Category Archives: Miami Spring 2013

The dynamic duo

All Black Everything: Apt 606

Apt 606 stands in stark black and white contrast to the neon and pastel that is the hallmark of Miami fashion.  Owners Lee and Dune stay rocking all black, making the simple choice of t-shirts, jeans and boots a profound visual statement.  Asked about the monochrome palette Lee says:  ”I mean, it’s still color.  Black is just like your mentality and it’s a beautiful thing, it’s very minimalist, its very clean, it’s a statement.  Because I guarantee you right now, you walk outside in all black and people are looking at you like, you know it’s mysterious, it’s calm.”

Black is also elegant, heightening the impact of impeccably designed details.  And this is the essence of Apt 606′s identity.  The core brand roster includes Rick Owens, Boy LondonPublic SchoolJuliusBLK DNMRaf Simons, Alexander Wang, Surface to Air and Marcelo Burlon  It’s like a little piece of the Meatpacking District in NYC broke off and floated south.

For Lee and Dune these are more than brands, they are a lifestyle. They wear the clothes and  study the designers – learning everything from where they source their fabrics to the influences that inform their design choices.  Shopping at Apt 606 is like taking a master class in the future of urban menswear.  ”They just don’t hand you their brand, they want to make sure that the person that’s representing their brand are decent people that respect the business. So when they look at me and my partner, they’re like ok who are you?”  To answer that question, and be entrusted with the brands the duo admire, Lee and Dune built a deliberate reputation, ending up on the radar of street legends like Teyana Taylor and A$AP Rocky.

While most boutiques in Miami cater to the city’s numerous athletes, rappers and producers by stocking the high end names those customers use to signal their wealth, Apt 606 is dedicated to their vision.  ”If you call me and say ‘hey I need this particular hype brand.’  I’m not going to do it.  I’m not a shopper.  Now, if you like the looks that I provide, that’s totally different.  If you’re not into the lifestyle that I’m into, or trying to be into it, then it’s hard. I can’t sit here and just put you in something just because. I have to like it.”

Not only are the clothes well chosen, but the location is too.  Lee and Dune placed their supper swagged boutique in the Wynwood Design District, which is definitely the place in Miami to create a style mecca.  To see more of Wynwood, check out W+P’s photo-tour of the famous graffiti city here.  There aren’t many stores like Apt 606 in Miami because of this,it draws a distinctive clientele looking for fashion’s cutting edge.  ”I have customers that come in here, they want to be educated, what we are trying to do is …curate the clothes.”

To learn more about Apt 606′s meticulously curated collection hit up their site, their badass tumblr page and follow them on IG @apt606. In September the boys will be making their unique curated style more accessible with the addition of an e-commerce store. Coupled with the additon of brands like Christopher Kane, Kenzo, Kris Van Assche, Acne, Phillip Lim and Juun J for S/S14 and you can see why W+P digs Apt 606.

 

Everybody loves Neon

Throwback Thursday: Ultra

Ultra is the world’s largest electronic musical festival and one of the pioneers of the mushrooming festival trend which began to take flight in 1999 (insert prerequisite Prince joke here.)

When it comes to dressing sharp, the heat and humidity of March in Miami contribute to Ultra ranking low on the fashionable music fest totem poll. It’s not just the anti-ergonomic weather, but the coupling of dancing for 10 hours. Add that to being amongst throngs of other humans and it is easy to see why it can lead most festival goers to dress like participants in a 90′s neon work out video. To be clear,dressing for performance does not mean sacrificing style. Check out our past article on the fresh look of Soul Clap

There was a clear delineation at Ultra between the fashion of the fans and the performers. The kids opted for variations on super short and neon. While, some seasoned festival goers chose the more costumed route i.e. faux fur tiger hats. The main slice of fashion was found backstage with performers, crews and press. Wolf+Panther had the chance to photograph some of the unique street style we saw backstage.

However,hands down, it was Dillon Francis who showed up dressed to work and killed it. Wearing a suit by Tokyo’s Ladd, Francis told Wolf+Panther it was “the best suit in the world”. Paired with a shirt and tie by Top Shop, it is easy to see why W+P stopped him in his tracks to talk. The crisply tied knot, slim silhouette of the suit and bleached hair all combine to a razor sharp expression of a confident partystarter and earned Dillion Francis the honor of being Wolf + Panther’s best dressed man at Ultra 2013.

To see the photo of Dillion’s killer look follow us on instagram at @wolfandpanther.

Dress Sharp. Stay Fly.

Eyes

Jacques Smith: Quirk Couture

If the 90′s are back, then designer Jacques Smith is heralding the revamp with style. Known for his over the top eclectic work, the Omaha, Nebraska born artist turns thrift to trend. Wolf+Panther interviewed the artist on one of his many international pit stops in Miami.

The excitement began when a zebra striped suitcase opened and the contents of a thrift store spilled out.  As each piece of reclaimed apparel was unfurled, the artistic expression and razor wit of Jacques Smith became apparent. Using the barter system, Jacques acquires his signature one of a kind pieces from the unwanted clothing of his friends’ closets. Once he has accumulated a collection, he sends it on to be customized at his parents embroidery factory in his hometown.

With no two pieces alike, it is a tastemakers dream. With clever details like an embroidered fetus summersaulting across a Corona print Hawaiian shirt, it is easy to see why the young and trendy gravitate to his work. Many of the original pieces Jacques produces are unisex but he definelty has love for the ladies. I had the chance to rock a vintage black denim skirt with sexy details like ends of cigarettes and wads of Euros peeking out from the tops of pockets.

Not only is Jacques an amazing designer, he has created an entire culture around his unique style. The occasionally green-mustached artist creates pop-ups in boutique hotels and night clubs around the world.  On these occasions, he changes the entire dynamic of the evening by slowly restyling the crowd.  If he doesn’t like what your wearing he might just hand you something more whimsical to wear. Consider it an upgrade!

Wolf+Panther were put on to the magic of Jacques when having dinner with Charlie of Soul Clap and noticed the amazing shirt he was rocking with an golden King Tut across the center back. Jacques often styles Soul Clap and the rest of Crew Love.  For more on these stylish DJs check out our post on Soul Clap’s threads at Ultra

If this doesn’t make you want to own a shirt with a lobster coming out of the pocket, you aren’t ready for summer.

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Family Ties

Family Ties

Few things in life are as fine or as fresh as a pair of J’s straight out of the box.

Father and son duo, Kern and Kern Edwards Jr (KJ) have amassed an impressive collection of rare kicks. Many from
lots under 500.

During wolf+panther’s  recent Miami trip, we chopped it up with Kern and KJ. Some father and sons spend time camping or playing frisbee, these two bond over rare sneakers. The thrill of the hunt has created not only a spectacular collection but what could be one of the flyest father and son bonding rituals ever.

The collection contains everything from limited edition pre-trade Lebrons to kicks whose interiors and details are artworks themselves. The duo takes their collection so seriously that even going to lengths of storing some pairs in ziplock bags is a nessesity. I could add a line about keeping the freshness locked in but that would be lame and this collection is anything but that.

To see some of the highlights drool over the artistry below.

KJ, sneaker collector, Instagram celebrity and budding photographer, is also a wolf + panther contributor. Check back soon for his photo essay on Wynwoods famed graffiti district. Join KJ’s growing IG community at pastorkernie, not only is he hilarious but he always knows when special edition kicks hit stores.

Soul Clap

Put Your Hands Together for Soul Clap

Soul Clap first came to Ultra as spectators in 2005.  Now, eight years later in 2013, the electronic funk/soul duo of Charlie Levine and Eli Goldstein returned to the world’s largest electronic music festival as performers.  Wolf + Panther interviewed the group and had a chance to talk with them about everything from their love of vintage sneakers to their entrance into the fashion game.

SoulClap performed with duo Wolf+Lamb and both crews rep under the larger group name of Crew Love.  Against the steady backdrop of the electronic house scene that has become the calling card of Ultra Music Fest, Soul Clap is a stand out.  Their dope, fresh, and unapologetic brand of sunshine identifies the duo’s look and sound.  SoulClap’s style has an artistic sophistication not easily spotted amongst the kids at Ultra. A look that is as cohesive as it is individualistic. Both DJ’s posses a carefree and colorful street style that incorporates modern with vintage in a seamless composition that flows.

Charlie in Contemporary Scarecrow

Charlie in Contemporary Scarecrow

Charlie dressed like a hypercolor breakdancing drug dealer, and rocked red frame shades when he hit the turntables.  His sleeveless sweatsuit appeared to be cut from the fabric version of an iconographic postcard of 80s Miami.  The harem pants tapered into the high tops of vintage Adidas.

Eli dressed to represent Boston on St. Patrick’s Day.  which he did smooth enough to make Bird himself proud. W+P asked about one of his cornerstone pieces, his vintage Nike’s. “These are old Hurache’s before they brought them back with the running sole.  I love Hurache’s so as soon as the brought them back I bought a pair, but they’re really uncomfortable for DJ-ing because they’re designed for running.  For standing they suck.”

 

The Word

The Word

Through out the interview the guys made it clear that for them, comfort is the main selector in choosing an outfit.  The same can be said of the crowd that comes to see them perform. If 10-12 hour dance parties aren’t a workout, you’re not dancing hard enough and you wouldn’t be at a Soul Clap show.  Just as their threads are all levity and color so is their unstoppable groove.  The pair see themselves as shepherding funk’s legacy in the 21st century (or shepherd pie-ing it the 21st century as they actually phrased it)

Beyond playing at concerts around the world, SoulClap is also working on a clothing line. It seems like a logical step that this duo would decide to enter deeper into the world of fashion. Charlie expressed the importance of fashion and how it shows a sense of community.  “I think fashion and community fit together. How can we all support things that make us look like a unit? With Crew Love we have 12 people and  having clothes we can all wear is an important thing.”Backstage

Not only do they believe in their community, they live it. With everything from matching Double Standard tattoos to matching bling, showing support to members is the Crew Love way.

To see all things Soul Clap in action and the greater power of Crew Love buy you ticket for their April 19th show at Williamsburg’s Output.  Follow the link.

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