Freshness Week In Review: 5/02/2011 5/08/2011

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There's obviously one story that defines this week, but for a round up of the happenings the in worlds of streetwear, sneakers, gear, art, and culture, read on. First up was another welcome charity effort, this time by marquis European retailer Oki-ni, who stepped up with a charity raffle featuring some extremely nice prizes. And another chapter in pre-Summer SB mania was revealed this week, with the Brooklyn Projects-designed Reign in Blood Dunk Hi. Other Nike news included a rare appearance by Phil Knight - on the Oprah show. And Nike Sportswear China kicked off the Summer 2011 publicity push at an event featuring some of China's up and coming artists. visvim dropped a few nice pieces from the SS2011 collection this week, including nice Spring versions of the Juneau Weld shirt. A favorite among the Vice magazine set, Sasha Grey, released her book Neu Sex with an event at the Martha Otero Gallery this week. A major figure in the streetwear, skateboarding, and art community, Benny Gold, opened his new boutique in the Mission District this week, to a virtual who's who of the SF streetwear world. And from Porsche, we got a glimpse at the upcoming Cayman S Turbo Black Edition, which features a sleek makeover and a performance upgrade. And finally, adding to the mainstream moment that street art is enjoying currently, was the is the CARBON show, at which FUTURA held a live painting demo this week. Read on for details on all of these highlights of the week.

oki-ni Japan Fundraiser Raffle Ticket

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Oki-ni stepped up this week with an innovative charity project to benefit victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami. The marquis European retailer launched a charity raffle, with some extremely interesting prizes, including a number of very special one-off items.

>>oki-ni Japan Fundraiser Raffle Ticket

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Brooklyn Projects x Nike SB Dunk High Reign In Blood

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Dom Deluca of Brooklyn Projects decidedly to paid tribute to Slayer with the Nike SB Dunk High "Reign In Blood" edition. The suede upper has been treated to have the appearance of dried blood. Set for a release at some point this month, with an availability of 666 pairs, and a prime candidate for SB-mania.

>>Brooklyn Projects x Nike SB Dunk High Reign In Blood

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Nike Sportswear "Sports Is Art" Event Shanghai | Event Recap

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Freshness co-founder Dan Hwang was on hand for Nike Sportswear China's "Sports Is Art" event this past weekend. The event marked the kickoff of Nike's Summer 2011 campaign in mainland China, and featured lots of limited edition product, based on the art of some of China's most talented up and coming artists.


>>Nike Sportswear "Sports Is Art" Event Shanghai | Event Recap</strong>

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Nike Co-Founder Philip Knight On Oprah

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Nike co-founder Phil Knight typically shies away from press appearances, but he broke that trend very notably this week with an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. Knight weighed in on topics both corporate and personal; among the topics of discussion were the death of Knight's son in 2004, and some of Nike's most high profile athlete relationships.

>>Nike Co-Founder Philip Knight On Oprah

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visvim May 2011 | New Release

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This week brought new releases from the Spring/Summer 2011 collection from Visvim, including the ever popular Juneau Weld Shirt, in a short sleeve version done in plaid. Another seasonally appropriate piece is the gingham check shorts, and the collection is anchored by three colorways of the Virgil Cap Okie-Folk boot.

>>visvim May 2011 | New Release

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Sasha Grey NEU SEX Book Signing | Los Angeles

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Hipster porn star and writer Sasha Grey has spent the past four years putting together Neu Sex, a book that chronicles a number of her entertainment and artistic endeavors over the years. This past week, the actress, artist, and writer presided over a signing event, held at the Martha Otero Gallery, for her new book.

>>Sasha Grey NEU SEX Book Signing | Los Angeles
>>Sasha Grey Neu Sex Book Signing @ Martha Otero Gallery | Event Recap

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Benny Gold New Store Opening | Event Recap

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Benny Gold was advised by James Jebbia of Supreme to open his new store, who is as good an adviser as anyone on streetwear retail. This week saw the opening of Gold's new store, and friends and family from True, Black Scale, Infinite, The Hundreds, The Darkside Initiative, Stussy, Fatlace and FTC, all stopped by the store in celebration of this milestone for Gold.

>>Benny Gold New Store Opening | Event Recap

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Porsche Cayman S Black Edition

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Automotive news this week included coverage of the Porsche Cayman S Black Edition, which is dressed up in black Boxster Spyder wheels to match it's all black everything look. The all black makeover is matched by a performance boost too - the Black Edition gets a 10-hp boost over the base model. The car is limited to 500 units, with a $98,000 pricetag, and dealers will start taking orders this July.

>>Porsche Cayman S Black Edition

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CARBON FUTURA Live Painting | Melbourne

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Street art is certainly having something of a moment currently, as evidenced by the high profile MOCA show Art in the Streets. Street art was also being feted on the other side of the globe this week in the CARBON event, which included a live painting event with artist FUTURA.

>>CARBON FUTURA Live Painting | Melbourne