Monthly Archives: July 2013

Packer Shoes x Reebok “Remember The Alamo” Heritage Capsule

After a series of teaser images and rumours, Packer Shoes has finally given us a detailed look at its new “Remember The Alamo” Heritage Capsule.

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Collaborating with Reebok and Mitchell & Ness, Packer Shoes brings us a collection that pays tribute to NBA basketball legend, Shawn Kemp, and his performance at the 1996 NBA All-Star game held in San Antonio.

Packer Shoes offers its take on the Reebok Kamikaze II model, with a grey pigskin suede upper with splashes of pink, orange and teal. The collection also features a limited authentic Mitchell & Ness jersey (an exact remake of the original one worn by Shawn Kemp during the game), a Shawn Kemp caricature t-shirt, and a replica of the original 1996 NBA All Star game snapback cap.

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness

Look for the Packer Shoes x Reebok x Mitchell & Ness Capsule Collection to release August 2 via Packer Shoes.

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Creative Spaces: The Kas and Sparkk Sydney Studios

One of the most exciting aspects of my day job is the opportunity to get out of the office and chat to some very creative local brands and designers. During the last month I was fortunate enough to step behind-the-scenes at two such inspiring destinations: the Kas, and Sparkk Sydney studios.

What I love about these two Aussie home and lifestyle brands is their unwavering commitment to colour and pattern! Both family-run and owned labels showcase a vibrant collection of shapes and shades that you can’t help but fall in love with.

The Sparkk colour atlas features over 180 shades.

The Sparkk colour atlas features over 180 shades.

Kas’ humble beginnings were over 30 years ago at Sydney’s Paddington market, where locals lapped up the new and juicy bedding designs on offer, while Sparkk has drawn on three generations of textile experience to embrace the digital world of fabric printing.

Today Kas stocks its fashionable designs in over 42 countries and has expanded its bedding collection to include: towels, mugs, kids’ bedding and home fragrance, all while retaining that original pop of colour. Not to be outdone, Sparkk, which launched with just two designs: stripes and chevron, now boasts over 140 imaginative patterns.

The Kas design hub.

The Kas design hub.

During my studio tours I met with designers, creative directors, stylists, owners, family members and more! From the director right through to the seamstress, it was thrilling to see how these inspired designs came to life with the Kas and Sparkk flair in tow. From creative concept to a complete cushion, a Kas piece will undergo a 6-month design and production process before it ends up on the shelves in your favourite store, whereas Sparkk’s digital capabilities mean they can print on demand with little waste, customised palettes, and bespoke designs for both retail and commercial needs.

Kas designers.

Among the cosmos of colour swatches that were hanging about, and the piles of pattern and fabric samples that peppered the studios, there was a real sense of passion and dedication to be found. And in the middle of winter when everything seems grey and dreary, it’s this cacophony of colour and zesty design that the doctor ordered to truly reinvigorate the senses. What a treat!

Read more about both tours in detail here: KASSPARKK

Sparkk Art Decor-inspired patterns.

Sparkk Art Decor-inspired patterns.

 

My co worker Marj discussing patterns with Sparkk studio manager, Olivia.

My co worker Marj discussing patterns with Sparkk studio manager, Olivia.

 

Sparkk

The Sparkk studio.

 

Kas colour palettes.

Kas colour palettes.

 

Images: Lisa Zhou via thehome.com.au
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Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

Nike Sportswear marks the 30th anniversary of the Air Pegasus with the ‘Pegasus 83/30’.

The original Air Pegasus is one of Nike’s oldest running shoes; made popular years ago with its subtle style and extreme comfort. The 30th anniversary edition marries the original runner look with modern materials and construction, and features a breathable ‘Hyperfuse’ mesh upper, leather heel, and updated sole.

There are several colourways set to hit stores soon with some early releases having already sold out! But if you’re quick, you can get your pre-order in now at Titolo.

Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

Nike Air Pegasus 83/30

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