ALIFE collaborate with PUMA on a selection of throwback, 90s era football designs. The New York City edge of the ALIFE’s style shines through and really makes this a special collection. In addition to a range of fire (quite literally) apparel that includes PUMA’s much hyped Archive No.1 logo and ALIFE’s classic 158 print, we see a chunk of new footwear. This includes a nubuck and neoprene Blaze of Glory with the Trinomic sole as well as a subtle suede and leather R698 option, which we’re really feeling. The collection hits our shelves from 00:01 GMT this Saturday 13th February. For a full preview of whats on offer hit the link below.
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Since the announcement came that KAWS was going to be curating his first major UK exhibition for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park theres been a longing for February 6th to roll around quickly. KAWS work is unique in style and is throughly monumental in scale, the pieces speak to you on a number of levels, creating a dialogue few modern artists could dream of. With his connection to streetwear brands like BAPE and Supreme and his collaborations with musicians like Clipse and Kanye West his art is easily relatable as part of our entire subculture.
Our friend and customer Warren Jones is the biggest KAWS fan we’ve ever met, with a lengthy collection of figures, knowledge and clothing alike. With such a rich following of the artist under his belt; who better to bring a flare of excitement to the build up of KAWS residency at YSP. Below we catch up with Warren on his experiences of collecting and his reflections on what KAWS means to him.
“As I have said in my recent posts on my Instagram feed, the way I feel when I look at these sculptures is something that I find very difficult to describe. It’s an emotional thing for me. As someone who has collected his toys for so many years to see them rendered 50ft high in such an incredibly beautiful setting is just mind blowing.
I first became aware of KAWS through my obsession with A Bathing Ape in the early 2000s when he collaborated on some of their clothing. His clever use of his signature graphics just hooked me in immediately and I’ve been a fan ever since. I bought my first companion toy from Kid Robot in New York in around 2003 and it’s just been a constant desire to add more to the collection ever since.
I think we should be immensely proud of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in general for so many amazing exhibits in the last few years. I’m lucky enough to have lived within walking distance of it for nearly 15 years and have spent many a day walking round there with my friends and family, always intrigued by the artwork it contains. Obviously my bias towards all things KAWS means that I’m just over the moon that he has chosen YSP as the location for his latest exhibition. I’m very excited to be going to the official opening although obviously my impatience means that I’ve already been up there a few times to take photos and look at the sculptures as they were assembled over the last couple of weeks. I just urge everyone who can make it up here to come and see what is a truly sensational and awe inspiring exhibition in the unquestionably beautiful surroundings of the Yorkshire countryside.”
The KAWS Exhibition at YSP runs from the 6th February until the 12th June 2016 and admission is free. You can find out more about the exhibition, directions and what else the YSP has to offer by visiting their website.
You can follow Warren and his build up to the exhibition on his instagram feed.
Our second season of product from world renowned Jacket Gods Elka have just arrived at Chimp HQ. After a strong first season we are proud to bring to you even more options than ever before. Elka began making jackets in Denmark all the way back in 1958. Since the beginning Elka have been taking on the extreme challenge of providing protection against the extremes of nature.
Elka Jackets are manufactured from a 90% PVC & 10% polyester material in a raglan style complete with welded seams. This gives them the guts they need to do the job they’re made for. With Elka their customer is at the centre of their inspiration at all aspects of the design process. With practicality and design being the main focus of the entire process. Building a brand that has lasted over 5 decades is no small accomplishment and is further proof that these jackets are a good as we keep telling you they are.
The Nike Tech Fleece styles are big hitters with us at The Chimp Store, now Nike is introducing another new technology and coinciding collection to compliment it and they’re calling it Tech Knit. Designed to respond to the wearer’s environment and activity level, the fabric is engineered for warmth and comfort, and is meant to cater to everyday activities as well as strenuous workouts.
The Nike Tech Knit Windrunner features ergonomic zones that have been engineered into the fabric in order to enhance flexibility and ventilation. The areas on the jacket that are subject to the most use are reinforced and structured to provide added warmth. Meanwhile, the Tech Knit Pants boast innovative layering and stitching that is informed by heat mapping. The knit construction in turn creates warmth and ventilation where needed.
The Tech Knit Top and Tech Knit Pocket Tee note mesh alongside the knit construction to provided added breathability. Built-in stretch zones in turn award the wearer with maximum comfort.
Nike’s new Tech Knit collection is scheduled to release with us in early February. More info available when we have it.
The new year is well underway and its time to start showing everyone whats incoming. This season we’re introducing a selection of great new brands. First up are Novesta, Poler Stuff and Maison LaBiche with more to follow shortly. More info below.
Maison Labiche is above all the story of a team, three complementary personalities gathered around a common will: offering beautiful products, skilled production and classic design sensibilities. With their respective experiences and their common aesthetic sensibility; Jenny, architect of the picture, Jean-Baptiste, ambitious entrepreneur and Mary, Emeritus creative developer. Together they harness a house with soul and personality.
NOVESTA made it’s humble beginnings in Slovakia’s historic Bata Industrial Park in 1939 specialising in crude rubber and cotton canvas. They quickly gained notoriety and became the main supplier of those products to top European designers and shoemakers alike for over half a century. In 1992, NOVESTA, the brand, was formed. It continues to supply top brands with their crude rubber, but it is now renowned as one of the top shoe companies in the world. NOVESTA is an ethically grounded brand which only uses natural materials in their production and always finishes with a touch of European sensibility.
Poler Outdoor Stuff is a brand created to bridge the gap between action sports and traditional outdoor activities, recognising that a modern active outdoor lifestyle encompasses them both. Poler make an array of products directed at the roamers and seekers, gear that is both fun and functional and suited for everyday use in the city as well as your next trip into the wild. This ability to blend makes their offering both interesting and essential in equal measure.
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Conceived in the UKs capital city, Trapstar began when the co-founders Mikey, Lee and Will Trapstar began making custom t-shirts for friends. It wasn’t long before his bold, graphic t-shirts were worn by celebrities, including PUMA’s Global Creative Director and Ambassador Rihanna.
The PUMA x Trapstar teaser drop features one of PUMA’s most iconic silhouettes, the DISC Blaze, together with a long-sleeve Goalkeeper Shirt. The PUMA DISC Blaze x Trapstar features an all-over leather upper on a cleaner, simplified DISC shoe. Finished in black, even the DISC cage has been given a soft nubuck leather treatment. Exemplifying Trapstar’s design ethos the shoe includes a red colour pop on its DISC strap and a graphic Trapstar logo on the heel. The white speckled midsole sits alongside the translucent red outsole giving the shoe the ultimate balance between streetwear and fashion.
The PUMA DISC Blaze x Trapstar will be available from 08:00 GMT on Saturday 19th December 2015.
As the holidays get closer ASICS are gearing up to release some special projects. The ASICS Gel Lyte V is back in this excellent colour up featuring triple black detailing. The ASICS Gel Lyte V ‘Shadow’ is presented in a black/black colour option complete with gel cushioned sole and suede upper. This premium offering features a subtle upper with stealth as the main concern. The ASICS Gel Lyte V ‘Shadow’ launches this Sunday in our online shop.
Earlier this month we embarked on a mission to revamp our Leeds based brick and mortar store. We joined forces with local trades people to ensure we stuck to our roots as an independent retailer. The shop features a number of changes including new shelving made locally using reclaimed spruce and an all white interior to ensure our carefully sourced product remains centre stage. The new look The Chimp Store is now open for business, stop by soon to check it out for yourself. #InChimpWeTrust.
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This years Christmas pack from Japanese footwear giants ASICS is a cracker! The pack features new workings of the Gel Lyte V and Gel Lyte III models. The ASICS Gel Lyte III is nicknamed the ‘Bad Santa’ and features a red, black and grey colour scheme which is finished off with a nubuck upper and speckle sole unit. The Gel Lyte V dons the ‘Jack Frost’ nickname and also boasts the nubuck upper and speckle sole unit with a colour scheme of teal and grey shades throughout. ASICS Gel Chrismas pack will be available on Saturday 14h November from 08:00 BST.
The all-black Nike Air Huarache caused chaos over the past few seasons seeing people meltdown over every re-release and Nike aren’t done, they’re now applying the triple black DNA to the latest Huarache model: the Nike Air Huarache Utility.
What makes this pair of trainers different from the regular Nike Air Huarache is that it sits on the line between running shoe and sneakerboot. It wouldn’t be out of place sitting in a Nike ACG line. The Nike Air Huarache Utility feature a neoprene Huarache sock upper which provides the foot hugging comfort of the original, a Magwire lacing system for optimum foot stabilising capabilities and a fused mudguard provides protection from the elements.
If the weather reports are anything to go by this will be a staple for all sneakerheads residing in colder climates this winter. The first delivery of the Nike Air Huarache Utility will be tomorrow 15th October from 08:00 BST. Further releases will happen across the new few weeks and you can see the upcoming styles above.