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Ronnie Fieg is a native New Yorker, but calls Miami Beach his ‘second home’. As the creative force and founder behind Kith NYC, Fieg sought to combine his passion of sports, streetwear, and ultimately, two cities. Cue the “East Coast Project,” the latest endeavor from Kith that collaborates with select brands — Play Cloths, Herschel, Just Don, and Tina Catherine, to name a few — to celebrate the heritage of both Miami and New York. Hypebeast sat down with Fieg to elaborate on his thought process behind the project, which admittedly, reveals much to admire. From favorite sports teams to the scheduling of the release, no influence for the East Coast Project goes untouched. Enjoy the video above. Check the collection now over at Kith NYC.
Debian Blak: Hawks & Spies feat. Neo Joshua (Real Remix)
With the release of Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories just around the corner. Highsnobiety thought it’s time for a quick visual history showcasing the development of the duo’s iconic identity. Starting in 2001, with their second studio album Discovery, Daft Punk transitioned from wearing novelty Halloween masks to the iconic robot helmets we all know today. From that point on, the duo have gone through as many visual changes as they have albums. Though Guy-Manuel and Thomas’s overall vibe has stayed constant, the helmets are tweaked and costumes grow more stylish with each passing release. Case in point: today they are decked out in custom Saint Laurent Paris clothing designed by Hedi Slimane.
Infographic by Highsnobiety.com
Leave Adderall to the undergrads—a new wave of pills are helping successful professionals sharpen their minds and get an edge. Whether you’re looking to stoke productivity, memory, or motivation, there’s a bespoke brain booster for you.
For years, Jonathan Reilly, a 41-year-old biomedical engineer based in Los Angeles, would start his workday in a fog. “I’d come into my office feeling like I had woken up at four to take someone to the airport,” he says. “It took me twice as long to accomplish anything important.” But now he walks into his regular 8 a.m. meetings with crystal-clear focus and enough energy to drive through an intense 12-hour day at the office. Plus, he’s always in a good mood.
Reilly isn’t high or wired on caffeine—he’s taking a pill called Nuvigil. “It’s made me feel awake for the first time,” he says. “I don’t mean ‘awake’ like going to Burning Man and taking acid, or being on speed, where you just think you’re smarter. I’m much more creative and much more productive. If I’m project- managing, it’s like seeing the matrix. It makes it easier to put the pieces together to come up with a complete picture.”
In lieu of Adderall and eight-balls, hard-charging professionals are turning to a new class of nootropics (a type of smart drug) to score an edge at work. It’s a category of substances that includes prescription analeptics like Nuvigil and Provigil, as well as less-potent supplements like New Mood and Alpha Brain (both are sold on Amazon.com for around $30 a jar) that are made of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants, which purportedly stimulate your brain receptors. Devotees say nootropics are a wholly different experience from energy drinks, as they give you a mental edge, increasing memory, intelligence, motivation, and concentration—without the jitters or crashes that can come with stimulants.
“These drugs are being used in industries where there’s less room for failure and immediate results are expected,” says Roy Cohen, a career coach in New York City and the author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide. “These people thrive on accomplishment—it’s in their DNA. It’s incredibly seductive to have this potential for guaranteed peak performance.”
Joe (not his real name), 26, a banking consultant in Chicago, started taking Alpha Brain while getting his M.B.A. and continued to use it as a study aid before his CPA exam. “I’d retain more information than I would if I hadn’t taken it,” he says. Alpha Brain’s still his go-to before presentations, which used to make him nervous. “It gives me confidence,” he says. “I feel like I’m working on my optimal levels while I’m on it.” (His brother, a lawyer, agrees. “My brain feels a little cleaner,” he says.)
That clarity is key, say users, who feel like they’re actually doing something good for their mind, as opposed to simply getting hopped-up so they can push through another all-nighter. And while most of these guys would rather not skip a dose, they say they can miss a day with no ill effects.
Many users have found that their physicians will prescribe Provigil or Nuvigil if they contrive complaints of frequent jet lag or excessive fatigue. But those with less-flexible doctors have better luck online—although it’s illegal, you can order a month’s supply of these drugs for about $90 (usually imported from India).
So have these guys actually found a magic pill? Emily Deans, a psychiatrist in private practice outside Boston, cautions that, in high enough doses, smart drugs may affect your temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure and advises seeking a prescription. Supplements, unlike prescription- or pharmaceutical-grade drugs, can be prepared with varying amounts of active ingredients—meaning two pills from one jar may be three times the strength of two of the same pills from a different jar. Deans says to be especially careful of the plant-derived supplements that contain Huperzine A (as Alpha Brain does). “This ingredient can make you more alert or sharpen thinking,” she says, “but if you take too much at once, you can make yourself psychotic.”
Even Deans admits, though, that some guys could benefit from brain drugs. “I don’t know if it’s ethical to recommend, but for students using it to study or surgeons trying to stay up all night long, a [prescription nootropic] might be useful,” she says. “If they were willing to not burn the candle at both ends for too long, it might help people do a better job.”
For four months, when he couldn’t get a prescription, Reilly missed Nuvigil’s effects. “I was getting up later in the day and getting less done,” he says. He recently started taking it again. “I enjoyed the person I was more when I was taking it, so I decided this is something that should be part of my life.”
Smart Drugs Available in the Vitamin Aisle
These common vitamin-store supplements are nootropics, too, according to nutritionist Rania Batayneh, author of The 1:1:1 Diet.
THE SUPPLEMENT: DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish and seaweed.
THE PAYOFF: Improves memory by strengthening communication between brain cells.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Passionflower, a flowering vine.
THE PAYOFF: Promotes relaxation by reducing blood pressure.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Turmeric, a spice used in mustards and curries.
THE PAYOFF: Reduces performance anxiety by curbing the stress hormone cortisol.
THE SUPPLEMENT: Theanine, an amino acid found in green tea.
THE PAYOFF: Helps with focus by upping dopamine levels.
5 Ways to Train Your Brain
Drug-averse? You can keep your mind agile with games instead. Science long held that the brain couldn’t grow new cells, but that’s been proved wrong. You can continue to create them and connect them until the day you die, upping memory, clarity, and perhaps intelligence. “But you have to force the brain to grow,” says Cheryl Deep of the Brain Neurobics program at Detroit’s Wayne State University. Try these simple mental exercises.
1. Use your computer mouse with your nondominant hand.
2. Turn the analog clock you use the most upside down.
3. Wear your watch on the opposite wrist (up the cognitive boost by turning it upside down, too).
4. Avoid the word the in a conversation.
5. Chew gum (FYI: The brain stimulation lasts only while you’re chewing).
“Star Spangled Banner: Spring Summer cap series: With the opening of The POP SHOP being such a success, this spring leading into the summer we decided to have fun in certain areas that we previously could not explore with the BKc. As we expand and explore the sportier side of things and separate The Brooklyn Circus from the BKc, our timing in design exploration couldn’t have been better. The response to the POP SHOP based on our relationship with sneaker company PF FLYERS to expanding our sportswear offering and now our new series of Spring Summer caps has been TREMENDOUS! With such great response we released our first series of Sportswear, fashion inspired caps. The Star Spangled Banner cap is part of the greatness to come.”
The 1967 Toyota 2000GT was limited to approximately 351 units, 62 of which were made as left-hand-drive models. Five-speed transmission, 150 horsepower, dual overhead cam, and a top speed of 135mph. A model of the 2000GT was sold for $1.2 million dollars by Ontario-based RM Auctions — effectively earning it the title as the world’s most expensive car from an Asian brand.
A$AP Rocky “Suddenly” Documentary (Trailer)
Follow A$AP Rocky along his meteoric rise to stardom from Harlem to around the globe as we go behind the scenes to the studios, tours, brawls, fashion shoots, video sets and all the way back to the humble beginnings that spawned a worldwide movement.
I freakin’ love this mech samurai warrior by Darren Bartley aka fightPUNCH from the United Kingdom. Check out more of his amazing work here.
The ‘Forest house’ is a project of studio Chris Tate Architecture, located in Auckland New Zealand. The residence that Tate himself uses on the weekend has very little site impact. It sits on 16 poles drilled into the ground, allowing trees to grow from under the house. The structure was also designed to point at the arch of a giant Puriri tree, which frames the rear entrance.
This original sculpture is a statement piece that gives an industrial touch to the interior design or adds an unusual twist to the garden. It is available in natural concrete gray colour. Boom! is made out of concrete and contains a steel frame. Size: h20 w40 p8 Weight: 8 kg. Price: 250 euro (315$) + delivery
Over the weekend of May 3rd – 5th, thousands of skaters, rock fans and spectators flocked to the small town of Varazze on the Ligurian coast for a taste of the Californian lifestyle, as the Vans Off The Wall Spring Classic celebrated its 5th year anniversary.
Already infamous for some of the best miniramp skating that Europe has to offer, great music and good times, not to mention the stunning beachside setting, this years Off The Wall Spring Classic promised to be epic.
With the cities of Milan, Genoa and Nice all nearby, skaters, press and visitors flew in from all over the Europe to be greeted by the Fiat Freestyle Team cars, who brought them right to the beach in time for a warm up on the ramp before the accolade of ‘Best Miniramp Trick’ was dealt out. With some great riding going down already, it was a hotly contested event. One of the first arrivals, Denmark’s Dannie Carlsen took to the ramp quickly, and it paid off as his half cab blunt 360 kickflip out saw him walk away with a 250EUR cheque. As newly crowned Dutch Champ, Daan Vanderlinden’s frontside nosegrind down the spine feature was another winner, as was Chris Gregson’s frontside flip disaster backside revert and a frontside noseblunt backside revert from Mason Merlino saw all four win cash prizes.
1st Place – Dannie Carlson
2nd Place – Aurelian Giraud
3rd Place Ivan Federico
4th Place – Mason Merlino
5th Place – Chris Gregson
6th Place Vanderlinden
7th Place – Trevor Johnson
8th Place Ross McGouran
9th Place – Danny Leon
10th Place Josh Young
11th Place – Ewen Bower
12th Place – Juan Antonio Centenro
Photographer: Brandon Shigeta/Hypebeast
“Revenge of the Burger Culture Clash” the seminal streetwear brand teamed up with Los Angeles gastro-pub Plan Check to produce a mouth-watering combo dubbed the SS PCB — Smoky Spicy Plan Check Burger. Here, Wagyu beef patties are layered with two thick strips of smoked bacon and smothered with melted habañero cheese. Garnished with onions and thin pickles,the burger is accompanied with fries, a house-made cruller donut and a pint of beer. The appetizing burger will be available throughout May, so pass on through if you’re in the area, you might even get yourself a limited edition T-shirt.
Plan Check Bar
1800 Sawtelle Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
01 – King Louie x Divine Fits Val Get Worse
02 – A$AP Rocky x Purity Ring Pesobedear
03 – Azealia Banks x YACHT 212-PARADISE
04 – Future x Van She x Robotaki Turn On The Happiness
05 – Trinidad James x Madeon All Gold Shuriken
06 – Ca$h Out x Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Cashin’ Goods
07 – Juicy J x Black Moth Super Rainbow Gangz A Make Her Dance
08 – B.o.B x T.I. x Juicy J x Crystal Castles Still In These Eyes
09 – Katie Got Bandz x Santigold x The 2 Bears Disparate Bandz
10 – Chance The Rapper x Girl Unit Double Talm
11 – Big KRIT x Juvenile x Passion Pit I’ll Be Country
12 – BBU x Annie Hart x Clams Casino Won’t Fuck Us Over 2.0
13 – Future x T.I. x Clicks & Whistles Magic Adventure
14 – Usher x Rick Ross x Santigold See Youth
15 – Jay-Z x Kanye West x TNGHT Goooo In Paris
16 – Waka Flocka Flame x Twin Shadow Five Seconds Don’t Care
17 – Action Bronson x Tame Impala Get Off The Zeppelin
18 – Mobb Deep x Mele Shook Bolts Pt. II
19 – 2 Chainz x STRFKR While I’m Different
20 – Danny Brown x Dirty Projectors Grown Up Has No Trigger
21 – Aesop Rock x Ohama x J.Rocc Zero Drum Thirty
22 – Drake x Lil Wayne x Kavinsky Mottovision
23 – Justin Timberlake x Jay-Z x Daft Punk Lucky Suit
24 – Purity Ring x Frank Ocean Pyramidspeak
25 – Robyn x Frank Ocean Dancing On My Pyramids
Get your daily dose of inspiration via The Glossary’s visual interpretation of David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College.