The August Roundup
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. norda™ 001 x Ciele “Cooper Hawk” Our friends at norda just don’t stop working and have made it back on our list again. This time collaborating with another iconic Montreal based running gear brand, Ciele Athletics, on the norda 001 Cooper’s Hawk Edition. This collaboration marks Ciele’s first ever footwear collab and it makes total sense to do it with a like-minded brand like norda. The shoe combines the technology of the world’s first seamless, lightest, trail running shoe in the norda 001s with a new colourway featuring a yellow Vibram midsole that is inspired by the fast & skillful Cooper’s Hawk known for its bright yellow talons. Fun fact, this is the first time that Vibram has ever allowed any brand to do a yellow midsole as the company had concerns about it hiding the yellow Vibram logo. I guess norda and Ciele just have their way! The shoe is available now on both norda & Ciele’s websites as well as your local running shops. Raised By Wolves for ntwrk’s Open House With over a decade of experience in creating high quality, Canadian made, pieces & collections, Ottawa based streetwear brand Raised By Wolves have caught our attention with their latest drop of home goods exclusively for ntwrk’s Open House series. The drop featured their highly sought after Souvenir Wolf Rug along with a new take on their “Fuck Off” door mat designed by Luke Norrad , a throw blanket, ash tray and dish. If you missed this drop, fear not, as the brand’s Fall/Winter 21 collection will surely include more great pieces. Make sure to follow them @raisebywolves to not miss out! DONDA Need we say more? Kanye West’s tenth studio album titled “DONDA” (whether he intended for it to or not) dropped on the last weekend of August. We’re sure you all know about it already - how could you not after the prolonged release teasers and live listening shows - but this album has lived up to the hype so far and we’ve been playing it on repeat nonstop. The album has a total of 27 tracks with loads of big features on there like Jay-Z, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Kid Cudi & much more. If you haven’t given it a listen yet, you can check DONDA out on all streaming platforms. Kith x Wilson Tennis After the opening of the beautiful Kith & Wilson Sports public tennis court in Queens, NY, Kith & Wilson gave us a sneak peek of their partnership with a limited-edition collection of tennis inspired hard goods that made waves across the sporting & streetwear universe. The initial rollout features the Wilson Pro Staff and Ultra racquets along with other pieces of tennis equipment including tennis balls, racquet dampeners & a racquet stencil, all given the Kith facelift of clean logos & design. With Ronnie Fieg & Kith’s incredible storytelling & vision paired with the rich archive & history of Wilson Tennis’ products, we are very excited to see the rest of this collaboration. The initial collection dropped August 30th; some items are still available on Kith’s website , but act quick as they probably won’t be available for long. Off The Hook x Art by J Arthur To celebrate the return of Montreal’s Mural Festival, Off the Hook reached out to local artists to reimagine their retail space with installations through their artistic lens. For the final installation they tapped into J Arthur , an up & coming young artist who is known for his unique thought provoking character drawings. Titled “Peace Out”, he created a 2 storey mural of one of his characters holding up a peace sign on the front of the store that represents his honest feelings towards how he is slowly recovering from the pandemic and moving out of the box at his own pace. The meaning is really relevant to all and we love the thought he put into this project. To commemorate this mural, OTH has also released a limited t-shirt run featuring the peace out character which is still available on their website . Stay tuned to The Roundup series to discover the coolest new people, brands and releases each month and keep it locked to all of Pier Five for stories and interviews with our favourite designers, entrepreneurs, creators and more.