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FUCK STEREOTYPES. SET PRECEDENT. Freeman Plat Does It For The Culture.

In 1964, Bob Dylan released the legendary album “The Times They Are A-Changin”. Covering topics ranging from the civil rights movement and racism, to Vietnam, to anti-establishment psychedelic culture, he spoke fluidly from the perspective of the vast gap between youth and leadership. Dylan’s capsule was highly reflective, raw, and revolutionary. Fast forward to 1971, when the late Marvin Gaye bookended the most turbulent decade when he released “What’s Goin On?” amidst the second wave of the Civil Rights struggle, the decay of a post Vietnam war American Dream, and his brilliant, haunting falsetto became the narration to an era. Since then there’s been “It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back” By NYC hiphop legends Public Enemy, “WAR” by U2 in the early 80’s that gave us anthems like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and equally as brilliant soundtracks to seasons of history from Bob Marley, 2Pac, and Rage Against The Machine. This is shit I know well.…

Knock Out Everything with YORK’s Lion Hearted Boxing Line.

Boston is a fighting town. The image of the hardworking Irish Catholic Southie boy in his Red Sox cap, Celtics jersey, arms adorned in Shamrocks and celtic cross ink is culturally iconic. It’s New England’s version of Americana. If you know anyone from The Bean, you know that guy. Or, you at least know someone that does know that guy. Sam Adams brewery, a holy reverence for both trash talking Larry Bird and Whitey Bulger alike, dimly lit Pubs that open early to show Premier League matches, and a vicious hatred for the Muthafaukin’ Brawnx Baumahs are all equally real in Bashtan.  So is boxing. The fighting Irish don’t only play in South Bend. So it makes perfect sense for Boston bred brand YORK Athletics MFG, to embrace that fighting spirit. York was founded by Mark McGarry, who spent time at both Nike and Puma in high level positions.  As the head of…

Visual Artist Cole Is Dr. Frankenstein Meets Warhol.

The hypebeast world is just a culture compendium. Maybe compendium is the wrong word. That word suggests it’s almost a collection of similar things. The hype beast world mashes different cultures, and is equal parts hiphop, street art, high art, skate culture, and more. It’s high class and low brow all at once. It’s both elite and open, but it all somehow works. It reflects subculture’s revolver picking up turnstile speed, launching into mainstream society. It’s convergence culture in a capsule that’s far more expansive than the term capsule suggests, and can be scumbag luxe TMZ fodder and Greenwich art show catered by Wolfgang and Mario all at once. Bringing all this together is what “streetwear” reflects. My homie Greg Selkoe calls it “Verge Culture” – crafted by the kids brought up on the internet, born in the 80’s, raised in the 90’s – and progressed by it’s second wave…

You Can’t Fit PERENNIAL in A Box. Meet the FAO Schwartz Of Luxecessories.

PERENNIAL doesn’t want to be put in a box. Ironic for what most human’s consider a “jewelry line”, to say the least. “PRNL” takes its name seriously, and seeks to be more of a luxe-accessory FAO Schwartz than anything traditional. The one trick pony is dead in 2017. The future belongs to those who are creative and stealth enough to Carpe Diem both today, and tomorrow. The roots are in jewelry for sure, but the future will be much different. PRNL next season will not be PRNL currently. Ever. It’s a concept more companies and houses should get used to producing from. Elise Rosenstock started out as perhaps a prototypical young Connecticut mom who aspired to design jewelry based on her love of creative construction and disparate visuals. She often created one-of-a-kind pieces for friends using high-end metals and gemstones with an amazing understanding of color, materials, and finishes. At Elise’s sister’s…

Del Toro Is The Hippest Luxe Footwear Designer On Earth. Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You.

Del Toro is the luxury lifestyle brand based out of Miami, Florida that we at Wanderset feel you need to discover. It’s not that they’re making everything from luxe slippers with skulls and crossbones, to red quilted high tops – it’s that it all works. It’s not a reach, or far fetched, and it doesn’t come across as a “do too much to be niche” rookie brand. Del Toro is not still feeling itself out, it knows who it is, and it’s unapologetically sarcastic, and sartorial. The brand’s character is equally European luxury, South Beach party posh, New England Ivy League, and NYLONKONG street rebellious. At the same damn time.  Originally a men’s brand, Del Toro now produces shoes and accessories for both men and women. Del Toro was founded in 2005 and originally sought to fill a void in the marketplace for affordable customized velvet slippers. Through this success,…

Footwear Friday : Retro Asics Drop Setlist

Asics are true classics. The heyday of the Asic kick was between the late 70’s to early to mid 90’s, with respect to re-release revitalization here and there. We felt it appropriate to drop this Asics retro kick #Setlist as the 90’s comes back around like the revolving door at The Max, Which, incidentally, is a real place outside the set of “Saved By The Bell”.  Here are some of the illest retro Asics on The Set. 5. ASICS GEL LITE III RED X GREY We could picture LT and Phil Simms rocking these post-practice in the Meadowlands circa 89. 4. ASICS GEL SPOTLITE The most 1991 high tops ever. 3. ASICS GEL LYTE EVO If snakeskin was some how trendy on Saved By The Bell. 2. ASICS GSMs CREAM + LATTE That cafe life is too real. ASICS MEXICO DELEGATION First introduced in 1966 in…

DJ Five is a Real Vegas Golden Knight with Turntables and T-Shirts.

When DJ Five isn’t spinning some of the biggest celeb driven venues in Las Vegas, you can find him at the gym early in the morning or hanging out with his nephew and his parents. “This is the real Vegas- that whole Sin City shit is for tourists”. Is it a city where you can find a party at any time of day, but life can also be pretty chill and consistent. And a market on the rise in ways Bugsy Seigle couldn’t image. There is a growing indie music scene, backpack rap and skate board community, and avant-garde art. There are cool things happening now that don’t involve cliches like Joe Peschi losing his fucking shit, the Bunny Ranch, pyro-circus dinner theater, Kris Angel-ing, or blowing the 401 K at a penny slot. DJ  Five, hailing originally from LA, has been dj-ing since 15, and in recent years, has…

The Sole Of Urban Renaissance Is Freeman Plat.

Every now and again, when the stars align, physical items become more than the sum of their parts. Corporate raiders can sell the office’s desks, computers, water coolers, and even cast iron fortifications for pennies on the dollar. Sure. Gordon Gekko University is still open for enrollment. But, in the rare case that the mission was never just the mammon, the picture becomes less visual, more theological, and more intangible. You can co-opt, destroy, manipulate and even kill the man. But you can’t ever kill the idea. Refer to every spirit of change from Braveheart to Detroit Red. Freeman Plat is less mammon and more mission. Even if they’ve chosen the subtle over the aggressive to convey such. Because when you’re elevated, you’re truth. The creation is pure. The influences are correct. And you never need to scream like a teen. Light begets light.  Freeman Plat is best defined by the…

Happy B-Day 2 Chainz : Pretty Girls Like Trap Music

Tauheed Epps, known professionally as 2 Chainz, is an American rapper, record producer, songwriter, actor, entrepreneur, businessman, investor, philanthropist, and activist. He is also eating cake cuz he’s the birthday boy today. And it’s the Big 40. Chainz is our man here at Wanderset, we feature his capsule with designer Gucci Ghost, that completed the experience of his latest album release a few months back, “Pretty Girls Like Trap Music”. Press play on this cut off the Pretty Girls record featuring Ty Dollar $ign, Trey Songz, and songstress Jhene Aiko. Then peep these dope ass pieces from Chainz X Ghost. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tU3p6mz-uxU 1. PINK PRETTY GIRLS T The flagship shirt of the bunch, highly reminiscent of the album cover. 2. EISENHOWER JACKET Based on the style of jacket worn by US Generals during WW2 (Hence the name) this heavy piece is ideal for trappin out the bando…

#Setlist : Five Most Important Pieces from RCNSTRCT

RCNSTRCT is the incredibly visionary, imaginative line from LA fashion and culture creator Miguel Garcia. They’re best known for buying entire lots of old vintage clothing, stuff that has not seen the light of day in years, and re-designing it and re-purposing for today. From enitre US Military warehouses filled with never before touched uniforms, to old concert t’s and skateboard decks, RCNSTRCT is amazingly well created. Here’s a Top 5 #Setlist on their 2.0 visions from the West Coast. PINK OVERDYE MILITARY JACKET Take a never before worn Cold War 80’s Military jacket that’s been sitting in a troop supply warehouse for eons, then smoke a bowl and get inspired by Patch Adams fashion. Done. 2. QUEEN CHAMPIONS TOUR DYE T By taking an old 80’s concert tour t from the anals of a rock record store and stamping over it, RCNST just made YOU the…