Nike Air Force 1’s 35th B-Day and an Interview with Five Dope Designers

One of my goals when I joined Flaunt this summer was to work with brands that I’m a fan of. Throughout my career, I’ve mostly been a proper music journalist. But towards the end of 2016, I was blessed with opportunities to do a load of stories that connected music and fashion for Billboard. And now that I’m with Flaunt, I’m either writing or editing pieces that are fully fashion-oriented.

Nike’s Air Force 1: Stomping On Broken Glass, Bad Luck Be Damned

This year Nike celebrated the 35th anniversary of their Air Force 1 and use the birthday to give the white-on-white sneaks a fresh look via the lens of five premiere streetwear designers and influencers: Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, Acronym’s Errolson Hugh, Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Just Don’s Don “Don C.” Crawley and musician Travis Scott. I’m a huge fan of each of them and spoke to the guys for the piece.

Building a relationship with Nike was also a big 2017 goal as well. I’m super excited to share the fun stuff we at Flaunt are working on in 2018 with them thanks to this story and the foundation it laid.  But in the meantime, check out my chat with the fellas. One of my favorite anecdotes in there comes from Biggs, who had a hilarious way of ensuring that his Airs 1s stayed clear of dirt and being stepped on in NYC streets back int the day. This is another one of my favorite interviews from my 2017.

 

 

A Little Bird Talk with Travis Scott

 

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Travis Scott at Travis Birds Pop-Up | Shot by Sara De Boer

 

The tour merch era is back and killing. Between people rocking vintage/“vintage” Ramones or Metallica tees and modern stars like Kanye West and Justin Bieber cranking out concert apparel, it’s clear the trend won’t be going anywhere soon. Joining the collection of artists making rock merch worth copping is Travis Scott.

All You Need to Know About Travis Scott’s Los Angeles Merch Pop-Up

I met up with him last Friday at his pop-up shop out here in L.A., where he sold his Travis Birds line that’ll pair nicely with his 2017 tour for his Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight album. Levis trucker jackers with eagles drawn on the back, dad hats, sweats and more. You can wear them to the show or, like most will, everywhere else to be fly.

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Travis Birds line | Shot by Brad Wete

 
We talked about his love for Toyotas, Jack the Eagle (who fans will meet on tour), and how he whipped up the designs for the TB. Give it a read at Billboard.

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Travis Birds tee | Shot by Brad Wete

 

 

ComplexCon 2016 Recap

I had a blast at the first annual ComplexCon over the weekend. As I described in pieces I wrote covering it, CC’s an expo set in Long Beach, California that showcases and aligns music with fashion and pop culture. It was great to see some of my Complex co-workers, watch some great performances and walk through their showroom floor, where the likes of Nike, Adidas, and more majors brands hawked their hottest heat.

ComplexCon Night 1 Highlights: Kid Cudi Returns to Stage from Rehab, Skrillex Goes to Outer Space & More

I covered both nights for Billboard. Here are both of the recaps, with info about Kid Cudi’s big return from rehab, Snoop Dogg’s LBC homecoming (with Pharrell and O.T. Genesis in tow), Travis Scott flying high with an enormous bird and more.

ComplexCon Night 2: Snoop Dogg Lights Up His Hometown, Migos & 2 Chainz Bring Atlanta Hits