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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.

Headphones

 

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

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!

OR x Nike Lab x HEAT!

Heat on the Street!

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Olivier Rousteing x Nike Lab Mercurial 5.0 Flynit-Black/Gold/Metallic Metal Back Zip/Black Pull Tab

Nike Lab teams up with Balmain’s designer of the Celebs; Olivier Rousteing. This collection brings you High End Black and Gold Jackets and Pants for Men and Women. Along with 4 pairs of Football kicks. Including my favorite pair shown above. I like the Simplicity of the Style and the Gold Metallic Back Zip the best!

The whole collection is Black and Gold, Olivier’s favorite colors and the perfect Color-Way for an Olympic year!

I find it pretty amusing that most websites and bloggers are calling the shoes Football inspired. Which, YES, they are in most of the world. But even the U.S sites don’t mention that they are what people in the U.S call Soccer Kicks. I know I got in trouble 1x on YouTube for siting a movie as a Soccer movie. Almost incited an internet riot. So, they’re probably better off calling them Football compared to Soccer.  And The Whole Black and Gold ensemble is entitled the “NikeLab x Olivier Rousteing: Football Nouveau” collection. I just figure, I can take the Heat on the word Soccer. I think some are gonna’ be a little confused.

But in reality, this collection will most likely be worn more at the Club then on the Pitch/Field.

This is some pretty Styling Gear. Even though the hype is only 10 days. I suspect it will fly off the net and out of the NikeLab locations.

On June 2, 2016 you can try your best to cop the Kicks and Gear Here. For now, check out the Vid starring OR himself…Hey-Where’s his A-List posse of beautiful people? Playing Football? Maybe Soccer? Probably taking a nap, getting ready for the next party. Wherever they are, it’s good to see OR in action working and the collection is Pure Fire. 🙂

Oxford Circus

50 Steps to Make a Great Shirt

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The Aloha Shirt I made from Scratch.Pattern, Fabric, Buttons, Thread, Sewing Machine, Super Sharp Scissors and 12 x 3 hour classes. 

Years ago, I learned the hard way, it takes lots of work to make a shirt. I personally invested 4 months, 12 sewing classes, a lot of supplies tallying up to $200+ dollars to make my own Aloha Shirt. It was very confusing, a bit frustrating, yet very  satisfying to complete, but for sure did not save me any money. With the classes, supplies, fancy scissors, and time, that shirt would have retailed for $580 or more!

In this video, Swedish label ASKET shows us all how to make an Oxford shirt in 50 steps. You’ll be amazed by all of the intricacies that go into making such a standard shirt. Me, I already know what it’s like to make my own shirt. If I saw this video prior to my project, I doubt I would have tried it.

Pretty cool video. Whether you want to DIY or just see how it’s all done. This is a pretty awesome story from start to finish on making an Oxford shirt. Thank You to ASKET for letting us in on the process.


Asket uses 2.2 square meters of fabric, 97 meters of thread, 14 buttons, 43 pieces, and close to 50 people to complete the Oxford shirt. And it comes in 15 various sizes to make the project even more complex. Think about all that next time you put on your favorite Long Sleeve button down Shirt. Wow!

You can get your very own ASKET Oxford Shirt here for about $79. See you on the Streetz!

Happy April 1st

Just Very Funny

 

Sesame Street Regulate da Streetz

Warren G ft. Nate Dogg | Regulate | Sesame Street Version

When it comes to a fun mash-up, this is straight up spot on. Bert and Ernie regulate the Sesame Streetz. Just wonder how long it took to make this? Looks like it was quite a project.   Enjoy! And see you on the Streetz of Oahu this week.

Friday Night Dance Party

Just Dance!

Some Friday nights I’m so worn out, I just want to hear some party tunes. Here’s some New and Old Dancin’ tracks for the Weekend. Have a nice one! Don’t forget to take a few minutes to just dance.Found this track on one of my favorite sites: Shoes-Up.com. Rome Fortune with Dance:

And of course David Bowie. This is such a fun video to not only listen to but to watch. Love some of the nifty moves from around the world.David Bowie with Let’s Dance:

When I used to have a weekly TV Show entitled XcelR8TV, we did a really funny show where Don and I played this song one more time, then one more time, then…I played it the whole half hour with me VJ’ing seriously in between. Oh it was Winners. This is Daft Punk with One More Time:

And even though it’s a Friday, what’s a Dance Party without some Saturday Night Fever. Here’s the Bee Gees with Night Fever:

A little Ancient history. One of the first shirt designs I ever made was a blank T-Shirt with black magic marker written on it saying: FRANKIE SAYS DANCE. In honor of the upcoming Zoolander2 movie. Here’s the Original version of Frankie Goes to Hollywood with Relax (Don’t do it if you want to C…)

See you on the Streetz and of course the dance floor. Cheers and Aloha!

STAMPD Presents The New Soldier

STAMPD FW16 NYFW Presentation (2/2/16)

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STAMPD debuted The New Soldier FW16 collection at their first NYFWM presentation on February 2nd 2016 with 20 new military influenced looks.

The models rose on pedestals above swirling fog at Platform 3 at Skylight Clarkson North. The presentation was collab’d with Brooklyn’s Snarkitecture  creative team. Snarkitecture BTW recently did a sold out collab with Beats By Dre. And Chris Stamp recently starred in  a video with Beats By Dre. Kinda get where I’m going?  Yep, gotta’ be a Stamp x Beats by Dre Headphone or 2 on the way soon.

STAMPD had some of the best bomber jackets in 2015 with their back and arm straps. Looks like they’re taking the brand to the NXT LVL with the NYFWM presentation. Here’s a few pix from their blog:

There’s a Quad pocket bomber with a removable wool lining coming our way in FW 2016. And check out these kicks from STAMPD x Filling Pieces:

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I’m a big fan of Black and slate grey clothes. Thus, most of the collection has a streetzblog stamp of approval. The neutrals or camel colors I could easily pass on. Although, the burnt red shorts are kinda’ tempting.  Pretty nice overall presentation on everything. Looks like a fun event to have seen live!

On the video that I watched with Chris Stamp and Beats by Dre, Chris Stamp mentions his clothing being called Avant Street or Contemporary and ends the vid with Welcome to the Future.  After seeing many of the FW 2016 Men’s collections, I’d say the future has arrived this year more than ever!

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