Freshness Week In Review: 11/22/2010 11/26/2010

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Believe us when we tell you that we were "armed" to the teeth for Black Friday, that one day of the year all trend reporters lived for. First, we had a dozy of a checklist ranging from down jackets, thermal long johns, lounge chairs and so on. One of us, not at liberty to say who, wore the complete set of Nike Pro Combat gear, just in case the shopping crowd becomes unruly. Like trained Special Forces operators, we dispersed through key shopping locations and waited...and waited some more. The chaos that was to be, the raging hoard that was to come, the hair yanking middle age housewives, the fist throwing college grads, the cute kid with malicious intentions... were all gone? Instead, the anticlimactic Black Friday was one of well-behaved shoppers and UGG wearing tourists. And so, we retreated to more familiar ground, our office, and plotted our next step. While our Black Friday was a dud, merchandisers nevertheless geared up with high anticipation in mind. Slim Chin, the Beast from the Far East is back with a brand new remix. Another returnee is DeLorean, the star of Back to the Future trilogy, with brand new collabs. What it lacked in time travel ability, the BMW 7-Series by Steinway Piano made up in embellishments and styles. But if practicality is what you are looking for, than the CONVERSE Chuck Taylor Duffle Coat may be just the holiday gift for you. So take a moment to digest that days-old stuffing your mother in-law made (taste like sawdust), cause the holiday shopping season just got started...

CONVERSE Chuck Taylor All Star Duffle Coat

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With Duffle Coat been all-the-rage this winter season, it was kind of surprising that no one on this said of the Pacific thought of this earlier. Thanks to the trendy mindset of CONVERSE Japan of this nifty creation and one round of thanks from our toasty feet and their 10 compatriots.

» CONVERSE Chuck Taylor All Star Duffle Coat

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nanoblock x PENTAX Optio NB1000 Digital Camera

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Still can't act like your age? This new collaboration from nanoblock and PENTAX might address that inner child issue for you. Put your creative mode into overdrive with the mini building blocks on a 14-megapixel digital camera. Hours upon hours of entertainment, right on the palm of your hand.

» nanoblock x PENTAX Optio NB1000 Digital Camera | Available

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Dwight Howard x Derrick Rose x Slim Chin Fast Don't Lie (Gregory Brother Remix)

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It always hit you when you're least likely to be ready. The Beast from the Far East is back with his over-the-top lifestyle and in-your-face attitude. And if the first set of Slim Chin commercials have you bawling on the floor in pain. Then stay away from this new remix by Gregory Brother, you might just laugh your a@@ off, literally. Sing Song Time!

» Dwight Howard x Derrick Rose x Slim Chin Fast Don't Lie (Gregory Brother Remix) | Video

------ Married to the MOB Holiday 2010 Collection

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Surprise your better half this holiday season with Married to the MOB's Holiday 2010 Collection. Leah and the team took all the guess works for all you guys out there. So you simply have to know your girlfriend or wife's (or both) sizes and pay up. Now, if you somehow got the gifts mixed up... you're beyond anyone's help...

» Married to the MOB Holiday 2010 Collection

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Nike Sportswear Presents Darrelle Revis & The Destroyer

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If the New York Jets wins the Super Bowl this year, you think Darrelle Revis would tell the world that he wants to go to Disney Land? Most likely not, but Revis spoke about the importance of support from family and friends in the ever challenging atmosphere of professional football. With that said, the New York Jets is leading the AFC East Division. Go Jets! » Nike Sportswear Presents Darrelle Revis & The Destroyer | Event Recap

The Simpsons vs Fox News "Not Racist, But #1 With Racists" Campaign

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Usually, satirical humor is not without controversies.  However, the latest episode of The Simpsons topped that list for a few reason.  One, the statement it declared, though briefly, on national television "Not Racist, But #1 With Racists".  Second, the butt of the joke was none other than Fox News, which shared the same parent company as The Simpsons, Fox Network.  Wondering what Bill O'Reilly has to say about this new "slogan"

» The Simpsons vs Fox News "Not Racist, But #1 With Racists" Campaign

------ Freshness Feature: A Surfing Jam Named Saturdays

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It isn't some gilded hall of some members-only club. Nor is it a hipster dive bar at the heart of SoHo. Instead, SATURDAYS Surf Shop is one of those rare find where buttoned-up office types rejuvenate their souls over the weekend. Who said you have to be in California to surf? Find out what all the buzz is about in our in-depth report on SATURDAYS.

» Freshness Feature: A Surfing Jam Named Saturdays

------ Billionaire Boys Club Water Resistant Digi Camo Balaclava

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By George! Billionaire Boys Club read our minds! We will definitely wear these in our next Black Friday stake out. Thanks Pharrell!

» Billionaire Boys Club Water Resistant Digi Camo Balaclava

------ News From DeLorean DMC-12

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It is said that often visionaries lived well beyond their times. That was indeed true for auto executive John DeLorean, whose namesake car company went bankrupt just 7 years in operation. Still, the company's one and only model, the DMC-12, became a legend of sort. From its stardom on Back to the Future movie trilogy to the collaboration with The Hundreds, and more recently, as the model for USB drive and inspiration for an upcoming Nike 6.0 merchandise. Wondering what else will come down the pipeline.

» Flash Rods DeLorean 500GB USB Flash Storage» Delorean x Nike 6.0 Dunk

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Steinway & Sons x BMW 7 Series Composition

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The world of technology often look towards their artistic counterparts for inspirations. So it was little surprise that BMW linked up with esteemed piano maker Steinway & Sons for an one of the kind collection, the Steinway & Sons x BMW 7 Series Composition. No more tug-of-war for those who love both their music and car.

» Steinway & Sons x BMW 7 Series Composition

CONVERSE Opens Specialty Retail Store in SoHo NYC

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Okay, we might have to correct our previous statement. However short, there was a brief line-up in front of the just opened CONVERSE Specialty Retail Store in SoHo during the early morning hours of Black Friday. Strangely enough, an impromptu poll showed that almost all weren't there for the "specialty" items but regular Chucks. A few avid fans from European even brought the same Chucks with sizings from infant to adulthood. When asked, they said they wanted their children to have nothing but Chucks for the rest of their lives. A bit fanatical don't you think?

» CONVERSE Opens Specialty Retail Store in SoHo NYC

------ Marc Jacobs x Juergen Teller Skateboard Decks

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This will be a very special holiday season indeed. For those who are Marc Jacobs' fans, the perennial hip fashion designer is launching a limited skatedeck series with his friend, photographer Juergen Teller. Announced via Twitter, the series will include the likeness of Victoria Secrets model Stephanie Seymour, actress/singer Lisa Marie Presley, and Teller's favorite, supermodel Kate Moss.

» Marc Jacobs x Juergen Teller Skateboard Decks | Preview

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ILoveDust x Kiehls Creme de Corps

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Indeed it was only a matter of time. Finally, our friends at ilovedust got the credit they long deserved as the latest participants in Kiehls Creme de Corps series of skincare. Congrats guys!

» ILoveDust x Kiehls Creme de Corps» Fresh + Creative: ILoveDust

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Barry McGee Mural On Houston Street And Bowery Street | Grand Finale

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Armed with fire extinguisher size 8-Liter Applicator from KRINK, artists made a quick work of the mural by Barry McGee and Josh Lazcano (aka Amaze) before sunrise. By the day's first light, the work was all but covered, brandishing a new memorial mural to artist Dash Snow. But being that this in New York City, the memorial mural is gone as well, replaced by a new one by Kenny Scharf.

» Barry McGee Mural On Houston Street And Bowery Street | Grand Finale

------ EA Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Pagani vs Lamborghini | Video

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In the pursuit of all that is fast and furious, Electronic Arts spared no expenses on the latest title to come out of Need For Speed gaming franchise, Hot Pursuit. This included a Pagani Zonda Roaster F, a refitted Lamborghini (as a highway patrol car), and a helicopter. There is no CGI, no special effects, no wordy dialogs. Simply just raw power and sheer speed.

» EA Need For Speed Hot Pursuit Pagani vs Lamborghini | Video