Welcome to Pier Five monthly round ups, a look back at some of the people, brands & things that caught our eye this month that we thought you should know about.
Dime x Vans
Montreal based skate brand Dime has launched another perfect collaboration, dubbed the Wayvee, as part of their ongoing partnership with Vans. This collab is brought to life in two colorways: evening blue and egret. Complemented with luxe suede, embroidered Vans and Dime logo hits throughout and an all-new upper construction with reinforced translucent mesh panels, this model delivers luxury design and performance construction in the perfect shoe. Hopefully you were lucky enough to get a pair on the initial July 17th but if not, make sure to check your local skate shops, which dropped the shoes on July 24, for any remaining sizes.
Adidem Astericks* Collabs
The month of July has been a busy one for up and coming Toronto based fashion brand Adidem Astericks* who has recently made waves with refined luxury aesthetics similar to brands like Aime Leon Dore and Todd Snyder with a more street twist. This month, Adidem Astericks*partnered with two heavy hitters for some big collaborations. In partnership with Roots, they redefined the Canadian classic Awards Varsity Jacket with elevated multi-patch embroidery work and thoughtful colour blocking in two colourways; piston blue & merlot. The jacket has been seen on the likes of Toronto rappers, Jazz Cartier & Pressa to name a few. The second collab tapped into the hand painted illustrations of fellow Toronto artist Moya “Gang Box'' Garrison-Msingwanaon a collection featuring tees, caps, pins & even a coffee table book! Both collaborations are available on their webstore here.
Vandy The Pink Carpenter Mules
When it comes to customizing sneakers & clothes, Junghoon Son, the man behind Vandy The Pink, is at the forefront of it all. From hawaiin summer shirt-short sets with Hidden.NY to playful fast food burger inspired sneakers, Vandy doesn’t miss and we’re here for it all! His latest creation gives the Vandy treatment on a pair of mules called the VTP Carpenter Mule, taking design inspiration from the popular Carhartt workwear brand. From the soft suede upper to the gold rivets & zipper detailing, the attention to detail is A1. These dropped July 15 and are unfortunately sold-out but make sure to follow Vandy The Pink on instagram for all of their feature releases!
Matty Matheson Summer Merch Collection
Canadian chef & internet personality Matty Matheson launched his latest merch line, perfect for the summer, called “Camp Matty’s World”. This full collection has everything from tees to truckers & dad caps, basketball jerseys, shorts & more. As you can tell by the name of the collection, it’s design theme and graphic inspiration comes from throwback summer camp style bringing back the little kid in all of us. The designs are on point and the full collection is available for purchase on Matty’s webstore here.
Our monthly roundup wouldn’t be complete without including the world’s first seamless, lightest, trail running shoe from our friends at norda™. The norda™ 001 comes in two colourways, black or white and is made from Dyneema®: the world’s strongest and lightest fiber™, delivering the lowest carbon footprint per unit strength of any material. The sole of the shoe is a brand new design made in collaboration with Vibram, a leader in shoe design and footwear soles, and was inspired by the Canadian Shield, the largest and strongest pre-Cambrian rock formation on Earth. The technology in this shoe is unlike any other trail running shoe that exists and was made to prove that high performance and sustainability should always run together. The shoe is available for pre-order on norda’s website and will hit local running shops in August.
Also check out our latest interview with Nick Martire, founder of norda™ here!
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