Freshness Week In Review: 6/28/2010 - 7/2/2010

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To call it perplexing would not do it justice.  This week was just a roller coaster ride of emotions.  First, the upset of Brazil National Team at the World Cup.  Fans around the world expected an epic tournament between the Canary Yellow and Oranje.  The outcome, however, was anything but.  Rumor among online forums that the Brazil Black Pack from Nike Sportswear will be gone like hot cakes as fans adorn their mourning attires.   As if Brazil's early exit from the World Cup was not surprising enough. After Apple put out several ambiguous press releases in regard to the iPhone 4's signal reception issue, a stunning admission, the company claimed it missed a software glitch the last 4 years.  Indeed, the signal display (or fondly called "bars" by users) was inaccurate.  The good news, Apple will issue a downloadable patch in the coming weeks to fix the problem.  The bad news, now people can see just how awful their cellphone reception really is.  A remedy to the latter, business news network Bloomberg devoted several hours this week on its confirmation iPhone 4 will be available at the more reliable Verizon Wireless stateside.  Keep your fingers (and toes) cross.  Finally, in case you forget, there was this little movie about vampires and werewolf, but we're sure all other media have that covered.  Beyond the trivial headlines, let's look at a few others you might have missed over the week.

adidas Originals by Originals - Fall/Winter 2010 - Kazuki Kuraishi (kzk) Footwear

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Some amazing designs from Kazuki for the upcoming season.  However, like all news rooms, an intense debate broke out among us.  Some said the designs should be called "sneakers".  But the naysayers won out at the end and the headline switched to "footwear" instead.  Be on the lookout for these in the coming months.

» adidas Originals by Originals Fall/Winter 2010 Kazuki Kuraishi (kzk) Footwear

» adidas Originals by Originals Fall/Winter 2010 Kazuki Kuraishi (kzk) Apparel

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adidas Originals by Originals x LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD Superstar 80's | Detailed Look

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Previewed earlier this year, adidas Originals by Originals is pushing onto the realm of grunge and punk.   Led by Kazuki and LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD, a twist on the classic Superstar 80's in handsome black leather.  But if you're in a lighthearted mood, the duo also offer an all white version as well.

» adidas Originals by Originals x LUKER by NEIGHBORHOOD Superstar 80's | Detailed Look

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Nike Ball Man Sculpture In Johannesburg | 5,500 Soccer Balls

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A giant is dormant at Johannesburg "s Carlton Centre shopping mall. After deconstructing a 3-D image, Nike reassembled all of the components into a larger than life sculpture with 5,500 soccer ball.   At 4-ton, the Ball Man is a marvelous feat in ingenuity and artistic expression.  Best of all, select participants will take home a free soccer fall after Nike dismantle the structure post-World Cup.

» Nike Ball Man Sculpture In Johannesburg | 5,500 Soccer Balls

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Stussy x Levi's Japan SS502 Special Customize Denim | Detailed Look

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The halfway point of 2010 also marked the half point for Stussy's 30th Anniversary celebration.  But don't tell that to its design teams as they rev up even more collaboration projects for the year, Hello Kitty with Sanrio, sungalsses with OriginalFake... but all eyes were on the limited SS502 denim by Levi's.  Embellished with details yet retained much of the authenticity of a Levi's selvedge

» Stussy x Levi's Japan SS502 Special Customize Denim | Detailed Look

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Kicherer Mercedes SLS AMG Black Edition

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Like Travie McCoy sings it, if we become billionaires, we "...give away a few Mercedes like here lady have this..." But not this one, the modified Mercedes SLS AMG Black Edition by Kicherer. A stealth fighter on 4 wheels, Kicherer blacked out all the "blings" and instead focused on the innards of the machine rear diffuser, 20-inch wheels, and a 6.3-liter with 620 ponies to boot. Sorry lady, this one is a keeper.

» Kicherer Mercedes SLS AMG Black Edition

Jordan Brand September 2010 Releases

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The fireworks just started, figuratively and literally, as owners of NBA teams scrambled in the latest free agent bid. Up for grab are: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and more... As the merry-go-around of contract talks continue, basketball fans will have something else to look forward to in September, the new offerings from Jordan Brand. At least there is a certain sense of certainty with this, including a Jordan 6 Ring

» Jordan Brand September 2010 Releases

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2010 FIFA World Cup | Brand Wars

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Untypically blunt for a Japanese designer, SOPH.'s creative director Hirofumi Kiyonaga stirred the establishment with his "brand war" analysis of FIFA World Cup. With just days to go, who will win this epic battle of marketing blitz? Though it came out ahead early in the competition, Nike is falling behind to adidas now according to the latest poll. And with 2 of the 4 teams wearing adidas jerseys going to the semi-finals, the situation looks bleak for Nike and PUMA...

» 2010 FIFA World Cup | Brand Wars

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KAWS x Disney x Medicom Toy Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket Toys | Preview

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Written around 1881, Pinocchio by Italian writer Carlo Collodi was more of a story about the harsh reality in life. There is no shelter, no coddling, instead the wooden marionette had to fend for himself. A century later, Walt Disney "child-proof" the original plot, transformed the "talking cricket" to Jiminy, a guardian angel to the wayward boy. (In the original story, Pinocchio killed the ever talkative cricket) Now, both are forever immortalized by KAWS in his first major solo exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut. The exhibit will last till January 2011.

» KAWS x Disney x Medicom Toy Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket Toys | Preview

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Nike SB July 2010 Apparel + Accessories Release

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Break out the beach towels, the BBQ, and the booze, summer 2010 is in full effect. While you're at it, round up some of the newest gears from Nike SB - con Tee, Lance Mountain, Icon Zip Hoody, etc... And take it all with you in Nike SB backpacks. Get a move on because summer is not going to wait for you.

» Nike SB July 2010 Apparel + Accessories Release

» Nike SB July 2010 Sneakers Release