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BOSS x Russell Athletic Collection

BOSS x Russell Athletic Available Now

Joining forces to present a collection full of smart / casual goodness, world renowned German label BOSS joins forces with American sportswear giant, Russell Athletic as part of their new collaborative venture. With decades spent between them within their respective industries and a number of influential partnerships already secured, this latest exploration into the world of athleisure showcases exactly why they remain undisputed icons.

BOSS x Russell Athletic Safa Hoodie


Drawing inspiration from their vast archives and using it as a reference point, the collection combines the expert 
tailoring and signature style of BOSS with the instantly recognisable aesthetic of Russell Athletic.  Arriving at the perfect time to provide the ideal home office attire, the diverse line-up comes packed full of laidback cuts, athletic detailing and soft retro influenced colourways, sure to make fans on both sides very happy.

 

BOSS x Russell Athletic Krussel Cardigan

Spanning everything from easy-going hoodies, refined knitwear pieces and comfortable sweatpants, varsity style co-branding can be found throughout alongside clever material use and quintessential design, whilst a range of key accessory pieces, including caps and drawstring gym bags complete proceedings.

The BOSS x Russell Athletic Collection is available now at Aphrodite.

 

How To Style Athleisure

All Day Athleisure : Lockdown Looks

Offering an effortless transition from home office to weekly shop, when it comes to the current daily schedule of most of the world, you can’t really go wrong with a solid selection of athleisure pieces at your disposal. Easily combined with the rest of your wardrobe and offering on-the-go comfort, pieces such as the humble hoodie and unassuming joggers have transcended their loungewear shackles and permeated into just about every area of modern day dressing. Perhaps a tad bit over-dramatic but you get the idea, sweats are proper good, and to show our appreciation we’ve put together three looks to prove our point.

 

Y3 Logo Hoodie Hope Lilac

Paul Smith Kibby Trainers

The North Face Black Box T-Shirt

 

Synchronised Sweats

After a long time spent indoors you’d forgive us for breaking out the shorts a little earlier than usual and lets face it this Y-3 two-piece ensemble is the perfect excuse to do it. Made from a super soft 100% cotton fabric and cut to fit slightly oversized to enhance their playful proportions, the pair come presented in a subtle shade of, ‘Hope Lilac’. Kitted out with a selection of pockets including an additional zip pocket to the shorts for peace of mind for those important items, tonal Y-3 logos can be found respectively for a covert finish. Further south, Paul Smith’s High Top Kibby Trainers offer the perfect alternative to face covering obscured expressions. Taking influence from vintage athletic shoes and guaranteed to bring some positive energy to your local supermarket, a contrast smiley motif sits to each side whilst a chunky rubber sole ensures ample support.

 

Ralph Laure Bolo Bear Hoodie

 

Leisurely Layering

Unintentionally pairing two of the most iconic animals in the fashion industry, our last look is characterised by insulating layers and graphic heavy visuals. Centering around a Ralph Lauren Polo Bear Hoodie, Taion’s down filled, water repellent and fully packable gilet bulks things out for those days when sweats alone just won’t cut the mustard. With Paul Smith’s slim fit joggers adding a more tailored, intentional take on everyone’s favourite indoor legwear, a pair of Nike Challenger OG’s finish proceedings with that certain je ne sais quoi only made possible by heritage runners.

 

Nike Hayward 2.0 Backpack

Stussy Logo Hoodie

 New Balance 574 Trainers

 

Street Savvy Shopper

For those with a taste for more street orientated clothing, we’re sure this next ensemble will have something to tickle your fancy. Starting with a cotton rich hoodie from Stussy, a selection of ribbing and a kangaroo pocket can be found to the front, whilst the classic script logo in contrasting blue is sure to cast an instantly recognisable shadow for anyone within excess of 2 metres of your personal space. Decked out in a delightful yellow colour which hints at Springs imminent arrival, a pair of Belstaff’s easy going sweats sit below alongside the dad shoe certified New Balance 574. Top it off with the Hayward 2.0 backpack from Nike and watch your left the bags for life at home nightmares fade away.

John Terry Champions League Slip

Top 5 Shocking Moments In Champions League History

If you’re fan of the beautiful game chances are you’ve heard the news that, following defeats to PSG and Porto, both Ronaldo and Messi will not be present at the Champions League Quarter Finals for the first time in 16 years. Having been permanent fixtures of the tournament since 2004/2005 sharing plenty of goals between them, the news has made space for upcoming young players such as Mbappe and Haaland to shine. But we aren’t here to turn the wheels of the rumour mill, instead we thought this the perfect time to give you a rundown of just a handful of the many surprising, controversial and bemusing moments in Champions League history.

 

Liverpool AC Milan Comeback

 

Liverpool Final Comeback

When it comes to sheer drama, it doesn’t really get anymore dramatic than this. Following going 3-0 down in the first-half to a fully stacked AC Milan squad in the Istanbul final, you’d be forgiven for thinking Liverpool had well and truly kissed their chances of becoming European champions goodbye. Of course, hindsight is 20:20 and as we all know now just a mere 15 minutes later the game was tied 3-3, with the floodgates opened by captain Steven Gerrard’s beauty of a header. What followed was goal line clearances, rebound goals and probably the hardest 30 minutes of sport for scousers around the globe to watch. But, the drama didn’t end their and the game in true nail-biting fashion found its way into penalties with Liverpool securing the victory 3-2 following a final save from now cult legend keeper Dudek.

 

Robin Van Persie Red Card

 

Robin Van Persie Red Card

Nothing quite disrupts a game more than a red card, well maybe someone running across the pitch without many clothes on but you get the idea. Not only do you lose a potential key component of your team but then for the remainder you find yourself one man down, not ideal. Even worse still is when the red card feels particularly undeserved which in the case of Van Persie’s signing off during their game against Barcelona was exactly that. Often regarded as the harshest sending off in history, Van Persie was found off-side when put through to goal. Unable to hear the whistle he took a chance with his right foot, which referee Massimo Busacca did not take a liking too. Having already been booked earlier in the game, and with a further yellow for time wasting, resulting in Persie leaving the field and Arsenal subsequently losing the game.

 

Luiz Adriano Banned

 

Luiz Adriano Banned

Nothing too dramatic on paper, FC Nordsjaelland and Shaktar Donetsk met in the group stages of the 2012 Champions League competition after both successfully qualifying for their chance at European glory. Following a drop ball Shaktar passed the ball long back to the Nordsjaelland’s goal keeper, thus resetting play as a sign of good sportsmanship. Unfortunately Luiz Adriano had other ideas, collecting the ball and putting it away to bring the score level to 1-1, which as you’d imagine didn’t go down to well with the opposing players. Nordsjaelland then refused to let Shaktar walk the ball into their net, leading to a 5-2 win for the Danish side, with non-other than Adriano himself scoring a hat-trick. He was later given a one match ban by UEFA for violating the principles of conduct.

 

Luis Garcia Ghost Goal

 

Luis Garcia ‘Ghost Goal’

The precursor to their comeback in Istanbul, say what you want about VAR but this moment during the 2005 semi-final against fellow English club Chelsea is probably one of defining moment for goal line technology enthusiasts across the world. At only 13 minutes into the game and following a dubious challenge from Cech on Baros, Luis Garcia slotted away the loose ball which was promptly cleared off the line. Declared a goal at the time of play numerous replays following the game showed the ball’s crossing of the line to be questionable at best and, if that didn’t sting enough, the game finished 1-0.

 

John Terry Penalty Slip

 

John Terry Penalty Slip

With neither side coming out on top and 120 minutes up a wet Champions League final in Moscow between Manchester United and Chelsea went to penalties. With a saved effort coming from non-other than Ronaldo and four perfect strikes in the bag from the blues, all was just about done and dusted if Chelsea captain John Terry can put the final one away. What follows next had to hurt, as Terry went to strike the ball he slipped causing a miskick which cause him to hit the post, leading to Chelsea losing the game and ultimately the trophy.

Have we missed any? Let us know your favourite Champions League moments in the comments!

Moncler Matt Black Collection

Moncler Matt Black Collection

Made for those who like their clothing, ‘black, black and more black’ the Moncler Matt Black Collection brings a more lowkey finish to a selection of the brand’s core offering. Including outerwear, two-piece sweats and more, the line-up focuses in on technology ingenuity and effortless leisurewear, uniting its diverse offering, inspired by space travel, under a new blacked out logo banner.

 

Moncler Matt Black Logo

 

Beginning with the more relaxed output, Moncler present a selection of cotton based loungewear suited to not only days spent indoors but easy-going layering for more casual excursions. Crafted from an array of fabrics including breathable cotton pique and a super soft French Terry and oversized cuts aplenty, polo shirts, hoodies and joggers receive a newly conjured vertical wordmark branding alongside the aforementioned silicone black logo patch. Easily mixed and match to achieve a variety of different looks, these new takes on classic styles are perfect foundations for any wardrobe.

 

Moncler Matt Black Collection Loungewear

 

Taking things in a slightly more technical direction, the Matt Black Collection also boasts a number of outerwear pieces which explores the brand’s roots as a functional outdoor brand and their new found crossover with streetwear culture which can be found mo better showcased than with the Darc Jacket. Crafted from a nylon blend soft shell fabric, the garment comes with intrinsic windproof and water resistant qualities without sacrificing on breathability. Presented in a neon lime green shade that can be seen throughout this new diffusion, the Darc Windbreaker is finished with a selection of pockets as well as elasticated trims to keep chills out.

Moncler Matt Black Collection Outerwear

 

Keeping functionality at its fore, the Provins jacket takes things down a more traditional route. Opting for the brand’s now unmistakable nylon longue saison fabric for that classic Moncler touch, the jacket comes down filled and boudin quilted for exceptional insulation. Taking on retro colour blocked visuals and graphic printed branding across the hood, the piece’s elasticated trims, two-zip and array of adjustable drawcords ensure it remains as pragmatic as it is status heavy.

Shop the full Moncler Black Collection online now at Aphrodite.

Y-3 Trainers

Y-3 Latest Footwear Arrivals

Once upon a time, the fusion of sportswear and high-fashion was unheard of; a complete juxtaposition. Now though, thanks to Y-3’s disruptive agenda and its efforts to set the pace between those two realms, the fierce combination is considered normal. It’s the reason why the term athleisure was coined and how streetwear even exists as the huge global market it is today.

The boundary-pushing Yohji Yamamoto and adidas collaboration centres on design and craftmanship while embedding elements of Japanese culture deep into the roots of its sporty, street-approved lineup. For years Y-3’s ‘Sprint’ and ‘Boxing’ silhouettes have dominated the footwear scene with their understated but slick profiles and the iconic Y-3 duo return for the SS21 season with a spalsh of colour underfoot. For the lowdown on the latest releases, keep reading…

Y-3 Sprint Trainers

The Y-3 Sprint is a fully-fledged classic. Since the brand’s inception in 2002, this silhouette has circulated across the globe to mass appeal. Renowned for its streamline aesthetic and supple leather structure, the shoe is reimagined this season in a bright shade of ‘core white’, featuring grey 3-Stripes, co-branding and sweet swatches of pastel pink and yellow underfoot – reminiscent of rhubarb and custard candies.

Y3 Sprint Trainers Core White

Y-3 Boxing Trainers

Drawing from the low, flat-to-the-surface silhouette of a standard boxing boot, Y-3’s aptly named ‘Boxing’ trainer contends with a mixture of materials, including leather in the upper, suede at the tongue and canvas in its lining. Based in glossy black with tonal, grosgrain 3-Stripes, this iconic sneaker sits on a Poron® performance cushioning sockliner, a shock-absorbing EVA midsole and a sturdy rubber sole. Finished too with pastel illumination underfoot.

Y3 Boxing Trainers Black

Check out the latest Y-3 Sprint trainer and Y-3 Boxing sneaker online now at Aphrodite, while stocks last.

adidas Originals Munchen Trainers

adidas München Trainer Duo Lands

Taking a walk in the park never looked so good

You can always rely on adidas Originals to serve up the goods right when we feel we need them most. The German sportswear heavyweight has quite literally knocked it out the park and straight into the stratosphere with its latest München delivery which we’ve just received delivery of here at Aphrodite.

adidas Munchen Trainers Hazy Green

Taking design cues from the Englischer Garten in Munich – an 18th-century English landscape nestled in the heart of Bavaria and well known as one of the globe’s largest urban parks – the adidas Munchen trainers come tooled with a playful palette and experimental internal patterns. 

adidas Munchen

Donning hairy suede in the upper, in ‘hazy green / wild pink’ and ‘green oxide’ colourways respectively, for a grassy appearance, the Munchen trainers welcome a vibrant floral wrap internally; created to emulate the blooming, lush nature of the Englischer Garten vista from which it sources influence. Externally, retro design codes and heritage credentials fuse to supply a winning aesthetic that simply cannot be denied, featuring those iconic 3-Stripes in diffused pink and beige tones across each iteration, flashy gold foil branding and a vintage-fuelled gum rubber outsole underfoot.

adidas Originals München Trainers

Shop the adidas Munchen trainers at Aphrodite while stock lasts, go! 

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneakers

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Trainers – Everything You Need To Know

Simple, sleek shoes that don’t compromise on quality

Acting as the benchmark for modern-day minimalism, the Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainers shun a trend-driven society and unsustainable noise, in favour of taking things back to basics. Fusing Japanese and Scandi’ influences, the Clean 90 silhouette combines form and function in a slick, refined package. With an accessible price tag, quality construction and versatile aesthetic, what’s not to love about this shoe? Well, if you needed any more convincing, take a more in-depth look at both the brand and this stellar footwear style below.

Inspiration behind the Axel Arigato Clean 90?

Born in 2014 with a disruptive agenda, Swedish brand Axel Arigato set about shaking things up. Reimagining the entire structure of the sneaker scene, founders Max Svärdh and Albin Johansson began questioning the behind-the-scenes culture of footwear. Abstaining from the norm by eschewing seasonal collections and conventional channels, the label quickly established a core collection and a trademark silhouette – enter the Clean 90 sneaker.

Staying true to its European roots with hints of cross-culture references, the Clean 90 melds purity, calm and simplicity. The whole premise of Scandinavian minimalism encourages sustainability; buying less but at a higher standard and that’s exactly what the Clean 90 offers. It’s dependable, comfortable and wholly functional.

Axel Arigato Clean 90

What is the Axel Arigato Clean 90 Trainer made from?

Crafted by skilled artisans in Portugal, the design is expertly produced using smooth Italian leather – sourced from a Gold-certified tannery – for a fine fabricated finish. Its clean lines are rounded out with a tonal 3cm rubber cup sole, made from a mix of virgin and recycled rubber, which is guaranteed to provide stability in the city streets. Internally, the lower foundation of the shoe packs a punch in terms of comfort, with a removable cushioned footbed featured alongside increased arch support to ensure those tedious days on your feet remain as smooth as possible.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Shoes

What additional features does the Axel Arigato Clean 90 Trainer have?

The Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainer may be pared back to perfection but the devil is definitely in the details where this shoe is concerned. Its cloud white construction is subtly illuminated with gold foil branding upon the sidewall, serrated rubber on the outsole and tonal stitching throughout.

Packaging wise, the premium focus continues. Soft banana tones dominate the box and the branded dust bag, which is crafted from recycled materials for a sustainable switch, while a playful and unexpected add-on features inside of the box. Yes, a set of yellow, logo-laden chopsticks are gifted within the shoebox, further highlighting Axel Arigato’s tendency for flicking between a range of cultural influences.

Axel Arigato Clean 90 Sneakers

Overall, the Axel Arigato Clean 90 trainers are a great choice to add to your rotation. Whichever ensemble you opt for, day or night, weekday or weekend, these kicks are sure to dilute any sartorial statement with an edge of understated class. Easy to wear and true to size, they’re comfort-rich and designed with the city’s most stylish denizens in mind. Shop the entire Axel Arigato footwear range at Aphrodite now. Take a closer look at the Axel Arigato Clean 90 in action in the video below.

Stussy SS21 Drop 1

Stussy SS21 Drop 1

Prints bordering on psychedelic, irresistible fabrics and more laidback cool than you could hope for, prepare yourselves for the first instalment of Stussy’s SS21 campaign. Focusing in on smart, timeless cuts and everyday wearable items, the collection sees a robust selection of casual essentials and transitional pieces, perfect for navigating awkward mid-season climates.

 

Stussy Billiard Print

 

Few brands know their way around a graphic t-shirt better than Stussy, so what better place to dive in. Encompassing everything from extracts from sonnets by William Shakespeare sonnet, to 8 ball and club prints, expectantly relaxed fits, comfortable cottons and pigment dyeing techniques can be found a plenty. Elsewhere, The California based brand continues the billiard theme, displaying the iconic design across not only hoodies but a refined knitwear jumper.

 

Stussy Psychedelic T-Shirt

 

With the unmistakable script logo still found scattered across a diverse selection of basics for those strengthening their wardrobe’s foundations, Stussy take a dabble into the world of workwear, brandishing a traditional overshirt complete with tasteful black finish alongside a garment dyed twist on a classic, robust work jacket. Increasing comfort levels to dizzying heights, this season also sees the quintessential zip hoodie given a textured sherpa fleece makeover. Dubbed the Bronson hoodie it’s undeniably ideal for long days spent indoors.

The Stussy SS21 Collection Drop 1 is available online at Aphrodite now.

 

Stussy SS21

New Balance 991 Anniversary Sneaker

New Balance 991 20th Anniversary Release

20 Years Crafted, 20 Years A Staple, 20 Years Of The 991

Dig out the balloons, light the candles and suspend the bunting because the New Balance 991 is turning 20 this year. For two stellar decades, the shoe has charmed the masses with its perfectly pared-back allure. That humble but fierce combination of grey undertones and ABZORB cushioning has simultaneously propelled the silhouette into a true cult favourite and now the Boston-based brand is celebrating the design with a special commemorative release. The New Balance 991 20th anniversary shoe launches this Friday 26th February 2021 and Aphrodite is a proud stockist.

To mark the upcoming launch, we’re taking a retrospective look back at the iconic 991 while unravelling details over the latest celebratory iteration. Keep reading to find out more.

History of the New Balance 991: 2001

In the same year that hit mockumentary The Office hit UK tv screens, Fast & Furious premiered at the box office and Jamiroquai’s A Funk Odyssey topped the album charts, Boston hailing brand New Balance rolled out the 991 sneaker under its 99x series. The 99x series was first conceptualised in ‘82 when the original 990 trainer began transcending the footwear industry with heaps of innovative tech. In the years leading up to 2001, the line left little to the imagination; toying with ground-breaking cushioning, unheard of proportions and larger-than-life NB credentials – to which the label has become so synonymous.

New Balance 991 20th Anniversary

The arrival of the 991 in the early noughties signified a changing of the guard for the 99x’s lineage. The New Balance 991 was noticeably more streamline, still in its identifiable low-profile look, but with less emphasis at the toebox. It proved to be the contemporary overhaul the dynasty needed and it quickly began stealing the hearts of multiple generations. It was also the first shoe in the brand’s roster to carry ABZORB cushioning in both its front and beneath the heel, leading the shoe, and subsequently the 99x series, to become closely associated with immeasurable comfort.

The New Balance 991 in popular culture: 2001 – 2021

In the years following its inception, the 991 yielded mass appeal. Managing to harmonise performance-primed tech with an understated, athletic aesthetic, the silhouette pulled in the approval of millennials and the globe’s A-List – Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and Kanye West to name just a few of the shoe’s distinguished fans. Most notably, late Apple founder and tech maestro, Steve Jobs, frequently donned the sneakers on the streets and to global conferences, where they quickly helped form his signature look.

New Balance 991 Sneakers Anniversary

Of recent, New Balance has embraced its cross-generational stance, famously attributing the phrase “worn by supermodels in London and dads in Ohio” to its mission statement. The concept of ‘normcore’ – a trend summarised by the rejection of extravagance – reached its peak in 2018 and enabled the resurgence of the 991 under the ‘Dad Shoe’ umbrella. In fact, New Balance birthed the ‘Dad Shoe’ trend way before it became accepted by the mainstream and designers in their hundreds jumped on the bandwagon.

The New Balance 991 possesses a certain je ne sais quoi that continues to make it a frontrunner of the scene, even twenty years after we first laid eyes on it.

New Balance 991 Anniversary release: 2021

This Friday (26/02/2021) marks the release of the New Balance 991 anniversary special. Mimicking its debut look, the trainer melds a two-tone grey colourway, with pig suede overlays, navy ‘N’ logos and ABZORB cushioning to supply a wardrobe staple that we’re all rightfully familiar with. Crafted proudly in the UK in the brand’s Flimby factory, this one-off model boasts ‘2001’ embroidery at the backbone whilst a 20th anniversary woven patch sits to the inner tongue.

New Balance 991 Trainers Anniversary

If this simple but sleek lifestyle runner has always ticked boxes for you, you won’t want to miss out on this special edition. Keep your eyes peeled for the New Balance 991 anniversary release in T-minus two days.