Earlier this month, we reported on a new collaboration from PUMA and JAY-Z in support of the latter’s new studio album 4:44 and the LP’s accompanying tour. With speculation running rampant, a senior member of PUMA’s marketing team has revealed part of his company’s joint efforts alongside Hov. Taking to Twitter, @sneakerboxClyde unveiled a shot of the back of a forthcoming PUMA sneaker that appears to take its inspirational cues from JAY-Z’s new project. With specifics and technical details are as scarce as they come, one can safely assume that this newly-revealed product will be available for purchase around the time JAY-Z’s new tour launches.
You can check out a shot of PUMA and JAY-Z’s new 4:44 sneaker above and below. Hov isn’t the only superstar-musician working with PUMA right now; earlier this week, The Weeknd stylishly modeled the IGNITE EvoKNIT Wave.
Saint Laurent is no longer Paris luxury group Kering‘s number-one money machine. As Fashionista reports, Gucci has knocked the French brand off the top spot with its recent leap in “revenue and profits in the first half of 2017.” Under the creative guidance of Alessandro Michele, Gucci has flourished and racked up record numbers within a matter of months. Saint Laurent began this year as Kering’s strongest asset, but the earnings report revealed today has knocked Anthony Vaccarello’s house down a peg. No longer a close second, Michele and Gucci’s second quarter 43.4 percent jump in revenue and 32 percent boost in “recurring operating margin” have allowed for the Italian outfit to generate over 60 percent of Kering’s overall profits. Regarding the specific reason for these numbers, Fashionista‘s Maura Brannigan writes:
“Per Quartz‘s Marc Bain, Kering CFO Jean-Marc Duplaix reportedly told journalists on a call that the brand’s shoes and ready-to-wear for men and women saw “outstanding double- or even triple-digit growth” in the second quarter. This, of course, is no surprise; all those loafers, sneakers and slides have to add up to something.”Earlier this week, Gucci continued to promote and support its 2017 fall/winter campaign with a Star Trek-esque visual. Last week, the company also launched a new project known as Gucci Places.
Having earlier this year released its latest collaboration with tennis star Rafael Nadal, luxury watchmakers Richard Mille has continued on in the vein of sporting performance with its latest release. The Richard Mille 67-02 Sprint And High Jump, based on 2016′s 67-01 Extra Flat model, both come designed with their namesake athletics event in mind — this time created in honor of Olympians Wayde van Niekerk with the Sprint in South Africa’s distinct yellow and green, and Mutaz Essa Barshim with the High Jump referencing Qatar in magenta and white.
In terms of specs, the 67-02 boasts a few upgrades from its predecessor — already the flattest watch Richard Mille produce — weighing in at a minuscule 32 grams, constructed from shock-resistant, ultra-light Quartz TPT and Carbon TPT for the case plates and case bands respectively, measuring 38.7mm x 47.52mm and coming in at 7.8mm thick.
With a price tag of $120,500 USD, you can find out more about the Sprint and High Jump 67-02 via the Richard Mille website. If you’re feeling a little priced out of the game, why not check our list of this week’s essential product drops for something a little less demanding.