Chuck Taylor Adds New Design To Their Classic Line

Have you checked out the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ‘70 “Souvenir Jacket” Collection? If not you should make sure that you do. The sneakers are available in two premium incarnations of the classic high-top model and draw creative references from the commemorative jackets known as “Sukajyan” that originated in post-WWII Japan.

Departing U.S. servicemen and women commissioned local Japanese craftsmen to produce unique items of clothing that they could take home as a memento of their time in Asia. The jackets were typically created by modifying existing garments or fabricated from excess parachute silk, embellishing simple Western silhouettes with ornate and vibrant embroidery that symbolized Eastern cultures – such as tigers, dragons, flowers and trees. American iconography completed the look with eagles, military regalia, local maps and squadron names featuring regularly. The trend spread to many other places in the Far East where U.S. troops were stationed, but it was the disruptive youth subcultures of the ‘60s that adopted the jackets as a defiant statement against mainstream conformity.

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ‘70 “Souvenir Jacket” sneakers are offered in soft goat leather, as a seasonally relevant alternative to the lightweight silk and satin garments that inspired them. Bright crouching tigers adorn the black pair, while the dark blue is enhanced by an intertwined snake and skull pattern, with green and pink color pops. Both have contrasting satin linings while leather ankle patches, toecaps and rounded rope laces compliment the refined, rebellious look.

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level.

LEGO Teams Up With ESPN For A Different Take On The College Football Playoff

The good folks over at LEGO and ESPN are teaming up to “build” even more excitement for this season’s College Football Playoff. They have made some cool college football models that are tiny and also life-sized built using LEGO bricks

There are even some awesome videos about the four semifinal teams and the LEGO models that have been built to celebrate the playoff season. There are mini-models that you can build to decorate your New Year’s Eve game viewing party and also a chance to win the LEGO version of the National Championship as well as a trophy signed by the ESPN College GameDay crew. For more info go to

I.W. Harper & The Goorin Brothers Will Make You Have A New Year To Remember

The I.W. Harper brand is returning home for the first time in nearly 20 years, with the release of I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The unique offering commemorates the original whiskeys produced by the brand, as it’s reintroduced in the United States with a commitment to authenticity that only 142 years of experience can provide.

In 1867, German immigrant Isaac Wolfe (I.W.) Bernheim arrived in America with four dollars in his pocket and dreams of a better life. By 1872, he had founded his own distillery, Bernheim Brothers and Company, soon acquiring the trademark to produce the whiskey ultimately known as I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. The whiskey won its first gold medal in 1885 and continued to gain popularity across the country and around the world throughout the twentieth century. By the mid 1990’s, the I.W. Harper brand shifted its focus to the Asian market and ceased distribution in the United States. Nearly 20 years later, the I.W. Harper brand is returning to the U.S. with two new Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskeys for legal drinking age consumers to enjoy.

I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is inspired by the original I.W. Harper variants.  I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey mingles whiskey distilled at the Bernheim Distillery, historically located at 17th and Breckinridge in Louisville, KY when owned and operated by United Distillers, with other fine whiskeys. It has been aged, most recently, at the legendary Stitzel-Weller Distillery and is hand bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn.

Beginning with a subtle nose, I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey leaves traces of caramel and vanilla on entry before melting into creamy bursts of wood and spice. The finish is sweet and pleasant with subtle fruit notes.

I.W. Harper has always been a brand steeped in fashion – from Esquire ads in the 1940’s to launching their very own fashion brand in the 1960’s. And now that I.W. Harper is back in the States, they are renewing their love of style alongside the Goorin Brothers. They worked together to pick out the perfect cap to tip our proverbial hats to our iconic Bowing Man symbol this New Year’s Eve.

The hat they have selected is the Goodboy. To check out that hat as well the other hats go to their website at

Also check out these cocktails below.

Gold Rush

1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

0.5 oz. honey syrup

0.5 oz. fresh lemon

Shake and Strain over ice

The Beelzebub

1.3 oz. I.W Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

.75 oz. Lemon juice

.5 oz. Orgeat

.5 oz. Lucano Amaro

.5 oz. Mezcal

Glass: coupette

Garnish: Grated nutmeg

Old Fashioned Cocktail created by I.W. Harper

1.3 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Spoon of Brown Sugar

Dash of Angostura Orange Bitters

2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters

House-made Cherries

Garnish with Orange Twist


1 oz. I.W. Harper Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

.25 oz. Cherry Heering

.25 oz. Sweet Vermouth

2 dashes Angostura Bitters