Tesla Cars can already do a bevy of things regular vehicles cannot, speaking with Bethesda Games, Todd Howard at E3, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk confirmed the Tesla owners will be able to play games, watch YouTube and use more apps in their electric cars on the ample built-in touchpad screen.
Musk revealed that drivers will be able to play Fallout Shelter, Bethesda’s free mobile game based on the popular Fallout franchise that was released in back in 2015. The game will be joining the list of already confirmed titles which includes the insanely challenging platformer Cuphead, Atari Classics such as Missile Command, Asteroids, Lunar Lander, and Centipede which all arrived in the vehicle last August.
Not a gamer, no problem, Musk also confirmed that the popular video streaming app YouTube will also be coming to his Tesla vehicles as well. He flexed creative muscle, even more, when he revealed that drivers will be able to play a game called Buggy Racing 2 by using the car’s steering wheel, accelerator, and brake showing off the fantastic capability in a clip.
Other things Musk spoke on during the panel included his next big launch and even a weird”hits blunt” moment where he suggested that human existence could be someone’s video game and we are all the characters in the game.
With its chilling portrait of a patriarchal dictatorship where women are routinely raped, mutilated and forcibly separated from their children, “The Handmaid’s Tale” has proved a tough watch. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Todd Snyder just has a gift for finding the sweet spot between nostalgic romance and modern feasibility. His savvy blend of contemporary fashion with timeless style comes through in most of his designs—though we particularly love the collaborations. The brand’s latest collab with legendary watch brand Timex is one for the ages.
The story goes something like this: While browsing through the Timex archives one day, Todd’s eye was captured by a long-forgotten timepiece that seemed achingly familiar. But this was more than simple nostalgia. The Mercury looked just like the watch Todd imagined his own father wore. It had a silver face and a brown leather strap, with just a hint of gold. Somehow, the old Timex seemed rugged and elegant at the same time. Classy, but tough. Todd was determined to bring this overlooked classic back to life according to today’s exacting standards.
So to honor the memory and style of Todd Snyder’s father, and of every dad who wore a Timex with class and grace, the Welton Bi-Metal brings yet another classic into the 21st century. Just in time for Father’s Day.
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Originally named the Mercury, the new Timex + Todd Snyder Welton Bi-Metal ($ 158) retains the sleek, form-follows-function appeal of mid-century design while incorporating the latest in timekeeping technology. The original V-Conic has been replaced with quartz movement. A 34mm stainless steel case houses a brushed silver face with simple, elegant gold numerals and hands, and it’s capped by a domed acrylic crystal and adorned with a subtle 18mm lug. Bound with a brown leather strap, the aesthetic of the casual but classy Welton Bi-Metal hearkens back to the golden age of American design.
Water resistant up to 30 meters, the Welton Bi-Metal is perfectly sized and elegant without being flashy. It still exudes a rugged grace, and its style will let you take it from the office to the workshop without missing a beat. Of all the Timex + Todd Snyder collaborations, this is the one we’d most like to give—or get—for Father’s Day.
So here’s to dads everywhere. Thanks for showing us, day in and day out, that men can be rugged and classy at the same time.
Nigel Sylvester is one of the biggest stars in the BMX world, known for taking his skills to the streets of cities across the globe. For proof, just watch his GO video series, which gives a first-person view of his rides, his incredible tricks, and all kinds of other shenanigans. In his latest video, however, he really ups the ante: In collaboration with Italian fashion brand FENDI (part of the brand’s “F is for… FENDI” project) he rides a FENDI FF-patterned bike on the roof of the company’s headquarters in Rome. Of course, he lands some incredible tricks while he’s up there.
Previously, the Queens native has brought his BMX prowess—and his impeccable style—to cities like Miami, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and New York. At each stop, he shows off his incredible skills on his bike and does tricks wherever he goes. By showcasing his adventures on social media and posting videos, he’s gained quite a bit of attention: He now has over 830,000 followers across his social accounts.
But his BMX talent isn’t the only on display in the video below. Sylvester wears a few ready-for-warm-weather looks, part of the FENDI spring/summer 2019 Men’s Collection, as he rides around the city. Take a look:
CLAD IN A white lab coat and sitting at a large wood workbench in the corner of a workshop with views of the woods out back, Charles Emslie grabs a magnifying loupe and casts his gaze on a 1989 Rolex Submariner 16610. The stainless steel watch with a black bezel probably sold for around $ 1,500 when it was released, but today it is prized by collectors and can fetch as much as $ 8,000—if it’s in mind condition.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case with this Rolex. “The watch is old enough that the oils have degraded and gotten dirty and dried out,” Emslie says. “It needs a complete overhaul.”
With that, Emslie, 32, who’s been repairing fine watches for a decade, prepares to go inside the Submariner and take it apart piece by piece. This is no simple task. The mechanical watch, which is powered by the movement of the wearer’s arm, comprises hundreds of pieces—some “only a little thicker than a human hair,” Emslie says. To inspect the Rolex, Emslie will use an array of specialized tools, everything from millimeter-size screwdrivers to wooden tweezers—you don’t have to worry about scratches quite as much with the wood ones, he explains. From there, certain key parts of the watch, including its automatic movement, will be placed in a cleaning machine called the Greiner Vibrograf ACS900 in a nearby room. The case, meanwhile, will be washed separately in something called an Elma Ultrasonic Tank. Then Emslie will put it all back together, testing and retesting the rehabbed timepiece to ensure precision accuracy.
EMSLIE IS AMONG a team of watchmakers, technicians, and refinishers here at the headquarters of Crown & Caliber, a watch retailer based in Atlanta that buys and sells pre-owned luxury timepieces online. Since it launched in 2013, the company says, it has had more than 40,000 transactions.
Crown & Caliber was founded by Hamilton Powell, an Atlanta native with a background in finance. He got the idea after a friend described what he went through when he tried to sell a rare Rolex Day Date. After posting the watch on eBay, the friend was besieged by scammers. With estimates of the timepiece’s value all over the map, he was unsure of an asking price, until he finally sold it for $ 5,500 to a mom-and-pop jewelry shop—which flipped it for more than twice that amount.
Sensing an opportunity, Powell did some research. He learned, to his surprise, that the U.S. market for high-end mechanical watches is some $ 5 billion a year. “Some estimate that the pre-owned industry is more than double that,” Powell says. But that pre-owned market was like the Wild West. “Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist,” Powell says. “I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’”
So he set out to do just that, launching Crown & Caliber with a small team and a single watchmaker. “I remember a couple of nights at 1:00, looking for a lost watch part in the carpet of our office with a flashlight,” Powell says. Today, the company has about 60 full-time employees, including watchmakers, refinishers, and customer-service staff.
Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist. I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’
Crown & Caliber takes the guesswork and uncertainty out of the process. Sellers know they’re getting a fair price, and buyers can be assured that what they’re getting is authentic and in tip-top shape. Would-be sellers fill out an online form, answering a series of questions. The company sends back a quote, based on a proprietary database that analyzes how much similar watches have sold in the past. “We’re not using our gut; we’re not using just a hunch,” Powell says. “We’re using real data to determine what we’re going to pay.”
Once Crown & Caliber gets hold of the watch and confirms its authenticity, the real work begins. First, the team tests the watch in a Witschi analyzing machine to determine accuracy. If they find that it’s not keeping time the way it’s supposed to—like the Submariner being worked on by Emslie—it goes to the workshop, where repairs are made. From there, the watch is refinished, polished up, and photographed, before being posted as for sale on the site. Watch experts are on hand to guide buyers through the process, patiently answering questions about what makes a particular timepiece special or why two watches that look identical can vary widely in price.
Those prices are nothing to sniff at. At the lower end of the scale, a Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watch can go for about $ 1,250. At the upper end, hardcore collectors will spend from $ 40,000 to $ 50,000 for an automatic 2010 Patek Philippe Nautilus or 2015 IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater Limited Edition— roughly what you’d pay for a Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster.
BACK IN THE Crown & Caliber workshop, Emslie turns his attention from the Rolex to a Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar, an automatic watch with a solid white-gold case that can fetch as much as $ 50,000. The Patek is “less than two years old, in my estimation,” Emslie says. His main job with this Patek isn’t to disassemble it—he just needs to make sure it’s not a fake and then get back to the seller with an offer. (It is, in fact, real.)
Next comes something slightly more affordable than the Patek: a Breitling Chronomat A13050 that Emslie says costs around a couple of grand. It’s a good way to end a Tuesday—Breitlings happen to be among Emslie’s favorites. “Stainless steel, white dial, very pretty movement,” he says, somewhat wistfully. “It’s reliable, it’s accurate, it’s a beast.”
SHANGHAI — China’s consumption power has left an indelible mark on global retail, but could its creative potential rise to that same level of impact? The jury remains out, but many attempts are being made, none more visibly than at Shanghai Fashion Week.
The event returns Wednesday and figures as China’s best place for fashion talents to showcase their collections and do serious business.
“I expect to see new creative directors to come out from this group in the near future,” said Burak Cakmak, the dean of Parsons School of Design. “In recent years, Chinese fashion designers have proven their creativity’s global relevance through the recognition they are getting at international prizes and during global fashion weeks.”
“They truly believe in what they are doing, and are not led by trend, established designers or even the market,” said Angelica Cheung, editor in chief of Vogue China. “For them, design has nothing to do with nationality, gender or age, but to express the vision. I think that’s what makes their works convincing to worldwide audiences.”
Influencer Susanna Lau, better known as Susie Bubble, has been attending Shanghai Fashion Week for the last few seasons. She had a new appreciation for what’s happening there. She said,
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Danielle Bregoli just hit a milestone of wealth and success at a very young age — she’s now the proud owner of a Rolex watch … the perfect way to ring in her 16th birthday. Sources tell us Bhad Bhabie received her first Rolex ever Tuesday in NYC as an…
Can sustainable fashion be both polished and quirky?
Hong Kong-based designers and childhood best friends Phyllis Chan and Suzzie Chung are banking on it with their premium knitwear brand YanYan, which utilizes deadstock and leftover yarns from mills and knitwear factories.
The two are aiming to create a youth factor around sustainability, blending grandma elegance with a playful spirit in their designs, and simultaneously touching on hot-button issues facing the fashion industry — including low-waste production, experimental retail strategy, reacting to the pace and competitiveness of fast fashion, and putting out product with more long-term, less trend-driven, potential.
“We thought about what’s a good and interesting way to create product,” Chan said on a call with Chung from Hong Kong, adding: “We didn’t want to put stuff out there that doesn’t contribute anything new. We wanted to make sweaters that were special. We wanted to challenge ourselves and make sweaters that aren’t traditional. The knitwear market is starting to grow. It’s a space for people to have fun and experiment.”
Knitwear was a natural venture for Chan, too, who moved back to Hong Kong after spending nearly a decade at Rag & Bone in New York, most recently as the director of knitwear until
When it comes to shopping for your next luxury watch, you should begin your search by first asking yourself a few simple questions.
“What is your budget? Start there,” says Nathan Nerswick, a client services manager at Crown & Caliber, the Atlanta-based online watch shop where you can sell luxury timepieces and buy everything from a used OMEGA Speedmaster to a Rolex GMT-Master II.
“A lot of people don’t want to talk about money, but I think that’s kind of a baseline,” Nerswick tells Men’s Journal in the video above. “You need to be able to say, ‘Hey, I’m willing to spend $ 5,000.’ Cool, let’s look at $ 5,000 watches.”
Knowing your budget can help you narrow down your search, especially when you’re looking at the endless options online. Next, Nerswick explains to also focus on the other watches you own. “There’s a big difference between it being your first watch or your fifth watch,” he says, “and so that can really inform the direction we’re going.” But there’s plenty more to consider, especially for the place you’re buying the watch from.
“When you’re looking to buy a watch from anyone—certainly online—the No. 1 thing you need to ask them is if they have actual trained watchmakers,” says Jason Allen, Crown & Caliber’s chief marketing officer. The online shop has its own in-house watchmakers in Atlanta who authenticate and work on every watch that goes up on the brand’s website.
Find out even more must-know watch-buying tips from the pros at Crown & Caliber above.
After their wildly successful Summer of Love, Netflix is now in the business of the anti rom-com. Introducing, The Breaker Upperers, a new movie hitting the streamer on Friday, February 15, about two women who are professional relationship-enders. The “very unromantic comedy” (as the movie poster deems it) is about Mel and Jen — played by… News
Meek Mill was the musical guest on last night’s (Jan. 26) episode of Saturday Night Live. The Philly rapper performed “Going Bad” and “Uptown Vibes,” and brought out Fabolous.
Wasn’t Fabolous supposed to be canceled, though? Nevertheless, that was only Meek’s first performance. He came back later, minus the pair of dancers, to perform the title track off his Championships album.
Watch the “Going Bad/Uptown Vibes” medley below, “Championships” performance on the flip.
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The Wu-Tang Clan remain as one of Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives and helped transform the industry in the ’90s with an innovative approach of promoting each member as prominent solo acts. With the recent 25th anniversary of the Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers debut LP, a new docu-series from Showtime, Of Mics And Men, digs into the lives of the Shaolin swordsmen.
As the group marks the 25th anniversary of their breakout debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the series looks back on their career, combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. Of Mics and Men follows the founding members – RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna – many of whom were childhood friends in the hardscrabble world of ’70s and ’80s Staten Island and Brooklyn. Their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit brought them together to overcome the poverty, violence and oppression of their neighborhoods. But it was music and their shared lyrical genius that allowed them to form the most recognized musical movement in the world, all while walking the treacherous tightrope that links business with brotherhood.
Veteran journalist Sascha Jenkins is the director for Of Mics And Men. Check out the trailer below.
“I can remember the exact moment I decided to start the company.” Hamilton Powell is talking about the brand he founded, Crown & Caliber, a site built for luxury watch enthusiasts looking for a timepiece that gets inspected, maintained, and resold by a team of experts based in Atlanta.
“One day I had lunch with a friend of mine named Jay who decided to sell his watch to a local jewelry store after unsuccessfully trying to sell it online,” he tells Men’s Journal. “And then two weeks later he went there to buy something for his wife and saw it for sale for almost double what he was offered.
“And at that exact moment that’s when I realized that there should be a better way for individuals to transact in this secondary watch market.”
Go behind the scenes of Crown & Caliber’s operation, from seeing the watches get disassembled by the expert team of watchmakers to the pros who know exactly how a specific band needs polished—all before it’s completely ready to go online and shipped to your doorstep.
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R. Kelly’s name is the equivalent of hot garbage after the airing of Lifetime’s 6-part documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. Despite reportedly not actually watching any of the doc, the R&B crooner is threatening to sue those involved.
Sources in day-to-day contact with R. Kelly tell TMZ, the singer is “disgusted” by the series, which makes shocking allegations against him including sex with various underage girls, physical abuse and mind control. People interviewed say he’s running a sex cult.
The sources say R. Kelly views the series as a “vendetta” against him by producers and others who have hated him throughout his professional career.
We’re told R. Kelly’s team downloaded him on the various people who appeared on the show and he claims he doesn’t even know half of them. He claims the other half hate him for various personal and professional reasons.
We doubt the “I don’t even know her” defense would work in court. But then again, the crooner has gotten away with his alleged abuse for years.
Nevertheless, a source told TMZ, “He’s going to sue everybody who had anything to do with this.”
R. Kelly did not watch a single minute of the docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” that has now put him in the eye of a ferocious storm … TMZ has learned. Sources in day-to-day contact with R. Kelly tell TMZ, the singer is “disgusted” by the series,…
LONDON — Designers from around the world have been coming in waves to London Fashion Week Men’s and among the newest names on the calendar are Studio ALCH, C2H4 and Feng Chen Wang. But while they may be new to the London runways, they’ve already garnered international attention, having worked with brands such as Nike, Levi’s, Kappa and Converse.
The Australian designer Alexandra Hackett of Studio ALCH, who creates new garments from repurposed Nike pieces, said she’s come to London to be better integrated into the international market. “Australia is quite geographically removed, which is reflected in its industry. London is more of an internationally recognized city and you can create product that, perhaps, has more markets in different countries across the world,” she said.
Hackett caught Nike’s attention early on and the famous swoosh has become her brand’s trademark. The sportswear giant has also sponsored some of her designs. Hackett has snared celebrity fans such as Kendrick Lamar, who has worn Studio ALCH’s boiler suit made from reconstructed Nike bags, and British Grime rappers Stormzy and Skepta.
“I was always interested in Nike from a branding perspective and thought it would be a really interesting brand to work with in terms of their
Last year was a momentous one for designer labels vowing to go fur-free. Michael Kors, Gucci, Burberry and Versace are among the ones that did so. Whether the trend continues into 2019 is a matter up for debate — as is the entire “fur” or “no fur” issue.
Last month, Chanel joined the antifur brigade — although the brand’s use of fur has always been minimal — and also pledged to stop using exotic skins. Before its pre-fall Métiers d’Art show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chanel said it would “no longer use exotic skins in our future creations.”
The exotic skins in question include crocodile, lizard, snake and stingray. Bruno Pavlovsky, president of Chanel fashion and president of Chanel SAS, said, “The future of high-end products will come from the know-how of what our atelier is able to do.”
Michael Kors Inc. — now called Capri Holdings — was one of the leading brands that agreed to go fur-free in 2017 along with Jimmy Choo, which Kors also owns. Kors had been targeted by animal rights activists over the years (most noticeably during a Q&A with the designer in June at the Metropolitan Museum). Versace, Burberry, Maison Margiela, Diane von Furstenberg
Neon and tie-dyed looks, cargo pants, animal prints, tailored pantsuits and skirt suits, slipdresses, rocker-inspired jackets and grunge are touted to be key looks in the contemporary department this spring. That’s the word from fashion directors of department and specialty stores, as well as web sites, who were polled about what they consider to be spring’s biggest trends.
Here’s what they had to say.
Heather Shimokawa, vice president for fashion direction, ready-to-wear at Bloomingdale’s:
“Leopard print was a huge fall trend and we are really excited about the evolution of animal print for spring with great snakeskin and colorful leopard prints. Our customer loves this print and we will see updated versions on T-shirts, wrap dresses and denim. We are also loving the newer silhouettes for spring with wraps, ties and knots that span across all categories from dresses, belted shorts and pants to fresh swim styles. Wide-leg jean that emerged last season will be everywhere this spring in all lengths — cropped, full and flared. The wash is lighter with a vintage Seventies feel. What is really new is the way designers stretched the category beyond the jean — we are excited about the jumpsuits, tailored denim dresses and skirts that we are
For Italian designer Tiziano Guardini, sustainability is a personal matter. “I’m a vegetarian and I really have this almost primordial need to go back to living in harmony with nature, to respect it,” he said. After graduating in economics, Guardini decided to join the KOEFIA fashion academy in Rome where he followed a master’s degree in product management. He then started to collaborate with local ateliers, but taking part in AltaRoma’s Limited/Unlimited project in 2012 was the real turning point in his career. “It’s an initiative promoting free creativity without any commercial purpose and it was such a good opportunity for me because for the first time I looked into myself and told a story [close to my heart],” Guardini recalled.
In sync with that edition’s “Sculptural” theme, Guardini presented statement garments including coats made of pine needles and sculptural dresses crafted from licorice roots. After the project, he decided to develop his sustainable approach in more contemporary pieces, as he made it his mission to have “everybody dressing in a sustainable way in the future.” He gradually started to research more common eco-friendly materials to introduce in his offering, beginning with cruelty-free silk.
“The ultimate mission is to create products respecting nature as
Determined not to be defeated by New Zealand’s isolation — and before she had even launched her brand — emerging Auckland-based designer Courtney Pellow flew to New York earlier this year to find a showroom. Zannick Studio took her on and she didn’t have to wait long to get noticed.
In September, Gigi Hadid attracted international media attention when she stepped out at Milan Fashion Week in a pair of the designer’s eye-catching patchwork Up-Cycled Sock Pants.
Handmade from faulty wool socks discarded by a New Zealand manufacturer and retailing on Pellow’s web store for 1,196 New Zealand dollars or $ 821 at current exchange, the pants were among several pieces from the designer’s debut collection that were loaned to Hadid’s stylist.
A day later, Hadid was photographed again in another Courtney Pellow style: the White Camo Cropped Jean, a relaxed-fit, mid-rise jean in a camouflage print with contrast denim waistband and patch pockets.
While upcycling accounts for just 20 percent of Pellow’s production, sustainability is front of mind for the Auckland University of Technology graduate, who is using organic cotton in her T-shirts.
Other repurposed products include the Up-Cycled Sock Jumper and a range of Bush Shirts crafted from vintage wool blankets that Pellow sources from
Determined to be a business that is on board with the New Zealand government’s plan to be a carbon-zero country by 2050, Maggie Marilyn is trying to do its part on a variety of levels. The company’s namesake said, “As a proudly New Zealand-made business, we are acutely aware that our location means shipping materials further because of our geographical isolation. We are now starting our journey to learn, understand and, therefore, be able to calculate our carbon footprint. It is our goal to reduce this as much as possible and have engaged outside experts to enable us to carry out this goal.”
Key sustainability achievement of 2018: It has been a really exciting second year in business for Maggie Marilyn. We have just converted all of our dispatch plastic packaging to organic compostable packaging sourced from a local New Zealand company. This packaging is made from cassava root. It doesn’t produce harmful or long-lasting microplastic particles or leave any chemical trace elements following degradation in the soil, rivers, sea or air. We have also for the past four months been writing our sustainability strategy to align with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainability target for 2019 : As a company,
Men’s Journal: How did you team up to make this watch happen? Kelly Slater: Breitling contacted us [Outerknown, the clothing brand Slater co-founded in 2015] about a year ago to talk about this idea and putting together a group of a squad with [pro surfers] Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons, who are both long-time friends of mine. Breitling really wanted to represent what we mean to our sport, and give us the opportunity to include Outerknown by letting us design the watch bands.
So what’s unique about the band?
It’s made with Econyl, a yarn made with recycling fishing nets pulled from the ocean and then re-spinning back into a threading. We’ve created jackets that use it so the whole thing can be recycled. That was part of our beginning and why we launched the brand.
You’ve made your own surfboards and wave machines, so what made you get into clothing?
I just knew that something smelled a little fishy in the way clothing was made, so to speak. There was an epiphany moment. I was doing a fast for six days, I was just drinking water and about four or five days into that, I had just the clearest thoughts ever. I thought I’ve got to find out where our clothes are made when I was with another clothing company. I’ve got to find out who makes the clothes and where they’re made and what goes into it, and I need to know that whole thing because it’s provided me with so much in my life and I don’t know really anything about it. So, I started asking questions and I started getting roadblocks.
This sounds like a conspiracy theory.
I would say that it actually is. I went to a guy who worked for that company who was an artist—I’d known the guy for 20 or 30 years and figured he’d tell me. I went to his office, and I said, “Hey, I want to talk to you about something. I feel like I can get the answer from you before anyone else.” And he goes, “I don’t think you’re going to like the answers.” And he literally stood up and went and shut his door to his office and he said, “Alright, you want to talk about this? You’re just not going to like what you hear, because they’re going to buy everything as cheaply as they possibly can and make it for as little as possible, with people who don’t get paid very well, and don’t have a living wage and all that.”
You’d think for a clothing brand co-owned by a world-famous athlete, your photo would be plastered all over the website. But it’s not.
There were thoughts of calling it Slater, but I just want it to be about the clothing and more about the ideas than it was about me. My goal was to make good clothes the right way and let that stand the test of time. To me, it was more about creating this brand than it was trying to promote myself. Look, I’m proud of what I’ve done. It’s allowed me to have the access to create this company and get people that believe in the things I believe in and see what this could do in an industry that’s allowed that to happen because of what I’ve done. So, of course, I’m very proud of my accomplishments. I didn’t necessarily want to go and run the risk of being cheesy and “go buy Slater stuff.”
So are you adding clothing designer to your resume?
Well, the Apex Trunk is probably my signature piece because that’s what I live in. I worked on all aspects of the design on that trunk, but I don’t have the time to go in there and work on everything. I’m happy with it being tied to me saying the Apex predator. To me, I want to be a great white shark. When I compete, I want to be that top guy. It’s surprising that it’s not all neon though—when I was a kid everything on my surfboards was all orange and green.
I read that if you compete in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, it might be your last competition?
Yes, I wouldn’t say it would be my last event. I’ll probably still surf events for five years after I compete here and there. But I’m looking at potentially next year being my last full-time competitive year. And if I made the Olympics, then I would probably still compete somewhat consistently in the beginning of that year 2020, just to keep myself fresh and alert on how I need to compete, so I won’t be nervous at that time.
What does it mean for surfing to make it into the Olympics?
I can clearly see either side of it. I could be totally fine without surfing in the Olympics and I can be totally behind it as well. I see the benefit of it, and I also see that we do have a world tour that determines the best surfer in the world each year over the course of a whole year and all different kinds of conditions and I think the best surfer of the year ends up being a world champion. The pressure that’s put on the Olympics, I think, is really going to make the cream rise to the top, because you’re going to have to be just so confident in your game and what you’re doing, and decisive about that on that day, that somebody who is just a natural is going to win that thing.
You’ve been known to chase waves around the world. How do you pinpoint where the surf’s going to be?
When I first started, I had no idea. I would wake up in the morning when I was a little kid I’d take the wax off my board and my friends and I would ride our bike as fast as you can down to the beach. And most days in Florida it was nothing. As a kid, I didn’t know what made waves, I just knew that sometimes I’d wake up and the waves are big, and the wind is good. Then as a teenager, I meet a guy named Sean Collins who had a thing called Wave Track, which turned into what is now probably the biggest surf forecasting site in the world called Surfline. I was good friends with him from the time I was about 13 or 14, and he used to show me swell maps and how he would get weather maps from, say, Australia in June and July. He would be able to read what the storms are doing near New Zealand and he would know 10 days later those were going to hit the California coast. So he would have a good idea of size and interval. And then you look at local wind charts to see how it’s going to be affecting the local conditions.
I started to learn this stuff as a kid and then, through the websites and the apps that those guys have created over the years, it’s basically almost like you can self-teach any of this stuff. You go look at it and you get a good idea about how it works. But luckily there are still a few secrets about how to read them, because I love to go to Fiji and some of the websites will give an incorrect forecast and people don’t understand how to read it. If you know how to read it, it’s really obvious.
Once you hang up surfing competitively, what will you be doing?
I would say for probably a year or two I’ll travel more than I do right now. More short [surf] trips, just strike missions, like chase a swell. Right now I’ve been injured for the last year and a bit so I haven’t traveled, I haven’t chased a lot of swells down. But when I’m done competing full-time I’ll just have my eye constantly on what the ocean is doing around the world, and if I see a good swell in Namibia in July, I might go for two days. Last week, I was going to go to the Northwest coast of Africa and surf but I just kind of didn’t have the time.
Who is the next Kelly Slater?
The next guy is a kid name Eli Hanneman from Maui, he’s 15 and he’s unbelievable.
[[tmz:video id=”0_lw49vftt”]] The woman who was attacked by Kareem Hunt repeatedly begged cops at the scene to view the hotel surveillance footage of the incident because she wanted to press charges … but the officers told her it wasn’t that…
Samantha is not living the life she thought she was living. Teenager Samantha Rhodes has wandered the desert since her war-torn childhood in bleakest solitude, until the day she discovers an animatronic genie in the sand capable of reversing her fortunes, and fulfilling her wildest wishes.  After a chance encounter with a starving stranger named Ryder begging for help from a distant village, Samantha and her genie Adam rediscover the outside oases in all their revenge-driven brutality. And from the curious way the lizards and birds watch her with glassy eyes, the way the stars in the sky grow exponentially in number during nights of tragedy, and the way captured raiders whisper of a blue goddess wandering in the darkness, Samantha finds herself drawn deeper into a superstitious world filled more with mystery than with terror. And within the wreckage of secret, ancient tunnels beneath the moonlit sands, Samantha discovers why the god of her oasis has given her a magical, weaponized genie.  Along with the frightening truth about the stars in their midnight skies.
[[tmz:video id=”0_rqmuvglf”]] Jay-Z and Beyonce normally give folks a front row seat to a sick performance, but they switched it up Saturday after their Rose Bowl concert and became spectators themselves. Jay & Bey were seen at an after-party thrown…
Jennifer Lawrence is a social media voyeur! After years of staunchly staying off major digital platforms like Twitter and Instagram, the “Red Sparrow” actress told InStyle that she now has her own secret accounts, where she keeps tabs on others but never posts. Find out why Jen has decided to stay silent online.
If you didn’t make it out to Philly this weekend for the Made In America Festival, you don’t have to miss out. Day 2 of the Jay-Z curated affair will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Jay Rock, Sheck Wes, Diplo and more, and is streaming online.
It should go without saying that the stream is exclusively via TIDAL.
However, the livestream is available to members and non-members, too.
[[tmz:video id=”0_1roprwjr”]] Drake and Odell Beckham, Jr. watched as Kourtney’s ex, Younes Bendjima, viciously beat a man outside a West Hollywood nightclub … and TMZ has the video. It went down March 24 at Delilah nightclub at 2:15 AM. Drake,…
Steve Aoki has snagged his newest fashion industry partnership.
The electronic dance music producer and DJ will become the watch ambassador for Diesel, serving as the face of the brand’s first transparency watch collection, which is launching today.
Last year, Aoki teamed with Asics to serve as a brand ambassador and footwear designer. This supplemented the Dim Mak fashion and lifestyle label he created more than a decade ago and his partnership in Vision Street Wear.
The deal with Diesel is intended to promote the new blue transparency watch line, the inspiration for which was drawn from the indigo dyeing of jeans, a hallmark of the brand. The new watch collection displays cream details on the dial that are inspired by the stitches used in denim, and cases and straps that fade from blue to crystal clear.
Andrea Rosso, creative director of licenses for Diesel and son of founder Renzo Rosso, said he’s known Aoki for a while and believes he and Diesel “have something in common. He never stops, he’s a manic guy; I’ve never met a guy who can do so much. And at Diesel, we never stop either. His style and his sense of aesthetic perfectly match the design and the clashing
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle made their first joint appearance together on Saturday, attending the ladies’ single final at Wimbledon between Meghan’s friend Serena Williams and Germany’s Angelique Kerber. See all the pics! (Spoiler alert for Saturday’s Wimbledon results!)
[[tmz:video id=”0_1ikfmq1o”]] 50 Cent said Floyd Mayweather is a FOOL for snatching up an $ 18 MILLION diamond watch — but Paris Hilton tells TMZ Sports … Fiddy is wrong, she actually likes it!! “It looks like a watch that I have actually,” Paris said…
Since the 90’s Sprite has signed on top Hip-Hop personalities to market their iconic green cans. For summer 2018 the sparkling beverage is teaming up with some new blood.
Dubbed “The Fresh Face Series” the new campaign will feature the likes of rappers Logic, KYLE, MadeItTYO, social media funnyman Jay Versace and producer Wondagurl.
To help introduce the collection, Sprite will debut a new 30-second commercial starring Jay Versace during Sunday’s BET Awards.
The limited-edition release is available this month via 16-ounce cans and 20-ounce bottles. In previous years the Coca-Cola brand has decked out their cans with lyrics from Missy Elliot, J. Cole, Rakim, The Notorious B.I.G. and Nas.
January 25, 2019 can’t get here soon enough. Resident Evil fans are salivating like the zombies that haunted the halls of the Spencer Mansion after getting the first glimpse of the remake of Resident Evil 2. Now we got actual gameplay footage showing the 20-year-old reimagined classic in action.
Oh, this game looks scary good.
The developers revealed during the gameplay demo at PlayStation E3 booth that Resident Evil 2 isn’t just a remake, but it’s a whole new game they built off the foundation of the original. The game is a combination of the old and the new and will utilize Resident Evil 4’s over-the-shoulder style, but that’s where it stops. Unlike RE4, RE2 remake is not a full-on action game, bullets will be scarce, the zombies and other dangerous bio-organic weapons are a lot tougher to kill, health items few and far between which helps keep this game true to its survival horror roots.
Based on what is shown in this gameplay demo, the game is indeed challenging as the developers themselves are struggling to survive from the moment they begin playing. Another big reveal was the fact this game runs on the same engine that powered the critically acclaimed Resident Evil VII. Those who remember playing the original RE2 would do themselves justice by forgetting whatever knowledge they may still have of the original’s layout while playing this new version. Everything is different, and the scares you remembered waiting for you in certain corners have now been placed somewhere else.
Resident Evil 2 looks like a sure winner, and it is clear the developers took their time in crafting this game together to give fans the experience they so desperately wanted in the remake. Check out the gameplay demo below and relive the reimagined worst first day on the job ever.
ON TIME: Earlier this year, Net-a-porter opened an online Fine Jewelry Suite. Now it’s Mr Porter’s turn with the debut of The Luxury Watch Guide, which aims to complement the site’s growing watch selection.
Mr Porter has so far partnered with the likes of IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Breitling, Tag Heuer and Officine Panerai to build a luxury watch offer on its site. As parent Compagnie Financière Richemont finalizes its purchase of Yoox Net-a-porter Group, the selection is likely to grow given Richemont’s digital ambitions and its continued investment in the high-end watch market.
Last week, Richemont revealed the purchase of Watchfinder.co.uk Limited, a purveyor of pre-owned watches online and through seven bricks-and-mortar stores. It marks Richemont’s first foray into the pre-owned luxury watch market.
The Mr Porter guide is said to offer “curated content, educational features and style advice” in order to guide customers to make the best selection of a luxury timepiece online.
“This was a natural next step in our continued growth of the category and not only delivers an engaging platform for both novice and enthusiast watch customers, but also allows us to better serve and inspire them,” said Toby Bateman, managing director at Mr
Parkland shooting survivor and activist Emma Gonzalez delivered a short but potently resounding speech at today’s (March 24) March For Our Lives rally in Washington, DC. After naming each of the 17 victims of the shooting, she stood in silence for several minutes, only continuing after the amount of time the gunman was shooting passed.
While naming her peers, Gonzalez listed the things they would never get to do again. Then she fell silent.
“Since the time that I came out here, it has been six minutes and 20 seconds,” said Gonzalez after her powerful moment of silence. “The shooter has ceased shooting and will soon abandon his rifle, blend in with the students as they escape, and walk free for an hour before arrest. Fight for your lives, before it’s someone else’s job”
We stand with Emma, now and forever.
Watch the surely to become iconic speech below.
WATCH: Emma Gonzalez names the murdered Parkland victims and observes several minutes of silence in a 6-minute, 20-second speech that covered the same time it took the gunman to kill 17 people in her high school:
The Air Jordan 1 Banned has become a mythical shoe. An upstart NBA player by the name of Michael Jordan gets told that the red and black colorway of his new Nike signature shoe is a no go, and a legend is born.
Los York Entertainment has just announced Unbanned: The Legend of AJ1, a feature doc that dissects the cultural impact and influence of the Air Jordan 1.
Written & directed by Dexton Deboree the film features a who’s who of influencers and sneakerheads giving their insight, including Spike Lee, DJ Khaled, Chuck D, DJ Clark Kent, Lena Waithe, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and of course, Michael Jordan himself.
Touted as telling the “true story of the original Air Jordan,” the film will be available exclusively through iTunes and premiere on July 13, 2018. Until then, peep the trailer below.
In 1961, after being signed with RCA Records for just six years, a young singer named Elvis Presley reached a major career milestone: becoming the first artist in history to sell 75 million copies of his records. To celebrate the occasion, RCA presented him with a white gold Omega watch fitted with a diamond bezel, the kind of gift normally reserved for a 75th wedding anniversary. And this spring, that watch will go on sale as one of the marquee lots in Phillipsâ annual watch auction in Geneva.
The 2018 men’s Olympic hockey tournament gets underway Wednesday, but you might not recognize too many names on the Pyeongchang ice. Chris Peters looks at players to watch, including some intriguing prospects. www.espn.com – NHL
Since our last edition, the PHWA released its midseason awards winners. Basically, it reaffirmed the chalk favorites for the awards, including some picks we frankly disagree with. Here’s the latest insight on all the major races. www.espn.com – NHL
There are many things Eli Manning can do: father three children, secure two Super Bowl rings, and, in the process, charm all of New York into adopting a Louisiana boy as their own after 14 seasons as the starting Quarter Back of The New York Giants. One thing he canât do, however, is design a watch. For that, he went to the experts at Hublot, whose Switzerland-based design team turned out a beautifully crafted timepiece that checked all of the boxes required by the youngest Manning football prodigy.
Cole Sprouse chatted with Access at the 2018 Art of Elysium Heaven Gala and admitted he wasn’t surprised to hear that his brother Dylan doesn’t watch “Riverdale” — because he doesn’t watch any of his twin’s projects either! Watch to find out why.
Todd Snyder and Timex are continuing their watch collaboration with the Reissue Collection. The menswear purveyor and the watchmaker have joined forces to re-release the designs theyâve worked on together over the past year and a half: the two brands started their highly successful partnership in February 2016.
As Ralph Lauren Corp. prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year, the company continues to make progress on its turnaround plan.
Under chief executive officer Patrice Louvet, who joined from Procter & Gamble in July, China remains a top priority. The company looks to build its Chinese business, which represents the most significant geographic growth opportunity for the brand. Other major initiatives this year include further developing its new e-commerce platform; evolving the product; increasing the marketing spend significantly to tell the brand’s story and appeal to a new generation of consumers, and growing its international presence.
In its most recent quarter ended Sept. 30, Lauren posted net income of $ 143.8 million on net revenues of $ 1.66 billion. In disclosing second-quarter results in November, Louvet said the focus on driving “efficiencies” will continue through the rest of the [fiscal] year,” and “we are on track to deliver our full-year targets.”
Over the past two years, Lauren has elevated the brand in Asia and built a strong foundation there by improving quality of sales and overall profitability, Louvet told analysts during November’s call. Interestingly, only 13 percent of the company’s overall business is conducted in the region.
In fiscal 2017, the company generated about
The split between Joe Budden and Complex series Everyday Struggle turned out to be less than amicable. The New Jersey rapper will now be taking his talents to Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Revolt TV network.
The speculation was initially set off when Budden and Charlamagne Da God hosted their year-end round up, “This Year Was Dope/Trash.” The confirmation arrived last night as Budden attended Diddy’s New Year’s Eve celebration, which was livestreamed on Revolt, of course.
“I need to ask you a question, are you ready to get money with me?,” asked Diddy, with Joe nodding in agreement.
Puff added, “Are you ready to put this Black excellence on a whole other platform?”
No details as far as the price of Budden’s services or what exactly he will be doing/creating. But Joe does love the Migos.
After six years of producing an array of sport and dress watches with quartz movements, Shinola made a major leap on Tuesday when it introduced its first timepiece with an mechanical movementâand its first dive watch.
This is a collection of the first three titles in the Southern Watch Series, which is about a town in the throes of a demon invasion and the people who fight against the tide of evil. (Approx. 286,000 words or 762 pages total.) WARNING: Due to disturbing content, this series is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.  Books included:  1. Called  2. Depths  3. Corrupted  Called:  Archibald "Arch" Stan was a local cop in Midian, Tennessee that was good at his job. Lafayette Hendricks is a drifter, a broken-down hitchhiker blown through Midian on the prevailing winds. When Arch catches him in a fight on the town square, though, things start to get weird, fast, because the guy he's fighting doesn't die when he gets shot.  Pretty soon, Arch's whole life is turned upside down by Hendricks's revelation that there's a secret world operating under the one he's been living in his whole life – one filled with demons, chaos, and unspeakable evils. Depths:  When a string of savage and horrific murders committed by demons shocks the town, the unsuspecting Sheriff's Department scrambles to track down the culprit. Their investigation leads them on a twisting path that sends them up against the forces of hell and may even cost them their lives. Because a new demon has come to Midian, one that has a taste for death…and he may not leave the town standing when he's done.    Corrupted:  A carnival comes to Midian in the wake of the ever-deepening apocalypse, leaving Arch Stan and Lafayette Hendricks with another problem – a demon that intends to leave the town in ashes. Additional Books not included in set:  4. Unearthed 5. Legion 6. Starling* *Coming in 2016
The star of “Beverly Hills Pawn” made a deal with a luxury watch aficionado to hawk a couple of his time pieces worth more than $ 75k, but came up way short … according to a lawsuit. The watch lover, William Hubner, says he went to Yossi Dina with…
After six years of producing an array of sport and dress watches with quartz movements, Shinola made a major leap on Tuesday when it introduced its first timepiece with an mechanical movement—and its first dive watch.
Todd Snyder and Timex are continuing their watch collaboration with the Reissue Collection. The menswear purveyor and the watchmaker have joined forces to re-release the designs they've worked on together over the past year and a half: the two brands started their highly successful partnership in February 2016.
Two of the new pieces adapt the Mod and Military style Timex timepieces,