Obey Clothing UK X Urban Industry Store, Pasting the Artwork of Shepard Fairey
Monday 30/11/09 - 10.14PM
We had an exclusive Obey Artwork pasting in store last week, check the video after the jump.
Simon Holmes, distributor for Obey Clothing here in the UK came down to the Urban Industry Store last week and pasted his largest Store installation so far. Using the Iconic Artwork of Shepard Fairey, Simon has recreated what the artist would do on a typical wall pasting for the benefit of our store and our customers. Starting off with a block of the classic Andre the Giant posters, Simon then went about building the piece with full strips of Obey pattern wall paper, and other smaller Shepard design 18 x 24 artwork posters. By ripping into the layer upon layer the effect of actual posters on the street takes shape. We filmed the entire day of pasting and got a quick interview with Simon who explains it all in the video.
Click here to check out the Obey Holiday '09 Range at Urban Industry....
alkr® Laptop Sleeves & iPhone Cases...
Monday 30/11/09 - 02.53PM
Due into us this week, alkr® brings with it a great range of gadget accessories!
alkr® aims to bring laptop sleeves and iPhone cases that live up to the same design standards of the technology we use everyday and you'll be glad to know that we will shortly be stocking these great new products!
This brand really is a breath of fresh air, in a market where there really isn't anything that stands out to us anymore. We're all obsessed about our gadget whether it be iPod's, iPhones, laptops and computers, so lets get interested in the accessories that surround these everyday items.
So lets see what alkr have to say In their own words-
We are not only designers, marketing guys and gadget freaks, but most importantly we are in love with our gadgets like Macbooks and iPhones.
We use them every day for work, and we travel the globe with them. But, at some point, we realized that something was missing in all those lounges, conference rooms, war rooms, coffee shops, and edit suits.
As much as we love the gadgets, we didn´t like the stuff that was made to protect them. It all felt too dull. Why should we hide an amazing piece of technology in something that did´t excite us as much as the gadget itself?
We didn't find laptop sleeves or iPhone cases that lived up to the same design standards we saw in front of us when we bought the gadgets.
So in 2009 we made a decision, and alkr was founded. The 2009 year may not be the best economical decision, but it’s a great year to take chances and try new things.
Our colorful and stylish laptop sleeves and iPhone slider cases are designed by a small team of people who have traveled throughout the world. They all live up to the highest standards and will never let you down.
alkr® products are designed to cheer you up and make travel more fun.
Now in Stock at £30 a sleeve and in both 13" and 15" sleeve varieties and £25 for the iPhone Cases, Alkr bring a very reasonably priced well designed colourful product to a dull sterile gadget accessory market. The laptop sleeves will be available at Urban Industry this week, with the iPhone cases to follow shortly after. Keep 'em peeled!
Nike Air Jordan Winterized Spizike Boot...
Friday 27/11/09 - 10.19PM
Check out this latest boot from out ever growing Nike Jordan footwear range...
The latest release from Nike Jordan Brand consists of its Winterized Spizike Boot, a play off the now popular Spizike fusion sneakers. The shoes are remixed for the Winter season with a rugged, outdoors aesthetic. This new colourway pairs a Flint Grey upper with Cherrywood highlights and Nightshade accents amongst mostly leather and nubuck construction.
Urban Industry Talks to Alan Wardle of Any Forty Clothing
Saturday 21/11/09 - 05.44PM
We catch up with one of the best of British street wear finds we've had this year, Any Forty.
|Here at Urban Industry we're always on the look out for new, exciting clothing brands to bring to our store, there's no particular method ot how we find them and in which ones we stock, it just happens organically. Any Forty is a Great British find for us, all the pieces of the puzzle quickly fell into place. First the designs jump up and grab you by the throat, different from anything else out there and the owner has the right approach and outlook on running the brand, fully behind it, lives and breathes it. We thought we'd give some props to Alan Wardle, Owner of Any Forty.|
|Alan Wardle man behind Any Forty, introduce yourself.
All my mates call me Al, I'm a hairy yet baby faced 31 year old Geordie, born and bred in the coal mines until 8 years ago after graduating Newcastle college of Art & Design i packed a backpack full of clothes, a mini disc player full of uk hip hop and a 32 pack box of crayons and headed down south to design magazine's for a living. After a few detours i now reside in Bath, near Bristol, I won't call it home because Newcastle will always be my home!. During the day I'm in charge of all things design on a graphic design magazine called Computer Arts Projects, and when the sun sets I switch hats and continue to run and promote my own brand AnyForty!
|What made you start AnyForty? How long back?
The main thing that made me decide to start the brand was I had a friend about 3 years ago who created a "I Love Manc" tee, and instead of the heart replacing love like the famous NY tee's. he used a cloud, anyway he started to sell a few round Manchester and this got me thinking if he could do that off one spur of the moment design, in a mens and women fit, with some proper planning, sensible investment and raiding my overflowing contact book I could potentially do some proper damage in UK tee sales, so I designed up a few brand identities, got feedback from peers and pals and decided on the logo you see today, So 17 months ago I printed the logo tee up in in 3 different colourways on 3 different colour tee's, grand total of 60 tee's and somehow managed to sell them all like hot cakes, worked the nights away doing freelance and then threw some more money in to do some reprints and 5 new colourways.
About a year in and lots of promotion, the brand started to get a name for it's self, i then got the chance and the funds to push the direction of the brand into graphic tee's with less obvious branding. I felt doing this after the brand had a little following was better than dropping graphic tee's first, there's too many random graphic tee's out there and i wanted people to buy into the brand first of all. So come March 2010, my little beast will be 2 years old!
|Guess we have to ask, where does the name come from?
The name comes from the days kicking a ball and messing round doing kid stuff in the NE40 area of Newcastle, a village called Crawcrook. I'm super proud of my roots and the area I'm from and wanted a name to represent where i'm from without doing anything as obvious that it'd put people who weren't from the area off getting into my brand. So switching up NE40 into words got me Any Forty. Boom!
|What are the brands main inspirations? There is definitely an AnyForty style coming along.
Inspiration is basically all aspects of streetart and the culture that surrounds it, ever since a kid i've been obsessed with hip hop culture, design and colour, design wise, i was never into the artists you had rammed into your sponge of a head at college, so the type of artists that get most designers wet (and this will shock most people in the industry I work in) but the Neville Brody's, the Eric Speakerman's honestly didn't do anything for me, but I was fascinated by the 123 Klans and further back guys like Eric Haze who was a graf head but designed the stuff i saw on all the things i bought, so logo's for Public Enemy <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_Enemy_%28band%29> , EPMD <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EPMD> ,Tommy Boy Records and lots more, that was my dream job and that's what got me into design. It's only in my last few years on Projects that's opened my eyes to all the talented street art kids out there, there's a massive thriving scene and some really talented kids producing jaw dropping work from all over the world, I want to use AnyForty to serve as a platform to show these guys work on our streets.
|AnyForty loves a collab, any more in the pipeline?
Plenty more collabo's in the pipeline, we'll be coming out with Versus series 2 for Spring time 2010 and that'll be a load more artist collabo's, some well known, some brand spanking new artists most people won't of heard of,won't be naming any names yet. We're hoping to follow up the success of our recent Mbuk collabo with another company but nothing concrete yet, but you can keep an eye on the blog at anyforty.wordpress.com <http://anyforty.wordpress.com> for sneak peaks and up to date news!
|Ok, its mainly t-shirts at the moment, any plans for cut and sew?
Cut and sew is something that massively interests me, but i think that's at least a year or two away, who knows though. I'm a one man machine at the moment and it's a exciting, fun sideline to run, moving into cut and sew might need a bit more research and time and money than i have at the moment, but i'm a ambitious person so you never know, if a opportunity arrises that i get excited about i'll be in there like swimwear! Whatever happens we'll not leave the graphic tee's behind, that's the whole backbone of the brand, so wouldn't be something we'd dump to move into cut and sew, cut and sew would have to be a extension to the brand!
|What have you learned from running your own brand, something you wish you'd known at the beginning?
Only being about 18 months into running my own brand, every days a learning process , but the one thing i wish i'd of done different when i first started was not give as many product away for free. Took a big hit on the wallet on freebies, but it all helped getting the brand out there and seen, if i didn't do that perhaps it might not be at the stage it is today and i'd still be stuck with that box of tee's under my bed, gathering dust! All in all i'm pretty happy with the way it's going, still in early stages but we're on the right track! Ohh no body mention book keeping, don't even go there... I'm a creative and my book keeping/mathematics skills are wack, if you're like me probably good having a partner or someone you trust to handle your books! I'm still a one man band so i have to do it all myself!
|Any else? Shout outs?
Just like to shout out all my mates who've supported me and the brand, my good mate and slimmer look-a-like Joby Sessions who's done all the website and product photography, the brilliantly talented Matt Booth of Flashtemple fame who's built me the most jaw dropping website, Joshua and the White Duck fam who produce the product, Rik and the Ripe Digital boys who do all AnyForty's printing, Dan at Urban Industry for being the first store to believe in what i'm trying to do and last but far from least all the artists who've got involved out of sheer love for what i'm trying to build. So nuff respect to The SickSystems, Loworks, Sereo, McFaul Studio, JamFactory, Waste, iLK & Gorey, Niark 1 & Hydro 74. Couldn't of done it without your mad pen skills fellas. I salute you all! Also thanks to all my team who rep the brand day in and day out, love you all!
A.IN.T Winter '09 T-Shirts
Friday 20/11/09 - 11.42AM
Check out the latest range of A.IN.T tee's now at Urban Industry
Keeping in tune with their popular graphic t-shirt designs, London-based creatives A.IN.T drop new images for their Fall/Winter Collection. Great 1940's pinup girl style prints on nice quality tee's.
Adidas Originals Five-Two 3 Artist City Series Pack
Wednesday 18/11/09 - 11.52AM
The Adidas Originals Five-Two 3 Artist City Series Pack is now live at Urban Industry...
The Adidas Originals 523 Artist City Pack is a collaboration consisting of the five most iconic Adidas Originals’ footwear models with 5 artists out of 5 of the most influential cities around the globe. New York, London, Paris, Milan and Tokyo. With all artists being inspired by their respective cities, plus their unique and diverse approach of creating outstanding art, the pack perfectly represents today’s mindset of combining local and global thinking. The artists contributing to the pack are Pochoir, MADSAKI, Dalek, Fakso and KRSN.
Superstar x Pochoir For London, graffiti-artist Pochoir, an exponent of Dadaist principles brings his London street sign satire to a Superstar upper. A reflective, stone coloured upper with a subtle printed depiction of the jagged 3-Stripes and Pochoir’s work immediately evokes a city setting. The blue “POCHOIR 2008- painted here” commemorative plaque-style heel print and metal lace jewel is totally unique, with this shoe finished with a slightly speckled heel Trefoil and stenciled artist logo sockliner.
Stan Smith x KRSN Artist and illustrator Jan-KRSN-Garet plays with his chosen environment, taking inspiration from 70’s and 80’s illustration, approaching his subject armed with sensitivity, irony and a definitive point-of-view. The resulting fruits of his work with adidas is a take on the bestselling Stan Smith silhouette with a ‘gold leaf’ print depicting several Fleur-de-lis, distressed gold printing on the heeltabs and an oversized depiction of Stan on the tongue, white metal eyelets and an off-white forefoot stitch. ‘adidas x KRSN Stan Smith Paris 1972’ lettering completes his footwear revision.detailing makes for a unique makeup, finished with a purple and gold sockliner.
Samba x MADSAKI MADSAKI holds it down for Tokyo with a shapeshifting multi-discipline approach to art that refuses to be tethered, and his take on the Adidas Originals Samba takes the soccer training shoe into new territories without losing sight of the shoe’s original appeal. A patterned soft leather lace cover in white, grey and black with a gold logo harks back to groundbreaking adidas runners while making the slim design even more bike-friendly courtesy of this onetime cycle courier. A reptile-skin effect leather upper, white contrast stitching, scrawled lettering and white highlighted midsole detailing makes for a unique makeup, finished with a purple and gold sockliner.
Nizza x Fakso An artist, photographer and key documenter of rolling steel, revealing graffiti at its most uncompromising. Milan’s Fakso sees metal as a canvas, celebrating the tactics, technique and determination of the scene’s key players. On the ankle-high Nizza silhouette, the leather upper becomes a canvas, covered by a large graffiti image. The printed tongue, beige 3-Stripes and yellow bottom eyelet, foxing and rubber toe bumper sit on a black midsole, giving the silhouette the dark air of Fakso’s prolific output.
Forum x Dalek Representing New York in the Cities Pack, James Marshall (Dalek) developed his well-known “Space Monkey” characters while doing street art and graffiti when he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. Working largely intuitively and organically, he allows each painting to become a new discovery, and the ongoing series of discoveries that helped to define his career have now led Dalek far beyond his beginnings when, right out of art school, he found a new way to merge street art, cartoons, Japanese pop, and the energy of the urban punk scene. His new work revels in a profusion and hyper-abundance of colour and planes of space; the familiar lines and iconic “Space Monkey” references that defined his earlier work are only a starting point for a new series of meditations on the push and pull of forces he sees in contemporary life.
Now In Stock! DC X SE Bikes PK Ripper Fixed Gear Bike!
Friday 13/11/09 - 04.43PM
DC X SE Bikes PK Ripper Fixed Gear Bikes Now In...
They're now available to purchase from us, we've only got a few bikes so if you've got your eyes on them, grab one before they all go!
After years in the making it is finally here, the DC Shoes x SE Bikes PK Fixed Gear bicycle. With their successful collaboration on the PK Ripper a while back, this full sized fixed gear bicycle is another milestone for the companies.
Using 6061 aluminum floval tubing on its frame with chromoly fork, it will be an indestructible bike for the trick minded. The Landing Gear fork and Looptail read end is also incorporated into the design. Equipped with Oury Mountain Grips, SE Lightning Blitz Seat with bottle opener, Velocity Deep V wheels, Vittoria Rubino Pro and whole other quality goods, this is a well set up bicycle. The bike is limited to 1,250 pieces per colorway worldwide.
Product Videos With New Balance And Levi's!
Friday 13/11/09 - 03.13PM
Check out our new product Videos with Boris from New Balance and Mathew from Levi's...
We showcase a couple more videos above as we continue on with our new product Videos. We decided to start these videos way back in summer and we're finding them to be a great success, providing you guys with a little more info regarding the product and a brief insight into brand background etc.
We have now started to film with the relevant brand's sales rep, to give you more product information than ever before. These guys really know what they're talking about, the info is detailed and accurate, what's more its straight from the horses mouth!
Above we see Boris Wozstock from New Balance giving us an overview of the New Balance 420 Shoe and also Mathew Forster talking about the Levis 50001 Engineered Denim Jeans. Keep them peeled for more video Previews soon, including flicks on the new Puma Suede Pack 3 Release and the Adidas 523 November Pack Release.
UI Products On The Daily Street Blog....
Wednesday 11/11/09 - 02.53PM
Check out new Brixton Hats and Adidas 523 Pack on The Daily Street Blog...
Our good friends over at The Daily Street blog have just posted up a couple of great quality pieces. The posts were on our new Brixton Hats range that have just turned up this week and also the forthcoming Adidas 523 Pack, which features 5 classic and iconic Adidas shoes recreated and redesigned by 5 top artists. This pack launches on the 18th, so be sure to grab yourself a pair then if you like the look of these.
Fresh Holiday '09 Stock From Brixton.
Monday 09/11/09 - 04.10PM
Check out the new range of Brixton Hats, plus some top-ups of key items.
Nice little top-up from the guys over at Brixton hats this week. There's a re-stock of products in there as well as some brand new styles to freshen things up a little! New Limited Colourways of the Brixton Heist Beanies, plus new colours in the Brixton Gain and Brixton Stroll Hats. Gloves and Wallets also included!
Mishka Heatseeker Pom Beanies Now In Stock...
Wednesday 04/11/09 - 11.35AM
New in this week, more Mishka winter goodies...
OBEY Glow In The Dark T-Shirt Range Now In!
Wednesday 04/11/09 - 09.08AM
The OBEY Glow In The Dark Tee's have now dropped here at Urban Industry, check them out...
The guys in the labs at OBEY HQ have been working on an exclusive project with glow in the dark inks. The final ink is so special because it will glow for up to four hours with just a few minutes of exposure to either natural light or artificial light. These tees not only glow for hours but also emit a much stronger glow than you would see from a normal glow tee that you may have seen in the past. The tees look like they have been printed with regular white ink during day light but when you turn off the lights they either glow florescent green or florescent blue depending on the design chosen.
The Tee's have now dropped here at Urban Industry, check them out now to cop yourself one of these super limited pieces!