Byredo x Oliver Peoples Scent & Sunglasses Collaboration

Luxury boutique brands Byredo and Oliver Peoples have joined forces on a scent and sunglasses collaboration, inspired by Los Angeles and the neurological phenomenon Synesthesia. Founder of Byredo, Ben Gorham explains:

“It’s the connection between senses where smell triggers a color or shape…it’s technically classified as a disorder but I’ve only heard of it in immensely creative people, so in my mind it’s a gift.”

Los Angeles’ scenery was translated into the scent by perfumer Jerome Epinette, who travelled the area extensively, arriving at the olfactory mix of lemon and juniper berries combined with oris butter, patchouli fraction, musks, warm sand accord and helichrysum. The fresh and woody scent comes encased in three different colored glass bottles, which represent the different perspectives of LA. To complement the scent, Oliver Peoples have created wayfarer sunglasses which feature a semi-matte black frame and beige crystal lenses, with both items packaged together in a light wood box.

The Byredo x Oliver Peoples scent and sunglasses collaboration will be available from next month.

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Foot Locker Partners With Portland’s Pensole to Develop One-Of-A-Kind Sneakers

Awarding young and talented footwear designers the opportunity to showcase their work, Portland-based Pensole Footwear Design Academy has linked with Foot Locker to develop a selection of one-of-a-kind-sneakers. Set to launch this July, the special program is called “Fueling the Future of Footwear,” during which 18 students will have the chance to undergo a three-week class, and upon the conclusion of the seminar, a winning design of ASICS shoes will be up for sale at select Foot Locker locations.

Pensole Academy opened its doors in 2010 and was founded by former Nike and Jordan Brand footwear designer D’Wayne Edwards. Since then, the school has partnered with a number of brands and companies in means of developing the future of footwear and its coinciding designers.

When the 18-person class for “Fueling the Future of Footwear” has been selected, the Pensole students will then be divided into three teams. The teams will be tasked to re-design ASICS brand-favorite GEL-Lyte III as well as a completely new silhouette from scratch.

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The new bullet train to Kanazawa, or ‘Little Kyoto’

With its incredible food and sights, Kanazawa is a great add on to a tour of Japan – especially now you can get the bullet train from Tokyo

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A shinkansen bullet train on a test run glides in alongside us, slowing to a halt amid a symphony of mechanical exhalations. Beside me, Noriko Iwata of the local tourist board bristles with excitement. “The shinkansen is a very, very big thing for Kanazawa,” she says with a beaming smile. “When ticket sales opened for the first journey in March, they sold out within 25 seconds.”

The Japanese love anything new, of course, but this also shows their affection for “Little Kyoto”, as this city on the north coast of Honshu is known. Even before the new shinkansen line opened – slashing journey times from Tokyo by two hours to 2½ hours – domestic tourism had increased five-fold over the previous few months, such was the renewed interest in Kanazawa, and foreign tourists are expected to follow.

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