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Air Yeezy 2 – Must Cop

Only once in my life have I actually camped out for a pair of kicks and somehow managed still not to get a pair of the first Yeezy’s. After spending a night over in Shoreditch at the 1948 shop I was one of the first people to miss out on the drop. This year, however, I know a lot of people are having mixed feelings about the Yeezy 2’s and I’m hoping that this may make them a little easier to come by – assuming they ever are released to the public.

There’s no doubt in my mind that I’ll have to pick these up if I can get a pair – if for no reason other than I missed out on the first drop. What do y’all think? Will you be copping or sitting the 2’s out?

Image via: Freshness Mag

Urban Industry – Another Online Stockist of Tier Zero Nike’s

For those of you who have a bit of a thing for kicks the way we here at Crockstar do we’re always looking for new retailers and new opportunities to pick up kicks without having to spend a night sleeping outside. As a general rule, when I find a new stockist I tend to keep it to myself because with some of the drops that interest me, it’s pretty much hopeless to get anything in your size.

Fair play and many thanks to the likes of Crooked Tongues – who have been more than generous with their helpful tips on Twitter and even have tried to remind me to get in there before I miss out on another drop, but thankfully I’ve found another site as well and much as it pains me to share it, I met one of the guys who work for them this past weekend and thought it would be the right thing to do to share the wealth with any fellow sneakerheads in the UK looking for the latest and greatest.

Given that Sean and I had a good old chat over how difficult it is to find a good pair of limited run kicks these days at a conference that might otherwise have been quite boring I thought the least we could do is make you all aware of their excellent customer service. Unfortunately they have yet to add a filter on their navigation for the Tier Zero drops (currently it all defaults to show all) your best bet is probably to keep your eye on their section for Jordan’s as well as for any of the quickstrike releases Urban Industry gets as these two sections are the ones most likely to get the drops you’re looking for.

Oh… and as illustrated from the above image, every now and again they get some of the older Quickstrike drops that have been sitting around for a little while and get marked down massively.

Secret’s out now, so happy shopping!

London Fashion Week Coverage – Update!

Hey everyone- just a reminder (in case you needed one) – but London Fashion Week SS 2011 is coming right up,  it starts today in fact. Just wanted to remind you that we’ll have coverage from all the events and shows we can get our hands on with live updates, images and show recaps. We’re working in collaboration with Le Hay Fashion Press this year so keep it locked on the blog and over on Le Hay for coverage.

If you’re jonesin for live updates from the runway, be sure to follow @crockstarltd on twitter.

Adidas Star Wars – Boba Fett ZX 800

Welp, Adidas has gone and done it again… and I don’t even like Star Wars!

With their latest release Adidas has, very intelligently, captured the hearts and minds of toy-lovers and sneakerheads the world around. The concept of “boxfresh” is fairly unique to the trainer lovers, though if there is any comparison any action figure collector can appreciate this coddling of their favourite product.

An unopened toy/figure is worth infinitely more than an opened toy (in mint condition). Why are people old enough, patient and responsible enough to leave their toys in the package for years still buying action figures is a question in itself… though there is no doubt that with toys and old baseball cards the unopened pack is the holy grail of a collectors patience.

When it comes to trainers, I’ve never been a big fan of the idea of copping kicks you’re never going to wear, or copping kicks just to re-sell. I can almost understand the “wear ‘em twice and put ‘em on ice” mentality, but that’s about as far as I’m willing to go. With that said, I think these might be worth keeping sealed and displayed proudly in Daddy’s creepy toy shack.

Hunting these down may be tougher than finding water in Tatooine, but try your local Adidas orignals stockist.

What do you lot think of these? Pop-tags or hermetically sealed?

Images via: Pursuitist

Terratag Pop-up Shop at Vibe Bar

This weekend we’ve got another sale/opportunity to cop some of the freshest streetwear in London. Our friends over at Benjart are teaming up with Japanese art and toy company Terratag. As has become the custom for this sort of even there will be some giveaways for the first folks in the door so don’t sleep. The event will be over at Vibe Bar on Brick Lane this Sunday (August 22) from 10AM-6pm so get on over there for some daytime drinking, quality DJs and some new threads!

Looks like this event should have a bit more of that hang-out feel than Off The Radar as the venue should permit for more drinks. See you down there!

Streetfest London – October 2010

Get ready for the latest edition of Streetfest coming to you live from a carpark somewhere in London no doubt. Details to be announced soon so keep it locked here.

With the event (now headed into its fifth installment) growing bigger and better with each installation this one is sure to be the biggest and baddest yet. We’ve been at all of the events to date so you can count on live coverage from the event as well as more info as and when it’s released!

Streetfest October 2010

Off The Radar – London – July 31

Next weekend it looks like we’ve got another festival/lifestyle event that were hopeful can rival Streetfest, The Reset and other similar events.

Off The Radar Flyer

Organised largely by Ask Your Girl and Benjart the event will feature live music from Terri Walker and loads of fashion from streetwear brands. In addition to Ask Your Girl and Benjart the Jordan brand will be there in force along with Vans, 10 Deep, Crooks and Castles, The Hundreds, Supra and more.

Entry will be free before 12pm (noon) and 2 Pounds from there on out. The event should be a good laugh and will keep the crowds going until 2AM.

As with the Supra x Trapstar sale yesterday you’ll want to be there early to snatch up the nicest pieces, though if you’re more interested in a party you may want to show up a bit later!

Be sure to get yourself over to Westbourne Studios early and look out for us!

Trapstar x Supra Sale London – Saturday, July 24

Very little introduction needed on this one! For those of you familiar with the Trapstar brand you know your man likes to keep things a secret. And for those of you that have never been to one of the elusive London king-of-streetwear’s pop-up shops you are in for a treat.

Pay the Trapstar crew a visit this weekend over in Portabello (can’t remember the last time I saw Trapstar travel west of 1948) and take advantage of these deals. If you’re looking for the pick-of-the-litter best be there early to queue up. Sometimes Trapstar’s been known to give away freebies to the first few in the door (but as “it’s a secret” is the brand’s motto you didn’t hear that from me, ya dig?).

If you’re looking to get a deal and nab your first piece of Trapstar freshness then maybe leave it a bit late and see if you can cop any “everything must go” specials.

If you’re not up on Trapstar (and shame on you), you can also use this opportunity to grab some limited pieces from Stussy, Penfeld, Carhartt and the Hundreds. And that’s fine by me- more Trapstar goodies for the Crockstar crew.

Either way- make sure you check it out… Trapstar is quite possibly London’s best kept secret.

London Wireless Festival 2010 – Jay Z, Wale, Lily Allen, D12

Greetings strangers! First off- sorry for not having written for a while now. Things have picked up at work and I’ve been busy moving flat- but that’s neither here nor there.

This weekend London’s Hyde Park welcomed some seriously big acts across 3.5 stages and over three days. The first day had a decidedly “pop” emphasis with Pink headlining with what was said to be a catastrophic set of lip-syncing. With any luck the Temper Trap at least made those in attendance not feel completely ripped off. The second day featured a blend of hip-hop and electronic/dance music with sets from New Young Pony Club, DJ Shadow, Missy, Snoop, LCD Soundsystem and some of Crockstar’s personal favorite mash-up bangers: 2manyDJs.

As finances were tight, the Crockstar crew decided to roll out for the third day only and Jay-Z alone would have made the sticker shock subside.

Jay Z Closes Wireless 2010

Image via: Barclaycard Wireless Festival

Although we missed out on some of the pre-event favourites (Chiddy Bang and J. Cole) due to a bit of a ticket mishap we were treated to a raucous welcome from no less than  Wale (and may have even got daps from the D.C. native). Wale performed a set of relatively lesser-hyped anthems and dropped some extremely fresh new tracks including a new take on Sam Sparro’s Black & Gold (henny for my… champagne for my HOs) which worked the crowd into a frenzy. He also dropped some new lyrics onto Justice’s D.A.N.C.E. and finished the set strong by trying to perform in the middle of the raucous audience

Wale at the Wireless Festival 2010

Other bangers included in the set: Pretty Girls, 90210, Chillin and one of the tightest freestyle’s you’ll ever hear.

Overall verdict: Wale didn’t dissappoint, got involved with the crowd, missing some of the heat off the mixtapes, but plenty of mainstream hits.

 

Wireless Festival 2010

After Wale we headed over to check out the Nicole Farhi x UGGs fashion show over by the bandstand. We were able to catch snippets of just about all of the other acts but were most impressed with the show so stuck around there for a minute.

Nicole Farhi x Uggs

After the show we devoted our full attention to Slash, Friendly Fires and Lily Allen. They were all moderately impressive but it didn’t really seem appropriate for these acts to take to the main stage at a largely hip hop show. Slash and a convincing Axl Rose impersonator took to the stage and seemed surprised as the teenagers walked away from the stage clearly not recognizing this legend of rock (except for a few who may have played as him in rock band). We weren’t surprised to see folks a little underwhelmed with the performance as Slash really didn’t belong on the bill. Needless to say, we are happy to report that your man can still absolutely shred and was playing boisterous solos behind his back to favourites from his golden years with Guns ‘n’ Roses to the remaining fan’s delight.

Slash Wireless Festival

Lily Allen and Friendly Fires were largely unimpressive. Despite throwing some serious moves on the dance floor the lead singer from the Friendly Fires came across as a bit of whingy little thing after public airing his displeasure that Slash had cut into his set with all of his “noodling”.

Lily stuck to her strengths and warmed up the crowd adequately for the main act. She drew attention to her boyfriend, played to her fanbase (read: young women) and thankfully also drew attention to what was clearly the ugliest trend of yesterday: idiotic and immature young men throwing bottles (at least partially full) into the crowd whilst young ladies got taken into first aid by the tens noses bloodied, unconscious or sobbing. It was really quite a despicable site and Allen was too right to draw attention to it.

Jay-Z London Wireless

Finally, after a long and dusty day filled with allergies and projectiles the (not-so) Young Hova himself took to the stage and performed one of the most impressive gigs we have ever witnessed. Jay-Z busted out all the favourites old and new and talked about London being his second home before a sing-along version of “Empire State of Mind.” Every song you can possibly imagine whether it be from middle school dances, The Black Album, collabos with Linkin Park or bangers off the Blueprint 3 he played either in total or in part and the fans ate up every minute of it.

Jay-Z and J. Cole

Jay performed almost every song with assitance from another hip hop legend (Memphis Bleek) and received support from Mr. Hudson on “Young Forever” and from J. Cole on “A Star is Born”.

Jay-Z was humble both towards other legends of hip hop both dead and alive as well as towards the fans. As time began running thin he unleashed samples of all of the favourites deciding to continue based upon the crowds reactions to the songs. This mash-up included “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and other hits from the past.

Songs included in the set:

99 Problems, Dirt off Your Shoulder, Hard Knock Life, On to the Next One, Empire State of Mind, Young Forever, A Star is Born, Jockin’ Jay-Z,  D.O.A., Public Service Announcement, Izzo (H.O.V.A.), Thank You, Big Pimpin, Jigga What, Show me What You Got, Can I Get A…, and ended with everyone’s favourite version of Encore (with the LP beats) and lord only knows what else.

 If ever there was a set to get tens of thousands of people to their feet (including Beyonce, Madonna, Kate Moss, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Winehouse, Jenson Button & Lewish Hamilton) with their diamonds in the sky, this was undoubtedly the one.

Final verdict: Top of the charts.

The Reset III (Nike) – Video

Via: Benjart

Take a look at a nice little video to give you a better idea of what the London Streetwear scene looks like. Big up Benjart for coming a long way and really just bringing his stuff to the next level this time around (as we mentioned in our recap).

The show was another cracking success, and if you look closely you can catch my hair and face in a few of the shots early on. We’ll be looking forward to another edition of the Reset real soon and who knows… if we get our act together maybe we will have some product on show for The Reset V.

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