On July 9th the world cup will draw to a close and Italy or France will reign supreme in the world of soccer. So in the spirit of the game, and for all the soccer hooligans who think they know it all comes KM7 Kicks, The Fine Art of Playing Football, by Klaus Mai and Christian Bitenc. Mai and Bitenc, both graphic designers in Germany. They were frustrated with the visuals being used for the 2006 World Cup and KM7 is their wonderfully designed ode to the football championship. Utilizing their immense knowledge of the game, Klaus and Christian completed KM7 in only 5 months and with it challenge the knowledge of the "true" soccer fans covering everything including shoes, balls, lines, referees, rules, doping, techniques, logos, mascots, the cup and lawn maintenance from A to Z. "Do you know what the shell seats look like, how about how that the goal gates are knotted?" Even if you do, make sure to pick up a copy of the visual feast and soccer encyclopedia that is KM7 Kicks.
Released for Spring / Summer 2006 comes the tokidoki collection for Le Sportsac. tokidoki, or "sometimes" in Japanese, is the brand started by Italian artist Simone Legno and his partners, Pooneh Mohajer Arnold and Ivan Arnold, and is representative of some of the most authentic looking manga and anime prints ever created outside of Japan. The line of hand bags, totes, and travel bags created for Le Sportsac are bright, colorful and full of characters that include laughing flowers, winking stars, and coy babies. Each item comes in three variations, natural, olive camo, and black camo, of the Playground print, plus each one comes with a limited edition tokidoki qee, the loveable cat, dog, and bear figurines courtesy of Toy2R. The tokidoki for Le Sportsac collection is available at the Le Sportsac flagship store located at 1065 Madison Ave and at Soho located at 176 Spring Street in NY or online at LeSportsac’s website.