It feels like politicians nowadays scaremonger more than they ever did in the past, the motives are complicated but for the most part it can at times feel like one big distraction after the other. I sometimes catch wondering “what should I be paying attention to instead?” Thankfully someone more intelligent than I’am has been mulling the same thing and for our benefit covered various aspects across three books. His name is Yuval Noah Harari and I’m sure most of you have heard/read is his most popular book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind which chronicles the history humankind whilst questioning commonly beliefs. Next in the series is Homo Deus which I’ve recently got around finishing last week. I read for at least 1 hour per day but sometimes I don’t get around to finishing books, so towards the end of the year I like to revisit some books and attempt to finish them! I’m not sure why it took me so long to finish Homo Deus, I probably just got distracted, but wow, what an amazing book. I answers so many questions I have about the looming job crisis but also makes contemplate other things I haven’t thought about such as consciousness. I also recently finished listening to the audiobook of version of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by the same author, it’s a been a hell of a year for reading for me, I’m really enjoying it.
My fascination with Berlin is obvious. I love underground electronic music and there’ no better city in the world to experience than Berlin. Although the city is beautiful in it’s own unique way, what really captured my imagination is the clubs and culture that surrounds it. You could throw a stone and hit a club in Berlin this much is true, but what really separates clubbing in Berlin to any other city in the world is the culture. The community is vibrant and inclusive, all colours, races, creeds and sexualities are welcomed to a judgment free zone where you’re summoned can let go of your inhibitions and surrender yourself to the bass or lack thereof.
Back home in London I made the decision a few years to focus my energy and time to clubbing instead of going to dive bars. I had always liked clubbing but only did it 2x a year and usually to see top tier DJs such Dixon and Ricardo Villalobos. But with the rising costs of tickets in London and necessity to plan your big nights out months in advance it didn’t seem like something I could carry on doing on a regular basis. But luckily various underground promoters popped up and filled the void, now every weekend in London if you know where to look there’s tons of amazing raves going on and a 24 hour club such as FOLD who provide a safe spaces for clubbers in London, super!
The more I’ve gone out lately the more I’ve want to upgrade my “clubbing clothes” to reflect the dimly lit sweat box that most underground electronic music venues frequent. But from my limited research I haven’t found many options for dudes who wanna dress up but don’t want to go full Berghain, maybe there’s opportunity for me to design something and offer to the world, but for now I really enjoyed seeing NAKT vision of club-ware highlighted in this awe-inspiring video, you check it out above. I’ve watched it about 10x already and I think i’m going to stop now, i’m getting serious FOMO vibes, although I recently visited Berlin in September i’m already itching to go back after watching this video, ha!
It’s a great time to be sneaker head, gone are the days when collaborations were merely an adult version of painting by numbers, colour way flips aren’t enough to entice discerning customers, you have to them offer more. There’s no better example in recent years than the collaborations between Nike and ACRONYM, Off-White and my personal favourite Tom Sachs Mars Yard. Back in the day when I studied Product Design at Central St Martins I somehow managed to stumbled across Tom Sachs studio. The first things I saw from their studio was this amazing video called 10 bullets which focused on virtues of great studio etiquette, if you haven’t watched it I highly recommend you do, it’s great!
Their first Nike collaboration (Mars Yard v1) came out last year and it was one of my favourite shoes of recent years, it’s incredibly versatile and unlike other shoes looks better the more beat it is. If you don’t believe check out my pair below, i’ve worn these months at time through various weather conditions and they still hold up! They just announced the 2nd iteration of the Mars Yard now dubbed an ‘Overshoe’ it looks crazy and I doubt it’ll be as popular as version 1 but i love them and I can’t wait to get my hands on them!
Nike x Tom Sachs Mars Yard Overshoe is available to purchase now on StockX.
Oh, I’ve had many nights where I’ve found myself strewed across a cold concrete surface somewhere along Kingsland Road, with little to no idea how I ended up there. I’m incredibly thankful no-one I know was around to snap a picture or twelve and blackmail me with the evidence when I become rich and famous. So thankful. That being said, this photography project depicting the after hours fun of high powered Japanese businessmen is both intriguing and frightening. The phrase “I’ll come out for just one” certainly does not apply here. You can read the piece in full here.