October 22nd, 2014
BY CHRISTA WITTMIER /
Special to the Star-Advertiser
I noticed not one but two of the younger male sales reps at work wearing a specific type of shoe to work that really stood out. It was a nice brown leather with a white sport sole I later learned was the Cole Haan LunarGrand business collection.
“They’re hipster, that’s why” my rep told me. “And the Nike sole makes them super comfy.”
I saw them on Hypebeast but they got ripped to shreds in the comments section.
“If you’re in the ‘business’ of looking like a tool and have never heard of any other shoemaker besides Cole Haan, then sure,” someone posted.
“Are these Sketchers Shape-ups?” another user posted.
I wasn’t hearing it though. Everyone I saw wearing these shoes looked damn stylie. It’s like when you go to a work function and you spot someone sporting a Roberta Oaks shirt. It’s the male fashion anthem of the late 20s-early 30s generation of cool. I’m digging it.
The deepest I get into shoe or sneaker culture is the Nike SB Classics or maybe a dunk if I’m in to the colorway, but I thoroughly enjoy seeing men take so much pride in their gear. These leather shoes are fantastic.
Upscale menswear brand Publish Brand is back in Hawaii this week and they are bringing a hailstorm of stylies and music industry greats that will blow our city away on Sunday. For free.
They have teamed up with Vans to bring the 2014 all-weather fall Brenton Boot. While we may not be so concerned with the fall weather, it’s a shoe that can brave any temperature or atmospheric condition, which after this past weekend, we all very well know, is needed. Publish Brand still considers itself fairly small even though it's been very successful with its classic styling that is meant to last a lifetime. They have had various collaborations including Honolulu’s Kicks HI and New York’s Reed Space. Their clothing is pricey but perfectly tailored, timeless and elegant. They have a lot of pride in this boot and have spared no expense to do a huge release party.
“This is a sensitive one.” They posted on their Instagram last week. “We hold the project with Vans super close to home, as growing up in Southern California, we have worn Vans our whole lives. We didn’t know that one day we would land a project with Vans.”
“This just breaks all barriers and walls for those who do not believe. Love and believe in what you do and one day it will happen.”
Sunday’s release party will feature top talent from both New York and Los Angeles.
Salva is a record producer, engineer, songwriter and club DJ who has created crazy club masterpieces that are usually preferred over the original by club DJs. He is a very influential artist in the music world and one who has been working in the industry since he was 18. His unique method for combining multiple genres of music to create club bangers that are truly his own is celebrated by many.
Dam Funk is still blowing my mind from his Boiler Room set last year at the Treasure Island Music Festival after-party but he’s been regularly killing dance floors with his funky electronic and hip-hop sets, pulling out all of the classics and making us remember so many tracks we love from way back when.
Just Blaze is huge; he could be one of the greatest hip-hop producers of our time. His songwriting credits include everyone. His DJ sets are known to literally change people’s lives. At least that’s what they were saying after his appearance at SXSW this year.
Kicks HI’s own DJ Delve gets to open for all of this. I would be nervous for him among these heavyweights but I remember him mentioning that the management for a recent headliner he opened for told him to dumb it down mid-set. If there’s anyone who can hold their own for an incredible show like this it’s him.
Vans Otw X Publish Breton Boot In-store Launch W/ Dam-funk
Presented by Vans OTW x Publish Brand
» Where: Kicks Hawaii 1530 Makaloa St. Honolulu HI 96814
» When: 1-3pm Saturday, Oct. 25
» Cost: Free
» Info: PHONE ORDERS ACCEPTED: 808.941.9191
» Info:After Party Sunday, Oct. 26, at The Republik 18+ Free with RSVP
Christa Wittmier has chronicled Honolulu nightlife since 2004. She is senior marketing director at Young's Market Co. of Hawaii and executive director of music for Pow! Wow! Hawaii, and also helps promote the popular Bacardi Pool Party on Oahu. Contact her via e-mail or follow her on Twitter.