Every week, we deliver DROP EVERYTHING – a first-class round-up of the most urgent, sustainable, progressive and forward-thinking releases that need to go straight into your wardrobe.
Well, like every week, this week has not just been a week, but A Week for all of us. Onwards we all struggle towards the unknown depths of a bitter winter, still not knowing what day is when and how to make that ever-elusive perfect loaf of sourdough.
But, ho-hum, let’s all look stylish while we’re at it.
Enter The Edit Man, recently joining the likes of Vestiaire Collective, Reselfridges and Designer Exchange in the luxury resale market. The team has a simple mission – to become the number one destination for high-end garms. While many resale and rental sites focus heavily on womenswear (see Refashion or HURR), The Edit Man is all about menswear, specialising in big-brand streetwear (think Yeezy, Supreme, Palace).
It goes without saying that preloved portals work their shoes-that-look-like-socks off to ensure they operate more sustainably. They lend no hand in the environmentally costly creation of any new goods, plus have the most transparent supply chain possible – registered resellers. It’s secondhand shopping, but turbo-charged.
We challenged Moses Rashid – the head-honcho behind the platform – to select some of his favourite pieces on offer. Here’s what we thought of them (buckle in, there are some absolute belters):
Balenciaga shoes are a bit naughty, aren’t they? While the French fashion house lends its sartorial hand to anything from suiting to shades, its shoes have always come closest to crossover status. This Triple S Grey pair elevates a chunky Dad-shoe silhouette to ice-cool status, melding together crystal-clear arctic tones – it’s no wonder these triple-soled badboys created such a flurry of excitement last year.
Louis Vuitton squared equals pull-over gold. It’s a pretty simple formula, design-wise, for this one – the classic LV lockout has been subscripted with a ‘2’ to represent what Virgil Abloh described as ‘The acknowledgment that one idea can coexist with another’. Which reminds us a bit of that crude Kanye lyric about concentrating on two things at once, but we’ll let you hit up Genius to see what we mean.
The violet pink on these shoes is absolutely unreal, somewhere in-between parma violets and a retro bar of soap. It tops a suede and leather combo, and is fortified with mesh to keep everything yeezy-breezy whatever the weather. Pair these with a pink polo and you’ll feel like a fashion college graduate.
So, it’s weird that in a matter of years North Face turned from the staple brand of your Uni’s orienteering society to essential road-ready clobber. But it happened, and we’re all for it – especially when they linked-up with the likes of Supreme and hit the utilitarian, technical vibe right on the head. G-clips, plastic buckles, hidden pockets and steely zips galore.
No word of a lie here, these are not cheap. Like, very, very, very spenny. Equally, though, this pair of shoes is a piece (or two) of history: it’s the first collab between Virgil Abloh and Nike, and is embellished with all sorts of nick-nacks and details, from dated text to retro logos and fresh appliques. Maybe go splits with a mate and wear one each?