adidas x Wings + Horns

adidas Originals have once again collaborated with Canadian brand wings+horns.  The collection, which consists of footwear and apparel, includes two NMD_R2 and the grey Campus 80.

Well known for their craftsmanship, wings+horns have gone all out leather for their NMD_R2.  It’s a first for the Nomad runner which is more frequently seen in synthetic mesh or Primeknit.  As for the clothing, expect rugged utility with considered simplicity.

 

Shop the collection online here

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How to be a stylish cyclist

With the Tour de Yorkshire at the weekend, and more of us jumping on our bikes as a mode of transport, we thought we would give you the low-down at how to look good when you’re riding from A to B.  Whether you’re a speedy commuter or a casual Boris Biker take inspiration from our guide on how to be a stylish cyclist.

Disclaimer: we always encourage you wear a helmet.  Safety first.

 

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When you have valuables to carry, but you’re on a bike – the Nanamica Cycling Pack is your go to.  Yes, it’s an obvious statement but you’ll thank us later for finding a practical holdall that fits everything but still looks good.

Worn here with Albam T-shirt, Barbour Classic Check Shirt and Clark Originals Brown Leather Weavers.

 

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Beat the wind, and the rain, with the weather proof Patagonia Torrentshell Jacket.  On a grey day you’ll always find yourself picking it up.  Plus, choose a jazzy colour and passing motorists will take note. Worn here with adidas Stan Smith Trainers and Patagonia Hip Pack.

 

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Unlined and unstructured to create a relaxed look, this Universal Works Twill London Jacket will not only be the perfect layer for the Summer months but it has all the qualities for comfortable cycling as you race to your next meeting.  Completed with two front pockets, there’s no need for a bag and you’ll definitely look the part too. Worn here with Novesta Starmaster Plimsolls and Norse Project Aros Chinos.

 

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The Battenwear Packable Tote is ideal for when you’re on the move.  With two handles and a longer strap it has all the elements for a speedy commuter.  Quickly throw over your shoulder and off you go. Worn here with Carhartt Long Sleeve Union Shirt, Carhartt Sid Shorts and Fjallraven Helags Cap.

 

 

 

A Round Up of Neal Heard & His Footy Shirts

With over 100 shirts in his collection, for one night only The Hip Store was transformed with footy shirts everywhere, thanks to Neal Heard, a guy who’s knowledge of football shirts is simply overwhelming – what he doesn’t know about football shirts, well, just isn’t worth knowing. 

A big thank you to everyone who came along!

 

We asked Neal himself a few Q’s on how he came to know all this info and if he could actually choose a favourite amongst his collection.

When did you first become interested in football? Is it a joint passion you shared with a family member or friend?
Strangely I was born into a non football loving family, my brothers preferred cars and my dad guitars but somehow football bit me real early and I have loved it for as long as I can remember.

When did you start collecting football shirts, and why?
Like most collectors, I am in denial, I don’t consider that I collect! To be honest, I have always dug the shirts as well as the game, I still totally remember getting a Liverpool away and Scotland home in 1977/78, I was smitten. My mother was an Art Teacher and so I think part of her love for design and style came through in the DNA, and that included kits.

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Which was the first shirt in your collection and what did it look like?
It’s a tough one, as I don’t have the shirts I had as a kid anymore, but as I mentioned, the Scotland shirt (though Welsh I loved Kenny Dalglish!!) which they wore at World Cup 78, so Google Archie Gemmil goal and you’ll recognise it, but I was struck by the visual branding of the Umbro diamonds down the arm and on the contrasting Red socks.

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When did you first get the idea to write A Lover’s Guide to Football Shirts?

To be honest it sounds odd, but it kinda spilled out. I had long had the idea of a shirts book brewing away, collecting articles and shirts over the years, and suddenly the time seemed right and it just sort of wrote itself, it was a true labout of love, partially hence the books title.

It is an extremely comprehensive guide. What went into it in terms of research and travel? How long did it take to compile?
It probably took a year all in all, there wasn’t too much research really, it was mostly stuff I knew. It was more the logistics of actually locating shirts on the hit list and then detailing them and working it into chapters, which all kinda grew out a mountain of shirts.

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Do you have a favourite era of football shirts?
Yes, probably early 80’s to early 90’s, but I particularly collect the 1970’s NASL shirts and early 90’s Serie A shirts, especially Ennerre. The surprising thing was that I definitely came to appreciate the ‘crazy’ design shirts which I had previously not been too enamoured with.

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What do you think about the relationship between branding and football shirts? How important is this and what is the power of its influence?
For me the two go totally hand in hand, and the combination of 3 brands working together allied to the memories and lustre of glory associated with each shirt, all found associated with one item is totally why they have such resonance. By this I mean, you have the appeal and resonance of the team itself, it’s teams colours and badge, you have the power and resonance of the manufacturers logo and the design of the shirt and then it’s topped off with the power of the sponsor as a brand itself, so in this day and age of over branding, it’s a multi layered cake of hitting the spot brand wise.

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Which is your favourite shirt in your collection aesthetically speaking?
ooooh, that’s like asking which is your favourite child! But also it can change with time. Ok, I’ll say a top 3. One would be the classic angle, which is the St Etienne Jeresy from 1981, just because it’a thing of beauty and romance. It’s a rare Green, with thin hoops instead of stripes and is overtly overbranded with Super Tele and a flock Le Coq SPortif logo. Then I would say probably the most aesthetically classic shirt is the Sampdoria 1991, it just always works as a colourway and design. Then a bit left field is the Verdy Kawaski shirt of 1994, which is from the J League where they kinda played more with design, and this one looks like a shirt from the 60’s psych era, it’s a real trip of a design, finished with a Coca Cola sponsor.

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Which is your favourite shirt in terms of the memories you associate with it? 
Again, sooo hard, too many, sooo many shirts hold memories, both from moments of actual football action, but also physical action, as in time and place I bought it or wore it, so in that sense, it would be my 1990 Gremio shirt which I swapped with a Brazilian during World Cup Italia 90. Beauty and memories collide.

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The adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Cream/White

Kanye West’s Yeezy returns once again with a clean summer colourway.

This latest Yeezy shoe comes with an all-white Primeknit upper with a cream white sole and black lettering on the insoles, The Hip Store will be stocking both adult and kids sizes.

 

We will be releasing the shoe 29th April instore only, if you would like the chance to purchase a pair you will need to enter our raffle via our app on iOS or android. No pairs will be available for general sale online or instore 29th April. The draw will close Wednesday 26th April 23:59.

 

The raffle has now closed, keep an eye on our social media channels and blog for further Yeezy drops.

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Saucony Shadow 5000 Chocolate

Inspired by the rich history in candy making of Cambridge, MA.  Saucony Originals presents the Shadow 5000 ‘Chocolate Pack’.

The Cambridge connection with chocolate dates back to 1765 and an Irish immigrant called John Hannon.  Hannon established America’s first chocolate mill along the Neponset River.  For the next 100 years Cambridge would grow and become one of the largest industrial centre for chocolate makers.

Anything with chocolate, is must have in our eyes.

Dropping in store and online

Saturday 15th April

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Timex x Carhartt WIP’s Newest Collaboration

A functional update to the classic field watch, the latest collaboration between Timex and Carhartt WIP sets an example in rugged style.  Timeless and durable, but bang on time.

Based on Timex’s own all-terrain Acadia model, the exclusive watch offer details like INDIGLO night-lights, both 12 and 24-hour time settings, easy-set Quick-Date, and distinct arrowhead second hands – along with custom-labeled NATO straps and subtle Carhartt WIP branding on the dial.

In classic military green, shop the collaboration here.

 

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adidas NG Garwen SPZL

Noel Gallagher has been a fan of the three stripes since long before his days with supergroup Oasis and over the years has accumulated a sizeable collection of adidas trainers.  Developed with references drawn from the British rock star and his vintage Brisbanes, adidas Spezial have reimagined the iconic Garwen with its recent collaboration.

Manufactured in a premium leather with an all navy upper and sole in reference to the original Leisure series. The shoe has a split footbed and is finished with Noel’s portrait (on both the tongue and the packaging tissue), it carries his birthday ‘serial number’ inside the collar and has subtle sky blue stitching framing the heel patch.

Launching 6th April, adidas Spezial have worked with Noel to produce a limited run of ‘Noel Gallagher’ signature shoes – the NG Garwen SPZL.

9am – Instore only.

 

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A Lovers Guide Event – 20th Apr 2017

The Hip Store presents an evening with Neal Heard, avid collector of all things football and internationally known author of A Lovers Guide to Football Shirts. Whether you like football or not, you can always appreciate the design and style of a shirt. The football shirt is what defines a team and it’s fans, worn on match days, kick abouts or in the pub, so  join us for a night of Neal talking us through his favourite shirts from around the world, including a few special Leeds Utd pieces, not to be missed. The drinks are on us, so stop by for a chat and browse through Neal’s sought after collection.

20th April 6 – 9 pm

Free Drinks, merchandise and even a book signing

The Hip Store

Vicar Lane, Leeds

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