With the release of the adidas T-Mac 3 “ASG” now behind us, here’s a detailed look at the Packer Shoes in-store event featuring adidas Basketball’s own Tracy McGrady.
As many lined up to meet the legendary basketball player, one could only help but reminisce over T-Mac’s memorable 2004 All-Star Game performance highlighted by his mismatched shoes and alley-oop off of the glass to himself. Either way, the fans were full of smiles and excitement and McGrady was on-hand to sign memorabilia and take pictures. Altogether, it was a great night for adidas basketball and Packer Shoes.
Check out event photos below and let us know if you were in the building! Keep it locked right here at Sneaker Files for more sneaker news.
Growing year by year, POW WOW has outgrown its roots as a one-day contemporary art festival to become a creative community of international artists and contributors. This year was no different, with alumni and groundbreaking talents from the realms of music and art coming together for a week-long gathering in Honolulu, Hawaii. Highlights included the opening exhibition curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace, the screening of The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan by Roger Gasteman, and the pop-up shows from 1XRun and Pangea Seed and RVCA x The Seventh Letter, while workshops and lectures offered insight to the art at hand, and a closing Block Party celebrated the striking new murals of Kaka’ako. Here, we get a closer look at pieces from the likes of Madsteez, Trav MSK, Apex, Tristan Eaton, Auustine Kofie, Nychos, Andrew Schoultz, Hannah Stouffer, Norm, Vhils, Push, Dabs Myla, CYRCLE., 123 Klan and James Jean. Tackling the architectures with their signature styles, the artists added to the high spirits of the newly-transformed art district with their own unique pieces. Enjoy the recap images above and stay tuned for more in-depth features with this year’s participants.
POW WOW, a week-long art initiative that takes place annually in Hawaii kick started this year with “Exploring The New Contemporary Movement,’ an exhibition curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery. The opening exhibition took place at the historic structure of Honolulu Museum of Art School, where a long list of POW WOW artists both past and present displayed pieces on 2×2 canvases. Blessed by the featured artists in attendance, the exhibition showcased various themes and concepts; such as illustrative pieces from Dabs Myla, Shark Toof and Pam Glew alongside geometric styles from Curiot, Carl Cashman and Dalek. Elsewhere, participators stocked up on black books and POW WOW merchandise ahead of the dynamic week, while attendees enjoyed live mural sessions by Angry Woebots and Ekundayo next to a courtyard party held by local DJs. Cast your eyes over the recap images above and stay tuned for more new from POW WOW 2014.
Last weekend, during NBA All Star Weekend, Li-Ning and D. Wade debuted some of the new Li-Ning Way of Wade 2 sneakers for select shoppers. The Li-Ning Way of Wade 2 features bold and bright colored patterns on the leather uppers, paired with equally intriguing soles. The All Star pack that debuted at All Star Weekend see polka dotted patterns on the uppers, with striking neon yellow soles. Below, we have a recap video from Li-Ning, showing the Way of Wade 2 on display, and interviews with D. Wade, and sneakerheads waiting to cop themselves a pair. Were you able to get your hands on a pair of these coveted kicks? Let us know, down below in the comments!
The Nike Kobe 9 Elite recently appeared at a special exhibition at the Nike X158 concept store in Shanghai. Titled “Masterpiece,” the installation likened the new shoe to an unstoppable bullet as it entered through a wall at the back before tearing through a line of picture frames and leaving behind it a multi-colored Flywire wake. The exhibition was created to mark the official release of the Kobe 9 Elite “Masterpiece” in the Greater China region. The exhibition also introduces the new Lunar Flyknit 2 models on 1F and will remain open until early March.
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Multi-talented contemporary painter, sculptor and writer Yayoi Kusama is just over halfway through her latest show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai. Titled “A Dream I Dreamed,” the touring exhibition looks back on her extensive career, highlighting her work with large-scale installations involving polka dots as well two-dimensional works featuring organic and tribal themes. Many of her works present vivid juxtapositions of color that abstract and vitalize mundane everyday scenes. The exhibition also introduces a few new pieces by the artist and will remain open until March 30. For more on the museum including opening hours, visit the MoCA Shanghai website.
To mark the launch of the adidas Originals EQT line in the U.K., brand expert and adidas consultant Gary Aspden hosted a special breakfast where he treated goers to a recap of the line’s history and its significance within adidas’s history. As Aspden regaled attendees with personal stories of his history with the shoe, they also got a chance to see the evolution of the line with a display featuring highlights from the collection. Check out our recap form the event and stay tuned for more from the adidas Originals EQT relaunch.
Big Apple stalwart brand aNYthing introduced us to Rick Librizzi via a video last week, which gave a brief insight into the painter’s career. The brand held an exhibition on Friday at its flagship on Allen Street, a showcase of artwork as well as a set of collaborative T-shirts. Ostensibly, Librizzi is your traditional disgruntled New Yorker, blue about gentrification and vexed by some modern artists. Underneath this though, is a beautiful and raw intimacy with the everyday world, which shines through his work. Sounds from the street, dusty vintage books from street vendors, music and food all collide in Librizzi’s paintings, which gloriously reiterate themes from the Beat Generation and postmodern art. The art seen above was made special for the show, with each piece made available for purchase. Enjoy our recap above.
Earlier this week, designer Stephen Webster’s Beverly Hills outpost hosted the latest show from D*Face as the London-based street artist celebrated the release of his monograph, One Man & His Dog. D*Face himself was on hand for the occasion while the event also played home to a collaborative FACE to *FACE print created alongside Shepard Fairey – a design that was limited to just 200 18″x24″ prints. Fellow Brit Webster also unveiled a set of solid sterling silver D*Face dog tag pendants – in four different colorways, each limited to 25 pieces – as a variety of the artist’s work appeared throughout the space. Enjoy a recap of the event above and look for One Man & His Dog now via Amazon.
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Just recently Volcom held a special in-store event at Hong Kong’s LCX Ocean Terminal. The two-hour event served to garner added exposure for the brand’s first retail location within Hong Kong and offered a few hundred visitors the chance to make some of their own personal items and win gifts by playing Volcom’s popular Wheel Of Stone. At the end of the event, guests went home with over 60 screened tees, 80 pressed hats and over a hundred sticker packs, carabiners and beers won through The Wheel.
Reflecting on the success of the event, Volcom Asia’s GM Chris Brooks had this to say:
“We are really excited to open our first direct store in LCX Harbour City,” said Volcom Asia’s GM, Chris Brooks. “We have retail partners in locations throughout Hong Kong, and I feel this location will be a great addition to the Volcom family. More so, this location is a fantastic convergence of local Hong Kong residents, mainland Chinese, people from all over Asia, as well as European & American travelers. We are excited to be a part of Hong Kong.”