NYC based photographer Shawn McCarney recently shot a photo story for Akomplice. Pulling former Balenciaga model & friend Kyle Brodie Craft to showcase the collection, the two traveled to upstate NY to find the state’s hidden landscapes and sites. The collection features items from the Akomplice Entirely Made In The USA collection, as well as some recent standouts including the fleece overalls, weatherproof trench and organic knit tops. See the entire lookbook photo story here.
If any of you are curious, yes, he is the brother of Akomplice’s founders / creative directors.
For our Spring Collection we are excited to usher in our first denim jacket, it features a corduroy collar and is perfect for the transitioning weather. The Spring Collection consists of a variety of pieces, see some of our top selects below. Almost this entire collection was created using organic cotton and recycled polyester. Thank you for your support.
Today we follow up on the release of our Standing Rock Capsule Collection with a lookbook. As many of you already may know, earlier this week the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement that allows the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross under the Missouri River through sacred Sioux land. This means the protest is back on and needs to be stronger than ever. Head over to HighSnobiety to see the full story on our Standing Rock Project and to see how much money we have raised so far with your support. For those of you who missed the original release, we have restocked the collection on our Webstore. 100% of profits generated from sales will benefit Standing Rock. Profits will be donated to help fortify and empower the Standing Rock camps and assist them in continuing the protest. To learn more about the issue see below. Thank you to everybody who has supported this initiative, it’s been truly inspiring.
Native Americans in this country have suffered through 500 years of broken promises from our government. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe decided they could take no more broken promises when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) granted authorization to the Dakota Access Pipeline to be constructed against their will. The current route of construction takes the pipeline through many sacred religious and cultural sites, including burial sites of their ancestors. In addition, the pipeline is supposed to go under Lake Oahe, which would greatly jeopardize the tribe’s water supply. Water is life for all people and we must help to protect this finite resource. Other Native tribes and people of all races and creeds from around the world have traveled to show their support and stand along side the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. This is not the first time that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has had their land seized by the government. In 1877 Congress removed the Sacred Black Hills from the Great Sioux Reservation. The U.S. Supreme Court later responded to this action of Congress by stating, “A more ripe and rank case of dishonorable dealings will never, in all probability, be found in our history.” Please join us and stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. We must help keep their land and water safe and demand that our government respect their sovereignty.
How to take action with or without donating or supporting the Akomplice collection.
Boycott the banks funding the pipeline and the entire project will collapse or be forced to change route. Collective advocacy to DeFund the Dakota Access Pipeline is working. Last week it was announced that over 700,000 people, representing over $2.3 billion, were ready to move their money out of the 17 banks funding the Dakota Access pipeline. In the last week, Danish bank DNB has agreed to stop financing DAPL unless they re-route or cancel the pipeline in accordance with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s wishes. Citibank, Wells Fargo, ING and more have all agreed to meet with indigenous leaders and our coalition to try and de-escalate the situation. To help stop this pipeline at the core boycott the banks involved so that they are forced to change their actions. Then write an email to the bank explaining why you are boycotting them, closing your account, etc. The 17 banks include: Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, BayernLB, BBVA, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Crédit Agricole, DNB ASA, ICBC, ING, Intesa Sanpaolo, Mizuho Bank, Natixis, SMBC, Société Générale, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, TD Bank, Wells Fargo.
Last week Akomplice visited Pershing High School in Detroit, the school J Dilla studied at. A couple years back Akomplice, Joey Bada$$, and the J Dilla foundationcollaborated on a project which generated enough funds to build a music studio/program in both Detroit and Brooklyn, at Joey’s and Dilla’s high schools. We checked in at Dilla’s school to see what had progressed, we gave a talk about the evolution of Akomplice as well as ourselves, both as entrepreneurs and as people, presenting some of the challenges we faced when we were their age as well as solutions we found. Being at the school where J Dilla studied, seeing our project take off, and still exchanging experiences with the students was more than an honor for us. We send a huge thanks to all of Pershing High School`s students, teachers, and staff, who welcomed us with great love and provided us with this day of exchange and learning. Detroit has soul.
@SLAKINART has been chosen to receive The Fantastic Four issue #5 comic book, Viktor Von Doom was first Introduced in this issue. This creative interaction was part of our Mystery Bag project, which was a collaboration with DOOM. To help us make this decision we got opinions from David Flores as well as other creatives from the industry. The final chosen art is the DOOM 3d block piece shown below at top right. Honorable mentions include: @Pablo_Vegass & @PgibDesign. To see more submissions including the honorable mentions click here.
ShoreShot has been chosen to receive the DOOM instrumental. This creative challenge was part of our Mystery Bag project, a collaboration we did with DOOM. Honorable Mentions include: DAN DiGi, JC The Messiah, Tolli D, and Inhale. Listen to and watch ShoreShot’s song & video below. Also read below an excerpt from cheefjustice about his inspiration and involvement with ShoreShot. Video by shamusfilms
“As a life long consumer of Hip-Hop, the greatest purchase I ever made was in 2011. I saw an article on HipHopDX with regards to a release by Akomplice in collaboration with MF DOOM. This product release was known as the Mystery box. I waited months for something to arrive and actually had no idea of what the contents of the box would be. There was a 24 hour window to purchase the box. Once i made my purchase, I also alerted two friends of this one day opportunity. They also were quick to purchase.
Upon the opening of the box, I immediately knew that this was not your average purchase. The contents of this box included a gold pocket watch, a red DOOM-STARKS cassette tape (“Victory Laps rMx by MAD VILLAINZ), an MF DOOM postcard, a treasure map, red camouflage DOOM tee, and of course, the infamous red crowbar. It would be an understatement to say my $50 purchase was anything short of priceless, and what ensued afterward gave the purchase endless value.
I was then led to a fact finding mission sponsored by Akomplice, where i would uncover the coordinates to where a DOOM treasure was located. After deciphering the puzzle, and being sent the final clues to the exact location of the treasure, it was an all out scramble to reach someone trustworthy in Colorado to go dig up the treasure. After speaking to my good friend @ChuckWhut who also solved the puzzle, we were able to contact a phenomenal musician named HL Ruth who happened to be on tour with his band, “The New Familiars”. They then drove to the location after their show, only to discover that someone had already dug up the treasure. Everyone in the band was thrilled to play a part in the experience, however, they were sad to come up empty handed.
To my knowledge, the contents of the treasure have never been revealed.
Fast forward to 2015. As soon as I heard the mention of another DOOM/Akompice collab, I was immediately ready to make another purchase and see what they had up their sleeve this time around. I ended up buying two, “Mystery Bags”. One was released by Akomplice online, which i sent to @shoreShot for his birthday in early August. The other I purchased at a skate shop just so i could add it to my personal collection. I ultimately knew this one mystery bag being sent to NJ was going to be in great hands.
The letter that was inside of the mystery bag said that we were taking the risk of entering into the unknown. We were taking part in a new level of interaction between artist and brand. We were given the tools to, “Explore our creativity.”
The letter stated, “In honor of your courage, you now have the opportunity to create and obtain a reward of invaluable measure.”
Inside the bag was a white cassette tape with a DOOM logo on it, containing one unreleased instrumental produced by the Legendary MF DOOM himself. Instructions online stated to record and upload your work to soundcloud with a specific criteria. Whoever won the contest would walk away with original unreleased DOOM beat.
Within days of shoreShot receiving the mystery bag, his, “Mystery Raps” were uploaded to soundcloud. He initially reached out to Matty Ho from Hi-Ho Records, who help him digitize the tape immediately, and record/mix what he had written to this exclusive beat tape.
Shore then took the recording to the third degree, made a trip to North Carolina, to shoot a video of his, “Mystery Raps.” It was only right to link up with his two villains, that being myself and @ChuckWhut. @ShamusFilms was thrilled to capture, and create the back drop for this DOOM groove. When it comes to product placement, dope story-telling, and, “taking the risk of entering the unknown,” I think we covered that well.
All in all, I feel like we, “Explored our creativity to the fullest.” ”