HONK!

The HONK! Festival is going down this weekend in Cambridge.  HONK! is best explained as a community wide street music endeavor “by the people, for the people, and of the people.”  The “no noise is illegal” motto encourages community members and festival attendees to participate and join in with instrumentation of their own, no matter the source.  The many bands in participation perform to celebrate institutions in which they are involved ranging from artist collectives and children’s workshops to homeless shelters.  Check the event schedule here.

The HONK! Festival is a grassroots, non-profit event made possible by the financial and in-kind support of a thousand local residents and businesses. For the duration of the Festival, more than 350 musicians will be housed by generous neighbors and friends and many local restaurants will generously provide food for the performers and volunteers. Scores of community members have donated hours of labor to make HONK! possible. Most significantly, none of the bands will be earning any money for the festival, and most will have only some of their travel expenses covered. The bands are inspired to travel great distances, at great personal expense, to joyously celebrate our hard work to reclaim public space—the world over—for all people. The bands long to connect in honor of our struggles for justice. We hope you will come, to connect and celebrate with us, and further the cause of freedom, justice and collective emancipation.-via honkfest.org

(Photo credits: Ben Greenberg)

STUSSY DELUXE Fall/Winter 2011

For the 2011 Fall/Winter Lookbook, Stussy Deluxe called upon Jules Gayton to show off their pieces, an original Stussy New York tribe member. Driven by a rising of the bar best exemplified by Japanese streetwear brands which have long offered high end takes on street classics, the Stussy Deluxe collection has a quiet subtlety and wide reaching appeal. With cornerstones of streetwear’s roots; military uniform, classic workwear and the ease of action sports, familiar silhouettes are cut from premium fine twills and combed cotton. Attention to detail is paramount here along with understated embroideries and branding. The collection is rounded out with a restrained palette of clean solid colors. Stussy Deluxe is at once timely and classic.

The Fall/Winter ’11 collection from Stussy Deluxe is available today both in shop and online.

For the lookbook in it’s entirety:  Stussy Deluxe Fall/Winter 2011 Lookbook

ACRONYM F/W 2011

Recently received in-store and online, the F/W gear from ACRONYM®. Highlighted in the video below are the functionalities of three men’s styles, the E-J4TS, GT-J5A, and SS-CP1. (All of which can be found here: Shop the ACRONYM® F/W collection)

ACRONYM® was founded in 1994 by Michaela Sachenbacher and Errolson Hugh as an independent design agency with a focus on the unification of style and technology in apparel. Acronym has been instrumental in the emergence of a new generation of technical apparel products and users. Projects such as the Analog MD Clone jacket (one of TIME magazine’s ‘Coolest Inventions of 2002′) and collaborations with companies including KHS Tactical Equipment Germany (equipment manufacturers for the German Special Forces), and W.L. Gore and Associates (the inventors of Gore-Tex) demonstrate Acronym’s capability in both advanced styling and functionality. Early 2002 saw the launch of the limited edition ‘Acronym Kit-1′ and with it, the launch of the Acronym house label.

The Decline of Western Civilization

Playing at the Harvard Film Archive through September 26th was the American Punk Series, highlighting the culture’s aesthetic from the foundation being laid in the 1970′s up until the ’90′s.  As a part of the collection, HFA is showing “The Decline of Western Civilization,” a documentary from 1981 that manages to lend an inside look into the late 70′s-early 80′s punk rock culture of Los Angeles. Directed by Penelope Spheeris, the film delves deep into the origins of the punk rock scene by including insight from those very individuals whose involvement powered the movement (critics, club owners, musicians, and some “punks.”) Catch performances from the likes of Black Flag, X, Circle Jerks, Fear, and the Germs, and even including rare footage of Darby Crash.

Eli Porter: Documentary

http://www.vimeo.com/26585091

The documentary “People’s Champion: Behind the Battle” puts you in the position hear from all those responsible for the production of the rap battle in 2003 that went on to make Eli Porter a viral sensation.  As a former student at Chamblee High School, Porter participated in the “Iron Mic” broadcast which was a school aired program that featured rap freestyle battles. Entertaining commentary is provided by everyone from Porter’s classmates to recent shop supporter Andy Milonakis. Documentary directors, Trent Babbington and Walker Warren, are said to have part deux in the works but need help financially and are now accepting assistance via Kickstarter. If you are unfamiliar with the Eli Porter battle that has racked up over three million views on YouTube, check the prerequisite down bottom.

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Mishka Fall 2011

Our friends over at Mishka dropped their lookbook for the fall season. The lookbook was shot by Steve Glashier and features a bunch of musicians from the UK as the models.  This season you will be seeing an array of products including some styled lettermens, custom plaids, graphic crewnecks, and snapbacks to name a few.

These goods should be hitting our retail floor in the near future, so be on the lookout and drop in if your in the area.

To view the lookbook in it’s entirety: Mishka Fall 2011

Sunday Sept 18 (2-5pm) Girls Got Kicks Booksigning

Do not miss out on this special engagement! “Girls Got Kicks” is one of the most comprehensive books featuring individual profiles of women in sneaker culture. Beautifully depicted in full color and printed locally this book is a must have for any collection.

Full Press Release:

LOOK IN THEIR EYES. AND THEN LOOK AT THEIR FEET…
(Boston, MA, 9/6/11)–It’s an attitude, a you-can’t-stop-me look, a you’re-gonna-reckon-with-menow stance. You see it on girls and women everywhere: from celebrities like talk show host Ellen
Degeneres and WNBA MVP-candidate Tina Charles, to extraordinary young women famous only
for their obsessive love of sneakers. First they came together as a worldwide subculture on
femalesneakerfiend.com, and now they’re celebrated in the upcoming Girls Got Kicks, a beautiful,
full color book bursting with portraits and stories as rich and varied as their ever-growing sneaker
collections. (Girls Got Kicks, 186pp, Levellers Press, ISBN 978-1-937146-05-4,$30.00)
Bobbito Garcia, whose own legendary book, Where’d You Get Those, put sneaker culture on the
map, acknowledges: “Girls Got Kicks is about as definitive of a book on the subject as one can
read….I can’t think of one woman in the world who deserves to be in that book that isn’t covered.
Lori Lobenstine and crew nailed it, and filled the void for what all efforts prior, including mine,
failed to uncover.”
Lori Lobenstine, founder of femalesneakerfiend.com and previously published in the anthologies
All About the Girl and Sneaker Freaker, weaves together gems from over 150 interviews to show
how these sneaker lovers push beyond stereotypes, using kicks to be both athletic and sexy, hip and
tomboyish, grown and youthful, as they define who they are—and who women can be—on their
own terms. Photographer Amanda Lopez, also featured in Back Yard Shake Down and Urban Art
and Culture from Five Continents, brings their words to life with powerful full color portraits
throughout the book.
Book tour stops include New York City (Goliath, 9/15.11), Boston (Bodega, 9/18/11), San
Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Capetown, Toronto, Philadelphia and Detroit.
For more information or to receive a review copy:
lori@femalesneakerfiend.com
http://girlsgotkicks.com

LOOK IN THEIR EYES. AND THEN LOOK AT THEIR FEET…(Boston, MA, 9/6/11)–It’s an attitude, a you-can’t-stop-me look, a you’re-gonna-reckon-with-menow stance. You see it on girls and women everywhere: from celebrities like talk show host EllenDegeneres and WNBA MVP-candidate Tina Charles, to extraordinary young women famous onlyfor their obsessive love of sneakers. First they came together as a worldwide subculture onfemalesneakerfiend.com, and now they’re celebrated in the upcoming Girls Got Kicks, a beautiful,full color book bursting with portraits and stories as rich and varied as their ever-growing sneakercollections. (Girls Got Kicks, 186pp, Levellers Press, ISBN 978-1-937146-05-4,$30.00)Bobbito Garcia, whose own legendary book, Where’d You Get Those, put sneaker culture on themap, acknowledges: “Girls Got Kicks is about as definitive of a book on the subject as one canread….I can’t think of one woman in the world who deserves to be in that book that isn’t covered.Lori Lobenstine and crew nailed it, and filled the void for what all efforts prior, including mine,failed to uncover.”Lori Lobenstine, founder of femalesneakerfiend.com and previously published in the anthologiesAll About the Girl and Sneaker Freaker, weaves together gems from over 150 interviews to showhow these sneaker lovers push beyond stereotypes, using kicks to be both athletic and sexy, hip andtomboyish, grown and youthful, as they define who they are—and who women can be—on theirown terms. Photographer Amanda Lopez, also featured in Back Yard Shake Down and Urban Artand Culture from Five Continents, brings their words to life with powerful full color portraitsthroughout the book.Book tour stops include New York City (Goliath, 9/15.11), Boston (Bodega, 9/18/11), SanFrancisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC, Capetown, Toronto, Philadelphia and Detroit.For more information or to receive a review copy:lori@femalesneakerfiend.comhttp://girlsgotkicks.com

NORSE Fall Headwear

A couple weeks back we showed off some of the looks from Norse Projects for this fall.  Here’s a look at the headwear that will accompany the garment collection.

BODEGA x GRAVIS “DAY TRIPPER” BACKPACK


The Bodega “Day Tripper” A-Frame Backpack is a collaborative effort between Bodega and Gravis Japan in celebration of our five-year anniversary, which was on May 13, 2011.  We are celebrating all year long with special projects dropping each month until May of 2012.  Gravis has been with us from our humble beginnings, so it was only fitting we work with them for this special occasion.

The “Day Tripper” is a classic backpack that came out of the Gravis archives.  It is based off the Gravis A-Frame bag that references details from vintage hiking backpacks.  The bag is constructed of heavy Melton wool that is treated for light weather conditions.  Rugged over-sized brass zippers give contrast between the navy blue wool and  peanut butter-colored corduroy bottom.  Reinforced adjustable straps make for easy transportation of any load.  The interior is comprised of two large compartments with plenty of pockets and easy access, as well as a conveniently padded laptop sleeve.  Each bag is individually numbered to 150 — making this a truly limited release.  The “Day Tripper” will be made available Saturday September 3rd at both Bodega’s retail location and online at www.bdgastore.com, as well as select Gravis retailers in Japan.  Retail price will be $165.












Photography by Fiona Boyd

Bodega “Bleecher” 5th Anniversary Tee

in white as well

Bodega “Bleecher” Tee
Release Sept 3 Online & Instore.

Dropping on Saturday September 3rd, is one of our most requested designs finally on a tee.   We originally released this one as a sticker a couple years back and it has now evolved into a Bodega tee.   Available in Navy and White for a limited time only.