Even though Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy has been over for over two weeks now, it left a wake of destruction that caused billions of dollars in damage, and has severely hampered the daily lives of millions of people on the east coast. Our friends from EAT SLEEP RACE just happened to be based in the east and they have not only seen but have had to personally deal with the horrible results left by Sandy. Like all good citizens, Americans, and most importantly, race car drivers the team at EAT SLEEP RACE wants to “REBUILD” the east coast. And they are also calling on all racers and racers at heart to help them do it.
If you want to help check out EAT SLEEP RACE’s new “REBUILD” shirts and stickers. 100% of the proceeds from each shirt sold and sticker sold will go directly to Sandy recovery efforts. If you can’t buy a shirt then you can still help by spreading the word about the REBUILD campaign to your friends by using any of the pictures below (just click on the thumbnails) and sharing them on your social media pages (twitter, facebook, instagram) with the hashtag #RACERSREBUILD.
To order the shirts for yourself just go to EatSleepRace.com/Rebuild. If the shirts are not your thing but you still want to help you can always text REDCROSS to 90999 from your cellphone to donate $10 to the Sandy recovery effort (regular text rates may apply).
When Mark Arcenal isn’t building dope cars, he is busy running his illest fashion line; and as many fashion lines do these days Mark collabs with other brands to create cool limited edition shh-er stuff. The latest from illest has me pretty excited. Later this month (Nov. 17th 2012) illest will drop a super limited set of illest x Beats By Dre x RWB studio headphones with a design inspired by Mark Arcenal’s own PANDORA ONE RWB Porsche 911.
They look pretty fresh don’t they? Well I should give you fair warning that only 200 sets will be produced in total! Not only will you have to be fast to pick up a set you will also need to have some serious disposable income as these limited edition headphones will set you back $349.99 per unit! So, yeah… Good luck with that!
For full details on where to get them and the allotments then check out the press release below.
Fun Fact: The rendering you see above of PANDORA ONE was done by DropJay of JDMEGO! If you want hi-res shots click the thumbnails below.
LIMITED RELEASE TO BE AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 17, 2012
San Francisco, Calif – October 31, 2012 – ILLEST has announced the release of the Illest Edition Beats Studio headphone available November 17, 2012. Limited to 200 pieces the headphones will be available at both Illest LA and SF flagship locations, the flagship Beats Store in NYC, and online at www.illest.com.
The black safari, grey and gold design was inspired by the Illest Pandora One RWB car that coincides with the release. The Illest Pandora One will be on display at the Illest San Francisco flagship during the release event.
The Illest Edition Beats Studio headphones will be available in an extremely limited quantity of 200 with each pair being numbered. Each Illest flagship store will receive 50 pieces each on November 17 and will be celebrated with a release event at each location.
Illest San Francisco / 50 Pairs
1630 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94115
Illest Los Angeles / 50 Pairs
316 East 2nd Street Los Angeles, CA 90012
The Beats Store / 50 Pairs
67 Greene Street New York, NY 10012
A limited number of pieces will be made available for pre-orders online starting on November 2nd right here, www.illest.com. The Illest Edition Beats Studio headphones will retail at $349.95.
Sometimes the world of high-end performance and luxury cars crosses paths with haute fashion. The collaboration is natural because, well lets face it, most of the people who can afford a six figure car tend to wear threads from Gucci, Armani, and the like. Some of these crossovers work nicely and sometimes they really don’t. One such fashion designer who continues to cross over into the automotive world is Japanese designer NIGO, the creative mind behind lines such as “A Bathing Ape” (AKA Bape) and Billionaire Boys Club (BBC). NIGO is a bit of a gear head and will use just about any excuse to cross his eccentric visual style with just about any type of car that grabs his fancy at the time.
His latest crossover canvas is a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 race car. NIGO whipped up a vinyl wrap printed with his signature “BAPE” camo graphic and applied it to Ferrari’s newest GT race car for a grand opening event of a new Ferrari Maserati showroom in Hong Kong.
This creation was the centerpiece of the event attended by a small group of VIPs and probably a few potential customers. While I haven’t personally decided if I like what NIGO did here or not yet, I can at least admit that this is much better than what he did to his Bugatti Veyron..
If you happen to like what NIGO did here then feel free to click the thumbnail below for a wallpaper size version of the picture above.
I stopped by the Dsalni Drawn blog and found this dope shirt that he is taking pre-orders on. It is part of a new series called “Daikoku Pa – Fighters”. The first piece, as you can see is of an absolutely slammed and battle ready NSX! Something about the way this guy draws cars always gets me thinking about the old days of reading option mags in the bookstore until getting kicked out. Good times! The Daikoku Pa NSX shirt runs for $19.99 (before shipping) and he expects it to be ready to go by October 12th 2012. If you pre-order it now, he will throw in the sketch of the Daikoku Pa NSX image printed on 10″ x 5″ inch sheet of heavyweight matte paper! So, for 20 bucks you get new threads and something to put on the wall. Not bad!
A while back I gave you a preview of the Transformers collab illestannounced at comic-con earlier this year; well the drop date is almost at hand! In just two more days (Sept. 23rd) the illest x Transformers line officially drops at their San Francisco and Los Angeles stores. The collection is split into two “phases”. Phase One which is what will drop on the 23rd is inspired by the Transformers Fall of Cybertron video game. As an added bonus, the first 10 people in line at either of the locations on launch day will get a free copy of the game. There will also be giveaways, DJs, and food trucks on hand to appease the masses as they wait for their gear.
Next month (October 27th 2012), “Phase two” will launch. The second phase of the collection is based on the classic “Gen 1″ Transformers that we grew up with and loved in the 80s. One piece of the collection will feature Porsche Autobot Jazz in a green colorway inspired by Mark Arcneal’s RWB Pandora One! I can imagine that phase one is going to sell out quickly since it will be limited so I would suggest that if you live in northern or southern California you wake up bright and early this Sunday and grab a spot in line at one of the flagship illest stores for the drop! Head to illestBrand.com for all the info.
ILLEST AND HASBRO, INC. TEAM UP FOR SPECIAL EDITION TRANSFORMERS T-SHIRTS;
NEW COLLECTION TO BE RELEASED BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 23, 2012
San Francisco, Calif – September 21, 2012 – ILLEST and Hasbro announced that they have teamed up to create custom co-branded t-shirts featuring the TRANSFORMERS brand. The product release will be divided into two phases beginning on September 23, 2012 at select retailers and ILLEST flagship stores.
The special edition ILLEST x TRANSFORMERS line of t-shirts will debut in the Fall, beginning with the launch of FALL OF CYBERTRON, that coincides with the acclaimed new video game of the same name from Activision. The FALL OF CYBERTRON t-shirts feature TRANSFORMERS designs inspired by “Cybertronian” renderings of AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS featured in the game. This collection will be made available September 23, 2012 to select ILLEST retailers as well as the ILLEST flagship stores located in Los Angeles and San Francisco. To celebrate, ILLEST flagship locations will have special TRANSFORMERS branded giveaways, a DJ, food trucks and more. The first 10 customers will receive the FALL OF CYBERTON game.
Phase 2, an Original Art collection of t-shirts, encompasses the mighty AUTOBOTS and vintage brand artwork. ILLEST and respected Japanese tuning house, RWB (Rauh-welt Begriff), will be saluting the popular AUTOBOT character, AUTOBOT JAZZ, with a new green colorway inspired by RWB’s Pandora One. The Original Art collection will be made available October 27, 2012 to select retailers as well as ILLEST flagship stores.
We have all seen this happen many times. You are hanging out at the local meet and everything is going great: plenty of cars, lots of space, people are respectful and having a good time, then it happens.. Right as the meet is starting to wind down and everyone is leaving some idiot feels the need to put on some magnificent display of douchebaggary and does a burn-out, thus attracting unwanted (police) attention and pissing off all the surrounding businesses. The worst part is that before you can “show your appreciation” the individual has already sputtered away, and their eBay muffler is already rattling in the distance.
Thankfully JDMEGO has come up with a shirt to help us congradulate the douchebags before they break the slience with their smokey displays of impotence. Pick up the “I heart car meet douchebags” shirt today for only 25 bucks and salute the D-Bags!
People get pretty serious about their iPhone cases. At first it was just about what case would protect the phone you waited in a 5 hour line for in the middle of the night. Although these days iPhone cases are all about style and showing off. Volk Racing decided to try and hit two hipsters with one stone by releasing a two piece 6066 aluminum alloy anodized case for the iPhone 4/4S. Even though I kind of hate all things Apple, I have to admit this case looks pretty damn good. The only problem is that it will cost you over $250! Not a typo!
While that does seem like a lot of money to pay for a cell phone case, to some this kind of thing is just that important. If you are willing to drop that kind of coin then more power to you! Although if you are one of those early adopter types you might want to hold off as rumor has it Apple will be announcing the iPhone 5 tomorrow (Sept. 12th 2012). On the other hand if you are one of those who like to take advantage of price drops on previous gen Apple devices when the new ones come out then maybe you will want to pick up this case after all. However, considering the price, you might want to just get the iPhone 5 too..
When Fatlace apparel comes to mind most would envision their urban chic style and some of their loosely automotive themed designs but one of the last things that would come to mind are giant robots from space that turn into cars, until now! Today at the dawn of Comic Con 2012 Fatlace has announced an apparel collaboration with Hasbro that will have your favorite Transfomers sharing shirt space with the illest logo. I personally think illest design sense paired with the transformers should make for some pretty fresh apparel. According to the press release the collaboration will go beyond shirts to “keychains and everything in between”.
If you want to cop some of the illest x Transformers gear you will be able to find it at any illest retail location. Hopefully some of the pieces will also be offered online as well.
illest™ Announces collaboration with Hasbro/TransformersLOS ANGELES, CA (July 12, 2012) – illest™ Clothing, one of the most sought after lifestyle brands, continues its commitment to innovative collaborations through the partnership with world renowned toy company Hasbro and their ever popular Transformers brand.
Hasbro, founded in 1923, is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro has over 1,500 brands, including TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.
On January 11, 2011, illest™ opened its doors to its flagship boutique in the heart of Little Tokyo of Downtown Los Angeles. In the past several years illest™ has become one of the most sought after brands that cater to an audience looking for more than just a label but rather a lifestyle. illest™ has set the standard in fashion and cultural partnership, recently collaborating with G-Shock, Beats by Dre, Crooks & Castle, and DTA.
illest™ and Transformers will collaborate to release a custom co-branded apparel and accessories line. The partnership brings together a leading lifestyle & fashion brand and an iconic empire that Transformers has become over the decades. The iconic illest logo will be featured on Transformers products from shirts to keychains and everything in between.
The illest™ / Transformers line will make its debut in Fall of 2012. The apparel and accessories will be available exclusively in our illest retail locations, worldwide through the illest distribution channel and online at the Fatlace Emporium and illest online store. For more information visit: www.illest.com
Over the weekend fashion brand illest announced that their latest collaboration would be with 2011 Formula Drift Champion Dai Yoshihara. The driver has teamed up with illest’s designers to create cross-branded apparel which includes shirts, accessories, and outerwear. You can check out some of the pieces in the pics below. Expect more Dai x illest apparel to drop in the near future.
illest™ Announces Partnership with 2011 Formula DRIFT Champion, Dai Yoshihara for the 2012 Formula DRIFT Season.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 13, 2012) - illest™ Clothing, one of the most sought after lifestyle brands, continues its commitment to innovative collaborations through the partnership with reigning Formula DRIFT Champion Dai Yoshihara.
illest and Yoshihara will unite to release a custom co-branded apparel and accessories line. The partnership brings together a leading lifestyle & fashion brand and an iconoclastic driver awarded “Best Style” in Formula DRIFT.
“We sponsor top athletes in many fields under the illestbrand”, said Felix Marcelino, illest Director of Operations. “We are really excited to have the 2011 Formula D Champion, Dai Yoshihara, represent the illest brand and the brand’s progression into the motorsports arena.”
The iconic illest logo will be featured on Yoshihara’s signature Nissan 240SX throughout the 2012 season as he defends his Formula DRIFT Championship title. Yoshihara, one of the only drivers to be sponsored by a leading fashion brand, will also represent illest on his custom racing suit and visor.
“Fashion is very important to me, so opportunity to partner with a leading brand like illest is amazing,” said Yoshihara. “illest has a great sense of what Formula D is all about and the design process was a lot of fun for me. I can’t wait for everyone to check out the line”.
illesthas set the standard in fashion and cultural partnership, recently collaborating with G-Shock, Beats by Dre, Crooks & Castle, and DTA.
On January 11, 2011, illest opened its flagship doors in the heart of Little Tokyo of Downtown Los Angeles. The brand in only it’s third year in existence has become one of the most sought after brands that cater to an audience looking for more than just a label but rather a lifestyle. The brand has worked with some of the industries finest in their particular segment. Products recently released include Beats by Dre for illest, G-Shock for illest, Goodword for illest,, and Porsche RWB x illest. For more information about illest, visit http://fatlace.com/illest
Why not follow one carbon fiber post with another? Only this time I am talking about carbon fiber that you can wear! Alpinestars has a pullover fleece hoodie that features their famous “a star” logo adorned in carbon fiber. Ok, it probably isn’t real carbon fiber but it still looks pretty damn fresh and for roughly 45 bucks the price isn’t half bad either.