

What are you wearing today?
A button-down short sleeve shirt and cut-offs. I think I might have gotten them at Pac-Sun? They were pants and I cut them into shorts. Because I needed shorts.

Cool. Do you live around here?
I live in Marlton. It's pretty close to here, like 10-15 minutes.

What's your favorite thing to do there?
In Marlton? There's nothing to really do in Marlton. I usually just hang out with friends there and play guitar. There is really not much to do there. [Laughs.]

Do you like to go into Philly a lot?
For concerts, yeah. Some of my favorite bands are Say Anything, The Front Bottoms, Wavves... those are probably the top ones.

Where can we find you online?
I have an Instagram! I'm not very active on it, but I have one. It's just my name, @brianseidman.

Awesome. Thanks Brian!

Interview: COPE2 on the Obey x COPE2 Takeover

COPE2 has teamed up with his buddies at Obey to bring you a new collection sold exclusively at Urban Outfitters, titled Obey x COPE Takeover, which is inspired by his past, his friendship with Shepard and NYC street art.
Interview by Lorin Brown


Who were your peers/collaborators coming up as a writer?

It was the NYC subways that got me into being a graffiti writer and my cousin who also tagged his name up in the late '70s. Man, those subway cars had some amazing art painted on them and I always wanted to put my name on them as well and see my name "COPE2" roll through all the five boroughs of NYC. They were like moving museums of art. What a great time; good memories.




When you first started showing in galleries what was the transition like going from writing and painting on walls to creating work meant to be viewed in a art shows?
The Christie's Guernsey Auction in 1999 in NYC was having a huge graffiti art sale and I was contacted by them to submit some pieces. I never really did my art on canvas, but I heard this was a huge thing so I submitted three paintings and two sold for a pretty good price. I was surprised, so that's what pretty much got me started and going into the direction of doing galleries. I was getting a bit too old to be painting on trains and walls and I've been really successful in doing so worldwide in galleries, museums, auctions and private collections.

Do you find a lot has changed in your gallery work since then? In process or otherwise?
Yes for sure. When you're a graffiti artist, you're more into your original style with lettering. Now that I'm doing my art on canvas, I focus more on making it a real authentic painting which I go beyond just doing wild style graffiti letters. I do more mixed media with my paintings which look really amazing.




What outside of graffiti influences you?
Just great energy, great people, good music, my partner, Indie 184, my kids, my family, good vibes, positive energy, and even negative energy sometimes can influence an artist on their work.

What other artists are you into right now outside of graffiti?
I love Jean Michel Basquiat's work. One of my idols is Keith Harring—another amazing artist. I love Pablo Piccasso, KAWS, Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Fafi, Mr. Brainwash, José Parlá. I love all of their work, it's so inspiring.




How did you meet Shepard Fairey?
I've known Shepard Fairey for a while now. We both were legendary characters in Marc Eckō's video game called Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure! So we've always spoke about doing something together which I though was a brilliant idea and we finally came together and making it happen.

How did this new collection with Obey come about?
Steve from Obey approached me during Art In The Streets in the private opening reception at the L.A. MOCA and I was like, "Sure why not? Let's make it happen." And we just kept in contact through email concerning the project and we're here now and it looks amazing. I love it—another great Obey and COPE2 collaboration.



Can you tell us a little bit about the photographic tee?
Yes, that's an original picture I took of my piece painted on an NYC subway car back in 1983 and I loved how if you look you can see the buildings in the background and I knew if Obey was around back then pasting his iconic image he wouldve pasted it on the top of one of the buildings, so we did it in photoshop. It looked perfect and was such a great idea, plus they loved it as well so we went forward with it. 

Do you have any other shows or collaborations coming up that you'd like to talk about?
I'm working on several group shows here in NYC at the Krause Gallery and the Jonathan Levine Gallery for July and August, then a solo art show in Köln (Cologne), Germany with Ruttkowski 68 Gallery September 6, and more solo shows in London, Detroit, and Paris this year. So, I'm pretty much busy which is good and I'm grateful. 




Where can we find you online?
You can check me out on my site at website or my Instagram @mrcope2. Thank you!



Comedy Central's 'Stars Under the Stars' Recap & Interview with Adam DeVine

This past Wednesday, Comedy Central was back at the Summer Stage in Central Park, with their 'Stars Under the Stars' show hosted by Gabriel Iglesias. The night included live stand-up acts by comedians Dan Soder, Adam DeVine, John Mulaney, Jeff Ross and Amy Schumer, as well as my personal favorite part of the night: a surprise five minute long torrential downpour right before the gates opened.


Aside from a bunch of wet butts—including my own—the show went amazing. The crowd was treated to jokes about tight buttholes, got a glimpse of Amy's perfect poses, and a few lucky (actually... pretty unlucky) attendees got raunchily roasted by The Roastmaster himself. Note to anyone who meets Jeff in the future: do NOT shake his hand, as it was probably just down his pants.

To top it all off, the lovely crew at Comedy Central hooked us up with an interview with the hilarious Adam DeVine. So now, without further ado, hear what the Workaholics star told me about how he prepares for his stand-up, his hatred of fedoras, love of jet skis, and what his top three words to describe himself are. —Ally


Hey Adam! Introduce yourself to our readers! 
My name is Adam DeVine, I am a comedian. I am on the show Workaholics that I co-created and star in with my buddies. I'm actually doing this other show called House Party that comes out in the fall on Comedy Central that is like a stand-up hybrid show... it sounds so stupid when you explain it that way. You're like, "UGH! I hate that show!" But it's really fun and cool.

So how do you prepare for your stand-up shows? Is it a lot of improv or do you write most of the jokes out in advance?
Ecstasy. I do a ton of ecstasy right before.

See now, I believe that.
Mmhm. You saw me up there, I'm oozing sex appeal, sweating a little too much.

I just saw you talking to your beer and it not answering you back. So how would you compare stand-up to working on your shows? Which is harder?
Stand-up is really fun because it's instant gratification. You tell a joke, and people laugh, and you're like, "OOH! I'M GOOD!" But then, on the show a lot of time it's like, "Is this stupid? Like, are we blowing it right now?" So I would say that shooting the show is a little bit harder in that respect. And it takes forever to write. For stand-up, jokes are just easy.

So who are a few of your favorite stand-up comedians? You can't say anyone performing tonight, to be fair.
I like, I feel like in my soul I'm a black comedian, so i like black comics. I like Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart is super funny.

Growing up did you watch a lot of stand-up?
Yeah, my dad was a huge Evening At The Improv fan so I watched stand-up all of the time with him. And I actually got a job working at the Hollywood Improv when I moved out to California when I was 18.

So onto fashion... where are some of your favorite places to shop?
URBAN OUTFITTERS! The Buckle sucks! Urban rules, fuck The Buckle. PacSun: suck my balls!

Hell yeah! So what do you think is the best accessory for summer?
Scarves. Wool scarves.

Really?
Yeah. Nothing underneath, let's keep it casual, titties out... titties OUT!

Wait, what? No, I mean for guys!
Oh, for guys. I don't know! I'm not an accessory guy. Just no fedoras.

Why not?
They're just bad looking. Especially when a few dudes roll out with a fedora, you just gotta make sure two guys put it away and one guy wears the fedora. He can be the fedora guy. There shouldn't be three dudes in your clique rocking fedoras like it's 1962 and you're part of the Rat Pack.

Be honest. Have you ever worn a fedora?
I've never in real life worn a fedora. I've worn it as a bit—comedy hat.

Now that I DON'T believe!
[Laughs] I've worn some other... Pooka shell necklaces I rocked for way too long. People were like, "No, that's a bad look" And I was like, "Psssh, yeah right." And a shark tooth. I wore a shark tooth necklace.


So what are your plans for the summer? Any traveling?
Yeah! For Fourth of July I'm renting a house in Big Bear, which is mountain-like, in California. I'm going to rent jet skis. That's all I'm really excited about is riding jet skis. I have a weird love for them. They're so much fun.

How fast do you go?
You can get them up to like, 45 miles per hour! That's fast! Then you jump off and really hurt yourself. I couldn't move my head for two weeks.

You did that?!
Yeah, I was riding on the back of one going 45 miles per hour and I was like, "I'M GONNA JUMP!" He's like, "Alright, you fucking maniac..." And then instead of jumping off the back and covering and landing, I decided to dive in, like this maneuver [makes diving maneuver] headfirst and he said he saw me like, cartwheel in the water like ten times. Jet skis. It's a jet ski summer, baby.

Okay it's time to go, but before we do... on a scale of one to ten, ten being the tightest, how tight is your butthole tonight?
I've only had a few drinks so I would say about an eight.

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Trend: Travel Bags


Travel bags are obviously a necessity for every trip, and maybe it's time for a new one! Like me, you probably have a boring, black rolling suitcase or duffle bag that you've had in your family for far too long! This is a sign that you are on the hunt for a brand new fancy travel bag to pack your things in when you go on adventures this summer. UO has duffles, backpacks, and tote bags galore. Maddie


Deena & Ozzy Medium Army Duffle Bag
This bag is perfect because it looks like it'll fit just about everything. Also, you can clearly carry it easily.


Herschel Supply Co. Novel Weekender Bag
Digging this classy leather trimmed take on the duffle.


Carrot Map Backpack
If you're not in the market for a duffle or tote, go for this world traveling inclined backpack. That map print is too cute.


All-Son Canvas Rucksack
So many compartments for all of the things. ALL of them!


LIEBESKIND Berlin Stella Tote Bag
This tote will be prime for airplane travel; slide all of your things right in and under your seat.


Filson Red Label Tote Bag
Tote bags aren't just for the ladies, guys. You can throw everything you couldn't fit in your duffle bag into this sleek and minimal black tote.

Shop Bags for Men and Women.

Northside Festival Recap

This past week (June 13-20) was Brooklyn, NY's Northside Festival, featuring over 50 films and 350 bands performing at venues, warehouses, rooftops and parks all over the borough.  With so many places to go and new bands to check out, we teamed up with the @uonewyork crew to cover as much music as our feet could drag us to. Together, we saw so many amazing bands, artists, and outfits that we felt the need to share our experience with you. So, here we go!


Thursday

The first show we checked out was Iceage, who played with A Place to Bury Strangers and Lower at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The night was really gloomy and rainy—perfect for a dark Danish punk band! The crowd really went nuts for them and the mosh pit started during the first song. Lots of stylish punk kids and Europeans in attendance.


Next up was Twin Sister and Ava Luna at 285 Kent. There was a great local fan turnout. The band recently got into a car accident so the guitar players from Twin Sister and Ava Luna could not perform. Andrea, the singer for Twin Sister, performed with a broken leg!

Friday


We got into the Iceage secret show at Saint Vitus. This show was more intimate than the show the night before. The fans were a little more sophisticated and the pit was non-existent. But the audience was still cool and stylish.


Pop.1280 at 285 Kent. The show was filled with great screamy goth metal and mosh pit action! 

A few of us met for Black Flag at Warsaw, where we watched from above on the balcony, getting a great view of not just the band, but the crazy crowd below. 




White Fence and Las Rosas at the BK Knitting Factory. Las Rosas consists of members of Brooklyn locals Wild Yaks, and their singer is from the Austin band Harlem. Overall, a great rock and roll show! 

Saturday 

We started out the day with Phosphorescent and The Walkmen at McCarren Park, where we got out of the sun and into the Heineken tent, where we got to drink cold beer and snap photos of the some really rad outfits. 

Afterwards was Son Volt at the Music Hall of Williamsburg We ended up going to this on a fluke, but this country band was actually pretty enjoyable. Not an aspirational crowd, but it was nice to see some diversity in the festival.

Sunday 

The early afternoon started with Bambara at The Jameson Black Barrel Lounge at Villain (mmm, free whiskey). Afterwards we hung out with the guys and got to know them a little better (interview to come!).


Solange and Petite Noir held down the last day of the weekend at McCarren Park, bringing together the best dressed crowd we saw all weekend. Lots of dancing, some more Heinekens and plenty of  "I LOVE YOU!!!"s shouted at the (arguably) cooler of the Knowles sisters.


The Soft Moon played 285 Kent Great, and their name was a bit misleading! They're an industrial, post-punk, goth band. They did an encore set playing drums on folding chairs and plastic buckets which surprisingly worked up the croud! 

Born Ruffians packed the Brooklyn Bowl, and had us dancing and singing like there was no tomorrow.


The last show of the weekend was Light Asylum @Cameo Gallery. What a fun dance party! Some of us were turned away at the door, but for the rest of us, it was a great way to close out the festival.

Trend: Camp Hats

Camp hats! They're a lot like five-panel caps, but usually have a nylon strap in the back and overall less structure — because structure is for the school year and it's summertime, bitches. Really though camp hats, the lighter little brother to baseball caps, are perfect for summer when you need to keep the sun out of your grill but aren't trying to have your head be all sweaty. Plus, we've got them in a bunch of wild patterns, which is great for blending in with the foliage, which is important when trying to stealthily steal beer from unassuming camp dads. Angelo


This hat has wolves on it, which is great for going out into nature, communing with wolves. Warning: may be offensive to wolves. 

This hat has space girls on it, which is great for going out into nature and hallucinating about communing with space girls. 

This collaboration from two Northwest brands, Coal and Otter Wax, is waxed for your protection, because even if it's summer in the Northwest it's probably still raining. 

The Stately hat is for classy camping trips, but I don't know anything about classy camping trips. 

Skateboarder Magazine "Boys' World"

Skateboarder Magazine's spring look book "Boys World" features a hot babe (Amanda Mondale) in dude clothes from brands like Vans and Brixton. The editorial is an obvious play at the basest interests of the magazine's hyper-sexualized mostly-young male audience! But like, oof, amiright? No complaints here.  Angelo 





Comedy Couture: Steve Holt!

You'll never be Steve Holt! but can still try to dress like him. In four simple steps, you can copy the style of the most popular senior in school—three years in a row. We've also included some of Steve Holt!'s most inspirational quotes to get you feeling like you just took a bunch of pills filled with oxygen. —Ally



Get the Steve Holt! look:


Charles & 1/2 Varsity Jacket
"There's no 'I' in win!" —Steve Holt!

Fred Perry Twin Tipped Polo Shirt
"Don't ask can I? Ask I can." —Steve Holt!

Levi's 513 Clouded Tones Jean
"Study hard guys—trust me." —Steve Holt!

adidas Samba Classic Sneaker
"STEVE HOLT!"—Steve Holt!

Trend: Get Buckets


Photo by Bobby Whigham 

I was super bummed when I was ten and my camo bucket hat flew off my head while boating, but I'm even sadder now because that hat was way ahead of the game. Fashion dudez know bucket hats have been coming on strong for the past few seasons on the runway, in lookbooks from steezy Japanese brands, and soon, rested comfortably atop your domepiece. It's finally hot most places (sorry if it's snowy where you are) and we've got your easily-sunburnt ears covered with a selection of bucket hats from legendary brands like Stussy, Penfield and L.A. streetwear mainstay Undefeated. Just be careful on boats. Angelo


Undefeated Bucket Hat
Perfect for expert level jungle creepin'.


Stussy Camouflage Bucket Hat
Very chill safari life.


Penfield Baker Bucket Hat
#floralife, like grandma's couch but cool and not smelling like Lucky Strikes.


Undefeated U-Man Bucket Hat
It's like the cool bucket hat version of those preppy shorts with embroidered penguins and boats.

Trend: Printed Shoes


Prints are no longer just for your body, pals. This summer, you can wear prints by way of your shoes too.  All of the best styles of shoes, flatforms, oxfords, and sneakers come in geo-prints, polka dots, tropical prints, etc etc. Literally so many options for your feet. No excuse for your outfit to be boring ever again! Vans, Converse, and Miista have some of the many brands that have the right idea. Its time to let your feet do the talking. - Maddie


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Mixed Print High-Top Sneaker


Vans Van Doren Leopard Authentic Sneaker


Study Footwear Polka Dot Drop Sneaker


Dr. Martens Castel 8-Eye Tie-Dye Boot


Deena & Ozzy Triple-Buckle Printed Stud Flatform


Fred Perry Foxx Paisley Sneaker

Shop shoes for girls and guys.

Trend: '90s Graphic Tees

Trying to explain the importance and awesomeness of the '90s would involve some kind of thesis-style paper that I have no time or patience to write.  Being a '90s kid automatically excuses any and all laziness we may have (I mean, come on. We grew up watching shows like Beavis and Butthead, listening to the Spice Girls and typing "777 if you like pizza" in AOL chat rooms).  It's no wonder that people want to go back in time and revive the music, movies, TV shows, killer fashion, and overall vibe of the youth.  The '90s was the best decade ever, hands down. If you miss it, or just missed it in general, relive the good times with our graphic tees of some of the most iconic '90s things ever. —Ally

DOE 1995 Sublimated Bandana Tunic Tee
This tee is simple and to the point. 1995 was a good year for OJ Simpson and a terrible one for Deadheads. Welp, at least we were able to use our new Windows 95 to talk about it online.

Kelly Kapowski Tee
Kelly Kapowski was the most popular girl at Bayside in the early '90s. Even though she'd never date a dweeb like you, wearing a shirt with her on it shows some dedication.

90210 Tee
ANOTHER mega babe from the '90s was Brenda Walsh. She went through a lot on during her time on the show, but we still can't help but be pissed about her leaving after season four to go to London. Maybe it was because the New Sunday Trading Laws in 1994 allowed shopping on Sundays in Britain.

I never really listened to Tupac, but apparently there was a big feud between him and...

this guy. Now, any dance party you go to plays a Biggie remix, sparking the "who was better" debate.  Their music may only be played for the next 30 or so years, but the debate will go on forever.

The hip hop group Wu-Tang created the acronym C.R.E.A.M., which you can find tattooed on the inside of many 20-something-year-olds' lips. C.R.E.A.M. stands for "Cash Rules Everything Around Me," but like many other acronyms, certain letters tend to get changed. In this case, the "C": cats, cookie, cake, Channing Tatum... you get the point.

Although the group formed in 1985, they released five albums between 1990 and '98. While googling the band for fun facts for this post, I realized for the first time that Quest Love is not a part of the Tribe. Bummer.

As iconic as this hip hop and comedy duo was, I do not recognize EITHER of them without Kid's hi-top fade. Someone start a "Grow It Back" petition online, please?

In the '90s, MTV was the most important channel on television. It had everything you could ask for in place and more...

MTV had Spring Break.

MTV had music.

No, seriously, MTV had music! It had everything, I promise. I wouldn't lie to you.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective gave us the chance to use the phrase "alllll righty then" after everything our parents told us to do. A life of sarcasm begins.

Ghostbusters was filmed in the '80s, but the cartoon spinoffs from the series featured the loveable, broccoli-fearing character Slimer. He was cool, and a lot of fun to draw in your notebook because he was kind of hard to mess up. All you needed to draw was a big, gloppy mess with a lime green crayon.

Bugs & Taz Throwback Sweatshirt
Cartoons were really, really cool in the '90s. Bugs Bunny and Taz the Tasmanian Devil weren't really part of that crew (except that time they were in Space Jam), but they look so hard in this sweatshirt that it's almost believable. 

Lisa Frank X UO Lips Muscle Tee
Do we really need to tell you again why Lisa Frank was the coolest woman in the world? JUST TRUST US. <3

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Comedy Couture: Tobias Funke

Being a never nude is really hard. You ALWAYS have to have something on... preferably jean shorts. In honor of our love for Tobias from Arrested Development, we would like to share with you the secret of getting his signature look. It's really, really difficult to pull off, but we think it's worth a shot (even if it's premature). —Ally



Get the look:

Matte Round Readers
Some round reading glasses left over from your Analrapist days.

Party Mustache
Spending time with your kid is hard, especially when they think you're a jobless loser. Instead of trying to relate to them in order to get some Q.T., dress up like you're their nanny. This involves shaving your facial hair, but trust me, it's worth it. That way, you can keep your kid fooled and still bring out The Man Inside Me (you), with a clip-on mustache at a moment's notice.

Colorini Waterproof Body Paint
Jobless? Loveless? Feeling confused? Join a club for people who feel just as blue as you. You might not end up in the support group you were looking for, but the chance to become an understudy for the Blue Man Group will totally give your ego all the support it needs. You'll just need a lot of body paint—and I mean A LOT. Just be careful touching people/places/things around you.

Urban Renewal Acid-Wash Destroyed Denim Short
Sometimes being a never nude can be overwhelming. People look at you like you're a freak, your own wife makes fun of you and yet at the same time, you have to stay strong and be a good role model for people who suffer from the same insecurities that you do. Want to know my opinion? Hang out with other never nudes and let your cut-offs fly free. Feeling ballsy? Try wearing these.

Comedy Couture: Buster Bluth


Buster Bluth may not have known much about fashion, but that doesn't mean he wasn't stylish. From his button-down shirts to his wire-rimmed glasses, the man exuded style. Don't believe me? Check it out. —Katie





Get the look:


OBEY Beans Polo Shirt
"Hey, brother!"


Rimmed Reader
"In fact, Buster was in Santa Ana, a town six minutes inland from his own, but the combination of losing his glasses and breathing carbon monoxide had impaired Buster's judgment."


Dockers Camo Alpha Khaki
"They're taking me in the army. They didn't think there was enough wrong with me."


Penfield Baker Bucket Hat
"They even touched my Charlie Browns."


Hanging Bike Rack
"Mom told me to stay away from microwaves. And besides, this is gonna be the most bitching fast bike in all of Orange County!"


Dry Erase World Map
"Obviously this blue part here is the land."


F'n Birthday Party Pack
"We have unlimited juice? This party is going to be off the hook!"


Domo Dino Plush Doll
"These are my awards, Mother. From Army."

Bazaaaar Pop-Up Interview: Buki Akib


(Photo credit: Svenja Trierscheid)

Buki Akib is a Lagosian menswear designer, and we recently caught up with her to talk about style in Lagos, her favorite materials to knit, and what she's most excited to see at our Bazaaaar pop-up.



Hi Buki! Can you give our readers a little background on yourself?

I was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I grew up and studied in London. I studied fashion at Central Saint Martins in London, and I am currently living between Lagos and London.

Did you grow up knowing that you wanted to go into fashion design?
No, I always knew I was going to be an artist, which I feel I am. Fashion is just another medium I use to express my art.



How did you get your start as a designer?
I first enrolled in an illustration class at Central Saint Martins and a tutor advised me to try the fashion course, which I did, and it was there that I discovered knitting. It was a love and hate relationship, but I felt very connected to creating a fabric from just a ball of yarn. I was also assistant stylist during my studies at CSM. I really loved working on editorial shoots - they're a great space to be super creative.

What is the fashion like in your hometown of Lagos?
I have always said growing up in the city was an introduction to fashion. Lagosians take pride in what they wear. Our traditional clothes have such history and beauty.



Can you tell us a little bit about the clothing?
The Lagosian attire for Yoruba men (the southern tribe), where I'm from, usually consists of the Buba which is a box shaped shirt made out of cotton that will either hit shy of his hips or hang long to his knees; Sokoto, which are trousers that are usually quiet loose; and Agabada (this is the master piece): It's an oversized, flowing robe with wide arms and beautiful embroidery around the neck and chest area. This goes on top of the Buba shirt. All my collections are always inspired by the these simple silhouettes, textures and colors.

What are some of the techniques you use in your designs?
I work on the knitting machine and hand knit. I love mixing different colors of yarns to create luxurious fabrics. I have a technique where I use a contrasting type of yarn to apply on to the fabric I am knitting on the machine. (You need to really see it!) It's laborious but it looks so beautiful.



Are the patterns you work into your clothing traditional Nigerian prints? What about the materials you use?
Yes, it's called aso-oke. It's a hand-woven fabric that is woven on a small loom. The fabric is made out of cotton, silk and sometimes lurex.

Do you work closely with people in Nigeria to create your fabrics and clothing?
I work very closely with really talented weavers in Lagos. We try to develop and recreate this ancient technique.

What are some of your favorite materials to work with?
I love working with all materials, from tassels to waxed cords to lurex yarns. Give me anything and I will knit it.

What's been the most unique material you've knitted something out of?
For my AFEFE collection I knitted a wire shirt and mixed it with different color cotton yarns. It looks magnetic in the light.


BUKI AKIB AFEFE Teaser 2013 from BUKI AKIB on Vimeo.

Your clothing has been featured in numerous fashion shoots. Have you gotten to travel anywhere out of the ordinary because of that?
Last year I was part of an exhibition in Frankfurt and had a chance to drive down to Baden-Baden (south of Germany). The scenery there was just breathtaking.

What was it like there?
Baden-Baden scenery is beautiful because it's located in the northern foothills of the Black Forest so all you see is hills upon hills. We had driven onto this residential area upon a hill (we were lost) and that's where I saw the view. Very peaceful to look at, especially when you have a busy mind.

What's one thing you want people to think when they see your line?
Inspired.

What are you excited to see with the pop-up?
Unfortunately I can't be physically there, but just seeing all the artists' work is exciting. Of course the big treats are Theophilus London and Jagari Chanda.



Buki Akib

'Steve' by Patrick Pearse

Maybe it's the music—the jazz AND the Freebird—or maybe it's just my fascination with legendary pro skaters, but Patrick Pearse's new video for Desillusion Magazine just makes Steve Olson look SO COOL. He's one of those old school, badass dudes, who lives in Cali, drives a motorcycle and spends his days sitting by the pool (empty ones, duh) not giving a single fuck. 


One of greatest things Steve ever did was help create his super cute son Alex, which leads me to the following life plan: marry a skateboarder, move to L.A., have a son and force my husband to teach him to skate instead of play catch like normal dads do.  When he goes pro at 16, I'll retire and sit back with my sk8r boi and soak in the sun, waves and cigarette smoke 'til death (or a younger girlfriend) do us part. —Ally

Stoner Style: Blake, Anders, and Adam

It's hard being a telemarketer 9 to 5, but it's not that hard for Adam, Blake and Ders from Workaholics, probs 'cause they're fucking stoned out of their brains all the time. Seriously, like sugar honey iced tea they are stoned. Here's how to get the Workaholics stoner style look down 'cause ya gotta, ya gotta, ya gotta be fresh. - Hazel


Hawkings McGill Pinpoint Oxford Shirt
A simple button down for work. 


Love Me: The Saguaro x Urban Outfitters

This past weekend, Urban Outfitters took over The Saguaro (1800 East Canyon Drive, Palm Springs) with Hello Stranger and OM Records to present the Love Me Pop-up shop featuring our exclusive collaboration with Curtis Kulig! We started Coachella's 2nd #festbest weekend off right with a pool party. From noon until 6pm, our DJ sets and live performances echoed across Palm Springs with music by Warpaint, Wynn from Twin Shadow, Turbotito, Data Romance and Oh Boy Les Mecs.  In attendance was Mr. Kulig himself, pictured above with his new friend who probably got the most love out of everyone at the event. Just be careful Curtis—sometimes love bites! Special thanks to Friends & Family and Juke Magazine.