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Sneaker Freaker x Nike – “Genealogy of Innovation” Book

Sneaker Freaker has teamed up with Nike to produce a hardcover compendium celebrating the Swoosh’s history of footwear design. Entitled the Genealogy of Innovation, the retrospective clocks in at 240-plus pages, beginning in 1971 with the release of the first Nike shoe to carry a Swoosh. From … READ MORE

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Paul d’Orléans – Cafe Racers: Speed, Style and Ton-up Culture Book

Making a huge resurgence in recent years, cafe racing was drawn by the rebellious nature of the iconic motorcycle movement. Popularized in England during the 1960s, the cafe racers were bikers that raced modded motorcycles and rode between 24-hour transport cafes in England. Motorcycle expert Paul d’Orléans … READ MORE

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I DRAW SHOES Sketchbook + Reference Guide for Sneaker Designers

Because a Wacom tablet isn’t always available when you’re having an eureka moment, the good folks at IDRAW Creative Goods created the I DRAW SHOES Sketchbook + Reference Guide for footwear and sneaker designers. Meant for both novice and professional, the sketchbook offers over 100 pages of … READ MORE

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ESPN The Magazine – 2014 Body Issue

The annual Body Issue from ESPN The Magazine is the antipode to the famed Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. While the latter spotlights a certain kind of human form, the former celebrates the diversity of the athlete in peak physical condition (or a close approximation, in the case of … READ MORE

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Emily Ratajkowski by Michael Thompson – GQ July 2014 Cover

Known for his intimate portraits, photographer Michael Thompson has the pleasure (and the envies of his sex) of shooting model Emily Ratajkowski for GQ magazine’s July 2014 issue cover. First came onto the scene in Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” music video, the shoot had Emily posing with … READ MORE

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New York Times – The Sneaker Comes of Age

It’s fair to say we’ve been obsessed with kicks for as long as we’ve existed online, charting the rise of the sneaker as a fetish object to be collected, to its current position as fashion runway mainstay and accepted fixture within today’s workplace. But when the Grey Lady weighs in, you know … READ MORE

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Ai WeiWei Book By Taschen

Perhaps one of the most provocative Chinese artists of our generation, Ai Weiwei, fears nobody when making his statements, not even his own government. His art is a social commentary derived from his love of China, and his art sometimes point to unlikely places to make his … READ MORE

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“fragment: Hiroshi Fujiwara” Book by Rizzoli | Available Now

Avid readers may remember our post that introduced the first official book on Hiroshi Fujiwara and his design company, fragment design, back in 2013. Published by acclaimed publisher Rizzoli, fragment: Hiroshi Fujiwara chronicles the achievement of Japan’s Godfather of street culture and Ura-Hara movement. From his friendship … READ MORE

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DC Shoes – “Defy Convention” 20th Anniversary Book | Preview

Evolving from a simple apparel company back in 1994, Droors Clothing has grown into an action sports powerhouse, currently known only as DC. This year marks the momentous 20th anniversary for the Californian brand, which calls for all types of celebration. To commemorate this amazing achievement, they … READ MORE

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LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary – Updated and Expanded Edition

It isn’t just a Bible for those who love anything and everything relating to Star Wars, the LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary also serves as a catalog to the entire LEGO Star Wars Series right from the collaboration’s start in 1999. Now with the partnership’s 15th … READ MORE

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Merrell – “Branding Terror” Book

Terrorist organizations are nothing to joke about, yet it seems they take their branding and public image more seriously than even an ordinary business would. Artur Beifuss and Francesco Trivini Bellini took the time to study the logotypes and iconography of the notorious insurgent groups of the … READ MORE