Hill City

Hill City — a men’s brand under Gap — showed up at work today to share their “high performance” everyday clothes. I’m honestly so excited for Gap to release this line, it seems like the perfect companion for Athleta, and I’m not gonna lie the Gap and Banana menswear in the athleisure category has not been my favorite. Enter Hill City…Hill City specializes in bringing high performance materials to everyone — not just athletes, yogis, or outdoorsmen. Hill City recognizes that these clothes can serve a different purpose for many. Functionality through decadence.

They had a QR-code powered raffle to win a free jacket. Not gonna lie, I was very sad that I did not win the Thermal Light Shirt Jacket but I did come away with a pair of socks!

I know what I’m adding to my Christmas list this year!

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Kinfoak: East Bay Shirts

Spotlighting another Oakland company! Kinfoak is hella inspired by the Bay Area. Located in the Laurel district of Oakland (and a retail presence in Sole Space and Besties Boutique), you know these guys are legit 510 natives just based on their soundcloud. I absolutely need this East Bay / North Face parody shirt.

Site: https://kinfoak.com

The East Bay Tee

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Synthetic ID: Bay Area Post Punk

Synthetic ID is a bay area band. They released an album, Apertures, in 2012 on 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. I never followed up with anything they did after that, but they’re now with Castle Face Records.  Seems like this album — my copy, a clear vinyl, pictured below — isn’t on Apple Music but the Bandcamp has previews. The music itself feels like a sustained pressurized blitz, an incredibly successful 8 songs clocking in at 17 minutes. Probably time to revisit.

 


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Beta Brand: Bold Patterned Shirts

Beta Brand is a San Francisco company that makes high quality clothes that emphasize utility & comfort; that is, clothes people actually want to wear. Their customers vote on the designs they manufacture. Apparel for the people! They’re mostly a women’s brand, but have some great menswear. Huge props to them for releasing a pair of women’s jeans with, get this, full sized pockets.

Flamingo

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Minutemen

Minutemen. San Pedro. Jamming Econo. Mike Watt. D Boone. George Hurley. SST Records. Paranoid TIme. “Anti-rockist eclecticism.” Influences include Richard Hell, Wire, Gang of Four. The militia of colonial times. Political acid funk rock. Raymond Pettibon. The compilation The Politics of Time collects some early stuff and it’s great.