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Each ship is a small world unto itself controlled by a captain and the sea.
From above, The Great Salt Lake looks like a vascular system.
I traveled in search of Killer Whales, but instead found strangers.
The sea designs with time. She fades and batters wood and steel until she makes them her own.
30 Seconds @ 60 mph through an Icelandic tunnel.
One thing that stands out clearly is while the fashion element of Streetwear is not always strong in more obscure European cities, other elements of the culture are ever present. Hip Hop music is the universal glue that binds the culture together, regardless of country or city… but a more powerful, individualistic movement is graffiti. Literally in the most remote corner of the most ancient city, you find layers of hand tags and large murals. In Budapest, the youth culture collides with the cities ancient past. The mighty Danube river cuts the city in two parts, connected by one of the most beautiful bridges in Europe. I would recommend staying at the Four Seasons with a view of the river. The service simply rivaled anything we experienced on the trip and the food was more than noteworthy. The Christmas market was still in full swing and we consumed local foods and shopped for local leather goods. During our stay in Budapest, we rescued a 8 week old Puppy, which we named Buda… he now lives in NYC with us.
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Out of any city visited on the first leg of our world tour, Antwerp Belgium won the most inspiring and least hyped city. We visited Dries…, Anna…, Walter…, Yoji… and then stumbled on the almost unmatched new RA store. The city was buried in a cold wave and covered in an inch of ice… a pretty amazing and surreal experience. I have always been a big fan of Walter Van Beirendonck. This guy was doing high fashion street wear before anyone knew what streetwear was… mad respect for taking originality to this level.
When in Belgium, you have to experience the hot chocolate… a hot glass of fresh milk with a big chuck of local chocolate dropped in… heaven.
I was instantly in love with Prague. The city is straight out of the middle ages… from the 500 year old astrological clock to the narrow, dimly lit alley streets.
The most inspirational aspect was the strong presence of hot boutiques in the city center. All the latest brands from around the world were juxtaposed with antique stores, amazing vintage camera stores and an endless selection of hand made marionette stores. I acquired two amazing hand carved puppets from the local traditional folklore – one was the Devil and the other was the Dead. We stayed in a haunted attic in the city center… a strange experience to say the least. I found no street wear – but I did discover the best vintage military store in a local flea market. Anyone looking to detach from modernity should visit Prague.
Unlike any place I have visited on earth… Iceland is magical.
I have never experienced more beautiful emptiness.
Special thanks to Martin for covering our friends at Denham in Amsterdam and Marc Ecko’s latest ventures.
The KDU is featured in a six page spread covering the first leg of David Gensler’s world tour. First stops were China, where we met teams at Ogilvy and 361 Sports, before heading to Hong Kong to visit Edison Chen at Clot, Chris at IDN magazine and our good friend Brian at Knowledge. We then jumped to Japan for a few days of shopping and meetings. It was inspiring to talk to Frazier and crew at Nike Japan, before visiting Hiroshi Fujiwara, Hiroki and Matt from Visvim and the team at Swagger and Phenomenon. Stay tuned for the next issue of StreetWear Today for more coverage of the KDU world tour.
It was a pleasure and an honor to be invited to Guangzhou by Ogilvy.
We are co-developing a 500 piece special collection for 361 Sports for the 2010 All Asian Games.
Much, much more to come.
Special thanks to Frangelica Liang from Ogilvy China and Mr. Ding from 361 for selecting the KDU for this enormous design challenge.
A note for all American Sportswear brands… truly beware the great tide from the east!
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Exploring the streets of London. Typography, Tradition and Texture.
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