Ride the Asphalt Wave

STAMPD 2017 Fall/Winter Runway Show

LA based brand STAMPD brought their A game to Men’s NY Fashion Week in February 2017. The Show entitled Asphalt Wave saw the STAMPD brand bring us a very nice silver bomber, a hint of electric color with the Yellow Hoodie and a bit of a 90’s retro look to the black plaid Shirt/Black Jacket and pants.

STAMPD brought us some of the best bomber jackets of 2015 with the various renditions of the Strapped jacket. The Silver jacket keeps them in the forefront of the 3 or more year trend of the bomber.

And staying true to their roots, kept a lot of the collection with their Black & White color palette. And looks like the cropped pants will continue into late 2017, maybe even 2018 from this show and others seen at the latest Men’s NY Fashion Week. The trend I’m noticing most is a higher crop, with more bulk to the legs.

Keeping to STAMPD’s street vibe, they didn’t do the traditional Runway show. Instead the dudes stood like mannequins on the floor and the attendees could walk around them to  check out the new threads.

A bit of Graff and various textures and exotic materials added some newness to the STAMPD aesthetic.

And similar to the STAMPD/Daniel Patrick/Kanye West collections, kept the Nomadic Pre Apocalyptic street look going with this oversized layered grey piece. Probably my favorite look of the collection.

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Asphalt Wave

  • As I see the title, I imagine skateboarding through the streetz of LA. With the title giving a nod to skate culture of the 90’s. Yet, the collection isn’t all 90’s so there’s most likely double meaning to the title. Asphalt gives a skater a much smoother glide than concrete. Yet waves can be smooth or pretty tumultuous. Looking way too much into the title. Maybe Chris Stamp is looking towards a hopeful Smooth 2017 with already known possibility of havoc on the way.
  • Various sites on the web are giving Asphalt Wave gives reference to the Rap and Hip Hop vibe of the 00’s.
  • Other sites mention the 90’s & the 00’s time periods.
  • Or maybe, it just sounds cool and looks rad in gothic scripted Ink on various sleeves of black long sleeve shirts and trenches.
  • Just one day (2/6/17) after I wrote this blog. STAMPD posted this  information on what Asphalt Wave means on their IG. They must have been reading Streetzblog!

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Fans of the brand and Celebs in Attendance

Fans of the STAMPD brand include:  Kanye West, Nick Jonas, Usher, Justin Beiber, Will.i.am and Meek Mill.

Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne, Hip Hop’s Ja Rule and Fabolous were all at the show.

*Pictures of the Runway show courtesy of wwd.com. Screen shot with my iPhone 6s, cropped and edited a bit with various filters. The Strapped bomber jacket shots are courtesy of STAMPD.

See you on the Asphalt Streetz!

Off White

Off White Goes off the Street

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High End Street Wear Brand Off White known for their diagonal/Slant stripes and the word WHITE on the backs of shirts, usually in a Black and White Color-Way. Goes off the path a bit in their latest Fall-Winter 2017 Runway Show.

There are lots of Vans inspired Checks, Flowing/Swaying with the wind clothes, various colored denim and a few nice shirts with the diagonal/slant design and White on back long-sleeved shirts, made out of an exquisite fluffy type of material.

I suspect it was time to shuffle things up a bit. But with all the sold out standard Tees unavailable. I would have gone at least another year of the standard issue Off White branded diagonal stripes with the big WHITE on back shirts and pants.  *With all the Sold-Out Off White clothing out there, might be tempted to get a $86 Knock off on Ebay, but the sellers seem a bit sketchy.  Sizing is xs-XL and says most shirts fit all.  That sounds pretty whackety Whack. So, maybe I’ll never get an Off White Shirt if the trend continues with things like this Runway Show.

We shall see if these looks catch on as HOT as all their other shirts and pants did over the last few years.  In NY Dec 2015, Off White was the Biggest brand I noticed in NYC. This Year, Dec, 2016, what I saw most  were those super long, most likely very warm, tres expensive Canada Goose jackets in Dark Blue. LInes down the street at their store and people grabbing for them right and left at Bloomies.

 
Highlights

  • The Long Sleeve Diagonal print with WHITE on back shirts with the fluffy material.
  • The Bomber Jacket with the Orange block square pattern.
  • The Music:  Very spot on with the spoken word, underground Hip-Hop and Jazz, ambient soundtrack. It sounded exactly like 2 restaurants I ate in NY in December 2016.  Seems like the world is going  toward more of a background underground mix than the blazing EDM and  banging industrial of the last couple years.
  • The long plaid Men’s Jacket.

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  • The Vans inspired checkered shirts and pants. Let Vans do Vans. Let Off White do Off White. The limited Edition Chrome Hearts x Off White Tees at Christmas were also Vans inspired. Were a direct take off of their logo. Somethings going on with the 2 companies.  Hmm
  • The flowing/Swaying materials and vibe. Felt a bit old-fashioned not forward fashion.
  • The lack of the standard Diagonal/Slant Designs with the word WHITE on back.
  • The funny colored Denim.
  • And the leave prints. I can go to Wal-Mart for some Leave imprinted camo for $49 instead of what will most likely be $490.
  • Baggy pants. This is a trend I see a lot in menswear. I liked the drop crotch look, I liked the fitted suits, but me, I think I would look funny in baggie pants with wide leg holes.  Maybe a 22 year old could pull it off, but I doubt it would work for me.

What do you think of the New Direction of Off White?  Feeling it? Or not?  Let us know in the comment section.

See you on the Streetz! This week I finally have a Saturday off, so hopefully hitting the beach, sleeping a bit and maybe some Yoga or even Chanting…if I get the courage to go to it.

Heat of the Moment

Designer Spot-Light:  Daniel Patrick

Soho, NY & Melrose, LA

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High-End Street Wear Brand, Daniel Patrick is the Hottest shop in Soho, NYC in January 2017. Streetzblog will cover the brand and store in this blog posting. Before it, here’s the ascension to that moment:  I have a bit of a set program when I hit the Streets of NY each and every December. This year being no different:

Friday: Stay at the Roosevelt Hotel. Say Hi to Alfredo, Check into the hotel, Get Dressed and head Uptown.  Uniqlo for warm clothes, Aldo, H&M, Saks, Sephora, See The Rockefeller Tree, Barney’s (My Fav), Bloomingdale’s and get some food from Scott’s Deli. This year I added in the new Adidas Store on 45th and 5th and a couple other cool places

Saturday: Soho no matter what! Cold-hot, Raining-Snowing. This is where I go the Saturday before Christmas.  Hit the Sample sales, H&M, Pink, Opening Ceremony, the new Rick Owens spectacular store, Astor Barber, Chinatown, Coffee from the deli (Extra Sweet, Extra Light: Since I’m on Vay-Cay) Rag n Bone, Anna Sui, Alexander Wang and All Saints. I Miss Canal Jean Company, Unique Boutique, and this year DRB-One of the best places to get Christmas presents, It was gone for good-some people didn’t get their presents this year, #Ugh.

It’s a little after Alexander Wang, that I strolled upon Daniel Patrick.  Come to find out the store is pretty new in Soho, so was very lucky to find it. Listed below are some pictures I took, a bit about the brand and some flavorful pictures from their IG account. Hope you enjoy seeing and hearing everything.     *I’ll post up NY’s Sunday, Monday and Tuesdays itinerary at the end of the article.

Daniel Patrick-Soho, NYC: 96 Grand St. Near Mercer; close to The Alexander Wang Boutique

I left the Alexander Wang Boutique and was attempting to get to the new Rick Owens store. Over the years, the maps on my iPhone have gotten better, but I still can’t quite figure out North from South, so I went around the block 2x and saw a nice looking facade with color coded clothing from the street view. So, I entered the Daniel Patrick store in Soho.  I think I was the first customer of the day. Since I live in hot weather, I went straight to the shorts.  Bought a pair of the Comfy Army Lounge drop-crotch shorts. At the end of the day, I came back for the black pair of the same shorts!

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The store was filled with excellent High End Streetwear. Best part about it is it was all color coded and easy to find all the great gear.  Comfy Shorts, Soft to the touch shirts, Layered clothing, Bombers, and even Kicks. Me being a shoe guy, it was so weird I didn’t even notice the kicks, the clothes were so unbelievable! After visiting the Soho Store, I’ve seen some nice shoes on their instagram account.

Arriving back in Hawaii, I researched the brand a bit and Wow! There are lots of Celebs and Hot Models who wear these clothes.  Kinda’ fun the way I found the store.  I’ve always worn my own style, but over the years, I’ve noticed many people getting extremely attached to what they see on the web. And I wondered how much I’ve been influenced too. Something I may blog about some day. Anyways, I liked how I found the store because I totally dig the clothing with no pre bias.

Here’s some great pictures of the brand: Pictures taken from their IG account.

If there were a place to get your streetwear basics plus stay on trend Daniel Patrick is the place to shop.  Like shopping at the Gap used to be and kinda still is for Norm-Core, Daniel Patrick is the place for streetwear. You get your Blacks & Greys along with the seasonal colors. Everything feels good, looks good and is totally on trend and on Fia’ for a Friday night or Saturday afternoon. –Streetzblog December 2016.

Here’s a little excerpt from the DP Bio on their website that pretty much sums it all up:

The collections draw a number of inspirations that are true to who Daniel is and this identity becomes more and more poignant from collection to collection. Drawing inspiration from his favorite cities, Los Angeles and New York, his love of hip hop music and desert hikes, while also combining his athletic background with a minimal and militant appeal each collection unfolds. Daniel is continuously creating and tweaking and is known to drop new pieces more frequently than the regular fashion calendar dictates.

My personal purchases included:  2 pairs of the Roaming Shorts (Army & Black), Orange NYC Tee, and even though I live in a warm part of the world, I had to get the Black NYC Hoodie. I wore it everywhere, including Chicago and crashed out on the plane with it on all the way from Chi-Town to Hawaii. It’s my favorite item, very comfortable, kept my warm & the hood is the perfect sizes for hiding out. Just need a pair of shades to go with it and you’ll be an instant Celeb!

A couple more pix of the women’s gear:

For more on Daniel Patrick, check them out on-line, or in Soho New York City or in Los Angeles on Melrose.  Their Instagram account is pretty LIT too. If you go to the NY store say Hi to Jay and let them know Streetzblog says Hello!

I could shop there all day, my wish list includes:  The black denim trousers with the zippers and holes in the knees, a Black oversize Tee, The Ink colored Layered Tee, some of the darker camo clothing and maybe even a pair of Kicks.

*And here is the rest of the usual Trip to NY itinerary:  Is there anything you would add to a trip to NY? If you have something, please add it to the comments section below.  I’ll be there next December right before Christmas. 

Sunday: This is always brunch day with friends from NY, it’s also cultural day where I go to a museum, see a play or the Knicks or Rangers, it’s also the first time I get a solid sleep.

Monday: I see my friend who used to live in Hawaii and either have lunch or go to the Knicks game. Check out Dover Street Market/DSM on Lexington, hit up Mood and the fashion district for great fabrics and accessories to make more clothes, then head back to Soho to make sure I covered everything.

Tuesday: Pretty much sleep, Eat at the Roosevelt’s All You Can Eat Buffet (Best Bacon and Fruit in NYC) do some last-minute packing, and rest before heading to Chicago.

See you on the Streetz!

Congratulations to the Chi-Town Cubs

Winners and My Chicago Cubs Fan Story

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The Chicago Cubs are World Champions! They won the 2016 World Series. Just one year off the year that Back to the Future Guessed 30 years ago. And more years than that since I was a big fan in the mid to late 70’s, even more than that since their last win in 1908.

I really didn’t even think, I’d ever see this happen. Growing up and way past growing up years, the Cubs lost A LOT. It wasn’t until this year, when I saw them play at Wrigley on Labor Day Weekend that I said, “Wow, this is actually a really good team, they look like winners”. The year before I saw them play, they were better than usual, but this year they were stellar. This was for sure the year to win. And the game itself was quite entertaining.

Here’s my Big Cubs story growing up with them in the 70’s:

The Cubs had seats made of Wood. The seats didn’t flip-up automatically. But the Cubs needed the seats up to clean the rows.  So, if you sat in the far right side of the stadium in the 7th inning and got an end seat. You would meet a nice man after the game and he would give you a small lucky ticket.

I would take my lucky ticket and flip-up ALL the seats in my row throughout the stadium. Then the nice man would meet us all at the end. And give us a free ticket to any upcoming game. Best part about this gig is the nice man had a crush on my mom. So about 2-4 games a season, she would come and he would give her 4-5 extra free tickets and I wouldn’t have to work for a weeks worth of Cubs Games.

I saw almost every home Cubs game that they played with my friend Scott McGinnis for 2-3 years. Had my glove signed by Manny Trillo. Took the El Train which cost only $1 and brought my home lunch. Great Memories, Great times, they rarely won a game. Didn’t much matter, they were Fun Summers and pretty much Free Summers.

BTW: Harey Carey also had the hots for my mom at some bar in the early 80’s. She said he was DRINKING. That’s all I remember on that story. LOL

Congratulations to My Chicago Cubs!

Go Cubs Go!

All The Way!

Be Like Mike

Summer Olympics 2016

The Gear Michael Phelps Is Wearing

In 2012, Michael Phelps wore the Sol Republic headphones. Streetzblog chronicled Phelp’s headphones in the games. As they went from obscure, to letting us know the brand to the brand being covered up the last few days. It was the most hit upon page in the history of this blog. This year, doesn’t look like we will duplicate the traffic to the site, since Michael now wears gear from 80% of his own brand-MP.  But figured we’d at least follow-up on what he’s sporting in this year’s games.

*His headphones are once again stirring up some excitement. Pretty funny, since you’d think the Olympic committee would have learned their lesson from 2012.  But nope. Phelps is still giving major props to an un sponsored brand.  See below for the deets.

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Since the London games in 2012, Michael is no longer wearing the Sol Republic Headphones.  He’s Rockin’ the Beats By Dre-Solo2 Wireless headphones.  Beats are not an official Olympic sanctioned sponsor, so he had a couple stickers on the ear area. on the walk to the pool and in the prelims you could still see the Beats logo along the top of his head.  It was very easy to read when he tilted his head. And pretty much everyone knows what Beats look like nowadays. I bet they sell more than a few pairs this week!

Interesting Update:  When it came to the finals of the 4×100 meter relay.  The top portion had been blackened out.  I was getting ready to get a picture of the Beats on top of the head band and it was gone. Blackened out by either a sharpie or black paint.

Phone/Music Device

Phelps is either using an iPhone or an iPod to listen to music wirelessly. Prior to swimming he takes his Apple device out of his pocket a few times to turn up the volume or change the tunes. I know for sure he listens to Eminem.  And the New York Times reported that he also listens to Young Jeezy and Eric Church.

Swim Trunks

MP/Michael Phelps XPRESSO Suit. Of course, MP gets his for free. But I did see 1 of the higher grade versions of the quarter length Red, White and Blue trunks for $345!

Goggles

MP/Michael Phelps x Aquasphere XCEED Goggles.  There are some new Titanium versions of these babies that I’m tempted to buy.  If MP wheres them they have to work well and he’s quoted as saying they are the best goggles he’s ever worn. $29-$54 available here.

Swim Cap

MP/Michael Phelps X-O Swim Cap is most likely worn underneath. The silicone caps are all branded by each swimmers prefered brand.  Like Arena, Mizuno, Speedo, TYR and MP. In Michael Phelps case, he of course rocks the MP Navy USA Swim Cap.

Professional swimmers wear 2 caps. The first on the head is made of latex which fits better, the outer cap is silicone which cuts the drag, helping you swim faster.

They also wear 2 caps in case they lose 1 of them. Which would cause crazy drag especially with someone with longer hair, making them swim slower. And the main reason to wear the 2 caps is to secure the goggles in place better. I still have nightmares of swimming in Jr High and my goggles would fly off my head when I dove in the pool.  Very hard to see after that happens!

Some swimmers put the first cap on, then the goggles, then the 2nd cap.  Phelps in Rio 2016 puts his XCEED Titanium goggles on 1st then the softer, crunchier latex cap, then adds the slick, sleek and slippery silicone cap.

Kicks

Phelp’s wears custom Under Armour Architech and Slingshot Sneakers on the way to the pool in the 2016 Olympics. The Architech is 3-D printed, the insole has a print of his son Boomer’s foot print on the left foot and an MP  logo on the right shoe. The SpeedFrom Slingshot shoe has the word boomer printed in gold and the footprint on the outer medial area.

There are only a few pairs of MP’s custom shoes for the swimmer himself, but you can get a pair of similar Limited Edition Red, White and Blue SpeedForm Slingshots here for $120.

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The Architech are on the left and the SpeedForm SlingShots are on the right. Photo courtesy of the UA Brand.

Baseball Hat and Backpack (Walking towards the Swimming Arena)

Under Armour Branded curved brim Navy baseball hat. Even though Dad caps and curved brim hats are in with the 20 somethings. I’d still like to see Phelp’s wear a flat brim snapback. Would give him less of a trying to hard to be on trend and more of a nice ol’ school street vibe.  On the way to the Swim Arena, He also had a black or Dark blue Under Armour totally fully packed back-back.  Looked like he has everything for the swim meet and after party all in ONE bag!

Warm-Up Top

In the Swims leading up to the Olympics. Phelps wore a really nice street credible camo hoodie made by Under Armour. It was actually quite nice. I don’t need any warm weather gear out here in HI, but was tempted to look for it on-line.

At the 2016 Rio Olympics he wears the official Arena branded Navy Team USA jacket.

Circular Bruises

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These funky looking circles on his back come from a form of recuperation entitled cupping. Cups are suctioned on to the skin, then pulled off. Increasing blood flow and aid in recuperating from intense training. Some say it’s better than massages or is used in conjunction with other remedies.  The U.S Swim and Gymnastic teams both use cupping to help alleviate aches and pains.

That sums up the gear that helps Michael Phelps be the best he can be. I know when I used to where my Jordan 4s, they made me jump higher. Maybe some of this gear can help you or me swim Faster. See you in the Streetz, or possibly the swimming pool.  (For more 2016 Phelps Fun, check out the hashtag #PhelpsFace).

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Design Time

 Finished Pants Project One

The Christmas 2015 Cryllic Streetzblog shirts made it from NY to HI today (7/27/16). The same day I completed the Seersucker Pants Project.

Above is the front of the new shirts and the right side completed pants leg.

The pants started off as $130 Suit pants on sale at Kohl’s for $50.  They now have 2 overlapping layers, Black Stripes on both sides with the right side a bit more tricked out with the grey design.  Also, cuffed them and took in the inseam. Quite a project!
  Here is the right leg. Similar to the left leg, just missing the grey acruements.

What I call my mood board for the next project. That’s just page one, there are an additional 5 pages of other pictures and influences I plan to use. At the moment, I’m putting together the basic portion of the pants. Later on comes the fun embellishing portion. I tend to let my brain cruise. Then burst into action as I make them into something completly new!

In just one day, I cut out a pattern using an older pair of pants. I made 4 legs, only needed 2 LOL.  And I have 4 flat pocket portions.  Did them with paper first, pinned em’ then cut out the black linen blend. So far, this project is moving quick!

Front and back legs, All cut up and ready to sew.

4 layers of black pockets ready to go!

The back of the new Streetzblog shirts.


Front and back of the new Streetzblog shirts. These are also supposed to be in black and    Red, but they are yet to arrive.

Goal of the new black linen pants to be finished is Wednesday August 24, 2016. I want to wear them to the Cubs game in Chicago on Friday September 2nd. So far, so good.

See you on the Streetz!
  

Heat of the Moment

N. Hoolywood Spring 2017 Runway Show

Festive Fun Fruit For the 4th

Farmers Market-Pearlridge (Aiea, Hawaii)

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Taking advantage of a 3-day weekend. I woke up super early Saturday July 2nd 2016 and attended the Farmer’s Market in the Pearlridge Mall’s parking lot in Aiea, Hawaii. I set out to get some healthy food, some nice pictures for the blog and have a bit of what I would call Tourist Fun.

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You may go to the Farmer’s Market weekly or daily, Me, I shop mostly at Walmart or Foodland for my food. But been attempting to eat more fruit lately and share more about the island where I live on the Streetzblog. So, that’s why I call this a touristy thing. I’ve never really shopped at a Farmers Market before. I walk through a small one on the way to work every Tuesday and Friday, but never even stop to see or buy any of it.

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The experience was pretty fun. Lots of things were $2-$3 and as an added bonus I got to try some Bacon Jam!

A few tips I learned:

  • Have a budget it mind and stick to it.  As you will see I didn’t make it home with too much, yet spent $100.
  • Buy the fruit and vegetables.  Buy the fun Breakfast food, Thai Food or Poke bowls on your tourist day or only on special occasion. The food is good, but a bit pricey. Not $2-$3.  My breakfast sandwich was quite yummy but cost $15. Plus a Coffee $5 Plus a Lemonade $5. That’s $25 in 5 minutes. This is just a tip, not something I would do, the breakfast sandwich was delish, the coffee was cold brewed so it kept me awake for days and the lemonade with Pineapple Li Ling Mui was quite refreshing and I saved it for my dinner.  Bonus Tip: Ask for extra ice for the coffee and the Lemonade, the Hawaii weather melts the ice in like 2 seconds.
  • Buy from the first stand on the right. Almost everything in it is $2-$3.  And make sure you get the Sugar Candy Banana’s. They are very sweet and healthy at the same time. Wow!
  • Get there early. Like when they first open at 8:30am.  Things go quick and the heat from  the parking lot can become unbearable after 10:30am.
  • Get the dragon fruit. Because it looks so colorful.  And I expect it tastes good, but have yet to figure out what to do with it. Gonna’ Google it first, before cutting it up.
  • Have fun! Play Tourist. Take pictures. Enjoy the moment.  Hey-I just might check out another one of these things next weekend.

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Here’s more of the experience in pictures! If you celebrate 4th of July, Have a Happy Independance Day 2016. And don’t forget the fruit with your Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. See you on the Streetz!

I can’t leave you without showing my shoes and a very cute picture of Adalyn. Along with the sliced up and already eaten Mango. BTW: The mango was even better than the Banana’s. Tasted extra sweet after putting it in the Fridge for a couple hours. I never knew Fruit could taste so Good! OMG!!!

My Haul for the Day, Along with my cat Squirley checking out what’s for lunch!

Honolulu as seen by Monocle

Interesting View of the Place I live

Hmm. A slightly British accent commentating on Honolulu, Hawaii..the place I live most of the year. When I lived in Chicago, we would pretty much stay in the same 30 mile radius. So not much has changed living here. I would be considered a Townie. It takes me about 10 minutes to go almost everywhere in my car. A bit less than a 30 mile area.

This Monocle Travel Guide to Honolulu is pretty decent. Other than a bit more in depth view of Downtown-Chinatown and some more beach activity. They did a nice job on the hipster aspects of where I live.

Here’s a quick list of some of the places viewed and the names of the people to ask for when you get to these places:

  • Hawaii Theatre:  John
  • Beach Vollyball: KC
  • Panama Hats: Ryan
  • Blue Note:  Martha or Kristin

The only place, I’ve never been on their list is the Livestock Tavern. Guess I better check it out!

I liked the wording Tropical Modernism that’s a good take on our Sunny Island Paradise. And their tag line is pretty cool.  City’s are Fun, Let’s Explore.  See you on the Streetz!

Reconstructing the Deconstructed Seersucker

Not Ready To Wear…Yet

My goal was to have these ready to wear on Father’s Day 2016. But, as I was reconstructing the deconstructing I added in a few additional design elements. And am not done yet. For Today, I’m just posting some pix. When they’re complete, I’ll give the story and the deets on the how to’s on the DIY. Happy Father’s Day!

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