The Dropcast
The Dropcast
Highsnobiety
A weekly wrap-up of Highsnobiety's most notable headlines and new releases
The Dropcast #131: ANGELO BAQUE WANTS TO SEE BRANDS NURTURING BLACK & BROWN TALENT
Awake NY founder and former Supreme brand director Angelo Baque joins us on this week's episode to discuss the hottest news in fashion. After providing his opinion on some of the biggest product reveals in recent days, he takes the time to delve into his brand and the fashion industry as a whole. Baque and host Noah Thomas begin the podcast by discussing a number of new sneakers, ranging from the Air Force 1 winter boot and adidas' mule creation, to Cactus Plant Flea Market's rhinestone Dunks. The two then touch on Gucci and The RealReal's recently-announced secondhand initiative, Matthew Williams' debut Givenchy collection, and artists collaborating outside of their realm. Next, Baque discusses giving deeper meaning to collaborations and drawing from things that inspire him personally. He speaks on how products should bring awareness, as well as being able to appeal to multiple markets and age demographics by knowing who you are as a brand and remaining honest and sincere in the work. A significant portion of the conversation is rightfully dedicated to brands needing to find consistency in nurturing black and brown talent. Donations have quickly become the trendy play, but without consistency, there will be no change in diversifying the industry. Relevant Links: NIKE'S NEW ALL-BLACK AF1 BOOT IS THE PERFECT WINTER HYBRID STUDIO FY7’S 992 COLLAB IS THE NEXT WE’LL BE SAD TO TAKE AN L ON THESE ADIDAS CLOGS ARE FOR THOSE THAT CAN’T BRING THEMSELVES TO BUY CROCS IF PARIS HILTON WERE A SHOE, SHE'D BE THE CPFM X NIKE DUNK LOW GUCCI WANTS YOU TO STOP BUYING NEW GUCCI THE FIRST MATTHEW WILLIAMS COLLECTION AT GIVENCHY IS FINALLY UNLOCKED BALENCIAGA'S SS21 COLLECTION IS A BIG POST-PANDEMIC MOOD J blavin x mcdonalds collab  WE’VE ARRIVED AT THE ERA OF THE “INSOURCED COLLAB” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 8
39 min
The Dropcast #130: DJ PAUL IS SHARING ALL HIS CRAZY THREE 6 MAFIA STORIES ON HIS NEW PODCAST
We have two special guests on this week's episode. First up, Highsnobiety Editor-in-Chief, Thom Bettridge, calls in to discuss the hottest news in sneakers, fashion, and beyond. And then hip-hop legend, DJ Paul, joins us to dish on his new podcast, Mafia Radio. Led by host Noah Thomas, Thom begins the show by providing his thoughts on a number of high-profile sneaker collaborations, ranging from Vivienne Westwood's new ASICS, to Grace Wales Bonner x adidas and Aimé Leon Dore's obscure New Balance project. Next, the two delve into Reebok's appointment of Kerby Jean-Raymond as its Global Creative Director and Tyler, the Creator's message to fans regarding voting in the upcoming election. DJ Paul then joins the program to speak on his new podcast on Hot New Hip Hop, called Mafia Radio. The show will include interviews with celebrities, discussions on everything from music and fashion, to cars, real estate, and politics, and stories from the man himself on the younger, wilder days of Three 6 Mafia. Elsewhere on The Dropcast, DJ Paul touches on Three 6 Mafia's influence on the new generation of hip-hop, 2020 being a year for the hustlers, and his duties as the "hood newsman." Press play above to hear Thom Bettridge and DJ Paul on The Dropcast, and look out for Mafia Radio coming to Hot New Hip Hop in early-to-mid October. Relevant Links: YOU CAN NOW SHOP VIVIENNE WESTWOOD’S NET-EQUIPPED GEL-KAYANO 26 NIKE SB DUNK HIGH "INVERT CELTICS" IS TWO COLORWAYS IN ONE @louisvuitton and @nba announced their partnership in January, and here's a potential preview of their first collaborative Here’s your first look at the basketball-inspired B27 sneaker by  AIMÉ LEON DORE RESURRECTS A FORGOTTEN NEW BALANCE SNEAKER Grace Wales Bonner x adidas Marine serre ss21 A$AP ROCKY & TYLER, THE CREATOR SHOW YOU HOW TO STYLE NEW SEASON GUCCI KERBY JEAN-RAYMONAD IS REEBOK'S NEW GLOBAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR @feliciathegoat is urging his fans to vote in the upcoming election.  Hot New Hip Hop Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 1
43 min
The Dropcast #129: GIULIANO CALZA & GCDS SUPPLY THE BLUEPRINT FOR DIGITAL FASHION SHOWS
Artist and owner of Babylon Cartel, Gianni Lee, joins us on this week's episode to discuss the latest topics in the Highsnobiety world. After delving into the current events, we then talk to GCDS creative director, Giuliano Calza, as he provides us with some background info on the label's recent digital fashion show. While speaking with Highsnobiety's Noah Thomas, Lee shares his thoughts on everything from Slam Jam's upside-down Swoosh Dunks and Dior's new mules, to Kanye West's YEEZY slides, our Colette, Mon Amour Tokyo merch, and the PlayStation 5 pre-order frenzy. He also touches on some of his most recent projects, including a limited edition rug. Next up, Giuliano Calza shares his thoughts on an unusual Milan Fashion Week, before delving into GCDS' SS21 showcase, which served as the first-ever digital fashion arcade. Admittedly excited about virtual shows, Calza feels the GCDS showcase was entirely on-brand for both himself and the label. He has been into cartoons for years, so creating such an otherworldly atmosphere came somewhat easy to him, he says. But while he thoroughly enjoyed working on the digital show, as well as the collection, he insists he's already on to the next show and the next project. To get inside the mind of Giuliano Calza and find out what he sees for the future of GCDS, and fashion in general, press play above. Relevant Links: SLAM JAM'S NIKE DUNK FLIPS THE SWOOSH UPSIDE DOWN OFF-WHITE SHOE COVERS ARE THIS SEASON'S SNEAKER SAVIOUR DIOR MULE ALYX NEW SNEAKER ‘COLETTE, MON AMOUR’ TOKYO MERCH IS COMING YOUR WAY SOON DAPPER CORDUROY SUITS AS EVERYDAY WEAR? NO VACANCY INN, STÜSSY & A$AP NAST THINK SO HOMME PLISSÉ ISSEY MIYAKE FW20 GETS FORMAL WITH TUXEDO PLEATS DEMNA GVASALIA IS PREPARING US TO CARE ABOUT  COUTURE FOR THE FIRST TIME PATTA X UMBRO X INTER MILAN SONY APOLOGIZES FOR CHAOTIC PLAYSTATION 5 PREORDERS Gianni Lee GCDS Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24
51 min
The Dropcast #128: HENDER SCHEME X THE NORTH FACE JUST SET THE BAR EVEN HIGHER
Zach Macklovitch and Nathan Gannage of Saintwoods join us on the latest episode to talk the hottest products in fashion. Led by host Noah Thomas, the podcast kicks off with a discussion on the best sneakers to pop up in recent days, followed by commentary surrounding some key streetwear collaborations. After providing listeners with a bit of background on their multifaceted outfit, Zach and Nathan give their thoughts on Bottega Veneta’s couch-like loafers that are perfect for office wear in the winter. From there, talk transitions to Hender Scheme and The North Face's new must-have release, which blends utility and style. This week's fashion news centers around a series of streetwear collabs from Virgil Abloh's Off-White™️ and Stüssy, Palace and Happy Mondays, and Supreme and Yohji Yamamoto. We also discuss this year's CFDA Fashion Awards winners to round out the segment. Press play above to hear Zach Macklovitch and Nathan Gannage of Saintwoods delve into the latest in footwear and fashion, and be sure to stay on the lookout for their tenth collection dropping at the end of the month and a monumental collab with Helmut Lang coming at the end of the year. Relevant Links: Bottega Veneta’s Couch-Like Loafer Might Be Fall’s Comfiest Footwear Hender scheme x The North Face  @dior’s CD1 continues to evolve every season and here’s the FW20 edition. Virgil Abloh Reveals First Look at New Off-White™ x Stüssy Collab Palace x Happy Monday Supreme Is Far From Over, the Yohji Yamamoto Collab Proves It With a Big CFDA Fashion Award Win, Kerby Jean-Raymond Shows What’s Next 4SDesigns @willsmith partners with @airbnb to celebrate the @freshprince 30th anniversary, listing the iconic Bel-Air mansion on the home-sharing platform. ⁠ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17
36 min
The Dropcast #127: WhenSmokeClears® Founders Weigh in on Virgil Abloh’s New Whip
WhenSmokeClears® is a jewelery and fashion brand based in Los Angeles. Known for their varsity cardigans and “Radiant Heart” patches, the label was nearly destroyed in the nascent stages of their growth when a blaze took over the team’s apartment in their former New York base. Now, true to its name, the brand is thriving in LA, where it’s made the “Radiant Heart” logo a signature part of its aesthetic; one that speaks to the ability to overcome adversity by radiating love and positivity. You can check out their online store (and a new pair of patchwork-detailed jeans) here. We invited founders of the brand Thermal and Ksace to join host Noah Thomas to weigh in on some of the week’s hottest releases: the paisley Community Garden Dunks (“they look like something John Mayer would like”), Reebok’s divisive spin on the Chelsea boot, YEEZY slides, Vetements’ self-troll, Travis Scott’s high-calorie collab with McDonald’s, and Virgil Abloh’s new Mercedes. We also answer our deceptively simple QOTW: “High tops or Low tops?” Smash the play button above to hear our take. For a chance to hear yourself in a future episode of The Dropcast, peep Highsnobiety’s Instagram every Monday for the latest QOTW, then call The Dropcast Hotline at 833-HIGHSNOB (833-444-4766) and leave an answer. We’ll catch you next week. Relevant Links: Each Pair of This “Community Gardens” Dunk Low Is Unique Reebok’s Chelsea Boot-Slash-Instapump Fury Is Not as Awful as It Sounds The adidas YEEZY 450 “Ophani” Could Be Kanye’s Next Slide Offering Nike Is Dropping a Blood-Soaked “Freddy Krueger” Air Max 95 Nike Tries to Extend Summer With the 2020 Nike Air Max 1 “Powerwall” Wait, Did Demna Gvasalia Just Rip Off…Demna Gvasalia? Virgil and Mercedes-Benz Want To Rebuild the Luxury Landscape, They Explain How Stop the Press: Kim Jones Is Joining Fendi Nugget Pillows & Menu Rugs…Travis Scott’s McDonald’s Merch Is Supersized Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10
28 min
The Dropcast #126: Reebok’s New Lifestyle Sneaker Proves the Brand Shouldn’t Be Slept on
On this week’s episode, we spotlight a number standout sneaker releases. Maison Margiela just debuted a luxe reinterpretation of the Air Jordan 4, while fragment design is prepping the release of a pair of Air Jordan 3s. Reebok will soon be delivering two fall-appropriate colorways of its new lifestyle sneaker, the Premier Road Modern, an inline silhouette that is definitely worthy of a cop. In other sneaker-related news, adidas’ Jon Wexler has left the brand to join Shopify. Wex is largely responsible for bolstering the brand’s roster of ambassadors, having added Kanye West, Pharrell, and Beyoncé — just to name a few — to the Three Stripes team during his tenure. Also, we continue our discussion surrounding Walter Van Beirendonck’s criticism of Virgil Abloh, which is hypocritical at best. The episode comes to a close as we segue from Neymar’s potential deal with PUMA to ask our listeners what sportswear brand they would want to be sponsored by. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 3
19 min
The Dropcast #125: Lucien Clarke X Louis Vuitton is the biggest win of the year
Leading the way is Lucien Clarke x Louis Vuitton, as Virgil Abloh tapped the London-based skateboarder to help design the fashion house's first-ever skate shoe. Civilist’s Nike SB Dunk is another high-profile skate sneaker that's on the way, while Snow Peak has teamed up with New Balance for a three-in-one footwear collab that just makes sense. And let's not forget Virgil's forthcoming Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen. We really hope it doesn't come with a huge red zip-tie. On the style front, we take some time to discuss NEIGHBORHOOD's FW20 collection that just dropped, as well as Aimé Leon Dore's new campaign starring friends and family of the brand. Also, is Dior Homme making its own movie? We think we deserve that. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27
38 min
The Dropcast #124: Jian Says Byesnobiety
After a couple of seasons that were kind of meh, Supreme’s latest offering contains a few bangers. Is the label officially back on its bullshit? From polarizing, troll-level pieces like the crossed-double-BOGO hoodies to instant bangers like the Mondrian fleece, we discuss the FW20 collection (and listeners weigh in with some spicy voicemails of their own) on the latest episode. In addition to the week in fire releases, we take a moment to bid goodbye to one of The Dropcast’s co-hosts. But don’t worry — the show will still go on! We also talk a bit about UNION’s latest anime promoting its upcoming Jordan collaboration. The four-minute episode of Reggieknow’s It Was A Good Day features a pair of the UNION x Jordan 4s and was animated by D’Art Shtaijo, a Black-owned anime studio in Tokyo. Peep the full video below. Relevant Links: END Clothing x New Balance Release a Crispy ‘Grey Gull’ 1500 Meet the Capsule of Cowboy Crocs No One Ever Asked For Together, Noah & adidas Are for the Oceans Worried About USPS? Here’s How to Ensure Your (Remote) Vote Still Counts LeBron James Unveils the New Tune Squad Uniforms for ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Our Legacy x Stüssy Might Be the Collaboration of 2020 Uniqlo’s In-Demand AIRism Masks Are Finally Coming to the U.S. Fear of God Collection Seven is One SPICY Meatball RZA Made a New Ice Cream Truck Jingle to Replace One With Racist History Katt Williams’ Powerful Supreme Monologue Is Required Viewing Supreme Crosses the BOGO Streams with FW20 Lookbook Jacob & Co., Mortal Kombat and, erm, Colgate Lead the Supreme FW20 Accessories Charge Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20
39 min
The Dropcast #123: We Break Down Which Fashion Brands Were Ahead of Their Time
On this week’s episode, hosts Jian DeLeon and Noah Thomas take a quick second to talk about the upcoming U.S. election, and the severity of what’s at stake. After discussing the nomination of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s running mate, the conversation shifts to product-oriented fare, starting with sneakers tailor-made for the summer. There’s Aime Leon Dore’s crispy New Balance 1300 collab, with a rich green or dusty pink upper on top of a vintage-inspired sole, as well as Eric Emanuel’s clean Reebok Club C collaboration, combining a mostly white upper with a pop of color in the heel tab and inner lining. In style news, we discuss Virgil Abloh and Walter Van Beirendonck’s current beef, Futura’s fire CDG collab, and then discuss labels that were truly ahead of their time. Listen to the ep to find out who finally gets their roses. Relevant Links: Kanye West Gives Us a Look at Some Unreleased YEEZY Designs Aimé Leon Dore Teases Vintage-Inspired New Balance 1300 Collab Steph Curry Could Be Getting His Own Under Armour Brand Like Mike The Air Max Zoom 950 Should Be the Blueprint for All “Remade Classics” Eric Emanuel’s Reebok Club C is Primed for Everyday Wear sacai Gives Us Our Best Look at Its Upcoming Nike Collabs Soulland x Li-Ning Offers a Glimpse Into the Future of Running Sneakers A Look at Our Hair Future, According to Jawara Wauchope Virgil Abloh Addresses Walter Van Beirendonck Plagiarism Claims Futura’s New COMME des GARÇONS Collab Just Dropped Online I Never Heard of You Gives a Middle Finger to Corporate Streetwear Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13
30 min
The Dropcast #122: It Shouldn't Have to Be This Difficult to Buy Sneakers
Hosts Noah Thomas and Jian DeLeon talk about one of the last sneaker stories that until now, hasn’t been retold via product. That of course is the Nike Air Ship, Michael Jordan’s original on-court shoe, and the one famously “banned” by the NBA. Somehow an Italian boutique finessed its way into re-releasing the classic. Speaking of sneakers, we asked Dropcast listeners to weigh in on today’s kick game. Has it simply become too hard to buy cool sneakers? The resounding answer was yes, from salty voicemails about SNKRS Ws turning to Ls when orders get canceled a week after they’re placed, to the endless hustle of raffle after raffle, to ultimately having to pay resale prices or figure out how bots work, it seems too many people are frustrated with the current state of the market. What needs to change? Listen to the episode and find out. Relevant Links: Michael Jordan’s Banned Air Ship Pro Is Coming to Europe Raheem Sterling Debuts BAPE x Clarks Wallabees & Desert Boots Balenciaga’s Popular Track Sneaker Is Turned Into a Slide A Supreme x Nike Air Jordan 1 “Stars” Is Rumored to Drop in 2021 JJJJound’s Mouth-Watering New Balance 992 Gets a Wider Release Dime Teases an Unreleased New Balance Collaboration Where to Buy the Air Jordan 1 Co Jp People Are Actually Bidding Hundreds on Old Fyre Festival Merch Our Legacy’s New “HANDS” Capsule is Dropping on Friday Noah x Nordstrom Team Up on Latest Concept Shop Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 6
30 min
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