A new brand for us, Seattle’s CMRTYZ (say each letter) operates in a downtown loft right around the corner from where Nirvana used to play. That would be about one mile south of Nordstrom headquarters. Because we’re 100% in love with CMRTYZ’s punk concert-poster aesthetic, which gets a streetwear twist in our exclusive mini collection of hockey jerseys and T-shirts, we dropped by the studio to learn more about designers CMR (Carlos Michael Ruiz) and TYZ (Ty Ziskis).
Inside, we found artwork and silkscreens on the floor and local punk band So Pitted carefully “hole-ing,” ripping holes in T-shirts for decoration. It made us laugh, looked cool and the band getting paid (“We’re huge fans,” said Ziskis) was a clear example of CMRTYZ’s ethos: support the scene that inspires you.
Nordstrom isn’t carrying CMRTYZ’s hole-y stuff. But there is a rough/degraded quality to our jerseys and tees due to Ruiz’s hand-drawn comics-style illustrations, quick cutouts and images processed via photocopier.
Check our interview below to learn about life-changing album art, how to make a bad impression during a business deal and what happens when the punks take marketing jobs–all filtered through Ruiz’s unique hand-style.
Shop: CMRTYZ | The Rail
Perhaps you are shopping for comfy, statement-y footwear for summer. Have you noticed our whole collection of Pumas is white hot flames? It’s true. Check it out. You will find nary a weak sneaker.
Right now we’re especially psyched on the R698 running shoe and the slightly taller, adidas Tubular-esque Blaze of Glory.
Check out two of each model in the images above and below. The first three are collaborations with esteemed streetwear brands Brooklyn We Go Hard and Alife.
Shop: R698 X Brooklyn We Go Hard
Last time our photography/style team Studio N told us what to wear to the beach, they GIF-ed up an animation that inspired us to mix beach gear with our street clothes, and introduced cool brands like Ambsn.
Now they’re at it again. This time their focus is on the Australian/European/American brand Rhythm. It’s a surfing and a lifestyle brand. We’re especially feeling Rhythm’s floral/stone shorts, above. And we’re not mad at all that the name made us re-listen to DJ Quik’s Rhythm-al-ism.
Check the rest of Studio N’s Rhythm-specific editorial images, below.
Photographer: Matthew Sumi
Model: Philip Muscato
Stylist: Grace Erdman & Morgan Dillon
Art director: Eric Bay
Hair & makeup: Tom Pollock
Shop: all swimwear | Rhythm
The always-irreverent Four Pins menswear blog has published an essay about the all-time classic adidas Samba sneaker that will (probably) absorb you, educate you and make you feel feelings. For us, we appreciated how writer Sam Diss put the Samba into English context for an American audience. We were outraged that he thought all Jordans looked the same. And we’re still LOLing IRL about his description of British men’s attitudes toward dancing:
“…anything further than a barely rhythmic shuffling of the shoulders under duress is deemed highly suspect.”
Click here to read the piece.
The image above shows the new adidas Samba MC–which stands for modern classic–a great-looking canvas sneaker, perfect for spring/summer.
Shop: adidas Samba MC | adidas Samba | all adidas
Especially when it’s hot out, we’re wearing white/bleached/blown-out colors. And as always, comfort is a must. To those ends, this sunny season, catch us in a crisp Zanerobe shirt and/or a pair of the Australian brand’s jeans, jogger pants or shorts.
That’ll be us at BBQs and on OPBs (other people’s boats), Zan-ed up, Zan-ed out, bumping Soulja Boy’s “Zan With That Lean.”
We’re loving the whole slouchy-yet-clean aesthetic.
One more note about Zanerobe shorts: we’ll have the “Sureshot” chino in heavy rotation for a few months, here. But we keep eyeing those perforated leather joints, as well–seen above and linked below–thinking maybe this is the year we lace ourselves with luxury shorts.
Shop: Zanerobe printed long-sleeve | Zanerobe long tee | Zanerobe jeans | Zanerobe leather shorts | all Zanerobe | The Rail
When it comes to summer shoes, have you thought about going the patterned route? It’s kind of like wearing a loud shirt on your feet. Definitely a fun way to reconsider your outfit. Recommended for resisting anonymity.
These adidas Fluxes are very hot and a good place to start.
Dig a little deeper through our offerings, though, and you’ll find smaller, high-quality brands that your friends might not be up on–until you lace the function with conversation-starting footwear: California-based Thorocraft is worth checking out; so is Filling Pieces, out of Amsterdam.
Shop: adidas ZX Flux | all sneakers
The water may feel great, but we can’t stay submerged forever. Because, you know, biology. And so we find ourselves at a critical juncture:
What’s the move after swimming? Pool to party? Beach to bar?
And will the policy be the industry standard no shirt, no shoes, no dice?
This transition involves considering packable layers–and to inspire you to make it smoothly, we present this animation of a well-prepared dude, made by our ace squad at Studio N.
Photographer: Matthew Sumi
Model: Brandon Tobiassen
Stylists: Morgan Dillon and Chad Christensen
Art director: Brett Wiseman
Shop: Vans slip-ons | Sol Angeles tee | Ambsn woven shirt | Ambsn shorts | Armani swim briefs | Herschel duffel | Schwood sunglasses