Three Six Zero Teams with Warner on New Record Label, Music Publishing Division

Three Six Zero, an entertainment group founded in 2007, will today announce the launch of a new record label and music publishing division in cooperation with Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music. The imprint’s first signees are electronic producers GTA, Australian DJ duo Cut Snake, and singer Anabel Englund

"We’re creating a full service music company for exciting new artists," said Cameron Strang, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records and Warner/Chappell Music, in a statement. He described Three Six Zero as “a creative force.”

Mark Gillespie and Dean Wilson, Three Six Zero’s co-founders, said the collaboration will provide artists with custom-tailored opportunities to grow. Artists may be signed to record deals with Warner Bros. Records and publishing deals with Warner/Chappell, or both. Gillespie and Wilson will head A&R for the label, and VP of music Jessica Wilson, who joined the company from Ultra Records in 2011, will head daily operations

Three Six Zero Group’s roster has included Calvin Harris, Nero and Kate Nash. Some of the new signings — GTA’s Julio Meija and Matt Toth, and Cut Snake’s Paul Fisher and Leigh Sedley — are also managed by the group. Englund, a 21-year-old songwriter from Los Angeles, got her career start singing for ABC Family, but has recently become a staple on the deep house scene thanks to collaborations with the electronic music group Hot Natured. She’s performed at major festivals Glastonbury and Sonar and is at work on a debut album.

RETROSPECT: Rolex 5513 Matte Dial Submariner

Produced from 1966 to approximately 1984, Rolex‘s 5513 Matte Dial Submariner with its no-date watchface is well-known to collectors. The nuanced past of the ref. 5513 is host to many interesting anecdotes, whether the various shifts and changes made to the fonts and text, or the fact that the dial eventually switched from meters-first to feet-first, the smallest differences from one 5513 to another could make the difference between a $5,000 watch and a $50,000 watch. As the watch is no longer in production today, archival 5513 editions still provide a helpful reference in respect to today’s Submariner iterations. You can read even more on this incredible watch over at HODINKEE.

Author: Chris Danforth  /  Source: HODINKEE

Chapter 56: Phil Frost and MQ x FRANK151

FRANK151 has released its Chapter 56 book featuring Phil Frost and MQ, which takes a look into their creative mindsets. The book chronicles the past 30 years of their individual growth through imagery and quotes, taking us on a journey from humble beginnings, to blackbooks, to beefs. The Chapter 56: Phil Frost and MQ x FRANK151 can now be purchased at select stockists such as Barnes and Noble, Zumiez and the FRANK151 online store for $10 USD.

  Author: Arby Li

Supreme to Release Jordan Collaboration?

Earlier this year, Supreme teamed up with Nike to release a bold remake of the Nike Air Foamposite 1. As a follow-up to the highly coveted sneaker, rumor has it that Supreme will collaborate again with Nike SB and Jordan brand on an Air Jordan 1 Retro silhouette.  Sneaker lover and Kith team member Andy Oliver took to his Twitter to add some fuel to the rumors.

A gift of sorts for my followers? Not sure how far this has leaked out, but expect a Supreme Jordan 1 SB.

Check out the original tweet here and stay tuned for more on what could be another killer collaboration from Supreme.

Author: Arthur Bray

Nike Summer 2014 Air Footscape Desert Chukka

Nike’s Footscape Desert Chukka gets a fresh set of colorways for the Summer 2014 season. The sneakers’ woven uppers have been dressed in bright pink and turquoise, contrasted against black and a more subdued navy version, which sit atop white technical sole units. A popular shoe amongst sneakerheads thanks to the high-tech woven upper and unusual aesthetics, the Footscape Desert Chukka is available now from London’s Foot Patrol.

Jaguar Builds F-TYPE Concept to Support Team Sky in Tour de France Stage 20

Jaguar has extended its support to Team Sky by designing, engineering and building a bespoke F-TYPE Coupé high performance support vehicle for the team to use during Stage 20 of the race—which will see riders traverse from Bergerac to Périgueux. This unique F-TYPE concept is based on the F-TYPE R Coupé and will be supplied with the same 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine. Bespoke features include a new racking solution, which carries two of the team’s Pinarello Bolide TT bikes. The vehicle exterior is finished in Team Sky’s famous livery, with colorways and other Team Sky graphic design features also present inside the car. Further specifications include a separate electric supply in the boot which provides power to the radios, amplifiers, microphones, horns, and televisions which support communications between Team Sky’s Sports Director and the rider.

Opening Ceremony Opens Store at Ace Hotel Shoreditch

The retail brand of designers Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, Opening Ceremony, has proudly announced the opening of its most recent branch in Shoreditch, London, at the Ace Hotel. The interior was created by British designer Max Lamb who injected an industrial atmosphere into the small space using blue iron pipes in order to create floating clothes rails. Elsewhere, Lamb used heavy blocks of stone as display plinths to continue the thematic style of the store. The products in-store cater to both women and men, stocking their own in-house brand as well as their collaborative lines including DKNY for Opening Ceremony. It would seem that hotels hosting fashion stores is fast becoming a trend, with A.P.C. having opened up a pop-up store within NYC’s Wythe Hotel.

Take a Look at the MSGM Headquarters in Milan

Taking an abandoned early 20th century blacksmith’s workshop, Italian brand MSGM have created a new head office space. Architect Fabio Ferrillo and MSGM creative director Massimo Giorgetti worked together to create the contemporary space that is situated in Milan’s Porta Romana borough. Making use of the building’s crude industrial aesthetic, the headquarters is made current and edgy with mid-century modern furniture and artworks from artist Nathalie du Pasquier.

‘The Wall Street Journal’ Explores Buscemi and “The Key to Selling an $800 Sneaker”

The Wall Street Journal explores what it takes to sell an $800 USD sneaker to the marketplace in a spotlight of Jon Buscemi and the company that shares his surname. Noting his roots in the sneaker world, his Birkin bag-inspired strategy, and his celebrity-fueled endorsers that reinforce the exclusive nature of the product, it’s certainly an interesting read. While a choice excerpt appears below, head here to read the entire piece.

The brand’s co-founder and creative director, Jon Buscemi, who started his career as a stockbroker, said he was able to snag prized shelf space in ritzy stores for his unknown shoe line by taking the sneaker industry’s limited-edition strategy to the extreme. Instead of issuing a series of limited-run models, he decided to invent a whole brand that would be known for its scarcity.

He said he was inspired by the Hermès Birkin bag—an expensive, sought-after handbag that the French company doesn’t advertise and offers only to selected customers.

Mr. Buscemi and his partners said they wanted to create a sneaker-world equivalent. “I can’t just walk around with a purse,” said Buscemi’s vice president of marketing, Rob Heppler, a streetwear blogger who was working at an ad agency when he helped hatch the plan with Mr. Buscemi, his friend.

Mr. Buscemi designs the shoes, which are handmade in Civitanova, Italy, at a factory that also produces goods for companies including Chanel.

Buscemi is just one of many brands benefiting from the popularity of sneakers. Shoe makers have spurred demand by issuing more limited-edition models each year, offering consumers an “opportunity for uniqueness,” according to Matt Powell, a sneaker-market analyst at SportsOneSource, a market-research company. The average price of the 300 million pairs of men’s sneakers sold in the U.S. last year was $65, Mr. Powell said. But according to retailers, there is virtually no price resistance at the highest-end of the market.

River House by MCK Architects

The site of the River House by Sydney’s MCK Architects is both steep and awkwardly shaped, but retains magnificent north-facing panoramic views over the Lane Cove River. The airspace was therefore utilized to gain additional footprint space, and create a floating datum – effectively the street level ground floor plane. This was duplicated as a “lid” over itself hence the two floating parallel floor plates, which cantilever over the existing castle-esque sandstone basement walls. The first floor shingle box remains largely recessive from the river side. The main living zone is a bent tube-shaped form with the kitchen as the fulcrum. The house itself relates to its rectilinear suburban context at its street edge, and it’s more natural contours and organic lines on the non-street side reflecting its greatest influence: the river.

A Bathing Ape 1st Camo Ashtray

Japanese streetwear mainstay A Bathing Ape follows up their recently released glow-in-the-dark hoodies with the above ashtray featuring their iconic 1st Camo print. Perfect for smokers or simply to decorate your home, the ashtray comes with a white base and the brand’s allover pattern in the center. Completing the look is the equally recognizable Ape Head logo. Priced at $26, the ashtray is now available from BAPE stores around the globe.

Instagram Launches Bolt, A New One-Touch Photo and Video Messaging App

Instagram has begun to rollout its first standalone app, called Bolt. Designed for lightning-fast video and photo messaging, Bolt was accidentally unveiled in promo banners that appeared on Instagram last Thursday and now the company is slowing making the app available – only Singapore, South Africa, and New Zealand currently have access to it. According to TechCrunch, here’s how Bolt works:

You sign up for Bolt with your phone number — no Instagram or Facebook account required. It sucks in your phone’s contacts and you can select to pull any of them into your Favorites list. You’re then given the Bolt camera. Rather than a standard shutter button, the faces of all your friends in your Favorites list are shown as a scrollable row across the bottom of the screen. Tapping one of their ugly mugs instantly sends them the photo with a single touch, which is supposedly Bolt’s big value proposition. Tap and hold to send someone a video.

On Bolt you can only share to one person at a time, and have to re-shoot to send to more. There’s no uploading shots from your camera roll.  A few buttons at the top let you switch the selfie mode, turn on your flash, or overlay big white text similar to Snapchat.

One intriguing feature is “shake to unsend.” Similar to “undo” in Gmail, you can retract a Bolt within the first few seconds of sending it by shaking your phone. That shake will also bring up the option to save your outgoing shot to your camera roll.

If you live in the aforementioned countries, you can download the app on iTunes and Android. Otherwise, stay tuned to find out when Bolt becomes available in the U.S.

Jenkem Magazine interviews artist Todd Francis.

Jack Smylie

Todd Francis is the guy who created the Anti-Hero logo, which basically makes him a don in our eyes. Jenkem Mag recently caught up with the artist for a typically straight-talking interview about the awesome graphics he’s designed for the likes of Element, Real, Stereo and more — a taster of which can be found below.

For the complete interview, head over here.

Has anyone told you to your face that your artwork sucks before?
Just the guy in the mirror. Plus I’ve had some people tell me they didn’t like particular things I’ve done, and there’s been plenty of disapproval over the years. But as far as someone issuing a blanket statement of hate toward my entire body of work, not really. The curator who wrote the intro essay to my book didn’t like my stuff very much, but it looks like he has a dislike of an entire category of art going on right now. He can suck it.

Why do you like to draw stuff that grosses people out? Diseases. Pig Fucker? While I imagine many skate artists draw stuff that could potentially sell, it seems like you create art that has the potential to not. Why?
It makes me laugh, that’s why. Eliciting strong reactions out of people is all I’m after, I like art with a message that makes people think and react. I’ve been laughing at the idea of a perfectly drawn bowel movement since I was about 16, so there’s probably something wrong with me and my maturity level. And if it didn’t sell, or if it didn’t make other people laugh or roll their eyes or whatever, then I’d probably not have lasted very long, right? There’s no shortage of boring, polished, shiny art that’s non threaten

Mark Gonzales X SECOND LAB ‘Gonz’ Clocks

Drew O’Meara

Japanese lifestyle brand SECOND LAB returns with the latest installment in their ongoing collaboration with the craziest guy in skateboarding, Mark Gonzales. The ‘Gonz’ clocks feature a signature Gonz design (duh), and they’re sure to get compliments from skaters/artists entering your household.

You can find them now, here.

The Been Trill ‘Athletic’ Pack

Drew O’Meara

Streetwear staple Been Trill comes through with an “athletic” collection — possibly to help you get in shape during the last glorious days of summer – before winter ice blasts the North American quadrant of Earth, and all Americans return to their natural, fat shape.

Ha, just kidding — no one’s going to work out in these clothes. The mostly black-and-white capsule does look nice though, employing usual Been Trill style cues like an abundance of mesh and hashtags.