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For the First Time, Design Savant Aitor Throup’s Archive Goes on Display




Despite Aitor Throup’s reluctance to enter the public sphere, the enigmatic designer’s brilliant, anatomical creations shine too brightly to be obscured by his relative reclusion. His die-hard fans ravenously collect archival works, furtively converging in niche chat rooms as they await his return to the industry at large.

Throup obsessive and INK Hong Kong founder Pita Cheng is one of the world’s foremost connoisseurs of Lancashire-based artist, purchasing Throup’s original sketches and rare prototypes with aplomb.

After years of channeling his passion into an impressive personal collection, Cheng found the proper venue to bring his hero back into the spotlight.

Over 100 rare and unique Throup creations are now on display at the exclusive K11 MUSEA shopping center and event space, curated by Throup, Cheng and his INK peers, and Zovin, another Hong Kong retailer that’s simultaneously hosting its own smaller showcase.

This exhibit, ’15YearsOfAitorThroupStudio,’ presents a stylized selection of sought-after Throup clothing, accessories and illustrations, over 100 items in all.

There are pieces of Throup’s intricate outerwear and trousers, his iconic skull backpacks, and much more, mostly styled atop Throup’s signature mannequins, dynamic humanoid shapes wired to stand in free-form poses.

’15YearsOfAitorThroupStudio’, which began on December 22, 2021 and runs until February 20, is partially an anniversary celebration, as the title implies. It commemorates Throup’s doggedness to innovate in the face of the trend-centric, fast-fashion-driven fashion cycle.

But the show is also a salute to Throup’s ingenuity, flying the flag for an unsung design prodigy who’d rather stay in the shadows.

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Tips To Keep Your Luxury Home in Pristine Condition




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Owning a luxury or high-end home offers many advantages. However, they can also be challenging to maintain. The maintenance and repairs required by luxury properties vary greatly compared to traditional homes, which is why some new luxury homeowners aren’t prepared for what they encounter.

From exclusive issues such as a problem with the heated floors to a more common issue like the need for a simple plumbing repair, understanding what to do to keep your luxury home in pristine condition is a must. Here are some helpful tips and insights about luxury home maintenance and repairs.

Keep Up With Regular Maintenance

A huge mistake made by many luxury homeowners is waiting to handle standard maintenance tasks. While maintaining any home can be expensive, stressful, and tedious, putting it off will only lead to more issues.

With any luxury property, the best way to deal with small repairs – particularly those that may get worse – is by handling them as soon as they are discovered. For example, call a plumber at the first sign of a leaking pipe and seal holes in walls before more damage occurs. It’s also recommended that you try to repaint well-used areas in your home regularly, to maintain their pristine appearance.

Keep Things Clean

Another step to take when it comes to maintaining your luxury property is to clean it regularly. Having a cleaner house means it will look more well-kept and luxurious. Make it a habit to keep every room in your home tidy and organized. Larger houses require more patience and time to clean, and if you don’t think you can handle this yourself, hire someone to do it for you.

Get into the habit of regularly tidying up at the end of the day, and encourage this behavior in your family members as well. Keep a schedule of cleaning tasks that need to be completed, including deeper cleaning jobs such as steam cleaning floors and carpets. If you get into a routine, cleaning your house will be something you can handle quickly and easily.

Adopt a Minimalist Mindset

If your goal is to maintain your luxury home’s pristine appearance, then adopting a minimalist mindset is highly recommended. Most high-end homes come with plenty of space; however, this doesn’t mean you have to fill up every nook and cranny with “stuff.”

With a minimalist mindset, you can eliminate excessive and impulsive purchases of décor and furniture. When you do this, you can strategically use the items you have. Maintaining a minimalist perspective is a great way to ensure your home maintains an elegant and sophisticated look.

Follow the Latest Home Design Trends

When it comes to luxury properties, there are always high expectations. If you are thinking about making upgrades down the road, you should stay updated on the most recent trends. This will ensure you always know what is in style and what types of changes or enhancements you can use to increase your home’s value.

One example is installing energy-efficient appliances. This will help you reduce energy costs while increasing your property’s value. Another example is the installation of smart home technology. With these, you can have features like phone-controlled thermostats, lights, and locks, which also increase your home value.


Maintaining the Look and Feel of Your Luxury Home

Buying a luxury home is a huge investment. Keeping it in pristine condition should be a top priority if you make this investment. While this may seem like a daunting process, it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to help ensure your luxury home maintains the luxury appearance you want, and that it increases its value over time. This will pay off and help you enjoy all owning a luxury home offers. 


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Foot Locker’s Sole List 2022 Recipients Announced




Celebrating Black innovators in photography.

Foot Locker has officially announced the recipients for its Sole List campaign for 2022.

The retail chain announced today that it has used the sophomore campaign to highlight three photographers who are positively impacting and uplifting Black people and their respective communities. This year’s beneficiaries include Andy JacksonFlo Ngala, and Joshua Renfroe.

As part of the campaign, the photographers snapped images that highlighted product from Black-owned brands from Foot Locker’s Home Grown program to collectively reshape what Blackness looks like from their viewpoints. Foot Locker launched Home Grown in 2019 as a way to connect local communities connect with its local communities along with brands throughout the country. Through the program, Foot Locker strives to elevate and support up-and-coming designers who are shaping the future of streetwear.

According to Foot Locker, it plans to showcase the content from the photographers in an upcoming art gallery exhibition in February but specific details regarding the showing have not yet been announced.

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Comme des Garçons Homme Brings Its Black/White Appeal To The New Balance 550




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Since its official debut release with Aimé Leon Dore in early 2020, the New Balance 550 has been the “it” sneaker to watch on the scene. On both the in-line general release and collaborative front, the 550 hasn’t failed to impress for its retro spirit and attractive colorways and brands across the globe are lining up to get their opportunity on what will be one of the big sneakers of 2022.

Considering Comme des Garçons Homme’s long-standing partnership with New Balance, this release isn’t a surprise. Revealed as part of the AW2022 collection are two takes on the model that exemplify the signature black/white aesthetic championed by Rei Kawakubo’s menswear sub-label. Both are constructed in cowhide leathers, with the CdGH and new balance co-branding placed on the heel.

Expect both to release later in 2022 as part of the fashion label’s AW2022 collection. If you’re craving for more 550s to anticipate in the new year, check out the Size? New Balance 550 Cordura set.

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