Dec 19, 2013

Beyonce ‘Self-Titled’ Documentary

"Self-Titled" is a mini art feature comprised of several parts that give a glimpse into the entire project. It details her mind-set and artistic vision throughout the making of BEYONCÉ.

Part I: The Visual Album

Part II . Imperfection

B&O Home Styling: Nick Wooster

On Another Level brought together two forward-moving entities, Nick Wooster and B&O PLAY, for a closer look at what it means to be a master in the field of design. With one focused on fashion and the other on audio, both take classic design elements and infuse them with simplicity, aesthetics, heritage and quality. To discover the similarities between the two, High Snobiety visited Wooster at his Christopher Street apartment in New York. Just like how B&O PLAY draws upon decades of design excellence, craftsmanship and product innovation from Bang & Olufsen, the New Yorker surrounds himself with contemporary pieces of furniture steeped in years of history and tradition. Take his Stephen Kenn couch, for instance. Like many other things in his living room, the couch is a true testament to heritage and style: handmade out of repurposed and untreated WWII military fabric, proudly revealing all of its glorious veteran history.

Everything else in his apartment, even the way his bed is positioned, has a tangible reason, too. Brought upon by his belief in Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophical system on how to harmonize one’s self with the universe, Wooster makes sure not to let the back of his bed face the door. “That’s bad Feng Shui,” he casually declares; simple to understand yet extremely difficult to master. However, it is precisely this mastery which sets experts like Nick Wooster and B&O PLAY apart.

The combination of Wooster’s impeccable taste with the philosophical system he subscribes to clearly demonstrates his enjoyment of mixing the old with the new. A sleek, flat-screen TV nestles between two metal shelves entirely stocked of worn work boots. Black-and-white vintage portraits collected from antique shops rest against the wall on a cleanly uncarpeted floor. And now, a pair of B&O PLAY headphones have been added to his artifact mix, blending in perfectly thanks to their own combination of uncompromising quality and contemporary aesthetics. Like Bang & Olufsen’s application of innovation in classic design, Wooster wholly embraces the simple leather over-ears into his confident, oft-photographed style.

Gazing out at the thriving West Village below, he says, “I could have lived in a bigger, newer apartment out in Chelsea, or somewhere else, but it’s just not the same.” Lest you think it’s all because of the trendy, New Yorker neighborhood, that’s not the only reason: “Every subway line you want is right here.”

A true New Yorker, indeed. Effortlessly in line with what’s on without sacrificing function or necessity.

Enjoy a rare look into Nick Wooster’s Christopher Street apartment above and furnish your apartment with the best audio gear on the market over at B&O PLAY’s online shop.

About Nick Wooster

Origin: Salina, Kansas
Current Residence: New York, New York

After working as a menswear buyer and fashion director for various industry heavyweights like Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Thom Browne and Gilt Groupe, Wooster is now part-owner of Atrium Wooster, a select multi-brand boutique.

Dec 13, 2013

10 Reasons to Wear a Luxury Watch on Your Wrist

A luxury timepiece can be as versatile as the gentleman sporting it. As a collector’s item for the connoisseur, as utility with high symbolic value or as a fashion accessory – they are far more than instruments that measure time. Here are 10 reasons, why high-end watches are inevitable for all men, who appreciate the exceptional and beautiful.

01. Jewelry: First of all, luxury watches are simply stunning. Watches can be pieces of exceptional beauty, just as any accompaniment, one might think. Watches, however, have a special status linked to the functional excuse of measuring the time. Even though wristwatches were initially worn by women, they are now, first and foremost, a male fashion accessory. And ultimately, it is the one item that can make the difference in a very thin scope of action a man wardrobe allows.

02. Emotional Value: Watches are attached with emotions, as it accompanies its wearer in good times and bad. Not only are they physically with you, but actually present when indicating the most precious good we have. As gifts received from our closest friends and family members, watches can mark special events in life such as milestone anniversaries, weddings or professional achievements. Quite commonly, they are passed along from one generation to the next. So there is a good chance that even your future great-grandson is going to spend time with your favorite timepiece on his wrist.

03. Perfection: Perfection is like the holy grail of watchmaking. Even the best manufacturers won’t ever reach it entirely, but they will always seek it with endless commitment. Not only from a time-measurement standpoint, but also regarding its aesthetics and quality of manufacturing, is the pursuit of perfection one of the key reasons to buy a luxury timepiece instead of a 3-dollars quartz watch.

04. Functionality: Your watch is always there when you need it. Sure, your iPhone or Android device will also provide you with the correct time measure. But after one or two days your battery is empty and you will need to recharge it. Also, it is not required to shut it down or take it off in airplanes, government buildings and other signal-transmission-free places. Additionally, taking a quick look at your wrist is way more convenient than rummaging in your pocket (That’s why some even consider the smartphone as a step backward to the “coat pocket time measurement”). Your smartphone might be able to do all the fancy stuff, but the watch is a simple and functional lifetime workhorse.

05. Punctuality: Punctuality is part of a gentleman’s code of conduct, reified by his watch. Next to actually supporting a successful time management, high-end watches are therefore also material artifacts that dignify the importance of time on a symbolic level.

06. Exclusiveness: There is no doubt that it is desirable to own something special that distinguishes you from most other people. There is no doubt that exclusiveness is about social status. However, wearing a prestigious brand can’t be reduced to the aspect of “showing off” in front of other people. The average person has never heard of names like Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC or Ulysse Nardin. For most watch aficionados, the motivation of owning something rare and unique primarily arises from the mere awareness of owning something exceptional, rather than paying attention to what others might think.

07. Mechanics: Compared to other utilities we encounter every day, the functioning of a watch is pretty simple. Its basic mechanism has been providing us with time measurement for hundreds of years. And yet there is so much innovation in a luxury watch, striving to achieve an even more accurate and durable time indication. Side effects: Setting free the (gentle-)man child.

08. Mobility: Yes. Even though they generally come without wheels, watches are quite mobile. Unlike a harem of sports cars or a selection of exclusive wines, you can take it anywhere without any notable effort.

09. Timelessness: Some of the previous points were already linked to the aspect of timelessness. But think of it, folks. What else in your life is designed and crafted for such a long period of time? Also in future generations, a watch will be based on the very same technical and aesthetical principles that it is today. That’s why high-end watches are not only produced, but actually worn for decades.

10. Statement: Do you prefer sporty divers or elegant dress watches? Maybe it is the history of model A or manufacturer B that arouses your interest?. The decision for a particular watch contributes to telling others who you are. Not only that, but also the mere fact of wearing a luxury watch reflects a bundle of inherent statements in and for itself. And a lot of them just perfectly match values that are quite commonly regarded as gentlemanlike.

Sep 25, 2013

New Video: Drake Ft Majid Jordan – Hold On We’re Going Home

Aug 5, 2013

Jay-Z – Picasso Baby

Jay-Z continues to make some power moves as he has partnered up with HBO to release the official video for his track ‘Picasso Baby’. Following his appearance on Real Late With Bill Maher, Hov premiered ‘Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film’, which was shot at the Pace Gallery in New York City. Directed by Mark Romanek. His album ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’ is in stores now.

Jul 10, 2013

Haute Couture - Streetstyle

Jul 9, 2013

Kanye West – Black Skinhead | Video

Notably without a radio single to speak of, Kanye West‘s Yeezus sees its first single of sorts with the official visual accompaniment to the hard-hitting “Black Skinhead.” Having first popped up on an in-house web page for Universal Music Group, the black and white production is entirely computer generated and predominately features an animated West following a brief introduction reminiscent of the backdrop from the track’s Saturday Night Live debut. Is a video game-esque Yeezy what you were expecting from Yeezus‘ first music video?

Jul 5, 2013

What Is Your Favorite Jay-Z Album?

Yes, I know. There are not too many questions that have been asked in music as frequently as what is the best long-player by one of hip-hop highest regarded emcees. And with every release of a new album by Jay-Z, this question becomes relevant again. Does teh Brooklyn native still got it? Are his lyrics still as potent and is the beat selection on point? Yesterday's arrival of his twelfth studio album Magna Carta...Holy Grail has sparked all these questions and more. Who's to blame anyway. Shawn Carter's catalog encompasses countless classics that have continuously raised the bar for any modern-day music release - whether in terms of content, marketing strategy and overall impact.

What is your favorite Jay-z album?

Jun 18, 2013

The Wolf of Wall Street Official Trailer

With Kanye’s “Black Skinhead” providing the backdrop, here’s the official trailer for the film, The Wolf Of Wall Street starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

In Theaters November 15

Jun 15, 2013

Kanye West ‘Yeezus’ - Tracklisting

Christian Louboutin Paints Paris and NYC Red on His Way to the Saks Boutique Opening

The French master paints the town red—literally—as his telltale soles travel from Paris to NYC for the opening of the new Christian Louboutin boutique on Eight in New York.

Jun 14, 2013

Adidas and Rick Owens Announce Sneaker Collaboration

Rick Owens is a dedicated gym buff but he despises cardio. Now, in an effort to motivate a running habit, the Paris-based designer has designed a line of men’s and women’s running shoes. The designs of the collection will be unveiled after Rick Owen’s Paris fashion show on June 27, 2013.

Behind Kanye’s Mask - NY Times Interview

Kanye West, the prodigiously talented and at times controversial hip-hop star, will release his sixth studio album, “Yeezus,” on Tuesday. He recently looked back on his life and career in an extensive interview with Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The Times.

“No rapper has embodied hip-hop’s often contradictory impulses of narcissism and social good quite like he has, and no producer has celebrated the lush and the ornate quite like he has,” Mr. Caramanica writes. “He has spent most of his career in additive mode, figuring out how to make music that’s majestic and thought-provoking and grand-scaled. And he’s also widened the genre’s gates, whether for middle-class values or high-fashion and high-art dreams.”

This piece will appear in print in the June 16, 2013 issue of The New York Times

Read the FULL interview here.

Apple unveils iOS7 - out this Fall

Today, Apple announced a new Operating System - iOS7 due out this Fall. Here are a few key updates:

The Control Center:

Control Center gives you quick access to the controls and apps you always seem to need right this second. Just swipe up from any screen — including the Lock screen — to do things like switch to Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, or adjust the brightness of your display. You can even shine a light on things with a new flashlight. Never has one swipe given you so much control.

The Notification Center:

Notification Center lets you know about new mail, missed calls, to-dos that need doing, and more. And a new feature called Today gives you a convenient summary of, well, today. One glance at your iPhone and you’ll know if it’s a certain someone’s birthday, if you’ll need an umbrella, or if traffic will slow down your commute. You’ll even get a heads-up on tomorrow. You can access Notification Center from any screen, including the Lock screen. Just swipe down. And get up to speed.

The Camera:

Camera in iOS 7 puts all your shooting formats — still, video, panorama, and now square — front and center. With a swipe, you can capture what you want the way you want. Fast. And new filters let you do even more with each image. Give it a retro feel. Dial up the contrast.
Or go black and white. Artistic license is all yours.

Filters on Camera:

You can apply filters to still and square photos. Pick a filter and see the effect before you take the picture. Or just take the shot and apply it later. If you ever change your mind and decide no filter is the best filter, you can simply remove it.


Sending a photo or a document to someone via text or email is fine. But if that someone is right next to you, a text or an email suddenly feels like too many steps. Enter AirDrop for iOS. It lets you quickly and easily share photos, videos, contacts — and anything else from any app with a Share button. Just tap Share, then select the person you want to share with. AirDrop does the rest using Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. No setup required. And transfers are encrypted, so what you share is highly secure.

iTunes Radio:

iTunes Radio features streaming radio stations you’ll love from day one — from the best selection of music. The more you listen, the more personalized it becomes. And it’s available on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, and Apple TV for free. It’s radio re-imagined.

The iOS 7 beta software and SDK are available immediately for iOS Developer Program members at iOS 7 will be available as a free software update for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, iPad mini and iPod touch (fifth generation) this fall.

Check out more features over at the Apple Website

May 14, 2013

Designer Yohji Yamamoto Wears All Black with Audi RS5 and R8 in Berlin

Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto made his first visit to Germany to present his collection at the Audi presents ” Cutting Age: Yohji Yamamoto” runway show at the St. Agnes Church in Berlin. He was seen posing for promo pics while dressed from head to toe in black and standing next to a red Audi RS5 and a white Audi R8 5.2 Quattro.

Shoes of the Day: Vivienne Westwood Triple Tongue Crocodile Print Sneakers

Check out these beige Vivienne Westwood sneakers ($660) with a long triple layered tongue. They feature a crocodile pattern print upper, beige laces and a beige rubber bottom sole.

Apr 3, 2013

Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines (Unrated Version) - Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I.

Mar 31, 2013

The Wolverine: International Trailer

Mar 30, 2013

The World’s Most Expensive Penthouse

A multi-storey penthouse in Monaco could become the world’s most expensive property per square meter when it comes onto the market next year.

Mar 20, 2013

Girls in Menswear





Justin Timberlake - Mirrors


Mar 15, 2013

Documentaire – New Mexican Mafia (New eMe)

Documentaire – Inside Bloods And Crips LA Gangs

Documentaire – AsianBoyz (ABZ)

Mar 13, 2013

Mr Porter Style Clinic: Episode 1

Mr Porter kicks start their new style clinic video series. The retro styling and adds that classy yesteryear gentlemen touch, while dishing out modern fashion advice for the ‘fashion challenged’ guy.

Mar 5, 2013

Instagram Socialmatic Camera

The Socialmatic, a camera inspired by Instagram that can print filtered photos, is expected to hit shelves by the first quarter of 2014. The camera will come in four different versions, with either 16GB or 32GB of storage and With its printer, the camera will be able to print QR codes on the back of each photo.

This product, based on a concept of ADR Studio landed on Internet on May 2012 with a lot of success, will bring a new way to understand the digital photography. Socialmatic and C&A will work to finalize the MoU in a definitive agreement to make the branded camera available to consumers in the first quarter of 2014. It will be distributed and produced by C & A Marketing, a noted leader in the camera accessory business.

Feb 11, 2013

Started from the bottom

Feb 8, 2013

History of Air Jordan Retros with “Nike Air” Branding

Jordan Brand’s impressive appetite-filling series of Retro releases over the last decade or so should have satiated even the hungriest of Air Jordan collectors and enthusiasts. Should have. The original Defining Moments Package of 2006, the Collezione in 2008, the Bin 23 Collection, the in-depth plot-driven Kilroy Pack – all of those and more gave us enough reason to perpetually shell out our savings to lace up in Jays, but one gaping hole continues to be left unfulfilled since 2001 – the appearance of the original Nike Air. It’s nothing more than a piece of molded plastic, but its absence was still a void that was eventually left ignored seeing that a return of Nike Air had less to do with production and more to do with brand identity (Jordan would branch out to form its own label, albeit under Nike, Inc.) – but the desire was still there. Even today, hardcore enthusiasts continue to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars to get their hands on Nike Air branded Jordan Retros from the 1999-2001 era – shoes that are on the cusp of complete physical breakdown.

Why is Nike Air so cherished? Because it’s the perfect embodiment of a Retro release. It’s the undeniable original form that we were graced with back in the late 1980s, so even the most well-done Air Jordan Retros – the Air Jordan VI ‘Infrared’ from the 2010 Pack release, the Air Jordan IV ‘Bred’ from 2008/2012, the Air Jordan V ‘Black/Metallic’ in 2007 to name a few – would be unable to achieve a 100% grade. The era from Air Jordan III to VI is considered by many to be the most lustrous period of the Air Jordan Golden Era (or when Tinker was the architect), and it just happens to be the same span that utilized the large Nike Air logo on the heel.

A quick side-note: The Air Jordan 1 and even the Air Jordan II shouldn’t be ignored either as both featured ‘Nike’ as well, but they aren’t exactly part of the exclusive III-VI fraternity. Without a large Nike Air branding and with someone other than Tinker behind the wheel, the two earliest chapters of the Air Jordan legacy are seen on a different regard.

Yesterday, Jordan Brand filled that twelve-year long gap by releasing the Air Jordan III Retro ’88. Like the original, these featured Nike Air on the heel as well as the inner lining, but the outsole was labeled with JORDAN rather than Nike Air – that detail alone would’ve made the MSRP more than it already was. Even at the elevated $200 MSRP, which to this date is the highest MSRP ever for a single Air Jordan Retro release (more than the Premio, but less than the single-pair Pack style releases like the 2006 Thunder/Lightning, the Levi’s Pack, etc.), droves of consumers swarmed their computers for the online-only release. The interesting detail of yesterday’s release was that it wasn’t a completely random or out-of-place occurence, but a calculated retelling of a memorable moment in Jordan’s career and sports history as a whole – the 1988 Dunk Contest. Twenty-five years ago, Michael took off from the free-throw line in acrobatic fashion and froze in mid-air to create an iconic piece of sports imagery that speaks volumes on motivation and human ability.

So with Jordan Brand using events in Jordan’s career to bring back original Air Jordans, will we see more Nike Air in the future? Perhaps the Air Jordan VI ‘Infrared’ to commemorate the first NBA Title? The Air Jordan IV ‘Bred’ as a throwback to ‘The Shot’? What we do know is that whatever wall was between the Retro and the original branding has been broken down to some degree, so enjoy this chronological review of every Air Jordan Retro to feature Nike Air and let us know what you think this signifies for future Retro releases.

Feb 7, 2013

3.1 Phillip Lim Detachable Panel Zip Athletic Jacket

If you enjoy having options with your wardrobe, take a look at this 3.1 Phillip Lim Athletic Jacket ($750). Available in black, beige and white, this jacket features a removable flap panel at the bottom, two-way zipper down the front, and ribbed cuffs. How would you wear this, and more importantly, which color would you choose?

Feb 6, 2013

Neil Barrett Notch Rever Leather Sleeve Blazer

Neil Barrett’s Notch Rever Leather Sleeve Blazer ($2,072) presents a refined yet modern look. The slim fit jacket has an longer front, a shorter black knit back, sleek black leather sleeves, notched lapels, a two button front closure, and three flap pockets at the waist. Available in navy and black, would you rock this Neil Barrett creation?

2014 Bentley Flying Spur Teaser

Feb 5, 2013

Pharrell Williams talks to Alex Gorlin & Daniel Arsham

Pharrell Williams sits down with Alex Gorlin, a renowned architect known for bringing warmth to modern design, and Daniel Arsham, an artist who blurs the line between art & architecture, challenging convention by placing shapes in unexpected places. Gorlin and Arsham share their influences inlcuding Marcel Duchamp and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Feb 4, 2013

The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour

BeyoncĂ© has announced dates for her first multi-city tour in over three years, “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.”


April 15 – Belgrade, Serbi – Kombank Arena
April 17 – Zagreb, Croatia – Arena Zagreb
April 19 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Slovnaft Arena
April 22 – Amsterdam, Holland – Ziggo Dome
April 24 – Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 25 – Paris, France – Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
April 26 – Birmingham, UK – LG Arena
April 29 – London, UK – The O2
April 30 – London, UK – The O2
May 1 – London, UK – The O2
May 3 – London, UK – The O2
May 7 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Arena
May 11 – Dublin, Ireland – The O2
May 12 – Dublin, Ireland – The O2
May 14 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpaleis
May 17 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
May 18 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
May 20 – Montpellier, France – Park & Suites Arena
May 22 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
May 24 – Berlin, Germany – O2 World
May 25 – Warsaw, Poland – National Stadium—Orange Warsaw Festival
May 27 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Forum
May 28 – Oslo, Norway – Telenor Arena
May 29 – Stockholm, Sweden – Ericsson Globe Arena

Jan 30, 2013

Hermes Fall/Winter 2013 Details and Accessories

Hot Tub Boat

Hot Tub Boat ($42.000)
A Seattle company has found a way to take it to a whole new level by cramming an eight-foot long hot tub inside a 16-foot boat. This is synergy at its finest, people.

Jan 29, 2013

Never Miss a Text

The bowl is created by design firm MisoSoupDesign. The bowl itself is very sculptural, but the highlight is the smartphone holder that keeps your favorite tech buddy at the ready, so you’ll never eat alone again.

Suit & Tie

Video: Justin Timberlake - Suit & Tie (Official Lyric Video)

JT gets dapper in Tom Ford for his latest Suit & Tie video off the 20/20 Experience album, which drops on March 19, 2013.

Jan 25, 2013

All Gone 2012 Book Signing @ Patta

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