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AliveShoes: Eco-Friendly Art & Kicks

Earth Day is all about recycling and sustainability. Italian sneaker company, AliveShoes, does both!


Recycling: Do you ever recycle vintage clothes into art, or something new? They do the opposite. They make brand new kicks, send them to artists to be included in installations, then take the work apart and sell the shoes when the artist is done with them.

Pied a Terre, in Montelago, Italy, by Argentinean designer Sebastiano Mauri, made from 227 pairs of AliveShoes

Beach Blocks by New York artist Steven Siegel, made with 416 pairs of AliveShoes

Sustainability: AliveShoes are made from natural or organic cotton, leather, cork, and biodegradable thermoplastic polyurethane. AND, they are all handmade in Italy.AliveShoesEach sneaker has an id number and a copy of the artist’s original sketch stitched into the tongue.

Special Earth Day shoutout to our friends at Inhabitat, who are celebrating their 5 year anniversary!!!

(source: Inhabitat/Ecouterre)


420 Sneaker Release: Nike SB Dunk High “Skunk”

Released at midnight in honor of 420,
the Todd Batrud x Nike SB Dunk High “Skunk”

Nike SB Dunk High Skunk

Peep the stash pocket inside of the tongue

420 Nike Dunk Hi SB Skunk Stash Pocket

420 Nike Dunk Hi SB Skunk InsoleThese are available in select stores around the country. We wonder how different stores are pushing them. Check out Maven’s (Burlington, VT), window display. They designed it to resemble a 420 nursery, heating lamps and the whole nine!

420 Release - NIKE SB Dunk High “Skunk” at Maven in Burlington, VT

420 Release - NIKE SB Dunk High “Skunk” at Maven in Burlington, VT

(sources: Street Life, Freshness Mag)

Tag Your Food With Edible Esslack Food Spray

Ever wanted to tag a tomato? Now you can!

Edible  spray paint by Esslack - pimp your tomato!

Yesterday, we told you about Wode, Boudicca’s disappearing body graffiti perfume (a product you can spray it on your skin, but is NOT ok to eat – one of the ingredients is hemlock, which supposedly killed Socrates, and a bunch of other characters from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure).

If you want a cool spray you can EAT, dig this:
Food Spray by The Deli Garage (Germany)

Edible spray paint by Esslack - in gold and silver

Available in gold (and silver), this thing will give you the Midas touch. You can bling out your fave foods, turn silver medals into gold, put your tag on a sandwich, pimp your ride, and ride the recession out like a baller – in the cafeteria, at least.

We wonder what French graffiti artist Fafi would spray on her food.


(source: The Urban Grocer)

Jay-Z Doesn’t Want Your Candy, But He Likes His Nike Dunks and Audemars Piguet Watch

Willy Wonka candy with Golden Tickets

When you live in New York City, you occasionally see kids in the subway trying to sell you candy. Sometimes they’re raising money for their soccer team or their school marching band’s trip – and sometimes they just buy candy in bulk a la Costco, etc., to raise some cash for themselves. There’s no harm in that.

Looks like one of these candy kids tried to sell to Jay-Z – on the street, no less – outside Bar Pitti in Manhattan’s West Village.

Kid trying to sell Jay-Z candy on the streets of NYC

We wonder if this is how it played out when he tried to holla for a dolla’ at Shawn Carter

Kid: Excuse me, sir, I’m trying to raise money for my basketball team. Would you be interested in buying some candy? I have M&Ms, peanut M&Ms …

Jay-Z: Nah, sorry. I don’t eat chocolate …

Kid: I have Skittles? … Oh. I’m outta Skittles.

Jay-Z: Unless you’ve got a Willy Wonka Bar with a golden ticket it in, I don’t want it. Hold on, you got any of those Harry Potter chocolate frogs? The ones that come to life?

Kid: No, Mr. Jay-Z, sir.

… Better luck next time, kid.

Mr. Jay-Z was looking pretty slick in his destroyed Prps jeans, Nike Dunk Hi Premium sneakers (in a red oxide), and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch with gold case (estimated $37,000). Looks like he could’ve sprung for some candy, but, maybe he was just in a rush.

Jay-Z sported these Nike Dunk Hi kicks in NYC

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch, est. $37,000

Harry Potter chocolate frog box replica:

Harry-Potter-Chocolate-Frog-box replica

(source: Upscale Hype, yourprops)

Splurge On ‘Em? Phillippe Roucou Polaroid Scarves

Polaroid is pretty hot right now, with Urban Outfitters and Lady Gaga touting the instant film. For our part, we’re fans of French designer Philippe Roucou‘s Polaroid scarves. A collaboration between Roucou and artist M. Cherie, the line is called Objets Trouves (Found Objects). The 100-percent silk squares are printed with found photographic images and surrounded by that instantly recognizable white border.

We love scarves for covering up bad hair days or adding some interest to a plain outfit, but they can go grandma really quickly. These take an interesting, artsy perspective on the medium, with photos of a city skyline, an unmade bed, or pretty plants. Unfortunately, at around $435, they aren’t really any less expensive than Hermès.

Would you Splurge On ‘Em?!

Polaroid Scarf by Philippe RoucouPolaroid Scarf by Philippe Roucou Polaroid Scarves by Phillippe Roucou

(sources: Unplggd, Reborn, Philippe Roucou)

Joyrich Lookbook Preview + Lil Wayne, Erykah Badu & Diggy

LA-based brand, Joyrich, are getting ready to release their Fall/Winter 2010 lookbook.

DID ANYONE SAY LOOKBOOK? Lookbook is one of the Clues for our Contest. Click here to read up on it.

We’ll be posting pics from Joyrich‘s lookbook soon, but in the meantime, here’s a preview from their recent photoshoot, and some familiar faces sporting the brand.


Check out Lil Wayne rocking a denim jacket from Joyrich’s Fall/Winter 2010 collection in Yo Gotti’s Women Lie, Men Lie” music video.

Lil Wayne in Joyrich jacket

Here is Erykah Badu (also rocking Joyrich, in gray leather) featuring Weezy in their “Jump Up In The Air (Stay There)” music video.
Note the “Free Lil Wayne” message at the end.

Other fans of the line include Diggy Simmons, who was spotted wearing a Joyrich gold-sleeved Varsity Jacket in the front row of the  Y-3 Fall/Winter 2010 fashion show sitting next to Ciara and Jeremy Scott.

Diggy Simmons in a Joyrich Varsity Jacket, seated next to Ciara and Jeremy Scott at Y-3's F/W 2010 fashion show

Joyrich Varsity Jacket

(sources: Joyrich, Upscale Hype)

SampleSaleShop.com CONTEST CLUE #3: LOOKBOOKS – 10.DEEP S/S 2010 Lookbook

Time for Contest Clue #3 !!!

If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you know we have a CONTEST coming up.

Instead of spilling the contest details all at once, we are giving you clues one at a time. You can check out the previous clues here. Better yet, to keep track of all of our contest posts, bookmark our SampleSaleShop.com Contests category.

Clue #3: LOOKBOOKS. Look … books. Lookbooks!!!

Need to see one? Here’s 10.DEEP‘s lookbook for the second delivery of their Spring / Summer 2010 collection, “Internationally Known”. The New York brand’s lookbook features up and coming hip-hop artists CurT@!n$ and Stalleyknown throughout the microphone – some new hats, including New Eras, and the upcoming 10.Deep x adidas kicks.

10 DEEP 2010 Lookbook - 2 - CurT@!n$CurT@!n$

10 DEEP 2010 Lookbook - 5 - StalleyStalley

10 DEEP 2010 Lookbook - 4

10 Deep 2010 Lookbook 1

10 DEEP 2010 Lookbook - hats

10 DEEP x Adidas sneaker

Here are some more lookbooks we’ve posted:

More contest info coming soon. Hint: Mondays & Wednesdays. Make sure to keep up with us here, Facebook, and Twitter for all things SampleSaleShop.com.

In the meantime, if you haven’t signed up for SampleSaleShop.com yet, get to steppin’, ’cause we’ve got a members-only pre-launch give-away going on RIGHT NOW.

(source: Hypebeast)