KNOWSHOW: August 2012

From the KNOWSHOW website:

Established in 2006, the KNOWSHOW is a privately held bi-annual tradeshow catering to Canada’s top lifestyle, fashion and action sports retailers and brands. Each January and August wholesalers of selected brands and their reps premier new products to the nations best retailers and media during a three day show held at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

More great stuff from KNOWSHOW. Going into 2013, we’re seeing a continuance of the handcrafted, artisanal, straight-out-the-haberdashery aesthetic — leathers, suede, wood and wool in natural, earthy tones. Noticed several brands are also going with leaf/bird prints, like the Herschel and Burton bags pictured below. Standout to me this year was Farmfresh, a Saskatoon-based brand that has only been around for a month. Great textures, clean lines and silhouettes, classic colours. Timeless. Looking forward to seeing more from them.

A few of my favourites:

Farmfresh men’s eyewear

Farmfresh Brooks bag in chocolate

Farmfresh Rail bag in charcoal

Farmfresh wooden iPhone skins

Jeremy Scott for Adidas

Jeremy Scott for Adidas

Obey accessories

Herschel bird print bags

Penfield shoes

Tavik ruffled bikini bottom

Burton bird print backpack


Sitka soft leather ties


Vans Off The Wall

“Must… tweet…”

If you’re at all interested in this stuff, I’d definitely recommend checking out the next one when it rolls through town. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s coming down the line from not just major, powerhouse brands, like Adidas and Vans, but up-and-coming, local independents, like Farmfresh.

Special thanks to Malania Dela Cruz.

REALLY, Adidas?

JS Roundhouse Mids

Saw this on Twitter and was going to dismiss them as fake, but then I Googled and found ’em on Adidas’s official Facebook page.

Some comments:

“Well I’m done with Adidas. This is the dumbest most offensive thing I’ve seen in a while and that’s saying something. Boycott, indeed.”

“Adidas, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourselves. The mockery of oppression that has not been overcome.”

“Ill never wear an Adidas shoe ever again.”

I’m baffled. And, as per usual when things like this happen, am wondering how many people approved this idiocy, from creation to launch. WTF is wrong with you!

JUNE 19 UPDATE: Adidas is no longer planning to release them. The company’s statement, in part:

“The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott’s outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery. Since the shoe debuted on our Facebook page ahead of its market release in August, Adidas has received both favorable and critical feedback. We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace.”

On Twitter, Scott said his inspiration came from the 90s cartoon My Pet Monster — a claim I believe, as he’s long been inspired by cartoons, etc.:

…but they’re still a hideous pair of shoes, and a really, really bad idea.