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Jun 29, 2016

BRONX NEWS: Gov. Cuomo urged to sign unclaimed-body bill by Bronx man

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Jun 29, 2016

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit “Unlimited” // Another Look

There’s a large infusion of Flyknit construction seen throughout Nike’s new “Unlimited” collection for the Olympics. The LunarEpic Low Flyknit, a standout of the bunch, is seen in greater detail here today.

Joining Volt and Hyper Punch hues for a vibrant ascension, a white Lunarlon sole unit rests below propping up the lightweight upper. Along with the remainder of the “Unlimited” collection, the Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit “Unlimited” drops on August 4 at retailers like Kith.

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit “Unlimited”

Style #: 844862-999
Release Date: August 4, 2016
Price: 0

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Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Unlimited

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Unlimited

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Unlimited

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Unlimited

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Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit Unlimited

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Jun 29, 2016

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70s Don Chinese Suminagashi-inspired Look

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Jun 29, 2016

New Air Jordan 1 High Vachetta Colorways With Laser Etching Coming Soon

The ever evolving lifespan of the Air Jordan 1 takes another turn today, incorporating vachetta leather and larger, more defined perforations.

Similar in part to the Vachetta Tan pair in material execution, this new Air Jordan 1 High Vachetta opts for black/vachetta and white/vachetta colorways with laser etching at the toe and side paneling.

Unlike the foundational Vachetta 1’s, though, affordability is not an issue, as both pairs ring in at 0. Take a closer look below and calendar the July 9 Jordan Release Date.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High

Colorway: Black/White-Vachetta Tan-White
Style #: 845018-030
Release Date: July 9, 2016
Price: 0

Air Jordan 1 High Black/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High Black/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High Black/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High Black/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High Black/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High Black/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 Retro High

Colorway: White/Vachetta Tan-White
Style #: 845018-142
Release Date: July 9, 2016
Price: 0

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

Air Jordan 1 High White/Vachetta

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Jun 29, 2016

Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit “Olympic” Drops Next Week

If you don’t recognize the influence of the Nike Air Presto in modern sneaker culture, just look around. The shoe is everywhere and new variations of the model continue to release in droves.

This International Presto is by far one of the best of the year. Constructed in Flyknit fabrication with patriotic tones throughout, a metallic gold casing, toe bumper and tongue patch render this colorway not only one of the brand’s best Olympic releases, but one of the best Prestos of the year.

Give the Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit “Olympic” a look above and anticipate the release on July 7.

Nike Air Presto Ultra Flyknit “Olympic”

Style #: 835570-406
Release Date: July 7, 2016
Price: 0

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Jun 29, 2016

adidas NMD XR1 “Triple White”

Expanding as quickly as the shoe is flying off of shelves, the adidas NMD line is spreading its wings to new renderings. This variation, the adidas NMD XR1, is seen today in a “Triple White” colorway.

With the same Boost midsole and EVA plugs, the upper offers a stronger sartorial element with enhanced cage construction and a sharper, more angular foot opening.

The adidas NMD XR1 “Triple White” hasn’t been updated with a release date just yet. Stay tuned.

adidas NMD XR1 Triple White

adidas NMD XR1 Triple White

adidas NMD XR1 Triple White

adidas NMD XR1 Triple White

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Jun 29, 2016

BRONX NEWS: Cops hunt 3 creeps who molested women, girl in Bronx and Queens

Cops are seeking three pervs who molested two women and a girl in the Bronx and Queens.

Police said Leroy Keels, 61, was riding a northbound 6 train at the 138th St. station when he rubbed a 25-year-old woman’s buttocks and touched himself on April 11.

She confronted him, and he fled at the Parkchester station.

The victim snapped a picture, and a detective recognized him from a past case, cop sources said.

Creep masturbates in front of woman, 24, on Brooklyn subway

In another Bronx assault, a man grabbed a 23-year-old woman from behind as she stood outside a Waterbury Ave. building near Havemeyer Ave. at about 5:30 a.m. on June 19.

He’s described as Hispanic, about 35, 5-feet-5 and weighing 150 pounds. He has a light complexion, and wore black jogging pants and a black shirt, cops said.

Police are also looking for the creep who touched an 11-year-old girl’s chest in Queens on Thursday.

The man, described as white and 20 to 25 approached the girl on Albion Ave. near Queens Blvd. in Flushing at about 7:45 a.m.

Sicko Mount Sinai doctor gave knockout drug before masturbating

Cops released photos of all three men Tuesday.

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Jun 29, 2016

Master & Dynamic MW60 Wireless Headphones Release in Black Metal and Leather

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Jun 29, 2016

A Comprehensive History of Every Yeezy Debut

With today’s news that adidas and Kanye West have together agreed to terms on a new long-term partnership of expanded resources and product launches, we can expect to see nothing but adidas-branded Yeezy models from here on out.

Of course, Kanye West has partnered with several brands over the past decade, each highlighted by unique and thoughtful unveils along the way to debut new models and colorways alike.

Whether it was a Grammy’s performance, his very own New York Fashion Week takeover, strategic music video placements, or of course, Kanye simply walking down the street in a new sneaker, the debuts have been varied through the years. Check out how every Kanye shoe has been unveiled through the years, and let us know your favorite colorways in the comments section below.

Nike Air Yeezy 1 Black/White Prototype

Event: 2008 Grammy Awards
When: February 10, 2008

Rocking an LED outfit before ‘lit’ was the wave and playing “Stronger” with Daft Punk before EDM was the rage, Kanye West rocked the crowd at the 2008 Grammy Awards while debuting the then unknown Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototype. In addition, he also brought the house down with an emotional performance of “Hey Mama.” The music and the shoe both left their mark and both received acclaim.

Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Net”

Event: The Ellen Show
When: October 7, 2008

On set to premier the “Love Lockdown” music video, Kanye also treated the Ellen guests to the first look at the “Net” Nike Air Yeezy 1. Years later during the Yeezus listening party, Kanye would speak on the original concept of the Yeezy as bringing a Lanvin color palette to a sportswear sneaker. This makeup serves as the best example of just that.

Louis Vuitton Collection

Kanye West Louis Vuitton

left photo via Sneaker News and right photo by Eric Ryan for Getty Images via Just Jared

Events: Scattered
When: January 2009

You know how Kanye talks about breaking the internet? In a way that really happened when his Louis Vuitton collection first started leaking on the web because most of the videos, photos and sites that they surfaced on no longer exist.

From a paparazzi video of Kanye leaving a Louis store and casually mentioning his collab to a laptop selfie on his blog, the collection leaked out in both informal and formal fashion over the course of the month of January. The entire collection was named after close friends from his camp and launched in July of 2009.

Nike Air Yeezy 1 “Zen Grey”

Nike Air Yeezy Zen Grey

photos via Don C and Marcus Troy via The Shoe Game

Event: The Internet
When: March 13, 2009

The original Nike Air Yeezy didn’t just happen when the blogosphere, online sneaker culture and streetwear scene exploded, it was gasoline on the flame. Such being said, OG (and current) Kanye camp curators/influencers Don C, Ibn Jasper and Marcus Troy were among the first to have the “Zen Grey” colorway of the Yeezy. Photos first hit their personal blogs and spread like wildfire to the rest of the web.

Nike Air Yeezy 1 Black/Pink

Event: “Knock You Down” Music Video
When: April 6, 2009

Having shaved the shag but kept the kicks, the Nike Air Yeezy 1 Black/Pink made its on-foot debut on Kanye West in the “Knock You Down” music video. While the shoe had been seen in shots from Complex before and confirmed as a retail release, this was one of the first times Ye actually wore it.

Nike Air Yeezy 2 Black/Solar Red

Event: “The Black Mamba” Mini-Movie
When: February 19, 2011

After announcing their would be an Air Yeezy 2 on the set of the “Amazing” music video, speed boat dreams turned to internet realities when Kanye debuted the shoe in Robert Rodriguez’s “The Black Mamba” mini-movie. Playing foil to Kobe Bryant, “The Boss,” aka Yeezy, gets tough in the second signature of his namesake.

Nike Air Yeezy 2 Black/White Prototype

Event: Coachella Performance
When: April 17, 2011

Though never released, the Black/White Yeezy 2s made their official debut on stage during his famous Coachella set. Donning the all-red “Power” suit, this shoe is also dubbed the “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasty” colorway as it coincides with the making of the album and the fact that Cyhi the Prynce has a PE pair with album tagging on it. Shout outs to Chris Lee who was one of the first to spot this.

Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Pure Platinum”

Event: 2011 MTV VMAs
When: August 28, 2011

Rocking the stage with big brother Jay Z, The Throne made their live TV debut and so did the the “Pure Platinum” Nike Air Yeezy 2. A very thankful and happy Kanye West accepted awards and performed “Otis” in the silver sneakers that would cause pandemonium for months on end.

Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October”

Event: Saturday Night Live
When: May 18, 2013

First previewed on Instagram by Simon Ou and later by Kim Kardashian West, the Nike Air Yeezy 2 “Red October” made its official debut on the feet of Kanye West during an intense performance on Saturday Night Live. Playing a since amended version of “Black Skinhead” as well as the pivotal “New Slaves,” Kanye rocked and shocked the crowd with material that would set the tone and attitude for the then-unreleased Yeezus album.

adidas Yeezy Boost 750

adidas Yeezy 3 Boost

photos via Ibn Jasper

Event: Instagram
When: February 6, 2015

After leaking on an airplane months before, the adidas Yeezy Boost 750 officially hit the web as confirmed as such via on-foot photos of Kanye West from his barber/style consultant Ibn Jasper. Though the Grammy Awards (much like the original Yeezy) and RocNation party were most likely meant to be the first look, this IG unveiling served as the official debut.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 & adidas Yeezy Duck Boot 950

adidas Yeezy Season 1

photos by ImaxTree via Livingly

Event: Yeezy Season 1 Show
When: February 12, 2015

On the feet of Kanye and many a model, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 and adidas Yeezy Duck Boot 950 both debuted to the public eye at the Yeezy Season 1 Show back in February at New York Fashion Week. The major moment for Mr. West and adidas saw Kanye’s creative vision for clothing take shape in head-to-toe fashion, offering his take on grunge garb and stripped down sportswear. This was also the first time the world heard “Wolves” — his still unreleased collaboration with Sia and Vic Mensa.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “White”

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 White

photo via E! Online

Event: James Harden’s Birthday Party
When: August 25, 2015

All-white like he got the whole thing bleached, Kanye debuted quite the contrast to the “Pirate Black” Boosts by debuting what some are calling the “Beluga” adidas Yeezy Boost 350 at James Harden’s birthday party. While the theme of the evening called for blanco attire, it’s still uncertain at this point if they were a party PE or upcoming release.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Beige”

Kanye West adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Beige

photos by Larry Busacca and Frazer Harrison for Getty Images via Zimbio

Event: 2015 MTV Video Music Awards
When: August 30, 2015

Can’t stop, won’t stop, the Yeezy 350 rollouts continued on the red carpet of the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. Kanye West came out with Kim Kardashian rocking all-Yeezy Season-everything to the tone of tan or rather beige. Of all the Yeezy debuts, this one may go down as the most memorable thanks to Kanye’s Video Vanguard speech in which he made a remark about running for president in 2020.

Yeezy Season 2 Heels

Kim Kardashian in Yeezy Season 2

photos by Michael Loccisano for Getty Images via Zimbio

Event: The Rihanna Party at New York Fashion Week
When: September 10, 2015

Currently with no name and no Boost cushioning (to our knowledge), Kim Kardashian broke out a pair of heels from Yeezy Season 2 while attending New York Fashion Week festivities. At this point, it’s uncertain whether or not the fancy footwear will be released under the adidas umbrella, but according to an IG from Kim they’re Yeezy Season approved.

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Black/Gum

Kanye West adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Black

photo by Larry Busacca for Getty Images via Zimbio

Event: Givenchy Spring 2016 Show at New York Fashion Week
When: September 11, 2015

Supporting fellow designer and footwear collaborator Riccardo Tisci, Kanye West took to the Givenchy Spring 2016 Show in the “Black” adidas Yeezy Boost 750 for the first time. Long the subject of wanting and Photoshops before dubbed official, the first look at the “Black” 750s sees what appears to be a nubuck/suede upper atop a translucent gum sole.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Silver”

Kanye West adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Silver

left photo via Look Live and right photo by Tatiana Kevych for Splash News via Daily Mail

Event: Alexander Wang Show at New York Fashion Week
When: September 13, 2015

Eerily similar in styling to the “White” pair (we’re still waiting on confirmation to specify that they’re not the same shoe), Kanye West rocked what looks to be a “Silver” style of the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 at pal Alexander Wang’s recent show.

adidas Yeezy Duck Boot 950 Brown/Gum

Kanye West adidas Yeezy 950 Duck Boot

photo via Team Kanye Daily

Event: New York Fashion Week
When: September 14, 2015

After going totally tonal on the first two Duck Boot designs, it appears a golden or gum sole is stamping that of Yeezy Season 2’s offering. Kanye rocked these while out and about with his wife Kim, throwing an otherwise all-black outfit for a left.

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Light Plum” & “Chocolate”

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 "Light Plum" (photo via Sneaker News)

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Light Plum” (photo via Sneaker News)

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 "Chocolate" (photo via Sneaker News)

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Chocolate” (photo via Sneaker News)

Event: Yeezy Season 2 Fashion Show
When: September 16, 2015

Yeezy Season 2 continued on with many of the looks launched in Season 1 but still managed to play with and push the palette just enough. The “Light Plum” & “Chocolate” 750s serve as the highlight from the high profile show. Not too long after, T. Blake gave us a great look at the “Chocolate” colorway with a YouTube review.

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Black”

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 "Black"

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Black” (photo via @travisscott)

Event: Travis Scott Instagram Post
When: December 5, 2015

The adidas Yeezy Boost 750 “Black” was a bit hard to follow. After discrepancy as to whether or not these were an official colorway/would they release, all doubt was put to rest when Travi$ Scott posted a pair straight from Kanye on IG. A holiday release followed shortly after.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Season 3 “White”

Event: Twitter/Kylie Jenner Makeup Launch
When: February 8, 2016

Striking similar to the pair previewed at James Harden’s birthday party and almost identical to the 550s, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “White” from Season 3 sees new threading on the upper and a snowy color scheme. Kanye offered an early look at these on Twitter before breaking them out at Kylie Jenner’s makeup launch party.

adidas Yeezy Boost 1050

Event: Twitter/Yeezy Season 3 Show at MSG
When: February 8/11, 2016

Initially seen during a series of pre-Yeezy Season 3 tweets from Kanye himself, the adidas Yeezy Boost 1050 was perhaps the most visible style at the MSG show. Worn by Young Thug and a handful of models, this update to the 950 features Boost cushioning — a first for boots in the Yeezy series.

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Season 3

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Season 3

adidas Yeezy Boost 350 Season 3 (photos by ImaxTree via Livingly)

Event: Yeezy Season 3 Show at MSG
When: February 11, 2016

Though partially previewed on Twitter leading up to the Yeezy Season 3 at MSG, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 of said show/season got its first good look on the feet of Lil Yachty and other models. Like the “White” pair worn by Kanye before, the Season 3 350s see a different pattern on the upper (likely still Primeknit) while also offering stripe contrast on the grey pair seen above along with a Black/White makeup also seen on set.

Yeezy Season 3 Boots

Event: Yeezy Season 3 Show at MSG
When: February 11, 2016

While many (all) of us sneakerheads were hoping for Kanye to arrive at MSG in something new of the Boost variety, he switched it up in the NYC winter and rocked a new pair of boots. Arriving with Lamar Odom (a G move, by the way), Kanye debuted the Yeezy Season 3 Boots in tan while models also donned a darker version. We were able to confirm with both adidas and Kanye’s team that these are not made by the Three Stripes but are indeed a piece from Yeezy Season 3.

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Grey/Gum

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Grey/Gum

adidas Yeezy Boost 750 Grey/Gum (photo via Daily Mail)

Event: Night out in NYC
When: February 14, 2016

After another amazing SNL performance, Kanye West stepped out with his wife Kim Kardashian in New York City in yet another gum-soled pair of Yeezy Boost 750s. Debuted on Valentine’ Day, this lovely colorway sees a grey upper similar to the initial 750 launch, with a gum sole showing shades of Yeezy Seasons 2 and 3. Originally spotted by Team Kanye Daily, these are yet to release.

adidas Yeezy Boost 550

Event: “Figure it Out” Music Video Shoot
When: March 4, 2016

Hanh? That ain’t Kanye, nope it was rather French Montana that debuted the adidas Yeezy Boost 550. Seen in all-white but appearing closer to grey in the photo, the revamped rendition of the very popular 350s are seemingly next up. A closer look from Spliff Tv sees a translucent sole serving as the icing on the cake of this mid top makeup.

Lead image photos by Kevin Winter & Frazer Harrison for Getty Images via Zimbio

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Jun 29, 2016

Adidas & Kanye West Announce Extension & New Yeezy Category

words // Nick DePaula:

Bright and early this morning, adidas and Kanye West together announced that they’ve struck a deal on a new long-term extension that will marry the brand and creative force for years to come.

While Kanye and adidas have released limited edition Yeezy sneaker and boot silhouettes over the last two years, this new extension greatly expands the vision of where the Yeezy line is headed. There will be an entirely new Yeezy-dedicated category of designers and product managers located at the brand’s Portland, Oregon adidas Village headquarters, responsible for building out both male and female product lines featuring footwear, apparel, accessories and everything in between.

In addition to the continuing lifestyle products, of important note is also the fact that adidas will soon launch Yeezy performance products as well. Yes, this means some of the brand’s newest endorsers will be seen on court in the NBA at the game’s highest level in Yeezy basketball shoes. Adidas will also launch distinct Yeezy retail hubs around the world.

“Recognizing the influence, success and global brand power that began almost two years ago with Yeezy for adidas Originals, the unprecedented new alliance makes history as the most significant partnership ever created between a non-athlete and an athletic brand,” adidas said via a press release. “It will redefine the future, uniting adidas’ technical, innovative expertise and capabilities with the visionary imagination of West.”

As for Kanye, he’s undoubtedly excited to further formalize the relationship with adidas, and soon launch an all-encompassing lifestyle and performance category of his own that he’s long sought out. “These past two years adidas and Yeezy have given a glimpse into our future,” he says. “This partnership illustrates that anyone with a dream can dream without limitations.”

West, pictured alongside adidas Chief Marketing Officer (and potential future brand CEO) Eric Liedtke, will essentially be given the keys to the kingdom with the brand. According to Nice Kicks sources, his deal will also fully incentive him to wear adidas products from all categories, meaning we can look for him to expand beyond just his own branded products and silhouettes like the Ultra Boost.

“Kanye is a true creator who has the ability to see things others don’t. We are excited and honored to build on this partnership, and eagerly look forward to defining the future together,” says Liedtke. “With adidas + Kanye, we are exploring new territories by opening up the sports world to Kanye’s creativity. This is what adidas has always been about, empowering creators to create the new.”

Stay tuned for more updates on the emerging and expanding Yeezy line at adidas, and let us know what you think of the new extension in the comments section below.

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Jun 29, 2016

The Full Story Of How Adidas First Signed Kanye West In 2013

words & interview // Nick DePaula:

Earlier today, adidas and Kanye West announced that they’ve agreed to terms on a new long-term extension of their partnership. The expanded deal will include a fully dedicated Yeezy category at the brand’s Portland, Oregon headquarters, along with plans for an expanded retail presence, and an entry into creating performance products. Yes, that means we can expect to see Yeezy hoop shoes and cleats in the NBA, NFL and MLB, as soon as next season.

While the partnership between both the global brand of adidas and the creative force that is Kanye West takes on a new trajectory with today’s announcement, the two have officially been linked together since late 2013.

Ye-Wex-Team-FULL-5002After beginning his pursuit of Kanye in the spring of 2012, Jon Wexler, adidas’ Global Director of Entertainment Marketing & Influencer Entertainment, was finally able to strike a deal after on and off negotiations over the next year and a half.

This is the full timeline and detailed backstory of just how “Wex” was able to sign Kanye West and together build the impactful partnership that has officially launched a separate and stand alone adidas Yeezy category.


Nick DePaula: I vividly remember you telling me about this. It was November 6th, 2013, at 4:14 pm, when you got the text from Kanye –

Jon Wexler: Yeah! It said, “The world changes now.”

NDP: Exactly. You get the text from him, and then right after, you got an email with a copy of his signed adidas contract. To go back even further, when was the first point of contact made, and when did those conversations first begin?

Wex: The first time we connected was May of 2012. There was a series of phone calls between people from his team, putting out feelers to various brands that he had an interest in partnering with. Just thinking in a forward way, in case the partnership that he was in at the time didn’t evolve, I guess. Not to put myself in their head, but that’s just good business, to always have your next move planned out.

You know, adidas and Reebok are partner brands, and a guy from his team called [Reebok VP of Sports & Entertainment Marketing] Todd Krinsky, and said, “We’re really interested in exploring opportunities [with adidas] to see what might happen down the road.”

Todd gave me a shout, and said, “We just got this call about this inquiry, what do you guys think?” We huddled up as a team, and obviously, you have to evaluate stuff when you’re talking about working with someone that’s with a competitor.

That’s always controversial, when people change sides. We put it through the evaluation filter, and I remember our CMO coming into the office and being like, “Based on all the factors we’ve laid out, we believe this is the right thing for us to do.” From that point on, that was the mission. To make sure that we were able to make it happen.

“He didn’t want to build a shoe, he wanted to build Rome.”

— Jon Wexler

Kanye YeezusNDP: You guys obviously weren’t working on product during that time yet during the negotiations, but what were some of the overall big picture things that you guys had outlined him possibly impacting?

Wex: Everyone’s aware of Kanye’s creativity and his directness and determination. The thing that really came across in those first conversations, is he’s just truly a world builder. He didn’t want to build a shoe, he wanted to build Rome. He was thinking on such a big scale, that it was just inspiring to even be in a conversation.

One conversation led to the next and to the next, and we were just constantly going back and forth with, “Just what could the partnership look like? What could we, in a perfect world scenario, pull off?” There were many, many discussions, and a couple trips to Germany. He had meetings with some of our senior executives out there, and there was just a lot of rounds of back and forth from there.

NDP: So you guys get down that path, and then eventually agree to terms on everything. How did that all take shape?

Wex: So we were all in New York for Fashion Week [September 5-12, 2013], and I was out there to go to the [ASAP] Rocky and Jeremy Scott shoe unveil event. I remember texting him and saying, “Hey, I’m in New York, and some of our higher up people are here too. Are you available?” He sent back, “Oh my god, I just landed. Lets get together.”

We finally got together, and I remember, some of the guys from his team coming up to me and saying, “You will never, ever get him. Ever.” [laughs] But now, some of those same people are our biggest advocates for what we’re doing. It wasn’t just him that changed the paradigm, but his whole crew of very highly influential and disruptive people around him are behind it too now.

“It was very evident from the beginning, that he was going to be a gamechanger for us.”

— Jon Wexler

That entire weekend, we had a series of meetings with him where we talked through and agreed on creatively what we wanted to accomplish, and then also agreed on the terms around the agreement. All of that took place in the dressing room at Jimmy Fallon. [laughs]

I remember walking out of the dressing room, and Charlie Wilson, who sang the “Bound 2” sample hook, he was wearing an adidas tracksuit head to toe. It was a white tracksuit with black stripes. Our Creative Director and CMO were like, “Did he know we were coming?” I was like, “Guys, this is what he does.” When [Kanye] starts to go toward a brand and gravitate there, all of the people around him recognize that and they try to go that direction too. It was very evident from the beginning, that he was going to be a gamechanger for us.


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Jun 29, 2016

BRONX NEWS: Bronx boy tries to hang himself after he had to share his candy

A 9-year-old Bronx boy tried to hang himself because he was told he had to share his candy with his siblings, police said Tuesday.

The boy’s horrified mother found him near death, hanging from a single white shoelace, in their Walton Ave. home in Mount Eden at 3:20 p.m. Monday, officials said. The boy was rushed to Lincoln Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday.

The 31-year-old mom said her son was alone in his room Monday afternoon, when at about 3:15 p.m. she called to him to open the door, according to police sources. Before the boy went into his room, he was mad about being told he had to share his candy, sources said the mother told them.

The mom told cops she had sent two of her four children on an errand to the corner store. She asked the boy to open the door when they returned, but he didn’t respond. That’s when she found him hanging from a bunk bed, sources said.

10-year-old Boy Scout accidentally hangs himself: cops

The frantic mom got a kitchen knife and cut her son down, then yelled to her other kids to get help, sources said. Neighbor Lariel Nieves, 27, rushed inside and performed CPR on the boy, Nieves and his wife Marcia Lopez, 41, said.

“She was screaming, ‘My baby’s not breathing!’ ” Lopez said.

When Nieves got inside, he saw the boy on the floor, blood coming from his nose and mouth.

“I see the kid laying there with blood all over the place,” Nieves said. “I thought ‘Let me just try CPR.”

Moments later, the boy let out a loud cough and started to breathe, he said. “When he started breathing, the ambulances showed up.”

Nieves and Lopez said their kids often play together and the boy’s mother, is a great parent.

“She’s the best. She takes good care of her kids,” Lopez said.

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