Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Design: The Glass House

Californian architect Steven Hermann has built what he dubs his "opus". The Glass Pavillion. An extremely sleek, gorgeous post-modern five bedroom, five and a half bathroom house nestled on about 3 1/2 acres of land in the hills of Montecito, California. The house features a wine cellar, art gallery and a 5 car garage for his vintage car collection. And did i mention that all of the exterior walls are made out of glass?? Despite that Hermann says it gives him complete privacy and allows him to be "one with nature". It's listed for $35 mil via sotheby's International Realty if your curious on the price.

via theCoolist & The Wall Street Journal

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Website Launch Party

On Fri July 30th we had our website Launch Party at Sneak Attack. Lots of friends, family and peeps came through to check out the new gear and show support. Dj Digg and Pandavinci hit the decks and spun all the jams you could take and Treaty Oak Rum was on hand to give out plenty of great drinks!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Weekend Jam - John Forte/Kanye West "Homecoming"

Here at Kirin we absolutely LOVE music. It's one of our many passions and a driving force behind what we do. That being said, a new feature to our blog will be the "Weekend Jam". This post will showcase a song (old or new) that we are feeling right now. First up, one of our favorite old artist teaming up with a current favorite. Fugees affiliate John Forte has been free for a while now and recording some pretty dope music. He recently did an acoustic set on the Soho House rooftop with impromptu guest Kanye West. Watch and enjoy as these two talented artist perform Ye's hit "Homecoming".

-D. Griff

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dior Homme W Color Belt

One of the most underrated aspects of fashion is accessorizing. Jewelry, ties, scarf’s, and countless other accessories can definitely help you step your style game up. My personal favorite is one that holds my pants up, although I love suspenders, belts have my heart. Dior Homme just unveiled a new belt that is high on my wish list for Fall. The W Color Belt is simple yet sleek and made completely from premium leather and canvas. The thing I love most about this belt is it’s so universal and can go with just about any outfit. Dressed up or down its still a good look. The belt is now available in both colorways at Restir. Don't be surprised if you see your boy rockin this piece real soon!

-D. Griff

via: Highsnobiety

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Foreign Exchange - Authenticity

I was so excited when I read this news there was no other option but to blog. The Foreign Exchange is on the eve of releasing their third studio album! The title of the new record is "Authenticity" and it will hit stores everywhere on 10/12. The title is suitable for a duo that has yet to be correctly categorized in a musical genre. They were unjustly, but fortunately placed in the R&B category in 2008 when nominated for a Grammy for Best Album. While I'm sure the group didn't mind, Phonte (who I like to call the poor man's Drake) and partner Nicolay make music that even they can't label. Nonetheless, "Authenticity" is about recognizing their unique trademark sound.

The album spans 11 tracks and features the likes of longtime collaborators Darien Brokington, YarZarah, and newschoolers such as Jeese Boykins III and Chantae Chan. If you are not familiar with The Foreign Exchange do yourself a favor and pick up their debut album "Connected" and the sophomore standout "Leave It All Behind". The new record is sure to be great and will likely feature a dope rap verse or two from Phontigga!!! Check out Nah Right for the new albums full tracklisting.

-D. Griff

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Texas A State of Fashion (Show)

Austin Fashion Week has come and gone and we had a great time attending all the events and hosting our own. Thursday we participated in a show at the Capital front steps called "Texas A State of Fashion". Over 16 designers showed 3 looks a piece, with alot of great looks and models all around. Check us out! Who else you know has streetwear sharing the runway with couture AND looking good while doing it?? ..damn straight baby ;-)

*all images trademark and copyright Kirin Clothing Collection 2010
-see the rest of the photo set on our site here.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Republic of Austin Interview

We recently did an interview with Austin-based lifestyle magazine/blog Republic of Austin. The shoot took place at Sneak Attack, one of our favorite local sneaker boutiques. Watch as we discuss tee concepts, our inspiration, and this season's theme. Check out the full interview here.

-D. Griff

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Kixpo 2010

We've been pretty busy lately but we had to make time to check out Dallas's premiere sneaker expo, Kixpo. The drive was long and the weather was about 10 degrees shy of Hades but it was still a great time. Sponsors such as Vitamin Water, Taco Bell and Scion were on hand giving out samples and celebrating the culture with the crowd. Check out our pics after the break. Shouts to Process817 , Garrett & the Love Supreme Dream crew.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dior Homme Sneakers

Dior Homme has really been holding it down with the kicks as of late. Kris Van Assche has taken it from futuristic, to casual, and back to streetwear, and we (along with our wallets) have followed him every step of the way. His latest shoe takes on a skater look and I have to say, I dig it. The multi colored leather/suede shoe does exactly what it should, take a simple design but make it look extraordinary. This shoe is very versatile. Its for the regular cat who loves kicks but also the Kanye's of the world. Whatever category you fall in, they are now available at Colette.

-D. Griff

Sunday, August 1, 2010

LRG - Fall 2010 Lookbook + Video

It seems like just yesterday LRG was fresh on the scene and taking the streetwear world by storm. Now, 11 years later, they are atop the streetwear and skater culture while remaining a staple in the fashion industry. 2010 has been a great year for the line thus far and promises to get even better. LRG recently debuted their lookbook for the fall collection to much praise. The line features plaid button downs, striped crew-necks, hooded leather jackets, denim, and of course tons of new tees.

The shoot takes place in the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana. LRG enlisted the services of a few streetwear celebs for the lookbook. Rapper Curren$y, graffiti artist Pose & Augor, and of course the LRG skate team. Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of the shoot and some soon to be fall favorites.

-D. Griff

via: freshness mag