DC x Spring 2009

DC, everyone’s favorite urban skate brand, is really stepping up their game lately. We’ve given all sorts of attention to their collaboration efforts with the likes of agnes B and Lemar & Dauley. For Spring 2009 they kept things both in-house, as well as continuing the partnership spirit. The DC LIFE collection includes a low “dress sneaker” model as well as hi-tops, a design that is clearly making a return (Terminators, Kanye’s kicks, etc) The colorways are very simple and don’t draw too much attention, but have enough of an edge to turn heads. They also are introducing a couple of tees and v-necks, but what really caught my eye is their skate backpack collaboration with infamous accessory maker Incase. The multifunction “Strapped” bag offers protection for your laptop and, of course, all your gear. It even carries your board on the front.


Lilly Lab

It’s not that us females aren’t attracted to some of the skateboard and snowboard designs out there, it’s just that some of them are a bit much. We’re not asking for our decks to be splashed with images of male models or anything — though we probably wouldn’t complain — but we’d appreciate some designs that appeal directly to our particular sensibilities. In the meantime, we have Lilly Lab to thank for creating a women’s line of apparel that makes us feel feminine without images of flowers and unicorns. So far, the site features just a few designs, including a tweeting bird, a banana peel, and their heart-filled logo. Even better, the shirts are cut to fit our curves, no matter how big or small they may be.

Celebrating 5000 Posts

We’ve just put up our 5000th post on JoshSpear.com. Pretty rad, right?  We think so too, so we’re celebrating by giving away a little special something — a trip to NYC. Here’s the deal:

I’ll fly anyone in the continental United States to New York City for dinner somewhere ridiculously delicious (think sushi) with yours truly and some very special guests who have been featured on the site before. We’ll have a rocking dinner, I assure you. Then I’ll put you up in a super-swanky hotel in Soho. Boast to your friends, or invite them all to jump on your bed at the after party.

Comment below and I’ll randomly choose a winner next week. Who wouldn’t want a free trip to the best city in the world?

(We’ll arrange a good time that works for you sometime this spring)

Joachim Baan x Anothercompany Update

Joachim Baan is more than just “another” artist in the world of talented graphic designers and photographers. The multi-talented Dane is in high demand, as evidenced by his recent work for K-Swiss, Tenue de Nîmes, Nike, and Humanoid. It’s a wonder he even had the time to work on his own website. Luckily, the man behind Anothercompany gave himself a hot minute to reimagine his URL. The result is a wonderfully imaginative amalgamation of Baan’s work, both recent and past projects — from books to interiors to campaigns. The site update also offers a sneak a peek into Joachim’s blog, Anothersomething

Mishka Grand Opening

We posted about Mishka’s website relaunch in 2007, and now we’re happy to see that the streetwear brand is opening its first store in the heart of Brooklyn, “where it all began.” Mishka‘s flagship store is located at 350 Broadway and set to open its doors this Friday, March 13th at 12 p.m. In celebration they have prepared a host of exclusive releases, including New Era caps, T-shirts and “kaiju craziness,” which, for the uninitiated, translates to cool Japanese monster toys. Music and monsters have always been a running theme in Mishka’s aesthetic. There will be an in-store reception beginning at 7 p.m. featuring the debut of Nick Catchdubs & Mr. Ducker's "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter 2." The party then moves to Trophy Bar at 10 p.m. where you'll get down with Nick Gazin & His Creepy Touch until about midnight. Finally, Trouble & Bass rings in the new day from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. at Studio B.

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