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Custom Supreme. Rare Yeezys, & Rabid Hypebeasts. This Was SneakerCon NYC.

The New York edition of the traveling sneaker convention SneakerCon is the show’s flagship. With upwards of 20,000 people expected to pass through the event’s entry lines, it’s now a cultural staple. It’s come a long way from its 2009 launch in a 2,000 square foot Times Square space that only hosted 600 attendees. Now, the convention boasts 13 shows a year in cities like Atlanta, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, and that’s only domestically. This year’s NYC flagship event was expected to be even bigger than it’s 20,000 turn-out anticipation. It appeared as such. I attended this years event with Set Art Director and partner in childish horse shit/my Irish brother Drew McCarver, screenwriter and Wanderset guest latin culture contributor Jonathan “JayLee” Jordan, Armand “the Funeral Director” DeLuca and my old homie Mikey Nicholson, devout Liverpool fan, true hiphop head, man of the people, and the proud belt holder of…

Lifestyles Of The Broke and Dangerous. CROOKS & CASTLES Is Back.

Crooks and Castles was started in the mean streets of Los Angeles in the early 2000’s. 2002 to be exact, and that makes them somewhat of an OG heritage narrative as far as the Methylphenidate fueled conveyor belt of street wear is concerned. All hail the return of the great man in the castle, we say. Napoleon has returned from his castoff island. The once championed street kings, who were the toast of Mac Miller, Diddy, Ceelo, Drake, and assorted sponsored skateboarders everywhere have reemerged with the new year’s vigor. You should have kept their seat at the cool kids lunch table warm, O ye of little faith. C&C was one of the first streetwear lines to consciously embrace a narrative and soul, a story in every capsule, and create from a place that was equal parts street and polish. In fact, founders Dennis Calvero and Rob Panlilio issued this statement on…

How Virgil Abloh Painted Culture’s Sistine Chapel OFF-WHITE.

37 year old Virgil Abloh is old enough to know better and young enough to still try that shit. It’s the process. His ancestry is as Ghanaian as our former World Cup foe, but he’s also as Chi Town as they come. Abloh, a native of Rockford, Illinois, he grew up in the shadows of the Windy City and then went to college at University of Wisconsin, where he got a degree in Architecture and civil engineering. If nothing else, it more or less just affirmed he was a visionary. Unlike most of the American 30 something creatives, Virgil is using his degree. The laymen wouldn’t assume so. Let me over explain for said layman. He’s the architect of civil engineering in culture. Period. Since 2011 he’s been building the cultural metro we operate in. In 2011 he was the creative mind behind Kanye and Jay Z’s seminal “Watch The Throne”…

Check In To HOTEL 1171 With Brett Baldwin

A hotel can mean quite a few things, symbolically. In dream interpretation, especially from a spiritual sense, it can represent a traveling thru of an issue, an unsettled home life, or a longing to leave the stale state your life is in. All of that can hold weight to the dreamer. That’s the thing about dreams however, they are both intensely personal, and broadly open. They’re Lichtenstein’s Dot Matrix, as much as they’re Rothko’s broad strokes.  HOTEL 1171 is both pieces for founder Brett Baldwin. Except he doesn’t use frames. But he used to use skateboards. Baldwin, 31, grew up in Encinitas, Ca. – a beachside metro right outside of San Diego that holds a special place in skateboard folklore. It’s where Tony Hawk is from. That should be enough. But there’s so many more from the world of street sport and culture ranging from Shaun White to Danny Way, to…

INBOARD’s E-Skateboards Will Turn You Into Marty McFly.

I wanted to be Marty McFly as a kid, and if you say you didn’t, you’re a lying sack of dogshit. The way he zipped around Hill Valley, California on that hover/skate/e-whatever board in the future, after inadvertently inventing the original skateboard in the mid 50’s long before Dogtown and Stacy Peralta thought about rail slides. Between the ultimate cool that was a young Michael J. – and Supreme and CCS, and The Roots and WuTang, and Sublime and no parents after school, I fell in love with real skateboarding but I never forgot the possibilities presented to be in Back To The Future. Sure, some asshole in Dubai claims to have a actual flying device like every 3 weeks on World Star. The only hover boards I’ve been on are the ones the kiosk lads at the mall sell. You know the kind, the ones that caught on fire…

Wanderset’s COMPLEXCON Invasion 17 Recap

The Insanity that was COMPLEXCON 17 has been recapped. It’s around mid-afternoon in West Hollywood right now, and it’s finally quiet. It’s finally much, much calmer. Off the balcony, I can hear the low panned din below of the Sunset Strip, dipping into the weight of it’s own peaks and valleys, in underwater Dolby surround sound. The last weekend just kicked the shit out of (Wanderset Art Director) Drew McCarver and I. But the internet never sleeps. Some cat flew back to Seoul and already uploaded some trill ass images of his cops from ComplexCon 17, and now, we have to run thru miles of content, flicks, clips, and all types of names and numbers to piece together this hot mess neon maze that was more Wonka Factory than shopping experience. We copped a bunch of exclusives only available at the event, and now, only available on Wanderset. They’re one…

#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…

Galleria De Americana : Hanging with Artist Miguel Garcia

Some people believe art exists well outside of frames. They believe that actual galleries are restricting, and restricted, by walls. Some people think art can only exist outside of a gallery, because the limitless expressionism flows between mediums, using raw material from the past to become the fabric of the future. Miguel Garcia is one of those people. Ironically he built a gallery too. Miguel Garcia is one of the leading fashion and culture minds and personalities in the nation. A true tastemaker with enough experience to actually appreciate taste, who dips his spoon in every bowl because the diversity of flavor is amazing-  so to speak. From streetwear, to vintage consignment, to toys, rare jewelry and more, Garcia has love for it all. But before we can arrive at who and what he is now, we need to know where he came from. He was a skateboarder put on…

20 Brands You Need To Know On Wanderset

If you’re really entrenched in the section of culture where streetwear, luxury, and progressive, creative design exist, then you may know some of these brands. If you’re not – don’t stress. We’ve got your education below. We’ve selected only 20 of our over 100 brands, ones that we felt were still emerging, niche, or unique, that few places, physically or digitally, actually carry.  We showcased them in alphabetical order for a smooth read, and seek to introduce and elevate our readers. When we started, we didn’t want to re-do what so many other great fashion hubs already did. We wanted to Wander and bring back what we found on our adventures. With that said, Wanderset is dedicated to connecting all sections of convergence culture, and we champion the artisans and innovators. All the lines selected have expertly crafted narratives, use premium materials and don’t believe in dumbing it down. Neither…