Nike Dunk Low Retro ‘University Red & White’

Nike continue the dunk revival run for 2021 with a plethora of throwback colourways. Inspired by the original Dunks of 1985, this Dunk Low ‘University Red & White’ arrives in a timeless red and white two-tone colourway, alongside a court focused rubber outsole and heritage inspired tongue. The Nike Dunk Low Retro ‘University Red & […]

Nike continue the dunk revival run for 2021 with a plethora of throwback colourways. Inspired by the original Dunks of 1985, this Dunk Low ‘University Red & White’ arrives in a timeless red and white two-tone colourway, alongside a court focused rubber outsole and heritage inspired tongue.

The Nike Dunk Low Retro ‘University Red & White’ launches at HIP on 29/07/21 online via raffle.

HIP Summer Friends & Family Lookbook Pt. 2

As we reach high Summer, we are pleased to share the second part of our HIP SS21 Friends & Family lookbook. To better showcase our brand ethos and latest SS21 collections, we wanted to shine a light on our team, friends of the brand and the general closer circle within HIP that make us what we are. […]

As we reach high Summer, we are pleased to share the second part of our HIP SS21 Friends & Family lookbook. To better showcase our brand ethos and latest SS21 collections, we wanted to shine a light on our team, friends of the brand and the general closer circle within HIP that make us what we are. Friends and family of HIP carry their own personality and style uniforms, mixing what we offer into something unique and new. The process of the lookbook has been about focusing on the people that make HIP tick. We as a brand have evolved through the years to become a true lifestyle retailer, aiming to enhance the lives of people who care about good design and quality, with our ‘Friends & Family’ at the heart of bringing this vision to life.

Explore our latest SS21 collections at HIP online now.

adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection

Following on from collaborating with New Order in AW20, Gary Aspden’s coveted adidas Originals SPEZIAL imprint returns with a new long-awaited collection for the SS21 season. Featuring a wide variety of silhouettes taking reference from the adidas Originals archives, the collection draws inspiration from the 1970s through to the early 90s and uses a strong 1980s colour […]

adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection jacket trainers t-shirt

Following on from collaborating with New Order in AW20, Gary Aspden’s coveted adidas Originals SPEZIAL imprint returns with a new long-awaited collection for the SS21 season. Featuring a wide variety of silhouettes taking reference from the adidas Originals archives, the collection draws inspiration from the 1970s through to the early 90s and uses a strong 1980s colour palette mixed with the bright neons of coastal surfwear.

Each piece takes reference from the deep adidas Originals archives, unearthing lesser known styles from the past alongside fan favourites with new life through unique hybrids that people have come to expect from the adidas SPEZIAL line.

Consisting of five unique silhouettes, the footwear offering for SPEZIAL SS21 is a mix of new hybrids alongside tweaked versions of lesser known shoes from the brand’s rich history. Keeping things clean, the Burnden SPZL is a brand new hybrid all-white court trainer that borrows from a vintage suede adidas trainer made under license in Japan, with a curvy eyestay and heel overlay. One for the fans of vintage runner styles, the Hoylake SPZL is based on a rare South African style and is composed of a grey suede and textile upper matched with an EVA midsole and a rubber outsole, effortlessly completed with navy, blue, and red accents throughout. Adding to the legendary storybook of SPEZIAL, the inspiration for the Hoylake shoe came from a pair discovered by a notorious adidas collector based in the town of Hoylake (in Merseyside) who kindly lent the only known pair to the adidas SPEZIAL team to create this new iteration. Giving a new twist to one of the brand’s most iconic runners: the Marathon 86 returns in a bold fluorescent yellow suede and textile upper with navy stripes but is updated with additional suede overlays that were used on early prototypes of the original shoe. Collectors will be delighted to see the inclusion of a City Series classic also, with a revamped take on the Malmo silhouette that takes inspiration from an ultra rare 1976 version of the Malmo that used a nylon mesh upper. This new Malmo also includes re-branded details with the adidas Spezial ‘Mod Trefoil’ graphic on the tongue and heel whilst the upper specifications are revised with a reworked toebox. Nicely rounding off the footwear offering is an homage to Spezial curator Gary Aspden’s upbringing as the brand brings back the highly sought after Blackburn SPZL silhouette in the new ‘Ewood’ edition.

The apparel side of the collection sees a number of lightweight summer-ready pieces highlighted by the Aldrington Anorak with its signature neon pink panelling which is based on an outdoor jacket style that was popularised in Japan almost three decades ago, arriving in a generous and suitable vintage 90s fit. Another Spezial classic in the making is the new rain-protective deep red Todmorden smock (named after the small West Yorkshire town) which features oversized chest branding and array of draw cord pockets. Additional staple summer styles include the 70s vintage training inspired ‘Ewood’ tracksuit, the Birchall graphic tee, the Durrington Shorts, the lightweight mesh Ellenshaw Cap and the travel-ready navy Portslade Bag.

The adidas SPEZIAL SS21 collection is online now and available in both our Leeds and Nottingham stores on a first come, first served basis.

adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection jacket trainers t-shirt
adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection jacket trainers t-shirt
adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection jacket trainers t-shirt
adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection jacket trainers t-shirt
adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection jacket trainers t-shirt bag
adidas SPEZIAL SS21 Collection jacket trainers t-shirt

adidas SPEZIAL Blackburn ‘Ewood’

Gary Aspden’s coveted adidas Originals SPEZIAL imprint returns with a new long-awaited collection for the SS21 season. Featuring a wide variety of silhouettes taking reference from the adidas Originals archives, the collection draws inspiration from the 1970s through to the early 90s and uses a strong 1980s colour palette mixed with the bright neons of […]

adidas SPEZIAL Blackburn 'Ewood' HIP

Gary Aspden’s coveted adidas Originals SPEZIAL imprint returns with a new long-awaited collection for the SS21 season. Featuring a wide variety of silhouettes taking reference from the adidas Originals archives, the collection draws inspiration from the 1970s through to the early 90s and uses a strong 1980s colour palette mixed with the bright neons of coastal surfwear.

Paying direct homage to Aspden’s upbringing, adidas SPEZIAL presents the iconic Blackburn SPZL in an all-new red ‘Ewood’ iteration. This bold colourway takes its lead from the unreleased and highly coveted first round sample of the original Blackburn SPZL. Linking to the red of the Lancashire rose, the ‘Ewood’ revises the original Blackburn with an inverted colourway flipping the original all green upper to this bold and rich red. Featuring a classic supple suede upper, the Blackburn ‘Ewood’ is finished off with collegiate green laces in the tongue, navy outsole and tongue and a subtle foil print of the Lancashire Rose to the back side wall.

The adidas SPEZIAL Blackburn ‘Ewood’ launches at HIP via online raffle open now and in both our Leeds and Nottingham stores 22/07/21 on a first come, first served basis.

adidas SPEZIAL Blackburn 'Ewood' HIP

adidas Originals ‘City Series’ Torino

First released in 1981 as part of the iconic adidas City Series, the Torino is a terrace classic that quickly became a regular feature on the feet of travelling fans across Europe. Paying homage to the Italian city of Turin, this near 1 to 1 reissue of the original features a supple bold blue suede […]

First released in 1981 as part of the iconic adidas City Series, the Torino is a terrace classic that quickly became a regular feature on the feet of travelling fans across Europe. Paying homage to the Italian city of Turin, this near 1 to 1 reissue of the original features a supple bold blue suede upper and gum rubber outsole, with classic adidas details throughout such as the silver 3-stripes overlay and branded graphic on the tongue. In true City Series fashion, this true collector’s pair is finished off with gold foil ‘Torino’ branding and low-key “City Series MMXX1” embossed text on the lining.

The adidas Originals “City Series” Torino is online now and available in both our Leeds and Nottingham stores on a first come, first served basis.

Getting To Know: Jonah Weiner – Blackbird Spyplane

Over the past year, the rise of the newsletter and blog platform Substack has allowed writers to move out of their comfort zones and create new independent channels of thought to build their own identities and brands upon, each attracting a unique fan base. Jonah Weiner is a Oakland based freelance arts and culture journalist, […]

Over the past year, the rise of the newsletter and blog platform Substack has allowed writers to move out of their comfort zones and create new independent channels of thought to build their own identities and brands upon, each attracting a unique fan base. Jonah Weiner is a Oakland based freelance arts and culture journalist, who regularly writes for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and WSJ. Jonah and his partner Erin Wylie began the renowned Blackbird Spyplane newsletter in May 2020 and quickly saw a passionate global fan base tune in. Releasing 2 articles a week, Blackbird Spyplane drops self proclaimed “unbeatable recon” covering a wide variety of tasteful niche topics, ranging from collecting Visvim Iris Liner Jackets, the “Gorp” awards, discovering obscure New Balances and more.

Alongside documenting upcoming brands such as Corridor or small craft homeware makers, Blackbird Spyplane also connects with some of the biggest names in culture to talk about their favourite rare and cherished possessions, with standout articles including chats with Andre 3000, Seth Rogen and Jerry Seinfeld. We caught up with Jonah to learn more.

Tell us about the beginnings of BBSP and what triggered it to begin for you?

Erin and I have always loved finding things that are off the beaten path / under the radar — when we travel we seek out small shops and local makers, and in off hours we both love getting sucked into eBay rabbit holes or following Instagram daisy chains and unearthing cool stuff along the way. The newsletter grew naturally out of that love.

How would you explain BBSP to someone who’s never read it and where do you want it to go?

It’s a style and culture newsletter, written in a voice of semi-hyperbolic, not-overly-serious enthusiasm, where we spotlight people who make things under the radar and interview people whose taste we love — from Jerry Seinfeld to André 3000 to Phoebe Bridgers to Nathan Fielder to Rashida Jones to Emily Bode – about rare objects they own and cherish. We’re interested in the various intersections of style and politics, too, and that manifests in a bunch of ways across the newsletter, explicitly and implicitly, whether it’s an interview with a socialist “jawns enthusiast” or when we field reader questions about ethical issues around consumer culture. Behind the paywall we do tons of deeply researched recommendations, giveaways with places like Herman Miller and Noah, presales with emerging makers like Small Talk Studio, and a bunch more exclusives.

2020 was a big year for independent creators across a variety of mediums such as podcasts and substack, why do you think this happened?

There’s always an appetite for “weird” / “idiosyncratic” voices, and at their best, independent podcasts & newsletters allow those voices to flourish

“Gorp” is a big ongoing topic within your newsletter posts, where do you see the subcategory of this is going to evolve and what brands are you feeling currently?

The greatest contemporary gorp brand by far – semi slept-on and NOT inexpensive — is and Wander, made in Japan and designed by 2 former Issey Miyake people (which is not surprising since Issey himself has his own fascinating gorpy history). The brand nods to “fashion” while still functioning as trail-ready. I own a bunch of their pieces and they are leaps and bounds better than anything else I’ve put hands on, finely considered down to the tiniest details. I’m always looking for more, budget allowing…

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