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Portrait Session — Cesar Cueva and Daniel Narvaez

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I'm excited to be working on a new season of the Portrait Session podcast in partnership with Armani Exchange Connected. With the introduction of the hybrid smartwatch by Armani Exchange — a basic watch, now redefined with tech utility for effortless style and function — I wanted to connect with the stylish men I photograph on the street by bringing them into the studio for a portrait and have a chat about their particular approach to their personal style, work life and play.

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CESAR CUEVA AND DANIEL NARVAEZ

In this episode, I connected with Cesar Cueva and Daniel Narvaez — two life long friends with a common urge to make things. Their shared creative drive has kept them in each other’s faces for over a decade, whether they've liked it or not. Now with their own respective business’s under the same roof of Sydney’s Strand Arcade, the two reminisce about the journey that got them to where they are today — a tailor and a metal smith (amongst a few other endeavours ) — creating beautiful things that are authentic to them.

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Nike Air Max 95 “Just Do It” Pack

Anyone that’s been a longtime fan of Nike (i.e. “everyone”) is pretty familiar with the Swoosh’s “Just Do It” campaign. That’s why we’re pretty sure the latest Air Max 95 colorways arriving soon will be appreciated and fawned over by many (i.e. “all”).

The “Just Do It” AM95 set utilizes the signature brand tagline on an orange colorway (synonymous with the classic color of Nike sneaker boxes) and a white option that incorporates the popular all-over print. Each shoe also comes with a hang tag for added steez, but these bad boys are honestly swagged out all on their own.

So far no word on when the Nike Air Max 95 “Just Do It” pack will hit shelves, but we’ll keep you posted when it becomes available. Peep more pics of both colorways below:

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Fltbys Brings Out the Cool Kids of Brooklyn for Spring/Summer 2018 Pop Up

Emerging rapper KOTA the Friend is more than just a dope MC; he’s also an art curator, as we found out last week at the Brooklyn pop-up for his lifestyle brand Fltbys.

A night that brought art heads, audiophiles and more than a few creatives together in the Gowanus neighborhood of BK, the Fltbys crew — abbreviated for Flight Boys New York — put on an event that felt very much like an art hangout, especially since no clothing was on sale for the night. The night was capped off by a performance from KOTA, who’s currently promoting his well-received EP, Anything, that dropped earlier this year.

Check out more shots from the night below, and shop the new Fltbys SS’18 pieces on their official website right now.

Also, listen to the Anything EP below after checking out the recap:

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Sean John Honors 6 Stylish Music Icons With New ‘Gallery Collection’, Including Aaliyah, Jimi Hendrix, Chaka Khan and The Notorious B.I.G.

Many musicians are in tune with their stylish side, but only a select few can truly be deemed fashion icons. Sean John shows love to six of the greatest musicians in Hip-Hop and R&B to merge the worlds of music and style with a new range of tees that pay tribute to some and homage to others.

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Arriving as a 20th anniversary capsule for the Sean Combs-led lifestyle brand, the featured “Gallery Collection” shows love to the Princess of R&B Aaliyah, funk diva Chaka Khan, psychedelic rock legend Jimi Hendrix, soul superstar Marvin Gaye, NYC’s undisputed Hip-Hop king The Notorious B.I.G. and even Diddy himself, who’s proved time and time again that style is synonymous with his overall brand. Each shirt features a portrait-style screen print to resemble an art gallery piece — much like the one displayed in the two photos above shot by HYPEBEAST.

Check out the complete set of lookbook shots over at HYPEBEAST, or peep the product shots below via Macys, where the entire Sean John 20th Anniversary ‘Gallery Collection’ is available to cop right now for $39 USD each.

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Source Exclusive: The Shoe Surgeon Schools Us On Custom Kicks, Designing Sneakers for Drake and Teaching a New Era of Shoemakers

Have you ever wondered what goes into the process of the shoes, sneakers and footwear in general that we rock on a daily basis? For Dominic Chambrone, known in the sneaker community respectfully as The Shoe Surgeon, the step-by-step guide to shoemaking has been etched into his brain for almost two decades now. Here’s the good news, though: he’s willing to share the knowledge with us all on what it takes to craft a perfect pair of bespoke kicks.

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Visiting the NYC stop of Dom’s Shoe Surgeon Shoe School at the Mondrian Park Avenue hotel, The Source got a crash course on how it all comes together. While some lessons are exclusive to the patrons of the class — respect the process! — we were able to show you guys a sneak peek into how the operation goes from seams to sneakers over the span of a weekend. The Shoe Surgeon also sat down to talk about everything from customizing a pair of Jordan 12s for Drake, the role Hip-Hop has played in his creations and ultimately what he plans to accomplish with the school, both stateside and across the globe.

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Let’s talk real quick about your beginnings in the game and how you even fell in love with sneakers in the first place.
The Shoe Surgeon: My name is Dominic Chambrone, also known as The Shoe Surgeon. I’ve been a sneaker artist as they say for the past 17 years of my life. You can call me a shoemaker, a designer, a customizer, an artist — I mean, whatever. I don’t really believe in labels. The love for sneakers really started during freshman year of high school, but even before that, a love for making things and being crafty started at a very young age. [I was] building LEGOs, forts in my backyard out of wood, hammer and nails — this was at, like, age 10.

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Premium materials students were able to use to customize their own Nike AF1.

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Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

In high school, I has the opportunity to wear my cousin’s original 1985 Jordan 1 “Chicago” [sneakers], and I didn’t know what they were at the time [Laughs]. I was this freshman kid going into school with these dope sneakers that I really didn’t understand what was so cool about. All the dudes were like, “Yo! Where’d you get those?!” and giving me props in the hallways. From there, I started getting Jordans early because I understood that you could feel good just by wearing a pair of shoes and not having to say anything. By junior year, all my friends had the same shoes, and it just wasn’t special anymore. That’s when I picked up an airbrush to an all white pair of Air Force Ones [and gave it] a camouflage print. I went to school the next day and people flipped. Instantly I knew I could get a reaction out of something I created versus getting something early that eventually everyone else would have.

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Each student was given the Nike Air Force One — “AF1” for short — to customize in their own way.

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When did the official transition into “The Shoe Surgeon” happen?
The name actually came about [when I was] around 18 or 19 years old — that was around 2006. It was actually me and a friend at the time; he was a friend of mine that was also a DJ. We were trying to do this thing together. We were in NYC at the time, because I lived in Charlotte [North Carolina], and I just felt we needed an alias. After writing so many ideas down it finally just clicked like, “What are we doing?” We’re taking things apart and making them better. That led to “$hoe $urgeonz” — with the money sign and a “z” [Laughs] — but it changed since then. Now it’s just The Shoe Surgeon.

When you approach customizing shoes, what comes first: choosing the silhouette, choosing the colorway or choosing the materials? Or is there another step that comes first?
None of the processes are the same; they just differentiate. Sometimes it’s the shoe first, other times it’s the materials. it just really depends on how I’m feeling that day and how the project comes about. If a client says, “I want a Jordan 1,” then [the process] starts with a shoe and then I start finding the materials I want to use. If it’s something that’s just my vision, it could start off by seeing materials, or just something that I’m inspired by. There’s no set way at all.

A wall full of shoelaces in a vibrant array of colorways — all available to the students for customizing.

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Image: Keenan Higgins/The Source

I like how you have things coming full circle today, as you’ve got students in the class customizing the sneaker that you originally started with. How did you even get the idea to create something as clever as a Shoe Surgeon Shoe School?
The school came about around two years ago, but it took me personally 15 or 16 years to really learn the knowledge on my own. There was a lot of trial and error, a lot of [investing] my own money and messing things up, learning shoe repair and traditional shoemaking and then just learning how production works. When I mixed all that into one, the school came about. I got the opportunity to teach in Brooklyn for the first time two years ago. I was a little hesitant about [taking on the role], but I did it and it was so personally fulfilling. Other people are so passionate about learning what it took me years to learn, so why not give them the proper tools to learn it in four to five days? Of course they’ll have to refine it and learn, since that’s the way this craft is, but if you can give someone the “cheat book” right away, that next shoe will be all the more better. The goal is to push the craft and push shoemaking overall. It’s really to inspire others and give people the opportunity to become happier by creating something on their own. I rather have them make it right then make it wrong; it’s more frustrating when you do it wrong and have to do it again. Then, if they want to do it for business, i’d rather have them make a good product. I don’t want crap work out there, at all.

A student hard at work on the sewing machine at the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in NYC’s Mondrian Hotel.

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This is a global effort, too. Was it always in the plan to do the school on more than just a regional platform, especially for international sneakerheads to be able to experience this?
The way the world works now, everybody sees everything on the Internet and Instagram. Everyone wants to be a part of it, so we found it best to travel the world. We’ve done classes in Amsterdam, New York, L.A. and Chicago, so we want to continue taking it across the globe — Toronto, Tokyo and Dubai, too. I like to meet the people that see me from the lens of the Internet. That’s really the key.

Jumping away from kicks for a bit, I have to ask since The Source is a Hip-Hop magazine: what are you listening to right now?
All I’ve got to say is Drake, man [Laughs]. I used to hate Drake’s music, but then again I used to hate Nike, just being young and naive. If an artist can make good-feeling music then cool, but I like a person’s story more than anything. When Drake first started, i was like, “Oh, I don’t like this,” but he’s consistent and I like his work ethic. It reminds me of myself. Other music I’m listening to right now is, like, PARTYNEXTDOOR, The Weeknd, that new “OTW” song with 6LACK, Ty Dolla $ign and Khalid, Giggs, and GHOST LOFT is dope too, although he’s not exactly Hip-Hop. Throughout my career of making shoes, Hip-Hop has always been part of the creative process. When I was in my parent’s garage trying to make shoes for weeks and get through projects, I’d be listening to albums. Now that I’m making shoes for a lot of Hip-Hop guys now, I feel honored because I used to listen to their music to get better at making stuff. It just feels like a transfer of energy. Lil John got a pair of shoes, and I told him this story in Vegas. I really fucked with his music, so it felt like we kind of gravitated towards each other naturally.

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A student in the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School celebrates being the first to complete a design, as his fellow peers cheer him on.

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Do you have a favorite sneaker creation that you’ve created for a rapper?
Yeah, it would actually be the Drake x OVO x Stone Island [Air Jordan] 12s. That one was fun. It was dope too because he didn’t commission me to do those; it was just something I wanted to create. Usually when that happens the product comes out better. Then I got to meet him and he’s a super dope dude.

When it comes to the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School, where do you see yourself taking and ultimately expanding the brand?
I just want to continue to have it grow and build. Like I said before, [I want to] build an army of other shoemakers, creators and people that just want to grow and feel really good about being part of something greater. The goal is definitely to make it something bigger than just a shoe school — maybe bags or full-out design could be next. I’m not really into the ways of traditional school, so it’s like, “How do I create my own trade school?” From The Shoe Surgeon brand itself, we’re looking to get into a bigger space and create this experience for clients. For me, personally, I want to continue building my original brand.

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Sneaker influencer Racks stops by the school to show support to the homie Dominic.

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In progress: one of the standout custom designs from a student in the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in NYC.

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Neil Caro, a former student at the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School, is now an instructor for new students taking the class

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Dominic Chambrone (The Shoe Surgeon) teaching shoemaking skills to students at the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School in NYC.

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Find out more information on the Shoe Surgeon Shoe School — maybe even join and create some heat yourself? — by visitjng their official website.

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The Nike ACG SS18 Collection Delivers a Vibrant Palette of Retro Sportswear

Every brand in the fashion world right now is relying heavily on retro inspo, and the latest Nike ACG collection does exactly that with extremely impressive results.

This collection looks like it would’ve thrived in 1995 — the year that clearly inspired all these pieces — and with the current ’90s revival going on it’s highly possible these will sell out fast. Colors ranging from purple and green, all the way to lighter hues of pink and yellow, make it onto this set of sportswear. Windbreaker-style jackets and headwear are some of the key standouts, but it’s definitely the footwear that takes the cake here.

Pick up the Nike ACG Spring/Summer 2018 collection beginning next Friday (June 1) at select spots like Japanese retailer BEAMS.

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Shyne Makes an Unexpected Return in Belize for the 40s & Shorties Summer 2018 Lookbook

It’s been a minute since we last saw rapper Shyne out here in these streets, but now he’s making a surprising-yet-welcomed return by way of streetwear imprint 40s & Shorties.

Taking us all the way to his hometown of Belize, the former Bad Boy Records recording artist literally shines in the lookbook for the brand’s recently-released SS’18 collection. The photos give us a look into Shyne’s upbringing in Central America, while also showcasing some seriously ill pieces — graphic tees, shorts, carry-alls and collared shirts are standouts — that all fit perfectly into anyone’s wardrobe for the upcoming season.

Take a journey with Shyne through Belize in the 40s & Shorties Summer 2018 lookbook below, which is available right now in the brand’s online store.

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Shop Now: Supreme x Clarks Originals Spring/Summer 2018 Footwear Collection

In addition to a denim collaboration with Levi’s dropping today, Supreme is also releasing a fire set of footwear alongside another frequent collaborator, Clarks Originals.

A custom version of Clark’s classic Weaver silhouette is done up in five summer-ready colorways. Each shoe incorporates a premium suede upper base, complimented further by leather footbeds and that signature crepe sole. Color options include Red, Light Pink, Black, Hunter Green and Maple, so your options to stunt on ’em are wide and plentiful.

Pick up the Supreme x Clarks Originals footwear selection for SS’18 right now, either in-store at the NY, Brooklyn, LA, London and Paris locations or online.

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