Monday, September 27, 2010

V.O.B. - Fashion: Street Etiquette: The Black Ivy

"Street Etiquette tributes its scholastic forefathers who helped pave the way for a level of higher education. The Black Ivy video brings together style, character, education and art to help further develop an inspirational platform for those around them. The video features a captivating statement from Joekenneth Museau who also appeared in Street Etiquette’s Sewn from the Soul." - Hypebeast

The Black Ivy from Street Etiquette on Vimeo.


Spoken word by Joekenneth Museau
Music : Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
Shot by : CJ Something
Location : Harlem, NY

Read more about it here.

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V.O.B. - Fashion: AV T-Shirt

Friday, September 24, 2010

V.O.B. - Technology: The World’s Most Expensive Advent Calendar

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Porsche Design has just unveiled their latest advent calendar which will be sold for 1 Million USD each and just a single piece per continent will be available.

The world’s most expensive advent calendar measures 1.75 meters in height and is made from brushed aluminum with double-coat finish surfaces.

The advent calendar conceals three special highlights: a Porsche Design P’6910 Indicator in rosé gold, an individually customisable Porsche Design Kitchen P’7340 and a motor yacht, eight and a half metres long.

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Behind the calendar’s 24 windows many other highlights by Porsche Design are hidden.

These include sunglasses made of 18 carat yellow gold, writing tools and cufflinks.

A limited edition leather blouson made from hand-woven lambskin nappa, as well as a travel assortment from the French Classic luggage series are also on the list.

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The calendars, strictly limited to five in number, are available on request via the worldwide Porsche Design Stores.

Source: Autoevolution - Luxurylaunches

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V.O.B. - Photography: New York at Night

Lower Manhattan with Ground Zero (bottom right)

Jason Hawkes likes to see the world from a different perspective - from above. In college, all he wanted to be was a studio photographer, but all that changed after a flight in a small aircraft. "I realized that, with a little attitude, you see all these amazing patterns - even mundane things look intriguing," said Hawkes.

The British photographer spent 15 weeks using state of the art technology to create these dramatic shots for his new book, New York At Night.

"The images of New York were shot on Nikons latest camera, the D3S, using three gyro stabilizing mounts and flown using twin star helicopters. We flew from heights of just over 500 ft up to 2,500-ft with no doors on, it was very very cold."

Times Square in Manhattan

Midtown Manhattan

Empire State Building

Worldwide Plaza

Chrysler Building

Waldorf Astoria, Park Avenue

Midtown Manhattan

Newark Liberty International Airport

Newark Liberty International Airport

Statue of Liberty

Buy the book: New York At Night
Jason Hawkes's website
via guardian, daily mail

Thursday, September 23, 2010

V.O.B. - Cars: Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale

The Great Trident has officially revealed its new roadster ahead of the Paris Motor Show next month. The Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale gives the famed GT a refreshed appearance and a heartier heartbeat, claiming its place at the peak of the GranTurismo pyramid. The MC Stradale version of the GranTurismo receives a power boost to 450 hp, a slight upgrade over the S model but enough for some added kick on the concrete. While Maserati is holding the performance numbers close to their chest, they did suggest that the new GranTurismo MC Stradale will break the 300km/h barrier (186mph on American roads), putting into a class nearing supercar territory. As a brand, Maserati errs toward luxury over performance, but the MC Stradale may just push their values into a central balance. 186mph with Maserati looks is certainly nothing to sneeze at… Look for more on the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale at the Paris Motor Show 2010 starting on October 2nd.

Source = The Coolist...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

V.O.B. - Fashion: ROLLACOASTER Issue No. 1 featuring Pharrell Williams

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Musician Pharrell Williams is the cover story for the first issue of London based publication ROLLACOASTER. Shot by photographer Kenneth Cappello and styled by Way Perry, Writer James McMahon caught up with the man who seems to have his hands in virtually everything from music to fashion to producing animated movies such as this years Despicable Me. The article didn’t ask the general questions that most fans inquire about, but rather touched on topics such as Williams decision to remove most of his tattoo’s “It’s much, much worse taking them off than putting them on. They literally zap the ink out of you, they break the ink. I’m speaking figuratively of course…” his views on U.S. President Barack Obama “You have to remember that the guy had more on his desk than any US President ever. Obama’s had some shortcomings, but he’s done something that nobody has been able to do in 60 years and that’s reform healthcare” and the psychology behind the iPhone phenom. Skateboard P proves he is more than just the guy that throws up the Star Trek sign, but a musician whose perspective is far beyond that of the entertainment industry. ROLLACOASTER Issue No. 1 will launch tomorrow at MAN day of London Fashion Week and copies will be available through Somerset House, various other show points around London and also BBC/Ice Cream UK stockists.

Editor’s Note: The feature’s name is ROLLAPOSTER while the magazine’s name is ROLLACOASTER

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V.O.B. - Technology: Etch A Sketch iPad Case

Here’s how to make some cash: Take one Etch A Sketch ($18), rip out its guts and call it an iPad case. Now, sell it for $39. You just made $21, and you still have a snuff of magnetic-dust left over.

This is what case-maker Headcase is up to, kinda. The Etch A Sketch iPad case is officially licensed from the Ohio Art Company, but it is made to fit the iPad, which is roughly an inch smaller than the Etch A Sketch in length and width, and half an inch thinner. You also get cutouts for the home button and the ambient light sensor (not that the sensor really works so well anyway).

There are more holes around the sides and underneath you’ll discover a pair of kickstands to make typing a little easier. Given that the white knobs on the front do nothing, taking this setup to the coffee-shop and getting some writing done is probably the most fun you can have with this toy. And it is a toy. Take another look at the back (click the thumbnail with the big Apple logo in it, below) and you’ll see it is just as veined and plasticky as any kids’ toy of today.

Still, it’s hard not to love it: It is an Etch A Sketch, after all.

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V.O.B. - Technology: Combine Collective Black Walnut Keyboard Tray

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

V.O.B. - Bikes: Run 4 Cover (Starring : Nigel Sylvester) by 13thWitness™

Run 4 Cover (Starring : Nigel Sylvester) from 13thWitness™ on Vimeo.

V.O.B. - Bikes: Affinity X Ralph Lauren RLX Concept Bikes

Posted by Gabriel @ V.O.B. 21st September 2010

Ralph Lauren Rhinelander Mansion
867 Madison Avenue at 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021
United States

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Friday, September 17, 2010

V.O.B. - Cars: Mansori Gran Tourismo S

German luxo-tuners Mansory have added another beast to an already-impressive stable that includes Bentley, Ferrari, and Aston Martin, among others. The primary focus of Mansory is not on performance but rather aesthetics, resulting in the not-so-subtle look you see here. Mansory’s prior works have always been conversation pieces, with feedback ranging from superb (“Mansory…has beaten Rolls-Royce at its own game”) to subpar (their Panamera was described by Evo as the most tastelessly modified vehicle the publication had ever seen). The Gran Tourismo, Maserati’s most masterful creation to date, has received the full treatment, with swaths of carbon fiber wrapped around the front and rear valences as well as the grille and duct trim. Planted at each corner are custom color-matched wheels, which sit a little closer to the wheel wells thanks to a lower ride height. This one-off Gran Tourismo does get a 30-horsepower bump, but we doubt that will be the first thing on people’s minds when they see it. While their may be a lot of arguments about the true beauty of such a vehicle, it’s tough to dispute the craftsmanship from Mansory.

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V.O.B. - Architecture: Vitrahaus by Herzog & de Meuron

Located in Weil am Rhein, Germany; Vitrahaus is the super-chic showroom of Swiss/German design giant Vitra. Swiss architects Herzoh & de Meuron, also responsible for Munich’s Allianz Arena, came up with the “houses stacked on top of houses” design. The building features a cafe, design museum store and the entire Vitra Home Collection.

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