Connect with us

South Beach

424 Reinvents the Humble Black Boot

Published

on

424-reinvents-the-humble-black-boot

To reinvent the wheel would, certainly, be a waste of time. But reinventing the simple black boot? We’d argue that this is well worth it.

Guillermo Andrade’s 424 imprint has always managed to forge its own route. Coming up in the LA streetwear scene, the label returns each season with a more refined, more adventurous take on its core values of rebellious creativity.

One of the standout aspects of the FW22 collection is the 424 Marathon Boots.

With the traditional work-boot silhouette as its base — one that has stood the test of time in many forms from Timberland through to luxury editions — the 424 Marathon Boot exhibits Andrade’s willingness to experiment. It boasts the kind of raw energy that much of 424’s footwear offering does, seemingly taken straight from concept stage to retail.

Defined by its ruffled elastane upper wrap, the Marathon Boots are sleek and punchy. But, despite the style-centric elastane-wrapped upper and midsole, this pair doesn’t forget its functional roots, built on a Vibram sole unit. They’ll still stomp through uncertain terrain with no questions asked.

Shop the 424 Marathon Boots below.

Want to keep browsing? Head to the Highsnobiety Shop for more products that we love. Highsnobiety has affiliate marketing partnerships, which means we may receive a commission from your purchase.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

South Beach

Gucci is facing the wrath of animal rights group and even its customers for using Tigers as props to promote its new fashion range.

Published

on

gucci-is-facing-the-wrath-of-animal-rights-group-and-even-its-customers-for-using-tigers-as-props-to-promote-its-new-fashion-range.



With the world is moving towards a pro-animal approach, Gucci on the hand is using tigers as its campaign crew! Yes, you read that right! In promoting its new collection, the marquee has used the animal as a prop, much to the dismay of fans and activists around the globe.



To promote its new collection titled ‘The Gucci Tiger Collection,’ the brand introduced The Gucci Tiger campaign this month which is also described as a “celebration of the Year of the Tiger.” Pictures from the campaign unveiled models dressed in the collection along with real tigers strutting around.

Via Instagram / @gucci



This did not go down well with Netizens and animal rights groups, who raised massive objections in the matter. According to a report by WWD, World Animal Protection US also notified Gucci US of its concern over the brand’s use of tigers in its campaign while asking for it to stop using wild animals for promotions.

Via Instagram / @gucci



In its defense, Gucci took to Instagram to note, “Nature, wildlife and its denizens are particularly important to Gucci, which in February 2020 joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to protect endangered species and their natural habitats.”

Via Instagram / @gucci



It further added, “Tigers were photographed and filmed in a separate safe environment complying to Gucci’s policies and then featured within the campaign” and that a third-party animal welfare organization, American Humane, monitored the set on which animals were present and thus ensured that no animals were harmed.

However, fans and activists weren’t pleased. Expressing disappointment, one of them added, “It’s literally not hard to leave animals out of photos ‘filmed in a safe environment means absolutely nothing when you literally use leather from animals,” while another noted, “Doesn’t Gucci have leather bags, still selling? What about that? When will that stop?”

Remarking similarly, Elisa Allen, director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), further stated, “Gucci is hopelessly out of touch with our current understanding of wild animals’ needs and best interests. Today’s advanced special effects capabilities mean there is no excuse for tearing animals away from their families and homes.”

The Gucci Tiger collection is helmed by Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele and features a wide-range selection of ready-to-wear and accessories, including tote bags, sweatshirts, watches, sneakers, and more, with each piece celebrating 2022 being the Chinese Year of the Tiger.

Continue Reading

South Beach

This American aerospace startup plans to introduce the world’s first reusable spaceplane with a turnaround time of just 48 hours

Published

on

this-american-aerospace-startup-plans-to-introduce-the-world’s-first-reusable-spaceplane-with-a-turnaround-time-of-just-48-hours



It has been more than a decade since NASA’s Space Shuttle program completed its last mission. Ever since, all space missions have only used rockets, including SpaceX which relied on reusable rockets. However, there are several companies working on building a single-stage-to-orbit space plane, which is often considered as one of the holy grails of spaceflight. A single-stage-to-orbit (SSTO) vehicle is a spacecraft that uses only propellants and fluids rather than relying on expending tanks and engines. A Washington-state based aerospace company named Radian has announced that it is deep into the development process of an airplane-like craft that could take off from a runway, ignite its rocket engines, reach the lower earth orbit (LEO), and come back to the surface of the Earth by landing like a traditional airplane.

According to a report by Ars Technica, Radian has been working on rocket engine development at its Renton headquarters near Bremerton, Washington. “We all understand how difficult this is,” said Livingston Holder, Radian’s co-founder and chief technology officer. Before starting the company, Holder was a program manager at Boeing, focusing on reusable space systems. He was also a part of the U.S. Air Force’s Manned Spaceflight Engineer program in the 1980s, so he clearly knows what he’s doing. The liquid-fueled rocket engine being developed by Radian will provide about 200,000 pounds of thrust. The spaceplane named RadianOne will be powered by three of such engines, which would be enough to power the winged craft to Earth’s orbit carrying up to five people and 5,000 pounds of cargo.




“Over time, we intend to make space travel nearly as simple and convenient as airliner travel,” said Richard Humphrey, Radian’s CEO and co-founder. “We are not focused on tourism, we are dedicated to missions that make life better on our own planet, like research, in-space manufacturing, and terrestrial observation, as well as critical new missions like rapid global delivery right here on Earth.” The RadianOne will be capable of making sled-assisted takeoffs, while it will be able to land on a traditional runway like an aircraft. This will help give the revolutionary spaceplane a turnaround time of just 48 hours between missions, which should make it substantially cheaper. Radian hasn’t commented on when the RadianOne will be completed for space missions but its founders hope that it will be able to service the commercial space station that would be in Earth’s orbit by 2030 if everything goes according to plan. The company also announced that it had recently closed a $27.5 million round of seed funding to help fund the project.

[Via: Ars Technica]

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

This Electrified Airstream Travel Trailer is to campers what Tesla was to cars – It is self-propelled and can even park itself remotely.

Published

on

this-electrified-airstream-travel-trailer-is-to-campers-what-tesla-was-to-cars-–-it-is-self-propelled-and-can-even-park-itself-remotely.



What you’re looking at here might be the iPhone moment for the travel trailer industry. Meet the Airstream eStream Concept, a sleek trailer that’s not only self-propelled but has its own mind to make your camping trips stress-free and enjoyable. Although it’s still a concept, it has all the qualities needed for being a game-changer. The concept was revealed by Thor Industries, Airstream’s parent company, at the 2022 Florida RV SuperShow. For almost a century, iconic American brand Airstream has been building beautiful trailers that can be easily recognized by the distinctive shape of its rounded and polished aluminum coachwork. The company stuck with the timeless design for the new concept model, however, it beautifully masks all the cutting-edge technology it hides underneath the shiny bodywork.






We are galloping at a rapid pace towards a future without pollution-emitting vehicles. While EVs have their own benefits, the current generation of electric vehicles is quite restricted in terms of their towing capability. Towing a heavy load quickly discharges the battery, severely affecting the range, which is a big issue for the trailer manufacturing industry. To tackle the limitation, Airstream has equipped the eStream concept with its own electric propulsion, which includes up to two floor-mounted battery packs and dual individual motors. This reduces the load on the towing vehicle, although the company hasn’t commented on the exact figures. The motors can also work as generators and regenerate energy while braking to further boost the overall range.




Josef Hjelmaker, Thor’s Chief Innovation Officer, explained: “The technology we co-developed creates a synchronized relationship between the trailer and the tow vehicle, enabling the trailer to move in harmony with the tow vehicle, reducing the pulling effect required from the tow vehicle. This, in turn, dramatically improves the possible range of the combination. In essence, we’ve turned the trailer into an electric vehicle.”




The benefits of the eStream’s self-propulsion don’t end there. If you’ve ever towed a trailer, you’ll be aware of how difficult it is to park the camper in a tight spot. It takes serious skills to back up a hitched trailer smoothly into a designated space. The electrified trailer can be detached from the towing vehicle and can be maneuvered around remotely with the use of a smartphone app. The battery packs of the eStream also dramatically reduce the dependence on the local power supply to power the equipment and onboard amenities. In the official release video, the company also demonstrates some of eStream’s smart features that use Amazon’s Alexa to control a lot of functions using voice commands. The Airstream eStream is still a concept as of yet and the company hasn’t revealed its plans on putting it into production; but we seriously hope it does, even though we know it’ll be ridiculously expensive.

[Via: New Atlas]

Continue Reading

Trending