Yo. *holds up hands* we’ve been busy (quiet on here). Man, it’s tough these days. It’s easy to get lost in the day. Caught up in the routine. Too often we’re finding this out lately as we become busier and busier with our personal lives that the amount of time we can commit to Y&Y is falling. Career changes, moves abroad and life getting in the way. This’ll change soon though, so watch this space. In the meantime, Samsung and Three UK approached us last month (yes, that’s how behind we are on things) asking if we’d like to take the new Samsung Galaxy S7 for a spin. I’m a bit of a tech lover myself, but I’ve never liked Samsung phones nor has Y&Y done much in the tech space. Still, it gave us an opportunity to talk about something we strive to do when in our creative bubble. Capture those moments that mean something to you, every day. And the beauty of a great camera on a mobile phone is that it becomes so much easier to do so.
While we love technology and the new, we get just as excited about heritage brands and products with history, just have a look at our work with Levi’s or the story of how we’ve attempted to Make History. This time we’ve been given the opportunity to work with another brand that we’ve admired for a long time. If you don’t know already, Red Wing is an American brand rooted in uncompromising craftsmanship, with over 100 years of practice in the art of designing and producing footwear that’s made to last. With two pairs of boots and a woodland to explore, Adam and I put their hard work to the test.
Last week, I was privileged enough to be invited to experience the launch of Nike’s latest addition to the Flyknit lineage, the Flyknit Lunar 2. The launch of the new shoe coincided with the unveiling of the new Nike Brand Experience store, located in the heart of Berlin. Yep that’s right, the kind folks at Nike were kind enough to send us out to the German capital for an exclusive preview of the store followed by an eventful run through the twilight city to trial the new running sneakers. Hop on after the cut.
Usually with product features on Y&Y, we tend to review while they’re still new and base it off a week’s worth of usage. This time with this backpack, it’s a little different – I’ve been wearing it for almost two months and for someone who owns over 5 bags, it’s fair to say this is by far the best one I’ve owned. It’s perfect for my lifestyle, always on the go and always comfortable even carrying a crap load of stuff (Macbook Pro, SLR and gym gear). As always, I remained behind the lens for the shoot, Derek – the leader of the Y&Y’s internal #teamimageting stepped into the frame. More on the reverse.
Oliver Sweeney have recently introduced their latest collection dubbed The Compass Collection. You could be forgiven if you thought that they has spread their wing and ventured into making beautifully crafted compasses, however you’d be wrong. The Compass Collection is in fact a new contemporary casual collection expertly fashioned using materials from one of the greatest tanneries in England, Charles F. Stead.
During the Y&Y site hiatus and redesign, we were invited down to the Energy Boost launch where adidas unveiled a new running shoe that it claims will be a revolution in the running scene. We were intrigued by the bold claims and over the last 10 weeks, Annabel and I have put the trainers to the test. Check out the visuals and read about our experience after the cut.